sweet corn

I am learning to be a true farm girl.

I grew up in the city…
so this gardening and freezing and canning stuff is new to me.

Thankfully my in-laws are so helpful.

They have taught me everything I know about gardening.

We have a BIG garden this year.

Thanks to my father-in-law.

Over half of it was sweet corn.

Joel did all the picking.



My father-in-law and brother-in-law spent the afternoon helping us.

They are so great!

You gotta love those McClenahan men.

They got it all cleaned up and then it was time to cut it off the cob.

I know it looks like they did all the work.

I really did help.

I promise.

We added some butter and sugar.

Then waited for it to boil.

See…

I did help!

We had three kettles full of corn.

We let it cool and put it in the fridge overnight.

The next morning I bagged it all up.

30 bags.

It will be so yummy to pull that corn out of the freezer this winter.

Gotta love being a farm girl!

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Courtney - Jess I love the country but I too am a city girl. We woulkd someday like to live in the country. Problem I really don’t like bugs and other country critters. Oh well I’m sure you get used to that. Right?? Hope you and baby Mac are feeeling great.
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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:04 am

    Melissa at perryjayne.etsy.com - That is AWESOME. I so want to eat your sweet corn. I am so planting some corn in my garden next summer. I bet even though it was a lot of work you guys even had a little fun getting the corn ready too.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:05 am

    michelle - way to go Jess!! that is what I am getting ready to do today…only we didn’t grow it, but there is an amish family who sells it cheap, on our way to get pick it up!! It makes me feel good to have a stocked freezer for winter.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:06 am

    purejoy - ohhhh! i want to be a farm girl, too!! wow would you look at all that corn!! and you did help!! you took those amazing pictures!
    i’m comin over this winter to have me some mccoy corn!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:14 am

    rentz - Yum! I’m so jealous. Ryan’s family usually plants an acre of sweet corn. And we would all work together on it. So much fun! But they didn’t get it planted this year. No sweet corn for us. So sad!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:15 am

    Kirsten - There is nothing better than home grown veggies!! Yummy!!ReplyCancel

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    Mindee@ourfrontdoor - That is very impressive! i think it’s easier to be a farm girl when you have such good farm hands around. :) ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:21 am

    Anonymous - Yummy…didn’t know you had sugar before freezing….ah I’m a city girl :( although I did learn something new!
    Love you blogging!
    Looks like you are feeling well…
    Continue to be in my thoughts(as you can tell from my blog stalking :) and prayers daily…

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:22 am

    tara - You guys will enjoy that yummy corn this winter for sure! I grew up on a huge farm here in maryland. we had many fields of corn, sadly though it wasn’t sweet corn. It was feild corn used to make silage (for the beef cattle to eat during the winter).
    Hope you are feeling well, i’ve been keeping you guys in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:25 am

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Hi Jess. It looks delicious. My family LOVES corn on the cob. This would be a big hit in my house. I’m a country girl now, but I have never attempted the canning thing. I could probably start here. No lids to boil, seal, etc…. Scary to me.
    You look great! I hope all of you are doing well. Lucky you, btw.
    Love and prayers.
    XOXO
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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:29 am

    Jamie from Quinter - You are so cute! My mom could really relate to this posting so I’m going to send it along to her. :) ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:31 am

    Kristi REDISKE - Being a country girl looks like a lot of work but also looks like some family bonding time. I love seeing families getting together and helping each other-thats great and how it should be. I also enjoyed seeing your kitchen and dining room-loved the piece of black furniture in the dining area! It looks like you have a great life out on the farm-we are still praying for your family and happiness.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:33 am

    Carrie - So lucky you are…oh what I would give to live on a farm and have a garden!! One helpful hint for you all…if you take a bundt pan and put your ear of corn in the middle to balance it and then cut your corn down off the cob, it will hold the cob in place and the corn will fall into the pan!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:38 am

    PamperingBeki - You make a darn good farm girl!

    (but you still dress like a city girl and I like that. Because it’s really all about how you look, right? Haha!)ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:40 am

    Judy - Wow, good for you! You made it all look so easy. It almost makes me think that I could do it!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:45 am

    The Gunters - My mouth is watering!!! Mmmmm! I would love a freezer full of that right now!
    My husband and I dream of moving out to the country and growing our own veggies. How fun!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:46 am

    Heather - Wow! That’s awesome! Corn is my favorite! Yummy :D ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:52 am

    A - Awesome!! We have two piddly rows of corn, compared to all yours! Looks like it was an awesome family affair to harvest it!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:53 am

    Toni :O) - WOW!!! Now that is SOME corn!!! Glad you all could spend some happy family time together. Your kitchen is SO awesome…I love it. Continue to pray for your sweet family…you look great, so nice to see you smiling! Sending hugs around the Mac Family from Michigan!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:06 am

    Kat - Oh my goodness! My mouth is watering just reading this post. How yummy and special that you will be enjoying it for months to come.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:08 am

    Shannon - Mmmm–suddenly I have a craving for CORN! Nice job getting all of that put away for the winter.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Amanda - Oh my. That looks delicious!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:11 am

    Shosh - WOW. I didnt know you lived on a farm. That’s awesome! I live in the city…..my backyard is approximately 40 feet wide…. :( ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:15 am

    Holly - I love pulling out sweet corn from the freezer. So much better than canned.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:15 am

    Holly - I love pulling out sweet corn from the freezer. So much better than canned.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:18 am

    John & Elisa Seaba - there is nothing better!! my parents grow corn and freeze tons (not literally:) of it each yr and all of us kids go home with a few bags when we visit! store bought corn is just not the same! Great job guys!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Claudia - We worked on this yesterday too – at work – I work for a family business and we have big garden so men picked it, cleaned it and we cut it and work on it … I love doing this, to me it’s therapeutic, you relax while you do it, you get to talk and laugh … I grew up in the city but I’ve learned a lot about farming too. Too bad I have a black thumb (some people call them selves a green thumb, I call myself black thumb b.c I feel I kill every living plant at my house) but I’m good at helping in the kitchen … :D

    Glad to see your smile!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:35 am

    Petit Coterie - First visit to your blog. Loved all the pictures of your sweet corn it reminds me of my grandparents garden. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:47 am

    Sara Lynn - yummy. I LOVE sweet corn!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:01 am

    kristyo15 - I don’t know that I’ve ever commented…but I have followed your journey, and prayed for sweet Cora.

    I had to leave a comment after salivating over the sweet corn. Part of my family has farmed in Illinois, and we LOVED visiting in the summer and having the sweetest corn I have ever tasted. Oh, how I miss that corn…the grocery store ‘sweet’ corn cannot even touch it.

    We will continue to pray for y’all in your new journey with baby Mac. Have a great week!

    *The Owens’ Crew*
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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:15 am

    The Sweigart Family - real frozen corn from the cob is the BEST!

    Very fascinating to see how you guys do it. Much different than the way I was taught…by my in-laws too!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:18 am

    Erin - ooh, that looks so good! hopefully you left some on the cob to enjoy over the next few days?! nothing better than sweet corn on the cob!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:18 am

    The Carroll's - Kansas is so full of goodness! I’m feeling very un-domestic!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Polka Dot Moon - Oh how I love a garden! Here in AZ it’s a wee bit hard, but we manage to grow some tomatoes & green peppers. The birds ate most of my tomatoes……..

    LOVE fresh corn! It looks delishReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Taylor - Oh my gosh that corn looks so good!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:42 am

    jen christians - Oh my garden is pathetic compared to yours… I know how wrong it is to be jealous. BUT I AM!!!! I am an Iowa farm girl who misses the big garden I grew up with. It looks like you had a good day with great help! Take care and enjoy your super yummy sweet corn.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Sarah Joy - That is so cool! I love this post and seeing how you guys did that! Total supply and abundance from God’s storehouse!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Caroline - Yummy. My grandparents have a big garden and the best corn, your looks wonderful also.
    How fun to have a garden.

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:56 am

    Sherryl - Jess – you have got to try this recipe for sweet corn soup that I posted on my blog. It is delicious!

    http://skylarsclips.blogspot.com/2009/07/sunday-dinner-week-2.html

    Gotta love corn!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Brooke - Oh yum!! I am hoping we can maybe have a garden next year! You look great by the way!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:15 am

    Erica - i, too, am a city girl out of my element (southern california girl turned alabama gal lol). although we don’t farm, my in-laws have horses & pastures & barns & tractors. i understand :) that corn looks amazing! so yummy!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:36 am

    Heather - That is so awesome. I’m very jealous.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:46 am

    Melissa - Mmmmm..looks good. My hubby wants me to learn how to garden and can….

    I love your kitchen – very pretty.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:46 am

    Jenae - I love your corn! I remember you brought it to the Fasts at small group one time, and it was so DECLICIOUS! I’m hoping someday I”ll have some room to plant some corn. I’m impressed by all your work – but it will be worth it when you get to eat it!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 12:47 pm

    Holly - Sweet corn is so delish!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    Micah - w-o-w! What a blessing to have all that help! I’m a city girl, too, so I just buy my corn at Wal-Mart. I know yours is waaaaay yummier and I am so jealous!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 12:51 pm

    Trasie Bressler - I grew up a small town/country girl and now live in the city. While I love the city life and all that it has to offer, I do miss the country life too. I miss seeing the stars at night the most!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 12:53 pm

    Lauren Kelly - Girl, that corn looks delish!!! :) ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 1:00 pm

    sewbusy - Enjoy it for me! One of the things I miss about the “south”.
    We can only grow it in a green house up here or pay close to $1 an ear:)ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 1:05 pm

    Falling Around - That is SO awesome! Between you and PamperingBeki, I seriously want to move to Kansas. Seriously.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Shana - Ahhh, we just did this too and it is so good in the middle of the winter to pull out garden veggies and use them. great job!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 3:11 pm

    hoosier68 - I agree with Falling Around…..you all paint a picture of life in Kansas that I thought was gone. Southern Indiana has the good corn and tomatoes but you seem to have the corner on such an uncomplicated, sweet life. That corn will be wonderful next winter. Smiles for all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 3:25 pm

    Cathy - Oh, my that looks so delicious. There’s almost nothing better than fresh corn. Great work!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 3:37 pm

    The Jones' - I am in tears right now from laughing so hard…not at you I promise!! I too am a city girl that married a country boy! I have learned alot in the 3years we have been married…from farming to raising chickens as well as working calves. I do appreciate all the wisdom my inlaws have passed down. That bein said…I know where your coming from! :)
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  • July 29, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Gail - Ummmm…looks yummy! I was supposed to do that with my Mom tomorrow, but the corn isn’t quite ready.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    Wendy - YUMMY!!!!!

    Cora’s Corn :)

    Love it.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    sarahross - Yum-O! That is going to taste SO good come winter. I am jealous!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 6:49 pm

    Wendy - Oohh! It looks like my corn when I get it off the cobs and cook it down with sugar, butter and salt…Mmm! Tastes just like fresh corn when you pull it out and cook it for a meal….Of course up here in MN our corn won’t be ready for a good month or more yet…ugh! Hope your feeling well….ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:37 pm

    Parks Family - My husband’s parents have a farm in TN and grow sweet corn also. I did the exact same thing you did but it was last year. Seeing your pics brought back memories of it. The sweet corn is always sooo good when you reheat it up.

    I have been reading your blog for awhile and you amaze me every time you post. My little girl Paige reminds me of Cora with her cheeks. I pray for you all the time and see what God has done in your life through this blog. Thank you so much for sharing your life. You are a blessing to many people.

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    Susan - From one young farm wife to another:
    I second the bundt pan idea…and I have another. Use an electric knife- makes it go faster!
    Our corn is behind this year, so we’ve not put any up yet, but oh how yummy it will be.
    Looks like life is going well…so happy for you and still remembering your sweet Cora often.

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    JJC - i’m a city girl, too. :) we (briefly) moved to arkansas and i was SO confused as to why “canning” was actually in a jar! haha.

    i know that we don’t know each other, but i do think about you and your husband from time to time. we have a little girl who was born on 3.2.08, so close to cora’s birthday. just wanted you to know that i haven’t forgotten her. or y’all. still praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:13 pm

    Sheryl From Colorado - What a gift it is to be a”farm girl” married to a “farm boy”…you are blessed, farm girl!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    Jill - HOw cool is that!?! I have always wanted to live on a farm! Looks like fun…lots of work…but fun!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:09 pm

    Jane In The Jungle - Wow!!! Wish I had that much corn put up! One of my boys is a gardner but thinks if you plant just a few seeds it will be enough! He brought in 1 cucumbe rthe other day and wanted to put up pickles…uh, well if ya get me a whole lot more just like that we will, LOL!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:53 pm

    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - That is awesome! The corn looks so yummy-that will be great for the winter!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 7:59 am

    Heidi - Your land looks so peaceful. I love these photos. Jess, you look great!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 11:13 am

    Chelsa - yum! i love doing corn! i think it is hard work, but it’s def. worth it in the middle of winter!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 3:01 pm

    Jamie - That looks so yummy! This country girl that has moved to the city is jealous. :) ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - YUM! I did that one summer with my girlfriend and we loved having that corn for the entire next year! :) ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Teresa - My mom always did her corn this way too, but you can just shuck it, clean it and then just put in a bag, no boiling before hand, and it is just as good.ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 3:00 am

    Sue - I am SO impressed with this!! Well done to you all, you’re going to love that through winter. My son is an avid gardener and we also grew corn last summer (we only had 5 or 6 plants, so our harvest was tiny next to yours). Well done!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 1, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Shan - Wow! That’s a lot of corn!ReplyCancel

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    rbrum - Our corn is almost ready, I would love your recipe.ReplyCancel

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  • August 10, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    harrinr - Hey Jess,

    Will you please send me an email on how to make/freeze the sweet corn. Thanks! God bless,
    Renea H,
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  • August 11, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    writing4612 - Shucking corn is hard work! I’ve helped my grandparents can green beans, tomatoes, etc. so I know what you mean.

    The end result is worth it all though. Nothing like a tomato sandwich or fresh corn in the summer time!ReplyCancel

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  • August 18, 2009 - 8:54 am

    Monogramchick - We spent a short 2 years in Iowa and being a southern, city girl, I’d never tasted corn so delicious! I know that sweet corn will be fantastic to gobble up this winter! I seriously miss the corn :) ReplyCancel

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progress today

This is what was happening at the Cora’s Playground site today:




The shade structure is all framed out. It just needs the canvas put on now. The trailer with the playground equipment is at the church. Installation of the equipment will start Tuesday or Wednesday. I can’t wait to see the equipment. That is going to be my favorite part!

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    The Drama Mama - How very cool! It will be so amazing to see this playground come to life! Praying for you! HUGS!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - Oh how wonderful and exciting!!! Can’t wait to see more pictures. :) ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:32 pm

    jen christians - Wow, that is EXCITING! I love the idea of the shade structure! (it gets so hot here in Kansas) We are still praying for you guys, daily.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:38 pm

    All Doll(ed) Up - Jess- It’s coming together!!! YEAH! What a neat place to remember Cora- CAn’t wait to see the finished project- God is so good!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:44 pm

    Those Crazy Clarks!!! - How exciting! I can’t wait to see the finished project!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:46 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - How exciting, and my goodness do those guys work fast! Keep us posted. I can’t wait to see how it’s coming along.
    Good night to all of you.
    Love and prayers,
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    Heather - whoo hoo!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 7:12 pm

    Shannon - How absolutely wonderful! And what a fitting tribute to your beautiful, playful little angel. Many, many children are going to experience so much joy thanks to your Cora.

    HUGS, and still praying for you, your hubby, and Baby #2!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 7:26 pm

    The Gunters - It looks like it’s going to be a great playground! I can’t wait to see the finished product. Keep the pictures coming!!!

    You and your husband are in my prayers everyday. :) ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    Trasie Bressler - Bless your heart! I’m sure little Cora is so excited too and I’m so glad her playground is becoming a reality!

    Many Many Blessings,
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  • July 27, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    Erica - this is very exciting! i cannot wait to see the playground equipment as well. so many kids will be so blessed and have so much fun in this new playground!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Rebecca - WOW!!! It is so exciting to see the progress. Thanks for keeping us posted.
    Always praying for peace and joy to be in your hearts.
    Love and hugs from Michigan!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    PamperingBeki - You rock, Jess.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    Andrea - Wow! Something is happening. How special and so sweet. You will bring your second child here to play on Cora’s playground. Amazing mama!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 10:09 pm

    Josie - I’ve just stumbled upon your family, and the journey you continue to be on. My heart breaks when I see your beautiful angel. As a peds Rn myself, I question everyday why things happen to innocent children, and as my 4 year old son recently told me, God wants them in heaven with Him. God bless your family and your new baby to be. God bless you for being able to turn this into something positive and something to remember your little Cora by. Good luck with everythingReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    Christina - That is so exciting! What a wonderful gift.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    Allen and Debby Graber - I got to be there and take pictures too. How exciting! Kris told us at the Children’s Ministry council about the dedication and I lost it. This is so very special what you are doing to honor precious Cora! I will be praying for you in particular for that time. Love you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 3:35 am

    Anonymous - What a great tribute to your sweet Cora. Can’t wait to see the finished Cora’s Playground! Be proud Mom and Dad.
    How is Mom feeling these days? Thank you for taking the time to include and update us!

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  • July 28, 2009 - 7:02 am

    Toni :O) - Yay…this is so wonderful…can’t wait to see the finished project either…truly a blessed gift that so many will benefit from! Thanks for keeping us all updated.ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 7:45 am

    *Kristyn*Maia*Mekai* - How beautiful that a playground that is being built as a tribute to your sweet Cora, will soon be a place for you to take her sibling.

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  • July 28, 2009 - 8:02 am

    A - What a beautiful tribute to your sweet daughter!! Praying for your family!ReplyCancel

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    shepherdsgrace - Whoot! Whoot!ReplyCancel

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    mommaof4wife2r - how precious is that? love it. and well, praying for you guys still.ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 8:59 am

    Whatever Dee-Dee wants - I can’t wait to see it all finished!ReplyCancel

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    Mandi @ It's come to this - Thanks for keeping us up to date … it’s exciting to see it come along!!ReplyCancel

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    laura - so wonderful to see your dreams for cora’s playground becoming a reality!

    continuing to think happy thoughts for your family in north carolina!ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Anonymous - How wonderful! Keep us updated with the progress reports. Smiles and prayers to you!ReplyCancel

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    Juie - Very exciting!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 3:03 am

    Sue - It’s so exciting to be able to watch this all happening from behind my PC so far away. Can’t wait to see the finished product, the kids are going to love it!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 5, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    Kelly - Love seeing the pictures, can’t wait to see all the equipment set up!ReplyCancel

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demolition

I was so excited when I heard that Cora’s Playground was in progress.

The demolition began last Saturday.



All the old flooring has been removed.
Footings are in place for the shade structure.
The playground equipment should be installed any day now.
The next step will be the concrete and new flooring.
A special thanks to all the guys who helped with the demolition.  
Thank you for giving up your Saturday!
It is amazing to see Cora’s Playground becoming a reality.
Everything should be done by the end of August.
We are working on planning a dedication for the end of September.
I will keep you posted on the progress.
(I wasn’t able to be at church for the demolition.  Our children’s ministries director took these pictures so that we wouldn’t miss anything.  Thanks Kris!)

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  • July 26, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    Stephanie - CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so exciting to see the work begin and know it is soon going to be a reality.
    I don’t comment often but read faithfully. Thank you for sharing your life.. you are such an inspiration!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 11:00 pm

    John & Elisa Seaba - How Exciting!! Can’t wait to see the progress!ReplyCancel

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    Holly - So exciting!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    Trasie Bressler - Congratulations! That is so exciting and I’m sure you can’t wait to see the finished product and to see it become reality!

    Many Many Blessings,
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  • July 26, 2009 - 11:12 pm

    forever folding laundry - So exciting! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    Still praying for you guys.

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  • July 26, 2009 - 11:37 pm

    The Moffats - hi guys. thanks for posting pics! it’s neat to be able to see this even though I’m far far away! i will try to connect with you tomorrow on the phone….ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 11:56 pm

    Erica - so exciting! can’t wait to see the final results!!!ReplyCancel

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    Wendy - What a beautiful demolition!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 11:57 pm

    Amy - So fun and exciting! I can’t wait to see it all come together!

    I’m glad you’re back blogging again, but even when you’re not posting I’m still thinking of you and Joel and praying for you and Baby Mac all the time!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 12:19 am

    Mum2twopreciousgifts - I was only wondering yesterday where the playground was at. Truly wonderful to see that such a beautiful memorial to your precious girl in actually underway.

    Praying for you all from Australia,

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  • July 27, 2009 - 12:29 am

    Falling Around - Oh Jess, that is so exciting! I fervently wish I could be there for the dedication. Looking forward to pics of Cora’s Playground completed!

    Love,
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  • July 27, 2009 - 1:33 am

    Heather - YAY!!! Julie (from Joy’s Hope) and I actually plan to fly from California for the dedication, so it is so wonderful to be kept up to date on the progress!

    Hope you are enjoying your second trimester :)

    Cora and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:11 am

    mom2wendy - It is wonderful to see that your hard work and the support of others has made your dream come true. Forever, a fun and happy tribute will be in place in remembrance of your dear Cora. Your new little Mac will have hours of happy fun on Cora’s Playground. Never forget, you have two precious children who will enjoy this playground. Cora will be smiling in Heaven as she watches you and little Mac. “Think of puppies and kittens. Think of butterflies and spring. Think of sunny bright mornings.” You are going to be happy in this place that carries Cora’s name. Right now, you are on a roller coaster of feelings. It’s not pleasant, but it is normal. Please believe me, it is not always going to be like this. My child died, and very soon after, God gave me the gift of another child. I was filled with mixed feelings. Happy, Happy, Sad and Worried all at the same time. You are such an inspiration to us. But hopefully, we can be an inspiration to you and give you hope too. I bear solomn testimiony, the day of mourning does come to an end. You will be happy again. And, the roller coaster will one day come to it’s final hill. God is with you and baby Mac. Rest easy….God has heard your prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 6:59 am

    Tsquared417 - What a big day! I can’t wait to see the final product. Hope you are feeling well and your heart has more lighter days than heavy. :) ReplyCancel

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    shepherdsgrace - Whoot! Double whoot!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 8:14 am

    Toni :O) - Yay!!! Such wonderful pictures and I’m thrilled to know that I helped to donate to a part of that precious playground! Even better….the fact that your new little one will be able to enjoy it someday too. Hang in there….I can only imagine how difficult each day is for you, but continuing to pray for you both and baby on the way too!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 8:49 am

    Robin in Benton - Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the completed product!ReplyCancel

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    Miss Em - That is so wonderful! Still in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 8:54 am

    purejoy - oh how incredibly exciting. i can’t wait to see the finished product!! i know this is such a dear project to you and i can’t imagine how blessed you’ll be through the years hearing the squeals of delight of the many children who will enjoy cora’s sweet gift. what a lasting memorial.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 8:55 am

    Kristi REDISKE - I have been wondering if the playground was started-thanks for the update. I plan on coming when you have the dedication so this is exciting. I know it is bittersweet for you as a family but I know this will be used to further Gods Kingdom-it will reach many families for Him. Thanks for listening to Gods voice and being obedient to Him. Praying for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 9:57 am

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Hi Jess and Joel.
    I’m glad to hear your “voice” and to see that construction is underway for Cora’s Playground. Undoubtedly, the families in your church (and community) must be terribly excited to see it finished. Sending the most sincere blessings and prayers to you both in a time that must be both exciting and saddening all at once. Thank you again for sharing your journey with all of us. Your faith encourages me every day. With love and prayers,
    XOXO
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  • July 27, 2009 - 10:15 am

    Polka Dot Moon - Wonderful and exciting news!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 10:50 am

    Courtney - How exciting! I’m so excited for you guys. i hope it will be open to the public so we can come and play and see how amazing it is.
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  • July 27, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    Stewart Family - What wonderful news to read today!! Can’t wait to see the finished project.

    Praying always.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 12:08 pm

    Lauren Kelly - How exciting!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    Anonymous - “mom2wendy” put it ALL so perfectly! How very proud you and JOel must be of Cora’s legacy..what wonderful parents you two are! So exciting to see the progress. Please keep us uptodate with Cora’s playground and YOU!

    You are in my thoughts and prayers EVERYDAY!

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  • July 27, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    PamperingBeki - It’s just so bittersweet.

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disconnected

My hubby said I needed to post something tonight.

He said people might be worried about me.
I don’t know about that, but JUST IN CASE…
I am doing ok.  Still having some pretty sad days, but ok.
Our internet has been out all week.
That is the reason for my lack of posting.
And let me tell you, I feel very disconnected to the world.
It is going to take me forever to respond to e-mails and get caught up on my favorite blogs.
I am too tired to post anything exciting tonight.
Lots has been going on around here, so hopefully I can tell you more throughout the week.
Thanks for continuing to check on us and pray for us.
It means so much!
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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:00 pm

    Tara Williams - I am so glad wou are well. Your sweet hubby was right… we worry about you and always pray for the best!ReplyCancel

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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    PamperingBeki - Hubby is right. I was starting to worry. :)

    Glad you’re alright.
    Hope that belly is getting bigger by the day.
    Hope this pregnancy is treating you well.
    And praying you feel peace.ReplyCancel

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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:15 pm

    Falling Around - I must say, I was beginning to worry. Glad you are doing well. I am looking forward to seeing more pics of your growing baby bump.

    Get some rest.

    XOXO,
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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:32 pm

    Kimberly - Glad you are still out there!ReplyCancel

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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    Christina - I, like many others, do check on you, but wasn’t worried…you are in some good hands (several pair, in fact). :)
    Thinking of you very often, still, and praying…for you, your family, the baby. Take care of yourself!ReplyCancel

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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:52 pm

    Wendy - Continued prayers for your beautiful family…glad to hear you are doing okay.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:00 am

    Cyndi - I’m glad that are doing well. I hve been praying for you as well as Baby Mac and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 1:09 am

    Kylie, Jesse and Asher - What a good husband. I check daily so it’s good to hear from you. I’m excited to hear and see all that is going on!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 1:22 am

    Erica - your hubby is so sweet. it’s amazing how you can tell from a blog you are perfect for each other. i pray continued peace & comfort to you and your husband, and joy to fill your heart with the anticipation of this new sweet baby!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 1:36 am

    Stephanie - Yes, I was worrying a bit about how you were doing! Glad to hear you are o.k. and continuing to pray for you, that God will provide you with “the peace that passes all understanding…” and that He will give you His strength and joy for this pregnancy and also praying for Baby Mac…can’t wait to hear more!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 5:09 am

    Mum2twopreciousgifts - Dear Joel

    Thank you for reminding Jess that there are many people around the world who think of you all often.

    Great to know that all is ok.

    Good night from Australia.

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  • July 26, 2009 - 6:59 am

    Laura Fiegel - I’m glad to hear that all is well!!

    Are you & Joel finding out the gender? I just know that you’re getting close to that point because you’re due 2 days after me and we found out a week ago (at 16wks).

    Can’t wait to read your updates :)

    Take care and we’re always praying for all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 7:22 am

    Anonymous - Tell your Hubby we all said THANK YOU! He was so right I was beginning to be concerned! Selfish of us right!
    Just makes me feel better to know that you are Ok….soooooooooo thanks for letting us know!

    Always in my thoughts and prayers!

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  • July 26, 2009 - 7:32 am

    savanna - So good to hear you are ok. I was a bit worried too…..I am starting my own blog up, but am unsure how to get connected with people. Any suggestions?

    Praying for you from Canada,
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  • July 26, 2009 - 8:00 am

    Karina - Joel was right. I check your blog every day or two and two weeks of that can seem like a looooooong time with no news!

    It must be strange being ‘followed’ like this. And cared for by so many. And it is always strange when your computer dies or the internet is down – what did we ever do before??

    I’m looking forward to more news when you have a chance – you have me intrigued with all that’s been going on around there!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 9:01 am

    Allison - Glad you listened to hubby- I was starting to wonder where you went. Prayers for peace being sent you way.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 9:48 am

    Kristi REDISKE - I was starting to worry-I am excited that you are fine-I am praying for you all and praying for that new baby.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 10:25 am

    Anonymous - Good, I’m glad you are doing OK! I’m just an internet stranger but I do care! I also lost my baby daughter Lily (different situation, she was still born) but I can relate in a small way to your story. I now have a 4 yr old and a 3 yr old, so I’m here to say life does move forward…best of everything to you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    mom2wendy - Rest my tired friend. You are a grieving mother and a new pregnant mom. Each own their individual stress. Grief is diblitating even with the mercy of God protecting you. You are only human with a very human body and mind. We have limitations. Earth is not heaven. Reading Kate’s story was not only an emotional stress for you, but one that was physical. Your sweet Cora has only been in heaven for a very short time. To feel the pain of another mother going through the same expierence with her child is overwhelming. You are OK. Ok is all that you can expect right now. You must heal….and you are not there yet. You are living with the death of your precious baby, and also with the fear of death for you new baby. I understand. I have been where you find yourself now. You are a pure example to all of the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. But also, you are a mama dealing with issues far above what most people could ever comprehend. Take all the time you need, dear Jess. You are just fine. The focus must be on you and your needs. At this time don’t worry about us. We love you and know that in your heart you carry all of us there. I also know that your husband is a grieving father. My prayers are for him too. Please don’t worry about us our here in blogsville. Only think about you, your husband, little Mac and sweet Cora. Place all of your focus on your family. We are still out here praying for you and your family. We are not going anywhere. Peace, sweet peace my friend. Sleep gently. Jesus will carry you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Robin in Benton - Hubby was right – I was starting to worry but was praying the everything was OK.

    I think you will probably always have some sad days but God has done mighty work through you and your family and we are all praying for peace and happiness for you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:18 pm

    Brittany - Yeah! Glad you are well…..praying for your sad days….and your happy ones ahead too!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Im so glad you posted! We were all definitely worrying I think! Praying and thinking about you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:24 pm

    hoosier68 - Continuing to think of and pray for you and yours.ReplyCancel

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    Loraaf - So glad you posted! I have been thinking about you lately. Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    Nichole - I’m glad you posted as I’ve been thinking about you. Sending you strength and peace through prayer.ReplyCancel

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    Jenny - Glad to know everything is well with you. We are still keeping you in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    Anonymous - We continue to pray and think about you…thanks to you hubby for being in tune! :)
    Hope you are feeling well…many prayers and hugs sent your way.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:56 pm

    Cortney - I was starting to worry about you so I’m so glad that you posted. I know that you will never be able to fully get over your lose, but I do hope that each day brings you a little more peace inside. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Julie Shaner - Glad to hear from you….hope things are well for you and the baby…..ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Angie - Still praying for you – thanks for checking in! Hope everything with your pregnancy is going well, and know that I think of your sweet Cora often and how difficult this time has been for you and your family.

    In Him,
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  • July 26, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    A - I am also glad to hear you’re doing okay- I pray for you very often :) I pray God will bless you with more happy days than sad ones :) ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    wicker0407 - Always praying for you thanks for checking in!
    Summer & family in CaliforniaReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 8:11 pm

    carmen - Jess, it was so great to see you and Joel last night. Thanks for sharing the little bits of your heart that you did during our brief chat. I wish we’d had more of a chance to talk. You and Joel both have such a graciousness about you. Continuing to pray for you…ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    CourtneyC - Glad to hear that you are doing well and the pregnancy is still going good.ReplyCancel

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    Isaac and Mommy - I agree! Take care of yourself. Praying for peace and joy in your heart.ReplyCancel

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    The Carroll's - Thanks for checking in… still praying :) ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Anonymous - I think of you guys and lift you up in my prayers everyday. It is always good to read your updates.

    I am happy to hear that things are OK, and hoping that this pregnancy is treating you well.

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pray for kate

It seems like since we first found out our Cora was sick, my eyes have been opened to so much hurt in the world. It overwhelms me. Sometimes I don’t even know what to pray. Even now, words escape me.

I first read about Kate on Angie’s blog. Kate has an aggressive, malignant brain tumor. I watched the video her parents made with tears streaming down my face. I felt like in a way they were telling parts of our story all over again. I could relate to their emotions in so many ways. My heart just ached for this dear family.



I have been praying and praying for little Kate and her family ever since. For some reason I can’t get her sweet face out of my mind. I thought about putting it on my blog right away, but I just didn’t know. I think it brought back too many emotions.  

Then my friend Amanda reminded me of how you all prayed for Cora and continue to pray for our family. How strangers lifted up our sweet daughter in prayer day after day. How so many posted Cora’s story on their blog so that more people could pray for us. I am still humbled and amazed by this.

During those days in the hospital we were so tired and discouraged and the only glimmer of hope we had was to continue to cling to the Lord–to trust Him. It was amazing how He used, and continues to use, the body of Christ to uphold our family. Your cards and comments on our blog gave us hope that people were still praying. And so many keep praying for us even now, when we don’t feel like we have the strength to keep going. We need that so much.  

I know God is using the body of Christ to uphold the McRae family in the same way. I was so encouraged to hear Kate’s parents giving glory to God even during this horrible time. They are finding their hope in the Lord. They know that God is using their Kate to be a light to the world. But it is still so hard.

Will you join me in praying for this family? Pray for Kate’s complete healing. Pray for strength for her family as they face each day. You can learn more about Kate and how to pray for her by going here.

The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord 
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

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  • July 15, 2009 - 10:50 am

    Anonymous - You continue to amaze me! I will pray for Kate and her family. Always in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:23 am

    carollai - i have been praying for kate as well as my sis and bro-in-law were a part of the church they served at in chicago (before arizona). i’m glad your family is praying for them as well. i’ve also still been praying for your family and the healing that continues to happen.

    yes! continue to pray for kate…. He is near and hearing our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Toni :O) - Jess, you and Joel and Baby Mac continue to be in my daily prayers. I think of you all so very often and squeeze my children extra tight because of your sweet Cora…she’s never far from my mind…even when I saw a rainbow a few weeks ago, I thought of her and Kayleigh simultaneously. I’ve added sweet Kate to my prayers…I watched the video yesterday and I was just overwhelmed by their situation. I hope the end result is a joyous one for them. Take care and blessings for a great pregnancy with Baby Mac.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:35 am

    Trisha Larson - Your mixed emotions are exactly what I went through when a friend forwarded me your blog back in Feb. We were approaching the 1 year anniversary of losing Nate and all of the hospital pics and medical descriptions took me right back to his 25 days in the ICU. I was torn. I felt connected to you and your experience but it was hard for me to read about it. Though I have debated numerous times, I have continued to follow you and pray for you. I try to DO the right thing even though it is hard. I think that is what you are doing.

    Hugs,
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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:40 am

    purejoy - what a sweet heart you have. i’ll be praying.ReplyCancel

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    mrosev14 - I have been following this family, my heart aches for them. They and you guys are still in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:46 am

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - I will agree with these other fine folks here, you continue to amaze me. Our family will pray for Kate and still continue to hold you and yours near and dear in our thoughts and prayers. *hearts*ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Cora Anne Designs - The blog world is amazing…I’ve been praying for Kate since her diagnosis as my next door neighbor (here in Michigan)is best friend’s with Kate’s mom and flew down to be with the family. Prayer is very powerful!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 12:54 pm

    Jenn - I too watched the video with tears streaming down my face. I have been praying for Kate and I continue to pray for you too!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    Misty Rice - This is how I felt when I first heard about CORA. I have been praying for Kate as well, and many others that I see every week at the hospital just as sick of not more sick.

    I couldn’t get Cora’s face out of my thoughts day in and day out, and I can’t get these little faces out of my thoughts.

    Its so painful to watch, see and hear…and feel so helpless.

    Its a daily reminder this world is not our home.

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Sonya @ Balentine Bliss - We have been and will continue to prayfro Kate as well.

    I heard this song recently on the radio and it immediatley made me think of you and you family. I wondered if you had heard it. “You’re Not Shaken” by Phil Stacey.

    It reminded me of how you immediatley grasped our Father through everything and gave Him glory through all that was happening in your lives.

    Anyway, if you have never heard it a link for it is here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_UWEtraIMI

    I continue to pray for you guys!ReplyCancel

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    Lacie and Stephen - Praying with you!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - As your sweet family is in my prayers, I too will add this lovely family.
    May their story and their faith bless as many as your sweet family.
    Hugs and prayers,
    XOXO
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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - this is what the body of christ is suppose to do…come together, pray and give thanks and uphold. so i’m there…and i’m really glad that you did share sweet kate with me today…although it’s hard every time we see the many struggles in this world, i cling to the hope that i can only find in him…and for that, i am so thankful.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    Angela - I’ve been praying for them for some time now, ever since I first read it on Angie’s blog. I have signed up to get an email whenever there is an update on her.

    I thought of you and your family when I first heard of this. I just can’t imagine the pain and the hurt.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Robin in Benton - Your feelings about Kate and her family are just like my feelings for Cora and you were when your story first came on our prayer chain. You are an amazing person and have such a heart for Jesus that you continue to inspire. I will definitely add Kate and her family to my prayers and will continue to pray for you guys and Baby MacReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:46 pm

    Julie - Things like this leave you speechless. I feel so much for the families that are going through this horrible illness….I cannot imagine………..I think of you all often and am so glad you are having another baby…Take care….ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    PamperingBeki - Thank you Jess for posting this.

    I keep seeing sweet Kate pop up on different blogs and it has definitely given me flashbacks to Cora.

    We’ll continue praying for this beautiful little girl and her family.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    The Mershawn's - I hate cancer. It’s so ugly & mean. Especially for kids & their families. We’ll pray for her for sure. Hope you guys are hanging in there. Happy to see #2 is already bringing some joy back to you both. Different, but good. Still praying for you both as well. God loves you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 6:47 pm

    Courtney - I just read Kate’s story she is so sweet. We will pray for her and her family. Your family also continues to be in our prayers.
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  • July 15, 2009 - 7:11 pm

    heathereve - Thank you so much for posting this heartfelt message about Kate on your blog. I too haven’t been able to get this beautiful girl off of my mind since I read about her on Kelly’s blog. There is power in prayer and power in numbers. I will continue to lift you and your family up in prayer as well. What you all went through and what the McRaes are going through is so unimaginable. I am amazed at the courage and faith both families have shown. God bless you all!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Allen and Debby Graber - Allen and I read about Kate from Amanda’s blog. We cried as we watched YouTube about them. God brings them to mind often during the day and even at night. We’ll join in with all the other prayer warriors!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    Jane In The Jungle - I heard Kate’s story a few weeks ago and immediately went to the Lord.
    Praying for that family….and yours.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    Falling Around - Jess,

    I just found out about Kate a few days ago. My heart brakes for this family. I’m sure hearing these stories is very difficult on you especially. I will keep this sweet family in my prayers.

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  • July 15, 2009 - 10:36 pm

    Anonymous - Of course I will add Kate to my prayer list. At church this week we sang “Everlasting God” at VBS. It was so beautiful to see the children singing all their praises to God. When I watched the words across the screen, I thought of you guys. I prayed that God would lift you up like wings on eagles.
    Then I saw the verse you chose to pray for Kate…Isaiah 40:28-31…Which contains the words to the song.
    “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
    wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.
    Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
    wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.
    Our God, You reign forever
    Our hope, our strong deliverer.
    You are the everlasting God,
    The everlasting God.
    You do not faint,
    You won’t grow weary.
    You’re the defender of the weak,
    You comfort those in need,
    You lift us up on wings like eagles.”
    Dear God,
    please give strength to Kate’s parents to endure what is to come. We know you will not grow weary, we know that you will comfort them in a way that only you can.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 8:23 am

    Taking Heart - I have been praying for Kate as well.
    But… just to see you so passionately lead to pray for this young girl…
    I need to give up myself MORE… go to the alter MORE… on her behalf.
    Thank you for reminding me to pray for her… thank you for the honor of praying for Cora… she has blessed so many and continues to do so.
    I will also pray for you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 10:13 am

    Rebecca - Jess, you are a true woman of God. To see you pleading for others in the midst of your own sorrow and grief shows your true character and faith. A woman who struggles and triumphs all in the same day.

    You and Joel are on my mind and heart, and in my prayers daily.

    Love and Hugs to you both.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Stephanie - I’ve been following along with Kate’s story. Praying for her family!ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 10:47 am

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - I know that was hard for you to go back and remember and yet you still have room for others that are hurting just like you! you truly are an amazing person,one that I know we are so blessed to have in our lives! I will pray hard for Kate and her family…. Just when I needed humbling again, you reached out to us. Thank you for your open heart and love to those who need it most! Hope you are feeling well and we miss you!
    and as always you are in our prayers and thoughts! Rub baby mac for me! :)
    love always,
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  • July 16, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Maple Memories - I am continually amazed at the way that God works in our lives. I went out to read about Kate, only to see the post from her parents requesting PRAYERS for not only Kate, but now their son, Will. I instantly thought about you writing about whether or not you should post about her, but finally deciding to. Why was today the day that you felt strong enough to do it!? Because TODAY is the day that the family needs EXTRA prayers and He knew Cora’s followers would do just that. GOD IS AMAZING! You continue to be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 4:28 pm

    The Sweigart Family - That was really hard to read. All of the emotions came pouring back. I will pray for Kate-and continue to pray for you guys too.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 4:33 pm

    Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - I read the link that you included on your story yesterday about little Kate. What a tear jerking and heart wrenching story! I happened to look today again at it to see if her condition is improving and I was sad to read that their son now has to have surgery to remove a growth on his vocal cord…..when does it stop for a family? I know that God only hands us what we can handle but I wish I could take some of the burden from them! I continue to pray for your family and thank you for sharing this other family with me so I can pray for them also!ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 5:56 pm

    number17cherrytreelane - I have read about this child and will be reverently praying.
    Still think of you and your family often.
    In fact, I was cooking with a friend this morning and mentioned, “did you hear that the Mac’s are having another baby! Exciting, huh? Praise the Lord!”

    Like we are old friends.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 11:18 pm

    PamperingBeki - Still praying for your family daily, and now Kate’s as well.ReplyCancel

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  • July 17, 2009 - 9:46 am

    Lauren Kelly - Beautiful. They are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • July 17, 2009 - 11:33 pm

    Sarah - Thank you for posting this about Kate, we will keep her and her family in our prayers. We have seen miracles happen and know that nothing is too big for God!

    My husband and I have been following your blog since we first heard about your beautiful Cora (from my cousin Kendall). I want you to know that we prayed for your sweet little Cora (as well as for you and your husband) everyday. Our entire family and church up in Canada were praying too. Your heart for God and honesty in such an unimaginable situation is inspiring. You are still in our thoughts and prayers so often as you prepare to welcome this precious new little life!ReplyCancel

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  • July 19, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    Jenifer - Your amazing …I will prey for Kate and her family and yall are still in my preysReplyCancel

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  • July 20, 2009 - 3:25 am

    Sue - Hi Jess,

    I’ve been absent from reading your blog for a while, so have been playing catch up this morning on how things have progressed with you and Joel since Feb. And I can’t remember when last I cried so much. I feel like I’m crying with you and I just want to hug you.

    While totally different (I can only begine to imagine your grief at losing a child), I lost my husband 6 weeks after my first child was born and know only too well how difficult it is to come to terms with losing someone you love. I am blessed to have a healthy 5 year old son, who keeps me smiling through my tears and I can’t imagine how I would’ve dealt with things without him. What I’m trying to say here (and I hope it’s coming through OK) is that you will survive. With each passing day, you and Joel are growing stronger and while you’ll always miss little Cora, she will always be with you in your hearts.

    I also want to congratulate you on your pregnancy – you’re looking great and I just know that this will all go well for you and Joel. I am sure it comes with mixed emotions and not a day will pass that you won’t miss Cora, but having another little bundle to care for is going to give your lives so much meaning again.

    And lastly, thanks for sharing this story about Kate with us. What a beautiful little girl. I will pray for her and her family, as I do yours.

    Take care. Sending lots of love from Cape Town, Sue xReplyCancel

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  • July 20, 2009 - 10:37 pm

    PamperingBeki - Praying for you tonight.ReplyCancel

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  • July 21, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Krystal - Yes, I am praying for Kate, and continue to pray for you and yours.ReplyCancel

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  • July 22, 2009 - 2:53 am

    Maggie May - I am so sorry you lost your lovely Cora. She was such a sweetfaced girl, so loved. I did a blog post on the McRae’s a few days ago and requested prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 22, 2009 - 8:07 am

    Robin in Benton - Praying for you this morningReplyCancel

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  • July 22, 2009 - 7:14 pm

    Anonymous - I will pray for Kate as for your family I found your blog after looking at Kayleigh Freemans blog. I have a little girl whom is 9 months old and has been sick the past 2 months but they don’t know what is wrong with her. I see Cora’s pictures and it reminds me so much of my little girl. I cry every time I think of Cora and I pray for healing for your family and also pray for your new little one on the way!ReplyCancel

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  • July 23, 2009 - 9:09 am

    Once A Mother - Thank you for sharing Kate’s story, and your own. A commenter on my page told me of your blog. I, too lost my baby girl, to infant Leukemia. I am amazed by your strength, the way that you have put together the Cora shop and held fast to your faith (mine has been changed, shaken… i dont know) I will keep you and this healthy new baby in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 23, 2009 - 10:23 am

    Jaclyn - I will be praying for Kate’s family, just as I continue to pray fopr yours…..ReplyCancel

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  • July 23, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    BoufMom9 - It is overwhelming to me that so many sweet children are dealing with and fighting cancer.
    While my dear friend, jess’ daughter was fighting NB, I did so much research online and was so sad by all of the children I discovered fighting cancer out there :(
    Of course, I will join you in praying for this sweet little girl.
    Thank you so much for spreading the word about her.
    Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 24, 2009 - 11:36 am

    PamperingBeki - Thinking of you today. Hope you’re doing okay.ReplyCancel

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  • July 24, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    Robin in Benton - Thinking of you and praying for you guys and Baby Mac today as well as for Kate as she starts a very long road.ReplyCancel

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  • July 24, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - We will pray for Kate as well as continued prayer for you family.ReplyCancel

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  • August 12, 2009 - 5:16 pm

    Nan in Can - Thank you for sharing and thanks for the verse at the end… I need that today… and every day.ReplyCancel

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