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Baby Mac is 28 weeks.

That meant it was time for our second sono.

On Monday we headed to Wichita for another trip to the specialist.
We were so nervous.
That drive to Wichita, almost in total silence, seemed all too familiar.
The same trip we took to the hospital over eight months ago.
Except this time Cora wasn’t in the back seat.
It is times like these where Cora’s absence seems to be screaming at me.
The memories, fears, and pain come rushing back.
Although the waiting and anticipation of that appointment was scary and uncomfortable, I think sometimes I need those times of quiet.
Time to just think and pray.
Time to remember that God has brought us this far
and He is not going to abandon us now.
Time to rely on Him and His strength to get me through another hard thing.
Time to remember that I need to continue to trust.
We walked back into the specialist’s office,
having to face Cora’s hospital again right across the street.
I tried not to even look.
It is amazing how just being there–not even in the hospital–causes so many pictures, memories, and emotions to start flashing through my mind.
I hate that!
We had the sonogram first.
Baby Mac was moving around again like crazy.
I think we have a wiggly one {and maybe ornery one like daddy} on the way.
The technician talked to us through the whole thing,
and from our perspective it seemed like everything was looking good.
They were going to specifically look at the baby’s adrenal glands at this appointment.
That is where Cora’s tumor started.
When the doctor walked into the room she flashed a big smile and said,
“Aren’t those the most beautiful adrenal glands you have ever seen?”
I think I was still too nervous to respond much,
but it was so wonderful to hear her excitement.
She reassured us that everything was looking great.
Baby Mac looked perfect, adrenal glands and all.
She even gave us a hug when we left.
We are so blessed to have such kind people taking care of us.
And so we are past one more hurdle.
It is hard to believe in a little over 10 weeks
we will be meeting this new little one.
And we even got away with another picture.
Want to see?

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  • Lundstrom Family - I am so happy to hear that everything looks good! You guys are in my prayers always! Can’t wait to find out if you are having a boy or a girl.ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley Ann - That’s one beautiful sono picture!ReplyCancel

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  • Maureen - So happy for you guys… you hold a special place in my heart and I think of you often πŸ™‚ Excited to meet your little one!

    Blogging in WA,
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  • Elle's Mom - Oh, love the photo! What a little beauty, he or she!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Prayers–and happiness for you and your families!ReplyCancel

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  • Misty Rice - All choked up….holding back the tears.

    Go GOD!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - precious baby mac! what a blessing!!ReplyCancel

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  • Diana - Praise the Lord for such awesome blessings! You are surrounded by soooooo much love from so many folks! Keeping you in our prayers!

    Joyfully in Christ,
    Diana πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - God bless you Jess.

    There is Hope in Him!!ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - A little over 10 weeks!! When you say it like that, it seems so close, doesn’t it? That’s a good thing, I think, and I’m so happy that things look so good. Praise God for your healthy baby! Praise Him for your life together, all of your family, and your trust in Him.ReplyCancel

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  • Yankee Mama - I am so happy and ready to bawl my eyes out at the same time! I just love your sweet spirit Faith in the Lord.ReplyCancel

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  • jess - so happy that everything is going well for you! you deserve it. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Heather - he or she is too cute already! getting so excited for you, jess πŸ™‚
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  • β™₯Amber Filkinsβ™₯ - Oh dear Jess. My heart just aches for you. And I know a lot of those feelings all to well that you mentioned in your post. I just got done writing a post about losing our {2nd} baby in a year, and my D&C today.

    I had so many quiet, silent moments. Moving through all of the motions and emotions, silently.

    But through all of the silence, and unpleasantness, there was NO denying God’s presence, His promises, His hand holding us up under the unbearable pain.

    What a beautiful, healthy little baby you have on the way!

    Hugs & prayers, my dear.ReplyCancel

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  • forever folding laundry - Beautiful. Just like big sister Cora.
    So glad all is well. Enjoy these next 12 weeks!

    ~KeriReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - Continuing to pray for your family! Baby Mac looks gorgeous and healthy and strong! I cant wait to meet him/her!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - I continue to pray for you, Joel, and your precious unborn baby. He or she looks so beautiful. Jesus loves you all so very much.ReplyCancel

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  • Natasha - Absolutely beautiful!
    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and it makes me cry every time, my family’s heart goes out to you and you are in my prayers. I can’t wait to see you holding this little one!ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - Can you even fathom how much rejoicing there will be across the country (the world!) when Baby Mac is in your arms for the first time??

    Yet I know you’ll miss Cora SO much at that moment.

    Praying for overflowing peace and joy to fill your hearts!!ReplyCancel

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  • Polka Dot Moon - Can’t wait to see Baby Mac in your arms! You’re always in my thoughts and prayers!!
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  • Lori - Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing this journey with all of us. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - Can’t wait to meet him or her! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Anna - So happy for the good news…what a wonderful, wonderful picture!!ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon - What a beautiful baby! And I’m so glad to hear that those adrenal glands are perfect, too!

    Good luck with everything, and we will continue to pray for the three of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Molly - Wonderful news! I am praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • Julie - Oh, Jess! What great news. Thank you for sharing. I prayed so hard for you on Monday and am glad you got such beautiful news. Can’t wait to meet Baby Mac. Love you!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa - I’m so happy for you guys. I haven’t commented, but wanted to today. I know what u mean about just driving down the same roads or even looking at or going to the hospital. When my grandmother died it was very sudden from an allergic reaction that caused all her skin to come off. It was devastating to us. After that long week in the hospital I felt like I could not breathe if I smelled the hospital soap somewhere or had to actually go in a hospital. We work w college students at our church and one night we were scheduled to take coloring books, etc to the children’s hospital. I knew I had to go. I was trying to hold it together bc the students were so nervous and excited. The nurses asked if we would go see a sweet girl who had a head injury from falling at a church camp. She could no longer talk or walk, but was having to learn all over again. I was so scared to open her door. We all went in and met her family. The students were hanging back…it was different to try and talk to the girl, so most talked to her parents. The second I walked in her eyes locked on mine…I could feel her hurt and how scared she was. She reached out for my hand and I took it. Because I had been so close to my grandmother and had to witness such horrible pain and still hold her hand and talk to her,I felt comfortable. God’s peace just washed over me. I talked to this little girl and held her hand forever. When we had to go she cried. I was crying, too. I had gone from scared to death to being able to love and minister in a new way. Because you’ve been there it changes you. Just wanted to share because I know god has and will continue to use you for his glory. Even when you feel like it might not ever be a possibility. Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Keilani - I am so glad to hear everthing is ok! The pain you feel breaks my heart, but the comfort you receive from God also comforts me. I cannot tell you how much your family has taught me about love, kindness, and the power of God. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • Urban Pioneer - Congratulations on the new baby, he/she is looking great!
    I don’t know you, but I just wanted to say how proud I am of you and tell you that you are such an inspiration to me and are truly a testament to God’s love πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Whimsical Creations - Just precious! I am so happy to hear everything looks good.ReplyCancel

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  • merlin - 28 weeks is such a happy milestone bringing a fresh sense of peace and hope. And then to have the confirmation with the sonogram that your sweet babe is looking perfect. I pray this all puts a bit of calm in your soul. A lot of folks are praying for your baby and the two of you. Blessings to you and all you love.ReplyCancel

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  • TRICIA @ The Zoo - My heart is so full of joy for your family. I hate that there must be such sadness mixed with all of this joy, but as you said; God is with you and he won’t abandon you now.
    The funny things you never expect to be excited to hear at a sonogram, right?! What a beautiful blessing.

    XO*TriciaReplyCancel

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  • Mandi @ It's come to this - So happy for such a good report … and another picture too! Continuing to pray for your family!!ReplyCancel

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  • amy - oh, jess! i’m so happy to hear your news…i bet you are relieved. πŸ™‚

    hugs to you…
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  • Carla - So happy to read this xReplyCancel

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  • dawn - Congrats on the good news…

    Your light continues to shine brightly…ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Precious! So excited for you two!

    Always in my thoughts and prayers…

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  • Anonymous - SO incredibly happy for you! Your family is always in my prayers!
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  • Christine - What a blessing! I love the sono pic! So looking forward to meeting precious Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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  • Farris Family - Good Bless Your Sweet Family!ReplyCancel

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  • The Moffats - Jess & Joel – I was so happy to read this post! I have been wanting to call & check in all week. Dropped my phone in a tub full of Pinesol while cleaning(keep those comments to yourself, Joel) & was out of touch since last Friday. Just got your text when my new phone arrived & was sooo glad to see the good news. Love & hugs.ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth - Your Faith inspires me!ReplyCancel

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  • texasinafrica - That is a beautiful little one! Glad to hear that things are going well, and praying for a deep, deep sense of peace for mom and dad.ReplyCancel

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  • Brooke - That sounds like Dr. Ohara? I had my appointment with her on Monday too…she’s such a blessing during such a tender and tense time. I am so happy for you both and will continue to pray for baby’s health.
    …this is Brooke Krause by the way πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • hoosier68 - Thanks be to God!ReplyCancel

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  • Al's World - Precious baby…and remember “for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” Jer. 29:11. Praying for you..we are at 21 weeks and have our detailed ultrasound in two weeks..I am nervous about it as well.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - So happy to hear that wonderful news. Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Kathy - I am so amazed at the strength and courage you and Joel have. Your blog has been a witness to me…..of having faith through every walk in life. Thanks so much for sharing your journey and sharing your sono of your new precious gift. God is so good.ReplyCancel

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  • Nan - Praise God!ReplyCancel

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  • tripntwinmom - CONGRATULATIONS and praise God on your healthy little Mac…. πŸ™‚

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers as always…ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi - Oh, what a sweet baby! I am so glad you received another good report.ReplyCancel

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  • Misty - i love reading your blog. again, i am inspired, empowered and strengthened.ReplyCancel

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  • Givinya De Elba - Oh my heart was in my mouth as I read. My little sister’s tumour started in the same place – maybe that’s what neuroblastoma is all about?

    I remember that back in 1980, the doctors told my parents it wasn’t hereditary, and that I and my (future) siblings were not at any higher risk of the same thing. Is that still the current view?

    But you still worry don’t you? I have asked my doctor to check the tummies of all 3 of my babies, just to feel and see if there’s anything there that shouldn’t be there. (Just because my sister’s tumour was so large, and I’m guessing it could be felt.)

    What a beautiful picture.

    I wish I could bring your Cora back for you.ReplyCancel

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  • leel - One more step forward. What a milestone. Yay for adrenal grand beauty and wonderful healthcare professionals who show emotions! It makes all the difference. Thanks for continuing to share it with us all! I am so happy for you, and your families.

    My prediction, a boy. I’m just saying… (my guessing record is EXcellent, btw!)

    Peace and love,
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  • Robin in Benton - So happy for you! Praise God for those beautiful adrenal glands! Praying without ceasing for youReplyCancel

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  • Miss Em - Simply Wonderful! God IS Great!!! I am so excited for both of you and keep you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - So precious and soooo glad everything is looking good πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - Awesome news!ReplyCancel

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  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - I’m so happy to hear that the baby is doing well! He/She is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Princess Martha - Great news! Very happy for you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Judy - Praise God for another great doctor’s report!! I can’t wait to see that sweet baby’s face πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Sherri - YEAH for Jess and Joel! Congrats on another amazing blessing. What a great doctor taking care of you and sweet baby Mac. Of course we do know God is the Master of all Dr’s which is also pretty amazing. There is NO doubt He is by your side. Good to hear everything checked out great today. Hopefully these 10 weeks or so will go by quickly so you can have FULL arms again….I am sure Cora is looking down ahead and SUPER happy she IS a BIG sister πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Wendy McDonagh-Valentine - God bless you and that beautiful new baby!! Thank you for sharing that wonderful new picture with us. : )

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/ReplyCancel

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  • Karina - You have a beautiful baby there. I can’t wait to see him/her in your arms!!!ReplyCancel

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  • onlymehere - I’m so happy to hear your wonderful news. I wish I knew what I was looking at in the photo. I think I see a hand though! CindyReplyCancel

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We’re finally ready…

Cora’s is stocked.

Lots of new stuff.
Cora dresses, burpies, tees and more.
Go check it out.
Oh, and make sure you check out My Charming Kids too.
MckMama is hosting a Cora dress giveaway sometime today.
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  • Trasie Bressler - You guys have been super busy and all of it is absolutely adorable.

    Many Many Blessings to all of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - It is ALL adorable..Great job Mom and Grammy πŸ™‚ hope you are still sewing, knowing that Cora’s shop will sale out quickly!

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  • Stephanie - So adorable! I cannot wait to order one!ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - yay! you guys do such a great job!!! and cute pics/model by the way πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Ethansmom08 - Everything is just SOOOOOO adorable! You ladies are amazing! I was super excited to be able to grab a Cora dress today! πŸ™‚

    Many blessings and prayers,
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  • Christina - WOOHOO! I just ordered the flower top for my daughter. Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

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  • Kimberley - YAY!! I FINALLY got one!! =) Thanks for all your hard work…can’t wait to see the adorable dress in person!
    Love & prayers from MD.ReplyCancel

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  • Karina - You have GOT to be kidding – I AM TOO LATE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Argh. On the same day as your post, too. Poop. πŸ™ReplyCancel

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  • gwswenson - I tried sooo hard to get a 2t or 3t Cora dress…instead I snapped up just the gorgeous pear tee for my little one to grow into. Any chance you have any 2 or 3t Cora dresses available to ship with it (I think I saw a note that you would be listing more soon). Thanks so much and wonderful job -everything is adorable!!ReplyCancel

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  • Cathy - Very cute!ReplyCancel

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  • Danielle - You have beautiful stuff! I am always too late to get my hands on some. I love to sew and if you ever need help getting stuff done, let me know. God Bless you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Baby Kate's Mom - hacI have been following your blog and waiting for more Cora dresses and am so bummed that I missed out again!!! Hope you have more available soon. Your story is amazing and I’ve found myself thinking of Cora many times and I continue to pray for your family.

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  • Beckypdj - I love seeing Cora’s picture on the header.
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  • bagfashionista - they are all GONE already??!!!! =(ReplyCancel

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  • JenniferNe - Oh my goodness! You are sold out already! Not fair!ReplyCancel

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  • Shana - Oh how I wish I had a girl!!ReplyCancel

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  • Christi - So sad everything is gone. I was really looking forward to getting some dresses for my girlies. More soon please!!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Mershawn's - Geez. These girls are fast. Over 400 things gone in less than a day….
    Or maybe I’m just too slow. Whatever it is….geez. I wanted a dress. And baby boy stuff. I’ll go whine to my husband or my mom. They’ll wish I had gotten something too:). Ha!
    Super cute stuff!! You should be proud. Hope things are getting less & less awful each day. Still praying for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • Jules - They are just precious! I don’t have children yet, but still want to order some for fear they wont be around when we are blessed with children πŸ™‚ You inspire me!!ReplyCancel

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  • Marisol - Can’t believe everything is gone already! πŸ™ Maybe next time I’ll be able to order one. Many blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • jennifer rogers - i cannot believe how quick they sell out! I’m so bummed! I’ve been checking multiple times a day and have saved a little money to buy a dress and I missed it again….oh I am sad!ReplyCancel

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  • Savanna - I’ve been following your blog at about the same time you began your Cora Etsy shop and my favorite thing to do when you post that you’ve stocked the shop is to check it out and see how fast it all has sold πŸ™‚ I’m a newly wed and we don’t have any plans for children quite yet, but it makes my heart feel so wonderful to see your shop empty so quick every time πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - They are always so CUTE! But I’m always late πŸ™ It’s like trying to shop during Black Friday πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Samantha - so, so, so, adorable!!

    You ladies are so talented! Can’t wait to order two for my nieces!ReplyCancel

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  • Candice - Great stuff AND I entered the giveaway this morning. Here’s hoping. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Wow, I’m always excited to see what’s in your store, but when I get there everything is gone. I’m glad your business is so successful for Cora’s playground. :o)ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - You make beautiful clothes!! I found your blog through mycharmingkids.net. I have an 8 month old daughter and have thought and prayed for you often after reading your story. I cannot imagine the heartache of losing a child and pray that Jesus continues to carry you through that. Just wanted you to know that even strangers like me are praying for you and your family!

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  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - When I woke up this morning, I checked your blog. And found that Cora’s was stocked 2 hours ago. And I thought that maybe, just maybe, there would be something I could buy.

    But no. And that is great for you and great for the % of your sales that is going towards Cora’s playground.

    Maybe next time!

    With prayers from Australia to you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Trim - Wow, that was fast.Next re-stock, i think I’m going to have to take a day off work to stay home by the PC lol….and figure out the time difference :-)Delighted, unsurprised and selfishly disappointed they sold out so quickly. I’ll be much quicker next time, hugs CarlaReplyCancel

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  • Enos Family - I really think you have some sort of record on the ETSY sight. There is no one anyone else sells out so quickly.
    CONGRATS!!
    They are all adorable things, and I am sure you are amazed at how quickly they go as well. Now, you’ll be busy at the post office.ReplyCancel

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  • Elle's Mom - oh my goodness!! your readers are way too fast for me! i don’t know if I’ll ever get a Cora dress! Congrats on selling out so quickly – that’s awesome! Hugs, LisaReplyCancel

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  • Janae - Too late again! πŸ™ Hopefully next time. Keep it up!ReplyCancel

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  • Sue - I hope you’ll be able to “stock” Cora’s shop again soon. I was too late again. What a beautiful job you ladies are doing!ReplyCancel

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  • Karen - Arghhhh. Not even ONE left. My girl NEEDS a Cora dress! We will be stalking your site until we are lucky enough to get one πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - I missed it again, only by three hours!! While I am sad I missed getting a cora dress, I am also very happy for you and Cora’s playground that you sold out!ReplyCancel

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  • Christine - Awwww, it is all adorable as always! Beautiful work ladies. A bit bummed here though. I’ve been stalking the Etsy site for months wanting a sweet Cora dress for my special little girl and the day they go up for sale again and I couldn’t be at the computer. Of all the days. Hope I can catch it next time. Blessings to you all!ReplyCancel

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  • Ginger - I have Cora’s bookmarked & check it at least twice every day… I’m so excited to get a dress for Avery! Alas, I missed it once again – but I’m excited for you! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Every time you post new items in your etsy store, they are all gone before I can get there… DRATS AGAIN!
    Im about ready to wrestle someone for some burpies.ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - It’s already gone! and I have been waiting so long!ReplyCancel

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  • Princess Martha - I cannot believ the shop is empty again already! So fast, you girls might have to employ some sewers to keep the sho stocked! Congrats.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Oy, I wish I could at least SEE the items, but they are always gone by the time I get there! Maybe you can post more pics on your blog for us to at least drool over. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Erin - You have the CUTEST dresses ever! Of course I am too late AGAIN! I need the bigger sizes and apparently everyone else does too. I think I have check the Cora store everyday for two months and I manage to miss it every time. Don’t worry I will keep trying, one of these days I am bound to hit it at the right time to get dresses for my girls!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Missed them again. Oh well, I tried! Good for you.ReplyCancel

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  • Tanya - I have followed your blog and read about your sweet Cora. I LOVE your dresses and am so bummed that I missed out. I hope that more will be up soon as I would love to snug some for my girls. Good luck and I am so happy your store is doing so well!ReplyCancel

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  • Angie - I knew I should have been checking at work. I came home, checked and everything was gone. Bummer! I so hope you are posting more soon πŸ™‚

    Thinking of you – get back to work! Ha kidding of course πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer Dawn - I was so excited about the prospect of getting my little Lydia a Cora dress, but you are already sold out. I will have to be a little quicker next time. πŸ™‚ Everything looked so cute!ReplyCancel

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  • MCH PHOTOGRAPHY - Yay! I am so excited..ReplyCancel

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  • Yankee Mama - I’m so sad-I never make it to the site in time. Is there anyway to place an order?ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer - hhhhaaaahhhhhaaa..sold out it one day!! I’m sorry but I was too late:( maybe next time.ReplyCancel

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  • Kim - I won the Cora dress on MckMama’s website!! I’m so thrilled, I can’t wait to see it! My baby girl Katie is 7 months and it will be perfect for her! Thanks so much πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Jen - how adorable.. I would have adored it on my Ella.. oh well..maybe one day..And WOW!! congrats on the boomin’ business! Wonderful!ReplyCancel

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  • Wendy McDonagh-Valentine - I just love the pic of the little girl looking in the window!! The colors of your creations are always so uplifting. I’m expecting a baby in May and would love to have a Cora Creation if we have a girl!! I hope you’re feeling good. God bless. : )

    ~ Wendy
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  • Deena - I always miss it…. I keep trying to order a dress, and they are always gone right away!! That’s a good thing, but I’m bummed that I missed out. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Squirpy Momma - Drat…I miss the dresses EVERY time!!! They are so stinkin cute though, keep em coming!ReplyCancel

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  • Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend - It is all “the cutest”……love it all…

    Just out blog hopping. . Enjoyed reading yours…Hope you will stop by my Christmas blog and leave your favorite Christmas song…and enter a great giveaway.
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  • NancyG - Since I’m an Etsy seller, I’m alway checking your store. I did catch your store while you still had a few things left, but not the right size for my baby boy.

    I’ll keep checking back! I managed to snag a 4th of July tee and LOVE it!

    God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - And like the wind they are all gone again! One of these days I’ll get there in time!

    Blessings to you and Baby MacReplyCancel

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  • Diana - Wow! Everything is gone already??? I had so hoped to get a couple Cora dresses for my granddaughters. The dresses are soooooooooo adorable, you gals do such wonderful work. Have been following your blog for a few months now, keeping you and your family in our family prayers. Missed the playground dedication, but have driven by while out running errands and seen it… what a blessing and tribute to sweet Cora! {{hugz}} to you and your family. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Beth - Remembering your sweet Cora, today & always.

    Blessings from Michigan!ReplyCancel

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  • Mama10EE - Man, I never seem to get there in time! Some day…

    Thinking of you and sweet Cora today, National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Praying for comfort and healing, and excitement for you in the anticipation of your new arrival.ReplyCancel

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

    Just wanted to let you know that you’re on my mind and in my heart and prayers today! <3

    Much love!

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  • Robin in Benton - Thinking of you and praying for you tonight.ReplyCancel

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And the winner is…

#158 Kelly
I visited the Polka Dot Plum and my favorite kit is Sweetcheeks!
Congratulations Kelly! You can contact Danielle to get started on your new look.
And if you didn’t win, don’t forget that Danielle is still offering some great discounts for EVERYONE else!
$10 off a pre-made template
$10 off your deposit for a blog makeover
(Just mention that you came from The Macs when you contact her.)
AND
25% off a digital scrapbook order from Danielle’s shop
Use coupon code: themacs25off

Both of these offers end Wednesday, October 14th.

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Have you noticed my new look?
I know you have because you have left so many nice comments.
Isn’t it fabulous?

When Cora was in the hospital Judy contacted me about Danielle giving my blog a makeover. At the time I was too overwhelmed to even think about changing my blog. But several months later after many people suggesting that I should get a blog makeover, {hint, hint} I decided to see if Danielle was still interested in helping me.
Danielle is the very talented lady who is responsible for my new look. My favorite part is the rotating photo header. Love it!
Not only does Danielle do blog makeovers, but she also has a new shop at Polka Dot Plum. She has some great digital kits for all the scrapbookers out there.

And not only has she been so kind to me…

but she also wants to share the love with one of my readers.
So, it is time for a giveaway!
Today, I am giving away a standard blog makeover. If your blog is needing a new look, now is your chance to win one for FREE!

To enter, simply leave me a comment.

For extra entries:
1. Grab my new button.
2. Become a follower of Danielle’s design blog.

3. Visit Danielle’s shop at Polka Dot Plum and share your favorite kit.
Please be sure to leave one comment for EVERY entry.
And if that isn’t enough, Danielle is offering some great discounts for EVERYONE else!
$10 off a pre-made template
$10 off your deposit for a blog makeover
(Just mention that you came from The Macs when you contact her. Offer ends Wednesday, October 14th)
AND
25% off a digital scrapbook order from Danielle’s shop now through Wednesday, October 14th
Use coupon code: themacs25off
Comments will close on Saturday at 8:00pm.
Thanks Judy and Danielle for making my blog makeover possible!
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We thought we would be ready by the end of August…
then September…
but it is looking like October is going to be the month.
Since I am finished working, my mom and I have been sewing like crazy.
Trying to catch up.
We are getting so close to being ready to post everything.
I am not going to give you a date though.
I don’t want to be wrong again.
And I hate not following through on my promises.
So, keep checking back.
We will be posting very soon.





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  • Mark and Mandi - Oh I can’t wait…maybe we’ll get a Cora dress this time:) And I can’t believe I was first to comment either!ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - your stuff is so cute! i can’t wait to see everything you’re making this time!!!ReplyCancel

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  • meg duerksen - i LOVE these pics!!
    your new look is so cute jess!
    your dresses and your whole shop make people so happy.
    hope you are having a great tuesday!ReplyCancel

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  • Ash - Beautiful colors!ReplyCancel

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  • Trasie Bressler - Oh I can’t wait…..Cute Stuff!ReplyCancel

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  • The Mershawn's - I love the turtle pin cushion:). They make me smile. Holding out hope… :)Ha!ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in ABenton - Hope you are having a terrific day! Hoping that this time I can get my two granddaughters Cora dresses!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristen - Can’t wait to see if I can get a dress for my little girl! And I love the new blog layout! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • mommaof4wife2r - oh the colors just make me wanna smile. super fun. love the fabrics!ReplyCancel

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  • purejoy - oooooh. it all looks good (and so do you, by the way) can’t wait for the unveling, and love the new blog buttons!! fun looking blog. and cora looks so cute.ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda Whybrew - You make me want to learn how to sew!! I love the happy colors you have chosen –they make me more anxious to compulsively check Cora’s shop πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Can’t wait to see πŸ™‚ although I don’t have a little girl to buy for love to see them.they are all so adorable..however I am in on catching something for a little boy πŸ™‚

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  • Kristi REDISKE - oh-now I am nervous-I want to be one of the lucky ones to get a cora dress and maybe a tripp t-shirt-i will keep checking. Maybe this is my lucky month-i did win at our bunko last night so things are looking up-ha! Thanks to you and your mom for working hard. Praying for you all still.ReplyCancel

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  • Carla, Ireland - Ohhhhhh so excited, have been looking forward to the restock since I happened across your blog. Happy sewing πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Princess Martha - Wow, I wish I had some little people to buy some dresses for, they are so gorgeous. I think this everytime I see your dresses.ReplyCancel

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  • Micah - Girl, I know what you mean. It takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to post stuff on Etsy!!! I’ve been doing just that all day and i feel like i have accomplished nothing! But posting 10 items! woohoo! Can’t wait to see what you and your mom have been working on!

    btw, LOVE the new blog look!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - Oh I’m so hoping to get a Cora dress this time around! Love the new blog look.ReplyCancel

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  • Ethansmom08 - YAY! Couldn’t be more excited about the new Cora dresses! Wow, they all look SO beautiful! πŸ™‚

    Love and Prayers for you, Joel, Cora & Baby Mac!ReplyCancel

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  • SouthernGalsBoutique - I love the colors in the fabric!! I can’t wait to see them all…ReplyCancel

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  • Whimsical Creations - Ohhhh…i can not wait!ReplyCancel

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  • Shauna - Oh my gosh!! The suspense is killing me–I can’t hardly wait!!!! I’m going to try my best to snag me a dress for spring!!!ReplyCancel

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  • The Moffats - I am guessing that you will be sold out within a half hour of your listings πŸ™‚ It all looks like so much fun! I also love the finished blog look. I read everything “new” and wept reading Cora’s Story – what a wave of emotion and memories that came FLOODING back. Love you guys and hope you’re having a good week! Hopefully we can catch each other soon…ReplyCancel

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  • The Moffats - I am guessing that you will be sold out within a half hour of your listings πŸ™‚ It all looks like so much fun! I also love the finished blog look. I read everything “new” and wept reading Cora’s Story – what a wave of emotion and memories that came FLOODING back. Love you guys and hope you’re having a good week! Hopefully we can catch each other soon…ReplyCancel

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  • Jenni - Your Cora Dresses are super cute and made with such love.. I love the bright colors. In hopes of having my own little girl someday – I may just have to buy one.. :0)ReplyCancel

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  • Maureen - Beautiful!!! I too LOVE the look of your blog!!! Know that I think and pray for you often.ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - Wonderful photographs!ReplyCancel

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  • Sue - Good luck!! Such beautiful clothing, I am wishing I had a little princess to dress up…ReplyCancel

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  • judith - Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh excitment mounting! It looks as though you’ve been real busy stitching and creating beautiful things. Hoping that I can be one of the fortunate ones and dress my wee girl in one of your creations bringing a little bit of Cora magic over to Bonnie Scotland! xReplyCancel

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  • Rachael - Don’t feel bad! Jess- you are so talented, God has given you such a wonderful gift. Thank you for blessing us with it.ReplyCancel

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  • jennifer rogers - oh i’m so excited! I’ve been checking everyday to see if you’ve put anything in the shop! I will be so excited if I get a cora dress!ReplyCancel

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  • athans' family - Love the new layout of the website…very cute! I hope that I can get a Cora dress. They are so cute and what a tribute to your sweet little girl. I think about you and pray for you often. May God continue to work through as you touch so many lives through your story.
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  • Rebecca - Thinking of you and praying for you right now, as “Mighty to Save” is playing on our local radio station.

    My 7 year old knows what this song means to me in relation to your family. He runs to tell me it is on the radio if I am out of ear shot at the time. Then he quick runs to the radio, turns it up and sings along. You are in his thoughts and prayers as well.

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  • Misty - its such a small world~ i follow meg’s blog & saw the dedication~ clicked her link and found your blog… only to realize that i’ve seen it before… a photographer here in tulsa also had your link on her blog MONTHS ago asking for people to pray for your family… and we did, and our church did, and our community did… and still do. i cannot WAiT to buy dresses from your shop! your new blog is great! You inspire me and give me strength when things tend to get overwhelming~ isn’t that crazy that someone in blogland and help get you thru life trials and they don’t even know it?! lol God Bless You and Your Family.ReplyCancel

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  • The Shepherd Family - Oh I am sooo excited! I hope to actually grab one or two dresses for my girls!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jaclyn @ Love, Laughter, and Complete Chaos - Love your blog…you story inspires me. You look fantastic~ can’t wait to “meet” the new little Mac. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - Love everything you guys make and would love some. Would you ever consider shipping to Canada?
    Take care! JenelleReplyCancel

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