Tuesday, September 25, 2007

happy birthday, copeland!




Tonight we celebrated with some family as Copeland turned exactly one week old! It was a really special time... my cousin baked a delicious cake, my mom bought a precious little birthday hat for Copeland to "wear" (we think it's actually meant to accentuate a gift bag!) and Sellers even wore her "Big Sister" crown from school.

I can hardly believe we've made it this far... and yet with each passing day, it's harder to imagine that we are getting closer to the end... whenever the Lord has ordained that. We are preparing for a restful night and hoping Copeland will continue to remain pink and breathe well.

Blessings...

Boothe

66 comments:

Baby Leino said...

Happy Birthday, Copeland! You are so very beautiful, little one. We are praying for you & your precious family. Our great God has such awesome plans for you & your story! Who knew such little ones could bring so much glory to Jesus?!

Barbie@ Mamaology said...

What a beautiful family and not just on the outside!!!

May our gracious Lord bless little Copeland with a peaceful night of sleep and pink little lips and face tomorrow.

whitney burrough akin said...

I LOVE IT--ALL OF IT! What a beautiful and unexpected day and birthday!!! What a beautiful family too! Rejoicing with you, praising Him, and praying for you!

love*love*love

whitney and will

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family! Happy Birthday baby Copeland. We continue to pray for strength and "pink cheeks"...
The Bishir Family

cindiburger said...

we praise God for this great news and we are continuing to pray for you and your family. "now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work in us to HIM be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians3:20

Suzy Goodman said...

Precious pictures! I love Sellers' and Copeland's hats!

Sleep well all!

erinn said...

Happy Birthday Copeland! Much love and prayers are being showered over yall every second! ...and Copeland is so lucky to have such a great big sister! May peace and rest and more blushing be delivered!
Thoughts and Prayers from Texas!

Lauren said...

Happy Birthday, Copeland!
Sellers, you are a great big sister! You should be really proud of yourself!
Rest well.
Lauren

kristin and matt said...

i am so happy y'all were able to celebrate and rejoice in the precious gift that copeland is! we will be praying for a restful night for you all.
love,
kristin (etter) horlings

Anonymous said...

Farley Family,
You don't know us, but we are a family in Little Rock, Arkansas. We have had 2 friends that do not know each other request that we pray for you...and we are!! You are obviously loved, and after reading your blog it is easy to see why. Thank you for sharing your heart. You've touched mine deeply with your story. May you be coated in His grace! God bless you~Julia Marshall

Kelli said...

Happy, happy birthday sweet one!

shannon jones said...

LOVE THE HATS, how perfect for you all!! I am so glad you put pictures up, that way I can show Stefan the whole family. Honestly I didn't even know what a blog was until you got one, what a powerful and far reaching tool this is! I am praying for you, and you are all at the forefront of my mind always. Have a great night's sleep.
Love you
Shannon j

sponholzfamily said...

I have also been asked to pray for you! I like in West Bend, Wisconsin and we are praying for you at our MOPS group through Northbrook church! God has blessed you and I pray that his arms may be wrapped around you as you go throughout your day and that each day will bring smiles and laughter. Happy Birthday precious baby Copeland

Heather

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Copeland!!! We love your little hat--she is the present that the hat was made to go on top of!!! Rest in Him and enjoy.

With God's wonderful love

Melissa Platt said...

Precious! Happy One Week to you all! Continuing to pray...

lori said...

Happy Birthday to sweet Copeland! What a wonderful celebration. You all are such a beautiful family.

Praying for a restful night! God bless!

Sun said...

Happy Birthday Copeland - my goodness Boothe I am blown away by how BEAUTIFUL - absolutely beautiful you and your family are! Thank you for the blog updates and the pictures - I love to see them! We are still praying! Sunshine

Elizabeth S said...

Precious!

the brown's said...

AWESOME!!!

Cindy Z. said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you so much for the pictures. You all have annointed smiles and beauty that shines from within!
Prayers and Love, Aunt Cindy

jtcosby said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL GIRL! your family is gorgeous!!!

Anonymous said...

You guys are amazing. Thank you for sharing your night with us. I have learned so much from you, Boothe-characteristics that really matter. These pictures are so sweet. I hope you guys had a good night together with your family & friends.
Jennifer

Jessica said...

It is so great that you guys are celebrating every little milestone! That will create some special memories for Sellers and for you guys, as well. Although I don't know you personally, you are a precious family... both inside and out! I hope you are able to get some rest and that Copeland will have a great night, too!

derrickandamy said...

Happy Birthday Copeland. What a sweet party for your sweet family!~Amy

Amy said...

How great is our God!!

Mary Alice said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COPELAND! So many people are celebrating with you as you turn one week old. And I must say, pink should be your signature color!

Boothe, if your family were any prettier, I am convinced it would be illegal. But the best part is that, as beautiful as all of you are, you are even more beautiful on the inside. I can't even stand it!!

Loving all of you so much.

Emily said...

Happy Birthday to you, sweet Copeland! I'm loving the birthday cake, as pink and brown were Miller Grace's colors. :) I pray you all find tonight to be peaceful and full of joy.

Anonymous said...

Happy one week birthday Copeland! My whole class at school and I have been praying for little baby Copeland (which by the way is gorgeous) every day, that her cheeks and lips will be pink, that the Lord will give you and your family strength, and that the blue spells will stop. May God bless you and your precious family!
Alexis

sharon said...

SO precious.

Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot said...

Happy Birthday Copeland!

I just came across your blog today, and read the whole thing, parts through tears. I don't pretend to understand, I don't know what to say.

Your faith, Boothe, is inspiring. You are real and you serve a real God and it is evident in your words.

Psalm 103: 1 - 5 Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Your family is in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

You don't know me but I heard about your blog from a friend's blog. Wow. . . my heart aches for you, and yet I can feel God's presence just reading your words. I am praying for your precious family. Great and Mighty is the Lord our God,
Sara in Arkansas

sjchatt said...

Happy Birthday, Precious One! God loves you and your mommy and daddy and sister so so so much.
Sleep warm, cozy and pinky!
Continued prayers...
Jessica in Chattanooga

Anonymous said...

Dearest Conor, Boothe, Sellers, and Copeland,

My thougths and prayers have been with you and your family since my sister emailed a prayer request for your family to me. Thank you for sharing your story. Baby Copeland will touch thousands of lives in her lifetime, for however long God has designed that to be, and we are all better for it. Thank you for reminding us of the awesome power of our Lord and for being an shining example of a family that lives surrouned by His grace and peace. You are all a beacon for Him, and we will lift you up and pray that you will feel His loving arms around you all. We will pray also for a restful night for all of you and pink lips for your precious baby.

Leslie in Alabama

Fran said...

I have found your blog and am in love with your family and your faithfullness to Jesus in the midst of this storm. I am so close to you that I wish I could come sit with you and pray with you and just be an extra pair of hands for you....but, i'm sure you have all that. Please know that a fellow TN girl and momma is praying daily for you and your precious family. May God's comfort and peace and His love overtake you. His mercy is new every morning.

Praying for you and with you...
Fran

KatieButler said...

Happy one-week birthday, sweet Copeland. May God bless you and your family.

Renee Garcia said...

Prayers from Nashville. Copeland is beautiful! What a blessing. As I sit on the oncology wing at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital with my own daughter I am reminded that there are parents hurting, children struggling to live everywhere. Your family is in my prayers through Copeland's life here on earth and her everlasting life in Heaven. God bless.
Renee
www.carepages.com
site name: KennedyGarcia

Dee Dee in NC said...

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

The joy you share through your blog is just a taste of the glory to come.
Praying for you tonight.

Misty said...

Boothe,
You do not know me, but I am praying for you and your precious family. Your words on this blog have moved me...God is really using you to teach others in the midst of all of this. Here is my favorite prayer when I run out of words...

"Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer: answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. Be merciful, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. Give me happiness, O Lord, for my life depends on you. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask your aid. Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry. I will call you whenever trouble strikes, and you will answer me." Psalm 86: 1-7

Renée Copeland said...

I'm smiling from the inside out!!!! Beautiful pictures!!! His goodness and mercy abound!! So thankful you have these sweet moments to "treasure up" in your hearts!!! May there be many, many more!!! Praying for Copeland's comfort and strength through the night. Much love... ~Renée

Renée Copeland said...

I'm smiling from the inside out!!!! Beautiful pictures!!! His goodness and mercy abound!! So thankful you have these sweet moments to "treasure up" in your hearts!!! May there be many, many more!!! Praying for Copeland's comfort and strength through the night. Much love... ~Renée

Erin W said...

Happy birthday, Copeland! Kaylane passed along your story and shared your site. I spent the last hour and a half reading, praying, crying, and praising God for your life, and for your parents faith and vulnerability. You are beautiful, and your precious pink cheeks are a sign of God's richness and blessing.

Amanda M. said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl. You have a beautiful family, and the few days I've been reading your words and seeing the pics of your darling girls (I linked over from Rachel Balducci's blog) have absolutely amazed me. You have amazing strength and faith and it's very inspiring. Happy Birthday to Copeland! I know God is just smiling down on your family.

Michelle said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Copeland. You are so loved. I have been lifting you up in prayer and will continue. You will change lives. It is your purpose. You are such a precious gift from God.

Ashley said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Copeland! I found your site through another blog and have been following! Your family is such a blessing and I am constantly reflecting on how much the Lord has blessed my life through you all. You are all in my prayers and I love that both girls are glowing in their pink!

Alison Downs said...

Happy birthday Copeland! Praying for you all.

Sherry Luttrell said...

You have such a beautiful family and are all so precious. What a great way to celebrate Copeland's 1-week b-day. BTW, Boothe, you look great -- you sure hide exhaustion well!!
Praying all of you will have a restful night!
Sherry

Carly (NICU Nurse) said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! What a precious milestone for the entire family!! Happy Birthday Miss Copeland!

Jennifer said...

Thank you for the pictures! We are rejoicing over that baby girl's wonderful, week-long life. She is touching so many people, and your testimony is being shared across the world! Praise God!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for finally posting a pic of your new foursome!! Boothe, your family is so beautiful. You take my breath away. You all look perfect together and full of joy. God designed you all to be a family. He is great. What a celebration you had today, praise God!! I am still praying.

Zach, Tamara and Gavin said...

Since the moment I read about your family, I can't pray for myself - my heart is with you.

A Place For Ministry Wives said...

Parties are just the best! And this one - what a special one!

Love the cake, hats and seeing all four of you in that precious family picture! What memories you are making! :-)

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY COPELAND!

What an inspiration you are to all that are following your journey here.

I would love to be able to help in a much more tangible way, but as you don't know me, please understand that I am here rooting for the best outcome for all of you.

I find my self drawn here several times each and every day, hoping that time is on your side.

I will be forever thankful that you have a bit of time to share as a family. What a beautiful family you are. What a wonderful legacy you have built...

Again, I hold you close in my thoughts and prayers.

Omaha, NE

Lani said...

Happy Birthday Dear Copeland, Happy Birthdaay to you!

simonsays said...

I think that's the proudest face I've ever seen on a little girl - Sellers in that big sister crown!

What a sweet family photo. What a sweet day!

(And Boothe, you look GREAT, girl!)

Praying for a good night for you all..........

Kathy said...

What a beautiful celebration of life. I am praying for many, many more celebrations for your little fighter. Copeland is an amazing baby! You all must be so proud.

I really believe God has BIG things in store for her. We know she has blessed all of us! I thank you for sharing her and your journey as a family.

Continuing to pray for all of you and especially for strength and rest for mom and babe. We serve a BIG God full of mercy, grace and love! May He shine His face upon you and shower you with blessings!

Praying, praying, praying in Michigan...

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord...great things He has done!! So encouraged by your faith and trust in the Lord through all of this..continuing to pray that He will cover you with His love and peace.

StephieAnne said...

You now have a reader from Oregon following the precious story of your family. I have to believe that blogs such as yours are the spiritual victories that offset all of the battles lost to Evil on the internet. Thank you for sharing your story, encouraging me to hug and kiss my own two kiddos even more, and to praise Our Father and His perfect plan - even when it makes no sense at all - that much more.

I will be praying for you and your family. God Bless you!

Devin said...

I've mentioned you in my blog asking for prayers as well. You are touching so many lives. I am in awe of you.

God is blessing you. All of your babies are true gifts.

{Karla} said...

what absolute and utter sweetness!!

Blessings,
Karla

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to not only beautiful little Copeland, but to your new family of 4 as well! We are praising the Lord that you were able to enjoy her 1 week birthday. We pray for continued peace & rest tonight. Through you I am praying for my own faith to be strong no matter what circumstance. Thank you for your unebelievable- unwavering witness through your strength in your faith.
~Praying from CO

Laurel Wreath said...

Oh praise God, praise God for his blessing of this one week. Happy One Week birthday.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures.

Praying for everyone.

Amanda said...

What a joyous occasion!!!

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday Copeland!

Lauren said...

You have such a beautiful family. Praying for you all.

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." Num. 6:24-26

Kelly said...

Your family is absolutely beautiful! But the beauty inside you that you have shown through all that you are enduring has far outshown your outward beauty.
Thanks for sharing this very personal story. I think of you often even thought I don't know for you and pray for you. May God bless your unquestioning faith towards Him. It is an inspiration.

Laura said...

While you may not have words to pray, let us pray for you. That is what a family of believers do. It is hard to pray after any loss much less losing a child like this. Please allow us to stand in the gap for you and your family while you grieve. I find it amazing that someone with such a short life could affect so many people in such a deep way. Some people live a life time of 70-80 years and do not move others to the Lord the way Copeland did. Your willingness to share your sorrow and joy will be valued by many for years to come. God bless you!