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I couldn’t help but pull out these pictures today…

I am missing my sweet little cuddly cow.

  • Maria - No words. Just hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - Cora was truly a gift god had shared with you. May god keep you strong. Thank you for sharing such treasured pictures of Cora. Bless you all of you including your little bundle.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Greetings from IN, I know we have never met nor probably ever will but I just wanted you to know I am praying for you. Cora is absolutley beautiful. Thank you for sharing her with complete strangers. What a blessing she continues to be. I have read your story and wept and have also been amazed at your vulnerability and trust and love in Jesus Christ. I am glad that she is having a perfect day and at the same time please know my heart aches for you. Will continue to pray for great blessings and peace in your life.
    Your sister in Christ,

  • Susan - She is adorable. I felt the need to post the same kind of post on my blog today for my son. You are not alone in finding this day hard.ReplyCancel

  • Liana - I was thinking of you today as my little frog and pumpkin hopped around the retirement home this morning on a Trick-or-Treat visit to the great grandparents. I know it doesn’t make it any easier for you– but I want to know how your life and witness has changed me as a mother. I am doing a much better job of appreciating EVERY moment, silly, sad, frustrating or the like with my boys. I’m trying to live every day to the fullest and just be in the moment.

    I know that doesn’t change your situation, but please know that you are loved, prayed for, and deeply respected by many across this country. Stay strong and thank you again for being so honest about your journey.ReplyCancel

  • Olivia - We miss her too. I thought of her little cow costume last night and wished so much she were here to Trick of Treat with her cousins! We love you and pray for you always!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Wish you were here so I could hug you. Love you.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Jess, I am praying for you today. I thought of your cute, cuddly “cow” yesterday and looked back at your blog from a year ago to see her again. I miss her too and can’t imagine what your heart must feel each day. You are loved and prayed over.ReplyCancel

  • mary - That first photo is absolutely perfect in every way. I have always followed your blog as a reminder to pray for you, but recently I have noticed your photography talents as well. Impressive!! Praying for you on this child-centered day…ReplyCancel

  • Stacey - Thinking of you! Thank you for sharing Cora’s precious pictures. Hugs!

    Stacey from CAReplyCancel

  • merlin - Pictures worth a thousand words.ReplyCancel

  • Marie - My heart aches for you.ReplyCancel

  • The Tenbrink family - I don’t know you. You are friends with someone who is a friend of one of my friends. I am also a KSU grad and I teach 3rd grade. I have 2 kids (ages 2 and 5 months) and I have been following your blog since my friend asked me to pray for you when Cora was diagnosed. I’ve always wanted to leave a comment to you to let you know that I am praying for you on a daily basis, but I have never felt more compelled to let you know until today. My heart aches for you and your strength and faithfulness astound me. I want to thank you for being such a role model for everyone and for reminding me to never take anything for granted. I recently had a baby. A daughter. The very first thing I bought her when I found out she was a girl, was a set of hair bows from an etsy website that sent proceeds to Cora’s playground. Everytime my daughter wears them, I am reminded to cherish my time with her. Cora was a gift from God, and through Cora, God has been glorified. Because of you and Cora, my family is closer to each other, and to God. Please know that Cora is in in Heaven, where there is no despair, doubt, disappointment, loneliness, or sadness. My name is Katie, and I am blessed to have such a great role model in my life. Thank you-and know that I will continue to pray for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment, but I have been reading your blog for awhile and I have tears in my eyes looking at your sweet baby in her cute cow costume. Prayers for you as you go through today.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - She’s beautiful! {{hugs}}ReplyCancel

  • Todd and Courtney - Your cuddly cow is so cute. I wonder what she is dressed up as this year in Heaven? 🙂 I check your blog all the time. I feel like I know you two. Praying for you every single day.ReplyCancel

  • Carla - Oh Jess, hugs from across the miles. I don’t have any other words xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Mandi - These photos are precious and I’m sure they bring back lots of sweet memories of Cora. I can only imagine how badly you want to be dressing her in her costume and holding her in your arms right now. Praying for the healing of your broken heart.ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - Cutest little cow I’ve ever seen. Praying for you!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Boccias - Tears are falling. Big hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Trasie Bressler - I don’t have any words but my heart aches for you but smiles as I look at these pictures.

    Many Many Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - so sorry for your pain…


  • Diana - words cannot even convey… love and hugz and MANY prayers for you guys….ReplyCancel

  • mandie - when your daughter went to be with Jesus i sobbed. up until that point, i had never cried for a person that i did not know personally. not like i did with cora. i pray for you and your husband and your babe to be quite often. may the Lord comfort your mama heart.ReplyCancel

  • chelsea - no words either. praying for comfort. we love you all.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - She is simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing her pictures…they took my breath away. Sending good wishes your way that God sends his richest blessings to your family.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - I knew this would be a hard day for you-I have looked at her pictures from last Halloween and wondered how you would make it. I know the Lord is Blessing you but sometimes our heart just is broken. Praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - Oh, Jess. She is so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Farris Family - She is such a sweet baby girl~ My heart is sad for you on these days~ God will and has kept yall strong.ReplyCancel

  • ran shae - she is so beautiful! my heart aches for you. i just can’t even imagine the pain. i am praying!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - I can’t even imagine the missing her you must be doing tonight. May God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • Jenifer - Preying for yallReplyCancel

  • Beckycain6 - I have been reading your blog since Cora had her ear infections. I am humiliated to confess that I do not believe I have ever commented. And yet…..I have been praying for you…crying when I read so many of your words…….and could not believe that beautiful, gorgeous baby with the soft brown hair and precious eyes is not here.

    I am grateful that you have allowed your faith to carry you. I am thankful, as well, that our Father is finding ways (like with the retreat) to give you both strength.

    And, I just want to tell you that I have 4 children, but I admit that Cora may just be the prettiest baby I have ever seen, and I just cannot believe she is gone. I’m so very sorry. I can’t imagine how much it hurts you both…….

    Just know that there are people, total strangers, that are praying for you and loving you guys. Heaven is so lucky to have the presence of your pretty, pretty baby……..

    And I am so, so sorry……

    Romans 15:13. Praying God will grant you continual hope and peace. Grace,

  • Misty Rice - Awe…. my heart aches looking at these. So lovely.

    Im sorry mommy…. its so painful, I can only imagine.

    Oh how I wish I could turn back the clock and give you one more day. One more hug. One more snuggle and kiss from your little girl.

    Praying and hugging you tonight.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - I thought of you so many times this fall, along with your cute cuddly cow, and the pumpkin pictures.

    Love you. Wish so badly I could make it alright.

    God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • Traci - Praying for peace and comfort for you and Joel. Soon you will have another baby to cuddle with and share stories of Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Such darling photos of Cora.ReplyCancel

  • The Moffats - Tears. Lots of them.ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Oh how my heart breaks for you…I am soooo sorry. And praying for you right now.ReplyCancel

  • beckley - I bet you are.

    grace and peace be yours amidst.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Ditto to what Liana said…
    Hugs from WIReplyCancel

  • Christine - Words hardly seem sufficient, but you and Joel are never far from my thoughts. Of course you miss that most precious little cow. However could you not? Praying for you tonight as we so often do. ((Hugs))ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Those pictures of sweet Cora are so adorable – she makes one cute cow!

    Praying for you tonight and for the upcoming holidays as well.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - That’s the most beautiful, cuddliest cow I’ve ever seen. Thank you for sharing her pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - Thinking of you especially on holidays! You are such an inspiration to me to make me a better mom!ReplyCancel

  • Our Life in Pixels - Memories and pictures can be the sweetest and the most bitter things. Thoughts and Prayers for you!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Cutest cow ever! I was just checking in on you today to see how you were doing. My little sister died 27 years ago and I still miss her like crazy, especially at times like this when I can almost picture what she would be doing if she were here. Even though we know she is in the best place ever, we are still left missing her. Hugs to you. One day at a time!ReplyCancel

  • Pilgrim Days - Those are adorable pictures. What a cutie!ReplyCancel

  • Emmy - My heart breaks for you. What a precious child.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - All I can do is cry…what sweet memories. I’m continuing to pray.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - What a precious picture. Made me cry.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - So incredibly precious!!!! And she’s that sweet cuddly cow now walking hand in hand with sweet Jesus 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Diana - Sweetest comfort from our Father upon you today in Jesus’ name.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - My name is Erin and I live in Ohio. I can’t even remember, at this point, how I came across your blog, but I am so glad I did! I read it often and pray for you and your husband as you travel this difficult journey.
    Though I have never lost a child, I find strength and encouragement in your story and more importantly your faith. My husband and I have been trying to have a child of our own for almost two years. Though our stories are different, I wanted to let you know that the inspiration, joy, and praise you have given me through your words has been one of the greatest gifts God has given me. Throughout our journey, I have prayed and begged to find someone who was hurting like I was but was still able to remain positive, hopeful, and joyful in her relationship with God. I have been praying for someone who could hurt and show her rawness but still praise the Lord. Though we have never and probably will never meet, I want you to know that you have touched my life. Your little Cora is beautiful and, though your story may not be what anyone could imagine, please know that you are touching lives and inspiring many people through it!!! God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • kimberlysayre - Cora is beautiful! My aches for you. Thinking about and praying for you today.ReplyCancel

  • Townsend Crew - All of our hearts continue to break along with you. It just sucks! That’s all that can be said! I love when your scrolling header on your blog comes up with the pictures of Cora in her cow costume. Your kick-butt faith continues to inspire me!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Jessica, she is a beauty! I thought of you yesterday. Hugs to you and Joel. xoxo

    Jenna Gudalis (friend of the Byrne’s)ReplyCancel

  • dg darling - SO CUTE!!! I wish she was here for you…{{HUGS}}ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - All Saints Day today…lit a candle for Cora at church. Prayers as always.ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - Nothing that I can say that hasn’t already been said. Tears, love, hugs and prayers to you today.ReplyCancel

  • Austin - So precious <3ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Keeping you in my prayers ((HUGS))ReplyCancel

  • Marsha - Hugs and prayers!

    Marsha in VAReplyCancel

  • SadMommy3434 - I, too, have no words. ((((HUGS))))ReplyCancel

  • Micah - These are absolutely precious.ReplyCancel

  • John and Elisa Seaba - by far. the cutest cow ever!! thinking about you!ReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - the cutest cow i have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - My heart is just so sad for you and Joel and all the grandparents and aunts and uncles and friends who would have loved to see Cora dressed up this year.
    May Jesus continue to uphold you and bring you peace through all these difficult firsts.
    Keep sharing her pictures! I love seeing her beautiful smiling face!ReplyCancel

  • Ali - Speechless and in tears.

    Sending you hugs from Ireland


  • Christina - That is the sweetest little cuddly cow I have ever seen! Love & Hugs from NJReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking about you and thankful that you have such love, support, and faith. She is a beautiful girl.ReplyCancel

  • Janet - OH! These photographs of your precious angel broke my heart today. Sending special love from South Africa!ReplyCancel

  • Karina - She is just perfect. I am so sorry you hurt. Thank you for continuing to share your heart.ReplyCancel

  • Susy M. - She is so beautiful and am sure the perfect little cow in Heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - she’s adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Damian, Marla, Clara, Oliver and Isabel - Jess, I still keep up with your posts because of the profound impact your little angel’s story had on my life both emotionally and professionally. My littlest girl, Isabel, still asks to look at pictures of baby Cora on a regular basis. Clara and I remember very good times from when you were her kindergarten teacher. Thank you for sharing these beyond-sweet images of your little doll. I hope you are well. Just so you know, I plan to focus on children in my practice and oncology/neurology in particular. I pray often that your littlest gift will be healthy, sound and share many years of love with you.ReplyCancel