…to a few questions about the Cora shop

When will you post?

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

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

    Guess I’ll keep trying!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 18, 2009 - 10:11 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 18, 2009 - 10:14 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 18, 2009 - 10:17 pm
  • November 18, 2009 - 10:18 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 18, 2009 - 10:20 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 18, 2009 - 10:37 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 19, 2009 - 9:21 am

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

    [Reply]

  • November 19, 2009 - 10:56 am

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

    [Reply]

  • November 19, 2009 - 12:36 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 19, 2009 - 12:37 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 19, 2009 - 3:02 pm

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

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

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

    You’re so famous.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 19, 2009 - 3:39 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 19, 2009 - 4:15 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 19, 2009 - 4:28 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 19, 2009 - 7:58 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 20, 2009 - 11:00 am

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

    [Reply]

  • November 20, 2009 - 3:46 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 20, 2009 - 8:20 pm

    Anonymous - check out nosweat.comReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 20, 2009 - 9:36 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 20, 2009 - 10:02 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 21, 2009 - 5:52 pm

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

    I love your stuff!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 21, 2009 - 9:10 pm

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

    [Reply]

  • November 22, 2009 - 1:20 am

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

    [Reply]

  • November 22, 2009 - 9:58 pm

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

    [Reply]

On Friday, in 24 hours over $10,000 was raised.
Amazing!
Thank you for joining me.
Back to Top|Tweet this Post|Share on Facebook|Pin This|Contact Me

Christmas this year is hard.
While everyone is getting excited about the approaching holidays,
this year is so different for us.
Our little girl is not here to celebrate with or buy presents for.
Last year we were discovering all the joys
of experiencing Christmas with a child.
This year our house is empty again.
That is so hard.
So, Joel and I have been trying to think
of some “different” ways we can give this year.
When Megan asked me to share about this opportunity,
I thought it was the perfect way to start out our gift giving.

Today, November 13th…

Today is the day where bloggers everywhere
are joining together in a campaign to buy water for Christmas.
4500 mothers bury their children EVERY DAY due to contaminated water.
That statistic crushes my heart.
It hits very close to home this year.
Because I have been there.
And while it is a harsh reality,
no mother should ever have to bury their child.
The lack of access to clean water
is the leading cause of death in underdeveloped nations.
But we can do something to help.
Ethio03
Ethio45

$10 will buy clean water for someone in Africa for 10 years.
10 years.
$10 isn’t much for us, is it?
And your $10 will be changing a life.
Will you join me today?
Click the photo below to be directed to a secure donation site
of the non-profit organization charity: water
All donations are tax deductible.
100% of the profit goes directly to clean water solutions in West Africa.
Firstgift
Share this with everyone you know.
Today.
water for christmas



Back to Top|Tweet this Post|Share on Facebook|Pin This|Contact Me
  • November 13, 2009 - 10:24 am

    Lauren Kelly - WOW, this is awesome….. here those of us who have so much are asking for all this material stuff for Christmas, when there’s others out there begging for just some clean water for Christmas. WOW!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 10:39 am

    Trisha Larson - This is a good idea. We’ve been supportin the Ronald McDonald House and Childrens Hospital LA this past year since they took such good care of us when Nate was there. But, I will also donate to this cause. It’s a great idea. I don’t want any other mommy to ever feel this pain. If I can save it from one, I will!!!

    Hugs,
    TrishaReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 10:46 am

    purejoy - i will be posting this as well!! thanks for the reminder!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 10:56 am

    Sophia - Thanks for this!
    I will be doing this and posting it on my blog too….ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 10:56 am

    mbarker - I think you’re already giving an amazing gift by blogging about your life and faith. We love you -ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 11:27 am

    Mandy - Jess, truly, you are amazing, and so inspiring! I am always awed at the miracles that God brings about because of you!

    Mothers all over Africa will be grateful to you for spreading the word. Thanks for letting us all know about this very worthy cause this year. What a simple way to give an incredible gift! You are just amazing!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 11:42 am

    Anonymous - What an amazing cause, and so simple. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I too have now donated, and posted to my fb page.

    Krissy Hunecke
    Batavia, ILReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Judy - I’m in!! Do you ever read Jody’s blog (www.jodyrlanders.com)? She’s amazing! Such an inspiration! Thanks for blogging about this.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    Karina - I’m off to donate now…Thank you, Jess.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Diana - I’ve linked this to my Facebook page in hopes that others will contribute too. What a beautiful idea. I have been wanting to do somethign different with my own children this year to restore Christmas’ true meaning… this is a good first start. Thank you. I pray God’s “comfort and joy” are thick for you this holiday season.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 2:35 pm

    Krystal - This is awesome! I just donated $50. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    Anonymous - You are amazing..thinking of others in your time of grief…I too will join this awesome cause.

    Thanks for being you!

    KimReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Robin in Benton - What a wonderful idea. I’m going there right now to donate. Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    Missy - amazing! thanks you for sharing this. i’m going to share with others.

    blessings to you!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 6:20 pm

    Kristin - Thanks for letting me know about this. I donated and will post it on my blog too.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    Nicole - I did it! Thanks for presenting the opportunity!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 11:32 pm

    jody - really beautiful.
    thank you.

    i think of your family often. was fun to meet Meg and others who love you dearly.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 14, 2009 - 12:30 am

    Sarah - Thanks so much for posting this! What a simple, yet amazing cause. I will definetly be giving to it and will be posting this link too!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 14, 2009 - 8:07 am

    k and c's mom - Thank you.
    I will look into it.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 15, 2009 - 12:22 am

    Brenda - Done. Thank you for making me feel good about something meaningful this holiday season. I am sick of worrying about “what toys?” for the kids…. so meaningless. I am going to post this on my blog as well. Thanks for thinking of this, Jess.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 15, 2009 - 12:30 am

    the whytes - when i first heard about this from megan, i immediately passed it on. such a wonderful way to give.

    i had the opportunity today to venture out of my house all by myself and heard a song on k-love that really hit me. as i sat at the stop light, tearing up, i thought of you. the song is the first on my playlist on my blog, and the words are written down on the blog post ‘Your Hands’. it’s a very simple, but powerful song and i wanted to share it with you.

    susie

    http://www.emilyaidenwhyte.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 15, 2009 - 2:32 am

    Anonymous - Pretty crazy that $10.00 can go so far. We are so blessed to live in America. I have posted this to my facebook and will spread the word. Thanks for sharing. You’ve already made such a huge difference. I should add so has Cora. She’s the one who inspired all of this. :)ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 15, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you for raising awareness. I donated this morning and then while cleaning my 6 year old daughter’s room with her I was telling her about it and she decided she wanted to donate $10 from her allowance. When we told her dad what she wanted to do, he said he would match her donation so we gave $30 today and I am amazed by my daughter’s giving spirit. She inspired me today. She wanted me to say that she donated money and she only has $1 left of her allowance but she is proud of what she did. Thanks again!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 16, 2009 - 11:04 pm

    Clem - Donated and posting to my FB.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 17, 2009 - 10:58 am

    Emma and Company - What a great idea! I admire your Christ-centered ideas and blogs. You are such an inspiration…I think about you all quite often, especially now with Christmas coming up. Just know that I will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 17, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    Patti - Thank you for sharing this!! $10 is practically nothing to us and so much to those mothers! I donated and will encourage my friends to do the same!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 27, 2009 - 2:11 am

    Sue - OK, I’m reading back here, so forgive me! As a South African, I can only say thanks for posting this and for all the money you helped to raise! What a fantastic cause to support. Living in Africa and having travelled around a little, I can honestly say that we (that’s all of us who live in cities around the world, who have private bathrooms with fresh running water and electricity and beds and fridges with food in them) have no idea how rough it gets out there. It breaks my heart to see young children begging for money at the traffic lights, plastic bottle of glue in hand, drunken parents sitting on the pavement. We have squatter camps and shantie (or informal) villages popping up all over the show. Living conditions in these villages are shocking to say the least. And South Africa is ahead of the game over many other African countries.

    This really moved me…ReplyCancel

    [Reply]



Back to Top|Tweet this Post|Share on Facebook|Pin This|Contact Me
  • November 12, 2009 - 11:35 am

    Cyndi - I was wondering if you might ever make size 6/7 or 8 for girls? These would look so cute with some jeans on my daughter. Can you email me? cfrith5@yahoo.com Thanks! CyndiReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 11:42 am

    The Carroll's - Yay, Yay, Yay!! I hope I make it in time!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 11:48 am

    PamperingBeki - You kind of rock, you know that? ;-)

    We’re feeling all Christmas-y here too!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 12:03 pm

    The Ormons - do you plan on making any baby boy items?ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    Ethansmom08 - I can hardly contain myself…SO excited! :)ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 12:14 pm

    Nancy - I can’t wait to order something for my little girl. Do you ever have an email list of items to send people?
    I admire you & your creativity!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    pinksarahh - I’m with PamperingBecki, you do ROCK Hop I can get these in time.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 12:21 pm

    Christina - I love the cute top on my daughter…that I ordered from Cora’s last time around. Can’t wait to see your Christmas selection.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 12:25 pm

    Shauna - I will be keeping a watchful eye! So excited!!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 12:33 pm

    Julie @ Joy's Hope - I’m ready to go put on some Christmas music after seeing all of those happy, happy pictures! Can’t wait to snatch some treats when they are in the shop! Lovey, love, love!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 1:00 pm

    Trasie Bressler - Oh how I hope I get one…..Make lots of them in 18 – 24 months so my chances are greater! Ok? Ok!!!

    Thanks,
    TrasieReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    Robin in Benton - Beki’s right you rock! Can’t wait to see these – and hope that I am able to get two of them for my two granddaughters!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    dennimd - You are such a tease! Will I be fast enough to get one this time? Tee hee!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Carla - Its beginning to look alot like Christmas :-) Gorgeous photo, am hoping I’ll be on time this time too!!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    Bri!!! - SO CUTE! I so wish I had a little girl right now.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 2:45 pm
  • November 12, 2009 - 2:48 pm
  • November 12, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    Yankee Mama - Oh!!!! I hope I can get one in time!!!:)ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Judy - Cute, cute, cute!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    Erica - that sneak peek made me so excited- and i don’t even have a girl! ha! maybe you’ll have more boy stuff? ;) lol you are so talented!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    Alicia - Beautiful! I can’t wait till these come out!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    Alicia - Oh..and to repeat Cyndi’s question. Will you be able to offer this in a bigger girl size (8)?ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    Walquist - Hey jess, I just read this amazing blog from a friend of mine and this bible verse made me think of you and joel.

    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4: 7-9

    Check out her blog: http://kim.marxhausen.net/blog/2009/09/control-issues-again.html

    she was a former teacher friend and has amazing devotionals that really speak to your heart.
    ~SarahReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Jennifer Dawn - Okay…I have got to be quick this time. I must get one of the Christmas dresses for my little girl Lydia Grace. :)ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 4:56 pm

    Pamela - I just recently came across your story. You’re Cora line of clothing is just wonderful. Makes me wish I had a little girl.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    Anonymous - So exciting! You do so ROCK!
    Maybe something for little boys, size 18-24 months would be fantastic ;)

    Think of you everyday…

    KimwReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    Anonymous - So exciting! You do so ROCK!
    Maybe something for little boys, size 18-24 months would be fantastic ;)

    Think of you everyday…

    KimwReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    Kelsey - Drooling….ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Micah - Oh, Jess, what CUTE STUFF!!! How could you do this to us? And you just know that I won’t see the stuff the minute you post and then it will be all gone. Now I already know what I’ll miss, and it’s so depressing :). Hurry up and finish!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Misty - I CAN NOT WAIT!!!! I love it all already!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    Heather, Stan and the kids - i think it must be so hard for you guys to make these sweet dresses for all of us moms to be excited to put on our little girls~must make you long for your sweet cora even more. i will be praying during this christmas season for you and joel. you must miss her so much. God bless.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 14, 2009 - 11:38 pm

    jami - I love your stuff!!! I hope I get there in time this time I want my little girl to wear a cora dress for christmas!!! Thank you JamiReplyCancel

    [Reply]

My baby brother is not such a baby anymore.
He is a senior in high school this year.
And he is WAY taller than me.

This weekend we spent a lot of time cheering him on in the bleachers.

That is quite a sacrafice for a pregnant lady.
But it was worth it.
His team made it to the state soccer tournament
and I had to be there to cheer him on.
They did awesome.
They played some tough games.
They made it all the way to the finals and lost by one.
I know it didn’t turn out like they had hoped,
but second place in state is still pretty awesome.


The whole family was there.
Fun times.
I got teary eyed when I hugged my brother after the game.
I knew he was so disappointed.
Man am I emotional…I even can cry at soccer games now!
And I don’t think you can tell in any of the pictures,
but my brother is still sporting his pink shoelace.
For Cora.
What a sweetie!
I am so proud of you Owen!
Back to Top|Tweet this Post|Share on Facebook|Pin This|Contact Me
  • November 10, 2009 - 11:40 pm

    Cherry Tree Lane - What a great brother!
    I love the picture of the whole family!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 1:20 am

    Christina - We love soccer!! I think eight and six-year-old soccer is a bit different, though…
    :)
    What a great time for your family to be together; and you’re so right…second place is nothing to scoff at! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 1:43 am

    Heather | Cookie Mondays - You guys are SO cute!
    Those are some really great family photos!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 1:49 am

    Lindsay - Hey Jess,

    Beautiful family! I saw your comment on my blog earlier this morning. Thanks so much. I have been reading your blog for some time now. It has been such an encouragement to me. I see you and I realize that it’s possible to make it through this pain. It’s possible to hold on to faith and to push through with the grace of God. Not to say that it becomes magically easier, for it will forever be difficult to live this reality. However, if we choose to grow and learn from it rather then dwelling in it, we’ll come out stronger. I hit dwelling days…but then I’ll have a better day, a more hopeful day.

    Thanks for your openness on your blog and for sharing your story with those of us who are just now learning how to live our new, un-asked-for lives.

    I know it’s still a daily process for you as well. I am praying for you and thinking of you often. Hang in there.

    LindsayReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 2:48 am

    Sue - How special and well done to Owen and the boys! You’re looking fabulous, by the way!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 7:17 am

    Carla - Wow, the boys sure got all the curls in your family :-) Lovely post, well done Owen and team. My little nephew is the star of his soccer team (he’s nine), they live in Germany so we don’t see them so often but we got to go to one of his matches last week when we visited. I was very teary watching him fly around the field like a pro..definitely the hormones!! Your bump is so neat btw, Im quite a few weeks behind you and Im twice as big!!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 8:22 am

    annaelyse - jess. beautiful. reading it made me tear up. There is just something beautiful about the older sister/little brother relationship. or at least me and my little bro think so. :O)ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Claudia - What a sweet family!!!

    I know all about the emotional part … pregnancy does that to you, it’s unreal the stuff you would tear up about.

    You look awesome!!!!!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 9:11 am

    Toni :O) - I love his name Owen….I had a great Uncle with that name and he was so special in our lives. I miss him, he had a great sense of humor. Thank you bringing that sweet memory back and it looks like you have a great family…such a blessing and a treasure. Still praying for you all!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 9:15 am

    jen christians - What a beautiful family! I pray that my four little ones will grow up to be this wonderful to one another! You must be one great sister! Thanks for sharing. Also, you look amazing pregnant! I can’t wait to “meet” little Mac. his/her arrival will be here before we know it!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Marla Taviano - Such a beautiful family!! Owen was the name we had picked out for our little Nina.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 9:58 am

    MICHELE - Isn’t crazy that they are seniors?! He and Meg (my little sis) were in the same class in grade school. Makes you feel a bit on the old side!! :)ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 10:08 am

    Lauren Kelly - Awww, how fun!!!! And that’s awesome they did so well. 2nd place is nothing to be ashamed of :)ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 10:10 am

    Robin in Benton - What a special family – and Congratulations to Owen. I think it’s awesome he’s still wearing his pink shoelaces!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 10:23 am

    Anonymous - Congratulations to Owen and team..Love seeing the family photos and love seeing the baby bump:)
    Always in my thoughts and prayers.

    KimReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 10:23 am

    PamperingBeki - You guys are so cute!

    And you all have the best genes in that family. You guys are all beautiful and look like teens still!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 10:24 am

    Erica - how sweet is your brother? what a good looking family!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 11:48 am

    shepherdsgrace - What a cutie! What a sweetie!

    Family IS a blessings…ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    The Moffats - Awww. Love this post and am sorry to hear they just missed it but I’m sure they played their hearts out. Love the floating Owen head :) Wish we could have been there. Good job, Owen. HUGS to you all.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    La Familia Garcia - That is great!! What a support you guys must be to him! oh, and you are looking GREAT pregnant! You haven’t talked much about the pregnancy….just wondering if you don’t mind sharing how it’s going?ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    Lacie and Stephen - You can actually see the pink shoelace barely if you click on the first picture (panoramic of the whole team). At least I think it was him, he was the only one with blond curly hair! It is his right shoe with the pink lace, correct?ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 4:51 pm

    Michelle - not feel to bad about crying at soccer games, I cry reading all of your posts and I don’t even have a good excuse like having a rough year or being pregnant – that’s always a good excuse for cryingReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 11, 2009 - 6:04 pm

    Anonymous - Hello! I have never left a comment but I follow your blog weekly and have since a few days before Cora passed into eternity.

    I am so excited about your new little one and think of you often. This baby will always exemplify the Hope we have in Jesus Christ. Hey, that sounds like a good name for her, Hope.

    Blessings,

    TammyReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 12:18 am

    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - What a sweet brother!
    Great family pictures!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Chelsa - my baby brother is a freshman in college and runs cross country,i totally get your tears at a game :)ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 12, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Krystal - Sweetie I’m not even pregnant and I still cry at football games during the national athem…crazy uh? Sweet story!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 2:12 am

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - Your family looks great! Say hello to them all from us! You also look soooooooo cute! miss you and hope to see you soon!

    AMIEReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 13, 2009 - 7:39 am

    Micah - What a cutie!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • November 14, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    the whytes - oh, i loved going to HS soccer games! a berean academy kid??? what a blessing to not have to go to public school!!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • February 9, 2010 - 11:54 pm

    LauraLou - This comment has been removed by the author.ReplyCancel

    [Reply]

  • February 9, 2010 - 11:55 pm

    LauraLou - Oh my goodness, I found your blog through MckMama and I’ve read through several pages of entries now. I was drawn to your story because of your incredible strength and faith, but even more so after I realized you were from KS! And after reading this post, that your siblings (and maybe you?) attend/attended Berean! I grew up in Wichita and went to Trinity Academy (who may have been the ones you guys played in the finals – sorry if so!) It’s such a small world, and it’s so nice to find someone from my ‘neck of the woods’ in the blog world. Your story touches my heart, especially since I want to eventually work as a Child Life Specialist with families in situations similar to yours, and I will definitely be keeping you in my prayers!ReplyCancel

    [Reply]