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leaving a legacy

Wow! We are so overwhelmed by the love that is being shown to us. Friends, family and even strangers are supporting us in ways we would have never imagined. It is incredible how our little Cora, whom we miss SO much, is leaving such a legacy.

Our emotions are mixed. We have such a HUGE hole in our lives without Cora. We miss her so much! We can hardly believe what has happened in the last three weeks. We cry A LOT. Wishing we could just hold Cora one last time. At the same time we are awe strucken by how God is using her little life. Cora’s story is causing others to want to have a deeper relationship with their families and walk closer with the Lord. We are humbled that God is allowing us to be a part of this. So thankful for God’s mercies, but hurting so deeply too.

I probably won’t blog for several days as we try to adjust to our new “normal”. Please continue to pray for us. We need your prayers more than ever as we journey through this hard time. We are thrilled that everyone is excited about The Cora Playground. Thank you to those who are donating their time, money and talents to this cause. We will share more with you as the project gets underway…

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:15-16

  • Pam - Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Tim & Mandy - love you guysReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Just happened to be up late and refreshed the page to see that you had just posted an update. I am praying for you many, many times every day. Cora is such a beautiful baby and is blessed to have such strong God-loving parents.
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  • Jess and Krissy - Have only been reading for a couple of weeks, but we are constantly praying for you guys. Cora is definitely leaving a legacy.ReplyCancel

  • Hoosier Mom - Blessings for you both during this sad time. Take care of each other and trust HIM. Hugs from Indiana.ReplyCancel

  • Diana - Yes, we will continue to pray for strength and peace for you and your family! God is Good and has many purposes for things we don’t understand, may your hearts continue to be strengthened! God bless…ReplyCancel

  • Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - You and Yours continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as you move through this adjustment time. Take care and hold each other close.

    ~ Heather & Kenny F.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Another Mommy up late thinking about your dear family. I cried again while hugging my own babe. We take life for granted so much. Cora’s legacy reminds me to appreciate what we have now, in the moment, and not focus so much what is going to happen tomorrow. It’s so weird that I don’t even know you, but I wish I could take away your pain. I continue to pray for you all. God’s Light will show you the way out of the storm.


  • Sarah70 - Continuisly praying and thinking of you guys during this time. God bless you both. You are very much loved. Cora will always hold a special place in my heart.
    Love, SarahReplyCancel

  • Carly Winborne - Just doing my nightly check in before i go to bed and am thrilled to see an entry from you.

    i don’t even know you and am amazed with you. please know how cora and each of you have impacted perfect strangers.

    i have a picture of sweet cora on my blog because she looks so much like my little girl did at that age. to me, the resemblence is unreal. and because of this, cora has such a special place in my heart.

    your lives were lifted up in the bible study i’m in this past Wednesday. i’m studying beth moore’s esther with a group of women who were touched to hear your story.

    my prayers are with you and will continue daily

    Carly WinborneReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have been been following since reading a prayer request on another blog a few weeks back and praying hard every day. Since Cora has gone to be with the Lord, I have been praying EXTRA hard for both of you. What an amazing little girl to have an impact on so many people! I know that I have been forever changed by hearing her story. I am becoming more patient with my own daughter, as I realize now more than ever that each day is a precious gift from God. I am praying more than ever and strengthening my relationship with Jesus. I pray that as time goes by you will cry less and smile more when thinking of Cora. May God give you the peace which passes all understanding.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Continuing to lift you in prayer.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Allen - i found your blog the day Cora passed from a link somewhere else and literally spent hours that first night reading every post. I can’t imagine the shock you all are in still b/c this has happened so fast! So fast. I can’t wrap my brain around it and I am a total stranger to you. Anyway, sweet Cora (who was such a beauty) and your family are in my prayers right now as you find your new normal.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have read thousands of blog posts over the past year, yet I have never felt as led to comment on one as I do at this moment. My heart just breaks for you, and yet rejoices for Cora, who is finally at home and free of pain. I pray our God will give you peace that others can’t, and will allow you the time and room to grieve. Stay close to and love and comfort one another. I pray that our Lord will use this to bring you both even closer together and will prevent Satan from driving a wedge between you as you mourn. I weep for you, while I praise the God who is rocking sweet Cora in His arms at this very moment. Come quickly, Lord. We’re ready to go home.ReplyCancel

  • Mike, Chelsea and Co. - Your family is constantly in our minds, hearts and prayers. Your beautiful Cora is greatly loved and deeply missed and will not be forgotten. The knowledge that you WILL BE TOGETHER AGAIN with her is comforting though we truly wish she were back in your arms now. We love you and will continue to earnestly pray for you.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Bennett - i dont know you……..but your family… your daughter has changed me deeply……thank you so much……….Your daughter will not be forgotten.ReplyCancel

  • Cristy - Jess…

    Bless you guys. Prayers are being said here many, many times each day.

    Hugs and love….


  • Anonymous - We also have a precious little one in Heaven and I’m sure she greeted your sweet Cora and are now playing together around the throne of our precious Savior. You have been and will be in our prayers. Take time for yourselfs. He will get you through, but you will never be the same. Cora is now God’s true servant, and you expressed it so well.
    It’s All About Him, The Lazenby’s
    Memphis, Tn.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - I am so glad you found the Etsy sale button. We’re very happy to be able to do this for Cora. The blogging community is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Trudy - God be with you. Your little Cora has touched me so. I love how someone said she was a missionary – on a very important mission. How beautiful that God chose all of you for this important task. …but it is heartbreaking too. I won’t forget your story.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - May God bless you with peace and healing. You will continue to be in our prayers as we mourn with you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - A friend of mine told me about your blog a few weeks ago. I’ve been following your story ever since. I think about it, about you, about Cora, and there is nothing to say, but that this is a tragedy; every mother’s worst nightmare. I don’t see any good in this. But, I want you to know, that I am a questioner, a skeptic, when it comes to faith. My life is so good, with healthy children, and a healthy marriage and I cannot have faith like you. I wish I could, and I want to learn from you. If you can still have faith, after the worst thing possible to happen to parents happened to you, I really do believe God’s hand is upon you. Please continue with your blog to inspire people like myself, who need these hard, hard lessons to open my eyes. Thank you for sharing Cora with the world, so I could have the chance to learn more about Jesus. I will never forget about your special baby.ReplyCancel

  • The Jones' - You are all in our thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Jenae - Your family has been on my heart so much, especially in the last week. You will continue to be in our prayers daily. Cora is such a precious gift…not only to your lives but to ours as well as you have touched us so deeply by sharing her story. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - I just finished listening to the service for Cora from Tuesday. Thank you for sharing that with those who didn’t know you, but have been able to http://www.walk this road with you, pray with and for you, and hurt on your behalf. There is so much rejoicing. I am a Christian, and I believe without a doubt that Cora is indeed with her heavenly Father, and thankfully in no more pain, without tubes and needles. That is so good. And all that God has done through her sweet and precious life, and you (Joel and Jess) as well because of your faithfulness to Him, all that is so good. I will continue to pray, because I, like many others, can only imagine how painful this is. I left a post previously (among the couple thousand!) about having gone back through your blog but backwards. I had a hard time coming up with the right word for what I discovered, but it came to me, yesterday or today. It was poignant. The words you used or the situations you described, and even hearing what some of the letters said during the service, were all full of meaning without knowing it. God is glorified in the honor that you are giving Him. That is difficult, I think, but you are trusting even though it’s hard. May you be held by His everlasting arms, strengthened by His unfailing promises, and renewed by His neverending mercies. It’s strange to “feel” so much for someone you’ve never met. But you all have given much to many these last weeks. I pray you will receive much, in blessings from our good Lord who loves you and will indeed carry you always until you will be reunited with your precious baby.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We are praying for you. I think that maybe some, that have never met you, were praying for the first time in a long time or maybe the first in their lives, for precious Cora. Cora, and you, are loved by people that don’t even know you. Cora and you have brought Christ to people’s lives and I am sure have changed many a heart. Jesus We Trust In You.ReplyCancel

  • Scarlet O'Kara - Sweet Cora has touched my life in a way that I will never forget. Her little smiling face will always be written upon my heart and my prayers will be with the two of you as your journey as parents of an Angel begins.ReplyCancel

  • Amber - I will definitely be praying for you daily because I know it must be rough to adjust to this new lifestyle. Cora has impacted so many around the world with her story, God is so proud of this little angel. I cry everyday thinking about you guys and what you must be going through. I have learned through this that life should never be taken for granted because you never know when things can change with the blink of an eye. I sit here and just look at her picture and imagine her with her angel wings in Heaven blessing everyone that she comes into contact with and playing with all of her new friends. God ‘s plans for Cora’s legacy is so amazing I know this will be a phenomenal playground. I am happy to be a part through my donations and it is so neat to see all the support and crafts being made on Cora’s behalf to make this great playground for all to remember this precious child. My thoughts and prayers are with you and know that you are not struggling alone we are there with you mourning this beautiful little angel.

    In Christ,
    Amber in San Antonio, TexaSReplyCancel

  • Deloris - I’ve been praying for your family since I first read your blog. I’m so sorry for your pain. I know what it is like to live without a precious daughter and am so thankful you have God to help you through this loss. I pray that God will surround you with peace and prayers in the days ahead.ReplyCancel

  • Susie (So Blessed) - Praying for you as you walk this grief journey…that, as you keep your eyes on Him, God will strengthen you, comfort you and sustain you each and every minute of each day.ReplyCancel

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  • Kate - I sure hope you all read anonymous’ post that posted at 11:16 p.m. This is how God works. And this is how he is using Cora to bring people to him, to worship him, trust him, and put him above all else. Thank you so much Joel or Jess for posting tonight. I can go to bed in peace. Although I will continue to think of Cora and you all for many many months to come. And I will PRAY PRAY PRAY. God Bless You.ReplyCancel

  • forever folding laundry - You have been in my prayers for the last several weeks, and will continue to be for a long time. Your sweet Cora will not be forgotten and is fulfilling God’s plan in ways no one could have imagined, I’m sure. May His love begin to heal the hole in your lives.


  • Mama Kat - I keep thinking about what it would like to lose a child. It’s amazing how we can go our whole lives and not think about anyone but ourselves. Then we have a baby and can’t imagine thinking about anything else. What will they eat? How did they sleep? What will they wear? Do their clothes need to be cleaned? Do they need a bath? What fun things are they learning? What milestones have they reached? What Valentine’s traditions will we start? What can we do? Where will we go? How will they grow? Who will they love?

    How do you stop thinking like that? How is possible to go back to what it was like before kids? I just don’t know.

    I’m always thinking of you. I’m always praying. It is such comfort to hear that God is moving people through such a tragedy. I hope you continue to find peace in that. Cling to it.ReplyCancel

  • The Galimore Family - Your family has constantly been in my thoughts and in my prayers. I can’t imagine what you are going through right now, but your strong relationship with the Lord is seen by everyone and is such a testimony. Still praying…ReplyCancel

  • Ruthie - Your story, Cora’s story, leaves me breathless and my face tear-stained. She is beautiful. I have lost four babies through miscarriage, but to know and hold your sweet girl for almost a year, and then to see her suffer and leave this earth, I cannot even imagine. I am holding my infant son right now and my heart practically stops at the thought of seeing him go through that. I am praying for you tonight. I am so burdened by your pain and I pray that the Lord continues to uphold you as you adjust to life on this earth without your sweet Cora-girl. My sister is having her first baby next month, guess what they’ve named her? Cora. Yup! I’ll be thinking of your family everytime I think of my neice. Cora’s life has such meaning and significacnce. I believe all that the Lord is going to do through her is only just beginning. Praying ~


  • Anonymous - Cora is an angel! Having only been on this earth for such a short time, yet she has touched the hearts of thousands, and has given so many a renewed sense of faith. I cannot even imagine the pain that you must be feeling, but as I cry for you and pray for you, I hope that one day I can only be as strong in faith as you. God bless you…..

    Prayers from IllinoisReplyCancel

  • wedogmomma - I was lead here from Mamakat’s and I’m so grateful to stand alongside so many and praise our Lord for Cora’s life. Though I didn’t ‘know’ you in time to pray you through her illness, I know that we serve a God who is outside of space and time….so I rejoice with you as you see glimpses of how her life will reverberate through ours- and I’ll continue to pray for peace and strength in your home. Hold fast to each other, and the peace that passes ALL understanding.
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  • blessedmomto7 - Dear Jess,
    I have followed your Cora’s journey from the beginning and pray for and think about you often. Cora has touched people around the globe-don’t forget that. Her playground and all the things being done in her memory will make it impossible to forget your little angel. HUGS to you.ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    I was cleaning my room just now and listening to “Here With Us” by Joy Williams, and I thought of the two of you and began to cry. I am amazed at how the pain of perfect strangers could have such a deep impact in my heart and life. I say a prayer for you every time you come to mind – which is very often.

    A friend of yours that I follow on Twitter has made pink flowers in honor of Cora’s life. She is selling them on her Etsy shop to raise funds for Cora’s playground. I bought one to pin to my curtains to remember Cora’s & your sacrifice. I don’t EVER want to forget what I’ve learned from watching your faithfulness to the Lord through such a painful trial. I know it’s too high a price, but your loss has touched so many lives, including mine.

    Please know that I am praying for you as you press forward through this.

    Sending all my love & prayers,
    Christy KleinReplyCancel

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  • Ravan - Jess & Joel,

    We continue to pray for you, and are doing all we can to get as many donations for Cora’s Playground as possible. If there is anything that we can do to help, please, let us know.

    email: kk11mk12@yahoo.comReplyCancel

  • Kim, Aaron, Jake, and Jack - I cry ever time I have read your blog over the past few weeks. I can not begin to imagine what yall are going through. The only words I know to say are “I am so very sorry.” My heart breaks for yall and I will pray for strength and comfort in the days ahead. Prayers and hugs from our family in Abilene, Texas. May God bless you and wrap His arms around you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My heart is broken for you. However, your faith has changed my life. May the God of Grace put his hands upon you in this time!

    Emporia, KSReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You will be in my prayers during this time of finding a new “normal”. When we lost our 7 week old daughter, we were surrounded by prayer warriors and that was where we found our strength. It was a trying time and I didn’t know how I was going to deal with each day. God gave grace and it has been 8 years since that time. I still miss her incredibly but God helps heal all things. He has been my strength and I pray that He will give you the strength and grace for each day as you move forward. Thank you for sharing your family and you will be in my prayers. Your faith has been a realy testimony.ReplyCancel

  • MidnightMom - You’ve been on my heart and in my prayers for several days now; I cannot imagine what you face, but I am incredibly inspired by your courageous words. Thank you for your transparency to all of us. I pray God’s richest blessings on your journey; may He grant you His peace, His love, and someday, His joy. You remain in our prayers every time we look at our baby girl. God be with all of your friends and family so deeply affected by the earthly loss of your beautiful Cora. Danielle Shore GravesReplyCancel

  • Stevens - My name is Andy Stevens and I live in Hong Kong, China. You don’t know me, but I came across your blog from your brother James. Your family’s story and testimony to the goodness of God has touched me as I have a little boy who is the same age as Cora was. I don’t know how you’ll all get through these times, but I just pray you continue to turn to Him for your comfort. Blessings to all.ReplyCancel

  • Crossroads Warriors - How precious you are…I’ve never met you and probably won’t until we all meet in heaven. I have 4 babies in heaven and a several more here…1 has a disability that is potentially life threatening…my only comfort it knowing that God is in control when I can’t be…sometimes its so overwhelming, but He is good…I fell in love with your sweet little Cora the moment I clicked and opened your blog…I have included your sweet family on our prayer blog for our church…I know that there are hundreds here in Colorado praying for you as your hearts adjust to the pain and grow in love with our God more…I can only understand that He really understands our pain through the loss of His own Son…He get’s us…I wish I had comforting words…but there just aren’t any…I love you both my dear sister and brother…I will continue to pray for you and be a warrior through the darkness….God IS good….LoriReplyCancel

  • Christine - Joel & Jess –
    We’re continuing to pray for you here. I think of you guys constantly, and plan on working with some of the etsy gals to raise money for Cora’s playground. Although I know you’re hurting deeply, I pray you are encouraged by the outpouring of love for your sweet family. I pray that during these times your marriage would be strengthened and you two would grow even closer to one another. Lean on each other and on Him.
    With love from Texas.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Your strength and faith amazes me.
    How I wish I could change things for you. May you continue to find comfort in God’s love.ReplyCancel

  • Standing in the Rain - Prayers are being said for you both from complete strangers. God is using Cora and her story. She will not be forgotten.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - “A little missionary”, someone called sweet Cora. She truly is. I hope you read the 11:16 PM post tonight…amazing. I pray for you often during the day, for God’s comfort and strength as you walk in this grief. Your faith throughout this great heartbreak has touched and blessed so very many of us.

    Elizabeth in IllinoisReplyCancel

  • Mama Bear - There isn’t anything I could say that hasn’t already been said – but I wanted to add my thoughts and prayers to the many already going up for your family.

    When my son (now 17 months) was born, the doctors did not know what was ‘wrong’ with him, and for nearly a month we lived each day thinking it could be our last with him.

    I can only imagine the pain and heartache the both of you are enduring, and my heart is glad that you are able to rely on faith to help you.

    *prayers, thoughts and hugs*ReplyCancel

  • KL - praying for strength and peace for you both.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - I am so sorry to hear about your precious daughter. I was turned onto your story just recently, after another family lost their 2 yr old daughter to the same type and stage of cancer a week before your daughter was diagnosed. That blog is in case you want to check it out. I will continue to pray for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - We weep with you.

    -A sister in ChristReplyCancel

  • April - Praying and thinking of you both.


  • Jessica - WOW. Your daughter is so precious and my heart aches for you. I pray for your healing.
    Jessica in TXReplyCancel

  • Kate - I pray for you guys every second I think of you… I am so happy & blessed to be helping your family & your sweet baby girl. 🙂

    God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praying for you while navigating this life changing experience. God has something planned for sweet Cora!


  • Vintage Girl at Heart - I am in such awe of the strength of your Faith during this time.
    Prayers and Blessings for you and the many that sweet Cora has touched.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - Praying for you to both get through this with all the love and strength you need! Cora is the most precious little girl ever!ReplyCancel

  • Beav's Wife - so glad you posted. still praying and hoping that you feel the arms of Him squeezing you tightly.ReplyCancel

  • The Morris Family - Joel and Jess, the Lord has providentially brought you to this journey and you will receive all that you need to go forth, His grace, comfort, will support you in this whelming flood, He has done this for us as we still grieve our little Joel, who also had neuroblastoma. May His peace be about your hearts and minds. Praying for you all!

  • Heather - I think of you guys and Cora everyday and continue to pray for peace over your hearts. My heart aches for you and I am so sorry that you have had to go through this.I have cried many tears for your loss. I wish I had the words to express my deepest sympathy for you, I wish I could make it go away for you, all I can do is pray. So that’s what I do, everytime I think of you guys and your precious Cora, I pray. Is it possible for you to post the info for the Cora button so that I (and others) may add it to my blog?
    Love, hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

  • THAT GIRL - You are such a precious family… May God cradle you in His arms while you grieve.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - God Bless all of you.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
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  • Martha - You are in my thoughts, and my families thoughts, too. We fell in love with Cora and are touched by her short, beautiful life.ReplyCancel

  • Jade Bordeaux -

    God bless you and although I am just getting to know you through your blog, you and your family are still in my (and my loved one’s) thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • megan - I will contunie to pray for you as you ajust to your new”normal”. I pray for a peace in your hearts. Your family has truly touched me and I felt so broken for your loss. Blessings

  • Carrie - I don’t know you, but I happened upon your blog a few days ago. I didn’t know what to say — my words seem so small compared to your pain. Please know though, that your beautiful Cora’s face will forever be in my mind, and her story has changed my life. I truly mean that. I’ve spent hours here, going through her life with you, crying many tears, and asking God to please let me be aware of how fleeting life is, how important it is to take each moment for what it is, and love the ones around me a little more urgently. I’ve spent hours praying for your sweet family, and asking God to please comfort you when your hearts feel the utter anguish of the lost, to hold you tight, and carry you through this season. I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your sweet princess. She’s a gem!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia - My heart goes out to you and your loving families….Cora is in our heavenly fathers strong warm embrace…I pray for you both every day….you are such an example and inspiration to us all….ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My family has been praying for you for weeks now and continues to pray for you. We, like many, do not know you, but found your blog through a friend’s blog. Our family continues to be in awe of your strength and faith. Thank you for sharing this hard journey with us. It has taught us to love our family more, and to become closer to God. Please know that you will continue to be in our prayers.
    The Logan FamilyReplyCancel

  • Celine - I’m so sorry for the loss of your Cora.
    I’m thinking of you guys today, all way accross the Atlantic.ReplyCancel

  • Momma_Hug - You are in our thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - we’ve never met, but i’ve been touched by your story and your sweet sweet girl.
    praying in san antonio, tx~ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - May the Lord be with you and hold you in His hand. I am in constant prayer for you! Thank you for sharing your heart in this hard time.ReplyCancel

  • mommyof2sons - Sweet Cora has touched me in a way that has made me want to be closer to God and to love on my boys even more each day. Her beautiful smile is forever printed on my heart. I will be praying for your family. God bless you!

    Sweet Cora has touched my life in a way that I will never forget. Her little smiling face will always be written upon my heart and my prayers will be with the two of you as your journey as parents of an Angel begins.ReplyCancel

  • Tami from SD - I pray for you daily and would send you huge hugs if I could. I was looking through photo albums at my own daughter as a 10 month old and wondered how I’d cope if hit by such a tragedy. I’m so thankful for your strong faith–God will see you through. Precious Cora has touched so many lives, and we will never, ever forget her.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I started reading your blog on the day you lost your sweet baby. Your daughter has touched me, and changed the person that I am. She was absolutely beautiful, and I fell in love with her the moment I saw her sweet face. I have a 5 month old daughter who is the love of my life, so Cora’s story affected me deeply. I can’t imagine what you, as parents, are going through. You are such an inspiration to me. I think about you and Cora everyday, and everyday I pray to God that he wraps his arms around you and comforts you. No one will ever know why God chose Cora to leave this earth so soon. Only He has the answers, and His plan is perfect. Please know that in Cora’s short time here on earth, that she changed the world. Rest in the knowledge that she is healed and perfect, and with her Father. I will continue to pray for your precious family. God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne (The Simple Wife) - You are indeed in our prayers–on the way to school in the morning, at meal times, and at bedtime–each and every day.

    With love,
    the Heim family
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  • Anonymous - I am praying without ceasing for your family through this tough time. We know the Lord is so good but it does not mean things are still not difficult. I can’t imagine how you are feeling but I know it has to mean alot that people all around have wrapped their arms around you all. Thankyou so much for sharing your story to us, it has change my life-really puts things in perspective. We all love you in the Lord-we are a part of the same family.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Joel and Jess,

    You guys are so strong. So grounded. Not only is Cora inspiring people, but you as well. I hope you know that. I’m sure it will be a difficult adjustment for you but what a blessing that we have a loving God to lean on during these times. You all are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Cora’s Legacy will live in my heart forever.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Cora’s short life has touched our lives as well as many of my close friends/bloggers. Your family has been on my mind since I found your blog just a week and a half ago. I hug my little boys tighter every day and am so thankful for their health… something I can not take for granted anymore. You’re in my prayers…ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - just so you know, i am preaching in junior this week about how god uses the unexpected…and i’m telling the story of little cora. how a little baby with great parents seems to be not a big factor int he face of this world, but shows the love and faith and grace of god in amazing ways…without her ever even seeing or knowing. that’s love…it’s unexpected…and it’s def how god works.ReplyCancel

  • The McBrayer family - You do not know me-I came across your blog through a friend. I think you and your family are amazing. My heart aches so deeply for you, so very deeply. I have cried many tears for you, a family I do not even know that lives so far away. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. I am praying for you and your family. Praying everyday for the peace that passes all understanding that can only come from our Lord. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for your amazing faith- it has surely touched me and made me stop to think about many things. Praying for you in Atlanta, GA.

  • Anonymous - We are praying that God wraps you in His love and just know that you are not alone and neither is your sweet precious Cora.
    Parying for you in Hilton Head, SC
    The TomlinsReplyCancel

  • Romana - Jess and Joel;
    It’s so good to hear from you.
    my family and I will continue praying.
    We love y’all very much!

  • Emily - You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers every day. Although I don’t know you personally I have been so touched by your little Cora.

    Sending many prayers from Olathe, KS.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - You guys are loved so very much.

    My heart is smiling for you and crushed for you at the same time.

    I feel so blessed to have had you in our lives.

    I pray for you daily, at least 1 or 17 times. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Rose - I am praying for you and your husband. You both seem so strong! Cora’s story has touched so many people and even though I have a healthy 19 month old, it has raised my awareness of children and cancer. I want to do whatever I can to help. It’s so unfair. Please continue to know that God has a plan.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Your Sweet Little Angel has touched my life and has made me treasure each and every single moment I have with my son! I just happened to stumble upon your blog and I believe that it was fate to do so. I was feeling stressed with my little 17 month old and this is just what I needed to get me through that frustration. I am so amazed at how your community and people outside of your community have come together in showing support and praying for your family. I know yall are definitly in my prayers and know that your Sweet Little Angel is with you at every moment of your lives, saying “Mommy and Daddy, I love you with all my heart! I am in the greatest place any one being could be! I will see you again one day!” All I have to say is hang in there and I am sure there are many friends and family that yall can lean on during this ROUGH time.
    Praying in TexasReplyCancel

  • Heather - I am praying for you from Raleigh, NC. You are truly inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • The Gunters - Your strength and faith amazes me. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers and I continue to pray for you. I just wanted to let you know how much of an impact sweet Cora has had on me. My life is forever changed because of her. Thank you for sharing her story with perfect strangers. Cora is so blessed to have you all as parents.

    Lane GunterReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - im so sorry. You are in my prayers. your story has been such a blessing to me…ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl from Colorado - We will continue to lift you and Joel up in prayer. Hang on to the hand of God and hold eachother through this hard time. Your little Cora has left more of a legacy than most ever hope to do.

    Continuing to lift you both up in prayer!ReplyCancel

  • Yaya - I have been just hearbroken over your loss. I came upon your blog from Kelly’s Korner as I have been keeping up with their story and beaurtiful baby Harper… I have been sitting at work crying .. I wish I could just hug you both and tell you that everything is going to be fine, but I can’t. I know that your tragedy has made me realize that I need to be closer with God and need to get back to him. Just through your journaling of happy times with Cora and also with your heartache, you have set such an example of what HE means to you and your family, that I want it too. My daughter is 18.. I pray for her and think I am a good person and a good “Christian” but I am not… I want to be and am hoping that God can make me that person that I need to be, if I ask. And you, your family and Cora have made me decide that is what I need to do. I noticed that every day you were in the hospital you included your “praises” right along with your “requests”… that is so hard to do…It has made me realize that bad things, tragedy and heartache are going to happen in our life.. the difference is having Jesus in your life to turn to be able to get through it. You have shown that through this terrible thing and I thank you for it.
    Thank you and I am praying for you all. AmyReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - Crying for you, Joel and Jess. I can’t even imagine how much you miss her. Praying for you! Loving you!ReplyCancel

  • Kellyb - As you adjust to your “new normal,” I hope that when the time is right you might visit This family lost their 11yr old son Mitch to cancer a year ago and this blog might offer you the spiritual strength and peace to face the coming days. I am praying daily for you from the plains of NW Oklahoma. <>< ReplyCancel

  • The Sieberts - your faith is such an inspiration Jess & Joel. we know that even though you know God is good, that you are still hurting deeply, so we will continue to pray for you each and every day.
    we love you!ReplyCancel

  • Party of Five - I just wanted you to know that your family is in my prayers. I can’t imagine what you are feeling right now. I think about your family all the time.
    Olathe, KSReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My heart just aches for you. I am thinking about you in Upstate NY.ReplyCancel

  • Hailey - Still praying in NCReplyCancel

  • Alicia K, GA - I am praying for you and your husband during this very difficult time. When I came across your blog the other day my heart just broke for you and your little girl. You all have been on my heart to pray for you. I was up the other night letting my dog out at 3:00 in the morning and happened to look up at the clear sky and all the bright shining stars and instantly thought of you and your little girl and starting praying for you. YOur little Cora is just like those starts shining bright with the Lord looking down on you. I am hugging my daughter extra tight and Thanking God even more for her and realizing just how precious life its because of your story.ReplyCancel

  • Stevie - I, like many others, are a stranger to you and your family. I came across your story a couple weeks ago and have been praying for your sweet Cora and all of your family. Prayers continue for you as you face the days, weeks ad months ahead.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - God bless and keep you both as you adjust to your new normal. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I found your blog through a friend of a friend and although we don’t know one another, you and precious Cora have deeply changed me. As a mother of a 2 yr old, I cried reading your blog and seeing the pictures of little Cora in the hospital. Your story was on my mind each day and I couldn’t stop thinking about your situation. The thing that struck me the most was your never ending faith and devotion to the Lord. The fact that your precious daughter was so sick in a hospital and yet you still posted “praises” on your blog truly inspired me. Your Faith has taught me to always see the blessings that the Lord provides us each and every day. I will now remember to praise the Lord for what he gives us as we move through life….I know I have lost sight of that over the years. Thank you for encouraging me, a complete stranger, to want a deeper connection with God. Thank you for encouraging me to get our family into a good church so our son can gain the same type of wisdom that you so eloquently displayed. Cora was very lucky to have such devoted and loving parents. I am so extremely sorry for your loss and can’t imagine your pain. But, please know your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. With love from TX.ReplyCancel

  • Susie from Bienvenue - My heart is heavy for your family. My words would just sound like muss about now but please know that I am praying for all of you during this very hard time. ((hugs)) Susie HarrisReplyCancel

  • Nan - I pray for you both every single night, but especially you Jess… as a mother I cry every time I pray for you or think about your loss as I imagine myself in your situation.

    God is answering prayers in giving you His peace even in your pain.

    But I think you have such a beautiful and Christian response to this, knowing that God can bring good out of the most horrible circumstances. The cross reminds that of us daily… the greatest suffering and sorrow was God’s divine conspiracy to draw His children to Himself. His severe mercy.

    Please know that I will continue to pray for you as you rest in Him and endure this severe mercy that makes so little sense to mere mortals.ReplyCancel

  • The Mrs. - I am blown away by how beautiful your daughter was. My heart is with you. I am so sorry. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Reely Jiggin - As a mother of five children who range in age from 7-15, I sometimes forget to do those things that come naturally with a baby. Hugging, snuggling, kissing their face all over, pretending to “eat them up” while they giggle. Cora life has reminded me that I need to embrace EVERY opportunity to provide my children with a touch, an expression of love. Thank you Cora!

    My prayers are with you and your husband during this very painful time. I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart hurts deeply for you both. Hold tight to one another and trust in Him. May God give you the strength to make it through “today”.

    Hugs from UtahReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Praying for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I pray every night for God’s light to shine through this darkness and for him to carry you when you feel you cannont move. I shared this story with my children and they asked if they could add you, your fmaily and Cora into their nighttime prayers. I told them absolutely, and when it was my 3 year old son’s turn to say his prayers, he said he hoped God would make Cora an extra loud angel. When I questioned him, he said that he knows that God and the angels are always all around us , and loving us, but he wanted God to make Cora extra loud so that her family could hear her loving them. I added this to my prayer, too, and hope Cora angel is extra loud so you can hear her forever around you.

    Summer, Chloe and RhysReplyCancel

  • Kari - I can understand the mix of emotions. On one hand you get to experience God in a way no else can and see His love, mercy, and comfort in a new way. And yet those things come at such a price for our human hearts.

    I know this will be a long journey…and I pray that each day brings a little more peace, a bit more sleep, and hope for healing.

    I hear you’re visiting Renae and Adam this weekend – that will be fabulous. I hope you are able to enjoy a change in scenery.

    Kari in LittletonReplyCancel

  • angi_b72 - Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers!! I can not even begin to imagine what you are going thru!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I came to your blog through Bring The Rain. I am heartbroken for your family. My thoughts have been drifting back to your family regularly and I continue to pray for God to hold you in His arms.

    Cora’s name reminds me of Corrie Ten Boom, who wrote “The Hiding Place”. It is a book about God’s faithfulness during trials and specifically how God was real to her through World War 2, while she was imprisoned in concentration camps, and how he healed her heart after the war. I highly recommend reading it. Her story always lifts my heart and reminds me how real God is, even in the darkest times.

    I am praying for the Comforter to come and be with you all.

    Amy in TennesseeReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I want to let you know that Cora and your story has touched my life so much. She has made such an impact on my life. I have just recently started a new journey with God and at the same time came across your blog. It has really shown me how to strengthen my relationship with my family and God. I am so sorry for your loss and no words can express how deeply sorry I am for you and your family. Cora’s life has had more of impact in so many lives than many people in their lifetime. Please help find peace in the way Cora touched so many lives!!!
    You’re in my prayers,
    Ashley – TennesseeReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My prayers are with you from here in Michigan! I don’t even know what to say! I just know that at times like these we have to trust God more than we ever could imagine.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - I am in part a different mommy b/c of your story. I pray for you all the time and linked my facebook to your blog also.ReplyCancel

  • Linkis Family Love - Thank you sooo much for posting. I check every day, because I cannot get Cora and you all off of my mind. You get several, several prayers each day and night! I know it is hard for you to post, but know that it is SO appreciated. We all love you, even though we may have not yet met here on Earth. We want to support you-and am sending you hugs from Illinois! We continue to rejoice that Cora is with Christ, and that we will get to see that beautiful girl again someday! Hallelujah!
    “Heaven is only a prayer away!”
    -Kelli Linkis <>< <ReplyCancel

  • Brian and Staci - I’m overwhelmed by your strength. Your precious family continues to be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Adam & Alissa - It has been one year since my husbands transplant. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right after our one year anniversary.

    I knew that my Heavenly Father had a plan and that I had to put my trust in him. I have faith & hope. The hardest thing for me to understand was how I could possibly be ok if his plan didn’t not match mine. How would I ever be happy without him?

    I am so grateful that I know that we can be a family forever! Thank you for your examples. Our prayers are with you and your family!

    With Love[ The Ingersolls (Saratoga Springs, UT)ReplyCancel

  • Adam & Alissa - It has been one year since my husbands transplant. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right after our one year anniversary.

    I knew that my Heavenly Father had a plan and that I had to put my trust in him. I have faith & hope. The hardest thing for me to understand was how I could possibly be ok if his plan didn’t not match mine. How would I ever be happy without him?

    I am so grateful that I know that we can be a family forever! Thank you for your examples. Our prayers are with you and your family!

    With Love[ The Ingersolls (Saratoga Springs, UT)ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary - Just wanting you, Joel and Jess, to know that I am keeping you in my prayers. I pray that the Lord will give you comfort as you think of your precious Cora…whose story has reached around the world as has your faith in the Lord. It has been truly “awesome” to see how your story has impacted so many all around the world. I pray that he will give you the strength you need to get through these hard times. I pray that you will feel the warmth of his love.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am still thinking about and praying for you. Although we don’t know each other, I have been touched by the strength of your faith and by Cora’s sweet spirit. Thank you for sharing your lives with us, and I wish you peace.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I was glad to see a post from you first thing this morning. You continue to be in my prayers all day. I think of you and sweet Cora all the time and stop to pray for your family each time. I am a new mother myself and just can’t imagine your pain. Your story has touched my husband and I to the core. I know we have hugged our own little 10 month old so much harder this week than ever before. We continue to pray for you. I hope you are able to feel the hundreds of prayers offered up for you everyday. May God bless and keep you and give you comfort as you adjust to your new “normal”. We will be thinking of you and praying even harder for you.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been so touched by Cora and your family. I cannot imaging the unbearable pain you feel. I want you to know that Cora has touched my life…she has made me realize how precious my time with my baby is. She was here for a reason. She was absolutely beautiful and will continue to touch the lives of others.ReplyCancel

  • Elise Norwood - Wow. What a heartbreaking, yet inspiring story. I just HURT for you guys. I am so sorry. At the same time, I am so impressed with your faith in God. What a sweet and brave little girl, that Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - I don’t know you, just found your blog through a friend, but I couldn’t keep coming to check on you without letting you know how you have been in our every thought and every prayer over the past few days, and the many tears I have shed for you. I can’t imagine how you continue to live and breathe after losing such a precious child, but I know it is only through the extra measure of strength that the Lord has bestowed upon you. God has already been glorified through your wonderful example of faith and trust in Him.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Tears fill my eyes thinking of this precious life whom I did not even know. Sorry cannot begin to express what I feel for your family. God continues to reveal his plan as life happens. Sometimes his plan is not the plan we had… I am truly sorry for your loss and hope that you can find peace. Praying and thinking of you.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Louise. - I never met Cora but I miss her too. I wish this never happened but I rest in knowing that your faith keeps you strong to walk this journey and Cora is always watching. xxx.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - My oldest daughter died when she was 8 months old. I remember the pain, the shock, the gratitude…the myriad emotions I felt. It has been 5.5 years now. I still miss her daily, but it does get less intense. The pain won’t be so raw and unbearable forever.
    If you want to talk, please feel free to email me.
    Many prayers are coming your way.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - You all are in my prayers each and everyday! I am new to reading your blog and I can say that Cora is leaving such an awesome legacy. I lost my baby about a year ago and it still hurts but God has shown me and others to have a deeper relationship with Him and I can honestly say that He is healing me one day at a time and so with this I can tell you that your wounds will be healed one day at a time.

    God bless you all,

  • Anonymous - I just found your blog through Kelly. I am so sorry for your loss. Cora was a courageous little girl. Her pain is over and she is resting peacefully in God’s arms. I can’t imagine the sorrow and pain you are feeling right now. I am praying for comfort and strength right now. May He hold you in His arms too.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling. Your faith is encouraging to me. I am continuing to pray for both of you for peace and comfort and hope in the Lord.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praying for you today, I am so sad to hear about your loss. I just started following your blog. I will be praying for God to heal your heart, and provide comfort and strength to face each new day. Prayers from Va:)ReplyCancel

  • Anna - A legacy indeed! Praying peace for you and your whole family. Thanks for letting us encourage you during this trial – at any time, it could be one of us in need!ReplyCancel

  • Dancing Queen - you are incredible, incredible people! I am in awe of the strength & courage you are showing and the unselfishness you have shown by starting this precious playground for other children to enjoy in honor of your blessed baby cora!

    we are praying for you daily! much love continues to flow to you & wishes of peace…ReplyCancel

  • Kerri - It’s good to hear that you are still relying on the Lord to get you through this hard time. Yes, I do believe that Cora was used to reach others. Your story has definitely made me look inside myself and evaluate my relationship with God. And, it has really opened up my eyes to the blessing I have been given. Thank you for continuing to share your testimony. Still praying…KerriReplyCancel

  • Alicia - I found your blog through Kelly’s Korner.
    I just want you to know that I have been praying for you, crying with you, and praying some more the last few days. I have no words, just intercession for your precious family. I have a 10-month old baby girl (our first), and Cora’s story has made me hold her a little closer, snuggle a little longer, and appreciate each and every moment. I don’t understand the big picture, but I rest in the comfort that God does. Thank you for sharing her life. My deepest, deepest compassion…on my kneesReplyCancel

  • Molly - I have prayed for your family every day since learning of your loss. I am so so very sorry. May your faith hold you up during this time. And remember, no life is too short to make a difference in the lives of others. Cora is doing just that!ReplyCancel

  • Mama Sons - You’re family and Cora have touched my life and my families lives so much. I am deeply saddened by your loss and I don’t even know you. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Cora short lived life has definitely left an impact on many, many familes.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Ann - My thoughts continue to be with you – Cora and your family has forever touched my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Whimsical Creations - I just have to let you know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have been following your story since I read about baby cara a few weeks ago on PamperingBeki’s blog. I have blogged about sweet cara and your family. I am now part of the etsy family helping to raise funds for cara’s playground.


  • HD - I came across your blog through a friend. I am so so so sorry to hear about your devestating loss, and so relieved that you have your Faith to lean upon in this most difficult time. Please know that I am praying for you and your sweet family. I know I don’t know you, but I’m also a mommy….and the love we feel for our children is one of a kind. I won’t even try to imagine what you are going through right now, I’m just glad that your sweet Jesus will be with you and your family. Love from Texas…ReplyCancel

  • Sally's World - You are strong, you have faith, you will get through this. just don’t place any limits or limitations on your grief…the most overused saying of all time is ‘time heals’ for me it won’t, but with time brings acceptance, acceptance that life will be different, and acceptance that you can life a different life, but in coras memory and love, you will flourish, i am certain…with love and prayers to you all!

    sally xxxReplyCancel

  • heather spratt - I am praying for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Heather B. - May God continue to comfort and bless you during your time of adjustment and grief.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - A Child Of Mine (To All Parents)
    a poem by Edgar Guest

    I will lend you, for a little time,
    A child of mine, He said.
    For you to love the while he lives,
    And mourn for when he’s dead.
    It may be six or seven years,
    Or twenty-two or three.
    But will you, till I call him back,
    Take care of him for Me?
    He’ll bring his charms to gladden you,
    And should his stay be brief.
    You’ll have his lovely memories,
    As solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise he will stay,
    Since all from earth return.
    But there are lessons taught down there,
    I want this child to learn.
    I’ve looked the wide world over,
    In search for teachers true.
    And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes,
    I have selected you.
    Now will you give him all your love,
    Nor think the labour vain.
    Nor hate me when I come
    To take him home again?
    I fancied that I heard them say,
    ‘Dear Lord, Thy will be done!’
    For all the joys Thy child shall bring,
    The risk of grief we’ll run.
    We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
    We’ll love him while we may,
    And for the happiness we’ve known,
    Forever grateful stay.
    But should the angels call for him,
    Much sooner than we’ve planned.
    We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
    And try to understand.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am so very sorry for your loss. I found your blog by accident. Your story just broke my heart. It is my honor to continue to pray for you and your family. The verse you posted on your blog is one of my favorites. Not by choosing, by as a means of survival through a loss of my own. May those words bring you such comfort in the days, weeks, and months ahead. May God’s unfailing love surrond you all. Continue to trust in His word as you ask some difficult questions of Him. He will be found faithful. His blessing to you all.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - I am continuously praying for you and your family. Cora is exactly one month younger than our foster son we are hoping to adopt. Your story really hits home with me and my heart aches for you. Your faith is inspiring and a beautiful testimony.

    Hugs & prayers from FL!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. MK - My prayers are going up and up and up… never leave my thoughts. I am so sad for you, but also very thankful for God’s peace and perspective! Praise the Lord for his goodness never fails!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Was directed to your blog by my daughter who lost her husband after 30 short months of marriage. I know your pain and suffering. I am praying for you and your husband that you find peace soon.ReplyCancel

  • Farmchick - Hi~ I just happened upon your blog. Your family is in my prayers. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little girl. I pray for you as you walk this difficult journey. I can only imagine how unbearable this journey is. Take comfort in knowing that precious Cora is in heaven now with no pain.
    Tania in North DakotaReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My heart breaks for you and your loss. Your daughter is beautiful.
    Praying for you.

  • ~Cherie - Joel and Jess, I can’t tell you how much I feel for you two. Cora stays on my mind and in my heart. I would have loved to have known her and you. My husband and I have a 4 year old and 9 month old and when I snuggle and cuddle on him or see him smile, I ache that you could be doing the same with Cora at that very moment. It’s hard to explain such love for a child who isn’t your own, but I have that kind of love for Cora, and my heart like so many have commented still breaks when I see her beautiful face. I’m sure if you met all the people who are praying and thinking of you it would be overwhelming. Please know that I will never forget Cora or you. You have changed me for the better. Love and prayers from Ohio.ReplyCancel

  • Care - I look forward to the day that God wipes away all of our tears. Cora truly did leave a legacy. She was a brave little girl who is touching so many lives for the glory of God. My prayers are with you both today and every day.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I just had to write you again and tell you thank you for sharing your life during this most unimaginably difficult time. You have come to my mind so many times over the last week. I am going through a very high risk pregnancy and whenever I begin to get impatient with my three little ones here at home, I just think how blessed I am to have them still and to remember we never know what tomorrow holds. God is so good and I pray for you both as you adjust to your new “normal”, as you say.

    Jen in ConnecticutReplyCancel

  • Kelli - I have shed many tears as I’ve prayed for your sweet family these last few days. What an example of God’s grace you have been. There is nothing that will make this journey easier, but I pray that you will experience God grace more deeply than you ever have before – more deeply than many of us will ever know. You are being prayed for – faithfully.ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Hi. It’s me again. I just wanted to share with you something that happened. My 8 year old daughter was eating her snack & when I went over to check on her I saw that she had spelled out Cora’s name with her pretzel sticks. Cora’s story has touched the heart of even the children! She is loved by so many!

    Praying for you,
    Christy KleinReplyCancel

  • carissa... brown eyed fox - our family is faithfully keeping yall in our hearts & prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica K. - I am so very sorry for your loss. Just know that Heavenly Father has his arms wrapped around you as you morn. He will always be there right by your side. And your beautiful daughter will be right next to him. She now is without pain and will be watching over her parents. She is very proud of you.
    Praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Christy - this is my first time posting but your story has truly touched me- i can’t imagine your grief- I’ve been crying for you for two days! i have a five month old and I just cannot imagine going through what you went through. I’m amazed at the strength of your faith. I wish you healing and all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Joel and Jess, I just can’t stop thinking about you. I will continue to pray for you and thank God for the time you had with your dear Cora. Her little life has made such an impact on mine. Myself and so many believers will always have a special place for her in our hearts. I know how treasured Cora is in heaven and how she is free from pain, living in Jesus’ arms. Bless you both during this time of letting go and learning to be parents to such a cutie in heaven.

    Praying the Holy Spirit would give you strength for each moment,
    Marlene W.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - We all love you and are behind you.ReplyCancel

  • Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - I think everyone, whether you know us or not, has become a part of your family in spirit. I know that the past three weeks since reading your blog, I have learned to not sweat the small stuff with my kids, like how many spelling words they got wrong, or if my son gets his shirt filthy while eating….these things do not matter any more. What matters is that my children know who their Lord and Savior is and that they know how much they are loved. I am truly a changed person since learning about Cora! It is amazing how a little person can make such an amazing difference in one’s life! My 6 year old asked if we could send a balloon to heaven on her birthday! I had tears streaming down my face when she said this…how AWESOME! So I will tell you, even though you don’t know my 6 year old daughter Kaitlyn, Cora will be receiving a balloon from her on this day! WE will continue to pray for the healing of your hearts during this time, thank you for sharing your story with us, even though we don’t know you, and thank you for teaching me what true life is all about! BLESS YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. Cora was such a sweet and precious little girl and I can only imagine how hard it is to go on, bless your hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney and Kelly - Jess and Joel we continue to pray for you all the time. Please lean on eachother and the Lord He will see you through this difficult time. Cora has touched our lives and the lives of so many others in a way we could never express. Again thank you so much for sharing Cora with us.

    Love In Christ
    Kelly and CourtneyReplyCancel

  • Keilani - Jess & Joel & Cora,
    Thank you for helping me be a better person and better mom.
    I am in awe of your strength. Prayers & Love for your entire family and Community.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have been following your blog since the news of your beautiful Cora’s illness was spread throughout the Prayer Chains across the nation. Although we are strangers, we are family in Jesus. Please know that you are prayed for and thought of often during this incredibly difficult time in your lives. I will not attempt to interpret this verse, or assume how this might be applicable to you right now- but I’ve thought of your family often in reading the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted.”

    Prayers from Kansas CityReplyCancel

  • Tickled Pink And Green - I didn’t even know sweet little Cora Paige, but I miss her! And I think about her and you all everyday. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • bethany - I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. I can’t even begin to imagine how you are feeling and how deep you hurt. I will be in prayer for you asking the Lord to give you peace and comfort that only He can give.
    I’m so sorry…

    Bethany in Ca.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Your sweet family continues to be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your life and reminding us of God’s promises.
    Jeremiah 29:11ReplyCancel

  • Al's World - You are in my thoughts and prayers constantly. I listened to the service, what a wonderful time to remember your angel. I will continue to pray for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So thankful to read your blog update. Your faith and attitude is tremendous. Your family is on my mind and in my prayers everday. God is using your lives in a mighty way.
    Christ’s love from SCReplyCancel

  • Heidi - My mom sang these words a lot shortly before she lost her battle with ovarian cancer.

    There are things about tomorrow
    That I don’t seem to understand.
    But I know Who holds tomorrow
    And I know Who holds my hand.

    The same God who’s holding your hand is holding your precious Cora. Cling to Him…

    I will not stop praying for you…ReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from PICU - Glad to hear from you, as I wonder and think of you daily! Words can not express the pain we are feeling for you in the upcoming days….. Please know we are praying daily and wishing you peace and comfort! Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives! We will keep in touch and miss you lots! Please take care of yourselves and love eachother every minute! Once again I am so sorry for your pain….

    love you lots,

    The Schilling’sReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I just want you guys to know that your little girl has touched my heart in a big way! I have two little girls, and your story has made me stop and realize how thankful I am for them. God has truly humbled me the past few days, and I want to thank you for sharing your story. Your family is in my prayers.

    Brittany Stubbs

  • Manda, Jerrame & Ryvr - You are in our prayers as you work through this difficult time. Cora is indeed a beautiful little angel!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - Praying for God’s peace to comfort you. Cora will live on through you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Mamma Rita - My heart goes out to your family. I too lost my daughter, Cindy, to cancer 24years ago. She was 21 mths old when diagnosed and just shy of her 3rd B-day when she passed. I know she’s in a better place, as I felt her “sole” lift from her body to meet our maker & those loving family members who greeted her! I know that she’s in good hands, had I not believed that I could not have let her go.
    She too made a huge impact on those who knew her and met her during her illness. Her shyness was always there, but she still made more friends than most people do in a long lifetime. Her courage helped me get through those days that I wondered “Why us God!” Now, all these years later, I know that she was on this earth for a reason. My beautiful,tiny, shy Cindy’s impact on many is everlasting.
    Please know…the pain gets a little easier with each passing year. The memories get stronger and easier as our lives get back to normal. Most importantly…you never, ever forget them. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about her and miss her, but there is happiness in my life along with the tears of memories.
    I remember praying to God, Thy will be done, as nothing more could be done for my beautiful child and I accepted it when he took her home, knowing I’ll see her again one day. Watch for pennies….I like to believe its a sign from my little angel….telling me that she’s watching and always there. May peace be with you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I haven’t read your blog in a while. I’m so so so sorry to hear that she’s gone. I can’t even imagine what you’re going through. Honestly, I hope I never can imagine it. A year ago we had a scare with our son, and the doctors ran test after test, only to find there was absolutely nothing wrong with him. But I’m still haunted from seeing him limp from anesthesia, hooked up to IV’s, and being rolled away where I wouldn’t be able to be with him. I know that God will be with you, that He’ll hold you close, and kiss your tears. He loves Cora, and blessed her life with wonderful parents. When you see her next time, she’ll be able to be your tour guide to all the beautiful things in heaven that she’s been wanting to show to you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My heart has been so heavy with grief over the loss of your baby girl. I don’t know you, but I weep for you. I cry each time I come here for updates. I will continue to pray for your family and ask Him to hold you close during this incredibly difficult time. I honor your strength, your faith, and your courage. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

  • Angie - I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you are able to find strength in knowing that she is completely healed and in the arms of our Lord. What a true blessing your little angel is. Thank you for sharing her and your story with us. And to remind us all of how precious life is!ReplyCancel

  • Penny - I am one of the many who missed out on meeting Cora in this life but have been impacted to my core by her passing.

    May God’s strong and loving arms wrap around you both and give you a peace that passes all understanding. Cora’s life was a testimony to so many…ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - My prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Cora is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah - Still praying with love in Ohio…ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - I think about you and your family everyday. You are truly amazing people. Thanks for sharing your hard yet precious journey with us all. Aren’t blogs wonderful? You can reach so many people and touch so many peoples lives.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - I think about you and your family everyday. You are truly amazing people. Thanks for sharing your hard yet precious journey with us all. Aren’t blogs wonderful? You can reach so many people and touch so many peoples lives.ReplyCancel

  • Misty - I say extra prayers for you every night. Your baby girl has changed me forever and I think of you guys often. Stay strong.ReplyCancel

  • Hank and Mary - How can it be that I have never met the two of you?

    I feel like I’ve met you because of your heart and friendship through this blog. You have impacted me so much, my friends at work now know about you and your pain because I was overwhelmed at your journey with Cora at the hospital. Now that Jesus is holding Cora right next to Him, I’m able to share your faith in Him with my co-workers, my daughter in laws…my self.

    Your daughter reminds me of our little granddaughter Maisy, full cheeks, full smile like Cora Paige. BTW, I LOVE her name. Your love for her was evident in your everyday posts before she was ever sick. You appreciated her so much, quit working to be with her, loved her during her painful ear aches, let Christmas stuff “go” as you cradled your baby girl in your arms at night. She was blessed to have you both as her parents, to know she was safe and secure at all times.

    Now you and your whole family has to go through a time that no one understands unless they have walked your journey before. I don’t know your pain, but I can simply try to know it is heart wrenching. I am a complete stranger, yet, I wake up every morning thinking of you and Cora and praying for you.

    Memories, they will be so precious.

    Love you through Christ,

  • Keri - Jess and Joel,

    You don’t know me, but I heard your story through a mutual friend, Amanda, and have been following it from the beginning. Like thousands of others I read your blog sunday morning and felt sick to my stomache when I read those five little words.

    You have been in my prayers constantly. I listened to the memorial service, and it was absolutely beautiful and God-honoring!
    I am so used to checking your blog several times a day for news of Cora that it’s been a hard habit to break. I’ve still been checking even though I know she’s gone….almost as though I’m willing it to turn out differently….and she isn’t even my daughter. My own daughter is one month younger than Cora, and I look at her every day and can’t imagine losing her and the depth of pain you must be experiencing.

    Over the past few days the Natalie Grant song “Held” has been coming to mind every time I think about your family and little Cora–which is often.

    “This is what it means to be held
    How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
    And you survive
    This is what it is to be loved and to know
    That the promise was when everything fell
    We’d be held”

    My prayer for you is that you feel “held” during this time of immense grief. Thank you for sharing Cora with us, we are forever changed.ReplyCancel

  • texasinafrica - We will continue to pray that the love of Christ will surround you and give you rest. Our family lost a baby four and a half years ago. Please know that the sadness never fully goes away, but the pain fades and God’s grace provides. May the peace of Christ be with you.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - Continuing to pray for you all!!!!! We love you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - I wish there was some magical word or action that I could do to take away your pain. This is the first time I’ve been to your page and I’m so, so very sorry for what you’ve both been through. I cannot even imagine how you feel. Here’s a hug from Ohio and peace to you both.ReplyCancel

  • blairspage - You and your family are constantly in my thoughts and prayers!

    Hugs – TiffanyReplyCancel

  • Debbie - I found your blog from Kelly’s Korner – I am so sorry about the loss of your beautiful baby girl – I clicked back through your prior posts and could see what a blessing she was to you. We’ll be praying for you as you go through these next days, weeks, and months.
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  • Chelle - Your family will continue to be in my prayers and thoughts. Cora is so blessed to have such a loving and caring family. I feel blessed to have read your story and read about Cora’s life. I will pray for you all daily and sending some hugs for you all.ReplyCancel

  • i love plum - I’m quite certain that you will be in my thoughts and prayers for a good long time…forever. xoReplyCancel

  • Emily - I know that you don’t know me, but I am praying for you many times each day.ReplyCancel

  • aimee - Your family has been on my mind a lot lately, and as I have gone about my day with my own family i have thought about how there must be such a void in your life. Continue to let your faith help to fill it. I wish I knew what to say or that I knew your family in person, because saying “i’m praying for you”, just doesn’t seem to be enough. But know that I am. And know that Cora has made me a better mommy.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Flaming - I do not know you guys, but my husband, Jarrod Flaming, had Mr. Mac as a teacher at Berean years ago. Our three kids go to Slate Creek, and I just want to say how sorry we are for the loss of your precious daughter. May God’s unbelieveable love pour over you right now.ReplyCancel

  • Cathryn - I just came across your blog in some blog-hopping–a friend of mine linked to it on Facebook–and I want you to know that my heart is breaking and rejoicing with yours. Cora is in God’s care now, and I know you’ll see her again! I’m praying my little heart out for you guys. Hang in there. God loves Cora and I know he’ll take special care of her until you join her yourselves. Take care!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I just happened upon your blog through a friend’s blog about a month ago, and Cora’s little face just warmed my heart. I am so sorry for your unimaginable loss. I will be praying for God to lead you from your “valley of sorrow to rivers of joy.”
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  • Bambi - Joel and Jess~
    Thank you for taking a moment to write. Here we are trying to bring some comfort to you and you have brought comfort to us today. Hold each other close as you make this journey into your “new normal”. We will continue to pray for you and your families.ReplyCancel

  • lucyseay - I just found out about your blog from a friend who found you through her blog. Neither of us has ever met you or anyone connected with you, but your story is gripping our souls from afar. I am heartbroken for your family. As a mother of young children myself, I cannot begin to imagine what you are feeling and going through right now. I am so sorry that this is happening to your family. There are no words of comfort. Our only hope is in Christ our Savior. I appreciated your use of Psalm 139 on your blog. That is the only answer. God had a plan for Cora’s life before the beginning of time, and His plans are always accomplished. Why those plans were accomplished so quickly on earth we may never know. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers from here in West Michigan. Blessings, and may He restore to you the joy of HIS salvation as you endure these days of pain and heartache. Love in Christ, Lucy SeayReplyCancel

  • Trisha - A friend forwarded me your blog. We too, have a baby in Heaven. Our story can be found at I know your pain and know the tough road that you have ahead. God is good and he has held our hand the past year. I’ll be honest with you, it’s still more pain than you can even imagine. I would love to connect. Please email me if you are up to it: Hugs from one mommy of an angel to another.ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Cora. I will be saying prayers that you can find peace as you remember her wonderful life.ReplyCancel

  • k and c's mom - Many, many prayers coming your way from Austin, Texas. We will continue to lift you up in the days ahead…ReplyCancel

  • Aimee Bakke - We learned of your little Cora through Nate Peregoy who was our vicar in Minnesota several years ago and who became a very close friend. I just wanted you to know that even though we have never met, your story and faith is an inspiration to me and my family. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - i’ve only been following this since last sunday, but your lives have touched mine deeply. i will continue to pray!!ReplyCancel

  • Georgiann - Hi there I stumbled onto Cherries Jubilee’s blog and she mentioned your loss! {{{HUGS}}}} My heart is breaking with you!

    I’m a married Christain woman of 6 little blessings so far and can’t even amagine lossing a child! It does not seem fair!

    I will hold you and your family in prayer!

    I will be back to your blog next week…I have several blogging friends that have also suffered the death of a child…I will link you together when I come back as I’m sure you have enough on your plate for now~


  • Kay - I’ve only been reading your blog for a couple of weeks, but your family is in my prayers. God will see you through this incredibly difficult time. Hold on to each other and know that God will use Cora’s life to bring other closer to Him.
    God bless you!


  • Alyssa - I am a stranger who has happened upon your blog in the last two weeks. I too prayed for your family as I heard about little Cora’s ordeal and I continue to do so.

    Bless you for dealing with such a profound loss, but how great that you are looking at it through God’s eyes and taking what little bit of comfort is possible in seeing how her life affected so many others.

    I’m one of those who has been touched.

    -Alyssa in IndianaReplyCancel

  • Amy H - Thinking of you and your precious daughter. How wonderful for her to be at peace and I pray that your heart heals in time. I have said before that I have a 10 month old, too, and I just don’t know how you have the strength to make it through but I know God will lead you on that path.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Joel and Jess,
    your precious Cora is being used by God…as are you….soak in the love God has for you through His people….hold tighly to each other….as you cry and laugh remembering and love each other. I am praying for you several times a day and will continue to do so dear ones…Allow God to provid the balm you need to ease the stinging pain…so much love to you…you are so loving to share with all of us.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I really can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said. I have been crying for days about sweet Cora. I didn’t know her personally but her sweet spirit shines through her pictures. I wish she was still here. I wish she was still with you. I get mad thinking about it. I know somehow it will one day all be OK. Yet right now it’s just so hard to understand. I keep thinking how if I hurt this bad without having ever met Cora, how y’all must be hurting. I just can’t imagine. I have children, and I think how awful it would be, but until your in that position you just can’t really know. I just pray that somehow, someday, your pain and hurt will ease. That even though you will long for her, you will receive comfort in the knowledge that one day you will be able to raise her again. It has been said that children taken in the early stage of life is because they were to pure for this world. She was a choice spirit of our Heavenly Father. He must need her back with him for some reason. That is so hard to grasp when you want her back here with you so bad. I want her back with you. I hope you two can pull each other through this. It will take the two of you together to rise above the pain and sorrow. Cora would want you to help each other over the long road ahead. May loving arms comfort you. May Sweet Cora’s beautiful spirit be allowed to walk this most difficult road with you. I know she was sad to leave you. She wants to see you again. Stay true to your faith, and you will see her again. Joy will again come in this lifetime, and will surely be waiting for you in the next one. I will never forget your sweet baby’s face. She was one of a kind. A true and faithful daughter of God. God bless you both and I will pray for you everyday the rest of my life.

  • Helen - Thank you again for sharing this most intimate and painful time for you and your family … my heart continues to ache for you. I believe your experience has helped more people than you will ever realize.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Save Cora’s clothes and blankets and make a quilt.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - My heart hurts for you…I don’t know what else to say.ReplyCancel

  • Gayla - I just found your blog and wanted to let you know that your family is in my prayers and thoughts.

    Cora is a beautiful little girl and she will be forever with you.

    My granddaughter Chloe is in Wesley hospital right now, she was admitted on February 8. She is not as sick as Cora was, but it is still so hard seeing such a tiny child so ill. My heart is broken for your family.

    The web has made it such a small world. It amazes me the love and prayers that come from total strangers that happen to “meet” through a blog. I know that everyone that finds your story will be lifting you in prayer and sending love.

    Cherish your memories of your beautiful baby and rejoice that someday you will hold her in your arms again.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You both are such a light of God’s love and strength. Bless you for you love for Jesus. Cora was so lucky to have such a faith driven family. Thank you for being an inspiration to me. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close to his heart while you go through the grieving process. Continue to draw strength in Him. God Bless You.
    Jessica Wenzel-Sanseda and FamilyReplyCancel

  • ran shae - wow, you guys just don’t cease to amaze me. i think of you many times each day, and i pray that God will be closer to you right now than you’ve ever experienced before. God be with you, Randi in WichitaReplyCancel

  • Saminda - You guys are just so very strong. I know God loves your faithfulness and trust; and your grieving is so expected and He understands and I’m sure is grieving for you too. It is so hard to understand. I am praying for you and sending you love from over here. All the best for this difficult week, I pray there will be sunny bits in there for you somehow.
    In love,

  • Sondra - Soma Communities in Tacoma, Washington has been praying for you and continues to pray daily for God’s love and peace to fill your hearts. You are an amazing family!ReplyCancel

  • Allie Vincent - I honestly can’t remember how I stumbled upon your story, but all I can say is I thank God that I did. The faith and strength you two have shown, as well as the faith of your extended family, is beginning to plant the seeds of healing for me when it comes to my own relationship with God. After a very long year of being quite angry at God for allowing my dad to be diagnosed with terminal renal cell carcinoma, especially when I am only 19 years old, I feel that I am finally ready to do the soul searching necessary to build my relationship with God again. I owe that to you, your families, and miss Cora. I can only hope that if I am blessed with a little girl someday that she is as gorgeous is Cora. Your story has renewed my faith and strength in knowing that there is life after this, both life after tragedy and loss as well as eternal life. You deserve all good things, and I pray God will reward you for your faith.

    Praying in WA state,

  • emptynestmom - You Are in my prayers ~ my son is with Jesus too…this poem blessed me, i pray it will bless you too..

    In My Pocket

    I have memories in my pocket.
    They rattle among the change.

    My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

    They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
    They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

    Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

    But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - We will continue to keep you in our prayers. God Bless you, and God Bless sweet Cora in Heaven!ReplyCancel

  • travflew - Your faith is very inspiring. I hurt quite badly for you as my wife just gave birth to our first child just six months ago and I can’t even begin to imagine your pain. Your family is definately in our prayers. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Your family is in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - jess…don’t feel ANY pressure from any of us to blog. i urge you though when you do….be honest. we want to know how to pray for you. we don’t want you to sugarcoat it for us. we love you too much. does that make sense? just write from your heart…..whatever you need to say….good or bad….as often or as little as you want.

    my mind is with you all the time.
    i found little green shirts just like the one cora wore for our photo shoot. i snagged them all for the etsy playground. and each thing i have made i looked at and think “jess would like that.” that makes me smile. if i could i would hug you so tight right now.ReplyCancel

  • Keri - So sorry for your loss. Praying for God Himself to hold you in His arms.


  • Justin and Jenn - I am just coming across your journey. What amazing faith you have- rest assured, God does have a plan…a BIG plan. Our prayers are with your family.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - I came across your blog today through a link on a friend’s blog (she is a college from of your cousin.)My heart breaks for you. I have a daughter who was born in May and have been holding her that much tighter now. I don’t think there is anything I can say to ease your pain and grief, but just know that I am keeping you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Momofgirls - Praying…ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - We will continue praying for you – we are praying for a renewed spirit for both of you and REST!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissie, Christine, Chris, Mommy, Mama, Maaaaa... - I found you through another blog. I have read your blog and I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. The impact that you and Cora have had on people is amazing.
    I know those feelings of waiting for surgeries and hearing that diagnosis. My Mikey is fighting an unidentifiable brain cancer.
    I will continue to keep both you and your Cora in my prayersReplyCancel

  • Angela - Hello… I just heard about you and your family, little Cora Paige, today from another blogger. My heart goes out to you and your family. Seeing the pictures of Cora in the PICU hit me hard… my daughter was in PICU at 15 months old and intubated and thank God that she is still with us today. I cannot imagine what you must be going through and Pray for you and your family to heal and to know that she is safe with God in Heaven. God Bless.ReplyCancel

  • The Morris Family - neuroblasotma….journeying through grieving as well….I am here for ya if you need another mommy that knows!

  • PamperingBeki - Just popping in this Saturday to say that you’ve been thought about and prayed for many times today.

    I have received some of the most beautiful emails from people about your story. People that don’t even know me or you.

    I hope you can connect with Mira or other moms who’ve been in a similar situation to help learn what the new “normal” is. I just can’t imagine.

    I cry for you daily, I smile for you often. I feel so blessed to have gotten to know you, even a tiny bit.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - I will never stop praying. You are lighting the way for many to Christ. Much love as you go forward.ReplyCancel

  • arkstacia - I found your blog through Kelly’s Korner. I wanted you to know that I am praying for your family. I lost my daughter in an accident right after her first birthday and I find your strength in the Lord our father, such an inspiration to mother’s and fathers everywhere. Cora’s smile will forever be etched into my mind, a child who was an angel on loan to a mother and father who loved her dearly. Your whole family is in my thoughts and my prayers….ReplyCancel

  • CherryTreeLane - You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. God is using Cora to reach so many people.

    My love,

  • Anonymous - You have been and continue to be in our thoughts & prayers many times throughout the day! We fell in love w/ Cora thru your blogs these last few weeks! What a sweet, beautiful little girl! She was so blessed to have had such an amazing family to love her! Your faith is amazing! You & Cora have touched our hearts more than words can say!! Your little angel touched more lives in her short 11 months than most do in 90 years! Thank you for sharing your story. God Bless you!! Jason & Kiley BarnesReplyCancel

  • meleea - we continue to lift you up every day in prayer as you adjust to life without your cora.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I just found your blog and it has ripped my heart out. I am so, so, sorry. I absolutely cannot even begin to imagine what waking up everyday must feel like at this point.
    I am thankful for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to comfort us, empower us, enable us, lead us….
    Your daughter is absolutely beautiful.
    She now knows FULLY what we know in part but I think we aren’t far from seeing Him face-to-face along with her.
    Thank you for sharing such beauty with us. Christ’s love is pouring out of your family. His majesty and glory- undeniable.
    May He hold you close every day.
    I am so sorry. I have wept with you.
    Stephanie in TNReplyCancel

  • tami - My daughter and I continue to lift you and your family before our amazing Father!! May He comfort you tonight!!ReplyCancel

  • The Gardners - I continue to pray for your family everyday. Since learning of Cora last week, my life has been forever changed. What an amazing and beautiful little girl! She fought such a brave battle. I am happy she is at peace.

    I can’t imagine what you are going through, but know that people are praying for you across the country.

    God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I read this quote(don’t remember the source) but I thought about you and all the others who have had tragic losses:

    “God allows what He HATES to
    bring about what He LOVES.”ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Hollis - Your in my thoughts daily…I will continue to pray for your sweet family.ReplyCancel

  • Tangee - You are in my family’s prayers. Our hearts go out to you.ReplyCancel

  • Taryn - I am suddenly filled with emotion as I read your story for the first time and sending up a prayer for your family. I found your blog today through a few other links. I know just where you are in Kansas as I grew up in Hutchinson, KS and we have family in Buhler as well. I have a little 7 month old boy, and I can’t even imagine the questions and pain you are experiencing. But God is a mighty God. I pray that He will ease your pain in time. Cora was such a beautiful little girl. I know we are strangers, but I am sending up a prayer and passing along a hug to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - My sister-in-law Carmen (Unruh) Erickson told me about your precious family. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious baby. I know that you are fellow believers, but I also know that you must be hurting very much right now. I have 2 small children and don’t know that I would be able to show the courage and strength that you have shown. Your precious daughter has touched more people’s lives than you will ever know! May God Bless you and keep you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you guys several times a day and praying for you. I’m hurting for you and hoping for your peace. I know you miss your sweet baby.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Meister Melton - Listened to the celebration of Cora’s life last night and was so touched by the wonderful memories and the lives changed through such a special little girl. Praying for you all.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - I’ve just learned of your story in the past few days. I just spent some time reading the archives from the past few weeks. My heart aches for you. I will be lifting you all up in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Lipstick - I am praying for your family.

    Hugs (from another stranger),

  • Allison - I heard about Cora through Pages Books & Coffee and have since been following your blog. I checked in yesterday and was so sad to see the recent updates. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort, healing, and light in these dark times.ReplyCancel

  • KKJD1 - I sit here listening to Cora’s memorial service and wanted to come by and let you both know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have been out of church for some time but thanks to you and baby Cora I am now determined that I will find a church for me and my family. Blessings, KarenReplyCancel

  • bj - Just to let you know that I am praying so hard for comfort and peace for you and your entire family..for everyone that little Cora’s life touched.

  • stephland3 - Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Your beautiful little Cora has forever touched my heart.ReplyCancel

  • mrs boo radley - I think about you often and am praying for you. Your strength amazes me, and I know it is from our Father, who provides for us in tragic times. May his Spirit continue to be upon you both.ReplyCancel

  • Enos Family - I think about you often and hope that time helps you heal. I’m sure it will take a while before you’ve adjusted to your “normal” but hope that the love and support you have around you eases the pain. You are both so amazing for sharing your story. I can’t begin to imagine. I am so glad you have such support, love and your faith. Even though I don’t know you, I worry about you and am so upset by what has happened to you. I don’t think I’d be capable of showing the strength and understanding that you have. It is amazing to me. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • aimee - Thinking about Cora and your family a lot today, and wanted you to know. Still Praying…..

    Avon, NYReplyCancel

  • Wibeche og Rune - We are still praying for you.

    Blessings from Norway.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - It is Sunday and our pastor preached a sermon today on suffering. The series was Spiritual Disciplines, thought-provoking. The whole service had me thinking of you guys, and others that I know of who are in similar circumstances. We sang “Blessed Be Your Name” (which meant a lot to me when we had a miscarriage several years ago). Our pastor spoke on Paul’s afflictions and troubles, yet, Paul always ended with something other than his trouble…struck down but not destroyed. It always stops short of total hopelessness. Anyway, It really spoke to me in light of this last week and how much I have thought about what happened. I don’t know you guys, but I feel as though I do…Will keep praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I found your blog through another blog. Please know that you’re in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - you have been in my thoughts and prayers since I read your beautiful story about Cora Paige. I heard this song and wanted to share it with you.. I think it’s beautiful.

    The Promise by Tracy Chapman

    If you wait for me
    Then I’ll come for you
    Although I’ve traveled far
    I always hold a place for you in my heart.

    If you think of me
    If you miss me once in a while
    Then I’ll return to you
    I’ll return and fill that space in your heart

    Your touch
    Your kiss
    Your warm embrace
    I’ll find my way back to
    If you’ll be waiting

    If you dream of me
    Like I dream of you
    In a place that’s warm and dark
    In a place where I can feel the beating of your heart

    Your touch
    Your kiss
    Your warm embrace
    I’ll find my way back to you
    If you’ll be waiting

    I’ve longed for you
    And I have desired
    To see your face your smile
    To be with you wherever you are

    Your touch
    Your kiss
    Your warm embrace
    I’ll find my way back to you
    Please say you’ll be waiting

    Together again
    It would feel so good to be
    In your arms
    Where all my journeys end
    If you can make a promise
    If it’s one that you can keep
    I vow to come for you
    If you wait for me

    And say you’ll hold
    A place for me
    In your heart

    I hope you can find comfort in this beautiful song that reminded me of your beautiful family… with love and prayers… PaulaReplyCancel

  • Megan - Your family is in my thoughts and prayers as you find your new normal. Cora touched many lives – and she will continue to touch them through your new project at your church.

    Peace be with all of you.ReplyCancel

  • teampischke - I do not “know” you but I have been praying for you. I wept tears for you both this am in Church. I prayed God would draw you closer than you have ever been that through this you would be deeper in love with him. One day outside of this world I will smile as I see you embrace your baby and your Jesus.
    I will keep praying for you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I wanted to let you know I pray for your family everyday. Your little Cora really has made such an impact on my life and I am sure many many others, I am really appreciating every minute I have with my family, I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. I will continue to pray for you all.ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - just to let you know…there are so many people that are being loved because of cora…there are giftbags being delivered in her honor to a homeless shelter. the link with the precious cora’s pic is on the link below…stil praying for you…diligently!

  • Laura - Thinking of you sweet mama…ReplyCancel

  • The Mershawn's - Hey guys, just wanted you to know, we’re still praying. You’re in my thoughts a lot. My heart aches so much for the two of you. I don’t know if this will mean much to you, but today during worship at my church, I realized it had been a week. A long, awfully hard week. The Lord gave me an image. He was crying tears with you and for you over your loss and His gain. It became so real to me that He knows. Of course He knows…but He really knows. He knows that hurt, He knows that pain, and He feels it with you. Hang on tight to Him. He’s full of promises that He keeps. Lots of love your way. And, thank you, for the truth that every day holds something new, and we should use each day before we have no more. I hug, smell, and squeeze my girl tighter and longer every day because of Cora. Praying for peace and comfort today.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I found your blog after another blogger asked for everyone to pray for you the day Cora passed away. My heart aches for you and your family. Cora reminds me so much of my little one who is just a month younger then her. I am happy that we serve a risen Savior and He holds Cora in his arms today. Cora is absolutely leaving a legacy! She was just beautiful! I have held my two sweet girls a little more and a little tighter today. I have shed so many tears over your story, but I am so amazed at your Faith and your strength! Please keep us updated on your family as well as the Cora playground.ReplyCancel

  • imbeingheldhostage - You are an amazing inspiration in faith. You will be in our prayers!ReplyCancel

  • amy - You are on my heart constantly and I am praying for you often. I continue to ache for your loss and to marvel at the legacy of your beautiful girl.ReplyCancel

  • Hoover Family - We are praying for your family…Lots. I do not know Cora or you all, but I read your story and I am so inspired by your words of strength. God is so good and will take good care of her to you see her again one day. Just know that even she has touched even strangers…God Bless.
    Prayers from SC…
    The HooversReplyCancel

  • James' Full House - I’ve been following for a few weeks. You have been in my prayers. I have shared your story and blog with everyone I know and we are all in prayer for you. Cora is beautiful. Her life was beautiful. I stand in awe of how God shows us his grace and his time. I really am at a loss for words. I would love to say I understand or know where you are. But I have no idea. I did question God the day Cora went to be with Jesus. He is so much bigger than all of this. But his timing will be seen. You and your family are thought of everyday. We are in ceaseless prayer for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi Joel and Jess, I was just praying for you guys this evening, as you would have probably would have thought about giving Cora a bath and putting her to bed. My heart just aches for you as you miss her so much. I know that these days are hard and I will continue to pray that God would be close and that He would give you the strength to make it through each day.
    In Christ, Melody (Scott) ChristinReplyCancel

  • MoziEsmé - prayers said…ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - My heart prays for you often. God Bless all of you. God Bless this journey.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Joel and Jess,

    Oh how my heart continues to hurt for you. I was sharing Cora’s story with my supervisor at school and she wanted me to share in chapel on Friday with the K-3rd grade kids. She wanted me to share how even though you are hurting so badly you are willing to share Cora’s life with those around you. You are sharing Him even in the midst of heart ache.

    I shared your story with the kids and then showed them Cora’s picture from the funeral. The kids all listened very well to each thing I said.

    When we were all done Mr. Funk (our principal) got up and asked the kids to commit to pray for Joel and Jessica (he said that would be easy because they both begin with a “J”!!). I know that my class prays at least once during school a day and they have been praying for you with their moms and dads as well!

    I am praying for you guys and I am so sorry you are going through this. I got a flower pin! I can’t wait to wear it in honor of sweet sweet Cora!

    Love you!

    Heather MReplyCancel

  • The Coopers - I heard about little Cora through another blog and have been praying for you! I know the Lord has such amazing things to come for you as you will be able to share and draw others closer to Jesus through your story. I pray your hearts will heal in His time as He draws you closer to him…and know you will see your precious Cora again one day! In Him, Maggie CooperReplyCancel

  • Lee - I just saw your blog from a friend, you family is in our prayers. My heart aches for you. May the Lord bless you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I don’t think God gives us more than we can handle–even though it may not seem so at the moment. Be strong.

    They say time heals all wounds–with the loss of a child, the wounds don’t ever heal, but the edges become less sharp… and the lessons and gifts continue to unfold. One day, it just didn’t hurt so much to breathe.

    It is like wading through mud up to your neck many days…but you just keep moving. There is no way but through it, and you will make it. Stay strong.

    I am so sorry for your loss–ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - You don’t know me, or my family, but your daughter has given us so much. So much to think about, to pray about and to be grateful for through her much too short life. When I read that Cora left here to be with Jesus, I cried. I cried so hard because as a mother with a child very close to her age, I couldn’t even imagine the separation, the loss. But with our faith, our comfort is knowing that we will soon be there, with Him, too. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Your beautiful memorial to your daughter is such an amazing blessing to others. May God be with you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I’M ALRIGHT
    My time was short, Mom and Dad, but I want you both to know, I’m with our heavenly Father now where I’ll laugh and play and grow. I know how much you love me and I know you cry at night, but I need you to remember that everything’s alright. God never hurts his children, He just kept me from the pain. Then he let you keep my memory so you’d know his love remains. At night when you lie in darkness and the pain overwhelms your heart, please know I’m always with you, because our souls do not depart. God keeps them safe in heaven where one day we’ll all unite, but for now let God embrace you with his arms around you tight. I love you, Mom and Daddy. God is great and I’m alright. When you see my star in heaven, it’s my wings reflecting light.
    JESUS LOVES YOUReplyCancel

  • Heather - Just wanted to let you know that I am still thinking about you and sweet baby Cora and continuing to pray for you. My heart still aches when I think of your loss, Cora will be remembered by many, even people who never “knew” her.
    Hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I found your blog through another persons blog and I am so sorry for your loss. I had a close friend lose her baby girl at 3 months. SO we are saying lots and lots of prayers for you and your family as you go through this difficult time! Your faith is an inspiration and just so amazing!

    Kimberlee in OklahomaReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Jess and Joel, you are loved and prayed for today, Sunday.

    You will not be forgotten in our daily prayers and Cora’s legacy will never be forgotten.

    God bless you tonight. One week. Whew.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - I’m sure today (Sunday) was difficult and sad. I have thought of you so much today. I love you dearly and will hug you soon (even if you dislike it! Ha!). Can’t wait to spend time with you!ReplyCancel

  • The Tulip Lady - I cannot explain why someone I have never met has had such a strong impact on me. Maybe it’s because I have two daughters, when I see little girls I think of my own, so your family, your sweet Cora, really hits home. I can’t imagine an empty nursery, the baby spoons, the kids toys around the house with no one to use them. You two are thought of and prayed for, that God would fill your lives with abundant love,comfort and peace.ReplyCancel

  • Michael and Sarah - We have carried your family in our hearts these past weeks. We will continue to pray without ceasing for your healing and peace. Thank you so much for sharing sweet Cora’s life and inspiring us all with your courage!

    with great love and constant prayer,

    Sarah and MichaelReplyCancel

  • Vivian - I have been crying over your story for the past afternoon. I am so sorry for the loss of your Cora. I have also lost a child, only four years ago, and the stabbing grief is still just below the surface of an otherwise “normal” veneer. Be strong, together.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - I really don’t know what to say, but I do know how to pray. I have and will be praying for you and your family, especially in the days and weeks ahead.

    I do want you to know that even though I have never met you or your BEAUTIFUL baby girl, she has changed my life. I will never forget her sweet name or face for as long as I live. Each day from the Lord is precious, and too many times I took that for granted. Please know that am savoring each and every sweet moment God gives us now……..because of Cora. Her legacy reaches far and beyond, forever.

    Love and prayers from KY,

  • Anonymous - Your blog was linked to one of our friends, (that’s how we found it) she had asked everyone to pray for your family. I never quite know what to say in these situations, but your story has touched my life & your faith in GOD is inspiring. Your family is in mine and my husbands thoughts and prayers. God Bless you.
    Love and Prayers from FLReplyCancel

  • Kelly - The way the story of your family is spreading is totally the work of God! How beautiful is the body of Christ! We continue to lift up your family in prayer each day.ReplyCancel

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  • amyflew - Joel & Jess-

    You are both in my thoughts and prayers daily. I can’t help but think of our little girl every time I think of your precious little Cora. I am amazed and in awe of the strength you both have shown in the midst of such a personal storm in your lives. Know that my husband, my daughter and I pray for you each and every day. May the Lord give you peace and strength as you continue on your journey!

    Amy (Travis & Morgan) F.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Wheatcroft - I was just made aware of your family’s story today and have spent a good part of this morning reading your blog and have found myself in awe of how you have brought yourselves to a place of praise each day. I pray that you are trusting in God’s faithfully renewed mercy every morning, finding you have exactly what you need for each new day. And may you continue to see God work through Cora’s life and rejoice that she is resting in the arms of her, your, and our Savior.ReplyCancel

  • torinem - I found out about your little Cora and your family on Joy’s Hope. I just want to tell you that, like so many people, you are in my prayers. I am so inspired by your faith in the Lord through all of this. God bless you both.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Jess, all morning the birthday song you sang with the kids in class has been on my mind. I smile and tear up every time I hear it. I was so excited when Drew’s 1st grade teacher this year sang that song on his birthday because I thought it might have just been your thing. And of course I cried. 😉

    I just keep thinking of that song with Cora’s name in it today, for some reason. On the day she was born, all of heaven celebrated. The angels sang and blew on their horns, they danced, they smiled and raised up their hands.

    The etsy launch for Cora’s playground is today. If you want a little pick-me-up, you might check it out.

    God bless you today! Stay strong.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - I recently came upon your blog through a link posted on a parenting forum that I belong to, and just wanted to express my heartfelt sympathy over your loss. As a Christian myself I know how easy it is to question “Why, Lord?” and I pray that you’ll find the peach and healing that only He can provide. As a mom of three children, I can only imagine what you’re both going through right now, and my thoughts and prayers will definitely be with you!

    Love, Maureen and Family

  • Anonymous - You are still in my prayers! I did not know Cora but she has touched my heart! Keep the faith. God bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - All I can say to you is that I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your families as you face this difficult road ahead. I know what cancer can do to families as I lost my aunt 2 years ago. It is so hard to go on but your faith will amaze you. Hold on to your memories and know that your precious Cora is no longer suffering. Much love from Auburn, Alabama. We are praying for you daily and know that God will comfort you and help you throught his tragedy!ReplyCancel

  • Eloise - I am so sorry. Your precious Cora was an adorable child. I am praying for the peace that surpasses all understanding for you as there is certainly no understanding this loss. May God cloak you with His love and peace right now.ReplyCancel

  • 2awesomekidz - I got your blog form a friend’s blog. I am so very sorry for your loss, words cannot tell you how my heart goes out to you! I lost my little boy to a mito disease 7 months ago. The loss is huge, the days ahead will be very difficult. Your sweet girl has and will continue to make a huge impact on many lives. Carry her many memories in your heart. Again, my heart goes out to you and I will keep your family in my prayers! God will carry you!

  • Gypsy Mermaid - hello! I have been so touched by your want to build a park in memory of your daughter! I would love to help out and I have put up a post on my blog and plan to do something to help out on my blog as well. I also will donate the money that I make off my listings in my shop off of etsy. I hope yall the best and yall are in my prayers. BIG BIG Hugs


  • Lynn Jones - I’m just someone who came across your blog recently, but my heart is with you each moment. I know the miracle of feeling God wrap me in His arms, and I pray that will be a regular experience for you when you need that so much. In this dark time for you, God’s light is radiating, and I believe He will comfort you to honor your faithfulness. God bless you and each member of your family.ReplyCancel

  • Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm - Huge prayers to you and your family during this very hard time. I can not express my sorrow for you. I am in awe of how well you are dealing with this all. I am so proud of your strength and belief in God. you are in my thought and prayers. lots of love. BrittReplyCancel

  • BoufMom9 - I am so very sorry for your loss. My dear friend jess just lost her sweet daughter Tuesday 2 weeks ago to neuroblastoma and it is just heartbreaking.
    I know God has some plan that we can’t seem to understand, but i hope He will help us all find comfort until He is ready to show us .
    many blessings to you and yours and my prayers are with your family.
    Most sincerely.

  • Crista - Blessing to you both during this sad time. I shared your story with DH last night and it really touched him also. Today I ran across the St. Baldricks event to raise money for pediatric cancer research and we are going to participate, he as a shavee and me as a volunteer. We will be doing it in memory of Cora and Tuesday Whitt. Bless you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Your testimony through this journey has been overwhelming. We are weeping with you. Thank you for sharing your precious Cora with us. We continue to hold you close in prayer.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Just wanted to let you know that I am still praying for you!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - I just wanted you to know that your story is touching lives all over the country.
    I do not know you guys, but trust me when I say I think of you all several times a day. You are in my prayers and I am hurting and crying right along with you. I have 2 small daughters of my own and I just can not begin to imagine what you are going through.
    I know God is going to use your faith to touch many lives.
    My God continue to place His comforting arms around you.ReplyCancel

  • Kalei - With tears in my eyes, i am so sorry for your loss and so happy that you have found a legacy for her. she will be remembered in the laughters sung at that playground!ReplyCancel

  • Shari - I heard “Who You’d Be Today” by Kenny Chesney and immediately thought of your family, please know that Cora has touched the lives of people you don’t even know and we won’t ever forget. I hug my children tighter at night just having the knowledge of how quickly Cora was taken from you. Continued prayers…

    Sunny days seem to hurt the most
    I wear the pain like a heavy coat
    I feel you everywhere I go
    I see your smile, I see your face
    I hear you laughing in the rain
    Still can’t believe you’re gone


    It ain’t fair you died too young
    Like a story that had just begun
    The death tore the pages all away
    God knows how I miss you
    All the hell that I’ve been through
    Just knowing no one could take your *love away*(instead of ‘place’)
    Sometimes I wonder who you’d be today

    Would you see the world?
    Would you chase your dreams?
    Settle down with a family?
    I wonder, what would you name your babies?
    Some days the sky’s so blue
    I feel like I can talk to you
    And I know it might sound crazy


    Today, Today, Today
    Today, Today, Today

    Sunny days seem to hurt the most
    I wear the pain like a heavy coat
    The only thing that gives me hope
    Is I know I’ll see you again someday

    Someday, SomedayReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I think about y’all often and trust you are feeling “normal” for what you’re going through but also feeling God’s amazing and loving arms wrapped tightly around you both as you travel on this journey. Praying for you from WI.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Just wanted to let you know that I am still thinking about your family, and will continue to pray for you. I know how horribly painful this time can be, and I hoping, when those dark times hit, that you can think of all the strangers’ who have been moved by your beautiful child. She is surely a blessed angel, at peace in Heaven, being taken care of until you meet her again. {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}} Leslie in CTReplyCancel

  • Shannon - My prayers are with your family. You have amazing faith, and I will pray you are able to keep it strong as you adjust to your new normal. With much love.ReplyCancel

  • Carey - I found my way to your blog by accident yesterday and I have not been able to stop thinking about you and your family as you deal with the loss of that precious little angel. I have cried so much and am crying as I write this, I would love to come and hug you and would do anything in my power to help. Your faith is an amazing beacon that will lead you through this darkness. I don’t even know you, I’m just a fellow mom (my son is 17 months old) sending you love from Pearland, Texas. I take a great deal of comfort, as I’m sure you do, in the fact that your beautiful baby girl is now laughing and singing in The Kingdom of Heaven and she’ll never have to endure another shot or surgery or step foot in another hospital again.

    I wish you peace and will continue to pray for His Healing hands to comfort you. Cora is so blessed to have been born into such a loving Christian family.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - I just found your blog through Drew B, and my heart goes out to you. I have no words to ease your pain, but my prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - As a fellow mom — my heart breaks for you both. I can’t even imagine what this has all been like for you. But, what a wonderful little blessing you had! Cora was a true gift — and look at all the hearts she’s touched!

    I don’t even know how I found you — but once I started reading — I wanted to know more about her. Her sweet little face reminded me so much of my own daughter at that age… I don’t even know you — but I won’t forget little Cora anytime soon.

    Peace and love you all. You’re in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • karen - Precious, Jesus, we call on you, once again, to hold Jess & Joel in your arms as they walk through the loss of their precious Cora Paige. In book called “The Shack”, the father sees his daughter playing happily in heaven. I know your baby is there rejoicing with her Lord.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You are all still in my heart & in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - Words cannot express the deep sadness I feel knowing that darling Cora lost her earthly battle with cancer…such a horrible and miserable disease. I lost my first born son to crib death in 1968. Your pain is my pain right now. My tears are Cora’s tears. Please know that I am keeping your family close to my heart and prayer.

    I will be going over to Cora’s little ETSY shoppe to make a purchase to help with her playground. She’ll be there, you know, on a sunny day when all of the little ones are giggling and having fun. Cora will be there at her playground watching over them, the tiny children…keeping them safe.ReplyCancel

  • rob - Praying for you both. And reading a bit more on PamperingBeki. May God give you much grace and comfort during this very difficult and dark time.

    Stillwater, MNReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Crying for you again today. Catch myself crying often for you and your sweet baby. The tears just come. When I’m hugging my kids, or rocking my little one, I just cry. I cry for you. Cry that you can’t rock your sweet Cora again. I hate this for you. I got mad, really mad yesterday. Just wish we could know the Why’s right now. Why her? Why you? You seem like such a humble couple, why do such hard things happen to such good people? I asked my husband why do I feel so affected by the loss of this little girl I never knew. He said, “Because you are a mother, and you know how much it must hurt, and how empty her arms feel.” Bless you as you try to face each new day. I pray you will find a purpose, a reason to get up each day. Cora has touched my life. I am more gentle with my kids even more than before. I give them more hugs each day, and say more I Love You’s!!! I hope one day even though the grief will be just under your skin you can wake up in the morning with JOY in your heart, and not the stinging pain you feel right now. God bless you both, and God bless baby Cora, I’m sure she misses you both so much. Thank you again for sharing your story with us all. God be with you until you see her again.ReplyCancel

  • The little things - i just wanted to drop by and tell you that you 2 are in my constant thoughts and prayers. I can’t get beautiful Cora out of my mind and pray for you mulitple times during the day- I hope your holding up!


  • Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Just reading this for I went out of town. I admire your strength a great deal. I can only imagine, and I have MANY times the hurt, loss and tears you have shared and felt. I think and pray of you both often. I have a better appreciation and outlook on life, my children and family from all that has happened with Cora. Our daughters the same age. I seen so much of Morgan in Cora, and they share the same middle name.

    This story has really hit a deep core with me….. I do not know why, but I know its for a reason. I am asking God to teach me, so I do not miss the chance to learn what is being taught.

    I cry often for you as a family, as parents and as I look at Morgan. I have a place in my heart for you as a mother to mother and as parents to parents.

    THere was one thing that really hit me when listening to the service…. Uncle James said or the man before him said “in her short live here, she brought SO MUCH joy and love to so many”…… what a beautiful and honest TRUTH. I smiled and cried as I heard those words.

    Thank you for sharing…. you have a strong team of of Christ sisters and brothers that love you guys and will hold you when you need to fall and help you get through this.

    God LOVES YOU!!!

    God Bless.ReplyCancel

  • Taryn - Joel and Jess,

    God continues to put you on my heart and I just wanted to let you know that another prayer was sent up from Texas today for you and your family. Sweet Cora is playing in heaven and experiencing no pain whatsoever. Jesus is holding her close and loving her for eternity. I just finished reading “The Shack” and thought of your family as this book has a somewhat similar story of a father grieving the loss of his daughter. What a wonderful story of how God works in and through our lives. May He bless you with comfort and peace. I will continue to pray!ReplyCancel

  • angie c - Jess and Joel–I’m still thinking about you and your sweet Cora everyday…and praying for you as you adjust to this strange “new normal.” May your hearts feel moments of joy thru the day as you think of all the fun happy moments you shared with your sweetie. Much love to you guys–ReplyCancel

  • The Morris Family - I read again this morning a scripture the Lord showed me early in our grieving journey with our Joel,(NB cancer 1/23/07) Ex. 10:21, …even the darkness which may be felt, v.23 they saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had a light in their dwellings. Certainly right now, the darkness is felt, its so heavy, but His presence, His light is with you. I know at times even His Presence seems to be swallowed up in the darkness. Now here we are tow years later in our journey and His light in our dwelling outshines the darkness. There are moments that I might feel engulfed but His Presence, His Light over rides the darkness that I feel. He will outshine the darkness!! My Jesus has walked with us through our valley and your Jesus will walk with you too, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He was with us in our yesterday and He will be with you in your today!!

  • Kelli - Thought of your family today and will continue to lift you up in prayer.ReplyCancel

  • Clare Z. - I came across your blog as someone mentioned Cora in’s comment section.

    My prayers are will you, always. Every night when I pray with my kids before they go to bed, we pray for God to “have mercy on those who will die tonight”. Little did we know that we were praying for Cora and just didn’t know. May His stregnth reign over your and rest in His arms of peace.

    You are NOT alone.


  • Joey - Your pain must be unbearable. You are in my prayers. God will guide you through this time. Your little girl is in his hands now. I’m so sorry that the loss is what you are left with, hopefully, you can find peace in knowing Cora Paige is with God now.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I wish you strength. I had heard of your story on other blogs and wanted to send you my condolences. Be strong and know that she is watching over you! Find peace in that and what a difference you are making in other peoples lives.ReplyCancel

  • Something In The Glass - I’ve found myself wondering what kind of witness I would be were I in your situation. I’ve also found myself being more patient with my son and enjoying him all the more.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a shining example of the kind of witness I want to be.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - I just found your blog via You Go Girl’s blog. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I lost my 11 year old son to cancer in 1992. I know the pain and emptiness you feel right now but I pray that with time loving memories of your sweet little girl will replace that pain and emptiness. Please let me know if I can do anything for you and your family. Again, I am so so sorry for all that your family has been through.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie in NJ - I keep wondering why this happened to your family. Why not to someone who abused their child or didn’t really want them. Then i quickly realize it’s because they couldn’t love her like you did and the way she needed to be loved and cared for those last 3 weeks. She was picked for you very special. I know I wouldn’t be able to get through it with the strength that you are. I’ve posted before, my daughter is just a couple days older then your daughter and I think of you every day. Everything that my daughter does, I either think why couldn’t you guys have that also. Or I also think, Cora’s parents would be more then happy to get up to a screaming baby every night. I am so sorry for your loss. There really is nothing to say. We just have to trust HIM and know that he has some wonderful things in store for you, you deserve it! Always in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - I just popped over from another blog. Words can not express my sorrow for you. I am so glad to see you are Christians. I know your faith has to be the only thing getting you through this. I will be praying for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Just checking back. I’m still brought to tears daily, I can’t imagine what it is like for you. Still thinking of you and praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - I just found your blog through a friend and have spent several hours pouring over what has happened in your life in a few short months. I am SO very sorry for your loss…words cannot even express. I know you will find the strength you need in God to get through this time (and the times ahead)…you will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers!!!


  • Anonymous - We continue to pray for you each day. Cora’s story has definitely touched our lives in so many ways. May God bless you as you go through this difficult time. Your faith is inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Just coming to tell you that you’ve been prayed for by our family today.

    The emails I’m receiving from people are so touching.

    You guys are loved.ReplyCancel

  • aimee - Hi Joel and Jess,

    I have been thinking about you both a lot today….about how hard this must be, this new “normal”……how much you are probably missing Cora’s sweet smile, her laugh, miss pressing her cheek to your face…..the simple things moms and dads do a hundred times a day. I pray for you often, that your hearts will be comforted. I know this must be so,so difficult and I know that your hearts are breaking. I’m sorry.

    avon, nyReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

    Then someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!”

    “Gone where?”

    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear the load of living freight to her destined port.

    Her diminished size is in me, not her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”

    -Henry Van Dyke
    Don’t know you or your family but we will pray for you. Just lost a loved one recently and thought this quote that she loved was appropriate.

  • Kate - Dear ones,
    I don’t even think I have any words to say to y’all right now that would come close to what my heart feels for you guys. Speaking only from what I have to give is this….may the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and give you Peace…for He Himself is our Peace and Hope and Strength. I pray our heavenly Father wraps His big teddy bear arms of love around you and holds you tight as you walk this difficult road.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have learned about your family through a friend. May God hold you and your husband in His loving arms. May you feel His strength and grace. May your heart be knitted back together with mercy and love.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I pray for you both any time I think of you. You really are an amazing couple. I am sure this would not have been your choice of how God can use you…but you have handled it w/ such grace. My family is planning on being out your direction this summer and I wanted to show my little girl the playground in Cora’s honor. She has prayed for her/your famly and donated .08 (her random amount, she is 3yrs) toward the playground. I wanted to show her what her $$ is going towards and who those prayers are for…do you know if the playground will be underway or even if you may be interested in meeting? If not or even if it is something too far to think about I understand…my email is …just in case. We will continue to pray for you all.ReplyCancel

  • Life Verse Design - i am so sorry for your loss. i have designed that psalm & others that may (hopefully) bring you comfort.

    grieving with you,

  • brandi.burroughs - I’m so sorry to hear of you lose. Your little Cora was a beautiful little girl. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain you two and your family are going through. I wish I would have came across your site earlier so I could have been praying earlier. I cry everytime I think of you and your baby Cora. And this is quite often through the day… and I spread your story to everyone I see! Cora still lives on today.ReplyCancel

  • GRACE - just fell upon your site. I am praying for continued supernatural strength in your lives. Thank you for sharing your lives, and loving Jesus through this.ReplyCancel

  • beth - Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Sending you Love from Wisconsin. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen KellerReplyCancel

  • Amy - Just found your blog and read your story. I have no words, except to say that I will pray for your family, and I will hug my kids a little longer and love them deeper because of your sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Dave and Ronda - Therefore I live for today-
    Certain of finding at sunrise
    Guidance and Strength for the way.
    Power for each moment of weakness,
    Hope for each moment of pain,
    Comfort for every sorrow,
    Joy after Rain.ReplyCancel

  • Judy - Cora has definitely made me a better mom. I definitely think I’m less annoyed and more gracious with my kids now. Cora has shown me how precious these moments are with them. I want you to know that I pray for you all the time. I think of the time when Jesus was in the desert and Satan had spent some time tempting him. When it was all over God sent MINISTERING ANGELS to watch over and take care of Jesus. That’s what I pray for you, that God will send ministering angels to comfort, protect and watch over both of you. I can’t imagine the pain of your loss but I pray that Jesus will take the “sting” away.ReplyCancel

  • J. Nalley - May God always be near you!ReplyCancel

  • fvcappuccino - I continue to cry for both of you. I don’t even know you but I visit your page often to try to check on you and to read more about Cora and to look at her pictures. She is so beautiful. Sometimes I cry uncontrollably as I wrestle with God about “why”. My heart is broken. All I can say is that I ache for you because really there are no words. I cannot imagine what you are going through. I just want God to give her back! Yet when I surrender control back to him, I’m thankful that He has not left us hopeless. Because of HIM and what He did, I know that you will hold her again. I’m praying for you continually.


  • Anonymous - thinking of you and praying for you.. PaulaReplyCancel

  • seabafive - Still thinking about you guys and praying for you daily!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Sitting here crying again today for your loss. I cry so often and just keep wondering how you are making it everyday. I hope you have been able to feel some sort of Hope during these sad days. I have felt Hope & Faith almost stripped from me as I have gotten so angry that your little girl had to leave. It just makes no sense. I keep praying that somehow the pain I feel for you can rise into Faith in his plan so I wont hurt anymore. My poor children keep asking me what is wrong. I need to stay strong for them. But how? I’m just so sad for you. I hope that your memories can hold you over until you see her again. Lately I’ve been praying that Christ will come soon so all the suffering can stop. I just keep praying you have the strength to get through the pain. I know you will never get over the loss, but that you will come to a point of coping with it so that JOY can again fill you life. One day it will. I have to tell myself that as well. Tell myself that One day Joy will come to this family and the pain of missing Cora wont be so hard. Love to you all!! By the way, her service was beautiful, thank you for allowing us strangers to listen. Of course I cried the entire time. The letter you wrote her, OH MY!!! I believe Cora is telling her future siblings about her wonderful parents and how much love they have to give. God bless you both and Cora Always and Forever.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I came across your blog through a link to a different blog on a friend’s site. Your family is in my prayers and I am in true awe of your Faith. Cora is such a beautiful and special girl. I can see it in her eyes in all of the photos. Obviously God needed that special angel. Bless your family!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Still thinking of you and praying for you daily!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So it is today. In our lives, sickness comes to loved ones, accidents leave their cruel marks of remembrance, and tiny legs that once ran are imprisoned in a wheelchair. Mothers and fathers who anxiously await the arrival of a precious child sometimes learn that all is not well with this tiny infant. A missing limb, sightless eyes, a damaged brain greets the parents, leaving them baffled, filled with sorrow, and reaching out for hope.

    There follows the inevitable blaming of oneself, the condemnation of a careless action, and the perennial questions: “Why such a tragedy in our family?” “Why didn’t I keep her home?” “If only he hadn’t gone to that party.” “How did this happen?” “Where was God?” “Where was a protecting angel?” If, why, where, how—those recurring words—do not bring back the lost son, the perfect body, the plans of parents, or the dreams of youth. Self-pity, personal withdrawal, or deep despair will not bring the peace, the assurance, or help which are needed. Rather, we must go forward, look upward, move onward, and rise heavenward.

    It is imperative that we recognize that whatever has happened to us has happened to others. They have coped and so must we. We are not alone. Heavenly Father’s help is near.ReplyCancel

  • The Design Girl - Hi. I would be honored to help by donating a blog makeover. You are welcome to email me at

    Love and prayers,


  • PamperingBeki - Praying for peace for you today.

    Praying for warmth and sunshine and beautiful scenery while you are on your “break”.

    Praying you feel a sense of renewal of your spirits.

    Praying you feel love.ReplyCancel

  • Tonya - Keeping y’all in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Jess and Joel,
    We feel privileged to donate to Cora’s Playground. We so look forward to knowing that families are coming together in a place of joy and laughter to celebrate your precious Cora, who was so loved and cherished during her own time here.
    We’re thinking of you all.
    The Dennis FamilyReplyCancel

  • Tammie - I am praying for you too. Crying with you; I pray you find many drops of mercy to drink from His Hand and His Church. May you find something extra special to keep her close to you. I know God is in this with you. Love from a sister in Jesus.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My name is Hayden and I am 9 years old. My mom showed me the blog about Cora. That is so sad and I wish God did not have to call her up so soon. I have 2 sisters. One is 3 and the other is 8 months old and I couldnt imagine losing one of them. I will pray for you tonight. Cora is suach a cute baby.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have this pit in my stomach that wont go away. I want it to go away. I want to know that you are going to be OK. But how can you be OK when the one thing you loved most is this entire world was taken from you? How? I can only imagine how if my pain for your loss feels like this, how you must feel. Oh how I pray your pain will one day be lifted. I pray you are holding onto your love for her and your memories to help you make it another day. Praying all the time for you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Joel and Jess, still here praying for you and thinking of you daily. I hear many songs on the radio that make me think of you and God’s wonderous Grace and Healing. One in particular:

    “This is what it means to be held
    How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
    And you survive
    This is what it is to be loved and to know
    That the promise was when everything fell
    We’d be held”

    He is holding your family right now and carrying you through this.


  • winecat - I’m so sorry for your loss. To lose a child must be the most heartbreaking thing in the world.

    Cora was a beautiful shining gift from God, She just decided it was time to take Cora to be back with her.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I found your blog through another blog! I have in a matter of 1 hour read every single one posted. Your story is very touching and a very big eye opener! I thank you with knowing for allowing everyone to see into your little girl’s life! I will pry mountains for you as your little one is now with the angels!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mac - May your hope and faith in the Resurrection comfort you in those moments when the sorrow comes back in all its strength.ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    Just wanted to check in with you guys. I think about you so often and whisper prayers for you throughout the day.

    I got my Cora necklace in the mail today from a girl who is raising money for Cora’s playground. I’m trying to find the perfect spot to hang it – I want to see it everyday. The Cora flowers from Beki haven’t come yet, but I’ll find just the right spot for those too. I’ll pray for your family every time I see them.

    Praying God’s strength and grace is showered down upon you.

    Love & Prayers,
    Christy KleinReplyCancel

  • Stacy - Dearest Jess & Joel, I’m terribly sorry for the loss of your precious daughter Cora. I learned of your blog through another blog about two weeks ago and have read every entry of your blog and feel as if I know you and your sweet Cora. I have wanted to write to you ever since Cora passed away, but felt my words couldn’t help or mean much, but as each day goes by I felt more and more compelled to say something, even if it was just to let you know I’m praying for you.

    There is something about Cora and her sweet, beautiful little face that I just can’t seem to stop thinking about. I go to sleep thinking about Cora and I wake up thinking about Cora and praying that God is helping you through this incredibly sad time. She reminds me so much of my 13 month old son, James. They both have the same eyes and little chunky cheeks. I have cried many tears for Cora and the two of you. My heart aches for you and can only imagine your sadness. I look at Cora’s picture everyday on your blog and tears immediately fill my eyes as I can’t even begin to imagine your pain. I have questioned WHY so many times and can’t help buy wonder why God brought Cora home so soon. My faith tells me not to question God, but how can you not?? I’m in awe of your faith and can only hope and pray to strengthen my own faith and walk closer to God as you two have.

    Cora’s precious life has touched so many people, she has definitely touched my life and my heart. Even though I have only met her and you two through a blog, I can assure you that I will never, ever forget her sweet little face, nor will I ever stop praying for and thinking about the two of you. Please keep your faith strong as it will continue to get you through the minutes, hours, days, weeks and months ahead. I pray that some how, some way, God will bring peace back into your lives and hearts again.

    I know that you have a tremendous support of family and friends, but if somehow there was something, anything, I could do to help you, please know that I would be honored and humbled to help in any way.

    Take good care of each other and may God Bless you and your sweet Cora, always.

    With love & prayers,

  • tif - This is tiffany, I was cora’s nurse the first couple of days and the day of her first surgery. I had to leave your room in tears when the dr.s gave you the diagnosis. Your whole family amazed me with your faith and goodwill. I did pray and am praying so hard for you guys, and asked my readers to do the same. Is there any way I could get the “cora’s playground” widget to put on my blog as well? I would love to help raise awareness of such an awesome ministry. Remember that God and cora both love you more every day. God bless you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I came across your blog from another user few days ago, I have been praying for you a lot and think about you all day I also have cry so much the last two days and wish if I was there to hug you.
    Thank you for sharing Cora with us she was very bless to have you and your husband as her parents. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Love

  • Anonymous - Hi-I have posted several times. I have followed your blog since the very beginning of your beautiful baby girl’s illness. I have cried so many tears for you, for Cora and for myself. I know the grief that I feel is nothing like what you guys feel. I like everyone else hug my babies a little closer and don’t sweat the little things. Play a little longer, cuddle and just relax. But I have an emptiness inside that I can’t seem to fix. I can’t stop checking your blog for an update. I cry just thinking about beautiful Cora, I cry looking at your blog. But there is a reason for all of this, isn’t there? Please update us on how you are doing. I understand that you are in agony but we are concerned about you! My thoughts, tears and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Still sending big prayers up for the both of you and your families.
    Still thanking God I had the chance to “meet” Cora through your blog…
    Thanking you both for helping me solidify my relationship with the Lord.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you…

    With sincere gratitude and daily prayers,
    Nichole (Tulsa)ReplyCancel

  • Barb @ GritsandGlamour - I don’t even know how I came across your page. Blog surfing. But I am so glad I did, b/c I am so touched by your story and Cora’s sweet, dear story. I pray that somehow through your strong faith of God, you will find a way to survive this. Cora was very blessed during her short life, to have sich beautiful, loving parents. God Bless your whole family. Hugs, BarbReplyCancel

  • Jill Johnson - Dear Joel, Jess and all your family~
    Keith and I have wept with you and our hearts ache for you now as you adjust to your new “normal”, as you put it. We know there are no earthly words that can comfort you but we know our Lord can comfort you and give you the strength to walk through the next minute or next hour or next day, SO we pray that He is intimately with you in every way you need. We will continue to pray for you. Keith and Jill Johnson from Kearney, NEReplyCancel

  • Sophia - Dear Cora,
    what a sweet beautiful angel you are! Thank you for living on this earth and being a vessel to touch so many lives from beginning to end.

    Your mommy and daddy are amazingly faithful people and I am sure they committed you to God right from the very first!
    God bless you and I can’t wait to meet you someday in heaven, sweet angel!

    You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Cling to each other and keep looking to Jesus.

    With much love and prayers to you both,

    Sophie WalcottReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Continuing to pray for you all – for peace, comfort, for healing for your hearts. You are NOT alone – our Jesus is with you every moment of the day!

    With love and hugs from Michigan!


  • Anonymous - I know that nothing anyone says can take away the pain you both must feel at the earthly loss of your sweet Cora. I ache for you. IThis is a qoute that I hope can at least bring some comfort to you. I tink it at least gives HOPE. That is all I think you have left at times like this. Faith and Hope that there is a reason she’s not here, and that she is OK.

    “The Lord takes many away, even in infancy, that they may escape the envy of man, and the sorrows and evils of this present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth; therefore, if rightly considered, instead of mourning we have reason to rejoice as they are delivered from evil, and we shall soon have them again.”

    Mourn as much as you want though. I say cry as often as you want and can. It’s healthy to let the anguish realease from your soul. I know I have cried more for your sweet baby then I have my entire life. Of course when I’m done crying, I just want to cry more. I hope you can one day feel at peace. I pray more children will come into your life and you can teach them all about your brave sweet Cora. She truly was a gift from God, the light of Christ was in her eyes from the beginning. Praying always for you both and baby Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Still continuing to pray for your family and keep you close in thought. God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • aurora - God Bless you both in your loss. What a darling little angel.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Listening to Madisa sing “It’s only the World” right now and thought of you guys. “Heaven is the place where the tears on every face will be wiped away. And I can’t wait to go, but for now it’s enough to know that this is only temporary, it’s only the world.”

    I’m sure your emotions change daily, hourly, minute(ly) (yes I just made up a word), but it’s a super upbeat and inspiring song that might hit the spot when you’re in the right mood.

    Thinking of you, loving you, and praying for you today.ReplyCancel

  • Barely Domestic Mama - I came across Cora’s Playground button through another blog and found my way here to read about Cora’s story. I am so sorry for your loss and I will be keeping your family in my prayers. Your strength and faith in the Lord makes me realize I cannot put off a closer walk with him for not only for myself, but for my family. I’ve added the button to donate to Cora’s playground on my blog.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian - I cannot imagine the grief you are feeling right now … please know that I am praying for you. Yes, I am a stranger, but I am a mother and I know how precious our little ones are – please take comfort in knowing that Jesus is rocking her to sleep at night – she will be safe and protected and her heart and body and lungs are healed. You will see her again – in the meantime, thank you for holding on to your faith.

    Prayers to you – my heart aches for your loss.


  • Catherine Holman - You family is in our prayers. So sorry for the loss of such a sweet little girl.

  • Valerie - Just wanted to let you know you and your family are still in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Cristy - Jess…

    Still praying for you each day.

    Hugs and love…


  • Kristi in Virginia - Joel and Jess, I think of you both, and Cora, every day and pray for your comfort. My heart is hurting so much for you, and I wanted to let you know how much your family has had an impact on me. I listened to Cora’s memorial service last week, it was so beautiful, and hope you know how many of us out here care about you.ReplyCancel

  • Splaneyo - Please know your family is in my thoughts.ReplyCancel

  • Lacey Jay - It looks like I’m the 406 person to leave a comment. I hope you have felt the love of all four hundred and six of us. I across your blog today. I do not know you, however I too spend hours going back and reading every post. I can’t stop the tears… your faith.. your love… your beautiful angel of a daughter has cause my heart to break and swell at the same time. My little boy is 4 months old and I couldn’t help but to go pick up him as I read this just so I could have him close. My prayers for you will start today and continue everday. I’m so sorry I didn’t have the opporunity to pray for sweet Cora, however I will start that today as will. For I know she is in heaven and praying for her parents that she so clearly adored to be able to feel her love. I can’t imagine your lives being turned upside down so quick. The Lord only tests those who have the faith to keep standing. I’m sure that does not make it any easier or even seem fair. I’m so glad to see your faith. Again I do not know you but I will forever pray for you and your incredible family. Peace and comfort be with you as you find your new normal.
    Lacey JayReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Just wanted you to know that I just said a prayer for you. I am so sorry for your lose and will continue to pray for you.

    Your friend in Christ!
    Krystal in TXReplyCancel

  • Heather - Thinking of you and sending prayers up for the Lord to comfort you and cradle you in His ever loving arms as you journey on without your sweet Cora. Just wanted you to know that Cora hasn’t been forgotten and neither have you!
    Hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

  • jeana - I have just wept for your family and will continue to lift you up in prayer…. Your little Cora is just absolutely precious… she has been so blessed to have such a wonderful mommy and daddy…

    Love to you from a sister in Christ.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - i found this blog through a friend’s. i read your story while rocking my 8 week old son and just cried. my prayers are with you and your family at this hard time. i hope you can find peace and know that cora really has changed so many lives. mine.


  • Kristy Tootle - still praying for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - How can you miss someone you’ve never known? I never knew Cora, but I miss her terribly. It hurts so much when I think of her.
    I want you to know that she will never be forgotten by so many people. I look at her sweet pictures all the time and wish more than anything that I could have known her.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am so, so sorry for your loss of your gorgeous daughter. Of course, I found your blog right after yelling at my own two kids…now, I am questioning why don’t I embrace every moment, instead of getting so angry? In only a month, your life was turned around forever…in only a moment, an ear ache turned into Cancer. I hope that by reading your story, I will remind myself to be grateful for my blessings, even the moments that test me as a mother. Thank you for sharing your story, thank you for reminding us that it can all disappear in a moment.

    Love to you and your family, may your daughter’s smile continue to bring you joy, from wherever she is.ReplyCancel

  • lauren - You don’t know me-this came across my facebook home page. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. Your story is amazing and makes you hold your babies that much tighter. I have a daughter the same age as Cora and it made it that much harder to read. You both will live on with an angel who will watch over you forever. May God give you strength to get through each day.I will keep your family in my prayers and know that your daughter has touched many!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie R - I read about your sweet Cora on another blog, and came to visit and read her story. I now have tears in my eyes and tremendous love in my heart for both of you. You will be in my prayers, I pray specifically God will continue to lift you and cradle you in your pain. I know that Cora is in a beautiful place and is perfect now, healthy and whole.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I just found your blog tonight. I’ve been having trouble sleeping, and so I was spending some time “blog watching.” I don’t even know you, but I have been sitting here crying tears of joy and sadness.

    Your words and testimony are very encouraging. Your strength and faith in the Lord remains despite great tragedy. The Lord is honored and glorified in your lives.

    I am so sorry for the loss of your precious little girl. You will be in my prayers.

    In Christ,

  • Cindy - I’m so sorry to read about this. I will be praying for you both. It is very sad for such an adorable little child.ReplyCancel

  • Carpenter Photography & Design - May God bless all of you…his plans are so much greater than ours.ReplyCancel