We have joked ever since Cora went to heaven that maybe we should go somewhere far away. Somewhere that didn’t make us sad, where our problems didn’t follow us, and where we didn’t have to face reality. Well, we decided to do it…
Actually, we just went on our summer vacation. We skipped the country and headed to Canada to visit my aunt and uncle.
We had a wonderful time and it was so good to spend time together and be away for awhile. My aunt and uncle are FABULOUS hostesses and made us feel so welcome. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was very un-Kansas like. Perfect. 

Here is a peek at one of the amazing places we visited.

Unfortunately, your heartache does follow you–we found out first hand. I had my moments when I just broke down because it seemed so wrong to be on our “family” vacation without Cora. And poor Joel had to walk with me through the airport with tears streaming down my face on the way home. I knew we were going back to reality. Back to our “real” life. And that was hard.
I have tons more pictures to show you, but those will have to wait until next week. For now, let me tell you about a few exciting things that happened while we were away:
Last week on Wednesday, as we were sitting in the airport waiting for our next flight, we got a call from Joel’s sister with the news that their baby boy had arrived.
Meet Heath Alan. His proud big brothers Henry and Harrison are holding him. We got to meet him for the first time yesterday. He is a sweetie. Congratulations Ben and Leah!
Also…
Things were very busy at the Cora’s Playground sight. All the equipment got installed while we were gone. We went by on Thursday and it looks great! I love the equipment. The colors are so bright and fun, just like I imagined.




I was told that the cement was poured on Friday. I will try to get some pictures of that tomorrow when I am at church. We are working on the final details of the flooring colors. Hopefully the flooring will get installed by the end of next week. It is coming together!
That’s all for today. Many more vacation pictures and stories coming soon!

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  • August 8, 2009 - 7:26 pm

    jen christians - So glad you got to find some time for eachother. That view IS STUNNING!ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 7:41 pm

    PamperingBeki - Whoa, you skipped the country!

    What a beautiful picture.

    I know you know this, but it’s never going to feel “right”. :( Everything is just horribly different from now on without Cora.

    You will, however, someday get to tell Baby Mac about the time he/she went to Canada… :)ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 7:42 pm

    PamperingBeki - Oh, and I forgot to say, Congratulations to your entire family on baby Heath!ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 7:46 pm

    Sherryl - It’s so exciting to see the playground coming together. Look at that slide! My kids would be so jealous!

    It’s okay to be a little emotional now and then. You are still healing. And you’re pregnant! Just blame it on the hormones. Glad that you and your husband got to spend some quality time together!ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 7:48 pm

    Shannon - So glad you got to get away for a while! And Cora’s playground looks beautiful. Take care!ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 7:55 pm

    Shelby - That picture looks painted. How beautiful! I’m at a loss for words on Cora. Just know I’m praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 8:01 pm

    Amber - It’s so fun to see the playground coming together! I’m glad you were able to have a nice time on vacation, it’s hard coming back to real life! Congratulations to your sister in law on the birth of her third baby boy! I think it’s so funny that I too have a Harrison and Henry, I guess I know what name I should consider if I have another boy! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 8:05 pm

    jandkland - I hope I get to see such places one day. The photo is breathtaking. I’m glad you got to get away. It’s not fair that Cora couldn’t go with you in person, though she is always with you in spirit. I know you will always miss her. Always. And that hurts.

    The playground is awesome! The kids are going to have so many hours of fun on that equipment. You made some great choices and I can’t wait to see the final product!

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  • August 8, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    Heather - I’m so glad that you guys were able to get away….. I just wish that the pain didn’t follow you, but I know that isn’t possible. My heart just aches for you and it brings me to tears every time, I just so wish that Cora was still here with you and that you didn’t have to hurt like this. I think of you guys every day and continue to pray for you and Joel. I am so excited to see Cora’s playground coming together!! It looks wonderful!
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  • August 8, 2009 - 8:16 pm

    Beckypdj - Congratulations on your trip and the playground!

    The first trip my husband & I took without our son was the same as yours. At that time we had been without him for about 7 months. We missed him constantly and yes, I too cried in the airport on the way home. He was 16 when he moved to Heaven and during the time away I kept thinking I needed to call him. We are 19 months into living without Peyton and it does get better.ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 8:29 pm

    Falling Around - Canada looks beautiful!

    Cora’s Playground is wonderful! It is going to be a blessing to so many families… including yours when you can take baby mac to his/her sister’s playground.

    Take care of yourself and baby mac!

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  • August 8, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    Shauna - The playground is so beautifully bright and colorful! The kids will surely love it! So excited to see it’s progress and thanks for keeping us updated!ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 8:45 pm

    Anonymous - Thanks for posting..Beautiful picture. So glad you guys got away for awhile. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR HEARTACHE. I can’t imagine how hard your days are. Know that you have lots of people thinking about and praying for you. I know that doesn’t take your pain away, not really sure what it can do for you really. Just letting you know we are here..and it is OK to shed tears over your sweet baby girl. Love the progress on Cora’s Playground..
    CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW NEPHEW!

    Hope you and baby Mac are doing well.
    In my thoughts and prayers EVERYDAY!ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 8:59 pm

    Michelle - So glad you got a bit of time away ! Just curious was that a spot in Alberta ? It looks very much like the mountains in Banff or Jasper. We live in Calgary, AB and head that way at least once a month.ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 9:08 pm

    mom2wendy - I am so sorry that you must ride this restless sea. Grief is filled with so many whitecaps. May our unending prayers give wind to your sails until you reach safe harbor. Until then, may you be cradled against this raging storm. One day, you WILL reach shore. In Christ alone is safe haven. God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • August 8, 2009 - 9:50 pm

    Judy - Wow, that picture of Canada makes me want to go!!!
    I love the playground so far! Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

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    Kristi - Oh, the playground is looking like so much fun!! I am glad that you got to go away. I hope you are doing well.ReplyCancel

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    Enos Family - So glad you got to get away. The playground looks amazing!ReplyCancel

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    Kimberly - So glad you had a vacation and praying for continued strength.ReplyCancel

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  • August 9, 2009 - 12:12 am

    Anonymous - When I look at that beautiful mountain scene, and then think about your situation, I just want to yell at that mountain, “It’s not fair! Bring Cora back!”. I know the view is so pretty, but when your arms are empty, it is hard to appreciate any view. My heart aches for you, and I hope someday God can give you a good explanation for why things had to be the way they are. It sure doesn’t make any sense to me.ReplyCancel

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  • August 9, 2009 - 12:22 am

    Erica - i am so glad you were able to go on a trip & you had a good time. what a beautiful picture, i cannot wait to see the rest! and i am so excited about the playground and how it’s progressing! if we are ever in kansas i’ll have to visit your church just so my 3 year old son can play there! :) blessings to you, joel, & baby mac!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 9, 2009 - 9:32 am

    Trisha Larson - I do know first hand how your grief follows you. It’s in your heart and you can never escape that.

    I can tell you that I’m a year ahead of you in this walk. Our vacation last Summer was just about survival. It was not fun. I was not happy. But this year, we had a wonderful vacation. We were happy. We were joyful.

    We will always be sad that Nate is not here with us. That’s where he should be. But we have found peace in understanding that this is our life now. This is our walk and we are determined to make it the best one possible.

    We are still trying to get pregnant again. I’m really glad that you didn’t have this challenge too. But even with another trial, we are becoming happy again. You will too.

    Hugs!

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  • August 9, 2009 - 3:58 pm

    Valerie - Hey Jess,
    I’m so glad that you and Joel got to spend some time away. I know that things like vacations will never be truly whole, but all the same, I know it was good to get away. I continue to keep up with your blog. It’s so great to see much progress they have made on the playground. Next weekend Jason and I are going to the farm to see the family and we’ll stop over in Newton to visit Jason’s grandmas. We’ll be sure to stop by and see it!
    I wanted to invite you to look at my blog. Today I posted some pictures of Allison wearing one of Cora’s dresses. She looks so cute when she wears it. My blog is http://www.froelich-family.blogspot.com. Anyway, I thought you might like to see a little girl wearing one of your beautiful creations!

    As always, you are in our prayers.

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  • August 9, 2009 - 4:21 pm

    Livesays - hi Jess,
    I just had to tell you that when we pulled into church this morning and parked on the back side, Caden was SO excited about the new playground equipment. He practically leaped from the car and was shouting, “That park looks awesome! I can’t wait to play on it!” I asked him if he knew whose playground it was and he said, “I’s Cora’s Playground.Cora is in Heaven.”
    Just had to share with you that Cora’s life is continuing to touc big and little lives everyday!ReplyCancel

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  • August 9, 2009 - 7:44 pm

    Vera - I’m glad you go to go on vacation, but so sorry that Cora wasn’t with you in person – of course she was with you on that beautiful mountain, looking down on her sweet parents. Ya’ll are still so much in my prayers!!

    How exciting about the playground, I can’t wait to see it finished!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 9, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    Leah - So beautiful!! Glad you two got to get the heck out of Dodge, though I know it is so hard every day without your baby girl…

    And, I don’t know if I had congratulated you yet on your pregnancy…so CONGRATS! Can’t wait to meet this little one!! Hint, hint…we should get together some weekend, even before baby Mac arrives :) It’s been SO long!ReplyCancel

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  • August 9, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Micah - What a gorgeous view. Surely that is a postcard, and not really a photo that you took! I’m so sorry for the sad times that will always mingle in among your fun times. May it always serve as a reminder that this world is not our home.

    Yeah for the playground progress!!! How FUN!ReplyCancel

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  • August 9, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    CourtneyC - That picture is amazing. Looks like it could be a postcard.

    Cora’s playground is looking awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • August 9, 2009 - 8:59 pm

    Jane In The Jungle - That lake is AMAZING!!

    And Cora’s playground looks great so far, LOVE all the color! So glad it will be finished in time for baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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  • August 9, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Lacie and Stephen - We did the same thing about 8 months after our little girl died. I was 16-17 weeks pregnant again with a difficult (physically and emotionally) pregnancy. It was so great to realx, but I too had my moments where I felt the emptiness that should have been filled with my child! That being said, it was still a great thing to get away for a week! Reality hit when we got home as a friend of mine who was also 16-17 weeks pregnant lost her second child in a year to premature birth! I will tell you it never goes away, but it does get easier even if it is only slightly easier!

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  • August 9, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Miss G - It looks very much like Alaska where we just went. Absolutely wonderful! I am so glad you had that trip. The playground looks fabulous! I love that cute little house. KellyReplyCancel

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    Toni :O) - Awesome, awesome, awesome playground. It makes my heart swell seeing those. I’m glad you were able to “get away” from the home…course your heart will never be able to “get away” from the pain. I continue to pray for you both that the pain eases with time. The photo of your vacation spot looked glorious…just stunning! Take care and hope you have a great week!ReplyCancel

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  • August 10, 2009 - 12:54 pm

    Juliann - You often come to mind and I pray for you every time. It was good to read of your vacation, and sad too. Although we don’t know each other, I will continue to pray for you.

    Juliann, Gurnee, IL
    (friend of Megan D. from when they lived in IL).ReplyCancel

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  • August 10, 2009 - 3:04 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - It’s so nice to hear that you got to go someplace beautiful together. It sounds like a great way to spend a (late?) anniversary.
    The photo of the lake is beyond amazing. It looks very serene.
    I’m sure Cora was happy to see her mama and daddy celebrating together.
    Happy Anniversary.
    With prayers and love for all of you.

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    writing4612 - What an awesome view!ReplyCancel

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    The Jones' - Beautiful!! Praying for you and Joel always.
    Blessings,
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  • August 12, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Nan in Can - Wow! I knew that place the minute I saw it… Lake Louise is one of our favorite day trips! :^D Had I known you were in town I would have wanted to meet you and have you over for dinner. (Just so you know I’m not a freak-o I knew your husband’s cousin, Andi, back in college.)

    We just got back from vacation too… it was a wonderful trip but I now have Labyrinthitis (which is basically hell in your inner ear that makes you feel like you are constantly on a boat and can’t get your footing.)

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  • August 20, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    Elizabeth, The Mommy...etc - Oh, that is where I honeymooned…it is as breathtaking as ever, I see. Lake Louise…beautiful!

    I am glad that you are taking baby steps in your healing process and continoing to depend on God for the increase. Praying for you.ReplyCancel

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Seven years ago today I married my best friend…


I can’t imagine walking through life with anyone else!

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    Kimberly - Congrats!!ReplyCancel

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    meg duerksen - happy anniversary.
    what a blessing joel is to you. :)

    seven years is big deal….way to go. it’s just the beginning.ReplyCancel

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  • August 2, 2009 - 11:12 am

    Anonymous - Happy Anniversary..
    You two have walked through the most painful thing there is and you managed to do it TOGETHER! How amazing is that..What a blessing you are to each other..
    Have a great day!

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  • August 2, 2009 - 11:15 am

    vintage at heart - Happy Anniversary. You are a very special couple and have taught those of us out here in blogland about the power of Faith and Love.
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  • August 2, 2009 - 11:18 am

    Chris and Crystal - Congradulations…..I’ve been following your blog for a while and can only hope to have as successful of a marriage as you two have. Today is our anniversary but we only have 1 year down. God bless you guys!ReplyCancel

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    Todd and Courtney - Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

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    Polka Dot Moon - Wishing you a fabulous day! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Happy anniversary! Wishing you both many more years together!

    With love and prayers from the Heim familyReplyCancel

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    Allen and Debby Graber - You were meant for one another!! I still remember when you first were dating – Joel dating this girl who moved from Kansas City. Hmmm. Who knew how wonderful it would become!ReplyCancel

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    Sarah - Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

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    purejoy - happy anniversary. what a blessing to journey through life with your best friend!ReplyCancel

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    Jenn - Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a wonderful day together!ReplyCancel

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    Scott, Joanna, Matthew - Happy Anniversary! Hope you two have a wonderful day together!ReplyCancel

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    Robin in Benton - Happy Anniversary – Hoping you have a wonderful day and many more to come.ReplyCancel

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    Kristin - Happy Anniversary! :)ReplyCancel

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    Angela Leaverton - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! You are both so blessed, I’m so happy for you :) have fun celebrating!

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    Savanna - Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your special day!ReplyCancel

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    Ki - Hey- we have the same anniversary! Six years ago, I married my wonderful husband.
    Congratulations and happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

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    PamperingBeki - God has blessed you two with each other.

    Happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I wish you lived just down the street from me!!ReplyCancel

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    Livesays - Happy Anniversay! Wishing you lots more happy years together!ReplyCancel

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    Sarah - Happy Anniversary. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

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    Rachel E. - Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

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    Heather - awww. congrats!ReplyCancel

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    Tara - Happy Anniversary! Hope you two had a great time celebrating together.ReplyCancel

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    Michellesayshi - Congratulations! I just celebrated 6 months myself… What did you guys do to celebrate?ReplyCancel

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    Jenny - Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

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    Melody - Happy Anniversary!!!ReplyCancel

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    Steph - Happy Anniversary!! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

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    Brian and Staci - Happy Anniversary!!! Such an awesome thing to be married to your best friend :) Peace be with you both!!!ReplyCancel

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    erikadawn - Congratulations! I’ve read your blog for awhile (and have been so moved by your story) and I thought I would actually leave a comment!ReplyCancel

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    Courtney - Congrats you two are wonderful together. Happy anniversary!
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    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - Happy Anniversary, Joel and Jess! My hubby and I just passed our 10 year mark and I couldn’t be more happy, too! Much *hugs*!ReplyCancel

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    Jill - Congrats! Wishing you many more happy years together!ReplyCancel

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  • August 2, 2009 - 8:29 pm

    Jess - happy anniversary! and what a wonderful picture of the two of you. i don’t know though…those grins look like they could lead to much trouble. you aren’t trouble makers, are you? :) take care, sweet jess and congratulations on the 7 years.ReplyCancel

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    Marla Taviano - Happy Anniversary!! You guys are incredible!! And such a blessing to me!ReplyCancel

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    The Koehns - You two are an inspiration. Here’s to many, many more years ahead!ReplyCancel

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    Shannon - Happy Anniversary! Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration of how a couple should be!ReplyCancel

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  • August 2, 2009 - 9:47 pm

    Courtney Cloud - Happy Anniversary. Today is my anniversary also. My husband and I have been married for 6 years. I started reading your blog when I was pregnant. I was so inspired by your strength through such a difficult time. I know that it was a “God-thing” for me to find your blog and start following your story. I went into preterm labor at 23 weeks and our baby Nate did not make it. I find comfort in your story. The Lord has been glorified through Cora’s death. I know that my life has been touched and changed and it has helped my husband and I cope with the death of our son. Thank you for witness. I pray blessing for you and your husband and the new life you are carrying now. Thank you again.
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    Lori - Awww…congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Amy - Happy Anniversary!

    My husband and I celebrated 7 years also! Our anniversary was July 20.

    Congrats on 7 years together!ReplyCancel

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

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    Erica - happy anniversary! you guys are a beautiful and inspirational couple that i know God’s hand is on. august is a great month to get married- my 5th anniversary will be on the 14 :)ReplyCancel

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  • August 3, 2009 - 3:07 am

    Sue - You are sooooo lucky… remember to keep counting those blessings!!

    Sue XXX

    PS. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Monica - Happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

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    Lauren Kelly - Congrats!!! And here’s to many more to come!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

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    Julie - Happy anniversary yesterday! I hope it was a nice relaxing day for you both!

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    Anonymous - We share the same anniversary (just different years!). Happy anniversary to you both. I found your blog through a friend of a friend. I’m praying for all of you.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I’ve been following your blog for awhile now. Just wanted to say that my husband and I have the same anniversary, too! We just celebrated 1 year, and it has been wonderful! We are also only a couple of weeks apart in our pregnancies. Reading your blog has been inspirational, and we continue to pray for your family!ReplyCancel

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    Toni :O) - Happy Anniversary (a day late!) to you both! How wonderful and here’s hoping this next year brings you much hope and happiness. After 16 years of marriage, I can honestly say it just continues to get better and better!ReplyCancel

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    Brooke - Oh Happy Anniversary!!! Hope it is an amazing day!!ReplyCancel

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    The Mershawn's - Happy Anniversary! It’s good to be married to your favorite:). Still praying for you guys…ReplyCancel

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    The Schilling's from Cimarron - Happy late anniversary! Hope you got to enjoy the day together! Hope you are feeling great! Miss you always!

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    Brittany - Happy Anniversary!!! What a blessing you have been for each other…..its only the beginning! :)

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    Julie - Happy anniversary to one of my most favorite and special couples! You and Joel and have a beautiful relationship and I am so thankful you have each other to walk this road. Sending you much love!ReplyCancel

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    CourtneyC - Hope you had a great anniversary!!!ReplyCancel

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    Clare Z. - Congratulations on the “beginning” of a long and happy live togther. =DReplyCancel

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    Jennjilla - Congrats! We’ll be 7 years in 14 days! Yea for 2002 brides!! :)ReplyCancel

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    shepherdsgrace - Congratulations…this is our anniversary month as well…August 31st will be our 18th….

    blessings, sweet couple!

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    The Hopkins Home - Happy Anniversary! Your marriage has had to withstand a lot this past year but it’s so clear through your writing that you and Joel are still the best of friends. I wish you both many, many more years of happiness together!ReplyCancel

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    Katie Spinks - congrats and all the best for another 7, and then another 7 to come. May this year bring many blessings to both of you!!ReplyCancel

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    Sophia - Happy 7th anniversary! (we are one behind you!)
    Continue to cling to eachother and the Lord. I pray that you are richly blessed, just as you have been such a blessing to so many of us!

    Enjoy eachother and thank God for bringing you together

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    PamperingBeki - Still praying for you daily.ReplyCancel

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    Ashley Ann - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Wishing you and Joel a wonderful anniversary!!
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    Tammy518 - Awww, Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

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    Karina - A happy belated anniversary! We celebrated our 6th in July. Three children later, I am reminded to NEVER take my family for granted. Thank you for that, and may you enjoy many years (and more children) together!ReplyCancel

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    Ryan's Mama - Give us belly pics! :)ReplyCancel

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    Patricia - Congrats and love and best wishes to a truly, lovely couple ! Stay strong together always……God Bless you both and your familyReplyCancel

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    Christina - I’ve seen this picture many times now, because I check on you guys each day, and what I just thought is that Joel looks just the same in the picture of you two, and the picture with Cora, as well as all the pictures I’ve seen of him on your blog. He always looks the same, that wonderful smile on his whole face. You are a lovely couple, but even more so because of who you are, and because you know Whose you are. So even though Joel is the same (and this is just what I gather from the small time that I’ve read about you guys) in the past, and now…our Lord is even more so the same yesterday, today, and we know He will be tomorrow and forever. So, as you continue your life together I pray that you will be encouraged, and that you each will remain rooted in the constancy of a sovereign God, and that His sameness will continue to be exhibited in and through you both as you celebrate year after year together.ReplyCancel

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Happy Birthday Joel!

I know you would love to have Cora here

to blow out your candles with you today.

I wish so much that she was here to do that too.

She would have wanted to give her daddy a giant birthday hug…

and a high five, just like you taught her.

I hope today you know how much you are loved…

by so many!

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  • July 30, 2009 - 12:08 pm

    Amber Ellis - God love that man. I hope he has a wonderful birthday. I know it is hard to feel like it is a blessing, but God put him on this earth for a reason.

    I hope you both have a great day :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    A - You guys have such beautiful life-moment pictures of you and Cora!! I hope his birthday celebration is fun, even as Cora is in Heaven right now :) That is so cute he taught her high-five…I want to teach my little one that…whenever he/she gets here!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    Melody - Happy Birthday Joel!!! I hope your day is wonderfully blessed!ReplyCancel

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    PamperingBeki - Happy birthday Joel!

    Cora’s high five-ing everyone in heaven today. With her chubby little dimpled hands.

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  • July 30, 2009 - 12:33 pm

    rentz - Happy birthday, Joel! We continue to pray for you two. And your new little one.

    I asked Jake, after we saw you at the wedding, if he knew you were having a baby. His eyes lit up and he said, “She is?” with a big smile on his face. He then told me if he could pick two teachers for next year he would pick you and Tobi. You’re still a favorite!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    shepherdsgrace - May God bless him in a particular way to day that strengthens and encourages him…

    blessings…ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Clare Z. - Happy Birthday Joel!!!
    May the Lord continue to bless you now on your very special day and always!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    Julie - Happy birthday, Joel. I know the one person you wish were here is not…but know sweet Cora is smiling on you today.

    Hugs and prayers from Indiana.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 12:46 pm

    Mandy - Happy Birthday Joel. I hope your day is full of love and happiness! You are one amazing man!ReplyCancel

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    The Sweigart Family - Happy Birthday, Joel. We are blessed by your sweet memories of Cora. May God’s love comfort you today.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    Jess - happy birthday to joel! happy birthday to joel! happy birthday mister jooooeeeeel! happy birthday to you! (just be thankful i wrote it instead of ‘blessing’ you by singing it!) :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    Susy - Happy Birthday Joel. What a beautiful picture. May God bless Cora up in heaven.ReplyCancel

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    Holly - Happy Birthday, Joel!ReplyCancel

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    Erica - haapy bday to your sweet husband!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Emily - I love that in that picture there is a reflection of you as you smile at the loves of your life while you take their picture. It looks as though you are looking down on them just the same as Cora is looking down on the two of you today- with all the love in your heart. I hope Joel’s birthday is blessed, and that in the deep sorrow, joy and peace will overcome him this day. Prayers for you always…ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Elle's Mom - Happy Birthday Joel!

    What a beautiful picture of Daddy and Cora. Thinking of you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Lauren Kelly - Awww, happy birthday!!!! :) And I know you’ll be celebrating it with Cora in spirit!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    Kendall Smith - 29???? WOah!! That’s old!!!!!! :-)ReplyCancel

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    The Hams - Happy Birthday Joel!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 1:31 pm

    Amy - Happy birthday to one of the best husbands and fathers I can think of! :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Marla Taviano - Happy 29th Birthday, Joel! That picture of you and Cora is PRICELESS!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Anonymous - HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOEL!

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  • July 30, 2009 - 1:57 pm

    Rebecca - That is such a sweet picture. A treasure for sure.

    Happy Birthday, Joel. We hope you have a wonderful day.

    You are definitely loved by so many, even us strangers. We are keeping you in our daily prayers.

    Love and Hugs to both of you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 1:58 pm

    purejoy - what a sweet picture and memory. hope his birthday is a day marked by family and joy.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    Rebecca - WOW!! I just noticed after looking at the picture a second time, that Jess’s reflection is in there too. LOVE THAT!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Jane In The Jungle - Happy Birthday Joel,
    And enjoy a year full of promises and love.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    The Bohrer's - Joel – happy birthday! I hear you almost got to share it with a new nephew!

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  • July 30, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    Robin in Benton - Happy Birthday – Blessings on you today. I know that Cora is smiling down at you and giving you those high fives!

    Hope you both have a good day – and remember that Cora wants to see you happy!

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  • July 30, 2009 - 2:51 pm

    Christa - Happy Birthday Joel!ReplyCancel

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    The Boccias - Happy birthday, Joel!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 3:08 pm

    ryanandlindsay - Well, Kendall said what I was going to say. :) Happy Birthday Joel! If you need some youngsters to help you celebrate, let Ryan and I know. We can show you how its done.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    Jamie - That is such a great photo! Happy Birthday!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    Sew Many Ideas, So Little Time - One summer I had the opportunity to drive my friend Avis around to small churches to preach. (Avis was 87 at the time and the wife of an Assembly of God pastor for over 60 years.) As the day got closer to the day her husband passed away I wondered how she would respond. She surprised us all by raising her hands announcing at the beginning of the sermon, that this was Chester’s first anniversary in heaven and what a wonderful day it was, I am focusing on what a time he is having in heaven with Our Savior!!!I keep her message close to my heart as I remember my sister who went to be with the Lord last January. Yesterday was the first time I read your blog about baby Cora, it was sad and painful, but what a spiritual legacy she left!!!These days are difficult, always the first events without them are hard,but Cora lives on! She just beat us to heaven! Happy Birthday Joel, Numbers 6:24 Barbara G.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    Olivia - Happy Birthday Brother! We love you and wish Cora was here today to celebrate with you too.

    Hope you are having a great birthday meal today…even if it isn’t fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy! :-)ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    Shannon - Happy Birthday Joel! Hope you have a great one!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    Misty Rice - I didn’t even need to read the post before the tears started falling. Just seeing that photo, my heart broke in pieces all over again. Oh how painful it is to see and hear the sadness your hearts have.

    Happy Birthday, Joel.

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  • July 30, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    me and my boys - happy birthday joel ! still praying for you guys !ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    wicker0407 - Happy Birthday Joel! Your family continues to be in my prayers I hope this next year proves to be amazing for you. God Bless!
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  • July 30, 2009 - 4:52 pm

    Trasie Bressler - God must be so proud. Happy Birthday to Cora’s daddy and I’m sure she is smiling up above as you blow out those candles.

    Many Many Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - What an adorable picture of the two of them!

    Wishing your hubby a happy day!!
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  • July 30, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    Ruth - Happy birthday, Joel! Even strangers like me think you are an incredible pillar of strength, and a true man of God.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Karina - As one other reader pointed out, that is an amazing picture of the THREE of you! That is how Cora is now, I suppose, like an image in a mirror, on another plane – except that you don’t see her (I had to look twice – I didn’t notice Jess the first time!).

    Happy birthday, Joel, you are a strong and inspiring father.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 6:22 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - Happy Birthday Joel. What a wonderful picture of you and Cora-what a sweet memory. Praying for you especially today.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    Autumn - Happy Birthday Joel!

    That picture is so precious but breaks my heart that his sweet baby isn’t here to celebrate with him.ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    Allen and Debby Graber - 29? Wow! Congratulations, to a dear Daddy and a man of God! What a precious picture! Thanks for posting it!ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 12:20 am

    Alice - That is such an adoranle picture, treasure that forever. I hope to both had a good day celebrate Joel’s day.ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 1:33 am

    The Moffats - Happy Birthday, Joel. Know that you are soooo loved…especially by the Moffats! Wishing this birthday was as precious as your last but realizing the heartache that comes along with it. Praying for you…and Jess…and thanking God for your life and all the people you have touched so deeply.ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 2:59 am

    Sue - Happy birthday, Joel. I don’t know you, but think of your family so much. I hope that your birthday went OK, it’s these special occassions that are the hardest to deal with. I am sure that you had a wonderful day in any event!

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  • July 31, 2009 - 7:31 am

    Miranda - Happy Birthday, Joel! Hope he has a wonderful birthday!ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 7:32 am

    Micah - Happy birthday, Joel. I’m sure it’s not your best birthday ever, but may God give you an extra measure of peace and comfort this day to help you get through. I’ll say an extra prayer for you all today.ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 8:22 am

    Anonymous - I remember when you were born. Your family was so excited to have a boy — and it was 112 degrees that day. You have brought so much happiness to your family and you have inspired all of us in the way in which you have leaned on God. It seems that the more one depends upon the Lord, the more strength one has.
    I hope your birthday is happy.
    The picture is amazing and brought a flood of tears to my eyes.
    praying for you so often.ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 9:01 am

    Toni :O) - Happy Belated Birthday…hope it was wonderful and there is lots to look forward to with new baby Mac on the way. Be blessed!ReplyCancel

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    Kristi - I hope your husband had a great birthday!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 9:36 am

    Allison - Happy birthday Joel! You share the exact same birthday as my husband, who also turned 29 yesterday. I hope your next year is a blessing for you.ReplyCancel

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    Brooke - Happy Birthday Joel!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 10:15 am

    Townsend Crew - God, Father to us all, we know you share Joel’s pain. You gave your Son to us and know the pain of watching your child in pain. Lift the pain and burden that Joel feels and hold him close to your heart…. and lift up Jess, as she cares for and tries to heal the man that she loves and tries to heal her own spirit. Keep them strong on their journey together.ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 12:49 pm

    Sarah - Happy Birthday!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 6:15 pm

    meg duerksen - happy birthday joel!!!!
    hope you are relaxing right now! you deserve some down time. have fun!
    it’s your birthday!
    in your honor i will have two desserts tonight! :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 6:22 pm

    Judy - Happy Birthday to an amazing Daddy and super husband!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 7:31 pm

    michelle - Happy (late) Birthday to Joel!!! I hope you were able to enjoy it, you sound like a guy who deserves it!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 10:23 pm

    Savanna - What a beautiful photo….and Jess’s reflection in the mirror is just so tender. I think of your family often. happy birthday!ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 10:25 pm

    Savanna - Your family is just so sweet and tender! Happy birthday Joel!
    I think of you often.

    –check out my blog at grits-savanna.blogspot.comReplyCancel

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  • August 1, 2009 - 12:18 am

    Team Martins - happy birthday to man whose strength comes across the screen so beautifully! hope you all got a chance to hold each other extra tight.

    thank you for being such inspirations to us all.ReplyCancel

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  • August 1, 2009 - 11:20 pm

    Krystal - You have been on my mind all day long, so I thought I should drop you a note. I’m praying for you!

    Happy Belated Birthday, Joel!ReplyCancel

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  • August 5, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    Anonymous - Oh goodness, Hurts my Heart!

    Thinking of you.ReplyCancel

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  • August 5, 2009 - 9:48 pm

    Queen B. - oh my gosh, i just love that picture of your family.
    did you know you are in it ??
    Just look at how you smiled at your husband and Cora.
    Beautiful !ReplyCancel

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  • August 7, 2009 - 11:45 am

    rebecca - Just wanted to drop by and let you know that you have been on my mind a lot today.
    Praying for you guys!!
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I am learning to be a true farm girl.

I grew up in the city…
so this gardening and freezing and canning stuff is new to me.

Thankfully my in-laws are so helpful.

They have taught me everything I know about gardening.

We have a BIG garden this year.

Thanks to my father-in-law.

Over half of it was sweet corn.

Joel did all the picking.



My father-in-law and brother-in-law spent the afternoon helping us.

They are so great!

You gotta love those McClenahan men.

They got it all cleaned up and then it was time to cut it off the cob.

I know it looks like they did all the work.

I really did help.

I promise.

We added some butter and sugar.

Then waited for it to boil.

See…

I did help!

We had three kettles full of corn.

We let it cool and put it in the fridge overnight.

The next morning I bagged it all up.

30 bags.

It will be so yummy to pull that corn out of the freezer this winter.

Gotta love being a farm girl!

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Courtney - Jess I love the country but I too am a city girl. We woulkd someday like to live in the country. Problem I really don’t like bugs and other country critters. Oh well I’m sure you get used to that. Right?? Hope you and baby Mac are feeeling great.
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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:04 am

    Melissa at perryjayne.etsy.com - That is AWESOME. I so want to eat your sweet corn. I am so planting some corn in my garden next summer. I bet even though it was a lot of work you guys even had a little fun getting the corn ready too.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:05 am

    michelle - way to go Jess!! that is what I am getting ready to do today…only we didn’t grow it, but there is an amish family who sells it cheap, on our way to get pick it up!! It makes me feel good to have a stocked freezer for winter.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:06 am

    purejoy - ohhhh! i want to be a farm girl, too!! wow would you look at all that corn!! and you did help!! you took those amazing pictures!
    i’m comin over this winter to have me some mccoy corn!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:14 am

    rentz - Yum! I’m so jealous. Ryan’s family usually plants an acre of sweet corn. And we would all work together on it. So much fun! But they didn’t get it planted this year. No sweet corn for us. So sad!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:15 am

    Kirsten - There is nothing better than home grown veggies!! Yummy!!ReplyCancel

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    Mindee@ourfrontdoor - That is very impressive! i think it’s easier to be a farm girl when you have such good farm hands around. :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:21 am

    Anonymous - Yummy…didn’t know you had sugar before freezing….ah I’m a city girl :( although I did learn something new!
    Love you blogging!
    Looks like you are feeling well…
    Continue to be in my thoughts(as you can tell from my blog stalking :) and prayers daily…

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:22 am

    tara - You guys will enjoy that yummy corn this winter for sure! I grew up on a huge farm here in maryland. we had many fields of corn, sadly though it wasn’t sweet corn. It was feild corn used to make silage (for the beef cattle to eat during the winter).
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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:25 am

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Hi Jess. It looks delicious. My family LOVES corn on the cob. This would be a big hit in my house. I’m a country girl now, but I have never attempted the canning thing. I could probably start here. No lids to boil, seal, etc…. Scary to me.
    You look great! I hope all of you are doing well. Lucky you, btw.
    Love and prayers.
    XOXO
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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:29 am

    Jamie from Quinter - You are so cute! My mom could really relate to this posting so I’m going to send it along to her. :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:31 am

    Kristi REDISKE - Being a country girl looks like a lot of work but also looks like some family bonding time. I love seeing families getting together and helping each other-thats great and how it should be. I also enjoyed seeing your kitchen and dining room-loved the piece of black furniture in the dining area! It looks like you have a great life out on the farm-we are still praying for your family and happiness.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:33 am

    Carrie - So lucky you are…oh what I would give to live on a farm and have a garden!! One helpful hint for you all…if you take a bundt pan and put your ear of corn in the middle to balance it and then cut your corn down off the cob, it will hold the cob in place and the corn will fall into the pan!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:38 am

    PamperingBeki - You make a darn good farm girl!

    (but you still dress like a city girl and I like that. Because it’s really all about how you look, right? Haha!)ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:40 am

    Judy - Wow, good for you! You made it all look so easy. It almost makes me think that I could do it!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:45 am

    The Gunters - My mouth is watering!!! Mmmmm! I would love a freezer full of that right now!
    My husband and I dream of moving out to the country and growing our own veggies. How fun!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:46 am

    Heather - Wow! That’s awesome! Corn is my favorite! Yummy :DReplyCancel

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    A - Awesome!! We have two piddly rows of corn, compared to all yours! Looks like it was an awesome family affair to harvest it!!ReplyCancel

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    Toni :O) - WOW!!! Now that is SOME corn!!! Glad you all could spend some happy family time together. Your kitchen is SO awesome…I love it. Continue to pray for your sweet family…you look great, so nice to see you smiling! Sending hugs around the Mac Family from Michigan!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:06 am

    Kat - Oh my goodness! My mouth is watering just reading this post. How yummy and special that you will be enjoying it for months to come.ReplyCancel

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    Shannon - Mmmm–suddenly I have a craving for CORN! Nice job getting all of that put away for the winter.ReplyCancel

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    Amanda - Oh my. That looks delicious!ReplyCancel

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    Shosh - WOW. I didnt know you lived on a farm. That’s awesome! I live in the city…..my backyard is approximately 40 feet wide…. :(ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:15 am

    Holly - I love pulling out sweet corn from the freezer. So much better than canned.ReplyCancel

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    Holly - I love pulling out sweet corn from the freezer. So much better than canned.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:18 am

    John & Elisa Seaba - there is nothing better!! my parents grow corn and freeze tons (not literally:) of it each yr and all of us kids go home with a few bags when we visit! store bought corn is just not the same! Great job guys!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Claudia - We worked on this yesterday too – at work – I work for a family business and we have big garden so men picked it, cleaned it and we cut it and work on it … I love doing this, to me it’s therapeutic, you relax while you do it, you get to talk and laugh … I grew up in the city but I’ve learned a lot about farming too. Too bad I have a black thumb (some people call them selves a green thumb, I call myself black thumb b.c I feel I kill every living plant at my house) but I’m good at helping in the kitchen … :D

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:35 am

    Petit Coterie - First visit to your blog. Loved all the pictures of your sweet corn it reminds me of my grandparents garden. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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    Sara Lynn - yummy. I LOVE sweet corn!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:01 am

    kristyo15 - I don’t know that I’ve ever commented…but I have followed your journey, and prayed for sweet Cora.

    I had to leave a comment after salivating over the sweet corn. Part of my family has farmed in Illinois, and we LOVED visiting in the summer and having the sweetest corn I have ever tasted. Oh, how I miss that corn…the grocery store ‘sweet’ corn cannot even touch it.

    We will continue to pray for y’all in your new journey with baby Mac. Have a great week!

    *The Owens’ Crew*
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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:15 am

    The Sweigart Family - real frozen corn from the cob is the BEST!

    Very fascinating to see how you guys do it. Much different than the way I was taught…by my in-laws too!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:18 am

    Erin - ooh, that looks so good! hopefully you left some on the cob to enjoy over the next few days?! nothing better than sweet corn on the cob!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:18 am

    The Carroll's - Kansas is so full of goodness! I’m feeling very un-domestic!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Polka Dot Moon - Oh how I love a garden! Here in AZ it’s a wee bit hard, but we manage to grow some tomatoes & green peppers. The birds ate most of my tomatoes……..

    LOVE fresh corn! It looks delishReplyCancel

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    Taylor - Oh my gosh that corn looks so good!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:42 am

    jen christians - Oh my garden is pathetic compared to yours… I know how wrong it is to be jealous. BUT I AM!!!! I am an Iowa farm girl who misses the big garden I grew up with. It looks like you had a good day with great help! Take care and enjoy your super yummy sweet corn.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Sarah Joy - That is so cool! I love this post and seeing how you guys did that! Total supply and abundance from God’s storehouse!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Caroline - Yummy. My grandparents have a big garden and the best corn, your looks wonderful also.
    How fun to have a garden.

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:56 am

    Sherryl - Jess – you have got to try this recipe for sweet corn soup that I posted on my blog. It is delicious!

    http://skylarsclips.blogspot.com/2009/07/sunday-dinner-week-2.html

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Brooke - Oh yum!! I am hoping we can maybe have a garden next year! You look great by the way!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:15 am

    Erica - i, too, am a city girl out of my element (southern california girl turned alabama gal lol). although we don’t farm, my in-laws have horses & pastures & barns & tractors. i understand :) that corn looks amazing! so yummy!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:36 am

    Heather - That is so awesome. I’m very jealous.ReplyCancel

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    Melissa - Mmmmm..looks good. My hubby wants me to learn how to garden and can….

    I love your kitchen – very pretty.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:46 am

    Jenae - I love your corn! I remember you brought it to the Fasts at small group one time, and it was so DECLICIOUS! I’m hoping someday I”ll have some room to plant some corn. I’m impressed by all your work – but it will be worth it when you get to eat it!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 12:47 pm

    Holly - Sweet corn is so delish!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    Micah - w-o-w! What a blessing to have all that help! I’m a city girl, too, so I just buy my corn at Wal-Mart. I know yours is waaaaay yummier and I am so jealous!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 12:51 pm

    Trasie Bressler - I grew up a small town/country girl and now live in the city. While I love the city life and all that it has to offer, I do miss the country life too. I miss seeing the stars at night the most!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 12:53 pm

    Lauren Kelly - Girl, that corn looks delish!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 1:00 pm

    sewbusy - Enjoy it for me! One of the things I miss about the “south”.
    We can only grow it in a green house up here or pay close to $1 an ear:)ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 1:05 pm

    Falling Around - That is SO awesome! Between you and PamperingBeki, I seriously want to move to Kansas. Seriously.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Shana - Ahhh, we just did this too and it is so good in the middle of the winter to pull out garden veggies and use them. great job!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 3:11 pm

    hoosier68 - I agree with Falling Around…..you all paint a picture of life in Kansas that I thought was gone. Southern Indiana has the good corn and tomatoes but you seem to have the corner on such an uncomplicated, sweet life. That corn will be wonderful next winter. Smiles for all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 3:25 pm

    Cathy - Oh, my that looks so delicious. There’s almost nothing better than fresh corn. Great work!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 3:37 pm

    The Jones' - I am in tears right now from laughing so hard…not at you I promise!! I too am a city girl that married a country boy! I have learned alot in the 3years we have been married…from farming to raising chickens as well as working calves. I do appreciate all the wisdom my inlaws have passed down. That bein said…I know where your coming from! :)
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  • July 29, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Gail - Ummmm…looks yummy! I was supposed to do that with my Mom tomorrow, but the corn isn’t quite ready.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    Wendy - YUMMY!!!!!

    Cora’s Corn :)

    Love it.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    sarahross - Yum-O! That is going to taste SO good come winter. I am jealous!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 6:49 pm

    Wendy - Oohh! It looks like my corn when I get it off the cobs and cook it down with sugar, butter and salt…Mmm! Tastes just like fresh corn when you pull it out and cook it for a meal….Of course up here in MN our corn won’t be ready for a good month or more yet…ugh! Hope your feeling well….ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:37 pm

    Parks Family - My husband’s parents have a farm in TN and grow sweet corn also. I did the exact same thing you did but it was last year. Seeing your pics brought back memories of it. The sweet corn is always sooo good when you reheat it up.

    I have been reading your blog for awhile and you amaze me every time you post. My little girl Paige reminds me of Cora with her cheeks. I pray for you all the time and see what God has done in your life through this blog. Thank you so much for sharing your life. You are a blessing to many people.

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    Susan - From one young farm wife to another:
    I second the bundt pan idea…and I have another. Use an electric knife- makes it go faster!
    Our corn is behind this year, so we’ve not put any up yet, but oh how yummy it will be.
    Looks like life is going well…so happy for you and still remembering your sweet Cora often.

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  • July 29, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    JJC - i’m a city girl, too. :) we (briefly) moved to arkansas and i was SO confused as to why “canning” was actually in a jar! haha.

    i know that we don’t know each other, but i do think about you and your husband from time to time. we have a little girl who was born on 3.2.08, so close to cora’s birthday. just wanted you to know that i haven’t forgotten her. or y’all. still praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:13 pm

    Sheryl From Colorado - What a gift it is to be a”farm girl” married to a “farm boy”…you are blessed, farm girl!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    Jill - HOw cool is that!?! I have always wanted to live on a farm! Looks like fun…lots of work…but fun!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 10:09 pm

    Jane In The Jungle - Wow!!! Wish I had that much corn put up! One of my boys is a gardner but thinks if you plant just a few seeds it will be enough! He brought in 1 cucumbe rthe other day and wanted to put up pickles…uh, well if ya get me a whole lot more just like that we will, LOL!ReplyCancel

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  • July 29, 2009 - 11:53 pm

    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - That is awesome! The corn looks so yummy-that will be great for the winter!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 7:59 am

    Heidi - Your land looks so peaceful. I love these photos. Jess, you look great!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 11:13 am

    Chelsa - yum! i love doing corn! i think it is hard work, but it’s def. worth it in the middle of winter!ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 3:01 pm

    Jamie - That looks so yummy! This country girl that has moved to the city is jealous. :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - YUM! I did that one summer with my girlfriend and we loved having that corn for the entire next year! :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 30, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Teresa - My mom always did her corn this way too, but you can just shuck it, clean it and then just put in a bag, no boiling before hand, and it is just as good.ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 3:00 am

    Sue - I am SO impressed with this!! Well done to you all, you’re going to love that through winter. My son is an avid gardener and we also grew corn last summer (we only had 5 or 6 plants, so our harvest was tiny next to yours). Well done!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 1, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Shan - Wow! That’s a lot of corn!ReplyCancel

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  • August 2, 2009 - 6:00 pm

    rbrum - Our corn is almost ready, I would love your recipe.ReplyCancel

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  • August 10, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    harrinr - Hey Jess,

    Will you please send me an email on how to make/freeze the sweet corn. Thanks! God bless,
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  • August 11, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    writing4612 - Shucking corn is hard work! I’ve helped my grandparents can green beans, tomatoes, etc. so I know what you mean.

    The end result is worth it all though. Nothing like a tomato sandwich or fresh corn in the summer time!ReplyCancel

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  • August 18, 2009 - 8:54 am

    Monogramchick - We spent a short 2 years in Iowa and being a southern, city girl, I’d never tasted corn so delicious! I know that sweet corn will be fantastic to gobble up this winter! I seriously miss the corn :)ReplyCancel

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This is what was happening at the Cora’s Playground site today:




The shade structure is all framed out. It just needs the canvas put on now. The trailer with the playground equipment is at the church. Installation of the equipment will start Tuesday or Wednesday. I can’t wait to see the equipment. That is going to be my favorite part!

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    The Drama Mama - How very cool! It will be so amazing to see this playground come to life! Praying for you! HUGS!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - Oh how wonderful and exciting!!! Can’t wait to see more pictures. :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:32 pm

    jen christians - Wow, that is EXCITING! I love the idea of the shade structure! (it gets so hot here in Kansas) We are still praying for you guys, daily.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:38 pm

    All Doll(ed) Up - Jess- It’s coming together!!! YEAH! What a neat place to remember Cora- CAn’t wait to see the finished project- God is so good!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:44 pm

    Those Crazy Clarks!!! - How exciting! I can’t wait to see the finished project!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 5:46 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - How exciting, and my goodness do those guys work fast! Keep us posted. I can’t wait to see how it’s coming along.
    Good night to all of you.
    Love and prayers,
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    Heather - whoo hoo!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 7:12 pm

    Shannon - How absolutely wonderful! And what a fitting tribute to your beautiful, playful little angel. Many, many children are going to experience so much joy thanks to your Cora.

    HUGS, and still praying for you, your hubby, and Baby #2!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 7:26 pm

    The Gunters - It looks like it’s going to be a great playground! I can’t wait to see the finished product. Keep the pictures coming!!!

    You and your husband are in my prayers everyday. :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    Trasie Bressler - Bless your heart! I’m sure little Cora is so excited too and I’m so glad her playground is becoming a reality!

    Many Many Blessings,
    TrasieReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    Erica - this is very exciting! i cannot wait to see the playground equipment as well. so many kids will be so blessed and have so much fun in this new playground!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Rebecca - WOW!!! It is so exciting to see the progress. Thanks for keeping us posted.
    Always praying for peace and joy to be in your hearts.
    Love and hugs from Michigan!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    PamperingBeki - You rock, Jess.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    Andrea - Wow! Something is happening. How special and so sweet. You will bring your second child here to play on Cora’s playground. Amazing mama!ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 10:09 pm

    Josie - I’ve just stumbled upon your family, and the journey you continue to be on. My heart breaks when I see your beautiful angel. As a peds Rn myself, I question everyday why things happen to innocent children, and as my 4 year old son recently told me, God wants them in heaven with Him. God bless your family and your new baby to be. God bless you for being able to turn this into something positive and something to remember your little Cora by. Good luck with everythingReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    Christina - That is so exciting! What a wonderful gift.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    Allen and Debby Graber - I got to be there and take pictures too. How exciting! Kris told us at the Children’s Ministry council about the dedication and I lost it. This is so very special what you are doing to honor precious Cora! I will be praying for you in particular for that time. Love you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 3:35 am

    Anonymous - What a great tribute to your sweet Cora. Can’t wait to see the finished Cora’s Playground! Be proud Mom and Dad.
    How is Mom feeling these days? Thank you for taking the time to include and update us!

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  • July 28, 2009 - 7:02 am

    Toni :O) - Yay…this is so wonderful…can’t wait to see the finished project either…truly a blessed gift that so many will benefit from! Thanks for keeping us all updated.ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 7:45 am

    *Kristyn*Maia*Mekai* - How beautiful that a playground that is being built as a tribute to your sweet Cora, will soon be a place for you to take her sibling.

    Stay strong, day by day !ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 8:02 am

    A - What a beautiful tribute to your sweet daughter!! Praying for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 8:31 am

    shepherdsgrace - Whoot! Whoot!ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 8:55 am

    mommaof4wife2r - how precious is that? love it. and well, praying for you guys still.ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 8:59 am

    Whatever Dee-Dee wants - I can’t wait to see it all finished!ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 9:39 am

    Mandi @ It's come to this - Thanks for keeping us up to date … it’s exciting to see it come along!!ReplyCancel

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    laura - so wonderful to see your dreams for cora’s playground becoming a reality!

    continuing to think happy thoughts for your family in north carolina!ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Anonymous - How wonderful! Keep us updated with the progress reports. Smiles and prayers to you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Juie - Very exciting!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 3:03 am

    Sue - It’s so exciting to be able to watch this all happening from behind my PC so far away. Can’t wait to see the finished product, the kids are going to love it!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 5, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    Kelly - Love seeing the pictures, can’t wait to see all the equipment set up!ReplyCancel

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