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levi {one week}

We brought Levi home last Monday and it has been freezing cold here in Kansas ever since.

We have spent most of our time at home so far, trying to keep warm–holding Levi as much as we can and trying to soak up every minute.

Levi has been such a good baby. We are spoiled. He has been doing lots of sleeping and eating. He is even sleeping pretty good at night. I am still trying to get used to changing a little boy’s diaper–so different from girls. I have ended up in the middle of a few big messes!

My mom stayed with us the first few nights to help with Levi. It was so nice to get a little extra sleep. Thanks mom! As you can see little Levi has worn us all out!

On Friday morning we woke up to a freezing house. Our heater wouldn’t turn back on. We stayed in bed most of the morning and tried to stay warm while Joel got someone to come out and look at it. Thankfully it was fixable, but we decided to venture out into the cold and get some lunch while the house warmed back up.

We took Levi to one of our favorite places for some greasy burgers and fries. Yum! It was nice to get out of the house for a little while.

Levi is sweet, sweet, sweet. While the past week has been emotional as we transition again, we are so thankful for this little man. I was hoping to get these pictures posted on Saturday (when he was actually a week old), but we have been too busy getting to know our little Levi. We are enjoying every minute with him!

  • Darby - Jess… He’s so incredibly beautiful! I haven’t commented in a long while but I’ve been thinking of you and rejoicing with y’all!! Praise the Lord for this precious, precious gift!!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce - Well he is just precious. So happy for you. Enjoy getting to know your little man : )ReplyCancel

  • Kristine Hanson - love the pic of your hubs and mom, sums up how everyone feels after a new baby…thanks for sharing your story with all of usReplyCancel

  • Farris Family - What a Blessing! He is beautiful!
    Every Good And Perfect Gift Is From Above! Praise God!ReplyCancel

  • susy - God Bless you all. May he give you all continued health and comfort forever. Levi, may you grow up healthy and full of love for your family and God. You are truly a blessing.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - so preciousReplyCancel

  • Nancy - I just looked on your blog earlier to see if you had updated! He is so handsome! Stay warm!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He is so precious…Emotionally I am sure you guys have alot going thank you for taking the time to update and share with us…love love love the pictures 😉


  • Tara - he is absolutely adorable!!! oh my gosh… boy diapers are TOTALLY different!!! my son was 7 weeks old yesterday and i have been {explosively} pooped on 3 times! once in my lap in the parking lot at target… luckily i had a sweatshirt in the back. 😉 anyways, he is so cute! and i know that y’all are just so in love!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - Such a sweet little man! He really is beautiful…I mean handsome. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • the breedens - I can’t get over what an awesome photographer you are! And Levi is such a pretty baby to begin with!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Levi is absolutely, incredibly precious and beautiful!!! I am so happy for you to have something in your life that brings you peace and joy…ReplyCancel

  • kahlanne - Levi is absolutely beautiful! You are very blessed. I am sure you already know this. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Elle's Mom - Oh my goodness he is so, so cute! What a little blessing. Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - He is seriously one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen! So glad to hear the transition is going okay! Enjoy all the cuddles and snuggles you can!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - He is sooooo cute! I love his little nose. I agree…enjoy every minute! My baby girl is 7 months old and it makes me sad and happy all at once. Soak him up. Praying for y’all…ReplyCancel

  • BreezieGirl - Oh God bless you Macs… Levi is too cute for words.ReplyCancel

  • Mindy - he is just about the cutest thing ever! Makes me want another just looking at him but 4 is enough for me! Your photos are wonderful. Congrats to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Levi is absolutely, incredibly precious and beautiful!!! I am so happy for you to have something in your life that brings you peace and joy…ReplyCancel

  • holly - Levi is absolutely, incredibly precious and beautiful!!! I am so happy for you to have something in your life that brings you peace and joy…ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Oh, he is just so precious and perfect and handsome.
    I loved all the sweet pictures, and the one of your mom sleeping on the couch with your husband…made me laugh out loud 🙂
    So adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Lacie and Stephen - Levi is in such good hands! Enjoy every min. holding your new little guy! Your arms have been empty for a while. I have been in your shoes and it is so bittersweet. There is nothing bitter about Levi. He looks so SWEET!! Enjoy your new little one!ReplyCancel

  • vintage girl at heart - He is a sweetie. So happy that he is here and that you are enjoying every little minute.
    He is a beautiful baby amd looks like both of you!
    Stay Warm!ReplyCancel

  • kelli - he is too cute! the last pic makes my heart smile!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - So happy for you! I’ve been reading your blog throughout your entire pregnancy. So exciting to finally “meet” him. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • deyoungsters - he’s soooo sweet! those pictures just warm my heart. praise the Lord for such a sweet little baby boy!ReplyCancel

  • Stef - these pictures are beautiful and I am so happy for you guys! I’m glad to see God is bringing joy and healing through his birth. We’re still praying, as I can only imagine you must have those moments where you ache for Cora and just want her there with you.

    Levi is a gorgeous baby! He looks so handsome and healthy. Way to go, Jess!ReplyCancel

  • Stef - oh, the sleeping Grandma and Daddy picture is the best I’ve seen… on any blog. Absolutely priceless.ReplyCancel

  • Gina Dreher - He is absolutely GORGEOUS! Let me know if you want professional pictures, though yours are really great! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - i can’t wait to hold him!ReplyCancel

  • kaylin rose and mara anne - he is just so precious…i can’t stand it. i am so glad to hear he is a good baby and you are enjoying getting to know your new little man in your life…what a blessing for the both of you.

    enjoy that sweet baby boy!

  • Tricia - Oh Jess and Joel, I just can not get over how gorgeous Levi is! You two make some beautiful babies! 😉

    So glad your furnace was a quick fix. Not a fun way to start a cold January morning. Our best friends live in Kansas as well (Ft. Riley to be exact) and they were telling us that it was a high of 5 and a low of -20 on Thursday, and that the wind is just awful! I guess our 10-15 degrees is a bit tropical.

    Stay warm and safe sweet Mac’s.

    With love and prayers,

  • Beki - TheRustedChain - Ohmygoodness he is so yummy!!

    Still praying for you family daily.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - He is absolutly beautiful…or handsome…whichever you prefer! what a perfect little blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - LOVE the pictures! What a stunning little baby. Just perfect. Praying for you as you love on Levi and miss Cora. Hugs!!ReplyCancel

  • Whimsical Creations - he is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - He is so adorable! Glad you are enjoying every moment!ReplyCancel

  • Enos Family - He is so precious! I just love your pictures- you do a great job!
    Yes, boy diapers are quite different than girl ones! Watch out! A friend got me some “pee pee tee pees” which were little cloth caps (little hats) for the pee pee. They were so funny and they did work!
    You and your mom are so talented- you could whip some up pretty

    Enjoy every moment with your little man!

  • Melissa Joy - He is so beautiful that I am in tears over him! 🙂
    Continuing to pray God’s grace upon you as you continue adjusting to your new “new normal.” (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

  • maryboys - thanks so much for sharing these precious photos with all of us:) levi is beautiful – he looks just wonderful in so many colors – love the brown especially! and the photographs are really, really well done…i think the one of your mom and husband is just classic. how do these little babies wear so many people out?!?


  • Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - Precious…and yes boys are a little different to change than girls…and they seem to know how to aim right at ya at that age! Enjoy the new life in your house!ReplyCancel

  • Misty Rice - Okay I have seen some beautiful little new born boys, including my own….but …. I am starting to think he may be making the top of cuteness list. He is so yummy. I love all the colors you have him in.

    Again congrats to your new member of your family of four.

    I can’t wait to start seeing bits of Cora in him, so when you smile at him, you get to smile a little a both him and Cora. She would be the best big sister.


  • Natalie Powers - He’s amazing. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Dawn - I am so happy for you. What a beautiful blessing he is.

    Stop by my blog to register to win my book giveaway. The prize is a lovely set of classic children’s books. 🙂

    Continue soaking it all up!ReplyCancel

  • Auntie Mip - On a really crummy day…new pictures of Levi…ahhh I feel better now:)ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Ohhhhh…he is precious!!! Love that last picture! Enjoy it all!ReplyCancel

  • Rach - Aww, he is A D O R A B L E!!! Such a sweet little blessing. Praying for you during the transition.ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Too precious for words! Looking at him gives me “that feeling” – you know the one – the feeling that makes me want to do it all over again.

  • Ceri - OH my goodness he is adorable! Congratulations again, and enjoy this stage of littleness. For me the pee pee teepes didn’t work I just got really fast at the diaper changes. (when I tried they always just fell off. I 2nd 3d 4th… all the comments about your photography skills! Some questions if you have time to answer them:
    What kind of Camera do you use?
    Did you make that car seat cover?? its AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Heather at All A Flutter - so much to be thankful for in each of those photos! they are pure joy.ReplyCancel

  • The Farmers - He is just precious!ReplyCancel

  • Trasie Bressler - He is incredibly handsome and I love the picture of Daddy and Grandma asleep on the couch…That pretty much sums up life with a new baby in the house.

    I’m so glad it was too cold to get out of the house and that you all enjoyed just being home and warm snuggling with that baby…He is beautiful and isn’t God Good?

    Many many blessings,

  • Christina Egner - He is so scrumptious & sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - Thrilled to hear all is well and LOVE the pictures of your beautiful bundle of boy!!! Yay for you guys…truly wonderful to see prayers answered. God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Dunbar - there’s nothing like a brand new baby in the house. and changing those little boy diapers is an event those first few weeks. once i was inspecting my lil one’s belly button and all of a sudden i was getting water in my eye… but it wasn’t water, the poor thing was just cold and let loose. fun.
    glad you all look so well.ReplyCancel

  • Amber Ellis - He is beautiful and so are you! I enjoy reading your blog so much. You are an inspiration. I only pray that I could become half of the faithful woman you are. Thank you for sharing your life with us!ReplyCancel

  • sassy studio - beautiful beautiful boy!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - did you have an employee at Beck’s take your family picture??? HA!

    Levi really is one of the cutest babies ever – you guys did good!

    You are getting SOOO good with your camera – when I get my new one, hopefully you can teach me – that and photoshop. I may just have to set up some private lessons for all these things- maybe 5 times a week or something like that – and I PROMISE I wouldn’t just be coming to hold Levi.ReplyCancel

  • onlymehere - He’s a cutie for sure! I love your photography too, the poses and sharpness of the pictures, along with the great candids.ReplyCancel

  • amy - He is absolutely beautiful! Praising the Lord with you for this new beautiful gift of life and praying that the Lord would continue to heal your hearts.ReplyCancel

  • RLG - Levi is so beautiful. You spoil us with so many lovely pictures of him! Boys are messy, it’s true. We once had a projectile pooping incident with ours, and I just stood there, laughing until tears were rolling down my cheeks. I knew it was a moment to remember. Luckily, vinegar and water gets almost anything clean. Cheers! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Oh my, he is the sweetest thing. So beautiful and you take the greatest pictures. You look great for being a week postpartum!

    Congratulations to your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - Levi is a beautiful baby! He really has a perfect little face.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Levi is precious, I love the beautiful new pics you posted! May you continue to cherish and enjoy every moment (even the sleepless ones!) And yes, little boys have a certain way with those diapers, just keep a cloth handy AT ALL TIMES!


  • Mommy2QTPies - He is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us readers! Hope you continue to enjoy this new stage in your lives…god bless.
    Mommy from IndianaReplyCancel

  • Angela - oh Jess, he is just beautiful! loves of love and hugs from dallas! miss you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Al's World - Precious, wonderful boy!!!! I have been praying and praying for you and been so excited to see pictures of your little man!ReplyCancel

  • Aaron and Shannon - He looks so peaceful and content! I am so happy for you guys! Can’t wait to hold him again!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He is absolutely beautiful! You look really great, glad everything is going well.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - So glad to see more pictures, keep them coming! He is absolutely precious & I’m so happy for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Wow … he is absolutely beautiful. Seriously. The sweetest looking boy EVER. God bless your little family.

    Not sure where I found your blog … been reading awhile and never really commenting. This might be my first! Had to say something about the cutie pie!

    Congrats on the new blessing.
    alainasmom at homerco dot netReplyCancel

  • Carrie - He is such a blessing and what a cutie pie!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - He is simply beautiful. I’ve been thinking about you Kansans – my family lives there and I’m glad you have been able to keep warm. I’ll keep praying that God will heap his blessings on your family! Thanks for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

  • Laqueta Howard - I fell in love with Cora from the first moment I saw her picture and now Levi has won my heart in the same way. Both of your children have the beauty that comes from having God loving parents. Congratulations to both of you.ReplyCancel

  • This is the day! - What a doll! He is so beautiful. He is just perfect and such a blessing from God! Our little guy is three weeks old today and it is so cold in Indiana too that we have only been out of the house once to go to the doctor. Spring will be such a welcome season!ReplyCancel

  • amy - hi there, i’ve been “lurking’ for a long time. and i have to say cora was one of the prettiest baby girls i have ever seen. and i have 2 girls of my own. and you did it again with sweet levi. he’s gorgeous. i am so happy for you and joel. blessings, amy.ReplyCancel

  • Shuggamom - Jess and Joel,
    Can I just say “BEAUTIFUL”
    OMG!!! What a handsome little man his is. I know yall could bust, with pride.
    Y’all look amazing !!
    Please enjoy every moment with Levi, they grow so fast,my kids are 28 and 25, and I thank GOD for every time I’m with them.
    Cant wait to see more pics whenever you have a FREE minute.
    You have so many people around the world Praising GOD for precious Levi.
    Y’all are so loved.
    Kiss those sweet soft cheeks for us.

    Blessings and Love,


  • Anonymous - Living in Southern California, I always wondered what all those buntings and things were for. Now I know! Levi is beyond adorable. You are all in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny S - Congrats!! He is just so precious!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Trebendis - A perfect little boy…so precious.

    Stay warm!!!ReplyCancel

  • gwswenson - Tears in my eyes! Such a gorgeous, sweet face. That last picture took my breath away…those deep eyes.

    I’d love to know if I can send a little something to you, using the PO Box that was on the return label from my etsy order?

    Stay warm!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Stegent - So sweet and precious!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He is incredibly adorable!! He is so pretty!! What a blessing!! God bless you and your adorable family!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel E. - He has Cora’s beautiful eyes! I can’t tell about the color, but the shape is definitely the same! Congratulations again.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - I have so many things to say about that beautiful little boy, but– Jess! How do you look so great one week after delivering a baby?? Wow! Enjoy your little guy!ReplyCancel

  • Party of Five - So happy for you. He is adorable and he looks like he is just as perfect as you say! You look great too. Congrats. You deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Whilst we in Australia are living with the air conditioning on and spending plenty of time in the pool so we can keep from overheating, I have been thinking of you bringing your little man home in winter.

    My 6-1/2 year old came home from hospital weighing just 5lbs in the middle of winter after a month stay in the NICU. I remember us with heaters blazing, her wrapped in oodles of layers and sleeping with us to keep warm.

    God Bless you all and thank you so much for taking the time to post.


  • Angie - What a sweet, sweet little man you have! I can see how happy you both are and I am glad to see that you are holding up as best you can right now. You know better than anyone to enjoy each moment and it looks as though you are…congrats on a special little guy. He is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • The Buchanan Family - WOW he is adorable! Precious! I could eat him up! Stay warm and hold that little cutie all you want! Congrats once again!ReplyCancel

  • The Jones' - What a handsome lil guy! Sending prayers your way and thanking the Lord for your sweet lil blessing.

  • kimberlysayre - He is seriously gorgeous! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - he’s gorgeous! I’m praying for health, happiness and love for you guys!
    be blessed!

  • Mandi @ It's come to this - He is absolutely beautiful … the cutest little brother I’ve seen in a long time!! Thank you for sharing the pictures with us! Continuing to pray for you all!

    And you look amazing already!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - He is about THE CUTEST little guy I think I’ve ever seen! I just loved these pictures. I’m so glad to hear you are adjusting well, and little Levi is such a good baby.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - He is PRECIOUS! He reminds me so much of my boys when they were babies. What a sweetheart!ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie - he’s the cutest!!!ReplyCancel

  • k and c's mom - Such wonderful pictures of Levi! I now that this little guy is going to be surrounded by so much love. Blessings on you all. God is faithful.ReplyCancel

  • jandkland - He is breathtaking. It is so exhausting with a newborn, but so unbelievably beautiful, and it all passes so quickly. Thank you for sharing these photos!

    –Kelley in GAReplyCancel

  • The Pike Family - stinkin cute! He is one handsome lil feller:) Im so happy for you guys…ReplyCancel

  • Jane In The Jungle - He is so cute!!!
    And oh yes, those boy parts will get you every time, LOL!!ReplyCancel

  • The Perfect Trio - Jess, he is amazing. I am in awe of your strength…although, I’m sure it’s tough. Your strength is inpiring. I’m so happy for you!!!!


  • The Gunter Family - Oh my goodness….Levi is SOOOO ADORABLE!! What a precious baby!!ReplyCancel

  • Allen and Debby Graber - Wow. I am so in love with him! What a blessing! I LOVE the picture of Joel and Kathy! Ha Ha!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - He is absolutely GORGEOUS! And I am so HAPPY for you all! The picture of the 3 of you made me burst into tears!! God bless you all! 🙂

  • Lcy - What a gorgeous baby! He is just beautiful!!! Such joy. Stay warm and rested.ReplyCancel

  • cupcakefitz - He is so adorable. I’ve been checking for an update everyday. I was so excited to see one! I’m so happy for you both. Enjoy him.ReplyCancel

  • The Bounds Family - Levi is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Miss G - He is SUCH a cutie! I just oohed and ahhed through this whole post! What a sweet little man. KellyReplyCancel

  • Beaulieu Family - Congratulations on your new little blessing! Your testimony has been a touching one and I am grateful you are gracious enough to share it. May the Lord continue to bless you all as you get to know one another and love on that new little boy of yours!ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - What a beautiful baby! And while I’ve been looking forward to more pictures (they change so fast) I’m so happy to know that you are just enjoying holding him in your arms and getting to know him. So happy for both of you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - That is the most beautiful baby EVER! No wonder he is sooo sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Lynn - Seriously, what a cute baby, what a gift! I have been reading your blog for months and love hearing your heart. Cora’s sweet life has already left such a legacy and I know God has such great plans for Levi!ReplyCancel

  • rentz - He is so very sweet! I had some very messy accidents with my boys as well. Well…they had the messy accidents. I was just the unfortunate bystander. : )ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - What a precious little boy!!! My goodness he’s gorgeous!!

    I remember the “accidents” with our boy (now 3 years and 3 months) … hehehehe.

    You mention how different is to change a girl from a boy, we are getting ready to find out, to me is easier to clean boys but that’s because that’s all I know :0)

    Stay warm!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennjilla - Levi is gorgeous! What a sweet little guy! Enjoy every moment with your cutie pie!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya @ Balentine Bliss - He is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Congratulations – beautiful pictures, too!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Your photograhy is really excellent. These are awesome keepsake photos!ReplyCancel

  • Vera - He is PERFECT!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Congratulations on your beautiful new addition. He is absolutely sweet! May he continue to bring blessings to you and your family. I think about you and your family daily and praise the Lord for this new life. May God bless Levi and may the Lord continue to bring peace and healing into the Mac household.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - It’s always so amazing how little they are.
    He is beautiful…congratulations again!
    Stay warm!ReplyCancel

  • Joy in Denver - Levi is so beautiful. I am happy for you guys! Praying your babymoon will be full of peace and joy. :0)ReplyCancel

  • purejoy - ohmystars he is one of the most beautiful babies i have ever seen and you are a spectacular photographer!! such gorgeous photos!!
    rejoicing over your sweet miracle!ReplyCancel

  • Country Roads - Little Levi is so handsome!! Such a cutie. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!! He has a wonderful set of parents. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Ann - I love the last picture…they are all beautiful. Congratulations again…handsome boy you have there!

    Have fun with those boy diapers..ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Levi is utterly and completely beautiful!!!
    I am going through great grief and sorrow right now and seeing these pictures and seeing your beautiful Levi has given me the much needed boost to hang onto God’s goodness and kindness to those of us who belong to Him.
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - He IS beautiful. Thank you for sharing so many pictures with us. My heart is over flowing with joy for you. You look great!ReplyCancel

  • nennermommy - He is so cute! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • teresa - He is so beautiful. And I love his name. What wonderful verses to pray for his heart and life. Rejoicing with you and praying with you as you get to know your litte fellow. I have a great-nephew, Jesse, that is just 12 days older than Levi. I’ll be praying for & watching both of them grow.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Levi is absolutely precious! I love the last one all wrapped up, so adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah - Love the photo of Grandma and Daddy passed out. Levi is beautiful, just beautiful. His coloring and cheeks! I’ve been reading your blog and praying for your family for almost a year now. It is so heart warming to see you all smile, Keep those photos coming.ReplyCancel

  • Our Lives - How nice to see all these wonderful pictures of you and your family. Thank you for posting them (Ive been checking your blog for more photos ever since Levi was born)… 🙂 I remember my little boy being that little and my hubby and I almost broke our backs trying to change his diapers!God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • merlin - Levi is so adorable. Sounds like he’s having some fun with you during diaper change time….that makes me smile with very fond memories of our own sons as babies, who each had their own style, so although better prepared with son #2 he still outsmarted us. Love these boy babies!
    I am so happy for you that Levi has filled your home once again with baby noises, milky-scents and fresh love. Thank you for graciously sharing your handsome son Levi with folks like me who enjoy visiting your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Erica - he is sweet as can be! you are so blessed!!! i just want to kiss his sweet face. baby boys are amazing aren’t they?ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - what a cutie!:)ReplyCancel

  • gabriel - I just love seeing a new update!!! Levi is such a perfect handsome lil boy. Glad to see you all smiling and feeling so much joy.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - It may be freezing, but it seems like he is one to melt anyone’s heart!! What a beautiful little guy. Oh, those snuggles! The pic of your mom and Joel is great. I have been praying for you as you all move forward.
    I love so much how joyful Joel always looks in his pictures. I just wanted to say that. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • forever folding laundry - He is *beyond* adorable.
    Glad you are getting a little sleep!


  • Anonymous - Congratulations! So adorable. Followed your blog from afar since I read about Cora’s illness and am so happy that you have a new baby to love. LOVE ther picture of your mother and Joel! So very typical of a family with a new baby – and so real!

  • Princess Martha - Oh Jess, he is so so so adorable! You both must be so proud of the little man you have created. I cannot explain just how happy I am for you both. Congratualtions again.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - He is too precious for words!! Glad that he’s behaving himself and that you guys have had extra hands to help, mom’s are a blessing. I’m sure Levi is going to be a treasured, much loved little boy. He’s already SO special. Your photos are stunning, I can’t wait to see more!

    Sue x

    PS. You’re looking great, glad you guys got out a bit, sure it did you the world of good 😉ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - Baby Levi is absolutely precious! I’ve read your blog for awhile now but I don’t think I have ever posted a comment. So happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Hope - I have been following your blog for quite some time and never commented that I know of ~ but wanted you to know what a blessing it is to read and hear your heartfelt honesty. Levi is such a beautiful little boy ~ God is good.ReplyCancel

  • Marsha - What a sweet, handsome baby boy! Continually praying for your family.

    Love and prayers,


  • Momma H - Levi is a beautiful baby! He looks sooo snuggly. We are so thankful that your arms are filled again. Praise the Lord for all his goodness!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - What a little angel! You guys look so happy! Enjoy every minute of your precious Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - What a precious little boy. God bless!ReplyCancel

  • MCH PHOTOGRAPHY - Congrats! Mac Family He’s adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Oh my goodness–he is so incredibly beautiful! Enjoy getting to know your precious little blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - It is so good to see you two smiling with Levi- smiles of pure joy! Love the all the pictures, especially the last one with him peeking out from the fluffy towel.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - Such a precious baby. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - What a CUTIE he is!! I am sure this time is so bittersweet, but I am glad you are enjoying him!! Soak it up!

    Hugs to you all!ReplyCancel

  • The Gleasons - He is a beautiful, beautiful baby. Just perfect. I’m so happy for your little family. Many blessings!


  • Lauren Kelly - He is just absolutely gorgeous!!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jo - He is a blessing to your family. He is so sweet 🙂 Thank you for sharing Jess!!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - These pictures are just PRECIOUS. What a blessing this little man is to you and your family. Thank you for continuing to share your story with us.ReplyCancel

  • Emma and Company - He is so gorgeous. Congratulations once again! God is so good!ReplyCancel

  • KK - He’s absolutely beautiful. I love the last picture! He’s like an old sole with that little furrowed brow. So, so happy for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Em - He is beautiful. Many blessings to you all.ReplyCancel

  • The Potters - What a beautiful, handsome, snuggly little blessing. Congratulations. Hope you guys are doing well.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. Soooo precious!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karina - He is soooooo gorgeous, I can’t get enough of him! And I am not alone; I check in daily, and yet I see 162 comments before mine!!! You guys are famous. More pictures as soon as you can, please! And BIG HUGS as you continue to miss Cora. It must be so hard.ReplyCancel

  • Jared and Abby - He is beautiful! Rejoicing with you!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Yay! Levi is so absolutely adorable! Thank you for posting the pictures, have been waiting to see them! May the Lord continue to bless you all!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - How precious! He is soooo lucky to have you as his mommy and Joel as his daddy! Glad you’re enjoying him. God Bless!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Lockette - Levi is just absolutely precious and you look amazing. You are glowing. Enjoy your little man and congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • tiggerjd3 - Look at that sweet baby!!! He is precious!!! Thanks for the adorable pictures and the updates!! Enjoy getting to know you little one!! He is truly a gift from GOD!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - He is so beautiful. My heart is full of joy for your family.ReplyCancel

  • onebadrunner - perfect.
    just perfect.
    i love him.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Gilbert Settle - I am so happy as I look through the pictures of your family, especially Mr. Levi. What a blessing he has already been to your family. Jess, you look like you are just glowing (and I don’t just think it is the grease from the hamburgers!) I will continue sending up prayers on your behalf!ReplyCancel

  • Celine - Every picture gets better than the last! You have a beautiful family, and the sweetest little boy. I also love your carseat cover.ReplyCancel

  • i love plum - he is just beautiful…thank you for sharing!!! xoReplyCancel

  • Amanda Nicole - He is just the most handsome little man! I’m so happy for you guys! You have always been such amazing parents and more importantly letting God lead you through it all! So glad you have such a wonderful bundle of joy in Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - So… thrilled for your family! The picture of your Mom and Joel is priceless!!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Robinson - Your new little miracle is just perfect!

    I actually wrote a blog post about following the blogs of strangers–like yours– and referenced your story. I just thought I would share.

    Blessings to your family!

  • Kelli - HE is BEAUTIFUL!!! Thankful he is here!ReplyCancel

  • Meg - What an incredibly precious little man! So handsome! I am praying for you-congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - God Bless you and Baby Levi. He is gorgeous!

    Patti H.
    Livonia, MichiganReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - So precious is he! You forget how tired you are when they are first born.

    Stay warm and snuggle your little Levi!!

  • whitney - he is so precious. enjoy your new little man! can’t wait to read your upcoming blogs!:)
    your family is so strong and are definatly people i look up to:)ReplyCancel

  • HannahM - Oh my- he is precious! My heart is so happy for you both! Thanks be to God for little Levi!ReplyCancel

  • KyndraRenae - He’s beautiful! Boys are definately different than girls. I get peed on alot lol. His first outing! how exciting. I love that place 😉ReplyCancel

  • Molly - Gosh, he is just so precious! I’m glad you have him to snuggle with during this cold cold January. We’re in KC and hating this weather! Ready for spring!ReplyCancel

  • Jan - He is beyond beautiful, and I love how you have him all warmly bundled.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Praising the Lord for this precious gift!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - He is so adorable!! God bless you. I know Cora is smiling down from above so proud to be his big sissy!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Levi is so beautiful! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • The Design Girl - Levi is BEAUTIFUL. Congratulations!!! I am so so so happy for you 🙂

    Email me when you need to get some photos in the banner!

    Congrats again!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - He is just beautiful!! What a handsome little boy. I am glad you are doing well and staying warm :).ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Okay – the last picture – of him in the bath towel – just may be the most adorable picture of any baby, taken anywhere, EVER. And I say this with three precious blessings of my own. That picture is just amazing.


  • Baylee and Blair's page - Congrats again… he is SO handsome! I’m glad you all got your heat back on!

    Hugs – TiffanyReplyCancel

  • Kristi J - What beautiful photos! And a gorgeous baby. I think often of you guys and I’m so thankful you’ve been blessed with precious Levi.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - He is beautiful. Amazing pictures.

    I was amazed after I had our son that three adults were completely exhausted from caring for one baby (my mom stayed w/ us too). 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Susan - He is totally adorable~an absolute gift from above! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • The Tulip Lady - he is simply beautiful. What a wonderful little man. Blessings to you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He is SO very cute!!!! He really is just a beautiful baby. You don’t know me…but I am very happy for you all! Congrats!! God is so good!
    Katie in NEReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - He is perfect. Beautiful pictures of your beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

  • Diana - Awwwwwwwwww, Levi is so ADORABLE!! Such a handsome little man! Good thing he had all those warm clothes last week, huh! Yep, it was so awful cold!

    Praising the Lord for your blessings!! You guys enjoy that baby and getting to know him!!

    ♥ in ChristReplyCancel

  • Laressa - Levi is amazing! Thanks for sharing your precious son with those of us who have been following your story and what God is doing in your life. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Happy, happy tears for your family!!!He is so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - He is just adorable!
    Love and Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Levi is an absolutely beautiful child and such a gift to your grieving hearts. I CANNOT imagine the conflicts that your hearts and minds are dealing with right now but I pray that God will give you peace enough to enjoy and treasure Levi and at the same time honor Cora’s life !!!! To GOD be the GLORY !!!Ellen in GA.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - What a beautiful baby!! Welcome Home!ReplyCancel

  • L ~ S - He is gorgeous1ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Thanks for sharing little Levi with us-it is such a pleasure to see your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyC - He is just precious!!! Love the picture of your mom and husband sleeping on the couch.ReplyCancel

  • SadMommy3434 - Thanks for sharing Levi! He’s so adorable and handsome. Little boys melt my heart. I have two girls and a boy in heaven. The pictures are fantastic!!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - He’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing him with us:)ReplyCancel

  • Joel - That’s one good looking boy you’ve got there!ReplyCancel

  • Marty and Kim - He is just beautiful! You have taken such wonderful pictures of him! So glad to hear that he is doing well!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Just as cute as can be!
    So happy for y’all.ReplyCancel

  • 65 Roses for Marcia - Have been following and have never commented, but have been praying for you for a long time! Congratulations on your beautiful little Levi!!! Loved looking at the pictures…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh my gosh he is so sweet!! so happy for you all!!

    Rebekah Chait
    Knoxville, TNReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I have to tell you again how happy I am for you guys. Hes such a precious gift from God. I know you are enjoying having a little one around again. My thoughts and prayers will continue for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • julia - congratulations! i love the pic of Levi snuggled in his car seat – so adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Beautiful!! So happy for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Jerri - PRECIOUS…so cute and so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Kris Reed - Levi is absolutely perfect! It was so wonderful to meet him in person and your pictures are incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Hair Bows & Guitar Picks - He is so sweet! Great pictures!

    Enjoy your little guy 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Travis,Stephanie, Olivia & Alex - Congrats on your new little bundle !
    God is good 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - that is one cute baby! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Hi,

    I’ve never commented before, but I have read your blog and have shed quite a few tears for your sweet girl Cora.

    Levi is beyond precious and so beautiful.

    God bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Wow! Those pictures just make my heart smile!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hey Joel and Jess! Levi is so cute and I can’t wait to come home and see him again! Praying for you this week! Love you all!

  • Heidi - I have followed your story since your precious Cora got sick. I am so thrilled that Levi has joined your family! I pray for you regularly – your faith is amazing and such an encouragemnt. God bless you and your wonderful little man Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Shawn - Jess-Levi is gorgeous. I am so thrilled that you have him to hold and love and smell. May these days be full of healing as you will inevitably remember Cora. May His peace flood your home with comfort and joy. Welcome, little Levi -you are so blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow…..I’ve been a follower of your blog for a year now, and I am rejoicing with you over the birth of your new baby son, Levi. Congratulations!!!! May God continue to pour His blessings upon you and your precious family.ReplyCancel

  • Nan - Praise God from whom all blessings flow! What a beautiful, beautiful baby boy. And you also look beautiful.

    What a bummer about your heater in the middle of that wicked cold snap! Hope you are all nice and toasty now!ReplyCancel