Joel and I have led a small group for three years now.
We LOVE our group.
They are like family to us.
They have walked with us through some really tough stuff this year.
Every single one of them showed up at the hospital the night we checked Cora in to encourage and pray with us.
Someone from our group was at the hospital every day.
They are great!

Every summer we try to take a small group trip.  
This year we headed to Table Rock Lake.

We were all ready for some fun in the sun.
But this particular Saturday there was no sun.
Just clouds.
The girls were too chicken to get in the cold water.
So, we spent the morning on the boats
bundled up in our towels watching the boys brave the lake.

After eating lunch, relaxing, and even a few naps the sun started peeking through.
Finally, it was warm enough to get in the water.
The afternoon was beautiful.
Just perfect.

By the end of the day we were worn out and a little sunburned.  
It was time to head back to the cabin to get ready for dinner.

We spent the evening at Branson Landing.
Hanging out.
Talking.
And a little shopping for some.

We ate at a really yummy Mexican restaurant.  
It is a small group tradition now.
They have the BEST guacamole.

Here is our whole group minus one couple–we were so sad they couldn’t make it this year.

It was great to get away.
We are so thankful for this dear group of friends.
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  • June 25, 2009 - 10:23 pm

    Stephanie - How special that you guys have such a great group of friends! Looks like you had a wonderful time!!

    Keeping you all in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    Anonymous - I’m so happy for you and Joel. Just remember that Cora is watching from heaven and she is so Happy to see your smile.

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  • June 25, 2009 - 10:47 pm

    Julie - I’m a mother of two boys in South Alabama and wanted to let you know that I’ve been praying for you and your entire family ever since I found out about Cora back in February through Baby Harper’s blog. I was touched by your story and felt led to post it to my blog for my fellow Sisters-in-Christ to pray for you during that difficult time.

    I’ve never left a comment before and I just wanted you to know what an inspiration you are to us fellow believers. Through the midst of the terrible storm, you still gave God all the Honor and the Glory.

    I wanted to extend my congratulations on execting another precious baby in January. I’ll be sure to keep you and the baby boy/girl in my daily prayers.

    Do you have an Etsy Shop where I can purchase some of the Cora dresses that you and your Mother have made?ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 10:50 pm

    Anonymous - So glad to see a picture of you two. You are such an inspirational couple. Glad you went on a fun trip!ReplyCancel

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    Our Family of 5 - Aww, thank God for great friends!ReplyCancel

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    Heather - I love lake trips! You guys look great. :) ReplyCancel

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    vintage at heart - Looks like fun and the pic of u two is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

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    Erica - sounds like such a fun day! good friends are such a blessing aren’t they???ReplyCancel

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    The Jones' - Looks like yall had a blast!ReplyCancel

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    Gail - Looks like you had a blast–wish we were in your small group!ReplyCancel

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    Trasie Bressler - Good for the both of you. I hope you had an amazing time!

    Many Many Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    PamperingBeki - Ha! That’s my neck of the woods.

    Isn’t The Landing cool?

    What a blessing to have such a great small group.ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 11:34 pm

    Monica - What a beautiful day at the lake! I’m glad you were able to get away for a bit and enjoy company of good friends.ReplyCancel

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    Jenny - you know, sunblock is an amazing thing :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 12:01 am

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - It looks like a wonderful day and a wonderful group of friends! I’m so glad you guys got away and had fun!
    Love and prayers,
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  • June 26, 2009 - 12:53 am

    wicker0407 - Looks like such a fun trip and Jess you are glowing! Still in my thoughts and prayers always.
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  • June 26, 2009 - 1:40 am

    Falling Around - Looks like you all had a blast… minus the sunburns of course. Glad you and Joel got away for a bit with some dear friends.

    Love the pic of the two of you… precious.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 2:42 am

    Rachel E. - What an awesome group of friends! I wish I had a group like that to “share life” with.ReplyCancel

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    Holly - What a great time and a great group of friends!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 6:22 am

    Allen and Debby Graber - Brings back memories of the time we all went there when we were in small group! When Al and I were in small group in Lawrence, the couple who were our leaders began that tradition of going on the end of year trips and so that is why we carried it on. And it continues with all the groups for the most part, even if it is for just one day. Thank you, Bob and Nancy Williams for all you taught us! Especially the challenge in our personal relationship with Christ!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 6:42 am

    Katie - i am so glad that you guys got away & had a good time! Good for you! YOu guys totally deserve it!! YOu are so tiny too!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 7:38 am

    hoosier68 - My grandparents retired to the Branson area so I have great childhood memories of going there before it was even well known. So glad you enjoyed this time in fellowship. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 7:42 am

    Anonymous - Yes you guys seem to have GREAT friends. Glad you had a good time. Looks like great fun..I’m in on the Mexican food! Glad to see those HAPPY smiles!

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  • June 26, 2009 - 7:50 am

    Townsend Crew - I am so happy for you guys… such a blessing to have other young couples who can take this walk with you guys. Of course they don’t know what “it’s like”… but, man, you guys are blessed! Any tips you can offer on how you guys got your group started or what you guys do (structured? open format?) would be great info that I’m sure others would love to learn more about. Thanks for sharing your beautiful smiles with us!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 8:08 am

    JJ - I found your blog recently through Kelly’s Korner and I just want to let you know I think you’re an amazingly strong woman. I can’t imagine what your family has gone through but I have been praying for you and your family and the new baby.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 8:13 am

    Caroline - Looks like so much fun. I practically grew up on the lake, but no longer have a boat :(
    It is great you have such a supportive group.ReplyCancel

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    Lauren Kelly - Looks like sooooo much fun! And a time with friend I’m sure you needed!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 8:47 am

    Cristy - I love The Landing! We always eat at Joe’s when we visit. There is a fun little Five And Dime close by too.

    It looks like a fun time! Super cute pic of both of you!

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  • June 26, 2009 - 9:05 am

    Karina - How wonderful that you have such amazing support in your family and friends! We should all be so lucky. I’m glad you had a fun getaway. You look just radiant!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 9:38 am

    Jamie - I have to ask…did you guys stay at Big Cedar Lodge? We go down there every summer with my husbands family and it is one of my favorite weeks of the year.

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  • June 26, 2009 - 9:43 am

    Nelson's Mama - Looks like you had a great day; friends are wonderful – laughter and tears are a great thing!

    P.S. say “Hey” to the Deloitte dude – my husband and I are alumni from TN.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 10:08 am

    Melissa - Looks like you guys had alot of fun. Your hair looks really cute – I see a little wave in it??ReplyCancel

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    Jane In The Jungle - Look like lots of fun! Small groups are so special…now I’m hungry for Mexican!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 10:15 am

    A - I’ve been reading since your precious Cora went to Jesus early this year, but I’ve never commented. I am so happy that God has blessed you with another little one! You look great in the photos- I am envious of your small group- I wish our church had more that we could be a part of like that!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    Tyler and Gillian - You look so much like Anne in that picture! Beautiful girls, both of you :) ReplyCancel

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    Whimsical Creations - Looks like an amazing time.ReplyCancel

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  • June 27, 2009 - 11:26 am

    kimberlysayre - How fun!!! You and your hubby are too cute!ReplyCancel

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    Tonya - What a great small group idea!!! Looks like y’all had a great time!ReplyCancel

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  • June 29, 2009 - 12:26 am

    Christina - Yes, what a great thing it is to have close friends.
    I never could do cold water! It looks like so much fun though. What a great tradition!ReplyCancel

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  • June 29, 2009 - 8:28 am

    Jamie from Quinter - You and Joel are such a cute couple!ReplyCancel

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  • June 29, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Anonymous - I am so very happy to read about your pregnancy, and to see that little bean! I pray for you & your husband every day, and tears are streaming down my face, such joy for you! No baby will ever replace Cora, but you are both such wonderful parents, that of course, she needs to share you with another lucky little baby. Wishing you an easy pregnancy, and looking forward to more Ultra Sound pictures! Leslie in CTReplyCancel

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  • June 29, 2009 - 4:16 pm

    writing4612 - I’m glad you all had a grat time. Sometimes we all need to get away for a few days.ReplyCancel

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  • June 30, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Anonymous - Thanks for sharing the pictures of your small group outing. What a great idea!ReplyCancel

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  • June 30, 2009 - 11:03 am

    Paula Unruh - That previous post was me. It didn’t keep my name.ReplyCancel

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  • June 30, 2009 - 4:22 pm

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - It is sooo good to see you two smiling! What an awesome group of friends! Wish we lived closer and could be a part of such a wonderful support yet fun group to live our lives with! Isn’t Table Rock great…. we went there for our honeymoon! GOOD TIMES! :)
    You look great, I hope that means that you are feeling great!
    Miss you always!

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  • June 30, 2009 - 5:25 pm

    Ashley - I am expecting my first daughter very soon. I follow Meg’s Whatever blog and like many others have been greatly impacted by your story and your beautiful daughter. I have a Cora messy flower pin displayed in our nursery as a reminder of your family and God’s love despite my understanding of circumstance. Just thought you might like to see it…depending on when you read this you might have to scroll down to the nursery post.

    Congrats on your coming little one…what a legacy her big sister left behind for her.ReplyCancel

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  • July 1, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    bagfashionista - I just found your blog and I am deeply sorry for all that you have been through. As a mother of a 6 month old, my heart truly aches for you. I believe that Cora is now in the God’s little playground and He is now watching over her, and that she is looking down from Heaven at the both of you (as well as her new sibling). A big big big hug and peace be with the both of you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 1, 2009 - 6:44 pm

    Rebecca - What a fun day! The picture of you guys is beautiful. Praying for you everyday!!
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I am so sad for Joel today. I know that today is going to be extra hard for him and there is nothing I can do to make it better. I wish so much that Cora could be here today to celebrate this special day with her daddy.
Cora LOVED her daddy. She was definitely a daddy’s girl. I remember watching Joel interact with Cora and feeling like my heart could just explode. He loved her SO much…it was precious. I have so many sweet memories of Cora and her daddy that I will never forget. I know he won’t either.
I am so glad that the Lord chose Joel just for me and then for Cora too. I couldn’t think of a better daddy for my little girl. And I am so thankful that I will get to see him “feel” like a daddy again in January.
Happy Father’s Day to the daddy of a sweet angel and another one on the way!
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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Jessica - It was meant to be! Yes, Cora’s time with you and Joel was very short but she could not have been more blessed than to have such loving and dedicated parents. All part of God’s miraculous plan. He knew Cora would be the perfect fit for your family and He knew your strength and perservance. God Bless! I will continue to pray for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:14 pm

    Misty Rice - You guys are the perfect little family.

    Perfect parents for Cora Paige.

    Perfect one flesh, as husband and wife.

    Perfect chosen ones for Gods ministry, although not the road you would have personally chosen for yourselves.

    Happy Fathers Day

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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:27 pm

    Rebecca - I have been thinking of you and praying for you guys today, especially Joel. It is my prayer that on this difficult day you were able to find a moment of peace and happiness while remembering your time together with Cora. Happy Father’s Day, Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    Erica - happy father’s day to joel! you two are such a special and sweet couple, and amazing parents to cora and sweet little new baby :) even though it’s hard i pray you have a blessed day!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    Courtney Cloud - Praying for you both today.ReplyCancel

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    Melody - God bless you both. ((hugs))ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:55 pm

    Susan - I’ve been thinking of you and Joel today. Praying that the happy memories will keep you smiling today, but will also be praying as the tears are bound to flow with sadness today as well.

    So glad to hear all is going well. I can’t wait til’ January for you both to experience another little miracle.

    God Bless,
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  • June 21, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Holly - Happy Father’s Day Joel!ReplyCancel

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    Trasie Bressler - Happy Father’s Day Joel!

    Many Many BlessingsReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 6:23 pm

    Todd and Courtney - Happy Father’s Day Joel!!!! What a perfect daddy for such a perfect angel and baby on the way :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 6:24 pm

    Judy - Happy Father’s Day Joel! I’m praying that your Heavenly Father will bring you an extra measure of comfort today!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 6:30 pm

    Amanda - Happy Father’s day, Joel! I know it will be a hard day for both of you. Please, tell Joel that I will say a special prayer for him today. Love you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:15 pm

    Mrs. MK - Prayers for you as there is so much to process…..I am so happy that there was some good news! And a heartbeat and a beautiful photo!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:18 pm

    Kathryn - I have similar feelings knowing my husband will never be the daddy he wants to be. Someone i work with just had a daughter & i’m so happy for him but my heart nearly breaks as he talks about her smiles & giggles, knowing this will never come to my dear, sweet husband.

    Praying for your pregnancy & continued sadness.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:18 pm

    meg duerksen - i’m sorry if i made too light of it all this morning.
    i cried all through church behind you if that means anything…feeling sad that this IS what it IS.

    love you both.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:25 pm

    hoosier68 - What beautiful words and picture! You are always in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:33 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - Praying for you and Joel on this difficult day….ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:38 pm

    aimee - Hi Jess,

    I’ve read your blog since Cora first got sick but only occasionally comment. Why, you may ask? Because I can’t find the right words to tell you how your family and your love for the Lord has inspired me, and everything I write seems cliche. I decided that I am going to comment more often because even if I say the wrong thing, or say the same thing that others have said, you will know that there is one more person praying for you. You will know that there is one more person who makes a point each morning of not taking her children for granted. That is how you, and sweet baby Cora have both impacted me.

    Today must be so hard for Joel, and for you as well. I always find that when my husband is hurting, it makes my heart just break because I want to make it better and you can’t always do that.

    I was so happy to hear that Cora will be a big sister. She will be so proud to play on her big sister’s playground someday!

    Take care,
    Aimee

    P.S. The picture of Joel and Cora is great. My absolutely favorite part is her sweet wrist ….it’s just so precious!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Claudia - Oh you can see and feel the love on the picture and in your words … happy Father’s day to him.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Utecht Family - I always loved to see Cora in Joel’s arms. She looked so safe, secure, and loved. And Joel – growing up I always knew you were really fun and had a great sense of humor, but I didn’t know what a soft heart you had until I saw you holding your baby girl. You are blessing to Jess and will continue to be to the children God gives you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    HighlandGhillie - simply beautifulReplyCancel

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    Stephanie - Praying for you today!!! Happy Fathers Day Joel!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    Alli Unruh - Jess, what a special post and honor to Joel. Daddy’s really are special! You are such amazing parents and people. I have been following your blog, and it continually challenges me, makes me cry, and uplifts me all at the same time. Praying for a healthy pregnancy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    Maria Hanson - I love this blog, this post. You are so honest, it’s just beautiful. Even though we don’t “know” each other, I think about you guys and pray for you. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    Mandy - First of all, I love that picture of Joel and Cora! It gives me goosebumps just looking at it! What a good daddy his is. I’m sorry that this day has been rough. My heart aches for you, and yet, at the same time it jumps for joy over your new little miracle! Still praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:26 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - perfection for you all…happy fathers day. btw, my paige, 14, just screamed, “YEAH” when i told her of your newest addition news!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Anonymous - Happy Father’s Day Joel. I am so happy to hear that you both are expecting a baby in January. God Bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    Marla Taviano - Praying for Daddy Joel as he misses his first baby and eagerly awaits his second.

    Praying for both of you!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    Amy - Happy Father’s Day to the “green Mr. Joel!” :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    Michelle - Such a beautiful picture of Joel and Cora. Little girls have a way of wrapping their daddy around their little fingers. I’ve been thinking of you both all week. Praying for you both.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Kristen with a "K" at the beginning and a "tEn" at the end! - That has to be the sweetest Daddy/Daughter picture I’ve ever seen!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    onlymehere - I thought of you both today and said a little prayer. Cora is still your baby and you’re right, she’s your angel. God bless you all. CindyReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    Ruthie - Happy Father’s Day Joel. I am praying for you both as you process and walk through this journey. As I read your words from your last post my heart just about burst feeling such sadness for you both as your continue to miss Cora and such joy over the news of your new child. I am praying that God is able to guide you as you move forward without Cora here, but still making her a big part of your life and always a part of your family. She is yours, then, now and forever!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    PamperingBeki - Happy Father’s Day Joel!!

    God bless you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:15 pm

    Christina - Those memories are so precious, I cannot even imagine how much…
    What a beautiful picture! Absolute sweetness. I will never forget listening to Joel speak at Cora’s service and being so amazed at the strength the Lord gave him. A blessed dad, and a blessing to others as well. Peace to you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    Falling Around - I thought of you and Joel often today and whispered many prayers. I’m sorry Joel had to be without Cora today… I’m so sorry for you both.

    Love,
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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    Anonymous - HAPPY FATHER’S DAY JOEL! I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure that your Cora was clapping in heaven today for her Daddy. Congrats on the new baby Mac…he/she is getting a wonderful set of parents.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:52 pm

    Anonymous - Oh Daddy sometimes it seems as if we leave you out..you are just as prevelent in our thoughts and prayers.
    HAPPY FATHER’S DAY JOEL! What a remarkable Dad you are…the new baby Mac is so blessed to have you for Daddy and Jess for a Mommy. I hope that you did find some joy in thinking about the sweet times with your Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:55 pm

    wicker0407 - Happy Father’s Day Joel this must be so hard but I am sure Cora is looking down from heaven with a smile and is so proud of her daddy. My thoughts are prayers are still with you all the time!
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  • June 22, 2009 - 2:22 am

    Candice - I’m so sorry Joel and Cora couldn’t spend the day together as I’m sure you imagined. I still pray for you guys regularly, and now for you growing baby. That baby is going to be so loved…what a blessed little child.ReplyCancel

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    Beav's Wife - You can see in his face through all your photos, just how much he adores sweet Cora. I thought about him / you yesterday. Still praying…JennyReplyCancel

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    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Just want you to know that Joel especially was in our prayers yesterday.

    So much love,

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  • June 22, 2009 - 7:57 am

    Robin in Benton - Belated Happy Fathers Day Joel. Hoping that the smiles from the memories at least equaled the tears that I’m sure this day brought. I’m sure that a certain little angel was there to kiss them away. God bless you guys and new baby Mac – praying for all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 7:58 am

    Ryan and Shannon - I am so glad that you have those precious memories of Joel and Cora that you can keep in your heart and mind forever. Continuing to pray for you all!ReplyCancel

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    Karina - What a beautiful photograph of Joel and Cora! I thought of Joel yesterday. My heart still breaks for you two. Many hugs…ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:13 am

    PK - TIME FOR A NEW JOURNEY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! YOU GUYS ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND THAT IS WHY YOU WERE CHOSE TO BE CORA’S PARENTS.ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:25 am

    Lauren Kelly - So sweet! Hold the memories close to your heart and make many more with the little one to come!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Precious Cora. Precious Photo. New Precious Life.

    Thinking of you and always saying a prayer for all!
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  • June 22, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Happy Father’s Day, Joel.
    You are now and continue to be one of God’s chosen. You are a father forever, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you love your Sweet Cora more than air. All of the photos that you all have shared show that . Your love for Cora oozes off the screen, and now another lucky baby will get to have you too.
    Love and prayers,
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  • June 22, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    The Mershawn's - Happy late Father’s Day to your Joel.
    We’re still praying for you. My heart just hurts for the 2 of you…. God loves you, though. Keep remembering.ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 2:24 pm

    writing4612 - Happy Belated Father’s Day, Joel!

    You are blessed to be a father one more time. I can’t to find out what it is!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    hopeful #1 - Praying for you and the heartache that you constantly faced with…

    Praying for the happiness to relieve some of that pain…

    Congrats Mama… & Happy Father’s Day to Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    Cristy - ((Hugs)) Joel…..

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  • June 22, 2009 - 5:50 pm

    Laura - I thought about Joel a lot yesterday. And I had no idea that another sweet baby was on the way.

    oh wow…

    lots of tears over here…

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  • June 22, 2009 - 7:17 pm

    Lacie and Stephen - Happy Father’s Day Joel!

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Brian and Staci - We’ve been moving…I’ve been such a bad blogger but I still pray for you daily :) This is my first time to read in sooo long…I’m just now getting to hear your sweet blessed news!!! Congratulations! I’m so very excited and happy for you both!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 10:57 pm

    number17cherrytreelane - I pray that yesterday was peaceful for you, Joel. The Lord is good.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Rachel www.jackandcoledesigns.com - I am so touched by your story. It saddens when when I realize that we have to deal with these things in life. But you have hope in the Lord and the promise that you will hold her again one day. I am praying for you and your husband and your little one on the way! I too am pregnant, 12 weeks and also due on Jan. 2!! I will be following your journey and lifting you in prayer! Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 9:35 am

    Jaime - Just as so many others, I have read your blog and been so touched and inspired. Your faith is an example to so many and I just wanted you to know that your names have been lifted up in my prayers so many times–and will continue to be through your pregnancy. Congratulations and what a sweet post for Joel. God IS good!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Anonymous - I read your blog faithfully—yet it seems to be mostly a ‘girl’ thing to respond. However Joel has taught me and many other fathers what it means to realize that our children are a gift from God and that they are on loan to us. The fact that you are still believing God and that you are not bitter is a great affirmation of God’s goodness and reality in your life.
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  • June 23, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    heather - You have some incredible pictures of your beautiful Cora! Precious.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    Caroline - I am a new blog reader of yours, and I just want to say your words have touch my heart and so has sweet Cora. Thank you for sharing your story and I look forward to hearing about Cora’s sister or brother. God Bless you!

    Oh and I am from Topeka, so hello from only a couple hundred miles away….or so.

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  • June 23, 2009 - 8:58 pm

    Anonymous - I found this from someone else who leaves comments here… just blog hopping… but I thought it was precious.
    “Rainbow babies: In some circles, babies born to families after the loss of a child are referred to as ‘Rainbow Babies.’ The idea is that the baby is like a rainbow after a storm.’Rainbow Babies’ convey the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope….

    -Andrea Sanmiguel

    “(12) And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: (13) I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between you and me and the earth……” Genesis 9:12-13
    God made a “promise” that he would never again flood the entire earth. Now, I know that the rainbow in the case of “rainbow babies” is not necessarily a promise that it will never happen to one of us again. I do know that we have an even greater promise from God. A promise that through the death of His son, we have a home in Glory someday where we will see all those who have gone on before us.
    I remember the day that Cora was buried and it rained this hot rain like tears from heaven for the two of you, and afterwards one of the most beautiful rainbows… I thought of it as a promise from God, to you… Perhaps it meant something different to the two of you, but to me that was what it meant.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 9:32 pm

    Anonymous - I have followed your blog for months. I always felt so sad for you and thought I could never imagine what you must be going through. Then, through different circumstances, I lost my baby girl 5 weeks ago. Your blog, I think, was sent to me those months ago so that I would not feel so alone when my “time” came. Thanks so much. And we will try again for a healthy baby in the months to come. It will be quite hard. Anyway, I now know (unfortunately) that there is comfort in comraderie (sp?) so I thought I would tell you that you have company in your journey. Peace to you, Susan I know you have so much support and a ton of friends but if you need anything my email is susansagle@hotmail.comReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 12:03 am

    PamperingBeki - Thinking of you and praying for you tonight before bed.

    Enjoyed talking to you today.

    And I’m already curious what you’re going to name this new baby. Does that make me weird? No wait… lots of other things make me weird.

    But I’m so excited for the time comes when you announce the name! :) Boy or girl, I’m just giddy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 8:44 am

    Teresa - So been waiting for this for you. I am very excited for you and will be checking back often. I came across your blog, not quite sure now how, but anyway I can remember the bruise under Cora’s eye and you saying not sure how that happened, and I kind of thought that was an indicator, but never imagined things would be so short. I have cried for you and prayed for you. God has a plan for us and we may not always want to follow this plan, but it is not our choice. Continue to look for God for guidance as you are doing. Your blog inspires. Be Strong.

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  • June 24, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Brandi - Just wanted to let you know that you and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers. Because of Cora’s story, I now appreciate what a gift my children are. I don’t think I truly realized how blessed I was. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    mommyoflove2 - I have been following your blog for awhile and pray for you often. I am so glad to hear the news about the new baby on the way. I will continue to pray for you as you deal with so many emotions while grieving the loss of your precious Cora and preparing to welcome her little brother or sister. God bless you!
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  • June 24, 2009 - 10:06 pm

    NatalieDeltaGam - I’ve never commented before, but I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking about you all during this happy, sad, emotional time! god bless you all!

    by the way, i love all your cute items on etsy! unfortunately, when i went to order something for my little one they were all sold out. will you contact me at my blog: http://www.oldgeorgiahouse.com or at twougaalums@bellsouth.net next time y’all add some things? thanks! …and again, god bless!

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  • June 25, 2009 - 7:52 am

    Townsend Crew - I check in on you every day… and consider you a friend – one I’ve never met, but care for and pray for every day. Sending you continued love and prayers from Illinois.ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 8:38 am

    Robin in Benton - Just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you and praying for you and Baby Mac. Take care -ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 2:35 pm

    Anonymous - I found your blog late last night. What a beautiful little girl you spent 11 months with. Cora was only 2 weeks younger than my own daughter. I sat in her room last night and watched her sleep and I just cried for you. I dont even know you but I pray that you have a healthy pregnancy and a happy and healthy child.
    Prayers from Boston MA. ~ MegReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    leah - congrats joel and jess on expecting a new little one we hope all goes well
    love you and God be with you

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My first appointment was a little over a week ago.
I was anxious for the day to arrive.  I did ok until the morning of the appointment.  That morning I wasn’t so great.  I was a mess.  I was so nervous and anxious and sad all at the same time.  I knew I needed to just trust–sometimes that is SO hard!  I spent some time with the Lord and tried to hand over all of my fears and emotions to Him.  He has been so faithful to walk beside us this far and I knew He would be faithful to help us get through this day too.
I needed that time to just be quiet and listen to the Lord, but I still had this heaviness in my heart that we were moving forward without Cora. I felt horrible. I sat in her room for a while and just cried and cried.  So many cherished memories ran through my head as I sat there.  I remembered sitting in that very rocking chair in the middle of the night looking at my sweet baby and just being amazed that she was my daughter. I felt so blessed.  Cora brought us such joy.  Now another little baby was on the way and Cora wasn’t going to be with us to meet him/her.  I know Cora will always be a huge part of our family.  But, it is still so hard.  I was really struggling to sort through the intense pain of loosing Cora and the joy of this new baby.
Joel was just as nervous as I was.  We hadn’t been to a doctor’s office since Cora was with us. During our days in the hospital we always felt this huge pit in our stomachs when a doctor would walk into Cora’s room. That was such a horrible feeling.  Each time we prayed that bad news wouldn’t come out of the doctor’s mouth.  So often it did.
As we sat waiting for my doctor to come in I think we were both feeling that same pit.  We were praying that we wouldn’t here bad news that day.  We didn’t know if we could handle any more.  We just wanted to hear the sound of a little heart beat.  We needed to hear some good news.
The nurses and doctors were so gracious to us.  The great thing about living in a small town is that they all knew about Cora.  We didn’t have to explain anything.  They understood and were so kind as tears rolled down our cheeks. They were wonderful!
And then we heard the amazing sound of our baby’s heartbeat.  We needed to hear that so badly!  We even got to take a peek at our new little one.

For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, 
I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14

Everything looked great so far.  I am 12 weeks along and January 2nd is my due date.  We are so thankful for this new little life!  I am feeling pretty good.  Just tired.  And very emotional on top of already being very emotional.  I am grateful for my amazing and understanding husband. He is so patient with me.
Thanks for your many sweet comments. We loved reading them all! We feel so blessed to be loved and prayed for by so many.  
So, this is the beginning of another new journey…
we will be clinging tightly to the Lord the whole way!
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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Just'N Angel - I can feel the pain and happiness in your post. I am excited about the new life that will join your family soon. I know that this new one will always know about her big sister. Congratulations again. Oh, and by the way, I can NEVER get a dress for my granddaughter…you guys are FAST at buying those beautiful clothes!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    Trasie Bressler - I am so excited for you and praying for you all.

    Many Many Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:23 pm

    Anonymous - I’ve read your blog for a while and have prayed and prayed for you to be comforted in your sorrow and for God to give you glimpses into heaven to “see” your sweet Cora being held in His arms in perfect peace.

    May God bless you in a zillion new ways with the life of this new little one.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:24 pm

    McKenzie - So happy to hear all looks well with the new baby. I bet Cora is telling this new little one what awesome parents you are, how much she misses you and how happy she is that she will forever be a part of your family. I still have a hard time understanding why this had to happen. Your not moving on without Cora. You’re just moving along with her by your side!!! I pray she’s right there guiding you along. Always praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:25 pm

    Anonymous - Hi Jess – Thanks for sharing your sweet thoughts. It reminded me of how emotional I was about early OB checkups after losing a baby through miscarriage. I had an awareness of all of the possibilities that I hadn’t known about the first time around, and it almost seemed more than I could bear. I thank God for your faith which is exactly what I was clinging to in those emotional days of early pregnancy! God bless and keep you & Joel in his tender care as you await Cora’s little sister or brother!

    In Christ,
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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Laura Fiegel - I’m still so very excited for you!! I am due the day before you :) Seeing your baby and hearing the heartbeat is so wonderful…

    Your family is still deep within my prayers… take care and yay for your 2nd trimester knocking on the door!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Holly - How hard the appt must have been for you! I praise God that your little baby is doing wonderfully and he or she will bring you much joy! Cora will always be a part of your lives and the life of your new little one. (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:32 pm

    Susan - I have been following your blog since Cora was admitted to the hospital when I was asked to pray for her.
    Our 2 kids went to Berean in the late 80′s and 90′s. I remember Ivy being born. They both had Mr. Mac and of course they loved him and considered him a favorite.
    As I have watched your blog your strength and faith in our Savior has been such a witness and example to me. Thank you for sharing the your true self.
    I was elated to know you are expecting a new little one. May God bless, comfort and give you peace throughout your pregnancy.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    purejoy - somewhere in the middle of fourth of july dresses and outfits i missed your big news!!
    i have tears streaming down my face as i think of all the emotions surrounding this time. we will be praying for you heart, for this baby for good health for you both!
    joyful joyful joyful!! and blessings to you!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:37 pm

    April - I have only posted on your blog once before, but I have been following the past few months. I went back to review your story on my first visit and I am so thrilled for your pregnancy! Your little peanut will bring your family some much needed joy! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:46 pm

    kati - what a precious new little bean. i wish you all the best from here on out…ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - Oh what a blessing!!!!! Praise God for this new little life. My prayers are with you for a healthy pregnancy! God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:58 pm

    Erica - oh jess that made me cry! i’m so excited for you but can understand how hard it can be too! there is no beauty like new life, is there? what a beautiful, precious little one you have! i pray an easy and healthy pregnancy and delivery for you… a baby born already filled with the Spirit of the Lord & the fullness of His love! congrats again!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    Heather - just amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    The Drama Mama - Praying for all three of you! I pray you feel a peace that only HE can give! HUGS!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:09 pm

    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Thanks for sharing your first picture with us!

    Praying for all of you each and every day,

    Joanne and the Heim familyReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:12 pm

    sarah m - I have been reading your blog for quite some time now but don’t comment often. You are an inspiration to me and I pray for you guys often. I am SO excited for y’all and this new chapter of your life! I’m praying blessings and a peace that passes all understanding for you as you move forward. :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:13 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Tears are streaming down my face as I write this. My daughter just came in and said ,”Mom, you look like you’re crying.” I said “I am, baby. Happy tears.”
    Such a sweet little bean! I am so happy for you guys that I can’t even form a coherent sentence.
    God is good.
    Congratulations again, and many blessings. I will continue to pray for all of you. You have brightened my weekend with your wonderful news and picture.
    As always, love and prayers,
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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:18 pm

    lil miss' mama - I am so happy to hear that all is well with Cora’s precious little sibling! This new baby will surely always be in awe of the strength of his/her parents and older sibling as you will undoubtedly share tender stories and pictures and memories of Cora with your little one(s). I have been praying so much for the Lord to bless your family beyond measure and to renew your joy a thousand-fold since I first read about Cora in January. Your story has touched me so much because our daughter and yours were born only minutes apart on that special March day in 2008. I think about your family all the time and every time I do, I beseech our glorious God to be your all in all every moment of each day. This new little “Mac” will now be a huge focal point of my prayers for you. Here’s to a wonderfully peaceful journey over the next 28 weeks to meet your newest blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:23 pm

    Our Lives - We (my daughter, son amd me) were overjoyed when we saw your post of a new life going to be added to your family! I’ve been following your blog since I heard about Cora in the hospital. I cried and prayed for you everytime I read your writing. Our God is an Almighty God and I am so glad that He is healing you and your husband. I will keep you in my prayer for this pregnancy.
    God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:24 pm

    Vera - God has placed that precious life into you so that you can rejoice in it and in Him – so never feel guilty for that joy! But I know you will be missing Cora more than ever, and for that I am crying with you… you are still very much in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:33 pm

    Bri!!! - There are not many more things that are more miraculous than hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time. I feel blessed that I will be able to follow you through your journey of bringing miracle number 2 into your life. We long to post the same news.

    Much love,

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:36 pm

    Anonymous - You are remarkable..My heart still hurts for you and Joel. I am so excited for you with this new little blessing!Thanks for continuing to share your journey with us.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers!

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Wendy - Your little bean is beautiful! I’m so glad that you got to hear that lovely little heartbeat at your appointment. I really am so happy for the two of you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:42 pm

    Angela Leaverton - praise God!!! we’re so excited for you and will be praying for and with you every step of the way :)

    Love,
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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    The Browns - Yeah, I’m so excited for ya’ll! My due date is the first week of January too. According to my appointment yesterday, I am 11 weeks, 5 days today :) I love reading your blog & if I have a girl – she WILL be getting a Cora dress someday!
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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:58 pm

    Kelly - Congratulations on your new little one! You and Joel continue to be in my prayers daily. I think about Cora often. I have a 9 month old little girl and I can’t imagine ever losing her, as I know you couldn’t imagine ever losing Cora. I’ve prayed that God would help to heal your hearts, and I actually prayed that at some point he would bless you with another child. I will be praying for the new life inside you, and will continue to remember Cora. I know she would have been a wonderful big sister. God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:01 pm

    Shelby - I am just so full of emotion when I read your posts! I received the Cora shirt I bought my daughter for the 4th. I know I will think of Cora when she wears it. It’s just precious. Thank you! Congrats again!

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:02 pm

    Courtney - I am crying with you, I remember the feeling of going to the Dr. after Dylan. I was so excited to be pregnant again yet so sad at the same time. I can’t tell you how excited I am for you guys and I pray for you all the time. I can’t remember if I told you about namesinthesand.net it is an amazing web site for families who have lost children. Congratulations again I am SOOO happy for you and your families.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:06 pm

    Katie - That is great!!! I am so happy for you guys so happy:)ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:08 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Tears of sadness and joy are flowing as I read your posts.
    So happy for you, Joel and your future wee one. I know you have a sweet little Angel smiling down upon you.
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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Falling Around - Thank you for sharing your baby’s first picture with us! I am so happy for you guys.

    Rest in the Lord, sweet Jess. Take care of yourself for that precious little one who grows inside of you.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:12 pm

    Al's World - Yeah!!!! Little one looked so good!! Will continue to pray!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:13 pm

    teasinglydiverse - You continue to be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:25 pm

    wicker0407 - Jess & Joel Congratulations again. I am so happy you have been blessed with another child. I hope it eases your pain a little. I think Cora sent you this new baby to help you fill that piece of your heart that is missing. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!
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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:31 pm

    Our Life in Pixels - I think I’ve posted a comment before, but I just could help but comment again for such an occasion as this.
    God truly is amazing and he gives us what we need all the time. I know that Cora is sorely missed, but he has chosen to fill the huge hole in your heart up a little bit by this little baby. I will pray for a happy and healthy pregnancy.
    Love and Prayers,
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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:49 pm

    Tiffany C - I can’t imagine the mixed emotions you must be feeling. I pray as the days and weeks pass that your joy will grow and swell as the life in your womb also grows. Blessings and peace be with you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:54 pm

    THE ZELLERS - Congratulations from Wimberley, TX!

    How fortunate you are to have such a precious guardian angel watching over you!

    Can’t wait to follow along as your family continues to grow.

    I am also SUPER anxious to watch Cora’s playground take shape! (That, and hoping to purchase a Cora dress if I can make it fast enough next time!)

    xo

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    Anonymous - I cannot imagine the conflicting emotions you are enduring right now, and as you said, pregnancy is full of emotions. Having two sets has got to be tough. Hang in there. There are a lot of people praying for your strong family and thinking about you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    Chris - I can feel you pain and happiness in your post . I do not know you but I think about you and cora every day . I am so happy for the new baby coming :) You need to feel your house with babies. You guys are so great. I am sure that Cora is watching over you and that she is happy that her mommy and daddy will have another baby to love.
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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:20 pm

    beckley - so happy for you, knowing the feelings inside you are so complex.

    grace and peace to you-
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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:38 pm

    The Rutledges..... - I too have been following your blog after being asked to pray for you all….I have been so moved by your honesty and willingness to share your heart with all of us. Thank you. This post was just one more honest look at the ups and downs you are facing. I am praying for you and this precious life within you. May God give you all that you need when you need it!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Anonymous - Wonderful news….thinking about you…ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Misty Rice - You continue to win my heart all over again, and I know that sounds a bit weird. Almost too romantic, but its the words that come to heart. Your walk, your faith and your love for Cora.

    Oh how my heart rips in two each and every time I read your words. Not only that, but so often I rock Morgan to sleep, you and Cora will just pop into my thoughts and prayers. I mean often too. I wonder if it will always be that way? I wonder if although we never met or meet, Cora will be this part of my life as I watch Morgan grow, knowing Cora would be in her class, her age, doing all that she does.

    In away I pray that God brings you a boy. Not that it will make things any easier, but because it will be different to have a boy, and not so much pressure to share and use all of Cora’s things just yet. However, God know exactly what you need right now and that was exactly what you got today GOOD NEWS of a healthy new little life being wonderfully knitted together in your womb, even as I type this.

    I praise God for this post today, for your good news and I can’t wait to walk through this new journey with you guys.

    God Bless.

    PS: I still need help purchasing a dress for Morgan, I want the new red, white and blue you just posted. Can you help? Mistyrice@hotmail.comReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Kristen - Jess and Joel – my prayers are with you, asking Him to grant you comfort and strength through these next months of pregnancy. God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    k and c's mom - I am so very happy for this joyful journey you are beginning. Blessings on you all.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:56 pm

    Bec74 - beutiful baby allready…may God bless you and caanot wait to find out if Cora’s baby is a brother or sister!! Love~ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    Courtney Kay - he gives and takes away… but always is faithfulReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    Julie - So many emotions…and I can relate in some way to them all. I’ve been there and walked a similar road. I know it’s hard…some days will be tough, but there is also so much joy. I know you are feeling that, too. Cora is forever a part of you and Joel…and will be a huge part of this new baby’s life as well.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:22 pm

    Carrie - Glad to hear that everything went great! I am sure Cora was right there with you, holding your hand looking at her little brother or sister. Enjoy your pregnancy :) ReplyCancel

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    blessedmomto7 - SUPER DUPER CONGRATS!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Wendy - What a beautiful baby…I think he/she will have Cora’s cute chubby cheeks!

    Thank you for continuing to share your journey.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:28 pm

    3LittleByrds - I have lurked on your blog for awhile and I just wanted to say I’m thinking of yall as you start this new journey.I know it has to be hard to feel like your moving on but that’s what Cora would want. I’m sure she’s dancing in Heaven at the thought of her new brother or sister. Many hugs and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Anna - How exciting…what a blessing that a new life will soon become a part of your family! She or he will always hear and know about Cora and even get to meet her one day in heaven! May God give you strength and hope as you experience all of these emotions! God bless! So happy for you…ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:41 pm

    Tabitha - I’m just another of your many readers who has never commented until now. I can’t even remember how I found your blog but I know God led me here. Not a day goes by that you don’t cross my mind. Like so many others, your story made me appreciate life in such a new way. I have a 9 month old daughter, Ella, and a lot of times her and I will pray together for you. Thank you for sharing your heart. Have you ever read the book Crazy Love? It’s amazing to think of the vastness of God’s love for us. How good of Him to bless you with this new life. Ella and I will be praying for you. Sending love from your sister in Christ.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    PamperingBeki - You made me cry.
    Again.

    God is good, all the time.
    Someday, 20 years from now, you’re going to look back and wonder how you survived this time in your life. And the only answer is God.

    I heard a song today that was at Cora’s celebration service, and interestingly it had a whole new meaning again since you’re pregnant.
    I thought I knew what the song said, and then when I heard it at the service, it struck me differently. And then today, I heard a new line that I’d never heard (or payed attention to) before.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Anonymous - I have been following your story since Cora was admitted into the hospital through Kayleigh Freeman’s site.
    I was just so happy to see Cora’s announcement about her little baby sibling. God has truly blessed you with this new little life. You are a wonderful mother and any child is so blessed to be especially made just for you.
    I know you are full of worry and so many emotions – excitement and also sadness that Cora is not on this new journey with you here on Earth. BUT she is ALWAYS there in spirit and a part of you every day. She is also a part of this new baby and you will see so much of her in this new sibling.
    Just know you are in my prayers and I’m so looking forward to the day you hold this baby in your arms.
    Congratulations on your baby! I’m just so happy for you and your husband. That pain of missing Cora will always be a part of you, but hopefully you will get to a point where you can feel joy, happiness and peace without feeling sad. Cora would want you to be just as good of a mom you were to her and just as happy. You deserve all the happiness in the world.

    I don’t even know you, but I can tell you are a very special soul!
    God Bless you!

    Karen
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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:57 pm

    The McBrayer family - I follow your blog and have been praying for you and Joel ever since I was lead here. I was overjoyed to hear your wonderful news. I will be praying for your new little one and know that he/she will bring much joy! You are a true inspiration and a beautiful person. Your love for our Lord is true, deep and so real. I love reading your words. Thank you for sharing your story. Praying for you in GA.
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    Midwest Mommy - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Cristy - Still praying for you guys Jess. Congrats to you both on this new sweet little life!

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    Cynthia - I can’t imagine how hard this must be for you. You are probably having so many mixed emotions. Still hurting so badly, but wanting to be happy/excited about this new baby. Nervous and hopeful for the health of him/her. I am so sorry your sweet Cora is not still here with you. It is so unfair that things like this happen. Tears are streaming down my face as I read your post tonight. (((hugs)))
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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    Todd and Courtney - I’m so excited for you two and can’t wait to hear the updates as you visit the doctor. Thinking and praying for you all every single day, I mean it…every single day. You are loved.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:05 pm

    Marla Taviano - Cora’s little sibling is BEAUTIFUL. And he/she will love Cora even though they won’t meet until heaven. I’ve never met Cora, and I love her dearly. I can’t wait to meet her someday!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:06 pm

    Anonymous - YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA for you guys! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love!

    Jenna Gudalis and family
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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Dawn - I am truly happy for you guys. I have a daughter and a year ago we lost the baby we were carrying, we were almost 20 weeks. That loss was very hard for us, mostly because I am 41 and I kind of knew that was most likely my last chance. Since then I have to be happy for people when I hear they are pg. And most the time I am and I want to be, but envious too. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions.
    But when I read your annoucement post, for the first time I felt exactly how someone should feel. TOTALLY HAPPY FOR 2 PEOPLE. I have cried over many of your blog posts and if any 2 people deserve this, it’s you two. This baby won’t replace her but only add and fill that void of taking care of someone. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    Whimsical Creations - I am so excited for you guys!

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    mommyof2sons - God is so good! Love the picture!! Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    Kristi - Let the Lord be your Rock at this time. Continue to cling to Him and let Him carry your sweet family. I am so very happy for this new, precious life growing in you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    hoosier68 - Isn’t modern technology wonderful? To hear the heartbeat and see the ultrasound have to be so reassuring to you. My 18 month old granddaughter wore the Cora dress I ordered to her grandfather’s retirement dinner tonight and was the center of attention! Still praying daily for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    Melissa at perryjayne.etsy.com - We continue to lift you up in prayer, praying for His comfort, blessings, protection, and favor for your family. So happy to see that little ultrasound photo. Hearing that heartbeat is such a rush of emotions.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    Anonymous - Excited for your wonderful news! Cora HAS to be smiling too!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:53 pm

    Lacie and Stephen - My situation was different than yours, but I can identify wholeheartedly with the emotional struggle. I had such a difficult second pregnancy after losing my first child. You will have to tell yourself many times to give it to God. Hopefully Cora IS sharing in this moment with you! Perhaps not in the way you imagined. If she can’t see you from up in Heaven, she is still in your memories. You will remember her milestones as you make new ones with this baby. Best of all you will be able to tell him/her all about his/her big sister! I am looking forward to the day when my little one wants to know more about her big sister! Until then, I talk about her off and on, so that she knows there is another person in our family who isn’t with us right now. May God bless you! Know that we are all out here praying for you! We love you!

    In Him,
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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:54 pm

    maddie/cadesmimi - Hello,
    I found your blog a month or so ago and have been following since then. I was heartbroken when I read what your family has been through. I am thrilled to hear your news of another baby! I will be praying for you and following your blog…Kathy B. in GA.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    Christina - I just cry…
    I’ll pray too! Hearing that heartbeat is an amazing thing. Beyond words.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 11:01 pm

    Jackie - I have tears running down my face for you! Such a miracle!
    I hope you have a smooth 28 more weeks!ReplyCancel

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    Paula - What a blessed picture of your baby!

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  • June 19, 2009 - 11:09 pm

    Livesays - Jess,
    You write so beutifully and honestly about your feelings. I really admire that. I know your heart is heavy with sadness for Cora and happy too to be carrying her little sibling. We continue to pray for you. We know God and Cora are looking out for you and Baby Mac. Glad you’re physically feeling well. Congratulations again. Praying for and wishing you all the best!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 11:11 pm

    Becky - I am so happy that everything is going well. My heart goes out to you. I am thinking of you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - OH how sweet that picture is! :)
    I cried as I read your blog, happy but yet feeling your fear and sadness also…. Cora will be by your side every step of her new brother or sisters way! I know she and the Lord got together and made this wonderful event happen for you! Be Happy she is telling you I am here with you always!

    I got a new blog so check it out…
    Love you both!

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  • June 19, 2009 - 11:30 pm

    Alice - How exciting!!! I am praying for you guys and the new little baby.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 12:22 am

    Kate - I am so happy for you two. I am sure that Cora and God are perfectly weaving this new little one together w/ more love for you and Joel than you could ever imagine. My husband and I have two daughters ages 3 and 17mos. They are the greatest gift we have ever been given. Sometimes my heart aches as I see them growing so quickly. I know this time we have w/ them is so precious. Something that my whole life will reflect upon. I have followed your blog since Cora first became sick. I have cried for you and ached for you and the empty hole that has been left in your life. I can’t begin to imagine the emotions you are dealing w/. But please know that you’ve been such an inspiration to me. To love & appreciate every waking minute w/ my children. But most importantly to have faith.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 2:51 am

    Amber - So glad you got to hear the baby’s heartbeat and take a peek! I will be saying lots of prayers for you both.

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  • June 20, 2009 - 2:58 am

    Anonymous - I am so ecstatic about your baby news. :-)

    Blessings and best wishes to all,

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  • June 20, 2009 - 3:10 am

    Lacey McKay - What a cute little peanut! This whole post had me in tears. I can’t imagine the mixture of feelings you must be experiencing right now. I still think about you every single day.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 7:08 am

    Monica - I can only imagine the mix of emotions you are feeling. I am so thankful your appointment went well and you were able to hear your little one’s beautiful heart beat.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 7:37 am

    THE SPIVEY"S - I can not say that I understand what you are going through but I can say that I am here for you and your family as you go through it. We think about you daily and pray with you daily for baby Cora in heaven and this new baby in your womb. Congrats again for this new life and your are so right God is hearing your prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:23 am

    Melissa - Congratulations on the baby!! I cannot imagine what you are going through. However, there is another blog I read that I wanted to recommend. http://charitymom.blogspot.com/ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Jane In The Jungle - So glad you got to see him/her. It will be a roller coaster ride emotionally. It is hard to move ahead. Praising God for your new little one, and prayers for all 3 of you! And I know Cora is grinning from ear to ear with Jesus at her side….ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Krista - oh congrats! i’ve posted once before and you don’t know me (i’m a friend of a friend!) but i pray for you often and am so challenged by your blog! i am so excited for you and will continue to pray for you along this journey…for your baby and your heart. i can’t imagine the roller coaster of emotions you must be experiencing, but through it all it is so encouraging to see you cling to Jesus so tightly….ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 9:06 am

    Maria - I am praying for you and this new life and the journey of grief you are on.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Lynn Jones - Can you grasp how many people already love this new little kidlet? And how many of us will be praying with you through your pregnancy. I pray God will give you an overwhelming sense of His loving care through these next months. Once again, thanks for sharing so generously, Jess.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 9:32 am

    Anonymous - I am so happy for you both. I know this is such a bittersweet time for you, but I know that God graced two very loving and deserving parents with the joy only a child can bring. Let your tears of sadness melt into those of joy and God bless all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Anonymous - I am so excited for you. I will continue praying for all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 10:42 am

    Melissa - I am so happy for you! The miracle of life is truly amazing and precious. It never fails to amaze me when a new baby is born…I sob everytime I watch “A Baby Story” on TLC!

    I pray every day for you and Joel. You both are so amazing and are such wonderful parents! Cora and this new baby are SO lucky to have you as Mom and Dad.

    God is good. Praying for you always!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 10:50 am

    greenpastamomma - I was reading Ezra 3:10-13 yesterday and praying for you guys…the mixture of shouts of joy and cries of sorrow all happening at the same time brought you vividly before my mind.
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  • June 20, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Micah - You have such a way with words. I am just in tears 90% of the time I read your blog. I put myself in your shoes and feel right along with you. Praying, and praying, and praying. So excited for this new little life that will be blessed with such wonderful, God fearing parents.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Kim - So thrilled for you. Keep clinging to the Lord. He is the only thing that will sustain us. I pray that somehow the pit you feel will be replaced by love for this new life growing inside you. I pray that the sweet memories of Cora will overshadow the memories of sadness and pain. Your faith is shining brightly for all to see. Continue to exalt Him and lift His name up high for all to see through the joys and pains of life. You inspire me to do the same!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 2:22 pm

    heather - Beautiful, Mama.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    katie - You don’t know me…I’ve commented a couple of times before. But, anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I am SO happy for you with the news of the new baby! What wonderful news! And of course you’ll be feeling so many mixed emotions during this new journey. Keep clinging to God as you’ve always done…and I know you will! Your faith is truly a wonderful example!
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  • June 20, 2009 - 3:08 pm

    Karina - Congratulations on getting through your first appointment and the BEAUTIFUL first picture of your second child! There is nothing like hearing the heartbeat for the first time.

    It must have been a very rough morning. I cry every time I read your posts; your ability to express yourself clearly and simply makes me live some of the agony with you. Knowing that I can get up from my computer and recover my emotions, while for you the grief remains constant, reminds me to appreciate my life and three children more.

    Even though this journey will be bittersweet, I am thrilled that you have something so happy to look forward to. Your next bundle of joy will be eagerly anticipated by MANY of us who would probably otherwise never have known about you – because of Cora’s legacy and the empathy you inspire in us, this is certain to be an exciting journey for us all!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 5:17 pm

    Heather - I am praying for you two! Such excitement and such sorrow all at once…this must be so so hard!!

    I know you are clinging to the KING!

    Congratulations!!
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  • June 20, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess-
    What a blessing! We are thrilled for you. We continue to pray for you and will begin praying for a healthy “baby Mac”! God is so good.

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  • June 20, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Anonymous - Wow! We are thrilled for your family and still praying for you all the time :) We think of you alot and enjoy checking your blog for updates. Continue to take care and remember that God is always watching over you…ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    Anonymous - Congratulations on your pregnancy! As a labor and delivery nurse I understand the conflict between joy and sadness you feel. It seems that there is a common fear that if you let go of the sadness you will lessen the memories of the child that has been lost. The best way to honor Cora is to love this child with all of your heart. After all it was Cora who taught you to be such a wonderful mother! My best wishes to you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 7:25 pm

    Anonymous - Ho Jess, There is so many things that I would like to say to make you feel better but there is no words, but please note that you and Joel are always in our prayers. We have learn to love Cora trough you and she will never be forgotten as she already live in our harts. Congratulations on the new Baby and we will also be praying for a healthy baby. Lots of hugs on your way.

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Hoover Family - I am excited for you new blessing, you guys deserve some happy days. Cora is looking down from above and will touch this new babies life in many special ways, that only Cora can.
    Thanks for continueing to write! God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    Hoover Family - I am excited for you new blessing, you guys deserve some happy days. Cora is looking down from above and will touch this new babies life in many special ways, that only Cora can.
    Thanks for continueing to write! God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    Anonymous - HAPPY FATHER’S DAY JOEL! What a fantastic Dad you are to Cora and the new baby Mac!
    I will be thinking of you! Prayers!

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  • June 20, 2009 - 9:39 pm

    Kelly - Whoo boy! I’m all teary over here reading about your anxities and fears and then seeing that little bean of a baby! WOW!

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    Jennifer - Moving on is hard but we know that this is what God would want for our families. Little blessings from above – that is what each child is no matter how long they are with us.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Angie Thieszen - I’m not sure I’ve ever even posted on here or not, but we have been following your story from the very beginning. My husband is a cousin of Collin Siebert, a friend from your church. I feel as if we have many connections to you…my husband, Micah, is an RN at our Cancer Center and he lost his mom to cancer at age 6 so he has such a passion for cancer patients and families. Our niece also was diagnosed with cancer at age 2 1/2 so we also know what it’s like to be a family member of a cancer child…so hard. In addition to that, our second child, Toby, underwent emergency heart surgery 1 week into life so I feel like I know what it is like to have a very sick child fighting for their life in the hospital. However, despite all these things, I know we still can’t completely connect in what it’s like to lose a child–Toby thankfully pulled through and is doing very well, as is our niece. My heart has always ached for you and I just wanted to let you know that I have shed many, many tears over the journey God has carried you through. Anyways, we are now pregnant with our 3rd (due late Oct.) and I just wanted to share that the Lord certainly knows our fears of carrying another child when it all seemed to be so hard with our last one. He desires so desperately to know the real depths of our hearts even when they aren’t “pretty” so I encourage you to continue being open with Him as you seem to be doing. We have been somewhat anxious that this baby could have more heart defects like Toby and we could experience the same horrible ordeal all over again. Some days this has been my focus–worry–and other days, I focus on the joy of another life and trust that God is protecting this little growing miracle. We are certainly “human” and like you said–extra emotional with all the pregnancy hormones! We just went through our extensive ultrasound and echo at Riley Children’s Hospital this past week and all is looking well…what a relief and a praise! Please know that as I read your updates I will be praying for you to allow yourself to enjoy this pregnancy and second baby addition to your family. May God continue to meet your needs right when you have them–whether they be needs of grief and sadness over the loss of Cora or joy and celebration of the new life growing inside you. It is a miracle indeed. Blessings to you both from strangers/friends in Goshen, Indiana.
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  • June 21, 2009 - 12:11 am

    patti - oh how exciting! i just love the “little peanut” first photos. congrats to you both. praying you have an easy pregnancy and a healthy little one on the way!ReplyCancel

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    Paige - What an amazing parents and family you all are. I am praying for you and just know that the Lord will feel your hearts with joys are take care of you two.

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  • June 21, 2009 - 10:10 am

    The Jones' - I am so glad to hear your little one is doing well! I will keep praying for you and Joel as you both walk this journey together.
    Blessings~
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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:16 am

    Anonymous - Today is 06-21-09

    Jess This Is for Joel.

    There was a Dad
    Who had a daughter.
    Swung her.
    Chased her.
    Hugged her.
    Loved her.
    Praised her.
    Taught her.
    Oh, what happiness
    he brought her!

    Happy Dad’s Day
    from that daughter
    in heaven.

    Love you, Dad.

    Cora

    That what she would say is she was
    here. Joel you were the best father ans deserve to celebrate this day.

    we love you

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  • June 21, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Christine - Praise the Lord for the beginning to a new and exciting journey for your family! What a tremendous blessing.

    Please wish Joel a Happy Father’s Day from us here in Georgetown, Texas. I pray that he would be surrounded with the Lord’s love and encouraged today. Love and prayers to you both, ChristineReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 6:07 pm

    Susan - What an expected roller coaster of emotions. As if we’re not emotional enough in pregnancy, but this is not your normal pregnancy. This is such a special one, this little one who will be joining “The Macs” will bring such joy and happiness to a much deserving family.

    I could “feel” your conflict as you wrote of the morning of your appointment. I’m sure there will be those feelings many times throughout your pregnancy, but I know Cora would want you to be happy and joyous just as she would have been to be a big sister.

    Many, many blessings to you.
    Praying for all to continue to be well and for little one to grow and grow.

    Praising God with you for New Life!
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  • June 21, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    Stephanie - What a beautiful brother/sister Cora is going to have! She will always be with you!!!!!! Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    Ang - I am so excited that God has allowed another precious miracle to be your lives! I will be praying for you guys!!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - I can’t help but think that Cora is looking down from Heaven, so excited she is going to be a big sister. While she will never meet him/her here on Earth, they will meet in Heaven <3ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:02 pm

    Maddie's Mommy - The due date for my daughter was Jan. 2 also.. She was born Dec. 26, 2007…Maybe you’ll have a Christmas Miracle :) ReplyCancel

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - You are in my prayers every day.
    I am glad to hear that the new baby is doing well.
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  • June 22, 2009 - 7:38 am

    mommaof4wife2r - a new journey…and lots of love and jo9y to be earned and shared along the path! horray and more congrats to you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:02 am

    Audrey - How wonderful to be able to be “along” with you as you blog about your new pregnancy. As I read your thoughts about Cora not being able to meet her new sibling, I was reminded about something my parents wrote in the Bible they gave me for my graduation. Before we were even born, He knew our name. (Isaiah 49:1,3) I have no doubt that Cora does know her sibling because she is right there as our mighty Potter molds her/him with His hands.

    He did and continues to do so much with Cora’s life, what an amazing legacy this little one is going to be born in!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:15 am

    Toni :O) - Yay! Such a great picture of your new precious life….how wonderful! I can only imagine your pain, grief, sorrrow, joy and excitement all mixed in together. Cora is right alongside both of you on this journey. It was the gift of her life that has led you to be the wonderful parents you are and this new baby will benefit so much from Cora’s special gift. Best wishes for a continued happy and healthy pregnancy. Thank you updating all of us and sharing your lives with us. I feel blessed, so blessed, to be a part of your blog world. Continuing to send you love and hugs for support from Michigan and I continue to pray for you daily.ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 10:02 am

    Tara Provence - isn’t that heartbeat the sweetest sound. before you hear it, and while they are searching for it, there is such anxiousness. but the moment that you can hear it… it’s just the sweetest sound. and the little sonogram… how adorable! congrats! i am 16 weeks pregnant right now… and we are so excited! january will be here before you know it!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    Jessatsea - congratulations! I missed the big announcement but couldn’t be happier for you!

    May God bless you and your newest little one. I will continue to pray for everyone’s good health!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 12:58 am

    Roo and Wren's Mama - I am so glad for you – babies are such miracles… I found your blog some time ago – just after Cora went to be with Jesus, and her story gripped my heart. My baby was just around 10 months old at the time I found your blog, and I just cried for you, and hugged my girl a little tighter. I’ve tried to keep up with your blog since then, and am always encouraged by your amazing grace and trust and transparency in what must be such a difficult and heart-wrenching journey…
    I will pray that this new little life will grow strong and healthy, and that you will be able to rest and enjoy the miracle and joy of pregnancy.
    Zoe
    p.s. so fun that you were born in Japan – just saw that on an older post… we are living in Japan now – my husband is in the military. And our baby was born here too! 5 yrs of infertility, God blessed us with 2 babies, one by adoption and one by birth, 6 months apart…. God is amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 6:23 am

    Snoodle Family - Congratulations! I am so excited for you! My prayers are with you during this time.
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  • June 23, 2009 - 8:21 am

    Gabe and Ashley - Congratulations on the new baby on the way, what a little blessing! We will be praying for you and the baby! We received a dress, onsie and a blanket that you made as a gift from Lori Riley from St. Francis, KS., where my husband is from. I just love the dress! Our daughter is wearing it in my latest post! Every time she wears it, I pray for you and your family. Sweet Cora is such a special girl, reading about her life brings me such joy! We pray you continue to feel well during your pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 3:47 pm

    nataliemme@yahoo.com - Oh my heart is filled with such joy for you!! I have not read your blog for a long time and what an awesome suprise to see a little miracle of love growing!!! My heart still hurts for you both, I can’t image the pain you have experienced. Know that we are praying for you and I look forward to more posts about the baby on the way!! ~Natalie Owen from Oneill NE – friends of Jerald McClenahanReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 7:01 pm

    M. Cummings - This weekend I lost my third baby to miscarriage. I know that God is good in all things. But it is so hard to lose our children. So *very* hard. Reading your blog both encourages me and brings me to tears. I know the feelings. All too well. Although three of my children are not here in my arms, I am confident that they are praising the Lord in heaven. And that *is* a good thing.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    Vincent Family - I am so excited for you! You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    e.m. - Oh.. how exciting ..and hard. Of course, Cora will know your new little one…who do you think is with his/her soul right now (waiting to be born)? It is sad to think about your loss but how lucky for your new little one to have your beautiful sweet Cora as an angel by their side. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    My name is Megan... - Congrats! So exciting. I will be praying for you guys!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I am so excited for you as you heard the heartbeat of your precious little baby. Will keep praying for you as your heart aches for your precious Cora. Love the dresses you are making.
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  • June 24, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    Anonymous - I have been reading your blog for a while now but have never commented. I just wanted to tell you that I have been praying for your family for a long time and I am so excited to hear you are expecting. I cried when I read your update today. Your unending faith is such an inspiration to me. I will continue to keep you and your husband in my prayers! God Bless You!ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    Rachel - God is so good. His timing is perfect! Praying for you.ReplyCancel

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    Rebekah - Sending you prayers of strength and joy!ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 8:22 am

    Marlene W. - I am thrilled to read that you are expecting a baby – congratulations! You continue to be in my prayers. This baby is so blessed already to have such wonderful parents. I could say more, but words really can’t express my feelings for you guys! I will be in prayer for a healthy pregnancy :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Andrea - Praise the Lord for good news! That first sound of the heart beat is so very precious. Congratulations again. I pray for a healthy pregnancy & baby.ReplyCancel

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    Paula - I am smiling and so happy for you! Sending love….ReplyCancel

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  • June 27, 2009 - 12:30 am

    Lindsey - My heart wants to explode with emtion. Happy and Sad. That little one growing inside you is sure lucky. I am sure Cora sent him/her to you, and I am sure she told that little one about the amazing parents they share! Congrats.. I can not think of two more deserving people to receive this gift!ReplyCancel

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  • June 27, 2009 - 10:11 am

    A "Friend" praying for you in MD - We have been away and I hadn’t checked your blog in a while. I rejoice with you in this new little sweet one that God is knitting together for you. Praise HIM! Many blessing and much comfort is what I pray for you all!ReplyCancel

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  • June 29, 2009 - 6:51 pm

    Anonymous - I haven’t been on for some time. Just read that you are expecting again. I cannot be happier for you both. It is hard to feel like you are leaving something behind. I was pregnant with twins after trying 6 years to conceive and miscarried one of them. On one hand I was heartbroke, on the other, so excited. You will get through it…Cora will see to it.
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  • July 2, 2009 - 11:37 am

    Mae - I will be saying extra prays for you and your husband during your pregnancy! I am so happy for both of you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 5, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    Ravan - While Cora may not be here for you to see the interaction between her and your new little bundle of joy (once they get here), I’m certain she’s showing them the ropes in the heaven. I mean, who better teach your new baby how to melt your heart than sweet Cora, who has melted not only yours, but SOOO many other people’s hearts. I bet, once your little bundle of joy is here, you’ll see them doing things that only Cora did.
    Just a way Cora to let you know she’ll always be with you and that she’s done her part as ‘big sister’ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    Anonymous - Congratulations on the bundle of joy on the way! I love reading your blog and think of your family often. Thanks for keeping us updated! :) ReplyCancel

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A little more for the Fourth.  Hurry to Cora’s to get your 4th of July gear!

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  • June 17, 2009 - 6:34 pm

    PamperingBeki - Wow, I popped in here at just the right time!ReplyCancel

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    Kristi REDISKE - i did too-but no 24 month-i might just buy a 6 month and give it someone.ReplyCancel

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    Nancy Gerena - HIP HIP HOORAY!!! I am so excited to finally be able to make a purchase from your shop! :) ReplyCancel

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    Jenny - I finally got a dress!!! I am SO excited!! =) I can’t wait to get it!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 7:03 pm

    Sara - got a tank!
    will hold me over until I can get a dress!
    *I still may cram my 18 month old in a 6 month dress if I have to!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 7:44 pm

    Ethansmom08 - I got my 4th of July shirt in the mail today… I know my son will look adorable in it! So cute!

    Thank you SO much… LOVE IT!

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  • June 17, 2009 - 7:45 pm

    Mari - Yay! I am so happy I finally got to purchase one of your adorable pieces! Everytime I run to your shop, I’m always too late! I got a tank this time & hope I can get my hands on a dress next time!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 7:48 pm

    Heather - I got the last dress, perfect size 6 months!! YAY. I am so excited. I have tried so many times and always come too late :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    Kristen - I’m so glad that I decided to stop by your blog tonight! I, too, have been trying to purchase something from your shop, and I’m so excited that I was finally able to purchase a tank for my little girl. I’m going to make sure, when Abigail grows up, that she knows the story behind that adorable tank top that she wore on her first 4th of July. God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - Hey I finally got a blog site… :)
    YES I missed getting an adorable dress, but will keep my fingers crossed for the next one….
    ashilling.blogspot.com/

    YES I am finally in the blogging world… :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    Anonymous - To slow again but that’s ok..I LOVE to see the things in Cora’s sold out! :) and of course I will keep trying…

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  • June 17, 2009 - 9:48 pm

    Misty Rice - Ohhh I was about to go get Morgans fro Cora’s in the next couple of days…glad I waited, I like this even more. Getting it tomorrow for sure.

    Thanks…

    Oh and I sent our my prayer worriers to your site today, praying for a safe pregnancy. And we all just can’t wait to meet Cora’s baby sibling.ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Misty Rice - Hey I hope you read all your comments. I just went to order this dress for my little girl and I can’t find it. Its only showing two shirts. Can you help direct me? mistyrice@hotmail.com

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  • June 17, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend - I enjoyed reading your blog tonight….Love it when I have time to do blog hopping…I always enjoy finding new blogs!
    This month I am posting on our Disney trip.ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 10:30 pm

    Judy - Now this is just about making me crazy! Everytime you put new stuff in the Cora’s shop I’m too late. Oh well, I think it’s so exciting that it’s always sold out of dresses :) Praying for you and Joel and baby!!! Just for the record, I’m still so excited for you guys and get teary just thinking about this new baby!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 10:32 pm

    Kristi - I cannot believe it!! It is not a dress, but it sure is a cute onesie :). I am still holding out hope to get a dress one day! I hope your pregnancy is going well so far. You are in our prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 1:33 am

    `````````````` - Hey Jess & Joel! We love reading your blog and we finally got a blog of our own. We’d love to put cora’s blinkie on our site. Let me know if that’s okay (and how I’m new at this)! http://thewalquists.blogspot.com/

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  • June 18, 2009 - 6:31 am

    Shauna - Trying to get these dresses reminds me of those women that go nuts in the bridal stores over wedding gowns during clearance sales. :o)

    I happened to just click on my dashboard and see that your post was just put up about the 4th outfits! I clicked as fast as I my fingers would allow and was able to get my daughter an 18month tankie. Like the other mommies, this will hold me over until I can snag a dress!

    Thanks so much! The shirts and dresses are adorable! You are in our thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 7:51 am

    Shawn - missed it again; bummer!ReplyCancel

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    pinksarahh - I am ALWAYS too late!! But, that is a blessing that it is this popular!! Good job ladies!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 8:35 am

    Nicole Robinson - I am always too late too! Your dresses are VERY popular!

    Congratulations to your growing family!!

    In Him,

    just a stranger praying for you…ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 8:46 am

    Alisha - I missed it again…I give up.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 8:58 am

    Karina - Too late again! But I will not give up…I am haunting your blog regularly and will eventually log on at just the right time!

    I ordered some pinafores in support of Cora’s Playground back in February from Etsy and they still have not arrived…It seems it is very hard to get a dress for my daughter, lol! I’ll just have to get sewing, I guess.

    You are always an inspiration. Please let us know how you are feeling, I just LOVE following pregnancies!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 9:27 am

    Miss Em - Ugh! I missed it again. Can I just say that I have been popping in on your blog a couple times a day just to read your announcement…Ok, that sounds stalkerish. Sorry, not meaning it that way, it just makes me so happy and puts a smile on my face. Thank you for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Holly - Aw, shucks. I’m too late.ReplyCancel

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    Monica - ha! They go soo fast!ReplyCancel

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    heather - Congrats on your super sell-outs! Hope you’re feeling well.ReplyCancel

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    Tara Provence - oh my gosh! are you kidding me?!?!? you sell out faster than than – well crap i don’t know – but someone that sells out really fast!!!! amazing! i am glad that your dresses are so popular though… i just wish that i could get my hands on one! lol.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    The Mershawn's - Grr!!
    And congratulations to you two:). Oh well for me, too slow AGAIN, but we’re so excited for you. Still praying for you, too. Hope you’re feeling great!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    PamperingBeki - Got your phone message today and laughed. Haha!

    Praying you feel happy, loved, and blessed tonight.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Robin in Benton - Just wanted to let you know you were on my mind and I’m praying for both of you and a health Baby MacReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Maryann - I received my dress in the mail yesterday. I was so excited to open it up!!!!!!!

    Carina will be so cute in it for 4th of July and I will think of Cora.

    Thanks!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 1:55 pm

    Ashley - Is everything sold out? Everytime I click to go to Cora’s there is not anything listed.ReplyCancel

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Obviously, this is not a secret anymore! We wanted to share with all of you our exciting news. We are so thankful that the Lord has blessed us with another child. We can’t wait for our house to be filled with that joy again.
But this announcement comes with so many mixed emotions as it is hard to imagine adding another child to our family without Cora here with us.  She would have been such a good big sister!
We are so thankful for all of our faithful prayer warriors out there! Please continue to pray along with us for a healthy baby Mac. What a miracle this new little life is!
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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:33 am

    The Bordens - Congrats, what a blessing. You and your family are in our prayersReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:37 am

    Anonymous - Congratulations! Your family will remain in my prayers. Cora would be so proud.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Hooray!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:41 am

    Bethany - I continue to follow along with your story. Congrats on the news of the new baby! My thoughts continue to be with you as I know your hearts are still hurting!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - God is good!ReplyCancel

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    Angie - So happy for you!!ReplyCancel

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    Jenny Crosse - Congratulations! You are such wonderful parents – your new little baby will be so blessed.ReplyCancel

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    vintage at heart - So happy for all of you! Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:55 am

    Shannon - What wonderful news to read this morning!!! I grew up as the only surviving child of parents that lost a son. I will tell you that not a day has gone by that I don’t know how much my parents love me and that they would do anything in this world for me. You have a unique opportunity to love a child and truly know how precious every moment is. Your child is blessed to have parents that will be able to give them such a gift!! Continuing to pray for you daily!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Brianna - That is such awesome news congrats! I also just found out we’re having a baby too. So happy to hear this news today :) Take care.ReplyCancel

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    Jenny - Congratualtions!!!! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Molly - I am so happy for you. I know it must be bittersweet but this baby is coming into this world and is already loved by so many who know your story. I look forward to all the updates.ReplyCancel

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    my3sons - That is wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Kat - I really needed to hear some good new this morning! I am so thankful for this wonderful new life God has blessed you with. Continuing to pray for you all.ReplyCancel

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    BabyTuck - Congratulations! I’ve read your blog throughout your journey, but have never commented. Your strength is so inspirational! We’re praying for a wonderful pregnancy and healthy arrival of your new little one.ReplyCancel

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    Vera - Oh, I am in tears for you – CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What a huge blessing! Y’all are definitely still in my daily prayers, and will continue to be.ReplyCancel

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    All Doll(ed) Up - YEAH! That made my day reading that!!! I am rushing out to tell Adam now so we can be praying together for this baby!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:04 am

    Lindsey Stelly - God is so good!
    I am just a bawlin’ over joyed for ya’ll! I follow you constantly (stalker, ha ha) but never have commented! Now is the time!!
    I have been praying for you guys so much and am so happy that you will have a new baby!
    I know Cora is dancing with those angels and is so excited!
    Congratulations BIG SISTER!!ReplyCancel

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    Elle's Mom - Congrats! That is such wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Abby Johns - I am SO excited for you! Congratulations! I will be praying for a smooth pregnancy and a healthy child to bring many smiles to your household. That little baby already has the best guardian angel big sister there is!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:07 am

    Sara - Yea! My Grandma lost her first baby, Terri, at one. When she died, the doctors told her to get pregnant again, as it would ease the pain a little bit to have a little one in the house. She told me that it helped a ton. Very exiting news! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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    Marie - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:09 am

    PamperingBeki - Jess, I’m crying!

    Congratulations!!!!!

    (that actually crossed my mind when I saw you yesterday. But of course I didn’t say anything.)

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:12 am

    The Rouse House - May this baby be like a rainbow for your hearts. A rainbow doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that you are not still dealing with its aftermath. It means something beautiful has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides hope. God brings joy in the midst of sorrow.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:16 am

    Mandi - A new baby is always something to celebrate but I can understand how you would have mixed emotions. Many hugs and prayers sent your way!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:19 am

    Sarah - My jaw completely dropped when I read of your great news!! Congrats to you and your family!!! What an amazing blessing! I pray that you have a good pregnancy! Cora will be an amazing big sister!! She’s gonna be the best guardian angel!!

    Always praying in Nebraska,

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Devon - congrats! i’m so happy for you…and yet i know this is a bittersweet time.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - What wonderful news! I imagine that it does come with some sadness but, just imagine how special this baby will also be. She/he will know how much you both love Cora and how she/he will also play an invaluable part in your lives.

    Congratulations. My prayers are with you–enjoy every moment.

    God is good.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:23 am

    Hailey - Congratulations! I am so extrememly happy for you guys!
    Continued prayers in NC!ReplyCancel

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    Brittany - So thrilled for you over in Texas!

    This baby is going to have an amazing sister watching over him/her in Heaven!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Congratulations! I am crying tears of joy for you. I will pray everyday for this little miracle and that your heart continues to heal.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Kelly - You and your family will be in my prayers. I can imagine this is hard to open a new chapter in your life without Cora here to celbrate with you. Know she is with you! Congrats on your upcoming journey!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:28 am

    Laura Fiegel - Oh I am in tears for you both. I am so happy and excited to hear that you are expecting! I can only imagine how bittersweet this must be but know that Cora and God sent this baby to the two of you because they both know how good of parents you are! This little one already has his/her guardian angel in heaven. Take care and I can’t wait to see your updates throughout your pregnancy – I am due on January 1 – so it will be neat to see how things are progressing for you!!

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:29 am

    Brigid - That made my entire day! So happy for all of you!!! I just know that Cora picked out someone very special!!!ReplyCancel

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    Mission of mamahood - Congratulations! I look forward to the updates! I know Cora is very excited in her playground above.ReplyCancel

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    forever folding laundry - Congratulations!! Such a blessing and great new year gift. :) Will still be praying for you.

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    Kelli - Congratulations!!! We will be praying and thinking about you! We are due in february with our 2nd and it’ll be fun to hear all about your pregnancy when I’m not to far behind you! I’m so happy for the THREE of you! Cora is smiling down from Heaven and she is just as excited as you are! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:32 am

    kati - congrats! what extra-special news. wish you all the best!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Heather - Oh my heart just skipped a beat! Congratulations! I can only imagine how bittersweet you must be feeling! I am so happy for you guys, and I just know you’ll love having the sound of baby in your home again! My prayers are always with you!
    Hugs and prayers,
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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Trinity - Praise God! May you be blessed with a pregnancy filled with love and hopefulness. Cora will be a wonderful big sister, watching and guarding from heavens light.ReplyCancel

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    Mandy - Ahhh! That is the happiest news I have heard in a long time! I can hardly wait for January to come so we can meet this sweet little spirit the Lord is sending to your family! I am so, so happy for you!

    I can just picture Cora up in heaven giving her new little brother or sister the run down of Mac living! “Mom really likes it when you do this, and dad laughs when you do this, and make sure you sleep through the night because they BOTH REALLY like that!”

    So fun! I hope that pregnancy is treating you well and that you aren’t feeling too sick or fatigued! We will keep you and that little one in our prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Melody - Oh wow!! Congratulations!! What a true blessing!ReplyCancel

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    Jennifer W. - Oh Jess I am SO happy for you. Tears sprang to my eyes and my heart leapt when I saw the news. And what a beautiful picture of Cora! I know her little brother or sister will know her very well!!ReplyCancel

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    Megan - Congrats on your new little blessing. Your family is in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Melanieshea - WOOOHOOO!!!!! I am sooooo happy for you!!!!!!
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    blessedmomto7 - Too awesome for words! Blessings to you and your little Mac!ReplyCancel

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    Aimee Bakke - God is so very good! Congrats!!ReplyCancel

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    Polka Dot Moon - What wonderful news! Congratulations!!

    Many blessings to all.
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    Lorrie - What wonderful news! Congratulations!! I have never commented on your blog but have followed throughout your journey. Your loss has made me look at my life and family in a different way, and for that I thank you for sharing your heart and your sweet Cora with us. What a great way to start the weekend, first I finally got a Cora shirt for my daughter and now your great announcement. Thanks again for sharing and please know we will pray for you and for a healthy baby. God is good!ReplyCancel

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    mandie - congratulations, sweet mama!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Thank you Jesus for this new gift of life! Praising and rejoicing with you! And praying for you…ReplyCancel

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    Nicole @ BugaBoos - Congratulations! That is so awesome!ReplyCancel

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    Dina Ross - I have happy chills and tears of joy for you all at the same time. This is the first time I’ve commented on your blog and let me tell you what a gift from God both Cora and YOU are:-)
    I am so so so so happy for you:-) The best news!!!! Congrats to you and your family:-)ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:11 am

    Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Seriously, I was just thinking about this. I know this time will be bittersweet for you – it is exciting but, of course, you want to share it with little Cora.

    Nothing in this world will ever replace Cora, but I pray this new blessing from God will ease the pain in your hearts a little.

    What a lucky child this will be – you two have SO much love to offer!

    Praising God with you,
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    Courtney - I am so excited for you guys. What a true blessing from God. I know that this does not take away the hurt your feeling but, it does bring good joy. YEAH GOD!
    Congrats again
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    MCH PHOTOGRAPHY - Congrats! Wishing & praying for a healthy pregnancy for you.ReplyCancel

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    Maddie's Mommy - Congratulations!! I have been following your blog since right after your little girl became an angel and have cried as if I knew her she is so beautiful. (and I cried when I saw this post also) I am so excited for you :) …I hope you continue to let us follow your journey. And I also can’t wait to see Cora’s finished playground!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:16 am

    Anonymous - Congratulations! I am another faithful reader that has never commented- but HAD to comment to tell you how overjoyed I am for your family! What a wonderful blessing! You and your family remain in my prayers :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:21 am

    Jennifer Henry - Yaaaaaaay!!! :) So happy for this wonderful news! :) I’m due in January as well! I hope you haven’t been sick this week! (I definitely have!)

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    Micah - Yeah, yeah, YEAH!!! What wonderful news. God is so good to shower blessings on the broken hearted. *praying*ReplyCancel

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    Candice - Congratulations…what a blessing. We know your new bundle will never replace your Cora, but what a blessing to have your house filled with the love, fun, and giggles of a baby again. Love and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Jen - I am sooooo happy for you. I have read your blog throughout your journey and have never commented. When I saw your post this morning, I just teared up. You and your husband are so brave to choose to move forward like this. I am so proud of your family! Your faith in Christ is so evident!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Livesays - Oh Jess!
    I’m so excited and happy for you and Joel!! As you are to Cora, you will be wonderful parents to this new baby! We will continue our prayers for you and add an extra plea for a healthy pregnancy and baby! I actually said to Doug when we saw you at Arby’s that I thought you might be expecting. SO thrilled for you!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Amber - Oh my goodness, congratulations!! That is SO exciting!! I will keep praying for you guys. I can understand the mixed emotions. I know that is so, so, so hard. Praying!ReplyCancel

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    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - Awwwwww, Jess, that’s great! Congrats to you, Joel, and Cora! I bet your folks are super excited! Take care and take it easy, hon!

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    Holly - Congratulations! Such wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Erica - Congrats! This news has brought tears to my eyes. We will continue to pray for you and Cora’s new little sibling on the way. I’m sure it will be a journey with lots of emotions. Keep clinging to Jesus. You are such an amazing example of this to me. Thanks for sharing your pain and joys. We are very excited for you and Joel.ReplyCancel

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    Jennifer Carter - Oh, I’m so happy for you!! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Diana - Many blessings and best wishes in Jesus’ name. May the sweet overwhlem the bitter, and may the Lord bless you with a healthy and happy little one who will carry Cora in his/her heart along with you and your hubby.ReplyCancel

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    Lindsay - many congratulations!! so happy for you :) ReplyCancel

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    Bambi - OMG what wonderful news. Congrats to you both.ReplyCancel

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    mandie lane - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Leah - Such wonderful news!!! Our God is so GOOD!!ReplyCancel

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    Dana - Congrats! That is great news! So bittersweet but so still so good. Praise God! :) ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I am so happy for you! What a lucky baby to have a sweet angel always looking out for him (or her!)!!ReplyCancel

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    The Morris Family - Praise the Lord that the “thousands in Israel” are on their way….I can understand the joy and sorrow all mixed together, its that way in my heart too, sorrow that Joel i snot here, yet rejoicing that we have 12 other blessings here with us. May He grant a blessed pregnancy and give grace each moment. He will….

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    Melissa Abby - How exciting! Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby!ReplyCancel

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    i love plum - congrats to you!!! that is wonderful! as always, praying. xoReplyCancel

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    Sarah Furlough - CONGRATULATIONS! Many prayers for a long and healthy pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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    Lauren - Oh how wonderful! I’ll definitely be praying : )ReplyCancel

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    Anne - Rejoicing with tears of joy!! What a gift!!ReplyCancel

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    Stacy - OH MY!!! Tears came to my eyes when I read your blog today. Congrats!! God is watching over you both and Cora, your little angel in heaven is watching. Such a blessing……I remember the joy, yet saddness when I found out that I was pregnant with my second daughter after loosing her older sister in an accident. And I want you guys to know that I am still praying for you guys!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Cori - Congratulations! I’m sure it is so bittersweet. *hugs*ReplyCancel

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    Molly - YAY Congrats to the Macs! Cora would be so proud. Can’t wait to follow the journey of your new little one!ReplyCancel

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    Jenae - Congratulations!!!! We are so excited for you guys. I’m sure Cora is celebrating with Jesus this amazing news!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 12:55 pm

    Courtney - I am so very happy for you! I pray God’s blessings on your sweet little family .. I’m sure your sweet Cora is smiling down on you guys and is so excited for you! Sending you plenty of hugs and prayers! :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    Trisha Larson - So happy for you.

    Please pray for us as well. We’ve been trying again for 14 months and God keeps saying no. It’s been so hard to lose Nate and AND struggle with the inability to have another.

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    The Snyders - Congratulations!! I am so excited for you. Cora would be so happy. She will be looking over her little brother or sister!ReplyCancel

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    mark and missy - Congratulations! Tears are filling my eyes as I type – I bet Cora’s running around all over heaven with excitement that she’s going to be a BIG sister! I’ll pray for a healthy happy pregnancy for you – thanks for sharing such wonderfully good news!ReplyCancel

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    sewbusy - I can not say how happy we are for you!! We were blessed with another baby about a year after we lost our son and it was truely the most healing thing for us. WHAT A BLESSING!!!! And you are due the same month as I am!!! It will be fun to count the weeks along with you! We will continue to pray for you both!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:16 pm

    ml - Oh my goodness! I teared up a little when I read that. I am so happy for you and I am still praying for your family. I hope everything goes perfectly.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Nelson's Mama - I too have been following your journey but have never commented either – I’ve been wishing this for you for a long time and am overjoyed by your news today!

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Anonymous - Congratulations! Amazning news…yay God! He IS so good.ReplyCancel

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    Gene and Annie - Congratulations! I am sure it is so bittersweet. Blessings to you guys at this time!ReplyCancel

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    Rachel E. - Oh my goodness! I am so, so excited for you both!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    Barclay Kathryn - Oh I am SO excited to hear this about this wonderful news for you and your hubby! : ) It will make Cora so happy to see you happy and snuggling another little bundle I’m sure!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    Lauren Kelly - That is soooooo wonderful! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Jane In The Jungle - Congratulations!!! I am so happy for all of you!ReplyCancel

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    Shelby - Congratulations! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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    Nina Diane - Congrats..this is such a blessing.ReplyCancel

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    amy - CONGRATULATIONS! i had hoped you would be blessed soon with a little bundle of joy! :) i will continue to pray for all of you…

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Sherre - Oh this does my heart good! I’ve been following your blog for many months now and think of your family often. We drove through Kansas in March on our way to my husband’s family in Nebraska and the whole time I kept thinking of you and your family. I want my daughter to have a Cora dress so badly and one day I know she will (if I can just get quicker). Just know that I am praying for you daily from Lubbock, Texas! Congrats on the new addition. I just know that sweet Cora is holding him/her tight until arrival day!ReplyCancel

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    The Wildes - What wonderful news! Happy, happy day!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    Amy - Congratulations! What really beautiful news! I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and am always inspired and blessed by your strength. God will continue to strengthen y’all through this most awesome blessing.:)ReplyCancel

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    kbaitinger - Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Joel!ReplyCancel

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    Littlest Learners - MANY MANY CONGRATS!!!ReplyCancel

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    Pam - Awww….congrats! :) ReplyCancel

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    Kristy - Congrats! I am so happy for you and your family, although I know this is bittersweet for you all. Cora will be a big sister from Heaven!ReplyCancel

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    Trish - Congratulations!!! Much love and prayers are being sent your way!ReplyCancel

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    The Dolezal Family - This makes me so happy! Congrats! I hope everything goes perfect for you guys.

    And Cora will always be a big sister. Just like my mom is still a grandma to her grandkids she never met.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    The Hopkins Home - Celebrating with you in Michigan! We will pray for a healthy little addition to your family. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Amber Bradley - Congrats! She will be such a great sister. She will be watching over her baby brother or sister until they enter this world and while they are here! SO happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    wicker0407 - I am so thrilled for you.What a wonderful blessing the Lord has bestowed upon you. Congratulations!! I am sure Cora is looking down from heaven and is so happy. Lots of prayers and love from California!
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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:44 pm

    Kim, Aaron, Jake, Jack and Baby #3 - Once again, checking your blog, having never met you. I have been hoping to see a post like this soon…and am so thankful it is now there! I will be thinking and praying for your sweet family and this new little life. What a blessing…and Cora will be a blessing to this little one’s life in ways no one else ever can. So happy for yall.
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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - I’m in tears. I thought you were going to make this announcement when I saw your last post title, “It’s Out”! I’m beyond thrilled for you guys and wish you a healthy pregnancy!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:47 pm

    Kelli - Rejoicing with you!! Praise God.ReplyCancel

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    Kathy - Congrats. You will have a special little angel watching over all three of you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    Judy - Oh geez…I’m crying my head off! I’ve been praying and praying and praying that Jesus would bless you guys with a new baby!!! I know that nothing will ever, ever fill the void Cora left in your lives, but I know that Jesus wants your home to be filled with JOY! I pray that your mind will begin to be filled with dreams and thought of this new baby. I pray that this will soften the ache of missing Cora! And I can’t wait to hear about the names you’re thinking of! I just love Cora’s name! I think I might need a little Cora of my own one day.
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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    Amanda - That’s wonderful, guys! You are (obviously!) fantastic parents and the Lord is so good to give you this special blessing. I’m sure this new journey will have it’s bittersweet moments but we will all be praying for you and I’m already loving this new baby!ReplyCancel

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    andrea - I am so happy for you guys, and I am sure Cora will be looking down upon you, beaming and filled with love.ReplyCancel

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    carmen - That is so exciting, Jess! Congrats from the Classens!ReplyCancel

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    Krystal - I’m teary-eyed with bittersweet joy for you. Yes, how especially hard it must be to not have Cora with you right now. I’ll keep praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Anonymous - Tears come to my eyes with this news. Congratulations to you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Erica - oh i am SO excited for you! many many many congrats! blessings on this new little one!!!ReplyCancel

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    Becky - Oh my goodness! I am all teary eyed because I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU! That is the best news I have heard in a long time. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 3:31 pm

    Andrea - Oh, I could have cried reading this! Congratulations–you’ll be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    leel - wow – my spidey senses perked up when you first mentioned the job you love most of all, being a mom, and hoping to be one day have the chance to do it again. i am so happy for the both of you.

    yes, it will be emotional, but Cora would have wanted it this way too! hope you are feeling healthy and and can find the pace to feel excited about this new chapter!

    life is amazing, isn’t it?
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  • June 13, 2009 - 3:36 pm

    The Gava Family - Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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    Chens - Congrats! We will be praying for a healthy new addition.ReplyCancel

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    Missy Locklear - oh wow, congratulations!! what a blessing! Happy and Healthy 9 months to you!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Wow!!! God is so good!! What a huge blessing!!! I prayed for you guys many times thru out Cora’s illness and have since as God has brought you to mind.ReplyCancel

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    Ruth - Congratulations!! What a blessing this sweet babe is and will continue to be. I am so very happy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    PunkRockChic - I happened upon your blog a few weeks ago and have been following, but this is my first time commenting. Firstly, I am so sorry for your loss =( I am also a mother, so I know what having a child and loving a child is like, but I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through.
    Secondly, CONGRATULATIONS on your pregnancy! You and your new little blessing will be in my prayers =)ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:02 pm

    Maureen - Yea! Praying for you guys as you enter into this new season.

    Hugs & Prayers from WA,

    The Boisselle FamilyReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    Tyler and Gillian - Congratulations, Jess and Joel! I can’t imagine all the conflicting emotions going on (especially will all the pregnancy hormones added in!), but I am so happy for you! Praying for a safe and healthy mom and baby!ReplyCancel

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    Lori - Congratulations and prayers for a happy and healthy pregnancy and baby! This is such wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Kristin Stegent - That is so awesome! I am so absolutely happy for you! And definitely praying for a healthy baby Mac! I can’t imagine all the emotions you may feel through this, and I think Cora would have been such a great big sister! Wow…I was hoping you would have more kids because you seem like a meant to be mommy and daddy. You are beautiful parents!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Anonymous - Congratulations!!!!
    The new baby and you two will always have Angel Cora watching over, and that is AMAZING!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:13 pm

    Anonymous - What fantastic news…today I cry tears of joy for you! What an awesome GOD we have. When is this bundle of joy due?
    What a fantastic set of parents this wonderful addition will be getting.
    Will continue to think and pray for you all.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:14 pm

    Those Crazy Clarks!!! - congratulations!!!!! i am so excited for you!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:16 pm

    Anonymous - Should have read it closer and I would have seen that this wonderful new addition is due in Jan. :)
    Keep us up todate please…

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:22 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - Congratulations-what great news. I loved the way you announced it also letting Cora give out the big news-wow-we will pray for you, for your health and the health of the new baby. We will trust God in this.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    The Browns - Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for a while now & my heart just goes out to all of you. I’m due with our first in January & we are very excited :) God Bless
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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Anonymous - Congratulations!! You have so many people thinking and praying for you…some you know and some you don’t.ReplyCancel

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    Anais - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    I’ve read your blog for a while now and cry everytime. Today, I cried tears of happiness for your family. May God bless your family and the new little addition! This little baby will have an extra angel looking over them!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:55 pm

    The little things - Cora will be an amazing sister looking out from up abover over her sibling! I am crying tears of joy for your fabulous family! loving and praising God right along side of you!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Congratulations! God is so good! You will be in my paryers as you prepare for a new stage in life!ReplyCancel

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    Wendy - I’m so happy for you!!! Crying tears of joy for you both right now!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - AHHHHHHhhhhh! I’m so overjoyed for your family!!!!! What a blessing. God is so GOOD! Congrats!
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    athans' family - I have tears streaming down my face with happiness for you! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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    Sara - Congratulations!! And Cora will be an excellent big sister from up above.

    I am expecting my second baby – we lost our first 19 months ago. I have felt my boy watching over his little sister the whole time. This new baby of yours has her own personal angel! :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 5:16 pm

    The Costellos - I’ve never left a comment before, though I’ve often felt prompted to. This is such exciting news!! Many blessings for a healthy pregnancy!!!!ReplyCancel

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    The Gunters - This is wonderful news!!! I continue to pray for you and your husband every night. Congratulations!
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  • June 13, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Missy - I can’t remember how I came upon your blog…. I’ve been following it for awhile. I know I don’t know you, but I feel like I know a little piece of you and your life. It makes me sad that I came across your blog out of tragedy, but I’ve learned so much in a short time. Strength comes from many places and I feel all our strength comes straight from God. Through this you have showed incredible strength….in a difficult time you choice to cling to God. Even though it didn’t make sense what happened, you and your dh continued to believe. I believe God is the only way to get through a difficult time. So….in all that rambling…..I want to tell you how have happy I am for you! God will bless you for your faithfulness.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 5:21 pm

    L ~ S - I love the picture you made for the announcement! I am so happy for your blessing!ReplyCancel

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    Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - A blessing from above! So excited to share in your enjoyment! Your family and baby Mac will be in my daily prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Mum2twopreciousgifts - Alleluia! Congratulations all the way from wintery, chilly Australia to you all. I am just so thrilled that God is sending another precious gift to your beautiful family.

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    teasinglydiverse - I’ve been continuing to follow along with your story since the link was passed along to me earlier this year.

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    MICHELE - Jess and Joel, Congrats!!!!!!!! My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you as you begin this new life.ReplyCancel

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    me and my boys - i am SOOOOO excited for you guys !!!! many prayers for a great pregnancy and healthy baby !!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 5:51 pm

    Sheryl from Colorado - We are so happy for the gift of life that the Lord has blessed you with. Looks like I will be adding a new name on that bracelet of yours. Our prayers of joy are with you!ReplyCancel

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    Anna - Could not be more EXCITED for you and your family! Praise God for this new miracle, this new life! Cora is proud, I’m sure. :) CONGRATULATIONS!ReplyCancel

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    Robin - I just cant really understand how the Lord works, I have never met you but in following your blog I feel like your are part of my family . I just read this post and just started weeping tears of joy . I am so happy for you and Joel . Blessings, robin cottonReplyCancel

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    dg darling - So happy for you! I will be praying…ReplyCancel

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    Jennifer - Awe- I don’t even know you but I’m so teary eyes reading your news. I pray you will have a happy healthy and long pregnancy.

    Although your new little on won’t ever take Cora’s place, it will help fill up your hole in your heart.

    I’ve buried two of my children and having another baby to fill the void is like God holding your hand and telling you it’s going to be alright. He’s got our backs.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    singing mama - So very happy and excited for you all!! We will be praying for this new life and all the mixed emotions that you will be walking thru these coming months.

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    Anonymous - YAY!!! I’m so happy for you guys! What a blessing to your family. I’ll be praying for you and hubby.
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    Jessica - congrats!!! so wonderful! I know Cora had a hand in your new blessings!ReplyCancel

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    macalla - That is such great news to hear! congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 6:36 pm

    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Oh! Oh! Oh!

    Sitting here just bawling, so thankful and thrilled for you. Praying!

    God bless you!

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    beth - As I read your post I smiled & cried. I am so Happy for you both to have something to Rejoice in! Now sending up prayers for all 4 of you!ReplyCancel

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    Kylie, Jesse and Asher - How wonderful!!! A little life growing inside of you…God is good. Thanks for sharing the great news!ReplyCancel

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    Tonya - Congratulations! I hope that this little one brings you as much joy as Cora has….Hugs.ReplyCancel

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    Traci Thiesen - Oh my gosh Jess! Congratulations!!! I have been praying for you and Joel to be blessed with another little one and I couldn’t be more happy for you to have this prayer answered!

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    Heidi - What a beautiful blessing for all of you. May this little baby be blessed with good health. You all will stay in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Beav's Wife - what wonderful news!!!! congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

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    Chris - I am SO happy for you two :)
    This little baby will bring you so much joy :)
    Cora will always be there with you .
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    Kristen - God is FAITHFUL! God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

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    Jackie - I have been praying for you to have a baby to fill your empty arms!
    This is very exciting!ReplyCancel

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    k and c's mom - This is the happiest of news! So overjoyed for you. God is so good.ReplyCancel

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    dmeryan - I am just thrilled for you and your family. A new baby is such a joy – a reminder of all the good and wonderful things in life. Cora will still be a wonderful big sister – and a perfect guardian angel too. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 7:38 pm

    mandi @ it's come to this - I am truly so very happy for you & your family!!! I can only empathize with the mixed emotions but rejoice in your happiness!! The announcement card is adorable:)ReplyCancel

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    MomMom - I am so happy for you and your family. I do know this must be bittersweet and you’re filled with mixed emotions, but God is so good to bless you with a baby sister/brother for Cora. I will be praying for you and this pregnancy. Will you please email me if you have a second? I have a question to ask you that I’d rather not ask on the comment form. (It’s not negative at all but something that I’d like to ask about your pregnancy since you’re about as far along as someone I know.) I looked for your email address on your blog but either missed it or it’s not there. Thanks–again, so happy and praying for you. LZ7780@cox.netReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 7:49 pm

    Trish - Praise GOD!!! He is faithful!ReplyCancel

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    Nicole B. - That is so exciting! God bless you and your family! You guys will be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Shanda - Oh my goodness! CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you all. Cora is looking down on you from heaven elated that she is going to be a big sister. I’m guessing she is going to have a baby brother. You will remain in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Staci - Congratulations! I am so happy for you and I know Cora will be watching over you and her new baby brother or sister.ReplyCancel

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    the*4*of*us - Congratulations!!!!! Oh, how this baby will be blessed with stories of his/her big sister!!!
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  • June 13, 2009 - 8:02 pm

    Stacy Lord - Jess and Joel,
    Congratulations! I was so happy for you both that I almost burst into tears of joy when I read your announcement. What wonderful news! What a beatiful family for this little one to join. Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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    KeesMomi - I am soooooo happy for you!! I have prayed so hard that God would bless you with another baby this summer. Not that any baby would ever replace sweet Cora; not that it would take away the pain of losing her. But that you would again have joy and hope in your lives with a new little life. Thank you God! I will be praying that you and baby will be safe and well!ReplyCancel

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    Charity - I am so happy for your family. The Lord is AWESOME!!! Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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    Ethansmom08 - Congrats on your new little blessing…the announcement on your blog with Cora is just SO adorable, what a precious angel and now a big sister to be!

    Many prayers for your whole family!
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    Our Life in Pixels - I know there is a lot of comments and you might not see mine, but oh my soul, my heart is thrilled to pieces for you guys. This baby will be such a much needed balm on your hearts! God is so good to give us just what we need! God bless, SarahReplyCancel

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    Rebecca - Congratulations to all of you!! Tears of all kinds are just pouring out of my eyes. I will be praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy.ReplyCancel

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    Candace - Praise God! I am so very happy for you! I think of you almost every day. We are also having a baby Mac of our own, arriving in October, so I will be fervently praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    rachel vaughn - congratulations! we will be praying for this new baby and you.ReplyCancel

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    michelle - CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thank you for sharing and what a perfect way to announce it!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - I’m so happy for you. I’ve cried so many times reading your blog. So glad they’re happy tears this time!ReplyCancel

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - Congratulations! I am thrilled for your family. Now that is some wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Allison - What a precious picture of Cora…..She will be the best big sister in Heaven:) I so wish she was here with you. You guys are still in my prayers often!ReplyCancel

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    Holly Rubstello - God bless you! I bet Cora handpicked a special little one for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Congrats!! You guys are awesome parents and your new little one is very blessed to be brought into such a loving faith driven family!ReplyCancel

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    Canadian Barb - I know Cora will never be replaced but I have prayed so often that you would have another little baby to fill your home and hearts I am so happy for you !!ReplyCancel

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    Hollie - What a wonderful blessing. Congratulations you guys, Cora will surely be watching over you all with love. May God Bless your family.ReplyCancel

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    Allie in AZ - De-lurking to say “wa-hoo!”

    Congratulations, and you will be in our prayers. I can’t begin to imagine the mixed emotions you are feeling, but am tickled to learn that a terrific bundle of joy is coming your way!

    Wishing you all of God’s blessings and promise to keep you in our prayers throughout.ReplyCancel

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    Casey - Congratulations a million times over. Our prayers have been and will continue to be with your family. I’m sure Cora is up in heaven smiling from ear to earReplyCancel

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    THE SPIVEY"S - Congratulations. We will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers over the next several months. I know that Cora is smiling down on you and is so proud to be a big sister.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I could not be happier for you and your husband!!! That is some of the best news I’ve heard in a while :)

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    Lindsey - Congratulations! I can’t think of any family that is more deserving than you of some REAL joy in your life again.ReplyCancel

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    Susan - PRAISE GOD!!! While no baby will EVER replace Cora, you deserve the happiness that this new life will bring. Cora is going to watch over this little one and one day you can tell the new baby all about how special his or hers big sister was! I am SO VERY HAPPY for you and will pray for you as you begin this next journey!

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    Karen - I am thankful to God for this child for you. You are so very, very deserving.ReplyCancel

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    Michelle - I love the picture of Cora, and congrats on the big news.ReplyCancel

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    hoosier68 - This is the first time I have read your blog that I haven’t cried! What wonderful news!!! God is good and I will continue to keep you and yours in my daily thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Stephanie Lane - PRAISE JESUS! Prayers are (still) covering you!
    Father, bless this little one who is coming into the loving arms of Joel and Jessica. Give them peace, hope, love abundant for this new blessing. Continue your healing work through this new child you’ve gifted them with.
    In Jesus’s name.
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    jandkland - My friend lost her first daughter to cancer and a week later delivered her second daughter. I can’t begin to fathom what emotions and thoughts come with life and loss mingled together in this way. Your news is a joyful sign of the hope we have in new life. I pray for your peace as the pregnancy progresses and rejoice with you in this gift. I don’t claim to know how heaven works, but I imagine that Cora has a hand in this already!

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    diana - My heart is about to explode with this news. Congratulations!

    God will continue to guide you and your Husband through all of these changes.

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    Melissa - Congrats!! That is such exciting news! I am so happy you have something that will bring some joy back into your life. You sound like such a wonderful mother, Cora was a lucky little girl and this baby is so lucky to have you and your husband as parents. I pray for you often and will continue to do so for this sweet baby.ReplyCancel

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    Kasey - Congratulations! All 3 of you will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Kendra - congratulations!! what an incredible blessing. i will pray that god continues to heal your hearts.ReplyCancel

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    Kimberly - What a blessing!!ReplyCancel

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    Alison - At this point you have 222 comments so I doubt that you’ll see mine, but I had to let you know that I have followed your blog since you found out Cora was sick. I wept and wept and wept with you over your loss. I read every post, listened to Cora’s beautiful service at your church and prayed for you guys so much. I am so happy to hear your news!! What a joyful blessing!!! And what a blessed little baby to be entering your sweet family. Love and prayers,

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    Jen - That is such wonderful news! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!!!ReplyCancel

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    Stacy - This is the best news I’ve heard in a while. Congratulations to you and Joel!! I’m thrilled for you guys and will certainly keep you in my prayers.

    God Bless you and your family,
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    Anonymous - Congratulations!!happy for u…I read ur blog daily and ur always in my thoughts,wishing u happy days ahead!remembering Cora always!

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    tami - AWESOME!!!!! So happy for you guys!! We are still praying!!ReplyCancel

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    Trasie Bressler - I few tears later I can write this comment. I am so happy for you and that picture of Cora is simply beautiful.

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    Gail - Joel and Jess–we’re so happy for you–praying for peace during this pregnancy and throughout his/her life. Love you!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Congratulations!! I am so very happy for you! Your family will continue to be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Congratulations!! I am so very happy for you! Your family will continue to be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Christina - OH MY GOODNESS, I’M SPEECHLESS, AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE WORDS I’M TYPING, HA! HOW WONDERFUL, AND OH, I WILL BE PRAYING…MY SON PRAYED TONIGHT FOR CORA (HE’S SIX, AND I THINK HE MEANT FOR YOUR FAMILY IN GENERAL). WHAT A BLESSING AND AS YOU CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH ALL OF THE EMOTIONS GOING ON KNOW THAT SO MANY ARE LIFTING YOU UP!ReplyCancel

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    The Jones' - Jess,
    Although we have never met, I feel as if I know you very well and am super happy for you both!!! I am just lost for words right now! I screamed with joy when I read this and startled my husband. Ooops. He also said congrats…hehe!
    Blessings,
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    Sophia - I check your blog daily as it is a blessing to me to read about your courage and strength in the hardest thing a parent could ever endure…….

    He is a great GOD that we serve! Praise Him for this blessing!

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    Ronda - I don’t know you, but I’ve followed your blog for awhile. I feel like I do know you though, and I had to comment for the first time and wish you a smooth and safe pregnancy. I’m sure your little Cora is happy for you as well. We’re praying for you, God Bless!!!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I have tears and goosebumps! So happy for your family!!!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I’ve been praying for this for you, not sure if you wanted it or not. I am so happy. Although you can never replace Cora, just like any mom pregnant with her second child, you will find that you will love this child just as much in a different way. I will keep praying for you everyday.ReplyCancel

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    GAMZu - Oh,my. i have tears in my eyes. I can only imagine your mixed emotions.

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    Lynnette Kraft - Congratulations! I know the mixed feelings of joy and sadness. That’s exactly what I felt when I was pregnant with my last one. He would be the only one of my children who wouldn’t personally know his sister Anna.

    Just always keep Cora alive in your home by talking about her and showing pictures all of the time and he/she will feel like they know her. I know that won’t be hard to do.

    I know I don’t comment on here much, but I just wanted you to know how excited I am for you and your hubby (and for your parents).

    Blessings from Sedgwick (just down the road from you).
    Lynnette
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    Anonymous - Bless you all. I’m so happy. Sweet Cora will be watching over her little sibling.ReplyCancel

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    ~Cherie - I am so overwhelmed with happy tears for you. I pray for all the best for you from the bottom of my heart.ReplyCancel

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    Jess - Ohh… I am so excited! I was praying that this would be coming soon. Congratulations!!! Cora is playing with the new addition as we speak.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - This made my day..congrats!!ReplyCancel

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    Just'N Angel - Congratulations! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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    Ruth - Congratulations!! Beautiful news. Many prayers for you all and little baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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    The Eyre Family - Awww, you gave me chills! I couldn’t be happier for you all! We will continue to pray for you!ReplyCancel

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    Kristin - Congrats! I am so happy for your family!! :) ReplyCancel

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    Monica - Congratulations to you both! You’re always in my thoughts.ReplyCancel

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    Cabra Clan - Praise God! I pray this brings so much joy to you guys. I know the mixed emotions must be difficult but Cora would want you to celebrate and be thrilled. We’re due to have a baby in January as well. Our first is 14 months now so your loss struck so close to home because Hunter and Cora were so close in age. I can’t imagine what you have gone through and continue to go through, but I’m praising God for this blessing for you!ReplyCancel

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    Carrie - I am a faithful reader/prayer but I’ve only ever commented once prior. I had to come out from behind the screen to say — Congratulations! This announcement brought tears to my eyes.

    I am praying for you as you embark on this journey. I know that it will be a complex one with lots of different emotions and hurdles. I also know it will be one that ends in great joy.

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    Lindsey - CONGRATS!!! Your angel in Heaven is watching her little brother or sister and keeping all of you safe!ReplyCancel

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    Ryan and Shannon - Congratulations on your new little blessing! I am so happy for you as you enter this new chapter of your life. I will continue to pray for you and your health as well as the health of the baby. I know Cora is up in heaven right now telling this new little one how much fun he/she’s going to have, how wonderful his/her parents are, and just being the wonderful big sister that she is!ReplyCancel

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    Mom to 4 Sweeties - Oh my goodness! I am in tears!! SUCH good news!! I will continue to pray for you all, and baby mac!! God is SO good!!ReplyCancel

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    Katy Frame (Kate Creates) - I have goosebumps!!! Congratulations, you deserve it!!ReplyCancel

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    Cathy - Congratulations! What wonderful news! You are truly blessed!ReplyCancel

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    Kelli - Congratulations to this new little blessing that will be added to your life! I know Cora is smiling down from heaven and SO glad to be a big sister!ReplyCancel

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    Sandys2girls - Congratulations!!! What a blessing! We’re so happy for you and Cora will always watch over her new little sister or brother from above!!
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    Mrs. Honeycutt - How wonderful….I’m so happy for your family!!!ReplyCancel

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    Becca - CONGRATS!!! God is good :) ReplyCancel

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    Jenny S - I am SOOOO happy for you guys!! Congrats!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Sheri - I’m SO happy for you!! Congratulations!! What a lucky baby to get to have parents like you! This baby will feel sooo much love just like Cora! I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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    bec74 - Thank you Dear Lord….I pray for a easy ,blessed pregnancy and for you to feel peace. I can only imagaine the mixed feelings you are feeling.Baby boy/girl will allways have someone very special to watch over them. So very excited for you…I ws waiting for the day we would get to hear this!
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    Wendy - you made me smile this morning! loved the announcement! keep us updated and hope you are feeling well!ReplyCancel

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    Michelle - What wonderful news! I literally have goosebumps and am tearing up. I am so thrilled for you! I have been following you for months but have never left a post. Your story has moved me and others beyond what you could comprehend. We have prayed for you and your family every day!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Cynthia - So happy for you! May this new baby bring joy to your life that you so much deserve!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Lauri - My first time adding a comment, but, Im super happy for you guys, holding your family up in prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Ohtobebeautiful - I cried when I read this! So happy and excited for you and praying for you! I know Cora is smiling right now at the thought of being a big sister!ReplyCancel

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    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Congratulations! I don’t even feel like that covers it! My tears for you are tears of the utmost joy today.
    God is good.
    I’m so excited for you guys.
    Prayers and love,
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    lgraves - congratulations a thousand times over! cora is so proud!ReplyCancel

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    Maria Hanson - My heart is so full for you right now. You must be so excited and yet still so heartbroken. From my months of reading your blog I know your children are most fortunate to have such wonderful, Godly parents. God is going to bless the socks off of your sweet family. I’ll be praying for you. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - CONGRATS!!!! Cora will be a great big sister watching over her brother or sister- I know it!ReplyCancel

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    Country Roads - Congratulations!!
    Tears of happiness for you! Cora will be the best angel for her little sister or brother! Your family (all four of you now) continues to be in my prayers as you journey onward.ReplyCancel

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    Krystal - With tears in my eyes, I am soooo happy for you! Praying for a wonderful pregnancy and a beautiful and healthy baby! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I have been following your story for several months. Not sure why I feel compelled to do so other than, in your many moments of sadness, you give me comfort! Your solid faith in Jesus is such an encouragement to me. The way you have chosen to Praise Him in the storm is such a testimony! The trials I have faced in my life pale in comparison to yours, but your faith and encouraging words let me know that if you can get through this, I can surely get through the trials of my life!

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    Trish - congratulations! that is fantastic news!ReplyCancel

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    CourtneyC - Congrats, on expecting. I have been following your story for awhile but just started blogging and leaving comments. I am praying that God blesses you with a healthy baby.ReplyCancel

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    Liana - Praise the Lord! So very happy for your family. You all(and now the little bean, too) continue to be in my prayers daily.ReplyCancel

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    Loraine - so happy for you.

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    Laura - Many blessings to your growing family. What a sweet picture of big sister Cora! Prayers to you all now and in the coming months.ReplyCancel

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    Suzy Q - Congratulations!! What a blessed baby he or she will be! Keeping you in our prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Lindsay - AS soon as I saw the preview of this post on my blogroll tears of happiness sprung to my eyes. I have been praying that God would bless you all with another Mac baby when the time was right. Congratulations, I am so happy for you.ReplyCancel

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    The Mumaw's - on13 I am so thrilled to hear of the news!!! best Wishes . I am always thinking and praying for you !!!!
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    Kristi - God is so good! I am so thankful and happy for you. I loved your announcement and that Cora got to tell us :).ReplyCancel

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    jennifer rogers - oh congratulations! I hope that everything goes well and you have an easy pregnancy…..the Lord know you deserve it!ReplyCancel

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    Kim - I’m so very happy for you both!!ReplyCancel

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    Miss G - Oh wowie, wow, wow, wow! What a wonderful blessing and isn’t God’s timing always perfect? He knows that this road will have mixed emotions but I know His timing is perfect and that if you weren’t ready for this new part of the road then you wouldn’t be on it yet and I know also that He *will* be walking beside you as you go along. Blessings! KellyReplyCancel

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    Christine - My mouth just gaped open and hit the desk! WOW!! Oh, I have tears of joy for you guys! What a blessing to be expecting another sweet child into your beautiful family! May the Lord strenghten you and Joel. I will be praying for an easy pregnancy for you! ((BIG HUGS!!))ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - congratulations!! will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

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    Ambur - Thank you, Jesus!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I’m crying but this time of happiness this is one of the best news you have give us.

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    Amy - Oh Jess, I am so happy for you and Joel! Congrats! I hope that you are feeling good. Can’t wait to see you and give you a BIG hug! :) ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - We have been following your blog for quite some time and praying for your family every step of the way! We are thrilled to hear of your exciting news and will pray that God give you a safe and healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby!ReplyCancel

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    susy m. - That is wonderful news. Praying for a healthy baby!ReplyCancel

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    Brittany - Isn’t God great? Congrats, what a blessing! :)
    You guys are definitely in my thoughts and prayers….how exciting! Cora’s gonna be a great big sister!

    p.s. We are expecting in January too! I will enjoy keeping up with your updates and watching our little ones grow!ReplyCancel

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    Renae - Joel and Jess!

    We are so excited for you! Yet another little cousin on the way:) Love you both and continue to pray for you.

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    Jamie in Quinter - Oh my goodness, this is wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Kim - I have followed your blog for a while and even prayed the Lord would bless you with another child! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

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    Lynn Jones - I was hoping it wouldn’t be too long before your blog would be announcing such wonderful news. You and Joel just continue to walk forward with your courage and faith, and all of us are cheering you on. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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    Michelle - That is such wonderful news! I just gasped and my kids and husband both asked *what?*. I’m so excited for you both. I bet Cora is telling her sibling what wonderful parents you are!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - To the Macs…

    I have never posted a comment but I have been following your journey for months. I began reading your blog at that time that your sweet Cora had been diagnosed…a friend of mine told me about her. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you and your family. You have touched my life in a way that you will never know.
    Last year, two of my very good friends lost their sweet babies about 5 weeks after I had my son. It was life altering for me as I watched them experience such terrible pain. I began to look at life in such a different light and realize that the small things are most important.
    I told them about Cora and how strong and open you are about this journey and it helped them. Although it’s so hard and you will always ask God…why? Cora was here for a reason and even though she is now gone, she continues to help others.
    I am so thrilled to hear your news about this new baby. I will continue to pray for you and can’t wait to read about this exciting time!!! I hold you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    angie c - Oh Jess that is so wonderful. Cora will be sending kisses from heaven to her little brother or sister all the time. A big virtual hug to you and prayers too!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Sweet sister, I am so excited for you! May the Lord bless you with a healthy baby in January and a home filled with happiness once again!ReplyCancel

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    The Bohrer's - We are so happy for you guys!

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    The Finnans - Congrats. What a joy a new baby will bring. :) I’m so very happy for you both!ReplyCancel

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    Kimberly - I am so very happy for you, and am sure that sweet Cora is smiling down from heaven.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I have become addicted to reading blogs and finding great sewing and craft ideas. I recently started reading Joy’s Hope and found you through her blog. I saw that you visited Sarah’s Fabric’s a while back… one of my favorite places in the world! You must live somewhere in our area. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and congratulations on your new addition-to-be. Will keep you in my prayers.
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    MellieBob - Praise the Lord!! That’s delightful news!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Robin in Benton - Sitting here with tears in my eyes for you – I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Praying for an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby!!

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  • June 14, 2009 - 8:47 pm

    Kristin - Wow! That is just such wonderful news!! Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you :) ReplyCancel

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    Michaela - God’s timing is perfect and so is His plan! Congratulations! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Amen.ReplyCancel

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    mommyof2sons - Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! God is so good!!ReplyCancel

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    HannahM - I’ve been reading your story for some time and am SO thrilled to hear your sweet news!!!! Your family will remain in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Katie - Congratulations!! I am so happy for you guys!! Prayers will always be with you from me!!!ReplyCancel

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    Christine - Congratulations!! I know Cora is sharing the news with all the angels in heaven!!ReplyCancel

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    Mary Elizabeth - My heart aches with you but am filled with hope , love and joy. I just know that cora has sent you this child because she knows you need this and she wants you to once again have a happy noise in your home. i wish you all the best and look forward to happy posts of your new journey. :)

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  • June 14, 2009 - 9:15 pm

    Angie - That is such AWESOME news!!! I have tears streaming down my face as I type. What a blessing-Cora is smiling just like in the picture!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - What wonderful new…tears of joy fall. I’ll be praying for you, day by day, in the months ahead.

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    Al's World - Oh my goodness!!! I am so excited for you.

    Personally, I believe that babies bodies are formed in our womb, but when we are born our spirits enter our bodies (i hope that doesn’t sound too new age, it was not intended that way). So Cora has seen her baby brother/sister, has played with them and is probably telling him/her what AWESOME parents you are and how much fun he/she are going to have with you.
    I know that this is with mixed emotions, but I am praying that what God has intended for rejoicing will be brought to that and that Satan will not allow any saddness to you or your husband…take care and will be praying for you all!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 9:48 pm

    Oh well, hey! - so happy for you! smiles and a gaping mouth – may God bless you adundantly and your baby has the best big sister watching over him/her.ReplyCancel

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    Me - Many, many, many blessings!ReplyCancel

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    ~Kelli - Congrats! Yay!ReplyCancel

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    Marla Taviano - Congratulations to all three of you! Praising God with you and praying for a healthy little one!ReplyCancel

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    Elizabeth - Thrilled for you. What a blessing from our Lord. You and your family will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Davene - I’m thrilled for you–just completely thrilled! CONGRATULATIONS!!! :) ReplyCancel

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    amyflew - Horray, that is such wonderful news! I pray that everything goes smoothly for you. May this new little life be a beacon of hope and inspiration for you both and your families.ReplyCancel

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    Maria - That is wonderful! My due date was Jan 11, 2008 and he was born late on Jan 19. Have a good pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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    Rory and Jess - congratulations!! So happy for you…ReplyCancel

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    Enos Family - YES!!! I was so hoping I would see a post like this soon. CONGRATS!!! I am so happy for you guys! You are obviously WONDERFUL parents, and it makes me sooo happy to know you will be blessing another child with your love and devotion. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. I know that is weird, since you don’t know me, but it fills me with hope and happiness. THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US ALL!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    Ryan's Mama - how WONDERFUL!!! i am so, so happy for you guys, as are literally thousands of others who have been faithfully following your journey. i will pray hard for a great pregnancy and a healthy, happy new addition to your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    Squirpy Momma - Really wonderful news! Prayers for you guys on your new journey…all the best!!!ReplyCancel

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    Lacie and Stephen - HOW WONDERFUL! I am so happy for you! We are praying for you and the newest little Mac! Have you heard of “rainbow babies?” Check out my blog. I think that it is something you will appreciate! http://www.steveandlaciehutchins.blogspot.com.

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  • June 14, 2009 - 11:25 pm

    Paula - Congratulations! We will pray for the new little one and for your strength too. Hope you haven’t had much “morning” sickness. Mine was always evening sickness. :-) ReplyCancel

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    Bobbi Jo - The very best wishes for you all! Congratulations!! You’re right, Cora would have been so proud to share the news.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 1:43 am

    Anonymous - What a GREAT way to announce your wonderful news to all of us out here following your blog and praying for you!!!! Loved the Cora picture announcement! Thank you for sharing it with us! The Lord has answered our prayers to give you another baby and we will continue to pray that He will sustain you and your precious baby! This baby will add great joy to your family and will of course never replace Cora but add to the joy that she gave and still gives to you. I am so very happy and excited for you!!
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  • June 15, 2009 - 3:05 am

    Koningskind - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Congratulations! That’s wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Jen - Yeah!! God is good!!!ReplyCancel

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    Christina - CONGRATS!!!!! My eyes are filled with happy tears :) ReplyCancel

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    annaelyse - praise the lord! praying for you guys!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kristen - Praying that God will bless you with a healthy, happy pregnancy. (And I know that Cora is in heaven, dancing with joy and watching over her little sister or brother!)ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 7:42 am

    Nancy Gerena - Congratulations!! My eyes are flooded with tears of joy! Your family remains in my prayers.

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    Life With Our (Growing) Family - YAY! What wonderful news. I don’t know if you remember me, I was in your speech class years ago in college and I think we also lived in Boyd at that same time. My husband and I have been following your blog since March. We’ve cried and prayed for you and your family. What an amazing network of prayer the internet can bring. Cheering your little family on from Prairie Village.

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  • June 15, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Mrs.Shu - Congratulations!! That is so very excitingReplyCancel

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    McKenzie - What an amazing gift! Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through such an amazing yet difficult journey! Cora will still be such a good big sister!ReplyCancel

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    Toni :O) - Oh my goodness…my mouth just fell open!!! I’m SO thrilled and elated for you! A hearty congratulations to you and I will pray so hard for you both for a happy and healthy pregnancy. Praise God and hip hip hooray for you! That news just made my day! May this happiness help to ease your daily pain. God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 8:25 am

    Townsend Crew - What a wonderful gift this new life will be for your family! I am the youngest of 4 in my family. 47 years ago, my parents lost their first child, my brother, Phillip, to SIDS at 10 months. My older siblings and I have always known about Phillip and loved him like a member of our family. I know this new life will continue to share Cora’s lessons of God’s love.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 8:30 am

    Angela - Congratulations! I am so excited for you! Cora will always be the big sister watching down from above.ReplyCancel

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    Tara Provence - Congratulations!!!! What a blessing this new baby will be!ReplyCancel

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    heather - Congratulations! Praying for your health and the baby’s. What an exciting time!ReplyCancel

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    Cristy - Congrats Jess! I am so happy for you guys!

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    Desha - Such exciting news! I have been checking in on you often, praying that God will be with you as you navigate life without Cora. We found out we were expecting our third child just weeks after I lost my dad. It didn’t take away the pain, but it reminded me that God gives and he takes away, and I needed to praise him regardless. We named our 3rd son Judah (praise). I pray this new blessing will be a constant reminder of God’s presence,his faithfullnes, and bring joy to your heart.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 8:55 am

    Kim - Congratulations. I am so very happy for you. I started following your story when sweet little Cora had passed. I continue to check on you and pray for you. Yes Cora would have been a great big sister. May God give you a very healthy pregnancy and healthy baby too.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 9:21 am

    Megan (mommyesquire) - Congratulations on the new baby! Babies are such a blessing.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 9:36 am

    Ashley Ann - Congratulations! I am working on a nursery for our first daughter (we have 3 boys). Hanging above a bed is a framed “messy flower” Cora pin – your family is continually in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 9:44 am

    Audrey - Oh my goodness!!!!!

    !!!!!

    Congratulations and many prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Mary Beth in PA - Oh my goodness, my eyes filled with tears (and they still are) when I saw this beautiful news! This is indeed a blessing to you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Abner & Jennie - So glad for you and your families to be blessed with another little one. Will keep praying and may God give you much joy!

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  • June 15, 2009 - 9:59 am

    Lori - God bless your family as you get ready for the new baby. Can’t wait to read all about it!ReplyCancel

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    Claudia - AMEN!!!!

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    Susie - Fantastic news!ReplyCancel

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    Wendy - Can’t wait to share your pregnancy journey. God is GOOD!

    PS…Today (6/15) is the 31st anniversary of my older brother’s death. You can read my mother’s tribute to him by viewing her blog:

    Grandma To Candy Hearts

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  • June 15, 2009 - 10:37 am

    Rachel - My heart (& eyes) are so full at the moment. What a blessing. I will continue to pray for you & Joel as you continue to grieve and heal, and the sweet babe through which God has provided much hope. Smiles.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 10:50 am

    Julie - Congratulations on this special blessing!! I know it is with mixed emotions…a new life after such a tragic loss is bittersweet. I celebrate and rejoice with you…and pray for this little one on the way. He/She has a wonderful big sister in Heaven to watch over them.

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  • June 15, 2009 - 10:52 am

    Anonymous - oh im sooo excited for you guys! cora will be watching over you every step of the way!

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    Laura - Congrats! Cora would have been an amazing big sister…and I know she’s so proud! Your family is in my prayers~what a blessing. God is GOOD!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 11:06 am

    Mandy - I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now. You don’t know me but your story has touched me as I have a 16-month old baby girl. I check your blog every day and have been brought to tears so many times. This post brought tears to my eyes again…but this time they are happy tears. I am so happy for you and your family! You have made me so much for thankful for my baby girl. Your new additional will always have a gaurdian angel looking over him/her. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 11:22 am

    Mindy M. Harris - Praise the Lord! I’m so happy for you!

    Lord, I pray for Jessica and Joel today. Each day they must choose to let you continue your work in them, and in Cora. I pray for continued healing in their hearts and for abundant, joyous blessings as they prepare for the new baby. Thank you for holding their hands in each circumstance. Thank you for their testimony. All glory to you! Amen.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Kahla - I just got goosebumps… congratulatioins! I love the announcement too, perfect in every way!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    Anonymous - So happy for you!
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    Whimsical Creations - Congrats!!! Hugs!ReplyCancel

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    Liz Casstro - Joy! That is all I can say. Congratulations and Best Wishes.ReplyCancel

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    Emily - Congratulations, what a special blessing! I got a bit teary when I told my hubby your news. Of course we’re strangers to you but I’ve been following your story for many months now and have relayed your updates to my hubby, many times with tears flowing.
    I (we) :) will continue to look forward to your updates and send warm thoughts your way.

    Sending prayers and smiles from Olathe!

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    Beth Ann - Congrats!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    HannahM - I’ve been following your story for some time. We are so thrilled to hear your sweet news! We’ll continue to keep your family in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Allison - Congratulations! What a blessing for you both!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    maddies_mama - OH MY!!!!
    I am so happy for you guys. I am glad these are happy tears in my eyes. I have followed your blog for a while and I know you will be GREAT parents!!!
    WOW…congratulations!!
    I can’t wait to learn all about the new Mac :)
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  • June 15, 2009 - 1:12 pm

    Emily - Congratulations! We will continue to pray for your family for a safe pregnancy and God’s guidance through this next transition in life.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    Something In The Glass - My own eyes filled with tears as soon as I saw that beautiful picture and read the caption – I can’t imagine how bittersweet this much be for your family. Congratulations to you. Cora WILL be a great big sister.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Miss Em - You brought tears to my eyes AGAIN! Happy, so very very happy for you. God is great!ReplyCancel

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    Annie - What wonderful news! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    About us - I am so very happy for your announcement today. I am sure Cora is so excited in Heaven. I wish you a happy and healthy nine months!

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    Jennifer - What a precious little blessing – praying for your little one and your hearts missing Cora too.ReplyCancel

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    Monica V. - Congrats and God bless you! I have never commented before but have followed your journey and have prayed that you would be making this joyful announcement!!!!
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    Happiness Is... - Congratulations!!! What a blessing for you three. I know Cora’s life will impact your new little one, as she’s impacted all of us.ReplyCancel

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    SGreen - I am so happy for you!!! I have been keeping you all in my prayers and will have to add a new prayer for the new baby Mac!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 2:49 pm

    Angie - Congratulations and sending prayers your way….God is good.

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    lauren - I am so happy for you and your family and will be praying for you.

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  • June 15, 2009 - 3:16 pm

    mommyof2 - Praise God! You two deserve to be parents again. I will continue to pray for you and your family. i can’t help but belive Cora will be watching over her baby brother or sister. I pray you will hear sounds of joy in your home again. Sounds only a child can bring. I will pray for a healthy and unremarkable pregnancy. Way to go Macs!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    The Wilsons - Continued Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby!!!!!! God is so Good!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    The Kellys - So very happy and excited for you!!! I was bawling my head off and my husband asked me why. When I told him you were expecting again he said to tell you congratulations as well! What a wonderful way to share the news. :) ReplyCancel

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    laura - oooh, what blessed news! thinking of you and big sister cora with lots of happy thoughts in north carolina!ReplyCancel

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    Amy H - What an amazing gift. I hope that the new baby helps you to heal sooner. I know he or she will not be a replacement of Cora but the joy will be multiplied!ReplyCancel

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    sarahross - God is so good. You continue to be in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Christa - Congratulations! I am so happy for ya’ll…I will continue to pray for your family!

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    Marsha - Hip-hip hooray! What great news. What a INCREDIBLE legacy Cora has left for her little brother or sister. I know she is celebrating in heaven. I will continue to send prayers up for a healthy baby to add to your AWESOME family.

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  • June 15, 2009 - 7:02 pm

    Anonymous - What an amazing God!!!! Cora will always be the Big Sister and you two are wonderful parents!ReplyCancel

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    Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick - What wonderful news!!! Congrats to you!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I couldn’t help but post a comment when I saw it would be the 400th one.

    I have followed your blog for months now. Your story has touched so many lives.

    Congratulations on your newest blessing! your family is in my thoughts and prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby.ReplyCancel

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    Matt and Nicole - Congratulations! We will continue to pray for you!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Congratulations!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    mom2wendy - God is so good! Bless you as you travel this road with your little Mac. I will pray for safe harbor.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 9:38 pm

    Rebecca - Congratulations! I came across your blog tonight as I am in a hotel, travelling for work and I am away from my 18 mo old baby. I cannot hold back my tears. I read back to learn what had happened to your sweet daughter. I admire your strength and how you were able to remain positive throughout your journey. I wish you a wonderful happy and HEALTHY baby. You deserve it. A baby deserves to grow up with you as parents.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    Shelly Primm - Congratulations!! I am so excited for you and Joel. Sweet Cora will be watching over her brother or sister! I will continue to pray for you.ReplyCancel

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    Kristi - My family has continued to pray for your family and we couldn’t be happier to hear such wonderful news! We will be praying for a happy and healthy pregnancy for you. God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 10:33 pm

    Todd and Courtney - I teared up when I read this. I bet Cora is so excited!ReplyCancel

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    Brenda - I think Cora had something to do with a little whisper into God’s ear :) and….. ANGELS make the best big sisters EVER!ReplyCancel

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    Colbert Family - Awesome!!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    John & Elisa Seaba - Congratulations, that is wonderful news!! This little baby is very blessed to have the sweetest big sister and two amazing parents!ReplyCancel

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    Tasha Roe - Congrats!!! Such amazing news!!! We’ll be praying for you!!ReplyCancel

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    Brooke - smiling in Baltimore!

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    Anonymous - CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you guys! I’m sure Cora is smiling down from heaven :)

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    Taking Heart - Congratulation! May God bless you with a beautiful bundle to love this side of Heaven.ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 12:14 am

    Andrew - Congrats Jess & Joel! We were so excited to hear the news! Blessings on your pregnancy Jess and to you both as you prepare for your new addition! Can’t wait to hear more from Connecticut! We love you lots.
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  • June 16, 2009 - 12:29 am

    Grace - Praise God!! You and “baby Mac” are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Cowen Family - I don’t know if I have ever commented, but I have been following your blog from the beginning of Cora’s sickness. With tears I congradulate you! You are(still) in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Karen & Shahin - Congratulations! I couldn’t be happier for you and your family. Cora is anxiously waiting and watching for her little sibling to arrive so she can be the best big sister angel there is. Blessings from God to your family!ReplyCancel

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    Tina - Jessica this is just wonderful news. I have been hoping for you guys that this would happen soon.

    I will be praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby for you guys.

    God bless you and you new little one. May God watch over your precious baby Cora as well as my Baby Peanut.

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    mum of 2 grls - oh my i just got goose bumps! i am so excited for you and your family. You will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Mammy - Congratulations! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Miranda - Congrats!! That is awesome news! Cora will be the best big sister guardian angel.ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 9:37 am

    Emily - Congratulations!!! What a blessing. I know you wish Cora could be here to welcome this new miracle with you- but she is celebrating in Heaven and rejoicing in this new joy you will be overcome with. Praying for you guys- for peace, health, and abundant joy!ReplyCancel

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    Alison Vavra - Congratulations!! I am so very excited for you!ReplyCancel

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    mommaof4wife2r - i have 2 of cora’s pics on my frig to remind me of the strength and love of god…and now,i really want to put this one up! i am so happy to hear this…and what a beautiful way to announce it!ReplyCancel

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    Brooke - Yahoo!!! I have been wondering if you were going to have another one. I know it is bittersweet but I am sure that will be such a joy. Just think of all Cora is teaching this little one before he/she gets here!! I am due in December with our first.ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Kathy - Rejoicing with tears in my eyes!

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  • June 16, 2009 - 10:32 am

    PamperingBeki - Still thinking about you and praying for you daily.

    So grateful that God has blessed you with this new life.

    Praying that He will continue to hold you close through this roller coaster of emotions.ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm - oooh!! big congrats! wonderful news!! hugs!! Britt :-) ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 11:42 am

    Anonymous - CONGRATULATIONS JESS AND JOEL!!! This is such wonderful news and such a great blessing. We are praying for a happy and healthy pregancy and baby. God is good!Love you!

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  • June 16, 2009 - 11:56 am

    Autumn - congratulations! I’ve been reading for awhile but never commented. I know Cora would be thrilled about becoming a big sister!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - YAY!!!!! so exciting!! i will keep you all in my prayers!!

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    Ashlee - God bless your family! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Tonya - Congrats!!! God is so, so good!ReplyCancel

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    Sue - What wonderful news. I’ll keep praying for all of you- and for Cora’s baby brother or sister.ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Huge HUGE congratulations to you! I wish I could send a great big teary eyed hug to you through cyber-space!
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    Anonymous - I have been secretly waiting for this news. WONDERFUL!! I too wish that Cora could be there. She would have loved every part of it. Congratulations to you!ReplyCancel

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    Scott, Joanna, Matthew - Congratulations! We will continue to pray for your family! God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    mommyholly - CONGRATS on the new baby news!!! I know Cora is so happy for you both as you add another beautiful baby to your family!ReplyCancel

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    Steph - I am so happy for your family….Congrats from Steph in CA.
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    Dana - Aww…. So very happy for your family!!ReplyCancel

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    Jen - Congratulations! I got all teary eyed reading your announcement. I know I don’t really know you, but my heart has been heavy since hearing about your sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Oh, that’s exciting! I’ll be thinking about your family.ReplyCancel

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    Emily - Congratulations! I am sure that Cora has met this little one in heaven already and is thrilled for you and loves her baby brother or sister!ReplyCancel

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    Becca - Congratulations! I am so happy for you!ReplyCancel

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    Karina - Oh my gosh, I am obviously not the first person on here (comment number 447!!!!!) but your post made me burst into tears of joy! I don’t know why it feels like such a relief – it is still so bittersweet and Cora is still so missed, even by strangers such as me – but it is SUCH wonderful news that you will have someone new to love and cuddle and fill your life up after so much loss. Many many CONGRATULATIONS are sure to keep pouring in and we will be following your pregnancy like HOUNDS!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 4:01 pm

    Mommy2QTPies - Aw, what wonderful news!! Hope you have an easy going pregnancy! :) ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Wonderful news!!!
    Your story inspire me in so many ways, thank you for sharing it.ReplyCancel

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    Kelsey - This made my day! Babies are such a blessing, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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    Lovely Little Flowers - Congratulations!!! Your family will remain in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Patti - That is so exciting!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    2Girlz4US - Congrats!!! Cora sent an angel to you :) ReplyCancel

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    2Girlz4US - Congrats!! Cora sent an angel to you :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 6:47 pm

    The Schilling's from PICU - HEY !!!!!! YEPPPEEEE CONGRATS!!!!!!
    What wonderful news! Of course my husband got to hear it before me! ha He enjoyed seeing Joel’s family so much today! We miss you guys!
    We are so happy for you! Of course I cried HAPPY tears today for you all! I am sure CORA is jumping up and down with JOY for you! The picture you posted of her is PERFECT!!!!! Love to you BOTH and keep us posted!

    Praying for healthy days ahead for you! Hope you are feeling great!

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  • June 16, 2009 - 7:15 pm

    Erin - Congratulations!! What a tremendous blessing.ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Jolly - So thrilled to hear your exciting news! What a blessing! Our small group at church continues to pray for you and your family. May you feel the comforting love and presence of the Lord through the encouragement of all those around you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 8:37 pm

    Tiffany C - CONGRATS!! God bless your family!ReplyCancel

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    ManyBlessings - Congratulations from this lurker!! Tears of joy from tears of sadness.
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  • June 16, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Jennifer - Congrautlations. I have been reading your blog since the Freeman’s mentioned you for prayers. I’ve never posted, but wanted to offer my congratulations. I have a (almost) nine month old little boy. A good friend had a little boy 3 weeks after me and he passed away at 2 1/2 months on New Years Eve. Seeing her experience is the closest I have to trying to understand what you are going through. I’m so sorry your family had to experience that. Know that I have been very inspired by your family and we pray for you often. God Bless you and the new miracle God has give you! Praying from TN!ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    Beck - Dear Jess & Joel,

    Let me be the 461st person to tell you that I’m overjoyed to hear this news. I have been praying, praying, praying for this for you. You know, just another stranger who prays for you. A lot. By name. Because God puts you on my mind so often.

    And the best thing about reading this was seeing Cora’s sweet face giving us the news. Thanks for letting us pray for Baby Mac with you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 10:28 pm

    Kristi - I am SO happy for you all! What a blessing this is for you and your dh!! God is good! :)
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    Anonymous - Congratulations! I had been praying that a new baby would come into your lives.

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    Shari - Congratulations, wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Skelly Addict - YAY!! Congratulations! I’m so very happy that your home will be filled with happiness again with the joy of a child! I’m sure Cora is grinning and clapping her hands with excitement! I too continue to follow your story and you are an INSPIRATION for so many!!! All my best to you and your family!! Have a WONDEFUL summer!
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  • June 17, 2009 - 12:40 am

    rbrum - We will keep you in our prayers. Love your blog & cry every time I open your bookmark. We are a farm family with a baby girl Cora’s age. God Bless your family. . . we will be praying for you through your pregnancy.ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 1:38 am

    Anonymous - I have nominated the Mac’s blog for the most inspiring blog. Go here to vote

    http://www.socialluxelounge.com/blogluxe/ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 5:10 am

    Anonymous - My beautiful little daughter Erin, went home at ten and a half months from a heart condition on 1st December 2005. Her little brother was born in September 06. One book I read suggest that greiving and bonding don’t mix and to wait at least a year before trying for another child. I can assure you – it is possible to feel two completing different emotions at the same time. My grief is still real and still there but my joy and love and adoration for my son has no bounds. May your pregnancy, birth and life with this addtional child bring you much joy.ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 8:34 am

    Laura Ann - Congratulations…I am so excited for all of you. What an amazing blessing and miracle. My heart is filled with joy.

    I have read your blog from the beginning of time and have prayed for you.

    I have a cousin that lost their 2 year old son in a drowning accident a couple years back. As you are all too familiar with it was the worse pain ever. They now have an 8 month old beautiful little girl and life has taken on a new meaning for them.

    They had all the same feelings you expressed in yoru post, but they continue to work through it daily.

    God is good and he has carried them as he continues to carry you.

    I am so happy for you and your hubby. To God be the Glory!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 9:54 am

    jen christians - I am writing this from the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park CO. It’s so beautiful here. Abundant with God’s works. Today we walked down to a little park, where believe it or not, they had several pieces of “Cora’s Playground” equipment. I watched my children play on it and as I sat there I thought of you guys and how much joy could be in your hearts if only you were blessed with another child. As I saw how much joy Cora brought you. I prayed for you guys. Then I came back to read this message. While I know your prayer was already answered, it just reminded me how great our God is. Life is a miracle. I will keep praying for you and pray for a healthy baby Mac. I can’t wait to read the updates. And by the way if you have never been to the YMCA of the ROckies… it’s amazing!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Jamie - Congratulations to all of you!! I am sure Cora will keep a watchful eye on her little sister or brother. Our 2nd child passed away 6 hours after his birth and his older sister brings up his name almost daily, even 3 years later, which is music to my ears. I am sure your newest addition will do the same as he or she hears about adorable Cora. It was such a blessing for us to see how siblings who are separated by heaven and earth….still have an amazing sister/brother connection. Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Kristin Milius - Congrats!! I do not know you but am so happy for you and your family! I am sure Cora picked out a wonderful spirit to join her family!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - God’s abundant blessings!ReplyCancel

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    3boysmom - Congratulations…SO happy for you!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - God bless you both….what a blessing….your hearts will be filled with love for another little one. Cora will be laughing and playing when watching over her little sibling :) ReplyCancel

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    Tammie - So wonderful to hear!! :-) I can understand more than you know!!ReplyCancel

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    Amanda - Awwww…that is SO wonderful. Congratulations to you both.ReplyCancel

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    Ki - Oh I’m so glad! What a wonderful surprise to get to read this on your blog. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Stewart Family - God is sooooo GOOD!!ReplyCancel

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    Becky - So happy that you have such joyful news! You are all in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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    allison - Music to my ears. I continue to think of you all often and will most likely forever. Your story of love, strength and beauty amazes me. Prayers to you all and many blessings of sweet joy.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Snoodle Family - Congrats! :)
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    Anonymous - Good things come to those wait! Congratulations! I will continue to keep you in my prayers. God Bless!ReplyCancel

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    Jennjilla - Congrats!! We’re so excited for you! I know Cora is so thrilled to be a big sister and will watch over her baby brother/sister every step of the way!ReplyCancel

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    Christy - Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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    rhemashope - Cora, you just made my day with that announcement. Praying for your mommy and daddy!ReplyCancel

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    meg - Wonderful news and may God guide you through this!ReplyCancel

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    Keilani - Oh! What a gift from Cora! Congrats you two.. Please know that my thoughts have been with you and all the people that have been touched by Cora!ReplyCancel

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    aleanaomi - So excited that you are adding to your family. I enjoy reading your blog so much and have been lifting you in prayer.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 8:59 pm

    Unmistakably BLESSED - I’m gonna have to go shave my legs!! I read that post and got the best case of chill-bumps, hence the date with my pink plastic razor . . . Congratulations. More than that, prayers from a sister in Christ! AmandaReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Stephanie - I have chills all over my body!!!! I can’t think of a family that deserves it more than you guys do. Congratulations!!!!!!!!! Cora is so proud of you right now!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Anonymous - Wow! Congratulations! we’ll be praying for you:)
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    Anonymous - I am SOOOO happy for you!! I will pray for you and baby Mac.. Cora will always be with you and as baby Mac gets to know her I am hoping you will feel complete. Sending love…ReplyCancel

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    Paula - Have shed many tears over your story and now can shed happy tears for you.. So happy for you.. Will pray for you and Cora and her baby brother or sister.. God is Good!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:27 pm

    Bri!!! - Yet again I am in tears. This news just made my day. May this new little spirit help to heal your heart and bring much joy to you that only a child can bring. You are SO DESERVING of this. Baby Mac #2 is so blessed to be getting God loving, faithful, amazing parents. I’m sure the little one can’t wait. CONGRATS and much LOVE to you both!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:20 am

    RLG - I just heard of your story yesterday through a blog I follow — lulufish. I haven’t been able to get Cora’s beautiful little face out of my mind.

    Congratulations on your wonderful news. I hope it helps to heal you in a million different ways.

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  • June 20, 2009 - 10:24 pm

    rainbow - Wow. I haven’t checked your blog in a while and I’m so glad I did. Congratulations!!! This is the most wonderful news ever and I am so incredibly happy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 1:08 am

    Jenn VH - I somehow missed your “secret” post and was reading about your Dr’s appointment and was a little confused at first!! I am so happy to hear this wonderful news and pray for a wonderful pregnancy and delivery. I will continue to have you in my thoughts and prayers.
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    writing4612 - YAY! I’m so happy for your family.ReplyCancel

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    Rachel - Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praying for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 9:30 am

    Cora - I found your blog when Cora was just diagnosed, and stuck around once I got to know your beautiful and amazing daughter.

    Perhaps I feel connected to her because of our shared name, but I know she is so proud and excited to be a big sister soon. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Rebecca - I’m WAY late to the party. But, congratulations! :) ReplyCancel

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    Ashley - Congrats, I think of you often and pray for you, I’m so happy for your new blessing, I know God will take care of you.ReplyCancel

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    Rebekah - I am so happy for you and hubby!ReplyCancel

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    Nan - Congratulations Joel and Jess!! Prayers being answered… I am so thankful that January, what would likely be one of the most difficult months for you will be redeemed in such a precious way. Praying for God’s hand of protection on your new little growing one.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    Michele - What a sweet post to come home from vacation to. Congratulations Jess, Joel and Big Sister Cora!! She is DEFINITELY celebrating too, she knows frist hand how blessed this baby already is. I will be with the HUNDREDS (THOUSANDS?!) of others praying for you guys and this new journey. God is Good. Congratulations again!ReplyCancel

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    Allison - I am so happy for you! God is good!ReplyCancel

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  • July 21, 2009 - 1:31 pm

    Clare Z. - I’ve been gone for a while but I just read your wonderful news! Conratulations! I am also expcting in February…We’re prego together! =D

    Many prayers and blessings for you guys!

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    debbie blocker - Congrat’s!! I am so excited for you guys. I keep you in my prayers daily.ReplyCancel

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