Sunday, September 30, 2007

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Here is the video from the memorial service yesterday. Conor's good friend Jason Ingram wrote the song for Copeland on the night she went to be with Jesus. We are grateful for every second we spent with our sweet girl. This is an amazing opportunity to share with you some of the most precious moments we had with her while she was here. Below that is the letter Conor and I read to Copeland during her service yesterday. Thank you, to everyone, whether you were there in spirit or physically. We felt your presence and we were so uplifted as we walked through one of the toughest days of our lives.

Be blessed...



Dear Copeland,
On the day you were born, we had prayed for you for two years. You were the answer we had been waiting for – with one exception. You were more. You were better. God truly poured out one of His greatest blessings on our family when you came along.

We knew that you were going to be with us only a short time, but we didn’t realize it would be so short. Who can prepare their hearts to lose what they’ve ached for, what they’ve found a piece of their soul to be knitted together with? As we write these words, we know you are with our Father. We know it in our heads even though our human hearts struggle to comprehend. We believe because Jesus came and lived and died an unfair death that you are with Him now, waiting for us, who will be with you one day. Never before have our sights been set on heaven as they are now. Never before have the things of this world been dulled as they are now. We long to see you… we long to rock you, to kiss you, to watch you grow. But we will plant our feet firmly on the knowledge that those longings will not go forever unmet because we rest in the promise of Christ.

Copeland, before your birth, we had no idea how much we would love you. We are so grateful for the time we had to be your mommy and daddy here on earth. We pray the Lord will strengthen our minds to remember the precious moments He granted us with you: your delivery and Daddy’s “thumbs up” when you began to cry, sharing you with the 60-odd visitors who flooded the waiting room upon your arrival, staying up through the night with you at the hospital while Daddy and I talked about how much we had been changed just by your coming, taking you home in your carseat for the first time, laying you in the crib we thought you would never even see, rocking you, singing to you, reading the Psalms over you, changing your tiny diapers and your tiny clothes, taking you to Sellers’s school so your new big sister could show you off, even keeping vigil over you through the last nights as your breathing grew heavy. I know we both count it as a privilege and an honor to have held you in our arms until the Lord chose to take you home to Him. We believe with hope that you felt carried the whole way.

We are not sure how we will go on. We will miss you so much our hearts will be near to bursting. We will long for you and wonder where you are. We will think of you every day, every hour, and ache to recreate the moments we had with you this side of heaven. But because we know you are there… we will walk. We will carry your sister, and all the other siblings the Lord chooses for you to have. We will honor the way you have changed us and the thousands of people worldwide who came to know your story by choosing each day a life that looks differently, a life that says, “Thank You, Jesus, for reminding us that heaven is real… You are real… and it’s time we learned to live like we believe it.”

We will never forget.

We love you.
Mama and Daddy

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elizauburn said...

The service yesterday was beautiful. Thank you for allowing us to share in the celebration of Copeland's life with you.

Love,
Blake & Elizabeth

Khoo said...

Thank you for sharing this with us... This is one of the most beautiful video I have ever seen...

Love you all.....

Barbie@ Mamaology said...

That was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. It's amazing how a tiny little person can change our lives and hearts so much. I know I never knew her, but she has touched me deeply. And your love and faith in the Lord are so inspiring. May our gracious Lord give you peace in these dark days. I will keep praying for all of you.

Anonymous said...

Conor, Boothe, and Sellers,
We are praying for you all. You are such a sweet family. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. Your family is such a wonderful testimony. You have touched us in many ways. We love you guys!!!
Jake and Nicole Eaton

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this most beautiful video and letter. I praise God that you all felt uplifted on such hard day! I will continue to pray that the Lord will hold you all very close in the coming days. God Bless your beautiful family.

Kelli said...

That song said everything.

God bless you guys.

Emalee said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture of love.

Baby Leino said...

Oh Boothe, how I ache for you...for your family. Not as one who has no hope, for we will see our children again! But as one who knows the pain of falling madly in love with a little one & letting them go into the healing arms of Jesus, trusting them there with complete joy that they've been healed...but missing them more than you know how to express.
Thank you for sharing the video, the song. What a beautiful life.

Lyric said...

There are no words to speak, only tears that fall. Your courage and authenticy is a testment of love and faith. Thank you for your willingness to share it...

Prayers continue.

Mary Alice said...

Boothe & Conor,

I am convinced that NO ONE who has been touched by Copeland will ever forget her, her amazing parents and beautiful big sister.

I felt so honored to be with you yesterday as we celebrated Copeland's life. I had so hoped to be able to hold her while she was still here on earth, and after yesterday, I feel like I really was able to. THANK YOU for sharing your precious girl with us in such a personal way. Your love for Copeland is something that has changed me profoundly and helped me understand my Father's love for me so much more clearly.

I will never forget Copeland or stop praying for all of you.

I love you,
Mary Alice

Anonymous said...

That song was amazing and the video and letter a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl.

I pray that you feel His mighty arms around you today and in the days to come.

Anonymous said...

Wow, such an impact Copeland has made in her life of only days. I pray we will allow the lesson from her life to mark us so that we use each blessed day we are given to impact others for Him and His kingdom...our home.

JUST A MOM said...

Boothe,Conor and family

I can not read your words,,, I did watch the service it was beautiful. I know that the Lord is standing even closer these days,, holding your tight... You are all also tight in my heart and thoughts and prayers.

God Bless you ....


Jaye

tallu said...

boothe and conor, this is so incredibly beautiful. thank you for sharing us with her. love, tallu

tallu said...

i meant thank you for sharing her with us... THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for allowing us all to be a part of Copeland's life. I am continually amazed at the impact your family has had on me and so many other people who you've never met! Copeland's story will live on in all of us who have been blessed to read your words on this site.
This beautiful video, song and letter couldn't have been more perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I will continue to lift you up in my prayers. Please keep us posted on how you are all doing.
Chrissy
Franklin, TN

Elizabeth S said...

I was lifting you to the Father yesterday. Thank you for sharing this video and letter with us. I will never be able to repay you enough for letting God speak to me through you. But one thing I can do to repay you in some way is to NEVER take my children and husband for granted and to always share the love of Jesus with them. I will be praying for you.

Michelle said...

That was so beautiful, the song, the video, the letter. You were very blessed and I have been blessed to know Copeland's story.

Rebecca said...

We were honored to be with you yesterday. Thank you for sharing yourselves with us.

I was glad to give you a hug from me and from all those here who've wanted to but weren't able to be there.

Rebecca and Ed

julie beth said...

Dear Boothe, Conor, and Sellers,
You don't know me, but I look forward to meeting you all and Copeland one day, that day when all tears are wiped away, all pain forgotten, and we see our Savior!
I just started reading your blog right after Copeland's birth, but the Lord has laid y'all on my heart very frequently since then. In fact, the past several nights, I've been up a lot in the night with a sick child, and every time the Lord has laid it on my heart to pray for y'all. I'm sure the nights are dark at times...
I praise the Lord for your testimony of faith in a world in which it is so easy to forget that "what is unseen is eternal".
I love you, sisters and brother.

Anonymous said...

Boothe, Conor, and Sellers,
Thank you for sharing so much of your sweet hearts with us. You four were on my mind and in my heart throughout the day yesterday, and every time you drifted in, you were lifted up. I love that our Father is so faithful to make our needs heavy on the hearts of others in order to bring us before Him. Often when we don't have the strength or words to go before Him ourselves. Thank you for sharing sweet baby Copeland with us. The video was incredible and could hardly be seen through the tears. You are loved.

Household6 said...

Beautiful video. Thinking of you often, though we have never met. Praying for you.

Heather Spencer

risalea said...

What a beautiful song and such a moving video. You are an amazing family. God bless you all, today and always.

Risa Ratliff

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your heart, soul and life with so many. With faith comes wisdom and your faith continues to amaze me, so I am sure God has given you wisdom beyond your years...Praying HIS peace that passes all understanding will be over you and your family in the weeks and months to come! ...little Copeland made a huge impact with her sweet life with you and Conor being her parents! Prayers and Love, Melissa

the brown's said...

through tear filled eyes i write this...the video is amazing, your words are beautiful, but most of all Copeland is perfect. you were in our constant thoughts and prayers yesterday, as we were not there in person but certainly were there in spirit. ya'll and copeland have forever changed me, and the perspective i have on this present life. thank you, thank you for sharing her with us. once again my words are inadequate, but my heart is overflowing! we love you guys and are continuing to pray for you.

Mandy said...

What a beautiful video, song, and letter. It really is about giving God all the glory, even in times of pain and heartache beyond anything we ever imagined. I am praying for you and know I will meet Copeland one day face to face. Until then, I will think of her and Madeline in the arms of Jesus.

Mandy
GA

Anonymous said...

Boothe & Conor,

I was at the funeral yesterday. It was really beautiful. I can't imagine the strength it took for you guys to write the letter and then to read it in front of all of us. You are so brave. I pray that you feel the love and strength of all your family & friends around you... but more than that I pray today you experience God's provision, love and strength more than anything else. I pray you feel His hands holding you both up.

my favorite author, frederick buechner says that the best writers 'open a vein' to let life pour out on pages. Boothe, I think you have that ability. I can't help but hope that one day you will put your words together for a book.

-mary collins

Melissa Platt said...

it was an honor to be with you yesterday. thank you for allowing us to love on you. the video is a precious tribute and the words of the song are so true. continuing to pray for you...

Heather Kennedy said...

Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

Thank you for sharing this--you continue to be a blessing and a light, despite walking through the valley. I pray God is so very near to you both today.

JMom said...

I am touched so deeply. I know people must be sending you a hundred things to read, but the sermon Louie Giglio preached at Buckhead Church in Atlanta today was on suffering and I think you will be RICHLY blessed. Here is the link: http://www.buckheadchurch.org/messages Click on the message from 9/30/07 and be blessed!

Sun said...

Words fail me - I am blown away by this. As tears stream down my face and my heart breaks for you I am blown away by how God used your precious girl, your precious family to touch so many so deeply. Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOO much for sharing this - I cannot even tell you how deeply you have impacted others by allowing God to live in and through you. You are so beautiful - your family is SO beautiful - may God comfort, bless, and reassure each moment as it comes that you are precious, you are loved, and He is there and He will not fail you. Sunshine

Amanda said...

Your testimony is a perfect one, with such a high price! Thank you!

Renee said...

Wow. I doubt anyone can read that letter or listen to the song or watch the video with dry eyes. That was beautiful, and I'm sure will be such sweet memories for your family. I'm glad you were able to capture such sweet pictures of her too. Such a treasure. Know that we are still praying for you all.

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing your life story with all of us.

Our prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

I was lead to your blog from another site. Thank you for sharing. Copeland has taught us to remember to live life on PURPOSE and celebrate every moment as a gift.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing some of your most intimate moments as a family with us. You will remain in our prayers. God has blessed you with 2 precious little girls. Don't forget to live for both of them. You are loved by so many.

Emily said...

Matt and I sobbed as watched this video and listened to song that takes the words right out of our hearts. May you feel the loving arms of your God today.

Missy said...

Thank you for sharing the video, it was so beautiful. We continue to think of you and pray for peace and comfort for you.

Missy said...

Also, some words that may bring comfort... http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/838_what_i_said_at_my_granddaughters_funeral/

pipsylou said...

I am speechless.

pipsylou.blogspot.com

KrazyMom said...

Here I sit, a stranger, moved to tears mourning for your loved one and the pain your family is feeling. Not only has Copeland touched so many lives, but has your family as a whole. Not an hour goes by that you are not on my mind. Praying and believing!

Kelly in MI

Carol Lochridge said...

Dear Boothe and Conor,
It pained me not to be at the memorial for Copeland. No matter how I tried to figure out another arrangement for my work it wouldn't work out. I so much wanted to be there with you and everyone and celebrate Copeland's life and hear the beautiful music and words that must have been spoken. As innappropriate as it might have seemed to do so I wish that I could have seen the service here. I am grateful that you shared the video and letter so I could have my good cry with you.
Thank you so much for all you are giving. I love you both. Carol

Tiffany said...

The video was beautiful, the song so amazing, and I am grateful that you shared it. I pray you continue to feel the love that is being sent to you from everywhere...even, and maybe most especially, Heaven.

Sara said...

we love you guys and are thankful to have shared a small part of this journey with you by reading your blog. thank you for the video. What a wonderful way to always remember her. I will not be forgeting to keep praying for ya'll. I know you will never "move on". Look forward to hearing how God continues to use Copeland.
Lindsey and Sara Boney

pipsylou said...

I keep watching that video. You are so blessed to have such a WONDERFUL keepsake. I am praying that God will heal your broken hearts as only He can do. Copeland was such a beauty.

Becky said...

Thank you so very much for sharing this. Your family is in my prayers.

Jessica said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. It was beautiful! I know that I am forever changed b/c of this child that I never knew. I am praying for you all!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your brokeness. Because of you many people with come to know Christ's comfort. People do not get to know Christ because of our togetherness, yet from being broken.

God Bless you and your family.

Roseville, CA

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your family, your beautiful daughter with us. My heart aches with you, for you. I remember you in my prayers and will continue to do so. Praying for peace, comfort, love to overwhelm you. in Christ, your Sister.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family you are. You inspire me to do better. My big sister died at birth and I'd like to think that Heather has made a new friend in Copeland. God Bless your family and may you always have peace.

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing this video and your letter with us. they are absolutely priceless.
-Zach & Kara Sheets

Lauren said...

It is in these moments that I am in awe of the way that "life" overshadows our greatest hope- to be with Jesus again. I truly believe that if we knew how precious life is with Him we would rejoice and run to be there with Copeland.
I know that you are hurting...rest in the belief that we will finish our work here on earth in just a blink of what time with Jesus and Copeland will be.
Still praying for you.

jtcosby said...

Thank you for sharing. I am in tears...confused tears of boy joy and sadness. You shared your heart beautifully. I will continue to pray for your family...you officially have a special place in my heart !!!

Love,
Tamara

Lani said...

Yesterday was precious. What a sweet time of honoring your beautiful daughter. Did you hear all the people who gasped with joy during the moment in the video where she smiles? It was so amazing. WOW! Glad to be apart of that with you and all the people who hold your family so dearly.

Paula said...

Thank you for helping us all to feel the presence of the Lord through that beautiful testimony with video and song.

What a tremendous witness your journey has been. Truly ordained by God. Copeland will never be forgotten. He has opened a door for a ministry for you.

God Bless you all! Prayers will continue for your family.

Amanda M. said...

That was so beautiful and moving. Thank you for sharing with all of us, even those like me that you don't know, the joy of Copeland's life.
Amanda M. in WI

Anonymous said...

It's all beautiful.

nathaniel and rebekah wright said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. We continue to pray for you all daily and are so blessed to have had a glimpse of Copeland through your words. Many blessings on your whole family.

srp said...

As long as I live I will never forget your families impact on my life. You have been such a testimony to me. I will continue to pray for you and your family as continue on with this journey.
Sherry
Johnson City, TN

Amy D said...

The video is beautiful...thank you so much for sharing.
Prayers.

Kristy C said...

The service yesterday was so sweet! It was an honor to be there. Thank you again for sharing Copeland with us. She will forever be remembered.

simonsays said...

It WAS a beautiful service. And a blessing. And afterwards it was a sweet reunion hugging the necks of friends we had not seen in years. And I was so impressed with Conor as he bravely stood before us all, looking so protective of you at his side, as he read those sweet words written for Copeland. As much as I was aching and crying for you, I felt a jolt of relief in my heart - to see what a strong, loving partner you have in your man!! I could go on and on - and I will next time I see you. But just wanted to thank you for sharing sweet Copeland with us! We will never forget her either!

Much love,

Julie

Jen said...

My heart is so full and heavy. What a beautiful life! I am praying for you all and enjoy reading about ya'll's (is this a word??) life. I pray that God will prove Himself to you and show His deep love for you, that He will do His thing.

Cathy said...

I am praying for you as your arms ache so to hold you little one. She is being held in the greatest ONes arms until the day you see Copeland again face to face. God Bless your family,
CAthy

Rachel said...

I have cried, and prayed, so much for you guys over the last few days.

The video and letter are both beautiful.

I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

RP

Anonymous said...

Farley Family...
I truly felt honored to be able to be there yesterday and have not stopped thinking and praying for you all since then. The video is absolutley breathtaking and will stand in my memory forever. What a beautiful memory you have of little Copeland Fair! We love you all and hope to see you soon as we have let way too much time go by...

D'Arcy and Family

Linds said...

Just beautiful, Boothe and Conor. Thank you for sharing your daughter with us. I continue to pray for you all.

Jennisa said...

Thank you for sharing your daughter with us. That video was very precious, and the letter you wrote touched my heart.

Thank you, God, for Copeland and her family...

Anonymous said...

I am still praying for all of the Farley family. The video and song have left a lasting impression on my heart. I know I will never forget Copeland and your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Tampa, Florida

Anonymous said...

I must comment to tell you that though we have never met,your precious Copeland and sweet family have touched my heart forever. I will continue praying for you all. D in NC

Fantastic Four said...

That was the most beautiful video I have ever seen! So very touching! You are in our thoughts and prayers every moment! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us all!
Traci MN

Kecia said...

Beautiful. I hope it helps in some small way to know that even though we're strangers, we're family, and my heart aches with yours, and I'm crying for you, too. I look forward to meeting you and Copeland someday!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing your celebration of Copeland's life. Our Sunday school class prayed for you this morning and you will remain in my prayers as you get through the days to come. May God continue to bestow His richest blessings on you.

Jane in Broken Arrow, OK
Jeremiah 29:11

Britt said...

Im so glad I got the chance to come and celebrate the life of your sweet little girl with you yesterday! Know that I will continue to pray for your family in the days, weeks, months and even years to come...thinking of you often.
Brittany D

BLG said...

WOW- That video and letter are amazing! Bless your family!
Beth

McKenzie said...

such a beautiful video to cherish and remember your beautiful Copeland...Thank you for sharing it with everyone. I continue to pray and think about you and your family. Cling to the Lord in this time. I pray that He scoop you into his arms.

If it is possible to love a family and not know them...I feel that I love you...I am praying...

Laurie said...

Such a beautiful video, perfect song written just for this angel, and tender words for Copeland from a mommy and daddy who loved her with all they have. Praying for you in the days and weeks ahead to be extra gentle, as the pace of the weeks before slow and a new type of normal life begins to unfold for you.
"Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Mark 6:31. May the Lords peace, comfort and love surround you in sweet memories and rest.

Laurie in Ca.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That's all I can say, is WOW. Choking back the tears. God be with you guys!

Desiree' said...

I cried all the way through your video wishing you did not have to go through that. I am so thankful God has a way of working through the pain. He is good. I have been reading your blog and praying for your family. I can't wait to meet her someday too. God bless you for all the ways that you are blessing Him.
Much Love In Christ,
Desiree'

Anonymous said...

Thankyou so much for sharing this beautiful video and song with those of us who, though strangers, feel as though we know you. That song says it all, doesn't it?

You know, as I was thumbing through my favorite recipe book, "Recipes of the Pat Powell Family" :-)....I noticed something I hadn't paid much attention to before, Boothe, your great-grandmother, Mrs. Arradel Powell's maiden name was "Copeland". I'm assuming, though I don't know for sure, that this is where you got Copeland's name. I also noticed that Mr. & Mrs. Powell lost a child to diphtheria at the age of 6yrs. So, I know there was lots of family there to greet Copeland in heaven. What a legacy of strength and faith that was passed to Copeland and what a legacy she left behind. You will never know this side of heaven, how the Kingdom has been changed and grown thru your precious angel. Thankyou for the chance to share your journey and bear some of your burdens. Susan in Ama. TX

Stephanie said...

Your letter was beautiful. Thank you for being open and sharing your lovely and God-blessed daughter with all of us. I will be praying for your healing....

Anonymous said...

Farley Family,
What a honor it was for our family to be able to share Copeland's memorial service with you and your family and friends. What a dear time it was. The amazing video and pictures of dear sweet Copeland were a joy to see. My boys who have been looking at pictures and praying for Copeland all these months, loved being able to see her move and see your family surround her.
I really appreciated your pastor (I assume that is who it was) when he said that this was not a time for closure or forgetting..that you wanted to talk about Copeland. We who have walked this road w/you (albeitly from a distance) would like to remember Copeland with you too. And all that God has done thru this precious life.
Take care and please keep us posted on the family...
Be blessed...
Matt, Kristin, Harrison and Sam Pierson
ps we forgot to put our email address down on our memorial cards for Copeland. If you need it here it is: elementskdp@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Copeland's life with us in so many ways. The video is so wonderful and the song that Jason wrote was amazing. Copeland's life was such a blessing. She will not be forgotten. My daughter still asks to pray for her every night. She prays that God will take great care of her until her mommy and daddy can see her again. Conor, Boothe, and Sellers - you are all still in our prayers as you deal with the grief of losing such a precious girl and learn to lean more on the celebration of what her life meant while she was here and the freedom she now has in the arms of Jesus in a place we cannot even begin to comprehend. You all are loved.

Courtney said...

That was the most beautiful and sweet video I've ever seen. She IS beautiful. Thank you for your faith, thank you for your genuiness, thank you for your courage to share your story. May God bless you and walk you through the days till you get to see sweet Copeland again. I wish there was more I could offer to you...but I know our God's sweet grace is sufficient, even on the days that it might feel it won't be. I hope that God will bless you with more siblings for Copeland and Sellers, certainly not to take her place, but even more to fill your heart...I know the Lord has blessed you as parents and that you have his blessing in it.
Be blessed all the more, Courtney Berg

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing those precious pictures and video of your beloved Copeland. Your family's testimony has changed my life. I am praying for you daily.

Sue said...

Thank you for sharing this with those of us who could only be at Copeland's service through prayer. What a beautiful song... beautiful video... beautiful family... and what a beautiful testimony of faith.

Anonymous said...

What a precious song and video. Thank you for sharing Copeland's life with us...many who are strangers in this life but brothers and sisters in Christ who will meet you someday. Heaven has been made a little sweeter because of your journey so far. Because you have lifted God up, He is drawing men to Himself through your family. May God continue to hold you close. We are praying.

Jennifer said...

I know that I will never meet you here on this earth, but your family and Copeland have definately changed me. I treasure each moment with my daughter even more because of you. Thank you for being real and showing all of us Jesus. Thank you for sharing that video and song. It was the most beautiful thing.

Marlina said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful video of your precious girl with us. I have been praying for your family. I don't have the words to say what I would like to say to you. Thank you for sharing such an important part of your life with so many people.It is obvious that Copeland is so loved. May God bless you and give you His peace.

whitney burrough akin said...

wow.

there just aren't enough right words.

what a beautiful life!

it is more than evident how you and conor were in step and completely reliant on The Father in and through all of this. you really did all of the right things--in the way you have handled this physically and emotionally as people, and as parents, and for selly, and for copeland. from the prayer to even commemorating everything with videos and blogs etc....it is astonishing how He will use people--no matter how weak or small-- and technology for His glory!

you all have truly honored our Lord. i know He is smiling at miss copeland right now, and is so pleased!

You have personified 2 Corinthians 12:9-10,
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

copeland was weak but had such a strong presence to so many...AND she is strong now b/c of Him.

thank you for allowing us to be able to walk through this alongside of you....even though we are up here.

i can't begin to tell you how much we love you and continue to pray for all of you.

whitney

Aunt Boo said...

That has to be the most beautiful thing I have ever watched. Thank you for touching my life the way you have. I will never forget Copeland or your family. I am sorry that we had to "meet" this way but I am thankful that I have been allowed to be par to fyour life.

God Bless You!
Amanda Davis

Anonymous said...

I want that kind of faith and strength.

Anonymous said...

just....beautiful.
thank you for sharing that.

kim said...

What a precious video and letter. Please know that you are still in our prayers. We have not stopped praying and we will not. Our Father is there for you and always will be even when you may not feel Him.

Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful video and letter.

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, but I wanted you to know that your faith has touched me profoundly. Copeland's life meant so much. I watched this today after church and it is so ironic that our pastor talked about Paul's passage about life and death and to die is surely gain. I do not claim to know why things happen but I do know God is great and your daughter is enjoying things we can only fathom. Be blessed in knowing that your faith and her life have touched so many. God bless you as you continue your journey. Thank you.

Allison, NC

Darby Stickler said...

Boothe and Conor,
What a precious and priceless video, song and pictures. Justin and I held eachother, watched it together and weeped together. Thank you for sharing this with us. Sweet Copeland will not be forgotten! We love y'all and we're praying for y'all!

Jenna said...

Thank you for sharing this with all of us. It was simply beautiful. I will continue to pray for you all.

Jenny said...

Beautiful. Just beautiful. All of it. I sent it to my husband at work this morning, and he agreed that it was the most perfect, gorgeous, beautiful thing. He too, though he has not read your blogs yet, has been moved by your story, and your faith, simply by what I have relayed to him. (He's working up the courage to read them, just as he is yet to watch 99 balloons *smile*)

Thank you for allowing us to meet Copeland, and love her along with you. Thankyou for letting us love you, as well. Thank you for your faith, for your unconditional love of each other and your children, thankyou for giving us a higher standard to achieve in our characters, faith, lives and parenting. You will always be precious to us, whether you continue with your blogging or not. (Though, of course, I hope you will) I know that I will never forget your family, or your precious Copeland. You have forever changed me.

Please know I will continue to pray for you always.

Anonymous said...

Although we do not know each other,I feel as though I know you and your family well. My prayer for you yesterday was that you felt the presence of God's precious angel Copeland, as she is cradled in the arms of Jesus and whispers personally in His ear, asking Him to send blessings of peace and comfort to her mommy, daddy, and sister. My prayer for you always is that you continue to feel those same blessings of peace, strength, and comfort as you continue your journey until the time when you (and all of us) get to meet her again. Thank you for sharing your incredible family with us. I will not forget you and will keep you in my prayers.

Tammy said...

Thank you for sharing. Sweet baby Copeland, you are an epiphany - God is good, all the time.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful video and letter. I know I've never met you, but your daughter, your words and your faith have touched me. I will continue to pray for your family.

Eliza in savannah, georgia said...

What a beautiful and sweet, sweet gift.
We do long for home.

Praying for you all~
~Eliza

Ter said...

I saw the link to your blog at "rocks in my dryer" and I just wanted to express my sincere condolences.... from one bereaved mommy to another.... (((((many hugs)))))) please know you can contact me anytime...

ter / with an angel on my shoulder

Kathy Days said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. I'm changed...

Anonymous said...

What an incredible letter to Copeland and video of her sweet life. Thank you for sharing something so beautiful. They both will be etched in my heart forever. Your dependence on the Lord throughout this experience is so inspiring; your family is so inspiring. I hope you know how much you have touched all of our lives in such a profound way. We love you and will continue to pray for you and your family. Ashley Sasser

Lisa said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing something that you were under no obligation to. All who have read your story have truly been blessed beyond belief. Praying for you all so VERY much. Know that so many people are and I pray that brings you comfort. Your letter to your baby girl was absolutely beautiful.

Anonymous said...

The video and letter are beautiful! Through Jesus, your family and sweet Copeland have written so many things on my heart! Thank you for letting us share in the celebration of Copeland's sweet life! With much love,

Amy Ruf

Stacey O'Hara said...

Thank you for sharing this precious video. I can't seem to stop the tears. What a perfect way to keep Copeland's memory alive through this wonderful video. Copeland's Corner is such a sweet idea.
I will continue to pray for your family.

Love,
Stacey

TN Lizzie said...

To Copeland’s Family,

I have been on my knees for you since Copeland was born. What you have lived out has been achingly beautiful to read. With each sentence Boothe and Chelsea wrote, I have been drawn closer to The Word. With each post, I have seen your love and have been turned to face the One who is Love.

During our home church service this morning, my husband taught us from John 17. In verses 15 and 16, Jesus prays, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

We have talked about Job, and the calamity he faced. Job had seven sons and three daughters, seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and a large number of servants. All were taken from him, and he praised the LORD nevertheless.

I told our 3 young girls today that I knew about a family who was walking through their own calamity and praising God. (I meant y’all!) I praise God for protecting you from the evil one. God has allowed you to walk through this, and you have kept your eyes on Him.

At the end of the book of Job, all the “things” Job had were restored to him, doubled. God only gave him seven more sons and three more daughters, and our 12yo pointed out that Job’s first children were still his, so his children were doubled too.

Copeland will forever be part of your family. I pray that the testimony of your faithfulness through her life and death will bring many to a saving knowledge of the One who walked you through it all. Jesus Christ died so that Copeland might live forever with Him. Not only Copeland, but also any who will believe in Him through your message. Your lives can be living sermons!

I just love the first part of Job 42:15, which says, “Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job's daughters…” But, then, that was before Boothe and Conor had Sellers and Copeland!

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; May the name of the LORD be praised.
Thank you for sharing so much with so many!

<><, Elizabeth

elizabeth said...

Thank you for blessing my life!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the video, song, and letter. Each was so beautiful and precious.
Your family will continue to be in my prayers!

Katie Arnold said...

Copeland has changed my life more than you know. I cannot imagine what you are going through and I am so grateful that you have shared it with us. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

WOW. There is not a question in my mind about why you were the chosen parents for Copeland. You have done an amazing job of glorifying God with her life. Thank you for being so honest, open, and bold. Thank you for sharing Copeland with so many people. Thank you for praising our Savior at this difficult time in your life. May you find continued strength in Him. God Bless you!
Jaime in GA

Christy said...

You are the strongest people that I have ever 'met'. I only know you through this blog and others at the preschool, but you both astound me. To go through this with such faith and strength is sucha testimony to God. Copeland was part of a wonderful family...if only for a little while. I pray that you are finding peace and rest tonight and in the coming days.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter and her story with us.

Room for Grace said...

What a beautiful baby with a beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing the video.
I pray that God is very very near to you and your family in the coming weeks.

Sherry Luttrell said...

Conor and Boothe,
The Memorial Service was so beautiful, and the video was just unbelievable. We have shed many tears for you. This whole experience that you have had has made us appreciate and love our girls even more. We cannot even imagine what you have gone through. We are so sorry for your loss but know that the Lord is still in control. You are both so amazing and have such a strong faith. Your testimony is uplifting to many people. Stay strong in the days ahead. Thanks, again, for sharing this with us.
Love, Sherry & family

Kelly in Carrollton, GA said...

Dear ones, you've been much prayed for today.....your family was ever before me in worship today, as each note brought your faces to mind. Can you comprehend the vast love of the body of Christ? We are forever impacted by the reality of Copeland. She IS real to us. YOU are real to us. We love you, we hurt with you, and we, too, want to go Home.....one day. Till then, know that you are carried in our hearts. Love, Kelly

Pea Pod Mommy said...

Thank you for sharing a beautiful post with the world! What a testimony. We will be praying for you all.

Anonymous said...

And Jesus wept.

The Goldens said...

Beautiful video...what an awesome memory keeper. May God bless your family...you know He is blessing Copeland.
Love In Christ,
Tina

Emily said...

That was breathtaking. You were in my thoughts and prayers yesterday.
~Emily (Los Angeles, CA)

Mindy said...

Beautiful!! You have been in our thoughts and prayers all weekend and there you will stay. Thank you for being willing to share this difficult journey with so many. I can't put words to how this has touched my heart, but I am praying I never forget...

courtney said...

Praying for rest for you all tonight as you start this week.

Courtney

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing Copeland with all of us. Your family is beautiful. We are still praying and thinking of you.
Randi

A Place For Ministry Wives said...

Thanks for sharing the video. It was my first time to see her sweet little left eye open. What a gift she was and will forever be to you.

Tammy C said...

A beautiful child Copleand was here on earth.Thanks for sharing the video.

No words from me,here is ahug to let you know I will be praying for you.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family, song and tribute to a special little girl.

Robin in New Jersey said...

Thank you for sharing your daughter with the world. Thank for showing and telling that life is precious no matter how many days it lasts.

Anonymous said...

Speechless.

I don't think there are words that would adequately describe how beautiful the tribute to Copleland is. I feel as if I've seen Jesus, just by seeing her. She is so, so beautiful, so precious, so amazing. How blessed you are for having had her in your life, and how blessed I am for having met her through your blog.

I pray for you daily, and it is my hope you are able to find comfort in the midst of sadness.

Isaiah 40:28-31: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Praying the Lord continues to lift you up, carry you, and give you strength. I am in awe...I am speechless.

Katie

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, the video, the song, your letter and your baby girl.

Marc and Charity said...

I do not know what to say here, but thank you for sharing the video. I'm so sorry for this valley you are walking. May He bless you every step of the way, with His all consuming presence.

Aimee said...

What an amazing song! That's awesome that you can have that song and video to remember Copeland. You are an inspiration to me. My "problems" are so little compared to what you and your family have gone through and continue to go through.

May the Lord be with you during this time of trying to establish a new "normal."

I will continue to pray for yoy and your family.

Anonymous said...

Oh, how this video, that awesome song, and your lovely letter have touched my heart. I just recently lost a baby, and it's comforting to know that my sweet little one will have a new friend in Heaven. We'll miss them while we're here, but Hallelujah! We'll see them again one day, and it will be completely amazing. Thank you for sharing sweet Copeland's story with us. I will continue to pray for your family.

Fran said...

You have blessed me beyond words. Your angel was and is a gift to us all. Thank you Jesus for your healing power over Copeland as she dances through heaven with you.

Blessings to your precious family....

Anonymous said...

Your story has touched my life. Continued prayers for you and your family...

Blessings...

Anonymous said...

Hey Boothe and Conor- I'm so glad you posted the memorial video for everyone to see who didn't get to come. I love you all so much!
-Nina

Wendy... said...

Little Copeland~
Your days here did change everything..and everyone. And when we all go "Home" we will get to meet you beautiful little girl!

I will always think of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" differently now...I will always think of Copeland because we will all keep her in our hearts.

I feel so blessed for all of you (even as my heart is broken for you as well) that you have the videos, pictures, an awesome song and most of all memories of loving your precious daughter...it's something Sellers will have for the rest of her life too ~ what a blessing!

Prayers will continue for you in the coming days and always.

In His Love,
Wendy in Texas

heidi said...

Thank you for sharing that beautiful video and letter. Your faith and story have truly changed me. Just know that when it seems as though everyone has gone back to "life as usual" again, there are hundreds of people still thinking of you and praying for you. We will not forget either! You are a special family and we continue to pray for you daily.

Brandi (Angie's Friend) said...

My heart is broken for you. The video was beautiful. Your family is beautiful. You will continue to be in my prayers.

Just little ole me said...

What a beautiful song! The video was breathtaking. Thank you for sharing. I will continue to pray for you and your families as you continue living. Praying for strength and healing.

Suzy Goodman said...

Copeland Fair Farley is such an incredibly beautiful name for such a precious child and messenger from God. The service was absolutely beautiful. I was so moved by the video (I had so wished to be able to see and hold her in person so the video is a treasure), the music, your letter to her and also the vision of your families surrounding you as we sang. Please know that you have an extended family who love all of you and want to wrap our arms around you all any way we can.

Jeff was so right when he told you that God selected both of you to be Copeland's mommy and daddy because the Lord knew that no other people on this earth could love her and care for her the way that you have done. I believe that this is only the beginning of what He is planning to do through you and Conor as you share your testimony of Copeland with the world. I consider us all be blessed to have been able to walk through this time with you as we watched real faith walked out.

We love you all and will continue to be praying for you as you walk through the coming days and weeks. I hope you will still share your heart with us so that we can know more specifically how to lift all of you up.

Amy said...

I am continuing to pray for you and your family. The video and letter were just beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.

Anonymous said...

That was beautiful. My heart aches for you and for your baby. What a blessing to have the perfect song for the perfect girl, born into the perfect family. And now she is in heaven with the Father, may you all be at peace and may your heart ache be released until the day that you hold her again. Kiss her again, until then continue to love her, talk about her, cry over missing her, but rest assured she has already received the ultimate reward. And she'll be waiting at heaven's gates with the Father. I love you all, you are still in our prayers, and we all miss your sweet baby girl...

erika said...

Boothe & Conor-
That is unbelievably beautiful! What a blessing to have something so special that we can always come back to, to keep her precious memory alive. I have been blessed beyond words.

Anonymous said...

what an amazing story. i'm writing from iowa - copeland's story is spanning its arms and reaching people all over! the video was amazing and your words are beautiful. thank you for the testimony of God's work in the life of Copeland. we are praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing with those of us who could not attend the service. What a special Girl! God bless your family...

Anonymous said...

my heart breaks for you as her parents but rejoices for your sweet daughter! i commented here before about a book i am sure would be a blessing to anyone, but especially having lost a child. the web address i gave you was wrong, the correct one is www.theshackbook.com

Anonymous said...

I don't know how you guys did it? How do you say goodbye to something so precious and yet somehow you guys managed to do just that and praise God in the midst. That's something this world will never be able to understand. You're courage is amazing and the way you talked to Sellers and explained things to her is amazing and beautiful and you guys had the perfect words for her. My heart broke as I heard those four words come from Sellers, "Is she still sick?" Not anymore, Sellers. Not anymore. Judy

PartyofFive said...

Simply beautiful!

Summer Lashley said...

I don't know you but have been touched by your story. You are in our prayers here in Oklahoma City...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this, it is beautiful. You all have been in my prayers all weekend and I will continue to pray for your family. By sharing your story and faith, it is renewing mine and others as you reminded me today that Jesus loves us and heaven is real. Blessings this week.

paige said...

Friends of ours lost their little girl www.babykelly.net to trisomy 18 ~ they were carried as beautifully as your family has been ~ but i remember one day the daddy saying, 'i'm tired of being a testimony'...
May God be merciful to you & your family. May He pour out His blessings and give you peace, rest and sweet comfort that only the Holy Spirit can give & may you grow stronger in the days ahead as you draw nearer to the Author and Finisher of your faith.
much love,
paige

marla said...

Oh my, that was beautiful and so touching...my heart aches for you.

ivey elizabeth said...

praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

The video and letter were so heartfelt and beautiful. My prayers will continue for you and your family.

The Agarwals said...

I received your blog from a friend, and although I do not know you, I have been touched deeply by your faith and dependence on the Lord. I have wept with you over your loss, but rejoice in the knowledge that the Lord has provided us with a hope and a promise! You are being prayed for as you begin these days of healing!
May Christ be your source of strength and the solid rock that you rest upon!

roland said...

Boothe and Conor,

Rob Sarah and I were there Saturday....what a sweet service...thank you for including all of us...

Roland

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I have learned so much from you and your family. So many lives have been touched and changed by your wonderful example of faith. Thank you for opening up to all of us through your blog and sharing Copeland with all of us. Please know you will continue to be in my prayers. May God be so close to you during this difficult time. I pray you will feel His arms holding you close and His comfort and love surrouding you.

elizabeth cameron said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. You don't know us, but we have many mutual friends and we have been praying for your precious family. We have two little boys in heaven and I rejoice as I think of them welcoming your sweet daughter into the arms of our Lord! Our prayers will continue to be with you.

Laura said...

What a beautiful tribute to a special little girl. She was so blessed to have you as parents! You will be in my prayers as time goes on. I know it will not be easy, but God is good! Your precious little girl is now running around Heaven with my little boy. How exciting!

Anonymous said...

Someone gave me the link to this website to pray for you and your family, and I sat for a few hours yesterday reading this blog entry by entry with tears streaming down my face. Your family and faith is such a testament to the Lord and I am thankful that our world is blessed with precious people like you who show His grace even through the difficult times.

There are prayers going up for you from all over the nation. God be with you. And what wonderful parents for little Sellers. She is a lucky lucky girl.

Anonymous said...

"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge." Psalm 62:5-8

I am an NICU nurse in Birmingham, and a fellow ADPi from Auburn forwarded your blog on to me. Know that I am praying for you and your family, and that God's faithfulness would continue to provide healing and comfort to you during this incredibly difficult time! Thank you for sharing your hearts with us and for sharing God's almighty faithfulness in your lives.

erin said...

amazing, i don't know if you have any idea the magnitude your story is reaching, i just cut and pasted the link to send the video to my friend and over 4600 people have watched your video ~ thank you thank you for sharing your story and for sharing this intimate video with us. again i am amazed by you

Ash said...

That was a beautiful video; thank you for sharing it. I continue to pray for you and your family daily. Thank you for sharing your story as it has touched me deeply.

Lisa said...

Wow! You are an amazing couple with a wonderful faith. Your family and Baby Copeland are in my prayers!

Cathy Storms said...

Thank you for sharing your lives with us. The video is beautiful.
Your family has touched my life.
I will keep you in my prayers.

Jason White Family said...

Thank you for sharing your life and allowing us to be reminded by your sweet angel to live like we believe that Heaven is real.

Jen T. said...

Thank you for sharing with a watching world that Jesus is so real. I am blessed by your story.

Sandi said...

What a beautiful tribute to your precious little girl. Thank you for sharing her with us. I look forward to the day I will see her whole and healthy in heaven.

Laurie said...

Thinking about you, loving you, lifting you up with my heart in prayer for you today. Asking the Lord to carry you gently in the days and weeks ahead, knowing this is such a new and still overwhelming time for your family. Thank you so much for trusting us to come into your lives here, sharing your hearts with us. Draw close to eachother and God as He draws you in close to His heart. You are so loved. Sellers, you melt my heart to pieces, you are so precious.

Laurie in Ca.

Candy said...

Conor, Booth, Sellers and Copeland-I don't know you and I never will, not in the physical form anyway. But your story has touched my heart in so many ways. The video and letter are beautiful and so touching. I was led to your blog by a friend of a friend asking for prayers. Please know that I have said so many prayers for your family, and that you all are an inspiration. Your family is beautiful and your faith is divine. Our God is magnificent and faithful. He will hold Copeland is His arms until the day you will hold her again. God bless you all. Thank you for sharing her with so many for the short time she was on earth.

Candy, Andy, Alayna, Lilly & Mikayla in WI

Amy said...

Dear Farley Family,

Still praying for you all throughout each day. You have impacted my life in a very special way. How amazing it has been to think about how you were able to have the foresight to make the most of each moment with your little angel and how blessed you are to have touched the face of someone so fresh from the Father, knowing that at any moment, she would be with Him again. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. We will forever be changed by hearing your story and will continue praying. God bless.

Amy in Cincy

mommy to an angel said...

Thank you for sharing. God Bless.

PTS said...

Dear Boothe (such a lovely name!) I am sitting here in tears reading through your blog. I just came across it today. I too lost my daughter Madison. My heart aches for you, and your loss. I'm going to post your name and Copeland's name on my blog. I have a section called "My sisters in suffering the loss of a baby" where I will put your name, and Copeland will be under "Remember The Little Ones". It will help me remember to pray for you daily, and the others listed there. So sorry for your loss sweetie! Love to you, Conor, and sweet little Sellers.

Love, Kathy (www.xanga.com/kamps624)

Mc Allen said...

There's just nothing that I can say that hasnt already been said , but I just want to thank you Boothe and Connor, for the love that you have poured out in these posts and for being mirror images of Him, even while hundreds of people were looking in. Your courage and streght have deeply moved and affected me....Leah, Owasso Oklahoma

Haley said...

I am so very very sorry for your loss.... ((hugs))

Anonymous said...

i don't know nor you me, but your story has touched me so profoundly. As a christian, I thank you for your selfless witness. Also as a christian, I have a dear dear friend who died two years ago at the age of 38 after a 7 year battle with cancer, and I know she is literally jumping with joy at that precious baby to hold in heaven! SHe was a nurse and she adored babies. God bless you and your beautiful daughters.

Christine said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful testimony. I don't know you nor you me, but I have gone back and read all your posts about this beautiful baby. Your family will be in my prayers from now and in days and weeks to come. I can't imagine the pain you have gone through, but you are a wonderful example of what a true Christian person should be. Thank you again.

Anonymous said...

Your ability to share these most intimate thoughts have been such a ministry. Copeland's life is saving others. I hope that one day you will be prompted to put this all into a book. We have included you and your family in our prayers.

mindi said...

That was amazing and beautiful. Thank you for sharing. She is a sweet angel that will live forever with Jesus.

Ally said...

Bless your hearts and may God shelter you in the palm of his hand. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

1 plus twins said...

that was beautiful! thank you so much for sharing with us. i continue to pray for you and your family!! god bles you all.

Bea said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Peace to you both.

Bea

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your precious Copeland with us all. She was a miracle and our lives are forever changed for knowing her story. Prayers are with you all as you continue your journey.

Gift of Green said...

I am so sorry for your pain. Copeland could not have been born into a better family. Don't forget to take care of yourselves and that little button Sellers.

Maria said...

I can't even imagine your pain...

The song was beautiful, and the video moving. Best wishes to you and your family. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Tiffany said...

I cam back to watch Copeland's precious video again. I just wanted you to know that there are so many of us who will never- could never- forget your sweet girl.

lori said...

thank you for sharing your precious girl with us. i'm so incredibly sorry for your loss.

-lori

Anonymous said...

Your beautiful family is blessing many, many people with your heart-touching testimony. How thankful we can be that when trials fall upon us, God's loving arms are under us. I pray that all of you continue to feel loved and comforted in your time of grief and loss.

Jess said...

what a sweet song and video, an amazing way to comemorate such a short life. She is in the hands of the father!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute to your angel. I pray that you might feel the embrace of our Heavenly Father and know that someone you never have met cares and is praying for you and your family. God Bless you baby Copeland.

Anonymous said...

Praying for your family every day!

Anonymous said...

Oh!!!! I so thank you for allowing us to come know your precious girl. How wonderful her life was and wonderful you are to be blessed with such a magnitude of grace from God. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for teaching me about God's grace, faith and love!!!! With all of our prayers and love.

momrn2 said...

Thank you for sharing the blessing of Copeland with us!!! Prayers continue....

Anonymous said...

"This side of heaven" is a phrase that keeps popping up in your blog, on the posts....could this be the title of your book? You have no idea the impact that your words have had all over this country...your faith is amazing. Thank you for sharing Copeland with all of us... God bless you...

Alison said...

Still praying for you all as you allow your hearts to be healed by the Father who loves you so deeply...

Tina said...

Powerful and beatiful!

You have touched our lives!

Alaina Mabrey said...

...in my prayers.

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