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This is what I hauled into the post office today.

All the Etsy orders are mailed. PHEW!
You girls are awesome!
Thanks for keeping Cora’s in business.
Now we have a bunch of empty hangers, so it is back to sewing.
And thanks to you, business is booming at our local post office!
My sweet sister came over last night and helped me package everything.
I couldn’t have done it without her.
Thanks Anne!



Five hours later, my floor was covered in Cora’s packages.
If you placed a Cora’s order it should be arriving soon.
If you missed what you were hoping to get, keep checking back.
We are working on more dresses already!
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  • Anonymous - Yippee, I can’t wait! I already have the leggings to match the Cora dress I purchased for my daughter! I hope those boxes weren’t too heavy for you to lift…praying for Baby Mac and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • the breedens - I love that bench in your first picture.ReplyCancel

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  • Gail - Wow–Jess, you are one busy lady! Can’t believe how much you get done. Your dresses are adorable! Love you!ReplyCancel

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  • Trasie Bressler - Well I missed out on this bunch of dresses but hopefully one is in the next bunch that you make…..I know it will be perfect and it will be perfect timing when I actually get one. They are all adorable and they are all made with so much love! Many Many Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • Diana - New prayer: Dear Lord, PLEASE let me be able to buy a couple Cora dresses… please, please, please…

    Amen

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  • Christina - I am so excited. I ordered a shirt for my daughter Emily that would be in the bunch!

    YAY! I will come by and let you know when I put up a post with Emily in her new Cora top.ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - I LOVE that this is going so well for you!ReplyCancel

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  • Whimsical Creations - YAY for Cora’s dresses. Your dresses are so cute!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa - Yay! I keep missing them, but hopefully next time I will be quick enough! Thanks for all your updates and encouraging posts. Praying for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • Judy - Even the labels are adorable!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelsey - I always miss them! I can’t wait to get my hands on a couple dresses next time!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristen - I’ll be checking my mailbox daily until it gets here! Can’t wait to see my Abby in her dress from Cora’s! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • gwswenson - Crossing my fingers for a 2T Cora dress next time around. Cannot wait to receive the shirt I ordered. Is it as fun as it looks -all the sewing, packaging, designing labels, etc? I dream of an etsy shop, just don’t have the talent like you do!! Excellent work, and I hope you DO enjoy it!!ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - I’m still hoping to get one! πŸ™‚ It’s amazing that you all are doing this. Every time I go to the site, there is either nothing or two items left.
    Take care, and blessings on you all.ReplyCancel

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  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - That is wonderful! Every time I look at your site, the dresses are gone, lol!ReplyCancel

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  • Carla - Ohhhh, Im so looking forward to the restock, am really hoping to be lucky next time. Im due No2 in February and Im actually tempted to find out whether its a boy or a girl, just so I can order a dress from Cora’s :-). Im sure Cora is looking down at you all thinking “how amazing is my mommy”! Congratulations on all your hard work, its so lovely to think of all the people who are going to be made so happy this week when their dresses arrive. It all looks so pretty!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • SouthernGalsBoutique - your dresses are gorgeous!!! I’ll be watching for more to come up for sale in your Etsy!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - That is just awesome, so glad business is booming!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :O) - Yay! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! It made my smile and I’m thrilled business is booming for you and keeping Sweet Sweet Cora’s memory alive!! I hope one day to be able to get two dresses for my coworker that is pregnant with twins…you sell out SO fast though…whew! Hugs and blessings to you all, so much to be proud of!ReplyCancel

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  • CourtneyC - Those labels are too cute!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - One of these days you’ll be mailing one of those to me – please Lord! Have a blessed day!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - Jess. I know this is random, but I love the bench that you have in the “mud room” or whatever you call it. I would love to know where you found such a lovely antique-y bench. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - Jess, I love the bench that you have in your mud room. Where ever did you find such a great antique-y blue bench? Do tell.ReplyCancel

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  • MomMom - Just wanted to let you know that your blog encourages me every time I read it. Please go to my blog to check out an award I left for you. Also, I keep going to Cora’s web site to try to buy something and always miss out. I’ll keep trying. Excited about Baby Mac. We’re expecting a new granddaugther Jan. 25th.ReplyCancel

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  • meg duerksen - that is awesome! what a happy site.ReplyCancel

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  • Cyndi - Can you make these in larger sizes? My 7 year old would look cute in one of these with a pair of jeans! Can you make them in like a 6x or 7?ReplyCancel

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  • Melanie - Can’t wait for the next batch to be ready! I miss it every time. They are so cute and I’m so excited for the arrival of Baby Mac! Thank you for the wonderful words that you write…I’m in awe of your strength! God is good!!!ReplyCancel

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  • misty - I DID miss what I wanted to get =( our computer was at the apple store getting repaired when you filled up! I am so happy that you’re making more because I need 5. I can’t wait! =) happy sewing!ReplyCancel

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  • Erica - That is so exciting that it is going so well for you! So great!ReplyCancel

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  • Stephanie - I’m waiting to catch one so I can buy one soon hopefully! Everytime I check they’re already gone…they sell like hotcakes!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer Dawn - I’m crossing my fingers that I can be quick enough next time to snatch one of these cute dresses up.ReplyCancel

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  • jeannebean - I’ve been following your blog for many months and I have wanted something from Cora’s store, but every time I looked, it was sold out. When I saw MckMama’s post, I went straight there and got an adorable dress for my daughter. Can’t wait for the package to arrive- fun to get a sneak peak behind the scenes. I will think of you and Cora and Baby Mac each time Natalie wears her dress. Thanks, and best wishes!!ReplyCancel

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  • Megan (mommyesquire) - Can’t wait until my little girl’s dress arrives!ReplyCancel

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  • SadMommy3434 - I’ve been having a hard time viewing your items. I don’t know if it’s my computer but I am interest in getting a Cora Dress for my daughter. Feel free to email me at any time.ReplyCancel

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  • Micah - Oh, girl, I know what a relief it is to get those OUT of your house! Wish I was getting some fun Cora mail =(. Maybe next time…ReplyCancel

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  • Mandi @ It's come to this - It absolutely amazes me to stop & think about what you set out to do & then went on to accomplish in such a short period of time!! How incredibly wonderful that Cora’s Playground was thought of, built, paid for & now played on in less than a year! Can’t wait to see pics of Baby Mac playing on big sister’s playground soon. God bless your family!!ReplyCancel

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  • Ethansmom08 - I was SO excited when I got my Cora package in the mail yesterday! Thank you SO much!

    Love and Prayers,
    SaraReplyCancel

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  • beforeoureyes - and she did a wonderful job! I so enjoyed recieving mine. It’s great! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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I love this.

I wonder about heaven so much more than I ever have before.
It is hard to even imagine what it will be like.
I know it is something I will never be able to grasp with my finite mind.
Heaven can only be grasped by faith.
But I do know that Cora is going to be waiting there for me.
To me, heaven is now the face of my little girl.
And it is going to be SO much more.
I love these words:
“But in my mind’s eye I can see a place,
Where Your glory fills every empty space”
How awesome that will be!
However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9

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  • Falling Around - It will be a blessed reunion for sure. So many loved ones waiting.

    Praying for you and baby Mac.ReplyCancel

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  • Sandys2girls - I read your blog and your story has taken my heart. I think of you reuniting with your sweet baby girl one day in heaven and my heart smiles.. What a day that will be!!
    There is a song that was sung at my 13 year old cousins funeral and it really spoke to me, its called “If you could see me now” by Don Moen. You should google it, I think it will speak to you.
    Prayin for you and new baby girl Mac!!ReplyCancel

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  • Zingo Tots - Beautiful. I absolutely love one of the pictures of Cora that is in your header. It is a black and white and she is looking up with the sunlight on her face. It is almost as if she is looking up to Heaven. Saying prayers for your family daily. Rest up! Your next ten weeks will fly by!ReplyCancel

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  • Diana - What a glorious reunion the Lord surely has in store for us with our loved ones who already there!

    {Myself, I will be looking forward to that Heaven time when I will be reunited with my mom who died of cancer when I was 14.}

    Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • Stephanie - You are so amazing and OH SO STRONG! I pray for you with each day…you are truly an inspiration and I only hope to be a sliver of your strength…Bless you and thank you for sharing your journey!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi REDISKE - What an amazing song-so glad you posted it. I have put it on my facebook page now for others. Still keeping you all in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - i dont comment often but i check in every day. that was just beautiful. thankyou. Still praying for you all. Love Amanda in Australia. xReplyCancel

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  • Misty Rice - Only tears and goosebumps.ReplyCancel

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  • Misty Rice - And as hard as it is for us…this is the kind of love God dying and so badly desires for us to have for HIM as we do our kids.

    He wants us to have such BIG and DEEP love and faith in HIM and Heaven with HIM, as we do our kids.

    He loves us that much.ReplyCancel

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  • onebadrunner - I think of that day often. What an amazing day it will be.ReplyCancel

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  • Robin in Benton - Your faith never ceases to be an inspiration.ReplyCancel

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  • Beckypdj - It will be a glorious day when we see all of the people that have gone to Heaven before us. My son’s birthday is on Thursday, he is celebrating in Heaven.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - What a glorious and beautiful heaven we have waiting for us. It feels like that song was written just for you. What a great way to think of heaven, as a child lay on your chest breathing… all those simple things you long for waiting for you.ReplyCancel

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  • TRICIA @ The Zoo - It’s hard to imagine a heaven more perfect than that sweet baby’s face.

    Blessings to your family. Abundant blessings.

    With love and prayers,
    XO*TriciaReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Kelly - I absolutely love this song and it’s soooo fitting for your Cora πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Shana - Four words:
    Wow!
    Beautiful!
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Marla Taviano - Oh, wow. I can’t wait to meet Maria and Cora!!ReplyCancel

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  • Sophia - Thank you Lord for your blessings!
    S.C.C. speaks your promises to us with music and it is such an encouragement to us.
    Looking forward to the day we will meet you in glory, and all these angel babies…keep lookin down on your momma and poppa, Cora!!ReplyCancel

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  • Tabitha And Family - I know it will be just where we all need to be..Home with our Father.ReplyCancel

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  • Bri!!! - Oh my gosh, it was as if this song was written specifically for Cora. BEAUTIFUL. I’m in tears. Much love to you, your family, and the little one growing inside of you!ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - That is really an amazing & beautious way of looking at things.

    I love it!ReplyCancel

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  • HD - There is a book titled “90 Minutes In Heaven” written by a pastor named Don Piper. Wow! What a book. His description of Heaven is absolutely amazing. Definitely an uplifting book.
    Your story continues to touch my heart. You and your family are in my prayers daily.ReplyCancel

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  • L ~ S - I don’t know if you know Adventures in Odyssey…today I was listening to one called Mortal Coil and it talked about heaven and what a beautiful place of reuniting it will be. I think that is something very special to look forward to!ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - These are words that you and SCC understand all too well, that most people will never grasp the true meaning of.

    Praying for you daily. And Baby Mac too.ReplyCancel

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  • The Mershawn's - That should come with a warning to have a tissue box in hand. Thanks for sharing that. My heart aches for & them. But the comfort of knowing they’re there with Him…wishing you could be there too. Wow. We’re still praying.ReplyCancel

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  • merlin - Yes, and heaven will also be the face of baby mac when you meet face to face very shortly.ReplyCancel

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  • Andrea - I love that song too. I heard him sing it at Women of Faith and thought of you. Praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Taking Heart - What a sweet, sweet day it will be.ReplyCancel

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  • Carla - I have read your blog for some time now….just when Cora became sick…and I have followed your posting’s and am sooo amazed and strengthened by your faith…I have prayed for you, shed tears over your grief. Thank you for sharing! Thank you for your faith! God bless you and your new baby!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Julie - This update brought back the tears, which in turn reminded me of the days when I sat, staring at my computer screen reading of the fight Cora braved and how ultimately Jesus took her home, not on our time line, but His. I feel sad. I know your message was filled with hope… reuniting with Cora in Heaven is exciting! But I’m still sad and I think Jesus is okay with that.ReplyCancel

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  • Christina - Amen and amen…what a thing to long for!ReplyCancel

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  • This is me.. - Since my dad passed, I too think of heaven in a more profound way. This must be something that is common in the grief process. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I pray that your heart heals a little bit more with every passing day.

    Sincerely,
    StephnieReplyCancel

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  • Marsha - What a beautiful song … what a blessed day that will be when Cora meets you and leads you to Jesus. Praying for you and the new miracle too!

    Love and prayers,

    Marsha in VAReplyCancel

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  • Mandi @ It's come to this - My husband’s brother went to heaven at the age of 18. At his service one of the preachers told our family that “our treasure in heaven is now much greater than it was before” .. it’s true. Heaven in & of itself is perfect, but now for my husband to also know he’ll be greeted by his brother again … it’s even better!ReplyCancel

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  • PamperingBeki - Praying for you today.ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - You know, I’ve been reading a friends blog about their little girl who died on Monday from cancer. Their story makes me think of yours. I thought you might be interested in looking at their journal on Caring Bridge. They put a lot of feelings into words beautifully.

    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/donnaquirkehornikReplyCancel

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  • Melissa Moss - Thank you so much for sharing this song. I have never heard it before and it was just what I needed. It has almost been 5 years since my sweet Emma went to Heaven and I miss her more and more each day. This song causes my heart to ache but also reminds me of the day I will once again hold her in my arms.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Melissa Moss
    melissamoss79@live.comReplyCancel

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  • dawn - I saw SCC at women of faith and he performed this song. It was beautiful. I often call my son Aidan who died at age 4 months my treasure in heaven, because part of my heart is in heaven now. When I think of heaven, I think of Aidan in the same instant.ReplyCancel

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  • TammyIsBlessed - One thing we know for sure – heaven will be a place of so many special reunions. I know that my dad is enjoying being a grandfather to my two babies there right now and I can’t wait till the day I can meet them for the first time.

    One book I think you would love is Heaven by Randy Alcorn. It’s pretty long though, so you could also go with Heaven for Kids. It’s good too, and much easier reading. I highly recommend both of them!ReplyCancel

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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,
    MaureenReplyCancel

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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!

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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.

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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.
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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous - Thought you might be interested in this link.
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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!

    Sarah
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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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