We haven’t abandoned our Etsy project. It is still coming. We have lots of things ready to sell, but it is taking me awhile to get the pictures taken and everything uploaded. I have a new appreciation for all of you crafty Etsy people. This is a lot of work! Hopefully by the end of the day we will have Cora’s shop open.

Since I am new to all of this I needed help getting started. I decided to e-mail Sara from Sarah + Abraham to ask for some help with my banner and logo. She was wonderful and designed everything for me. Stickers and tags too. I just love how it turned out! Thank you Sara. Make sure you check out her Etsy shop and blog too.

The weather here in Kansas has been beautiful. Usually that makes me so happy, but it has been hard. It just makes me think of all the things I had planned to do with Cora this Spring and Summer. She would have been at that fun walking and exploring stage. We had planned to play outside, go on walks, go to the park, swim… It just makes me so sad all the time. I am trying to find joy in the little things. Through the tears I have so much to be thankful for. So for right now, I am thankful to be busy with this Etsy shop. Hopefully coming soon (like tonight)…

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    Lauren Kelly - Sending a hug your way!!!! :o)ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    Angela - You are in my thoughts and prayers. I ran across your blog several weeks ago and my heart breaks for you. God is with you always.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:33 pm

    A mommy from Chicago - I wake up praying for your family. I fall asleep praying for your family. I pray for you as a mother. I pray all day for strength, peace, and comfort for your family. Mother to mother; my heart breaks for you.
    Saying sorry isn’t enough.
    So I will continue to pray.
    Your story is changing hearts.
    Cling to the promise of God’s will and purpose.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    Christine - Sending you hugs and lots of love, Jess. You’ve been on my mind all morning. My 5yo daughter and I have been packaging things to get in our etsy store for Cora. I’m praying for you, hon.

    and, WOW! I love the shop banner that you’ve got. I can hardly wait to see what great things you & your mom have crafted.

    May God’s hand be upon you,
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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - *HUGS, HUGS, HUGS*

    As I said in my debut blog post yesterday, part of the reason I’m blogging over here right now is because of you folks and how much you’ve pulled me over here with your beautiful girl and your story. Know that there are people all over this ‘verse who are praying for you … I’m just one of ‘em.

    Can’t wait for your shoppe! Take care! <3ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    Amy - I love the logo! It is precious. My girls love their Cora flower bows from Beki @Pampering Beki. They know all about sweet Cora Paige and they ask about you a lot.

    So, from the Nortons in Oklahoma, lots of love, hugs, and prayers are being sent to you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:43 pm

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

    Blessings,
    ElizabethReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Marla Taviano - Praying for you, Jess! Just watched the beautiful video of Cora. Oh, she’s gorgeous. And so are you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    hoosier68 - Being a mother, grandmother, and elementary teacher, I am sick at heart for you and your family. I can’t begin to imagine your pain. Cora must be the most precious angel in heaven smiling down on you. She has been released from her suffering and I pray that you find solace in that thought.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Samantha - I am so in awe of your strength. but lease don’t feel like you need to be strong all the time, that you need to get through this… What you have lost is what mothers hold most valuble… it is okay to be sad. I just wanted to say that…

    You, your husband and your sweet baby angel are in my thoughts and prayers all the time. I wear my cora’s playground necklace every single day. It is a reminder to me to cherish my children because I don’t know what kind of ending God has in their story. It is also a reminder to me that I need to do my part in the fight for a cure for pediatric cancer. Your little Cora is an inspiration to me… I along with thousands of others are sending lots of love and prayers your way. I hope you can feel it, that your not alone…ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    ml - I am still thinking of you and praying for you daily. I have a precious Cora flower from Beki and I can’t wait to see what you have made so I can support the playground even more!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:52 pm

    Karen - I am so PROUD of you!
    I lost my brother in a tragic accident and, although it is not at all the same as losing your precious Cora, I feel I can somewhat relate to your pain. There will be many sad and difficult days ahead for you as well as SO VERY MANY good days. You are obviously doing what you can to carry on and that is AMAZING!
    I think of you often, though we have not met, and I am strengthened by your story.
    Because of Cora’s story I am now headed back to school to pursue a degree in nursing where I am hoping I might make a difference to a family like yours. Thank you – your story has taken me down this path.
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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:55 pm

    jandkland - I think it is wonderful that you are putting your passion into making beautiful creations to sell in Cora’s honor. As others have said, your sadness is right for such a time as this. Your experience makes absolutely no sense this side of heaven, and I can’t imagine a more difficult journey for a parent to have to make. Know this: you’ll always be Cora’s mommy and daddy, and she’ll always be your daughter. And because you’re willing to share your story, people like me are committing to fight childhood cancer all the harder.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Heather - {{{Hugs}}}. I am soaking up the sunshine today here in Mulvane, and they way I see it… I bet sweet Cora is sending it down for all of us to enjoy!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Carly Winborne - just imagine Cora painting your skies blue as a “hello from heaven”. i would imagine that i would be feeling such despair and sadness with rain and gray skies, so might as well enjoy the beauty of perfect weather as a reminder of her beauty.

    i’m crying for you even now. i don’t know you but wish i could reach through this monitor and hug you. and sit and craft. and even though i don’t know how to upload anything to etsy, i’d try to figure it out just to help you. i wish i could fix you a casserole and dessert (because that what we do in the South).

    oh, i just wish i could help.

    sweet sweet cora. i think of her constantly, but only a fraction of what you do, i’m sure.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    4girls1boy - Hi Jess and Joel,
    I am debuting my first blog in the next couple of weeks and I would love to add a Cora’s Playground button to my side bar. If that is possible, I would love to help spread your story. I check your blog daily, so if there’s a chance of adding a button I’m sure lots of us out here would help. My prayers continue to be with you.
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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    Something Classic Events - Your family has been in my thought since I started reading your blog a couple weeks ago. My heart breaks for your family but you show such strength. May God bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    Barrett & Jen - Our prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    Mommy from Alabama - Thinking of you, praying for you and crying for you EVERYDAY!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    blessedmomto7 - Jess,

    I would love to meet you. I am speaking at a conference in Wichita in May. I would love to visit the sight where Cora’s playground is going to be.

    I can’t wait for your shop! Looks like you have some “girly” stuff in there ;)
    HUGS!
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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    Steph - I think I’m just going to have to tell you everyday that your faith is inspiring. I pray for your broken heart to hurt a little less everyday.
    Lots of Blessings
    from Steph in CA.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    Denise - I found your blog yesterday through other blogs. You have an amazing testimony! I pray things get easier to understand.
    I can’t wait for your etsy shop! I am already standing in line!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    Anonymous - Thinking of you and praying for you all the time. My 10 year old daughter talks about little Cora a lot – your story has touched her heart, too. I am looking forward to visiting Cora’s ETSY shop. You are doing amazing things for others in terms of their faith, trust in the Lord, and appreciation for “enjoying the moment”. Bless you always,
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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    PamperingBeki - You do know that you’re amazing, right? You are.

    I remember thinking that several years ago while watching you with your class. And over the past month, I’ve seen it more and more.

    God bless you today.

    Take it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time. I’m sure you know this.

    I’m hoping to meet with Jen, blessedmomto7 in Wichita in May so if you want to meet up with us, that could be fun!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    A Mommy from New Mexico - Jess and Joel,

    Thank you for sharing everything with all of us that don’t know you in real life, but feel like we know you through everything that you have shared with us. Cora was such a precious little girl. I think about her, and about you guys all the time. I am so flored by your faith in God. If there were more people in this world like you it would be a much better place. I will continue to follow your blog and can’t wait till you open your shop so I can buy one of your crafts for my daughter.

    I will continue to pray for you guys and your family! God bless you all, and just know that He is taking good care of your precious little angel, Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Heather - Your strength is truly amazing. Isn’t Sara from sarah & abraham the best?! I see that you have some button requests… If you want to post the code to grab the button in your sidebar, I have the code to paste in a new HTML, but blogger won’t let me post it in this comment. Please let me know if I can email it to you! Sending prayers your way… xoxoReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    MidnightMom - I look forward to seeing your Etsy shop opening. Darling logo; how completely perfect it is. You absolutely amaze me! I hope that this crafting is, indeed, offering you a distraction as you heal. I’ve become an Etsy fan, through all of this.

    As I head outdoors in this beautiful Kansas weather, I ache for you, too, knowing what precious times those “outdoor” days are, for a Mother and Child. May God be with you today, and bring you a ray of sun to warm your heart. May He somehow ease that pain you feel in missing your precious Cora. I bet she is playing outdoors in Heaven :)

    Please know you’re being prayed for daily, by many of us–you and Joel both–and your families too. Kansas hugs to you, DanielleReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    Robin in Benton - Hugs and prayers to you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    laura - Greetings from North Carolina! I found your blog through a bloggy friend of a friend…Your family’s strength and courage in the face of such heartbreaking tragedy is truly, truly inspiring.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:44 pm

    Mother of 3 in Canada - I have been crying on and off for two days, ever since I found out about you and your sweet, sweet Cora. As a mother, I ache for you, and yet I can’t imagine what your pain must be. You are so strong – I don’t know how I could carry on in your place. The power of your family is that you touch and inspire so many! You make me wish there was something I could do to ease your pain, to make some sense of your loss. I have never prayed in my life – it is a testimony to you and your beautiful baby that I wish I could pray for you now. I can send you love, though – that is one small thing I can do…and tell you Cora has changed the life of yet another complete stranger, made it richer and more meaningful. May your heart find peace…ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:44 pm

    autumn - I pray daily for you and your family. I loved the video of the pictures of Cora. Beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:51 pm

    Anonymous - I just found your blog for the first time and I’m fighting back the tears here at work.

    We will pray for the ongoing strength of your family. Rely on each other, talk about your feelings as often as you can, and never stop trusting in God. For as sure as Cora was meant to be here for 11 months, she was meant to be your daughter and your gift for that time as well. And you were both meant to be her parents and to journey through this part of life together. God designed you to withstand this together.

    Lots and lots of prayers being lifted up for you in South Dakota.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:51 pm

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - One breath and tear at a time my friend…. no rush, no forgetting the hurt…. just you learning how to wake up every day still rejoicing in all the good you see around you…… that is what makes YOU so beautiful.

    You are doing amazing…. but allow the tears to flow, you have that right and we are hear to catch them for you and get you through another hard moment.

    I wished you lived near me….Id come over and pick you up and take you for lunch and we would laugh and cry together.

    Thinking of you.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    Ange~ - You are doing such an honor to your little girl’s name, refusing to give up on life. You give me inspiration to hang on to God through thick and thin. We are praying for your family and I’m sure Cora and God are so honored that you continue to praise Him, even in this time of darkness.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:01 pm

    Anonymous - I found your blog thru a nestie that mentioned Etsy shop to support Cora. Thank you for sharing your story. My heart goes to you and your family. Sending you hugs and love. I’ll be checking out the Etsy shop. I would love to take part in Cora playground project. She was such a beautiful girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Praying God’s continued comfort and sufficient grace for you both…

    Sending you love and prayers…daily,
    Kelly Gerken
    Sufficient Grace MinistriesReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    lavender - You are an amazing woman. How you get out of bed each morning astounds me. My son had a heart transplant a little over a year ago, he is now fighting hard to regain his independence and mobility. There are days I can barely see through my fog of sadness, but you, who have suffered so much at such a young age, have managed to find the light.

    God Bless you sweet girl, you inspire me to see the sunshine again. Cora will never be forgotten here in NJ. Many, many prayers,

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Maisie - Jess, I’m so excited to see all the things you’ll be posting in your Etsy shop! Glad to see that you’ve found something to help keep your hands busy and to remember Cora with. Thinking and praying for you still.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - So glad you’re able to do something creative! I’m one of many that can’t wait to see your shop :)

    Thinking and praying for you daily.
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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    mommyof2sons - Sending hugs and prayers to you! You are on my mind so often. My heart just breaks for you!! I watched both videos that you posted. They were both just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing them.

    Love the banner! Can’t wait to see what you post!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    forever folding laundry - Still praying for your family as well. Can’t wait to see your shop!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:21 pm

    Anonymous - I am praying for you and your husband & family. God’s peace to you. I lost my sister two years ago and I still go to call her to tell her something. Hang in and know that you are loved and Cora is sending that sunshine down to you. RuthReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:29 pm

    trying to remember it all - ooh, I love your banner.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    kelli unruh - Thanks for your honesty, Jess. The little peek at the shop looks adorable– love your style. Still praying!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Trish - i’m excited to see what is in your shop!

    i’ve been following your blog for awhile now and am saddened by your loss. i lost my little girl about 5 years ago. it’s a difficult time. a time where everyone wants you to be the way you were and happy. i have no doubt you will be happy again with the strength you have in God, but it will take time. it sounds like you have an awesome family and church family that will give you lots of hugs and strength!

    i am one of the many shops participating in Cora’s legacy :) so glad to be apart of this.

    i think of you often and pray for you and your husband… xoxoxo sending you hugs (not the weird interenet kind, just hugs <3 )ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:41 pm

    Trish - oh man, sorry that (<3) was suppose to be a heart. oops :)ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    mandie - you are in my prayers, sweet mama.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    a m - Jess. I love the banner! and I can’t wait to see your stuff @ Etsy. until I read about it on your blog the other day, i had never heard of it. Great idea!. Know that we are thinking of you, and always praying for you.
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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    aimee - It must seem as though Cora is everywhere, reminding you of the “what if’s” a million times a day. Remember Jess, she is everywhere. I know your heart is breaking, and I’m praying your heart is comforted. Since I “met” Cora on January 23rd, I have prayed for you as I do the most mundane tasks. Yesterday as I shopped in a store for my daughter, I thought about how hard it must be or will be to see baby girl clothes, and I prayed. As I exercised on the treadmill, I prayed for you. As I cooked dinner, I thought of how dinner time is so different at your home these days, and I prayed for you. The point of my rambling is that I pray for you each time I think of you and will continue to do so. I am looking forward to your Etsy store and feeling thankful you have a project to keep you busy. I am in awe of your strenght.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Massachusetts Mommy - It is an unfortunate truth that sometimes it takes someone else’s tragedy to make you take a good hard look at your own life. My son is nearly a year old, and recently I found myself feeling sad over the fact that his first year flew by so quickly, crying when I looked at his baby pictures. I now realize that feeling that way is selfish. I am lucky enough to have this next year with him, and hopefully a lifetime. I guess what I’m trying to say is that your sweet Cora has had a huge impact on me and the way I feel about my little boy growing up. I am blessed to have this time with him. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. My heart breaks for you and your tremendous loss. You are in my thoughts constantly.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:14 pm

    The Carrolls - Sending you lots of hugs and prayers. I came across your blog about a month ago. I am so sorry for your loss. God will see you through!

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:21 pm

    Anonymous - Love the logo..your Cora is so proud of her mommy…oh how I wish I could take some of your pain..It’s ok to cry and miss your baby girl…Let yourself….we are crying with you, for you…Can’t wait to shop somemore..maybe something for a baby boy :)Thinking of you, praying for you multiple times everyday!

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    Susy M - Your family is in my prayers daily. Cora will always be remembered. I can’t wait to get some items from your shop to help support the playground. Rest in peace beautiful little girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    Lemon Lollipop LLC - OH!

    Welcome to Etsy!

    How totally fun you are crafting!

    I was thinking of you today and was telling my friend about you…which brought me back to your blog (again).

    Michelle :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:43 pm

    Dancing Queen - you are amazing!! you go ahead & feel ANY way you want to feel at anytime! you’ve earned that right!!

    can’t wait to see the shop!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Kate - I can’t wait to see your shop of goodies!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:57 pm

    Ali - Haven’t really felt the same since I read your heartfelt story. My heart aches for you. You were thought of often today here in Ireland. Sending you and your husband hugs from across the Atlantic Ocean {{{{{}}}}}}

    p.s. Is there any way when you set up your etsy shop that you can put on a button for ‘Facebook’ to ‘become a fan’. That way more people will be able to see your little store. I know I am waiting for it to open!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:15 pm

    Anonymous - Your strength and courage is amazing. Allow yourself the time to mourn and heal with out apologies for the hard times. Our hearts heal, our days get easier, but it all takes time.

    God bless your sweet angel Cora and your entire family.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:18 pm

    Chere - Thoughts, hugs and prayers your way today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    Falling Around - Jess,

    The banner looks fabulous – can’t wait for your shop to open!

    Thinking about you & praying for you everyday.

    Hugs From California,
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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:45 pm

    Anonymous - I continue to pray for you and your sweet family. Your beautiful Cora Paige is leaving her legacy. I think of you all daily. Wish I could do something to ease your pain. Sending you prayers and hugs from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:00 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - bless your heart. you are def in my prayers…

    anxious to see your fab things in the etsy shop!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:14 pm

    Sugarplumdreams - Thinking of you, and praying for you and your family. You have an amazing strength and faith. Know that Cora shines down on you.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:31 pm

    Anonymous - Sending you hugs!!! My heart aches that you don’t get to fulfill those dreams and times with Cora on this earth.
    I have you in my prayers everyday!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:58 pm

    creativecarryout - Praying for healing for your heart.
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  • February 25, 2009 - 7:07 pm

    The Singleton Life - You are always on my mind. I found your blog through another link. I cried and then I prayed for you and your family. You are strong and brave and your love for the lord is unwavering. You are a great example of how we have to trust in the Lord always! Thank you for continuing to blog I love reading it! And good luck with your upcoming Etsy shoppe. I pray that you continue to find comfort in the great Lord! Love your friends in Canada.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 7:53 pm

    Anonymous - “Through the tears I have so much to be thankful for.”

    You TRULY are an AMAZING woman! I aspire to be more like you!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 8:00 pm

    Anonymous - “Through the tears I have so much to be thankful for.”

    You TRULY are an AMAZING woman! I aspire to be more like you!!!

    I really don’t know how do these blod thingys…but I want to contribute some things to your lil’ store in honor of Corav. I would like to know if I can mail you some things so you can sell them and put that money to her playground? If so, can you give me a place to mail them too? They are Swavroski (sp) crystal and sterling silver braceletts that my daughter and I make…

    My email is hbeary777@yahoo.com

    I would love to hear from you.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    Elaine - Can’t wait to see all your wonderful things. We continue to lift your family in prayer daily.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Megan (mommyesquire) - You truly are amazing. I admire your faith and strength.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    Anonymous - saddened to hear of your loss. friends of mine just lost their 7 year old to a vicious brain tumor the last sunday of january. just like you- their faith has been their rock…. feel free to visit their website and read about their journey and faith. i know they would appreciate it and will add you to their prayer list!
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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:54 pm

    Mandi - I’m sure there will be many difficult days ahead filled with memories of your precious daughter and all the dreams you had for her. Know that you are being prayed for continuously.

    Can’t wait to see the new Etsy shop! The banner is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:55 pm

    Tammie McDonald Maddy - We are still praying in Iowa. I have soooo much on my heart that I would love to say, but I just don’t know where to start. I’m excited for the shop and hope to fill the girls Easter baskets with many fun things. What an inspiration!!! It is great to see how God is using you, but I am deeply sorry for what it cost you!

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:04 pm

    Christine - I just found your blog. I lost my baby girl one year ago also. My heart goes out to you, I know your pain. I believe we will be with our daughters again. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    Bethany - Jess,

    I continue to think of you each and every day. My heart is still breaking for you and your family. I hope that this time spent crafting with your mom helps you to find a little relief in your days.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:09 pm

    The Carroll's - Can’t wait to shop at your new store! Still praying!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:14 pm

    Anonymous - I am a much older woman who has experienced much loss. I though have never been exposed to such strong and inspirational adults. your continued love and lack of bitterness towards God has changed me only for the better. I too can only say from a stranger, i am truly sorry for your loss,Cora was beautiful,and thank you for sharing your life with the public.with only love and good wishes,T.S.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:26 pm

    Brian and Staci - Oh my goodness…I just watched your video. Words just can’t even come to me. My heart aches…I can’t imagine how your’s aches. Such a beautiful little girl. You are an amazing couple. I pray for your strength every.single.day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:28 pm

    Christina - Jess, you have such a beautiful spirit, I know it is the (in italics) Spirit. How wonderful that you are able to take your pain and do something so meaningful with it. My heart breaks to hear all of those “I was going to… with Cora” and oh, how I wish you didn’t have to go through this.
    The Cora banner is precious. So like a little girl. Keep clinging to your heavenly Father, and those around you who love you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    Cristy - Still praying you guys. I am excited to see what is in your shop!

    Hugs and love….

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:33 pm

    Lynn Jones - I can’t even count the times I think of you during the day. I trust that at each of those times God sends you just what you need at that moment to make it to the next. You are a courageous and generous woman, and I pray the compassion we all feel for you helps get you through.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:47 pm

    heather spratt - Still praying…and sending hugs your way! =)

    Can’t wait to see your shop!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 12:19 am

    Amber - What a beautiful thing you are doing. Sending love and prayers your way from CA.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:38 am

    Stacia Howard - ((((((HUUUUUUGSSSS))))))

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:51 am

    Tami from SD - Wow, I just watched Cora’s video. She is just beautiful and so very loved by so many people. I pray for you every day as you learn how to live this new life without your precious girl. May God hold you close, always.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:20 am

    Anonymous - Jess, sitting here patiently waiting to see your shop! I can’t wait!

    Still lifting you up in prayer everyday. I know that’s God’s Grace and Love is surrounding you at this very moment.

    “For as long as I shall live
    I will testify to love
    I’ll be a witness in the silences
    When words are not enough
    With every breath I take
    I will give thanks to God above
    For as long as I shall live
    I will testify to love”

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:32 am

    Allison - I pray for you every day…many times more than once a day. Your life is an amazing testimony to God’s strength in our lives. I’ve loved shopping the Etsy shops, and I can’t wait to see your stuff!ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:24 am

    meg duerksen - hope today is better jess. the sunshine has to be hard.

    your etsy stuff is SO CUTE!! it’s going to sell like hot cakes (whatever that means?)
    Can’t stop thinking about you. love you guys so much.
    thanks for encouraging me….even in your pain. you are so sweet.
    take your time on your shop…we will be here waiting for you when you are ready. don’t stress or rush. God knows just the right time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:38 am

    Anonymous - Jessica and Joel, I read your blog through Etsy. I purchased something from lucabella. I wish I could do something more for you.

    Just know this; your story makes me appreciate my son (15 months) so much more. That’s truly all that I can give you.

    My heart is deeply broken for you. Please keep your faith.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:55 am

    Unmistakably BLESSED - We pray for you guys every night. Our sweet two-year-old, Ben, knows that Cora’s Mommy & Daddy (and his Mimi, also battling cancer) are remembered, LIFTED UP, each night. We’ll keep on praying. And I can’t wait to purchase an Etsy-Cora dress (or something frilly and fabulous) for my baby girl. New mercies each morning, praise the Lord!ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:23 am

    Anonymous - You don’t know me but I ran across your blog somehow “bloghopping” and wanted to tell you that I am praying for you and your family. I look forward to buying some cute stuff from Etsy. Your baby girl is in good hands!ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:53 am

    Anonymous - love you guys!!! jess your stuff looks great:) we want to have a girls weekend in lincoln with you when you are up to it.
    cousin kristy:)ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Brooke - The banner turned out so cute! Can’t wait to check out your shop. Hugs from Utah.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    Anonymous - Think of the warm sunny days and the sun shining on your face as Cora’s way of smiling at you from heaven. Take a walk in the park, warm your face in the sun, think of memories, think of (what you’ve been thinking of) what you would have done with Cora, think of it all, it’s all healing. Trust me the sad feelings will soon soften, although never go away, and you will begin to live again in the sun. I know it’s hard but keep her memory alive. You were such a great loving mommy & daddy to her when she was alive. If you keep her memory alive & think of her often you will be great parents of her while she is in heaven until you meet again.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:00 pm

    Kelly - I hope to purchase some things from your Etsy shop when you get it up and running…keeping you guys in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    PamperingBeki - Popping in on this Thursday to let you know that you’ve been thought about and prayed for today.

    God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Anonymous - Still thinking of you…everyday..multiple times a day. Praying for you to find some comfort/peace from the heartache..You and Joel are remarkable.

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:20 pm

    Maple Memories - I am so glad to hear that you are finding something to keep you busy and slowly start the healing process. I have been brainstorming ideas on how Maple Memories could help with Cora’s Playground. I have a couple of ideas that I would love to run by you. If you have an interest, you can email me at shannon@maplememories.com and I will let you know what I’m thinking!!

    You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Anonymous - God bless your family! Your story breaks my heart, as a parent of a 19 month old son who has had over 22 operations since birth! I’m sure your strong faith will give you the strenght you need to carry on! Your daughter is such a beautiful child and her smile will carry you through life! Please know that the entire country feels your pain and prayers and hugs are with you always!ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 3:33 pm

    amyflew - I spend almost my entire day thinking about and praying for your family…just can’t seem to get you out of my mind. I guess it helps me to be more thankful of what I have in my life. I can’t wait to see what you have made for your etsy shop and look forward to purchasing something for our little girl in remembrance of Cora! Blessings to you all!

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  • February 26, 2009 - 4:16 pm

    Anonymous - I have left a couple of comments.
    I am like AmyFlew and can’t seem to get you guys out of my mind. I have a daughter that is 10 months old and she reminds me so much of Cora. I wish there were some way I could help ease your pain, but I know I can’t. I hope you can find peace in all the prayers and knowing Cora has changed so many lives. Personally I cherish my daughter more, which I did not think was possible. I have also been going to church and trying to live a “better” life since reading your story.
    Cora has touched so MANY lives; mine included. I pray for all of you every night.
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  • February 26, 2009 - 4:42 pm

    Jenna - Hi Jess,

    You wrote this in your blog when your friend Julie had little Ori.

    “She is so faithful to trust God and has such a positive attitude even as she spends those long hours in the hospital. I only hope that I could handle a situation like this with such grace.”

    All I can say is WOW! God is so proud of you. Praying for you daily as you struggle with your pain and this amazing yet terrible experience that God is leading you through. Much Love,

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    Anonymous - Praying that God’s peace will surrond you!

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:02 pm

    Yoka - I just came here through Lost and Found. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. After reading your story I am sitting here in tears. Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    Monkey Toes - Wow! Thank you for sharing Cora’s story. You are so brave! I will be praying for you and your family, for God’s healing. What a beautiful thing you are doing to keep her spirit alive. I can imagine that she is smiling from the heavens…happy, healed, safe and wrapped in the arms of Jesus.
    Here are two blogs of families that go to our church…didn’t know if they would be helpful?

    http://www.thearnspergers.com/

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:37 pm

    Momma_Hug - I look forward to seeing Cora’s shop open soon! Your banner is beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Bess - Your faith and strength has reached far and wide. Cora’s life has made a difference in many lives. My daughter in Georgetown, TX to me in my rural community of the NC mountains. She has blessed so many.

    May You Feel God’s Hand on you today and always,
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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:27 pm

    Becky - I have just read your entire BlOG and all about your precious little girl. I am not real sure how I ended up on you BLOG site, but I believe there is a reason for everything. I have been so moved by everything I have read, I cannot even find the words to describe what I am feeling. I am amazed that through your entire journey with Cora’s illness you were able to maintain such a strong faith and express your thoughts and emotions so beautifully.
    I cannot begin to imagine the pain and sense of loss you are feeling as young parents, but I do know one thing. You will always be Cora’s Mommy and Daddy and she will always be your beautiful little girl! May God continue to hold you in His Grip, and may you continue to find comfort in knowing that your baby is with Him forever.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    Autumn - I just recently found your blog through another blog. I was intrigued at first because I’m a fellow Kansan, but after beginning to read it became so much more than that.We recently lost our son shortly after birth, and though no two losses are the same, I am acquainted with the grief of losing a child. Be patient with yourself. Cora is such a beautiful little girl. I cried all the way through her slide show. What a beautiful tribute to your precious girl. I know there are no words to bring you comfort, but know that I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Praying,
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  • February 27, 2009 - 6:21 pm

    Ashley - Your family is in my thoughts and prayers! I understand what its like to lost a precious baby. My baby girl passed away in January. Both of our girls are beautiful angels and healed from their disease!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    Tasha Roe - You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Many days you all have been heavy on my heart. I have cried a lot for your loss and will continue to pray and lift you guys up. I have a 10 month old that I named Ella (second runner up was Cora!) and I cant imagine what you guys are going through. Thankfully you guys have The Lord to rely on to carry you through these tough times. I wish I could give you a great big hug!! Cora’s precious life was for a reason and her legacy will live on!! Please let me know what I can do to spread the word about the Playground Project!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:29 pm

    Anonymous - i dont know about you, but i wasnt suprised that all of your Etsy shop things sold out.
    Congratulations!

    When you get some more stuff, we will be there, its adorable!ReplyCancel

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It’s up! You can watch the video of Cora’s celebration service by going to the Grace website. It is under the “Grace Updates” section. Thank you Adam for working so hard to get this up and running!

Also I posted the video below that played at the beginning of Cora’s service. It should be on the full service video too.

***I’m not sure why the video is not showing the whole picture. I might have to have my friend Julie (who posted it for me) help me fix that tomorrow. Sorry!***

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:11 am

    Utecht Family - You are more than welcome Joel and Jess! I hope many people go to the website to see this fantastic service. It will always live in my memory.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:30 am

    Ashley - We are just praying like crazy for you to have some peac in your heart.

    Thinking of you,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:33 am

    Jennifer - Praying every single day for peace over you and your family. :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:38 am

    Anonymous - I came here from another site, and want you to know that I pray for our Lord to grant your peace and comfort.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:39 am

    Amber Ellis - I know you have no idea who I am, but I want you to know how much you are in my heart and prayers the past few weeks. I have kept up with your blog and your sweet baby for a while now, and as a parent, I cannot imagine going through what you have gone through.

    Your faith is amazing and you are such a testimony of God’s grace. I continue to pray for your family daily. Thank you for your strength and wisdom. It is a blessing to those you don’t even know.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:50 am

    Melissa - I lift your name in prayer each day…we are strangers yet being mothers to a little girl somehow makes our hearts known to one another. Your Faith is a gift to the world as was your Cora. How much more beautiful Heaven is now that Cora has returned and I ask Jesus to fill your heart moment by moment. I held my 16mo. old’s little hand today and as I stroked her chubby little fingers my heart literally ached for you and the sheer anguish I imagine you must feel at the loss of such an innocent gesture as holding a little chubby hand. Cora has reminded me that moments such as that are the most significant in our lives and to be treasured. God Bless you both and your entire family.
    A Mommy in Virginia.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:29 am

    Mike, Chelsea and Co. - Thank you for continuing to share Cora’s story with the world and for being a great example of faith. We’re still praying for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:03 am

    Mrs C - I came here through the article on Etsy.

    I cannot even imagine.

    And while your whirlwind at the hostpital left me speechless, I can tell you why (probably) the video is not showing properly: your blog post width is too narrow for the image. If you go into your layout (the HTML part), you can tweak the wideness of your blogposts. Or, you can tweak the html/javascript code of the video by lowering the width (but don’t forget to adjust the height by the same percentage).

    Other than that, I admire your courage. Really.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:44 am

    michelle - My heart continues to hurt for you. I cried through the video…thank you for sharing it. Even though we are strangers your sweet little girl has won our family over. My prayers are w/ you daily!! Your strength in Christ is amazing…I watch/look at pictures of Cora and my heart aches and then I read your words and witness you resting in Him and His promises…what a testimony.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:51 am

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - It was a beautiful service and glorious celebration. Thank you so much for continuing to share with us. Although I never met you, I call you friend…. and God says through him you are my sister and my brother. I love you both just as my family. Cora is a legacy, and has already made me a better mother to my two children. Your strength, courage and faith…. has made me draw closer to God. I have asked him several times since getting to know you guys and Cora, how can I be more like HIM and be more like you two. How can I be a better mother, better wife, a better friend, a better servant and how can I deepen my faith, and grow my love for HIM.

    I even briefly spoke about this with my 8 year old little boy this morning before going to school. I have shared Cora’s story with him. In hopes to help him better understand why I make it such a big deal (and always have) to kiss and say good bye always to his sister, parents and people he loves.

    She truly is beautiful.

    Just to show you how much Cora has touched my life… and that I really do think of her every single day.

    Just this last weekend, my husband and I went to the park for the first time as a family with Morgan, we laid on a blanket and had a picnic. I took Morgan and placed her in a swing for the very first time and as I began to swing her, the wing blowing her soft baby hair, she was smiling as big as her little face could smile…. and at that very moment… I saw Cora’s face looking back at me, as if she was smiling at you.

    I think I would have enjoyed watching Morgan that moment on the swing, but through Cora, I was able to appreciate it much more, and was thankful for it MORE THAN EVER!

    Thank you over and over again…..

    As the pastor said in the service… You have done well mama and daddy. I am honored to witness this kind of love and faith. Now I am going to get off the computer and go take my little girl to the park today, something I have done by myself with her yet.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:13 am

    molly - Cora is absolutely beautiful! Your faith is inspiring and you are in my prayers.

    I’d like to quickly introduce myself. My name is Molly and I am helping Julie, along with Heather with the Etsy benefit sale. I have also talked with an Etsy artist who has agreed to create a special picture for you. When it is completed Sarah wants to be able to mail it to you. If you would please contact me via email so that I can get your shipping address that would be fantastic.

    xo.
    molly
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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:16 am

    meg duerksen - jess she is just so beautiful.

    julie did such a good job on that cora video…what a gift to cherish forever.
    how nice that adam could get the service up on the site. it was such a God honoring service.

    praying for you today. :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Anonymous - As tears continue to stream down my face.
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR CORA AND YOUR LIVES.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:36 am

    PamperingBeki - It was such a beautiful service and I had to smile several times at the little details I noticed you put in. :) Jennie Moran was there with me (Haley’s mom) and we both kept saying, “Only Jessica would think of that.”

    I did take my camera to the service and snapped a few photos (if you ever want them I’ll get them to you) but was relieved to see that there were video cameras there. I just really wanted it to be documented for you, in case that day ended up being a blur in your memory.

    About the video below, it’s very easy to change your blog width if you want to. I have mine set wide to eliminate that extra space at the sides. If you go to the dashboard – then layout – then pick new template – then minima stretch (it’s the fourth box). That’s what I have on mine. It won’t change anything wonky, just widen everything and your video should show properly.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:46 am

    Ali - Oh my word, I have no idea how I came upon your blog but I am sitting here now with tears streaming down my face. I am stunned and so saddened to follow your heartbreaking story, such a beautiful little baby girl. Safe now in the arms of Jesus, pain and suffering now a forgotten thing for her. Please know that I am thinking of you all the way over here in Ireland. Prayers will be said and candles lit in our church for Cora and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Kristin - My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wanted to let you know that Cora’s story is spreading through the blogosphere like wildfire. I read about her on Overeducated Mommy’s blog and I have a post going up tonight about your beautiful girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:41 am

    Britany - I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter. I can’t begin to imagine what you are going through, but heart and prayers are with you and your whole family. I really hope you and your family find some peace and comfort in your hearts!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

    Sugarplumdreams - Prayers for peace for your family. As a mommy, I just cannot imagine what you must be going through. Know that there are so many praying for you. Your sweet Cora has touched many.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:00 am

    Brooke - The video is absolutely beautiful!! What a gorgeous baby girl! I am sure you will treasure that video forever. Thanks for sharing it with us!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Debby Graber - “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
    Joel and Jess, your story has been a light to the nations -literally! May God’s Name be glorified. You are precious and dear to us and ever in our prayers. Allen and DebbyReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:17 am

    Anonymous - What a beauty! Thanks for sharing.

    All of your faithful blog followers are sooo glad you two are doing as well as you are. I’m sure it’s tough, but thank God for the love of your friends and family.

    I’m pumped to see what you and your momma are going to debut on Etsy (< --- isn't this amazing?!) The Cora Playground will be a small castle at the rate this is going! :) Fun for kiddos for years to come!

    With hugs and daily prayers for you and yours,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    The Carroll's - Thank you for sharing this special service with those of us who have come to “know” and love your family and sweet Cora. Like so many others, I find myself thinking of you often- and at the most random times and I know that it’s God stirring my heart to pray for you. Cora’s story is spanning the globe- I cannot believe how many people are commenting from other countries! Your faith and honesty are a gift to many. Praying that God would continue to be near and that the people who know you best would know just how to love on you in every moment.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:03 pm

    Chere - Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with me. She has touched my heart like a storm. My thought and prayers are with you. Please cling to each other and hold each other tight. Do not let the evils of the world pull you apart. Take comfort in each others arms. I would like to stay in touch with you and your husband. May God’s love cover you in the days ahead. I get a smile in my heart knowing that Cora is an angel with the Lord.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:46 pm

    Desha - I started praying for Cora when Angie (Bring the Rain) told us about your story. I love the pictures of her beautiful baby face. My heart so aches for you as you walk through this, and I want you to know that I will still be praying for you. I only wish I could do more.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    Amy - Thank you for sharing your precious daughter with us. I pray that God’s peace would inhabit your lives, as you try to move foward.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Dancing Queen - breathtaking!!

    i feel so honored to be able to watch those precious memories you now hold so close & dear!

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:20 pm

    Candy - I saw your story on Etsy, and I have a shop that I am listing items whose proceeds will be donated to your daughter’s playground project.
    I just cried and cried as I read the article and have looked on your blog a bit. My heart just aches for you, but I feel that you are strong people who have a great faith. Day by day.
    What an adorable baby girl! Hang in there, my prayers are with you!
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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    Alison - We love your family. Thank you for sharing Cora and this journey with us. God bless you guys.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Anonymous - I am a complete stranger, but nonetheless, want to say how very sorry I am about your precious Cora. I really have no words… She is beautiful and I know your hearts must be breaking. It seems like you are holding tight to God’s promise that he is always with us…and your doing a darn fine job at it too! I just want you to know that I will have you in my prayers. As a mother myself, I really cannot imagine what you are going through and I don’t know that I could be as strong as you have been.
    God Bless your entire family!
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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    The Schilling's from PICU - Sitting here sobbing again, just like at the service…. don’t know what to say….. but…. love you and are praying for you!

    miss you!

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  • February 24, 2009 - 3:47 pm

    Anonymous - A friend who lost her 11 month old and then her son later, has a web site in their memory. She said it was really good therapy and she never wants to forget.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Anonymous - I am sitting hear with tears streaming down my face as I read your story. It makes me realize that our children are given to us by god for a time, but they are really his. God bless you and Joel and Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    Standing in the Rain - Oh I’m just praying so hard for you both. I truly can’t even imagine how quickly your life has changed, the ground slipped from underneath you.

    God holds you even now, during this most difficult time. He holds you, and He holds sweet baby Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:59 pm

    The McBrayer family - You are a precious couple. My heart aches for you, literally aches. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for sharing your faith. What an inspiration. Praying daily for you in Atlanta-
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  • February 24, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    Kim K. in Western PA - Cora is such a beautiful little girl. Hold on! God will get you through this difficult time. I know what I am talking about – on November 15, 2002 my little boy, Jacob, passed away unexpectedly. He was just 2 years old. Many many times I screamed and cried and railed at God but he kept a hold of me and gave me the strength to keep moving. My prayers are with you. Peace and love,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:32 pm

    The Mumaw's - Beautiful showcase of her life. I continue to pray for you daily. Love from OhioReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    KKJD1 - I now come by your blog each and everyday. You are so much in my thoughts and prayers. You are all such a blessing. Just looking at little Cora’s beautiful smile puts a smile on my face. Blessings, KarenReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    queenbee - God bless you and your family. I praise God for your faith and the strength that he has given and will continue to give and hope that you will continue to be comforted by your friends and family in life and in “blogland”.

    I loved looking at your photo montage and the beautiful pictures of Cora. I noticed in the picture at min 5:33 it looks like a hand is above her and she is looking at someone. It looks as if its actually Gods hand over her. Maybe i’m just seeing things, but it looks so clear to me.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:07 pm

    Crystal - Jess,
    What is your email I’d like to ask you some questions.

    Thanks

    God Bless You and Praying for You!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:56 pm

    The Ridenour's - I just want to say Thank you for allowing those of us who do not know you to share your story. I was truely blessed by being able to watch the video of Cora’s Memorial Service. I am praying for you each day that you will become stronger and know that God is awesome. Love to you all!
    In Christ,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:12 pm

    Anonymous - My heart goes out to you. I am not sure how I found your page but I have been reading for a bit now. We lost our daughter to cancer one year ago – she was just over 2.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:20 pm

    Crystal - I saw your story and the beautiful life on Cora on etsy. I believe I read your whole blog and I haven’t cried so hard in such a long time. I smiled and laughed and bawled. There is nothing I can say to help or to take your pain away but just know that that there are so many strangers out there thinking about all of you and praying for your family and beautiful little Cora.

    I can’t wait to see those beautiful dresses on etsy!!!

    Much love to you and yours,

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    jenchristians - The video left me with no words. Tears streaming down my face. Precious moments, Priceless memories and Perfect. I can’t imagine the holes in your hearts. I hope that in time that hole won’t be as deep. I know Cora’s memory is alive. I can’t wait to see that playground. Still praying for you. I will be for a very long time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you so much for sharing this with us…people you’ve never met. I have followed Cora’s story since she was diagnosed, and my family has been praying for her and you every day since. Cora is beautiful! I so loved seeing her smiling face in those wonderful pictures. I want you to know that Cora has changed my heart as a mother…to be more patient and adoring of my own daughter. I thank God for the time you were able to have with Cora, and for how your family has been a witness to others through this tragedy. What a sweet time it will be when you see Cora again! I pray that God’s peace will become stronger for you each and every day.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:06 pm

    Kelli - A beautiful tribute to a beautiful life, living on. Thank you for sharing. Cora reminds me to cherish my children. I will continue to pray!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:12 pm

    Jessica - I am so glad to see you are posting again…I know that life can’t be normal but I know that God is giving you the strength to do what you can. You guys are in our prayers.

    I am an anxious to see this Etsy stuff you are working on! I buy more than I sell on it! ; )ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:47 pm

    SavedLaura - My heart broke to read your blog so I can’t even imagine how it felt to live through your loss. Your faithfulness to the one true and living God is an absolute inspiration to me. I pray that His peace cover your family and thank you so much for sharing your precious daughter Cora with us all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:58 pm

    Tessa - i am praying still for your family, she has touched my heart.
    I don’t know how far your family lives but i would like to invite you guys to our football game called TACKLE THE CURE in Collinsville Oklahoma. This game is fire/ems vs police, they play to raise money for the cure of cancer. it is a great game for a great cause. if you guys would like more information on it please contact me Kramer_tessa@yahoo.com or visit my blog and scroll down on the side bar is the tab that has all the information and a website for the main sponser cancersucks.com

    will always be thinking of your family
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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:59 pm

    mychiaroscuro - I am one of the many who have been following your story. I am praying and daily pleading for grace and peace for you, but I also know that you are feeling such grief and hurt and pain that at some moments you probably feel swallowed, overwhelmed, engulfed. I don’t know if anyone has given you this website or not, but you may find some comfort here: http://www.glowinthewoods.com/. It’s a site for babylost mamas. You may not be ready for it yet–or ever–but I thought I would share it with you. Also, I feel like I should say that despite the fact that so many people have been blessed by your life and that of Cora’s, please remember that you will go through the stages or grief, which include, among other things, anger. It’s OK if and when you get to that point. Please don’t feel like you have to be such a pillar of faith in your grief that you can’t be human. Part of faith is stumbling through the darkness. And sometimes it’s only by groping through the shadows that we see shafts of light.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:02 pm

    Lauren Kelly - Praying for you and thinking of you!!!!!! :o)ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:09 pm

    Anonymous - oh sweet jess…I watched and wept and prayed. I know that cora has been held by our jesus and that is all I know of comfort. I pray he shows you small mercys every moment, of comfort and hope. stacyReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:18 pm

    jen - happened here from another site … had to. i have a cora too.
    i am so very very sorry that you lost your little cora. thank you for giving me another excuse to go and kiss her little head tonight.
    peace to you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:23 pm

    lgraves - still praying for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:28 pm

    Rebecca - Joel and Jess,
    Thank you so much for sharing. Praying for you everyday.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    mamamia - Just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and your family. I have hurt for you over the past few weeks. Your bravery and transparency are healing balm for many.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:08 am

    Heather - Thank you so much for sharing Cora’s Celebration of Life with us. I was so proud and honored to “celebrate” Cora even though I have never met you guys. She is such a beautiful little girl and my heart aches for your loss. You are in my thoughts so many times throughout the day, every time I look at my sweet little boy I am reminded of your sweet Cora and how precious life really is and how blessed we are that God has entrusted us with such precious gifts. My heart breaks for you daily and I continue to pray that God will allow me to take some of the grief for you.
    “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ”
    Galatians 6:2
    No parent should ever have to bury their child :( You guys are truly amazing and such an inspiration to many many people. Cora has touched so many people and has forever changed lives around the world, including mine.
    Hugs and prayers,
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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:09 am

    Elise - I haven’t watched the video yet, but I have to say I think and pray for y’all often. That song by Jeremy Camp, “There will be a day”, reminds me of y’all so much. I cannot imagine your pain. I pray that God will heal you, give you peace and comfort.
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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:25 am

    me and my boys - we are still thinking of you and praying for you daily!
    you guys are amazing.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:53 am

    Megan - I found your story a week ago and I have thought about and prayed for your family every day since. Cora’s memorial service was very moving and the slide show is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. Your precious daughter has touched so many lives….I will never forget her adorable smile.

    I love all of the cute stuff on Etsy for Cora’s playground and I’m looking forward to seeing your creations!

    Thinking of you in Montana
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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:40 am

    Chris - Last night I watched Cora celebration and I was in tears through all of it. My kids came and asked me why I was crying and I said that I was watching Cora ‘s celebration, They said Oh can we watch it too .It was beautiful . We are strangers but when we mentionne Cora every one in this house know and love Cora. We are praying for your family and want to thank you for sharing with us. And thank you for changing us . Hugs to both of you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Marsha Hinkle - I have been reading about precious Cora and your family for several weeks. I cannot express how sorry I am for your great loss. I am in awe of your continued faith and trust in God. I hope you continue to keep this blog updated. I know that God has big plans for not only using Cora’s life but also your lives. I stand firm in the knowledge that Cora is with Jesus and that you will one day see her again–what a glorious day that will be! Love and prayers are being sent your way each and every day!

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:36 am

    Kelly - You continue to amaze me through your strength and incredible faith. God is good. And how beautiful is the body of Christ! It’s been a privilege to join together with other believers in lifting you up before our gracious Lord. We most likely will never know each other on this earth but I know there will be a day when I’ll get to meet you & Cora in heaven. I’ll save my hugs for then and for now will continue to pray and sew for Cora’s Playground. Thank you for sharing her with us all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:02 pm

    Anonymous - You may want to reach out to the Maxey Family. They’ve been down the same path you’re on… twice.

    http://www.maxeyweb.com

    Wishing grace for your hearts….ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    alaskanamberale - I HATE CANCER!!!!!
    I am seething inside at the cruelty of life, that such a sweet innocent should be taken by an insidious disease such as cancer. Part of my anger is a sudden realization that my own three little girls are vulnerable, therefore I am vulnerable too. Being a parent, especially of young children, is wonderful. Don’t give up, even though it breaks your heart anew every day. The good Lord is bouncing your little girl on his knee and delighting in her giggles as you read this…ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:00 pm

    Susie - I have thought of you, cried for you, and prayed for you many times each day since I heard of your story several weeks ago. And how this mommy heart aches for you! I pray that somehow, God would allow us to carry this burden along with you – that we could share your grief and help the load to feel lighter. Most importantly, I’m thankful to know that HE will carry you.
    I’ve never met you, and I might not ever meet you, but your little Cora and your faith have changed me more than anything else in my 31 years of life. Thank you for sharing your lives with us all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    Anonymous - I am so so sorry to hear about your loss. I stumbled onto your sight from another, and just want to express my regret at the loss of your BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL daughter. I know the interim will be hard, but you WILL see her again. May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family with peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:21 pm

    Courtney Kay - What a beautiful service. I just finished watching it. You are so brave.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:38 am

    Anonymous - I know that this is a hard question, but most of see like Cora was a part of us and i just cant believer how she was doing good and then all of sudden she passed onto a better place. I hope one day you fell like sharing what happend to this little miracle of god.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:22 am

    Jill - Very sweet service! How true the many lives she has touched in her sweet little life! Thanks for letting her reach out to so many people! (We farm in South Georgia, way south) From one farm to another…we love ya & are praying!
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  • February 28, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    Townsend Crew - How is it that I came to find your blog? How did God deliver me – and the THOUSANDS of other people -to find Cora? I can’t even remember what caused me to stumble upon your blog and travel this journey with you so many weeks ago, when that fateful visit to the pediatrician turned into God’s lesson for life.

    I can only believe that the power of Cora’s lesson – taught through you both, Joel & Jess, has unexplainably and irreversibly changed lives. THAT is the mystery of God’s love for us to know him. You are an inspiration to me. Your faith and freedom to speak of that faith has brought me a new understanding of God’s love for us. I will always be grateful to your family, to Cora. Thank you for allowing the horrors of the unthinkable nightmare for any parent to be seen though your eyes of faith, hope, and for a deeper meaning in this life…. and the belief and hope that life will go on… somehow…ReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2009 - 12:30 am

    Anonymous - I have an 18-month old daughter and I just read your story. Thank you for reminding me how blessed I am. Your faith in God is inspiring.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:28 am

    Elle's Mom - Oh, wow! What beautiful photos. I love Cora so much and I don’t even know her. Thank you for sharing her with us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:31 am

    The Tulip Lady - What an amazing baby, love, pure love! You are still on my mind and in my prayers…ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:36 am

    Jennifer - I am sitting here, once again, in a puddle of tears. She is so beautiful. I am so amazed at how I’ve gotten so attached to a little girl who’ve I’ve known about for only a few weeks…and not even in the real world. She has an amazing power.

    Praying every day :)

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:49 am

    Michelle - She is so beautiful. She smiles with her whole face. I love those cheeks. I loved the video and plan to watch the service tomorrow. You are beautiful people to open up your hearts and share what has to be painful. I remember when I was thinking of having my own children and wondering about brining them into the world today – the response to your story has shown that there is still love in the world. Thank you for sharing – you are still in my heart and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:56 am

    Hollie - CORA IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL…WHAT AN ANGEL! STILL PRAYING FOR YOU GUYS….SENDING LOVE & HUGS YOUR WAY.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:28 am

    Megan - Wow! What beautiful pictures of your precious girl. I found your blog a few days ago and have been praying for you (and crying for your loss). Thank you for sharing these sweet pictures of Cora. She’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:37 am

    janene - Thank you for sharing your hope with us–thank you. . .ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:07 am

    vcr - just came upon your blog…thank you for sharing your life of love with so many. cora has touched countless lives! she’s so beautiful. praying for you to feel God’s touch. praying that he even brings peace to your heart in your dreams and while you sleep. humbled to have seen a glimpse in your lives.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:13 am

    Samantha - just so… heartbreakingly beautiful…I can’t imagine this loss, this hole you are feeling. God is with you and she is with God. She is still with you…ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:21 am

    HighlandGhillie - heart breakingly beautifulReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:32 am

    Anonymous - You are all amazing. I hope if I was in the same situation I could have a tiny bit of your strength.

    Thankyou for sharing a teeny bit of your BEAUTIFUL girl with the world.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:34 am

    Anonymous - Such a beautiful baby. I am keeping you in my thoughts.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:37 am

    Nicole - That was beautiful… simply beautiful. What an amazing, precious little girl she is. You have some spectacular photos.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:54 am

    michelle - beautiful…thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:31 am

    Toni :O) - Oh my goodness! Absolutely beautiful and so so precious! Thank you for sharing your beautiful gal with everyone. Continuing to keep you in my thoughts and prayers out here in Michigan!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:36 am

    Matt, Joy and Ryder - She is so beautiful, Jess. Brought me to tears this morning…what an awesome tribute to this sweet little angel! You are so wonderful to share all of this with us…ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:41 am

    Megan (mommyesquire) - Absolutely beautiful. Still faithfully praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Anonymous - BEAUTIFUL…Thank you so much for sharing your Cora with us. You and Joel are amazing. I will continue to pray for you. She is loved.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:19 am

    Kristen - that was beautiful! thanks for sharing!! Still praying for you guys everyday!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:28 am

    PamperingBeki - I’m just sobbing as I watch this.

    Again, I am so sorry for your pain. We know that there is hope, we have faith that God is in control, but I still can’t imagine how great the loss feels.

    God bless you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Donna - So beautiful and so sad. Sending prayers and love your way! Cora is my angel.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:46 am

    Anonymous - I so didn’t want to cry anymore. I wanted to feel happy about where Cora is. Now I’m sad all over again. I’m sad you don’t get to have anymore memories with her. She was such a beautiful little girl. I’m so grateful you were able to make so many memories in her short time on earth. You can tell she was so happy and loved her mom and dad so much. I hope one day the pain of missing her wont hurt so bad. I hope the memories of her will carry you during the hard road of missing her until you see her again. You will see her again!!! Yes, Jesus does love you, and Cora!!! Thank you for sharing the beautiful video!!!
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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:49 am

    in a world surrounded by men - The video is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with all of us “strangers.”

    If you choose “medium” instead of the “large” player on the One True Media website (before you get the codes to share it) then it will fit on your blog page completely.

    I am lifting you up in prayer today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:03 am

    mommaof4wife2r - this video is precious…thank you thank you thank you for sharing cora with each of us!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:10 am

    Kelly - Sending you love and hugs and prayers…thank you for sharing your beautiful girl with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Courtney - Words could never say how beautiful and sweet this video is. At our son Dylan’s memorial service we had both of those songs played too. I sat here and cried feeling so many emotions for you because I truly do remember how you feel. I always hated to here that time would heal, time does not heal you, you just some how find your “new normal”. I pray everyday that you will continue to find peace and comfort in the Lord. I still find it really hard to here “With Hope” and “Jesus Loves Me” but seeing how happy Cora is in all those pictures is so comforting.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Tara - I am sitting here in a puddle of tears and I didn’t even know your little girl, but this has to be the most preciouso slideshow I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing with all of us. She is absolutley adorable, those cheeks and those big ole eyes, my goodness. I don’t know how you keep your strength, I pray for you and your family as I am sure she is so missed. She is truly an amazing little girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:26 am

    MidnightMom - What a sweet, sweet memorial; thank you for posting it! Cora was just beautiful from day one. I wish that God had chosen to heal her on earth, but it is good to know she is well now, and laughing with the angels; precious baby girl. From one Mommy to another, I am crying with you. Hugs and prayers for you this week…ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:28 am

    Aby - Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. What a lovely tribute. I am so so very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort and healing. Your faith is an inspiration. God Bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:34 am

    Stacey - I have been following your blog, and am amazed on the impact precious little Cora has made on so many.. I couldnt help but weep watching her memorial service..It was absolutely beautiful.. You are in my prayers..

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Angela - What a beautiful video! Thanks so much for sharing. Your in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:59 am

    Julie - What a beautiful tribute to your sweet daughter Cora. She is just precious. I am in tears thinking of all of you…like others have said Cora has stolen my heart even though we have never met. Amazing. She is a special, special little girl and you are wonderful parents. I wish you didn’t have to hurt or go through this.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:59 am

    Jennifer - My heart aches so deeply for your family! I know our great and mighty God is using your beautiful Cora and family for His glory. I’m so amazed of how He is giving you strength to post these amazing blogs and photos, when I know it must be So VERY painful. Praying in WV for you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Amber - Your daughter is so beautiful…thank you so much for sharing your story, pictures, and faith with us. May God give you comfort and peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:29 am

    Jill - Cora is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing what has to be so painful. I think about Cora and you guys everyday. Cora’s life and your faith has had such an impact on my life and I don’t even know you. Just like the songs says there is hope that you will she her face again.

    Praying everyday for you and your family. And thanks again for sharing your heart.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Lynn Bray - So beautiful, thank you for sharing your beautiful sweet baby girl with the world. May your strength inspire others, and may God keep you safe and warm in His arms as you heal.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Falling Around - That was a beautiful slideshow! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    Amy - What a beautiful, beautiful child. Thank you for sharing her with us all so openly. Your story and testimony is certainly a blessing in my life.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Chris - Thank you for sharing your little girl with all of us.
    Feeling the love for your child is a gift , she is a beautiful child .
    I am sure it is so hard for any of us to understand what you are going through , and that is must be so hard missing her so much .
    You are all in my thoughts.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Crossroads Warriors - Perfection….Creation….God’s precious hand and work is plain to see in sweet Cora…thank you for sharing your little girl with all of us…my family misses her and loves your family so much…He is good…even when life is not….ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Anonymous - That was hard to watch. What a beauty! She was so precious and clearly so loved. Thank you for sharing your sweet angel. I wish for continued healing and peace for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:57 pm

    Cathy - Truly beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    Utecht Family - Oh Joel and Jess. How we are hurting not only for you, but with you. You are daily in our prayers!ReplyCancel

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    gwswenson - I love that beautiful baby girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Wendy - What a beautiful family…tears are streaming down my cheeks as I think about your precious Cora. God bless you every day of this journey. Thank You for HOPE, Lord.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    The Sweigart Family - Thank you for sharing this with us. This is the first time I have seen it. It was very hard not to be at the service, but, unfortunately, it was the same day as my grandfather’s. Brent was there, so that made me feel a little better.

    I am in awe of the love that God is blanketing you two in. I am thankful for it. It will be nice to see you in person and give you a hug. We pray for continued comfort and love, as only God can give. I am humbled by your response and amazed at how God is using you two.
    love,
    alyssa

    (I tried to go to grace’s website to view the service, but am assuming the rest of the world is too. I can’t get through. I suppose that is okay for now. This video made me cry enough for one sitting.)ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    mommyjoymarie - What a beautiful little girl, thank you for sharing this! My heart aches for you and your family. Your strength in faith is an inspiration to me.
    Praying for you,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    traci - ya know, I love Jesus and I know his plans are perfect and best but I dont even know you, have never held Cora and its absolutely broken my heart that she is gone. I read somewhere you only had 3 weeks from the time she was diagnosed to the time she went to heaven…thats just too fast. How do you wrap your mind around that? I cant even imagine. You both are amazing. I think I would be in a pile in bed mad at the world, not at all what you are doing. I work with children everyday and I know I would have LOVED Cora and your family!
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  • February 24, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    Marlene W. - Someday I might be able to visit your website and not leave in tears . . . but not today. To God be the glory for giving you the gift of such a sweet daughter. You are both in my heart and prayers daily. Thank you for sharing her life with all of us.
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    blessedmomto7 - Pure preciousness…ReplyCancel

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    Judy - I watched it and had a good cry! What a beautiful girl God gave you! Thank you for sharing it with all of us!ReplyCancel

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    mamaof3 - Jessica,
    I can’t even imagine what you gusy are going through the video was very sweet, what a beatiful family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    Maureen - Thank you for sharing this special video. I think and pray for your family everyday! I truly believe she has made a forever imprint on my heart.

    Lifting you up in prayer,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:53 pm

    LuLu - Beautiful video, sending much love!
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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:07 pm

    Jennifer W. - Oh Jess… I cannot imagine how your heart feels since mine is breaking just watching this tribute to your beautiful, gorgeous baby girl. What amazing joy she must have brought to your life. There aren’t word to express the sorrow I feel for your loss but you are in my prayers. I can’t wait to support you and the memory of Cora in any way that I can.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:22 pm

    blairspage - What a BEAUTIFUL video! Such a sweet and pretty little girl! Have peace knowing she is not hurting anymore and is in HIS arms safe and sound!

    Always praying for your family and your strength!

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:23 pm

    Max - I heard about your story from a fellow blogger and have fallen in love with your family. My son was born with end stage renal disease and spent the first 6 months of his life in the NICU at our local children’s hospital. He is now dialysis dependent and waiting to receive my (his mother’s) kidney when he comes of a good size. I am so inspired by the strength that the two of you have. You give me the strength that I need to wake up every day to take my son to dialysis and to care for him. You also give me the hope that I need to know that God will give him the new kidney when the time is right. Cora was such an amazing and beautiful little girl and I look up to you for all that you did for her. You are in my prayers and just know that I think about you every day and know that Cora is looking down on you. She was a very lucky little girl to have such wonderful parents.
    God Bless You.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:00 pm

    Allison - The amount of love I could see in each individual photo you gave to your sweet Cora was so beautiful. I continue to pray for you both that the strength and love God has showered you with grows stronger everyday. My two year old says “i want to meet her mom please can i meet her” i told her one day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:21 pm

    Jennifer - My heart is just aching for you and Joel. Listening to the video song brought back too much emotion and feelings. It is hard and it hurts and trying to find a new sense of normal for your family takes time. Russ keeps saying he wishes that we could get through the pain a little quicker. We know what you are going through – but stay strong in the Lord and hold on together. One day at a time. Keeping busy does help and I look forward to your Etsy store.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:28 pm

    Rachel - Thank you for sharing these pictures of your beautiful little girl. I think of you and your family often and pray for you as you walk through this unimaginably difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    Anonymous - Those are wonderful pictures of your daughter. I came across your blog a few weeks ago and am so sorry for your loss. Know that you have touched the heart of a perfect stranger and I think of you and your daughter often. It brings me hope to see you doing well and showing the world how much you loved your daughter. Thanks for making this video.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Susan - I can’t come up with words…the right words, ones that won’t hurt. My baby girl will be one on April 12th. I can’t help but watch and put myself in your place. I’m not sure I could make it. I know with Gods help, I could, but it’s unfathomable. (sp?) Everything in this video reminds me of my Hayden, the tractor pictures (we farm), some of the same outfits, it’s just so close to home for me. I am thinking of a way I could honor Cora Paige and Audrey Caroline at Haydens’ birthday party…it would be just a small way I might be able to make a difference…just thinking out loud. I will definitely be checking out your ETSY store!
    You are still in my thoughts and prayers as you journey along. This video is BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Love,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Christine - Just beautiful. What a precious and loved little girl. I’ve been “crafting for Cora,” and haven’t sold on etsy before, but am quickly getting the hang of it. Today, my 5 year old daughter helped me and made some of her very own creations to sell on etsy as well. Bless her, I think she’s fallen in love with Cora too.

    All our love & prayers,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    Christina - She may have had a (heartbreakingly, unexplainable) short life, but what a precious, happy, loving one. Like so many others, I have been so touched by your family, by Cora. Thank you for sharing the pictures, and for giving us a glimpse of your lives together. You were able to have Cora for the sweetest time…her face looking at you all with so much adoration. What a treasure to have these beautiful memories. That doesn’t seem quite right, because…well, you know. I keep praying for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:13 pm

    bjjames - Sometimes they are too perfect to be here, and Heavenly Father needed her back in his kingdom. Your amazing strength with help so many. There has not been 1 minute that I have not thought about your family. We will continue to pray for you in Utah.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:13 pm

    Colbert Family - Absolutely beautiful! I wish I could be by your sides to hold your hands through this. What a beautiful life she had with the most amazing parents. Your love for her filled your eyes with joy. Faithfully praying for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:19 pm

    Sa-Sea Boutique - Those pictures are amazing! She was such a truely happy little beautiful girl! I look at those pictures and just feel so amazed at what a strong little girl who has touched the lives of so many people that she never even knew.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:21 pm

    Anonymous - I wanted to watch your video, but I couldn’t make it even a full minute without my eyes welling up with tears – especially with the music. I don’t know you, personally, but I care about what you have been through. I think of you at random times throughout different days and find myself praying for you.

    I cannot know what it has been like for you to go through such a swift and devastating loss, but when I imagine what it is like, it is pretty painful even in its vicarious nature.

    I have wondered about how quickly everything happened for you, and how much of a shock it must have been: You thought she had a persistent ear infection when you took her to the doctor that day.

    I can imagine that there were moments where you thought and maybe still find yourself thinking, “This can’t be happening,” even knowing that is was and did.

    I have thought to myself that I am glad that you have the faith that you do. It doesn’t change the circumstances, but it makes them somehow easier to bear. I have thought about how glad I am for you that you have a close circle of family and friends to come around you with love and support – to laugh and to cry with you, and sometimes just to listen. I find myself feeling glad for you that if things had to turn out as they did, that your little Cora was not sick and suffering for a long time, though I say that tempered with the knowledge that there isn’t a parent alive who would not endure whatever was necessary to have their children with them and to hold them for as long as possible.

    I pay that you will continue to be comforted through your tears and grief, and that somehow, even through such a painfully tragic life experience that you will be blessed beyond measure. I am thankful that you had the opportunity to love your precious little girl all of the days of her life and know that you will continue to love her all of the days of your lives. What a gift and blessing she was to all of you!

    I hope that you will see that playground come into being faster than you expect, and that the plans for the playground include a picture of Cora’s likeness so that the children who will play there will have an opportunity to become acquainted with the very special little girl behind the playground.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:34 pm

    ran shae - What an absolutely beautiful baby girl. You guys have some amazing pictures of her. I think of you guys often and lift you up in prayer. God bless you and keep you.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:26 pm

    Melissa at perry jayne clothesline and accessories - Cora is beautiful. Thank you for sharing those pictures with us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:32 pm

    Anonymous - “A picture is worth a thousand words” couldn’t be any more true. Your pictures tell a story of love, a love that is more precious than gold or silver, they speak more than any words could express. Cora is BEAUTIFUL, from her perfect smile to those most kissable cheecks!! You are in my prayers today and in the days ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:58 pm

    Allison - My heart breaks for you and your loss of your sweet, precious and beautiful Cora. Please know that her life has touched my soul. Her life makes me long to be closer to our precious Lord. Please know that I am praying for you that God will continue to have His arms wrapped around you…

    In Christ Alone,
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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:17 am

    wenbren explains it all - What beautiful memories Cora has left you with…ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:32 am

    Kristen - I know that she was taken from you far too early, but you can tell by watching this that her time on earth was filled with such joy and love. God couldn’t have given her to better parents.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 7:55 am

    Des Deasy - I am so sorry for your loss….your beautiful daughter has touched my life in ways I can not explain in words…your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult journey.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:43 am

    Anonymous - Still hurting for you. I come to your site multiple times a day and tears just stream down my face..oh what must you be going through. I only know your Cora through your story and photos..although I feel like I am a part of your lives. Your courage is remarkable. I will continue to think of you,Joel and Cora. I pray that you find peace in your heart. Praying for you…Thank you for blogging and letting us be apart of your life and Cora’s.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:56 am

    trying to remember it all - Cora is such a beautiful child. I know there are so very many people who look forward to meeting her in Heaven.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Miliu(iiiii)(Plurual for Milius) - It’s not fair that some people have such hard trials. Cora was so beautiful and her spirit lives on through all of you. Thank you for sharing her. Your family is a true inspiration to all! You amaze me!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:51 pm

    Alison - I’m just sitting here bawling. Cora’s little life has touched me so deeply and made me more aware and appreciative of the time I have with my two little ones. Thank you for sharing her life with us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Hair Bows & Guitar Picks - I am sitting here just crying again…

    Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Cora has touched my heart, and the hearts of everyone I have shared your blog with, in a way that I cannot describe. She was by far the most beautiful baby I have ever seen, and can almost hear her laughing in these photos. Now, she is laughing in heaven, as she is experiencing a peace and joy that is beyond our comprehension.

    Jess and Joel, please know that you and your family remain in the thoughts and prayers of so many of us. Your dedication to the Lord has inspired me, along with many others, to walk closer to Him. You were, by no doubt, chosen for this journey, and have turned toward Him at a time when many of us would have allowed our sorrow to turn us away from Him.

    Please also know that reading about the tremendous faith that you both have displayed through this has made a huge difference in my life. I am now a better mother to my four children, as I have seen what strong faith in the Lord has allowed you to overcome.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    darci - she is absolutely beautiful. precious. i have been praying for you both each day since i first found your blog.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    Rebecca Louise. - Amazingly beautiful!!! X.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Michelle - You don’t know me, but I wanted to say thank you for sharing this beautiful video of your precious little girl. I watched it with tears streaming down my face. You are an amazing family, thank you for sharing your journey with strangers like me. I think of you and pray for you often.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe - I found your blog today and tears are spilling on my keyboard as I type…and I have no clue what to write…except that I am so deeply sorry for your loss…it is a pain I cannot imagine. And I join you in giving thanks for your sweet Cora’s shot, yet so very meaningful and significant life.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    Anonymous - She’s beautiful!

    Thinking of you both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:49 pm

    Meet the DuRoss's: - Thank you for sharing Cora’s sweet life with us! The video was beautifully done ~ it brought tears to my eyes. Praying for God to be your everything through this sad time.

    In Him,

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:47 pm

    Courtney Kay - What a beautiful slide show for a beautiful little angel… Praying for you always!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:37 pm

    Christina Burton - Oh my…I am at a loss for words. What a beautiful little girl. These photos are wonderful and priceless. It is so obvious how loved she is! I continue to pray for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    Anonymous - What an absolutely beautiful tribute to your daughter and wonderful keepsake for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:47 pm

    Mandi - What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful girl. Tears are flooding my eyes but I cannot express in words how much I needed this today. Thank you for sharing something so special with us.

    Heaven’s gain is our loss but what a comfort to know you will be reunited with your sweet Cora one day. Praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:48 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you for sharing your precious daughter with everyone. My thoughts, love, and prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:05 pm

    runjanetrun - This is beautiful. I watched this and sobbed. I don’t know you, I came across your blog the day Cora went to be with Jesus and have been so moved by your faith. I pray that God will hold you and your husband so closely. I wish your little girl were still here, but I know His ways are not our ways. Thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:09 pm

    Anonymous - Wow. God Bless you dear ones.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:19 pm

    The Bounds Family - Thank you for sharing the photos. Your loss breaks my heart. I can not even imagine how you feel. I am amazed at your strength and faith. Cora is so proud of her mommy. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:48 am

    Anonymous - I’ve been trying to find words to explain why I’ve been so touched by Cora. I’ve decided it was her smile….along with the smiles of her loving parents, her young age and the fact that God took her so quickly.

    God Bless you all.

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:20 am

    Anonymous - Those were some incredibly amazing pictures! Someone did an awesome job putting that together! I continue to pray for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:37 am

    i love plum - beautiful.
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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:48 am

    Anonymous - Trying so hard not to cry…

    I had to stop because I’m at work. I promise to finish watching at home with my husband.

    The song you chose of Steven Curtis Chapman took my breath away. I know the tragic loss of his little one too. I hope that someday soon you will be able to look at those pictures and smile instead of just shedding tears.

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:38 pm

    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - That was beautiful. She is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 6:37 pm

    kdurec - This was such a beautiful slideshow of your sweet girl. Thank you for sharing it with us. You and your family are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:21 pm

    amy - What wonderful, amazing parents you are. Each of your pictures reflect your absolute love and care for Cora. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful video. I think about you throughout the day and my heart groans and aches for you. I am praying for you today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:36 pm

    Jill - What a beautiful baby girl. This video was as beautiful as baby Cora and brought me to tears. The song was awesome, who sang it… wrote it..I loved it!! I will be lifting your precious family up in prayer to God! Looking forward to your Etsy shop!ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    meleea - beautiful tribute! continuing to pray for you daily.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:47 pm

    Kate's Mommy - beautiful, praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:20 pm

    Shavonne - What a beautiful angel Cora is. I am continuing to pray for you and your familyReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:37 am

    Kristen Andrews - beautiful photos, Cora is a angel. My thoughts are w/ you, you have incredible strength. I just joined in over at Etsy to raise funds for the playground!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:13 am

    Kristin Stegent - I watched this video yesterday and cried. I have a 9-month-old very happy baby girl, and Cora’s cute expressions remind me of my daughter. I cannot even begin to imagine all that you guys are going through…and I am just so sorry! Cora is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    Anonymous - There are no words to explain the beauty of your montage to your little angel Cora… it is one of the most heartfelt tributes I have ever seen. Following your blog and Cora’s amazing life story has forever changed me, I think about your family everyday. I have cried for days and days, marveling at your strength – while looking at the precious memories your family has shared. Your journey has drawn me closer to Christ, thank you so much for sharing with all of us!

    You are forever in my families prayers….
    Love,
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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Anonymous - this is the sweetest thing ever!! You have more strength than i do. I admire you!! Praying for you!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 3:41 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you for sharing your beautiful, amazing daughter with us. It is clear in her photos that Cora brought pure joy to this world. Your loving family are in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Stephanie - I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes and my heart just breaks for you. Why these things happen I will always question and we’ll never know but please please please know that your baby girl made a difference in my life. You are on my mind and in my prayers!

    I saw your etsy shop has opened..I’ve been out of the loop the last few days. I’m going to check it out this afternoon!

    Sending love your way!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:11 am

    Anonymous - So very heartbreaking..why why why?
    So very sorry for you and your amazing family. It still breaks my heart and tons of tears to see her beautiful face. May you find peace. I think of you multiple times day and night. I know that life is hard so very hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you daily. The pictures show a beautiful baby very much loved. What a great mommy and daddy you are.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 11:34 pm

    amy - That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing your sweet little Cora with me…I just know that Jesus is kissing on those precious cheeks of hers. I pray for you everyday, Joel & Jess. Lifting you up still…
    Hugs,
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  • March 1, 2009 - 2:33 am

    Nicolette - thank you for sharing your beautiful angel with us again and again! i am brought to my knees again with tears. she is so beautiful and amazing. i miss her even though i never met her. i love her even though i have never held her. i cannot fathom the depth of your pain. you are never far from my thoughts and prayers. oh she is so very loved and so are you and joelReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 5:50 am

    Candice - I’m not sure the right words to say, but I want to say something. I just wanted you to know that I have been thinking about and praying for your family. I am so sorry you lost your little Cora.

    I am a mom myself and my son just turned one. How lucky I am! I am keenly aware of how when you only have one baby, they are your whole world. It’s only been a year, yet I can hardly remember our lives without him. You guys are so strong and so brave.

    Just know, that one day you’ll all be together again. I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • March 1, 2009 - 11:44 am

    Ang - How can I say ‘beautiful’ a different way? Oh my goodness she just takes your breath away. (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 4:05 pm

    Anonymous - Beautiful!
    Those shiny cheeks are way to adorable for words.
    What a precious slide show of who she IS! She lives!
    Blessings,
    Strangers in Colorado!ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Anonymous - I continue to think of Little Cora and to pray for you, her amazing parents EVERY day. And every time, my throat and stomache get so tight. How my heart aches for you! I don’t know you, yet your family has impacted my life in a huge way. All I can say is “Thank you”. I cannot comprehend what you have lost – or what you have so unselfishly given by sharing your story and your baby with complete strangers.

    Cora is beautiful! I can’t wait to meet her – and you – someday!ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Hana - What a beautiful and moving montage! She is so beautiful and precious! Thanks for sharing her life with us!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    shepherdsgrace - Beautiful baby…beautiful momma…beautiful faith…

    thank you for sharing her with us…she is beautiful…

    sitting in my tears for your loss,
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  • March 4, 2009 - 2:50 am

    The Pink Owl - No words except beautiful. Praying for you and your husband.ReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    Rebekah - What a beautiful remembrance! She was such a blessing to people she never met, like me :) My sis is Johannah Hein and Ginger Skillen is my sis-in-law.ReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 11:06 pm

    Sharon - What an amazing video of you all. She is beautiful and I know God will continue to hold you through this terrible time.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2009 - 5:43 am

    Angie - What a treasure chest of beautiful memories you all have!! She is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this video with us. I’m expecting my first little one…a girl…on March 28, 2009…and your story is such a powerful reminder to me that these little ones are His. We are blessed each day He allows us to have with them. AngieReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Jamie, Quinter, KS - You are such great photographers!!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2009 - 11:43 am

    Frugal Jen - Beautiful thank you for sharing. My heart absolutely breaks for you, you are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    Anonymous - What an amazing little girl! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  • March 8, 2009 - 12:18 am

    The Clarks - My heart aches for you as you long to hold your precious beautiful Cora! I too lost a precious son 5 years ago. He came 17 weeks too early. Our babies are safe in the arms of God right now. The wonderful thing is that we will be reunited again very soon with our precious, precious babies!! Praying the Lord will continue to give you the strength to make it through the hard days ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • March 11, 2009 - 4:33 am

    Something White - What a beautiful, gorgeous little angel. I feel the pain while looking at the video. May God bless you and give you strength.
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  • March 12, 2009 - 3:37 pm

    Laura - What a beautiful video in honor of Cora! My heart aches, my throat burns and my tears are welling in my eyes for your loss. Gosh I wish so hard that she could be back in your loving arms.

    She had such an infectious personality – I can tell just from the pictures – her whole face smiles!

    I have bought from one of your Etsy supporters in lieu of your own items – I will buy when you have more items listed.

    I run a foundation in memory of my friend’s son who passed…I think it is wonderful to have a legacy for Cora….but how I wish it was not necessary! How I wish with all my heart!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 20, 2009 - 6:37 pm

    Brooke - I know I am posting a comment late, but just got to catch up with your blog. Wonderful pictures of your sweet Cora. It is so great you have so many of her with family that you can always go back and look at.
    Your faith in God is amazing and really shines through in your posting. I am a mother to a miracle 16 month old little girl. I never thought I would be able to be a mother and now that I am I do not know how you get through the day with your angel not with you. I know the fact of her being in Heaven with our Lord has got to be the only thing to get you through.
    No words really can express how sorry I am for your loss, but please know that I am sending prayers up everyday for you and your family. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • April 13, 2009 - 8:25 pm

    Sherry - Hello, I was recently told about Cora and her story and am viewing your blog for the first time. Your family is a beautiful one. Your daughter looks absolutely precious in the photos, I’m sure you miss her every minute. Reading your story was heartbreaking, even more so since my husband and I have a 9 month old baby boy and can’t even begin to imagine what you faced. Time is precious and one of the many things I’ve taken away from your story is to appreciate every second. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, your story is one I will never forget.ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Ashley - Joel and Jess,
    I found your blog just the other day and began reading your story. Like most of your readers, my heart simply broke for you and the hole you have in your hearts. Cora was beautiful and such an amazing little baby. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family – I know that the hurt and sorrow never fully goes away.

    However, I would also like to give you a gift – small by all means, but something to let you know that the blog world loves you and is praying for you. I have a small design business and would love (that is if you would like) to create you a special blog design. Something with fun colors that Cora would love. If that is ok, please email me (I tried to email you, but your email isn’t listed here, so I thought this would be the best way) at ashleywages@sbcglobal.net. I would love to talk with you a bit more about a design for you and of course, want this to be a representation of you, and Cora.

    In prayer for you,
    AshleyReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    Mission of mamahood - What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful little girl. Praying for you and your family as you await the day you will hold her again.ReplyCancel

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  • May 9, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    Jodi - May God bless your hearts and give peace to your souls. I have cried for the loss of your precious Cora. She was an angel on earth. Reading your story makes me appreciate every little thing in my life all the way down to my kid’s laundry. You have made me feel so blessed today!ReplyCancel

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  • December 4, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    Carla - Beautiful pictures, beautiful songs, beautiful girl. Her time here was so short but so so blessed. Thinking of you often xReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    Anonymous - I just stumbled upon your website and I’m in full blown tears. Cora was such a beautiful little baby and you are a beautiful mommy/person. My heart breaks for you. I admire all of your strength and your faith in the Lord. I plan to come back again and again. I will pray for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • April 29, 2010 - 11:17 pm

    Heather - I wish your photo montage was linked to your story page… it tells so much more than words ever could about how beautiful your baby girl is.ReplyCancel

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Crafting isn’t making that hole in my heart go away, but it sure helps. It is good to have something to do. It is good to spend time with my mom. It is good to be crafty. We are working hard to get all of our projects done and our etsy shop open.


I will let you know when the shop is open. Coming soon!

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:49 pm

    The Balzers - SO SO CUTE…LOVING IT ALL! We know that nothing will replace the hole..NOTHING…but I’m so glad you are finding something to spend time doing, something that can bring you a little joy!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    michelle - I can’t wait!!! It all looks cute..
    I too am glad that you are filling your time w/ something…especially w/ someone who I am sure loves you so much. I continue to pray for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    Anonymous - HI I just came across your site while drinking my morning coffee…I have never expirenced what you and your husband have been thru and i cannot say much only sorry for your loss. It takes time to heal but remember Cora is looking down with a smile. Stay strong.
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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    Liana - Beautiful! How wonderful that you’ve found a way to fill your time and share experiences with your mom…and created such beautiful pieces to boot. You are in my thoughts and prayers today and in the coming months. I can’t wait to hear the details of the Cora Playground. It is going to be amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    Sara - OH so cute!!!! I am glad you are keeping busy. It is very hard, when I lost Faith, I deep cleaned everything over and over. Nothing seemed to be clean enough. I still pray for you guys and Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    Julie - So beautiful and cute! I know we have never met – I just happened upon your blog one day through another…but you are on my mind each day and your sweet Cora. She is beautiful. You are in my prayers daily.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Wendy - CUTE STUFF!!! I love that little cupcake :)

    Even though your heart will never beat the same again, it’s good to find a constructive way to use your energy. Each of these little adorable items are a tribute to your precious angel…they’re made with love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    The Sieberts - HORRAY! CAN’T WAIT!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    meg duerksen - YES! i just can’t wait!
    already it looks so cute! so now i know who took the that pink apple fabric from charolette’s….
    i was looking for it.
    :)

    it was wonderful to see you yesterday and give you a hug (or ten). i’m sorry if it was too many hugs. so good to see you even it was hard. it had to be so hard for you both. you are brave.
    and so strong.
    so loved.
    still praying all day for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:04 pm

    Molly - You are in my prayers. I just told my Mom the story about Cora last night. We both cried together and we’ve never even met you! Love and pain can be felt around the world.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    blessedmomto7 - Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:08 pm

    PamperingBeki - Adorable!!

    I’ve been praying for you to have a distraction. Nothing will fill that hole until you see Cora again, but distractions can be a good thing, I think.

    That cupcake tee – I made the same one for Camryn. ;-) Love it!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:24 pm

    Anonymous - Faith, family and friends…

    McClenahans: You, your families, and your entire (and ever growing!) circle of friends are nothing short of amazing and inspiring.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    Sara - Wow, that is so cute, you guys are going to town!!

    You guys are in my thoughts and prayers every day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:29 pm

    The Veers - everything is adorable!!! i love all of it! you guys are so talented! i’m so glad you can spend this time with your mom and make these beautiful things with your hands!! you all are in our prayers daily!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    bjjames - Your amazing story of faith and love has touched my heart forever. I keep crying and I don’t even know your family. I will never take for granted another hug, kiss, moment forever. I am sorry for your loss and thankful for the Plan of Happiness. May you continue to blessed by the love and comfort of our Savior.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    Mod Girl - Amazing how God can use a vast community of bloggers and etsy to provide a special, meaningful way to keep your hands busy. Looking forward to seeing your goodies.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    Anonymous - Tried not to cry but I did anyway. I’m so sorry for your loss, and am astounded at your bravery and how you are creating a legacy out of all this.

    Wish you tons of success in your etsy shop, and most of all strength for the future.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    Marla Taviano - I think is the first post of yours that hasn’t made me cry.

    But if I look too long at those little dresses and barrettes, I’ll start.

    So glad God is giving you something to work on while your heart slowly heals.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    The Schilling's from PICU - Wow those are sooooo cute and of course I am going to want to order some of it for Jaylee! Glad to hear you are keeping busy!
    Take care and know I am thinking of you ALWAYS! Give your mom a squeeze for me!
    love ya,

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    The Boyds - I am so glad you have an outlet to help you work through this time of adjustment. I am sure it is a blessing to your mom as well I look forward to see more of your projects! I am still praying for you and your family!ReplyCancel

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    Mama Kat - Just keeping your hands busy and working on something probably feels so good.

    And LOOK how crafty the two of you are!! Those little dresses are beautiful and that onesie is stinking adorable!! Keep it coming!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    jenchristians - I cannot wait to see all the adorable items. I wll have to get my hands on some of them!
    My family is still praying for you. I am still Etsying…(????) Away for your precious Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    Anonymous - I have been meaning to send you this…

    We can’t know why the lily has so brief a time to bloom in the warmth of sunlight’s kiss upon it’s face, before it folds it’s fragrance in and bids the world good night to rest it’s beauty in a gentler place.

    But we can know that nothing that is loved is ever lost, and no one who has ever touched a heart can really pass away, because some beauty lingers on in each memory of which they’ve been a part.

    We continue to pray for you every day. Peace to you –
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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    Mary Beth in PA - Oh my goodness, I love everything you and your mom have made! I get tears in my eyes each time I read your blog, but it’s not all sadness. I am in awe of your spirit to take each day, each minute at a time. Without ever meeting you or Joel or Cora, my heart will forever hold a special place for each of you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - Oh I can hardly wait!!!!!! These things all look adorable!

    Still praying for you and your family…

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    nikid - Hello, I just read all your blogs about Cora and I am crying like a baby. I just want you to know that I lost a child several years ago and I can relate. Nothing will ever fill the hole you now have in your soul, but you will feel better – believe me it happens.

    The funny thing is, as I am crying my two-year old is asking me, “okay mom,” and giving me kisses. Children are such a joy!

    Good luck with your etsy venture, I will be looking for you, I have a shop myself!

    My best to you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:08 pm

    angie c - Your etsy stuff looks like it is so cute. What a great tribute to your sweetie this playground will be…with so many hearts touched by her working on it with you! ((hugs)) and prayers to you-
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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    Lacey - You’re doing an awesome job!! I can’t wait!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:28 pm

    Leslie - This is how my jewelry design started….as therapy! It still is. If there is anything you need to help get your and your mothers shop off the ground, let me know! You and your family are in my prayers. Take care and I look forward to your Grand Opening!

    Warmly,
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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    Karis King - I’ve been praying for you … no, you don’t know me, but that’s doesn’t matter. The prayer request for Cora came to me via friends … my husband and I recently had twins and both were in the NICU for several weeks. One of our boys had to undergo surger yat 40 days old. We had to come to grips that we might not get to take that one home. Having dealt with hard circumstances also, you blog page was sent onto us because people thought we’d understand your thoughts and emotions. We were fortunate to be able to bring home our son in the end … but Cora is in a MUCH better home. :o) I love you and am praying for continued healing for you guys. My name is Karis King, and I’m from Nebraska. We know Anyd and Julie Friesen.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    Judy - Look at how crafty you are! I’m not crafy, but I can buy stuff (hehe)! Can’t wait to see your shop up and running. I have a feeling you’re going to be super busy because that cute stuff is going to be gone before you know it! I’m betting, less than a week :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:42 pm

    The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique - Great stuff, can’t wait until you join our etsy family!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - yeah for crafting…sometimes chocolate and crafting work well together too!

    and i’m telling you, i can’t wait to see those dresses/romper thingys!! yeah!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    Heather - Everything so far looks SO adorable. Looks like I’ll have to talk my hubby into having another girl! :D I am so glad that you have found something special to do. Still praying for you!
    Hugs and prayers,
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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:49 pm

    Anonymous - Cute Cute Cute..No it won’t fillthe hole in your heart but it will help get you through the day.I have contributed to the Cora Paige playground on numerous things..wonder if my baby boy(8 months)would mind wearing that cupcake tee :)How proud your Cora is of her Mommy and Grammy!

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:53 pm

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Wow your creative juices are flowing today…and me likey what I see. Very cute stuff mama. I cant wait to see finished product….. keep us posted.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:56 pm

    Anonymous - I can already tell I will be making fun purchases for Cora’s playground. I can see those cute dresses and I’m ready to buy. Also love the cupcake tee!!! I’m glad you have found something to keep you busy. I hope little waves of our Heavenly Father’s Glory come over you often, especially on the harder days.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Aaron and Shannon - I LOVE those little dresses! Too bad Aaron won’t let me put Eli in one! So glad you are enjoying your time with your mom! It was good to see you yesterday!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Parker Family - Hello, I am a new reader of your blog. Those dresses are adorable! Even though I don’t know you, my heart breaks for you. Reading your story makes me think of all I take for granted with my two precious children. I’ll be praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:18 pm

    Christine - Such cute stuff!! I can hardly wait till you open your shop!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:32 pm

    Brooke - Oh boy! Those are so sweet!! Keep up the great work. I am sure nothing will ever even come close to replacing your sweet Cora (I LOVE her name!) but it is fun to see the “therapy” you create.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Brooke - Oh, if you want to offer some blog love/support to another mommy with a very sick baby, go to http://www.thegledhillfamily.blogspot.com Little Gracie has an amazing story but is in need of ALL the prayers she can get. She just turned 11 months old. Thanks in advance if you check her out and pray for her.

    **In case you are thinking that you have no clue who I am , you are right.I am just another stranger whose life has been touched by your precious daughter.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:37 pm

    Anonymous - Moving forward doesn’t mean forgetting…it just means healing.

    I can’t wait to see your store. I’m already eyeing that cupcake onesie. I hope you will consider making one that will fit a 24 month old! :)

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    Marie - Those things are beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    Hollie - I am praying for you guys RIGHT NOW! I pray you feel a peace that only HE can give!

    I can’t wait to see more! It all looks awesome!!! HUGS!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    Kristy Tootle - I can not wait to SHOP!!!! I am so excited….I already posting about it on my blog…so excited….ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:07 pm

    BriBedell - Can’t wait to see what you’ve been crafting..ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:08 pm

    Wendy - Oh! My! Gosh! That stuff is adorable!!! Looking forward to seeing your shop!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Mrs. MK - What sweet memories you are making with your mom!!

    I designed and sewed my first ever garment last year after my Ellie died. It was a graduation dress for my sister who loves vintage style. We had a great time together and I was able to keep my mind and hands busy!!

    Prayers continually!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:11 pm

    Nadia - So, so cute! Love what you are doing! Cannot wait to shop your Etsy store!!!

    Thinking about you and praying for you daily in IL.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    HighlandGhillie - These are so cute! I am happy to hear you are joining Etsy, I have an (empty) Etsy shop too… I’m trying to think up something special to make to donate to the cause.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    sarahross - Oh! So cute. I love the colors…the fabrics.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    Artsiegirl - I am so glad you are keeping busy and sharing some time with your mom. I’ve been praying for you all since I heard about Cora through etsy. I also have a shop there and am honored to donate towards Cora’s Playground, and I look forward to having you join our great community.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:15 pm

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - Those look adorable! I can’t wait to see what you and your mom have come up with!!

    You and yours are still in our thoughts and prayers. *hugs*ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Can’t wait to see your shop!! Love the fabric patterns and colors :)

    Nothing will ever replace beautiful Cora, but I’m so glad to see you are doing something creative and getting to spend time with your mom.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:54 pm

    Danielle - Hi Jess, My name is Danielle. I live in upstate New York and I came across Cora’s story on Etsy yesterday and have spent the evening reading your blog and your friends and families blogs. My heart goes out to you and your husband. My prayer for you and your family is that the Lord will wrap His arms around you and provide comfort like you have never known. I pray you feel His mercies new every morning and I pray that you are daily reminded that you will see your precious daughter again because of the blood that flowed down the cross. Your unwavering faith in Christ is inspiring and challenging to my husband and I and I would hope and pray that I could stand as strong in my faith in our creator as you are. Know that we are thinking of you, praying for you and excited for you to be reunited with Cora one sweet day.
    Love, DanielleReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:55 pm

    Cristy - So cute Jess! I love making those onesie dresses. And the fabric you used- adorable! They will sell like hotckaes for sure! :)

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    Samantha Seholm - Wow this stuff is adorable. I can’t wait until your shop is open.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:00 pm

    MidnightMom - When I lost someone very dear to me, I spent months cutting out squares and then sewed quilts for my kids; it was incredibly therapeutic. Nothing fills an empty hole, but I found moments of peace and joy. I’m so thankful that you are finding the same. The preview items are just lovely; I can’t wait to see your shop open! May God continue to hold you and Joel close, and may His mercies be new every morning, His grace everlasting. Bless you~~ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:01 pm

    Whimsical Creations - Those are wonderful! Distractions are fantastic. HUGS!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Angela - I am so glad to hear you are starting an Etsy shop! I found out about Cora Paige and your family a couple weeks ago and my heart goes out to you. I am so glad to see you doing something on Etsy to help with the healing. Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Will definitely be buying some things for my little girl, Emelie Paige.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:13 pm

    Vera - So adorable! I have bought a couple of Cora Etsy things and have a link from my blog, but now I’m really excited about your own shop opening. I just want you to know, y’ll have been so much in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    Chris - Beautiful!!! Can’t wait to order some for Ava.
    I was reading a blog yesterday and they also lost their little girl. The mom made a quilt with all of her daughter favorite dresses. I thought that it was so nice. Something to remember her daughter and some days just sleeping with the quilt probably felt very good.
    Had to share ,sorry.
    Ok Again you and your mom are doing great work and I can’t wait for your store to open.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    Anonymous - You are in my prayers. May God bless you and hold you tightly in His loving care.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Amanda - What fun stuff, Jess! And you get to do it with your mom too! Know that we are praying for you and tell Joel we said hi!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:16 pm

    Anonymous - Oh, Jess. The items you and your mom made look wonderful!
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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    petrii - These are so cute!! So glad your Etsy store will be up and running soon.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Stephanie - I haven’t commented lately but I’ve been keeping you in my prayers. I can’t imagine what you’re going through and just want you to know that your precious baby girl made a difference in my life! I will always remember her sweet and beautiful face..Thank you for sharing her with me! I love the clips that you have pics of and are going to put on Etsy..I can’t wait until you open your shop up. I’m going to be one of the first buyers :)From one mommy to another all my love and prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    the*4*of*us - we lost my dad 2 years ago, and afterward my mom came to stay for a bit. I taught her how to make hairbows and it immediately became therapy….I cannot begin to guess how many hairbows were hanging around my craft room!
    I can’t wait to see your site!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:49 pm

    Kristen - I just read your entire blog from the beginning & am sitting here in tears. I can’t imagine the pain you are going through and have no words to say except that I admire your faith, your strength and your courage to face each day. Your baby girl is beautiful – thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    Elle's Mom - Oh I am so excited for you! I’m new to Etsy and I just love it. Crafting truly is good therapy. Feels good to be creative and complete a project. I’m so looking forward to checking out your new shop!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Jenni - your daughter has touched my heart and so has your faith in Jesus. I am looking forward to the day when i can meet her in heaven and tell her how her precious life touched my heart. I will be praying for you sweet sister in Christ.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    Trisha - I left a comment last week and would love to connect with you. We lost our baby boy 11 months ago. He would be turning one next week. I spent 25 days in the ICU with him as he fought a heart defect so I really understand what you’ve been through. It’s a tough journey and connecting with others that “get it” was really helpful for me. Please email me if you would like to. Our story can be found at http://www.nathanryanlarson.blogspot.com and my email is trisha_larson@yahoo.com.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    JANE - So cuuuute!! Can’t wait to see all of it.
    Glad to know your mom is working along side of you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    Enos Family - Oh my!! You are quite talented!!! Those orange clips with the flowers-I must have them for my Nora! I am very impressed! Can’t wait to see the rest.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    The Carroll's - Can’t wait for you store to open! Thanks for continuing to share your heart with all of us- still praying BIG!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:00 pm

    Becky - Everything looks beautiful…can’t wait to see what’s in store for your shop! Keeping you in prayer…ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:16 pm

    Mental P Mama - My heart is broken for you, and when your Etsy shop is up and running, I will send my tribe over. May God hold you in his tender arms.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:18 pm

    Tonya - Wow.. Your stuff is beautiful. How nice that every little girl who wears one of those dresses or hair bows will be representing Cora. Lovely.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:18 pm

    Auntie Carrie - I can’t wait to see what you’ve made! I made my purchase tonight to support Cora’s Playground and even blogged about it to insipire others to do the same. May peace fill your hearts in the coming days.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:21 pm

    Christina - You sound amazing. Not like you’re fine, but like you’re making it. It’s so good that your mom can be with you. I checked out the stuff on Etsy the other day (I had never heard of that before a few days ago) and it was wild how much stuff was on there. How wonderful. I’m still crying on your behalf, but I’m so glad you have meaningful work to do, that you can see it that way. I, too, will keep praying for you guys. You are being held by Him!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:29 pm

    aimee - oh my gosh!!!!! Look at you! It all looks so sweet. I thought I’d check in tonight to see if you had posted and I am amazed at what you’ve accomplished. Saying prayers (as always).

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:35 pm

    Staci - So cute! I can’t wait to see what the dresses are! I found your blog through another and your story has touched my heart to the core. I have prayed for you daily and also for your sweet Cora! God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:40 pm

    Falling Around - Jess,

    I am so glad you have found a distraction… and with your mom no less! I’m sure it will be a blessing to both of you. I can’t wait to browse your etsy shop – your pics are enticing!

    I can’t even begin to imagine how hard Sunday must have been for you. You and Joel are so strong – you may not feel like it, but you are.

    I got my Cora flowers today from Beki. They are so beautiful. I pinned mine to my white curtains in the living room. It’s so bright & vibrant – it’s the first thing to catch your eye in that room. It’s perfect.

    Praying for you daily.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 6:21 am

    Momma_Hug - Absolutely adorable! Look forward to seeing your shop open.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:47 am

    Erin - Everything is SO cute! I’m sure it’s nice to have something to try to give you a little smile here and there…you continue to be in my prayers…ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:52 am

    The Tippins - Beautiful, Jess!!! Can’t wait till your shop is open, everything looks great – you got a lot done!! Looking forward to seeing you guys on Thursday.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:28 am

    megan - Your items look amazing and I am looking foward to buying something in honor of your daughter…and Im really touched by the women on etsy I will also be buying some stuff from there…Blessings to you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Andy and Katie - Jess, your stuff is so, so cute!!! I love the dresses. How great to have your mom so close that you guys can work on this together. Praying for you all!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    Sarah - I’m glad you are able to get a little therapy through crafting, and look forward to seeing your shop open!
    Everything in the pictures look adorable!
    Thinking about you guys and praying for you daily!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 4:56 pm

    Zingo Tots - I just found your site when I clicked on a Cora Paige Playground button. I spent the last hour reading through all of your posts – I laughed,I cried, I prayed. I am so sorry for your loss. Your craft projects look amazing and I can not wait to see your Etsy shop. My prayers are with you and your family. Cora was an absolute doll and it is obvious she was very well loved.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:14 pm

    Linkis Family Love - Soooo glad that crafting is giving you an outlet. I am continuing to pray for you and Joel every single day. I know that crafting and scrapbooking are my outlets, too. I think God is happy that we are productive as we soothe our souls.
    I HAVE to have some of those ADORABLE dresses I saw in the pics you posted! What sizes are they going to be in? Cora’s Playground Etsy shop has been so much fun. I have been ordering like crazy, and loving it!
    Sendling love to ya!
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  • February 25, 2009 - 9:06 am

    holly - God Bless YOU! HAVE fun with it… I think there’s no better way to pass the time and get distracted then to pour your heart into a creative outlet of some sort- and it looks like you are creating beautiful things!
    I wish you much love, peace and strength in this process! And happy crafting! I will do my part and try to sell as many goodies as I can so we can make your playground a DREAM COME TRUE!

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  • February 25, 2009 - 9:56 am

    Alyssa - What a great way to channel your grief!! If I had a little girl I would totally buy something (unless you are doing boy stuff also!) I have a 17 month old right now. Bt the way, the slideshow was BEAUTIFUL!! You all will continue to be in my prayers :-) ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    BranDee - I have been following your blog for some time and finally got the courage today to post a comment. I too had lost a daughter over three years ago, she was 15 months old, although under different circumstances. I also took up crafting, photography, most recently blogging and you name it for therapy…it really does help. Know that I am praying for you and your family as you embark on your journey after your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2009 - 11:55 am

    Beth James - Our oldest son died almost 7 years ago. May I share with you what I learned about the ‘hole in your heart’ It is very real. Cora is part of your physical body and when she left this earth life, part of you(that piece of your heart)left too. Now you are adjusting to how you feel without that part of you around…you will feel her near as she checks in on you from time to time. Life is eternal! May God continue to bless and comfort you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 17, 2009 - 6:25 am

    Anonymous - I love all of the dresses! You and your mom are very good.ReplyCancel

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Can you believe it? Cora is famous. Joel was reading through our comments and noticed a comment that said there was an article about Cora on Etsy. We headed over to Etsy and there it was. Our picture and everything. Crazy! Thank you Beki for writing such a kind article about our family. Thank you Julie for thinking of this great way to support Cora’s Playground through Etsy. Thank you to the MANY people who are giving of their time and talents towards this project. You guys are awesome! Words cannot express how humbled we are to see so many people rally around us in this way. Thank you!

We went back to church today. It was the first time we had been back since Cora had been in the hospital. I thought I would be ok. Saturday had been a pretty good day. I was wrong. Emotions overwhelmed me as we walked in. I think I cried through half of the service. That’s ok, I know. It is just hard to go back to “normal” things when you don’t feel normal at all. I was thankful for all the hugs and smiles. It was good to be surrounded by friends.

One more thing. My mom and I wanted to join in the Etsy fun. We have been crafting our brains out this weekend. It has been good therapy. Hopefully our shop will be up and running in a day or two. More on that tomorrow…

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:17 am

    Our Complete Family - I just found your blog and feel I was lead to you to lift you up in prayer. Please know I am thinking of you both and sending many hugs and prayers.
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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:22 am

    The Sieberts - how exciting! we can’t wait to see your creations!!!! it was good to see you guys back in church today!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:29 am

    Samantha - It is so nice to see a post from you. I think of you, your husband and your little angel often. I wear my cora’s playground pendant and think of her everytime I feel it move, see it and touch it… I am sending lots of love and blessings your way.

    Your little girl is such an inspiration. Both spiritually and artisticly. I was so happy to be able to purchase my beautiful necklace and help Coras playground at the same time. I can’t wait to see what you have made!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:31 am

    Anonymous - I am a stranger from across the seas (Brisbane, Australia) – and I have posted one comment a little earlier. Every time I see your lovely family photo, the one you posted when Cora went to be with Jesus – my eyes well up with tears. Whilst it is comforting to know she is indeed with Him, my heart aches for your loss here on earth. I am inspired by your faith and your bravery. I look forward to seeing your shop on ETSY (wonderful site by the way!) and hope that you find that project a little therapeutic.
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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:34 am

    Wendy - You are both an inspiration. Cora is a beautiful angel.

    It’s funny, because a bunch of pastors at my church are from Kansas…I’ve never been to Kansas, but there sure are some awesome folks from “those parts”!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:34 am

    The Schilling's from PICU - Hi guys,

    Just checking in to see how you are? Glad to hear you got to be together and relieve some stress in Colorado…. Tell Ruth the cinnamon rolls were gone in a few hours when Jason brought them home. ha They were yummy…. We think of you daily and pray often that you are feeling some kind of peace in your hearts. I was jealous that Jason got to come out there…. We may just pack the kids up and ride along next time…. I am so glad that you are surrounded by sooooo much love and support….. wish we lived closer….. I think the next thing on my list to do is start BLOGGING….. ha I go back to work March 2nd, and hope that Jaylee can stay away from all the little germs I bring home….

    Miss you both and tell your families hello!

    love ya,

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:40 am

    Stewart Family - Exciting that your joining in on the etsy project. Be forewarned though that it is addicting. I have been crafting 10 hrs a day I think :) I’m loving every minute of it though and have Cora on my mind the whole time!! Can’t wait to see what you and your mom made.

    I’m glad you got to get back into church today and feel the love that is surrounding you! You and Joel are always in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:44 am

    KittsKrafts - I had been following your story on your blog have been so saddened to hear about Cora. I am an Etsy seller and started to see Cora’s name pop up here and there and didn’t think it could be your Cora. I finally saw the Etsy article and realized it was indeed your Cora. So I have made a decision to keep a listing in my shop for Cora’s playground until her birthday.
    Hugs & Prayers
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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:51 am

    Amy - I am totally ready to see what you have made! I heart Etsy :)

    I purchased 3 of Beki’s flowers for each of my girls. They don’t have them yet, but my oldest already calls it her “Cora Flower”. I absolutely LOVE the playground idea. What a way to honor and cherish a precious little girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:57 am

    The Moffats - Jess & Joel -

    Sending lots of hugs and prayers…I’m sure today was full of mixed emotions.

    Can’t wait to see the etsy creations. I know they will all be adorable and EXTRA special :)

    Missing you all. Pass around a big hug to everyone from us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:58 am

    playfulmeowz - I am a Singaporean based in Malaysia. Just want to tell you that I am praying for both of you. I read your older posts and want to thank you for your courage and for sharing your story and faith.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:59 am

    Anonymous - You are in my heart and prayers. I do not know you or your family, but am sending prayers from California.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:00 am

    beckley - still praying for you.
    grace and peace to you this moment-ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:08 am

    Kate's Mommy - been praying for you. my heart aches for you and your family, but my heart is also overjoyed at your faith in Jesus and how you are leaving a legacy through Cora. She’s such a beautiful sweet little girl. I have a sweet 9 month old and Cora reminds me to love her more and more and hold her closer each day, and to thank God for each day. Thank you for sharing Cora with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:10 am

    The Snyders - Wow, You have heard this before but your family is so inspiring! I have been following your story since just after Cora’s diagnosis. I have been praying from that day on-I still am. I can’t believe how incredibally stong you are! I have a 7 month old and I can’t imagine the pain you two (and the rest of your family) have felt! Even though you don’t know me, I am in KS (a couple hours from you) if you need anything contact me through my blog!
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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:54 am

    Heather - I am co-organizer of the sale and so glad to help such a wonderful family. Please let me know if you have any questions about it! You and Cora have been in my thoughts and prayers pretty much 24/7 the past few weeks. It is amazing what this movement has become!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:22 am

    Peyton's Pages - You two, and Cora are heros. Your faith, love and hope is so inspiring. Praying for you and your family daily.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:19 am

    Chris - Jess and Joel,
    I found your blog the day Cora went to Jesus and read back from the start. Since that day I find myself waking up at night and crying thinking about your beautiful little girl. I think about her and you several times a day . I dont know you or Cora but feel like I do. Cora thought me to take more time with my baby and other children. Stoped what I am doing and just spend time with them because you never know .I also bought a flower for Ava and cant wait to get it . She will wear it with pride for Cora. You are such a great couple and Cora was a lucky little girl to have you as parents. She will be protecting you and is now a beautiful angel .
    Thank You for sharing with us and make us better person. You are in my thoughts and prayers every day .
    Hugs to you .
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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:26 am

    Connie W - I can’t remember how I found your blog but I read about it a few weeks ago on someone’s blog and linked over. I haven’t commented because I couldn’t express my deepest sympathy in words adequately. I decided to leave this comment to say how sorry I am for your tragic loss. You have touched many more lives than you ever will know. God bless and keep you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:27 am

    Heather - I still think of you and your sweet Cora MANY times throughout my day and I lift you up in prayer EVERY time I do. I miss Cora and I never even knew her, but I have learned so much about her through your blog and can see how much she is loved by you and so many people around the world. Cora did indeed leave her mark on this world.
    Hugs and prayers,
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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:29 am

    Shelby - I have been praying for your family ever since I heard about you. I have a 10 month old baby girl and every time I think of your loss my heart aches. I cannot imagine your pain. I just wanted you to know that you are in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:13 am

    Courtney Kay - praying for the playground efforts!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:18 am

    Anna - Can’t wait to visit your Etsy store…this is a great idea for you and your Mom to do!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:27 am

    Alivia's Momma - Dear Macs….
    Etsy is what lead me to your page. I too lost my girl baby to cancer (almost 2 whole years ago). I have no huge words to say or advice to give. I will pray for peace and comfort. Each “normal” thing you do from now on will be hard because your normal will never be the same.
    Etsy is my therapy after lossing my daughter and I hope it gives you a little relief from grief. Take care..*EReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:30 am

    Anonymous - Just a follower but sooooo glad when you update. We know that your Cora is a peace but we still worry for you two. You are very courageous! Can’t wait to see your Etsy store. Still thinking and praying for you two a dozen times a day.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:43 am

    mommaof4wife2r - you all are so famous!!! i preached on your story at church in middle school and those kids pray for you! and i have to tell you, you are doing so many awesome things not even knowing! isn’t that great?

    ok, and the etsy store is more than fab. the only problem i’m having with it is that everything is so fab i keep getting more and more things. i’m buying bday gifts and all kinds of stuff. anyway, it’s so awesome!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:21 am

    The Gardners - Still praying for you everyday Jess!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Oh sweet friend….. I am so proud of you. I really am. And I can’t wait to see the creations you will come up wit for esty. I actually took that article off that site and posted it on my blog last week…. I had no idea you didn’t even know about it yet.

    I truly love reading your post and updates… because I think about you every day. I am being honest when I say every day. You are constantly in my prayers and we as brother and sisters in Christ are going to walk through this with you… and be your circle of love on good days like Saturday and hard days like Sundays.

    Today I hope Monday, will bring some peace for you and that your little creative juices are flowing to keep your mind busy. Mondays, can often feel lonely for anyone, after busy weekends, no matter who they are or going through.

    Thinking of you right now and praying.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Anonymous - I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and commenting here. (I’m usually just a lurker/prayer) My heart breaks for you guys and I can’t begin to imagine the road you have traveled. I do know what it is to loose a child though and I “get it” when you say, it’s hard doing normal things when you don’t feel normal. It has been almost 7 years since our first baby, Lauren passed away. She had Trisomy 18 and live 2 1/2 months. I understand the emptiness and the physical pain of missing someone so much. I wish I could tell you that it gets easier but in truth it just gets different. Your emotions won’t always live right at the surface but you will be forever changed so it’s hard to say life will ever be “normal” again. I will continue to pray for you and your families as you continue learning what it means to live without your precious Cora.
    God bless you,
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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:36 am

    Dancing Queen - can’t wait to see what you’re creating! you are such an example to all of us about how to honor a child’s memory while moving forward & making a difference all at the same time!

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:42 am

    The Morris Family - Praying for you both, may the windows of heaven open and grace fall upon your hearts. The words of scripture has been my source of help as we miss our little Joel, I pray you will delve into His words that speak life and give us the hope of being with our little ones again!!
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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:42 am

    trying to remember it all - Just wanted to let you know that I’m praying for you even though I didn’t really know what to say…ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:53 am

    Kate - I can’t wait to see your etsy & what you guys come up with!! how fun:)ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:07 am

    PamperingBeki - Jess, I tried to call you a few times but didn’t get through.

    I most definitely did not want to exploit this horrible situation you’ve been given! I tried to be as delicate as possible. But I see that your faith through this has been so inspiring to Christians and non-christians alike. So when Etsy told me they were interested, I jumped at it.
    I only had about 10 minutes to pull it together so I swiped pictures from Megan’s blog.

    I thought about you and your first trip back to church yesterday. (I assumed it would be your first trip back.) I’m sure you know that there’s no right or wrong way to handle things. Waves of emotion are going to hit you when you least expect it.

    About the etsy shop, how fun!! If you need any help getting things going, let me know.
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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Stacy - Baby steps, that’s all you can do is take baby steps one day at a time. You two are showing such courage and I admire you for that.

    Sweet Cora is indeed leaving a wonderful legacy and footprints on all of our hearts!

    Speaking of hearts, mine smiled this morning to read a post from you. I truly can’t even begin to explain the compassion and love I feel toward you, Joel and Cora as I have never met you except through your blog, but there is a strong desire to know you are going to be okay. How does one have such compassion for strangers, several states away, with no actual connection at all, except through the work of our Mighty God. His hand is in all of this and I have said it before and will say it again, I’m in awe of your Faith and Trust in God. You are such an inspiration to all of us and your Faith makes me strive for a deeper, stronger relationship with our God. You are helping me open my eyes and heart to what matters most in life and helping to make me a better person and mother and for that I’m grateful.

    I continue to pray for you and Joel and I can assure you my prayers won’t cease.

    I can’t wait to see your Etsy creation.

    Take good care and thank you for continuing to share your journey with all of us.

    God Bless you both and sweet baby Cora, always.

    With prayers,
    Stacy (Houston, Texas)ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:26 am

    lauren - still praying for you every single dayReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Anonymous - I bought a flower necklace (the pink one with the jewel center) off of Etsy last week. I just feel so moved by Cora’s legacy. I’m going to put the necklace away and save it for when my daughter is older and then tell her about Cora and the reason why I bought the necklace.

    Still praying for you.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Nicoolmama - I sat up in bed last night about 2 and Cora and your family were on my brain. I think about your family often and wish there was a way to take away the pain. Please know how loved your little girl is- even in Blog Land.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:43 am

    annie - I’ve been reading your blog for a while. My daughter was in a near drowning accident at 21 mo. She died but was brought back to us. We spent about three months in the hospital not knowing if we would be bringing her home and being given terrible prognosis. I remember trips to the local target and watching all the people in the store looking so normal and thinking how un normal it all was. Once in line a family in front of me had a little girl about her age and they called her name… Isabelle which was my daughter’s name. I broke down right there in the line at Target. I know they thought I was insane. After returning home the first several times back to church were very emotional. The songs all meant something different and brought me to tears. It was so hard. Now… we are almost five years past that time and things are still not really normal, but we are trusting God. I have been praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:54 am

    Whitney - Yay! Cannot wait to see what you come out with for Etsy!
    Still praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:56 am

    Cristy - Hi Jess….

    Praying for you….

    I am so excited that you are finding some comfort in crafting. I can’t wait to see what you and Kathy have been up to! Please let me know if you need any help listing or taking pictures of your items. I would love to help. We only live a few miles away from each other! I’m working on something new for my Cora Etsy sale today.

    Praying for you today and always…

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:01 am

    purejoy - such a sweet post and how cool to have something to occupy you while you continue to grieve. at the risk of ever saying something that is taken as lame or heartless or stupid, just know i am so sorry for your loss of cora and would hate to ever say something that would hurt your feelings. it’s so hard to know to be cheery or encouraging or what. this grieving process is awkward, but know that this girl from tennessee is thinking about you often and hopes to be a blessing to your healing process.
    welcome back to blogland. we’ve missed you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Jennifer - Oh sweet family…I know too well what you are feeling right now. A stranger has found both our blogs and suggested that I reach out to you. My husband and I lost our baby girl a year ago next week. Through the amazing support of people and the love of the Lord, we have survived. I hope our story will shed some light on your long journey ahead. The “new normal” does get easier. You will laugh again and sing again even though those things seem so far away right now. Please know that I will be praying for you. Love, Jennifer
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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:23 am

    Polka Dot Moon - Being creative has always been a kind of “therapy” for me. I’ve enjoyed adding goodies to my shop for Cora’s Playground project and doing some shopping too!

    Can’t wait to see what you and your mom come up with :)

    Thinking of you often down here in Arizona.
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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Lori Anderson Designs - I just learned about this and I’m so incredibly sorry. My heart goes out to you. She’s touched many lives.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:59 am

    Audrey M. - I just found your blog and want you to know how sorry I am for your loss! I cannot imagine the pain you have endured. I have a 7 month old and could not ever imagine something like that happeining to us. You both are so strong and your faith in God is so inspiring. Although I do not know you or did not know your precious angel, I want you to know that your story has touched me in a way you will never know. I look forward to reading more blogs from your family. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. I will be praying for you. God bless you both, and your little angel Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:00 pm

    Melissa - you’ll probably never know just how many lives your sweet baby girl touched. I know I mentioned her on my blog a few times, and I had seen her mentioned on a few other blogs.

    I’m sorry that church was so hard yesterday. I’m sure it will take a bit to get into a new “normal”. I’ll be praying for you as your hearts heal.

    Can’t wait to see what you and your mom have been doing in the crafty business! I recently started crocheting hats for babies, and am hoping to get my etsy shop up and running soon as well.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    Julie - Life won’t be normal again for a really, really long time. Then it will just be different. A scary different. I am praying for you two and am so blessed to even be used to help honor your sweet Cora’s memory.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Gill - I recently came across your blog and have been lifting your family up in prayer. I came across this poem on the blog of another family who lost their sweet daughter and thought I’d share it with you. God bless.

    To Honor You

    To honor you, I get up everyday and take a breath.
    And start another day without you in it.

    To honor you, I laugh and love with those who knew your smile
    And the way your eyes twinkled with mischief and secret knowledge.

    To honor you, I take the time to appreciate everyone I love,
    I know now there is no guarantee of days or hours spent in their presence.

    To honor you, I listen to music you would have liked,
    And sing at the top of my lungs, with the windows rolled down.

    To honor you, I take chances, say what I feel, hold nothing back,
    Risk making a fool of myself, dance every dance.

    You were my light, my heart, my gift of love, from the very highest source.
    So everyday, I vow to make a difference, share a smile, live, laugh and love.
    Now I live for us both, so all I do, I do to honor you.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:46 pm

    Courtney - Good to here from you again. I can’t wait to see all of your creations.
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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    Mrs. MK - I really understand how hard church is! I have really struggled with that….but some Sundays are alright….

    My prayers are with you everyday!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    Stephanie - I’m unsure of how I came acrossed your blog, but I felt compelled to send my sympathies. Your baby was beautiful, and clearly meant to teach the world about love and compassion. My eyes are filled with tears for you, your husband, your daughter and all those who love you. God Bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    ml - Still thinking of you and praying for you in Alabama!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    aimee - Hello!

    I just returned from a weekend trip and thought about you both often. Prayed that you would be back when I got back. It must be so hard to post and not put up pictures about Cora; I know from having read your blog that she was the center of your lives. I am so glad you’re back, and want you to know that I’m still praying for you during this difficult season.

    I too am considering opening an Etsy store to benefit Cora’s playground,and have a lot to plan and craft in the coming days.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Madissen - I wanted to ask if I could spread the news on myspace about Coras Playground. There a LOTS of shops there that make amazing things and I know they would love to help out.

    I can make some graphics that lead back to your page and everything.

    Please let me know if I can do this!

    Thank you,
    Madissen

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Anonymous - Let yourself mourn….cry and grieve..you should not expect yourself to feel “normal”…You have gone through the biggest loss a person can experience..it is ok to take as long as you want, you have a new normal and that is a huge hole, give yourself time…
    No one expects you to be normal..or the way you were before this all happened..Prayers are being lifted up all over the worldReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    Christine - I wondered about you guys yesterday, and if you’d make it to church. Part of me thinks that I’d be one to hide in bed – away from everyone and everything. God is upholding you in ways that are so beyond my comprehension. I can see His hand on you in such an incredible way and it brings tears to my eyes even now that we serve such a mighty and loving God. However could you manage through such times as these without Him?

    It has been my prayer, among many that I’ve offered up for you guys, that you and Joel would grow closer together than you’ve ever been before. That through this, your marriage would be strenghtened and grown – that there would be nothing the two of you could not conquer together with God. He has amazing plans for you.

    This must be somewhat surreal for you guys – being “famous” – seeing how Cora’s life and your family’s faith has touched people and strengthened the faith of many. (I hope this doesn’t sound silly, but..) Jess, it’s my prayer that you would never feel that you need to grieve or mourn in any certain way. That you guys would continue to be transparent and just be as you are. God is working through you in so many ways – trust in Him and He will take care of everything.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Mommy (You can call me OM) - Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with us. I’m keeping you in thoughts and prayers. Peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Anonymous - Hi Mac Family! I’m another Kansas mom, and I’ve been following your story and praying for you since Bring the Rain’s Angie Smith twittered for prayers. I’m wondering if you’ve seen this yet. http://namesinthesand.blogspot.com

    You can read their story at the blog.

    You and your family are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:04 pm

    Devon - almost one year later and its still hard for me to go to church…be gentle with yourself.

    praying for you as you embark upon this journey…i am so sorry for the loss of your sweet cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    Anonymous - Let me say that going to church is sometimes one of the hardest things for me after loosing my mom this last November. I am not sure why just that I know my mom loved it there and so many of the songs that are sung remind me of her. Sometimes I can not sit through the whole time without crying all the time. Sometimes it is hard to go there because I hurt there but yet I feel God with me. SO be easy on yourselves it has be almost four months and this is how I still am. I am not sure it will get easier either it has not for me yet. We have never met but I do know Darla Stucky and she is a wonderful person and friend. We go to church together. I know that you get many comments but remember we are praying for you all the time. You all are so strong and are such a great example to me.
    I am excited to see what crafty things you come up with.
    In Christ,
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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    ShellyStout - Can’t wait to see your Etsy shop!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:14 pm

    Kylie, Jesse and Asher - I’m so thankful you have a church full of friends and a place to just cry! Your faith is amazing! I continue to pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort you both. Keep pushing through. There will be ups and downs as you know and also as you know Jesus is faithful to comfort! God Bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    Whimsical Creations - I am one of the vendors selling to raise money for cora’s playground. I am honored to help your family in some way.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:51 pm

    Elizabeth - your strength amazes me and is such a testimony to God’s faithfulness. you are in my prayers. i cannot think about you or come to your blog w/o getting tears in my eyes…God is doing a wonderful work in touching so many people with your story and Cora will always be remembered by so many of us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:07 pm

    James' Full House - Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought and prayed for you and your family. I found your blog after Cora was diagnosed. I have ached and my heart has physically hurt for you. If I a complete stranger to you feel this way I can not imagine what you have been going through this past month. Cora is leaving a beautiful mark. She has touched so many people through her illness. I am in awe of how you decided to share her life and how couragious and brave you are. Your faith and trust in God is a testimony. My tears still flow when I think of her. You are loved by many complete strangers.
    I can not wait to head over to Etsy and check things out. The playground is a beautiful idea. I hope that the funds are available for that very soon. What a wonderful way to remember her.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    Melinda - I just found your blog today in a prayer request on Kayleigh’s blog. I am very sad for your loss. I was happy to be able to show some support, though in a tiny way, and purchased some hair bows through the Etsy fundraiser for Cora’s Playground. I wish you the best of luck with the beautiful legacy your daughter and your family are creating. Big hugs from a stranger but friend in Wisconsin!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 6:20 am

    Momma_Hug - You precious Cora has touched more people than you will ever know. It’s great to hear the you and your mom are joining in on the fun!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Anonymous - Thank you for sharing Cora for all of us who only knew her through blogs. My prayers have been and will continue to be with you and your family.
    I cannot imagine what you are going through but I do feel the sting of death since I lost my Daddy in June. He was the ultimate Daddy and Grandaddy so I know he is having fun watching Cora !!!
    May God continue to wrap you in HIS LOVE and PERFECT PEACE.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:23 pm

    Melissa at perry jayne clothesline and accessories - Crafting is great therapy. Looking forward to seeing your etsy shop. Praying that God will continue to grant you peace and comfort. Can’t wait to see the awesome Cora Playground that will be built in Cora’s honor.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:31 am

    i love plum - amazing…crafting is SO good for the spirit and soul…can’t wait to see what you make! xoReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Nan - God is so good.

    You are so good to me
    You heal my broken heart
    You are my Father in heaven

    You ride upon the clouds
    You lead me to the truth
    You are the Spirit inside me

    You poured out all your blood
    You died upon the cross
    You are my Jesus who loves me

    You are beautiful my sweet, sweet, song
    I will sing again

    You are my strong melody
    You are my dancing rhythm
    You are my perfect rhyme
    And I want to sing foreverReplyCancel

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