Obviously, this is not a secret anymore! We wanted to share with all of you our exciting news. We are so thankful that the Lord has blessed us with another child. We can’t wait for our house to be filled with that joy again.
But this announcement comes with so many mixed emotions as it is hard to imagine adding another child to our family without Cora here with us.  She would have been such a good big sister!
We are so thankful for all of our faithful prayer warriors out there! Please continue to pray along with us for a healthy baby Mac. What a miracle this new little life is!
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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:33 am

    The Bordens - Congrats, what a blessing. You and your family are in our prayersReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:37 am

    Anonymous - Congratulations! Your family will remain in my prayers. Cora would be so proud.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:39 am

    Anonymous - Hooray!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:41 am

    Bethany - I continue to follow along with your story. Congrats on the news of the new baby! My thoughts continue to be with you as I know your hearts are still hurting!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:42 am

    Anonymous - God is good!ReplyCancel

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    Angie - So happy for you!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:47 am

    Jenny Crosse - Congratulations! You are such wonderful parents – your new little baby will be so blessed.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:53 am

    vintage at heart - So happy for all of you! Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:55 am

    Shannon - What wonderful news to read this morning!!! I grew up as the only surviving child of parents that lost a son. I will tell you that not a day has gone by that I don’t know how much my parents love me and that they would do anything in this world for me. You have a unique opportunity to love a child and truly know how precious every moment is. Your child is blessed to have parents that will be able to give them such a gift!! Continuing to pray for you daily!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Brianna - That is such awesome news congrats! I also just found out we’re having a baby too. So happy to hear this news today :) Take care.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:59 am

    Jenny - Congratualtions!!!! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:00 am

    Molly - I am so happy for you. I know it must be bittersweet but this baby is coming into this world and is already loved by so many who know your story. I look forward to all the updates.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:00 am

    my3sons - That is wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Kat - I really needed to hear some good new this morning! I am so thankful for this wonderful new life God has blessed you with. Continuing to pray for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:01 am

    BabyTuck - Congratulations! I’ve read your blog throughout your journey, but have never commented. Your strength is so inspirational! We’re praying for a wonderful pregnancy and healthy arrival of your new little one.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:03 am

    Vera - Oh, I am in tears for you – CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What a huge blessing! Y’all are definitely still in my daily prayers, and will continue to be.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:04 am

    All Doll(ed) Up - YEAH! That made my day reading that!!! I am rushing out to tell Adam now so we can be praying together for this baby!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:04 am

    Lindsey Stelly - God is so good!
    I am just a bawlin’ over joyed for ya’ll! I follow you constantly (stalker, ha ha) but never have commented! Now is the time!!
    I have been praying for you guys so much and am so happy that you will have a new baby!
    I know Cora is dancing with those angels and is so excited!
    Congratulations BIG SISTER!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:04 am

    Elle's Mom - Congrats! That is such wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:05 am

    Abby Johns - I am SO excited for you! Congratulations! I will be praying for a smooth pregnancy and a healthy child to bring many smiles to your household. That little baby already has the best guardian angel big sister there is!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:07 am

    Sara - Yea! My Grandma lost her first baby, Terri, at one. When she died, the doctors told her to get pregnant again, as it would ease the pain a little bit to have a little one in the house. She told me that it helped a ton. Very exiting news! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:09 am

    Marie - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:09 am

    PamperingBeki - Jess, I’m crying!

    Congratulations!!!!!

    (that actually crossed my mind when I saw you yesterday. But of course I didn’t say anything.)

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:12 am

    The Rouse House - May this baby be like a rainbow for your hearts. A rainbow doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that you are not still dealing with its aftermath. It means something beautiful has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides hope. God brings joy in the midst of sorrow.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:16 am

    Mandi - A new baby is always something to celebrate but I can understand how you would have mixed emotions. Many hugs and prayers sent your way!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:19 am

    Sarah - My jaw completely dropped when I read of your great news!! Congrats to you and your family!!! What an amazing blessing! I pray that you have a good pregnancy! Cora will be an amazing big sister!! She’s gonna be the best guardian angel!!

    Always praying in Nebraska,

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Devon - congrats! i’m so happy for you…and yet i know this is a bittersweet time.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:23 am

    Anonymous - What wonderful news! I imagine that it does come with some sadness but, just imagine how special this baby will also be. She/he will know how much you both love Cora and how she/he will also play an invaluable part in your lives.

    Congratulations. My prayers are with you–enjoy every moment.

    God is good.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:23 am

    Hailey - Congratulations! I am so extrememly happy for you guys!
    Continued prayers in NC!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Brittany - So thrilled for you over in Texas!

    This baby is going to have an amazing sister watching over him/her in Heaven!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Anonymous - Congratulations! I am crying tears of joy for you. I will pray everyday for this little miracle and that your heart continues to heal.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Kelly - You and your family will be in my prayers. I can imagine this is hard to open a new chapter in your life without Cora here to celbrate with you. Know she is with you! Congrats on your upcoming journey!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:28 am

    Laura Fiegel - Oh I am in tears for you both. I am so happy and excited to hear that you are expecting! I can only imagine how bittersweet this must be but know that Cora and God sent this baby to the two of you because they both know how good of parents you are! This little one already has his/her guardian angel in heaven. Take care and I can’t wait to see your updates throughout your pregnancy – I am due on January 1 – so it will be neat to see how things are progressing for you!!

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:29 am

    Brigid - That made my entire day! So happy for all of you!!! I just know that Cora picked out someone very special!!!ReplyCancel

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    Mission of mamahood - Congratulations! I look forward to the updates! I know Cora is very excited in her playground above.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:31 am

    forever folding laundry - Congratulations!! Such a blessing and great new year gift. :) Will still be praying for you.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Kelli - Congratulations!!! We will be praying and thinking about you! We are due in february with our 2nd and it’ll be fun to hear all about your pregnancy when I’m not to far behind you! I’m so happy for the THREE of you! Cora is smiling down from Heaven and she is just as excited as you are! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:32 am

    kati - congrats! what extra-special news. wish you all the best!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Heather - Oh my heart just skipped a beat! Congratulations! I can only imagine how bittersweet you must be feeling! I am so happy for you guys, and I just know you’ll love having the sound of baby in your home again! My prayers are always with you!
    Hugs and prayers,
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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Trinity - Praise God! May you be blessed with a pregnancy filled with love and hopefulness. Cora will be a wonderful big sister, watching and guarding from heavens light.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Mandy - Ahhh! That is the happiest news I have heard in a long time! I can hardly wait for January to come so we can meet this sweet little spirit the Lord is sending to your family! I am so, so happy for you!

    I can just picture Cora up in heaven giving her new little brother or sister the run down of Mac living! “Mom really likes it when you do this, and dad laughs when you do this, and make sure you sleep through the night because they BOTH REALLY like that!”

    So fun! I hope that pregnancy is treating you well and that you aren’t feeling too sick or fatigued! We will keep you and that little one in our prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Melody - Oh wow!! Congratulations!! What a true blessing!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Jennifer W. - Oh Jess I am SO happy for you. Tears sprang to my eyes and my heart leapt when I saw the news. And what a beautiful picture of Cora! I know her little brother or sister will know her very well!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Megan - Congrats on your new little blessing. Your family is in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:52 am

    Melanieshea - WOOOHOOO!!!!! I am sooooo happy for you!!!!!!
    Hugs!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:54 am

    blessedmomto7 - Too awesome for words! Blessings to you and your little Mac!ReplyCancel

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    Aimee Bakke - God is so very good! Congrats!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:58 am

    Polka Dot Moon - What wonderful news! Congratulations!!

    Many blessings to all.
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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Lorrie - What wonderful news! Congratulations!! I have never commented on your blog but have followed throughout your journey. Your loss has made me look at my life and family in a different way, and for that I thank you for sharing your heart and your sweet Cora with us. What a great way to start the weekend, first I finally got a Cora shirt for my daughter and now your great announcement. Thanks again for sharing and please know we will pray for you and for a healthy baby. God is good!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:07 am

    mandie - congratulations, sweet mama!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Thank you Jesus for this new gift of life! Praising and rejoicing with you! And praying for you…ReplyCancel

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    Nicole @ BugaBoos - Congratulations! That is so awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Dina Ross - I have happy chills and tears of joy for you all at the same time. This is the first time I’ve commented on your blog and let me tell you what a gift from God both Cora and YOU are:-)
    I am so so so so happy for you:-) The best news!!!! Congrats to you and your family:-)ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:11 am

    Falling Around - Joel & Jess,

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Seriously, I was just thinking about this. I know this time will be bittersweet for you – it is exciting but, of course, you want to share it with little Cora.

    Nothing in this world will ever replace Cora, but I pray this new blessing from God will ease the pain in your hearts a little.

    What a lucky child this will be – you two have SO much love to offer!

    Praising God with you,
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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:15 am

    Courtney - I am so excited for you guys. What a true blessing from God. I know that this does not take away the hurt your feeling but, it does bring good joy. YEAH GOD!
    Congrats again
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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:16 am

    MCH PHOTOGRAPHY - Congrats! Wishing & praying for a healthy pregnancy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:16 am

    Maddie's Mommy - Congratulations!! I have been following your blog since right after your little girl became an angel and have cried as if I knew her she is so beautiful. (and I cried when I saw this post also) I am so excited for you :) …I hope you continue to let us follow your journey. And I also can’t wait to see Cora’s finished playground!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:16 am

    Anonymous - Congratulations! I am another faithful reader that has never commented- but HAD to comment to tell you how overjoyed I am for your family! What a wonderful blessing! You and your family remain in my prayers :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:21 am

    Jennifer Henry - Yaaaaaaay!!! :) So happy for this wonderful news! :) I’m due in January as well! I hope you haven’t been sick this week! (I definitely have!)

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:22 am

    Micah - Yeah, yeah, YEAH!!! What wonderful news. God is so good to shower blessings on the broken hearted. *praying*ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Candice - Congratulations…what a blessing. We know your new bundle will never replace your Cora, but what a blessing to have your house filled with the love, fun, and giggles of a baby again. Love and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Jen - I am sooooo happy for you. I have read your blog throughout your journey and have never commented. When I saw your post this morning, I just teared up. You and your husband are so brave to choose to move forward like this. I am so proud of your family! Your faith in Christ is so evident!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Livesays - Oh Jess!
    I’m so excited and happy for you and Joel!! As you are to Cora, you will be wonderful parents to this new baby! We will continue our prayers for you and add an extra plea for a healthy pregnancy and baby! I actually said to Doug when we saw you at Arby’s that I thought you might be expecting. SO thrilled for you!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Amber - Oh my goodness, congratulations!! That is SO exciting!! I will keep praying for you guys. I can understand the mixed emotions. I know that is so, so, so hard. Praying!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - Awwwwww, Jess, that’s great! Congrats to you, Joel, and Cora! I bet your folks are super excited! Take care and take it easy, hon!

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:38 am

    Holly - Congratulations! Such wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:44 am

    Erica - Congrats! This news has brought tears to my eyes. We will continue to pray for you and Cora’s new little sibling on the way. I’m sure it will be a journey with lots of emotions. Keep clinging to Jesus. You are such an amazing example of this to me. Thanks for sharing your pain and joys. We are very excited for you and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:45 am

    Jennifer Carter - Oh, I’m so happy for you!! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:49 am

    Diana - Many blessings and best wishes in Jesus’ name. May the sweet overwhlem the bitter, and may the Lord bless you with a healthy and happy little one who will carry Cora in his/her heart along with you and your hubby.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Lindsay - many congratulations!! so happy for you :)ReplyCancel

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    Bambi - OMG what wonderful news. Congrats to you both.ReplyCancel

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    mandie lane - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Leah - Such wonderful news!!! Our God is so GOOD!!ReplyCancel

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    Dana - Congrats! That is great news! So bittersweet but so still so good. Praise God! :)ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I am so happy for you! What a lucky baby to have a sweet angel always looking out for him (or her!)!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    The Morris Family - Praise the Lord that the “thousands in Israel” are on their way….I can understand the joy and sorrow all mixed together, its that way in my heart too, sorrow that Joel i snot here, yet rejoicing that we have 12 other blessings here with us. May He grant a blessed pregnancy and give grace each moment. He will….

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  • June 13, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Melissa Abby - How exciting! Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby!ReplyCancel

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    i love plum - congrats to you!!! that is wonderful! as always, praying. xoReplyCancel

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    Sarah Furlough - CONGRATULATIONS! Many prayers for a long and healthy pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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    Lauren - Oh how wonderful! I’ll definitely be praying : )ReplyCancel

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    Anne - Rejoicing with tears of joy!! What a gift!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Stacy - OH MY!!! Tears came to my eyes when I read your blog today. Congrats!! God is watching over you both and Cora, your little angel in heaven is watching. Such a blessing……I remember the joy, yet saddness when I found out that I was pregnant with my second daughter after loosing her older sister in an accident. And I want you guys to know that I am still praying for you guys!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 12:41 pm

    Cori - Congratulations! I’m sure it is so bittersweet. *hugs*ReplyCancel

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    Molly - YAY Congrats to the Macs! Cora would be so proud. Can’t wait to follow the journey of your new little one!ReplyCancel

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    Jenae - Congratulations!!!! We are so excited for you guys. I’m sure Cora is celebrating with Jesus this amazing news!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 12:55 pm

    Courtney - I am so very happy for you! I pray God’s blessings on your sweet little family .. I’m sure your sweet Cora is smiling down on you guys and is so excited for you! Sending you plenty of hugs and prayers! :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    Trisha Larson - So happy for you.

    Please pray for us as well. We’ve been trying again for 14 months and God keeps saying no. It’s been so hard to lose Nate and AND struggle with the inability to have another.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    The Snyders - Congratulations!! I am so excited for you. Cora would be so happy. She will be looking over her little brother or sister!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    mark and missy - Congratulations! Tears are filling my eyes as I type – I bet Cora’s running around all over heaven with excitement that she’s going to be a BIG sister! I’ll pray for a healthy happy pregnancy for you – thanks for sharing such wonderfully good news!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    sewbusy - I can not say how happy we are for you!! We were blessed with another baby about a year after we lost our son and it was truely the most healing thing for us. WHAT A BLESSING!!!! And you are due the same month as I am!!! It will be fun to count the weeks along with you! We will continue to pray for you both!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:16 pm

    ml - Oh my goodness! I teared up a little when I read that. I am so happy for you and I am still praying for your family. I hope everything goes perfectly.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Nelson's Mama - I too have been following your journey but have never commented either – I’ve been wishing this for you for a long time and am overjoyed by your news today!

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Anonymous - Congratulations! Amazning news…yay God! He IS so good.ReplyCancel

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    Gene and Annie - Congratulations! I am sure it is so bittersweet. Blessings to you guys at this time!ReplyCancel

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    Rachel E. - Oh my goodness! I am so, so excited for you both!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    Barclay Kathryn - Oh I am SO excited to hear this about this wonderful news for you and your hubby! : ) It will make Cora so happy to see you happy and snuggling another little bundle I’m sure!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    Lauren Kelly - That is soooooo wonderful! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Jane In The Jungle - Congratulations!!! I am so happy for all of you!ReplyCancel

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    Shelby - Congratulations! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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    Nina Diane - Congrats..this is such a blessing.ReplyCancel

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    amy - CONGRATULATIONS! i had hoped you would be blessed soon with a little bundle of joy! :) i will continue to pray for all of you…

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Sherre - Oh this does my heart good! I’ve been following your blog for many months now and think of your family often. We drove through Kansas in March on our way to my husband’s family in Nebraska and the whole time I kept thinking of you and your family. I want my daughter to have a Cora dress so badly and one day I know she will (if I can just get quicker). Just know that I am praying for you daily from Lubbock, Texas! Congrats on the new addition. I just know that sweet Cora is holding him/her tight until arrival day!ReplyCancel

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    The Wildes - What wonderful news! Happy, happy day!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    Amy - Congratulations! What really beautiful news! I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and am always inspired and blessed by your strength. God will continue to strengthen y’all through this most awesome blessing.:)ReplyCancel

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    kbaitinger - Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Joel!ReplyCancel

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    Littlest Learners - MANY MANY CONGRATS!!!ReplyCancel

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    Pam - Awww….congrats! :)ReplyCancel

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    Kristy - Congrats! I am so happy for you and your family, although I know this is bittersweet for you all. Cora will be a big sister from Heaven!ReplyCancel

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    Trish - Congratulations!!! Much love and prayers are being sent your way!ReplyCancel

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    The Dolezal Family - This makes me so happy! Congrats! I hope everything goes perfect for you guys.

    And Cora will always be a big sister. Just like my mom is still a grandma to her grandkids she never met.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    The Hopkins Home - Celebrating with you in Michigan! We will pray for a healthy little addition to your family. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Amber Bradley - Congrats! She will be such a great sister. She will be watching over her baby brother or sister until they enter this world and while they are here! SO happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    wicker0407 - I am so thrilled for you.What a wonderful blessing the Lord has bestowed upon you. Congratulations!! I am sure Cora is looking down from heaven and is so happy. Lots of prayers and love from California!
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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:44 pm

    Kim, Aaron, Jake, Jack and Baby #3 - Once again, checking your blog, having never met you. I have been hoping to see a post like this soon…and am so thankful it is now there! I will be thinking and praying for your sweet family and this new little life. What a blessing…and Cora will be a blessing to this little one’s life in ways no one else ever can. So happy for yall.
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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - I’m in tears. I thought you were going to make this announcement when I saw your last post title, “It’s Out”! I’m beyond thrilled for you guys and wish you a healthy pregnancy!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kelli - Rejoicing with you!! Praise God.ReplyCancel

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    Kathy - Congrats. You will have a special little angel watching over all three of you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    Judy - Oh geez…I’m crying my head off! I’ve been praying and praying and praying that Jesus would bless you guys with a new baby!!! I know that nothing will ever, ever fill the void Cora left in your lives, but I know that Jesus wants your home to be filled with JOY! I pray that your mind will begin to be filled with dreams and thought of this new baby. I pray that this will soften the ache of missing Cora! And I can’t wait to hear about the names you’re thinking of! I just love Cora’s name! I think I might need a little Cora of my own one day.
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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    Amanda - That’s wonderful, guys! You are (obviously!) fantastic parents and the Lord is so good to give you this special blessing. I’m sure this new journey will have it’s bittersweet moments but we will all be praying for you and I’m already loving this new baby!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    andrea - I am so happy for you guys, and I am sure Cora will be looking down upon you, beaming and filled with love.ReplyCancel

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    carmen - That is so exciting, Jess! Congrats from the Classens!ReplyCancel

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    Krystal - I’m teary-eyed with bittersweet joy for you. Yes, how especially hard it must be to not have Cora with you right now. I’ll keep praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Tears come to my eyes with this news. Congratulations to you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Erica - oh i am SO excited for you! many many many congrats! blessings on this new little one!!!ReplyCancel

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    Becky - Oh my goodness! I am all teary eyed because I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU! That is the best news I have heard in a long time. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Andrea - Oh, I could have cried reading this! Congratulations–you’ll be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    leel - wow – my spidey senses perked up when you first mentioned the job you love most of all, being a mom, and hoping to be one day have the chance to do it again. i am so happy for the both of you.

    yes, it will be emotional, but Cora would have wanted it this way too! hope you are feeling healthy and and can find the pace to feel excited about this new chapter!

    life is amazing, isn’t it?
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    The Gava Family - Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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    Chens - Congrats! We will be praying for a healthy new addition.ReplyCancel

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    Missy Locklear - oh wow, congratulations!! what a blessing! Happy and Healthy 9 months to you!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Wow!!! God is so good!! What a huge blessing!!! I prayed for you guys many times thru out Cora’s illness and have since as God has brought you to mind.ReplyCancel

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    Ruth - Congratulations!! What a blessing this sweet babe is and will continue to be. I am so very happy for you.ReplyCancel

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    PunkRockChic - I happened upon your blog a few weeks ago and have been following, but this is my first time commenting. Firstly, I am so sorry for your loss =( I am also a mother, so I know what having a child and loving a child is like, but I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through.
    Secondly, CONGRATULATIONS on your pregnancy! You and your new little blessing will be in my prayers =)ReplyCancel

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    Maureen - Yea! Praying for you guys as you enter into this new season.

    Hugs & Prayers from WA,

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    Tyler and Gillian - Congratulations, Jess and Joel! I can’t imagine all the conflicting emotions going on (especially will all the pregnancy hormones added in!), but I am so happy for you! Praying for a safe and healthy mom and baby!ReplyCancel

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    Lori - Congratulations and prayers for a happy and healthy pregnancy and baby! This is such wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Kristin Stegent - That is so awesome! I am so absolutely happy for you! And definitely praying for a healthy baby Mac! I can’t imagine all the emotions you may feel through this, and I think Cora would have been such a great big sister! Wow…I was hoping you would have more kids because you seem like a meant to be mommy and daddy. You are beautiful parents!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Congratulations!!!!
    The new baby and you two will always have Angel Cora watching over, and that is AMAZING!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - What fantastic news…today I cry tears of joy for you! What an awesome GOD we have. When is this bundle of joy due?
    What a fantastic set of parents this wonderful addition will be getting.
    Will continue to think and pray for you all.

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    Those Crazy Clarks!!! - congratulations!!!!! i am so excited for you!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Should have read it closer and I would have seen that this wonderful new addition is due in Jan. :)
    Keep us up todate please…

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    Kristi REDISKE - Congratulations-what great news. I loved the way you announced it also letting Cora give out the big news-wow-we will pray for you, for your health and the health of the new baby. We will trust God in this.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    The Browns - Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for a while now & my heart just goes out to all of you. I’m due with our first in January & we are very excited :) God Bless
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  • June 13, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Anonymous - Congratulations!! You have so many people thinking and praying for you…some you know and some you don’t.ReplyCancel

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    Anais - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    I’ve read your blog for a while now and cry everytime. Today, I cried tears of happiness for your family. May God bless your family and the new little addition! This little baby will have an extra angel looking over them!ReplyCancel

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    The little things - Cora will be an amazing sister looking out from up abover over her sibling! I am crying tears of joy for your fabulous family! loving and praising God right along side of you!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Congratulations! God is so good! You will be in my paryers as you prepare for a new stage in life!ReplyCancel

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    Wendy - I’m so happy for you!!! Crying tears of joy for you both right now!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - AHHHHHHhhhhh! I’m so overjoyed for your family!!!!! What a blessing. God is so GOOD! Congrats!
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    athans' family - I have tears streaming down my face with happiness for you! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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    Sara - Congratulations!! And Cora will be an excellent big sister from up above.

    I am expecting my second baby – we lost our first 19 months ago. I have felt my boy watching over his little sister the whole time. This new baby of yours has her own personal angel! :)ReplyCancel

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    The Costellos - I’ve never left a comment before, though I’ve often felt prompted to. This is such exciting news!! Many blessings for a healthy pregnancy!!!!ReplyCancel

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    The Gunters - This is wonderful news!!! I continue to pray for you and your husband every night. Congratulations!
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  • June 13, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Missy - I can’t remember how I came upon your blog…. I’ve been following it for awhile. I know I don’t know you, but I feel like I know a little piece of you and your life. It makes me sad that I came across your blog out of tragedy, but I’ve learned so much in a short time. Strength comes from many places and I feel all our strength comes straight from God. Through this you have showed incredible strength….in a difficult time you choice to cling to God. Even though it didn’t make sense what happened, you and your dh continued to believe. I believe God is the only way to get through a difficult time. So….in all that rambling…..I want to tell you how have happy I am for you! God will bless you for your faithfulness.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 5:21 pm

    L ~ S - I love the picture you made for the announcement! I am so happy for your blessing!ReplyCancel

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    Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - A blessing from above! So excited to share in your enjoyment! Your family and baby Mac will be in my daily prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Mum2twopreciousgifts - Alleluia! Congratulations all the way from wintery, chilly Australia to you all. I am just so thrilled that God is sending another precious gift to your beautiful family.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 5:21 pm

    teasinglydiverse - I’ve been continuing to follow along with your story since the link was passed along to me earlier this year.

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    MICHELE - Jess and Joel, Congrats!!!!!!!! My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you as you begin this new life.ReplyCancel

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    me and my boys - i am SOOOOO excited for you guys !!!! many prayers for a great pregnancy and healthy baby !!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 5:51 pm

    Sheryl from Colorado - We are so happy for the gift of life that the Lord has blessed you with. Looks like I will be adding a new name on that bracelet of yours. Our prayers of joy are with you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    Anna - Could not be more EXCITED for you and your family! Praise God for this new miracle, this new life! Cora is proud, I’m sure. :) CONGRATULATIONS!ReplyCancel

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    Robin - I just cant really understand how the Lord works, I have never met you but in following your blog I feel like your are part of my family . I just read this post and just started weeping tears of joy . I am so happy for you and Joel . Blessings, robin cottonReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 5:56 pm

    dg darling - So happy for you! I will be praying…ReplyCancel

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    Jennifer - Awe- I don’t even know you but I’m so teary eyes reading your news. I pray you will have a happy healthy and long pregnancy.

    Although your new little on won’t ever take Cora’s place, it will help fill up your hole in your heart.

    I’ve buried two of my children and having another baby to fill the void is like God holding your hand and telling you it’s going to be alright. He’s got our backs.

    God Bless,
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    singing mama - So very happy and excited for you all!! We will be praying for this new life and all the mixed emotions that you will be walking thru these coming months.

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  • June 13, 2009 - 6:06 pm

    Anonymous - YAY!!! I’m so happy for you guys! What a blessing to your family. I’ll be praying for you and hubby.
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    Jessica - congrats!!! so wonderful! I know Cora had a hand in your new blessings!ReplyCancel

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    macalla - That is such great news to hear! congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Oh! Oh! Oh!

    Sitting here just bawling, so thankful and thrilled for you. Praying!

    God bless you!

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  • June 13, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    beth - As I read your post I smiled & cried. I am so Happy for you both to have something to Rejoice in! Now sending up prayers for all 4 of you!ReplyCancel

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    Kylie, Jesse and Asher - How wonderful!!! A little life growing inside of you…God is good. Thanks for sharing the great news!ReplyCancel

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    Tonya - Congratulations! I hope that this little one brings you as much joy as Cora has….Hugs.ReplyCancel

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    Traci Thiesen - Oh my gosh Jess! Congratulations!!! I have been praying for you and Joel to be blessed with another little one and I couldn’t be more happy for you to have this prayer answered!

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    Heidi - What a beautiful blessing for all of you. May this little baby be blessed with good health. You all will stay in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Beav's Wife - what wonderful news!!!! congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

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    Chris - I am SO happy for you two :)
    This little baby will bring you so much joy :)
    Cora will always be there with you .
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  • June 13, 2009 - 7:20 pm

    Kristen - God is FAITHFUL! God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

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    Jackie - I have been praying for you to have a baby to fill your empty arms!
    This is very exciting!ReplyCancel

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    k and c's mom - This is the happiest of news! So overjoyed for you. God is so good.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 7:33 pm

    dmeryan - I am just thrilled for you and your family. A new baby is such a joy – a reminder of all the good and wonderful things in life. Cora will still be a wonderful big sister – and a perfect guardian angel too. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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    mandi @ it's come to this - I am truly so very happy for you & your family!!! I can only empathize with the mixed emotions but rejoice in your happiness!! The announcement card is adorable:)ReplyCancel

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    MomMom - I am so happy for you and your family. I do know this must be bittersweet and you’re filled with mixed emotions, but God is so good to bless you with a baby sister/brother for Cora. I will be praying for you and this pregnancy. Will you please email me if you have a second? I have a question to ask you that I’d rather not ask on the comment form. (It’s not negative at all but something that I’d like to ask about your pregnancy since you’re about as far along as someone I know.) I looked for your email address on your blog but either missed it or it’s not there. Thanks–again, so happy and praying for you. LZ7780@cox.netReplyCancel

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    Trish - Praise GOD!!! He is faithful!ReplyCancel

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    Nicole B. - That is so exciting! God bless you and your family! You guys will be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Shanda - Oh my goodness! CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you all. Cora is looking down on you from heaven elated that she is going to be a big sister. I’m guessing she is going to have a baby brother. You will remain in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Staci - Congratulations! I am so happy for you and I know Cora will be watching over you and her new baby brother or sister.ReplyCancel

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    the*4*of*us - Congratulations!!!!! Oh, how this baby will be blessed with stories of his/her big sister!!!
    Praying for a healthy pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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    Stacy Lord - Jess and Joel,
    Congratulations! I was so happy for you both that I almost burst into tears of joy when I read your announcement. What wonderful news! What a beatiful family for this little one to join. Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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    KeesMomi - I am soooooo happy for you!! I have prayed so hard that God would bless you with another baby this summer. Not that any baby would ever replace sweet Cora; not that it would take away the pain of losing her. But that you would again have joy and hope in your lives with a new little life. Thank you God! I will be praying that you and baby will be safe and well!ReplyCancel

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    Lauren - Congratulations! =)ReplyCancel

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    Charity - I am so happy for your family. The Lord is AWESOME!!! Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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    Ethansmom08 - Congrats on your new little blessing…the announcement on your blog with Cora is just SO adorable, what a precious angel and now a big sister to be!

    Many prayers for your whole family!
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  • June 13, 2009 - 8:19 pm

    Our Life in Pixels - I know there is a lot of comments and you might not see mine, but oh my soul, my heart is thrilled to pieces for you guys. This baby will be such a much needed balm on your hearts! God is so good to give us just what we need! God bless, SarahReplyCancel

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    Rebecca - Congratulations to all of you!! Tears of all kinds are just pouring out of my eyes. I will be praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy.ReplyCancel

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    Candace - Praise God! I am so very happy for you! I think of you almost every day. We are also having a baby Mac of our own, arriving in October, so I will be fervently praying for you!ReplyCancel

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    rachel vaughn - congratulations! we will be praying for this new baby and you.ReplyCancel

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    michelle - CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thank you for sharing and what a perfect way to announce it!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - I’m so happy for you. I’ve cried so many times reading your blog. So glad they’re happy tears this time!ReplyCancel

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - Congratulations! I am thrilled for your family. Now that is some wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Allison - What a precious picture of Cora…..She will be the best big sister in Heaven:) I so wish she was here with you. You guys are still in my prayers often!ReplyCancel

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    Holly Rubstello - God bless you! I bet Cora handpicked a special little one for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Congrats!! You guys are awesome parents and your new little one is very blessed to be brought into such a loving faith driven family!ReplyCancel

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    Canadian Barb - I know Cora will never be replaced but I have prayed so often that you would have another little baby to fill your home and hearts I am so happy for you !!ReplyCancel

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    Hollie - What a wonderful blessing. Congratulations you guys, Cora will surely be watching over you all with love. May God Bless your family.ReplyCancel

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    Allie in AZ - De-lurking to say “wa-hoo!”

    Congratulations, and you will be in our prayers. I can’t begin to imagine the mixed emotions you are feeling, but am tickled to learn that a terrific bundle of joy is coming your way!

    Wishing you all of God’s blessings and promise to keep you in our prayers throughout.ReplyCancel

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    Casey - Congratulations a million times over. Our prayers have been and will continue to be with your family. I’m sure Cora is up in heaven smiling from ear to earReplyCancel

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    THE SPIVEY"S - Congratulations. We will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers over the next several months. I know that Cora is smiling down on you and is so proud to be a big sister.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    Anonymous - I could not be happier for you and your husband!!! That is some of the best news I’ve heard in a while :)

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    Lindsey - Congratulations! I can’t think of any family that is more deserving than you of some REAL joy in your life again.ReplyCancel

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    Susan - PRAISE GOD!!! While no baby will EVER replace Cora, you deserve the happiness that this new life will bring. Cora is going to watch over this little one and one day you can tell the new baby all about how special his or hers big sister was! I am SO VERY HAPPY for you and will pray for you as you begin this next journey!

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    Karen - I am thankful to God for this child for you. You are so very, very deserving.ReplyCancel

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    Michelle - I love the picture of Cora, and congrats on the big news.ReplyCancel

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    hoosier68 - This is the first time I have read your blog that I haven’t cried! What wonderful news!!! God is good and I will continue to keep you and yours in my daily thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Stephanie Lane - PRAISE JESUS! Prayers are (still) covering you!
    Father, bless this little one who is coming into the loving arms of Joel and Jessica. Give them peace, hope, love abundant for this new blessing. Continue your healing work through this new child you’ve gifted them with.
    In Jesus’s name.
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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    jandkland - My friend lost her first daughter to cancer and a week later delivered her second daughter. I can’t begin to fathom what emotions and thoughts come with life and loss mingled together in this way. Your news is a joyful sign of the hope we have in new life. I pray for your peace as the pregnancy progresses and rejoice with you in this gift. I don’t claim to know how heaven works, but I imagine that Cora has a hand in this already!

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    diana - My heart is about to explode with this news. Congratulations!

    God will continue to guide you and your Husband through all of these changes.

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    Melissa - Congrats!! That is such exciting news! I am so happy you have something that will bring some joy back into your life. You sound like such a wonderful mother, Cora was a lucky little girl and this baby is so lucky to have you and your husband as parents. I pray for you often and will continue to do so for this sweet baby.ReplyCancel

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    Kasey - Congratulations! All 3 of you will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Kendra - congratulations!! what an incredible blessing. i will pray that god continues to heal your hearts.ReplyCancel

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    Kimberly - What a blessing!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    Alison - At this point you have 222 comments so I doubt that you’ll see mine, but I had to let you know that I have followed your blog since you found out Cora was sick. I wept and wept and wept with you over your loss. I read every post, listened to Cora’s beautiful service at your church and prayed for you guys so much. I am so happy to hear your news!! What a joyful blessing!!! And what a blessed little baby to be entering your sweet family. Love and prayers,

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    Jen - That is such wonderful news! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!!!ReplyCancel

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    Stacy - This is the best news I’ve heard in a while. Congratulations to you and Joel!! I’m thrilled for you guys and will certainly keep you in my prayers.

    God Bless you and your family,
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    Anonymous - Congratulations!!happy for u…I read ur blog daily and ur always in my thoughts,wishing u happy days ahead!remembering Cora always!

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    tami - AWESOME!!!!! So happy for you guys!! We are still praying!!ReplyCancel

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    Trasie Bressler - I few tears later I can write this comment. I am so happy for you and that picture of Cora is simply beautiful.

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    Gail - Joel and Jess–we’re so happy for you–praying for peace during this pregnancy and throughout his/her life. Love you!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Congratulations!! I am so very happy for you! Your family will continue to be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Congratulations!! I am so very happy for you! Your family will continue to be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Christina - OH MY GOODNESS, I’M SPEECHLESS, AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE WORDS I’M TYPING, HA! HOW WONDERFUL, AND OH, I WILL BE PRAYING…MY SON PRAYED TONIGHT FOR CORA (HE’S SIX, AND I THINK HE MEANT FOR YOUR FAMILY IN GENERAL). WHAT A BLESSING AND AS YOU CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH ALL OF THE EMOTIONS GOING ON KNOW THAT SO MANY ARE LIFTING YOU UP!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:11 pm

    The Jones' - Jess,
    Although we have never met, I feel as if I know you very well and am super happy for you both!!! I am just lost for words right now! I screamed with joy when I read this and startled my husband. Ooops. He also said congrats…hehe!
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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:21 pm

    Sophia - I check your blog daily as it is a blessing to me to read about your courage and strength in the hardest thing a parent could ever endure…….

    He is a great GOD that we serve! Praise Him for this blessing!

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    Ronda - I don’t know you, but I’ve followed your blog for awhile. I feel like I do know you though, and I had to comment for the first time and wish you a smooth and safe pregnancy. I’m sure your little Cora is happy for you as well. We’re praying for you, God Bless!!!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I have tears and goosebumps! So happy for your family!!!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I’ve been praying for this for you, not sure if you wanted it or not. I am so happy. Although you can never replace Cora, just like any mom pregnant with her second child, you will find that you will love this child just as much in a different way. I will keep praying for you everyday.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 11:54 pm

    GAMZu - Oh,my. i have tears in my eyes. I can only imagine your mixed emotions.

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  • June 14, 2009 - 12:15 am

    Lynnette Kraft - Congratulations! I know the mixed feelings of joy and sadness. That’s exactly what I felt when I was pregnant with my last one. He would be the only one of my children who wouldn’t personally know his sister Anna.

    Just always keep Cora alive in your home by talking about her and showing pictures all of the time and he/she will feel like they know her. I know that won’t be hard to do.

    I know I don’t comment on here much, but I just wanted you to know how excited I am for you and your hubby (and for your parents).

    Blessings from Sedgwick (just down the road from you).
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    Anonymous - Bless you all. I’m so happy. Sweet Cora will be watching over her little sibling.ReplyCancel

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    ~Cherie - I am so overwhelmed with happy tears for you. I pray for all the best for you from the bottom of my heart.ReplyCancel

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    Jess - Ohh… I am so excited! I was praying that this would be coming soon. Congratulations!!! Cora is playing with the new addition as we speak.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - This made my day..congrats!!ReplyCancel

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    Just'N Angel - Congratulations! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

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    Ruth - Congratulations!! Beautiful news. Many prayers for you all and little baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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    The Eyre Family - Awww, you gave me chills! I couldn’t be happier for you all! We will continue to pray for you!ReplyCancel

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    Kristin - Congrats! I am so happy for your family!! :)ReplyCancel

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    Monica - Congratulations to you both! You’re always in my thoughts.ReplyCancel

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    Cabra Clan - Praise God! I pray this brings so much joy to you guys. I know the mixed emotions must be difficult but Cora would want you to celebrate and be thrilled. We’re due to have a baby in January as well. Our first is 14 months now so your loss struck so close to home because Hunter and Cora were so close in age. I can’t imagine what you have gone through and continue to go through, but I’m praising God for this blessing for you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 7:23 am

    Carrie - I am a faithful reader/prayer but I’ve only ever commented once prior. I had to come out from behind the screen to say — Congratulations! This announcement brought tears to my eyes.

    I am praying for you as you embark on this journey. I know that it will be a complex one with lots of different emotions and hurdles. I also know it will be one that ends in great joy.

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  • June 14, 2009 - 7:26 am

    Lindsey - CONGRATS!!! Your angel in Heaven is watching her little brother or sister and keeping all of you safe!ReplyCancel

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    Ryan and Shannon - Congratulations on your new little blessing! I am so happy for you as you enter this new chapter of your life. I will continue to pray for you and your health as well as the health of the baby. I know Cora is up in heaven right now telling this new little one how much fun he/she’s going to have, how wonderful his/her parents are, and just being the wonderful big sister that she is!ReplyCancel

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    Mom to 4 Sweeties - Oh my goodness! I am in tears!! SUCH good news!! I will continue to pray for you all, and baby mac!! God is SO good!!ReplyCancel

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    Katy Frame (Kate Creates) - I have goosebumps!!! Congratulations, you deserve it!!ReplyCancel

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    Cathy - Congratulations! What wonderful news! You are truly blessed!ReplyCancel

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    Kelli - Congratulations to this new little blessing that will be added to your life! I know Cora is smiling down from heaven and SO glad to be a big sister!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 9:25 am

    Sandys2girls - Congratulations!!! What a blessing! We’re so happy for you and Cora will always watch over her new little sister or brother from above!!
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  • June 14, 2009 - 9:26 am

    Mrs. Honeycutt - How wonderful….I’m so happy for your family!!!ReplyCancel

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    Becca - CONGRATS!!! God is good :)ReplyCancel

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    Jenny S - I am SOOOO happy for you guys!! Congrats!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Sheri - I’m SO happy for you!! Congratulations!! What a lucky baby to get to have parents like you! This baby will feel sooo much love just like Cora! I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 9:56 am

    bec74 - Thank you Dear Lord….I pray for a easy ,blessed pregnancy and for you to feel peace. I can only imagaine the mixed feelings you are feeling.Baby boy/girl will allways have someone very special to watch over them. So very excited for you…I ws waiting for the day we would get to hear this!
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  • June 14, 2009 - 10:08 am

    Wendy - you made me smile this morning! loved the announcement! keep us updated and hope you are feeling well!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 10:10 am

    Michelle - What wonderful news! I literally have goosebumps and am tearing up. I am so thrilled for you! I have been following you for months but have never left a post. Your story has moved me and others beyond what you could comprehend. We have prayed for you and your family every day!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 10:17 am

    Cynthia - So happy for you! May this new baby bring joy to your life that you so much deserve!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Lauri - My first time adding a comment, but, Im super happy for you guys, holding your family up in prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Ohtobebeautiful - I cried when I read this! So happy and excited for you and praying for you! I know Cora is smiling right now at the thought of being a big sister!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 11:58 am

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Congratulations! I don’t even feel like that covers it! My tears for you are tears of the utmost joy today.
    God is good.
    I’m so excited for you guys.
    Prayers and love,
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    lgraves - congratulations a thousand times over! cora is so proud!ReplyCancel

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    Maria Hanson - My heart is so full for you right now. You must be so excited and yet still so heartbroken. From my months of reading your blog I know your children are most fortunate to have such wonderful, Godly parents. God is going to bless the socks off of your sweet family. I’ll be praying for you. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 1:00 pm

    Kelly - CONGRATS!!!! Cora will be a great big sister watching over her brother or sister- I know it!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Country Roads - Congratulations!!
    Tears of happiness for you! Cora will be the best angel for her little sister or brother! Your family (all four of you now) continues to be in my prayers as you journey onward.ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Krystal - With tears in my eyes, I am soooo happy for you! Praying for a wonderful pregnancy and a beautiful and healthy baby! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Anonymous - I have been following your story for several months. Not sure why I feel compelled to do so other than, in your many moments of sadness, you give me comfort! Your solid faith in Jesus is such an encouragement to me. The way you have chosen to Praise Him in the storm is such a testimony! The trials I have faced in my life pale in comparison to yours, but your faith and encouraging words let me know that if you can get through this, I can surely get through the trials of my life!

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  • June 14, 2009 - 1:59 pm

    Trish - congratulations! that is fantastic news!ReplyCancel

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    CourtneyC - Congrats, on expecting. I have been following your story for awhile but just started blogging and leaving comments. I am praying that God blesses you with a healthy baby.ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    Liana - Praise the Lord! So very happy for your family. You all(and now the little bean, too) continue to be in my prayers daily.ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    Loraine - so happy for you.

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    Laura - Many blessings to your growing family. What a sweet picture of big sister Cora! Prayers to you all now and in the coming months.ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 2:47 pm

    Suzy Q - Congratulations!! What a blessed baby he or she will be! Keeping you in our prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Lindsay - AS soon as I saw the preview of this post on my blogroll tears of happiness sprung to my eyes. I have been praying that God would bless you all with another Mac baby when the time was right. Congratulations, I am so happy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    The Mumaw's - on13 I am so thrilled to hear of the news!!! best Wishes . I am always thinking and praying for you !!!!
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    Kristi - God is so good! I am so thankful and happy for you. I loved your announcement and that Cora got to tell us :).ReplyCancel

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    jennifer rogers - oh congratulations! I hope that everything goes well and you have an easy pregnancy…..the Lord know you deserve it!ReplyCancel

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    Kim - I’m so very happy for you both!!ReplyCancel

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    Miss G - Oh wowie, wow, wow, wow! What a wonderful blessing and isn’t God’s timing always perfect? He knows that this road will have mixed emotions but I know His timing is perfect and that if you weren’t ready for this new part of the road then you wouldn’t be on it yet and I know also that He *will* be walking beside you as you go along. Blessings! KellyReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 4:57 pm

    Christine - My mouth just gaped open and hit the desk! WOW!! Oh, I have tears of joy for you guys! What a blessing to be expecting another sweet child into your beautiful family! May the Lord strenghten you and Joel. I will be praying for an easy pregnancy for you! ((BIG HUGS!!))ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - congratulations!! will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

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    Ambur - Thank you, Jesus!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I’m crying but this time of happiness this is one of the best news you have give us.

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    Amy - Oh Jess, I am so happy for you and Joel! Congrats! I hope that you are feeling good. Can’t wait to see you and give you a BIG hug! :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 6:26 pm

    Anonymous - We have been following your blog for quite some time and praying for your family every step of the way! We are thrilled to hear of your exciting news and will pray that God give you a safe and healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby!ReplyCancel

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    susy m. - That is wonderful news. Praying for a healthy baby!ReplyCancel

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    Brittany - Isn’t God great? Congrats, what a blessing! :)
    You guys are definitely in my thoughts and prayers….how exciting! Cora’s gonna be a great big sister!

    p.s. We are expecting in January too! I will enjoy keeping up with your updates and watching our little ones grow!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 7:16 pm

    Renae - Joel and Jess!

    We are so excited for you! Yet another little cousin on the way:) Love you both and continue to pray for you.

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  • June 14, 2009 - 7:26 pm

    Jamie in Quinter - Oh my goodness, this is wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Kim - I have followed your blog for a while and even prayed the Lord would bless you with another child! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 7:42 pm

    Lynn Jones - I was hoping it wouldn’t be too long before your blog would be announcing such wonderful news. You and Joel just continue to walk forward with your courage and faith, and all of us are cheering you on. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 7:43 pm

    Michelle - That is such wonderful news! I just gasped and my kids and husband both asked *what?*. I’m so excited for you both. I bet Cora is telling her sibling what wonderful parents you are!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 7:49 pm

    Anonymous - To the Macs…

    I have never posted a comment but I have been following your journey for months. I began reading your blog at that time that your sweet Cora had been diagnosed…a friend of mine told me about her. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you and your family. You have touched my life in a way that you will never know.
    Last year, two of my very good friends lost their sweet babies about 5 weeks after I had my son. It was life altering for me as I watched them experience such terrible pain. I began to look at life in such a different light and realize that the small things are most important.
    I told them about Cora and how strong and open you are about this journey and it helped them. Although it’s so hard and you will always ask God…why? Cora was here for a reason and even though she is now gone, she continues to help others.
    I am so thrilled to hear your news about this new baby. I will continue to pray for you and can’t wait to read about this exciting time!!! I hold you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2009 - 7:51 pm

    angie c - Oh Jess that is so wonderful. Cora will be sending kisses from heaven to her little brother or sister all the time. A big virtual hug to you and prayers too!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Sweet sister, I am so excited for you! May the Lord bless you with a healthy baby in January and a home filled with happiness once again!ReplyCancel

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    The Bohrer's - We are so happy for you guys!

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    The Finnans - Congrats. What a joy a new baby will bring. :) I’m so very happy for you both!ReplyCancel

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    Kimberly - I am so very happy for you, and am sure that sweet Cora is smiling down from heaven.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I have become addicted to reading blogs and finding great sewing and craft ideas. I recently started reading Joy’s Hope and found you through her blog. I saw that you visited Sarah’s Fabric’s a while back… one of my favorite places in the world! You must live somewhere in our area. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and congratulations on your new addition-to-be. Will keep you in my prayers.
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  • June 14, 2009 - 8:38 pm

    MellieBob - Praise the Lord!! That’s delightful news!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Robin in Benton - Sitting here with tears in my eyes for you – I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Praying for an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby!!

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    Kristin - Wow! That is just such wonderful news!! Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you :)ReplyCancel

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    Michaela - God’s timing is perfect and so is His plan! Congratulations! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Amen.ReplyCancel

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    mommyof2sons - Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! God is so good!!ReplyCancel

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    HannahM - I’ve been reading your story for some time and am SO thrilled to hear your sweet news!!!! Your family will remain in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Katie - Congratulations!! I am so happy for you guys!! Prayers will always be with you from me!!!ReplyCancel

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    Christine - Congratulations!! I know Cora is sharing the news with all the angels in heaven!!ReplyCancel

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    Mary Elizabeth - My heart aches with you but am filled with hope , love and joy. I just know that cora has sent you this child because she knows you need this and she wants you to once again have a happy noise in your home. i wish you all the best and look forward to happy posts of your new journey. :)

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  • June 14, 2009 - 9:15 pm

    Angie - That is such AWESOME news!!! I have tears streaming down my face as I type. What a blessing-Cora is smiling just like in the picture!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - What wonderful new…tears of joy fall. I’ll be praying for you, day by day, in the months ahead.

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    Al's World - Oh my goodness!!! I am so excited for you.

    Personally, I believe that babies bodies are formed in our womb, but when we are born our spirits enter our bodies (i hope that doesn’t sound too new age, it was not intended that way). So Cora has seen her baby brother/sister, has played with them and is probably telling him/her what AWESOME parents you are and how much fun he/she are going to have with you.
    I know that this is with mixed emotions, but I am praying that what God has intended for rejoicing will be brought to that and that Satan will not allow any saddness to you or your husband…take care and will be praying for you all!ReplyCancel

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    Oh well, hey! - so happy for you! smiles and a gaping mouth – may God bless you adundantly and your baby has the best big sister watching over him/her.ReplyCancel

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    Me - Many, many, many blessings!ReplyCancel

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    ~Kelli - Congrats! Yay!ReplyCancel

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    Marla Taviano - Congratulations to all three of you! Praising God with you and praying for a healthy little one!ReplyCancel

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    Elizabeth - Thrilled for you. What a blessing from our Lord. You and your family will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Davene - I’m thrilled for you–just completely thrilled! CONGRATULATIONS!!! :)ReplyCancel

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    amyflew - Horray, that is such wonderful news! I pray that everything goes smoothly for you. May this new little life be a beacon of hope and inspiration for you both and your families.ReplyCancel

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    Maria - That is wonderful! My due date was Jan 11, 2008 and he was born late on Jan 19. Have a good pregnancy!ReplyCancel

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    Rory and Jess - congratulations!! So happy for you…ReplyCancel

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    Enos Family - YES!!! I was so hoping I would see a post like this soon. CONGRATS!!! I am so happy for you guys! You are obviously WONDERFUL parents, and it makes me sooo happy to know you will be blessing another child with your love and devotion. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. I know that is weird, since you don’t know me, but it fills me with hope and happiness. THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US ALL!ReplyCancel

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    Ryan's Mama - how WONDERFUL!!! i am so, so happy for you guys, as are literally thousands of others who have been faithfully following your journey. i will pray hard for a great pregnancy and a healthy, happy new addition to your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

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    Squirpy Momma - Really wonderful news! Prayers for you guys on your new journey…all the best!!!ReplyCancel

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    Lacie and Stephen - HOW WONDERFUL! I am so happy for you! We are praying for you and the newest little Mac! Have you heard of “rainbow babies?” Check out my blog. I think that it is something you will appreciate! http://www.steveandlaciehutchins.blogspot.com.

    In Him,
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    Paula - Congratulations! We will pray for the new little one and for your strength too. Hope you haven’t had much “morning” sickness. Mine was always evening sickness. :-)ReplyCancel

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    Bobbi Jo - The very best wishes for you all! Congratulations!! You’re right, Cora would have been so proud to share the news.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - What a GREAT way to announce your wonderful news to all of us out here following your blog and praying for you!!!! Loved the Cora picture announcement! Thank you for sharing it with us! The Lord has answered our prayers to give you another baby and we will continue to pray that He will sustain you and your precious baby! This baby will add great joy to your family and will of course never replace Cora but add to the joy that she gave and still gives to you. I am so very happy and excited for you!!
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    Koningskind - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Congratulations! That’s wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Jen - Yeah!! God is good!!!ReplyCancel

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    Christina - CONGRATS!!!!! My eyes are filled with happy tears :)ReplyCancel

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    annaelyse - praise the lord! praying for you guys!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kristen - Praying that God will bless you with a healthy, happy pregnancy. (And I know that Cora is in heaven, dancing with joy and watching over her little sister or brother!)ReplyCancel

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    Nancy Gerena - Congratulations!! My eyes are flooded with tears of joy! Your family remains in my prayers.

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    Life With Our (Growing) Family - YAY! What wonderful news. I don’t know if you remember me, I was in your speech class years ago in college and I think we also lived in Boyd at that same time. My husband and I have been following your blog since March. We’ve cried and prayed for you and your family. What an amazing network of prayer the internet can bring. Cheering your little family on from Prairie Village.

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    Mrs.Shu - Congratulations!! That is so very excitingReplyCancel

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    McKenzie - What an amazing gift! Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through such an amazing yet difficult journey! Cora will still be such a good big sister!ReplyCancel

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    Toni :O) - Oh my goodness…my mouth just fell open!!! I’m SO thrilled and elated for you! A hearty congratulations to you and I will pray so hard for you both for a happy and healthy pregnancy. Praise God and hip hip hooray for you! That news just made my day! May this happiness help to ease your daily pain. God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 8:25 am

    Townsend Crew - What a wonderful gift this new life will be for your family! I am the youngest of 4 in my family. 47 years ago, my parents lost their first child, my brother, Phillip, to SIDS at 10 months. My older siblings and I have always known about Phillip and loved him like a member of our family. I know this new life will continue to share Cora’s lessons of God’s love.ReplyCancel

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    Angela - Congratulations! I am so excited for you! Cora will always be the big sister watching down from above.ReplyCancel

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    Tara Provence - Congratulations!!!! What a blessing this new baby will be!ReplyCancel

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    heather - Congratulations! Praying for your health and the baby’s. What an exciting time!ReplyCancel

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    Cristy - Congrats Jess! I am so happy for you guys!

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    Desha - Such exciting news! I have been checking in on you often, praying that God will be with you as you navigate life without Cora. We found out we were expecting our third child just weeks after I lost my dad. It didn’t take away the pain, but it reminded me that God gives and he takes away, and I needed to praise him regardless. We named our 3rd son Judah (praise). I pray this new blessing will be a constant reminder of God’s presence,his faithfullnes, and bring joy to your heart.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 8:55 am

    Kim - Congratulations. I am so very happy for you. I started following your story when sweet little Cora had passed. I continue to check on you and pray for you. Yes Cora would have been a great big sister. May God give you a very healthy pregnancy and healthy baby too.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 9:21 am

    Megan (mommyesquire) - Congratulations on the new baby! Babies are such a blessing.ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 9:36 am

    Ashley Ann - Congratulations! I am working on a nursery for our first daughter (we have 3 boys). Hanging above a bed is a framed “messy flower” Cora pin – your family is continually in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Audrey - Oh my goodness!!!!!

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    Mary Beth in PA - Oh my goodness, my eyes filled with tears (and they still are) when I saw this beautiful news! This is indeed a blessing to you and your family.ReplyCancel

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    Abner & Jennie - So glad for you and your families to be blessed with another little one. Will keep praying and may God give you much joy!

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    Lori - God bless your family as you get ready for the new baby. Can’t wait to read all about it!ReplyCancel

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    Claudia - AMEN!!!!

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    Susie - Fantastic news!ReplyCancel

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    Wendy - Can’t wait to share your pregnancy journey. God is GOOD!

    PS…Today (6/15) is the 31st anniversary of my older brother’s death. You can read my mother’s tribute to him by viewing her blog:

    Grandma To Candy Hearts

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    Rachel - My heart (& eyes) are so full at the moment. What a blessing. I will continue to pray for you & Joel as you continue to grieve and heal, and the sweet babe through which God has provided much hope. Smiles.ReplyCancel

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    Julie - Congratulations on this special blessing!! I know it is with mixed emotions…a new life after such a tragic loss is bittersweet. I celebrate and rejoice with you…and pray for this little one on the way. He/She has a wonderful big sister in Heaven to watch over them.

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    Anonymous - oh im sooo excited for you guys! cora will be watching over you every step of the way!

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    Laura - Congrats! Cora would have been an amazing big sister…and I know she’s so proud! Your family is in my prayers~what a blessing. God is GOOD!ReplyCancel

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    Mandy - I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now. You don’t know me but your story has touched me as I have a 16-month old baby girl. I check your blog every day and have been brought to tears so many times. This post brought tears to my eyes again…but this time they are happy tears. I am so happy for you and your family! You have made me so much for thankful for my baby girl. Your new additional will always have a gaurdian angel looking over him/her. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Mindy M. Harris - Praise the Lord! I’m so happy for you!

    Lord, I pray for Jessica and Joel today. Each day they must choose to let you continue your work in them, and in Cora. I pray for continued healing in their hearts and for abundant, joyous blessings as they prepare for the new baby. Thank you for holding their hands in each circumstance. Thank you for their testimony. All glory to you! Amen.ReplyCancel

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    Kahla - I just got goosebumps… congratulatioins! I love the announcement too, perfect in every way!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - So happy for you!
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    Whimsical Creations - Congrats!!! Hugs!ReplyCancel

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    Liz Casstro - Joy! That is all I can say. Congratulations and Best Wishes.ReplyCancel

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    Emily - Congratulations, what a special blessing! I got a bit teary when I told my hubby your news. Of course we’re strangers to you but I’ve been following your story for many months now and have relayed your updates to my hubby, many times with tears flowing.
    I (we) :) will continue to look forward to your updates and send warm thoughts your way.

    Sending prayers and smiles from Olathe!

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    Beth Ann - Congrats!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    HannahM - I’ve been following your story for some time. We are so thrilled to hear your sweet news! We’ll continue to keep your family in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Allison - Congratulations! What a blessing for you both!ReplyCancel

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    maddies_mama - OH MY!!!!
    I am so happy for you guys. I am glad these are happy tears in my eyes. I have followed your blog for a while and I know you will be GREAT parents!!!
    WOW…congratulations!!
    I can’t wait to learn all about the new Mac :)
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    Emily - Congratulations! We will continue to pray for your family for a safe pregnancy and God’s guidance through this next transition in life.ReplyCancel

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    Something In The Glass - My own eyes filled with tears as soon as I saw that beautiful picture and read the caption – I can’t imagine how bittersweet this much be for your family. Congratulations to you. Cora WILL be a great big sister.ReplyCancel

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    Miss Em - You brought tears to my eyes AGAIN! Happy, so very very happy for you. God is great!ReplyCancel

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    Annie - What wonderful news! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    About us - I am so very happy for your announcement today. I am sure Cora is so excited in Heaven. I wish you a happy and healthy nine months!

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    Jennifer - What a precious little blessing – praying for your little one and your hearts missing Cora too.ReplyCancel

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    Monica V. - Congrats and God bless you! I have never commented before but have followed your journey and have prayed that you would be making this joyful announcement!!!!
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    Happiness Is... - Congratulations!!! What a blessing for you three. I know Cora’s life will impact your new little one, as she’s impacted all of us.ReplyCancel

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    SGreen - I am so happy for you!!! I have been keeping you all in my prayers and will have to add a new prayer for the new baby Mac!!ReplyCancel

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    Angie - Congratulations and sending prayers your way….God is good.

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    lauren - I am so happy for you and your family and will be praying for you.

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    mommyof2 - Praise God! You two deserve to be parents again. I will continue to pray for you and your family. i can’t help but belive Cora will be watching over her baby brother or sister. I pray you will hear sounds of joy in your home again. Sounds only a child can bring. I will pray for a healthy and unremarkable pregnancy. Way to go Macs!ReplyCancel

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    The Wilsons - Continued Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby!!!!!! God is so Good!ReplyCancel

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    The Kellys - So very happy and excited for you!!! I was bawling my head off and my husband asked me why. When I told him you were expecting again he said to tell you congratulations as well! What a wonderful way to share the news. :)ReplyCancel

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    laura - oooh, what blessed news! thinking of you and big sister cora with lots of happy thoughts in north carolina!ReplyCancel

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    Amy H - What an amazing gift. I hope that the new baby helps you to heal sooner. I know he or she will not be a replacement of Cora but the joy will be multiplied!ReplyCancel

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    sarahross - God is so good. You continue to be in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Christa - Congratulations! I am so happy for ya’ll…I will continue to pray for your family!

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    Marsha - Hip-hip hooray! What great news. What a INCREDIBLE legacy Cora has left for her little brother or sister. I know she is celebrating in heaven. I will continue to send prayers up for a healthy baby to add to your AWESOME family.

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    Anonymous - What an amazing God!!!! Cora will always be the Big Sister and you two are wonderful parents!ReplyCancel

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    Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick - What wonderful news!!! Congrats to you!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I couldn’t help but post a comment when I saw it would be the 400th one.

    I have followed your blog for months now. Your story has touched so many lives.

    Congratulations on your newest blessing! your family is in my thoughts and prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby.ReplyCancel

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    Matt and Nicole - Congratulations! We will continue to pray for you!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Congratulations!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    mom2wendy - God is so good! Bless you as you travel this road with your little Mac. I will pray for safe harbor.ReplyCancel

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    Rebecca - Congratulations! I came across your blog tonight as I am in a hotel, travelling for work and I am away from my 18 mo old baby. I cannot hold back my tears. I read back to learn what had happened to your sweet daughter. I admire your strength and how you were able to remain positive throughout your journey. I wish you a wonderful happy and HEALTHY baby. You deserve it. A baby deserves to grow up with you as parents.ReplyCancel

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    Shelly Primm - Congratulations!! I am so excited for you and Joel. Sweet Cora will be watching over her brother or sister! I will continue to pray for you.ReplyCancel

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    Kristi - My family has continued to pray for your family and we couldn’t be happier to hear such wonderful news! We will be praying for a happy and healthy pregnancy for you. God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 10:33 pm

    Todd and Courtney - I teared up when I read this. I bet Cora is so excited!ReplyCancel

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    Brenda - I think Cora had something to do with a little whisper into God’s ear :) and….. ANGELS make the best big sisters EVER!ReplyCancel

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    Colbert Family - Awesome!!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    John & Elisa Seaba - Congratulations, that is wonderful news!! This little baby is very blessed to have the sweetest big sister and two amazing parents!ReplyCancel

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    Tasha Roe - Congrats!!! Such amazing news!!! We’ll be praying for you!!ReplyCancel

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    Brooke - smiling in Baltimore!

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    Anonymous - CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you guys! I’m sure Cora is smiling down from heaven :)

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    Taking Heart - Congratulation! May God bless you with a beautiful bundle to love this side of Heaven.ReplyCancel

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    Andrew - Congrats Jess & Joel! We were so excited to hear the news! Blessings on your pregnancy Jess and to you both as you prepare for your new addition! Can’t wait to hear more from Connecticut! We love you lots.
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    Grace - Praise God!! You and “baby Mac” are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Cowen Family - I don’t know if I have ever commented, but I have been following your blog from the beginning of Cora’s sickness. With tears I congradulate you! You are(still) in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Karen & Shahin - Congratulations! I couldn’t be happier for you and your family. Cora is anxiously waiting and watching for her little sibling to arrive so she can be the best big sister angel there is. Blessings from God to your family!ReplyCancel

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    Tina - Jessica this is just wonderful news. I have been hoping for you guys that this would happen soon.

    I will be praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby for you guys.

    God bless you and you new little one. May God watch over your precious baby Cora as well as my Baby Peanut.

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    mum of 2 grls - oh my i just got goose bumps! i am so excited for you and your family. You will be in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Mammy - Congratulations! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Miranda - Congrats!! That is awesome news! Cora will be the best big sister guardian angel.ReplyCancel

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    Emily - Congratulations!!! What a blessing. I know you wish Cora could be here to welcome this new miracle with you- but she is celebrating in Heaven and rejoicing in this new joy you will be overcome with. Praying for you guys- for peace, health, and abundant joy!ReplyCancel

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    Alison Vavra - Congratulations!! I am so very excited for you!ReplyCancel

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    mommaof4wife2r - i have 2 of cora’s pics on my frig to remind me of the strength and love of god…and now,i really want to put this one up! i am so happy to hear this…and what a beautiful way to announce it!ReplyCancel

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    Brooke - Yahoo!!! I have been wondering if you were going to have another one. I know it is bittersweet but I am sure that will be such a joy. Just think of all Cora is teaching this little one before he/she gets here!! I am due in December with our first.ReplyCancel

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    Kathy - Rejoicing with tears in my eyes!

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    PamperingBeki - Still thinking about you and praying for you daily.

    So grateful that God has blessed you with this new life.

    Praying that He will continue to hold you close through this roller coaster of emotions.ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm - oooh!! big congrats! wonderful news!! hugs!! Britt :-)ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - CONGRATULATIONS JESS AND JOEL!!! This is such wonderful news and such a great blessing. We are praying for a happy and healthy pregancy and baby. God is good!Love you!

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    Autumn - congratulations! I’ve been reading for awhile but never commented. I know Cora would be thrilled about becoming a big sister!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - YAY!!!!! so exciting!! i will keep you all in my prayers!!

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    Ashlee - God bless your family! What wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Tonya - Congrats!!! God is so, so good!ReplyCancel

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    Sue - What wonderful news. I’ll keep praying for all of you- and for Cora’s baby brother or sister.ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Huge HUGE congratulations to you! I wish I could send a great big teary eyed hug to you through cyber-space!
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    Anonymous - I have been secretly waiting for this news. WONDERFUL!! I too wish that Cora could be there. She would have loved every part of it. Congratulations to you!ReplyCancel

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    Scott, Joanna, Matthew - Congratulations! We will continue to pray for your family! God bless!ReplyCancel

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    mommyholly - CONGRATS on the new baby news!!! I know Cora is so happy for you both as you add another beautiful baby to your family!ReplyCancel

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    Steph - I am so happy for your family….Congrats from Steph in CA.
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    Dana - Aww…. So very happy for your family!!ReplyCancel

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    Jen - Congratulations! I got all teary eyed reading your announcement. I know I don’t really know you, but my heart has been heavy since hearing about your sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Oh, that’s exciting! I’ll be thinking about your family.ReplyCancel

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    Emily - Congratulations! I am sure that Cora has met this little one in heaven already and is thrilled for you and loves her baby brother or sister!ReplyCancel

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    Becca - Congratulations! I am so happy for you!ReplyCancel

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    Karina - Oh my gosh, I am obviously not the first person on here (comment number 447!!!!!) but your post made me burst into tears of joy! I don’t know why it feels like such a relief – it is still so bittersweet and Cora is still so missed, even by strangers such as me – but it is SUCH wonderful news that you will have someone new to love and cuddle and fill your life up after so much loss. Many many CONGRATULATIONS are sure to keep pouring in and we will be following your pregnancy like HOUNDS!!!ReplyCancel

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    Mommy2QTPies - Aw, what wonderful news!! Hope you have an easy going pregnancy! :)ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Wonderful news!!!
    Your story inspire me in so many ways, thank you for sharing it.ReplyCancel

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    Kelsey - This made my day! Babies are such a blessing, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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    Lovely Little Flowers - Congratulations!!! Your family will remain in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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    Patti - That is so exciting!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    2Girlz4US - Congrats!!! Cora sent an angel to you :)ReplyCancel

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    2Girlz4US - Congrats!! Cora sent an angel to you :)ReplyCancel

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    The Schilling's from PICU - HEY !!!!!! YEPPPEEEE CONGRATS!!!!!!
    What wonderful news! Of course my husband got to hear it before me! ha He enjoyed seeing Joel’s family so much today! We miss you guys!
    We are so happy for you! Of course I cried HAPPY tears today for you all! I am sure CORA is jumping up and down with JOY for you! The picture you posted of her is PERFECT!!!!! Love to you BOTH and keep us posted!

    Praying for healthy days ahead for you! Hope you are feeling great!

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    Erin - Congratulations!! What a tremendous blessing.ReplyCancel

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    Jolly - So thrilled to hear your exciting news! What a blessing! Our small group at church continues to pray for you and your family. May you feel the comforting love and presence of the Lord through the encouragement of all those around you.ReplyCancel

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    Tiffany C - CONGRATS!! God bless your family!ReplyCancel

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    ManyBlessings - Congratulations from this lurker!! Tears of joy from tears of sadness.
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    Jennifer - Congrautlations. I have been reading your blog since the Freeman’s mentioned you for prayers. I’ve never posted, but wanted to offer my congratulations. I have a (almost) nine month old little boy. A good friend had a little boy 3 weeks after me and he passed away at 2 1/2 months on New Years Eve. Seeing her experience is the closest I have to trying to understand what you are going through. I’m so sorry your family had to experience that. Know that I have been very inspired by your family and we pray for you often. God Bless you and the new miracle God has give you! Praying from TN!ReplyCancel

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    Beck - Dear Jess & Joel,

    Let me be the 461st person to tell you that I’m overjoyed to hear this news. I have been praying, praying, praying for this for you. You know, just another stranger who prays for you. A lot. By name. Because God puts you on my mind so often.

    And the best thing about reading this was seeing Cora’s sweet face giving us the news. Thanks for letting us pray for Baby Mac with you!ReplyCancel

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    Kristi - I am SO happy for you all! What a blessing this is for you and your dh!! God is good! :)
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    Anonymous - Congratulations! I had been praying that a new baby would come into your lives.

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    Shari - Congratulations, wonderful news!ReplyCancel

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    Skelly Addict - YAY!! Congratulations! I’m so very happy that your home will be filled with happiness again with the joy of a child! I’m sure Cora is grinning and clapping her hands with excitement! I too continue to follow your story and you are an INSPIRATION for so many!!! All my best to you and your family!! Have a WONDEFUL summer!
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    rbrum - We will keep you in our prayers. Love your blog & cry every time I open your bookmark. We are a farm family with a baby girl Cora’s age. God Bless your family. . . we will be praying for you through your pregnancy.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I have nominated the Mac’s blog for the most inspiring blog. Go here to vote

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    Anonymous - My beautiful little daughter Erin, went home at ten and a half months from a heart condition on 1st December 2005. Her little brother was born in September 06. One book I read suggest that greiving and bonding don’t mix and to wait at least a year before trying for another child. I can assure you – it is possible to feel two completing different emotions at the same time. My grief is still real and still there but my joy and love and adoration for my son has no bounds. May your pregnancy, birth and life with this addtional child bring you much joy.ReplyCancel

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    Laura Ann - Congratulations…I am so excited for all of you. What an amazing blessing and miracle. My heart is filled with joy.

    I have read your blog from the beginning of time and have prayed for you.

    I have a cousin that lost their 2 year old son in a drowning accident a couple years back. As you are all too familiar with it was the worse pain ever. They now have an 8 month old beautiful little girl and life has taken on a new meaning for them.

    They had all the same feelings you expressed in yoru post, but they continue to work through it daily.

    God is good and he has carried them as he continues to carry you.

    I am so happy for you and your hubby. To God be the Glory!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 17, 2009 - 9:54 am

    jen christians - I am writing this from the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park CO. It’s so beautiful here. Abundant with God’s works. Today we walked down to a little park, where believe it or not, they had several pieces of “Cora’s Playground” equipment. I watched my children play on it and as I sat there I thought of you guys and how much joy could be in your hearts if only you were blessed with another child. As I saw how much joy Cora brought you. I prayed for you guys. Then I came back to read this message. While I know your prayer was already answered, it just reminded me how great our God is. Life is a miracle. I will keep praying for you and pray for a healthy baby Mac. I can’t wait to read the updates. And by the way if you have never been to the YMCA of the ROckies… it’s amazing!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Jamie - Congratulations to all of you!! I am sure Cora will keep a watchful eye on her little sister or brother. Our 2nd child passed away 6 hours after his birth and his older sister brings up his name almost daily, even 3 years later, which is music to my ears. I am sure your newest addition will do the same as he or she hears about adorable Cora. It was such a blessing for us to see how siblings who are separated by heaven and earth….still have an amazing sister/brother connection. Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kristin Milius - Congrats!! I do not know you but am so happy for you and your family! I am sure Cora picked out a wonderful spirit to join her family!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - God’s abundant blessings!ReplyCancel

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    3boysmom - Congratulations…SO happy for you!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - God bless you both….what a blessing….your hearts will be filled with love for another little one. Cora will be laughing and playing when watching over her little sibling :)ReplyCancel

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    Tammie - So wonderful to hear!! :-) I can understand more than you know!!ReplyCancel

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    Amanda - Awwww…that is SO wonderful. Congratulations to you both.ReplyCancel

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    Ki - Oh I’m so glad! What a wonderful surprise to get to read this on your blog. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Stewart Family - God is sooooo GOOD!!ReplyCancel

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    Becky - So happy that you have such joyful news! You are all in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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    allison - Music to my ears. I continue to think of you all often and will most likely forever. Your story of love, strength and beauty amazes me. Prayers to you all and many blessings of sweet joy.ReplyCancel

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    Snoodle Family - Congrats! :)
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    Anonymous - Good things come to those wait! Congratulations! I will continue to keep you in my prayers. God Bless!ReplyCancel

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    Jennjilla - Congrats!! We’re so excited for you! I know Cora is so thrilled to be a big sister and will watch over her baby brother/sister every step of the way!ReplyCancel

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    Christy - Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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    rhemashope - Cora, you just made my day with that announcement. Praying for your mommy and daddy!ReplyCancel

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    meg - Wonderful news and may God guide you through this!ReplyCancel

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    Keilani - Oh! What a gift from Cora! Congrats you two.. Please know that my thoughts have been with you and all the people that have been touched by Cora!ReplyCancel

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    aleanaomi - So excited that you are adding to your family. I enjoy reading your blog so much and have been lifting you in prayer.ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 8:59 pm

    Unmistakably BLESSED - I’m gonna have to go shave my legs!! I read that post and got the best case of chill-bumps, hence the date with my pink plastic razor . . . Congratulations. More than that, prayers from a sister in Christ! AmandaReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Stephanie - I have chills all over my body!!!! I can’t think of a family that deserves it more than you guys do. Congratulations!!!!!!!!! Cora is so proud of you right now!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Anonymous - Wow! Congratulations! we’ll be praying for you:)
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  • June 19, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    Anonymous - I am SOOOO happy for you!! I will pray for you and baby Mac.. Cora will always be with you and as baby Mac gets to know her I am hoping you will feel complete. Sending love…ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 12:31 pm

    Paula - Have shed many tears over your story and now can shed happy tears for you.. So happy for you.. Will pray for you and Cora and her baby brother or sister.. God is Good!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 19, 2009 - 6:27 pm

    Bri!!! - Yet again I am in tears. This news just made my day. May this new little spirit help to heal your heart and bring much joy to you that only a child can bring. You are SO DESERVING of this. Baby Mac #2 is so blessed to be getting God loving, faithful, amazing parents. I’m sure the little one can’t wait. CONGRATS and much LOVE to you both!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 8:20 am

    RLG - I just heard of your story yesterday through a blog I follow — lulufish. I haven’t been able to get Cora’s beautiful little face out of my mind.

    Congratulations on your wonderful news. I hope it helps to heal you in a million different ways.

    All the best. xoxoReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2009 - 10:24 pm

    rainbow - Wow. I haven’t checked your blog in a while and I’m so glad I did. Congratulations!!! This is the most wonderful news ever and I am so incredibly happy for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2009 - 1:08 am

    Jenn VH - I somehow missed your “secret” post and was reading about your Dr’s appointment and was a little confused at first!! I am so happy to hear this wonderful news and pray for a wonderful pregnancy and delivery. I will continue to have you in my thoughts and prayers.
    (((hugs))) Jenn VHReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    writing4612 - YAY! I’m so happy for your family.ReplyCancel

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    Rachel - Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praying for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 9:30 am

    Cora - I found your blog when Cora was just diagnosed, and stuck around once I got to know your beautiful and amazing daughter.

    Perhaps I feel connected to her because of our shared name, but I know she is so proud and excited to be a big sister soon. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Rebecca - I’m WAY late to the party. But, congratulations! :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 24, 2009 - 7:24 am

    Ashley - Congrats, I think of you often and pray for you, I’m so happy for your new blessing, I know God will take care of you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 3:59 am

    Rebekah - I am so happy for you and hubby!ReplyCancel

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  • June 25, 2009 - 10:53 pm

    Nan - Congratulations Joel and Jess!! Prayers being answered… I am so thankful that January, what would likely be one of the most difficult months for you will be redeemed in such a precious way. Praying for God’s hand of protection on your new little growing one.ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    Michele - What a sweet post to come home from vacation to. Congratulations Jess, Joel and Big Sister Cora!! She is DEFINITELY celebrating too, she knows frist hand how blessed this baby already is. I will be with the HUNDREDS (THOUSANDS?!) of others praying for you guys and this new journey. God is Good. Congratulations again!ReplyCancel

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  • June 26, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    Allison - I am so happy for you! God is good!ReplyCancel

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  • July 21, 2009 - 1:31 pm

    Clare Z. - I’ve been gone for a while but I just read your wonderful news! Conratulations! I am also expcting in February…We’re prego together! =D

    Many prayers and blessings for you guys!

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  • August 3, 2009 - 4:39 am

    debbie blocker - Congrat’s!! I am so excited for you guys. I keep you in my prayers daily.ReplyCancel

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Ok ladies.
The 4th of July stuff is out.

It looked like so much when we were sewing.
But I don’t know how long it will last.
So….
We are still sewing.
Hopefully we will post more red, white and blue next week.
This will have to due for now.
Go to Cora’s NOW!
Have a great weekend!
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  • June 12, 2009 - 6:59 pm

    Maureen - Yea… you guys are so creative!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 7:43 pm

    The Wildes - Thanks Jess, and Grammy too. The items are beautiful, each of them. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Thinking and praying for you in Wisconsin.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 7:43 pm

    Debbie S. - YAY! I finally got a dress. My husband says I was more obsessed with this than the Wii last Christmas :-)ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 7:46 pm

    Anonymous - I have finally secured a beautiful Cora dress! Thank you for the obvious time and effort you put into these dresses.
    Praying for you in Batavia!

    God Bless,
    The Hunecke Family
    Batavia ILReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 7:46 pm

    mark and missy - Yeah – I just got one your adorable boy flag shirts! I love your creative designs. We still pray for you guys daily!ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 8:29 pm

    Lesli - OM MY!!!I went out for one hour and when I came back my size 3t was of course gone!! I have been hitting the refresh button for days now waiting for these fourth of July dresses… I am so bummed.. I knew I shouldn’t have went to target..lol….

    Way to go!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    Erica - I finally snatched something from your shop. It was completed random that I check at this time of night. I’m glad I did.

    You ladies are pretty creative.

    Jess I still think of you guys almost everyday. Marvin and I continue to pray for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    maryann - finally….i got my carina a cora dress! whoo hoo!

    thanks for your hard work on making them!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 8:47 pm

    Ethansmom08 - YAY!!!! I just got one of your super cute flag shirts for my son! So excited!

    Still sending many prayers your way!
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  • June 12, 2009 - 8:56 pm

    The Moffats - ummm…could you add 3 months to that super cute 18 month boys flag shirt next time? :) *wink* Soooo close…I almost bought it anyway and was going to stuff Hunter into it :) REALLY cute stuff! Love and hugs…always.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 9:00 pm

    Anonymous - Missed out on the too cute 18 month boy flag shirt :( but how FABULOUS that Cora’s shop sells out so quickly.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers everday.

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  • June 12, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    Misty Rice - Okay, I was coming over to say hi BEFORE you posted. I just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you so much tonight. I was rocking my little girl, and you and Cora came to mind and I started to bawl.

    I made a mental note to come and leave you a comment letting you know that I prayed and cried for you tonight. I hope that you have a peaceful nights sleep. I hurt for you tonight, so maybe God will allow me to take some of that from you and you can go to sleep with comfort.

    The red, white and blue stuff is fabulous…and I was out shopping for Morgan’s red, white and blue outfit, but I think I just found it.

    God bless mommy….

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  • June 12, 2009 - 9:41 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - I can’t believe it-I have been on the computer every day, checking all day long different times-I was even sick last night and kept checking and today all day and then we went out to eat and guess what-they came on and were then gone. WOW-I am going to have to just keep trying. They are just to cute. I will check next week again-I may have to break down and try to make one myself. Is there a pattern or anything to make one. Maybe you could sale a pattern. Let me know if that is an option. God bless you all and I am so glad the sales are still going great for coras playground. Still praying for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 9:57 pm

    PamperingBeki - Gone!!

    You guys are the best.

    It was good to see you today.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 9:59 pm

    Katy Frame (Kate Creates) - I agree with the selling a pattern idea!! I have been leaving up Cora’s shop for the past few days, hitting refresh and I missed you again! :(

    I am still praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    Alisha - This is like the 5th time I’ve tried and failed to get my 14 month old daughter a dress. Keep making and selling…we are waiting :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 10:14 pm

    Elle's Mom - I can’t believe I missed out again! You ladies are way too fast for me!! I looked through the sold items and they are all so beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    Enos Family - WOW! I think you guys might hold the record for fastest sales on ETSY…seriously! Amazing!
    I bought one of your earlier dresses (lemons) for a friend. Her little girl is two months old and wore it to my son’s 4th birthday. It was sooo cute on her! I am now obsessed with getting my daughter one. Too slow tonight, but will keep watching!
    I think of you and your family often. Bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    Midwest Mommy - Everything is so cute and so GONE already.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 10:25 pm

    Julie - Oh Jess! I love all of your 4th of July creations. I was hoping to snatch a flag onesie, but wasn’t quick enough either. :-) What special things! Love you and am praying for you every day.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 10:26 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - I love it that those darling dresses are ALREADY sold out, but so bummed I missed out AGAIN!!

    I’ll keep on tryin’ :)
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  • June 12, 2009 - 10:47 pm

    Trasie Bressler - I know that one of these times I am going to get a dress for my Ellee……Keep making those adorable dresses and hopefully soon I will get to them in time.

    Many Many Blessings,
    Trasie BresslerReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 11:01 pm

    jennifer - The dresses are so cute! I am so sad that I missed them. I had been checking every morning all week and of all days today I was unable to get to my computer:-( Great work you two are a true inspirations in all areas of the word!!!! God Bless and maybe better luck for me and my little one next time. P.S Were there any toddler sized that I missed out on?????ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    Mindy M. Harris - So sad to have missed another round! Thinking of and praying for you. I’m friends with Julie J!ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 11:20 pm

    Christina - You guys are amazing! And they are already gone!!
    Still praying for you, and I think of you so often, here in Dallas.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 11:46 pm

    Kristi - I missed it again!! One day I will get a Cora dress :). You and your mom are so creative! Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 12:05 am

    Sara - seriously.
    I checked every hour today…
    and I still missed it!
    Maybe your next give away can be a sneak peek or first look…and first chance to buy!
    I REALLY want a dress!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 12:22 am

    Nikki Sherer Burns - My mom purchased a Cora dress for me last month… after me calling her in the night to tell her they were up. When it came in I was at her house, happened to check the mail and tried to run/waddle my pregnant self up her driveway… We were both tickled when we opened it. It is gorgeous! You are in our prayers daily. God bless from lower Alabama!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 1:15 am

    Rachel E. - I actually got one before it sold out! First time! :-)ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 2:53 am

    judith - Visiting your shop from Scotland in the hope of dressing my wee Millie in a Cora dress and spreading a piece of the Cora magic over here. Your choice of colour and style are so gorgeous and your bravery and spirit are inspirational. Think of your family often, Jude. xReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 7:34 am

    Whimsical Creations - Missed it. They were really cute!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:04 am

    athans' family - I checked yesterday afternoon and there was nothing!! I missed it again….so sad! It looks cute as always. I can’t wait until the day I can finally get something! :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:09 am

    Robyn - I check every day ans this morning just looked and they are gone! I have never made it to the store when anything was for sale. I don’t even know how much they sell for? I was the one asking how you make these. Maybe you could sell me a pattern. I want my 3 girls to have one. Keep up the great work. You are so talented.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 6:34 pm

    These Are The Days - LOVED the dresses…..of course I checked all day long to see if they were up and then went out to water my flowers…..saw they were up and all the larger sizes….GONE! Oh well, maybe next time. You both are so talented!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Casey - darn, I missed it AGAIN. I’m going to have to learn to sew those dresses if I want to have one for Allyson. :) I’ll keep trying. You guys make some beautiful little dresses!ReplyCancel

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  • June 15, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    Gale - My daughter is an 18 year old single mama of twins (girl/boy) and I really want to get them a matching set of Cora (in the 18 month size). She works two jobs to make ends meet but this is something I would like to surprise her with. I can’t ever seem to get in on this…any suggestions?? I know that you are so sweet to make these. Congrats on the announcement of your pregnancy…God is good!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2009 - 10:07 am

    mommaof4wife2r - i love love love love them all!ReplyCancel

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Thank you so much for playing along with us. My mom and I had so much fun reading through all of your comments. What great memories and family traditions!

Here are the giveaway winners:

One red, white, and blue Cora dress

Sarah: I must say…I’ve never won a thing before in my life, so I thought I’d give this a chance! I absolutely LOVE the 4th of July dresses!! My fondest memories as a child are going with my parents to pick out the fireworks. I was always so excited to get the snaps and sparklers! I also loved making a mess with the black snakes with my brothers! We would participate in the towns activities (going to the parade and water fights and such) and then bbq with friends. We always ended the night by lighting off the fireworks. I’m so proud to say that I have passed some of these memories on to my own children. They love to go and pick out snaps and sparklers and love going to the parades! We have started a tradition of bbqing with friends and lighting fireworks as well! I love watching their faces as the fireworks go up in the air. I just hope that I’m giving them the same fond memories that my parents gave to me!Thank you for this great opportunity!!Still praying for your family in Nebraska.

One red, white, and blue girl’s t-shirt

Cherie: How fun!! This is my first time commenting. I know, shame on me!:)What a blessing your words are to so many, especially me! One of my favorite things about your journey is the relationship you have with your mom. I can completely relate to having a mom that you love to spend any day with. We are so blessed to have the best moms and to have such a special and close friendship with them. God is good!! You asked about family traditions…Our 4th of July family tradition is to go to my husband’s grandparents house to watch the BIG fireworks display that the school across the street puts on. My husband comes from a farming family and one of the best highlights is Grandpa’s homemade peach ice cream. By the way, I LOVE YOUR CORA DRESSES! Adorable! I just can’t seem to get my hands on them. Who knows…maybe now. :)Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. Stay strong…I can not imagine how people do this life without our amazing God! Praise the Lord we are HIS!!

One flag onesie

Bri: I left on a service mission for my church for 18 months on July 5th, 2000. That July 4th before I left was a special one because I knew it would be the last time for a while I would be with all of my family. We went to “The Stadium of Fire” which is always a special experience. It is very patriotic and inspiring. I LOVE the 4th of July and I would LOVE to get one of your giveaway items. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I often am in tears when I read your posts. You inspire me.

Sarah, Cherie, and Bri please contact me at thecorashop@yahoo.com with your contact information.

We will start posting our red, white, and blue stuff at Cora’s sometime this week. Keep checking back!

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  • June 8, 2009 - 4:26 pm

    Katy Frame (Kate Creates) - Congratulations to those who won! Now, if I can only catch a dress or two when it’s posted into the shop!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 8, 2009 - 4:50 pm

    The Mershawn's - Yep, I’ll be waiting for one too!! I’m always too slow…:) Thanks for the fun. Hope you guys are doing okay.ReplyCancel

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  • June 8, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Dawn - Thats great you did a giveaway.
    I love that style of dress so cute, stylish and simple looking.

    Im waiting to nab a 4T. I keep hoping.ReplyCancel

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  • June 8, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    Anonymous - Congrats to the winners!

    You and Grammy are wonderful!

    Thinking of and praying for you all!

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  • June 8, 2009 - 5:16 pm

    Lil Missy - wow, a great first giveaway! congrats to the winners. I hope I can get my hands on one of those patriotic dresses (fingers crossed!). Still praying for you down here in Texas!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 8, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - What a great give-a-way! Congrats to all of the lucky winners! I’m off to check out Cora’s. Maybe sometime here I’ll be quick enough to get something. ;)
    With Love and prayers,
    *TriciaReplyCancel

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  • June 8, 2009 - 8:11 pm

    JenniferNe - Congrats to all the winners! I was a lucky one a couple of weeks ago to catch a dress for my little one! We rec’d it last week. She wore it this weekend and it was wonderful. Not only was it very pretty on her but very comfortable! She just loves it. We will be back to buy again! Keep making the 5T! God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 8, 2009 - 10:25 pm

    Sarah - Just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for picking me!! I’m soooo excited to get one of the first dresses for my daughter!! I’ve tried so many times to buy something, but like so many others, I’ve fallen to short. :( I can’t thank you enough!! Your family is a true inspiration!! Thank you again!!

    Always praying in Nebraska!ReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2009 - 5:52 am

    Anonymous - I read yoour blog all the time and when little Cora died I cried! I am not a crier and pretty emotionally distant from everything. But I just have to mention how alike you and Cora were as babies. You can believe that little Cora would have grown up too be just as pretty as her Mommy.ReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2009 - 7:53 am

    mommaof4wife2r - i love reading your blog…have for a very long time…this is really awesome. thank you so much for sharing the stories…great.ReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2009 - 11:50 am

    PamperingBeki - Congratulations to the winners!

    This whole giveaway makes me smile.

    In the old pictures, your mom looks JUST LIKE your sister does now.

    And I’ve always seen a lot of Joel in Cora (in pictures) but that baby picture of you looks just like her!

    We were in Colorado last year for the 4th of July and loved it so much that we agreed to make it our new tradition. So that’s where we’re headed in a couple weeks. :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    Karina - Congratulations to the winners! And kudos to you and your mom for reading over five hundred posts!! I agree, I can see a lot of Cora in your baby pic, whereas previously I thought Cora looked a lot more like Joel. :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    Nancy Gerena - Congrats to the winners of the giveaway! I, too hope to purchase an item from Cora’s once they are listed. :)

    I read your blogs all the time and you are truly an inspiration to all that read your blogs. On numerous occasions I have forwarded your blogs to friends and family because I found them so touching (I think I’ve cried everytime I’ve read them).

    You and your family are in my prayers often.

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  • June 9, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    Robyn - I have commented a time or two before but let me just say I so admire you and your strength. I still say a prayer for you and think of you often. I cannot even imagine how you get through the day. I am so glad to hear the playground will be started soon.

    I know you may not have time to answer this. I have been checking your store for the 4th of July dresses. I have 3 girls to buy for so everything I do, X3. A great problem to have but gets a little expensive. I was curious if you use a pattern or just kind of gather up the material to fit the tank when making a dress? I have a machine and would love to make my 3 one, if I can’t afford to buy them once you list. I don’t plan on selling on ETSy or anywhere, just curious if you might share how to make these cutie pie dresses. Thanks-ReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2009 - 9:12 pm

    Laura - I had to scroll up and down a few times to make sure that the baby on the daddy’s back was you and not Cora.
    Amazing likeness.
    She lives in you, and you in her, in so many ways. Some visible to the eye, and others, deep inside the heart.

    What beautiful girls you both are.
    God BlessReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2009 - 10:29 pm

    wicker0407 - What a great giveaway congrats to all the winners. Jess you and Joel are still in my thoughts and prayers always!
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  • June 10, 2009 - 10:06 am

    reyreywall - I would like to make a “honor contribution” to St. Jude in Cora’s honor. I need your e-mail address so you can receive the card after it’s finished. If it’s ok with you guys. You can post it on my blog or e-mail it to me @ reyreywall@yahoo.com. Thanks.ReplyCancel

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  • June 10, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    Whimsical Creations - congrats to the winners!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 11, 2009 - 11:43 pm

    PamperingBeki - Thinking of you, praying for you.
    You’re not forgotten.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 9:20 am

    Robin in Benton - Thinking of you and praying for you this morning.ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    Anonymous - Oh my! I clicked on the 5T dress to buy it and before it loaded to the next screen…someone else bought it!!! Can you believe it? Wow you have to be so fast! This was the first time I’ve even made it to the site before it was sold out. Maybe next time. God bless you guys. We will wait patiently to catch another one sometime. Until then, happy fourth of July!

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It’s time for the FIRST EVER 
GIVEAWAY
Because you have supported our new store so amazingly,
Because it is fun to get free stuff,
And because we love you,
We are having a PATRIOTIC giveaway.

I come from a very patriotic family.
My dad graduated from the Naval Academy.
He served in the Navy until I was two.

I traveled all over with my parents.
I was even born in Japan while my dad was stationed there.
My parents always taught me to appreciate this great country we live in.
They taught me to be proud to be an American.
I have always loved the 4th of July.
So, we have been sewing and sewing all things red, white, and blue.
We are getting ready to stock Cora’s for the 4th of July.

This week we are giving away three things:


1.  One of these two lovely red, white, and blue Cora dresses (your choice).

2.  A red, white, and blue girl’s shirt.

3.  A flag onesie.
To enter the giveaway, leave us a comment telling us:
1.  A 4th of July family tradition
OR
2.  Your favorite 4th of July memory
Ok, ladies.  I know you all like to win free things.  If you have never left a comment before, now is the time!  Comments will be accepted from now until Friday at 6pm (central standard time).  We will randomly select three comments.  Winners will be announced on Monday. 
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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:07 am

    PamperingBeki - Yay!!!

    Adorable things!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:17 am

    These Are The Days - Let me start by saying I LOVE YOUR DRESSES!!!! Okay now that that’s been said….my favorite 4th of July memory……

    In 2007 my husband was sent to Iraq for 6 months, he was a firefighter in the Air Force. Of course he left in May and was gone all summer long. My girls were 2 and 6 months old at the time. Needless to say it was a bit crazy at my house. :) But my husband was able to call on the 4th of July and chat with me and the girls for quite awhile and that made my whole summer!!! To see their faces light up at the sound of his voice was too much. And then to watch the fireworks and spend the day with the rest of my family completed the picture. I was and still am so proud of him for what he did, even though he’ll never admit it was a big deal. 4th of July has new meaning for me ever since then. Erin M. (These are the days)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:18 am

    Emily M. - What a great idea! We live in the best country in the world, and it’s important to honor the freedoms so many have sacrificed so much for.

    Growing up, my neighborhood used to hold a 4th of July parade. Every kid would decorate their bikes with streamers, balloons, noisemakers, flags, and all sorts of other patriotic paraphernalia. Adults would bedeck wagons and strollers for young kids to ride in. Everyone would don their red, white, and blue clothes, and, on the morning of the 4th of July, we would all gather in the neighborhood cul-de-sac to start the parade. A local fire station would send a truck and some firefights to be our grand marshalls, and we would all proudly march the four streets of our neighborhood. Every home would have a small flag by the mailbox, and those older folks that lived in our neighborhood would sit on their porches and wave as the thirty or forty kids and parents would march by. We made a giant loop and ended up back in the cul-de-sac where everyone enjoyed watermelon, lemonade, and hot dogs–an all-American 4th of July meal! we looked forward to the celebration all year!

    Jess: you and your sweet Cora continue to be in my heart and prayers every day. We may never meet, but I thank God every day that you’re in my life.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:24 am

    Robin in Benton - Love these they are so cute!!!!! Guess when you put them out there I’m going to have buy two now – one for my granddaughter that just turned one year – and one for the new one that is due any day!

    Every year we go to Burlingame KS where my husband’s aunt and uncle have a place out in the country. Pretty much all the family is there – and lots of friends too! There’s fried chicken, ham and usually barbecued brisket too along with potato salad, cole slaw and lots of other good things! Then when it gets pretty dark we take all the kids outside and with some adult (?) supervision they get to set off fireworks. It’s a great time spent with family!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Polka Dot Moon - How wonderful!

    Wonderful family, wonderful memories, WONDERFUL YOU!

    I’ve been trying to purchase one of your dresses for my wee one and am ALWAYS too late! Thanks for the opportunity to win something from Cora’s Shop.

    We think of you daily,
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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:27 am

    The Gava Family - I have read your blog for some time now and I have never commented because I just don’t have the words. I admire what you have done and I think of you and your beautiful family often.
    I love all the dresses you have made, so cute!

    My favorite thing about the 4th is that it is my wedding anniversary (well actually on July 3rd). This year we will be celebrating 10 yrs with family, friends and fireworks.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:29 am

    Jenny - Adorable dresses and shirts!!!

    Our family’s 4th of July tradition is to get together at one of our houses where everyone brings food to share. We have a big cookout and let the kids run through sprinklers and eat watermelon and popsicles outside. The kids also get to set off small fireworks and then at night all of the “big kids” (the grown men) let off their big fireworks for a great show that is all our own.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:36 am

    Angi - I have never commented on your blog, and I can’t believe I am like one of the first ten to do so!!! You can offically say I am a serious prayer warrior of yours:) I think about you daily!!!! Your precious Cora has lit up this world in so many ways —- I know this 4th of July as I watch fireworks and eat a yummy BBQ with family, I wil be sure to remember ALL of you. Your faith is so amazing and your story has inspired me to live each day differently than I use to. Stay strong— the Lord will see you through all the craziness you sometimes feel.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:39 am

    Kari - These dresses are adorable. My daughter is 12, so she can’t wear these, but we have a neighbor across the street that has a newborn baby girl. They just built their house and her husband got laid off. If I win one I’ll give it to her.

    One of my favorite 4th of July’s was when I in elementary school (I’m not sure what year it was) we went to Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. There was a small lake with a bridge that led to a gazebo in the middle of the lake. We sat in the gazebo in the middle of the lake and watched the fireworks shot off from the side of the mountain. It was beautiful! The crisp mountain air and the echo from the fireworks through the mountains was amazing! It was an old time 4th of July with icecream & games. After I got married I found out that my husbands family used to go there for the 4th of July also. We might have met way back and never even knew it! Interesting huh.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:39 am

    Andrea - First time commenter here. I have followed your blog for awhile and you & your husband are in my prayers almost daily.

    I do have a favorite July 4th memory! When my husband and I were dating, he was visiting me at my parents house, and we lit sparklers out on the front lawn as if we were still little kids. We have a great picture of us hugging with our sparklers lit and it is one of my favorite pictures of all time—We were falling in love and it was just such a special time. The picture reminds me of that phase of our relationship and I love it!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:39 am

    lovinsanta - So so so cute!

    Our tradition is we go to my aunt/uncle’s for a family pool party and GREAT food. Then we play outdoor games and then have our own firework display.

    Thanks.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Kelly - Yea! great dresses!

    My husbands family have a bbq every forth. This works great because there are about 5 birthday’s in the surrounding weeks. So not only do we celebrate the nations birthday but half the family’s birthdays as well. My husband loves it because he always gets fireworks for his birthday!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:41 am

    The Di Vito's - My Cousin was born on June 29th, My Uncle was born on July 4th, and my Grandfather(Who served in WWII, now deceased) was born on July 7. For as long as I can remember, My whole family got togther every year to celebrate my family members birthdays, and our wonderful Country’s Birthday. We would cook out great food, have a ton of Birthday cake, swim all day, and do fireworks at night. After my Grandfather passed away a few years ago, we all scattered, but I will always remember all the great times we had.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Jill (& Bob) - I, too, LOVE the Cora dresses! My family’s 4th of July tradition is still a tradition in the making. Our neighborhood has a fireworks display and we enjoy the festivities with dear family friends who played an incredible role in forming our family through the miracle of adoption. We can’t wait to share the day with our baby girl this year! Our hearts will be with your family and many others that day, as always.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:48 am

    daugherty06 - Each year for 4th of July growing up my dad’s side of the family would come over for a big picnic. His mother’s side is Italian so there is always lots of food and lots of cousins :) At the end of the night my dad, cousin, and uncle would put on a fireworks show they’d prepared to mesh with the music they jammed. It’s always a fun time and now I’m happy to share these memories with my children.

    I stumbled across your blog right around February. I haven’t stopped praying about your family since. Your story has truly touched our family and made us closer to God. Our family structure is closer than ever and I thank you for sharing you story with us. May God Bless You Eternally!! Much Love from our family to yours!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:51 am

    The Wildes - Some of my best childhood memories are of the 4th of July. My grandparents took my sister and I to the local carnival by their house for the 4th one year. I was probably 7 years old, my sister 10. My grandpa had what seemed like endless quarters for us to play all of games. We got to that one where you toss rings trying to get them to land over a coin, and then you win that coin. The game was sponsored by the local VFW. Seemed like easy money to me. I had about 10 rings to toss, and not a one landed covering a coin. I had tears in my eyes, and looked up and my grandpa and asked him if VFW stood for VERY FEW WIN…he stood there laughing for so long. I’m 36 now, and he’s 82, and I bet not more than a couple of months eve go by without that story being told. :o)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:51 am

    Rockin Baby Ryan - You and Cora look just alike in those pics! How adorable!

    About 5 years ago my family began a tradition of a “4th of July cake bake-off”. All participants bake and decorate a one-of-a-kind 4th of July festive cake. At our 4th bash we have a big taste test and vote based on looks and taste. Needless to say, we have plenty of dessert (for about a week!) Last year we had 8 entries!
    The winner receives not only bragging rights but also a trophy of Uncle Sam they keep in their home for the next year!
    It is a fun way to have a little competition and see how creative everyone can get. This last Christmas my mother in law informed me she already had her idea for this year!

    Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration in your walk with God throughout your toughest time.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:51 am

    Anonymous - My favorite 4th of July memory will always be watching fireworks from on top of the elevator at the farm with Chris.
    The dresses are so cute Jess!!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:51 am

    C. Beth - I grew up in Arizona where fireworks are illegal. I moved to Texas, and imagine my surprise when ordinary citizens were putting up fireworks that looked like the ones our city would do! I guess everything’s bigger in Texas.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:56 am

    Tyler and Gillian - My most vivid 4th of July memory was shooting off fireworks at my grandparent’s house out by Grace Community Church and one of the neighbors accidentally shot into the wheat field across the street and started it on fire. Everybody ran with whatever they had to try to put it out, but it was already too late and even with the fire department’s help, the field just had to burn itself out.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:57 am

    Maria - My husband is in the Air Force! We don’t have a little girl yet but maybe someday. Until then, I will let my friend borrow the dresses if I win. They are super cute!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:59 am

    Laura - What a great idea! The dresses are adorable.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:01 am

    Our Family - The clothes are so cute… we’re big fans of patriotic things too!!

    My favorite 4th of July memories are from when I was a little girl and our family (cousins, aunts, uncles, etc) would go up to our grandparents’ cottage. We would have the big meal, swim all day long, and then shoot the fireworks off the pier once it got dark. To this day, we tease Uncle Randy about the firecracker that chased him back up the pier. :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Kim Q - So adorable!

    My favorite 4th of July memory is of going to the parades where I grew up, me and my 3 brothers. And of course, eating watermelon, even though I don’t like watermelon! But what would the fourth be without watermelon???

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:03 am

    Anne Griffin - I think there is nothing more spectacular than fireworks. I grew up in Wichita so we had amazing displays every year and it was a really big deal for our family. Now, every time I see fireworks, it makes me homesick for my family and for Kansas.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:03 am

    Ray Ray and Company - Our family always gets together for a fun (and HOT) picnic on the 4th. Fun times!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:03 am

    Lollipoplin - You store is so adorable! I love the giveaway idea. God Bless America!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Elle's Mom - What beautiful new items!

    Nothing is better then the 4th! Food, family, friends, fireworks! Such a wonderful day to celebrate with the ones you love. As a child I can remember praying that it would not rain on the 4th! I grew up in the NW and you never know what you are going to get that day!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Heather - Oh, those dresses are the cutest.thing.EVER!

    The 4th of July is my favorite holiday of the year because it is the ONE time that my entire family gets together. Since we were little, my aunt and uncle have had a huge backyard BBQ in honor of the 4th. It has evolved SO much over the years. All of us kids have “recruited” our college friends, adult frineds, and more to join in the fun. We are driving in from Kansas, I have college friends from iowa making the trip… one year, my friend from GERMANY even joined us. That’s what a great time we have! It’s tradition for my mom to make her famous firecracker wings and taco salad every year. We start at 11:00 or so, and easily surpass that 12 hour mark! I am looking forward to seeing everyone is a few weeks! Yeah for the 4th!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:06 am

    LL - Favorite Fourth of July memories are making homemade vanilla ice cream using an old fashioned hand cranked ice cream maker. I was the youngest, so I had to sit on it while my cousins cranked!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:07 am

    Mandy - Our family’s favorite 4th of July tradition is to invite all of our family & friends over for a simple BBQ & S’mores! We are able to have fireworks in our neighborhood, so once it gets dark, we sit back, relax & watch the beauty of it all! My father spent 20+ years in the Air Force & we definitely don’t take our country or our freedom for granted! Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:09 am

    Lori Danelle Wilson - How Cute!!!

    Growing up we were always on the water. My dad had a boat (that he built at Berean, I might add) and every weekend we were at the lake skiing. Fouth of July weekend was always especially fun because that meant fireworks over the lake.

    For whatever reason, it doesn’t matter how small the fireworks display is, it becomes magical when seen from the middle of a lake in a boat with all the excitement lighting up the sky being mirrored in the water below.

    I’m especially excited this year as we will be taking our two girls to Table Rock Lake over the weekend of the 4th. I’m happy to share an experience that I remember and love so much with them.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Molly - Our family tradition on the 4th of July is to eat watermelon and hot dogs and go to a Durham Bulls baseball game and watch the fireworks after. Hope you all are having an awesome week!!!
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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:14 am

    Shosh - my favorite 4th of july memory is decorating my bike when i was a kid. we would wrap streamers through the wheels and ride in our local 4th of july parade.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:16 am

    oh, the places you'll go... - It’s so pretty Jess!!!! I’m super patriotic too and I almost screamed with delight when I saw these!!! I’m so proud to be an American in France. Love you!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:19 am

    Marla Taviano - Fireworks when I was little! But I was so scared of the loud sound, I had my ears covered the whole time.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:21 am

    Melanie - I love those dresses. Everything you all make is so beautiful and such a great tribute to your beatuful baby as well as our amazing country. Tell your dad THANKS for his service!
    My favorite Fourth memory was when I was young and we had a group of friends and family together to set off fireworks as only can be done out in the country. One of the men had a bit much to drink and thought it would be funny to put a whole string of Black Cats down my dad’s pants. Turns out, it wasn’t really all that funny once the popping stops.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:23 am

    Tj and Chelse - We always go to the lake on 4th of July and have a big fireworks display! One half of the group says, “Oooh” and the other says, “Awwww.” It is a great time!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:24 am

    jill w - aahhhh. july 4 celebrations. we lived in the country and all of my mom’s family lived in the city, so they would all come to our house for fireworks, food, and fun !! cranking home made ice cream, the boys chasing the girls with sparklers, and the big boys setting the wheat fields on fire !! ooppss, that wasnt a good memory ! but we always had family over and i so miss those days..

    thanks for the opportunity to win an adorable dress, for a good friend of mine who lets me play granma to her baby girl..

    still praying for your hurting hearts.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Julie - What a great idea!! You are so sweet!!!

    Hmmm…it’s hard to think of my favorite one, but I think it’s just one of my favorite holidays in general because it’s warm and you get to be outside and it’s one we’ve always gotten together with family.

    I pray for you every day…your Cora is so special.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:27 am

    The Richardson's - What beautiful dresses!!

    My favorite tradition as a kid was getting together with family for homemade ice cream and cake while watching the local fireworks. Our town was quite small (less than 1000) and my aunt and uncle owned the only fireworks stand in town. So we would usually go to town early and help sell fireworks and whatever didn’t sell we would get to shoot off that night.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:30 am

    Lindsay - We usually get together with friends for watch a small nearby parade and then later to watch fireworks.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:30 am

    Amanda Wheeler - Adorable giveaways!

    My husband and I love to go to the harbor in Salem, MA (winter island) to watch the fireworks. We sit on the docks and have a picnic and can see four different towns do their fireworks at the same time. It’s really cool!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Sherree - These dresses are adorable. Our 4th of July tradition is a family bbq and fireworks.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Shannan - Such cute dresses and we pray for every day for your continued strength!
    My favorite 4th of July tradition is going to a nearby town for an old fashion celebration. There is a parade and we sit in our families yard to watch it. We have a pot luck and then walk over to the tractor pulls where it isnt rare to find a few people napping because of the “blazing” speed of the tractors. Then we walk to the park for snow cones and kids games. It is so fun, and so simple!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Kelly - Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays growing up. It is even more so now because my husband graduated from The United States Military Academy at Westpoint and served in the Army for 6 years, so I have an even greater appreciation of those that serve and sacrifice for our country. I grew up in a little town in Texas, called Belton, and we have the largest 4th of July parade in the state. We always started the morning out with a big brunch, followed by the parade. Then my dad would take us swimming, bowling, putt-putting, or to a movie. We would also always go the carnival. Then we would go to a friends house and cook out and shoot off fireworks. I have such happy memories of this holiday, and hope to recreate that for my daughter as well. Happy Fourth of July!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:32 am

    McKenzie - How exciting! My little one is a boy, so I’d have to go with the onsie even though I ADORE the dresses!!!!

    My parents used to live on an old dairy farm and we would climb to the very top of the silo where we could watch fireworks from every surrounding little town while we shot off our own fireworks and enjoyed some summer snacks from up above the horses and pasture!

    My other memory is from when we were childless and my hubby and me used to sit on a hill in the back of his truck and just enjoy each others company while watching the fireworks.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Shelley - My favorite 4th of July memory was when I was 17 we were able to go to Santa Barbara, which was special since we could never afford that kind of stuff. And the whole beach was covered with people sitting next to each other. When the lights started, I looked around and was amazed that everyone on that beach was all looking up at the same time, and it was so beautiful to see that through all the ugly and differences we can always find a place to come together. Just like we did on Sept. 11, just like we when in the future.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:33 am

    Lindsay Willman - We usually go to the lake for the Holiday weekend, but this year we’re heading up North to spend time with my husband’s family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:33 am

    Anonymous - Those dresses are adorable!!!
    Last year had to be the best 4th of July thus far. My husband and I bought our house 2 years ago and our city has a big fireworks display which we can see from our house so all the family comes over. We all hang out and have a really good time just enjoying each other’s company. Last year was the first with our daughter (she was 2 months old. Even though she fell asleep before the fireworks I held her while they were going off. It was fantastic!
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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:33 am

    Marie - Growing up, our 4th of July celebrations were so much fun! Our neighborhood would join together and have a big block party complete with a bicycle parade. My sister and I enjoyed decorating our bikes and riding them up and down the street.

    Love your darling dresses!
    Blessings,
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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:35 am

    The Richardson's - The dresses are absolutely beautiful!!

    Our 4th of July tradition growing up was having homemade ice cream and cake while watching the local fireworks. The town we lived in was quite small (less than 1000) and my aunt and uncle owned the only fireworks stand in town. Us kids would usually go to town early to help sell fireworks and then would get to shoot off whatever didn’t sell that evening.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:38 am

    Lil Missy - oh my, those are cute cute cute!!! I bought a Cora dress from you a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to get another one (if I’m lucky enough).

    My favorite childhood July 4th memory is hanging out in our driveway, my mom, dad and brother, and popping firecrackers. Kinda cheesey but it’s a memory that sticks with me!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:39 am

    Leanne - Our family likes to have a cook out and do fire works!

    All the dresses are so adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Jenn - How fun! Our family tradition was to have a cookout and then drive to our local junior college where they had a big fireworks show every year. We would set up chairs and watch the show and it was always a great time with family and friends! Great clothes!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:43 am

    Jenae - The dresses are so beautiful! We are expecting again and our baby will due in November. Although we don’t know what it is yet, Kevin is just absolutely sure it is a girl. :)

    My favorite fourth of July memory is going to the lake with my family. We spend the day out on the water (weather permitting) and then have a huge feast of “fourth of Julyish” style food for dinner. Kevin LOVES the fireworks, but they make me really nervous now that there are little ones around. :) Overall, it is a great day to be with family and treasure the blessing of living in this country. :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:44 am

    Mama Sons - Oh Im so excited.
    Every year we get together with our closes friends and BBQ and wait for the sun togo down and then we light fireworks for hours.. This is my favorite holiday!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:44 am

    amyflew - Awww those clothes are soooo adorable. My little Morgan would love to be able to wear one of those this 4th of July in memory of sweet Cora!!

    My favorite memory of the 4th is just hanging out with family and going to fireworks. There is a small town next to where I grew up that had the best fireworks, and people would drive far and wide just to see them. My other favorite thing that we used to do was get take out dinner and then go watch the lighted boat parade on the Mississippi River while we ate. Such good family memories!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:45 am

    Melissa.M.Loss - I have the most awesome 4th Memory for you! We waited so long so so long for our son we had been trying for 4 years and we lost a daughter when I was 18 weeks pregnant. So we didn’t think we would ever have more children. Then Nov 2007 I found I was pregnant! Scared is an understatement!! We had so many scares so many times they said our son wasn’t going to make it so many times they said the drieded words your losing your baby Melissa but he was tuff and after 3 1/2 months of bed rest I was ready to meet My Rainbow baby My Miracle My Son I begged god to protect him! He was suppose to be born on June 22nd but his lungs weren’t ready then again on the 29th and the 3rd I was so scared and disappointed each time. Well my doctor said I am forcing a team to work on the 4th of July you are going to have this little guy! So 4 am and the phone rings Guess who?The hospital saying they have to push my c back to 3!! So I get there at 1 and get prepped and go to the er a little after 3 and it felt like for ever but or Miracle our Rainbow baby Our son was born at 4:03pm July 4th 2008 At a perfect 6 pounds 10oz and 19 inches long At 37.2 weeks(due date was off)healthy and perfect in every way!! We love him so so much and that is the best 4th of July! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:47 am

    The Mattesons - I absolutely love the new dresses! I have been trying to get a Cora dress, but they sell out so quickly! Thanks so much for doing a give a way – hopefully I win a dress for my little one!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Lindsey - Everyone says they love 4th of July for the fireworks – but I love it for THE MUSIC!

    When I was about 10 years old and until I graduated high school, my family would go to our local outdoor amphitheater on the 4th: we brought picnic lunch and dinner, sat out on the grass while the San Francisco Symphony (and lots of different musical guests) played all day and into the evening. There was always lots of activities – face painting, bubble stations – and we would eat, sing, dance, and play until fireworks at 9. Then we would snuggle in our blankets while the musicians played all the patriotic classics (souza in particular!) while the fireworks went off overhead.

    The memory is especially dear to me this year, as my grandmother who created the “tradition” because of her love of patriotic music has been dying a very long, lingering death these past three months. The memories of happy, healthy times makes the process of a rather long and painful passing a little easier, remembering all the family traditions she created for us to carry on for the rest of our lives.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Patty - So cute!

    My favorite 4th of July tradition/memory were our parties every year. My family lived a few blocks away from the High School and every year we would BBQ, swim and party with our friends and family. Then a few hours before dark, all of us (20+) would walk to the High School stadium, lay out blankets on the field and watch the fireworks show! Now that we’re all grown and have families of our own, my husband and I have started block parties on our street with our friends and neighbors! SO FUN!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Candice - Those dresses are SO cute!

    On July 4, 2001, my husband and I became officially “together.” We tried to get married on our anniversary three years later, but it was a Sunday. In Mexico, they won’t marry you on a Sunday, so we got married on July 5, 2004. Every year we celebrate our anniversay July 4th and 5th. :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:51 am

    meg duerksen - we have a block party!
    it is so much fun all day long…we party hard into the night. such a bonding time for our neighbors!
    these are all so cute! what a great idea jess!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Chrystal J - My husband is a cop and so he has to work every 4th of July so we(Me and our 2 children) go to the city he works in and find out where he is stationed at that moment and watch the fireworks with him.That is until he gets called out because someone is acting crazy =)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:54 am

    Amber - My favorite 4th of July was several years ago when my parents came to visit. We went to Chicago, saw a cubs game, went to the Taste of Chicago and stayed for the fireworks. It was awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:55 am

    Landen and family - Our 4th of July tradition is going camping and watching the fireworks while sitting around the campfire. It’s an awesome time!

    I love the patriotic dresses and shirts!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 11:55 am

    kapeck - I’m a first time commenter and I love the blog! I found you through another & have been following your journey. I admire your strength & your all are consantly in my prayers.

    Your dresses are adorable & plan to purchase some, but would love to win one of these adorable items!!!!

    I, too, am a child of a Naval officer. 4th of July has always been important to my family. One of my favorite memories is from when my family was stationed in VA & we spent 4th of July at the National Mall, walking through the monuments as the fireworks went off.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:00 pm

    wee - What a fabulous idea!!! I love your items and have never been able to get onto Etsy in time to purchase them.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:02 pm

    Carly - I love these dresses and shirts! So cute. I guess my favorite 4th of July memory is the little parade that always went in front of my grandparents house that we would watch. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:06 pm

    Donna - Too cute! My only girl (that has 3 brothers) loves all things frilly.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:06 pm

    Toni :O) - My favorite 4th of July memory is coming home the day after, on July 5th 2003 with my new baby girl. She has always been so special but after reading about Cora, my daughter will always hold a special place in my heart. Because of Cora, both my children, get extra hugs and kisses and I thank you ever so much for that. I have a deeper appreciation for my children. Oh, and we like to tell my sweet Antonina that the fireworks are because she was born! Hope this day finds things easier for you. If I win, I’m planning on giving the giveaway to my co-worker who just had found out after years of trying that she’s pregnant after a successful IVF procedure…God is so good and I just KNOW she’d appreciate this giveaway…especially since Memorial Day is when she found out she is pregnant!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:06 pm

    THE MCPHERSON FAMILY - Fourth of July – one of my favorite holidays! I have been wanting to leave a comment for awhile now – but never have the “right” words. I’m not really posting for the freebie – although I LOVE all your beautiful Cora dresses and such :0)

    I live 1,167 miles away from my family – When I started having my own family – it became harder to get home – especially after having triplets. We decided when our boys (the three) were 9 months old – that we were going to make the trip – I needed some of my family time. We drove the 20 hours with four small kids – and had the best time. This year will be our fourth year – of special family fun – and always remembering those who sacrifice sooo much! God bless them!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:06 pm

    Nicole @ BugaBoos - Adorable! My family always gets together and cooksout at my Grammas house. We usually buy up a bunch of fireworks and put on our own little show there for the kiddos! I just love it when we all get together as we don’t enough!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:08 pm

    michelle - The items are beautiful!!! I hope I can get some of them before they sell out!!! on w/ the memories and traditions…
    A tradition we have is attending the parade, it is a GREAT parade w/ lots of candy to collect. I can’t say this is my favorite…but it is my most memorable 4th…last year I had my little boy the end of June and was not able to got to our usual parade. My husband decided he would still go and take our little girl…this was an emotional thing b/c she had never wanted to leave w/o me before and she was torn about what to do w/ this parade. She really wanted to go to the parade but felt bad about leaving me. Needless to say we both ended up in tears, but she went to the parade and ended up w/ 80 dum dums! She enjoyed herself and it was milestone in her growing up. Bittersweet.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    iluvorb - My favorite 4th memory is going to Myrtle Beach every year with my best friend and her family. Sadly, a few years back my friends dad passed away suddenly. I am so thankful for all the years he took me in as his “adoptive daughter” on those 4th of July trips to the beach!
    He helped make so many of my 4th of July memories!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Kristen - First off your dresses are beautiful!

    My favorite tradition would be our July 4th family cookout! It always starts on the 3rd with everyone spending the day on the beach. Then on the 4th we cookout and eat LOTS of food!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    Jennifer, Chris, and Owen - My mom used to host a big 4th of July party for her side of the family every year, and one year my great-uncle brought his “lady friend” as we call her who was all decked out in red, white, and blue. It was hysterical! Her outfit was complete with mardi gras type beads, a very ornated hat, and flagish type shirt. I miss those parties and my “aunts” style!-JenniferReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    The Pelts - My favorite 4th of July memory centers around the fact that my church’s youth choir used to embark on our annual choir tour during that week. My sophomore year of high school, our trip was to Canada, and due to the schedule, we were still in Canada on the 4th. That means no real “celebration”. My mom was on the trip with us as a chaperone, and she made us a flag cake with strawberries and blueberries to help make us feel “at home”. What a great memory!

    Blessings on you,
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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    mommyof2sons - My favorite 4th of July memory is spending time with our families. We usually cook out and watch fireworks. And go to the 4th of July parade. What fun! My husband was in the Navy for 5 years. So I want our kids to PROUD to be an American!!!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - Ok-I think my favorite 4th of July memory was about 21 years ago we went to the Celebration at Wichita State University-We went with family-but we also took our 2 children Kristin who was 5 at the time, Benjamin who was 1 1/2 and also with us was my sisters daughter Kristi who was 5 1/2. They had alot of fun with the pre show stuff but then when the show was about to begin my husband put Ben on his shoulders-well-the flyover of the airplanes came, it was the bombers so it was really loud, Ben about strangled Mike, then Kristi ended up hiding under a blanket for the fireworks because then she was scared- the rest of us loved it, made us proud to be Americans and live in a free country and be able to celebrate and worship our God-Thanks to all those who gave their lives for our freedom. I also want to thankyou for the chance at the giveaway-its fun.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Beth Ann - Growing up my dad’s siblings would chip money together and drive from Iowa to Missouri to buy fireworks. Then on the 4th of July we would go to my grandma’s house is a really tiny town (think 3 streets) and grill out. After dark the entire tiny town would gather on my grandma’s front yard and watch as my dad and uncles would light the fireworks off across the street at in the baseball field.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Holly - In 2002, my bff and I went to Red, White, and Boom in Columbus, OH and we had such a good time. We ate lots of food and the fireworks were amazing!! We don’t get to see each other much now since we live in diff states but I enjoy the memoriesReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    Cabra Clan - So excited! I love love love the dresses!! They are always sold out by the time I know more are available. We get together at my in-law’s pool every 4th. The kids swim all day, rain or shine, and then we go watch fireworks.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    Carrie - My favorite 4th of July memory is going to the 4th of July parade with my Dad’s side of the family in Virginia and then at the end of the night watching the fireworks from the bed of my Dad’s pick up truck!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    Chris, Molly, and Baby - LOVE all the cute stuff! I have a little girl that is two days older than your sweet Cora and I’m expecting another little girl in October who we are naming after my Aunt who passed of Brain cancer. I’ve tried and tried to get a dress but I”m always too late.
    My husband is active duty Army and we are stationed at Ft. Leavenworth (not too far from you) and are moving this week to Ft. Carson Colorado. He is deploying in July for six months for his third tour.
    Every Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July we attend ceremonies and parades, even before we had our little girl. In fact I just did several posts on my own blog about Memorial Day. Anyway, I would be so honored to have my little girl wear one of your dresses or shirts this Fourth of July.
    I pray for your family daily.
    May God Bless you,
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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:21 pm

    Tammie - We attend a church retreat in Canada on the fourth of july each year. It is a wonderful way to renew faith and strengthReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:21 pm

    wicker0407 - Great idea and the items are amazing as usual! I also LOVE the 4th it holds special meaning for our family as it is also my sisters birthday. I have many memories as a child going to picnic all day and stay up late to see the fireworks. I think my favorite was last year though. My son was 4 and it was the first year he was REALLY excited for the fireworks he was able to stay awake the whole time and was not scared by the sounds he was just amazed to seee it and he has been asking for the last few months when is July 4th he vividly rememrbs it an is so excited for it again. We have started the same tradition now with our kids we head to the park where they do the fireworks we bring blankets and food and we just enjoy eachothers company and the magic of the day, can’t wait!
    Just wanted to know you are still in my prayers Always and hope each day is getting a little easier for you.
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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Kristy - No matter where we are it’s always a family day. As a child I looked forward to July 4th more then anything during the summer. We would swim all day, eat, have some kind of competition (volleyball, badminton, etc)and then finish it all up with fireworks. That’s still our tradition today only now we all have our own kiddos and not all of our family is with us, but we always have those awesome memories together.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:24 pm

    Bri!!! - I left on a service mission for my church for 18 months on July 5th, 2000. That July 4th before I left was a special one because I knew it would be the last time for a while I would be with all of my family. We went to “The Stadium of Fire” which is always a special experience. It is very patriotic and inspiring. I LOVE the 4th of July and I would LOVE to get one of your giveaway items. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I often am in tears when I read your posts. You inspire me.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:25 pm

    Dana - Let me start by saying, HOW CUTE!!!! Those are adorable!! I guess my favorite thing about July 4th, is just getting together and being w/family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    MariaSoleil - I really love your new dresses.

    This 4th of July is going to be special for us because my husband will be home for it! He is a Marine living at Camp Pendleton preparing to go back to Iraq. In the meantime I hold down the fort with our 3 kids.

    Your blog inspired me to start my own. *shameless plug in case you are interested – http://www.mariasoleil.blogspot.comReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    Katie - How cute…I love them all!

    I look foward to the 4th of July every year. It’s such a great time to gather with friends and family. I love being outside, grilling out, and of course, the FIREWORKS! July 4th, 2007 happened to be a 4th of July I would never forget….

    We are simple people, so I don’t have a big extravagant story to tell..but here it is: My favorite 4th of July memory is getting engaged while watching fireworks over the Mississippi River here in Iowa. We were about halfway through the fireworks when my now husband brought out the ring and asked me to marry him. My reply “I think I’m going to throw up!” Romantic, right? haha It was one of the most memorable and best days of my life.

    The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays, now not only because of our nation’s freedom–but also because it is the anniversary of our engagement!! The 4th will always hold a special place in my heart <3ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    Shana - I, too, come from a military family – my brother is in the Air Force recently deployed to the Middle East for 6-9 months. I was born in Rome, NY while my Dad was stationed there for the Air Force (not nearly as exotic, but still patriotic!) :) My favorite memories of the 4th of July date back to my teen years. My BFF (we go back 20+ years) has a birthday on July 5th so every year I spent the 4th of July weekend with her at her grandparents’ house on the beach of Lake Ontario! We’d play in the sun and sand and “boy watch” and then watch nature’s fireworks (a.k.a. heat lightening) over the lake at night. It was fabulous! Thinking back to those days makes me feel young again!

    As always, you are in my prayers! Your faith and strength have been an inspiration to me!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    Mrs. Smith - Yay! Can’t wait!

    Our family loves the 4th of July! Every year we would always travel to our family’s cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and participate in a small town parade. We always would march in the parade together with, what felt like at the time, a hundred police cars, fire trucks, sirens and all.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:30 pm

    Robin in Benton - Joel and Jess:

    If you ever doubt how many lives your families story has touched – just look at all the responses here – and how fast they came in after the original post. I am in awe. God has indeed used Cora’s life – and you guys – in a mighty way!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:30 pm

    Megan - I read your blog and pray for your family and cry with you. I’m so sorry you lost your beautiful Cora. I love what you are doing with the talents the Lord has given you. Cora’s dresses are beautiful!

    Here’s one of my favorite 4th of July memories.

    The first summer I was dating my husband, he came up and stayed at my aunt and uncle’s house in the same town. We went to watch the fireworks with all my girlfriends and went to a business park near the fairgrounds. We had a great time watching the fireworks and afterwords, we were planning on just hanging out until all the crowds cleared out. Not 5 minutes after the show was done, all of a sudden, we heard cha cha cha and felt a few sprinkles from the sprinklers. In about one second, we were all standing up, everything on our blankets was bundled up and we were out of there. So much for waiting for the crowds.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    Mama10EE - How wonderful that you are doing something patriotic! I always seem to be a day late on your etsy things, so hopefully I can win one of these GORGEOUS dresses.

    I too come from a military family. I was born in the Philippines to an Air Force fighter pilot (dad) and mom. We left Asia, traveled across the US from West Coast to East Coast, hopped another ocean to Germany, and I graduated from an international high school in Belgium in 1997. Being openly proud of our troops and patriotic is one of my “things”. My favorite 4th of July thing is something we are doing this year for the first time, and I am so excited to finally be doing it. This 4th of July my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, husband 3 year old daughter, and I will be in Washington DC! We are going to spend the day there and see the fireworks from The Mall that evening. What makes it even better…our dear Belgian friends are flying over to the US to spend this day with us! (of course they will be actually spending 2 weeks here, but planned their entire trip around being in DC for the 4th of July). Hopefully THIS will become our tradition, as my brother lives in the DC suburbs.

    Your Cora is so beautiful. I followed your blog for a few months before she passed away. Her birthday and mine are both in March. Even my husband, who does not normally read blogs, read yours. We fell in love with her name, and we both said that if our second child is a girl, she will be called Cora.

    Cora’s playground is such a touching way for people to remember her and a permanent place for her to smile down on. God bless you both….and thank you for sharing your story of your gorgeous little girl.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    Kat - Oh my goodness. Look at all that red, white and blue yumminess!!! I love all of it! One of our 4th of July traditions is the neighborhood parade. Everyone decorates their bikes, wagons, golf carts,strollers, dogs and wears red, white and blue. We all meet in a cul-de-sac and are led on a march down to the clubhouse by a fire engine and then everyone visits while enjoying frozen treats. It’s so fun! This year, I’ll be celebrating it in Maine with my husband’s entire family. I can’t wait.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    Brianna - Such cute things!

    My favorite and all time funniest memory was when we took a family vacation to the river and my Dad wanted to show off for all the grandkids and light off some fireworks on the house boat. (which we didn’t know were illegal) He started the fireworks off and the platform that he was lighting them on got knocked off and went into the water. They started shooting off in all different directions and into the dry brush causing small little fires. The whole family paniced and began to try to put out all the different fires before it turned into something HUGE. Everyone was screaming and going crazy. My Mom and sister froze and just began to pray. The police showed up on boat and took my Dad on the boat for questioning while all the Grandkids stood and watched and cried afraid Grandpa was heading to jail. Thank God the Police were understanding and let him go. Probably cause they got a good laugh watching the whole thing. That will be a 4th of July I will never forget. My Dad trying to be the nice Grandpa and almost starting a natural wildlife preserve on FIRE. :) We didn’t think it was funny at the time but we all get a good laugh about it now.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:33 pm

    Angie - Those are so stinking adorable!!! Taegan would be the hit of the party in one of those special dresses!!!

    We live in Topeka, KS and I was born and raised here. We would always spend the 4th of July with my best friend and her family(which also happened to be my parents best friends). It was such a ball and we would eat and eat and eat and then shoot off fireworks. Nothing really special, just a great night of fun every year.

    My other memory is one of when I got super close with my now husband. His family always has their 4th party on the 3rd and I was out there with some other friends. I had met Justin and we were friends, but that night we really clicked and knew that there was something more! It was a night I will never forget and one that we still talk about!!!

    Look forward to the drawing:)
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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:35 pm

    Macalla Yi - Hi there! Love, Love, Love your dresses. I’ve been trying to get my hands on one for a while but always miss the chance.

    I think of you and sweet Cora often. Thank you for sharing your last post.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:35 pm

    Tammie Maddy - Well, Jess, your such an inspiration. I could only wish that I had the relationship with Christ that you and Joel seem to have.

    I check up on you often and wasn’t going to enter the giveaway, but you see, Kat was born on the 4th of July.

    I wanted kids from the moment we said “I do,” but Jesse had a plan and it needed to be followed. No kids until we had health insurance, steady jobs, AND a house. We talked about adopting and for some reason we could do that even if the plan hadn’t been seen to completion. We went forward with the adoption, but God was telling us it wasn’t the right time as classes got moved and canceled and Jesse’s father got very sick. I was heart broke when the little girl from daycare that I so wanted as my own was moved and adopted to someone else.

    After 3 years of marriage and one year of insurane and steady jobs we welcomed Kathryn Diane to our family, July 4th 2006, exactly one year after buying our first home. Our stuborn beautiful daughter was 2 days early and changed our lives forever. This year she will be three and wants a princess party.

    I haven’t gotten to watch fireworks in 3 years, but I’m not complaining. After seeing the things you’ve had to go throught and going through this winter worrying about my heart (have a heart murmur that was/is causing problems) I am so thankful for what I have, for whatever time God allows.

    So, I had to enter. Our first mircale was born on the 4th of July and God has also given us another little miracle, 17 months after Kat was born, who was due on Christmas!! We like the holiday thing I guess. Oh, Lili came early on the 15th so no Christmas baby!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:36 pm

    The Oppold Family: - My favorite July 4th memory is July 4th 1997. My husband & I were in Boston for a long weekend away and were able to watch the celebration of our Nation’s Independence in a a historical place that had such an impact on getting us where we are today!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    Tonya - We are also a very patriotic family… Lots of military on both sides – every male until our generation, actually!

    I absolutely love that first dress! If I had a daughter, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

    Just last night our neighborhood’s newly formed social committee began planning a kids’ July 4th bike parade followed by a potluck at our park. Should be a great way to celebrate our nation’s independence!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    Tamara - We live in Michigan and every 4th of July we travel to West Virginia (where my MIL was born) to spend a week + in the mountains! We have family come from all over the US and just spend the time enjoying our loved ones. It’s so relaxing and wonderful.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    amy - Probably my most memorable 4th of July was one that I celebrated away from American soil. I was in Peru as a leader on a high school mission trip. On the 4th, we had an incredibly fun day of celebrating our country, even though we were a long way away from it. We had festive decorations, an afternoon of games and competitions (field-day style), and a cook out with some of the U.S. treats that everybody had been missing. The fireworks at the end of the night were the highlight, though. Peruvian style fireworks are an experience for sure! They built a very large structure that all sorts of different fireworks were shot from. They also had one of the guys on our team put on a “hat” of sorts that looked like an animal and then fireworks exploded off of it while he ran around with it on his head. Being the nurse that I am, I was a little concerned that someone would get hurt, but the only damage done were a few holes burned into his jacket! It was a memorable day for sure.

    Love the Cora dresses! I don’t have children, but my best friend just had a little girl and I have been trying to buy one for her. It would be even better to win one! I am also a pediatric oncology nurse, so I feel a bit of a special connection to your little girl. I love my job and the fact that I get to love and encourage families like yours through a most difficult time in their lives. Being a believer, I feel like it is a ministry that the Lord has given me, and it is a privilege indeed to be able to lift up my patients to the Great Physician, who is able to do infinitely more than I can offer as a nurse. Love and blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    Katie - Setting off fireworks with my Dad while growing up. One time we launched a faulty rocket that landed in my neighbor’s yard prior to going off. They weren’t home, and it set a small fire in their yard when it exploded. I had no idea my Dad could hurdle a 6ft fence until that evening – he hurdled it while my Mom got the hose. Needless to say, he easily put the fire out, covered any evidence with fresh pinestraw and the neighbors never knew a thing…we decided to lay off the fireworks for a little while after that :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    Sharon - We are also a very patriotic military family! Love all your stuff!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:47 pm

    Isaac and Mommy - Beautiful Dresses and adorable things!

    My favorite July 4th memory occurred when I was about 7. Being the oldest of 11 cousins, I was often trying to get them to do fun crafts, or staging little plays…on this particular fourth of July, I had all my cousins pic up flags and we had our own little parade, singing a “You’re a Grand ole Flag.” The littlest ones obviously didn’t know the words, so they marched saying “Yeah Yeah Yeah it’s the fourth of July!” 20 years later, the Aunts and Uncles are STILL talking about it!

    I can’t wait to see your fourth of July stuff at Cora’s! What a beautiful way to honor your beautiful daughter.

    You are all often in my thoughts and prayers.
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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:47 pm

    Anna - One 4th of July tradition I have always enjoyed is playing sports in the backyard with our BIG family. We always get together and eat lots of food, play volleyball or baseball in the backyard, eat some more, and watch an awesome fireworks display to close the day out! It’s lots of fun. And I’m sooooo PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:47 pm

    amyrogers1 - Family, Food, and fireworks! This year we are going to a baseball game, that promises to have the biggest firework display ever, with our awesome church family.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win such cute items!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    Hailey - What a great giveaway!

    Our 4th of July tradition is the beach. We spend every 4th down there, together as a family… all 15 of us. We have so much fun. It is so nice to be able to spend that time together.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    Claudia - 4th of July is not something we celebrated in Chile :) That’s where I grew up but now that I am married to someone from this country and I live here we do celebrate.

    One of our closest friends have a boy that was born on July 4th so every year we go to their house for a birthday/4th of July celebration, it’s a cookout, same friends meet every year, there are some people I know I’ll only see on this get together is fun and we look forward to play in the pool and have a good time together.

    Love the dresses and how you are using your talents :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:51 pm

    Kristin Stegent - My dad would always give me a $100 bill. I felt rich! And he let me spend every penny of it on fireworks, which bought a lot back in the day. I loved setting off fireworks as a kid!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 12:51 pm

    Kristin Stegent - And oh my gosh, Cora looks just like you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Jennifer - The 4th of July outfits are darling!!! I too love the 4th of July – my favorite Holiday!!!

    We live away from our family so every 4th of July we travel to Nebraska to see them. They live at the lake and we make the most of it! The entire lake participates in our firework celebration. It starts early with an annual reveal of the t-shirts that have been made just for this occasion (everyone wears one!!!) Then it is off to the annual volleyball game “grown-ups against the kids” (somehow the grownups forget how to count every year:-), then it moves to a few boat rides and skiing while one of the residents serves hotdogs via boat. He cooks the hotdogs rolls them in foil and throws them from his boat for everyone to enjoy – the kids love them!!!!!! Finally the evening culminates with food – lots of it and an amazing fireworks display. The platform that the fireworks are launched from is hand painted by the kids with a large American flag and it has a flag erected on it. They float it in front of the cabin and while all of the kids sit with glow necklaces and glow suckers the older kids and parents launch the fireworks. It is such and amazing day of fun, friendship,and love.

    Happy 4th of July!!!!! and May God Bless America!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    Megan - Love the dresses they are just beautiful!!

    My family tradition is to go to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD (with my Grandparents who still live in Annapolis). We go out to the big rocks right by the water and the fire works are so close to that you can feel the boom from each fire work. It’s amazing!! So beautiful and even more amazing being right there where so many people graduate from the academy to then serve our Country. My Grandfather is actually a retired Master Chief from the Navy. He has a million hats that he wears that says that and you should see the recognition he gets, it’s so fun to watch and see how respectful people are to him.

    My favorite memory would have to be when we took my son who was two at the time to the same spot I’d always gone growing up to see fire works (read above) and to see the enjoyment and surprise on his face for seeing up close fireworks in the sky for the first time and enjoying them. I’ll never forget that!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    Logan and Rebecca - Thank you for sharing your story with us, and for being so honest about what you are going through! You are all in my prayers.

    My birthday is July 3rd so growing up, each year we’d celebrate Independence Day and my birthday at my aunt’s house. We’d swim, pick fresh apricots and have homemade ice cream. Then we’d enjoy the fireworks!

    Thank you for your generous giveaway. Your dresses are darling!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    Lacey McKay - Cute! I check your blog daily and am never fast enough to buy a dress so I’d love to get one for my daughter, in memory of Miss Cora!

    My favorite 4th of July memories are of lighting those worm things and throwing poppers with my cousins in small town America. I also remember one year, as a small child, my parents taking us to a golf course to watch the fireworks. I could see the reflection of them in the water and I remember being amazed by the short, perfect grass.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    Michellesayshi - We used to go to Old Navy and get $5 flag tees every year to wear on the 4th of July! Then we would go watch fireworks by the lake, if it didn’t rain. Good times!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:07 pm

    Team Manager - My favorite 4th of July memory is being on my honeymoon in the Blue Ridge mountains. We went to the local fireworks show. It was amazing! Best of all, I was snuggled up to my husband with a world of possibilities before us!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:08 pm

    Manda - 1. My aunt throws a potluck/party every year and we play volleyball and other yard games until fireworks begin.
    2. Fourth of July in Florida as a little girl. We watched the fireworks from the beach. Seeing fireworks over water is amazing, and the pretty boats against the lit up sky are even more amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    The Shupe's - My favorite 4th of July memories are cookouts and watching the fireworks in Redbud park!

    Your dresses are so cute.

    1st time commentor, long time reader. I think and pray for you and your family often!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    Katie - We also LOVE your dresses! We have purchased a few through other Etsy vendors, as we are never quick enough to get to your postings!

    Our 4th of July family tradition…

    Every year for the 4th of July, since I have met my husband 6 years ago, we go to Cape Cod. He is from the area and we love going to the ocean. Well, luckily for us, our families have always gotten along, so for the last 4 years, my whole family and my husbands whole family all go to Cape Cod and we have the battle of the “hometowns”. I am from Ohio, and we think we have the best food, so we bring ribs (from Montgomery Inn) and yummy corn on the cobb. My husbands family also thinks they are the land of the best food and they make a lobster bake and we all dig in and enjoy the goodies with friends and family and tell hometown stories. We then head down to the harbor to watch the Fireworks together!

    This year is the first year that we will be bringing our daughter Avery and introducing her to Cape Cod and all of our family traditions that we share!

    You, your husband, and Cora are always in our thoughts and prayers. Your strength is amazing and I love what you have done with the playground and all of your etsy makes!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:12 pm

    shalen - your dresses are adorable… i have so enjoyed following your story from afar. such an inspiration in the midst of difficulty that i cannot even fathom. thanks for sharing your life and your adorable dresses with us all!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    Little Dude's Mama - My husband’s birthday is the 4th of July, so the holiday is always extra special. Last year, we took our then-6mo. old swimming in a lake for the first time AND she crawled for the first time. On her Daddy’s birthday! It’s a 4th of July I’ll never forget.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    Christina H - Our July4th tradition is to head off to the beach and watch these amazing fireworks. We hang out there all day with friends and family grilling and swimming. Its a blast!!

    Your whole family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. I stumbled upon your site accidentally and couldnt stop reading about your precious sweet daughter. I cried and cried then hugged my 8mo as tight as I could. Life is so very precious and it cant be taken for granted. Hopefully Ill catch your store with some dresses in it so I can actually purchase one! They sell out so quickly! WTG! :)

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:14 pm

    the heller family - I love everything in this giveaway!! My favorite thing about 4 th of july is the food. I love deviled eggs, cookouts, and apple pie! Making me hungry just thinking about it! I love our country and those who fight for our freedoms as well.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    Stephanie Heintz - My family grew up in Florida and every summer we would go see the fireworks at the coast in this little town called Cedar Key. Fireworks over the ocean was the most amazing thing to me. I loved it and it has become one of my favorite memories.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    A Mother's Nature - sA 4th of July family tradition for our family is a huge BBQ with all our family. Like you, our family is very tight knit and the MOST IMPORTANT in our lives.

    So 4th of July is a time to gather in support of each other, our community and our freedom. We love to set of fireworks and JUST BE TOGETHER.

    I love your handy work and hope I am lucky enough to win one of the beautiful dresses.

    Thanks for reading!!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    Instant Family of 4 - Our tradition is simple but I love it. We always have a big cookout with family and friends and then we all watch fireworks together. I wouldn’t have it any other way.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    Barclay Kathryn - Love a good contest! My favorite 4th memory is heading over to a family friend’s house in Glenview every year. Have great food and then head over to the local park for an amazing firework show to a live orchestra. The host would always pack us kids fun goody bags, glow necklaces included! She has since passed away suddenly from a heart attack, so I sure miss her and those great memories! : )ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    JenniferNe - The Fourth of July to me always has been a special day. We celebrate as a family. That day everyone is together to remember all of those who have worked so for our Freedom. Now that I have children we continue the tradition. We eat, play and watch the fireworks together. My daughter said just yesterday that the 4th of July is her favorite holiday. Why? Because everyone sings “I am Proud to be an American” My husband was in the Army for 4 years, discharged for medical reasons, he would have been a lifer if not. Both of my nephews are currently serving. Mike is Afghanistan and Jimmy is just finishing basic training. God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    ran shae - oh, i am lovin’ those dresses!!!

    i think my favorite 4th memory was the first i spent with my husband, 10 years ago! nothing really unique or amazing about it, except i’m just a major romantic and i loved laying there beside him on our blanket, in the high school field with 90% of the rest of the townsfolk watching the fireworks as they lit up the warm july night sky…ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:24 pm

    blessedmomto7 - Seems like our 4th is always spent on the farm… WHEAT HARVEST is usually in full swing so my in-laws usually come up to help and we grill out. There is nothing like that day. Then we usually head in town (with or without daddy-depending on whether he is done cutting or not) to watch fireworks! We usually stay in the care since I have 6 little ones ;) HUGS!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    Laura - I, too, just love your dresses and especially love buying things that are for a wonderful cause.

    My favorite 4th of July memory was watching fireworks on our front lawn with all of our family and friends. We lived in a small town on the Mississippi River and our house was across the street from the river where they would set off the fireworks so our front lawn was the perfect place to enjoy the show!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    Christy - Your dresses are adorable!!
    I have a ton of excellant 4th of July memories but I’d have to say I just love hanging out with family & celebrating the 4th.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:27 pm

    Ohtobebeautiful - That is so neat that you were born in Japan!

    I guess my favorite 4th of July memory would have to be in 1994. It was the very last one I had with my uncle who passed away 4 days later at just 24 years old. I just remember his laugh and how much fun we had watching the fireworks that year and I was so lucky to have been there with him.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    vanessa - i got engaged on the 4th of July, so that is my best memory!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    Elizabeth - My nephew loves fireworks. A couple years ago when he was two he said he could hardly wait for night time when we were going to go work the fire. :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    Amanda - My nephew graduated from the Naval academy two years ago! Go Navy!!

    I would also like to say that you are in my prayers =)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    Becca - My favorite 4th of July memory? My husband and I found out that we were expecting on the 3rd of July. We went over to my mom’s house for a cookout on the 4th and surprised her with the news by handing her a stack of photos, with a photo of the positive pregnancy test mixed in. When she got to that photo she flipped out! She was SO excited. We were definitely celebrating that year :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    Andrea - My favorite 4th of July memory is from 2006. My husband had finished up his 6 year requirement with the US Army a year earlier and he was going to college (actually still is!). We went to Wichita to be with family for the weekend. On the spur of the moment we decided to go to a Wranglers game (baseball for those that are not from Kansas). When we got there we noticed a UH60 Black hawk in the parking lot(hard not to notice). My husband was with a medivac unit in the Army which uses Blackhawks. So, since we were familiar with them we went over to see who was there that day. It was actually the National Guard Unit out of Topeka/Salina. We currently live in Salina where he is attending school. On a side note, when my wonderful hubby decided to get out of the army and go to school I knew deep down it would not be forever. I knew that day he would probably sign up for the guard so he could work with his first love again–helicopters. During half time that night the black hawk was part of the program and landed on the field. It was amazing to see his face light up! We were all pretty emotional, as we had just finished 4 tough years of many months of separation due to the war. This was his first 4th of July in the US with us in several years. By October of that year (4 months later) he had joined the guard unit we met that memorable 4th of July.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:33 pm

    Bais Family - The year that my husband came home from being in Iraq for a year.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Lauren - You guys are so inspiring and I think about your family often. Our favorite tradition so far is going to the top of our parking deck in Birmingham, AL and watching the fireworks show from the top of the mountain!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    jwhitacre - Wow…love giveaways!! Thanks so much!!!

    My favorite childhood memory is by far driving to the mall parking lot and watching the fireworks on July 4th…we never had a lot of money growing up so these were the kind of things we had to do…and now I look back and realize what an awesome tradition it was!! I plan to keep this tradition with my kids!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    Danelle - What a great give away!! Thanks,

    Our typical tradition, pre-kids, was always to go watch the fireworks over the lake with my 2 sisters and brother and their spouses. However, now that we have little munchkins to go with us now–the crowds have gotten too much to handle–so we always have a cook out with the entire family and let the kids roam at their will. I enjoy all the new changes and transitions that we undergo with all the added neices and nephews, and thank God that we have such a large family to enjoy every year at our July 4th celebrations.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:44 pm

    Mammy - It is a tradition at our house to have a picnic outdoors on the 4th. We serve charcoal grilled hamburgers and homemade ice cream to our entire extended family. Then we grab lawn chairs and get ready for a fireworks display. It’s the most fun we have all summer!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:44 pm

    Stacy - Oh how adorable. I truly truly look up to you guys and your faith in our Holy Father that we serve.

    My fourth of july memory is one of the last memories made with my 16 month old daughter Bethanie. We always go camping at the lake, and it was her first time to go!! I was so excited for her to go and continue the tradition that had been passed on since I was a kid. She was our only child and the only grandchild and I knew that my parents would enjoy spending the time with her. She was able to see her first set of fireworks, and go to her first 4th of July picnic. This was my daughter’s last 4th of July as she passed away 17 days later, unexpectedly in an accident. Every July 4th we honor her at our family camping trip and remember the memories that we have of her that special year.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    Sharla - Wow, cute stuff! My favorite fourth of July tradition is probably not unique, but my husband and I have yet to go to the trouble to make homemade ice-cream. I love the sound of my parent’s old ice-cream maker, my dad yelling that he needs salt for the ice and the kids all gathering around with a spoon when it has been called officially done. Everyone loves it fresh – I love it the NEXT day. Either way, it’s something I associate with the 4th of July.

    God Bless America and everyone that fights for our freedom!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:52 pm

    The Rouse House - Every time you upload to Etsy my google reader notifities me, albeit a little late! I’m watching for some burp clothes for a baby gift, but I’m excited for a chance to win something from Cora’s shop for my little girl!

    Our family traditions on the 4th of July are very basic but include all the best things…Family, burgers on the grill, family, watermelon, family, fireworks, family, fun on the slip’n’slide, family…Like I said, all the best things!

    You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Much love from this mommy’s heart to your mommy’s heart.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:52 pm

    h&b von frinkenhagen - Cute, Cute, Cute!

    My favorite 4th memories are all the same, involving family and friends having a bbq/cookout, kids running around through sprinklers, “flag” cake, and of course, fireworks! Makes me happy just thinking about it!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Stefanie in Birmingham - Jess,
    You don’t know me but I have been following your blog. You story has touched my life and little COra was so sweet. I have tried every time to buy a Cora dress for my 2 year old little girl and every time they are sold out!! Which is a good thing. I love the Fourth of July. I am from Alaska and it is day light all the time then and we would have a neighborhood BBQ and play all night. Baseball, water balloon fights. It was so much fun. I know live in Alabama and miss those times with my family as they are still in Alaska.Your family is always in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Trisha - I don’t have any little ones right now to wear the clothes but I can’t resist sharing.

    4th of July is my absolute FAVORITE holiday. I love Summer, BBQ, Fireworks and the USA. My husband and I have known eachother since we were 12 but starting dating on July 4th, 1990. Then we got married on 4th of July weekend 1995. I always deck my kids out in the cutest 4th of July outfits I can find (usually Gymboree) and we spend the day at our community parade and picnic. The fireworks are my absolute favorite. When my kids were little, they were scared. I’ll always remember holding their ears so that they could enjoy the visual without the scary sounds. Last year I didn’t enjoy the holiday. I was mourning the loss of my son. It was a miserable day watching everyone celebrate when our hearts were broken.

    This year, I can’t wait. I already have my kids outfits and I’m planing on hosting my very first party since Nate’s death last March. It’s going to be a very healing day for me. I’m looking forward to it.

    Still hoping that we can connect.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Mindy M. Harris - Oh, how awesome of you to do a giveaway. All of the prizes are awesome! Can you momma give a sewing class? I would attend! I am inheriting my husband’s grandma’s sewing machine! (Also, I’ve been praying for you all; Julie J. is a dear friend of mine!)
    My favorite 4th of July memory involves my 2 sisters…we loved smoke bombs & would run through them, pretending to be the Wicked Witch of the West! I did it again for “old times’ sake” in 2003, and a piece of the bomb landed on my arm. I had to cover the scar on my wedding day, 16 days later!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:55 pm

    Kristin - I just love the dresses that you all make!!

    My family and I spend every 4th of July in the Florida Keys. We spend all day fishing and snorkeling. In the afternoon we take all of the kids to the sandbar and let them run and play. We grill fish for dinner and stand out on the deck watching the fireworks (reflecting off the ocean) all around us from the different hotels. It is always a perfect day!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 1:59 pm

    Sarah - I must say…I’ve never won a thing before in my life, so I thought I’d give this a chance! I absolutely LOVE the 4th of July dresses!!

    My fondest memories as a child are going with my parents to pick out the fireworks. I was always so excited to get the snaps and sparklers! I also loved making a mess with the black snakes with my brothers! We would participate in the towns activities (going to the parade and water fights and such) and then bbq with friends. We always ended the night by lighting off the fireworks.

    I’m so proud to say that I have passed some of these memories on to my own children. They love to go and pick out snaps and sparklers and love going to the parades! We have started a tradition of bbqing with friends and lighting fireworks as well! I love watching their faces as the fireworks go up in the air. I just hope that I’m giving them the same fond memories that my parents gave to me!

    Thank you for this great opportunity!!

    Still praying for your family in Nebraska…

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    Ashley - Your dresses are AMAZING! My prayers are with your sweet family.
    My favorite tradition is we always go to the 4th of July parade and stand up for the flag it makes me so proud to be an American and have others who fight so we can be free! I love a parade!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    Marsha - Oh my goodness…..I LOVE those dresses. I have always loved being an AMERICAN! My granddad and my husband both served in the military. Our family is always supportive of the military and we attend rallies to support our troops! God bless America!

    My favorite 4th of July memory is watching fireworks and having a cookout with family and friends.

    Continuing to keep you in my prayers. Love and prayers!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    krueth - Oh wow! What adorable clothing…I would love to win that darling dress for my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter…SOOO CUTE!
    Growing up we had a big ole 4th of July picnic at the lake and then we would go to a reservation about 20 miles away and have the best time watching the Pow Wow and the fancy clothing they wore and the dancing they could do~~It was fantastic. Also, my mother was SO very patriotic, growing up whenever THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER came on we were all required to stand with our hand over our heart till it was finished. Till the day my mother passed away she was so very patriotic, in fact at her funeral her grandchildren, who number 28 sang “Proud to be an American”. It was wonderful. I love our Country and am so proud also to be an american as we all should be. Thanks for the contest, I believe this is the first I have ever signed your comments section.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:07 pm

    Anonymous - I love your cute dresses!

    My favorite memory is from when I was little. My family lived in a cul de sac where all the neighbors would all sit out & we’d set off fireworks. It was a special time of year for all the neighbors to get together.

    Jess, I’m Andi Sands best friend from Seattle – I’ve been updated on your story from the beginning – I have constantly been praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:07 pm

    lindsayw4 - This year we will be welcoming my husband home from a 4 month deployment, it’s a perfect day to celebrate their homecoming and their service! And my 2 year old is so excited to watch the pops (fireworks) with her Daddy.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:07 pm

    Lodmell House - I absolutley love the dresses. My daughters would love it!
    4th of July has always been a family holiday. We have a family reunion with fireworks and everything. This is why my husband and I got married on July 5th. We turned the family reunion into our rehearsal dinner, a barbeque on the family farm.
    So the 4th is a very special holiday for our family. It will different this year without my brother, who is now in the marines and is stationed in Japan.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Kendra - Forgot to leave my name for the above comment Kendra – kksco@yahoo.comReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Micah - Oh. My. Goodness. This is the cutest stuff ever. Really. I thought you really outdid yourselves with the H.B. Pop Garden fabric (a favorite!), but this stuff is just adorable. My birthday is the 4th, so needless to say, it has always been my favorite holiday :).

    It was so good to read your update below. I know it’s hard to write, and be really honest about your feelings, but I wonder all the time about how you are really doing. When people say you’re doing great, it’s because you are living and breathing, and for those of us who haven’t been through it, we wonder how you can continue doing those things after such a tragedy. You are still in my daily prayers, and I know that it is only by the grace of God that you will make it through.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Betsy - What a great idea!

    While growing we used to always spend the 4th of July with my moms entire family. During the day time we would have a picnic and then at night we would all travel downtown and watch the fireworks together. Great family memories!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Lori - Those dresses are adorable! You have such an eye for what looks nice together.

    Favorite July 4 memory – I was in Atlanta on vacation with my family, and we were watching a 4th of July parade. Near the beginning of the parade, there were about 25 people carrying this massive American flag. When they went by, the wind caught the flag and blew it upwards, and I was sitting on the curb, and I looked up and all I could see were the stars and stripes with the sun shining through. It was so beautiful and it reminded me of what our celebration was all about.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Anonymous - My favorite 4th of July moment happened on July 4th, 2006. That was the day my beautiful baby girl, Ella was born.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Micah - That photo of you on your daddy’s back is priceless. :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    amy - first off…i love all your stuff. please keep making them! i swear working with your hands helps to heal your hearts! :)

    and secondly, my favorite 4th of july tradition is homemade icecream and watching fireworks in our jammies. THE BEST!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    kristin - I love your dresses! I want a Cora dress so badly and they always sell so quickly I’ve never been able to buy one.

    So far, my favorite 4th of July memory is pretty simple. We were at Myrtle Beach and my now 9 year old was 4 at the time and had never really experienced fireworks and the smile on her face went all the way to her eyes. You could see the reflection of the fireworks there and it was such a beautiful moment.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    Melissa - So adorable dresses, and I love the pics you posted of your family. Hmm…when I younger and lived at home my parents worked for a firework company so on the forth they would hold a huge party for the whole subdivsion and let of fireworks….the real deal fireworks and my Dad allowed me to let off some of them. Being right in the action was amazing.

    Now we have a 8 month old daughter and it will be her first 4th of July so it is time for us to start some traditions of our own…I think fireworks may freak her out at this point so we will do those when she is older, right now I am thinking just family,fun and food.

    I have bought 2 of your burpy clothes and they have been put to good use – pucked on many a time! :o)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    The Meineckes - My favorite 4th of July memory/tradition is going to Kansas to my in-laws house(we live in Texas), cooking out, making home made ice cream and watching fireworks with the whole family.

    Thanks for continuing to bless me by your amazing strength and faith in our Lord. Still thinking about and praying for you everyday!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:20 pm

    Sherry - Favorite tradition: sitting in the church parking lot with my husband, watching the fireworks being shot off at the lake across the street.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - Wow…what cute dresses! To pick just one 4th of July memory was really tough! My birthday is on July 1st so it always seems like the birthday festivities trickle into the 4th! LUCKY ME!
    My most favorite 4th of July memory actually just took place last year. We were in the process of moving to Colorado and we had always heard that Estes Park had a fabulous 4th of July fesival. We had really never brought the kids to Estes Park (they were 20 months and 6 at the time) so we decided to give it a shot! All I have to say is wow! So many people celebrating the fact that we live in a free nation! That evening we took the kids to the fire work show on Lake Estes. As I gazed at the fireworks being lit up, it would brighten up the mountains in a way that I could not describe in words. Mountains to me are such a majestic thing anyways, but to see them in this kind of light, was even better. I always would tell my 6 year old that God carved each and every mountain by hand so that we could know how majectic He is! Kaitlyn looked at me that evening while the fire works were still going off and said, “Mom, God is shining his light down off that mountain!” Wow, what a comment by a 6 year old. I think that fireworks are representing God’s magnificant light in each of our hearts and the mountains are a symbol that helps me realize that we are not grand, but our majestic God is grand enough to put such beauty in our lives! The 4th of July is such a patriotic day in each of our lives that would not be possible without the freedom we first recieved from our Father suffering on the cross for our sins!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    mrstolli - My favorite 4th of July memory was last year. We spent it with lots of wonderful people from our church. My daughter really enjoyed swimming with her friends and eating lots of ice cream and watermelon. I can’t wait for this year!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Michelle - You make ADORABLE clothes. If my hubby was employed I’d be buying things like crazy! :) I’ve been following your blog & praying for you since my friend Andrea shared your story w/me! May you continue to feel the peace and strength that only the Lord can provide in times like this! Thanks, Michelle
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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Steph - July 4th, 2002 was the day before my son was born and it was a day that I was so completely scared, nervous and every emotion running through me. My family and I built a big fire and roasted marshmallows and hot dogs. So now every year we do the same thing to not only celebrate the fourth of July but my son’s birthday!! My little girl’s birthday is July 17th so she thinks its her party also!!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Susan - So cute!!
    We love taking our 3 kiddos to the town park for the bike parade (they decorate them and then ride around the track!) followed by watching the fireworks at night!
    My daughter was born the night before Cora…we think of you guys every time she wears her Cora dress!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    morgan823 - Oh my gosh those are precious!! I want to enter to win. Everytime I try and get something from the store it’s gone already. :( I’m not fast enough. Every 4th of July we (my family and extended family and friends) head to the lake to enjoy it. We watch fireworks on the water and cookout. I love it!!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    Kelly - I have been reading your blog for some time and I think of you often :)
    That being said – I love these dresses and I hope that if I don’t win one I can get my little fingers on these hot numbers.
    My husband and I are both from Canada and have been living in the US for 5 years. So the 4th of July has been something newer for us. We have some friends who live on a lake and we typically go to their home for a bbq and then go out in the boat for fireworks. It is a great holiday which brings a very proud feeling to be living in this county. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    Danika - My favorite 4th of July memory/tradition is doing sparklers in the backyard with my parents. Those were the only ones we were allowed to do and that were legal in our town. And of course the traditional neighborhood potluck BBQ. Nothing fancy, just good food and good fun!

    Your clothes are adorable! Thanks for the opportunity to win some!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    Big W - My favorite 4th of July memory was made last year. When I found out I was pregnant the previous October, I calculated that my due date was the 4th of July. My doctor calculated it to be June 30th, but I really hoped for a 4th of July baby anyhow. As some mild complications arose, my doctor started recommending an induction. I resisted, feeling that everything would turn out as it was meant to be. Finally my doctor insisted on an induction on July 3, and said she hoped the baby was born that day so as to AVOID the holiday birthday. Well, the labor progressed and I finally started to push at 11:50 p.m. on July 3rd. When the baby was born, my first question was, “Is it a boy or a girl?” It was a boy! (We already had a little girl at home, so we were really excited to welcome a boy.) My second question was, “What time is it?” It was 12:01 a.m.! We got our 4th of July baby by 1 minute! For the rest of my life, it will be my favorite holiday, and my special guy will always have fireworks on his birthday!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Jamie - what cute dresses!

    my favorite 4th memory is hand’s down last year. my husband’s birthday happens to fall on the 4th (i know lucky huh) and we’ve always had a huge celebration to honor our freedom in this country along with his birthday. last year was a bit different though as our daughter was born 3 months prematurely in march. no big party was to be had, no huge fireworks celebration. instead, we decided to take adali out and about for one of the first times since being home from the NICU. a special onesie was bought (that she immediately threw up all over), we went out for a small family picnic and watched the fireworks from afar. it may not have been the big affair of past years but it was by far the most special. watching my daughter, that had fought 2 long months for her life, fall asleep next to my husband that night made me believe that it had all been worth it. makes me smile just thinking back to it.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:43 pm

    Kari J - They are sooo cute, that is for sure!!

    My favorite 4th of July memory-
    I have so many it’s hard to choose just one but truthfully it also links into the tradition we had we I was little as well. I have loved the 4th of July as long as I can remember and this is why:
    Every year on my dads birthday day, June 27th… the first day you can buy fireworks in Kansas… we would go down the road and stock up on every firework that I wanted. As I got older they of course got more and more dangours aka FUN!! Then you had to sit and wait. BUT the next fun time came on July 3rd… we would go down and buy streamers, flags, any kind of 4th of July decoration you could think of!!! Then that night all the neighbor hood kids would come out with their bikes and decorate them for the next day. The next morning was our annual Colins Park Parade, we would stand in line and ride our bikes around the park… along with fire trucks, kids in wagons, dogs dressed up, every thing you can imagine in a small parade!! After that we would have a block party, all the families would come out to bbq, talk, watch the kids to make sure no one got hurt! That night we would all walk, together, down to Washburn University, lay out blakets and set up chairs.. eat snacks and wait for dark. As dark set in we would watch the fireworks and listen to the music. As soon as it was over we would all walk back home, set off more fireworks, and after a long, long day… say goodnight to all our friends and neighbors and call it a day. I was very lucky to live in such a great neighborhood growing up, I still talk to a few of them, many years later but those 4th of July’s will always stay fresh in my mind and I hope that some day I can give my own children these kind of memories!

    Thanks for putting up the contest and bringing back such great memories!! You’re still in my prayers!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:43 pm

    Anonymous - I never win anything, but I will still keep trying!

    A favorite tradition for us (my husband, me, and our 5 kids) is to camp out for half the day and get ready to watch fireworks. We pack snacks, a cooler with food, and plenty to keep the kids occupied. The sounds of excitement and screams are worth every minute as our kids see the first firework. They are so amazed by them. I love to see their faces and smiles. Fireworks are something that never get old.

    Perhaps one of my little girls would be so lucky to be sporting one of those adorable dresses on the fourth as we wait for the fireworks. I do hope they have fireworks in Heaven!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    jennifer rogers - i love all of your things and I can never get to etsy fast enough to get any of them!

    I would have to say that my favorite July 4th memory would have to be July 4th 2005 it was the last July 4th that my Dad would be alive for. I just remember him being so goofy and happy and playing with all of the kids and then it started to rain before we had time to light off all of the fireworks so the girls stood under umbrellas and the men all stood in the rain lighting the big fireworks off and my dad was right there in the middle of it. I just remember this as one of the last times that I saw my father so happy.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    Laura Ann - THank you for giving back…I would love to win one of these little treasures for my baby girl.

    My favorite 4th of July memory is of my Best Friend getting married on the water with lots of fireworks. It was beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:46 pm

    ccsandberg - I love your dresses. My favorite memory was 4 years ago this 4th of July when I got engaged to my hubby! I was so suprised and now every 4th of July I love remembering that day as we watch fireworks. God bless you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:46 pm

    Rachel - Like others I’ve been trying to snag a dress for some time now but I’m always late! Your dresses go so fast!
    My favorite thing about July 4th is my wedding anniversary. We were married on the 5th. So the 4th holds a special place in my heart. 2 favorite memories of the 4th are the day before my wedding, the whole wedding party went swimming together, and the first 4th as a married couple, we went to our town’s fireworks display. We sat in the back of our truck and enjoyed just holding each other and watching the fireworks.Work schedules don’t let us do that much anymore. I’m always proud to be an American but days like the
    4th, Memorial day, and Veterans day I really like to give thanks to all the men and women who have fought to give me and my family the freedoms that this great country affords us! Your blog is so inspiring to me. You and Joel are in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:46 pm

    Chasity - My favorite memory would be the summer my entire extended family was at a local lake to watch the fireworks display, and the dock collapsed due to the unusually large amount of people on it. The water was shallow, so no one was hurt, in fact, my mom stayed in her chair and simply held her coffee cup above her head so she didn’t have to sacrifice her caffeine intake for the evening.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:51 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Oh my gosh! I forgot my favorite thing about the 4th!

    Family BBQ’s and dippin’ in the pool! It’s wicked hot here in July :)

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    Ashley - One of my favorite memories of 4th of July is my younger years, growing up always going to the lakehouse w/ my family and riding jet ski’s all day long, being gone for hours on end! Those were the days, I miss those so much.
    I love your blog and have prayed for you and your family and think of you often!
    I love all of the dresses you make as well!
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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:55 pm

    The little things - I actually just stopped by to let you know that I was thinking about you and thinking about sweet Cora today! I hope you guys are taking it easy and cherish those sweet memories that you have of such a beautiful girl. I think of her all the time!

    My favorite 4th of July memory.. I know I do live in canada now, but have only lived here for 4 years and am America, so hopefully I can enter! Anyway, As child i loved when we were on summer holidays and would get to catch the fireworks show some pleace else besides our small home town! I think Redmond oregon is my favorite from my memeory!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    Team Martins - These are so gorgeous, and I love the patriotism behind it all!

    Favorite memory…
    Being little and camping out in my parent’s big field… waiting for the neighbors to do their fireworks thing, so we could ooh and ahh over the beautiful lit up night sky. And the burgers and dogs and homemade potato salad didn’t hurt either!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    Jaclyn - ok, i am so glad you are doing this because I have tried to buy a dress everytime you have stocked the store and everytime you sell out before i even find out new things are listed. They must go FAST because i am always, always on my computer :) !!!!
    My most precious 4th of july memory for me is from back in 1999. My boyfriend was leaving for marine corps boot camp on the 5th of July and we new things were about to be REALLY tough. We sat outside and watched fireworks, enjoying being together for one last evening before our worlds would never be the same. Since then we have married and have two beautiful children. I don’t think i will ever forget that evening.

    I have been following your story but don’t think i have ever commented before. Cora is so beautiful and she was so blessed to have a mommy and daddy that love her so much. I am excited to see what beautiful things our Father has in store for your sweet family….ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    heicoc - I love your dresses, but I never make it to the shop in time to get any!! It would be great to win one!!! Maybe you could do a tutorial on how you make them – they are so beautiful.

    Anyhow my son’s birthday is July 1, 1997 so I would have to say my favorite memory around the 4th would be his birth. We celebrate his birthday usually on the 4th also, which is always fun. Most years when we are not on vacation, we head to the beach and watch fireworks from there.

    Thanks for your blog!

    Heidi
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  • June 4, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    amanda - My favorite 4th of July memory was going to the Fort Vancouver fireworks show, with my husband (although we weren’t married then, we were newly dating) My favorite tradition is to make a flag cake every year.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Anonymous - Your dresses are SO sweet.
    My favorite memory is as a child lighting sparklers with my Dad and five siblings on the 4th of July.

    Thank you for this contest.
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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    Joni - Love the dresses. Favorite Memory of July 4th is the year we threw a 90th bday party for my grandma.
    Joni
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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:08 pm

    The Mershawn's - Ha! I’m comment #205:). A little slow you think?! That’s a lot of people….

    Since I have had such a terrible time trying to BUY a dress:), I’m so in for winning one! Woo-hoo!

    I love the 4th of July for watermelon, swim suits, the smell of grilling out, banana pudding, homemade ice cream and fireworks. And, because there’s not another holiday in the summer, it makes it all the more grand. Plus, I’m a proud American girl, and it’s good to remember where we came from and how truly blessed we are.

    Thanks Jess & Jess’ mom! Great idea, and even greater clothes:). Still praying for you guys….
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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:09 pm

    Jennifer Carter - What cute dresses and shirts!!

    Our family tradition has been to go to Dairy Queen and get some ice cream before the fireworks. Then, we’ll go and stake out our spot and wait for the fireworks to begin. I love watching fireworks so I anticipate it every year.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:12 pm

    The Hams - My favorite 4th of July memory… My father was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and all of his family lived there. He later joined the Air Force and was stationed at Bolling AFB in Washington, D.C. when I was born. We lived there until I was 5 and every year we would go downtown and celebrate the 4th on the front steps of the Capitol – listening to the concert and watching the fireworks explode over the Tidal Basin of the Potomac River. It was beautiful and so wonderful to be able to be able to celebrate our nation’s independence in the capital. As I was growing up, we would go back every few years, but then life got busy and now we can’t ever all coordinate a trip together. Every year we watch the Capitol 4th on t.v. and wish so badly that we could be there in person again.

    Praying for you!
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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    Shelby - Every year for the 4th of July we always had sparklers. I am one of three kids and I just remember getting so excited for night to come so we could get them out and wave them around!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    Taryn - My Favorite 4th of July was when I was about 9-10 years old. We had the annual 4th of July neighborhood party at our house. We had lots of friends, food and fun. We also played in the pool all day. We ended the day with an awesome fireworks display. Looking back at pictures brings back such wonderful memories.

    Everyday your sweet Cora is remembered and loved by so many. God Bless! TarynReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    The Jones' - AWESOME!! I love these dresses!!

    Our family tradition has always been to travel to my grandparents home. All our family goes and it ends up bein about 40 people. We have a huge barbeque and my Papa always tells us stories about the war…always learn something new. Tha evening my uncles all go out and get bookoos of fireworks and we have a huge show! Always a lot of fun!

    My fav memory is a new one. It is not really a favorie bu more of a very memorable one! Last Fourth of July was my son, Cooper’s first as well as his first sunburn! I felt horrible and drenched him in aloe for days! He never peeled (my hubby insisted he was only pink from the heat)Needless to say we had fun!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    Darby - Oh Jess… what’s not to love!! The food, the family, the fun, the sun, the baby pools and watermelon… I love it all… especially our country!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:26 pm

    sarahross - That baby picture of you looks so much like Cora!

    My husband and I met while working at a summer camp. We both spent many summers there and now every fourth of July we have a reunion at our cabin at the lake with our camp friends. It’s always such a great time and full of wonderful memories.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    The Woodards - My favorite memory is getting together at my grandparents’ house to have our annual Fourth of July picnic and then shoot fireworks that night. My grandparents are very special to me so I will always remember getting together with them! Both of my grandfathers were in the army and one served in WWII. He was even shot in the leg while serving.
    VERY cute clothes!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:29 pm

    MarlaJen - My first comment!!

    So beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:31 pm

    Amber - I want to start off by saying that your faith is so amazing! It is so great to see God working in your lives…even though it is not what you had planned. My best friend lost her baby a year ago and I’ve experienced 2nd hand with her how devestating it can be!! Your story has touched so many lives and we all appreciate you sharing your story and God’s journey in your lives with us!

    My favorite 4th of July tradition: July 3rd a bunch of college friends always get together and BBQ, catch-up with life, and shoot off fireworks…we have a great time! We then spend the rest of the evening taking in the Sterling 4th of July festivities!!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - So cute!

    I’m quite sure I won’t win, but I’ll tell you a favorite thing about the 4th of July of mine: My birthday is on the 1st and when I was little I always thought they were letting off firecrackers for my birthday albeit a little late. ;)

    But, some of my favorite things/memories these days are lemonade, sticky fingers, smelling my daughter’s hair as she sits on my lap and she smells a bit of sweat and a bit of sweet, bug spray, sparklers, and dirty toes. Yup, that’s my summertime/4th memories in a nutshell.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    nessadee - Fireworks!! I loved all of the lame fireworks like the tanks and the little parachute men that came out of rockets.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:33 pm

    Gale - My favorite 4th of July memory is always hanging out my American flag to proudly wave over my home and then on to the local 4th of July Parade…complete with horses, mules, lawn mowers, tractors, kids on bikes, well, you could say it is quite rural. Then, my whole family comes together fro a picnic, homemade ice cream and fireworks. A truly GREAT tradition!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    Kendra - last year was fun–watched a movie with our extended family outside with a projector!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:41 pm

    Jessica - The best 4th of July: 2003

    My Marine left for Operation Iraqi Freedom in March of 2003. Our children were ages one and three. I did not think I would see him for a year. His deployment ended much sooner than expected and he flew home on July 3rd. On that 4th of July, I had a renewed sense of appreciation for our country, our marriage… and the goodness of the Lord in bringing him home safely!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    Krystle - My favorite 4th of July memory was when I got to go to Disney World when I was younger. So magical and SO fun. I hope we can do that for our daughter one day :) I love the dresses. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    The Snyders - Hi Jess and Joel,

    Fourth of July has always been my favorite holiday so it’s hard to pick my favorite memory. So, I’ll tell you my favorite tradition.
    Every year the neighborhood I grew up in has a parade around the park. We always dressed head to toe in red, white and blue, decorated our bikes also and walked in the parade. Then we would have BBQ with all of the neighbors on our block and us kids would shoot of fireworks for hours until our parents dragged us inside.

    I still think about you guys a lot, especially since my daughter is about the age Cora was when she got sick. You are still in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    JJC - i’ve wanted to comment for awhile but just haven’t even though i’ve been following your family’s story for well over a year. i have a little girl, emory, that was born just 3 days before your cora. she is our first baby just like cora is for your family. on emory’s birthday, march 2, i thought of you and prayed for you, even though we’ve never met. i think of your cora so often. maybe it is just because their birthdays are so close together.

    i would love a cora dress…whether i win one or if i can be quick enough to buy one on etsy. :)

    praying for your family each time i look at emory.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:51 pm

    Erin - I don’t want to ‘win’ a dress, I want to BUY one!!! However, I’m always a couple hours late and your store is already empty!

    Some of my fav memories of the 4th are simply spending them on my parents’ farm where I grew up. You could see fireworks in a 30 mile radius (yes, we live in about the FLATTEST area of Kansas!). It was so much fun to see fireworks going off in the distance from every direction!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    Jennifer - Celebrating the 4th is such a fun time with food, family and fireworks! I come from a small town in Mississippi. My favorite memory from the 4th is going to our hometown fireworks show. We’d sit out on blankets and wait until it got dark so that we could see the fireworks display. Always fun to see friends from school and socialize!

    We are so blessed that we live in our great country. And we should never forgot the men and women who fought, are fighting and will fight to protect the freedom we so often take for granted!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    Jess - My husband is in the military. By far the best 4th of July’s that I have had have all been since I have been married to him. The military bases seem to put on the best fireworks and they have cannons and do all kinds of things to honor America. It just gives me goosebumps every time.

    My favorite was the 4th right before he deployed way back in 2005. I remember laying out in the parade field on a blanket and watching the fireworks with him. It was so much fun.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:02 pm

    Miranda - How adorable!!! 4th of July is my favorite holiday!
    The dresses are beautiful!! As well as the shirts, very cute.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    Erica - I love it. One of these days I’m going to be able to buy something from Cora’s before they are all gone. They sure do go quickly.

    My family has always loved spending the 4th at my grandparents farm. We eat way to much, laugh way too much, and get to see various towns displays from their farm. It’s always something we enjoy and just thankful we will get to be here this year.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    Miss Em - What a wonderful give away!!!! I grew up where the 4th of July was always our family vacation. We took our camper to a local lake and camped out for a week with friends and family. Those were my best childhood memories and there were so many of them. I looked forward to the 4th of July every year. Since I moved away the 4th is not a big deal. I hope to make it one for my little ones.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    Laura - Ex. Dir. - Awww – wow – Cora really looks like you did when you were a baby. Your family remains in my thoughts and heart.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Jason - traveling to iowa to visit family, eating watermelon and playing travel games the whole way there and back. and, of course, enjoying fabulous fireworks with loved ones.
    i love the 4th of July, too!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:13 pm

    Anonymous - Our family tradition is to have a big BBQ every yeat. We grill out and have a pool party. Afterwards, we all go see the big fireworks display in town! Love family traditons & I love your dresses!!

    -Brittany Stubbs
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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:13 pm

    Ashley - We live in Florida about a mile from the beach. Every year on the 4th of July, we get a hotel room at a beach resort. Our kids spend the day on the beach and in and out of the pool, and since they are little we can use the room for naps, cooling off and rest. Then we watch the fireworks on the beach and spend the night at the hotel so we don’t have to fight the traffic that’s leaving the beach after the fireworks! It’s a really great family day!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:20 pm

    ashleyjnc - Every year we always get some sort of take out/picnic style and go to Johnson City TN to watch the pepsi fireworks show set to music, we usually bring chairs and hang out and eat.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:21 pm

    Tammy - I have been thinking of you often since I found your blog thru Etsy. I pray for you and your husband and family.

    My favorite memories are simple ones. My family of 8 would barbeque. My dad and brothers would set off fireworks and my sisters and I would play with sparklers. I’m just thankful that we had each other.

    I’m sure I will have new favorites as my girls grow and we make new memories.

    Thanks for sharing your life and the life of Cora with others.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:24 pm

    Audrey - First let me say that wow, I see Cora so much in your baby pictures!

    Second: My patriotic memory? It’s really hard to choose one because having served ten years in the military, every single one that I celebrated while I was in seems to be pretty memorable.

    Honestly, it’s a toss up between my first 4th being in the military, the 4th I celebrated while overseas in the sandbox, and the first 4th I celebrated the year after my daughter was born. So I guess I will have to elaborate a bit on all three.

    My first 4th of July being a soldier fresh back from basic training was the summer of 2000. I remember spending it near my hometown in the park watching the fireworks. It’s tradition for the city to put on a huge standing display dedicated to each of the branches of the Armed Forces with their respective songs playing in the background. When the Army’s came up, a huge green tank made out of fireworks, it was clear to me then as I stood shouting that I was embarking on a long road, unknown to me of what was to come of my military career. I was young, naive, and very HOOAH! gun-ho about serving and wanted to be the best that I could be. And I wanted to make sure that I was doing God’s will throughout the course of my career because I knew (and know now still) it was Him that directed me to that chosen path and supported me throughout the many times I thought I’d never get through basic.

    Fast forward four years to The 4th of July I spent while stationed in Kuwait for OIF. That whole year was tough, especially since I spent my first wedding anniversary on the plane getting there. We were in the middle of the desert living in a small 8-person tent knowing there would be no fireworks for us that year. My husband sent me sparklers and I was planning on running off into the abandoned allied forces part of the camp to use them, but unfortunately we had a surprise inspection and they were confiscated by my first sergeant. Still, as I sat that night, it dawned upon me that again, I was where I was for a reason and serving during a very important conflict that most people will never understand aside from what they see on tv. Though we weren’t in immediate danger being in Kuwait rather than “up north” in Iraq, we were supporting the troops doing the actual fighting and I felt important in some tiny way.

    In 2008, my daughter was getting ready to celebrate her first birthday in just over a month. I remember putting her to bed and going out and standing on our front porch trying to see some of the fireworks that was being set off around our city. As I stood in the dark, I could hear the background of my tv (the annual showing of the fireworks from Washington was on). I recall not feeling like a veteran but at the same time feeling like I had a renewed sense of why I was wearing the uniform. So my daughter doesn’t have to. I serve so she doesn’t have to and can continue to enjoy the freedoms that I was enjoying right at that moment. I also knew that it was going to be my last 4th in uniform as I was set on getting out at the end of the year. I wondered what kind of things I would tell my daughter when she was older about my time in the Army. I wondered if she’d ever be proud of me. I hoped that I could instill in her a sense of pride in America that I still feel even now and the respect that I feel for those still serving.

    I salute you and your family. It’s awesome to hear that you were a military brat (for a short time at least).ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    Amy - Last year we spent Fourth of July at my parent’s beach house and we watched fireworks far off in the distance all along the horizon. It was incredible. I hope to make that our new tradition! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    michele - I love your dresses! I have been following your blog since the prayer requests for your family went out.

    My favorite 4th of July memories are of the recent years we have spent at my in-laws lake house. We sit on the boat and watch the show, but earlier in the day is my favorite. The neighborhood puts on a little parade of its own with all of the kids! We end in a cul-de-sac for cookies and lemonade.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    lindsay - I just started to read your blog and I love the dresses, so cute!! I am currently 30 weeks pregnant with a girl and I can’t wait to get a dress to dress her up in. Unfortunately everytime I log onto etsy your sold out. :( So maybe this is my chance….;)

    My favorite July 4th memory is when I was growing up. We were on our way to my grandparents house for dinner before the city fire works show and me and my mom were stuck in traffic. We ended up getting rear ended, luckily we were okay. But once we got to my grandparents the firt thing my grandma asked were “Are the pies okay?” this made my mom so mad. We still talk about her worrying about the pies and not us. But overall it was a great July 4th complete with food and firworks.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:42 pm

    Jennifer Grant - 1st time to ever write a blog, ever! My friend Gillian Giles (who is the one who introduced me to your family) would be proud :)

    Favorite 4th of July tradition- stay near home, enjoy the festivities of your home town! Lots of watermelon, cake and meat on the BBQ!

    Even though you don’t know me; know that I am praying for you. God is the Great Redeemer, Comforter, He is the One who gives and takes away. Isn’t awesome to know that our lives are in the Creators hands!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    The Brack's - Growing up we always went to Lake Eufala and would either float on rafts by the dock or idle out on the ski boat or house boat and just hang out and watch the fireworks that our friends would set off. There are always fireworks going off in all directions so the whole skyline is lit up in all directions. That all was after having a big family cookout and a flag cake too of course!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:45 pm

    Cupcake Mama - Such cute things! I heard about your family from a friend at church – Travis and Kyndra Brown.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:46 pm

    Tara Provence - adorable!

    okay, so my dad is a farmer in texas and i grew up on a farm in the middle of a cotton field. every fourth of july we go out to my parents for the whole day. that night we eat hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit pizza and homeade ice cream. then that night we all sit outside in our lawn chairs and watch my dad and grandad (and some of the kids) pop fireworks. from the front porch we can see the big fireworks show in the town closest to their house – which is like 15 miles away. so we oooooh and awwwwwe over each and every spectacular firework until late. i love the 4th.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:46 pm

    Amber - I love your post! I serve in the military, so I really appreciate it! Growing up, my church always had a big picnic on the church lawn and then we would all watch the fireworks together. I loved it!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Carrie - How sweet! I love them all and wish I could sew! Everytime I go to the etsy shop your all sold out so congrats on that! Our 4th of july tradition is a bbq with ribs and ofcourse the cake made with strawberries and blueberries like a flag and then we all hope on the boat to view the fireworks on the lake. It has to be one of my favorite holidays!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:50 pm

    forever folding laundry - These are adorable!

    On the 4th we have a parade on our street and all of the kids decorate their bikes and trikes and ride down the street. Then we block off the street, gather in our front yards, and have a block party. So fun!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 4:52 pm

    deyoungsters - my favorite 4th memory: I used to compete horses when I was a little girl, and one year my sister and I decked our ponies out in red, white and blue ribbons and rode in a 4th of July Parade. We felt so patriotic! Afterwards there was a carnival, cookout, and fireworks show! Best 4th of July ever. :)

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  • June 4, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    motherof3 - Beautiful dresses! My daughter Abby loves hers! My favorite July 4th memory was celebrating it at our family cabin in Canada. We had a shore picnic on an island in the middle of the lake. Then did sparklers. We kind of looked funny because we were the only ones celebrating it there. :) AndreaReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    A Fun Family - I always love the big family get togethers we had (and still have now with my own kids)when I was growing up. We often drove all the way up the East coast from Florida to Maine to be with extended family on the 4th. I love to remember the big fireworks and cookouts and patriotic music! My husband is in the US AirForce so this tradition continues to be a family favorite for my kids as well.
    May God continue to have grace on our country and may He truly Bless America.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    Katy Frame (Kate Creates) - Every year on the 4th of July we just get together with our family and friends and have a barbecue and fireworks (typical, haha!). :)

    I love your dresses and your blog! I have been trying each time to catch when you list your dresses when they are listed but i’m too slow I guess! :( I’d love to win! Keep up the great work! You and your family seem to be amazing people!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Suzy Q - Our newest 4th of July tradition, since we moved to the Washington DC area, is to walk down to a park by the Potomac River and watch the big fireworks display at the Capitol lawn. We get a great view of the fireworks without all of the traffic and people.

    Love the dresses and the 4th of July theme! I am guessing the pics are of you and your parents…very sweet!

    Thinking of you often,
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  • June 4, 2009 - 5:21 pm

    Stewart Family - These dresses are oh so cute!!

    My family is very patriotic as well. My husband is in the military and we strongly support and love this country. Growing up we always had a huge family gathering…complete with yummy food, fellowship, and fireworks.

    When I married and we moved off due to the military I carried on this tradition with our “military family”.

    This year my kids and I are home so we will get to celebrate with our family again…minus ONE very important person. My hubby, who is in Iraq right now and will not be here in person. So, this year will be special and bittersweet too!

    I will hoping to get my hands on one of these dresses. It not only would be cute for the 4th but for daddy’s homecoming in August too!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Jaime - Adorable dresses! My favorite thing is to make a white cake and do a pattern of the flag with strawberries and blueberries!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 5:42 pm

    The Perfect Trio - I just love the 4th! We too are a military family. My DH is in the Army…

    He can home from a 16 month deployment in 2004 just before July 4th. The coming home celebration was the most moving event I think I’ve been to…ever! I am so proud of him…I’m proud of every soldier, sailor and marine who fights for our country!!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 5:47 pm

    DollBaby - My favorite memory was that when I was little my family would go to visit my daddy’s family for the 4th of July. We lived 3 hours away from there so didn’t get up there too much so we always looked forward to the 4th of July. We would have a cookout with our family and then my parents would take us to watch the fireworks in the old Hill’s parking lot. It was so much fun. Simple but memorable.

    The dresses are adorable. And can I just say I have tried to buy a dress for awhile now and I’m always just a little too late and they’ve all been scooped up. So thanks for the chance just to win one!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 5:52 pm

    Jana - I follow your blog weekly – praying for you and your family. Cora’s story and her life has touched me deeply – I am more prayerful and I appreciate my children that much more.

    Our family tradition is to watch our local 4th of July neighborhood parade just down the block. Its wonderful. We dress up in red, white and blue and enjoy all of the fellowship. This year I think we will join in and be in the parade :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 5:56 pm

    Anonymous - Adorable dresses!!! The 4th of July is my very favorite holiday! Mostly because, as I child I always thought the whole country was celebrating mine and my brother’s birthdays! I am a July 2nd baby, and my brother is a July 7th baby. We ALWAYS celebrate our birthdays together on the 4th…to this day. We even received a big box of fireworks every year as a gift to shoot off. What a fun time! And, when I hear “Proud to Be an American!” set to fireworks, well…I couldn’t feel more blessed to be living in such a great country.

    Have fun with this giveaway! What a great idea! Blessings to you guys. I love the way you have honored your precious baby girl!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:07 pm

    Jon & Sarah - These dresses are just too cute! My favorite memory, so far, is our 4th of July last year. We are missionaries in Japan and we celebrated with fellow missionaries, from America and Australia…so funny, this was the Australian’s first 4th of July to celebrate! We had an evening picnic at a local park. We had a fruit flag cake and even splurged to buy a $25 watermelon! My five year old just reminded me the other day that we had watermelon at that park last year. She even remembered!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:11 pm

    Allikaye's Mama - I love those dresses! Awesome! My fave memory is going to the parade in the morning…barbecue…water balloon fights…then fireworks…good ol fashion fun!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:13 pm

    Cindy - I have been looking for the perfect 4th of July dress for my daughter whose name is Liberty, no less!! This would be perfect!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:13 pm

    Anonymous - You never cease to AMAZE me…
    Our family tradition is of course for the family to all get together and celebrate..we grill, do fireworks and before we eat we say a thanks of prayer to ALL of our service men and women, past and present..I am so very thankful for this wonderful country that we live in.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:14 pm

    Rory and Jess - gorgeous, beautiful things! I hope to win one…and can’t wait to see the beautiful playground. :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:25 pm

    Mission of mamahood - I love your dresses – they are adorable!

    My favorite fourth of july memories are simply the family backyard get togethers, with cookouts, games, and of course fireworks. It is such a time to enjoy the summer and to remember the blessings in your life.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:28 pm

    Heather - Well I have tried forever to buy one of your dresses. I seem to miss you stocking them every time. I do love them though.

    My fourth of july memories are probably not as big as some but I just know that at our house it was all about fighting and yelling and mind games and trying so hard to please my dad and never really doing so.

    But he loved the forth of july. So it is one of the few holidays that nothing went wrong. He would shoot fireworks and cook out and we would do sparklers and all was just happy. For that one night we were a normal family. A functioning family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:29 pm

    Emily @ Little Home - Some of my favorite 4th of July memories are from pool parties at our family’s friends’ house growing up!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:31 pm

    Jonni B. - I love the things you are making to honor Cora’s memory. I read your posts often and wish we would have had a chance to get to know each other better while you were at Slate Creek.

    A favorite 4th of July tradition happend when I was little…My birthday is the 4th of July and as a family we would always go to the drive-in in my hometown. There would be a movie and fireworks…

    It would be a great tradition to continue as Erik’s birthday is also the 4th, but there just aren’t many drive-in theaters around.

    Have a blessed day!
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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:33 pm

    godfrey - I LOVE the Cora dresses!
    We have a family tradition of getting together at the lake with my husband’s family. We grill out and just spending quality time together. It is so nice to see all the children playing and visiting with family we do not often see. We are so blessed to live in such a wonderful nation, full of men and women that are willing to give their lives so that my family and I are able to be together without fear.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    Coleson's Blog - Lovely items! We are expecting our second baby july 6th and everyone is pulling for the 4th–patriotic family! I told them I’ll see what I can do! :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:54 pm

    angie c - How cute! Love the fabric!

    Favorite memory–we spent many 4th of July’s at my aunt and uncles farm in Iowa–where most fireworks are not allowed– shooting off fireworks we drove to Missouri to buy! And then when it got late enough, from a bluff on the farm, we could watch the “big” fireworks show from three different surrounding towns at one time! It was so great to sit there with my cousins and see all that at one time!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    Anonymous - Awesome idea!!
    My favorite 4th of july memory. When I was a kid we went to festival on the 4th and 1 game i played was find the quarters in the flour. They would drop quarters in a big container and you had to stick your hands in there and try to pull out the quarters, but they were too slick from the flour. It was so much fun. I remember doing that after 35 years.
    Thank you
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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:00 pm

    JulieA - Jess — You and your family are amazing. We have been praying for you since we heard about sweet Cora. I roomed with Esther Harder in college, and I know your sister-in-law Leah, because I work at the KS Heart Hospital.

    A favorite memory of mine is simply being with family on the Fourth. As kids, we used to decorate our bikes and ride them in our neigborhood’s parade, complete with a real firetruck leading the way. Now with children of my own, the parade is fun in a different way.

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers… what a witness to Christ’s love you have shown throughout the past several months!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:06 pm

    Brian and Karen - This is my first time commenting. I have been praying for you all.

    My favorite 4th of July memory would have to be July of 2006. I lost my husband to cancer on June 19th of that year and was really feeling overwhelmed while the rest of the world went on around me. 4th of July that year, I traveled to DC with my 2 sisters and 1 brother (plus spouses/significant others); For the first time, I was the only single one. But it really was a wonderful experience to be with my siblings and celebrate this great nation that we live in. My late husband was proud of his country and would have loved the fireworks in DC that year. Great memories! God is so good!

    I pray that the Lord continues to heal your heart. I have never lost a child, but after losing my husband I have learned that God uses time to help heal the brokenness we feel; however, true healing will never fully come until we are called Home and reunited with our loved ones.
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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:13 pm

    Liz from WI - I love the picture of your mom and dad –your mom is still as beautiful now as she was then….and you (as a baby) and Cora look so much alike!

    Favorite Memory

    Our town in WI canceled their July 4th parade, so we held our own…and so many people came to watch the police had to block off two intersections!! I was the Queen for No Apparent Reason–but got to ride in a real convertible!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:15 pm

    Joanna - Those are just beautiful as are all the dresses and little shirts. I have yet to get my hands on one for my little girl, so I’m crossing my fingers tight!

    Our tradition…It’s a southern tradition of BBQ ribs, sweet tea, water melon, potato salad, corn on the cob, etc…We stay in the pool all day and soak up the sun…We then load up late that afternoon and head to the beach to watch the fireworks! Done it every year for years.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:17 pm

    MomMom - Great idea! Also, you are on my mind and in my heart so often—especially when I see your blog and the picture of that precious little Cora. I know the pain must be almost unbearable but thankfully you have your faith in God to carry you.

    My favorite memories of 4th of July are the ones I’ve spent with my family watching fireworks and being thankful for the freedom we have in our country. I, too, came from a very patriotic family. One thing that I am constantly reminded of is that freedom doesn’t come without a price. I reminded our grandchildren when we went to Washington DC that blood had to be shed for freedom that we enjoy in our country and blood had to be shed for us to have the freedom we have in Christ—the ultimate sacrifice. Those are my thoughts and memories of the Fourth of July.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:23 pm

    nikki - I’m so excited everything is so cute that ya’ll make! My favorite memory is from July 4, 2004….I had graduated from high school that year and had been dating the same guy since I was 17, we live in FL so we went to St. Augustine beach for the day walked around the old part of town, ate at a nice restaurant, took the horse and carriage ride of the city and then after a major rain storm in the late afternoon we watched fireworks over the water. It was during the fireworks that he popped the question :) 4th of July is always a sweet celebration for our engagement I love having the holiday to mark that time in our lives!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:24 pm

    GAMZu - I don’t think I have commented before, but I read your blog regularly. I just had to comment to tell you how much you (as a baby) and your sweet Cora look alike!

    I had to go back and reread the post because I thought that was a picture of Cora in the backpack carrier.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:26 pm

    Shelly Primm - Your dresses are SO cute and how thoughtful of you to do a giveaway!

    One of my favorite memories of July 4th is spending the day at the lake with my family then going downtown (Charlotte, NC) to see the fireworks. We would bring a big quilt and spread it out on the side of the road waiting for the fireworks to begin. After the show, we would go to Dairy Queen to get ice cream at 11:00 at night. That was such a treat for us!

    Hope you are enjoying your summer! Take care!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:26 pm

    The Langes - First off, I think Cora’s Playground is an amazing idea! My favorite memory of the 4th of July is spending it at my small towns annual bash. There were big wheel races, frog jumping contests, craft fairs, parades, carnival rides, dancing in the park and the evening was finished with beautiful fireworks. In my mind nothing beats the 4th in a small town!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:41 pm

    gwswenson - What a lovely post. YOU were an adorable baby!

    We have a family tradition of going to the firework display at our local town beach. To me it’s a beautiful way to celebrate…always breathtaking.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:41 pm

    William, Megan and Avery - My favorite 4th of July memory? Let’s see… I think I’ll just go with funny!

    I was probably 4 or 5 (but definitely potty trained) and we were sitting on the grass ready to watch fireworks over the Arkansas River in Little Rock, when i had to pee… BAD! We had to have been really far from any bathroom, because my mom made me pee on one of my baby cousins diapers! It’s crazy that I remember that so well!! :)

    Oh, and my family makes fun of me because I involuntarily jump/twitch every time a loud firework goes off. No joke. Every. Single. Time.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:44 pm

    Meghan Byrd - My favorite 4th of July memory is on the Potomac Rive July 4th 2002. It was the 1st July 4th after 9 11. My parents were up for a visit. We were stationed on Bolling AFB in DC (Dh is Navy). It was a prefect evening. It rained a little prior, but let off just in time for the fireworks display. I remember that night like it was yesterday. My oldest 2 were 5 and 2 1/2. They loved watching the different fireworks in the sky. The main reason I remember this July 4th so well, is because it was the last holiday I had with my dad. He was killed in a car accident 14 days later. I now have a painting in my house that has the Washington Monument with fireworks above it. Every time I walk by it– It reminds me of that perfect night back almost 7 years ago.

    My dad also was in the Navy (back in the 60s) and I have been married to a Sailor for the past 11 years. GO NAVY!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:48 pm

    patti@badmouth.net - my favorite 4th of july memory is sitting with my dad (who went to heaven when i was 9 years old) in our front yard and lighting sparklers. the cool old fashioned kind that were metal. i still love sparklers and light one for him every year.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:50 pm

    Sarah - Every 4th of July we meet my large family down town Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho for a fabulous parade. I love this time with my family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:55 pm

    Wendy Lierz - Leave it to you to think of others….

    My favorite memory of 4th of July happened years ago, when I was a kid. Living in the country, we always watched the nightly firefly display and caught our fair share. It was nothing for our dad (my sister and I) to go fishing all day on the 4th. This one particualar year, we were so excited for him to come home from fishing so we could begin our 4th of July fun. We gathered on the back deck just waiting for dad to come out and show us all the fireworks he gathered on his way home. Much to our surprise, he forgot, by the time he remembered, everyone was closed. He met us out on the deck and said “are you ready” which we squealed yes. He said “okay, now watch closely. See that! Oh, there it goes again!” Laughing as he was saying it, we soon caught on that our fireworks that year, were put on by our nightly fireflies. To this day, when our children talk about how bad they have it….we laugh and say “oh yeah, well when I was young, we had to watch the fireflies on the 4th of July for entertainment!”ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:00 pm

    Emily Wallace - My favorite memory was one 4th when I was growing up. There was a huge lake made by a dam close to us. We loved the fireworks down there. My memory is so simple, but it’s my favorite. My sister and brother and I went down to watch the fireworks. I just remember the sun going down, the people milling everywhere, the anticipation… We watched the fireworks, broke glow sticks, and enjoyed ice cream and each other. It was awesome!

    And, we’re still praying for you and your family!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:00 pm

    Anonymous - adorable. i always love to see what is new on your site!
    i just love the 4th of july esp. b/c family is together and there is lots of picnic food which i LOVE!
    thanks
    laura
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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    Anonymous - I love your dresses! Praying for you and your sweet family.

    Our new favorite tradition is to get together with our neighbors and have a huge block party. We didn’t have too many traditions when I was growing up, so I am looking forward to many parades and firework shows, decorated flag cakes, etc. in the future.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    Piper - I love your dresses! Praying for you and your sweet family.

    Our new favorite tradition is to get together with our neighbors and have a huge block party. We didn’t have too many traditions when I was growing up, so I am looking forward to many parades and firework shows, decorated flag cakes, etc. in the future.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    starnes family - You have a real talent for these darling clothes.

    Favorite 4th of July…..our last in Denver when my sister was still able to visit (now cannot due to her heart condition and the altitude). It was a treasure!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    jen k - What an awesome giveaway! Our fourth of July tradition consists of going to the coast with my whole family, renting a huge house on the beach and having a seafood feast followed by fireworks on the beach. It’s fabulous!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Ryan and Shannon - How cute! My favorite 4th of July memory happened right after I got married. I spent the 4th with my parents, my 2 brothers, and my husband. My parents bought small pools, sponges, and baseball bats, and we played “water baseball” using the pools as bases and the sponges as balls. Although we were all adults, we played like little kids all day long!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Courtney Kay - LOVE THE DRESSES!!!!! My fav. 4th of July was the year we had a float for church for the parade. We had a work day at a parishioner’s house who had horses and I got to assist my sister’s sister (adopted, long story, horribly abused)to ride a horse for the first timeReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Heather - My mom always tells the story about me when I was 6 days old on the 4th of July. I was sitting in my seat on the kitchen table of my grandparents house and the fireworks were very loud. My brother 4 @ the time was crying and I was sound asleep in my seat like nothing was going on!! I guess they say babies can sleep through anything!!LOL
    Love your dresses!! My heart goes out to you! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    kbaitinger - Those are just beautiful!!

    Our town hosts a 4th celebration the weekend before the 4th, and it is in the park right across the street from our house. So, it is nice to just be able to sit in our driveway and watch the fireworks!!

    Thinking of you and praying for you daily!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    Katie - Praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:39 pm

    jenni - What beautiful dresses! Just gorgeous!

    My husband is a youth pastor and does an inner city mission trip that always falls over July 4th. Our youth group takes the kids that they are ministering to that week and have their own little version of a 4th of July celebration. It is so precious to watch these children be a part of a larger family…everyone eating and laughing and enjoying each other. I love it!

    I am praying continually…that He would continue to give you strength for each day and cover you with His love!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:39 pm

    HD - Love love love the cutie patootie dresses! Would love one for my almost 12-month old:)
    My favorite 4th of July memory was quite a few years ago….11 to be exact. My now husband took me to PA to meet his extended family. They have a HUGE family reunion every 4th of July, and since we are from TX we don’t get to attend very often. But I got to not only see PA for the first time ever, but I also got to meet my husband’s aunts, uncles, cousins, greats…good company, yummy food, beautiful surroundings…It will be hard to beat that wonderful 4th of July experience!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Julia - My big chance to finally get a dress!!!

    My favorite 4th memory is a recent one – a couple of years ago we went to Brevard, NC with my side of the family. We didn’t know it but, like many small towns, Brevard does the 4th in a big way. We found out there was a bike parade so we ran out to Walmart (don’t all good stories include Walmart?) and bought streamers and balloons and decorated our bikes. We had so much fun.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:45 pm

    Lauren - Hi! I just happened by your blog today and wanted to ask where in Japan you were born? My dad was in the Navy as well and I grew up on the naval base there (Yokosuka) – moved there when I was three and graduated HS. Just thought it was neat, so I figured I’d ask.
    I’m fairly new to this blogspot business but look forward to possibly getting to know you. I hope you don’t mind but I skimmed through some of your recent posts and I just want to tell you that I so admire your strength and courage. My heart is heavy learning about your precious Cora and I’m so humbled by the grace you and your husband are showing through your grief. Our God is with you, as I’m sure you know, and please know I’m praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    Unmistakably BLESSED - My Cameron-girl would LOVE one of your dresses . . . I keep trying to buy, but these other mommas keep beating me to etsy! I’ll keep trying!

    Favorite Fourth of July . . . Not sure! Favorite tradition would be strawberries, blueberries and cool whip. Simple pleasures, courtesy of our stellar soldiers!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:54 pm

    Chens - My favorite 4th of July memory is one of two.

    1) As a child we always got together with family friends who lived on a lake, grilled out, and had a great time. Overall — that is a pleasant memory.

    2) In May 2007 my husband, a commander in the Navy reserve, was activated. We relocated from WI to the DC area. Our first summer here we lived in downtown DC — two block off of the national mall. So on the 4th of July we were able to walk 5 minutes to the mall and watch the fireworks being shot off over the reflecting pool. Very neat experience. We only live 10 miles from downtown DC now but traffic is crazy so I doubt we will try to go back for the fireworks anytime soon — glad we had the chance in 2007.

    I love your dresses!! I am expecting a baby girl sometime in the next few weeks and would love a tiny 4th of July dress for her!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 8:59 pm

    Jennifer Faulk - Those are adorable!

    I’ve commented before, but it’s been a long while. My favorite 4th of July memory was from 2007. We were living in Okinawa, Japan where my husband was pastoring an international church. Most of the church members were US Marines stationed on the island, and we all got together and had a huge cookout at the parsonage to celebrate the holiday. Our oldest daughter was a few weeks away from turning one, and our youngest daughter was a few weeks away from being born. (She’s a Japanese-born American just like you! :) We had so much fun, and it was, ironically enough, the most patriotic July 4th we ever had, even though it was half a world away. :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    mandi @ it's come to this - Those are adorable!! Cora’s picture looks so much like that one of you with your Dad … the round cheeks are the cutest:)

    When I think 4th of July it’s so unpatriotic, but the first thought is a date with my now husband – we had only been out a couple of times but we went to see fireworks in the square. I’m guilty of getting excited about get-togethers & grilling, but I wish our country did better at celebrating the real reason for 4th of July & Memorial Day!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    dmeryan - Your dresses and other items are sooo cute. I know that Cora must be so proud of all the things that you have accomplised with this labor of love. Her playground is such a beautiful way to celebrate her life. And you have touched so many lives by your faith and sharing this journey – thank you!

    As far as a 4th of July memory, this one is from my childhood. I grew up on a beef cattle farm and we always had a huge garden. On the 4th of July we had to harvest all the potatoes (you know how the work is never done on a farm!) – but then came the fun! We would swim in the pond and as soon as it got dark we would shoot off lots of fireworks.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Ethansmom08 - LOVE THE SUPER CUTE THINGS!!!

    My family 4th of July tradition is a simple day at the pool or beach with lots of family and friends, followed by a huge picnic dinner and to top it off – beautiful fireworks over the water! And…don’t forget sparkles for the little ones…simple and fun!

    God Bless the USA,
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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:06 pm

    Anonymous - When I was a kid, my whole family would BBQ, play outside, etc… but at dusk we’d all head out to the front lawn of my grandparents’ house. The city park was across the street, just past the HUGE hill/lawn of the church. My Grandpa would even let me and my two sisters cozy up, blankets and all, in the back of his pick-up truck. THEN, we’d rotate fireworks as they shot off… like, “Nichole this one’s yours. Jessica (my sis), your next”, and so on. It was so exciting to anticipate what kind of firework would be next for me… like it was made just for me! :) (I liked the gold ones that fell like pixie dust!)
    Those times were some of my fondest memories with my family!
    HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO YOU AND YOURS!!!
    ~Nichole in TulsaReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    Amy - The dresses are so cute and I can’t wait to get one for my little girl…my little boy needs a shirt to match (they are twins! )
    Favorite 4th Tradition:
    Every 4th of July my family gets together and hosts an all day event…for the entire city (it really is true). My family lives in a small town. We grill out all day and everyone brings a dish, then at dark my uncle has a fireworks display and the ENTIRE town comes to watch! So much fun!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:12 pm

    Christie - I love 4th of JUly. It’s a great reason to get together with family and friend. Grill and have a barbaque.After dinner we sit out on our driveway and watch fireworks. This will be the first time my 2 year old daughter will really understand fireworks and i can’t wait.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:15 pm

    Natalie in NJ - My favorite 4th of July memory is very easy! I found out I was pregnant July 3rd 2007, and announced it on the 4th! Your Cora has been such an inspiration to me to never take a second for granted.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    Lindsey Claassen - My favorite July 4th memory is how much my dad loves fireworks. He absolutely turns into a little kid in a candy shop each year as he walks through the tents of fireworks. He loved purchasing TONS of fireworks and making the evening into a big to-do for us kids. As we got older I thought it might slow down and that he’d only done that b/c we were kids but he only seems to get worse each year. : ) I love to see him describing all he’s bought and asking everyone which one’s they want to light. And, he always saves a few back to shoot off a couple weeks later for my birthday!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    Angie - My favorite 4th of July tradition is grilling with friends and then when it gets dark, we go out onto our front lawn to watch the fireworks. We live in a small TX town, and the fireworks show is put on across the street from our house in the High School football stadium. We didn’t know it when we bought the house, but it has been a lot of fun over the past 5 years. I look forward to it every summer!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    Colbert Family - 4th of July memory…
    When our first born who is now 5 was a year old, he was in a parade with my parents. We were so excited (and kind of nervous) while sitting and watching the parade, waiting for them to walk past us. By the time they walked past us, Jacob (our son) was sound asleep in his stroller. It was a cute memory for us as we sat with anticipation to see his face when he saw us sitting there anxiously waiting for him and then when he finally did reach us he was fast asleep :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:21 pm

    Phillips Family - This is the first time I have signed your blog, but I pray for you often.

    Since both my husband and I are in the Air Force it means a lot to us. It’s a day to remember, and pray for the families who have loved ones lost. But, we usually have a BBQ and have fun with family and friends topped off with an evening of fireworks. Last year I returned from a deployment in Jan and 3 days before I came home my husband got tasked to deploy. So, I came home and 2 months to the day he was off and it was my turn to care for my kids. It was a HARD year last year for our kids. It gave me a new appreciation for the men and woman who have made the ultimate sacrafice for this great nation.

    God Bless you
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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:23 pm

    Lindsey - Aww the dresses are darling! First off I want you to know that I pray for you daily. The strength that you have is amazing and Cora lives through you!
    I have two nieces, 9 Months and 23 Months, that are the loves of my life, blonde with blue eyes and their sparkle and daintiness reminds me so much of your Angel in Heaven!

    We live on the “third coast” you know…TEXAS! Every year possible we make our way to Port Aransas “Port A” and watch the fireworks over the water. It is BEAUTIFUL! We will usually make it a day, stay on the beach and camp and do some shopping. By saying “We” I mean as many people from out family and our friends as possible. It is Lovely!
    This is such an awesome idea and really promotes the cause!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Marcie - First of all, I’ve been trying so hard to get my hands on one of the Cora dresses. And these patriotic dresses are soooo cute. So if I don’t win (and it looks like my chances are pretty slim) I may have to resort to making my own! :)

    4th of July memories:

    Growing up, the 4th was a big deal for my family. We always went to my grandparents’ house in Eureka, KS and all my cousins and aunts and uncles would be there. That was back in the days where fireworks were illegal in most towns, but legal in Eureka. We’d shoot off parachutes, roman candles, jumping jacks and anything else we could find in the sack of goodies. We would also find old flower pots and cans and things that we could put a bunch of firecrackers in and shoot off at once. Oh….good times!!!

    Now I enjoy getting together with family and eating good food. Watching the kids shoot off firecrackers in the street. Decorate the porch and the kiddos for the holiday.

    Next to Christmas, I think it’s my favorite holiday.

    May God continue to bless you and your family.

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    Mandy - I loved the summer we rented a cabin in the Ozarks with my family. We spent the weekend in the pool at the resort (it was huge)!, but the thing that I thought was really fun was we walked to the little general store on the corner and scooped up EVERY 4th of July decoration we could find (even the cheesy ones) and decorated the cabin… ah, memories.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    Anne - Super, super, super cute dresses! I hope if you make some for sale I can snatch one up!! Thanks for your time with this – such an honor to Cora and a reminder for all of us of her. So special….

    Favorite memory – of course the local parade! There’s nothing like decorating your bike, wearing head to toe red, white, and blue, and thinking all of the crowds are there for YOU! I am excited this year for my own kids to create a parade memory!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Beth - The dresses are so cute! The shirts, too!

    I love cooking out with our neighbors on the 4th, and letting the little kids light up sparklers and the big kids (husbands) shoot off Roman Candles and “fireworks.”

    I grew up riding on my Dad’s boat to the Naval Academy in Annapolis and watch the big fireworks from the boat. Pretty unique, but I still love the small festivities on my quiet street.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Robin Cotton - WE GO up to Lake Winfield Scott, it is up in the Blue Ridge Mountains close to our home. We take a huge picnic and spend the day on the beach at the lake with family and friends. There is an awesome dock on the lake and we spend the afternoon having diving competitions and who can make the biggest splash. We then closeout the evening at the nearby Woody Gap School watching fireworks . Heaven on Earth .ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 9:59 pm

    Rebecca - I too, am super patriotic. I even have a red, white and blue star tattoo on my big toe! I LOVE all things America and all things red, white and blue. The 4th of July is the best holiday!

    I have great memories of just spending the 4th of July with my family. Backyard baseball, parades, swimming, sparklers, hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, and fireworks!ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:02 pm

    Anna - Every July 4th growing up my Mom would make a yellow cake and decorate with it white frosting and blueberries and strawberries in the pattern of the flag. We would also go to the parade in town, and then to the fair grounds for the fireworks, we’d lay on our blankets and pig out while watching the WORST fireworks ever. I guess that is what happens when you live in a small town. But we always had fun.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    Kathy - Love your dresses- what a great giveaway.

    My favorite July 4th memory was watching fireworks on our boat with our 7 month old son, who we had just adopted from Russia 1 month earlier. It was his first July 4th and he was a new citizen and we were a famly!
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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    Mindy - I love all your new patriotic things! How cute! Can you make one in BIG girl size (adult)??? Anyway my best 4th of July memory was last year. The kids and I did all kinds of fun projects, even made our own shirts, made a fireworks project, a red, white and blue drink, walked to look at all the flags at our town cementary, and watched fireworks, or course. It’s all on my blog here http://murray-triplets.blogspot.com/2008/07/firecracker-day.htmlReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    dawn - Love the dresses — and I love how similar you and Cora look as babies!

    We have family all over the place and these days, seem to spend the 4th somewhere different each year. However, when I was really young (and still had my mom) we camped all summer long. When the 4th finally rolled around, we’d put pants on for the first time in weeks, tons of bug spray — and head into town to sit by a lake and watch fireworks. The mosquitos were brutal — but I loved that night. :) I lost my mom pretty young — but I think those memories will last a lifetime.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:14 pm

    Debbie and April - We love to watch fireworks at my parents house with the kiddos:) Hugs to you!!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    Deborah - The dresses are beautiful!

    My favorite 4th of July tradition is the fireworks. When I was in college, a group of us would meet on the shores of Lake Michigan to watch the Chicago or Evanston fireworks every summer. I’m a small town girl, and it was always amazing to me to see all the people come out. I’ve enjoyed sharing fireworks with my kids.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:18 pm

    Kendra - Every summer we would walk to the Missouri River with our blankets and treats, lay out wherever we could find a spot and watch the fireworks over the river. It was always gorgeous and my sister and I would pick out the best single firework. And of course how can you watch fireworks without saying “ooh” and “aah” to every single one :)ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:20 pm

    Debbie S. - My favorite 4th of July tradition is every year we go to a BBQ at my oldest sons friends house. All of his buddies are there and they play wiffle ball and football until the local fireworks start. We are able to see the display from the yard and the boys always sit on top of the fence and watch. I love seeing all twelve boys enjoying the fireworks and just being together. I think we’re helping them create some pretty terrific memories…our boys of summer!!
    I have been following your blog for a long time. Your faith inspires me. I love that you have put your energy into raising funds for a playground..I can’t think of any better way to honor Cora. I love the dresses and have been trying to buy a few for a long time but always miss out! Hopefully I’ll win one ;)

    Debbie S
    http://www.sdcbbc6.blogspot.comReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2009 - 10:21 pm

    Heather - The picture of you and your dad was really cute!

    I don’t remember any specific favorite 4th of July memory – but love being with family, eating lots, homemade ice cream, wiffle ball, parade, rodeo, and