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our newest journey…

…with a sweet little boy.
Levi Jerald
Janaury 2, 2010
8 lbs 8 oz
20 1/4 inches
  • jen christians - Welcome Levi! Love his name… Love the sweet picture of him and his daddy. I know that Cora is rejoicing in heaven. God bless you on this new journey!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations!
    Tears of joy welled up in my eyes seeing the photo, I am so filled with happiness for you.
    A son, unto you a son is given.
    A new year, a new life, a renewed faith.
    Thank you and God Bless you for sharing your journey and your joy.

  • kace - Congratulations!! He is beautiful:)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Moors - Congratulations and best wishes as you embark on this wonderful new journey. Levi is incredibly blessed already to have been born into such an amazing family. Welcome to the world, Levi! GOD IS GOOD!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations what a great news, I’m so happy for you and Joel.


  • Kendall Smith - Beautiful boy!!!! We can’t wait to see him grow big and strong. And shower him with Cubs gear. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Marc, Sarah, and Luke - Yay — a little boy!!!! Congratulations!!!! Marc said this evening, “I guess Joel won’t make it to investment club tomorrow.” (Leave it up to President Marc to figure that one out). But seriously, we’re very happy and excited to hear about Levi’s birth….Get some rest. Enjoy little Levi.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Okay, so I held back tears several times in the hospital today – but the are flowing now! Levi is fearfully and wonderfully made – by an awesome awesome God. He is seriously SOOOO stinkin cute – I could have held and loved on him all day! Love you guys so much and love little Levi too!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - oh yeah Jess, I meant to tell you when I saw you – you look amazing! So so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - May your New Year be blessed with much happiness! He is precious!! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Wow, what a beautiful moment captured! What an amazing way to start your New Year. Congratulations to you both, I am so very happy for you. I am certain Cora is watching over all of you, loving you and smiling down on her new little brother! Levi is blessed to have his very own personal Guardian Angel to walk through life with him, guiding and protecting him! Cora will never be forgotten, as she lives within each of you, and in your continued journey here on Earth! God Bless all of you! Big Hus and Smiles!


    P.S. Jess, you look amazing for having just had a baby!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He is precious! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Handy - I am so, so happy for you. I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and am so inspired by you. Enjoy that little boy – he is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Congrats! What a handsome, sweet boy!! Blessings to you all as you start this new journey with Levi!!ReplyCancel

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

  • Anonymous - Welcome beautiful Levi! Congratulations! what wonderful parents he has been blessed with!


  • Lisa - I’m always lurking but had to comment this time. I am so happy for yall! Congratulations!!!! He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • The Carroll's - I have been checking your blog like crazy over the past few days! Congratulations on little Levi- what a blessing. Praying for you all as you bring your sweet boy home. Thanks for sharing with us!ReplyCancel

  • forever folding laundry - Congratulations!! Little Levi is adorable. What a perfect New Year blessing!


  • Schneider Family - What a precious gift that only our amazing God could give! We will continue to pray for your family as you begin this new journey with precious baby Levi. Cora is smiling down on her little brother!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a wonderful blessing. Congrats – he’s so beautiful and so loved.

  • BreezieGirl - Congratulations and HAPPY New Year! Welcome Levi!! Your Angel Cora is watching and rejoicing!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations!! What a sweet little boy!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - congratulations! what a precious blessing-love that name πŸ™‚
    praying for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Party of Five - What a great name. How sweet he is. Congrats. You guys deserve the very best and I am so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Aaron and Shannon - Yay!! Congrats! Can’t wait to see him! So happy that things went well.ReplyCancel

  • Taylor - I have been looking every day the past week or so to see if you have a new addition to your family…now you do! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Christian @ Modobject at Home - And He will lead you on this, your newest journey.

    To God be the glory.


  • Lori - Congratulations! We are SO excited for you! Levi looks adorable and we can’t wait to meet him! I hope he and Riley can have some good times together! ;o) Love you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - What a beautiful baby boy!!! Congrats to you both. What an awesome blessing!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Congratulations! I’ve been reading for awhile and am so, so, so thrilled for you. He is absolutely adorable.ReplyCancel

  • The Kellys - Congratulations!!! Such a beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am so happy for you both!
    I love his name…
    God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Am so happy for u!!!! It is pr’y such a bittersweet time altho full of JOY! God Bless You!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Love the photo of all of you. What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Little Levi is so adorable, I’m sure Cora is so proud to be a big sister. He is adorable, and you look FANTASTIC.-MaureenReplyCancel

  • Regina - Your news made my day! Congratulations on your new baby boy. What a sweet baby!ReplyCancel

  • Heather at All A Flutter - he’s magnificent! congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Country Roads - Welcome Levi!!
    Your family is such an inspiration.

    We are SO HAPPY for you. Congratulations and God Bless!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - Wow — a new year, a new son and a new blessing. What a wonderful way to start the year. I know you still feel the pain of losing Cora, but I know that she is smiling down on the blessing of her brother’s arrival.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I’m SO happy for you!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Perdaris Family: - Congrats! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Scott, Joanna, Matthew - Congratulations on your little bundle of joy! Great pictures! He is so precious!ReplyCancel

  • starnes family - A million congrats! So happy for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Maranda Whorton - Congratulations Jess and Joel! God Bless you and your beautiful little family. My thoughts and prayers with you!


  • Seraphim - Welcome to your beautiful family Levi. Your daddy, mummy and big sister must be thrilled you are safely here. Loved from heaven and all over the world. A precious baby boy xxxxReplyCancel

  • Ashley - CONGRATULATIONS. πŸ™‚ Levi is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • ~Cherie - My heart is SO HAPPY for you!!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Big Time - Congratulations on your sweet babe! Many prayers of blessing and healing as you welcome this beautiful boy into your amazing family.ReplyCancel

  • Christa - CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am SO happy for you and your husband! I love the name Levi! Too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Todd and Courtney - I’ve always loved the name Levi. I’m so excited for you and can’t wait for more pictures. My heart just sank and was filled with joy when I saw you had posted.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jensen - My heart is so full and REJOICING for your family!! What an AWESOME God we serve! I cannot wait to get to meet him!

    Your family is just so beautiful!
    (Jess you look great for just having a baby! So radiant and just so happy!)ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ann - Congratulations. I am so happy for the both of you and for little Levi. I have read your blog since little Cora’s dignosis and have prayed for you guys DAILY. I was so glad to log onto tonight and see that your baby had arrived. I will continue to keep you guys in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Maxcey - Congratulations! Welcome to the world Levi!! I’m so happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • k and c's mom - YEA!!! I’m glad I checked into your blog and saw the good news tonight. So overjoyed for you all. Congratulations, sweet little family.ReplyCancel

  • Midwest Mommy - Congrats! I am so happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Welcome to the world, Levi, and welcome to a wonderful family!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Hooray!!! What a beautiful boy! I’m so happy for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats! My dad’s birthday is today as well. I am sure Cora is delighted in heaven and will be there to watch over her brother and the rest of the family.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh what a joyful day! A blessing sent straight from heaven! I cannot imagine what it feels like to hold that precious boy in your arms…SO loved SO wanted SO blessed SO adorable. God bless ya’ll as you begin this new journey, this road will never be easy, but today marks the beginning of a new chapter, with a beautiful baby boy!!! Keep the pictures coming… I will keep the prayers flowing.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne - Congratulations. God bless you all!ReplyCancel

  • LAURA - I am so happy for you! My heart skipped a beat when I saw your post tonight. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Tonya - Oh congratulations!!! Levi is amazing and God is so good!ReplyCancel

  • Clem - He is beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

  • Farris Family - Every Good And Perfect Gift Is From Above~James 1:17 God Bless~ReplyCancel

  • Nichole - Congratulations! What a little sweetie!ReplyCancel

  • Lacey McKay - Congratulations! What a cutie pie! And what a great way to start the new year!ReplyCancel

  • hoosier68 - Thanks be to God! Congratulations to all of you. Levi is precious!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - Aww, Congratulations, he is so adorable, just precious!! I pray for a much better 2010 for you and your family!!ReplyCancel

  • rentz - Congratulations! So happy and excited for you. The Lord is good–all the time! Levi is so precious and adorable.

    And, Jess, I agree with the others. You look fabulous! Oh, and Joel, you do too, of course! : )ReplyCancel

  • House of Collinsworth - Tears of joy for you. A son…a beautiful son. So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Mommy - CONGRATS!!!! He’s so beautiful! God is GREAT ALL THE TIME!!! So happy for your family πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I knew you would have a boy!! SO happy for you and your beautiful family. Welcome, Levi!! He is precious. Congratulations!!

    ~blog reader JenReplyCancel

  • Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - I said this when I saw your post:

    “OMGosh, yayayay!!!” my hubby laughed at me. πŸ˜› Congrats on your newest bundle, Macs! May he bring you much joy and he’s got the bestest big angel sister there is in Ms. Cora. *hearts all around*ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - BIG congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni - Congrats!! I love the name Levi!
    I know that Cora is with you guys and she is smiling ear to ear about having a baby brother!!
    Such a great way to bring in the New Year!!ReplyCancel

  • lauren - My heart is bursting for you!

    Many congratulations.

    Your beautiful family is in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • adoptingmama - Congratulations to your sweet family!ReplyCancel

  • Rach - This comment has been removed by the author.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations. He is beautiful. What a gift from God. Looks like Cora sent you a very sweet baby brother.ReplyCancel

  • kaylin rose and mara anne - Welcome Little Levi! Congrats to you…love the name and love your new family pictures. You are so blessed. I have never met you, but I am SO happy for you guys….enjoy your little one!

    Many blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • The Farmers - YAY!!!!! I am beyond excited!!! Thank you Jesus for this new beginning!!!ReplyCancel

  • C Golden - Beautiful congrats x1000000!ReplyCancel

  • Ethansmom08 - I am SO excited for you and your husband! Congrats on the arrival of your sweet baby boy, Levi! He is blessed to have you both as parents and to have Cora as a big sister!

    Love and Prayers,

  • Cristin - Congratulations!!!! I am overjoyed for you all!!!ReplyCancel

  • amy - welcome to the world, Levi! you are loved!

  • Dallas - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • dawn - So happy for you. enjoy every moment with Levi! Congrats.ReplyCancel

  • Manda - I don’t think I’ve ever commented before…but this deserves a break in my silence!! Congrats! I pray that the Lord allows this bundle of joy to continue to heal your hearts!ReplyCancel

  • Peggi - Yeah!!!! I knew you were having a boy, not sure why I just knew. Congratulations and enjoy your beautiful baby. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Erin, Kaitlyn and Henry - Congratulations! He looks so sweet. I about jumped off the computer with happiness when I saw your exciting news. God bless your little family. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - oh wow congatulations!
    he looks divine.
    love amanda australiaReplyCancel

  • Crystal - I wanted to cry when I seen your post πŸ™‚ I am so happy for you and your family. He is beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe - Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Mark and Mandi - I’ve followed your blog for months and have cried so many tears for you…and now I’ve cried happy tears! What a blessing- congratulations on your second beautiful child.ReplyCancel

  • Cherry Tree Lane - The angels in heaven sing! Blessed be the name of the Lord. Cora rejoices with them!
    Welcome baby boy!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Congrats and God Bless You!ReplyCancel

  • In Debt Dee - Congratulations!! Blessings,
    The Bautista FamilyReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats! I nearly screamed with joy when I saw your post! What a beautiful baby boy! God is good!

    Levi is so fortunate to come into such a loving family. He will always have his big sister Cora to watch over him…

    Again, God bless your family.

    Evelyn in Newport News…ReplyCancel

  • tinycandi - Congratulations! He is absolutely adorable! Beautiful photos as well!ReplyCancel

  • sarah @ life {sweet} life - Congratulations!! He is absolutely adorable and I love his name. I am praying for you guys and your sweet son…many blessings your way!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • katherine - Congratulations! What a beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - Congratulations! And welcome, sweet Levi. What a beautiful baby.ReplyCancel

  • beckley - congratulations.
    peace and joy be yours.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Welcome to the world little Levi…it warms my heart to see yours and Joels arms full again. However, I know that while you’re thrilled to have another precious baby, you still ache for Cora. She is rejoicing in heaven as you welcome her little brother into this world! How awesome that she can continue to live through you as you take this new journey! Blessings…and keep the pictures coming!ReplyCancel

  • Tess - this is my first comment ever, after almost a year of reading your blog – but i had to say CONGRATS!!! He is such a gorgeous little guy, what a true blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Bailey - Congratulations! May God bless you all!ReplyCancel

  • Clare - Congratulations Jess and Joel!! May he be everything you wished for and more, you deserve it!!
    Jess, you look great-I wish I looked half as good in my hospital pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce - So happy for you…God bless you all. Best wishes as you celebrate your baby boy.ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - Congratulations! What a beautiful baby boy. Wishing you lots of love and happiness with your boy. Big sister Cora is celebrating in Heaven!!!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Congratulations, he is beautiful and you both look radiant!ReplyCancel

  • Cristy - Awww….Congrats Jess and Joel! So happy for you guys. I can’t wait to see your new little man in person!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Congratulations! What a wonderful beginning to the new year and decade!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - How sweet…I’ve been checking all day because I just knew it would be today!! Congratulations…Levi is just handsome! A new journey is beginning for you…enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • the*4*of*us - congrats!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - Oh welcome little Levi! What a precious gift and a beautiful family. Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Welcome to the world, Levi! Congratulations mom and dad!!ReplyCancel

  • The Costellos - Praise God from Whom ALL Blessings Flow! Praying for you in this surely bitter-sweet time. He is beautiful. Congratulations and welcome to Cora’s little bubby πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • gabriel - I sweet lil boy! I am so happy for you and it wont take no time for Levi to realize he has the bestets parents. Thanks for being such an inspiration to so many.ReplyCancel

  • Dina - Streaming tears of happiness!!! You are all beautiful. God Bless You All!!!! Our God is THE most AWESOME God!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! I’m so happy for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I sat and wept as I saw the picture of your new son appear on my screen. Praying for you to feel God’s overwelming prescence as you go thru all the many emotions you must be experiencing. Congrats Macs!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne - Congrats! He is precious!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We are so happy for you Joel and Jess. We think little boys are great!!
    Here’s to a joy filled 2010!
    Reid and LoriReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Oh Congratulations!! He’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • jenni - Congratulations! What a beautiful boy!! I can only imagine how proud big sister Cora is of her baby brother – rejoicing with all of heaven! Thank you so much for sharing – it is amazing, though we have never met…how much we love you guys! God bless you as you continue on this journey!ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - Congratulations and God Bless you – I know Cora is celebrating for you in heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - He is so beautiful. Congratulations and blessings to all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Congratulations!!!! I, too, am overcome with emotion… he is beautiful. I love the name. So redeeming – I pray that God showers you with love and grace as you adjust to this new season. May God bless your new little bundle of joy. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • deyoungsters - congratulations!! he is so precious. you look beautiful πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Paula Aspacher - beautiful baby boy! looks just like his daddy and daddy looks over the moon!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Praise the Lord!! Levi is beautiful & your hearts must be overjoyed & yet overwhelmed. I will continue to pray for your family as you begin this new & blessed chapter in your lives. Congratulations from the plains of NW OklahomaReplyCancel

  • Amy - Yay! You don’t know me but I follow your sweet blog. We have also lost a baby. I’ve been waiting for you to have the baby!! And a sweet boy! He is perfect. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - Congratulations!!! What a handsome lil fella!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Welcome Levi!!! Congratulations to you, Joel and your newest addition to your family! I was soooo excited to see your post when I got home tonight. Cora is smiling from above. God bless and take care πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jaymie - Congratulations on your newest miracle, he is perfection!ReplyCancel

  • - Congrats!!!! He is adorable πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Congratulations!

    He is so sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - Welcome to the world Levi! I am so happy for the 3 of you and am sending lots of love from CO. What a wonderful way to welcome 2010!ReplyCancel

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

  • Courtney Kay - Welcome sweet baby boy! Enjoy this road of the Journey…ReplyCancel

  • Linda - I’ve followed your blog for quite some time now, but have never commented. You are both such inspiring, faith-filled people. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Congratulations on your new arrival! I wish you many blessings!!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Congratulations!!!
    I am so excited for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and been praying for you and your husband. Having a baby girl myself, my heart has broken for you over the last year, but I am so happy for you and your new blessing. Congratulations, God bless you and your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Oh my goodness–I squealed and scared my hubby when I saw your blog–so happy to have some good news in your family. LOVE the name! Love that baby. Praying for you…ReplyCancel

  • Alex(andra) - I’m another lurker, but I thought I’d come on out to say that Levi is absolutely beautiful. Many congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel E. - Congratulations on Levi’s birth, Joel & Jess! Jess, you look AMAZING for just having had an 8 lb-er! I am so excited for you and pray that God would surround you with his peace during the coming days.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Congratulations! He is a beautiful and amazing gift! God bless you all!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - God IS good. Every happiness and blessing to you and to both your families—

    This little guy has already brought much joy to many.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats! Great pictures!! You look beautiful after having a baby, and the picture of baby and daddy is touching….

  • Lori - Congratulations! May God bless your family with health, peace, and joy.ReplyCancel

  • Heather | Cookie Mondays - Happy Birthday, Levi! I am thrilled!!!!!!!! Big hugs, Joel & Jess! xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Casey - Oh YAY! Congratulations! He’s adorable! What a head full of hair. And he was born on Palindrome day too, you can put that in his baby book πŸ™‚ Amazing what God can do isn’t it, the baby not the palindromes πŸ™‚ Congratulations he’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Boothbloggers - Congratulations! So excited for your family! He is gorgeous!God bless you all!!ReplyCancel

  • emdalke - Yea! I am so happy for you guys! Wishing you many blessings with little Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Auntie Mip - Been following since sweet Cora but never felt I should post as we are complete strangers…but Levi is pure BLISS…God Bless The Macs!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Zimmerman - I am tearing up!! Thank you so much for sharing the good news with us!! Congratulations!! I have enjoyed reading your blog and following your story, ever since I was introduced to it through another favorite blog…whatever. I am sitting here with my husband enjoying a quiet night at home. This has made my night even better. I’m so excited for you and your family!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations….I had a feelng your newest bundle of Love had arrived. May the Lord bless your family.
    You have been such an inspiration as you have traveled this painful journey and yet through the journey you have pointed others to God and His immeasurable love & grace in your lives. Be blessed, I will be praying for you as you adjust to your new kind of wonderful. : – )ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Congratulations! He’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Congrats! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - Oh my…Congratulations! I’m going to cry πŸ™‚ Welcome Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Celine - It is amazing to see how many people you have touched. You deserve every bit of outpouring of love and support. I am thrilled for you and Joel to welcome a beautiful baby boy. I know you will enjoy every moment with him and never take a single day for granted.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie - AWESOME!! Congrats! I checked on you guys earlier and thought I’ll check one last time before bed! I’m glad I did! He is absolutly precious!!ReplyCancel

  • maryboys - oh. how incredibly wonderful! there is a tear or two in my eyes…he is simply perfect…congratulations…


  • Trasie Bressler - Oh he is beautiful and absolutely perfect!

    My little girl was born on the 30th of December 2008 weighing in at 8lbs 8 oz but we celebrated her birthday today. My friend then told me that you all had welcomed that baby boy bundle of joy into the world today and my heart skipped a few beats.

    May you celebrate many birthdays and I pray that your arms will always be full.

    Many Many Blessings,

  • Amy - I am so thrilled for you both! Levi is absolutely adorable. Such a sweet, sweet face. I can’t wait to meet him in person and give you a hug! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Givinya De Elba - Oh Jess! Tears of Joy! Cora is in heaven, rejoicing too! Thankyou Lord!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Brandman - What a wonderful gift for 2010. May God bless your family, and especially little Levi.


  • Devon - congrats! he’s beautiful…ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - Blessing to you all! He’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Yeah…..pure joy and wonder. Tears are rolling down may face for your family. Levi is blessed to have you as parents and to have a sister watching out for him. God is wonderful! Love, BrookeReplyCancel

  • purejoy - i just had this feeling you were going to have a boy. he’s beautiful and y’all look precious together. welcome little levi!!
    rejoicing with you!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Congratulations on your sweet baby boy! He’s beautiful! (and like a whole slew of others have already said, you look incredible!) What a perfect beginning to this new year!ReplyCancel

  • Tyler and Gillian - Congratulations, Macs!!! He’s beautiful! Rejoicing with you from Seattle. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Bless your hearts!! He’s beautiful! Praying for you 3 as your new journey begins!! WITH A PRECIOUS BOY!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • lgraves - CONGRATULATIONS! A beautiful journey. Love, the Graves’ReplyCancel

  • run26.2mom - Levi doesn’t know it yet…but he will find out soon….what amazing parents he has to guide him through this world. Your faith speaks loudly! Thank you for sharing your love of the Lord on your blog. I occasionally remark but conistently read. You inspire me to look at my own faith. Congratulations! Cora is a proud sister in heaven.

  • Deborah - Joy has arrived! Congratulations on baby Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Congratulations on your sweet baby boy! He’s beautiful! (and like a whole slew of others have already said, you look incredible!) What a perfect beginning to this new year!ReplyCancel

  • Savanna - Congratulations Jess and Joel! Levi looks beautiful- I’m sure Cora is up in heaven and feeling very proud to be a big sister to such a wonderful little boy. Thank you so much for sharing your lives and your journey with so many!ReplyCancel

  • ran shae - congrats macs! he is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Congrats!!! Levi is just adorable, I love his name!! Praying for you on this new journey and so glad that Cora has a sweet baby brother to look down on!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful, and you both look radiant with him. He is a lucky boy to be born into such an amazing family with such a strong love of God!ReplyCancel

  • A - Welcome to your little boy!ReplyCancel

  • Alaina - PRAISE THE LORD!!! Lord you are good and your mercy endures forever! Rejoicing with you on the birth of Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations from Wyoming! Enjoy him.


  • Kelsey - The pics are beautiful and brought tears to my eyes.ReplyCancel

  • bayleesmommy07 - I have been a silent observer for a few months now. your journey with cora and traveling through her passing and grief that comes with has helped me cope with the loss of my son 5 years ago this february.

    I finally want to say congrats on the birth of your son and know Cora & God is watching over you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Our Lives - Congratulations! Welcome Levi! Praise the Lord for His goodness! I am so happy for you I cried! My children said “Hooray for Levi!!”.
    Will continue to follow you blog and share your joyfulness!

  • Diana - Amen! Amen! Amen!
    Praise the Lord!
    Amen! Amen! Amen!
    Praise His Name!
    Welcome, Levi!
    Congratulations to his mommy and daddy!
    Such a beautiful boy!
    The Heavens rejoice!
    And God smiles…
    as does Cora πŸ™‚


    P. S. Like everyone else is saying…
    you look BEAUTIFUL, Jess!


  • Abby - Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Levi!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beki - TheRustedChain - Gorgeous!!!!
    I just knew it.

    We were driving home from Missouri and I just knew I’d come home and see a blog post that you’d had the baby.

    Congratulations and welcome to the world baby Levi!! He could not have been placed by God in a more perfect family.

    We love you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth McC. - Congrats on the new baby!! I teared up when I saw your new sweet baby boy!!ReplyCancel

  • Have Cracker Will Travel - Words cannot express how happy I am for the two of you!! Congrats and welcome to the world, Levi!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - COngratulations!!! I was SO SO happy to see your post on my dashboard tonight!!! God bless you all!! I cannot wait to hear more about sweet Levi! How lucky he is to have such wonderful parents!

  • Launa - Oh my gosh… he is so beautiful! Congratulations! Those pictures are so stunning they made me cry… wishing you all the best and, of course, keeping you in our prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Happy Tears for you and your family — congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • 3LittleByrds - Praise God for his blessings. What a wonderful way to start 2010. Welcome Little Levi to the World.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Such joy! He’s beautiful and blessed to have you both as parents.


  • singing mama - OhSo excited for you!!! Tears are running down my face! He is gorgeous and you look so beautiful! Praise God and I will be continuing to pray for you in these first awesome but tiring weeks.
    Luv DonnaReplyCancel

  • Marylou Levrets - Congratulations on the safe arrival of your new baby son. I wish you the very best in every way. You are a precious family and I shall continue to pray for you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • Erica - oh CONGRATS!!! yay! i had a feeling it was gonna be a boy πŸ˜‰ i have two boys and you will just LOVE having a little man around πŸ˜‰ my niece was born today as well, so it’s a great day! congrats again, you are so blessed!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Beautiful. Just beautiful! Congrats to you both as you begin a new joy-filled journey!!!! I’m so overjoyed for you… and I just know Cora is too πŸ™‚
    Warmest regards!
    ~Nichole in TulsaReplyCancel

  • Meredith - Oh my gosh, goosebumps galore! I was NOT expecting this!!! I’m so glad your life will be blessed with a boy! Congratulations! I KNOW Cora has her “I’m a BIG Sister” shirt on! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations from WA state!!!
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful news with us all right away!! I am so very happy for you all and will continue to pray for the bonding and growing together in precious love for the 3 of you.
    Thank you for continuing to share your life with those of us out here connected to you via this blog.
    The Lord bless you!

  • Stef - I am SO happy for you guys!! Praise the Lord for a healthy baby and healthy Mama. We will be praying for these early days, that are sure to have some ups and downs. I am so, so, so, so filled with joy for you both. Amazing goodness from the Lord.

    God bless Cora’s sweet little brother <3ReplyCancel

  • Clint & Missy Green - Cora has a brother. Excited to see Joel carry him into church for the 1st time w/ a big grin on his face. U may not remember but Clinton & I stopped u in the parking lot the 1st Sunday Cora came to church. Joel was so proud, perhaps u were so tired:) Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Congratulations! May he bring you SO much joy. I also have older siblings in heaven and while it is different, I know they are there; I know they are my family, and they still matter oh so much to me. Big blog hugs to everyone! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats he is just gorgeous!
    Summer & Family in CaliforniaReplyCancel

  • Becky - Yeah! Congratulations! Many blessings and much love for the coming new year!ReplyCancel

  • Tracie - Congratulations!!!!
    He is so beautiful!!!
    Happy Birthday Levi!!

    Your faith is so amazing and wonderful. Thank you for sharing your blessed day with us.ReplyCancel

  • KK - Congrats, what a big boy!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - Wow, so many comments, I wonder if you will get down the list to this one! I am so happy for you two!

    Also, Jan 2 is such a good birthday! My little boy Ellory turned 1 year old today! He is my third and last child, but baby Levi is your second and I pray he will be a wonderful big brother for more “Baby Macs”.

    Congratulations Joel & Jessica. I think of you and pray for you often. May this new joy bring some healing to your hearts.

    ~Allison Pile VogesReplyCancel

  • Lauren - well,suffice it to say, this post caught me off guard. I knew you were due soon, but goodness, I fell emotionally unprepared! πŸ™‚

    Levi. Words are not enough. From heaven to earth, he is a blessing unmeasurable.ReplyCancel

  • Candace - So happy for you! He is so absolutely precious! Will be praying for you all! Much Love!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Oh my goodness! I’m so excited that he’s here!
    My oldest’s birthday is today…we spent the day celebrating, too. πŸ™‚ Praise the Lord for your sweet family!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Welcome little Levi!! So very happy for your family!!!Cora will always be with you! She gave you the gift of learning parental love and it will always be with you as you journey with Levi! Love & happiness to you all!!

  • Sarah - Congratulations! It is so wonderful to see you holding this beautiful gift you have been given! I know that Cora is looking down sharing this moment with you both also! Levi may not know it yet, but he has some of the stongest, most faithful parents out there. Thanks for sharing this news!ReplyCancel

  • Melody - What a beautiful little man!! I am so happy for you guys!! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Breanna - Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth-Plain and Simple - Congratulations. I am so happy for all of you.


  • leel - congratulations! can i boast about how i totally called it being a boy months ago?!? i did!

    what a wonderful chapter to start your new year. Welcome, Levi!

    ps. Levi is my 3 year old nephews name as well! He is the most amazing kid, so cheers to the name!ReplyCancel

  • Shawn - I love Amanda’s comment-“fearfully and wonderfully”-so happy for you all. Love love love love to you. ShawnReplyCancel

  • amy and kids - Congratulations! He is just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Enos Family - CONGRATS!!!!
    Oh, I love the name. So, so, so happy for you! What a wonderful new year for you! He is absolutely beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • The Drama Mama - What a beautiful little miracle! Praying for all of you….CONGRATS! You guys are constantly in my prayers! HUGS!!ReplyCancel

  • Candice - Congratulations!! Blessings and love to your family, including little Cora of course.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! I am so happy for your family!


  • Abby Johns - He’s absolutely precious! Congratulations to you both!ReplyCancel

  • Carpenter's - Congrats to you and your famliy! Levi is so cute and you look fantastic! I can’t wait to watch him grow!ReplyCancel

  • Miss G - Oh Wow!!!! Congratulations!!! I am so excited for y’all. He is so sweet and precious and adorable! Thanks for letting us know! You guys are quick to get a post up! KellyReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I have followed your blog for almost a year now and am sitting here crying tears of joy for you! May your family be truly blessed for you more then deserve all the happiness your angel is shinning on you!ReplyCancel

  • Shana - I am so happy for you guys. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • The Clark Clan! - Congratulations!!!!! He is so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • mel @ the larson lingo - CONGRATS!!!!
    Tears of joy for you!
    Welcome to the world, Levi!
    p.s. Jess, you look GREAT!ReplyCancel

  • Proud Grandma - Congratulations – Levi is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Vera - Oh my goodness, he’s precious!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Chris - Congratulation! I have been on the watch for this announcment for a week now πŸ™‚ Its 3 am right now and I decided to check my blogroll and there he is πŸ™‚ Beautiful baby .
    I love his name and the pictures .
    Happy new year to you and your beautiful family .
    Again Congratulation.ReplyCancel

  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Alleulia for Levi’s safe arrival. May he be Blessed with a lifetime of good health and happiness.

    May Cora guide him and you both along the path of his life.

    Congratulations from Australia!

    Michelle xReplyCancel

  • Zingo Tots - Oh my goodness…he is beautiful! He is so alert for a new baby! Wisdom in his eyes! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Congratulations! He’s a gorgeous little boy! Much love for this new year.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I’ve been excitedly checking your blog every day hoping for good news. I know that you are overjoyed with the birth of Levi but I also know that your hearts are heavy in missing Cora. May God surround you at this time and bring you comfort and joy.ReplyCancel

  • Carla - Hurrah, Hurrah, he is here!! I’m so deeply happy for you both and for Levi too, being born into such a beautiful family, with his darling big sister watching him from heaven. I wish you peace and happiness to enjoy this new chapter. I have to say Jess, you look amazing, not a bit tired. Levi Jerald (love the name :-)) shares a birthday with my little munchkin, she was born at 3.10pm on 02.01.08. Big birthday party here today, better go get ready, but the first thing I had to do today, was check TheMacs for any news. I couldn’t be happier for you both. Deo Gratis. Oh I’m so HAPPY for you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Clare - What a beautiful little boy, I’m sure Cora is smiling down on you all at this special time.

    With love xxReplyCancel

  • Kiley - What a way to celebrate my birthday then to see a happy family!! What a handsome little man. Congrats to all of you. I am sure Cora is welcoming her baby brother with many kisses from heaven.

    Kiley Rodrigues

  • Davene - Congratulations! I am thrilled for you!!!

    The pictures are wonderful; you look great, Jess, for just having had a baby. πŸ™‚

    Thanking God with you for this precious gift…ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh - I am so happy for you both! You all deserve huge amount of happiness!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - oh congrats on your new journey. What a sweet little boy. Take care and God bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Whimsical Creations - Congrats!!! Bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Selina - He’s here! Finally! Levi is the name of my 2nd son. Love it! Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a wonderful New Years Blessing! Congratulation on the birth of your son!

    May God contine to watch over your Family as you start down a new and happy path.ReplyCancel

  • EmilyE - Beautiful! God Bless your Family.

  • Tina - What wonderful news! Congratulations! I loved the pictures. He is beautiful. Many blessings to you and your family Jess. Praying for you all still!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • jandkland - Many, many congratulations to you on the birth of your precious baby boy. I can’t fathom what it’s like to welcome a child so soon after you’ve lost one, but I can’t help thinking it’s a a big dose of grace wrapped up in the beautiful package of a son. I am so happy to see the joy on your faces as you hold your boy! While I don’t know how heaven works, I like to imagine your Cora giving Levi a kiss on his way into your earthly arms. Praying for your adjustment and grateful to God for this precious new gift even in the midst of great loss.

    –Kelley in GAReplyCancel

  • Sara - Welcome to the world sweet Levi! What a sweet picture of you guys – I couldn’t be happier. I am sure Cora is beaming with pride in Heaven for her new baby brother!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - Praise God! Congratulations!! Such beautiful pictures. Many prayers for your new journey – Levi is a blessed boy to have you guys as parents.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - What a sweet addition to your family. Welcome to the world, Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - Many, many congratulations to you all! Levi is gorgeous (and you look entirely too good to have just had a baby!!)! God bless you all on this new journey.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Congratulations! What a lucky little boy! So happy for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - First time commenting…Congratulations….I’ve been following your blog for awhile’re in inspiration! Best of luck and can’t wait to follow you and your family over the next several monthsReplyCancel

  • Carol - Beautiful little Levi! You will be so loved!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Oh my goodness-I have been waiting for this post!! He is beautiful…now you have 2 very beautiful little ones! Congrats! I am so happy for you both!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Shaner - Congratulations to all three of you….What a great way to start the new year and decade. I pray that the year is full of blessings for you all.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - And what a cool birthday little Levi has! It’s only the second palindrome day of the 21st century, meaning that if you flip the day over it reads the same: 01/02/2010. There are only 12 of these days in this century! (not to mention his time of birth!) What a special day for a special little boy. He’s beautiful! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - Oh he is beautiful! Such a wonderful name too. Congrats Jess and Joel! Cora is smiling down, so very proud of her little brother.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi @ It's come to this - Congratulations!!! He is beautiful! I know Cora is smiling on her new brother with love! Continuing to pray for this “new” normal. God bless your family!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - Beyond thrilled for you and your entire family! Enjoy the joy he will bring and know sweet Cora is watching over all of you.ReplyCancel

  • jen - congratulations πŸ™‚ what a wonderful gift.ReplyCancel

  • Drew, Taylor, and Caroline Clayton - Congrats I am so happy for y’all my eyes teared up when I saw him!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • The Eyre Family - Congratulations! What a sweet boy with a sweet name! Thank you for your inspired story to help my faith to grow. God Bless You!ReplyCancel

  • Unmistakably BLESSED - Baby Mac is beautiful. Welcome Levi! Knit together, what a miracle! I’m praying for you all. I check in daily, and I pray!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - I am a stranger to you, but to me you are a good friend. So with that friend, Congratulations on the birth of your son. I wish I could visit with you and Levi and share in your joy. He is a blessed little boy that has wonderful parents and a beauiful angel in Cora. Enjoy this special time with your baby. Thank you so much for posting, Your blog friend HeidiReplyCancel

  • Tj and Chelse - I didn’t realize opening your blog and seeing a picture could make me cry! Congratulations, what a miracle.ReplyCancel

  • Patrice - My heart leaps for joy for you!! Cograts on your newest journey!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. He is beautiful… πŸ™‚ What a way to start off 2010!

    V.B. FloridaReplyCancel

  • Stacie - he’s beautiful! congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Autumn - Congratulations! What a sweet baby boy! Praying for a happy healthy new year for all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Roo and Wren's Mama - I am SO happy for you! God is good.ReplyCancel

  • Erica - Congratulations guys. You’ve been on our hearts.ReplyCancel

  • ems - Congrats! So happy for you two:)ReplyCancel

  • Hollie - Congratulations on your sweet blessing!

    I don’t even remember how I came across your blog, but I have been following for several months. Keeping you all in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - Congratulations! So happy for you but i do know it must be bittersweet-I am sure Cora is in Heaven looking down and so proud. Little boys sure are fun-the Lord has blessed you with a beautiful one. Hope the delivery went well. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

  • katy - Heartfelt congratulations! He is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Oh wow, CONGRATULATIONS! What a surprise to check in today and find out that you’ve already given birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy. I am happy for your family; I’m glad it was a boy and I know Cora is with you always! Enjoy that baby! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • The Hams - Such a handsome blessing to begin 2010! Congratulations and I am continuing to pray for you and your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • andrea - Congratulations, I am so happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Praising God on your behalf – stay strong; may he encourage your hearts & fill them with much joy!ReplyCancel

  • Savanna - Praise the Lord! I am so happy for you all…I have been checking in to and was SO happy to see your post! Levi is adorable, and it is such a blessing to see you both happy and smiling!
    Much love to you and Levi,

  • Pamela - All I can do is cry for you. Happy tears for your beautiful boy. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! God Bless all of you!ReplyCancel

  • The Goshorn 5 - I can’t express how HAPPY I am for both of you. He is beautiful!
    Congratulations and God’s Blessings to you all.ReplyCancel

  • Molly - He’s so cute! What an amazing blessing. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Team Alix - Oh Hooray!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michellesayshi - Congratulations!!!!!!! May the Lord continue to bless your family!! I’m not sure how I can be so happy for someone I don’t know, but I am! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ home,family & all the craziness in between - congratulations!! he is perfect!!!! best of luck to you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Christie - Congratulations! Blessed be the Lord and Praise God for Levi! Levi is beautiful! I am so happy for you both!

    Christie in Las VegasReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Congratulations Macs! What a beautiful baby Levi is…and so very blessed!ReplyCancel

  • emily - congratulations to your family! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Our Family... - Congratulations! We will continue to cover your sweet family in prayers. Blessings to you all!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. P - I have been following your journey since i heard about Cora and am just soooo happy to see you two with your new son. He is beautiful!! Much love to you!!ReplyCancel

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  • Alli - Tears of joy for your beautiful family… What wonderful news and what a gorgeous boy! Congrats!!!!ReplyCancel

  • JulieA - Congrats on a beautiful baby boy. I got goosebumps reading this post… our God is truly faithful. God bless you both for sharing your story and His love!!ReplyCancel

  • This is the day! - Congratulations!
    What a doll baby, he is adorable. Praying for your sweet family.
    Welcome to the world baby Levi!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Congratulations! My eyes welled up with tears as well, seeing how happy you are in the photo. This little guy will bring such joy to your lives! Can’t wait to READ all about it! hehe

    God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Congratulations!!!! That’s one very lucky little man to have you as parents! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Heather - YEAH Jess and Joel!

    I am praying for you! What a great picture! Welcome little Levi!


  • Miranda - Awww!!! Congrats!! He’s adorable! Welcome little man!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I, like so many others, have been checking ridiculously often to hear the good news. So glad Levi is here! What a beautiful little boy and sweet, sweet family… Congratulations!!

    And you DO look amazing!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - 01022010…Cool birthday…it’s the same forward as it is backwards!!! He is PRECIOUS!!! I can’t wait for more pictures. Rest-up mommy and daddy! I’ll bet you can’t wait to bring this little man home! God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Wishing you,Joel and baby Levi peace and many blessings as you begin your journey together! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am saying congrats with a big lump in my throat. I can’t imagine the emotions you are experiencing. Many blessings to you and Joel.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Congratulations and Welcome Levi! May God bless you all!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - there an address that your blog followers could send gifts to? Even if it is not your own (I know it is a little scarey to post your address for everyone to see!)ReplyCancel

  • Christine S. - Tears of joy! I am so happy for you and your family. Levi is absolutely adorable and precious! God has blessed you with this wonderful little angel to love. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Congratulations! I am so happy for your family and I’m praying that 2010 brings you much joy as you welcome Levi to your family.ReplyCancel

  • tami - How exciting!! We continue to hold you in our prayers!! What fun you are going to have with that precious little guy!!ReplyCancel

  • The Sieberts - yeah!!!! so happy for you! can’t wait to meet this handsome little man…ReplyCancel

  • Shosh - congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - OH congrats…Love the name and the smile he looks like he has on his face in the family photo of you guys!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • thehighbargers - Congratulations on your beautiful boy! What a great name you have chosen! Levi will someday realize how blessed he is to have the two of you for his parents!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - Congratulations! He is simply beautiful. I love the picture of Joel kissing him, priceless!

    God bless you on this new journey with a precious baby boy! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • KatieMGreen - congrats macs!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Congrats!!! He’s beautiful. I know Cora is smiling from Heaven. I pray God will bless your family as much as you’ve blessed others!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - YAY!!!!! congrats!!!!!! He is beautiful!!!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Shari - Beautiful! Just beautiful! Congratulations on your little guy, I can’t wait to watch him grow (through your blog of course!)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - So happy for you! Praise Him for His unending faithfulness and blessing in your life! Levi is beautiful and I pray he is a comforting balm to your weary hearts. Bless you all for sharing your journey!ReplyCancel

  • The Scott's - CONGRATULATIONS!!! He’s precious (well, maybe I should say handsome)! Can’t wait to see more pictures. God Bless you and your family on this new journey!ReplyCancel

  • Mom to 4 Sweeties - WOW!!! Tears of joy when I saw your post! SO happy for you on the birth of your beautiful, blessed baby Boy!! Enjoy that sweet, sweet baby!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - Congratulations Jess and Joel. I couldn’t be more happier for such a wonderful couple. What a little miracle little Levi is in more ways than one.

    God Bless your sweet family always!
    Stacy (Houston, TX)ReplyCancel

  • Mindy M. Harris - Oh, I’m SO HAPPY for you guys. He is beautiful, as you all are. You all glow…with the glory of God’s goodness.
    Love to you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats! He’s beautiful and you both look so happy. What a cute family!ReplyCancel

  • Jennjilla - He’s amazing! Congrats and Happy New Year!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - Congrats on your sweet, little boy!!! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Oh, Miss Cora is dancing in heaven watching you with her sweet baby brother. Welcome, precious Levi! Many blessings to your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • Chesnye - Had to “check-in” before we left for church and now my make-up is all smeared!!! Tears are flowing for you and your family at the wonderful news of Levi joining your family. I can only imagine the special dance Cora is doing in heaven for her little brother!
    God bless you all!

  • Bobbi Jo - Congratulations!!Thinking of you and your family today.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - I have tears of joy for you right now. I am so happy! Congratulations on the birth of your sweet precious boy. I just know Cora would be SO proud!!!ReplyCancel

  • amy - congratulations to you both! and what a happy new year this will be for you! sending many prayers your way today…ReplyCancel

  • Lindy - Congratulations and God Bless you all!ReplyCancel

  • Karina - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Welcome, Levi!!! I am SOOOOOO happy for all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Lena - Wonderful news! Congratulations to your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - NO WAY! My jaw dropped open, I am SO HAPPY for the both of you! Congratulations. He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • RB in BC - Tears of joy over here in BC too! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! May God bless you and your family. He is just beautiful!

    Krissy Hunecke
    Batavia, ILReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - Oh sweetness!!! A hearty congratulations to you both…such wonderful news to see the arrival of your beautiful bundle of boy…Levi…I LOVE his name! May this year bring you nothing but happiness and joy, joy, joy…welcome to the world of Hot Wheels sweet family! God bless you all and you both are absolutely glowing and radiant!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Congratulations. I’ve been following your journey for awhile now and just praying like crazy for your whole family. I wish you many precious days ahead with your new little bundle of joy. How lucky is Levi to have such a sweet angel in heaven watching over him.ReplyCancel

  • angie c - Congrats congrats congrats! Praise to God for starting your New Year off with a sweet bundle of joy. Big sis cora is smiling down from heaven! God bless you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am SO SO SO excited for you guys! you have never met me but I have followed your blog since for a long time now. January 2nd is SUCH a special birthday… my son was born January 2nd a year ago and had a VERY SERIOUS in utero stroke before he was born… the doctors didn’t think he would live. He has! And he has done so well to God’s glory! I am thrilled with your new addition of a beautiful baby boy, and I cannot be happier that his birthday is January 2nd!!! He is beautiful! I pray you guys enjoy him so very much! I am sure that Cora is SO SO proud! -debiReplyCancel

  • AJ - Congratulations on the beautiful boy!!!!!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Oh we are so happy for you and your new bundle of joy!! Praying for you all!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a sweet Blessing for the New Year!!!

  • Sarah Q. - Congratulations and many blessings and best wishes your way!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - congrats honey. im so super happy for you all.ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Hurray!!! I am SO happy for you guys – I’m in tears over your new blessing Levi. I can’t think of two people that deserve the blessing of a baby more than you. Praise God!

    Christy KleinReplyCancel

  • Beckycain6 - Oh thank you, Jesus……

    Praying happy prayers for all four of you…Daddy, Mommy, Cora and little Levi.

    So happy for you all,

  • The Mumaw's - Congrats!!! I am so happy for you !
    Amy Marinello MumawReplyCancel

  • Sarah - CONGRATS!! He is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - That is so exciting! He is precious. I have been checking several times a day to see if there was any news. Can’t wait to see more pics of him.


  • Julie - He is adorable, I have also been checking the blog several times a day, even though you don’t know me, I am so happy for all of you!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Buchanan Family - Congrats. I have a nephew named Levi, what a sweet name!ReplyCancel

  • The 5 Bickies - Oh….I am so happy for you all! Welcome to your new baby…it’s going to be a great new year!

    Blessings to you all as you enjoy this time with each other!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Welcome little Levi! Congratulations Macs on your new addition.ReplyCancel

  • Trish - Yay! What a wonderful way to start the new year with a blessing of a baby boy! Love and prayers to you both!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Aww, he is so sweet. :::whispering – he looks like his Mama!::: Congratulations on the new family member, what a *great* way to start the year!!ReplyCancel

  • onlymehere - I’m sooooo happy for you! You all look so good and he’s absolutey adorable. God bless you and that new little angel!! CindyReplyCancel

  • Sue - YAYAYAYAYAY!!! I am so thrilled to hear that your precious baby has arrived safely! So glad to meet little Levi, thanks for sharing photos, can’t wait to hear all about his progress. Good luck with this new chapter in your lives, I know it’s going to be awesome!

    Love Sue xReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations I am so happy for your family!

  • Margaret - Welcome Levi! Oh what an amazing amazing blessing he will be to y’all! This is the best news of the new year!ReplyCancel

  • The Nebrigs - Praise the Lord! I am so excited for you guys as well as praying.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Craft - Congratulations! Cora is so proud to be a big sister! He is beautiful and you look stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Anne - THRILLED for you!! He is perfect! Thank you for continuing to share your journey with all of us!ReplyCancel

  • Sallie D - Welcome, Levi!!!! God’s richest blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan and Jessica - I’ve never commented before but have followed your blog praying for you and Joel often.

    Congratulations! Levi is so handsome. πŸ™‚

    Many Blessings to you all!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya @ Balentine Bliss - Just beautiful!! Levi is a perfect name. Prayers and many blessings to you and your family as you begin a fresh New Year with a sweet little boy. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Trudy - So happy for you. The Lord has surely blessed your family. Cora is rejoicing on the birth of her little brother.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - Oh congratulations to you, Joel and Jess.
    What a sweet, precious little pumpkin.
    I look forward to seeing him grow.

    With love and prayers,

  • Sarah - YEAAAAA!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! Welcome to the world little Levi!!!! I pray this new year and new little life is a very blessed one!!!

    Praying in Nebraska,

  • Anna Marie - Oh how wonderful indeed! I am so thrilled for you two. Enjoy that little man! I hope that delivery went smoothly for you and that you are all settling in nicely. Many blessings to your family!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations to both of you. What a precious gift.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Congrats you guys! We love you!ReplyCancel

  • Katina - Aw, congratulations!!! He is so handsome! My little Levi is 7 months….love the name! πŸ™‚

    Praise the Lord for his mercy and lovingkindness to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Leaverton - i’m so excited for you!!! he is beautiful, fearfulling and wonderfully made!! lots of love and prayers from texas!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Leaverton - ** fearfully πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Congradulations! Levi is precious! I am sure that sweet Cora was cheering with the Angels, celebrating her bother’s arrival! And I will continue to keep your family in my prayers as you begin your new journey.ReplyCancel

  • gina - Congratualtions.ReplyCancel

  • Hank and Mary - I am so very happy for you. Congratulations on the healthy arrival of Levi.ReplyCancel

  • Jan - What wonderful news, and a beautiful picture. Words can’t express what my heart feels for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praise God! How mighty and awesome God is!!!

    What a precious little man you have in your life. My heart is overflowing with joy for you all.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a Blessing!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca, Idaho - Welcome little Levi…. I hope you grow up to know you had a wonderful big sister!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Tiemeier - Congratulations! He’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - So happy for you! Welcome Levi! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Congratulations! What a beautiful blessing for your sweet family!Your blogging had been an inspiration for me… thank you!ReplyCancel

  • RLG - I’ve been checking every day. Congratulations on your sweet baby boy. I wish you so much happiness and healing. xoxoReplyCancel

  • kelli - congrats! so very excited for you all. constantly in our prayers. much love!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Furlough - He’s beautiful! Congratulations and God bless!ReplyCancel

  • tripntwinmom - CONGRATULATIONS!

    He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Reimer - Yay, I’m so glad he’s here!!!! Congratulations! You all look fabulous. I can’t wait to meet this beautiful bundle. And Jess, I would have never guessed you were carrying an 8-pound-8-ounce baby!
    Blessings to you three.ReplyCancel

  • laney - …God bless…God bless…God bless…ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - Jess & Joel, he is BEAUTIFUL!
    Praise God for a sweet, healthy baby boy!ReplyCancel

  • Marla - What a precious blessing. Deep felt congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Barrett and Jen - Congratulations! He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Aiden's Mommy - He is a beautiful newborn baby. I’m so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Ann - Congratulations! Levi – what an awesome name. So excited for your family, boys are so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer - Our family has been following your blog for quite some time
    now. We were beyond thrilled to see a photo of your newest bundle. What a perfect beginning to 2010! Seeing your arms filled with a baby brings our family so much peace. We will continue to follow your honest and hopeful story while holding you all up in prayer. Never forgetting the ultimate emptiness you feel every hour of every day but also celebrating the beauty of your new baby boy.ReplyCancel

  • Al's World - He is so precious…welcome little one into this world! Congratulations Mac family! (btw, you look AWESOME!!)ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Congratulations! I’ve been checking everyday for your big news. So happy to see that he is here. He is beautiful. Praying for you all as you start this new journey together.ReplyCancel

  • Mike, Sha, Kenna, & Kate - So happy for you and your beautiful boy!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - so happy for yall!ReplyCancel

  • julie - Although we don’t know each other, I’ve followed your story, and I am so happy to hear that Levi is here! I am one who cried a bit, too. Thank you for sharing your story. God bless your family!ReplyCancel

  • HighlandGhillie - congratulations! What a sweet little boy.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - What a way to start off the New Year! Blessings to Levi and to the proud parents from a “friend” in Ohio.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Congratulations!
    Wishing you and your new son all the best, thinking of your sweet daughter too.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! My eyes filled with tears of joy when they announced the birth of Levi at church this morning. Blessings to your family!ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - Oh my goodness. I can’t believe it. I love him already. Congratulations, Jess, Joel and Cora!! We love you four!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - I am so overwhelmed with joy for you both! Congratulations on your new journey and we will continue to lift you and your beautiful family in prayer. God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Barclay Kathryn - Yea! Congrats!! He’s adorable and man you look great too! : )ReplyCancel

  • The McIntyre Family - Congratulations…He’s a cutie!!! What a New Year Blessing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - I have been reading your blog for a while now, but have never commented. I just had to tell you how precious your new baby boy is. Congrats to you guys! We will be praying for you as you being this new journey in your lives.ReplyCancel

  • yellowismyfavorite - Amazing and Happy New Year. <3

    Levi is Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Alli Unruh - Yay! Congrats. What a sweet boy, and a sweet name!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - Yay! Congratulations! So happy for you. He is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Wibeche - Congratulations! I am so happy for you:)
    He is beautiful:)

    God bless you.


  • Liana - yahoo! Happy New Year and welcome baby Levi. Love the name, love the pictures, love the smiles on your faces. God’s Blessings to you and your little family. I know your sweet Cora is watching over her little brother.


  • Liana - ps- this is silly to add, but the thought just crossed my mind…now the Cora shop will have lots of fun boy stuff too. Haha. Those of us who love your stuff but only have boys are excited to see what you and Grandma come up with (when and if you have time). Congrats again!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - Congratulations on the birth of your sweet baby boy!!!!!!!!!!!!! May God bless your precious family!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - I am rejoicing with you both!!!ReplyCancel

  • thedeinesfamily - Congratulations! What a sweet baby boy.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Hooray!!! Congratulations. I am so happy for your family. He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene R. - I don’t know that I have ever commented on here before, but I have followed your blog for awhile now. (Hope that doesn’t creep you out! :))
    Anyway, congratulations on this new little blessing that the Lord has sent your way.ReplyCancel

  • The Stockton Crew - Oh, I am so happy for you and Joel! What a sweet way to start a new year! May God pour out his blessings on precious Levi’s life and allow you the JOY in knowing him and HIM!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - I am sooooo excited for y’all! What a beautiful little boy! Who has been blessed with 2 wonderful parents! Many, many blessings! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • sassy studio - you are a superstar! how did you fit that little miracle between posts! perfect, beautiful, gift from above…….the world is now a better place with your new son! Joy!
    hugs from sassy and sprout in canadaReplyCancel

  • Sarah Damaska - Praying for you as you remember Cora . . . and make new memories with Levi . . . and somehow try to combine the two. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - Congratulations!!!! Oh, what a handsome little boy! We are so happy for you both :). I know Cora must be smiling down from heaven at her new baby brother.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - Congratulations!! Praise God! Your son is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Congratulations!
    So happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Strong - Congratulations! I have followed your blog for quite a long time now. I am so very happy for you, what a beautiful baby boy! I will continue to pray for you and your beautiful family & faith. Hugs to you guys…-Shannon πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Welcome Levi! Congratulations mom and dad! We will continue to lift you up in prayer! May God bless you this year!ReplyCancel

  • Carly Winborne - what a darlin. so so happy for you and to know he’s finally here. oh the joys of little boys!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I don’t normally comment like this. But i also don’t normally weep audibly at work. congrats! i am so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - Yeah, yeah, YEAH!!! Congrats to the WHOLE family on a handsome little guy. Welcome to the world, Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Welcome baby Levi! Congratulations you guys. He is beautiful! Cora is now the proud big sister of a bay brother yeah! Congrats again and God bless all of you.
    Courtney MayfieldReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a sweet answer to prayer. I am the mother of six sons (14 years old down to 8 months). Thank you for sharing your life and faith with me – your faith is amazing and inspiring. Enjoy every moment with your precious son. I am a mom in the Nashville, TN area who prays for you!

  • Anonymous - Congratulations on your little guy, how adorable!
    Kim FreundReplyCancel

  • cousin Deb - I am So happy for you! I am crying tears of joy for you, what a sweet boy!
    God bless you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leatha - You don’t me or my family but we have been following your journey and have prayed for you both. I have twin boys who know when your blog pops up for me to read they ask how Cora’s parents are doing. We are so thrilled and excited for both of you!! What a blessing!! We will be praying for you both and Levi. Congratulations and God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • Kory Fields - How precious! Congratulations to all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Aurora - congratulations! God bless you and your precious family!ReplyCancel

  • gwswenson - Welcome, sweet Levi!!! What a beautiful blessing. Enjoy every moment with your precious baby boy.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Congratulations! How blessed you are and how blessed we are to celebrate with you.

  • Allie in AZ - Wa-hoo! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! I am delighted to hear of Levi’s safe arrival and wish only God’s riches blessings on you as you begin your journey with your son. Cora is smiling down on you, you can bet on it.

    Smiling through tears for you,
    Allie in AZReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Conrats and welcome baby Levi! He is so lucky to have you all as his parents! love and hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - YAY for y’all. Happy Journey.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Congrats! I’ve never commented on your blog but oh what a joy and inpiration you are to me! I love his name, his beautiful face, and the thought of his older sister praising God!


  • Geo - Congratulations!!!!!! xxxReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats on Levi! He is very blessed to have you as parents!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - What a perfect way to start out the New Year. So happy for you. He is precious! Love that pic of him and Daddy. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Perfect start to a new year…congratulations McClenahans!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Welcome Levi, he has a birthday buddy in Ohio. My son Shane turned 20 January 2 and has been the biggest blessing in my life. I thought all along a little angel named Cora had put a word in for a little brother! God bless, enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Lacie and Stephen - Congratulations! What a beautiful family and welcome to the world Levi! This will not take away all of the hurts you have from you loss of Cora. It may even renew some of them. It will however bring joy in your time of saddness and grief. Rejoicing with you!

    Lacie Hutchins

  • Ruthie - I don’t comment often anymore, but I am an avid reader of your blog, having followed you since shortly after you lost Cora. I am simply moved to tears seeing your new bundle of joy – Levi! What a sweet boy. Praying as you all transition into this new journey of parenthood. God bless you all!


  • The Mommy - Welcome baby Levi! Enjoy your new little gift. I know it’s a new journey that has a touch of bittersweet to it, but I’m sure there is a rhyme and reason as to why it’s YOUR journey. Congratulations and best wishes for happiness and joy in the coming years!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - WOW!! i’m so happy for u guys… been following ur blog since this past march………u’ve been in my prayers…..and will continue to be!! congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - oh! Congratulations you guys! How wonderful. I’m pretty busy these days but always checking in on you guys from time to time. I still miss Cora, even though I only knew her thru your blog. But from a Mommy with a just turned 3 yr old daughter I can not imagine the pain you guys have had to deal with. I’m so glad you have a new normal to get used to. Congrats on Levi! And Happy New Year. What a great way to start 2010 off!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - so sweet. congratulations. i love his name. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Cabra Clan - As if you’ll have time to read all of these comments with a newborn…but CONGRATS anyway!! I am teary eyed and joyful for you and so excited for your new journey with your son! Hope he blesses you with lots of sleep πŸ™‚ I had hoped our babes might share a birthday since they shared a due date so close but Kaylee arrived 3 weeks early!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a beautiful blessing and perfect way to begin a new year!
    I continue to follow your blog because you are so inspiring to me. I wish you and your family all the best in 2010 and for many years to come. I know Cora is watching you all from heaven and is so excited about her new baby brother. Levi is a great name too! Take care of yourselves and enjoy every minute with your wonderful family.
    from a stranger in WIReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Levi “Joined in Harmony” … how perfect…I pray that your entire family will be joined in harmony and peace in 2010. Welcome Levi and congratulations Macs!
    Much love,
    Amanda in NCReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Warmest congratulations, Jessica and Joel. Levi is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Congrats from FREEZING COLD Baltimore!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - CONGRATULATIONS!!

    I’m tearing up over here at such a incredible blessing to start the new year!

    PS. His name is adorable, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Congratulations! What a blessing. Have been following you and your blog for about a year now and it is so wonderful to see you and your hubby so truly happy. May God bless you all in 2010!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - I’ve been following your blog for about a year now, but haven’t commented until now. Congratulations on the addition of Levi to your family. What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • FaceforGrace - Just the sight of the picture literally took my breath away! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations on your beautiful gift from God! He is adorable. We lost our first daughter and the feeling of loss is indescribable. We have since been blessed with another child and the amount of joy that has returned into our lives is enormous. I pray the same for your beautiful family!!

    Kelly in TexasReplyCancel

  • Jon (dh) - He is beautiful! Congratulations! I love his name!…rachelReplyCancel

  • torinem - Congratulations! January 2nd is a great day to be born (my birthday, too!). What a sweet an precious gift he is!ReplyCancel

  • torinem - Congratulations! January 2nd is a great day to be born (my birthday, too!). What a sweet an precious gift he is!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - So beautiful, so perfect, a blessing sent from heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl - So happy for you and Joel – congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • mEET - cogratulations!!!!!! i wish you 3all the luck in the world! he is beuatiful!ReplyCancel

  • Tasha Roe - congratulations!! I have been thinking and praying for you guys for so long! what a joyful blessing little Levi is! Happy New Year!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - Congratulations! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • JC - Congratulations and God Bless your family. What a sweet baby boy!!! So very happy for you. Your blog post made my day!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Brack's - Congratulations!!!! He is absolutely adorable, I am so happy for you both!ReplyCancel

  • molly - Congratulations! January second is an important day in our home too. My youngest turned three. Levi is beauty-ful!ReplyCancel

  • Ohtobebeautiful - Congratulations!! What a wonderful name πŸ™‚ He is so beautiful and I just know that Cora and all the angels are celebrating her baby brother in heaven! God bless you all!ReplyCancel

  • awalker7 - God Bless you Joel and Jess and your new son Levi. We are so happy for you as you begin this new journey, thank you for sharing your wonderful news with all of us faithful blog followers:)

    The Walkers
    Augusta, KsReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations!!!!!!! Levi is so beautiful. I couldn’t be happier for you guys!

    Love from Michigan,


  • Squirpy Momma - Beautiful baby, beautiful family…congrats on your new little love!!!


  • Anonymous - Congratulations! Loving this baby will truely honor your sweet Cora. I hope that his presence helps to heal both you and your families. Bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praising God with you! Also recognizing the aching in your heart among the intense joy. Continue to allow God to lead on. He is with you!ReplyCancel

  • The Perfect Trio - Congratulations!!! He is just precious!!!


  • alissa - Congratulations on your beautiful son!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Q - Congratulations and Welcome Levi!! So happy for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I cried seeing your pictures! Congratulations Jess and Joel! Levi is just so handsome! I am so happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Christy - Congratulations! He is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Tabitha - He’s perfect. What a blessing from the Lord, He does all things well.ReplyCancel

  • Marcela - I have tears in my eyes seeing that beautiful picture of your new new son.


  • MomMom - Congratulations! I really like the name and can’t wait to see more pictures. I’m sure Cora is one happy big sister smiling down on Levi and all of you. So thankful Levi is here safe and sound.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - So happy for you! Little boys are sweet and they love their Mommys so much!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Congratulations! He is beautiful and will be a true blessing to your family! (I have followed your blog for a long time and have been praying for you all and Baby Mac.)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Jess,

    I have been following your blog since I read about you on Etsy last February. Your words are always so beautiful and powerful. Thank you for sharing His word and for the strength you give to others. I wish you joy and continued hope.

    A fellow mother in VirginiaReplyCancel

  • The Finnans - Congrats! He is adorable! God Bless your little family! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Congrats on your beautiful baby boy! I’m so incredibly happy that God has brought such a blessing to your lives! What a great way to start the new year πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • MellieBob - Congratulations!!! God is so good! Welcome, baby Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He’s perfect. …wonderfully & fearfully made! Congratulations on your newest addition. God Bless!

    ~Destin, FloridaReplyCancel

  • The Hopkins Home - What a beautiful little guy! Tears of joy for all of you – what a wonderful way to start the new year! God’s richest blessings to you and little Levi! Congratulations from Michigan πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - Welcome beautiful boy! Congratulations!! His big sister is smiling with the Angels πŸ™‚

  • Jane In The Jungle - YAY!!!!!!
    Congrats!! All of y’all look great!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Congratulations! I’m so very happy for you both. I can’t wait to hear more!ReplyCancel

  • danielle - Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! Best wishes on your new journey with your little miracle:) God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have never commented on your blog and I can’t really remember how I found you – a friend of a friend of a friend type of thing most likely. I have checked in on you here and there since Cora got sick and you have often been in my prayers. Congratulations on your sweet new baby boy!! My brother and his wife just had a boy on January 2 as well. Their son (Jaxon) was born at 12:28 pm – in Rogers, Arkansas, about an hour before Levi. I don’t know why I clicked on your blog tonight and when I saw you had your baby at about the same time my nephew was born I got goosebumps for some reason. I just wanted to wish you all the best. You have such a sweet personality I have truly been inspired by you. Happy New Year – I hope many happy days are ahead of you!

    Sheri Fuhrman
    Fort Smith, ArkansasReplyCancel

  • in a world surrounded by men - What a beautiful boy! Congratulations. I love his name!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - YAY!! Praise the Lord! I’m so very excited for you guys! Levi is the most precious thing! Congratulations to your sweet family πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - I have followed your blog forever, but never commented before. Congratulations! he is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • i love plum - yiPPPeeeee!!!! congrats you two + 1!!! levi…so cute!!! xoReplyCancel

  • susy m - Uwhat a wonderful god. He is beautiful
    And Cora is so proud. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Congratulations! He’s perfect.. what a beautiful start to the new year!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praise God!
    Praise HIM for your TWO AMAZING babes!!
    Praying for you all!
    Blessings from Colorado!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - So, so happy for you guys! God bless!!!
    Jennifer Watson
    Auburn, ALReplyCancel

  • The Shepherd Family - Congrats!!! What a wonderful way to start the new year!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Wow! What a beautiful surprise to stop by your blog and see your sweet little boy! Congratulations. He is precious and I love his name too!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh my, Levi is so sweet. What a blessing from God! All the best wishes and prayers for you as you welcome your new little one. Congratulations!


  • Christian Carroll Stewart - So happy for you and your precious little boy! What a blessing! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • harpw716 - Yeah!!! How exciting. I knew that it was going to be a sweet little boy!!!!! God Bless your family!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs.Ardiano - Congratulations…. Levi is gorgeous, handsome, and ever so blessed to have a big sister like Cora watching him from above. God blessReplyCancel

  • The Noble Steeds - My heart is so happy for you too! Congratulations! Welcome little Levi. You are one lucky baby!ReplyCancel

  • Shanda - Oh my goodness! I have been checking daily to see if baby had come yet or not. He is absolutely beautiful and I am so happy for you guys. Welcome little Levi! Cora is up there looking down at you all and proud to be a big sister.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Praise God for a gorgeous baby boy! Congrats….ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am so so so so happy for you and Joel! A bouncing baby boy! So exciting!

    Levi is beautiful!



  • Anonymous - CONGRATS ON THE BIRTH OF —




  • Melissa - I got goosebumps…Congrats on your sweet baby boy!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - JESS,


    Your Bestie,

  • Miss G - I just had to come back and look at him again! He is just so, so sweet! KellyReplyCancel

  • Morgan - Happy Tears!! He is precious!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - What a perfect way to start off the New Year! Congrats on your new addition to your sweet family. I have been reading your blog for a while now and just had to say how happy I am for you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats!!! I am so excited for you guys! He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Be My Chickadee - You have friends in Christ all over the world who are lifting you up in prayer while praising God for his blessings. Congratulations on the birth of your 2nd child.ReplyCancel

  • Bill and Mary - COngratulations!!! Welcome Levi!!! He is gorgeous!

    Much love,

  • Kate - Congratulations!! Beautiful baby, beautiful family. You are deserving of every ounce of joy, peace and love that comes into your life. I hope you have some small sense of the depth of feeling that you inspire.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Joy - I am weeping over this beautiful family! God is faithful. May this new little brother be a continual blessing in your home.
    We are praying for you in the days ahead. May the Lord grant His grace to let you reap with joy what you have sown in tears.
    The Lord bless you all.ReplyCancel

  • Tristan - congrats! he is precious!ReplyCancel

  • JustMommer - God bless your precious family. Welcome Baby Mac, Levi! Cora is watching over you from heaven and Levi will always have his own angel,his big sister.ReplyCancel

  • James' Full House - Praise God from whom all blessings flow. You are all in my prayers.
    He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations to you both on your sweet little boy! Levi is a wonderful name, and I wish you and your family nothing but joy and abundant blessings in the future!ReplyCancel

  • texasinafrica - Congratulations! He’s perfect. You look wonderful! Rejoicing with you and praying for good rest and peace in your hearts as you prepare to take him home.ReplyCancel

  • Dina - Congratulations! He is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • sara - beautiful Levi…what a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Congratulations on your new bundle of joy. I have read your blog periodically since hearing about your precious Cora through another parenting billboard. I have never posted but your story has touched me. I have been checking daily these last few wks to see when your precious new baby would arrive. I have not experienced losing a child but I too have a son and I myself almost lost my life this summer to an accident. I still cry everytime I think about how he almost had to grow up without his mother. I fought hard and came out with a few less organs but am still here to continue my duties as a mom to my precious little boy. I hope your new son is just the most wonderful baby and I hope he grows up wanting to hear stories of his big sister.ReplyCancel

  • beth - I have been reading your blog for a while. I am so thrilled about the news of the birth of your precious baby boy. You and your husband have been through more than most people can imagine and have shown such grace and unwavering faith. God Bless you both and your precious baby boy!ReplyCancel

  • cupcakefitz - I am so, so happy for you and your family. I think of you often and keep you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Sophia - He is beautiful. Many blessings to you guys!! He’s so cute, just like his big sister.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Congratulations!! Levi is absolutely beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Lord - Yay! Congrats Joel and Jess. What a precious little boy! Wishing you all the best. I know Cora is watching over you all and adoring her new baby brother.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Vigil - Praise Jesus –ReplyCancel

  • Susie from Bienvenue - Welcome sweet baby~ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I don’t leave many comments here, but I just had to say congratulations and he is so gorgeous! What an awesome blessing!ReplyCancel


  • Cori - Congratulations! He is absolutely precious. Welcome to the world Levi!ReplyCancel

  • nennermommy - ((tears)) Congrats mommy and Daddy! YOu make beautiful babies!!!ReplyCancel

  • 3boysmom - Congratulations! What a beautiful name for a precious baby boy. He is a doll. I am SO happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - God is so, so good! Congratulations! God could not have blessed a more wonderful couple with such a beautiful miracle!ReplyCancel

  • Mommy2Sophia - What wonderful news! Enjoy sweet baby Levi, he’s so adorable!


  • Emmy - PreciousReplyCancel

  • Amy - He is so beautiful. Welcome, sweet Levi. I don’t know your parents personally, but you are the luckiest little guy… your mommy and daddy are amazing! And you have a fantastic big sister!

    Always remembering your sweet family in prayer. Please remember, that no matter what, Cora will NEVER be forgotten.

    Congratulations on your sweet son! (And, Jess, you look fantastic!)ReplyCancel

  • macalla - how exciting!! congratulations to the both of you! he’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Janine - Congratulations. You don’t know me but I stumbled upon your blog a while ago and have been following it ever since. Your strength and courage have inspired me. I was so happy to see the picture of little Levi. His big sister is surely smiling down on him from Heaven. You and your family deserve much happiness. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. God Bless the Macs.ReplyCancel

  • tifRN - i am SO happy for you guys! i immediately texted everyone at work to let them know that cora’s brother was here! he’s BEAUTIFUL and i know cora is just so proud of the brother she helped pick out. i wrote about you guys, too. congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Gene and Annie - Congratulations Mac Family!!! I am rejoicing with you in his birth and praying for this new year to bring you much needed rest and joy!! Praying for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • L ~ S - Congrats! So he wasn’t born on my birthday, but a friend’s πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Robin Cotton - I so needed the joy that filled me when I saw your post tonight . I am so happy for your sweet family . God is so good !ReplyCancel

  • Emma and Company - Congratulations…love the name! He is so darling. What a sweet brother for Cora πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kris Reed - Congratulations, Joel and Jess! I was SOOO excited to hear the wonderful news on the 2nd. Ivy texted me to let me know of the birth of Levi Jerald. I can’t wait to see him and YOU in person. I love you both and continue to pray for you as you walk the journey God has set before you.ReplyCancel

  • Marsha - Congratulations on your new baby! God is good!

    Love and prayers

    Marsha in VAReplyCancel

  • Megan - Welcome to the world Levi. God bless this new little life.ReplyCancel

  • kimalli1 - SO happy for you! What a beautiful boy.

  • Anonymous - I’m so excited for you! He’s adorable. As a mother of 4 boys, I must tell you that everything you own will now be dirty or broken:) It is worth it! Happy New Year my sweet sister!

  • Anonymous - PS…one of my 4 boys is Levi, too!ReplyCancel

  • Katy & Ross - Congratulations! I love his name πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am so excited for your family. He is beautiful in every way!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Bell - congratulations!!! i love his name!!! such a beautiful picture….so happy for you….what a little miracle…ReplyCancel

  • Just Beachy - I am so thrilled for you .ReplyCancel

  • The Jones' - Congrats!!!! I am so happy for you and Joel πŸ™‚ What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Welcome, Levi! God bless! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jen - welcome sweet Levi! I love his name… just precious picture of him and daddy.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praise God for Levi and for you wonderful people who I don’t know but admire so very much!


  • Brittny - Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been praying for you and your sweet family!!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Congratulations on the birth of your little man! He is absolutely precious and it must be such a relief to have him here with you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy, Levi!!!

    BTW, do you have a sister? Someone looks like you that’s on the ProActive commercial. The girl from the commercial said she’s from Kansas. When I first saw the girl, I thought it was you. Just wondering.

    Congratulations again!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow!

    The doxology flooded my heart and tears of joy came to my eyes when I saw your post on Jan. 2. I have never commented before but have prayed for your family often. Welcome Levi!

    Rachel BarronReplyCancel

  • Laurie - Awesome! God is Good! I never have left a comment, but I am so excited for your family! May you find peace and comfort through this transition! Cora’s story has had such an impact on so many lives! I’m sure her little brother will love hearing about the lives changes by her sweet life! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - What a joy!ReplyCancel

  • Marty and Kim - Congratulations! So happy for the both of you….what a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - He is too sweet and YOU look fantastic!!! God bless your little family!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Praise the Lord! Congratulations and welcome Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Em - Welcome sweet baby. Congratulations! He is beautiful! What a wonderful Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • The Gleasons - Congratulations to your sweet family. I am so overjoyed that you have been blessed with a beautiful little boy! Happy 2010!ReplyCancel

  • tiggerjd3 - Congratulations on your new baby!! He is beautiful..ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - After all you’ve been through seeing this picture, this sweet baby boy in your arms … all I can do is cry, the emotions are flowing and I’m thankful for this baby in your lives.

    God Bless all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Audrey - Congratulations! Welcome, Levi! I’m sure Cora was right there helping our wonderful Maker as he was being created.ReplyCancel

  • bagfashionista - congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • LL - Many congratulations to you both as you welcome Levi! What a wonderful way to start the new year! Just think, Cora got to see him first!ReplyCancel

  • amyflew - Congratulations! I am sooo happy for all of you! May the Lord continue to bless and watch over you family πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Hair Bows & Guitar Picks - Welcome baby Levi! I am so happy for you both πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • HannahM - I was so delighted to read your sweet news. Welcome Levi! We’ll be praying for you and Joel.ReplyCancel

  • surprisetriplets - Welcome little Levi! He came right on his due date just like my son. Have a wonderful time getting to know your little guy:)ReplyCancel

  • tania - congrats macs! He is a little doll.ReplyCancel

  • Missy - he’s beautiful! i’m so happy for you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats! Blessings to your family.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - so happy for you guys! COngrats!!

  • MyLinda - Congratulations to your precious family!ReplyCancel

  • The Carrolls - Welcome sweet baby! He is so beautiful. Congratulations on your new journey!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - I’m so happy for you both. Congratulations. You all look so wonderful. Praise God for the new little blessing.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Curcio - Congratulations! He is beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Congratulations and welcome to the world, Baby Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Baylee and Blair's page - Congrats!

    Levi, you have the most amazing parents! You are a lucky little boy!

    He is ADORABLE!

    Hugs – TiffanyReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - CONGRATS!! What a little doll!!

  • lil miss' mama - Congratulations! What a lucky little boy Levi is to have you two as his parents and Cora as his big sister! God’s blessings on your family now and always.ReplyCancel

  • Erica - Congratulations. Boys will melt a mother’s heart. May you be filled with peace and joy in 2010 with Levi.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer C - Oh my word, he is gorgeous!
    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!!ReplyCancel

  • SRA - Congrats, he is beautiful. Excited to follow along on your new journey!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations on such a wonderful blessing!

    Hugs ~
    Michelle, St. Louis, MOReplyCancel

  • Jamie and Joy George - Congratulations!! Very exciting news. We pray God’s blessing in this “new journey”. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing how God continues to work in your life.
    Joy (Claassen) GeorgeReplyCancel

  • April Swarthout - Congrats!! Praying for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Congratulations! Praising God for the new ways he will bless you with this little man.ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy & Katie - Yay! Congratulations to your sweet family on the birth of little LeviReplyCancel

  • Jessatsea - congratulations!!! Little boys are wonderful and what a great way to start a new year!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Congrats you guys! He is wonderful! I’m sure that his big sister is so proud of him!ReplyCancel

  • Bri!!! - I totally got all teary when I saw the pictures because of the thought of your new journey you are about to begin. I’m so happy you have another baby in your arms. While it wont make things “all better” it will allow your mother heart to love even more! God bless your beautiful family. I can’t wait to hear about the birth!ReplyCancel

  • Juliann - Welcome baby levi; praying for you and your family today…hope and joy for you!

    Gurnee, ILReplyCancel

  • Adventures on the Farm - Oh CONGRATULATIONS…..what a wonderful way to start off the New Year’s.

    He is beautiful and just think he has the best guardian angel a boy could ask for!!ReplyCancel

  • KyndraRenae - Congratulations!!! Levi is precious. Idk if you need any boys things, but my son is 6 months old and I have alot of baby boys things that he never even used if you would like them. I live 15 min from newton…. For some reason I thought it was a boy idk why but i did lol.ReplyCancel

  • hopefuls #1 - My eyes just welled up with tears… what an amazing picture and what a happy little family.

    I’m so happy that he’s here and I wish you all the best of luck while adjusting…

    Love the name too!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Congrats on your new baby boy! Enjoy every second!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Congratulations! Wahoo! Ryan is really excited for a boy. I would anticipate some sort of tractor in your future! Welcome little Levi.ReplyCancel

  • judith - Man! 642 comments! I had to make it one more having followed your story for a while. Congratulations and welcome to little Levi. A sweet little soul. Sending love and good wishes from Scotland. xReplyCancel

  • Rachel Bobalik - Welcome to the world sweet Levi! Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful!

    God’s blessings to you all!ReplyCancel

  • jorgy - Congratulations!! I have followed your blog for quite sometime and have shed many tears and said many prayers in your behalf! I am so happy for your new precious little blessing and will continue to pray for your healing as you start your new journey!!ReplyCancel

  • Holly - Congratulations on the birth of Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations!!!!

    I’ve been waiting and watching….welcome baby Levi!

    I’m sure your big sister Cora will be watching over you from heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Ex. Dir. - Many congratulations and blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Nadine - The heavens are singing and the angels are surronding your blessed family.Cora is rejoicing in heaven with all of you and proud to be a big sister. Praise God. Congratulations! Tears of joy are flowing and sending you much love from Canada!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - Congrats! I started reading your blog months ago and I keep checking back every week (or more!). I have told so many people your inspirational story. I put myself in your shoes and wonder if I would have had been so great to God. God bless you and your family on your exciting, new journey. May 2010 bring you continued love and happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Congratulations! Levi is absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - God bless you all and welcome Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Thank you Jesus…what a beautiful blessing! Rejoicing, rejoicing, rejoicing with you!ReplyCancel

  • ricky - Yeah! Congratulations!! We are so excited for you! Know that we continue to pray for you guys!
    Ricky and KristenReplyCancel

  • Tonya - Congratulations! Best wishes for some rest and enjoying that cute little man of yours!ReplyCancel

  • Tsquared417 - Congratulations! Tears of Joy for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I am so happy for you both! Nothing but prayers and well wishes!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - I am so happy to hear about Levi’s safe arrival! (did you know beforehand that he was a boy? If so, I missed that)

    God bless your sweet family!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - May God Bless your precious little family. Wonderful news that baby Levi has arrived safely. Now, let your heart be at peace. All is well.


    Margaret, Virginia Beach, VAReplyCancel

  • Dawn Eshnaur - Congratulations on your baby boy! God is Good!!ReplyCancel

  • The McBrayer family - He is just beautiful and perfect! I have been following your blog for quite a while now! Rejoicing with you and your new miracle! Congratulations from the very bottom of my heart!

  • Misty Rice - Oh my world….. this TOTALLY brightened up my horrible day. Congrats and what a beautiful little brother he is.



  • Jody - Yea!! Congrats on Levi’s arrival!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - A long time reader, first time poster here…congratulations! I was so thrilled to see your post and picture. He is beautiful. My prayers will be with your family. May God continue to bless you all!!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • vonFRINKenhagen - Congratulations! Enjoy your sweet boy!ReplyCancel

  • rmfox - I too have been a “lurker” for quite sometime. What a wonderful way to start a New Year with a beautiful baby boy!! He is soooo cute!! May 2010 bring nothing but joy to your family!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So Happy for all of you. May this overwhelming joy help you – in so many ways! Love from someone you’ve never met!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Like many others, I have been following your blog for a year now. I am so thrilled for you – Levi is a beautiful baby!!! I love the name πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for showing me that it is possible to be faithful during the darkest times in life. I have never actually seen someone still praise God even through the most devastating of circumstances. You and your husband have really opened my eyes and caused me to draw closer to God. Levi is incredibly blessed to have you as parents. I know that I am blessed for having stumbled across your blog and for getting to “know” your family πŸ™‚ Congratulations!

  • Kara and the Oosterhous Boys - God’s blessings will flow out of that little bundle of love and I know that he will be a soothing balm for a wounded soul. I have 3 little boys and they are a mother’s joy. Congratulations and welcome to the world Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Levi!
    He is perfect and beautiful!
    I am so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Brian and Staci - Oh so very very happy for you both!!!!! Welcome Levi πŸ™‚ May God BLESS your little family!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - he’s beautiful!!! congratulations; I’m so happy for the two of you. You will continue to be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - I read your blog often but have never commented. Wanted to say congratulations to you & your husband & your beautiful baby boy! No doubt that Cora is smiling & looking down from Heaven & so proud to be a big sister!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations… I am so happy for you! What a beautiful baby boy. Best wishes!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - Congratulations!

    We almost named our son Levi, decided on Benjamin instead. I’m sure you know that Levi means “joined”…how perfect!ReplyCancel

  • rhinz - Congratulations!!! Welcome to Levi!!! We’re so very, very excited and praise the Lord for his safe arrival and his life! Cora must be enjoying the look of “joy” on your faces…bless you all!
    Joe and RosemaryReplyCancel

  • rhinz - Congratulations!!! Welcome to Levi!!! We’re so very, very excited and praise the Lord for his safe arrival and his life! Cora must be enjoying the look of “joy” on your faces…bless you all!
    Joe and RosemaryReplyCancel

  • CinderellaMommy - Congratulations!!!!!!! Your announcement brought tears of JOY to my eyes – not that we all haven’t been expecting this one any day! Praying that all is well with your beautiful baby boy & lovely family. His big sister is SURELY smiling down upon him from her place in our Heavenly Father’s arms!

    Happy New Year to You All!ReplyCancel

  • Monick S. - Congratulations ! Baby levi is beautiful and what a day to be born on my birthday! lolReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh, praise the Lord! He is so beautiful! Congratulations!!

    Melinda in HoustonReplyCancel

  • Marie - Congratulations you two. Levi will always know of his beautiful older sister Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - congrats! Levi is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Okay, so I’m two days late. I’m glad God was on duty and was taking care of things! Seriously, I know He’s always on duty.

    Congratulations!!! I’m thrilled for all of you, and I’m delighted to say I have a niece born just one day before Levi. 2010 is looking su-weet!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - He is beautiful! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - Such wonderful, good news!! God Bless all of you!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - congratulations, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and pray that this little fella will be a blessing to his mum and dad and a joy to your whole family.

    thank you so much for your willingness to share this journey in all it’s pain, and joy with so many, your story has indeed encouraged me in my faith, to trust that truly God is with us always.

    he truely is a good God!!

    much love jane

  • Marlene W. - Oh beautiful baby Levi! My heart is just overflowing with joy for you. This wonderful news truly made my day! And I’m partial to baby boys born on January 2nd – my own son just turned 6 on Levi’s birthday. Having a little boy is the best way to start a new year πŸ™‚ Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Welcome Levi – he is precious. I am rejoicing with you both…and know Cora is with you on this new journey.

    Hugs and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • The Wilsons - Blessings and prayers. So glad he is here!ReplyCancel

  • NancyG - He is beautiful!! May God bless you and your new little bundle of joy!ReplyCancel

  • Meg - Oh my! What a perfectly handsome little man! I love his name, Levi! Congratulations and many blessings!ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyC - Congrats on a precious boy. I LOVE the name!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a beautiful blessing to you both! Many happy days ahead!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Congratulations Jess, Joel, and angel big sister Cora. He is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Cottage Mommy - Soooo happy for the two of you…tearing up as I write this…God is so faithful and good and you have been a testament to that this past year and such an encouragement to so many people. Levi is beautiful! Boys are so much fun (I have two myself…) rejoicing with you!ReplyCancel

  • The Mershawn's - Oh yay. Congratulations guys. We’re so happy for you & yet know how crazy this must be. Praying for joy, peace & hope filled days.
    Enjoy that new baby boy…we just recently joined the baby boy club ourselves. Sweet, sweet…ReplyCancel

  • Joel Rodell - Congratulations Joel and Jess!

    I hope to meet Levi someday.

    Maybe we can go to a cool playground!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Congratulations to you all! I’m in tears looking at your beautiful family, with the picture of Cora smiling down at her baby brother from the side of the screen. What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - Congratulations to you both, and welcome to baby Levi!! I am so happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats to you and the family on the newest addition!


  • Amy - Congratulations! Been following & praying for you throughout the year. Thank you for sharing your story. By your actions, even in brokenness, you are bringing glory to the Lord.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Trebendis - Congratulations…I am so, very happy for you. I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and am so inspired by you. Enjoy your beautiful little boy.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - A belated congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! God bless!ReplyCancel

  • The Galimore Family - Congratulations on a precious baby boy! I have followed your blog for some time and you are such an inspiration to me! Praying for you as you begin this new journey!ReplyCancel

  • Rush Family - Thankful for a sweet healthy boy. Our oldest is a Levi also. God is so good.ReplyCancel

  • Townsend Crew - What wonderful news… I join the hundreds (on this page and beyone) who welcome this beautiful boy to the best place on earth… YOUR arms! Thank you for sharing him with us… can’t wait to walk this journey with you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Congratulations MACS!! Welcome Baby Levi!! Wow, he is beautiful!! I cannot even fathom your emotions during this next chapter of your earthly journey but as you can see, there are hundreds (Thousands?!) of us PRAYING and rooting for you guys. Much Love, Many Hugs and GOD’s abundant Blessings to you all!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I just read the news!!! I’m so happy for you all. Levi is a precious name and he is adorable. God has blessed you with a son and you will feel so much joy through this journey just like you did with Cora. She is surely his angel 24/7! You can begin building those wonderful memories — it’s only the beginning and there are a million to be made!

    I’m so happy for your family!!!!

    Cincinnati, OhioReplyCancel

  • Jenn VH - Praise the Lord!! What a blessing to start this new year with a sweet baby boy!! I love his name and I love to see you with a baby in your arms again. I’m sure Cora is smiling up in heaven. Bless you!ReplyCancel

  • normanmelody - God is so good. May you continue to feel His blessings daily. I will remember Levi’s birthday, because it is also my birthday. Melody (Scott) ChristinReplyCancel

  • kimberlysayre - Congratulations! He is so beautiful! I love his name, too!ReplyCancel

  • KK - CONGRATULATIONS!!! Such wonderful news. So happy for you all. Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - I am so happy for you, what a wonderful gift! He is perfect. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Jerri - Congratulations! What an awesome New Year gift! May God bless you all!ReplyCancel

  • Mae - Congrats! I am so happy for you! Levi has great parents!ReplyCancel

  • The Fishers - Praise God for the healthy delivery of sweet Levi!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So happy for you! He is beautiful!! Wishing you all the best!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - Congratulations!! What a beautiful baby boy!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jason Gregory - What a wonderful blessing to start the New Year. I wish you all the happiness you both deserve! I’ll look forward to seeing him scamper around a really cool playground!

    God’s Blessings to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am so happy for you!!! May God watch over you!!ReplyCancel

  • Kahla - Welcome to the world Baby Levi!!! Congratulations, I am so happy for you. What a special little guy to be loved by so many and watched over from above by such a wonderful big sister. <3ReplyCancel

  • Melissaak83 - Congratulations! I love the name. Your family is beautiful, both here and in heaven. Little Levi and I now share the same birthday. : ) Congrats again and thank you for sharing your journey with us.


  • Shuggamom - Precious Mac Family, y’all look AMAZING!!
    So excited for you!! Little Levi is a DOLL!!!
    Richest Blessings to the whole family!!


  • Justin and Lisa - So, so, happy for you! Congrats on the beautiful baby boy!ReplyCancel

  • Emilie - Congrats!! I couldn’t be happier for you! Enjoy your gift!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy McDonagh-Valentine - There are no words that could come close to describing how happy I am for you all. My tears for you are of such mixed emotions. Amazing Grace at its finest. God bless you, baby Levi. XOXOXO

    ~ Wendy in New YorkReplyCancel

  • Becky - Wow, congratulations! Cora’s little brother is just beautiful. Best wishes to all of you.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Congratulations! What a blessing he will be. Thanks for sharing your journey with us – God bless!ReplyCancel

  • The Tulip Lady - God bless you Macs, what a blessing to be included in this journey you call life. Always in my thoughts and prayers-VickiReplyCancel

  • McKenzie - I gasped aloud at work when I saw his beautiful pictures! When the girls asked me what was wrong I said, well my friends…I mean these people whose blog I follow just had a baby! I had shared Cora’s story with them as I followed her through her diagnosis and hospital stay. We have never met. I have been following you through Amanda’s blog and you have shared so much that I feel like we should know each other! Biggest Congrats on your new little miracle!ReplyCancel

  • Lodmell House - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Josie - Congratulations. I’ll be praying for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - Tears of joy are running down my face! Congratulations on your sweet little gift. What a way to start the New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Mama de Ryan and Zane - more pictures of levi, please!!ReplyCancel

  • Mike, Chelsea and Co. - SOOOOO Happy for you both!!! Congratulations and welcome little Levi!! I imagine Cora smiling from above. I’m sure she shared a few tips with him before he came down and joined the family. Congratulations again!!

    The OstlersReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Congratulations and welcome to the world, Levi!! The first picture of Joel and Levi just melts my heart!

    I am praying for you at this bittersweet time. Praying for you as you work through many emotions. Praying for strength. Praying for hope. Praying for peace. And praying as you adjust to having a new baby in the house.
    You are all loved so much.
    Love and Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praise God! Congratulations to you on your new blessing in the new year! He is beautiful πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your joy (& your sorrows too) I pray for you.


  • middleagedmom - Congratulations! God bless you and your newest addition.ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - little boys are just so sweet! congratulations and blessingsReplyCancel

  • Loraine - so happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Primm - I am SO happy for you and Joel. God is good and I can’t wait to get to “know” your new baby! CONGRATULATIONS!!ReplyCancel

  • McArthur - Congratulations! Such an amazing gift from God to start a brand new year, full of joy, renewal and growth as a family.ReplyCancel

  • John and Elisa Seaba - Congratulations! Little Levi is adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Leah-in-the-Kia - I am a long time reader, but have never commented. Best wishes to your and your family, he is just lovely!
    from Leah

  • Nan - Ohhhhh! I’m so happy for y’all! Congratulations on your beatiful new little reminder of our living HOPE! God’s richest blessings….ReplyCancel

  • annamarie saarinen - So beautiful! Congrats again. From our heart community, another baby Cora was lost recently…and Levi – an amazing dad advocate lost his little Aiden. Greatness comes in all shapes and sizes. Blessings to you, Annamarie 1in100 (Facebook), 1in100.orgReplyCancel

  • mayasmom23 - Congratulations! What a beautiful name for a beautiful baby. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Carla - I’ve been meaning to comment all week. Im expecting a baby next month, please God, and my little girl thinks our baby is Levi, somehow. SHe gets really excited pointing at him and then at my bump lol. I hope you’re settling in well, I’d imagine things are a little tough at the moment, with the postnatal hormones on the scene but i wish you peace and serenity at this beautiful time and we (my LO and I) send huge hugs to Levi and his gorgeous big sis in heaven.ReplyCancel