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Tomorrow is Cora’s birthday.

Oh how we wish she was here so that we could celebrate her big FIRST birthday together. Tomorrow is going to be a hard day.  We never dreamed that we would be “celebrating” Cora’s first birthday without her here with us.
When I taught kindergarten there was a song that we always sang on birthdays.  I loved it.  I always wanted to sing it to Cora on her birthday.
On the day when Cora was born,
On the day when Cora was born,
On the day when Cora was born,
The angels sang, they blew on their horns,
And they danced, they danced.
They smiled and raised up their hands,
On the day, on the day,
When Cora was born.   
We know that Cora is going to have the best party EVER in heaven tomorrow.  We just wish we could see her and eat cake together.  We miss her so much!
Cora was born at 10:03 in the morning on March 5th.  We are planning on visiting her grave around this time tomorrow morning with our families.  We are going to release pink balloons to celebrate the precious life of our sweet angel.  

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16
Please pray that God would give us strength to get through tomorrow.
  • Kelli - I will be on my knees tomorrow morning praying for you. May God hold you tomorrow like he never has before. I pray that you feel HIS loving arms in a way that is so far beyond anything you have ever felt before.ReplyCancel

  • Devon - when i first found your blog i was taken aback that our children share the same birthday…and i was so saddened to learn that your sweet cora has joined my boys in heaven…

    they were born at 2:08 and 2:11pm on march 5, 2008….and died just two and three days later.

    i will be thinking of your girl tomorrow as i celebrate my sons birthday. i know they will be having a great big birthday in heaven! but oh how i wish they were here….

    ((hugs)) to you….ReplyCancel

  • Dancing Queen - we will MOST DEFINITELY be thinking of you, praying for you, and sending our love for peace to be with you!
    what a special way to be together tomorrow…

    many blessings tomorrow & always-
    the hollandsReplyCancel

  • Heather - It breaks my heart to think about what a tought day tomorrow will be for you. God will carry you tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Oh, how I wish I could carry some of your pain. To ease your grief, at least a little… I am heartbroken for you. My heart HURTS for you, I can’t even begin to imagine how you must feel…

    Your precious baby girl is in my thoughts and prayers every day. I haven’t been able to take my cora’s playground necklace off since I got it.

    I will also release pink balloons and sing her birthday song to her in heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - Its done-I will be praying for you all.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Furlough - I will be praying for your family, especially tomorrow! God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - The angels ARE singing…ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - i just sit here shaking my head. i want to scream “not fair!”

    then you point us right back to the Savior. as strong as your faith is i know your hearts are in agony. praying for you tomorrow. it is unimaginable to me.ReplyCancel

  • Hailey - praying in ncReplyCancel

  • kati - xoxo
    that’s really all i can say…ReplyCancel

  • starnes family - Prayers from Colorado coming your way.ReplyCancel

  • lauren - i wish i could take some of your grief and hold it for you.

    it is so much to bear.

    i will be on my knees praying for you tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Amber - You are never far from my thoughts and prayers. I will pray extra special prayers tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl.ReplyCancel

  • Grayson and Finley - This is my favorite verse in hard times. I hope it will bring you courage and peace tomorrow.

    Psalm 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
    Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - Will be lifting you in prayer!ReplyCancel

  • Pearls To Hide My Neck - Will be thinking of both of you tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • This Little Hen - I never realised Cora and my daughter were born a day apart. Lesley will be 1 on the 6th. Lesley and I will say a special prayer tomorrow.ReplyCancel

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  • Chris - Again I am reading your post with tears. I am a stranger to you but I thought about Cora’s birthday several times today . I will be thinking of you 2 and Cora tomorrow for her birthday.
    God bless .ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - our prayers are certainly with you…

    sending you {hugs}…and many, many prayersReplyCancel

  • KristiJ - I’ll be praying for you throughout the day as you celebrate your beautiful Cora’s birthday. Tomorrow will be such an especially difficult day, so I pray the Lord’s overwhelming peace and love will consume you.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - You will constantly be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow. That song is still true…the angels were dancing when Cora was born…and they will be dancing with her on her birthday. Sing that song to her and you know that the Angels & God will be sure to let her know how much her parents love her.

    Your strength and dependence on God are so touching…again, you will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • oneordinaryday - Keeping you in my prayers.

  • jsuggs - I’ve been reading your blog since Cora got sick. My heart is so touched with grief for your family – I couldn’t help but cry when I read your post. I don’t know what to say except I’m sorry and you all will be in my heart and in my prayers tomorrow (as you have been already). May God bless you with many happy memories of Cora on her birthday and every day.ReplyCancel

  • The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique - Please know that you will be on the minds of many, many people. We all will be praying for you all tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Oh my heart aches for you so terribly 🙁 I will most certainly be praying for you extra hard tomorrow and will also release pink balloons tomorrow in honor of your sweet Cora. My heart breaks and I miss her although I’ve never met her. My prayers are with you always.
    Hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you and praying for you!!!

    from AustraliaReplyCancel

  • CassJustCurious - We will sing Cora’s birthday song tomorrow morning when Lexi wakes up. You are in our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Lundstrom Family - We will be praying harder than ever tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to be very difficult but I know your amazing faith in God will get you through. Remember you are not alone! Lots of love!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I will be praying for you tonight and tomorrow as you endure what will be most undoubtedly a tough day.ReplyCancel

  • This is the day! - Ever since I read your story and have been praying for you I keep thinking of this day. My mom and I also have our birthday tomorrow. I have been thinking of your sweet family all week and am praying for a good day for your family tomorrow filled with warm memories of your sweet baby girl. What a sweet song you sang at school, too precious.ReplyCancel

  • Melody - Happy Birthday sweet Cora. You are such a beautiful, precious girl and Heaven is so blessed to have you!

    I’ll be praying for you, I know it will not be an easy day for you. ((hugs))ReplyCancel

  • Summer - I found your blog through a friend of a friend…you are continually in my thoughts and prayers. I cry out to God on behalf of your family. Thank you for sharing your life. We are all learning through you.ReplyCancel

  • Scarlet O'Kara - There will be a wonderful celebration in heaven tomorrow and one day the two of you will be able to celebrate with Sweet Angel Cora.

    Many hugs to you both as well as prayers for strength…ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Lifting you in prayer.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - There aren’t any words to take away your pain. I am so very very
    sorry for the loss of your sweet baby Cora..My thoughts, tears and prayers will be with tomorrow as they have been since Cora was first admitted to the hospital. Oh how I wish I understood the purpose of taking such a wanted, happy, chubby, loved baby girl. I know we will know one day. You sing to your baby girl her birthday song..I also will be releasing pink balloons in your families honor.


  • Jen E - Happy birthday, Cora! I’ll be lifting you all up tomorrow. My daughter turned 1 on Sunday, so your story touches me deeply. Blessings, peace and grace to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - Crying for you. Rejoicing for Cora. Praying that God holds you so tightly tomorrow. My heart breaks for you both–and for everyone who knew and loved your beautiful girl.

    I’m just so, so, so sorry.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - May the love and strength of perfect strangers who love your baby so very much carry you through tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Jess, I have had that song running through my head for weeks, with Cora’s name in it.

    I will be praying for you tomorrow and singing that song.

    I know lots of people have left links for you to check out, but I found this blog earlier tonight and thought of you. It’s a lady who lost their daughter suddenly and there are some beautiful photos and words there.

    I pray that God holds you and Joel so tight tomorrow, that you are blessed with a peace that passes all understanding, that you have faith, and that you wear hot pink. 🙂

    Cora and the angels will be dancing and blowing on their horns tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - I have come across your blog like so many others…through friends of friends. I starting reading your blog shortly after Cora went to the hospital. I think of you often and pray for you all. I will continue to pray for you and Joel and your families. Even though I live a few hours from you, I will be looking up to the sky for the pink balloons tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Aimee Bakke - I will be thinking about you and Joel all day tomorrow. Prayers for strength and hope.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy in WA - Sending big hugs to you guys all the way from WA state…also sending you strength to get thru tomorrow. Happy Heavenly Birthday Sweet Cora!!!ReplyCancel

  • mrosev14 - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • jandkland - This is just so wrong, but I pray with you that you are able to approach the throne of grace with confidence in this time of terrible, unimaginable need. I will be thinking of you as you release those balloons in honor and memory of your beautiful little girl. It’s so unfair, but it IS. May God shower you with a deep peace and help you feel close to your baby.

    –Kelley in GeorgiaReplyCancel

  • Sara - You have been on my mind all day and I want you to know how I could take away some of your pain. Thank-you for sharing your beautiful little girl with us and know we will be praying for you both tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Karin Katherine - I too will be praying for you and your family tomorrow. We celebrated our precious daughter’s first birthday today and tomorrow our family will celebrate Cora’s with you through prayer.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - Praying for you tonight and tomorrow. I wish I could carry it for you…if only for a moment. Crying for you now. Blessings.ReplyCancel

  • megan - Cora will be having the best 1st Birthday with her Sweet Sweet heavenly father…I will be in prayer for you tommorow morning as you release the ballons up to Cora in heaven. Blessings to youReplyCancel

  • singing mama - Praying for you as you celebrate the life of your precious daughter.

    Praying for God’s hands to comfort you and wrap you in His love.

    I cant imagine what you are going thru and the hard road you are now walking.

    Luv singingmamaReplyCancel

  • A Dusty Frame - Praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - Happy Birthday Sweet Little Angel Cora.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Joel and your family tomorrow.

    Sending you (((hugs))) and many prayers!

  • Kelly - I will be thinking about and praying for you tonight and tomorrow, as I do every other night and day. I can’t imagine how difficult tomorrow will be for you and your family. I know that Cora is having a huge celebration in Heaven. Happy Birthday, sweet baby.ReplyCancel

  • Midwest Mommy - I will be thinking of you and Cora tomorrow at 10:03…sweet baby Cora, you are missed by all who have been touched by your story.ReplyCancel

  • kat - I will be praying for you and your sweet family tomorrow. I think and pray about you every day. May the Lord shower you with warmth and love. Your faith is an inspiration to us all.ReplyCancel

  • The Carroll's - I know there are no words but I keep searching for them anyway… I promise to pray as I breathe for you and your family. Come Emmanuel, be with this special family who loves you.ReplyCancel

  • purejoy - i will be celebrating cora’s sweet life tomorrow. a celebration of her being and her living forever in the arms of Jesus. one day there will be a joyous reunion!
    thinking of you!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Kay - Praying for you as you remember sweet CoraReplyCancel

  • ~kris~ - I’ve been praying for you to have strength tomorrow. I never knew Cora yet she’s touched me so deeply. I ordered a necklace from Etsy (as well as a few other things!) and will wear it in honor of Cora and my own, healthy daughter Kate who is almost 19 months old. Stay strong. Many hugs! ~kris~ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer W. - Your strength and unwavering faith are so inspiring to me. You are in my heart and I will be thinking of you tomorrow celebrating Cora’s beautiful life.ReplyCancel

  • Megan @ Hold it Up to the Light - Oh how I’ll be praying for you tomorrow….

    May God give you a Peace that passes all understanding….ReplyCancel

  • Heather, Stan and the kids - I, too will hit my knees for you tomorrow. My heart is heavy at the thought of the weight of your burden. I have been a believer for 24 years. And I have known sorrow and heart wrenching grief. I have experienced the loss of children I have never held on this side of heaven. I have known the peace that passes our understanding and the rest that comes for trading my heavy burdens for those that are promised to “be light.” But I have looked at my own sweet children’s faces in light of your loss and cannot fathom what you have been asked to journey through now. I say all that to say~ all I know to do is to intercede on your behalf. So the Gibson family will stop our homeschooling tomorrow morning at 10 and pray through the time of Cora’s birth. May God’s peace and father’s love cover you heavily.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - I was on my knees all day today, weeping & praying for you and your husband. I don’t even know you, I just know a friend who knows your friend, but you are being lifted in prayer by our entire small group. God is so amazing and He has to be so pleased that you are choosing to let Him work through these awful circumstances. He is so faithful. ~A sister in ChristReplyCancel

  • hoosier68 - “During your times of trial and suffering, there is only one set of footprints in the sand as it is then that Jesus carries you.” There will be only one set of footprints tomorrow and the sky will glow pink! Praying for you from Indiana.ReplyCancel

  • Shanidy - Your strength and your faith are inspirational. My heart breaks each time I think of you. I will be praying for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - Praying that you will find comfort in Christ tomorrow and always.ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Jess,

    It breaks my heart anew every time I think about you and Joel celebrating Cora’s 1st birthday tomorrow without her. I will be in prayer for you throughout the day, and I will be on my knees at 10am praying God’s peace over you.

    We released 2 dozen balloons on my son’s 1st birthday, and I think it is so sweet that you will be doing the same. In fact, to honor Cora’s birthday, her life & sacrifice, your enduring strength, and all that your family has come to mean to me, I would like to join you and release pink balloons for Cora tomorrow here in California. I hope that will be okay with you.

    Praying God’s Grace Fills You,
    Christy KleinReplyCancel

  • Julie - I am praying now and will be tomorrow remembering your precious Cora. Happy birthday sweet girl.

    Hugs and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • The Eyre Family - My little boys pray for you nightly! And we will spend our morning tomorrow praying for strength. My heart is so heavy for you but I know that God will provide you with love. Thank you for sharing your story and your beautiful baby girl! My life will be forever changed.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - i’ll be thinking of you and your families tomorrow- i know it’s not how you’d have planned to celebate cora’s first birthday but you’re plans sound beautiful. you’re in my thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

  • aimee - Oh, Jess….this is not what you planned for Cora’s birthday, and it will be hard. But I will pray that the Lord wraps his arms around you and your family and comforts you as you grieve and celebrate your sweet angel. Your birthday song reminds me of a children’s book by Nancy Tillman called “On the Night That You Were Born”. It is a such special book and it’s always makes me get teary. I know I will think of Cora each time I read it now.

    Take care tomorrow….I’ll be thinking of you and your family.


  • amy - I’m crying and praying for you now as I think of what a difficult day tomorrow will be. Like others have said, I so wish I could carry a bit of your pain. I pray that Jesus will hold you close tomorrow and whisper His love to you.ReplyCancel

  • Deloris - I remember how hard it was to celebrate my daughter’s first birthday without her…..I will be praying for a peaceful day full of wonderful memories of your daughter’s smiles. We have a tradition of lighting a candle on a cupcake and singing Happy Birthday on our daughter’s birthday. It’s bittersweet but a tradition that we love.ReplyCancel

  • mommyof2sons - I will be praying for your family tomorrow. And we will release a balloon from Ohio for Cora too!!

    God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • gatheringpeeps - We are thankful for the opportunity to hold you up to the Father – tomorrow – and for every time He brings you to our minds…

    Tami and ChrisReplyCancel

  • Sarah Joy - I will be praying amd most definately will stop at her birth time to stop and sing as loud as I can to her! My heart is so broken for you guys but yet so inspired by your resiliant faith. Many blessings on you both as you walk through the next 24 hours.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Praying for His strength, His grace, His comfort, and His peace as He holds you and carries you…

    I like what one commenter said: “The angels ARE singing…”

    Oh, yes…they are…ReplyCancel

  • Ray, Megan and Ruby Denise - i will be praying for you and your family…god will be near to youReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Wow. When I think it can’t get worse, it does! I wish I were your neighbor and that I could hug you and hold your hand through all of this. My heart is breaking for you, and I hope that somehow through all of this, God is giving you little pieces of some joy. I’ll be praying for you tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • The Jones' - Sending you much needed hugs and prayers. You are most definitely right, sweet Cora will have an amazing celebration tomorrow! Thank you Jesus for your unfailing love! Love,

  • Anonymous - Praying for you guys!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Happy birthday, baby…ReplyCancel

  • Misty Rice-Baniewicz - We will celebrate with you…. and we will release pink balloons also in Cora’s name. We all celebrate like family!!!

    My heart aches for both of you (all of your family)…. please know that I will pray tonight that God continue to give you strength and peace throughout this storm and chapter in your life.

    God Bless.ReplyCancel

  • The Van Ordens - My heart just aches for you! We will be saying lots of prayers for strength! Happy Heavenly Birthday sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - I have prayed every single day for you and Joel and will pray even harder tomorrow as you celebrate Cora’s birthday. My heart is heavy for you and I know there isn’t anything any of us can really do, but pray for you.

    May you feel God’s love and peace tomorrow and all the days to come.

    God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Jess and Joel – I will be praying so hard for you tomorrow. On this tough and emotional day, I hope you are met with gentle, sweet memories of precious Cora and unexpected peace. May you feel the mighty hand of God upon you in a profound and undoubtable way.
    Much love,

  • teasinglydiverse - Praying for you…ReplyCancel

  • thehighbargers - Praying for you……especially tomorrow! Happy Birthday Sweet Baby!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - We will be praying for all of you tomorrow. May you feel God’s loving arms around you. God Bless Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Praying for you.

    SW WI MOMMYReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praying for you. What a beautiful way to celebrate Cora’s birthday.


  • Trisha - Tomorrow is my son Nathan’s first birthday as well. His name means “gift from God” and he died of a heart defect on March 30th. We only had him for 25 days. I hope that all our kids are able to rejoice together tomorrow. I’m so sad and I wish that they were all here with us. My heart is broken too! I’ll pray for us all!


  • Anonymous - I will be praying tomorrow, I was crying wile I was reading, I wish if I could take some of your pain an relief you a little. Sometimes I just do not understand why things happens I pry to God to give me some understanding but it is really hard to do when you lost your love ones, few years ago we lost my cousin for the same reason, Cancer and leaving her two years old little Girl without her Mommy and even though we have give her so much love I know is hard for her to understand why her mother. I’m pretty sure is the same for you but I will pray a lot and I’m learning o lot from you guys I love all the bible verses that you post is helping me a little bid. and just Cora is helping me trough you with your faith.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Hugs and prayers for you from Georgia all day long tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Trasie Bressler - Happy Birthday Sweet Sweet Cora Paige! May God surround you with his love and peace tomorrow and always. She will be dancing and singing with the angels who danced and sang the day she was born. My prayers will be with you! God Bless you today and always!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Cotton - I will be praying for you and your family tommorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - Will pray for you at the specific time of Cora’s birth. My heart aches for you. God will hold you in His care because He is the ultimate promise keeper.ReplyCancel

  • Hayes Family - Please know that the Hayes Family from Kansas City will be praying for you (even more than usual) tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Mike, Chelsea and Co. - Happy Birthday beautiful sweet Cora. We will be thinking of you and your family and keeping your dear sweet parent in our prayers.

    The Ostler FamilyReplyCancel

  • - I will be praying for you today and tomorrow, I also will be releasing pink balloons for Cora tomorrow together with my daughter here in Florida. The Sky will be pink for little Cora.


  • Southern Fried Girl - Your story touches me so much.

    Your beautiful plump cheeked little girl is turning one two years to the day that my father left this earth and one year to the day that I discovered I was pregnant with my beautiful boy.

    There are few things in this world that my daddy loved more than plump cheeked little girls so I hope they find each other up there and celebrate her wonderful day together eating cake and singing songs.

    I don’t know where you find your strength but your faith is inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I will be praying for you and your family tomorrow. You’re right, she will be having the best birthday ever. I am so in awe of your strength through faith since the beginning of all this.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Oh, Jess! This just makes me well up with tears (again!). My heart just hurts for you and know I will be thinking of you all day. I wish you could eat cake with Cora too. You are such a gifted party planner and I know Cora’s birthday would have been SO cute, but heaven’s is even more perfect.

    So good to see you today. Thank you for sharing your heart with us, being real, and challenging us all in our faith.

    Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I will be in constant prayer for you and your family tomorrow. We will also send sweet Cora birthday wishes. My heart breaks for you.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - My little boy was born on the same day as Cora. I will include her in our thoughts of birthday wishes tomorrow. I’m so sorry.ReplyCancel

  • The Sweigart Family - I watched Cora’s service on Sunday. I almost turned it off several times. It was so hard to watch. My heart continues to break for you. While at the same time, I am amazed by you and how God is using you to further His kingdom. It is sooo hard to understand, but it is not for nothing. He is using this and you are hearing His call. You are doing His work. And He will bless you. I just keep thinking of the verse, “Oh ye good and faithful servant” and every time I think of you two.

    I’ve been thinking about you guys a lot this week. I know what a hard day awaits you tomorrow. But we are all praying for you. Praying that God will wrap his arms around you and comfort you like none of us can. Peace.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Lord - Hugs and prayers for you and your family. Happy birthday, precious little angel. We know that your love will be surrounding your mommy and daddy. We pray that they will find comfort in their grief and sorrow. Lots of love to you all from strangers and friends all over the world.ReplyCancel

  • aleanaomi - I will be lifting you in prayer. I can’t imagine the heartache.ReplyCancel

  • rachel vaughn - i can’t imagine. we’ll be praying.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I’m glad none of my first graders has a birthday tomorrow. I don’t think I could make it through that song. We’ll be outside at recess at 10:00. I’ll be thinking of you, praying for you, looking toward the sky and watching for pink balloons. Love you so much.ReplyCancel

  • angie c - Tomorrow will be so hard but I pray that you will find some peace and some smiles nonetheless. Eat a big piece of cake for Cora and celebrate all the wonderfulness that she brought to your life. God will be giving us gorgeous weather in kansas tomorrow in honor of your angel. oxoxo to you guysReplyCancel

  • forever folding laundry - Will absolutely be praying for you tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Walden RN - *sigh* I have kept you in my prayers since before Cora’s passing. I think of you all every day and especially Cora. A lot of us at Wesley have had her on our minds. Know that though I may not have met you in the best of circumstances, that you all hold a very special place in my heart. The strength you and your daughter showed and faith that was never ending in God was such a beautiful thing to see. I will never forget humming worship songs while taking care of Cora at her bedside and looking at her and noticing she still looked ever so peaceful asleep with a small smile on her face. That beautiful smile and gorgeous eyes are what I will remember tomorrow on her 1st Birthday! Happy Birthday Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Prayers for you and your family from Hopkinsville, KY.

    The Williams FamilyReplyCancel

  • Monica - My thoughts, prayers and love will be with you tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - only know you from your blog but I think about Cora and you 2 often. Happy Birthday sweet little Cora Paige.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you and praying for you in Massachusetts!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Meister Melton - Praying for you on your precious daughter’s birthday. God be with you all.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - I think of your sweet family several times throughout the day. I’m a complete stranger but Cora’s story has touched me beyond words. I have a two year old son and I can’t help but ache for you and your husband. I continue to pray that God grants you peace. Thank you for sharing Cora’s story and for being an inspiration to parents everywhere! My son & I will release pink balloons tomorrow for your sweet Cora, too. Big Hugs from North Georgia!!ReplyCancel

  • Netta - Prayers for you and your family from Kentucky.ReplyCancel

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  • Katherine - My prayers are always with you. I pray that the Lord will hold you tight and comfort you. Sweet Cora will always be watching over you and waiting for the day that you are together again.ReplyCancel

  • Sa-Sea Boutique - We will be thinking of you and praying that God will give you strength. My heart hurts for you! Your precious little angel is watching over you and has more love than any one of us could ever know! My heart goes out to you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Got a feeling - Praying for you in NE. God’s peace be with you.ReplyCancel

  • Stewart Family - I will dirty my knees tomorrow for you and Joel. I know that it will be a hard day, but somehow you can do it. Lean on each other and turn to God. I remembered an old favorite song tonight and wanted to share it. I’m sure you’ve heard it before too. Always remember that after the rain, the sun will come out! You never have to face the storm alone.

    Aaron and Jeoffrey: After the Rain
    I cover my heart
    Turn from the wind
    Button my coat
    Here comes the storm again
    What can I do but to trust in Him

    ‘Cause I know the deeper my faith runs
    The stronger I become
    And the thunder, it may shake me
    But I always know that

    After the rain
    You can look to the sky again
    The clouds will give way
    To the light of the sun
    After the rain
    You know that you’ve made it through
    And you’ll finally see the joy from the pain
    After the rain

    Everyone needs
    Everyone hurts
    Everyone feels
    The weight of the world sometimes
    But don’t let the wind sweep your heart away

    ‘Cause even the roughest waters cleanse
    So when they come again
    Let them serve as a reminder
    You can always know that


    Can’t you see the hand of Jesus
    Reaching out for you
    You never have to face the storm aloneReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have been “dreading” this extra painful day for you. I will be on my knees!

    I end all my prayers for you with this verse and will lift you up constantly tomorrow.

    “May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” Romans 15:33

    Happy Birthday sweet Cora.

    Love you,

  • Brian and Staci - Your precious family will be in my thoughts and prayers all the live long day. Much love to you both.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Jones - You have lifted and encouraged so many of us with the precious verses you have shared these past weeks. I pray God will return all of that in kind as you go through the day tomorrow. May each member of your family be blessed in just the way needed tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • The Boccias - That first sentence, the picture, the words to the birthday song…so painfully beautiful. Praying, praying, praying.ReplyCancel

  • rentz - Oh, Jess. That song always made me cry when you sang it at school for my kiddos’ birthdays . Your constantly in my prayers, but especially tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • beckley - 10:03. I’ll set an alarm.
    I knew this was coming tomorrow and have been praying for you. aching for you. wishing otherwise for you.
    I am so sorry tomorrow is not what it should be.
    I am so sorry.
    Grace and Peace to you as strength tomorrow.

  • sarahross - My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you, especially tomorrow on Cora’s birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Lifting you up in prayer from Oklahoma!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - Oh how my heart aches for you guys. I know tomorrow will be such a difficult day but just think about Cora having the best birthday party EVER in heaven. Can you hear those angels singing her favorite Christian praise songs? You guys have such amazing faith and I know God will help you get through tomorrow knowing and trusting that Cora is having such an amazing day in heaven. I will join with you guys tomorrow and release a pink Happy Birthday balloon in Cora’s honor for her birthday. Lean on God and trust that His words are never failing and that He will hold you up and get you through each tomorrow until you rejoin your precious angel in heaven. I will keep praying for you and Joel.

    Precious angel Cora-your mommy and daddy miss you and love you so much. I even miss you so much and was never given the privilege to meet you here on Earth. I wish you a very Happy 1st Birthday and may you receive the best birthday party ever in Heaven with lots of chocolate cake.

    In Christ,

  • Julie - I’ve been praying for you and will continue to do so. I pray you will have extra strength and peace to make it through Cora’s birthday without her by your side. I’m guessing she’ll be thinking of you tomorrow and cheering you on with the “great cloud of witnesses” in heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Jess, I’ll be praying for you, Joel and your families tomorrow. I am so sorry that you are suffering so. Words fail me. Cora Paige…such a beauty. I’ll never see another pink balloon without thinking of her.


  • Elizabeth - Many thoughts and prayers to your family and sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Suzie(Iowa) - Happy Birthday sweet baby!! We are complete strangers to you…but we will be praying for strength for you and your family!! What a heavenly party will be taking place tomorrow!! Big hugs from Iowa!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - You continue to be in my prayers. May you feel the grace of the Lord tomorrow as you remember Cora’s special day.

    That is a beautiful birthday song.

    I am so sorry that Cora is not in your arms as you celebrate her birth just one short year ago.ReplyCancel

  • MJMILLS - many prayers your wayReplyCancel

  • Cara McLeod - My heart goes out to you both. My thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • GottaBeKD - i wish you peace and strength tomorrow, and i too will be thinking of you and your families the whole day through.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am sitting here in tears for you right now as I read this. I am sure if you sing the song for Cora she will still be able to hear you in heaven. I would give anything to have you guys be able to spend her birthday with her. At least for now you can rest in the comfort that one day you will be spending all of eternity with your sweet little girl. Lots of prayers coming your way! Happy Birthday Sweet Cora!

    Ashley in PhoenixReplyCancel

  • Enos Family - I’ll be thinking about you & Joel tomorrow, as well as your whole family. May you all have the strength you need for each other. Happy Birthday little Cora…ReplyCancel

  • Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - Heaven wil have quite a party tomorow and I know that Cora will enjoy all of the ballons she will get tomorrow! I pray that God will squeeze you extra tight tomorrow! I cannot express to you enough how much impact your daughter has had on my life, especially the way I look at my kids! God bless your family as you get through a difficult day tomorrow! You will be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • tami - I praise God for your family and the testimony your sweet little girl has shared with my family and the world! We will be lifting you before our heavenly Father tomorrow as we do everyday!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Bless your hearts!ReplyCancel

  • Misty - I will say a extra prayer for you guys tonight for strength to make it through tomorrow. I know you will miss her but remember she is having a GREAT party in heaven.

    You cannot imagine how much your daughter has touched my life.

    I admire your strength in God and the strength you have to continue on a daily basis. Keep it up and hang in there…I am proud of you guys.ReplyCancel

  • cheryl - Precious girl…our Lord has been through what he is walking you though and he WILL give you the strength you need. I’m pretty sure you’ll come away rejoicing in her life.
    You’ll have good days and bad days, but time does heal and before long, you’ll be having more good days than bad. It’s such a blessing to have your “sewers” keeping you buys and keeping little Cora’s memories alive! She was your gift from God, on loan until it was time for her to return home…You will miss her, but you’ll be together with her again in glory and she’ll say to you, “What took you so long Mommy and Daddy?”
    I’m praying.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have cried a lot since I have read your blog. Little Cora has made an impact on me and I’m sure on others. I could never imagine what you have gone thru. You are so strong to be getting thru this. You and your husband both. I am so sorry you couldn’t physically be with your daughter on her first birthday.ReplyCancel

  • heather spratt - I will be praying…you can count on it!ReplyCancel

  • texasinafrica - Happy birthday, sweet baby girl. Jesus, please give her mom and daddy peace that passes all understanding.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Praying and thinking of you!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth-Plain and Simple - Praying for your family.


  • Amber - You are in my prayers! I know that tomorrow will be a sad day for your family, but I will be praying that God’s peace and presence will be with you in very tangible ways, comforting your hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Candice - Maybe this is the wrong thing to say, but it’s not fair!! I’m so, so sorry your can’t hold your little girl on her first birthday. God will hold her tightly today.


  • Wehoagies - Definitely praying for you guys. Strength for today…ReplyCancel

  • Avily Jerome - Praying for you on this painful day!
    God bless!ReplyCancel

  • ran shae - i’ll be praying for you both tomorrow, trusting that as you lean on Him, He will hold you up.


  • Anonymous - Tonight, I am crying with you. My heart breaks for you. Tonight, I join in the throngs of people praying for you.
    Even though I only “know” you through your blog, since beginning to read it, a day has not gone by where you or your precious daughter are not in my thoughts.
    Psalm 91:1 is a verse I often turn to in times of need (I think of it as my 911 verse:)) “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” May you feel all the love and prayers that are being sent your way!

    Kristin Dykstra
    Alberta, CanadaReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Oh, my dear, you will be the focus of many prayers tomorrow. You will certainly be in mine.

  • Kimberly - I will be praying as I have been since first coming across your blog. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but I know Who does and I pray He holds you close.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - i have prayed for you today. that you would find joy in your memories of yoru sweet baby girl. i have followed your story since cora’s passing. my husband and i sobbed that day. i cry now as i write this. happy birthday sweet cora. happy happy birthday sweet girl…sarah gillard. knox, indianaReplyCancel

  • lgraves - tears are shared. praying. believing. hoping.ReplyCancel

  • Hey Rachie Kae - I dont know you, but I love your family. My the Lord bless you tomorrow. I know he will be smiling on you as he holds your baby in his arms. xo and blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have been praying for you & your little Cora since I first read about her. Tears roll down my face everytime I think about her. She has changed my life more than you will ever know. The strength you both have is amazing. I pray you will feel God’s loving arms wrapped around you today.ReplyCancel

  • Sophia - may the Lord grant you peace and strength tomorrow as you celebrate precious Cora….ReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - love you.
    i am going to watch for pink balloons. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Bailey - Praying for you – for comfort and peace in knowing that your sweet precious baby is safe in heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - I was awake with a sick one, and I check your blog frequently, and pray for you often each day. What a painful post, honest, and so beautiful. Even though you cannot all be together, it is certainly still the day she entered your life and it changed forever. This will always be a special day for you; I am so grateful that you will be able to spend it with family. I pray that you will be able to get through your tough day. May the Lord bless you, and keep you, tomorrow and each day after.ReplyCancel

  • Kirstin - Cora will be in our thoughts, and in our hearts tomorrow. I cannot think of a more amazing first birthday for such a bright ray of sunshine as Cora- oh to be held in HIS arms and be celebrated like that with Our Lord!

    We too will release a single pink balloon in memory of Cora’s life, along with a single blue for our dear friend C who lost her Bug one month ago at 36 weeks gestation.

    Kirstin and Aislinn StenbergReplyCancel

  • Jennjilla - I will be saying an extra special prayer for you guys tomorrow. I can’t imagine how hard it will be. I wish I had something other than “I’m so sorry” to say about this whole thing. I hope you can smile through your tears tomorrow and know that you have a lot of people thinking about you!ReplyCancel

  • Lemon Lollipop LLC - Praying for you for tomorrow…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Well, our time zone is ahead of yours here in Australia. “Happy birthday, sweet Cora Paige.” My ten year old is crying as we have read your latest entry. I will be thinking of you and praying hard for you through the middle of the night here in OZ – knowing of your visit to Cora’s grave and how difficult the day will be for you, this being, one of the “firsts” in terms of anniversaries and occasions. Look after each other and keep that faith strong. You will get through this.
    Tracy (Brisbane, Australia)ReplyCancel

  • Jenn VH - Praying for you on this day. (((hugs))) to you. So sorry you have to celebrate without your sweet Cora. God bless you and give you His peace.
    Love JennReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - Will be praying for you! Happy Birthday, Cora!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - It is the evening of Thursday 5 March here in Australia. I’ve just sung Happy Birthday to Cora.

    May God grant you strength, hope and peace to get through the day.

    With a big hug.ReplyCancel

  • nutmeg - Praying for you today…that
    “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:7-9ReplyCancel

  • Princess Martha - My thoughts & prayers are with you both.

  • Sarah - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! I know you will have the BEST birthday party. you are in my thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Happy Birthday Cora! I will be praying for you and your family today. May God give you strength.ReplyCancel

  • Micah - Happy Birthday, sweet Cora! It gives us such hope to know that you are in a place with no sickness and sorrow, no tears and no pain.

    Our thoughts and prayers and tears are with you especially today. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have 2 in heaven also. My heart hurts when I think about what today will be like for you. I will be praying for peace for you and your husband. I’m so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Whimsical Creations - My thoughts are with you tooday. HUGS!ReplyCancel

  • American in Norway - My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.. I am so sorry for you loss.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - Jess and Joel –

    I’m praying for you today.ReplyCancel

  • rob - Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. May God give you comforting grace and peace that passes all understanding. It is sooo incredible to see faith in you and to read and be encouraged everyday. I truly appreciate your blog and I am praying for you. Your loss is so deep may God comfort you. Be encouraged that God is working in you and that he will carry you. May God bless your marriage today and your hearts.

    Love and prayers from Stillwater, MN.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy First Birthday Cora! May you have a beautiful day in heaven.

    xxx Amanda WAReplyCancel

  • Heather - My heart is breaking for you! Prayers will be said for you and your family and for sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Christina (aka - Tina) - Praying for you today –


  • Regina - I’ve been following your story and praying for you since a friend of mine linked your blog on hers… You are remarkable and strong family who is truly an inspiration to other mothers and fathers out there.

    I have a daughter, Olivia, who also shares Cora’s birthday, March 5th. I will say a prayer for you today – may God’s peace and grace fill you both.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - You sweet thing, we’ll all be with you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My thoughts and prayers are with you today, as they are everyday. I am so sad that you are not able to spend Cora’s first birthday with her. My son Ethan will be turning 1 in less than a month…as a mother, I can only imagine your grief is indescribable, take comfort in Christ and know so many are lifting your family up in prayer. She was a most precious gift and has brought so much to others through her remarkable story…she touches the life of me and my family everyday!

    Happy 1st Birthday Cora!

    Lot of Love,
    Sara and Ethan (VA).ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - I found your blog through a friend of mine whose son is very sick… I pray everyday for your family. Today is going to be hard, just know the angels are celebrating with your sweet baby Cora. May God keep your family tight during this time. God Bless.. Happy Birthday sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Missy - I found your blog through another friend of mine who linked to you one day. I’ve been praying for you since, and my heart is especially with yours today. May God hold you extra close and may you sense His nearness today.ReplyCancel

  • ems - Sending up an extra dose of prayers on Cora’s b-day for you. Not a day goes by when i don’t think of her and of you guys!


  • Momma_Hug - I have been thinking about you all week knowing that her birthday was approaching. Our soon to be 1 year old will release a balloon for her to add to her party in Heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday to Cora! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family daily and have been for a long time. Cora will live forever in your hearts. May the Good Lord hold you tomorrow and always. Your faith is a testimony to so many.ReplyCancel

  • fvcappuccino - I’m aching for you. Thinking of sweet Cora constantly and praying for you both. Thank you so much for sharing her with us.

    Happy Birthday precious Cora. You have touched so many hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - My heart broke again when I saw that her birthday was today…just nine days before my own. Happy Birthday to Sweet Angel Girl Cora….so deeply sorry you had to leave too soon. Sending prayers and hugs to your two amazing parents who are on this earth to carry out your beautiful spirit. Lifting you all up in prayer and peace. I will never, ever forget your family!ReplyCancel

  • Handspun Jewelry Designs - You are in my thoughts and prayers today. I can feel your grief through the post and I wish there was something to say to make it all right, but I don’t feel like there is. God Bless.ReplyCancel

  • Cristy - Jess…

    Praying for you all today, on Cora’s birthday.

    Hugs and prayers of strength for today. Happy Birthday Angel Cora.


  • Mom to 4 Sweeties - I am crying for you all right now. So very sad to not be able to be together for this amazing day, but so good to know that one day, you will all be together forever in eternity with Sweet Jesus. May you find peace and comfort tomorrow in memories of your sweet, sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Praying for all of you today!ReplyCancel

  • Christy - I read your blog with tears in my eyes b/c I cannot begin to grasp the emptiness and pain you must feel. I have a daughter who is 7 months old today and the thought of anything happening to her throws my head into a tailspin. Though I do not know the path you walk each day in your heart and in your thoughts please know that my heart grieves for you as I daily pray for God’s Almighty Grace to comfort you, embrace you and fill your empty arms with His sweet presence and give you peace.
    Many prayers & love to you and your family,

  • Sheryl from Colorado - My kids came in while I was reading your blog….they knew who Cora was because we have been praying for you as a family. They wanted to know what kind of party Cora was going to have in heaven. I said “kids, she is going to be sung Happy Birthday by the angel choir and will sit on Jesus’ lap all day.” My answer got them talking about what heaven is like…you will once again be reunited with your precious daughter….untill then…hold on the best you can!ReplyCancel

  • Jana in Missouri - Countinuous prayers for you and your family today and always.

    Happy Birthday, Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Happy Birthday, dear sweet Cora. Jess & Joel, you’re in my thoughts and prayers today. May God sustain you with all that He is and all that He has.ReplyCancel

  • Susy M. - A special prayer will be said for Cora today at the time of her birth. May she be rejoicing in Heaven and may Jesus and all the angels be singing Happy Birthday to her. Godspeed to all of you. You are all in our prayers today and everyday.ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - I will be praying for you today as I am every day – but even more. I can’t even begin to think how hard this day is going to be. I hope that you can receive peace from God and spend the day with memories of the happy times you had with your sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Megan (mommyesquire) - The angels are singing today for your sweet, precious Cora. May God grant you peace and strength today of all days.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My heart ACHES for you and Joel today. We will be with you in spirit at 10:03. My family will be releasing pink balloonsa at that time.
    Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Cora…be proud Mommy and Daddy!


  • Mari - I am praying for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Becca - I am definitely praying for you. I cant even imagine.ReplyCancel

  • i love plum - my prayers are with you on this day…xoxoReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you and praying for you and your family today!!!!

    Rebekah Courtney

  • Jennifer - Oh sweet baby! Happy first birthday. I can’t even fathom how you feel going through today with empty arms. I will pray for you today, as I have everyday. Maybe some pink ballons will float this way. I will watch for them.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Joel and Jess, I am praying for you.

    Today I am wearing pink and also wearing the beautiful flower necklace from Etsy in honor of Cora.

    “And I’ll praise you in this storm
    and I will lift my hands
    for You are who You are
    no matter where I am
    and every tear I’ve cried
    You hold in your hand
    You never left my side
    and though my heart is torn
    I will praise You in this storm”

    I also linked you in my blog.


  • The Faulk Family - Praying for your family today…ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Joel/Jess-
    Thinking of you most especially right now, and wishing Cora a wonderful birthday among the other angels. I continually pray for God’s blessings on you both.


  • Peyton's Pages - Praying for you all today. Happy birthday, sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

  • laura - As the mom of a 16-month old and the aunt of a very special 13-month old currently battling leukemia, I think of you and your family often, especially on this most special of days. Happy Birthday Cora.ReplyCancel

  • wenbren explains it all - Happy birthday baby Cora! I just bought a pendant to contribute to your playground and it will always remind me of what a special and brave baby girl you were!!ReplyCancel

  • Gene and Annie - My heart is with you today and our prayers! Cling to God today as you celebrate the time you did have with your beautiful Cora! What a beautie she was and what a beautiful witness you and your husband have been through this process! Praying in Indiana!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Praying for you and with you.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Continuing to pray for you, but sending a few extra your way to give you strength as you try to get through this day…ReplyCancel

  • Joy - Praying for you today, sweet Jessica and Joel…right now, I am praying. My heart continues to ache for you and you come to my mind often. Words don’t seem sufficient right now, so I will just say that I continue to pray for you.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - Praying for your family today. Happy Birthday sweet Cora.
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted-Matthew 5:4ReplyCancel

  • laurieboozer - Praying for you as in moments from now you will release pink balloons. I know you must have spent last night and this morning reflecting on your labor/delivery of a year ago as such a sweet and incredible beginning in your lives. I’m so sorry for your loss of Cora and can’t imagine your pain, but know that God will always be your God of comfort and healing. I was reading in Daniel 3 today where S,M & A tell Neb “We know our God can save us, but even if He doesn’t we’ll still praise Him.” Your walk these last couple of months has reflected that same testimony. May God LAVISH His love on you this day!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I cry every time I read your blog though I never had the pleasure of meeting sweet Cora. I cannot imagine the full extent of what you feel every day. Today, especially, you and Joel will be lifted up to God’s throne in prayer so that he may wrap his arms around you and show you his peace, despite the tears.

    Lori WilsonReplyCancel

  • Tara - Praying for you today. I can’t imagine the pain of celebrating this day in the way that you are. Our God is good and He is beside you every step of the way. With lots of love and prayers . . .ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I will definately be saying a few extra prayers for you and your family today. I can’t imagine how hard today must be for you, but know that the Lord has his arms wrapped tightly around you today and every day here after. Cora was a precious gift to all of us, as she has touched so many lives. Happy 1st Birthday, Sweet Cora!

    Prayers from NebraskaReplyCancel

  • Ange~ - Happy Birthday, to a most beautiful girl! We’ll be praying for you tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Ann - Happy Birthday Cora.

    Thinking of your family today (and everyday). I admire your faith and strength.


  • HOPE - Today is my birthday
    Celebrate my life with you
    And remember the good times
    Not the bad and
    Do not be sad;
    Look up towards the sun
    And catch every ray of light
    Upon your cheek.
    For I am there with you.
    Today is my birthday
    Be happy for me
    I lived short, but full
    I had the pleasure of love
    And the joy of my family.
    Do not be sad
    Look up towards the stars
    And catch each twinkle
    In your heart.
    For I am there with you

    Today is my birthday
    My legacy is not wealth
    Or mighty belongings,
    My legacy is you and your life.
    Spend it wisely and carefully
    Guard it always
    Do not be sad
    Feel the wind on your face
    And in your hair
    And know that I loved you
    For I am there with you in your laughter
    And in your hearts.

    Today is my birthday
    Learn to live again without me,
    Take my strength with you
    For you are not alone.
    Do not be sad
    Feel the rain on your face
    Feel all life’s treasures and
    Know that you are alive!
    At each step of the way
    I will help you
    For I am with you always
    Until we meet again.

    Today is my birthday…
    Author Unknown


  • carmen - I woke up this morning and thought of you first thing when I realized the date. My heart continues to ache for you! May today be a day of peace and celebration amidst the sadness.ReplyCancel

  • Jenae - Lifting you up in prayer today and thinking of precious Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praying for you today, just like I do everyday.
    Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Cora.ReplyCancel

  • A Mommy in Alabama - Happy Birthday, sweet, sweet Cora. Jess and Joel, may your day be flooded with memories of love and laughter that will overshadow the tremendous ache in your heart. Praying for you as always.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I sit here with tears running down my face for strangers. I cannot imagine your pain, but I know God will give you strength to get through today, and I know Cora is happy celebrating her birthday in heaven. Happy First Birthday sweet baby Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday Cora! Oh what a party it will be in Heaven today!

    You will forever be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • angi_b72 - I wish i could ease some of your pain by taking it on my shoulders…i will br praying for you and your family. I can only imagine what a hard hard fay this is for you! God Bless you!!ReplyCancel

  • Marsha - The angels did sing and dance on the day that Cora was born. I am sure they are doing the same thing with Cora today! I am so sad that you are not spending Cora’s first birthday with her. I am just asking God to be with you and comfort you all………Love and prayers always….

    Marsha in VAReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! Praying earnestly for you, Jess and Joel, today!
    With love from GAReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    So many are shedding tears for you today, myself included. I cannot even begin to imagine how painful this day will be for you, but I know hundreds of strangers are lifting your sweet family up in prayer… such is the power of Christ.

    I know I’ve said it before but… Thank you for sharing your sorrows with us that we might grow. Great is your reward in Heaven.

    I will be on my knees in prayer for you at 10 this morning, 8am my time. Your precious family will be in my thought & prayers constantly today. And I will whisper happy birthday wishes to Sweet Cora in my prayers.

    Prayers Ascending From California,
    Christy KleinReplyCancel

  • Michele - What a sweet way to honor Cora on her birthday. We are praying for you as we always do…wishing Cora a HAPPY, HAPPY 1st Birthday!!
    Your Sister in Christ,

  • Kim - We will continue to keep you in our prayers. I can’t imagine how hard tomorrow will be for you, but know that you have so many strangers like me praying for you. I hope tomorrow you will feel some peace and know that Cora is looking down on you free of any pain. We’ll say a special prayer tonight and tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • The Mumaw's - I am thinking of you and praying for God to give you strength
    Amy Mumaw

  • shepherdsgrace - will be praying…

    I love the balloon release idea…

    I am sorry for your loss and thankful for your trust, thank you for sharing your faith in a faithful Lord with us…

    May He encourage you in a special way today..

  • Debbie and April - Happy Birthday sweet Cora:) Praying for you all!


  • Karina - Sending you love from Canada on sweet Cora’s birthday. Your family has entered my heart, many tears are being shed for your loss. I have never prayed, but you make me want to! I wish there was more I could do…ReplyCancel

  • Mama10EE - Praying for you right now for peace in your hearts. Cora is such a beautiful angel and certainly is having a wonderful party in Heaven today. My heart aches for you.ReplyCancel

  • Tabitha and Family - My heart and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - God Bless on you this bitterswet day! Happy 1st Birthday to sweet Cora in heaven.


  • Amy - Prayers coming from Washington.

    (((Happy Birthday sweet Cora))))ReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - I’ve thought about you lots as we celebrated our little ones 1st birthday this past weekend.
    I just took down the decorations on Tuesday.

    This morning I woke and said a prayer for you, Joel and Cora and thought of your post.

    I went into Jillian’s room to open her drapes and outside the window was a single pink balloon. As tears streamed down my face, I smiled a thought maybe your Sweet Angel Cora heard me this morning.

    May Peace and Love surround you both today.

  • Kendra - Happy birthday Cora! Thoughts and prayers to you, Joel, and family.

    Kendra in LouisianaReplyCancel

  • Sarah Montanye - Tears in my eyes and praying for your family……

    Happy Birthday Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy birthday Cora! What a precious little angel! May God wrap his loving arms around you & give you the strength to get through the day. I am so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • beckley - praying for you right now.

  • Jennifer W. - Happy Birthday sweet, sweet Cora. Your beautiful soul has touched so many lives!ReplyCancel

  • The Snyders - Thinking of you and praying for you right now!

  • Kerri - Happy Birthday sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Liana - I think there is a reason I found this post today at a few minutes past 10 today. Through my tears I said a prayer for you and your family as you are visiting Cora. It is a beautiful day here in the midwest. Happy Birthday sweet Cora. Thank you again for sharing your story and witnessing to so many of us. I wish Cora’s passing wasn’t the reason, but your story makes me hug my boys tighter and appreciate the small things that much more. And finally, your amazing faith though this is inspirational. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - My thoughts and prayers are with you today. My prayer is that you will have a very special day with your families remembering your very special girl, Cora.

    Praying in Washington,

  • Misty Rice-Baniewicz - We celebrated this morning Cora’s birthday…. we released 11 pink balloons for the months she spent here with you. And 1 silver balloon for the 1 month she has had her wings.

    I took pictures of the celebration if you would like to view it.

    We sang your song……..

    You all were lifted up in prayers by sister and brothers in christ all around the world.

    Please enjoy the photos in memory of your little girl.

    I wanted to email it to you direct…. but didn’t see an email address.
    God Bless.

  • Amy - Happy birthday angel CoraReplyCancel

  • Oakenfoldgrl - May God hold you tight today as you celebrate the birthday of your sweet little one. I’m so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Brian and Staci - I am on my knees for you…right now, it’s 10:15 and I hope your heart feels all the love being offered up for you today. God give you strenth to endure through this day…and all the rest of the days to come.ReplyCancel

  • Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm - I know today must be beyond difficult for you. I can not even imagine how hard,but I wanted to let you know that we are thinking about you and praying for you. huge hugs!

  • Michelle - Praying for you and your family today. I imagine Cora will be looking for her balloons to float up to her and smile.ReplyCancel

  • Holly - I found your blog a few weeks back and have been reading ever since. I’m so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of your family and Cora today (and everyday). God bless you! I hope you don’t mind that I placed the Cora’s Playground donation button on my blog along with a little note about your story.ReplyCancel

  • Marcie @ Grace Required Here - Praying for devine appointments as God carries you both through the day!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - By now you’ve released those pink balloons, and I hope and pray that it was a sweet time of remembering your precious girl. My prayers are with you and your family today.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - I am praying for you right at this moment-I am sure the balloons are being released-so neat but also so sad. I am sure Cora is having a great birthday with Jesus but I know you are missing her so much. My heart sure aches for you and am praying God will give you the grace you need for today. We all are growing to love your family and will keep praying for you and can’t wait to see that playground.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - Ya’ll have been in my thoughts so strongly today! Praying and praying.ReplyCancel

  • ~Cherie - I have been thinking of you even more than usual for the past few days leading up to today. I told my husband today that it was Cora’s birthday and I wished her a happy birthday as well. I pray for you and your family right now in the is very moment. God be with you.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora! I am praying for you today. I can only imagine the chorus singing to her today. I pray that our God will comfort you in the way that only HE can.


  • The Gardners - Happy 1st birthday Cora!!

    Thinking of you Jess and Joel!ReplyCancel

  • James' Full House - Praying for you and your family today. I pray God’s love and grace wash over you and cover you today. That you find strength through him. That you are surrounded by family and friends. That you never forget any of the precious memories of your beautiful girl.
    You and your family have been on my mind daily for a month now. I have shared your story with everyone I know. You have a mighty prayer team in Alabama.

  • Emily - Happy Birthday to Cora! What a beautiful day we have today here in KS. It makes me think Cora is running around playing and wanted us all to enjoy her big day. May God be with today and always.
    XOXOX EmilyReplyCancel

  • The Harper Family - Happy Birhtday sweet baby Cora. I know the angels are singing to you today!

    May God continue to be with your family!ReplyCancel

  • McKenzie - My heart aches yet I celebrate the life of Cora and her story today on her birthday! I’ll watch to see if the pink balloons make it on to heaven for her party! What a great addition to her perfect party it will be!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Happy Birthday Baby Girl! Know that there are people all over the world celebrating the life of your child today! Realize that when the sun sets, and pink shines, it’s pink balloons reflecting off the rays of sunshine that have been set free in a western state!

    ((Hugs)) from Utah!ReplyCancel

  • The Carroll's - The angels are singing and dancing and blowing their horns… Happy Birthday to you sweet Cora! What a party you are having in heaven.

    Joel and Jess- Praying, praying, praying without ceasing!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Each time I check your blog I am truly inspired and in awe of your Faith and strength. I will be praying for you and your family today!

    God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Everytime I visit your blog I am amazed and inspired by your Faith and strength. I will be praying for you and your family today! Happy Birthday, Cora!

    God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - You are in my prayers today.

    Happy Birthday, sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Molly - Praying for you. Happy Birthday to your precious Angel Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Tears! My heart is broken for you. It’s moments like these that I think life just isn’t fair. You are in my prayers!!!!ReplyCancel

  • ~Violet~ - Happy Birthday sweet, beautiful Cora!

    I know the angels are playing with her and celebrating.

    My prayers are with you today and always, but extra hugs are being sent your way on this sad, but oh so special day!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - happy birthday cora!ReplyCancel

  • Mommy2QTPies - i can not imagine…still praying for you on this hard day…happy birthday to your sweet cora!

    mommy in indianaReplyCancel

  • Julie - Happy Birthday, sweet Cora!!! And thinking of you both as you remember your sweet little girl. Wish I could make it all better.

    Hugs and prayersReplyCancel

  • onlymehere - I’ve been following your blog for some time now and I pray that God gives you the strength and peace in your heart to make it through Cora’s birthday. I believe that he will allow her spirit to be there with you on this day. May God bless you always. CindyReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - It’s not fair that it is us, who are left behind that miss those who have gone before us. They are fortunate to live the wonder of our Lord and feel no loneliness, no sadness and no sorrow. They get to celebrate each and every day, like an eternal birthday. I’m sure she’s watching you and God is sending his angels to wrap their wings around you on this day. I trust in Him, that he will not send you more than you can handle and will help see you through this day. My prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - an anonymous reader thinking of you in toronto, ontario and hoping that today is as good as it can be.ReplyCancel

  • Carly Winborne - I was driving along at 10:00 this morning and my thoughts turned to you. i could hardly keep my eyes on the road. i am so torn for you. know that once this day is over, you’ll never have to live it again.

    you are in my prayers today and everyday.ReplyCancel

  • Hair Bows & Guitar Picks - I am praying for you today and always…ReplyCancel

  • Steph - Happy Birthday sweet baby girl! The sun is shining ever so brightly this March day in Nebraska, I pray it is in Kansas too. Thinking of you all and lifting up prayers for strength and peace.ReplyCancel

  • amanda - praying for you. as i sit and celebrate my daughter’s fourth birthday today…i take the time even more so to praise god i have her here. god is good my friend and praying he gives you the peace only he can.ReplyCancel

  • Standing in the Rain - Praying for you guys tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Thinking about you and praying for you today! Happy Birthday, sweet Cora! We’ll be wearing pink shirts today in honor of Cora. Much love and hugs, LoriReplyCancel

  • rachel vaughn - Thinking of you today. Thanking God for putting Cora on this earth for the time she was here. Praying for God’s comfort to you today and always. Cora has been used by God to touch so many lives. Celebrating that she was born a year ago, even though she is now dearly missed. I can only imagine the amazing celebration in Heaven that sweet Cora gets to enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • The Acker Family - My prayers and thoughts are with you today, Happy Birthday sweet baby Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am just one of the thousands of people that has followed your story since the day Cora was diagnosed but hasn’t posted yet. I always want to leave a comment but your blogs leaves me speechless. However, I lift Cora, you and Joel, and your family up in my prayers several times each day. Cora’s story and you and Joel’s unwavering faith in God has inspired me more than any other particular event in my 27 years of life.
    Happy Birthday to Cora today! I’m sure the birthday party she is having with Jesus is a million times greater than we can ever imagine!
    My prayers are with you always-
    Lyndsey (Wichita)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I don’t personally know you, but I am Sharon Hick’s sister. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your love and trust for God just pours out of you, even in this hard situation. That is an encouragement to so many people. I will be praying for you and your family as you laugh and cry and celebrate your sweet baby girl’s life.

    Stephanie EriksenReplyCancel

  • Jill - I have been thinking and praying for you today. That song is so beautiful and I know that Cora is sitting in Gods lap and he is singing that song to her for you. I can’t imagine what you a going though today and everyday but I pray that God will hold you and Joel so tight in his arms.ReplyCancel

  • Marsha - Oh how I know the angels celebrated on the day that your Cora was born and oh how they must be celebrating today! My heart is so sad that you will not be celebrating with her here. I trust that God will hold you in his arms and you will know only the comfort and peace he can provide. My prayers and love are with you today and always……..

    Marsha in VAReplyCancel

  • Marlene W. - Joel and Jess,

    You and your family have been heavy on my heart today. I think of you so often, especially this day, even while standing at the check-out counter at the grocery store and noticing it was 12:03 – 10:03 your time. My heart just breaks for your loss and at the same time rejoices that some amazing day you will join sweet Cora again forever. I KNOW that God is holding you today in his loving arms.

    love from
    Marlene W.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - God Bless little Cora and Happy Birthday to her in heaven! She will be your guardian Angel and watch over you both to give you strength!!ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - Jess and Joel,
    I have prayed for your strength and peace twice already today, and believe me, there will be more times. With tears streaming I pray for you to be whole. I pray for God to send people into your life who can help you most through this time.

    God is good. He will hold you through this, just as he is holding your sweet Cora now.

    By the way, I am quite sure those pink balloons were a beautiful sight to see.

    Praying for your peace,

  • Erin - Happy Birthday, Cora! Thank you for the joy you brought this world…obviously you did your job so well, you were called back to heaven to wear your wings…ReplyCancel

  • Schneider Family - Happy birthday sweet baby Cora. We know you are having a glorious celebration in Heaven today. We sent up a pink balloon at 10:03 this morning.

    Jess and Joel we are praying for you and won’t stop! We are in awe of your faith and have learned so much from your family.

    We pray for peace in your hearts.ReplyCancel

  • amyflew - Thoughts and Prayers on this very special, but difficult day. May the Lord continue to bless you and provide you with peace and understanding during this difficult time. I love the balloon release idea. My husband and I volunteer every year at a pediatric oncology camp in Kansas and we always do a balloon release as part of the Memorial service we have for those we have lost in our camp family over the years!ReplyCancel

  • Mindy - Happy Birthday to your sweet baby! I will be thinking of you today even more than usual. I got a little gift from Cora today too. I ordered something from JoysHope on Etsy and it came today tucked inside was a sweet little photo of Cora in that bassinet in front the tree with the sunlight shining behind her. The photo had “thank you” printed in the corner.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - You are in my prayers. I pray that God will comfort you tomorrow and give you an unexplainable peace that helps you through the day. God bless you,


  • Julie - Dear Joel and Jess,
    I am so sad to know the pain you are feeling today. Only the Lord can help you survive what should have been such a beautiful and happy day. I am praying and crying for you both.ReplyCancel

  • Tasha Roe - You guys are in our prayers! We will be praying for strength and understanding, comfort and love to be pour out on everyone!!

    The RoesReplyCancel

  • Zingo Tots - my heart is with youReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - As the pink balloons sailed up in the air so did my prayers to keep your family strong during this difficult time! Hang in there! I’ve been praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary who knows all too well the pain you are feeling that she may intercede and help to mend your broken heart. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • All Doll(ed) Up - Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday sweet Cora, Happy Birthday to you!
    We love you Guys!

  • Lori - I will be praying for you throughout the day. May God bless you as you grieve, and may He comfort all parents who have lost their children.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Em - Happy Birthday sweet Cora. We will all be rejoicing your birth today because of the miracle that you are. Please Lord embrace Cora’s loved ones and let them feel your love even more today. I pray for peace in our hearts as we try to accept Cora’s passing knowing you have a greater good in mind.

    I will smile today when I think of Cora, as I more often then not cry when I think of her but today I will rejoice her birth and be happy to have been so deeply affected by her. What a perfect miracle Cora has been to all of us.ReplyCancel

  • the*4*of*us - Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I had a good cry today. I wanted to wish Cora a very Happy Birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Shimmermeblue - I am so sorry for your loss. Happy Birthday Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - For so many days, actually weeks now, we have been praying for you and today is no different. Cora will continue to be in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers will you and Joel.


  • Annie Whitehurst - Know that you are being covered in prayer today by so many— I am sure your friends, your family, and strangers like me. I hope you feel God’s love and peace extra today as a result of those prayers. My husband and I have walked a similar valley that you are walking and my heart has a tender spot for you and your family. God is good–that’s all I know. He is the ultimate Redeemer!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Blessings to you both! I’m praying for you in Sleepy Eye, MN!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - praying for you… may God hold you in His perfect peace, the peace that passes all understanding. I can’t begin to imagine the pain you feel. Praying, praying, praying.ReplyCancel

  • Tanyetta - Praying that GOD gives you the comfort you need during this time of grief.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth in PA - I’ve been thinking, praying, and crying today for you. Cora is having her own special birthday celebration, just as you and Joel are, too, with those who Cora had to leave behind too soon. So many of us are lifting you up today, hoping you feel love and peace on this bittersweet day.

    Happy Birthday sweet little Cora … you and your mom and dad have forever changed me.ReplyCancel

  • Splendid Things - You have been in my prayers. Happy birthday to sweet, little Cora! An Etsy friend, JeanetteReplyCancel

  • Susannah - Be strong, the Lord is with you! May God shower you with his abundant love tomorrow. Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • ran shae - thinking of you and praying for you today. happy birthday sweet Cora girl!ReplyCancel

  • dg darling - March 5th

    Praying for you today…Wishing Miss Cora a happy, heavenly birthday…


  • Arah - Happy Birthday Cora!
    I hope that she has made friends with my little Olivia and that they are celebrating her birthday together.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah - I know God will give you the strength to get through this day, and all the days to come. I know it with all my heart. I send all my love and prayers to you. You and your precious baby girl are in my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. MK - strength for today, tommorow and all the days to come! I will be remembering you!ReplyCancel

  • The Evans Family - Happy Birthday Cora! My children and I will release a pink balloon for her tomorrow! You will be in our prayers for the strength to get through a very trying day!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday, Sweet Baby Cora! Having read your blog about your sweet baby girl, I have been so moved by your unwavering faith in our Heavenly Father.

    We lift you up in prayer in Waterford, CA.ReplyCancel

  • Starsnrose - The sheer number of comments tells me so much about how your precious Cora has touched lives. I know this has been an incredibly difficult day for you, but God has His arms supporting you. Being a “surviving” Mom is every parents worst nightmare, but God sustains and loves each of us who are in that category for now. The key is keeping our eyes on Him and the time we will spend in heaven with our little ones. I’m praying for you during this difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • The Nebrigs - I will pray that the Lord will give you so much peace and love, and that you will just feel Jesus and Cora’s presents.ReplyCancel

  • sarahross - Happy Birthday Cora. My husband and I lost his sister, my BFF, and our niece over the past eight years together…we still celebrate their birthdays, which serve as loving reminders of what God has given and taken away in His precious time. Prayers continue…ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Cora,
    Happy Birthday to you!!

    Thinking of you Jess and Joel and praying for you today.

    God Bless you both.ReplyCancel

  • Patrice - I am praying for you and my heart aches for the pain you must be going through.

    I know in heaven there is big celebration going on today in honor of her first birthday!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Approaching the throne for you today!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Praying for you in Tennessee…ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Praying for you in Tennessee…ReplyCancel

  • Elena - You are such an inspiration. I have been praying for you and your family throughout the day, and will continue to do so.ReplyCancel

  • JANE - My heart is with you today and God’s strength is with you always. May He lift you both up and hold you near.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora. My two daughters and I had a little celebration for you. I hope you heard it! We sang for you and sent you some pink balloons.

    Cora, you are so loved…ReplyCancel

  • threemoonbabies - Happy Birthday Cora. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday to Cora! My thoughts are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Alison - Oh sweet Mac’s…You are in my prayers and constantly on my heart. I am so sorry for your loss. Ever time I visit your blog I cannot help but cry. I am a believer and I know that Cora is safe and happy with Jesus, but still, your loss has touched me so deeply. Lifting you up in prayer this week.


  • amy - much, much love and prayers for you and your family. i hope today you find comfort in knowing that cora is with her King and that someday you will meet again. sending you hugs across the miles!
    the jupin family
    madison, alabamaReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Joel and Jess
    My family and I released a dozen pink balloons and my little one released his on special Happy Birthday balloon, to honor your Beautiful Cora on her birthday. As with the past weeks, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I too tried to smile instead of cry when wishing your sweet girl Happy Birthday.


  • Jennifer - I’ve been thinking about you all day, and just had to stop in and post today. My son also shares Cora’s birthday, though a year earlier. You are in my thoughts and prayers oftenReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - I live in Houston, Texas and am a photographer. I am doing a session for a family or child and donating it to Cora’s playground. People are so excited to help in any way that they can. Your blog will continue to be theraputic and
    a blessing to those that find it. Happy Birthday, sweet Cora!

  • liz r. - Praying for you. You will have the strength.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! I know your cake today is sweet! May you rest close to your Mommy and Daddy tonight, for they miss you so much! Give them peace today, peace that passes all understanding!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Oh I am praying for you today. I have found myself in tears more than once thinking of the celebration that you should be having for your Cora. How neat that she gets to celebrate her very first birthday with Jesus! I will continue to pray for you during this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Michael, Dlaina & Ethan Lindsay - Our prayers are with you, you are a very strong women I’m so sorry for you loss!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - oh goodness. Happy birthday to your sweet angel. i dont’ really know how to say what I want to you…first, i am so sad and sorry for your loss. And second, thank you for the way you show your faith to all of us who read. I can not imagine how I would survive a loss of my baby (or anyone close to me), and I am sure that is exactly why God brought me to your site. I am so inspired by your faith and your strength in the Lord, and I know that is what I lack. So, I am working on my faith, thinking and praying for you daily, and hoping I can read your blog someday without choking back tears. peace to you today.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Your story breaks my heart. However, I am glad that you know the God who loves you more dearly than you can imagine. Your baby is beautiful and I will be remembering her precious life. Praying for peace for you both as well.ReplyCancel

  • The Momma Bird - My heart aches just thinking about what you’re going through…I can’t imagine the grief that you’re experiencing.

    Today, I approach the Throne of Grace, asking the One who also lost His child, to give you enough strength to make it through this day, and the next…ReplyCancel

  • THE SPIVEY"S - My family will be praying for you today. I know that God will give you the strength to get through this day. He is with you with open arms. Happy Birthday Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Miss G - I pray that He will strengthen you out of His glorious riches. I pray that this evening is brighter than the morning. I pray that each second He is surrounding you with His love. God bless you Joel and Jessica. KellyReplyCancel

  • The Pifer's - I will be praying for you, God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Hugs and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • JAMBA - Happy birthday sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Moulton - You Don’t know me, but I have to express my sympathy to you and your husband, as a mother I cannot even begin to think of what you are going through. Your faith is so inspirational to me, and I admire you for that. You are exactly right when you say that Cora is having the best birthday ever in heaven.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless.

    Tanya Moulton
    Woodsville, NHReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Cora gets to celebrate all of her birthdays with Jesus. Praying that the Lord continues to give you the strength to face each day. Cora’s short lives has touched so many. Your faith and hope in the Lord has been an encouragement to so many. May you rest in the arms of Jesus when the days are hard. Those same arms are holding Cora close.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - I found your blog today and even though I don’t know you, I find it hard not to continue to sob and feel some of your pain as I read through your last month and a half.
    I celebrate Cora’s life with you today, she and both of you will forever be in my heart and prayers.
    Your story and her very special spirit will continue to touch people and remind everyone of what is truly important in our lives.
    I pray that you both may find strength, comfort and possibly some joy on your beautiful babies birthday.
    Alicia in UtahReplyCancel

  • Cudabacks - Happy birthday cora we love youReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - hello,
    i found your site through nicole bronson’s. i lost a good friend of mine this morning at 2:30am to a very short battle with cancer. he was 25 and an amazingly funny, strong, and determined guy who is now in Heaven and celebrating your daughter’s first birthday…i wish the two of you comfort during this time and know that i am praying for you.
    In His Name,
    Lisa P.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - While my heart aches for your loss, I celebrate Cora’s extraordinary life and legacy. Praying for strength and peace for your family. Happy Birthday, Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - You will most definitely be blanked in prayer tomorrow. ((Hugs))ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I was praying for you all day long. I hope you felt the comfort of your loving Father today. Know that you loved by many.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Prayers and Tears for you both all day today..We sent pink balloons up to celebrate your Cora’s day..ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Bless you sweet people in your grief. Praises for the gifts she leaves behind and for the joy in the days to come. God is good.ReplyCancel

  • lisa - Joel and Jess,

    You don’t know me, but I have been so touched by your strength and faith, I just can’t imagine how you do it. I must say, you have truly renewed my faith in God by seeing you go through such a difficult ordeal. If your story has touched me so deeply, as I see it has touched so many others, there is something wonderful and good to be celebrated. I have been selling many items on etsy for your sweet little Cora and have been honored to be a small part of her legacy at your church. God Bless You both!

    Happy Birthday Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Lee Goodwyn - I have prayed for you today. May the comfort of our Healer be with you today and in the days to come! Your strength and faith has touched so many lives!

    ” Be still and know that I am God”
    Psalms 46:10ReplyCancel

  • blairspage - It breaks my heart that you had to celebrate Cora’s birthday without her. But, you are so right that she is celebrating with Jesus in Heaven and she is also not hurting there.

    Big Hugs – Tiffany
    in ArkansasReplyCancel

  • amy - Happy Birthday, sweet darling in heaven. So many people love you and miss you, though many of us never had the chance to meet you. You have touched our hearts, Cora, and we will be forever changed.ReplyCancel

  • The Crazy Bus - we are again praying for you here in NJ.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora- You have made this world a better place! May God bless you and your beautiful family who love you so!ReplyCancel

  • Midwest Mommy - I commented yesterday but I just wanted to tell you, you have been in my thoughts all day today.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney and the Boys - Just wanted to let you know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers today. God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - we sang your sweet song for her too.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praying for lots of strength for you guys. May the peace that can only come from Jesus surround you today!
    Love, Kristin AmatoReplyCancel

  • kellyb - My son will be 12 yrs on the 5th and he started his sweet life out in the NICU. Every birthday from now on, I will be stop, pray and remember your sweet Cora. If and when you have a moment to sit and reflect I ask that you go to and read their incrediable journey through their sons cancer and death. The faith they had everyday and continue to have made me fall to my knees and grow closer to God. I pray that you will visit their site and be strengthened by their wisdom and love for our Savior as you begin this long journey to some sort of normal. Praying from the plains of NW OK. <>< ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday Cora, sweet angel. I am praying that you found her all around you today and she gave you joy and hope. I am so sorry you have to go through this. God Bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Primm - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

  • hbmommy - God bless you and be with you tomorrow and always. Much love to you both. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.ReplyCancel

  • Hoover Family - Happy Birthday Cora…I am sure this day has been like no other…difficult. Cora is with her creator and you will meet again. Stay stong. We are praying lots for your family.
    Praying in SC…just know that she has touched people lives that never met her or you. (thats me)
    I stumbed upon your blog through a friends and I could not stop reading…and crying. Cora has touched my life…and made me look at my little girl in a different light. I am forever greatful to Cora for that. GOD BLESS…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday sweet girl!! Hope your party with Jesus is heavenly!! Keeping your mom and dad in my prayers!!ReplyCancel

  • jkck - My sweet Kelsi who passed when she was 10 months old will be there to celebrate with your sweet angel. Happy Birthday Cora! Holidays without all of our angels are the hardest – especially birthdays. The balloon release sounds very nice. Wishing you constant peace and healing.ReplyCancel

  • The Vigil Family - Prayed for your many times today! We were cleaning out our garage and I truly can not tell you how many times I thought of you guys! Please take care! It is hard but you will be blessed threw your life that will make the hurt lessen! God Bless and stay strong!!

  • Ohtobebeautiful - I will be celebrating my daughter’s first birthday this Sat and you will never be far from my thoughts. I am praying so hard for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Your faith through your unimaginable grief moves me to tears. I pray for your family daily. Happy Birthday Sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Tammie Maddy - Happy Birthday baby Cora!! We will continue to pray.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - I thanked Cora this evening….after I collected myself from a scare. Allow me to explain…After work I pulled into our neighborhood and as Im rounding the 4 way stop to our home that is 3 houses away, I see a woman standing on the corner of the sidewalk holding a little girls hand. I couldn’t see her face but I thought the curly hair looked familiar. I got a better look and yes it was my 2 year old standing there with a stranger!! I pulled my car over and got out and said she was mine and of course my worried face probably said it all. Very disturbing to see your child out in the neighborhood like that. I looked toward the house and I knew my husband was out in the garage. Apparently what had happened was he didn’t have the front door all the way shut and she just helped herself outside and down the street. The lady said she was standing in the street and this is 5pm when a lot of traffic is coming home from work. So here is my little girl, panda bear clutched in her arms, no shoes or coat outside alone, and nothing phasing her. That is an image I will never forget.
    I was so grateful to the lady for stopping and helping and a neighbor guy (who I didn’t know) for helping too. It could have been so much worse. So later as I kept recalling the image I realized that someone was looking out for my baby and how strange that it was on Cora’s birthday. See, your little angel is already doing a great job!ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - Prayed all day for you, friends. Loving you!ReplyCancel

  • Holly in Albuquerque - Happy birthday sweet Cora. You have truly impacted so many lives, it’s amazing. A big hug to mom and dad…you guys are amazing. Continuing to pray for you and your family…ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Today is also my youngest daughter Lilliah’s birthday. She turned 5 today. From now on we will always remember Cora and you on her birthday. We also release balloons on our son Dylan’s birthday to honor his memory. It is absoultly beautiful to see all of the balloons floating to Heaven. We also attach notes do we can tell Dylan how much we love and miss him and to wish him a happy birthday. Today Heaven is celebrating BIG TIME. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CORA!
    Courtney MayfieldReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Praying for peace and comfort!ReplyCancel

  • Chesnye - I know that Cora will have a wonderful Heavenly birthday, I only hope that you are able to find peace and strength on this special day. I will be praying for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • elm - I had a baby boy. He went to be with Jesus, too. I can tell you that the pain that I felt – only 20 months ago is not the same pain that I feel today. The sharp and intense pain of losing a child is indescribable. I prayed constantly for God’s peace in my heart. I was granted the peace and grace of God. There will be many rough days ahead. Know that I am praying for God’s peace to fill you and your husband. I am praying for more good days than bad. I am praying that love surrounds you. I pray that you find joy in the time that you spent with Cora. May God bless you both greatly today, tomorrow and always.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Praying for you to have peace on this day. God bless you both~ReplyCancel

  • Vera - Happy Birthday, Cora – my thoughts today are in Heaven right with you, sweet baby!! Praying, praying, praying for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - We’ve never met – but I pray for you all the time.

    I know that today must be unbelievably difficult. I will continue to pray for you.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I don’t know you personally, but I have followed your story and I thought of you all day today. I said several prayers that God would help you make it through the day as you remembered your sweet baby girl on her birthday.

    I’ll be continuing to pray for you!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy and Jack - Joel and Jessica,

    I have been and will continue to pray for you and your beautiful family. I don’t know if you’re interested or not, but I would love to redesign your blog for you if you’d like a blog design (no charge of course) – e-mail me at if you’d like me to design something and I’ll be happy to get it started for you.

    Much love in Christ,


  • The Stuckys - We’ve been praying for you guys lots today – you are never far from our thoughts! Happy Birthday to your sweet little Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - It’s the end of the day now, and I hope you have felt the peace of God and the arms of Jesus through the difficulty today.
    I’ve been thinking about you guys a lot, and thinking about the strange way that God weaves beauty and pain together…I know the hole in your heart is gaping, and yet even still God shows Himself Good through your beautiful faith and commitment to Him. I don’t know why He chose for it to be this way, but wow, His grace is sufficient, and His power is evident in your lives.
    Love you guys. *Leah*ReplyCancel

  • seabafive - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! I have never met any of you, but what an amazing family you were born into! I am sure you are having a fantastic birthday party with Jesus!

    I prayed for you guys today as i’m sure it was a very hard day!ReplyCancel

  • Kappa Prep - I am continue to say prayers for you all! I hope today was a beautiful celebration of sweet Cora’s life! She is having the best party imaginable, she is celebrating with Jesus!!!ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    You have been in my thoughts and whispered prayers throughout this day.

    I’m sure you’ve imagined this day very differently in the past… I am so, truly sorry. I’ve been praying that you would be able to make some sweet memories with family on this difficult day.

    My kids and I released hot pink balloons for Cora today, as I said we would. We each wrote a little note to Cora & attached them to our balloons. Before letting them go, we prayed together that the Lord would guide each balloon to someone who needs Him.

    I posted pictures of our notes to Cora, and the releasing of the balloons, on my blog. If you should ever feel led to visit my blog, you can click on Cora’s name in my tag cloud to bring up the posts I’ve written about her. I pray it will encourage and bless your heart. No pressure. If you never visit, that’s absolutely okay, too!

    Love & Prayers,
    Christy KleinReplyCancel

  • Shelly - I’m so sorry for all that you have gone through, and will continue to pray for you both. Happy Birthday, sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - It’s 1:15 am and I’m awake thinking about you and praying for you.

    Christy Klein’s blog (a few posts above this) made me burst into tears, but they were the happy kind.

    People care. They really care. God will see you through this.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - I don’t know you but my heart just aches for you. I just found your blog tonight and started reading through it. I pray you feel peace, strength and love! Lots of love!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I just wanted to wish your little girl a happy birthday. I hope today as hard as I can only imagine was for you also was filled with warmth as you remembered your beautiful daughter. You are in my thoughts always.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Stegent - Happy “late” birthday precious Cora!!

    I cannot imagine not having her here for her 1st birthday! I am sorry! I cannot even stand the thought of what you must or could be feeling!

    You two are precious!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Stegent - Oh, and I loved that you release pink balloons…that’s really sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - My heart is lifted in prayer for you all. Although I am reading this a day ‘late’, know that you have been prayed for many times over.ReplyCancel

  • Elise - Happy Birthday to Cora!! I am praying for God to just wrap HIS loving arms around y’all and to give you peace, comfort, and strength.

  • Anonymous - Thoughts and prayers for your family today!ReplyCancel

  • Mom to 4 Sweeties - Praying today for you all, and knowing Cora is having an amazing birthday celebration in the arms of Jesus. May the peace that surpasses all understanding surround and comfort you today.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Although I don’t know you vand the depth of your pain. You have touched my heart….as you have done to many around the world. God is faithful and He is good. I believe that He will hold you in His hands as you travel this often dark journey through grief. Your daughter was beautiful, and so full of love. I am so sorry you must walk this path… but amazed that you are still able to see the beauty in God’s world and His people.
    God bless you.

  • Koningskind - Happy birthday Cora.
    You and your parents are wrapped in the Father’s loving arms.
    My little boy is with you there in heaven to celebrate your birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy 1st Birthday Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Joel and Jess – Prayed for you very much yesterday. Was glad to see the sunshine and praised God for it. A little gift to you from our God. Praying for His blessing for you today…heaps of blessing…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you.


  • Stacy - i will be praying for u guys tom…..may u have God’s Peace~ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - we will be praying in Ohio…ReplyCancel

  • Tara - Happy Birthday sweet Cora…I hope you found the strength to get through the day…I feel little tears welling in my eyes and a lump in my throat and I didn’t know your sweet baby, but as a momma the pain is felt no matter if we know your sweet child or not. She is celebrating to her hearts content in heaven…~ReplyCancel

  • annalee - we are praying for you guys especially much this week! praising God for creating such a delightful, beautiful baby girl and making her perfect and whole now. at the same time overwhelmed with grief for you who are here and missing her so immensely. sending lots of love and prayers from texas.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday sweet Cora. You will live in my heart forever. You have truly changed my life. I will continue to pray for your mommy and daddy everyday.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - Praying for you today!ReplyCancel

  • becky - somehow i happened on your blog and wanted to send my love to you and your family. my daughter was born march 10th and passed away august 17th. she would have celebrated her 5th birthday next week.

    i can imagine the pain you are going through. you have a strong commitment of faith and love and i’m grateful for you.

    my prayers are with you…ReplyCancel

  • The little things - happy birthday beautiful baby girl… we’re celebrating your life and your legacy!ReplyCancel

  • The Gayden's - Happy Birthday sweet Cora…
    Jess and Joel, you and your family and friends are in my prayers everyday, especially today.
    I want you to know that your faith has helped me personally. My daughter Gabriella was born at Wesley two days after Cora’s passing six weeks early. It was your faith that got me through those horrible days in NICU and helped me with my fears after we came home. I was a Christian before but never had I seen so much faith and your blog and scriptures the strength to get through those days. Thank you. I am heartbroken for you for the pain you are going through. During those days at the hospital, I could feel your pain as I was there not very long after. You two have been through so much and I am not sure how you are doing it but your faith is amazing. I know that nothing anyone can say or do can ease your pain but I have faith that God is helping you through this and using all three of you to reach thousands of people all over the united states and beyond.
    Happy Birthday sweet Cora, we all miss you!

    In Christ’s love

  • Anonymous - Jess and Joel, my heart aches for you both. I know you will find the strength thru prayer. I wish there was something I could do to ease your pain.. I hope that sending my love and prayers helps in some small way… Paula-*ReplyCancel

  • ReminisceHeirlooms - God bless your family and I pray for your peace on her birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Susie (So Blessed) - Praying for you as you miss your precious daughter. May God hold you close and comfort your hearts and give you strength to get through each day of this grief journey.ReplyCancel

  • Hana - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora! Sing Angel Sing! You’ll never know how many lives you’ve touched!ReplyCancel

  • The Russell Family - praying for you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • BenLand - I hope you are able to find peace….Cora was such a beautiful little girl…..her spirit will live on forever in the hearts of all those who were touched by her life…..including me…
    So sorry for your loss…ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - I’m praying God will be ever present to you in your time of need. Wrap yourself in His arms.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely Little Flowers - I will be on my knees tomorrow morning. May God hold you as you mourn the loss of Cora and I pray that you will see Jesus and praise Him for He is Good!
    May you feel His presence!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - You are in our prayers. Remember to celebrate Cora tomorrow. I am sure she is celebrating with you. Another family lost their little girl a few days ago and she would have turned 1 on thee 20th of this month. I SO bet that her and Cora will be great friends! Her name is Gracie and her blog is:

    Maybe you can give them so support as they prepare for her funeral tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Praying for you today.

    Much love to you!ReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from PICU - Hello to all! I couldn’t type to you yesterday as I was toooo teary all day! My class stopped at 10:03 and said a “happy” prayer and then we sang happy birthday to Cora… I was crying the whole time…… I miss you and am always praying for you! I hope you made it through the day ok, and had peace in knowing she was having an awesome birthday in heaven! I can’t iamagine your pain, so I won’t pretend to, I just know that we love you and are here praying ALWAYS!

    love you all!

    AMIE and JasonReplyCancel

  • Poefam - I am amazed by your strength and am praying for you now. May the peace that only our Savior can bring continue to be felt more and more!ReplyCancel

  • amy - I forgot to leave a comment on Cora’s birthday but, please know that I continue to lift you up in prayer everyday. I just know that Jesus was holding your precious litte Cora and telling her about how you took such good care of her while she was with you & how much you all love her while you were releasing those pink balloons. What a beautiful sight it must have been…can you even imagine how much she must have giggled?

    many hugs,

  • Davene - Thank you for sharing your thoughts today. Please know that many, many, many people will be lifting you up in prayer tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - My eldest was also born on March 5th.

    I could barely stand to read your words….you are in my thoughts, and will be from here on out.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Jones - Jess, I guess I can be considered an “older woman’ now, and I had these thoughts for you. Please don’t feel any obligation to blog if you don’t feel up to it. We are here to be the givers, and for now you are the receiver. Please give yourself time, and grace, and whatever you need. We will remain here, praying for you and sending our hearts to you. I can’t help but think there will be times when you just need to be private, and we will understand. God be with you on a second-by-second basis, you dear, sweet, amazing woman.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Bless your hearts today and every day. It’s just not right that you, or anyone has to go through this. But, I can’t imagine those that endure this pain without knowing our Lord and Savior. Happy Birthday Cora…I know you’re having a huge party!

    Going to your etsy store right now…glad it’s stocked up!

    May tomorrow bring a new day and a new hope for you as you walk this path.

    Love and prayers to you,
    Susan in IndianaReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Prayers, Huggs & Love to your family. God Will Be With You And Keep You.
    Happy Birthday Cora!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Joel and Jessica
    still sending you encouragement, prayers today and everyday.


  • Kristi - I am praying for you both. I cannot imagine what you are going through.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hope you and Joel are doing okay. I think about you multiple times a day and just wanted you to know that you are thought of often. I hope the building of Cora’s playground in some calm in the storm of emotion you must experience every minute. You are both amazing and so touching to read about. Much love-ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday Cora!

    A Birthday in Heaven

    I heard you crying yesterday

    And felt your heart-sent love

    So I’m sending you this message

    Now, from Heaven up above

    You’re wondering if I’ll celebrate

    My Birthday (way up here)

    I know you’re missing me today

    I feel your essence near.

    God planned a special day for me

    He told me with a wink

    He’d ordered me a special cake

    (It’s Angel food, I think)

    I’m getting lots of hugs from God

    He’s really good at that

    And every time that I walk by

    He gives my head a pat

    Balloons will fill the streets for me

    They float up through the clouds

    And we have lots of clowns up here

    That make us laugh out loud

    There is a birthday carousel

    Jeweled horses ride the wind

    With music playing oh so sweet…

    The magic never ends

    I’ve made so many friends, you see

    We laugh and play and sing

    We ride our bikes and play jump rope

    And sleep in Angel’s wings

    We’ll have our cake and ice cream

    And open gifts, surprise!

    But we don’t blow out our candles here

    Instead, they light the skies.

    Praying for you in SDReplyCancel

  • 65 Roses for Marcia - Praying for you…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You are both in my prayers daily, along with others parents who have lost a child. God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Praying for you tonight as you face another Sunday tomorrow. I’d imagine Sundays are tough.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi..Just thinking of you guys. I know tomorrow will be a hard day, every day is hard I imagine. Know that you thought of multiple times day and night. My heart continues to ache for you. My prayers are with you..


  • Zaundra - God bless you all, for your strength, courage, and faith.

    The Lord has you all in his arms right now. My heart just pours out for you all. I was in tears after reading your blog. I know this is the hardest thing. I lost a baby in 2003! Very hard to deal with but I will tell you to continue to be strong. Hold on to the Lord because he guides us where he wants us to be and that is living a peaceful life. Being able to remember his promises for us and why things happens. Your daughter looked just like a little angel. Just beautiful. I would hope that her and my baby girl meet up in heaven to play with one another. Her name was Heavyn! God Bless you all and my prayers are with you all forever. All those happy memories will always bring her back to life. Just beautiful!

    ” The Lord is near you, even when you don’t see him” His Arms are around you even when you don’t see them”

    God Bless You all!

    Butterfly kisses to you!!


  • The Carroll's - Praying for peace today.

    – A blog friend in AtlanaReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - This song has been playing in my head since little sweet Cora went to Heaven. I’m sure she brightened up the place!

    Blessed are the tears that fall
    Clean the windows of the soul
    And usher in a change of heart
    And bring a joy that angels know


  • Anonymous - Thinking of you Jess, Joel and your families. Will continue to pray.ReplyCancel

  • Lacey - I haven’t been able to get back here to let you know we’ve been praying and thinking of you all – especially during Evalynn’s celebration – we saved cake for sweet Cora. Hope you made it through the day and got to at least smile a little through your tears. Crying for you now….

  • Anonymous - Praying for you both, and the extended families. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for you on Cora’s birthday…I hope your faith continues to sustain you in these difficult days. Kind Regards, Leslie in CTReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Still feeling such pain for you and Joel on today, March 8th.
    Hoping that you are finding some peace. Maybe a smile when you think of that sweet baby girl you miss so very much.


  • Amanda - I hope you will find peace in knowing that Cora is with Jesus on her birthday. What a peaceful thought that is.

    Your strenght makes me want to be better.

    Thank you.

    Amanda-Boise IdahoReplyCancel

  • Lisa - I clicked on your blog from Jen Davidson’s blog. She and I used to live in the same neighborhood and both had sons die of cancer. My son was also diagnosed (at 6 yrs old) with stage IV Neuroblastoma in Aug of 2004 and passed away in April of 2005 at 7 yrs old. My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry you are on this journey. Jen was the one that taught me that hope is the greatest gift for a grieving parent. I wish you hope, comfort and peace.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you today. Hoping that you are finding some comfort.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Thinking of you today (as always).

    Drew and I had a giggle about you this morning. 😉

    I was in an ornery mood when I woke him up so I said, “Kindergartners, if you can hear me clap once.” He still had his eyes closed but he clapped. haha! Then, “Kindergertners, if you can hear me clap twice.” He got a smile and clapped twice.

    Then we did three times and by that point he was awake and giggling. He said, “Mom, you sound just like Mrs. McClenahan!! I miss her.”

    Anyway, just wanted you to know that you’re in our thoughts daily. God bless you today.ReplyCancel

  • Julie B - I don’t know how you’ve been able to keep going…and I don’t know how you’ve stayed so strong. I know I couldn’t have.
    Prayers to you & your husband from another mommy of a sweet little girl!
    I am in awe…ReplyCancel

  • The Carroll's - Not a day goes by that I don’t think of your family. Praying for peace and strength today… and maybe a belly laugh or two 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Maddie's Mommy - Every time I look at your blog and your BEAUTIFUL little girl I cry as if I know you. She is amazing and I couldn’t imagine what you had to go through from the time she was in the hospital to this day. I pray that you will be okay while you go through this healing process you and your husband both. Your story is nothing short of eye opening and amazing. Good Luck and I am so sorry you and your family have to go through this. And good luck with Cora’s Playground. I hope you can post pictures of it whenever you get it built. I have already bought a dress and a few hairbows for my daughter on etsy!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I wanted to drop a note to let you know you are still thought of, loved, and prayed for.ReplyCancel

  • Roark Family - Hello,
    My name is Jaimee and my friend sent me your blog spot because I lost my son to cancer in September…he was 5 months old. The first time I read it was when you had to find your new “normal” and oh, how I remember people saying that to us. I just wanted to scream “WHAT?” but I think I have a better understanding these days of what that is suppose to feel like.

    My son, Gavin Patrick, is also celebrating is 1st birthday this month – the 21st – same day as Dad’s. We plan on going to “Gavin’s Park” with our family, having a picnic, and releasing balloons.

    My heart aches for your family, but know that you are not alone and it seems as though you have a great support system, which is so important.

    Baby Paige is watching over you and wants you to be happy. I wish you nothing but easier days and happiness in the days to come.

    Jaimee RoarkReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi

    Just letting you know that we continue to think and pray for you..Hope you are finding the strength together to get through the days. Wish there was more that I could do for you other than offer comfort in my prayers.


  • Krystal - I am praying for you….ReplyCancel

  • writing4612 - You’ll make it. God will give you the grace, in the way that only he can do.

    Love and Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - With all of my heart I pray that you felt peace and joy at times during the day as you celebrated your precious daughter. God bless you.ReplyCancel