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giveaway #2 {winner}

The winner of Giveaway #2 is…

Kristen Buckwalter!
Congratulations Kristen.
I will be e-mailing you soon so that we can get your package in the mail.

Thank you again for giving so generously.
We have raised $1300.00 for Calla and her family.

My mailbox has been overflowing with packages this week.
There are so many new and beautiful things
that we will be giving away in the weeks to come.

Happy weekend!

  • Christina Egner - Calla’s family is so blessed to have you in their lives.ReplyCancel

  • Mr. and Mrs. B - YAY! Looking forward to it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lori Wiltse - Sweet Jess,
    Just wanted you to know I was thinking of you. I’ve been dreading Monday for you all week. Hugs from Andover to u and Joel, LoriReplyCancel

  • Angie - Thinking of you today and praying.

    Angie in TXReplyCancel

  • Townsend Crew - I found you last January – as your life entered a dark tunnel and you invited me to join with you in prayer and support. I have checked on you and prayed for you every day since. I have learned so much from this walk with Cora. Through your unbelievable witness of faith, dedication to your marriage, and your display of HOPE, my faith has been strengthened. Thank you for sharing your journey with us – the unknown prayer warriors. What a beautiful tribute to Cora’s short and purposeful life here on Earth. May you have some peace today, knowing that Cora’s short life served a great purpose! We give thanks for her today!
    Kate TownsendReplyCancel

  • Beki - TheRustedChain - Thinking of you, crying for you, praying for you today.

    God bless you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you and praying for you today.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Praying for you today. You’ll be heavy on my mind and heart. ((hugs))ReplyCancel

  • Steph - Thinking of you and praying for you today.

    Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.” Isaiah 51:11ReplyCancel

  • Misty Rice - Think of you guys and Cora today. I can’t believe its been a year. Its hart to not let your mind wonder about “what would she have been like today” “how long would her hair be” “what words would she be saying” ….. oh the aching feeling of missing her so much.

    Praying for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Jane In The Jungle - Thinking of you all today…Praise God that hope is eternal.ReplyCancel

  • Karina - Thinking of you today as well.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - “HUGS” Thinking, praying with tears for you today.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Jess – Your story is inspiration to many, including me. Thanks for letting me peek into your family for the last year or so. It’s been a transitional period during my life, and I’ve learned alot from you. Thank you. Thinking of you and your family today and always.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - Thinking of you and sending some extra prayers on this difficult anniversary.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Joel and Jess-
    Praying for you today and always. I can’t even begin to imagine the roller coaster of emotions you have been on in the last year. Thank you for sharing this incredibly difficult journey with us. Through your blogging you have touched so many with Cora’s story. I know through your journey I have walked closer with the Lord. You have shown me that no matter the circumstance to always give thanks and I am forever grateful for that! Sending you hugs today and will never forget your sweet Cora and the impact she has made on many!ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - Thinking of you all today….Big hugs and continued prayers to you all and hope Levi eases your pain and grief a bit.ReplyCancel

  • Graceful Moments - Lifting you up in prayer today. What an inspiration your family has been to so many people. God bless you! My heart aches for the hole that remains in your hearts for your precious little one.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Thinking of you today.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Q - Praying for you today!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Praying for you today, Joel and Jess. Love you–Robbie and GailReplyCancel

  • Erica - You’re on our hearts today. May Father walk you through another hard day. Lots of love! Marvin & EricaReplyCancel

  • kaylin rose and mara anne - i am thinking of you and joel today…my heart goes out to the both of you. praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have been following you silently since April. My son was born March 15, 2008. I found your blog looking for March ’08 babies. I am so sorry for your loss. I think about your family every day. Stay strong. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Micah - Thinking of you today and always, and *praying* that God will give you an extra measure of peace, joy, and hope to make it through the day.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - Praying for you today. I am sure Cora is dancing in Heaven and watching over baby Levi.


  • The Schaab Family - You don’t know me, but I am thinking of you today, and praying for you and your husband. How your story has changed me, to soak up every moment, and leave everything to God. Thank you, and God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • merlin - Extra prayers today on this day.
    Cora is remembered.ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - many prayers for you…so honored that you have shared yourselves on this blog. my high school girlies in small group on sunday were talking about how reading and keeping up on your blog has strengthened them. thank you!ReplyCancel

  • MaryBeth in PA - Holding you close in prayer today. Your sweet little Cora will forever have a very special place in my heart.ReplyCancel

  • susy - I can’t believe it has been 1 year since Cora went to be with Jesus. She has touched so many lives even those who didn’t know her personally. God Bless you Cora and your family here also.ReplyCancel

  • Auntie Mip - LOving The Mac’s today as Cora is remembered! May we all live a little better because of Cora’s 341days and thefaith which her parents exemplify…even in grief.

    God Bless The Mac’s!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Joel and Jess (and little Levi:)
    Thinking of you today and praying for you today. Hugs to to all of you!
    Lisa Hart
    Emporia, KansasReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you today, as in everyday..with a heavy heart and lots of tears. Your precious Cora has touched so many..Thank you for continueing to share with us. Love the picture(actually love all the pictures)but saw a new one on Mandy Moments blog.Love it…so precious and heartbreaking. Lots lots and lots of prayers coming your way!


  • The Bohrer's - Joel and Jess, I don’t really know what to say, just felt led to leave a comment today. Just know that I am praying for you and your families especially today. Our little Levi was born less than a week after Cora and I think about you so many times when I look at him. HeidiReplyCancel

  • Shuggamom - Praying that GOD will comfort you with His peace,surround you with His love and you will feel His presence.

    Kiss sweet Levi for us!!!


    Rainy and COLD East TexasReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You are in my thoughts and prayers today. Your authenticity and hope despite such heartache has encouraged me as I grieve the loss of my 22 year-old brother. Praying that you are overwhelmed with the peace that passes understanding as you remember your precious little girl today.ReplyCancel

  • John and Elisa Seaba - Thinking of you guys today!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you todayReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - just wanted you to know i said a prayer for you and Joel today-that you both would feel grace in abundance!!! I have to tell u how you’ve inspired me…God was using your faith and testimony and i was drawn to this blog and your words months before i would say good-bye to a little son this past September. Little did i know i know before i had experienced death of a child how i would come back even more for encouragement. After hearing u talk of the book “Hope” i got 1 for myself and it was so much what i needed. Thanx!!

    God bless you and your family and i celebrate Heaven becuz of Cora and my little Malachi and MANY MANY others who are worshiping and having the grandest of times there.It must be AMAZING!
    Hugs to you today-i’m sure it’s difficult!!!
    Lena StoltzfusReplyCancel

  • Alaina - Jess & Joel~
    Praying for you today….ReplyCancel

  • Makin' Me Crazy - Thinking about you and your family today.

    God Bless~


  • Anonymous - Thinking that today must be so difficult and hoping that a message of support from a stranger who cares makes even the smallest of differences. Your faith, honesty and strength are admirable. Sent with wishes for peace and hope to you and your husband. xReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you today, and praying for you. Shedding some tears, too, even though I’ve never met you or sweet Cora. Your precious daughter has touched my life, and I’m thankful to follow your blog, read about your faith, and catch glimpses of your sweet new son. {hugs} DonnaReplyCancel

  • Beth - Praying for you always, but for today especially.
    May Jesus be evident in every moment of this day. May you find joy in your son while missing his big sister.
    Blessings to you, Jess, Joel & Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Roma - I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you today. Another family I know lost their son to cancer exactly 5 years to the day that Cora joined him in Jesus’ arms. Many thoughts and prayers to all of you today and always.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking and praying for you today!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - There are no words… thinking and praying for you today.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Joel and Jess-I am praying for you today. Your unfailing faith in our Lord has truly been an inspiration to me and many other people. Cora’s story touched my heart and your faithfulness has been a wonderful reminder of how to be good and faithful servants. God Bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praying that God will wrap his arms around you today and give you comfort, strength, and peace.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you on this difficult day, and knowing that Cora is smiling down at her baby brother. Hugs and prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Holli Taylor - Hmmm…what a question Julie posed on her blog. How has Cora’s story touched or changed our lives? I can tell you that I hold my baby a little tighter, love my God a little more and pray for even half the strength and faith that you both have in our Lord. I know this day can’t be easy, but in another way it is just yet another day here on earth without sweet Cora.

    Thanks for sharig your story and your lives with the world. How amazing that Cora touched so many during(and especially after) her time here on earth. How sweet heaven’s lullabys must be…praying tonight that you find much peace in the thought that Cora is resting is Jesus’ arms.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - praying for you today.ReplyCancel

  • The Gleasons - Jess and Joel,

    You are in my thoughts more than ever today. Sweet Cora has touched my life so much. I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t think of her or my love for my own children. I have come to love your little family so much and have so much admiration for you. God bless you all.

    Much love,
    Andrea GleasonReplyCancel

  • rentz - Joel and Jess,
    Been praying extra today.ReplyCancel

  • merlin - The day is winding down, still thinking about and praying for you. Today I’ve thought this is a sad day, but just now thought, it is a day to celebate Cora. I hope there were moments of joy along with the disbelief and tears.ReplyCancel