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(photo by Megan Duerksen)
My sweet baby girl would be two today.
We miss her so much everyday.
But, I can’t tell you how much we miss her today.
Happy Birthday sweet Cora!
Here are today’s giveaways…
One person will receive:
Flower Onesie (6-9 months)


One person will receive:
Flannel Burpies (set of four)


One person will receive:
Cutie Crochet Hat


One person will receive:
Spring Clippie Set
Giveaway participation is free. Anyone can enter by leaving a comment on this post. As you leave your comment please remember to pray forΒ CallaΒ and her family! Comments will close Friday at midnight (central standard time). The winners will be randomly selected.
Tomorrow is the last day of Cora’s for Calla.
There is some awesome stuff for the giveaways and auctions.
Check back tomorrow.
  • Erika - What an adorable picture of Cora! Said a little prayer for you and your family today…ReplyCancel

  • Bridgette - Lifting you up today as you remember sweet Cora’s 2nd birthday. She will never be forgotten. Praying Peace over you!

    — Bridgette


  • R - Happy birthday in Heaven Cora! God bless you and your family Jess, remembering you all in prayer and Calla too!
    Blessings & Prayers

  • trinketstobows - Happy Birthday in Heaven Sweet Cora!!! Praying for you guys on this hard day and for Calla!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Gilbert Settle - I am saying a few extra prayers today as I can’t imagine how much you are hurting. She is having the most beautiful birthday party alongside of Jesus; a bigger party than we could ever imagine!ReplyCancel

  • MCH PHOTOGRAPHY - Thinking of you today! I know Cora’s having a huge celebration in heaven today!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Egner - Praying for you & your family as you remember Cora on her 2nd birthday.

    Found this poem I thought you might like….. {i didn’t write it}

    Please God, make them remember
    That today is a special birthday.
    Make them understand
    That the memories don’t go away.
    Bless them with ears to hear and hearts that care.
    Enable them to listen while I share.
    Shelter them that they may never know my pain.
    Help them to help me know
    That my child’s life was not in vain.

    Help them to remember Lord,
    That I wish my child was here.
    So we could still celebrate.
    To understand that
    I still feel the nearness of my child.
    To see beyond my smile
    And the Words. “I’m okay.”
    Please God, just let one remember today,
    Is a special birthday!ReplyCancel

  • The Morris Family - Still praying for you all!! Maybe our 3 yr. Joel and your Cora are celebrating today with a party by the Tree of Life and maybe fishing from the river that flows from the throne of God!


  • Ashley - Love the giveaways! Praying for Calla. Praying for you and your family on this day as well.

  • kdstephens - Praying for you and your family extra hard today. Happy birthday to your sweet little angel.


  • Kristin Stegent - Awww…Happy Birthday, Cora! I am so sorry. I cannot imagine how you must feel today. I don’t think I will ever forget Cora. God has softened my heart that had gotten hard through her and you guys. I just wish so badly that you weren’t have to go through all this pain!ReplyCancel

  • Just Beachy - Happy Birthday to sweet Cora, I am going to wear my Cora necklace today in her honour .ReplyCancel

  • kimberlysayre - I cannot get over her cuteness! She is so beautiful! Thinking and praying for you all today.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce - Such a sweet picture. I will be praying for you today.ReplyCancel

  • Hailey - Happy Birthday sweet baby Cora! I know you and the angels in Heaven are having a grand birthday fit for a little princess!
    You are all in my thoughts in prayers today {just like everyday}.


  • Crissie - Thanks for sharing Jess…you guys are doing such a great job with everything…and such a wonderful thing for Calla…..
    Lots of prayers and hugs!


  • danielle - So precious!

    Thinking of you today, and praying for you too!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Happy 2nd Birthday to your family for sweet little Cora. May your day be filled with positive loving memories and a sense of peace in your hearts. God Bless you all.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Happy Birthday, sweet Cora! I know the angels are having the most beautiful party for her today. I’m lifting up your family today. Her picture is just adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Manda, Jerrame & Ryvr - Happy happy birthday dear Cora!!

    Your story has reached out and taught sooo many to reach out and embrace family, friends and that faith deep within…thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

  • Trisha Larson - Thinking of you as today would be Nate’s 2nd birthday too!

    Praying that God will carry us both through this day.

    Sending love and hugs,

  • Dina - Thinking of you and your sweet sweet family today with a heavy heart. God Bless You….ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Gretchie would be super cute in any of this!! Thinking of you today! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Renetta - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! Praying for all of you.


  • Witni Miller - Still praying for Calla and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! Praying for you guys! This day has got to be so hard. May you feel the love and prayers being sent your way!

  • The Mershawn's - Happy 2nd Birthday Cora…oh the tantrums you could’ve thrown:). Wish she were here for you to snuggle today. So sorry Joel & Jess…ReplyCancel

  • Tina Coleman - Remembering you today as you remember sweet Cora!


  • twolittletots - oh jess, what an adorable picture of Cora! i am thinking and praying for you guys today. my heart hurts for you both…give lots of love to little levi.


  • Nicole - Happy Birthday beautiful baby girl. You will be remembered forever.

    Praying for you and Joel today and also for Calla and her family!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Aww! Habby birthday Calla! Big hugs and prayers for you today!ReplyCancel

  • Emma and Company - Thought of you today. Said a prayer. Shed a tear for you and Cora. Just remembering she is with Jesus now. What a precious picture of Cora! Lots of prayers today!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! I have been keeping up with the Johnson’s blog and was so happy to read that Calla is home with her family. I pray everyday for heir entire family and for yours! Thanks for posting the neat giveaways!

    Michelle in KY

  • Laney - Thinking of you on Cora’s birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - Happy Birthday sweet Cora…our thoughts and prayers go out to your Momma and Daddy today. What a beautiful photo. Continuing to pray for sweet Calla as well. Hang in there and may the power of prayer give you strength today and uplift you. Big hugs to you both!ReplyCancel

  • JenniferNe - Happy Birthday Sweet Angel! God Bless your Mommy and Daddy today.ReplyCancel

  • Marisa - Thinking of you and praying for your heart on this incredibly hard day, Miss Jess.

    Sending hugs from a stranger who cares a great deal & yearns for her daughter in Heaven as well. Days like these are so very hard.

    Blessings to you, sweet girl.


  • Susanne - what a beautiful child! i’m so sorry she is not with you.ReplyCancel

  • Our Life :) - Praying for you and your family today as you celebrate Cora’s life here on earth.ReplyCancel

  • forr2girls - Praying for you and your family today! Also lifting Calla and family up in prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda and Chad - Happy birthday sweet Cora! May your day be filled with peace & love M Family!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Love the giveaways. And happy birthday to your sweet angel.ReplyCancel

  • Missy - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! Thinking of you today.

    ~prayed for Calla.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Happy 2nd Birthday Sweet Angel Cora! Heaven is Celebrating today and I’ll bet my little Grandma is right there with her . . . she loved babies!ReplyCancel

  • Abbie - Praying for you and Joel and Calla today. Happy birthday, Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - Praying and sending love for you, Joel, and Levi today. Happy Birthday, sweet Cora.


  • Cameron S. - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora!
    bonjorsyn at aol.comReplyCancel

  • Alison - Happy Birthday to your sweet Cora and may god bless you on this difficult day.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday, Cora Paige!! xoxo

    Praying for Calla…

    Jenna Gudalis

  • Michelle - What a sweet girl! Remembering Cora today and everyday. Hugs and Prayers to you and your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - Sending my prayers and love your way as you remember your beautiful daughter!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Claassen - Sending birthday wishes to Cora in heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Oh my goodness….I have found your blog today for the first time and it is making me cry at work. I have a 7 month old who has a lot of ear infections (we are always that the doctor) and it scares me that it could turn out to be something worse and things can happen so quickly. I cherish every moment with my little girl and I pray for you and your family! I know Cora is deeply missed!!!


  • Mandi @ It'scome2this - Happy Birthday to your sweet Cora! And prayers & blessings to your family, today especially!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Actually my email is


  • Anonymous - I’m praying for you today and rejoicing that our hope is in the Lord!


  • Jill - I love your blog, and your true feeling s so touch me. I pray for you and your family!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Beerbaurs - Praying for you today and always!! Cora is having a very special birthday today in Heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Praying for God to bring you much Joy and Peace today on Cora’s 2nd birthday! Such a sweet family!ReplyCancel

  • vonFRINKenhagen - Happy Birthday Cora!

    hmoore04 at hotmail dot comReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Praying for you especially today – Cora and my now 3 yr old share a birthday…… you are on my heart often.
    Precious picture of CoraReplyCancel

  • Christine - Praying for you today as I often do. Happy Birthday, sweet Cora! May the Lord bless you all this difficult day. ((hugs))ReplyCancel

  • Tara - Happy Birthday SWEET baby Cora! I can only imagine the hurt you feel today. I wish there was something that could be said to make the pain go away…but I know there isn’t. Just have faith in the fact that Cora is having the best birthday with Jesus and all of her little friends at the best place possible. Thinking of you on yet another difficult day.

    Tara G.ReplyCancel

  • Micah - Praying for you today and always. What a beautiful baby girl.ReplyCancel

  • Terri - Happy birthday sweet Cora! Remembering you and your family on her special day!

  • Carla - Oh Jess, my heart goes out to you and your family on this special day. Sometimes there’s just no words….except to say we’re thinking of you and your sweet babies xReplyCancel

  • Maria - Happy Birthday Cora! She is having the best 2nd birthday party today!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - Happy Birthday Cora! We are remembering you (and your precious family) today.ReplyCancel

  • Carla - My email is carlabannon@gmail.comReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I know this day must be so hard-I’m praying for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • The Greens - Happy Birthday Cora! What a hard day, but honestly, your story has made me appreciate my baby ever so much more! Especially when I find myself losing my cool, I just remember what a blessing it is to have a little one to make me lose my cool! Praying for you guys today!


  • The Rouse House - Praying for you often today.

    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God…” Isaiah 43:1-3ReplyCancel

  • LisaBob - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Happy Birthday in remembrance of your sweet baby girl!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy 2nd birthday to your sweet Cora! Cora has had such a beautiful year making an impact on many, many people.



  • Valerie - still praying for calla. Happy birthday cora! I pray today is only filled with warm memories of your sweet girl.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora!!

  • Lauren - Saying prayers for your family and for Calla’s too!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Happy Birthday in Heaven to Cora … wonder what kind of celebration she is having … praying you through today.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Happy Birthday sweet Cora. Praying for you and your family today.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday to the sweetest angel. Praying for you and Joel today. May God wrap you in all His love today, and always.

    Krissy Hunecke

  • jen christians - I don’t want to win, I just wanted to tell you that I am praying today, for you and Joel and Levi. I am BELIEVING that Cora is rejoicing in heaven with Jesus for her birthday. She will always be remembered!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - You know she’s probably having the BEST Birthday party with Jesus.

    Praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • sarah - What a pretty girl.ReplyCancel

  • Beki - TheRustedChain - Glory Baby has been playing in my head all day.

    God bless you guys.ReplyCancel

  • JJC - been thinking of you all week. and still praying for you, too.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Happy Birthday Cora. I pray for your family often and am so happy that Levi is here πŸ™‚ What a cutie!

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora! Your short time here on earth has taught us all so much.

    I am praying for sweet peace for all of you today.

    Amy James

  • Blaze - I’ll be thinking about you today!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - What a sweet picture of Cora. I am praying for your family and Calla’s family today…ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Happy Birthday, Miss Cora! I know Jesus is celebrating with you today, as He does every day.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley - Praying for you today!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - Praying for your family today-Cora looks so precious-I know she is missed. I know she is having a Happy Birthday with our Lord.ReplyCancel

  • The Evans' - Happy Birthday Cora! Praying for you all today. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Amy H - Happy birthday to your sweet girl.ReplyCancel

  • Jane In The Jungle - My heart and prayers are with your family, especially today.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda (Ryleigh's Room) - The picture of Cora is precious. Happy birthday sweet Cora.

    Continuing to pray for your family and for Calla.


  • C Golden - Aww cutest picture ever. The outfit is super cute too!ReplyCancel

  • KatieMGreen - praying for you today as you miss that sweet face.

    thank you for the cool giveaways and your great blog.

  • Courtney and the Boys - Happy Birthday, Sweet Cora….you are so missed!ReplyCancel

  • leel - thoughts to you all today. happy birthday, beautiful Cora.ReplyCancel

  • SadMommy3434 - Happy Birthday Sweet Angel Cora!!! Be close to Mommy,Daddy, and Baby brother.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer F. - praying for Calla and for the Macs today!ReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - Happy Birthday, sweet Cora!
    Praying for you and your family today.ReplyCancel

  • Erica - happy birthday sweet cora! you are loved and missed… many prayers for you today jess (and joel too).ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Doughan - Happy Birthday Cora!!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Happy Birthday to your precious Cora! I will be praying for you and your family, especially today.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I can’t imagine how hard this day must be for you, or really any day without your most beautiful sweet Cora. May the Lord be with you today holding you and Joel up in his arms.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We are praying for your family and for Miss Calla today. Missy GreenReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Happy Birthday, Cora! What a sweet picture…her outfit is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Croley - Happy birthday to your sweet Cora…ReplyCancel

  • Shana - happy Birthday to your sweet Cora. I am praying for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • The Farmers - Sweet precious Cora….remembering you on the day you came into this world. The birth of your precious life has impacted the kingdom in so many ways. Joel and Jess, the Farmer family continue to pray for you daily. We are so blessed to know you through the blog, thank you for sharing your life with others.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So sorry that your sweet Cora isn’t here with you. Thinking and praying for you today on sweet Cora’s Birthday.


  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday little Cora. Praying for you and your family today.


  • Leanne - Praying for Calla. Also praying for you all as you remember Cora’s Birthday.


  • Lara - You are in my thoughts today. Happy Birthday to your sweet Cora!

    Lara H.


  • Gloria - Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl!ReplyCancel

  • k and c's mom - Praying for you today each time I think of you. You inspire me with your pressing on during this difficult time. Blessings on you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Uno Kidney - Darling girl! Hope today is filled with peace in your heart…

    Keeping you and Calla’s family in my thoughts today….ReplyCancel

  • Shannan - Happy Birthday to sweet Cora. Give little brother some extra loves today to help you through.ReplyCancel

  • Vuong and Steph - Thinking of you and your family not only today but everyday!ReplyCancel

  • fire890 - I am always praying for dear Calla, and i’m sure in Heaven Cora is smiling down on her parents and brother, bless her heart.

    -Andrea McCollum

  • Bill and Mary - HAPPY BIRTHDAY CORA! Such a sweet sweet girl. Praying for all of you.ReplyCancel

  • Bill and Mary - Now, separately, I am entering into the giveaway!


  • Mandi - Prayers for you and your family today. Happy Birthday to your sweet angel girl.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - praying for you today~ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday sweet cora……ReplyCancel

  • shepherdsgrace - blessings and tears…

    a sad day, a happy day…


  • Alex and Jill - Praying for you today.



  • Hoosier Mom - praying for you today… what a beautiful, precious baby girl! Hugs from Indiana… and thankful that you will see her again someday!ReplyCancel

  • LL - Happy birthday beautiful Cora. Jess, may today bring more joy than you anticipated.


  • Melissa Joy - Happy Birthday, Cora! What a beautiful legacy your sweet life is spreading.
    We are praying today for Calla’s family as they adjust to their new normal.
    And we are praying today for Cora’s family, as you endure… (((hugs)))
    I wish I could bring you dinner. We would have pink cupcakes.ReplyCancel

  • Wolfpacker's Angel - Remembering Cora today. I had one sweet birthday with my daughter Hayden Grace and three without her. Praying for peace.


  • ForTheLoveOfTwins - Happy Birthday in Heaven dear sweet cora. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. Hold Levi tight and remember the Happy times with Cora.


  • Caroline - Praying for Calla and especially you on Cora’s birthday. May God wrap his arms around you and Joel.ReplyCancel

  • MamaBear - Hey Jess…

    I thought about you today and shed some tears for Cora. You are in my prayers. Your compassion and heart amazes me everyday. Hold on tightly to Jesus’s hand….he will continue to guide you and support you.

    There is a little girl who is two, her name is Layla Grace. You can find her by googling her. Her mommy tweets from Twitter. She has what Cora had and is in hospice now at home. They were given just a few weeks left with her. We are praying passionatley for God to do a mighty work and heal her. Her mom has begun to work with people like Ryan Secrest to raise awareneses for Neruoblastoma. I sent her to you because I think your story would help raise awareness. You have so much compassion that I think you could be excellent at working to get more research funding for medical treatements. I also think you would be wonderful in talkign with parent’s like Layla’s who are expreincing what you have went through. I hope and pray that through your efforts that someday they will find a total cure for the cancer.

    I wish Cora a happy Birthday. I am praying and pray daily for you.

    Levi is perfect in everyway.



  • Anonymous - Hugs and prayers for you and your family today!ReplyCancel

  • Patty - I’ll be thinking about you and your family today as you remember sweet Cora on her 2nd birthday. Happy Birthday Cora.

    Praying for peace over you and Calla today.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Praying for your family & Calla!ReplyCancel

  • lk - Thank you for sharing the photo of your sweet girl.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl from Colorado - Heaven is celebrating your sweet Cora’s birthday today. I will pray for your day to be perfect in every way. Hug that lil’ Levi today and hold him tight….ReplyCancel

  • The Holcombs - Saying a special prayer for you today! Don’t you just know that Cora is having birthday cake with Jesus! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • merlin - Sweet Cora.

    Cora is one more reason why I find myself asking “what kind of God do we serve?” One that rips children from their loving parents, leaves other children with parents that neglect and abuse their children….it makes NO sense…

    I’m so glad He loves me enough to withstand my doubting and questioning. I do believe, but Lord help my unbelieving in those moments of worldly questioning.

    Jess and Joel you and your families are held in prayer, may God’s love and grace continue to fill in the gaps of your broken hearts. I was once told that the breaks in one’s heart were where God’s light would shine the brightest for others to see.

    God’s love does shine so brightly from you, and Levi’s eyes, like Cora’s, reflect that very love. Love never fails, love is eternal, love waits for you in the heavens while you live love here.

    Birthday wishes sent to the heavens for Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Yes, Cora is celebrating with her maker today… big party for her.
    I pray that you hold onto this reminder and that you and your sweet family would have a peaceful day like no other. Lots of great big hugs and love to you all.ReplyCancel

  • nikki - Happy Birthday Day to you….Lots of love to Cora and her sweet friend Calla!


  • Anonymous - Thinking of your family and sweet Cora today!

    Nikki W

  • Amber - These are just adorable!

  • Kylie and crew. - Happy Birthday Cora! You were a beautiful little girl on Earth…I can only imagine your beuty in heaven!

    I LOVE those flower clips SO MUCH!ReplyCancel

  • kimalli1 - I actually don’t want to be entered in the contest, but I just wanted to say the world remembers your sweet girl. Have a BIG birthday cake in her honor.


  • Lacy Grant - Praying for Calla


  • Tracy - Happy Birthday to Cora!!! Praying for you on this day.ReplyCancel

  • Tristan - Happy Birthday to your precious angel girl..Saying extra prayers for you today.

    Praying for Calla!ReplyCancel

  • The Richardson's - Today is my husbands birthday and I will always be reminded of Cora as well. What a wonderful birthday party she must be having today!! Praying for you today!!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - happy birthday cora, sweet angel! i am praying for your family as well as calla’s family….
    bless you allReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday Cora. Praying for you and your family today.



  • The Carroll's - I hope you’re having cupcakes today and telling Levi all about his wonderful big sister Cora. Going to wear my messy flower pin to honor and celebrate your sweet girl. Thinking of your birthday song and how the angels are singing and blowing their horns for your girl today!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - Happy 2nd Birthday to Angel Cora! I’m sure she’s having a birthday bash in heaven!


  • Amanda - What a sweet picture of your girl! Lifting you up today and saying a prayer for calla too πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday sweet Cora Paige!!! Lifting your family up in prayer.



  • jennifer rogers - happy birthday sweet little one! may your mommy and daddy be comforted on this hard day…..ReplyCancel

  • The Sieberts - cute! Happy BIrthday Cora…what a precious little angel she is πŸ™‚ thinking of you also today…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy birthday sweet Cora! Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers since I was linked to this blog when Cora first got sick. On my nephew’s birthday and on his angel day we gather and write notes to him, then we burn them and send them up to him in heaven.

    Susie Uppman

  • The Mumaw's - Lifting you up in prayer today:)
    Amy Marinello MumawReplyCancel

  • Melody - Happy Birthday Cora!! <3

    Praying for you today ((hugs))ReplyCancel

  • Renee - May God be close to you on this special day.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday Angel Cora! Thinking of your family and sending good wishes your way πŸ™‚


  • Rachel - Praying many extra prayers for you and Joel today. May you find His peace and comfort admist the ache of missing your baby girl.ReplyCancel

  • casicola - She is so precious…I will pray for you guys today…She is having the best birthday with Jesus!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Happy Happy birthday sweet Cora!!!ReplyCancel

  • Watch Calder Grow! - What beautiful items in memory of your beautiful Cora. Praying for you on this difficult day.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Happy Birthday, Cora! Wonder what a Birthday Party in Heaven is like? Wish you could tell us!!!

    Hugs and prayers…Nancy in CTReplyCancel

  • Amy - Happy Birthday Cora. Praying for CallaReplyCancel

  • Sprinkel Queen - Thinking of your Sweet Angel in Heaven Today! Praying for your family as you celebrate where you are right now and the Love you have had during her life here and in Heaven!

    These are adorable things you are ‘auctioning’ πŸ™‚

    Praying for Sweet Calla and her family too – I know from experience how love and prayers help so much while a child is going through a scary medical timeReplyCancel

  • Sprinkel Queen - P.S. You need to get lil Levi added to your family pics on your side bar – He’s Adorable! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • CJAlabama - My prayers are with you and your family on this difficult day. Christina JReplyCancel

  • Ali ( - love the Leah LaRae stuff.
    Bless you for looking outfor your friend.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Praying for Calla today but I’m especially praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - You and Joel haven’t left my mind today.
    Happy 2nd Birthday precious Cora.

    Lori RaileReplyCancel

  • Kelly Taylor - Beautiful picture of Cora and beautiful giveaway items. Thanks for sharing again.ReplyCancel

  • Marsha - Thinking of you all today and lifting you up to our Heavenly Father. Happy Birthday sweet sweet Cora. Your lives and testimony are an example of God’s amazing grace. May today be filled with wonderful memories of your sweet girl.

    Love and prayers,

    Marsha in VAReplyCancel

  • Kathryn B - Happy Birthday Cora. I will be praying for your family today.ReplyCancel

  • Misty Rice - A year ago today I posted about Cora on my blog and I remembered the song you so badly wanted to sing to her. So today…. I am singing Cora’s birthday song…

    On the day when Cora was born.
    On the day when Cora was born.
    On the day when Cora was born.
    The angels danced, they blew their horns…
    They smiled and raised up their hands.
    On the day when Cora was born.
    When CORA was born!!!!

    Lifting mom, dad and little brother up in my prayers and thoughts today, as they celebrate the life of a miracle little girl named Cora Paige.

    On the day when Cora was born….

    Happy Birthday sweet Angel in Heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Thinking of you, your family, and sweet Cora today.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Happy birthday, Cora! I’m praying for your mommy, daddy, and baby brother today as they are missing you.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Saying a prayer for your family & for your day today. Such precious giveaways on a beautiful day!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - Adorable goodies. Praying for you today as you miss your sweet girl.

  • Meagan H. - Happy Birthday Cora! You guys are in my thoughts and prayers today!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Such a cute picture of little Cora!! Thinking of you and your family today. Happy Birthday in Heaven Cora!



  • La Familia Garcia - Happy Brithday to beautiful Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Char - I can’t even imagine your heartache…when for me, a total stranger who sometimes peeks into your lives via a blog – is brought to tears by seeing a picture of your beautiful daughter and hearing that it is her birthday. I pray that Our Savior continues to comfort you and bless you with courage and faith. I rarely comment, as a stranger so far away removed from your lives, but today I just wanted to tell you what your faith, in the face of the greatest sadness I can imagine, does to strengthen my own. God bless you and keep you, your husband, and your precious Levi, and all of your family, and bring you comfort until the wonderful day when you celebrate all of your birthdays together with Cora in heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Townsend Crew - Thinking of you and Joel today. Thank you for sharing your many gifts with us… especially Cora. Her life has had incredible meaning to me – to thousands!
    Through you, she continues to teach us so much about hope, grace, faith… xoxoxReplyCancel

  • Rachel E. - Happy Birthday, Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Karina - Oh, what a heart-wrenching photo. My thoughts are with you this day.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Happy Birthday in Heaven Cora! You’ll be missed by all those that remember your dear little life.ReplyCancel

  • mary - Praying for Calla today, but especially for you and your family as your mourn and miss Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Yankee Mama - Such a stunningly beautiful picture of Cora. My hearts aches for you guys. Praying.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend - Thinking of Cora todayReplyCancel

  • Heidi - Happy Birthday sweet Cora. May her little spirit fill you with love today knowing you love her with all your heart.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Praying for your family and Calla’s family. Happy Birthday, Cora!!!


  • mommyofkgrc - praying for you today as you remember precious cora’s 2nd birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Grant - Wow. Today is my sister’s birthday, too…I honor of Cora, (and for my sister) I will leave a donation for Calla.

    Praying for your family!

    oh, and I’m sure that the onesie would look precious on my 7 month old! =)ReplyCancel

  • Linda S - Happy Birthday, Cora! Prayers for you all, to get through this day.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - As I was driving down the road today, the Lord brought you and Joel to my mind and I prayed for you both. I had no idea that today was Cora’s birthday. Continue to cling to the HOPE that’s found in Jesus and allow Him to carry you. Someday we will be reunited with our babies. Hugs to you.ReplyCancel

  • Staci - Thinking of you today. Happy birthday in Heaven Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday Cora!!!

    Thoughts and prayers to your family and for little Calla too!!


  • Heather - Happy Birthday to sweet, sweet Cora. My heart aches for you today.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Happy Birthday to your sweet Little Cora. I am thinking of your family today. In May we will celebrate our Angel’s 4th Birthday. I know how hard these days can be. They are probably the absolute worse days of your greif. Just know that sweet girl is up in Heaven today celebrating her special day.ReplyCancel

  • Hope - Praying for you and your family today.ReplyCancel

  • The Call's - Happy Birthday sweet Cora!! I hope you and your family are able to feel her sweet spirit! Prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Sherrie Kulwicki - Happy Birthday Cora! Peace and comfort to Mom and Dad.ReplyCancel

  • Esser Family - Praying for Calla still and a little pray is lifted up for you on this special day!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Happy Birthday darling Cora!

    Praying for your family today. She will never, ever be forgotten.ReplyCancel

  • run26.2mom - Prayers to you and your family. What a beautiful child! She and her parents have made an impact in this world. Thank you.

  • The Farley's - I have lifted you and your husband up in prayer today. I pray God will wrap His arms around you both and fill you with comfort and peace that only He can give. Happy Birthday Cora!


  • Polka Dot Moon - Thinking of you and Joel today. Happy Birthday to your Sweet Angel Cora!!!ReplyCancel

  • Juliann - Praying for you and for Calla today….ReplyCancel

  • amanda - Happy Birthday Cora…you have touched so many people!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi M. - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! The pictures on here are such beautiful reminders of her.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praying for you all today!

    Rebecca EReplyCancel

  • Kelly - thinking of you and praying for God’s comfort and grace today….thank you for sharing that beautiful picture of Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Thinking of you as you remember Cora today and praying for Calla!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Still praying for you and the Johnsons.

  • k - God’s peace to you and your husband today. My little girl turns two in May this year; many times when I look in my little girl’s face, I see your family and I am just so sorry for your loss. I am so encouraged by your faith and trust in God. Thanks for being so honest on your blog.

    On a lighter note, I seriously will be stalking the LaRae baby Etsy shop for clippies similar to those listed here on the giveaway for my daughter (I am pregnant with a boy next so the clippies will be much more handy for me) πŸ™‚

    Praying for Calla and the family.ReplyCancel

  • River Walkers - Lifting you up in prayer as you remember sweet Cora today on her birthday. Thank you for sharing her story and your faithful journey with us. We will continue to pray for your family and Calla’s. Take care…ReplyCancel

  • Merilee - Your family is in my prayers today.
    With love,

  • Alaina - Praying for you today….may memories of Cora be your sweet blessing today.ReplyCancel

  • michelle - {praying for you all}ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Wright - Prayers for y’all on this bittersweet day!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Cawley - Cora is absolutely beautiful! Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of your sweet family today…

    Kim CawleyReplyCancel

  • KK - Extra hugs sent your way for today. Much love.ReplyCancel

  • The Goshorn 5 - Thinking of you today and every day. God Bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Cass - happy birthday cora …
    and thinking of you both today!ReplyCancel

  • Just the Two of US - Happy Bday CORA~!!! great giveaway!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alexa - ha birthday sweetest angel in heaven….ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - What a beautiful picture. What a celebration in Heaven. Praying your family and Calla and her family too.ReplyCancel

  • Libbie - Praying for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Cora Anne Designs - Happy Birthday Miss Cora! And still praying for Calla!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I am praying for you today! I cannot imagine. May God continue to give you peace and comfort!ReplyCancel

  • mjb - Happy Birthday Little Cora!ReplyCancel

  • rachel vaughn - praying for you today.ReplyCancel

  • Bergtholds - Praying for you and your family today. Happy birthday Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy, happy birthday little Cora.


  • Anonymous - Love them all.


  • Anonymous - Prayers. I’m lighting a birthday candle for Cora tonight.

    Liz menz411atgmailReplyCancel

  • rachel vaughn - just saw this, in case you’re interested:
    K-LOVE Morning Show: Bart from MercyMe is looking for pictures of you holding a picture of someone you love who is already in heaven. They want to show the pictures during “I Can Only Imagine” at their concerts. The way to get them to MercyMe… hope you have a great weekend… Lisa & EricReplyCancel

  • Viktoria with a K - Happy Birthday little Cora angel πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Max - So sweet of you to do this for little Calla. Praying for her & you today!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brei - sweet beauty…prayers and loveReplyCancel

  • purplemoose - Ahhh, dear Cora. β™₯ Love and prayers to you today. Also praying that things are going well as Calla and her family settle into life together.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Happy 2nd Birthday to sweet Cora in heaven. I think of her often and pray for your sweet family. It’s a tremendous thing what you have done for Calla’s family. You are a very special family.ReplyCancel

  • Mormishmom - It feels odd to be thinking today of a family I only know via a blog, but you truly are in my heart and prayers today. I know our Heavenly Father is sending special blessings to you today.ReplyCancel

  • Brianna - Praying for your family and for Calla today.

    Cora is probably having the best birthday a 2 year old could have today!

  • The Simonsons - Thinking of you today as you are thinking about and missing that precious baby girls!!ReplyCancel

  • Wehaf - Thinking of Cora and Calla both today.

    urchiken at gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • Todd and Courtney - I’m so happy that sweet Calla is home!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - remembering your family today..know it is hard..Adorable picture!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Praying for you on this special day…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Keeping you and Calla in prayer. Happy birthday beautiful Cora.



  • katherine - Praying for your family and Calla’s family today.ReplyCancel

  • Amy34 - Praying for you and for Calla’s family.ReplyCancel

  • Holli Taylor - Awww…the clippies are adorable. Praying for peace! Happy b-day in Heaven sweet Cora girl!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora. Praying for you and your family on this day.ReplyCancel

  • megan - Happy Birthday Cora. We are thinking of you on this special day and i bet your having a crazy party in heaven.
    thanks for the giveaways too.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - HAPPY BIRTHDAY CORA!! Today is my daughter Lillah’s 6th birthday. I too understand how hard it is to celebrate your childs birthday without them. Lilliah so wishes Dylan could be here on her Birthday to celebrate with her.ReplyCancel

  • Heather | Cookie Mondays - happy birthday cora!
    sending balloons up to you today!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Adorable. Prayers to you during this hard day.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - praying for your family as well as sweet little Calla.ReplyCancel

  • Regina - Cora and my little girl share a birthday. I will be praying for you all day today!!!ReplyCancel

  • forever folding laundry - Remembering sweet little Cora….
    and praying for your family today.


  • Jennifer - happy birthday sweet cora!ReplyCancel

  • ~kelly~ - Happy Birthday Cora! We know you are watching and helping everybody around you especially Calla.ReplyCancel

  • purejoy - awwww. she is so adorable. i miss her too. happy birthday, sweet girl! praying for you, too.ReplyCancel

  • almost five - Wishing I could give her back to you today and every day!

    Saying a prayer right now!ReplyCancel

  • Leach Family - Happy Birthday sweet Cora girl! May your family feel your spirit close to them as they need you more today then yesterday or tomorrow! Praying that your family finds comfort in knowing that 1 day soon, you’ll be with her again. Smiling and laughing! Cora isn’t forgotten, even by those that haven’t personally met her. Much love, RobinReplyCancel

  • SGreen - Saying a prayer for you and your family today and often.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So cute! Still praying for Calla as always!

    Cora is SO GORGEOUS! Saying a prayer for her mommy and daddy today!


  • Angie - That picture of Cora is so sweet. She is just adorable! Praying for you today especially – Cora is loved and missed dearly by so many.

    Many prayers are also sent to Calla – so glad she was able to go home!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammie - I read you blog every post and my kids know all about Cora and how we need to value every second:) I had a baby boy on December 23 and was thinking of you having you baby Levi. congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Pray you have sweet memories of Cora today and His peace and Hope feel so near.ReplyCancel

  • LibraryGirl62 - Happy Birthday Cora! Just a little pebble has created such a powerful ripple…May I have such an impact on others in my life.ReplyCancel

  • Joyanna - Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. Praying for strength for Calla.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! I pray for your family daily, but especially today. So many people you have never met are thinking of your precious daughter today (and everyday!) I’m sure that she is having a wonderful celebration in heaven.
    Ashley in AZReplyCancel

  • Missy - Happy Birthday Cora! You are both in my prayers…ReplyCancel

  • JenReece - Happy Birthdy sweet Cora! We know you are celebrating!ReplyCancel

  • Tylerswife - Happy Birthday Cora! Still praying for you and your family as well as baby Calla.ReplyCancel

  • Nichole - Happy Birthday to Cora! What a sweet girl. We will definitely pray for Calla. – Nichole ParrishReplyCancel

  • Ethansmom08 - Happy Heavenly Birthday Cora! Praying for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - Praying for you on such a hard day!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Cora’s story will never leave my heart. Happy Birthday little one. Your mommy & daddy are the bravest of souls. God Bless you, your family, and Calla.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - praying for you on such a tough day. God bless.
    Tiffany Randall

  • Beth - Praying for your family especially today as well as Calla’s.ReplyCancel

  • JESSICA - Happy Birthday, Cora!! That is the cutest picture of her I have seen in a long time. I can just see her standing like that watching over Levi from Heaven. So sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Praying for you today. Seeing that adorable picture melts, and breaks, my heart. I cannot imagine the ache in yours. Praying.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Rahn - Happy Birthday Cora!!!! Praying for you and baby Calla too!ReplyCancel

  • The Benich Family - Happy Birthday Cora! Tears in my eyes and prayers in my heart for you all today…ReplyCancel

  • the zipfs - As we were talking about today being Cora’s birthday with Ivy, she remarked that Cora’s probably looking down with Jesus at our chalk pictures we drew on the driveway. Then, Ivy said…we should have drawn her some balloons! πŸ™‚ Praying for you guys ESPECIALLY today!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday sweet Cora hope you are celebrating in heaven you are so special, loved, and missed very much! You have touched my life so much and I am a complete stranger thank you to the Macs for helping me find my way back to the Lord I am grateful!!

    Summer & Family in CaliforniaReplyCancel

  • Jerri Walker - Will be praying for your family as you remember sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

  • JulieA - Happy Birthday, Cora! I think Jesus brought the beautiful weather today to remind us of you! Prayers for your family today…ReplyCancel

  • lil misses' mama - happy second birthday, little one. remembering you all especially today.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - praying. praying for the macs. praying for calla.ReplyCancel

  • texasinafrica - Happy birthday, Cora. Thinking of and praying for y’all today.ReplyCancel

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  • Stacey - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora! You’re thought of often. Sending hugs to Heaven!

    Stacey from CAReplyCancel

  • mrjasperson - Thinking of your today and always. Prayers for your family…and Calla. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Slam - Happy birthday sweet Cora! I know that you’re dancing in heaven with Jesus today πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praying for you as you celebrate Cora’s 2nd birthday. Just know she is in heaven looking down on you!



  • amy - sweet baby cora…

    Hugs for you,

  • The Boccias - Happy birthday, Cora.
    Jess and Joel, you were on my heart today. Praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Such a beautiful picture, I always love your pictures of Cora, she is such a doll. Happy Birthday to Cora, may you celebrate with prayers and memories! Always thinking of Cora and praying for your family…

    Anne B.

  • Sarah - Such a beautiful girl she is…Happy Birthday Sweet ‘big girl’ Cora!! Praying for your family today….

    Prayers from NebraskaReplyCancel

  • rmfox - What a cute picture of Cora. I can only imagine how difficult today was for you and your husband. Prayers for you.ReplyCancel

  • Marianna - Remembering your sweet Cora today. Praying for you guys and little Calla as well.ReplyCancel

  • ShelbyRose - what cute items!! please enter me in the giveaway!


  • Mommy - Happy 2nd birthday Cora!! I’m sure she is having the BEST party ever next to Jesus! I pray you feel peace and the love of GOD all over you and your beautiful family πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Melissa.M.Loss - Happy Birthday Cora!Praying for Calla and you to! I know the day was hard.ReplyCancel

  • Lily bean - my little girls would love some of those giveaways!! continuing to pray for your sweet familyReplyCancel

  • Cyndi - Thinking of you on sweet Cora’s birthday. (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

  • tracy - Still praying for both little Calla’s and little Cora and Levi’s families. :o)ReplyCancel

  • Miranda - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! I have been thinking about you and your family for the past couple of days knowing that today was approaching quickly for you. My son will turn 2 on Sunday. Last year we released balloons for Cora and we plan to send her some this year too even though it will be a couple of days late.
    Hugs and PrayersReplyCancel

  • Katherine - So glad that you are able to use your blog for something so worthwhile. I love how open you are.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - Happy Birthday Cora! Thinking and praying for you and your family…



  • Jen - Happy Birthday little sweet Cora! We will always remember you!

    You are all close in heart, mind and prayer today.ReplyCancel

  • Jenifer's Journey - Happy bithday CoraReplyCancel

  • laura - Jess you are such an Awesome Mom !
    Yall are always in my prayers.
    Thank you for sharing your Sweet Cora with us. I look forward to seeing pictures of your lil man Levi thru the coming year.
    God Bless You & YoursReplyCancel

  • Melinda - Happy Birthday to sweet Cora. Sending many prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Scott, Joanna, Matthew - Happy Birthday Sweet Angel Cora! Praying for you, Joel and Levi as you miss Cora more and more!ReplyCancel

  • Trasie Bressler - I can’t even imagine how much you miss that beautiful baby! May HE continue to give you peace and the strength you need to carry on.

    Happy Heavenly Birthday Cora Paige!

    Adorable adorable stuff!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thinking of you and your family! Happy b day Cora!
    Praying for Calla!
    R EricksonReplyCancel

  • zoefeher - Love the picture of Cora. Thank you for the book advice.


  • Anonymous - Happy Birthday sweet, sweet Cora. I can just picture you happily celebrating in heaven!

    Jacquelyn M.ReplyCancel

  • Marie - I am sure God is throwing her a huge party in heaven, but she’ll never be forgotten here. I’ll be saying prayers for God’s peace to cover you guys today.ReplyCancel

  • L ~ S - Too bad I read this blog too late…ReplyCancel

  • Jon and Shasta - Happy Birthday to a sweet little girl…I have been reading your blog for over a year and enjoyed having a look into your life and healing…a you have a lovely life and have touched so many people with your gentle healing…ReplyCancel

  • Kristie - We love you and pray for you every day. I know the road you are walking down is hard to understand I walked that road starting 18 years ago and it is still hard. I know it doesn’t get any easier, you just learn how to manage to be able to function. You will find you will soon be able to talk without the tears flowing and trust me that is ok! Take care and love one another:)ReplyCancel

  • Just Breathe - ((HUGS)) Praying for your comfort.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Ann - Happy birthday Cora! You are very loved.ReplyCancel