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

At two weeks

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

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

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  • susy - God bless you all. He is a cutie!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Levi is truly the cutest. The first picture is priceless.ReplyCancel

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  • Jen - He is such a beautiful boy!ReplyCancel

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  • β™₯Amber Filkinsβ™₯ - What a blessing! Levi is just so, so adorable. And I’m still praying for you through this all, and that God will mend the hole in your heart.ReplyCancel

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

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  • Amanda - He is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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  • Krystal - He is absolutely beautiful! Bless you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Megg - He’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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  • Joyce - He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

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

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  • Taylor - Levi is precious!!!ReplyCancel

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

    God does know what we can handle. You are blessed. (Duh! πŸ˜‰

    With love and prayers,
    XO*TriciaReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

    Hugs and prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • Barclay Kathryn - He is just precious!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Marc, Sarah, & Marleigh JohnsonReplyCancel

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

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  • Angie - Those pictures are just so sweet!!

    Thinking and praying for you on this new journey with that adorable little boy!ReplyCancel

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

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

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  • Whimsical Creations - He is so beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • 3LittleByrds - He’s just beautiful.ReplyCancel

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

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

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

    He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Cherry Tree Lane - I am so happy he is such a wonderful blessing.
    The Lord is gracious.ReplyCancel

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

    what a lovely little boy.ReplyCancel

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

    what a lovely little boy.ReplyCancel

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  • run26.2mom - Adorable!!! So precious and innocent. I bet there will be some onery looks coming your way soon :)You have beautiful children with beautiful soulful eyes! Continuing to pray for you and your family.
    Peace.
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  • Ashley Ann - I get so excited when you make a new post. He is so handsome.ReplyCancel

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  • kaylin rose and mara anne - love these new pictures and so happy for you…what a blessing!

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

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  • Courtney Cloud - Your babies are so beautiful. I am so happy that the Lord has blessed you with such a sweet spirited baby boy. I’m praying for you often. I know this transition has to be an emotional roller coaster.
    Prayers and thoughts are going up for you in Alabama.
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  • Princess Martha - Oops, I wanted to edit my post and accidently deleted it.

    Levi looks so adorable, and you look great for a mum with a newborn, not looking tired at all!ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :O) - He certainly is picture perfect! I’m thrilled he’s treating you so well and that you got time with your good friend…yay for you! Sorry the doctor visit was so emotional for you, I just cannot imagine. Keep soaking it all in…one precious day at a time. Big hugs to you all!ReplyCancel

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

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  • Wibeche - He is so adorable:)

    WibReplyCancel

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

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

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

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  • A - He look so precious! Praise God for blessing you with a good baby πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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

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

    That first picture is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

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

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

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  • anna louise martin - Gorgeous, gorgous baby! Still praying for you.ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Rebecca - He is just as cute as can be! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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

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  • Lauren Kelly - He is just absolutely precious!!!!!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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  • Sara - He is just gorgeous! What a sweet face. πŸ™‚

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Anonymous - He is absolutely gorgeous!!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Polka Dot Moon - What a beautiful boy!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

    Sue xxxReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Cathy - so preciousReplyCancel

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

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

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

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  • Mandi - Such a sweet little man! He really is beautiful…I mean handsome. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • vintage girl at heart - He is a sweetie. So happy that he is here and that you are enjoying every little minute.
    He is a beautiful baby amd looks like both of you!
    Stay Warm!ReplyCancel

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  • kelli - he is too cute! the last pic makes my heart smile!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Stay warm and safe sweet Mac’s.

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

    Still praying for you family daily.ReplyCancel

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

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

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  • Whimsical Creations - he is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Heather at All A Flutter - so much to be thankful for in each of those photos! they are pure joy.ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Congrats on the new blessing.
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  • Carrie - He is such a blessing and what a cutie pie!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

    Blessings and Love,

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Kristin Stegent - So sweet and precious!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • The Jones' - What a handsome lil guy! Sending prayers your way and thanking the Lord for your sweet lil blessing.
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  • kimberlysayre - He is seriously gorgeous! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura - he’s gorgeous! I’m praying for health, happiness and love for you guys!
    be blessed!
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  • Mandi @ It's come to this - He is absolutely beautiful … the cutest little brother I’ve seen in a long time!! Thank you for sharing the pictures with us! Continuing to pray for you all!

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

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

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  • Jaimie - he’s the cutest!!!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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  • Jane In The Jungle - He is so cute!!!
    And oh yes, those boy parts will get you every time, LOL!!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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  • The Bounds Family - Levi is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Vera - He is PERFECT!!!!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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  • nennermommy - He is so cute! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Amanda - what a cutie!:)ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

    Sue x

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

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

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

    Love and prayers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Maureen - So… thrilled for your family! The picture of your Mom and Joel is priceless!!! πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

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

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

    http://nicolerobinsonsblog.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • The Design Girl - Levi is BEAUTIFUL. Congratulations!!! I am so so so happy for you πŸ™‚

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Kristin - He is beautiful. Amazing pictures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Sarah - Hi,

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

    Levi is beyond precious and so beautiful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Robin in Benton - May all of you continue to be blessed.!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • capperson - He is soo precious!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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  • Anonymous - I love the name he is absolutely beautiful Cora is smiling down from heaven at her little brother I am sure. many more blessing to you all!
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  • Caroline - His is beautiful. The name is great and I am sure it is fitting.
    Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Corinne Doughan - He is beautiful and SO blessed to be born into your covenant family! I pray that he grows up to be a mighty warrior for the LORD! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Pamela - bless him …and you both.ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Auntie Mip - Joel, Jess and Levi…

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

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

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

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

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  • tinycandi - what a precious little man! congratulations! and i love his name. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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

    I think the name Levi is perfect.

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

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

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

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  • Shauna - Congratulations! He is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Christine S. - Jess and Joel,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Much love from Germany..

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Good night from Australia!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Anna Marie - He is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

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

    Congratulations again and blessings to your sweet family!ReplyCancel

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  • Dena - God’s blessings!!!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Rachel - Congratulations! Levi is so cute!!Many blessings and prayers for all of you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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  • Cyndi - He is sooooo cute! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    He is truly a very blessed little boy !!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Beki - TheRustedChain - He is just completely perfect!

    I am so happy for you guys.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Anonymous - He is beautiful! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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

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  • Anonymous - Blessings for Levi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Whimsical Creations - He is just precious!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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  • Michelle - He is beautiful! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

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

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  • Missy - he’s so adorable!!!!!!!!! and i love his name πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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

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

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  • Jessica - He is beautiful. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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  • Wibeche - HE IS SO ADORABLE:)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Natalie Powers - Congrats!!! So happy for you!! Love his name. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Sarah - He is BEAUTIFUL!!!!ReplyCancel

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

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

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Levi Jerald
Janaury 2, 2010
1:31pm
8 lbs 8 oz
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  • jen christians - Welcome Levi! Love his name… Love the sweet picture of him and his daddy. I know that Cora is rejoicing in heaven. God bless you on this new journey!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations!
    Tears of joy welled up in my eyes seeing the photo, I am so filled with happiness for you.
    A son, unto you a son is given.
    A new year, a new life, a renewed faith.
    Thank you and God Bless you for sharing your journey and your joy.
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  • Kathryn Moors - Congratulations and best wishes as you embark on this wonderful new journey. Levi is incredibly blessed already to have been born into such an amazing family. Welcome to the world, Levi! GOD IS GOOD!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations what a great news, I’m so happy for you and Joel.

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  • Kendall Smith - Beautiful boy!!!! We can’t wait to see him grow big and strong. And shower him with Cubs gear. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Marc, Sarah, and Luke - Yay — a little boy!!!! Congratulations!!!! Marc said this evening, “I guess Joel won’t make it to investment club tomorrow.” (Leave it up to President Marc to figure that one out). But seriously, we’re very happy and excited to hear about Levi’s birth….Get some rest. Enjoy little Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - Okay, so I held back tears several times in the hospital today – but the are flowing now! Levi is fearfully and wonderfully made – by an awesome awesome God. He is seriously SOOOO stinkin cute – I could have held and loved on him all day! Love you guys so much and love little Levi too!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - oh yeah Jess, I meant to tell you when I saw you – you look amazing! So so beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - May your New Year be blessed with much happiness! He is precious!! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Wow, what a beautiful moment captured! What an amazing way to start your New Year. Congratulations to you both, I am so very happy for you. I am certain Cora is watching over all of you, loving you and smiling down on her new little brother! Levi is blessed to have his very own personal Guardian Angel to walk through life with him, guiding and protecting him! Cora will never be forgotten, as she lives within each of you, and in your continued journey here on Earth! God Bless all of you! Big Hus and Smiles!

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  • Amber Handy - I am so, so happy for you. I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and am so inspired by you. Enjoy that little boy – he is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - Congrats! What a handsome, sweet boy!! Blessings to you all as you start this new journey with Levi!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Welcome beautiful Levi! Congratulations! what wonderful parents he has been blessed with!

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  • Lisa - I’m always lurking but had to comment this time. I am so happy for yall! Congratulations!!!! He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • The Carroll's - I have been checking your blog like crazy over the past few days! Congratulations on little Levi- what a blessing. Praying for you all as you bring your sweet boy home. Thanks for sharing with us!ReplyCancel

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  • forever folding laundry - Congratulations!! Little Levi is adorable. What a perfect New Year blessing!

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  • Schneider Family - What a precious gift that only our amazing God could give! We will continue to pray for your family as you begin this new journey with precious baby Levi. Cora is smiling down on her little brother!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - What a wonderful blessing. Congrats – he’s so beautiful and so loved.
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  • BreezieGirl - Congratulations and HAPPY New Year! Welcome Levi!! Your Angel Cora is watching and rejoicing!ReplyCancel

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  • Party of Five - What a great name. How sweet he is. Congrats. You guys deserve the very best and I am so happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Aaron and Shannon - Yay!! Congrats! Can’t wait to see him! So happy that things went well.ReplyCancel

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  • Taylor - I have been looking every day the past week or so to see if you have a new addition to your family…now you do! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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  • Christian @ Modobject at Home - And He will lead you on this, your newest journey.

    To God be the glory.

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  • Lori - Congratulations! We are SO excited for you! Levi looks adorable and we can’t wait to meet him! I hope he and Riley can have some good times together! ;o) Love you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • Katherine - What a beautiful baby boy!!! Congrats to you both. What an awesome blessing!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Megan - Congratulations! I’ve been reading for awhile and am so, so, so thrilled for you. He is absolutely adorable.ReplyCancel

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  • The Kellys - Congratulations!!! Such a beautiful family!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I am so happy for you both!
    I love his name…
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  • Anonymous - Am so happy for u!!!! It is pr’y such a bittersweet time altho full of JOY! God Bless You!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - Love the photo of all of you. What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Little Levi is so adorable, I’m sure Cora is so proud to be a big sister. He is adorable, and you look FANTASTIC.-MaureenReplyCancel

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  • Regina - Your news made my day! Congratulations on your new baby boy. What a sweet baby!ReplyCancel

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  • Heather at All A Flutter - he’s magnificent! congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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  • Country Roads - Welcome Levi!!
    Your family is such an inspiration.

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  • Maria - Wow — a new year, a new son and a new blessing. What a wonderful way to start the year. I know you still feel the pain of losing Cora, but I know that she is smiling down on the blessing of her brother’s arrival.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I’m SO happy for you!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Perdaris Family: - Congrats! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • starnes family - A million congrats! So happy for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • Maranda Whorton - Congratulations Jess and Joel! God Bless you and your beautiful little family. My thoughts and prayers with you!

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  • Seraphim - Welcome to your beautiful family Levi. Your daddy, mummy and big sister must be thrilled you are safely here. Loved from heaven and all over the world. A precious baby boy xxxxReplyCancel

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  • Mrs. Big Time - Congratulations on your sweet babe! Many prayers of blessing and healing as you welcome this beautiful boy into your amazing family.ReplyCancel

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  • Christa - CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am SO happy for you and your husband! I love the name Levi! Too cute!ReplyCancel

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  • Todd and Courtney - I’ve always loved the name Levi. I’m so excited for you and can’t wait for more pictures. My heart just sank and was filled with joy when I saw you had posted.ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa Jensen - My heart is so full and REJOICING for your family!! What an AWESOME God we serve! I cannot wait to get to meet him!

    Your family is just so beautiful!
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  • Laura Ann - Congratulations. I am so happy for the both of you and for little Levi. I have read your blog since little Cora’s dignosis and have prayed for you guys DAILY. I was so glad to log onto tonight and see that your baby had arrived. I will continue to keep you guys in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congrats! My dad’s birthday is today as well. I am sure Cora is delighted in heaven and will be there to watch over her brother and the rest of the family.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Oh what a joyful day! A blessing sent straight from heaven! I cannot imagine what it feels like to hold that precious boy in your arms…SO loved SO wanted SO blessed SO adorable. God bless ya’ll as you begin this new journey, this road will never be easy, but today marks the beginning of a new chapter, with a beautiful baby boy!!! Keep the pictures coming… I will keep the prayers flowing.ReplyCancel

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  • LAURA - I am so happy for you! My heart skipped a beat when I saw your post tonight. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Tonya - Oh congratulations!!! Levi is amazing and God is so good!ReplyCancel

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  • Clem - He is beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

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  • Farris Family - Every Good And Perfect Gift Is From Above~James 1:17 God Bless~ReplyCancel

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  • Nichole - Congratulations! What a little sweetie!ReplyCancel

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  • Lacey McKay - Congratulations! What a cutie pie! And what a great way to start the new year!ReplyCancel

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  • hoosier68 - Thanks be to God! Congratulations to all of you. Levi is precious!ReplyCancel

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  • Steph - Aww, Congratulations, he is so adorable, just precious!! I pray for a much better 2010 for you and your family!!ReplyCancel

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  • rentz - Congratulations! So happy and excited for you. The Lord is good–all the time! Levi is so precious and adorable.

    And, Jess, I agree with the others. You look fabulous! Oh, and Joel, you do too, of course! : )ReplyCancel

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  • House of Collinsworth - Tears of joy for you. A son…a beautiful son. So happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I knew you would have a boy!! SO happy for you and your beautiful family. Welcome, Levi!! He is precious. Congratulations!!

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    “OMGosh, yayayay!!!” my hubby laughed at me. πŸ˜› Congrats on your newest bundle, Macs! May he bring you much joy and he’s got the bestest big angel sister there is in Ms. Cora. *hearts all around*ReplyCancel

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  • Linda - BIG congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jenni - Congrats!! I love the name Levi!
    I know that Cora is with you guys and she is smiling ear to ear about having a baby brother!!
    Such a great way to bring in the New Year!!ReplyCancel

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  • lauren - My heart is bursting for you!

    Many congratulations.

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations. He is beautiful. What a gift from God. Looks like Cora sent you a very sweet baby brother.ReplyCancel

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  • kaylin rose and mara anne - Welcome Little Levi! Congrats to you…love the name and love your new family pictures. You are so blessed. I have never met you, but I am SO happy for you guys….enjoy your little one!

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  • The Farmers - YAY!!!!! I am beyond excited!!! Thank you Jesus for this new beginning!!!ReplyCancel

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  • C Golden - Beautiful congrats x1000000!ReplyCancel

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  • Ethansmom08 - I am SO excited for you and your husband! Congrats on the arrival of your sweet baby boy, Levi! He is blessed to have you both as parents and to have Cora as a big sister!

    Love and Prayers,
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  • Cristin - Congratulations!!!! I am overjoyed for you all!!!ReplyCancel

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  • amy - welcome to the world, Levi! you are loved!
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  • dawn - So happy for you. enjoy every moment with Levi! Congrats.ReplyCancel

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  • Manda - I don’t think I’ve ever commented before…but this deserves a break in my silence!! Congrats! I pray that the Lord allows this bundle of joy to continue to heal your hearts!ReplyCancel

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  • Peggi - Yeah!!!! I knew you were having a boy, not sure why I just knew. Congratulations and enjoy your beautiful baby. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Erin, Kaitlyn and Henry - Congratulations! He looks so sweet. I about jumped off the computer with happiness when I saw your exciting news. God bless your little family. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - oh wow congatulations!
    he looks divine.
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  • Crystal - I wanted to cry when I seen your post πŸ™‚ I am so happy for you and your family. He is beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe - Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Mark and Mandi - I’ve followed your blog for months and have cried so many tears for you…and now I’ve cried happy tears! What a blessing- congratulations on your second beautiful child.ReplyCancel

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  • Cherry Tree Lane - The angels in heaven sing! Blessed be the name of the Lord. Cora rejoices with them!
    Welcome baby boy!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - Congrats and God Bless You!ReplyCancel

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  • In Debt Dee - Congratulations!! Blessings,
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  • Anonymous - Congrats! I nearly screamed with joy when I saw your post! What a beautiful baby boy! God is good!

    Levi is so fortunate to come into such a loving family. He will always have his big sister Cora to watch over him…

    Again, God bless your family.

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  • tinycandi - Congratulations! He is absolutely adorable! Beautiful photos as well!ReplyCancel

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  • sarah @ life {sweet} life - Congratulations!! He is absolutely adorable and I love his name. I am praying for you guys and your sweet son…many blessings your way!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Amy Lynn - Congratulations! And welcome, sweet Levi. What a beautiful baby.ReplyCancel

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    peace and joy be yours.ReplyCancel

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  • Anna - Welcome to the world little Levi…it warms my heart to see yours and Joels arms full again. However, I know that while you’re thrilled to have another precious baby, you still ache for Cora. She is rejoicing in heaven as you welcome her little brother into this world! How awesome that she can continue to live through you as you take this new journey! Blessings…and keep the pictures coming!ReplyCancel

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  • Tess - this is my first comment ever, after almost a year of reading your blog – but i had to say CONGRATS!!! He is such a gorgeous little guy, what a true blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • Bailey - Congratulations! May God bless you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Clare - Congratulations Jess and Joel!! May he be everything you wished for and more, you deserve it!!
    Jess, you look great-I wish I looked half as good in my hospital pictures.ReplyCancel

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  • Joyce - So happy for you…God bless you all. Best wishes as you celebrate your baby boy.ReplyCancel

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  • Brandi - Congratulations! What a beautiful baby boy. Wishing you lots of love and happiness with your boy. Big sister Cora is celebrating in Heaven!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Abby - Congratulations, he is beautiful and you both look radiant!ReplyCancel

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  • Cristy - Awww….Congrats Jess and Joel! So happy for you guys. I can’t wait to see your new little man in person!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - Congratulations! What a wonderful beginning to the new year and decade!!ReplyCancel

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  • Susan - How sweet…I’ve been checking all day because I just knew it would be today!! Congratulations…Levi is just handsome! A new journey is beginning for you…enjoy!ReplyCancel

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  • the*4*of*us - congrats!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jaime - Oh welcome little Levi! What a precious gift and a beautiful family. Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - Welcome to the world, Levi! Congratulations mom and dad!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Costellos - Praise God from Whom ALL Blessings Flow! Praying for you in this surely bitter-sweet time. He is beautiful. Congratulations and welcome to Cora’s little bubby πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • gabriel - I sweet lil boy! I am so happy for you and it wont take no time for Levi to realize he has the bestets parents. Thanks for being such an inspiration to so many.ReplyCancel

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  • Dina - Streaming tears of happiness!!! You are all beautiful. God Bless You All!!!! Our God is THE most AWESOME God!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I sat and wept as I saw the picture of your new son appear on my screen. Praying for you to feel God’s overwelming prescence as you go thru all the many emotions you must be experiencing. Congrats Macs!ReplyCancel

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  • Leanne - Congrats! He is precious!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - We are so happy for you Joel and Jess. We think little boys are great!!
    Here’s to a joy filled 2010!
    Love,
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  • Rachel - Oh Congratulations!! He’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • jenni - Congratulations! What a beautiful boy!! I can only imagine how proud big sister Cora is of her baby brother – rejoicing with all of heaven! Thank you so much for sharing – it is amazing, though we have never met…how much we love you guys! God bless you as you continue on this journey!ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - Congratulations and God Bless you – I know Cora is celebrating for you in heaven!ReplyCancel

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  • Becky - He is so beautiful. Congratulations and blessings to all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Ginger - Congratulations!!!! I, too, am overcome with emotion… he is beautiful. I love the name. So redeeming – I pray that God showers you with love and grace as you adjust to this new season. May God bless your new little bundle of joy. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • deyoungsters - congratulations!! he is so precious. you look beautiful πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Paula Aspacher - beautiful baby boy! looks just like his daddy and daddy looks over the moon!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - Praise the Lord!! Levi is beautiful & your hearts must be overjoyed & yet overwhelmed. I will continue to pray for your family as you begin this new & blessed chapter in your lives. Congratulations from the plains of NW OklahomaReplyCancel

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  • Amy - Yay! You don’t know me but I follow your sweet blog. We have also lost a baby. I’ve been waiting for you to have the baby!! And a sweet boy! He is perfect. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Shauna - Congratulations!!! What a handsome lil fella!ReplyCancel

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  • Colleen - Welcome Levi!!! Congratulations to you, Joel and your newest addition to your family! I was soooo excited to see your post when I got home tonight. Cora is smiling from above. God bless and take care πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Jaymie - Congratulations on your newest miracle, he is perfection!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy@theredheaddiaries.blogspot.com - Congrats!!!! He is adorable πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Brooke - Congratulations!

    He is so sweet!ReplyCancel

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  • Alicia - Welcome to the world Levi! I am so happy for the 3 of you and am sending lots of love from CO. What a wonderful way to welcome 2010!ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney Kay - Welcome sweet baby boy! Enjoy this road of the Journey…ReplyCancel

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  • Linda - I’ve followed your blog for quite some time now, but have never commented. You are both such inspiring, faith-filled people. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  • Jackie - Congratulations!!!
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  • Heather - I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and been praying for you and your husband. Having a baby girl myself, my heart has broken for you over the last year, but I am so happy for you and your new blessing. Congratulations, God bless you and your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

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  • Gail - Oh my goodness–I squealed and scared my hubby when I saw your blog–so happy to have some good news in your family. LOVE the name! Love that baby. Praying for you…ReplyCancel

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  • Alex(andra) - I’m another lurker, but I thought I’d come on out to say that Levi is absolutely beautiful. Many congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel E. - Congratulations on Levi’s birth, Joel & Jess! Jess, you look AMAZING for just having had an 8 lb-er! I am so excited for you and pray that God would surround you with his peace during the coming days.ReplyCancel

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  • Vicki - Congratulations! He is a beautiful and amazing gift! God bless you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - God IS good. Every happiness and blessing to you and to both your families—

    This little guy has already brought much joy to many.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congrats! Great pictures!! You look beautiful after having a baby, and the picture of baby and daddy is touching….
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  • Lori - Congratulations! May God bless your family with health, peace, and joy.ReplyCancel

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  • Heather | Cookie Mondays - Happy Birthday, Levi! I am thrilled!!!!!!!! Big hugs, Joel & Jess! xxxxxReplyCancel

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  • Casey - Oh YAY! Congratulations! He’s adorable! What a head full of hair. And he was born on Palindrome day too, you can put that in his baby book πŸ™‚ Amazing what God can do isn’t it, the baby not the palindromes πŸ™‚ Congratulations he’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Boothbloggers - Congratulations! So excited for your family! He is gorgeous!God bless you all!!ReplyCancel

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  • emdalke - Yea! I am so happy for you guys! Wishing you many blessings with little Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Auntie Mip - Been following since sweet Cora but never felt I should post as we are complete strangers…but Levi is pure BLISS…God Bless The Macs!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Emily Zimmerman - I am tearing up!! Thank you so much for sharing the good news with us!! Congratulations!! I have enjoyed reading your blog and following your story, ever since I was introduced to it through another favorite blog…whatever. I am sitting here with my husband enjoying a quiet night at home. This has made my night even better. I’m so excited for you and your family!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations….I had a feelng your newest bundle of Love had arrived. May the Lord bless your family.
    You have been such an inspiration as you have traveled this painful journey and yet through the journey you have pointed others to God and His immeasurable love & grace in your lives. Be blessed, I will be praying for you as you adjust to your new kind of wonderful. : – )ReplyCancel

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  • Celine - It is amazing to see how many people you have touched. You deserve every bit of outpouring of love and support. I am thrilled for you and Joel to welcome a beautiful baby boy. I know you will enjoy every moment with him and never take a single day for granted.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristie - AWESOME!! Congrats! I checked on you guys earlier and thought I’ll check one last time before bed! I’m glad I did! He is absolutly precious!!ReplyCancel

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  • maryboys - oh. how incredibly wonderful! there is a tear or two in my eyes…he is simply perfect…congratulations…

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  • Trasie Bressler - Oh he is beautiful and absolutely perfect!

    My little girl was born on the 30th of December 2008 weighing in at 8lbs 8 oz but we celebrated her birthday today. My friend then told me that you all had welcomed that baby boy bundle of joy into the world today and my heart skipped a few beats.

    May you celebrate many birthdays and I pray that your arms will always be full.

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  • Amy - I am so thrilled for you both! Levi is absolutely adorable. Such a sweet, sweet face. I can’t wait to meet him in person and give you a hug! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Givinya De Elba - Oh Jess! Tears of Joy! Cora is in heaven, rejoicing too! Thankyou Lord!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa Brandman - What a wonderful gift for 2010. May God bless your family, and especially little Levi.

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  • Brooke - Yeah…..pure joy and wonder. Tears are rolling down may face for your family. Levi is blessed to have you as parents and to have a sister watching out for him. God is wonderful! Love, BrookeReplyCancel

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  • purejoy - i just had this feeling you were going to have a boy. he’s beautiful and y’all look precious together. welcome little levi!!
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  • Kelly - Congratulations on your sweet baby boy! He’s beautiful! (and like a whole slew of others have already said, you look incredible!) What a perfect beginning to this new year!ReplyCancel

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  • Tyler and Gillian - Congratulations, Macs!!! He’s beautiful! Rejoicing with you from Seattle. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Nancy - Bless your hearts!! He’s beautiful! Praying for you 3 as your new journey begins!! WITH A PRECIOUS BOY!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • run26.2mom - Levi doesn’t know it yet…but he will find out soon….what amazing parents he has to guide him through this world. Your faith speaks loudly! Thank you for sharing your love of the Lord on your blog. I occasionally remark but conistently read. You inspire me to look at my own faith. Congratulations! Cora is a proud sister in heaven.
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  • Deborah - Joy has arrived! Congratulations on baby Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - Congratulations on your sweet baby boy! He’s beautiful! (and like a whole slew of others have already said, you look incredible!) What a perfect beginning to this new year!ReplyCancel

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  • Savanna - Congratulations Jess and Joel! Levi looks beautiful- I’m sure Cora is up in heaven and feeling very proud to be a big sister to such a wonderful little boy. Thank you so much for sharing your lives and your journey with so many!ReplyCancel

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  • Angie - Congrats!!! Levi is just adorable, I love his name!! Praying for you on this new journey and so glad that Cora has a sweet baby brother to look down on!!ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon - Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful, and you both look radiant with him. He is a lucky boy to be born into such an amazing family with such a strong love of God!ReplyCancel

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  • Alaina - PRAISE THE LORD!!! Lord you are good and your mercy endures forever! Rejoicing with you on the birth of Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations from Wyoming! Enjoy him.

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  • bayleesmommy07 - I have been a silent observer for a few months now. your journey with cora and traveling through her passing and grief that comes with has helped me cope with the loss of my son 5 years ago this february.

    I finally want to say congrats on the birth of your son and know Cora & God is watching over you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Our Lives - Congratulations! Welcome Levi! Praise the Lord for His goodness! I am so happy for you I cried! My children said “Hooray for Levi!!”.
    Will continue to follow you blog and share your joyfulness!
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  • Diana - Amen! Amen! Amen!
    Praise the Lord!
    Amen! Amen! Amen!
    Praise His Name!
    Welcome, Levi!
    Congratulations to his mommy and daddy!
    Such a beautiful boy!
    The Heavens rejoice!
    And God smiles…
    as does Cora πŸ™‚

    PRAISE THE LORD!

    P. S. Like everyone else is saying…
    you look BEAUTIFUL, Jess!

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  • Beki - TheRustedChain - Gorgeous!!!!
    I just knew it.

    We were driving home from Missouri and I just knew I’d come home and see a blog post that you’d had the baby.

    Congratulations and welcome to the world baby Levi!! He could not have been placed by God in a more perfect family.

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  • Beth McC. - Congrats on the new baby!! I teared up when I saw your new sweet baby boy!!ReplyCancel

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  • Have Cracker Will Travel - Words cannot express how happy I am for the two of you!! Congrats and welcome to the world, Levi!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi - COngratulations!!! I was SO SO happy to see your post on my dashboard tonight!!! God bless you all!! I cannot wait to hear more about sweet Levi! How lucky he is to have such wonderful parents!
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  • Launa - Oh my gosh… he is so beautiful! Congratulations! Those pictures are so stunning they made me cry… wishing you all the best and, of course, keeping you in our prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • 3LittleByrds - Praise God for his blessings. What a wonderful way to start 2010. Welcome Little Levi to the World.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Such joy! He’s beautiful and blessed to have you both as parents.

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  • singing mama - OhSo excited for you!!! Tears are running down my face! He is gorgeous and you look so beautiful! Praise God and I will be continuing to pray for you in these first awesome but tiring weeks.
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  • Anonymous - Beautiful. Just beautiful! Congrats to you both as you begin a new joy-filled journey!!!! I’m so overjoyed for you… and I just know Cora is too πŸ™‚
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  • Meredith - Oh my gosh, goosebumps galore! I was NOT expecting this!!! I’m so glad your life will be blessed with a boy! Congratulations! I KNOW Cora has her “I’m a BIG Sister” shirt on! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations from WA state!!!
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful news with us all right away!! I am so very happy for you all and will continue to pray for the bonding and growing together in precious love for the 3 of you.
    Thank you for continuing to share your life with those of us out here connected to you via this blog.
    The Lord bless you!
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  • Stef - I am SO happy for you guys!! Praise the Lord for a healthy baby and healthy Mama. We will be praying for these early days, that are sure to have some ups and downs. I am so, so, so, so filled with joy for you both. Amazing goodness from the Lord.

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  • Clint & Missy Green - Cora has a brother. Excited to see Joel carry him into church for the 1st time w/ a big grin on his face. U may not remember but Clinton & I stopped u in the parking lot the 1st Sunday Cora came to church. Joel was so proud, perhaps u were so tired:) Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - Congratulations! May he bring you SO much joy. I also have older siblings in heaven and while it is different, I know they are there; I know they are my family, and they still matter oh so much to me. Big blog hugs to everyone! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congrats he is just gorgeous!
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  • Becky - Yeah! Congratulations! Many blessings and much love for the coming new year!ReplyCancel

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  • Tracie - Congratulations!!!!
    He is so beautiful!!!
    Happy Birthday Levi!!

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  • Allison - Wow, so many comments, I wonder if you will get down the list to this one! I am so happy for you two!

    Also, Jan 2 is such a good birthday! My little boy Ellory turned 1 year old today! He is my third and last child, but baby Levi is your second and I pray he will be a wonderful big brother for more “Baby Macs”.

    Congratulations Joel & Jessica. I think of you and pray for you often. May this new joy bring some healing to your hearts.

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  • Lauren - well,suffice it to say, this post caught me off guard. I knew you were due soon, but goodness, I fell emotionally unprepared! πŸ™‚

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  • Christina - Oh my goodness! I’m so excited that he’s here!
    My oldest’s birthday is today…we spent the day celebrating, too. πŸ™‚ Praise the Lord for your sweet family!ReplyCancel

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  • Angie - Welcome little Levi!! So very happy for your family!!!Cora will always be with you! She gave you the gift of learning parental love and it will always be with you as you journey with Levi! Love & happiness to you all!!
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  • Sarah - Congratulations! It is so wonderful to see you holding this beautiful gift you have been given! I know that Cora is looking down sharing this moment with you both also! Levi may not know it yet, but he has some of the stongest, most faithful parents out there. Thanks for sharing this news!ReplyCancel

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  • Melody - What a beautiful little man!! I am so happy for you guys!! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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  • leel - congratulations! can i boast about how i totally called it being a boy months ago?!? i did!

    what a wonderful chapter to start your new year. Welcome, Levi!

    ps. Levi is my 3 year old nephews name as well! He is the most amazing kid, so cheers to the name!ReplyCancel

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  • Shawn - I love Amanda’s comment-“fearfully and wonderfully”-so happy for you all. Love love love love to you. ShawnReplyCancel

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  • amy and kids - Congratulations! He is just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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  • Enos Family - CONGRATS!!!!
    Oh, I love the name. So, so, so happy for you! What a wonderful new year for you! He is absolutely beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • The Drama Mama - What a beautiful little miracle! Praying for all of you….CONGRATS! You guys are constantly in my prayers! HUGS!!ReplyCancel

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  • Candice - Congratulations!! Blessings and love to your family, including little Cora of course.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations! I am so happy for your family!

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  • Carpenter's - Congrats to you and your famliy! Levi is so cute and you look fantastic! I can’t wait to watch him grow!ReplyCancel

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  • Miss G - Oh Wow!!!! Congratulations!!! I am so excited for y’all. He is so sweet and precious and adorable! Thanks for letting us know! You guys are quick to get a post up! KellyReplyCancel

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  • Rachel - I have followed your blog for almost a year now and am sitting here crying tears of joy for you! May your family be truly blessed for you more then deserve all the happiness your angel is shinning on you!ReplyCancel

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  • Shana - I am so happy for you guys. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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    Tears of joy for you!
    Welcome to the world, Levi!
    p.s. Jess, you look GREAT!ReplyCancel

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  • Chris - Congratulation! I have been on the watch for this announcment for a week now πŸ™‚ Its 3 am right now and I decided to check my blogroll and there he is πŸ™‚ Beautiful baby .
    I love his name and the pictures .
    Happy new year to you and your beautiful family .
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  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Alleulia for Levi’s safe arrival. May he be Blessed with a lifetime of good health and happiness.

    May Cora guide him and you both along the path of his life.

    Congratulations from Australia!

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  • Zingo Tots - Oh my goodness…he is beautiful! He is so alert for a new baby! Wisdom in his eyes! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I’ve been excitedly checking your blog every day hoping for good news. I know that you are overjoyed with the birth of Levi but I also know that your hearts are heavy in missing Cora. May God surround you at this time and bring you comfort and joy.ReplyCancel

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  • Carla - Hurrah, Hurrah, he is here!! I’m so deeply happy for you both and for Levi too, being born into such a beautiful family, with his darling big sister watching him from heaven. I wish you peace and happiness to enjoy this new chapter. I have to say Jess, you look amazing, not a bit tired. Levi Jerald (love the name :-)) shares a birthday with my little munchkin, she was born at 3.10pm on 02.01.08. Big birthday party here today, better go get ready, but the first thing I had to do today, was check TheMacs for any news. I couldn’t be happier for you both. Deo Gratis. Oh I’m so HAPPY for you!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Clare - What a beautiful little boy, I’m sure Cora is smiling down on you all at this special time.

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  • Kiley - What a way to celebrate my birthday then to see a happy family!! What a handsome little man. Congrats to all of you. I am sure Cora is welcoming her baby brother with many kisses from heaven.

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    The pictures are wonderful; you look great, Jess, for just having had a baby. πŸ™‚

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  • Ashleigh - I am so happy for you both! You all deserve huge amount of happiness!ReplyCancel

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  • Amber - oh congrats on your new journey. What a sweet little boy. Take care and God bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Selina - He’s here! Finally! Levi is the name of my 2nd son. Love it! Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - What a wonderful New Years Blessing! Congratulation on the birth of your son!

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  • Tina - What wonderful news! Congratulations! I loved the pictures. He is beautiful. Many blessings to you and your family Jess. Praying for you all still!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • jandkland - Many, many congratulations to you on the birth of your precious baby boy. I can’t fathom what it’s like to welcome a child so soon after you’ve lost one, but I can’t help thinking it’s a a big dose of grace wrapped up in the beautiful package of a son. I am so happy to see the joy on your faces as you hold your boy! While I don’t know how heaven works, I like to imagine your Cora giving Levi a kiss on his way into your earthly arms. Praying for your adjustment and grateful to God for this precious new gift even in the midst of great loss.

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  • Sara - Welcome to the world sweet Levi! What a sweet picture of you guys – I couldn’t be happier. I am sure Cora is beaming with pride in Heaven for her new baby brother!ReplyCancel

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  • Ruth - Praise God! Congratulations!! Such beautiful pictures. Many prayers for your new journey – Levi is a blessed boy to have you guys as parents.ReplyCancel

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  • Mandi - What a sweet addition to your family. Welcome to the world, Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Kimberley - Many, many congratulations to you all! Levi is gorgeous (and you look entirely too good to have just had a baby!!)! God bless you all on this new journey.ReplyCancel

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  • Kim - Congratulations! What a lucky little boy! So happy for you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Angela - First time commenting…Congratulations….I’ve been following your blog for awhile now..you’re in inspiration! Best of luck and can’t wait to follow you and your family over the next several monthsReplyCancel

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  • Carol - Beautiful little Levi! You will be so loved!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - Oh my goodness-I have been waiting for this post!! He is beautiful…now you have 2 very beautiful little ones! Congrats! I am so happy for you both!ReplyCancel

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  • Julie Shaner - Congratulations to all three of you….What a great way to start the new year and decade. I pray that the year is full of blessings for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - And what a cool birthday little Levi has! It’s only the second palindrome day of the 21st century, meaning that if you flip the day over it reads the same: 01/02/2010. There are only 12 of these days in this century! (not to mention his time of birth!) What a special day for a special little boy. He’s beautiful! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Melinda - Oh he is beautiful! Such a wonderful name too. Congrats Jess and Joel! Cora is smiling down, so very proud of her little brother.ReplyCancel

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  • Mandi @ It's come to this - Congratulations!!! He is beautiful! I know Cora is smiling on her new brother with love! Continuing to pray for this “new” normal. God bless your family!!ReplyCancel

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  • Maria - Beyond thrilled for you and your entire family! Enjoy the joy he will bring and know sweet Cora is watching over all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • Drew, Taylor, and Caroline Clayton - Congrats I am so happy for y’all my eyes teared up when I saw him!ReplyCancel

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  • The Eyre Family - Congratulations! What a sweet boy with a sweet name! Thank you for your inspired story to help my faith to grow. God Bless You!ReplyCancel

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  • Unmistakably BLESSED - Baby Mac is beautiful. Welcome Levi! Knit together, what a miracle! I’m praying for you all. I check in daily, and I pray!ReplyCancel

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  • Heidi - I am a stranger to you, but to me you are a good friend. So with that friend, Congratulations on the birth of your son. I wish I could visit with you and Levi and share in your joy. He is a blessed little boy that has wonderful parents and a beauiful angel in Cora. Enjoy this special time with your baby. Thank you so much for posting, Your blog friend HeidiReplyCancel

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  • Tj and Chelse - I didn’t realize opening your blog and seeing a picture could make me cry! Congratulations, what a miracle.ReplyCancel

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  • Patrice - My heart leaps for joy for you!! Cograts on your newest journey!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. He is beautiful… πŸ™‚ What a way to start off 2010!

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  • Autumn - Congratulations! What a sweet baby boy! Praying for a happy healthy new year for all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Roo and Wren's Mama - I am SO happy for you! God is good.ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - Congratulations guys. You’ve been on our hearts.ReplyCancel

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  • ems - Congrats! So happy for you two:)ReplyCancel

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  • Hollie - Congratulations on your sweet blessing!

    I don’t even remember how I came across your blog, but I have been following for several months. Keeping you all in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi REDISKE - Congratulations! So happy for you but i do know it must be bittersweet-I am sure Cora is in Heaven looking down and so proud. Little boys sure are fun-the Lord has blessed you with a beautiful one. Hope the delivery went well. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • katy - Heartfelt congratulations! He is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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  • Michele - Oh wow, CONGRATULATIONS! What a surprise to check in today and find out that you’ve already given birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy. I am happy for your family; I’m glad it was a boy and I know Cora is with you always! Enjoy that baby! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

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  • The Hams - Such a handsome blessing to begin 2010! Congratulations and I am continuing to pray for you and your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

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  • andrea - Congratulations, I am so happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • Tiffany - Praising God on your behalf – stay strong; may he encourage your hearts & fill them with much joy!ReplyCancel

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  • Savanna - Praise the Lord! I am so happy for you all…I have been checking in to and was SO happy to see your post! Levi is adorable, and it is such a blessing to see you both happy and smiling!
    Much love to you and Levi,
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  • Pamela - All I can do is cry for you. Happy tears for your beautiful boy. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations! God Bless all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • The Goshorn 5 - I can’t express how HAPPY I am for both of you. He is beautiful!
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  • Molly - He’s so cute! What an amazing blessing. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Team Alix - Oh Hooray!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Michellesayshi - Congratulations!!!!!!! May the Lord continue to bless your family!! I’m not sure how I can be so happy for someone I don’t know, but I am! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Kate @ home,family & all the craziness in between - congratulations!! he is perfect!!!! best of luck to you guys!!ReplyCancel

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  • Christie - Congratulations! Blessed be the Lord and Praise God for Levi! Levi is beautiful! I am so happy for you both!

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  • Amanda - Congratulations Macs! What a beautiful baby Levi is…and so very blessed!ReplyCancel

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  • Our Family... - Congratulations! We will continue to cover your sweet family in prayers. Blessings to you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Mrs. P - I have been following your journey since i heard about Cora and am just soooo happy to see you two with your new son. He is beautiful!! Much love to you!!ReplyCancel

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  • Alli - Tears of joy for your beautiful family… What wonderful news and what a gorgeous boy! Congrats!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • JulieA - Congrats on a beautiful baby boy. I got goosebumps reading this post… our God is truly faithful. God bless you both for sharing your story and His love!!ReplyCancel

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  • This is the day! - Congratulations!
    What a doll baby, he is adorable. Praying for your sweet family.
    Welcome to the world baby Levi!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - Congratulations! My eyes welled up with tears as well, seeing how happy you are in the photo. This little guy will bring such joy to your lives! Can’t wait to READ all about it! hehe

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  • Rachel - Congratulations!!!! That’s one very lucky little man to have you as parents! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Heather - YEAH Jess and Joel!

    I am praying for you! What a great picture! Welcome little Levi!

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  • Miranda - Awww!!! Congrats!! He’s adorable! Welcome little man!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - I, like so many others, have been checking ridiculously often to hear the good news. So glad Levi is here! What a beautiful little boy and sweet, sweet family… Congratulations!!

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  • Anonymous - 01022010…Cool birthday…it’s the same forward as it is backwards!!! He is PRECIOUS!!! I can’t wait for more pictures. Rest-up mommy and daddy! I’ll bet you can’t wait to bring this little man home! God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • Sharon - Wishing you,Joel and baby Levi peace and many blessings as you begin your journey together! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I am saying congrats with a big lump in my throat. I can’t imagine the emotions you are experiencing. Many blessings to you and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel - Congratulations and Welcome Levi! May God bless you all!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Oh..is there an address that your blog followers could send gifts to? Even if it is not your own (I know it is a little scarey to post your address for everyone to see!)ReplyCancel

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  • Christine S. - Tears of joy! I am so happy for you and your family. Levi is absolutely adorable and precious! God has blessed you with this wonderful little angel to love. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - Congratulations! I am so happy for your family and I’m praying that 2010 brings you much joy as you welcome Levi to your family.ReplyCancel

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  • tami - How exciting!! We continue to hold you in our prayers!! What fun you are going to have with that precious little guy!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Sieberts - yeah!!!! so happy for you! can’t wait to meet this handsome little man…ReplyCancel

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  • Shosh - congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Stacy - OH congrats…Love the name and the smile he looks like he has on his face in the family photo of you guys!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • thehighbargers - Congratulations on your beautiful boy! What a great name you have chosen! Levi will someday realize how blessed he is to have the two of you for his parents!ReplyCancel

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  • Brittany - Congratulations! He is simply beautiful. I love the picture of Joel kissing him, priceless!

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  • KatieMGreen - congrats macs!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - Congrats!!! He’s beautiful. I know Cora is smiling from Heaven. I pray God will bless your family as much as you’ve blessed others!!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - YAY!!!!! congrats!!!!!! He is beautiful!!!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Shari - Beautiful! Just beautiful! Congratulations on your little guy, I can’t wait to watch him grow (through your blog of course!)ReplyCancel

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  • Kim - So happy for you! Praise Him for His unending faithfulness and blessing in your life! Levi is beautiful and I pray he is a comforting balm to your weary hearts. Bless you all for sharing your journey!ReplyCancel

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  • The Scott's - CONGRATULATIONS!!! He’s precious (well, maybe I should say handsome)! Can’t wait to see more pictures. God Bless you and your family on this new journey!ReplyCancel

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  • Mom to 4 Sweeties - WOW!!! Tears of joy when I saw your post! SO happy for you on the birth of your beautiful, blessed baby Boy!! Enjoy that sweet, sweet baby!!ReplyCancel

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  • Stacy - Congratulations Jess and Joel. I couldn’t be more happier for such a wonderful couple. What a little miracle little Levi is in more ways than one.

    God Bless your sweet family always!
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  • Mindy M. Harris - Oh, I’m SO HAPPY for you guys. He is beautiful, as you all are. You all glow…with the glory of God’s goodness.
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  • Anonymous - Congrats! He’s beautiful and you both look so happy. What a cute family!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennjilla - He’s amazing! Congrats and Happy New Year!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura - Oh, Miss Cora is dancing in heaven watching you with her sweet baby brother. Welcome, precious Levi! Many blessings to your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

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  • Chesnye - Had to “check-in” before we left for church and now my make-up is all smeared!!! Tears are flowing for you and your family at the wonderful news of Levi joining your family. I can only imagine the special dance Cora is doing in heaven for her little brother!
    God bless you all!
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  • Bobbi Jo - Congratulations!!Thinking of you and your family today.ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - I have tears of joy for you right now. I am so happy! Congratulations on the birth of your sweet precious boy. I just know Cora would be SO proud!!!ReplyCancel

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  • amy - congratulations to you both! and what a happy new year this will be for you! sending many prayers your way today…ReplyCancel

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  • Karina - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Welcome, Levi!!! I am SOOOOOO happy for all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - NO WAY! My jaw dropped open, I am SO HAPPY for the both of you! Congratulations. He is beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations! May God bless you and your family. He is just beautiful!

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  • Toni :O) - Oh sweetness!!! A hearty congratulations to you both…such wonderful news to see the arrival of your beautiful bundle of boy…Levi…I LOVE his name! May this year bring you nothing but happiness and joy, joy, joy…welcome to the world of Hot Wheels sweet family! God bless you all and you both are absolutely glowing and radiant!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I am SO SO SO excited for you guys! you have never met me but I have followed your blog since for a long time now. January 2nd is SUCH a special birthday… my son was born January 2nd a year ago and had a VERY SERIOUS in utero stroke before he was born… the doctors didn’t think he would live. He has! And he has done so well to God’s glory! I am thrilled with your new addition of a beautiful baby boy, and I cannot be happier that his birthday is January 2nd!!! He is beautiful! I pray you guys enjoy him so very much! I am sure that Cora is SO SO proud! -debiReplyCancel

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  • Natalie - Oh we are so happy for you and your new bundle of joy!! Praying for you all!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - What a sweet Blessing for the New Year!!!
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  • Falling Around - Hurray!!! I am SO happy for you guys – I’m in tears over your new blessing Levi. I can’t think of two people that deserve the blessing of a baby more than you. Praise God!

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  • Beckycain6 - Oh thank you, Jesus……

    Praying happy prayers for all four of you…Daddy, Mommy, Cora and little Levi.

    So happy for you all,
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  • Anonymous - That is so exciting! He is precious. I have been checking several times a day to see if there was any news. Can’t wait to see more pics of him.

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  • Julie - He is adorable, I have also been checking the blog several times a day, even though you don’t know me, I am so happy for all of you!!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Buchanan Family - Congrats. I have a nephew named Levi, what a sweet name!ReplyCancel

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  • The 5 Bickies - Oh….I am so happy for you all! Welcome to your new baby…it’s going to be a great new year!

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  • Kim - Welcome little Levi! Congratulations Macs on your new addition.ReplyCancel

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  • Trish - Yay! What a wonderful way to start the new year with a blessing of a baby boy! Love and prayers to you both!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Aww, he is so sweet. :::whispering – he looks like his Mama!::: Congratulations on the new family member, what a *great* way to start the year!!ReplyCancel

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  • onlymehere - I’m sooooo happy for you! You all look so good and he’s absolutey adorable. God bless you and that new little angel!! CindyReplyCancel

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  • Sue - YAYAYAYAYAY!!! I am so thrilled to hear that your precious baby has arrived safely! So glad to meet little Levi, thanks for sharing photos, can’t wait to hear all about his progress. Good luck with this new chapter in your lives, I know it’s going to be awesome!

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations I am so happy for your family!
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  • Margaret - Welcome Levi! Oh what an amazing amazing blessing he will be to y’all! This is the best news of the new year!ReplyCancel

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  • Emily Craft - Congratulations! Cora is so proud to be a big sister! He is beautiful and you look stunning!ReplyCancel

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  • Anne - THRILLED for you!! He is perfect! Thank you for continuing to share your journey with all of us!ReplyCancel

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  • Sallie D - Welcome, Levi!!!! God’s richest blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • Ryan and Jessica - I’ve never commented before but have followed your blog praying for you and Joel often.

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  • Sonya @ Balentine Bliss - Just beautiful!! Levi is a perfect name. Prayers and many blessings to you and your family as you begin a fresh New Year with a sweet little boy. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Trudy - So happy for you. The Lord has surely blessed your family. Cora is rejoicing on the birth of her little brother.ReplyCancel

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  • Tricia - Oh congratulations to you, Joel and Jess.
    What a sweet, precious little pumpkin.
    I look forward to seeing him grow.

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  • Sarah - YEAAAAA!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! Welcome to the world little Levi!!!! I pray this new year and new little life is a very blessed one!!!

    Praying in Nebraska,
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  • Anna Marie - Oh how wonderful indeed! I am so thrilled for you two. Enjoy that little man! I hope that delivery went smoothly for you and that you are all settling in nicely. Many blessings to your family!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Katina - Aw, congratulations!!! He is so handsome! My little Levi is 7 months….love the name! πŸ™‚

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  • Angela Leaverton - i’m so excited for you!!! he is beautiful, fearfulling and wonderfully made!! lots of love and prayers from texas!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Angela - Congradulations! Levi is precious! I am sure that sweet Cora was cheering with the Angels, celebrating her bother’s arrival! And I will continue to keep your family in my prayers as you begin your new journey.ReplyCancel

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  • Hank and Mary - I am so very happy for you. Congratulations on the healthy arrival of Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Praise God! How mighty and awesome God is!!!

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  • Jan - What wonderful news, and a beautiful picture. Words can’t express what my heart feels for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - What a Blessing!!ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle - Congratulations! What a beautiful blessing for your sweet family!Your blogging had been an inspiration for me… thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah Furlough - He’s beautiful! Congratulations and God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • tripntwinmom - CONGRATULATIONS!

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  • Jess Reimer - Yay, I’m so glad he’s here!!!! Congratulations! You all look fabulous. I can’t wait to meet this beautiful bundle. And Jess, I would have never guessed you were carrying an 8-pound-8-ounce baby!
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  • Brittany - Jess & Joel, he is BEAUTIFUL!
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  • Marla - What a precious blessing. Deep felt congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley Ann - Congratulations! Levi – what an awesome name. So excited for your family, boys are so much fun!ReplyCancel

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  • Sommer - Our family has been following your blog for quite some time
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  • Al's World - He is so precious…welcome little one into this world! Congratulations Mac family! (btw, you look AWESOME!!)ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - Congratulations! I’ve been checking everyday for your big news. So happy to see that he is here. He is beautiful. Praying for you all as you start this new journey together.ReplyCancel

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  • julie - Although we don’t know each other, I’ve followed your story, and I am so happy to hear that Levi is here! I am one who cried a bit, too. Thank you for sharing your story. God bless your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Jenny - What a way to start off the New Year! Blessings to Levi and to the proud parents from a “friend” in Ohio.ReplyCancel

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  • Katie - Congratulations!
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  • Anonymous - Congratulations! My eyes filled with tears of joy when they announced the birth of Levi at church this morning. Blessings to your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - Oh my goodness. I can’t believe it. I love him already. Congratulations, Jess, Joel and Cora!! We love you four!ReplyCancel

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  • Angela - I am so overwhelmed with joy for you both! Congratulations on your new journey and we will continue to lift you and your beautiful family in prayer. God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Barclay Kathryn - Yea! Congrats!! He’s adorable and man you look great too! : )ReplyCancel

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  • The McIntyre Family - Congratulations…He’s a cutie!!! What a New Year Blessing!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura - I have been reading your blog for a while now, but have never commented. I just had to tell you how precious your new baby boy is. Congrats to you guys! We will be praying for you as you being this new journey in your lives.ReplyCancel

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  • yellowismyfavorite - Amazing and Happy New Year. <3

    Levi is Beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Alli Unruh - Yay! Congrats. What a sweet boy, and a sweet name!ReplyCancel

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  • Dawn - Yay! Congratulations! So happy for you. He is adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • Wibeche - Congratulations! I am so happy for you:)
    He is beautiful:)

    God bless you.

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  • Liana - yahoo! Happy New Year and welcome baby Levi. Love the name, love the pictures, love the smiles on your faces. God’s Blessings to you and your little family. I know your sweet Cora is watching over her little brother.

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  • Liana - ps- this is silly to add, but the thought just crossed my mind…now the Cora shop will have lots of fun boy stuff too. Haha. Those of us who love your stuff but only have boys are excited to see what you and Grandma come up with (when and if you have time). Congrats again!ReplyCancel

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  • Cara - Congratulations on the birth of your sweet baby boy!!!!!!!!!!!!! May God bless your precious family!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelli - I am rejoicing with you both!!!ReplyCancel

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  • thedeinesfamily - Congratulations! What a sweet baby boy.ReplyCancel

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  • Becky - Hooray!!! Congratulations. I am so happy for your family. He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Darlene R. - I don’t know that I have ever commented on here before, but I have followed your blog for awhile now. (Hope that doesn’t creep you out! :))
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  • The Stockton Crew - Oh, I am so happy for you and Joel! What a sweet way to start a new year! May God pour out his blessings on precious Levi’s life and allow you the JOY in knowing him and HIM!ReplyCancel

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  • Krystal - I am sooooo excited for y’all! What a beautiful little boy! Who has been blessed with 2 wonderful parents! Many, many blessings! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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  • sassy studio - you are a superstar! how did you fit that little miracle between posts! perfect, beautiful, gift from above…….the world is now a better place with your new son! Joy!
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  • Sarah Damaska - Praying for you as you remember Cora . . . and make new memories with Levi . . . and somehow try to combine the two. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi - Congratulations!!!! Oh, what a handsome little boy! We are so happy for you both :). I know Cora must be smiling down from heaven at her new baby brother.ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon Strong - Congratulations! I have followed your blog for quite a long time now. I am so very happy for you, what a beautiful baby boy! I will continue to pray for you and your beautiful family & faith. Hugs to you guys…-Shannon πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - Welcome Levi! Congratulations mom and dad! We will continue to lift you up in prayer! May God bless you this year!ReplyCancel

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  • Carly Winborne - what a darlin. so so happy for you and to know he’s finally here. oh the joys of little boys!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I don’t normally comment like this. But i also don’t normally weep audibly at work. congrats! i am so happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Micah - Yeah, yeah, YEAH!!! Congrats to the WHOLE family on a handsome little guy. Welcome to the world, Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney - Welcome baby Levi! Congratulations you guys. He is beautiful! Cora is now the proud big sister of a bay brother yeah! Congrats again and God bless all of you.
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  • Anonymous - What a sweet answer to prayer. I am the mother of six sons (14 years old down to 8 months). Thank you for sharing your life and faith with me – your faith is amazing and inspiring. Enjoy every moment with your precious son. I am a mom in the Nashville, TN area who prays for you!
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  • Anonymous - Congratulations on your little guy, how adorable!
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  • cousin Deb - I am So happy for you! I am crying tears of joy for you, what a sweet boy!
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  • Leatha - You don’t me or my family but we have been following your journey and have prayed for you both. I have twin boys who know when your blog pops up for me to read they ask how Cora’s parents are doing. We are so thrilled and excited for both of you!! What a blessing!! We will be praying for you both and Levi. Congratulations and God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • Kory Fields - How precious! Congratulations to all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • gwswenson - Welcome, sweet Levi!!! What a beautiful blessing. Enjoy every moment with your precious baby boy.ReplyCancel

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  • Lori - Congratulations! How blessed you are and how blessed we are to celebrate with you.
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  • Allie in AZ - Wa-hoo! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! I am delighted to hear of Levi’s safe arrival and wish only God’s riches blessings on you as you begin your journey with your son. Cora is smiling down on you, you can bet on it.

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  • Kelly - Conrats and welcome baby Levi! He is so lucky to have you all as his parents! love and hugs!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - YAY for y’all. Happy Journey.ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - Congrats! I’ve never commented on your blog but oh what a joy and inpiration you are to me! I love his name, his beautiful face, and the thought of his older sister praising God!

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  • Geo - Congratulations!!!!!! xxxReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congrats on Levi! He is very blessed to have you as parents!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - What a perfect way to start out the New Year. So happy for you. He is precious! Love that pic of him and Daddy. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Angie - Perfect start to a new year…congratulations McClenahans!ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle - Welcome Levi, he has a birthday buddy in Ohio. My son Shane turned 20 January 2 and has been the biggest blessing in my life. I thought all along a little angel named Cora had put a word in for a little brother! God bless, enjoy!ReplyCancel

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  • Lacie and Stephen - Congratulations! What a beautiful family and welcome to the world Levi! This will not take away all of the hurts you have from you loss of Cora. It may even renew some of them. It will however bring joy in your time of saddness and grief. Rejoicing with you!

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  • Ruthie - I don’t comment often anymore, but I am an avid reader of your blog, having followed you since shortly after you lost Cora. I am simply moved to tears seeing your new bundle of joy – Levi! What a sweet boy. Praying as you all transition into this new journey of parenthood. God bless you all!

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  • The Mommy - Welcome baby Levi! Enjoy your new little gift. I know it’s a new journey that has a touch of bittersweet to it, but I’m sure there is a rhyme and reason as to why it’s YOUR journey. Congratulations and best wishes for happiness and joy in the coming years!ReplyCancel

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  • Stacy - WOW!! i’m so happy for u guys… been following ur blog since this past march………u’ve been in my prayers…..and will continue to be!! congrats!!ReplyCancel

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  • Dawn - oh! Congratulations you guys! How wonderful. I’m pretty busy these days but always checking in on you guys from time to time. I still miss Cora, even though I only knew her thru your blog. But from a Mommy with a just turned 3 yr old daughter I can not imagine the pain you guys have had to deal with. I’m so glad you have a new normal to get used to. Congrats on Levi! And Happy New Year. What a great way to start 2010 off!ReplyCancel

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  • Cabra Clan - As if you’ll have time to read all of these comments with a newborn…but CONGRATS anyway!! I am teary eyed and joyful for you and so excited for your new journey with your son! Hope he blesses you with lots of sleep πŸ™‚ I had hoped our babes might share a birthday since they shared a due date so close but Kaylee arrived 3 weeks early!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - What a beautiful blessing and perfect way to begin a new year!
    I continue to follow your blog because you are so inspiring to me. I wish you and your family all the best in 2010 and for many years to come. I know Cora is watching you all from heaven and is so excited about her new baby brother. Levi is a great name too! Take care of yourselves and enjoy every minute with your wonderful family.
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  • Anonymous - Levi “Joined in Harmony” … how perfect…I pray that your entire family will be joined in harmony and peace in 2010. Welcome Levi and congratulations Macs!
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  • Rachel - Warmest congratulations, Jessica and Joel. Levi is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Samantha - CONGRATULATIONS!!

    I’m tearing up over here at such a incredible blessing to start the new year!

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  • Erin - Congratulations! What a blessing. Have been following you and your blog for about a year now and it is so wonderful to see you and your hubby so truly happy. May God bless you all in 2010!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - I’ve been following your blog for about a year now, but haven’t commented until now. Congratulations on the addition of Levi to your family. What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • FaceforGrace - Just the sight of the picture literally took my breath away! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations on your beautiful gift from God! He is adorable. We lost our first daughter and the feeling of loss is indescribable. We have since been blessed with another child and the amount of joy that has returned into our lives is enormous. I pray the same for your beautiful family!!

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  • Jon (dh) - He is beautiful! Congratulations! I love his name!…rachelReplyCancel

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  • torinem - Congratulations! January 2nd is a great day to be born (my birthday, too!). What a sweet an precious gift he is!ReplyCancel

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  • torinem - Congratulations! January 2nd is a great day to be born (my birthday, too!). What a sweet an precious gift he is!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa - So beautiful, so perfect, a blessing sent from heaven!ReplyCancel

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  • Sherryl - So happy for you and Joel – congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • mEET - cogratulations!!!!!! i wish you 3all the luck in the world! he is beuatiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Tasha Roe - congratulations!! I have been thinking and praying for you guys for so long! what a joyful blessing little Levi is! Happy New Year!!!ReplyCancel

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  • JC - Congratulations and God Bless your family. What a sweet baby boy!!! So very happy for you. Your blog post made my day!!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Brack's - Congratulations!!!! He is absolutely adorable, I am so happy for you both!ReplyCancel

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  • molly - Congratulations! January second is an important day in our home too. My youngest turned three. Levi is beauty-ful!ReplyCancel

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  • Ohtobebeautiful - Congratulations!! What a wonderful name πŸ™‚ He is so beautiful and I just know that Cora and all the angels are celebrating her baby brother in heaven! God bless you all!ReplyCancel

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  • awalker7 - God Bless you Joel and Jess and your new son Levi. We are so happy for you as you begin this new journey, thank you for sharing your wonderful news with all of us faithful blog followers:)

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations!!!!!!! Levi is so beautiful. I couldn’t be happier for you guys!

    Love from Michigan,

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  • Squirpy Momma - Beautiful baby, beautiful family…congrats on your new little love!!!

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations! Loving this baby will truely honor your sweet Cora. I hope that his presence helps to heal both you and your families. Bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Praising God with you! Also recognizing the aching in your heart among the intense joy. Continue to allow God to lead on. He is with you!ReplyCancel

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  • The Perfect Trio - Congratulations!!! He is just precious!!!

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  • Kelly - I cried seeing your pictures! Congratulations Jess and Joel! Levi is just so handsome! I am so happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • Tabitha - He’s perfect. What a blessing from the Lord, He does all things well.ReplyCancel

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  • Marcela - I have tears in my eyes seeing that beautiful picture of your new new son.

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  • MomMom - Congratulations! I really like the name and can’t wait to see more pictures. I’m sure Cora is one happy big sister smiling down on Levi and all of you. So thankful Levi is here safe and sound.ReplyCancel

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  • Jamie - So happy for you! Little boys are sweet and they love their Mommys so much!ReplyCancel

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  • Andrea - Congratulations! He is beautiful and will be a true blessing to your family! (I have followed your blog for a long time and have been praying for you all and Baby Mac.)ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Jess,

    I have been following your blog since I read about you on Etsy last February. Your words are always so beautiful and powerful. Thank you for sharing His word and for the strength you give to others. I wish you joy and continued hope.

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  • The Finnans - Congrats! He is adorable! God Bless your little family! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - Congrats on your beautiful baby boy! I’m so incredibly happy that God has brought such a blessing to your lives! What a great way to start the new year πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • MellieBob - Congratulations!!! God is so good! Welcome, baby Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - He’s perfect. …wonderfully & fearfully made! Congratulations on your newest addition. God Bless!

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  • The Hopkins Home - What a beautiful little guy! Tears of joy for all of you – what a wonderful way to start the new year! God’s richest blessings to you and little Levi! Congratulations from Michigan πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Polka Dot Moon - Welcome beautiful boy! Congratulations!! His big sister is smiling with the Angels πŸ™‚
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  • Andrea - Congratulations! I’m so very happy for you both. I can’t wait to hear more!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I have never commented on your blog and I can’t really remember how I found you – a friend of a friend of a friend type of thing most likely. I have checked in on you here and there since Cora got sick and you have often been in my prayers. Congratulations on your sweet new baby boy!! My brother and his wife just had a boy on January 2 as well. Their son (Jaxon) was born at 12:28 pm – in Rogers, Arkansas, about an hour before Levi. I don’t know why I clicked on your blog tonight and when I saw you had your baby at about the same time my nephew was born I got goosebumps for some reason. I just wanted to wish you all the best. You have such a sweet personality I have truly been inspired by you. Happy New Year – I hope many happy days are ahead of you!

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  • Christine - YAY!! Praise the Lord! I’m so very excited for you guys! Levi is the most precious thing! Congratulations to your sweet family πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Eileen - I have followed your blog forever, but never commented before. Congratulations! he is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • i love plum - yiPPPeeeee!!!! congrats you two + 1!!! levi…so cute!!! xoReplyCancel

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  • susy m - Uwhat a wonderful god. He is beautiful
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  • Sarah - Congratulations! He’s perfect.. what a beautiful start to the new year!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Praise God!
    Praise HIM for your TWO AMAZING babes!!
    Praying for you all!
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  • Jennifer - So, so happy for you guys! God bless!!!
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  • The Shepherd Family - Congrats!!! What a wonderful way to start the new year!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - Wow! What a beautiful surprise to stop by your blog and see your sweet little boy! Congratulations. He is precious and I love his name too!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Oh my, Levi is so sweet. What a blessing from God! All the best wishes and prayers for you as you welcome your new little one. Congratulations!

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  • Christian Carroll Stewart - So happy for you and your precious little boy! What a blessing! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • harpw716 - Yeah!!! How exciting. I knew that it was going to be a sweet little boy!!!!! God Bless your family!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Mrs.Ardiano - Congratulations…. Levi is gorgeous, handsome, and ever so blessed to have a big sister like Cora watching him from above. God blessReplyCancel

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  • Shanda - Oh my goodness! I have been checking daily to see if baby had come yet or not. He is absolutely beautiful and I am so happy for you guys. Welcome little Levi! Cora is up there looking down at you all and proud to be a big sister.ReplyCancel

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  • Sharon - Praise God for a gorgeous baby boy! Congrats….ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I am so so so so happy for you and Joel! A bouncing baby boy! So exciting!

    Levi is beautiful!

    Congratulations!

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  • Anonymous - CONGRATS ON THE BIRTH OF —

    JONH DEERE MCCLEHEHAN

    HE IS AS CUTE AS HIS DAD!

    LOVE
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  • Anonymous - JESS,

    IS THAT HOW YOU SPELL MCCLEHEHAN? I CAN’T RECALL. I THINK THAT IS HOW YOU USED TO SPELL IT? Hmmmmm…

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  • Lindsay - What a perfect way to start off the New Year! Congrats on your new addition to your sweet family. I have been reading your blog for a while now and just had to say how happy I am for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congrats!!! I am so excited for you guys! He is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Be My Chickadee - You have friends in Christ all over the world who are lifting you up in prayer while praising God for his blessings. Congratulations on the birth of your 2nd child.ReplyCancel

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  • Bill and Mary - COngratulations!!! Welcome Levi!!! He is gorgeous!

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  • Kate - Congratulations!! Beautiful baby, beautiful family. You are deserving of every ounce of joy, peace and love that comes into your life. I hope you have some small sense of the depth of feeling that you inspire.ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa Joy - I am weeping over this beautiful family! God is faithful. May this new little brother be a continual blessing in your home.
    We are praying for you in the days ahead. May the Lord grant His grace to let you reap with joy what you have sown in tears.
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  • JustMommer - God bless your precious family. Welcome Baby Mac, Levi! Cora is watching over you from heaven and Levi will always have his own angel,his big sister.ReplyCancel

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  • James' Full House - Praise God from whom all blessings flow. You are all in my prayers.
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  • Anonymous - Congratulations to you both on your sweet little boy! Levi is a wonderful name, and I wish you and your family nothing but joy and abundant blessings in the future!ReplyCancel

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  • texasinafrica - Congratulations! He’s perfect. You look wonderful! Rejoicing with you and praying for good rest and peace in your hearts as you prepare to take him home.ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - Congratulations on your new bundle of joy. I have read your blog periodically since hearing about your precious Cora through another parenting billboard. I have never posted but your story has touched me. I have been checking daily these last few wks to see when your precious new baby would arrive. I have not experienced losing a child but I too have a son and I myself almost lost my life this summer to an accident. I still cry everytime I think about how he almost had to grow up without his mother. I fought hard and came out with a few less organs but am still here to continue my duties as a mom to my precious little boy. I hope your new son is just the most wonderful baby and I hope he grows up wanting to hear stories of his big sister.ReplyCancel

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  • beth - I have been reading your blog for a while. I am so thrilled about the news of the birth of your precious baby boy. You and your husband have been through more than most people can imagine and have shown such grace and unwavering faith. God Bless you both and your precious baby boy!ReplyCancel

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  • cupcakefitz - I am so, so happy for you and your family. I think of you often and keep you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Sophia - He is beautiful. Many blessings to you guys!! He’s so cute, just like his big sister.ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle - Congratulations!! Levi is absolutely beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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  • Stacy Lord - Yay! Congrats Joel and Jess. What a precious little boy! Wishing you all the best. I know Cora is watching over you all and adoring her new baby brother.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - I don’t leave many comments here, but I just had to say congratulations and he is so gorgeous! What an awesome blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • nennermommy - ((tears)) Congrats mommy and Daddy! YOu make beautiful babies!!!ReplyCancel

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  • 3boysmom - Congratulations! What a beautiful name for a precious baby boy. He is a doll. I am SO happy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsey - God is so, so good! Congratulations! God could not have blessed a more wonderful couple with such a beautiful miracle!ReplyCancel

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  • Mommy2Sophia - What wonderful news! Enjoy sweet baby Levi, he’s so adorable!

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  • Amy - He is so beautiful. Welcome, sweet Levi. I don’t know your parents personally, but you are the luckiest little guy… your mommy and daddy are amazing! And you have a fantastic big sister!

    Always remembering your sweet family in prayer. Please remember, that no matter what, Cora will NEVER be forgotten.

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  • macalla - how exciting!! congratulations to the both of you! he’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Janine - Congratulations. You don’t know me but I stumbled upon your blog a while ago and have been following it ever since. Your strength and courage have inspired me. I was so happy to see the picture of little Levi. His big sister is surely smiling down on him from Heaven. You and your family deserve much happiness. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. God Bless the Macs.ReplyCancel

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  • tifRN - i am SO happy for you guys! i immediately texted everyone at work to let them know that cora’s brother was here! he’s BEAUTIFUL and i know cora is just so proud of the brother she helped pick out. i wrote about you guys, too. congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Gene and Annie - Congratulations Mac Family!!! I am rejoicing with you in his birth and praying for this new year to bring you much needed rest and joy!! Praying for you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • L ~ S - Congrats! So he wasn’t born on my birthday, but a friend’s πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Robin Cotton - I so needed the joy that filled me when I saw your post tonight . I am so happy for your sweet family . God is so good !ReplyCancel

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  • Emma and Company - Congratulations…love the name! He is so darling. What a sweet brother for Cora πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Kris Reed - Congratulations, Joel and Jess! I was SOOO excited to hear the wonderful news on the 2nd. Ivy texted me to let me know of the birth of Levi Jerald. I can’t wait to see him and YOU in person. I love you both and continue to pray for you as you walk the journey God has set before you.ReplyCancel

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  • Marsha - Congratulations on your new baby! God is good!

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  • kimalli1 - SO happy for you! What a beautiful boy.
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  • Anonymous - I’m so excited for you! He’s adorable. As a mother of 4 boys, I must tell you that everything you own will now be dirty or broken:) It is worth it! Happy New Year my sweet sister!
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  • Amy Bell - congratulations!!! i love his name!!! such a beautiful picture….so happy for you….what a little miracle…ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Praise God for Levi and for you wonderful people who I don’t know but admire so very much!

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  • Brittny - Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been praying for you and your sweet family!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Megan - Congratulations on the birth of your little man! He is absolutely precious and it must be such a relief to have him here with you!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy, Levi!!!

    BTW, do you have a sister? Someone looks like you that’s on the ProActive commercial. The girl from the commercial said she’s from Kansas. When I first saw the girl, I thought it was you. Just wondering.

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  • Anonymous - Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow!

    The doxology flooded my heart and tears of joy came to my eyes when I saw your post on Jan. 2. I have never commented before but have prayed for your family often. Welcome Levi!

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  • Laurie - Awesome! God is Good! I never have left a comment, but I am so excited for your family! May you find peace and comfort through this transition! Cora’s story has had such an impact on so many lives! I’m sure her little brother will love hearing about the lives changes by her sweet life! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Karen - What a joy!ReplyCancel

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  • Marty and Kim - Congratulations! So happy for the both of you….what a blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • Stephanie - He is too sweet and YOU look fantastic!!! God bless your little family!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kate - Praise the Lord! Congratulations and welcome Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Miss Em - Welcome sweet baby. Congratulations! He is beautiful! What a wonderful Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

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  • The Gleasons - Congratulations to your sweet family. I am so overjoyed that you have been blessed with a beautiful little boy! Happy 2010!ReplyCancel

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  • tiggerjd3 - Congratulations on your new baby!! He is beautiful..ReplyCancel

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  • Claudia - After all you’ve been through seeing this picture, this sweet baby boy in your arms … all I can do is cry, the emotions are flowing and I’m thankful for this baby in your lives.

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  • Audrey - Congratulations! Welcome, Levi! I’m sure Cora was right there helping our wonderful Maker as he was being created.ReplyCancel

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  • LL - Many congratulations to you both as you welcome Levi! What a wonderful way to start the new year! Just think, Cora got to see him first!ReplyCancel

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  • amyflew - Congratulations! I am sooo happy for all of you! May the Lord continue to bless and watch over you family πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Hair Bows & Guitar Picks - Welcome baby Levi! I am so happy for you both πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • HannahM - I was so delighted to read your sweet news. Welcome Levi! We’ll be praying for you and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • surprisetriplets - Welcome little Levi! He came right on his due date just like my son. Have a wonderful time getting to know your little guy:)ReplyCancel

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  • tania - congrats macs! He is a little doll.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - so happy for you guys! COngrats!!
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  • The Carrolls - Welcome sweet baby! He is so beautiful. Congratulations on your new journey!ReplyCancel

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  • Ann - I’m so happy for you both. Congratulations. You all look so wonderful. Praise God for the new little blessing.ReplyCancel

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  • Lisa Curcio - Congratulations! He is beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - Congratulations and welcome to the world, Baby Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Baylee and Blair's page - Congrats!

    Levi, you have the most amazing parents! You are a lucky little boy!

    He is ADORABLE!

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  • Anonymous - CONGRATS!! What a little doll!!
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  • lil miss' mama - Congratulations! What a lucky little boy Levi is to have you two as his parents and Cora as his big sister! God’s blessings on your family now and always.ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - Congratulations. Boys will melt a mother’s heart. May you be filled with peace and joy in 2010 with Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer C - Oh my word, he is gorgeous!
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  • SRA - Congrats, he is beautiful. Excited to follow along on your new journey!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations on such a wonderful blessing!

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  • Jamie and Joy George - Congratulations!! Very exciting news. We pray God’s blessing in this “new journey”. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing how God continues to work in your life.
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  • Andrea - Congratulations! Praising God for the new ways he will bless you with this little man.ReplyCancel

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  • Jeremy & Katie - Yay! Congratulations to your sweet family on the birth of little LeviReplyCancel

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  • Jessatsea - congratulations!!! Little boys are wonderful and what a great way to start a new year!ReplyCancel

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  • Suzanne - Congrats you guys! He is wonderful! I’m sure that his big sister is so proud of him!ReplyCancel

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  • Bri!!! - I totally got all teary when I saw the pictures because of the thought of your new journey you are about to begin. I’m so happy you have another baby in your arms. While it wont make things “all better” it will allow your mother heart to love even more! God bless your beautiful family. I can’t wait to hear about the birth!ReplyCancel

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  • Juliann - Welcome baby levi; praying for you and your family today…hope and joy for you!

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  • Adventures on the Farm - Oh CONGRATULATIONS…..what a wonderful way to start off the New Year’s.

    He is beautiful and just think he has the best guardian angel a boy could ask for!!ReplyCancel

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  • KyndraRenae - Congratulations!!! Levi is precious. Idk if you need any boys things, but my son is 6 months old and I have alot of baby boys things that he never even used if you would like them. I live 15 min from newton…. For some reason I thought it was a boy idk why but i did lol.ReplyCancel

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  • hopefuls #1 - My eyes just welled up with tears… what an amazing picture and what a happy little family.

    I’m so happy that he’s here and I wish you all the best of luck while adjusting…

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  • Angela - Congrats on your new baby boy! Enjoy every second!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - Congratulations! Wahoo! Ryan is really excited for a boy. I would anticipate some sort of tractor in your future! Welcome little Levi.ReplyCancel

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  • judith - Man! 642 comments! I had to make it one more having followed your story for a while. Congratulations and welcome to little Levi. A sweet little soul. Sending love and good wishes from Scotland. xReplyCancel

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  • Rachel Bobalik - Welcome to the world sweet Levi! Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful!

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  • jorgy - Congratulations!! I have followed your blog for quite sometime and have shed many tears and said many prayers in your behalf! I am so happy for your new precious little blessing and will continue to pray for your healing as you start your new journey!!ReplyCancel

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  • Holly - Congratulations on the birth of Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations!!!!

    I’ve been waiting and watching….welcome baby Levi!

    I’m sure your big sister Cora will be watching over you from heaven.ReplyCancel

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  • Nadine - The heavens are singing and the angels are surronding your blessed family.Cora is rejoicing in heaven with all of you and proud to be a big sister. Praise God. Congratulations! Tears of joy are flowing and sending you much love from Canada!ReplyCancel

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  • Jamie - Congrats! I started reading your blog months ago and I keep checking back every week (or more!). I have told so many people your inspirational story. I put myself in your shoes and wonder if I would have had been so great to God. God bless you and your family on your exciting, new journey. May 2010 bring you continued love and happiness.ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth - Congratulations! Levi is absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Kim - God bless you all and welcome Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Thank you Jesus…what a beautiful blessing! Rejoicing, rejoicing, rejoicing with you!ReplyCancel

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  • ricky - Yeah! Congratulations!! We are so excited for you! Know that we continue to pray for you guys!
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  • Tonya - Congratulations! Best wishes for some rest and enjoying that cute little man of yours!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - I am so happy for you both! Nothing but prayers and well wishes!!ReplyCancel

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  • Megan - I am so happy to hear about Levi’s safe arrival! (did you know beforehand that he was a boy? If so, I missed that)

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  • Anonymous - May God Bless your precious little family. Wonderful news that baby Levi has arrived safely. Now, let your heart be at peace. All is well.

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  • Dawn Eshnaur - Congratulations on your baby boy! God is Good!!ReplyCancel

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  • The McBrayer family - He is just beautiful and perfect! I have been following your blog for quite a while now! Rejoicing with you and your new miracle! Congratulations from the very bottom of my heart!
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  • Misty Rice - Oh my world….. this TOTALLY brightened up my horrible day. Congrats and what a beautiful little brother he is.

    YEA!!!!!!!

    SO EXCITED. SO EXCITED…ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - A long time reader, first time poster here…congratulations! I was so thrilled to see your post and picture. He is beautiful. My prayers will be with your family. May God continue to bless you all!!ReplyCancel

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  • rmfox - I too have been a “lurker” for quite sometime. What a wonderful way to start a New Year with a beautiful baby boy!! He is soooo cute!! May 2010 bring nothing but joy to your family!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - So Happy for all of you. May this overwhelming joy help you – in so many ways! Love from someone you’ve never met!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Like many others, I have been following your blog for a year now. I am so thrilled for you – Levi is a beautiful baby!!! I love the name πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for showing me that it is possible to be faithful during the darkest times in life. I have never actually seen someone still praise God even through the most devastating of circumstances. You and your husband have really opened my eyes and caused me to draw closer to God. Levi is incredibly blessed to have you as parents. I know that I am blessed for having stumbled across your blog and for getting to “know” your family πŸ™‚ Congratulations!
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  • Kara and the Oosterhous Boys - God’s blessings will flow out of that little bundle of love and I know that he will be a soothing balm for a wounded soul. I have 3 little boys and they are a mother’s joy. Congratulations and welcome to the world Levi!ReplyCancel

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  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Levi!
    He is perfect and beautiful!
    I am so happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Brian and Staci - Oh so very very happy for you both!!!!! Welcome Levi πŸ™‚ May God BLESS your little family!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Erin - he’s beautiful!!! congratulations; I’m so happy for the two of you. You will continue to be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Allison - I read your blog often but have never commented. Wanted to say congratulations to you & your husband & your beautiful baby boy! No doubt that Cora is smiling & looking down from Heaven & so proud to be a big sister!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congratulations… I am so happy for you! What a beautiful baby boy. Best wishes!ReplyCancel

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  • Jess - Congratulations!

    We almost named our son Levi, decided on Benjamin instead. I’m sure you know that Levi means “joined”…how perfect!ReplyCancel

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  • rhinz - Congratulations!!! Welcome to Levi!!! We’re so very, very excited and praise the Lord for his safe arrival and his life! Cora must be enjoying the look of “joy” on your faces…bless you all!
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  • rhinz - Congratulations!!! Welcome to Levi!!! We’re so very, very excited and praise the Lord for his safe arrival and his life! Cora must be enjoying the look of “joy” on your faces…bless you all!
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  • CinderellaMommy - Congratulations!!!!!!! Your announcement brought tears of JOY to my eyes – not that we all haven’t been expecting this one any day! Praying that all is well with your beautiful baby boy & lovely family. His big sister is SURELY smiling down upon him from her place in our Heavenly Father’s arms!

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  • Monick S. - Congratulations ! Baby levi is beautiful and what a day to be born on my birthday! lolReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Oh, praise the Lord! He is so beautiful! Congratulations!!

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  • Marie - Congratulations you two. Levi will always know of his beautiful older sister Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • Krystal - Okay, so I’m two days late. I’m glad God was on duty and was taking care of things! Seriously, I know He’s always on duty.

    Congratulations!!! I’m thrilled for all of you, and I’m delighted to say I have a niece born just one day before Levi. 2010 is looking su-weet!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - congratulations, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and pray that this little fella will be a blessing to his mum and dad and a joy to your whole family.

    thank you so much for your willingness to share this journey in all it’s pain, and joy with so many, your story has indeed encouraged me in my faith, to trust that truly God is with us always.

    he truely is a good God!!

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  • Marlene W. - Oh beautiful baby Levi! My heart is just overflowing with joy for you. This wonderful news truly made my day! And I’m partial to baby boys born on January 2nd – my own son just turned 6 on Levi’s birthday. Having a little boy is the best way to start a new year πŸ™‚ Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • Julie - Welcome Levi – he is precious. I am rejoicing with you both…and know Cora is with you on this new journey.

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  • Meg - Oh my! What a perfectly handsome little man! I love his name, Levi! Congratulations and many blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica - Congratulations Jess, Joel, and angel big sister Cora. He is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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  • Cottage Mommy - Soooo happy for the two of you…tearing up as I write this…God is so faithful and good and you have been a testament to that this past year and such an encouragement to so many people. Levi is beautiful! Boys are so much fun (I have two myself…) rejoicing with you!ReplyCancel

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  • The Mershawn's - Oh yay. Congratulations guys. We’re so happy for you & yet know how crazy this must be. Praying for joy, peace & hope filled days.
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  • Joel Rodell - Congratulations Joel and Jess!

    I hope to meet Levi someday.

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  • Mary - Congratulations to you all! I’m in tears looking at your beautiful family, with the picture of Cora smiling down at her baby brother from the side of the screen. What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • Ruth - Congratulations to you both, and welcome to baby Levi!! I am so happy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Congrats to you and the family on the newest addition!

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  • Amy - Congratulations! Been following & praying for you throughout the year. Thank you for sharing your story. By your actions, even in brokenness, you are bringing glory to the Lord.ReplyCancel

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  • Christine Trebendis - Congratulations…I am so, very happy for you. I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and am so inspired by you. Enjoy your beautiful little boy.ReplyCancel

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  • The Galimore Family - Congratulations on a precious baby boy! I have followed your blog for some time and you are such an inspiration to me! Praying for you as you begin this new journey!ReplyCancel

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  • Rush Family - Thankful for a sweet healthy boy. Our oldest is a Levi also. God is so good.ReplyCancel

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  • Townsend Crew - What wonderful news… I join the hundreds (on this page and beyone) who welcome this beautiful boy to the best place on earth… YOUR arms! Thank you for sharing him with us… can’t wait to walk this journey with you!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Michele - Congratulations MACS!! Welcome Baby Levi!! Wow, he is beautiful!! I cannot even fathom your emotions during this next chapter of your earthly journey but as you can see, there are hundreds (Thousands?!) of us PRAYING and rooting for you guys. Much Love, Many Hugs and GOD’s abundant Blessings to you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I just read the news!!! I’m so happy for you all. Levi is a precious name and he is adorable. God has blessed you with a son and you will feel so much joy through this journey just like you did with Cora. She is surely his angel 24/7! You can begin building those wonderful memories — it’s only the beginning and there are a million to be made!

    I’m so happy for your family!!!!

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  • Jenn VH - Praise the Lord!! What a blessing to start this new year with a sweet baby boy!! I love his name and I love to see you with a baby in your arms again. I’m sure Cora is smiling up in heaven. Bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • Jason Gregory - What a wonderful blessing to start the New Year. I wish you all the happiness you both deserve! I’ll look forward to seeing him scamper around a really cool playground!

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  • Kahla - Welcome to the world Baby Levi!!! Congratulations, I am so happy for you. What a special little guy to be loved by so many and watched over from above by such a wonderful big sister. <3ReplyCancel

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  • Melissaak83 - Congratulations! I love the name. Your family is beautiful, both here and in heaven. Little Levi and I now share the same birthday. : ) Congrats again and thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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  • Shuggamom - Precious Mac Family, y’all look AMAZING!!
    So excited for you!! Little Levi is a DOLL!!!
    Richest Blessings to the whole family!!

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  • Wendy McDonagh-Valentine - There are no words that could come close to describing how happy I am for you all. My tears for you are of such mixed emotions. Amazing Grace at its finest. God bless you, baby Levi. XOXOXO

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  • The Tulip Lady - God bless you Macs, what a blessing to be included in this journey you call life. Always in my thoughts and prayers-VickiReplyCancel

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  • McKenzie - I gasped aloud at work when I saw his beautiful pictures! When the girls asked me what was wrong I said, well my friends…I mean these people whose blog I follow just had a baby! I had shared Cora’s story with them as I followed her through her diagnosis and hospital stay. We have never met. I have been following you through Amanda’s blog and you have shared so much that I feel like we should know each other! Biggest Congrats on your new little miracle!Reply