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Wow! You guys are awesome. We sold out. I mean COMPLETELY sold out pretty much over night. We are so honored that you like our dresses. It feels good to be doing something for Cora.

So we are back to work. More dresses are on the way. Grammy is busy, busy sewing like a crazy lady.

Cora’s other Grammy came over today to help too. They are much faster at sewing than I am.

New fabrics and supplies are just waiting to be turned into something beautiful for your little one. Keep checking back. We will try to add more things to our shop soon.

There have been so many comments left here and messages on our Etsy sight. I will try to answer a few questions since I know I won’t have time to get back to everyone:
*We are making more dresses (we will make some in the 2T-5T sizes too)
*At this point we are NOT going to do custom orders. We had so many requests that it is too overwhelming for us right now. We will keep making dresses in all different sizes and adding them to our shop. Later on when things slow down if you still want a dress we may think about doing custom orders. Sorry!
*The onesie/t-shirt dresses are a onesie or t-shirt that is cut off and then attached to the dress. I usually put Cora in a white diaper cover or matching leggings when she wore hers.
*We will make more burp cloths, hair clippies, and blankets too. We have a few ideas of some new additions too.
*Hopefully my brother will be able to make more blocks, but for now that is all we have. I will let you know if/when there are more available.
*We will start shipping as soon as we can! We are going to be busy, busy.

Thanks again. Really, you guys are great!

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  • Heather - YOU are great.ReplyCancel

  • Aaron and Shannon - So glad you guys are having such success. Also, I bought one of the dresses…if you want to just bring it to me, you can.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I agree with Heather!

    Your stuff is so adorable, and I cannot wait to get my girls some dresses!

    I purchased your last boy set yesterday to give to a friend of mine who is pregnant. I cannot WAIT to give it to her! It looks just fab!

    Keep up the good work, but don’t run yourself into the ground working too hard. People will wait… I promise 🙂ReplyCancel

  • S. Riggle - You guys are awesome!! I can’t begin to tell you how honored I am to put that little dress on my daughter. I will display the Cora’s playground blocks on her shelf until she is old enough for me to share the story of Cora. I think about you daily, multiple times a day. One day I hope to express how Cora’s story has impacted my life and the life of our family. It’s really hard to put those emotions into words right now, but one day I hope I can. Praying for you and your family…ReplyCancel

  • megan - I have my fast fingers on this time! I am going to get me one of the dress’s! Blessings to youReplyCancel

  • purejoy - imagine my surprise when i clicked on an item and it was sold. and then i noticed they were ALL sold. whatintheworld??
    how awesome is that. i love that you have something constructive to take your mind away from the negatives and to give you positive energy. what a blessing cora is to you and i can imagine she is squealing in delight from heaven as her playground is this much closer to being a reality.
    blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - I wanted to support you guys and was so surprised that everything was already gone! I agree with Amy though, take care of you…I pray that you will continue to be able to find comfort and rest in the Father, and that your family can continue to be a refuge for you as well. I am so happy for you that you have Grammies around to help you, in all ways. This is a beautiful thing, bittersweet, maybe, and I am still thinking of and praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • aimee - Hi there Jess,

    I’ve been worrying about because I thought it might be overwhelming with all the orders and work, but it sounds like you have lots of help and that it is good for your soul. great. I so wanted a dress for my Anna, but they were sold out by the time I checked! And I check your site a couple of times a day!

    I know the coming days will be especially hard as Cora’s birthday rolls around but I am comforted to know that you are surrounded by friends and family.

    Praying for you daily,
    aimee
    avon, nyReplyCancel

  • Kate - The clothes look lovely, such girly patterns. It sounds like you’re going to be busy and I think that that’s good for now. Glad to hear larger sizes are coming!ReplyCancel

  • Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - How absolutely awesome that you sold out…usually a bad thing, but in your case it is an answered prayer. Congrats on your success and if the dresses came in my daughters size or if boys could wear dresses, I would have bought one in a heartbeat! Still praying daily for all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Tami - Whoever is pickout the fabrics and ribbons has fantastic taste and a great eye!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - I was thrilled to see such a great response to your etsy shop. Like lots of great big hugs being sent to you guys! I hope to get a dress for my little one as you list more. That black & floral circle fabric you posted the pic of is one of my faves!! I just finished up some shirts to list in my etsy store to sell for Cora using that fabric 🙂 Great minds think alike!

    I am steadfast in praying for you. May you be showered with unexpected blessings during these difficult days.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am SO happy that you had an overwhelming response! I tried to log on from work yesterday and everything was already gone! I am very excited about the 2T dresses coming:) I would be honored for my little girl to wear a Cora dress. I still think about you guys and pray for you and your family multiple times a day. I’m sure Cora is smiling down from heaven watching her mommy and Grammy make beautiful things in her memory.

    Ashley in PhoenixReplyCancel

  • beckley - still praying for you.
    and wasn’t fast enough to buy something last time.
    i’ll try to be speedier this time.
    can’t wait to buy a 3-4T dress.
    grace and peace to you…
    robynReplyCancel

  • The Carroll's - Take your time! We’re all so excited to support the memory of your precious girl!ReplyCancel

  • THE SPIVEY"S - Your designs are beautiful. Wish I had a little girl to dress her in them. Do you think that you will ever make anything for little boys?ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I checked out your site yesterday and thought you might sell out. That is awesome! I wonder if it is an Etsy record. You are amazing, congratulations on such an accomplishment.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - You and your family are amazing! And I agree with some of the previous comments, don’t run yourselves into the ground. People will wait for your additions and for their orders. So make sure to take some time to breathe, cause I know all of it has to be pretty overwhelming right now!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - That is awesome! The dresses are adorable! I would love to have some small ones for baby doll clothes. We are praying for you daily!ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - awesome…awesome…awesome! i’m so glad you are doing this stuff! yeah!!!

    i’m gonna work on ordering quicker this time…i’m gonna do it!ReplyCancel

  • TeeTee - I am glad you are having so much success.
    I found out about Cora through a friend… and I fell in love with her.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - Wow! I’ve been following your blog since around the time you lost your sweet little girl! I went to your shop as soon as I learned it was open to buy a dress and was amazed to find the were already sold out! I can’t wait to purchase one not only because they are adorable but because they are for such a wonderful cause too!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl from Colorado - Wow! I follow your blog daily and thought I would order some of those adorable blocks. What talent your family has! Much to my disappointment they were all sold out and boy am I bummed. Next time I will be quicker. I notice you come to Colorado sometimes, where do you go? We live in Colorado….Castle Rock and would love to meet you sometime, in fact, you could come and stay with us. I really would like to spoil you and your husband and shower you with much needed relaxation. So if you are looking for a new friend in Colorado…email me at vanduren6@yahoo.com…I would love to hear from you. May the peace of our Lord give you much needed rest and love. Until next time…bye my friend!ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Nothing to add, but a big hug for you ladies. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ml - I am so excited for you! I can’t wait to get some dresses for my 6 month old! I hope this is great therapy for you and I am still keeping you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You are FANTASTIC MOM! Tell Cora’s Grammies that we think they are pretty great as well…don’t stress on getting our stuff shipped out…take your time…my heart continues to ache for you and your wonderful family…

    Kim(alabama)ReplyCancel

  • Enos Family - So awesome. All of it. Gives me goose bumps. You are a very special family.
    I didn’t know if I could follow your blog after Cora passed away, it was so sad. I am so glad to check in on you and see your amazing spirit, and your family’s amazing spirit. It brings me joy. I am sure there are still MANY MANY minutes in the day when you are quite sad and upset, but I see you as such an inspiration to so many of us that live in fear of what has happened…watching you is so inspirational, and makes me know that with faith like yours, you CAN be strong and survive something like that. Amazing.
    I look forward to new dresses!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - I am excited that the sewing has begun again-you guys are the awesome ones-It is such a blessing to see Coras family busy honoring her in this way also-I know it cannot be easy. I will feel honored myself to own something that you all have made in honor of Cora. I really hope your brother is able to make more blocks-at least 2 more-HA! I had them in my cart and had to leave and my computer must have shut down so they were gone-i was so dissapointed. I will keep looking to see if they are back. Praise the Lord for your family and for your great trust in Him.ReplyCancel

  • jackson3 - Hey Jess,
    I am Danielle, a friend of Laura Moffat and Ginger Skillen. Wow everything sold so fast! I am just at home most days here in Wichita if you need another hand making more stuff. Email me danj125@yahoo.com please! I have family in Newton so I am up that way alot anyway =)

    DanielleReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What about making something with a little picture of Cora on it? Burp cloth etc..
    Your spirit and faith are amazing….ReplyCancel

  • emleonard11 - Could you post the link to your etsy store? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Congratulations on the huge success of Cora’s shop. It’s amazing to see the Lord work through others. What a blessing! Your items are lovely. Praying for all of you…ReplyCancel

  • Soon to be Mrs. P - I think about your family often. Im so glad you all are keeping busy.

    Now stop reading comments and start sewing! I want to buy a dress 🙂ReplyCancel

  • jennifer rogers - your stuff is SO cute! I loved it all and didn’t get here fast enough to order something before it was all gone! I was wondering if you guys are going to make anything for little boys? I have a son and would love to buy him something in honor of Cora whom we’ve never met but she touched us just the same.ReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - so happy for you all! great job! i love the shot of all teh new fabrics….can’t wait to see it.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You guys are amazing. You really are.

    I want you to know that I watched the video of Cora’s service today and I cried again. I know her birthday is coming up and I want you to know that I plan on wearing pink that day. If the flower necklace I ordered from Etsy arrives by then, I will wear it then too and tell everyone that comments on it about your sweet little Cora.

    I still can’t quite comprehend why God lets things like this happen but your faith makes my faith stronger. Praying for you still.

    AudreyReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh! I wanted to ask about doing something in honor of Cora. I just feel that it is written on my heart to participate in her playground project more than just buying something off of Etsy. Could you please email me if you get the chance? I had an idea about a plaque if you were thinking of putting one up after the playground is complete. gi_janearng@hotmail.com

    AudreyReplyCancel

  • The Sweigart Family - What a wonderful thing to keep you busy! And I’m very excited to hear you will be making them in bigger sizes! Keep up the good work and we’ll keep praying!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - It just makes my heart smile watching you and your family hard at work making things to honor Cora. I know she is smiling down from heaven so excited to see God’s work in all of this and oh what a site her playground is going to be. I think I will have to make a trip from Texas to check it out when it is complete. The Cora store is great, and wow what amazing things you have created. I wish I had a daughter so I could buy a dress but I think my son might look a little silly in a dress. I do hope your brother makes more blocks I would love to buy a set for my son’s room so he can remember Cora and how her story has changed our family forever. We pray every night for you and Joel and to give you strength over the coming days, months, and years. I admire your faith and grace during this difficult time I know it is not always easy. Cora’s purpose and legacy will shine on forever as she has etched fingerprints into my heart. I will never forget her (even though I never meet her on Earth) and will look forward to the day when I see her in heaven to thank her for making me a better wife and mother to my family. Keep the creativity flowing you are making some awesome pieces that others will have the opportunity to place on their child and remember Cora. How great is that!!!! Also remember to take time for yourself, the Lord will sustain you.

    In Christ.
    AmberReplyCancel

  • wife.mom.nurse - Those dresses are just so pretty. What a beautiful way to honor precious Cora!ReplyCancel

  • shelley - i just heard of your devastating loss. I’m so sorry. The Lord will surely walk with you all the days of your life here while you wait to see Cora again. you will be in my prayers tonight.

    http://www.mormon.org/mormonorg/eng/ReplyCancel

  • Candice - Hey there,

    Your stuff is really gorgeous. How about some boy stuff??!! Maybe onsies with blue elephant patches, or something. Anyway, glad you are keeping busy and I will keep checking your store.ReplyCancel

  • coraannedesigns - The success of your shop is just great, and is certainly a testament to Cora and your family. I think about her daily and pray for you each time I do. Can’t wait to receive my block, I plan on keeping it in my craft room!ReplyCancel

  • Momma_Hug - You are all doing awesome getting things together! I had never been to Etsy until now for Cora. The dresses are adorable. I look forward to seeing the blankets. I purchased some blocks for our little guy. Your brother did awesome with those!ReplyCancel

  • Karina - I will buy at least one dress for my daughter and would LOVE to get a block if your brother decides he can handle making more (he must have made 100 already…what a guy!). It would be for me, to keep on my desk – no way my boys are going to get their hands on it, lol!

    I check back daily to see how you are doing. Glad you’re busy and your shop is a success!

    I feel like I need to see Cora’s face every day…I can’t even imagine what it must be like for you. I continue to send you loving thoughts…and to shed a few tears for you every day. You are much admired!!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - I’m so happy your shop has had such success! I was too slow this week but really look forward to buying a 3T from you in the future. Blessings to you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hey I agree with Audrey that hopefully the playground will have a plaque/ some type of memorial with a picture of beautiful Cora on it for all to see.Hopefully something BIG and beautiful. I too will wear pink on Cora’s bday! You continue to amaze me with your faith, grace and strength!

    Kim(alabama)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - YAY!!! That is soooo awesome!!! :O)ReplyCancel

  • barb :0) - I loved the blocks !!!! I just became a Great Aunt to a little girl named …. Cora Katherine !! I so hope to purchase a set for her, and to explain to her later, how very special they are !!!!
    I think and pray for you daily ….ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Jess,

    How is Joel doing? I am honored to be apart of the Cora Playground Project..ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - So happy for you. Still praying!!ReplyCancel

  • allison - Cora is everywhere. While I have been keeping you both in my prayers I have found Cora’s beautiful name mentioned on so many other blogs. Her story is making an AMAZING difference in this world!
    HugsReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Praising the Lord for your shop’s sweet success! That is awesome!!

    Christy KleinReplyCancel

  • lfhcreative - Your stuff is so thoughtfully created and beautiful. I may have to snag a dress or 2 for my little princess when you restock.

    I hope crafting gives you a little respite from your grief of missing your beautiful Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Momofgirls - Wow! May God bless you more than you could ever imagine! You have been through so much. Thank you for sharing the video, so precious!

    I am so glad you have been busy…and I hope you sell lots and lots of things!

    We will continue to lift you up in prayer!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - I’ve already commented on this post once, but just wanted to pop in again. I was thinking about you and wondering how church went today. We have been casual attenders on Sunday mornings, even though we’re active through the week. Sunday just hasn’t been happening for us. We made it today – YAY! I thought about you during the service, and prayed for you. I hope you had a restful, peaceful day.

    ChristineReplyCancel

  • Allen and Debby Graber - Jess,
    Thought I saw you in the hall today at church, but when I looked again, you were gone. I too was one of those that didn’t click on to the Etsy site in time. It all went sooo fast!! Look forward to getting 3 dresses for my granddaughters! I told your mom I could help too if you need help some time.
    DebbyReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Your dresses are so adorable! I was so excited to see your shop sell out! I’m happy that there are so many people who are helping!ReplyCancel

  • Mark and Mandi - Can’t wait until you have more up to sell! I’ve been checking every couple of hours:) I’m so glad they sold out so quickly and hope I get to order some this next time!ReplyCancel

  • HeartSmiles - I too tried to buy a dress, but was too late. Cora has touched my heart and changed my life. I think about her throughout the day, especially when I tuck my kids in at night and I head to bed with a heavy heart. I considered attending the service but felt akward, having never met your family. I hope you have some sort of ceremony to dedicate the playground. I will most definitely make time to attend. God bless you.

    RachelReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from PICU - HOLY COW! I tried to get on their and order one of your sweet so cute dresses, and your right, SOLD OUT! amazing! We miss you. I head back to work tom. and of course am dreading it….. Jaylee is doing good, just got tubes in her ears on Thursday, and handled it like a champ, better then mommy did! ha Thinking of you always! E-mail me sometime if you have a chance! Tell your family hello, and keep up the great work with the dresses! can’t wait to see Jaylee in one of them soon!
    amieschilling@yahoo.com

    love you!

    AMIEReplyCancel

  • Elise - Wow!! I haven’t visited here in a couple of days, but just noticed you sold out of all your stuff in less than one day. That is awesome!! I am praying for y’all.
    EliseReplyCancel

  • Abner & Jennie - Still praying for you guys(you don’t know me, but I’ve cried at my laptop reading your story the past month over and over!) I was hoping to get one of the pretty dresses for my audrey, so hopefully next time I’ll beat everybody else:) I did hint to my hubby for one of the bags someone made and is donating to you guys, will have to see if the hint worked.
    Love to you all.
    In Christ,
    Jennie in CAReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Praying for you on this cold sunny Monday.ReplyCancel

  • Kirstin - I can’t wait for you to have some “big kids” sizes so that I can purchase one of your beautiful dresses for my preschooler (who insists on wearing a dress 24 hours a day).

    I, too, have experienced the loss of a child (I miscarried in the second trimester) and found crafting and working (and systematically organizing everything in my house) as the best therapy. Better than retail, better than talking to a therapist – there is something about creating with your hands, and your mind, that heals your heart.

    All the best. We think about Cora every day.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi! I still think of you guys multiple times a day! I know the days continue to be hard but know that we are thinking and praying for you!

    Kim(alabama)ReplyCancel

  • BeeHappy - You are fantastic! Not that you need more people to visit your blog because you are already a rock star but I put your blog as a favorite on another bloggers page! Check my latest entry in your free time. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Michelle S - Hi I have a two year old son and another son on the way..will you have anything for little boys! I love your dresses but we have no little girls in the family!ReplyCancel

  • BoufMom9 - OH! I can’t wait to get some of these fo my daughter!
    I am so happy yo will be making size 2T!
    Whatever litle I can do to help make the playground come to be ….
    Constantly thinking of your fmily and praying.
    My dear friend just lost her daughter Tuesday right befoe you lost Cora 🙁ReplyCancel

  • anne - I just discovered your polka dot market site today, after searching online for birthday supplies since we just decided on that as a theme.

    And I have to tell you…I’m struggling here because I saw the button about Cora Paige, and our daughter’s name is Cora…and she’s about to turn one. And I just read your entire blog and I’m sitting here sobbing at my desk at work.

    I know we’re strangers, but I feel like we’re connected and my heart has broken ten million times today for you.

    Huge, huge hugs. You’ll be in my thoughts.ReplyCancel

  • Wehoagies - Hi! I too am a total stranger, but am grieving with you about your Cora. I can’t wait to purchase some things from your store, but every time I check the page there is nothing on there. I am new to this “Etsy” thing– does that mean that you are sold out whenever I don’t see anything?

    Thanks!
    Andi from IndianaReplyCancel

  • Whimsical Creations - YAY!!! Congrats on all your sales!! Can not wait to see the new dresses.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Sending you hugs and prayers from Michigan.ReplyCancel

  • Team Martins - Using your hands to make something so beautiful for your beautiful girl is inspiring. We will definitely be checking back as we’ve added your story to our bloglist.

    We left a little message for Cora on our blog after receiving our headbands from Joy’s Hope today.

    You remain in our hearts and prayers! May she, and you all, reach many more for Jesus.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thanks for deciding to make some bigger sizes.

    Even MORE people will never forget Cora because of the things you are making now.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hey, Jess… I saw your brother in law is in China… we live about an hour from Beijing in TIanjin. If he would want to connect with other foreigners… my e-mail is shicks@ldi-cn.com
    We have 4 kids and moved here to China last August… from Ohio. Just saw he was in Beijing… and i have been following your story… i continue to remember your family and will lift you up to the Father…
    SharonReplyCancel

  • Cristy - Hi Jess…

    It was so good to see you and talk with you Sunday. You have such a sweet, gentle spirit about you. My offer still stands…I would love to help out with those trips to the post office. Email if you need anything at all. Praying for you many, many times each day.

    Hugs and love…..

    CristyReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Good Morning..My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you…

    Kim(alabama)ReplyCancel

  • Mandie Sledge - so i found you guys on a friend’s facebook page. you guys are incredible. i can’t even begin to think what you’ve been through! your babygirl is beautiful and i’m so jealous of her because of where she is. stay strong, i have a 15 month old son who is pretty much my other half 🙂 i dont know what i would do. but jesus is the best place to turn to. you guys are continually in my prayersReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My daughter from the Boutelle Family Zoo told me about you and your sweet little Cora. I am so sorry. We ask outselves why? Only the Lord knows. But you’re right, she is in Heaven celebrating with our precious Lord and all the angels today. You will see her one day. She’ll be waiting for you, and you’ll all be together again. What a celebration that will be! I will pray that God will give you peace. SherylReplyCancel

  • maryboys - just stopping by to say i think of both of you often and i hope the comfort of your family and friends helps in some small measure.ReplyCancel

  • Paige - Hello, My name is Paige! Just like Cora Paige. I feel upon your blog. My heart is full for you and your family. Cora is such and angel and I bet our Father in Heaven has a special plan for her. My baby brother passed away when I was young. I have always thought that he was just too special and that Heavenly Father just wanted him back. I know that we will see our babies again some day and I bet they are dancing in Heaven smiling down on us.ReplyCancel

  • maryboys - just checking in again…and sending a hug of solace to you in what continues to be an incredibly painful time, i am sure.

    warmly,
    maryReplyCancel

  • maryboys - sending warm condolences your way…ReplyCancel