Tuesday, September 25, 2007

one week ago...

I am sitting in Conor's office, listening to his co-workers wander in and out so that they can get a peek at our girl, and it astounds me that we have actually reached Copeland's one-week birthday! In about an hour, she will have been alive for exactly seven days. Astonishing.

I wanted to let you know we are doing well... we took Sellers to school this morning, showed Copeland off to her teachers and friends (they even made her a "Big Sister" crown to wear throughout the day!) and then headed off to run some errands and spend some quality time 'just the three of us' - Conor, Copeland and I. I am soaking up each and every moment I have as her mom... to get to share her with people who I know have been praying has been absolutely incredible. Everyone marvels at how tiny she is, at how perfect she looks (despite the fact that Trisomy-18 definitely has made its 'mark' on her, she is in many ways just a miniaturized version of a normal, healthy baby). There have been a couple of moments when the "blue spells" returned and my heart fell, thinking perhaps that would be the time the Lord would call her home. I pray each day for more time with her, but I also recognize the very real probability that each day could be her last. Each moment, even.

Conor and I prayed specifically for joy last night. I guess somehow in the middle of all of this, I'd forgotten that if I prayed for the ability to smile, to be able to look past - even ignore, to some degree - the imminent sadness before us, just for today, God would be faithful to answer. I know you are continually lifting us up, as well, and I want you to know how thrilling I find my position in this life to be right now. To put Sellers to bed, to wake her in the morning, to sit up late and talk with my husband about both the heaviest and silliest of subjects, to rock Copeland in my arms and just let Jesus give her each breath - all of these things fill me up so immensely that I find it hard to express. I never want to look back on this day - or the days ahead - and feel that I squandered the gift the Father is giving me.

Happy one-week birthday, Copeland... it is by the grace of the Father and the loyalty of the saints that you are here with us today.

120 comments:

jenni said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!!! I know your big sister is having a wonderful day in her crown & I'm so happy for a joyous day for your family. Peace, love, & joy to you all--

nick, robyn and taylor said...

Happy 1-week birthday Baby Copeland! I'm so glad y'all are getting some alone time with your precious little one. What a mighty God we serve and what wonderful surprises He gives us!

Anonymous said...

Happy One Week Birthday Beautiful Baby Copeland!!!

With prayers and God's Love,

scrappynhappy said...

Happy one week Birthday, little one. Congrats to the whole family. Standing with you~

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday sweet, precious Copeland! You are a wonderful gift from God!! You are loved and are spreading love to others through each and every breath you take. Your mom, dad, and sweet sister Sellers are so blessed to have you in their lives. What a wonderful big sister you have in Sellers. She knows how to take care of you - she knows that you love the feel of the soft blanket on your cheeks. This is family. You are part of a bigger family too - most of who don't even know you and yet feel that they do as they lift you up before the Father in continual prayer. You are a blessing and many people are celebrating your one week birthday with you today!

Love,
Kelly, Michele, Brooke and Brady Burns

Rebecca said...

Happy birthday, Copeland!

Callen Martin said...

Happy One Week Birthday Copeland!!!!!!!!!! Boothe, I know I never comment on your blog but I want you to know that Michael and I check it and pray for y'all all the time!!! We are SO encouraged by your walk through this!!! We love all four of you so much!!!

Gabe, Elizabeth, Perryn, and Teagan said...

Happy Birthday!! You are truly a miracle baby. As my wise grandfather says in tough times 'Keep the FAITH'

{Karla} said...

HAPPY birthday indeed!

Blessings,
Karla

Kristen Brown said...

Boothe and sweet precious family,
I learned of your family through Otter Creek Preschool. My children attend there as well and your testimony has traveled. You are an amazing woman who has already taught me so much. My family continues to pray for you, Copeland, Sellers, Conner, and those that are closest to you and ministering to you at this time. I pray that our Lord will whisper to your heart and you will hear just what you need from our perfect and loving Father. When you feel weak, take comfort in the truth that you are being taken to the throne of the Creator by so many others. We are honored to carry your burdens to him for your family. May you all be blessed! Kristen Brown

the brown's said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COPELAND!! Praise Him from whom all blessings flow. i am so grateful for this time you are getting with sweet Copeland. like someone commented a couple days ago, thinking and praying for you guys has become like breathing. i praise the Lord for continually laying ya'll on my heart, my prayer is that He will continue to do so. it is an absolute HONOR to intercede on your behalf! i pray that today will bring lots of joy and MANY smiles, despite what the future may hold...that TODAY, RIGHT NOW will be joyful and blessed. we love ya'll and are still praying...

Debra Kenney said...

Happy One Week Birthday Copeland! Enjoy your day! Continuing to pray for peace, joy, strength and anything else God lays on my heart for you. Enjoy each moment of the day with your family.

Randy & Rachel said...

Happy Birthday Copeland!

You don't know my husband and I, but we want you to know we are praying for you. God has blessed your parents and sister with you and they love you so much.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11

kristin and matt said...

yay! happy one week birthday, copeland! what a blessing her precious life is to so many. we are praying that you will enjoy every minute you have with her, and that you are able to truly cherish each moment she is on this earth.
love,
kristin and matt horlings

Cherry said...

So happy you were able to get out of the house with your girls! Happy 1 week birthday sweet Copeland! We love you guys and hope this day is full of joy!

Renee said...

Happy Birthday, indeed! What a blessing to be able to celebrate one week. Still praying for you all.

Anonymous said...

Happy birhtday sweet baby Copeland! Boothe, you too should be wearing a crown today. I do not know you personally but your journey has touched me in a deep way. I pray for you and your sweet girl daily. I was reading Matthew in the Message today and these words seemed to jump from the page. You know these beautiful truths in the depths of your soul.

You are blessed when you are at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

You're blessed when you are content with just who you are -- no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourself proud owners of everything that can't be bought.

Much love to you, blessed one.
Sarah

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Precious Copeland! We are so thankful for your life and the testimony that you are to an Almighty God who is interested in every single detail of our lives!!! Boothe, our prayers continue to be with you, Conor, Sellers and beautiful little Copeland! May the Lord bless you with an abundance of JOY as you walk in His love today!!!

Julie said...

Yes...happpy Birthday! I'll be praying for your joy as well. And your words do seem to have more joy in the last few entries. Praying for more.
Julie in VA

Anonymous said...

happy birthday, precious copeland!!! still on our knees for yall! love, jennifer and will godwin

Laurie said...

Wow, now this is so wonderful to hear. You sound so light in spirit and enjoying your sweet family. It sounds so normal and it is "Farley Normal" right now. God bless you for chosing to postpone any distant unknowns and just love on your daughter every moment, not missing any little nuggets of perfect joy. I am sure this is the hardest thing to let go, control of tomorrow that is not here yet. Be normal, this is good Boothe, so good. Do not be afraid of being hurt in loving, this is Gods miracle plan working itself out before you in His perfection. I hope you all smile all day without ceasing until your face aches!! Be richly blessed in His Joy all day long.
Praying For and Breathing With You Today out here in So. Ca.
Laurie

Shelby Myers said...

I read your blog as often as I can and am always amazed at your strength. I have been and will continue to pray for you all. I pray most at night when my little man is awake. Instead of being mad at him for waking me, I realize it is time I can spend with him and pray for you. Which until finding your blog I would be angry and grumble about not getting time to myself. I now see how precious that time really is. For that I thank you. You are an amazing family. You have taught us all so much.
I pray for strengh and peace for you all and I can see that God has given you all those things.

Tallu said...

boother (is what ms. marshall used to call you), i have been listening to allison krauss and yo-yo ma's version of "simple gifts" by aaron copeland all morning. i remember the song played from the balcony and your and conor's wedding so clearly. i have assumed that you chose copeland's name because of your love of that song or your love of aaron copeland, though i have no way of knowing this for sure. anyway, the song is like a prayer, isn't it? i love your honesty; i love you...

Tara said...

Happy 1 week Birthday Copeland!
Happy 1 week Big Sister day, Sellers!
Happy 1 week of parenting two daughters Boothe and Conor!

Christy said...

Happy one week birthday Copeland!! I'm so glad Sellers ot to show her off to all her friends and I know all the teachers just ohhed and ahhed over sweet Copeland

Alison said...

Happy birthday precious girl!!!! Praising God that you are here with your family!!!!

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday dear sweet Copeland!! Hallelujah for that!

"Jesus is Lord, My Redeemer. How He loves me, How I love Him. He is risen, He is coming. Lord come quickly, Hallelujah!

What a friend we Have in Jesus,
All our sins and Griefs to bear.
What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer."

shannon j said...

I'm so glad that Copeland is 1 week old today, that is amazing and I am so proud of you both. You are wonderful parents and she is so lucky to be born into your household! What a precious gift she is to us all. I am praying for your peace and rest.

Love you
Shannon & Stefan

Peach said...

What a momentous milestone! Happy 1-Week birthday, sweet Copeland. We rejoice with you and are so glad God has chosen for you to stick around and let us all learn from your precious life.

So thrilled, Boothe, to hear of your outings and ability to show off your darlin' girl. What moments to treasure and hold close in your heart in the coming days. I pray for joy for all of you today as well. May God fill your home with laughter at the amazing gifts of our heavenly Father who holds it all in His hand.

Anonymous said...

What comes to my mind as a read your post today is...
"This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it."
I sing that with my kids all the time but now after knowing and reading your story it will always have a different, deeper meaning.

Jes said...

Happy Birthday baby Copeland! we all love you and are so blessed to have you on earth. You are an amazing girl, you are well loved, you are a blessing from God and an angel in disguise.
We love you and are praying for you daily.
~Jes

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Baby Copeland!
Rejoice in the Lord and enjoy your day with your precious girls!

hypatia 370 said...

Sweet Copeland, thank you for gracing all of us with your presence. You are truly our blessing. Happy Birthday baby girl.

Kelly in Texas said...

Happy 1 week birthday sweet Copeland!! I know Sellers is a proud big sister and her crown has to be the icing on the cake! :) Wishing for even more joyful moments with your girls.
May God to continue to make his presence known.

1Cor2:9 said...

Praise God!!! HAPPY ONE WEEK BIRTHDAY COPELAND FAIR FARLEY!!!
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. Let everything that has breath praise Him!!!

Sherry Luttrell said...

Have a blessed day on Copeland's one week birthday! What a little fighter she is! Still praying for all of you...
Love, Sherry & family

Anonymous said...

Happy one week birthday sweet Copeland.

Sun said...

Can I just thank you and Connor for sharing your precious gift Copeland - and your precious hearts - with us? It is so humbling and absolutely challenging to see how you live your life. I am off to teach a ballet class to some little ones - we will - along with their parents be praying for you, Conner, Copeland and Sellers - and your entire family - today! Praise God for how HUGELY He is being glorified, proclaimed, and honored through each moment of this journey! God is SO faithful and SO good. Sunshine

Renée Copeland said...

Dear Boothe and Conor,
I am celebrating with you today with great joy and thankfulness for Copeland's birthday!! Someone wrote earlier about the Aaron Copland song, "Simple Gifts". I, too, recall this from your wedding. It seems the perfect day to remember it, so....here are the lyrics.

"Simple Gifts"
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.

Praying today that you will dwell "in the valley of love and delight" and much, much joy ... ~Renée

Kristin Hill said...

Congratulations on this special day! Happy One Week Birthday Sweet Copeland! I have not had the pleasure of meeting your lovely family, but my sister-in-law Christy Nockels shared your story with me, knowing that it would touch my heart as it has hers. Even though we have never met, I find myself checking in on your sweet family several times each day and I count it a true honor to be praying for each of you... Your strength in the Lord and beautiful words are an inspiration to us all. Blessings, Kristin Hill, Spring,TX
"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young...." Is. 40:11

Embracing my cup said...

Jesus gives life, but not just life, He gives abundant life, life filled to the brim! Your cup is overflowing. And, sweet Copeland's life, though it may not be full in the way that we as humans number our days, her life will be full in that her parents have loved her unconditionally. Your love is giving her a full and abundant life. And, the ways God will use her little 4 pound life to further His Kindgom is certain to be immeasurable.
I am praying for joy, peace, and love to fill you and your family to overflowing.

God's richest blessings. ..

Erin

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, precious Copeland!! How amazing you are! You just brighten each day!

Our Lord is such an awesome Father! I am always amazed at how he surprizes us every day!

Oh heavenly Lord, thank you for the time that Boothe, Conor and Sellers are getting to spend with Copeland. Please continue to give them joy and to allow them to make memories!

Conor and Boothe, I am so glad you are remembering to smile!! I stand in awe of you all and will keep praying!

Tina said...

Yes, indeed, Happy 1 week!

I will share with you a phrase God gave me during a particularly rough spot in my life. Although by comparison it was quite light.

The phrase is ...
I may not always be able to _____, but today I can.

It worked when I was enjoying something wonderful and the devil would try to torment me by the fact that I would not always be able to enjoy it. Or when I was going through someting rough, it was a reminder that God was giving me the grace right then to do what I need to right then. So for you it may go something like this ... I may not always be able to _____, but right now I can! (by God's grace)

All His best to you!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Copeland! Boothe you are an amazing person. I know it is through Jesus that you are able to be strong. My mom has been following your blog and she made the comment that while she doesn't know you or your family she has so much respect for you. Thank you for "singing" your faith so well.
Cari

Jaclyn said...

Happy Birthday Copeland!
Boothe, several posts back you mentioned that you and Connor prayed that your story would be stirred up inside of us....that you would never be far from our thoughts so we would keep your family in our prayers throughout everyday. Let me tell you...it worked! I don't know you but I feel like I do. I think of you and pray for you constantly, sometimes up in the middle of the night. 4 months ago your story would have touched me, but not the same way it does now. My daughter is 4 months old and I am experiencing a love I did not know was possible. My heart hurts for you and I admire your bravery. I was rocking baby Grace to sleep 2 nights ago praying for you and thinking...Boothe, you love God the way I want to. You have taught me so much and you don't even know me.
I was listening to a song yesterday and it is written from the perspective of Jesus. He says "Father, pour out your grace. This one is seeking your face. You know why I died...Father you love this child....Look at my hands and feet...Grant mercy."
Thank you for continuing to share your story. Your faith is inspiring.

Teresa said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Copeland! Your family remains in my prayers.

Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Anonymous said...

My heart is so encouraged every time I check your blog and find another update. It's so thrilling to see how God is protecting this little one and giving you the strength and peace to enjoy every precious moment.

Happy Birthday, precious Copeland!

missy said...

Happy birthday little sweetheart. You are truly a wonderful gift from God, not only to your parents and big sis, but to all of us who are rejoicing in every breath you take!! God bless you, and your awesome family.

Mark and Alicia said...

What a sweet day...happy one week birthday Copeland! God knew before any of us that we would all be able to celebrate Copeland's week birthday with her here on this earth. What a blessing! Though we can not know His timing, we are in constant prayer for all of you. Though this is my first time to write, I'm checking this daily and praying constantly. Love you, lish

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Pretty Girl!!! I continue to pray for you and your family every day.

Elizabeth S said...

Happy Birthday Copeland!! What a joy to get to say that. I know Sellers loved showing her off at school. I heard a song this morning that made me think of you. The chorus said "I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see, because this broken road, prepared your will for me." Walk by Faith by Jeremy Camp. Praying for you to have joy today!

Stevenson gang said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate Copeland's 1 week birthday! I admire your willingness to embrace the ordinary -- preschool, work, bookstores -- in the midst of this extraordinary time. As so many have already said, thank you for sharing this journey with all of us, both friends and strangers. I know that for me it has given a renewed focus to my daily life, to my enjoyment of my children, to my appreciation for my husband, to my prayers which begin with Copeland but then continue in a way that they hadn't for a while. Your entire family is being used in a powerful by our God at this time in your life.
"And who knows but that you have come to [royal} position for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14
(And yes, as a mom of three I do picture this scene coming from the Veggie Tales movie with Pa Grape as Mordecai! :-)

erin said...

happy birthday copeland...you and your family bless me every minute

Kathy said...

dearest Boothe--

Thank you so much for being diligent to post updates. No one wants to interrupt this precious time you and Conor are having with your girls and yet we-- the cloud of witnesses lifting you up-- are thrilled to hear the details of your day. Thank you for blessing all of us in so many ways!

much love from all the harrells

Anonymous said...

Dear Farley family,

I heard about your story through
Otter Creek Preschool. I have a child there
as well.

Just wanted you to know
that my faith has been strengthened
by following the words of your daily blog. I know that "strengthener" is not really the role you are looking for now, but God does work in mysterious ways!

Praying for your family,
Anna Luther

Mark and Alicia said...

What a sweet day...happy one week birthday Copeland!! How amazing it is that God has known all along that we would be able to celebrate Copeland's one week birthday with her here on this earth. What a blessing and what miracle! As you said, we will pray that you can find JOY in THIS day and the strength to make it to the next. Boothe, the strength God has given you and Conor, even in your weakness, is a miracle and testimony as well!
Though I haven't written yet on this blog, know that I check it all the time and we are praying for you constantly. I love you, lish

Shannon Hartz said...

I have been checking in on your blog hourly since I found out about your family from a friend. I am praying for you constantly. I am 9 months pregnant myself, and 4 weeks ago , my brother and his wife lost their baby,; Nathan because of preterm labor at 23 weeks. We only had 2 precious hours with him. God works in mysterious ways, and thank God we know He loves us, and although we can't always understand His ways, we can rest assure in knowing He is all knowing, and all loving. You all are constantly in my thoughts and prayers - Shannon; Chino Hills, California

derrickandamy said...

I hope this finds you enjoying this sweet special day. To echo a few others, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow." ~Amy

Anonymous said...

praying for you in Ohio, dear family.
can you post a photo of the 4 of you as a family?
Happy birthday Copeland!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday sweet baby Copeland!!! That was so thoughtful of Seller's school to acknowledge her in such a special way. I bet she was so excited. We are still praying for sweet Copeland and your wonderful, very inspiring family.

Anonymous said...

Happy One Week Birthday, Copeland! That is a gift in itself and it's a pleasure to see you celebrate. You are complete strangers but you have been on my mind more than anyone else this past week. I have spent much time in prayer, battling for Copeland and the rest of your family, and I want you to know what amazing witnesses you have all been through this season in your life. I know God is smiling upon you and saying "Well done". You have touched many lives and will continue to do so through Copeland's legacy. Thank you for allowing us to pray for you and stand in the gap.

Anonymous said...

Praise God for this day!

whitney burrough akin said...

A Happy Day and Birthday indeed. I truly see the scripture "Count it all joy..." come alive in you guys...in your posts, in your perspective and in who you are. You have blessed and pointed more people to Him than you will ever know.
I pray that only the joy that He can give will continue to be your strength. Wishing I was there today to meet you at the Puffy Muffin or something.
Love you so much! Happy Birthday, sweet Copeland.

Whitney

Suzy Goodman said...

Happy one week birthday sweet Copeland and to your precious family! May the peace of the Lord be yours.

Anonymous said...

The internet is such an amazing thing.To have all these people praying for your family is amazing. I send my deepest prayers for your baby and your family. Happy Birthday Copeland! I pray for a 1 month Birthday!!

Barbie@ Mamaology said...

Happy one week Copeland!! I am praying for your family. The Lord puts you on my heart several times a day.

Your faith and joy in the midst of pain is so amazing to see. May the Lord feel you with peace and joy today.

Anonymous said...

Psalm 18:32
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

May you have an incredible day with you family...

Courtney said...

Boothe,

Happy birthday, precious Copeland!

I was asked to pray for you and your family this morning by a friend of a friend. Please know that you have so many people lifting Copeland and your family up in prayer!

God bless!
Courtney

Mandy said...

Happy Birthday, Copeland! Enjoy your day with Mommy and Daddy. You are indeed a little miracle.

Mandy
GA

simonsays said...

A week old today! Who would've thought??

My faith has certainly been strengthened, too - like so many others have said. A few months ago when you first found out about the trisomy 18, I just felt overwhelmed - couldn't even imagine what God's plan was.........and today I can say that I truly expect God to answer our prayers and surprise us and I am thankful to be part of this crazy, intense, beautiful time in your lives. THANK you for sharing this experience with us.

We will continue to pray, pray, pray......

Love, Julie

Paulette said...

Happy First week Copeland, you are such a tiny miracle that has touched so many lives for the better. I have learned so much about a deep hurt of losing babies (not through abortion) through the eyes of your Godly parents who are letting you go to the father and being content in that. My losses were extremely difficult and it has taken me a long time to be able to let them go. Watching your process has helped me to know that God truely was in mine as well.
My heart hurts so much for your mommy, daddy and sister who will let you go, however they have taught me it is ok to let go in the Fathers hands.
You have been such a testimony Copeland to the Fathers love. I have become a changed person because of this journey and testimony of true faith. Thankyou Boothe and Connor, thankyou.

Emily Powell said...

Dear Boothe, you don't know me. I kind of new your husband in college...we had a few mutual friends. I have heard of your trial through friends and my husband and I have been praying continually for you, Conor, Sellers, and precious Copeland. As I prayed for you today, God reminded me of this old hymn, and one of my favorites, Because He Lives.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives All fear is gone;
because I know
He holds the future.
And life is worth the living just
because He lives.

How sweet to hold
a newborn baby,
And feel the pride;
and joy He gives;
but greater stil
the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days
because He lives.

This is an uncertain time in your life. Praise Jesus that He lives and gives us the strength to go on. Praise to God that we all will dwell with him in eternity.
Your testimony to your faith in the Father has changed my life. I am a better mother to my children and wife to my husband because of it. Sweet Copeland is so small, but God has already used her in more ways than we'll ever know. I am so thankful to you. I will continue to pray. ~Emily Powell

AuntieB said...

Happy Birthday!!!

I'd like to leave you with the words to a song I know.

"Each day that I live, He gives more than I need. I could never describe His goodness to me. You ask how I make it day after day, there's only one thing I can say.

It's been a long journey, but I have been blessed. Walking with Jesus, I have no regrets. He is so good to me I must confess. The way has been long, but I'm blessed.

All that I need, I find at His feet. When I'm hungry He feeds me with manna, so sweet. When my soul is weary, He gives peace and rest. All I can say is "I'm blessed".
Now, I've had my share of sunshine and rain. Days filled with laughter and nights filled with pain, but with every mile as I travel this way, the journey gets sweeter each day.

I'm blessed - so much more than I'll ever deserve. I'm blessed - He's been faithful and true to His word. I'm blessed - I've been blessed by the hand of the Lord. I'm blessed, I'm blessed, I'm blessed!"

May the Lord bless and keep you. May His face shine upon you!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Copeland Fair!!!
We are so thankful you are here and are so anxiously watching how God is using you! Enjoy the beautiful Tennessee sunshine today. We love you...

D'Arcy Collins and fam
1 Cor. 2:9

Holly Biddy said...

Happy 1-week birthday Copeland!! I think it is wonderful how you are all embracing this family time. And along the way you are learning how to REjoice each day - what a blessing!

Mary Lindsey and Chris said...

Happy Birthday, Copeland! Thank you so much for sharing the story while God is writing it. I sat yesterday in front of my computer reading and praying through your story. Thank you for being so real and honest. Jesus shines through your words and brings hope to the hopeless.

With continual prayers...

Marni New (Lunsford) said...

Happy birthday precious Copeland! And happpy day to you, Boothe, Conor, and Sellers! Keep 'standing on the promises of God...'
With love and prayers,
Marni

Anonymous said...

Congrats! What a wonderful day for your family. Enjoy these precious moments. Still praying for you.

Liss said...

Happy birthday Copeland!

This is my first time to comment on your blog, I just found it via Rocks in My Dryer. Your story is so touching and heartwrenching. I'm praying for you and your sweet family. Our gracious, almighty God is walking with you, every step of the way.

Love & blessings ~

Amy D said...

Happy One Week Birthday to Copeland!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your story. What a reminder from our perfect God that every moment is a gift from Him.

Cindy Z. said...

Happy Blessed Birthday Copeland!
May we all learn to treasure every day as a gift from God as you have so mightily reminded us in your precious week with us.
Continuing to pray without ceasing. Love, Aunt Cindy

Lisa said...

Boothe - my husband works with your sister, and I wanted you to know that your family is receiving prayers from Arlington, Tx. Your faithfulness and strength is a blessing to everyone reading. May God bless all of you beyond measure.

Cheryl said...

Happy One Week Birthday, sweet Copeland! What a miracle you are with your parents and your big sister. They are cherishing every moment with you and it shows in their words. Thank you for gracing our earth and giving us hope that sometimes miracles, even if just for a short time, do exist.

Blessings for a joyful day.

On Fire For Jesus said...

Amazing...wonderful...beautiful.

Happy birthday, sweet Copeland. It is a good day.

The Lenda's said...

Happy Birthday Copeland! You are such a precious little gift form God to your parents, sister, granparents, and many other family and friends. You are blessed to have such a loving family and I am sure you sense that love. Copeland you are a little fighter and a BIG miracle. Each day of your life has been ordained by God and each day has been a celebration of your life. May God contimue to use sucha tiny baby in such huge ways.

Anonymous said...

I am from all the way 'Down Under' in Sydney Australia and I came across your blog yesterday and the heartwrenching story of your precious baby Copeland. Your honesty and raw emotional cries to the Lord have made me cry over you all, strangers on the other side of the world, yet brothers and sisters in Christs' enormous eternal family. I truly pray for your strength and your joy today as you treasure your precious girls and each other. May the Lord uphold you as you so faithfully serve Him. Thank you for sharing your testimony of Gods goodness to you in the midst of great sorrow. May each moment you have left with Copeland on this earth be sweet. I shall look forward to meeting you all in heaven. I shall recognise you by your crown of jewels, your heavenly reward for a job well done here on earth. Bless you in the name of our precious Lord and saviour.
Meg in Sydney

ali said...

happy birthday sweet angel of your father above! each one of your sweet breaths that i hear about has changed my life.
you are a precious gift to so many of your brothers and sisters. hope to meet you one of these days to come.
you will continue to bring joy and fulfill your purpose that your father above has given you. you clearly carry his characteristics of himself in your little spirit.

thanks boothe for continuing to be so committed to updating all of us.

ill be in nashville this weekend and i will have you on my heart in an even greater way. know that the paryers have not stopped and i am so thankful that he has covered you with joy, continue to intentionally pray for that and i will as well
ali

Heidi said...

Happy Birthday sweet little Copeland, what a gift you are! Wishing you a wonderful day with your beautiful daughters.

Chels said...

Happy Birthday little snuggly babygirl Copeland! Loving you from Dallas!

jtcosby said...

Happy Birthday Copeland!!!! You are an amazing little girl with an amazing family!! It is so awesome to sit back and just watch Christ in all of you...

Ryan said...

Happy one week birthday!!!

melissa said...

May God bless you, May His face shine upon you and may you know the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and His peace that passes all understanding! Your sweet, precious little girl is spreading the love of Christ and is a blessing to all who read her story! Your faith and strength though our Father is so evident and strong! You are an amazing family and we pray God's joy, faith, strength and love will continually be yours overflowing...
Matt, Melissa and Kenah

Anonymous said...

Like many people posting here, you do not know me. I have been following your blog for only a few days now.

Boothe, you and your family are such an inspiration to so many of us out in blog-land. Your faith is amazing!

I can not tell you how your journey has touched my soul.

I am so thankful that you have shared this journey with so many (I'm also sure that there are thousands of people reading here as your story gains wings of it's own).

Know that we are holding you & your family close in our thoughts and prayers.

Omaha, Ne

Catherine said...

Dear Boothe,

I don't know if you remember me from Auburn .. . probably not considering we most likely only spoke at a rush party or something trivial like that. I live in London now, and when I heard about your blog yesterday I read the entire thing. I felt every emotion in one sitting: sorrow, anger, joy, thankfulness, anxiety, relief, etc. Through the tears I am praying for you and your amazing family. Thank God for his faithfulness in never letting us walk alone - and also that his mercies are new every morning! Especially today when there is an entire week of Copeland's life to celebrate. I will keep praying and checking the website. So much love to you and your darling girls. And of course, Happy First Week to Copeland!

Catherine Casteel

Anonymous said...

Boothe, you don't know how much this post thrills my soul!! Happy Birthday to that precious baby. I stand amazed at how God is using your amazing faith and obedience to touch so many. It seems with every post, the numbers grow exponentially. I will continue to pray for you all, as it is my joyful priviledge to do. Prayers & many more blessings from Susan in Ama. TX

Catherine said...

Dear Boothe,

I don't know if you remember me from Auburn .. . probably not considering we most likely only spoke at a rush party or something trivial like that. I live in London now, and when I heard about your blog yesterday I read the entire thing. I felt every emotion in one sitting: sorrow, anger, joy, thankfulness, anxiety, relief, etc. Through the tears I am praying for you and your amazing family. Thank God for his faithfulness in never letting us walk alone - and also that his mercies are new every morning! Especially today when there is an entire week of Copeland's life to celebrate. I will keep praying and checking the website. So much love to you and your darling girls. And of course, Happy First Week to Copeland!

Catherine Casteel

erika said...

Enjoy your little birthday girl today!! I hope you plan to celebrate tonight, I plan to pray that God will bring you JOY! I hope you will post some more pictures soon!

James 1:17 - Every good and perfect gift is from God. It comes down from the Father. He created the heavenly lights. He does not change like shadows that move.

Lots of love and prayers from Florida,
erika mcpherson powell

Jenny said...

happy birthday sweet copeland!give her a kiss from me. still checking every hour and praying with you. love you! jenny watkins

Anonymous said...

Boothe, I love the part of the Bible when it is recounting the birth of Jesus. And how it says that Mary stored up the treasures in her heart. I pray that for your entire family, that you can store up these tresured times w/copeland and keep them in your heart.

Happy birthday sweet baby girl!
Kristin pierson

Jennifer said...

Hey Booothe - Its Jennifer (Peabody) Barr - I am astounded by what God is doing in your family and how He is using Copeland in an incredible and mighty way to reach so many people. Your blogs have challenged me to live for the moment, for the day, not for tomorrow. The example of your's and Connor's faith and joy has brought me closer to God. Your words have been a tool for God to work in my life, and those I have talked with who are also reading your blog. I wouldn't be surprised if God has used your blog to bring people to know Him. What a testimony. Thanks for sharing, thanks for your honesty. Know that God is using this tiny precious being in a mighty way.

- praying in Memphis

Missy said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl! Even though we've never met, your mommy and daddy and big sister have allowed us to join them on this journey of loving you. Words will never be able to describe what joy, comfort and peace your life has brought to so many. We are praying for you and love you too.

Sue said...

Happy Birthday, Copeland Fair! You are constantly in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

I Will Praise Him Still
(Fernando Ortega)

When the morning falls
On the farthest hill
I will sing his name,
I will praise him, still.

When dark trials come
And my heart is filled
With the weight of doubt,
I will praise him, still.

For the Lord, our God,
He is strong to save
From the arms of death,
From the deepest grave,
And he gave us life
In his perfect will,
And by his good grace
I will praise him, still.

Terry said...

Boothe and Conor--
Your story has touched me deeply. You are walking such a difficult path and doing it with grace. I am so happy that God has granted you this week (and pray for many more) to spend with Copeland. I lost a tiny son who only lived a couple of hours and I would have given ANYTHING for nore time--keep cherishing your time together. I will keep lifting you all up in prayer.

Anonymous said...

happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear copeland, happy birthday to YOU!

Connie said...

Happy One Week Birthday Copeland! Some day when we are all in heaven I will look forward to meeting you face to face and telling you how your life has impacted me. Blessings to all of you!

LWB said...

Happy 1 week, Copeland! What a momentous and joyous occasion this is. We are celebrating with and continuing to pray. I could "hear" the joy in you, Boothe, as I read this post.

The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy. - Ps. 126:3

How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me?
-Ps.116:12

Laurie Wunder Bolden

Sarah :) said...

Happy one week, Copeland! Tears come to my eyes as I read this entry, Boothe. The faith that the Lord is handing you is being given back to Him as a crown of praise! I am so thankful with you for each moment you have here on Earth with your daughter. Each moment now will carry you through 'til eternity, when you will be with her in the presence of the Lord forever--with joy evermore!!

Walking with you through our prayers is an honor...

-sarah hoffman, milwaukee
(keely's adoption friend)

Anonymous said...

boothe, i'm so glad you and conor have gotten to show off your beautiful baby girl today. i'm sure she has felt so proud along with the two of you. the joy that you are feeling radiates in your words. i hope the rest of your day has been wonderful that that you'll have some pictures of the day to post. happy birthday again miss copeland!!

Anonymous said...

Boothe and Conor, Your honesty has touched me deeply and I only found your blog last night. What a precious child you have and how gracious of God to give you this unexpected time with her.
If you haven't already, please make sure you have some professional photographs done of your family. You will be glad you did. There is a non-profit organization where photographers volunteer to do a session with your family for free when a child is stillborn or facing death. Here is the link for photographers around Nashville.: http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/pageDisplay.php?page=2

Amy in Little Rock

Jessica said...

Happy Birthday! God is so good and His is faithful, isn't He?! I have enjoyed the pictures... your daughters are beautiful! Thanks also for sharing your story so beautifully and honestly with those of us who don't even know you! You have been on my mind so much and your faith is amazing. May God bless you all in countless ways today!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Copeland. We love you, Boothe.

Mama Duck said...

Happy 1 week birthday, little miracle!!

Christy Nockels said...

We celebrate Copeland's life today with you - we will pray for your continued strength...for supernatural patience with anything and everyone in view... that you will somehow not fear sorrow or the unknown.. I pray for joy today - little conversations that will even bring laughter.... I pray that God will guard your sleeping and your mind when you rest - that He would win the war over you when you close your eyes to recharge...that you both will feel rested when you wake up... His banner over you is love...

alexis said...

what a great day! i am so happy for a somewhat normal day for you guys. may God continue to fill you with unbelievable and unexpected JOY. i love you.

Parker and Libby said...

Happy Birthday Copeland! I am so glad you, Connor, and sweet Copeland are having time together. How blessed we all are by this sweet baby's testimony of what Christ can do and how blessed you are with this special time with her. Like I said before I am a friend of Whitneys and have kept you in my prayers each and every day. Wow, how powerful our Lord is! You and your family are an ideal example of that! I hope this day brings you peace, love, and joy!

A Place For Ministry Wives said...

I just love this post and what God is doing in you.

Happy Birthday, Copeland! :-)

Anonymous said...

"I never want to look back on this day - or the days ahead - and feel that I squandered the gift the Father is giving me." What a wonderful lesson for all of us! You all continue to minister to those who would minister to you. You and your family remain, as ever, in my prayers, Dawn

Susan said...

What a great day Boothe! You guys are amazing with how you are handling it all, and celebrating every minute! That is the way we should live life. I am SO bummed that I missed you all at work today!! Everyone was talking about getting to meet Copeland and how sweet she was and how great you look! =) We love you all!

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