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One year ago today, our lives changed forever.
We were totally unprepared.
Not expecting at all.
It happened in an instant.
We had no idea that from that day forward,
we would be fighting for our daughter’s life.
And in just 17 short days, that we would loose that fight.
That day we were asked to begin a new journey.
A journey that we never would have chosen…

It was a pretty typical day. I dropped Cora off at my mom’s and headed off to Bible Study. She had been having trouble sleeping and was a little grouchy. Those horrible ear infections kept coming back and I was wishing she would just get better. At Bible study I remember sharing my frustrations and asking for prayer for Cora and her doctor’s appointment that afternoon.

Joel had agreed to go to the doctor appointment with me. We wanted to do everything we could to get Cora feeling better. We had no idea that it was so much more than a little ear infection.

I remember sitting in the exam room with Joel and Cora. We were trying to keep our little girl happy as we waited. They had done an x-ray of her abdomen and she did. not. like. it. one. bit. She screamed through the entire thing. We really didn’t expect anything to be horribly wrong. We were just looking for a way to get rid of the ear infections. But as we waited longer and longer, we began to worry. We sensed something might not be okay. Still, “cancer” had never crossed our minds.

Our pediatrician finally came in. I knew the second I saw his face that something was wrong. As he told us that Cora’s liver was enlarged and that it might be the result of cancer, our world as we knew it froze. He was so kind to us. Even prayed with us before sending us out the door. But I was in shock.  He had to be wrong. There was no way my beautiful Cora had cancer in her little chubby body.

Joel and I could barely even talk to each other as we drove to the hospital. I remember praying over and over all the way there, “Please let him be wrong. Please let him be wrong. My baby can’t have cancer.”

But as we know, he wasn’t wrong. Late that night our worst fears were confirmed. The next day we would be asked to hand our sweet daughter over for surgery. And from that moment on our world was rocked to the core. We went from a “normal” family to living in the hospital and struggling to battle Cora’s cancer in an instant. We were asked to trust God with our daughter’s life. We were asked to trust God in a way that we never had before.

As I think about that day and the 17 days that followed, my stomach just aches. I don’t even know how to describe our time in the hospital except horrible and terrifying. It was the worst thing to watch Cora go through everything she did and not be able to do anything to help her. Like I said, it is hard to even put it into words. Yet at the same time we experienced God’s incredible comfort through the wonderful hospital staff, family and friends in a way that we never have experienced before. It was amazing.

So many people have told us that we are handling this past year of suffering incredibly. That they would not be able to handle what we have gone through. Like we are “gifted” at facing difficulties. We are not. In fact, before Cora got sick, I would have said the same thing. I would have said there is no way I could handle watching my daughter battle cancer. Or worse yet having to say goodbye to my daughter. I would have told you I couldn’t do it.

When we were in the hospital I remember people telling us that God’s grace is sufficient. Those words seemed so trite to me considering what we were going through. But, through this year we have found that God’s grace is truly sufficient. It is that simple. It doesn’t mean that facing suffering is easy or that it doesn’t cause pain, even deep pain. But it is true. When we face something that seems impossible to live through, or even when we face something that seems relatively insignificant, we can be confident that He cares. He will provide just what we need to get through whatever we are facing. His grace is sufficient. My family is living proof of that!

So as we enter this time of “anniversaries” and remember what we were facing at this time last year, and what we continue to face every day, I need to remind myself again. His grace is sufficient.

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:8
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  • The Mershawn's - What a story you guys have. Not one anyone wants & yet one for us all to admire.
    Thank you for reminding us all how good our God is, no matter how awful or wonderful the situation.
    I’ll be praying everyday for the 2 of you the next 17 days. Hang on to your hope. And let HIM speak to you as you miss her so desperately. You guys are awesome.ReplyCancel

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  • Austin - I’m still so sorry for your loss. Its so encouraging though…to see God’s faithfulness through this…and the amazing way you’ve let him work in your lives.ReplyCancel

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  • Vuong and Steph - Thinking of you and your family not only during the next few weeks, but every day!ReplyCancel

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  • Carla - Its difficult even to read that, as a stranger, and impossible to imagine what you have gone through in the last year. My thoughts are with you now, in the next 17 days and always. Thank you for taking us on your journey, it is a powerful thing to be witness to it. I wish you strength in the next little while.ReplyCancel

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  • Time To Lose - Thank you for sharing with us. My heart has ached for you in your lose and also rejoiced with you in the birth of your son. God’s blessings on you always.ReplyCancel

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  • susy - God has a plan for all of us. We might not like it and may even dread it but it is his plan. May you find comfort the next 17 days and all the days of your life. God bless you all.

    On a lighter note, more pictures of Levi please.ReplyCancel

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  • Jamie - I am praying for you this weekend and the following 17 days as you have to enter into this “new phase” of remembering. Thanks for sharing your story (and life) with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • Christina Egner - Blessings from Pooh’s Corner while you remember…..ReplyCancel

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  • Drew, Taylor, and Caroline Clayton - Prayers coming your way on this day of reflection :)ReplyCancel

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  • BURNS FAMILY - I have followed your blog for over a year now and never knew what type of comment to leave. Your family is a true testament of God’s love and grace. I know my own faith has grown following your story and I hope that I can continue to grow to have the kind of faith that you and Joel show. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your journey and my thoughts and prayers have been with you and will continue to be with you.
    Sincerely,
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  • Sherryl - I’m remembering everything with you. Keep your chin up!ReplyCancel

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  • Meghan - i found your blog a year ago and have followed ever since. i love what you said the other day about God giving us what we can handle. you have had more than your share of that. you have handled it gracefully. i will always think of you guys, even though i don’t know you. i will be praying for you as you go through the next couple of weeks. and this next chapter in your lives. xoxoReplyCancel

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  • A - My heart breaks for you as I read what you wrote today- I have been praying for you as the anniversary of her going to Jesus approaches.

    I love that verse you reflected upon. It is one of my favorites that sustains me as I struggle with my own personal cross- infertility. Especially on days like today, after getting a(nother) negative pregnancy test, it is all I can do to rest in God’s comfort and trust He has things under control in the long run.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I have looked at your blog at least twice a week since cory was first in the hospital..
    This is the first time I have responded.
    You have been a blessing to me and my daughter ( who also lost at child at 26 weeks)
    I admire you courage and love of God and all he can do. He is perfect!!
    I have cried almost everytime I have read your blog. I feel your pain, and don’t know how you could deal with it except for God’s Love.
    Levi is a gift from God and looks perfect to me! What a beautiful child.
    My daughter’s birthday is also March 5th, she is now 30 and I can’t imagine ever losing her.
    God bless you and your family during this difficult time of year.
    Love,
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  • bagfashionista - again, i am truly sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • Just Beachy - i am so sorry you lost cora , i think of her often , I am so happy to see your family grown and be blessed , i iknow the whole cora left will always remain .
    my poor brother just tuesday lost his second daughter almost a year apart from their first, the pain is unthinkable , why them ? why you ? , there is never an answer , just can’t give up is all , support of family and the desire to try again keeps us all going on , but it is so hard , so very hard.
    your family is in my thoughts , I hope you are blessed with a healing year.ReplyCancel

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  • merlin - And grace came by way of Levi, a bright shining star out of the darkness.

    Thank you God for the gifts of Levi and Cora, and for promising us that Cora is with You in heaven.

    Praying for your comfort on this sad anniversary.ReplyCancel

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  • Stef - praying for you *much* today <3ReplyCancel

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  • Todd and Courtney - I think of Cora every single day. I was so lucky to buy a pair of burpies from you for my daughter this past Christmas. I am so proud and honored that we have something in our home to remember Cora. I check your blog all the time, tear up as I read your posts, and pray for you all every single day. Levi is so beautiful and I’m so happy that he is in your life. I can’t wait to see more pictures!ReplyCancel

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  • Jessatsea - Oh bless you guys again and again and again. I remember reading your story one short year ago and my heart ached for you then like it does today on this horrible anniversary.
    You and Joel are in my prayers today and always.ReplyCancel

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  • Kathy Hardison - I would imagine that you have watched the clock today thinking about the exact minute everything occured on that day. I hope as you do you find comfort in knowing that people you don’t even know are praying for your sweet family. You are not only talking the talk, but walking the walk. May He give you strength to take each step. Joshua 1:9ReplyCancel

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  • Tricia - I have nothing to say that could possibly mean more than what you have shared with us today.
    May God continue to bless your sweet family.

    With love and prayers,
    XO*TriciaReplyCancel

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  • Trinity - Thinking of you as you relive the pain of last year during these first anniversaries that will no doubt be just as hard, if not harder, than when you walked thru them a year ago. And as He carried you through the storm of that time, He will again carry you thru this time too. God bless your loving family and thank you for being a constant reminder to others that God is good.ReplyCancel

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  • Taking Heart - You are wise beyond your years. Pain does that. The grace you live with is evident… and the sorrow you carry runs deep. What amazes me the most is how you continue to cling to hope… that is how Cora continues to touch lives. Thank you for giving a window peek into your life… your message of hope reminds us all to look up.ReplyCancel

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  • Joyce - Praying you feel an extra measure of God’s tender loving care in the coming weeks. Thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

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  • JenReece - God is so amazing. He does get us throught things that we would never be able to get through on our own. It’s truely amazing the strength He can provide. Our bodies are so weak and yet He makes us so strong when we rely on Him. Simply amazing. I’m so sorry you are having to experience this daily. A dear friend lost her 2 1/2 month old last Christmas Eve and watching her go through this has been so hard, but she and her husband have His strength as well. Thanks to you (and her) for showing me what His strength can do. I’m in awe of Him. Thank you for that reminder, it was so very needed!ReplyCancel

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  • Tara from Nebraska - Thinking of you, Joel, and your families today. Over the last few days I have read through your blog and my heart completely aches for you. I am saddened that I just now found out about your story and I wasn’t able to join in on the power of prayer when Cora and your family were going through all of this. Cora was such a beautiful little girl and you are one lucky mama to say she was your very own. Your faith and trust in God is beyond inspiring and has only made me want to better my relationship with God. One year later and your family and Sweet Cora are still touching hearts and lives across the world. While I wasn’t there to pray for you all a year ago please know that you are in my prayers now…every night and will be forever. I pray for joy, hope, peace and healing for you and Joel. Sending hugs your way…especially for the rough weeks ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Just sending hugs to your family today and will be thinking of you and praying with you in the upcoming weeks.

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  • Erica - my heart is breaking for you as tears stream down my face. i will be praying especially hard for your family these next 17 days. i cannot believe it’s been a year. praise God that His grace is sufficient… what would we be without it?ReplyCancel

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  • The Chance Family - Praying for you during this difficult day as you remember the amazing daughter you shared such a short time on earth with. Cora was a blessing and Levi also is a blessing. Thank you for allowing us on this journey of healing with you!ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney - Jess I am so sorry you have to remember this day this way. I will never forget Sept 2nd (the day we found out Dylan wasn’t going to survive much past Birth) for as long as I live. I have heard so many times the same thing as you said about not being able to deal with it. I HOPE that no one ever has to find out if they could deal with loosing a child but unfortunatly it happens to often. I still pray for you guys all the time and I am so glad that Levi is now here to bless your family even more. I remember when our daughter Madylan was born fourteen months after Dylan went to Heaven I couldn’t put her down. I got nothing done because I held her and stared at her all day.
    I will be praying for you even more this next 17 days.
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  • Enos Family - I can remember back to this time last year, when I started reading your blog. It makes me cry and hurt all over again, and I don’t even know you. Cannot imagine what you went through, or continue to go through, but I am so inspired by your love of God and your faith. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • Miss Em - I have been thinking of your family so much knowing this day was coming soon and the next two plus weeks to follow. My heart aches. These days hurt like it was yesterday. I find the pain for my son eases some with the passing of each year but the “anniversaries” just hurt. I remember taking about Matthew with my husband not too long ago and he had said how much he admired how I handled Matthew’s death. I was shocked to the core. I could understand that statement from anyone but him. He was right there with me daily with the pain and sadness. He was the one I cried with and the one who really new my pain. It amazed me that he felt that way. I still don’t understand it but it was a relief to me that he felt that way. I have no idea why I am sharing that. Maybe just to say “I hear you, I understand”. Sending my love and prayers and hugs to Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - So so true. I recently discovered your blog, but from what I’ve read so far, you have handled this journey with pure grace. You are a beautiful testimony! Your Cora and Levi are absolutely precious!ReplyCancel

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  • Al's World - What a beautiful post, thank you so much for witnessing to everyone, to showing everyone the power that God can have over your life if you just allow Him to work in you. I didn’t lose my child, but I lost my mom. I too thought I would not survive a day much less a year, but I have. I have just like you through God’s grace, love and devotion. Prayers over you and Joel as you face these anniversaries, I am so glad that God gave you something to hold during this time, even though I know you wish it was Cora…take care and God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • The Drama Mama - Praying for you all as you continue to find a new normal and remember sweet Cora’s precious life at the same time! Sending many prayers and HUGS your way!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura - My heart aches for you. I do not know you, but I am praying for you in this heartbreaking time. I pray God will wrap His loving arms around you and hold you so close to Him- that He will be your strong tower and your refuge and your comfort.ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - I too am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I’m sure you don’t go a minute without missing your sweet Cora, but I pray that you would find peace in God’s sufficient grace! I am so impacted by your story and strength!ReplyCancel

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  • kelli - i have been thinking about you two this week knowing that it was this time last year that your lives changed. thanks for being so transparent with all that you were and are going through. hugs!ReplyCancel

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  • kinsey - praying for your family over the next few weeks. i know nothing will ever cover up or take away your loss, but i’m thanking god that you have Cora’s baby brother to love on during this time.ReplyCancel

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  • Maria - I am praying for you. I’m so very sorry for this aching and suffering.
    All I can do is pray. Thank you for allowing me to witness your story.ReplyCancel

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  • Anne - Your blog is such an encouragement to me. Even through the toughest time in your life your hope in God never waivers.
    Thank you for the reminder that God’s grace is sufficient no matter what He gives you to deal with. I needed that today.ReplyCancel

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  • Alaina - Oh Jess..my heart weeps with yours. I had started reading your blog about a month or so before Cora got sick. I remember being shocked with you, even gasping and yelling at the computer screen when you found out about Cora’s diagnosis. I cried with you and have prayed for you. Even though I don’t know you personally Jess, your family has become precious to me. And please know, I miss sweet little Cora too.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - Thank you for sharing, and for reminding me that God’s grace truly IS sufficient.ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsey - It has been amazing to have been following your story for almost a year now. God has used your intense loss for His glory and fame! I will be praying for peace and comfort for you and all of your family during this time. The name of my blog is “His Grace is Enough.” :) Much love to you!ReplyCancel

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  • Beki - TheRustedChain - Oh Jess.

    I had no idea that today was the anniversary.

    But you’ve been heavy on my mind all day and I’ve been praying hard for you. I even thought about emailing to let you know, but got busy and didn’t. Now I understand why.

    I still hate that you have to hurt so badly. It crushes me.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Thank you for this wonderful post, and for reminding us that God is GOOD. Even in the worst of times. Cora was a special little girl who has left an impression on so many people. I am honored to read your blog, to learn about Cora, and to follow a bit of your journey with your new sweet little babe, Levi. You are encouraging, strong, and gentle in your writing. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Trisha Larson - Funny that you posted that comment because I relate A LOT to the second part of that “my power is made great in your weakness”. I have been so weak in the time that Nate died (2 years in March). I too would have never thought that I would survive burying my child. How could anyone ever possibly survive that? But, by the Grace of God, I am still standing. It is His power that I am using because mine is gone. And, I think that’s a good thing. I am changed because of it.

    I know your pain and understand your sorrow. We lived in a hospital for 25 days fighting for Nate’s life. Sending my love and prayers as you continue to face all of your “firsts”.

    Hugs,
    TrishaReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I’ve been thinking about you guys all day, knowing today was the anniversary of her diagonsis. I lost a close childhood friend 14 years ago today, so the date has always stuck in my mind. Many prayers being sent your way today and everyday…but especially over the next 17 days and all of the horrible anniversaries they bring with them. May your newest gift continue to bless your lives…and let you sleep a little. ;)ReplyCancel

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  • Dear Abbi - What beautiful, life-giving words! Thank you for sharing them. They were an encouragement to me!ReplyCancel

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  • Stephanie Lane - Prayers are still being lifted on your behalf! You are loved!ReplyCancel

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  • Nancy - I’m amazed at your faith. Cora is an angel – praying for your family this next month. What an amazing story. Thankful you have your son to hold & love!!ReplyCancel

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  • Restless Mama - Hello, loyal reader but I’ve not yet commented…I think. Your words for this post touched my heart. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are so strong to keep going not just as a family and not just as loyal servants to God but for remaining a strong and loving family and lifting your faith that much more.
    It is beautiful. You are beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Heather at All A Flutter - As someone that has been through a similar set of circumstances with our son I just want to tell you that your words were so well written. You conveyed so much in this one post. My prayers are with you as you begin the first of many anniversaries. God is so Good and he will see you through.ReplyCancel

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  • Christy - It’s hard to believe it’s been a year. Your story, Cora’s story, continues to touch and change people… and will continue to.

    I love you guys!
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  • Andrea - i have been reading and praying since “whatever” posted about little cora needing prayer. The Lord is amazing. your emotions and feelings are so true and real, i am blessed to be involved in seeing what the Lord is doing in your lifeReplyCancel

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  • Momma H - Joel and Jess – As many others have said, THANK YOU for sharing your story – it has been, and continues to be – a real testiment of your love and faith in our remarkable Father. I pray that you will feel His closeness and protection thru the next 17 days, especially. And I pray God’s mercy to be super evident now and always for you and your family.
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  • Anonymous - Thoughts and prayers are with your family not only today and the next 17 days but always!
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  • Toni :O) - Such a moving post. I think of you and sweet Cora every day…truly I do. It’s changed my life for the better and I don’t take one moment with my children for granted ever because of what you went through. Thank you for posting your struggles, frustrations, triumphs and pure joy (Levi and your incredible Etsy shop) just everything. You inspire me and as difficult as this *anniversary* will be for you, I’m glad you have sweet Levi there to hold and snuggle to get you through. Many continued blessings to you all. Hugs!ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - Your testimony is beautiful. I “met” you almost a year ago. I remember wanting to say things that would possibly be comforting, but at the same time wanting to say things like,”It’s okay to be angry…” or whatever emotion you might have felt. I can’t even imagine what all that would encompass.
    Well, I usually feel like I don’t have adequate words to put down here, but always feel like I would like to say something encouraging. The truth is that I leave here encouraged. Thank you for continuing to share your story.ReplyCancel

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  • Deb - God bless you and your family and may He grant peace to you.ReplyCancel

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  • angie c - I was going thru old files on my computer the other day, and found a thumbnail of a picture I took a few hours after Cora’s funeral…it was of a double-rainbow and it was gorgeous. I know God sent it that day to give us hope and love and a sign from Cora. I think of Cora and your family so so often and her story will always be in my heart. I don’t see a double rainbow, pink balloon, or hear the name Cora without thinking of you guys. Much love to you-ReplyCancel

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  • honesteagurl - i am struck by the poignancy – that a year ago you were giving your child over to God and now a year later God has given over to you a child.

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  • Anonymous - Ah guys my heart aches for you. I have thought about and prayed EVERYDAY for you since Beautiful Cora first went into the hospital. Your Cora will will never be forgotten..the many lives she has touched are for every changed..Oh how I wish things were different. I honestly don’t know how you are doing it but oh so graceful you are. Your unbending faith has inspired me so many times. We will all be praying for and trying to ease your pain as you walk through the next 17 days..

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  • Anonymous - My grandmother’s sister lost both her twin daughters (and her husband) before their first birthday. I never knew this growing up…I would stay at her house, follow her around in her garden, get fussed at for using too much water in the bath…I had no idea. I know it was because of her faith but I don’t really know how she did it. She married a man who doted on her and had another daughter. She lived a really good life. I hope that for you too.ReplyCancel

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  • Tressa - I am sorry for your loss. She was/is beautiful. As is Levi. I know this time of the year will always be hard for you. I pray that he will bless you with grace and mercy and comfort. I will pray for you and your family, knowing that these next 17 days are going to be so hard. May God bless you.
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  • Princess Martha - I cannot believe a whole year has passed since that horrible day. The year has flown by, and you have done so well at making it. I am happy you have little Levi with you to help you through the next 17 days. xxReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - my heart just aches every time I think of your sweet Cora. You are such a brave and god loving momma. I will be praying for you during this time of anniversaries. The last verse spoke to my heart. You are such a blessing and witness of God’s love.ReplyCancel

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  • The Fishers - You truly are an inspiration to me and I appreciate your sharing your journey with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • dawn - People always tell me they never could have lost a son like we did. They wouldn’t have been as brave (was I?) or they would have crumbled under it all. Like you said, I would have said the same thing before it happened. I still say it about all the terrible things I’ve not faced. BUT, God’s grace was sufficient for the days we faced watching our son suffer, and the days we face without him. I don’t have the Grace to face someone else’s struggle, and they don’t have the grace to face mine. But His Grace is sufficient for each day we each face. it’s pretty amazing.

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  • Robin in Benton - God bless you, Joel, Levi and Cora in heaven. Praying for you to have the peace that surpasses all understanding that only comes from God as he continues to hold you in his hands through this journey.ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - I’ll be doing some extra praying for you all during the next days.ReplyCancel

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  • 3LittleByrds - Thinking of you and your family this weekend and praying. Everytime I open your blog and see sweet Cora’s face smiling it just melts my heart. She’s truly a angel.ReplyCancel

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  • Susan - Remembering Cora today…praying for you as you continue this journey. I can’t imagine the varying emotions flooding yours and Joels minds these days and just as you said…not sure I could do it. BUT, with God, I know I could, I would, just as you did for your Cora. You will be on my heart even more so in the next couple weeks…many, many prayers. Thank you also for reminding me of the sufficiency of His Grace!ReplyCancel

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  • onlymehere - So beautifully written. God bless you and your new little one.ReplyCancel

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  • The Idaho Olsens - My thoughts and prayers have been with you through out the year. You are such an example of strength and trusting in the Lord to me. You guys are amazing…from one Kansas girl to another…love you, you are wonderful.ReplyCancel

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  • Paula U - Joel and Jess–thank you for sharing your hearts and your innermost thoughts with us. We pray for you often and will especially remember you in our prayers as you walk through these next few weeks, remembering Cora and where you were one year ago. Blessings to you! Paula U.ReplyCancel

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  • The Morris Family - You are so right, His grace is sufficient!

    Tomorrow the 23rd will be three years since our Joel went to Jesus and he had the same cancer as your Cora….neuroblastoma. Our Joel was 3 years 4 months and 10 days.

    We will miss them in this life with every breath but one day we will be with them again…..

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  • Erica - You and Joel have been on my heart recently. My heart breaks for you as you revist the events of last year. I will continue to lift you up before the throne daily.

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  • Julie @ Joy's Hope - a year. a painful milestone. praying for your family and confident that you are resting in His incomprehensible and overwhelming grace.ReplyCancel

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  • Carla - When I first came across your blog, I lay awake all night after reading about Cora’s journey and illness and cried. For more than a week, it was on my mind every single second. Last night was just the same, I thought Cora and you guys all night. I don’t know why I’m commenting again on this post, I suppose I just wanted to remind you of how many people, far and wide, are walking this road with you Jess and hopefully, shouldering a tiny bit of the burden. Thinking of you today and hoping that right now, you’re getting some peaceful healing sleep. Hugs. CarlaReplyCancel

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  • Carla - When I first came across your blog, I lay awake all night after reading about Cora’s journey and illness and cried. For more than a week, it was on my mind every single second. Last night after reading your update was just the same. I thought about Cora and you guys all night. I don’t know why I’m commenting again on this post, I suppose I just wanted to remind you of how many people, both near to you and far away, loved by you or not known to you at all, are walking this road with you Jess and hopefully, shouldering a tiny bit of the burden. Thinking of you today and hoping that right now, you’re getting some peaceful healing sleep. Hugs. CarlaReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - My heart just aches for your family. I am praying for you all and for beautiful, blessed Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - Cora’s testimony and life is beautiful and know it will be blessing to others for years to come!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa Joy - I am in tears with you and for you.
    Thank you for sharing these thoughts. And for continuing to bless us with Cora’s life. (And with your entire family.)
    I can not describe to you how much you have blessed me, as I too have had a year fraught with trials (we are also coming up on anniversaries). Thank you for ministering.
    I am so sorry for the anguish you must endure.
    But I am so thankful for our great God’s sufficient grace.
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  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe - So beautifully written, thank you once again for sharing your heart with us! Thinking of your family today :)ReplyCancel

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  • i love plum - i’m always in awe of your strength…my heart goes out to you.

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  • jandkland - Nothing says more about the realness of our God than people like you who’ve endured hell on earth and are still alive to tell about it. Not only are you alive, but you believe in God, trust in God, and cling to God. And God has blessed you with a son even as you ache for your daughter. Thank you for sharing with us. We will always remember Cora.

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  • Shelley Faerber Camba (Manhattan/China friend) - you are on my heart. thank you for the gift of sharing your story so honestly.ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - Oh,Jess. I have been thinking about you guys for weeks now. I knew this time was coming but I wasn’t exactly sure when. I’m sure it will be an emotional couple weeks for you. Know that we are (and have been!) praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • Aaron and Shannon - I have been thinking about you guys a lot lately. We have been going to the doctor a lot lately with Cole and his ear infections. They won’t go away. Dr. Patron had us go do lab work and my thoughts just kept thinking about you, Joel and Cora. We are still praying for your family and will say some extra prayers this time of year for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • ErinO. - Beautifully written. I am inspired by your faith and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Stacey - Remembering Cora and praying for you and your family. Lots of Hugs!

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  • Anonymous - Praying for you today and everyday!ReplyCancel

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  • Karina - I still feel sick when I think of your losing Cora. I am learning from your journey. You are much loved by many strangers, as odd as that sounds.ReplyCancel

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  • Micah - May God bless you and give you peace as you continue to put your trust in Him.ReplyCancel

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  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - My heart ached for you as I read your story. My thoughts and prayers are with you everyday, and even more so in the coming days. Thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

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  • Farris Family - My heart hurts for you and your family~ God is good even in the worst times. You are so strong, such an inspiration! God Bless! Hugs from Texas~ReplyCancel

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  • k and c's mom - As one who lost my husband to cancer six months ago, I am here to agree with your words: God’s grace IS sufficient. In the “squeezing tight” places, His grace IS enough. Blessings on you and your family. You’ve spoken truth in a way that will not return without accomplishing what God intends to everyone who reads your blog. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • Sue - What I have been through seems trivial compared with what you and Joel have had to face! You are so much braver then you know and such an inspiration to everyone who passes by your blog. Anniversaries are always going to be difficult and I imagine that with a new baby in your arms, this is going to be SO hard to face, but keep strong. Remember the happy times you shared with Cora. I always said that if anything ever happened to my husband, who I believe was my soulmate, they would need to dig a hole and bury me along with him, but here I am. 5 1/2 years later and ready to face the rest of my life. Good luck in the build up to the anniversary, it’s going to be hard, but the day after will come and then it’s a whole year until the next anniversary. I always try plan something nice to do with my son on ‘sad’ days, it somehow makes them easier to get through. I don’t know what I’d do if anything ever happened to my child… Sending you all lots of love and prayers, Sue XXXReplyCancel

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  • FaceforGrace - What a beautiful and inspiring post! I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult this is/has been…but as always you offer such amazing insight. What spoke to me the most is “Like we are gifted in handling difficulties” followed by your explanation of God’s grace. That is such an amazing way to explain how you guys have been able to make it through this time. Please know that you are covered in prayer the next few weeks and beyond!ReplyCancel

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  • Mommy2QTPies - What a beautiful, heart wrenching post…prayers are with you as you enter the next few weeks, remembering…your sweet girl will always be in your hearts, forever.
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  • Celine - Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Cristy H. - (((Hugs))) and prayers Jess and Joel.

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  • Melinda - You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers every day *hugs*ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly @ Life As A Martin - My heart still aches for you and your loss. My daughter is Cora’s age and we plan on releasing another pink balloon for her this year just as we did last year. I am praying for your family. Congrats on baby Levi. He is absolutely adorable.ReplyCancel

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  • The Schilling's from Cimarron - Jess,

    I too cried A LOT the 23rd thinking back and remembering our time last year filled with fear, love and hope. We talked a lot about how time just stood still when they put Jaylee on the ventilator. I don’t even remember the flight there. It seems like just yesterday we were together in that ICU room. I still remember watching your family and friends walk by our little Jaylee and their eyes and hearts were filled with tears. Jason and I just hugged each other and said to ourselves, “we don’t know what happened, but we need to pray for happiness and healing for that family”….. and who would’ve known that would be the start of a friendship that will be in our hearts forever. There still isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you all! We have a picture of you and Cora on our board in our kitchen, and I swear Jaylee is just drawn to that everyday! She says BABYYYYYY. I say yes that is our Angel Cora. It was such a bitter sweet time for us, knowing that our little babe was getting better and yet we still had to watch you hurt over Cora.
    We are soooo blessed to have met you and be a part of such a wonderful family and spiritual awakening. We will NEVER forget you and Cora!
    We are soooo excited to meet Levi and hold him too! May God continue to bless you and heal your hearts!

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  • Marlene W. - Your little boy is such a darling. Reading your blog brings me such a mixture of emotions. I am praising god for bringing you this little boy in His timing. God bless you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I stumbled across your blog randomly last night. It had been a very long day for me and my kids, and I was only planning on returning a few emails and then hitting the hay. That’s when i found your blog… 2 hours later… and a whole box of tissues (literally)! Your story shook me to the core. I have never felt so many emotions, so deeply in a very long time. Your family has reinvigorated my love and passion for the Lord. I feel like your story found me at a time when i needed it more than you know. Thank you for being so open and vulnerable. You have touched my life in a way that is beyond measure. Know that your precious daughters life has healed many hearts in Michigan.ReplyCancel

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  • KyndraRenae - I can’t imagine the emotional roller coaster you are on right now. Having a new baby on top of this. I was bawling reading this. I really don’t even know what to say. I drive by cora’s playground alot and I think about her story every time. I didn’t even know her and it breaks my heart. Your faith is truely amazing. I admire that. God will help you through this week. You are in my prayers as well as many others.ReplyCancel

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  • Laura E - I just happened to come across your blog by blog surfing. Even though this is such a sad story, it’s so encouraging. We’ve been dealing with heart problems with our little 10 month old boy. He has a twin sister, so we have one very healthy baby, and Ashton has the heart issues. Thank you for sharing your story for the world to read. It was what I needed to hear as we face another heart procedure for Ashton. God’s grace is sufficient, and Jesus is holding our hands as we go through these trials. As my tears continue to roll down my face after reading about your sweet Cora, I just want to say thanks for sharing her story.ReplyCancel

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  • heather - Thank you for the inspiration. I’m sorry for the loss of your daughter. Your new baby son is beautiful. Enjoy.ReplyCancel

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  • Jenifer's Journey - I dont know what to say I see all the long comments but all I can say is I am sorry for yalls lose and how amazed I am with you and your husbandReplyCancel

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When Levi was born, I think our families needed hold him as much as we did. They were all with us when we lost Cora and have walked beside us during this hard, hard year. They were ready to share in a little joy with us. Levi has so many people to love on him. I don’t think we will ever need to worry about finding a babysitter either!

The grandparents.

The uncles and aunts.
All of them but three.
One of Levi’s uncles was in China.
And we somehow missed getting pictures of his other two uncles.

Kids weren’t allowed in the hospital.
This made for some very sad cousins who wanted to meet Levi so badly.
They had to settle with peeking at him through the window instead.
When Levi came home he got lots of lovin’ from all the cousins.
They each wanted a turn to hold him.

And yesterday he finally got to meet his last uncle.

Levi, you have no idea how much you are loved!

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  • 3LittleByrds - Those are just precious pictures. You can tell Levi is one loved little boy.ReplyCancel

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  • Sue - Far & wide!! He is a blessing to us all and you and Joel an inspiration. You are both so brave, so strong and so totally loved!! Stunning pictures – no doubt Levi will love looking through them as he grows up, they’ll be a constant reminder of how precious he is!

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  • Christina - Tears! I know I don’t know you guys, but I am so excited that James got to meet him, too! What wonderful pictures. The cousin ones are sooo sweet. I love those little hands, that are cupped in front of and behind him. So precious.
    It’s kind of weird…just today my oldest daughter, she’s nine, asked when Levi was born (what time)…they share a birthday. When I showed her that he was born on her birthday she put her hand over her mouth and just smiled and smiled. Anyway, I thought to myself at that moment that if we did live nearby and if we did know you all that you would certainly have a babysitter in her in a couple of years. Then I thought,”Like they would need one! I’m sure they have a whole town full of babysitters!” That was just earlier today. Funny that you started your post that way. :)
    I hope that doesn’t sound too strange. When you read about someone’s life, and especially something so dear and intimate, you start to feel like you know them. Anyway, those look like some very, very special times. I know you are enjoying him!ReplyCancel

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  • Shana - What a precious joy for you and your family. Levi is a blessing to you and a healing balm to your heart. I know Cora is saying now rest Mom and Dad and be happy. I pray for you every day and hope all is well.ReplyCancel

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  • Princess Martha - Hi Jess, Christinas comment about how it feels like we know you, made me smile. I am in Australia, and the other day I went to my girlfriends, who has been away for a few weeks, and she said, “Did you see Jess had Levi while I was away”.
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  • shepherdsgrace - He is such a beauty…

    the love in the photos is wonderful…

    you bless me….
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  • Wibeche - I am so happy for you.Beautiful pictures:)
    He is so cute.

    Blessings from Wib.ReplyCancel

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  • Joyce - There is such sweetness in all of your pictures. They all just made me smile. He is a beautiful baby.ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :O) - YAY for family….beautiful to see everyone happy…wishing you nothing but fun and joyous times ahead!ReplyCancel

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  • onlymehere - These pictures are absolutely adorable and you can just feel the love and happiness that is there. He’s an adorable baby boy.ReplyCancel

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  • Tina - Great post! He is a little miracle!ReplyCancel

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  • Trasie Bressler - You are blessed!ReplyCancel

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  • Heidi - It is so heart warming seeing so much love in one family. Levi is so blessed to have been born into your family. He has such a precious little face. Thank you for sharing such sweet home photos.ReplyCancel

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  • purejoy - loved by so so so SO many of us out here in bloggy land, too!

    what a host of precious family members. so glad you have lots and lots of support.

    he is beautiful. seriously gorgeous.

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  • Lauren Kelly - Precious pictures!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - As with your other bloggers I feel like I “KNOW” you..Love Love seeing the pictures with all that love flowing!What a sweet blessing little Levi is! and what wonderful parents he has been blessed with…

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  • Jane In The Jungle - that little boy is such a God Thing! And you definitely have plenty of sitters!
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  • Adrienne - cousins are the best!ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - And that doesn’t even count his on-line family who have been praying for him and waiting anxiously to meet him on the blog. I am so happy for all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon - What a blessing for Levi to have so many people to love him! This post was unbelieveably sweet.ReplyCancel

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  • Micah - Thanks for catching us up, Jess. I know it’s hard to find time now with the little guy, but we just love hearing how you’re doing. Levi is the CUTEST guy. I just wish I could kiss on those sweet little cheeks.ReplyCancel

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  • Cori - What beautiful pictures! I just love that you have pics of everyone holding him. He looks like such a tiny little man.ReplyCancel

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  • CourtneyC - Aww, he has so many people to love him!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - Isn’t family the best? It’s so good they’ve been able to celebrate with you!ReplyCancel

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  • Miranda - I love that you took photos of everyone that held him. We did the same thing with our “baby boy” (he’s 22 months but he’s still our ‘baby’). We took photos of literally everyone that held him. Even when I took him into work, church, everywhere. I wish we had done that with our other 3 children, lol.
    He is definitely one very loved baby boy. And so precious too! Simply adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • Stef - such a sweet post :)ReplyCancel

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  • susy - He is not only loved by family but by people that don’t even know him.ReplyCancel

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  • Shuggamom - Jess, What a BEAUTIFUL family you and Joel have!! Y’all are so Blessed!! Levi is in for some FUN times!!!
    The precious little girl in the pink striped shirt is a doll holding on to Levi,her little hands are so cute and her beautiful smile.
    Thanks for sharing with us,we all love the pictures.

    Levi is more beautiful than ever!!

    Love and Blessings to all family members,

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  • Sharon - Such joy is wonderful to behold! You have such beautiful families. The little girl in the pink reminds me so much of your mom in her picture!ReplyCancel

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  • Polka Dot Moon - Sweetness all around! Lucky little Levi :)ReplyCancel

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  • Tricia - No greater gift! To have that kind of love in your life is one of God’s great blessings.
    Oh, big hugs to the little prince.

    With love and prayers,
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  • Melissa - So much love..
    Makes me want another one!
    Looks like God gave you a sweet little boy to love and add to your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Andolicious - Wow You and Joel have a HUGE family and Levi has so many aunts uncles, and cousins! He is blessed and loved. All of you are very blessed to have each other! Great pictures, and what a beautiful baby boy :)ReplyCancel

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  • Kristen Andrews - Congratulations what a blessing Levi is, so happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Beautifully said (as always Jess!) and magnificent pictures.

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  • Diana - AWESOME! Such precious times with Levi and all the family!! PRAISE THE LORD for loving family members!

    ADORABLE photos of everyone!

    Continuing to keep you ALL in our prayers!

    Love and hugz!

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  • Laura - Oh, my, what wonderful photos and precious little Levi! Many blessings to your beautiful, big and loving family!

    p.s. how do you get your phots to arrange like you do…like the “months of the pregnancy” photos you had as well? Love them!ReplyCancel

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  • JenReece - He’s absolutely adorable! Boys are so much fun and never stop moving! Get a good pair of tennis shoes and never take them off. He’s a blessed little boy and so are his parents. Congratulations and thank you for continuing to share you journey with so many of us that you don’t know. It’s so inspirational.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Levi is PRECIOUS! God is WONDERFUL!!! I continue to pray for you, Joel and little Levi everyday!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - He is just precious!! I have been reading your blog and praying for your family for a while! I’m so sorry about Cora but get so blessed when I read your blog and see that you still praise the Lord through all y’all have went through. And what a blessing it is to see you new sweet baby and seeing enjoy in your and your husbands faces. I know God will carry you through and that Levi will not take the place of Cora but will help to heal the hurt it’s left. I think y’all seem like awesome parents who love the Lord!!
    Keep strong in the Lord and He WILL carry you through it, good days and bad!!ReplyCancel

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  • Bill and Mary - It does my heart good to see so much love in those pictures. I echo the sentiments of many of your readers, we love him too!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin Brannan Wilson - What a lucky little boy!! He has sooo many people who love him and well as his Heavenly Father! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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It is hard to believe that just a little over two weeks ago we were meeting Mr. Levi for the first time.  He has been such a sweet little boy. Nearly perfect. At least we think so. Someone told me that God knew just what we could handle right now. I think that is so true. The past two weeks have been emotional as we experience new things with Levi and yet grieve for Cora in a whole new way. Levi is a blessing no matter what kind of baby he is, but it has been an extra blessing for him to be so good!

At two weeks

Levi is weighing in at
8 lbs 13 oz
and he is
21 inches tall.

Joel and I took Levi to his two week appointment on Friday. I was a total wreck the day before. I think I cried about anything and everything that day. I wasn’t sure what was triggering all those tears (besides the obvious), but I am pretty sure it was just the anticipation of going back to the pediatrician’s office for the first time. We hadn’t been there since the day we found out Cora might have cancer and were sent straight to the hospital–almost one year ago. When we checked Levi in for the appointment it was so weird. They asked who the appointment was for and I had to catch myself from saying Cora instead of Levi. I had been there so many times with Cora last year. As we waited in the waiting room I just cried. So many memories were rushing back. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to compose myself when they called us back, but somehow I did. Our pediatrician is wonderful–he is the same one we had with Cora. He was so excited to see us again and meet Levi. I felt such a peace when we were sitting there talking to him. Levi had a great appointment. Everything looked good and we are so thankful. I don’t know if I will ever take one of these “good” doctor appointments for granted again!
Oh, and here is proof that Levi does cry. Really. Not very often though. Like I said, he is a really good baby.
We ended our week with a visit from my dear friend Laura. She lives in Colorado and we have been best friends since 5th grade. We have been through a lot together!
We had the whole weekend to catch up and hold little Levi. Laura is a photographer and taught me some new tricks on my camera. She took the first two pictures of Levi. We also got to spend some time with Julie and meet sweet Calla. Thanks for coming Laura! It was so good to see you.
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  • ♥Amber Filkins♥ - What a blessing! Levi is just so, so adorable. And I’m still praying for you through this all, and that God will mend the hole in your heart.ReplyCancel

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  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe - What a beautiful little blessing that sweet boy is… thanks for updating us… so glad you are doing well!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - He is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Stef - he is such a beautiful baby. Praise God for His tender mercies to you during this time. Having a sweet tempered baby is a real blessing and something God knew you needed right now.ReplyCancel

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  • Heather at All A Flutter - What a blessing to have good friends to go through life with. The photos of Levi are really beautiful! My heart is aching for you as you go through these ‘firsts’ with Levi while you grieve dear Cora. I know how helpful it was for me when I learned that I could grieve for my son and find joy in my newborn daughter at the same time. It helped me to feel whole again in a very unique way, and I’m wishing the same for you. Sending many prayers your way!ReplyCancel

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  • John and Elisa Seaba - Oh my goodness, he is so so adorable!!ReplyCancel

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  • gwswenson - Jess, He is sooo so GORGEOUS! Looks like the sweetest little dumpling. I’m so very happy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • meg duerksen - hello?!! he looks so much bigger than last week! crazy baby…tell him to slow it down. :)ReplyCancel

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  • KK - As my husband’s Aunt said upon seeing our son, “There ain’t no denying that one!” Little Levi looks the spitting image of Joel. So happy for you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Joyce - He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - Your courage is amazing! Such a beautiful boy!ReplyCancel

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  • Tricia - Oh my goodness! Levi is just sweet, yummy baby perfection!

    God does know what we can handle. You are blessed. (Duh! ;)

    With love and prayers,
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  • lcy - No exaggerations – he is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen.ReplyCancel

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  • harper - What an angel!!! God Bless your family!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - He is such a gorgeous baby. Just gorgeous.

    My heart aches for you during this hard, beautiful, hard time.

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  • Barclay Kathryn - He is just precious!ReplyCancel

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  • Pink Velvet Mommy - What a absolutely beautiful baby, and even better that you got a good doctors report. I am certain that there are many bittersweet experiences. But oh what a wonderful blessing for your family:)ReplyCancel

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  • texasinafrica - He is so precious! Continuing to pray for you.ReplyCancel

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  • Aaron and Shannon - He is so precious. I’m so glad things are going well.ReplyCancel

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  • k and c's mom - That first picture is just amazing. I am so very happy for you and your little family. Tears are just fine! I have this theory (as I am going through some grieving, too): what if it took a certain amount of tears before the grief was washed away? That thought helps me let them flow instead of holding them in. There’s healing in those tears. And God is saving everyone of them.ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - He is honestly one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen! So adorable!
    It’s good to hear you skipping over these hurdles one at a time!ReplyCancel

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  • Vic - The top picture of Levi and the picture to the far right of Cora on the header are almost identical. Amazing how much they look alike. Beautiful babies. Levi is so lucky to have such a beautiful angel looking over him.ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah Johnson - Hello! You may not remember us, but my husband & I were at Ronald McDonald house when you guys were. Our daughters Marleigh & Natalie were born at 26 weeks. Our hearts broke for you when you lost Cora. I couldn’t imagine what you guys were going through. However, not too long after that, we lost Natalie. Marleigh will be one on Saturday, and is doing great. I found your page from a link on Holli’s blog. We just wanted to congratulate you on your beautiful little boy. Know that he has a special guardian angel in heaven.

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  • Anonymous - Ah he is BEAUTIFUL…I can only imagine the emotional roller coaster you are on..thank you for updating us and continueing to share your journey.

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  • Angie - Those pictures are just so sweet!!

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  • purejoy - ohmystars, he is stunningly beautiful (i mean handsome)!! he is just sooo amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • The Kellys - He’s so beautiful! And it’s so wonderful that he is such a happy baby. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Whimsical Creations - He is so beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • 3LittleByrds - He’s just beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Kat and Crew - What a good looking baby!! Just like his big sister.ReplyCancel

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  • Misty Rice - He is so darn yummy…. I mean seriously. And I was going to ask about the pictures….I noticed. They look so bright and sharp. What a blessing…what a blessing…ReplyCancel

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  • Trasie Bressler - Miracles Happen and it came in a little boy named Levi!

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  • Cherry Tree Lane - I am so happy he is such a wonderful blessing.
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  • Sophia - well one thing is for sure, you two make BEAUTIFUL babies!!

    what a lovely little boy.ReplyCancel

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  • Sophia - well one thing is for sure, you two make BEAUTIFUL babies!!

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  • run26.2mom - Adorable!!! So precious and innocent. I bet there will be some onery looks coming your way soon :)You have beautiful children with beautiful soulful eyes! Continuing to pray for you and your family.
    Peace.
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  • kaylin rose and mara anne - love these new pictures and so happy for you…what a blessing!

    and i agree God knows what we can handle in life…we might now know, but he does…and it looks like you are doing a wonderful job :)ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney Cloud - Your babies are so beautiful. I am so happy that the Lord has blessed you with such a sweet spirited baby boy. I’m praying for you often. I know this transition has to be an emotional roller coaster.
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  • Toni :O) - He certainly is picture perfect! I’m thrilled he’s treating you so well and that you got time with your good friend…yay for you! Sorry the doctor visit was so emotional for you, I just cannot imagine. Keep soaking it all in…one precious day at a time. Big hugs to you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Carla - What a beautiful boy :-) I can’t imagine how emotional things must be at the moment as you get to know Levi and miss your little lady. Thanks for sharing. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. CarlaReplyCancel

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  • Emma and Company - What a sweet little boy! He is so cute. I am so glad his appointment went well, I can’t imagine how hard it must have been for you to go back to that office. Praying everything still goes wonderfully!ReplyCancel

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  • Danielle - He is, NO LIE, the cutest baby of all time. I love his brown striped outfit!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - He is absolutely precious!ReplyCancel

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  • A - He look so precious! Praise God for blessing you with a good baby :)ReplyCancel

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  • Enos Family - He is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Really, such a gorgeous baby. I am so glad things are going well. We’re all emotional after a baby, so I can’t imagine with the extra emotions you must have. Enjoy your wonderful little man.ReplyCancel

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  • Beki - TheRustedChain - Ohmygoodness, he is absolutely delicious.

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  • Karina - He is sooooo gorgeous. You sure do produce beautiful children. Hugs to you as you continue to cope…I can only imagine every day is a roller coaster.ReplyCancel

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  • Paula from NY - Levi is beautiful.. Congrats to your beautiful family!!ReplyCancel

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  • Tina - I am so happy for you Jess! He is precious. Thank you for posting weekly updates. I really enjoy reading them.ReplyCancel

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  • Trudy - Ahhh, he’s so cute! Just beautiful. God be with you. {btw those sweet little bees hanging above Levi are too cute – but not as cute as Levi}ReplyCancel

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  • RLG - Levi is so beautiful. Of course you’re in tears! I hope you’re not being too hard on yourself. You’ve got major hormones working against you right now! LOL Take care. xoxoReplyCancel

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  • Val - I had a dream about Levi last night! (I have never met you, but I stumbled across your blog the day Cora went to live with Jesus, and have been reading ever since). In my dream, Levi was all grown up (maybe in his late 20s) and he was a lover of animals, and all life. He was doing farm work in my dream. Then my dream flashed back to when he was maybe 4 or 5. And it was so weird… everything around him was so bright. It almost hurt to look at him because he was so full of sunlight. I know he is very special, and a blessing to you, and anyone else that will get to meet him.ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle - How blessed you are to have precious Levi! He’s a doll.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi - Oh, I can tell he already loves his mama :). What a sweetie!!ReplyCancel

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  • Nan - Seriously… that is one incredibly beautiful baby! Glad you made it through that first appt. I can only imagine all of the feelings you are working through and will continue to work through.

    Just keep remembering that every day when things are churned up, God does not plow forever… He plows and plows and then He plants and then life emerges, fresh and green and fruitful. Hang in there on the plowing days.ReplyCancel

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  • Rebecca - He is just as cute as can be! :)ReplyCancel

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  • The Moffats - So good to be with you guys and love on little Levi. Always worth every minute of the drive. Miss you all already. Hugs.ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - He is just absolutely precious!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - Adorable! i love the pic of you holding him.ReplyCancel

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  • Lacie and Stephen - What a beautiful baby! I know how much of a blessing it is to have the second baby be calm when you are still greiving the loss of another! I am so glad that you are all settling into another new normal with Baby Levi! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Celine - What an angel! I can’t believe how clear his complexion is. I love the polka-dot sleeper. What a blessing to have such a good baby. I pray that God would continue to ease your pain every day. I continue to keep you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Sara - He is just gorgeous! What a sweet face. :)

    I have been thinking of you often. I know what it is like to bring home a baby after losing a baby too soon. Our circumstances are different yet we share the same heartache.

    Just know that you are being prayed for and thought about as you continue on this journey.ReplyCancel

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  • La Familia Garcia - Wow, he’s real! He’s so beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • The Mershawn's - Oh Jess…I think we would be good friends if I actually knew you:).
    I had to laugh when I saw Mr. Levi sitting in his swing. Our sweet baby boy enjoys that same swing while wearing some of the same clothes as Levi. Guess that’s not so strange if you like to shop at the Gap & Target…ha!
    Glad things are going ok. Think about you guys often. I can’t even imagine how emotional things must be right now. Praying for you all! And keep enjoying that sweet boy. Thanks for sharing him:).ReplyCancel

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  • The Emily's - He is perfect!! Congratulations! And what a great little name for him :)ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Wow. He is so absolutely beautiful. Congrats on your little guy.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Levi is absolutely beautiful! I’m so thankful for you that he is a great baby!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura - Levi is gorgeous..simply precious. I’m so glad that his dr. appointment went well. I’m thankful that you can feel Jesus’s arms around you, the amount of faith you have is truly inspiring.ReplyCancel

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  • KyndraRenae - He’s a beautiful baby. The first 2 are gorgeous! I couldn’t even begin to imagine the emotions you’re going through. You are an amazing woman, you always see the good side of things. You have such faith in God.ReplyCancel

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  • Andy and Katie - Jess,
    What a sweet little man. He is just darling. Love to all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Sue - You are looking amazing already! And Levi is incredible, glad he’s being as good as gold for you and Joel; I’m sure it’s excactly what you need!!

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  • Ben and Jessica Hershberger - You have a beautiful boy..so very precious.ReplyCancel

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  • Miranda - What beautiful photos! That’s great that you had such a special visitor. And to gift you with a warm heart but also so many wonderful photos! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Diana - Sooooooooooooo THANKFUL your appointment went well and that Levi’s doctor is so caring for you guys! AMEN!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - So, so sweet! He looks so much like his daddy! I think it’s his eyes. My God continue to grant you joy and peace as you raise up your adorable little boy!ReplyCancel

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  • Kate - Goodness that’s an exceptionally beautiful baby! The look in his eyes is remarkable. You’re going to have such fun with him.ReplyCancel

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  • Mrs.Haggie810 - He is so adorable! I’m sure you’ve been told this, and I hope it doesn’t upset you, but he looks a lot like Cora, but I think that’s a blessing! They are both gorgeous! My first son and my daughter look a lot alike too. Thanks for sharing his cutie pictures, and Praise the Lord for a good appointment! Makes me realize I really need to blog some new photo’s of my new boy soon…and he’s 2 MONTHS! lolReplyCancel

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We brought Levi home last Monday and it has been freezing cold here in Kansas ever since.


We have spent most of our time at home so far, trying to keep warm–holding Levi as much as we can and trying to soak up every minute.


Levi has been such a good baby. We are spoiled. He has been doing lots of sleeping and eating. He is even sleeping pretty good at night. I am still trying to get used to changing a little boy’s diaper–so different from girls. I have ended up in the middle of a few big messes!

My mom stayed with us the first few nights to help with Levi. It was so nice to get a little extra sleep. Thanks mom! As you can see little Levi has worn us all out!

On Friday morning we woke up to a freezing house. Our heater wouldn’t turn back on. We stayed in bed most of the morning and tried to stay warm while Joel got someone to come out and look at it. Thankfully it was fixable, but we decided to venture out into the cold and get some lunch while the house warmed back up.

We took Levi to one of our favorite places for some greasy burgers and fries. Yum! It was nice to get out of the house for a little while.


Levi is sweet, sweet, sweet. While the past week has been emotional as we transition again, we are so thankful for this little man. I was hoping to get these pictures posted on Saturday (when he was actually a week old), but we have been too busy getting to know our little Levi. We are enjoying every minute with him!

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  • Darby - Jess… He’s so incredibly beautiful! I haven’t commented in a long while but I’ve been thinking of you and rejoicing with y’all!! Praise the Lord for this precious, precious gift!!ReplyCancel

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  • Joyce - Well he is just precious. So happy for you. Enjoy getting to know your little man : )ReplyCancel

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  • Kristine Hanson - love the pic of your hubs and mom, sums up how everyone feels after a new baby…thanks for sharing your story with all of usReplyCancel

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  • Farris Family - What a Blessing! He is beautiful!
    Every Good And Perfect Gift Is From Above! Praise God!ReplyCancel

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  • susy - God Bless you all. May he give you all continued health and comfort forever. Levi, may you grow up healthy and full of love for your family and God. You are truly a blessing.ReplyCancel

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  • Cathy - so preciousReplyCancel

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  • Nancy - I just looked on your blog earlier to see if you had updated! He is so handsome! Stay warm!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - He is so precious…Emotionally I am sure you guys have alot going on..so thank you for taking the time to update and share with us…love love love the pictures ;)

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  • Tara - he is absolutely adorable!!! oh my gosh… boy diapers are TOTALLY different!!! my son was 7 weeks old yesterday and i have been {explosively} pooped on 3 times! once in my lap in the parking lot at target… luckily i had a sweatshirt in the back. ;) anyways, he is so cute! and i know that y’all are just so in love!ReplyCancel

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  • Mandi - Such a sweet little man! He really is beautiful…I mean handsome. :)ReplyCancel

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  • the breedens - I can’t get over what an awesome photographer you are! And Levi is such a pretty baby to begin with!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Levi is absolutely, incredibly precious and beautiful!!! I am so happy for you to have something in your life that brings you peace and joy…ReplyCancel

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  • kahlanne - Levi is absolutely beautiful! You are very blessed. I am sure you already know this. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Elle's Mom - Oh my goodness he is so, so cute! What a little blessing. Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - He is seriously one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen! So glad to hear the transition is going okay! Enjoy all the cuddles and snuggles you can!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa - He is sooooo cute! I love his little nose. I agree…enjoy every minute! My baby girl is 7 months old and it makes me sad and happy all at once. Soak him up. Praying for y’all…ReplyCancel

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  • BreezieGirl - Oh God bless you Macs… Levi is too cute for words.ReplyCancel

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  • Mindy - he is just about the cutest thing ever! Makes me want another just looking at him but 4 is enough for me! Your photos are wonderful. Congrats to you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Levi is absolutely, incredibly precious and beautiful!!! I am so happy for you to have something in your life that brings you peace and joy…ReplyCancel

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  • holly - Levi is absolutely, incredibly precious and beautiful!!! I am so happy for you to have something in your life that brings you peace and joy…ReplyCancel

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  • Jen - Oh, he is just so precious and perfect and handsome.
    I loved all the sweet pictures, and the one of your mom sleeping on the couch with your husband…made me laugh out loud :)
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  • Lacie and Stephen - Levi is in such good hands! Enjoy every min. holding your new little guy! Your arms have been empty for a while. I have been in your shoes and it is so bittersweet. There is nothing bitter about Levi. He looks so SWEET!! Enjoy your new little one!ReplyCancel

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  • vintage girl at heart - He is a sweetie. So happy that he is here and that you are enjoying every little minute.
    He is a beautiful baby amd looks like both of you!
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  • kelli - he is too cute! the last pic makes my heart smile!ReplyCancel

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  • Tara - So happy for you! I’ve been reading your blog throughout your entire pregnancy. So exciting to finally “meet” him. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • deyoungsters - he’s soooo sweet! those pictures just warm my heart. praise the Lord for such a sweet little baby boy!ReplyCancel

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  • Stef - these pictures are beautiful and I am so happy for you guys! I’m glad to see God is bringing joy and healing through his birth. We’re still praying, as I can only imagine you must have those moments where you ache for Cora and just want her there with you.

    Levi is a gorgeous baby! He looks so handsome and healthy. Way to go, Jess!ReplyCancel

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  • Stef - oh, the sleeping Grandma and Daddy picture is the best I’ve seen… on any blog. Absolutely priceless.ReplyCancel

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  • Gina Dreher - He is absolutely GORGEOUS! Let me know if you want professional pictures, though yours are really great! :)ReplyCancel

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  • kaylin rose and mara anne - he is just so precious…i can’t stand it. i am so glad to hear he is a good baby and you are enjoying getting to know your new little man in your life…what a blessing for the both of you.

    enjoy that sweet baby boy!
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  • Tricia - Oh Jess and Joel, I just can not get over how gorgeous Levi is! You two make some beautiful babies! ;)

    So glad your furnace was a quick fix. Not a fun way to start a cold January morning. Our best friends live in Kansas as well (Ft. Riley to be exact) and they were telling us that it was a high of 5 and a low of -20 on Thursday, and that the wind is just awful! I guess our 10-15 degrees is a bit tropical.

    Stay warm and safe sweet Mac’s.

    With love and prayers,
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  • Beki - TheRustedChain - Ohmygoodness he is so yummy!!

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  • Sarah - He is absolutly beautiful…or handsome…whichever you prefer! what a perfect little blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - LOVE the pictures! What a stunning little baby. Just perfect. Praying for you as you love on Levi and miss Cora. Hugs!!ReplyCancel

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  • Whimsical Creations - he is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Kim - He is so adorable! Glad you are enjoying every moment!ReplyCancel

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  • Enos Family - He is so precious! I just love your pictures- you do a great job!
    Yes, boy diapers are quite different than girl ones! Watch out! A friend got me some “pee pee tee pees” which were little cloth caps (little hats) for the pee pee. They were so funny and they did work!
    You and your mom are so talented- you could whip some up pretty

    http://www.bebabean.com/product/pptp/index.aspx

    Enjoy every moment with your little man!
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  • Melissa Joy - He is so beautiful that I am in tears over him! :)
    Continuing to pray God’s grace upon you as you continue adjusting to your new “new normal.” (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

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  • maryboys - thanks so much for sharing these precious photos with all of us:) levi is beautiful – he looks just wonderful in so many colors – love the brown especially! and the photographs are really, really well done…i think the one of your mom and husband is just classic. how do these little babies wear so many people out?!?

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  • Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - Precious…and yes boys are a little different to change than girls…and they seem to know how to aim right at ya at that age! Enjoy the new life in your house!ReplyCancel

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  • Misty Rice - Okay I have seen some beautiful little new born boys, including my own….but …. I am starting to think he may be making the top of cuteness list. He is so yummy. I love all the colors you have him in.

    Again congrats to your new member of your family of four.

    I can’t wait to start seeing bits of Cora in him, so when you smile at him, you get to smile a little a both him and Cora. She would be the best big sister.

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  • Natalie Powers - He’s amazing. :)ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer Dawn - I am so happy for you. What a beautiful blessing he is.

    Stop by my blog to register to win my book giveaway. The prize is a lovely set of classic children’s books. :)

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  • Auntie Mip - On a really crummy day…new pictures of Levi…ahhh I feel better now:)ReplyCancel

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  • Krystal - Ohhhhh…he is precious!!! Love that last picture! Enjoy it all!ReplyCancel

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  • Rach - Aww, he is A D O R A B L E!!! Such a sweet little blessing. Praying for you during the transition.ReplyCancel

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  • Falling Around - Too precious for words! Looking at him gives me “that feeling” – you know the one – the feeling that makes me want to do it all over again.
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  • Ceri - OH my goodness he is adorable! Congratulations again, and enjoy this stage of littleness. For me the pee pee teepes didn’t work I just got really fast at the diaper changes. (when I tried they always just fell off. I 2nd 3d 4th… all the comments about your photography skills! Some questions if you have time to answer them:
    What kind of Camera do you use?
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  • Heather at All A Flutter - so much to be thankful for in each of those photos! they are pure joy.ReplyCancel

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  • Trasie Bressler - He is incredibly handsome and I love the picture of Daddy and Grandma asleep on the couch…That pretty much sums up life with a new baby in the house.

    I’m so glad it was too cold to get out of the house and that you all enjoyed just being home and warm snuggling with that baby…He is beautiful and isn’t God Good?

    Many many blessings,
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  • Christina Egner - He is so scrumptious & sweet!ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :O) - Thrilled to hear all is well and LOVE the pictures of your beautiful bundle of boy!!! Yay for you guys…truly wonderful to see prayers answered. God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • Mrs. Dunbar - there’s nothing like a brand new baby in the house. and changing those little boy diapers is an event those first few weeks. once i was inspecting my lil one’s belly button and all of a sudden i was getting water in my eye… but it wasn’t water, the poor thing was just cold and let loose. fun.
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  • Amber Ellis - He is beautiful and so are you! I enjoy reading your blog so much. You are an inspiration. I only pray that I could become half of the faithful woman you are. Thank you for sharing your life with us!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - did you have an employee at Beck’s take your family picture??? HA!

    Levi really is one of the cutest babies ever – you guys did good!

    You are getting SOOO good with your camera – when I get my new one, hopefully you can teach me – that and photoshop. I may just have to set up some private lessons for all these things- maybe 5 times a week or something like that – and I PROMISE I wouldn’t just be coming to hold Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • onlymehere - He’s a cutie for sure! I love your photography too, the poses and sharpness of the pictures, along with the great candids.ReplyCancel

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  • amy - He is absolutely beautiful! Praising the Lord with you for this new beautiful gift of life and praying that the Lord would continue to heal your hearts.ReplyCancel

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  • RLG - Levi is so beautiful. You spoil us with so many lovely pictures of him! Boys are messy, it’s true. We once had a projectile pooping incident with ours, and I just stood there, laughing until tears were rolling down my cheeks. I knew it was a moment to remember. Luckily, vinegar and water gets almost anything clean. Cheers! xoxoReplyCancel

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  • Nicole - Oh my, he is the sweetest thing. So beautiful and you take the greatest pictures. You look great for being a week postpartum!

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  • Heidi - Levi is a beautiful baby! He really has a perfect little face.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Levi is precious, I love the beautiful new pics you posted! May you continue to cherish and enjoy every moment (even the sleepless ones!) And yes, little boys have a certain way with those diapers, just keep a cloth handy AT ALL TIMES!

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  • Mommy2QTPies - He is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us readers! Hope you continue to enjoy this new stage in your lives…god bless.
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  • Angela - oh Jess, he is just beautiful! loves of love and hugs from dallas! miss you!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Al's World - Precious, wonderful boy!!!! I have been praying and praying for you and been so excited to see pictures of your little man!ReplyCancel

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  • Aaron and Shannon - He looks so peaceful and content! I am so happy for you guys! Can’t wait to hold him again!ReplyCancel

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  • Allison - So glad to see more pictures, keep them coming! He is absolutely precious & I’m so happy for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Wow … he is absolutely beautiful. Seriously. The sweetest looking boy EVER. God bless your little family.

    Not sure where I found your blog … been reading awhile and never really commenting. This might be my first! Had to say something about the cutie pie!

    Congrats on the new blessing.
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  • Lindsay - He is simply beautiful. I’ve been thinking about you Kansans – my family lives there and I’m glad you have been able to keep warm. I’ll keep praying that God will heap his blessings on your family! Thanks for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

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  • Laqueta Howard - I fell in love with Cora from the first moment I saw her picture and now Levi has won my heart in the same way. Both of your children have the beauty that comes from having God loving parents. Congratulations to both of you.ReplyCancel

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  • This is the day! - What a doll! He is so beautiful. He is just perfect and such a blessing from God! Our little guy is three weeks old today and it is so cold in Indiana too that we have only been out of the house once to go to the doctor. Spring will be such a welcome season!ReplyCancel

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  • amy - hi there, i’ve been “lurking’ for a long time. and i have to say cora was one of the prettiest baby girls i have ever seen. and i have 2 girls of my own. and you did it again with sweet levi. he’s gorgeous. i am so happy for you and joel. blessings, amy.ReplyCancel

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  • Shuggamom - Jess and Joel,
    Can I just say “BEAUTIFUL”
    OMG!!! What a handsome little man his is. I know yall could bust, with pride.
    Y’all look amazing !!
    Please enjoy every moment with Levi, they grow so fast,my kids are 28 and 25, and I thank GOD for every time I’m with them.
    Cant wait to see more pics whenever you have a FREE minute.
    You have so many people around the world Praising GOD for precious Levi.
    Y’all are so loved.
    Kiss those sweet soft cheeks for us.

    Blessings and Love,

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  • Anonymous - Living in Southern California, I always wondered what all those buntings and things were for. Now I know! Levi is beyond adorable. You are all in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • Jenny S - Congrats!! He is just so precious!ReplyCancel

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  • Christine Trebendis - A perfect little boy…so precious.

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  • gwswenson - Tears in my eyes! Such a gorgeous, sweet face. That last picture took my breath away…those deep eyes.

    I’d love to know if I can send a little something to you, using the PO Box that was on the return label from my etsy order?

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  • Anonymous - He is incredibly adorable!! He is so pretty!! What a blessing!! God bless you and your adorable family!!ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel E. - He has Cora’s beautiful eyes! I can’t tell about the color, but the shape is definitely the same! Congratulations again.ReplyCancel

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  • Mary - I have so many things to say about that beautiful little boy, but– Jess! How do you look so great one week after delivering a baby?? Wow! Enjoy your little guy!ReplyCancel

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  • Party of Five - So happy for you. He is adorable and he looks like he is just as perfect as you say! You look great too. Congrats. You deserve it!ReplyCancel

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  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Whilst we in Australia are living with the air conditioning on and spending plenty of time in the pool so we can keep from overheating, I have been thinking of you bringing your little man home in winter.

    My 6-1/2 year old came home from hospital weighing just 5lbs in the middle of winter after a month stay in the NICU. I remember us with heaters blazing, her wrapped in oodles of layers and sleeping with us to keep warm.

    God Bless you all and thank you so much for taking the time to post.

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  • Angie - What a sweet, sweet little man you have! I can see how happy you both are and I am glad to see that you are holding up as best you can right now. You know better than anyone to enjoy each moment and it looks as though you are…congrats on a special little guy. He is perfect.ReplyCancel

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  • The Buchanan Family - WOW he is adorable! Precious! I could eat him up! Stay warm and hold that little cutie all you want! Congrats once again!ReplyCancel

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  • The Jones' - What a handsome lil guy! Sending prayers your way and thanking the Lord for your sweet lil blessing.
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  • Laura - he’s gorgeous! I’m praying for health, happiness and love for you guys!
    be blessed!
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  • Mandi @ It's come to this - He is absolutely beautiful … the cutest little brother I’ve seen in a long time!! Thank you for sharing the pictures with us! Continuing to pray for you all!

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  • Micah - He is about THE CUTEST little guy I think I’ve ever seen! I just loved these pictures. I’m so glad to hear you are adjusting well, and little Levi is such a good baby.ReplyCancel

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  • Sara - He is PRECIOUS! He reminds me so much of my boys when they were babies. What a sweetheart!ReplyCancel

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  • k and c's mom - Such wonderful pictures of Levi! I now that this little guy is going to be surrounded by so much love. Blessings on you all. God is faithful.ReplyCancel

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  • jandkland - He is breathtaking. It is so exhausting with a newborn, but so unbelievably beautiful, and it all passes so quickly. Thank you for sharing these photos!

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  • The Pike Family - stinkin cute! He is one handsome lil feller:) Im so happy for you guys…ReplyCancel

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  • Jane In The Jungle - He is so cute!!!
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  • The Perfect Trio - Jess, he is amazing. I am in awe of your strength…although, I’m sure it’s tough. Your strength is inpiring. I’m so happy for you!!!!

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  • The Gunter Family - Oh my goodness….Levi is SOOOO ADORABLE!! What a precious baby!!ReplyCancel

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  • Allen and Debby Graber - Wow. I am so in love with him! What a blessing! I LOVE the picture of Joel and Kathy! Ha Ha!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi - He is absolutely GORGEOUS! And I am so HAPPY for you all! The picture of the 3 of you made me burst into tears!! God bless you all! :)
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  • Lcy - What a gorgeous baby! He is just beautiful!!! Such joy. Stay warm and rested.ReplyCancel

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  • cupcakefitz - He is so adorable. I’ve been checking for an update everyday. I was so excited to see one! I’m so happy for you both. Enjoy him.ReplyCancel

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  • Miss G - He is SUCH a cutie! I just oohed and ahhed through this whole post! What a sweet little man. KellyReplyCancel

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  • Beaulieu Family - Congratulations on your new little blessing! Your testimony has been a touching one and I am grateful you are gracious enough to share it. May the Lord continue to bless you all as you get to know one another and love on that new little boy of yours!ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - What a beautiful baby! And while I’ve been looking forward to more pictures (they change so fast) I’m so happy to know that you are just enjoying holding him in your arms and getting to know him. So happy for both of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - That is the most beautiful baby EVER! No wonder he is sooo sweet!ReplyCancel

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  • Jenni Lynn - Seriously, what a cute baby, what a gift! I have been reading your blog for months and love hearing your heart. Cora’s sweet life has already left such a legacy and I know God has such great plans for Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • rentz - He is so very sweet! I had some very messy accidents with my boys as well. Well…they had the messy accidents. I was just the unfortunate bystander. : )ReplyCancel

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  • Claudia - What a precious little boy!!! My goodness he’s gorgeous!!

    I remember the “accidents” with our boy (now 3 years and 3 months) … hehehehe.

    You mention how different is to change a girl from a boy, we are getting ready to find out, to me is easier to clean boys but that’s because that’s all I know :0)

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  • Jennjilla - Levi is gorgeous! What a sweet little guy! Enjoy every moment with your cutie pie!ReplyCancel

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  • Sonya @ Balentine Bliss - He is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Congratulations – beautiful pictures, too!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Your photograhy is really excellent. These are awesome keepsake photos!ReplyCancel

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  • Vera - He is PERFECT!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Wendy - Congratulations on your beautiful new addition. He is absolutely sweet! May he continue to bring blessings to you and your family. I think about you and your family daily and praise the Lord for this new life. May God bless Levi and may the Lord continue to bring peace and healing into the Mac household.ReplyCancel

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  • Alicia - It’s always so amazing how little they are.
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  • Joy in Denver - Levi is so beautiful. I am happy for you guys! Praying your babymoon will be full of peace and joy. :0)ReplyCancel

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  • purejoy - ohmystars he is one of the most beautiful babies i have ever seen and you are a spectacular photographer!! such gorgeous photos!!
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  • Country Roads - Little Levi is so handsome!! Such a cutie. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!! He has a wonderful set of parents. God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley Ann - I love the last picture…they are all beautiful. Congratulations again…handsome boy you have there!

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  • Anonymous - Levi is utterly and completely beautiful!!!
    I am going through great grief and sorrow right now and seeing these pictures and seeing your beautiful Levi has given me the much needed boost to hang onto God’s goodness and kindness to those of us who belong to Him.
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  • Michelle - He IS beautiful. Thank you for sharing so many pictures with us. My heart is over flowing with joy for you. You look great!ReplyCancel

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  • teresa - He is so beautiful. And I love his name. What wonderful verses to pray for his heart and life. Rejoicing with you and praying with you as you get to know your litte fellow. I have a great-nephew, Jesse, that is just 12 days older than Levi. I’ll be praying for & watching both of them grow.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - Levi is absolutely precious! I love the last one all wrapped up, so adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • Deborah - Love the photo of Grandma and Daddy passed out. Levi is beautiful, just beautiful. His coloring and cheeks! I’ve been reading your blog and praying for your family for almost a year now. It is so heart warming to see you all smile, Keep those photos coming.ReplyCancel

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  • Our Lives - How nice to see all these wonderful pictures of you and your family. Thank you for posting them (Ive been checking your blog for more photos ever since Levi was born)… :) I remember my little boy being that little and my hubby and I almost broke our backs trying to change his diapers!God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • merlin - Levi is so adorable. Sounds like he’s having some fun with you during diaper change time….that makes me smile with very fond memories of our own sons as babies, who each had their own style, so although better prepared with son #2 he still outsmarted us. Love these boy babies!
    I am so happy for you that Levi has filled your home once again with baby noises, milky-scents and fresh love. Thank you for graciously sharing your handsome son Levi with folks like me who enjoy visiting your blog.ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - he is sweet as can be! you are so blessed!!! i just want to kiss his sweet face. baby boys are amazing aren’t they?ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - what a cutie!:)ReplyCancel

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  • gabriel - I just love seeing a new update!!! Levi is such a perfect handsome lil boy. Glad to see you all smiling and feeling so much joy.ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - It may be freezing, but it seems like he is one to melt anyone’s heart!! What a beautiful little guy. Oh, those snuggles! The pic of your mom and Joel is great. I have been praying for you as you all move forward.
    I love so much how joyful Joel always looks in his pictures. I just wanted to say that. :)ReplyCancel

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  • forever folding laundry - He is *beyond* adorable.
    Glad you are getting a little sleep!

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations! So adorable. Followed your blog from afar since I read about Cora’s illness and am so happy that you have a new baby to love. LOVE ther picture of your mother and Joel! So very typical of a family with a new baby – and so real!
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  • Princess Martha - Oh Jess, he is so so so adorable! You both must be so proud of the little man you have created. I cannot explain just how happy I am for you both. Congratualtions again.ReplyCancel

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  • Sue - He is too precious for words!! Glad that he’s behaving himself and that you guys have had extra hands to help, mom’s are a blessing. I’m sure Levi is going to be a treasured, much loved little boy. He’s already SO special. Your photos are stunning, I can’t wait to see more!

    Sue x

    PS. You’re looking great, glad you guys got out a bit, sure it did you the world of good ;)ReplyCancel

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  • Tracy - Baby Levi is absolutely precious! I’ve read your blog for awhile now but I don’t think I have ever posted a comment. So happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Hope - I have been following your blog for quite some time and never commented that I know of ~ but wanted you to know what a blessing it is to read and hear your heartfelt honesty. Levi is such a beautiful little boy ~ God is good.ReplyCancel

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  • Marsha - What a sweet, handsome baby boy! Continually praying for your family.

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  • Momma H - Levi is a beautiful baby! He looks sooo snuggly. We are so thankful that your arms are filled again. Praise the Lord for all his goodness!ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica - What a little angel! You guys look so happy! Enjoy every minute of your precious Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristen - What a precious little boy. God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • MCH PHOTOGRAPHY - Congrats! Mac Family He’s adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon - Oh my goodness–he is so incredibly beautiful! Enjoy getting to know your precious little blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • Julie - It is so good to see you two smiling with Levi- smiles of pure joy! Love the all the pictures, especially the last one with him peeking out from the fluffy towel.ReplyCancel

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  • Melanie - Such a precious baby. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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  • Bethany - What a CUTIE he is!! I am sure this time is so bittersweet, but I am glad you are enjoying him!! Soak it up!

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  • The Gleasons - He is a beautiful, beautiful baby. Just perfect. I’m so happy for your little family. Many blessings!

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  • Lauren Kelly - He is just absolutely gorgeous!!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Jo - He is a blessing to your family. He is so sweet :) Thank you for sharing Jess!!ReplyCancel

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  • Mandy - These pictures are just PRECIOUS. What a blessing this little man is to you and your family. Thank you for continuing to share your story with us.ReplyCancel

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  • Emma and Company - He is so gorgeous. Congratulations once again! God is so good!ReplyCancel

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  • KK - He’s absolutely beautiful. I love the last picture! He’s like an old sole with that little furrowed brow. So, so happy for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Miss Em - He is beautiful. Many blessings to you all.ReplyCancel

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  • The Potters - What a beautiful, handsome, snuggly little blessing. Congratulations. Hope you guys are doing well.ReplyCancel

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  • Sheila - Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. Soooo precious!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Karina - He is soooooo gorgeous, I can’t get enough of him! And I am not alone; I check in daily, and yet I see 162 comments before mine!!! You guys are famous. More pictures as soon as you can, please! And BIG HUGS as you continue to miss Cora. It must be so hard.ReplyCancel

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  • Jared and Abby - He is beautiful! Rejoicing with you!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - Yay! Levi is so absolutely adorable! Thank you for posting the pictures, have been waiting to see them! May the Lord continue to bless you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - How precious! He is soooo lucky to have you as his mommy and Joel as his daddy! Glad you’re enjoying him. God Bless!!ReplyCancel

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  • Tiffany Lockette - Levi is just absolutely precious and you look amazing. You are glowing. Enjoy your little man and congratulations.ReplyCancel

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  • tiggerjd3 - Look at that sweet baby!!! He is precious!!! Thanks for the adorable pictures and the updates!! Enjoy getting to know you little one!! He is truly a gift from GOD!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura - He is so beautiful. My heart is full of joy for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • onebadrunner - perfect.
    just perfect.
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  • Jennifer Gilbert Settle - I am so happy as I look through the pictures of your family, especially Mr. Levi. What a blessing he has already been to your family. Jess, you look like you are just glowing (and I don’t just think it is the grease from the hamburgers!) I will continue sending up prayers on your behalf!ReplyCancel

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  • Celine - Every picture gets better than the last! You have a beautiful family, and the sweetest little boy. I also love your carseat cover.ReplyCancel

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  • i love plum - he is just beautiful…thank you for sharing!!! xoReplyCancel

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  • Amanda Nicole - He is just the most handsome little man! I’m so happy for you guys! You have always been such amazing parents and more importantly letting God lead you through it all! So glad you have such a wonderful bundle of joy in Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Maureen - So… thrilled for your family! The picture of your Mom and Joel is priceless!!! ;-)ReplyCancel

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  • Nicole Robinson - Your new little miracle is just perfect!

    I actually wrote a blog post about following the blogs of strangers–like yours– and referenced your story. I just thought I would share.

    http://nicolerobinsonsblog.blogspot.com/

    Blessings to your family!
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  • Kelli - HE is BEAUTIFUL!!! Thankful he is here!ReplyCancel

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  • Meg - What an incredibly precious little man! So handsome! I am praying for you-congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - God Bless you and Baby Levi. He is gorgeous!

    Sincerely,
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  • Polka Dot Moon - So precious is he! You forget how tired you are when they are first born.

    Stay warm and snuggle your little Levi!!
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  • whitney - he is so precious. enjoy your new little man! can’t wait to read your upcoming blogs!:)
    your family is so strong and are definatly people i look up to:)ReplyCancel

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  • HannahM - Oh my- he is precious! My heart is so happy for you both! Thanks be to God for little Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • KyndraRenae - He’s beautiful! Boys are definately different than girls. I get peed on alot lol. His first outing! how exciting. I love that place ;)ReplyCancel

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  • Molly - Gosh, he is just so precious! I’m glad you have him to snuggle with during this cold cold January. We’re in KC and hating this weather! Ready for spring!ReplyCancel

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  • Jan - He is beyond beautiful, and I love how you have him all warmly bundled.ReplyCancel

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  • Michele - Praising the Lord for this precious gift!ReplyCancel

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  • Brooke - He is so adorable!! God bless you. I know Cora is smiling down from above so proud to be his big sissy!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Levi is so beautiful! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • The Design Girl - Levi is BEAUTIFUL. Congratulations!!! I am so so so happy for you :)

    Email me when you need to get some photos in the banner!

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  • Kristi - He is just beautiful!! What a handsome little boy. I am glad you are doing well and staying warm :).ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - Okay – the last picture – of him in the bath towel – just may be the most adorable picture of any baby, taken anywhere, EVER. And I say this with three precious blessings of my own. That picture is just amazing.

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  • Baylee and Blair's page - Congrats again… he is SO handsome! I’m glad you all got your heat back on!

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  • Kristi J - What beautiful photos! And a gorgeous baby. I think often of you guys and I’m so thankful you’ve been blessed with precious Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - He is beautiful. Amazing pictures.

    I was amazed after I had our son that three adults were completely exhausted from caring for one baby (my mom stayed w/ us too). :)ReplyCancel

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  • Susan - He is totally adorable~an absolute gift from above! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • The Tulip Lady - he is simply beautiful. What a wonderful little man. Blessings to you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - He is SO very cute!!!! He really is just a beautiful baby. You don’t know me…but I am very happy for you all! Congrats!! God is so good!
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  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - He is perfect. Beautiful pictures of your beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

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  • Diana - Awwwwwwwwww, Levi is so ADORABLE!! Such a handsome little man! Good thing he had all those warm clothes last week, huh! Yep, it was so awful cold!

    Praising the Lord for your blessings!! You guys enjoy that baby and getting to know him!!

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  • Laressa - Levi is amazing! Thanks for sharing your precious son with those of us who have been following your story and what God is doing in your life. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth - Happy, happy tears for your family!!!He is so beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Rebecca - He is just adorable!
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  • Anonymous - Levi is an absolutely beautiful child and such a gift to your grieving hearts. I CANNOT imagine the conflicts that your hearts and minds are dealing with right now but I pray that God will give you peace enough to enjoy and treasure Levi and at the same time honor Cora’s life !!!! To GOD be the GLORY !!!Ellen in GA.ReplyCancel

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  • Cheryl - What a beautiful baby!! Welcome Home!ReplyCancel

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  • Sharon - Thanks for sharing little Levi with us-it is such a pleasure to see your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

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  • CourtneyC - He is just precious!!! Love the picture of your mom and husband sleeping on the couch.ReplyCancel

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  • SadMommy3434 - Thanks for sharing Levi! He’s so adorable and handsome. Little boys melt my heart. I have two girls and a boy in heaven. The pictures are fantastic!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Maria - He’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing him with us:)ReplyCancel

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  • Joel - That’s one good looking boy you’ve got there!ReplyCancel

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  • Marty and Kim - He is just beautiful! You have taken such wonderful pictures of him! So glad to hear that he is doing well!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Just as cute as can be!
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  • 65 Roses for Marcia - Have been following and have never commented, but have been praying for you for a long time! Congratulations on your beautiful little Levi!!! Loved looking at the pictures…ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Oh my gosh he is so sweet!! so happy for you all!!

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  • Kelly - I have to tell you again how happy I am for you guys. Hes such a precious gift from God. I know you are enjoying having a little one around again. My thoughts and prayers will continue for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • julia - congratulations! i love the pic of Levi snuggled in his car seat – so adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - Beautiful!! So happy for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Jerri - PRECIOUS…so cute and so happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Kris Reed - Levi is absolutely perfect! It was so wonderful to meet him in person and your pictures are incredible.ReplyCancel

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  • Hair Bows & Guitar Picks - He is so sweet! Great pictures!

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  • Travis,Stephanie, Olivia & Alex - Congrats on your new little bundle !
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  • Sarah - that is one cute baby! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - Hi,

    I’ve never commented before, but I have read your blog and have shed quite a few tears for your sweet girl Cora.

    Levi is beyond precious and so beautiful.

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  • Kristin - Wow! Those pictures just make my heart smile!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Hey Joel and Jess! Levi is so cute and I can’t wait to come home and see him again! Praying for you this week! Love you all!
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  • Heidi - I have followed your story since your precious Cora got sick. I am so thrilled that Levi has joined your family! I pray for you regularly – your faith is amazing and such an encouragemnt. God bless you and your wonderful little man Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Shawn - Jess-Levi is gorgeous. I am so thrilled that you have him to hold and love and smell. May these days be full of healing as you will inevitably remember Cora. May His peace flood your home with comfort and joy. Welcome, little Levi -you are so blessed.ReplyCancel

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  • Julie - Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow…..I’ve been a follower of your blog for a year now, and I am rejoicing with you over the birth of your new baby son, Levi. Congratulations!!!! May God continue to pour His blessings upon you and your precious family.ReplyCancel

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  • Nan - Praise God from whom all blessings flow! What a beautiful, beautiful baby boy. And you also look beautiful.

    What a bummer about your heater in the middle of that wicked cold snap! Hope you are all nice and toasty now!ReplyCancel

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We had a really hard time picking names this time. Especially boy names. We really wanted the name to be significant and have meaning. It took us a long time to decide on Levi’s name. Joel decided about a month ago, but I wasn’t sure until the day he was born (that is pretty typical of the differences in our decision making skills!) But now we love the name. It is perfect for our sweet little boy.
When we added Levi to our list of boy names we started reading about who Levi was in the Bible and the meaning of the name. Levi means “joined”. That seemed fitting as our family has felt anything but joined since Cora went to heaven. We know that even though our family does not seem complete here on earth we will one day be joined together again in heaven. We can’t wait to tell Levi all about his big sister.
“And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi may continue,” says the Lord Almighty. “My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.”
Malachi 2:4-6
We are praying these verses for our Levi. That he would grow to be a man who walks in uprightness and stands in awe of our Lord’s name.
Jerald is after Joel’s dad. Joel’s dad, Jerry, is one of the kindest, God-fearing men I know. He is a hard worker, is dedicated to serving the Lord in both his occupation and his every day life, and has such a servant’s heart. Anyone who knows Joel’s dad would understand why we would also want our son to have this name. Jerald is also the name of Joel’s great, great uncle, Joel’s grandpa, and is Joel’s middle name. We had to carry it on one more generation!
And here are a few more pictures of little Levi from the hospital.
Thank you so much for all your kind comments–we were overwhelmed!
We appreciate your prayers SO much.
We told Levi that he is famous already!
More pictures to come soon.
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  • Anonymous - Congratulations!!! He is beautiful and we are soooo happy for you!!! He has a wonderful mommy and daddy!! He is a VERY lucky little boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jen - He is beautiful!! And I LOVE his name! We always loved Levi too but since our last name starts with a “V”, it just didn’t go together.

    I pray God’s richest blessings on your sweet family. May your joys be many, your struggles few, and your transitions smooth and you welcome Levi home. God is good!ReplyCancel

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  • Stephanie Day - congratulations! levi is absolutely perfect and may he heal your hearts!ReplyCancel

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  • gabriel - Awww, what a wonderful lil family. I am so happy for you all. I love seeing an update from you and the inspiration you both are.ReplyCancel

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  • momof3 - You are absolutely right…Levi is famous and absolutely adorable! What a cute little brother Cora has! So happy for you all and yes, your family will be joined in eternity! So blessed…wishing you nothing but peace and love from here is snowy Iowa!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - What a beautiful baby boy! I love his name!!ReplyCancel

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  • starnes family - He is gorgeous. Just like you guys. EnjoyReplyCancel

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  • Anna - He’s so perfect! Congrats again!ReplyCancel

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  • Midwest Mommy - I have tears because I am so happy for you. He is adorable.ReplyCancel

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  • MICHELE - congrats he is beautiful, I mean handsome :)
    I am so happy that your arms are full once again!
    He has a great name to live up too! Mr. Mac was one of my favorite teachers! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Kara - I love your choice of names- beautiful and a wonderful- PERFECT meaning.
    Enjoy these days of having a newborn!
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  • Anonymous - Levi is a beautiful, stunning actually, baby. And I am a Mum of 2 boys so Levi has a high bar to reach, and he is magnificent.
    I was relieved to see the crying photo because I was wondering how it was possible for a newborn to be this perfect. Perfect, he is truly perfect.
    There are so many “anniversaries” coming up for you and I praise God for His gift of Levi to fill your arms and hearts during these days ahead.
    Crazily, I (still) weep with emotion at his photos, a baby I will probably never be in the same room with, folks I will likely never meet and yet there is a place in my heart for you, a place touched by God through Cora and Levi, and you, their parents.
    Abundant blessings to you all.
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  • Jaclyn @ Love, Laughter, and Complete Chaos - He is just beautiful….its so great to see you get to have some “happy”.ReplyCancel

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  • The Scott's - Congratulations again…he’s beautiful! Looking forward to more pictures!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - He is so beautiful! You are such a blessing Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • Sherryl - He is absolutely perfect! So happy for you and Joel!ReplyCancel

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  • Trasie Bressler - Congratulations again! He is absolutely handsome and I think his name fits him perfectly! What a special little boy and with one amazing guardian angel.

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  • Nancy - He’s so handsome :)
    I don’t know you guys, but you are in my prayers & I’m so happy to be keeping up with your journey on your blog. Cora’s pictures are sooo beautiful. God bless you three!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I love the name he is absolutely beautiful Cora is smiling down from heaven at her little brother I am sure. many more blessing to you all!
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  • Caroline - His is beautiful. The name is great and I am sure it is fitting.
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  • Corinne Doughan - He is beautiful and SO blessed to be born into your covenant family! I pray that he grows up to be a mighty warrior for the LORD! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Angie - So thrilled for you, Joel & Levi. He is one handsome little boy, and I am sure he will be in awe of his big sister as the rest of us are.

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations! My husband and I are so happy for you and Joel! Levi is beautiful! I am certain Cora is smiling down at you all….her wonderful family! We pray for you daily! May God continue to heal your hearts and shower you in his blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • Allison - What a BEAUTIFUL baby boy! His name is wonderful. Blessings as you enjoy getting to know your little man.ReplyCancel

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  • Todd and Courtney - This made my night as I am getting ready for bed. I thought Id check one last time to see if there were any new pictures :)ReplyCancel

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  • Sherri - Congrats Joel and Jess! God’s mercies are so perfect! Praying for your precious family as a new journey indeed is beginning. With every bump, I pray that you may feel God’s grace reign down on you. Levi has a purpose. Fitting for your family only. I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for your wonderful family!ReplyCancel

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  • 3LittleByrds - He’s beautiful and yall look so in love with him. I’m sure Cora is watching over him. Congrats again. What a beautiful family you are.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Wow. You two produce BEAUTIFUL children. I’m sure you are having all sorts of mixed emotions when you hold him. I hope you are able to just feel love and know that by loving him you will never be taking anything away from sweet Cora. You and your family are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - What a beautiful baby! Does he look like Cora at all when she was born? So excited for you guys!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Lundstroms - I found your blog through my sister-in-law and have followed your journey with tears for your loss, and joy for the baby you’ve been expecting. Levi is gorgeous, and I’m so happy for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Krystal - Thanks for the new pix! I’m so glad this little guy got you for parents and Cora as a big sis to hear all about. I pray that God will bless Levi’s life and use him for His glory. Hugs in Christ!ReplyCancel

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  • Jen - He is SO beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing this with us! You are often close in heart & mind. Happy days to you!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Pamela - bless him …and you both.ReplyCancel

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  • amy - levi is beautiful. thanks for sharing pictures of him! :)
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  • Mindy M. Harris - Levi’s name and face are beautiful. May he spend his life making the Lord famous.
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  • Mom of 2 - I read your blog but have never commented. Your story inspires me.
    I am so happy for you- Levi is beautiful. I have 2 teen boys and feel I can go through anything thrown my way after watching your strength. Celebrate Levi- he will never replace Cora but will continue your journey into parenthood.
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  • Rebecca, Idaho - Welcome little Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Meredith - Prayers are always with you!! I love the meaning of Levi’s name.ReplyCancel

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  • kaylin rose and mara anne - LOVE the name and thank you for sharing the story of how you came up with the name…I love hearing those stories.

    Hope you are enjoying that little sweet baby boy. Enjoy him.

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  • Anonymous - He is such a doll!!! Congratulations! Love his name too, and you look great for just having a baby.

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  • Patty - I pray that your arms and your lives feel full today as you hold your little one near. Congrats on the arrival of your little Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • Miss G - Little Levi is SOO cute! I really like his name too. It encouraged me that you weren’t sure till the day he was born. Today when people at work expressed such surprise that we don’t have names decided on yet it made me a little panicky. :)

    Jes, you look GREAT! Enjoy this time with your sweet new boy. KellyReplyCancel

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  • patti - what a blessing for your family. congrats on your sweet baby boy.ReplyCancel

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  • texasinafrica - He is beyond precious!!! Thank-you for sharing the significance of his name.ReplyCancel

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  • Dina - SO happy for you! He’s absolutely beautiful as is your family. God Bless you all:-)ReplyCancel

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  • Auntie Mip - Joel, Jess and Levi…

    Again I feel compelled to comment though I remain a complete stranger to you. I am a pediatric oncology nurse and have walked your journey with Cora with far too many families…I have been doing this for nearly 22 years. I stand in awe of your grace, humility and faithfulness…oh for my faith to be as strong and convicted as yours.

    Levi is breathtaking…I want you to know that people who know and love you completely understand that Levi’s arrival in your arms in know way means that you are “all better”. There is know replacing Cora. There is no forgetting Cora. But I do believe with equal conviction that God has rewarded your faithfulness with this most precious gift. I have told countless parents that God carefully chooses who will love His babies on earth. He made such a beautiful and perfect choice for Cora and now with Levi.

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  • Abby - You are so blessed! Enjoy that little man and take advantage of the naps! ;o)ReplyCancel

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  • cupcakefitz - What a wonderful and beautiful verse to inspire a name for your son. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • tinycandi - what a precious little man! congratulations! and i love his name. :)ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren - A baby boy is a precious gift. Mine is a kissy face little snuggler who love to eat dirt. Precious.

    I think the name Levi is perfect.

    I also think it’s fitting that Cora’s shop is always full of frilly girly dresses and now she has a little brother for you to start making things for.

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  • Elizabeth - I have been reading for almost a year and have never commented, but I wanted to tell you how happy I am for all three of you and how blessed this little boy is. Thank you for sharing your faith and love with all of us!ReplyCancel

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  • Kylie and crew. - Sooooooooo happy for you. A mighty man of God he will be!!ReplyCancel

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  • Shauna - Congratulations! He is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - I love his name!
    He is a beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

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  • Andolicious - I love the name Levi. He is a beautiful baby boy. I love the first picture of him. He is so lucky to have you as his parents!ReplyCancel

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  • The Browns - I’m so happy for ya’ll! He is so beautiful :) I just had a baby boy on December 21st & he’s sitting in my arms right now. I feel so blessed & I know you do too. Lots of love to ya’ll.

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  • Anonymous - He is BEAUTIFUL! And now your arms are full! I LOVE the name!ReplyCancel

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  • Ohtobebeautiful - He is so beautiful! What a gift to be named after someone who means so much to you all. Can’t wait to see more pictures of all of you ;)ReplyCancel

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  • Christine S. - Jess and Joel,

    Congratulations again! I cry tears of joy for you as I look at the beautiful pictures of you with your baby boy! He’s absolutely precious!! So happy for you and your family. God has his arms wrapped around all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • singing mama - Awwwww he is so beautiful! Praying as always!
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  • Stef - THRILLED you posted more pictures and I’m getting the biggest kick seeing you both with a baby in your arms. Praise be to God, for HIS perfect and kind mercies. They are new every morning!!
    Enjoy going home and getting acquainted to life together. I think Levi already looks much like his big sister and his name is quite handsome. I love it.ReplyCancel

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  • Trudy - Perfect in every way! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us. A name means so much – you truly got it right!ReplyCancel

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  • Gail - Beautiful baby! Those are the same verses that we chose our Levi’s name from, and the verses that we’ve prayed for him. Love them! Thanks for the pictures.ReplyCancel

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  • Mormishmom - He’s totally famous and totally beautiful. I’ve followed your blog since Julie @ Joy’s Hope posted about your story. My heart is overflowing with joy at your happy news. Our Heavenly Father’s love for you is truly manifest in your tiny new miracle.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Thanks for all the new pictures! So beautiful! And I must say that especially the last one, with Levi enjoying his pacifier and showing his gorgeous eyes, he looks so much like Cora! It is so wonderful to see you cuddling this sweet bundle of joy! Blessings galore to you all!
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  • Vashti - He is scrummy. Congratulations.
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  • Kristin - What an insanely beautiful baby boy! Levi is already a great name, but now hearing the meaning and the verse that you quoted, it is so fitting! Congratulations, again!ReplyCancel

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  • Miriam - I loved his name when you posted on the 2nd, but hearing the meaning behind his name makes it all that more special.

    He is a beautiful boy and I’m so happy for this joyous event.

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  • Sue - I have tears in my eyes! You guys look so happy, it’s hard to believe you’ve had such a bumpy year. 2010 has started off beautifully and I just know that it’s going ot be a wonderful year for you all. And I know you’re both going to treasure every moment of this extra special journey with little Levi (gorgeous name, by the way!). I know this must also be an emotional time and I’m thinking about you all the time! So glad you’re back to blogging already and thanks for the photos, I can’t wait to see more! Sue xReplyCancel

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  • Diana - Ohhhhhh, he is ADORABLE!!
    His name fits him PERFECTLY!!
    And that is such a WONDERFUL
    photo of the three of you TOGETHER…
    JOINED here on earth at this moment…
    and later in Heaven with CORA!

    Peace, love and many prayers! ♥ReplyCancel

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  • Keilani - I am so happy to see these pictures of your family. Baby Cora is jumping for joy in Heaven with the arms of our Heavenly Father! What an inspiration your family is! Many blessing and hugs!ReplyCancel

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  • Amber - Congratulations! Levi is precious and so handsome! Praising the Lord with you for a healthy baby boy.ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica K. - Congratulations!! He must be the most beautiful little boy I have ever seen! His little face is precious!!!
    I LOVE the name! I have a list of names since I can think and if I were to miraculously get pregnant with a boy now his name would be Levi Gabriel. I just love that name!!

    I will keep your family in my prayers! Levi has a little angel watching over him and his parents! She will never be forgotten!

    Much love from Germany..

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  • Melissa - Just amazing. God is who he says he is…praying for peace and for you to thoroughly enjoy every minute of your new little man!ReplyCancel

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  • Mommy2QTPies - Aw, congratulations on your sweet baby Levi! He’s precious…ReplyCancel

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  • Mandi @ It's come to this - He is beautiful! And I just love the meaning behind is name!!! Still praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Melinda - He is beautiful! I love your name choice – such a wonderful meaning behind it. I wish your family the very best.ReplyCancel

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  • k and c's mom - Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
    Thanks for sharing the pics of little Levi.
    He is beautiful (handsome!) and you are all blessed.ReplyCancel

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  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Thanks for taking the time to post about Levi’s name. I know you will be busy, busy, busy with a newborn in your home but we, in blog land, will looked forward to your updates.

    Good night from Australia!

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  • Emma and Company - He is gorgeous!! Congratulations!! I love the significance of his name…what a lucky little boy to join your wonderful family! God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • Maria - He’s beautiful! You guys are so sweet together. Congratulations. Enjoy that new baby smell:)ReplyCancel

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  • Joyce - Enjoy your sweet beautiful boy…I love the verses behind the name.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! May God bless your family!

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  • Jane In The Jungle - What a cutie!!!!

    And Girl….welcome to the world of boys, LOL!!ReplyCancel

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  • Brittany - he is beautiful! and you look great too, mama!

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  • Courtney Cloud - Congratulations! He is so beautiful. He looks so much like you Jess. I am praying daily for y’all. I know that it must be so bittersweet. I am praying for God’s amazing Love and His wonderful Presence to be close to you in the coming days and weeks.
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  • Amanda - What a beautiful baby boy! Congratulations and my continued prayers are with you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Heidi - BEAUTIFUL pictures of your sweet little boy. THANK YOU so much for sharing them with us. GOD BLESS your family.ReplyCancel

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  • onlymehere - I love the meaning of both of his names. He truly is a beautiful baby and I’m so happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Just Beachy - Levi is a beautiful boy and lucky to have such a loving family , I hope you enjoy this time with some more healing , it would be nice if you make a book about Cora for him ??.ReplyCancel

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  • Miranda - He is absolutely adorable!! So so precious! Congrats again. .love his name and that it has so much meaning.ReplyCancel

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  • Brian, Angie, Matt, Tim, and Meredith - Beautiful family! I see resemblences to Cora…in his eyes, I think(?). Great name; and you’ll have to hunt down a baby pair of Levi jeans for the little man! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica - Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful – and compliments both of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - Levi is absolutely beautiful and I love his name and the meaning of it. I continue to pray for peace and comfort for you because I know that no one will ever take Cora’s place. You have 2 beautiful children! It is such peace to know that God is sovereign. Continue to love Jesus and live for Him. Thank you for being a blessing in my life. Some sweet day you will join Cora in heaven and I will do the same with Kyler. Until then, let’s continue praising our loving, faithful Father and doing His work here. Love and hugs to you all!
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  • lauren - A precious baby boy for a precious family! God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • Team Alix - Thanks for sharing him with us- he is gorgeous and your name choices are perfect!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristen - God bless your precious little boy! :-)ReplyCancel

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  • Krystal - Yay baby pictures!!! He is soooo pretty! And has a beautiful, strong name! Congrats again!ReplyCancel

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  • i love plum - as precious as can be! xoReplyCancel

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  • Kristi REDISKE - What a beautiful baby boy with a beautiful name with so much meaning. I have been checking your blog everyday for an update so I was so excited to see more pictures. I am still praying for you-you are so inspiring to others-God Bless You.ReplyCancel

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  • susy - My husband and I have always wanted children. We have prayed to the Lord for at least one child but it is not in God’s plans for us. Although I never had children, your journey with Cora felt so close to home. To loose someone you love so much or to loose someone you never had but wanted so much. Levi Jerald is as much a part of you as all of us. We prayed for his safe arrival and good health and rejoice in the Lord of what a precious gift he is. He is very lucky to have you both as parents and Cora as a big sister. I can’t wait to see him playing in her playground. God Bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • Brittany - He is simply beautiful. The third picture gets me every time…he’s perfection. What a blessing! Welcome Levi!

    Love and Prayers from KY,
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  • Vonda - Checked in today to see if the baby had been born. Congratulations! I love the name and he is beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Megan DiVito - He is just beautiful! I am so happy for you guys. One day, he will be able to play at his sister’s playground!ReplyCancel

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  • The Hopkins Home - I had tears reading the verse from Malachi – what an appropriate name for your little guy! He is just BEAUTIFUL and I am so happy for the both of you – enjoy him!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelli - I love his name and it the significance in it’s meaning!! He is just beautiful and I’m praying for your family!!ReplyCancel

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  • Nicole - He is beyond precious! So happy for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Katina - He is sooo handsome!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anna Marie - He is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Claudia - What a precious one and his name is perfect, just like him!!

    Congratulations again and blessings to your sweet family!ReplyCancel

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  • Dena - God’s blessings!!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Gunter Family - He is just ADORABLE!!! Oh my!
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  • La Familia Garcia - Congratulations! He’s beautiful! And love the name!ReplyCancel

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  • KK - It never ceases to amaze the blending of 2 people into a new little person. Levi looks so much like both of you. His name fits perfectly. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Annie Thompson - Levi and his name are so beautiful! I am praising God for you guys and for his birth. Congratulations on the birth of this gorgeous little Man of God!!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - Absolutely precious!!!! So happy for ya’ll :)ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - Congratulations! Levi is so very handsome! I’m so happy for you and I pray blessings over you and your family!!ReplyCancel

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  • Tara - he is so adorable!!! i love the name that you chose. [and the verses]. what a sweet, little blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - He is so precious! I love the name and the meaning behind it. You are right – you will be “joined” as a family in heaven some day! Levi has a very special angel looking over him. God bless.ReplyCancel

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  • Mallory - I LOVE the name Levi, and I love that Jerald has such a huge family connection. You two are just glowing with happiness in the photos, despite the fact that I know you still miss Cora so much. I am SO happy for you! And Levi is BEAUTIFUL!!ReplyCancel

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  • Karina - Levi is indeed lovely. In that last photo, I can see Cora’s eyes. How bittersweet.

    I agree with the poster who said she has two boys and still finds Levi beautiful; I have two boys myself and even though they are the most beautiful children in the world to me, I could happily take Levi home with me!

    I also have a little girl almost exactly Cora’s age, which is the main reason I come back to “visit” you almost daily – you are my constant reminder that I am lucky to have my precious children with me where I can love and hold them.

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  • CourtneyC - Aww, he is just precious!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Wow — in that last picture his eyes look just like Cora’s! He is a doll. Congrats from Texas!ReplyCancel

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  • Al's World - What a perfect name for a perfect little boy…I am praying that he brings laughter and joy back into your home..God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel - Congratulations! Levi is so cute!!Many blessings and prayers for all of you :-)ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - What a beautiful name for such a beautiful little boy! Thank you so much for the update and the new pictures. It is so nice to see you all together, and even though Cora is not there physically, she is part of each and every one of you, always. Congratulations again!

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  • Rach - Very beautiful that you took such consideration in choosing Levi’s name. What a wonderful meaning it has. Many blessings.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin Stegent - He is absolutely precious! He looks some like Cora I think. I love his name and how you chose it. You are a beautiful little fam!ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :O) - Oh my, he is just adorable you two! You did SO good. Cora would be SO proud as a big sister! I hope these first few days have been absolutely wonderful and fun for you…nothing but great joy is wished upon and prayed for you all. Big hugs and thanks for sharing him with all of us, I couldn’t be more happier for you and those pics just made me grin from ear to ear!ReplyCancel

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  • Cyndi - He is sooooo cute! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - He’s a beautiful boy! And his name is full of wonderful meaning! I love that! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Grace Halsey - This is wonderful! Praise the Lord for His hand of blessing upon you in this new year. It is encouraging to read your blog!ReplyCancel

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  • Molly - He’s just gorgeous! My nephew’s name is also Levi! It’s a good strong name. I am praying for you during this time. It must be so beautiful and so hard at the same time. But Cora is there. She is with you. He is with you. You are all “joined” in the Lord.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I haven’t posted in quite sometime but I just had to say how adorable baby Levi is!! I am so happy for you as you begin this new journey. I have 3 wonderful little boys and each of them are such a blessing :) Keeping you in my prayers,

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  • Anonymous - He is Beautiful..Such a precious sweet new life! Love the pictures and your posts! Thank you for sharing your new journey with us blog stalkers :)

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  • Heather - Oh, congrats and God Bless your family! He is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Drew, Taylor, and Caroline Clayton - OMG…You need to post a side by side of Levi and Cora(at his age)I think they have the exact same eyes :)ReplyCancel

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  • Staci - Congratulations on your precious little Levi. I love that name :) I’m sure his big sister Cora is so proud of her baby brother as well.ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon - Oh my goodness–he is absolutely beautiful! And I love the meaning of his name. What a beautiful blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • Falling Around - That boy is SO stinkin’ cute, you guys!

    LOVE the picture of Jess kissing his head – makes me cry. What a blessed little baby to have such amazing parents.

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  • Anonymous - We love the pics! Thanks for taking time out of your crazy day to post them. We are going to come visit that guy hopefully soon. He’s the cutest!!!! AndiReplyCancel

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  • Allen and Debby Graber - The meaning of the name Levi is so precious and I love the verses you are praying for him. And we agree that Joel’s Dad is one of the kindest and God-fearing men we know! What a privilege for our children to have him as their teacher! Hope you bring Levi to Bible study with you soon!!ReplyCancel

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  • eeguiltner - Congratulations Jess and Joel. We are very happy for you and wish you the best as you begin this new journey.
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  • Anonymous - What a BEAUTIFUL boy! I love the name Levi! You know what else is great about the name? If you play with the letters, you spell “LIVE”!
    This baby will help you heal and will help you LIVE YOUR LIFE as Cora would have wanted for her precious Mommy, Daddy and baby brother! Thank you for keeping the blog… you make me smile on days I really need it. You help me remember the simple things in life.ReplyCancel

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  • waiting - He is precious in every sense of the word. So happy for you and your whole family!ReplyCancel

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  • Enos Family - He is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! A perfect little baby. So happy for you guys!
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  • Sincerely, Stephnie - Beautiful Family….all 4 of you.ReplyCancel

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  • A - Can’t wait for more pictures- and I love his name and all the meanings it holds. I’ll continue to pray for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa - He is beautiful! I love the family pic.ReplyCancel

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  • Shuggamom - Congratulations !!!!
    Levi is a handsome and beautiful doll !!!! I think he is already smiling in the first picture. I know Joel’s dad is so honored that Levi was named after him,that was so thoughtful and caring.
    All the pics are so good and clear,yall look amazing and joyful.
    Cant wait to see more beautiful pictures of yall !!
    Please kiss those sweet cheeks !!

    He is truly a very blessed little boy !!

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  • Amy Bell - oh…he is wonderful….so precious. i am so excited for you all…i love the meaning of his name…enjoy this wonderful time getting to know him!ReplyCancel

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  • Natalie - Wow he is a beautiful little boy, with a beautiful family! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Nancy - congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - love his name! He is beautiful and I’m in awe of our God and thank Him for your testimony.ReplyCancel

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  • jandkland - He is completely gorgeous. I can’t fathom what this is like for you, but praise God for making all things new! Cora surely gave little man a big kiss before he came to you. (:

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  • Melissa - He is absolutely lovely!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Gorgeous – he is just gorgeous! Little babies are proof that God is so good. Looking at Levi just melts my heart. Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • MaryBeth in PA - Beautiful words and pictures … they brought tears to my eyes. So so happy for you and wishing you peace, love, and happiness. And what a special sister little Levi has.ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - My heart is just filled with joy for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • Brooke - I am so glad to see your arms full again. Love from Baltimore!ReplyCancel

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  • Something In The Glass - Levi will do wonderful things, there is no doubt, with such strong and faithful parents. Congratulations to your family. Cora must be so proud!ReplyCancel

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  • Hair Bows & Guitar Picks - He is so so cute! What a beautiful name for a beautiful little guy!ReplyCancel

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  • meg duerksen - great! now i may have to jump in my car and risk my life on these icy roads just to get to baby levi!!! i just want to kiss him all day!ReplyCancel

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  • Mama Sons - Congrats! I am so happy for you. Love hte name too. We were going to name our little boy that until we found out it was a girl!ReplyCancel

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  • Polka Dot Moon - He’s precious! Love and joy to you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Beki - TheRustedChain - He is just completely perfect!

    I am so happy for you guys.

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  • DianeTaylor - Long time lurker of your blog but I finally had to come out of hiding and comment…..I am SO HAPPY for you both! I adore the name Levi – Cora would love it too. God bless you all – may the light of God’s love shine on you always.
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  • Sue - Wow….what a beautiful baby boy Levi is. He is blessed to have you both for his parents. I have been praying for all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Barbara - He is absolutely precious!! Congratulation on another gorgeous baby!!ReplyCancel

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  • Christine - Oh, he’s just so incredibly precious! What a perfect name for this blessed child of God! I think of you so often and pray all is well in your sweet family as you get settled in with your new baby boy.ReplyCancel

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  • Micah - I love the thought that you put into Levi’s name. That is so, so special. He is such a handsome little guy. What a beautiful family you have.ReplyCancel

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  • Ruthie - Might I say, that just like Cora, your son is absolutely STUNNING! What a cutie pie, and I love how you shared why you named him Levi Jerald. How special! Praying you recup quick quickly and that God gives you grace and strength for these next few newborn months.

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  • The Mershawn's - Wish I could come squeeze that boy! He is so precious.
    Happy birthday little Levi. What an awesome man you’re parents are praying you to be.ReplyCancel

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  • katydid_KS - “It is no small thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - Congratulations on your sweet Levi – it is so wonderful to see prayers answered. I have been praying for blessings and joy for you and your husband since the loss of Cora. I’m so thankful for God’s faithfulness to all of us! Enjoy your perfect little boy.ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney - He is beautiful. Congratulations to you all.
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  • The Call's - Congratulations! Levi is darling! I am sure Cora is rejoicing in heaven that her baby brother made it to earth safe and sound.ReplyCancel

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  • Anna - Congratulations to the both of you, he is beautiful. I am so happy for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Heather C - Congratulations! What a precious gift from the Lord! :)ReplyCancel

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  • MomMom - What a handsome little baby boy and I love his name. How nice that you gave him such a meaningful name—both of them. I’m sure his grandfather is honored to have his grandson named after him. So thankful that Levi is here safe and sound. Enjoy!!ReplyCancel

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  • Paula Aspacher - this boy, just might look like his daddyReplyCancel

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  • The Klins Family - I bet Cora gave Levi a great big hug and kiss before he was born, knowing that you soon would be cuddling him in your arms! He is an angel – congratulations.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations to you both on your beautiful little boy! Many blessings to you all.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - He is beautiful! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Joy - Congrats! I’ve been praying for you guys and love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing what you do. It’s very encouraging.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Blessings for Levi

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  • Jerri - A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! God Bless and protect you each and everyone!ReplyCancel

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  • mrstolli - Congratulations! He is absolutely precious! You are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah Furlough - I know Levi will never replace Cora, but I hope he brings you joy for the rest of your days! What a sweet, sweet blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • Andrea B. Houston, TX - Congrats on your beautiful baby boy. I’m sure Cora is smiling down on him. May god bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Matt and Nicole - Congratulations! We’re very happy for you! I agree with your comments about Mr. Mac. I wasn’t surprised at all that you wanted to carry on his name!ReplyCancel

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  • Heather - Oh man you guys i think he looks like Joel!! How great..he is precious!

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  • Holli Taylor - he’s the best of both of you…how precious! Congrats again.ReplyCancel

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  • Townsend Crew - “Heaven is the sound of him breathing deep
    Lying on my chest, falling fast asleep while I sing
    And Heaven is the weight of him in my arms
    Being there to keep him safe from harm while he dreams…”

    Thinking about you and your fantastic visit from Heaven here on Earth!!!

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  • Whimsical Creations - He is just precious!ReplyCancel

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  • Susie from Bienvenue - He is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I couldn’t be happier for you! He is adorable, what a good sized little baby! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Allison - He is absolutely beautiful! I am so happy for y’all! I am sure Cora is smiling down from Heaven. Levi will always have her watching over him. I wish she were here with you. Praying for you and Joel….ReplyCancel

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  • Celine - Awesome pictures! What an adorable little boy. You look fantastic too!ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle - He is beautiful! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

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  • tiggerjd3 - Levi is so beautiful!! Thanks for posting some pictures. Even though I do not know you personally, you and your family have a special place in my heart. I have continued to pray for you. All of your words have been an inspiration. It is so nice to find a caring and loving person in this world that shares their love of GOD with us. GOD will continue to bless you!!ReplyCancel

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  • Missy - he’s so adorable!!!!!!!!! and i love his name :)ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - He is beautiful! And his name is perfect!ReplyCancel

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  • grace - What a sweet little guy… you all look wonderful! Praying for you and yours!ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica - He is beautiful. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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  • Wibeche - HE IS SO ADORABLE:)

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  • Kimberly - He is beautiful! Congratulations! You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Aubre's Creative Cakes - I have been following your story since the death of your sweet girl. I have tears of joy seeing you and your new sweet boy. I am so happy for you both, you deserve this joy. Congratulations!!! God is so good.ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren - Congratulations! I haven’t ever commented but have followed your blog for a while now. You all are such an encouragement. If you can stay focused on God through all that has happened then I certainly can in my daily life. Thank you for being who you are and for being strong. God Bless you and thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • Baylee and Blair's page - Congrats! He is JUST gorgeous!

    Hugs – TiffanyReplyCancel

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  • Megan Noel - he’s beautiful jess. sometimes i don’t comment on your blog cause there’s hundreds for you to sort through, but i’m always reading. love you.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - HE is SOOOO GORGEOUS!!!! :-) I don’t even remember how I came across your blog months ago but I’ve been praying for your precious family ever since!!! I’m celebraing along with you and will continue to pray for you all!!
    Sending Hugs from IN,
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  • Sarah - Congratulations! He is the most beautiful baby boy in the world…I’m sure you think so too! Stick your nose in that little neck and drink up that baby smell for me…that’s the best part isn’t it?ReplyCancel

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  • ~Katie - He is soooo CUTE. He looks a lot like his beautiful sister! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

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  • amy - He’s perfect! God Bless you all!ReplyCancel

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  • The Schilling's from Cimarron - CONGRATS! I wanted to pick up the phone and call, but then remembered how it is with a new little one….. talking on the phone is the last thing you would want to do….. WOW he is beautiful! love the little cheeks! We love the name and the meaning behind it….. I just want to hug you all! I cried with JOY the minute you posted all about him. We still pray for you daily and know you are headed once again for a wonderful journey! we love you and miss you all! Please take care and give those little cheeks a kiss from us!

    love always,

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  • Anonymous - congratulations, baby levi is beautiful. boys can be beautiful :) your cora has really touched me; i check in on you all now once in a while. praying for peace and joy for you all! god blessReplyCancel

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  • Just the Two of US - I love reading your blog!! Congrats!! You are blessed once again!ReplyCancel

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  • Natalie Powers - Congrats!!! So happy for you!! Love his name. :)ReplyCancel

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  • Christina Egner - OOOOOOOO in the last picture….. Levi’s eye color is the same exact as Cora’s. SO SWEET!ReplyCancel

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  • Shelly Primm - I love how you got his name! Again, congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations! I have followed you from blog hopping for about a year. I don’t have my own blog but am addicted to others’. We don’t know each other but I have thought of you and your family so many times and am so happy for you. Take care.

    Sincerely,
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  • Dear Abbi - Oh my goodness, he is SO precious!! I love him and would like very much to kiss those little cheeks. He is very sweet! Congrats to you all! I love the name Levi, too…especially for the meaning. It has always been one of our favorites! I am so happy for you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - May God bless your precious little family. Levi is a gift from God to bring back your joy, to restore your faith in life. You will feel Cora as you love and care for her brother. Honor her and look ahead. She is pure love. Everything will be fine. All of you are in our thought and prayers. Let your heart feel joy. All is well.

    Love,
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  • Anonymous - You are a beautiful family! Children are such blessings…know you miss Cora even more right now so I am praying for you. I’ve been following your blog for awhile and especially through this pregnancy. You and I had our babies merely hours apart! :) Congratulations and enjoy that little love as I know you will.ReplyCancel

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  • carollai - congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Amber - How amazing!!! Congrats on your new arrival! Levi is adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Levi is beautiful, and I love the story of his name.

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  • mEET - beau-ti-ful!!!!! congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Kirsten - What a blessing to have a beautiful baby boy. I pray for you all often and can’t wait to watch Levi’s story unfold. The Lord has big plans for this little guy!!ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - My parents were in town and I took a blogging break, but have been anxious to come back and see what new things you had about your sweetest addition! I love so much his name and the meaning…it’s beautiful. Names are important. They can tell such a story. In between our second and our youngest I had two miscarriages…the closer the end of my fifth pregnancy came (that sounds so weird to say, when you only have three children) the more serious we got about a name. We knew it was a girl, and of course were drawn to particular ones. Many got the boo from others, or the weird-eye. :) We finally came across the name Eliana, which means “the Lord responds” and we knew that was the one! Thank you for continuing to share your journey. Your little man is so darling. The black and white of Jess and Levi is lovely.ReplyCancel

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  • Princess Martha - Congrats to you both! He is simply gorgeous. I am so so happy for you. xxReplyCancel

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  • Kari Jenkins - What a beautiful little boy! Your story and strength continue to inspire me. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Stephanie @ and noah makes five - Congrats and he is beautiful. I’m so happy for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - He is BEAUTIFUL!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Your Levi is just beautiful! Rejoicing with you…continuing in prayer…ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - i will be thinkin of u and breathin a prayer for u all over the next few days…i m sure it is a difficult time-just thinking of all u were going thro at this time last year!! What would we do without God and His grace in moments like these??? Levi is so handsome-hope u are feeling well physically. Lena StoltzfusReplyCancel

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