My hubby said I needed to post something tonight.

He said people might be worried about me.
I don’t know about that, but JUST IN CASE…
I am doing ok.  Still having some pretty sad days, but ok.
Our internet has been out all week.
That is the reason for my lack of posting.
And let me tell you, I feel very disconnected to the world.
It is going to take me forever to respond to e-mails and get caught up on my favorite blogs.
I am too tired to post anything exciting tonight.
Lots has been going on around here, so hopefully I can tell you more throughout the week.
Thanks for continuing to check on us and pray for us.
It means so much!
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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:00 pm

    Tara Williams - I am so glad wou are well. Your sweet hubby was right… we worry about you and always pray for the best!ReplyCancel

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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    PamperingBeki - Hubby is right. I was starting to worry. :)

    Glad you’re alright.
    Hope that belly is getting bigger by the day.
    Hope this pregnancy is treating you well.
    And praying you feel peace.ReplyCancel

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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:15 pm

    Falling Around - I must say, I was beginning to worry. Glad you are doing well. I am looking forward to seeing more pics of your growing baby bump.

    Get some rest.

    XOXO,
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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:32 pm

    Kimberly - Glad you are still out there!ReplyCancel

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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    Christina - I, like many others, do check on you, but wasn’t worried…you are in some good hands (several pair, in fact). :)
    Thinking of you very often, still, and praying…for you, your family, the baby. Take care of yourself!ReplyCancel

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  • July 25, 2009 - 11:52 pm

    Wendy - Continued prayers for your beautiful family…glad to hear you are doing okay.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:00 am

    Cyndi - I’m glad that are doing well. I hve been praying for you as well as Baby Mac and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 1:09 am

    Kylie, Jesse and Asher - What a good husband. I check daily so it’s good to hear from you. I’m excited to hear and see all that is going on!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 1:22 am

    Erica - your hubby is so sweet. it’s amazing how you can tell from a blog you are perfect for each other. i pray continued peace & comfort to you and your husband, and joy to fill your heart with the anticipation of this new sweet baby!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 1:36 am

    Stephanie - Yes, I was worrying a bit about how you were doing! Glad to hear you are o.k. and continuing to pray for you, that God will provide you with “the peace that passes all understanding…” and that He will give you His strength and joy for this pregnancy and also praying for Baby Mac…can’t wait to hear more!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 5:09 am

    Mum2twopreciousgifts - Dear Joel

    Thank you for reminding Jess that there are many people around the world who think of you all often.

    Great to know that all is ok.

    Good night from Australia.

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  • July 26, 2009 - 6:59 am

    Laura Fiegel - I’m glad to hear that all is well!!

    Are you & Joel finding out the gender? I just know that you’re getting close to that point because you’re due 2 days after me and we found out a week ago (at 16wks).

    Can’t wait to read your updates :)

    Take care and we’re always praying for all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 7:22 am

    Anonymous - Tell your Hubby we all said THANK YOU! He was so right I was beginning to be concerned! Selfish of us right!
    Just makes me feel better to know that you are Ok….soooooooooo thanks for letting us know!

    Always in my thoughts and prayers!

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  • July 26, 2009 - 7:32 am

    savanna - So good to hear you are ok. I was a bit worried too…..I am starting my own blog up, but am unsure how to get connected with people. Any suggestions?

    Praying for you from Canada,
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  • July 26, 2009 - 8:00 am

    Karina - Joel was right. I check your blog every day or two and two weeks of that can seem like a looooooong time with no news!

    It must be strange being ‘followed’ like this. And cared for by so many. And it is always strange when your computer dies or the internet is down – what did we ever do before??

    I’m looking forward to more news when you have a chance – you have me intrigued with all that’s been going on around there!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 9:01 am

    Allison - Glad you listened to hubby- I was starting to wonder where you went. Prayers for peace being sent you way.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 9:48 am

    Kristi REDISKE - I was starting to worry-I am excited that you are fine-I am praying for you all and praying for that new baby.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 10:25 am

    Anonymous - Good, I’m glad you are doing OK! I’m just an internet stranger but I do care! I also lost my baby daughter Lily (different situation, she was still born) but I can relate in a small way to your story. I now have a 4 yr old and a 3 yr old, so I’m here to say life does move forward…best of everything to you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    mom2wendy - Rest my tired friend. You are a grieving mother and a new pregnant mom. Each own their individual stress. Grief is diblitating even with the mercy of God protecting you. You are only human with a very human body and mind. We have limitations. Earth is not heaven. Reading Kate’s story was not only an emotional stress for you, but one that was physical. Your sweet Cora has only been in heaven for a very short time. To feel the pain of another mother going through the same expierence with her child is overwhelming. You are OK. Ok is all that you can expect right now. You must heal….and you are not there yet. You are living with the death of your precious baby, and also with the fear of death for you new baby. I understand. I have been where you find yourself now. You are a pure example to all of the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. But also, you are a mama dealing with issues far above what most people could ever comprehend. Take all the time you need, dear Jess. You are just fine. The focus must be on you and your needs. At this time don’t worry about us. We love you and know that in your heart you carry all of us there. I also know that your husband is a grieving father. My prayers are for him too. Please don’t worry about us our here in blogsville. Only think about you, your husband, little Mac and sweet Cora. Place all of your focus on your family. We are still out here praying for you and your family. We are not going anywhere. Peace, sweet peace my friend. Sleep gently. Jesus will carry you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Robin in Benton - Hubby was right – I was starting to worry but was praying the everything was OK.

    I think you will probably always have some sad days but God has done mighty work through you and your family and we are all praying for peace and happiness for you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:18 pm

    Brittany - Yeah! Glad you are well…..praying for your sad days….and your happy ones ahead too!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:21 pm

    Anonymous - Im so glad you posted! We were all definitely worrying I think! Praying and thinking about you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:24 pm

    hoosier68 - Continuing to think of and pray for you and yours.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:25 pm

    Loraaf - So glad you posted! I have been thinking about you lately. Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    Nichole - I’m glad you posted as I’ve been thinking about you. Sending you strength and peace through prayer.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Jenny - Glad to know everything is well with you. We are still keeping you in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    Anonymous - We continue to pray and think about you…thanks to you hubby for being in tune! :)
    Hope you are feeling well…many prayers and hugs sent your way.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 12:56 pm

    Cortney - I was starting to worry about you so I’m so glad that you posted. I know that you will never be able to fully get over your lose, but I do hope that each day brings you a little more peace inside. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Julie Shaner - Glad to hear from you….hope things are well for you and the baby…..ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Angie - Still praying for you – thanks for checking in! Hope everything with your pregnancy is going well, and know that I think of your sweet Cora often and how difficult this time has been for you and your family.

    In Him,
    AngieReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    A - I am also glad to hear you’re doing okay- I pray for you very often :) I pray God will bless you with more happy days than sad ones :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    wicker0407 - Always praying for you thanks for checking in!
    Summer & family in CaliforniaReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 8:11 pm

    carmen - Jess, it was so great to see you and Joel last night. Thanks for sharing the little bits of your heart that you did during our brief chat. I wish we’d had more of a chance to talk. You and Joel both have such a graciousness about you. Continuing to pray for you…ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    CourtneyC - Glad to hear that you are doing well and the pregnancy is still going good.ReplyCancel

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  • July 26, 2009 - 9:13 pm

    Isaac and Mommy - I agree! Take care of yourself. Praying for peace and joy in your heart.ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 8:28 am

    The Carroll's - Thanks for checking in… still praying :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 27, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Anonymous - I think of you guys and lift you up in my prayers everyday. It is always good to read your updates.

    I am happy to hear that things are OK, and hoping that this pregnancy is treating you well.

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It seems like since we first found out our Cora was sick, my eyes have been opened to so much hurt in the world. It overwhelms me. Sometimes I don’t even know what to pray. Even now, words escape me.

I first read about Kate on Angie’s blog. Kate has an aggressive, malignant brain tumor. I watched the video her parents made with tears streaming down my face. I felt like in a way they were telling parts of our story all over again. I could relate to their emotions in so many ways. My heart just ached for this dear family.



I have been praying and praying for little Kate and her family ever since. For some reason I can’t get her sweet face out of my mind. I thought about putting it on my blog right away, but I just didn’t know. I think it brought back too many emotions.  

Then my friend Amanda reminded me of how you all prayed for Cora and continue to pray for our family. How strangers lifted up our sweet daughter in prayer day after day. How so many posted Cora’s story on their blog so that more people could pray for us. I am still humbled and amazed by this.

During those days in the hospital we were so tired and discouraged and the only glimmer of hope we had was to continue to cling to the Lord–to trust Him. It was amazing how He used, and continues to use, the body of Christ to uphold our family. Your cards and comments on our blog gave us hope that people were still praying. And so many keep praying for us even now, when we don’t feel like we have the strength to keep going. We need that so much.  

I know God is using the body of Christ to uphold the McRae family in the same way. I was so encouraged to hear Kate’s parents giving glory to God even during this horrible time. They are finding their hope in the Lord. They know that God is using their Kate to be a light to the world. But it is still so hard.

Will you join me in praying for this family? Pray for Kate’s complete healing. Pray for strength for her family as they face each day. You can learn more about Kate and how to pray for her by going here.

The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord 
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

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  • July 15, 2009 - 10:50 am

    Anonymous - You continue to amaze me! I will pray for Kate and her family. Always in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:23 am

    carollai - i have been praying for kate as well as my sis and bro-in-law were a part of the church they served at in chicago (before arizona). i’m glad your family is praying for them as well. i’ve also still been praying for your family and the healing that continues to happen.

    yes! continue to pray for kate…. He is near and hearing our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Toni :O) - Jess, you and Joel and Baby Mac continue to be in my daily prayers. I think of you all so very often and squeeze my children extra tight because of your sweet Cora…she’s never far from my mind…even when I saw a rainbow a few weeks ago, I thought of her and Kayleigh simultaneously. I’ve added sweet Kate to my prayers…I watched the video yesterday and I was just overwhelmed by their situation. I hope the end result is a joyous one for them. Take care and blessings for a great pregnancy with Baby Mac.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:35 am

    Trisha Larson - Your mixed emotions are exactly what I went through when a friend forwarded me your blog back in Feb. We were approaching the 1 year anniversary of losing Nate and all of the hospital pics and medical descriptions took me right back to his 25 days in the ICU. I was torn. I felt connected to you and your experience but it was hard for me to read about it. Though I have debated numerous times, I have continued to follow you and pray for you. I try to DO the right thing even though it is hard. I think that is what you are doing.

    Hugs,
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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:40 am

    purejoy - what a sweet heart you have. i’ll be praying.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:44 am

    mrosev14 - I have been following this family, my heart aches for them. They and you guys are still in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 11:46 am

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - I will agree with these other fine folks here, you continue to amaze me. Our family will pray for Kate and still continue to hold you and yours near and dear in our thoughts and prayers. *hearts*ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Cora Anne Designs - The blog world is amazing…I’ve been praying for Kate since her diagnosis as my next door neighbor (here in Michigan)is best friend’s with Kate’s mom and flew down to be with the family. Prayer is very powerful!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 12:54 pm

    Jenn - I too watched the video with tears streaming down my face. I have been praying for Kate and I continue to pray for you too!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    Misty Rice - This is how I felt when I first heard about CORA. I have been praying for Kate as well, and many others that I see every week at the hospital just as sick of not more sick.

    I couldn’t get Cora’s face out of my thoughts day in and day out, and I can’t get these little faces out of my thoughts.

    Its so painful to watch, see and hear…and feel so helpless.

    Its a daily reminder this world is not our home.

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Sonya @ Balentine Bliss - We have been and will continue to prayfro Kate as well.

    I heard this song recently on the radio and it immediatley made me think of you and you family. I wondered if you had heard it. “You’re Not Shaken” by Phil Stacey.

    It reminded me of how you immediatley grasped our Father through everything and gave Him glory through all that was happening in your lives.

    Anyway, if you have never heard it a link for it is here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_UWEtraIMI

    I continue to pray for you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    Lacie and Stephen - Praying with you!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - As your sweet family is in my prayers, I too will add this lovely family.
    May their story and their faith bless as many as your sweet family.
    Hugs and prayers,
    XOXO
    *TriciaReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - this is what the body of christ is suppose to do…come together, pray and give thanks and uphold. so i’m there…and i’m really glad that you did share sweet kate with me today…although it’s hard every time we see the many struggles in this world, i cling to the hope that i can only find in him…and for that, i am so thankful.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    Angela - I’ve been praying for them for some time now, ever since I first read it on Angie’s blog. I have signed up to get an email whenever there is an update on her.

    I thought of you and your family when I first heard of this. I just can’t imagine the pain and the hurt.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Robin in Benton - Your feelings about Kate and her family are just like my feelings for Cora and you were when your story first came on our prayer chain. You are an amazing person and have such a heart for Jesus that you continue to inspire. I will definitely add Kate and her family to my prayers and will continue to pray for you guys and Baby MacReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:46 pm

    Julie - Things like this leave you speechless. I feel so much for the families that are going through this horrible illness….I cannot imagine………..I think of you all often and am so glad you are having another baby…Take care….ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    PamperingBeki - Thank you Jess for posting this.

    I keep seeing sweet Kate pop up on different blogs and it has definitely given me flashbacks to Cora.

    We’ll continue praying for this beautiful little girl and her family.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    The Mershawn's - I hate cancer. It’s so ugly & mean. Especially for kids & their families. We’ll pray for her for sure. Hope you guys are hanging in there. Happy to see #2 is already bringing some joy back to you both. Different, but good. Still praying for you both as well. God loves you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 6:47 pm

    Courtney - I just read Kate’s story she is so sweet. We will pray for her and her family. Your family also continues to be in our prayers.
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  • July 15, 2009 - 7:11 pm

    heathereve - Thank you so much for posting this heartfelt message about Kate on your blog. I too haven’t been able to get this beautiful girl off of my mind since I read about her on Kelly’s blog. There is power in prayer and power in numbers. I will continue to lift you and your family up in prayer as well. What you all went through and what the McRaes are going through is so unimaginable. I am amazed at the courage and faith both families have shown. God bless you all!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Allen and Debby Graber - Allen and I read about Kate from Amanda’s blog. We cried as we watched YouTube about them. God brings them to mind often during the day and even at night. We’ll join in with all the other prayer warriors!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    Jane In The Jungle - I heard Kate’s story a few weeks ago and immediately went to the Lord.
    Praying for that family….and yours.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    Falling Around - Jess,

    I just found out about Kate a few days ago. My heart brakes for this family. I’m sure hearing these stories is very difficult on you especially. I will keep this sweet family in my prayers.

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  • July 15, 2009 - 10:36 pm

    Anonymous - Of course I will add Kate to my prayer list. At church this week we sang “Everlasting God” at VBS. It was so beautiful to see the children singing all their praises to God. When I watched the words across the screen, I thought of you guys. I prayed that God would lift you up like wings on eagles.
    Then I saw the verse you chose to pray for Kate…Isaiah 40:28-31…Which contains the words to the song.
    “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
    wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.
    Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
    wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.
    Our God, You reign forever
    Our hope, our strong deliverer.
    You are the everlasting God,
    The everlasting God.
    You do not faint,
    You won’t grow weary.
    You’re the defender of the weak,
    You comfort those in need,
    You lift us up on wings like eagles.”
    Dear God,
    please give strength to Kate’s parents to endure what is to come. We know you will not grow weary, we know that you will comfort them in a way that only you can.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 8:23 am

    Taking Heart - I have been praying for Kate as well.
    But… just to see you so passionately lead to pray for this young girl…
    I need to give up myself MORE… go to the alter MORE… on her behalf.
    Thank you for reminding me to pray for her… thank you for the honor of praying for Cora… she has blessed so many and continues to do so.
    I will also pray for you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 10:13 am

    Rebecca - Jess, you are a true woman of God. To see you pleading for others in the midst of your own sorrow and grief shows your true character and faith. A woman who struggles and triumphs all in the same day.

    You and Joel are on my mind and heart, and in my prayers daily.

    Love and Hugs to you both.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Stephanie - I’ve been following along with Kate’s story. Praying for her family!ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 10:47 am

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - I know that was hard for you to go back and remember and yet you still have room for others that are hurting just like you! you truly are an amazing person,one that I know we are so blessed to have in our lives! I will pray hard for Kate and her family…. Just when I needed humbling again, you reached out to us. Thank you for your open heart and love to those who need it most! Hope you are feeling well and we miss you!
    and as always you are in our prayers and thoughts! Rub baby mac for me! :)
    love always,
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  • July 16, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Maple Memories - I am continually amazed at the way that God works in our lives. I went out to read about Kate, only to see the post from her parents requesting PRAYERS for not only Kate, but now their son, Will. I instantly thought about you writing about whether or not you should post about her, but finally deciding to. Why was today the day that you felt strong enough to do it!? Because TODAY is the day that the family needs EXTRA prayers and He knew Cora’s followers would do just that. GOD IS AMAZING! You continue to be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 4:28 pm

    The Sweigart Family - That was really hard to read. All of the emotions came pouring back. I will pray for Kate-and continue to pray for you guys too.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 4:33 pm

    Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - I read the link that you included on your story yesterday about little Kate. What a tear jerking and heart wrenching story! I happened to look today again at it to see if her condition is improving and I was sad to read that their son now has to have surgery to remove a growth on his vocal cord…..when does it stop for a family? I know that God only hands us what we can handle but I wish I could take some of the burden from them! I continue to pray for your family and thank you for sharing this other family with me so I can pray for them also!ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 5:56 pm

    number17cherrytreelane - I have read about this child and will be reverently praying.
    Still think of you and your family often.
    In fact, I was cooking with a friend this morning and mentioned, “did you hear that the Mac’s are having another baby! Exciting, huh? Praise the Lord!”

    Like we are old friends.ReplyCancel

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  • July 16, 2009 - 11:18 pm

    PamperingBeki - Still praying for your family daily, and now Kate’s as well.ReplyCancel

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    Lauren Kelly - Beautiful. They are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • July 17, 2009 - 11:33 pm

    Sarah - Thank you for posting this about Kate, we will keep her and her family in our prayers. We have seen miracles happen and know that nothing is too big for God!

    My husband and I have been following your blog since we first heard about your beautiful Cora (from my cousin Kendall). I want you to know that we prayed for your sweet little Cora (as well as for you and your husband) everyday. Our entire family and church up in Canada were praying too. Your heart for God and honesty in such an unimaginable situation is inspiring. You are still in our thoughts and prayers so often as you prepare to welcome this precious new little life!ReplyCancel

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  • July 19, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    Jenifer - Your amazing …I will prey for Kate and her family and yall are still in my preysReplyCancel

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  • July 20, 2009 - 3:25 am

    Sue - Hi Jess,

    I’ve been absent from reading your blog for a while, so have been playing catch up this morning on how things have progressed with you and Joel since Feb. And I can’t remember when last I cried so much. I feel like I’m crying with you and I just want to hug you.

    While totally different (I can only begine to imagine your grief at losing a child), I lost my husband 6 weeks after my first child was born and know only too well how difficult it is to come to terms with losing someone you love. I am blessed to have a healthy 5 year old son, who keeps me smiling through my tears and I can’t imagine how I would’ve dealt with things without him. What I’m trying to say here (and I hope it’s coming through OK) is that you will survive. With each passing day, you and Joel are growing stronger and while you’ll always miss little Cora, she will always be with you in your hearts.

    I also want to congratulate you on your pregnancy – you’re looking great and I just know that this will all go well for you and Joel. I am sure it comes with mixed emotions and not a day will pass that you won’t miss Cora, but having another little bundle to care for is going to give your lives so much meaning again.

    And lastly, thanks for sharing this story about Kate with us. What a beautiful little girl. I will pray for her and her family, as I do yours.

    Take care. Sending lots of love from Cape Town, Sue xReplyCancel

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  • July 20, 2009 - 10:37 pm

    PamperingBeki - Praying for you tonight.ReplyCancel

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  • July 21, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Krystal - Yes, I am praying for Kate, and continue to pray for you and yours.ReplyCancel

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  • July 22, 2009 - 2:53 am

    Maggie May - I am so sorry you lost your lovely Cora. She was such a sweetfaced girl, so loved. I did a blog post on the McRae’s a few days ago and requested prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 22, 2009 - 8:07 am

    Robin in Benton - Praying for you this morningReplyCancel

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  • July 22, 2009 - 7:14 pm

    Anonymous - I will pray for Kate as for your family I found your blog after looking at Kayleigh Freemans blog. I have a little girl whom is 9 months old and has been sick the past 2 months but they don’t know what is wrong with her. I see Cora’s pictures and it reminds me so much of my little girl. I cry every time I think of Cora and I pray for healing for your family and also pray for your new little one on the way!ReplyCancel

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  • July 23, 2009 - 9:09 am

    Once A Mother - Thank you for sharing Kate’s story, and your own. A commenter on my page told me of your blog. I, too lost my baby girl, to infant Leukemia. I am amazed by your strength, the way that you have put together the Cora shop and held fast to your faith (mine has been changed, shaken… i dont know) I will keep you and this healthy new baby in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 23, 2009 - 10:23 am

    Jaclyn - I will be praying for Kate’s family, just as I continue to pray fopr yours…..ReplyCancel

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  • July 23, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    BoufMom9 - It is overwhelming to me that so many sweet children are dealing with and fighting cancer.
    While my dear friend, jess’ daughter was fighting NB, I did so much research online and was so sad by all of the children I discovered fighting cancer out there :(
    Of course, I will join you in praying for this sweet little girl.
    Thank you so much for spreading the word about her.
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  • July 24, 2009 - 11:36 am

    PamperingBeki - Thinking of you today. Hope you’re doing okay.ReplyCancel

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    Robin in Benton - Thinking of you and praying for you guys and Baby Mac today as well as for Kate as she starts a very long road.ReplyCancel

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    Kristi REDISKE - We will pray for Kate as well as continued prayer for you family.ReplyCancel

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    Nan in Can - Thank you for sharing and thanks for the verse at the end… I need that today… and every day.ReplyCancel

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I think we both left my appointment today with smiles.
It was wonderful to hear the doctor say that everything looks great so far.
It was so reassuring to hear Baby Mac’s heartbeat. He found it right away. We were so thankful. The baby’s heart rate was 155 today. Cora’s was almost always 150.
So, we made it through another visit to the doctor. We were still so nervous, but I think it might just be that way for awhile. We just have to keep praying and trusting.
I have been having trouble getting excited about all the normal “fun” pregnancy things. It is just so different this time. So many mixed emotions. But, I wanted to document this pregnancy somehow for Baby Mac’s baby book. I saw this in my June Creating Keepsakes magazine. I thought it was a fun way to capture each month. So, here is a glimpse at my growing baby bump.

Thanks for praying for us today. Keep praying along with us for a healthy little baby! And keep praying for our healing hearts.
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  • July 9, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    Angela Leaverton - look at you! you are precious! wish i could be there to see your baby bump!!! you guys are in my every prayer!!!

    love you,
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  • July 9, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you for posting– I was wondering about your appointment all day. From your faith I have re-connected with my own.

    Thank you for that.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 9:37 pm

    Pam - How cute!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Stephanie - Yay for wonderful news!!!!! You are looking great…I love the idea!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    Rebecca - Yeah for a great appointment and both of you leaving with smiles!
    I love the pictures. That is a great idea and you will be so glad you did it.
    Prayers and hugs to you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    hoosier68 - Love the photos and the great update.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:25 pm

    maddie/cadesmimi - Glad to hear that you had a good doctor visit. Your little “bump” is growing…as it should be! Best wishes,
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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:25 pm

    dg darling - I wish I was that cute when I was prego! I do pray for often. I think of you guys and Cora each day when I check your blog and I send up a prayer that all will be well with Baby Mac. I hope you will find the peace you need to truly enjoy this pregnancy…ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:30 pm

    mrosev14 - You look adorable in those pictures. Try to get excited about as much as possible.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:34 pm

    Grace - Love the baby bump! Praying for you everyday.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    PamperingBeki - LOOK how stinking cute you are!
    Adorable.

    Prayed for you numerous times today. Thank God for a wonderful appointment!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:42 pm

    Laura - Praying for you and Baby Mac! You are {glowing} in the month 3 picture :)

    My last name is McPherson, so we referred to our baby as “baby mac” in the first few months too!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:46 pm

    Sara Scott - This is so cute!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    Alisha - sometimes I feel weird reading, wondering and praying about you even though I don’t know you…but when I read a post like this, I don’t mind..I am so a happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:55 pm

    Sara - You look so cute! So happy to hear your appt went good!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:58 pm

    mommyof2sons - Love the pictures!! Glad to hear that the appt went well today. I will keep praying for you!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:58 pm

    Erica - oh those pics are adorable! i love that idea! you look beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 11:01 pm

    Elle's Mom - You look amazing! What a fun idea!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 11:06 pm

    Wendy - What a beautiful bump!!!!! You’re glowing :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    Sarah - Great to hear that the appointment went well :)
    Wonderful idea, and adorable pictures.
    I will continue to pray for your hearts and baby mac.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 11:13 pm

    Karen - you are so strong – love the photos – I wish I had done this for my kids – good luck – your story continues to inspire me –
    I don’t know if you read all the comments but I was inspired to go to nursing school because of Cora – I am trudging along through my classes and loving every minute of it – I will let you know if I get in – :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 11:16 pm

    Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - Praise God! You are adorable pregnant and try to enjoy it knowing that this baby is a little miracle! Good luck and you are in my prayers every day!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 11:24 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - You’re adorable! Great idea!

    So glad that everything went well today. We (my 2-year-old, my 4-year-old, and I) prayed for you guys at bedtime last night and I’ve thought of you today.

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  • July 9, 2009 - 11:25 pm

    The Perfect Trio - you’re so cute!!!! i can’t wait to see the progression from 1 to 9 months!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 11:51 pm

    Monica - You look so beautiful! I’m so happy the heartbeat was strong and easily found :) Love to you both.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 11:51 pm

    Kelly - You look great! I will continue to pray that you are able to find joy and peace with this pregnancy. I continue to think of Cora often. Her precious life continues to impact me on a daily basis. Your faith is an example to all. God bless you and “Baby Mac”.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 12:00 am

    Melody - You look so great! I’m so happy everything is going well with little Baby Mac. :)ReplyCancel

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - You look great! I’m so glad that the baby is doing well!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 1:05 am

    Marla Taviano - Awesome idea, Jess! You look so beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 1:37 am

    wicker0407 - Jess youa re just glowing I am so glad the appointment went well! Are you going to find out the gender? DId you find out with Cora? Continue to send positive thoughts your way, your family is always in my prayers! I am sure Cora is looking down with a huge smile on her face today!
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  • July 10, 2009 - 4:24 am

    Hailey - You look great!
    Always in my prayers in NC!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 6:33 am

    Katie - look at how cute you look!!!!! I am glad everything is going well for you:)ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 6:53 am

    A - You look great- I will definitely keep praying for your entire family!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 7:11 am

    Anonymous - So many prayers for you and joel daily. And by the way, i completely agree with EVERYONE when they say your are abosulutely adorable, but your beauty goes beyond your outside features…YOU are amazing and praise God for the smiles you an Joel had coming from your appointment.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 7:21 am

    Kim - I can only imagine how this pregnancy must be full of ups and downs for you. I had fairly early miscarriages and even with such a common loss as an early miscarriage I still walked through the subsequent pregnancies in a haze.

    I am pregnant now with my 5th and have prayed consistently that the joy of carrying this life be ever-present and not be robbed by fear and anxiety.

    That is my prayer for you too! Your precious Cora will most certainly be a daily reminder as this new life grows inside of you.

    It is such a vulnerable yet glorious thing to be with child. You are a beautiful mommy! I love those milestone pictures too :)

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  • July 10, 2009 - 7:21 am

    Anonymous - Great news! Thanks for keeping us posted on this very emotional journey..I agree you are glowing. You continue to amaze me with your strength!
    Thinking of you everyday.

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  • July 10, 2009 - 7:22 am

    Kristen - Look at that beautiful baby bump! Praying for the Macs! :-)ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 7:43 am

    Teresa - You look great. Praying for you. I know how you feel about not getting too excited about the usual baby stuff. We waited 12 long years for a 2nd baby, and I was so afraid something was going to happen during the pregnancy, I think I just let the fear take out the happiness. I tried not to get happy, afraid my bubble would burst. Be Happy!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 7:49 am

    Anonymous - Glad to hear things are going well. Love the photo idea too!
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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:01 am

    Julie - I’m so glad to hear your everything is looking great! I really love the picture idea. You do look adorable and that will be a really neat keepsake. Really fun idea.

    Praying for your healing heart and for Baby Mac.

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:26 am

    Mindee@ourfrontdoor - You are absolutely adorable pregnant. I hope you let yourself enjoy. You both deserve joy!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:29 am

    Cristy - Adorable idea Jess! It was fun to run into you at the store the other day. You look so cute!

    Glad to hear the doctor’s visit went well!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:29 am

    angie c - Jess-so glad to hear and see things are going well. Praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby. It is okay to be happy and excited–that’s the way Cora surely would want you to be. oxoxo
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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:39 am

    Misty Rice - Oh i think that is a fun and great idea with the pictures. Love the photos. Im glad all went well.

    Pray for you all the time. I really do.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:40 am

    Mandi @ It's come to this - I love the documentation pictures … you look great!! I can only imagine the mixed emotions … you continue to be in my thoughts & prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:43 am

    Robin in Benton - Was so happy to see this post – I was praying that your appointment would go well yesterday. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers every day. And I know that Cora is watching over Baby Mac as well as you guys and wishing for happiness and peace for you every day.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:45 am

    k and c's mom - You look beautiful and glowing. You made my day!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:49 am

    Trasie Bressler - Adorable and I’m so glad that all is going well and that you left that appointment with smiles!!!

    Many Many Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:49 am

    Anonymous - What great news!!! I am so happy for you! Sending lots of prayers and warm thoughts!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Ryan and Shannon - Yay for a healthy baby Mac! I am so happy that everything went well yesterday. I will continue to pray for all three of you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:53 am

    Karina - You look beautiful! That is a great idea; I wish I’d thought of it for my three kids.

    I hope you can be happy, as Cora doubtless would have been to watch your belly grow. It won’t take away from your sadness over Cora; I am continually amazed how much I can feel for each child without robbing another of his/her due. And you can’t stop whatever destiny is in store for the baby – you can only try to enjoy every minute he/she is with you.

    (Not trying to be bossy or point out the obvious, just awkwardly expressing my hope that you can relax into this new road to motherhood without holding yourself back – although I appreciate it must be excruciating at times. What do I know, though? I’ve never had to endure your pain. You still amaze me!!)ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:57 am

    Jennifer - love the pics- what a fun idea!
    praying for you bothReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 9:02 am

    Miss Em - Always in my prayers. You look gorgeous. So happy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 9:13 am

    Nicole Robinson - You are so precious! It feels somewhat strange to be excited for someone I do not know. I am one of the many who prayed for you after your sweet Cora went to be with Jesus. I do love the way you are documenting the “bump”! How creative! Many prayers still heading your way! God bless!

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  • July 10, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Mandy - Look at how freaking cute you are! I love it! I’m so glad that the doctor’s visit went so well. Isn’t hearing the heartbeat the greatest sound in the world? I cried every time! Oh what a happy day! I hope that you have many more just like! Always prayin.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Jen - You look ridiculously cute! So tiny! I will continue to pray for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 10:04 am

    Polka Dot Moon - You are just adorable! What a cute way to document Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 10:30 am

    Judy - Well, don’t you look cute! I wish I looked that cute pregnant! What a fun way to document this pregancy! Are you going to find out if it’s a boy or girl?? I can hardly stand it and I only know you through this bloggy world!! I can’t wait to know! So fun! Thank you Jesus for such a precious blessing for this family!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Suzie - Ahhhh…..what a great keepsake you are creating for Cora’s new baby brother or sister!! You look so cute! Praying that your heart continues to heal. I know that Cora is your little angel. Take care…praying for your family from Iowa.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 10:38 am

    Courtney - You look so cute! I’m so excited for you guys. I’m looking forward to seeing your bump grow bigger and bigger. Congratulations again.
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  • July 10, 2009 - 10:38 am

    Jessica - Another idea on how to document pregnancy that you might enjoy:

    http://pacingthepanicroom.blogspot.com/search/label/the%20belly%20pictures%20seriesReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 11:23 am

    Holly - Such a cute bump!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 11:42 am

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Jess, you look so beautiful! What a great way to document your pregnancy.
    Sending continued prayers and love.
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  • July 10, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Kelly - Love the belly pics! You are too cute! Congrats on another great appt!ReplyCancel

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    heather - Congratulations! You look beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - You look so cute-Praying for the health of you and your new baby. Neat picture idea too-love it.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    Micah - Yeah!!! Praise God for good news! You look terrific! *still praying*ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    The Sweigart Family - so glad to hear everything is going good. we continue to pray for that growing baby in your tummy and for the mix of emotions that go along with it. I pray that sharing your memories of Cora with the new babe will help it not hurt soo bad.
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  • July 10, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    Our Family of 5 - YAY! Praise God for a good and strong heartbeat! You look great! Cute idea for each month :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Audrey - Awww, look at your little baby bump! I loved taking belly shots each week during my pregnancy. It was amazing to see them all together at the end and really see how much my tummy grew!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 1:16 pm

    Whimsical Creations - YAY!!! I am glad to hear your pregnancy is going well! I absolutely love the photos. Those are great!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Sara - Praying for you in so many ways. Being pregnant after losing a child is difficult. Our circumstances are different – I lose my son 5 days after he was born. But the grieving is the same.

    I am set to give birth in two weeks. It has been a long 9 months of worry – all the while dealing with all of the emotions that come when your child is no longer with the family.

    I am so happy for you two, and it sounds like everything is going well!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Chelsa - we lost our little boy andon in february and i am now pregnant again. it is truly a nerve-wracking time.

    i’m so glad your appointment went well! :)

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  • July 10, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    The Veers - yeah! so glad you hear everything is ok with baby mac!!! you look adorable as usual!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Ruth - Such cute pictures! You are beautiful. Many prayers for all of you, and thanks to God for a positive appointment :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    timmonstimes - My heart smiled when I read that you guys left smiling today! Joyful! Joyful! Joyful!ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 4:26 pm

    PamperingBeki - I keep coming back to look at this picture.

    You are just ridiculously cute!
    You’ve seen me pregnant and it’s not cute in any way. I just spread all over…

    I’m praying your excitement and joy can grow a little each day.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 4:49 pm

    blairspage - How cute is that? I’ve been praying so hard for you here lately! I know you’ve got to have so many mixed emotions after finding out about your 2nd pregnancy. Just know that little Cora is up in heaven looking down on you and keeping that baby safe and sound! Big Hugs – TiffanyReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 4:51 pm

    Sonya @ Balentine Bliss - I am so thrilled for you and your hubby! BTW, you looking great!! You guys are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Hi Jessica, thanks for posting your cute pictures, you can be sure you have a lot of prayers going your way…ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:07 pm

    Haley - I found your blog through another website, and I sat here last night going back through the archives for at least an hour or two reading, and crying, and eventually bawling my eyes out. Seeing your sweet, sweet Cora’s pictures seriously broke my heart. My heart aches for you guys.

    I just cannot imagine what you two are going and have already been through! I can also not tell you how big my smile was when I saw that you two are expecting once again!

    You two are positively amazing people! After such heart ache, being able to smile again has to take all the strength in your bodies. Your friends and family are lucky to have you in their lives.

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I will surely be keeping up with your blog and praying for the best! =)ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 8:43 pm

    Ryan's Mama - So, so great! Know that a family in Dallas, Texas is praying for you guys. Can’t wait to follow along this exciting new journey in your life.ReplyCancel

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    Melissa - Your little baby bump is so cute! Yeah! So happy for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    Brittany - You look beautiful! I know Cora is looking down and smiling. My prayers are always with you and your family.

    I am 13 weeks and so excited to be going through this together (even though we don’t know each other) I will enjoy watching Baby Mac grow.ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 10:27 pm

    Amber - I love those pictures…such a great idea!!! Can’t wait to see all 9 months!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 10, 2009 - 10:43 pm

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - AHHHH you look ADORABLE…. so glad to hear everything is going good….. Keep the faith and know that you have lots of special angels looking down on you this time….. Jason said it was great to see Joel yesterday….. I wish I could ride along with him sometime….. Take care and know we are praying daily for your peace and happiness….

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  • July 10, 2009 - 10:46 pm

    Anonymous - What a beautiful way to document for little Mac. I am so happy to hear that you and Joel had smiles. I cannot relate to your mixed emotions, and cannot imagine the range of emotions you must experience in your daily life. I pray for you each and everyday.
    I can’t wait to see you holding another precious child in your arms.(Another gift from God)I just imagine little Cora in heaven, on the birthday of this sweet child, clapping her hands with joy as little toddlers do, and blowing sweet kisses down to her little sibling. I wonder if Jesus has whispered in her ear what the gender of the baby is…. I wonder if she take great delight in knowing.
    I know that no words can cure your pain, but those sweet images of Jesus and Cora together sure help me, and I don’t even know her… One day I hope to though.
    “May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make his face shine upon you, and give you peace.” All the days of your life.ReplyCancel

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  • July 11, 2009 - 11:55 am

    Amber - Praise God for 14 weeks! I’ve been reading & praying for your family for many months now.

    There are places that you can rent dopplers from or even buy one for about $80 on ebay which could help put your heart at ease.ReplyCancel

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  • July 11, 2009 - 1:55 pm

    mrstolli - I loved taking baby bump pictures every few weeks with both of my pregnancies. You are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Jenifer - How Cute…and my preys our with yallReplyCancel

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    Christina - You are such a lovely momma!
    May the Lord watch over you and the amazing life He is creating with your help!ReplyCancel

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  • July 11, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Falling Around - You. Are. Adorable!!

    We MUST have a virtual baby shower for baby Mac so ladies like me who are not nearby can still shower you two with love.

    Blessings,
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  • July 11, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    Jane In The Jungle - You look so cute……it’s a new day rejoice in it, and hold your memories close in your heart. You’ll be ok.ReplyCancel

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  • July 11, 2009 - 7:21 pm

    House of Collinsworth - We lost our baby this week (at 31 weeks gestation) and I am drawing strength and encouragment from your story and to see you coming through with God’s grace. It seems impossible to ever overcome the grief, but I know it will take time. I am praying for you that you have a safe and healthy pregnancy and your baby will arrive safely.ReplyCancel

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  • July 11, 2009 - 7:36 pm

    carollai - congrat’s!!! :) i know everything is different this time around. we are praying with you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 11, 2009 - 10:33 pm

    texasinafrica - I love the baby bump pics! What a fun way to remember.

    You were nervous at the appointment, but you didn’t cry through it this time. God is good, and there is healing.ReplyCancel

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    Shanda - You look wonderful and I love the pictures idea. Very cool. You all are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 12, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    Andrea - You look wonderful in your 1-2-3 pregnancy pictures. Embrace each day of your pregnancy and each new ‘milestone’ that you move through.ReplyCancel

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    Paula - so happy to see your baby bump and to know that baby Mac is doing well.. wow, almost halfway there.. praying for you all…ReplyCancel

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    i love plum - a beautiful mama…ReplyCancel

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    Alice - yeah new baby!!!!ReplyCancel

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    John & Elisa Seaba - LOVE the pictures!! Happy to hear you had a good appointment and little baby Mac is doing good!ReplyCancel

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    Toni :O) - Looking great and continuing to pray for your sweet family! Thanks for the update and glad to hear all is going well with Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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    Heather - I love this idea! I am lifting you guys up Jess!

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  • July 13, 2009 - 11:55 am

    Brooke - Yeah! Congrats!! I am just over 17 weeks and I go in on Friday and we a will hopefully find out what we are having. I am thinking girl but my hubby is hoping for a little boy. Either way, we are happy!! So exciting. I should take some pics of my “bump”. I just wanted to get to the point where it was for sure baby and not just my flab. ha ha. Yours is obviously baby since you had not flab to start! ha ha.ReplyCancel

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    PamperingBeki - Still praying for you daily.ReplyCancel

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    CourtneyC - Yay, so glad your appointment went well!!! You are too cute preggos.ReplyCancel

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  • July 13, 2009 - 8:24 pm

    Townsend Crew - Could you be any cuter?!!?
    I’m storming heaven for all my maternal angels to send guardians over you, Cora & Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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    Robin - you are so beautiful !!!! i will continue to pray , much love, robinReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Just checking in…letting you know you are still thought of…still praying for you….

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  • July 13, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    Rebecca - My heart has been heavy for you the last couple of days. Thinking of you and praying for you each day.
    Love and Hugs to you and Joel from Michigan.ReplyCancel

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  • July 14, 2009 - 9:39 am

    Rebekah - Beautiful! Enjoy this pregnancy for this baby :) You baby bump is precious :)ReplyCancel

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    Amanda - You look fabulous! So glad to hear that you and baby Mac are progressing right on track. Praying for you…for so many things…ReplyCancel

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  • July 14, 2009 - 7:20 pm

    number17cherrytreelane - I think of you often and am praying for this child already. Praise the Lord for this life. And the life of your sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • July 14, 2009 - 9:21 pm

    Anonymous - I just wanted to share a song that was sung at our church on Sunday. I do not know you personally, but I have been praying for you and your family.

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  • July 14, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    Anonymous - Jess,
    Thanks for the update on the appointment. Chad and I were excited about the news when we read your blog way back. I want you to know that even though I don’t call or email you I still “follow” you on our blog everyday and I think about you often. I found myself thinking about Cora tonight as I was reading to my girls at bedtime- no reason, really. Just thought about her and started crying. Luckily the girls didn’t notice, and I might have just blamed it on the sad story I was reading- you know, how Ursula takes Ariel’s voice away so she can go be with the man she loves. Anyway, I’m waiting for the chance to actually get to buy a dress on Etsy- so far, I’ve always been too late.
    Thanks for being so set with God and knowing your priorities.
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  • July 15, 2009 - 10:16 am

    Kristy - Jess,
    You look beautiful! I don’t know if you read all your comments or not but you and your family have been on my heart and in my prayers and I would love to contact you through email and share with you some of what God’s been teaching me about “healing.” I know we have never met face to face and it might be odd to exchange emails, however, I hope you will pray about the opportunity to connect with another sister in Christ. By the way, my name is Kristy. My husband is a pastor in Wichita and we have 3 children. Ginger Skillen (Lenz)and I are good friends and attend the same church; She introduced me to your story and I have been touched ever since. If you feel comfortable, please email me at akwallace4@yahoo.com…I look forward to connecting with you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Lauren Kelly - I am lifting up you and your precious family!! Good things are in store!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2009 - 8:35 pm

    Jacki - Wow, God is good!
    Congrats, you look amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • July 18, 2009 - 9:47 am

    writing4612 - Love that idea. You look great.

    You’re right, you may feel that way for awhile. God is able to meet you right where you’re at.ReplyCancel

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  • July 18, 2009 - 9:59 pm

    winecat - Oh congratulations, I was just visiting some blogs I don’t get to often and surprise!

    I’m thrilled for you. Of course a new baby will never replace your beloved Cora and the time you had with her it will bring a new sparkling spirit into your life.ReplyCancel

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  • July 21, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    Aurelie - You look beautiful! What an adorable baby bump you’ve got.ReplyCancel

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  • July 25, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - you are so precious and cute…and the pics are a great way to document the growing bump. what a great gift you will be able to give baby mac!ReplyCancel

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  • July 28, 2009 - 11:04 am

    purejoy - such a precious little bump. can’t wait to see more. it’s good to chronicle how you’re feeling, the size of the baby, how you’re preparing each month. it’ll be fun for baby mac to one day see how y’all were thinking and preparing.
    cora will be such a sweet big sister. always watching.ReplyCancel

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  • July 31, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    Christine - You look great! Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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Just a quick update.
Cora’s (the shop) is still up and running. Our store is just EMPTY right now. We had to take a little break after all the Fourth of July craziness. We are hoping to start working on some more stuff next week. 
We even broke down and bought a serger. It is currently still in the box. I think we are a little scared to touch it!  Hopefully it will help us make the Cora dresses a little faster. There are so many new possibilities. Now, if we could just figure out how to use it!
Right now we are dreaming up some new ideas for Cora’s. We will definitely be restocking the Cora dresses and burpies. Hopefully you will be seeing some fun new stuff too.
Thanks for being patient with us. This has been such a great creative outlet for me and also a great way to continue to remember my sweet little girl. You all have been so supportive and encouraging as we have ventured into the Etsy world.
Keep checking back!
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On a different note. I have my second appointment tomorrow. Will you please pray for us as we go back to the doctor’s office? We can’t wait to hear that little Baby Mac heartbeat again.  
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  • July 8, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Todd and Courtney - Thinking of you all every single day in Chattanooga!! Last night my 8 month old had a horrible time going to sleep. She was screaming like she was in pain and I prayed and prayed that sweet angel Cora would “play” with Lauren in her crib to help her feel better. My sweet girl went right to sleep after that. Cora is one sweet little angel :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    Vincent Family - Can’t wait to see more goodies! You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow and always. I am hopeful that your little angel will put in a good word for me so I can be blessed with another little angel myself.ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    Debbie K. - As always, I am so excited to see what shows up at Cora’s. Our granddaughter doesn’t need any more clothes for right now, but I love to browse any how.
    And my prayers are always with you and especially now that a new little one is on the way.

    God Bless!

    ~Debbie K.ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 1:27 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - You are so sweet-i am just impressed that a young couple can have so much insight and trust the Lord so much. I sure wish I would have been that way in my younger years-I am in my 50’s now. I am excited to see some things on Coras website-I still haven’t been able to get on in time to actually buy something-I am learning patience-its good for me. I will keep checking-I have 2 grandchildren that I will be buying for Hannah who is 19months old and Gideon who is 2 weeks old. God Bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Karina - I love sewing, but I’d be afraid of a serger, too! Good luck figuring it out and getting Cora’s stocked. I haven’t lost hope that I’ll be able to get something from there…

    I’ll be thinking of you at your doctor’s appointment. I hope Baby Mac cooperates and gives a nice strong heartbeat for you to hear – no “hiding” from the sono, now, baby!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    The Carroll's - Praying for a strong, healthy heartbeat on baby Mac today! My girl got LOTS of compliments on her 4th of July Cora shirt. Love supporting you and your family! Can’t wait to hear about your appointment!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Holly - Praying for your little one! I can’t wait for things to get stocked up again for your store! I so want dress!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    Kathryn - Have you considered doing the fingertip towel bibs? They are quick, easy, cute, & so handy. I’ve pics at: http://kateekat.blogspot.com/2009/04/somewhat-creative-give-away.html

    If you want a tutorial i could do it, but they are not hard at all. Email if you’ve any interest.

    Praying, continuing to pray, that all things go well for you. :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Lundstrom Family - Praying for you always!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 1:52 pm

    Jenny - You are in our prayers daily. =)ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    Trish - Lots of Prayers for you! I think and pray about your family daily. Even though we are perfect strangers, I feel so blessed by your blog. Your faith is so inspiring and convicting!

    And so glad you don’t intend to stop work on the Cora’s dresses! I have yet to get one! It seems I am always a couple of hours too late!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Elle's Mom - Can’t wait to hear about your experience with your new serger! Would love to get my hands on a Cora Dress!

    Will be thinking about you tomorrow!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - Good luck, Jess! You take your time on the crafty side of life and just take care of you and that little bitty!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Erica - you’re dresses are always so adorable! can’t wait to see new ones! i have two boys so i don’t get to buy any ;) and how exciting about your next appt! can’t wait to hear how it goes!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    Courtney - Jess I will be praying for you tomorrow. Everything will turn out wonderful and I hope He/She puts on a good show for mommy and daddy to ease your worries.
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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    A - I will be praying for you!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    Jane In The Jungle - You and your Little Mac always have my prayers…ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    heather - Enjoy hearing Baby Mac’s heartbeat tomorrow! I loved that. I thought it was the coolest thing to have two heartbeats.
    I have to admit I’m excited about the next round of dresses. I loved seeing them on the little girls in your Fourth of July pictures!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Judy - Always praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:51 pm

    The Mershawn's - We’ll definitely be in prayer. Hoping your appointment is great and that peace & calmness would be in your heart. And don’t forget to enjoy it a little:). Not always easy to remember to enjoy yourself while your there….ha! Especially when you gain more weight than you’d like….sigh.ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 2:55 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Praying for you, Joel, Baby Mac and your Angel Cora always.ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    jen christians - Hi Jess. I wanted to let you know that I know how to use a serger, and have one of my own. If you would like some help give me a call or send me an e-mail. I would love to help you out! I am sure though that you have some skilled women around you!!! BTW the serger will save you an AMAZING amount of time! God BlessReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    rob - Though I don’t comment often I wanted to let you know that our family here in Stillwater, MN is praying and cheering for you all. Baby Cora will never be forgotten!!!!

    Love, The Nash FamilyReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 3:16 pm

    Our Family of 5 - I bought one of the 4th of July shirts and love it! Thank you! Praying for you and for a good 2nd appt!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 3:33 pm

    hoosier68 - Always in my thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 3:37 pm

    Robin in Benton - Praying for you guys that Baby Mac cooperates and makes it easy for them to find the heart beat.

    Blessings to both of you,ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    Walquist - Good luck Jess & fam with the new surger adventure! Sounds like you all keep busy! Lots of prayers from the Walquists!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Definitely praying!

    With love from the Heim family
    (now in Phoenix as of last Thursday!)ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 5:15 pm

    Anonymous - Kathy and Jess,

    I would strongly recommend going to a class where you got your serger if that is possible. I didn’t when I got mine and never did get the full benefit of it. CletaReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    PamperingBeki - Ohhh you’re going big-time with your shop! I love it. I hope you figure out that serger soon. (I can’t even thread my bernina, so I’m no help at all.)

    Will be praying for you tomorrow for a wonderful appointment.

    Cora is thought of daily.ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 6:06 pm

    Lori - Prayers for you tomorrow!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 7:21 pm

    Laura - Prayers for peace for you tomorrow as you hear Baby’s heartbeat again! God is faithful!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 7:43 pm

    Paula Aspacher - it would be great if you could take a class to learn how to use the serger..ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 7:43 pm

    Jennifer Henry - Hey! I wanted to let you know about this website that allows you to rent a doppler for pretty cheap. You may already know about it, but I really love listening to my baby’s heart beat any time I want to! (I listen just about daily!) If you’re interested go to http://www.babybeat.com and you can rent them for as cheap as 20 bucks a month. They’re medical quality and I got mine at 9 weeks and could hear the heartbeat right away. So much fun! :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Waiting in anticipation and praying with love,
    *TriciaReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 9:20 pm

    Falling Around - I had begged my hubby for many years to get me a serger. Finally, he bought me one about three years ago. I took it out of the box, got completely intimidated by all the “stuff” and haven’t touched it since. I really need to learn how to use that stinkin’ thing. But like you mentioned, I’m scared… lol. It’s total ridiculousness!

    Will be praying for you & your appointment tomorrow. I’m SO excited for you! :-)

    Much Love,
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  • July 8, 2009 - 9:38 pm

    Anonymous - Can’t wait to see what you and Grammy come up with. :) Can’t wait to hear the results of your visit..the reassurance of that sweet baby’s heartbeat should help you feel a little better.
    I think of you EVERYDAY..I pray for you EVERYDAY..you, Joel, Cora and now the new baby :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    Stephanie - Can’t wait for the dresses to be back…hope I can actually catch one this time :)

    Praying for you guys tomorrow!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 9:47 pm

    CourtneyC - I cannot wait to see more stuff in Cora’s store. I have had no luck getting anything but I will get my hands on something soon!!

    Will be praying all goes well at your appointment.ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    wicker0407 - Praying for a great appointment tomorrow and excited to see new goodies at your etsy shop!
    Summer & family in CaliforniaReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Melissa - Praying for your appointment tomorrow! How exciting to get to hear your babies heart beat again…such an amazing sound.ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    Susan - Praying for a wonderful appt. tomorrow. I’m also encouraged that all hope is not lost to get my girl a dress :)

    Can’t wait to hear how the appt. goes. You are never far from my thoughts.

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  • July 8, 2009 - 11:22 pm

    Sara - Can’t wait to see what new creative things you come up with!
    I’ll be thinking about you tomorrow for your appointment! It is always so amazing to hear that heartbeat.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 8:53 am

    Audrey - Praying for a continued strong and healthy pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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    purejoy - praying for a healthy little mac.ReplyCancel

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    PamperingBeki - Praying for you today.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Littlest Learners - I’m currently pregnant with identical twins and have been stalking your store hoping to get my hands on your Cora dresses. I keep missing them. Although we don’t know each other you and your baby have been in my thoughts a lot. I know all too well how nervewracking the time leading up to the appointments can be and I hope you are able to relax beforehand and leave feeling reassured and confident.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 2:47 pm

    Happiness Is... - Sending prayers your way for the next doctor’s appointment.ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    denise - I have a serger you guys are going to love it. It is just as easy as the sewing machine (once it is threaded of course!)

    Praying things went well at the appointment and that healing will continue in God’s timing and his way.
    Love, DeniseReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Anonymous - Thinking of you ,as always. Praying for your doctors apppt. and waiting to hear good news. God bless you ! I know Miss.Cora is looking down from heaven and is so excited to be a big sister…..with love.ReplyCancel

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  • July 14, 2009 - 1:04 pm

    baldwins1994 - I have been following your story since we heard Cora’s story in church the Sunday before she passed away. I check in often to see how you are doing.
    Meg
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  • July 14, 2009 - 5:47 pm

    Anonymous - Hi
    If you read this, I was wondering if you could post a heads-up on your blog the day before you list everything at Cora’s. Then we could know what day to watch Cora’s. Just an idea. Thanks and God Bless.ReplyCancel

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We LOVE having the young marrieds group from our church over for the 4th. It is so fun to spend time together. We are truly blessed with great friends.

We debated about having the party at our house again this year.
We weren’t sure how we would do with all the kiddos.
But, we decided we just couldn’t skip it.









It turned out to be a beautiful Kansas day.  It wasn’t even too hot.
We were so glad we could spend the evening with so many dear friends.
We made it through another holiday.
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  • July 6, 2009 - 12:08 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - wow-you and your husband are truly amazing-I don’t think you think so but it seems you are being so obedient to what God does call us to do. These trials work for our good and to grow us in ways we will not understand on this earth-terrible trials sometimes-but you two are great witnesses to our faith. Thanks for being faithful and letting us see through you all how we should trust our Lord even through those hard times. Looks like you have alot of friends to keep helping you through this-Congratulations again on that new baby. God Bless YouReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Anonymous - Yes you did(make it through another holiday). You continue to be an inspiration. You and Joel are such an amazing couple. I can only imagine how very difficult it has to be..
    You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

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  • July 6, 2009 - 12:31 pm

    Julia - It looks like it was a beautiful day.ReplyCancel

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    Polka Dot Moon - So nice that you could enjoy your holiday and be with dear friends!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 1:24 pm

    Amy - Your farm is so beautiful! I loved the pics… thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - What a beautiful gathering! Looks like everyone had a ball and the pics are great. Good for you for hosting…you’re such an inspiration. God bless you all and hope you’re feeling great!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Trisha Larson - Jess-

    From your blog it seems like you have had a lot of support through your loss. Sadly, we did not. I’ve met many others that have had a similar experience to ours. Instead of running to them…their family and friends run from them.

    I’ve started a blog where I shared what our experience has been like. I want to teach others how to care for someone who has lost a child and help people understand what it is truly like. If you are interested, I would love for you to check it out. It’s from my heart.

    Love,
    Trisha

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  • July 6, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Erica - looks like you guys had a fun day. i’m sure it was hard but i know God is there with you giving you strength to make it through yet another day. you are blessed with great friends to surround yourselves with!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    Amber - What great pictures!!! Thanks so much for sharing! Keeping you in our prayers…through the holidays and the regular days! :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 3:31 pm

    Marla Taviano - Oh, I’m so glad God gave you the strength to get through the get-together with all those kiddos. What beautiful pictures!

    We’re heading to your great state on our 11-Zoo Tour this coming week–Sedgwick County Zoo on July 22. :)

    I’ll be thinking of you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    heather - Glad your Fourth was a wonderful event. What a view from your backyard – Wow!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    meg duerksen - good for you!
    you just keep going…so impressive.
    i bet it was great for everyone.ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 4:02 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - you guys keep chugging along…and depending on that old fashioned grace…i love it! and i love those surrounding you all…what great fam and friends. fab pics! and i def need to do a bbq with you guys…maybe it will make me just as cute!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Amanda - I thought of you on Saturday. I knew you always had people over on the 4th and was wondering how it would go for you. I’m so glad the Lord got you through it! Ya’ll are an inspiration! Love you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 4:21 pm

    PamperingBeki - It’s all absolutely picture perfect. Like we expected any less of you. ;-)

    One more holiday/occasion you’ve made it through. You have so many amazing friends and such wonderful family.ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    Judy - The picture of your fields is gorgeous! I thought of you guys all through out the day on Saturday. I’m sure every single occasion is so hard. Just praying that Jesus takes the sting away.
    I truly, truly, with all my heart, feel so honored to walk through this year with you guys, praying for you the whole way. All these firsts of this first year have got to be so heartbreaking and the Lord brings you to my mind all the time. I’m continually praying for you and can’t wait to meet you and Joel and Cora on the other side one day!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 5:42 pm

    mommyof2sons - What great pictures. Looks like everyone had a great time. How nice that you have such wonderful friends!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 6:11 pm

    leel - you did it! and i bet it was hard. But it’s SO good that you did it. Nothing is ever as hard as the first time, and Cora would have loved having it that way. good for you guys… well done. what good friends you have, and are.

    you inspire!
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  • July 6, 2009 - 7:46 pm

    CourtneyC - Glad to read that you both had a good 4th. Looks like everyone had fun. You and your husband are such amazingly strong Christian people.
    BlessingsReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 8:14 pm

    Melissa - Your place looks so peaceful, I would love to live in the country. Looks like you guys had a great time.ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 8:25 pm

    Rebekah - What a beautiful day and beautiful people! Continue living in God’s plan and you will get through by HIS grace and love! :)ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 8:50 pm

    mandi @ it's come to this - Those pictures are great – the field, backyard & view is GORGEOUS!!! I know the one person that would have made the pictures perfect wasn’t there, but so happy that you have dear friends to support you. Still keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 9:29 pm

    Misty Rice - Just sending thoughts and hugs…..ReplyCancel

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    Corinne Doughan - What a blessing to have such wonderful friends to help you through the tough times and celebrate the good times!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    number17cherrytreelane - I am so happy that you made it through another day. Each day must be a jouney. The Lord is blessed by your perserverance.ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 11:21 pm

    Happiness Is... - You are truly an inspiration. Your friends are blessed to have you in their life – you are so selfless, giving, thoughtful and kind. I think about you all often.ReplyCancel

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  • July 7, 2009 - 8:27 am

    Anonymous - Good for you guys! Glad you have such wonderful friends to surround you. Much love from Kentucky!

    xoxo
    Jenna Gudalis and familyReplyCancel

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  • July 7, 2009 - 8:44 am

    Lauren Kelly - Looks like it was alot of fun, and glad you decided to have the party!ReplyCancel

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  • July 7, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    Maryann - So good to hear you had a great time.

    Here’s my baby girl in her Cora dress! :)

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  • July 7, 2009 - 5:15 pm

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - Glad you were with friends on this holiday…… you know Cora was smiling down and laughing at those bright lights in the sky! Love you and hope you are feeling good! take care alwaysReplyCancel

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  • July 7, 2009 - 10:59 pm

    Trasie Bressler - Everytime I look at your blog I am more amazed at your faith, your obedience, and your love for our Heavenly Father. You are one amazing mommy and one amazing daddy and you have no idea who I am, but you have changed the way I see the world and they way I see my own 3 little wonders that call me Mommy.

    Many Many Blessings,
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  • July 8, 2009 - 7:57 am

    Karina - What a gorgeous setting you live in! I’m so glad you decided to go ahead and host a July 4 get-together. That cake looks delicious!!

    I still think of Cora daily – she seems to shine through in my daughter (they are very similar looking, at least in pictures) and I feel grateful to Cora for reminding me how precious my Anna is. In this way, Cora lives on in me and my family. I don’t know how else to put it. I came across your blog at just the right time; it gives me continual inspiration even though I am not religious. Thank you for being “out there.”

    Still thinking of your new baby, too, and wondering how you are feeling.ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2009 - 8:04 am

    Townsend Crew - Can I have that view from MY backyard, please? What a beautiful home you have. Your farm looks fantastic! Knee High by the 4th of July, right? (asks the city girl…)ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2009 - 10:11 am

    purejoy - yumm-oh! looks like a deliciously divine day in kansas. thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • July 20, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    Curtis Collectables :) - That looks like a lot of fun. I especially love the flag cake.ReplyCancel

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