Tuesday, September 18, 2007

feeding tubes

I am astounded at how many of you commented on that last post in such a short time! It truly humbles me to realize that so many are routinely 'checking in' on our family, wanting to know what to pray for.

I wanted to let you know that the neonatologist came and visited with us about 25 minutes ago. He was very kind and simply said that many, many babies of Copeland's size - irregardless of their underlying problems - need feeding tubes. It's a relatively common way to make sure they remain fed and can survive as long as the Lord permits. He wanted to be sure Conor and I were okay with administering that kind of 'life-saving' technique; we told him that we absolutely wanted her to have every opportunity to live when the choice was in our hands. If the Lord chooses to take her because of something we cannot prevent, we will know His sovereignty. But at this point, we believe He's giving us an option that will protect and provide for our sweet girl. The conversation went smoothly and even as we speak, Copeland should be eating. Please continue to pray that she will, in fact, respond well to the tubes.

We are off to bed... Conor and I both feel strongly that at this point, Copeland is being cared for by exceptional people who have exceptional skills and we rest peacefully as the nurses and doctors in the NICU tend to our sweet girl.

We love you and thank you for your unbelievable support.

41 comments:

julie davidson said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! I have not been able to access your post until now (computor problems), and am so thankful that you and Conor are keeping us (your blog family) up to date about the arrival of your sweet Baby Girl. Sellers was so excited today when your family came to school to pick her up. I know she is a proud Big Sister!
Please give Miss Copeland a kiss from me!
Continuing to pray~

{Karla} said...

What wonderful new!

Praying that the Lord will allow you all to rest peacefully through the night as He watches over you.

Blessings,
Karla

Rocks In My Dryer said...

God bless your sweet family. I'm praying for you.

Anonymous said...

so thankful for technology at this moment!
God is using it to help nourish Copeland and to help keep those who love you informed and up to date as to how to pray. i have been able to think of nothing else today other than the arrival of Copeland and it has been heavy upon my heart to continually pray for God's glorious mercy and i will continue to do so.
know that the hemmings family loves you and yours so very much!! may God's peace continue to be yours throughout this journey....... janie

Cole said...

The rejoycing continues. Prayers from coast to coast and what a testimony to sweet Copeland! Our amazing God has brought an army of pray-ers for your family. Continue to rest well.
The Tepner Family

shawn said...

conor and boothe...
still praying... more than i have in a long time. i love you guys so much and am so thankful for the life that you are living so transparently. it's obviously a gift to so many. it certainly is to meg and i. still praying specifics for you all and also thanking god for his blessing each of you in ways that are tangible, ways that prove he is real and present. sleep well.

brown bear

ali said...

i am so thrilled for you guys. i cant tell you all how many people in auburn have been lifting you up today. my heart has been overflowing all day knowing that the Lord is good here and that you would see that today. i will go to sleep tonight with praises and thankfulness to our king. i was overjoiced to come home from a movie and find two astoundingly encouraging blogs. loving your entire family...and know that the prayers will not stop here but rather only continue

ali tanner

Renee said...

Rejoicing with you guys! I'm so glad to hear that she is doing well. We'll continue to pray for you.

JMom said...

Great news! Thankful for every little blessing of her life. Praying for you all this morning.

Pam Cone said...

Throughout today, I was more and more aware of the functioning of the body of Christ. I got emails, phone calls from those sittingon the edge of their seats, waiting for the arrival of Copeland! Praying! It filled my heart so much to realize what a blessedness we have being a part of the Body of Christ. When one part is in need of assistance, help, love, others are on their knees offering prayers to the Father. It seems too simple at times; but, that's all the Father needs to do His work. It's a priviledge to be a part of this. We rejoice with you and continue to pray for all of you. Copeland might get tired of all the hugs everyone wants to be given to her. Lots of kisses will do, too. We love you!
The Cone Family

Anonymous said...

We rejoice in the birth of this precious daughter and continue crying out to God on her behalf.

Thank you for your willingness to update your site even during such precious hours with your brave little Copeland.

Elizabeth S said...

Still praying...

Katie Widmaier said...

The Lord has already answered so many prayers. Your peace and joy are surpasses understanding. We thinking and praying for you guys.

Angie Luce said...

I am so thrilled! Praise Jesus!!!

kate yeager said...

constantly praying. this song has been in the back of my mind since i've been reading your blog (since june).

"Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee,
And Thy beauty fills my soul,
For by Thy transforming power,
Thou hast made me whole.

Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.

O, how great Thy loving kindness,
Vaster, broader than the sea!
O, how marvelous Thy goodness,
Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in Thee, Belov├Ęd,
Know what wealth of grace is Thine,
Know Thy certainty of promise,
And have made it mine.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings:
Thine is love indeed!

Ever lift Thy face upon me
As I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ’neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory,
Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting,
Fill me with Thy grace.

Anonymous said...

Praise God for He is so good!!!
My heart sings for you guys today. My eyes are crying tears of joy.
Thank you for telling us what to pray for. I am looking at my own little twin boys right now (they are a year old) and am amazed. Life is miraculous!
Randi

Jenny said...

sweet boothe and conor,
wow..God has already answered so many prayers. i am so thankful for the time you've gotten to spend with copeland and will continue to pray that He sustains you today, tomorrow and in the weeks to come. may the God who created precious copeland give you a peace today that surpasses all understanding. i love you guys,
jenny watkins

Jenna said...

Praising God for such great news, and lifting ya'll up this morning :)

Kelly in Texas said...

I'm so glad to hear that the feeding tube is working out. I think of Copeland and your family all day and pray for God to bless you all and give you extra special time to spend with your precious daughter. May God continue to hold you close.

Anonymous said...

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:11-12

May God continue to pour His love & peace upon you all. Thanks for allowing us to witness this great miracle, Copeland and her precious family...

Jason Ingram said...

Our family has been praying for yours day and night.
Love you guys,
The Ingrams

Anonymous said...

Hope that God gave you rest last night and that Copeland responded well to the feeding tubes. May you enjoy today with your beautiful little girl!

The Zabkas

Anonymous said...

Rejoicing and praying with you!
Melissa Hall

Melanie Hollis said...

We praise the Lord for Copeland's life each and every time we read an update; our family literally stops everything and shouts praises out loud!

We can remember what it was like to visit our baby Hope in the NICU. It was scary to see her and hold her with all of the attachments that were hooked onto her tiny body. However, it was in NICU that the Father began to teach us a new kind of compassion than we had known before. Little Copeland is fearfully and wonderfully made----knitted together just as God intended for His purposes and ultimate plan. Not one thing is beyond His control or outside of His authority; even every atom in our universe lines up under His direction, for if it did not, He wouldn't be God. However, at the same time, Copeland still very much needs the tender care of her family as well as the assistance of the NICU. Perhaps herein lies the mystery: God's complete sovreignty meets our free will.

We are so thankful that you have chosen life and love for this precious little one. Be certain of this: the blessings to come through this experience are more incredible than you can even imagine!

Loads of Love from the Hollis Gang

erika said...

Praise the Lord! Rejoicing with you yesterday and today!!! And still praying!!

Jennifer G. said...

Praying for you this morning to the Almight Father. Looking forward to your next update. Hope you had a restful night. I am so glad to hear the she is doing well. I am a friend of Angie Luce's and got to your page through hers.
Praying!!!

Laurie said...

Boothe and Conor,

I am thanking God this morning for the blessings He has showered on you through this journey, asking Him to continue giving you your hearts desires and meet each one of your needs. My heart pounds as I feel the joy in your words. What a miracle.
The picture in my mind all day yesterday was the internet (Us) waiting on the other side of the delivery room door as family, all praying and waiting for the news. This is how close all of us feel to you right now. What a blessing to be prayer warriors for your family and Copeland. I hope you had the most glorious sleep and sweet dreams last night as you trusted your new treasure to God first and all others in the NICU second. I will continue to ask God to remove all fear, anxiety, doubt, guilt, and replace it with His Sweet Peace and Comfort and Hope, Hope and more Hope. May He give you renewed strength for today and keep the joy flowing in your hearts. God has done great things and will continue to show Himself in the days ahead.
May His grace be abundant in Copelands little perfect body. She is so loved.

Laurie in Ca.

Anonymous said...

I do not know your family, but have heard about your story. I have been praying for your family for the past several weeks and today I rejoice for the Lord is good. I pray he continues to bless baby Copeland alongher precious journey.

God Bless you All!

MFL said...

Boothe- i am so thrilled to hear of Copeland's birth and all the updates. I will continue to be praying for all of you. I'm so glad you are able to rest...

courtney said...

Praying that God would give you and Conor rest. What a miracle you both have in Copeland!

Jennifer said...

I came across your blog yesterday and was very moved by it. While sitting in Bible study last night they began to sing this song and I felt as though I needed to share it:
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever
He's a faithful God to all generations
For the Lord is good and His mercies will not fail us
They are new each day
O lift your voice and say the Lord is good
Great is your faithfulness O Lord
Your loving kindness fills our hearts to overflowing
Songs of rejoicing and sweet praise
They fill our hearts
They fill our days

Praying for you and sweet Copeland from Houston

Aunt Boo said...

I am so glad to hear that things are going well. I am praying for you in Alabama.

Amanda

AuntieB said...

Lord, I come to You this morning with a thankful heart. Thankful that You are God. Thankful that You've allowed a way for Your creation to be redeemed back to You. Thankful for the opportunity You give us to enter Your throne room on behalf of our brothers and sisters. Thankful that You hear the cries of Your children. Thankful that You've seen fit to bless this little girl with parents who would choose life. Thankful that You are allowing her to live outside of the womb. Thankful for the care being recieved at this hospital. How awesome You are. Lord, I ask that You continue to manifest Yourself in this situation. Lead, guide, direct, comfort, protect, and may we never fail to give You all the praise and glory. Cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Keep us sweet in our souls. In Jesus name, Amen.

Diane Dike said...

Praying, rejoicing and loving you from Colorado!!
Lots of Love!!
Paul, Gracie and Diane!
xoxoxoxox

Karen Howell said...

Thank you sweet Boothe for these updates. I am so blessed and inspired by this incredible "family of faith".
Much love,
Karen

Debra Kenney said...

Praying for Copeland and all of you.

Anonymous said...

Conor and Boothe,
Several times last night I awoke thinking of you and praying for your beautiful Copeland. Pat is in DC but is keeping up with you closely. Blake is anxious to see all of you. We have advised her to wait a few days as new moms are often overwhelmed with visitors and on't get much rest. May God hold you close letting you bask in his glory and peace. We continue to pray.
Love, Betsy P.

Anonymous said...

Boothe & Conor,
I opened my devotional book by C.H. Spurgeon this morning, and it said, "I prayed for this child" 1 Sam. 1:27!! "Hannah's one heaven-given child was dearer far, because he was the fruit of earnest pleadings." How freeing it is to cry tears of JOY this morning, as I picture your family all snuggled up together in your hospital bed watching tiny Copeland open her little hands and breathe on her own. What an amazing display of the Father's love for you - truly a gift that you will treasure in your hearts always. I know your journey is just beginning, but don't let the dread of what might be overshadow the blessing of today, this moment. Bask in the light of His glory shining upon your sweet family. We are thrilled for you! Having experienced our little Asa's arrival just 2 weeks ago, I know that feeling of holding your own for the first time, and there's nothing like it! We will continue to pray for God's mercy and grace to hem you in and guard your hearts in Christ Jesus.
With much love,
Kim, John Calvin, Izalou & Asa

Brandi (Angie's friend) said...

Praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Praying constantly for your entire family. Love Rhonda

Mona & Dave Brown said...

We are so thankful to God for the time you have with beautiful little Copeland! We cannot think of anything but you and Conor today. We pray for rest tonight and peace that passes all understanding, which I know the Lord is giving you. You and your families are in our prayers as you rest in His arms.
We love you.

Mona and Dave