Like many of you I love getting decorating tips from John and Sherry over at This Young House. They have so many great ideas.
They have lots of fun giveaways too.
I usually don’t enter. I mean really, what are the chances that I would actually win??
But, when I saw these fun wallflowers a few weeks ago, I just had to try.

Wallflower Set - Contemporary furniture accent, gift or décor

When they posted the winners a few days later I couldn’t believe it.

Jess M…that’s me!!

I actually e-mailed them to make sure I REALLY was the winner. There are a lot of other Jess’ in the world right??
A few days later these pretty white wallflowers arrived on my doorstop. How fun!

I so wished Cora was here.  I wanted to rush up to her room and hang them right away.  They would have been perfect.  It’s funny how even winning something can make me miss Cora.

I think I am going to wait to hang them.  If we have another little girl I think I will put them in the nursery.  Joel didn’t think they were manly enough for a little boy.  So, if we have a boy I will have to find another home for these pretty little flowers.  

I’ll let you know where they end up.

Thank you This Young House and LaDifference for picking me!!
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Joel and I have led a small group for three years now.
We LOVE our group.
They are like family to us.
They have walked with us through some really tough stuff this year.
Every single one of them showed up at the hospital the night we checked Cora in to encourage and pray with us.
Someone from our group was at the hospital every day.
They are great!

Every summer we try to take a small group trip.  
This year we headed to Table Rock Lake.

We were all ready for some fun in the sun.
But this particular Saturday there was no sun.
Just clouds.
The girls were too chicken to get in the cold water.
So, we spent the morning on the boats
bundled up in our towels watching the boys brave the lake.

After eating lunch, relaxing, and even a few naps the sun started peeking through.
Finally, it was warm enough to get in the water.
The afternoon was beautiful.
Just perfect.

By the end of the day we were worn out and a little sunburned.  
It was time to head back to the cabin to get ready for dinner.

We spent the evening at Branson Landing.
Hanging out.
Talking.
And a little shopping for some.

We ate at a really yummy Mexican restaurant.  
It is a small group tradition now.
They have the BEST guacamole.

Here is our whole group minus one couple–we were so sad they couldn’t make it this year.

It was great to get away.
We are so thankful for this dear group of friends.
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  • June 25, 2009 - 10:23 pm

    Stephanie - How special that you guys have such a great group of friends! Looks like you had a wonderful time!!

    Keeping you all in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    Anonymous - I’m so happy for you and Joel. Just remember that Cora is watching from heaven and she is so Happy to see your smile.

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  • June 25, 2009 - 10:47 pm

    Julie - I’m a mother of two boys in South Alabama and wanted to let you know that I’ve been praying for you and your entire family ever since I found out about Cora back in February through Baby Harper’s blog. I was touched by your story and felt led to post it to my blog for my fellow Sisters-in-Christ to pray for you during that difficult time.

    I’ve never left a comment before and I just wanted you to know what an inspiration you are to us fellow believers. Through the midst of the terrible storm, you still gave God all the Honor and the Glory.

    I wanted to extend my congratulations on execting another precious baby in January. I’ll be sure to keep you and the baby boy/girl in my daily prayers.

    Do you have an Etsy Shop where I can purchase some of the Cora dresses that you and your Mother have made?ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 10:50 pm

    Anonymous - So glad to see a picture of you two. You are such an inspirational couple. Glad you went on a fun trip!ReplyCancel

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    Our Family of 5 - Aww, thank God for great friends!ReplyCancel

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    Heather - I love lake trips! You guys look great. :)ReplyCancel

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    vintage at heart - Looks like fun and the pic of u two is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

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    Erica - sounds like such a fun day! good friends are such a blessing aren’t they???ReplyCancel

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    The Jones' - Looks like yall had a blast!ReplyCancel

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    Gail - Looks like you had a blast–wish we were in your small group!ReplyCancel

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    Trasie Bressler - Good for the both of you. I hope you had an amazing time!

    Many Many Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    PamperingBeki - Ha! That’s my neck of the woods.

    Isn’t The Landing cool?

    What a blessing to have such a great small group.ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 11:34 pm

    Monica - What a beautiful day at the lake! I’m glad you were able to get away for a bit and enjoy company of good friends.ReplyCancel

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    Jenny - you know, sunblock is an amazing thing :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 12:01 am

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - It looks like a wonderful day and a wonderful group of friends! I’m so glad you guys got away and had fun!
    Love and prayers,
    *TriciaReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 12:53 am

    wicker0407 - Looks like such a fun trip and Jess you are glowing! Still in my thoughts and prayers always.
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  • June 26, 2009 - 1:40 am

    Falling Around - Looks like you all had a blast… minus the sunburns of course. Glad you and Joel got away for a bit with some dear friends.

    Love the pic of the two of you… precious.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 2:42 am

    Rachel E. - What an awesome group of friends! I wish I had a group like that to “share life” with.ReplyCancel

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    Holly - What a great time and a great group of friends!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 6:22 am

    Allen and Debby Graber - Brings back memories of the time we all went there when we were in small group! When Al and I were in small group in Lawrence, the couple who were our leaders began that tradition of going on the end of year trips and so that is why we carried it on. And it continues with all the groups for the most part, even if it is for just one day. Thank you, Bob and Nancy Williams for all you taught us! Especially the challenge in our personal relationship with Christ!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 6:42 am

    Katie - i am so glad that you guys got away & had a good time! Good for you! YOu guys totally deserve it!! YOu are so tiny too!!!ReplyCancel

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    hoosier68 - My grandparents retired to the Branson area so I have great childhood memories of going there before it was even well known. So glad you enjoyed this time in fellowship. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 7:42 am

    Anonymous - Yes you guys seem to have GREAT friends. Glad you had a good time. Looks like great fun..I’m in on the Mexican food! Glad to see those HAPPY smiles!

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    Townsend Crew - I am so happy for you guys… such a blessing to have other young couples who can take this walk with you guys. Of course they don’t know what “it’s like”… but, man, you guys are blessed! Any tips you can offer on how you guys got your group started or what you guys do (structured? open format?) would be great info that I’m sure others would love to learn more about. Thanks for sharing your beautiful smiles with us!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 8:08 am

    JJ - I found your blog recently through Kelly’s Korner and I just want to let you know I think you’re an amazingly strong woman. I can’t imagine what your family has gone through but I have been praying for you and your family and the new baby.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 8:13 am

    Caroline - Looks like so much fun. I practically grew up on the lake, but no longer have a boat :(
    It is great you have such a supportive group.ReplyCancel

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    Lauren Kelly - Looks like sooooo much fun! And a time with friend I’m sure you needed!!!ReplyCancel

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    Cristy - I love The Landing! We always eat at Joe’s when we visit. There is a fun little Five And Dime close by too.

    It looks like a fun time! Super cute pic of both of you!

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  • June 26, 2009 - 9:05 am

    Karina - How wonderful that you have such amazing support in your family and friends! We should all be so lucky. I’m glad you had a fun getaway. You look just radiant!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 9:38 am

    Jamie - I have to ask…did you guys stay at Big Cedar Lodge? We go down there every summer with my husbands family and it is one of my favorite weeks of the year.

    I’m glad you got to get away!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 9:43 am

    Nelson's Mama - Looks like you had a great day; friends are wonderful – laughter and tears are a great thing!

    P.S. say “Hey” to the Deloitte dude – my husband and I are alumni from TN.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 10:08 am

    Melissa - Looks like you guys had alot of fun. Your hair looks really cute – I see a little wave in it??ReplyCancel

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    Jane In The Jungle - Look like lots of fun! Small groups are so special…now I’m hungry for Mexican!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 10:15 am

    A - I’ve been reading since your precious Cora went to Jesus early this year, but I’ve never commented. I am so happy that God has blessed you with another little one! You look great in the photos- I am envious of your small group- I wish our church had more that we could be a part of like that!ReplyCancel

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    Tyler and Gillian - You look so much like Anne in that picture! Beautiful girls, both of you :)ReplyCancel

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    Whimsical Creations - Looks like an amazing time.ReplyCancel

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  • June 27, 2009 - 11:26 am

    kimberlysayre - How fun!!! You and your hubby are too cute!ReplyCancel

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    Tonya - What a great small group idea!!! Looks like y’all had a great time!ReplyCancel

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    Christina - Yes, what a great thing it is to have close friends.
    I never could do cold water! It looks like so much fun though. What a great tradition!ReplyCancel

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    Jamie from Quinter - You and Joel are such a cute couple!ReplyCancel

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  • June 29, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Anonymous - I am so very happy to read about your pregnancy, and to see that little bean! I pray for you & your husband every day, and tears are streaming down my face, such joy for you! No baby will ever replace Cora, but you are both such wonderful parents, that of course, she needs to share you with another lucky little baby. Wishing you an easy pregnancy, and looking forward to more Ultra Sound pictures! Leslie in CTReplyCancel

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    writing4612 - I’m glad you all had a grat time. Sometimes we all need to get away for a few days.ReplyCancel

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  • June 30, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Anonymous - Thanks for sharing the pictures of your small group outing. What a great idea!ReplyCancel

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  • June 30, 2009 - 11:03 am

    Paula Unruh - That previous post was me. It didn’t keep my name.ReplyCancel

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  • June 30, 2009 - 4:22 pm

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - It is sooo good to see you two smiling! What an awesome group of friends! Wish we lived closer and could be a part of such a wonderful support yet fun group to live our lives with! Isn’t Table Rock great…. we went there for our honeymoon! GOOD TIMES! :)
    You look great, I hope that means that you are feeling great!
    Miss you always!

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  • June 30, 2009 - 5:25 pm

    Ashley - I am expecting my first daughter very soon. I follow Meg’s Whatever blog and like many others have been greatly impacted by your story and your beautiful daughter. I have a Cora messy flower pin displayed in our nursery as a reminder of your family and God’s love despite my understanding of circumstance. Just thought you might like to see it…depending on when you read this you might have to scroll down to the nursery post.

    Congrats on your coming little one…what a legacy her big sister left behind for her.ReplyCancel

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  • July 1, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    bagfashionista - I just found your blog and I am deeply sorry for all that you have been through. As a mother of a 6 month old, my heart truly aches for you. I believe that Cora is now in the God’s little playground and He is now watching over her, and that she is looking down from Heaven at the both of you (as well as her new sibling). A big big big hug and peace be with the both of you.ReplyCancel

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  • July 1, 2009 - 6:44 pm

    Rebecca - What a fun day! The picture of you guys is beautiful. Praying for you everyday!!
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I am so sad for Joel today. I know that today is going to be extra hard for him and there is nothing I can do to make it better. I wish so much that Cora could be here today to celebrate this special day with her daddy.
Cora LOVED her daddy. She was definitely a daddy’s girl. I remember watching Joel interact with Cora and feeling like my heart could just explode. He loved her SO much…it was precious. I have so many sweet memories of Cora and her daddy that I will never forget. I know he won’t either.
I am so glad that the Lord chose Joel just for me and then for Cora too. I couldn’t think of a better daddy for my little girl. And I am so thankful that I will get to see him “feel” like a daddy again in January.
Happy Father’s Day to the daddy of a sweet angel and another one on the way!
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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Jessica - It was meant to be! Yes, Cora’s time with you and Joel was very short but she could not have been more blessed than to have such loving and dedicated parents. All part of God’s miraculous plan. He knew Cora would be the perfect fit for your family and He knew your strength and perservance. God Bless! I will continue to pray for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:14 pm

    Misty Rice - You guys are the perfect little family.

    Perfect parents for Cora Paige.

    Perfect one flesh, as husband and wife.

    Perfect chosen ones for Gods ministry, although not the road you would have personally chosen for yourselves.

    Happy Fathers Day

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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:27 pm

    Rebecca - I have been thinking of you and praying for you guys today, especially Joel. It is my prayer that on this difficult day you were able to find a moment of peace and happiness while remembering your time together with Cora. Happy Father’s Day, Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    Erica - happy father’s day to joel! you two are such a special and sweet couple, and amazing parents to cora and sweet little new baby :) even though it’s hard i pray you have a blessed day!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    Courtney Cloud - Praying for you both today.ReplyCancel

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    Melody - God bless you both. ((hugs))ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 5:55 pm

    Susan - I’ve been thinking of you and Joel today. Praying that the happy memories will keep you smiling today, but will also be praying as the tears are bound to flow with sadness today as well.

    So glad to hear all is going well. I can’t wait til’ January for you both to experience another little miracle.

    God Bless,
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  • June 21, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Holly - Happy Father’s Day Joel!ReplyCancel

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    Trasie Bressler - Happy Father’s Day Joel!

    Many Many BlessingsReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 6:23 pm

    Todd and Courtney - Happy Father’s Day Joel!!!! What a perfect daddy for such a perfect angel and baby on the way :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 6:24 pm

    Judy - Happy Father’s Day Joel! I’m praying that your Heavenly Father will bring you an extra measure of comfort today!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 6:30 pm

    Amanda - Happy Father’s day, Joel! I know it will be a hard day for both of you. Please, tell Joel that I will say a special prayer for him today. Love you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:15 pm

    Mrs. MK - Prayers for you as there is so much to process…..I am so happy that there was some good news! And a heartbeat and a beautiful photo!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:18 pm

    Kathryn - I have similar feelings knowing my husband will never be the daddy he wants to be. Someone i work with just had a daughter & i’m so happy for him but my heart nearly breaks as he talks about her smiles & giggles, knowing this will never come to my dear, sweet husband.

    Praying for your pregnancy & continued sadness.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:18 pm

    meg duerksen - i’m sorry if i made too light of it all this morning.
    i cried all through church behind you if that means anything…feeling sad that this IS what it IS.

    love you both.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:25 pm

    hoosier68 - What beautiful words and picture! You are always in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:33 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - Praying for you and Joel on this difficult day….ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:38 pm

    aimee - Hi Jess,

    I’ve read your blog since Cora first got sick but only occasionally comment. Why, you may ask? Because I can’t find the right words to tell you how your family and your love for the Lord has inspired me, and everything I write seems cliche. I decided that I am going to comment more often because even if I say the wrong thing, or say the same thing that others have said, you will know that there is one more person praying for you. You will know that there is one more person who makes a point each morning of not taking her children for granted. That is how you, and sweet baby Cora have both impacted me.

    Today must be so hard for Joel, and for you as well. I always find that when my husband is hurting, it makes my heart just break because I want to make it better and you can’t always do that.

    I was so happy to hear that Cora will be a big sister. She will be so proud to play on her big sister’s playground someday!

    Take care,
    Aimee

    P.S. The picture of Joel and Cora is great. My absolutely favorite part is her sweet wrist ….it’s just so precious!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Claudia - Oh you can see and feel the love on the picture and in your words … happy Father’s day to him.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Utecht Family - I always loved to see Cora in Joel’s arms. She looked so safe, secure, and loved. And Joel – growing up I always knew you were really fun and had a great sense of humor, but I didn’t know what a soft heart you had until I saw you holding your baby girl. You are blessing to Jess and will continue to be to the children God gives you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    HighlandGhillie - simply beautifulReplyCancel

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    Stephanie - Praying for you today!!! Happy Fathers Day Joel!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    Alli Unruh - Jess, what a special post and honor to Joel. Daddy’s really are special! You are such amazing parents and people. I have been following your blog, and it continually challenges me, makes me cry, and uplifts me all at the same time. Praying for a healthy pregnancy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    Maria Hanson - I love this blog, this post. You are so honest, it’s just beautiful. Even though we don’t “know” each other, I think about you guys and pray for you. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    Mandy - First of all, I love that picture of Joel and Cora! It gives me goosebumps just looking at it! What a good daddy his is. I’m sorry that this day has been rough. My heart aches for you, and yet, at the same time it jumps for joy over your new little miracle! Still praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:26 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - perfection for you all…happy fathers day. btw, my paige, 14, just screamed, “YEAH” when i told her of your newest addition news!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Anonymous - Happy Father’s Day Joel. I am so happy to hear that you both are expecting a baby in January. God Bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    Marla Taviano - Praying for Daddy Joel as he misses his first baby and eagerly awaits his second.

    Praying for both of you!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    Amy - Happy Father’s Day to the “green Mr. Joel!” :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    Michelle - Such a beautiful picture of Joel and Cora. Little girls have a way of wrapping their daddy around their little fingers. I’ve been thinking of you both all week. Praying for you both.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Kristen with a "K" at the beginning and a "tEn" at the end! - That has to be the sweetest Daddy/Daughter picture I’ve ever seen!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    onlymehere - I thought of you both today and said a little prayer. Cora is still your baby and you’re right, she’s your angel. God bless you all. CindyReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    Ruthie - Happy Father’s Day Joel. I am praying for you both as you process and walk through this journey. As I read your words from your last post my heart just about burst feeling such sadness for you both as your continue to miss Cora and such joy over the news of your new child. I am praying that God is able to guide you as you move forward without Cora here, but still making her a big part of your life and always a part of your family. She is yours, then, now and forever!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    PamperingBeki - Happy Father’s Day Joel!!

    God bless you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:15 pm

    Christina - Those memories are so precious, I cannot even imagine how much…
    What a beautiful picture! Absolute sweetness. I will never forget listening to Joel speak at Cora’s service and being so amazed at the strength the Lord gave him. A blessed dad, and a blessing to others as well. Peace to you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    Falling Around - I thought of you and Joel often today and whispered many prayers. I’m sorry Joel had to be without Cora today… I’m so sorry for you both.

    Love,
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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    Anonymous - HAPPY FATHER’S DAY JOEL! I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure that your Cora was clapping in heaven today for her Daddy. Congrats on the new baby Mac…he/she is getting a wonderful set of parents.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:52 pm

    Anonymous - Oh Daddy sometimes it seems as if we leave you out..you are just as prevelent in our thoughts and prayers.
    HAPPY FATHER’S DAY JOEL! What a remarkable Dad you are…the new baby Mac is so blessed to have you for Daddy and Jess for a Mommy. I hope that you did find some joy in thinking about the sweet times with your Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:55 pm

    wicker0407 - Happy Father’s Day Joel this must be so hard but I am sure Cora is looking down from heaven with a smile and is so proud of her daddy. My thoughts are prayers are still with you all the time!
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  • June 22, 2009 - 2:22 am

    Candice - I’m so sorry Joel and Cora couldn’t spend the day together as I’m sure you imagined. I still pray for you guys regularly, and now for you growing baby. That baby is going to be so loved…what a blessed little child.ReplyCancel

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    Beav's Wife - You can see in his face through all your photos, just how much he adores sweet Cora. I thought about him / you yesterday. Still praying…JennyReplyCancel

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    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Just want you to know that Joel especially was in our prayers yesterday.

    So much love,

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  • June 22, 2009 - 7:57 am

    Robin in Benton - Belated Happy Fathers Day Joel. Hoping that the smiles from the memories at least equaled the tears that I’m sure this day brought. I’m sure that a certain little angel was there to kiss them away. God bless you guys and new baby Mac – praying for all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 7:58 am

    Ryan and Shannon - I am so glad that you have those precious memories of Joel and Cora that you can keep in your heart and mind forever. Continuing to pray for you all!ReplyCancel

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    Karina - What a beautiful photograph of Joel and Cora! I thought of Joel yesterday. My heart still breaks for you two. Many hugs…ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:13 am

    PK - TIME FOR A NEW JOURNEY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! YOU GUYS ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND THAT IS WHY YOU WERE CHOSE TO BE CORA’S PARENTS.ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:25 am

    Lauren Kelly - So sweet! Hold the memories close to your heart and make many more with the little one to come!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Precious Cora. Precious Photo. New Precious Life.

    Thinking of you and always saying a prayer for all!
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  • June 22, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Happy Father’s Day, Joel.
    You are now and continue to be one of God’s chosen. You are a father forever, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you love your Sweet Cora more than air. All of the photos that you all have shared show that . Your love for Cora oozes off the screen, and now another lucky baby will get to have you too.
    Love and prayers,
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  • June 22, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    The Mershawn's - Happy late Father’s Day to your Joel.
    We’re still praying for you. My heart just hurts for the 2 of you…. God loves you, though. Keep remembering.ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 2:24 pm

    writing4612 - Happy Belated Father’s Day, Joel!

    You are blessed to be a father one more time. I can’t to find out what it is!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    hopeful #1 - Praying for you and the heartache that you constantly faced with…

    Praying for the happiness to relieve some of that pain…

    Congrats Mama… & Happy Father’s Day to Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    Cristy - ((Hugs)) Joel…..

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  • June 22, 2009 - 5:50 pm

    Laura - I thought about Joel a lot yesterday. And I had no idea that another sweet baby was on the way.

    oh wow…

    lots of tears over here…

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  • June 22, 2009 - 7:17 pm

    Lacie and Stephen - Happy Father’s Day Joel!

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Brian and Staci - We’ve been moving…I’ve been such a bad blogger but I still pray for you daily :) This is my first time to read in sooo long…I’m just now getting to hear your sweet blessed news!!! Congratulations! I’m so very excited and happy for you both!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 10:57 pm

    number17cherrytreelane - I pray that yesterday was peaceful for you, Joel. The Lord is good.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Rachel www.jackandcoledesigns.com - I am so touched by your story. It saddens when when I realize that we have to deal with these things in life. But you have hope in the Lord and the promise that you will hold her again one day. I am praying for you and your husband and your little one on the way! I too am pregnant, 12 weeks and also due on Jan. 2!! I will be following your journey and lifting you in prayer! Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 9:35 am

    Jaime - Just as so many others, I have read your blog and been so touched and inspired. Your faith is an example to so many and I just wanted you to know that your names have been lifted up in my prayers so many times–and will continue to be through your pregnancy. Congratulations and what a sweet post for Joel. God IS good!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Anonymous - I read your blog faithfully—yet it seems to be mostly a ‘girl’ thing to respond. However Joel has taught me and many other fathers what it means to realize that our children are a gift from God and that they are on loan to us. The fact that you are still believing God and that you are not bitter is a great affirmation of God’s goodness and reality in your life.
    thanks for your story and for sharing it so willingly.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    heather - You have some incredible pictures of your beautiful Cora! Precious.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    Caroline - I am a new blog reader of yours, and I just want to say your words have touch my heart and so has sweet Cora. Thank you for sharing your story and I look forward to hearing about Cora’s sister or brother. God Bless you!

    Oh and I am from Topeka, so hello from only a couple hundred miles away….or so.

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  • June 23, 2009 - 8:58 pm

    Anonymous - I found this from someone else who leaves comments here… just blog hopping… but I thought it was precious.
    “Rainbow babies: In some circles, babies born to families after the loss of a child are referred to as ‘Rainbow Babies.’ The idea is that the baby is like a rainbow after a storm.’Rainbow Babies’ convey the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope….

    -Andrea Sanmiguel

    “(12) And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: (13) I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between you and me and the earth……” Genesis 9:12-13
    God made a “promise” that he would never again flood the entire earth. Now, I know that the rainbow in the case of “rainbow babies” is not necessarily a promise that it will never happen to one of us again. I do know that we have an even greater promise from God. A promise that through the death of His son, we have a home in Glory someday where we will see all those who have gone on before us.
    I remember the day that Cora was buried and it rained this hot rain like tears from heaven for the two of you, and afterwards one of the most beautiful rainbows… I thought of it as a promise from God, to you… Perhaps it meant something different to the two of you, but to me that was what it meant.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 9:32 pm

    Anonymous - I have followed your blog for months. I always felt so sad for you and thought I could never imagine what you must be going through. Then, through different circumstances, I lost my baby girl 5 weeks ago. Your blog, I think, was sent to me those months ago so that I would not feel so alone when my “time” came. Thanks so much. And we will try again for a healthy baby in the months to come. It will be quite hard. Anyway, I now know (unfortunately) that there is comfort in comraderie (sp?) so I thought I would tell you that you have company in your journey. Peace to you, Susan I know you have so much support and a ton of friends but if you need anything my email is susansagle@hotmail.comReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 12:03 am

    PamperingBeki - Thinking of you and praying for you tonight before bed.

    Enjoyed talking to you today.

    And I’m already curious what you’re going to name this new baby. Does that make me weird? No wait… lots of other things make me weird.

    But I’m so excited for the time comes when you announce the name! :) Boy or girl, I’m just giddy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 8:44 am

    Teresa - So been waiting for this for you. I am very excited for you and will be checking back often. I came across your blog, not quite sure now how, but anyway I can remember the bruise under Cora’s eye and you saying not sure how that happened, and I kind of thought that was an indicator, but never imagined things would be so short. I have cried for you and prayed for you. God has a plan for us and we may not always want to follow this plan, but it is not our choice. Continue to look for God for guidance as you are doing. Your blog inspires. Be Strong.

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  • June 24, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Brandi - Just wanted to let you know that you and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers. Because of Cora’s story, I now appreciate what a gift my children are. I don’t think I truly realized how blessed I was. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    mommyoflove2 - I have been following your blog for awhile and pray for you often. I am so glad to hear the news about the new baby on the way. I will continue to pray for you as you deal with so many emotions while grieving the loss of your precious Cora and preparing to welcome her little brother or sister. God bless you!
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  • June 24, 2009 - 10:06 pm

    NatalieDeltaGam - I’ve never commented before, but I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking about you all during this happy, sad, emotional time! god bless you all!

    by the way, i love all your cute items on etsy! unfortunately, when i went to order something for my little one they were all sold out. will you contact me at my blog: http://www.oldgeorgiahouse.com or at twougaalums@bellsouth.net next time y’all add some things? thanks! …and again, god bless!

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  • June 25, 2009 - 7:52 am

    Townsend Crew - I check in on you every day… and consider you a friend – one I’ve never met, but care for and pray for every day. Sending you continued love and prayers from Illinois.ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 8:38 am

    Robin in Benton - Just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you and praying for you and Baby Mac. Take care -ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 2:35 pm

    Anonymous - I found your blog late last night. What a beautiful little girl you spent 11 months with. Cora was only 2 weeks younger than my own daughter. I sat in her room last night and watched her sleep and I just cried for you. I dont even know you but I pray that you have a healthy pregnancy and a happy and healthy child.
    Prayers from Boston MA. ~ MegReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    leah - congrats joel and jess on expecting a new little one we hope all goes well
    love you and God be with you

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My first appointment was a little over a week ago.
I was anxious for the day to arrive.  I did ok until the morning of the appointment.  That morning I wasn’t so great.  I was a mess.  I was so nervous and anxious and sad all at the same time.  I knew I needed to just trust–sometimes that is SO hard!  I spent some time with the Lord and tried to hand over all of my fears and emotions to Him.  He has been so faithful to walk beside us this far and I knew He would be faithful to help us get through this day too.
I needed that time to just be quiet and listen to the Lord, but I still had this heaviness in my heart that we were moving forward without Cora. I felt horrible. I sat in her room for a while and just cried and cried.  So many cherished memories ran through my head as I sat there.  I remembered sitting in that very rocking chair in the middle of the night looking at my sweet baby and just being amazed that she was my daughter. I felt so blessed.  Cora brought us such joy.  Now another little baby was on the way and Cora wasn’t going to be with us to meet him/her.  I know Cora will always be a huge part of our family.  But, it is still so hard.  I was really struggling to sort through the intense pain of loosing Cora and the joy of this new baby.
Joel was just as nervous as I was.  We hadn’t been to a doctor’s office since Cora was with us. During our days in the hospital we always felt this huge pit in our stomachs when a doctor would walk into Cora’s room. That was such a horrible feeling.  Each time we prayed that bad news wouldn’t come out of the doctor’s mouth.  So often it did.
As we sat waiting for my doctor to come in I think we were both feeling that same pit.  We were praying that we wouldn’t here bad news that day.  We didn’t know if we could handle any more.  We just wanted to hear the sound of a little heart beat.  We needed to hear some good news.
The nurses and doctors were so gracious to us.  The great thing about living in a small town is that they all knew about Cora.  We didn’t have to explain anything.  They understood and were so kind as tears rolled down our cheeks. They were wonderful!
And then we heard the amazing sound of our baby’s heartbeat.  We needed to hear that so badly!  We even got to take a peek at our new little one.

For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, 
I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14

Everything looked great so far.  I am 12 weeks along and January 2nd is my due date.  We are so thankful for this new little life!  I am feeling pretty good.  Just tired.  And very emotional on top of already being very emotional.  I am grateful for my amazing and understanding husband. He is so patient with me.
Thanks for your many sweet comments. We loved reading them all! We feel so blessed to be loved and prayed for by so many.  
So, this is the beginning of another new journey…
we will be clinging tightly to the Lord the whole way!
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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Just'N Angel - I can feel the pain and happiness in your post. I am excited about the new life that will join your family soon. I know that this new one will always know about her big sister. Congratulations again. Oh, and by the way, I can NEVER get a dress for my granddaughter…you guys are FAST at buying those beautiful clothes!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    Trasie Bressler - I am so excited for you and praying for you all.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:23 pm

    Anonymous - I’ve read your blog for a while and have prayed and prayed for you to be comforted in your sorrow and for God to give you glimpses into heaven to “see” your sweet Cora being held in His arms in perfect peace.

    May God bless you in a zillion new ways with the life of this new little one.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:24 pm

    McKenzie - So happy to hear all looks well with the new baby. I bet Cora is telling this new little one what awesome parents you are, how much she misses you and how happy she is that she will forever be a part of your family. I still have a hard time understanding why this had to happen. Your not moving on without Cora. You’re just moving along with her by your side!!! I pray she’s right there guiding you along. Always praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:25 pm

    Anonymous - Hi Jess – Thanks for sharing your sweet thoughts. It reminded me of how emotional I was about early OB checkups after losing a baby through miscarriage. I had an awareness of all of the possibilities that I hadn’t known about the first time around, and it almost seemed more than I could bear. I thank God for your faith which is exactly what I was clinging to in those emotional days of early pregnancy! God bless and keep you & Joel in his tender care as you await Cora’s little sister or brother!

    In Christ,
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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Laura Fiegel - I’m still so very excited for you!! I am due the day before you :) Seeing your baby and hearing the heartbeat is so wonderful…

    Your family is still deep within my prayers… take care and yay for your 2nd trimester knocking on the door!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Holly - How hard the appt must have been for you! I praise God that your little baby is doing wonderfully and he or she will bring you much joy! Cora will always be a part of your lives and the life of your new little one. (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:32 pm

    Susan - I have been following your blog since Cora was admitted to the hospital when I was asked to pray for her.
    Our 2 kids went to Berean in the late 80’s and 90’s. I remember Ivy being born. They both had Mr. Mac and of course they loved him and considered him a favorite.
    As I have watched your blog your strength and faith in our Savior has been such a witness and example to me. Thank you for sharing the your true self.
    I was elated to know you are expecting a new little one. May God bless, comfort and give you peace throughout your pregnancy.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    purejoy - somewhere in the middle of fourth of july dresses and outfits i missed your big news!!
    i have tears streaming down my face as i think of all the emotions surrounding this time. we will be praying for you heart, for this baby for good health for you both!
    joyful joyful joyful!! and blessings to you!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:37 pm

    April - I have only posted on your blog once before, but I have been following the past few months. I went back to review your story on my first visit and I am so thrilled for your pregnancy! Your little peanut will bring your family some much needed joy! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:46 pm

    kati - what a precious new little bean. i wish you all the best from here on out…ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - Oh what a blessing!!!!! Praise God for this new little life. My prayers are with you for a healthy pregnancy! God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 5:58 pm

    Erica - oh jess that made me cry! i’m so excited for you but can understand how hard it can be too! there is no beauty like new life, is there? what a beautiful, precious little one you have! i pray an easy and healthy pregnancy and delivery for you… a baby born already filled with the Spirit of the Lord & the fullness of His love! congrats again!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    Heather - just amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    The Drama Mama - Praying for all three of you! I pray you feel a peace that only HE can give! HUGS!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:09 pm

    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Thanks for sharing your first picture with us!

    Praying for all of you each and every day,

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:12 pm

    sarah m - I have been reading your blog for quite some time now but don’t comment often. You are an inspiration to me and I pray for you guys often. I am SO excited for y’all and this new chapter of your life! I’m praying blessings and a peace that passes all understanding for you as you move forward. :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:13 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Tears are streaming down my face as I write this. My daughter just came in and said ,”Mom, you look like you’re crying.” I said “I am, baby. Happy tears.”
    Such a sweet little bean! I am so happy for you guys that I can’t even form a coherent sentence.
    God is good.
    Congratulations again, and many blessings. I will continue to pray for all of you. You have brightened my weekend with your wonderful news and picture.
    As always, love and prayers,
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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:18 pm

    lil miss' mama - I am so happy to hear that all is well with Cora’s precious little sibling! This new baby will surely always be in awe of the strength of his/her parents and older sibling as you will undoubtedly share tender stories and pictures and memories of Cora with your little one(s). I have been praying so much for the Lord to bless your family beyond measure and to renew your joy a thousand-fold since I first read about Cora in January. Your story has touched me so much because our daughter and yours were born only minutes apart on that special March day in 2008. I think about your family all the time and every time I do, I beseech our glorious God to be your all in all every moment of each day. This new little “Mac” will now be a huge focal point of my prayers for you. Here’s to a wonderfully peaceful journey over the next 28 weeks to meet your newest blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:23 pm

    Our Lives - We (my daughter, son amd me) were overjoyed when we saw your post of a new life going to be added to your family! I’ve been following your blog since I heard about Cora in the hospital. I cried and prayed for you everytime I read your writing. Our God is an Almighty God and I am so glad that He is healing you and your husband. I will keep you in my prayer for this pregnancy.
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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:24 pm

    Vera - God has placed that precious life into you so that you can rejoice in it and in Him – so never feel guilty for that joy! But I know you will be missing Cora more than ever, and for that I am crying with you… you are still very much in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:33 pm

    Bri!!! - There are not many more things that are more miraculous than hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time. I feel blessed that I will be able to follow you through your journey of bringing miracle number 2 into your life. We long to post the same news.

    Much love,

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:36 pm

    Anonymous - You are remarkable..My heart still hurts for you and Joel. I am so excited for you with this new little blessing!Thanks for continuing to share your journey with us.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers!

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Wendy - Your little bean is beautiful! I’m so glad that you got to hear that lovely little heartbeat at your appointment. I really am so happy for the two of you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:42 pm

    Angela Leaverton - praise God!!! we’re so excited for you and will be praying for and with you every step of the way :)

    Love,
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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    The Browns - Yeah, I’m so excited for ya’ll! My due date is the first week of January too. According to my appointment yesterday, I am 11 weeks, 5 days today :) I love reading your blog & if I have a girl – she WILL be getting a Cora dress someday!
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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:58 pm

    Kelly - Congratulations on your new little one! You and Joel continue to be in my prayers daily. I think about Cora often. I have a 9 month old little girl and I can’t imagine ever losing her, as I know you couldn’t imagine ever losing Cora. I’ve prayed that God would help to heal your hearts, and I actually prayed that at some point he would bless you with another child. I will be praying for the new life inside you, and will continue to remember Cora. I know she would have been a wonderful big sister. God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:01 pm

    Shelby - I am just so full of emotion when I read your posts! I received the Cora shirt I bought my daughter for the 4th. I know I will think of Cora when she wears it. It’s just precious. Thank you! Congrats again!

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:02 pm

    Courtney - I am crying with you, I remember the feeling of going to the Dr. after Dylan. I was so excited to be pregnant again yet so sad at the same time. I can’t tell you how excited I am for you guys and I pray for you all the time. I can’t remember if I told you about namesinthesand.net it is an amazing web site for families who have lost children. Congratulations again I am SOOO happy for you and your families.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:06 pm

    Katie - That is great!!! I am so happy for you guys so happy:)ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:08 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Tears of sadness and joy are flowing as I read your posts.
    So happy for you, Joel and your future wee one. I know you have a sweet little Angel smiling down upon you.
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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Falling Around - Thank you for sharing your baby’s first picture with us! I am so happy for you guys.

    Rest in the Lord, sweet Jess. Take care of yourself for that precious little one who grows inside of you.

    Prayers & blessings to you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:12 pm

    Al's World - Yeah!!!! Little one looked so good!! Will continue to pray!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:13 pm

    teasinglydiverse - You continue to be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:25 pm

    wicker0407 - Jess & Joel Congratulations again. I am so happy you have been blessed with another child. I hope it eases your pain a little. I think Cora sent you this new baby to help you fill that piece of your heart that is missing. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!
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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:31 pm

    Our Life in Pixels - I think I’ve posted a comment before, but I just could help but comment again for such an occasion as this.
    God truly is amazing and he gives us what we need all the time. I know that Cora is sorely missed, but he has chosen to fill the huge hole in your heart up a little bit by this little baby. I will pray for a happy and healthy pregnancy.
    Love and Prayers,
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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:49 pm

    Tiffany C - I can’t imagine the mixed emotions you must be feeling. I pray as the days and weeks pass that your joy will grow and swell as the life in your womb also grows. Blessings and peace be with you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:54 pm

    THE ZELLERS - Congratulations from Wimberley, TX!

    How fortunate you are to have such a precious guardian angel watching over you!

    Can’t wait to follow along as your family continues to grow.

    I am also SUPER anxious to watch Cora’s playground take shape! (That, and hoping to purchase a Cora dress if I can make it fast enough next time!)

    xo

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  • June 19, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    Anonymous - I cannot imagine the conflicting emotions you are enduring right now, and as you said, pregnancy is full of emotions. Having two sets has got to be tough. Hang in there. There are a lot of people praying for your strong family and thinking about you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    Chris - I can feel you pain and happiness in your post . I do not know you but I think about you and cora every day . I am so happy for the new baby coming :) You need to feel your house with babies. You guys are so great. I am sure that Cora is watching over you and that she is happy that her mommy and daddy will have another baby to love.
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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:20 pm

    beckley - so happy for you, knowing the feelings inside you are so complex.

    grace and peace to you-
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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:38 pm

    The Rutledges..... - I too have been following your blog after being asked to pray for you all….I have been so moved by your honesty and willingness to share your heart with all of us. Thank you. This post was just one more honest look at the ups and downs you are facing. I am praying for you and this precious life within you. May God give you all that you need when you need it!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Anonymous - Wonderful news….thinking about you…ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Misty Rice - You continue to win my heart all over again, and I know that sounds a bit weird. Almost too romantic, but its the words that come to heart. Your walk, your faith and your love for Cora.

    Oh how my heart rips in two each and every time I read your words. Not only that, but so often I rock Morgan to sleep, you and Cora will just pop into my thoughts and prayers. I mean often too. I wonder if it will always be that way? I wonder if although we never met or meet, Cora will be this part of my life as I watch Morgan grow, knowing Cora would be in her class, her age, doing all that she does.

    In away I pray that God brings you a boy. Not that it will make things any easier, but because it will be different to have a boy, and not so much pressure to share and use all of Cora’s things just yet. However, God know exactly what you need right now and that was exactly what you got today GOOD NEWS of a healthy new little life being wonderfully knitted together in your womb, even as I type this.

    I praise God for this post today, for your good news and I can’t wait to walk through this new journey with you guys.

    God Bless.

    PS: I still need help purchasing a dress for Morgan, I want the new red, white and blue you just posted. Can you help? Mistyrice@hotmail.comReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Kristen - Jess and Joel – my prayers are with you, asking Him to grant you comfort and strength through these next months of pregnancy. God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    k and c's mom - I am so very happy for this joyful journey you are beginning. Blessings on you all.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:56 pm

    Bec74 - beutiful baby allready…may God bless you and caanot wait to find out if Cora’s baby is a brother or sister!! Love~ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    Courtney Kay - he gives and takes away… but always is faithfulReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    Julie - So many emotions…and I can relate in some way to them all. I’ve been there and walked a similar road. I know it’s hard…some days will be tough, but there is also so much joy. I know you are feeling that, too. Cora is forever a part of you and Joel…and will be a huge part of this new baby’s life as well.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:22 pm

    Carrie - Glad to hear that everything went great! I am sure Cora was right there with you, holding your hand looking at her little brother or sister. Enjoy your pregnancy :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:23 pm

    blessedmomto7 - SUPER DUPER CONGRATS!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Wendy - What a beautiful baby…I think he/she will have Cora’s cute chubby cheeks!

    Thank you for continuing to share your journey.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:28 pm

    3LittleByrds - I have lurked on your blog for awhile and I just wanted to say I’m thinking of yall as you start this new journey.I know it has to be hard to feel like your moving on but that’s what Cora would want. I’m sure she’s dancing in Heaven at the thought of her new brother or sister. Many hugs and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Anna - How exciting…what a blessing that a new life will soon become a part of your family! She or he will always hear and know about Cora and even get to meet her one day in heaven! May God give you strength and hope as you experience all of these emotions! God bless! So happy for you…ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:41 pm

    Tabitha - I’m just another of your many readers who has never commented until now. I can’t even remember how I found your blog but I know God led me here. Not a day goes by that you don’t cross my mind. Like so many others, your story made me appreciate life in such a new way. I have a 9 month old daughter, Ella, and a lot of times her and I will pray together for you. Thank you for sharing your heart. Have you ever read the book Crazy Love? It’s amazing to think of the vastness of God’s love for us. How good of Him to bless you with this new life. Ella and I will be praying for you. Sending love from your sister in Christ.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    PamperingBeki - You made me cry.
    Again.

    God is good, all the time.
    Someday, 20 years from now, you’re going to look back and wonder how you survived this time in your life. And the only answer is God.

    I heard a song today that was at Cora’s celebration service, and interestingly it had a whole new meaning again since you’re pregnant.
    I thought I knew what the song said, and then when I heard it at the service, it struck me differently. And then today, I heard a new line that I’d never heard (or payed attention to) before.

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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Anonymous - I have been following your story since Cora was admitted into the hospital through Kayleigh Freeman’s site.
    I was just so happy to see Cora’s announcement about her little baby sibling. God has truly blessed you with this new little life. You are a wonderful mother and any child is so blessed to be especially made just for you.
    I know you are full of worry and so many emotions – excitement and also sadness that Cora is not on this new journey with you here on Earth. BUT she is ALWAYS there in spirit and a part of you every day. She is also a part of this new baby and you will see so much of her in this new sibling.
    Just know you are in my prayers and I’m so looking forward to the day you hold this baby in your arms.
    Congratulations on your baby! I’m just so happy for you and your husband. That pain of missing Cora will always be a part of you, but hopefully you will get to a point where you can feel joy, happiness and peace without feeling sad. Cora would want you to be just as good of a mom you were to her and just as happy. You deserve all the happiness in the world.

    I don’t even know you, but I can tell you are a very special soul!
    God Bless you!

    Karen
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  • June 19, 2009 - 9:57 pm

    The McBrayer family - I follow your blog and have been praying for you and Joel ever since I was lead here. I was overjoyed to hear your wonderful news. I will be praying for your new little one and know that he/she will bring much joy! You are a true inspiration and a beautiful person. Your love for our Lord is true, deep and so real. I love reading your words. Thank you for sharing your story. Praying for you in GA.
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    Midwest Mommy - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Cristy - Still praying for you guys Jess. Congrats to you both on this new sweet little life!

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    Cynthia - I can’t imagine how hard this must be for you. You are probably having so many mixed emotions. Still hurting so badly, but wanting to be happy/excited about this new baby. Nervous and hopeful for the health of him/her. I am so sorry your sweet Cora is not still here with you. It is so unfair that things like this happen. Tears are streaming down my face as I read your post tonight. (((hugs)))
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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    Todd and Courtney - I’m so excited for you two and can’t wait to hear the updates as you visit the doctor. Thinking and praying for you all every single day, I mean it…every single day. You are loved.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:05 pm

    Marla Taviano - Cora’s little sibling is BEAUTIFUL. And he/she will love Cora even though they won’t meet until heaven. I’ve never met Cora, and I love her dearly. I can’t wait to meet her someday!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:06 pm

    Anonymous - YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA for you guys! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love!

    Jenna Gudalis and family
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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Dawn - I am truly happy for you guys. I have a daughter and a year ago we lost the baby we were carrying, we were almost 20 weeks. That loss was very hard for us, mostly because I am 41 and I kind of knew that was most likely my last chance. Since then I have to be happy for people when I hear they are pg. And most the time I am and I want to be, but envious too. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions.
    But when I read your annoucement post, for the first time I felt exactly how someone should feel. TOTALLY HAPPY FOR 2 PEOPLE. I have cried over many of your blog posts and if any 2 people deserve this, it’s you two. This baby won’t replace her but only add and fill that void of taking care of someone. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    Whimsical Creations - I am so excited for you guys!

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    mommyof2sons - God is so good! Love the picture!! Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    Kristi - Let the Lord be your Rock at this time. Continue to cling to Him and let Him carry your sweet family. I am so very happy for this new, precious life growing in you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    hoosier68 - Isn’t modern technology wonderful? To hear the heartbeat and see the ultrasound have to be so reassuring to you. My 18 month old granddaughter wore the Cora dress I ordered to her grandfather’s retirement dinner tonight and was the center of attention! Still praying daily for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    Melissa at perryjayne.etsy.com - We continue to lift you up in prayer, praying for His comfort, blessings, protection, and favor for your family. So happy to see that little ultrasound photo. Hearing that heartbeat is such a rush of emotions.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    Anonymous - Excited for your wonderful news! Cora HAS to be smiling too!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:53 pm

    Lacie and Stephen - My situation was different than yours, but I can identify wholeheartedly with the emotional struggle. I had such a difficult second pregnancy after losing my first child. You will have to tell yourself many times to give it to God. Hopefully Cora IS sharing in this moment with you! Perhaps not in the way you imagined. If she can’t see you from up in Heaven, she is still in your memories. You will remember her milestones as you make new ones with this baby. Best of all you will be able to tell him/her all about his/her big sister! I am looking forward to the day when my little one wants to know more about her big sister! Until then, I talk about her off and on, so that she knows there is another person in our family who isn’t with us right now. May God bless you! Know that we are all out here praying for you! We love you!

    In Him,
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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:54 pm

    maddie/cadesmimi - Hello,
    I found your blog a month or so ago and have been following since then. I was heartbroken when I read what your family has been through. I am thrilled to hear your news of another baby! I will be praying for you and following your blog…Kathy B. in GA.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    Christina - I just cry…
    I’ll pray too! Hearing that heartbeat is an amazing thing. Beyond words.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 11:01 pm

    Jackie - I have tears running down my face for you! Such a miracle!
    I hope you have a smooth 28 more weeks!ReplyCancel

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    Paula - What a blessed picture of your baby!

    Thank you for your transparency!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 11:09 pm

    Livesays - Jess,
    You write so beutifully and honestly about your feelings. I really admire that. I know your heart is heavy with sadness for Cora and happy too to be carrying her little sibling. We continue to pray for you. We know God and Cora are looking out for you and Baby Mac. Glad you’re physically feeling well. Congratulations again. Praying for and wishing you all the best!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 11:11 pm

    Becky - I am so happy that everything is going well. My heart goes out to you. I am thinking of you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - OH how sweet that picture is! :)
    I cried as I read your blog, happy but yet feeling your fear and sadness also…. Cora will be by your side every step of her new brother or sisters way! I know she and the Lord got together and made this wonderful event happen for you! Be Happy she is telling you I am here with you always!

    I got a new blog so check it out…
    Love you both!

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  • June 19, 2009 - 11:30 pm

    Alice - How exciting!!! I am praying for you guys and the new little baby.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 12:22 am

    Kate - I am so happy for you two. I am sure that Cora and God are perfectly weaving this new little one together w/ more love for you and Joel than you could ever imagine. My husband and I have two daughters ages 3 and 17mos. They are the greatest gift we have ever been given. Sometimes my heart aches as I see them growing so quickly. I know this time we have w/ them is so precious. Something that my whole life will reflect upon. I have followed your blog since Cora first became sick. I have cried for you and ached for you and the empty hole that has been left in your life. I can’t begin to imagine the emotions you are dealing w/. But please know that you’ve been such an inspiration to me. To love & appreciate every waking minute w/ my children. But most importantly to have faith.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 2:51 am

    Amber - So glad you got to hear the baby’s heartbeat and take a peek! I will be saying lots of prayers for you both.

    Congrats again!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 2:58 am

    Anonymous - I am so ecstatic about your baby news. :-)

    Blessings and best wishes to all,

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  • June 20, 2009 - 3:10 am

    Lacey McKay - What a cute little peanut! This whole post had me in tears. I can’t imagine the mixture of feelings you must be experiencing right now. I still think about you every single day.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 7:08 am

    Monica - I can only imagine the mix of emotions you are feeling. I am so thankful your appointment went well and you were able to hear your little one’s beautiful heart beat.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 7:37 am

    THE SPIVEY"S - I can not say that I understand what you are going through but I can say that I am here for you and your family as you go through it. We think about you daily and pray with you daily for baby Cora in heaven and this new baby in your womb. Congrats again for this new life and your are so right God is hearing your prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:23 am

    Melissa - Congratulations on the baby!! I cannot imagine what you are going through. However, there is another blog I read that I wanted to recommend. http://charitymom.blogspot.com/ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Jane In The Jungle - So glad you got to see him/her. It will be a roller coaster ride emotionally. It is hard to move ahead. Praising God for your new little one, and prayers for all 3 of you! And I know Cora is grinning from ear to ear with Jesus at her side….ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Krista - oh congrats! i’ve posted once before and you don’t know me (i’m a friend of a friend!) but i pray for you often and am so challenged by your blog! i am so excited for you and will continue to pray for you along this journey…for your baby and your heart. i can’t imagine the roller coaster of emotions you must be experiencing, but through it all it is so encouraging to see you cling to Jesus so tightly….ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 9:06 am

    Maria - I am praying for you and this new life and the journey of grief you are on.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Lynn Jones - Can you grasp how many people already love this new little kidlet? And how many of us will be praying with you through your pregnancy. I pray God will give you an overwhelming sense of His loving care through these next months. Once again, thanks for sharing so generously, Jess.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 9:32 am

    Anonymous - I am so happy for you both. I know this is such a bittersweet time for you, but I know that God graced two very loving and deserving parents with the joy only a child can bring. Let your tears of sadness melt into those of joy and God bless all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Anonymous - I am so excited for you. I will continue praying for all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 10:42 am

    Melissa - I am so happy for you! The miracle of life is truly amazing and precious. It never fails to amaze me when a new baby is born…I sob everytime I watch “A Baby Story” on TLC!

    I pray every day for you and Joel. You both are so amazing and are such wonderful parents! Cora and this new baby are SO lucky to have you as Mom and Dad.

    God is good. Praying for you always!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 10:50 am

    greenpastamomma - I was reading Ezra 3:10-13 yesterday and praying for you guys…the mixture of shouts of joy and cries of sorrow all happening at the same time brought you vividly before my mind.
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  • June 20, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Micah - You have such a way with words. I am just in tears 90% of the time I read your blog. I put myself in your shoes and feel right along with you. Praying, and praying, and praying. So excited for this new little life that will be blessed with such wonderful, God fearing parents.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Kim - So thrilled for you. Keep clinging to the Lord. He is the only thing that will sustain us. I pray that somehow the pit you feel will be replaced by love for this new life growing inside you. I pray that the sweet memories of Cora will overshadow the memories of sadness and pain. Your faith is shining brightly for all to see. Continue to exalt Him and lift His name up high for all to see through the joys and pains of life. You inspire me to do the same!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 2:22 pm

    heather - Beautiful, Mama.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    katie - You don’t know me…I’ve commented a couple of times before. But, anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I am SO happy for you with the news of the new baby! What wonderful news! And of course you’ll be feeling so many mixed emotions during this new journey. Keep clinging to God as you’ve always done…and I know you will! Your faith is truly a wonderful example!
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  • June 20, 2009 - 3:08 pm

    Karina - Congratulations on getting through your first appointment and the BEAUTIFUL first picture of your second child! There is nothing like hearing the heartbeat for the first time.

    It must have been a very rough morning. I cry every time I read your posts; your ability to express yourself clearly and simply makes me live some of the agony with you. Knowing that I can get up from my computer and recover my emotions, while for you the grief remains constant, reminds me to appreciate my life and three children more.

    Even though this journey will be bittersweet, I am thrilled that you have something so happy to look forward to. Your next bundle of joy will be eagerly anticipated by MANY of us who would probably otherwise never have known about you – because of Cora’s legacy and the empathy you inspire in us, this is certain to be an exciting journey for us all!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 5:17 pm

    Heather - I am praying for you two! Such excitement and such sorrow all at once…this must be so so hard!!

    I know you are clinging to the KING!

    Congratulations!!
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  • June 20, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess-
    What a blessing! We are thrilled for you. We continue to pray for you and will begin praying for a healthy “baby Mac”! God is so good.

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  • June 20, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Anonymous - Wow! We are thrilled for your family and still praying for you all the time :) We think of you alot and enjoy checking your blog for updates. Continue to take care and remember that God is always watching over you…ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    Anonymous - Congratulations on your pregnancy! As a labor and delivery nurse I understand the conflict between joy and sadness you feel. It seems that there is a common fear that if you let go of the sadness you will lessen the memories of the child that has been lost. The best way to honor Cora is to love this child with all of your heart. After all it was Cora who taught you to be such a wonderful mother! My best wishes to you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 7:25 pm

    Anonymous - Ho Jess, There is so many things that I would like to say to make you feel better but there is no words, but please note that you and Joel are always in our prayers. We have learn to love Cora trough you and she will never be forgotten as she already live in our harts. Congratulations on the new Baby and we will also be praying for a healthy baby. Lots of hugs on your way.

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Hoover Family - I am excited for you new blessing, you guys deserve some happy days. Cora is looking down from above and will touch this new babies life in many special ways, that only Cora can.
    Thanks for continueing to write! God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    Hoover Family - I am excited for you new blessing, you guys deserve some happy days. Cora is looking down from above and will touch this new babies life in many special ways, that only Cora can.
    Thanks for continueing to write! God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    Anonymous - HAPPY FATHER’S DAY JOEL! What a fantastic Dad you are to Cora and the new baby Mac!
    I will be thinking of you! Prayers!

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  • June 20, 2009 - 9:39 pm

    Kelly - Whoo boy! I’m all teary over here reading about your anxities and fears and then seeing that little bean of a baby! WOW!

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    Jennifer - Moving on is hard but we know that this is what God would want for our families. Little blessings from above – that is what each child is no matter how long they are with us.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Angie Thieszen - I’m not sure I’ve ever even posted on here or not, but we have been following your story from the very beginning. My husband is a cousin of Collin Siebert, a friend from your church. I feel as if we have many connections to you…my husband, Micah, is an RN at our Cancer Center and he lost his mom to cancer at age 6 so he has such a passion for cancer patients and families. Our niece also was diagnosed with cancer at age 2 1/2 so we also know what it’s like to be a family member of a cancer child…so hard. In addition to that, our second child, Toby, underwent emergency heart surgery 1 week into life so I feel like I know what it is like to have a very sick child fighting for their life in the hospital. However, despite all these things, I know we still can’t completely connect in what it’s like to lose a child–Toby thankfully pulled through and is doing very well, as is our niece. My heart has always ached for you and I just wanted to let you know that I have shed many, many tears over the journey God has carried you through. Anyways, we are now pregnant with our 3rd (due late Oct.) and I just wanted to share that the Lord certainly knows our fears of carrying another child when it all seemed to be so hard with our last one. He desires so desperately to know the real depths of our hearts even when they aren’t “pretty” so I encourage you to continue being open with Him as you seem to be doing. We have been somewhat anxious that this baby could have more heart defects like Toby and we could experience the same horrible ordeal all over again. Some days this has been my focus–worry–and other days, I focus on the joy of another life and trust that God is protecting this little growing miracle. We are certainly “human” and like you said–extra emotional with all the pregnancy hormones! We just went through our extensive ultrasound and echo at Riley Children’s Hospital this past week and all is looking well…what a relief and a praise! Please know that as I read your updates I will be praying for you to allow yourself to enjoy this pregnancy and second baby addition to your family. May God continue to meet your needs right when you have them–whether they be needs of grief and sadness over the loss of Cora or joy and celebration of the new life growing inside you. It is a miracle indeed. Blessings to you both from strangers/friends in Goshen, Indiana.
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  • June 21, 2009 - 12:11 am

    patti - oh how exciting! i just love the “little peanut” first photos. congrats to you both. praying you have an easy pregnancy and a healthy little one on the way!ReplyCancel

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    Paige - What an amazing parents and family you all are. I am praying for you and just know that the Lord will feel your hearts with joys are take care of you two.

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  • June 21, 2009 - 10:10 am

    The Jones' - I am so glad to hear your little one is doing well! I will keep praying for you and Joel as you both walk this journey together.
    Blessings~
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  • June 21, 2009 - 11:16 am

    Anonymous - Today is 06-21-09

    Jess This Is for Joel.

    There was a Dad
    Who had a daughter.
    Swung her.
    Chased her.
    Hugged her.
    Loved her.
    Praised her.
    Taught her.
    Oh, what happiness
    he brought her!

    Happy Dad’s Day
    from that daughter
    in heaven.

    Love you, Dad.

    Cora

    That what she would say is she was
    here. Joel you were the best father ans deserve to celebrate this day.

    we love you

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  • June 21, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Christine - Praise the Lord for the beginning to a new and exciting journey for your family! What a tremendous blessing.

    Please wish Joel a Happy Father’s Day from us here in Georgetown, Texas. I pray that he would be surrounded with the Lord’s love and encouraged today. Love and prayers to you both, ChristineReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 6:07 pm

    Susan - What an expected roller coaster of emotions. As if we’re not emotional enough in pregnancy, but this is not your normal pregnancy. This is such a special one, this little one who will be joining “The Macs” will bring such joy and happiness to a much deserving family.

    I could “feel” your conflict as you wrote of the morning of your appointment. I’m sure there will be those feelings many times throughout your pregnancy, but I know Cora would want you to be happy and joyous just as she would have been to be a big sister.

    Many, many blessings to you.
    Praying for all to continue to be well and for little one to grow and grow.

    Praising God with you for New Life!
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  • June 21, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    Stephanie - What a beautiful brother/sister Cora is going to have! She will always be with you!!!!!! Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    Ang - I am so excited that God has allowed another precious miracle to be your lives! I will be praying for you guys!!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - I can’t help but think that Cora is looking down from Heaven, so excited she is going to be a big sister. While she will never meet him/her here on Earth, they will meet in Heaven <3ReplyCancel

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    Maddie's Mommy - The due date for my daughter was Jan. 2 also.. She was born Dec. 26, 2007…Maybe you’ll have a Christmas Miracle :)ReplyCancel

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - You are in my prayers every day.
    I am glad to hear that the new baby is doing well.
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    mommaof4wife2r - a new journey…and lots of love and jo9y to be earned and shared along the path! horray and more congrats to you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:02 am

    Audrey - How wonderful to be able to be “along” with you as you blog about your new pregnancy. As I read your thoughts about Cora not being able to meet her new sibling, I was reminded about something my parents wrote in the Bible they gave me for my graduation. Before we were even born, He knew our name. (Isaiah 49:1,3) I have no doubt that Cora does know her sibling because she is right there as our mighty Potter molds her/him with His hands.

    He did and continues to do so much with Cora’s life, what an amazing legacy this little one is going to be born in!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:15 am

    Toni :O) - Yay! Such a great picture of your new precious life….how wonderful! I can only imagine your pain, grief, sorrrow, joy and excitement all mixed in together. Cora is right alongside both of you on this journey. It was the gift of her life that has led you to be the wonderful parents you are and this new baby will benefit so much from Cora’s special gift. Best wishes for a continued happy and healthy pregnancy. Thank you updating all of us and sharing your lives with us. I feel blessed, so blessed, to be a part of your blog world. Continuing to send you love and hugs for support from Michigan and I continue to pray for you daily.ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 10:02 am

    Tara Provence - isn’t that heartbeat the sweetest sound. before you hear it, and while they are searching for it, there is such anxiousness. but the moment that you can hear it… it’s just the sweetest sound. and the little sonogram… how adorable! congrats! i am 16 weeks pregnant right now… and we are so excited! january will be here before you know it!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    Jessatsea - congratulations! I missed the big announcement but couldn’t be happier for you!

    May God bless you and your newest little one. I will continue to pray for everyone’s good health!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 12:58 am

    Roo and Wren's Mama - I am so glad for you – babies are such miracles… I found your blog some time ago – just after Cora went to be with Jesus, and her story gripped my heart. My baby was just around 10 months old at the time I found your blog, and I just cried for you, and hugged my girl a little tighter. I’ve tried to keep up with your blog since then, and am always encouraged by your amazing grace and trust and transparency in what must be such a difficult and heart-wrenching journey…
    I will pray that this new little life will grow strong and healthy, and that you will be able to rest and enjoy the miracle and joy of pregnancy.
    Zoe
    p.s. so fun that you were born in Japan – just saw that on an older post… we are living in Japan now – my husband is in the military. And our baby was born here too! 5 yrs of infertility, God blessed us with 2 babies, one by adoption and one by birth, 6 months apart…. God is amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 6:23 am

    Snoodle Family - Congratulations! I am so excited for you! My prayers are with you during this time.
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  • June 23, 2009 - 8:21 am

    Gabe and Ashley - Congratulations on the new baby on the way, what a little blessing! We will be praying for you and the baby! We received a dress, onsie and a blanket that you made as a gift from Lori Riley from St. Francis, KS., where my husband is from. I just love the dress! Our daughter is wearing it in my latest post! Every time she wears it, I pray for you and your family. Sweet Cora is such a special girl, reading about her life brings me such joy! We pray you continue to feel well during your pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 3:47 pm

    nataliemme@yahoo.com - Oh my heart is filled with such joy for you!! I have not read your blog for a long time and what an awesome suprise to see a little miracle of love growing!!! My heart still hurts for you both, I can’t image the pain you have experienced. Know that we are praying for you and I look forward to more posts about the baby on the way!! ~Natalie Owen from Oneill NE – friends of Jerald McClenahanReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 7:01 pm

    M. Cummings - This weekend I lost my third baby to miscarriage. I know that God is good in all things. But it is so hard to lose our children. So *very* hard. Reading your blog both encourages me and brings me to tears. I know the feelings. All too well. Although three of my children are not here in my arms, I am confident that they are praising the Lord in heaven. And that *is* a good thing.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    Vincent Family - I am so excited for you! You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    e.m. - Oh.. how exciting ..and hard. Of course, Cora will know your new little one…who do you think is with his/her soul right now (waiting to be born)? It is sad to think about your loss but how lucky for your new little one to have your beautiful sweet Cora as an angel by their side. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    My name is Megan... - Congrats! So exciting. I will be praying for you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    Anonymous - I am so excited for you as you heard the heartbeat of your precious little baby. Will keep praying for you as your heart aches for your precious Cora. Love the dresses you are making.
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  • June 24, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    Anonymous - I have been reading your blog for a while now but have never commented. I just wanted to tell you that I have been praying for your family for a long time and I am so excited to hear you are expecting. I cried when I read your update today. Your unending faith is such an inspiration to me. I will continue to keep you and your husband in my prayers! God Bless You!ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    Rachel - God is so good. His timing is perfect! Praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 4:01 am

    Rebekah - Sending you prayers of strength and joy!ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 8:22 am

    Marlene W. - I am thrilled to read that you are expecting a baby – congratulations! You continue to be in my prayers. This baby is so blessed already to have such wonderful parents. I could say more, but words really can’t express my feelings for you guys! I will be in prayer for a healthy pregnancy :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Andrea - Praise the Lord for good news! That first sound of the heart beat is so very precious. Congratulations again. I pray for a healthy pregnancy & baby.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 8:56 pm

    Paula - I am smiling and so happy for you! Sending love….ReplyCancel

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  • June 27, 2009 - 12:30 am

    Lindsey - My heart wants to explode with emtion. Happy and Sad. That little one growing inside you is sure lucky. I am sure Cora sent him/her to you, and I am sure she told that little one about the amazing parents they share! Congrats.. I can not think of two more deserving people to receive this gift!ReplyCancel

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  • June 27, 2009 - 10:11 am

    A "Friend" praying for you in MD - We have been away and I hadn’t checked your blog in a while. I rejoice with you in this new little sweet one that God is knitting together for you. Praise HIM! Many blessing and much comfort is what I pray for you all!ReplyCancel

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  • June 29, 2009 - 6:51 pm

    Anonymous - I haven’t been on for some time. Just read that you are expecting again. I cannot be happier for you both. It is hard to feel like you are leaving something behind. I was pregnant with twins after trying 6 years to conceive and miscarried one of them. On one hand I was heartbroke, on the other, so excited. You will get through it…Cora will see to it.
    Congrats and best wishes!ReplyCancel

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  • July 2, 2009 - 11:37 am

    Mae - I will be saying extra prays for you and your husband during your pregnancy! I am so happy for both of you!ReplyCancel

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  • July 5, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    Ravan - While Cora may not be here for you to see the interaction between her and your new little bundle of joy (once they get here), I’m certain she’s showing them the ropes in the heaven. I mean, who better teach your new baby how to melt your heart than sweet Cora, who has melted not only yours, but SOOO many other people’s hearts. I bet, once your little bundle of joy is here, you’ll see them doing things that only Cora did.
    Just a way Cora to let you know she’ll always be with you and that she’s done her part as ‘big sister’ReplyCancel

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  • July 6, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    Anonymous - Congratulations on the bundle of joy on the way! I love reading your blog and think of your family often. Thanks for keeping us updated! :)ReplyCancel

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A little more for the Fourth.  Hurry to Cora’s to get your 4th of July gear!

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  • June 17, 2009 - 6:34 pm

    PamperingBeki - Wow, I popped in here at just the right time!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 6:48 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - i did too-but no 24 month-i might just buy a 6 month and give it someone.ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 6:49 pm

    Nancy Gerena - HIP HIP HOORAY!!! I am so excited to finally be able to make a purchase from your shop! :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 6:54 pm

    Jenny - I finally got a dress!!! I am SO excited!! =) I can’t wait to get it!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 7:03 pm

    Sara - got a tank!
    will hold me over until I can get a dress!
    *I still may cram my 18 month old in a 6 month dress if I have to!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 7:44 pm

    Ethansmom08 - I got my 4th of July shirt in the mail today… I know my son will look adorable in it! So cute!

    Thank you SO much… LOVE IT!

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  • June 17, 2009 - 7:45 pm

    Mari - Yay! I am so happy I finally got to purchase one of your adorable pieces! Everytime I run to your shop, I’m always too late! I got a tank this time & hope I can get my hands on a dress next time!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 7:48 pm

    Heather - I got the last dress, perfect size 6 months!! YAY. I am so excited. I have tried so many times and always come too late :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    Kristen - I’m so glad that I decided to stop by your blog tonight! I, too, have been trying to purchase something from your shop, and I’m so excited that I was finally able to purchase a tank for my little girl. I’m going to make sure, when Abigail grows up, that she knows the story behind that adorable tank top that she wore on her first 4th of July. God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    The Schilling's from Cimarron - Hey I finally got a blog site… :)
    YES I missed getting an adorable dress, but will keep my fingers crossed for the next one….
    ashilling.blogspot.com/

    YES I am finally in the blogging world… :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    Anonymous - To slow again but that’s ok..I LOVE to see the things in Cora’s sold out! :) and of course I will keep trying…

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  • June 17, 2009 - 9:48 pm

    Misty Rice - Ohhh I was about to go get Morgans fro Cora’s in the next couple of days…glad I waited, I like this even more. Getting it tomorrow for sure.

    Thanks…

    Oh and I sent our my prayer worriers to your site today, praying for a safe pregnancy. And we all just can’t wait to meet Cora’s baby sibling.ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Misty Rice - Hey I hope you read all your comments. I just went to order this dress for my little girl and I can’t find it. Its only showing two shirts. Can you help direct me? mistyrice@hotmail.com

    ThanksReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend - I enjoyed reading your blog tonight….Love it when I have time to do blog hopping…I always enjoy finding new blogs!
    This month I am posting on our Disney trip.ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 10:30 pm

    Judy - Now this is just about making me crazy! Everytime you put new stuff in the Cora’s shop I’m too late. Oh well, I think it’s so exciting that it’s always sold out of dresses :) Praying for you and Joel and baby!!! Just for the record, I’m still so excited for you guys and get teary just thinking about this new baby!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 10:32 pm

    Kristi - I cannot believe it!! It is not a dress, but it sure is a cute onesie :). I am still holding out hope to get a dress one day! I hope your pregnancy is going well so far. You are in our prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 1:33 am

    `````````````` - Hey Jess & Joel! We love reading your blog and we finally got a blog of our own. We’d love to put cora’s blinkie on our site. Let me know if that’s okay (and how I’m new at this)! http://thewalquists.blogspot.com/

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  • June 18, 2009 - 6:31 am

    Shauna - Trying to get these dresses reminds me of those women that go nuts in the bridal stores over wedding gowns during clearance sales. :o)

    I happened to just click on my dashboard and see that your post was just put up about the 4th outfits! I clicked as fast as I my fingers would allow and was able to get my daughter an 18month tankie. Like the other mommies, this will hold me over until I can snag a dress!

    Thanks so much! The shirts and dresses are adorable! You are in our thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 7:51 am

    Shawn - missed it again; bummer!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 8:26 am

    pinksarahh - I am ALWAYS too late!! But, that is a blessing that it is this popular!! Good job ladies!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 8:35 am

    Nicole Robinson - I am always too late too! Your dresses are VERY popular!

    Congratulations to your growing family!!

    In Him,

    just a stranger praying for you…ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 8:46 am

    Alisha - I missed it again…I give up.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 8:58 am

    Karina - Too late again! But I will not give up…I am haunting your blog regularly and will eventually log on at just the right time!

    I ordered some pinafores in support of Cora’s Playground back in February from Etsy and they still have not arrived…It seems it is very hard to get a dress for my daughter, lol! I’ll just have to get sewing, I guess.

    You are always an inspiration. Please let us know how you are feeling, I just LOVE following pregnancies!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 9:27 am

    Miss Em - Ugh! I missed it again. Can I just say that I have been popping in on your blog a couple times a day just to read your announcement…Ok, that sounds stalkerish. Sorry, not meaning it that way, it just makes me so happy and puts a smile on my face. Thank you for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Holly - Aw, shucks. I’m too late.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 11:49 am

    Monica - ha! They go soo fast!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    heather - Congrats on your super sell-outs! Hope you’re feeling well.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Tara Provence - oh my gosh! are you kidding me?!?!? you sell out faster than than – well crap i don’t know – but someone that sells out really fast!!!! amazing! i am glad that your dresses are so popular though… i just wish that i could get my hands on one! lol.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    The Mershawn's - Grr!!
    And congratulations to you two:). Oh well for me, too slow AGAIN, but we’re so excited for you. Still praying for you, too. Hope you’re feeling great!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    PamperingBeki - Got your phone message today and laughed. Haha!

    Praying you feel happy, loved, and blessed tonight.ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 8:03 am

    Robin in Benton - Just wanted to let you know you were on my mind and I’m praying for both of you and a health Baby MacReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Maryann - I received my dress in the mail yesterday. I was so excited to open it up!!!!!!!

    Carina will be so cute in it for 4th of July and I will think of Cora.

    Thanks!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 1:55 pm

    Ashley - Is everything sold out? Everytime I click to go to Cora’s there is not anything listed.ReplyCancel

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