We are missing Cora like crazy today…
…but we are rejoicing with our little angel that He has come.
We are rejoicing in the good news of great joy–Jesus.
The angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 
Luke 2:10-11
Merry Christmas!
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  • December 25, 2009 - 10:31 pm

    Heidi - What a sweet picture of Cora. I know how hard today was for you and your family. I was thinking of you and have kept you in my prayers.

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  • December 25, 2009 - 10:33 pm

    Roma - I’ve been reading your blog for the past couple of months and you are an inspiration. Cora is a beautiful girl. Please know that so many prayers come your way and that Cora is playing in heaven with Jesus and other little ones who were called to Him too soon.ReplyCancel

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  • December 25, 2009 - 10:38 pm

    Robin in Benton - What a wonderful picture and sweet memory. Thinking of you and praying for you. Merry ChristmasReplyCancel

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  • December 25, 2009 - 10:43 pm

    rebecca - Beautiful little Cora…. She is missed. Merry Christmas to your family and Sweet baby Mac.ReplyCancel

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  • December 25, 2009 - 10:44 pm

    Our Lives - What an angel she was. I’ve been following your blog since February. I’ve been thinking about you and your husband today. I found myself thinking about Cora a lot, too. Press on Macs! Merry Christmas.ReplyCancel

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  • December 25, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    jen christians - What a beautiful picture… a treasure… Thanks for sharing it tonight. Merry Christmas to you as well. May you feel the love of Christ in you home and heart this Christmas night.ReplyCancel

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  • December 25, 2009 - 11:42 pm

    starnes family - Merry Christmas! I love that picture of Cora.

    I’ve been meaning to tell you…..that I was in Dallas over the summer and was wearing a Cora pin. Someone stopped me to ask if it was truly a “Cora” original and I said it was. A random stranger….and we both talked about your sweet family. You’ve touched so many lives.

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  • December 25, 2009 - 11:46 pm

    amy - merry christmas, macs! i used that verse on my blog today, too.ReplyCancel

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  • December 25, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    Tricia - Jess and Joel,
    You are in my prayers today, along with baby Mac. May God continue to fill you with peace and joy.

    With love and prayers,
    XO*TriciaReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 12:10 am

    Carpenter's - What a cutie pie! Those pics make me smile every time you put them on. Thank you. Merry Christmas and may you be blessed in 2010!ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 12:12 am

    meg duerksen - love you jess.
    i have been thinking about you ALL DAY! i hope it went alright. cora was a sweet precious angel.
    merry christmas.

    so thankful for the joy we have in Christ.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 12:21 am

    Kahla - What an angel, I have been thinking of you this holiday season and praying that you find joy and peace. I can’t even imagine what you are feeling but I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 12:24 am

    Julie @ Joy's Hope - Merry Christmas to your sweet, beautiful, wonderful family. Praying for you all. May God’s love and comfort blanket your hearts.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 12:28 am

    Anonymous - When I first began to read Cora’s story I read back to last Christmas and it brought joy to my heart to see that Cora was the angel for the family story of the birth of Jesus. This Christmas she is with Jesus!
    I know it is so hard that she is not here with you but because of her and the story you tell as you live your life with an eternal perspective there will be many more people that will someday enter the kingdom and sit at the feet of Jesus.

    I have prayed many times for you over the past few days and especially today and I will continue.

    Praying for JOY and continued healing.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 12:30 am

    The Farmers - When I first began to read Cora’s story I read back to last Christmas and it brought joy to my heart to see that Cora was the angel for the family story of the birth of Jesus. This Christmas she is with Jesus!
    I know it is so hard that she is not here with you but because of her and the story you tell as you live your life with an eternal perspective there will be many more people that will someday enter the kingdom and sit at the feet of Jesus.

    I have prayed many times for you over the past few days and especially today and I will continue.

    Praying for JOY and continued healing.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 12:46 am

    PamperingBeki - Prayed for you so much today.

    Can’t wait for the day you get to hug sweet Cora again.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 12:53 am

    Stef - Merry Christmas! prayed for you much today.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 1:06 am

    Stephanie - Merry Christmas to “The Mac’s”. Thinking of you during this holidays season.
    Good luck with your upcoming arrival, my heart is with you.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 1:07 am

    Christina - I’m crying and smiling at the same time…what precious, priceless memories you have stored up. They are treasures.
    I pray that the joy you recently spoke of is a well that is deep within you, and that never runs dry. Merry Christmas.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 1:17 am

    Anonymous - I remember seeing this picture before and it put a smile on my face to see it again today. What a beautiful little angel she truly is. I can just imagine her in heaven and playing the same role of a beautiful angel.

    You all have been on my mind for the last several days, especially today. Hope it went as smoothly as possible. Aren’t you glad we have joy and hope in Jesus?!?!

    Thinking about you and praying for baby Mac too. I keep checking back everyday waiting on the “news” :) Can’t wait to find out and see some pictures. Love to you all.

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  • December 26, 2009 - 2:17 am

    Diana - Beautiful Cora, beautiful memory!

    Christmas love and blessings to you guys! You are always in our prayers!

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  • December 26, 2009 - 2:56 am

    Lori - You and Joel have been on my mind so much the past few days and you were the first thing I thought about this morning when I woke up on Christmas Day. Praying for peace that surpasses all understanding! Cora is such a beautiful angel!!!!!!! Hugs to you and JoelReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 4:54 am

    Mum2twopreciousgifts - Dear Jess and Joel

    With prayers for peace and acceptance for you and your families more so today than usual. God Bless you both and THANK YOU so much for reminding us all , through your incredible blog, that no matter what happens, GOD IS WITH US.

    Good night from Australia from our little family to yours.

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  • December 26, 2009 - 5:05 am

    Carla - I thought of you all day yesterday (25th). I was hoping you were bearing up ok, its just so hard to even comprehend what you and Joel are going through. I’m glad Jesus was a comfort to you and you felt your adorable little Angel close by. Hugs, CarlaReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 10:39 am

    Al's World - What a precious picture of your angel who is singing with the angels in heaven!ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 10:41 am

    Karina - Thinking of you and Joel this holiday season. That is a BEAUTIFUL picture of sweet Cora. Hugs to you and Baby Mac.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 12:51 pm

    Courtney - She is beautiful! Merry Christmas!
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  • December 26, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    Amy - Thought of you guys so much yesterday. How is it possible that this was just a year ago?? The joy that the two of you are able to talk about, despite all you have been through, is truly amazing. You are an awesome couple and I am so blessed to know you.ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Melissa Joy - I was thinking of you yesterday, praying for you, weeping with you, praising with you. (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

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  • December 26, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    Trasie Bressler - She is so beautiful and that memory is precious!

    Your arms will be full again soon and oh what a day that will be for you. May God Bless you all and what an incredible Angel that baby girl of yours is going to be for that baby Mac of yours.

    Merry Christmas season to you and yours!ReplyCancel

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    Amanda - beautiful beautiful Cora, OH, how we miss you.ReplyCancel

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  • December 27, 2009 - 12:13 am

    texasinafrica - What a sweetheart! Praying that you will have peace in the days and weeks to come.ReplyCancel

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  • December 27, 2009 - 12:57 am

    Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend - What an adorable picture…she will always be special…ReplyCancel

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  • December 27, 2009 - 12:59 am

    Sue - I have been thinking of you so much over the festive season and hope that you have managed it OK. It’s over now till next year. You made it. I can’t wait to hear about the arrival of your new baby too and trust that he/she will have a safe arrival.

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  • December 27, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    Kristi - I have been and will continue praying for your sweet family. Thank you for sharing that picture of Cora :).ReplyCancel

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  • December 27, 2009 - 8:30 pm

    Anonymous - Always in my prayers
    I feel better knowing angels like Cora are in watching over us all!ReplyCancel

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  • December 27, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    Anonymous - Thought about you on Christmas. Hope you were able to be comforted and protected by the holiday.
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  • December 28, 2009 - 10:50 am

    Heather - I read your blog often Jess, but never comment. I thought about you on Christmas and prayed for you and for the Lord to comfort you in a way only He can. God knew long ago that when He set into motion for you to be Cora’s mom that you would be an inspiration to so many and sharing the good news with ones that might need to hear it. God is using you in great ways to further His kingdom and no doubt when He sees you He smiles. Praying for you and your family, may the Lord be close to you and bring you great joy.ReplyCancel

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  • December 28, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Beki - TheRustedChain - Still praying for you daily.ReplyCancel

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  • December 28, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Chris - What a sweet picture of Cora .
    Thinking of you . It must be so hard for you this year without your little angel.
    Soon you will have another little one to love . He or she will never replace Cora but will sure bring joy and love in your heart again. Can’t wait to see a post that he/she is birn :)ReplyCancel

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I smiled to myself when I opened my HOPE book last week and realized the topic was joy.  It was just what I needed to read because I definitely am not feeling very “joyful” this Christmas–at least not in the way the world would define joy.


“The truth is, it is possible to be filled with joy and still not be described as “happy.” Sometimes we’re just plain sad, not only down in our hearts, but down to our toes…


…The Bible says, “A joyful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22, NASB).  As we savor the joy we have in Christ, we feel the healing power of that medicine.  In fact, our joy should be as consistent as God is.  It doesn’t have to be tied to the turbulent conditions of our feelings and moods.  Our joy is grounded in God.  It flows from him and back to him.  Joy is not something we can generate with positive thinking or a bit of humor.  It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit’s work in our inner lives.  Joy shines forth from the life of the true believer, no matter how dark the circumstances.  Joy in God deserves our constant, courageous pursuit.” -Nancy Guthrie

How reassuring is it to know that our joy isn’t tied to the sometimes turbulent conditions around us?

It isn’t tied to how sad I am feeling as we prepare to celebrate this first Christmas without Cora. It isn’t tied to how my heart hurts when I see all these happy Christmas cards and realize again that there will be no family pictures with Cora this year. It isn’t tied to how sad I am that Cora won’t be here to welcome her new brother or sister with us. It isn’t even tied to how much love we will feel when we meet Baby Mac any day now. True joy does not necessarily equal happiness.

My joy is grounded in Christ.
And I can experience deep joy, even in the midst of sorrow,
because my hope is in Christ.
That doesn’t mean we won’t have any tears or sadness.
But, I pray that this true joy is what others see shining from my life and family,
even during this first Christmas without Cora.

Always be full of joy in the Lord.  I say it again–rejoice!  Philippians 4:4
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  • December 23, 2009 - 9:59 am

    jen christians - I do see you and see joy amidst the utter sadness and ache, I see joy in your relationship with Christ. Thanks for sharing this today, it is what I needed to hear too. It makes the silly holiday “stress” I feel seem so absolutely ridiculous…instead I must focus on the true JOY of this season. God bless you as you prepare to meet your blessing, anyday now…can’t wait to hear your news…ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 10:04 am

    oh, the places you'll go... - hi Jess. i’m thinking about you guys so so much and will pray extra for you and joel and little baby mac. love you!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 10:14 am

    Aja - Wow. Thank you for sharing that.. it’s so true. We can be joyful, even in the midst of pain and sadness.. How lucky are we?

    I am praying for you and Baby Mac! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 10:17 am

    mommaof4wife2r - ahhhhh….so true! just finished my beth moore study last week on joy and i couldn’t agree more. many prayers for you all remain.ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Jill - i continue to pray for you!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 10:24 am

    Trisha Larson - Jess-

    Phil 4:4 is the verse that God has given me OVER and OVER again since Nate died. I’ve worked so hard on it. Finding JOY is hard admist the heartache of burying a child. But I believe that the JOY from the Lord is the ONLY way that any of us can move forward through our pain.

    Hugs,
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  • December 23, 2009 - 10:38 am

    Krystal - I’ve followed your blog for awhile now and prayed for you and your family often.

    Thank you for these words…they are perfect! And great to hear!

    Merry Christmas!

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  • December 23, 2009 - 10:43 am

    Anonymous - I think that is one of the things about you that keep drawing me back day after day :)
    I continue to think of you daily. Looking so forward to baby Mac coming into this world..What wonderful parents he/she will have!

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  • December 23, 2009 - 11:06 am

    Heather at All A Flutter - It’s so true, and so many don’t understand, that we can experience true joy while in the midst of painful sorrow. Know you are in the company of many and we understand!!

    Wishing you a Merry, merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 11:14 am

    Erica - well jess, i think your prayer is already answered because you show so much joy and are such an encouragement, even in the darkest of times. have a very merry & blessed Christmas.ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 11:15 am

    Lauren Kelly - Just beautfiful, and pray during the midst of this Christmas and in the midst of grief that you can celebrate in the hope of Jesus and the blessings that surround you!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 11:15 am

    Sarah - I just recently discovered your blog and have enjoyed reading your story. Such a great post. I’ve been thinking a lot about this too with this being our first of many Christmases without our Andrew. I’ve also been going through Nancy Guthrie’s book and it’s been such an encouragement. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Praise the Lord that true joy can be found in the midst of difficult circumstances!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 11:27 am

    Andy and Cari - it’s true. last year was the first christmas we celebrated with an aching heart…caden, our daughter, died 3 months earlier…we never has a christmas with her…it would have been her first. but it was a great christmas. because God is bigger then my hurt..he comforted us and gave us peace…and joy.ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 12:08 pm

    PamperingBeki - This is exactly what you show – Joy and Hope through the pain.

    You’re incredible.
    God bless you!!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Melissa Joy - I just wanted to say how thankful I am for you. You don’t know me. But I know and pray for your family. And you have truly blessed me. We have lost four small babies, and your blog has helped me through some of my darkest days. And I recently began the Hope book, on your suggestion. Thank you for sharing that blessing with me!
    In this season, I have struggled with the joy versus happiness idea. People make me feel guilty for not being happy. But I keep reminding them that I *am* joyful, and that is what matters. I am going to skip ahead in the Hope book to find that portion and share it around.
    Thank you for being a conduit of grace, for sharing your home and family, and for encouraging other aching mommies even in your own pain.
    I look forward to rejoicing with you over Baby Mac, and pray for you this week as you celebrate the Savior and endure your void.
    With love in Christ!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you for this beautiful post.

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  • December 23, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    The Bohrer's - Jess – reading this post made me think about something. About a year ago, I think, I learned that the Biblical definition for joy is “calmly well off”. When we are calmly well off in Christ, the result is joy. This kind of joy is impossible in our own power, but with God’s amazing power, it IS possible. The cool thing is that when others see this kind of joy in you, they see GOD! Praise God that others see HIM in you!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 2:47 pm

    Christina - You are so encouraging…it is amazing what you are able to do, but maybe it shouldn’t be…since it is through and by Him that you are able to do it. Thank you for sharing all that you do. Merry Christmas.ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 4:34 pm

    Abby - Wow…You are such a beacon of hope and inspiration. In Thessalonians Paul said that he was delighted to share not only the gospel of Christ with the people there but his life also, and it was his life that really defined what kind of a minister he was. Every time I read your blog I am overwhelmed with your courage to be real despite pain and to be open regardless of how much it may hurt; you are the epitome of what I think of when I try to define “disciple”.

    Thank you for letting your light shine, for being real and for being relateable, because in doing so you have encouraged me, and I’m sure countless others, in my relationship with the Lord!

    Merry Christmas and I am praying for a speedy and comfortable delivery for you as well as peace that passes all understanding!

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  • December 23, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    katherine - I don’t fully understand how joy and happiness can exist separately, but I have also found comfort that they can. This is the second year in a row my family is facing news of cancer in one we love, but our joy at Christmas doesn’t come from circumstances. Praise God.

    Praying for peace for you. I enjoy checking your blog although we’ve never met b/c I do see that joy and peace in you through your posts.ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 9:38 pm

    Mandi @ It's come to this - It’s so true!! Merry Christmas to you & Joel … may you continued to be blessed with true JOY!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    Townsend Crew - What an amazing post! It is simply amazing to SEE your faith… actually SEE and FEEL what true faith is like… to SEE the work you continue to do on this journey of grief and hope and healing. Your faith continues to amaze and inspire me. YOU are a piece of JOY to me… the way you demonstrate your love for God… not only in the JOYOUS times, but in these deep, hard, days of work and recovery. Thank you for your many gifts you share with me.ReplyCancel

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  • December 24, 2009 - 7:04 am

    Melinda - Thank you for such a beautiful post. You and Joel are in my thoughts and prayers often.ReplyCancel

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  • December 24, 2009 - 9:09 am

    Anonymous - such solid words…i needed to hear them!!!Holidays are hard after parting with our loved ones..i never knew how hard before.. I just wanted u to know i LOVE your blog and am inspired by you. Also love the Cora items i purchased. Merry Christmas and God bless u and your family. Can’t wait to hear about and see baby Mac! May God grant strength for each moment! LenaReplyCancel

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  • December 24, 2009 - 10:34 am

    Lisa - Wow Jess! It seems so many of us needed to hear this same message. My heart aches for you today, and I have thought of you many times during this holiday season. My youngest daughter has fought a tough battle against brain tumors and the seizures they have caused, autism, and developmental delays for the past four years. Sometimes it is hard to remain “joyful” when the sadness is just below the surface. It was so good to be reminded that true joy is in knowing that we have an ever loving God who knows our every need and meets us exactly where we are at. Thank you.

    Wishing you a peace in your heart this Christmas!

    God bless you! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • December 24, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Anonymous - Jess…I wasn’t even going to get on the computer today. But I felt a promting to do so. I immediately went to your blog, and read this post. It was exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you so much. God directed me here today, and your words were a balm to me. Even in sorrow God uses us, and he is using you in a mighty way.

    Thank you so much for all of the sharing you do. You are an inspiration.ReplyCancel

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  • December 24, 2009 - 10:51 am

    Carpenter's - I purchased this book as soon as I saw it on your blog and it is very inspiring. Thank you for encouraging me to keep my head up in the scariest of times and have JOY!ReplyCancel

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  • December 24, 2009 - 11:27 am

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - Jess,

    As I read your blog today, I cried….. I am praying so hard for you both right now I know this is a very hard time for you with Christmas coming without Cora. It still seems like we just met you yesterday and were all together! We miss you and love you so much! Please know we are thinking of you everyday! We pray for you conitued healing and happiness during the holiday!

    Love you!

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  • December 24, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Cassie - What a beautiful, inspiring post. Thanks for sharing this. You and your family are an inspiration– have a beautiful Christmas.ReplyCancel

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  • December 24, 2009 - 1:55 pm

    Momma H - You were so on my mind yesterday, I thought maybe Baby Mac had decided to be born. Anyway, you were prayed for especially constantly the other day, for whatever was happening.
    God bless and keep you and Joel!ReplyCancel

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  • December 24, 2009 - 4:52 pm

    Nancy Guthrie - I’ve been thinking about joy today too—especially about my favorite line in “Joy to the World” because it reveals the real reason we can have joy living in the broken world:

    “He comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found.”

    It is the curse that causes cancer in a sweet, beautiful baby. it is the curse that brings death. And the best reason to celebrate at Christmas is that Jesus has come to break the curse.

    Of course, that won’t happen at his birth. That will require his death. But indeed it will be done.

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  • December 24, 2009 - 4:52 pm

    Nancy Guthrie - I’ve been thinking about joy today too—especially about my favorite line in “Joy to the World” because it reveals the real reason we can have joy living in the broken world:

    “He comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found.”

    It is the curse that causes cancer in a sweet, beautiful baby. it is the curse that brings death. And the best reason to celebrate at Christmas is that Jesus has come to break the curse.

    Of course, that won’t happen at his birth. That will require his death. But indeed it will be done.

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  • December 25, 2009 - 12:08 am

    Anonymous - MERRY CHRISTMAS Joel, Jess, Cora and Baby Mac! I have thought and prayed for all of you every single day this year. You have been a true inspiration to me.ReplyCancel

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  • December 25, 2009 - 12:18 am

    Stef - Jess, I found your website through one of my friend’s websites :)
    I’ve been sitting here reading about your lives, since your very first post. I’ve grabbed the box of tissue and I’m having some laughs and many cries as I walk through your “blog” journey. My goodness. I don’t know where to begin. Nothing I say is going to be something you’ve not heard already, so I just want to say thank you. I want to thank you for sharing your joy in Jesus. For showing us what it is to be a true follower of Christ; to bear the heavy burdens and to undertake these amazingly difficult trials and deep valleys of sorrow, with ALL joy, knowing God is in control and has real, everlasting purpose for ALL He does. Your blog has reminding me that in ALL things, God truly is good. He is righteous and holy and can turn what might think is only bad, into something wonderful and good – using it for the furtherance of His Kingdom. I’m excited to see how He’s used Cora’s life! I’m sitting here amazed at how many lives your story has reached and touched. God has used Cora in more ways than He’s used me and I’m going on 30 years old! :)
    Your relationship with Christ, your love for your husband and your memory and love for your sweet Cora and excitement over Baby Mac is pure sweetness. It is infectious.

    I will pray for you tomorrow (Christmas Day). I will pray that God will bless you with joy that is unspeakable. That when you have memories of last Christmas, you will remember that Cora is celebrating in Eternity, with Christ. Someday you’ll join her and she can tell you all about what you missed :)

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  • December 25, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    Kimberley - Thinking of you today and praying for peace and JOY for you both.ReplyCancel

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  • December 25, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    Anonymous - I just wanted you to know that even a stranger is thinking of you today, and praying for you and all of your family. May Cora’s love for you give you strength to get through these holidays and may you always feel her around you and within you, especially when your newest family member arrives!ReplyCancel

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  • December 29, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    http://joymariesboutique.blogspot.com/ - I just love your closing verse. I have been following your story for some time, and my prayers are with you and your family. Thanks for sharing your JOY. I just posted my own “JOY” message on my blog and am adding this verse…ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2015 - 7:19 am

    Rachel - Hi Jessica,
    I have been reading your blog for years now, and I was just going through it from the beginning since I had missed the first year of it. Your faith and joy in the midst of such a difficult year are evident and beautiful.
    I am thinking of your Cora today and praying that you feel our Lord wrap His loving arms around you as you remember her too through this year, 6 years later. She is not forgotten even in Ottawa, Canada!
    Sending love from the North!
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Here are a few of the projects I have been working on.
Both of these ideas came from Ashley Ann’s blog.
It is one of my favorites.
You should definitely check it out.
Candy Caddy

Ashley made one of these for her husband when they were remodeling their kitchen.  I adapted the idea to give as Christmas gifts.  Each bottle in the caddy had a verse about joy on it.
I also made a few individual bottles to give out as gifts.  A candy caddy would be great gift for so many things.  You can find the directions here.
Clothes Pin Magnets

This was the best part.  My sweet husband helped me glue on the magnets so that I wouldn’t have to inhale all the fumes.  That was really nice of him because he HATES crafts.  Apparently the magnets I bought were a little too strong because they kept all sticking together while he was trying to glue them on.  I tried to help, but I think I made things worse.  So, I just stood back and laughed as he yelled at the magnets.  I am sure he really appreciated that!
I was going to stamp on the cardboard (like Ashley did), but couldn’t find my alphabet stamps.  So, I just printed off the same label I used on the candy caddy.  Another cheap and easy Christmas gift!  You can find the directions for the clothes pin magnets here.

Oh, and I made some little clothes pins too.  I used these ones to hang up all my Christmas cards.

I had a few questions about some of the other projects from our craft retreat.
You can find the directions for the photo tile coasters here.
And most of the girls were using blurb for their blog books.  I have never made one, but it is on my list of things to try!
Happy crafting!
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  • December 22, 2009 - 12:43 am

    anna - how fun! i love all the projects!
    and i had to comment because in the last picture, i know the family! crazy!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 12:44 am

    Erica - seriously you and joel are so cute together! i love how he helped you with the project and i can just imagine him yelling at the magnets- my husband would do something similar i think! ;) and what great ideas for presents!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 12:58 am

    Miss G - oh really, REALLY cute and really makes me want some m&ms! KellyReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 1:08 am

    Steve - This Christmas.. get something magnificent for your female counterpart..
    http://www.twin-diamonds.com/ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 6:19 am

    L ~ S - I am imppressed! Those are some great ideas…I will try some next year!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 9:11 am

    Tricia - Such cute projects! I love the soda bottles with the m & m’s. What fun, and what a sweet hubby for helping. (I think it secretly made him happy. What do you think?! ;)

    Merry Christmas, Macs.

    With love and prayers,
    XO*TriciaReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 9:20 am

    Robin in Benton - Definitely stealing some of these ideas for next year! How fun!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 9:27 am

    Lauren Kelly - How fun and so creative!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 9:38 am

    Kristi - You are so creative!! These projects are adorable :).ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 9:46 am

    Ashley Ann - Yeah! I am so glad you made those. Your projects turned out super cute. I love what you did with the candy caddies. This was so fun for me to see, thanks for posting it!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 9:55 am

    Anonymous - Awesome ideas! What kind of paper did you use on the caddy? Thanks for the ideas.

    Always praying,

    Valerie P
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  • December 22, 2009 - 9:56 am

    jen christians - So fun… and a wonderful way to share the season!… I think that we would have to plan in advance so we could drink all that soda!!! Thanks for the wonderful ideas. You have such an amazing artistic eye!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 9:58 am

    PamperingBeki - So cute!

    I saw those bottles on another blog last year and loved them.

    Joel is one good man to help you with your crafting! Josh has had to do a lot of jewelry making lately and he doesn’t love it. ;-) But it’s necessary sometimes.ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 10:24 am

    Christina - love it! love it! love it!

    I wish I had seen the clothespin one earlier…I have my cards hanging like your picture…but with paper clips. :(ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 11:36 am

    meg duerksen - wow! i think…i may hava project to do today. :)
    you make them look SO GOOD! i love it. i’m gonna link you…it’s too cute!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    Heather at All A Flutter - Everything looks so bright and cheery! I love Ashley Ann’s site, too. It’s a daily read for me :)
    Merry Christmas!!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 12:14 pm

    Aja - WOW these are adorable! You are so crafty! I know it’s too late for me to make these for Christmas, but the I will totally have to try this out for some other fun event or party!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Tsquared417 - Great ideas!! I will bookmark this for next year…which will be here before we know it! :) Hope you’re doing well…countdown is on!!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 12:35 pm

    Micah - I wish I was your “friend” ;) These are too, too cute. Too late for this holiday, but I’m totally doing these for V-day!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 12:36 pm

    Holly - I love the bottle idea!! Awesome! And that’s really neat to hang up all the cards like thatReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 12:46 pm

    Ryan, Christy, Addyson, & Braden - You are so crafty – I am very envious!!!

    Just wanted to let you know that we’re praying that God will give you and Joel joy in the midst of what has to be a very tough week. Joy in all the little things like Baby Mac’s kicks (which probably aren’t too little by now :)) and laughing together over crafty projects. And praying for Baby Mac’s safe arrival!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Corinne Doughan - FUN!! Thanks so much for posting this!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 2:20 pm

    Celine - What fantastic ideas! I wish I was crafty like that. I don’t have a crafty bone in my body. Maybe I will try to step out of the box next year and try some of these ideas. Thanks for sharing! Wishing you a wonderful, blessed Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Amber - Super cute ideas! They turned out so fun. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 2:46 pm

    Walquist - how crafty are you!! can’t wait to see you in only a week! Love to you & the fam!ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 4:50 pm

    Anonymous - DIY Christmas gift…=Baby Mac

    I know you’ve said the New Year, but I just have a feeling and can’t wait to read the announcement.ReplyCancel

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  • December 22, 2009 - 6:04 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Wonderful gift ideas!

    We think of you often and can’t wait to hear about the arrival of Baby Mac!

    Merry Christmas!
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  • December 23, 2009 - 12:00 am

    Dawn - I looove what you did with your Christmas cards! I have a basket full on my floor — but it just doesn’t seem right — since there are so many cute pictures in there. I think I’ll be making some clothes pins tomorrow! Who cares if Christmas is here in a few days. I can be lazy and just swap out the Christmas cards with Valentine’s in February! :)
    Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - Wow-thanks for the great ideas-i am going to use some of these for sure. I can’t believe how many Christmas card pictures you get-those kind are my favorite-we have been doing those for 27 years now-that will tell you I am old-in fact a grandma-love it. I am still praying for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • December 23, 2009 - 9:33 pm

    Mandi @ It's come to this - You are so creative!!! Those caddies turned out adorable! And the clothespins too!! Thanks for the ideas … I’ll definitely be stealing this one in the future:)ReplyCancel

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  • December 24, 2009 - 1:00 am

    Anonymous - Thanks for sharing. I’d love to know if you made the Joy labels yourself and what program you made them in.

    Thanks,
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  • December 24, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    Nan - Hey!!! It’s Andi! I miss that girl! These are such cute gift ideas! I’m so not crafty. I admire those who are!ReplyCancel

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  • December 24, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    Jon (dh) - I love those ideas. I might have to borrow them for next year. The trick will be to remember!…RachelReplyCancel

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  • January 3, 2010 - 6:07 pm

    Tasha Roe - FANTASTIC Christmas gifts!! I plan on using those all year long! Thanks for the inspiring post!ReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2010 - 12:49 am

    gifts Philippines - Good that I found your blog it was so informative I will try doing this very creative. Keep posting!

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    zafran - How fun and so creative!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Toni - Fun and creative ideas! Love it!ReplyCancel

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    Erika - I’m dropping in from pinterest. I LOVE the bottle caddy. Did you just reuse the lids?ReplyCancel

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  • January 5, 2012 - 11:53 pm

    Anonymous - Hi, Do you remember where you got your magnets in bulk like that? I can’t seem to find them with more than 10 in a pack, locally. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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    Hank hendricks - I am going to keep it in mind
    Send gifts to pakistan and will use it if i needed.ReplyCancel

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    Regalos de navidad bonitos y baratos - Un Dulce Hogar - […] 4. Botellas rellenas de dulces por The Macs. ¿Qué tal les parece esta idea? Además de estar dando un regalo a sus amigos o seres queridos, estarán reciclando las botellas de vidrio y creo que a nuestro planeta tierra no le caería nada mal un regalito así. […]ReplyCancel

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    Last-minute: Leuke creatieve kerstcadeaus | - […] Bron Snoepjes zijn altijd leuk om te geven! Zeker als het er zo gezellig uitziet als hierboven! Tegenwoordig kan je erg leuke 4 of 6packs kopen met drankjes, nodig een vriend uit om gezellig een drankje te komen drinken, en daarna kan je aan de slag! Versier het doosje, plak nieuwe labels op de flesjes en vul ze met (bijvoorbeeld) M&M’s. Super leuk! […]ReplyCancel

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    Last Minute Hostess Gifts - Urbanity Studios Blog - […] if you have some clothes pins and some cute gift wrap, make the hostess some good looking clips that she can use to hang Christmas cards (or whatever she […]ReplyCancel

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    Top 6 Christmas Presents below Rs.300! | Confetti - […] You can learn to make them – here! […]ReplyCancel

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    Easy Pinterest DIY Holiday Gift Ideas - Get The Skinny - Save Money with FatWallet - […] idea from The Macs (scroll down)(originally from Ashley Ann’s blog) makes an incredibly versatile gift for any […]ReplyCancel

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This week has been crazy and emotional (that seems to be a trend lately).
My heart has been heavy for many reasons.
So, on a lighter note, I thought I would show you what I did this past weekend.
I spent the weekend in this lovely house.
With eleven other lovely ladies.
It was my first craft retreat and it was well, lovely!
I packed up all my crafty stuff.
Joel thought I was moving out, but I couldn’t leave anything behind.
I had several projects in mind to work on.
My main goal for the weekend was to work on Cora’s scrapbook.
I never started one for her.
I have wanted to finish her book before Baby Macs arrival.
But every time I would start looking at pictures, it was too hard.
I couldn’t do it.
I would just cry.
This weekend forced me to print of pictures and get started.
I know that I will be so thankful to have this.
I was reminded of how many precious memories we have with our sweet Cora.
 I was a little worried about going on this retreat.
I hadn’t been away from Joel since Cora died.
I didn’t know if it would be too emotional to work on Cora’s book all weekend.
And not to mention I was nine-months pregnant.
Joel had just pointed out to me how loudly I had started snoring at night.
I was a little worried about that too!
But my friends graciously let me have the one-person room.
That way I wouldn’t have to bother anyone!!
While I was scrapbooking, the other girls were working on so many fun things.
Like these coasters.
And these drawing notebooks.
Wrapping presents and listening to Christmas music.
And even working on blog books and Christmas cards.
I worked on a few other projects too, like this one.
I’ll tell you more about it soon.
And Cora’s book…
It isn’t done, but I got a good start on it.
Maybe I will share that with you sometime too.
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  • December 18, 2009 - 10:36 pm

    Kat - May God Bless you. I know her book will be precious and wonderful when it’s finished and bring you many sweet and wonderful memories of your time together. Best of luck with the arrival of Baby Mac.ReplyCancel

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  • December 18, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    Christine - It looks like you gals had an awesome weekend – what a fantastic idea!! I saw Meg post about it on her blog (and saw your super-cute little baby bump!). Good for you for working on Cora’s album :) It will be something you will treasure and will mean so much to Baby Mac.

    With love & prayers :)
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  • December 18, 2009 - 10:41 pm

    Rachel E. - What an awesome idea to have a craft retreat! I would love to see Cora’s book when you are ready to share it.ReplyCancel

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  • December 18, 2009 - 10:46 pm

    meg duerksen - jess…that book is amazing. not only so very special and sacred to you but girl…YOU are one awesome scrapbooker! really good. it is such a beautiful book . i hope you do share it with your blog support group.
    we love you.
    and i am still disappointed i didn’t get to deliver baby mac at maple memories! or at least bring you ice chips! i like excitement. :)ReplyCancel

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  • December 18, 2009 - 10:47 pm

    Todd and Courtney - oooo Jess, I have been working on Lauren’s scrapbook all day. She’s 13 months and I never did start until recently. I so wish I could find a fun retreat to go on like that. I can’t wait to see your finished project!ReplyCancel

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  • December 18, 2009 - 10:54 pm

    Utecht Family - It was a wonderful weekend and I am so glad that you were there!!! We all felt pretty accomplished I think, the fellowship was great, and the food – well it was awesome, right? :-) Hopefully when little Baby Mac isn’t so little anymore, we can all do it again!ReplyCancel

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  • December 18, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    Anonymous - You continue to amaze and inspire me. You are a beautiful person, inside and outside! Thank you for continueing to share with us.ReplyCancel

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  • December 18, 2009 - 10:58 pm

    Marla Taviano - That looks and sounds like an amazing weekend!! Praying for you!!ReplyCancel

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  • December 18, 2009 - 11:00 pm

    Kristi - Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I’m so glad you went! Sometimes it’s these things we need the most! :)
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  • December 18, 2009 - 11:49 pm

    Carpenter's - I remember doing Graycee’s baby book and it was hard but very rewarding. I love to show her off every chance I get. You will too. I am thinking and praying for you and baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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  • December 18, 2009 - 11:55 pm

    The Carroll's - What a special weekend with good friends. Praying for you guys as you go through so many emotions. Thank you for continuing to share your heart with us.ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 12:11 am

    Shana - I know that was hard for you but i hope it was healing also. I pray for you guys daily.ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 12:41 am

    DIana - Good for you! And Meg there wrapping her gifts, that was just cute LOL!

    I cannot for one minute say I can imagine trying to make a scrapbook for Cora… I get bleary-eyed making a single scrap page for my Mama who has been gone for 39 years now! But you and Joel will have a treasure when you finish that book. It will certainly be filled with all the love you and God put into it!

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  • December 19, 2009 - 12:52 am

    EmilyE - How awesome! I wish I had some gals in my area I knew that I could do something like this with. I am glad you had a good time. You deserve it!ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 12:57 am

    Christina - Jess, you take the most wonderful pictures! I have been reading your blog since Jan. when I saw Nancy (a friend of Joel’s relative, Andi) had posted a prayer request. I have never stopped. I also read (that is the past tense) some of your friends’ blogs…I don’t know why, but I was trying to wrap my mind around what had happened. Some of them I continue to read as well today. I saw that Meg had been on this retreat…I think it’s great that you were there, too. I hope that it was a time for some healing, and some sweet moments with girlfriends. A time to realize that in spite of your weaknesses (I hope this comes across the right way, I mean it like “our weaknesses” as humans) that His strength will prevail. I hope your homecoming was wonderful as well.
    It is heartbreaking to read about these things, but encouraging as well. As you move forward, holding on to all that the Lord has given you and has promised, you continue to see and believe and pass on His goodness. Thank you for being such a light. He shines in and through you.ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 1:12 am

    Jon (dh) - It sounds like a lovely weekend and a wonderful idea. I am sure Cora’s book will be a blessing…RachelReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 4:57 am

    L ~ S - I have never heard of a craft retreat, but it sound like a fantastic idea!ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Kelly - Looks like a neat lil place and a great weekend! Girl time always helps when I am feeling blue. Continuing to pray for your family. Love and Hugs!ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 11:33 am

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - Hello sweet Jess,

    How are you? It was an awesome idea to go on this crafty retreat… good times with the girls, tears of rememberance, and the last outing for a while since baby Mac is coming soon! I miss you and am so proud of you continuing Cora’s scrapbook…. I am sure that is a sweet but bitter challenge for you! You are soooo strong in so many ways! The new baby will love learning about and seeing the big sister that is watching of him or her! We miss you all so much and am thinking about you even more during the holidays. It is hard to believe it has been almost a year since we were at Wichita together…. It is one experience that changed our lives forever….. You have brought so much to our hearts and minds! Wishing you all the excitement and joy of this new baby! Yes I am still late on the x-mas cards so I am assuming it will be a NEW YEAR card and pictures! tell your families hello and give lots of hugs from us! Take care and enjoy the last few weeks of sleep…. love you!

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  • December 19, 2009 - 12:24 pm

    Miranda - It looks like so much fun! So many crafy ideas! Hope you enjoyed your time.ReplyCancel

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    Miranda - It looks like so much fun! So many crafy ideas! Hope you enjoyed your time.ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    Corinne Doughan - Please do share all of your projects. You are very talented and creative and I love looking at your work.ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 2:46 pm

    PamperingBeki - Look at you crafty girls!

    Glad you had such a good time.ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 4:21 pm

    Alaina - Jess….so glad you had a great weekend. I keep checking your blog, praying for a safe and happy delivery! Blessings. Oh…and thanks for posting your most recent pregnant pics. You are so stinkin cute! Merry Christmas to you and Joel!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 9:50 pm

    MyLinda - A craft retreat sounds SO fun!! Seems like you had a good time and accomplished a lot even through your fears and pain :-)ReplyCancel

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  • December 19, 2009 - 11:05 pm

    Jane In The Jungle - Isn’t it great just to get away with the girls! A group of bloggy buddies went on what we called Estrogen Extravaganza in Nov.
    Just fun….and there will be more!ReplyCancel

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  • December 20, 2009 - 1:26 am

    momofgirls - I just want you to know that the Lord has really put it on my heart to pray for you during this time. I can’t even begin to imagine the mix of emotions you must be experiencing….I am committing to pray for you and Joel every day until precious Baby Mac is born (and probably long after that as well). I know that I’ve never met you but you truly are in my thoughts and prayers every day!!ReplyCancel

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  • December 20, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Tricia - What a wonderful opportunity to be with some incredibly talented women. I love the idea of this. Nothing else to distract from your creative endeavor, and loads of friends to make it fun. I’m so glad that you were able to work on a book for Cora. I’m sure that book will be a blessing to be able to look back at with Joel and your sweet baby Mac. Big sister Cora’s photos will surely be a blessing to you all.

    May the Lord’s peace continue to be with you in this most precious season.

    With love and prayers,
    XO*TriciaReplyCancel

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  • December 20, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Amber - This sounds SO fun! I would absolutely love to go on a crafting retreat and have all that time set aside to create. I like that it was a general crafting retreat instead of just a scrapbooking retreat. How inspiring to see all of the different crafts that people were working on! I’m glad that you had a sweet, encouraging environment to start working on Cora’s scrapbook in. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • December 20, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    Jon and Katie Evans - I love this idea…a craft retreat…sounds like so much fun! Do you or any of your friends use a particular website for the blog book? I have been wanting to make one!ReplyCancel

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  • December 20, 2009 - 7:16 pm

    Anonymous - What a fun weekend. The scrapbook will be a wonderful treasure for you. I am intrigued by the coasters…how are they made?ReplyCancel

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  • December 20, 2009 - 8:19 pm

    the breedens - Cora’s book will be amazing! You are such a good photographer and have the most awesome photo of her!! What a great memory book it will be.ReplyCancel

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  • December 20, 2009 - 8:43 pm

    Miss G - You went with Meg! So fun! I remember my first craft retreat. I have probably been on 11 or so no. Such a nice time.

    I am so glad that you worked on Cora’s scrapbook. I am sure it was not the easiest thing but I think you are right that you will be so glad to have it. I also find scrapbooking to often be so theraputic. To go back and look through things and process . . . good stuff. And to be around ladies you supported you (and gave you the one person room, that’s huge!) is precious.

    I hope this weekend has been good for you and that this coming week is filled with just exactly what God intends, perhaps some joy, laughter, reflection, a few tears, settling into His arms over and over again, family (even if it’s not quite all the family members you’d like) and that He will walk right beside you through all of it and hold you up and see you through and bring you joy and peace! That’s why He came afterall.

    God’s richest blessings on you, Jess and Joel and Baby Mac! KellyReplyCancel

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  • December 20, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    onlymehere - What a wonderful thing for friends to do together! It sounds like it was just the ticket for you. There were some dang cute things going on at this retreat!ReplyCancel

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  • December 21, 2009 - 9:53 am

    Robin in Benton - What an awesome idea – and how terrific to have some concentrated time in a warm loving environment to work on Cora’s scrapbook and remember all the special times you had with her. Praying for you always…. and looking forward to seeing Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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  • December 21, 2009 - 10:13 am

    mumof2grls - I love the handmade notebook cover that you have pictured in your blogpost. DO you know where I can find the pattern or directions on how to make it. I have a 5 yr old and she would love this! Thansk:)
    mumof2grls@gmail.comReplyCancel

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  • December 21, 2009 - 10:15 am

    Miss Em - Good for you! It is so hard to take the first steps sometimes. You are so brave and strong even though you may not feel that way. I made a scrapbook for my little angel as well and I cried through the whole thing. I am so grateful that I did it though. I go back through it once and awhile and still cry through it. God has granted us such burdens but so much love too. Sending you SO much love and we are all so excited to meet baby Mac.ReplyCancel

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I just posted a few more Christmas items (sorry it is not much).
If you order today, I will get your order in the mail tomorrow morning.

We were hoping to post one more time before Christmas, but it is not looking like that will happen.
We have some great new stuff in the works…
Look for it sometime in late January after Baby Mac is born!

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  • December 15, 2009 - 11:01 am

    C Golden - Hello. I got one of your barrettes in the past for my friend who has a daughter and I love it!

    Btw I know this is totally random and you have no clue who I am but I told my same friend (who is pregnant with another little girl) about your blog in a passing conversation. And she loved the name Cora and she is naming her daughter that. :)ReplyCancel

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  • December 15, 2009 - 11:37 am

    Our Life :) - Wow :) I am just not fast enough! Haha! We are having a little girl in April and I am bound and determined to get her something from Cora’s Shop! Hope yall have a very Merry Christmas! Can’t wait till you post more items again in January :)ReplyCancel

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  • December 15, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Anonymous - Hi Jess, it has been awhile since I commented last, but I wanted to just share this. I know that it is somewhat out of context as Jesus was preparing his Diciples for His death. But, I hope and pray that this birth will help to rejuvenate your soul, and bring you gladness that no one can take away from you. Much the same as the gladness you feel knowing that one day you will be reunited with your precious Cora.

    When a woman is about to give birth she is sad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born she forgets her suffering because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world. That is how it is with you; now you are sad, but I will see you again and your hearts will be filled with the kind of gladness that no one can take away from you [John 16:21-221
    This has nothing to do with Etsy… BUT I was reading my bible last night and after I read this verse, I thought of you… I prayed for you and Joel and precious baby Mac.
    What must birth seem like to babies? Their world is dark, but safe and secure. All of their needs are filled automatically; they are cushioned from shock and prevented from feeling pain. If they were given a choice, they would probably choose to stay right where they are, in the warm, watery environment which is familiar and safe to them.

    But one day they feel their world caving in. The walls begin to push and crowd them into the birth canal and for the first time they feel pain and know fear. Then after the pain comes light, and children are received into the world by comforting hands and given into the loving care of their mothers and fathers, who have been waiting for them, expecting them, hoping for them.

    Perhaps death is like that. Perhaps birth — death — life, — the past — present — future are all twined together in the intricate web which is our hope. Our hope is in the one who gives life, takes away life, and gives new life. Our hope is that one day we will be born — again — into the very life of God.ReplyCancel

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  • December 15, 2009 - 3:04 pm

    Trasie Bressler - Well…….Poop Stain! I missed them again! I just know that I am going to get one of these dresses before my little girl is too big to wear them…..I just know I will, I just know I will, I just know I will…..I am determined I will!

    Blessings!
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  • December 15, 2009 - 3:09 pm

    Heather at All A Flutter - I missed this round of goodies again, but I’m hopeful to pick one up in the next round whenever that might be. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers this holiday season.ReplyCancel

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  • December 15, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    Sara - I think my Molly will be 12 by the time I can get ANYTHING for her!!

    Maybe, you can do a random number generator and choose a few people to get first pick every time you post.

    I think I have better odds that way :)ReplyCancel

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  • December 15, 2009 - 3:21 pm

    Carla - I have a friend who just moved back to the states so now I have an address to ship too so I will be in watchful wait at the end of January lol, hoping to grab me a Cora dress :-) Hope you’re feeling good today, hugs cReplyCancel

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  • December 15, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    PamperingBeki - Ummmmm, Trasie Bressler is using naughty words on your blog!

    I’m telling.

    ;-)ReplyCancel

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  • December 15, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    Diana - LOL! They are all funny.

    But they are also correct.

    My granddaughters will be grown if I don’t move a lot faster.

    Or check in sooner in the day.

    Or just plain sit here, day in and day out, hour after hour, waiting for your post in January!

    LOL!

    Ah well.

    {{hugz}}ReplyCancel

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  • December 15, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    Mindy - WOW! You might have the fastest selling items in all of Etsy! I wonder how many you would have to make to meet the demand? :) Those dresses sure are cute!ReplyCancel

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  • December 15, 2009 - 5:11 pm

    Lindsey - I was able to snag one of your OH SO CUTE Christmas skirts for my little girl the last time around, and I have to tell you, she adores it!

    Can’t wait until you put up more, as we have just discovered that I am expecting and would LOVE some of those burpies!ReplyCancel

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  • December 16, 2009 - 1:46 am

    tifRN - hey, it’s tiffany, i was cora’s nurse at wesley when she was admitted. i just want you to know that you guys have touched so many lives, and that we just lost a little boy a couple of weeks ago and i referred his parents to your blog for comfort and guidance. i sure hope it helps them. i’m not an overly religious person but i want you to know that your blog brings me peace when life is hard, which i always think is a gift from cora as well as God. we all think of you at wesley and are so excited for baby mac! god bless you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • December 16, 2009 - 3:37 am

    Lisa - Darn! I would love to get a Cora’s item to have for one of my children. My daughter will soon outgrow your usual sizes. You and your mom make beautiful pieces!ReplyCancel

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  • December 16, 2009 - 10:50 am

    Karina - It’s true…you are going to have to start sewing stuff for pre-teens…My daughter is one and I STILL haven’t got a Cora’s item!!!

    I suppose we should cut you some slack since Baby Mac is coming soon, but I agree with Trasie…Poop Stain! Tee hee….ReplyCancel

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  • December 16, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - i love love love the skirt! oh my word! and have a nice few days…enjoy a little time before baby mac gets here. i pray every day that i see miss cora paige’s pic on my frig!ReplyCancel

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  • December 16, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Ethansmom08 - I love all of your items and think you are doing such an amazing job! You are truly an extraordinary woman making all of these dresses and such after your precious and sweet little angel Cora went to heaven. I pray for you and your family daily and am so excited for the arrival of your second bundle of joy in January! Cora is going to be such an amazing heavenly big sister and you and Joel are wonderful parents!

    God Bless you all!
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