cora’s joyful life

Today is my baby girl’s birthday.

She would have turned FIVE today.

Five on the fifth.

Her GOLDEN birthday.

Cora’s life was short, but her days with us were PURPOSEFUL and filled with so much JOY.

Today, I will most likely be shedding many tears because I miss my baby girl like crazy.

But along with the tears I want to CELEBRATE because the day I became a mama is definitely a day worth celebrating!

My baby girl changed me (actually, God changed me through her!).

So, let’s celebrate BIG!

Let’s be a BLESSING to others.

Will you join me in celebrating Cora’s JOYFUL life?

In honor of Cora’s fifth birthday…

We are teaming up with Heather and The Joyful Life Library and are so excited to announce that the newest library hosted by The Joyful Life Library is opening at Wesley Medical Center on the PEDS/PICU floor where Cora spent her days battling cancer. We were so thankful for the care that Cora received at Wesley and are honored to have this opportunity to help bless and comfort other families whose lives have been turned upside down because of critical illness. I love Heather’s heart and the mission behind The Joyful Life Library:

This is a simple project. It is not an actual library or room, but simply a bookshelf that we will fill with books that will be made available to hurting families. We were one of those families. I am forever grateful for the many people who went out of their way to come alongside and bless us in simple but comforting ways. They were a shining light of God’s love to us during a very dark time. We want to use Cora’s birthday to be a blessing to others in a similar way.

Here is where I need your help. Would you consider donating a book to The Joyful Life Library?

To make a donation click DONATE on The Joyful Life Library homepage. Then go to the bottom of the wishlists and click on Wesley Medical Center. The donate page explains how the donation process works, what kind of books are on the wish list, and how they will be sent to the hospital.

The Joyful Life Library is currently hosting libraries at 10 children’s hospitals across the country. If Wesley’s library gets filled, we would love it if you would consider donating to one of the other hospitals too. How great would it be if we could flood these libraries with books?! Let’s do it!!

And I couldn’t celebrate Cora’s birthday without a few gifts.

How about some gifts for you?

I have some amazingly talented and generous friends who are teaming up with me in this project too!

Thank you, sweet friends.

For every book donated to any of the 10 Joyful Life Libraries you can enter to win ONE of these FABULOUS gifts:

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$100 gift certificate to Sarah +Abraham

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One spot in Ashley Ann’s SnapShop Workshop

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Every Season Combo Series – TWO 8×10 Prints

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Gracious May Picnic Mary Janes – choose size 0-24 months

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$20 gift certificate to The Paperie

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Print of your choice – The Joyful Shop

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God is Good – 18×22 Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print by DaySpring

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Stella & Dot Foundation Bracelet

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Whatever Custom Rainbow Hoodie – size of your choice

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Custom Blog Design Package by Danielle Burkleo

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$100 gift card to Shabby Apple

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$25 gift certificate to The Rusted Chain

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CMHandmade HELLO Burlap Banner

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Joy’s Hope Messy Flower Pin & 8×10 Print

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Premier Designs Hope On Necklace

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Lauren Haddox Designs Party Pack – Party Pack of your choice ($35)

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$50 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard

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And we had to bring back the Cora dress for this giveaway…of course!!

Two Cora Dresses – size of your choice (fabrics vary)

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AMAZING, right? Here is how you can enter to win:

Giveaway Details:

ONE prize listed above

ONE winner chosen at random for each prize

ONE entry per book donated to The Joyful Life Library

(Please leave a separate comment for each book donated)

 Giveaway ends Sunday, March 10th at 9pm (CST)

To enter, visit The Joyful Life Library and make a book donation (to any of the 10 hospitals). Then, come back and leave a comment on this post.

PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH BOOK DONATED.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me with this project and for celebrating my sweet girl’s joyful life.

Happy Birthday Cora Paige! You are loved and missed!

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  • March 5, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    Keri S - I donated two books ( Little Blue Truck b/c my boys love it and Doggies b/c we are big Boynton fans!). I’d like to enter to win the Shabby Apple GC and the Sarah and Abraham GC. We had a sick child last year and the kindness of others was a blessing to us during that time! Happy to do this!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    Alyssa - Jes, this is such a beautiful way to celebrate your sweet Cora. I am so thankful to have found you through this blog world. The bits of your heart and faith are an encouragement.
    I donated a book for each of my sweet babies, their favorites if available and when they get up from their nap we are going to talk about their books and pray for the children who will be reading them.
    I absolutely love this and feel so incredibly blessed to be a part of it! Happy Birthday Cora!

    Weston donated: “Digger Man” so perfect for him :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Alyssa - Ally donated the Very Hungry Caterpillar, her favorite book, I hope it brings joy to some sweet children!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    Alyssa - Baby #3 donated the Bernstein Bears go to the Doctor, this mama hopes it brings comfort to some sweet ones in the hospital since we dont know our precious third!

    Thanks again Jes and family for this opportunity to serve and love in Jesus Name in honor of your Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    Veronica - Happy Birthday, Cora Paige! Your story has moved me both as a momma and as a believer and follower of Christ. I hug my children tighter everyday because of your story. The Joyful Life Library is an amazing idea. I donated “Knuffle Bunny” in honor of my baby girl who will be 5 in July. It is one of her favorite bedtime stories. Hopefully the book will bring joy to another momma and baby and it does me and mine! Jess, God bless for you continuing to share your story. You are an inspiration to us all. Prayers for you on this very bittersweet day!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Leanne - What a wonderful idea. I am so happy I found this! The first book I donated was “Frog and Toad are Friends”. This was one of my favorite books growing up.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    Monica - Happy birthday Cora! I donated Corduroy Goes to the Doctor.ReplyCancel

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    Monica - Happy birthday Cora! I donated Doctor Maisy.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:37 pm

    Leanne - The second book I donated, The Going To Bed Book, is in honor of my youngest son Zach. It is one of his favorites. He spent a week in a Children’s Hospital after a tumor was removed from his lung. We were blessed it was benign, but the experience has forever touched my heart.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:38 pm

    Monica - Happy birthday Cora! I donated Say “Ahhhh”: Dora Goes to the Doctor.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    Leanne - The third book was Moo, Baa, La La La. My oldest son, Ben, loved it when he was little.
    Happy birthday Cora! What a special angel you are….in your name we donate these books.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:51 pm

    Joy - Dear Jess,

    I donated 5 books but I do not need to be entered in the giveaways!

    I am not sure how I came upon your blog but have followed your story as Cora was bravely battling her illness.

    I am a physician….who’s training involved a PICU rotation….to this day the greatest evaluation I have ever received was when a tired mother of a three year old told me ” the only nights I know I can sleep is when I know you’re on call, because I know you’ll take care of her.”

    Donating these books was such an honor. For Cora, and for you and for my young patient Phoebe. Thank you.

    I am a wife and a mother and a Christian ….your example helps me daily. God bless you!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:55 pm

    Lesley - Wow. I was practically raised at Wesley. Born there, both of my parents spent most of their careers working there, and I candy striped there as a teenager. I’m so excited that this will be available! Thank you so much for giving me the chance to donate.

    I donated three books, so first was Moo Baa La La La, my son’s favorite. I’d like to enter for the Shabby Apple gift certificate. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    Lesley - My second book was “The Runaway Bunny”. I still remember my mom reading it to me. I’d like to enter for the Rusted Chain gift certificate.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    Lesley - My third choice is “Where the Wild Things Are”, my mom’s favorite. I’d like to enter for the Lisa Leonard Designs certificate. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Tonya S - I donated 10 apples up on top!!

    Happy Birthday Cora!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Samantha - What a perfect way to celebrate her birthday! I have donated Brown Bear, Brown Bear, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie and The Giving Tree. These are some of our favorites at home and hope they bring joy to the Children at Wesley!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    Melynda Hoffman - Harold and the Purple CrayonReplyCancel

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    Melynda Hoffman - Camilla, the Cupcake FairyReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    Tiffany J - Me and my boys donated “Love You Forever” as it’s one of our all time favs and so super sweet.

    This is such an awesome way to honor your Cora and celebrate her birthday. Prayers for you today!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:30 pm

    amber - Happy birthday to sweet Cora! Can’t believe she’d be 5! In honor of my own 5 year old girlie, we donated Birdie’s Big Girl Dress. So very honored to donate to such a sweet project.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:31 pm

    Anne Griffin - Clifford’s Family. Happy Birthday sweet Cora!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    amber - And one more time for our boys…The Pigeon has Feelings Too. :) Happy birthday to your sweet girl again!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    Lyndsey - Happy Birthday Cora!

    I donated “I Want My Hat Back” because it’s one of my son’s favorites!

    Praying for you today Jess :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Jen - Happy Birthday Cora! I donated “Clifford the Big Red Dog”!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:38 pm

    Lyndsey - My son Liam donated his favorite book, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:39 pm

    Lyndsey - And finally, baby #2 has donated Dear Zoo.

    Happy Birthday again to sweet Cora Paige :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:41 pm

    E @ Oh! Apostrophe - What a great idea and wonderful way to honor your beautiful daughter! I donated “My Truck is Stuck”, it’s one of my son’s favorites. Happy Birthday, Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    Sarah - Happy Birthday Cora! I love that you are honoring her is such a big way. This is so special. I donated Three Clifford books. (I will repost this comment for each book):: Book ONEReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:47 pm

    Sarah - Happy Birthday Cora! I love that you are honoring her is such a big way. This is so special. I donated Three Clifford books. (I will repost this comment for each book):: Book TWOReplyCancel

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    Sarah - Happy Birthday Cora! I love that you are honoring her is such a big way. This is so special. I donated Three Clifford books. (I will repost this comment for each book) :: Book THREEReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:49 pm

    Janet Hunt - Happy, Happy birthday Cora. Your momma has blessed so many lives by keeping your sweet memory alive. I picked the big animal book because I just KNOW you would have loved animals!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    Teri - Happy birthday Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    hannah - beautiful! happy birthday to cora!
    can’t wait to pick out some books!
    i’m not entering the giveaway, just wanted to say thank you. for sharing your story, your strength and your love by the grace of god for his glory. you bless me, girl! grateful for you and your sweet family.

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  • March 5, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Teri - Happy birthday Cora! Book 2ReplyCancel

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    Teri - Book 3ReplyCancel

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    Teri - Book 4ReplyCancel

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    Teri - Book 5ReplyCancel

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    Teri - Book 6!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    Kristyn Maia and Mekai - Happy Birthday Miss Cora ~ I know your mama misses you every day, but is so thankful that you sent your two brothers to give her joy in her days !

    One book on its way with love, from my daughter MaiaReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:03 pm

    Kristyn Maia and Mekai - And another on from my son, who dreams of one day getting to ride giant tractors, too !

    Love, MekaiReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    Lexi - I donated I Went a Walking to the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Today is also my friend Devon’s twins (Blake and Ethan)’s 5th birthday. They too are celebrating with Jesus today.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:05 pm

    Amy - Happy Birthday, Cora! I donated Corduroy to Wesley Medical Center. It was one of my favorites when I was little!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    Brittany - Happy Birthday to sweet Cora:)
    I donated The Little House Board Book to Riley Hospital in Carmel, IN.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:07 pm

    Brittany - Miss Spider’s Tea Party too :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:07 pm

    Amy - Happy Birthday, Cora! I donated The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to Wesley Medical Center. Such a good book! Hope they enjoy it!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:08 pm

    Amy - Happy Birthday, Cora! I donated Guess How Much I Love You to Wesley Medical Center.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    Amy - Happy Birthday, Cora! I donated We are in a book! to Wesley Medical Center. I would love to win a sweet Cora dress for my sweet little niece! Praying that the God of Comfort is especially near to all of you today!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    Elizabeth Cannata - I just bought: ‘Wemberly Worried’ by Kevin Henkes for Cora’s 5th birthday. Happy birthday BEAUTIFUL GIRL!!! I am sure you are having a wonderful time in heaven. Thank you Jess for always inspiring me to be the best mother I can be.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    Jessica Elliott - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! I donated “Goodnight, Moon”, one of our favorites, to Wesley Medical Center.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Amanda Lencinas - Hi. This is a wonderful way to celebrate Cora’s birthday. God Bless her and her beautiful family on her Golden Birthday. I am actually a nurse at one of the hospitals listed and I can testify to how much these books mean to the kids and their families. So thank you. My daughter and I donated “Peritos” by Sandra Boynton (spanish) because it is one of our favorites. I would love to win the Custom Blog Design Package by Danielle Burkleo.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    Rachel - Happy Birthday to Cora and Happy Birth Day to you, Jess. I donated Peek-A-Who by Nina Laden, a favorite of my boys!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    Mackenzie Miller - I just donated ‘Let’s Go for a Drive!’ to the Wesley Medical Center. Wow! These books are moving fast! I couldn’t decide which book to donate so I came back after a while and over half the books were already donated! What an amazing thing! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to do something so small.
    Happy Birthday to Cora. Praying for your family today!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 6:59 pm

    Jen Brown - What a sweet way to remember your Cora on her birthday! We donated The One and Only Ivan.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations - Happy Birthday sweet Cora Paige! Donated “Lilly’s Big Day”.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    Jen Brown - We also donated Leonardo, the Terrible Monster!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations - and “Birdie Plays Dress-Up”.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations - and “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    Jen Brown - We also donated This Is Not My Hat!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:03 pm

    Laura Schroeder - I donated “Old Bear Board Book”. What a great idea this is.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:13 pm

    Anita Walters - What a great thing to do! My first daughter was born 5 weeks early at Wesley and they took WONDERFUL care of her, and me! Happy Birthday Cora :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    Amanda - We donated “Can I Play Too?” :-) This is such a lovely way to honor Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    Amanda - We also donated “Frederick” :-)ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    JennySue - I donated “Kitten’s First Full Moon” to Wesley Medical Center.
    Such an neat way to donate- thanks for letting us know!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Kim York - Awesome way to honor sweet Cora. We always release pink balloons on her birthday. We donated “Sleep Like a Tiger” my oldest daughter is a big animal fan ;0)..Would love to win any of the above prizes but really it wouldn’t matter..So glad to find a way to honor your sweet Cora Paige.

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  • March 5, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    Lauren - I donated the book a “Good Day” because today is not only a good day, it is a great day to celebrate Cora. This is such a special project and I feel lucky to have helped in some way.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 8:03 pm

    JennySue - I also donated “The Very Busy Spider” to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital because I am from Oregon! :D Happy Birthday to Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    Kristen Shaw - What a great way to celebrate Cora’s 5th Birthday! I donated Hush Little Baby to the library and pray for all the children who will find comfort in reading these stories that will be donated in memory of your sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    Dawne - My daughters and I donated Knuffle Bunny: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems, one of our favorite authors. Happy birthday Cora!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    Debbie Smallie - Great idea and happy to donate to the hospital. We chose three books…one in honor of each of your kiddos :)

    #1~A Ball For DaisyReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    Debbie Smallie - Great idea and happy to donate to the hospital. We chose three books…one in honor of each of your kiddos :)

    #2 Up, Tall, and HighReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 8:39 pm

    Debbie Smallie - Great idea and happy to donate to the hospital. We chose three books…one in honor of each of your kiddos :)

    #3 My GardenReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 8:44 pm

    Dana Foster - My boys and I picked out “Happy Pig Day.” Hope this will be an encouragement to both these children and you!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    melissa hastings - I donated A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Happy Birthday to Cora. What a great way to celebrate her life and help other children at the same time!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    Yvonne Fast - I donated Grumpy Bird in honor of Cora’s 5th birthday. What a beautiful idea to honor your daughter. I am blessed through your blog. Praying for you–especially today.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 9:06 pm

    Robin - Donated The Very Hungry Caterpillar in honor of your sweet girl. God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    kathi - I purchased Mommy Hugs for CHOC. Blessings to you all for starting this amazing project. Happy Birthday to your sweet girlReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 9:59 pm

    Allison P. - Happy birthday, Cora! Blessings to all of you as you celebrate her and also miss her. I donated “Lilly’s Purple Purse”. I’m sure any 5yo girl would love that book!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:01 pm

    Rebecca E - Praying for you all today. What a beautiful example you and your family are of God’s faithfulness and trusting in Him and His plans for your life. As a mommy who also has a little girl in heaven I have always been so encouraged by you Jess. Thank you for always sharing your heart.
    What a beautiful way to celebrate her life and to give to so many more chidlren and families.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:02 pm

    Tracy R. - I just ordered book number 7 in the Harry Potter series in honor of your sweet Cora. My daughter is reading it right now and just loves the series. Happy 5th Birthday Cora! Thank you for sharing your heart!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    Carrie - wow five already! happy birthday sweet Cora!! I donated Frederick!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:08 pm

    Toni :0) - Happy 5th Birthday to your beautiful angel. I’m in awe that I’ve been following your sweet and amazing family for that long already. Many blessings to you on this difficult day. I haven’t gone a day without praying for your beautiful family. Big virtual hugs for strength and support!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    Carrie - also donated don’t let the pigeon stay up late! almost cleared the list for Wesley medical center :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    Nichole Martinez - I love this cause, which a sweet tribute to your baby girl! I donated Chuga Chuga Choo Choo to Cardon in Mesa.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:13 pm

    Nichole Martinez - I also donated The Very Hungry Caterpillar!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:16 pm

    Nichole Martinez - And lastly I donated Guess How Much I Love You! These are all favorites of ours and I know other kids will love them just as much! !ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:16 pm

    Carrie D - I donated Frederick by Leo Leoni :) One of my fav’s from growing up. Happy Birthday Sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    Sally Miller - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! Praying for your family. We were so glad to donate one of the Harry Potter books and pray for the families that will one day touch its pages.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:22 pm

    Lindsey H - Happy Birthday Cora! We were so proud and glad to donate Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Praying for your family and those that will read these many books.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Molly S - Happy Birthday to your sweet, sweet Cora. I love the Joyful Life Library and their mission – and all the books at Wesley have been donated? AWESOME! We were so happy to donate one of our favorite’s to Children’s Mercy here in KC – The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. Hugs to you!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:38 pm

    Joy - Amazon said Wesley needed to add books to its wish list so I sent books to the OR hospital as it’s closest to us.
    #1 Goodnight GorillaReplyCancel

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    Joy - #2 The Little HouseReplyCancel

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    Joy - #3 The Bears’ PicnicReplyCancel

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    Joy - #4 I Spy Treasure HuntReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    Lauren Black - Happy Birthday, sweet Cora! I donated Dear Zoo to Diamond Children’s at UMC. Our children love that book!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 11:13 pm

    Emily Hinkle - Happy birthday precious Cora! What a great way to honor her! I know this will be such a blessing to the little people that get to open these books. We donated “Goodnight, goodnight construction site” because it is one of my son’s favorite books!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    Ali - I followed Cora’s journey and prayed for her while she was sick. My heart goes out to you. When she went to be with Jesus I cried for 2 days straight. I have never had that kind of reaction before, but Cora really touched me. God bless you and the family. Happy 5th birthday sweet little Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 11:34 pm

    Lachalle - I meet you at craft weekend and had been following your blog way before that. I have made 4 donations for each of my children to give back . We were unable to donate to the hospital you were at as the wish list had been filled . But we were happy to donate to San Diego . We just spend a family holiday there so t was quite suiting for us to make the donation there.
    We donated splat the cat the rain is pain
    Splat the cat back to school
    Pinkalicious flower girl
    Lego city detective chase mccain stop the heistReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 11:35 pm

    Lachalle - Book 2ReplyCancel

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    Lachalle - Book 3ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 11:37 pm

    Lachalle - And book 4 . Happy birthday Cora
    May you always be remembered………
    Way to go jess. This is amazing . Hugs to you today as well.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 11:46 pm

    Samantha S. - Happy Birthday Cora! I ordered Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. What a great way to honor her! Love Sarah + Abraham.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 11:57 pm

    melinda - Donated in honor of my precious nephew Jack.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2013 - 11:59 pm

    melinda - Great idea! Donated a 2nd book :-). Thanks and God bless.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Jamie Lincoln - I donated Happy Pig Day! to Children’s Mercy Hospital.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:01 am

    Jamie Lincoln - I donated Let’s Go for a Drive! to Children’s Mercy Hospital. What a wonderful thing happening here to honor your beautiful girl!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:07 am

    Meghan Hein - What a beautiful way to celebrate your sweet Cora! I am so happy to be a part of it! I donated Moo, Baa, La La La, (My little guy’s favorite) to Rady’s Children’s Hospital in SD. Jess, as always, thank you for sharing your heart. Your vulnerability on this blog has led so many to know our Heavenly Father in a deeper way. You inspire me more than you can imagine. Thank you and I will be lifting you up this week!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:11 am

    Jessica H. - Well happy birthday to your sweet Cora! I love children’s books….I gave The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear, one of Christian’s favorites!ReplyCancel

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    Stacey Painchaud - Happy birthday, Cora! I donated Fifteen Animals by Sandra Boynton, a favorite at my house.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:15 am

    Stacey Painchaud - I also donated Skippyjon Jones for sweet Cora! Both of my children were born at Wesley…thinking of you!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:21 am

    Julie - Jess, I just love this. I love that it is a way to celebrate and remember Cora (who loved her books!), but also a way to encourage other families.

    I donated Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to Children’s Mercy (Calla’s current favorite).ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:23 am

    Julie - Also donated “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry . . .” to Children’s Mercy (Ori’s fave as a baby.)ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:37 am

    Kristina - What a great way to give! Happy birthday, Cora! We donated three books:

    #1 The Jesus Storybook BibleReplyCancel

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    grace cho - I donated 3 books to CHOC in CA- first one was ‘the little house’ board book.ReplyCancel

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    Kristina - #2- Jesus Loves Me (Cuddle and Sing Board Book)ReplyCancel

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    Kristina - #3- The Bear Snores On (My boys love this one)ReplyCancel

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    grace cho - CHOC- the second one was ‘doggies’ by sandra boynton :)ReplyCancel

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    grace cho - CHOC- the last one was ‘not the hippopotamus!’ :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:42 am

    Stephanie Durben - What a wonderful way to celebrate Cora’s life and bless so many others. I donated a recent favorite in our household, “I Like it When…”, to Doernbecher in my hometown of Portland, Oregon.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:26 am

    Penny - I donated The Runaway Bunny in Cora’s memory to Children’s Hospital of Orange County since there were no longer books available for Wesley Hospital. Wishing you joy and peace today. (No need to enter me in the drawing)ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:33 am

    Kasey Shaw - We donated 4 books. The first is one of my son’s favorites – Harold and the Purple Crayon.ReplyCancel

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    Kasey Shaw - #2 – “Harold’s Fairy Tale (Further Adventures of with the Purple Crayon)”ReplyCancel

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    Kasey Shaw - #3 – “Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books)”ReplyCancel

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    Kasey Shaw - #4 – “Silly Sally”

    Happy Birthday, Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 5:46 am

    Jessica - We donated The Little Gorilla to: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North (Carmel, IN)

    This is my 15 month old’s favorite book :)ReplyCancel

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    Ashley - Happy Birthday Cora! We donated “Pete the Cat: Play Ball”, one of my son’s favorites! :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 7:04 am

    Ashley - We also donated “Pete the Cat: Pete’s Big Lunch” in Cora’s honor. Thank you for allowing us the beautiful opportunity to give back in her name.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Stephanie - Hurray! All the books for Wesley had been purchased. I donated to the hospital in Honolulu in honor of my soon to be five year old, Jesse. Little Critter: My Trip To The Hospital, Little Critter: When I Grow Up and Flashing Fire Engines.

    Thank you for letting us be a part of this, Jess.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 9:02 am

    Kami B. - All of the books for Wesley Hospital were purchased so we bought one of my son’s favorite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We donated it to Childrens Hospital in KC. What a wonderful gift and blessing that you have done by spreading the word of this. God bless you, your soul, & your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 9:25 am

    Holly D - Love this project! Wichita has no more books left to buy. So, we donated to KC. Book: Bedtime for Francis.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Holly D - Happy Birthday Cora! Book #2: Story of Ferdinand.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Holly D - Book #3: Edwina, The Dinosaur. Donated to KC.ReplyCancel

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    Holly D - Book #4: A second copy of Bedtime for Frances.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 9:35 am

    alison boone - Lovely idea! We donated “Little Blue Truck”. It showed the Kansas hospital as full so we sent it to Miller Childrens Hospital in Long Beach!
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  • March 6, 2013 - 9:58 am

    Jenni Carlisle - I love how you are celebrating your sweet girl! I’ve donated 8 books to the Diamond Children’s UMC on behalf of my nephew Carter, at 5 years old he has spent more than half of his life in the NICU/PICU. Prayers for your precious family!

    1st book Big MaxReplyCancel

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    Jenni Carlisle - 2nd book Danny the DinosaurReplyCancel

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    Jenni Carlisle - 3rd book Detecive DinosaurReplyCancel

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    Jenni Carlisle - 4th book Bread and Jam for FrancesReplyCancel

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    Jenni Carlisle - 5th The Best Seat in 2nd GradeReplyCancel

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    Jenni Carlisle - 6th book The Horse in Harry’s RoomReplyCancel

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    Jenni Carlisle - 7th book How Do I Feel (Spanish)ReplyCancel

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    Jenni Carlisle - 8th book Liitle BearReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Jessica Matthews - This giveaway is awesome, so glad I got to be a part of it! I donated “Cloudy with a chance of meatballs” to the Children’s Mercy Hospital Joyful Life Library in Kansas City, MO. (All of the books for Wesley had already been purchased).

    Happy birthday Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:24 am

    Alyssa - Jess, I donated a book in honor of sweet Cora. Her little life continues to impact this world in a big way for Him!ReplyCancel

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    Alyssa - Jess, I donated another book in honor of sweet Cora. Her little life continues to impact this world in a big way for Him!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:25 am

    Becca Reddig - we chose the Hawaii hospital! my husband and i were just there celebrating 10 years together. the first book we donated was Just Me and My Little Brother from my oldest boy, who lost his little brother at just 3 days old. Happy Birthday Cora. you are the same age as my oldest and i know how much your mommy misses you. we will be celebrating my little ones 3rd Heaven birthday this year.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:25 am

    Alyssa - Jess, I donated yet another book in honor of sweet Cora. Her little life continues to impact this world in a big way for Him!ReplyCancel

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    Alyssa - Jess, I donated a fourth book in honor of sweet Cora. Her little life continues to impact this world in a big way for Him!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:26 am

    Becca Reddig - our 2nd book is in honor of my son Blake who is in heaven with Cora. whenever i see planes i think of him. so we donated Amazing Airplanes for him. :)ReplyCancel

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    Alyssa - Jess, I donated a fifth book in honor of sweet Cora. Her little life continues to impact this world in a big way for Him!ReplyCancel

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    Alyssa - Jess, I donated a sixth book in honor of sweet Cora. Her little life continues to impact this world in a big way for Him!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Becca Reddig - the 3rd book is donated from our littlest Harlo. we donated Amelia Bedelia Makes A Friend from her to Honolulu. much love to your family. this is such a wonderful thing to do to honor your sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:38 am

    Lindsay - This is such a special way to celebrate your precious girl’s birthday! I have followed your blog for a long time and even though I rarely comment, I was led to comment today and donate some books! Thank you for finding a way for all of us to celebrate Cora with you!

    I donated Dr. Seuss Green Eggs & Ham in honor of my 4 year old son who has loved this book for years. Hopefully another child will pick it up and it will bring a smile to their face!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:39 am

    Lindsay - The second book we donated is Hugs. My son checked out this book from the library one day, and as simple as it is, the sweet message made him (& I!) smile!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Megan - Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter — praying that you had a day filled with love and peace and moments of joy from Levi and Griffin. Love all that your friends donated and love that you’re so wonderfully living out her memory still through the books. God bless!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:51 am

    Jennifer F. - Happy Birthday Cora! I dontated Llama Llama Red Pajama.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:53 am

    Jennifer F. - I donated Let’s Go for a Drive (An elephant and piggie book). So happy to be apart of this projectReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:55 am

    Jennifer F. - I donated The Keeping Quilt, because its such a sweet storyReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Jennifer F. - the 4th book I donated is The Gruffalo, because its a personal favorite.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    BethAnne - Happy birthday to your sweet Cora! Levi’s love for her just melts my heart.

    We donated 2 books to the Kansas City children’s mercy hospital – a place near to our family’s hearts.

    We donated Caps for Sale. And…ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    BethAnne - also My Lucky Day.ReplyCancel

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    Patti Jensen - I donated to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, “Happy Hippos, Angry Ducks”. Thank you for making us aware of this fundraiser!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    tara - love this!

    i donated six books in honor of my two kiddos, my two nieces and my two nephews to the Kansas City, MO hospital since the Wichita, KS one was already filled … which is amazing!

    i purchased “Mommy Hugs” … andReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    tara - “Daddy Hugs” … andReplyCancel

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    tara - “From Head to Toe” … andReplyCancel

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    tara - “Is your mama a Llama” … andReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    Krista (aka babykatesmom) - Happy Birthday (yesterday) Cora Paige!

    We donated “Just me and my little brother” to the Kapi’olani Children’s Hospital in Hawaii. It looked like Wesley’s wish list had been fulfilled, AWESOME!ReplyCancel

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    tara - “Harry the Dirty Dog” … andReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    tara - “Perfect Piggies”.

    thanks again for this amazing giveaway, always sharing your heart and ultimately pushing me to want to be a better mama to m&h.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Amanda D. - Happy Birthday Cora Paige! You have touched so many lives. I donated 5 books that my 3 kids all love.

    The first was “Clifford and the Small Red Puppy”ReplyCancel

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    Amanda D. - The second was “Thomas and Friends: May the Best Engine Win”ReplyCancel

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    Amanda D. - The third was “Blue Hat, Green Hat” Love Sandra Boynton!ReplyCancel

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    Amanda D. - The fourth was “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” My son loves this one!ReplyCancel

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    Amanda D. - The fifth was “Good Night Oregon” Love Dornbecher’s hospital in Portland!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Rebecca Wade - This is such an amazing idea, what an incredible way to blessing families that are hurting. We donate “Sheep on a Ship” to the Cardon Medical Center in Tucson.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Jennifer - little blue truck book donated from my son Sawyer to Children’s Mercy HospitalReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    Jennifer - harry the dirty dog book donated from my son Dillon to Children’s Mercy Hospital. praying these children are blessed. thank you for giving of your time and energy to do this for these children.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Brady - Happy birthday, sweet Cora Paige!! I love, LOVE this idea. Wish I could have donated to Wesley (that’s where both of my babies were born!!) but SO glad to see their wish list was fulfilled already! I donated Fire Flies to Children’s Mercy!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Brady - Also donated Harold’s Fairy Tale to Children’s Mercy!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Jessica H. - Happy birthday to your sweet girl. My 3 little ladies and I decided to donate three classics to the KS library as well as three more to the Tucson library as that’s where my babies were born. I absolutely love this idea to commemorate not only Cora’s life, but to bring a little smile to faces of many children and their parents for years to come. Books have an amazing way of bringing healing, even for just a moment. I love your blog and think you have a gift for writing in such a vulnerable and honest way. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for doing this. I hope it helps fill those shelves!
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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Krista - Happy Birthday Sweet Cora! I donated the book Corduroy. I loved this book when I was little and now my kids love it too!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:30 pm

    Krista - I also donated the book The Napping House. It is so cute and funny to read.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    Krista - I love participating in giving books! If You Give a Moose a Muffin is one of our favorites so hope someone else can enjoy it as well now!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    Krista - A Visitor for Bear is a great story! Glad we are able to give to someone else to enjoy.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Krista - The last book we donated was, Only One You. We haven’t read this story before, but I picked it because of the title. Thank you for this opportunity in giving!ReplyCancel

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    Amy G. - We happily donated “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?” – a favorite of my little boys. :)ReplyCancel

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    Tawnie - The duckling gets a cookie. Happy Birthday Cora!ReplyCancel

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    Amy G. - We also donated “Dragons Love Tacos” because it sounds like the coolest book ever. :) Happy birthday, sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    ranee - my son will be five in april, so i told him about this project and asked if he wanted to help. he said he thought we should give three books for each child in our family and that he thought that cora probably had a birthday party with jesus in heaven! luke chose to donate goodnight, goodnight, construction sight.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:01 pm

    ranee - tessa chose to donate the pigeon wants a puppy!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    ranee - luke & tessa chose bear snores on, a board book for their baby brother who will arrive in july! all of these went to kansas city as it looks like the wesley library is full! :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:03 pm

    Sheri - Happy birthday, Cora! We donated Knuffle Bunny to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:06 pm

    Sheri - We also donated Knuffle Bunny Too. My girls love those books!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    Angela - I have sent 2 books to Kansas Mercy hospital as Wesley was sold out. The 2 books are brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? Because its your boys’ favourite book and I know their sissy would love it too and Guess how much I love you because I read this one to my sweet boys who are the same age as yours. Happy birthday, Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:12 pm

    Sheri - The next book we donated was Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My oldest daughter has been looking for ways to spend the money she raised to help someone else. I’m so glad this opportunity came up!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    Angela - 2nd book: guess how much I love you. I love reading this to my boys.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    Karen Giddings - What a great cause! Thank you for doing this. I met you at the CW in May with Meg and Kim. I donated Little Hoot to the KC Hospital. Blessings.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Karen Giddings - What a great cause! Thank you for doing this. I met you at the CW in May with Meg and Kim. I donated The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the KC Hospital. Blessings.ReplyCancel

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    Karen Giddings - What a great cause! Thank you for doing this. I met you at the CW in May with Meg and Kim. I donated Time for School to the KC Hospital. Blessings.ReplyCancel

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    Karen Giddings - What a great cause! Thank you for doing this. I met you at the CW in May with Meg and Kim. I donated The Napping House to the KC Hospital. Blessings.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    Melissa Wolf - Happy belated birthday to your precious girl–what a wonderful way to commemorate her day! The Wesley Medical Center wish list appears to have been filled, so I donated three books to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Llama Llama Time to Share, and The Dog Who Cried Wolf.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Melissa Wolf - Happy belated birthday to your Cora girl–what a wonderful way to commemorate her day! The Wesley Medical Center wish list appears to have been filled, so I donated three books to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Llama Llama Time to Share, and The Dog Who Cried Wolf.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Melissa Wolf - Happy belated birthday to your precious Cora–what a wonderful way to commemorate her day! The Wesley Medical Center wish list appears to have been filled, so I donated three books to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Llama Llama Time to Share, and The Dog Who Cried Wolf.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    Kristina - What a wonderful way to celebrate your sweet girl. In honor of her fifth birthday, I sent five books to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. The first: Abuela.ReplyCancel

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    Kristina - The second book to Children’s Mercy Hospital: Time for School, Mouse!ReplyCancel

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    Kristina - The third book to Children’s Mercy Hospital: The Story of Ferdinand.ReplyCancel

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    Kristina - The fourth book to Children’s Mercy Hospital: Brave Irene.ReplyCancel

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    Kristina - The fifth book to Children’s Mercy Hospital: Harry the Dirty Dog.ReplyCancel

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    Julie Haltiwanger - I gave Freckle Juice to IU Health North Hospital Carmel,IN.ReplyCancel

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    Jessica - Forgot to post the books in my comment!
    The 3 books to Wesley…The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, and Guess How Much I love you.ReplyCancel

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    Jessica H. - And the 3 books we sent to Tucson…
    Elmo Says, Where is Baby’s Belly Button, and But Not the Hippopotamus.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    Sara Huber - Love this idea!

    Book #1 Berenstain Bears and the Messy RoomReplyCancel

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    Sara Huber - Book #2: Barnyard DanceReplyCancel

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    Sara Huber - Book #3: Never, Ever Shout in a ZooReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 5:23 pm

    Elizabeth McDermott - Happy Birthday Cora! What a great way to honor your daughter’s memory!

    We donated a book (Good Night, Spot) to the Long Beach Hospital since all the ones for Wesley were already bought!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 5:44 pm

    Kristen M - Book 1- The Very Hungry Caterpillar (donated all books to hospital in Portland OR)ReplyCancel

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    Kristen M - Book 2- Berenstein Bears SleepoverReplyCancel

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    Kristen M - Book 3- Clifford Takes A TripReplyCancel

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    Kristen M - Book 4- Clifford the Big Red DogReplyCancel

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    Kristen M - Book 5- Clifford’s FamilyReplyCancel

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    Kristen M - The Berenstein Bears by the SeaReplyCancel

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    Tina - A Kiss Goodnight, and Guess How Much I Love You

    donated to Children’s Mercy. Looks like Wesley’s list has already been filled!!!

    What a blessing you are to so many!ReplyCancel

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    Kristen M - book 6- The Berenstein Bears by the SeaReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2013 - 9:02 pm

    tifRN - As one of Cora’s nurses, I am still today honored & humbled by your faith & love. I refer all of my oncology patients to your blog to show them the power of positivity & faith. I was so blessed to have met you all. Thank you so much for the library.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 8:09 am

    Carla Bradley - Your blog has been so encouraging to my faith! Happy to honor Cora on her 5th birthday! May these books bless many families!ReplyCancel

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    katherine - What a wonderful idea! We donated our favorite book (katy the snow plow) to the hospital in portland or! Blessings to your sweet family!ReplyCancel

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    Jill W - I am sending Ferdinand the Bull because my son loved that book so much when he was little.

    Thank you for doing this and what an honor to your sweet Cora Paige. Prayers for you all…ReplyCancel

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    Heather C. - Your story continues to amaze and inspire me! I have donated Llama Llama Red Pajama in honor of my oldest son Tyler. This has always been one of his favorite books!ReplyCancel

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    Heather C. - I donated ‘If you Give a Moose a Muffin’ in honor of my youngest son Logan. This is such a wonderful idea and I am happy I could be a part of it!ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 11:32 am

    Amy M - What a great cause! I have been an avid reader my whole life, and many times I have found comfort in books. I had to go through the lists and pick out my childhood favorites :)

    Charlotte’s Web to Kapi’loani in HawaiiReplyCancel

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    Amy M - Pippi Longstocking to Kapi’olani in Hawaii.ReplyCancel

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    Amy M - Goodnight Moon to Doernbecher in OregonReplyCancel

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    Amy M - Green Eggs and Ham to to Doernbecher in Oregon

    Dr. Seuss is my fave :)ReplyCancel

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    Amy M - Runaway Bunny to Miller in CaliforniaReplyCancel

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    Amy M - One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Spanish) to Miller in CaliforniaReplyCancel

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    Amy M - Wocket in my Pocket to Diamonds in Arizona

    One of my very favorite books as a kid!ReplyCancel

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    Amy M - Last one…Tikki Tikki Tembo to Diamonds in AZ.ReplyCancel

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    pallavi - Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? to IU Health North Hospital
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  • March 7, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    Tara Neely - There was nothing on the wish list. I donated Good Night Moon and a gift certificate. My daughter Paige turned 5 in November and Good Night Moon was one of her favorites. So thankful for her and think and pray for y’all all the time!! Happy birthday Cora!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    Karen Anselm - What a wonderful idea! I will be sharing this link to my friends and family. Peek a Boo and I love you more, two of my favorite books will be heading to the Library! Happy Birthday Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    Lisa - Book donated to Children’s Hospital in Orange County. Happy birthday, sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

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    Lisa - Second book donated to Children’s Hospital in Orange County.ReplyCancel

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    Lisa - I should have mentioned both were Sandra Boynton books which my two boys loved when they were little…not so little any more but mama still loves the stories! :-)ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I donated “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” to the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. We love Pigeon!!ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I donated “Happy Pig Day” to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Mo Willems’ books are just so happy :)ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I donated “Flashing Fire Engines” to the Kapi’olani Children’s Hospital. Had to get a fire truck book for the boys.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I donated “Busy Boats” to Kapi’olani Children’s Hospital.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I donated “Harry the Dirty Dog” to Diamond Children’s Hospital in Tucson.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I donated “Harold and the Purple Crayon” to Diamond Children’s Hospital in Tucson.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I donated “Caps for Sale” to Diamond Children’s Hospital in Tucson.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I donated “Are You My Mother?” to Diamond Children’s Hospital in Tucson.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I donated “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” to Diamond Children’s Hospital in Tucson.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    Jody R. - I donated “Little Owl Lost” to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City. I’ve never read it, but the cover looks so cute. I’ll have to see if my local library has it.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 3:01 pm

    Jody R. - I donated “The Art Lesson” by Tomie dePaola to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 8:01 pm

    Jody R. - I just had the feeling to go and check if any more books had been added to the Wesley Medical Center since they were already gone when I first checked. Some had been added!

    I purchased “The Very Busy Spider” for Wesley Medical Center.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    Jody R. - I purchased “DC Super Heroes: Ready for Action!” for Wesley Medical Center. I’m sure the boys will love this.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I purchased “Make Way for Ducklings” for Wesley Medical Center. I just love this classic book.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I purchased “LEGO NINJAGO #1: The Challenge of the Samukai” for Wesley Medical Center. The NINJAGO series is so popular with our 1st-3rd grade boys so I had to get it.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    Jody R. - I purchased “Pinkalicious: Flower Girl” for Wesley Medical Center.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I purchased “LEGO City: Detective Chase McCain: Stop that Heist!” for Wesley Medical Center.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I purchased “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me” for Wesley Medical Center. It’s one of my very favorite Eric Carle books.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I purchased “Swimmy” for Wesley Medical Center.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I purchased “An Extraordinary Egg” for Wesley Medical Center.ReplyCancel

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    Jody R. - I purchased “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” for Wesley Medical Center.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 8:56 pm

    Abby - Love this birthday celebration you created for Cora! We will be celebrating our oldest daughter Lesley’s 4th birthday next week and are thankful every day to have her in our life. We are donating Curious George and the Birthday Surprise in Cora’s memory. Happy birthday sweet girl!ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    Abby - Also donating Clifford The Small Red Puppy since the big red dog is one of our second daughter Leah’s favorite characters to read about. Thank you for hosting a wonderful birthday party for Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 9:04 pm

    Claire Nicholls - We have donated ‘Lola’ in honour of your beautiful girls 5th birthday. XxxxReplyCancel

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    Lani - Happy birthday sweet Cora!I donated Curious George Goes to the Zoo.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 10:40 pm

    Lani - I also donated Clifford the Firehouse Dog.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 11:45 pm

    Jane - I LOVE this idea! books are so important for kids and what a gorgeous way to remember your precious Cora! I have donated Goodnight Moon (my favourite childhood book)ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 11:46 pm

    Jane - and caps for saleReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2013 - 11:47 pm

    Jane - and fancy Nancy, cos my two little neices love Fancy Nancy and I love tea – what a combo!
    thanks Jess for the opportunity to join in on this, even from far away in australia!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:14 am

    Jaime S - Happy Birthday sweet Cora! I purchased an Amelia Bedelia for Wesley-I just love her!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:16 am

    Jaime S - I also got a Fancy Nancy Book!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 6:12 am

    Amanda - What a beautiful way to celebrate Cora’s life. Sending prayers your way. I ordered five books – shipping directly to Wesley. The first is: Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 6:13 am

    Amanda - The second book I sent is: Amelia Bedelia Collection (I Can Read Book 2)ReplyCancel

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    Amanda - The third book is: Llama Llama Nighty-NightReplyCancel

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    Amanda - The fourth book is: Llama Llama Wakey-WakeReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 6:16 am

    Amanda - The fifth book is: Curious George Says Thank You

    Again, praying for you all. God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 7:21 am

    Mary - My son Marcus chose Clifford the Big Red Dog as the book we donated. Love the Joyful Life Library organization and so happy that Cora can be celebrated in this wonderful way!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:13 am

    Christy H. - So happy to contribute to such a joyful cause! I hope the children enjoy the book I donated: Clifford’s Spring Clean-Up (Clifford the Big Red Dog). Thank you for the opportunity to spread some joy!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:16 am

    Jessica Oakes - Happy birthday, sweet Cora. I donated Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach to Wesley. Pete the Cat is one of my daughters favorites. Hopefully it brings a smile to the face of another little one. (Ashley’s SnapShop)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:18 am

    Jessica Oakes - I also donated Stone Soup to Wesley. A favorite of mine as a kid. (Ashley’s SnapShop)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:20 am

    Jessica Oakes - My daughter picked Pinkalicious Pink Around the Rink to send to Wesley. (Ashley’s SnapShop)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:21 am

    tracey overton - We donated Fish is Fish to Wesley Medical CenterReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:22 am

    Jessica Oakes - My daughter also picked Pinkalicious School Rules for Weasley. Then we said a prayer for peace for your family and sang happy birthday to Miss Cora. (Ashley’s SnapShop)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:23 am

    tracey overton - Also donated Kiss Good Night to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City since we are from MO as well. :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Lindsey Kennedy - Happy Birthday Cora! We decided on our three favorite books on the list. The first one was Llama Llama Zippity Zoom!ReplyCancel

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    Jessica Oakes - Donated Fancy Nancy Puppy Party to Wesley. God bless you and your family. (Ashley’s SnapShop)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:25 am

    Lindsey Kennedy - The 2nd book was Pinkalicious and the Pink DrinkReplyCancel

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    Lindsey Kennedy - The 3rd book is Fancy Nancy and the Sensational Babysitter. Thank you! :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:26 am

    Jessica Oakes - The last book I donated to Wesley is I Love You Stinky Face. Another family favorite. (Ashley’s SnapShop)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:32 am

    Stevie - What a beautiful idea…a wonderful way to celebrate Cora’s birthday. I donated Clifford and the Big Storm. My oldest was a big fan of Clifford. When he was 2, he had to spend a couple days in the hospital due to pneumonia. My parents came to visit and brought him a new Clifford book for us to read. It was amazing how a new Clifford book cheered him and I up.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:34 am

    Stevie - I donated Curious George in the Snow, for my youngest who loved Curious George.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:37 am

    Stevie - I donated Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin. I’m Mama to boys and wanted to add a little Pink to the shopping cart. :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:44 am

    Maria - One of Clifford’s books is on its way to the Wesley Medical Center.
    Happy Birthday Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:44 am

    Amanda - I donated the Curious George Around Town Boxed Set to Wesley.

    I came across this from Ashley Ann’s website. May I please be entered in the SnapShop raffle?ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Ashley - This is such a wonderful way to celebrate Cora’s birthday. These bookshelves will be stocked before you know it! Book #1 – The Alphabet Tree :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:53 am

    Ashley - This is such a wonderful way to celebrate Cora’s birthday. These bookshelves will be stocked before you know it! Book #2 – Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Slumber Party :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 9:58 am

    Ashley - This is such a wonderful way to celebrate Cora’s birthday. These bookshelves will be stocked before you know it! Book #3 –Pinkalicious: Soccer StarReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Joy Schneck - Happy Birthday Cora! I donated Pinkalicious and the Pinkatastic Zoo Day. (Pinkalicious would make any little girls day a little brighter!)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 10:25 am

    Joy - Happy Birthday Cora! :) I gave Clifford’s Puppy Days. :) Clifford is the best puppy around and I hope he makes someone’s day a little brighter.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 10:27 am

    Hilary B - I donated one book to the San Diego library (Splat the Cat). We love Splat and San Diego.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 10:27 am

    Carol - Happy Birthday Cora. Donating in honor of grandson #1.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Hilary B - We also donated a book to Wesley– Clifford’s ABC. What a beautiful way to honor your girl. Much love to you today.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Carol - Book 2in honor of grandson #2.ReplyCancel

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    Carol - Book 3 in honor of grandson #3.ReplyCancel

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    Carol - Book #4 in honor of granddaughter #1.ReplyCancel

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    Carol - Book #5 in honor of granddaughter #2.ReplyCancel

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    Carol - Book #6 in honor of granddaughter #3.ReplyCancel

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    Carol - Book #7 in honor of granddaughter #4.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 11:21 am

    Kayla Megan - This is an incredible story, and I think what you’re doing is a huge blessing to other families. Happy birthday to your sweet Cora. What a beautiful, beautiful girl.

    I donated Madeline, because that was one of my all-time favorite stories growing up.

    I would love to enter for the SnapShops workshop spot.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 11:44 am

    Robyn - I donated the fancy nancy loose tooth book as my daughter just lost a tooth ;)ReplyCancel

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    Robyn - The 2nd book I donated was the bear snores on. Both of my kids loved that book when they were younger :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 11:50 am

    Marge - I donated The Little Blue Truck Leads the Way to Kapi`olani Children’s Hospital. All four of my grandchildren love this story, and I hope that the story brings a smile to more children’s faces. I’ll certainly pray for all of the little hands that will be holding this copy.
    Please enter me for the SnapShop workshop drawing.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Lindsey - I just donated Bear Wants More in honor of my daughter Kara! What a wonderful cause…hoping it brings joy to many!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 11:55 am

    Lindsey - Also donated Planting a Rainbow…Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! xoxoxoReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    joyful life library update » The Macs - […] overwhelming support in this project has been such a blessing to […]ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Jenna - I donated Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs & Ham, Oh The Places You’ll Go, and Moo, Baa, La La La in honor of my sweet cousin who died from cancer 10 years ago in January. He would have been 18 years old this year.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    mj - Donated:
    “Caps For Sale” because who doesn’t like monkeys up in a tree wearing caps and stomping their feet and shaking their hands?ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    mj - “The Snowy Day” was donated because it was a favorite of mine, nearly 50 years ago, and I read it to my kids.ReplyCancel

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    mj - “Harry the Dirty Dog” I loved this story about unconditonal love and the value of a bath….the best life lessons!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    mj - The Runaway Bunny….because as mothers we would do this.ReplyCancel

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    mj - Harold and The Purple Crayon, because every child should have a magic purple crayon.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    Yvonne Fast - I donated 5 books to Diamond Children’s hospital in Tuscon, AZ. Praying for the precious children that I will never meet who will be touched by this wonderful project. What a JOYFUL project this is!

    Book #1 Good Night ArizonaReplyCancel

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    Yvonne Fast - Book #2 Uncle ElephantReplyCancel

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    Yvonne Fast - Book #3 Owl at HomeReplyCancel

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    Yvonne Fast - Book #4 La oruga muy hambrientaReplyCancel

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    Yvonne Fast - Book #5 There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Danielle F. - Happy birthday in heaven, Cora!

    Book #1: “A Year at a Construction Site”
    Donated by Cole in honor of Levi and GriffinReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    Rose E. - I just got my MLS (Masters Library Science) last year so I’m a big fan of libraries. I feel so blessed to be able to help one along and to get books to kids who can’t go to a normal library. I mostly donated books I loved to read when I was little. The first was The Story of Ferdinand.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:31 pm

    Danielle F. - Happy birthday in heaven, Cora!

    Book #2: “Falling for Rapunzel”
    Donated by Britton in honor of CoraReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    Rose E. - The Second was Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? in Spanish (yay for kids who speak Spanish getting to read awesome books too)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    Rose E. - The third was Goodnight Moon (also in Spanish). I LOVED this book as a kid. I hope the kid who reads it loves finding the mouse in every picture as much as I did.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    Lori Goebel - I bought Opposites by Sandra Boynton (spanish version)ReplyCancel

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    Lori Goebel - I bought “Have you seen my cat? by Eric CarleReplyCancel

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    Rose E. - The fourth was Are You My Mother? (in Spanish)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Lori Goebel - I bought “Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky face.”ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:38 pm

    Lori Goebel - I bought “Millions of Cats”ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    Lori Goebel - The final book was “The Mixed-up Chameleon” by Eric Carle.

    My daughter has been inpatient at Wesley a couple of different times and this sounds like a great addition to their hospital.

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    Rose E. - The fifth and last was Moo, Baa, La La La (in Spanish). Sandra Boynton wasn’t around when I was little but I LOVE her bouncy words and, yes, I read them as an adult. Cheerful words do the heart good.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    Wylie - I just bought Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse. Such a wonderful effort to start this library! Thank you. These children will be so blessed!ReplyCancel

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    Paige - thank you for the opportunity to do this. thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

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    Paige - commenting for book number 2 to wesley. thanks again!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    Lesta - Grew up a Kansas farmgirl and have many memories of Wesley, some good, some bittersweet. Loved I Planted A Carrot when I was young – many years ago! Enjoy reading your blog Jess. Books are a blessing – such a sweet thing to do for Cora’s happy birthday.
    I would like to be entered in the drawing for the Rainbow hoodie from Whatever for a little girl I know.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    Nichole Duenke - My boys and I donated “Biscuit’s Day at the Farm” to the Carmel Indiana hospital. :)ReplyCancel

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    Nichole Duenke - We also donated “hug” :)ReplyCancel

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    Nichole Duenke - And our third donation was “Peek A Who?” :) Blessings to you all!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    Denise Kessler - Jess, this is such a wonderful idea. What a beautiful way to celebrate the gift of Cora. I decided to give 5 books to the hospital in Hawaii because that is where our precious first-born spent her happiest years! I picked books that our children really liked except for “Geckos Up and Geckos Down”…I just got that because our years in HI were filled with geckos! Thanks for giving us the chance to share in this memorial. Happy Birthday, sweet Cora, give our Kristy a hug!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    Jenni - Oh my goodness:). I haven’t been able to control the tears all day just thinking about this! I read about this on Ashley’s blog. What a beautiful thing you are doing! I just placed my order for Mister Seahorse, one of my favs:). Happy Birthday Cora!! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful day celebrating your sweet girl!:)ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 4:51 pm

    Samantha D. - I donated one book (“Today is Monday”). Jess, I am praying for you and your family and remembering sweet Cora alongside you. These books are sure to comfort the kiddos and their families.

    Warm Regards,
    Samantha D.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    Jackie Hancock - We ordered our favorites and sent them to Children’s Mercy here in KC:

    #1 The Complete Adventures of Peter RabbitReplyCancel

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    Jackie Hancock - #2: Time for BedReplyCancel

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    Jackie Hancock - #3 How to Catch a Star

    Happy Birthday Cora!!ReplyCancel

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    Esther - I donated “Guess How Much I Love You” for IU Health North as that is one of the Children Hospitals in my town. I picked this book because it is one of my favorites to read to my kids. Praying that this book blesses other parent’s and kids when they are going through rough times.
    What a neat way to bless so many others in honor of Cora’s birthday!ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 5:41 pm

    Allison - Happy Birthday Cora! I donated Perritos: Un libro para contar y ladrar.ReplyCancel

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    Allison - Happy Birthday Cora! I donated Bilingual Bright Baby Animals.ReplyCancel

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    allison - Happy Birthday Cora! I donated Bright Baby Bilingual Touch & Feel: Numbers.ReplyCancel

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    Katie - Happy Birthday to Cora! I just love her name! We were able to donate the last two books! #1 – Knuffle Bunny TooReplyCancel

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    Katie - #2 – Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary TaleReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    Tracy D - What a wonderful way to honor your beautiful daughter’s life! I donated in honor of my seven year old son.ReplyCancel

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    Tracy D. - I also donated in honor of my 4 year old.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    Courtney R - Love this idea! We donated Biscuit’s Day At the Farm — my youngest daughter’s favorite book!ReplyCancel

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    Courtney R - We also donated Bear Snores On — another of our favorites!ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 7:26 am

    Leah - Such a beautiful way to celebrate your daughter’s life! We donated three of our favorites to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis. The first was Goodnight Gorilla.ReplyCancel

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    Leah - The second was All of Baby, Nose to ToesReplyCancel

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    Leah - The last was Chika Chika Boom Boom. Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to brighten a child’s day!ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Ruth Wright - I feel priviledged to donate to such an awesome cause! I donated 3 books to the San Diego hospital. Will prayer for whoever touches the books to be blessed and comforted by our Saviour Jesus Christ. :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    Ruth Wright - Forgot to list the book I bought on the first post, it was Have you ever tickled a tiger and the 2nd one is I want my hat back. :)ReplyCancel

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    Ruth Wright - The 3rd book I bought for the San Diego hospital is I love my new toy! Hope they all bring smiles to those who read them. :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Chelsea - I donated Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3 to Hawaii :)ReplyCancel

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    Chelsea - I donated Dazzling Diggers to Hawaii :)ReplyCancel

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    Chelsea - I donated my favorite Mo WIllems book The Pigeon Wants a Puppy to Hawaii :)ReplyCancel

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    Chelsea - I donated Harold and the Purple Crayon to Hawaii :)

    Thanks for sharing this opportunity!ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    Christian Jackson - Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl!

    My son, Ellis, donated “Hippos Go Beserk!” One of his favorites =]ReplyCancel

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    Christian Jackson - i donated Silly Sally.ReplyCancel

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    Christian Jackson - My husband, Devin, donated “Is your mama a llama?”ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    Christian Jackson - My son, Caleb, donated, “The Belly Button Book”

    Thank you so much for this opportunity. My boys were very happy to pick out the books to be sent.

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  • March 9, 2013 - 7:15 pm

    Muriel Siadak - Jess- although we have not met I have followed your blog for a long time. This is a wonderful way to honor Cora and her life. I have sent 5 books to Doernbecher Hospital in Portland. Please use my giveaway spots for someone in need of your gifts. I want to let you know I love Minted and I have ordered the My Favorite Things artwork for my sons!
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  • March 9, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    Melissa - So happy to be apart of this great cause in honor of your beautiful baby girl. Thanks for hosting this giveaway…and what fun it was to shop for books for a great cause!ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    Melissa - I donated to the hospital in Indiana, since that is where I live!ReplyCancel

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    Melissa - Donated some of our favorites..two ‘Bear wants…’ books and “Put me in the Zoo!”ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 10:31 pm

    amanda - I LOVE getting to be a part of Cora’s birthday this way!! I’m a little (or a lot) slow, so Wesley was full. So we donated a set of 5 Sandra Boynton books to Portland, and of course Cora’s favorite was one of them!!! Happy Birthday Cora!!!ReplyCancel

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    amanda - Sandra Boynton book #2ReplyCancel

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    amanda - Sandra Boynton book #3ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 10:33 pm

    amanda - Sandra Boynton book #4ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    amanda - Sandra Boynton book #5…we picked these because I knew this was one of your favorite authors too! :-) Now, another little one will be hearing their mama read ‘Moo, Baa, La, La, La”. :-)ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 10:37 pm

    amanda - and in honor of Cora and Mason’s kindergarten year, Mason wanted to donate “Go Dog, Go” to Tucson…because it’s the book he began learning to read with. :-) That sweet little class will forever have a Cora-shaped hole.ReplyCancel

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  • March 9, 2013 - 11:51 pm

    Lena K. - I donated a book to Rady’s children’s hospital in San Diego. Thanks to you and your sweet girl for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:35 am

    Danielle F. - Had to donate one more to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City. Somehow I missed it the first time around. :) They took such good care of our sweet little lady when she had cleft palate surgery!

    Book #3: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Happy birthday Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:53 am

    Yolanda - I just found your story via Meg D.’s blog Whatever. God bless you and your sweet girl. I donated a precious book that my girls love to the Joyful Library in my hometown of San Diego.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 4:49 am

    Emma G. - What a great idea! I donated Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel to the Portland hospital. Thank you so much for sharing your story. God has used it in a powerful way in my life. My God continue to bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:24 am

    Zoe - What a beautiful way to remember Cora’s birthday. I first found your blog when Cora was in the hospital. My daughter was almost Cora’s age then, and I was so heart-sick for you. And now my girl is almost 5, hard to believe. Anyway – we just ordered 3 books for the Hawaii hospital. The Little Train by Lois Lenski, because that is one of my almost-2 yo’s very favorites. Books are such treasures, aren’t they? I’m so glad to get to send some along that will hopefully brighten a little guy’s time in the hospital.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:26 am

    Zoe - Also, The Little Blue Truck, another favorite at our house!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Zoe - And one more, Dazzling Diggers. Thank you for sharing this way to celebrate Cora’s birthday with all of us!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    Rachel - First off… I love this! What a way to celebrate sweet Cora Paige. I remember when she was in the hospital and praying for her. Please know that she is remembered. She is not forgotten.

    And…we’ve purchased several books.
    #1 – Silly Sally for KS Children’s HospitalReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    Rachel - #2 – A Visitor for Bear

    And in case we are to pick a prize: Lisa Leonard gift cert.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    Rachel - #3 – Dragons Love Tacos

    Another prize: Katygirl designs printsReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    Rachel - #4 – The Keeping Quilt – such a strong story!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    Rachel - #5 – The Snowy Day

    Another prize: Snapshops workshopReplyCancel

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    Rachel - #6 – If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – we have loved this storyReplyCancel

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    Rachel - #7 – If You Give a Moose a MuffinReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:21 pm

    Rachel - #8 – Silly Goose’s Big StoryReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Rachel - And our last donation to KC Children’s Mercy Hospital
    #9 – The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit – one of the many favorites in our house – we have loved this book and now another child gets to enjoy these classicsReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    Rachel - I went back and fulfilled a few more wishes… I just couldn’t not get these last 3 books!
    $10 – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – this is such a fun book, we have enjoyed reading it and being super silly with it – i hope another little one can enjoy it as wellReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    Rachel - I went back and fulfilled a few more wishes… I just couldn’t not get these last 3 books!
    #10 – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – this is such a fun book, we have enjoyed reading it and being super silly with it – i hope another little one can enjoy it as wellReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    Rachel - Sorry, that last comment posted twice accidentally…
    #11 – Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – because my daughter LOVES purple and I’m sure another little girl might enjoy purple just as muchReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Rachel - And….
    #12 – Little Blue Truck Board Book – I know my little boy would have loved reading this book! It looks just like something he would read over and over.

    Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to bless some children.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Monica - Bought Harold and the purple crayon for CHOC!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 1:09 pm

    Monica - Donated Commotion in the ocean to CHOCReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    Monica - We donated A fox can trot to CHOC!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Monica - We donated The very hungry caterpillar to CHOC!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    Monica - We donated The big red barn to CHOC!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 1:20 pm

    Danielle - Donated “I Love You So…”:)ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    Danielle - Donated “If I could keep you little”:)ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    Dianna - My boys and I just returned from mission trip to Mexico, so we chose “Gracias/Thanks”…we heard Gracias SO many times as the children in the home shared their appreciation of our team’s work there.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    Dianna - We chose “Oh No, George” because we all make mistakes and learn so much from them. God’s forgiveness is so deep.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    Dianna - We chose “When the Elephant Walks” because it signifies how much one small act can have a great impact on so many. Happy bday, Cora, and continued blessings to your family!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 3:10 pm

    Lori - We donated Dr. Seuss’s ABC Book in memory of Cora – my 5-year-old still loves that book.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Carly - What a wonderful thing to do! As a teacher, librarian, and mama to a little girl, I had to participate. The 1st book I chose was Spot Goes to the Beach.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    Carly - 2nd book was Planting a Rainbow – one of my very favorite books to use for storytime. :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    Carly - 3rd book was Bear Wants More – one of my favorites!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Carly - 4th book was Counting Kisses. Karen Katz book are awesome. :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    Suzanne - What a wonderful way to celebrate Cora!! I donated the “If you give a pig a pancake” book to the Children’s Hospital in KC.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    melissa - Our daughter has spent time at Doernbecher in Portland and we have benefited from having books available to us while there. We were glad to give some books back! We chose 3 of the ‘Bear’ books by Karma Wilson because they are a favorite of hers!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    Suzanne - Book #2 is “If you give a Pig a party” to the Children’s Hospital in KC.ReplyCancel

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    melissa - Bear Snores On to Doernbecher!ReplyCancel

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    Suzanne - Book #3 is “Grandpa Green” to the Children’s Hospital in KC.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 4:06 pm

    melissa - Bear’s New Friend to Doernbecher!ReplyCancel

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    Suzanne - Book #4 is “Silly Goose’s Big Story” to the Children’s Hospital in KC.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Suzanne - Book #5 is “Little Hoot” to the Children’s Hospital in KC.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Angie @ Creating Our Home - In honor of your sweet daughter, I sent The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room to IU Health North Hospital. I have followed your journey since your Cora was in the hospital and have been so blessed by your firm faith in Jesus.
    I would love to be entered into the Snapshots giveaway. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    elizabeth H - i gifted “The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo” to the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

    i would love to be entered into Ashley’s Snapshots giveawayReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:39 pm

    thezipfs - Happy Birthday to a sweet little girl that has not only changed your lives but our lives too. A great way to honor your Cora. Thank you for sharing and allowing us to be a part of her birthday.

    I thought this would be a great way to honor and celebrate a good friend’s birthday whose birthday was the day after Cora’s. She is a fabulous kindergarten teacher and her favorite children’s books are Tikki Tikki Tembo and Barnyard Dance so now a couple of kiddos at Wesley Medical Center will get to enjoy them too!

    Happy Birthday, Cora Paige! We love you guys and miss you!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:42 pm

    thezipfs - Again, Happy Birthday, Cora! Our family LOVES the book The Circus Ship! Have you read it? If you haven’t, you should…you will LOVE it! We think the kiddos at Wesley Medical Center will love the book too! Thank you for making us a part of honoring and celebrating your sweet little girl!

    Love to you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:43 pm

    Suzanne Ryan - I donated: Tough Trucks to Kapi’olani Children’s Hospital. Thanks for doing this Jess!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    Suzanne Ryan - I donated Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site to Kapi’olani Children’s Hospital. I’ve read this a million times to my nephew, I was happy to see it on the list!ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:46 pm

    Suzanne Ryan - I had to buy a Hawaiian-themed book off the list, so I bought: Mo’o’s Colors for Kapi’olani Children’s Hospital.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:48 pm

    elizabeth H - i also gifted “Big Dog, Little Dog” to the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

    i would love to be entered into the Custom Blog Design Package.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Suzanne Ryan - I love cows (and cookies), so I also bought: The Cow Loves Cookies for the Kapi’olani Children’s Hospital.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:55 pm

    elizabeth H - I also donated Eric Carle’s 10 Little Rubber Ducks Board Book

    I would like this entry to also go to the Custom Blog Design
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  • March 10, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    elizabeth H - I gifted “Katy and the Big Snow”, along with the other books all to the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa,AZ.

    I would like this entry to also go for Ashley’s Snap Shot class.ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2013 - 11:44 pm

    Beck - No need to enter me in the drawing, just wanted you to know that 3 books were donated to the hospital in Portland in Cora’s honor. This post and what you are doing in honor of her is so incredibly touching. I hope the books reach people just when they need them.ReplyCancel

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  • March 11, 2013 - 12:59 am

    Carrie R - Book #1- Today is Monday to the Portland hospital. I’d like to enter for the Custom Blog Design. (Also, thank you for helping us find this great organization!)ReplyCancel

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  • March 11, 2013 - 1:01 am

    Carrie R - Book #2- my daughter’s favorite The Runaway Bunny to the Portland hospital. I’d also like this entry to go to the Custom Blog Design. Thanks! Happy Birthday, Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 11, 2013 - 9:58 am

    Tara - Just caught up on this WONDERFUL idea today. I love books, and think it’s a great idea to bring comfort with the familiar. I picked five family favorites listed and sent them to Tucson.. your library was already all filled! Thank you so much for your generous heart and spirit, I have learned so much from you these past few years. What a blessing you are.ReplyCancel

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  • March 11, 2013 - 10:48 pm

    he never lets go » The Macs - […] Thank you SO much for your help with The Joyful Life Library project. I really don’t even know how to express my gratitude…so I won’t even try right […]ReplyCancel

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  • March 12, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    rychelle - I love this project.
    I donated a total of three books

    #1 Tumford the TerribleReplyCancel

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  • March 12, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    rychelle - I love this project.
    I donated a total of three books

    #2 Tumford the Terrible (a second copy)ReplyCancel

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  • March 12, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    rychelle - I love this project.
    I donated a total of three books

    #3 Cookie’s WeekReplyCancel

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  • March 14, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    the joyful life library {update & winners!} » The Macs - […] know I have said this already, but thank you again for your amazing support in this Joyful Life Library project at Wesley. Your kindness and generosity are so humbling to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I […]ReplyCancel

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  • March 20, 2013 - 11:28 pm

    a few random things » The Macs - […] I am almost finished contacting all the winners from The Joyful Life Library book drive.  Thank you so much for being patient with […]ReplyCancel

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  • September 16, 2013 - 11:39 am

    whatever craft weekend » The Macs - […] to know each other through blogs and emails and the Joyful Life Library she helped me set up for Cora’s birthday…so fun for a blog friend to become a real life friend. This was right after we picked up the […]ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2014 - 11:27 pm

    she would have been six » The Macs - […] year you all were so awesome and helped us fill up the ten Joyful Life Libraries with books. We decided we wanted to give some books for Cora’s birthday again this year. If you […]ReplyCancel

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