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Here is the Kompan equipment that I was talking about:

This one is called the Home/Rescue Story Maker.  It is so cool.  It is a house on one side and a fire truck on the other side.

We picked the Fairy Castle just for Cora.  We thought she would have loved this one!

Elephant spring ride.


Daisy.  Doesn’t that look like so much fun?

Daffodil.  Joel thought this one was kinda boring, but I know there will be some kids that will LOVE it!
We were so thankful to be able to choose all this equipment.  I have always loved early childhood stuff, so I was so excited when Hutton Construction told us about Kompan.  They have a line of playground equipment designed specifically for 2-5 year olds.  It is so bright and colorful and different from anything I have ever seen.  I love it!  We have shed many tears thinking about how much fun it would have been to take Cora to this playground.  But, we know this playground will serve so many other kids.  Maybe even some of Cora’s siblings some day. We are so thankful for that!
  • Julia - wowza! okay, now every playground I’ve ever been to stinks!ReplyCancel

  • kimberlysayre - All your choices look like so much!ReplyCancel

  • kimberlysayre - fun! oops. ha.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Love the equipment choices! How inspiring you and Joel continue to be.Thanks for the update!


  • Taryn - The playground looks great. I was looking back at some of your posts and the Cora video. Cora is absolutely just so precious and beautiful. I was wondering if you took all those pictures and if so what kind of camera do you have? I love to take pictures and it looks like you do too. Just curious. Thanks so much and God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - I LOVE it all! Especially the elephant 🙂 Can’t wait to see it in person one day!ReplyCancel

  • Elle's Mom - Those pieces are adorable. Great choices!!!

    You truly are inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - WOW! What a beautiful legacy Cora will have. My prayers are with you every day on this journey.

    We sang a song in church today that made me think of you…Chris Tomlin – I Will Rise From the album Hello Love. Here’s the chorus:

    I will rise when He calls my name
    No more sorrow, no more pain
    I will rise on eagles’ wings
    Before my God, fall on my knees
    And rise
    I will rise

    God bless you always.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - Great choices. Those spring rides are so fun…they have some of those at a park by our house! What a wonderful way to honor Cora’s memory.ReplyCancel

  • The Carroll's - The Daisy looks so fun. I can’t wait to see it all complete!! What a gift to your community!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Kay - I love Klompen stuff a playground near by me has an entire set of it! I take the kids I sit for there! the kids at your church will love it!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - When you are sad and thinking about how Cora would have loved this playground, just imagine the awesome playground she’s enjoying in Heaven! Wow! And to jump off the swings and land in the arms of Jesus… You will play with her in that same playground in Heaven someday!ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - So awesome!! Wow!!ReplyCancel

  • TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - I am so excited for you guys! The playground looks like it’s going to be amazing! It is a perfect tribute to your sweet Cora.
    I can’t wait to see more!
    Love and Prayers,

  • Erica - You guys picked some great equipment. What a neat way to bring her legacy to life in a very bright and fun way. I think about you guys alot and have spend many hours praying for you. I’m sure it doesn’t get any easier. Know you are loved by so many.ReplyCancel

  • wicker0407 - That equipment is great her legacy will live on forever now. I still think of her often with that smile and those eyes so sparkly. My prayers are still with you and Joel on a daily basis. Please continue to keep us posted there are a lot of people who have never met you but care deeply and will always be here for you if you need us!
    Summer and Family in CaliforniaReplyCancel

  • Kristin Stegent - Wow! That is some of the best playground, if not the BEST, I’ve ever seen. I absolutely love! And I love that Cora’s story will continue to be told through this playground for years to come. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Wow! That is so cool! What a sweet rememberance!!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - Such fun playground equipment!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Looks amazing. You did a great job!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Those are some very fortunate little ones that you have such a heart for giving something in honor of your sweet baby girl. It’s gonna be awesome! And, while you long to play with her here, she is in the biggest, funnest (I know that’s not a word), bestest playground…heaven!

    Much love and always…prayers for you both. You are on my mind still many, many days. We’ve not forgotten your sweet Cora.

    Susan in IndianaReplyCancel

  • jen christians - Simply beautiful…how blessed are the little one’s at your church!!! I will pray for that Cora has “future siblings” that get to play there and remember their sister…what a wonderful thought.ReplyCancel

  • Judy - So fun! I’ve never seen any of that equipment before! I’m sure it doesn’t even compare to the playground Cora gets to play on in Heaven everyday, but I think it’s pretty spiffy for here on earth 🙂 I love the thought of Cora’s siblings playing there one day and just pray that in time God will fill your home with laughter.ReplyCancel

  • Molly - HOLY COW, that will be the coolest playground ever!! I think that Cora’s playground is going to be totally amazing. And by the way – I would totally have been one of the kids loving that Daffodil thing 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jenae - It was so good to get to see you today! This playground is going to be so much fun…we will definitely make a special trip to Newton sometime to check it out. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Laura - What fun! The equipment looks amazing…the kiddos won’t ever want to leave church because they will be having too much fun at Cora’s Playground. Huge blessings to your family.ReplyCancel

  • Miranda - These look great! They look like so much fun! The second picture shouted “Cora” even before I read your words. Can’t wait to see children playing on it! How awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - that stuff is amazing! i wish my 2 year old could play in that (and if we’re even in kansas maybe he will lol). you did a fabulous job picking out the equipment… so many kids will be blessed by it!ReplyCancel

  • The Jones' - This is soo cool! I love the abstract style. I am certain every lil one will LOVE it!

  • Kelly - WOW! That stuff is great! I can’t wait to see it all in Cora’s Playground! What a blessing this will be to your church family!ReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - This will be such a bright, cheery and fun place!

    What a wonderful legacy 🙂

  • Christina - Bittersweet. Your attitude is so beautiful, though. It is so amazing and humbling that the last thing you say is a praise, or that you are thankful! What a testimony to the grace and peace (an ongoing work) of the Lord in your life (both of you together)!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel E. - What a neat playground! I wish I could visit it, but I’m a bit too far away.ReplyCancel

  • diana - Wow. Beautiful. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - Awesome, awesome, awesome! Thanks for sharing the wonderful equipment you picked out. So many children will be able to benefit from this…what a terrific memorial to such a sweet and beautiful princess! You’ll have to record and post the sweet laughter of all the children that will benefit from that…such a tremendous gift. May God continue to bless you and we all continue to pray for you and Joel.ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - Love the equipment you guys have picked out – and rejoiced to hear you talk about Cora’s siblings playing there some day. I know she will be watching and laughing with them from heaven on that day.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - It all looks so great. I am sure the kids will love it.ReplyCancel

  • mommyof2 - Great picks! I LOVE all of them. I kinda makes me want to start attending your church so my kids can understand even more how important God is and being a Child of God! Thank you SO much for this. Thank you for listening to our Lord and Savior. You and your hubby will be ricely blessed!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - wow! the playground is really shaping up. i hope you were blessed in ‘shopping’ for all the equipment (the fairy castle is a MUST! :)) what a gift to your church and i do hope it is a gift to your aching hearts as well.ReplyCancel

  • number17cherrytreelane - Those are so cool! Great picks!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Em - Awesome! That is the only word I can come up with. The support for this playground, the strength you have to manage this project and the equipment itself is just…awesome! Wish we were closer so that we could enjoy Cora’s playground too.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - It will be absolutely perfect.

    You are so wonderful and inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Gail - So looking forward to watching the children explore the new equipment. They will be so excited. I love your choices.

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Joy - That equiptment looks like so much fun! Very exciting!
    I have soemthing that I wanted to make and send to you guys for when you have the playground finished could you email me so I can chat with you about it?
    I wanted to get started soon so you would have it in plenty of time but wanted to talk with you first.
    Love and hugs,
    Sarah JoyReplyCancel

  • mandi @ it's come to this - Your choices look perfect!! Still thinking & praying for you often!!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer rogers - wow! that looks like a playground I would love to take my little boy to! Cora would’ve loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - It is going to be beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • blessedmomto7 - WOW! That stuff is just too adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene W. - What awesome equipment! Continuing to be in prayer for you!ReplyCancel

  • The Mershawn's - Such cool stuff in honor of such a sweet, adorable girl. Hope you guys are hanging in there. Still praying for you.
    I’m a sucker for early childhood stuff myself (also a former K teacher:)…) and I think this looks awesome! Hope it feels at least a little bit good to do something so neat for so many little ones. God bless you both and you hurting hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - OH! What fun! Cora’s playground is just going to be the BEST EVER!!!
    Great choices!
    Many Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet Cora. It is so hard. I love that you are doing a playground in her honor. That is so wonderful.

    I also lost a daughter recently, she was stillborn at 37 weeks this past January due to a cord accident. I know our losses are different in some ways but they are similar in ways too. It is so against all that we hoped and dreamed to have our child go before us.

    I’m so impressed with all the people that have rallied around you with the etsy store, etc. I love that idea. I’ve started a little thing in honor of Alexis (thats my daughter’s name) I thought I would share with you, you can read more about it here: http://www.lexilynnedesigns.etsy.comReplyCancel

  • ang - What a great gift. Love the way the equipment looks-kind of “Dr. Suess-ish”!ReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from PICU - AWESOME!!!!! The kiddos will love it! We can’t wait to see it in person! You have done such an amazing job honoring sweet Cora! She is ALL SMILES I am sure!!!!!!
    Miss you and loved the new dresses you made also! Take care!


  • Candice - Looks like fun!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Love these! They actually look like your style…like they just fit. So glad you found something that reflects Cora and your family. And will be way fun to the children playing there. Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Whimsical Creations - Looks wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - this equipment is totally amazing! it will be so awesome for so many kids and fams…yeah!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - It’s going to be absolutely wonderful! What great selections.ReplyCancel

  • Mae - They all look so fun! I have always liked the spring toys!ReplyCancel