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A video of the service should be available online in a few days.

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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:53 pm

    PamperingBeki - Wow. You guys are beautiful to share this with everyone.

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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    Sam, Erin, Ava and Madeline - I just came across you blog today from another blog… I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family. I am so very sorry for you immense loss. Cora is beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:00 pm

    Tracey - Dear Jess and Joel-

    I am a stranger who came upon your blog today. I sit here in tears over your beautiful daughter, Cora.

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your faith in the Lord is unbelievable. Cora is pain-free and in heaven right now.

    Again, I am so very sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Maureen - Lifting you up in prayer yesterday… thank you for sharing your daughter with us. I am forever changed!

    Praying in Washington,
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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Kate - still sending prayers your way….. I am also trying to raise money to help with the playground:)ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - You are both heavy in my heart and we continue to pray for you. Your beautiful daughter has touched so many. God Bless you during this difficult time.

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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Anonymous - thank you so much for sharing this. I have been praying for your sweet family and will continue to do so.ReplyCancel

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    Laura - Thinking of you and your sweet family. Grace and peace to you.ReplyCancel

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    Ali - Thank you for posting this. I loved how her uncle called her “corndog”. So precious. What an amazing little girl.ReplyCancel

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    sarahross - Thank you for sharing Cora’s beautiful service with us. I continue to remember you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Sarah - Thinking and Praying for you….ReplyCancel

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    Jodi in Texas - Beautiful daughter, precious family. Stay strong in the days to come. We lift you and your family up for God to hold tight.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    Amy H - I’m terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Anonymous - Jess and Joel…

    I want you to know that you have had so many prayers!!! I go to Koerner Heights Church, and hearing your story touched my heart in a deep way. I strive to be like you. Your faith is so beautiful. God bless you.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    Anonymous - Bless you for sharing this with your blog “friends”. So many wish we could have been there to hear about Cora and Celebrate her life. This brings peace to many who are still unsettled by this tragedy. Blessings to you in the coming days, weeks, months and years as you gain understanding of God’s plan and mourn the loss of your precious child.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    Tberri - I am so sorry for your loss. Cora, what a beautiful name and a beautiful little girl. Her story has touched my heart in so may ways. You will be in my prayers in days to come.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    The Johnson's - I too am just another stranger who cam across your blog. As I read your posts from last year and then this year, I am amazed at the spirit I felt from your strength and the love you have! Many prayers are sent your way! You will be blessed!

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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Anonymous - Thanks so much for sharing Cora’s celebration of life with us. I was saved when I was just 9 years old but haven’t always lived the life I should. I am now 28 and over the past few weeks Cora’s story has truly touched my heart. God, has definitely spoke through her and her brief life here on this earth. I can’t wait to get to heaven so I can thank Cora for helping me see God’s grace again. Thank you Joel and Jess for sharing her with all of us. Cora was so blessed to have such wonderful parents. May you have peace in the day, weeks, and years ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    Alison - Jess & Joel,

    We have been praying for you and your family. I absolutely cannot imagine your pain. I have cried over this and I have to admit, this has made me question my own faith. Cora was so precious, so sweet and her thunder thighs remind me of our 9 month old son, Brody. I just don’t understand this. But I know that being a Christian and walking with the Lord doesn’t mean that we’ll always understand everything.

    I will pray for you daily. I am so, so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:58 pm

    Julee H. Nappier - Thank you for sharing your precious baby girl to us. What a blessing she is and will always be!(:

    May God Bless you and your family always.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Michele - Found your blog through another blog…I am so sorry for your deep loss. Your sweet and beautiful Cora rests in the Lord. May the Lord keep His mighty hand upon you both and give you peace. Your family will be in my prayers. You are beautiful and strong. God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    copper2gold - Jess and Joel:
    I’m Amy M’s mom and just wanted to let you know that though my heart is saddened by the news of Cora, it is also gladdened because she is with Our Lord and Savior! My thoughts and prayers are with you!
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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    Jill - I too came to your blog for another blog that I read. I am truly touched by Cora’s life and your amazing faith. I am thinking and praying for you and your family. May God hold you tightly and may you feel his love for you in your immense loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Jessatsea - I sit here with tears streaming down my face and a prayer in my heart! I am a stranger who aches for you… with so many others.

    The playground will be beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Anonymous - What a beautiful service and a wonderful example you two are of the perfect parents God wants us to be. You are and will be in all of my prayers! Your beautiful daughter’s life has touched North Carolina. My faith grows stronger reading about your journey. God Bless you two.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    Mommy2QTPies - As I sit here and listen to Cora’s beautiful service, I am crying tears of joy for her beautiful life, short, yet so special. I wish I could reach out and give you both a big hug. Still praying in Indiana….ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:43 pm

    The Boyds - Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been praying for you during this time. I may have met you once, but your story has impacted me greatly. I hope to continue to follow it as I pray for you. May God give you peace and rest.

    “The Lord you God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will rejoice over you with singing and Quite you with His love.” Zephaniah 3:17ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    Andrea - My thoughts and prayers are with you as you feel out how to begin life without Cora. May God’s love flood your hearts and may He draw you closer to Himself and one another.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:01 pm

    Alisha - I came across your blog after hearing your story via other friend’s blogs. Please know our hearts are with you guys. I simply can not imagine what you are going through, but will pray for comfort.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:08 pm

    Sherri - You were in my thoughts & prayers yesterday. Thank you for playing her celebration of life. You are so strong in your faith & I admire you both. I can only imagine how much you must miss your little girl. You’ll continue to be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    Eva - thank you for sharing this recording. i needed to hear it to say a proper goodbye. thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    Anonymous - Precious Jess and Joel,
    I sit here with tears streaming down my face…thank youfor sharing your sweet Cora with us.
    May God comfort you with His love.

    I will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Wibeche og Rune - I am in tears. I am so sorry for your loss. We will pray for you.

    Blessings from Norway

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    Christine - Jess and Joel,
    Thank you for posting the link to the service. I listened last night and was so encouraged as I’m sure all who listen will be. What a beautiful tribute to your precious angel.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers constantly. Hardly an hour goes by that I’m not offering up prayers for your strength and peace. It amazes me that I’ve been this moved by the experiences of a family I’ve never met. I believe that, like me, untold numbers of people have been touched in profound ways by your testimony of faith and deeply saddened by your loss. Thank you for sharing your story. Through your unimaginable loss, you have ministered to others in ways that you may never fully realize. Your transparency, your loving hearts, and your devotion to our Lord are such sweet reminders of His love for us.

    I pray that you would remain strong, that you would allow God to continue to work through you, seek refuge in Him and lean on the awesome family and support that He has given you.

    We, your unknown prayer warriors and sisters in Christ, mourn with you, pray with you, and anticipate the day when we will all join Cora in Heaven.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    Tonya - Jessica & Joel,

    I just found your blog today through Angie Smith’s Bring the Rain blog.

    My heart just aches for you right now. Please know that I am praying today that God’s comforting arms surround you and your families during this horrible time.

    btw…I’m in Topeka.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Anna - Continuing to pray for you…and have asked others to do the same! So, so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    Shannon and Carey - What a beautiful daughter. Praying for you today. Hard to grasp this loss. Hard to understand it.

    I came to you through Kelly’s Korner and Baby Harper

    -Shannon in AustinReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    Michelle - Thank you for sharing your story, I hope it allows us to carry some of your burden for you. The strength of your faith is inspiring. Payers and HugsReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:37 pm

    Cherry Tree Lane - Thank you so much for posting this.
    I feel privileged to have been able to listen to it.

    My prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    The Van Ordens - What a beautiful service! I sit here in tears thinking of your pain! May your faith continue to carry you! We are sending all our prayers your way!

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    Thomas and Jamie - I came across your blog from http://www.kellyskornerblog.com. Know that my husband and I will be praying diligently for you!!

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:57 pm

    Anonymous - I have been stopping by your blog periodically since learning of what was going on with Cora. I find myself thinking of you at random times of the day and night, and when I do I say an extra prayer for you.

    I found myself looking through photos as I stopped back this afternoon, and tears filled my eyes as I looked back through your posts and pictures posted since this odyssey began for you about three weeks ago.

    Although I don’t know you all personally, I just want you to know that I care, and I am praying for you. Cora was such a beautiful little girl. I am so glad that you got to love her and share her life during her short time on this earth. What a beautiful little gift you received and what a priceless treasure.

    My prayers for you continue. . .ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:01 pm

    Jenae - The service yesterday was beautiful! We will continue to pray for your family for the days, weeks, and even years to come as you remember each sweet moment with your precious girl. Your sweet Cora has been a minister to me in her short 11 months…she reminded me of what is truly important in this life: God, family, friends, and love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:02 pm

    Anonymous - Dear Jess and Joel. I am so sorry for your loss. I too am a stranger from Spokane. My sister goes to your church. I too am praying for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story. Godd Bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:20 pm

    Ange~ - Thank-you for sharing your life and Cora’s life with the world. I am so heartbroken for your family, I can’t even begin to imagine the pain you must be going through.
    I am praying for your family, that the God of grace and peace will come and hold you in this time of darkness and pain.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:23 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - thank you so much for posting this memorial service…i love hearing the words of so many in honor of that precious baby.

    my fam…in honor of little cora paige…is making love packets for the fams at our local NICU where our little sofie was born and in the NICU there. in each little love bag for each fam, there will be a note telling that this gift is in honor of cora, with a sweet pic that meg took.

    we are so touched by your story…and your faith. we are praying diligently for your entire fam and friends.

    romans 8:38-39
    And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our LordReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:23 pm

    Anonymous - As a mother who has also lost a child, we lift up our prayers to God, that He may comfort you during this very difficult time. He will give you what you need to go through this journey. Our hearts ache for you in this time of sorrow.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:23 pm

    Thompson Tales - I am truly amazed with your strength at this time. Your sweet family has touched my heart. From the time that I first read your blog, your family has been in my prayers. Cora is a beautiful, child of God…..ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:25 pm

    Ang - Please know that we are praying for your angel.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:33 pm

    singing mama - my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time!!

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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:46 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you so much for sharing Cora’s story! You will never know the imapact that Cora and you have had on my life! Cora has blessed my life and made me so much more thankful for the blessings that God has given to me! Thank you for having such a strong relationship with Jesus Christ! It has blessed me and has convicted me to have a faith so strong like yours. You are a blessing! Thank you Lord for using the McClenahans in my life!ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:56 pm

    ~Cherie - I feel like such an intruder in your lives, but I can’t express how much your daughter, your story, and your faith have affected me. I think of each of you several times a day and have been crumbling into tears at random times. The emotion I am experiencing over this has truly shocked me. Although I’m a stranger to you, you feel like family to me. Cora’s life, death and your faith has caused me to really evaluate how far I’ve strayed from Christ. You have shown me an example of true Christ followers. You have given me a fire to know and trust him as you and your families do. I want to be a better teacher of Christ to my sons in both words and action. Maybe this is all part of God’s plan to draw people to him. The affect of this seems to be so far reaching. I pray for you, I share your story, and I thank you and precious baby Cora. Love and prayers from Ohio.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 4:57 pm

    Supercool Hotmama - We’ll be praying for your family. Here’s some (((HUGS))) from total strangers in Mesa, AZ.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    The Cozy Parsonage - Having been sooo close to where you have been and where you are I cna say nothing but pray:

    I Pray….
    I pray that you have friends around you listening to your stories about your daughter….
    I pray that you journal about every little detail about this excellent little girl….
    I pray that you cling to Jesus and your husband when you cannot escape the pain….
    I pray that all words to you and your family are kind….
    I pray that you do not feel guilty about anything….
    I pray that you treat yourself as the special woman you are and you pampher yourself with little treats during this time….
    I pray you go on a vacation to flee from this down the road….
    Most of all I pray you never go though this hurt again.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 5:42 pm

    Anonymous - I just listened to the service…thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony with the rest of us….ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 5:45 pm

    Anonymous - Jesus loves the little children and I know that your precious baby is in his loving arms right now. Take peace in knowing she is no longer having to deal with this disease and she is in the most wonderful place and you will see her again one day. God bless both of you. My prayers are with you… Debbie in TennesseeReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    Anonymous - What a beautiful service. Again, thanks so much for sharing this with the world. Cora has truly touched so many people. I don’t know you, but I find you and your precious little girl on my mind all day. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but please know that there are so many out there praying for you. We are suffering right along side you! Your family’s faith is so wonderful, uplifting, reassuring and comforting. The Lord has truly used you for His glory.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 5:49 pm

    Valerie - Still praying for you and your family. Thanks so much for sharing Cora’s service with us. My heart is heavy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 6:19 pm

    crazigirl80 - I want you to know how sorry I am for your loss. I found your blog through a mom’s message board. I am sitting here crying, although I take comfort in knowing that Cora is no longer in pain, I just don’t understand why these kinds of things happen. Your faith is amazing. I wish you peace and comfort.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 6:43 pm

    Crystal - Can anyone help me with listening…for some reason my computer isnt opening it. Thanks and god bless Cora and Joel and Jess your forever in our hearts.ReplyCancel

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    Cathy - This has to be so difficult for you…thank you for sharing with all of us. My prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 7:07 pm

    Julie Lawson - Dear Jess and Joel,

    You don’t know me and I don’t know you. I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and have been thinking and praying for you. As I sit here in tears listening to her service I am thinking of you and your sweet angel.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 7:17 pm

    Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    Thank you so much for sharing Cora’s Home-Going Service with us. It’ was a beautiful, Christ honoring service!

    Like so many others across the nation, I wish I could have been there. Your story has touch so many hearts. Thank you for sharing Cora with us so selflessly.

    Cora has reminded me that life is but a vapor. We know not how long we will have with our loved ones & we should never take a moment for granted.

    You will continue to be in my thoughts & prayers.

    Lord Bless You,
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  • February 11, 2009 - 8:02 pm

    Ang - I can not get your sweet little girl out of thoughts tonight. Please know that we are praying for you and your sweet angel Cora. I hope you are able to find some peace at such a hard time.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    Michelle - Your family has been in my prayers for the past several days. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have cried many tears, I just cannot imagine what you’re going through. Thank you for sharing Cora’s story with us. May you find comfort and peace that can only come from our heavenly Father. Holding you in my prayers….MichelleReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 8:20 pm

    Dana-from chaos to Grace - I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. :( Somehow, in some way, your story will glorify Christ.

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  • February 11, 2009 - 8:43 pm

    Amy Barrett - I got connected to your story through another blog. I am devastated by your loss. Cora is such a precious, yummy baby. May you know the intimate presence of the God of all hope and comfort. I am praying for your broken hearts.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    Stacy Lord - Thank you so much for sharing that with the world. What a beautiful memorial service. I know that Cora has touched my heart and my life. I hope that you can feel some of the love that all of us around the world are sending your way. We continue to hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing the life of your beautiful child with all of us, even though many of us have never had the honor of meeting your precious girl.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 9:50 pm

    Ryan and Sandra - Praying for you in Costa Rica. (I found your blog via a prayer request on “The King’s Missus” blog. My grandparents live in Whitewater, KS.) I cannot imagine your loss and will be praying for you in the days to come when I think of you both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 9:54 pm

    Tessa - i just found your blog today and i am so sorry, i don’t even know the words to say, she is beautiful.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 10:09 pm

    Maisie - Jess and Joel,

    (Jess, we went to middle school together) Thank you for sharing the memorial service with us who were not able to attend. It was a beautiful and comforting service. Even though I did not know Cora personally I grieve for your loss and pray that the He will continue to surround your family with friends who will encourage and support you through the times to come. God will continue to give you the strength to carry on…lean on Him and each other. Thank you for your example of strength and faith.

    You are continually in my prayers.

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  • February 11, 2009 - 10:48 pm

    Cristy - Jess…

    It is amazing how Cora has touched so many, including me and my family. I am thinking of you often and you both are continually in my prayers.

    Hugs and love….

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    Anonymous - Praying for you in Florida.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:11 pm

    Anonymous - I am a NICU nurse who cared for Kelly’s Harper. She got me interested in blogs and I just found your blog from Kelly’s. I am SOOO very sorry about the loss of your beautiful Cora. I know God is in control and everything happens for a reason, but Lord, I wish He would tell us. Know that you are in my prayers. Tina S.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:18 pm

    Lipstick - I am once again weeping for your loss. My heart aches for you and I am praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:32 pm

    Anonymous - I am a stranger that found your blog from another site. Words cannot begin to say how truly sorry I am for your loss. Nobody should have to go through what you and your amazing little girl went through. Knowing that she is pain free and in the arms of Jesus shall be, in time, comforting. What a beautiful angel you have watching over you. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:33 pm

    laurie @ bargain hunting - I came here from another blog. Just want you to know another complete stranger is praying for your family. laurieReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:41 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you for sharing this with us, it was beautiful. I have been reading about your precious Cora since you first posted she was sick. She has touched my life more than you will ever know. I will be praying for you & your families.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:43 pm

    Sunny Mom - I just came to your blog tonight! I am so sorry for your loss. I am from Kansas and I wish I could reach out to you right now. I will be praying for you in the days to come. Cora is a beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 12:10 am

    Ray, Megan and Ruby Denise Clark - listening. crying. rejoicing. scrolling through pictures from her 11 months.
    a beautiful baby. a beautiful family.
    praying for you. crying out to God for you.

    i set my watch alarm for 1:00 yesterday to remember and pray for you and it went off again today. i stopped to pray and will continue to do so.

    Revelation 21:4
    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

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  • February 12, 2009 - 12:13 am

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Praying for Jess and Joel right now…. I shared the story with my husband as we talked about how strong we feel our faith is, and life, and loss and a song came on today that I connected with before, but reconnected with today. I have been asked how is it that I have had such an attachment to Cora. Friends that have witnessed me crying at random times over this. Or readers reading my post on my blog. Or my mind drifts off into thoughts, thinking of Jess (as a mother to a mother)….

    The song came on “Love them like Jesus”. And I realize that is my answer…. I love this family and their little girl and I want to love them like Jesus loves them.

    I dont want to be like so many who will say kind words and go about their days. I want to be able to take some of the pain off these parents, and if that means I hurt then Ill hurt like Jesus hurts for his children all the time.

    I hope my last post was not out of line, I noticed it was removed. I understand…..

    I pray tonight that this family is able to get a full nights rest. I know their bodies, minds and spirits are so tired right now. I admire their faith and know that I am a better mother already because of Cora.

    God Bless.

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  • February 12, 2009 - 12:14 am

    cheryl - Joel and Jess,
    I found your blog through Kelly’s and wanted to offer my prayers for your little family. Cora is a beautiful little girl and was so blessed to have you as her parents. Of course, I would imagine that you would consider yourselves the blessed ones, to have her as your daughter! Our God is a great God…one who is worthy to be praised! That same God will be the ONE who comforts you as no other during your time of loss. I listened to the entire celebration service this evening and was so happy to hear the gospel message so clearly presented! Cora’s life has touched so many and her homegoing has touched even more…He IS GLORIFIED!
    I’m sure we won’t meet this side of eternity, but know there is a stranger in Chicago that is praying. May our wonderful Savior hold you close as you find your comfort in HIM.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 12:19 am

    Carol Kennon - What a beautiful little girl…something special in her smile that just reaches out and grabs the heart. I came to your blog through Kelly’s Korner, and have been praying for you guys.

    It amazes me how people like yourself react with unwaivered faith and trust in God when tragedy strikes their life. My prayers are with you in the coming days and weeks ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 1:08 am

    Anonymous - I found ya’lls blog on someone elses page and I am so grateful for ya’ll sharing such a painful story with us.It breaks my heart that such a terrible thing has happened! She was a beautiful baby girl and I’m so proud of ya’ll for being so strong!! You’re in my prayers! I know God has you wrapped so tight in his arms right now!ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 1:19 am

    Anonymous - She is an angel.

    I have never been more certain of anything than this.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 3:41 am

    The Rose Room - so very sorry, god bless you. Rachael in New ZealandxoReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 7:06 am

    Vintage Girl at Heart - Prayers for you three, you are such an example of Faith to us all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 8:34 am

    Bethany - Dear Joel and Jess,
    The Lord has laid you on my hearts in a heavy way. I found your blog yesterday and have been praying for you and will continue to be on my knees for you. May the Lord bring peace and comfort. I am so so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter.
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  • February 12, 2009 - 8:49 am

    Anonymous - I happened to come across your blog from another blog and I just wanted to let you know I am praying for you and your family. This story brought tears and I found myself crying and I just want you to know that I know Cora is in a better place now and she is playing on heaven’s playground and watching over you now. God Bless her, she is such a beautiful baby girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 9:21 am

    Elizabeth - What a beautiful child. I am praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 9:36 am

    PamperingBeki - Just wanted to pop in and tell you again today that you’re loved, being thought of, and prayed for constantly.

    My mom knows your story through me and my blog, and of course I know you guys. But she lives in Missouri and received a mass email from her church requesting prayer for your family. Someone in thier church learned of you somehow and was so touched by you guys and Cora that they felt their church needed to pray.

    I know you would NEVER choose this in a million years, but this amazing little girl of yours is changing lives around the world.

    Today I pray that you feel warmth, rest, love, peace, and comfort.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Anonymous - You don’t know me, but I feel like I will always know you and think about your family. Cora is beautiful. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 9:59 am

    Ange~ - Just want you to know that your family has been on my mind and heart constantly for the last few days. So many prayers are being said for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 10:00 am

    ml - Joel and Jess,
    You don’t know me, but I have been following your story and I just listened to Cora’s service. What a beautiful celebration of your daughter. I want you to know that Cora’s story has changed my relationship with Christ, has changed the way that I pray and the way that I look at my own daughter. I pray for you every day, and for all of your family members. Thank you for sharing her with us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 10:26 am

    KATIE - I don’t know your family, but I have been touched by your story. I came across your blog through a friend and I am not even sure how she found your blog. It appears that so many strangers have been drawn to your journey. I cannot phathom your pain and desparity at this moment. Cora was a beautiful child and it seems that her parents share an amazing faith and immense amount of bravery that I hope will guide you through these difficult times. Your Cora is an angel. Many thoughts and prayers are with you both in the days to come.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 10:32 am

    Romana - Joel & Jess,
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I Have been praying for you since I first came across your blog.
    The service was beautiful; i pray for comfort and strength for you and your family during this time and for the months and years to come.
    Thank you for sharing; I have always been close to God but your story along with Angie Smith (bring the Rain) and Kelly’s (kellys korner blog) my strength has gotten stronger than before.
    My family and I will keep praying.
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  • February 12, 2009 - 10:38 am

    Anonymous - I’ve been following your blog for the past couple of weeks. When I logged on Sunday morning to check on your little girl my heart sank. I have been struggling ever since to make since of why your sweet little one is gone. I find strength in she is healed and in the hands of our Lord. But my heart breaks for you. I’ve been crying for you all week. I can’t seem to get Cora’s sweet face out of my mind. I esp. like the photo of her in the bathtub with that oh so adorable look. I have also been holding my daughter alot closer for we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I hope and pray that you will find peace and strength in the weeks/months to come. Thank you for sharing your sweet little girl with us. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. God Bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:04 am

    Julie - I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and that Cora has touched my live. She is so beautiful…my heart is aching for you both. I am so so sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:07 am

    Allison - Thank you for sharing the celebration of your daughter’s life.While I do not know you, the shared experience of being a farmer’s wife, a stay-at home mom, and mother to a young daughter creates a sense of knowing your path in life. Kara J. introduced me to your story, and I have learned of other connections in our lives since. I am continuing to pray for you.

    Our God answered your prayers and your family’s prayers for Cora in a way that no one could imagine. It is amazing to think how many people have been introduced to the love of Jesus through your blog and Cora’s struggle. Your faith is a powerful testimony, and I pray that you will continue to be able to find your strength in Him.

    Blessings,
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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:29 am

    Anonymous - What an amazing service. Filled with praise for Him and inspiration of Cora’s life. You should be as proud as any parents could be.

    Thank you for sharing. During this incredible loss and sadness, you still take the time to share your lives with others and have reached thousands. You’ve preached His words and brought families closer. We all have a purpose on this earth, no matter what amount of time we are given to be here. Cora has done more than fulfilled her purpose.

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:36 am

    David and Vera Hall - Joel and Jessica,
    We are still lifting you up in prayer. We are here when you need a shoulder to cry on or ears to listen. This morning the song “God is too good to be Mistaken” came to mind. That may not be the exact title but the words are true. We love you and thank you for being real examples of Christ during this time of difficulty.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Wendy - jess and joel…..you guys are an inspiration to me. cora is one of the sweetest babies i have ever seen. i pray Jesus will give you a glimpse of the immmense joy she is in now. all of prayers and thoughts..WendyReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Mandy - Cora’s life has touched so many. Thanks for your transperancy and vulnerability. I admire your strength and will continue to pray that Jesus will hold you close and carry you through your remaining days. May HE continue to get the glory even in the midst of your pain and loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Anonymous - My heart is broken for your loss. You don’t know me, I just happened upon your blog. I pray for your family and know that baby Cora is in a beautiful place now resting in the arms of Jesus! Thank you for sharing her with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Kelly - Hello Joel and Jess,
    I just found your blog through Kelly Stamps’ blog and I read Cora’s story..I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet girl..I love the name Cora, it is so beautiful. I am praying for you that Jesus will be so close to you right now…and He will let you know she is right there with Him.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 1:08 pm

    Tammyz - What a beautiful celebration of your sweet babies life! My heart is filled with sadness at your loss! My hope is that the God of all comfort is holding you both tight…even as He is holding your precious girl. I am thankful that you are surrounded by loved ones and a beautiful church family too. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 1:19 pm

    Amy - What a beautiful, beautiful celebration of your daughter’s life.Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Your daughter has touched my heart more than words can express. What a beautiful child. She will not be forgotten.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 1:33 pm

    Anonymous - I don’t know you. Of course, you don’t know me. I was invited to look at your blog from a friend of a friend of a friend & so on. Word travels fast when children are involved! Words can not describe how The Lord has laid your family on my saddened heart. However, through this struggle God’s loving arms will be wrapped around you every step of the way. My husband & I struggled for a child & were blessed after many, many years of trying. We know about loss & disappointment. Our Sweet Jesus held us the entire time. He has yet let go. Why, I don’t know? I still can’t figure out why He loves us so much? But He does & He stands on His promises. Please read Psalm 77. It states in verse 14 thatHe is the God of miracles. Please cling to that. May the Love of our Sweet Lord continue to poor over you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Allison Reynolds - My heart is broekn for your family…The loss is unimagineable for me. I pray for Cora, she is truly beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 1:55 pm

    Anonymous - What a beautiful service. Thank you for sharing it with us. The letters that were read, the songs, and the message all shared in the same purpose – to remember your precious Cora and to glorify God. Cora lived such a short life, yet shared an incredible testimony. Joel & Jess, you have been an incredible, godly example. God bless you. Our family will continue to hold you up in prayer. Just today at lunch, before we prayed, our 5 year old said, “Mom, don’t forget to pray for the people on the computer.” You have touched all of our lives. Praise God that we have the assurance of seeing Cora again in heaven. Praying that Jesus will continue to hold you tightly in his arms.

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  • February 12, 2009 - 1:58 pm

    Anonymous - I came from Lesli’s blog; I am commenting so that you can grasp the magnitude of your daughter’s precious life on people everywhere (i am in NM). I listened to Cora’s going home service and it was a tremendous inspiration and witness-wow, i wish we could all understand the brevity of life and live to serve the Lord alone every day. I am praying for God to comfort you as you travel this life without your sweet girl.
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  • February 12, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    Michelle - I came across a poem/saying yesterday. I had seen it before. It has new meaning now. I don’t know who wrote it.

    “So many people come into our lives and then leave the same way they came. But there are those precious few that touch our hearts so deeply that we will never be the same.”

    Just as Cora touched your hearts, she along with you: Joel and Jess have touched all of our. That we may be more caring, more tender, more patient, and more forgiving.

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  • February 12, 2009 - 2:35 pm

    Anonymous - What an amazing testimony you and your families have. You have impacted so many people and I am humbled by your relationship with Christ. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. I am praying for you and crying for you and have been blessed by you both in many ways. Thank you for sharing Cora with the world and know that many people are praying for you and lifting you up to Jesus daily.

    We love you.

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  • February 12, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    Lori - Just another stranger here crying with you and asking the Lord to give you comfort. I know it’s so wonderful to read how much Cora has changed peoples’ lives, but I also know that you are just hurting right now and wanting to hold your precious baby again. I too have an 11 month old girl and I look at her and can’t imagine going through what you have gone through in just 2 1/2 weeks. Life is too precious to take it for granted. What a wonderful memorial service your family and church family had for Cora! Jesus is quite proud of you both right now!ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 2:41 pm

    Rachael - Joel and Jess-
    I have never met you before, but your story has touched me in a profound way. I am sitting here with my two month old in tears listening to Cora’s celebration of life. It just doesn’t seem fair that I have my baby and yours is gone. Dedicating Macy to God has an entirely new meaning for me and I will be thinking of you and Cora when we dedicate her in a few months. My husband and I are even discussing naming our next baby Cora, assuming it is a girl of course :) It is just a strong name and so precious. I ordered a pin from Joys Hope honoring Cora and to contribute to her playground fund. I can’t wait for Macy to be old enough so I can explain to her what it is and how special Cora was and still is. I want with all my heart to say something, anything that will make you feel better or to smile. Fittingly, only God can heal your heart and make you smile again. You are in my DAILY thoughts and prayers. The Copponex’sReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 3:04 pm

    NickandAnnette - Wow!!!! I too am a stranger who was directed by God to find your little angels story. I am a father to of a little girl 11 months old born 2 days after Cora’s and who I would say looks just like her…
    Her story has touced my life and heart and has given me a renewed outlook on life! I sat with tears in my eays listening and reading your stories and relized i am not a good father… Yes Play with my little girl… Change her…feed her… but i I relized that it is not enough. So I need to tell you both thank you for posting your very personal and what most people would keep private, story.Cora’s little short life has made me make a new c ommitment to God to live life with my little girl more fully! THANKS AGAIN!!!! GOD BLESS YOU BOTH WITH POWER AND STRENGTH TO CARRY ON AND CONTINUE BLESSING OTHERS LIVES WITH YOUR HEART TOUCHING STORY!
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  • February 12, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    Anonymous - Wow. I am absolutely speechless. What a beautiful sermon to honor such a beautiful life and little girl. Cora truly has been God’s littlest messenger and she fulfilled her purpose her on Earth. My heart breaks for you both but rejoices in the fact that she feels no pain, no sorrow. I continue to pray for your family.

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  • February 12, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    Heather - Hi there, I’m Heather Mattos, one of the organizers of the Etsy benefit sale for Cora. We have a button made up linking to the sale, and would love to pass it on to you, to add to your blog. Please contact me for the button code! We are so glad to help.

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  • February 12, 2009 - 5:00 pm

    The little things - i simply can’t get over that she’s gone… my heart is still breaking & I’m so sad for all of you…. please know that I am still praying for you each and every day! I love you guys although I don’t know you- I know this is going to be so hard.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    The Ochs Family - I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I am praying for your family. While I don’t know you, I stumbled upon your blog and was moved to tears at the beauty of your daughter and the strength of your family. Cora is lovely and her story has deepened my faith. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    Rachel - I have been listening to Cora’s memorial. Tears are there. I have not yet written you.
    My heart is breaking for you and your family! God has given my husband and I have children. After reading your story I am able to say my relationship with everyone I meet has changed. I realize TIME is So important!
    I will pray for you both!
    God has brought your story into my life for a reason!
    Thankyou for shareing it !
    God Bless and Keep you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 5:30 pm

    Brooke - Praying for you in Baltimore, Maryland. My heart breaks for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    Yankee Mama - I’m sorry to comment again. I somehow deleted my last comment.

    I just wanted you to know that you will continually be in my prayers. It’s so hard to make any sense of this but I know God is good and He loves you. I will never forget Cora. I have shed so many tears over this… What an impact her story and your powerful testimony have been to me and so many others. Lives are being changed. There really are no words…

    Love,
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  • February 12, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    angie c - Jess and Joel,
    Still thinking of you and praying for you as the week goes on… thinking about sweetie cora, and her awesome playground- both in heaven and the one we will all help you build here. You are loved by a vast group of people here watching your blog. Big hugs to you as you continue to miss and celebrate cora…ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 10:46 pm

    Kendra - My heart is so grieved. My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:23 pm

    Mark and Trisha - I just happened upon your blog tonight and I am soooo sad and tearful for you and your family. Your daughter is so beautiful and has touched so many lives. Knowing she is with Jesus and will never have pain again and that you will be reunited with her again will get you through this. Your faith is amazing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 10:21 pm

    Jamie Breeden - That was such a neat service, one of the best I’ve ever heard. Thank you soooo much for sharing.

    Fyi, my husband and I are friends with Bill and Olivia. That is how we found out about what was happening with Cora and we have been praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 10:55 pm

    Alisha - I am SO SORRY to hear about your BEAUTIFUL baby girl…..words cannot describe how awful I feel for you. I know you’re religious and I know you love God…me too…but plain and simple this JUST SUCKS!!! Bless you and your family!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 17, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    D'anne - May the Lord offer you comfort in your time of need! Amen.

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  • February 18, 2009 - 11:46 am

    Joja - My heart bleeds for you! I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful princess! I am in tears, how tragic and sudden this all came about. I will hug my children tighter and give thanks for every day I have with them. God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Anonymous - May God be your comforter at this sorrowful time! We hope you can rejoice knowing that your Cora is now pain free and an angel singing in the heavens above. What a precious promise we have to cling to. A song comes to mind that I know, it’s called, “I’ll be waiting on the Farside Banks of Jordan.” In it, it says, I’ll be waiting drawing pictures in the sand, and when I see you coming, I will rise up with a shout and come running through the shallow waters reaching for your hand. We hope you can cling to this hope the rest of your lives until you meet baby Cora in heaven. God be with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:55 am

    The Crow's - Wow I was so saddened to hear about your sweet little girl. We lost our son to neuroblastoma as well. He was 3 years old. It is such a horrible disease. I hope you can rest in Gods hands and know that although she didn’t receive the earthly healing you all wanted she did receive the ultimate healing and she is now cancer free! We’ll be praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:12 pm

    Anonymous - I had heard the news yesterday and was completely heartbroken. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    And what a wonderful way to celebrate and honor Cora’s life, a playground in her name.

    I pray for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:24 pm

    Twice as Nice - Just broke our hearts when we heard the news about Sweet Cora. We will be praying for you family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:36 pm

    Joy - Heard about sweet Cora on another blog and wanted to send you big E-hugs. There are never any words except to say we’re praying and to lean on Jesus. It’s so hard not to want to blame God. Just know that He knows how you feel and He wants to carry you through this. *HUGS*ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    Christensen's - I am so sorry for your loss! Take comfort that your beautiful little girl is with her Heavenly Father. May you have a peaceful feeling as you go through this sad time. We will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Valerie - I was so sad when I heard about Cora. Such a beautiful little girl. She is with God now and sitting on his knee. You and your family will be in my prayers. Love in Christ – ValerieReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:35 pm

    Care - What a precious and wonderful way to show Cora’s memory. I love you two and your entire families. My heart continues to break for the loss you are experiencing. May God surround you with His strong arms of comfort. I will be praying and praying and praying for your hearts.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:48 pm

    Kim - I don’t know you, but my prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    Reynada - I don’t know you personally but I have followed your blog and I am sooo extremely sorry for the loss of your precious baby girl. Know that you all are in God’s hands. Also remember it’s okay to ask God questions and voice your frustrations and anger. Remember David in the Psalms. I’m in Oklahoma and I’m participating in the Relay for Life here and I would be honored if I could participate in honor of your little girl. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 3:21 pm

    Stacie - there are no words, I am so sorry for your loss!ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 3:26 pm

    Andrea - My heart breaks for you. Praying God shines His light into this dark time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    The Mershawn's - “I’ll lend you for a little time a child of mine, He said,
    for you to love the while she lives and mourn for when she’s dead. It may be five or six years, or twenty- two or three. But will you, till I call her back, take care of her for me? She’ll bring her charms to gladden you and should her stay be brief, you’ll have her lovely memories as solace for your grief. I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return. But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn. I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true. And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you. Now will you give her all your love, nor think the labor vain, nor hate me when I come to call to take her back again? I fancied that I heard you say, ‘Dear Lord, Thy will be done. For all the joy thy child shall bring; the risk of grief we’ll run. We’ll shelter her with tenderness, we’ll love her while we may. And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay. But should the angels call for her much sooner than we’ve planned, we’ll brace the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.’”
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    Our hearts are hurting for you both. Big hugs, tears, and prayers sent your way.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 4:25 pm

    Toni - I’ve been in a funk ever since I read the incredibly sad news of Cora. My heart broke in half and I’ll hug my children tighter because of her. I’m so sorry for you loss and may you know you have touched so many lives with your tragedy…you are all in my thoughts and prayers and may you find God’s comfort during this unbelieveably difficult time. Hang onto each other tightly, your love for each other will get you through.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 4:53 pm

    Kristen - There really are no words that come to my mind to type in this small space, and yet I am compelled to say something. My heart is aching for your loss…for you both…for the emptiness that has become your home. I serve the same God as you…the One who does not justify the bad that happens here on earth but promises to one day redeem these things. The God who offers grace in personal ways…in ways I am praying upon you…in tangible ways. Cora was and is so beautiful…and I praise God that she is no longer suffering. But I know the hole in your hearts and lives is vast and I am praying God will comfort you in ways that are beyond imagining.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 5:11 pm

    John Deere Mom - Your faith is inspiring…truly. I have been visiting so many people’s blogs who are going through such tragedies and am amazed at the strength and faith that each parent has. I got so angry reading that Cora had gone to be with Jesus. I was mad. And I yelled and I cried. And then I went back and read several of the scripture passages you quoted. Thank you. God Bless and may He carry you through this heartbreaking time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    Anonymous - I have never met you all in person, but heard about your family in a friends blog that you needed lots of prayers. Since that day I have been thinking, praying and keeping up on your blog. I am so, so sorry to hear about Cora! What a sweet precious gift only to have for such a short amount of time. There are no soothing words right now but please know that we are thinking and praying for you! We are so glad for Cora that she is NO longer suffering, but so sorry for your loss! The Stout Family, KSReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 5:47 pm

    Laura ~Peach~ - my heart is breaking for you and your family, you are added to our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 6:02 pm

    bec4 - My prayers are with you. I am thankful to know that you are believers–lean into God right now, he will help you survive the days that seem impossible. Your sweet Cora is healed in heaven and is with Jesus. When my baby died, I was given a picture of Jesus rocking a baby–that image was and still is very comforting to me.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 6:14 pm

    Paige - I came over from “Circle of Life” to express my sympathy to you and your family during this time. May God bless and comfort you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 6:52 pm

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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:20 pm

    Falling Around - In Memory of Cora McClenahan
    A Prayer For Joel and Jess

    The sorrows are many…
    the words are few.
    With the unanswered questions,
    they know not what to do.
    Lord, help them see the sadness
    through Your eyes of love…
    for we know You are perfect,
    Dear Father above.
    They are looking to You
    with a heavy heart…
    “Why send us sweet Cora, to now be apart?”
    Lord, we know You have a plan…
    a perfect one to be sure,
    as You work all for good
    to the heart that is pure.
    On winged angels send comfort
    to Joel and to Jess,
    for their path seems unbearable…
    to You, I confess.
    Send to them peace, send them strength,
    and Your abundant love…
    for only You can sustain them,
    Heavenly Father above.
    In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:05 pm

    Lisa D :) - Lifting you up in prayer at this difficult time. I just came upon your blog today, through Harper’s blog and I’m so very sorry for your tremendous loss of your sweet and precious daughter, Cora. What a beautiful babygirl…I’m just so very sorry and will pray daily for the comfort for you that only God can give.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    Anonymous - The loss of a child is something that you will never get over. I do not say this to discourge you but to prepare you. God however does have a way of making the hurt have purpose and over time allowing the sad memories to fade and only the good ones to remain. Has someone who had lost a child prior to my loss told me, they are only lent to us from their Holy Father and he will be the one that will bring peace and comfort beyound understanding.

    Praying for you in your time of need.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Anonymous - Just “happened” (I believe God brought me here) to run across your blog. I will be praying for the Lord to give you and Cora’s entire family grace and strength for each day.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    Queen B. - Prayer of Faith

    We trust that beyond absence, there is a presence.

    That beyond the pain, there can be healing.

    That beyond brokenness, there can be wholeness.

    That beyond the anger, there may be peace.

    That beyond the hurting, there may be forgiveness.

    That beyond silence, there may be the word.

    That beyond the word, there may be understanding.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    Anonymous - I am so sorry for the loss of you’re beautiful little Cora. Its just not fair. God must need her for bigger and better things in Heaven.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Brianne - Please know that your family is in my prayers. I pray that you will feel God’s loving arms wrapped around you in this most difficult time. I don’t even know you, and just found your blog, and have already cried many tears for your family. Cora is such a beautiful, beautiful girl. At least you can be assured now that she is no longer suffering, and that she is completely healed. Your family will continue to be uplifted in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:45 pm

    Sarah - I don’t think I have ever cried so hard in my life, honestly. I found your blog today, maybe it was a sign or something. I am so sorry for your loss and will not take one more second with my daughter for granted. You are an inspiration.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    Anonymous - Please know that you are in my prayers. May God surround you tomorrow and in the days to come.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:16 pm

    Alex and Jill - I know there are no words to lessen your pain. I’m so sorry…to read of Cora’s passing, breaks my heart. I’m praying for your family during this most difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    Kelly - My heart broke as I read about your loss of Cora Paige. Your family is in our prayers. I am so sorry for your loss…God be with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:32 pm

    Erin - Hello, I found your blog through Kelly’s Corner. I am praying for you right now as I type this. I pray that our sweet Jesus will wrap His mighty to save arms around you, and comfort you. :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:32 pm

    Laurie in Ca. - I am so very sorry for your heartbreak and I want you to know you will be in my prayers from this day forward. What a beautiful baby, your Cora. May God’s peace fill you and carry you gently in the days, weeks and months ahead. My heart is hurting for you tonight.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:39 pm

    CT Mom - I hugged my daughters tighter tonight. My heart and prayers go out to you.ReplyCancel

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    Sarah - my thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband. I pray God heals your hearts and helps you stay strong.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    Anonymous - My words will not suffice, so I will rely on the Word of God:

    “So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    I love you, I will be there tomorrow.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    jandkland - Like others, I came here from Kelly’s Korner, and I came to Kelly’s from MckMama’s site. It seems that one thing always leads to another when I read blogs, and I find myself reading about so many families I don’t know who are enduring heartache I don’t want to imagine. I can’t fathom what the past several weeks have done to you as parents and as individuals. My husband and I have two little girls, and every time I looked at Cora’s photos–whether she was smiling her beautiful smile or enduring treatments and hooked to machines–I saw her with a parent’s eyes. I know what it is to feel that depth of love. We give as much as possible to childhood cancer research and pray for families like yours, but I can’t for the life of me understand why our good God lets these things happen to the smallest and the sweetest. I don’t know how hard you will struggle to answer the question, “Why?” but I pray that you will somehow feel the peace that passes understanding–the peace that doesn’t make sense because no one in your situation should feel peace. Your precious little one will be remembered.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:59 pm

    Lara - I just saw a post on Kelly’s Korner about your little girl. I clicked over and read your whole journey with this battle and I am speechless. I’ve been crying and crying just imagining a 10th of what you are going through. I’m so very sorry for you loss. I will be praying for you and your family during this awfully hard time. I’m so sorry you are experiencing pain that I can’t even begin to imagine without breaking down in tears. Cora Paige is beautiful and will be forever in your hearts. From a KS mom of 3 and one on the way,
    LaraReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    Anonymous - I asked God for Strength…
    And He gave me difficulties to make me strong.

    I asked God for Wisdom…
    And He gave me problems to solve.

    I asked God for Prosperity…
    And He gave me brain and brawn to work.

    I asked God for Courage…
    And He gave me danger to overcome.

    I asked God for Love…
    And He gave me troubled people to help.

    I asked God for Favors…
    And He gave me opportunities.

    I received nothing I wanted…
    And I received everything I needed.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    Heather - I just found your blog through another and my heart aches for you and your family. I am praying that God would comfort you in a way only He can and I am so so sorry for the lose of your sweet, beautiful little girl. May God surround you with His love. Praying in Houston.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    allid - My heart is broken. Cora was beautiful. I followed your blog from Kelly’s Korner. My family will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    Three Boy Joys - I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Cora. Her smile could light up a room and she was just an absolutely gorgeous and precious baby.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very sad time. Please know that many caring thoughts are being sent to you from afar.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:17 pm

    michele - My heart breaks for your family. Please know that you are being lifted up in prayer. God bless you and carry you through these dark times.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:24 pm

    Christina - Jess and Joel, I went back and read your blog, backwards, one post at a time, and I was stunned at how many things were…well, I don’t even know the word for it. One comment that stands out is when you said you hoped you could handle a situation with as much grace as your friend when her baby came early. Another is when you commented on your washing machine breaking down, after saying your bathroom bathtub was sick, as well as Cora having the ear infections, and then you said hopefully no more sickness in this house. There were other times too when something you said just took my breath away, and sent me back into sobbing. I think you are amazing, and I say that with the knowledge that whatever is good and strong comes from the Lord. I also think that it is just so unfair, that little life was just too short. What you were able to capture through pictures and posts on your blog is so wonderful, a treasure. From the time she was born until she had to go, her life was so sweet. Full of love. It is obvious from each and every word you wrote how much you love her, loved being at home with her, delighted in her. Precious. I keep praying that God will indeed bring you peace, comfort, all that. Who can understand these things? Your hold on Scripture and clinging to Him whose words you have hidden deep in your heart will certainly help you through day by day. My heart is full of sorrow on your behalf, and I pray that you are both surrounded by folks who can love on and care for you. Take care of each other.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:26 pm

    Kristen & David - My heart is broken for you and your family. Cora is so beautiful. God bless you. My prayers will be with you.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:36 pm

    Anonymous - I am praying for you both and will continue to do so. God has promised that His grace for us will be sufficient for each moment.
    Sometimes I believe the grace comes to us one minute at a time, as we go through suffering.
    I have never experienced the loss of a child, but I have experienced and have seen this minute by minute grace evidenced in the lives of those, who like you are faced with umimaginable pain, as you . I am truly sorry for your loss and am looking forward to the day when we all get together in Heaven.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    Tickled Pink And Green - I don’t know you at all, but have been reading your older blog posts about precious little Cora Paige. She was an absolutely adorable child and my heart breaks for you today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:55 pm

    Patrice - Praying for your loss. In our staff meeting this morning we prayed for you and we will continue praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:02 pm

    Anonymous - Although I don’t know you I have seen a glimps of you and your beautiful daughter. I am praying for you and your husband.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:03 pm

    Mary Ann - My heart breaks for you and your family. What a beautiful little girl. You have lots of sweet memories of her and know now that she is with Christ, who said, “let the little children come unto me. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this sad time, but with assurances that one day you will all be together again.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:04 pm

    Davene - You can add my tears to the rivers that have flowed for your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Words are inadequate, but I am so grateful for the promise of heaven and the tender care Cora is receiving there now. I’ll be praying for you in the days to come.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:05 pm

    Brian and Staci - Will be praying for strength for you tomorrow….and for a very long time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:16 pm

    The Schilling's from PICU - We will see you at the celebration of Cora’s life. We may not get to talk to you much, but we wanted you to know how much we love you and have been praying for your peace and comfort through this. Our hearts have been breaking for you this whole journey. You have touched soooooo many lives with your love, faith and hope… Cora made such an impact on sooo many people. Her smile and fight will never be forgotten!

    love you and see you soon!

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:30 pm

    Anonymous - Just think how she blessed all who knew her, and the hundreds of thousands who didn’t. I don’t think in my 62 years I have blessed as many lives as she. What a beautiful child of God.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:36 pm

    The Clanton's - We are so sorry to hear about Cora’s passing. Joel & Jessica you and your entire family are in our hearts & prayers. May God give you strength and be with you always. You have a beautiful angel smiling down on you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 12:20 am

    Anonymous - Although I cannot be there for her service, I will be there in prayer.

    Today, I looked at my children differently than before.
    Today, I said ‘Yes!’ to that puzzle in the middle of trying to get dinner on. Today, when my little girl hugged me I didn’t let go so quickly. Today, I gave even more kisses at bedtime.

    Thank you Cora for reminding me that every single day with my children is a gift from God. I know that I am only one of the thousands of people who you have touched like this. All in 11 months. What a blessing you are, sweet little baby.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 1:14 am

    the urbs - A friend of mine just directed me to your blog and I’ve been on it for over an hour. I feel such an ache for you. As a first-time mom of a little girl, I can now get an idea of your pain. I know you must be just devastated and struggling to even take your next breath. I want you to know that you will not leave my thoughts and prayers for quite awhile. I know our Great and Mighty Comforter will give you the strength that you need. Please allow yourself to rest and grieve in His unending love. I know you must ache to hold her. Remember that He is holding her and that is all she’ll ever need. She is loved. God put her on this earth for the time he intended and now she has accomplised her purpose and she’s back with Him. Maybe you’ll never understand, but you can trust Him. Much love and prayers.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 1:25 am

    Cottage At Dove Canyon - I have thought about you and your family all day after reading about sweet little Cora on a friend’s blog. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:15 am

    Frederieke - I’m verry sorry to hear about your daughter. I believe she is in a place where she can be a happy and carefree and she will watch over you for the rest of your life. Please remember that you’re not alone and that you will always have friends and family around you that will support, help and love you. I will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:59 am

    Anonymous - As you look up into the sky, and when it rains and you see a rainbow ~ think of Cora, when you see the bright stars at night twinkling ~ think of Cora, and when you see the love, that you have for each other ~ think of Cora. The love of life is in the name, of Cora, and may you remember her, with the love that she brought you…God Bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 3:01 am

    Anonymous - I am so, so sorry for your loss. I just met Cora through the acor website for neuroblastoma. I’ve been praying (and crying) for your family as I read your blogs. Even though I know Cora is with God and the other NB angels now it still breaks our hearts.
    God Bless You and Keep You in his embrace.
    Brenda Laux, mother to Madalyn Laux dx Stage IVNB 1/31/07ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:18 am

    Tori - I came here by way of Kelly’s blog. My heart breaks for you during this time and I will lift you up in prayer. God will bring comfort and peace, and will give you renewed strength each day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:57 am

    Angie Smith - i just wanted to know that although i haven’t walked exactly the same path as you, i lost my daughter in april and i understand the emotion, the confusion, the sheer mental chaos that would overtake us were it not for our great God. i wanted to make myself available to you in the event that you wanted someone to talk to, and i would be happy to pass along my more personal info if you would like to speak in person. SO many people have emailed me and asked me to put you on my blog for prayer….i know you have a mighty team of warriors all around you.

    i guess i just wanted you to know you had one more…

    with much love and deepest sadness,
    angie smith
    angelac519@gmail.com

    http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.comReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Amber (Las Vegas) - One minute at a time, I imagine that is how you are coping. I am so very sorry. Please remember, just because she is no longer with you physically, she will always be with you. I just started reading your story, but I know that your daughter received more love than some people get in a lifetime. You are wonderful parents. Know that so many people are praying for you, some people that never pray! Her life has already shown such an example. Thank you so much for sharing her with us.
    With much love,
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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Anonymous - Praying for your precious family. My heart breaks for you and I know that only our heavenly Father can give comfort during times like this. There are no words. And although we’ve never met, you will be on my mind and in my prayers for along time. May those prayers and the prayers of thousand of other internet “friends” help carry you through this.
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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:41 am

    Lauren Kelly - So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you today!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Liz - My heart aches for you both… may God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Juliann - I am praying for you now, and will be this afternoon. I know you are hurting, and I am praying somehow God will bring you comfort.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:50 am

    "Dove" - Oh, she is so beautiful. So very, very beautiful. My heart is sincerely broken for the pain and unspeakable sorrow here on this earth for those who love your precious little girl. I praise Jesus that His mercies are new every morning, and I pray He lavishes you with an abundance of peace. May each day bring you hope, even in the midst of tears and the awesome weight of sadness.

    I thank God for the gift of life, and for the days you had to treasure Cora here on earth. I thank Him too for the gift of eternal life, and for the promise that you will get to treasure her once again in heaven. Next time, there will be no sad goodbyes. Thank you, Jesus, and please, send comfort. Lots and lots of comfort.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:28 am

    Anonymous - You’re a stranger to me, but I can’t stop thinking about you, your family, and your beautiful girl, Cora. We have the bond of motherhood, and I can only imagine the depths of your grief. I am praying for God to give you guys strength to believe in Him, in salvation. Jesus has walked the road that you are on, and has illuminated the way for you. He is beside you, there to carry you when needed. He has promised us all eternal life. Your Cora is in peace now, and will meet you again. Please know that you will be in my prayers forever, and although this process is ongoing for you, that raw pain will eventually lessen in time. I pray that you find hope and peace on your journey. Leslie in CTReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:32 am

    Molly - I have prayed daily for you and your family. I cannot understand how you must feel, this is truly sad. I believe God has a reason for everything and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I pray that the Lord will give you strength and his support for you to grieve and celebrate that precious babys life. Your friend in Christ~ Molly PReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Blessing Counter - Just needed you to know I’m praying for you today. May God hold you close and may his perfect peace wash over you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:57 am

    Amy - I found your story yesterday via Bring the Rain. Just want you to know that we are lifting you up in prayer, our hearts are broken for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Emily - I came across your blog for the first time today- First of all, I am so very sorry for your loss. I just felt I needed to let you know I am starting a prayer chain at my church for you and your family. My heart is absolutely broken for you, and just reading this today I feel I know you and love you in Christ already. May the Lord’s peace overcome the understanding that is impossible to find. God bless you both and please know you are being uplifted by many. In the times when you can’t lift your hands or your head, that’s when your family in Christ is there to do it for you. Please know I send my deepest sympathy and love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:24 am

    MIMILEE - I am praying fervently for you in your loss…..May our Lord the great comforter be with in a special way as He promises He will be. Cora Paige is a beautiful precious and fully healed ANGEL and is in the arms of Jesus now. What a BLESSED Hope we have as Christians and to know one day you will be reunited with your darling child, Cora! Grace and Peace be with you both. <>< ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:41 am

    blessedmomto7 - Please know that many in the world are loving and praying for you today. Your sweet Cora has led people to Christ-what a blessing! I hope to meet you one day in person-God Bless. We will be lifting you up all day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Shea - I don’t know your family. My heart is broken. I can only imagine how hard this time must be for you. I have few words, but many prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:59 am

    The Wrights - You on our minds and in our hearts today. May God give you strength on this very difficult day. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. Cora was a blessing from God. She touched many lives.
    God bless you!
    Carson, Kara, Carson, Owen, Stella and Isaac WrightReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 12:13 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Sweet Cora has touched our lives. Please know that we will be with you today in thought and prayer.
    God be with you both.
    The Nagles
    AZReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 12:21 pm

    Anonymous - Thinking of you today at this moment. A day that a parent shouldn’t ever have to face. God Bless you and your faith!ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    Sweet Child Kisses - My heart breaks for you in this time of sorrow. I am praying for you all. Remember the joy she brought to your lives and remember you will see her again some day. Now she is looking down on you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 12:49 pm

    Falling Around - Joel and Jess,

    I am praying for you on this difficult day. My heart is truly heavy for you – all that you have already endure and what is waiting still.

    Praying God’s abundant grace be showered down upon you today.

    Much Love & Tears,
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  • February 10, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    kristin - How truly heartbroken I am for you
    all. It’s beyond sad and I am crying for you. I pray for your
    comfort and that you will somehow get thru the next days, weeks, months. There is just not enough words to express my sorrow for you. With much Christian love…ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 1:04 pm

    Melanieshea - Praying for you both today for strength and peace.
    Love from Mississippi!ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 1:04 pm

    Lost in Space - There really are no words…I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Cora. What a beautiful little girl. Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Amber - Thinking about you guys today as you have to endure such a sad day that all parents should never have to face. You are inspirational and your faith is a true testimony to God’s mercy and grace during this dark time. I wish I were closer so that I could lend my support for your family today and the days, months, and years to come. Continue to lean on God and through Him healing will come to know that Cora is in a better place filled with the same love that you both had for her here on Earth. You guys continue to be in my thoughts and prayers today and always. I have been touched by your precious angels story and for that I am truly grateful for getting to read, cry, and have alot of emotion along with you all. I will be sending a donation to the chuch to help fund Cora’s playground. What a way to honor her happy spirit. I know she is playing on the playground in Heaven with all the other children looking down and sending love and peace to her family letting you guys know she is okay and that she thanks you guys for being her wonderful parents here on Earth. You will meet again in Heaven but until then God will protect her and love her because she is His child.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 1:58 pm

    Anonymous - This must be such an incredibly difficult time for you both and your family.
    I’m so deeply sorry for your loss… what a precious baby girl.
    You’ll see her and hold her again… she is good hands.
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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    Anonymous - Continuosly praying for you and your family. I’m so sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    Anonymous - a moment of silence for sweet Cora.

    Dear Lord,

    Please at this very moment (1pm) be with this family. They need your comfort more than I could possibly know.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Maureen - Thinking of you and praying for you today as you celebrate Cora’s life with family and friends.

    Praying in Washington,
    MaureenReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Jennifer and Jarod Ebenhack - Hi Joel and Jess. I am writing again from Haiti, knowing that you’re holding Cora’s memorial service right now. I have been praying for you throughout these past couple hours, as I can only imagine all that you are experiencing today. I wish I could be there. Our whole family – all the way down to 3 year old Brendan is mourning with you and praying for God’s goodness and peace to cover you in these moments and the days ahead. My kids are talking about how much they want to go to Heaven and see Jesus and baby Cora now!

    We love you and are so sorry for this hard road you are traveling. We’re so thankful God is with you.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:22 pm

    Anonymous - Praying hard for you as your memorial service begins. I pray that you are lifted up during this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:35 pm

    Romana - I pray for comfort and strength to get through this difficult time.
    Cora isn’t hurting anymore, she’s instead resting and playing and smiling down on you from our fathers kingdom.
    We’ll be praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    The Tulip Lady - Just thinking of your family today, praying for all those that will come and be with you in remembering Cora, that you all will be filled up with loving support and carried through this day on the wings of angels. God bless you today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    OHN - There are so many things in life that I simply do not understand. Your family is in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Steph - Praying for you today. May you hold dear the 11 months of memories you had with your precious little girl. May God grant you the courage and strength to face each new day. Thanks for being such an amazing witness to the world for your faith.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Anonymous - May God comfort and hold you both as we you celebrate the life of your beautiful daughter Cora. My heart broke when I heard of her passing. She is with God now and is one of his most precious angles watching over all of those she loved and those who loved her. May God hold her tight until you can have her in your arms once again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 4:29 pm

    Crystal - My heart is broken for you. I’m praying for you to be enveloped in the peace that passes understanding.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Susy M. - May sweet, sweet Cora rest in peace. What a beautiful little girl now in God’s hands. May God comfort you and keep you during these trying times.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 6:14 pm

    Mandy Rose - My heart goes out to your family. I can not even imagine what you are going through. Cora looks like such a beautiful little girl. Much like my 18 month old soon Parker. I am praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 7:22 pm

    Anonymous - My name is Tiffany and I was one of Cora’s nurses at Wesley. I was full of sadness when I arrived at work on Monday and saw that her name was no longer on the room assignment board. My sadness can in no way compare to what the two of you are feeling right now. My heart goes out to your family and friends during this tough time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 7:31 pm

    Melanie - We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. Cora is a precious little angel.
    We will be praying for strength and comfort for your family.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:01 pm

    Cathy - Such a deep, deep sadness. I do know though that your precious Cora will live in your hearts forever. I’m praying for you to make some sense out of all this if that’s possible and find the strength to go on. That baby girl touched an army of lives for the better. God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:16 pm

    Will, Erica, Kynedy, Nolan, Lane - I do not personally know your family. I heard about your story through another fellow blogger. I pray that God’s abundant peace fills your heart.
    Thinking and praying for your family…
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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    Anonymous - I’m going to probably write the same thing that most other people have been writing. I just want you to know that I live half way around the country from you and I am thinking of you. We will probably never meet, but I feel so much of your pain. There are no words to help. Only time will help you to adjust. Nothing will make it better. How blessed you are to have known such a beautiful angel. God bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Cherry's Jubilee - I am sooo sooo sorry for your loss! I will pray for your family. I came over from Sarahs at thrifty decor chick. May God grant you strength and endurance during this time. God Bless You!!! CherryReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    leahneer - Today is the day of one of the most difficult times in your lives. I can’t imagine how hard today was for you and my thoughts were with you constantly. I had a moment of silence for you and Cora at 1 today when the celebration of her life was going on. I am a stranger to you but feel such pain for you. I have spread your story to others around me to have them pray for your comfort and peace during this heartbreaking time. Below is a saying I use to see me through times those who have passed away in my life. May it touch you in ways big and small and may you find some peace.

    “In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them. In the glowing of the wind and in the chill of winter; In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring; in the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer; in the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn; in the beginning of the year and when it ends; When we are weary and in the need of strength; When we are lost and sick at heart; When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them. So long we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.”

    There are many ways to remember your precious little girl and they will come to you in various ways…..look for them as they will touch you in ways you cannot imagine and help you to feel closer to her. God bless you…my prayers are with you and your family now and the days ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:02 pm

    THE SPIVEY"S - I am oh so sorry to hear of your family’s lose. My God comfort you and your family in your time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Anonymous - I wanted to let you know that we’ve been thinking about the memorial(and everything surrounding this trial), and we especially wanted to lift you up in prayer for the service. I wanted to send this at the exact time 1:00PM(10:00AM my time), but then my computer went down. Please know that we have been prayer warriors for your WHOLE family and know that we will continue to do so. I am a nurse, but I’ve honestly never experienced anything like this. I am in awe and overwhelmed by this outpouring of LOVE and SUPPORT.We have been so touched. Our hearts are changed forever.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:19 pm

    Anonymous - Psalm 42:5 comes to my mind. I can’t tell you how much hope I had for your situation to turn out differently. I am so sorry, We will continue to pray for you. I wish there were words that could comfort. Sending love and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    Cathy - Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to something so special!ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    karen - May God Bless you and your family at this heartbreaking time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    Anonymous - Your story and your little girl has helped me more than you will ever imagine. This past 2 weeks has been an eye-opener for me. I have found my way back to the Lord, to my children, and to my marriage. Joel and Jessica- You will never imagine the impact your Cora has had on my life. Thank You for your Beautiful Girl. Thank you so very much. I pray that God lifts you up and surrounds you with peace..
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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    Hans' Mom - Prayers of love and peace, comfort and understading going out to you at this time of your great loss. Your Cora was a beautiful thing, and so was your love for her.

    Lara
    another “NB” mom
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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:30 am

    Leigh - You are in my prayers. My deepest sympathies for your loss. I am certain that God has a new angle in Heaven working miracles for him.

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:10 am

    Wendy - Sweet Cora,

    I have been following your journey. I am overwhelmed with sadness and want so badly to put my arms around your mommy and daddy.

    You have taught me many lessons over this short period of time.

    Joel and Jess,

    I cannot get your family off my mind. You are incredible Children of God and your Sweet Cora will never be forgotten.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:14 am

    Jessica - I don’t even have words to express how my heart aches for you. I am praying for your family. I am praying for peace and comfort…ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 5:44 am

    Lyre - “What though the radiance that was once so bright, be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” ~ William WordsworthReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 10:05 am

    MemeGRL - No child has ever been more loved. What a beautiful life you gave Cora. Peace and blessings to you all, including those sweet cousins who clearly will miss her so much.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 10:39 am

    Noah's Mommy - GRIEF IS LIKE A RIVER
    By Cinthia G. Kelley

    My grief is like a river,
    I have to let it flow,
    but I myself determine
    just where the banks will go.

    Some days the current takes me
    in waves of guilt and pain,
    but there are always quiet pools
    where I can rest again.

    I crash on rocks of anger;
    my faith seems faint indeed,
    but there are other swimmers
    who know that what I need

    Are loving hands to hold me
    when the waters are too swift,
    and someone kind to listen
    when I just seem to drift.

    Grief’s river is a process
    of relinquishing the past.
    By swimming in hope’s channels,
    I’ll reach the shore at last.

    I am so very sorry for your loss…may her spirit live on in all who knew and loved her….ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Chris - I am so sorry for the lost of your precious baby. I found your blog yesterday and read all of your posts . I am heartbroken for you and kept waking up and praying for you. I cannot imagine the pain you are going through. Their is nothing that I can say to make you feel better but I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cora is now your little angel and she is watching over you.
    Again I am sorry .
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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:12 am

    Kristi - This is particularly close to home as I have a daughter named Cora (and also a daughter named Grace).

    I’m praying for you. Truly.

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:29 am

    Tara - Thinking of you and praying for you today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Anonymous - I am so sorry for loss of your sweet baby girl, Cora. I know what cancer can do to families because I lost my aunt to this terrible disease 2 years ago. There are know words that anyone can say to you that will help you get through this, but lean on your faith and trust that Jesus is watching over you and Cora and He will lead you through this horrible journey. I hope that you know Cora is no longer suffering and she is in Heaven with the angels and they will hold her until you meet her again! My love, prayers, sorrow, and thoughts are with you and your families and I wish you peace in your time of sorrow. Alot of people in Auburn, Alabama are praying for you and we will continue to lift you up to the Lord!ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    Alison V. - My thoughts and prayers are again with you during this difficult time. Cora touched so many in her short life and will continue to do so in her passing. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:51 am

    hbeary - I have set Cora’s big black and white photo on my screen saver on my computer! Every time I go to my computer I see her beautiful, sweet, smiling face…and I pray for you both, your families, and for Cora. I don’t understand any of this…but I admire your faith…I am SO incredibly sorry for your pain and loss. As much as you were blessed to have her in your lives, she’s was equally blessed to have such amazing people as her parents!ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 10:24 am

    Elizabeth-Plain and Simple - You are in my prayers.

    Blessings,
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A celebration of Cora’s life will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 10, at Grace Community Church, 1600 S. Anderson Rd. Newton, Kansas.

Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery in rural Elbing.
In lieu of sending flowers, a memorial has been established to construct the Cora Playground, an extension of the children’s ministries department at Grace Community Church.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    Kasey Hunt - Praying for you and your family for strength and peace. Blessings from Michigan.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:11 pm

    JOY Marie's Boutique - My deepest sympathy. The prayers of our family is with you & our hearts ache for your loss! You never walk alone…let the Lord carry you.ReplyCancel

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    Melanieshea - Praying for your family during this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:13 pm

    Anonymous - We’ve been praying for you all week – ever since we found out about Cora. Our prayers are with you now – for peace from above. Know that your little angel is always watching over you. God Bless,
    The Coueys, Benton KSReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:13 pm

    The Jones' - Prayers for you and your family from TexasReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:15 pm

    The Brack's - My husband and I would like to contribute to her memorial fund if an address or more information could be provided. Our prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:18 pm

    Mike, Chelsea and Co. - We are SO sorry and saddened to hear of your beautiful little Cora’s passing. We will continue to pray for you and your family and hope our donation helps build a play structure as beautiful as your little Cora deserves.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:20 pm

    Karen - Oh I LOVE THIS IDEA! What a wonderful to continue Cora’s beautiful little spirit. A playground…it’s perfect.
    Is there an address for donations? Also, an address where we might send cards?
    I have to say, I can’t sleep tonight. You have all been on my mind all day. I can’t stop my tears. I am sorry this has happened to you. Thank you for sharing Cora with us. She is just the most beautiful little baby I have ever seen.
    I walk with you today in your sorrow and although I can’t imagine the grief you are feeling at this moment, you are in my thoughts and prayers at every moment. Please know that there are so many people out here thinking of you. None of us has the right words but we do care very deeply and are hoping your days get easier.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:21 pm

    The Eadle Family - I am so sorry for your loss. My good friend just lost their 2 year old daughter a week ago to neuroblastoma. There are no words that can ease your pain. I am just … so sorry. You are in my prayers, and I am sure she is playing with my friends daughter up in Heaven right now.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:22 pm

    Anonymous - I will continue to pray for you and your family during this most difficult time. At a time like this what keeps coming to mind is, “The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.” God bless you.

    I would like to contribute to Cora’s memorial fund. I think the Cora playground is a beautiful way to remember her. Is there any more information on where to contribute?ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:24 pm

    nate - great idea for the playground.

    love you guys so much. see you tomorrow night. :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:24 pm

    amy - I just read about your precious little girl on another blog, and want you to know I will be praying for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    christy p - Sending you love and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:26 pm

    Rhonda - I will post this on my blog. Again, my sincerest condolences.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:26 pm

    Anonymous - Just came across your blog and tears are falling down my checks and on to the keyboard. I pray for comfort for you and your families tonight. May God be ever present in your spirit even now, especially now. So very sorry for your loss. dgReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:27 pm

    Jen r. - My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry to hear about your beautiful little girl. God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:28 pm

    Whitney - Thinking of you…hurting for you…praying for you. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I know God’s arms are around you even through the deepest pain you must be enduring.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:28 pm

    Heather - I know you don’t know me but how I wish I lived close enough to attend. I would love to contribute to Cora’s memory, if more info was provided. I am heartbroken for you and continue to mournfully pray for you. There are no words sufficient enough to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss of sweet Cora. My heart is heavy with grief for you. I pray that the Lord will allow me to carry a part of your pain, so that you won’t have to carry the weight alone.
    Love, hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:33 pm

    ~Cherie - Please know that we are praying and grieving for you in Ohio. Thanks for allowing us to get to know your precious little one. She was beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:33 pm

    TheScrappyMama - Much love and comforting thoughts coming to your family from TN.

    I am so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:34 pm

    Anonymous - What a blessing your sweet Cora’s life has been.
    I’m so thankful for the testimony of your family during this difficult-to-understand time.
    Thank you for sharing Cora with us and for being such a light in the face of darkness!

    I cannot even begin to understand the sorrow and loss you must be feeling.
    Be comforted in God and know you WILL see your little girl whole again…ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:38 pm

    april - Dear Mac Family-
    I don’t know you, but my heart aches for you. May the comforter be with you and hold you up.

    You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:38 pm

    Anonymous - i am so very sorry for your loss. my heart breaks and tears are in my eyes as i type this. know that people are praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:41 pm

    Xazmin - My heart aches for you and your family. You are in my prayers. May our Savior’s love comfort and sustain you through this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:41 pm

    Anonymous - Dear Cora, today you earned your wings. Enjoy heaven, where you can play, sing, and laugh! Though you will be missed, just know that your parents will be okay. God is already sending his healing love to them. – Family in Christ, The Kalkofen from south Texas.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:43 pm

    Jill (Sneaky Momma) - I am heartbroken that you are having to go through this. Prayers of peace and comfort are being directed your way.
    I think Cora’s Playground will be an amazing way for you and others to honor the life of your precious little girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:43 pm

    Shoebee - May God continue to wrap his loving arms around you during this time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:44 pm

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - My heart continues to grieve. I have cried all day, and held my 10 month old daughter harder and more than ever today Im so confused and have so many answers as to the sudden change for todays shocking turn of events. I am so deeply sad and I hurt and pray for these two parents who have just had their breaths taken away and their hearts crushed. I only pray that we all truly believe in the God we say we believe and we focus on the beautiful image of a happy healed and pain free Cora dancing around like the princess she is….smiling at Jesus, because there are no tear in heaven. I pray that God help this family, and all of us to know and understand what we are to learn and do with this loss today. And that he comfort this family and truly let them know today that he loves them as he always has.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with us. I have read through your blog from start to finish today and I cry, because she reminds me so much of my own. I fell in love with her the day I started to read your blog.

    You do not cry alone today…….

    Im sorry!

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:45 pm

    Christina - Many people probably feel this way…if I were closer I would want to be at the service. You all are about six hours north. Know that prayers continue to go up.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    Anonymous - You are both in my prayers – my tears have been falling for you all day, and you are on my mind constantly. God is with you and has something great planned for you. It is evident that your faith is strong. Even though we don’t know each other, you have been a blessing to me and my family. God bless…ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    cynccook - In 1628 the English poet Robert Herrick wrote this for the headstone of his beloved baby daughter who died suddenly at the age of two:
    Here a pretty baby lies
    Sung asleep with lullabies:
    Pray be silent and not stir
    The easy earth that covers her.

    That little rhyme has stuck in my head all these years. We are so sorry this has happened to your family. Take comfort in one another.

    God Bless you,
    The Cooks- Mark, Cyndy, Patrick, Anna, Andrew and Jack
    Akron, OhioReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:49 pm

    nennermommy - I just can’t find find the words though my tears.I am so Torn! I am so sorry!!! My prayers are with forever!ReplyCancel

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    J. Denae - Deepest sympathies from my family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:49 pm

    Ray, Megan and Ruby Denise Clark - praying for God’s peace
    praying for God’s strength
    crying out for His return
    when every tear will be wiped away
    and there will be no more sadness

    words are not adequate

    cancer took my mother from me before she ever got to be a grandmother to my baby girl. we dedicated our church nursery in her name because she was always working in the nursery. i like to think she is in Heaven’s nursery and is welcoming sweet Cora and while that is nice, I wish we could have both of them here instead.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:50 pm

    Those Crazy Clarks!!! - I am so sorry. I know we don’t know each other but I wish I could just put my arms around you and just offer you the smallest amount of comfort. I just found your blog this week. My heart is broken for you and your husband. We will be praying for comfort and peace for you both.
    Love,
    The ClarksReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:54 pm

    The Momma - You don’t know me, and there’s really no right words to say, but I am so sorry for your loss! I can’t even imagine.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:59 pm

    Anonymous - What a beautiful idea-the playground at Grace Community Church. All the children at Grace will always remember and know about your little Cora each time they play there. What a beautiful angel that will be watching over that playground too. God bless you Macs.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:00 am

    JANE - Praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:08 am

    Daniel and Angie - This is the Krebs Family (we heard about Cora through your friends Jeremy and Amy. Just want to tell you we are praying for you and so so sorry for your loss!! May Jesus be your strength and comfort in the coming days and months.

    Psalm 105:4 “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.”ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:11 am

    Anonymous - Please post an address where contributions can be made to the memorial.
    I do not know you..but I am praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:15 am

    THE BILLS FAMILY - We are praying for your family to get through this difficult time and hoping that you will be comforted. We are so so sorry for your loss. Blessings from IdahoReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:15 am

    OGLADI - Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. AmyReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:16 am

    Lesley - Someone sent this poem to me when my baby girl passed away and it brought me comfort. Perhaps it will touch your heart as well.

    “I’ll lend you for a little while a child of Mine,” He said.
    “For you to love while she lives, and mourn for when she’s dead.
    It may be ten or eleven months, or twenty-two or three,
    But, will you, till I call her back, take care of her for ME?”
    She’ll bring her charms to gladden you, and should her stay be brief,
    You’ll have her lovely memories, as solace for your grief.

    I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return,
    But there are lessons taught down there, I want this child to learn.
    I’ve looked the wide world over in My search for parents true,
    And from the throngs that crown life’s lanes, I have selected YOU.
    Now, will you give her all your love, nor think the labor vain
    Nor hate Me, when I come to call, to take her back again?”

    I fancied that I heard them say “Dear Lord, Thy will be done!”
    For all the joy thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
    We’ll shelter her with tenderness, we’ll love her while we may,
    And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay;
    And should the angels call for her, much sooner than we’d planned,
    We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.

    I pray that you hold on to your faith and know that even though you have to walk this heartbreaking path today, there is a time that you look back on Cora’s life with joy and peace. God Bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:16 am

    Anonymous - I love you all and owe so much to you. Thank you for sharing your sweet baby girl with us. My relationship with Christ has changed since I started following Cora’s story. She has changed my life, and I’m sure lots of others, too. What a legacy…

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:20 am

    Sarah - Sending you love from Colorado. Love to you and to Cora.ReplyCancel

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    Kathy - Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    tara @ kidz - God bless you during this time. I wish there were more I could say or do. Love and prayers for you.ReplyCancel

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    Shannon - My deepest sympathy. I am praying for you and your family. God Bless.ReplyCancel

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    jennifer - I came across your blog from another blog, Your family is in my prayers. My heart is breaking for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:29 am

    Cathy Wilcox - My heart breaks for you. I know the Lord, Our God will continue to lead you through this wilderness. Cora is with him and as wonderful as that is I know your only wish would be to hold her. God gave you a gift to cherish, remember and care for, for her short time on earth. No one could have done it better than you. god Bless youReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:30 am

    Martha (aka Yvette) - Prayers for you and your family, my deepest sympathy, from Southern California Chino Hills.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:41 am

    Elizabeth-Plain and Simple - My deepest sympathy for your family. Thank you for sharing your journey during this difficult time and please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Blessings from Alabama
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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:42 am

    Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful - I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful angel girl. My heart is broken for you and your husband. I pray that the Lord will carry you through this dark time and minister to your broken hearts, as well. Earnest prayers are being offered for you here in Mississippi.

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:43 am

    The O'Grady's BLOG - My wife Karen & I wanted to pass on our prayers to the both of you during this time of grief…..

    We have been following the progress of Cora (via your blog) for many weeks and let you know that our hearts are aching for you and your loss.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:46 am

    Kristen - Praying for you and your family. I am so very sorry.

    May you feel God’s love surround you and hold you during this unimagineable time.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:49 am

    Monica M. - May Cora rest in peace, be so thankful for you time with your precious angel! I wish I could take your pain away. Know that soon your sadness will be overcome by all the great memories you had with your amazing daughter.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:49 am

    Anonymous - May God Bless You and keep You in his safe embrace. I pray that sweet angel Cora finds serenity with Jesus by her side. May your family find hope and strength in each other and in God.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:55 am

    Mitchell family - May the God of all peace and comfort carry you, Jess and Joel! I will continue to pray for you each morning (your night) as you grieve the loss of your darling daughter.
    In Christ’s love,
    Cathy Mitchell
    Bucharest, RomaniaReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:56 am

    Anonymous - Littel Cora has become dear to my heart. Since I heard about her, I have prayed for her and the family every day. My computer was down for a couple days until this evening. My heart dropped when I saw she has passed on; we must continue to have faith that God knows what He is doing.You now have your own special angel watching over you. I pray God gives you great comfort and peace knowing she is in the arms of Jesus.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:57 am

    Eryn - Lifting your sweet family up to the Lord. I am so so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:13 am

    bri - I found you via a comment left on MckMama’s blog (mycharmingkids.net) and I just had to let you know how sorry I am for your terrible loss. It’s unimaginable and while there is nothing none of us can say that will help all that much, please know that there are complete strangers that care. I am praying for your family!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:17 am

    Donna C - Jess and Joel, my heart is so full for you both…for your extended family also… We lost our second son a week and a day before his 2nd b’day several years ago. I hope you both will continue to cling hard to the Lord and to each other. Men & women grieve differently and we have to allow that in our beloved, but we also have to cling together as this is a very hard storm for any marriage to withstand. With Jesus it’s a storm and a journey I’d never have anyone have to walk through, but with Jesus, it is surmountable. Anyway, I’m a stranger and I only heard of Cora’s life today and I still grieve for you both. We will be praying for you for the coming days and months of “fog” and for “joy to be found in the morning”…
    In Him,
    Donna C
    http://donnac.com/index_bio.htm
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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:18 am

    Heather - We are praying for your family during this very difficult time. What a beautiful idea to carry on your daughter’s spirit and memory in a playground.

    The Leggetts
    Mulvane, KSReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:18 am

    Casey's trio - I am so sorry for the loss of your baby girl. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Al's World - You have been heavy on my heart and I am praying hourly for you. I have been following your blog since the beginning of all this, and have been touched by your love and commitment to Christ. Thank you for sharing His love during this horrific time. I lost my mom and have asked why, which I am sure you are doing. It sounds like you have a wonderful support group, and of course have the most wonderful support of all: Jesus. I am deeply committed to you all and to praying for you all right now and are putting you at your Savior’s feet. Golly..Cora has seen Jesus..amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:27 am

    SherryBee - My heart cries with you….
    I have no words….only a Chrisian love, from a stranger in Arizona.
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    Cynthia - May God hold you all in the palm of his hand. I am so sorry he has asked you to endure the loss of your sweet daughter. That has to be the hardest possible thing for any parent. I’m so very sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:35 am

    Melissa - I am so extremely heartbroken to hear of your loss.

    I will be praying for comfort for you in the coming days and months.

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    mama's smitten - My deepest sympathy. Prayers for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Karen - Joel and Jess – You don’t know me, but I used to attend GCC. I found out about your situation thru some friends that I have that still attend there, and have been praying for you and your family. I know what it is like to lose a child, and pray that God will give you the strength you need during these times. May God be a blessing thru Cora’s life at the ceremony today. May He also use Cora’s life to be a blessing to those around you and to those who might attend the ceremony that need Jesus. We will be praying for HIS will to be done!

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:09 am

    Team Martins - Oh Dear Father… I don’t even know what to say other than I just stumbled upon this blog… tears are streaming down my face and my heart goes out to you in every way. May He hold you, may He carry you, may your strength come from Him alone. There are no words, but please know my family will remember you in our prayers!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:17 am

    zobars - I am so sorry for your loss. I came here thru Thrifty decor chick’s blog. this is something that no parent should ever have to go thru. i hope GOD gives you the courage and strength in such a difficult time. Prayers from our family to yours.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:28 am

    Eva - our love for Cora will continue on in everything we do and see.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:37 am

    Anonymous - Below is the website for the McClenahans’ church.
    They may be able to help direct those wanting to give. They have contact info on the website.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:42 am

    Anonymous - I am so sorry! I don’t know you but we have a mutual friend who let us know about Cora through our Sunday School class. My heart breaks for you.

    Two things I wanted you to know. One, that your blog has been a blessing to me, your faith ever present and obvious to all, these verses came to my mind as I read your blog, from Psalm 42. Verse 11, “Why are you downcast, oh my soul? Why so disturbed wihin me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my savior and my God!” and verse 8, “By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.”

    You have shown such strength, praising God through all your struggles, putting your hope in him and trusting him even through something as awful as this, it has been a strong witness to everyone who comes across you. I pray now that by day God would pour out his unfailing love on you and hold you through each night with his song.

    I also wanted to share an experience of mine with you, maybe it will help you a little. When I was five I woke up one night to find that my room was full of light. It was not sun light or electric light from a bulb, there were no shadows though I could see that it was brighter still outside. Even though the whole house was full of this light my little brother lay sleeping soundly in the bunk below mine and when I went to my parents’ room they were also deeply asleep. I decided to go outside to see where all the light was coming from. I stood for a moment on our porch and didn’t see anything unusual and then I felt propeled forward and I went to the edge of our yard where there was a fence and on the other side of that, a pasture with a valley and one lone tree. I climbed under the fence as I stood up I saw Jesus standing at the bottom of the hill beside the tree and he smilled and streched out his arms to me. My heart lept with joy and I ran down the hill into his arms and he threw me up and swung me around before hugging me close and setteling me on his lap. I don’t know how much time I spent there with him, it felt like a long time and we talked together though I don’t remember what we talked about. I just remember that I felt completely happy, completely loved, completely understood and fully known. After a long time Jesus told me that it was time to go back. I didn’t want to go and asked why I couldn’t stay with him and he told me that it wasn’t time for me to stay with him yet and that I had a mother and father and little brother who would be waking up soon and would be very sad if I was not there. I asked please could I please stay with him and he said no, it was time for me to go back to my family before they woke up. I got down from his lap after another hug and started trudging up the hill, very consiously trying to look as sad as I possibly could so that maybe he would feel sorry for me and let me stay. Then he called my name and I whirled around hoping it had worked! Instead he simply said, “Laura, I love you, and remember you can always talk to me in prayer.” I remember walking back up to the house and climbing into bed and the next morning I told my mom the whole story and she wrote it down for me in a journal she kept. Through out my life the memory of that night has carried me and given me strength. I can still remember what it felt like to be held in his arms. I hope that my story gives you some comfort, and I pray that you can also feel his arms surrounding you and know that your little girl is safe in his loving arms as well. I can only imagine the pain of not being able to hold her yourself.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:44 am

    Anonymous - Thank you for sharing your beautiful Cora with me. Your strong love and faith in God is an inspiration to me. May God keep you close and comfort you in this extremely difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 4:26 am

    Jana - I have been following your blog for the last two weeks and have been thinking about you and praying for you guys since I first heard about Cora. My heart is broken for you. My son was born on the same day as Cora and I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through. May you find peace in Christ’s love and knowing that she is with Him now! Praying for you in Indoneisa.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 4:40 am

    Cassie - I’m sending you my prayers and may God bless you and your family with love, support and comfort that you need the most. YoungReplyCancel

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    Back in the Day - I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayersReplyCancel

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    bikim - from Portugal my thoughts are with you. I have a baby girl same age as cora … just wish I could hug you …ReplyCancel

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    One happy dot - I pray for you…I pray and hope that you will find the courage to go on. Please do not give up on each other…
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  • February 9, 2009 - 6:35 am

    Anonymous - May you find comfort in knowing that Cora is in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May our Lord wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you both as only He can.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 6:48 am

    jenny - I have been following your blog recently and was so sad to here your news yesterday. I know Cora is dancing with Jesus but that she will be sorely missed here on earth. Here is a quote I hope will encourage you …
    “Clearly, accomplishment in life cannot be measured in terms of years alone. It often happens that those that die young have accomplished more than others who live to old age. Even infants, who sometimes have been with their parents only a few days, or even hours, may leave profound influences that change the entire course of the life of the family. And undoubtedly, from the Divine viewpoint, the specific purpose for which they were sent into the world was accomplished. It is our right neither to take life prematurely, nor to insist on its extension beyond the mark that God has set for it.”
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    Michele - My prayers are with your family to give you strength during this very difficult time. I know what you are going through and no parent should ever have to feel this pain. God bless you and know that your little Cora is playing in Heaven with my little Nick. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 6:59 am

    Tracy - Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:20 am

    Chris - What a wonderful way to celebrate Cora with a playground.
    I am thinking of you today and sending you my love .
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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:22 am

    Chris - “How very softly you tiptoed into our world. Only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint you have left on our hearts.”ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:29 am

    Crystal - Your an amazing family and we are all praying for your healing and blessed to have known cora..she will forever me in our hearts.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:31 am

    Liz - Thank you for sharing your sweet, beautiful Cora with us. Words cannot express how deeply sad I am to hear of her passing. I pray that you can feel the arms of God surrounding you and that His peace fills your heart. Blessings to you from Minnesota.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:44 am

    Sue - I just found your blog through another one and have read back since you first found out about Cora’s illness. I can’t believe how quickly this was…My heart breaks for you and there is nothing I can do but pray. I know from reading that your faith is strong and it will be God who WILL supply all your needs. We are praying for you in Alabama.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:44 am

    Queen B. - We are so sorry for your loss.
    Please know we are praying for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:49 am

    Davis Family Blog - Oh how my heart breaks for you and your family – all my thoughts and prayers!

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    Beav's Wife - my heart is aching for you right now. you and your precious family are in my thoughts and prayers. sending you hugs and much love, jennyReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:02 am

    Anonymous - We do not know your family personally, but our hearts goes out to you in this difficult time. Please know that you are not alone in this…God will be with you throughout and help you get through this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Love and prayers…ReplyCancel

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    Heather C - Praying you all through this week. May the Lord comfort and keep you as you continue to place your trust in Him.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:11 am

    Mommy2QTPies - Your daughter’s story has just touched my heart in so many ways. Please let us readers know where we can send a donation as well. I have hugged my children extra hard this morning and will continue to pray for your family in this time of loss.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:13 am

    Anonymous - I am so sorry for your loss.
    Condolences from Perth, Australia.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - so so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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    Staci - I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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    melanie - I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. May you feel God’s presence and love today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:41 am

    My Trendy Tykes - I am praying for you and your family.

    ((Hugs))

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:45 am

    Roxy - I lift my prayers and STRENGTH up for you! May you hold on to GOD and know she’s in HEAVEN waiting for you…at peace, no pain, and in the arms of JEsus.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:47 am

    Megan (mommyesquire) - There are just no words…
    Praying for in this most difficult time.ReplyCancel

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    PamperingBeki - We love you guys.

    If there’s anything we can do to help, please let us know.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:52 am

    Scarlet O'Kara - Please let me know where I can send a donation for Cora’s Playground…I also want to share this information on my blog…

    My prayers are still with you, as well as with Cora who is now a beautiful angel.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:57 am

    Anonymous - I don’t pretend to think that even all our comments will offer you any comfort, but we have been praying for you for the past month and will continue to do so.

    We will be at sweet Cora’s service in spirit.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:57 am

    Jenkins - I do not know your family, just seen you on other’s blogs, asking for prayer.
    No words ever feel appropriate, no bits of wisdom seem to be enough…
    We are praying for you.
    Praying for you to find comfort in our heavenly Father.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:01 am

    ashley - i only learned of sweet cora and your beautiful family last week through angie’s blog, but upon reading your stories i instantly felt a connection with you all and began praying round the clock for each of you. my daughter is exactly 39 minutes younger than cora and as soon as i saw cora’s picture a week ago, i knew that she and reece were nearly the same age–it wasn’t until today when i looked back through your posts that i figured out exactly how close in age they are. i also grew up in kansas and lived my favorite childhood years in wichita. i want you to know that i will lift you up in prayer every day to our dear savior, who alone knows why calling lovely little cora to him seemingly early fits perfectly into his sovereign plan. may he heal your wounds and carry you as you grieve.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:05 am

    Audrey - I am so sorry for the loss of you precious daughter. My family is praying for you and yours during this time and the days, weeks and months to come. We lost our only son at birth, almost 6 years ago. There is a book that brought us much comfort. It is called “Safe in the arms of God,” by John Macarthur.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:06 am

    The DiVito's - I came across your blog a little over a week ago. I have been praying for your family ever since then. I have posted a piece of your story on my blog http://www.mmdivito.blogspot.com and just wanted you to know, that my family and friends in south Florida are praying for you too.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:07 am

    Amanda - Words cannot begin to express how sad we are for your loss. But what a beautiful way to remember Cora. We will most definitely be continuing to pray for your family and Sweet Cora.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:13 am

    Cindy - There are no words that I can utter that will bring you the comfort and the peace you probably depserately need, but I can pray and ask God for speed in bringing healing. Your daughter was a gorgeous delightful spirit and she is thankfully in Gods hands and is now “all better”. My heart and prayers go out to you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:16 am

    Oliver's - Praying for you and your family from Shawnee, Ok. God Bless each and every one of you.ReplyCancel

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    Tara - Praying for you today as you prepare your hearts for tomorrow. I cannot imagine what you must be going through. May the Lord bring indescribable comfort and peace to you today dear ones!ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:26 am

    amy - I am so very sorry. I have been through this when we lost our little one at 15 months and there is nothing I can say to make it easier for you,nothing to take away the pain.Your beautiful little Cora touched so may lives, so many hearts, thank you for sharing her with us.If you need someone to talk to,please contact me.dadjz1969@gmail.com.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:28 am

    La Familia Garcia - Celebrating Cora’s life with you and the many lives she touched. Thankyou for using this as a testimoney for the Lord. My the God of Peace surround you with his presence during this time.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:29 am

    kelly - I am completely heartbroken about the loss of Cora. Thank you for sharing her life with us all. And thank you for being an encouragement to all who come across your blog, your faithfulness in Jesus Christ will not be forgotten. Your family is so special, I can’t wait to meet Cora in heaven.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:31 am

    Kelly Preece - Praying for you and your family. A friend came across your site, and has solicited prayer from our church family for you. Know that many in the family of Christ are lifting you up today. Our hearts break for your loss. Praying for strength and the intimate presence of our Father to comfort you today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:31 am

    Anonymous - My heart hurts for you. I have been reading your blog for just a few weeks, but what an impact it has had around the world! May you find strength and comfort at this time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:36 am

    Anonymous - I Will Carry You -
    There were photographs I wanted to take
    Things I wanted to show you
    Sing sweet lullabies, wipe your teary eyes
    Who could love you like this?

    People say I’m brave, but I’m not
    Truth is I’m barely hanging on
    But there’s a greater story
    Written long before me
    Because He loves you like this

    So I will carry you
    While your heart beats here
    Long beyond the empty cradle
    Through the coming years
    I will carry you
    All my life
    And I will praise the One whose chosen me
    To carry you

    Such a short time
    Such a long road
    All this madness
    But I know
    That the silence
    Has brought me to His voice
    And He says…..

    I’ve shown her photographs of time beginning
    Walked her through the parted seas
    Angel lullabies, no more teary eyes
    Who would love her like this?

    I will carry you
    While your heart beats here
    Long beyond the empty cradle
    Through the coming years
    I will carry you
    All your life
    And I will praise the One whose chosen Me
    To carry you

    I write this today with a heavy heart. I can’t imagine your pain, but you are still in my prayers as you have been since hearing about Cora. God be with you and all your families during this time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:37 am

    rosemarie - my deepest sympathy to the family..my heart goes out to you.such a sad time ,but god will give you the strength .im so sorry for your loss..may god bless you and your family…ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:37 am

    Anonymous - You don’t know me, but I have been praying for baby Cora since I heard about her. My heart is heavy today. God bless you and your sweet baby in heaven.
    My deepest sympathy,
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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Anja - We are praying for you over here in Germany!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:7

    I pray for you, peace & comfort to be found in the palms of His hands. May the Lord bless you & keep you close, always.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:41 am

    tidymom - My deepest sympanty.
    My heart aches for your loss.
    Praying for your family.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:50 am

    That Girl Designs - “When we have done all the work we were sent to Earth to do, we are allowed to shed our body, which imprisons our soul like a cocoon encloses the future butterfly.
    And when the time is right, we can let go of it and we will be free of pain, free of fears and worries… free as a very beautiful butterfly, returning home to God.”

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:50 am

    Anonymous - I would love some more information on how to contribute. Your story made it’s way to Canada, is there some way I can contribute via. PayPal? The idea of a playground for Cora makes me smile.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:50 am

    Anne - You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending love from New York City.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Tammie - I am so sorry, I just read your story as my sister in law put it on her blog to pray for you – tears just made trails as i went through your back logs and see the short deep journey you covered the the preceding weeks…my heart breaks for you. I will be praying for you all. a fellow blogger and sister in Jesus….ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:53 am

    CntryMomma - So deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful little girl. May God lead you through this valley until that wonderful day you are reunited with her again.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:54 am

    Lynn and family - My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I know God’s strength will carry you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess,

    Such happy pictures in your blog of Cora. I loved all her facial expressions especially the one when she is in the sink/tub. Precious!! The other thing I noticed was that Cora had a special blanket from back in the beginning of the blog and then comforted her at the hospital.

    My prayer for you is that you would remember that blanket of cover and protection is around you as well. You are covered in prayers and by the Master’s Hand.

    Thank you for sharing Cora’s story and her life. I will continue praying for your amazing family.

    Erica in CA
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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:01 am

    J'Ollie Primitives - Our deepest sympathy for your family. Thank you for sharing during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:02 am

    Kate The Great - Hello – found your blog through a link on twitter.

    I cannot read your story, as I lost my seven-month-old niece last May after she fought for two months with five heart defects. It was far to difficult an experience to watch my Maeve pass, and then watch my sister and b-i-l pick up the pieces after she went to Heaven.

    We are a tight family and have held together to wait for the pain to soften. You all and your beautiful angel Cora are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:08 am

    Polka Dot Moon - Beautiful Cora has touched so many lives and will always be in our hearts. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Erin - I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will continue to be in our prayers. Thanks for sharing your little girl with us.ReplyCancel

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    Laura - Praying….ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:23 am

    Beth - Praying for your family. I cannot seem to read enough about your precious daughter. My heart aches for you, but am encouraged as a fellow Christian that you know Jesus, how could you make it through the day without Him? Though I do not you know, you are being prayed for.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Anonymous - My heart is aching right now for you..I have 6 babies in Heaven(due to miscarriage),and I feel deeply for you…You should check out Bring the Rain(blog)..it is an incredible story close to yours,it is very encouraging…also the song Glory Baby by Watermark was so healing to me…you are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:29 am

    ml - You don’t know me, but I have been following your blog for a while and praying daily for Cora and your family. Your little girl has touched my heart deeply and your family is in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Miriam - Tears are streaming down my cheeks from hearing this news. I know Cora is with Jesus and what could be better? But I also know she will be deeply and sorely missed here on earth. What a sweet, precious, and beautiful little girl. No wonder heaven wanted her back so soon! My prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:42 am

    Jaky Astik - praying for you. May love spread it’s shine on your family again. God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Anonymous - My sympathy to Cora’s family. I’ve been following your blog since Heidi B. sent an e-mail asking for prayers. What a beautiful girl. You were blessed for almost a year with an amazing little lady.

    For those looking to donate to the playground fund, a quick Google search took me to the church’s website:

    http://www.gcc-online.org/

    This site was also set up for the family and it can accept PayPal (as someone asked):

    http://corapaige.blogspot.com:80/ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:47 am

    Cristy - Still praying today Jess. What a beautiful little angel Cora is. I wish I could take this pain away.

    Many hugs and love……

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    tanya - My prayers are with you from Louisiana.ReplyCancel

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    Starsnrose - I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I’ve walked this path and it isn’t easy, but God has carried me through and I know He will do the same for you. He never fails. There are so many people who truly do care. Allow them to love on you during this time and beyond. Cora is safe now. I will continue to pray for peace for you.ReplyCancel

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    Jerzeyjeep - Cora and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:54 am

    Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - I found your blog through another blog that I read and my heart sank to the pit of my stomach! I know that you do not know me, but I am a mother of two and I stopped what I was doing after reading this and I prayed….I prayed that God would hold you in his arms during this time of sadness. I will continue to pray for your family.ReplyCancel

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    Irene Joy - I am so so sorry. I can’t imagine the heart break. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:04 am

    Tammy - Little girl your father loves,
    much more than we can know.
    Little girl your mommy misses,
    will the tears every stop their flow.
    Little Girl, in your Father’s arms,
    you’re missed oh, so much.
    Little girl, your perfect now,
    but your parents long to touch.
    Little girl, bend your ear,
    to Jesus as he prays.
    “Father send your comfort down,
    help mommy through this day”.
    Little Girl, time so short,
    the world never knew you were here.
    Little Girl, we do now,
    and your memories we’ll hold dear.
    Little Girl, safe and warm,
    rest in God’s strong embrace.
    Little girl, some day soon,
    mommy and daddy will again kiss your face.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:05 am

    T- - Your entire family is in my prayers. You have my heartfelt sympathy and my thoughts and prayers for peace and healing.ReplyCancel

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    Sarah - I have been watching your blog for over a week now and my heart just broke in half when I say that your sweet little Cora had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:09 am

    Allison - You have my prayers and love during this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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    Lisa - I am so sorry.ReplyCancel

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    Fijufic - My best to you and those you love.

    Mercy is something so very difficult to understand.

    She will always be with you.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:13 am

    Angela W - Sending my prayers from Oklahoma to your family. May you have strength to make it through.ReplyCancel

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    ashjer - My heart breaks for you and your family. A playgraound is a perfect idea to continue the memory of Sweet baby Cora. Your family is in my prayers.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:16 am

    Courtney - Jess and Joel thank you so much for sharing your sweet baby Cora with all of us. Here is a poem that was read at our son Dylan’s funeral.
    Little one, little one,
    Where have you gone?
    Your going has darkened the brightest dawn.
    Why did you leave us so soon, so soon?
    Where can we look for you?
    Over the moon?
    On butterflies’ wings?
    In the heart of a rose?
    Who knows, who knows?
    Where a little one goes.

    Where I have gone,
    I am not so small.
    My soul is as wide
    As the world is tall.
    I have gone to answer
    The call, the call
    of the one who takes
    care of us all.
    Wherever you look,
    You will find me there-
    In the heart of a rose,
    In the heart of a prayer.
    On butterflies’ wings,
    On wings of my own,
    To you I’m gone,
    But I’m never alone-
    I’m over the moon.
    I AM HOME.

    I also would like to tell you about a song by Steven Curtis Chapman called “With Hope” this was also played for Dylan and we have found so much comfort in it.

    Keep your faith and know that God will carry you during this time and always remember that Cora is safe in the arms of Jesus.

    Love In Christ-
    Kelly, Courtney, Dakota, Madylan and Lilliah Mayfield
    In loving memory of our sweet baby boy Dylan and your sweet baby girl Cora. I’m sure that they are playing on the playground in Heaven together.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:19 am

    Michelle Tucker - I am praying for God to wrap his comforting arms around you and lift you up at this incredibly difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    The Tuckers, Cheney KSReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:20 am

    Anonymous - We are praying for your entire family. I wish words could ease your pain!! We will pray for you in the days to come. May God wrap His arms around you.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Praying for you and family during this diffcult time. Let the Lord be with you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Falling Around - Praying His peace & comfort will bring you strength for today, and every day to come.

    My sincere love and prayers are with you.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Anonymous - May you receive comfort from God in this time of mourning. He will lead you by still waters, and hide you in the shadow of His wings. Please know that I am praying for you and your family and please accept my sympathy.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 11:35 am

    Katie - Your family & sweet little baby are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - prayers and tears are flowing for you and Baby Cora. I can’t imagine the pain and loss you are feeling right now. I am so sorry.ReplyCancel

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    MyLinda - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ((Hugs))ReplyCancel

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    Beth - I’m so sorry; I’ve been praying since a friend from Gentle Christian Mother’s asked for prayer. I am confident that Cora was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus and all the other little ones of heaven (like my daughter Hadassah) were there to offer her love and hugs.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    Micki - I hurt for you!…and ask God to wrap His healing arms around you and speak peace into your hearts.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    Country-Girl - I too came across your journal via another. I wish I knew the right things to say to make things better, a little easier on you. Please know you are being thought of, and many prayers are being sent your way! Big huge hugs!!!!

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    Anonymous - I had never been to your blog before today. I saw a request for prayers for your family at another blog that I had never been to before today. I was truly saddened to discover that your family was going through this devastating experience.

    To say one is sorry for what you are going through is not adequate to capture the essence of the sadness even a stranger can feel for the heartache that you are all experiencing.

    I left a comment on a previous post earlier, but I came back to your blog to better get to know your family and the circumstances leading up to this post. I read with a heavy heart through misty eyes.

    I know that there really isn’t anything anyone can say that will take away the pain and the burden on your hearts right now. Time will heal some of the pain, but it won’t move quickly enough, and sometimes it will seem as though it moved too fast.

    What I came away with in reading through many of your earlier entries and the chronicle of special moments in the life of the sweet little person who blessed your life, was that she brought a lot of joy to your lives and to your extended family too. She was and is a much-loved little girl. The love is still there and always will be. What a special gift she was to you!

    Although you didn’t get to spend nearly as much time with Cora as you wanted or expected, you all packed a lot into the time that you had with her (I know adults who have never flown on an airplane yet, and she did so she could go shopping!), and she was such a happy little girl! It is clearly evident that she was loved very much by your whole family. The value of being loved through your whole life cannot be overstated, and Cora had that, and she she loved all of you too.

    In the days ahead as you adjust to the new, unplanned, and unwanted changes in your lives, try not to close yourselves off entirely in your grief. Let people help you, and cling to each other. You will make it through this.

    I will be praying for you and your family to be strengthened and comforted, and I pray that you will find joy in the midst of your grief as you remember cute and silly moments with your little Cora.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Anonymous - I have no words…only deep sorrow for your precious family. Such a beautiful child…I loved her smile. And to be taken from you at such a young age. She looks to be about the same age as my son and…oh, I just don’t want to go there. My heart is aching for you and your family and I pray fervently that God gives you strength to get through the seconds, minutes, and hours ahead…each of which will seem like an eternity, but yet, not quick enough until you can see your precious baby again. I am so sorry for your family – and know that only God will be enough to bring you comfort during such a trying time.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    The O'Donoghues - You do not know me but I’ve been following your blog. I just heard the news that your baby is now with God. I am sitting here at work with tears in my eyes, I am so sad & hope that God pulls you through this very difficult time. I pray for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    Megan Noel - Oh dear ones….I wish I could hug you both. May God bring you moments of rest on this tiring road of grief.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - My prayers are with you. Bless your whole family. With Love from MinnesotaReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Team Clechenko - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve been keeping Cora and your family in my thoughts. Be strong and know that she is in a wonderful place smiling down on you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 12:59 pm

    Jonalie Comeau - Joel and Jess, I cry with you. I’ve not met you, but as you sister in the Lord, my heart aches for you. I am thankful we find comfort that Cora is with Jesus. I’ll be praying for you over these weeks/months…. You will know His strength and comfort.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    Amy - Prayers of peace and comfort coming your way.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Callista - I just saw the news… and I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you. Blessings from Washington.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Tom and Mira Ehrlich - I wanted to express how very sad I am for you both. I wish that I could give you comfort that I am sure you need right now. You all have been so heavy in my prayers, and I just want you to know that. Tom and I have been through some of that ourselves, and would love to support you when you are ready. Cora will forever have an impact on this world, and I know that God is going to use her precious life to glorify His kindgom.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:44 pm

    Frugal Jen - Praying for your family, words cannot express my saddness for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 1:59 pm

    trish - my prayers are with you and your family-
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    Mike and Felisha - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet family in these hard times!! With love from Salt Lake City UtahReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Amy - I am a pregnant mom with two girls and coming acroos your blog today just left me sobbing. The pictures of your sweet beautiful angel were too much to bear. Your faith in God is inspiring, you’ve touched many people. I will continue to pray for you and wonder WHY??? She is a sweet angel…ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Katie Spaulding - God bless you and comfort you in this time. I only heard about Cora today through another family battling Neuroblastoma. What a precious child.
    Your family is in my prayers.

    ~Tanner’s Aunt Katie
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/tannereversReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    Ryan - we are friends of gina dreher as well as in their church small group…just want you to know that we are praying & thinking of your family at this time…

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:20 pm

    Aggie - My deepest sympathies and prayers are with you…ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - So sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    The Harris Family - You don’t know me, I found your blog through Darby and Jennie-Marie’s links. I wanted to tell you that I’m heart broken by your loss, we have an 18 month old daughter and I can only imagine your pain. You should know that your Christian faith and love have shown through this blog during your tough time and many will be inspired by your story! Have Faith! Many Prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Carey in Colorado - This song was played at the funeral of my friend who lost their sweet baby girl as well. I pray that you feel “Held” during this difficult time.

    Held
    Natalie Grant

    Two months is too little
    They let him go
    They had no sudden healing
    To think that providence would, take a child from his mother while she prays, is appalling
    Who told us we’d be rescued?
    What has changed and why should we be saved from nightmares?
    We’re asking why this happens to us who have died to live, it’s unfair.

    This is what it means to be held, how it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life and you survive.
    This is what it is to be loved, and to know that the promise was that when everything fell we’d be held.
    This hand is bitterness, we want to taste it and let the hatred numb our sorrows.
    The wise hand opens slowly to lilies of the valley and tomorrow.
    This is what it means to be held.
    How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life, and you survive .
    This is what it is to be loved and to know that the promise was that when everything fell we’d be held.

    If hope if born of suffering – If this is only the beginning
    Can we not wait, for one hour watching for our Savior .
    This is what it means to be held
    How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life and you survive
    This is what it is to be loved and to know that the promise was that when everything fell

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    scrappysue - so sorry for your loss. she’s beautifulReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - My words are insufficient to fill your empty arms. God chose the best parents for Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    MuseSwings - May God bless and place his hands on Cora’s beautiful and loving family and give you the strength to step into each new day without Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:44 pm

    Natalie in NJ - I just went through and looked back at your blog. My daughter was born 6 days before your beautiful Cora, which makes it so heartbreaking, which doesn’t even really begin to describe how I feel for you, to go through and see all the joy and happiness she brought to you in her 11 months, how close it hit to home for me. To have something so wonderful and precious taken from you so suddenly, I can not even begin to express my sorrow for you. I will pray for you and your sweet angel every day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:53 pm

    Rachel - I am new to this blog, but wanted to tell you how truely sorry I am for your loss of your beautiful Cora.

    She was a fighter and was so beautiful in doing so.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you while you try to struggle through this very difficult time.

    Rachel
    luvfor9@gmail.com
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  • February 9, 2009 - 2:53 pm

    Laura - My heart just breaks for your family. Thankful that Cora is healthy and whole in the arms of Jesus.

    I am (blogger) friends with Darby Stickler and read whatever regularly. Saturday afternoon I was rocking my 1 year old, and was overwhelmed with the need to pray for Cora and you guys. Just wanted you to know. I will continue to pray.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    Heather - My heartfelt sympathies. Your family is in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Anonymous - Friends you don’t even know will be praying for your family.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 3:24 pm

    Anonymous - I am a Berean grad of 1990…and my heart is broken for all of you. I have a one year old girl, and I have no words to say. Only prayers of comfort for you all. May God be with you, wrapping His arms around each of you during these days. Your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers. The playground is an incredible idea; bless you.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    Chelsea P. - I just came to your blog today. I know I am too late to pray for Cora- she’s already been healed. But I will be praying for you two. I read back through your posts and cried. We almost lost our little girl a little over a year ago and my heart went right back to that place… I wish I understood God’s purpose in healing some and taking others home so quickly. You are in my prayers as you miss your baby. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer. 29:11
    I’m so sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    Anonymous - Oh, Joel and Jess, no words are good enough right now. I’m glad I got to meet sweet Cora.
    We are praying for you!
    love,
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  • February 9, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    Sandra Homolka - I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I just recently found out. My heart goes out to you. We know from personal experience how painful the loss of a child is. Fortunately, our baby did not have to suffer as it appears Cora did. Now she is in a perfect place with no more pain. May God hold her, you and your family close until the pain subsides. You will all be in my prayers. Jerry and Sandra Homolka Chambers NEReplyCancel

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    Carin - My prayers to you and your family. I know no words can comfort you but my hope is the Comforter will be with you during this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    The Fabulous Side of Me - Lifting up lots of prayers for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    DeLand - My heart hurts for you, having read through your courageous journey. Thank God you are anchored to the Rock. Don’t forget, all the verses and all the things you wrote about our God ARE TRUE! Our prayers are with you – DeLand & Carrie ShoreReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Halfmoon Girl - I too, am a brand new visitor here- I came from another blog. I pray that you will feel yourself held in the hands of the God of all comfort during this unimaginably hard time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 4:54 pm

    DC Urban Dad - I found you guys through another blog. My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    Nottingham and Sympson Families - We are all praying for you, we are so sorry for your loss. May GOD bring you peace in your time of sorrow. Love Ashley Nottingham and Rodney Wren Jr, and Reagan, Harold, Ethan and Madison Sympson.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 5:35 pm

    Laurel and Justin - I can’t imagine what you are going through. I hope that your faith in God brings you strength and a knowledge that he is taking care of your little girl until you can be with her again. Love and Prayers from Utah.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Isaac and Mommy - I know I can’t take your sorrow away, but I can help make your journey less lonely. I am praying for the comfort, strength and love of God to surround you and your family at this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 6:14 pm

    Anonymous - Don’t know your family but received this from a friend…what a sobering thing to read. I’m hugging my kids more, saying I love you more, and thanking God for the small little blessings more…So sorry for your loss. There will forever in this life be a hole in your heart where she is but you WILL someday meet her again. I have heard it said of a woman that lost her daughter that she envisions her daughter on the shoulders of Jesus. I pray for your pain…just know that the angels are rejoicing as your precious little lamb enters the gates where she suffers no more.
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    mrs. - Can’t imagine your loss.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I don’t know you or your family but stumbled across your page. It was so touching your faith thru your journey I know it is hard to keep that faith in while going thru all this. When my niece first got sick with cancer someone told me to remember God is holding you even in the moments where you feel like you cant see him or hear HIm when it feel so dark he is still holding on! I will pray for you in the journey that lies ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:22 pm

    Heather - I am so sorry for your loss…i can’t begin to imagine the pain you are going through.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:36 pm

    Stepping Stones of Promise - I just came across your blog. My eyes fill with tears for the pain and sorrow you must be feeling. The pictures you have posted of Cora are beautiful. I am praying for you and your family and that God will grant you all peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 7:43 pm

    quartermom - Our family is praying for peace and understanding. As I read your story I couldn’t stop thinking of this natalie grant song.
    HELD.
    Two months is too little.
    They let him go.
    They had no sudden healing.
    To think that providence would
    Take a child from his mother while she prays
    Is appalling.

    Who told us we’d be rescued?
    What has changed and why should we be saved from nightmares?
    We’re asking why this happens
    To us who have died to live?
    It’s unfair.

    Chorus:
    This is what it means to be held.
    How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
    And you survive.
    This is what it is to be loved.
    And to know that the promise was
    When everything fell we’d be held.

    This hand is bitterness.
    We want to taste it, let the hatred know our sorrow.
    The wise hands opens slowly to lilies of the valley and tomorrow.

    (Chorus)
    This is what it means to be held.
    How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
    And you survive.
    This is what it is to be loved.
    And to know that the promise was
    When everything fell we’d be held.

    Bridge:
    If hope is born of suffering.
    If this is only the beginning.
    Can we not wait for one hour watching for our Savior?

    (Chorus)
    This is what it means to be held.
    How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
    And you survive.
    This is what it is to be loved.
    And to know that the promise was
    When everything fell we’d be held.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    The Rice Family - I have never met you, but I heard about your sweet baby. I am praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Anonymous - We were so saddened and so very sorry to hear about Cora. Our prayers will continue to be with you as you and your family grieve the loss of your beautiful baby girl. Our hearts go out to you, and we pray you will feel the comfort and peace of God through these difficult days.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    The Sessions Family - I just found out about your precious Cora from another’s blog…Kelly’s Korner. I am so sorry to hear of your loss and wanted to let you know that your in our prayers. May God hold you as you walk this path, for you are never alone with Him.
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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:38 pm

    nikkicrumpet - My heart breaks for your tragic loss. May God bless you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:45 pm

    Anonymous - God doesn’t make mistakes. He picked you to the perfect parents of your sweet Cora. How I wish we could understand why He needed to take her back. He had/has a perfect reason and plan for taking you through this unimaginable journey. Our prayers will continue to be with your family as you experience this indescribable pain. Thank you so much for sharing your little angle. Your family has changed so, so many.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    His Doorkeeper - I just heard about your little sweet girl through my daughter(Kelly’s Korner). We have been struggling with our grandbaby in the NICU in critical condition the past three weeks. However, she got much better and got to come home a couple of days ago.

    We love the Lord and serve Him and trust Him. But I do not understand why he takes one and leaves another. But we trust Him no matter what. Your faith has been an inspiration to many. My prayers are with you and my heart just hurts for your whole family because I know how precious Cora was to you all.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:50 pm

    Bambi - Praying for you while you try to cope with your unspeakable loss of Cora. Your tribute to her memory is beautiful and I’m sure will be a comfort to you in the days and years to come. A donation will be coming.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    Anonymous - We are so heartbroken by your loss and can not even begin to imagine the pain you must be feeling. We pray that you would be uplifted, comforted and held in the arms of Jesus and find peace knowing that He is also holding sweet Cora. We pray that by Cora’s story would reach those who need Him and that they would draw close to Him through her life and your faith.

    Prayers, love and blessings from Columbus, Ohio.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    Anonymous - Praying for you and your family. Just know she is no more pain and is a little angel now with Jesus and will have to suffer no longer. She will forever be with you.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Anonymous - I am a mother of two and have been following your journey. Today my heart breaks for you. I am so very sorry. I am praying for you both. May Jesus give you peace that surpasses all understanding.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    cancersucks - May the Lord give you strength to get through tomorrow and the sorrowful days ahead. Prayers to you both and sweet angel Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    Brian Kohel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGPS8sa-bRQ
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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    carolinagirl - You do not know me. I was just introduced to you today through a mutual blogger.

    I am praying for you tonight that you may find some peace and understanding in your hearts. I cannot begin to imagine the pain you must be experiencing right now. I recently lost my father which was devastating, but I have not lost a child.

    Please know that there are many in this world praying for you. And know that your Cora is a little angel tonight.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    Anonymous - I am so sorry for you and will be praying for you in this trying time.

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:02 pm

    Got a feeling - God grant comfort for the ache that you feel with the loss of your daughter. May you find peace that Cora is in Jesus’ arms. We pray for strength for your family. You are enveloped in prayer by hundreds.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:04 pm

    janene - My heart aches for your loss. Prayers for strength from California.ReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    Abigail Hutchinson - I am so very sorry for your loss. No parent should have to say goodbye to a child. Words just can’t express how I feel for you and your family. Ya’ll are in my prayers!
    Praying for you in South Texas,
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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:18 pm

    The Greenes - Joel and Jess, We are so sorry. I thought the pain of losing our daughter was hard, but I can’t imagine the pain of losing your dear Cora now. Please know that we are continually praying for you to know God’s abounding peace and comfort and strength now and down the road. We love you, Timothy and Andrea GreeneReplyCancel

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  • February 9, 2009 - 10:29 pm

    Jessica Kate - We lost our little girl to NB this past week as well. I’m heartbroken for you both. If you ever need someone to talk to who knows right where you are, I’m here. I’m a mess, but I’m here.
    Jessica
    Tuesday’s mom
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    Anonymous - I have been checking in on Cora ever since I found your site through Kayleigh Freeman’s blog. Cora has been in my prayers and thoughts and I was so shocked to read that she is an angel now. I have no words to ease the pain — I have children and cannot imagine the loss and pain you now feel.
    I do know people who have lost children. Time helps, but one day you will begin to smile from your memories with her rather than cry.
    Your love for Cora will NEVER never die — it is difficult to know what to do with that love when your precious one is no longer physically with you. There are lots of things you do to honor her and remember her every day. I have a good friend who just spends spiritual time with her daughter who is now in Heaven. On her daughter’s birthday she has formed this huge community event called “The Mutt March” because of her daughter’s love of animals. All the money raised goes towards animal shelters.
    What I am saying is that Cora WILL be remembered and the love everyone has for her will always be there whether she is here on Earth or in Heaven. One day you will hold your precious baby girl in your arms again. You will. It will seem like an Eternity, but in reality, it is only a blink of a second the time we live here on Earth. She is a beautiful child and it broke my heart to read that she passed. I’m just so sorry.
    I will be praying for your family that you find peace. May God’s promise of love keep you and hold you. The song “Held” always comes to my mind after a tragedy. God’s promise is to surround you with love and comfort from His people and you are being “held.” The song is by Natalie Grant. May God hold you always and you will make it through each day.
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    Anonymous - Though my heart flesh may fail me; God is my strength and portion forever. Ps.73ReplyCancel

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    Lipstick - I am so very sorry for what your family is enduring. I don’t know you, but please know your family is now included in my daily prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Tasha - When I checked the blog today to see how little Cora was doing today I could not beleive what I was reading.That she was with Jesus.I just screamed NO!My heart is hurting.I really truly beleived that God was going to heal your baby.I am a Christian and I love Jesus with everything in me but this is one of those times that I question why this had to happen.I want you to know that even though I don’t know you guys,I love you and will be praying for you.My heart will be with you at Cora’s service tomorrow.May you feel the love and peace of God in a way that you can’t understand.Tasha in IndianaReplyCancel

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    Stacie (Bryant, AR) - My heart breaks for you. I just found your blog through Kelly’s Korner. My prayers are with you guys through this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

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    Double L - I linked to your blog through The Sticklers’ blog– cried reading about your loss last night and woke up this morning thinking about you and your precious Cora. Praying that you will find strength and peace.ReplyCancel

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    studiocharm - Prayers and thoughts with your family through this difficult time … I admire your courage and faith. My you be blessed with peace and comfort.ReplyCancel

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    Steph - I could not imagine what your family is going through. Your family is in my prayer. God Bless, coming from ArkansasReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - We are praying for you. May God be with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    The Klinges - You are in our thoughts and prayers so much — our hearts, too. Cora must have felt how much you loved her every day, because we could see it in that picture of the three of you. Just take good care of yourselves!ReplyCancel

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    Honea Household - I just read through a lot of your blog, going back to older posts. I am so sorry to hear about your loss, and I pray that God grants you a peace that passes understanding until you get to hold you sweet baby girl one day in Heaven. Praying for you.ReplyCancel

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    Noon To Two - May you find the strength. God bless you and your family. Prayers from NY.ReplyCancel

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    Emily - I am so sorry for your loss. Have and will continue to offer prayers for your family.ReplyCancel

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    THE GESSELLS - Our prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    heather spratt - Your family will be in my thoughts & prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Elizabeth - i don’t even know what to say…you all will be in my prayers and my heart is so moved by your story, I think it will even change how i mother my daughter. bless you both and may God touch you and heal you.ReplyCancel

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    Cher Salo - God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 12:40 am

    Carly Nicole Elliotte My Micro Preemie - I just read some of you blog for the first time today. I’m so truly sorry for your loss. I lost 2 daughters within 8 months and it’s a tough road but you and your family will be in my constant prayers. Prayers for peace, strength and courage.

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    Ter - I also wanted to say that I saw my husband suffer with cancer and he passed away on November 27, 2008. I feel for you that your little girl had to endure that and not be able to understand what was going on around her. I am so sorry.ReplyCancel

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    Ter - (It looks like my first post didn’t show up, I mentioned that I am a bereaved parent as well, and that I recommend the SHARE website — http://www.nationalshareoffice.com they are a wonderful site for parents who have lost their babies.)ReplyCancel

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    THE HILSABECKS - I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for your family that you will find peace and comfort in this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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    Christine - I am so sorry for your loss. Cora will live in the hearts of many people long after today.ReplyCancel

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    ThreeCordsStrong - My heart is hurting for you and I will lift you up in prayer. We serve a mighty God whose ways are not always our ways…so hard to understand, but may His peace and lover cover you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:23 am

    Sally's World - Praying for you, our son passed away 3 years ago next month, and every day, as much as we miss him, we count our blessings for the time we had.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:34 am

    adoptingmama - With deepest sympanthy, May God bring you through this. AlohaReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Your baby girl is so beautiful and full of life with our Heavenly Father. She no longer feels pain or discomfort. I know that God will be with you during this time of pain in your hearts. Your family is in my prayers. I wish that I had heard of your story last month so I could be part of your praying bloggers. May you hold Cora again someday and see her smile in your thoughts for the rest of your lives.

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    jessica - there are no words. she was so lucky to have you as parents, and you to have her. God bless your family at this time.

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    Annie - Our love and prayers are with you at this time.ReplyCancel

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    Koningskind - This is the first time I read your blog. Tears are running down my face for the loss of your precious little girl.
    Know that both you and Cora are in God’s hands.

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    Rachael - I was so sorry to hear about your sweet little daughter. I’m praying for you to find peace in this hard time.ReplyCancel

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    Annemarie - I am praying for you all this morning. I am praising God for His infinite mercies that are new every morning. For the fact that you will see your precious Cora again. I am so thankful, during these moments, for all of the older believers that I have heard say how fast this life goes. And how long eternity is.

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    jengallahar - I grieve with you for the loss of your gorgeous baby girl. Praying God’s arms around you at this moment.ReplyCancel

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    Heather - My thoughts and prayers are with you today as you say goodbye to your sweet baby Cora. I pray that God will bring light into the darkness and comfort into your hearts on this very hard day. You are not alone in your mourning. I pray that God will lighten the weight of your unbearable sorrow today and spread it out amongst those that share in your pain. I am so sorry you had to lose your sweet Cora so young and so soon :(
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  • February 10, 2009 - 7:47 am

    Jeanie - I’m so very sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine what it feels like and words don’t even seem adequate. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and keep you.ReplyCancel

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    jandkland - Thinking of you today as you go through something no parent should ever have to face. I could barely sleep last night for thinking of you. I pray that the hope you know in Christ will somehow sustain you, even through the toughest moments.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:10 am

    Anonymous - Praying for your family from people you’ve never met…yet your story has touched our hearts. May God give you peace and comfort.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:26 am

    Lauren - We are praying for your family today – for strength and perspective. Others will undoubtedly see Jesus all over you. May you truly experience Him today! As Job said, I had heard of You with my ears but now I see You.ReplyCancel

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    The Conklin's - We are praying for your family during this time. May God give you peace and strength! Here is a wonderful blog called audreycaroline.blogspot.com – she set up this blog in memory of her daughter. She is a wonderful Christian woman and set up this website to help families who have gone through this situation. She has alot of other ministries, but you will be able to read her about her journey. Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:29 am

    Amber - I just read about Cora on Kelli’s Korner blog. I am so sorry for your loss. Your precious Cora was a beautiful little girl. Words just seem so inadequate…I know your heartache must be overwhelming. My heart hurts for you….you are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Karen - May the Lord bless you this day with peace and love and healing!

    “The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.” by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:07 am

    Anonymous - My daughter-in-law made me aware of your blog and I have been praying for Cora and for you as the parents of this precious little angel. I am so saddened to know Cora is no longer with you; my heart breaks for you. I will continue to pray. May the Creator of this world and all its inhabitants surround you with strength and peace. I am so deeply sorry. Joyce Alison, Rockford, ILReplyCancel

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    Lisa - I will be praying for you and your family.
    Blessings
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    Ellen - I followed a link to your blog on Sunday afternoon, and I have been full of prayer and heartache ever since. Continued prayers for your strength today and for you to experience God’s peace in these difficult hours.ReplyCancel

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    Jiff - I cannot stop crying for your family and your precious baby girl. My prayers will be with you constantly.ReplyCancel

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    Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality - You don’t know me, but I just wanted to stop by & say how sorry I am for your loss. We will never understand these things. I pray for peace and comfort for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:37 am

    Yolanda - Lord Jesus, comfort and remind this precious family of YOU as they go through this time in their lives. A time of tears, hurts, confustion and beautiful memories.

    Lovingly,
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    Wife, Mom, and Slave - I just found your blog and read of your story. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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    happylittleprince - My prayers are for you. From Louisiana.ReplyCancel

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    Kate - our prayers are with you all and your angel as she continues to touch so many people. from arkansas!ReplyCancel

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    Susie (So Blessed) - I’m praying for God’s strength to fill you today and His comfort for your hearts.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:59 am

    Whimsical Creations - Dear Mac Family,

    I don’t know you, I found & followed your daughter’s story through PamperingBeki’s blog. I am soooo sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and your family. {hugs from Buffalo}ReplyCancel

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    Scott, Joanna, Matthew - May God’s peace be with you during this most difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Townsend Crew - What a blessing Cora is! Thousands have written over these past days to experess how her life, and the love of the Lord that we witnessed through you, her parents, has touched our lives. Through all of us, Cora lives on! Through your love of the Lord and love for each other, you can live on!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Praying for you today, on what has to be the most difficult day of your lives. I am sorry for your loss, and will continue to keep your sweet family in my thoughts and prayers. Your Cora is absolutely beautiful…ReplyCancel

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    chesley - just found your blog & my heart is aching for your family. i don’t even know what else to say. I am so deeply saddened by your loss. you are all in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:37 am

    Krista Lynn - Father I pray for a peace that surpasses all understandings for this family. I pray that You would uplift them in this trying time. That You would draw them closer to You. Father that as they are surrounded by family, friends & even some strangers, Lord that You would be the awesome God of it all! Father we thank you that through this trying time You are present and Father we praise you that You have a plan. Lord we lift up this family to You. Thank You for every blessing, and especially for Your Love!
    Many prayers from WA state,
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    Gina - I am praying today that the Lord will let me bear some of your burden while you go thru this process. Your own strength will amaze you, bless you.ReplyCancel

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    Calamity Anne - Through my tears…may God wrap his arms around your precious child and forever protect her. My heart goes out to you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Deedra - On my knees for your family.ReplyCancel

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    The Faulks - Praying for you and your family today…ReplyCancel

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    Amanda - I read of your story last night and can’t get you out of my mind. What a precious face. Our family will continue to pray for your family. May God hold you and give you peace.ReplyCancel

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    TheBusyB's - WIth a heavy heart, we will ask for prayers this afternoon for your family. We ask that God wrap His arms of strength and love around you all and give you courage and love.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Praying for you to have comfort peace and understanding somehow during this time.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - February 10, 2009: Praying for you at this hour, as you celebrate your daughter’s life in a mighty way.
    Cora’s story has touched me in such a way that I cannot explain. I am so sorry she is not in your arms as you want her to be, but I rejoice with you that she is with our Heavenly Father.
    May God continue to carry you in His arms, may you always feel Him with you in all that you do.

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    Kris - Praying that the Holy Spirit will COMFORT during the celebration of your sweet Angel’s life!ReplyCancel

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    loridanelle - Just wanted to let you know that while there are many surrounding you right now at Grace as you celebrate Cora, there are countless others who are lifting you up to the Lord and crying with you all over the states and even the world.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Janelle - i am broken hearted for you. i am trusting that the ONE who knows all the resons, and sees the tears will hold you SO tight. i will be praying for you today & in the future.
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    ~Cherie - I can’t stop thinking about you and your family and looking at precious Cora’s picture. I know you are in the celebration services for her short precious life at this moment. Her impact and smile will last far beyond her 11 months on this earth. I am praying for you and trying to keep the tears at bay.ReplyCancel

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    Christine - I have been praying for you and have cried so many tears for your sweet family in the last few days. Although we don’t know each other, and likely won’t meet this side of heaven, I have been moved by Cora’s story more than I can possibly tell you.

    Now, as I write this, you are surely in the middle of Cora’s memorial service. I am lifting you up and grieving with you. I pray an overwhelming peace would be with you today and in the days to come. May the Lord continue to give you strength.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Your family has been on my mind and in my heart today .I’m praying for you. God Bless. Marengo IlReplyCancel

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    Jodi Browne - There are no words to express the feelings that one has after the loss of a child. Our prayers are with you and your families. Cora will always be with you. She is not gone, just in a better place.

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    Tara - I’m praying for you right now as you are in the middle of sweet Cora’s service. May God cover you with His peace, love and comfort.ReplyCancel

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    ~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ - I’m so, so sorry for your loss. She is a beautiful baby. You are in my prayers. I hope you are snuggled up in your Father’s lap.ReplyCancel

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    Kate in Columbia, MD - I cannot imagine the pain that you’re enduring right now, to lose your sweet baby so suddenly after her shocking diagnosis. I wanted to tell you how much I admired you through your blog — always listing items for PRAISE along with the prayer requests, seeing answered prayers even alongside pressing needs. While this valley may be very dark right now, the Lord will be with you. We are praying for HIS comfort in this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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    Mrs. MK - Praying right now.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    blairspage - I was passed your site through a friend. I’m SO sorry to hear of your daughter’s passing! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time!

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    Helena - I am praying for you right now. Came over from Angie Smith’s site and my heart is just breaking for you all who love Cora. I pray that God will give you Hi peace that is beyong understanding, and and forever until you are reunited with your precious Cora.

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    Anonymous - You have my deepest sympathies. My heart is breaking for you. I pray that you all are able to find comfort in our savior. May His blessed peace reside in your hearts.
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    Bethany - Thinking of you today as you celebrate your precious girl. My heart goes out to your family.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - My heart absolutely breaks for your family. Your precious baby girl is in a wonderful place now, no suffering, no more tubes, no more hurt. If you haven’t heard the song Homesick by MercyMe – you must listen to it – everytime I hear it I think of all the loved ones who are “home” it’s very touching. The playground in Cora’s memory is AMAZING! I don’t know you but you are all loved and prayed for more often than you know. Cora……always in our hearts til we meet again.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Still praying for your family.

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    Tami from SD - I am so very sorry that your little girl has passed, and I can’t begin to imagine the nightmare of these past weeks. I’m a mother of four, my youngest turns 3 next week, and as I look at the pictures of your precious little Cora, my heart just breaks for you. I pray that God holds you just as close as He is holding Cora and may your faith bring you Peace.ReplyCancel

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    claudie - I’ve just finished watching little Cora’s beautiful life. March 5th was the first post.
    My heart is heavy for all of you today.
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    Claudie
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    Michele - Praying for you all.
    Words could never say enough to express the sadness and heaviness my heart feels. I know for you all it is ten times worse.
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    As You Wish - My prayers and love are with you during this awful time. I am so sorry.ReplyCancel

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    Megan - My heart is broken over the loss of your Cora. Such a beautiful girl!

    Praying that the memories you have of your baby girl will never diminish and that God will carry you through each day, each moment to come.ReplyCancel

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    Nana Rimer - May G-d hold you in the palms of His hands and keep you close to His heart. My heart aches for your loss.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - God will sustain you. God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

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    Holly - Praying for you.ReplyCancel

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    Erika - There are no words… I am so sorry. I am praying so hard for your family right now.ReplyCancel

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    The Morris Family - Cora’s battle was so short, but will remain a legacy as how it will ripple and touch others, Joel’s battle with neuroblastoma was a tad longer, about 54 days. Right now you are at “ground zero.” I’ve been there, I am about a 5 now on a scale of 1-10. His grace Will be abundant and He will walk with you through this valley. Thinking and praying because WE know!!
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    Mom to 4 Sweeties - Praying for you all today and wishing you strength, peace, and memories to smile at, in time, of your sweet angel Cora. May God be with you as you continue to miss your sweet baby.ReplyCancel

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    Bacardi Mama - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take comfort knowing that Cora is in Jesus arms right now.ReplyCancel

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    Christina - Tuesday evening. I have been thinking about you and praying for you all day. Although I am a stranger, I wish so much that I could do something for you all. I will keep praying for you each day; this may sound strange, but it’s like there is so much I want to say, and really can’t say, because there are no words that are adequate. Hope in the Lord, that is what we have. ChristinaReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - God bless you and your husband. I am praying for you both, it is so good to know that you have a God that you can go to, I know you both will have very hard days ahead of you but you have a friend like no other that will help you through. And Cora, she is well now, no more CANCER, and she is basking in the presende of our Lord, Jesus Christ. That is enough to make you shout. God bless you and your whole family, Love in Christ, and many prayers of support your way.ReplyCancel

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    Amy H - I have a 10 month old son and I just can’t imagine the pain and heartache you must be feeling right now. I am praying that your hearts heal and that your love for each other gets you through this terrible time in your lives.ReplyCancel

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    Doodle Bugs Paper - praying for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Erin - My deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious Cora. Blessings from upstate New York. Praying for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I am extremely sadden by your loss, I couldn’t imagine…. She is with Jesus no, watching over you two and smiling down at her wonderful, brave and loving parents. God bless you two and may you always remember the good times of Cora’s life lived. Much love, The Schatz familyReplyCancel

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    ann - I am so very sorry…annReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Deepest sympathy and prayers for peace. You are a beautiful family. God has Cora safely in His strong, gentle, loving arms. She is safe and healthy. Bless you and know you are thought of and remain in my prayers.
    From Newark, Delaware
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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    Jackie - We live in Orange County, Ca. We are so sorry for your loss, I can’t even imagine what you are going through, and I won’t pretend too. Please just know that people from all walks of life and living near or far have you all in our hearts and prayers. You and your husband need each other more than ever now. LOVE EACH OTHER EXTRA.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 8:36 pm

    Anonymous - I have followed your journey through a friend from an adoption website. Please accept my prayers and deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful Cora. I ask God to hold you and carry you both at this difficult time. Sandy, from MichiganReplyCancel

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    Yarnmomma - I found your link when I was checking on baby harper at kelly’s korner. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband and family. I know we sometimes don’t understand the why’s… But we do know the lord is a mighty god and he is there for us to call upon in all times of need… Your daughter is so beautiful and I will continue to pray for all of you as god will give you strength and keep up your faith.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:23 pm

    Jodi - I came across your blog tonight from Kayleigh’s blog….I am sincerely sorry for your tremendous loss…your little girl was a beautiful and now she has her angel wings and is a beautiful little angel in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. God Bless you.
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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    Melanie @ This Ain't New York - I am so sorry for your loss. Praying God’s peace and strength for you.ReplyCancel

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    Stacey - I am so sorry; I read about your daughter on another blog; please know you are being prayed for. My heart hurts for you. I pray that you will find comfort in the arms of Jesus.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    The Tritschler Family - I somehow stumbled upon your site a few weeks ago, I too have a daughter the same age as Cora, so I imediatly felt a connection with your family.
    Since then I have thought about your family many times a day & prayed for her healing & your strenght.
    Tears are falling down my checks as I type this, my heart aches for your loss.
    I pray for comfort for you and your families in the days ahead.
    Thank you for sharing her life with us thru your website, she will forever be in many of our hearts. Fly high baby Cora!!
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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:20 pm

    Allie - I am so so sorry, I just found your blog and my heart breaks for your family, I cried many tears for you all. You are in my thoughts.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:20 pm

    Tanya - Praying the Lord will comfort you both in a special way.ReplyCancel

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    Ray, Megan and Ruby Denise Clark - I prayed for you continually today. I thought of you with a heavy heart during the time when Cora’s service started. I saw on another blog that you sang ‘mighty to save’ at the service. I sang that song at church on sunday and was claiming it for Cora as I did. I am thankful for God’s ultimate healing of your precious Cora, but broken inside for what you have to go through. I believed God would heal Cora and allow you to keep her here on Earth. Struggling to accept His perfect plan for your lives. Please know I am continuing to lift you up in prayer throughout the days ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 10:43 pm

    pcb - I pray that Jesus gives you strength to cope with your loss; no one could do it without Him.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:03 pm

    Anonymous - Many prayers for strength and comfort are being said for your family tonight. I am so deeply saddened by your loss. I will remember your daughter always as I do my best to help raise money to cure this awful, awful disease.

    God’s Blessings and Comfort to you all…

    In Sympathy,
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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:04 pm

    Anonymous - I don’t even know your family, but heard of your story and am just shocked and crying at the unimaginable loss you have had. I hope you know how many people you have touched by sharing your experiences and celebrating Cora’s beautiful life.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:30 pm

    Jill - I just found your site through Kelly’s Korner and noticed you are also a K-Stater. My husband graduated from there also. I am so so sorry to hear about Cora. My heart aches for you and you all will be in our prayers.

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:36 pm

    Jennifer - So sorry for your loss….thought of you today!

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    Craig and Denise - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. May God comfort you and give you peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:41 pm

    The Amsler Family - I just found your blog from a prayer blog that I visit…..just wanted to let you know that my heart aches for you..God’s heart mourns for your tears as well….My close friend just lost her little baby and i thought her readings might be of help to you…she has had many followers throughout her journey and i am sure would be happy to talk if you needed…..check out her blog

    http://www.shelbyfamily09.blogspot.com

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  • February 10, 2009 - 11:58 pm

    Anonymous - My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I do not know you, but I have been thinking about you all day.
    May your memories comfort you and bring you peace.
    May God go with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:02 am

    Jolene Ballou - As much as I wish your past could be changed, I know that the huge light made by Cora’s short life will change so many people’s futures.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:04 am

    KristiJ - I’ve been thinking about precious, sweet Cora all day. I’ve shed so many tears over the last days, as many others have shed for your family; Cora really captured my heart. As a mom, my youngest just a few weeks older than Cora, I just cannot imagine how much you must ache for, and miss your sweet baby girl. Hold tight to each other, and know so many are in prayer alongside you. God is good, and what a blessing it is to know you will see Cora again in Heaven.

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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:16 am

    Mrs. Jo - I’m a friend of Shiloh (Blanton) Blasdel and she told me about your loss. I’m heartbroken for you and will be praying for you both and your families.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:22 am

    jennifer - I am so terribly sorry for the loss of Cora. There are no words. Prayers for you entire family… many many prayers.

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    cindy - My prayers and deepest thoughts are with your family during this difficult time…ReplyCancel

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    Amy - I’m so so sorry… I don’t know you at all but my heart reaches out to you and prays for your peace…ReplyCancel

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    Dawn - I can’t stop my tears. I have a 2 yr old and I can’t imagine what you and your husband are going through. I am so sorry for your loss and your family is on my mind.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:02 am

    Reese & Marie - I don’t know you but I am touched and overwhelmed by your story. My heart achingly goes out to your family tonight. My deepest sympathy is reaching out to you now… I am so terribly terribly sorry for you unimaginable loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 5:36 am

    Anonymous - I am heartbroken over the loss of your precious baby girl. I grieve for you. I am a Christian and know that the Lord will sustain you. At the same time I know His heart is grieved as well. I am very upset that we live in a world where little babies can die of cancer. This should not be. We live in such a chemical age and I have to wonder if she , either in utero or as baby, was unknowingly exposed to agricultural chemicals and/or pesticides. Something made her cells start to reproduce unnaturally and it is almost assuredly the environment. May God bless you and keep in the midst of this tragedy.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Anonymous - My heart breaks for your family. Your daughter has a beautiful soul and endured so much for one so young. I pray you’ll find peace and a way to celebrate Cora’s essence in a million ways throughout your days. God speed!ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 9:41 am

    Pinkmom3 - I am praying you will find comfort and strength.Prayers for you and your family from Texas.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 9:46 am

    Shari U - I’m so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful and precious baby girl, Cora. I pray that God will make Himself known to you and that He will provide you with warmth and comfort during these dark days.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 10:52 am

    peejypaula - I am so sorry for your loss.. I just discovered your blog and reading about sweet baby Cora and seeing all the beautiful pictures of her has really touched my heart. May she rest in peace now..ReplyCancel

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    Becca - your family is definitely in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:20 am

    Megan - I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve been following your blog from James’s blog (I’m a former China teacher from C’ville as well). My heart grieves for you and I’ll be praying for your family.
    I’m also going to pray that God will use James in the lives of his Chinese students as he returns and shares of his sorrow to them. May they see the love of God and may many of them come to know our Saviour because of the life of your little girl.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 11:21 am

    Anonymous - The tears wont stop coming. They just flow as I look at the pictures of your most beautiful baby girl. To look back at all your posts and see how happy she was, and how loved she is makes it even more heartbreaking. May the Lord wrap his arms around you at this truly difficult time. Answers as to the “WHY” may not come in this lifetime, but your sweet daughter has already touched so many lives. Her story makes me hug and love my little ones even more everyday. Death is not the end, Families can be Together Forever. Hold on to what you know is true. I pray Cora’s sweet spirit can be with you always watching over and guiding you on the road back to her. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    Nicole - I just found your blog through a friend and want you to know your family is in our prayers. I cannot imagine such a loss and I pray God can comfort you through this time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:34 pm

    Anonymous - Words are so inadequate. Your child and your strength through our Lord Jesus, quite evidently has had an impact on more people than you will ever know. I am sure Cora was greeted by Jesus, surrounded by a host of Angels all of whom were saying . . . “Well done.” Your family is in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 12:52 pm

    Momma Bear - I am so sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    paula - I have just read about Cora and tears are falling down my cheeks right now. Words are not enough to say how sorry I am. As soon as I read about Cora I said a prayer for you and will continue to keep you in my prayers. I do pray that you feel the loving arms of our Father as He gives you a hug as only He can give. I am so glad that He is your hope and your comfort as He carries you through this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    Anonymous - I was visiting family in NYC this weekend, and went to St Paul’s Chapel and lit a candle for your family. You are all in my prayers.
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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    Jamie - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I heard of your journey through your cousin Nate. I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through but we do serve a mighty God. I pray that you would feel His hands holding you tightly. May you find comfort and peace in Him that only He can give. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 8:51 pm

    Alicia - I just read about Cora from Kelly’s Korner. I know this is a rough time but please know that you & your family will be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 12:50 am

    Clerice - I stumbled upon you blog almost 2 weeks ago. I read your entire blog and fell in love with your beautiful little girl. My heart aches for you. Although I do know she is happy, free of pain and very loved in Heaven. My prayers are still with you and I hope you will feel peace in your hearts. I believe Cora Paige is a very special angel. I send my love!ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 1:06 am

    Kasie - Praying for you as you go through this difficult time! I’m so so sorryReplyCancel

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    robinrane - Praying for you and yours…I’m so very sorryReplyCancel

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    tracy - We are praying for strength to get you through the hardest days of your lives. Many thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 10:47 am

    Laura's Mom - Was totally crushed and saddened to read of the loss of your precious daughter, Cora. She will not be forgotten.
    Mara,
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  • February 16, 2009 - 6:36 pm

    Becky - I came along this blog from a link from another blog etc. I have not cried so hard for anyone in a long time. My heart breaks for mom and dad and most of all baby cora. I cannot imagine. Just reading back to when she was sick with simple ear infections and teeth coming in to the major illness of cancer and chemotherapy. I am so glad that you both have the strength to get through this together. My thoughts are with you and may you find peace at some point to continue to strive. Rest in peace little cora. It may have been a short life but from what i can tell you have affected so many. Rest in peace baby girl. <3ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 8:53 am

    i love plum - oh sweet cora. i have no other words. bless you joel and jess. xoReplyCancel

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    sarahross - Our hearts and our prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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    Travis,Stephanie, Olivia & Alex - Prayers and great peace to you both during this difficult time. May God hold you both so very tight and feel the love from family, friends and strangers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 8:55 am

    Anonymous - Our hearts are breaking with yours today. Oh, how we know the pain. The comfort is Jesus. Please know we are holding you in our arms as we take you before the throne. bob and julaneReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 8:58 am

    Anonymous - May God bring you comfort in this very difficult time. We will continue to pray for your strength and healing.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 8:58 am

    Jeff & Aleigh - I just recently started following your story and I am SO sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you today and forever. My heart is breaking for you all, also. Cling to those around you for love & support.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 8:58 am

    Leslie Veer - I am so sorry for your pain and loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 8:59 am

    Nate M - We love you and are very sorry for you. For Cora, I’m happy, she is better.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 8:59 am

    Alaine - I am so sorry. YOu are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Jeremy, Jennalee and Julia Ekeland - We love you guys and are praying God’s comfort for you. Always thinking of you, Jeremy, Jennalee, & JuliaReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:03 am

    Evelyn - Oh, I am so, so sorry. My heart breaks for you and sweet little Cora.ReplyCancel

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    misadventuresofkellyandkelly - I am so sorry for your loss, praying for you guys like crazy.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:03 am

    ryleeandnoahsmom - Jess and Joel-
    We don’t know you and have only been following your blog since around the time Cora first entered the hospital. We have been praying for your little sweetie. I was especially touched when I realized our youngest was just 6 weeks younger than Cora and looks so similar. Its with heart wrenching tears that I write and express our deepest sympathy at your incredible loss. You will continue to be in our prayers, and we will pray that the peace that passes understanding will overcome you. We are so sorry. Although we never met Cora, we fell in love with her through your blog.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:05 am

    Mom to 4 Sweeties - Oh no. I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet baby, Cora. I will continue to pray for you and your family as your journey this sad and difficult road.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:05 am

    Anonymous - Our hearts and prayers are with your family. Peace and love to your family. Cora is with Jesus, and is no longer sick. Sweet Angel.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:06 am

    Meghan - I only recently came across your blog, but please know that I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers today, tomorrow and always. I am so very sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - We love you both so much! Our thoughts and prayers are still with you. Sarah & AndrewReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:09 am

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess, we are so sorry for your loss…continuing to pray, for you, & for your entire family. Cora is safe in the arms of Jesus.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:09 am

    Janet - Dear Sweet Jesus,
    surround these parents w/your comfort and peace. Fill their aching hearts. You know their needs. Give those around them the wisdom to minister as needed.
    We don’t understand Your ways God, and often they don’t seem fair. May we hold on tight to Your everloving arms, and find our comfort in You.
    In Jesus name..amen

    Our church family will be praying for you.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Anonymous - Wow-I just was introduced to your blog today-I have read part of it and I cannot believe how I feel about the loss of your beautiful little girl. I do not know your family but I will be praying for you, I cannot imagine what you are going through. I know your comfort is that she is with Jesus today and forever-He is our healer and she is in perfect health now.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:10 am

    angi_b72 - My prayers are with you and your family. I hoe you can find peace during this difficult time!ReplyCancel

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    lgraves - grieving with you guys. i have no words, only tears.ReplyCancel

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    JenniferNe - God Bless you. Our family will continue to pray for you. Rest in peace knowing she knows no more pain and suffering.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:11 am

    Retromommy - Like others have mentioned I don’t know you personally, but have been following Cora’s story since someone posted it through twitter on the Bring the Rain website. My heart aches for you both. I have been praying for Cora, but also for you as I can’t even imagine what it would be like to experience what you have in these few short weeks. Please remember that Jesus is weeping with you. I love you and feel connected to you in the precious way we as Christians can connect without knowing each other personally. Thank you for sharing your pain.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:11 am

    Christina - I am so sorry. She was so brave and such a fighter. You have shared an unbelievable thing with so many…and we hope and pray that you will be surrounded by such great love and support. Although there are no words to offer, really, at a time like this, I hope that the God who is the Ultimate Restorer of all of His creation can bring you comfort and peace, and that it might help to know your sweet little girl is no longer suffering and never will again.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:13 am

    Veronica Tyler - My heart goes out to you. She is smiling and in the most loving capable arms right now… Peace for you…ReplyCancel

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    amy climie - I am sorry. I just found your blog Friday night and just logged on to see how she was. I am so sorry. I will be thinking of you today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:15 am

    Circle Of Popes - I as well as many others began following your blog after Cora was in the hospital. I am so, so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your family. I pray that God will provide you comfort during this time.ReplyCancel

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    ExtraordinaryMommy - I am so very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family…ReplyCancel

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    manhattandoula - I am praying for you today, Joel and Jess. May Jesus hold you tightly to himself.ReplyCancel

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    Debbie and April - Oh sweet baby Cora. Praying for you all.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:17 am

    Anonymous - Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. May God wrap His arms around you both just as He is holding Cora now.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:19 am

    Kimberly - I only found your blog a few days ago through Angie Smith’s story, and was checking in this morning to see how your little girl was doing. I have an 8-month old little girl, so I felt an immediate connection with Cora and your family. I was so sorry to read this update this morning. My heart is breaking for you.ReplyCancel

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    Sara - My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am crying as I write this to you. 3 years ago, my husband and I lost our little girl Faith. It was under different circumstances, she was born at 23 1/2 weeks, but reading that sweet Cora is with Jesus, flooded all of those feelings and memories. Shortly after her loss, we were given a book, “Within Heaven’s Gates”. I sadly didn’t finish it all, but what I did read helped me. I am sorry for babbling on, I am just so sorry for your loss over Cora!!!!!! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you guys and sweet Cora during this time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:21 am

    Anonymous - Sweet Baby Angel–Heaven is very close to you now, Jess and Joel. I fell in love with Little Baby the first time I went through all of your blog posts from the day she was born. My prayers are with you today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Anonymous - Know that you are loved and being held in His everlasting arms even now. Our prayers are with you as you learn to go on without Cora. God bless you!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I am so sorry. My heart is breaking with you. May the peace of God that suprasses all understanding comfort you.

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    Lanka family - We have been praying for you the last couple of weeks. We are friends of Jason & Renee’s. I am so sorry. My heart breaks for you. We will continue to pray for your family in these coming weeks.ReplyCancel

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    vickisherbert - May God cradle you in the palm of His hand. Prayers to you from Wakefield, KSReplyCancel

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    Unruhs - We love you. Praying hard today for you for your strength and will continue everyday.

    ….one day at a time…

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:28 am

    The Morris Family - May the God of all comfort bring you into His bosom and find the balm that only He can bring through a journey like this. He has been with us as we miss our little Joel, he fought the neuroblastoma fight too!
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    The Veers - Covering you in prayer that God wraps His loving arms around you to comfort you.ReplyCancel

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    anonymous - Our hearts are aching!!! We are praying!!

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:30 am

    fairlyordinary - I am weeping with you today.

    I’ve been following your story daily and have prayed for your sweet Cora and for you both to have strength and for God to just hold you during these days.

    I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose your darling child. I’m so sorry.

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    3girlsmom - Praying, praying, praying, praying…..ReplyCancel

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    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Praying for you both and thankful for the absolute certainty of heaven…

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:35 am

    Anonymous - This is Lindsay Frasier’s mom. I have been following your story through your blog and visits with Lindsay since she first told me your precious Cora was having tests. And when she called early this morning, I knew it wasn’t the news anyone wanted to hear. Lindsay told me early on that you were an awesome family and I have certainly come to understand that. I have been amazed at the responses to your blog and the number of lives that your family has touched through your story. Your faith is undeniable.

    Jess and Joel, we are so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you through this difficult time in your young lives.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:36 am

    Lindsay - i’ve popped in now and again the past few days (my cousin has a link) and just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you too. so sorry for your loss- hold dear the memories you have of your sweet little girl!ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:36 am

    Steve - Know that our church family is praying for you. Words seem so shallow when the pain is so deep.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:37 am

    DESJ and Company - I am so, so, so sorry.ReplyCancel

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    Kristi - Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you both. Lean on Him! He is where your strenghth will come from. Cora feels no pain or discomfort today!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Deb - Cora has touched many hearts. We know Cora is with Jesus. Our prayers are for comfort for you. God bless you. Rich & Deb Irby (Ben’s aunt & uncle)ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:38 am

    Anonymous - Cora is with the the angels and wrapped in Jesus’ arms. Joel and Jess, please know that our family’s prayers are for you today and for sweet Cora.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:39 am

    Heather - Joel and Jess,

    I am so sorry. I know that when I go to school tomorrow my class will be so sad for you. They ask me about Cora usually first thing in the morning.

    You are covered in prayer.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:39 am

    Emily - I’m heartbroken to hear of your loss. I’ve been so touched reading about little Cora. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Melissa M. - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know there are no words that I can say right now that will ease the pain that you feel. Please know that I am praying for your family and that God will give you the perserverance that you need to get through this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:42 am

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess,

    We are crying and praying with you and for you today.

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    Holly Green - Oh, I am so sorry. We will keep you in our prayers for a very long time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:43 am

    Chris and Mandi - Joel and Jess,
    Oh how hard it is to loose a loved one. We are praying for you that you will feel the love of everyone around you and the Lord. After loosing my mom just recently I have looked on to know that through the tears and pain that I will see her someday just like you will see Cora also. I have never met you but I feel like I know you all by you posts and I really fell in love with Cora and I to will get to meet her someday in Heaven. Remember God is with you and has the biggest shoulder for you to cry on. We love and pray for you that you will feel God’s prescence around you each and every moment. If you need someone besides you family and friends you already have please feel free to email me. mandichris11@hotmail.com would love to meet you sometime.
    In Christ,
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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:44 am

    Anonymous - God bless and comfort you in this time of sorrow. Your beautiful daughter has no more pain or sorrow. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!ReplyCancel

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    peggi - Praying that the Lord will wrap his arms around you and give you peace during this time. I am so sorry. Words don’t express.ReplyCancel

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    Tami - Praying for your family during this time.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Joel and Jess,

    I have been following your story since Angie twittered about it. I woke up several times in the night due to having sick little ones and thought of Cora. When I woke up I quickly came down to get an update on your sweet girl and fell to my knees when I read your post. I am lifting you all up in prayer. Please know that so many are thinking and praying for you.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:50 am

    Anonymous - No words, just tears. I am so sorry. Please know that we love all of you so much.
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    Emily's Blog - My prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:53 am

    Elizabeth - We are praying for you – We are thankful that Cora is in the arms of Jesus and that she is well. We ar praying for His comfort to surround you all today and always.
    Eric, Elizabeth, Isaiah and AnnieReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:54 am

    Babs - Tears for your unimaginable pain, tears for the emptiness that must seem bottomless, and tears for the memories of the joy-filled times that must seem a lifetime ago.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 9:55 am

    Michelle - I am sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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    J mom - Many tears are shed this day. May God fill you will love and peace.ReplyCancel

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    The Jones' - My heart is breaking for you all. There are no words, just simple prayer for each of you. She is healthy again and will be forever young in God’s arms!ReplyCancel

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    The Schilling's from PICU - Oh sweet baby girl. Joel and Jess our hearts are breaking for you! I wish we could take some of your pain away. We are praying that GOd lessens your sadness and pain. Please know we love you and are thinking of you! God Bless you and your family.

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    Wibeche og Rune - I am so sorry. I will pray for you.

    God bless you

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    Anonymous - So sorry to hear about your loss this morning when I checked your blog. Your are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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    Rebecca CA - May you fell Gods love. I am so sorry for your loss no words can help. Praying for your family.

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    Anonymous - I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. How heartbreaking. I will pray for strength and comfort for you.ReplyCancel

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    The Finnans - oh my. I have just recently come across your blog, and I had been hoping and praying for little Cora to make it through. Cora is a beautiful little girl. Your family will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:04 am

    Kate - my heart is so sad for your family right now. I am praying that God will supply you all with amazing strength…His Word is Alive and Active and I pray it comforts you during this journey.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:06 am

    Sean and Maryanne Hanger - We’re so sorry for your loss. It’s comforting to know that sweet Cora is with the Lord and is in no more pain. We love you and are praying!!
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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:06 am

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess,
    My heart breaks for you now and has been during these challenges. I have prayed unceasingly for you and will continue to keep you in my prayers. May you find peace knowing that Cora is no longer hurting, has been whole and is now sitting at the right hand of our Lord. She will always be our sweet little angel. I pray that God will hold you and your families closely as you continue through this journey.
    All my prayers and love in Christ.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:07 am

    Peyton's Pages - My heart is just breaking. I am so sorry for your loss. Your little girl was absolutely beautiful, and I will be forever touched by her story. There are no words, especially from a stranger, but I will continue to pray for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:10 am

    lauren - My heart is breaking for you.ReplyCancel

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    Shahrzad Baber - my sweet, beautiful baby Cora, I am so sorry to hear this, I am praying for you allReplyCancel

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    Kate - I am so saddened by your loss. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Tara - I am so very, very sorry. My heart is breaking for you. My prayers are with you. My our God of all comfort wrap His loving arms around you.ReplyCancel

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    Dedra Herod - My heart is breaking, soul crying out… praying for you both. My prayers will be with you for many, many days to come.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:15 am

    Dalila from NJ - I was recently introduced to your blog from Kayleigh’s page. Please know that my heart and prayers goes out to you and your family.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:16 am

    Laura Fiegel - Joel and Jessica – my heart breaks for you. I am so so so very sorry fr your loss and I know that no words can truly express that. Please take comfort in knowing that she is now with Jesus and you have people all over the world praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:18 am

    Anonymous - We love you, Joel and Jess… and we are praying for you.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:19 am

    The Bohrer's - God has been glorified in amazing ways through Cora’s life and yours. Thousands have been impacted. Maybe in the days to come, that can bring you a small amount of comfort. Praying for you.

    We love you,
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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:19 am

    Lisa - Words cannot express the sadness that we feel or the comfort that we desire to give. We have been reading your blog each day and have been keeping all of you in our prayers. May God sustain you in this extremely difficult time.
    Jeff, Lisa, Brian, & Scott Stokes
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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:19 am

    Anonymous - I’m so sorry to read about your little Cora. I will be praying that the Lord will overwhelm with the grace and peace that only He can give. Emily WallaceReplyCancel

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    becky - no words would ever be right. my GOd bless you and your family and may He give you strength and peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Katie Lenderman Brown - I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your precious little Cora. Her story has touched me, and obviously so many others. My prayers and thoughts continue to be with your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Townsend Crew - These past few weeks, Cora has changed our lives. Her little life has taught us lessons of love, of treasure, of God’s power of our lives. Know that her life has meaning. She has reached many. You two, her parents, have taught us unbelievable lessons of love for each other and of love for the Lord. Know that hundreds, probably thousands, surround you and Cora today and in the coming days as you grieve for her precious life.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:24 am

    Anonymous - I have been following your blog for the past week and am heartbroken to read about your loss. I hope you can find peace in the knowledge that Cora is no longer suffering. She is so beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:24 am

    The Nebrigs - My heart hurts for you. Heaven is not far. You both are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Anonymous - There are no words for this. There are so so many hearts breaking with yours today. I, like so many others who posted on here, do not know you. I was asked to pray for your beautiful little girl by a friend. What a wonderful witness you have been to so many through this blog! May God continue to show you His love and faithfulness through this. So many of us are crying with you and praying for you today.

    ~ Megan
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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Stephanie - Dear Joel and Jess,
    We have never met, but I have been following your story ever since a friend introduced me to your blog and asked for extra prayers. I can not imagine what you are going through, but I hope that you find comfort in knowing that you had a beautiful little girl with a beautiful little life and what this story has meant to us all who have been following you.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Nan - Dear Christian brother and sister whom I’ve never met… my heart aches for you right now. I’m so very sorry. What a sweet little blessing your darling girl was when she was with you.

    May Grace and Peace that passes your understanding of the unknowable be with you both and your family as you grieve.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:28 am

    Cherry Tree Lane - We are mourning with you today.
    Our prayers are with you,
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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:30 am

    Z's Mom - I cannot imagine what your family has gone through. I am so very sorry. Jesus has a beautiful new angel!ReplyCancel

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    Lisa - Praying for strength and peace for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Bethany - You do not know me, but like so many out there, I fell in love with your adorable family and your beautiful daughter. My heart is absolutely breaking right now and I can’t even fathom what the two of you must be feeling.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:34 am

    Julia - I am so incredibly sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:36 am

    Anonymous - I was just tipped off by another blogger about your story last night. I read every post about sweet Cora. This morning I woke up in hopes of an update. My heart could not have shattered any harder. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:37 am

    JulieAnn - My heart continues to go out to you and my prayers are with you. I grieve with you. I heard about Cora through Tammye Kurtz. When you feel you can’t carry on, He’s carrying you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:39 am

    angie c - My heart just aches this morning with this news. I cannot even imagine the pain you must be experienceing but pray that Jesus will give you some comfort and wrap you in His arms. Sweet Angel Cora touched a lot of lives just thru these last few weeks…ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:41 am

    anna - joel and jess, my heart is breaking for you. i am so sorry for your loss. cora is a beautiful little girl. we are praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:42 am

    Eva - dear Jess and Joel, all my faith is with you today, tomorrow, untill a better time.

    my wish for you and my prayer is that someday, even though that day seems infinitely far away, you will be able to laugh again.

    God and Jesus are with you and look over you. they will give you strenght that someday you remember the beauty of life.i know you will never forget Cora. i will never forget her. but i pray with time the cruel intensity of your pain will fade away and you will be able to remember Cora only as a blessing, as the brave wonderful girl she was, without any strokes of pain.

    and if i am allowed, i pray may God give you another child.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:42 am

    Meghan - oh my heart breaks for you guys. I am praying. cora is free of pain. i’m so very very sorry for all you’ve been through. “i cast all my cares upon you, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…and anytime I don’t know what to do. I will cast all my cares upon You”ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Lindsay - my heart and prayers are with your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:47 am

    kristen - i found your blog a couple of weeks ago and have been praying for your cora ever since. i am so sorry. i hope you can find comfort knowing she is in the arms of jesus. our son, gaven, passed away 7 years ago. we miss him. i believe with all of my heart that we will be with him again one day and what a happy reunion that will be! my prayers are with you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:48 am

    Library Girl - I am heart broken. I only discovered your family as this was happening and I was so praying for the good outcome. I so saddened for you and your family, but as you know, Cora is with Jesus today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Anonymous - Like many others, I was introduced to your blog by a friend and immediately was touched by Cora’s story. The hardest thing to do in life is to lose a child, especially one that is so amazing. Your family has touched so many lives. I pray that you are comforted during this difficult time. Remember that little Cora is in the best place of all–in the presence of our Lord.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Neabear - I found your blog through another asking for prayers for Cora. I had been following your story praying for Cora. I was so saddened when I saw today’s post. May you find comfort in God’s arms and that he gives you strength in the coming days.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:50 am

    Anonymous - To our dear cousins,

    We begin this Lord’s day tearfully with you. May the Lord continue to be your refuge and strength, your very present help in time of trouble. May the God of all grace and comfort surround you with His love and mercy as only He can (2 Cor. 1:3-4). We know that the same God who raised Jesus will someday raise precious little Cora, and we take comfort that she, though absent from the body, is present with the Lord. What a wonderful thought — both Coras are together. Our William just mentioned that now they can together eat all the fried chicken they want to!

    We are so sorry for this painful trial, and can’t imagine what you’re going through. You will continue to be in our prayers, as you have been.

    Much love,

    Bill & Amy BrandensteinReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:51 am

    Jill (Sneaky Momma) - My heart breaks for you. My prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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    Pam - I know your heart is broken. I am so sorry. You have a strong faith. You serve a might Lord.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - my heart breaks for your family as i know you are in deep pain. i will continue to pray for you- for healing for your hearts and comfort to the both of you. i so admire your faith and strength through this whole ordeal, and sharing that strength with all of us. thank you.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:52 am

    providencephoto - May your grief be short lived, your faith be your rock, and the beautiful memories of little Cora be forever lasting.

    Hold on to each other.ReplyCancel

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    Carrie - Tears precede insufficient words but we serve an all sufficient God. May you feel the comfort of His perfect love today and in all the is ahead of you. You will continue to be covered in prayer.

    Carrie and Scott Sterner and family
    Iowa City, IowaReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:57 am

    marsha clark - Our hearts, love and prayers are with you.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:58 am

    Anonymous - So very sad, my prayers are with your family. I hope you look to god for strength in this difficult time and find peace in each other.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:59 am

    June - I am so very sorry. We are praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 10:59 am

    Katie - With deepest sympathy, you are blessed with a beautiful little girl who you will hold in your hearts forever. You have an amazing guardian angel. May your understanding and faith help to guide you through this unimaginable time. My prayers are with your family.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:00 am

    Amy - My heart aches for you. Cora will never hurt again. She is sitting on Jesus’ lap right now telling Him all her mommy and daddy. God bless you two. I am praying for healing for your hearts.

    In Christ’s Love,

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:01 am

    My Three Sons - I came across your blog through Phenny’s and I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. There are no words to describe how you feel. I truly hope that you can rely on God through this time and allow him to help you mend.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Old Beach Bungalow - All our love and sympathies are with you. I so admire you sharing this journey with us, and being such a strong testimony for the love of Jesus Christ.ReplyCancel

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    Pearls To Hide My Neck - I am so so sorry for your lose.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - praying for you and your family as you go through this diffult time. i pray that you feel God’s arms wrapped around you holding you tight. praying…ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Mrs. S - I started following when I found your blog through someone else’s…I cried with you when you found out about Cora…I believe that families are eternal…and that you will see Cora again. My heart and my prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama - Heart is breaking for you and your precious family. May you find comfort in all the prayers being sent up for you. (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

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    amanda - oh my heart breaks for you, I am so sorry for your loss… Many prayers for your familyReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:08 am

    Anonymous - We are intensely sorry for your loss, and are praying for the two of you. May God draw you close…

    Brandon & Shelly Will & kidsReplyCancel

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    Marcy - Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you today!ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:11 am

    KATY826 - I have only been following your blog since reading about your story on the “whatever” blog. I have two daughters, one that is the same age as Cora. My heart is breaking for your family. Know that my family and I are praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:12 am

    Anonymous - I fell in love with Cora from the moment I read your blog 2 weeks ago. She has touched so many lives and will make a difference in so many lives. I want to thank you so much for sharing your story. I know it had to be so hard. I feel like I will be a better christian and mother to my children, thanks to Cora Paige. She is with the Lord Jesus Almighty now…a precious angel. May you find comfort in the many beautiful memories you have of her.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:12 am

    Laura Rucker - My heart is breaking for yours. Sweet Cora is in no more pain. She is dancing and singing with the Angels. May God guide you through this difficult time.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:13 am

    KK - Praying for your family during this difficult time. Praying without ceasing for healing and peace of mind for your family.
    With His Everlasting Love,
    Kaye
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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:13 am

    Nicole - I am so terribly sorry to hear about sweet Cora. I can’t imagine. I pray that you will be surrounded with love and peace.

    I also wanted to pass along a link… I’m a photographer and I’m part of the American Child Photographer Charity Guild. (www.acpcg.com). Photographers around the world volunteer their time and art to families who are grieiving and have or face the loss of a child or loved one. They donate a session and all prints (or album, or disk of prints) to the families. I am not sure where you are located, or if that is something you’d even be interested in documenting, but I”m sure there is a photographer in your area. It sounds weird, but the sessions are actually very serene and intimate and sweet. You may also want to check out Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.. http://www.nilmdts.com They do the same thing for children/babies who have passed.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:17 am

    Lorilee - I’m so sorry for your loss. God has another angel now.
    Blessings,
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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:18 am

    WyoMel - Our hearts go out to you. We lost our niece over 14 years ago from the same thing as your daughter. We still miss her but know that she is having a joyous time praising Jesus face to face. You will be in our prayers!

    Alan and Melody Dugan
    Glenrock, WY
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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:21 am

    Courtney Kay - maybe Cora is playing with Tuesday… You are in my prayersReplyCancel

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    starnes family - Many thoughts and prayers with you today and always, Jess and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:22 am

    Anonymous - I am truly sorry, my heart breaking with yours. I pray you find peace through all of this.
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    Caroline - My heart breaks for you. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Sweet Cora, rest in peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:23 am

    Polka Dot Moon - My heart is breaking and we are deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful Cora. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Your family and Cora will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:23 am

    Kari Jenkins - There is nothing to say except I am so, so sorry…our love and prayers go out to you and your beautiful little girl.ReplyCancel

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    HandsRaisedToHeaven - Praying God’s comfort on your family during this difficult time. May God send His peace upon your family.ReplyCancel

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    Chris - My heart is broken for you .
    I am so sorry .ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:27 am

    Anonymous - Grace and peace to you in this time of loss. So, so sorry, and will continue to pray for your family.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Courtney and the Boys - Typing through my tears…

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Sweet Cora (and both of you) have been in my heart SO much since I first read your story. Please know how much she has affected me.

    God bless you in this new journey…I will continually lift your entire family up in my prayers.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Lori from TN - Oh Joel and Jess!!! Im so sorry to hear this! I’m at total loss for words! Please know that my prayers are with you!!

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:31 am

    my3sons - Thinking of your family; so shocked and sad for you. Praying too…ReplyCancel

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    Simona Walters - Oh my, word cannot express how I feel for your family, just know I am sending my prayers for peace amongst your family. God Bless
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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:33 am

    Anonymous - Cora was such a precious looking little girl! My family has been praying for her and your family daily. Please know we will continue to pray for you and lift you up. The LongsReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:33 am

    erin & matt - i just recently starting reading your blog and am so heartbroken for the pain you must be going through right now. please know that our family is praying for you.ReplyCancel

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    kristy mae - Bless her beautiful sweet heart.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Anonymous - I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Tracy - There are no words to express my sadness; I can’t even begin to imagine yours. May God hold the two of you, Jess and Joel, in the palm of His hand, and the rest of Cora’s family as well. And may you all find peace there.
    I’m heartbroken. You all will remain in my prayers.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Carrie - I am so sorry. Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    Sara - My heart and prayers are with you. I am so sorry!ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:36 am

    Kathy - I found your blog though another link today, and I am grieving with you. There are no words to express this. We are praying for you.ReplyCancel

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    {Susan...Seriously.} - may god be with you as you go through this.ReplyCancel

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    Amie - i am so sorry. all my prayers are with you and herReplyCancel

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    Alyson - Thank you for sharing beautiful Cora with us. She has touched so many lives and I will continue to pray for you.ReplyCancel

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    Lauren Bergmann - There are no words. I am so sorry. You are in our prayers/ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - My thoughts are with you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Sarah - I came across your blog through a friends blog and I have been praying my heart out for Sweet little Cora and your family. I broke down into tears when I saw this latest blog. I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are still with you and your family. God Bless all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:43 am

    Sheryl from Colorado - I awoke on this sweet Sunday morning and turned to my husband and we prayed for sweet Cora Paige. I immediately logged onto your blog and immediate sadness took over my heart. How sorry I am for your loss, but know that Cora has gained much in heaven. She has a complete healed body, no pain, no sorrow. She IS in the arms of our Father in heaven. You will one day join her there…until then…keep hold of eachother and hang onto the hand of God. We will continue to pray for your healing and comfort!ReplyCancel

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    deyoungsters - I am so, so sorry. My heart is just breaking for you. Sweet Cora…
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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:47 am

    Courtney Cloud - You don’t know me but I recently came across your blog. I am so sorry for your loss. I’m expecting my first baby right now so I just can’t even imagine the loss that you are feeling. Jesus is with you. I am praying for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:48 am

    Anonymous - Oh Joel and Jess, I am so very sorry to hear about Cora. I anticipated reading the blog today and finding good news, I am in shock as only I can imagine all of you must feel. May god bless you all during this difficult time. Life does not seem fair so often, a little girl blessed with love and full of life, very tough to see that go and god take her so soon. Please know, while I did not know your family, I am with you in thought and prayers so often everyday. May you find comfort a little bit in knowing the angels have taken Cora and she is flying with them in gods hands on the clouds above. She is feeling healthy again and missing you. May god be with you during this time.ReplyCancel

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    Gordostyle - I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sorry. I don’t understand. I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sorry! I wish this didn’t happen!

    Lean on God… don’t pull away.

    I KNOW Cora will live in your hearts FOREVER! Celebrate her life by LIVING each day.

    Hugs and LOTS of prayers!
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    Jennifer - I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Cora. I will be praying for God to give you strength during the sad time!

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    Heidi @ GGIP - I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray for comfort for your family.ReplyCancel

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    Jennifer - I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Cora. I will be praying for God to give you strength during the sad time!

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    Jill - Heaven has a new angel- sweet Cora- she is healed and Jesus has her in His arms- I will hold you, Joel and Jess close in prayer- I am so sorry for your loss-
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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:51 am

    likesprinkles - My heart is breaking for you and your family. Please take care of yourselves and know that Cora is now in the best place she could possibly be. Ya’ll are in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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    The Wallace's - You guys have been in our prayers every single day. We continue to pray for all of you.ReplyCancel

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    Marilyn - My heart is heavy for your family today.
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    leahneer - Oh Joel and Jess, I am so very sorry to hear about Cora. I anticipated reading the blog today and finding good news, I am in shock as only I can imagine all of you must feel. May god bless you all during this difficult time. Life does not seem fair so often, a little girl blessed with love and full of life, very tough to see that go and god take her so soon. Please know, while I did not know your family, I am with you in thought and prayers so often everyday. May you find comfort a little bit in knowing the angels have taken Cora and she is flying with them in gods hands on the clouds above. She is feeling healthy again and missing you. May god be with you during this time. Hang onto one another.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 11:52 am

    Lynnsey - I came across your blog through Kaleigh’s blog. I immediately prayed for your family and especially sweet Cora. We have 3 miracle children of our own, and can’t imagine the deepest of sorrow that are filling your hearts today.

    I pray that you find the love of many to lift you on these darkest of days and may the love and spirit of your sweet daughter forever be etched in your hearts and minds.

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    Beth Ann - My heart and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I can not imagine what you are going through at this time. I have been praying for your family ever since I heard about little Cora. I pray that you find comfort and strength through this heart wrenching time.ReplyCancel

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    Elizabeth - My heart is breaking for your family. May God comfort you at this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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    Nic - I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with youReplyCancel

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    Christine - I am so very sorry. I don’t have any other words. Thank you for sharing Cora with all of us. Please know that we will all be thinking and praying for you in the days and weeks to come.ReplyCancel

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    Karen - I am so very sorry for you. She will always be with you, in your heart. I hope that your faith in God will help you to heal in time.ReplyCancel

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    C.C. and Double T - Praying for you. I am so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I have fallen in love with dear, sweet, beautiful Cora in the past few weeks, each day praying for her and telling so many others about her, asking also for prayers.

    I am now weeping with you for your loss and praying that God’s peace and comfort be with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:00 pm

    runafteryou - I am so very deeply, genuinely sorry for the loss of your precious Cora.

    I continue to pray for your own, peace, passion and understanding in the moments, days, weeks, and months to come.

    It has been 13 months and 18 days since we had to say good-bye to our own child. I wish I could take the pain away, but I’m afraid you’ll need it to get through the sorrow. Many prayers to you this day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    Anonymous - I know many, including myself, who have begun, renewed, or strengthened their relationship with the Lord all because of Cora. She served such a meaningful purpose in the short time she was here.
    Thank you for sharing your light with all of us!
    God bless you and give you unyielding strength during this time.
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    Anita(Ky) - I am sorry, you are in my thoughts.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I learned of your sweet Cora just a few days ago. I came today to see how she was doing and felt like my heart dropped into my stomach. I am so very sorry for your loss and cannot imagine the pain you are feeling right now. You are all in my prayers.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:02 pm

    Nan - http://www.shawnanigans.net/?p=1035

    I posted this for you this morning…ReplyCancel

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    Lisa Spence - I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It has been my prayer that God would give you the peace, comfort, and guidance that you will need. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family. Wish I lived closer to be more practical help. Love and prayers,
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    Jess P - I just recently started following your blog. I am truly and deeply sorry for the loss of your precious child. My continued prayers are with you and everyone that was touched by your beautiful girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    Melissa - I wish I had some words I could say that would make everything seem ok. I have been praying for you guys in your journey, and I will continue to pray. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Puttin' On The GRITS - I’m praying for you….ReplyCancel

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    creativecarryout - I am praying for peace and healing for your hearts.ReplyCancel

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    ashleigh anne - My heart and prayers continue to be with you. She is smiling on you and your family.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:13 pm

    BluRayn - My heart is breaking this morning as I read the update. We’ve been following your story for only a little while but have been praying so hard for Cora! Please Jesus, wrap your arms around these grieving parents so tightly!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:13 pm

    Anonymous - Boy was I surprised when I checked today. I was hoping to see that she was improving even more. I am so sorry for you both. No words can describe what you must be feeling but know that people are thinking about you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    sumshay - My heart is breaking…
    You have and will continue to be in my constant prayers.
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    Anna-Marie - I don’t know you but my heart is broken. Crying tears for your sweet girl. God will see you through, though I’m not sure how. Lean into Him.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    Lauren - My heart feels so heavy. As many have said, I just started reading your blog 2 weeks ago (from Whatever). I have a young daughter as well, and we have and will continue to pray for Cora and your family each night. May you find peace, hope and strength in God’s love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Claire from NY - I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now. Thank you for sharing bits of Cora’s life here on Earth with us. I just finished looking through some of your older posts… Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween… You were blessed to have an angel live with you, even if just for a painfully short time. May God’s peace and charity blanket you during this horrendous part of your journey.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:18 pm

    Heather - Oh sweet baby Cora…… I know she is in a better place but my heart is breaking and I can’t stop crying. She wasn’t my daughter but I am so heartbroken right now, I am so sorry :( I pray for peace over your hearts and comfort in the coming days. I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your sweet beautiful baby girl :(
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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    The Mama - I am so so sorry. Sweet Cora, rest in the arms of Jesus. We will be praying for you in the coming days.

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    Shawn and Kimberly AKA Daddy and Mommy - So sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. As a mother, my heart breaks for you. I can not imagine your pain but only hope that God’s love will surround you and bring you some comfort. Praying for your family.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    meleea - so sorry for your loss! my heart is breaking for you. will be praying for you in the coming months! thank you for sharing your story. even though there is much sadness here i am sure their is a major party for Cora in heaven today!ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Amy - I wish I knew the words to say, but I know there is nothing right now that will make you feel any better. When Sophie asked me this morning at church why I kept crying and I told her, her response was, “But now Cora’s all better!” If only we could all see this through a child’s innocence.

    Praying that God’s Love will surround you and hold you up during the times you cannot stand. We love you so much.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Jennylou's Projects - I’m so, so sorry for your loss. We too lost a child. Our sweet Andrew has been gone for almost four years now – I won’t lie, it still hurts. You never get over it, you simply get through it the best that you can.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    Heather - I have been praying for you all, especially that God heal little Cora. She was too perfect for this world and God needed her with Him to be an angel. She is blissful now, and now my prayers will concentrate on you. I am so, so sorry. There are no words, just prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    MelissaLoss - I am so sorry! I haven’t been following your story for Long but I was praying hard for your Beautiful little girl. I am just so so sorry my heart is breaking for you. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Im devastated by this. I have been praying so hard, I have had her picture on my blog asking for prayers…. I really had thought and hoped she was pulling through all of this. I have no words, just tears and I can’t explain my loss of words and the pain I truly am feeling at this moment. I am so, so, so sorry…..

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    Anonymous - Our hearts are heavy with your loss. We learned of your site when a friend of yours asked us to pray for Cora. We will continue to pray for you and your family. Friends in Christ.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:30 pm

    velvet brick - I am soo sorry for the passing of beautiful, sweet little Cora. May God bring comfort and peace to your hurting hearts.

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    Wendy - Grieving with you in Washington state at the loss of your precious baby Cora. Praying for strength and peace during this most difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    meg duerksen - jess and joel….
    there are no words. i am completely surprised by this. my heart just breaks for you. i just can’t believe it.
    what a perfect gift to have had for 11 months. and what blessing to have carried her in your belly for 9 months. and how blessed we ALL feel for having known her and seen her beautiful face each week. those precious cheeks will be forever missed.
    thank you so much for being so vulnerable in sharing your story with the the world. we love you. we are here to help however we can.
    i am so sorry. we can find joy in our heavenly father…the only way to make any ounce of sense at all of any of this. that she is there in his arms today….perfect again.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    Anonymous - Oh my goodness. I gasped out loud, having been hoping to read of more progress. Over the last few weeks your faith, determination, strength, hope and love has been inspirational. You have touched the lives of so many people and been perfect witnesses. I have no doubts you would swap all our encouragements for just one more minute with sweet Cora, but you are surrounded by a might force of thousands of praying friends, and strangers like myself, and more than anything you are being watched over by an almighty God. I am so, so sorry for your loss, and will be lifting you up in prayer constantly. God bless you.ReplyCancel

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    Julie - I’m crying right along with you and will be praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:33 pm

    Whitney - I just started following your blog when your sweet little girl got sick. I found it through Angie Smith’s Twitter prayer requests. I am absolutely heartbroken to hear this news this Sunday morning. I can only imagine that your hurt is a million times worse. I know that you will always cherish the time you had on this earth with your precious girl. But know that she is now in a better place with no more hurting, no more oscillators and only joy abounds there. I have been extremely touched by your faith in God and am praying now for the both of you and the rest of your family that y’all will continue to find strength and refuge in the arms of your Savior. The same Savior that is now holding precious Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:33 pm

    kate - I never knew you (Joel and Jess) well, though i know we went to church together at Grace. I have been praying for you ever since i heard about this awful afair. I will keep praying for you, and your family be it 10 seconds from now or 10 years. When i heard this morning that Cora was with God, i first rejoiced that she will not suffer anymore, and then i cried, for you, for Joels sister Ivy and Jess’s brother Owen, that i go to school with, for the rest of your family, and everyone who knows you. right now i’m crying for you, I dont know why God would take something so inocent and helpless like a 10 month old baby girl. But i do know that God will show himself if you just keep trusting him.
    prayin4u forever and always
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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:35 pm

    PrairieCottageRose - My heart breaks for you. We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet Cora. Please know we are praying God’s comfort, peace, and strength for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Tobie - Our hearts are aching. We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Merrill - Oh, I am so, so sorry. I can’t imagine what these past days have been like for you. Continuing to lift you all in prayer.ReplyCancel

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    Mt. Park Labradoodles - Your family’s story has touched my heart. I’m very, very sorry for your loss, but I’m happy that sweet baby Cora is all better.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    rachel vaughn - crying and praying for you. i’ve never met you, but you are glorifying God through this blog. i am so sorry to hear that cora was healed in this way rather than on earth. we will keep praying.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    forever folding laundry - I am so, so sorry for your beautiful Cora and am praying for you and your family. Cora is smiling in the arms of Jesus, praise Him.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Stacy D - I am so, so sorry. Losing a child is so hard… we lost our sweet Isaac in October.

    Please know that we are praying out here in Frederick, MD.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    The Wrights - Jess, Joel, and families,

    My heart breaks for you! Cora has touched more lives than we will ever know. Thank you for sharing Cora with us.

    May you find some comfort knowing that Cora is with the Lord. May He give you strength and surround you with love and support during this time. We will continue to pray for you ALL.

    Carson, Kara, Carson, Owen, Stella and Isaac Wright
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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    Shannan - We are so sorry about your loss. We will continue to pray for your family.
    -Shannan

    “Hold on, love will find you. Hold on, He’s right behind you now. Just turn around and love will find you.”
    From: Hold On
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    Anonymous - My prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:53 pm

    the*4*of*us - I am so, so sorry. My heart hurts for you and I cannot imagine your pain. She is a beautiful little girl and I know she makes a stunning angel.
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    The Southern Lady - Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this time. God bless all of you.ReplyCancel

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    jenchristians - Oh Sweet Cora. The legacy of her short life will not be forgotten. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. My heart is broken today.ReplyCancel

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    Elaine - My heart aches for you. Lifting you in prayer.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - precious beloved Cora, dearest Jesus, make yourself known to Joel and Jess. Comfort them Lord. My heart aches for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:55 pm

    DAWN & JEFF - Baby Cora, you up such a fight !! I am positve you are feeling GREAT today . Without ever having said a word , you have taught us about “perspective” , and “tough-ness”.We love you .. aunt Dawn / uncle JeffReplyCancel

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    paige - there are no words
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    Diana - Sweet Cora, no more pain, no more discomfort as you are now in the arms of Jesus, the one that knew you in your mother’s womb. For the parents, may God give you His peace that surpasses all understanding.ReplyCancel

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    MMW - God bless you and your family. Jesus will love and care for her and you WILL see her again. Much love xoxoReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:59 pm

    Laura - I just found my way to your blog today by way of Bring the Rain. I am so very sorry for your loss, and I will lift you and your family up through this time. I appreciate all of the Bible verses you included in your blog; they have given me strength and encouragement. May God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 12:59 pm

    Courtney Paris - I like many of the other posters have no words. nothing sounds anything more than trite cliche’s. Prayers for you and that peace will find you.ReplyCancel

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    Joanna - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

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    Courtney - My heart is breaking for you…I know the loss of a sweet baby girl, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone in this world. Praying so hard for the same peace that God has given me through losing my duaghters. God bless you all…ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Our prayers are with your sweet family today.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - so terribly sorry. cannot comprehend your pain.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying for you.
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    Lisa - I can’t even imagine the pain you must feel. I’m so sorry for your loss and pray that you can find peace.ReplyCancel

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    seabafive - I am so very sorry! We will be praying for your family in the days ahead.ReplyCancel

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    Dawn - My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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    Beth G. - This world is not our HOME! Praise Jesus and I cannot wait to meet sweet Cora one day in Heaven. Her life has changed so many! I pray for your family! I heart hurts!

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    ivwhy - i am so sorry to hear……..my thoughts & prayers and with you & your family. thank you for sharing her story with us and revealing such a private thing to us all.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I’m praying for the shield of the Lord to guard over you and His strength to carry you.
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    Cutter's Life - Oh I am so sorry to hear this! I have been praying for Cora since I started reading only days ago! Oh my heart is breaking! We will continue to keep you in our daily prayers. May God give you the strength to get through this most difficult time!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - We are so sorry and praying for you and your family. God Bless.ReplyCancel

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    Patti - There are no words. Cora, watch over your mommy and daddy to keep them strong.ReplyCancel

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    Megan Barber - “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings in Heaven where our loved one shines down…”ReplyCancel

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    hbeary - I sit in tears and share your pain. I am so sorry for what you are enduring. Sweet baby Cora was a wonderful blessing to us all…thank you for sharing her story, your story. I take great comfort in knowing she is dancing with Jesus as I write this. Although that does not take away your pain, I hope you find great peace in knowing she is in HIS arms, now. My heart goes out to you and your families…ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - We have been following your blog and praying diligently…please know you will continue to be in our prayers. We are so sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    L - Wishing there was something I could say or do. Please know I’m praying for all of you.

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    MoodyMama (a.k.a. Heidi) - Praise that she is healed, but my heart is heavy for you. Deepest sympathy for this tremendous loss.ReplyCancel

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    laney - oh Lord we know that heaven is brighter…yet how our hearts hurt for her mommy and daddy…You promise to pray through the Spirit what we cannot say ourselves…we hold You to that promise now….bless these sweet people in the way that only You can…we praise You …we love You…we trust You…still…but oh how it hurts…amenReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:24 pm

    missy - I feel so glad for Baby Cora, but my heart breaks for her Mommy & Daddy. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    Sarah - Lifting you up in prayer, picturing your loved ones doing the same. As Aaron held Moses’ arms when he couldn’t do it by himself, I picture your loving family lifting you up right now…ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    Anonymous - Our hearts are heavy, heavy this morning as we hear this news…many prayers for you in this indescribably difficult time. Thank you for sharing your story and faith with us over the past weeks. May you feel Jesus near today…Our lives were touched incredibly and forever by little Cora.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:27 pm

    Mindy - I am so sorry. I just started following your story this week and was praying for your entire family. I will continue to pray for all of you!ReplyCancel

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    Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom - My heart aches for your loss. Sending prayers for peace and comfort.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Anonymous - Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss of sweet little Cora. My family and I are lifting you up before the Throne of Grace, petitioning our Living God to grant you peace that passes all understanding.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Dave and Jill - Deeply saddened for you and your broken hearts that we know you’re feeling today…. God never let’s go of you— through the calm or through the storms.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    Christina - I checked your blog before church this morning…I have already left another comment. But I just wanted to add that every song we sang had so much depth of meaning. I don’t know if you’ve heard the song “Marvelous Light” or not, but it was even more powerful in light of what I read this morning.
    If you are ever inclined you can go here: http://www.fivewalkers.com/?p=1510 or http://www.fivewalkers.com/?p=1506. Cora and you two as well have gotten embedded into my own being. We also sang the song based on the passage about the Lord not growing weary or fainting. All of these words I cried out to God, knowing how you are hurting, yet relying so heavily on Him. And reach out to others who are there with you. You are much loved, and prayed for.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:31 pm

    Brianne Wiese - I have been reading your blog, I don’t know you at all but know of you through others; So horribly sad for you this morning. Lifted you up in church and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:31 pm

    Cathy - I am so very sorry! You all will be in my prayers.

    {{Big Hugs}}

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:33 pm

    Anonymous - I am praying for your family and want to thank you for sharing beautiful Cora’s story with everyone, as she has touched me and my family’s hearts forever. May God’s peace be with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    -stephanie- - I am so, so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Praising God that Cora is in the most beautiful place, continued prayers for strength for you two.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    Victoria - My heart is broken for you and your family today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    the brown's - praying for you guys…

    the browns
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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    Beth - Romans 8:26
    The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

    May the God of all comfort show Himself to you in mighty ways.

    With tears,
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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    Anonymous - May God bring you comfort. My heart truly breaks for you. I will continue to lift you to our mighty God. My love and prayers…. Amanda, NCReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    Tammie McDonald Maddy - Don’t know what to say. We are also crying with you and praying for you as we will continue to do for weeks, months, and years to come. You are an amazing couple and I also want to thank you for sharing your life with us. We pray for strength, comfort, and rest for you all.

    All our love,
    Jesse, Tammie, Kathryn, and Lorelai MaddyReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    Christina Burton - My heart breaks for you today, but rejoices for Cora. What a wonderful day she must be having in heaven!!!! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you who are left behind to deal with this tragic loss of such a precious little girl! You do not know me and I do not know you, but please know I am thinking of you!

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    Amy - I am so sorry. Praying for you…ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Laura - There are really no words to express but to say I am praying for you and your family. May GOD comfort your hurting heart.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Samantha - Sorry does not even take the edge off of your heartache right now but truly, I am sorry for the loss of sweet, beautiful Cora.
    My prayers are with you.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    Chris - I don’t know where to begin, but please know that many of us are strangers to you and are touched by Cora and her strength. We are all praying for you and everyone who loved her. I’m so very sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    Alice - i’m sorry for your lost but at least she home and in no pain. my heart and my prayers are with you.
    i’m soo sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    Brian and Staci - My heart goes out to you and your sweet precious Cora. I will pray and pray and pray for strength for your family. I am so sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Anonymous - Joel and Jessica…It is easy to see through your blog, the love that surrounded Cora here on earth-she is now basking with the creator of love, and totally healed. You will see her again and dwell with her for all of eternity in the presence of God. “Let the little children come unto me for such is the kingdom of Heaven” Know that I continue to pray for you and thank you for allowing me to see Cora through your eyes; a priceless gift!ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Jessica Hollis - I have followed this blog for the past few weeks and have fallen in love with your beautiful Cora. Please know that I am praying for strength and peace for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:44 pm

    deputyswife - Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for you and your family. My prayers and thoughts have been with you often in the past weeks and will continue on. I am so very sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    megan - I have no words as I am so very sad for both of you. I just pray that our sweet sweet Jesus brings a healing and peace to your Heart. I am so sorry.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Raggedy Girl - May God hold you close to Him and take you through the coming days.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Anonymous - Bring me joy, bring me peace
    Bring the chance to be free
    Bring me anything that brings your glory
    And I know there’ll be days
    When this life brings me pain
    But if that’s what it takes to praise You
    Jesus, bring the rain”

    Mercy Me, “Bring the Rain”ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    mandy - My heart bleeds for you. I just read about Cora yesterday and read her life from beginning to now. Your story touched my heart. I am a former peds oncology nurse & have seen this struggle way too often. I hope eventually you can find peace that only Jesus can provide. He is holding her and she is free from pain. In Christian love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    ~Cherie - Tears flow for you and your precious Cora. I prayed for her at church today before I heard the news of her passing. The sermon was about God’s presence even when things happen that we don’t understand. It seems so fitting now. When I opened your page, I was so devastated for you and your family. I pray that your faith will see you through this hardest moment of your life. My little boys, husband and I are praying for you. Blessings to you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    loridanelle - I don’t know what to say—but my heart is full of you. You have been in my prayers daily, and I will continue to pray. I am so sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - my prayers continue…my heart breaks for you. please know we are praying and pray that you find comfort and strength and peace in himReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    Nicky8 - I am so sorry for your loss, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    Anonymous - I am deeply sorry for the loss of your precious Cora. We are praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    Holly - You don’t know me…I am a relative of a relative. Just know I have admired your strength in Christ through this battle. When it seems all hope is gone, when things are shattered we are called to “Yet praise you, Lord.”(spoken from experience) It is the hardest thing but the only thing that carried me through. I have watched you do the same.

    The Lord has and will continue to carry you and count your tears. No tear falls without him catching them.

    I am so sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    Lori - You are in my prayers as I shed tears of sorrow and joy. May Cora rest in the arms of Jesus and may you rest in the comfort of knowing she is in no pain and awaiting your arrival, when that time may be. God’s peace and love to you during this time. LoriReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:52 pm

    Aspiemom - Oh, I am so sorry! I wish there were comfort I could give to you, but I will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:52 pm

    Momma Mango - I have no words, other than I’m praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Tammy and Mike - May your precious baby Cora rest in peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Wendy - My heart breaks for you.
    I will be praying for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Weeping with you…praying for you…brokenhearted with you…

    May the same arms that now hold your sweet Cora comfort you as He carries you through this with His sufficient grace…and may His perfect peace, which surpasses all human understanding fill your hearts.

    So sorry…
    Kelly Gerken
    Sufficient Grace MinistriesReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:56 pm

    jennifer rogers - i am so sorry for your loss…there are no words…..ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:56 pm

    Stacy Lord - We are so saddened by your loss. We know how precious Cora is to you and we hope that you can find peace in your heart and minds. I believe that she will be with you always. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and your family.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:57 pm

    thehighbargers - Precious Baby Cora! Our hearts are breaking for you. May you continue to find your strength and peace through our Heavenly Father. We continue praying.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 1:57 pm

    Anonymous - I am crying with you. I am so sorry. May you feel the arms of God upholding you. Praying for you and your entire family.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    Anonymous - Thinking about and praying for you. Sweet baby Cora is now an angel and watching over you from her wondrous home in heaven. May God’s Peace find its way into your hearts and souls. JodyReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    Enos Family - I cannot believe how touched I have been by your story. It has consumed me day and night. I feel like I have lost someone close to me, and yet I have never met you. I am so thankful that you have your faith. I hope it brings you some comfort during such an ordeal. Please know that you are remarkable people, that Cora is a remarkable girl, and that your story has touched many people, and I for one will NEVER be the same.
    God bless you and your family.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Anonymous - We’ve been following your blog and praying so much for little Cora and you all. Our hearts go out to you…we will continue to pray that Jesus holds you tightly and you are able to experience God’s love and goodness. Love to you. Ben, Maris and KateReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    Jenni - So, so sad for your loss. I will be praying.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    Katarina - May the Lord bless you and keep youi near Him as you mourn the loss of your precious daughter. Praying for your family, I am so sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    Anonymous - We have no words. Only that we are praying – pleading, begging with our Lord – to give you just moments of peace, moments of rest. She is with Jesus – without tubes, attachments – and we imagine her dancing. WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    momof4beautifulbeauties - I am sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby. I will be in prayer for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Julie - My heart is broken for you guys. I have been following your blog for awhile and have been praying for sweet Cora knowing God was going to heal her. I had to catch my breath this morning when I checked this blog. God’s plans are perfect but it is so hard to understand that especially when it comes to taking away your little girl. My prayers will be with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Pam - I cannot even begin to come up with any words…

    I’ll continue to pray for peace and now the healing of your hearts.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    BreezieGirl - I’m not sure if I’ve commented before… but, I’ve been praying for your sweet Cora. Now, my prayers will continue with you. May God wrap you in His loving arms and hold you close.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    Melanie - You are in our thoughts & prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Bethany - I have just started following your blog in the last few days, but since I learned of your story you have been constantly in our prayers. My heart is breaking for you right now, but I am so thankful that you know of God’s great love! Our whole church prayed for you all this morning.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Anonymous - You are in our thoughts and prayers. WakanaReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    Mommy2QTPies - OMG! I can’t believe I just read those words…I am crying for you and your sweet baby girl. I am so very sorry…please stay strong, god will get you through this horrible time. Sending lots of hugs and prayers to you and your family.

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    molly - My heart aches at the pain and loss life has thrown at you. I feel in love with Cora even though I know her only through your blog. May our loving Heavenly Father envelope you in his arms in your hour of need. Your family continues to be in our prayers.

    xo.
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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    Anonymous - NO NO NO!ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:15 pm

    Stephanie - God bless you…no other words…just tears.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - i’m so sorry and i’m prayingReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    Kristy Tootle - I can not imagine your pain….reading the post today made me feel like an elephant had sat my chest…praying for you…ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    Shelly Primm - I have been following your story for 2 weeks and have been praying for your precious Cora. No words can be said, just tears. My heart is SO heavy for you and your family. I pray that God surrounds you now.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    Impulsive Addict - I just recently started reading your blog and I’m so, so sorry. May the Lord comfort you during this time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:20 pm

    Jason and Melissa - Praying that God will comfort you. May his grace be sufficient. As tears roll down my face, I cannot think of any words. Joel & Jess you are in my prayers.
    Love,
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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    Anonymous - i too only recently came across your blog, via facebook (where users that did not know you personally were praying for your beautiful little angel). I am tragic struck by the passing of your sweet girl. May you feel peace as she is no longer feeling pain, only joy.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    Desha - My heart aches for you and my prayers surround you as you walk this hard journey.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    PamperingBeki - Oh Joel and Jess, I have no words.

    I am utterly crushed and heartbroken for you.

    You are in my prayers.
    We love you guys, more than you can realize.
    And God loves you guys, more than you can realize.

    I pray that you are blessed with a peace that passes all understanding.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:22 pm

    Jennifer - You are in my prayers.
    God Bless,
    JenniferReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:24 pm

    Scarlet O'Kara - My heart is aching for the loss of Sweet Baby Cora. Now she is resting in the loving arms of Jesus and my prayers are for the loved ones that Cora has left behind.

    I am so very sorry…ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Sharon - My heart breaks for you this morning. There are no words to offer any real comfort other than those of the old hymn “Safe in the arms of Jesus”. Cora is safe and happy. Thank God and praise God for that. SharonReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess, my heart breaks for you as parents today, and my prayers are for you and your family. I haven’t stopped praying for you and for Cora since I heard about her through Julie at RCC. Please know that our prayers for you continue, and that I am forever touched and changed by Cora’s story. May HE be the peace that passes all our understanding. With love and deepest sympathy,

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    Banana - I’m so sorry. I will continue to pray for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    Jess - tears and heavy heart…sweet Cora touched so many lives…hold tight.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess – I cannot begin to understand what you must be feeling right now. My heart truly aches for you both! Praise God that Cora is no longer in pain. Our prayers go out to you and your families. You’ve been a tremendous inspiration to a lot of people through this time. Thank you for sharing your journey.
    God Bless You!
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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    Rebecca Louise. - There are no words to convey my pain towards you guys. You truly do not deserve this =[ xxx.ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Anonymous - from our scripture reading at church this morning:

    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. Be sober-minded, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the Gold of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him to the domnioin forever and ever. Amen”
    1 Peter 5:6-11

    God bless you!
    Praying for and with you,
    Angela & GrantReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Sarah M. - I am so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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    Katie - my thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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    Sarah - My heart hurts……ReplyCancel

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  • February 8, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    amber - Praying that God will hold you in His arms and comfort you with His goodness. Thank you for sharing Cora’s life with us and turning our attention back to God’s faithfulness with every post.ReplyCancel

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