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we wish cora were here to tell you…

Obviously, this is not a secret anymore! We wanted to share with all of you our exciting news. We are so thankful that the Lord has blessed us with another child. We can’t wait for our house to be filled with that joy again.
But this announcement comes with so many mixed emotions as it is hard to imagine adding another child to our family without Cora here with us.  She would have been such a good big sister!
We are so thankful for all of our faithful prayer warriors out there! Please continue to pray along with us for a healthy baby Mac. What a miracle this new little life is!
  • The Bordens - Congrats, what a blessing. You and your family are in our prayersReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! Your family will remain in my prayers. Cora would be so proud.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hooray!!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - I continue to follow along with your story. Congrats on the news of the new baby! My thoughts continue to be with you as I know your hearts are still hurting!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - God is good!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - So happy for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Crosse - Congratulations! You are such wonderful parents – your new little baby will be so blessed.ReplyCancel

  • vintage at heart - So happy for all of you! Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - What wonderful news to read this morning!!! I grew up as the only surviving child of parents that lost a son. I will tell you that not a day has gone by that I don’t know how much my parents love me and that they would do anything in this world for me. You have a unique opportunity to love a child and truly know how precious every moment is. Your child is blessed to have parents that will be able to give them such a gift!! Continuing to pray for you daily!ReplyCancel

  • Brianna - That is such awesome news congrats! I also just found out we’re having a baby too. So happy to hear this news today 🙂 Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Congratualtions!!!! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - I am so happy for you. I know it must be bittersweet but this baby is coming into this world and is already loved by so many who know your story. I look forward to all the updates.ReplyCancel

  • my3sons - That is wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Kat - I really needed to hear some good new this morning! I am so thankful for this wonderful new life God has blessed you with. Continuing to pray for you all.ReplyCancel

  • BabyTuck - Congratulations! I’ve read your blog throughout your journey, but have never commented. Your strength is so inspirational! We’re praying for a wonderful pregnancy and healthy arrival of your new little one.ReplyCancel

  • Vera - Oh, I am in tears for you – CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What a huge blessing! Y’all are definitely still in my daily prayers, and will continue to be.ReplyCancel

  • All Doll(ed) Up - YEAH! That made my day reading that!!! I am rushing out to tell Adam now so we can be praying together for this baby!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Stelly - God is so good!
    I am just a bawlin’ over joyed for ya’ll! I follow you constantly (stalker, ha ha) but never have commented! Now is the time!!
    I have been praying for you guys so much and am so happy that you will have a new baby!
    I know Cora is dancing with those angels and is so excited!
    Congratulations BIG SISTER!!ReplyCancel

  • Elle's Mom - Congrats! That is such wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Abby Johns - I am SO excited for you! Congratulations! I will be praying for a smooth pregnancy and a healthy child to bring many smiles to your household. That little baby already has the best guardian angel big sister there is!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Yea! My Grandma lost her first baby, Terri, at one. When she died, the doctors told her to get pregnant again, as it would ease the pain a little bit to have a little one in the house. She told me that it helped a ton. Very exiting news! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Jess, I’m crying!


    (that actually crossed my mind when I saw you yesterday. But of course I didn’t say anything.)

    God bless you guys!ReplyCancel

  • The Rouse House - May this baby be like a rainbow for your hearts. A rainbow doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that you are not still dealing with its aftermath. It means something beautiful has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides hope. God brings joy in the midst of sorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - A new baby is always something to celebrate but I can understand how you would have mixed emotions. Many hugs and prayers sent your way!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - My jaw completely dropped when I read of your great news!! Congrats to you and your family!!! What an amazing blessing! I pray that you have a good pregnancy! Cora will be an amazing big sister!! She’s gonna be the best guardian angel!!

    Always praying in Nebraska,


  • Devon - congrats! i’m so happy for you…and yet i know this is a bittersweet time.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What wonderful news! I imagine that it does come with some sadness but, just imagine how special this baby will also be. She/he will know how much you both love Cora and how she/he will also play an invaluable part in your lives.

    Congratulations. My prayers are with you–enjoy every moment.

    God is good.

    Evelyn in Newport News…ReplyCancel

  • Hailey - Congratulations! I am so extrememly happy for you guys!
    Continued prayers in NC!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - So thrilled for you over in Texas!

    This baby is going to have an amazing sister watching over him/her in Heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! I am crying tears of joy for you. I will pray everyday for this little miracle and that your heart continues to heal.

    The Hunecke Family
    Batavia IlReplyCancel

  • Kelly - You and your family will be in my prayers. I can imagine this is hard to open a new chapter in your life without Cora here to celbrate with you. Know she is with you! Congrats on your upcoming journey!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Fiegel - Oh I am in tears for you both. I am so happy and excited to hear that you are expecting! I can only imagine how bittersweet this must be but know that Cora and God sent this baby to the two of you because they both know how good of parents you are! This little one already has his/her guardian angel in heaven. Take care and I can’t wait to see your updates throughout your pregnancy – I am due on January 1 – so it will be neat to see how things are progressing for you!!


  • Brigid - That made my entire day! So happy for all of you!!! I just know that Cora picked out someone very special!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mission of mamahood - Congratulations! I look forward to the updates! I know Cora is very excited in her playground above.ReplyCancel

  • forever folding laundry - Congratulations!! Such a blessing and great new year gift. 🙂 Will still be praying for you.


  • Kelli - Congratulations!!! We will be praying and thinking about you! We are due in february with our 2nd and it’ll be fun to hear all about your pregnancy when I’m not to far behind you! I’m so happy for the THREE of you! Cora is smiling down from Heaven and she is just as excited as you are! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • kati - congrats! what extra-special news. wish you all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Oh my heart just skipped a beat! Congratulations! I can only imagine how bittersweet you must be feeling! I am so happy for you guys, and I just know you’ll love having the sound of baby in your home again! My prayers are always with you!
    Hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

  • Trinity - Praise God! May you be blessed with a pregnancy filled with love and hopefulness. Cora will be a wonderful big sister, watching and guarding from heavens light.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Ahhh! That is the happiest news I have heard in a long time! I can hardly wait for January to come so we can meet this sweet little spirit the Lord is sending to your family! I am so, so happy for you!

    I can just picture Cora up in heaven giving her new little brother or sister the run down of Mac living! “Mom really likes it when you do this, and dad laughs when you do this, and make sure you sleep through the night because they BOTH REALLY like that!”

    So fun! I hope that pregnancy is treating you well and that you aren’t feeling too sick or fatigued! We will keep you and that little one in our prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Melody - Oh wow!! Congratulations!! What a true blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer W. - Oh Jess I am SO happy for you. Tears sprang to my eyes and my heart leapt when I saw the news. And what a beautiful picture of Cora! I know her little brother or sister will know her very well!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Congrats on your new little blessing. Your family is in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Melanieshea - WOOOHOOO!!!!! I am sooooo happy for you!!!!!!

  • blessedmomto7 - Too awesome for words! Blessings to you and your little Mac!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee Bakke - God is so very good! Congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - What wonderful news! Congratulations!!

    Many blessings to all.

  • Lorrie - What wonderful news! Congratulations!! I have never commented on your blog but have followed throughout your journey. Your loss has made me look at my life and family in a different way, and for that I thank you for sharing your heart and your sweet Cora with us. What a great way to start the weekend, first I finally got a Cora shirt for my daughter and now your great announcement. Thanks again for sharing and please know we will pray for you and for a healthy baby. God is good!ReplyCancel

  • mandie - congratulations, sweet mama!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Thank you Jesus for this new gift of life! Praising and rejoicing with you! And praying for you…ReplyCancel

  • Nicole @ BugaBoos - Congratulations! That is so awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Dina Ross - I have happy chills and tears of joy for you all at the same time. This is the first time I’ve commented on your blog and let me tell you what a gift from God both Cora and YOU are:-)
    I am so so so so happy for you:-) The best news!!!! Congrats to you and your family:-)ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Seriously, I was just thinking about this. I know this time will be bittersweet for you – it is exciting but, of course, you want to share it with little Cora.

    Nothing in this world will ever replace Cora, but I pray this new blessing from God will ease the pain in your hearts a little.

    What a lucky child this will be – you two have SO much love to offer!

    Praising God with you,
    Christy KleinReplyCancel

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  • Courtney - I am so excited for you guys. What a true blessing from God. I know that this does not take away the hurt your feeling but, it does bring good joy. YEAH GOD!
    Congrats again

  • MCH PHOTOGRAPHY - Congrats! Wishing & praying for a healthy pregnancy for you.ReplyCancel

  • Maddie's Mommy - Congratulations!! I have been following your blog since right after your little girl became an angel and have cried as if I knew her she is so beautiful. (and I cried when I saw this post also) I am so excited for you 🙂 …I hope you continue to let us follow your journey. And I also can’t wait to see Cora’s finished playground!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! I am another faithful reader that has never commented- but HAD to comment to tell you how overjoyed I am for your family! What a wonderful blessing! You and your family remain in my prayers 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Henry - Yaaaaaaay!!! 🙂 So happy for this wonderful news! 🙂 I’m due in January as well! I hope you haven’t been sick this week! (I definitely have!)

    I’ll be praying for you!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - Yeah, yeah, YEAH!!! What wonderful news. God is so good to shower blessings on the broken hearted. *praying*ReplyCancel

  • Candice - Congratulations…what a blessing. We know your new bundle will never replace your Cora, but what a blessing to have your house filled with the love, fun, and giggles of a baby again. Love and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - I am sooooo happy for you. I have read your blog throughout your journey and have never commented. When I saw your post this morning, I just teared up. You and your husband are so brave to choose to move forward like this. I am so proud of your family! Your faith in Christ is so evident!ReplyCancel

  • Livesays - Oh Jess!
    I’m so excited and happy for you and Joel!! As you are to Cora, you will be wonderful parents to this new baby! We will continue our prayers for you and add an extra plea for a healthy pregnancy and baby! I actually said to Doug when we saw you at Arby’s that I thought you might be expecting. SO thrilled for you!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - Oh my goodness, congratulations!! That is SO exciting!! I will keep praying for you guys. I can understand the mixed emotions. I know that is so, so, so hard. Praying!ReplyCancel

  • Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - Awwwwww, Jess, that’s great! Congrats to you, Joel, and Cora! I bet your folks are super excited! Take care and take it easy, hon!

    *much hugs*ReplyCancel

  • Holly - Congratulations! Such wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - Congrats! This news has brought tears to my eyes. We will continue to pray for you and Cora’s new little sibling on the way. I’m sure it will be a journey with lots of emotions. Keep clinging to Jesus. You are such an amazing example of this to me. Thanks for sharing your pain and joys. We are very excited for you and Joel.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Carter - Oh, I’m so happy for you!! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Diana - Many blessings and best wishes in Jesus’ name. May the sweet overwhlem the bitter, and may the Lord bless you with a healthy and happy little one who will carry Cora in his/her heart along with you and your hubby.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - many congratulations!! so happy for you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Bambi - OMG what wonderful news. Congrats to you both.ReplyCancel

  • mandie lane - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - Such wonderful news!!! Our God is so GOOD!!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - Congrats! That is great news! So bittersweet but so still so good. Praise God! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am so happy for you! What a lucky baby to have a sweet angel always looking out for him (or her!)!!ReplyCancel

  • The Morris Family - Praise the Lord that the “thousands in Israel” are on their way….I can understand the joy and sorrow all mixed together, its that way in my heart too, sorrow that Joel i snot here, yet rejoicing that we have 12 other blessings here with us. May He grant a blessed pregnancy and give grace each moment. He will….


  • Melissa Abby - How exciting! Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby!ReplyCancel

  • i love plum - congrats to you!!! that is wonderful! as always, praying. xoReplyCancel

  • Sarah Furlough - CONGRATULATIONS! Many prayers for a long and healthy pregnancy!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Oh how wonderful! I’ll definitely be praying : )ReplyCancel

  • Anne - Rejoicing with tears of joy!! What a gift!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - OH MY!!! Tears came to my eyes when I read your blog today. Congrats!! God is watching over you both and Cora, your little angel in heaven is watching. Such a blessing……I remember the joy, yet saddness when I found out that I was pregnant with my second daughter after loosing her older sister in an accident. And I want you guys to know that I am still praying for you guys!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cori - Congratulations! I’m sure it is so bittersweet. *hugs*ReplyCancel

  • Molly - YAY Congrats to the Macs! Cora would be so proud. Can’t wait to follow the journey of your new little one!ReplyCancel

  • Jenae - Congratulations!!!! We are so excited for you guys. I’m sure Cora is celebrating with Jesus this amazing news!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - I am so very happy for you! I pray God’s blessings on your sweet little family .. I’m sure your sweet Cora is smiling down on you guys and is so excited for you! Sending you plenty of hugs and prayers! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Trisha Larson - So happy for you.

    Please pray for us as well. We’ve been trying again for 14 months and God keeps saying no. It’s been so hard to lose Nate and AND struggle with the inability to have another.


  • The Snyders - Congratulations!! I am so excited for you. Cora would be so happy. She will be looking over her little brother or sister!ReplyCancel

  • mark and missy - Congratulations! Tears are filling my eyes as I type – I bet Cora’s running around all over heaven with excitement that she’s going to be a BIG sister! I’ll pray for a healthy happy pregnancy for you – thanks for sharing such wonderfully good news!ReplyCancel

  • sewbusy - I can not say how happy we are for you!! We were blessed with another baby about a year after we lost our son and it was truely the most healing thing for us. WHAT A BLESSING!!!! And you are due the same month as I am!!! It will be fun to count the weeks along with you! We will continue to pray for you both!ReplyCancel

  • ml - Oh my goodness! I teared up a little when I read that. I am so happy for you and I am still praying for your family. I hope everything goes perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Nelson's Mama - I too have been following your journey but have never commented either – I’ve been wishing this for you for a long time and am overjoyed by your news today!

    I’ll keep you in my prayers…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! Amazning news…yay God! He IS so good.ReplyCancel

  • Gene and Annie - Congratulations! I am sure it is so bittersweet. Blessings to you guys at this time!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel E. - Oh my goodness! I am so, so excited for you both!ReplyCancel

  • Barclay Kathryn - Oh I am SO excited to hear this about this wonderful news for you and your hubby! : ) It will make Cora so happy to see you happy and snuggling another little bundle I’m sure!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - That is soooooo wonderful! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jane In The Jungle - Congratulations!!! I am so happy for all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - Congratulations! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Nina Diane - Congrats..this is such a blessing.ReplyCancel

  • amy - CONGRATULATIONS! i had hoped you would be blessed soon with a little bundle of joy! 🙂 i will continue to pray for all of you…


  • Sherre - Oh this does my heart good! I’ve been following your blog for many months now and think of your family often. We drove through Kansas in March on our way to my husband’s family in Nebraska and the whole time I kept thinking of you and your family. I want my daughter to have a Cora dress so badly and one day I know she will (if I can just get quicker). Just know that I am praying for you daily from Lubbock, Texas! Congrats on the new addition. I just know that sweet Cora is holding him/her tight until arrival day!ReplyCancel

  • The Wildes - What wonderful news! Happy, happy day!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Congratulations! What really beautiful news! I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and am always inspired and blessed by your strength. God will continue to strengthen y’all through this most awesome blessing.:)ReplyCancel

  • kbaitinger - Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Joel!ReplyCancel

  • Littlest Learners - MANY MANY CONGRATS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - Awww….congrats! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - Congrats! I am so happy for you and your family, although I know this is bittersweet for you all. Cora will be a big sister from Heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - Congratulations!!! Much love and prayers are being sent your way!ReplyCancel

  • The Dolezal Family - This makes me so happy! Congrats! I hope everything goes perfect for you guys.

    And Cora will always be a big sister. Just like my mom is still a grandma to her grandkids she never met.ReplyCancel

  • The Hopkins Home - Celebrating with you in Michigan! We will pray for a healthy little addition to your family. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Bradley - Congrats! She will be such a great sister. She will be watching over her baby brother or sister until they enter this world and while they are here! SO happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • wicker0407 - I am so thrilled for you.What a wonderful blessing the Lord has bestowed upon you. Congratulations!! I am sure Cora is looking down from heaven and is so happy. Lots of prayers and love from California!

  • Kim, Aaron, Jake, Jack and Baby #3 - Once again, checking your blog, having never met you. I have been hoping to see a post like this soon…and am so thankful it is now there! I will be thinking and praying for your sweet family and this new little life. What a blessing…and Cora will be a blessing to this little one’s life in ways no one else ever can. So happy for yall.
    Kim – Abilene, TXReplyCancel

  • Courtney and the Boys - I’m in tears. I thought you were going to make this announcement when I saw your last post title, “It’s Out”! I’m beyond thrilled for you guys and wish you a healthy pregnancy!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - Rejoicing with you!! Praise God.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Congrats. You will have a special little angel watching over all three of you.ReplyCancel

  • Judy - Oh geez…I’m crying my head off! I’ve been praying and praying and praying that Jesus would bless you guys with a new baby!!! I know that nothing will ever, ever fill the void Cora left in your lives, but I know that Jesus wants your home to be filled with JOY! I pray that your mind will begin to be filled with dreams and thought of this new baby. I pray that this will soften the ache of missing Cora! And I can’t wait to hear about the names you’re thinking of! I just love Cora’s name! I think I might need a little Cora of my own one day.
    I’m praying for you Jess and Joel and rejoicing!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - That’s wonderful, guys! You are (obviously!) fantastic parents and the Lord is so good to give you this special blessing. I’m sure this new journey will have it’s bittersweet moments but we will all be praying for you and I’m already loving this new baby!ReplyCancel

  • andrea - I am so happy for you guys, and I am sure Cora will be looking down upon you, beaming and filled with love.ReplyCancel

  • carmen - That is so exciting, Jess! Congrats from the Classens!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - I’m teary-eyed with bittersweet joy for you. Yes, how especially hard it must be to not have Cora with you right now. I’ll keep praying for you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Tears come to my eyes with this news. Congratulations to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Erica - oh i am SO excited for you! many many many congrats! blessings on this new little one!!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Oh my goodness! I am all teary eyed because I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU! That is the best news I have heard in a long time. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Oh, I could have cried reading this! Congratulations–you’ll be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • leel - wow – my spidey senses perked up when you first mentioned the job you love most of all, being a mom, and hoping to be one day have the chance to do it again. i am so happy for the both of you.

    yes, it will be emotional, but Cora would have wanted it this way too! hope you are feeling healthy and and can find the pace to feel excited about this new chapter!

    life is amazing, isn’t it?

  • The Gava Family - Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Chens - Congrats! We will be praying for a healthy new addition.ReplyCancel

  • Missy Locklear - oh wow, congratulations!! what a blessing! Happy and Healthy 9 months to you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Wow!!! God is so good!! What a huge blessing!!! I prayed for you guys many times thru out Cora’s illness and have since as God has brought you to mind.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - Congratulations!! What a blessing this sweet babe is and will continue to be. I am so very happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • PunkRockChic - I happened upon your blog a few weeks ago and have been following, but this is my first time commenting. Firstly, I am so sorry for your loss =( I am also a mother, so I know what having a child and loving a child is like, but I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through.
    Secondly, CONGRATULATIONS on your pregnancy! You and your new little blessing will be in my prayers =)ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - Yea! Praying for you guys as you enter into this new season.

    Hugs & Prayers from WA,

    The Boisselle FamilyReplyCancel

  • Tyler and Gillian - Congratulations, Jess and Joel! I can’t imagine all the conflicting emotions going on (especially will all the pregnancy hormones added in!), but I am so happy for you! Praying for a safe and healthy mom and baby!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Congratulations and prayers for a happy and healthy pregnancy and baby! This is such wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Stegent - That is so awesome! I am so absolutely happy for you! And definitely praying for a healthy baby Mac! I can’t imagine all the emotions you may feel through this, and I think Cora would have been such a great big sister! Wow…I was hoping you would have more kids because you seem like a meant to be mommy and daddy. You are beautiful parents!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations!!!!
    The new baby and you two will always have Angel Cora watching over, and that is AMAZING!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What fantastic news…today I cry tears of joy for you! What an awesome GOD we have. When is this bundle of joy due?
    What a fantastic set of parents this wonderful addition will be getting.
    Will continue to think and pray for you all.


  • Those Crazy Clarks!!! - congratulations!!!!! i am so excited for you!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Should have read it closer and I would have seen that this wonderful new addition is due in Jan. 🙂
    Keep us up todate please…


  • Kristi REDISKE - Congratulations-what great news. I loved the way you announced it also letting Cora give out the big news-wow-we will pray for you, for your health and the health of the new baby. We will trust God in this.ReplyCancel

  • The Browns - Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for a while now & my heart just goes out to all of you. I’m due with our first in January & we are very excited 🙂 God Bless

  • Anonymous - Congratulations!! You have so many people thinking and praying for you…some you know and some you don’t.ReplyCancel


    I’ve read your blog for a while now and cry everytime. Today, I cried tears of happiness for your family. May God bless your family and the new little addition! This little baby will have an extra angel looking over them!ReplyCancel

  • The little things - Cora will be an amazing sister looking out from up abover over her sibling! I am crying tears of joy for your fabulous family! loving and praising God right along side of you!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Congratulations! God is so good! You will be in my paryers as you prepare for a new stage in life!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - I’m so happy for you!!! Crying tears of joy for you both right now!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - AHHHHHHhhhhh! I’m so overjoyed for your family!!!!! What a blessing. God is so GOOD! Congrats!
    ~Nichole in TulsaReplyCancel

  • athans' family - I have tears streaming down my face with happiness for you! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Congratulations!! And Cora will be an excellent big sister from up above.

    I am expecting my second baby – we lost our first 19 months ago. I have felt my boy watching over his little sister the whole time. This new baby of yours has her own personal angel! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • The Costellos - I’ve never left a comment before, though I’ve often felt prompted to. This is such exciting news!! Many blessings for a healthy pregnancy!!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Gunters - This is wonderful news!!! I continue to pray for you and your husband every night. Congratulations!
    Lane GunterReplyCancel

  • Missy - I can’t remember how I came upon your blog…. I’ve been following it for awhile. I know I don’t know you, but I feel like I know a little piece of you and your life. It makes me sad that I came across your blog out of tragedy, but I’ve learned so much in a short time. Strength comes from many places and I feel all our strength comes straight from God. Through this you have showed incredible strength….in a difficult time you choice to cling to God. Even though it didn’t make sense what happened, you and your dh continued to believe. I believe God is the only way to get through a difficult time. So….in all that rambling…..I want to tell you how have happy I am for you! God will bless you for your faithfulness.


  • L ~ S - I love the picture you made for the announcement! I am so happy for your blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - A blessing from above! So excited to share in your enjoyment! Your family and baby Mac will be in my daily prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Alleluia! Congratulations all the way from wintery, chilly Australia to you all. I am just so thrilled that God is sending another precious gift to your beautiful family.

    With a big hug and our love and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • teasinglydiverse - I’ve been continuing to follow along with your story since the link was passed along to me earlier this year.

    I just wanted to wish you a HEARTY congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • MICHELE - Jess and Joel, Congrats!!!!!!!! My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you as you begin this new life.ReplyCancel

  • me and my boys - i am SOOOOO excited for you guys !!!! many prayers for a great pregnancy and healthy baby !!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl from Colorado - We are so happy for the gift of life that the Lord has blessed you with. Looks like I will be adding a new name on that bracelet of yours. Our prayers of joy are with you!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Could not be more EXCITED for you and your family! Praise God for this new miracle, this new life! Cora is proud, I’m sure. 🙂 CONGRATULATIONS!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - I just cant really understand how the Lord works, I have never met you but in following your blog I feel like your are part of my family . I just read this post and just started weeping tears of joy . I am so happy for you and Joel . Blessings, robin cottonReplyCancel

  • dg darling - So happy for you! I will be praying…ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Awe- I don’t even know you but I’m so teary eyes reading your news. I pray you will have a happy healthy and long pregnancy.

    Although your new little on won’t ever take Cora’s place, it will help fill up your hole in your heart.

    I’ve buried two of my children and having another baby to fill the void is like God holding your hand and telling you it’s going to be alright. He’s got our backs.

    God Bless,

  • singing mama - So very happy and excited for you all!! We will be praying for this new life and all the mixed emotions that you will be walking thru these coming months.

    Luv singingmamaReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - YAY!!! I’m so happy for you guys! What a blessing to your family. I’ll be praying for you and hubby.
    LinMarie in FlReplyCancel

  • Jessica - congrats!!! so wonderful! I know Cora had a hand in your new blessings!ReplyCancel

  • macalla - That is such great news to hear! congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Oh! Oh! Oh!

    Sitting here just bawling, so thankful and thrilled for you. Praying!

    God bless you!


  • beth - As I read your post I smiled & cried. I am so Happy for you both to have something to Rejoice in! Now sending up prayers for all 4 of you!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie, Jesse and Asher - How wonderful!!! A little life growing inside of you…God is good. Thanks for sharing the great news!ReplyCancel

  • Tonya - Congratulations! I hope that this little one brings you as much joy as Cora has….Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Traci Thiesen - Oh my gosh Jess! Congratulations!!! I have been praying for you and Joel to be blessed with another little one and I couldn’t be more happy for you to have this prayer answered!

    Traci ThiesenReplyCancel

  • Heidi - What a beautiful blessing for all of you. May this little baby be blessed with good health. You all will stay in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Beav's Wife - what wonderful news!!!! congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Chris - I am SO happy for you two 🙂
    This little baby will bring you so much joy 🙂
    Cora will always be there with you .

  • Kristen - God is FAITHFUL! God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - I have been praying for you to have a baby to fill your empty arms!
    This is very exciting!ReplyCancel

  • k and c's mom - This is the happiest of news! So overjoyed for you. God is so good.ReplyCancel

  • dmeryan - I am just thrilled for you and your family. A new baby is such a joy – a reminder of all the good and wonderful things in life. Cora will still be a wonderful big sister – and a perfect guardian angel too. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • mandi @ it's come to this - I am truly so very happy for you & your family!!! I can only empathize with the mixed emotions but rejoice in your happiness!! The announcement card is adorable:)ReplyCancel

  • MomMom - I am so happy for you and your family. I do know this must be bittersweet and you’re filled with mixed emotions, but God is so good to bless you with a baby sister/brother for Cora. I will be praying for you and this pregnancy. Will you please email me if you have a second? I have a question to ask you that I’d rather not ask on the comment form. (It’s not negative at all but something that I’d like to ask about your pregnancy since you’re about as far along as someone I know.) I looked for your email address on your blog but either missed it or it’s not there. Thanks–again, so happy and praying for you. LZ7780@cox.netReplyCancel

  • Trish - Praise GOD!!! He is faithful!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole B. - That is so exciting! God bless you and your family! You guys will be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Shanda - Oh my goodness! CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you all. Cora is looking down on you from heaven elated that she is going to be a big sister. I’m guessing she is going to have a baby brother. You will remain in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Staci - Congratulations! I am so happy for you and I know Cora will be watching over you and her new baby brother or sister.ReplyCancel

  • the*4*of*us - Congratulations!!!!! Oh, how this baby will be blessed with stories of his/her big sister!!!
    Praying for a healthy pregnancy!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Lord - Jess and Joel,
    Congratulations! I was so happy for you both that I almost burst into tears of joy when I read your announcement. What wonderful news! What a beatiful family for this little one to join. Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!ReplyCancel

  • KeesMomi - I am soooooo happy for you!! I have prayed so hard that God would bless you with another baby this summer. Not that any baby would ever replace sweet Cora; not that it would take away the pain of losing her. But that you would again have joy and hope in your lives with a new little life. Thank you God! I will be praying that you and baby will be safe and well!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Congratulations! =)ReplyCancel

  • Charity - I am so happy for your family. The Lord is AWESOME!!! Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Ethansmom08 - Congrats on your new little blessing…the announcement on your blog with Cora is just SO adorable, what a precious angel and now a big sister to be!

    Many prayers for your whole family!

  • Our Life in Pixels - I know there is a lot of comments and you might not see mine, but oh my soul, my heart is thrilled to pieces for you guys. This baby will be such a much needed balm on your hearts! God is so good to give us just what we need! God bless, SarahReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Congratulations to all of you!! Tears of all kinds are just pouring out of my eyes. I will be praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy.ReplyCancel

  • Candace - Praise God! I am so very happy for you! I think of you almost every day. We are also having a baby Mac of our own, arriving in October, so I will be fervently praying for you!ReplyCancel

  • rachel vaughn - congratulations! we will be praying for this new baby and you.ReplyCancel

  • michelle - CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thank you for sharing and what a perfect way to announce it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I’m so happy for you. I’ve cried so many times reading your blog. So glad they’re happy tears this time!ReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - Congratulations! I am thrilled for your family. Now that is some wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - What a precious picture of Cora…..She will be the best big sister in Heaven:) I so wish she was here with you. You guys are still in my prayers often!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Rubstello - God bless you! I bet Cora handpicked a special little one for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats!! You guys are awesome parents and your new little one is very blessed to be brought into such a loving faith driven family!ReplyCancel

  • Canadian Barb - I know Cora will never be replaced but I have prayed so often that you would have another little baby to fill your home and hearts I am so happy for you !!ReplyCancel

  • Hollie - What a wonderful blessing. Congratulations you guys, Cora will surely be watching over you all with love. May God Bless your family.ReplyCancel

  • Allie in AZ - De-lurking to say “wa-hoo!”

    Congratulations, and you will be in our prayers. I can’t begin to imagine the mixed emotions you are feeling, but am tickled to learn that a terrific bundle of joy is coming your way!

    Wishing you all of God’s blessings and promise to keep you in our prayers throughout.ReplyCancel

  • Casey - Congratulations a million times over. Our prayers have been and will continue to be with your family. I’m sure Cora is up in heaven smiling from ear to earReplyCancel

  • THE SPIVEY"S - Congratulations. We will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers over the next several months. I know that Cora is smiling down on you and is so proud to be a big sister.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I could not be happier for you and your husband!!! That is some of the best news I’ve heard in a while 🙂


  • Lindsey - Congratulations! I can’t think of any family that is more deserving than you of some REAL joy in your life again.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - PRAISE GOD!!! While no baby will EVER replace Cora, you deserve the happiness that this new life will bring. Cora is going to watch over this little one and one day you can tell the new baby all about how special his or hers big sister was! I am SO VERY HAPPY for you and will pray for you as you begin this next journey!

    Much love,
    Susan in IndianaReplyCancel

  • Karen - I am thankful to God for this child for you. You are so very, very deserving.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I love the picture of Cora, and congrats on the big news.ReplyCancel

  • hoosier68 - This is the first time I have read your blog that I haven’t cried! What wonderful news!!! God is good and I will continue to keep you and yours in my daily thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Lane - PRAISE JESUS! Prayers are (still) covering you!
    Father, bless this little one who is coming into the loving arms of Joel and Jessica. Give them peace, hope, love abundant for this new blessing. Continue your healing work through this new child you’ve gifted them with.
    In Jesus’s name.

  • jandkland - My friend lost her first daughter to cancer and a week later delivered her second daughter. I can’t begin to fathom what emotions and thoughts come with life and loss mingled together in this way. Your news is a joyful sign of the hope we have in new life. I pray for your peace as the pregnancy progresses and rejoice with you in this gift. I don’t claim to know how heaven works, but I imagine that Cora has a hand in this already!

    –Kelley in GA (

  • diana - My heart is about to explode with this news. Congratulations!

    God will continue to guide you and your Husband through all of these changes.

    You are in my prayers! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Congrats!! That is such exciting news! I am so happy you have something that will bring some joy back into your life. You sound like such a wonderful mother, Cora was a lucky little girl and this baby is so lucky to have you and your husband as parents. I pray for you often and will continue to do so for this sweet baby.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - Congratulations! All 3 of you will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Kendra - congratulations!! what an incredible blessing. i will pray that god continues to heal your hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - What a blessing!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - At this point you have 222 comments so I doubt that you’ll see mine, but I had to let you know that I have followed your blog since you found out Cora was sick. I wept and wept and wept with you over your loss. I read every post, listened to Cora’s beautiful service at your church and prayed for you guys so much. I am so happy to hear your news!! What a joyful blessing!!! And what a blessed little baby to be entering your sweet family. Love and prayers,


  • Jen - That is such wonderful news! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - This is the best news I’ve heard in a while. Congratulations to you and Joel!! I’m thrilled for you guys and will certainly keep you in my prayers.

    God Bless you and your family,

  • Anonymous - Congratulations!!happy for u…I read ur blog daily and ur always in my thoughts,wishing u happy days ahead!remembering Cora always!

    Wishes from TO,CanadaReplyCancel

  • tami - AWESOME!!!!! So happy for you guys!! We are still praying!!ReplyCancel

  • Trasie Bressler - I few tears later I can write this comment. I am so happy for you and that picture of Cora is simply beautiful.

    Many Many Blessings,ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Joel and Jess–we’re so happy for you–praying for peace during this pregnancy and throughout his/her life. Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Congratulations!! I am so very happy for you! Your family will continue to be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Congratulations!! I am so very happy for you! Your family will continue to be in my prayers!ReplyCancel


  • The Jones' - Jess,
    Although we have never met, I feel as if I know you very well and am super happy for you both!!! I am just lost for words right now! I screamed with joy when I read this and startled my husband. Ooops. He also said congrats…hehe!

  • Sophia - I check your blog daily as it is a blessing to me to read about your courage and strength in the hardest thing a parent could ever endure…….

    He is a great GOD that we serve! Praise Him for this blessing!

    Continue to lean on Him as you go through this pregnancy with all of your emotions.ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - I don’t know you, but I’ve followed your blog for awhile. I feel like I do know you though, and I had to comment for the first time and wish you a smooth and safe pregnancy. I’m sure your little Cora is happy for you as well. We’re praying for you, God Bless!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have tears and goosebumps! So happy for your family!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I’ve been praying for this for you, not sure if you wanted it or not. I am so happy. Although you can never replace Cora, just like any mom pregnant with her second child, you will find that you will love this child just as much in a different way. I will keep praying for you everyday.ReplyCancel

  • GAMZu - Oh,my. i have tears in my eyes. I can only imagine your mixed emotions.

    What a sweet way to announce this wonderful news. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lynnette Kraft - Congratulations! I know the mixed feelings of joy and sadness. That’s exactly what I felt when I was pregnant with my last one. He would be the only one of my children who wouldn’t personally know his sister Anna.

    Just always keep Cora alive in your home by talking about her and showing pictures all of the time and he/she will feel like they know her. I know that won’t be hard to do.

    I know I don’t comment on here much, but I just wanted you to know how excited I am for you and your hubby (and for your parents).

    Blessings from Sedgwick (just down the road from you).
    Dancing Barefoot on Weathered GroundReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Bless you all. I’m so happy. Sweet Cora will be watching over her little sibling.ReplyCancel

  • ~Cherie - I am so overwhelmed with happy tears for you. I pray for all the best for you from the bottom of my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Jess - Ohh… I am so excited! I was praying that this would be coming soon. Congratulations!!! Cora is playing with the new addition as we speak.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - This made my day..congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Just'N Angel - Congratulations! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - Congratulations!! Beautiful news. Many prayers for you all and little baby Mac!ReplyCancel

  • The Eyre Family - Awww, you gave me chills! I couldn’t be happier for you all! We will continue to pray for you!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Congrats! I am so happy for your family!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Monica - Congratulations to you both! You’re always in my thoughts.ReplyCancel

  • Cabra Clan - Praise God! I pray this brings so much joy to you guys. I know the mixed emotions must be difficult but Cora would want you to celebrate and be thrilled. We’re due to have a baby in January as well. Our first is 14 months now so your loss struck so close to home because Hunter and Cora were so close in age. I can’t imagine what you have gone through and continue to go through, but I’m praising God for this blessing for you!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - I am a faithful reader/prayer but I’ve only ever commented once prior. I had to come out from behind the screen to say — Congratulations! This announcement brought tears to my eyes.

    I am praying for you as you embark on this journey. I know that it will be a complex one with lots of different emotions and hurdles. I also know it will be one that ends in great joy.

    Sending big hugs and lots of love.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - CONGRATS!!! Your angel in Heaven is watching her little brother or sister and keeping all of you safe!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan and Shannon - Congratulations on your new little blessing! I am so happy for you as you enter this new chapter of your life. I will continue to pray for you and your health as well as the health of the baby. I know Cora is up in heaven right now telling this new little one how much fun he/she’s going to have, how wonderful his/her parents are, and just being the wonderful big sister that she is!ReplyCancel

  • Mom to 4 Sweeties - Oh my goodness! I am in tears!! SUCH good news!! I will continue to pray for you all, and baby mac!! God is SO good!!ReplyCancel

  • Katy Frame (Kate Creates) - I have goosebumps!!! Congratulations, you deserve it!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Congratulations! What wonderful news! You are truly blessed!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - Congratulations to this new little blessing that will be added to your life! I know Cora is smiling down from heaven and SO glad to be a big sister!ReplyCancel

  • Sandys2girls - Congratulations!!! What a blessing! We’re so happy for you and Cora will always watch over her new little sister or brother from above!!
    Sandy in VAReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Honeycutt - How wonderful….I’m so happy for your family!!!ReplyCancel

  • Becca - CONGRATS!!! God is good 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jenny S - I am SOOOO happy for you guys!! Congrats!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sheri - I’m SO happy for you!! Congratulations!! What a lucky baby to get to have parents like you! This baby will feel sooo much love just like Cora! I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • bec74 - Thank you Dear Lord….I pray for a easy ,blessed pregnancy and for you to feel peace. I can only imagaine the mixed feelings you are feeling.Baby boy/girl will allways have someone very special to watch over them. So very excited for you…I ws waiting for the day we would get to hear this!

  • Wendy - you made me smile this morning! loved the announcement! keep us updated and hope you are feeling well!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - What wonderful news! I literally have goosebumps and am tearing up. I am so thrilled for you! I have been following you for months but have never left a post. Your story has moved me and others beyond what you could comprehend. We have prayed for you and your family every day!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - So happy for you! May this new baby bring joy to your life that you so much deserve!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauri - My first time adding a comment, but, Im super happy for you guys, holding your family up in prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Ohtobebeautiful - I cried when I read this! So happy and excited for you and praying for you! I know Cora is smiling right now at the thought of being a big sister!ReplyCancel

  • TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Congratulations! I don’t even feel like that covers it! My tears for you are tears of the utmost joy today.
    God is good.
    I’m so excited for you guys.
    Prayers and love,

  • lgraves - congratulations a thousand times over! cora is so proud!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Hanson - My heart is so full for you right now. You must be so excited and yet still so heartbroken. From my months of reading your blog I know your children are most fortunate to have such wonderful, Godly parents. God is going to bless the socks off of your sweet family. I’ll be praying for you. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - CONGRATS!!!! Cora will be a great big sister watching over her brother or sister- I know it!ReplyCancel

  • Country Roads - Congratulations!!
    Tears of happiness for you! Cora will be the best angel for her little sister or brother! Your family (all four of you now) continues to be in my prayers as you journey onward.ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - With tears in my eyes, I am soooo happy for you! Praying for a wonderful pregnancy and a beautiful and healthy baby! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have been following your story for several months. Not sure why I feel compelled to do so other than, in your many moments of sadness, you give me comfort! Your solid faith in Jesus is such an encouragement to me. The way you have chosen to Praise Him in the storm is such a testimony! The trials I have faced in my life pale in comparison to yours, but your faith and encouraging words let me know that if you can get through this, I can surely get through the trials of my life!

    Congratulations on the news of a new baby! Praying God’s richest blessings on your family!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - congratulations! that is fantastic news!ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyC - Congrats, on expecting. I have been following your story for awhile but just started blogging and leaving comments. I am praying that God blesses you with a healthy baby.ReplyCancel

  • Liana - Praise the Lord! So very happy for your family. You all(and now the little bean, too) continue to be in my prayers daily.ReplyCancel

  • Loraine - so happy for you.

    you made my day.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Many blessings to your growing family. What a sweet picture of big sister Cora! Prayers to you all now and in the coming months.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Q - Congratulations!! What a blessed baby he or she will be! Keeping you in our prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - AS soon as I saw the preview of this post on my blogroll tears of happiness sprung to my eyes. I have been praying that God would bless you all with another Mac baby when the time was right. Congratulations, I am so happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • The Mumaw's - on13 I am so thrilled to hear of the news!!! best Wishes . I am always thinking and praying for you !!!!
    Amy Marinello MumawReplyCancel

  • Kristi - God is so good! I am so thankful and happy for you. I loved your announcement and that Cora got to tell us :).ReplyCancel

  • jennifer rogers - oh congratulations! I hope that everything goes well and you have an easy pregnancy…..the Lord know you deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I’m so very happy for you both!!ReplyCancel

  • Miss G - Oh wowie, wow, wow, wow! What a wonderful blessing and isn’t God’s timing always perfect? He knows that this road will have mixed emotions but I know His timing is perfect and that if you weren’t ready for this new part of the road then you wouldn’t be on it yet and I know also that He *will* be walking beside you as you go along. Blessings! KellyReplyCancel

  • Christine - My mouth just gaped open and hit the desk! WOW!! Oh, I have tears of joy for you guys! What a blessing to be expecting another sweet child into your beautiful family! May the Lord strenghten you and Joel. I will be praying for an easy pregnancy for you! ((BIG HUGS!!))ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - congratulations!! will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Ambur - Thank you, Jesus!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I’m crying but this time of happiness this is one of the best news you have give us.


  • Amy - Oh Jess, I am so happy for you and Joel! Congrats! I hope that you are feeling good. Can’t wait to see you and give you a BIG hug! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We have been following your blog for quite some time and praying for your family every step of the way! We are thrilled to hear of your exciting news and will pray that God give you a safe and healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby!ReplyCancel

  • susy m. - That is wonderful news. Praying for a healthy baby!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - Isn’t God great? Congrats, what a blessing! 🙂
    You guys are definitely in my thoughts and prayers….how exciting! Cora’s gonna be a great big sister!

    p.s. We are expecting in January too! I will enjoy keeping up with your updates and watching our little ones grow!ReplyCancel

  • Renae - Joel and Jess!

    We are so excited for you! Yet another little cousin on the way:) Love you both and continue to pray for you.

    cousin ernaeReplyCancel

  • Jamie in Quinter - Oh my goodness, this is wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I have followed your blog for a while and even prayed the Lord would bless you with another child! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Jones - I was hoping it wouldn’t be too long before your blog would be announcing such wonderful news. You and Joel just continue to walk forward with your courage and faith, and all of us are cheering you on. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - That is such wonderful news! I just gasped and my kids and husband both asked *what?*. I’m so excited for you both. I bet Cora is telling her sibling what wonderful parents you are!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - To the Macs…

    I have never posted a comment but I have been following your journey for months. I began reading your blog at that time that your sweet Cora had been diagnosed…a friend of mine told me about her. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you and your family. You have touched my life in a way that you will never know.
    Last year, two of my very good friends lost their sweet babies about 5 weeks after I had my son. It was life altering for me as I watched them experience such terrible pain. I began to look at life in such a different light and realize that the small things are most important.
    I told them about Cora and how strong and open you are about this journey and it helped them. Although it’s so hard and you will always ask God…why? Cora was here for a reason and even though she is now gone, she continues to help others.
    I am so thrilled to hear your news about this new baby. I will continue to pray for you and can’t wait to read about this exciting time!!! I hold you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • angie c - Oh Jess that is so wonderful. Cora will be sending kisses from heaven to her little brother or sister all the time. A big virtual hug to you and prayers too!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Sweet sister, I am so excited for you! May the Lord bless you with a healthy baby in January and a home filled with happiness once again!ReplyCancel

  • The Bohrer's - We are so happy for you guys!

    Brice & HeidiReplyCancel

  • The Finnans - Congrats. What a joy a new baby will bring. 🙂 I’m so very happy for you both!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - I am so very happy for you, and am sure that sweet Cora is smiling down from heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have become addicted to reading blogs and finding great sewing and craft ideas. I recently started reading Joy’s Hope and found you through her blog. I saw that you visited Sarah’s Fabric’s a while back… one of my favorite places in the world! You must live somewhere in our area. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and congratulations on your new addition-to-be. Will keep you in my prayers.

  • MellieBob - Praise the Lord!! That’s delightful news!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - Sitting here with tears in my eyes for you – I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Praying for an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby!!

    Blessings to you guysReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Wow! That is just such wonderful news!! Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Michaela - God’s timing is perfect and so is His plan! Congratulations! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Amen.ReplyCancel

  • mommyof2sons - Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! God is so good!!ReplyCancel

  • HannahM - I’ve been reading your story for some time and am SO thrilled to hear your sweet news!!!! Your family will remain in our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Congratulations!! I am so happy for you guys!! Prayers will always be with you from me!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Congratulations!! I know Cora is sharing the news with all the angels in heaven!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Elizabeth - My heart aches with you but am filled with hope , love and joy. I just know that cora has sent you this child because she knows you need this and she wants you to once again have a happy noise in your home. i wish you all the best and look forward to happy posts of your new journey. 🙂

    {i am truly amazed how many lives cora has touched – many she knew and many she did not.}ReplyCancel

  • Angie - That is such AWESOME news!!! I have tears streaming down my face as I type. What a blessing-Cora is smiling just like in the picture!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What wonderful new…tears of joy fall. I’ll be praying for you, day by day, in the months ahead.


  • Al's World - Oh my goodness!!! I am so excited for you.

    Personally, I believe that babies bodies are formed in our womb, but when we are born our spirits enter our bodies (i hope that doesn’t sound too new age, it was not intended that way). So Cora has seen her baby brother/sister, has played with them and is probably telling him/her what AWESOME parents you are and how much fun he/she are going to have with you.
    I know that this is with mixed emotions, but I am praying that what God has intended for rejoicing will be brought to that and that Satan will not allow any saddness to you or your husband…take care and will be praying for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Oh well, hey! - so happy for you! smiles and a gaping mouth – may God bless you adundantly and your baby has the best big sister watching over him/her.ReplyCancel

  • Me - Many, many, many blessings!ReplyCancel

  • ~Kelli - Congrats! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - Congratulations to all three of you! Praising God with you and praying for a healthy little one!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Thrilled for you. What a blessing from our Lord. You and your family will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Davene - I’m thrilled for you–just completely thrilled! CONGRATULATIONS!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • amyflew - Horray, that is such wonderful news! I pray that everything goes smoothly for you. May this new little life be a beacon of hope and inspiration for you both and your families.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - That is wonderful! My due date was Jan 11, 2008 and he was born late on Jan 19. Have a good pregnancy!ReplyCancel

  • Rory and Jess - congratulations!! So happy for you…ReplyCancel

  • Enos Family - YES!!! I was so hoping I would see a post like this soon. CONGRATS!!! I am so happy for you guys! You are obviously WONDERFUL parents, and it makes me sooo happy to know you will be blessing another child with your love and devotion. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. I know that is weird, since you don’t know me, but it fills me with hope and happiness. THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US ALL!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan's Mama - how WONDERFUL!!! i am so, so happy for you guys, as are literally thousands of others who have been faithfully following your journey. i will pray hard for a great pregnancy and a healthy, happy new addition to your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • Squirpy Momma - Really wonderful news! Prayers for you guys on your new journey…all the best!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lacie and Stephen - HOW WONDERFUL! I am so happy for you! We are praying for you and the newest little Mac! Have you heard of “rainbow babies?” Check out my blog. I think that it is something you will appreciate!

    In Him,
    Wichita, KsReplyCancel

  • Paula - Congratulations! We will pray for the new little one and for your strength too. Hope you haven’t had much “morning” sickness. Mine was always evening sickness. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi Jo - The very best wishes for you all! Congratulations!! You’re right, Cora would have been so proud to share the news.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a GREAT way to announce your wonderful news to all of us out here following your blog and praying for you!!!! Loved the Cora picture announcement! Thank you for sharing it with us! The Lord has answered our prayers to give you another baby and we will continue to pray that He will sustain you and your precious baby! This baby will add great joy to your family and will of course never replace Cora but add to the joy that she gave and still gives to you. I am so very happy and excited for you!!
    Luann in WAReplyCancel

  • Koningskind - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! That’s wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Yeah!! God is good!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - CONGRATS!!!!! My eyes are filled with happy tears 🙂ReplyCancel

  • annaelyse - praise the lord! praying for you guys!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Praying that God will bless you with a healthy, happy pregnancy. (And I know that Cora is in heaven, dancing with joy and watching over her little sister or brother!)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Gerena - Congratulations!! My eyes are flooded with tears of joy! Your family remains in my prayers.

    God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Life With Our (Growing) Family - YAY! What wonderful news. I don’t know if you remember me, I was in your speech class years ago in college and I think we also lived in Boyd at that same time. My husband and I have been following your blog since March. We’ve cried and prayed for you and your family. What an amazing network of prayer the internet can bring. Cheering your little family on from Prairie Village.


  • Mrs.Shu - Congratulations!! That is so very excitingReplyCancel

  • McKenzie - What an amazing gift! Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through such an amazing yet difficult journey! Cora will still be such a good big sister!ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - Oh my goodness…my mouth just fell open!!! I’m SO thrilled and elated for you! A hearty congratulations to you and I will pray so hard for you both for a happy and healthy pregnancy. Praise God and hip hip hooray for you! That news just made my day! May this happiness help to ease your daily pain. God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Townsend Crew - What a wonderful gift this new life will be for your family! I am the youngest of 4 in my family. 47 years ago, my parents lost their first child, my brother, Phillip, to SIDS at 10 months. My older siblings and I have always known about Phillip and loved him like a member of our family. I know this new life will continue to share Cora’s lessons of God’s love.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Congratulations! I am so excited for you! Cora will always be the big sister watching down from above.ReplyCancel

  • Tara Provence - Congratulations!!!! What a blessing this new baby will be!ReplyCancel

  • heather - Congratulations! Praying for your health and the baby’s. What an exciting time!ReplyCancel

  • Cristy - Congrats Jess! I am so happy for you guys!


  • Desha - Such exciting news! I have been checking in on you often, praying that God will be with you as you navigate life without Cora. We found out we were expecting our third child just weeks after I lost my dad. It didn’t take away the pain, but it reminded me that God gives and he takes away, and I needed to praise him regardless. We named our 3rd son Judah (praise). I pray this new blessing will be a constant reminder of God’s presence,his faithfullnes, and bring joy to your heart.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Congratulations. I am so very happy for you. I started following your story when sweet little Cora had passed. I continue to check on you and pray for you. Yes Cora would have been a great big sister. May God give you a very healthy pregnancy and healthy baby too.ReplyCancel

  • Megan (mommyesquire) - Congratulations on the new baby! Babies are such a blessing.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Ann - Congratulations! I am working on a nursery for our first daughter (we have 3 boys). Hanging above a bed is a framed “messy flower” Cora pin – your family is continually in our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Audrey - Oh my goodness!!!!!


    Congratulations and many prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth in PA - Oh my goodness, my eyes filled with tears (and they still are) when I saw this beautiful news! This is indeed a blessing to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Abner & Jennie - So glad for you and your families to be blessed with another little one. Will keep praying and may God give you much joy!

    -Jennie in CAReplyCancel

  • Lori - God bless your family as you get ready for the new baby. Can’t wait to read all about it!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - AMEN!!!!

    Praying in NCReplyCancel

  • Susie - Fantastic news!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Can’t wait to share your pregnancy journey. God is GOOD!

    PS…Today (6/15) is the 31st anniversary of my older brother’s death. You can read my mother’s tribute to him by viewing her blog:

    Grandma To Candy Hearts

  • Rachel - My heart (& eyes) are so full at the moment. What a blessing. I will continue to pray for you & Joel as you continue to grieve and heal, and the sweet babe through which God has provided much hope. Smiles.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Congratulations on this special blessing!! I know it is with mixed emotions…a new life after such a tragic loss is bittersweet. I celebrate and rejoice with you…and pray for this little one on the way. He/She has a wonderful big sister in Heaven to watch over them.

    Many hugs and prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - oh im sooo excited for you guys! cora will be watching over you every step of the way!

    Laura Jeffcoat
    Lamesa, txReplyCancel

  • Laura - Congrats! Cora would have been an amazing big sister…and I know she’s so proud! Your family is in my prayers~what a blessing. God is GOOD!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now. You don’t know me but your story has touched me as I have a 16-month old baby girl. I check your blog every day and have been brought to tears so many times. This post brought tears to my eyes again…but this time they are happy tears. I am so happy for you and your family! You have made me so much for thankful for my baby girl. Your new additional will always have a gaurdian angel looking over him/her. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Mindy M. Harris - Praise the Lord! I’m so happy for you!

    Lord, I pray for Jessica and Joel today. Each day they must choose to let you continue your work in them, and in Cora. I pray for continued healing in their hearts and for abundant, joyous blessings as they prepare for the new baby. Thank you for holding their hands in each circumstance. Thank you for their testimony. All glory to you! Amen.ReplyCancel

  • Kahla - I just got goosebumps… congratulatioins! I love the announcement too, perfect in every way!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So happy for you!

  • Whimsical Creations - Congrats!!! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Casstro - Joy! That is all I can say. Congratulations and Best Wishes.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Congratulations, what a special blessing! I got a bit teary when I told my hubby your news. Of course we’re strangers to you but I’ve been following your story for many months now and have relayed your updates to my hubby, many times with tears flowing.
    I (we) 🙂 will continue to look forward to your updates and send warm thoughts your way.

    Sending prayers and smiles from Olathe!

    Emily PalmerReplyCancel

  • Beth Ann - Congrats!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • HannahM - I’ve been following your story for some time. We are so thrilled to hear your sweet news! We’ll continue to keep your family in our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - Congratulations! What a blessing for you both!ReplyCancel

  • maddies_mama - OH MY!!!!
    I am so happy for you guys. I am glad these are happy tears in my eyes. I have followed your blog for a while and I know you will be GREAT parents!!!
    I can’t wait to learn all about the new Mac 🙂

  • Emily - Congratulations! We will continue to pray for your family for a safe pregnancy and God’s guidance through this next transition in life.ReplyCancel

  • Something In The Glass - My own eyes filled with tears as soon as I saw that beautiful picture and read the caption – I can’t imagine how bittersweet this much be for your family. Congratulations to you. Cora WILL be a great big sister.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Em - You brought tears to my eyes AGAIN! Happy, so very very happy for you. God is great!ReplyCancel

  • Annie - What wonderful news! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • About us - I am so very happy for your announcement today. I am sure Cora is so excited in Heaven. I wish you a happy and healthy nine months!


  • Jennifer - What a precious little blessing – praying for your little one and your hearts missing Cora too.ReplyCancel

  • Monica V. - Congrats and God bless you! I have never commented before but have followed your journey and have prayed that you would be making this joyful announcement!!!!
    What a blessing!!ReplyCancel

  • Happiness Is... - Congratulations!!! What a blessing for you three. I know Cora’s life will impact your new little one, as she’s impacted all of us.ReplyCancel

  • SGreen - I am so happy for you!!! I have been keeping you all in my prayers and will have to add a new prayer for the new baby Mac!!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Congratulations and sending prayers your way….God is good.

    Hugs ~ AngieReplyCancel

  • lauren - I am so happy for you and your family and will be praying for you.

    Cora would be so proud!ReplyCancel

  • mommyof2 - Praise God! You two deserve to be parents again. I will continue to pray for you and your family. i can’t help but belive Cora will be watching over her baby brother or sister. I pray you will hear sounds of joy in your home again. Sounds only a child can bring. I will pray for a healthy and unremarkable pregnancy. Way to go Macs!ReplyCancel

  • The Wilsons - Continued Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby!!!!!! God is so Good!ReplyCancel

  • The Kellys - So very happy and excited for you!!! I was bawling my head off and my husband asked me why. When I told him you were expecting again he said to tell you congratulations as well! What a wonderful way to share the news. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • laura - oooh, what blessed news! thinking of you and big sister cora with lots of happy thoughts in north carolina!ReplyCancel

  • Amy H - What an amazing gift. I hope that the new baby helps you to heal sooner. I know he or she will not be a replacement of Cora but the joy will be multiplied!ReplyCancel

  • sarahross - God is so good. You continue to be in our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Christa - Congratulations! I am so happy for ya’ll…I will continue to pray for your family!

    Christa in TXReplyCancel

  • Marsha - Hip-hip hooray! What great news. What a INCREDIBLE legacy Cora has left for her little brother or sister. I know she is celebrating in heaven. I will continue to send prayers up for a healthy baby to add to your AWESOME family.

    Love and prayers,

    Marsha in VAReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What an amazing God!!!! Cora will always be the Big Sister and you two are wonderful parents!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick - What wonderful news!!! Congrats to you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I couldn’t help but post a comment when I saw it would be the 400th one.

    I have followed your blog for months now. Your story has touched so many lives.

    Congratulations on your newest blessing! your family is in my thoughts and prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby.ReplyCancel

  • Matt and Nicole - Congratulations! We will continue to pray for you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • mom2wendy - God is so good! Bless you as you travel this road with your little Mac. I will pray for safe harbor.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Congratulations! I came across your blog tonight as I am in a hotel, travelling for work and I am away from my 18 mo old baby. I cannot hold back my tears. I read back to learn what had happened to your sweet daughter. I admire your strength and how you were able to remain positive throughout your journey. I wish you a wonderful happy and HEALTHY baby. You deserve it. A baby deserves to grow up with you as parents.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Primm - Congratulations!! I am so excited for you and Joel. Sweet Cora will be watching over her brother or sister! I will continue to pray for you.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - My family has continued to pray for your family and we couldn’t be happier to hear such wonderful news! We will be praying for a happy and healthy pregnancy for you. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Todd and Courtney - I teared up when I read this. I bet Cora is so excited!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - I think Cora had something to do with a little whisper into God’s ear 🙂 and….. ANGELS make the best big sisters EVER!ReplyCancel

  • Colbert Family - Awesome!!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • John & Elisa Seaba - Congratulations, that is wonderful news!! This little baby is very blessed to have the sweetest big sister and two amazing parents!ReplyCancel

  • Tasha Roe - Congrats!!! Such amazing news!!! We’ll be praying for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - smiling in Baltimore!

    God is good!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you guys! I’m sure Cora is smiling down from heaven 🙂


  • Taking Heart - Congratulation! May God bless you with a beautiful bundle to love this side of Heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew - Congrats Jess & Joel! We were so excited to hear the news! Blessings on your pregnancy Jess and to you both as you prepare for your new addition! Can’t wait to hear more from Connecticut! We love you lots.
    Sarah & Andrew WalquistReplyCancel

  • Grace - Praise God!! You and “baby Mac” are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Cowen Family - I don’t know if I have ever commented, but I have been following your blog from the beginning of Cora’s sickness. With tears I congradulate you! You are(still) in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Karen & Shahin - Congratulations! I couldn’t be happier for you and your family. Cora is anxiously waiting and watching for her little sibling to arrive so she can be the best big sister angel there is. Blessings from God to your family!ReplyCancel

  • Tina - Jessica this is just wonderful news. I have been hoping for you guys that this would happen soon.

    I will be praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby for you guys.

    God bless you and you new little one. May God watch over your precious baby Cora as well as my Baby Peanut.

    Much love!!!ReplyCancel

  • mum of 2 grls - oh my i just got goose bumps! i am so excited for you and your family. You will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Mammy - Congratulations! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda - Congrats!! That is awesome news! Cora will be the best big sister guardian angel.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Congratulations!!! What a blessing. I know you wish Cora could be here to welcome this new miracle with you- but she is celebrating in Heaven and rejoicing in this new joy you will be overcome with. Praying for you guys- for peace, health, and abundant joy!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Vavra - Congratulations!! I am so very excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - i have 2 of cora’s pics on my frig to remind me of the strength and love of god…and now,i really want to put this one up! i am so happy to hear this…and what a beautiful way to announce it!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Yahoo!!! I have been wondering if you were going to have another one. I know it is bittersweet but I am sure that will be such a joy. Just think of all Cora is teaching this little one before he/she gets here!! I am due in December with our first.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Rejoicing with tears in my eyes!

    Such great news!ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Still thinking about you and praying for you daily.

    So grateful that God has blessed you with this new life.

    Praying that He will continue to hold you close through this roller coaster of emotions.ReplyCancel

  • Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm - oooh!! big congrats! wonderful news!! hugs!! Britt 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - CONGRATULATIONS JESS AND JOEL!!! This is such wonderful news and such a great blessing. We are praying for a happy and healthy pregancy and baby. God is good!Love you!

    Love, Cousin Amy in Phoenix 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Autumn - congratulations! I’ve been reading for awhile but never commented. I know Cora would be thrilled about becoming a big sister!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - YAY!!!!! so exciting!! i will keep you all in my prayers!!


  • Ashlee - God bless your family! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Tonya - Congrats!!! God is so, so good!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - What wonderful news. I’ll keep praying for all of you- and for Cora’s baby brother or sister.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Huge HUGE congratulations to you! I wish I could send a great big teary eyed hug to you through cyber-space!
    God is good all the time!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have been secretly waiting for this news. WONDERFUL!! I too wish that Cora could be there. She would have loved every part of it. Congratulations to you!ReplyCancel

  • Scott, Joanna, Matthew - Congratulations! We will continue to pray for your family! God bless!ReplyCancel

  • mommyholly - CONGRATS on the new baby news!!! I know Cora is so happy for you both as you add another beautiful baby to your family!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - I am so happy for your family….Congrats from Steph in CA.
    God is Good!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - Aww…. So very happy for your family!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Congratulations! I got all teary eyed reading your announcement. I know I don’t really know you, but my heart has been heavy since hearing about your sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh, that’s exciting! I’ll be thinking about your family.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Congratulations! I am sure that Cora has met this little one in heaven already and is thrilled for you and loves her baby brother or sister!ReplyCancel

  • Becca - Congratulations! I am so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Karina - Oh my gosh, I am obviously not the first person on here (comment number 447!!!!!) but your post made me burst into tears of joy! I don’t know why it feels like such a relief – it is still so bittersweet and Cora is still so missed, even by strangers such as me – but it is SUCH wonderful news that you will have someone new to love and cuddle and fill your life up after so much loss. Many many CONGRATULATIONS are sure to keep pouring in and we will be following your pregnancy like HOUNDS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mommy2QTPies - Aw, what wonderful news!! Hope you have an easy going pregnancy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Wonderful news!!!
    Your story inspire me in so many ways, thank you for sharing it.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - This made my day! Babies are such a blessing, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely Little Flowers - Congratulations!!! Your family will remain in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Patti - That is so exciting!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • 2Girlz4US - Congrats!!! Cora sent an angel to you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • 2Girlz4US - Congrats!! Cora sent an angel to you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from PICU - HEY !!!!!! YEPPPEEEE CONGRATS!!!!!!
    What wonderful news! Of course my husband got to hear it before me! ha He enjoyed seeing Joel’s family so much today! We miss you guys!
    We are so happy for you! Of course I cried HAPPY tears today for you all! I am sure CORA is jumping up and down with JOY for you! The picture you posted of her is PERFECT!!!!! Love to you BOTH and keep us posted!

    Praying for healthy days ahead for you! Hope you are feeling great!


  • Erin - Congratulations!! What a tremendous blessing.ReplyCancel

  • Jolly - So thrilled to hear your exciting news! What a blessing! Our small group at church continues to pray for you and your family. May you feel the comforting love and presence of the Lord through the encouragement of all those around you.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany C - CONGRATS!! God bless your family!ReplyCancel

  • ManyBlessings - Congratulations from this lurker!! Tears of joy from tears of sadness.

  • Jennifer - Congrautlations. I have been reading your blog since the Freeman’s mentioned you for prayers. I’ve never posted, but wanted to offer my congratulations. I have a (almost) nine month old little boy. A good friend had a little boy 3 weeks after me and he passed away at 2 1/2 months on New Years Eve. Seeing her experience is the closest I have to trying to understand what you are going through. I’m so sorry your family had to experience that. Know that I have been very inspired by your family and we pray for you often. God Bless you and the new miracle God has give you! Praying from TN!ReplyCancel

  • Beck - Dear Jess & Joel,

    Let me be the 461st person to tell you that I’m overjoyed to hear this news. I have been praying, praying, praying for this for you. You know, just another stranger who prays for you. A lot. By name. Because God puts you on my mind so often.

    And the best thing about reading this was seeing Cora’s sweet face giving us the news. Thanks for letting us pray for Baby Mac with you!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - I am SO happy for you all! What a blessing this is for you and your dh!! God is good! 🙂

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! I had been praying that a new baby would come into your lives.

    God is good!ReplyCancel

  • Shari - Congratulations, wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • Skelly Addict - YAY!! Congratulations! I’m so very happy that your home will be filled with happiness again with the joy of a child! I’m sure Cora is grinning and clapping her hands with excitement! I too continue to follow your story and you are an INSPIRATION for so many!!! All my best to you and your family!! Have a WONDEFUL summer!
    Allison, in VAReplyCancel

  • rbrum - We will keep you in our prayers. Love your blog & cry every time I open your bookmark. We are a farm family with a baby girl Cora’s age. God Bless your family. . . we will be praying for you through your pregnancy.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have nominated the Mac’s blog for the most inspiring blog. Go here to vote

  • Anonymous - My beautiful little daughter Erin, went home at ten and a half months from a heart condition on 1st December 2005. Her little brother was born in September 06. One book I read suggest that greiving and bonding don’t mix and to wait at least a year before trying for another child. I can assure you – it is possible to feel two completing different emotions at the same time. My grief is still real and still there but my joy and love and adoration for my son has no bounds. May your pregnancy, birth and life with this addtional child bring you much joy.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ann - Congratulations…I am so excited for all of you. What an amazing blessing and miracle. My heart is filled with joy.

    I have read your blog from the beginning of time and have prayed for you.

    I have a cousin that lost their 2 year old son in a drowning accident a couple years back. As you are all too familiar with it was the worse pain ever. They now have an 8 month old beautiful little girl and life has taken on a new meaning for them.

    They had all the same feelings you expressed in yoru post, but they continue to work through it daily.

    God is good and he has carried them as he continues to carry you.

    I am so happy for you and your hubby. To God be the Glory!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • jen christians - I am writing this from the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park CO. It’s so beautiful here. Abundant with God’s works. Today we walked down to a little park, where believe it or not, they had several pieces of “Cora’s Playground” equipment. I watched my children play on it and as I sat there I thought of you guys and how much joy could be in your hearts if only you were blessed with another child. As I saw how much joy Cora brought you. I prayed for you guys. Then I came back to read this message. While I know your prayer was already answered, it just reminded me how great our God is. Life is a miracle. I will keep praying for you and pray for a healthy baby Mac. I can’t wait to read the updates. And by the way if you have never been to the YMCA of the ROckies… it’s amazing!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - Congratulations to all of you!! I am sure Cora will keep a watchful eye on her little sister or brother. Our 2nd child passed away 6 hours after his birth and his older sister brings up his name almost daily, even 3 years later, which is music to my ears. I am sure your newest addition will do the same as he or she hears about adorable Cora. It was such a blessing for us to see how siblings who are separated by heaven and earth….still have an amazing sister/brother connection. Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Milius - Congrats!! I do not know you but am so happy for you and your family! I am sure Cora picked out a wonderful spirit to join her family!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - God’s abundant blessings!ReplyCancel

  • 3boysmom - Congratulations…SO happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - God bless you both….what a blessing….your hearts will be filled with love for another little one. Cora will be laughing and playing when watching over her little sibling 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tammie - So wonderful to hear!! 🙂 I can understand more than you know!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Awwww…that is SO wonderful. Congratulations to you both.ReplyCancel

  • Ki - Oh I’m so glad! What a wonderful surprise to get to read this on your blog. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Stewart Family - God is sooooo GOOD!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - So happy that you have such joyful news! You are all in our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • allison - Music to my ears. I continue to think of you all often and will most likely forever. Your story of love, strength and beauty amazes me. Prayers to you all and many blessings of sweet joy.ReplyCancel

  • Snoodle Family - Congrats! 🙂

  • Anonymous - Good things come to those wait! Congratulations! I will continue to keep you in my prayers. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Jennjilla - Congrats!! We’re so excited for you! I know Cora is so thrilled to be a big sister and will watch over her baby brother/sister every step of the way!ReplyCancel

  • Christy - Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • rhemashope - Cora, you just made my day with that announcement. Praying for your mommy and daddy!ReplyCancel

  • meg - Wonderful news and may God guide you through this!ReplyCancel

  • Keilani - Oh! What a gift from Cora! Congrats you two.. Please know that my thoughts have been with you and all the people that have been touched by Cora!ReplyCancel

  • aleanaomi - So excited that you are adding to your family. I enjoy reading your blog so much and have been lifting you in prayer.ReplyCancel

  • Unmistakably BLESSED - I’m gonna have to go shave my legs!! I read that post and got the best case of chill-bumps, hence the date with my pink plastic razor . . . Congratulations. More than that, prayers from a sister in Christ! AmandaReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I have chills all over my body!!!! I can’t think of a family that deserves it more than you guys do. Congratulations!!!!!!!!! Cora is so proud of you right now!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Wow! Congratulations! we’ll be praying for you:)
    ricky & kristenReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am SOOOO happy for you!! I will pray for you and baby Mac.. Cora will always be with you and as baby Mac gets to know her I am hoping you will feel complete. Sending love…ReplyCancel

  • Paula - Have shed many tears over your story and now can shed happy tears for you.. So happy for you.. Will pray for you and Cora and her baby brother or sister.. God is Good!!ReplyCancel

  • Bri!!! - Yet again I am in tears. This news just made my day. May this new little spirit help to heal your heart and bring much joy to you that only a child can bring. You are SO DESERVING of this. Baby Mac #2 is so blessed to be getting God loving, faithful, amazing parents. I’m sure the little one can’t wait. CONGRATS and much LOVE to you both!ReplyCancel

  • RLG - I just heard of your story yesterday through a blog I follow — lulufish. I haven’t been able to get Cora’s beautiful little face out of my mind.

    Congratulations on your wonderful news. I hope it helps to heal you in a million different ways.

    All the best. xoxoReplyCancel

  • rainbow - Wow. I haven’t checked your blog in a while and I’m so glad I did. Congratulations!!! This is the most wonderful news ever and I am so incredibly happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn VH - I somehow missed your “secret” post and was reading about your Dr’s appointment and was a little confused at first!! I am so happy to hear this wonderful news and pray for a wonderful pregnancy and delivery. I will continue to have you in my thoughts and prayers.
    (((hugs))) Jenn VHReplyCancel

  • writing4612 - YAY! I’m so happy for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praying for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Cora - I found your blog when Cora was just diagnosed, and stuck around once I got to know your beautiful and amazing daughter.

    Perhaps I feel connected to her because of our shared name, but I know she is so proud and excited to be a big sister soon. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - I’m WAY late to the party. But, congratulations! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Congrats, I think of you often and pray for you, I’m so happy for your new blessing, I know God will take care of you.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - I am so happy for you and hubby!ReplyCancel

  • Nan - Congratulations Joel and Jess!! Prayers being answered… I am so thankful that January, what would likely be one of the most difficult months for you will be redeemed in such a precious way. Praying for God’s hand of protection on your new little growing one.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - What a sweet post to come home from vacation to. Congratulations Jess, Joel and Big Sister Cora!! She is DEFINITELY celebrating too, she knows frist hand how blessed this baby already is. I will be with the HUNDREDS (THOUSANDS?!) of others praying for you guys and this new journey. God is Good. Congratulations again!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - I am so happy for you! God is good!ReplyCancel

  • Clare Z. - I’ve been gone for a while but I just read your wonderful news! Conratulations! I am also expcting in February…We’re prego together! =D

    Many prayers and blessings for you guys!


  • debbie blocker - Congrat’s!! I am so excited for you guys. I keep you in my prayers daily.ReplyCancel

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