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levi jerald

We had a really hard time picking names this time. Especially boy names. We really wanted the name to be significant and have meaning. It took us a long time to decide on Levi’s name. Joel decided about a month ago, but I wasn’t sure until the day he was born (that is pretty typical of the differences in our decision making skills!) But now we love the name. It is perfect for our sweet little boy.
When we added Levi to our list of boy names we started reading about who Levi was in the Bible and the meaning of the name. Levi means “joined”. That seemed fitting as our family has felt anything but joined since Cora went to heaven. We know that even though our family does not seem complete here on earth we will one day be joined together again in heaven. We can’t wait to tell Levi all about his big sister.
“And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi may continue,” says the Lord Almighty. “My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.”
Malachi 2:4-6
We are praying these verses for our Levi. That he would grow to be a man who walks in uprightness and stands in awe of our Lord’s name.
Jerald is after Joel’s dad. Joel’s dad, Jerry, is one of the kindest, God-fearing men I know. He is a hard worker, is dedicated to serving the Lord in both his occupation and his every day life, and has such a servant’s heart. Anyone who knows Joel’s dad would understand why we would also want our son to have this name. Jerald is also the name of Joel’s great, great uncle, Joel’s grandpa, and is Joel’s middle name. We had to carry it on one more generation!
And here are a few more pictures of little Levi from the hospital.
Thank you so much for all your kind comments–we were overwhelmed!
We appreciate your prayers SO much.
We told Levi that he is famous already!
More pictures to come soon.
  • Anonymous - Congratulations!!! He is beautiful and we are soooo happy for you!!! He has a wonderful mommy and daddy!! He is a VERY lucky little boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - May all of you continue to be blessed.!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - He is beautiful!! And I LOVE his name! We always loved Levi too but since our last name starts with a “V”, it just didn’t go together.

    I pray God’s richest blessings on your sweet family. May your joys be many, your struggles few, and your transitions smooth and you welcome Levi home. God is good!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Day - congratulations! levi is absolutely perfect and may he heal your hearts!ReplyCancel

  • gabriel - Awww, what a wonderful lil family. I am so happy for you all. I love seeing an update from you and the inspiration you both are.ReplyCancel

  • momof3 - You are absolutely right…Levi is famous and absolutely adorable! What a cute little brother Cora has! So happy for you all and yes, your family will be joined in eternity! So blessed…wishing you nothing but peace and love from here is snowy Iowa!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - What a beautiful baby boy! I love his name!!ReplyCancel

  • starnes family - He is gorgeous. Just like you guys. EnjoyReplyCancel

  • Anna - He’s so perfect! Congrats again!ReplyCancel

  • Midwest Mommy - I have tears because I am so happy for you. He is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • MICHELE - congrats he is beautiful, I mean handsome 🙂
    I am so happy that your arms are full once again!
    He has a great name to live up too! Mr. Mac was one of my favorite teachers! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kara - I love your choice of names- beautiful and a wonderful- PERFECT meaning.
    Enjoy these days of having a newborn!

  • Anonymous - Levi is a beautiful, stunning actually, baby. And I am a Mum of 2 boys so Levi has a high bar to reach, and he is magnificent.
    I was relieved to see the crying photo because I was wondering how it was possible for a newborn to be this perfect. Perfect, he is truly perfect.
    There are so many “anniversaries” coming up for you and I praise God for His gift of Levi to fill your arms and hearts during these days ahead.
    Crazily, I (still) weep with emotion at his photos, a baby I will probably never be in the same room with, folks I will likely never meet and yet there is a place in my heart for you, a place touched by God through Cora and Levi, and you, their parents.
    Abundant blessings to you all.

  • Jaclyn @ Love, Laughter, and Complete Chaos - He is just beautiful….its so great to see you get to have some “happy”.ReplyCancel

  • The Scott's - Congratulations again…he’s beautiful! Looking forward to more pictures!!!ReplyCancel

  • capperson - He is soo precious!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He is so beautiful! You are such a blessing Levi.ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl - He is absolutely perfect! So happy for you and Joel!ReplyCancel

  • Trasie Bressler - Congratulations again! He is absolutely handsome and I think his name fits him perfectly! What a special little boy and with one amazing guardian angel.

    Many Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - He’s so handsome 🙂
    I don’t know you guys, but you are in my prayers & I’m so happy to be keeping up with your journey on your blog. Cora’s pictures are sooo beautiful. God bless you three!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I love the name he is absolutely beautiful Cora is smiling down from heaven at her little brother I am sure. many more blessing to you all!
    Summer & Family in CaliforniaReplyCancel

  • Caroline - His is beautiful. The name is great and I am sure it is fitting.

  • Corinne Doughan - He is beautiful and SO blessed to be born into your covenant family! I pray that he grows up to be a mighty warrior for the LORD! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - So thrilled for you, Joel & Levi. He is one handsome little boy, and I am sure he will be in awe of his big sister as the rest of us are.

    Praying always!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! My husband and I are so happy for you and Joel! Levi is beautiful! I am certain Cora is smiling down at you all….her wonderful family! We pray for you daily! May God continue to heal your hearts and shower you in his blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - What a BEAUTIFUL baby boy! His name is wonderful. Blessings as you enjoy getting to know your little man.ReplyCancel

  • Todd and Courtney - This made my night as I am getting ready for bed. I thought Id check one last time to see if there were any new pictures 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - Congrats Joel and Jess! God’s mercies are so perfect! Praying for your precious family as a new journey indeed is beginning. With every bump, I pray that you may feel God’s grace reign down on you. Levi has a purpose. Fitting for your family only. I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for your wonderful family!ReplyCancel

  • 3LittleByrds - He’s beautiful and yall look so in love with him. I’m sure Cora is watching over him. Congrats again. What a beautiful family you are.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Wow. You two produce BEAUTIFUL children. I’m sure you are having all sorts of mixed emotions when you hold him. I hope you are able to just feel love and know that by loving him you will never be taking anything away from sweet Cora. You and your family are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - What a beautiful baby! Does he look like Cora at all when she was born? So excited for you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • The Lundstroms - I found your blog through my sister-in-law and have followed your journey with tears for your loss, and joy for the baby you’ve been expecting. Levi is gorgeous, and I’m so happy for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Thanks for the new pix! I’m so glad this little guy got you for parents and Cora as a big sis to hear all about. I pray that God will bless Levi’s life and use him for His glory. Hugs in Christ!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - He is SO beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing this with us! You are often close in heart & mind. Happy days to you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - bless him …and you both.ReplyCancel

  • amy - levi is beautiful. thanks for sharing pictures of him! 🙂

  • Mindy M. Harris - Levi’s name and face are beautiful. May he spend his life making the Lord famous.

  • Mom of 2 - I read your blog but have never commented. Your story inspires me.
    I am so happy for you- Levi is beautiful. I have 2 teen boys and feel I can go through anything thrown my way after watching your strength. Celebrate Levi- he will never replace Cora but will continue your journey into parenthood.

  • Rebecca, Idaho - Welcome little Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - Prayers are always with you!! I love the meaning of Levi’s name.ReplyCancel

  • kaylin rose and mara anne - LOVE the name and thank you for sharing the story of how you came up with the name…I love hearing those stories.

    Hope you are enjoying that little sweet baby boy. Enjoy him.


  • Anonymous - He is such a doll!!! Congratulations! Love his name too, and you look great for just having a baby.

    Anna from utahReplyCancel

  • Patty - I pray that your arms and your lives feel full today as you hold your little one near. Congrats on the arrival of your little Levi.ReplyCancel

  • Miss G - Little Levi is SOO cute! I really like his name too. It encouraged me that you weren’t sure till the day he was born. Today when people at work expressed such surprise that we don’t have names decided on yet it made me a little panicky. 🙂

    Jes, you look GREAT! Enjoy this time with your sweet new boy. KellyReplyCancel

  • patti - what a blessing for your family. congrats on your sweet baby boy.ReplyCancel

  • texasinafrica - He is beyond precious!!! Thank-you for sharing the significance of his name.ReplyCancel

  • Dina - SO happy for you! He’s absolutely beautiful as is your family. God Bless you all:-)ReplyCancel

  • Auntie Mip - Joel, Jess and Levi…

    Again I feel compelled to comment though I remain a complete stranger to you. I am a pediatric oncology nurse and have walked your journey with Cora with far too many families…I have been doing this for nearly 22 years. I stand in awe of your grace, humility and faithfulness…oh for my faith to be as strong and convicted as yours.

    Levi is breathtaking…I want you to know that people who know and love you completely understand that Levi’s arrival in your arms in know way means that you are “all better”. There is know replacing Cora. There is no forgetting Cora. But I do believe with equal conviction that God has rewarded your faithfulness with this most precious gift. I have told countless parents that God carefully chooses who will love His babies on earth. He made such a beautiful and perfect choice for Cora and now with Levi.

    Congratulations on this precious boy!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - You are so blessed! Enjoy that little man and take advantage of the naps! ;o)ReplyCancel

  • cupcakefitz - What a wonderful and beautiful verse to inspire a name for your son. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • tinycandi - what a precious little man! congratulations! and i love his name. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - A baby boy is a precious gift. Mine is a kissy face little snuggler who love to eat dirt. Precious.

    I think the name Levi is perfect.

    I also think it’s fitting that Cora’s shop is always full of frilly girly dresses and now she has a little brother for you to start making things for.

    Blessings. Blessings. Blessings abound.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - I have been reading for almost a year and have never commented, but I wanted to tell you how happy I am for all three of you and how blessed this little boy is. Thank you for sharing your faith and love with all of us!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie and crew. - Sooooooooo happy for you. A mighty man of God he will be!!ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - Congratulations! He is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - I love his name!
    He is a beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

  • Andolicious - I love the name Levi. He is a beautiful baby boy. I love the first picture of him. He is so lucky to have you as his parents!ReplyCancel

  • The Browns - I’m so happy for ya’ll! He is so beautiful 🙂 I just had a baby boy on December 21st & he’s sitting in my arms right now. I feel so blessed & I know you do too. Lots of love to ya’ll.


  • Anonymous - He is BEAUTIFUL! And now your arms are full! I LOVE the name!ReplyCancel

  • Ohtobebeautiful - He is so beautiful! What a gift to be named after someone who means so much to you all. Can’t wait to see more pictures of all of you 😉ReplyCancel

  • Christine S. - Jess and Joel,

    Congratulations again! I cry tears of joy for you as I look at the beautiful pictures of you with your baby boy! He’s absolutely precious!! So happy for you and your family. God has his arms wrapped around all of you!ReplyCancel

  • singing mama - Awwwww he is so beautiful! Praying as always!
    Luv DonnaReplyCancel

  • Stef - THRILLED you posted more pictures and I’m getting the biggest kick seeing you both with a baby in your arms. Praise be to God, for HIS perfect and kind mercies. They are new every morning!!
    Enjoy going home and getting acquainted to life together. I think Levi already looks much like his big sister and his name is quite handsome. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Trudy - Perfect in every way! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us. A name means so much – you truly got it right!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Beautiful baby! Those are the same verses that we chose our Levi’s name from, and the verses that we’ve prayed for him. Love them! Thanks for the pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Mormishmom - He’s totally famous and totally beautiful. I’ve followed your blog since Julie @ Joy’s Hope posted about your story. My heart is overflowing with joy at your happy news. Our Heavenly Father’s love for you is truly manifest in your tiny new miracle.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thanks for all the new pictures! So beautiful! And I must say that especially the last one, with Levi enjoying his pacifier and showing his gorgeous eyes, he looks so much like Cora! It is so wonderful to see you cuddling this sweet bundle of joy! Blessings galore to you all!
    Praying for you from Washington, LuannReplyCancel

  • Vashti - He is scrummy. Congratulations.
    God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - What an insanely beautiful baby boy! Levi is already a great name, but now hearing the meaning and the verse that you quoted, it is so fitting! Congratulations, again!ReplyCancel

  • Miriam - I loved his name when you posted on the 2nd, but hearing the meaning behind his name makes it all that more special.

    He is a beautiful boy and I’m so happy for this joyous event.

    Can’t wait to hear more about your journey with Levi.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I have tears in my eyes! You guys look so happy, it’s hard to believe you’ve had such a bumpy year. 2010 has started off beautifully and I just know that it’s going ot be a wonderful year for you all. And I know you’re both going to treasure every moment of this extra special journey with little Levi (gorgeous name, by the way!). I know this must also be an emotional time and I’m thinking about you all the time! So glad you’re back to blogging already and thanks for the photos, I can’t wait to see more! Sue xReplyCancel

  • Diana - Ohhhhhh, he is ADORABLE!!
    His name fits him PERFECTLY!!
    And that is such a WONDERFUL
    photo of the three of you TOGETHER…
    JOINED here on earth at this moment…
    and later in Heaven with CORA!

    Peace, love and many prayers! ♥ReplyCancel

  • Keilani - I am so happy to see these pictures of your family. Baby Cora is jumping for joy in Heaven with the arms of our Heavenly Father! What an inspiration your family is! Many blessing and hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - Congratulations! Levi is precious and so handsome! Praising the Lord with you for a healthy baby boy.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica K. - Congratulations!! He must be the most beautiful little boy I have ever seen! His little face is precious!!!
    I LOVE the name! I have a list of names since I can think and if I were to miraculously get pregnant with a boy now his name would be Levi Gabriel. I just love that name!!

    I will keep your family in my prayers! Levi has a little angel watching over him and his parents! She will never be forgotten!

    Much love from Germany..


  • Melissa - Just amazing. God is who he says he is…praying for peace and for you to thoroughly enjoy every minute of your new little man!ReplyCancel

  • Mommy2QTPies - Aw, congratulations on your sweet baby Levi! He’s precious…ReplyCancel

  • Mandi @ It's come to this - He is beautiful! And I just love the meaning behind is name!!! Still praying for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - He is beautiful! I love your name choice – such a wonderful meaning behind it. I wish your family the very best.ReplyCancel

  • k and c's mom - Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
    Thanks for sharing the pics of little Levi.
    He is beautiful (handsome!) and you are all blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Thanks for taking the time to post about Levi’s name. I know you will be busy, busy, busy with a newborn in your home but we, in blog land, will looked forward to your updates.

    Good night from Australia!


  • Emma and Company - He is gorgeous!! Congratulations!! I love the significance of his name…what a lucky little boy to join your wonderful family! God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - He’s beautiful! You guys are so sweet together. Congratulations. Enjoy that new baby smell:)ReplyCancel

  • Joyce - Enjoy your sweet beautiful boy…I love the verses behind the name.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! May God bless your family!


  • Jane In The Jungle - What a cutie!!!!

    And Girl….welcome to the world of boys, LOL!!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - he is beautiful! and you look great too, mama!


  • Courtney Cloud - Congratulations! He is so beautiful. He looks so much like you Jess. I am praying daily for y’all. I know that it must be so bittersweet. I am praying for God’s amazing Love and His wonderful Presence to be close to you in the coming days and weeks.
    Love to you from Alabama.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - What a beautiful baby boy! Congratulations and my continued prayers are with you all!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - BEAUTIFUL pictures of your sweet little boy. THANK YOU so much for sharing them with us. GOD BLESS your family.ReplyCancel

  • onlymehere - I love the meaning of both of his names. He truly is a beautiful baby and I’m so happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Just Beachy - Levi is a beautiful boy and lucky to have such a loving family , I hope you enjoy this time with some more healing , it would be nice if you make a book about Cora for him ??.ReplyCancel

  • Miranda - He is absolutely adorable!! So so precious! Congrats again. .love his name and that it has so much meaning.ReplyCancel

  • Brian, Angie, Matt, Tim, and Meredith - Beautiful family! I see resemblences to Cora…in his eyes, I think(?). Great name; and you’ll have to hunt down a baby pair of Levi jeans for the little man! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful – and compliments both of you!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Levi is absolutely beautiful and I love his name and the meaning of it. I continue to pray for peace and comfort for you because I know that no one will ever take Cora’s place. You have 2 beautiful children! It is such peace to know that God is sovereign. Continue to love Jesus and live for Him. Thank you for being a blessing in my life. Some sweet day you will join Cora in heaven and I will do the same with Kyler. Until then, let’s continue praising our loving, faithful Father and doing His work here. Love and hugs to you all!

  • lauren - A precious baby boy for a precious family! God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Team Alix - Thanks for sharing him with us- he is gorgeous and your name choices are perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - God bless your precious little boy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Yay baby pictures!!! He is soooo pretty! And has a beautiful, strong name! Congrats again!ReplyCancel

  • i love plum - as precious as can be! xoReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - What a beautiful baby boy with a beautiful name with so much meaning. I have been checking your blog everyday for an update so I was so excited to see more pictures. I am still praying for you-you are so inspiring to others-God Bless You.ReplyCancel

  • susy - My husband and I have always wanted children. We have prayed to the Lord for at least one child but it is not in God’s plans for us. Although I never had children, your journey with Cora felt so close to home. To loose someone you love so much or to loose someone you never had but wanted so much. Levi Jerald is as much a part of you as all of us. We prayed for his safe arrival and good health and rejoice in the Lord of what a precious gift he is. He is very lucky to have you both as parents and Cora as a big sister. I can’t wait to see him playing in her playground. God Bless you all.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - He is simply beautiful. The third picture gets me every time…he’s perfection. What a blessing! Welcome Levi!

    Love and Prayers from KY,

  • Vonda - Checked in today to see if the baby had been born. Congratulations! I love the name and he is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Megan DiVito - He is just beautiful! I am so happy for you guys. One day, he will be able to play at his sister’s playground!ReplyCancel

  • The Hopkins Home - I had tears reading the verse from Malachi – what an appropriate name for your little guy! He is just BEAUTIFUL and I am so happy for the both of you – enjoy him!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - I love his name and it the significance in it’s meaning!! He is just beautiful and I’m praying for your family!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - He is beyond precious! So happy for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Katina - He is sooo handsome!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Marie - He is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - What a precious one and his name is perfect, just like him!!

    Congratulations again and blessings to your sweet family!ReplyCancel

  • Dena - God’s blessings!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Gunter Family - He is just ADORABLE!!! Oh my!
    I continue to pray for your family!ReplyCancel

  • La Familia Garcia - Congratulations! He’s beautiful! And love the name!ReplyCancel

  • KK - It never ceases to amaze the blending of 2 people into a new little person. Levi looks so much like both of you. His name fits perfectly. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Annie Thompson - Levi and his name are so beautiful! I am praising God for you guys and for his birth. Congratulations on the birth of this gorgeous little Man of God!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - Absolutely precious!!!! So happy for ya’ll 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Congratulations! Levi is so very handsome! I’m so happy for you and I pray blessings over you and your family!!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - he is so adorable!!! i love the name that you chose. [and the verses]. what a sweet, little blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He is so precious! I love the name and the meaning behind it. You are right – you will be “joined” as a family in heaven some day! Levi has a very special angel looking over him. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - I LOVE the name Levi, and I love that Jerald has such a huge family connection. You two are just glowing with happiness in the photos, despite the fact that I know you still miss Cora so much. I am SO happy for you! And Levi is BEAUTIFUL!!ReplyCancel

  • Karina - Levi is indeed lovely. In that last photo, I can see Cora’s eyes. How bittersweet.

    I agree with the poster who said she has two boys and still finds Levi beautiful; I have two boys myself and even though they are the most beautiful children in the world to me, I could happily take Levi home with me!

    I also have a little girl almost exactly Cora’s age, which is the main reason I come back to “visit” you almost daily – you are my constant reminder that I am lucky to have my precious children with me where I can love and hold them.

    Congratulations again, Jess and Joel, on your new son.ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyC - Aww, he is just precious!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Wow — in that last picture his eyes look just like Cora’s! He is a doll. Congrats from Texas!ReplyCancel

  • Al's World - What a perfect name for a perfect little boy…I am praying that he brings laughter and joy back into your home..God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Congratulations! Levi is so cute!!Many blessings and prayers for all of you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a beautiful name for such a beautiful little boy! Thank you so much for the update and the new pictures. It is so nice to see you all together, and even though Cora is not there physically, she is part of each and every one of you, always. Congratulations again!


  • Rach - Very beautiful that you took such consideration in choosing Levi’s name. What a wonderful meaning it has. Many blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Stegent - He is absolutely precious! He looks some like Cora I think. I love his name and how you chose it. You are a beautiful little fam!ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - Oh my, he is just adorable you two! You did SO good. Cora would be SO proud as a big sister! I hope these first few days have been absolutely wonderful and fun for you…nothing but great joy is wished upon and prayed for you all. Big hugs and thanks for sharing him with all of us, I couldn’t be more happier for you and those pics just made me grin from ear to ear!ReplyCancel

  • Cyndi - He is sooooo cute! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - He’s a beautiful boy! And his name is full of wonderful meaning! I love that! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Grace Halsey - This is wonderful! Praise the Lord for His hand of blessing upon you in this new year. It is encouraging to read your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - He’s just gorgeous! My nephew’s name is also Levi! It’s a good strong name. I am praying for you during this time. It must be so beautiful and so hard at the same time. But Cora is there. She is with you. He is with you. You are all “joined” in the Lord.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I haven’t posted in quite sometime but I just had to say how adorable baby Levi is!! I am so happy for you as you begin this new journey. I have 3 wonderful little boys and each of them are such a blessing 🙂 Keeping you in my prayers,


  • Anonymous - He is Beautiful..Such a precious sweet new life! Love the pictures and your posts! Thank you for sharing your new journey with us blog stalkers 🙂


  • Heather - Oh, congrats and God Bless your family! He is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Drew, Taylor, and Caroline Clayton - OMG…You need to post a side by side of Levi and Cora(at his age)I think they have the exact same eyes 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Staci - Congratulations on your precious little Levi. I love that name 🙂 I’m sure his big sister Cora is so proud of her baby brother as well.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Oh my goodness–he is absolutely beautiful! And I love the meaning of his name. What a beautiful blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - That boy is SO stinkin’ cute, you guys!

    LOVE the picture of Jess kissing his head – makes me cry. What a blessed little baby to have such amazing parents.


  • Anonymous - We love the pics! Thanks for taking time out of your crazy day to post them. We are going to come visit that guy hopefully soon. He’s the cutest!!!! AndiReplyCancel

  • Allen and Debby Graber - The meaning of the name Levi is so precious and I love the verses you are praying for him. And we agree that Joel’s Dad is one of the kindest and God-fearing men we know! What a privilege for our children to have him as their teacher! Hope you bring Levi to Bible study with you soon!!ReplyCancel

  • eeguiltner - Congratulations Jess and Joel. We are very happy for you and wish you the best as you begin this new journey.
    ~Erin & Clay GuiltnerReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a BEAUTIFUL boy! I love the name Levi! You know what else is great about the name? If you play with the letters, you spell “LIVE”!
    This baby will help you heal and will help you LIVE YOUR LIFE as Cora would have wanted for her precious Mommy, Daddy and baby brother! Thank you for keeping the blog… you make me smile on days I really need it. You help me remember the simple things in life.ReplyCancel

  • waiting - He is precious in every sense of the word. So happy for you and your whole family!ReplyCancel

  • Enos Family - He is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! A perfect little baby. So happy for you guys!
    Best wishes and blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Sincerely, Stephnie - Beautiful Family….all 4 of you.ReplyCancel

  • A - Can’t wait for more pictures- and I love his name and all the meanings it holds. I’ll continue to pray for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - He is beautiful! I love the family pic.ReplyCancel

  • Shuggamom - Congratulations !!!!
    Levi is a handsome and beautiful doll !!!! I think he is already smiling in the first picture. I know Joel’s dad is so honored that Levi was named after him,that was so thoughtful and caring.
    All the pics are so good and clear,yall look amazing and joyful.
    Cant wait to see more beautiful pictures of yall !!
    Please kiss those sweet cheeks !!

    He is truly a very blessed little boy !!


  • Amy Bell - oh…he is wonderful….so precious. i am so excited for you all…i love the meaning of his name…enjoy this wonderful time getting to know him!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Wow he is a beautiful little boy, with a beautiful family! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - love his name! He is beautiful and I’m in awe of our God and thank Him for your testimony.ReplyCancel

  • jandkland - He is completely gorgeous. I can’t fathom what this is like for you, but praise God for making all things new! Cora surely gave little man a big kiss before he came to you. (:

    –Kelley in GAReplyCancel

  • Melissa - He is absolutely lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Gorgeous – he is just gorgeous! Little babies are proof that God is so good. Looking at Levi just melts my heart. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • MaryBeth in PA - Beautiful words and pictures … they brought tears to my eyes. So so happy for you and wishing you peace, love, and happiness. And what a special sister little Levi has.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - My heart is just filled with joy for you all.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - I am so glad to see your arms full again. Love from Baltimore!ReplyCancel

  • Something In The Glass - Levi will do wonderful things, there is no doubt, with such strong and faithful parents. Congratulations to your family. Cora must be so proud!ReplyCancel

  • Hair Bows & Guitar Picks - He is so so cute! What a beautiful name for a beautiful little guy!ReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - great! now i may have to jump in my car and risk my life on these icy roads just to get to baby levi!!! i just want to kiss him all day!ReplyCancel

  • Mama Sons - Congrats! I am so happy for you. Love hte name too. We were going to name our little boy that until we found out it was a girl!ReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - He’s precious! Love and joy to you all!ReplyCancel

  • Beki - TheRustedChain - He is just completely perfect!

    I am so happy for you guys.

    Love you and still praying for you!ReplyCancel

  • DianeTaylor - Long time lurker of your blog but I finally had to come out of hiding and comment…..I am SO HAPPY for you both! I adore the name Levi – Cora would love it too. God bless you all – may the light of God’s love shine on you always.
    The Taylors from Baltimore MDReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Wow….what a beautiful baby boy Levi is. He is blessed to have you both for his parents. I have been praying for all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - He is absolutely precious!! Congratulation on another gorgeous baby!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Oh, he’s just so incredibly precious! What a perfect name for this blessed child of God! I think of you so often and pray all is well in your sweet family as you get settled in with your new baby boy.ReplyCancel

  • Micah - I love the thought that you put into Levi’s name. That is so, so special. He is such a handsome little guy. What a beautiful family you have.ReplyCancel

  • Ruthie - Might I say, that just like Cora, your son is absolutely STUNNING! What a cutie pie, and I love how you shared why you named him Levi Jerald. How special! Praying you recup quick quickly and that God gives you grace and strength for these next few newborn months.


  • The Mershawn's - Wish I could come squeeze that boy! He is so precious.
    Happy birthday little Levi. What an awesome man you’re parents are praying you to be.ReplyCancel

  • katydid_KS - “It is no small thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Congratulations on your sweet Levi – it is so wonderful to see prayers answered. I have been praying for blessings and joy for you and your husband since the loss of Cora. I’m so thankful for God’s faithfulness to all of us! Enjoy your perfect little boy.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - He is beautiful. Congratulations to you all.

  • The Call's - Congratulations! Levi is darling! I am sure Cora is rejoicing in heaven that her baby brother made it to earth safe and sound.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Congratulations to the both of you, he is beautiful. I am so happy for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Heather C - Congratulations! What a precious gift from the Lord! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MomMom - What a handsome little baby boy and I love his name. How nice that you gave him such a meaningful name—both of them. I’m sure his grandfather is honored to have his grandson named after him. So thankful that Levi is here safe and sound. Enjoy!!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Aspacher - this boy, just might look like his daddyReplyCancel

  • The Klins Family - I bet Cora gave Levi a great big hug and kiss before he was born, knowing that you soon would be cuddling him in your arms! He is an angel – congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations to you both on your beautiful little boy! Many blessings to you all.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He is beautiful! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Joy - Congrats! I’ve been praying for you guys and love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing what you do. It’s very encouraging.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Blessings for Levi

    Carol H

  • Jerri - A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! God Bless and protect you each and everyone!ReplyCancel

  • mrstolli - Congratulations! He is absolutely precious! You are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Furlough - I know Levi will never replace Cora, but I hope he brings you joy for the rest of your days! What a sweet, sweet blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B. Houston, TX - Congrats on your beautiful baby boy. I’m sure Cora is smiling down on him. May god bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Matt and Nicole - Congratulations! We’re very happy for you! I agree with your comments about Mr. Mac. I wasn’t surprised at all that you wanted to carry on his name!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Oh man you guys i think he looks like Joel!! How great..he is precious!

    Love loveReplyCancel

  • Holli Taylor - he’s the best of both of you…how precious! Congrats again.ReplyCancel

  • Townsend Crew - “Heaven is the sound of him breathing deep
    Lying on my chest, falling fast asleep while I sing
    And Heaven is the weight of him in my arms
    Being there to keep him safe from harm while he dreams…”

    Thinking about you and your fantastic visit from Heaven here on Earth!!!

    Love from LaGrange, ILReplyCancel

  • Whimsical Creations - He is just precious!ReplyCancel

  • Susie from Bienvenue - He is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I couldn’t be happier for you! He is adorable, what a good sized little baby! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - He is absolutely beautiful! I am so happy for y’all! I am sure Cora is smiling down from Heaven. Levi will always have her watching over him. I wish she were here with you. Praying for you and Joel….ReplyCancel

  • Celine - Awesome pictures! What an adorable little boy. You look fantastic too!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - He is beautiful! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • tiggerjd3 - Levi is so beautiful!! Thanks for posting some pictures. Even though I do not know you personally, you and your family have a special place in my heart. I have continued to pray for you. All of your words have been an inspiration. It is so nice to find a caring and loving person in this world that shares their love of GOD with us. GOD will continue to bless you!!ReplyCancel

  • Missy - he’s so adorable!!!!!!!!! and i love his name 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amy - He is beautiful! And his name is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • grace - What a sweet little guy… you all look wonderful! Praying for you and yours!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - He is beautiful. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Wibeche - HE IS SO ADORABLE:)


  • Kimberly - He is beautiful! Congratulations! You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers!!!ReplyCancel

  • Aubre's Creative Cakes - I have been following your story since the death of your sweet girl. I have tears of joy seeing you and your new sweet boy. I am so happy for you both, you deserve this joy. Congratulations!!! God is so good.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Congratulations! I haven’t ever commented but have followed your blog for a while now. You all are such an encouragement. If you can stay focused on God through all that has happened then I certainly can in my daily life. Thank you for being who you are and for being strong. God Bless you and thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Baylee and Blair's page - Congrats! He is JUST gorgeous!

    Hugs – TiffanyReplyCancel

  • Megan Noel - he’s beautiful jess. sometimes i don’t comment on your blog cause there’s hundreds for you to sort through, but i’m always reading. love you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - HE is SOOOO GORGEOUS!!!! 🙂 I don’t even remember how I came across your blog months ago but I’ve been praying for your precious family ever since!!! I’m celebraing along with you and will continue to pray for you all!!
    Sending Hugs from IN,

  • Sarah - Congratulations! He is the most beautiful baby boy in the world…I’m sure you think so too! Stick your nose in that little neck and drink up that baby smell for me…that’s the best part isn’t it?ReplyCancel

  • ~Katie - He is soooo CUTE. He looks a lot like his beautiful sister! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • amy - He’s perfect! God Bless you all!ReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from Cimarron - CONGRATS! I wanted to pick up the phone and call, but then remembered how it is with a new little one….. talking on the phone is the last thing you would want to do….. WOW he is beautiful! love the little cheeks! We love the name and the meaning behind it….. I just want to hug you all! I cried with JOY the minute you posted all about him. We still pray for you daily and know you are headed once again for a wonderful journey! we love you and miss you all! Please take care and give those little cheeks a kiss from us!

    love always,

    The Schilling’sReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - congratulations, baby levi is beautiful. boys can be beautiful 🙂 your cora has really touched me; i check in on you all now once in a while. praying for peace and joy for you all! god blessReplyCancel

  • Just the Two of US - I love reading your blog!! Congrats!! You are blessed once again!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Powers - Congrats!!! So happy for you!! Love his name. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Christina Egner - OOOOOOOO in the last picture….. Levi’s eye color is the same exact as Cora’s. SO SWEET!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Primm - I love how you got his name! Again, congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! I have followed you from blog hopping for about a year. I don’t have my own blog but am addicted to others’. We don’t know each other but I have thought of you and your family so many times and am so happy for you. Take care.

    Patti H.
    Livonia, MichiganReplyCancel

  • Dear Abbi - Oh my goodness, he is SO precious!! I love him and would like very much to kiss those little cheeks. He is very sweet! Congrats to you all! I love the name Levi, too…especially for the meaning. It has always been one of our favorites! I am so happy for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - May God bless your precious little family. Levi is a gift from God to bring back your joy, to restore your faith in life. You will feel Cora as you love and care for her brother. Honor her and look ahead. She is pure love. Everything will be fine. All of you are in our thought and prayers. Let your heart feel joy. All is well.

    Margaret, Virginia BeachReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You are a beautiful family! Children are such blessings…know you miss Cora even more right now so I am praying for you. I’ve been following your blog for awhile and especially through this pregnancy. You and I had our babies merely hours apart! 🙂 Congratulations and enjoy that little love as I know you will.ReplyCancel

  • carollai - congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - How amazing!!! Congrats on your new arrival! Levi is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Levi is beautiful, and I love the story of his name.


  • mEET - beau-ti-ful!!!!! congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten - What a blessing to have a beautiful baby boy. I pray for you all often and can’t wait to watch Levi’s story unfold. The Lord has big plans for this little guy!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - My parents were in town and I took a blogging break, but have been anxious to come back and see what new things you had about your sweetest addition! I love so much his name and the meaning…it’s beautiful. Names are important. They can tell such a story. In between our second and our youngest I had two miscarriages…the closer the end of my fifth pregnancy came (that sounds so weird to say, when you only have three children) the more serious we got about a name. We knew it was a girl, and of course were drawn to particular ones. Many got the boo from others, or the weird-eye. 🙂 We finally came across the name Eliana, which means “the Lord responds” and we knew that was the one! Thank you for continuing to share your journey. Your little man is so darling. The black and white of Jess and Levi is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Princess Martha - Congrats to you both! He is simply gorgeous. I am so so happy for you. xxReplyCancel

  • Kari Jenkins - What a beautiful little boy! Your story and strength continue to inspire me. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ and noah makes five - Congrats and he is beautiful. I’m so happy for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - He is BEAUTIFUL!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Your Levi is just beautiful! Rejoicing with you…continuing in prayer…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - i will be thinkin of u and breathin a prayer for u all over the next few days…i m sure it is a difficult time-just thinking of all u were going thro at this time last year!! What would we do without God and His grace in moments like these??? Levi is so handsome-hope u are feeling well physically. Lena StoltzfusReplyCancel