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Click here to listen to the celebration of Cora’s life.

A video of the service should be available online in a few days.

  • PamperingBeki - Wow. You guys are beautiful to share this with everyone.

    We love you.ReplyCancel

  • Sam, Erin, Ava and Madeline - I just came across you blog today from another blog… I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family. I am so very sorry for you immense loss. Cora is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey - Dear Jess and Joel-

    I am a stranger who came upon your blog today. I sit here in tears over your beautiful daughter, Cora.

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your faith in the Lord is unbelievable. Cora is pain-free and in heaven right now.

    Again, I am so very sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - Lifting you up in prayer yesterday… thank you for sharing your daughter with us. I am forever changed!

    Praying in Washington,

  • Kate - still sending prayers your way….. I am also trying to raise money to help with the playground:)ReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - You are both heavy in my heart and we continue to pray for you. Your beautiful daughter has touched so many. God Bless you during this difficult time.

    The Nagle’s
    Scottsdale, AZReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - thank you so much for sharing this. I have been praying for your sweet family and will continue to do so.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Thinking of you and your sweet family. Grace and peace to you.ReplyCancel

  • Ali - Thank you for posting this. I loved how her uncle called her “corndog”. So precious. What an amazing little girl.ReplyCancel

  • sarahross - Thank you for sharing Cora’s beautiful service with us. I continue to remember you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Thinking and Praying for you….ReplyCancel

  • Jodi in Texas - Beautiful daughter, precious family. Stay strong in the days to come. We lift you and your family up for God to hold tight.ReplyCancel

  • Amy H - I’m terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Jess and Joel…

    I want you to know that you have had so many prayers!!! I go to Koerner Heights Church, and hearing your story touched my heart in a deep way. I strive to be like you. Your faith is so beautiful. God bless you.
    Jessica Wenzel-Sanseda and FamilyReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Bless you for sharing this with your blog “friends”. So many wish we could have been there to hear about Cora and Celebrate her life. This brings peace to many who are still unsettled by this tragedy. Blessings to you in the coming days, weeks, months and years as you gain understanding of God’s plan and mourn the loss of your precious child.
    Cindy in MarylandReplyCancel

  • Tberri - I am so sorry for your loss. Cora, what a beautiful name and a beautiful little girl. Her story has touched my heart in so may ways. You will be in my prayers in days to come.
    God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • The Johnson's - I too am just another stranger who cam across your blog. As I read your posts from last year and then this year, I am amazed at the spirit I felt from your strength and the love you have! Many prayers are sent your way! You will be blessed!

    Johnson Family, Lexington KYReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thanks so much for sharing Cora’s celebration of life with us. I was saved when I was just 9 years old but haven’t always lived the life I should. I am now 28 and over the past few weeks Cora’s story has truly touched my heart. God, has definitely spoke through her and her brief life here on this earth. I can’t wait to get to heaven so I can thank Cora for helping me see God’s grace again. Thank you Joel and Jess for sharing her with all of us. Cora was so blessed to have such wonderful parents. May you have peace in the day, weeks, and years ahead.ReplyCancel

  • Alison - Jess & Joel,

    We have been praying for you and your family. I absolutely cannot imagine your pain. I have cried over this and I have to admit, this has made me question my own faith. Cora was so precious, so sweet and her thunder thighs remind me of our 9 month old son, Brody. I just don’t understand this. But I know that being a Christian and walking with the Lord doesn’t mean that we’ll always understand everything.

    I will pray for you daily. I am so, so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Julee H. Nappier - Thank you for sharing your precious baby girl to us. What a blessing she is and will always be!(:

    May God Bless you and your family always.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Found your blog through another blog…I am so sorry for your deep loss. Your sweet and beautiful Cora rests in the Lord. May the Lord keep His mighty hand upon you both and give you peace. Your family will be in my prayers. You are beautiful and strong. God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • copper2gold - Jess and Joel:
    I’m Amy M’s mom and just wanted to let you know that though my heart is saddened by the news of Cora, it is also gladdened because she is with Our Lord and Savior! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Jill - I too came to your blog for another blog that I read. I am truly touched by Cora’s life and your amazing faith. I am thinking and praying for you and your family. May God hold you tightly and may you feel his love for you in your immense loss.ReplyCancel

  • Jessatsea - I sit here with tears streaming down my face and a prayer in my heart! I am a stranger who aches for you… with so many others.

    The playground will be beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a beautiful service and a wonderful example you two are of the perfect parents God wants us to be. You are and will be in all of my prayers! Your beautiful daughter’s life has touched North Carolina. My faith grows stronger reading about your journey. God Bless you two.ReplyCancel

  • Mommy2QTPies - As I sit here and listen to Cora’s beautiful service, I am crying tears of joy for her beautiful life, short, yet so special. I wish I could reach out and give you both a big hug. Still praying in Indiana….ReplyCancel

  • The Boyds - Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been praying for you during this time. I may have met you once, but your story has impacted me greatly. I hope to continue to follow it as I pray for you. May God give you peace and rest.

    “The Lord you God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will rejoice over you with singing and Quite you with His love.” Zephaniah 3:17ReplyCancel

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  • Andrea - My thoughts and prayers are with you as you feel out how to begin life without Cora. May God’s love flood your hearts and may He draw you closer to Himself and one another.ReplyCancel

  • Alisha - I came across your blog after hearing your story via other friend’s blogs. Please know our hearts are with you guys. I simply can not imagine what you are going through, but will pray for comfort.ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - You were in my thoughts & prayers yesterday. Thank you for playing her celebration of life. You are so strong in your faith & I admire you both. I can only imagine how much you must miss your little girl. You’ll continue to be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Eva - thank you for sharing this recording. i needed to hear it to say a proper goodbye. thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Precious Jess and Joel,
    I sit here with tears streaming down my face…thank youfor sharing your sweet Cora with us.
    May God comfort you with His love.

    I will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Wibeche og Rune - I am in tears. I am so sorry for your loss. We will pray for you.

    Blessings from Norway


  • Christine - Jess and Joel,
    Thank you for posting the link to the service. I listened last night and was so encouraged as I’m sure all who listen will be. What a beautiful tribute to your precious angel.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers constantly. Hardly an hour goes by that I’m not offering up prayers for your strength and peace. It amazes me that I’ve been this moved by the experiences of a family I’ve never met. I believe that, like me, untold numbers of people have been touched in profound ways by your testimony of faith and deeply saddened by your loss. Thank you for sharing your story. Through your unimaginable loss, you have ministered to others in ways that you may never fully realize. Your transparency, your loving hearts, and your devotion to our Lord are such sweet reminders of His love for us.

    I pray that you would remain strong, that you would allow God to continue to work through you, seek refuge in Him and lean on the awesome family and support that He has given you.

    We, your unknown prayer warriors and sisters in Christ, mourn with you, pray with you, and anticipate the day when we will all join Cora in Heaven.
    With love from Texas…ReplyCancel

  • Tonya - Jessica & Joel,

    I just found your blog today through Angie Smith’s Bring the Rain blog.

    My heart just aches for you right now. Please know that I am praying today that God’s comforting arms surround you and your families during this horrible time.

    btw…I’m in Topeka.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Continuing to pray for you…and have asked others to do the same! So, so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon and Carey - What a beautiful daughter. Praying for you today. Hard to grasp this loss. Hard to understand it.

    I came to you through Kelly’s Korner and Baby Harper

    -Shannon in AustinReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Thank you for sharing your story, I hope it allows us to carry some of your burden for you. The strength of your faith is inspiring. Payers and HugsReplyCancel

  • Cherry Tree Lane - Thank you so much for posting this.
    I feel privileged to have been able to listen to it.

    My prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

  • The Van Ordens - What a beautiful service! I sit here in tears thinking of your pain! May your faith continue to carry you! We are sending all our prayers your way!

    Scarlett in GAReplyCancel

  • Thomas and Jamie - I came across your blog from Know that my husband and I will be praying diligently for you!!

    Thomas and Jamie AllenReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have been stopping by your blog periodically since learning of what was going on with Cora. I find myself thinking of you at random times of the day and night, and when I do I say an extra prayer for you.

    I found myself looking through photos as I stopped back this afternoon, and tears filled my eyes as I looked back through your posts and pictures posted since this odyssey began for you about three weeks ago.

    Although I don’t know you all personally, I just want you to know that I care, and I am praying for you. Cora was such a beautiful little girl. I am so glad that you got to love her and share her life during her short time on this earth. What a beautiful little gift you received and what a priceless treasure.

    My prayers for you continue. . .ReplyCancel

  • Jenae - The service yesterday was beautiful! We will continue to pray for your family for the days, weeks, and even years to come as you remember each sweet moment with your precious girl. Your sweet Cora has been a minister to me in her short 11 months…she reminded me of what is truly important in this life: God, family, friends, and love.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Dear Jess and Joel. I am so sorry for your loss. I too am a stranger from Spokane. My sister goes to your church. I too am praying for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story. Godd Bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • Ange~ - Thank-you for sharing your life and Cora’s life with the world. I am so heartbroken for your family, I can’t even begin to imagine the pain you must be going through.
    I am praying for your family, that the God of grace and peace will come and hold you in this time of darkness and pain.ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - thank you so much for posting this memorial service…i love hearing the words of so many in honor of that precious baby.

    my fam…in honor of little cora paige…is making love packets for the fams at our local NICU where our little sofie was born and in the NICU there. in each little love bag for each fam, there will be a note telling that this gift is in honor of cora, with a sweet pic that meg took.

    we are so touched by your story…and your faith. we are praying diligently for your entire fam and friends.

    romans 8:38-39
    And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our LordReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - As a mother who has also lost a child, we lift up our prayers to God, that He may comfort you during this very difficult time. He will give you what you need to go through this journey. Our hearts ache for you in this time of sorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Thompson Tales - I am truly amazed with your strength at this time. Your sweet family has touched my heart. From the time that I first read your blog, your family has been in my prayers. Cora is a beautiful, child of God…..ReplyCancel

  • Ang - Please know that we are praying for your angel.

  • singing mama - my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time!!

    Luv singingmamaReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thank you so much for sharing Cora’s story! You will never know the imapact that Cora and you have had on my life! Cora has blessed my life and made me so much more thankful for the blessings that God has given to me! Thank you for having such a strong relationship with Jesus Christ! It has blessed me and has convicted me to have a faith so strong like yours. You are a blessing! Thank you Lord for using the McClenahans in my life!ReplyCancel

  • ~Cherie - I feel like such an intruder in your lives, but I can’t express how much your daughter, your story, and your faith have affected me. I think of each of you several times a day and have been crumbling into tears at random times. The emotion I am experiencing over this has truly shocked me. Although I’m a stranger to you, you feel like family to me. Cora’s life, death and your faith has caused me to really evaluate how far I’ve strayed from Christ. You have shown me an example of true Christ followers. You have given me a fire to know and trust him as you and your families do. I want to be a better teacher of Christ to my sons in both words and action. Maybe this is all part of God’s plan to draw people to him. The affect of this seems to be so far reaching. I pray for you, I share your story, and I thank you and precious baby Cora. Love and prayers from Ohio.ReplyCancel

  • Supercool Hotmama - We’ll be praying for your family. Here’s some (((HUGS))) from total strangers in Mesa, AZ.ReplyCancel

  • The Cozy Parsonage - Having been sooo close to where you have been and where you are I cna say nothing but pray:

    I Pray….
    I pray that you have friends around you listening to your stories about your daughter….
    I pray that you journal about every little detail about this excellent little girl….
    I pray that you cling to Jesus and your husband when you cannot escape the pain….
    I pray that all words to you and your family are kind….
    I pray that you do not feel guilty about anything….
    I pray that you treat yourself as the special woman you are and you pampher yourself with little treats during this time….
    I pray you go on a vacation to flee from this down the road….
    Most of all I pray you never go though this hurt again.
    (Tress Duvall)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I just listened to the service…thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony with the rest of us….ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Jesus loves the little children and I know that your precious baby is in his loving arms right now. Take peace in knowing she is no longer having to deal with this disease and she is in the most wonderful place and you will see her again one day. God bless both of you. My prayers are with you… Debbie in TennesseeReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a beautiful service. Again, thanks so much for sharing this with the world. Cora has truly touched so many people. I don’t know you, but I find you and your precious little girl on my mind all day. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but please know that there are so many out there praying for you. We are suffering right along side you! Your family’s faith is so wonderful, uplifting, reassuring and comforting. The Lord has truly used you for His glory.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - Still praying for you and your family. Thanks so much for sharing Cora’s service with us. My heart is heavy for you.ReplyCancel

  • crazigirl80 - I want you to know how sorry I am for your loss. I found your blog through a mom’s message board. I am sitting here crying, although I take comfort in knowing that Cora is no longer in pain, I just don’t understand why these kinds of things happen. Your faith is amazing. I wish you peace and comfort.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - Can anyone help me with listening…for some reason my computer isnt opening it. Thanks and god bless Cora and Joel and Jess your forever in our hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - This has to be so difficult for you…thank you for sharing with all of us. My prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Lawson - Dear Jess and Joel,

    You don’t know me and I don’t know you. I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and have been thinking and praying for you. As I sit here in tears listening to her service I am thinking of you and your sweet angel.ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    Thank you so much for sharing Cora’s Home-Going Service with us. It’ was a beautiful, Christ honoring service!

    Like so many others across the nation, I wish I could have been there. Your story has touch so many hearts. Thank you for sharing Cora with us so selflessly.

    Cora has reminded me that life is but a vapor. We know not how long we will have with our loved ones & we should never take a moment for granted.

    You will continue to be in my thoughts & prayers.

    Lord Bless You,
    Christy KleinReplyCancel

  • Ang - I can not get your sweet little girl out of thoughts tonight. Please know that we are praying for you and your sweet angel Cora. I hope you are able to find some peace at such a hard time.

  • Michelle - Your family has been in my prayers for the past several days. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have cried many tears, I just cannot imagine what you’re going through. Thank you for sharing Cora’s story with us. May you find comfort and peace that can only come from our heavenly Father. Holding you in my prayers….MichelleReplyCancel

  • Dana-from chaos to Grace - I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. 🙁 Somehow, in some way, your story will glorify Christ.

    You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Barrett - I got connected to your story through another blog. I am devastated by your loss. Cora is such a precious, yummy baby. May you know the intimate presence of the God of all hope and comfort. I am praying for your broken hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Lord - Thank you so much for sharing that with the world. What a beautiful memorial service. I know that Cora has touched my heart and my life. I hope that you can feel some of the love that all of us around the world are sending your way. We continue to hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing the life of your beautiful child with all of us, even though many of us have never had the honor of meeting your precious girl.
    Stacy Lord, Ames, IAReplyCancel

  • Ryan and Sandra - Praying for you in Costa Rica. (I found your blog via a prayer request on “The King’s Missus” blog. My grandparents live in Whitewater, KS.) I cannot imagine your loss and will be praying for you in the days to come when I think of you both.ReplyCancel

  • Tessa - i just found your blog today and i am so sorry, i don’t even know the words to say, she is beautiful.
    i am praying for your family,ReplyCancel

  • Maisie - Jess and Joel,

    (Jess, we went to middle school together) Thank you for sharing the memorial service with us who were not able to attend. It was a beautiful and comforting service. Even though I did not know Cora personally I grieve for your loss and pray that the He will continue to surround your family with friends who will encourage and support you through the times to come. God will continue to give you the strength to carry on…lean on Him and each other. Thank you for your example of strength and faith.

    You are continually in my prayers.


  • Cristy - Jess…

    It is amazing how Cora has touched so many, including me and my family. I am thinking of you often and you both are continually in my prayers.

    Hugs and love….

    Cristy HarderReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praying for you in Florida.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am a NICU nurse who cared for Kelly’s Harper. She got me interested in blogs and I just found your blog from Kelly’s. I am SOOO very sorry about the loss of your beautiful Cora. I know God is in control and everything happens for a reason, but Lord, I wish He would tell us. Know that you are in my prayers. Tina S.ReplyCancel

  • Lipstick - I am once again weeping for your loss. My heart aches for you and I am praying for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am a stranger that found your blog from another site. Words cannot begin to say how truly sorry I am for your loss. Nobody should have to go through what you and your amazing little girl went through. Knowing that she is pain free and in the arms of Jesus shall be, in time, comforting. What a beautiful angel you have watching over you. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • laurie @ bargain hunting - I came here from another blog. Just want you to know another complete stranger is praying for your family. laurieReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thank you for sharing this with us, it was beautiful. I have been reading about your precious Cora since you first posted she was sick. She has touched my life more than you will ever know. I will be praying for you & your families.ReplyCancel

  • Sunny Mom - I just came to your blog tonight! I am so sorry for your loss. I am from Kansas and I wish I could reach out to you right now. I will be praying for you in the days to come. Cora is a beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

  • Ray, Megan and Ruby Denise Clark - listening. crying. rejoicing. scrolling through pictures from her 11 months.
    a beautiful baby. a beautiful family.
    praying for you. crying out to God for you.

    i set my watch alarm for 1:00 yesterday to remember and pray for you and it went off again today. i stopped to pray and will continue to do so.

    Revelation 21:4
    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

    Come Lord Jesus.ReplyCancel

  • Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Praying for Jess and Joel right now…. I shared the story with my husband as we talked about how strong we feel our faith is, and life, and loss and a song came on today that I connected with before, but reconnected with today. I have been asked how is it that I have had such an attachment to Cora. Friends that have witnessed me crying at random times over this. Or readers reading my post on my blog. Or my mind drifts off into thoughts, thinking of Jess (as a mother to a mother)….

    The song came on “Love them like Jesus”. And I realize that is my answer…. I love this family and their little girl and I want to love them like Jesus loves them.

    I dont want to be like so many who will say kind words and go about their days. I want to be able to take some of the pain off these parents, and if that means I hurt then Ill hurt like Jesus hurts for his children all the time.

    I hope my last post was not out of line, I noticed it was removed. I understand…..

    I pray tonight that this family is able to get a full nights rest. I know their bodies, minds and spirits are so tired right now. I admire their faith and know that I am a better mother already because of Cora.

    God Bless.

    Iv donated to the playground and can’t wait to see Cora’s legacy live one with providing a playground for all the little children to enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • cheryl - Joel and Jess,
    I found your blog through Kelly’s and wanted to offer my prayers for your little family. Cora is a beautiful little girl and was so blessed to have you as her parents. Of course, I would imagine that you would consider yourselves the blessed ones, to have her as your daughter! Our God is a great God…one who is worthy to be praised! That same God will be the ONE who comforts you as no other during your time of loss. I listened to the entire celebration service this evening and was so happy to hear the gospel message so clearly presented! Cora’s life has touched so many and her homegoing has touched even more…He IS GLORIFIED!
    I’m sure we won’t meet this side of eternity, but know there is a stranger in Chicago that is praying. May our wonderful Savior hold you close as you find your comfort in HIM.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Kennon - What a beautiful little girl…something special in her smile that just reaches out and grabs the heart. I came to your blog through Kelly’s Korner, and have been praying for you guys.

    It amazes me how people like yourself react with unwaivered faith and trust in God when tragedy strikes their life. My prayers are with you in the coming days and weeks ahead.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I found ya’lls blog on someone elses page and I am so grateful for ya’ll sharing such a painful story with us.It breaks my heart that such a terrible thing has happened! She was a beautiful baby girl and I’m so proud of ya’ll for being so strong!! You’re in my prayers! I know God has you wrapped so tight in his arms right now!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - She is an angel.

    I have never been more certain of anything than this.ReplyCancel

  • The Rose Room - so very sorry, god bless you. Rachael in New ZealandxoReplyCancel

  • Vintage Girl at Heart - Prayers for you three, you are such an example of Faith to us all.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - Dear Joel and Jess,
    The Lord has laid you on my hearts in a heavy way. I found your blog yesterday and have been praying for you and will continue to be on my knees for you. May the Lord bring peace and comfort. I am so so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter.

  • Anonymous - I happened to come across your blog from another blog and I just wanted to let you know I am praying for you and your family. This story brought tears and I found myself crying and I just want you to know that I know Cora is in a better place now and she is playing on heaven’s playground and watching over you now. God Bless her, she is such a beautiful baby girl.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - What a beautiful child. I am praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Just wanted to pop in and tell you again today that you’re loved, being thought of, and prayed for constantly.

    My mom knows your story through me and my blog, and of course I know you guys. But she lives in Missouri and received a mass email from her church requesting prayer for your family. Someone in thier church learned of you somehow and was so touched by you guys and Cora that they felt their church needed to pray.

    I know you would NEVER choose this in a million years, but this amazing little girl of yours is changing lives around the world.

    Today I pray that you feel warmth, rest, love, peace, and comfort.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You don’t know me, but I feel like I will always know you and think about your family. Cora is beautiful. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Ange~ - Just want you to know that your family has been on my mind and heart constantly for the last few days. So many prayers are being said for you.ReplyCancel

  • ml - Joel and Jess,
    You don’t know me, but I have been following your story and I just listened to Cora’s service. What a beautiful celebration of your daughter. I want you to know that Cora’s story has changed my relationship with Christ, has changed the way that I pray and the way that I look at my own daughter. I pray for you every day, and for all of your family members. Thank you for sharing her with us.ReplyCancel

  • KATIE - I don’t know your family, but I have been touched by your story. I came across your blog through a friend and I am not even sure how she found your blog. It appears that so many strangers have been drawn to your journey. I cannot phathom your pain and desparity at this moment. Cora was a beautiful child and it seems that her parents share an amazing faith and immense amount of bravery that I hope will guide you through these difficult times. Your Cora is an angel. Many thoughts and prayers are with you both in the days to come.ReplyCancel

  • Romana - Joel & Jess,
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I Have been praying for you since I first came across your blog.
    The service was beautiful; i pray for comfort and strength for you and your family during this time and for the months and years to come.
    Thank you for sharing; I have always been close to God but your story along with Angie Smith (bring the Rain) and Kelly’s (kellys korner blog) my strength has gotten stronger than before.
    My family and I will keep praying.
    ~Romana “Suzie” from Wichita Falls, TXReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I’ve been following your blog for the past couple of weeks. When I logged on Sunday morning to check on your little girl my heart sank. I have been struggling ever since to make since of why your sweet little one is gone. I find strength in she is healed and in the hands of our Lord. But my heart breaks for you. I’ve been crying for you all week. I can’t seem to get Cora’s sweet face out of my mind. I esp. like the photo of her in the bathtub with that oh so adorable look. I have also been holding my daughter alot closer for we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I hope and pray that you will find peace and strength in the weeks/months to come. Thank you for sharing your sweet little girl with us. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. God Bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and that Cora has touched my live. She is so beautiful…my heart is aching for you both. I am so so sorry.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - Thank you for sharing the celebration of your daughter’s life.While I do not know you, the shared experience of being a farmer’s wife, a stay-at home mom, and mother to a young daughter creates a sense of knowing your path in life. Kara J. introduced me to your story, and I have learned of other connections in our lives since. I am continuing to pray for you.

    Our God answered your prayers and your family’s prayers for Cora in a way that no one could imagine. It is amazing to think how many people have been introduced to the love of Jesus through your blog and Cora’s struggle. Your faith is a powerful testimony, and I pray that you will continue to be able to find your strength in Him.

    Allison PetersenReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What an amazing service. Filled with praise for Him and inspiration of Cora’s life. You should be as proud as any parents could be.

    Thank you for sharing. During this incredible loss and sadness, you still take the time to share your lives with others and have reached thousands. You’ve preached His words and brought families closer. We all have a purpose on this earth, no matter what amount of time we are given to be here. Cora has done more than fulfilled her purpose.

    Blessings and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • David and Vera Hall - Joel and Jessica,
    We are still lifting you up in prayer. We are here when you need a shoulder to cry on or ears to listen. This morning the song “God is too good to be Mistaken” came to mind. That may not be the exact title but the words are true. We love you and thank you for being real examples of Christ during this time of difficulty.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - jess and joel… guys are an inspiration to me. cora is one of the sweetest babies i have ever seen. i pray Jesus will give you a glimpse of the immmense joy she is in now. all of prayers and thoughts..WendyReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Cora’s life has touched so many. Thanks for your transperancy and vulnerability. I admire your strength and will continue to pray that Jesus will hold you close and carry you through your remaining days. May HE continue to get the glory even in the midst of your pain and loss.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My heart is broken for your loss. You don’t know me, I just happened upon your blog. I pray for your family and know that baby Cora is in a beautiful place now resting in the arms of Jesus! Thank you for sharing her with all of us.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Hello Joel and Jess,
    I just found your blog through Kelly Stamps’ blog and I read Cora’s story..I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet girl..I love the name Cora, it is so beautiful. I am praying for you that Jesus will be so close to you right now…and He will let you know she is right there with Him.ReplyCancel

  • Tammyz - What a beautiful celebration of your sweet babies life! My heart is filled with sadness at your loss! My hope is that the God of all comfort is holding you both tight…even as He is holding your precious girl. I am thankful that you are surrounded by loved ones and a beautiful church family too. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - What a beautiful, beautiful celebration of your daughter’s life.Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Your daughter has touched my heart more than words can express. What a beautiful child. She will not be forgotten.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I don’t know you. Of course, you don’t know me. I was invited to look at your blog from a friend of a friend of a friend & so on. Word travels fast when children are involved! Words can not describe how The Lord has laid your family on my saddened heart. However, through this struggle God’s loving arms will be wrapped around you every step of the way. My husband & I struggled for a child & were blessed after many, many years of trying. We know about loss & disappointment. Our Sweet Jesus held us the entire time. He has yet let go. Why, I don’t know? I still can’t figure out why He loves us so much? But He does & He stands on His promises. Please read Psalm 77. It states in verse 14 thatHe is the God of miracles. Please cling to that. May the Love of our Sweet Lord continue to poor over you.ReplyCancel

  • Allison Reynolds - My heart is broekn for your family…The loss is unimagineable for me. I pray for Cora, she is truly beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a beautiful service. Thank you for sharing it with us. The letters that were read, the songs, and the message all shared in the same purpose – to remember your precious Cora and to glorify God. Cora lived such a short life, yet shared an incredible testimony. Joel & Jess, you have been an incredible, godly example. God bless you. Our family will continue to hold you up in prayer. Just today at lunch, before we prayed, our 5 year old said, “Mom, don’t forget to pray for the people on the computer.” You have touched all of our lives. Praise God that we have the assurance of seeing Cora again in heaven. Praying that Jesus will continue to hold you tightly in his arms.

    Robin in PrincevilleReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I came from Lesli’s blog; I am commenting so that you can grasp the magnitude of your daughter’s precious life on people everywhere (i am in NM). I listened to Cora’s going home service and it was a tremendous inspiration and witness-wow, i wish we could all understand the brevity of life and live to serve the Lord alone every day. I am praying for God to comfort you as you travel this life without your sweet girl.

  • Michelle - I came across a poem/saying yesterday. I had seen it before. It has new meaning now. I don’t know who wrote it.

    “So many people come into our lives and then leave the same way they came. But there are those precious few that touch our hearts so deeply that we will never be the same.”

    Just as Cora touched your hearts, she along with you: Joel and Jess have touched all of our. That we may be more caring, more tender, more patient, and more forgiving.

    Thank you for your gift.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What an amazing testimony you and your families have. You have impacted so many people and I am humbled by your relationship with Christ. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. I am praying for you and crying for you and have been blessed by you both in many ways. Thank you for sharing Cora with the world and know that many people are praying for you and lifting you up to Jesus daily.

    We love you.

    Traci HutchinsonReplyCancel

  • Lori - Just another stranger here crying with you and asking the Lord to give you comfort. I know it’s so wonderful to read how much Cora has changed peoples’ lives, but I also know that you are just hurting right now and wanting to hold your precious baby again. I too have an 11 month old girl and I look at her and can’t imagine going through what you have gone through in just 2 1/2 weeks. Life is too precious to take it for granted. What a wonderful memorial service your family and church family had for Cora! Jesus is quite proud of you both right now!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - Joel and Jess-
    I have never met you before, but your story has touched me in a profound way. I am sitting here with my two month old in tears listening to Cora’s celebration of life. It just doesn’t seem fair that I have my baby and yours is gone. Dedicating Macy to God has an entirely new meaning for me and I will be thinking of you and Cora when we dedicate her in a few months. My husband and I are even discussing naming our next baby Cora, assuming it is a girl of course 🙂 It is just a strong name and so precious. I ordered a pin from Joys Hope honoring Cora and to contribute to her playground fund. I can’t wait for Macy to be old enough so I can explain to her what it is and how special Cora was and still is. I want with all my heart to say something, anything that will make you feel better or to smile. Fittingly, only God can heal your heart and make you smile again. You are in my DAILY thoughts and prayers. The Copponex’sReplyCancel

  • NickandAnnette - Wow!!!! I too am a stranger who was directed by God to find your little angels story. I am a father to of a little girl 11 months old born 2 days after Cora’s and who I would say looks just like her…
    Her story has touced my life and heart and has given me a renewed outlook on life! I sat with tears in my eays listening and reading your stories and relized i am not a good father… Yes Play with my little girl… Change her…feed her… but i I relized that it is not enough. So I need to tell you both thank you for posting your very personal and what most people would keep private, story.Cora’s little short life has made me make a new c ommitment to God to live life with my little girl more fully! THANKS AGAIN!!!! GOD BLESS YOU BOTH WITH POWER AND STRENGTH TO CARRY ON AND CONTINUE BLESSING OTHERS LIVES WITH YOUR HEART TOUCHING STORY!

  • Anonymous - Wow. I am absolutely speechless. What a beautiful sermon to honor such a beautiful life and little girl. Cora truly has been God’s littlest messenger and she fulfilled her purpose her on Earth. My heart breaks for you both but rejoices in the fact that she feels no pain, no sorrow. I continue to pray for your family.

    A. EmeryReplyCancel

  • Heather - Hi there, I’m Heather Mattos, one of the organizers of the Etsy benefit sale for Cora. We have a button made up linking to the sale, and would love to pass it on to you, to add to your blog. Please contact me for the button code! We are so glad to help.


  • The little things - i simply can’t get over that she’s gone… my heart is still breaking & I’m so sad for all of you…. please know that I am still praying for you each and every day! I love you guys although I don’t know you- I know this is going to be so hard.ReplyCancel

  • The Ochs Family - I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I am praying for your family. While I don’t know you, I stumbled upon your blog and was moved to tears at the beauty of your daughter and the strength of your family. Cora is lovely and her story has deepened my faith. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I have been listening to Cora’s memorial. Tears are there. I have not yet written you.
    My heart is breaking for you and your family! God has given my husband and I have children. After reading your story I am able to say my relationship with everyone I meet has changed. I realize TIME is So important!
    I will pray for you both!
    God has brought your story into my life for a reason!
    Thankyou for shareing it !
    God Bless and Keep you!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Praying for you in Baltimore, Maryland. My heart breaks for you.ReplyCancel

  • Yankee Mama - I’m sorry to comment again. I somehow deleted my last comment.

    I just wanted you to know that you will continually be in my prayers. It’s so hard to make any sense of this but I know God is good and He loves you. I will never forget Cora. I have shed so many tears over this… What an impact her story and your powerful testimony have been to me and so many others. Lives are being changed. There really are no words…


  • angie c - Jess and Joel,
    Still thinking of you and praying for you as the week goes on… thinking about sweetie cora, and her awesome playground- both in heaven and the one we will all help you build here. You are loved by a vast group of people here watching your blog. Big hugs to you as you continue to miss and celebrate cora…ReplyCancel

  • Kendra - My heart is so grieved. My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Mark and Trisha - I just happened upon your blog tonight and I am soooo sad and tearful for you and your family. Your daughter is so beautiful and has touched so many lives. Knowing she is with Jesus and will never have pain again and that you will be reunited with her again will get you through this. Your faith is amazing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Breeden - That was such a neat service, one of the best I’ve ever heard. Thank you soooo much for sharing.

    Fyi, my husband and I are friends with Bill and Olivia. That is how we found out about what was happening with Cora and we have been praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Alisha - I am SO SORRY to hear about your BEAUTIFUL baby girl…..words cannot describe how awful I feel for you. I know you’re religious and I know you love God…me too…but plain and simple this JUST SUCKS!!! Bless you and your family!!!ReplyCancel

  • D'anne - May the Lord offer you comfort in your time of need! Amen.

    God Bless.ReplyCancel

  • Joja - My heart bleeds for you! I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful princess! I am in tears, how tragic and sudden this all came about. I will hug my children tighter and give thanks for every day I have with them. God bless!ReplyCancel