Thursday, November 20, 2008

the big day

Most of you probably know: we are going in tomorrow at noon to deliver our third daughter. I can hardly believe it. Actually, I almost sort can't believe it at all. As i recently told a friend, it's a strange sensation to walk into something that has been so fraught with anxiety and sorrow and just feel, well, normal about it. It's almost beyond my own faculties to take it all in. After living in "survival mode" for so long - operating under the mantra of, "well, this isn't good, but we'll survive it" - it's an odd thing to actually try to prepare yourself for blessing. To embrace it and believe it. And hope for it. I have struggled, for several days now, with fear, apprehension and unrest. I realize this is the work of the enemy. But the mind is often a bleak battlefield and were it not for your prayers, I know I'd be in an all too often losing fight.

We are asking specifically for prayer that the delivery (a c-section) will go like clockwork, no complications to speak of. I've never had a baby forego the NICU, so this would be the first. My prayers are that she will come out kicking and screaming - literally! The sonogram I had on Monday estimated her weight at a little over 7.5 pounds; while we know this is really just an educated guess, it warmed my heart to think she might actually be 'chubby'. So we shall see! It's a strange thing to have her so near even as I type and yet so totally unknown.

We will post pictures as soon as we are able. I can't wait to to show her off to all of you, the ones who've walked so diligently with our family through so much. It is with great excitement and joy that I look forward to witnessing the Father reveal Himself tomorrow.


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91 comments:

whitney burrough akin said...

Love. Love. Love.
Rejoicing in New England.
Can't wait to hug you and meet her.
Happy Friday.
I know it's been a long time coming.

Melanieshea said...

Oh Boothe! I will be praying for you and for a safe delivery!!! I know you just can't wait to get your hands on her! I can't wait to see pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good Luck!!!!!!!
Sending prayers and love your way!

sumi said...

What a blessing! HUGS and prayers to you all.

Gillian said...

Thanks for keeping us updated. We will be praying and waiting with excitement to hear of her arrival and see pictures.

erin w said...

We'll all be praying for you and your baby girl tomorrow! Can't wait to see pictures and hear the details.

sandy said...

Boothe,
I have been following your blog for a long time and Copelands story touched me so deeply. You and your family are a testament to faith in God and I am just so happy for you that tomorrow you get to see your precious 3rd daughter and love and kiss and cuddle her.
Can't wait to see pictures of Sellers and Copelands baby sister!!!
Also, can't wait to see what you name this enormous gift from God!!!
Love and prayers from Fredericksburg Virginia,
sandy

Pam said...

Boothe~

May the God of all comfort be yours this night and throughout tomorrow as you welcome your sweet girl into your family.

You will be in my prayers throughout the day, and I am so looking forward to seeing those first photos.

Praying for Conor and Sellers as well. May God prepare the way!

Anonymous said...

So excited for you!!!! Will be praying for you, your new daughter and your family tomorrow!!!!!
Sandie

Violet said...

This is so exciting, such a blessing. My prayers follow you into this special day! I can't wait to see picture and know her name!

Sheryl said...

"i look forward to witnessing the Father reveal Himself tomorrow". love that, love that! cannot wait to meet your sweet new baby. praying for each of you.
~sheryl

Jen said...

I'm so excited!! I will pray for you doubly hard tonight (my time).

I can't wait to see her either!

Joy said...

Cant wait to hear!!!

Sandi said...

I am praying for you all right now! Looking forward to seeing pictures.

jan said...

Thanks so much for the update. Jesus bless you as you welcome a new daughter into your family!
Can't wait to see the pictures.:-)

Rebecca said...

I can't wait to "meet" your newest baby... :) I'll be praying.

Linds said...

Prayers and love to you and your family! Can't wait to hear the news!

Sarah said...

Boothe,
We are so excited for you and your family! We will certainly continue to pray and rejoice with you!
Sarah Caldwell

Laurie said...

Praying for a "chubby" kicking and screaming baby girl to arrive at noon. No NICU!! Asking God to calm all of your doubts and fears so you can savor in the moment of pure joy and blessings. This is the day that the Lord has made (for your family). I know all of us out here will be rejoicing in it with you.

Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

Beav's Wife said...

Oh Boothe! I'm so happy you posted! Praying for you and hope today is everything you've dreamed of.

our family said...

I will be praying for peace for you today and tomorrow. Praying that you have a loud screaming healthy girl that can be put right into your arms.
Hugs and Prayers
Rachel in PA

Ashleigh Thompson said...

OH this makes me so HAPPY!!! Praying for you. Cannot wait to meet her!

Emily said...

I will be thinking of you & praying for you as the day progresses! I can't wait to see an update about a healthy, chubby little lady!!! Good luck & God bless!
Emily in Mississippi

The Nebrigs said...

you guys are in our prayers. we love you!!!

Tina said...

I'm remembering and I'm praying!

Yvette said...

Boothe,

Praying for you today as you welcome your 3rd daughter into this world, into your arms and into your heart.

Can't wait to see a "chubby baby girl"!!!!

Love, Yvette
www.tristanasher.blogspot.com

Marie Evelyne Lanathoua said...

Boothe,

Your amazing and a gift to us all to read your words of faith. We are praying for you, I have goosebumps just thinking of what is happening today. May God Bless you all and can't wait to meet the newest Farley.

Love you lots in California!
Marie

P.S. Thank you for the card, it was my pleasure..... :-))

Terry said...

Dear Boothe, and Connor and Sellers, I will be praying for you today that your delivery will be such a blessed one. I have been reading your blog for along time now, and IM so excited to see the new baby.
God Bless All of you on your day and Lots of prayers your way.

Jami said...

Praying for you and your family today!! God Bless

Anonymous said...

Boothe, I have been reading your blog for a long time and while I have never commented, you have been in my prayers. Your testimony is so powerful, and you should know that across America your love for your family and search to know God has been inspriational to me. Thank you for sharing your story. Your whole family will be in my prayers today. I can't wait to see pictures of the baby!! God Bless!!

Anonymous said...

Best wishes on your newest daughter's birthday! May your delivery and recovery be quick. I can't wait to "meet" your newest little girl, hear what Seller's reaction is, and to know this sweet one's name. I'll be praying for you all!
Katie

Susan W. said...

Boothe,
I woke up several times during the night saying prayers for you and your family. We cannot wait to hear the big news!! Looking forward to meeting your sweet little girl!

Anonymous said...

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may OVERFLOW with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

You could never imagine how many lives you have changed!! May God heap blessings on you too numerous to count :) :)

tinysprouts.com said...

praying for a healthy delivery and a healthy (chubby) baby girl!
xoxo-
tracey

read2kds said...

Praying, Praying, Praying in NC. I hope your delivery is worry free!

Blessings,
Amy in NC

Jill said...

i have been reading for so long, but never leaving a comment. you have been in my thoughts and prayers, and i am looking forward to seeing your new addition!

Nai Nai said...

Can't wait !!!!

The Porter Family said...

I am praying for you on this BIG day :) Congratulations ahead of time!

erika said...

PRAYING! And over-joyed for you and your family!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you right now! I can't wait to see that beautiful girl!!!

momof4dragons said...

So excited for you today!! We've been praying this morning for a kicking, screaming, happy, healthy, precious little girl. We can't wait to "meet" her. Love, Claudia

Rachel said...

I can't wait to see that little angel with her biggest sister! Here's wishing you the best from Chattanooga!

Jackie said...

Praying for your continued blessings.....can't wait to hear the news. LOVE from
Roseville, California

Erin Faubus said...

I am so excited to have another neice-cousin. Okay, that just makes us sound like weirdos...just cousin I guess. But she feels like a neice! Love you all.

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

We are so excited for you and will be praying all day!!! I can't wait to see pictures!

the brown's said...

praising the Lord, praying for you all and loving you all...

can't wait to "meet" her!
lots of love

Candy said...

I knew today was the big day and was coming here to find out the time. I will be praying for you today, while you are in surgery to deliver your third beautiful daughter! God is so good!

Krystal said...

Prayers from California.

sarahdodson said...

Praying for you, dear Boothe, and your family. I can't believe the day is here!

Jenny said...

Thank you Lord God for this sweet blessing!

Shannon McIntosh said...

So exciting! David and I have been praying for you, Conor, and Sellers, and we're SO excited to see what God has in store for you all over the next several months! Enjoy every minute and every small to big blessing... I know you will!
In Christ, Shannon

Melissa said...

Wow- I am so happy for you and your family. I will be praying for you all day. Take care!

Brookeann said...

So excited...praying for a joyous day today!!!

Kaylane said...

Well, I had intended to get your gift in the mail BEFORE today, but it didn't happen! However, I am sending it out this weekend so kiss that beautiful little girl for me and know that David and I will be praying for you, Conor, Sellers and Emerette today! We love you!!!

Melody said...

Praying and waiting in excitement to watch our Father literally lay this blessing in pink on your chest.

Jess :) said...

Boothe,

My prayers will be with you today and for the days, weeks, and even years to come! You have such a sweet spirit and I've been honored and blessed to get to know you through your blog.

Many Blessings to you, Conor, Sellers and "Baby Farley!" I can't wait for pictures and the amazing name to be revealed! :)

Lots of love and hugs,
Jess :)

Jessica said...

I can't wait to hear all about her! God is so good! Praying for you!

Also, I will be calling you in December to finalize all the info for the MOPS meeting in Jan.

Jess :) said...

Maybe I should've read through all of the posts before I commented. It looks as though the name you've chosen was mentioned by Kaylane and if it is Emerette, it is another BEAUTIFUL name! :)

Again, I can't wait to see pictures of the newest blessing in your lives!

The Wade's said...

Praying and wishing you the very best birth experience today. Please keep us updated!

Sun said...

WOW - I checked last night before I went to bed but missed this post. I hope today is amazing and wonderful and that His hand just cradle you each - CONGRATS! Sunshine

Hilary said...

Can't wait!!!!

mrsrubly said...

prayers for you here! i am so excited for you and your family i pray for you to have a very restful peaceful evening.. don't let the enemy do you in. Lord is carrying you! good luck keep us posted!

PS~~get all the rest you can tonight!

mrsrubly said...

prayers for you here! i am so excited for you and your family i pray for you to have a very restful peaceful evening.. don't let the enemy do you in. Lord is carrying you! good luck keep us posted!

PS~~get all the rest you can tonight!

mrsrubly said...

prayers for you here! i am so excited for you and your family i pray for you to have a very restful peaceful evening.. don't let the enemy do you in. Lord is carrying you! good luck keep us posted!

PS~~get all the rest you can tonight!

Amanda M. said...

Praying for you all!
Can't wait to see pics of your sweet darling. :)

Wright Family said...

praying for you all today!
nathanie & rebekah wright

Clete and McKenzie said...

Im so excited for you and your family!!! I will continue to pray for you and the doctors. I pray that you feel peace in this anxious time... :) Can't wait to see pics of her!

KrazyMom said...

I am guessing your little one is arriving at any minute now and am holding you up in prayer!

Martha said...

Am praying for you!

Rob and Amy said...

Ohhhhh....can't wait to see her!!! She should be here by now!

Rachel Wall said...

Just lifting your family up right now, Boothe...We are all anxious to hear about her!!!
Love
Rachel

AmandaHoyt said...

I'm praying for you today as you welcome your new baby into this world.
Hugs and prayers,
Amanda

christi28 said...

i will be praying! our God is faithfull and good!

can't wait to see pictures!

blessings ~

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and safe delivery! Blessings on your family and the precious new daughter you're welcoming. Wishing you much joy and celebration! You're in my thoughts and prayers today.
-Leah from Seattle

Julie said...

I've been thinking of you all day and praying. Can't wait to see your beautiful pictures!!

Hugs, prayers and more hugs and prayers!

Stephen, Whitney, Olivia Jane & Marshall Wood Eoff said...

Yea!! The day is here! Your friends in Dallas that you don't even know but we feel like we know you are celebrating and rejoicing with you...and have already been praying for you all morning. Praying that your heart can rest and is full of peace and excitement and that this day would be one of your favorites yet as a family! We're so excited for you and can't wait to see that sweet little face!

Blessings...Whitney Eoff...for Stephen, Marshall and Olivia too :)

~ shi ~ said...

I remember after my son died and I was having my second child feeling the same way, always looking over your shoulder, and wondering when the next shoe would drop!
I'd love to say that it gets better and it does a little!
We now have three adult daughters and three out four of my children I never got hold from birth either, so I truly understand your longing to hold your sweet baby as soon as she is born! I finally got to hold one, and the nurses were like; "don't ask her for that baby she is not letting it go", and I sware I held her till we went home from the hosp! God Bless and speedy recovery!

Rebecca said...

It's 3:53 p.m. in Atlanta (so 2:53 your time), and I was checking in. I know it's too early to really expect news... but here I am anyway. :)

Much love...

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog and been waiting and watching for last night's post - then missed it! But your big day was in my mental calendar and I've been praying for peace and joy for you and Conor and Sellers today and in the coming days. I can't wait to see pictures and hear how this chapter of your story unfolds. God is good...

Jessica

Mandy said...

So happy to know blessings are being showered upon you today. Today is my husband's birthday so I will always remember her b-day. Can't wait to see the pictures. I know you are so excited!!!

Mandy
GA
www.madelinegracehopkins.blogspot.com

Nicole said...

Prayers and blessings on you guys. You have been lifted up in my prayers today.

Katie said...

I am so excited! I have been praying for you all day and I keep checking your site today! Take care and I cannot wait to see your newest addition!!

Katie M.
NC

Chrissy said...

I cannot wait to hear how it all went today. Praying for you all!

Nikki said...

Boothe....you, Conor and Sellers have been on my mind so much these last few days of your pregnancy. I am rejoicing with you and can hardly wait to hear the news of a perfect delivery and that you hold a new tiny Thanksgiving blessing in your arms. Waiting eagerly for pictures and to hear a name for this new and perfect gift from above.

Allie in AZ said...

I've been following your blog for quite some time. I am de-lurking to send our warmest wishes for you all tomorrow! Wishing you all only the best and sending hugs from AZ! May our God and Father bless you richly! We'll be prayin'.

Allie in AZ

sjchatt said...

so excited for you and have been praying! can't wait to see your precious little one...
jess, in chattanooga

Bethany said...

Can't wait to see and hear about your precious new baby! Praying for you...

Rachel Wilson said...

I just wanted you all to know that several of my friends and I prayed for you today at noon. I hope all is well. You are such and inspiration. Know that you are being prayed for fierously.

Jen said...

Hey Boothe, I hope everything went well.

~Alicia~ said...

Praying for you and your precious baby girl.

Just wanted to share with you... in my city there is a street named Copeland Street that I drive past quite regularly... everytime I see it, I pray for you and your family.

Sending you lots of Love from Australia

Kenzie said...

Boothe-

Been praying for you guys for the last several days... especially Thursday night while I was up feeding Faith Clare. I pray that everything went well and you are thoroughly enjoying your time as a family.

Love lots,
Kenzie

Randi said...

I have been thinking and praying of this day for weeks.
I am proud of you.
Randi