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  • Michelle - I love your new look and continue to pray for you and your family. Well wishes to you!ReplyCancel

  • Ernie - Hi – it’s amazing to me how the Lord leads us to people we would have never met otherwise. I am a friend of Celene Watkins and happened to see your blog on a list on her blog. I clicked on it and just read about your beautiful baby girl. I have tears streaming down my face. We lost my cousin Laura at 6 years of age to the same cancer. My heart goes out to you guys. I was so encouraged and saddened at the same time by reading your story. I just had to tell ya. Thank you for showing the grace our Lord has even in the most difficult of times. I am gonna go get each of my kids up from sleep and hug them tight. I’ll be praying for your family.

    (my blog is if ya are ever interested 🙂ReplyCancel

  • AdamsFamilyBlog - I have been reading your blog for some time .. you have the most precious of hearts and I pray for you often. I am so glad you had some peace in Nashville. I am excited for your pregnancy and pray that God continues to give you the blessings of health and joy. God is going to use this ,,, for glorious and wonderful things for HIS kingdom. As painful as it is, what an instrument to HIS glory you have been. Hugs to you, DebbieReplyCancel

  • Lena - I just want to thank you for sharing your story. I have a daughter who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 9 months of age. She is doing well and yet I find myself struggling at times in dealing with all the traumatic events that have occurred because of this terrible illness. I struggle with my relationship with God and find your faith and strength so inspiring. I will keep your family in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Kindall - Hello,

    I just spent the last few hours reading through your amazing journey (While I am supposed to be working…hoping my boss doesn’t walk in and ask why I am teary eyeed.) Your story has truly put my life in perspective and it is amazing to see the Lord work. Whatever the Lord has in store for you and your family…well It looks like you are in for an amazing journey and I know the Lord has wonderful things for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Jess and Joel,

    I have been waiting for the pictures – He is just so precious! Cant wait to see more pictures of you adjusting to life with your new little one. He is a beautiful gift from the Lord!


  • Rebecca - Hello,
    Just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog. I check back every month or so to see what is going on. I have read your story for about a year. My sister in law is from Sterling and had sent out a prayer request to me when your baby Cora was so sick. I have been praying for you and your family. I just love your words. They are so meaningful to me. Congrats on your newest addition–He is precious. Take care and know that you are being prayed for out here in Indiana!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea & Jim-Britt - Congrats to you & your family on your sweet baby Levi!! He is too precious. I have been following your blog for some time now & pray for you and your family often. May the Lord continue to have His hand upon you as you continue with this new journey. Because of your story I remember to not take any moment with my kids for granted, even the middle of the night crying when I too am lacking sleep, thank you for sharing your raw emotions with so many. Blessings to you all!!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget Mack - Dear Mac Family,
    In October of 2009 my husband and I had our first child, a daughter. We named her Korah. I had a very normal and healthy pregnancy and went into labor naturally and had Korah naturally. Then the nightmare began. As soon as Korah was born she did not take a breath on her own and her heart stopped. She never breathed on her own, although her heart did get started. After 3 days, with no progress and her organs shutting down, Brian and I decided to let her go home to Jesus. What a journey we have been on since then. When I was pregnant I picked a verse to pray over into Korah’ life that I prayed would reflect her life. It was “My prayer for you is this..that you would love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, mind, and strength.” From the day Korah was born she fulfilled that prayer. She loved her Jesus soo much she wanted to be at his feet from the moment she was born. That is the comfort I cling too and hope that I will one day see my precious baby girl again. A friend of mine sent me your blog and it really touched my heart. Thank you for sharing your story and your blog is a gift to me, knowing that there is a family out there so much like ours (in SOOO many ways),
    Knowing your pain, leaning on the hope of the future that God has for us..his plans,
    Bridget and Brian MackReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My brother and sister in law were at Wesley (and RMH) the same time as you. They had twin girls born at 26 weeks and lost one shortly after you lost your dear Cora. They’ve had a rough year as well–I can’t even imagine losing one of my babies. I don’t know if you remember them, but their surviving daughter is thriving and exceeding all expectations, and bringing them a lot of hope and smiles. I hope your sweet Levi helps you heal as well. If you’d like to check their blog: God bless you and may each day bring you more strength and peace.ReplyCancel

  • Momma H - Jess,
    Just wanted to let you know that it is good to see the pics of Levi along with Cora. You have beautiful children! God bless you and keep you and Joel and Levi close. Cora is close too!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Smith - Hi there,

    I found your blog this morning and I have found it to be very uplifting. My son, Russ, was born 10/13/10. We had 13 fabulous days with him before he got sick. He passed away just two days later. I feel so blessed to have been able to enjoy him for the short time that he was here on earth. Every one of those 15 days was worth the pain we feel now. Watching Russ be sick for just 50 hours was so painful for me. I can not imagine watching your Cora be sick as long as she was. Seeing you with Levi is uplifting to me as I journey down the road of pregnancy again. Thank you for being so inspirational.

    So many people have wanted to share with me their miscarriage stories. While I know miscarriage is upsetting, I have a hard time relating to these people. I feel like your story is more similiar to mine because you knew your daughter before you said goodbye.

    I have a blog that I have been writing for about two weeks now: You are only the second person I have shared my blog with. I’m a little self conscience about it right now.

    Many thanks for sharing your story. It was what I needed this morning.


  • lisa - please pray for luke and his family


  • Nicole - Hello! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and find your writing very inspiring! You certainly have a gift! I’ve started the 30 challenge with you and think this is just the push I’ve been needing! I’m excited to see what the Lord is going to do in my life! Thank you for sharing your story and for being so open and honest.


  • Meg - I just wanted to say look who I found on Pinterest:
    Your littlest man! Thought you’d like to see he is a little super star online. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I have been reading your blog for the past few years and just think you are such an inspiration! You have unimaginable strength as a young Mommy. I pray for you and your growing family often and wish you the best in everything God has planned for you! I think so highly of your blog that I mentioned it in an interview I did recently for The Baby Habit. I hope you’ll take some time to read it!

  • Anonymous - Hi, I wish i could not be anonymous but i dont have a blog! i love your writing and read it every single day, it makes me laugh and cry and i relate to you so much! only 19 here but i still love to see your humble posts, they make me wanna squeeze you! good luck in your new beginnings! ( another little baby around! 🙂 ) you inspire me to embrace simplicity and i cant wait to read more!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi, I just wanted to let you know how much reading your blog helps me. Sometimes when I feel bad about life’s tragedies and hardships, reading what you are up to and how you manage things despite losing Cora, it helps me because I feel your strength and your faith in God, and I have learned from you. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • sjpierce - where did you get the fabric for your quilt?ReplyCancel

  • madelyn - Your blog helps me too.
    I think of you and your family often and keep you in our prayers. Your faith is inspiringReplyCancel

  • Pitch97 - Just finished reading your story/ Cora’s story. I wanted you to know that it came on the perfect night for me. I have a 14 year old son and a 10 year old daughter. I have been pretty impatient with her lately and tonight was an aggravating homework night:) Your sweet baby girl passed away on my daughter’s 7th birthday – Feb. 8, 2009. Oh Lord, forgive me when I whine – for I have my little girl here with me.
    Thank you for letting the Lord use your story to work in my life.
    Keep shining for Him!
    Laura (from New Brunswick, Canada)ReplyCancel