So many people are asking how we are doing.  Honestly, we often want to answer “horrible”. The ache we feel as we grieve the loss of our little girl and how much we miss her is something I can’t even describe.  Really, we are doing OK (which is what we usually tell people).  We are taking things day by day.  We couldn’t make it through this in our own strength.  It is the HOPE that we have in Jesus that is getting us through each day.  For that we are so thankful.

We are officially home now.  We had been staying with my parents since we got back from Colorado.  It was too hard to go home.  Our house is SO quiet without Cora.  This weekend we felt like it was time to go home though.  It has been good to be in our own house.  We haven’t slept in our own bed for over a month!  But it has been hard too.  We miss Cora and it doesn’t feel “right” to be here without her.  The evenings are the worst for me.  Thankfully this is when Joel is home.  Can I just say that my husband is wonderful?!  I can’t imagine going through this without him.  He has been a rock when I need him to be, but also so willing to talk and cry with me.  Joel is amazing, but he desperately misses his little girl too.  Pray for strength for him as he continues to work and figure out how to lead our family through this hard path we are on.
“When all that is good falls apart,
what can good people do?”
The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD sits on his throne in heaven.
Psalm 11:3-4
I read this verse this morning and found myself having this same question that David did. What do I do when I feel like my world is falling apart?  What do I do without Cora?  I know that God is good.  I know that He is in his holy temple.  I know that He is sitting on His throne in heaven. And I know that my sweet Cora is in His loving arms.  But my heart still aches.  Joel and I have decided that all we can do is cling to His truth.  Even though we don’t understand and it doesn’t make sense.  God is unaltered by our storms.  He can use our tragedies to bring glory to His name.  We have been so blessed to already see evidence of how God is using Cora’s story to draw people to Himself.   How awesome!
So, that is a glimpse into our lives right now.  We are so thankful that people are continuing to pray for us.  We are so thankful for our friends and family and how our community is surrounding us with such love.  We are thankful for the encouragement from all our new blog friends.
Now I am off to my mom’s house to continue crafting.  There are many dresses that are about ready to be listed in our shop.  We are hoping to fill up our shop tonight or tomorrow.  Keep checking back!  
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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:35 am

    Maureen - You are continually on my mind and in my prayers.

    A blog friend in WA,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Trasie Bressler - I have been following your blog since I received an email about your beautiful daughter and I just sit and cry as I can’t imagine your pain. You are an amazing family and God must be so proud of all of you and what an awesome witness you are for Him and His glory. May God be with you from now until forever as you grieve and as you move forward. God is good!

    Blessings,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:42 am

    Anonymous - Hang in there–grieving is hard work.
    Thoughts and prayers from WisconsinReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:44 am

    Claire from NY - God Bless you both. Cling to each other for strength.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:46 am

    oh, the places you'll go... - hey Jess! Thanks for posting! I’m praying for you and Joel so much here! Wish I could walk down to your house for a visit. Love you!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:47 am

    hoosier68 - I continue to follow daily and understand how difficult it is for you. I believe that God will give you the strength you need and that Cora will always be your shining light.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:48 am

    PamperingBeki - When you’ve done all you can do to stand, just stand.

    I can’t even imagine the pain and roller coaster of emotions from hope, to sadness, to despair, to relief, to guilt for being smiling and laughing occasionally. Just hold tight to each other and to God.

    I don’t know how, but you will make it. You will.

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:49 am

    Anonymous - You and your family have not left my thoughts or prayers in weeks!! I will continue to keep lifting you to Him!! I think it is an awesome thing you and Cora’s grammy’s are doing to honor you little girl!! You truely are Godly people who have been through more emotions in one year than most go through in a lifetime!! Praying, praying, praying!!! I’m loving the dresses as well!!
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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - Jess,

    You and Joel are continually in my family’s thoughts and prayers. I prayed for you this morning on my way to work along with some family friends who are going through a bad patch. My job every day is to type about sick babies and little people and so you and Joel and little Cora are never very far from my mind…please, know that there are so many blessings and hope being sent your direction from every little nook of our world. Take care and give that man of yours a hug. He’s a great partner to be walking through this world with. *HUGS*

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:56 am

    beckley - still praying for you.
    grace and peace-
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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:56 am

    michelle - I continue to pray for you and Joel. Your faith is amazing…you are going through this tragedy and are encouraging me with your words/faith. I wish I could do more for you and your family. I am so thankful that I came across your blog and have been able to lift you up in prayer.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Sara - I check your blog every day to see how you guys are doing, and i’ve never even met you! My heart went out to your sweet, adorable little angel, and it goes out to you and your hubby as well. You are continually in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:58 am

    Elle's Mom - Thinking of you often.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:58 am

    Molly - Still praying for you. I miss Cora for you and I’ve never even met her!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:59 am

    Anonymous - Someone was selling a necklace in their etsy shop for Cora Paige that said “be inspired”. That is what you and Joesl are doing for me”inspiring me” to be a better person, to look deeper into my faith oh for so many reasons. THANK YOU FOR POSTING. I continue to think of you and beautiful Cora day and night. A day doesnt’t go by that I am not in tears. I don’t know how you do it even with your amazing faith..Just know that you are AMAZING to me..Oh how I wish I could take your pain away. I know how empty these words must seem but they come from the heart..

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    Amber - Oh how my heart aches for you and Joel. It has to be such a hard road to face but your faith in God is so unwaivering through this difficult time. You guys are an encouargement to many. It is awesome to see you and Cora’s grammies making dresses and opening up an Etsy shop to honor your little girl. She is the shining light of this project and your inspiration to continue to make a name for your precious angel. She has truly made an impact on thousands and for that her name will he shouted from the Heavens forever. Thank you for continuing to post so we can know exactly how to pray for you and Joel. I will continue to pray for your strength and peace that only God can deliver to help you through this difficult ordeal. Your family is always in my thoughts and prayers and I will continue to lift you up for days, weeks, months, and years to come as you continue down the road to peace and comfort.

    In Christ,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:05 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - jess…you precious thing you! i am so praying for you and joel every day…many times. your feelings are so sincere…and i am so glad that our Lord never changes and that in the midst of all that you are facing, that you stand firm on the faithful one, knowing that He never changes. oh that makes me happy…and i know you will find strength in that too.

    today on my blog for tuesday’s tribute, i am donating $1 a comment in honor of tuesday whitt and your sweet cora to neuroblastoma research. i know it doesn’t make life easier or your pain less, but please know that cora is still making a difference!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    Sharon - I have been following your blog since the day before Cora’s death but I have left only one prior comment. You don’t know me but I feel very close to you and Joel and most especially little Cora. I have not spoken because I cry every time I stop by and I have feared that my comments would do nothing to lift you. But I must tell you that you are an inspiration to so many who read and never comment. You will never know. It is easy to speak the Christian word when all is well but in the deepest of valleys the truth is revealed. What is revealed in you by your constant reliance on God is unfaltering love for and confidence in the goodnes of our God the Father. You’re response to the most horrible loss a parent could endure is glorifying God. Nothing can remove the hurt of Cora’s death. Even I still grieve and I’m only an observer. Give yourself permission to grieve and continue to show the world that God is good. Thank you so much for sharing your faith with us all. God bless – SharonReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:12 pm

    Anonymous - Joel and Jess-
    We are continuing to pray for you as you grieve and adjust to life without your little girl.I cannot imagine the pain you feel, but always remember that we have a great God who uses even devastating circumstances for His Glory. If you continue to trust in Him, he will faithfully lead you through this deep valley. Your family has been an amazing witness and inspiration to many of us. Hang on to God’s promises and to each other, and the peace, that only He can give, will come. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have of little Cora. God must have needed that special little angel, and he chose you, Joel, and Cora to bring Glory to His Name. We will continue to hold your family before God’s throne. Love from a blog reader in NE KansasReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:14 pm

    Monica - I think of you and your family often and keep you in my prayers. It pains me to think of your loss and I cannot imagine how you must feel.

    I hope I’m fast enough to snag something from your shop this time! I was much too slow last time!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:18 pm

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Im crying again with you today. I think of you the most at evenings….. as I did when it all happened so suddenly. We have so many questions…but you never have to share that sad time with us. I was so in shock to hear about this little girls lost fight to cancer.

    I cried MANY, MANY nights and at random times I still do when I think of you and Cora. Mostly about you as a mothers broken heart. You are so wounded. I have experienced this over the years through my aunt who lost my cousin in a car accident. Her only daughter.

    I am so proud of Joel for being so Godly and such a loving husband and father. Cora was so blessed, as blessed as you both were to have her.

    I know this month will be the hardest, because you will not have a birthday party to plan for…. but in truth, I think you do have a party to plan for…THE BIG PARTY…. and the more people you two continue to lead to Jesus, those are invites to THE BIG PARTY and one day we will all celebrate with one another, even little Cora. Can you see it??? Oh what a day it will be. I know it can’t get here fast enough for you, sister,….but just think… we want that party to be the biggest it can be and until then YOU (we) all have some work to do.

    Thank you for constantly showing me how I want my faith to be with God.

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Kristi - What a legacy your little Cora has left and what an inspiration you all have been. I am so amazed in the strength that you have found. I pray for your family every day and will continue to do so.

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Andrea - I cannot imagine your pain, but am so thankful you find peace in the Lord. It breaks my heart to even think of losing a child, and here you are in the midst of your grief, still bringing glory to God.
    Praying for you in Wichita!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:25 pm

    Anonymous - We will t contunie to lift you up in prayers as go through the grief process. Blessings
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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:25 pm

    Falling Around - Jess,

    Thank you for being REAL with us and for continuing to share the steps & stones of this journey with us, your faithful readers.

    I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to be back at home without sweet Cora. But I know many are on their knees for you and Joel. God will continue to provide strength for your weakness.

    The rushing river of grief that fills your heart will eventually abate. I’ve seen it happen. My mom lost my little sister at birth when I was 16. It seemed like everything reminded us of our loss and pain. All goodness was shadowed by it. It will not always be so. But it does take a lot of time.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers daily,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    Ashley - I started reading not too long ago and every time I open your page I just dissolve into tears. Your strength is amazing. My daughter, Stella is 10 months old. I just can’t imagine and I know you hear that all the time but you are in my prayers. I’m not one to pray that often, but for you and your sweet baby girl, I will. Everyday.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    Samantha - Throughout the day I find myself stopping in my tracks, It literally makes me breathless knowing that there are mothers out there with the ultimate broken heart… It is something I think about often but cannot fathome… I just want you to know that you are so so loved, your husband is so so loved and your little Cora is so so loved and thought about every second of the day by thousands of people. I just wish that I could carry atleast a little of the pain and grief for you so that you can be at peace…

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    Anonymous - My tears and prayers pour out for you. I can’t imagine the hurt that you both are feeling. I know it is soooo hard to remember that the lord makes no mistakes I know that you might not question it but I can’t help but to. She is such a beautiful baby girl. I continue to pray for you as does my husband last night as we were eating dinner i shared your story with him and then we prayed we prayed hard that you and your husband can find peace and the hurt will begin to ease a little.
    with prayers from lamesa texas
    Josh and Laura Jeffcoat
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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    The McBrayer family - You are precious…one of the most precious souls I have ever read about. Your words are beautiful and your faith…amazing. What an inspiration you are to others and what an inspiration your story is and will continue to be. My heart literally aches for you and I am praying for you daily.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:36 pm

    Elaine - Continuing to lift you in prayer. Your strength is amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    Enos Family - jess,
    I think about you every single morning, especially when I see my daughter. I haven’t prayed since college, but I have prayed for you and your family every day since reading your story a month ago. I check your blog daily. We almost lost our son at two weeks old. He had open heart surgery ten hours after our two week well-visit where I thought everything was fine. He was flown in a helicopter to Stanford without me, & I thought THAT was hard. We were so fortunate that he made it, but not a day goes by that I don’t think about it. I don’t know what I would have done or how I would have coped. You are such an inspiration to me. You have such faith and I do think that is the only way to survive a loss like this. I admire that so much. I will continue to think about you and pray for you and Joel.
    Take Care,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:47 pm

    The Jones' - Your faith in God is truly uplifting. I continue to pray for you and check in with you (your blog) daily. It was good to get a review..was getting worried :) Can not wait to see the new dresses! Sending you much love and prayer,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    Sarah Joy - Jess, I pray that you can continue to hold fast to God’s word. It is the only thing that can adn will carry you and your precious husband throught this time of deep grief that no one else can understand. When I suffered a tragic loss seven years ago the WORD was the ONLY thing that kept going and still keeps me at times. His promises adn words kept rushing back to me sometimes loud and clear and soemtimes still and soft but always true and with comfort for where I was in my grief. Seven years later my husband and I both know that still only God understands where we are each day in our grief (ours was not the loss of a child but of his mother although it was an accident involving our son). Seven years later we are still very much in that grievign process adn it is okay, we have finally given ourselves permission to be there and the freedom to allow ourselves to fully grieve. I pray for you, that the Lord will help you to have the freedom to be exactly where you are in this hard process today…to not be worried about where the world may make you feel you should be or what the world may you feel like. Sometimes it seems that your world has stopped but the rest of the world is still moving… you are right, your world did stop when sweeet Cora died. It is okay for you to stay there and allow the Lord to work in you there for a while before movign on. Trust him to lead you through the grieving processes. I am praying for you often and you are right, you have a precious husband who certainly loves you and his Lord!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:52 pm

    A Fun Family - You both are still in our prayers too- constantly. We have 4 children, so they remind us so much of Cora, especaily our youngest daughter. Cora’s story has made an impact on our lives…encouraging us to treasure our precious children even more than we already did- and to always be thankful for each day of life God graciously grants. Her story encourages us to steadfastly seek His will and rest in Him even more too–God’s ways are perfect, even when we don’t understand. We must live continually to glorify Him- as that is our purpose in life. He will give the strength that is needed day by day. We rejoice that this is the case in your family. That brings glory to Him!
    Your Family In Christ,
    Ben and Joy and kiddos
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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:53 pm

    Megan Barber - Your family continues to be in my daily thoughts and prayers… I plan on buying one of your pretty dresses for my baby girl. Your faith and prayers to God have truly inspired me to always keep Him close to my heart. My family is sending love and comfort your way…

    Megan Barber
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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:53 pm

    mommyof2sons - You and Joel are in my prayers. Your faith is amazing. I think of you so often!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 12:59 pm

    Julie - You continue to be in my daily prayers. My heart goes out to you and Joel and all you are feeling. I remember after I lost my babies that evening was the absolute hardest. Something about the darkness and quiet of it all. Know I am praying for you in those times.

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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:04 pm

    Megan (mommyesquire) - What a wonderful verse. Thank you for bringing it to me today. I continue to pray for you daily.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Carole - You are such an amazing example of what your love for God can do to bring so much good out of such tragedy. The scripture you quoted in your post so beautifully describes the faith that we should have in our Lord, most especially when life throw us things that threaten to tear us down. May your faith continue to guide you, and the others whose hearts you’ve touched, to a closer relationship with God. I know you’ve done that for me, and I hope to pass that on to others in my life.

    It’s all for His glory, and through Him we will continue to gather strength. I will continue to pray for you and Joel. My heart goes out to you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    My name is Megan... - you guys are so strong! I’m praying for you :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    Kristi J - I think of your sweet family every single day, and include you in every prayer. Even though I have only known of Cora through your blog, she and you both have touched my heart and soul in ways I cannot even express. You are suffering such an unimaginable pain and loss, and I agree that without the Lord to get us through our difficult times I don’t know how it could be done.

    My prayers are with you always,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Wibeche og Rune - I feel so sorry for you.
    We are still praying for you.

    Blessings from Norway

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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Michele - I continue to be inspired by your strength and your commitment through your grief. I suspect that this sentiment is shared by believers like myself and non-believers alike. Thank you for being an example of faithfulness. Continuing to pray for you and your families. God bless you and make His face shine upon you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    Tricia boutellefamilyzoo@yahoo.com - I have no words that really matter, but please know that you continue to be in my prayers. I linked to your blog a couple of days ago so that some of my family and friends could join in lifting your family up to the Lord. The strength of your family lifts me up everyday. Thank you. God Bless you.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    Connie W - My heart goes out to you.
    My sister lost a little boy to congenital heart problems when he was two and I remember the desperation she felt and the struggle. His death affected everyone in the family and it was such a sad period but they/we all got through it one day at a time.
    You have my deepest sympathy. May God continue to bless and keep you and hold you close.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:27 pm

    Judy - Praying for you even as I read your blog! Thank you for continuing to share your journey with us as you cling to Jesus!

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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Party of Five - I am a fellow blogger and I know you don’t know me, but I think about you and your family everyday. My children and I pray for you every night and we thank God for your little Cora. I wish you continued strength and hope wish you luck on your journey to find some peace in your heart.

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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    Christine - Jess, I am teary-eyed reading your post. I just ache for you. Yesterday, I received a brooch from Joy’s Hope that I had bought for Cora’s Playground. I’ve been crafting & selling on etsy to raise money, and have been trying to do something, anything to help. As I opened my package, I pulled out the brooch and the papers inside. Julie had included a picture of Cora along with the receipt. I nearly had to pull over as I was overcome with such grief and the reality of why we are working so hard to raise money for this benefit. At that exact moment, “Mighty to Save” came on the radio – how fitting, one of the praise songs from Cora’s memorial service. I have shed many tears for you – both for the magnitude of the pain you must be experiencing and for the beauty of our Savior’s love – His mighty hand is upon you. I am so comforted to see how the Holy Spirit has stirred in so many people to surround you and Joel during this time. I am steadfast in praying for you and think of you so often throughout the day.
    *Sorry for the lengthy post!*
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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    La Familia Garcia - May God fill you with his strength and hope as you look to him when you are empty. May you find complete joy in Him alone.

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
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  • March 3, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    jennifer rogers - I would never venture to say that I know what you are feeling, nor would I ever want to, but I thought that I would share my story (quickly) with you. In 2006 my father passed away in april, in August I was almost 8 months pregnant when we lost our first little girl and then a month later my mother died in my arms and at that moment I can remember asking God why I was being tested to this level. I now know that it was to make me a stronger person in my Faith and to truly learn about his love and his plan for me. I too know a little about loss and grief and the days to follow after everyone leaves and the phone quits ringing, I too know the sounds of an empty house. I again will never know exactly what you are going through but I do want you to know that no matter how sad you are now that things do get better, I can remember people telling me that I would see my little girl again one day and when I would hear that I would get so mad! I wanted her here with me now! Not later. But as the years have passed I can honestly say that it does get easier, I miss my parents and my little Paige more than words can express but with the love of my Heavenly Father I know that one day I will see them again. I also know without a doubt that your daughter had a purpose here on earth and she served it and continues to do so! I’m truly sorry for your loss, and I do keep you in my prayers and I’ve never even met you! May God Bless you and Keep you in his Arms. Jennifer RogersReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    Jessatsea - you are both in our prayers every night… prayers for peace and healing.

    Our sermon this weekend was about how when we go through difficult times… it is now that God is working.

    I thought of you then as I do every single day. And you don’t know me… but my heart still breaks for you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Rachel - Your testimony is unlike anyone I have ever met. Cora’s life was and is impactful and meaningful. Praise GOD for her!! ~RachelReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Peyton's Pages - Though you don’t know me, and I don’t know you other than what you’ve posted, I think about you and your husband everyday, and pray for you often. My heart is so broken for you, and I can’t even imagine how your heart feels. I get so frustrated thinking about your situation, and I know His ways are not our ways, and He would never do something unjust. I am completely blessed by your strength and faith. I love knowing that Cora has impacted the world in such an awesome way. Your family is such an inspiration, and I am glad God is able to use you, and your precious little girl in such a mighty way.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 2:24 pm

    Toni :O) - May you find peace in this process called grieving. I think of you all each and every day. Each time you two or your beautiful baby girl enter my mind, I say a prayer for you…I always say a prayer and ask God to give you the strength you need to continue on. Continue to hold each other close and I’m thankful you at least have each other. Thank you for sharing this journey with us too as I like to keep checking in to see how all is going. Lifting you up in prayer from Michigan….and thanking you also for such inspiration…I feel so much closer to God because of you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    Team Martins - You are amazing… Jesus in you is amazing!

    May He be near to you, especially as evening approaches. May He rejoice over you in singing when the quiet is too much.

    Keeping you in our prayers!

    With tears running down my face,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    texasinafrica - We continue to pray that the peace of Christ will surround you every moment.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 2:43 pm

    HOPE - HI JESS I WOULD LIKE TO SEND YOU A LITTLE SOMETHING WHERE CAN I MAIL THINGS TO YOU AT. THANKS HOPEReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 2:44 pm

    BoufMom9 - What beautiful and honest look into your heart.
    It has amazed me how easily the short lives of some very blessed little children can change the lives of some very lost adults.
    It will forever be Cora’s legacy.
    Praying for your continued strength and faith.
    Blessings.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 2:46 pm

    shepherdsgrace - well…my heart broke all over again for you…will be praying for you…I am so sorry…

    May our Papa’s consolation be a strong presence for you right now, May His Holy Spirit lift you and help you hurdle the pain…

    again, I am so sorry…

    blessings,
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    Anonymous - So many others have said it so much more eloquently than I can. I have been struggling with what to say since I came across your story several days ago. I, like so many others, have been deeply affected by your story and I just wanted you to know there is “one more” person out there praying often for your sweet family. Thanks for sharing your story and I hope that knowing what a postive example you have set for so many gives you some comfort.

    With continued prayer…
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  • March 3, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    Robin in Benton - Praying without ceasing for you and Joel. I know Cora is watching over you both too.

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  • March 3, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    amyflew - Joel & Jess-

    Everytime I read your blog my heart aches, but yet I find myself returning to check on how you are doing every day. I am amazed at the strength and steadfastness you have both shown in this difficult and trying time. I find myself wondering if something happened to my little girl would I be able to handle it even half as well you two have. I know you are taking it one day at a time which is exactly how you should be handling it.

    Every day Morgan (my daughter) & I pray for you both and little Cora. I pray for peace…God’s grace…His strength…blessings.. and guidance. I hug my Morgan a little tighter every time I think of your little Cora and my heart aches for all the things that will never be for her but am satisfied in knowing that she is now “Home”. Please know you are a inspiration to many and your battle with Cora is leading many down the path to Jesus, now that is what I would consider someone living for God!

    Proverbs 3:5,6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

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  • March 3, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    Anonymous - You guys amaze and inspire me and I pray for peace for you both.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 3:28 pm

    Marsha - You are such an awesome family! Your faith will sustain you and help you carry on. Cora will always be loved and remembered. I lift you all up in prayer daily. I pray that one day (maybe not until eternity) you can see how complete God’s plan is. I can’t wait to get one of your beautiful dresses for my baby girl. Your willingness to share your lives has made me realize how truly precious each and every moment is. Love and prayers.

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  • March 3, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    Mommy2QTPies - I was so glad to see a post about how you were doing…I know we don’t know each other and will never meet, but I do think of you and hope you are doing well. I can not imagine going through what you are going through. I hug my 2 kids extra hard every night b/c I know not every parent has that luxury. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers always.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    Hollymark - You all are still in my thoughts & prayers. I can’t even begin to imagine how you feel inside, but I know it must be the hardest thing for a person to feel. I’m glad to see that you continue to put trust & faith in God, and that you find strength in doing so. God bless you and your family, and you’re in my thoughts.

    I’m also glad to see the support your Etsy shop has gotten. I will be checking back to see if I can help out :)

    Love and prayers,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:02 pm

    Brooke - I am one of the people that have been drawn closer to God through Cora. Your little girl is on my mind almost constantly and I have never met you. I have never talked to God so much. I am amazed by the strength you have through Him. I strive everyday to be closer to Him.

    I know this doesn’t ease your horrible pain at all. I just wanted you to know that Cora has changed my life. I am a better Christian because of your tiny girl!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    Melody - I am praying for you guys. I can’t pretend that I know what you’re going through, but you are in my heart and my thoughts, and I am interceding for you. ((hugs)) I am so so sorry.

    Love Melody
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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:06 pm

    mbarker - I love that you are so firm in your faith. Your family has an amazing story and has even encouraged my faith as I have read. In my faith, also Christian, we believe 100% that families are forever. You will see Cora again. Hold her. Love her. I lost my father and knowing that the Lord would never take permanently, something to dear to me has always been a comfort. One day you will still get to raise Cora through the power and love the Lord has for both of you – he will not take something so dear and precious and righteous from you. Maybe just delay it for a time.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:07 pm

    Momma_Hug - I can’t even imagine what you are going through. I would love to say be strong. Instead cry, cry for your precious Cora. But know that when you are “weak” God is holding you too and Cora is right there with him. You are both in my heart. So many people are lifting you up in prayer.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:07 pm

    Angie - I have been praying for you all day today.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:08 pm

    forever folding laundry - Still praying for you as well….

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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Suzie from Iowa - Your story has touched so many lives…Cora lives on! She is absolutely an angel and I thank you for sharing her with us. I know you don’t “know” us, but we are praying for you here in Iowa. My heart breaks for you and we are praying that you continue to use Him to guide you through the toughest hours. You and Joel are amazing parents!! Your little guardian angel is pain-free now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    Kelli - Still praying for you. Also, the things in your etsy shop are beautiful and I hope they continue to sell.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    The Carroll's - A group of friends are running in a race on March 14 to benefit children with neuroblastoma… I’m running for Cora and for a cure! Thank you for sharing your heart with us- praying big for you and Joel.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:32 pm

    Tami in NY - I don’t know if you have heard of this website yet but http://www.glowinthewoods.com is a site where parents are holding each other up also. I hope that perhaps you may find some comfort there.

    My prayers are with you and your entire family as you go day by day through a journey that I cannot begin to fathom. Your grace is an inspiration.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:33 pm

    Anonymous - You might want to read the blog adailyscoop.blogspot.com. She lost a child as well and is an amazing writer.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    Heather - I think of Cora daily and I continue to pray for you guys. Cora’s life has touched so many people, even those that never met her. Her life has left it’s mark in this world, my only prayer is that I can do the same in my life what your sweet Cora did in hers. You are so lucky to be blessed with such an amazing little girl and she is so blessed to have such wonderful parents as you.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    Emily - Thank you for sharing baby Cora your story with us all. It has been so inspiring to listen as you tell about how God has been helping you through this all. I can’t even imagine how hard each day must be for you.(I leave your blog each day sobbing wishing there was something that could bring her back to her loving family.) Since the day I came across your blog I have thought and prayed for you and your family. Cora is a precious little angel who has touched so many of our lives. Thank you again for sharing her and continuing to inspire with your words, scripture, and crafts.
    Your Blog Friend from Manhattan Kansas,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    Anonymous - Knowing that you will have a family in heaven with Cora once more is comforting — but I pray that your arms are filled and your heart overflows once more here in this world.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you for letting us know how you’re doing! Your story and faith is humbling.

    We’ll continue to pray for comfort, peace, strength, clarity and the JOY of the Lord to fill your hearts through this terrible time. You’re in our thoughts.

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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    Mandy - I am just another person to add to your already long list of comments. I stumbled across your blog in a way that I can’t remember. I believe I was led by the Spirit to you and Cora’s story. After reading about your last month or so, I have been brought to my knees more times than I can ever remember. Giving prayers of faith, hope, comfort and graditude for the blessing of your story in my life. You two are inspiring to me, and upon personal reflection, I realized that, had I been put in your position, I don’t know that I would have had the faith required to continue to stand. You have helped me see that I need to work on my own relationship with my Savior, so that I can stand faithful as you have. Thanks for all that you have shared. God’s hands are working through you! And Cora is one of those angels He sent here to draw His children unto Him! How proud you must be of your little girl.

    A grateful Mother from Utah,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 4:51 pm

    Mrs. MK - It’s ok to feel like everything is terrible, as long as that verse stays in your mind as well. There have been so many times that I just said “OK” when I should have been honest with those around me and let them lift me up in prayer!!

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  • March 3, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    Allison - I pray for you daily. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I know that God is doing an amazing thing with the horrible situation you are in. May God continue to bless you and Joel!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 5:23 pm

    THE SPIVEY"S - I just wanted to tell you that my son and I pray for you daily. Each night before I put him to bed we say a prayer for you and Joel and baby Cora. We can’t wait to meet her when we get to heaven ourselves. I have always been a believer in God and I know that he does amazing things. However, I have struggled with your loss for weeks. I know that he does things for a reason and I am continuing daily to see what that was. My father is in a nursing home at the age of 59. He has what is called Catasil Syndrome and he is ready to meet him maker. I have talked to him about baby Cora and how it has affected me since I just had my little boy 3 months ago. I know that if he was asked he would give up his life for another. He will protect and look after baby Cora when he gets to heaven himself. He has alway had a soft spot for children…he should of had 10 children instead of 2. Continue on that path that God is given you and Joel and I honestly believe that he is providing you a wonderful path for the future.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 5:24 pm

    Polka Dot Moon - Your strength and faith are an inspiration. Hold on to one another.
    Prayers and hugs are being sent to you both.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    This is the day! - Praying for you this week!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 6:26 pm

    Micah - Thanks for the update. We’ve been wondering how you are surviving. We’re still praying for you every single day. What a wonderful verse to meditate on.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 6:36 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - Just praying continually for your family-I cannot imagine what you are going through. My heart aches so much for you and I know you are trusting the Lord, but know it is still so hard. I have a granddaughter about the same age as Cora and I cannot imagine living here on earth without her-so I also pray for the grandparents. I feel a small connection to you all because I am from Newton but now living in Arkansas and I do know some peope who know you all. My mom still lives in Newton too. I cannot wait to see the playground your Church will have because of Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 7:02 pm

    Anonymous - you are still in my thoughts and prayers!
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  • March 3, 2009 - 7:15 pm

    Becky - We are praying for you…thanks for letting us know how you’re doing. Hugs from Illinois!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 7:16 pm

    Aimee Bakke - You are in my thoughts and prayers every day. Praying for peace and hope.

    Your friend in Christ-

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    Vera - Oh, you are so much in my prayers!!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 7:31 pm

    Beck - Jess, it is 6:30pm in Dallas and I am praying for you. Been reading since Cora was in the hospital and am commenting for the first time. My little girl is 7 mos and I often find myself struggling through the early evening – those tough hours with a little one. Tonight I am lifting you up to Jesus, knowing you are missing the nighttime hours you’ve had with Cora. Jess, what you and Joel are going through has had an incredible impact on me. The Spirit so often lays you both, complete strangers and yet Family, on my heart. I felt myself grieving heavily when Cora died. I sensed God showing me that I had yet to entrust my daughter to Him. Can I just tell you that I’m praying for you guys all the time? The Father sure cares for you both, for Him to lay you on the hearts of so many of us who have never once glimpsed you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 7:54 pm

    Ronda - May God be your strength to face each day. We adopted a little boy from Haiti in October and he saw me crying after Cora went to be with Jesus. He said “I’ll ask my momma to hold her baby.” Luke just asked Jesus in his heart on Jan. 8th and so I think he knows your pain as he pictures his momma in heaven. We just moved to the Elbing area at Christmas time and are praying for you daily in our homeschool prayer time.
    Blessings,
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  • March 3, 2009 - 8:01 pm

    Linkis Family Love - Lots and lots of prayers for you guys from Illinois. You are never far from our minds and hearts. If we never get to meet here, I pray we get to meet in Heaven, some day! Our little girls can all play together!
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  • March 3, 2009 - 8:04 pm

    Chere - Cling to God and to each other. We are not here to question what is right or wrong. God does have a plan for Cora. She is with God who loves her more than anyone could. My prayers and thoughts are with you and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 8:07 pm

    amy - Praying for you today.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Cathy - I can’t imagine your pain…God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 8:20 pm

    Courtney - Jess thanks for keeping us in touch with you and your family. I will continue to pray for all of you. Continue to know that God is with every step of the way and He understands your pain. Looking forward to seeing more stuff in your shop I missed everything last time cause I was to slow that day.
    Love In Christ
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  • March 3, 2009 - 8:23 pm

    Michelle - I think about if it was my child and I well up with tears and its so hard to think about I have to think something else and I’m not going through it. I think I want to ask if you are OK, and then I think how can it be OK after this? What an insensitive thing to ask. I pray for you daily, sometimes multiple times daily. Some how it doesn’t seem like much. If I lived there I’d bring you dinner or a hug. If I drove there you’d think I was crazy. I see everything going on Etsy and that is so heart warming. I guess what I’d like to know is if there you need… or is it just to know you aren’t alone, because you’re not. You have a whole great big world here for you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 8:39 pm

    Allison - I just happened to stumble upon your blog tonight and read through the last couple of months for you. I can barely see to type through the tears…my heart is breaking for you. I pray the peace that passes all understanding stay with you.You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 8:43 pm

    Anonymous - Jessica: I continue to pray for you both each day. It is good that you are at home again even though that empty feeling is there – it probably follows you everywhere. Staying busy like you are has to help. The dresses are so cute that you and Cora’s grandmas are making. Hope to be able to get some for my granddaughters. Stay strong and take care of Joel – he needs you too. Love, Peggy vReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    52freckles - God Bless you + Joel.Your lovely
    Cora was so beautiful.It inspires me to hear the strength you have and reminds me that every day is precious.
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  • March 3, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    Jill - I have been following your blog for awhile now, and commented back a couple weeks ago. I said that your family and Cora have made me realize how important my son is and I was never going to take him for granted. Well, I wanted you to know that I have kept my word. My cleaning, errands, everything, has been put on hold. I spend my time enjoying him instead. He is what truly matters. Family is what matters. I feel so much pain for you and your husband, but I just want to say thank you for changing the way I view my life..God does work in mysterious ways. I will continue to pray for you everyday..ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    The Finnans - Oh how my heart aches for you both! I just cry everytime I see your beautiful little girl. Something about her just touches my soul. I admire your strength and love for God. I don’t see how people make it through without him, especially when there is a loss of a loved one. Just remember you will see your precious little girl again one day, and thats a wonderful thought. You guys will continue to be in my prayers during this rough time. God Bless you both.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    LeAnn - praying for you in Alabama!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 9:20 pm

    John Deere Mom - You are truly inspiring. I hope you find a new normal and life gets “easier” (for lack of a better word) for you and your husband.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 9:29 pm

    ~Kelli - Many, many prayers for you and your family….I can’t imagine how you make it day by day- empty house and all. Hugs!

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  • March 3, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    Stephanie - I truly can’t imagine what you’re going through. Keeping you in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 10:47 pm

    Lynn Jones - God bless you two. I pray the Spirit of God takes all the prayers and love being sent to you and uses them to help you through your pain and grief. I just hope you know how much your honesty means–thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 10:58 pm

    Christina - Many tears have been shed, and I keep thinking of that hope that you speak of, when there will be no more tears, no more hurting or pain or sickness. I’m grateful for your honesty, and I’m sure there are things that you don’t put on your blog (there are things I don’t put on our blog! No one needs to know about all the hysteria…but the good stuff we like to share), but I hope you are able to just “be” when you are together, and remembering. I can’t imagine what it’s like, even though I can feel an ache for you. I think of you often at night, and pray for you both. I will continue to do so. I pray that God will help you to adjust to your home, in its new state. I pray that there can be peace, even moments at first. I pray that you will be able to keep trusting, clinging to the promises, knowing that the hope we have is true, and so valuable. It is a treasure. I know your memories are too. I pray that the Lord God Almighty, the great Comforter, the Healer and the One who lifts up those who are laid low, that He will hold you, each day, each minute of each day, and that you will be able always to go to Him with all of your struggles, doubts, confusion, sadness, love, joy, hope, and faith.
    I wish I had your hold on Scripture-that is a pillar for you to stand on for sure. While I do think you guys are amazing, I know that it is God in you, and I also hope you allow yourselves to be who you need to be while you get through each day-that you do not feel pressure, or like you’re living in a fish bowl. So many people are checking on you, and wanting to do something for you, and wanting you to be okay (even though there is nothing really that will make it that way…). I think it would be hard to be so “open”. That is part of the beauty of your story, you have made yourselves so vulnerable. At any rate, this is a novel. I will keep praying for you, and I praise God that you have one another, and your family around you. You have amazing friends too, it seems. Let them love you, however you need to be loved and taken care of!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:03 pm

    Rebecca - Thinking of you and praying for you daily in Michigan.ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:36 pm

    ran shae - i loved that psalm you shared, and i pray that it brings some comfort to your aching hearts during this time. your faith, steadfastness and hope is such a testimony. thank you for that.

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  • March 3, 2009 - 11:55 pm

    purejoy - thank you for sharing how God is sustaining you. continuting to pray for you. blessings, friend.ReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 12:19 am

    Anonymous - You have profoundly touched my life. Thank you for your faithfulness to God. Love you guys, thinking of you often. Thanks for keeping us posted on how you’re doing!ReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 12:47 am

    Anonymous - I have been following your blog and praying for you both for several weeks now but this is the first I have posted a note for you. I have been encouraged by your faith. I can only imagine the grief you are going through and I pray that God wraps His arms around both of you every day and gives you peace. Many people have been blessed by Cora. I have been blessed also by your Faith in God. Hold on to His hand and He will walk you through this each day. As you said, you are taking this day by day. Love the dresses you and Cora’s grammy’s are making. I may have to buy one for my grand- daughter. :)

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  • March 4, 2009 - 2:32 am

    Wendy - The arms that hold your precious Cora will continue to comfort you every day.ReplyCancel

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    Stacia Howard - Bless you! Still in my prayers. What a strength yall are. (((HUGS)))ReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 6:28 am

    Trisha - I lost my baby boy 11 months ago. His 1st b-day would be on Thursday. It’s been a very rough year. God has taught me many lessons. The most recent being Phil 4. Rejoice in the Lord, Always. I had a hard time understanding how I could rejoice when my heart was broken. That’s hard to do when your son dies but it is possible. I see that you are doing some of that already and I hope that you are able to continue to do so. I’ve read the stories of David and Job over and over again. I’m so grateful that God put them in there–it’s a comfort to me. I felt the need to reach out because it was helpful to me to know that others had been through this and made it out. It takes time but it will get easier. Hugs from one mom to another. TrishaReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 9:45 am

    AbeSaves - My heart goes out to you and your family. We lost our son 10 months ago to SIDS. The situations surrounding the loss of our children may be different, but I understand that relentless ache and longing. Taking it day by day is all we can do. May God Bless you with peace & comfort.ReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 10:03 am

    Laura - Your faith should be an inspiration to us all. Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 10:11 am

    Kristin Stegent - You two are beautiful! I still ache for you. I love Jesus also…and I can’t understand why this happened to Cora!

    Jesus…I don’t even know what to say, just do something for the Macs. Be what they need. Strengthen them in the deepest parts of themselves that ache so bad and feel they can’t even go on, even though in their heads they know they will go on. Jesus, help.

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  • March 4, 2009 - 11:10 am

    CindyDDD - I can’t even BEGIN to imagine.

    My prayer for you is that today is easier than yesterday and tomorrow will be easier than today.

    Numbers 6:22-27
    The LORD bless you and keep you;

    The LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

    The LORD turn his face toward you
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  • March 4, 2009 - 12:13 pm

    Anonymous - You are an amazing couple with tremendous suffering and yet you will glorify HIM! Amazing……so incredible to read your blog and through it all you inspire others. What an awesome God we serve! Thank you for your faithfulness to Him through it all. May God continue to richly bless you and your husband…..you guys rock~ReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 12:55 pm

    Heather - I’m not sure how, but I stumbled across your blog. I have spent the past hour reading your posts and crying for you, your family and your beautiful little girl. As a mom, my heart just aches for you both. Words aren’t enough, but please know that I am praying for you all.

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  • March 4, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    Anonymous - You have been heavy on my heart and in my prayers.

    Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
    And our sorrows He carried.
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  • March 4, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    Our Lives - I somehow bummed into your blog back in February. I remembered reading about little Cora and I couldn’t stop crying. My children was wondering what was happening to me. I think I fell in love with Cora. She looked so much like my baby except that she was a bit lighter in her complextion. My baby is about two weeks younger than Cora. I cried because I could feel the pain you are going through (I still do till today when I read your post). I hold Peter everyday tighter than ever because we really do not know our days. I say “I love you” to my children everyday because I want to be sure to do it while I get the chance. I thank little Cora for the reminder. Peter’s 1st birthday is coming up and I was hoping to get something for him from your shop. I love wooden toys but I don’t see any and I have missed the blocks you offered a while back. I might look into the T-shirts.
    Hang in there and know that a total stranger but sister in the Lord is praying for you.
    In Him,
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  • March 4, 2009 - 5:52 pm

    Kristi - I am praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2009 - 10:52 am

    Half of the Style Sisters - I just found your blog and have been reading about this journey you on. I can’t imagine your pain as I sit here bawling. I pray that you will continue to have peace in your hearts and minds and that Heavenly Father will continue to wrap his arms around you and your husband and give you comfort as well as for all of your extended family members. Thank you for sharing this very personal experience with everyone and showing your strength and faith in God. You have touched my life.

    My prayers will be with you.
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  • March 5, 2009 - 11:58 am

    Anonymous - i have been reading your blog with tears in my eyes. cora was too perfect for this world and God had a different plan for her. how wonderful it is to know that she is no longer suffering and that she will always be watching over her very strong parents. what an inspiration you are to millions. we continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. when my dad was fighting cancer someone told me to always remember when life’s too hard to stand, kneel.
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  • March 6, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    Hana - Your strength through this unbelievable trial is amazing and awe inspiring. I only hope that I could ever face such a trial w/ as much grace as you have! My face is dripping w/ tears b/c I am so touched by your words! I am praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • March 6, 2009 - 7:55 pm

    Heather - Joel and Jess,

    I haven’t forgotten to pray for you guys daily. It is just unbelievable the trial that you are having to go through right now. May God continue to be your strength and your ROCK! I am praying that you are able to cling to Him. I think that is right…the only thing you can do right now is cling to Him

    What a sweet thing for you to do on Cora’s birthday! I bet she enjoyed those pink balloons so much!!

    Much love
    Heather and my 2nd gradersReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2009 - 12:53 pm

    Michaela - I don’t know if you remember them, but my brother Marc and sister-in-law Sarah met you at the Ronald McDonald House in Wichita. They had the twin girls born at 26 weeks. Sadly, Natalie didn’t make it–she died on Feb 23 a week shy of 4 weeks old. Marleigh is doing well–still chugging along and for this we’re grateful, though as you know, it’s still hard on them to have lost Natalie. I think they too are just taking it “day by day” and hoping that God gives them the strength they need to face each day. Marc had said that having Marleigh is very bittersweet–they’re thrilled to have their daughter, but will always feel the void of not having Natalie. I’ll keep praying for you all–it has to be the worst pain in the world to lose your baby. May God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 8, 2009 - 9:39 pm

    Anonymous - your blog just made me sob and sob i just found this from an email its been going through and through i just fowarded it to many of my friends, i too had cancer when i was three i am also a parent of a three yr. old daughter and am expecting another one. you will always be in my thoughts.ReplyCancel

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  • March 11, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Tammie - I sit here – tears streaming down my face – feeling the ache of your hearts – and holding on the ROCK with you; I don’t even know you. My sister in law sent me to your blog to pray for you as your little Cora left this earth.

    I am not married, the closest thing i have to kids are my four legged critters – i do have nieces and nephews; my family lost Oliver, my nephew, last year in January – he was still born…it was hard even then…so close yet just missing him. We draw hope and comfort from Christ.

    Love the verse you shared…..He is on His Throne; He is good, and with us in our broken falling apart worlds….May He be ever closer to you – especially in the evenings. The pain will continue…the “hole” will never go away but He is with you…..ever close, ever loving, ever true.ReplyCancel

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Wow! You guys are awesome. We sold out. I mean COMPLETELY sold out pretty much over night. We are so honored that you like our dresses. It feels good to be doing something for Cora.

So we are back to work. More dresses are on the way. Grammy is busy, busy sewing like a crazy lady.

Cora’s other Grammy came over today to help too. They are much faster at sewing than I am.
New fabrics and supplies are just waiting to be turned into something beautiful for your little one. Keep checking back. We will try to add more things to our shop soon.
There have been so many comments left here and messages on our Etsy sight. I will try to answer a few questions since I know I won’t have time to get back to everyone:
*We are making more dresses (we will make some in the 2T-5T sizes too)
*At this point we are NOT going to do custom orders. We had so many requests that it is too overwhelming for us right now. We will keep making dresses in all different sizes and adding them to our shop. Later on when things slow down if you still want a dress we may think about doing custom orders. Sorry!
*The onesie/t-shirt dresses are a onesie or t-shirt that is cut off and then attached to the dress. I usually put Cora in a white diaper cover or matching leggings when she wore hers.
*We will make more burp cloths, hair clippies, and blankets too. We have a few ideas of some new additions too.
*Hopefully my brother will be able to make more blocks, but for now that is all we have. I will let you know if/when there are more available.
*We will start shipping as soon as we can! We are going to be busy, busy.

Thanks again. Really, you guys are great!

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  • February 28, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Heather - YOU are great.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    Aaron and Shannon - So glad you guys are having such success. Also, I bought one of the dresses…if you want to just bring it to me, you can.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    Amy - I agree with Heather!

    Your stuff is so adorable, and I cannot wait to get my girls some dresses!

    I purchased your last boy set yesterday to give to a friend of mine who is pregnant. I cannot WAIT to give it to her! It looks just fab!

    Keep up the good work, but don’t run yourself into the ground working too hard. People will wait… I promise :)ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    S. Riggle - You guys are awesome!! I can’t begin to tell you how honored I am to put that little dress on my daughter. I will display the Cora’s playground blocks on her shelf until she is old enough for me to share the story of Cora. I think about you daily, multiple times a day. One day I hope to express how Cora’s story has impacted my life and the life of our family. It’s really hard to put those emotions into words right now, but one day I hope I can. Praying for you and your family…ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    megan - I have my fast fingers on this time! I am going to get me one of the dress’s! Blessings to youReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:02 pm

    purejoy - imagine my surprise when i clicked on an item and it was sold. and then i noticed they were ALL sold. whatintheworld??
    how awesome is that. i love that you have something constructive to take your mind away from the negatives and to give you positive energy. what a blessing cora is to you and i can imagine she is squealing in delight from heaven as her playground is this much closer to being a reality.
    blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    Christina - I wanted to support you guys and was so surprised that everything was already gone! I agree with Amy though, take care of you…I pray that you will continue to be able to find comfort and rest in the Father, and that your family can continue to be a refuge for you as well. I am so happy for you that you have Grammies around to help you, in all ways. This is a beautiful thing, bittersweet, maybe, and I am still thinking of and praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    aimee - Hi there Jess,

    I’ve been worrying about because I thought it might be overwhelming with all the orders and work, but it sounds like you have lots of help and that it is good for your soul. great. I so wanted a dress for my Anna, but they were sold out by the time I checked! And I check your site a couple of times a day!

    I know the coming days will be especially hard as Cora’s birthday rolls around but I am comforted to know that you are surrounded by friends and family.

    Praying for you daily,
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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Kate - The clothes look lovely, such girly patterns. It sounds like you’re going to be busy and I think that that’s good for now. Glad to hear larger sizes are coming!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - How absolutely awesome that you sold out…usually a bad thing, but in your case it is an answered prayer. Congrats on your success and if the dresses came in my daughters size or if boys could wear dresses, I would have bought one in a heartbeat! Still praying daily for all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Tami - Whoever is pickout the fabrics and ribbons has fantastic taste and a great eye!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:29 pm

    Christine - I was thrilled to see such a great response to your etsy shop. Like lots of great big hugs being sent to you guys! I hope to get a dress for my little one as you list more. That black & floral circle fabric you posted the pic of is one of my faves!! I just finished up some shirts to list in my etsy store to sell for Cora using that fabric :) Great minds think alike!

    I am steadfast in praying for you. May you be showered with unexpected blessings during these difficult days.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    Anonymous - I am SO happy that you had an overwhelming response! I tried to log on from work yesterday and everything was already gone! I am very excited about the 2T dresses coming:) I would be honored for my little girl to wear a Cora dress. I still think about you guys and pray for you and your family multiple times a day. I’m sure Cora is smiling down from heaven watching her mommy and Grammy make beautiful things in her memory.

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    beckley - still praying for you.
    and wasn’t fast enough to buy something last time.
    i’ll try to be speedier this time.
    can’t wait to buy a 3-4T dress.
    grace and peace to you…
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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:11 pm

    The Carroll's - Take your time! We’re all so excited to support the memory of your precious girl!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:11 pm

    THE SPIVEY"S - Your designs are beautiful. Wish I had a little girl to dress her in them. Do you think that you will ever make anything for little boys?ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:37 pm

    Michelle - I checked out your site yesterday and thought you might sell out. That is awesome! I wonder if it is an Etsy record. You are amazing, congratulations on such an accomplishment.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:42 pm

    Sarah - You and your family are amazing! And I agree with some of the previous comments, don’t run yourselves into the ground. People will wait for your additions and for their orders. So make sure to take some time to breathe, cause I know all of it has to be pretty overwhelming right now!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:46 pm

    Anonymous - That is awesome! The dresses are adorable! I would love to have some small ones for baby doll clothes. We are praying for you daily!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:56 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - awesome…awesome…awesome! i’m so glad you are doing this stuff! yeah!!!

    i’m gonna work on ordering quicker this time…i’m gonna do it!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    TeeTee - I am glad you are having so much success.
    I found out about Cora through a friend… and I fell in love with her.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 7:21 pm

    Tracy - Wow! I’ve been following your blog since around the time you lost your sweet little girl! I went to your shop as soon as I learned it was open to buy a dress and was amazed to find the were already sold out! I can’t wait to purchase one not only because they are adorable but because they are for such a wonderful cause too!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    Sheryl from Colorado - Wow! I follow your blog daily and thought I would order some of those adorable blocks. What talent your family has! Much to my disappointment they were all sold out and boy am I bummed. Next time I will be quicker. I notice you come to Colorado sometimes, where do you go? We live in Colorado….Castle Rock and would love to meet you sometime, in fact, you could come and stay with us. I really would like to spoil you and your husband and shower you with much needed relaxation. So if you are looking for a new friend in Colorado…email me at vanduren6@yahoo.com…I would love to hear from you. May the peace of our Lord give you much needed rest and love. Until next time…bye my friend!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    PamperingBeki - Nothing to add, but a big hug for you ladies. :)ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:13 pm

    ml - I am so excited for you! I can’t wait to get some dresses for my 6 month old! I hope this is great therapy for you and I am still keeping you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Anonymous - You are FANTASTIC MOM! Tell Cora’s Grammies that we think they are pretty great as well…don’t stress on getting our stuff shipped out…take your time…my heart continues to ache for you and your wonderful family…

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - I am excited that the sewing has begun again-you guys are the awesome ones-It is such a blessing to see Coras family busy honoring her in this way also-I know it cannot be easy. I will feel honored myself to own something that you all have made in honor of Cora. I really hope your brother is able to make more blocks-at least 2 more-HA! I had them in my cart and had to leave and my computer must have shut down so they were gone-i was so dissapointed. I will keep looking to see if they are back. Praise the Lord for your family and for your great trust in Him.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    Enos Family - So awesome. All of it. Gives me goose bumps. You are a very special family.
    I didn’t know if I could follow your blog after Cora passed away, it was so sad. I am so glad to check in on you and see your amazing spirit, and your family’s amazing spirit. It brings me joy. I am sure there are still MANY MANY minutes in the day when you are quite sad and upset, but I see you as such an inspiration to so many of us that live in fear of what has happened…watching you is so inspirational, and makes me know that with faith like yours, you CAN be strong and survive something like that. Amazing.
    I look forward to new dresses!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    jackson3 - Hey Jess,
    I am Danielle, a friend of Laura Moffat and Ginger Skillen. Wow everything sold so fast! I am just at home most days here in Wichita if you need another hand making more stuff. Email me danj125@yahoo.com please! I have family in Newton so I am up that way alot anyway =)

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  • February 28, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    Anonymous - What about making something with a little picture of Cora on it? Burp cloth etc..
    Your spirit and faith are amazing….ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    emleonard11 - Could you post the link to your etsy store? Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Congratulations on the huge success of Cora’s shop. It’s amazing to see the Lord work through others. What a blessing! Your items are lovely. Praying for all of you…ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:41 pm

    Soon to be Mrs. P - I think about your family often. Im so glad you all are keeping busy.

    Now stop reading comments and start sewing! I want to buy a dress :)ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:46 pm

    jennifer rogers - your stuff is SO cute! I loved it all and didn’t get here fast enough to order something before it was all gone! I was wondering if you guys are going to make anything for little boys? I have a son and would love to buy him something in honor of Cora whom we’ve never met but she touched us just the same.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:50 pm

    meg duerksen - so happy for you all! great job! i love the shot of all teh new fabrics….can’t wait to see it.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:59 pm

    Anonymous - You guys are amazing. You really are.

    I want you to know that I watched the video of Cora’s service today and I cried again. I know her birthday is coming up and I want you to know that I plan on wearing pink that day. If the flower necklace I ordered from Etsy arrives by then, I will wear it then too and tell everyone that comments on it about your sweet little Cora.

    I still can’t quite comprehend why God lets things like this happen but your faith makes my faith stronger. Praying for you still.

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  • February 28, 2009 - 11:02 pm

    Anonymous - Oh! I wanted to ask about doing something in honor of Cora. I just feel that it is written on my heart to participate in her playground project more than just buying something off of Etsy. Could you please email me if you get the chance? I had an idea about a plaque if you were thinking of putting one up after the playground is complete. gi_janearng@hotmail.com

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  • February 28, 2009 - 11:25 pm

    The Sweigart Family - What a wonderful thing to keep you busy! And I’m very excited to hear you will be making them in bigger sizes! Keep up the good work and we’ll keep praying!ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 12:13 am

    Amber - It just makes my heart smile watching you and your family hard at work making things to honor Cora. I know she is smiling down from heaven so excited to see God’s work in all of this and oh what a site her playground is going to be. I think I will have to make a trip from Texas to check it out when it is complete. The Cora store is great, and wow what amazing things you have created. I wish I had a daughter so I could buy a dress but I think my son might look a little silly in a dress. I do hope your brother makes more blocks I would love to buy a set for my son’s room so he can remember Cora and how her story has changed our family forever. We pray every night for you and Joel and to give you strength over the coming days, months, and years. I admire your faith and grace during this difficult time I know it is not always easy. Cora’s purpose and legacy will shine on forever as she has etched fingerprints into my heart. I will never forget her (even though I never meet her on Earth) and will look forward to the day when I see her in heaven to thank her for making me a better wife and mother to my family. Keep the creativity flowing you are making some awesome pieces that others will have the opportunity to place on their child and remember Cora. How great is that!!!! Also remember to take time for yourself, the Lord will sustain you.

    In Christ.
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  • March 1, 2009 - 12:19 am

    wife.mom.nurse - Those dresses are just so pretty. What a beautiful way to honor precious Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 1:09 am

    shelley - i just heard of your devastating loss. I’m so sorry. The Lord will surely walk with you all the days of your life here while you wait to see Cora again. you will be in my prayers tonight.

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  • March 1, 2009 - 5:27 am

    Candice - Hey there,

    Your stuff is really gorgeous. How about some boy stuff??!! Maybe onsies with blue elephant patches, or something. Anyway, glad you are keeping busy and I will keep checking your store.ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 7:59 am

    coraannedesigns - The success of your shop is just great, and is certainly a testament to Cora and your family. I think about her daily and pray for you each time I do. Can’t wait to receive my block, I plan on keeping it in my craft room!ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 8:11 am

    Momma_Hug - You are all doing awesome getting things together! I had never been to Etsy until now for Cora. The dresses are adorable. I look forward to seeing the blankets. I purchased some blocks for our little guy. Your brother did awesome with those!ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 9:12 am

    Karina - I will buy at least one dress for my daughter and would LOVE to get a block if your brother decides he can handle making more (he must have made 100 already…what a guy!). It would be for me, to keep on my desk – no way my boys are going to get their hands on it, lol!

    I check back daily to see how you are doing. Glad you’re busy and your shop is a success!

    I feel like I need to see Cora’s face every day…I can’t even imagine what it must be like for you. I continue to send you loving thoughts…and to shed a few tears for you every day. You are much admired!!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Becky - I’m so happy your shop has had such success! I was too slow this week but really look forward to buying a 3T from you in the future. Blessings to you.ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Anonymous - Hey I agree with Audrey that hopefully the playground will have a plaque/ some type of memorial with a picture of beautiful Cora on it for all to see.Hopefully something BIG and beautiful. I too will wear pink on Cora’s bday! You continue to amaze me with your faith, grace and strength!

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  • March 1, 2009 - 11:58 am

    Lauren Kelly - YAY!!! That is soooo awesome!!! :O)ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 1:57 pm

    barb :0) - I loved the blocks !!!! I just became a Great Aunt to a little girl named …. Cora Katherine !! I so hope to purchase a set for her, and to explain to her later, how very special they are !!!!
    I think and pray for you daily ….ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Anonymous - Jess,

    How is Joel doing? I am honored to be apart of the Cora Playground Project..ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    Kelli - So happy for you. Still praying!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 4:28 pm

    allison - Cora is everywhere. While I have been keeping you both in my prayers I have found Cora’s beautiful name mentioned on so many other blogs. Her story is making an AMAZING difference in this world!
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  • March 1, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    Falling Around - Praising the Lord for your shop’s sweet success! That is awesome!!

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  • March 1, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    lfhcreative - Your stuff is so thoughtfully created and beautiful. I may have to snag a dress or 2 for my little princess when you restock.

    I hope crafting gives you a little respite from your grief of missing your beautiful Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 7:28 pm

    Momofgirls - Wow! May God bless you more than you could ever imagine! You have been through so much. Thank you for sharing the video, so precious!

    I am so glad you have been busy…and I hope you sell lots and lots of things!

    We will continue to lift you up in prayer!ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 9:26 pm

    Christine - I’ve already commented on this post once, but just wanted to pop in again. I was thinking about you and wondering how church went today. We have been casual attenders on Sunday mornings, even though we’re active through the week. Sunday just hasn’t been happening for us. We made it today – YAY! I thought about you during the service, and prayed for you. I hope you had a restful, peaceful day.

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  • March 1, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Allen and Debby Graber - Jess,
    Thought I saw you in the hall today at church, but when I looked again, you were gone. I too was one of those that didn’t click on to the Etsy site in time. It all went sooo fast!! Look forward to getting 3 dresses for my granddaughters! I told your mom I could help too if you need help some time.
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  • March 1, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    Kelly - Your dresses are so adorable! I was so excited to see your shop sell out! I’m happy that there are so many people who are helping!ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 10:48 pm

    Mark and Mandi - Can’t wait until you have more up to sell! I’ve been checking every couple of hours:) I’m so glad they sold out so quickly and hope I get to order some this next time!ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 11:03 pm

    HeartSmiles - I too tried to buy a dress, but was too late. Cora has touched my heart and changed my life. I think about her throughout the day, especially when I tuck my kids in at night and I head to bed with a heavy heart. I considered attending the service but felt akward, having never met your family. I hope you have some sort of ceremony to dedicate the playground. I will most definitely make time to attend. God bless you.

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  • March 1, 2009 - 11:37 pm

    The Schilling's from PICU - HOLY COW! I tried to get on their and order one of your sweet so cute dresses, and your right, SOLD OUT! amazing! We miss you. I head back to work tom. and of course am dreading it….. Jaylee is doing good, just got tubes in her ears on Thursday, and handled it like a champ, better then mommy did! ha Thinking of you always! E-mail me sometime if you have a chance! Tell your family hello, and keep up the great work with the dresses! can’t wait to see Jaylee in one of them soon!
    amieschilling@yahoo.com

    love you!

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  • March 2, 2009 - 10:52 am

    Elise - Wow!! I haven’t visited here in a couple of days, but just noticed you sold out of all your stuff in less than one day. That is awesome!! I am praying for y’all.
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  • March 2, 2009 - 11:21 am

    Abner & Jennie - Still praying for you guys(you don’t know me, but I’ve cried at my laptop reading your story the past month over and over!) I was hoping to get one of the pretty dresses for my audrey, so hopefully next time I’ll beat everybody else:) I did hint to my hubby for one of the bags someone made and is donating to you guys, will have to see if the hint worked.
    Love to you all.
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  • March 2, 2009 - 12:08 pm

    PamperingBeki - Praying for you on this cold sunny Monday.ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    Kirstin - I can’t wait for you to have some “big kids” sizes so that I can purchase one of your beautiful dresses for my preschooler (who insists on wearing a dress 24 hours a day).

    I, too, have experienced the loss of a child (I miscarried in the second trimester) and found crafting and working (and systematically organizing everything in my house) as the best therapy. Better than retail, better than talking to a therapist – there is something about creating with your hands, and your mind, that heals your heart.

    All the best. We think about Cora every day.ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 1:04 pm

    Anonymous - Hi! I still think of you guys multiple times a day! I know the days continue to be hard but know that we are thinking and praying for you!

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  • March 2, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    BeeHappy - You are fantastic! Not that you need more people to visit your blog because you are already a rock star but I put your blog as a favorite on another bloggers page! Check my latest entry in your free time. :)ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    Michelle S - Hi I have a two year old son and another son on the way..will you have anything for little boys! I love your dresses but we have no little girls in the family!ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 3:49 pm

    BoufMom9 - OH! I can’t wait to get some of these fo my daughter!
    I am so happy yo will be making size 2T!
    Whatever litle I can do to help make the playground come to be ….
    Constantly thinking of your fmily and praying.
    My dear friend just lost her daughter Tuesday right befoe you lost Cora :(ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    anne - I just discovered your polka dot market site today, after searching online for birthday supplies since we just decided on that as a theme.

    And I have to tell you…I’m struggling here because I saw the button about Cora Paige, and our daughter’s name is Cora…and she’s about to turn one. And I just read your entire blog and I’m sitting here sobbing at my desk at work.

    I know we’re strangers, but I feel like we’re connected and my heart has broken ten million times today for you.

    Huge, huge hugs. You’ll be in my thoughts.ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Wehoagies - Hi! I too am a total stranger, but am grieving with you about your Cora. I can’t wait to purchase some things from your store, but every time I check the page there is nothing on there. I am new to this “Etsy” thing– does that mean that you are sold out whenever I don’t see anything?

    Thanks!
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  • March 2, 2009 - 4:22 pm

    Whimsical Creations - YAY!!! Congrats on all your sales!! Can not wait to see the new dresses.ReplyCancel

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    Rebecca - Sending you hugs and prayers from Michigan.ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 6:43 pm

    Team Martins - Using your hands to make something so beautiful for your beautiful girl is inspiring. We will definitely be checking back as we’ve added your story to our bloglist.

    We left a little message for Cora on our blog after receiving our headbands from Joy’s Hope today.

    You remain in our hearts and prayers! May she, and you all, reach many more for Jesus.ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 7:28 pm

    Anonymous - Thanks for deciding to make some bigger sizes.

    Even MORE people will never forget Cora because of the things you are making now.ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Anonymous - Hey, Jess… I saw your brother in law is in China… we live about an hour from Beijing in TIanjin. If he would want to connect with other foreigners… my e-mail is shicks@ldi-cn.com
    We have 4 kids and moved here to China last August… from Ohio. Just saw he was in Beijing… and i have been following your story… i continue to remember your family and will lift you up to the Father…
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  • March 2, 2009 - 11:26 pm

    Cristy - Hi Jess…

    It was so good to see you and talk with you Sunday. You have such a sweet, gentle spirit about you. My offer still stands…I would love to help out with those trips to the post office. Email if you need anything at all. Praying for you many, many times each day.

    Hugs and love…..

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  • March 3, 2009 - 9:24 am

    Anonymous - Good Morning..My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you…

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  • March 4, 2009 - 12:00 am

    Mandie Sledge - so i found you guys on a friend’s facebook page. you guys are incredible. i can’t even begin to think what you’ve been through! your babygirl is beautiful and i’m so jealous of her because of where she is. stay strong, i have a 15 month old son who is pretty much my other half :) i dont know what i would do. but jesus is the best place to turn to. you guys are continually in my prayersReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2009 - 10:34 pm

    Anonymous - My daughter from the Boutelle Family Zoo told me about you and your sweet little Cora. I am so sorry. We ask outselves why? Only the Lord knows. But you’re right, she is in Heaven celebrating with our precious Lord and all the angels today. You will see her one day. She’ll be waiting for you, and you’ll all be together again. What a celebration that will be! I will pray that God will give you peace. SherylReplyCancel

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  • March 10, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    maryboys - just stopping by to say i think of both of you often and i hope the comfort of your family and friends helps in some small measure.ReplyCancel

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  • March 14, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Paige - Hello, My name is Paige! Just like Cora Paige. I feel upon your blog. My heart is full for you and your family. Cora is such and angel and I bet our Father in Heaven has a special plan for her. My baby brother passed away when I was young. I have always thought that he was just too special and that Heavenly Father just wanted him back. I know that we will see our babies again some day and I bet they are dancing in Heaven smiling down on us.ReplyCancel

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  • March 15, 2009 - 10:38 pm

    maryboys - just checking in again…and sending a hug of solace to you in what continues to be an incredibly painful time, i am sure.

    warmly,
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  • March 22, 2009 - 12:56 am

    maryboys - sending warm condolences your way…ReplyCancel

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We are OPEN!

(after just a slight delay…)


Come check out our new shop: www.coras.etsy.com


My brother Matt made these awesome blocks. Aren’t they fantastic? They will be listed sometime tomorrow morning in our shop.

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:31 am

    t - AMAZING!

    i can’t wait to buy something.

    i have an etsy shop as well; i will be adding charity pieces soon!
    http://wordsforeverything.etsy.com

    although i don’t know your family you have been in my prayers constantly lately.

    sending love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:56 am

    Falling Around - Jess,

    The Cora Shop is fabulous! You have such wonderfully unique pieces – love it all!

    Unfortunately my daughter is way too big for these adorable little items, but I KNOW all of this will sell-sell-sell! Too cute for words – you and your mom did a great job!

    Constantly in my thoughts & prayers,
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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:17 am

    The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique - That’s awesome…I’m off to check it out right now…..unfortunately we don’t have any children, so I can’t make any purchases…..we are doing our part to support your cause…your story has really touched our hearts. We have an etsy store as well and have been selling like crazy!

    You are in our prayers.
    Deb
    The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique
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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:27 am

    by: Brian and Lacey McKay - Congrats on your new shop! I can’t wait to check out everything! But I can already tell that sequined cherry onesie totally has my name written all over it!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:31 am

    Jennifer W. - Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Can’t wait to check out the whole store and hopefully stock up. I am so happy you have found an outlet, and something to work for, in Cora’s name. What an amazing little lady.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 3:54 am

    ryanne - Hello Macs,
    I found your story through Valerie. Please know you have been in my thoughts and prayers from the moment I read your blog. I have been waiting for your store to open and can’t wait to purchase something. I am not sure what else to say except that each day I hope your heart hurts a little less, and that you have touched many lives with your love and faith.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 6:47 am

    creativecarryout - Wow. Get ready to be so very busy. There is so much support for your family out there.
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  • February 27, 2009 - 6:53 am

    Heather - Oh everything is beautiful JUST like Cora!!!! I am SO excited!! You and your mom did an amazing job! I still think of you daily and pray for you and Joel. You are such amazing people!
    Hugs and prayers,
    Heather~ On the HomefrontReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:13 am

    Kate - your shop looks great!! I love the dresses they are so cute:)ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:16 am

    mustardseedbycarollai - hello. i’m so sorry for your loss. i am glad though that the etsy community has drawn together and that you are finding some therapy in the crafting. praying for healing in your hearts.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:25 am

    Lauren Kelly - Awwwww, how exciting, and how CUTE!!!!! :o)ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:26 am

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Oh wow…. these are fantastic. I am totally and truly impressed. I love the little dress and what a great idea for burp clothes and or cloth diapers. I will swing by and check it all out today.

    God Bless and what a wonderful job!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:27 am

    Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Praying His richest blessings over you…ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:53 am

    Momma_Hug - AWESOME!!! I am on my way there now. Everything is beautiful! I will be purchasing something for my son. He is 2 days younger than Cora. No beautiful little dresses for him but the blocks look great. Hehe. Keep up the beautiful crafting.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:57 am

    The Mumaw's - I love the items!!!! ADORABLE!!!
    I want a set of blocks, does he personalize?
    Amy Mumaw
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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:00 am

    megan - I LOVE the dress! I can’t wait to head over and buy some, it will be like my daughter is wearing a little blessings made with your very blessed hands!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:13 am

    megan - I just went over to the store in search of a dress and I see your out of my daughter’s size :) Way to go! I will keep checking I need size 18 months. BlessingsReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:22 am

    Anonymous - BEAUTIFUL items!! If you start making 2T-3T, I’m in serious trouble!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:38 am

    Anonymous - Can’t wait to head over to the cora shop and buy something…what a beautiful tribute to your beautiful Cora..I know everyday is still so very hard…but it looks like this will keep you busy busy..Always thinking of you,Joel and Cora.

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:47 am

    mommaof4wife2r - you all are so cute! what great little things! the blocks are too cute.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:54 am

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Hey mama….

    I know you guys are busy bees…. I checked out the shop and i really LOVE the blue dress. However my chunky monkey is 10 months, but wears 12 to 18 months. She is a big girl and tall like daddy. Will you be adding more sizes in the dresses?

    Can’t wait to hear back.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:54 am

    kennedyeatworld - Somehow in the past eight hours you’ve sold nearly everything! I love the dresses… I can’t wait until you put more up! I will keep checking back and will definitely buy one :) I’ve told everyone about your story and spread the word about Cora’s Playground… your family is in my thoughts constantly.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:02 am

    Midwest Mommy - Wow! I just went over and you have already almost sold out! 29 sales already.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:07 am

    Sophia - Man, I bookmarked the day before you had any items and I didn’t have a chance to check yesterday and poof! You’ve pretty well sold it all!!
    I hope you guys will be adding more of those truly adorable dresses soon!!!!

    Blessings to you all!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:12 am

    Kelli - Are you gals going to take orders?? I WOULD LOVE to order some dresses!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:17 am

    Kristy Tootle - Oh my word….things sold FAST!!! Good for the playgrond…bad for me….HA~ please tell me Cora’s sweet grandmother will be adding more dresses as they are so adorable and my 15 month old NEEDS one in honor of sweet Cora!!! Well, okay does not need one, but boy we want one real bad!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:28 am

    hoosier68 - Your items are adorable. I, too, would like a dress in the 18 month size range. Your love for Cora shines through your handiwork. I keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:37 am

    Marla Taviano - Wow–everything is so beautiful! I can barely sew a button on, so I’m waaaay impressed with your talent!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:37 am

    Anonymous - The onesies are adorable. Unfortunately I can’t get any because I don’t have a newborn.

    But I will keep your store in mind if I know anyone that will be expecting down the road.

    The blocks are awesome too!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Andrea - This stuff is awesome! You and your mom are very talented!

    You’re still in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:54 am

    Robin in Benton - These are darling! I’m waiting for the little dresses to hit – I have a granddaughter who will look darling in one of those! And now I know exactly where to go for new baby gifts.

    This is a wonderful thing to do in memory of your little angel.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Judy - I just checked out your shop and I guess I wasn’t fast enough! All those cute dresses are gone :( I’m so sad!! I guess I’ll just have to keep checking in for new things. I think you’ve got a hit on your hands! You’re going to be busy!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:08 am

    PamperingBeki - Jess, it looks beautiful! :)

    I am so happy for you. I told you the other day that I’ve been praying and praying for you to have a distraction. Something you can throw yourself into, a focus, something to keep your hands busy. I know it won’t fill the hole, but having a different purpose at this point can be good.

    Get your packaging fingers ready, because you’re going to be making lots of trips to the post office! :)

    Our p.o. here in Newton looks at me like I’m crazy every day lately when I walk in with 20 or 30 boxes to ship.

    I pray for peace, comfort and warmth for you today. God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:11 am

    Amy - Wow! Super cute stuff, and it sold out FAST! Glad you girls are getting to spend some time together to begin healing. Still praying for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Cristy - Wow! Looks like almost everything sold! That is wonderful. It is all so cute!

    I would love to help mail if you need any help- I’ll be going anyway! Let me know.

    Hugs and prayers today…

    Cristy

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Pamela - What cute things!! I have been thinking of your family constantly! I’m still praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:32 am

    Elle's Mom - Oh my goodness! I’m too slow. You are practically sold out. I had my eye on one of those dresses. I should have none you would sell out that quick!! Again, thinking of your family and sweet Cora daily. Hugs to you!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:37 am

    forever folding laundry - Wow, by the time I woke up you’d been cleaned out! Your items are adorable! I’ll keep checking for more additions to the store.

    STILL praying for you daily,

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:39 am

    Polka Dot Moon - Oh my gosh! I’m too slow! I will keep checking back for one of your adorable Cora Dresses!

    Your shop is fabulous!
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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:51 am

    Holly - As happy as I am to see your stuff sell I am sad I was too slow! I want one of those dresses! Everything and I mean everything is SO cute!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:58 am

    The Parker's - This is exciting! I have been checking out those hair clips. My hubby won’t let me put headbands on our girl, but I’ll bet I can get away with the clips! LOVE THEM!
    You are continually in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Karina - I am one of your many new fans – of you, your strength and inspiration, your adorable angel baby girl, and the little dresses made by her Grammy. I jumped online this morning and was too late to guy anything – congratulations on selling out so fast!

    I will check back often and buy any new dresses you have for sale…my daughter is 10 months old now, and my heart BLEEDS for you. I check into see Cora’s beautiful face on your blog daily – she truly looks like an angel. You and your family have touched so many people!

    I have been buying things like crazy from other crafters who have donated to the Cora playground fund…It is good to be able to do something, however small.

    Sending you love from Canada…ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:16 am

    The Perfect Trio - everything went so fast!!!

    i do hope you will list more of those tee dresses….i would love one for my 3-6 month old!!! ;o)ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:22 am

    The Veers - holy cow! everything is gone already! it was all so cute!!!! i missed out on the dresses! if you end up putting more up, i will for sure try to grab one!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:24 am

    Anonymous - I am SOOOO happy your items have sold, but bummed that I missed out!! I’ve been eyeing the dresses since you first posted pictures of them!! HA!

    My heart is broken for you and your family has been in my prayers. I love seeing what God is doing with Cora’s Playground. It’s beyond my comprehension.
    The simple fact that we have never even met but your precious babygirl, Cora, and your family have impacted me in such a way….He is AMAZING- I just cannot wrap my mind around it!

    Love and Comfort to your sweet family!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Anonymous - Oh man I missed the dresses! I really wanted one for my 7 month old, but I am so happy that they sold! I hope to see more soon. God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:38 am

    Anonymous - Wow, I cannot believe that your sold out already! That is so great. I had my eye on the dresses. Will you be taking orders? My e-mail is audrey_mtz4@yahoo.com. I would love to get a few of them for my daughter. She will be in 9-12 months by the time summer is here. If it isn’t too much trouble please let me know.

    Cora is so proud of her mommy and grammy. God bless you guys. I am praying for you daily.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:43 am

    James' Full House - You coninue to amaze me with your faith and trust in God. My prayers for you and your family have been constant since reading your blog. Cora has left a big mark on my heart. I ache for you and what you are going through. Just please know you are loved and being prayed for. She is loved. I’m not sure what else to say. I feel that my words are not saying enough of how I feel. I send a million hugs to you. She is leaving a mark on all who have come to know her through your story, her story.
    Your Esty shop is adorable and I will check it out and shop, shop, shop. I’m glad you found an outlet and something to keep you busy.
    Praying right now for you,
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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    Christine - WOW! I can’t believe how quickly all your cute little dresses were gone! I can hardly wait to see how much money we all raise together! Blessed be His Holy Name!

    In constant prayer,
    christine
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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    Anonymous - I love your shop! Congrats! You are amazing and I can’t wait to buy lots of things when you are all stocked up again. I have been following your story on your blog for a few weeks now, I have been so touched by your sweet Cora (my husband and I have an 11 month old son). Your story has forever changed our lives, we will never forget your family…thank you so much for sharing. Your faith and precious daughter have touched our hearts!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily…
    Sending our love from Virginia,
    Luke, Sara and Ethan.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:37 pm

    Enos Family - jess,
    I’m sure you were an amazing teacher, I can just tell by your love for Cora, your friends, & your family. My point being, as amazing a teacher as you are, you are also awesome at creating beautiful things! I love, love, love everything in the shop!! And your brother’s blocks are so precious! What a talented and loving family you have.
    Take care and keep it coming! I hope each day is less painful.
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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:41 pm

    Anonymous - You are going to be very busy since I really want to buy a dress but they are all sold out. Can’t wait until you have more up to sell. I hope this shop will help you through the tears of missing sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    Anonymous - I need 18 to 24 month size. Looking forward to buying your itmes soon. Keep crafting, I’m sure it’s wonderful therapy.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:47 pm

    Brooke - Looks like I was WAY to slow! :) That is great news for you guys! Your stuff is adorable! Let us know when you are restocked up!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Patti - wow! I guess I didn’t click fast enough…all gone! i’m so glad for the successes for cora’s playground!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Anna@Boogers,Bibs,BooksAndBubbles - Oh my goodness, all of your stuff sold so well. Will you be making more? I am so happy to see it all gone…and in one day! Praise the Lord!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    jackson3 - Hey Jess,
    I am Danielle, a friend of Laura Moffat and Ginger Skillen. Wow everything sold so fast! I am just at home most days here in Wichita if you need another hand making more stuff. Email me danj125@yahoo.com please! I have family in Newton so I am up that way alot anyway =)

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    GottaBeKD - wow! amazing. simple amazing. you’re going to need to hire some staff at this rate!

    i’ve not left a comment yet for you jess and joel… but i found a need to share with you, as you have shared with us. even though i’m not a religious person, i am spiritual, and i prey for you daily. i listened to cora’s entire service and found such peace and love in your church’s messages. It has reminded me of the strength in community, and the goodness of the world. please know your tragic, awful, tear-enducing loss HAS and still IS making a difference to people everywhere. By sharing your experience, your wonderful, terrible experience with all of us, I believe you now will have the gift of the world’s support underneath you.

    I wish you all the best, and will continue to watch and prey for you, all the way from Ottawa Canada!

    Stock those shelves! Cora’s reach is far and wide!

    xo
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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    michelle - I love it!! I am bummed I missed out on the “cloth” pieces, they went so fast!!! But am thrilled to be receiving a “Cora block.” Do you think you will be listing more? I will have to be on the ball if you do, I know there are lots of people who want to support you and this great mission.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    The Gardners - Jess–
    I’m too late!!!! I can’t wait until you can post some more things. I think this is proof in itself of all the lives little Cora has touched!

    Congratulations for selling everything so fast!!!

    Cora is still on everyone’s mind!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    rmfox - I love your items in your shop. I started reading your blog after I found a link on kellyskorner. So terribly sorry for your loss of your sweet Cora.

    I noticed everything on the shop is listed as “sold”, how awesome!!

    Would I be able to place an order for one of the dresses in a specific size/fabric. Just let me know and again, Congratulations on the success. What a lovely tribute to your daughter!!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Lil Missy - congrats on your success already! your family is such an inspiration. sending hugs and prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:41 pm

    sarahross - I am in celebration for you today!!!ReplyCancel

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    Whimsical Creations - You have done a fabulous job!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 4:16 pm

    mark and missy - I’ve been reading your blog since Cora was diagnosed with cancer, but I haven’t yet made a comment. I just couldn’t seem to find the right words to write to you, but I wanted to let you know I haven’t stopped thinking about you and your precious little Cora. Your amazing faith in the middle of such a great loss has changed me in so many ways. I’m learning to be thankful for my daily blessings and not get so stressed about the small trials of being a parent. I’m praying for you daily and have shared your story and your faith with so many of my friends. I pray daily that God will bless you with strength and comfort. I love your new ETSY Cora Store. We just purchased two of your Cora wooden blocks for our boys. They’ll enjoy playing with them and they’ll remind us daily of the sweet little baby girl they represent.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers!
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  • February 27, 2009 - 4:24 pm

    Jenny S - Wow!! I looked at the etsy shop this afternoon, the day of your opening and EVERYTHING is sold!! You have two pieces left! Congrats!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    Melissa - your stuff is so cute! good for you for getting into it with both feet!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Nadia - I have seen your shop and it looks awesome! I passed the link on to my MOMs Group at church. If you ever make things for bigger girls (my daughter is 5 and wears a 5) we would scoop it right up! Such a cute and modest style. Perfect for little girls! I love it!

    Thinking about and praying for you both!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    Kristen - I’m not surprised that everything has sold so quickly – you and your mom make adorable things! What a wonderful tribute to your baby girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    Allison and Gordon - Dear Jess,

    Cora’s story has touched our hearts and we are lifting your family up in prayer. What a wonderful and selfless project you have begun in your sweet daughter’s name.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:24 pm

    paige - praying for you tonight
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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    Tonya - I stumbled across your blog by accident somehow, and I just want to say – God Bless you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    Kristi REDISKE - Wow-I didn’t get to place my order today and everything is gone-I sure hope you replenish. I did wonder if you made 18month sizes or even 24-also I sure want to order some blocks. I think this is a great thing you are doing-i know The Lord is giving you grace for this project. I am praying for you and your family everyday and Coras story has changed my life-thanks so much for telling the story.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:23 pm

    Anonymous - Dear Jess

    I had a look at your shop yesterday and saw all the beautiful things. My daughter is a size 8 so I was sad there wasn’t anything I could buy for her. I went in today to have a look to see if the blocks had been added and much to my amazement, they have AND everything is sold out. How marvellous.

    I hope you are getting some strength from the love and thoughtfulness that is coming to you, Joel and your family from those out in ‘Blogland’. I hope that Cora’s etsy shop is giving you just a moment every now and then where you can smile, be proud of all of your craft (such cute, cute stuff!!!) and marvel at how your little girl is making the world a better place through her smile that will never end.

    With thoughts to your family from our family in Australia. xReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:26 pm

    Anonymous - I missed it!! I am so happy that this is a success!! You all have been on my mind since I first heard about Cora. I am praying for you and your sweet family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:35 pm

    Christina - This is amazing! What on earth? You guys went to town, and everything looks like something you would find in a fancy boutique! It is adorable-I still cry just to look at it all. You’ve done an amazing job.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:04 pm

    Mrs. Jo - I hope you soon have more items in your shop!

    Praying for you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:58 pm

    Bethany - My goodness! I hadn’t seen that you updated your blog and had your shop open until it was too late! EVERYTHING but two items were gone!

    That is simply amazing!! But oh how I wish the circumstances were different for you all…

    Still keeping you in my thoughts and prayers…ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 1:10 am

    Anonymous - Awesome! Will you be making more? I checked out the Esty site left it for a couple of hours and when I returned everything was pretty much sold out! That’s amazing.

    Everything just looks beautifully made. Looking forward to seeing more.

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  • February 28, 2009 - 2:04 am

    Heather C - Adorable! We’re continuing to pray for you here in NH… God bless you both!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:01 am

    Micah - WOW! I’ve been checking constantly since Wednesday, but was busy yesterday afternoon and didn’t get a chance to check. Now everything is GONE. Congrats!! You have so many people behind you! LOVE the dresses, and the blocks are absolutely amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:08 am

    John Deere Mom - Oh my gosh…everything has sold! That’s amazing! Congrats! Good luck in this venture..it looks like you are going to be busy!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:42 am

    KKJD1 - Love the blocks! I will go check out the new store yall have a good weekend! Blessings,karenReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 9:34 am

    Karen - oh my gosh – you’re sold OUT! That’s fantastic!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 9:55 am

    Anonymous - Still so much apart of my thoughts and prayers..Bought a set of the blocks for my little munchkin..Can’t wait to see what you and Grammy restock with. I know your heart still aches, mine aches for you every day. Hopefully this is giving you a little something to keep you busy.

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  • February 28, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    PamperingBeki - I saw something hot pink today and thought of you and Cora.

    God bless you Jess and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 7:42 pm

    Elizabeth - i am amazed! i went to your etsy site and everything is gone! wow, looks like you were bought out. :-) i am so glad…though i hope you put up more. :-)

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:22 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:29 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:33 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:36 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:42 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:43 pm

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

    Blessings,
    ElizabethReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:45 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:49 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:49 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:50 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:52 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:08 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:10 pm

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

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

    oh, i just wish i could help.

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:11 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    Barrett & Jen - Our prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:18 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    blessedmomto7 - Jess,

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:19 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:23 pm

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

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

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

    God bless you today.

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    A Mommy from New Mexico - Jess and Joel,

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:25 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:31 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    Robin in Benton - Hugs and prayers to you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:42 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:44 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:44 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:51 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:51 pm

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

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

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

    Thinking of you.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:56 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:01 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:02 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:03 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:03 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:10 pm

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

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:18 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:21 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:29 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:35 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:40 pm

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

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:41 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:42 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:45 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:10 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:14 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:21 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:31 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    Lemon Lollipop LLC - OH!

    Welcome to Etsy!

    How totally fun you are crafting!

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

    Michelle :)ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:43 pm

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

    can’t wait to see the shop!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:48 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:57 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:15 pm

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

    God bless your sweet angel Cora and your entire family.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:18 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    Falling Around - Jess,

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

    Thinking about you & praying for you everyday.

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:00 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:14 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:31 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:58 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 7:53 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 8:00 pm

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

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

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

    My email is hbeary777@yahoo.com

    I would love to hear from you.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 8:33 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:15 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:55 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:04 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    Bethany - Jess,

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:14 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:26 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:28 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:31 pm

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

    Hugs and love….

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:33 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:47 pm

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

    Can’t wait to see your shop!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 12:19 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:38 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:51 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:20 am

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

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:32 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:24 am

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:38 am

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

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:55 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:23 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:53 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:57 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 12:17 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:00 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:20 pm

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

    God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:35 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:20 pm

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

    You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:25 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 3:33 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 4:16 pm

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

    Jenna - Hi Jess,

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

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:57 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:02 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:15 pm

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

    http://www.thearnspergers.com/

    http://www.ninetynineballoons.com/ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:37 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:16 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:48 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:08 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:29 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:11 am

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

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:38 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:39 am

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:50 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:29 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:03 am

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

    I cannot even imagine.

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:44 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:51 am

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

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

    She truly is beautiful.

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

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

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

    Thank you over and over again…..

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:13 am

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

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

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

    meg duerksen - jess she is just so beautiful.

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

    praying for you today. :)ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:22 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:36 am

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

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

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

    God bless you today! If you can, enjoy the sunshine, and get some more crafting done. :)ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:46 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:26 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:41 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:00 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:10 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:17 am

    Anonymous - What a beauty! Thanks for sharing.

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

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:03 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:46 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:51 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Dancing Queen - breathtaking!!

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:20 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:32 pm

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

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

    miss you!

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  • February 24, 2009 - 3:47 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:54 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:59 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:47 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:57 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:07 pm

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

    Thanks

    God Bless You and Praying for You!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:56 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:20 pm

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

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

    Much love to you and yours,

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:25 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:25 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:06 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:12 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:47 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:58 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:02 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:09 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:18 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:23 pm

    lgraves - still praying for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:28 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:31 pm

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

    Love in Messiah,
    MiaReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:08 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:09 am

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

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

    sending love from californiaReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:53 am

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

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

    Thinking of you in Montana
    -MeganReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:40 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:31 am

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

    -Marsha in VirginiaReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:36 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:02 pm

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

    http://www.maxeyweb.com

    Wishing grace for your hearts….ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:17 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:00 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:05 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:21 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:38 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:22 am

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

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

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

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  • March 10, 2009 - 12:30 am

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

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