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baby brother is here

Baby Brother arrived on Tuesday afternoon and we are all in love…well…Levi isn’t so sure about the whole baby brother thing, but he will be in love soon too. We hope.


Griffin James
September 20, 2011
8 pounds 7 ounces
21 inches

We got home from the hospital this afternoon and are doing great. More pictures to come…

  • Lisa - Congrats!!ReplyCancel

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  • Bethany - Yea! Too cute! He’s beautiful and I love his name. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Heather | Cookie Mondays - WELCOME SWEET GRIFFIN!!!!!!
    Lots of love to the Macs!!


  • Brian and Kimbra DenHartog - Congrats Jess!! Griffin is so cute and what a great name!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations!!
    Welcome baby Griffin!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations!! Great name!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - CONGRATS to you all. Oh my, he is GORGEOUS!

    Don’t worry, he’ll catch on real soon and just adore his little brother.

    Blessings to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • The Bowens - Congratulations! He is absolutely perfect! I am so happy for you and your family. Love the name too!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha - Congratulations!!! He’s beautiful! And love his name! So very happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Congratulations on your precious baby boy. He is blessed to be born into such a loving family!ReplyCancel

  • Dear Abbi - AWWWWW, he is just adorable!!! So happy for you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Kay - Very similar features to Cora’s, even though I know it’s too soon to tell…good thing you took that 40 week picture on Tuesday!


  • Julie - He is BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Cottage Mommy - He is beautiful! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Selena - Griffin… l.o.v.e. that! How precious. I will be praying for you as you make this transition and change, and as to Big Brother… he will fall right into the groove before you know it. πŸ™‚

    Take care of yourself… Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - Jess! He is absolutely beautiful. I love his name. And I’m sure Levi will adjust in no time. My son was 17 months old when his little sister arrived and after a few days he was in love. 4 months later and he still adores her…he is constantly kissing her and singing to her and it is heart melting. Congrats, mama!ReplyCancel

  • 3guysandagirl - CONGRATULATIONS! He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Carlotta - He’s beautiful. Love his name too! Glad you are home already and Congratulations sweet family.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - How handsome! Congratulations and what a perfect name πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Martini - Congratulations! Such happy news for all of you. I think Griffin looks like his daddy. πŸ™‚ God Bless YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Congrats!!! I am so happy to share a birthday with this little guy!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats! He is beautiful and I love the name!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Congratulations!! He’s adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Praise the Lord!! So happy for ya’ll!! He is precious!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - Congrats!!! He’s adorable and I love his name!ReplyCancel

  • maticki - sweet, let him grow to be happy and healthy!ReplyCancel

  • Cristin - YAY! Brother is soooo precious!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - WOW! He is beautiful!!! :)))))))ReplyCancel

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

  • Maria - Congratulations to you all! He is absolutely perfect. I can even see a glimpse of Cora in him (well, from her pictures, that is). I would imagine you almost feel as if looking in his eyes gives you a peek into hers. So happy for you and love your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Mere - Congratulations! Griffin is absolutely precious!ReplyCancel

  • Henrike - Congrats to this cute little boy! I absolutely love his name.ReplyCancel

  • The Kellys - Absolutely fabulous! Love his name and his adorable cheeks! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - Congratulations! He is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • The Gava Family - Congrats. He is precious. I love the name, my youngest is Griffin.ReplyCancel

  • This Farm Family's Life - Congratulations!! I love the name. So precious. Good think you took that pic on Tuesday!ReplyCancel

  • Wanting What I Have - Awww…I’m all teary and SO happy for you! Rejoicing in God’s goodness! He is beautiful! Love the name!ReplyCancel

  • thedeinesfamily - Congratulations! He’s adorable.


  • Hilary - What happy news! Congratulations to all of the Macs! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! He is gorgeous!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina - Yay!!! Congrats. He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • melissamevans - Congratulations! Griffin: love that name!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - He is absolutely beautiful!! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats!!! Can’t wait to see more pictures.ReplyCancel

  • AllTheKingsBlessings - Congratulations to you all! He’s beautiful and I love his name! God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline E - Congrats to you and your family! He is beautiful! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - Praise God from whom all blessings flow!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - Congratulations! I named my yonger son Griffin too and I get so many compliments on his name – especially from teenage boys. Congrats again!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - God Bless you all!!ReplyCancel

  • anne - Love it! And LOVE his name!!! Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Marielle - What a precious newborn! Love the name Griffin. He can be totally happy to be born into YOUR family!!

  • Barb Bilz - Congratulations to all of you!! Can’t wait to see more pictures…ReplyCancel

  • BreezieGirl - EEEE! Congratulations!!!! Welcome Griffin!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - Praise the Lord!!!! God is great!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Congratulations! What a sweet baby. My son just turned 3 on the 20th. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Tara - Oh my goodness! Joel Jr! Congrats to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Meggie - Yay!!! Congratulations! He is adorable! I’ll be praying for ya’ll as you adjust to having Griffin home. =)ReplyCancel

  • Amy - He is scrumptious!!! πŸ™‚ Congratulations – I am so happy for you all!ReplyCancel

  • TimandCeri - What a handsome boy! Congratulations! I LOVE his name. Welcome Griffin James Mac! Little did know know how soon he would be here when you wrote your last post! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jody - Congratulations! He is simply beautiful. God is good!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth K. - Congratulations on your new arrival! I too have a Griffin – love the name!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - Congrats! He’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Congrats!! You guys make some pretty cute babies πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Congrats! He is precious!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - such a sweet blessing!!! congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Congrats, he’s a beautiful baby! My friend’s baby boy is also Griffin James…great name!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Jess, when I read your post on Tuesday, I thought, maybe she’ll have him today, on MY BIRTHDAY, and you did.
    Congratulations, the first thing I said when I saw his picture was, Another beautiful boy.
    So, so happy for all of you.
    Janet DreherReplyCancel

  • Susy M. - He is beautiful. God bless your beautiful family. Levi will get the hang of it soon. And God Bless his big sister up in Heaven. Lots of Love your way.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Yayyyyy! Congrats! So excited you came home soon! Love his name & he is ADORABLE!!ReplyCancel

  • AlishaB - Congratulations! May God continue to strengthen you so you may raise this child in the fear of his name!!!
    (And I love the name you chose for him!)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I know this post wasn’t far away! He is adorable, congratulations lots and lots and lots! Praying for you and your little family. Love to you all, Annabel xReplyCancel

  • Shosh - thats my daughters bday! congratulations! hes adorable and im sure levi will love him very soon!ReplyCancel

  • The Sieberts - yay! so precious…looks like joel! can’t wait to meet him :o)ReplyCancel

  • Danielle H. - I have been stalking your site to see when you would update. Figured it was Tuesday! Congrats! He is a Cora look-alike if there ever was one!ReplyCancel

  • The Gunter Family - congratulations!! he’s precious…and he has a great birthday!! september 20th is my birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Yay, congratulations to such a precious family! I have followed your blog since December 2008 and thought it was time to join since I have been praying for you nearly 3 yrs. πŸ™‚ A friend in our Colorado church told me about you (same church as Gracie & Richard Trast). Anyway, I am so happy for the two of you..and your beautiful little boys! (I also see Cora in Griffin, maybe it’s the hair)ReplyCancel

  • January - OHHHHHH Jess he is JSUt beautiful! How wonderful it must be to have him in your arms ( after 40 weeks they all feel better out than in!)
    Praise Jesus!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Congratulations!!!!! He’s beautiful!! Love the name!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura D - This is my first comment on your blog, but I am an avid follower. Griffin James is as beautiful as he can be. My first reaction was, Wow, he looks like sweet Cora with that dark hair and those cheeks! His name is precious. I am from a small town called Griffin, Georgia, so I’m a bit partial to his name. I am so thankful that I just randomly stumbled upon your blog two months ago and I have been following ever since. As so many people before me have said, you are such an inspiration to so many and I thank God for you and your family. I may never get to meet you in this lifetime, but I am so thankful that I “know” you. God bless you and your entire family (in heaven and on earth) with this wonderful new addition of Griffin James!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - What a beautiful baby! Congratulations! Griffin is such a cute name!ReplyCancel

  • merlin - Wonderful news, congratulations on the arrival of your third child.
    Welcome to the world, Griffin James.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley - So precious. Congrats! You have adorable children πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Taffee - Congratulations to you and your family. Griffin is perfect and I love his name. I’m sure Levi will love him too.

    I’m a long time reader and I think you have a wonderful family and that you are an amazing mother!

    Again Congratulations and take care of yourself.ReplyCancel

  • sthanlon - Absolutely perfect! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Joy - Oh Jess! When I saw the title of this, I started crying. God’s mercy is sweet! (congratulations!!) And then when I saw Griffin’s picture, I got goosebumps: he looks so much like his big sister to me. I love that.
    May our gracious Father bless all of you as you rest, revel in newness of life, and start the adjustment process.
    You are prayed for and loved by so many people! (you and your family, too!)ReplyCancel

  • meg - love the name and that sweet face!ReplyCancel

  • waiting - Love the name Griffin! So cute! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Moffats - Welcome baby Griffin!!!! Your auntie Laura loves you very very much. You are the perfect mix of your momma, dadda, beautiful sister, and big brother. I see them ALL in your sweet face and I can’t wait to kiss your big cheeks (BEVERLIN!)!!! You are perfect, cherished, prayed for, and loved.ReplyCancel

  • Andy and Cari - Congratulations sweet friend! He is beautiful! enjoy! enjoy! enjoy!
    God is so good.

  • Wherever we go there we are - Congrats! He’s adorable! You will adore having two boys so close in age! Mine are the BEST of friends (2 and 4) and also cause a RUCKUS! ;O) Get ready! :O)ReplyCancel

  • CraftyPepper - Congrats. He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Phil and Amber - He is beautiful! I can’t wait to hear how Levi does with baby brother…my little girl will be a big sister in about 5 weeks and she seems excited now, but we have no clue what to expect! Congratulations, mama…now get some rest!!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Oh congrats!!!! He must have come right after you posted your 40 week post. πŸ™‚ I am so happy for you and your family. He is beautiful and I love his name. Enjoy your time with him. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Congrats! That is one beautiful baby boy!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Congratulations! I almost choked on my dinner when I read this- my 5 month old baby is named Griffin James! Fantastic choice πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Townsend Crew - What? How did you do that?! Did you post on the way to the hospital? seriously! You are hilarious! Happy Birthday, Griffin! Your picture & news of your arrival brightened my day! I know your brother will just love you up in no time!ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Mikki - Congratulations! Beautiful photo! I can’t wait to see more photos and hear more from you soon. Enjoy your beautiful new son!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Congratulations to you all! What a handsome boy πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Aww…congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - CONGRATULATIONS! He is SO precious! I cannot wait to see photos of Griffn & Levi together!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Congratulations!! He’s perfect and I love the name you guys picked out πŸ™‚ Look forward to hearing all about it and seeing more pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations on your arrival! To me he looks like your sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Congratulations to you and your family! I’m a relatively new reader of your blog and love it. Looking forward to seeing more pictures and reading about your adventures with two little boys!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Congratulations!! He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Rsymphony - Congratulations!!! He’s absolutely precious!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Congratulations!!! I love his name, and that face! Oh my goodness how adorable. Hope everyone is adjusting and doing fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Awesome! Congratulations to you all! Happy Birthday Griffin James!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - He is gorgeous!! Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations to ALL of you! I love his name. Boy, does he ever look like sweet Cora!

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  • Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama - awww.. congratulations, he’s adorable. Our 1st grandbaby arrived the 19th so we are loving on baby right now too.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - Congratulations! I LOVE his name!ReplyCancel

  • The Boccias - Congratulations! So fun to see a picture today. Griffin is so cute!ReplyCancel

  • mindingmymiracles - I don’t think he could be any more beautiful. Congratulations! ~JessicaReplyCancel

  • Mimi - Wow, he’s so handsome. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Carissa - It’s a good thing you posted the 40 week picture Tuesday morning! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammyz - This post made me teary-eyed! SO happy that baby brother is here safe and sound!! He is beautiful!!! Levi must seem so much bigger now!! God bless you all!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Sunny - What wonderful news! He is precious!ReplyCancel

  • MarlaJen - Beautiful boy and beautiful name!! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - So cute-Congratulations! I was wondering if something was going on because you hadn’t posted in a couple days.ReplyCancel

  • Libby's Life - Yay congratulations! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Janel - Griffin is just gorgeous! He looks like Cora and Levi, and Joel. He sure is sweet! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - Yay! I was secretly hoping he’d be born on September 20th, but I didn’t want to say that since you don’t know me (I feel like I know you from reading your blog for so long). But…baby Griffin and I have the same birthday! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Rob and Corrie - Oh, preciousness!
    Congratulations on your 3rd sweet gift from God.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - He’s lovely! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Cetta - I am so happy for you guys! Welcome to the world Griffin! He is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • onlymehere - He’s adorable! Glad baby and mommy are doing well. Did Joel win on the name?ReplyCancel

  • Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - Congrats!

    He will soon love this little one more than words can explain! Just give him time!! Must of had this baby right after your last post!!ReplyCancel

  • On the right path - Congratulations! What a curry!ReplyCancel

  • EricaG - Blessings abound!!! Congratulations to your whole family.ReplyCancel

  • Shara - Congratulations on your wonderful baby. I have been checking your blog a few times a day – I had a feeling that new bundle of joy was here!ReplyCancel

  • Stef - congratulations!!! He’s one handsome fella.ReplyCancel

  • Jennay - Congrats on your new addition-love the name!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats! He is BEAUTIFUL and I love his name!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy R. - Congratulations to all of you! He is absolutely beautiful! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Ben and Emily - He’s perfect! Welcome to the world sweet Griffin!ReplyCancel

  • Alli Unruh - Yay! Congrats! Such a sweetie. Love his name:)ReplyCancel

  • Lara - Congratulations! And golly Moses – doesn’t he look like his Daddy!!! Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • katherine - Congratulations! He’s adorable. I’m sure Levi will be a wonderful big brother.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - You have some of the most beautiful children ever! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey - God Bless Baby Griffin and his big brother Levi and sweet sister Cora! I have never left a comment but adore your blog, the honesty with which you share your story, the style you have, your adorable names for your kids!!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Just wanted to congratulate you all on your very happy news!


  • The Lynch's - congrats!!!! what a precious little boy! love, love, love his name!!! enjoy your new little bundle!ReplyCancel

  • - I am so happy for your new addition. I mentioned :Griffin: in a previous post. I prayed for Christian neighbors, and He gifted me with those from KS.Your family is prayed for and would love to meet you one day. Griffin to Griffin…..of course I have 4 others as well. Much love and many blessing.ReplyCancel

  • amy jupin - hi griffin.
    it’s awfully nice to meet you.
    if you could, please give your sweet momma a big hug from me.
    thank honey bunch.
    amy jupinReplyCancel

  • Libby - Congratulations! Two boys – how wonderful. And the name:perfect!

    Love to all of you.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Vongratulations! He’s adorable! You seriously make the cutest babies! And the name – perfection! Happy Birthday Griffin!ReplyCancel

  • megafizz - Congrats!!! I guess I just found one more person to share my birthday with!!ReplyCancel

  • megafizz - Congrats!! I just found one more special person to share my birthday with!!ReplyCancel

  • Denise - Welcome to the world baby Griffin!! Blessings to you and your family πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • meg - I already sent a “congrats” comment but I just clicked on your blog while running through my nightly ones and I saw the picture again I was surprised at how much he resembles the beautiful Cora!! Just from her pictures that you’ve shown of course, but he’s just a gorgeous newborn and I had to comment again about the Cora resemblance!ReplyCancel

  • Alex(andra) - Oh goodness he is precious. Congrats!!! Love his name, too!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - Congrats πŸ™‚ Love his name!ReplyCancel

  • Huddyma - He’s just gorgeous! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Vera - He’s beautiful. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Becca - Congrats! I’m curious about the name! I love it and it is on our short list of baby boy names (if we were to ever have another boy). It is my mother’s maiden name.

    Congrats on your handsome bundle!ReplyCancel

  • Trisha Larson - Funny how the dates turned out.

    September 20th is the birthday of my twin girls (they just turned 7). We get to celebrate with them πŸ™‚

    And, Cora was born on the exact same day as my son Nathan (3/5/08) and I know that they celebrate together in Heaven.

    Congratulations and enjoy!


  • Tricia - What a scrumptious little bundle! Congratulations, Jess and Joel! As I have said before, you two make the most adorable babies!

    So happy for your sweet family,

  • Just Beachy - Congratulations , baby looks just like daddy , enjoy him .ReplyCancel

  • Christine Trebendis - Congratulations to all of you! Welcome baby Griffin!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Joyous news! Welcome to the world baby Griffin! What a wonderful, strong name!ReplyCancel

  • seekatelive - i remember tearing up when levi was born. and now griffin! what a wonderful family you’ve created! congrats!ReplyCancel

  • lala - He’s beautiful. Congratulations, Jess and family! I hope everyone is adjusting well.ReplyCancel

  • seekatelive - i remember tearing up when levi was born. and now griffin! what a wonderful family you’ve created! congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - So sweet! He looks just like your husband in this picture πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Deborah - Yay! Welcome, Griffin! And congratulations to big brother Levi!ReplyCancel

  • Lara - He’s precious!!! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Hinkle - Congratulations to your sweet family! What a special time for you all and baby Griffin!ReplyCancel

  • Nonna's loves......... - Congratulations to you and your family!
    All of your babies are beautiful and so precious.
    Little Griffin looks so much like Cora. He’s a special little boy.
    Linda Miller
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  • Ashley - Aww! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • robin cotton - He is just precious ! God is so good !ReplyCancel

  • Ashlie Massara - Congratulations!! Love the name!! He’s such a cutie! <3ReplyCancel

  • bayleesmommy07 - Congratulations πŸ™‚ he is adorable & I love the name! LEvi will warm up around real soon.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Wallace - Oh Jess, he is just beautiful! I am so excited to hear the news as I had been checking your blog all day! I absolutely love the name you have chosen! I truly pray that God draws ever so near to you and your precious family as you embrace life once again! Lots of Love from WichitaReplyCancel

  • 65 Roses for Marcia - Congratulations to all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Kaisand - Congrats! He shares a birthday with my hubby! πŸ™‚ It’s a great day! Great weather and a little after the busy time of school starting and not too hot, not too cold yet. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Davene Grace - Oh, how wonderful! Big congratulations to all of you!!! I’m so happy to read the news, and I pray for a quick adjustment for each of you. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So happy for all of you. What a beautiful baby. I can’t believe how much he looks like Cora in this picture. Best wishes to all of you and don’t worry, Levi will be the best big brother in no time.
    Hugs to everyone!ReplyCancel

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

  • Blondi697 - Congratulations! He’s beautiful! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations Mac family! Griffin is just beautiful and perfect, and I’m sure big brother will be in love in no time! My youngest 2 boys are 20 months apart and the very best of friends/partners in crime! πŸ˜‰ God Bless over all of you as you transition to having 2 little ones in your house at the same time. I’m certain Cora is smiling down on all of you, loving you from above! Can’t wait to see more pics!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So beautiful..he looks so much like Cora. Your family is so blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - Hooray and a hearty congratulations on your new beautiful bundle of boy!!!!! When I first saw the photo it took my breath away how much he resembles your sweet baby angel Cora! Wow!!! Sooooo precious and just a blessing! Enjoy this special time and rest as much as you can. I think his name is just awesome!! My son has James for a middle name too and your little man was born on the same day as a sweet girl I used to babysit but also has her angel wings too, maybe she and Cora are rejoicing together?! Continuing to pray for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - Ahh! He’s such a chunky monkey!! Congratulations to you and Joel and Levi! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Mayfield - CONGRATS! He’s beautiful! So happy for all of you!ReplyCancel

  • eeguiltner - Congratulations! Griffin is so very sweet, and he was born on my birthday! πŸ™‚ Praying for smooth transitions, and some sleep for all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Joy of the Day - Congrats. Love the name. He looks absolutely scrumptious in this photo – love the cheeks πŸ™‚ I’m curious if you had a fast labor – I know you posted on Tuesday, so I’m thinking it was fast??? (the labor and delivery nurse in me speaking)
    Blessings to your sweet family!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - AHHHHH!! He is so beautiful!! LOVE his name!! And yes, Levi will warm up to him! Congrats! Savor every little newborn fog moment!!ReplyCancel

  • E - Adorable! Enjoy every minute!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Oh he is beautiful! Love the name!! Congratulations…God is SOOO GOOD!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - So happy for your and your family. I still cry reading your blog…. these are happy tears πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kendra - Congrats!!! My older son wasn’t very fond of his new brother for the first eight months & now they play together all the time so don’t stress if Levi doesn’t think he’s all that great right away.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Q - Congratulations!! He is beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from Cimarron - He is sooooooo sweet! congratulations and we are sending all our love to you!:)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations !!!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - Griffin James is a beautiful name.. You are great at naming babies!!! He is absoutely beautiful! Congratulations, I am so so so happy for you all! sending <3 from New York! PaulaReplyCancel

  • Carpenter's - God’s blessings! Congrats, he is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • The Schrags' - Congratulations! He’s so Handsome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Wallace, family of 5 - Congrats Joel and Jess!!! I am so happy for you guys! Levi will def get the hang of the big brother thing :)Griffin is precious!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - He is soooo beautiful. He is going to make such a wonderful addition to your wonderful family. Congratulation!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - Oh Jess! He’s perfect!!! Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Sunshine - PRECIOUS! He is SO precious. Congrats! SunshineReplyCancel

  • Kristi - Welcome Griffin! God is good!!ReplyCancel

  • k and c's mom - Hooray! So very happy for you all.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie S. - He’s perfect, congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa B - Congrats!!!! What a beautiful addition to your family. Is it wrong that I’m almost as excited to see your pics of his finished room (whenever those happen) as I am for more pics of him? I CANNOT wait to see him with Levi. PLEASE tell me you belong to pinterest. There are some amazing pictures of siblings that you have to do!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Ann - Yay! Congrats! Love the name!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - Congratulations Jess and Joel. He’s pretty sweet. Praising Father for giving you yet another beautiful baby. I absolutely love his name.ReplyCancel

  • Marylou in Abilene - Congratulations! Griffin James is
    beautiful. He is just 3 days younger than our Amelia Ann who was born on Kansas City on 9/17. Best wishes to the whole family. 19 month old Leighton is a bit stressed too about the new sister. She calls her “Emma” and wants to give her the pacifier all the time. Levi will be a great big brother.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations πŸ™‚ I’ve read since before Levi was born but have hardly noted… I’m shy πŸ™‚ love the name choice for your little boy!ReplyCancel

  • Trish Thomas - Jess, so happy for you! He’s adorable! You make cute babies. Love to you, dear woman!ReplyCancel

  • ashleyjnc - Long time reader (since Cora) but mostly a lurker, but I subscribe to your blog and never miss a post! Anyway… Love his name. What a beautiful family, to a wonderful lady! I’m sure Levi and Griffin will get along just fine.. I know it’s an adjustment for him though, but he is so loved I think he’ll be just fine!!ReplyCancel

  • Teri - Congrats!!! I am so happy for your family. Congrats Levi on becoming a big brother!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jaymie - Congratulations Mac Family! He is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • CoffeeGirl - Dear Jess, you don’t know me but I’ve been reading your blog for a while…so maybe it’s time I finally leave a comment and say “congrats”. He is beautiful ! God bless you Jess, you and your little family. I’m also praying for Levi’s adjustment because having a baby brother is awesome (I would know). xoReplyCancel

  • teresa - so precious. thanking God for the safe arrival of Griffin. prayers as you adjust to the joys of two little boys. =) =) (they’ll have such great fun together!!)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a sweet blessing little Griffin is! He’s adorable.


  • Megan @ SimplyThrifty - Congratulations!! Griffin is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - Congratulations! Griffin is adorable! Good luck with everything and I hope Levi is warming up to his brother more! It will be so weird to read your blog and hear about both boys! So used to reading about Levi all the time (and of course Cora).

    (I haven’t ever commented on your blog before but I have been reading it for years! All the way from England :)!!)

    Good luck with the next step in your amazing journey as a family πŸ™‚
    Love Hannah xReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - WOW WOW WOW congratualtions from over here in sunny England!! I knew it was going to happen soon
    :0) much love xxxReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats—He is soooo handsome!!! Hug and kisses to your sweet family! xxReplyCancel

  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe - Welcome, Griffin!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Congratulations to the whole family!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - CONGRATS!!!! He’s so completely precious! So happy for y’all and you beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - fantastic news! Congratulations, you guys deserve all the happiness in the world XXXReplyCancel

  • DianeTaylor - WOOOHOOOO! I was hoping to see this post, congrats to all of you. Welcome Griffin – your family has been waiting to meet you. He is precious!ReplyCancel

  • Leatha - Love the name & love the picture!! He’s soooo caaaauuute:)! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Welcome to Big Happy Family! - Congratulations!! He is beautiful!!! Love his name!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicky C. K. - from a long time reader, but never commenter… congrats to your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - Congratulations! Lovely name, beautiful baby! xxReplyCancel

  • Allison B - Beautiful! Griffin is just a perfect name and I love James too (my son’s name)! He and Levi will be the best of friends in no time, I’m sure! I imagine your sweet Cora whispered many sweet things in his ear before he arrived and he is just bursting to show you what he learned from her. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - Congratulations! What a gorgeous name for a gorgeous baby! Im sure Levi will fall in love with him soon!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats!!! He is so handsome and I LOVE his name!ReplyCancel

  • Lucky Girl - Welcome to the world little Griffin! So glad to meet you!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey - Congratulations! What a cutie!! I love the name as well. Congrats again!!ReplyCancel

  • ALicia - congratulations! hes beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Oh so precious! Glad he is here and all went well. Love his name too πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Marty and Kim - So happy for you! I think he looks just like Cora! I love your blog and all your sweet posts. I don’t know you, but I feel like I do! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations to all of you. You always have the prettiest babies, Jess. Just adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Congrats!!! He is beautiful!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE his name, but I’m kinda partial…our baby is Griffin William!!! It’s a great name! And our little guy looks like he could be a line backer so the nickname Griff fits him! Congrats again! Levi WILL love having a brother to play with soon!ReplyCancel

  • Clare - Congratulations Macs, he’s so cute, and so much like Cora and Levi. Love and hugs (“,)ReplyCancel

  • annabelvita - Congratulations to all of you! He’s got such a cute face and a great name.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Congratulations! Adorable. Blessings to you & your little nest.ReplyCancel

  • A Family of Love - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations~
    I am glad that everyone is home safe. May God bless you allReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Ok…I just have to tell you…..I totally had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I clicked on your blog last night. We are having our 7th baby in December (our 2nd boy) and we have the exact same name picked out! I just couldn’t believe it. Good thing we live in Wisconsin! Congrats! And I LOVE THE NAME, of course!

    Susan Wilke

  • Laura - Oh my goodness, what a sweetheart. You two make the prettiest babies! I am excited to get to watch him grow through your blog. Love his name too!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Much love to you and your little cutie pie. When I saw his litle picture I gasped! He looks SO MUCH like your hubby!! Crazy. At least that is my thought anyways. Congratulations!! I am so happy for you and hope to see more pictures and how it all went.
    Patti from IndianaReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Yay! He’s beautiful – congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • thebauer4 - congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Jaci - Congratulations, he’s absolutely precious!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - enturismiling. he is SO sweet! and so happy for y’all. β™₯ oh, and i LOVEEEE the name griffin. precious.ReplyCancel

  • Tara - bahahaha. not sure why my comment says that. it should just say SMILING.ReplyCancel

  • karen - squeal!!!! congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • lmflippin - Congratulations Mac Family. What a blessing from God for you all. He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • lmflippin - Congratulations Mac family. What a beautiful baby little Griffin is. May God continue to bless you all.ReplyCancel

  • Brady and Nick - So excited for your family and LOVE the name!! And I think he looks a lot like Cora’s baby pictures πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • LauraC - Awwww, congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oooooooooo!!!

    I have been checking every day!!

    Griffin is ADORABLE!!

    Congratulations to you, Joel and Big Brother Levi!

    I think that Griffin is the spitting image of his Daddy already!

    Great news!


  • Anonymous - He is gorgeous! Congratulations! Love his name. Sincerely, Patti H. Livonia, MI (I have been reading your blog for a long time!)ReplyCancel

  • Alison - Congrats and welcome hone Griffin! I have a feeling you’re going to love being a Mac!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - he is absolutley beautiful!!!! congrats!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Another beautiful baby!! You two make the most perfect babies πŸ™‚



  • Tina Miles - Congratulations!!! He was born on my birthday! Its been a great day for me, may it be the same for him! πŸ™‚ He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - How sweet…congrats Macs!ReplyCancel

  • McKenzie - I didn’t expect him to come after just reading your 40 week post!! I LOVE the name Griffin! I tried to talk my husband into it for this little one, but he wasn’t as big of a fan so we are going with Lincoln! Lots of thoughts while you are settling into your new routine and Levi will LOVE him!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Congrats! He is adorable. So sweet! I’m sure Levi will do fine in a few days. God Bless!!! I also love the name it’s different, but nice!ReplyCancel

  • My2Blessings - He is PRECIOUS πŸ™‚ CONGRATS Mama, Dad, and BIG BROTHER Levi πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Congratulations to all of you!

    Griffin is … Gorgeous! πŸ™‚ All three of your children are, though.

    I gave birth to a child the EXACT same size, so I’ll pray for your quick recovery. πŸ˜‰ After all, you need the energy to chase TWO little boys now!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! He is beautiful – but that’s to be expected as you and Joel make beautiful babies. Take care of yourself and that sweet little one!ReplyCancel

  • Yvette - He is beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Yvette - He is beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ford - OH, he is perfect. And i think that in this pic, he looks like Cora. Precious.

    I started following your blog through a friend of mine’s blog. She lost a baby to sids last june (her 2nd… he was 10 weeks old). The journey the both of you have been through and continue on is so strangely similar…

    She had her 3rd baby this past Tuesday as well. Your boys share a birthday. I think the Lord was just showing off on Tuesday, personally. πŸ˜‰

    He really is gorgeous! Congrats! Praying for ALL of you to adjust!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - Congratulations! He is precious. Looks like Joel, I think.ReplyCancel

  • The Hershberger Home - You have a very beautiful family! Griffin is simply adorable.


  • A - congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer rogers - congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - congratulations! his features look very similar to cora’s! enjoy being mommy to two!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - So precious!! The miracle of new life always brings joy-filled tears to my eyes! Congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Congrats!!! I kid you not, if this baby I am expecting is a boy, that is the exact name we had chosen!! I love Griffin and my grandpa is named James. That is pretty crazy! He looks perfect!ReplyCancel

  • tami - Love the name. My newest nephew has that name! Congrats and may God continue to bless you guys!ReplyCancel

  • nicole@ - Awwww. Congrats! he is so preciousReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo, Little Lily, and Dylan Too! - Congratulations!!! He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Rich and Carolyn Dewey - I’ll jump in with our congrats too! I do believe your beautiful babies are from the same mold! He’s a beautiful (big!) little boy. Bet his uncle James is proud to have a namesake! Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - So glad he is finally here – I see Sweet Cora in him. He is such a blessing!


  • Anonymous - Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lane - He’s precious! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dunaway - I LOVE his name. My “James Griffin”, is 20 yrs. old. He’s always gone by his middle name of Griffin. Congrats to you all! My 9th grandchild was born 3.5 wks. early last night (9/22). She’s had some breathing issues, but is doing well. Her name is Anniston Kate (Annie). Babies are such precious gifts!ReplyCancel

  • Todd and Courtney - Wonderful news, congrats!! You might not get to this comment because Im way down the line BUT the Monogram Swap on facebook has some Griffin items listed πŸ™‚ I thought of you when I saw them!ReplyCancel

  • MFuglseth - Congrats on your new baby boy! Enjoy!
    Molly πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jen A. - Oh, he is absolutely precious! Yay! Congrats to the whole family. May he be a balm to your heart, just like Levi is. So very happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Karina - It’s a good thing you took that 40-week photo when you did!! CONGRATULATIONS Jess, Joel, and Levi! Griffin is gorgeous (he looks like Joel) and I love the name!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Anthony - Congratulations!! He’s adorable! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jordyn Nadler - Congratulation! He looks absolutely adorable and if I remember correctly, nothing like Levi! But it is amazing how much Griffin looks like Cora!

    Can you say what other names you were thinking for him?

    Good luck and can’t wait to here the details (nursery!)
    God bless your familyReplyCancel

  • Chris - Congratulation !!! What a blessing !!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - Congratulations! He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Congratulations!!! Love the name and glad to read that everything went well. Can’t wait to see more pictures πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Walquist - congrats JESS!! we’re so happy for you…can’t wait to meet the little guy soon!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations! Levi will be a great big brother! What a blessing!

  • AshleyAnn - Congratulations!!! I’ve been waiting to see this and WOW does he look like his big sister & big brother! So handsome, congrats Macs!!ReplyCancel

  • Happiness Is... - Congratulations! He’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Kendra - He is beautiful! Love the name too!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda in Houston - Congratulations Jess and Joel!!!!!

    He’s beautiful…you guys make good babies! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - Congratulations, Jess!!! I see Cora and Levi in him :).ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congratulations, Joel, Jess and Levi. Welcome to this world, Baby Griffin. I love his name, by the way. I can’t wait to see all of you in person. Thank you for your sweet note…just what I needed. Love you.


  • cΓ©cile - I’v been following you a long time ago from France (so excuse my English !!). I was waiting for your new baby boy ! congratulations he looks soooooo cute !ReplyCancel

  • Givinya De Elba - Welcome to your sweet baby boy! I think he looks like Cora. I bet you’re in love!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - wow congratulations! and praise God for Griffin’s safe arrival. hoping that the transition to another family member (and big brother status for Levi) goes smoothly!ReplyCancel

  • Rob - Congrats! What a handsome little man! I tried to leave a comment yesterday but it was so busy I couldn’t!!! Can’t wait to hear about how it went! Enjoy your time together as a family!

    Love, KatieReplyCancel

  • Princess Martha - Congrats! I couldn’t wait until I returned from my few days away…had to check in on you to see if bub had arrived! He is gorgeous πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Country Roads - Congratulations!! Such a blessing from God!ReplyCancel

  • audrey - Love the name! I’m sure that Uncle James does too! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Welcome to the World Griffin James!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - He is precious! Definitely has a resemblance to Cora. Wishing your family many blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - What wonderful news!!!!! So excited for you!!!! Griffin looks so much like Joel!!I prayed that you would be able to get adjusted to having two children in the house. Also prayed that Levi would adjust well to the changes, and that he would not miss his paci.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Yeah!!! He is darling!!ReplyCancel

  • Leah-in-the-Kia - congrats from australia!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - He’s beautiful … I love his name! Congrats! Levi will come to love him soon enough. Blessings to you & your sweet family πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Griffin is beautiful – fresh from the arms of God…..I am happy for you and your family. Now big brother has a buddy. Congrats to you and your family. Yeah!! Mary from SLC UtahReplyCancel

  • MaryBeth in PA - What a blessing Griffin will be to your beautiful family! What a beautiful baby! Cora is smiling along with all of us who hold you and your family so close to our hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Disney Freak - Congrats to you and your family! He is beautiful. My little one arrived on friday morning but has had some breathing complications so we have been hanging out in the NICU since then πŸ™ Hopefully things will turn around soon.
    Congrats again on the beautiful little guy!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Congratulations- he is so adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Jennjilla - Adorable name and what a precious boy! Congrats to you all!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah - I’m thrilled for you all! Beautiful child for a beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • The Buchanan Family - Congrats! He’s beautiful and is a perfect mixture of his big sister and big brother!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Congrats! LOVE the name! All the best to your precious family from So Cal.ReplyCancel

  • The Thomas Family - Congrats! He looks like Cora in here pics! Little Levi will soon love him just as well!ReplyCancel

  • Gina Dreher - Congratulations on your sweet little boy! He looks like Joel. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Congrats to your entire family — you made my night as I popped in to your blog to “see” what you did this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy - Congratulations and God bless your beautiful family!!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - HI GRIFFIN!

    Welcome Home πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • the brokaws - congratulations! what a sweetheart!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats on your new baby boy!!!ReplyCancel

  • danielle @ take heart - congratulations to you and your precious family! i just am heading back to new york from the blog sugar conference in california… meg shared a little about you and i had been reading your blog and reading cora’s story right before i started blogging. just wanted to thank you again for sharing cora’s story to make HIS story known!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats!! What a doll!! Love the name!!

  • Jen - Yay! Congrats to you all. My sons middle name is Griffin…great name!ReplyCancel

  • β™₯ β™₯ β™₯ - Congratulations!!! He is PRECIOUS!!!

    When I clicked on your blog, the header w/Cora’s pics popped up. When I scrolled down, I saw the pic/post of newborn Griffin. I couldn’t believe how similar he looked to Cora… especially seeing the two pics right together. It gave me chills.

    God bless your family of five πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Faith - congratulations!!! he is precious!!! james 1:17ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - He is beautiful and such a good size! He looks so healthy~ congrats to your precious family πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • MMM - I found your blog through Pinterest. I loved the pillows you made and made my own but in blues and greens! I love your blog and your faith in Christ. You show such trust thru the loss of your sweet little girl. I am so thankful God has blessed you with a brand new little guy-congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Rob - I already commented a congratulations but I wanted to add another comment. I have 3 boys and 1 girl. Hands down my daughter was/is more interested in the baby and helping. The brothers are not as interested. We don’t push it but always insist on gentle behavior. They all love each other now in a brother kind of way:)ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Bach - He is so adorable!! COngratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hooray! He is here! Excited for your family. Excited for him to be a part of such a great family. Much love . . . Carrie M.ReplyCancel

  • MMM - What a beautiful baby boy! He is so photogenic!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - CONGRATULATIONS AND PRAISE BE TO GOD! He shares my birthday πŸ™‚ We have a sweet baby Cora who is 6 months and I love seeing newborn pictures as it reminds me of those precious, precious days and how quickly it goes. Blessings to your family!ReplyCancel