Monday, September 24, 2007

good night

Deat sweet family and friends...

Well, we made it through another day and our sweet girl is about to begin her third night away from the hospital. Words fail me... at times I am totally in agony watching her, wondering.... and at times I am filled with deep joy, encouraged that no matter what her physical features might indicate, God seems to be working with every single cell in her body and doing what He always set out to accomplish with her.

I am in awe, repeatedly, at how many of you are reading these words. I simply can't understand it. God has always given me a desire to "reach" people for Him, but in this situation, under such difficult circumstances, I can honestly say I am not like Paul... I don't feel thankful all the time to be used by Him and I don't always appreciate the incredible testimony I know He's writing in our lives right now. But hearing of how Copeland's life and our story have affected you is like a balm for my soul. It is the only thing that in any capacity can justify how much pain I feel for her and the pain I believe we may still walk through. Thank you for sharing what Jesus is doing in your lives. Please pray He would continue to fill us up - to give us joy. I find that I often focus on how hard things are, how sad I am for what will never be, instead of reveling in the incredible experience I'm being blessed with as both Sellers's and Copeland's mommy. Not to mention Conor's wife. It is almost too much to process. Please pray that we will be able to enjoy this path. That the darkness will allow us to see the light we might have missed had things on our journey always stayed sunny and upbeat.

I am much more at peace tonight as we head to bed than I've been since we left the hospital. We have loads of family here who have graciously volunteered to watch Copeland and rock her while Conor and I sleep. I am so blessed.

See you in the morning...`

100 comments:

Gretchen said...

I am over here via Sarah's blog (in the midst of it).

Lord, I lift up Copeland, Sellers, Boothe, and Conor. May Your love be palpable and everpresent in this time. I pray that you would hold them in the palm of your hand and give them the peace and comfort that only You can give. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Stephanie said...

Even Jesus wept when His friend died. Even Jesus asked not to go through what He knew had to be. You are not weak for understanding what is to come, and you don't have to always be strong or think you will let us down when there are times that you can barely hang on. Remember you have hormones to deal with, too, and we all know what that can do to your head as well as your body. Thanks for sharing this incredibly sad, incredibly beautiful experience with people you will never meet in this world.

Marie Lanathoua said...

Goodnightht Sweet Farley family, We love you and are forever touched by you! God Bless you!
With love, till the morning.

Marie

Anonymous said...

Happy 1 week birthday to Copeland! (almost) Thank you for sharing your life, thoughts and adorable pictures with everyone.

Pam in So. California

TN Lizzie said...

Sweet dreams, Boothe, as you and Conor snuggle together.

You know that Copeland is in trustworthy hands tonight. May God bless your dear family over the night-shift. May you lay your head on a comfortable pillow and wrap yourself in sheets that somebody else washed for you. You are loved beyond measure, and God IS using your walk for His Glory.

Thank you for the reflection of Him that I see when I look at you from afar. I imagine it's even more obvious close up!

((((((HUGS))))))

<><, Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

from chicago: praying for you right now, dear sister. praying that our Lord would place his peace over you like a blanket, that you would be able to rest in His mighty arms tonight.

LWB said...

Praying that you will sleep well and that the peace of God, which passes all understanding will guard your heart tonight and as you start another day in the morning.

Laurie Wunder Bolden

Jenny said...

Precious Boothe, stong Conor, rest easy in Jesus' embrace while others sit with Copeland. Sleep well, and without fear or anxiousness, knowing they will wake you if you are required.

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1

I pulled this verse apart once, and it has never meant the same since. It contains such strength, assuredness and security for me. Dear parents, you have never left God's fortress during this trial. His shadow is over you as you sleep... no harm will come to you. He is always alert, he never slumbers, and his promises are steadfast. I love Psalm 121, as it puts this so well;

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 sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Take these with you as you both sleep soundly. I pray that every minute is like an hour, and that you wake feeling refreshed and rejeuvenated, ready to face a new day.

Anonymous said...

"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord's great love (and mercy) we are not consumed [by fear], for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lam.3:21-23

Tricia said...

I have been reading your post since Friday. Came her from Butterfly Kisses, blog. Your story is beautiful. I could only hope to be so strong should I ever be faced with such trials. I truly believe God allows us to go through such things because HE knows the right people to help others through these same trials in the future. Don't apologize for your anger, or any of your feelings. We are all only human. Christ knows your heart- like someone has already said, even Jesus cried- He cried when he thought the Lord was forsaking Him and He was God. I am in awe that you have the strenght to post but then I do know it probably helps to vent and let go of some of this. I love the relationship you have with your family. It reminds me so much of me, my husband, my twin boys and our extended family. You are all in my thoughts and prayer. God bless you all and may He comfort your soul and give you a peace that passeth all understanding!!

Anonymous said...

I learned of your situation through the friend of a friend & have been consumed in thought & prayer for all of you since. Your strength & faith are amazing, even when you may feel weak, and through your struggle, you are such an encouragement. God bless each of you and keep you in His loving care.

The Pittmans
Birmingham, AL

Jan said...

You are loved and covered in prayers! Thank you for sharing yourself with so many people, you continue to minister to folks everywhere (including Deacons, Elders and Stephen Ministers at the Village Church) You have shown all of us what it is to truly embrace the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. Rick, Karina, Jordan and Richard send their love also!

Besos,

Jan

scrappynhappy said...

1 Peter 2:24 (King James Version)
King James Version (KJV)

24Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness by whose stripes ye were healed.

Standing with you during this time.

Anonymous said...

Boothe and Conor,
We don't know each other, but I am Kristin Etter's friend. She e-mailed me asking for prayers for your beautiful, precious daughter, Copeland and your family. I hope you don't mind me writing, but once I recieved her e-mail and your blog address, I read it from start to finish and weapt with you the entire way. I have a 7 month old boy and cannot even begin to wrap my head or heart around what you guys must be going through. My heart truly aches for you, but at the same time, I am completely humbled by your faith in the Lord and your complete trust in Him during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing and for making me strive to be a more devoted Christian by the example you have set. I will continue to pray for all of you and for baby Copeland. I will also be looking at the site every few hours to see how all of you are doing. God bless you and give you a sence of calm and peace.
Julie Gorin

Anonymous said...

Your blog is touching so many lives, and so many thousands of people (yes, at this point I do believe it is thousands) are lifting your family up in prayer. I know that might not mean much when you feel Satan's ugly hand pressing you down, but it is true. You are enveloped in prayer throughout all hours of the day and night with your blog reaching so many around the globe. My heart, mind, and prayers are consumed with your situation & may you find a peaceful sleep tonight.
~With love from Colorado.

Anonymous said...

Praise God for another miraculous day! How sweet it is to know that you're heading for bed in such peace. I'm glad I check just one more time. May the Lord grant you much rest tonight.
Love,
Phemie

The Miller's said...

I agree with everyone wriring...thru my own dear friend I was forwarded your blog. In the midst of what I considered a "bad" week...I randomly clicked back thru to August read "a gentle whisper and goodbye" and in those words the Spririt moved in me. I visit your blog daily and your family is continually in my prayers.
I'm the mother of two young children...I remember reading a quote during my own difficult pregnancies that states "The decision to have a child, is to accept that your heart will forever walk outside of your body." Goodness, if those words aren't the truth.
MUCH love and blessings this evening as you lay your head to rest.
Prayers in Washington State,
Kelly

Anonymous said...

boothe, thank you for the updates and the pictures of your sweet girls. we all continue to pray tonight that you all sleep in peace and rest well.
thank you again for sharing your walk and your life with us.

Kyle Chowning said...

Boothe...I, like many others, watch in awe as you and your family walk through this process. Your ability to tell your story allows us all to be in the room, looking through your eyes, feeling your emotions and thinking your thoughts. Not only is this a gift, but it's addicting. Your honesty is inspiring, your perspective provokes me to reconsider how I tell my story and your dedication to this process coaches us to stay in the fight no matter what. If you ever were to question your influence before now, know that every word you have written has been laid, heavily, on the minds and hearts of scores of compassionate, prayerful and hopeful people like myself. You, Conor, Sellers and most of all, Copeland are not fighting this alone. While the scores of us can't be in the room with you, there is a great cloud of witnesses watching over your family.

I can't thank you enough for what you've done for me and my faith restoration. I'm often in awe and honestly, inspired to see through the lens in which you and yours embrace, process, love and hate the story you're writing every day.

Renee Copeland said...

Thinking of you so much and continuing to pray for all of you. I was thinking today what a blessing it is that I will never again be able to sign or type my last name without thinking of your sweet baby girl, Copeland, the impact of her life on so many, and her extraordinary Mom, Dad, her big sister, grandparents, great-grandparents Everett and Peggy, sweet Aunt Chelsea in Texas and a host of others...what a legacy of faith and Godliness in the midst of unspeakable heartache.

"I know that my Redeemer liveth and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. Though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see GOD." Love and hugs to all of you.....~Renee

Connie said...

Praying for deep sleep to restore your body, mind, and spirit. How wonderful to have a great support system of family walking through this with you. Praying for your girls, too.

simonsays said...

Thanks for the update! I will be one of the many who will fall asleep praying for your sweet family.

Good night.....

Mandy said...

Praying for you still.

Mandy

A Place For Ministry Wives said...

Enjoy your rest! :-)

Paulette said...

Dear Farleys.
I am praying for you and coming to check on you even as I am out of town.
Thank-you so much for sharing your deep personal journey of Copeland with us and entrusting us to continue to lift all of you before the throne.
I am so grateful that your trust is in the Lord as I do not know how you would get through this without the Lord.
Your depiction of your faith is truely beautiful and I pray you all are resting in the arms of Jesus tonight.
You are not alone.

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COPELAND!!!!!!!!!
This is a day I didn't expect to see, and here it its! I'm going to be singing Happy Birthday out loud with the kids, when Terry is fully awake.
What a joy & treasure to pray for you. What a blessing to us to read your writings, which have been used, too, as a tool of conviction to my own soul.....in some of the most simple things....and many in larger "things".
Odd request: is there anything we can actually do for you? I've been thinking that you may have not purchased certain things you may need for her now. Or cards for grabbing something to eat out when you are back at your home. Anything to make life smoother for you all. This idea came to my mind, but I don't know how to 'flesh it out'from Georgia.
Maybe some other bloggers might have some better ideas than I.
We love you & run to the computer probably 15 times a day to look for updates and photos. I sound like I'm taking care of the baby, because I'll say "I'm going to check on the baby"....and they KNOW what baby!!

erin weston-myers said...

still praying...

Anonymous said...

There ARE no words to express what your writings mean to so many. God bless you.

angela conklin
a friend thru your entries in NC

Emily said...

Boothe,

I cannot reply from work, so I feel the need to reply before I go. You ARE doing it. You're putting one foot in front of the other and doing the best you know how to do. When you cannot see your Lord, it is then that He fills you. Whatever strength you have is straight from Him. My encouragement, as a mother on the "other side" of this, is to break through your fear to embrace sweet Copeland. Your mind tells you it is not wise to bond with a baby that will not stay, but I know your heart tells you otherwise. Guard your heart in all other situations, and maybe even to an extent in this one, but know that God gave Copeland to YOU. He wants you to love her and enjoy her and be in her earthly life what He will be to her in eternity. Don't be afraid. Breathe her in. God only knows how long she'll be here to cherish. What you know is you have right now. Take care of you and rest when you can, but LOVE LOVE LOVE that girl. This time is as sacred as you believe it is. You are loved and lifted up in KY, almost without ceasing. ;)

"...This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10


Emily
Mom of 3 Miracle Girls
www.caringbridge.org/visit/millergracecassetty

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COPELAND!!!!
Never expecting this day, I'm thankful. I'm thankful for all the gorgeous photos you have of your family. There are some photos I'd forever hang on my walls or set out for view. They are beautiful! Copeland has given you that treasure to keep! We plan to sing Happy Birthday as soon as the last sleep-head is up!
As we have for months, we continue to joyfully pray for you all. But, beside that, I'd like to know how we (at least our family) can bless you. Are there some things Copeland doesn't have that you might need for her right now? Would gift cards to places to eat help, gift cards to bookstores, maid service to help in your home?
Maybe there are some other bloggers who have the same desire who are more creative with this than I.
Praying for physical strength and rejuvinated "everything" this day.
You are loved,
Pam Cone
(those interested:) pamcone31953@hotmail.com

Lauren said...

I hope you are sleeping well and getting some much deserved rest.
How lucky Sellers is to see her parents love her and her little sister so unconditionally. What a testimony you are creating in her life! You are great parents.
Up in Memphis and praying for you. I am thanking God, already, for the strength that He will give you today. He promises it.
Lauren

Georgia Mom said...

I just found your blog and I'm so moved by your faithfulness during such a difficult time. As a Mother, my heart breaks for you. As a "sister" in Christ, my heart rejoices in the comfort the Lord is giving you now. I'm not sure where you'll find yourself this morning, but I'm praying right now, He will pour out His mercies on your family this morning. That He will make something good out of all this and that maybe through your testimony and witness that others might be drawn into a deeper relationship with Him. Praying for you today.

Georgia Mom

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Anonymous said...

Keep on pressing on. I'm praying for you and your family, especially for Copeland and young Sellers--that she would continue to poke and prod about our Lord and Savior!

Dorothy Sifford said...

Happy Bithday to our sweet Copeland! Wow! What an amazing little girl! We are praying for you and your family and hope you had a restful night!

Dorothy

ka said...

dear farleys
know someone in chicago was praying for you early this a.m. kristen etter forwarded your info and asked us to pray. i can't imagine your pain, but be encouraged. you may not be paul just yet, but you are standing up under and enduring. rick warren writes "that which is the source of your greatest pain is just what God will use most." we lost a baby and, while the pain is seering, God was faithful and wonderful through it all. at the time, my 4 yr old told her almost-3 yr old sister" "faithy, don't cry. you have me and i have you and our baby sister is with Jesus." they get it with a simplicity we forget. bless you all. kelly zehfuss

Elizabeth S said...

I sit here at my computer in awe. In awe of God and what he is doing with sweet Copeland, in awe of you and the strength you probably don't feel you have, in awe of the whole situation. I know I have told you this before, but I am grateful everyday, since I read your story for the first time, at the change this has made in my life. God is being glorified through your precious baby. I know that may not feel good right now. And I am praying for that side of you that is angry. God can handle our anger and hurts. I am praying for protection for you and Conor from Satan. Stay strong, mighty warrior!

Tara said...

As I was awake with my baby last night I prayed for you and with you as you were with yours.

Laurel Wreath said...

Praying for you sweet one.

Amanda said...

I found your blog via Kaylane Crandall. And I'm so glad I did! I will pray for you and your family, always!

Dear Lord, I lift this wonderful family up to you this morning. Please give them strength to handle the struggles they have been faced with, and the struggles that are yet to come. Please comfort them in their time of need, and continue to bring people from around the world to know this wonderful family, and their beautiful Copeland! In Jesus name, Amen.

Hugs to all of you!!
Amanda in Indiana

julie davidson said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Copeland!

Linds said...

More memories are being written on your heart each day...... rejoice in them! Still praying here.

derrickandamy said...

Praying for you today.
Blessings~Amy

sweeter and the bubbas said...

I also found your blog through a "friend of a friend". I found your story so touching. I have a Copeland too. He is 6. It's a beautiful name! I will continue to pray for you and your precious family.
In Christ,
Allison
Montgomery, AL

Anonymous said...

I am a friend of the Allens and have been checking your blog everyday, twice a day, and have been on my knees praying for you all. Your words help me appreciate what I have and grieve what I have lost. thank you and God bless you!

Ginny Mooney said...

Happy ONE Week Birthday, beautiful Copeland! We rejoice & celebrate your amazing life today & each day.
Matt & Ginny Mooney

Julie said...

We continue to pray for your sweet family. Sellers and Copeland are so blessed to have such wonderful parents. May God give you peace and comfort.
*I feel so blessed to have been able to meet you at Otter Creek a couple of weeks ago. Your love for the Lord is so inspiring. You truly have made me become a better mother through your words.

Anonymous said...

happy one week birthday miss copeland!!! you are more special and loved each and every day. boothe and conor, we hope you rested well last night...we all know you desperately need it. you're doing an amazing job caring for your girls and we continue to lift each of you up in prayer.
love you much,
courtney and kyle

Anonymous said...

Farley Family...know that you have us praying for you. Copeland is such a light in our lives right now. She consumes our thoughts and leads us back to prayer several times throughout the day. Know that you and your family are never far from our thoughts and know that we will pray diligently that the Lord will continue to bless this world with Copeland's precious presence for as long as He sees fit. Hold on to each other...

Perri said...

I have been following your journey for some time and I'm praying constantly that you continue to find the peace that passeth understanding.

I'm thankful God has blessed you with this time with Copeland to make these precious memories.

Baba/night owl said...

Dear Copeland family,My heart and prayers go out to you... I am a retired baby nurse and feel your pain.Thanking God for this precious time you have to share in her life.
Take care .. My hugs to you. Baba from Savannah,Ga.

Anonymous said...

Through every trial and moment of pain, we stand together to help one another.
Sometimes the hand of a stranger comes along and lifts up our hearts..
Our responsibility is to continue that selfless act of love and pass on the comfort.

Shannon said...

I have just fallen in love with your family. Thank you for showing me how to handle the most difficult of times. I will continue to pray for you....

Laurie said...

Happy 1 Week Birthday Copeland. You are quite the little girl. I am hoping mommy and daddy are still asleep as I write this to you. One week ago today all eyes were watching the clock, anticipating and praying for your arrival into your family's arms, hoping for time, any amount to get to know you. Just one more day to meet other family who came to see you. Prayers for no intervention and that you would live on your own and Gods strength. And just look at you
one miraculous week later. At home and surrounded by pure unconditional love. It has not been an uneventful task for your parents to manage, in fact it is so scary at times, but such a miracle most of all. You are so tiny yet so mighty in strength, a true warrior.
Help mommy and daddy not to be afraid to let their hearts trust to let go now and love you with all they have to give, not worrying about the future that is in Gods hands. Respond to their love in healing ways to help them trust like they never have before. Teach them gently as they love you so much it hurts as they have not walked this path before now. Show them they are doing a wonderful job and that you love and need every touch and kiss. Bless you today sweet Copeland and may the Lord strengthen you today as you show the world Gods Grace and Promise.

Laurie in Ca.

Anonymous said...

You are loved.

Amy said...

I found your blog from Rocks in My Dryer. She posted an exerpt of one of your posts and I had to find out more. I have gone back to the beginning and have been reading your heartbreaking and courageous faith-filled journey. I am 8 mon. pregnant, so that means lots of trips to the bathroom in the night. I felt honored to lift your family up to the Lord during those late night times last night. Thank you for sharing your story. Your faith and honesty are an inspiration.

Amy in Cleveland, TN

Anonymous said...

I leaned over the crib of my baby last night, thanking God for her, for a healthy baby and praying for you all to get through this! If nothing else, Copeland's story and your testimony have lead me closer to God. It has also filled my heart with joy to be a mother, I pray that I am as good of a mother as you are. Prayers to you....

Amanda Conley said...

I found your blog through Melissa Platt, and I also go to church with your parents. I have been following your blog for several months now and I have been keeping you in my prayers. I have never commented because you have so mamy people saying the things that I would probably say, but today I just felt led to write and share this word of God. I wanted to encourage you to not elevate Paul to an other-worldly status. He was just as human as you are. He pleaded with the Lord to take away the "thorn in his flesh". And God said to him, and He says to you, "Boothe, My GRACE is sufficient for you, for My POWER is made PERFECT in your WEAKNESS." 2 cor. 12:8
If you were strong during this time, you would have no need for His power or His Grace, and everyone would not be seeing a miracle through you because no miracle would be needed. ...and we ARE seeing a miracle, because Our God is doing ALL the work.

Cheb said...

Rest well, Dear Boothe! Let your weary body heal, and your worried mind slip into unconsciesnous! The Lord will handle it while you attempt to regain some much-needed rest!!

As amazed as I am at your ability to praise God through all of this, I am also strangely pleased to see that you are not SUPER-human, and that you still do doubt, cry, wonder WHY, and even bicker when you're overly tired! (I'm a RASCAL without enough sleep myself!) Bless you! Bless you for being the vessel that the Lord shares with all of us who check on your blog MANY times a day to see how you and your famiy are faring... Bless you for being the EPITOMY of what I feel is TRULY a WOMAN OF GOD.... That you can PRAISE him in your darkest hours!! That you continue to SING HIS PRAISES when your own tired and broken body cries out for healing, and your worried and breaking heart cry out for fairness... These are remarkable qualities that you possess, and I am in AWE when I read what you have written each day!

I honestly can say, that I have gotten MORE out of reading your blog this past week than I have in a MONTH of Sundays at church!! Your EXAMPLE is truly inspiring!! I hope to someday be the kind of true woman of God that you have shown to be, at such a young age.

Bless you, your family, your beautiful daughters, and all the friends and family who are lifting you up.

Continued blessings in your life!
Much Love,
Cheryl

Elizabeth said...

I found your blog recently and just want you to know that I'm praying for both of you and both of your precious little girls.

Anonymous said...

last night I was praying with my 6 year old daughter and she lifted sweet baby Copeland up. I asked her how she knew about Copeland and she told me that her class at school has been praying for her. You are being prayed for by the most amazing and loving people and even the very youngest children. I pray that you remain strong and enjoy every second that you have with your precious baby girl. God is using her in amazing ways and she is only a week old. Keep a strong grip on your marriage and your love for each other and Sellers. When sweet Copeland does leave you and this earth, just remember the loving embrace that she will receive when she comes to the Father!

Sun said...

Your family has touched my heart in such a way that I cry with you and rejoice with you - I don't even know you personally and will probably never meet you. I love how God has each heart in His hand and softens them. I cry out to Him on your behalf - He is listening - He is working - He will not fail any of you! May His peace continue to saturate your entire being. Sunshine

Bogle said...

I know I am just one comment of so many. I don't even know you, but I know your sister and our dad's are friends from ACU. I have been reading your blog because my cousin Shelly Church sent me a link. I have not commented because I have not felt like my words were worthy.

However, this morning I felt compelled to tell you how I have been blessed by your story. This morning I am sitting here in Texas watching my new baby girl (1 month old) sleep peacefully and I am overcome with tears and so much emotion wondering why things happen to certain people and being so thankful for the gift of this child I have been blessed with. Reading your blog has opened my eyes to not take one single second for granted and to cherish even those moments when I am so sleep deprived and she is screaming at the top of her lungs. You and Copeland are who I think of in the middle of the night when I am up. I think "how many people out there would be so grateful to have a screaming healthy child who wanted to eat all the time?!" So I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for your honesty and your open heart. Thank you for un-knowingly helping me to put my own life in perspective. You have made such a huge impact on my life as a brand new mother and I consider that truly a gift from God.

Praying for your sweet family!

Leslie (Bogle) Thomas

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog a few days ago. I am totally amazed by your family. We are praying for all of you and hope that you will find the comfort you need during this difficult time.
Jill in Georgia

Jennie-Marie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET COPELAND!!! I am so thrilled to say that today. God is so good!

Kate said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COPELAND! What a blessing it is to say that!

Melanie said...

I am praying for your family during this time.

rebekah (anderson) wright said...

Happy Birthday to Copeland! Continuing to pray for your precious family.

Barbara said...

Inspirational.

1 plus twins said...

still praying! hoping you and your family could have as peaceful night as possible. god bless!

Keryn said...

I, too, am praying for you. The trials you are called to bear are great; your faith and trust in the Lord are amazing. Even when it's hard to remember. I once heard "Sometimes the Lord calms the storm, sometimes He calms the child within the storm", and you and your husband are a shining example of the latter. Please know you have touched my life.

sarahdodson said...

What a blessing- another day of life! Praying for your dear family. Hope you're feeling better (physically). I can't imagine all that you're going through emotionally PLUS the physical. May God be gracious and continue to bless you and your family.

Kadi Prescott said...

I am utterly speechless, reading about your trials and joys. Even with seven kids of my own, I cannot nearly comprehend what you are feeling. God is truly using your family to touch people in a way that very few do. Thank you for sharing Copeland's precious life with the world...our prayers are with you. ~Kadi

debsdesignz said...

Wow! I heard about your family from a friend and came to your blog to read about little Copeland. I started at the post about her birth. I've read every post up to date and just sit here amazed. First I am crying for you! My heart breaks to hear about babies struggling for their lives! And I hate for the families to have to go through such hard times. But, mostly I'm just amazed with you! Your attitude and your Christian character shines through so bright! It amazes me that even through such a hard time, you're still praising the Lord and trusting Him! I am a Christian and am still growing, but don't know how I would handle a situation like this. you've encouraged me that my everday little problems are so simple and easy to trust Him with! I will be praying for your family continuously and will check your blog for updates. I can't imagine what you're going through, but our God is huge and mighty and He will help you through this! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us as I believe it will help grow my faith and trust in Him!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Copeland!! In one week you have influenced so many. You've drawn us to the Savior, been a beautiful witness of His love for us, and you've spread hope and joy. Thank you, sweet child, you are loved!

Michelle

Jerry and Katie said...

Dear Conor,Boothe & Sellers,

You are in the prayers of many kids in British Columbia. I am working in a middle school and have shared some of your story with my students. They are praying for baby Copeland daily and for the 3 of you. It has been amazing to see these kids ask Jesus to meet your needs and shower you with love & comfort. Even through they don't know you their hearts are so sincere.
Thank you for sharing your story and through it, impacting many lives.

Katie (McDowell) Isaak

Jenna said...

Happy One Week Birthday, Copeland! Still praying for ya'll :)

Angela said...

I just found your site yesterday. I have never experienced what you are but my thoughts and prayers have been with you this last day. I've been overwhelmed by the spirit of your posts. I'm grateful you have the light of Christ to carry you through this time. IT would be infinitely harder without it. God bless.

Wendy... said...

I found your Blog through my friend Lindsay Watson. I read it for the first time last night and couldn't contain my tears...my 12 year old son asked why I was crying and I told him...he and I saw your sweet pictures and he just hugged me and said "It will be alright". Before I was pregnant with him, I had a miscarriage. It was a little girl and the doctors were first concerned about Trisomy 18..after further testing we found out our little angel has 96 chromosomes instead of 43...the Lord took her to Heaven before we were able to hold or see her...I was 20 weeks along. I know that now she is completely healed by our loving Lord.

My heart aches for you and your family..however...at the same time I'm so happy for all of you to be able to hold your precious angel and give her all of the love that is in your heart. The Lord has truly blessed Copeland with a wonderful, loving family (what a lucky little girl) and He will continue to take care of all of you.

You are in our prayers here in Texas and you will stay there!

May God Bless you and keep you in His loving arms,
Wendy Thomas-Schilleci

Anonymous said...

Since learning about your site through DadGoneMad a couple of days ago, I have been checking in regularly. You have such a strong spirit, though you may not feel it right now. I can not fathom the despair you all must be feeling. Each moment with Copeland is another blessing from God directly to you. Rest in God and He will give you Strength. You are being lifted up in prayer by people all over the world. Feel the power of their strength to help you through the darkest hours. God Bless you all.

Prayers from Iowa!

Gaby said...

I heard about your baby through Kadi Prescott, I just want you to know that I will keep all of you in my prayers and hope that it brings you strength to push forward through these tough times.

alexis said...

Sweet Boothe and Conor-I am so happy for your peace today. One day at a time, my friends. That is all we are asked to handle. Can you believe it's been a week?! Probably the longest week of your lives but hopefully one of the sweetest too. I love you and am praying.

Susan said...

Boothe, we are so glad that you are seeing how your walk with the Lord is impacting others! It really is, more than you know! People all over town and in the Word Building have been checking the blog constantly, and the one thing that I hear the most, is that they are praying for you all, and are really amazed at how the Lord is working through you all and how you are allowing Him to do that. You guys are loved so very much!

Clyde said...

Praying for you and Conor. who loves you? Clyde

Anonymous said...

"The cross tells us that God loves us, Gods allows freedom while maintaining control, God uses the worst for good, God paints on a canvas bigger than we can ever imagine, and when we lock our eyes on it God understands what we are walking through"
-Louie Giglio

Anonymous said...

Boothe-
You've always had a way with words. That you can use that gift now to reach so many people is a gift and burden all at once. Know that those who've known you all your life are reading your words too. Sitting in front of my computer screen at work, my heart is aching for you.
You encouraged me to cling to Him during a dark time in my life. This verse from Isaiah was one I read often.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Lindsey

Anonymous said...

Julie from Kentucky
I found your blog through someone else's. Please know that you are in our prayers. I hope the Lord gives you peace and comfort in this most difficult time. I hope you feel that your are loved.

Alicia said...

I am pregnant with my first child, and your blog is an inspiration. You are an amazing mother, and I just wanted you to know how your words have blessed my heart. May God hold you in his unwavering hands and grant you continued peace. Thank you for allowing us into your lives.

MOM said...

Dearest sweet Boothe,
Your words are so true and so encouraging to me and to our family as we daily keep watch over your dear little Copeland. It is in our weakness that His strength is made complete and your willingness to share the innner most depths of your joy and despair lights a path for authentic and true relationship with our Lord Jesus. You will never know, til heaven, all of the hearts and lives you have touched for sharing in this way. Copeland may meet that cloud of witnesses before we do, but her impact on lives is eternal.....she will be able to testify of the jewels in her little crown for all the hearts she has blessed ; for all the lives she has forever changed for Him. As mothers, we so want our children to know Him and to effect others for Him. Because of your strength, in the short while you have been her mother; that has already come to fruition. Time here is but a blink compared to the eternity that is promised us through Him. We will be together for eternity...forever. That is our hope. "For we set our eyes on those things which are eternal." There are no answers but in Him....no explanations but in Him and no words of comfort but through Him and in Him. You, your family, and little Copeland will forever be in our hearts and prayers. We do remember that her name is written in the palms of His Hands. He knows every tear, every pain, every hurt that she and you are feeling. We do, so in our frailty, trust you Lord.
Much love,
The Don Holloway Family
Paige and Don
Barbara and Craig Nowotny
Tillman and Megan
Matthew and Cara
Sarah H. and Steven Ross
Rachel
All praying.

Anonymous said...

ANOTHER REASON WHY COPELAND IS HERE

a copy from another Blog...

Sometimes in life, we get so consumed by our own trials, that we fail to realize how much we have to thank God for. I have been so wrapped up in my own everyday stresses, that God saw fit to send me a little reminder that my woes are trivial compared to what others are suffering. The reminder came in the form of an email from my dear friend, Tanta Marie. It was a prayer request for the Farley family, living in Tennessee. The family just welcomed home a new daughter. But with their joy, comes much sorrow and anxiety. The baby, Copeland, has trisomy 18, a disorder that makes a fetus "incompatible with life." The baby was not expected to live through the gestational period, much less survive birth and life outside of the womb. But by the power of God, she has survived, if only for awhile. Her family must endure the hardship of both loving her and being willing to let her go when the time comes. I cannot even begin to imagine how painful that must be for them. I was absolutely humbled when reading the family's blog. It is exactly what I needed to put things back into perspective. I will be praying for Copeland and her family, and I am so thankful that they chose to share their story with the world. Please take a moment to read their blog, and share it with others. I promise that you'll be glad you did. God bless you, Farley family!

Anonymous said...

Boothe and Coner, I found your blog shortly before Copeland was born, and I have been following your journey ever since. I am so thankful for the work that Christ is completing in you. I shared your story with my prayer group here in Atlanta this morning, and we all prayed that God would give you peace and rest, that He would surround you with a multitude of angels and protect you from the attacks of the evil one, that He would give you wisdom and assurance of His complete provision and His holiness. We will continue to pray for you.

Anonymous said...

My mom enjoys reading people's blogs and testimonies. The other day she introduced me to your story, and honestly, at first glance, I almost cast it off as "just another one of her reads" (not that other people's stories aren't just as important.) But God really weighed heavily on my heart this morning to read a little more. And girl, I can't tell you how wonderful your faith is. Through this tragic time, you are opening yourself up and allowing God to draw people closer to Him. Mothers and fathers are holding their children just a little tighter and being reminded of how precious each moment is with them. Struggling believers are witnessing miracles and sincere faith through your family, and realizing that they too are not alone in their fight. And passer byers like me are reminded of just how great our El Shaddai is. Thank you. For being obedient and humble in your walk. I pray that miracles continue to happen and that your family draws closer to the Lord and closer together. I will be thinking of you all today.

And Lovely Copeland, be strong. Let every warm hug and kiss run deep into your aching body and reassure you that you are safe. The Lord is with you.

Much love.

Courtney said...

You're in my prayers.

-Courtney from Memphis

KrazyMom said...

We are praying strongly for you here in MI! My heart goes out to your whole family!

Mandy said...

Boothe and Conor -
Please know that I am praying for you without ceasing and praising God for the witness you are being for Him. Your posts are both heartbreaking and inspiring and it is a privelege to travel this road with you. Please know that God loves you two, your marriage, your daughters and is showing Himself strong in the complexities and rollercoaster that is your life right now. He aches for your sorrows and takes pleasure in your praise. He is working a mighty work in and through your family. The love you demonstrate for each other, Sellars and Copeland is a reflection of His love. I pray for your relationship as husband and wife, your relationships as parents and as children yourselves. Thank God for the loving support you are receiving from your parents as they must be agonizing helplessly and prayerfully with you. The pictures of Sellars and Copeland together are glorious and God's love shines through them. Just like other posters, I believe you two were chosen for the honor of being Copeland's parents. Please rest in His love of you and for you and continue to praise His name. Much love, Mandy

Anonymous said...

you are more like paul than you can imagine, you are suffering but also you are getting the word of God out thru your story!! i will keep you and your family in my prayers. I can do all things thru Christ which gives me strength!!

holly

cheryl reed said...

BOOTH AND CONOR, I AM THANKING GOD FOR THE GIFT OF PEACE AND REST, I BELIEVE WE NEVER TRULY REST UNLESS WE REST IN HIM. YOUR ELOQUENCE IN EXPRESSING YOURSELF SO OPENLY AND HONESTLY AT SUCH A PERSONAL, PRIVATE TIME IS A TESTIMONY AND WITNESS THAT YOU WILL NEVER IN THIS LIFE REALIZE, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE SOULS IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY THANKING YOU FOR ALLOWING THE LORD TO WORK IN THEIR LIVES THROUGH YOUR EXPERIENCE. AT ONE TIME WE WERE SERIOUSLY THREATENED WITH THE LOSS OF OUR SON AND AS I WATCHED HIM SUFFER AND SO DESPERATELY WISHED THERE WAS SOMETHING I COULD DO TO FIX IT I BECAME SO MINDFUL OF OUR FATHER WATCHING HIS PRECIOUS SON SUFFER. HE COULD HAVE FIXED IT IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE AND YET HE TURNED AWAY WITHOUT EVEN HIS PRESENCE TO COMFORT HIM. MY LOVE FOR HIM AND WHAT HE DID FOR ME GREW IMMENSELY AS I FELT HIS PRESENCE AND LOVE ANEW CARRRYING ME THROUGH MY PAIN. THIS WALK WILL PURIFY YOU LIKE GOLD AND HIS PRECIOUS REFLECTION WILL BE CLEARLY SEEN IN YOU ALL. YOU HAVE AN IMMEASURABLE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LOVING YOU-IN HIM, CHERYL REED

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