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While we were in Banff, Joel had to try this.

Poutine.
The french fries, not the hotdog.
We do have hotdogs in Kansas.
Poutine is french friesΒ 
with cheese curds
covered in beef gravy.
That sounded awful to me,
but Joel said we had to try it.
He LOVED it.
And I have to admit…
it wasn’t that bad.
I liked the french fries and gravy.
The cheese curds, not so much.
Now Joel is convinced that I need to learn how to make poutine.
We’ll see.

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  • Kristi REDISKE - WOW-that looks kind of disgusting to me. You were brave for trying that-i must admit that i think the gravy might be acceptable but those cheese things looked bad. I will just take my french fries with catsup-thank you very much. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Kimberly - Um, ewww. I guess you have to try it once, right?ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Yuck looking to me too πŸ™‚ Let us know how yours turns out..maybe just the fries and gravy ok but the other I can do without..

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  • Courtney e - that is one thing i could never get myself to try when i went to college in alberta… perogies are petty nasty too…ReplyCancel

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  • Beckypdj - We have something similar in Arkansas (maybe the South?) They are called “Wets”. French fries with white gravy. Yum!ReplyCancel

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  • Marc, Sarah, and Luke - Jess — I’m sure Marc would gladly make poutine with Joel. So, perhaps they could make it. Or, we could be nice and learn together πŸ™‚ Our guys and their food — I’ll never understand.ReplyCancel

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  • Cristy - Fries with gravy? Yummy. So bad for you, but yummy none the less! However, I must agree, when mixed with the cheese….gag. πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

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  • Cathy - Yuck. I’m half Canadian and I’ve never tried that. Maybe it’s an acquired taste.ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - We used to live near a dairy farm in Northern Colorado and they had the BEST cheese curds. It’s just the name that sounds gross. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Julie - I think it looks pretty appetizing myself. I like fries and I like gravy. Not sure about cheese curds, but I might like them too. πŸ™‚ Pair it with some “big meat” and you have a meal! Let me know if you learn how to make it. hehe. Love you!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Ginger - Yuck… except I love cheese curds! πŸ™‚ They are one of the many reasons I love going to Wisconsin πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Jane In The Jungle - Ooooo I’m with you…just don’t think so! Just the word..curd…ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney - YUCK! You are a good wife for trying it. Me I doubt it! I’m really not even sure WHAT cheese curds are?. I’m guessing this will not be a pregnancy craving for you!!
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  • Amanda - how about you and I just stick to the cheese fries at Texas Roadhouse…sound like a deal???ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - Curds. I just can’t get over how that sounds. I was not made for life on the frontier-it’s a good thing I don’t have to butcher my own meat and make my own cheese!
    Why mess with perfectly good french fries? πŸ™‚ You guys are brave!ReplyCancel

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  • Chris - LOL . I am Canadian and now live in Nh but I need to say that there is nothing better than a poutine. This is always the first thing that I will go eat when I cross the borber. DELICIOUS. Joel is so right πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

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  • Keilani - Oh my! I am from Minnesota, home of cheese curds. They looked delicious!
    It is a tradition here to eat cheese curds at the fair! My husband is from Hawaii & they eat their french fries and macaroni salad with gravy on it!
    Now THAT is delicious!ReplyCancel

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  • kristin - my family is all in manitoba (and i am actually canadian)…and french fries with brown gravy is what we couldn’t wait for when visiting.

    my husband caught on and used to order it at newell’s. : )

    thinking of you these days more than ever…ReplyCancel

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  • shepherdsgrace - hahahahahahaReplyCancel

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  • Kate - Not sure about that, but I’ll try it. Heading to Calgary on 9/12!!! Can’t wait. Had to order a lunch ahead of time for a fieldtrip and I chose the “morning glory muffin” as dessert. No idea what it is, but when in Canada, do as the Cunucks. Any other crazy Canadian food I should keep an eye out to try?ReplyCancel

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  • Heather - Ok sorry but BLAH!! Cheese curds! Good for you for trying it! But I agree with PP Kristi, I’ll take my french fries with catsup!! Lol!
    Hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - Ohmyword, that sounds disgusting!ReplyCancel

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  • CourtneyC - I do not think that is something I could get myself to try. I prefer my fries with just salt/ketcup.ReplyCancel

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  • Savanna - Well, I am a good ol’ southern girl living in Canada, and poutine is now a fav of mine! They call the cheese curds “squeaky cheese”. Vinegar is good on it too! Some people will use mozzarella instead, but it’s just not the same. I used to think it was gross too, but now I definitely have my poutine cravings! My family in Tennessee are hooked on it too!ReplyCancel

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  • Savanna - Well, I am a good ol’ southern girl living in Canada, and poutine is now a fav of mine! They call the cheese curds “squeaky cheese”. Vinegar is good on it too! Some people will use mozzarella instead, but it’s just not the same. I used to think it was gross too, but now I definitely have my poutine cravings! My family in Tennessee are hooked on it too!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - I have never in my life heard of such a thing! Looks interesting, haha!!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Garrett Family - I’m a Canadian living in San Diego. My husband and I crave poutine! There’s just nothing like it here. That particular portion looks amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • Katie Spinks - as a Canadian it is true people here love them myself not such a big fan but most guys I know love them… i think its all the gravy but who knows… glad Joel enjoyed a little taste of Canadian food!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - We live in western Canada and my family loves poutine! We prefer shredded mozzarella to the cheese curds though….ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - Another Canadian weighing in on the poutine topic – And definitely 2 thumbs up here. I live in Michigan now and whenever I go home I hope there are curds at my parents. And I have to admit Poutine cravings do come and go here… just thinking about it makes me want some.. yummy…ReplyCancel

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  • sassy studio - you could use mozza cheese instead of curds…..they even sell it at costoc! good for you for trying it, i’d eat it but I like to see my feet…
    canada friend,
    sassy
    (we are next door to alberta in saskatchewan-next time you visit we’ll meet you at the icecream store!)ReplyCancel

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  • Alexa - oh oh oh oh oh I LOVE poutine! And while I am a down home 100% AMERICAN girl.. I totally have convereted since moving to canada when it comes to the poutine thing!

    Making it is so EASY! (it wont be as good as some places, but still, it’s yummy!) Just used a packet of gravy mix & mozza cheese! I promise he’ll love it all the same! πŸ™‚

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  • Karina - Hilarious! I am Canadian, so I do understand. I personally love cheese curds, but I’m not wild about the gravy. But I happen to know those who are addicted to poutine stay REALLY addicted. As another person pointed out, Joel might not be able to see his feet for long if you give in to that particular fancy…But what the heck, he could join you as you grow with baby! (Only problem is, he wouldn’t necessarily be able to see his feet again after the nine months are up!)ReplyCancel

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  • RLG - that looks like a tummy ache to me! xoxoReplyCancel

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  • Miss G - We went to Montreal for New Years. It was COLD!!! We ate poutine and I can say that after walking around all day out in the cold, it was a very welcome, warm treat. I enjoy reading your blog so much, Jess. Kelly

    p.s. do you have a Culver’s near you? We have said that since they sell fries, cheese curds and things with gravy that you could probably get them to make you (or rather Joel) a poutine. Just a thought.ReplyCancel

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  • The Mershawn's - Ha! That sounds just like a silly man I know:)…my husband. He’s always wanting to try weird things & then loves them & wants to make them. They make me laugh…ReplyCancel

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  • The Schilling's from Cimarron - Hi… Long time no talk uh??? My computer has been on the brink…. LOVE the playground! Miss you guys lots! Several of my friends told me about your interview on TV…. sorry we missed it! THings here are good, just crazzzyyy busy with school, and three kids….. Kali’s first VB game will be next week, so from there we are somewhere different every week!

    Hope you are all doing well! enjoyed reading and looking at all of the posts! keep in touch! I am still amazed and honored to be a part of your strong faith…. I still feel myself drawn to your words of wisdom and it seems to humble me and remind me of what is truely important! Thank you for that!

    Tell your families hello for us!
    love you!

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  • bikim - Dear Jess,
    don’t really know if i should do this, but you’ve so great and courageous… you’ve been there and done that… this family in norway is now going through terrible times. can you in any way help them?
    http://mali-mo.blogspot.com/
    If you think it’s not the time (do not want to bring pain in any way), nor the place or just don’t want to do it i do understand.
    Thanks and just be happy,
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  • Suzanne - cheese, fries, and gravy…count me in! Um I mean, I’ll have a salad..dressing on the side.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - My hubby would love that but it does not look to tasty to me. Your trip sounded so wonderful though. COntinue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Summer & family in CaliforniaReplyCancel

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  • Kimberly - Poutine is so Canadian, that you can even get it at Burger King. Just make sure if you go to Montreal, don’t try to be “french” and call it Pootan….its just like it sounds…POOOOTEEEEEEN. And I love me some poutine!!! However, cheese curds, beef gravy and french fries are one of those foods that you say a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Nan in Can - I finally tried it after living here for like 5 years. Not that great. Cheese curds are rubbery.ReplyCancel

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  • Rebecca - Joel seems to be quite the adventurous guy! I think I would pass on the poutine. Cheese curds just don’t seem like they would hit any hunger spots for me.

    I was taking some extra time I had today to once again read back on your blog and look at some pictures of Cora. While reading I realized that your b-day was just recently. Happy (belated) Birthday to you. I hope that you were able to find some happiness on a day that I am sure came with many difficult moments. You are in our hearts and prayers everyday.
    Love and Hugs to you and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • Chris - Oh I love poutine , it is frech canadian you know , you really need to wait for the cheese to melt , quite amazing , I know it looks dreadful but it is a real treat , actually I turned it down today a little bit much when your trying to lose weight like I am .
    EH!
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  • Jessica - hey who does you template for your blog? I really need someone to edit mine b/c I have no clue how to do it? Will you help?ReplyCancel

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  • Lucie - Poutine is sold even in school cafeterias here in Ottawa-Canada.
    I don’t like it myself, but love fries and gravy- Don’t Americans eat fries and gravy?ReplyCancel

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  • dealightfulsavings - Hmmm… I’m not so sure about that gravy either πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Mom of 3 and bride-to-be! - As a canadian girl, I had to laugh at this post. Poutine…foreign to people??? WHAT??

    I had it for lunch today…well..the baby wanted that for lunch πŸ˜€

    Poutine is great..if you don’t abuse it. It’s quite the artery blocker! LOL!!
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I know I said we would stock Cora’s at the end of August.
I know today is September 1st.
Where are the Cora dresses?
The serger is out of the box.
We are sewing LOTS of dresses.
But, obviously they won’t be posted until September.
Sorry.
We have lots of burpies cut out too.
We are trying out a few new ones.
Chenille burpies.
And because you have so patiently been waiting.
I think we will have a giveaway soon.
Keep checking back.
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  • michelle - yay!! looking forward to all the new items…ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - I want so badly to buy one…but haven’t had a chance too. I certainly look forward to the new dresses and HOPE to be one of the lucky ones that gets to purchase a new dress for my daughter!!! Can’t wait to see the new items!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Zingo Tots - Awesome! I’ve been checking like a wild woman several times a day! Can’t wait to see!ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - That fabric is eye candy.
    You guys are amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • Missy - i love the green print πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Angie - Oh cannot wait! So adorable, looking forward it!ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - where do you find such adorable fabric???ReplyCancel

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  • Shauna - Cannot wait! I was lucky to have caught a 4th of July t-shirt at Cora’s and will have a watchful eye on the dresses! I love them and think they are adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • Marsha - Can’t wait. I have 2 dresses for my 18 month old and now I need some for the new baby set to arrive any day:):) Hopefully, I won’t miss them!

    Love and prayers,

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  • Trasie Bressler - OH I so hope that I get a dress this time for my little lady. Can’t wait!!!

    Many Many Blessings!
    TrasieReplyCancel

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  • purejoy - adorable fabrics!! can’t wait to see the finished products!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - i can’t wait! i have never ordered anything, but i’m going to this time!ReplyCancel

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  • ml - Ok, somehow I always miss them. I REALLY hope to get one this time! Still thinking of you and praying for you in Alabama!ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - That’s OK – now I have two granddaughters to buy for – and wouldn’t they look cute in matching Cora dresses! I love the material you guys are using – it’s so bright!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Yay…but maybe could we those something in there for the boys πŸ™‚

    Thinking of you!

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  • jennifer rogers - oh i’m so excited! I just found out I am having a little girl and I cannot wait to snag one of your cora dresses! They are beautiful! I never get to the shop on time to buy anything but now I really have a reason to buy one so I’m very excited!!ReplyCancel

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  • Tiffany Lockette - Wonderful, I am super excited to see the new stuff.ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - Yay! Can’t wait to see what you girls make.

    That last picture, second fabric from the left… red and while funky flowers.. that’s one of my favorite fabrics ever.ReplyCancel

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  • Ginger - The fabrics look wonderful! I’m excited – hope to get one this time! πŸ™‚ I’m sure you’re overwhelmed keeping up with supply & demand! Hope you’re feeling well – can’t wait to meet baby Mac! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • CourtneyC - Cannot wait to see the new set of dressed and burp cloths.ReplyCancel

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  • Karina - I absolutely MUST get a dress for my daughter – I’ve never been fast enough up to now! I will be haunting your blog and Etsy…as usual!!ReplyCancel

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  • Paula Aspacher - your fabrics are awesome!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Rebecca - Oh WOW!! Look at all that beautiful fabric. I can’t wait to see the finished products.ReplyCancel

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  • mommaof4wife2r - serger! now that sounds fun! i still use the old sewing machine! love the sample of fabrics though!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - Those fabrics look adorable! Can’t wait to see the finished product!ReplyCancel

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  • Ethansmom08 - Can’t wait to see the new dresses!!! So excited! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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Our sweet little Cora was on the news again last night. We love how, even now, people are still talking about her. She is famous!

Channel 12 did a follow up story on the progress of Cora’s Playground. We are so thankful for how the reporter, Megan Strader, has portrayed our story each time we have been interviewed. Thanks Megan!
While I HATE being on TV (somehow Joel got out of talking on this one), it is our prayer that through our story the Lord’s name would be famous.
You can check out the news segment here.
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  • Summer - That brought tears to my eyes Cora has touched so many lives I still think of her and pray for you all on a regular basis.
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  • Kimberly - Such a blessing God is still using her amazing life!ReplyCancel

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  • Cathy - You did great!ReplyCancel

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  • Falling Around - You did beautifully, Jess! I would not have been able to hold it together but you are so strong.

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  • Taking Heart - Loving the legacy of that whimsical place… God is good.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Good job Mom. You continue to amaze me!

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  • Trasie Bressler - As I sit and wipe away the tears you better believe she is still famous! God is using your story to touch so many lives and I am one of those people. I am a better Mommy because of you and I look at my children in awhole different way.

    You are one amazing family and that is one truly amazing playground. I hope the memories you make there are many!

    Many Many Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • Sherryl - You did a GREAT job on that interview! It makes me happy to think of your children playing in that playground that was made in their sister’s honor!ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - You did GREAT!! I know Cora’s so proud of her mommy and daddy!ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - It was just on again this morning on channel 5. πŸ™‚

    You did a great job on the interview! I love that Cora will be talked about and remembered for years and years, along with your faith in God.ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - I love that 10 years from now people will still hear her story when they ask about who the playground is named for. What a special place in memory of a sweet special little girl – and put in place by her very special parents. You guys are awesomReplyCancel

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  • Anna - How wonderful Jess and Joel!ReplyCancel

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  • purejoy - what a sweet and lasting tribute. i can’t wait to see pictures of the dedication! won’t it be fun for your new little mac to come and play on his/her sister’s playground. that she would be remembered for the laughter she is sure to inspire.
    such a great interview!! you were awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - That was great guys! I so wish that there was no need to have a playground in Cora’s name, but I continue to be a amazed at how God is being glorified through it all. It really is amazing!!! Nice Joel, how you let your lovely wife do all the talking:) You trying to portray the strong silent type?:) Love you guys, AndiReplyCancel

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  • Cristy - So awesome Jess!ReplyCancel

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  • mommyof2 - Aww…Jess you did great! I love the playground and can’t wait for the ceremony!ReplyCancel

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  • TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - It’s such a blessing to have your sweet Cora’s story and the message of God’s love spread in such a mainsteam way.
    I’m quite sure NO ONE would notice if you did say something silly, btw. πŸ˜‰

    Love and prayers,
    XO*TriciaReplyCancel

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  • Missy - thinking of you!ReplyCancel

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  • dundee - Jess–You don’t know me. I am David & Sara Weber’s neighbor. My daughter Adrianne originally told me about Cora back in January–and I prayed for her. I read your blog after the first channel 12 story. I continue to pray for you & Joel and the baby to be. Your writings are inspirational. May God’s richest blessings be on you. Cora’s story has touched many. If you every put you blog writings in book form, I am sure many, many people would buy it for themselves and friends. God Bless you both. Judy McDiffettReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - Cora is by no means gone, her name will forever live on through that playground and her purpose that she fulfilled her short time in this world!!ReplyCancel

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  • Angela - Oh, that was so sweet and so sad. Your baby bump looks so cute!

    Thank you for being humble and down-to-earth and for loving God above all.ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney - You guys were wonderful. My friend called me and said Cora’s going to be on the news! I love the playground.
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  • Lacey McKay - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFOdA52sjFA

    Have you heard this song yet? I found it on another blog this morning and thought of you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • mommaof4wife2r - i love love love that little cora is still blessing peeps everywhere…and i love that you didn’t have to do the spot!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - Hi, my name is Kristin – I saw a prayer request button on Hollie’s page (Drama Mama) and have been following your blog ever since. I just have to say that you give me strength every time I read a post and you give me a serious push to appreciate every day I have with my daughter and to love her as much as I possibly could. Thank you for being so strong to share your story, you are always in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Drama Mama 2 B - Hi, my name is Kristin – I saw a prayer request button on Hollie’s page (Drama Mama) and have been following your blog ever since. I just have to say that you give me strength every time I read a post and you give me a serious push to appreciate every day I have with my daughter and to love her as much as I possibly could. Thank you for being so strong to share your story, you are always in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Petit Coterie - I had a giveaway on my blog and a very nice lady who has never met you entered your name and felt that you should win. She is in Portugal and your story touched her heart. You did win the giveaway and now I need an address where to send it. Please visit my blog and you will see what the giveaway is.

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  • debbie - I dont know how you do it…how you have carried on through this awful tradegy.I can honestly say I wept when I read your blog but you both show such strength.
    Congratulations on your new baby as well and its so nice to see the playground etc……she is never forgotten by you and thats wonderful.
    Best wishes to you both.
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  • JEN - Thank you for having the courage to continue to glorify God through your story. You are an amazing example of His grace and love. You have touched so many with your story and have become such an inspiration! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Rebecca - The playground looks wonderful!
    Praying for you everyday!
    Love and hugs to you both.ReplyCancel

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  • Lori - No big surprise…that made me cry. May God continue to bless you both with peace and healing!ReplyCancel

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  • me and my boys - she will always be famous πŸ™‚
    playground looks beautiful !ReplyCancel

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  • ryanandlindsay - hey i love the new look of the blog! great job by the way. i know how much you love it. πŸ™‚ i am excited for our kiddos someday to use the playground!ReplyCancel

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  • A - What a beautiful story! You look so cute, by the way!ReplyCancel

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  • The Moffats - So neat, Jess. Thanks for sharing this. Big hugs.ReplyCancel

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  • bikim - Dear Jess,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment.Hope you do like the pillow. may you have great joys with this baby! Take care,
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  • Brooke - I have not left a comment in a few months, but wanted you to know how I think you are such wonderful parents. I am sure that Cora is smiling down from Heaven with that sweet baby grin just so glad for what you do to remember her. She will never be forgotten. I have said it before, but I do not know how people get through losing a child. I can not imagine the feelings that go with it. God bless your familyReplyCancel

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  • writing4612 - How awesome is that?ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer in Nashville - That was a beautiful piece. It brings tears to my eyes. I pray for your growing family.ReplyCancel

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  • Bambi - I got to see the story when it aired! You did great! And Cora’s playground is beautiful. So many children will enjoy it including new baby Mac.ReplyCancel

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  • The Horton's - Hi, my name is Kirsten Horton, my family is a newer addition at Grace CC. I heard about your blog through my sis-in-law Shana Schmidt last year. We have been following your ups & downs and pray for you all often. I believe that I will finally get to meet you for Judgement house volunteering this fall. But I just wanted to say hello, and that your strength has been a miracle in it our for me and my family.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - This is my first time commenting on your blog. This post was especially touching in my opinion. I am also due in January with my first baby and I pray I will be as good of a mom as you are!! Praying for you, your husband, your baby, and of course, Cora.ReplyCancel

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Sweet Baby Mac.

Even with all these mixed emotions, we love him/her so much already.
Seeing these pictures at our sono last week definitely made me want to hold our baby.
I think we are both ready for our arms to not feel so empty.
This little one was moving all over the place the day of the sono.
The technician was having trouble getting the pictures she needed.
Which is funny because they had to push all over my stomach to get Cora to move around.
She was a very calm baby and didn’t move that much.
We might have our hands full with this one.
But that is ok with us.
We could use a little excitement around here.
And we are anxious to know this little one that God has created just for us.
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  • Kimberly - Just precious!ReplyCancel

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  • wicker0407 - The baby is so cute already I am so happy for you and Joel!
    God Bless!! Summer in CaliforniaReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - What a great picture!!! My kids were the opposite as well…and still seem to be that way! Can’t wait to see your belly pictures again!!

    Always praying in Nebraska,
    Sarah

    P.S. I still need to get a thank you and a picture sent out to you of my daughter in her Cora dress!! Sorry it’s taken me so long! Hope to get that out to you sooooon!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - How sweet, I think you may want to buy blue. What a blessing.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I think it’s going to be a boy!! At least that’s what it looks like anyways!!! πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

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  • The Morris Family - So many intricate details! We can rest in His wisdom as He fashioned your Cora and our little Joel that His purposes were and are being fulfilled.

    What a wonder it is to see them in inside!

    Pray for you often….

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  • Allen and Debby Graber - That was the same with me – Josh wouldn’t move for nothing! But Jill rolled and rolled around my tummy. Can’t wait to hold this precious little one!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Moffats - I love love love that pictures! So sweet. Lovin’ & missing you all. Can’t wait to meet this little blessing.ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - Wow!! Thank you Lord!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Todd and Courtney - I can’t even tell you how excited I am for you. I check your blog ALL the time for updates. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle - Cute picture! I am so excited for you and the play ground is adorable.ReplyCancel

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  • Kelley - so excited for your sweet family. praise God for this sweet baby. and praise God for your sweet Cora, who’s story has touched so many. i still pray for your family and thank you for sharing your story on this blog.ReplyCancel

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  • Christine - I’m teary-eyed reading this – what a blessing! I can’t wait to “meet” this precious child!

    Hope you’re feeling well & that pregnancy is treating you kindly. Our prayers & thoughts are with you always.ReplyCancel

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  • Missy - your baby is beautiful! ummmmmmm with all that activity it may be a boy πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • The Boccias - That picture made me smile SO BIG.ReplyCancel

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  • Heather - I am SO excited for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - Oh, there is nothing like that picture! How awesome.ReplyCancel

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  • Candice - Awww…congrats again! BTW, my son was extremely hyper for every ultrasound, but he is super laid back, so you never know. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Holly - So precious!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren - So excited for you! This little one has been designed just for you and just for this moment. He/She is perfect and I know you can’t wait to meet.ReplyCancel

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  • Allison - I love sonogram pictures!! Congrats:-)ReplyCancel

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  • Chris - AWWWW precious baby . I can’t wait for you to hold him/her πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • A - Beautiful!!!! I am so happy for you- He will certainly turn your tears into dancing!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - So beautiful!! I’m thinking it’s a boy!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristen - God bless Baby Mac! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Misty Rice - Takes my breath away and makes me to excited for you. I say BLUE, also…I think an active little boy will be perfect for you guys.

    Oh how exciting, sweet and wonderful.

    Praise GOD…. I love the LEGACY Cora is leaving, and watching you guys smile again through all the still very raw pain.

    God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :O) - A true miracle and such a beautiful picture…I couldn’t help but saw awwwwww….I’m so thrilled for you both and I continue to pray for your sweet family always. Have a blessed weekend!ReplyCancel

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  • Beckypdj - So truly happy for you!!! I can’t wait for the pictures of this new child playing on Cora’s PlaygroundReplyCancel

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  • TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Hi Jess and Joel.
    What a precious little bean you have there. It will probably feel like the rest of your pregnancy is dragging now that you got to sneak a peek. It felt that way for me. I just wanted to hold my girls.
    What a great photo. Perfect profile. I’m so excited for you both, and looking forward to the day that we can all “meet” new baby Mac.
    Prayers and love,
    XO*Tricia

    P.S. I saw the pics of the playground on Meg’s blog. It’s just amazing! I’m sure it will be a blessing to your family and community for years to come.ReplyCancel

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  • Angela - Oh, that is just precious! I am only nine weeks, so right now my ultrasound pictures look like blobs.

    I can imagine that this pregnancy has been bittersweet in the light of the loss of your sweet Cora. I am so sorry that she was so suddenly taken from you. Thank you for holding strong to the Lord, even amidst the gut-wrenching heartache.

    This baby is so blessed to be brought into your family.ReplyCancel

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  • tami - So thrilled for your family! What a beautiful precious little blessing you have!ReplyCancel

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  • The Drama Mama - What a BLESSING! Sending prayers, love & hugs your way!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - i could probably guess the sex of the baby on that one for sure..and I have hard time making out anything on those things:))

    and we can’t wait to meet that little one! any names yet?ReplyCancel

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  • Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - Praise God! He/She is a gift that God made especially for you and your hearts will be a little more full! Prayers for a continued pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - Precious, beautiful gift! I cannot wait to “meet” Baby Mac #2 πŸ™‚ I know you cannot wait, either.

    You and Joel are always in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - How great is our God! Love getting a sneak peak at Baby Mac..My two babies were just like that as well. My girl(who is 20 years old) was not so active but my baby boy(who is 1 year old) was and STILL IS very very active. Just a little bit of age difference πŸ™‚
    How wonderful and hard for you at the same time.
    In my thoughts and prayers!

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  • Erica - what a sweet sweet baby! you guys are so blessed with this new life coming into your home. i have two kids and they are opposites as well… sean never moved when i was prego but is SUPER busy now; nolan moved ALL the time when i was prego but is very chill. it’s so fun to see their different personalities.ReplyCancel

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  • Miss Em - He/she is beautiful. I can’t wait to meet this little one either (via your blog of course, ha ha) The playground is truely awesome! Sending hugs.ReplyCancel

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  • The Carroll's - Praising God for this sweet baby! So excited for you both!ReplyCancel

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  • hoosier68 - I just want to second what everyone else has said. What a marvelous holiday gift you are going to get. One of my children was born on December 20 and it is so wonderful to have a new baby at that time of the year. Still praying for you and yours each day.ReplyCancel

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  • Claudia - I love how you phrase it … “We are ready to have our arms full again”

    So excited for you.ReplyCancel

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  • Hailey - Precious!ReplyCancel

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  • Falling Around - Kinda making me want to have another…

    Blessings to you and sweet baby mac!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I am happy for you guys. Ever since I started reading your blog I have prayed for you that not only will God comfort you & your family but that He will bring JOY to your lives again.ReplyCancel

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  • capperson - This is just precious. I am so happy for yall. Congrats. Oh yeah and I’m thinking so blue is very much needed. I may be wrong but thats my bet πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - Just seeing that sono picture made me burst into tears. (hello, hormones…)

    I could NOT be more excited for you guys!

    And I’m a firm believer that you can start to see the baby’s personality in the womb. I didn’t realize it with my first pregnancy, but with the subsequent ones, I could really tell.

    And those kids turned out just as I’d expected!

    So prepare yourself for a fun and feisty one. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • RLG - Congratulations and thank you for sharing your wonderful picture with us. All the best, ReneeReplyCancel

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  • Karina - Wow, what a clear ultrasound picture! S/he is adorable already. I can’t wait for your arms to be less empty either.ReplyCancel

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  • Trasie Bressler - Boy or girl, pink or blue one
    things for sure, that bundle of joy will be loved beyond measure.

    Many many blessings,
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  • Marsha - How sweet! Isn’t is amazing what God creates and to know this baby was created just for you and Joel!

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  • Bri!!! - Wow, looks like you might be getting a boy.ReplyCancel

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  • meg duerksen - i can already tell it looks just like you. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney - Love, Love, Love the pics. He/She is so sweet! Do you have names picked out yet. I think your next contest should be how people came up with the kiddos names.
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  • Kathy - Precious! I haven’t visited for a while and I didn’t know you are expecting again. I can’t tell you how happy I am for you both! God bless you both and your little one.
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  • Shannon - How sweet! You have been blessed by *such* a beautiful baby again!ReplyCancel

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  • Heidi - Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful photo of the baby. It brought tears to my eyes. I prayed looking at the photo that this baby is blessed with good health. You seem like such a kindhearted soul, I am very happy god is blessing you both with this baby.ReplyCancel

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  • Jane In The Jungle - I’m sooo excited for y’all!!ReplyCancel

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  • Miss G - oh my! This is sooo exciting! KellyReplyCancel

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  • gwswenson - There is so much love, already. And THAT is SO good. xoReplyCancel

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  • Sandys2girls - So happy for you guys!!
    Tickled blue!! I think you are having a baby boy!! Just precious!!ReplyCancel

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  • Lynn Jones - You are so going to fall in love in a few months–and that is a truly wonderful thing! Jess, thank you for sharing with your readers. If you only knew how often I think of you during each day and send up a little prayer. This baby is already so blessed to have such dear parents–it’s hard waiting, isn’t it?ReplyCancel

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  • Shari - Ohh I bet it’s a boy! My girls wouldn’t MOVE so the tech could get ultrasound pics and my boy wouldn’t QUIT moving so she could get pics! ;o) Congratulations, so exciting.ReplyCancel

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  • Jan - Absolutely beautiful – this made my day.ReplyCancel

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  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - Beautiful sonogram picture!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Dear Macs,
    I just read through your blog after watching channel twelve tonight. When they said your daughter died of cancer I instantly wondered if it was neuroblastoma. After reading your blog I realized that it was. My son Dylan, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma 16 years ago and I can relate to your story so much. He started with repeated ear infections and then his stomach was excessively hard,a doctors appointment, ct scan and then the terrible diagnosis. I still remember the disbelief. I am so sorry for your loss. Tears are streaming down my face as I type this. It is a terrible, terrible disease. I am so lucky that Dylan survived. But I still grieve for every family that has to go through watching their baby suffer. You are very special people. When I got pregnant for the second time, I too was nervous. They did a sonogram and checked the babies adrenal glands to make sure there were no signs of neuroblastoma. My second child was born healthy and is healthy to this day. You were blessed with Cora and she with you. Good luck and God Bless.
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  • Anonymous - So excited for you and joel!! Have read your blog over the months–God is doing an amazing thing through your lives and story.

    Great news story on Channel 12 tonight–LOVE Cora’s playground!! I am so very glad they (channel 12)are following this story through. The playground is absolutely gorgeous–what kid wouldn’t want to play there?? πŸ™‚

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  • Stephanie - What a miracle! I’m so excited for you both!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Looks like a boy :o)ReplyCancel

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  • Andrea - How sweet! Our boy was VERY busy in utero. I felt him early on and he moved like crazy till the day he was born. Turns out he has never stopped moving! He keeps us very busy. Maybe this baby will be the same. Running around Cora’s playground in a few years!ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - He’s beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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  • middleagedmom - So precious! God bless you and your little one.ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - Awww, so sweet!!!!!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Paula Aspacher - I THINK IT IS A BOYReplyCancel

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  • number17cherrytreelane - Praise the Lord for this child.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Loved seeing this “sono” pic of your precious baby! I am praying for you both!
    Also, I LOVE the new set up of your website – it is beautiful seeing all the variety of pictures of gorgeous Cora adorning the top of your postings of what is going on in your life.
    The new playground looks awesome!!
    I am praying daily for you!
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  • Alison - I ached for you (and still do) as our son isn’t much older than Cora. I am also pregnant now and celebrating new life with you! Congrats!! Still praying for you guys.

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My friend Megan posted some great picturesΒ 
of Cora’s Playground on her blog today.
Like this one.

She did such a good job of capturingΒ 
the fun details of the playground equipment.
Thanks for your sweet post Megan.
Your pictures are fantastic like always!
Have I told you how much I LOVE the playground?
If only Cora was here to play on it with me.
She would have loved it too!
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  • Anonymous - I too saw her post with the great pictures..I so wish your Cora were here to enjoy it with you. It is beautiful. Cora’s Mom and Dad did a fantastic job…a great legacy for one special little girl..You are amazing Mom..hope you are feeling well.

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  • Polka Dot Moon - So much love is in that beautiful playground! I too wish we could see her face in the pictures of the playground. My little one looks at your lovely header with all of Cora’s photos, points and says “baby, baby” every time I check on your blog.

    You and Joel both did an amazing thing….leaving a legacy for your beautiful daughter.ReplyCancel

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  • Trasie Bressler - The playground is just beautiful! Absolutely Perfect!! Simply Amazing!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kariselle - I saw the post..what a beautiful playground! And I just read your previous posts….I love the song, “In Christ Alone” too. Good luck to your family & the rest of your pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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  • Meg - The playground looks amazing. I can’t wait to see kids playing on Cora’s playground, I also can’t wait to see your beautiful baby after this playground.ReplyCancel

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  • Falling Around - There will soon be much laughter to be heard in Cora’s honor. I find myself wishing daily that we could move to Kansas – I’d love to play on Cora’s Playground with the kids.ReplyCancel

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  • pebblesbuddy - This playground looks beautiful!! I have been following your blog and through all your heartache you seem to be a very strong woman. I do not know the pain of losing a child but I do know I have experienced the loss of my best friend and as I have learned time will heal all wounds. Thanks for continuing to blog, I cannot wait to see the finished product πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • kimberly - saw megan’s post. so awesome. i said that you will be able to hear the precious laughter of cora sprinking out with the sunshine.
    and your new look!! wow!! love it!!ReplyCancel

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  • Dina Ross - The pictures of this amazing playground brought tears to my eyes but in the happiest of ways….you can truly feel the presence of your sweet sweet little Cora….and that makes me so happy:-)ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - Cora would’ve absolutely loved it.

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  • Anonymous - Megan’s pictures are gorgeous. She captured so many details, it’s those little things that make it so special. I am so sad that Cora cannot play there, but so thrilled that that playground will forever bear her name, that at that very place children will hear about Jesus and learn of the HOPE that we have in Him, and best of all they will learn that if they have that HOPE too, they will one day be able to meet Cora sitting right next to Jesus. When I picture Cora with Jesus, I can’t help but get warmth all over. Cora’s presence makes my longing for heaven even sweeter! Thanks for sharing the pictures. God bless you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - i saw megs post and the playground looks great! so excited for you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - It looks so amazing! What beautiful pictures of such a special place!ReplyCancel

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  • Missy - the picture of cora in her green shirt is precious! she so resembles my chloe at that age.

    i do wish your daughter was with you to play on that wonderful new playground.

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  • Christina - M. takes some of the best pictures I have ever seen. If only I weren’t so far away, I would ask her to pretty please photograph our family.
    My heart aches so for you, even as I am joyful about your upcoming addition. I am committed to praying for you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - Oh, but girl… Cora has an even better playground up in Heaven. Can you imagine???ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - Hang on to the thought of playing on it with Baby Mac – and other brotheres and sisters in years to come. Cora will be watching them from heaven while playing on her playground with friends up there.
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  • Karina - Love it. I wish Cora was here, too. I’m off to look at more cool pics of the playground…Hugs to you and Baby Mac.ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - I just found your blog and read it for almost 2 hours. It’s really amazing what you have done. Cora is incredibly cute and has the same mark on her forehead as my baby sister πŸ™‚ I added you on my blog so I can keep up with you from now on! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Great job on the news tonight! the playground is beautiful and we are so excited for your new little arrival. Praying for you often!ReplyCancel

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