…there are so many things to be thankful for.


We made it through the first part of the holiday season. And honestly, yesterday I did not wake up with a thankful heart. I woke up with a heavy heart and tears. I knew that I was having to face another holiday without Cora and I was so sad. The normal happy family gatherings just didn’t seem right without her. I thought about what that day should have looked like. Our house should have been filled with excitement as we got ready for the day and told Cora all about going to Grammy and Papa’s to eat dinner and play with her cousins. Instead our house was horribly quiet and there was no one to talk to. I just felt this huge hole in my heart. It has been there since Cora died, but yesterday I felt it so intensely.
But, God’s grace was truly sufficient to get us through the day when we would have rather stayed in bed and not faced Thanksgiving at all. He gave us the strength to make it through. And yet despite the sadness and heaviness in my heart, yesterday I sensed how much I still have to be thankful for. Even in the face of death and celebrating these holidays without Cora, God’s hope comes shining through.
Yesterday I took time to write down the many things I have to be thankful for. These were just a few:
Joel. My husband is amazing and I can’t imagine walking this road of grief without him. I am so thankful for his constant love, understanding, and support. I am so thankful that I have someone to cry with who misses my sweet little girl just as much as I do. I am so thankful for how he continues to point us to Jesus in the midst of pain.
Cora. My sweet daughter and the eleven amazing months we had with her. Even though loosing her has been the most painful thing I have ever had to endure, I wouldn’t trade those eleven months for anything. I feel so blessed that the Lord chose me to be Cora’s mama. She has forever changed my life and I can’t wait to see her again in heaven.
Baby Mac. What a blessing he/she is to us already. I am so thankful that our house will be filled with the love and joys of a child again. I am so thankful that Joel and I will get to be daddy and mommy again.
Family. ALL of our family is wonderful. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better support system. Even as I write this they are helping me paint and finish some projects in my house so it is done before the baby comes. They love us and will do anything for us and I am so grateful. I am especially thankful for my mom and sister who have stuck so close to me this year. They have seen me at my ugliest and I am so thankful for their unconditional love.
Friends. Old friends and even a few new friends who allow us to be real and miss Cora along with us. They care about us so much and want to know how we are REALLY doing.
HOPE. I am most thankful for the hope that is found in my relationship with Jesus Christ alone. It is this hope that sustains me and inspires me to keep enduring. It is this hope that assures me of the deep love of my Savior even amidst a painful world that doesn’t make sense. Because of this hope, and because I am in His loving care, I have everything I need.
For that and that alone, I am extremely thankful.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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  • November 27, 2009 - 11:23 pm

    Christina - I sat here for a while, and I don’t really have words to say. That’s probably better sometimes. Just to say I’m still praying for you and I’ll keep on doing that.ReplyCancel

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  • November 27, 2009 - 11:30 pm

    FaceforGrace - Beautifully written. You are such an inspiration!ReplyCancel

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  • November 27, 2009 - 11:43 pm

    Robin in Benton - God truly blessed both of you with being Cora’s parents – and blessed Cora and Baby Mac by allowing them to have you as parents. You are both amazing and a constant inspiration to so many. Praying for you always.ReplyCancel

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  • November 27, 2009 - 11:50 pm

    Nancy - God Bless You both!! I am thankful to God that I found your blog!ReplyCancel

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    starnes family - Your strength is inspiring!ReplyCancel

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  • November 28, 2009 - 1:04 am

    dawn - I don’t know you, and hope I am not too bold in saying this– but I am proud of you. You are doing the right thing–you are grieving and you are sharing your grief. And you are putting one foot in front of the other, being as thankful as you can be, and not despairing. While you won’t have Cora back in this life, better days are still ahead…days when the hurt is not in the forefront. And it won’t mean you won’t miss her–it just won’t hurt as bad. You are cooperating with God as you walk this dark path…and He is faithful. He is a redeemer. Blessings.ReplyCancel

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  • November 28, 2009 - 1:15 am

    Anonymous - …and we thank you for sharing your journey and for helping any parent that has or will lose a child. xxReplyCancel

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  • November 28, 2009 - 1:38 am

    Jenifer - I prey for yall…I have to say you made me look at what I am truely grateful forReplyCancel

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  • November 28, 2009 - 5:03 am

    Carla - I thought about you alot yesterday and on Thursday. Im glad you made it through. To find such generosity and strength in your heart at such a hard time is truly amazing. Take good care of yourself and Joel and baby.ReplyCancel

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  • November 28, 2009 - 5:44 am

    k and c's mom - I stop by often to see how you are doing. Above all else I appreciate your honesty: certainly it helps us know how to pray for you. Blessings on you all.ReplyCancel

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  • November 28, 2009 - 8:01 am

    Anonymous - God bless you abundantly!! I came to your site when sweet Cora was sick and have been following your blog since. Have cried many times when i read your update-i was touched and challenged! Cora is beautiful!! Now having experienced the death of a tiny son on Sept 18th of this year i had a new reason to come back- u feel an instant bond with other parents who lost loved ones. One post you blogged about the book HOPE by Nancy Guthrie and i decided to get it–it has been a HUGE blessing to me- thank u for that.
    I also just purchased some Cora items for the first and can’t wait to see them. Got a set of burpies even tho my baby isn’t with me-i just had to have them! Many blessings to you- i pray your upcoming labor and delivery will be smooth and your precious little one healthy!
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  • November 28, 2009 - 8:24 am

    onlymehere - I’m truly and sincerely thankful for your faith this day. Without even realizing it you are inspiring and helping those of us who are struggling with much smaller trials than you’ve been called to endure. May God continue to bless you, your husband, and your unborn child. CindyReplyCancel

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  • November 28, 2009 - 10:28 am

    Shelly Primm - My heart is heavy for you and Joel. You are such an inspiration to so many parents who are walking this walk with you. I was 12 when I lost my 14 year old brother to a tragic accident and my mother grieved for 20 years until I had my first child. I SO wished she would have had support and faith like you. God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • November 28, 2009 - 10:50 am

    PamperingBeki - Tears falling for you.

    I’m so proud of you.

    And happy for you too. I woke up Thanksgiving morning and prayed for you. I prayed that you would have the exact kind of day that you did – Knowing that there is a dreadful, painful, hole, but able to give thanks anyway.

    You’re always in my prayers, but we’re praying a little extra to help you get through this Holiday season.ReplyCancel

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  • November 28, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Anonymous - You amaze me. . .your honesty, your faith in God. You and Joel have been such an inspiration to me. . . .
    Thank you for sharing and allowing God to use you and bless others the way you have. Praying that Baby Mac will arrive safely. What a honor and joy it will be to share your memories of sweet Cora with your other children!!ReplyCancel

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    Heather | Cookie Mondays - I’m so glad you made it through. Your package is FINALLY on its way :) Thinking of you lots.

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  • November 28, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    Courtney - It will be 10 years on Dec 11 since Dylan went to Heaven and yesterday while I was decorating for Christmas all I could do was cry. Cry knowing that a big birthday was coming and crying because He isn’t here to decorate with us. Today we went to the cemetary to decorate and while it looks wonderful it really is wrong. I too know that we will be together in Heaven and I find peace in that.

    I pray for you guys all the time and I am so glad that you still are thankful.
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  • November 28, 2009 - 10:27 pm

    Marla Taviano - Thankful for you, Jess! Love you, sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • November 29, 2009 - 5:47 pm

    Dinee - This song has brought me comfort and I hope you can bring you some as well.

    http://www.last.fm/music/Steven%20Curtis%20Chapman/_/Jesus%20Will%20Meet%20You%20ThereReplyCancel

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  • November 29, 2009 - 7:11 pm

    Mum2twopreciousgifts - Jess

    I stopped by as I was thinking of you. I was praying that you managed to cope with Thanksgiving.

    With thoughts from our little family in Australia to you, Joel and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • November 29, 2009 - 10:09 pm

    TRICIA @ The Zoo - Jess and Joel,

    My heart is hurting and full for you all at the same time. I know that no words from a stranger could take away or even begin to heal the pain that you feel. God sustains us through all things if we choose to allow him. Please just know that today I am thankful for the strength that you both have shown in continuing to share your journey.

    With love and prayers for all of you,
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  • November 30, 2009 - 3:40 am

    Sue - This post is so honest, I can feel your pain. Keep your hearts focused in the right direction and you’ll get there. It’s always going to be tough. After my husband died (and it must be so much harder to lose a child), I felt that there was a huge gaping hole in my heart. A physical ache. That hole has healed now (it’s taken me 5 years!), but the scar will be there forever. Cora has touched so many hearts and she will always be with you.

    Sending you both all my love, Sue xReplyCancel

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  • November 30, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Lauren Kelly - Glad you were able to find thanks and peace in a day where the pain of missing Cora was in the mix. His grace is sufficient!!ReplyCancel

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  • November 30, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Megan - I thought about you and prayed for you on Thanksgiving. This season will undoubtedly be difficult. Cling to each other, cling to Jesus and cling to hope.ReplyCancel

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  • November 30, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    Diana - Amen.

    {{hugz}}

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  • November 30, 2009 - 4:50 pm

    The Mershawn's - We’re still praying.
    And still so sorry.
    Hope is good…praying it grows everyday that you miss her.ReplyCancel

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  • November 30, 2009 - 8:45 pm

    Alisha - Thank you for being an open book and showing your feelings. I can’t imagine your pain and I’m sure it will never go away. She is so darn beautiful with a gorgeous smile – I’m sure she gave you 11 great months of memories – what a blessing that is.

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  • December 1, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Annie - The “firsts” area always the hardest and you have are close to the end of the valley of the first year without your sweet girl. Special days are always hard, especially when you think about how it “should be”…that’s always the hardest for me, anyway…
    So much healing and joy is coming with Baby Mac—and even though having another baby brings a whole new set of fears and anxieties, it also brings so much peace and happiness! Keep giving those fears to our Heavenly Father…I pray for you often…ReplyCancel

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  • December 2, 2009 - 11:15 am

    La Familia Garcia - As I sit here with tear-filled eyes, I know can’t truely understand since I have not “been there.” But you have an amazing out look for what’s next in this life and after this life. Thankyou for sharing that with us!ReplyCancel

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The plan is to post tomorrow around 1:00 pm (central standard time).

See you then!
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  • November 25, 2009 - 12:57 am

    Ginger - I’m so excited!! I really hope to get Avery a dress! :) Thanks for working so hard. You’re in our thoughts and prayers as the holidays approach. May God be all you need and more.ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 1:42 am

    Heather at All A Flutter - Oh goodness I hope I can nab one of each of those cuties. Lovely!!ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 7:44 am

    Carla - Really hoping i can nab one too :-) It’ll be 7pm here so hopefully I’ll be home infront of the PC! Thinking of you and wishing you strength and peace in this season of firsts.ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 8:30 am

    MCH PHOTOGRAPHY - Yay! Love them. Can’t waitReplyCancel

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    jennifer rogers - oh i hope i can get one this time….i totally have an alarm set to remember to check at 1 :)ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 11:31 am

    L ~ S - That skirt is awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    Stephanie - Can’t wait! I keep checking. By the way, the shoes on that little girl in the pic are adorable – where I can I get them?ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Tanya - Yikes, I tried to buy one of the dresses (9 mo) and hair clips and its only 11 minutes past one and it is gone. You do amazing work and I am so bummed to have missed it. I am so glad Cora’s store is doing so well.ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Erin - SO HAPPY!!! I finally got a Cora dress! My daughter will wear it proudly. Seriously, the cutest things I have ever seen. Thank you so much! Prayers for you and your little babe that things continue to go forward perfectly!ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 2:15 pm

    Erin, Kaitlyn and Henry - Dang, I had stuff in my cart and when I went to pay it disappeared. Crap! I had a dress and a clippie. Dang. I guess I will have to get in on the other. You have to be setting some type of records on Etsy. Keep up the good work.ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    C Golden - I got one of the clips. I will be giving it to a friend. Your work on there is amazing. God bless.ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Christine S. - YAY! I got my little girl a skirt. I wanted the 2/3 but it disappeared out of my cart before I could pay so I went with the 3/4. So excited! Thanks Jess for giving us the time you would be listing. That was really sweet :) Continued prayers for your family. ((hugs))! Can’t wait for my daughter to proudly wear her Cora skirt. ;)ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    Ethansmom08 - Seriously, cutest things ever! You ladies are SO talented!

    Many prayers for you, Joel, Cora, and baby Mac! <3ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    PamperingBeki - *sigh* I remember dressing Camryn like this in Kindergarten and first grade. The good ol’ days.

    Those days are long gone now.

    I’m excited to see your items flying off the shelves of your shop!ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 3:57 pm

    Anonymous - Really cute! Missed them again…less than 1/5 hours after posting. Bummer. I love the skirts! One day one will be ours! Good job girls!ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 4:17 pm

    Carla - Oh, what a pity, I was online on time, managed to nab myself a cora skirt, burpie and blanket for the new baby, only to find Cora’s doesnt ship to Ireland. Aw well, means some of you lovely stateside ladies get to enjoy them instead. Maybe you’d consider shipping abroad sometime in teh future jess? Anyway, well done on all your hard work, you make beautiful stuff :-)ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 6:08 pm

    Kim - Thanks for posting the time- I was able to get one of your absolutely adorable Cora dresses and a clip for my little girl! Everything you made was just beautiful…ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 6:17 pm

    meg duerksen - jess you are amazing. :)
    i love everything you and your mom created. what a wonderful way to use your gifts from God to glorify Him.
    i am so happy for you and your mom about your shop.ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 7:04 pm

    Annetta - Seriously, can we place orders? I have missed getting something every time. I would love to put my three girlies in something from Cora’s, but alas….they are always sold out. I wouldn’t care what it was, I could just send you the sizes and you could choose!! Consider it?

    Thanks for sharing with all of us!ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Jennifer Dawn - Well…I still didn’t get one. I had items in the shopping cart and I just didn’t check out fast enough. I am so disappointed for myself, but I am glad Cora’s Shop is doing good. :) Maybe next timeReplyCancel

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  • November 26, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Karina - Too late again…Congratulations on selling out again.ReplyCancel

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  • November 26, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Anonymous - Happy Thanksgiving!
    I have never written to you before, but I have been very blessed and inspired by your faith in God and his ability to know what is right for each and every one of us. I am truly Thankful for you and your blogs. May God continue to bless you and your family at this holiday season, when it just seems so much more difficult.
    I can’t wait until you have that baby to fulfull your lives, even though it will never replace Cora.

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  • November 27, 2009 - 12:52 am

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - Hello Jess,

    Well I missed the beautiful dresses again! you have outdone yourself again! They were awesome!

    I just wanted to wish you two a Happy Thanksgiving…. we are so thankful you came into our lives and we miss you all! I prayed for you and your family especially hard today, knowing it would be a hard but yet thankful day for you. Can’t wait to meet the new little Mac.

    Much love to you all!

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Commit your way to the Lord. Psalm 37:5a

Talk to God about whatever may be pressuring you and then commit the entire matter into His hands…Acquaint Him with it; yes, even burden Him with it, and you will have put the concerns and cares of the matter behind you. From that point forward, exercise quiet, sweet diligence in your work, recognizing your dependence on Him to carry the matter for you. Commit your cares and yourself with them, as one burden, to your God.

Streams in the Desert
I needed this reminder. All of a sudden the past two weeks I feel like I am at the drowning point again. Any hint of stability I was starting to feel is all of a sudden gone. There are so many big milestones coming up and another life change too. My emotions are going crazy and sometimes I just don’t think I can handle it. And really I can’t by myself. So this week I am going to try to stop worrying. I am going to try to stop trying to handle everything by myself and put my worries and fears at the feet of Jesus. I know that I am going to have to continue to cling to Him to get through Thanksgiving and Christmas and welcoming this new little one into our family.
Speaking of Baby Mac…
We had our last sonogram today. It is hard to believe that we made it through all three. Everything is still looking great! We were so relieved and so thankful. The best way I can describe how we are feeling is cautiously excited. We know this precious baby is going to be such a blessing, but it is so hard to know what it is going to be like to bring this little one home without Cora. Another fear to lay at His feet.
Here is one last peek before we get to meet Baby Mac…

Gotta love those big pouty lips!
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FYI…The plan for Cora’s is to post on Wednesday morning. Keep checking back for updates.
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  • November 24, 2009 - 12:34 am

    Heather at All A Flutter - I’m thinking of you, and praying for you, during this time as I know how difficult times like these are. God will walk with you every step of the way. I can say that with all my heart because He did that for me and my family. He can slow down time so you can take it just one minute, sometimes one second, at a time.ReplyCancel

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    Marla Taviano - Praying for you both!!ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 12:57 am

    Diana - God is bigger than we are… just try to give it all to Him. Very hard to do as humans, yes, but He does carry us. Christ’s love to you both! You are in our daily prayers, always at the top of our prayer journal. Blessings on Baby Mac! {{hugz}} :)ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 12:58 am

    Abby - I don;t know you, but I am so proud to have shared in your journey. You are the strongest and bravest person I believe I have ever encountered. Thank you for being real with us! I am praying for you to have peace and joy as you bring sweet baby into your lives!

    PS- I am going to be living on your blog Wednesday waiting for my chance to get some Cora’s clothes!ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 2:05 am

    The Moffats - Wow! Look at those lips!! Glad the ultrasound went well. Praying diligently that the Lord will give you the strength for each new day, especially during the next few weeks. Love and hugs.ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 8:00 am

    Marsha - What a cute, sweet baby. I will be praying for you during the next few weeks as the holidays approach.

    Love and prayers,

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  • November 24, 2009 - 8:51 am

    onlymehere - God bless you during this season of firsts. Your faith sustains and helps many of us who don’t comment too often. You’re new baby will be here before we know it and I wish you luck and blessings with that too. You’re often in my prayers as well as your sweet husband and new little one. Cora is often in my heart too as I have my first granddaughter who is pretty close to her age. May God bless and comfort you all. CindyReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 9:02 am

    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Praying for you.

    And my Emma still prays for “Baby Cora’s family” each and every day. Without fail.

    Sending love,

    JoanneReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 9:20 am

    Robin in Benton - I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you – I know the rest of the year is going to be hard. God will get you through it. Blessings to you both and to Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 9:50 am

    Lauren Kelly - And with each new first, Jesus will be with you every step of the way. We love you!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 10:17 am

    Miss Em - You and Joel weighed heavy on my mind last night. I spent quite some time with God talking about you and your family and asking for some peace. I find myself praying for people I don’t know lately more then for people I do know. It seems strange but it is easier to pray for people I don’t know. It is just that praying for those close to me can be so complicated some times. Ok, rambling here but what I am getting at is that while I was praying for your I realized that I need to pray for others close to as well. Whew, I got a lot of praying going on here. =) Anyway, many blessing to you as you make your way through this next month.ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 10:33 am

    Trisha Larson - I know how hard the first Holiday’s are. I was there last year. For me, the days and weeks leading up to it were worse than the actual day. I hope that you are able to find Joy amongst the pain.

    By the way, I’m on the same path as you in that I’m trying to let God carry me and my burdens. I’m trying to rejoice in the good and let Him worry about everything else. It’s a tough challenge since I’ve been trying to get pregnant for 19 months since Nate died. I hope and pray that someday God says yes to us but until then I’m going to try and let Him carry it. It’s just too heavy for me. I don’t want to be weighten down anymore.

    Hugs!
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  • November 24, 2009 - 10:34 am

    Micah - Praying for you all…ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 10:38 am

    Sherrie Kulwicki - Jess, we lost our youngest son 4 1/2 yrs ago and I can totally relate to ‘feeling like’ you lose ground around a holiday or anniversary or birthday. It still happens for us and we continue to survive and move forward afterwards. Great love means great grief – I have learned that lesson. And alongside that I have discovered that he (our baby) is worth the pain. One day you will dance down streets of gold with your Cora as we dance with our Justin and we will laugh and sing and thank God for the promise that is ours in Christ Jesus. We are bound together by our pain and by our hope! Looking forward to dancing with you sweet sister and brother!ReplyCancel

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    La Familia Garcia - Yay, a baby update! Glad that everything looks good! Thanksgiving blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 11:07 am

    Al's World - I am praying for you all this thanksgiving and christmas. I know how you feel, with the arrival of our sweet precious boy, but to do without my mom is scary. If you need an uplifting song or message to get you through it, Savior Please by Josh Wilson hit home the other day. Hang on to Jesus..He is hanging on to you!ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 11:09 am

    eeguiltner - Hi Jess,
    I am feeling very much the same way. All of a sudden everything seems to be overwhelming. I will join you in praying for peace and the Holy Spirit’s strength and guidance.
    Love,
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  • November 24, 2009 - 11:16 am

    Karina - Baby Mac looks gorgeous. I am so pleased for you that all looks well with the baby. I continue to hold your family in my heart every day and look forward to “meeting” your new little one! I will also TRY to get something from Cora’s on Wednesday…I know I’m going to have to be faster this time!!ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 11:53 am

    Carrie - What a beautiful baby!

    I am praying for you and your family as you encounter this season of ‘firsts’. The ‘firsts’ are always so hard when you’re grieving and your heart is so raw. Praying for peace.ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 2:41 pm

    Anonymous - Thanks for being transparent. I know how to pray in the next coming weeks for you and your family. Love you my friend!ReplyCancel

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  • November 24, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    TRICIA @ The Zoo - Hi Jess and Joel.
    As always, I cannot begin to imagine what the two of you are experiencing right now. I continue to pray for all of you and know that the Lord has it all in his mighty hands.
    Thank you for sharing that reminder. Sometimes it’s easier said that done, right?!
    I wish you all abundant blessings.

    With love and prayers,
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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - Praying for you, as always.
    The baby is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    BEK - Thinking of you and congrats on this new life almost here!!!ReplyCancel

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  • November 25, 2009 - 2:52 pm

    Anonymous - Jess,

    Your husband is hot! I bet he looks awesome in his overalls on the tractor. Do you have a name for Baby Mac yet. What about John Deere.

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  • November 27, 2009 - 2:24 am

    Sue - Be brave!! Keep focusing on that gorgeous little bundle you’re going to have to cuddle in just a little while (when’s your due date, by the way?). The holidays are going to be tough, but try look for the positives around you. It was what got me through many tough days and still helps. When you’re feeling down, try think of just one or two things that are really great in your life and they’ll get you through! Thinking of you so much through it all…

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  • November 27, 2009 - 7:25 pm

    Miss G - This is a wonderful post, Jes. I hope that your thanksgiving day had happiness in it. I hope that you are feeling peace from burdening God (who is soo strong and capable) with your fears and struggles. I pray that you have the strength and tenacity to leave them in His hands rather than trying to take them back. (I know that’s what I often try to do.) Blessings! KellyReplyCancel

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  • November 27, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Marlene W. - I just stopped by your blog tonight and have to agree . . . those big pouty lips are sweet!! Praying for you tonight. :)ReplyCancel

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…to a few questions about the Cora shop

When will you post?

The goal is next week…before Thanksgiving.
I will keep you updated as it gets closer.
Any boy items this time?
We have a swaddle blanket and onesie that would work for a boy.
The burpies could be used for a boy.
Otherwise, everything is pretty girlie.
We are working on some new ideas for the boys.
Sorry boys.
Any dresses bigger than 5T?
No…at least not at this point.
Actually we don’t even have ANY dresses in sizes 2T-5T this time.
Bummer, I know.
We are having a horrible time finding NICE, plain shirts to use.
We can’t get the Cherokee shirts we were using any more.
Any ideas??
So, you don’t have ANY 2T-5T dresses??
No, but we do have skirts this time.
I know it is not the same.
But, they are super cute too…I promise.
A Christmas skirt might be just what your little girl needs.
What else will you be posting?
NB swaddle blanket and onesie sets
dresses 3 month-24 month
skirts 2T-5T
clipies
burpies
Any special/custom orders?
We just can’t keep up with that right now.
Sorry.
I wish we could make everyone exactly what they want.
I promise we would if we could.
But that is just not realistic right now.
Hopefully you will get to Cora’s in time
to find something Christmas-y for your little one!
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  • November 18, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    3girlsmom - O MY GOODNESS! I would love to buy 2 skirts, but everytime I go on Etsy (even soon after you post that stuff is online), I’m too late. What a WONDERFUL problem to have! Sweet Cora was (and still is) such an inspiration that I’d love for my girls to wear something with her name on it.

    Guess I’ll keep trying!ReplyCancel

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  • November 18, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    Shauna - So excited! You do such a fantastic job! :)ReplyCancel

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  • November 18, 2009 - 10:14 pm

    This is the day! - I am hoping to be quicker this time. I would love a swaddle blanket for our baby boy who is coming right before Christmas. Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    angie c - hey Jess– check jiffyshirts.com for yourshirts/onesies. they have reasonable prices, reasonable and fast shipping,and a huge variety of brands. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

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  • November 18, 2009 - 10:20 pm

    Ali Rae - http://www.essentialwhites.com has onsies in lots of sizes up to 5T, which actually run a bit big until they are washed a few times. The quality of the fabric is excellent. Maybe that would work for a dress and a little one that doesn’t want to keep the dress down!ReplyCancel

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  • November 18, 2009 - 10:37 pm

    Marla Taviano - This post made me smile. My youngest daughter will be busting out of 5T any day now, but I LOVE seeing what you’ve made and how fast people snatch it up. What a blessing!!ReplyCancel

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  • November 19, 2009 - 9:21 am

    Jenny - Hi Jessica, my name is Jenny, I came across Cora’s story right after she went to be with Jesus. I check in on you frequently and pray for you daily. Your words are uplifting and you courage is immense.
    I am hoping to get a dress for my daughetr, Lucy, this time around, I’ve been trying since you and your Mom started selling them but your loyal followers beat me every time! I’ve purchased basic shirts/dresses/ etc from this site and it’s fantastic,
    http://www.basicbrilliance.com Just another option!
    Thank you for the post about the water, I blogged about it too. What a fantastic charity. Continued love and prayers from a “friend” in Ohio.ReplyCancel

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  • November 19, 2009 - 10:56 am

    JJC - Jess,
    I have also had a very difficult time finding plain long-sleeve shirts this year. I finally found some at Old Navy. They have 2 little buttons on each shoulder and come in several colors. So sad that there aren’t any 2T dresses this time..it’s just the size we need! Maybe next time. :)
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  • November 19, 2009 - 12:36 pm

    Lovely Little Flowers - Hey, Jess – I would suggest you try Wal-Mart for “plain” shirts -GARANIMALS — they are the “bomb diggidy”!!! ;-)they have up to 5T shirts…
    also, two weekends ago we were in Branson and was able to find some at Children’s Place….and they were on sale!!!ReplyCancel

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  • November 19, 2009 - 12:37 pm

    Anonymous - Target currently has plain white, black, pink, (and other colors i think) shirts in their kids section, they’re like 4$ each. I JUST bought a few the other day. hope you have luck finding them!ReplyCancel

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  • November 19, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    Amanda - okay, so I would like to order a 3T dress, a 24 month Tripp tee, 5 burpies and 2 skirts, size 3T and 4T.

    Oh wait, did you say you WEREN’T taking custom order. OH MAN!

    How in the world will I EVER in my whole entire life get anything from the Cora shop.

    You’re so famous.ReplyCancel

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  • November 19, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    The Mershawn's - Girl, I think it’s just awesome that you and your mom are still doing this. You’re so creative & the stuff is so cute. The custom order thing….um, you’ve got a baby coming…no apologies needed!! Ha! Hope all is well on the baby front & we’re still praying for you guys. Can’t wait to see the super cute Christmas stuff. I just told the Lord, I deserve at least one thing…..we’ll see if he agrees;).ReplyCancel

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  • November 19, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    timmonstimes - Hi! I didn’t have a chance to read all of the other comments but have you checked Walmart? They have a brand called Garanimals and they sell very inexpensive (yet good quality) solid colored shirts and turtlenecks that would work perfectly! Best wishes. We think and pray for your family daily.ReplyCancel

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  • November 19, 2009 - 4:28 pm

    Deborah - I’ve ordered from cheapestees.com before. They have several different brands of shirts, onesies, etc. They’ve worked out nicely for us for craft projects.ReplyCancel

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  • November 19, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    Cee - Is there anyway we could purchase some of your clothing patterns? I love to sew!ReplyCancel

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  • November 20, 2009 - 11:00 am

    Little Dude's Mama - I always default to Garanimals brand- from Wal-Mart for my applique designs- they are cheap, hold and wear fabulously. Happy crafting!ReplyCancel

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  • November 20, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    Amber - Carter’s makes very good quality onesies…I don’t know how big they go up to though. :-)ReplyCancel

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  • November 20, 2009 - 8:20 pm

    Anonymous - check out nosweat.comReplyCancel

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  • November 20, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    Micah - Jess, I get my plain white long sleeved shirts for my shop from Old Navy. They are VERY nice! The boy ones are as well!ReplyCancel

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  • November 20, 2009 - 10:02 pm

    Christina - I think it is amazing that you are making these things to sell! I’m always too late but I’ll keep trying as long as you continue to create such wonderful clothes for such a dear cause. I hope that it is a way for you to find comfort and peace as you keep moving forward. May you be blessed, Jess, each day.ReplyCancel

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  • November 21, 2009 - 5:52 pm

    Christa Campbell - Have you tried American Apparel? http://store.americanapparel.net/ I know they are a bit pricey (retail), but if you buy wholesale it’s really reasonable.

    I love your stuff!ReplyCancel

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  • November 21, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Casey - I had to search high and low to find a plain white shirt to use for my daughter’s third birthday. I wanted to put a big 3 on the front of it for her and ended up finding a plain shirt at Old Navy. There were having a sale at the time 2 for $7, long sleeved white shirts. Her’s is a 18-24mos because she’s really petite but they had them in 2T as well. It was weeks before I found those though, everywhere else had big glitter stripes on the white shirts or bows or other stuff. Good luck.ReplyCancel

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  • November 22, 2009 - 1:20 am

    Anonymous - Jess, Just wanted you to know that I’m thinking about you and praying for you guys tonight. I’ve had you on my mind all day and keep praying for you over and over. Sorry that this Holiday season isn’t any fun. I’m sorry that you are having to even do this blog or having to make Cora dresses for other people besides Cora! Wish I had some kind of words that were wise. Know that we pray for you two always. That sometimes even sounds so empty, but I know that God does answer prayer and that He can bring peace even when from the outside looking in, that seems impossible. You,so often, have been the one reminding of God’s amazing love for us. We love you guys! AndiReplyCancel

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  • November 22, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    sewbusy - You could always use long sleeve shirts. With winter here they would be warmer. Maybe even use flannel for the skirt:) Then it would be nice and warm.ReplyCancel

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