Josiah Roberts Coppenger!!!

Josiah made his debut at 7.1 lbs and 19 inches on a frosty, February 12, 2008 afternoon. Unmedicated, Melanie delivered him to us only 5 hours after checking into the hospital (and 5 days early)! As you can tell from the pictures, he hasn’t learned the secret to contentment yet. Fortunately, he is quickly learning how to eat. There were a few tense moments at the end of the delivery, but Melanie and Josiah (but really just Melanie) worked together to avoid a last minute emergency c-section. We think that Josiah was a little cold in the womb because when he came out he was wearing the umbilical cord around his neck. I quickly cut it, at the doctor’s forceful prompting, and secured a story about “The day I saved my son’s life…” that Josiah will hear about most likely more than once in his lifetime. The doctors, nurses, and all of our family and friends here locally and around the world have been a great source of encouragement to Melanie and me. We are so thankful to God that he brought about all of this in such a gracious way. We pray that Josiah will grow to be mighty in Christ’s kingdom. Thanks for your prayers, phone calls, text messages, and all the rest. We’re sorry for the delayed responses. Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment. Lord willing, we’ll take this little man home tomorrow afternoon. We look forward to seeing many of y’all in the days ahead!    Snowy Kentucky Day    
A Man Needs His Rest    
Josiah on his mommy    
What did you say about my momma

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19 responses to “Josiah Roberts Coppenger!!!

  • Granny Shusha

    This is absolutely the most amazing, beautiful, precocious grandson in the world! What a precious child God has given us!! My favorite picture is the last. I think we are going to see this look for years to come…

  • Gray and Steph

    Congrats!!

    You know it was funny b/c Tuesday Gray and I wondering if y’all would have to drive to the hospital on such a snowy day. We’re glad that everything turned out so well! He is too cute for words and I absolutely love that last photo! (I tend to think those will be the $$ shots for wedding receptions!)

    Enjoy and cherish these times! Get some rest and have some fun!

    Praying for your new family!

  • Beverly

    Yay! What a cute boy! Congratulations!

  • Rachel Jones

    Jed and Melanie,

    We are rejoicing with you. I stand amazed once again at the miracle of life! He is so beautiful! Is that Mark Coppenger I recognize in that last photo? 🙂 God bless! “Miss” Rachel (I sure would like to teach him fourth grade SS)

  • Jamie

    Congratulations! he is adorable!

  • Steph Addington

    Your little dude is so cute -many congrats to you both!!

  • Grandpa Mark

    We’re so thankful to God for this wonderful gift to Melanie and you, to all the family — and, I believe, to the world.

  • GaGee (great=grandmother)

    Melanie and Jedidiah, Josiah Roberts Coppenger is sooooooooooo adorable!!!!!!! Am looking forward to holding him in my arms. I`m so happy for you all! God is so good! I love all three of you. I really like that number 3. GaGee

  • The Cox family

    Hooray!!!!
    We have been waiting to hear all the wonderful news. Love the pics… does he take after daddy?! We are all rejoicing in the blessings that our gracious Lord and redeemer has given to you. Hoping that the coming days are peaceful and full of joy!
    Congratulations… Mark, Melissa, Caitlin, Shawn, Danielle, & (jr.)?

  • Chesed

    AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Look at him- he looks so cute- until you get to the last pic- then he looks like the mean kid from “A Christmas Story”- Scut Farkus

  • Lynn Marie Kramp

    He is beautiful, and we’re so thankful that Melanie and Josiah are both doing well. And I think I’ve seen that look on Chesed’s face before!! Lynn Marie

  • Joan & Russell

    Congratulations to your whole family. You know I love the outfit! Dog paws and all.

  • Deda

    I see an AMAZING resemblance to Jedidiah Roberts Coppenger in that last picture of Josiah Roberts Coppenger!!!! The first picture is angelic….much like his mother (I’d say “like his grandmother”, but we all know that wouldn’t be speaking the truth….). Love to you all!!! Deda

  • Aunt Sue

    What a fabulous Babus!
    Grandpa Raymond and I enjoyed these pictures yesterday and rejoice with you three.
    Melanie, what a great (unmedicated) job!
    And Jed, way to go. If preaching doesn’t work out, you could always fall back on Med Tech.
    We are so grateful for you all and for God’s wonderful plans for your lives!

  • Ginger Williams

    Melanie,
    Josiah is absolutely adorable! My favorite picture is the one where he’s not very happy about being propped up on someone’s shoulder; I love that preciously sad little face!
    I just finished talking to your mom and she is so proud! I know that you’ve had a wonderful example of what it takes to be a GREAT mother and I know you’ll be the same!
    Congratulations again and may God bless all three of you!

  • Cybil & Mike Gault

    He’s beautiful! What a wonderful blessing…our prayers are with you guys and you begin a wonderful, exciting new chapter of your lives!
    The Gault’s

  • Mandy Dallmann

    Congratulations to all of you!!! He’s SO precious!! God bless your little family of three! 🙂

    Good job Melanie! Unmedicated women of the world, unite!! 🙂

  • seang213

    God is such a generous gift giver! Blessings to your family. And two cheers for the saving umbilical cord snip!

    Sean and Adrian Gould

  • Helene Duffy

    coppenger.wordpress.com’s done it again. Incredible post!

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