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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:28 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:31 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:36 am

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

    Praying every day :)

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:49 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:56 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:28 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:37 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:07 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:13 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:21 am

    HighlandGhillie - heart breakingly beautifulReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:32 am

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:34 am

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:54 am

    michelle - beautiful…thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:31 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:36 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:41 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:00 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:19 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:28 am

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

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

    God bless you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:40 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:46 am

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

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

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

    I am lifting you up in prayer today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:03 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:10 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:20 am

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:26 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:28 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:34 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:45 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:59 am

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

    Praying in Indiana.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:59 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:28 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:29 am

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:40 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:50 am

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

    Love, Christy KleinReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:58 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:40 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:47 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:57 pm

    Cathy - Truly beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:00 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    gwswenson - I love that beautiful baby girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:32 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:32 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:57 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 3:05 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 3:51 pm

    blessedmomto7 - Pure preciousness…ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 4:44 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 4:52 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:06 pm

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

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:22 pm

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

    Always praying for your family and your strength!

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:23 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:21 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:28 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:30 pm

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

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

    Love,
    Susan in IndianaReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:53 pm

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

    All our love & prayers,
    ChristineReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:07 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:13 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:13 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:19 pm

    Sa-Sea Boutique - Those pictures are amazing! She was such a truely happy little beautiful girl! I look at those pictures and just feel so amazed at what a strong little girl who has touched the lives of so many people that she never even knew.
    You are in my thoughts and prays daily!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:21 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    My continued prayers for all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:34 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:26 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:32 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:58 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:32 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 7:55 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:43 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:56 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:31 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:51 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:10 pm

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

    Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:49 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:13 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:20 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:30 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:30 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    Anonymous - She’s beautiful!

    Thinking of you both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:49 pm

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

    In Him,

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:47 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:37 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:40 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:47 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:48 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:05 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:09 pm

    Anonymous - Wow. God Bless you dear ones.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:19 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:48 am

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

    God Bless you all.

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:20 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:37 am

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

    Anonymous - Trying so hard not to cry…

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:38 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 6:37 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:21 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:36 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:34 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:47 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:20 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:37 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:13 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:00 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 3:41 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 9:58 am

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

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

    Sending love your way!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:11 am

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 11:34 pm

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

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 5:50 am

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

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

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 11:44 am

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 4:05 pm

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 11:40 am

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

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 2:02 pm

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

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  • March 3, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    shepherdsgrace - Beautiful baby…beautiful momma…beautiful faith…

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

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

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

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  • March 4, 2009 - 12:15 pm

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

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  • March 4, 2009 - 11:06 pm

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

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  • March 5, 2009 - 5:43 am

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

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  • March 5, 2009 - 11:32 am

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

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  • March 5, 2009 - 11:43 am

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

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  • March 7, 2009 - 4:27 pm

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

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  • March 8, 2009 - 12:18 am

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

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  • March 11, 2009 - 4:33 am

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

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

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

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

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

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  • March 20, 2009 - 6:37 pm

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

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  • April 13, 2009 - 8:25 pm

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

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  • May 1, 2009 - 6:03 pm

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

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

    In prayer for you,
    AshleyReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2009 - 9:01 pm

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

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  • May 9, 2009 - 12:15 pm

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

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  • December 4, 2009 - 6:46 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2010 - 6:06 pm

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

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  • April 29, 2010 - 11:17 pm

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

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


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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:49 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:54 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    Anonymous - HI I just came across your site while drinking my morning coffee…I have never expirenced what you and your husband have been thru and i cannot say much only sorry for your loss. It takes time to heal but remember Cora is looking down with a smile. Stay strong.
    By the way the items are very very cute!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:57 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:58 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:59 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:00 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    The Sieberts - HORRAY! CAN’T WAIT!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:03 pm

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

    it was wonderful to see you yesterday and give you a hug (or ten). i’m sorry if it was too many hugs. so good to see you even it was hard. it had to be so hard for you both. you are brave.
    and so strong.
    so loved.
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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:04 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    blessedmomto7 - Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:08 pm

    PamperingBeki - Adorable!!

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:24 pm

    Anonymous - Faith, family and friends…

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:27 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:29 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:30 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:32 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:32 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:34 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:34 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:39 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:45 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    Anonymous - I have been meaning to send you this…

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

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:55 pm

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

    Still praying for you and your family…

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:56 pm

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

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

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

    My best to you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:08 pm

    angie c - Your etsy stuff looks like it is so cute. What a great tribute to your sweetie this playground will be…with so many hearts touched by her working on it with you! ((hugs)) and prayers to you-
    Angie in WichitaReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:11 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:28 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:35 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:42 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:44 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    Heather - Everything so far looks SO adorable. Looks like I’ll have to talk my hubby into having another girl! :D I am so glad that you have found something special to do. Still praying for you!
    Hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:49 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:53 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:56 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:58 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:09 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:18 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:32 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:34 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:37 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    Marie - Those things are beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:54 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:01 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:07 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:08 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:10 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:11 pm

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

    Thinking about you and praying for you daily in IL.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:16 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:39 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:40 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:15 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:39 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:54 pm

    Danielle - Hi Jess, My name is Danielle. I live in upstate New York and I came across Cora’s story on Etsy yesterday and have spent the evening reading your blog and your friends and families blogs. My heart goes out to you and your husband. My prayer for you and your family is that the Lord will wrap His arms around you and provide comfort like you have never known. I pray you feel His mercies new every morning and I pray that you are daily reminded that you will see your precious daughter again because of the blood that flowed down the cross. Your unwavering faith in Christ is inspiring and challenging to my husband and I and I would hope and pray that I could stand as strong in my faith in our creator as you are. Know that we are thinking of you, praying for you and excited for you to be reunited with Cora one sweet day.
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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:55 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:57 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:00 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:01 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:10 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:13 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:18 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:33 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:44 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:16 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:35 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:46 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:49 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:07 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:16 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:22 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:39 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:40 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:51 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:00 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:16 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:18 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:18 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:21 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:29 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:35 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:40 pm

    Falling Around - Jess,

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:47 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:52 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:28 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:50 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 4:11 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 4:56 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:14 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 9:56 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:56 pm

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

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  • March 6, 2009 - 11:55 am

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

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  • March 17, 2009 - 6:25 am

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

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:17 am

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:29 am

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:31 am

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:34 am

    The Schilling's from PICU - Hi guys,

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

    Miss you both and tell your families hello!

    love ya,

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:40 am

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:44 am

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:57 am

    The Moffats - Jess & Joel -

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:58 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:59 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:00 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:08 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:10 am

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:22 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:19 am

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 7:27 am

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:13 am

    Courtney Kay - praying for the playground efforts!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:18 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:27 am

    Alivia's Momma - Dear Macs….
    Etsy is what lead me to your page. I too lost my girl baby to cancer (almost 2 whole years ago). I have no huge words to say or advice to give. I will pray for peace and comfort. Each “normal” thing you do from now on will be hard because your normal will never be the same.
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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:30 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:43 am

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:21 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:33 am

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

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

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

    Thinking of you right now and praying.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:33 am

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

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

    looking forward to seeing the craftiness:)ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:42 am

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:53 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:07 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I can’t wait to see your Etsy creation.

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

    God Bless you both and sweet baby Cora, always.

    With prayers,
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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:26 am

    lauren - still praying for you every single dayReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:27 am

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

    Still praying for you.

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:31 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:43 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:54 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:56 am

    Cristy - Hi Jess….

    Praying for you….

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

    Praying for you today and always…

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:01 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:02 am

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 11:59 am

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:00 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:09 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:22 pm

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

    To Honor You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:46 pm

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

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

    My prayers are with you everyday!ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:57 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:02 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    aimee - Hello!

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:18 pm

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

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

    Please let me know if I can do this!

    Thank you,
    Madissen

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  • February 23, 2009 - 1:54 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:01 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:32 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:39 pm

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

    You can read their story at the blog.

    You and your family are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 3:04 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 5:54 pm

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

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 6:14 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:09 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 8:51 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 9:07 pm

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

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  • February 23, 2009 - 10:56 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 6:20 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:05 am

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:31 am

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Nan - God is so good.

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

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

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

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

    You are my strong melody
    You are my dancing rhythm
    You are my perfect rhyme
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After many people suggesting that we get away after Cora’s celebration service, we decided to follow their advice. We headed to Colorado to have some time alone and try to process how our lives have changed so quickly.

It was good to get away, but so hard at the same time. It was good to be together. It was good to be able to talk and cry together. It was good to be in the beautiful mountains. It was good to be able to go skiing and snowmobiling and be able to laugh a little.

But, it was so hard too. It was hard to have time to really think through the past four weeks. It was hard to be on a “vacation” without our Cora. It was hard to be at the cabin where we had taken Cora on her first family vacation just this past summer. It was hard to think about all the fun we had together and know that she is now gone. So many memories.

I don’t even like posting pictures anymore. I want Cora to be in them. But, here we are. This day we went snowmobiling and it snowed the entire time we were out. It was beautiful. We didn’t get any pictures when we went skiing, but the day we went was sunny and just perfect weather. The mountains were beautiful and I couldn’t help but to think about how GREAT and LOVING our God is as I looked at his beautiful creation. Joel got to laugh at me wiping out several times. The next day we both laughed a lot because we could barely walk. We are a little out of shape.


Coming home was hard. It felt like just maybe Cora would be there waiting for us, but we knew she wasn’t. We knew we were going back to reality. We both have HUGE holes in our hearts and it is hard to know how to move forward. We are trying. We are so thankful for the friends and family we have who are surrounding us so faithfully and lovingly during this time. We are overwhelmed by all that God is doing through Cora’s story. And we are clinging to this same truth that got us through those horrible days in the hospital.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24

I have never felt more consumed in my whole life. I am so thankful for our compassionate God and so thankful that His compassions are new EVERY morning. This is definitely a day-by-day process. Thanks for loving us and encouraging us along the way.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    saras - I am one of many of your blog readers that you don’t know in your real life! But I want you to know that your real life has touched my real life in a magnificent way! I’m glad you were able to get away and have a wonderful time together too! I’ll be thinking of and praying for you in the days ahead! SaraReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:24 pm

    krystyna81 - My heart goes out to you…I too, would want my baby there as I came home…I can see that you and your husband are a strong, Holy union, and that you have Laughter and Love in your life.

    I wish you all the best and a lot of Love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:25 pm

    Something In The Glass - Just another one of your faithful readers. Thank you for continuing to share your story with us.

    I’m so glad that you are both finding your laughter again. Still praying for all who knew and loved Cora.

    God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    Kendall Smith - We’re so glad you got away and had a nice time. We think and pray for you SO often during the day. We love you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    Whitney - I am so touched by your story. Please know that there are so so many people praying for you. Sweet Cora’s little life has affected so many people that you will probably never know. SHE has done more for God’s kingdom in her short time here than most people can do in a lifetime. Cling to that when you feel as though you can’t go on and know that I thank you for what your story has done for me.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    Marla Taviano - Loving you from Ohio with tears in my eyes! Your strength and grace is a beautiful testament of the God you serve. And my heart aches for you as you miss your darling, sunny Cora.

    Praying for you both! And thanking God for your awesome testimony!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:30 pm

    Sought-Out - Our hope is that through our pain and our hurt, we find Him in the middle of it all. That while we are consumed by the agony and loss, we are also consumed by His compassions and comfort. I pray that in the following days, months and years, that you will truly be consumed by Him.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:31 pm

    PamperingBeki - Jess, we love you guys and pray for you numerous times a day.

    Lean on each other, your friends and family, and God as much as you possibly can.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:34 pm

    meleea - so glad you were able to get away. i cannot imagine the range of emotions you must go through each day. we continue to pray for you as you adjust to your new “normal”. thank you for sharing your story with so many – God will use it in a very powerful way!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    Tothblog - You are showing tremendous strength and courage. I pray for you often. I pray for the peace that only Christ can offer. Your story has had a profound impact on our family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    Samantha - Your sweet little Cora lives on in all of us who were so touched by her beautiful face and sweet smile. She has touched so so many lives.

    Your faith is inspiring. Please know that you are loved and constantly prayed for.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Megan @ Hold it Up to the Light - I bet that sunshine was a gift from your sweet baby in Heaven!

    I think about you both often and sweet little Cora. I can’t imagine the pain you are going through, but am in awe of your strength. Let Him carry you….and heal as He leads you. We will pray for peace each day.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Amy - I’m so glad you guys find comfort in being together. You and Joel have such a fun and loving relationship. I think of you both often and pray for you whenever I do. We love you both.

    I don’t know if you’ve read my blog, but this is part of a comment someone left on a post of mine about Cora. I wanted you to see it…
    “Although I am sure they would take her back in a heartbeat, I am truly amazed that they knew she had a purpose on this earth. She did. She gave God back to me. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Heather, aka Jake's Mommy - My prayers are with you and your husband. This is not a journey any parent should have to make. I am so sorry for your loss. I know those words don’t carry much weight because they can’t really change the situation, but please know you have more than just friend and family praying for you. You have thousands of people in the blog community who have you in their reader and just want to your your lives because you touched theirs with your tragedy. Please let it be known if you and your husband need ANYTHING.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    Scarlet O'Kara - Still so many prayers…

    I am thankful that the two of you are pulling closer together and not apart.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - You and yours are still in our thoughts and prayers. It’s so good that you two got some time away together in order to process some of your own grief without dealing with everyone else’s on top of it all. Take comfort in each other and draw strength and remember that there is always someone available to hold your hand when you need it. *HUGS*ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Amy - Glad to have you back. You are still in my constant thoughts and prayers. I will still be keeping up with your blog. You do not know me, but your family and sweet Cora have really touched my heart. I have cried right along with you, as your loss has broken my heart. I am so glad you were able to go away for awhile and begin the healing process.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Michele - Thank you for your words…keep breathing even if it feels like you are suffocating….you are touching people’s lives through Cora and our sweet Lord Jesus. Praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Katie B. - We don’t know each other….I found out about your family through an email prayer request for Cora.

    I just had to say that I am SO very, very impressed with the way you are clinging to your faith during this extremely difficult time. Thank you for being such an AMAZING example to the rest of us of how to cling to our faith even in the worst of times.

    I have been very touched by your story and have prayed for you both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Jenae - You are an encouragement to me daily!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    Lynne - Another blog reader who doesn’t know you here. And another person amazed at your faith and your love for God despite your loss. I’m not sure what makes me cry more, your story or the words of encouragement from all of your readers. Like the others, I hope, hope, hope and pray you realize how much faith your tragic loss has brought to others. God knows what it feels like to lose a child. Continue to feel his love and understanding arms wrap around your lives, and remember to lean on each other as much as you lean on God. I love you guys and I don’t even know you :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 12:52 pm

    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Continuing to pray for you. And my girls are praying for you both each and every day. In fact, just this morning, they were saying that maybe a teacher of theirs who recently died may now be rocking Cora to sleep.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Dawn - I’m one of your readers and I can’t imagine what you 2 are going through. I’m still so sad when I think about how quickly all this came about. I had looked back at your posts back around Christmas time with no idea how life can change. Your story has really touched me and really makes me cherish my daughter. I miss Cora and I never even knew her, I’m so sorry for your pain. Thanks for sharing and know that all 3 of you have really touched my life.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Michelle - I was so relived to see a post from you. I keep worrying about you and what you are going through and still continue to pray for you. Somewhere recently I saw a post someone put up asking where you see Gods fingerprints. I see them in the sunrise and new fallen snow and birds chirping among other things. I’m glad you were able to find some of them to smile about. You have another home away from home in Utah if you ever want to try our snow.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:04 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - i am really glad you all took some time away…as hard as it was. we are faithfully praying for you all still and will continue.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:05 pm

    Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    You both AMAZE me – your strength and trust in the Lord during this difficult time is a testament to the power of a relationship with Jesus.

    My heart is blessed by hearing that you two were able to get away and have a few laughs, even with all that has happened still so fresh in your hearts. I’m sure it was a difficult thing to do, but needed.

    Please know that you guys continue to be in my thoughts and prayers daily. My heart aches for you.

    Sending Prayers Your Way,
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    Megan (mommyesquire) - I am so glad that you were able to get some time away. So often circumstances like the ones you have been given will pull you apart and pull you away from God. I pray that you will cling to God and each other as you move through the next days and weeks.ReplyCancel

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    The Jarmans - I continue to pray for you as you travel down this difficult road. I’m sure that your darling Cora is glad that her Mommy & Daddy are smiling again.ReplyCancel

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    in a world surrounded by men - I’m so sorry for your loss and will remember you in prayer.ReplyCancel

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    Megan Noel - i’m glad you have had some rest. thinking about you always, love you both. meganReplyCancel

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    purejoy - oh, i have missed you and have thought about you every time i check to see if you’ve updated your blog. to go through something like this in such a short amount of time since the onset. . .it is just beyond my ability to understand.
    at the risk of saying something trite and stupid, i’ll refrain. just know that you are being lifted up by me, a complete stranger. my heart aches for you and i am so glad that you know Jesus and can lean on your ROCK. may he sustain you and carry you through these difficult days. so thankful for your opportunity to get away and grieve and begin the long road to tomorrow.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Stacia Howard - I have no words for you. My heart truly breaks for the two of you. I will continue to pray for you. His mercies are new every day…ReplyCancel

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    Robin in Benton - Your faith is an inspiration to us all. Remember that even though you can’t see her Cora is watching over you from heaven. God bless you and keep you. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Judy - It’s so good to see you guys and hear from you! I haven’t stopped praying for both of you. There are many moments through out each day when God brings you to mind! Thank you for sharing this journey with all of us out here in blog land! God is still using your precious Cora to draw people to Him! Zephaniah 3:17 is my all time favorite verse. It paints a beautiful picture of how much God loves us. It says: “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
    I know that Jesus is rejoicing over Cora with singing right now and I’m praying that he will quiet you with his love!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:14 pm

    ml - I still think about you both and pray for you often. Thank you for sharing so much of yourselves with us. I am so sorry for what you have been through and are going through.ReplyCancel

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    4girls1boy - The words I am about to write don’t feel like they will have even a tenth of the power I want them to. Reading the story of your beautiful Cora has touched me in the most profound way. I have been feeling burnt out the last few weeks as a mom and a wife. I have been praying that God would give me a renewed joy in the life that he has provided me. I have always felt blessed to be at home with my children, but lately I’ve been struggling. God answered that prayer for me the day that I ran across your blog. Obviously that was not an accident, but God’s way of answering my prayer. The intense faith and love that exudes from your writing has filled me with a renewed belief in the power of family, love, and our ever faithful God. You are both an inspiration to me and my husband who have cried along with you. You are in my prayers many times a day, and I thank you for the profound effect that your strength has had on our lives. May God continue to bless you on your long journey. Please know that your story, and your beautiful, precious Cora will be in my heart forever. Thank you for your bravery and strength.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    The Sieberts - we will continue praying for you. i know your journey is far from over. I’m so glad you guys got to get away and hear you are headed to China this spring/summer! How exciting! we love you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    Auntie Ann - When I was reading your blog for the first time when we heard about Cora, I read your blog and knew of your need for a new dryer I think it was. If it is still not working we would love to bless you with a new one – no strings attached. Just something God put on my heart as I read that you were needing a new one! Your family has been on my heart and I would love to help you in this time of sorrow! My family has been praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    JANE - I came to your blog late by way of wandering. But know that Cora’s story has touched me so. Your strength and grace amaze me. I am sure Cora and God are smiling at the beautiful way you glorify our Lord. Know that you are being washed by prayer from all who visit.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    ~Cherie - I’m so happy you are back. I check your blog daily for new posts from you. In time, I hope you can laugh more and cry less. Sending love and prayers from Ohio. Welcome Back!ReplyCancel

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    Carly Winborne - so good to hear from you and glad to know you have had time away. i’m a faithful reader and pray for you daily.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Nadia - You dont know me but I have been traveling through this journey with you in prayer. Truly, my family thinks about you and prays for you both every single day.

    The verse you posted is one my absolute favorites. I just wanted to share a little something with you about those words… specifically about the word compassion. In college, I was a new Christian and spent a lot of time studying this verse. I realized that while we use the word compassion a lot, we often do not really know what it means. I looked it up in a dictionary and it said, “Compassion is the ability or desire to suffer alongside.” It is just amazing to me that God’s ability and desire to suffer alongside us is new with every sunrise. He never wearies at our pain. He never hides from it. He sees it and comes alongside and is present with us in it.

    I cannot pretend to know your pain… but I just pray you find a bit of comfort in knowing how dearly loved you are by the one who sits beside you even now.

    Blessings…

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    The Balzers - I know that was a hard trip for you, but I’m glad you made it. I’m glad you could laugh a little…I laughed thinking about you wiping out and then laughed harder thinking about Joel laughing AT you.

    We’re glad to have you back so we can love on you! Please be honest with us and let us know what you are needing.

    We continue to pray for you each and every day, many times a day. Thank you for showing us ALL what a deep deep relationship with our God is all about.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Anonymous - I am so VERY glad to hear that you are doing ok..I cannot begin to understand how hard it must be. I still shed tears over your lose everyday. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you. This has touched my very soul and made me question my FAITH. Please keep us updated for those who only know you through your blog. We have grown to care deeply for your family.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    Marlene W. - I am SO happy to see you having fun, you guys are such a strong family and I just want to say thank you for taking some time out for yourselves. May God continue to give your hearts peace, rest and hope for the days ahead. I know He will because our God is unstoppable in His faithfulness and loves you so dearly.

    You and Cora have ministered to my heart in ways you will never know! Thank you again for sharing your life with the rest of us.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    Anonymous - I think about both of you and Cora everyday. I haven’t even met you two but I feel like I already know you two in my heart.
    I am glad you two were able to get away.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    Shawn - Jess and Joel–
    your documentation of your commitment to a healthy way through this tragedy is as encouraging as the rest of your posts have been. I have been so moved by your ability to maintain any ability to express yourself–and you continue to do so with poise and eloquence that belies the unsteadiness of your moorings at this time. Having each other and your shared faith offers the readers of your log comfort. Again–it is beyond ironic that you, who have been through so much, should offer us reassurance that you can get through this; I admire your spirit and send you constantly my best wishes and love.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    Meghan - Your grace is amazing. I love how you are strong and honest with your feelings. God is good…ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Thank you for updating us strangers on how you’re doing. I imagine it’s hard to write much of anything now. My family prays for the 3 of you everyday. Last night my 7 yr. old and I just sat and cried about your sweet Cora. She asked if we might ever get to play on Cora’s playground. We live in Northern Kansas and I told when it’s ready we’d for sure make a trip down to play on it. I’m still at a loss of words. I still have a pit in my stomach. I pray everyday that the Doctors did what they thought was best for Cora. I imagine coming home without Cora is just awful. Oh how I pray your memories with her will keep you above water. I can’t wait for the reunion you will have with her one day. As far away as that may seem, it will be amazing. Bless you both as you journey this most difficult road. I’m sure our Heavenly Father has sent Cora and other ministering Angels to surround you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 1:58 pm

    Kimberly - “Coming home was hard. It felt like just maybe Cora would be there waiting for us, but we knew she wasn’t.”

    But she IS. Waiting for you. At HOME. Where she is not hurting any more. And you will see her again.

    I know that is not much comfort right now. I think we will never know how much our Father grieves when His children are hurting, because He didn’t design the world this way. But He is trying to redeem it, and I think Cora is part of that redemption.

    Blessings to you all as you walk through this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    The Di Vito's - I had come across your blog right around the time Cora was diagnosed, and had become a loyal follower ever since then. I had asked for my friends and family to pray for Cora through my blog, and was devestated when I heard she passed away. I am amazed how strong your faith is. I grew up in a Christian home, my Uncle was a minister, I went to Christian school my whole life, and have never met anyone with stronger faith than yours. I will continue to pray for your loss, and rejoice in the fact that I will be able to meet sweet Cora one day in Heaven.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    The Eyre Family - We continue to pray for your healing. Each time I read your blog, I feel that God is calling me to be closer to Him. I pray and I believe but I don’t think I have the life of prayer that you show us…and I want to. You are a true inspiration. I am so sorry your heart is hurting. Mine aches for you as well! God Bless YouReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Mandy Rose - So glad you were able to have a little time away. I am sure your life is upside down right now. I have been thinking deeply about you and your husband. I pray God heals your heart soon.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Please know that my family is continuing to pray for you all. You are amazing people…and I honestly feel so blessed being able to read your blog and having the honor to see/read what you have been going through and being able to pray for you. I don’t know that I will ever meet you on this side of heaven but I hope I get the honor at some point. You 2 are an awesome example of Christ’s love. It was great to receive an update on how you are doing…and please remember that although our days go on, Cora will not be forgotten. You all have left an impression on my heart forever!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:15 pm

    Christy - You don’t know me, but my heart goes out to you. You both are so brave and strong to not let your faith falter. I can’t imagine going through what you’ve been through. I wanted you to know that your life has been a witness to mine and I greatly appreciate it.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    Toni :O) - May God continue to bless you during this incredibly difficult time. Welcome back…I’ve missed checking in on you. Know your family will be in my thoughts and prayers every single day for the rest of my life. Your family has shaken me to the very core and I will never take my children for granted again. Thank you for allowing us into your lives and even though I don’t know you, I miss Cora’s beautiful smiling face. Your memories of her and her future built playground will leave a lasting legacy everywhere. Keep holding each other tightly and SO many of us are pulling for you and wrapping our virtual arms around you both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    Anna - Tears streaming down my face as I read this. So glad that you two are clinging to one another and to the Hope we all have in Jesus. But, oh, how I can’t even fathom the ache and hole that now exists in your hearts. May He grant you a peace beyond any of our understanding and may He continue to get glory for Cora’s life!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    Colbert Family - Praying for you guys often and just falling in love with the people that you are. God is doing amazing things through you both and although this life is hard, it is like a blink of an eye compared to eternity. You will be with Cora again and you will be together for all eternity. You will meet thousands of people in Heaven who were touched by your lives and little Cora’s life. Hang in there and keep your eyes focused on Jesus.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    MidnightMom - I am so glad to hear that you went away for awhile, as difficult as it was to come home. I can only imagine, dear parents, what you experience. God’s mercies are new every morning, and it is my daily prayer that He generously gives such mercies to you and your families as you all, and especially the two of you, walk through this darkness. As so many are saying, here is one more family in daily prayer for you. Etsy shopping has been fun, and a blessing to see so many share in honor of your precious baby girl. God be with you every hour…Danielle Shore GravesReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    Joy - Oh how I know that consumed feeling. We had a very different path than you have, but we lost our daughter last fall after an 8 1/2 year battle with a host of medical challenges. I will add you to my middle-of-the-night-can’t-sleep prayers. Hang in there and take it minute by minute if you have to — I have days where I just can’t get off the couch or stop crying. But ever so slowly, I’ve started having more and more days where I can actually function more “normally” and those are a relief. I promise that it won’t always feel so dark and heavy and impossible.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    Elaine - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Angel Cora is now watching over you.
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    Lisa Daniels - I hesitate saying anything, on the chance that I will say the wrong thing. I’m sure you hear a lot of “wrong things” (i.e. timing is bad) when people attempt to ease your pain. But I know that people really have connected with yours in a way that is seen so rarely.

    God Bless You for your willingness to share your heartache with us. It inspires and “heart-ens” us.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    megan - GOD Is faithful…He will contunie to be faithful to you and your hubby during such a time of grief and though I only got to know little Cora through your blog she has touched me in a amazing way..I contunie to pray for a healing in your hearts. Thank you for sharing her with us and Im glad to see you were are able get away in the beatiful outdoors Im sure Cora had a good time taking a break from her big heavnly play ground to look down on her mommy and daddy playing in the snow! BlessingsReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    Hailey - Praying in NC.ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - My heart hurts for you as you talk of missing sweet Cora. I can’t even begin to imagine the swell of emotions you must be experiencing. It’s so encouraging to see you still praising God for His goodness. You are touching so many by sharing your story. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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    The Schumachers - It is a true testament of your faith to see you both taking solace in God and each other. I am continually touch by your story and your love and commitment to each other as husband and wife and to God. May He and you friends and family help and guide you on your journey. I stumbled upon you blog on accident and now believe I was brought there for a reason. You have taught me so much about love and faith. Your little girl is truly an angel.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:38 pm

    Heather - I am so glad that you guys were able to go away and enjoy yourselves a bit. You two are the most amazing people that I have never even met! I can’t even begin to imagine your pain but I am thinking of you guys and praying for you!
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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Karen - You are so strong! I don’t know how I would do in your situation.
    Stick together. It seems like you will make it through the hard days ahead if you are able to stick it out together.
    I think you decision to go away was perfect. Sometimes we all need to time to reconsider how our lives have changed. Your solution of a few days together, alone, was a start in the healing of your hearts.
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    KKJD1 - Just stopping in, wanted to let you know you are both in my thoughts and prayers. Your faith being so strong has helped me so much. Blessings,KarenReplyCancel

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    Hollie - I’m so glad you guys got to spend some time together. Sending lots of prayers and love your way!ReplyCancel

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    nennermommy - I have followed your blog for about 3-4 weeks now! I have a 20 month old and 6 year old and they have been checked for neoblastoma because my husband had a tumor removed when he was a baby. We have been lucky. I just have to say I can’t and can only imagine your pain. I am so so so sorry!!! I think you spending some time is great, you need to be each others steinghts and shoulders. My heart is here for you! with much Love, JenReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    Anonymous - I have been worried about you both and am so relieved that you got away and lightened your hearts a bit. You left Kansas for Colorado and Cora was with you the whole time, in heart and spirit. She will always be with you.. I check your blog every day to see how you are doing and I love to be able to see a glimpse of life thru your loving eyes. I am amazed by how much love I can have for this sweet angel baby that I have never had the pleasure to meet. Please know that I will keep you all in my heart and in my prayers. Paula from NYReplyCancel

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    The Harper Family - Just wanted you to know that we are still praying comfort for your family. Cora is in the sweet arms of Jesus.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    Matt, Joy and Ryder - Can’t even begin to imagine what you both must be feeling. What a good idea to get away and be able to reflect away from where everything happened. Your faith is amazing and our love and prayers are lifted up for you everyday.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 3:08 pm

    Anonymous - Welcome back. We know that nothing we say or do can take away that hole you feel or bring her back. But oh, how we desperately wish we could! So we will continue to pray for you and hope to be an encouragement to you in any way we can. You are 2 very special people from 2 very special families and we love you all.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - I hope that should my God choose for me to ever go through anything like this, that I can only be half as courageous and faithful, and strong as the two of you. I am in awe (in a good way) to see how the two of you are handling this. I know it will be a day to day, and we are ALL here to go through them with you. You are not alone.

    We love skiing, my husband and I went for an entire week for our honeymoon. I always feel closest to heaven when on top of the mountains, looking over at the beautiful world God has created for us to visit for a little while.

    You are a beautiful couple, I truly admire you and I have grown a deep compassionate love for this entire family.

    I look at Cora’s pictures often, and will keep one in my home (if you don’t mind) as a constant reminder of my blessings, so that I don’t allow those hard days as a mom to consume me, but yet I embrace them.

    Thank you, thank you… for your heart, your faith and for sharing your little girl with ME.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    Mae - Your family has been in my prayers.Thank you for sharing your story with us. I will continue to pray for your family in the coming future.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    The Stockton Crew - I am so touched by your story and little Cora’s life. I have a daughter that is 14 months old and when she was 4 months old, she started having some respitory problems. Nothing serious, but we spent some time in Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. I got to see first hand what families go through and it hit us then that we could be going through the same thing one day with our Addy. It breaks my heart that you lost your precious Cora, but know that people you don’t even know are praying for you. I think about your family often and am praying for God’s sovereign grace to help you through your grief.ReplyCancel

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    Steph - Your faith is awesome. It’s inspiring and I am learning from you. I hope to someday have that kind of faith too. I am praying for you and your husband. And “Thank You”

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    The Stockton Crew - Sorry, respiratory!ReplyCancel

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    The Boccias - Thinking of you all the time.ReplyCancel

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    jandkland - I know you only from your story here and the photos of your precious baby girl. I can’t for the life of me imagine enduring what you’ve endured. It doesn’t make sense, and there are no easy answers to the question we all want to ask: “Why?”

    I wish to share this Scripture, which offers a lot of hope despite the desperate circumstances in which you find yourselves. It’s hope not only for your reunion with your baby in heaven, but also for right now–in the land of the living.

    “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” –Psalm 27:13-14

    We live in a culture that teaches impatience. We don’t wait often, and when we must wait we despise it and try to rush through to the next thing. I pray that somehow in the midst of your darkest hours, you can find the strength to wait. Thinking of you and remembering Cora.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    Liana - You are an amazingly strong woman– Cora was blessed to have you as her mama. Your words show such strength. You and your husband and entire family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing your journey and tremendous faith with us.

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    Kim, Aaron, Jake and Jack - I still am in awe as I think about your story. My heart breaks for you, yet I am so moved by how strong yall are being and how yall are leaning on the Lord. I pray that God will continue to bless you and that your life be full of His Praises. Chances are we will never meet you this side of heaven, but one day we will, and I will tell you once again how strong you were and how much your situation with sweet Cora has touched so many lives. Bless bless bless your precious family. Love and prayers from Abilene, Texas.ReplyCancel

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    sarahross - You two are precious. My prayers continue…ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Your faith encourages me daily and that in the mist of the storm you are able to see beyond the clouds and see our Heavenly Father with outstreached arms. I hope so many things for you and I am praying for you daily. I find myself asking God WHY but everytime I do I suddenly have a vision of sweet beautiful Cora in the arms of Jesus. My life is different, faith is stronger, and I am reminded of the power of love. Thank you for sharing your sweet Cora with me, the world is a better place because she lived. May God continue to hold you in the palm of his hand.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    Elizabeth - i often often consider your burdens and pray for you. and…as i’ve said before…my parenting has changed in light of your journey. a much needed change…i am a better mommy b/c of you & our God.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm - I am so glad that you were able to have a little get away :-)
    You are an amazing couple and I am so proud of you for being so strong.
    I know without a doubt that you will always miss your little sweetheart. She will be with you always. God is with you always. You are wonderful parents and you will be united with your little angel someday. I hope that didn’t sound corny,but I know it is true. Huge hugs to you both!!! xoxo!!! Britt :-) ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Jeremy, Jennalee and Julia Ekeland - So glad that you guys got away from a little bit although we miss you a lot! It makes my heart smile to see that you guys are sort of smiling through your masks in your picture. Still praying for God’s strength to get through each day. Love you!ReplyCancel

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    Marie - Thanks for posting guys. I hope it helps a little. We all want to know how you’re doing. I promise to keep praying!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    Christine - Dearest Jess and Joel –
    I was so encouraged to read your post today. I am glad you two were able to enjoy a bit of time away and share some good times together. You needed that for sure :)

    It still amazes me how I could grieve so deeply for a family I had never met. It is truly a God thing, and I am so thankful that you have and are continuing to share your story with us.

    There is a fire in me to reconnect and strengthen my walk with the Lord. You two exude such an amazing love for our God in the midst of such unthinkable tragedy, and I think to myself – am I showing that same love and faith? Am I giving glory to Him in all things? How can I grow more closely to God?

    Please know that I pray for you daily, sometimes more. And, I will continue to do so. I pray that you will continue to feel loved, upheld and encouraged through this journey. You guys are not alone.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Stacy Lord - Joel and Jess,
    I too am one of the people that you have never met. I still think about Cora every day and pray for peace and comfort to find you both. I am so glad to hear that you were able to get away for a while and just have some time. I just wanted you both to know that even though it seems that the world is just moving on, Cora will never be forgotten, nor will the love and strength that you have demonstrated so beautifully. I have never taken my child for granted because we almost lost him, but even still, I make a point to hug him more, tell him I love him more, and enjoy everyday with him. I’m so sorry your time with Cora was so short. We will continue to pray for you both. Know that people all over the world are thinking of you.
    Sincerely,
    Stacy Lord
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  • February 20, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Rest For Weary Step Moms - I’m a mom from Wichita Kansas. Keep holding on Sweet heart. Take each day as they come. Some will be good, some not so good. Baby Cora’s going with Jesus will never be or feel ok, but take it a day at a time and one day, you will go from crawling to walking as God gives you more strength. One day sweetie you, will run again….ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 5:18 pm

    Stacy - Hello Jess & Joel,

    My heart smiled to see a post from you. I continue to pray for you both and sweet little Cora several times a day. Cora is an Angel, in every sense of the word.

    Take care and please continue to share your Faith and Trust in God with us. You are such a true inspiration!!

    With love & prayers,
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  • February 20, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Christine - Your family has captured me in a way I can’t really understand… I hope and pray only for healing and love for your entire family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Charis - Just said a prayer for you. I was just led to your blog from a post on Etsy, and thanks for posting the grace and beauty of your story – and what a wonderful outlook you have, even in the midst of struggle. You are an inspiration!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    McKenzie - I am so happy to see a new post. I too am one of your readers whom you do not know, but I have been so blessed, inspired, and renewed by your little Cora. My heart rejoices and aches for you at the new steps you have taken in your life. I am so anxious to hear more about your faith as you continue to progress through your healing. I am amazed by our God and amazed by what he accomplished with your little Cora’s life. Lots of love and prayers to your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Anonymous - We don’t even know each other, but your story has deeply touched my life. I started following your blog after a friend of a friend wrote a post asking for prayer for Cora. What you’ve gone through is unimaginable, but the grace and strength you have shown has been truly inspiring. Your sweet girl has touched so many lives and been an amazing example of our Father’s love. I think of you often throughout the day, and whenever I do I stop and pray for you both. I pray that you will continue to find love and peace from the Lord, and that somehow, you can feel yourself being lifted up in prayer. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    Love in Christ,
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  • February 20, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Melissa - we’re still praying for you every day over here. I’m glad you got away to spend some time together, but I know that it must have been so hard. we’ll continue to pray for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 6:06 pm

    Molly - Still thinking about you and praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 6:20 pm

    Deb DiSalvo - God bless you! That’s all I can offer – just read your blog for the first time and there are tears streaming down my face. I cannot imagine.
    Please take care of yourselves and keep your ever so strong faith in God.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 6:25 pm

    Jill - Our family has been praying for your family & will continue to pray for you and your husband. I admire your strength! We will be lifting you up in prayer daily!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 6:27 pm

    Kate - I am glad you were able to get away & I can only imagine what you must be feeling now… I pray that each day gets a little easier for you & know that your sweet baby girl is in good hands, pain free having a good ole’ time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 6:28 pm

    Anonymous - When there is a loss it’s easy to want to curl up and retreat from the world. This is normal for grief but it’s also healthy to get out and begin to take on life again. It feels wierd that the world does not stop and people are still moving around. Hard to explain but you probably know what I mean. Keep on getting out there. Keep on being together. Keep on talking and leaning on friends and family. Keep on. Keep on.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 6:29 pm

    Anonymous - I found your blog listed on Josh and Deb’s blog.

    I don’t know you, but feel your strength.

    Cora, what a beautiful child!

    Many prayers for you and your family, you are very special people and wish only the best for you.

    May peace find its way into your hearts and fill those holes…..

    Thanks for sharing, it is an honor to know you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 6:53 pm

    Deborah - Still praying for youall…ReplyCancel

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    Tami - I can’t imagine how tough these days are for you. I pray for you always and will never forget Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 6:59 pm

    Kim - My heart aches for you both. (((HUGS)))ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 7:01 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Joel & Jess,

    We’ve never met but my family feels as though we know you and your beautiful Angel Cora. I cannot imagine what you are going through, and so amazed at your strength and Faith. You’ve touched so many hearts with your story.
    Please know that you are in our prayers and we think of you often down here in Arizona.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 7:02 pm

    Crystal - You two are so amazing and a great family…we love you and your in our prayers…ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 7:07 pm

    PamperingBeki - Jess, I tried to call and didn’t get through.

    But I wanted to tell you that I just about wet myself today when I found out that Etsy is running a story in their blog about you guys! My understanding is that the hits they get each month reaches into the millions.

    I know you would have NEVER picked this, but this gorgeous baby girl of yours is reaching people. Lots of people. :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 7:18 pm

    Hansen Soap Co. - I just read about your story on Etsy’s blog. I was very touched and felt I immediately wanted to help. I am going to be donating some of my soaps on Etsy to try and raise more money for the Playground in Cora’s name.

    I also wanted to mention that I just lost my father to stage 4 lung cancer. It is so hard, and it takes so much time to heal. Every day I think it is not real still. And I keep thinking I’ll see him when I go to my parents house. The pain and reality are the hardest things to face. I cannot imagine loosing one of my children, but I do know how wretched cancer is after seeing my dad go through it and pass away. May you heal with time but never forget. The memories are what keeps the soul alive forever!

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  • February 20, 2009 - 7:22 pm

    Terry - Hello, you don’t’ know me and we live in different countries, but I saw you blog via Etsy. I have no words that could lift your sorrow but please know that darling Cora and your family are thought of with love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 7:44 pm

    jennifer rogers - i don’t know you two at all but I am praying for strength for you two…i am so sorry for you loss of your sweet beautiful little cora god bless you both…
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  • February 20, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    i love plum - my heart is with you…it is so good to see your smiles in that picture! xoReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    Marianne - I’m another “stranger friend” who found your blog. Your story has touched me in a way I couldn’t imagine. Your Cora was such a beautiful girl that God must have needed her sooner to help Him with His work. Thank you for sharing your lives with us, we are all blessed because of it.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    Emily Dalke - Your faith is an inspiration to me. It has affection my relationship with God in such a positive way. I pray for you and your family often.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    cherryTreeLane - Continuing to pray for you each and every day. God is using you guys to reach thousands. Praise the Lord for you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 8:35 pm

    cancersucks - Thoughts and prayers with you every day. Stay strong. Going away was a great idea. Pulling together instead of away is wonderful. Your blogging friends are here for you…even if you don’t know us, we are here in your heart.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 8:39 pm

    Hana - Thank you for sharing your heart with all of us! I cannot begin to imagine the emotions you must be experiencing but the fact that you are able to exhalt our Lord amidst this trial is amazing and awe inspiring!! Cora’s life will touch more people than you will ever know!! May you find peace in knowing that your sweet, precious Cora is at peace w/ her creator, wrapped in the arms of the one who loves her even more than you…our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! May God pour out his blessings on you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    Becky Bishop - Wow, what a testimony your family is for our awesome God. You don’t know me, but you have been in my thoughts and prayers. I am amazed at your strength and know that it could only come from God. I will continue to pray for you.
    In His Love,
    Becky Bishop
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  • February 20, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    Chris - We are all I am sure thinking of you and wondering how you have been while going through this .
    Always thinking of you and of course Cora too.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 9:02 pm

    Erin, Kaitlyn and Henry - I am praying for you and helping the best way I know to support your cause. I am one of the Etsy sellers that is helping build Cora’s Playground. Although, I feel that my prayer is going to be more beneficial to you than my $ will ever be. I posted on my blog about you and my aunt from Overton NE said that you guys have connections to Overton through grandparents and aunts and uncles. It is such a small world and I am glad I came across your story to really help pray. God Bless and take good care of yourselves.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 9:19 pm

    woolies - If only my teenage children could realize how fleeting life can be, why is it that they don’t treat each other with love and compassion? It breaks my heart, as it broke my heart this evening to read about your loss. Sending prayers to your family -
    “The Lord is my shepard, I shall not want..”ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 9:22 pm

    Skylars Candy Clips - Joel and Jessica – I was so touched by your story and everything you’ve been through. I am a seller on etsy and I listed one of my items for Cora’s Playground. I’m happy to say that it sold today and I’ve contributed the proceeds in her memory. God bless.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 9:41 pm

    anglswngs - I just want to send you guys a huge hug!
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  • February 20, 2009 - 9:47 pm

    Carrie @ Cottage Cozy - This is the first I have read about the difficult trials you have had to face. Cora was just a darling and I know you must miss her terribly. That sweet precious little face and those beautiful eyes. I know that God is sitting right beside you and my prayer is that you will feel His presence each day. Blessings to you all and tremendous sorrow for your loss.

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  • February 20, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    Ann-Margaret's Visions - I just came across your blog the other day and want you to know that Cora has already touched my heart, and I can see that she has touched so many. I hope knowing that Cora will live on in the hearts of many people will bring you some comfort each day. I am so sorry for your loss but can see that your faith will be a shining light to many others.

    You and your family are in my heart and prayers. May you feel God’s comforting embrace…I can tell you do. :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 9:59 pm

    heather spratt - I am still praying and thinking of you often. I can’t comprehend any of this but I know our God and He is faithful. I would love to say something that would make it easier or better in some way…it is so uncomfortable to be sad & filled with grief…then I remembered what Angie Smith (of Bring the rain blog) said…she said that people always mean well but sometimes they can be insensitiive and what helps the most is when your friends just meet you in your grief and share your burden. So let us all share your burden and continue to lift you up to our Heavenly Father and walk beside you, carry you if needed. I am praying for peace, grace and comfort! New every day!

    Much Love,
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  • February 20, 2009 - 10:00 pm

    Aaron and Shannon - So glad you are back safely. I miss seeing you! We have been praying for you daily.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 10:02 pm

    angie c - Glad that you had a chance to enjoy some of God’s beauty in the mountains…Cora was there with you and will always be your sweet guardian angel. Thinking of you and praying for you daily, and thinking about sweet cora too. ((hugs)))ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 10:20 pm

    Kelli - I really don’t know what to say other than I am praying for you! You are honoring Cora’s life by staying true to your faith in Christ.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 10:24 pm

    Heather - I am thanking God for your strength. I am thanking Him for your testimony to the thousands who have heard your story. May God’s peace, which surpasses all understanding, engulf you and comfort you.
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  • February 20, 2009 - 10:24 pm

    Vanessa - I came across your blog just a few days before your sweet little Cora passed on. My own daughter is just two days younger than Cora. I was back at work full time and really wishing and knowing in my heart that my place was to be at home with my baby. I had been contemplating leaving my job for months but I didn’t do it. After Cora’s passing I bawled for days thinking of you and your family as well as my own and I made the decision to quit my job and be a stay at home mom. This may seem crazy, coming from a complete stranger, but I feel I was brought to your site for a reason. It was the wake up call I needed to know what I felt in my heart was right. You have been in my prayers each and every day. Cora will forever be a reminder for me of just how precious life is and to follow my heart more often. All of my love and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 10:44 pm

    The Carroll's - Like many others, I do not know you personally but I have been forever changed by your story and your sweet Cora. I cannot stop thinking and praying for you. A friend recently wrote about a devotional on surrender-
    Surrendering your life means:

    · Following God’s lead without knowing where he’s sending you;

    · Waiting for God’s timing without knowing when it will come;

    · Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;

    · Trusting God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances.

    The supreme example of self-surrender is Jesus. The night before his crucifixion Jesus surrendered himself to God’s plan. He prayed, “Father, everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine” (Mark 14:36 NLT).

    Jesus didn’t pray, “God, if you’re able to take away this pain, please do so.” He began by affirming that God can do anything! He prayed, “God, if it is in your best interest to remove this suffering, please do so. But if it fulfills your purpose, that’s what I want, too.”

    Genuine surrender says, “Father, if this problem, pain, sickness, or circumstance is needed to fulfill your purpose and glory in my life or in another’s life, please don’t take it away!”

    Please know that you have been an example of genuine surrender to me and MANY others. We cannot take away the hurt but we can pray and encourage you-even from afar. Your road is hard and only you know the deepest pains, but you are not walking alone.

    Praying as I breathe for you-
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  • February 20, 2009 - 10:44 pm

    Anonymous - Jessica and Joel: So glad that you got away for a few days – Yes, coming “home” is hard, I can’t imagine how hard for you both. Remember how much you love each other and that love created “Cora” who only wants her parents to be as happy as they can be together – stronger and more in love. Cora would want that. Prayers continue for you both. Peggy v.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 10:52 pm

    Cristy - So glad you got to get away for a bit. I pray for you guys daily and will continue to do so. I am plugging away making my hair bows for the Cora Playground Etsy Fund!

    Sending my love and hugs to you guys tonight….

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  • February 20, 2009 - 10:54 pm

    Courtney and Kelly - Jess and Joel so good to hear from you guys again. Keep holding on to eachother and God and just take one day at a time. Cora touched our lives more than you can imagine. Thank you for sharing her beautiful life with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 11:14 pm

    Firefly Photo Jewelry - I can’t begin to imagine the hole that is in your heart. It would be so hard going on vacation AND coming home without her. I continue to pray for you guys. May God continue to hold you in these dark days..ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 11:18 pm

    Brian and Staci - You are in my thoughts and prayers EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!! I continue and will continue to lift you up in prayer. Giant hugs from little old me in Oklahoma…who doesn’t even know you personally…but still would like to just give you a huge hug :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 11:24 pm

    Anonymous - I found out about your story and sweet Cora through the blog-vine if you will and have been praying for you. I know the hurt is so deep and real and probably still so shocking, but know you are being lifted up to the Lord often by so many of your faithful brothers and sisters. How wonderful one day it will be when we all get to meet your sweet daughter in heaven! Please know that Cora will NEVER be forgotton. In Him, debiReplyCancel

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  • February 20, 2009 - 11:30 pm

    Homemomma - laughter is healing medicine for the heart, laugh and cry together but know that you are NEVER alone for God is always with us…

    Love,
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  • February 20, 2009 - 11:52 pm

    Terry - You said that you are “overwhelmed by all that God is doing through Cora’s story.” I am overwhelmed and find it difficult to describe the the emotions that I feel when I read your story. I am strengthened by your steadfast faith and courage. Little Cora was blessed to have such wonderful parents. May God give you continued strength and his peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you for sharing your journey.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 12:12 am

    kels - I love to log on to look at Cora’s beautiful face. I am so grateful that you shared her life with us. I wish you continued peace during this challenging time. I can’t wait to hear more about Cora’s playground.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 12:24 am

    Lauren Kelly - So glad you both were able to go away and spend time together! I’ll continue lifting you up in prayer because as you said, it’s a day by day process!! We love you!!! :o)ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 12:49 am

    Cathy - I’ve not lost a child but lost my husband (we had 2 children) when I was 24 years old. That was 35 years ago and although I can tell you time eases the pain, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of him. My heart breaks for you and sweet Cora. God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 1:08 am

    Little Lovables - I am so so very sorry for your loss of your beautiful little Cora.

    Many people will be crying with you and praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 1:17 am

    Anonymous - Praying for you and for peace that will surrond you and let you remember your beautiful girl with nothing but happiness in your hearts.

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  • February 21, 2009 - 1:28 am

    Amber - You two are simply amazing. You portray so much faith and trust in the Lord it is so inspiring. Thank you both for sharing such an intimate part of your life for others to love and pray for Cora. She was just precious and I know she is one beautiful angel in heaven. God has truly gained an amazing little girl. She was just too perfect for this world that God needed her for a special purpose and it is definitely being revealed to all. My thoughts and prayers are with you for I am sure you are definitely facing hard times but God will help you prevail. Lean on Him for support and have comfort in knowing so many around the world are lifting your wonderful family up in prayer every single minute of each day. May God bless you and keep you forever.

    In Christ,
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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:02 am

    Jennifer L. - Just wanted to let you know that I am following your story, and praying for you. I think of you throughout the day. We lost a baby while still in the womb, and while I know it’s not the same, I know what grief and loss feel like. Can’t wait for Heaven where we will be reunited with our loved ones.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:15 am

    Anonymous - I came across your moving Blog via links from others. I am devastated for your family. Your adorable Cora looks so much like my own little girl Charlotte. You are incredibly strong and loving parents – I am in awe of you both. You are amazing ambassadors for Christ. I wish you much peace and love during this difficult time.
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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:32 am

    Anonymous - Dear family,
    Asking Jesus to surround you with His peace and comfort. We will be praying for you in the days ahead.ReplyCancel

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    Janene - Your faith inspires me. Thank you for sharing it.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:46 am

    Charity - My Bible study has been faithful to pray for your family, and will continue to pray for you guys.

    So much love from AlbuquerqueReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:46 am

    Lemon Lollipop LLC - I’m just learning about your family from the article in the Etsy Storque. I don’t even know you and I love you!

    When I was 24, my dad died in his sleep. That was January 13, 1993. On my tear-off calendar for that very day was this verse:
    Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. -NASB

    Now is not the time to recommend a book. Except that this book has had such an impact on me. Maybe in the future it would be helpful to you. A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser…his story is astounding and he put words to my own grief when I could not.

    I am praying for you. Thank you very much for sharing your story. He is very near to you and even in the depths of your agonizing loss I pray that the Holy Spirit will bring His sweet comfort to you over and over again.

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  • February 21, 2009 - 3:31 am

    Anonymous - I am also a reader you don’t know. Your story has touched me in so many ways. I wish you all the strength you can muster at this impossible time.
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  • February 21, 2009 - 5:05 am

    Jennifer - i too am one of the many readers of your blog and want you to know you are such an encouragement to so many and i admire your incredible strength.

    continuing to pray for you and your husband and family.ReplyCancel

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    Duyvken - God bless you both!ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Lynn Jones - Thank you for sharing so generously with people that you don’t even know. I pray that our prayers will give you strength and peace and that you will have some sense of the love that is sent your way.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 9:37 am

    k and c's mom - You’ll be in my husband’s and my daily prayers. Please post as you feel the emotional ability. But don’t let it be something on an overwhelming to-do list. Your words and your wisdom bless as you walk through this valley. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 10:08 am

    Enos Family - So glad you have each other, and were able to get away. I can’t imagine how hard this is, but you both are obviously very in love and will get through it together. I can’t believe how much I worry about people I don’t even know! Thank you for letting us know how you’re doing. Obviously you owe “us”(your readers) nothing, so thank you. Continue to take care of each other, and turn to your friends, family, and your faith. You will get through this.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Lacey - I had posted this comment when I heard the tragic news:

    Anonymous said…
    I cry for you – sweet, sweet baby girl – I have a daughter about Cora’s age and all I can do is hold her tighter as I think of you and your angel.
    Praying in MN
    Lacey

    February 8, 2009 4:04 PM

    Since then, I’ve been catching up on all of your sweet posts about Cora and telling my daughter all about her and crying with her over your loss. We talk about Cora watchig over her and being her angel. Then when I got all the way back to the begining of your blog, I realized that my daughter, Evalynn, and Cora share their birthday.
    I’ve cried so many tears for you and your sweet baby girl. Everyday we pray to her.
    Please contact me if there is ANYTHING we can do.
    lacey.grinager@gmail.com
    ~We will think of you forever.
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  • February 21, 2009 - 10:41 am

    Nicky8 - I am another person who has followed your story that you do not know but I too wanted to say thank you for sharing it with me and being such a wonderful example of God’s love. I pray for you and Joel daily and I have no words for how much you must miss your sweet Cora. My thoughts and prayers are with you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 10:51 am

    Deb - When you are ready, check out this website:

    http://www.glowinthewoods.com/

    After losing my son, I needed to find others who understood my emptiness and the way my world had turned upside down. I hope it encourages you as it has me.

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  • February 21, 2009 - 10:59 am

    Linkis Family Love - Hooray, you are back. I have been checking every single day…hoping for a post, but knowing it is hard. Thank you sooo much for sharing your story, your life, your Cora, your healing, and your testimony with us all over the world. I am having a silver charm made for a simple chain necklace that says, Cora on it. This is to remind me of God’s daily grace and to cherish my own little girls with patience and love, daily-even when things seem rough. My love and prayers continue for you.
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  • February 21, 2009 - 11:14 am

    Justine - I’m glad that you guys got a chance to be together and grieve. My prayers are always with you. I pray for God to give you two strength and I believe he will carry you throught this dark tunnel. We all miss sweet baby Cora but I’m glad her hurt is over and that she is dancing with angels.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Lana - I’m also one of your blog readers that you don’t know in real life! I have been following your blog these past weeks and thinking and praying for your family. You and your husband are def. an example to everyone; you have clung to God through what I can imagine only to be the hardest thing you will ever endure. Stay strong, you will see your beautiful baby girl again one day! =) I will keep you in my prayers!
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  • February 21, 2009 - 12:37 pm

    Laura. - i just found your blog via the article on etsy. there are just no words at a time like this, but your faith encourages me and i hope and pray that God will continue to comfort and sustain you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    Hollymark - I’m so very sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine the things you all are feeling right now. My heart goes out to you, and you’re in my thoughts & prayers. God bless youReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Anonymous - I am so sorry for what you have been through. I have cried tears of sadness for your family and your loss. I pray that God will continue to give you both strength to recover from this very difficult situation and bring you many blessings in the future.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    Ang - Hi, I came across your blog thru one that I follow (Heidi) and I just have sat here and read page after page of your precious baby girl. I am sure you have heard 1000 times by now but I am truly sorry and will pray for your family to heal. Hope you don’t mind me stopping by. (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    domoshar - I first heard of you and Cora few minutes ago, just read your story… and I am shocked, impressed and crying… Sending you love!ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    Priscilla - Hello,
    I found your blog not too long ago off another blog. I can’t imagine what it is losing a child, but it is encouraging to see you guys trusting and praising God even thru this trial. I pray that He will continue to strengthen and even fill your hole in your hearts.
    May God bless you,
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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    Kathryn - Saw your blog because of Etsy, and I read the whole thing.

    It is crystal clear that Cora had an amazing life, full of love, fun, adventure and surrounded always by people who loved her. You are incredible parents.

    Thank you for sharing your story, and thank you for taking such good care of that sweet baby while she was with us.

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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    texasinafrica - It is OKAY to not move forward for awhile. You need to grieve fully. May the peace of Christ be with you every moment.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    Micki - Griefshare.org has a great daily devotion that you might be interested in…click on the “sign up” and they will email it to you every day for a year. I have found it to be very helpful.
    Thanks for letting us know that you are surviving…that is encouraging.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    Anonymous - Welcome back! I hope the time away has given you a renewed look on the days coming ahead.

    Still praying for you both and I look forward to reading more and learning more from you as you continue down your path with the Lord.

    Audrey

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  • February 21, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    LisaL - So glad that you two were able to spend some time together away and in a beautiful place. I know you don’t know me, but I have grieved for your loss. I pray for your comfort and healing. So glad you were able to spend some happy time together. \

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  • February 21, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    The Evans Family - God bless you both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    Splendid Things - Your family is in my thoughts and prayers! JeanetteReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 3:21 pm

    Anonymous - Welcome home. I pray that the Lord will fill that hole in your heart in his wonderful way of doing things. He is indeed a great and mighty and LOVING Father!I pray that Joy will come to you both in the morning.
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  • February 21, 2009 - 5:07 pm

    wife.mom.nurse - With Love, Encouragement, and many prayers.

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  • February 21, 2009 - 5:46 pm

    The Twins - I don’t have any words to console you but God is holding you in his arms! Your faith has been an amazing witness to ME!! I am 41 years old and lost my identical twin sister to Acute Myoletic Leukemia on June 1, 2008 – 10 days after her diagnosis. It gets easier one day and then it is harder the next – hold fast to the promises of our Heavenly Father! And my Tracy always wanted a little girl (she has 2 boys) so maybe she is loving on your beautiful little Cora! My love and prayers go out to both of you and each morning when you wake up, just breathe, and let God do the rest. ~DorothyReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    Mimi and Lola - My husband and I know your exact emotions and feelings. I gave birth to a baby boy Massimo on July 22, 1998 with cancer. Our son was with us for only six months. I never thought I would have kids ever again fearing that this would happen again. Two years later, Madeleine was born. Our family always talks about Massimo. Madeleine has never met him but talks about him like she had met him. He’s her big brother. My eldest son faintly remembers but he too talks about him, writes essays about him. He’s still part of our family. He’s with us in spirit. Stay strong. It’s going to be tough but talk it through. Keep talking to your husband and express your feelings.
    Our prayers are with you. Frank and Laura, Toronto, CanadaReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 6:00 pm

    ran shae - still thinking of you and lifting you up to my Father every day, knowing He is the one who can bring peace to your life and healing to your hearts. tonight, i ask that He give you lighter hearts and peaceful sleep.

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  • February 21, 2009 - 7:03 pm

    Michelle - I have had a bad day today and thought about skipping your blog because I figured it would just depress me even more, I’m pleasantly surprised that you got away and spent some time together, I can’t imagine your heartache but it’s good to hear you talk about your faith. I am praying for you daily and hope you continue to share your heart here.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 7:06 pm

    HugYourKidsToday - ‘Just came across your sad story. I am sure your arms ache for darling Cora. Thank you for being bold enough to share your real experience.

    I too am a grieving mother. Our son Mark died 10 years ago from brain cancer. He died very suddenly too.

    I started National Hug Your Kids Day” in his honor (July 20 this year) and wrote a book called “Hug Your Kids Today! 5 Key Lessons for Every Working Parent.” Learn more: http://www.HugYourKidsToday.com

    I’d like to send you a copy if you’ll send me your mailing address.
    Michelle Nichols
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  • February 21, 2009 - 7:08 pm

    Wendy - I’m so glad to hear from you…You both are such a model of Christ’s love. I know God will bless you abundantly for you faithfullness.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Tuesday Girl - My son just turned 11 months old. Reading this post tears were falling from my eyes.
    I hope you find peace and make sure to love each other more and hold on to each other, because it is easy to do the opposite.

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  • February 21, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    meg duerksen - i see hope in your eyes.
    i am thinking of you constantly. hoping your doing okay. constantly on my mind.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    Dancing Queen - what wonderful advice…to take time out for yourselves to step back and try and renew your love for one another & lean on each other in your new “normal”. you are in our thoughts & prayers constantly, and we send you every wish for peace!

    many, many blessings…ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    Maria - I am praying for you. Every day.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Crying for you. Praying for you…a dozen times everyday.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    auntsuesoldnewlovely - I just saw the bit about your family on etsy!
    I know your pain.
    God is good all the time and he is faithful to bring you through this. His mercies are new every morning!
    I am praying for you! What a grand reunion you have to look forward to!
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  • February 21, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    Wendy - God bless you and your family during this heart wrenching time. Your Friend In Christ (and loyal blog follower)…Wendy in AZReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 11:04 pm

    Momma_Hug - Your strength is amazing. It’s great that you both were able to get away and have time together. I can’t even begin to imagine what you have been through and continue to go through. It’s so good to hear from you. I think of you both and precious Cora daily.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 11:19 pm

    Ginger - I know you have a gazillion comments… but I want you to know you’re both in my thoughts and prayers daily. I’m here if you need anything.ReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 11:44 pm

    Sa-Sea Boutique - I am so happy that you were able to get away and just breath for a moment! Your little Cora’s life has touched me and made me want to do so much more! For that, I thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 12:28 am

    Michelle - Joel and Jess, I posted earlier, but I just added a post to a blog I found from your page and it might help you as well. My mom is currently going through cancer treatments herself. I wrote down a list of happy things: sunsets, scrapbooking, ice cream – her favorite things and it is taped to the wall by her bed. When she gets to feeling dispair or scared, she reads the list and it helps her focus on something else for the moment until she can get back to where she needs to be. sending love and prayers~MichelleReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 12:58 am

    forever folding laundry - Your family, strangers though we are, is daily in my prayers. Your strength and faith are surely making Cora PROUD that you are her parents as she and our Heavenly Father look down upon you.

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  • February 22, 2009 - 1:14 am

    Keilani - Jess & Joel, Please accept my hugs from far away. I think of your family every day & pray for you. I know life will never be the same again.Cora is a “Keiki-lani” .. A Gift of Heaven that God gave all of us for only a small while. I am glad you went away for a while to spend time together. Much Love & prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 1:17 am

    Maisie - i just wanted to let you know that you are both in my thoughts and prayers constantly. i’m so glad you were able to get away for a little bit.

    psalms 30:11 you have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. you have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.

    you may not be dancing yet, but one day that will come.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 1:57 am

    Anonymous - I never read your blog before and found it through Etsy because your story touched me so. I am sending all my love to you and your family. Bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 9:28 am

    Anonymous - I am still continuing thoughts and prayers for you both and for your families. Your faith is a great inspiration to others, especially those who have lost their child or have a sick child. May God Bless You both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 10:13 am

    PamperingBeki - God bless you this Sunday.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 11:35 am

    meladesignz - You are an amazing family. I wish you joy and laughter in the year ahead..take the journey slowly and allow yourself to feel….good luck and thanks for sharing
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  • February 22, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    Mary Cooper - I teared up reading this post. You are amazing and strong. I can not imagine what you are going through and can feel the hole in your heart as I read your words. Know that I and so many others are praying for you and your family. Cora is so beautiful and has touched so many people.

    I do wish you peace.

    HUGS.
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  • February 22, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    Lipstick - still praying for y’all…

    I am glad that you were able to get away for a little while.
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  • February 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

    Waggoner Family - I don’t know you, but I am so touched by your sweet little Cora. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
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  • February 22, 2009 - 6:02 pm

    Angela - That is my absolute most favorite passage of scripture. I have no words but just wanted to say that I am so dreadfully sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 6:54 pm

    Ashley Broach - As a mother who lost her 18 month old the day after Christmas to a malignant brain tumor that was discovered only three days before, I do know the pain you are going through, and my prayers are with you. God will not leave you during your time of need, even though that is hard to imagine. Bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 6:54 pm

    Jessica - Please know that you were prayed for today! We’re sending our love and deepest sympathies to you from California.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 6:59 pm

    Charis Sharpe - Hi,

    I have just read about you in an etsy article & I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you have lost your beautiful little girl.
    Its good to see that you have so much support from people around the world & I’m glad that your faith is carrying you both through what I know is an incredibly difficult time.
    Cora has had a huge impact on everyone & I think that youare very brave for sharing your story… I wish you both well & my thoughts are with you, Charis, England xReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 7:12 pm

    Tammie - Thank you for sharing – May His presence be SO felt – Isaiah 41:10: He is with you.

    Praying for His Healing Comfort,
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  • February 22, 2009 - 7:26 pm

    angela - I am so sorry – your daughter is a lovely, lovely girl. I would guess lots of people are giving you books to read, music to listen to, etc right now…if no one has already suggested it, you may want to read Ann Hood’s book “COMFORT: A Journey Through Grief.” My best friend lost her little girl at age 3 (last fall) and this was the book that helped her the most. Praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 7:51 pm

    Alison - I have so much respect, admiration and love for your family…even though we’ve never met and I am one of the MANY that follow your blog. Cora’s story touched me to my core and I have been so blessed by your example.

    I am so happy to read that you guys were able to get away for a few days. I am praying for you both.

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  • February 22, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    Jennjilla - I was thinking about y’all today, and was glad to see another post from you. I, too, wish little Cora was waiting for you when you got home. I know she is with you always.

    I know the next few weeks, months and well, the rest of your lives will be hard in many ways. I love how you still choose to rejoice in the Lord and all the beautiful things He gives to us daily. I’ll follow you along as you walk His path and think of you guys often. You have a faithful bloggy friend! :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 8:39 pm

    Anonymous - I am one of your blog readers who has never met you in real life. I just logged on to let you know that I think about your family daily and I’m still praying multiple times a day. Even though a few weeks of past everyone is still thinking of you and still praying very hard. I will never forget sweet Cora and her story. It has impacted me forever.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 10:26 pm

    Falling Around - I’ve thought about you guys a lot today – just wanted to drop in and say “HI”.

    Prayers,
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  • February 22, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    Kat and Crew - May you continue to find some peace in God’s love. I can not begin to imagine your pain.
    Praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 11:19 pm

    The little things - welcome home…. i hope that your hanging in there best you can. Know I’m still praying for you and your sweet Cora is never far from my mind and heart. You 2 are amazing people who are so blessed to have a beautiful baby girl in your lives no matter how short of time. Be gentle on yourself…ReplyCancel

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  • February 22, 2009 - 11:26 pm

    Elizabeth - Jess – just wanted you to know that you are on my heart tonight. I am praying for a restful sleep for you. LizReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 12:12 am

    dahlhaus - I just saw the link to your blog on Etsy and have been touched. With tears in my eyes and a heartfelt prayer for strength and healing…
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  • February 23, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Lindsay - Joel and Jess – I’m only a blog follower, I don’t know you in real life, but I want you to know that I pray for you both. Your strength and courage through this has been such an inspiration to me in my own life. Your unwavering faith brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your princess, your lives and your faith with all of us out here. God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - My heart aches for you both. I pray for your family every night.ReplyCancel

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  • February 23, 2009 - 4:55 pm

    Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting - *huge giant hugs* I keep thinking of you. I wish I could help in some way.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:47 pm

    Amanda - glad to know you got some time away, i was just wondering if you would share what happened? things seemed stable at the second to last post and then she was gone…?!so tragic and i prayed so hard things would change for you all. i am so sorry, my heart bleeds for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:57 pm

    Anonymous - Jess and Joel,
    I, too, check your blog to see how you are doing. I’m glad you got to get away together. I’m hoping that you two continue to talk and work through the struggles you face each day. I think about you often. Gracie and I watched the video of Cora’s pictures (with the music) tonight and I cried and cried again. Thank you for your strength in knowing that God will pull you through. Love you both.
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  • April 17, 2009 - 2:15 pm

    Shelby - A friend of mine led me to your blog and I just wanted to send you some great big hugs from Jourdanton, Texas and let you know I am praying for the healing of your hearts. I am crying buckets of tears as I sit here reading your story of sweet baby Cora. May you always feel God’s arms holding you tight.

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Wow! We are so overwhelmed by the love that is being shown to us. Friends, family and even strangers are supporting us in ways we would have never imagined. It is incredible how our little Cora, whom we miss SO much, is leaving such a legacy.

Our emotions are mixed. We have such a HUGE hole in our lives without Cora. We miss her so much! We can hardly believe what has happened in the last three weeks. We cry A LOT. Wishing we could just hold Cora one last time. At the same time we are awe strucken by how God is using her little life. Cora’s story is causing others to want to have a deeper relationship with their families and walk closer with the Lord. We are humbled that God is allowing us to be a part of this. So thankful for God’s mercies, but hurting so deeply too.

I probably won’t blog for several days as we try to adjust to our new “normal”. Please continue to pray for us. We need your prayers more than ever as we journey through this hard time. We are thrilled that everyone is excited about The Cora Playground. Thank you to those who are donating their time, money and talents to this cause. We will share more with you as the project gets underway…

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:15-16

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:38 pm

    Pam - Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Tim & Mandy - love you guysReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:42 pm

    Anonymous - Just happened to be up late and refreshed the page to see that you had just posted an update. I am praying for you many, many times every day. Cora is such a beautiful baby and is blessed to have such strong God-loving parents.
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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:45 pm

    Jess and Krissy - Have only been reading for a couple of weeks, but we are constantly praying for you guys. Cora is definitely leaving a legacy.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:46 pm

    Hoosier Mom - Blessings for you both during this sad time. Take care of each other and trust HIM. Hugs from Indiana.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:47 pm

    Diana - Yes, we will continue to pray for strength and peace for you and your family! God is Good and has many purposes for things we don’t understand, may your hearts continue to be strengthened! God bless…ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:50 pm

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - You and Yours continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as you move through this adjustment time. Take care and hold each other close.

    ~ Heather & Kenny F.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:50 pm

    Anonymous - Another Mommy up late thinking about your dear family. I cried again while hugging my own babe. We take life for granted so much. Cora’s legacy reminds me to appreciate what we have now, in the moment, and not focus so much what is going to happen tomorrow. It’s so weird that I don’t even know you, but I wish I could take away your pain. I continue to pray for you all. God’s Light will show you the way out of the storm.

    Audrey

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:52 pm

    Sarah70 - Continuisly praying and thinking of you guys during this time. God bless you both. You are very much loved. Cora will always hold a special place in my heart.
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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:53 pm

    Carly Winborne - Just doing my nightly check in before i go to bed and am thrilled to see an entry from you.

    i don’t even know you and am amazed with you. please know how cora and each of you have impacted perfect strangers.

    i have a picture of sweet cora on my blog because she looks so much like my little girl did at that age. to me, the resemblence is unreal. and because of this, cora has such a special place in my heart.

    your lives were lifted up in the bible study i’m in this past Wednesday. i’m studying beth moore’s esther with a group of women who were touched to hear your story.

    my prayers are with you and will continue daily

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:53 pm

    Anonymous - I have been been following since reading a prayer request on another blog a few weeks back and praying hard every day. Since Cora has gone to be with the Lord, I have been praying EXTRA hard for both of you. What an amazing little girl to have an impact on so many people! I know that I have been forever changed by hearing her story. I am becoming more patient with my own daughter, as I realize now more than ever that each day is a precious gift from God. I am praying more than ever and strengthening my relationship with Jesus. I pray that as time goes by you will cry less and smile more when thinking of Cora. May God give you the peace which passes all understanding.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:56 pm

    Elaine - Continuing to lift you in prayer.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:57 pm

    Jodie Allen - i found your blog the day Cora passed from a link somewhere else and literally spent hours that first night reading every post. I can’t imagine the shock you all are in still b/c this has happened so fast! So fast. I can’t wrap my brain around it and I am a total stranger to you. Anyway, sweet Cora (who was such a beauty) and your family are in my prayers right now as you find your new normal.ReplyCancel

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  • February 12, 2009 - 11:59 pm

    Anonymous - I have read thousands of blog posts over the past year, yet I have never felt as led to comment on one as I do at this moment. My heart just breaks for you, and yet rejoices for Cora, who is finally at home and free of pain. I pray our God will give you peace that others can’t, and will allow you the time and room to grieve. Stay close to and love and comfort one another. I pray that our Lord will use this to bring you both even closer together and will prevent Satan from driving a wedge between you as you mourn. I weep for you, while I praise the God who is rocking sweet Cora in His arms at this very moment. Come quickly, Lord. We’re ready to go home.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:01 am

    Mike, Chelsea and Co. - Your family is constantly in our minds, hearts and prayers. Your beautiful Cora is greatly loved and deeply missed and will not be forgotten. The knowledge that you WILL BE TOGETHER AGAIN with her is comforting though we truly wish she were back in your arms now. We love you and will continue to earnestly pray for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:03 am

    Kelly Bennett - i dont know you……..but your family… your daughter has changed me deeply……thank you so much……….Your daughter will not be forgotten.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:04 am

    Cristy - Jess…

    Bless you guys. Prayers are being said here many, many times each day.

    Hugs and love….

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:07 am

    Anonymous - We also have a precious little one in Heaven and I’m sure she greeted your sweet Cora and are now playing together around the throne of our precious Savior. You have been and will be in our prayers. Take time for yourselfs. He will get you through, but you will never be the same. Cora is now God’s true servant, and you expressed it so well.
    It’s All About Him, The Lazenby’s
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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:08 am

    Heather - I am so glad you found the Etsy sale button. We’re very happy to be able to do this for Cora. The blogging community is amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:09 am

    Trudy - God be with you. Your little Cora has touched me so. I love how someone said she was a missionary – on a very important mission. How beautiful that God chose all of you for this important task. …but it is heartbreaking too. I won’t forget your story.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:11 am

    Lori - May God bless you with peace and healing. You will continue to be in our prayers as we mourn with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:16 am

    Anonymous - A friend of mine told me about your blog a few weeks ago. I’ve been following your story ever since. I think about it, about you, about Cora, and there is nothing to say, but that this is a tragedy; every mother’s worst nightmare. I don’t see any good in this. But, I want you to know, that I am a questioner, a skeptic, when it comes to faith. My life is so good, with healthy children, and a healthy marriage and I cannot have faith like you. I wish I could, and I want to learn from you. If you can still have faith, after the worst thing possible to happen to parents happened to you, I really do believe God’s hand is upon you. Please continue with your blog to inspire people like myself, who need these hard, hard lessons to open my eyes. Thank you for sharing Cora with the world, so I could have the chance to learn more about Jesus. I will never forget about your special baby.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:21 am

    The Jones' - You are all in our thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:22 am

    Jenae - Your family has been on my heart so much, especially in the last week. You will continue to be in our prayers daily. Cora is such a precious gift…not only to your lives but to ours as well as you have touched us so deeply by sharing her story. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:23 am

    Christina - I just finished listening to the service for Cora from Tuesday. Thank you for sharing that with those who didn’t know you, but have been able to http://www.walk this road with you, pray with and for you, and hurt on your behalf. There is so much rejoicing. I am a Christian, and I believe without a doubt that Cora is indeed with her heavenly Father, and thankfully in no more pain, without tubes and needles. That is so good. And all that God has done through her sweet and precious life, and you (Joel and Jess) as well because of your faithfulness to Him, all that is so good. I will continue to pray, because I, like many others, can only imagine how painful this is. I left a post previously (among the couple thousand!) about having gone back through your blog but backwards. I had a hard time coming up with the right word for what I discovered, but it came to me, yesterday or today. It was poignant. The words you used or the situations you described, and even hearing what some of the letters said during the service, were all full of meaning without knowing it. God is glorified in the honor that you are giving Him. That is difficult, I think, but you are trusting even though it’s hard. May you be held by His everlasting arms, strengthened by His unfailing promises, and renewed by His neverending mercies. It’s strange to “feel” so much for someone you’ve never met. But you all have given much to many these last weeks. I pray you will receive much, in blessings from our good Lord who loves you and will indeed carry you always until you will be reunited with your precious baby.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:24 am

    Anonymous - We are praying for you. I think that maybe some, that have never met you, were praying for the first time in a long time or maybe the first in their lives, for precious Cora. Cora, and you, are loved by people that don’t even know you. Cora and you have brought Christ to people’s lives and I am sure have changed many a heart. Jesus We Trust In You.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:25 am

    Scarlet O'Kara - Sweet Cora has touched my life in a way that I will never forget. Her little smiling face will always be written upon my heart and my prayers will be with the two of you as your journey as parents of an Angel begins.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:27 am

    Amber - I will definitely be praying for you daily because I know it must be rough to adjust to this new lifestyle. Cora has impacted so many around the world with her story, God is so proud of this little angel. I cry everyday thinking about you guys and what you must be going through. I have learned through this that life should never be taken for granted because you never know when things can change with the blink of an eye. I sit here and just look at her picture and imagine her with her angel wings in Heaven blessing everyone that she comes into contact with and playing with all of her new friends. God ‘s plans for Cora’s legacy is so amazing I know this will be a phenomenal playground. I am happy to be a part through my donations and it is so neat to see all the support and crafts being made on Cora’s behalf to make this great playground for all to remember this precious child. My thoughts and prayers are with you and know that you are not struggling alone we are there with you mourning this beautiful little angel.

    In Christ,
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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:28 am

    Deloris - I’ve been praying for your family since I first read your blog. I’m so sorry for your pain. I know what it is like to live without a precious daughter and am so thankful you have God to help you through this loss. I pray that God will surround you with peace and prayers in the days ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:30 am

    Susie (So Blessed) - Praying for you as you walk this grief journey…that, as you keep your eyes on Him, God will strengthen you, comfort you and sustain you each and every minute of each day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:31 am

    Kate - I sure hope you all read anonymous’ post that posted at 11:16 p.m. This is how God works. And this is how he is using Cora to bring people to him, to worship him, trust him, and put him above all else. Thank you so much Joel or Jess for posting tonight. I can go to bed in peace. Although I will continue to think of Cora and you all for many many months to come. And I will PRAY PRAY PRAY. God Bless You.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:32 am

    forever folding laundry - You have been in my prayers for the last several weeks, and will continue to be for a long time. Your sweet Cora will not be forgotten and is fulfilling God’s plan in ways no one could have imagined, I’m sure. May His love begin to heal the hole in your lives.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:37 am

    Mama Kat - I keep thinking about what it would like to lose a child. It’s amazing how we can go our whole lives and not think about anyone but ourselves. Then we have a baby and can’t imagine thinking about anything else. What will they eat? How did they sleep? What will they wear? Do their clothes need to be cleaned? Do they need a bath? What fun things are they learning? What milestones have they reached? What Valentine’s traditions will we start? What can we do? Where will we go? How will they grow? Who will they love?

    How do you stop thinking like that? How is possible to go back to what it was like before kids? I just don’t know.

    I’m always thinking of you. I’m always praying. It is such comfort to hear that God is moving people through such a tragedy. I hope you continue to find peace in that. Cling to it.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:39 am

    The Galimore Family - Your family has constantly been in my thoughts and in my prayers. I can’t imagine what you are going through right now, but your strong relationship with the Lord is seen by everyone and is such a testimony. Still praying…ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:46 am

    Ruthie - Your story, Cora’s story, leaves me breathless and my face tear-stained. She is beautiful. I have lost four babies through miscarriage, but to know and hold your sweet girl for almost a year, and then to see her suffer and leave this earth, I cannot even imagine. I am holding my infant son right now and my heart practically stops at the thought of seeing him go through that. I am praying for you tonight. I am so burdened by your pain and I pray that the Lord continues to uphold you as you adjust to life on this earth without your sweet Cora-girl. My sister is having her first baby next month, guess what they’ve named her? Cora. Yup! I’ll be thinking of your family everytime I think of my neice. Cora’s life has such meaning and significacnce. I believe all that the Lord is going to do through her is only just beginning. Praying ~

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:46 am

    Anonymous - Cora is an angel! Having only been on this earth for such a short time, yet she has touched the hearts of thousands, and has given so many a renewed sense of faith. I cannot even imagine the pain that you must be feeling, but as I cry for you and pray for you, I hope that one day I can only be as strong in faith as you. God bless you…..

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:50 am

    wedogmomma - I was lead here from Mamakat’s and I’m so grateful to stand alongside so many and praise our Lord for Cora’s life. Though I didn’t ‘know’ you in time to pray you through her illness, I know that we serve a God who is outside of space and time….so I rejoice with you as you see glimpses of how her life will reverberate through ours- and I’ll continue to pray for peace and strength in your home. Hold fast to each other, and the peace that passes ALL understanding.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:52 am

    blessedmomto7 - Dear Jess,
    I have followed your Cora’s journey from the beginning and pray for and think about you often. Cora has touched people around the globe-don’t forget that. Her playground and all the things being done in her memory will make it impossible to forget your little angel. HUGS to you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:01 am

    Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    I was cleaning my room just now and listening to “Here With Us” by Joy Williams, and I thought of the two of you and began to cry. I am amazed at how the pain of perfect strangers could have such a deep impact in my heart and life. I say a prayer for you every time you come to mind – which is very often.

    A friend of yours that I follow on Twitter has made pink flowers in honor of Cora’s life. She is selling them on her Etsy shop to raise funds for Cora’s playground. I bought one to pin to my curtains to remember Cora’s & your sacrifice. I don’t EVER want to forget what I’ve learned from watching your faithfulness to the Lord through such a painful trial. I know it’s too high a price, but your loss has touched so many lives, including mine.

    Please know that I am praying for you as you press forward through this.

    Sending all my love & prayers,
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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:02 am

    Anonymous - Making Sense of Non-Sense
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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:05 am

    Ravan - Jess & Joel,

    We continue to pray for you, and are doing all we can to get as many donations for Cora’s Playground as possible. If there is anything that we can do to help, please, let us know.

    Ravan
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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:07 am

    Kim, Aaron, Jake, and Jack - I cry ever time I have read your blog over the past few weeks. I can not begin to imagine what yall are going through. The only words I know to say are “I am so very sorry.” My heart breaks for yall and I will pray for strength and comfort in the days ahead. Prayers and hugs from our family in Abilene, Texas. May God bless you and wrap His arms around you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:11 am

    Anonymous - My heart is broken for you. However, your faith has changed my life. May the God of Grace put his hands upon you in this time!

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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:13 am

    Anonymous - You will be in my prayers during this time of finding a new “normal”. When we lost our 7 week old daughter, we were surrounded by prayer warriors and that was where we found our strength. It was a trying time and I didn’t know how I was going to deal with each day. God gave grace and it has been 8 years since that time. I still miss her incredibly but God helps heal all things. He has been my strength and I pray that He will give you the strength and grace for each day as you move forward. Thank you for sharing your family and you will be in my prayers. Your faith has been a realy testimony.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:15 am

    MidnightMom - You’ve been on my heart and in my prayers for several days now; I cannot imagine what you face, but I am incredibly inspired by your courageous words. Thank you for your transparency to all of us. I pray God’s richest blessings on your journey; may He grant you His peace, His love, and someday, His joy. You remain in our prayers every time we look at our baby girl. God be with all of your friends and family so deeply affected by the earthly loss of your beautiful Cora. Danielle Shore GravesReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:30 am

    Stevens - My name is Andy Stevens and I live in Hong Kong, China. You don’t know me, but I came across your blog from your brother James. Your family’s story and testimony to the goodness of God has touched me as I have a little boy who is the same age as Cora was. I don’t know how you’ll all get through these times, but I just pray you continue to turn to Him for your comfort. Blessings to all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:43 am

    Crossroads Warriors - How precious you are…I’ve never met you and probably won’t until we all meet in heaven. I have 4 babies in heaven and a several more here…1 has a disability that is potentially life threatening…my only comfort it knowing that God is in control when I can’t be…sometimes its so overwhelming, but He is good…I fell in love with your sweet little Cora the moment I clicked and opened your blog…I have included your sweet family on our prayer blog for our church…I know that there are hundreds here in Colorado praying for you as your hearts adjust to the pain and grow in love with our God more…I can only understand that He really understands our pain through the loss of His own Son…He get’s us…I wish I had comforting words…but there just aren’t any…I love you both my dear sister and brother…I will continue to pray for you and be a warrior through the darkness….God IS good….LoriReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:45 am

    Christine - Joel & Jess –
    We’re continuing to pray for you here. I think of you guys constantly, and plan on working with some of the etsy gals to raise money for Cora’s playground. Although I know you’re hurting deeply, I pray you are encouraged by the outpouring of love for your sweet family. I pray that during these times your marriage would be strengthened and you two would grow even closer to one another. Lean on each other and on Him.
    With love from Texas.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 2:06 am

    Anonymous - Your strength and faith amazes me.
    How I wish I could change things for you. May you continue to find comfort in God’s love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 2:19 am

    Standing in the Rain - Prayers are being said for you both from complete strangers. God is using Cora and her story. She will not be forgotten.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 2:24 am

    Anonymous - “A little missionary”, someone called sweet Cora. She truly is. I hope you read the 11:16 PM post tonight…amazing. I pray for you often during the day, for God’s comfort and strength as you walk in this grief. Your faith throughout this great heartbreak has touched and blessed so very many of us.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 3:09 am

    Mama Bear - There isn’t anything I could say that hasn’t already been said – but I wanted to add my thoughts and prayers to the many already going up for your family.

    When my son (now 17 months) was born, the doctors did not know what was ‘wrong’ with him, and for nearly a month we lived each day thinking it could be our last with him.

    I can only imagine the pain and heartache the both of you are enduring, and my heart is glad that you are able to rely on faith to help you.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 3:38 am

    KL - praying for strength and peace for you both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:44 am

    Kristen - I am so sorry to hear about your precious daughter. I was turned onto your story just recently, after another family lost their 2 yr old daughter to the same type and stage of cancer a week before your daughter was diagnosed. That blog is http://half12.blogspot.com/ in case you want to check it out. I will continue to pray for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 6:23 am

    Jessica - We weep with you.

    -A sister in ChristReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 6:41 am

    April - Praying and thinking of you both.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 7:02 am

    Jessica - WOW. Your daughter is so precious and my heart aches for you. I pray for your healing.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 7:10 am

    Kate - I pray for you guys every second I think of you… I am so happy & blessed to be helping your family & your sweet baby girl. :)

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  • February 13, 2009 - 7:19 am

    Anonymous - Praying for you while navigating this life changing experience. God has something planned for sweet Cora!

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  • February 13, 2009 - 7:31 am

    Vintage Girl at Heart - I am in such awe of the strength of your Faith during this time.
    Prayers and Blessings for you and the many that sweet Cora has touched.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 7:35 am

    Crystal - Praying for you to both get through this with all the love and strength you need! Cora is the most precious little girl ever!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 7:45 am

    Beav's Wife - so glad you posted. still praying and hoping that you feel the arms of Him squeezing you tightly.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 7:46 am

    The Morris Family - Joel and Jess, the Lord has providentially brought you to this journey and you will receive all that you need to go forth, His grace, comfort, will support you in this whelming flood, He has done this for us as we still grieve our little Joel, who also had neuroblastoma. May His peace be about your hearts and minds. Praying for you all!
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  • February 13, 2009 - 7:57 am

    Heather - I think of you guys and Cora everyday and continue to pray for peace over your hearts. My heart aches for you and I am so sorry that you have had to go through this.I have cried many tears for your loss. I wish I had the words to express my deepest sympathy for you, I wish I could make it go away for you, all I can do is pray. So that’s what I do, everytime I think of you guys and your precious Cora, I pray. Is it possible for you to post the info for the Cora button so that I (and others) may add it to my blog?
    Love, hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:01 am

    THAT GIRL - You are such a precious family… May God cradle you in His arms while you grieve.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:13 am

    Claire - God Bless all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:14 am

    Elaine - Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:19 am

    Martha - You are in my thoughts, and my families thoughts, too. We fell in love with Cora and are touched by her short, beautiful life.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:24 am

    Jade Bordeaux - http://www.christian-music-lyrics-for-daily-devotions.com/held.html

    God bless you and although I am just getting to know you through your blog, you and your family are still in my (and my loved one’s) thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:25 am

    megan - I will contunie to pray for you as you ajust to your new”normal”. I pray for a peace in your hearts. Your family has truly touched me and I felt so broken for your loss. Blessings
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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:28 am

    Carrie - I don’t know you, but I happened upon your blog a few days ago. I didn’t know what to say — my words seem so small compared to your pain. Please know though, that your beautiful Cora’s face will forever be in my mind, and her story has changed my life. I truly mean that. I’ve spent hours here, going through her life with you, crying many tears, and asking God to please let me be aware of how fleeting life is, how important it is to take each moment for what it is, and love the ones around me a little more urgently. I’ve spent hours praying for your sweet family, and asking God to please comfort you when your hearts feel the utter anguish of the lost, to hold you tight, and carry you through this season. I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your sweet princess. She’s a gem!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:35 am

    Patricia - My heart goes out to you and your loving families….Cora is in our heavenly fathers strong warm embrace…I pray for you both every day….you are such an example and inspiration to us all….ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:38 am

    Anonymous - My family has been praying for you for weeks now and continues to pray for you. We, like many, do not know you, but found your blog through a friend’s blog. Our family continues to be in awe of your strength and faith. Thank you for sharing this hard journey with us. It has taught us to love our family more, and to become closer to God. Please know that you will continue to be in our prayers.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:41 am

    Celine - I’m so sorry for the loss of your Cora.
    I’m thinking of you guys today, all way accross the Atlantic.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:45 am

    Momma_Hug - You are in our thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:46 am

    Jill - we’ve never met, but i’ve been touched by your story and your sweet sweet girl.
    praying in san antonio, tx~ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:49 am

    Kelly - May the Lord be with you and hold you in His hand. I am in constant prayer for you! Thank you for sharing your heart in this hard time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:57 am

    mommyof2sons - Sweet Cora has touched me in a way that has made me want to be closer to God and to love on my boys even more each day. Her beautiful smile is forever printed on my heart. I will be praying for your family. God bless you!
    Tina

    Sweet Cora has touched my life in a way that I will never forget. Her little smiling face will always be written upon my heart and my prayers will be with the two of you as your journey as parents of an Angel begins.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:01 am

    Tami from SD - I pray for you daily and would send you huge hugs if I could. I was looking through photo albums at my own daughter as a 10 month old and wondered how I’d cope if hit by such a tragedy. I’m so thankful for your strong faith–God will see you through. Precious Cora has touched so many lives, and we will never, ever forget her.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:02 am

    Kelly - I started reading your blog on the day you lost your sweet baby. Your daughter has touched me, and changed the person that I am. She was absolutely beautiful, and I fell in love with her the moment I saw her sweet face. I have a 5 month old daughter who is the love of my life, so Cora’s story affected me deeply. I can’t imagine what you, as parents, are going through. You are such an inspiration to me. I think about you and Cora everyday, and everyday I pray to God that he wraps his arms around you and comforts you. No one will ever know why God chose Cora to leave this earth so soon. Only He has the answers, and His plan is perfect. Please know that in Cora’s short time here on earth, that she changed the world. Rest in the knowledge that she is healed and perfect, and with her Father. I will continue to pray for your precious family. God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:02 am

    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - You are indeed in our prayers–on the way to school in the morning, at meal times, and at bedtime–each and every day.

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    the Heim family
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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:07 am

    Anonymous - I am praying without ceasing for your family through this tough time. We know the Lord is so good but it does not mean things are still not difficult. I can’t imagine how you are feeling but I know it has to mean alot that people all around have wrapped their arms around you all. Thankyou so much for sharing your story to us, it has change my life-really puts things in perspective. We all love you in the Lord-we are a part of the same family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:10 am

    Amanda - Joel and Jess,

    You guys are so strong. So grounded. Not only is Cora inspiring people, but you as well. I hope you know that. I’m sure it will be a difficult adjustment for you but what a blessing that we have a loving God to lean on during these times. You all are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:14 am

    Wendy - Cora’s Legacy will live in my heart forever.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:15 am

    Nicole - Cora’s short life has touched our lives as well as many of my close friends/bloggers. Your family has been on my mind since I found your blog just a week and a half ago. I hug my little boys tighter every day and am so thankful for their health… something I can not take for granted anymore. You’re in my prayers…ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:20 am

    mommaof4wife2r - just so you know, i am preaching in junior this week about how god uses the unexpected…and i’m telling the story of little cora. how a little baby with great parents seems to be not a big factor int he face of this world, but shows the love and faith and grace of god in amazing ways…without her ever even seeing or knowing. that’s love…it’s unexpected…and it’s def how god works.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:21 am

    The McBrayer family - You do not know me-I came across your blog through a friend. I think you and your family are amazing. My heart aches so deeply for you, so very deeply. I have cried many tears for you, a family I do not even know that lives so far away. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. I am praying for you and your family. Praying everyday for the peace that passes all understanding that can only come from our Lord. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for your amazing faith- it has surely touched me and made me stop to think about many things. Praying for you in Atlanta, GA.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Anonymous - We are praying that God wraps you in His love and just know that you are not alone and neither is your sweet precious Cora.
    Parying for you in Hilton Head, SC
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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:23 am

    Romana - Jess and Joel;
    It’s so good to hear from you.
    my family and I will continue praying.
    We love y’all very much!
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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:32 am

    Emily - You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers every day. Although I don’t know you personally I have been so touched by your little Cora.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:32 am

    PamperingBeki - You guys are loved so very much.

    My heart is smiling for you and crushed for you at the same time.

    I feel so blessed to have had you in our lives.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:39 am

    Mandy Rose - I am praying for you and your husband. You both seem so strong! Cora’s story has touched so many people and even though I have a healthy 19 month old, it has raised my awareness of children and cancer. I want to do whatever I can to help. It’s so unfair. Please continue to know that God has a plan.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:41 am

    Anonymous - Your Sweet Little Angel has touched my life and has made me treasure each and every single moment I have with my son! I just happened to stumble upon your blog and I believe that it was fate to do so. I was feeling stressed with my little 17 month old and this is just what I needed to get me through that frustration. I am so amazed at how your community and people outside of your community have come together in showing support and praying for your family. I know yall are definitly in my prayers and know that your Sweet Little Angel is with you at every moment of your lives, saying “Mommy and Daddy, I love you with all my heart! I am in the greatest place any one being could be! I will see you again one day!” All I have to say is hang in there and I am sure there are many friends and family that yall can lean on during this ROUGH time.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Heather - I am praying for you from Raleigh, NC. You are truly inspirational.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:45 am

    The Gunters - Your strength and faith amazes me. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers and I continue to pray for you. I just wanted to let you know how much of an impact sweet Cora has had on me. My life is forever changed because of her. Thank you for sharing her story with perfect strangers. Cora is so blessed to have you all as parents.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:47 am

    Anonymous - im so sorry. You are in my prayers. your story has been such a blessing to me…ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Sheryl from Colorado - We will continue to lift you and Joel up in prayer. Hang on to the hand of God and hold eachother through this hard time. Your little Cora has left more of a legacy than most ever hope to do.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:53 am

    Yaya - I have been just hearbroken over your loss. I came upon your blog from Kelly’s Korner as I have been keeping up with their story and beaurtiful baby Harper… I have been sitting at work crying .. I wish I could just hug you both and tell you that everything is going to be fine, but I can’t. I know that your tragedy has made me realize that I need to be closer with God and need to get back to him. Just through your journaling of happy times with Cora and also with your heartache, you have set such an example of what HE means to you and your family, that I want it too. My daughter is 18.. I pray for her and think I am a good person and a good “Christian” but I am not… I want to be and am hoping that God can make me that person that I need to be, if I ask. And you, your family and Cora have made me decide that is what I need to do. I noticed that every day you were in the hospital you included your “praises” right along with your “requests”… that is so hard to do…It has made me realize that bad things, tragedy and heartache are going to happen in our life.. the difference is having Jesus in your life to turn to be able to get through it. You have shown that through this terrible thing and I thank you for it.
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    Marla Taviano - Crying for you, Joel and Jess. I can’t even imagine how much you miss her. Praying for you! Loving you!ReplyCancel

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    Kellyb - As you adjust to your “new normal,” I hope that when the time is right you might visit http://www.gomitchgo.com This family lost their 11yr old son Mitch to cancer a year ago and this blog might offer you the spiritual strength and peace to face the coming days. I am praying daily for you from the plains of NW Oklahoma. <>< ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:56 am

    The Sieberts - your faith is such an inspiration Jess & Joel. we know that even though you know God is good, that you are still hurting deeply, so we will continue to pray for you each and every day.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Party of Five - I just wanted you to know that your family is in my prayers. I can’t imagine what you are feeling right now. I think about your family all the time.
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    Anonymous - My heart just aches for you. I am thinking about you in Upstate NY.ReplyCancel

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    Alicia K, GA - I am praying for you and your husband during this very difficult time. When I came across your blog the other day my heart just broke for you and your little girl. You all have been on my heart to pray for you. I was up the other night letting my dog out at 3:00 in the morning and happened to look up at the clear sky and all the bright shining stars and instantly thought of you and your little girl and starting praying for you. YOur little Cora is just like those starts shining bright with the Lord looking down on you. I am hugging my daughter extra tight and Thanking God even more for her and realizing just how precious life its because of your story.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:10 am

    Stevie - I, like many others, are a stranger to you and your family. I came across your story a couple weeks ago and have been praying for your sweet Cora and all of your family. Prayers continue for you as you face the days, weeks ad months ahead.ReplyCancel

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    Robin - God bless and keep you both as you adjust to your new normal. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:16 am

    Kim - I found your blog through a friend of a friend and although we don’t know one another, you and precious Cora have deeply changed me. As a mother of a 2 yr old, I cried reading your blog and seeing the pictures of little Cora in the hospital. Your story was on my mind each day and I couldn’t stop thinking about your situation. The thing that struck me the most was your never ending faith and devotion to the Lord. The fact that your precious daughter was so sick in a hospital and yet you still posted “praises” on your blog truly inspired me. Your Faith has taught me to always see the blessings that the Lord provides us each and every day. I will now remember to praise the Lord for what he gives us as we move through life….I know I have lost sight of that over the years. Thank you for encouraging me, a complete stranger, to want a deeper connection with God. Thank you for encouraging me to get our family into a good church so our son can gain the same type of wisdom that you so eloquently displayed. Cora was very lucky to have such devoted and loving parents. I am so extremely sorry for your loss and can’t imagine your pain. But, please know your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. With love from TX.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:18 am

    Susie from Bienvenue - My heart is heavy for your family. My words would just sound like muss about now but please know that I am praying for all of you during this very hard time. ((hugs)) Susie HarrisReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Nan - I pray for you both every single night, but especially you Jess… as a mother I cry every time I pray for you or think about your loss as I imagine myself in your situation.

    God is answering prayers in giving you His peace even in your pain.

    But I think you have such a beautiful and Christian response to this, knowing that God can bring good out of the most horrible circumstances. The cross reminds that of us daily… the greatest suffering and sorrow was God’s divine conspiracy to draw His children to Himself. His severe mercy.

    Please know that I will continue to pray for you as you rest in Him and endure this severe mercy that makes so little sense to mere mortals.ReplyCancel

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    The Mrs. - I am blown away by how beautiful your daughter was. My heart is with you. I am so sorry. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Reely Jiggin - As a mother of five children who range in age from 7-15, I sometimes forget to do those things that come naturally with a baby. Hugging, snuggling, kissing their face all over, pretending to “eat them up” while they giggle. Cora life has reminded me that I need to embrace EVERY opportunity to provide my children with a touch, an expression of love. Thank you Cora!

    My prayers are with you and your husband during this very painful time. I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart hurts deeply for you both. Hold tight to one another and trust in Him. May God give you the strength to make it through “today”.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Carrie - Praying for your family!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I pray every night for God’s light to shine through this darkness and for him to carry you when you feel you cannont move. I shared this story with my children and they asked if they could add you, your fmaily and Cora into their nighttime prayers. I told them absolutely, and when it was my 3 year old son’s turn to say his prayers, he said he hoped God would make Cora an extra loud angel. When I questioned him, he said that he knows that God and the angels are always all around us , and loving us, but he wanted God to make Cora extra loud so that her family could hear her loving them. I added this to my prayer, too, and hope Cora angel is extra loud so you can hear her forever around you.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:30 am

    Kari - I can understand the mix of emotions. On one hand you get to experience God in a way no else can and see His love, mercy, and comfort in a new way. And yet those things come at such a price for our human hearts.

    I know this will be a long journey…and I pray that each day brings a little more peace, a bit more sleep, and hope for healing.

    I hear you’re visiting Renae and Adam this weekend – that will be fabulous. I hope you are able to enjoy a change in scenery.

    Blessings,
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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:33 am

    angi_b72 - Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers!! I can not even begin to imagine what you are going thru!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:34 am

    Amy - I came to your blog through Bring The Rain. I am heartbroken for your family. My thoughts have been drifting back to your family regularly and I continue to pray for God to hold you in His arms.

    Cora’s name reminds me of Corrie Ten Boom, who wrote “The Hiding Place”. It is a book about God’s faithfulness during trials and specifically how God was real to her through World War 2, while she was imprisoned in concentration camps, and how he healed her heart after the war. I highly recommend reading it. Her story always lifts my heart and reminds me how real God is, even in the darkest times.

    I am praying for the Comforter to come and be with you all.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:36 am

    Anonymous - I want to let you know that Cora and your story has touched my life so much. She has made such an impact on my life. I have just recently started a new journey with God and at the same time came across your blog. It has really shown me how to strengthen my relationship with my family and God. I am so sorry for your loss and no words can express how deeply sorry I am for you and your family. Cora’s life has had more of impact in so many lives than many people in their lifetime. Please help find peace in the way Cora touched so many lives!!!
    You’re in my prayers,
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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Anonymous - My prayers are with you from here in Michigan! I don’t even know what to say! I just know that at times like these we have to trust God more than we ever could imagine.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Elizabeth - I am in part a different mommy b/c of your story. I pray for you all the time and linked my facebook to your blog also.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Linkis Family Love - Thank you sooo much for posting. I check every day, because I cannot get Cora and you all off of my mind. You get several, several prayers each day and night! I know it is hard for you to post, but know that it is SO appreciated. We all love you, even though we may have not yet met here on Earth. We want to support you-and am sending you hugs from Illinois! We continue to rejoice that Cora is with Christ, and that we will get to see that beautiful girl again someday! Hallelujah!
    “Heaven is only a prayer away!”
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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Brian and Staci - I’m overwhelmed by your strength. Your precious family continues to be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:47 am

    Adam & Alissa - It has been one year since my husbands transplant. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right after our one year anniversary.

    I knew that my Heavenly Father had a plan and that I had to put my trust in him. I have faith & hope. The hardest thing for me to understand was how I could possibly be ok if his plan didn’t not match mine. How would I ever be happy without him?

    I am so grateful that I know that we can be a family forever! Thank you for your examples. Our prayers are with you and your family!

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    Adam & Alissa - It has been one year since my husbands transplant. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right after our one year anniversary.

    I knew that my Heavenly Father had a plan and that I had to put my trust in him. I have faith & hope. The hardest thing for me to understand was how I could possibly be ok if his plan didn’t not match mine. How would I ever be happy without him?

    I am so grateful that I know that we can be a family forever! Thank you for your examples. Our prayers are with you and your family!

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Rosemary - Just wanting you, Joel and Jess, to know that I am keeping you in my prayers. I pray that the Lord will give you comfort as you think of your precious Cora…whose story has reached around the world as has your faith in the Lord. It has been truly “awesome” to see how your story has impacted so many all around the world. I pray that he will give you the strength you need to get through these hard times. I pray that you will feel the warmth of his love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:06 am

    Anonymous - I am still thinking about and praying for you. Although we don’t know each other, I have been touched by the strength of your faith and by Cora’s sweet spirit. Thank you for sharing your lives with us, and I wish you peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:07 am

    Amanda - I was glad to see a post from you first thing this morning. You continue to be in my prayers all day. I think of you and sweet Cora all the time and stop to pray for your family each time. I am a new mother myself and just can’t imagine your pain. Your story has touched my husband and I to the core. I know we have hugged our own little 10 month old so much harder this week than ever before. We continue to pray for you. I hope you are able to feel the hundreds of prayers offered up for you everyday. May God bless and keep you and give you comfort as you adjust to your new “normal”. We will be thinking of you and praying even harder for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Mandy - I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been so touched by Cora and your family. I cannot imaging the unbearable pain you feel. I want you to know that Cora has touched my life…she has made me realize how precious my time with my baby is. She was here for a reason. She was absolutely beautiful and will continue to touch the lives of others.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Elise Norwood - Wow. What a heartbreaking, yet inspiring story. I just HURT for you guys. I am so sorry. At the same time, I am so impressed with your faith in God. What a sweet and brave little girl, that Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:27 am

    Micah - I don’t know you, just found your blog through a friend, but I couldn’t keep coming to check on you without letting you know how you have been in our every thought and every prayer over the past few days, and the many tears I have shed for you. I can’t imagine how you continue to live and breathe after losing such a precious child, but I know it is only through the extra measure of strength that the Lord has bestowed upon you. God has already been glorified through your wonderful example of faith and trust in Him.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:27 am

    Anonymous - Tears fill my eyes thinking of this precious life whom I did not even know. Sorry cannot begin to express what I feel for your family. God continues to reveal his plan as life happens. Sometimes his plan is not the plan we had… I am truly sorry for your loss and hope that you can find peace. Praying and thinking of you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:33 am

    Rebecca Louise. - I never met Cora but I miss her too. I wish this never happened but I rest in knowing that your faith keeps you strong to walk this journey and Cora is always watching. xxx.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Kim - My oldest daughter died when she was 8 months old. I remember the pain, the shock, the gratitude…the myriad emotions I felt. It has been 5.5 years now. I still miss her daily, but it does get less intense. The pain won’t be so raw and unbearable forever.
    If you want to talk, please feel free to email me.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:35 am

    Melanie - You all are in my prayers each and everyday! I am new to reading your blog and I can say that Cora is leaving such an awesome legacy. I lost my baby about a year ago and it still hurts but God has shown me and others to have a deeper relationship with Him and I can honestly say that He is healing me one day at a time and so with this I can tell you that your wounds will be healed one day at a time.

    God bless you all,
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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:39 am

    Anonymous - I just found your blog through Kelly. I am so sorry for your loss. Cora was a courageous little girl. Her pain is over and she is resting peacefully in God’s arms. I can’t imagine the sorrow and pain you are feeling right now. I am praying for comfort and strength right now. May He hold you in His arms too.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:43 am

    Bethany - I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling. Your faith is encouraging to me. I am continuing to pray for both of you for peace and comfort and hope in the Lord.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:43 am

    Anonymous - Praying for you today, I am so sad to hear about your loss. I just started following your blog. I will be praying for God to heal your heart, and provide comfort and strength to face each new day. Prayers from Va:)ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:43 am

    Anna - A legacy indeed! Praying peace for you and your whole family. Thanks for letting us encourage you during this trial – at any time, it could be one of us in need!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:46 am

    Dancing Queen - you are incredible, incredible people! I am in awe of the strength & courage you are showing and the unselfishness you have shown by starting this precious playground for other children to enjoy in honor of your blessed baby cora!

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:48 am

    Kerri - It’s good to hear that you are still relying on the Lord to get you through this hard time. Yes, I do believe that Cora was used to reach others. Your story has definitely made me look inside myself and evaluate my relationship with God. And, it has really opened up my eyes to the blessing I have been given. Thank you for continuing to share your testimony. Still praying…KerriReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:54 am

    Alicia - I found your blog through Kelly’s Korner.
    I just want you to know that I have been praying for you, crying with you, and praying some more the last few days. I have no words, just intercession for your precious family. I have a 10-month old baby girl (our first), and Cora’s story has made me hold her a little closer, snuggle a little longer, and appreciate each and every moment. I don’t understand the big picture, but I rest in the comfort that God does. Thank you for sharing her life. My deepest, deepest compassion…on my kneesReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Molly - I have prayed for your family every day since learning of your loss. I am so so very sorry. May your faith hold you up during this time. And remember, no life is too short to make a difference in the lives of others. Cora is doing just that!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:02 pm

    Mama Sons - You’re family and Cora have touched my life and my families lives so much. I am deeply saddened by your loss and I don’t even know you. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Cora short lived life has definitely left an impact on many, many familes.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    Beth Ann - My thoughts continue to be with you – Cora and your family has forever touched my heart.ReplyCancel

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    Whimsical Creations - I just have to let you know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have been following your story since I read about baby cara a few weeks ago on PamperingBeki’s blog. I have blogged about sweet cara and your family. I am now part of the etsy family helping to raise funds for cara’s playground.

    *hugs*
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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:18 pm

    HD - I came across your blog through a friend. I am so so so sorry to hear about your devestating loss, and so relieved that you have your Faith to lean upon in this most difficult time. Please know that I am praying for you and your sweet family. I know I don’t know you, but I’m also a mommy….and the love we feel for our children is one of a kind. I won’t even try to imagine what you are going through right now, I’m just glad that your sweet Jesus will be with you and your family. Love from Texas…ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:18 pm

    Sally's World - You are strong, you have faith, you will get through this. just don’t place any limits or limitations on your grief…the most overused saying of all time is ‘time heals’ for me it won’t, but with time brings acceptance, acceptance that life will be different, and acceptance that you can life a different life, but in coras memory and love, you will flourish, i am certain…with love and prayers to you all!

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    heather spratt - I am praying for your family!ReplyCancel

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    Heather B. - May God continue to comfort and bless you during your time of adjustment and grief.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:33 pm

    Anonymous - A Child Of Mine (To All Parents)
    a poem by Edgar Guest

    I will lend you, for a little time,
    A child of mine, He said.
    For you to love the while he lives,
    And mourn for when he’s dead.
    It may be six or seven years,
    Or twenty-two or three.
    But will you, till I call him back,
    Take care of him for Me?
    He’ll bring his charms to gladden you,
    And should his stay be brief.
    You’ll have his lovely memories,
    As solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise he will stay,
    Since all from earth return.
    But there are lessons taught down there,
    I want this child to learn.
    I’ve looked the wide world over,
    In search for teachers true.
    And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes,
    I have selected you.
    Now will you give him all your love,
    Nor think the labour vain.
    Nor hate me when I come
    To take him home again?
    I fancied that I heard them say,
    ‘Dear Lord, Thy will be done!’
    For all the joys Thy child shall bring,
    The risk of grief we’ll run.
    We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
    We’ll love him while we may,
    And for the happiness we’ve known,
    Forever grateful stay.
    But should the angels call for him,
    Much sooner than we’ve planned.
    We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Anonymous - I am so very sorry for your loss. I found your blog by accident. Your story just broke my heart. It is my honor to continue to pray for you and your family. The verse you posted on your blog is one of my favorites. Not by choosing, by as a means of survival through a loss of my own. May those words bring you such comfort in the days, weeks, and months ahead. May God’s unfailing love surrond you all. Continue to trust in His word as you ask some difficult questions of Him. He will be found faithful. His blessing to you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:47 pm

    Mandi - I am continuously praying for you and your family. Cora is exactly one month younger than our foster son we are hoping to adopt. Your story really hits home with me and my heart aches for you. Your faith is inspiring and a beautiful testimony.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 12:59 pm

    Mrs. MK - My prayers are going up and up and up…..you never leave my thoughts. I am so sad for you, but also very thankful for God’s peace and perspective! Praise the Lord for his goodness never fails!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:12 pm

    Anonymous - Was directed to your blog by my daughter who lost her husband after 30 short months of marriage. I know your pain and suffering. I am praying for you and your husband that you find peace soon.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    Farmchick - Hi~ I just happened upon your blog. Your family is in my prayers. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little girl. I pray for you as you walk this difficult journey. I can only imagine how unbearable this journey is. Take comfort in knowing that precious Cora is in heaven now with no pain.
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    Anonymous - My heart breaks for you and your loss. Your daughter is beautiful.
    Praying for you.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    ~Cherie - Joel and Jess, I can’t tell you how much I feel for you two. Cora stays on my mind and in my heart. I would have loved to have known her and you. My husband and I have a 4 year old and 9 month old and when I snuggle and cuddle on him or see him smile, I ache that you could be doing the same with Cora at that very moment. It’s hard to explain such love for a child who isn’t your own, but I have that kind of love for Cora, and my heart like so many have commented still breaks when I see her beautiful face. I’m sure if you met all the people who are praying and thinking of you it would be overwhelming. Please know that I will never forget Cora or you. You have changed me for the better. Love and prayers from Ohio.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    Care - I look forward to the day that God wipes away all of our tears. Cora truly did leave a legacy. She was a brave little girl who is touching so many lives for the glory of God. My prayers are with you both today and every day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Anonymous - I just had to write you again and tell you thank you for sharing your life during this most unimaginably difficult time. You have come to my mind so many times over the last week. I am going through a very high risk pregnancy and whenever I begin to get impatient with my three little ones here at home, I just think how blessed I am to have them still and to remember we never know what tomorrow holds. God is so good and I pray for you both as you adjust to your new “normal”, as you say.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Kelli - I have shed many tears as I’ve prayed for your sweet family these last few days. What an example of God’s grace you have been. There is nothing that will make this journey easier, but I pray that you will experience God grace more deeply than you ever have before – more deeply than many of us will ever know. You are being prayed for – faithfully.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 2:41 pm

    Falling Around - Hi. It’s me again. I just wanted to share with you something that happened. My 8 year old daughter was eating her snack & when I went over to check on her I saw that she had spelled out Cora’s name with her pretzel sticks. Cora’s story has touched the heart of even the children! She is loved by so many!

    Praying for you,
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  • February 13, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    carissa... brown eyed fox - our family is faithfully keeping yall in our hearts & prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    Jessica K. - I am so very sorry for your loss. Just know that Heavenly Father has his arms wrapped around you as you morn. He will always be there right by your side. And your beautiful daughter will be right next to him. She now is without pain and will be watching over her parents. She is very proud of you.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    Christy - this is my first time posting but your story has truly touched me- i can’t imagine your grief- I’ve been crying for you for two days! i have a five month old and I just cannot imagine going through what you went through. I’m amazed at the strength of your faith. I wish you healing and all the best!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess, I just can’t stop thinking about you. I will continue to pray for you and thank God for the time you had with your dear Cora. Her little life has made such an impact on mine. Myself and so many believers will always have a special place for her in our hearts. I know how treasured Cora is in heaven and how she is free from pain, living in Jesus’ arms. Bless you both during this time of letting go and learning to be parents to such a cutie in heaven.

    Praying the Holy Spirit would give you strength for each moment,
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  • February 13, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    Lisa - We all love you and are behind you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 3:24 pm

    Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - I think everyone, whether you know us or not, has become a part of your family in spirit. I know that the past three weeks since reading your blog, I have learned to not sweat the small stuff with my kids, like how many spelling words they got wrong, or if my son gets his shirt filthy while eating….these things do not matter any more. What matters is that my children know who their Lord and Savior is and that they know how much they are loved. I am truly a changed person since learning about Cora! It is amazing how a little person can make such an amazing difference in one’s life! My 6 year old asked if we could send a balloon to heaven on her birthday! I had tears streaming down my face when she said this…how AWESOME! So I will tell you, even though you don’t know my 6 year old daughter Kaitlyn, Cora will be receiving a balloon from her on this day! WE will continue to pray for the healing of your hearts during this time, thank you for sharing your story with us, even though we don’t know you, and thank you for teaching me what true life is all about! BLESS YOU!ReplyCancel

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    Kim - Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. Cora was such a sweet and precious little girl and I can only imagine how hard it is to go on, bless your hearts.ReplyCancel

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    Courtney and Kelly - Jess and Joel we continue to pray for you all the time. Please lean on eachother and the Lord He will see you through this difficult time. Cora has touched our lives and the lives of so many others in a way we could never express. Again thank you so much for sharing Cora with us.

    Love In Christ
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  • February 13, 2009 - 3:24 pm

    Keilani - Jess & Joel & Cora,
    Thank you for helping me be a better person and better mom.
    I am in awe of your strength. Prayers & Love for your entire family and Community.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 3:41 pm

    Anonymous - I have been following your blog since the news of your beautiful Cora’s illness was spread throughout the Prayer Chains across the nation. Although we are strangers, we are family in Jesus. Please know that you are prayed for and thought of often during this incredibly difficult time in your lives. I will not attempt to interpret this verse, or assume how this might be applicable to you right now- but I’ve thought of your family often in reading the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted.”

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  • February 13, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    Tickled Pink And Green - I didn’t even know sweet little Cora Paige, but I miss her! And I think about her and you all everyday. :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    bethany - I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. I can’t even begin to imagine how you are feeling and how deep you hurt. I will be in prayer for you asking the Lord to give you peace and comfort that only He can give.
    I’m so sorry…

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  • February 13, 2009 - 4:07 pm

    Anonymous - Your sweet family continues to be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your life and reminding us of God’s promises.
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    Al's World - You are in my thoughts and prayers constantly. I listened to the service, what a wonderful time to remember your angel. I will continue to pray for you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Anonymous - So thankful to read your blog update. Your faith and attitude is tremendous. Your family is on my mind and in my prayers everday. God is using your lives in a mighty way.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Heidi - My mom sang these words a lot shortly before she lost her battle with ovarian cancer.

    There are things about tomorrow
    That I don’t seem to understand.
    But I know Who holds tomorrow
    And I know Who holds my hand.

    The same God who’s holding your hand is holding your precious Cora. Cling to Him…

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  • February 13, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    The Schilling's from PICU - Glad to hear from you, as I wonder and think of you daily! Words can not express the pain we are feeling for you in the upcoming days….. Please know we are praying daily and wishing you peace and comfort! Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives! We will keep in touch and miss you lots! Please take care of yourselves and love eachother every minute! Once again I am so sorry for your pain….

    love you lots,

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  • February 13, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    Anonymous - I just want you guys to know that your little girl has touched my heart in a big way! I have two little girls, and your story has made me stop and realize how thankful I am for them. God has truly humbled me the past few days, and I want to thank you for sharing your story. Your family is in my prayers.

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    Manda, Jerrame & Ryvr - You are in our prayers as you work through this difficult time. Cora is indeed a beautiful little angel!ReplyCancel

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    Kelli - Praying for God’s peace to comfort you. Cora will live on through you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 4:52 pm

    Mamma Rita - My heart goes out to your family. I too lost my daughter, Cindy, to cancer 24years ago. She was 21 mths old when diagnosed and just shy of her 3rd B-day when she passed. I know she’s in a better place, as I felt her “sole” lift from her body to meet our maker & those loving family members who greeted her! I know that she’s in good hands, had I not believed that I could not have let her go.
    She too made a huge impact on those who knew her and met her during her illness. Her shyness was always there, but she still made more friends than most people do in a long lifetime. Her courage helped me get through those days that I wondered “Why us God!” Now, all these years later, I know that she was on this earth for a reason. My beautiful,tiny, shy Cindy’s impact on many is everlasting.
    Please know…the pain gets a little easier with each passing year. The memories get stronger and easier as our lives get back to normal. Most importantly…you never, ever forget them. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about her and miss her, but there is happiness in my life along with the tears of memories.
    I remember praying to God, Thy will be done, as nothing more could be done for my beautiful child and I accepted it when he took her home, knowing I’ll see her again one day. Watch for pennies….I like to believe its a sign from my little angel….telling me that she’s watching and always there. May peace be with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm

    Amanda - I haven’t read your blog in a while. I’m so so so sorry to hear that she’s gone. I can’t even imagine what you’re going through. Honestly, I hope I never can imagine it. A year ago we had a scare with our son, and the doctors ran test after test, only to find there was absolutely nothing wrong with him. But I’m still haunted from seeing him limp from anesthesia, hooked up to IV’s, and being rolled away where I wouldn’t be able to be with him. I know that God will be with you, that He’ll hold you close, and kiss your tears. He loves Cora, and blessed her life with wonderful parents. When you see her next time, she’ll be able to be your tour guide to all the beautiful things in heaven that she’s been wanting to show to you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:07 pm

    Anonymous - My heart has been so heavy with grief over the loss of your baby girl. I don’t know you, but I weep for you. I cry each time I come here for updates. I will continue to pray for your family and ask Him to hold you close during this incredibly difficult time. I honor your strength, your faith, and your courage. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Angie - I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you are able to find strength in knowing that she is completely healed and in the arms of our Lord. What a true blessing your little angel is. Thank you for sharing her and your story with us. And to remind us all of how precious life is!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:11 pm

    Penny - I am one of the many who missed out on meeting Cora in this life but have been impacted to my core by her passing.

    May God’s strong and loving arms wrap around you both and give you a peace that passes all understanding. Cora’s life was a testimony to so many…ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:21 pm

    Lesley - My prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Cora is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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    Deborah - Still praying with love in Ohio…ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    Brooke - I think about you and your family everyday. You are truly amazing people. Thanks for sharing your hard yet precious journey with us all. Aren’t blogs wonderful? You can reach so many people and touch so many peoples lives.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:32 pm

    Brooke - I think about you and your family everyday. You are truly amazing people. Thanks for sharing your hard yet precious journey with us all. Aren’t blogs wonderful? You can reach so many people and touch so many peoples lives.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:37 pm

    Misty - I say extra prayers for you every night. Your baby girl has changed me forever and I think of you guys often. Stay strong.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:47 pm

    Hank and Mary - How can it be that I have never met the two of you?

    I feel like I’ve met you because of your heart and friendship through this blog. You have impacted me so much, my friends at work now know about you and your pain because I was overwhelmed at your journey with Cora at the hospital. Now that Jesus is holding Cora right next to Him, I’m able to share your faith in Him with my co-workers, my daughter in laws…my self.

    Your daughter reminds me of our little granddaughter Maisy, full cheeks, full smile like Cora Paige. BTW, I LOVE her name. Your love for her was evident in your everyday posts before she was ever sick. You appreciated her so much, quit working to be with her, loved her during her painful ear aches, let Christmas stuff “go” as you cradled your baby girl in your arms at night. She was blessed to have you both as her parents, to know she was safe and secure at all times.

    Now you and your whole family has to go through a time that no one understands unless they have walked your journey before. I don’t know your pain, but I can simply try to know it is heart wrenching. I am a complete stranger, yet, I wake up every morning thinking of you and Cora and praying for you.

    Memories, they will be so precious.

    Love you through Christ,
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  • February 13, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    Keri - Jess and Joel,

    You don’t know me, but I heard your story through a mutual friend, Amanda, and have been following it from the beginning. Like thousands of others I read your blog sunday morning and felt sick to my stomache when I read those five little words.

    You have been in my prayers constantly. I listened to the memorial service, and it was absolutely beautiful and God-honoring!
    I am so used to checking your blog several times a day for news of Cora that it’s been a hard habit to break. I’ve still been checking even though I know she’s gone….almost as though I’m willing it to turn out differently….and she isn’t even my daughter. My own daughter is one month younger than Cora, and I look at her every day and can’t imagine losing her and the depth of pain you must be experiencing.

    Over the past few days the Natalie Grant song “Held” has been coming to mind every time I think about your family and little Cora–which is often.

    “This is what it means to be held
    How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
    And you survive
    This is what it is to be loved and to know
    That the promise was when everything fell
    We’d be held”

    My prayer for you is that you feel “held” during this time of immense grief. Thank you for sharing Cora with us, we are forever changed.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 6:32 pm

    texasinafrica - We will continue to pray that the love of Christ will surround you and give you rest. Our family lost a baby four and a half years ago. Please know that the sadness never fully goes away, but the pain fades and God’s grace provides. May the peace of Christ be with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 6:35 pm

    Lauren Kelly - Continuing to pray for you all!!!!! We love you!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Karen - I wish there was some magical word or action that I could do to take away your pain. This is the first time I’ve been to your page and I’m so, so very sorry for what you’ve both been through. I cannot even imagine how you feel. Here’s a hug from Ohio and peace to you both.ReplyCancel

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    blairspage - You and your family are constantly in my thoughts and prayers!

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  • February 13, 2009 - 6:54 pm

    Debbie - I found your blog from Kelly’s Korner – I am so sorry about the loss of your beautiful baby girl – I clicked back through your prior posts and could see what a blessing she was to you. We’ll be praying for you as you go through these next days, weeks, and months.
    Love,
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    Anonymous - praying for youReplyCancel

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    Chelle - Your family will continue to be in my prayers and thoughts. Cora is so blessed to have such a loving and caring family. I feel blessed to have read your story and read about Cora’s life. I will pray for you all daily and sending some hugs for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 7:17 pm

    i love plum - I’m quite certain that you will be in my thoughts and prayers for a good long time…forever. xoReplyCancel

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    Emily - I know that you don’t know me, but I am praying for you many times each day.ReplyCancel

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    aimee - Your family has been on my mind a lot lately, and as I have gone about my day with my own family i have thought about how there must be such a void in your life. Continue to let your faith help to fill it. I wish I knew what to say or that I knew your family in person, because saying “i’m praying for you”, just doesn’t seem to be enough. But know that I am. And know that Cora has made me a better mommy.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    Melissa Flaming - I do not know you guys, but my husband, Jarrod Flaming, had Mr. Mac as a teacher at Berean years ago. Our three kids go to Slate Creek, and I just want to say how sorry we are for the loss of your precious daughter. May God’s unbelieveable love pour over you right now.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:04 pm

    Cathryn - I just came across your blog in some blog-hopping–a friend of mine linked to it on Facebook–and I want you to know that my heart is breaking and rejoicing with yours. Cora is in God’s care now, and I know you’ll see her again! I’m praying my little heart out for you guys. Hang in there. God loves Cora and I know he’ll take special care of her until you join her yourselves. Take care!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:19 pm

    Anonymous - I just happened upon your blog through a friend’s blog about a month ago, and Cora’s little face just warmed my heart. I am so sorry for your unimaginable loss. I will be praying for God to lead you from your “valley of sorrow to rivers of joy.”
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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:25 pm

    Bambi - Joel and Jess~
    Thank you for taking a moment to write. Here we are trying to bring some comfort to you and you have brought comfort to us today. Hold each other close as you make this journey into your “new normal”. We will continue to pray for you and your families.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    lucyseay - I just found out about your blog from a friend who found you through her blog. Neither of us has ever met you or anyone connected with you, but your story is gripping our souls from afar. I am heartbroken for your family. As a mother of young children myself, I cannot begin to imagine what you are feeling and going through right now. I am so sorry that this is happening to your family. There are no words of comfort. Our only hope is in Christ our Savior. I appreciated your use of Psalm 139 on your blog. That is the only answer. God had a plan for Cora’s life before the beginning of time, and His plans are always accomplished. Why those plans were accomplished so quickly on earth we may never know. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers from here in West Michigan. Blessings, and may He restore to you the joy of HIS salvation as you endure these days of pain and heartache. Love in Christ, Lucy SeayReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Trisha - A friend forwarded me your blog. We too, have a baby in Heaven. Our story can be found at http://www.nathanryanlarson.blogspot.com I know your pain and know the tough road that you have ahead. God is good and he has held our hand the past year. I’ll be honest with you, it’s still more pain than you can even imagine. I would love to connect. Please email me if you are up to it: trisha_larson@yahoo.com. Hugs from one mommy of an angel to another.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 8:56 pm

    Whitney - I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Cora. I will be saying prayers that you can find peace as you remember her wonderful life.ReplyCancel

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    k and c's mom - Many, many prayers coming your way from Austin, Texas. We will continue to lift you up in the days ahead…ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Aimee Bakke - We learned of your little Cora through Nate Peregoy who was our vicar in Minnesota several years ago and who became a very close friend. I just wanted you to know that even though we have never met, your story and faith is an inspiration to me and my family. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    Anne - i’ve only been following this since last sunday, but your lives have touched mine deeply. i will continue to pray!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:12 pm

    Georgiann - Hi there I stumbled onto Cherries Jubilee’s blog and she mentioned your loss! {{{HUGS}}}} My heart is breaking with you!

    I’m a married Christain woman of 6 little blessings so far and can’t even amagine lossing a child! It does not seem fair!

    I will hold you and your family in prayer!

    I will be back to your blog next week…I have several blogging friends that have also suffered the death of a child…I will link you together when I come back as I’m sure you have enough on your plate for now~

    Prayers,
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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:26 pm

    Kay - I’ve only been reading your blog for a couple of weeks, but your family is in my prayers. God will see you through this incredibly difficult time. Hold on to each other and know that God will use Cora’s life to bring other closer to Him.
    God bless you!

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:34 pm

    Alyssa - I am a stranger who has happened upon your blog in the last two weeks. I too prayed for your family as I heard about little Cora’s ordeal and I continue to do so.

    Bless you for dealing with such a profound loss, but how great that you are looking at it through God’s eyes and taking what little bit of comfort is possible in seeing how her life affected so many others.

    I’m one of those who has been touched.

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    Amy H - Thinking of you and your precious daughter. How wonderful for her to be at peace and I pray that your heart heals in time. I have said before that I have a 10 month old, too, and I just don’t know how you have the strength to make it through but I know God will lead you on that path.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:44 pm

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess,
    your precious Cora is being used by God…as are you….soak in the love God has for you through His people….hold tighly to each other….as you cry and laugh remembering and love each other. I am praying for you several times a day and will continue to do so dear ones…Allow God to provid the balm you need to ease the stinging pain…so much love to you…you are so loving to share with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:50 pm

    Anonymous - I really can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said. I have been crying for days about sweet Cora. I didn’t know her personally but her sweet spirit shines through her pictures. I wish she was still here. I wish she was still with you. I get mad thinking about it. I know somehow it will one day all be OK. Yet right now it’s just so hard to understand. I keep thinking how if I hurt this bad without having ever met Cora, how y’all must be hurting. I just can’t imagine. I have children, and I think how awful it would be, but until your in that position you just can’t really know. I just pray that somehow, someday, your pain and hurt will ease. That even though you will long for her, you will receive comfort in the knowledge that one day you will be able to raise her again. It has been said that children taken in the early stage of life is because they were to pure for this world. She was a choice spirit of our Heavenly Father. He must need her back with him for some reason. That is so hard to grasp when you want her back here with you so bad. I want her back with you. I hope you two can pull each other through this. It will take the two of you together to rise above the pain and sorrow. Cora would want you to help each other over the long road ahead. May loving arms comfort you. May Sweet Cora’s beautiful spirit be allowed to walk this most difficult road with you. I know she was sad to leave you. She wants to see you again. Stay true to your faith, and you will see her again. Joy will again come in this lifetime, and will surely be waiting for you in the next one. I will never forget your sweet baby’s face. She was one of a kind. A true and faithful daughter of God. God bless you both and I will pray for you everyday the rest of my life.
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  • February 13, 2009 - 10:53 pm

    Helen - Thank you again for sharing this most intimate and painful time for you and your family … my heart continues to ache for you. I believe your experience has helped more people than you will ever realize.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Save Cora’s clothes and blankets and make a quilt.ReplyCancel

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    Cathy - My heart hurts for you…I don’t know what else to say.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 12:15 am

    Gayla - I just found your blog and wanted to let you know that your family is in my prayers and thoughts.

    Cora is a beautiful little girl and she will be forever with you.

    My granddaughter Chloe is in Wesley hospital right now, she was admitted on February 8. She is not as sick as Cora was, but it is still so hard seeing such a tiny child so ill. My heart is broken for your family.

    The web has made it such a small world. It amazes me the love and prayers that come from total strangers that happen to “meet” through a blog. I know that everyone that finds your story will be lifting you in prayer and sending love.

    Cherish your memories of your beautiful baby and rejoice that someday you will hold her in your arms again.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 12:36 am

    Anonymous - You both are such a light of God’s love and strength. Bless you for you love for Jesus. Cora was so lucky to have such a faith driven family. Thank you for being an inspiration to me. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close to his heart while you go through the grieving process. Continue to draw strength in Him. God Bless You.
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  • February 14, 2009 - 12:56 am

    ran shae - wow, you guys just don’t cease to amaze me. i think of you many times each day, and i pray that God will be closer to you right now than you’ve ever experienced before. God be with you, Randi in WichitaReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 2:02 am

    Saminda - You guys are just so very strong. I know God loves your faithfulness and trust; and your grieving is so expected and He understands and I’m sure is grieving for you too. It is so hard to understand. I am praying for you and sending you love from over here. All the best for this difficult week, I pray there will be sunny bits in there for you somehow.
    In love,
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  • February 14, 2009 - 2:20 am

    Sondra - Soma Communities in Tacoma, Washington has been praying for you and continues to pray daily for God’s love and peace to fill your hearts. You are an amazing family!ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 5:35 am

    Allie Vincent - I honestly can’t remember how I stumbled upon your story, but all I can say is I thank God that I did. The faith and strength you two have shown, as well as the faith of your extended family, is beginning to plant the seeds of healing for me when it comes to my own relationship with God. After a very long year of being quite angry at God for allowing my dad to be diagnosed with terminal renal cell carcinoma, especially when I am only 19 years old, I feel that I am finally ready to do the soul searching necessary to build my relationship with God again. I owe that to you, your families, and miss Cora. I can only hope that if I am blessed with a little girl someday that she is as gorgeous is Cora. Your story has renewed my faith and strength in knowing that there is life after this, both life after tragedy and loss as well as eternal life. You deserve all good things, and I pray God will reward you for your faith.

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  • February 14, 2009 - 6:30 am

    emptynestmom - You Are in my prayers ~ my son is with Jesus too…this poem blessed me, i pray it will bless you too..

    In My Pocket

    I have memories in my pocket.
    They rattle among the change.

    My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

    They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
    They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

    Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

    But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 8:38 am

    Becky - We will continue to keep you in our prayers. God Bless you, and God Bless sweet Cora in Heaven!ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 8:55 am

    travflew - Your faith is very inspiring. I hurt quite badly for you as my wife just gave birth to our first child just six months ago and I can’t even begin to imagine your pain. Your family is definately in our prayers. God Bless!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Your family is in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 9:45 am

    meg duerksen - jess…don’t feel ANY pressure from any of us to blog. i urge you though when you do….be honest. we want to know how to pray for you. we don’t want you to sugarcoat it for us. we love you too much. does that make sense? just write from your heart…..whatever you need to say….good or bad….as often or as little as you want.

    my mind is with you all the time.
    i found little green shirts just like the one cora wore for our photo shoot. i snagged them all for the etsy playground. and each thing i have made i looked at and think “jess would like that.” that makes me smile. if i could i would hug you so tight right now.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Keri - So sorry for your loss. Praying for God Himself to hold you in His arms.

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    Justin and Jenn - I am just coming across your journey. What amazing faith you have- rest assured, God does have a plan…a BIG plan. Our prayers are with your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 12:25 pm

    Laura - I came across your blog today through a link on a friend’s blog (she is a college from of your cousin.)My heart breaks for you. I have a daughter who was born in May and have been holding her that much tighter now. I don’t think there is anything I can say to ease your pain and grief, but just know that I am keeping you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Momofgirls - Praying…ReplyCancel

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    Elizabeth - We will continue praying for you – we are praying for a renewed spirit for both of you and REST!ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Chrissie, Christine, Chris, Mommy, Mama, Maaaaa... - I found you through another blog. I have read your blog and I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. The impact that you and Cora have had on people is amazing.
    I know those feelings of waiting for surgeries and hearing that diagnosis. My Mikey is fighting an unidentifiable brain cancer.
    I will continue to keep both you and your Cora in my prayersReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    Angela - Hello… I just heard about you and your family, little Cora Paige, today from another blogger. My heart goes out to you and your family. Seeing the pictures of Cora in the PICU hit me hard… my daughter was in PICU at 15 months old and intubated and thank God that she is still with us today. I cannot imagine what you must be going through and Pray for you and your family to heal and to know that she is safe with God in Heaven. God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    The Morris Family - neuroblasotma….journeying through grieving as well….I am here for ya if you need another mommy that knows!
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  • February 14, 2009 - 4:21 pm

    PamperingBeki - Just popping in this Saturday to say that you’ve been thought about and prayed for many times today.

    I have received some of the most beautiful emails from people about your story. People that don’t even know me or you.

    I hope you can connect with Mira or other moms who’ve been in a similar situation to help learn what the new “normal” is. I just can’t imagine.

    I cry for you daily, I smile for you often. I feel so blessed to have gotten to know you, even a tiny bit.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 4:29 pm

    Lisa - I will never stop praying. You are lighting the way for many to Christ. Much love as you go forward.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 5:00 pm

    arkstacia - I found your blog through Kelly’s Korner. I wanted you to know that I am praying for your family. I lost my daughter in an accident right after her first birthday and I find your strength in the Lord our father, such an inspiration to mother’s and fathers everywhere. Cora’s smile will forever be etched into my mind, a child who was an angel on loan to a mother and father who loved her dearly. Your whole family is in my thoughts and my prayers….ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    CherryTreeLane - You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. God is using Cora to reach so many people.

    My love,
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  • February 14, 2009 - 5:43 pm

    Anonymous - You have been and continue to be in our thoughts & prayers many times throughout the day! We fell in love w/ Cora thru your blogs these last few weeks! What a sweet, beautiful little girl! She was so blessed to have had such an amazing family to love her! Your faith is amazing! You & Cora have touched our hearts more than words can say!! Your little angel touched more lives in her short 11 months than most do in 90 years! Thank you for sharing your story. God Bless you!! Jason & Kiley BarnesReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    meleea - we continue to lift you up every day in prayer as you adjust to life without your cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    Stephanie - I just found your blog and it has ripped my heart out. I am so, so, sorry. I absolutely cannot even begin to imagine what waking up everyday must feel like at this point.
    I am thankful for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to comfort us, empower us, enable us, lead us….
    Your daughter is absolutely beautiful.
    She now knows FULLY what we know in part but I think we aren’t far from seeing Him face-to-face along with her.
    Thank you for sharing such beauty with us. Christ’s love is pouring out of your family. His majesty and glory- undeniable.
    May He hold you close every day.
    I am so sorry. I have wept with you.
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  • February 14, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    tami - My daughter and I continue to lift you and your family before our amazing Father!! May He comfort you tonight!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 9:38 pm

    The Gardners - I continue to pray for your family everyday. Since learning of Cora last week, my life has been forever changed. What an amazing and beautiful little girl! She fought such a brave battle. I am happy she is at peace.

    I can’t imagine what you are going through, but know that people are praying for you across the country.

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  • February 14, 2009 - 10:13 pm

    Anonymous - I read this quote(don’t remember the source) but I thought about you and all the others who have had tragic losses:

    “God allows what He HATES to
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  • February 14, 2009 - 10:28 pm

    Jessica Hollis - Your in my thoughts daily…I will continue to pray for your sweet family.ReplyCancel

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    Tangee - You are in my family’s prayers. Our hearts go out to you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 11:06 pm

    Taryn - I am suddenly filled with emotion as I read your story for the first time and sending up a prayer for your family. I found your blog today through a few other links. I know just where you are in Kansas as I grew up in Hutchinson, KS and we have family in Buhler as well. I have a little 7 month old boy, and I can’t even imagine the questions and pain you are experiencing. But God is a mighty God. I pray that He will ease your pain in time. Cora was such a beautiful little girl. I know we are strangers, but I am sending up a prayer and passing along a hug to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 11:12 pm

    Rebecca - My sister-in-law Carmen (Unruh) Erickson told me about your precious family. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious baby. I know that you are fellow believers, but I also know that you must be hurting very much right now. I have 2 small children and don’t know that I would be able to show the courage and strength that you have shown. Your precious daughter has touched more people’s lives than you will ever know! May God Bless you and keep you!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 11:46 pm

    Anonymous - Thinking of you guys several times a day and praying for you. I’m hurting for you and hoping for your peace. I know you miss your sweet baby.ReplyCancel

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  • February 14, 2009 - 11:53 pm

    Cathy Meister Melton - Listened to the celebration of Cora’s life last night and was so touched by the wonderful memories and the lives changed through such a special little girl. Praying for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 12:00 am

    Suzanne - I’ve just learned of your story in the past few days. I just spent some time reading the archives from the past few weeks. My heart aches for you. I will be lifting you all up in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 12:21 am

    Lipstick - I am praying for your family.

    Hugs (from another stranger),
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  • February 15, 2009 - 1:24 am

    Allison - I heard about Cora through Pages Books & Coffee and have since been following your blog. I checked in yesterday and was so sad to see the recent updates. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort, healing, and light in these dark times.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 10:54 am

    KKJD1 - I sit here listening to Cora’s memorial service and wanted to come by and let you both know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have been out of church for some time but thanks to you and baby Cora I am now determined that I will find a church for me and my family. Blessings, KarenReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 11:22 am

    bj - Just to let you know that I am praying so hard for comfort and peace for you and your entire family..for everyone that little Cora’s life touched.
    Blessings.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    stephland3 - Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Your beautiful little Cora has forever touched my heart.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    mrs boo radley - I think about you often and am praying for you. Your strength amazes me, and I know it is from our Father, who provides for us in tragic times. May his Spirit continue to be upon you both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    Enos Family - I think about you often and hope that time helps you heal. I’m sure it will take a while before you’ve adjusted to your “normal” but hope that the love and support you have around you eases the pain. You are both so amazing for sharing your story. I can’t begin to imagine. I am so glad you have such support, love and your faith. Even though I don’t know you, I worry about you and am so upset by what has happened to you. I don’t think I’d be capable of showing the strength and understanding that you have. It is amazing to me. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 1:27 pm

    aimee - Thinking about Cora and your family a lot today, and wanted you to know. Still Praying…..

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  • February 15, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    Wibeche og Rune - We are still praying for you.

    Blessings from Norway.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    Christina - It is Sunday and our pastor preached a sermon today on suffering. The series was Spiritual Disciplines, thought-provoking. The whole service had me thinking of you guys, and others that I know of who are in similar circumstances. We sang “Blessed Be Your Name” (which meant a lot to me when we had a miscarriage several years ago). Our pastor spoke on Paul’s afflictions and troubles, yet, Paul always ended with something other than his trouble…struck down but not destroyed. It always stops short of total hopelessness. Anyway, It really spoke to me in light of this last week and how much I have thought about what happened. I don’t know you guys, but I feel as though I do…Will keep praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Anonymous - I found your blog through another blog. Please know that you’re in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 3:36 pm

    Anonymous - you have been in my thoughts and prayers since I read your beautiful story about Cora Paige. I heard this song and wanted to share it with you.. I think it’s beautiful.

    The Promise by Tracy Chapman

    If you wait for me
    Then I’ll come for you
    Although I’ve traveled far
    I always hold a place for you in my heart.

    If you think of me
    If you miss me once in a while
    Then I’ll return to you
    I’ll return and fill that space in your heart

    Remembering
    Your touch
    Your kiss
    Your warm embrace
    I’ll find my way back to
    If you’ll be waiting

    If you dream of me
    Like I dream of you
    In a place that’s warm and dark
    In a place where I can feel the beating of your heart

    Remembering
    Your touch
    Your kiss
    Your warm embrace
    I’ll find my way back to you
    If you’ll be waiting

    I’ve longed for you
    And I have desired
    To see your face your smile
    To be with you wherever you are

    Remembering
    Your touch
    Your kiss
    Your warm embrace
    I’ll find my way back to you
    Please say you’ll be waiting

    Together again
    It would feel so good to be
    In your arms
    Where all my journeys end
    If you can make a promise
    If it’s one that you can keep
    I vow to come for you
    If you wait for me

    And say you’ll hold
    A place for me
    In your heart

    I hope you can find comfort in this beautiful song that reminded me of your beautiful family… with love and prayers… PaulaReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 4:16 pm

    Megan - Your family is in my thoughts and prayers as you find your new normal. Cora touched many lives – and she will continue to touch them through your new project at your church.

    Peace be with all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    teampischke - I do not “know” you but I have been praying for you. I wept tears for you both this am in Church. I prayed God would draw you closer than you have ever been that through this you would be deeper in love with him. One day outside of this world I will smile as I see you embrace your baby and your Jesus.
    I will keep praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 5:55 pm

    Anonymous - I wanted to let you know I pray for your family everyday. Your little Cora really has made such an impact on my life and I am sure many many others, I am really appreciating every minute I have with my family, I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. I will continue to pray for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 5:58 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - just to let you know…there are so many people that are being loved because of cora…there are giftbags being delivered in her honor to a homeless shelter. the link with the precious cora’s pic is on the link below…stil praying for you…diligently!

    http://godzchyld.blogspot.com/2009/02/day-15-act-of-love-for-cora-mcclenahan.htmlReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Laura - Thinking of you sweet mama…ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 6:08 pm

    The Mershawn's - Hey guys, just wanted you to know, we’re still praying. You’re in my thoughts a lot. My heart aches so much for the two of you. I don’t know if this will mean much to you, but today during worship at my church, I realized it had been a week. A long, awfully hard week. The Lord gave me an image. He was crying tears with you and for you over your loss and His gain. It became so real to me that He knows. Of course He knows…but He really knows. He knows that hurt, He knows that pain, and He feels it with you. Hang on tight to Him. He’s full of promises that He keeps. Lots of love your way. And, thank you, for the truth that every day holds something new, and we should use each day before we have no more. I hug, smell, and squeeze my girl tighter and longer every day because of Cora. Praying for peace and comfort today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 6:27 pm

    Anonymous - I found your blog after another blogger asked for everyone to pray for you the day Cora passed away. My heart aches for you and your family. Cora reminds me so much of my little one who is just a month younger then her. I am happy that we serve a risen Savior and He holds Cora in his arms today. Cora is absolutely leaving a legacy! She was just beautiful! I have held my two sweet girls a little more and a little tighter today. I have shed so many tears over your story, but I am so amazed at your Faith and your strength! Please keep us updated on your family as well as the Cora playground.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 7:26 pm

    imbeingheldhostage - You are an amazing inspiration in faith. You will be in our prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 7:30 pm

    amy - You are on my heart constantly and I am praying for you often. I continue to ache for your loss and to marvel at the legacy of your beautiful girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 7:54 pm

    Hoover Family - We are praying for your family…Lots. I do not know Cora or you all, but I read your story and I am so inspired by your words of strength. God is so good and will take good care of her to you see her again one day. Just know that even she has touched even strangers…God Bless.
    Prayers from SC…
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  • February 15, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    James' Full House - I’ve been following for a few weeks. You have been in my prayers. I have shared your story and blog with everyone I know and we are all in prayer for you. Cora is beautiful. Her life was beautiful. I stand in awe of how God shows us his grace and his time. I really am at a loss for words. I would love to say I understand or know where you are. But I have no idea. I did question God the day Cora went to be with Jesus. He is so much bigger than all of this. But his timing will be seen. You and your family are thought of everyday. We are in ceaseless prayer for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Anonymous - Hi Joel and Jess, I was just praying for you guys this evening, as you would have probably would have thought about giving Cora a bath and putting her to bed. My heart just aches for you as you miss her so much. I know that these days are hard and I will continue to pray that God would be close and that He would give you the strength to make it through each day.
    In Christ, Melody (Scott) ChristinReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 8:43 pm

    MoziEsmé - prayers said…ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 9:14 pm

    Wendy - My heart prays for you often. God Bless all of you. God Bless this journey.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 9:33 pm

    Heather - Joel and Jess,

    Oh how my heart continues to hurt for you. I was sharing Cora’s story with my supervisor at school and she wanted me to share in chapel on Friday with the K-3rd grade kids. She wanted me to share how even though you are hurting so badly you are willing to share Cora’s life with those around you. You are sharing Him even in the midst of heart ache.

    I shared your story with the kids and then showed them Cora’s picture from the funeral. The kids all listened very well to each thing I said.

    When we were all done Mr. Funk (our principal) got up and asked the kids to commit to pray for Joel and Jessica (he said that would be easy because they both begin with a “J”!!). I know that my class prays at least once during school a day and they have been praying for you with their moms and dads as well!

    I am praying for you guys and I am so sorry you are going through this. I got a flower pin! I can’t wait to wear it in honor of sweet sweet Cora!

    Love you!

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  • February 15, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    The Coopers - I heard about little Cora through another blog and have been praying for you! I know the Lord has such amazing things to come for you as you will be able to share and draw others closer to Jesus through your story. I pray your hearts will heal in His time as He draws you closer to him…and know you will see your precious Cora again one day! In Him, Maggie CooperReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 10:14 pm

    Lee - I just saw your blog from a friend, you family is in our prayers. My heart aches for you. May the Lord bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    Anonymous - I don’t think God gives us more than we can handle–even though it may not seem so at the moment. Be strong.

    They say time heals all wounds–with the loss of a child, the wounds don’t ever heal, but the edges become less sharp… and the lessons and gifts continue to unfold. One day, it just didn’t hurt so much to breathe.

    It is like wading through mud up to your neck many days…but you just keep moving. There is no way but through it, and you will make it. Stay strong.

    I am so sorry for your loss–ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    Kristen - You don’t know me, or my family, but your daughter has given us so much. So much to think about, to pray about and to be grateful for through her much too short life. When I read that Cora left here to be with Jesus, I cried. I cried so hard because as a mother with a child very close to her age, I couldn’t even imagine the separation, the loss. But with our faith, our comfort is knowing that we will soon be there, with Him, too. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Your beautiful memorial to your daughter is such an amazing blessing to others. May God be with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    Anonymous - I’M ALRIGHT
    My time was short, Mom and Dad, but I want you both to know, I’m with our heavenly Father now where I’ll laugh and play and grow. I know how much you love me and I know you cry at night, but I need you to remember that everything’s alright. God never hurts his children, He just kept me from the pain. Then he let you keep my memory so you’d know his love remains. At night when you lie in darkness and the pain overwhelms your heart, please know I’m always with you, because our souls do not depart. God keeps them safe in heaven where one day we’ll all unite, but for now let God embrace you with his arms around you tight. I love you, Mom and Daddy. God is great and I’m alright. When you see my star in heaven, it’s my wings reflecting light.
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  • February 15, 2009 - 10:59 pm

    Heather - Just wanted to let you know that I am still thinking about you and sweet baby Cora and continuing to pray for you. My heart still aches when I think of your loss, Cora will be remembered by many, even people who never “knew” her.
    Hugs and prayers,
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  • February 15, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    Anonymous - I found your blog through another persons blog and I am so sorry for your loss. I had a close friend lose her baby girl at 3 months. SO we are saying lots and lots of prayers for you and your family as you go through this difficult time! Your faith is an inspiration and just so amazing!

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  • February 15, 2009 - 11:14 pm

    PamperingBeki - Jess and Joel, you are loved and prayed for today, Sunday.

    You will not be forgotten in our daily prayers and Cora’s legacy will never be forgotten.

    God bless you tonight. One week. Whew.ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 11:30 pm

    Julie - I’m sure today (Sunday) was difficult and sad. I have thought of you so much today. I love you dearly and will hug you soon (even if you dislike it! Ha!). Can’t wait to spend time with you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 15, 2009 - 11:44 pm

    The Tulip Lady - I cannot explain why someone I have never met has had such a strong impact on me. Maybe it’s because I have two daughters, when I see little girls I think of my own, so your family, your sweet Cora, really hits home. I can’t imagine an empty nursery, the baby spoons, the kids toys around the house with no one to use them. You two are thought of and prayed for, that God would fill your lives with abundant love,comfort and peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 3:14 am

    Michael and Sarah - We have carried your family in our hearts these past weeks. We will continue to pray without ceasing for your healing and peace. Thank you so much for sharing sweet Cora’s life and inspiring us all with your courage!

    with great love and constant prayer,

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  • February 16, 2009 - 5:23 am

    Vivian - I have been crying over your story for the past afternoon. I am so sorry for the loss of your Cora. I have also lost a child, only four years ago, and the stabbing grief is still just below the surface of an otherwise “normal” veneer. Be strong, together.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 7:59 am

    Brittany - I really don’t know what to say, but I do know how to pray. I have and will be praying for you and your family, especially in the days and weeks ahead.

    I do want you to know that even though I have never met you or your BEAUTIFUL baby girl, she has changed my life. I will never forget her sweet name or face for as long as I live. Each day from the Lord is precious, and too many times I took that for granted. Please know that am savoring each and every sweet moment God gives us now……..because of Cora. Her legacy reaches far and beyond, forever.

    Love and prayers from KY,
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  • February 16, 2009 - 9:28 am

    Anonymous - Your blog was linked to one of our friends, (that’s how we found it) she had asked everyone to pray for your family. I never quite know what to say in these situations, but your story has touched my life & your faith in GOD is inspiring. Your family is in mine and my husbands thoughts and prayers. God Bless you.
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  • February 16, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Kelly - The way the story of your family is spreading is totally the work of God! How beautiful is the body of Christ! We continue to lift up your family in prayer each day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 10:57 am

    amyflew - Joel & Jess-

    You are both in my thoughts and prayers daily. I can’t help but think of our little girl every time I think of your precious little Cora. I am amazed and in awe of the strength you both have shown in the midst of such a personal storm in your lives. Know that my husband, my daughter and I pray for you each and every day. May the Lord give you peace and strength as you continue on your journey!

    Blessings,
    Amy (Travis & Morgan) F.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 11:00 am

    Beth Wheatcroft - I was just made aware of your family’s story today and have spent a good part of this morning reading your blog and have found myself in awe of how you have brought yourselves to a place of praise each day. I pray that you are trusting in God’s faithfully renewed mercy every morning, finding you have exactly what you need for each new day. And may you continue to see God work through Cora’s life and rejoice that she is resting in the arms of her, your, and our Savior.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 11:04 am

    torinem - I found out about your little Cora and your family on Joy’s Hope. I just want to tell you that, like so many people, you are in my prayers. I am so inspired by your faith in the Lord through all of this. God bless you both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 11:58 am

    PamperingBeki - Jess, all morning the birthday song you sang with the kids in class has been on my mind. I smile and tear up every time I hear it. I was so excited when Drew’s 1st grade teacher this year sang that song on his birthday because I thought it might have just been your thing. And of course I cried. ;-)

    I just keep thinking of that song with Cora’s name in it today, for some reason. On the day she was born, all of heaven celebrated. The angels sang and blew on their horns, they danced, they smiled and raised up their hands.

    The etsy launch for Cora’s playground is today. If you want a little pick-me-up, you might check it out.

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  • February 16, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    Maureen - I recently came upon your blog through a link posted on a parenting forum that I belong to, and just wanted to express my heartfelt sympathy over your loss. As a Christian myself I know how easy it is to question “Why, Lord?” and I pray that you’ll find the peach and healing that only He can provide. As a mom of three children, I can only imagine what you’re both going through right now, and my thoughts and prayers will definitely be with you!

    Love, Maureen and Family
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  • February 16, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Anonymous - You are still in my prayers! I did not know Cora but she has touched my heart! Keep the faith. God bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Anonymous - All I can say to you is that I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your families as you face this difficult road ahead. I know what cancer can do to families as I lost my aunt 2 years ago. It is so hard to go on but your faith will amaze you. Hold on to your memories and know that your precious Cora is no longer suffering. Much love from Auburn, Alabama. We are praying for you daily and know that God will comfort you and help you throught his tragedy!ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 4:05 pm

    Eloise - I am so sorry. Your precious Cora was an adorable child. I am praying for the peace that surpasses all understanding for you as there is certainly no understanding this loss. May God cloak you with His love and peace right now.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 4:37 pm

    2awesomekidz - I got your blog form a friend’s blog. I am so very sorry for your loss, words cannot tell you how my heart goes out to you! I lost my little boy to a mito disease 7 months ago. The loss is huge, the days ahead will be very difficult. Your sweet girl has and will continue to make a huge impact on many lives. Carry her many memories in your heart. Again, my heart goes out to you and I will keep your family in my prayers! God will carry you!
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  • February 16, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    Gypsy Mermaid - hello! I have been so touched by your want to build a park in memory of your daughter! I would love to help out and I have put up a post on my blog and plan to do something to help out on my blog as well. I also will donate the money that I make off my listings in my shop off of etsy. I hope yall the best and yall are in my prayers. BIG BIG Hugs

    toodles-
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  • February 16, 2009 - 6:49 pm

    Lynn Jones - I’m just someone who came across your blog recently, but my heart is with you each moment. I know the miracle of feeling God wrap me in His arms, and I pray that will be a regular experience for you when you need that so much. In this dark time for you, God’s light is radiating, and I believe He will comfort you to honor your faithfulness. God bless you and each member of your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 7:00 pm

    Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm - Huge prayers to you and your family during this very hard time. I can not express my sorrow for you. I am in awe of how well you are dealing with this all. I am so proud of your strength and belief in God. you are in my thought and prayers. lots of love. BrittReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 7:42 pm

    BoufMom9 - I am so very sorry for your loss. My dear friend jess just lost her sweet daughter Tuesday 2 weeks ago to neuroblastoma and it is just heartbreaking.
    I know God has some plan that we can’t seem to understand, but i hope He will help us all find comfort until He is ready to show us .
    many blessings to you and yours and my prayers are with your family.
    Most sincerely.
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  • February 16, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    Crista - Blessing to you both during this sad time. I shared your story with DH last night and it really touched him also. Today I ran across the St. Baldricks event to raise money for pediatric cancer research and we are going to participate, he as a shavee and me as a volunteer. We will be doing it in memory of Cora and Tuesday Whitt. Bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 8:03 pm

    Anonymous - Your testimony through this journey has been overwhelming. We are weeping with you. Thank you for sharing your precious Cora with us. We continue to hold you close in prayer.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    Emily - Just wanted to let you know that I am still praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Jill - I just wanted you to know that your story is touching lives all over the country.
    I do not know you guys, but trust me when I say I think of you all several times a day. You are in my prayers and I am hurting and crying right along with you. I have 2 small daughters of my own and I just can not begin to imagine what you are going through.
    I know God is going to use your faith to touch many lives.
    My God continue to place His comforting arms around you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    Kalei - With tears in my eyes, i am so sorry for your loss and so happy that you have found a legacy for her. she will be remembered in the laughters sung at that playground!ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Shari - I heard “Who You’d Be Today” by Kenny Chesney and immediately thought of your family, please know that Cora has touched the lives of people you don’t even know and we won’t ever forget. I hug my children tighter at night just having the knowledge of how quickly Cora was taken from you. Continued prayers…

    Sunny days seem to hurt the most
    I wear the pain like a heavy coat
    I feel you everywhere I go
    I see your smile, I see your face
    I hear you laughing in the rain
    Still can’t believe you’re gone

    Chorus:

    It ain’t fair you died too young
    Like a story that had just begun
    The death tore the pages all away
    God knows how I miss you
    All the hell that I’ve been through
    Just knowing no one could take your *love away*(instead of ‘place’)
    Sometimes I wonder who you’d be today

    Would you see the world?
    Would you chase your dreams?
    Settle down with a family?
    I wonder, what would you name your babies?
    Some days the sky’s so blue
    I feel like I can talk to you
    And I know it might sound crazy

    Chorus

    Today, Today, Today
    Today, Today, Today

    Sunny days seem to hurt the most
    I wear the pain like a heavy coat
    The only thing that gives me hope
    Is I know I’ll see you again someday

    Someday, SomedayReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    Anonymous - I think about y’all often and trust you are feeling “normal” for what you’re going through but also feeling God’s amazing and loving arms wrapped tightly around you both as you travel on this journey. Praying for you from WI.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Anonymous - Just wanted to let you know that I am still thinking about your family, and will continue to pray for you. I know how horribly painful this time can be, and I hoping, when those dark times hit, that you can think of all the strangers’ who have been moved by your beautiful child. She is surely a blessed angel, at peace in Heaven, being taken care of until you meet her again. {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}} Leslie in CTReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 10:24 pm

    Shannon - My prayers are with your family. You have amazing faith, and I will pray you are able to keep it strong as you adjust to your new normal. With much love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 10:26 pm

    Carey - I found my way to your blog by accident yesterday and I have not been able to stop thinking about you and your family as you deal with the loss of that precious little angel. I have cried so much and am crying as I write this, I would love to come and hug you and would do anything in my power to help. Your faith is an amazing beacon that will lead you through this darkness. I don’t even know you, I’m just a fellow mom (my son is 17 months old) sending you love from Pearland, Texas. I take a great deal of comfort, as I’m sure you do, in the fact that your beautiful baby girl is now laughing and singing in The Kingdom of Heaven and she’ll never have to endure another shot or surgery or step foot in another hospital again.

    I wish you peace and will continue to pray for His Healing hands to comfort you. Cora is so blessed to have been born into such a loving Christian family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 16, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    Jessica - I just found your blog through Drew B, and my heart goes out to you. I have no words to ease your pain, but my prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 17, 2009 - 12:12 am

    Anonymous - As a fellow mom — my heart breaks for you both. I can’t even imagine what this has all been like for you. But, what a wonderful little blessing you had! Cora was a true gift — and look at all the hearts she’s touched!

    I don’t even know how I found you — but once I started reading — I wanted to know more about her. Her sweet little face reminded me so much of my own daughter at that age… I don’t even know you — but I won’t forget little Cora anytime soon.

    Peace and love you all. You’re in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 17, 2009 - 12:21 am

    karen - Precious, Jesus, we call on you, once again, to hold Jess & Joel in your arms as they walk through the loss of their precious Cora Paige. In book called “The Shack”, the father sees his daughter playing happily in heaven. I know your baby is there rejoicing with her Lord.ReplyCancel

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  • February 17, 2009 - 1:17 am

    Anonymous - You are all still in my heart & in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 17, 2009 - 2:02 am

    Mimi - Words cannot express the deep sadness I feel knowing that darling Cora lost her earthly battle with cancer…such a horrible and miserable disease. I lost my first born son to crib death in 1968. Your pain is my pain right now. My tears are Cora’s tears. Please know that I am keeping your family close to my heart and prayer.

    I will be going over to Cora’s little ETSY shoppe to make a purchase to help with her playground. She’ll be there, you know, on a sunny day when all of the little ones are giggling and having fun. Cora will be there at her playground watching over them, the tiny children…keeping them safe.ReplyCancel

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  • February 17, 2009 - 8:18 am

    rob - Praying for you both. And reading a bit more on PamperingBeki. May God give you much grace and comfort during this very difficult and dark time.

    Stillwater, MNReplyCancel

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  • February 17, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Anonymous - Crying for you again today. Catch myself crying often for you and your sweet baby. The tears just come. When I’m hugging my kids, or rocking my little one, I just cry. I cry for you. Cry that you can’t rock your sweet Cora again. I hate this for you. I got mad, really mad yesterday. Just wish we could know the Why’s right now. Why her? Why you? You seem like such a humble couple, why do such hard things happen to such good people? I asked my husband why do I feel so affected by the loss of this little girl I never knew. He said, “Because you are a mother, and you know how much it must hurt, and how empty her arms feel.” Bless you as you try to face each new day. I pray you will find a purpose, a reason to get up each day. Cora has touched my life. I am more gentle with my kids even more than before. I give them more hugs each day, and say more I Love You’s!!! I hope one day even though the grief will be just under your skin you can wake up in the morning with JOY in your heart, and not the stinging pain you feel right now. God bless you both, and God bless baby Cora, I’m sure she misses you both so much. Thank you again for sharing your story with us all. God be with you until you see her again.ReplyCancel

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  • February 17, 2009 - 11:12 am

    The little things - i just wanted to drop by and tell you that you 2 are in my constant thoughts and prayers. I can’t get beautiful Cora out of my mind and pray for you mulitple times during the day- I hope your holding up!

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  • February 17, 2009 - 11:45 am

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Just reading this for I went out of town. I admire your strength a great deal. I can only imagine, and I have MANY times the hurt, loss and tears you have shared and felt. I think and pray of you both often. I have a better appreciation and outlook on life, my children and family from all that has happened with Cora. Our daughters the same age. I seen so much of Morgan in Cora, and they share the same middle name.

    This story has really hit a deep core with me….. I do not know why, but I know its for a reason. I am asking God to teach me, so I do not miss the chance to learn what is being taught.

    I cry often for you as a family, as parents and as I look at Morgan. I have a place in my heart for you as a mother to mother and as parents to parents.

    THere was one thing that really hit me when listening to the service…. Uncle James said or the man before him said “in her short live here, she brought SO MUCH joy and love to so many”…… what a beautiful and honest TRUTH. I smiled and cried as I heard those words.

    Thank you for sharing…. you have a strong team of of Christ sisters and brothers that love you guys and will hold you when you need to fall and help you get through this.

    God LOVES YOU!!!

    God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • February 17, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    Taryn - Joel and Jess,

    God continues to put you on my heart and I just wanted to let you know that another prayer was sent up from Texas today for you and your family. Sweet Cora is playing in heaven and experiencing no pain whatsoever. Jesus is holding her close and loving her for eternity. I just finished reading “The Shack” and thought of your family as this book has a somewhat similar story of a father grieving the loss of his daughter. What a wonderful story of how God works in and through our lives. May He bless you with comfort and peace. I will continue to pray!ReplyCancel

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  • February 17, 2009 - 12:12 pm