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

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

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  • Cathy - You did great!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

    Many Many Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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

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

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  • PamperingBeki - It was just on again this morning on channel 5. :)

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

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

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  • Anna - How wonderful Jess and Joel!ReplyCancel

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

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

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  • Cristy - So awesome Jess!ReplyCancel

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

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

    Love and prayers,
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  • Missy - thinking of you!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • me and my boys - she will always be famous :)
    playground looks beautiful !ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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  • writing4612 - How awesome is that?ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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Sweet Baby Mac.

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

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

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

    Always praying in Nebraska,
    Sarah

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

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

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

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

    What a wonder it is to see them in inside!

    Pray for you often….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Missy - your baby is beautiful! ummmmmmm with all that activity it may be a boy :)ReplyCancel

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

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  • Heather - I am SO excited for you!ReplyCancel

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

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

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  • Holly - So precious!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Kristen - God bless Baby Mac! :-)ReplyCancel

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

    Oh how exciting, sweet and wonderful.

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

    God Bless.ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So excited for you.ReplyCancel

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  • Hailey - Precious!ReplyCancel

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

    Blessings to you and sweet baby mac!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

    I could NOT be more excited for you guys!

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

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

    So prepare yourself for a fun and feisty one. :)ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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  • meg duerksen - i can already tell it looks just like you. :)ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Anonymous - Looks like a boy :o)ReplyCancel

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  • Alexa - ♥♥♥ReplyCancel

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

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  • Marla Taviano - He’s beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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

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  • Lauren Kelly - Awww, so sweet!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Paula Aspacher - I THINK IT IS A BOYReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • PamperingBeki - Cora would’ve absolutely loved it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Somedays I wonder how I can keep going. I wonder how I can keep moving forward without Cora and with this huge hole in my heart. It makes me so sad to think it has been six almost seven months that we have continued through life without Cora alongside us. I hate that time is moving forward without her here. But then I marvel at the fact that it has been six almost seven months that I have lived through this dark storm and I am still standing.
Yesterday as we worshipped in church, the words of these songs seemed to jump off the screen at me. I think I needed a reminder of why I am still standing. A reminder that Christ alone is my solid ground through this fierce storm. And because of this living hope, He gives me a reason to keep moving forward.
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
’til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand
(In Christ Alone)
Jesus You’re my firm foundation 
I know I can stand secure
Jesus You’re my firm foundation
I put my hope in Your holy Word
I put my hope in Your holy Word
I have a living hope
I have a future
God has a plan for me
Of this I’m sure
Of this I’m sure
(Firm Foundation)
I pray that whatever you are facing today, that you too would find your feet standing secure–
in Jesus, our firm foundation.
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  • TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Beautifully written. God indeed provides for our every need.

    With Love and Prayers,
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  • Ethansmom08 - Very Beautiful…and so very true!

    Praying for you,
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  • Claudia - I absolutely love this song!!!!

    What a great reminder, thank you so much.ReplyCancel

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  • Janice - So very true.ReplyCancel

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  • Alaine - That’s my all time favorite song. It moves me to tears every time I hear it or sing it. What a wonderful anthem for our lives.

    I don’t know you IRL, but I was following your blog 7 months ago and have prayed for you often since then. I’d like to think I could handle such a huge loss with as much faith as you have. Cora is blessed to have you for her mommy.ReplyCancel

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  • Ashlee , JT. Soph, Shiloh, and Baby Tollett - Your strength and courage is such a testimony. When I click on your blog, it so hard for myself, even a stranger to look at the pictures of your beautiful daughter and know you are without her. I can not fathom what you have gone through and as a mother, I know my heart would be devastated.

    Your faith is a testimony and I will continue to pray for the gradual healing and kind touch of the Father’s hand to guide you through your days ahead. I’m not sure where you live at this time besides somewhere in Kansas, but I grew up just south of Wichita about 60 miles and now live in Overland Park.

    I know a lot of people are excited to see how the little life inside of you will bring such a new joy and hopeful healing to you guys. Take care and much love from a fellow sister in Christ.ReplyCancel

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  • Missy - thanks for sharing! such encouragement. if your still standing after all you’ve been through…then i can too 😉

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  • Courtney and the Boys - Thank you SO much for this. I learned earlier this morning that I have to put my dog to sleep, and my heart is broken. But I will still stand…in the love of Christ. God bless you in your journey, and thank you for your testimony.ReplyCancel

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  • Samantha - So beautifully put, your strength and courage astounds me. If you and your family can still be standing, it puts new encouragement in my heart. Thank you for the reminder.ReplyCancel

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  • Allison - Ive been reading for a while but have never commented. I just want you to know that you are such an inspiration to me! I am so glad you are still standing. :)ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - I, too, am amazed that you’re still standing.

    I’m quite certain I would not have your strength.

    I’ve told you this before, but nearly every worship song now has a different meaning to me. Particularly those you chose for Cora’s celebration service.
    My eyes have been opened like never before.

    I hate that it had to happen, but God is working through Cora and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - LOVE that song! Praying for your hurting heart!ReplyCancel

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  • sewbusy - AMEN!! The Lord has used you so much this year in helping to bring healing to my life after the loss of our son almost 3 years ago. I am so thankful He has given me this healing! Thank you for being willing to be used by Him! I pray that some day you may experience that awesome healing power HE alone can give.
    Blessings,
    Ami

    Ps this is not to say I don’t still hurt but I can now move on with JOY and HOPE and PEACE! It is truely wonderful!ReplyCancel

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  • Trasie Bressler - Thanks for sharing and I know that with all that you have gone through and you are still standing then I know that I can too!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - i don’t know how people get through life without Christ being their foothold and strength.ReplyCancel

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  • dg darling - I still pray for you daily you know…Though I never knew Cora in person I think of her often, maybe because my baby girl is close to her age. I see her smile in my mind alot when my daughter smiles. Honestly, for a little girl I never knew, she sure has left an impression on my heart. So have you, and Joel. I know you didn’t set out to inspire anyone and I know you would gladly trade the admiration to have your baby girl back but I am so thankful to have gotten to “know” you and Cora through this. I pray that all will be well with this baby you are expecting and I pray that your’s and Joel’s hearts will be blessed with peace and healing. Just know that the world has not forgotten your Cora and we are all praying for you as you continue to grieve while at the same time going on with life…ReplyCancel

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  • Sherryl - You are still standing because you still have a purpose in this world – to be the great mom that you were to Cora yet again to another little baby.

    Take it one day at a time.ReplyCancel

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  • mom2wendy - Only Christ offers safe harbor in the tragic sea of grief.ReplyCancel

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  • Falling Around - Love that song.

    I continue to be amazed by your strength through moving forward without sweet Cora. Your strength is a miracle only God can provide and an inspiration to us all.

    Love & Prayers,
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  • Kelli - This is my very favorite song!! It’s truth is powerful!! Praying for you and your husband!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Juliann - Praise the Lord, Amen. Jesus IS the name above all names. Without him, we truly have no hope. Thank you for sharing your faith with me.ReplyCancel

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  • lil miss' mama - You are so courageous. My family and I sung In Christ Alone last week at my grandfather’s memorial service. It is a song full of hope, which is what I pray that you will hold onto as you maneuver the days and months ahead. I know that that song has helped give me anchor as I miss my grandfather so very much and it has only been one week since he left for Heaven. God’s blessings on your family forever.ReplyCancel

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  • Sharon - It’s so true, we never can stand on our own. Please feel lifted by so many prayers that are being sent your way!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Through you pain You are still being an inspiration..How true your words are. You continue to amaze me with you faith, strenth.

    I think about you and your Cora everyday, multiple times a day.

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  • Krystal - That song never fails to leave me humbled AND encouraged. Thank you for sharing your heart. I love the opportunity to pray for others, though of course I wish we didn’t live in a sinful world full of pain and suffering. Heaven sure looks good, doesn’t it!?!ReplyCancel

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  • Karina - I wish I could believe that. I am so glad, for your sake, that you do! Given my lack of faith, I’m certain that losing a child would kill me; I don’t know how anyone in your position copes without the sense of a greater power in their lives. I take comfort in your faith for your sake – and that, too, is very inspirational.ReplyCancel

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  • Brandi - Absolutey beautiful!!! I pray for you and your family every day.. I can’t imagine your pain. THINKING of you!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Rebecca - This song has always been a favorite of mine. The message is so strong. It just fills me with hope for things that seem uncertain and difficult.

    You have been on my mind and heart and in my prayers everyday for these last six almost seven months since Cora went to heaven. I sometimes marvel at the grief I continue to feel for somebody I have never met.

    May He grant you joy. May He grant you peace.

    Love and Hugs to you and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • sassy studio - hello macs,
    your strength and love and lessons are shared so beautifully…..lessons for life for all, thank you in so many ways.
    wish we could have met you for ice cream when you were here in Canada!
    sassy in SK (besdie AB)ReplyCancel

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  • mommaof4wife2r - i love that song…it speaks volumes to me each time i hear those words!

    “No power of hell, no scheme of man
    Can ever pluck me from His hand”…man, that is hope! praise god!ReplyCancel

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  • Joy - I think about you guys daily…I am continually praying for you as you weather this journey. SO thankful you are finding strength in Christ – our shelter – we sang a song in church this weekend called “Made Me Glad” by Hillsong. It’s powerful, and I think you might like it if you don’t know it already. My heart is continually so burdened for you both…it is teaching me to truly give ALL that I am to the Lord – that my children are not mine, but His…it can be so hard to do. Thank you for your faithfulness, honesty, and true testimony to Christ. I am praying for your sweet Mama’s heart – for healing – and for a growing love and joy for the precious gift growing inside you. With Love, JoyReplyCancel

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  • Allison - I’ve been reading your blog for awhile but don’t comment a lot. I just wanted to let you know that I keep you and your family in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Jen - I found your link on safe Haven.. and I must say what a great song.. I lost my daughter in may..she was 9 months old.. it is so hard..the day to day with out her is awful..people always say “I don’t know how you do it” I always say back to them “by the grace of our God..” because if it were just me, I would never get out of bed..the playground is beautiful and a wonderful tribute to precious your daughter..ReplyCancel

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  • jenjensden - To me, “In Christ Alone” is the most powerful song we ever sing in church. Every time we sing it I say I’m not going to cry and when we get to the verse about Him rising from the dead on the third day, Jesus’ sacrifice and His overcoming death is so real to me, and tears always flood.

    I am constantly amazed by your faithfulness. The peace, joy and beauty that you exhibit through this blog, and I’m sure throughout your life, is definitely Jesus shining through you — there could me no other explanation after all you’ve been through. I’m so glad you have Jesus as your firm foundation.ReplyCancel

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  • Cristy - So very true! You are the perfect example Jess.

    ((Hugs)) and love…

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  • Shauna - I definitely needed that today-thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • Ang - I pray for you often. I know you don’t know me, but I follow your blog and your little girl is just precious! I am so sorry for the hurt that your family has endured. I may have already posted this request to you. I have tried to ask as many people as I can especially considering the path your lives have taken. But if you get a chance can you go to my blog and scroll down to read the ‘tragic’ post? This family too needs much prayer. Thank you!! my blog address is http://buckinghamsblog.blogspot.com/ReplyCancel

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  • Liana - you are AMAZING. Stay strong. Your witness and openess (once again) has moved me to tears. I think of your family often.ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - That is such a powerful song! May you continue to be blessed as you bless others through your own growth, stretching, healing…ReplyCancel

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  • shepherdsgrace - i love this song as well…

    also…when I suffered the loss of a much desired pregnancy in 2007…the Lord comforted me with Blessed Be Your Name…

    the brokenness then, He used to make me stronger now…I then lost my much beloved grandmother(mother) September of that same year…and I broke…yet He held me..

    And I realized…it’s all Him…and I love Him…

    May He strengthen you…hold you, encourage you…as only He can and does…

    blessings, and thank you for your testimony..

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  • Maple Memories - Still praying. Daily.ReplyCancel

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  • Hailey - You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
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  • Maria - I have never left a comment, even though I read your blog pretty much every day and have now since before Cora’s illness. And I have never, never checked your blog from work. But for some reason today I did…and now I know why. I needed to read those words to that song because today is a day that I need to be reminded of that. THANK YOU…MANY HUGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! Praying for all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - Thinking of you and praying for you today. With God’s help you will continue to stand and mover forward.ReplyCancel

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  • Adrian - What an amazing mother you are! I can’t imagine the heartache you must go through.. I don’t have a blog of my own just yet, but I saw your blog through a friend’s and I was so touched to read your story. Know that you and Joel are in my prayers as you deal with the loss of Cora and the joy of bringing a new life into this world and your strength is a inspiration to so many! With Love, AdrianReplyCancel

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  • Angie - Beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Sheila - Your strength amazes me and I pray daily for you and your family!! Thanks for the reminder that Christ rises above all storms!ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - Thinking of you today.ReplyCancel

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  • The Pike Family - Hello there :)
    I have been reading your blog for awhile now but I have never posted..I dont know why? Probably because I live in AZ and you have no idea who I am :) but I just want you to know that you are amazing…truly! Thank you for all the inspiration!
    XOXO JulieReplyCancel

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  • Jessica - Hey I nominated you for an award CHECK my blog!!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Koehns - We sing Firm Foundation at our church a lot (in fact, we sang it today). It is a short song, but oh, so powerful! Keep inspiring us all. Can’t wait to see pictures of Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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  • Rachael - My FAVORITE SONG! It is so try and speaks to what you are going through. Thinking of you.ReplyCancel

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  • Nan in Can - That first one is one of my all time faves. So much truth and beauty… Keep standing. But when you fall, you know whose arms you fall into. “His power is made perfect in weakness…”ReplyCancel

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THE COLORS!
I just love how Cora’s Playground is coming together.
Check out the new flooring.




Isn’t it GREAT?

DuraPlay installed the flooring. They even donated some of the cost so that we could have the colorful design–which I love!  
We are so thankful for all these talented, generous people who are helping make Cora’s Playground possible.

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  • Stacia Howard - WOW! It looks awesome!!ReplyCancel

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  • Tina - It looks amazing! I hope to visit her playground in person one of these days.

    Also, Jess, I wanted to ask if you mind if I steal your “Praises” and “Prayer Requests” terminology that you used while Cora was sick. My Aunt Linda is currently very sick and fighting Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma on her brain. Our family started a website for her through caringbridge and I just really like that idea so I hope you don’t mind.

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  • wicker0407 - It looks amazing brings tears to my eyes. I know my kids would LOVE to play on that playground! Continued prayers from my family to yours!
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  • Maureen - Wow! It looks amazing!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Susy M from Miami - Cora is smiling down from Heaven. What a great playground but remember, she has an even better one up there. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • Kendra - love the playground! so adorable and full of life!ReplyCancel

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  • CourtneyC - wow, what an awesome playground!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Joel - So glad you like it Jess! It’s been a blessing to work with you and your church!ReplyCancel

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  • Lundstrom Family - That is adorable, just like Cora! What an awesome memorial for her. Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - It is so beautiful!

    I will visit one day (I’m actually not too far… about 6-8 hours away in southern Oklahoma), so my girls can slide on Cora’s slide and play on Cora’s playground.ReplyCancel

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  • Missy - i’d love to play there! seriously, it’s wonderful. what a beautiful reflection of your sweet daughters life.

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  • jennifer rogers - oh my gosh it looks great! I just wish we lived near you so that I could take my little boy there to play it looks so inviting!ReplyCancel

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  • Jenny - That is the cutest playground I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

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  • Tara - wow! the colors are awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • kimberlysayre - That looks awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - LOVE IT! Great job Mom and Grammy on picking out the floor..What a fantastic legacy to your beautiful Cora Paige!

    KimReplyCancel

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  • Elle's Mom - Oh my goodness! That is the most beautiful and special playground I have ever seen! I have goosebumps!!ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - Oh my word, Jess!! That is beyond amazing. It’s INCREDIBLE. It just screams, “CORA!!” What a beautiful, beautiful reflection of her radiant, happy life!!

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  • Kelly - It looks amazing! I was just thinking about the playground today, and wondering if you would post an update soon. I also love the new blog design. I love seeing all the different pictures of Cora. She is so beautiul! I know she would have loved the playground.ReplyCancel

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  • The Carrolls - This looks so amazing! Still praying for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Taylor - Love the flooring…Great colors!ReplyCancel

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  • sarah m - It is SO cute & fun – love it!!ReplyCancel

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  • Polka Dot Moon - What a wonderful, beautiful and amazing playground you have created! And I feel the same with your new blog header! Her smiling face makes me smile too :)ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - wow wow wow! i love it! the flooring reminds me of the yellow brick road! :) so cuteReplyCancel

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  • Restless Mama - This is such a beautiful project – you’re such a beautiful family for doing this.ReplyCancel

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  • Megan - It is a really beautiful playground. The kids will absolutely love it. It’s really special.ReplyCancel

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  • The Sieberts - love it! how cheery and inviting and a great way to remember how happy Cora would have been playing on the playground :)
    Love your new blog layout too…ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer Rutherford - This is the coolest playground I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

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  • Sherryl - Such a happy, happy place!ReplyCancel

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  • Falling Around - Oh my goodness… it is wonderful! I love the flooring. I’ve never seen it done like that before – it’s amazing! It’s truly coming together beautifully.ReplyCancel

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  • Heather - HOW ADORABLE!!! It looks great!! And I love how the new layout switches the pics each time!
    Hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

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  • Kelly Taylor - I’m a lurker, but just had to comment today. The playground is beautiful and I don’t know of a single child that won’t absolutely LOVE to play on it. What a wonderful way to honor precious Cora’s life.ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - Cora’s Playground is absolutely beautiful! Hands down the most amazing playground I have ever seen, and I have seen my share! The flooring pattern is a great touch. What a wonderful gift to the children of your area.ReplyCancel

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  • Dina Ross - Perfect, simply Perfect!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Wow! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

    Congratulations on organising such an incredible tribute to your precious Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • Sara Lynn - That looks like so much fun!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Julie - Jess, I LOVE the floor. It’s perfect. Love you!ReplyCancel

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  • dg darling - That is so incredibly cute!!! I wish I lived anywhere near you so I could take my own baby girl to play at Cora’s.ReplyCancel

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  • Megan - What a beautiful playground in honor of such a beautiful baby.ReplyCancel

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  • La Familia Garcia - I love the new blog look!!ReplyCancel

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  • Bailey - It is very beautiful – what fun the kids will have!ReplyCancel

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  • Katie - It’s beautiful! I would LOVE to play there with the kids I babysit for!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Colorful, happy, and full of Joy, just like your sweet Cora!! That’s what I feel when I see this playground.ReplyCancel

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  • Trasie Bressler - Absolutely Perfect!!! I love the colors, I love the equipment what a beautiful place for all of Cora’s friends to play on. I love love love it!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • THE ZELLERS - DuraPlay!!! Jess, the owners of DurePlay are my good friends and neighbors, Misty and Darren Toomey way down here in Wimberley, Texas. They live just a few doors down from me. I’m so happy that they partnered with you to make Cora’s playground so colorful and safe for the kiddos to enjoy.

    Misty and Darren have two young children themselves, Cash and Blue, who I know would love to spend some time at Cora’s playground. I’ll be sure to let them know what a special project they were a part of, just in case they aren’t aware.

    Everything is just beautiful, a true reflection of Cora. All it needs now is a few dozen little ones squealing and laughing. Can’t wait for the pictures of that.

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  • Shosh - WOW! This is the nicest playground I’ve ever seen! And I’ve seen a lot….ReplyCancel

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  • Angie - Incredible…beyond all the visions I had of how it would look!ReplyCancel

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  • Allison - Wow! It’s really breathtaking! Such a wonderful tribute to your little girl.ReplyCancel

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  • mommaof4wife2r - it is more than fab! so creative and fun and playful…perfect! and what a great honor for cora to have such a lovely place in her honor…she deserves it!ReplyCancel

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  • Christine - I love it, so colorful and fun! What a wonderful tribute :)ReplyCancel

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  • Our Curly Girls - WOW! It’s a beautiful and inviting haven for children. I absolutely love it!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Shane and Casey - I’m going to get lost in your comments, but I just had to write that the playground looks amazing. Cora has to be beaming down on you two with pride right now!ReplyCancel

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  • Bambi - The playground is amazing! What a wonderful tribute to Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • Chris - WOW !!! BEAUTIFUL.
    Cora must be so proud of you :)ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - Gorgeous! Cora would have loved it.ReplyCancel

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  • laura - that has to be one of the coolest playgrounds i have ever seen! so happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - Holy cow Jess.. That’s amazing!!! So exciting!ReplyCancel

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  • Jane In The Jungle - That is amazing and new little Mac will LOVE it!! Bet Cora is laughing and clapping in heaven!ReplyCancel

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  • Abby Johns - The flooring colors really make the play equipment POP. I love the whole design; it makes me want to be a kid again!ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon - Absolutely beautiful and fun–just like sweet little Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • Julie @ Joy's Hope - What a cheery, beautiful, wonderful amazing place. I can’t wait to see it.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi REDISKE - I love it! Do you know yet when the dedication is going to be? I really want to come to that.ReplyCancel

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  • Carrie Hasson - SO AMAZING!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica - Beautiful! Olivia would LOVE it. She loves bright colors!ReplyCancel

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  • Mandi - What a fun place for little ones to play!ReplyCancel

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  • The Costellos - Wow, so beautiful and amazing. What a legacy for Cora to leave and to think that she will be remembered for years to come by those who weren’t even privelleged to meet her before she went home to the Father! Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • gwswenson - Absolutely wonderful! You have really good taste.

    I would love to bring my children to play at Cora’s. Can’t wait to see pics of Baby Mac toddling around there.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin Stegent - Wow, amazing. I love, love, love it also! Perfect.ReplyCancel

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  • Sheila - Beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Emily - Wow! The playground was great before but the colorful flooring made it absolutely amazing! I know you must be so pleased with the way it is turning out.

    I know you don’t know me but your story has touched my life in ways you will never know. I am praying for you and this new life inside you. Thanks for sharing your life with us!ReplyCancel

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  • Sherri - That is one awesome playground!!! Still praying you both!!ReplyCancel

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  • Micah - Awe-some! That looks so cool! I can’t believe what a difference the flooing made! I mean, it looked great before, but now it really pops!ReplyCancel

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  • Hayes Family - Wow! This looks amazing! Keeping your family in our prayers in Kansas City. The Hayes FamilyReplyCancel

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  • Livesays - It looks beautiful! What a fun place for kids to play! Very cool to think about Baby Mac some day playing on the playground which honors his/her big sister!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - I LOVE the colorful flooring. I take my kids to various parks around our city and haven’t seen anything like it. A special playground to commemorate a special little one.

    Your story inspires me daily to look at the important things in life….God, faith, family, friends. The petty things just don’t seem to matter. Thank you for reminding us of this fact, and most importantly for drawing people to God through your story. God is using your pain to bring glory to Him. You are being a faithful servant. Well done.ReplyCancel

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  • Marylou in Abilene, Texas - What a beautiful tribute to your precious baby girl! I have followed your blog for some time and have prayed often for you. I am a 76 year old great grandmother who counts it a privilege to pray for families like you who have special needs. May God give you a special blessing today and in the days ahead as you await the birth of a new baby. Our next great grand arrives January 29th, to our granddaughter, Kristin and Clay who live in Kansas City. Just wanted you to know I am praying for you two.ReplyCancel

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  • cheryl - Makes me wanna be a kid again! What a blessing this is going to be for many, MANY children at your church! Cora’s memory lives on!

    We have dear friend who lost their son in a tragic accident over 20 years ago. They had a playground built at our church in his memory..and it’s still there, with his name on the fence…ministering to 1000’s of children! Be encouraged!ReplyCancel

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  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - It looks absolutely amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • Katherine - How beautiful!!!! What a wonderful way to honor sweet Cora. God blessed yall when he made Cora for you, and now He has blessed you by providing this great tribute. God bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Monica - Wow, it’s amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • Amber - It looks so great! I’m with you, the colorful flooring designs are fabulous. It adds so much cheerful character. The playground is coming together so wonderfully!ReplyCancel

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  • i love plum - looks amazing!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Candice - I love it!ReplyCancel

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  • Sue - This looks fantastic!! Well done, you must be so chuffed… Can’t wait to see it filled with kids!

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  • susana - It looks awesome!!
    I know kids would LOVE to play on that playground..what a beautiful reflection of your sweet daughters life when they are playing in ground…
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  • Team Alix - It looks great! I love the bright colors and happy playground structures- a wonderful, happy vivid memorial to your beautiful daughter.ReplyCancel

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  • JJ - Looks amazing! When baby Mac is older you will be able to take him/her there and tell them all about their amazing big sister. I am still praying for you guys every day.ReplyCancel

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  • Scott, Joanna, Matthew - What an awesome and colorful playground!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristen - What an awesome looking playground! :-)ReplyCancel

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  • Tiffany Lockette - What an amazing contribution to in honor of a precious little girl. Brings tears to my eyes. I hope you find some peace with it completed. They did a fantastic job. Continuing to pray for your strength.ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - I love it – it looks terrific! What a wonderful memorial to Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - It really a beautiful legacy. ALl the best to you as you continue your journey.
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  • annaelyse - wow jess! it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - How wonderful. What a great legacy.ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - Oh my word, looks sooooo great!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Karina - The playground looks amazing!!! That floor really pulls it all together. What a beautiful tribute to Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Hi there! A silent reader here in Denver, but I pray for you just about everyday! I love the playground, it’s awesome! And so colorful! I really love that Cora will be remembered and that she will live on in the hearts of others! Even in life she is a beautiful angel!

    Congratulations on the upcoming addition to the family! How wonderful the Lord is-he never fails!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - It looks AWESOME!ReplyCancel

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  • Claudia - Makes me want to be a kid again … looks like you are in a children’s book when you are playing in it.

    What a wonderful way to honor the life of your precious one!

    I love it!ReplyCancel

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  • mommyof2 - What an amazing place for children to play AND learn who God our Lord and Savior is! Such a blessing to those tiny souls. Great work !ReplyCancel

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  • Zingo Tots - How awesome to see this amazing project near completion! Love it! I know it will bring smiles to soooo many faces for years to come! Also love the new look of your blog! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :O) - What an AWESOME playground! How wonderful to see it all pulling together. I know you both must be so proud. You live in such a terrific community for everyone to work together on such a meaningful project. I love all the bright colors and how inviting it looks. So nice to know that I helped contribute to that…makes me just beam and I know sweet Cora will be smiling down upon all those children playing there. Sending hugs to you both (and Baby Mac)from Michigan!ReplyCancel

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  • Chris Johnson - Awesome! This is just beautiful. Imagine all the little ones that are going to have memories of Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • Shelley - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayer-Group/90435222450

    I started a prayer group a little while ago on Facebook, and I just wanted to let you know that I have mentioned your blog, and that we are all keeping you in our prayers. God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • sarahross - I couldn’t help but smile seeing it. It’s beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - Cora’s Playground is beautiful, I love the flooring how it ties into the play equipment, such fun vibrant colors!
    Keeping you in my prayers today!ReplyCancel

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  • MyLinda - That is a beautiful tribute to sweet Cora! And just think, it won’t be long before Cora can watch her brother/sister playing in her playground!ReplyCancel

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  • onlymehere - I absolutely love your new header. They melt my heart. The colors are awesome in this playground and absolutely every kids dream come true! It’s fantastic. CindyReplyCancel

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  • JenniferNe - That is the coolest playground I have ever seen! Great job! I am so glad that I was able to buy a dress to help with that playground! God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • Christine - Absolutely stunning!!! What an incredible difference that makes! I expected to see the solid dark flooring, but this is completely fabulous!! I just love it :)ReplyCancel

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  • Audrey - Amazing! I would love to take my own daughter to play on that equipment. She would go crazy!ReplyCancel

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  • A - WOW- it looks phenominal!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Dragonfly fine designs - That is amazing! Those kids are really going to enjoy it!ReplyCancel

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  • Erin - Love it!ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle - Cora’s Playground looks like a wonderful place for children to come and play. You should be so proud of your accomplishment. You have honoured your sweet girl in the most amazing way!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley Ann - So fun…we want to come play! It is just perfect…love the new blog design too!ReplyCancel

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  • Cristy - Yea! So beautiful. What an awesome way to honor little angel Cora. We can’t wait to play on it soon!ReplyCancel

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  • Jenifer - Its Looks AmazingReplyCancel

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  • The Shepherd Family - The park looks AMAZING!!
    Praise God!ReplyCancel

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  • Judy - Wow, it’s amazing! I love it! It’s going to be a place of joy for so many children! I’m sure you’ll be hanging out there this time next year with Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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  • amyflew - Wow that is sooooo awesome, I didn’t even know you could do outdoor playgrounds with color on the flooring like that!!ReplyCancel

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  • Becky - Oh my gosh, how much fun is that playground!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - What template did you use? I absolutely love the family photos..Please blog about the new template so I can know!

    Pray for you each night..

    A friend from Ohio :)ReplyCancel

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  • Renee - Wow, what an awesome playground!!!
    What an awesome memorial for her. Praying for you!beautiful reflection of her radiant, happy life!!thanks for sharing..
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  • Marsha - Looks amazing! I love the pictures at the top of your blog too! What a sweet sweet little girl.

    Love and prayers,

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  • Baylee and Blair's page - Simply awesome!!!

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  • jess - that is the most beautiful playground I’ve ever seen! what a wonderful memorial for Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • Ethansmom08 - WOW! I love it! :)ReplyCancel

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  • texasinafrica - It looks so great! What fun!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - It looks wonderful! What a fun playground!ReplyCancel

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  • vanettens - It is beautiful! It might just be the cutes playground I’ve ever seen:)ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Praising God with you! The colors and playground look awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - It’s amazing!!! That makes all the difference, doesn’t it, having that flooring down? Wow. Thanks for sharing the progress!ReplyCancel

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  • Andrea - WOW! SO amazing and so wonderful!

    What a perfect little playground. It has become something that looks so fun.

    Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Looks so fantastic!
    I ADORE the new blog layout. Your header brought tears to my eyes.

    Everything about it evokes the pure joy that is your beautiful family.

    With love and prayers for all of you,

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  • Anonymous - The playground looks awesome! What a monument to Cora!
    I also wanted to tell you I love your new blog layout. I love the pics of you all and Cora on the header. It is nice to see her there. I have been thinking of Cora (and you all) so much lately, as our daughter is exactly the age Cora was when she was diagnosed. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this new road-looking forward to new life and grieving life lost. Cora has helped me treasure the little moments a little better.
    Blessings-
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  • Suzy Q - Beautiful, just beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - IT’s awesome! So cool!ReplyCancel

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  • Whimsical Creations - Just fantastic!! It looks fabulous!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Mershawn's - Wow, wow, wow! I want to come play:). Great job!ReplyCancel

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  • writing4612 - That looks so awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - Darling!!!! What a happy place, darling too is your new header…Cora was/is just a precious, precious baby, again, so deeply sorry for your loss…excited for your new little life too! Best wishes and congrats on all your hardwork on the playground.ReplyCancel

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  • number17cherrytreelane - It is bright and colorful–a true tribute to both of you and your amazing daughter….ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - wow! it looks amazing!!
    nice to see that it all turned out you wanted it to….

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  • Miss G - It’s amazing! love it!! KellyReplyCancel

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  • Heather - I want to come play on this!! What a great memorial to a amazing little girl!! I LOVE IT!!

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  • Emilie - Oh the playground looks AMAZING!!! You both must be so happy!ReplyCancel

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  • KellyH - What a beautiful park!!ReplyCancel

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  • michele - okay, that is seriously one of the cutest playgrounds i have ever seen. oh my, how sweet.ReplyCancel

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