Sunday, September 23, 2007

8:00 p.m. Sunday

It is 7:45 and we have spent the last hour or so praying over Copeland. I decided to take her temperature to see if that was one reason she might be struggling and it was very low. It's still warm here in Nashville so we sat outside with her and wrapped her in blankets from the dryer and hoped just being away from some air conditioning might help. Her color is still what the nurses called "dusky." I am doing everything in my power to keep her warm and content, which she seems to be, considering she's sleeping in her daddy's arms right now.

I know you all are praying fiercely and I continue to ask you to lift us up. I pray constantly that the Lord would stir in your hearts and remind you of Copeland, which I know He is faithful to do. God has pressed upon my heart that if I will pray specifically, He will be quick to hear and answer. Before the last post, as I wept over her outside, I prayed He would fill her lungs with oxygen and cause her to breathe by whatever means necessary - I asked Him to make her cry. When we came inside, she was bundled, resting peacefully in my arms, and suddenly started screaming. I know He responded immediately to my prayers. I know He heard my words and mercifully answered the ache in this mother's heart.

And so, on that note, I would ask you to pray for several specific things until our next post: one, that she would keep crying, if necessary. That the Lord would wake her body up as often is required to keep her warm and to keep her oxygenated. Two, that the despair and helplessness I feel would be replaced by dependence on the Father and a rest in His absolute power and might. Finally, I pray against any work of the evil one who would seek to undermine Jesus' work in the middle of this strenuous time. I pray every purpose and plan He has for this incredible trial in our lives will prevail, that He will be honored and glorified, and that no weapon set against our family would prosper. We find rest in the shadow of His wings.

149 comments:

Jeanie D said...

We are praying.

Jeanie

Laurin said...

I am praying......
Laurin Maddux

Melissa Platt said...

praying, praying, praying. as much as you love copeland, remember that your father loves both you and her even more. love to you all.

Anonymous said...

God continues to stir my heart this evening...I am praying for you.

JMom said...

I just prayed the last paragraph of your post for you verbatim.

I know God is well pleased with the incredible way you are seeking to honor Him through the most difficult circumstances.

Covering you all in prayers!!!!

Sun said...

My family is praying - I am constantly in awe of God - how He answers specific prayers - thank you so much for letting us know how best to pray for you. Sunshine

Anonymous said...

we are praying. jennifer and will godwin

Anonymous said...

Praying in Texas...

Anonymous said...

He is listening and I am praying. I pray you have a good, restful night and that you feel covered in prayer and peace. Kiss Copeland for me.


Mandy

Leigh Ann Jones said...

boothe,
my favorite verse is phil. 4:13. "I can do all things thru Christ Jesus who strengthens me". It is on my leather Bible cover that Helene made for me when i was 15. I had no idea at the time, how many times i would need that verse. Hold on to it. Pray it, say it over and over. God will walk you through it.
i love you
leigh ann

Cindy Z. said...

I am praying for Copeland to continue to make a "joyful noise unto the Lord"...I wish I could be there to hear it. May He continue to interpret her crys in your ears as a reminder of the incredible miracle she is and that every moment is a gift from Him. All my love, Aunt cindy

Anonymous said...

Praying in Memphis.

Emily said...

Boothe,

The Lord is indeed faithful to bring Copeland to mind and stir our hearts to pray for her. I cannot get her or your family out of my mind, even in my sleep. I fall asleep praying for you and wake doing the same. My little girls are thanking God for Copeland every time they do the same for Miller Grace during the blessing at each meal. We are storming Heaven's gates all the time. I will do as you ask and start asking Him specifically to warm Miss Copeland, to bring her the oxygen she needs, and to let His peace envelop each one of you.

His grace is sufficient for each of us.

Anonymous said...

Boothe, as a mother, I weep with you. I will pray specifically. I will continue to lift you up. I also praise God for the joyous moments that you have shared as a family over the last 5 days. The more you feel insecure and pressured by Satan, the harder we will keep praying to drive him away from this child and her suffering family. You will rest in the Lord. He is hearing our prayers. He is answering them. HE is FAITHFUL!!! May the Lord Bless you and keep you, may the Lord make his face smile upon you and be graceous to you, may the Lord look upon you, and give you peace. Amen.

Anonymous said...

praying for you and sweet little copeland. what beautiful, precious moments you are living right now.

Anonymous said...

We are near (we live close to your parents) and right now we are praying and interceding on your behalf..may angels of strength, peace, hope protection and healing cover you all!
The piersons

Anonymous said...

Praying with you here.

Oh, Lord...

Anonymous said...

The Lord has kept your precious family in my mind amost constantly over the last few days. I will continue to lift you to the Father each time He brings you to my mind. Thank you for sharing specific needs for us to pray for.

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." Mt. 11:28

"Praise be to the LORD, to God who daily bears our burdens." Psalm 68:19

"Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me." Psalm 54:4

Em said...

"I have told you these things so that IN ME you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Praying for each of you tonight and in the days ahead. God is using you and your story more than you will ever know. -emily abercrombie

Anonymous said...

Boothe,
I just had a strong urge to remind you of your "You shall not pass" vision. Jesus is the gatekeeper, and the evil will not pass through to you. Remember the legions of warriors fighting unseen on your behalf.
Praying--
Melissa Hall

Britt said...

May God continue to watch over you and surround you with his presence. Still sending many prayers your way!
Brittany Dryden

Rebecca said...

Still praying. Wish I had something profound to say, but I do not. Your family has touched me so much.

Rachel said...

God is so good. I continue to pray for you guys.

Anonymous said...

Still praying....sending much love your way!

Anonymous said...

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its water roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging...The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress...Be Still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Elizabeth S said...

Still praying. Find rest in God alone. He is your fortress; you will not be shaken.

Cheri said...

Praying for you all day and night. The Kaufmans

Dorothy Sifford said...

Clay and I continue to pray for you, Connor and Copeland tonight.
We love you!
Dorothy

Emmy : ) said...

I am praying for you all...and will continue to pray for all the things you mentioned! My friend posted a prayer request for your family on her blog...God has so put you all and precious little Copeland on my heart! With much love and prayer...Emmy

Anonymous said...

Such love...such wisdom..."Well Done"

Anonymous said...

"O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me....

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

Psalm 139:1-5, 13-16

Laurie said...

Dear Boothe, I continue to lift you up to the Lord in prayer as you are on my mind constantly like breathing.
I pray for your aching and fearful heart to be calmed and comforted by our heavenly Father right now. No evil shall pass in this moment of Gods perfect plan. He hears your cries and He is answering you. I pray Gods warmth and breath to pass all over her and in her, now. I pray you take every despairing thought of helplessness to his feet and rest in His might to work it all out for Good. His plan WILL prevail, He is God over all and is being glorified and honored and He will give you rest in the shadow of His wings. You have no idea the army of prayer warriors who are storming heavens gates on your family's behalf but I know there are more than enough for God to hear and honor all requests for you. You are doing everything possible for Copeland and it is pleasing to the Lord. Trust Him, Love Him, Rest in Him. Hold on to Conor as He holds on to you. God has His arms tightly wrapped around you.

Laurie in Ca.

Anonymous said...

My heart and prayers are for you now. Sweet baby Copeland has rested heavy on my heart for days. I will pray specifically for the things you have mentioned and I thank you for the guidance in prayer. Knowing His plan in times of sorrow is difficult. I'm still praying for you, Boothe and Conor, as well as your entire family.
Hugs, Hugs, Hugs, from the Windy City Chicago.

Paula said...

Praying that you feel God's presence and His warmth covering sweet baby Copeland giving her exactly what she needs.

Also praying that you and Conor be covered with His peace.

Lifting up your prayers to Him!

Amy said...

Praying in SD.

The Stephens said...

You are being prayed for in Auburn. Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Praying!! As a mother, I too, am crying for you and with you and as a Believer, I too, am praying with and for you. My heart is with the "foursome" even though we have never met. God's Love!!

simonsays said...

The Adkisons are praying.

I know this must feel like an emotional roller coaster, but I thank God that HE remains constant through it all!

Love, Julie

Darby Stickler said...

We are praying!

Tiffany said...

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Psalm 8
O Lord, our Lord
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet;
all flocks and herds,
and beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic if your name in all the earth!

I pray that you may you all feel lifted high tonight, protected, cherished, chosen by God, and chosen to be Copeland's protectors and providers until He has her in His arms. You are doing good works - for His glory - and loving your girls well. Give your insecurities over to Him - he wants to take them from you! I pray you feel the freedom to do that!

Anonymous said...

We are praying for all your specific requests. God has given you such a "maternal wisdom", to know what she needs. Thank you for telling us how you need us to pray. The Bishir Family...

Stevenson gang said...

Consider it done. As I have done the last several nights, I will fall asleep praying for Copeland and your family and in my stirrings through the night will also bring her before His throne. As you have already seen, the prayers of fellow believers are powerful and will continue to bear you up through this time.

Anonymous said...

I am continually praying for you all, and now will pray specifically!! Just remember what Proverbs 3 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight" I know you are doing this, but wanted to encourage you as well..... KM

Anonymous said...

I am praying for you. Your faith is evident and I know God will continue to answer your prayers. May He cover your home with peace tonight.

The Stephens said...

Ya'll are being lifted up by so many here in Auburn and all over. Thanks for sharing with us. Love to you all.

MaryBeth said...

Continuing in prayer for you all!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that God is stirring people throughout the day to pray for you. I don't know either of you, but Chelsea and Heath are our dear friends and so she let me know about your blog to pray. But I just wanted to let you know that God does press on our hearts each day, at random times, to pray for sweet Copeland and your family. I saw in your last blog that you were seeing how quick God is to answer your prayers, and I just wanted to confirm that even though we do not know each other, God has called us to pray for your family and has placed ya'll in our hearts. blessings...
morgan&josh

Missy said...

We are praying. "Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you." Psalm 102:1

Stevenson gang said...

Ever since I read your last post and commented I can't get this Michael Card song out of my head -- I keep singing it softly as I get ready for bed as a benediction for your family, and for all of us.

"The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine upon you.
And give you peace, and give you peace,
And give you peace forever."

Robin said...

we are praying so very hard for all of you. Robin and Lauren

Anonymous said...

Conor and Boothe,

I don't think any of us can let the Farley family stray from our thoughts for any length of time. I think it is quite evident from all the responses, that countless people like me, check the blog often during the day. It binds us to you, to your family, the Lord, and even each other as we share in this time together. I can only imagine how difficult this time is for a parent - knowing every moment with your precious little girl could be your last - and yet that knowledge probably makes you cherish every moment more than the rest of us do. May we all be reminded how fragile life is for each of us. I am reminded of one of my favorite scriptures. Isaiah 43:1-3 has seen me through so many trials. Fear not for I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you; When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the falmes will not set you ablaze. Even now as I write this you may feel the water is rising to the tip of your nose or that the flames are intensifying. God is right with you and promises you won't be drowned or consumed. I pray for the peace that doesn't make sense for you and Conor. I pray for sweet time for you to look into each other's eyes and even without words be able to communicate your devotion to our Lord and each other. I pray comfort. Thank you for letting us into your pain and struggle and walk of faith. We are all being blessed through your honestly and vulnerability. God's glory is shining brightly.
love,
pat ward

Christy said...

I have just finished praying and will continue to do so. You come to mind often and I am in awe over the strength you seem to convey through these posts. God knew you would be given this gift long before you did. He has spent your whole lives preparing you for this time with Copeland...use it well and try and enjoy your time as parents of two.

And what aspecial gift those necklaces were:)

1 plus twins said...

i am definitly praying!!!!

Anonymous said...

"He's got the little tiny baby in His hands. He's got the little tiny baby in His hands. He's got the little tiny baby in His hands. He's got the whole world in His hands!"
I just started singing this song to Hudson yesterday, while changing his diaper, and it is actually not a song I have sung or thought of in a long time. It just popped in my head, and I instantly thought of precious Copeland.
This is my first post Boothe, but I have been checking in and praying faithfully. Give sweet Sellars a hug from Carter!
Love, Susan Welch and family

anne gillem said...

Boothe,Conor,Sellers, Copeland, Paula, Mike and all of you,

You have been in my thoughts, mind, heart and in my prayers constantly. Your faith, courage and testimony are stronger than you think. "Be strong and of good courage. Be not afraid."

Anonymous said...

Bear Boothe & Conor & Sellers and Copeland, I have not ceased praying since I first learned of the difficult path you're on. Sometimes I wake in the night praying for your dear family. Many times during the day, I've wept as I've thought of all you must be going through. Your courage is astonishing, and your faith in the Mighty One of Israel is such a witness to others. May He grant you strength moment by moment as you trust in Him to see you through this challenge, and all those that surely lie ahead. Know that even though you might not know of them, there are countless others praying for you with compassionate hearts. With love, Rosemary

Anonymous said...

i have been singing this song in my head since copeland was born and tonight i pray that the Lord will be a shield around you and your family. praying for you...
"thou oh Lord art a shield about me, you're my glory, you're the lifter of my head. hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, you're the lifter of my head."

Sherry Luttrell said...

Boothe,
We are praying for all of you and for Copeland's body to stay warm and for her to simply cry. You have 2 beautiful little girls. We pray that the you and Conor will have the strength to deal with whatever the next hours may bring.
We pray that you will also have rest, as I'm sure it is needed.
Love, Sherry

Shannon said...

I have prayed specifically for your requests. Thank you for sharing....I can't get you all off my mind or out of my heart!!

Anonymous said...

Boothe,
You don't know me, but I came across your blog through a mutual friend's blog. I have been drawn to your family's story the last few days and couldn't continue to read your posts without leaving you a note of prayer and encouragement. My husband and I have a 4 year old daughter and an 8 week old son so I know that is a big reason why your story hits so close to home for me. I am praying for all of you, but specifically for Sellers and the road you will be walking with her. I cannot even begin to comprehend how I would explain to my daughter the things you are having to teach yours. And I know you must be so exhausted physically, from giving birth alone, not to mention the stress of Copeland's struggles. I pray you and Conor will find rest and strength.

Anonymous said...

Boothe,
You don't know me, but I came across your blog through a mutual friend's blog. I have been drawn to your family's story the last few days and couldn't continue to read your posts without leaving you a note of prayer and encouragement. My husband and I have a 4 year old daughter and an 8 week old son so I know that is a big reason why your story hits so close to home for me. I am praying for all of you, but specifically for Sellers and the road you will be walking with her. I cannot even begin to comprehend how I would explain to my daughter the things you are having to teach yours. And I know you must be so exhausted physically, from giving birth alone, not to mention the stress of Copeland's struggles. I pray you and Conor will find rest and strength.

Laurin said...
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Kathy said...

Dearest Boothe & Conor--

We are lifting you up to the Father in prayer and asking that Copeland fulfill every plan that He has made for her. Through the long hours of the night we will remember your specific requests and take them to the One who hears. We love you!

Kathy & Dan

Anonymous said...

Isaiah 46:3-4
"I created you and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime-until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you."
-praying for you tonight in Franklin, TN

Laurin said...

Laurin said...
Have you noticed that in the short hour and a half since your last post, over 60 comments have been made? That is only a small fraction of the people who are checking on and praying for your precious constantly throughout the day.....the evil one will not have victory, you have an army surrounding you...

Anonymous said...

Praying specifically and often. Prayers & blessings. Susan in Ama. TX

Paulette said...

Boothe,
I was out for the evening and was at a Missionary fellowship and I asked for prayer for you all. I couldn't wait to get home to check on you.
I am going to be up late tonight and I am going to pray for you every few minutes.
I pray that God would intervien and not allow Satan anywhere near you. I pray also that Copeland just be peaceful in the fathers hands, and you as and Conor and Sellars as well.
You are NOT alone.

Emily said...

Boothe, I am praying for you and Copeland. Love, Emily Patridge

whitney burrough akin said...

praying specifically for all of the requests. you are constantly in my thoughts, but more importantly prayers.

Lindsay said...

Praying, praying, praying. You guys are continually on my heart, especially this past week. I live here in Nashville and attend Fellowship. I met you once a long time ago at Mom's Together, found your blog a few months ago and have been praying for your family since then. I will be praying specifically for what you asked tonight.

Sunny said...

"The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
Deut.31:8

Renee Copeland said...

Boothe....Be strengthened and know that earthly prayer warriors and the holy angels of heaven are lifting you, Conor, Copeland and Sellers up before the Father without ceasing. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on this sweet child and all who love her. Praying for specifics as you have requested. Also praying that legions of angles surround your home, dispelling darkness, granting peace. And special prayers for Mike and Paula, your parents, for their continued strength as they walk through this with their daughter and granddaughter.

Anonymous said...

Praying right now that the Father would stir Copeland to cry.

emily said...

"The Lord will keep Copeland from all harm-
He will watch over her life; the Lord will watch over her coming and going both now and forevermore."
Psalm 121:7-8
Constantly lifting your family up in St. Louis!!

Carly (NICU Nurse) said...

I am so sorry to hear that she has been struggling today. Something that may help her temperature is what we call "Kangrooing' in the NICU. Essentially, you put Copeland's chest on your chest- skin to skin (she can wear a diaper). You can wrap a blanket on the backside of her body to hold in more heat. This allows her body to take some heat from your body and is VERY comforting to most newborns. If she seams to have breathing difficulty, just elevate her chin to open her airway. Hopefully this will help. Also, I think breastfeeding was a wonderful choice. Breastmilk is so much easier to digest and babies seem to like the taste better. If you want to ask me something, my email is c.mcwhirter@yahoo.com and you have my number. We have not stopped praying for you. Your faith is incredible.

Psalm 121:3 "He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber."

Carrie, The Modern Housewife said...

i hope you feel the love, prayers & support from so many who know you & those who don't! although i haven't seen you since we were probably children, my heart goes out to you & your family has been in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Boothe,
As I am about to go to bed I just wanted to tell you again that I am praying. You are amazing, and I just want you to know that your blog has really changed me in so many ways. Thank you. Praying in Franklin, TN.
Allison O'Dell

Joann said...

praying and will be praying.

Anonymous said...

Our lifegroup is praying for you tonight.

Michael and Melissa Kirby

Anonymous said...

My prayers will cover you all tonight.

Anonymous said...

Boothe,
You don't know me but Katie Compton has forwarded your prayer requests to our group of friends over the last few weeks. Your family has been constantly on my mind and has, seemingly, taken root in my heart. Your faith, total dependence on God, and sweet heart that seeks after Him is such as example to me. The following is a passage from a bible study I just finished, Loving God with All Your Mind.

"There is nothing-no circumstance, no trouble, no testing-that can ever touch me until first of all it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that fat, it has come with great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will cause me to fret--for I shall rest in the joy what my my Lord is--That is the rest of victory."

Know that I am standing in the gap for you and praying for wisdom and overwhelming peace throughout the night. My prayer for baby Copeland is that she knows how much she is loved not only by you guys but also by Jesus, that she is warmed, and that she continues to cry in order to make her little lungs work and strengthen.

Holly Biddy said...

We are praying! The following is one of my favorite verses - I hope it will help you tonight: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you whereve you go." Joshua 1:9. You are living these verses beautifully. Just remember that where ever this journey takes you, God is already there!

Anonymous said...

God has placed your precious family on my heart so many times and I know he will continue to. I am praying that you will feel his arms wrapped around your precious family tonight.

"So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Praying for you in Charlotte, NC

jtcosby said...

Praying. Thank you for keeping this updated. We love you...in Him.
Tamara

Anonymous said...

Praying...

Amy
(aka DandelionSeeds)

Anonymous said...

Boothe and Conor-

I have been reading your blogs for months and recently as many as 2-3 times a day since Copeland was born.I have been so awed by your faith and love for the Lord and have not written before because I felt so inadequate in my writing. But today as I was doing my weekly Bible study I felt I needed to write and give you these verses.

Hebrews 13:5 Never will I leave you : Never will I forsake you.

His Word promises He hears and answers our prayers. Prov. 15:29, Romans 8:26-27

He calms our fears. Do not be afraid: your prayer has been heard. Luke 1:13, 30

You are never far from my thoughts and constantly in my prayers. God bless you and your beautiful girls.
You will never know how many people's lives you have touched.

Anonymous said...

I can't seem to get your family off of my mind. My prayers are with you all. Hold Copeland close, as close as the Lord is holding you right now.

jtcosby said...

Someone left their favorite Bible verse...I thought I would leave you mine because you mentioned kicking satan out...James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

ashley sasser said...

I am earnestly praying for you. Please know that you are surrounded by so much love and support. Copeland is so fortunate to have you and Conor. Ashley

erika said...

Our hearts and minds are on your family ALL the time. The Lord is continuously reminding us to stop and pray for you... so that prayer is being answered! Headed to bed and about to pray some more... erika & chance powell

Anonymous said...

Praying for you....

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Spirit." Romans 15:13

rteam said...

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our church is also praying for you all. Joshua 1:9 - be strong and courageous and do not be afraid. The Lord goes with you each and every day, He'll never forsake you.

Keep letting us know your specific prayers and we will be lifting them up!

Steph said...

Boothe & family...

You don't know me; however, I heard about your story from a military/church friend of mine...Amy Stark. Your girls are just precious & beautiful. Thank you for sharing your experience despite its difficulty. I will be praying for you & your family during this time.

May you feel the peace, joy & love of Christ each moment of the day.

Stephanie Reis

Anonymous said...

Praying for total peace and comfort from our heavenly Father tonight...may His Word be a lamp to your feet and light to your path...
"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip-He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you-the Lord is your shade at your right hand...The Lord will keep you from harm-he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. "
Psalm 121

LWB said...

Thinking about you guys tonight. Praying that God will be near in the midst of these difficult moments. Boothe, you are doing a great job taking care of Copeland! You guys are on my mind and in my thoughts.

Laurie Wunder Bolden

Anonymous said...

prayer group at Christ community is praying, so am I ...

will think/pray for Copeland throughout the night.


Mary Collins

Emily said...

Praying for you guys tonight.
~Emily

Anonymous said...

Dear Conor and Boothe,
We first learned of the birth of your precious Copeland last night. She is absolutely beautiful! We will pray without ceasing for your family.

"I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, "You are my servant", I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:9-10

Praying throughout the night with you,
Kit and Natalie Ozburn

Anonymous said...

Continuing to pray and hold you all close to my heart.

Love from KY

kristin and matt said...

we're still praying.

Erin Weston-Myers said...

Boothe, you and Copeland have been heavy on my heart from 9am on Tuesday morning. I remember the exact moment and the burden hasn't lifted yet. I am on my knees in prayer.
Erin W-Myers

Jenny said...

I am continuing praying for all of you. I would like to give you the words to a song, I tried to find it on Youtube for you, but no one has it there. I hope it is what you need.


You are my strength, Strength like no other
Strength like no other Reaches to me

You are my hope, Hope like no other
Hope like no other reaches to me

In the fullness of Your grace
In the power of Your name
You lift me up
You lift me up

Unfailing love Stronger than mountains
Deeper than oceans Reaches to me

Your love oh Lord
Reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness
Reaches to the skies

"You are My Strength"
Reuben Morgan

Laura said...

You and your family have been on my mind non-stop...and I don't even know you! I have been thinking and praying for you guys. I have even kept my internet connected all the time just so I can hop on real quick and check for any updates.
You truly are an inspiration. I will keep praying for you and your precious family.

Mayhem And Miracles said...

I have never commented before, but I have been reading since I found you through another blog two or three weeks ago. I am the aunt of another baby, Ashley, who is also stuggling for life. Your words touch and inspire me to the deepest part of my soul. You cause me to want to follow your family's example (your original and your immediate) of how to show forth Christ in the hard times. You have a beautiful testimony and absolutely STUNNING young ladies for daughters. I will be praying for your requests.

Christina said...

"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light."
Colossians 1:9-12
Boothe - I am praying for you and your heart, and your precious family. Tonight at church Louie Giglio talked about how as believers we WILL have trouble in this world - the kind of trouble that shakes your faith to its very core... but the good news is that He has already overcome the world. I was thinking about you and your family all throughout the service. I got home and checked your blog and am praying for you all and wanting to encourage you but I feel like my words are so inadequate. "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lost heart."
Hebrews 12:2-3
Thank you for continuing to share your journey with all of us.
love you,
Christina Adams

Anonymous said...

God is our refuge and STRENGTH, a very present help in our times of trouble. He's with you, Boothe and He loves you all so much. I'm praying right along side you as part of this small cloud of witnesses.

Michelle

Anonymous said...

Praying at all times for your precious little girl. You are incredible parents and she is so blessed to have been given to you. What examples you are and will continue to be in your testimony for Christ during this time.

My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9

Laura in TN

The Trone's: James, Misty, and Bella Grace said...

His mercies are new every morning! Great is HIS faithfulness... Boothe- I know of you and your family through several friends here in Nashville. Your little Copeland has kept me up late at night praying, crying, and praising our God whom holds us all in the palm of His hand. May you feel His presence tonight.

Anonymous said...

What an impact Copeland has made on everyone! There are prayers for her and her entire family rising up this very second all across the country. Praise God, and rest assure he will prevail!!
Mom in WI

Anonymous said...

thoughts and prayers for your family from FL
Jennifer

Anonymous said...

More prayers going up from Texas.

Kimberly

MOM said...

Dearest Boothe,
We are praying, right now. We continue to lift you and your sweet little one to the Father. As I pray for the breath of life for Copeland , I am reminded of the breath of life we also receive from the Holy Spirit....thanks be to God that He continues to breathe His life in you all. "Be still and Know that I am God." We are praying still.
Much love from the Holloway family

Jennie-Marie said...

We continue to pray for each of you and for your specific requests. Every decision you have made has been guided by the Lord. Boothe, you are a wonderful mother, a true inspiration to many. As someone else said, you are all surrounded by a great army of love. The McMasters

Anonymous said...

Dear Boothe and Conor,

From the time you told us about the diagnosis of Copeland, God has been honored and glorified through your faith. We have all been inspired by your family seeing how the Lord has always been the focus despite the circumstances.

While reading your post, I have this picture of you watching over sweet Copeland having the blue spells. The pain must be beyond words although you know the outcome; that Copeland will be in heaven one day. I thought of the fact that our heavenly Father must felt the same way when He watched Jesus being crucified on the cross for our sins. This is the ultimate demonstration of His love for us. Boothe and Conor, God knows how much it hurts.

John 16:33, Jesus said to his disciples, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." And we are IN HIM, and so we are overcomers!! And yes, His purpose and plan will prevail.

Peace be with you,
Phemie

Ryan said...

Your family is in my prayers.

"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven."-Matthew 18:10

Your Copeland has her own angels watching over her.

Anonymous said...

You have never been far from my heart today. I praise God for the priceless memories you've been able to make with your precious daughters. Praying without ceasing that there will be many more ...

Anonymous said...

You and your family have touched my life! I am lifing you and little baby Copeland up to the Lord!

Anonymous said...

I will pray throughout this night.

The Donley's said...

I have been touched by your story and blogs. Thank you for sharing. My husband and I are praying specifically for you and your sweet family.

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are for you as we lay down to sleep tonight...and will be throughout the night.

Kerry said...

Praying for your family.

Jennisa said...

A song comes to mind..."Be near, oh GOD"...

I pray that you feel His presence very near to you during this time.

Kara Sheets said...

i think of Copeland many times throughout the day (and night when I am feeding my boys), and want to tell you again that we are praying.

Lauren S. Hauge said...

Please know you have touched my life beyond mention! I am lifting you and your family up to the Lord!

Mary Alice said...

May the God of Creation hold you tightly in His arms tonight. And may He continue to stir all of us - your cloud of witnesses - to wakefulness throughout the night to lift your names before Him.

So much love to the four of you.

Connie said...

Continuing to pray for all of you...and also that you and Conor would find ways to connect with each other as you mentioned in an earlier post. Your love for each other and your girls is a sweet testimony to those of us who have been invited along on this journey with you.
Your transparency and vulnerability are blessing the Body of Christ in so many ways. God is using you, and your sweet girl, to encourage the faith of many. May He continue to get the glory!

Eleanor Willis said...

Considers us to be praying for the entire family... I encourage you to continue to pray specifically and thank you for letting all of us know the specificsn to be praying for as well. Copeland is constantley on my heart and mind. Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved.

-Willis Family

Tiffany said...

Beautiful family, I continue to pray.

Krista from Texas said...

My husband and I are praying that little Copeland will stay warm and breathe easily tonight. May he give you all comfort and rest. Sellers looks like a great big sister!

Anonymous said...

I can not go another moment without leaving you a comment. . . .I have been following your precious story for a few months now and I think that you and your family are simple AWESOME!!! Reading about Copleland has filled my heart in a way that it has never been before- I will continue to pray over you all! Give that sweet baby and Sellers a kiss for me!

Kristy C said...

We are praying specifically as you have requested and our hearts ache with you.

Anonymous said...

Staying up late in Texas to pray for your sweet family. I'm sure you are all so weary. Please know that an army of your sisters and brothers stand with you in your battle.

Ellie said...

Praise be to God for all He has done, for all He is doing, and for all He will do with little Copeland's life! As your hearts are full of both joy and grief, we are praying for you to continue to find hope in our God who gives "strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak" (Isaiah40:29). We'll be checking in often to see how we can pray for you. Your faith and humility have encouraged, challenged, and changed me.

Praying.
Ellie

JUST A MOM said...

JESUS... HOLD TIGHT............

Anonymous said...

praying in chicago....lifting you up before our compassionate Father (psalms 103:13-14)

Kathy said...

Praying, praying, praying in Michigan. How wonderful that such an adorable tiny peanut can bring untold numbers of people to their knees.

Hoping that you will feel all of our prayers and that God blesses you with HIS peace that passes all understanding.

I pray that you feel totally comfortable to call the doctor or your NICU nurses (especially Carla: loved her suggestions tonight, she obviously cares about you all very much). They are professionals, they mean it when they say call with quetions. Even in the middle of the night.
If you are unsure or uneasy about something call and ask.

I will pray for wisdom and discernment, for an amazing unity between you and Conor, to be of one mind, one accord.

I pray for rest for you, Boothe, don't forget you just had major surgery and a baby! So glad you are with your wonderful parents.
You are an amazing Godly woman, I hold you up in prayer. I praise God for you and for your precious little Copeland and all that He has done and all that He will do!Praying for all you requested...

Anonymous said...

A group of ladies in Hawaii are praying for your family and especially for precious little Copeland. May the Lord continue to give each of you the faith and strength to hope for each new miracle He grants in Copeland's life. As He shows you His glory, may He comfort you with His powerful presence and peace of heart. Praise His glorious Name as He continues to hear and answer your prayers. We wait on Him with you...

Kathy said...

I need to clarify a comment I just made. What I meant to say about feeling free to call a doc or nurse is just that if they say please call they really want you to feel free to call anytime. I am saying this as an OB nurse who is happy to hear from a discharged patient if and when they need to ask a question, talk or just bounce something off of me.
Hoping you all are sound asleep...

Anonymous said...

I am a NICU nurse at Vanderbilt. I am woring tonight and I will be praying all night for your little Copeland. Prayers are being lifted up for you, Conor, Sellers and Copeland. I pray for God's sustaining peace for your family.

Anonymous said...

praying in Ct.

Sue said...

I'm up late in St. Louis... and praying for you now.

Renee Copeland said...

Boothe,

It's 2:15 a.m. and Copeland and you are on my heart. Praying for a peaceful night for all of you. Isn't it incredible that the same Infinite One who hung the moon and the stars and spoke the planets into being cares so much more for the lillies of the field and the tiniest sparrow? How much more does He love you and your sweet little sparrow? If Copeland were the only human being ever born, Christ would have emptied all of Heaven and given Himself for her and her alone. Wonderous mercy, boundless love. Rest well, dear faithful daughter of God, angels attend thee. ~Renée

Anonymous said...

It is 4:15 in GA and I am praying for you all. Just know that you are on my heart and in my mind every minute. God Bless.

Mandy
GA

Lynn said...

Jesus is watching over you and your family. He hears the ceaseless prayers and is holding each of you in his arms. Your faith is evident and so many have learned and been touched by it. I pray that Copeland is resting comfortably and that you and your family are granted a peace that passes understanding. Many of us in Texas are fervantly praying.
LYNN

Anonymous said...

I have been reading faithfully for since Copeland was born. I have been truly touched by your strength and faith. I will contitnue to pray for you and your sweet family. I am amazed by your story, your wisdom as a mother, and mostly I am amazed by Copeland.

With prayers in my heart,
Meg (Clara's mom)

Culley said...

Still praying for each one of you.

Melanie Hollis said...

Boothe,
From my own personal journey with our "Baby Hope", I hope I can offer some thoughts:

Hope, at 2 years of age now, cannot walk or talk, she cannot follow simple commands, she has had 2 open-heart surgeries and a stomach surgery, she has double-vision and everything looks like a fuzzy blob through her eyes because she is so incredibly far-sighted. She sounds like a complete mess, but she is in actuality, a complete joy. Sincerely, we wouldn't change the last two years with her for anything!

In reading the above description, most people would hug their "normal" children and think about how thankful they are not to have my little Hope as their own child. I giggle as I type those words thinking how upside down our society is.

I have too many insights to share in a short blog, but there are a couple of things I want you to hear. Before Hope was born, I spent two years begging the Lord to draw me closer to Himself.....to teach me to know Him more. And I meant it with all of my heart. He has done that through Hope. I understand now what scripture means when it says the least on earth will be the greatest in the Kingdom----of course they will. The least on earth have sacrificed "normalcy" in order to teach the rest of us.

When I look at Hope, I see a little lamb who was given to me in response to my requests to God. He heard my cry to draw closer to Him, He then looked at my heart and knew the best way to get me to Him was through my children. You see, the issue with drawing closer to Him was never an issue for Him, it was with me.

I want you to know that Baby Copeland's life is not about whether she is going to live or die, and it never has been. Her life is about you, Conor, and Sellers. Instead of praying that He will take her, just think of how privileged you are to have been chosen for this awesome moment with the Lord. The Creator of the universe,
Who never makes mistakes, is drawing you all closer to Him. This is a teaching moment.....relish it and allow it to linger.

Our flesh wants things to go back to what we consider "normal"----however, the Holy Spirit (set-apart Spirit---different from the world) within us longs to go deeper, and to increase in faith and knowledge of the Father.

Rest in knowing that you are not in control of this situation---God knows the end from the beginning, so He already knows every tear you will cry, every prayer you will pray, and every thought you will think.

At the moment, you feel like you are lost in a forest, and you are probably thinking: "Where is the trail out of here?" Remember, He is preparing a path....a way through. He isn't going to use a big earth mover to come in and make the way wide and easy for you, because He wants you to learn to listen for His voice as He guides you through. He will remove the trees little by little, creating a narrow path, until finally one day you reach a clearing----everything will make perfect sense.

I hope this is an encouragement to you today. In life, there is a season for everything. This is your season to grow some more and to learn what it is He is trying to show you. Copeland is exactly what He has purposed her to be at the moment----it is those around her He desires to mold and change.

In closing, God did not "put" Trisomy 18 on little Copeland because of something you or Conor did or did not do. Sickness and disease are a result of our fallen world. He has, however, allowed it, so there is purpose in it. My prayer is simply this: that you and Conor will be forever changed for Him through Copeland. Enjoy your time with Copeland and Sellers---no one knows how much time we have left. For certain, one day we will all stand before God and will answer for our lives here on earth. I join you in making a decision to make the most of each moment, humbled that I have been chosen to know Him.

Anonymous said...

praying in Auburn

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