Friday, September 21, 2007

9:15 am

We are doing well... Copeland has had less of the scary moments she did yesterday and her heartrate, as well as body temperature, seem to be quite high and strong. Conor and I are still in the room alone, getting to spend some amazing time as parents by ourselves before family begins to arrive.

We were laughing this morning about Copeland's sweet little mouth and dark hair, both characteristics she shares with her big sister. It's wild to be a mom and dad with two girls... we will forever have the privilege of saying that, which is quite a thrill. Copeland looks like one of our babies, and that's also a thought that brings a smile to my face. She looks like us... she belongs to us... she always will.

74 comments:

DeeDee said...

Boothe, I check on you all every few hours! YEAH! God is amazing!
A pastor mentor of ours (My husband is a minister) uses to say "Ain't God good!"

Yes He is! Enjoy all the wonders a newborn brings to your memories.
When my first grandaughter was born and I had to come back from Texas..I bought Lavendar lotion and kept it on my desk to have a constant reminder of her sweet smell..she is now 5.5 yrs old and I still have lotion on my desk!

Joy,Debi O

Dee Dee in NC said...

Praying for you today, and for the treasure you hold in your arms.

Kaylane said...

We love you guys so much that it actually hurts to not be there with you. Copeland is one lucky little girl to have such loving and incredible parents!

I found David downstairs last night crying on the couch as he prayed for you guys. He said that besides his family, me and our little girl...you guys are the only people he has ever prayed for this much.

Know that we continue to pray over you!

Jana said...

Boothe & Conor, I, too, have 2 little girls, and the blessings they have brought me are immeasureable (sp?). I know that Sellers and Copeland bring you the same joy that my girls bring me, and I am so thankful that you have had this time to share w/ them together. you are in my every prayer.

Jana Rome (Nathan Luce's sister)

DeeDee said...

Here is another thing to do w/Copeland. Touching her skin is like (take your thumb and pointer finger , now pretend that you are rubbing air) touching air!

That is how soft her skin is right now b/c you know that changes after a few months.

Joy,Debi O

Laurin said...

Boothe,
I have been continuously checking your blog to read of all the precious moments of your sweet Copeland's life. I have been so blessed by your vulnerability and willingness to share this incredibly difficult journey with so many. What an incredible legacy that Copeland's life will leave--a picture of being perfectly and completely loved. Not only the way that you and Conor completely and perfectly love your daughter, but the way that you and Conor are completely and perfectly loved by the Father.
Laurin Maddux

Sun said...

I am so happy to read this post! I keep checking all day long - and praying! Sunshine

Cherry said...

Elliott and I were just commenting on her beautiful mouth last night-she is absolutely perfect-praying for you guys as always--love you

Tiffany said...

Boothe and Conor,
I am so revelling in what God continues to do! He is so amazing! I thank God that He is enforcing to you that 'yes' Copeland is His, but she will always be yours too - and she was created by you and Conor to be perfectly Copeland - there isn't another little girl like her! What a treasure! You all have an army out here - praying for you, hoping to bolster you both through prayer. God is so good! I pray that your day is full of blessings, joy and more laughter! We're praying! Thank you for sharing this time with us! I feel so blessed to share with you.
Peace to you both!
-Tiffany

Mary Alice said...

I am so grateful for all of this precious time that you and Conor have been given with Copeland, your sweet angel.

Boothe, I know you never set out necessarily to be a teacher, but you are teaching me so much through your words. I was wondering this morning if I had enjoyed my Jack in his nearly three and a half years on this earth as much as you have enjoyed Copeland in her short time here. Thank you for reminding me that it's about the little things...and that I need to be unabashedly grateful for every SECOND I have with my sweet boy.

I love all of you and am grateful to the Father for bringing you into my life. It is an honor to stand in the gap and to lift your names before the Lord!!

Anonymous said...

This was brought to my attention through a prayer chain that we have between friends. You and your husband are such an inspiration, you have no idea what an impact you've made! Your faith in God above is amazing and your trust is outstanding. Your daughter has touched so many lives in the short time she has been here, I can't believe it. What a lucky little girl, to be safe in the arms of her Mommy and Daddy and family...and all the hugs and kisses - she probably feels so safe and at ease. They say "It's not how many days you live, but how you live your days while your here." I pray that the Lord give you more time with her and that you enjoy your little miracle you've longed for. You guys are truly an inspiration and should be proud of yourselves and your faith in the Lord above. May God be with you, comfort you and surround you with peace and love.

Renee Copeland said...

Boothe, faithful handmaid of the Lord, I am praying for you as you "treasure up all these things in your heart". Your faithfulness is bringing forth Christ to many. Count it all joy when you are called to share in the suffering of Christ in this world, for great is your reward. May your heart and soul find rest in the knowledge that His timing is divine perfection. All blessings be upon you and all you hold dear.

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jenny said...

We praise God that you have these memories and special moments. What a lucky girl. Her short time on earth is being spent cradled in the arms of love, her eternal life in heaven will be spent cradled in the arms of her Heavenly Father. I have a daughter that is the most precious gift I've ever been given. I also have a baby in heaven, that I have yet to meet. Not understanding God's will, but accepting it is extremely hard to do. God is great, babies are such miracles. Enjoy your sweet girl. We continue to pray, hold onto your sweet treasure.

Laura said...

I am praying for you and your family. I can not express what an incredible witness you and your family have been to me. Thank you for sharing this journey and allowing us to see God's love and grace through you.

Carly (NICU Nurse) said...

Boothe and Conor- Words cannot say how much I value taking care of Copeland for her first three days on this earth. Your entire family has been such a blessing to me. I feel that in some way, God has been preparing me for my time with you. When I first started in the NICU, I was told we rarely lose babies; this is my third in three months. I feel that the things that I learned from the first two have helped me to better care for your family. It was truly an honor to meet you all. Your precious Copeland will remain in my heart forever. My husband and I will continue to pray for your entire family, and especially Copeland. She is such a gift!

alexis said...

I can't believe that you guys have the emotional strength to keep posting updates. You are amazing to me--Jesus's strength in you is amazing and undeniable. I was reading about Abraham last night for my Bible study, about how God told him to sacrifice his loved son, his only son, his son that he waited for, trusted God for and prayed for. This meant more to me yesterday than ever before as I watch you surrender your daughter. I can only imagine how Abraham felt when God told him to give Isaac up. Not only that but by his own hands. And yet God was merciful. i loved this verse, "So Abraham called this place 'The Lord will provide' as it is said to this day 'On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.'" THE LORD SHALL PROVIDE! You know this to be true and I have learned in my life that sometimes it takes time to understand the provision but it is there...grace, love, hope, a future. I love you guys with all of my heart.

JUST A MOM said...

Boothe ,, maybe just maybe she can stay a bit longer then they all thought. Has she been able to eat any better? Or are they really saying that she is just a matter of time before Jesus comes for her.? I am so praying for you and your family it is just so sweet seeing how well she is doing. Hang in there and hold strong....

jtcosby said...

WOW! This is incredible! I keep checking in, refreshing your site...and waiting to hear news! Thanks for keeping the updates coming! Blessings!
Tamara

shannon jones said...

Hey guys, I'm so glad that you had more precious time with Copeland. I am praying for your peace and rest. Let me know if you need anything.

Love you
Shannon & Stefan

sara said...

Boothe and Conor,
Thank you so much for these updates. Your family has been constantly on my mind and in my prayers over the past few days. Though my heart aches for you, I am both encouraged and amazed at the way the Lord is sustaining you and providing for you and for Copeland every minute. What a gift it is to be able to see the many blessings in the midst of such hard circumstances.

She is a beautiful girl, and what a wonderful, precious name you have given to her. We will definitely keep praying for what each day brings you family of four.

Brian and Sara

Lesley Ann said...

Boothe and Conor- Copeland is so precious and I agree- she does look a little like both of you and Sellers. I feel so blessed to get to meet her and spend some time with you both. I am praying for both of you today, that you would get to spend as much time as you can with her and that she is not suffering. I realized yesterday that Copeland knows you both already!- the second Conor let the nurse hold her, she cried until she was back in his arms. How amazing! God is so good and I know He is carrying you in His arms every minute of the day. The nurse who was holding Copeland yesterday has been so touched by you both and Copeland- she had constant tears falling down her face. God has surrounded you both with wonderful people who are able to care for you and Copeland while you are in the hospital- what an answer to prayer! We love you and are continuing to pray.

Anonymous said...

"The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zep 3:17

I can see that He has already quieted you with His love. May you hear His song that He sings over you now.

Anonymous said...

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God.

Praise God for keeping His people strong. He indeed knows Copeland by name. He knows her from the beginning. Conor and Boothe, we're standing with you!

In His Love,
Phemie

julie davidson said...

Good Morning from Seagrove Florida!
Greg and I are in here with Sara and Todd for a little grown-up getaway. We are thankful for wireless internet, and check your blog every chance we get.
Thank you for posting pictures of your new Baby Girl. She is beautiful! ~just like Sellers!
God is so Good!

the*4*of*us said...

I just found you guys and am grateful to God that I did--you are amazing parents and I am praying that your sweet little one passes peacefully into the arms of Jesus!!

Anonymous said...

Praying for God's perfect timing in Copeland's life. May you enjoy each moment today.

Charleston J said...

Still praying in Lynchburg, VA.

Anonymous said...

Farley Family,
you are all the most amazing people and such an example what Jesus wants to see in all of us. God is good and our sweet angel Copeland, we pray we pray!

Paulette said...

what a special tetimony to one's who come here and see your faith in action, trusting sweet precious Copeland totally into the hands of the father, and being able to let her go with him because you have faith in our Father.
This sweet family is truely what Faith is all about.
Thankyou for the updates, I am praying ferently for everyone who comes in your room today to be apart of your healing process.

Anonymous said...

praying.

nick, robyn and taylor said...

How sweet of our Lord to make her look like y'all. And how wonderful it is to read that you're able to laugh.

One of my favorite praise songs comes to mind right now:

It's all about You, Jesus
And all this is for You
For Your Glory and Your Fame.

Robyn (friend of a friend)
It's not about me,
As if You should do things my way.
You alone are God
and I surrender, to Your ways.

Jesus, Lover of my soul
All consuming fire is in Your gaze.
Jesus, I want you to know
I will follow You for all my days.
For no one else in history is like You
And history itself belongs to You.
Alpha and Omega
You have loved me
And I will share eternity with You.

nick, robyn and taylor said...

Not sure why my name showed up in the middle of the song - sorry :)

amy stanfield said...

boothe and conor,

i've heard of your blog through so many people i know lately, that all know you in some way or another. (amanda conley, nancy galbraith (my mom) and others through church. ) its god's beautiful way of connecting us together for his glory. you have been in our hearts and prayers throughout the day. my husband and i go to fellowship, and we are in a community group with the sutherlands. we were all praying for your family last night. i have been praying for you daily since i heard about your story, and have been reading along with many others.
i've been following another friend of mine that has a blog up- their precious baby has cancer. i have seen the lord so faithful and gracious to them, and i can see how he has been close to you as well. i pray that jesus will continue to wash over you with his comfort, and that your hearts will continue to be full of him.
amy stanfield

Anonymous said...

Still on our knees...in Arkansas

LWB said...

So glad that you got some rest last night and that you are getting more time with Copeland today! I continue to check your blog often and will be praying for special time today as a family. Thank you for letting us all be a part of this with you, even from afar. I know I'm not alone when I say that God has used you as we have watched you walk through this difficult situation.

Laurie Wunder Bolden

Laurie said...

Laughter, now that is a welcome emotion with all that has happened this blessed week! It must have felt so good inside your hearts as you looked at her and saw your family mirrored back at you. She is YOURS.
As you know, the name Isaac means laughter. And Abraham was told to sacrifice him to God. And at the moment Abrahams heart completely was willing, (how hard that must have been), well, you know how the rest of the story goes. My heart keeps saying "What If?" I am so amazed at Copelands strength in her little body, not sustained by food for nourishment, but by God. His miracle continues to unfold hour by hour. Her ministry in four days is
so heart warming and reaching out to so many without speaking a word.
Have a most wonderful day with her and your family today. And, "What If?" God is so good!
Laurie in Ca.

Emalee said...

I expectantly check your blog every few hours. I have been delighted with the joy you find in beautiful Copeland and the Lord. I'm still praying!

Anonymous said...

You do not know me, but I want you to know that the Lord is teaching me an amazing lesson through you. You're undying faith & gracefulness through this is so clearly god-sent. Know that HE is being glorified through you and through Copeland's life. And that is what it's all about.

erika said...

I read all these comments and I just want to say "Amen!" to each one. So, that's what I'll say "AMEN!". Glad you are in good spirits... all glory and praise be to God! Still praying (and refreshing my browser all the time) here in Florida. Thanks for the updates!
erika mcpherson powell

Anonymous said...

Praying without ceasing...

Tara said...

Copeland has provided you with such wonderful memories in her life thus far. What a joy to have your entire life lived in the arms of those who love you most on the earth. I pray for God's mercy as he delivers you whatever He has planned for the rest of her life as well as yours. Blessings from Minnesota.

Peach said...

Continuing to pray for all of you and anxiously await each post. May the God of all comfort be surrounding you with Himself and the flesh of those around you to let you know of His constant care for you, for Conor, for sweet little Copeland and your precious Sellers.

Anonymous said...

praying for you in ohio.

Kelly in Texas said...

I continue to check on you all every few hours. I continue to be inspired by your faith in God's perfect plan for Copeland and your family. Tears of joy come to my eyes as the time you get to spend with your precious baby goes longer and longer. I have been so touched by your faith and trust in the Lord. What an inspiration you are to us all. God Bless you and know that many, many people are praying for you.

Jenna said...

Continuing to check in on y'all and pray for you today :)

With Love, Jenna

Kyla Muns said...

Boothe, I was thinking the same thing when I was looking at pictures of Copeland last night- that she looks like one of your babies. Actually, I was thinking that something about her mouth reminds me of Chelsea! She is so precious. We are rejoicing with you for every moment you are getting to spend with her...May you continue to experience God's sovereignty.
With Love,
Kyla

Melissa Platt said...

constantly checking in and praying for all of you!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you in Chicago...

Anonymous said...

Oh Boothe, you posted a pic of you and conor and copeland and I thought how much copeland looked like you. With your beautiful smile on your face your left eyelid was a little lower than your right. And it reminded me of the sweet little pirate pic of copeland...the same eye was a little lower than the right. You have a beautifl family...both in looks and heart. Take heart thw all of prayers and support still surround you!!! We are with you...

Anonymous said...

Watching from a distance... seeing the Amazing Grace with which you are handling this situation.... Grace that can only come from God above... it is a blessing to be able to enter into this time with you and your family even from afar! Praying for you... praying for Copeland... and for the Lord's PERFECT timing!
Many blessings, love, peace, comfort, strength, hope,& rest....
joining hands with you.... raising them to the Father above!

Mandy said...

Checking on you and Copeland. Still praying that God's will be done. I stand amazed at both your strength and Copeland's will to live. I know Madeline will welcome her to heaven when God says it is time for her to go. Until that time, enjoy her and memorize her every tiny part.

Mandy

Jason White Family said...

Each time our family stops to pray together for your family, our three year old prays for Sellers. He is praying that she "is happy because her baby sister will get to play with God." Oh, the faith in and simplicity of a child's mind!

Sandi said...

I found your blog through a friend and as I read through it yesterday a scripture continued to come to my mind. It's Psalm 71:7 "I have become a marvel to many, For You are my strong refuge."

I marvel at the strength God has given you to face this journey, the honest way you approach life, and the desire to see every moment with your precious baby girl for what it is, a great gift.

I am praying for you all of you to be able to continue resting in the strong refuge and peace of our Father.

derrickandamy said...

Boothe and Conor,
Continuing to pray that you are blessed with every moment that God promised long ago. Find comfort in knowing that God knit her together in your womb. He knows the plan. much love and blessings~Amy

Anonymous said...

Farley Family,
I found your amazing story today from a friend of a friend and feel as if God intend for me to find you. What an amazing strength and journey of witness for God. Please know that you all are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing this with others so that we too can not loose sight of the wonderful works of our heavenly father. Please know that my family of 5 will be praying for your family.

Prayers from KY

Anonymous said...

This if from the hymn How Firm a Foundation....
"Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed;
For I am your God and will still give you aid;
I'll strengthen you, help you and cause you to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call you to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with you, your troubles to bless,
And sanctify to you your deepest distress.

"When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be your supply;
The flame shall not hurt you;I only design
Your dross to consume and your gold to refine.

"The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
THat soul,though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake."

THis hymn has brought me much comfort...Continuing to pray...God is near the broken hearted.

Anonymous said...

praying, rejoicing, and hurting for you in oklahoma.

Anonymous said...

You wonderful people don't know me. You are a friend of a friend and you emails were passed along to our church. Our church is a praying church so you can count on many more prayers being lifted up for your family. My heart and my prayers are with you

Joyce Manning
Minister of Education/Outreach
Hephzibah Baptist Church
2701 Henderson Hwy.
Troy, AL 36079
1-334-566-6477
joycemanning@charter.net

Anonymous said...

Sweet Boothe, Conor, Sellers and Copeland, my heart and soul are with you. I stand amazed at what God is doing with this precious baby! I love you all, Trish

Anonymous said...

Today as I was driving and praying for your sweet family, I heard Mercy Me's song "Bring the Rain." I thought the words expressed so much what ya'll are going through right now. I am sure you have heard this song and possibly someone has even posted the words on your blog. I know that ya'll are in the rain as I type this, but you are bringing HIM glory! I feel incredibly blessed to have seen HIM glorified through the rain in your life. Holy is our Lord!

"Bring The Rain"
I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain
So I pray

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty

JUST A MOM said...

I hope things are peacfull around you. May God hold you tighter as the time comes you need it.

Anonymous said...

Praying for peace & comfort and even a time of rejoicing as your baby girl travels home.
~Prayers from Colorado

emily said...

Praying for you in St. Louis, Mo

Courtney said...

still praying and rejoicing with you for these precious moments as a family!

The Larkins said...

We are praying for ya'll and will continue to pray. We are so glad that you have had this time with your sweet little girl. Thanks for sharing this experience.

Love,
Emmy (Alston Wise's sister) and John Larkin

Anonymous said...

Hi, sweet Farley family - thank you for sharing your faith with us, ministering to all of us through your words and actions. I pray not only for Copeland's peace, but for yours as well.
~Paige Smith

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl, your second sweet daughter!

jaclynru said...

My name is Jaclyn Underwood and I have been following your story from Houston Texas. Your family is in my constant thoughts and prayers. I don't know you but you have deeply touched my life. I sat in my 4-month old daughters nursery this evening rocking her to sleep and I shed tears thinking of you both holding your sweet baby Copeland. I cannot imagine the pain you must be feeling but your faith and devotion to the Lord is inspiring to me. His precious thoughts for Copeland are more than the grains of sand. You are a beautiful family and Copeland is very blessed to have you for her mommy and daddy. Enjoy every moment. My thoughts ar with you.

Britney said...

My madien name is Copeland and your sweet baby was brought to my attention because of her name. The Copelands in Georgia are praying for your Copeland in Tennessee. May our all powerful, all knowing, all loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ give your family God's peace that passes all understanding.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for you from Germantown. May God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

I have not heard one mention of your physical pain from child birth, or when your milk comes in. only joy that sweet Copeland has brought you. You are an amazing woman. I admire your strength and your attitude. I keep checking for updates, my mind is constantly flowing with prayer for you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Praying in North Carolina. Blessings to your sweet, precious family.

Anonymous said...

Would it be to personal to ask for an address that we might send a card to the family? Your story has forever touched my life. I had a little nephew with trisomy 18- he lived a bittersweet 9 months. He was so tiny and perfect just like Copeland. I would love to send a card to your family. Your strength and faith uplifts me so much. How I love your family, even though we have never met.
Jaelle Kaylor
momtothreebabies@netscape.com