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I just love how Cora’s Playground is coming together.
Check out the new flooring.

Isn’t it GREAT?

DuraPlay installed the flooring. They even donated some of the cost so that we could have the colorful design–which I love!  
We are so thankful for all these talented, generous people who are helping make Cora’s Playground possible.

  • Jamie from Quinter - The colors of the flooring really make it look awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Howard - WOW! It looks awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Tina - It looks amazing! I hope to visit her playground in person one of these days.

    Also, Jess, I wanted to ask if you mind if I steal your “Praises” and “Prayer Requests” terminology that you used while Cora was sick. My Aunt Linda is currently very sick and fighting Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma on her brain. Our family started a website for her through caringbridge and I just really like that idea so I hope you don’t mind.

    Take care!ReplyCancel

  • wicker0407 - It looks amazing brings tears to my eyes. I know my kids would LOVE to play on that playground! Continued prayers from my family to yours!
    Summer in CaliforniaReplyCancel

  • Maureen - Wow! It looks amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Susy M from Miami - Cora is smiling down from Heaven. What a great playground but remember, she has an even better one up there. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

  • Kendra - love the playground! so adorable and full of life!ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyC - wow, what an awesome playground!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joel - So glad you like it Jess! It’s been a blessing to work with you and your church!ReplyCancel

  • Lundstrom Family - That is adorable, just like Cora! What an awesome memorial for her. Praying for you!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - It is so beautiful!

    I will visit one day (I’m actually not too far… about 6-8 hours away in southern Oklahoma), so my girls can slide on Cora’s slide and play on Cora’s playground.ReplyCancel

  • Missy - i’d love to play there! seriously, it’s wonderful. what a beautiful reflection of your sweet daughters life.


  • jennifer rogers - oh my gosh it looks great! I just wish we lived near you so that I could take my little boy there to play it looks so inviting!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - That is the cutest playground I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - wow! the colors are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • kimberlysayre - That looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - LOVE IT! Great job Mom and Grammy on picking out the floor..What a fantastic legacy to your beautiful Cora Paige!


  • Elle's Mom - Oh my goodness! That is the most beautiful and special playground I have ever seen! I have goosebumps!!ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - Oh my word, Jess!! That is beyond amazing. It’s INCREDIBLE. It just screams, “CORA!!” What a beautiful, beautiful reflection of her radiant, happy life!!

    Praising Jesus with you!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - It looks amazing! I was just thinking about the playground today, and wondering if you would post an update soon. I also love the new blog design. I love seeing all the different pictures of Cora. She is so beautiul! I know she would have loved the playground.ReplyCancel

  • The Carrolls - This looks so amazing! Still praying for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor - Love the flooring…Great colors!ReplyCancel

  • sarah m - It is SO cute & fun – love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - What a wonderful, beautiful and amazing playground you have created! And I feel the same with your new blog header! Her smiling face makes me smile too 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Erica - wow wow wow! i love it! the flooring reminds me of the yellow brick road! 🙂 so cuteReplyCancel

  • Restless Mama - This is such a beautiful project – you’re such a beautiful family for doing this.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - It is a really beautiful playground. The kids will absolutely love it. It’s really special.ReplyCancel

  • The Sieberts - love it! how cheery and inviting and a great way to remember how happy Cora would have been playing on the playground 🙂
    Love your new blog layout too…ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rutherford - This is the coolest playground I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl - Such a happy, happy place!ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Oh my goodness… it is wonderful! I love the flooring. I’ve never seen it done like that before – it’s amazing! It’s truly coming together beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - HOW ADORABLE!!! It looks great!! And I love how the new layout switches the pics each time!
    Hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

  • Kelly Taylor - I’m a lurker, but just had to comment today. The playground is beautiful and I don’t know of a single child that won’t absolutely LOVE to play on it. What a wonderful way to honor precious Cora’s life.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Cora’s Playground is absolutely beautiful! Hands down the most amazing playground I have ever seen, and I have seen my share! The flooring pattern is a great touch. What a wonderful gift to the children of your area.ReplyCancel

  • Dina Ross - Perfect, simply Perfect!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Wow! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

    Congratulations on organising such an incredible tribute to your precious Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Sara Lynn - That looks like so much fun!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Jess, I LOVE the floor. It’s perfect. Love you!ReplyCancel

  • dg darling - That is so incredibly cute!!! I wish I lived anywhere near you so I could take my own baby girl to play at Cora’s.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - What a beautiful playground in honor of such a beautiful baby.ReplyCancel

  • La Familia Garcia - I love the new blog look!!ReplyCancel

  • Bailey - It is very beautiful – what fun the kids will have!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - It’s beautiful! I would LOVE to play there with the kids I babysit for!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Colorful, happy, and full of Joy, just like your sweet Cora!! That’s what I feel when I see this playground.ReplyCancel

  • Trasie Bressler - Absolutely Perfect!!! I love the colors, I love the equipment what a beautiful place for all of Cora’s friends to play on. I love love love it!!!!ReplyCancel

  • THE ZELLERS - DuraPlay!!! Jess, the owners of DurePlay are my good friends and neighbors, Misty and Darren Toomey way down here in Wimberley, Texas. They live just a few doors down from me. I’m so happy that they partnered with you to make Cora’s playground so colorful and safe for the kiddos to enjoy.

    Misty and Darren have two young children themselves, Cash and Blue, who I know would love to spend some time at Cora’s playground. I’ll be sure to let them know what a special project they were a part of, just in case they aren’t aware.

    Everything is just beautiful, a true reflection of Cora. All it needs now is a few dozen little ones squealing and laughing. Can’t wait for the pictures of that.

    What a small world it really is! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Shosh - WOW! This is the nicest playground I’ve ever seen! And I’ve seen a lot….ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Incredible…beyond all the visions I had of how it would look!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - Wow! It’s really breathtaking! Such a wonderful tribute to your little girl.ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - it is more than fab! so creative and fun and playful…perfect! and what a great honor for cora to have such a lovely place in her honor…she deserves it!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - I love it, so colorful and fun! What a wonderful tribute 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Our Curly Girls - WOW! It’s a beautiful and inviting haven for children. I absolutely love it!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Shane and Casey - I’m going to get lost in your comments, but I just had to write that the playground looks amazing. Cora has to be beaming down on you two with pride right now!ReplyCancel

  • Bambi - The playground is amazing! What a wonderful tribute to Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Chris - WOW !!! BEAUTIFUL.
    Cora must be so proud of you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Gorgeous! Cora would have loved it.ReplyCancel

  • laura - that has to be one of the coolest playgrounds i have ever seen! so happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Holy cow Jess.. That’s amazing!!! So exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Jane In The Jungle - That is amazing and new little Mac will LOVE it!! Bet Cora is laughing and clapping in heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Abby Johns - The flooring colors really make the play equipment POP. I love the whole design; it makes me want to be a kid again!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Absolutely beautiful and fun–just like sweet little Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Julie @ Joy's Hope - What a cheery, beautiful, wonderful amazing place. I can’t wait to see it.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - I love it! Do you know yet when the dedication is going to be? I really want to come to that.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Hasson - SO AMAZING!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Beautiful! Olivia would LOVE it. She loves bright colors!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - What a fun place for little ones to play!ReplyCancel

  • The Costellos - Wow, so beautiful and amazing. What a legacy for Cora to leave and to think that she will be remembered for years to come by those who weren’t even privelleged to meet her before she went home to the Father! Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • gwswenson - Absolutely wonderful! You have really good taste.

    I would love to bring my children to play at Cora’s. Can’t wait to see pics of Baby Mac toddling around there.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Stegent - Wow, amazing. I love, love, love it also! Perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - Beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Wow! The playground was great before but the colorful flooring made it absolutely amazing! I know you must be so pleased with the way it is turning out.

    I know you don’t know me but your story has touched my life in ways you will never know. I am praying for you and this new life inside you. Thanks for sharing your life with us!ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - That is one awesome playground!!! Still praying you both!!ReplyCancel

  • Beckypdj - It’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Micah - Awe-some! That looks so cool! I can’t believe what a difference the flooing made! I mean, it looked great before, but now it really pops!ReplyCancel

  • Hayes Family - Wow! This looks amazing! Keeping your family in our prayers in Kansas City. The Hayes FamilyReplyCancel

  • Livesays - It looks beautiful! What a fun place for kids to play! Very cool to think about Baby Mac some day playing on the playground which honors his/her big sister!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I LOVE the colorful flooring. I take my kids to various parks around our city and haven’t seen anything like it. A special playground to commemorate a special little one.

    Your story inspires me daily to look at the important things in life….God, faith, family, friends. The petty things just don’t seem to matter. Thank you for reminding us of this fact, and most importantly for drawing people to God through your story. God is using your pain to bring glory to Him. You are being a faithful servant. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Vera - LOVE IT!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marylou in Abilene, Texas - What a beautiful tribute to your precious baby girl! I have followed your blog for some time and have prayed often for you. I am a 76 year old great grandmother who counts it a privilege to pray for families like you who have special needs. May God give you a special blessing today and in the days ahead as you await the birth of a new baby. Our next great grand arrives January 29th, to our granddaughter, Kristin and Clay who live in Kansas City. Just wanted you to know I am praying for you two.ReplyCancel

  • cheryl - Makes me wanna be a kid again! What a blessing this is going to be for many, MANY children at your church! Cora’s memory lives on!

    We have dear friend who lost their son in a tragic accident over 20 years ago. They had a playground built at our church in his memory..and it’s still there, with his name on the fence…ministering to 1000’s of children! Be encouraged!ReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - It looks absolutely amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - How beautiful!!!! What a wonderful way to honor sweet Cora. God blessed yall when he made Cora for you, and now He has blessed you by providing this great tribute. God bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Monica - Wow, it’s amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - It looks so great! I’m with you, the colorful flooring designs are fabulous. It adds so much cheerful character. The playground is coming together so wonderfully!ReplyCancel

  • i love plum - looks amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Candice - I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - This looks fantastic!! Well done, you must be so chuffed… Can’t wait to see it filled with kids!

    Sue xReplyCancel

  • susana - It looks awesome!!
    I know kids would LOVE to play on that playground..what a beautiful reflection of your sweet daughters life when they are playing in ground…
    Get easy cash at your door stepReplyCancel

  • Team Alix - It looks great! I love the bright colors and happy playground structures- a wonderful, happy vivid memorial to your beautiful daughter.ReplyCancel

  • JJ - Looks amazing! When baby Mac is older you will be able to take him/her there and tell them all about their amazing big sister. I am still praying for you guys every day.ReplyCancel

  • Scott, Joanna, Matthew - What an awesome and colorful playground!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - What an awesome looking playground! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Lockette - What an amazing contribution to in honor of a precious little girl. Brings tears to my eyes. I hope you find some peace with it completed. They did a fantastic job. Continuing to pray for your strength.ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - I love it – it looks terrific! What a wonderful memorial to Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - It really a beautiful legacy. ALl the best to you as you continue your journey.
    reader from TXReplyCancel

  • annaelyse - wow jess! it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - How wonderful. What a great legacy.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - Oh my word, looks sooooo great!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Karina - The playground looks amazing!!! That floor really pulls it all together. What a beautiful tribute to Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi there! A silent reader here in Denver, but I pray for you just about everyday! I love the playground, it’s awesome! And so colorful! I really love that Cora will be remembered and that she will live on in the hearts of others! Even in life she is a beautiful angel!

    Congratulations on the upcoming addition to the family! How wonderful the Lord is-he never fails!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - It looks AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - Makes me want to be a kid again … looks like you are in a children’s book when you are playing in it.

    What a wonderful way to honor the life of your precious one!

    I love it!ReplyCancel

  • mommyof2 - What an amazing place for children to play AND learn who God our Lord and Savior is! Such a blessing to those tiny souls. Great work !ReplyCancel

  • Zingo Tots - How awesome to see this amazing project near completion! Love it! I know it will bring smiles to soooo many faces for years to come! Also love the new look of your blog! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - What an AWESOME playground! How wonderful to see it all pulling together. I know you both must be so proud. You live in such a terrific community for everyone to work together on such a meaningful project. I love all the bright colors and how inviting it looks. So nice to know that I helped contribute to that…makes me just beam and I know sweet Cora will be smiling down upon all those children playing there. Sending hugs to you both (and Baby Mac)from Michigan!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Johnson - Awesome! This is just beautiful. Imagine all the little ones that are going to have memories of Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley -

    I started a prayer group a little while ago on Facebook, and I just wanted to let you know that I have mentioned your blog, and that we are all keeping you in our prayers. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • sarahross - I couldn’t help but smile seeing it. It’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Cora’s Playground is beautiful, I love the flooring how it ties into the play equipment, such fun vibrant colors!
    Keeping you in my prayers today!ReplyCancel

  • MyLinda - That is a beautiful tribute to sweet Cora! And just think, it won’t be long before Cora can watch her brother/sister playing in her playground!ReplyCancel

  • onlymehere - I absolutely love your new header. They melt my heart. The colors are awesome in this playground and absolutely every kids dream come true! It’s fantastic. CindyReplyCancel

  • JenniferNe - That is the coolest playground I have ever seen! Great job! I am so glad that I was able to buy a dress to help with that playground! God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Absolutely stunning!!! What an incredible difference that makes! I expected to see the solid dark flooring, but this is completely fabulous!! I just love it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Audrey - Amazing! I would love to take my own daughter to play on that equipment. She would go crazy!ReplyCancel

  • A - WOW- it looks phenominal!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dragonfly fine designs - That is amazing! Those kids are really going to enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Cora’s Playground looks like a wonderful place for children to come and play. You should be so proud of your accomplishment. You have honoured your sweet girl in the most amazing way!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Ann - So fun…we want to come play! It is just perfect…love the new blog design too!ReplyCancel

  • Cristy - Yea! So beautiful. What an awesome way to honor little angel Cora. We can’t wait to play on it soon!ReplyCancel

  • Jenifer - Its Looks AmazingReplyCancel

  • The Shepherd Family - The park looks AMAZING!!
    Praise God!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - Wow, it’s amazing! I love it! It’s going to be a place of joy for so many children! I’m sure you’ll be hanging out there this time next year with Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

  • amyflew - Wow that is sooooo awesome, I didn’t even know you could do outdoor playgrounds with color on the flooring like that!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Oh my gosh, how much fun is that playground!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What template did you use? I absolutely love the family photos..Please blog about the new template so I can know!

    Pray for you each night..

    A friend from Ohio 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Renee - Wow, what an awesome playground!!!
    What an awesome memorial for her. Praying for you!beautiful reflection of her radiant, happy life!!thanks for sharing..
    Are you scared to be alone at home need securityReplyCancel

  • Marsha - Looks amazing! I love the pictures at the top of your blog too! What a sweet sweet little girl.

    Love and prayers,

    Marsha in VAReplyCancel

  • Baylee and Blair's page - Simply awesome!!!

    Hugs – TiffReplyCancel

  • jess - that is the most beautiful playground I’ve ever seen! what a wonderful memorial for Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Ethansmom08 - WOW! I love it! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • texasinafrica - It looks so great! What fun!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - It looks wonderful! What a fun playground!ReplyCancel

  • vanettens - It is beautiful! It might just be the cutes playground I’ve ever seen:)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praising God with you! The colors and playground look awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - It’s amazing!!! That makes all the difference, doesn’t it, having that flooring down? Wow. Thanks for sharing the progress!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - WOW! SO amazing and so wonderful!

    What a perfect little playground. It has become something that looks so fun.


  • TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Looks so fantastic!
    I ADORE the new blog layout. Your header brought tears to my eyes.

    Everything about it evokes the pure joy that is your beautiful family.

    With love and prayers for all of you,


  • Anonymous - The playground looks awesome! What a monument to Cora!
    I also wanted to tell you I love your new blog layout. I love the pics of you all and Cora on the header. It is nice to see her there. I have been thinking of Cora (and you all) so much lately, as our daughter is exactly the age Cora was when she was diagnosed. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this new road-looking forward to new life and grieving life lost. Cora has helped me treasure the little moments a little better.
    Laura from FLReplyCancel

  • Suzy Q - Beautiful, just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - IT’s awesome! So cool!ReplyCancel

  • Whimsical Creations - Just fantastic!! It looks fabulous!!ReplyCancel

  • The Mershawn's - Wow, wow, wow! I want to come play:). Great job!ReplyCancel

  • writing4612 - That looks so awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Darling!!!! What a happy place, darling too is your new header…Cora was/is just a precious, precious baby, again, so deeply sorry for your loss…excited for your new little life too! Best wishes and congrats on all your hardwork on the playground.ReplyCancel

  • number17cherrytreelane - It is bright and colorful–a true tribute to both of you and your amazing daughter….ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - wow! it looks amazing!!
    nice to see that it all turned out you wanted it to….


  • Miss G - It’s amazing! love it!! KellyReplyCancel

  • Heather - I want to come play on this!! What a great memorial to a amazing little girl!! I LOVE IT!!


  • Emilie - Oh the playground looks AMAZING!!! You both must be so happy!ReplyCancel

  • KellyH - What a beautiful park!!ReplyCancel

  • michele - okay, that is seriously one of the cutest playgrounds i have ever seen. oh my, how sweet.ReplyCancel