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in the mail

All eighty-eight packages are mailed.

It felt so good to have that done.  If you ordered from our shop you should be getting your Cora package soon.  Yeah! 

Our little small town post office had a booming business today thanks to all of your orders.

I just added some new things to our store.  Not much, but a little to tide you over until we get back to work.
We are stocked up with beautiful fabrics just waiting to be turned into Cora dresses.  We hope to add more dresses to our store soon.  Keep checking back with us.  Thanks for being patient!
  • Laura - that fabric is beautiful and I can not wait to see what they look like as dresses.

    Thinking of you, and Joel and Cora each and every day, and praying for you all…

    you continue to inspire and amazeReplyCancel

  • starnes family - Continued prayers and good thoughts coming your way from Colorado. Lovely fabric….ReplyCancel

  • A FiveOh4 Uplifting - Continued prayers and positivity. The fabrics are truly beautiful. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thank you! Hopefully you aren’t stressing over getting our stuff mailed out..What a WONDERFUL woman you are to think to keep US updated. How hard it must be to share your life with so many strangers. We thank you..I know I check your blog multiple times a day(sorry for the stalking :)just to see if there is an update. Although my heart still aches for you and I still shed many tears, it makes the ache a little less intense after you update. I will continue to check, think, cry and pray for you and Joel daily. Of course I will continue to buy for the Cora Playground as well!


  • macalla - love the fabrics. can’t wait to get my hands on one of your dresses!

    hope you’re having a good day.ReplyCancel

  • The Carroll's - Wow! Busy day! So excited to get my Cora dress… and to purchase some more 🙂 Your friend Beki wrote the coolest blog post about you today. What a wonderful teacher you were! I was looking back on some of your previous posts and saw the pics of your classroom- It was awesome! Decorating the classroom was my favorite part of teaching. Praying for hope!

  • hoosier68 - Fabulous colors and patterns! I am so anxious to order Cora dresses. You continue to be in my daily thoughts and prayers in rural SW Indiana.ReplyCancel

  • Whimsical Creations - You go girl!!! Wow, that is a lot of packages to take to the po!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Beautiful fabrics! I can’t wait to order dresses. Your family continues to be in my families prayers on a daily basis. God Bless you and your precious Cora!

    Krissy, Batavia IL.ReplyCancel

  • Midwest Mommy - Awesome! I love the envelopes.ReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - How wonderful! I hope to be able to catch one of your dresses soon! I’m always too late.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - These are super cute love the fabrics you used on your dresses. Keep up the good work. Thinking and praying for your family all the time.

  • nate - jess – hey i saw your pictures of the packages and had an idea. i wonder if it might be cool to include with the mailing, a small card that tells the story of your etsy shop, the story behind the name, and the hope you have in the resurrection of Jesus because of it. it might be a cool way to not only keep you busy, but be a ministry to a lot of people. if i can help in anyway let me know. love ya from florida,
    cousin nateReplyCancel

  • Phoenix's Mom - Hello! I have been following your blog for awhile and just wanted to let you know how amazing I think you and your husband are. The playground project is an amazing idea and will turn out to be spectacular! The projects you guys are doing are stunning! You and your mom have talent! I’m not sure I could figure out how to turn the machine on!!
    We are from a little town in Northeastern Kansas! 🙂
    Take care.

  • Princess Martha - Ooh, those parcels and fabrics look so so good…wish I was getting one!!ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - that looks like sooo much fun! i got 3 this week already…all from cora’s etsy project! i’m so excited…and some are bday gifts and i can’t give them yet and i hate that. but i’ll be fine.ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - One of these days I am going to catch your store when you have dresses to order! The new fabrics are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Rainbow - The fabrics are beautiful. I can’t wait to order a couple dresses.

    Thinking of you often and sending healing wishes and prayers your way.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Oh, I just love that pic of the many packages ready to be sent. You are so kind and thoughtful to take pics to share with us – thank you! I read back over some of the posts here & saw the suggestion by Nate to include Cora’s story along with your packages. It got me to thinking – – I do a bit of freelance graphic design and if you have any needs whatsoever, I would be happy to help, free of charge, of course. Just let me know 🙂ReplyCancel

  • 41wray - You and Grammy, my dear friend, never cease to amaze – what precious packaging, I won’t want to open it to ruin the package!! Oh Jess how I wish I could just hug you right now like when you were that little adorable bundle!! Just wrap you and Joel with all our love from Manhattan Beach
    Sharley and BobReplyCancel

  • mrosev14 - You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Cristy - Beautiful Jess! I am so happy for you that you have found a comfort in sewing. It is so special that you and your mom can do this together.

    More hugs and prayers…


  • Yankee Mama - I can’t wait to buy a dress! They’re always sold out when I check…that is a good thing!:)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I hope all that sewing is theraputic rather than stressful.I worry about you still. I wish I could sew like that. I saw some totals floating around on other Etsy sites, do you know how much has been raised and a tentative date for the playground to be started. It would be wonderful to have a scheduled open house.
    I liked the comment from a reader named Kim early, ’bout sums it up for me too.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - I wondered if you were going to continue selling items. I’m so glad you are, and plan to purchase something, if I can be fast enough. I am still thinking of and praying for you all. ChristinaReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - wow – look at those happy fabrics!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - Can’t wait for the dresses-I will be patient. Will there be any more blocks-no pressure. We are praying for you without ceasing.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - Hi, I just found you blog last night-though a heart baby’s blog (perhaps a commenter on Anderson Avenue-another mommy who recently lost her baby).
    I read through a lot of your blog-I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet baby girl and I have been praying and thinking of your family. My own baby girl Luna-who has a rare heart defect-is one year old today-and I am humbled by reading your story and reminded what a miracle life is (especially for medically changed babies like ours).
    Your work is simply beautiful too. I work as a publicist and specialize in offering media placement for those in the creative industries. Your work and story would make for an amazing feature-please feel free to contact me if/when you are ready:
    Sabrina Velandry
    Continued prayers to you and your family~ReplyCancel

  • Donna - I read your blog every day. You are inspiring beyond belief. I don’t have a little girl but love those fabrics. Would you consider making something else for those of us who don’t have little girls? I can see napkins remembering your sweet Cora on my summer table. Just a thought. Your courage and faith are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • kristin - I have ordered 3 things thus far from the Cora’s projects and would love to order a dress from you but
    you sell so fast! I think most must sit up during the wee hours to be able to purchase!

    I am praying for you & Joel. I cannot imagine the heartache that
    you all are feeling, but so thankful to the Lord that you all are keeping busy.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi
    Just stopping in to let you know I am thinking of you and Joel. Your faith and grace continue to amaze me.


  • Anonymous - You definately have a talent for making those dresses, they are adorable! With all your mailings, consider printing postage online & requesting your letter carrier pick up the packages & save you the trip to town. I’m a (substitute)rural letter carrier & it’s something we regularly do (especially for the ebay sellers). Your birthday memorial party was beautiful, you guys take incredible photos, both of you must have a artistic nack. How’s the plans for Cora’s Playground?


  • Anna Kristina - Those fabrics are beautiful! It reminded me, I’m not sure where you get them, but you can design your own fabric and have it printed at Spoonflower, online, if you’re interested! I’m praying for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • sarahross - WOW! I can’t even get myself to the post office to mail the TWO things I need to get out. You are amazing! Can’t wait to see those FABULOUS fabrics as Cora dresses.ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - I come to your blog every day and continue to think of and pray for all of you. God bless you for the inspiration you are to all of us with your continuing faith.ReplyCancel

  • Cottage Mommy - So touched and amazed by your story. I will definitely do my part to support Cora’s playground! I keep checking in for dresses but I’m always too late! No pressure on your part though….love, love, love the fabrics! What a beautiful time it looks like you had for Cora’s birthday. I can’t imagine the heartache and loss you are going through but know you are an inspiration to many and a testimony to God’s love and power!ReplyCancel

  • Sara from VA - I am waiting on my first Cora package from Beki and I am SOOOO excited!!! I can’t wait to order more things from your wonderful shop Cora’s when you are all stocked up again and am anxiously awaiting a super cute Tripp tee for my 1 year old son! I know I’ll get one at some point…congrats on your amazing success – all while sharing Cora’s precious story!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your strength, faith, and courage with all of us! We are still praying for you everyday…


  • Judy - Can’t wait to see your shop filled again! I hope that God is using this project to bring healing to your heart and to show you just how many people came to love your little girl!
    I was thinking about you guys the other night wishing I could have a Cora’s playground near me!ReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - you are amazing jess.ReplyCancel

  • mandi - Those fabrics are great! I can’t wait to get my hands on one:) BUT PLEASE don’t overload yourself … I know all of us will wait until you’re ready!!ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl - Can’t wait for more dresses – I keep missing out on them!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Dana - I received my pretty dressy today! I loved the little tag you put on the dress. I am going to keep it to remind me of Cora everyday! The dress is beautiful. I can’t wait to try it on my little girl. Would it be ok if I sent a picture of her wearing it? I don’t want to upset you, but it is so gorgeous, I know it will look so pretty on her. I check your blog everyday, waiting to see how you are doing. How is the playground planning going? Continuing to pray for youReplyCancel

  • Brooke - just found out about Cora’s Etsy shop. I can not wait to be able to buy a dress in her honor for my daughter. What a great way to remember your angel.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I just found your blog and my heart is just broken. You are the most amazing parents Cora could ever have. God bless you and your family and your Etsy store. I know Cora is safe in His arms. God Bless you, All my love.ReplyCancel