Wednesday, July 16, 2008

psalm 126:3

"The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy!"

Our girl is perfect!

These were the words written on one of those Christian-bookstore-type calendars hanging in the sonographer's office this morning. When we went in, I was so nervous and so unable to pray anything else, I simply began repeating over and over again in my mind, "Lord, please do great things for us today!" He was faithful. We were meant to spend an hour in the sonogram room and instead, spent only around 20 minutes - the baby was so active and so perfectly positioned that within less than half the time usually projected, we saw every single thing the doctors want "checked off" - organs, limbs, brain, heart, etc. She was incredibly "photogenic," as the sonographer put it, and Sellers - whom we took with us on a whim, since she's been adverse to going up until now - watched it all while happily gnawing on a lollypop. We are still somewhat reeling from the gift of this incredible news... the Lord truly has done great things for us, and we are indeed filled with inexpressible joy.

To say that words fail me in relaying my heartfelt GRATITUDE for your prayers today and throughout these days is an understatement. I prayed this morning that the Lord would use the joy of this victory to bring honor and glory to Himself in the same way He used our suffering. It is without a doubt that Conor and I are alive and functioning today because of HIM. He has been our sustenance and our joy and our strength. His Word has given us a firm footing to stand on when we have been shaken. We rejoice over this wonderful news not only for ourselves and the amazing blessing we know He is already pouring out on our family, but also as a message of HOPE for those who might feel all hope is lost. Do not fear! Our God is a God who loves us more than we love ourselves. He promises to give us the desires of our hearts if we will delight ourselves in Him.

Praying the blessing you have heaped upon us will return to you in hundredfolds...

Boothe








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116 comments:

lindsay said...

Oh I'm SO happy for you. I was at the doctor today too thinking of you guys and praying for great news!!

Amy said...

I have been checking in today to see if you had posted yet. Great News. Praise God. He is so good. Relax some now Boothe and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy...... Wouldn't mind if you posted a little more often. I love to read your post.

Ashlee Tomes said...

Praise God! I am just so happy for you...I was so anxious to read your post! Seeing that you all have been blessed with a healthy baby after losing Copeland gives me hope that the baby I am carrying will also be healthy and complete (since losing London in Sept. from HLHS). Congratulations and thank you, as always, for your ministry!!

Love,
Ashlee

twiceasnice said...

How great are your blessings, Lord. Thank you for sharing your awesome news with the world. He rejoices with Copeland in your new celebration of His miracle. We continue to pray for your next few months.

Sarah said...

yay! That's some great news girl! You should post some pics of you being all prego!

Rachael said...

So happy to see that everything went well today at the doctor! I also wouldn't mind reading more posts from you. I love your take on life, and I learn a lot from you. I check every day. Thank you again. Enjoy the next few months with your pregnancy.

jenni said...

that is such wonderful, awesome news!!

we've missed seeing you this summer--we are meeting at the pool tomorrow if you guys want to come??!! email me if you want details!
jenni

AUbecca said...

Words cannot express the joy that I feel for your family! I am so happy for you all and I know that Sellers must be anxiously awaiting her "perfect" little sister! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful news. (and for sharing it so soon - the anticipation was killing me):o)

Midwest Texan said...

So happy for you! And so thankful to the Lord, on your behalf, for the wonderful gift of answered prayers.

The glory of God is truly revealed through your faith and hope - I pray that others will come to know Him through your words.

And I agree with the others - I'd love to see more posts! You are a beautiful writer and I enjoy your posts.

Shannon McIntosh said...

Praise the Lord for your awesome news! I have been thinking about y'all all throughout the day, and your post was such an encouragement. I pray that He will continue to pour out His blessings and that you all get to continue experience His pure joy. Thank you for your example of relying on Him, trusting in Him, and being so genuine in your prayers and thoughts. It truly has encouraged me and reminded to cling to hope no matter what. Blessings and hope to see y'all soon!

Clete & McKenzie said...

praise the Lord, I am so very excited for you, connor, and sellers ;)

Karen said...

Crying tears of joy for your precious family...

Jenny said...

Your news made my day! Thank you Lord! I pray for a continued wonderful, healthy pregnancy. I'm so happy for you!

Jill Garcia (Smith) said...

Oh Boothe, my eyes are clouded by wonderful tears of absolute joy that can only come from the Lord!! May HE continue to be your source of strength and comfort and joy during these next few months of pregnancy! I'm praying that baby girl Farley continues to grow strong and healthy!! Love you girl!!

Jill

Elizabeth S said...

I am so excited!!! I love that she was in perfect position when that was one of your specific prayer requests!! God is so good.

Sallie said...

Hi Boothe, you don't know me...you're a friend of a friend from Otter Creek. When you were pregnant with Copeland, I was pregnant with my second as well. I have been following all along and praying for huge blessings to be heaped upon you! I prayed for and thought of you today as you headed to the doctor and am over-joyed to hear that sweet baby girl Farley is PERFECT!!! Praise God for that!!!! can't wait to see that precious baby's face!
Sallie Miller
Broken Arrow, OK

sumi said...

I am rejoicing with you! God is just so good, isn't he?

(Hoping for my own special miracle one day)

BusyBeeMama said...

I am so happy for you! Praise God that your baby is healthy and was in such a perfect position to see everything easily. Congratulations on your wonderful news.

Rebecca said...

Hooray! I am so glad. :)

Wrights said...

Praise the Lord! We have been praying and will continue to pray for the rest of your pregnancy. So happy for you all. The Lord is using this blessing to honor and share Himself with others.
Blessings,
Nathaniel, Rebekah, Anna Walton and Olivia

Sarah said...

Boothe,
I have been a long time reader of your blog, but felt compelled today to say CONGRATULATIONS! After all you and your family have been through, I know this is a huge weight off of your shoulders. I wish you guys continued joy and peace! Love and blessings to you all!

Sarah in Gastonia, NC
www.sarahscraftycreations.blogspot.com

Abby Euten said...

You are so sweet to even think of others during this time. Words can't express how happy and completely ecstatic I am for you! Thank the Lord for this wonderful gift he has given you guys and I am more than thrilled to hear about your wonderful experience with the ultrasound!!!

Mommy Firecracker said...

De lurking to say...this is wonderful news! Psalm 150:6
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

So filled with joy for your sweet family.

Monica said...

We serve a faithful, good God. I'm so glad that you got the results we were all hopeful for. Blessings to you and your family, Boothe. =)

Marie Lanathoua said...

AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN. God Bless your family!

The Curtis Crew said...

Praise God! This is awesome news.

Steph for the Reis family<> said...

Praise the Lord for your good report. I will continue to pray for you.

Heidi Thompson said...

I've followed your blog for a while now. I'm so glad to share your good news today. Praises are being sent up on your behalf!

www.heidit76.typepad.com

Sarah said...

Boothe,
I thought of you and prayed today on several occasions. So happy for your entire family to hear the news of this healthy girl. I think of you often. Thank you for the message of hope today--it is needed!
Sarah Caldwell

Jaci said...

I am so excited for you guys! I have been praying that everything would work out! That is great news.

Julia said...

I have just found your blog today and I am very happy that your ultrasound went so well!
I am also due on Thanksgiving 2008 :) we are having a boy!
Blessings to you and your precious daughters!

alston said...

how awesome...we rejoice with you!

The Allen Clan said...

yeahhh boothe!!!!! we are soo happy!

maggiemaeupdates said...

congrats. so happy for you. i agree with amy i miss reading your posts too. you are so wise and so faithful.

The Lenda's said...

So glad to share in your wonderful news. Praising God for another beautiful sister for Sellers.

Thanks for sharing your hope with us. As I contemplate trying again for another child after recently having my seventh miscarriage I am hanging onto hope and trust in God the He has plans for our family. It is so wonderful to see the amazing things He has done in your family through Copeland's life and now through this precious new little girl. May God continue to bless you and strengthen your faith in him as you encourage others.
Rachel in PA

Mandy Hall said...

Praise God!!!!!!!!!!

Kaylane said...

Answered prayers are the best!!! Congratulations!!!

the brown's said...

what amazing news!!

so glad to hear that all is well with baby girl farley! we will continue to lift you all up as you journey through these next 20 weeks!!

God is good--to Him be the glory!!

christi28 said...

praise the Lord! thank you Jesus for hearing our prayers! God is good. thank you for giving me the privilege to pray for you and your family.

blessings ~

mom22girls said...

Praise Him in the highest! We are so happy for the both of you and the good news!

Trinity & Eddie said...

Praise the Lord! God is so good to his children! I found your blog through a friend's blog. Although we have never met, I am touched by your journey and pray for your pregnancy. Thank you for sharing your story.-Trinity

Ashley said...

YEAH!!! God is good, praying and checking the blog often. Thankful for your strong faith and vulnerability to share. You are halfway there and this little girl is going to be so blessed!

Missy said...

Praise God! We are so so happy for you. We have our ultrasound in a week and 1/2 and I'm so excited/nervous. Trusting in God!

Jen said...

YEAH! I can't even imagine your emotions... but mine are so excited! I'm doing a little dance in my chair *grin*

Can't wait to see pictures and stuff! God bless you Boothe, and Connor and Sellers. Look after yourself.

Pam said...

Praise the Lord!! God prompted me to pray first thing this morning, and I am so glad to hear of His answer. What a huge blessing!!

Emily said...

Congratulations on your GREAT news! I have been checking your blog to see if you had posted an update!! I am SO glad! God bless!

Laurie said...

Oh Boothe and Conor,

I just love miracles, don't you?:) I have had a peace in my heart about this little girl since you first told us of her. God is so good and he has heard our prayers asking for the desires of your heart to be fulfilled. I am so blessed by this news today. Praying His peace all over you tonight as you sleep in the knowledge that your little girl is more than perfect. Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow. I just love you guys so much.

Laurie in Ca.

cherri said...

Praise God! You don't know me but I have been following your story. First let me say I am so sorry about your baby Copeland. I know the pain...I too have lost children (one miscarriage 4/7/07 and one premature rupture of the membranes 10/19/07). I know your pain. I am so excited for you that you have been blessed with a healthy baby girl! And I know that our children are now in heaven happy and healthy...maybe even playing together. Your blog about the man on the box really got to me.... I too remember men preaching on the concourse when I was in college...then that sparked my curiousity....Did you go to Auburn University? and that was later answered in another one of your blogs. Here is my email if you would like to talk cherri.lord@yahoo.com You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. War Eagle and God Bless

Sun said...

Oh WOW! I absolutely praise Him! Thank you SO much for being so faithful to update us! Sunshine

Kate Etue said...

Boothe, I don't know you personally but have been keeping up with you through mutual friends. Your story has been such a testimony of faith to more people than you realize, and I'm so delighted to hear your good news today. Kate

Janera said...

God is so good! We are all just thrilled to read this great news.

Be blessed!
Janera

btw, I'd like to invite you and your readers to come visit my blog and check out my giveaway. Everyone's welcome!

Joy said...

Praise GOD... I am so happy for you guys.

Stephanie said...

What an amazing miracle you and your family are!. Your news today has given me so much hope. I will pray that the Lord will continue to bless you in the months to come!.

Terry said...

Boothe and Connor,
Congradulations, God is so Good! IM so happy for the good news that you both recieved.
Keep us posted on things as you go. You are an inspiration to a lot of us.

God Bless All

Krystal said...

Praise the Lord! What wonderful news :)

Megan at My Heart, My Home said...

Wonderful news!!! Praise Him! Can't wait to hear more about the journey ahead... :)

Kendra White said...

Even the rocks will cry out... Praise the Lord!

Neel said...

Such wonderful news! God is so good. Thank you for sharing this joy with all of us! Your family is in our daily prayers. xoxo.

The Wade's said...

What a blessing from God. I'm so happy for you and your family!!!

Jillian, Inc. said...

Praise the Lord! Wonderful to hear your great news.

Emmalie said...

I am so thrilled for you and your family! Thank you so much for being willing to share your story-both the joys and the heartbreak. As I have read your story, my heart has been broken for you and now it is rejoicing for you too! Praise the Lord. Thank you for being such Godly witnesses throughout this time. Can't wait for more updates on the little girl...and the amazing name that she will have. :)

Mandy said...

I am so happy that all is well with your new baby girl. Can't wait to get to "meet" her and find out her name. I know you are praising God for all his goodness and blessings. I hope you can rest easy knowing she is just fine.

Mandy
GA
www.madelinegracefoundation.com

Grace said...

I have been keeping up with your blog for some time now, and although I don't know you personally, I just wanted to let you know that I am deeply excited for you and for your precious baby girl. Praise the Lord that she is so healthy!!! Congratulations on the wonderful news. I hope the remainder of your pregnancy is filled with wonder and excitement!

-Grace

Mandy said...

Wonderful news!!! I am so happy for you guys! Still praying!

Anonymous said...

praise God for this best of news! I prayed for you today as I went to my checkup as well. So thrilled that you can spend this last half of your pregnancy in hope, in joy and in excitement without fear!
Jessica

julie beth said...

Praise Him from whom ALL blessings flow...We are rejoicing with you and your family, sister!

Anonymous said...

Copeland was perfect too. She was JUST how God made her. I'm glad that all looks well for you new sweet baby girl. Congratulations!

The Badens said...

Wonderful news. Mazel tov. Wishing you a smooth remainder of your pregnancy!!

Anonymous said...

boothe and conor - so glad to hear the wonderful news - what an amazing blessing!
praying,
estelle

Anonymous said...

I am so thrilled for you all!! What wonderful news!! I'll pass along the word in the NICU; so many have been praying. Now we can lift up some praise!!

Love you dearly, Carly

Emily S said...

Praise the Lord! We are rejoicing for all of you.
Love,
the sutherlands

LAURA said...

Im teary eyed once again for you--but this time, with tears of JOY JOY JOY for yall. Now you can take a deep breath, relax a bit probably and let yourself get a PUMPED!!! A perfect baby girl!!

Laura Penney (Harris)

Anonymous said...

SO thankful for your good news today!
Jennifer in FL

Karen said...

What wonderful news, Boothe! What a blissful, peaceful pregnancy this will be!

Amanda M. said...

Praise God and may you all be blessed!
Amanda in WI

boltefamily said...

I am so happy for you guys! I will continue praying!

Stacy said...

Praising God with you! I remember the first healthy pregnancy I had after our 4th son, Joshua, went home to be with the Lord. Joshua was born in 2002 with Trisomy 18. We were blessed beyond measure by him for 3 days shy of 4 months and I miss him everyday. After Joshua, we miscarried, and then had Jedidiah (2 Samuel 12-25). I so remember waiting for that 20 week ultrasound and the fear that often crept in throughout that pregnancy. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and His truths and let Him carry you. "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." Romans 8:6 "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 I am so happy for you and your family and will be lifting you all up in prayer. Thank you for sharing your journey with us all. God Bless, Stacy

Emily said...

SO thrilled for you!! Praising God for Copeland's little miracle sister tonight. :)

Amanda said...

Rejoicing with you!

Jeremy and Cheryl Ann Tooley said...

YAY God! Your testimony helps give others hope. God uses those he can trust to show their strength in faith! God bless you and your family...

I hope it is ok that I shared your Oprah entry with my Bible study group. You said what I was feeling with much more grace and understanding. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Fish Family said...

I cannot even begin to tell you how much joy this brings to my heart!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!

Stephanie said...

I'm so happy for you! Wonderful news!

Courtney said...

Praise God for such a perfect blessing!Take a breath now and enjoy every moment!!

The Wiggins Family said...

dear boothe,
i saw you for a split second tonight at davis kidd--i did arbonne with you under tina adams. although we don't know each other well, i feel like i know you because i have been praying for you ever since last year. you come to my mind often and i lift you up. when i saw you tonight (and i'm so sorry i didn't speak. i wasn't 100% sure that was you until i had already passed by and i heard your friend say "sellers", and i knew that was your sweet girl's name) my heart leaped at the sight of your belly! i am thanking the Lord with you and will be praying for you and this precious baby girl. your blog is like a devotional--i'm so happy to have found it again. you are a treasure.
much love to you and i hope to run into again sometime!
-mary elizabeth wiggins

Laurie said...

Hi Boothe,

Just stopping by on this Saturday night to let you know I am thinking about you guys and that precious little baby who happens to be perfect. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, relaxed and reassured that God is so good all of the time. I love you guys.

Laurie in Ca.

Jill said...

Boothe - PRAISE GOD!

I just got home from bringing our 7th daughter.

I couldn't wait to hear how the ultrasound went. I have been praying for you and trusted God had great things for your family!

What wonderful news - rejoicing with you today!

God bless and know that I will continue to lift you in prayer as you wait to hold your precious baby girl in your arms!

Many blessings!
Jill

frannyblues said...

glory!!

Heather said...

THAT IS SO AMAZING!! GOD TRULY IS GOOD. I WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS.

Rachel said...

Yeah! The Lord is good and He is faithful. Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and rest in his comfort!!!

Candy said...

Praise God! I am so incredibly happy to hear that your little girl is doing so well.

Christy said...

Praise God!!

Jessica said...

Hey Boothe~ So glad to hear that everything is going smoothly with this pregnancy! God is so good!

I wanted to see if you might be interested in sharing your story with our MOPS group at First Baptist Hendersonville. When we began thinking about speakers, your name was one that God laid on my heart. I have been reading your blog for quite some time now and you are such an amazing woman...so real, I would love for the women of our group to hear how your faith has carried you through the past year and how you have allowed Him to use Copeland's birth to bring others to Himself.

If this is something you might be interested in, please email me at billyshelton(at)hotmail.com. We were thinking maybe Jan 26, but really, anytime you can make it would be great.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Jessica Shelton

Baby Leino said...

AMEN & AMEN!!! God is so faithful! I hope you rest well knowing your little one is whole & safe :)

Judy said...

Since your last blog entry this date (July 24t) has been etched in my mind and I've been thinking about you and praying for you continually! I'm rejoicing with you!

laura said...

Praise God for your AMAZING news! I am reminded of the scripture in Isaiah 61 that says "He will give them a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified."

JUST A MOM said...

WOO HOOOO I am so so so happy for you all.. thank you for sharing with us all... God Bless you.

texasknights said...

OH my! I am absolutely grateful for you. YIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Anonymous said...

so happy for you all
Gillian Peabody's sister
(thanks for all your encouraging comments on her blog and for praying)

MckMama said...

Hi, Boothe!

Can I just say that I LOVE your little girls' names!? SO beautifully unique. Congratulations on baby girl #3!!!

I was "referred" to your blog by a commenter on my blog the other day, and I have spent a multitude of minutes and hours pouring over your story. I am so sorry that you lost your sweet baby, Copeland. But God is good, all the time!! It is so good to read that you are living and breathing that Truth.

I am currently in the hospital with our unborn fourth baby, who is desperately fighting for his life at 24 weeks. He is in heart failure and we are beseeching God to perform a miracle in our son's life!

There is comfort in "knowing" others who have walked difficult paths and have stayed close to Jesus. I just wanted to tell you that I have found comfort in your story.

God bless!!

The Butcher Family said...

God has moved mountains through your life and the witness that it has given to me. I came across your blog through Angie's daughter's Audrey's blog. I live in SC and have two amazing children...Wyatt, our son, is 4 and Annabelle, our daughter, spent almost 2 precious months with us before being carried by her angels to her heavenly home. I have gone through your previous blogs and cried and laughed and wept and found immense joy by reading the words God has given you. Thank you for sharing all that He has done in and through you and your beautiful family.
I would love to communicate with you through email on an issue that is close to home with our family and yours. If you are willing, my email is rsbutcher@bellsouth.net
Many, many blessings to you on your pregnancy with another precious child! ~Rebecca

www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

McCall & Kaye Parmley said...

Congradulations. We hope you are filled with joy.

Kelly said...

I've been following your story for a long time and I'm so thankful for the baby God has given you. Thank you for restoring hope to so many of those out there who need it! Thanks for your unwavering faith! You are a testimony in and of yourselves!

Sarah Partain said...

Hi Boothe--
I stumbled upon your blog today and have been so blessed by it. I love your honesty and willingness to write out your inner journeys as you go along your path.
I grew up in the Nashville area and we probably have friends in common.
Our son was born 10 weeks premature and we are thinking about trying for another. I am amazed at your hope and lack of fear--it's taken us two years and I have a son, alive and well.
Thanks again for sharing. Can't wait to hear more about you.

KrazyMom said...

Hi Boothe! I just wanted to say that I received a post card from Oak Hill School today and noticed that the picture on the front was from Copeland's Corner. We live out of state, but I receive these mailings since donating in Copeland's honor. What a beautiful memorial to your sweet little girl!

Janis said...

How wonderful! Praise God!

I, too, am expecting a little girl around Thanksgiving! May God keep them both safe and growing strong!

Janis

Jennifer Barton said...

I am thinking that this is the same Boothe that went to BA, but not too sure. I was the dance teacher when you were there, and helped out with one of the musicals. I happened upon your blog today, and cried many tears of sorrow and joy for you and your family. So happy to hear the great news!

Jennifer Thomason Barton
www.jenniferbarton.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

Praising God for this wonderful news!

Glenda said...

I've followed your journey through this blog for a long time, but have never posted before this. My heart has been touched by your honesty and courage in sharing your journey so openly with us all. I have found strength through your transparent heart as you let Jesus shine through you. Your love for Him is radiant. Thanks be to the Lord for blessing you with this new baby, and with the gift of all being well. May God continue to bless you and fulfill the longings of your heart as you await the birth of your precious new baby! God bless you and your entire family! In Him, Glenda from Georgia

Karen said...

Praying for you, Boothe.

Anonymous said...

how are things going? good i hope. thinking of you today.
jennifer

Rachael said...

Boothe, please give us something new....... please. How are you and the baby doing?

Anonymous said...

Boothe,
We cannot wait to hear how you and the baby are...Does she have a name yet? Wishing you all the best. Please post an update soon
Love, Nancy

Rob and Amy said...

Ohhhh Boooothe!!!!! Checking in to see how everything and everyone is doing!!!

walkingbyfaith said...

Just checking in to see if there was any new news.

Praying you and baby girl are doing well. :)

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