My Daughter was Baptized!

“And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also-not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand-with angels, authorities, and powers in submission to Him”

~ 1 Peter 3:21-22 

I am so blessed to be the mom of this sweet little girl…but, what I am most thankful for is that she has decided to trust in Jesus as her savior.

At the tender age of 5 I remember her shouting from the backseat of my car “Mama, I just asked Jesus into my life and into my heart!” I pulled over the car into a vacant school parking lot and turned around just so I could remember the look on her face…those precious rosy cheeks and sparkling hazel eyes. Ahhh!!!! Like it was yesterday… 

Two years later she asked if she could be baptized in front of our church family to show her faith outwardly. For a timid little one, this was a grande request! I thought she would wait until she was older to do this…but she was certain….and I’m certain God has very big plans for her.

So….Dec 30th, 2012…my daughter was baptized in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

“Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through your faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead” ~Colossians 2:12 

She wasn’t the only one baptized on this blessed day…my wonderful Mother-in-Law, my husband (Geoff Nehrenz) best friend and his sweet daughter were also. Can you even imagine how exciting this day was to our family?! I’m tearing up again just seeing this photo. Thank you, Jesus!!!!!

My husband and our littlest one anxiously awaiting! I was excited in my own being, but was also so happy for Geoff…. His daughter, mom, best friend and little girl were getting baptized! Ohh, Geoff Nehrenz, what a wonderful day…;)

And of course, there was a family round up afterwards, lol. There’s Grandma Ruth in the corner {who we all know and love}. My mom lives right across the street from our church, so she offered to hostess if I made the food {score!}. I had to plan a smorgasbord that was quick enough to lay out right after church but still yummy. I prepared everything the night before and took it over to her- it was ready to go! It took about 1 1/2 hours to prepare this spread. It wasn’t fancy- but it worked!   

These Ham and Cheese Poppyseed Sliders were a hit! I made them the night before and simply poured the sauce over top before baking. They took 20 mins so I set out some appetizers to munch on while they were in the oven.

*Naturally Filled with Gluten. {Bahaaa} 

Some veggies and dill dip {LOVE Marzetti’s-yes, you may pour the dip out onto the plate and pretend you made it yourself. }. A veggie tray is nice to make ahead and can replace a salad for a lunch gathering. Sometimes salads can seem “less fresh” when you make them in advance.

*Naturally Gluten-Free

Cheese and Crackers with mustard…

*Naturally Gluten-Free 

Mexican Dip..

 *Naturally Gluten-Free

Sweet and Sour Meatballs 



Simple Party Punch 

*Naturally Gluten-Free

We also had Lawson’s chip dip and potato chips {a family must at every function}, brownies and cheesecake.

Thanks for letting me share this wonderful day with you! What a way to end 2012!



  1. What a wonderful blessing for your family !!! I was tearing up just reading it 🙂 I am awaiting this day w my little one and just pray that I do all God would have me to do to bring her up right and in His glory so that one day she will accept Jesus too 🙂 (she just turned 4) Praise the Lord!!!

  2. Awesome Janelle! I teared up a bit while reading it, lol!

  3. Oh, this post just made my day! I pray my little ones make the same decision one day. I know God is smiling down upon your precious family!!

  4. Yay! Love! I stayed for second service to watch the baptisms of your family then went off to ABF! What a blessing!

  5. That’s wonderful, I know you’re so proud!!! She looks so adorable in the picture and excited, too! The spread sounds ad looks delish!

  6. Oh, this is so wonderful! Praise The Lord! And thank you for sharing with us too.

  7. What a happy day for a mom!!! I pray she’ll walk in obedience to Christ all her days!

  8. Becky Sunderman says:

    Praise the Lord! What a wonderful blessing that is for your family and friends. Thanks so much for sharing this with us all!

    Made my – and my husband’s day!

    Becky Sunderman

  9. Congratulations! I’m so excited for your daughter and for you. What a special blessing to have her baptized with grandma & friends! What a special day!!

  10. LOVE this!! The emotions mustve been so overwhelming to not only see your daughter getting baptized but your other family/friends as well! PTL! My son asked Jesus into his heart all on his own too. Im looking forward to the day he comes to my husband or i and asks to be baptized as well 🙂

  11. What a day to celebrate! I’m sure there was a party in heaven also. The food you prepped was gorgeous.

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