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Birthday Memories

2008 August 26
by Mike

Megan Diane Cope (born August 26, 1984)

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  1. August 26, 2008

    Mike, I love this picture! Tears welling. This has been a difficult couple of weeks and seeing Megan makes me want to push on. Thanks.

  2. August 26, 2008

    I hope today will be filled with the good memories of your time with each other.

  3. August 26, 2008

    This is such a sweet picture of Megan. I love that it’s in black and white. I’ll be thinking of you, Diane and the boys today as you remember her. She was a most special person.

  4. August 26, 2008

    I remember Lindsey and Megan playing at our house in Searcy. And her singing along to “the Wise man built his house upon the rock” at children’s church at College. She was a blessing and so are you guys. We love you guys.

  5. August 26, 2008

    Bless your families memories today with peace, joy, hope, and love…

  6. August 26, 2008

    Happy Birthday to Megan! Grace and peace to you all as you remember and celebrate her life.

  7. clint permalink
    August 26, 2008

    I had a dream last week that I saw Megan in heaven playing with other kids. She asked me if I was going to see her parents. I said yes, I can not remember exactly what she said but it was like a, having fun, letter from camp.

  8. August 26, 2008

    Very Beautiful! What a reflection of God’s love. Grace be upon you as you celebrate her memory.

    -Rex

  9. annie permalink
    August 26, 2008

    This is how I remember Megan age-wise, but when I picture her, it’s always darting from one thing to the other at the Stevens home, & the occasional time I saw her in Searcy. She was such a special little girl……Hope the day of her birth is filled with peace & love for you, Diane, Matt & Chris.

  10. Marti permalink
    August 26, 2008

    I’m In The Lord’s Army when sung is with always the memory of Megan marching down the church hallways with a smile and a glimmer in her eyes. What a blessing and life lessons given us through her. May this day be filled with the most fun memories of your precious daughter.

  11. kathy s permalink
    August 26, 2008

    Love and blessings to you today.

  12. August 26, 2008

    I’m not kidding, I’ve heard so much about her that she will be one of the first people I look up when we all get there!

  13. August 26, 2008

    Happy birthday, Megan.

  14. Sandra permalink
    August 26, 2008

    Precious.

  15. Jayme Stokes permalink
    August 26, 2008

    I have such happy memories of Megan and the strength I gather from the plan for her life…Happy Birthday, sweeheart. I am glad I checked your blog today….

  16. bpb permalink
    August 26, 2008

    I’m fairly new . . . I don’t know the story of Megan.

  17. August 26, 2008

    bpb… this is just a few posts from Mike on Megan. It is just a glimpse into a life that continues to reach pretty deep into the lives of her family, friends, and those of us who have simply gotten to know her through the stories of those individuals.

    http://preachermike.com/?s=megan

  18. August 26, 2008

    Happy Birthday sweet Megan. I have many fond memories of marching and with you. As I look at your picture, I half expect you to look up with a twinkle in your eye and grab my glasses or hair. I love you Megan.

  19. August 26, 2008

    That picture took me back a bit! I think it was taken before I met Megan. I have such clear memories of her and of all of you. Today my 10 year old daughter had her first day of school at the INTERMEDIATE school. It struck me just now that Megan impacted my children who never met her because she changed me. She made me look at life and people in a different light. I’m a better deeper person and therefore better mother because of Megan! ( Well that and since Megan things like occasional flying poop, washing out sinus cavities, and the like don’t groas me out) I have trouble trying to explain how funny she could be and how smart I truly believe she was even though she couldn’t communicate that to us in the usual ways. BUT BOY COULD SHE COMMUNICATE! I can’t think about her for many minutes with out smiling and then laughing! OH MY she was a handful, and a heart-full! Thanks again for sharing her, and for the reminders… not that I could ever forget her!

  20. August 26, 2008

    Thanks for all these kind words.

    bpb – Here are a few of the things I’ve written: http://preachermike.com/category/megan.

    SG – We don’t think of Megan without thinking of you. You, as a very young woman, helped keep us from cratering during a very challening time in our life (when she was so sick).

  21. August 26, 2008

    She is as beautiful as are your memories and love for her.

    Hugs and prayers for you, Diane and the boys!

  22. August 27, 2008

    How precious! Obviously, her legacy is living on through the memories and the impact she had on so many. Thank you for sharing her with those of us who never had the privilege of meeting her in person.

    Happy birthday, Megan! :) Blessings on you all as you remember~

  23. bpb permalink
    August 27, 2008

    In all the pictures, Megan looks like a beautiful, healthy child. She truly was a beautiful little girl . . . Thankfully, I can’t begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. I have buried a husband (he was 33 at the time). That was awful, but a child seems so much worse. Thoughts and prayers to you!

  24. August 28, 2008

    Mike & Family, I’ve watched your references to Megan over the years since you started your blog. First from the viewpoint of sympathy, I shed tears for your family. I’ve only known you guys from a distance. Today there are no tears … but a deep cold emptiness … a feeling I’ve never had before … that won’t go away. Our John Robert’s birthday is in October. It will be our first recognition of his birthday without him … followed by Thanksgiving…Christmas … I am pretty sure there’s no easy way to do this. Thanks for sharing your daughter’s birthday … and for holding the torch in the dark path we’ve just entered. We’ll find our way with God’s help.

  25. Carolyn Dycus permalink
    August 28, 2008

    Mike, beautiful memories, “a handful and a heartful”!

    It’s been almost 14 years that we’ve lost our Lanny and then your Megan–says something about swiftly flying years, doesn’t it? Sending a child ahead to the Lord sure tenders our hearts for eternity.

  26. August 28, 2008

    John,

    Your comment resonated with me today. I remember so well the “firsts” after a child’s death. They are awful.

    I wish I had something profound to say, but I’m coming up with nothing. Just wanted to let you know I sympathize.

    Grace and peace,
    Joyce

  27. Lee Ann permalink
    August 28, 2008

    Mike,
    Thanks for posting the link to some of the things you have written about your Megan. Hard week for me…2nd new school year without my Connor. He would have been a freshman this year…playing high school football with his brother, coming to see me in the nurse’s office…I am missing him so much. Tears are falling as I read your blog and grieve with others who long for heaven and our reunions. Thanks for sharing with us.

  28. Amy permalink
    August 28, 2008

    Ditto what That Girl said above. I’m lookin her up (although I have a feeling she won’t be hard to find)!

  29. August 29, 2008

    thanks ReJoyce. God bless us all.

  30. Jan permalink
    August 29, 2008

    Mike and Diane, I remember Megan and what a pretty child she was. We all moved to Searcy the same year and I taught her in cradle roll at church. Then Diane was my student at the university and we shared many Megan stories. Thanks for the picture of Megan and the memories.

  31. October 22, 2009

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  32. October 23, 2009

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