Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Coy!

Our baby boy,

Words can not express how your presence has changed this world and our lives forever. You are the sweetest gift God has ever given and our love for you is immeasurable. On this day one year ago, you entered this world 4 months too soon. You were so tiny (weighing only 1 lb 4 oz) that daddy's wedding ring fit over your foot and hung on your little leg.

I still remember the first time I saw you, the first time I kissed you, and the first time I held you at 2 weeks old.


We didn't know how long God was going to let you be with us, so we cherished each and every second by your side. We stayed next to you everyday, along with your Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles and Cousins. You quickly charmed your way into the hearts of many nurses; your angels who watched your every move. They loved you, and kept your mommy and daddy comforted and supported as well.


Each day that you stayed with us, was a victory and a gift. We didn't take a moment for granted, not knowing if it'd be our last with you. Every passing second, someone around the world was praying for your life and your healing. Mommy and Daddy are ever so grateful.


As we sat next to you everyday, we prayed and hoped and begged. We begged God for your life, your existence, your survival. We begged for the day that we could bring you home, the day you would sleep in your crib, crawl around the house, play baseball with daddy. We would have given anything for you. Anything.






The hours turned into days, the days into weeks, the weeks into months. You stayed mighty and brave and got stronger with every day. Three and a half months after your early arrival, you were well enough to come home! Daddy and I couldn't have been more excited!

You adapted quickly to life in your new home and mommy and daddy did too. You kept us awake many nights with feedings, diaper changes, and rocking, but we loved every second. Your Aunt Steph & Uncle Chase, Aunt Jenny & Uncle Tim, cousin Ryder, Aunt Mandy, along with your Grandma's & Grandpa's helped us those first few weeks you were home. Your Uncle Matthew, Uncle Thomas and Aunt Sara were also always thinking and praying for you; your cousins Macey & Thomas were born one month after you. They all couldn't love you more!


The weeks flew by and mommy loved staying home with you each and everyday. It was a challenge and was by far the hardest job I've ever had! But it was a dream come true. You are a dream come true.













Now at 1 year old, you are by far, the sweetest, most beautiful, loving baby boy I've ever seen. You never cease to amaze us with your courage and strength. You continue to develop and thrive and are growing by leaps and bounds. Mommy gets told by strangers and friends alike, that you have the most beautiful blue eyes and a gorgeous, warm smile. You love life, you love to laugh, you love to smile, and play. You have the sweetest demeanor and couldn't be happier.



You are crawling everywhere, absolutely LOVE your "sisters" Sugar Pie & Dixie, snuggle up with mommy and daddy when you fall asleep, and love to play with your toys. You are such a charmer and make friends everywhere we go. Mommy already says how you have 10 girlfriends. You seem to be mesmerized with your Aunt Steph. We call her #1's (aka #1 girlfriend).

Everyday is a day full of joy, love, thankfulness, and gratitude. A day we didn't know we had and days we don't take for granted. The doctors gave a 2% chance that you would turn out the way you are; we didn't care, we wanted you just as God intended. We love you more than life itself and cannot imagine life without you.

You are everything and more. God healed you to perfection. You are His son and we are thankful for this time on earth. We love you baby boy.

Happy 1st birthday!



(Last two pictures taken by Tasha Pool with Homeshade Photography)

Love,

Mommy & Daddy









54 comments:

rachael said...

happy 1st birthday coy!

Reyne said...

Happy Birthday, Coy! What an amazing journey this year has been for all of you. He is truly a gift from God!
God bless you all and have a great day!
Love,
Reyne

Jason and Shari said...

Happy 1st Birthday Coy!!! God had bless so many people through your life. You are truly a gift from him. I hope that you all have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Coy!!!
Congratulations Chris and AnnMarie!
What a privilege to follow your story this past year and to see what God has done!!

Vicki Willis said...

Happy 1st birthday, sweet Coy!

hsturner said...

Happy 1st Birthday! Big Boy Coy! What an amazing miracle! Thank you JESUS! Have a great first birthday!

Robyn said...

Happy Birthday to our precious Coy! We are thrilled beyond words at the faithfulness and the miraculous ways God has touched you and those around you. We continue to pray for a long and healthy life of continued service to our Lord. We love you!
Robyn & family

Ashley said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG BOY!!! You have come so far...Coy is so beautiful, inspiring, a true miracle. And he could not have come so far without the love and support of his truly amazing parents and family. I'm so happy for you!

Amanda said...

Happy birthday, Coy! It gave me so much joy to write today's date in my prayer journal, knowing that it was your big day. You are an amazing little boy and God has a mighty plan for your life!

A Writer's World-Melissa Williams said...

I can not even begin to say that this is the most beautiful post ever! Happy 1st Birthday, Coy! You are such a precious angel! These pictures were a pure reminder of how amazing and truly powerful our Lord is to us. Thank you for witnessing to so many people over this past year.

Mountain Girl said...

AnnMarie, you did a fabulous job of walking through Coy's first year of life. I remember checking your blog daily to find out Coy was doing - sometimes I would cry; sometimes I would smile. You and Chris seemed to be so mature and strong in your faith throughout this challenging time in your life. Coy is truly a picture of a miracle. You are blessed with Coy and he is blessed with you! May you have many, many Happy Birthdays!

Cortney Kovar said...

Happy Birthday indeed! I cannot believe I have literally watched him grow for over a year! Time flies by! Congrats little man, Mommy, and Daddy! Lots of love and prayers for continued growth and happiness. Watch out, before we know it, he'll be playing in the World Series :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Coy! I have been following your story and you are a true miracle. Congratulations Mommy and Daddy, you have a very special little boy. I loved your story, it brought me to tears! What an amazing love you all have.

The Silva's said...

Happy Birthday Coy!!! Your life has ministered to so many people, Ree, the strength that you, Chris and your families have has encouraged so many around the world. It is amazing to see how Coy has had such a big impact on so many in such a short time!! You are God's precious gift and He has big plans for your future!!!
Lots of Love,
Megan, Jesse, AJ, Jay, and Jenna

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Miracle of God!!!!



We are blessed to watch you grow and be a part of your life, We love you and your wonderful Mommy and Daddy. Aunt Veniece

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and many continued blessings to Coy! Thank you for sharing his story with us. It is truly awe-inspiring. He is beautiful!

Ann Glowacki said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COY!!

We've enjoyed watching you grow and thrive this year, you are a miracle and a blessing! Maybe someday you and Jaxson can meet... Have a fun birthday!

Love,
Ann, Shawn, and Jaxson Glowacki

Ralina said...

You don't know me, but I have been following your blog from my friend Nicole's blog. The life of Coy has been amazing to follow. You guys have been so blessed with such a sweet boy. Hes darling. And, he shares my birthday also, December 3rd is a great day. Happy Birthday Coy!

Muggle Mom said...

happy birthday coy! you are such a special miracle that has touched so many lives!

August said...

Oh my! Happy Bday Coy! What a true miracle!! By the pictures are sooo amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I remember reading your blog as I was pregnant myself and gave birth to a beautiful full term little boy. I felt so guilty reading about Coy's struggles knowing I had a healthy baby at home. Coy, you have been well prayed for by your family and many strangers you will never meet. Happy birthday Coy!!

Tyler, Tracey, Jaymin, and soon Rilyn! said...

Happy 1st Birthday Coy! You are a true miracle baby and continue to amaze us everyday. I am very grateful that God has united us through the "blogging world" and being able to share stories and support for eachother. It's too bad that we didn't live somewhat close to eachother so our kids could play together and share the joys of watching preemies grow big and strong even with grime statistics against them. AnnMarie, thank you for sharing your story of Coy's life with all of us. I can't wait to continue to follow his development and can't wait to see him one day play catch/baseball with his dad. He is a true gift from God!

I hope you enjoy your "first" Christmas together at home this year. Take care.

Always Tracey

Assistant Village Idiot's wife said...

Happy 1st birthday Mr. Personality!

redburns said...

Happy Birthday Coy!! It has been awesome to watch you grow and change over the last year! Your big boy pictures are too cute! Here's to many more healthy, happy years.

Anonymous said...

I have kept up with your story since shortly after your birth. You are such a blessing and your mommy and daddy are so lucky to have such a handsome, strong little man! Happy Birthday Coy!

Missy Hydes Johnson said...

Happy Birthday Coy!! You are a true miracle!! Over the past year of reading this blog, I have cried, smiled and prayed. It is so amazing to look at these pictures and see the handsome, strong little boy you have become. Coy is so blessed to have such an amazing family!

Anonymous said...

Happy first birthday Coy. I've been reading your story since March, when my sweet baby boy was born. I am truly thankful God has blessed you and your mommy and daddy with healing and health. You have the most inspiring parents in the world and I look to them for strength with my own struggles often. Many, many more happy birthdays to you!

RyanAndrew2007 said...

Happy Birthday Coy! You are an amazing little boy.

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday Coy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amy <>< said...

What a miracle baby! I have tears in my eyes reading this beautiful post- I know many of those feelings and I, too, have seen God heal my precious child(ren). He is so good. I love watching Coy grow up and show others the power of our God and the power of prayer! Happy Birthday, Coy!

Jodi said...

Happy Birthday Coy! You are an amazing little guy and I love watching you grow as you continue to show the world what 23 weekers can do!

Rachel www.jackandcoledesigns.com said...

Happy Birthday precious Coy!

I found your blog thru Tasha's blog. She is a sweet friend of mine.

God's greatest blessings to you!!

Renee said...

Happy Belated Birthday Coy! You are answer to so many prayers from people aroudn the world. You and your parents are amazing. I love your latest pictures--a true Texas boy!

Aimee' said...

Happy Belated Birthday precious Coy!

Allison said...

Happy Birthday Coy! I have loved following your family's story over the past year. Thank you for being so open with your lives, the good times and the bad. It has allowed so many to witness true miracles and see the amazing love and power of God.

Hilary said...

Happy 1st birthday sweet Coy!! You are truely a miracle here on earth..such a fighter..Thankyou for sharing your life journey with all of us!! Your pictures are precious little partner :)

Hilary said...
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Anonymous said...

Coy is proof that God still performs miracles! Your faith and positive attitude displayed throughout your blog are amazing. God bless your family!

Susan said...

Happy birthday beautiful baby Coy!

Rachel Lee Broussard said...

gosh, what a heart warming and inspiring post!Happy birthday sweet baby. He is amazing and more beautiful everyday. You are both great parents and amazing people who have been blessed with a wonderful gift. Hope y'all have a fun day!

The Mitchells said...

What a miracle!! I have been following your journey since Coy was born and he is so precious and such an amazing gift!! You and Chris are absolutely amazing parents and are such an insipiration! Coy is a beautiful, thriving one year old!! HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY!! Thank you so much for sharing him!!

lauren said...

Happy 1st Birthday, Coy!!!

Amanda Rooney said...

Happy Birthday, Coy!!! Oh AnnMarie,
I have tears flowing as I type these words. I have followed Coy's life and story since December of last year. My son, Ethan, was born only two months before Coy and he too spent some time in NICU (not anywhere near the length of Coy' stay, but I could relate to what you were going through).
God is so good. And He obviously has His hand on your son. I know your heart sings! Thank you for sharing your/Coy's journey. It has been a privledge to pray for you both. May the name of the Lord be continually praised!
Hope you get to have a great big party!!!

Erin said...

tears

Kyra Newberry said...

Happy Birthday Coy!! What a blessing you are to your family. My twins were born 3 months early and spent a long time in the NICU (and I am a NICU RN) so I have loved following your story. I will continue to pray for your family for many more blessings to come. God Bless you all and Merry Christmas.

Creative Escape said...

Happy Birthday sweet baby Coy!!!

We love you = )

Hugs,
Jen

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful year it has been... I have followed since the beginning; praying, believeing... I am so blessed you are all in my life as you have made me a much stronger person. And with this, I thank you as well!

Sylvia and Daniel said...

Praise God!! What a miracle and blessing and thank you for sharing the journey with us! It's been a privilege to pray for you guys over the past year! Many more to come!

Sylvia

Kimberly said...

The power of prayer and our powerful God can do anything! I've also been reading since just after Coy was born. What a blessing. Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

Anonymous said...

happy happy birthday COY!

Anonymous said...

What a precious little boy. We are so happy that Coy is doing so well and his pictures are beautiful. Are you sure he doesnt have more than just 10 girlfriends?

Jessica said...

Ann Marie - I have been keeping up with Coy even before you started your blog because of your prayer warier mother in law and Kinsmen. I have been reading your blog since you started and your faith never seized to amaze me....I have just never bothered to comment before. Even on your darkest days your faith was so amazing and inspiring. You are such a strong and wonderful woman!! Coy is such a miracle and yalls story is amazing. I cannot believe how much he looks like Chris!!! Keep the faith Ann Marie!!

Ashley said...

Oh my word this post brought tears to my eyes. I first started reading your blog through Baby Bangs - my first time reading was when Coy was about 3 weeks old. To see these pictures today reminds me of how sovereign our Holy God is and how He truly is the Miracle Maker.

Happy Birthday Coy!

MeghanM said...

What a beautiful post and such beautiful pictures. My son has the same froggy blankie...too cute!