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My heart has been so heavy since I checked in on sweet Kate’s blog a few days ago and learned that she has relapsed again with brain cancer. Devastating to say the least. I can’t even imagine. She is having brain surgery this morning. Will you join me in praying for Kate and her family today? To read Kate’s story and for updated prayer requests visit www.prayforkate.com

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  • September 10, 2014 - 4:54 am

    Michelle from Australia - Jess, it was you who ‘introduced’ me to Kate many years ago. And I’ve been praying for her and her family ever since. When I read her Mum’s relapse post I just sat down and cried. May God Bless Kate, all who love her and her medical team today. xxReplyCancel

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  • September 10, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Diane Taylor - Thank you Jess – I too have followed Kate thru this incredible journey and saw the update on the seizures that Kate was having. My heart dropped and I hoped upon all hopes that this wasn’t a return of her cancer. I know we serve a powerful God – he will be with Kate and her family once again. Praying for healing !ReplyCancel

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  • September 10, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Kathy Apple - I read a post of your introducing this family and I just got done reading all of their entries. I was so sad to get to the most recent to see she has again relapsed. I am too praying for this sweet girl and her family. Keeping them in my thoughts today as she goes in for surgery.ReplyCancel

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  • September 10, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Cristin - I, too, learned of Kate through your blog many years ago, and I have followed this sweet girl ever since. My heart broke the other day when Holly posted of the relapses. I have been praying so hard over this sweet family, and especially Kate.ReplyCancel

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  • September 10, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    Mary Ann - Yes, prayers for Kate and her family for sure.ReplyCancel

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  • September 11, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    amanda - oh my heart. this family has our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • September 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

    Sue - I have followed Kate’s blog for as long as I’ve followed yours and she is so in my thoughts, as are her mum and dad…

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I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for Jake’s monthly pictures…I just wanted to do something different this time. I came across these monthly pics and decided to give it a try. Joel is thrilled that he gets to take our picture every month again.;)I wish I had started with a newborn pic…but I forgot. So this is Jake at one month. I decided I’d better post this before he was two months already!

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Jake,

You have officially made me feel surrounded by boys. But I love it so much. Your brothers are thrilled you are here and are already planning your future boy nights. You three are going to have so much fun together…I am sure there is going to be lots of wrestling involved…and lots of times when I might want to pull my hair out.;)

Your first month you were….well…pretty perfect. You were up almost all night the first night we brought you home (I thought I was going to die!) but after that you have been a super sleeper. You are pretty predictable, waking up two or three times a night usually. You sleep in the bassinet in our room. You hardly cry (don’t get too jealous…that has changed!) and are pretty content. My family nicknamed you Perfect Jake. All I want to do is sit around and hold you. You are such a cuddler.

As you can see by your one month photo, you are a chunk. At 3 1/2 weeks you weighed 10 lbs already. The first thing people say when they see you is “well, he doesn’t miss a meal” or “looks like he is a good eater” or “look at those cheeks!”. Needless to say you are gaining weight like a pro and eating is one of your best skills.

And just a few more things I want to remember about this first month. You wore newborn clothes and newborn diapers for about one week. Yep, that’s it! Now you are in size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothes…and I am thinking this won’t last very much longer either. You spit up just like your brothers and sister. You have started half smiling at us and I can’t wait to see your big cheeky grin.

Jake, you are one very loved and smothered (by your brothers) boy! While the adjustment to three boys has been a little rough at times, you have made it pretty easy on us. I can’t imagine our family without you. I love you to the moon, Jakers.

Love, Mama

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  • September 5, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    Mary ann - Oh my…he’s so very cute. I love the chubby cheeks and arms that look like sausages!! What a wonderful addition to your family. He’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • September 5, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    claire k - Just wanted to tell you to check little Kate’s website. I’ve been following it since you mentioned it years ago. Her cancer has returned. She needs lots of prayers…maybe you could mention her on your blog to get everyone praying. The link is: http://www.prayforkate.com/ Thanks!ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 3:50 pm

      Jess - Hi Claire. Thanks for letting me know. I hadn’t heard this most recent update. So devastating. I will definitely be praying!ReplyCancel

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  • September 5, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    Lea - Just adorable!! And, quite the chunk, just that much more to squeeze and love. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 3:48 pm

      Jess - Yes, lots to squeeze and love…he is very loved. Hope you have a great weekend too!ReplyCancel

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  • September 5, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Jennifer - I have been a long time lurker, but I just had to comment today. I too, have three boys, and I too have a little girl as my first born who is no longer here. My two year old, and third boy, has completely melted my heart and the hearts of his daddy and brothers. We just adore him. There is something about that third boy. :) I love reading the updates of your family and pray for you often. Your little Jake is as adorable as his brothers! (And I can totally relate to your comment about being surrounded by boys! Mine are now 9, 7, and 2. It is crazy here most of the time!)ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 3:48 pm

      Jess - So sorry about your precious daughter, Jennifer. I am sure you long to see your girl amongst her rowdy brothers as I do. I’m so thankful we can trust our faithful and loving Heavenly Father even when it’s hard to understand. It sounds like you are ahead of me with the whole three boy thing…you need to give me some tips! ;) Thanks for taking the time to share your story with me!ReplyCancel

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  • September 5, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    TRACI - He is ADORABLE and looks JUST like his daddy!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • September 6, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Toni :0) - He’s perfect and just a hunka hunka burning love. So adorable and the perfect addition to your family. Love this update. Many blessings to you all during this wonderful time.ReplyCancel

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  • September 8, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    Toni :0) - Awww your welcome Jess, I just love following your little family. It’s so fun seeing them grow! I also follow Kate and was SO saddened to hear the cancer returned for a third time. I believe surgery to remove the tumor is tomorrow. ReplyCancel

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One of my favorites.

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Levi & Jake, August 2014

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  • August 31, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Madison - Aw, both boys are SO cute! Jake is precious. I have been reading since before Cora’s passing, and I just love your family. I grew up on a farm before my parents divorced, so your posts with Joel and the boys bring back memories. I LOVE looking at your crafty/decorative projects, too!ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 3:55 pm

      Jess - Thanks so much, Madison! I hope my boys have wonderful memories growing up on the farm too.ReplyCancel

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  • September 2, 2014 - 11:09 am

    Mary Ann - Oh my….such beautiful photos of Levi and his little brothers. Levi will be a very very good big brother. What a joy they must be to you and your husband. Adorable!!ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 3:52 pm

      Jess - Yes, Levi is a great big brother. So thankful for all three boys!ReplyCancel

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So Jake is officially one month old…actually six weeks old today. I’m sure the other two boys had several blog posts by now documenting all the excitement the first month with a baby brings. Poor Jake is going to have to be satisfied with one post summarizing the whole month because I just can’t keep up. Fourth child problems. This post is very random so lets just start here…

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Jake’s first visitors at the hospital were my sister and Joel’s brother and sister-in-law (who happened to be here from China…yay!). Since Jake was born at 11:30 at night, everyone else waited until the next day to come. But these three were hard core and waited up to greet their new nephew at 1am. Everything happened so fast that I didn’t even think to take pictures of Jake’s visitors…so these happened later…obviously.

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James and Liz cleaned our house for us while we were in the hospital. I was SO thankful. If you remember, Joel wouldn’t let me stay and clean the house. For some reason he thought I needed to get to the hospital to have the baby. Haha. The house was a mess, so it was such a great surprise to come home and find it clean. And Liz left this awesome sign to greet us. I love it.

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My in-laws watched the boys while we were in the hospital. They are pretty great! The boys were excited about their baby being born but I think they were even more excited to spend the night at Bammy and Papa’s house. I of course didn’t take a picture of them with Jake in the hospital either.

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My mom booked her flight to come see the babies ahead of time. I thought there was no way I would go more than a week ahead of my due date. I was wrong. She was so sad not to be here when Jake was born. He was born on Wednesday and she got here late Saturday night. We were so glad to see her! She spoiled the boys and I was so, so thankful for the extra help. Come back soon mom!

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I don’t know if I ever said anything on the blog, but my sister and I were due two days apart. She was due first. So she was a little mad at me when I had Jake so early and she had to wait. It was worth the wait though. Eight days after Jake was born, his cousin Lizzy arrived. My mom didn’t miss that one!

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My dad flew in for the weekend after Lizzy came too. Here they are with all the grandkids.

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This was my first attempt at a brother picture. No one looked at the camera, but they are still cute. And look how tiny Jake was!

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I won’t tell you when we finally got around to giving Jake his first bath. I’m pretty sure we gave Cora baths every night religiously. Jake, not so much. Sorry, buddy. I don’t get a shower in very often either if it makes you feel better.;)

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Everyone helped. We always have a lot of helpers around here.

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Before and after. All squeaky clean.

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This past month Jake has done a lot of sleeping. And we all watch him and talk about how cute he is.

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The boys want to hold Jake all the time. They talk about how cute he is and tell Jake that he is their best buddy. I hope the three of them are always best buddies.

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The boys are always driving their cars on Jake or bringing him toys. They take good care of their baby brother.

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Hi Jakey. Your cheeks get bigger everyday.

 

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I could hold this sweet boy all day long. Too bad their are other things to do like dishes and laundry. Such a bummer.

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And lastly, in this very long and random post, a few pics from Instagram. I am @jessmcclenahan if you want to follow along our everyday. It is pretty crazy around here with three boys but pretty awesome too. I wouldn’t change a thing!

And that was our first month with Jake.

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  • August 28, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Mary Ann - Sweetness…pure sweetness. Beautiful family….beautiful Jake!! So glad he is doing well and you look fabulous. Happy Happy Joy Joy!! Congrats mommaReplyCancel

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  • August 28, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Molly - such a sweet first month! he is beautiful! and the big brothers are too! our 4th baby is due in january and we just found out it’s a boy. he will have three big sisters. so, i am kind of soaking up all your baby boy pictures. its funny how it just feels so different with a boy on the way. take care!ReplyCancel

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  • August 28, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Mallory - Lovely. Your boys are so precious. How did you pick Jake’s name?ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 3:58 pm

      Jess - Thanks, Mallory. I am working on a post about Jake’s name…hopefully soon, but no promises! :) ReplyCancel

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  • August 28, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Lori - So precious! All your kids are just beautiful…just like their mama! Miss you and hope I get to meet Jake in person one of these days! ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 3:57 pm

      Jess - Awww…thanks, friend! Hope you get to meet him soon too. Miss you!ReplyCancel

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  • August 28, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    Natalie - Precious pictures of Jake’s first month! He is a beautiful mix of all your children!ReplyCancel

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  • August 28, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    Lea - Awe, such a little sweetheart and it’s totally understandable that you have not had time to be blogging. But, sure enjoyed seeing these pics of the first month. Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • August 29, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Nirupama - What a precious baby boy!! Love how you meticulously documented his first few weeks. I just had my third baby a few months ago and I’m pretty sure I haven’t written anything near this cute :) ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 3:56 pm

      Jess - It’s hard to remember to write anything down when you are chasing after three! I totally understand.ReplyCancel

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  • September 2, 2014 - 12:40 am

    Rachel James - Congratulations Jess! So excited for you and your precious growing family! Many blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 3:53 pm

      Jess - Rachel!! Thanks so much. I miss seeing you! Hope you and your sweet family are doing well.ReplyCancel

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  • September 2, 2014 - 3:54 am

    leiah - I comfort myself with the bath thing, because my baby girl has eczema. The doctor and dematologist say that a bath every 4/5 days is ok. NOT every day :) Such a releif!ReplyCancel

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  • September 2, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Roianne - Love seeing all the pictures of your boys! Such a blessing :) ReplyCancel

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I was a little nervous about how my big boys would react to bringing a new baby home. When we brought Griffin home Levi didn’t talk to me for about two weeks. He didn’t really want anything to do with me. Change is hard for that sweet boy. And Griffin, well, let’s just say he is a major mama’s boy and strong willed too. I wasn’t sure how that combination would play out when he realized he wasn’t the baby anymore.

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Jake was born at 11:30 at night so it wasn’t until the next day that the boys came to the hospital.

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We told Joel’s parents not to tell them if the baby was a boy or girl, so all they knew was that their baby was here. Joel met them in the hallway and waited for a few minutes so we could get the cameras ready. He said Griffin was so impatient and kept pulling his arm and saying, “I see my baby now.”

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Griffin jumped right up on the hospital bed. He was so excited.

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He was all about holding his baby. He had told me all throughout the pregnancy that he was getting a boy baby. He was right.

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Levi went straight for his daddy and wasn’t so sure about the whole hospital thing.

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He wanted to hold Jake when Joel brought him over to the couch but he stayed very close to his daddy the whole time.

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Levi finally warmed up a little and came over to my bed when we unwrapped Jake. He was checking to see if his hand was bigger than Jake’s hand.

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While Levi and Daddy were discussing who was the biggest brother, Griffin was asking me a million questions. He was so curious about everything.

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There is something so special about seeing all your babies together for the first time as your family grows. I so wish Cora could have been standing at the end of that bed meeting Jake for the first time too. But these three boys of mine…what a precious gift they are. I’ve got a big job ahead of me and I am so thankful that the Lord is going to be walking right beside me every step of the way.

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  • August 22, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Valerie - So precious! Hope adjusting to life with 3 has been going smoothly. Congratulations again!ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 4:09 pm

      Jess - We have definitely had our rough moments but we are doing good. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • August 22, 2014 - 9:05 am

    Kim Freund - Jess, This is the sweetest post. Who took the photos? They captured some precious moments. I love seeing your family grow and hearing about your boy’s different personalities. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 4:08 pm

      Jess - Hi Kim! Joel’s brother took the photos…I guess I should have given him credit! ;) So thankful for how he captured the moment so well. I hope you had a wonderful time with your parents! So glad they could come and visit!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 22, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Cindy - Such precious pictures and memoriesReplyCancel

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  • August 22, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    Melissa - What a beautiful post. I have been following your blog for so long now..ever since you lost your beautiful Cora. Your boys are so beautiful and are lucky to have you as their mother. I myself have a daughter and 2 sons and I love watching how my boys interact as brothers. It is truly special. :-) ReplyCancel

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  • August 22, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    Nancy - What a beautiful post!! As a mother to four boys, the bond between brothers is very special and a what a precious gift you have been given to be their mother. Enjoy this time and thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Paige Stanfield - Sooo precious! And so similar to the pictures I have when my 3rd son was born. My oldest was almost 3 1/2 and my middle son was 20 months old. My oldest had the most awed expression when we showed him his new brother, and he cried when we told him that he couldn’t take him home right away, because we had 2 more nights to stay in the hospital. My middle som just tried to pull off the clamp that was on the baby’s umbilical cord. :) Enjoy this precious time!ReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Jessica - So very sweet! You have the cutest family. This makes me think of our own family in just a couple months….our third boy will be arriving. Such special momentsReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 4:05 pm

      Jess - Hi Jessica! I hadn’t heard you were having your third boy too. So exciting!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2014 - 11:43 am

    Jennalee - I wish for you that Cora could be here. I’ve thought a lot about that watching Julia interact with Jamison since they were the same age. Blessed by the realness of your heart, Jess.ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 4:04 pm

      Jess - Thanks, friend. I love watching other little girls Cora’s age to get a “glimpse” into what she would have been like. Your Julia is a sweetie!ReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    Lea - Yes, your 3 boys are just precious and the Lord will indeed walk with you every step of the way. And, I have a feeling that they will grow up to be fine young men striving to do God’s will with their lives. Abundant blessings to you on this incredible journey!ReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2014 - 10:09 pm

    Mary Ann - Oh my, Jess….those photos and your comments made tears come to my eyes. You have a beautiful family…congratulations. I too love seeing your family grow. What a joy it must be to have your children in your life. Your Cora will always be remembered and never forgotten…for the love never ends. Your boys are so precious. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • August 24, 2014 - 10:53 pm

    Lara H. - Such beautiful pictures and what wonderful memories! I know without a doubt that Cora was there. She was watching and loving the moments you were sharing. I know that she kissed sweet Jake goodbye as he left her to be with you guys. I’ve been reading your blog since she passed and it has been so wonderful watching your family grown! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • August 25, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Mary Ann - P.S. I really love Jake’s little hat….so cute. Did you make it or was it a gift from someone else. Very nice.ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 4:02 pm

      Jess - Someone makes them and donates them to the hospital. I thought it was so cute too!ReplyCancel

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  • August 27, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Brandi W. - Such a sweet post! I’ve been following your blog for years! Congrats on your newest addition.ReplyCancel

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  • August 31, 2014 - 7:59 am

    Madison - This was the sweetest post! The pictures are priceless! I especially love Levi’s hand up against Jake’s. It will be interesting to see what kind of personality Jake has. With three boys, there will never be a dull moment! I have two nephews, so I kind of know.ReplyCancel

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    • September 7, 2014 - 3:54 pm

      Jess - Levi is so sweet with Jake. And you are right, never a dull moment!ReplyCancel

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