It doesn’t look like much now, but this is the future sight of Cora’s Playground.

I know some of you were expecting a park with grass and trees.  This is it.  It seems small, but Hutton Construction and the guys at Kompan have plans to turn this into an amazing playground space.  They have donated so much time and energy to this project.  We are so thankful for their talents and willingness to help!
The playground is attached to our church nursery.  All the equipment was picked specifically for the little ones (ages 2-5).  Just right for all of Cora’s sweet friends.
New flooring and a shade structure are part of the plan too.  Everything is going to be so bright and cheery.
We were hoping to help improve this playground a little.  Who new that because of the Cora’s Playground project it would get a whole “playground makeover”.  We are humbled and amazed by the overwhelming response to this project.  This playground will serve as a remembering stone to our family of our precious Cora and all the lives she continues to touch.  We can’t say thank you enough!

Oh, do you want to see some of the equipment we chose?  I will work on that for the next post…

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  • May 27, 2009 - 10:04 am

    Angie - I can’t wait to see the finished playground. I’m sure that it is going to be amazing. We have never met and most likely never will but I think of you often and continue to pray for you as you grieve for your precious daughter. I’m looking forward to your next post to see the equipment you chose!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 10:09 am

    Holly - It looks like a perfect spot to me! I can’t wait to see finished pictures. What an amazing Angel you have. We have never met but you and your family have deeply touched me.ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 10:12 am

    Kristi REDISKE - This is so exciting! I know it is bittersweet for your family but it will touch so many lives all because of your sweet baby Cora and the testimony you have had through this. It will be nice to see this all come about and since I am from Newton originally and come back to visit some I am planning on driving by and seeing it for myself. Thanks for your faithfulness even though it is so hard for you all. Love in ChristReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 10:22 am

    The Schilling's from PICU - Hello,

    How are you? I have been thinking of you both lots these past weeks. I can’t wait to see the equipment that you have picked out! I bet Cora is smiling from heaven and saying way to go mom and dad! We had a a “memorial” time at our school to remember those we lost and loved. We let balloons go and watched them go to heaven. Of course I had to be there and let them fly high for both You two and Cora. They didn’t have pink but I picked a pretty purple for her. My eyes were filled with tears as we got to share who our balloons were for. We attatched a message to them. I will send pictures of them to you! I just want you to know that you are NEVER far from our hearts and prayers! We miss you lots!

    Love you,

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  • May 27, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Melissa Abby - How exciting and what a great place to remember your beautiful daughter by!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 10:48 am

    Karina - It is going to be a great play space!

    Sending you hugs always…ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 11:00 am

    Elle's Mom - Wow, it’s going to be incredible! This is going to be the most special playground there ever was! Would love to be able to visit it one day.ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 11:10 am

    purejoy - i absolutely can’t wait to see how this all progresses!! who knew a playground could be so depressing? (ie the current one) even with the colorful equipment, it has a chernobyl look to it. i hope they can add some vegetation of some sort! a little cheer from nature!!
    what a little spot for a sweet cora playground. i’m so excited for you, and i pray for you often!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 11:11 am

    Misty Rice - I think its the perfect spot, perfect space and its going to be beautiful. SO beautiful.

    Can’t wait.ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 11:18 am

    Polka Dot Moon - A perfect spot. A lovely tribute to your beautiful Cora!

    Can’t wait to see the end result!
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  • May 27, 2009 - 11:19 am

    The Snyders - I am excited to see the new playground. We are talking about visiting that area in the fall and talked about stopping by the playground, will it be open for non-church members to visit and use?
    You and your family are still in my prayers.

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  • May 27, 2009 - 11:25 am

    sarahross - So sweet. Thank you for sharing this. I can’t wait to see the transformation. That playground is going to bring a lot of joy…ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Kristi - I know it is going to be such a fun safe spot!! I am excited for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Robin in Benton - Looking forward to seeing pictures of the equipment and of the transformation as it happens. I think it is a lovely tribute to Cora and I hope you will smile in the future when you see children playing there. I know she will be!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 11:45 am

    Erica - can’t wait to see what you chose! it’s gonna be wonderful, i’m sure of it! so many kids will be blessed because of sweet cora!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 12:08 pm

    Anonymous - Gosh darnit, everytime I read your posts it brings me to tears. I just get this pit in my stomach thinking how much you must miss you beautiful, sweet Cora. I just hate she had to go. I’m grateful however for the amazing gift you are giving to other children. A safe place where they can play outside, have fun, feel the sunshine on their faces, and Sweet Cora can look down on them and feel JOY. I have no words other than I pray one day all will be known to you as to why she had to leave you so early. I pray that our Father in Heaven continues to wrap his loving arms around you carrying you on the very long journey called grief. I pray everyday for you. My girls pray for Sweet Baby Cora to be happy in Heaven. Oh how your sweet little girl has touched my soul. She will never be forgotten.ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    Holly - I know it will be wonderful!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Becca - It will be beautiful! I would love to see everything that you have picked out. Cora will be smiling down from Heaven when it is all finished, happily watching her friends play. xoxoReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    The Carrolls - It looks WONDERFUL! I cannot imagine how many lives Cora has touched. A precious baby for sure!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 12:55 pm

    Sarah - Looks perfect to me…with time and talent it will be beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 1:16 pm

    Courtney - I can’t wait to see the playground. Is it something the community can visit, or is it for church families only? Either way I’m sure it will be absoultly amazing. Our son’s memorial also went to a preschool playground at our church and it is a wonderful way to remember Dylan.
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  • May 27, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    PamperingBeki - It’s perfect.

    And you are such a beautiful and inspiring lady.ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - How unbelievably AWESOME!!! God works in GREAT ways! Can you imagine how big that spot looks to those 2-5 year olds that will enjoy it….I bet it look HUGE! There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you and Joel and not a day goes by without saying a little prayer for the two of you! You have touched my life along with Cora and I have not even met you! Congrats on the wonderful playground project!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 2:52 pm

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Jess and Joel,
    I’m so excited for you guys, and all of the kiddos who will get to enjoy this playground. I can’t wait to see it coming together. So glad you guys have something good to focus on.
    Continuing to think of and pray for you.
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  • May 27, 2009 - 2:55 pm

    John & Elisa Seaba - How exciting! Can’t wait to see what you’ve picked and see the playground take shape!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Lori Danelle Wilson - Can’t wait for it to be completed! Then I’ll bring my two little girls back home and we’ll all play on it (and I’ll probably cry).

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  • May 27, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    jennifer rogers - that is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the equipment you have chosen!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 4:02 pm

    Anonymous - Can’t wait to see what you picked out with your sweet Cora in mind…You and Joel are remarkable…My family too plans on a visit from Alabama to see Cora’s playground finished!
    You, Mom, continue to be in my thoughts, heart and prayers..

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  • May 27, 2009 - 4:16 pm

    Whimsical Creations - hI! I can’t wait to see what you picked out! It is going to be amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    Cristy - It is going to be a wonderful trbute to a beautiful life Jess! I can’t wait to go to church and see Cora’s playground.

    Still thinking and praying for you both….

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  • May 27, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    Trasie Bressler - The playground that LOVE built!

    Many Many Many Blessing to you!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Cathy - Can’t wait to see the playground finished and up and running. It’s amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 6:31 pm

    Sara - I have been following for awhile…not sure how I “found” you..I think via Etsy…
    Anyway, I can already HEAR the children giggling and laughing on the equipment…
    I wish I lived near your church, because I would LOVE to paint a mural on the wall…
    Maybe you can add that as a finishing touch…ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 7:45 pm

    Rich and Carolyn Dewey - Looking forward to watching the progress! It will be a wonderful space – and so much more attractive as we park in the nearby lot each Sunday! It will be alive with children, color, and fun!

    Hugs to both of you!ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 7:48 pm

    Annie - Praise God for his faithfulness and for those people who served and will serve as HIS hands and feet for such a project. What a special way to remember your sweet girl and to make sure others always do, too. We have similar plans as a memorial for our son… we’re going to re-do our church’s nursery. Very fitting since that was his class… We also prayed that God would give us a brother or sister to get to enjoy the nursery project in Cooper’s memory…. (our daughter was born December 9th!) And I am praying FAITHFULLY that God blesses you again soon with a brother or sister for Cora that will, along with her church friends, enjoy her playground!!! Keep trusting and believing God, grief is a long road (we’re only going on 18 months) but HE will bring you through it, just like he is doing for you and continues to do for my family….ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    mommaof4wife2r - it is going to be amazing…and i can’t wait to see how many people are touched in so many different ways with this playground.ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    Bambi - It’s going to be wonderful and such a beautiful tribute to sweet Cora. Looking forward to more pictures as it progresses.ReplyCancel

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  • May 27, 2009 - 11:45 pm

    Christina - This somehow is totally uplifting and devastating at the same time! It is a beautiful thing, though, to think of the potential that something has, or someone, that seems small or insignificant…but in God’s plan is so full of meaning and purpose. I said this in a previous comment, my daughter asked if we could visit Cora’s Playground one day…I’ll have to share the progress with her and maybe one day we can see it. It would be such an honor.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2009 - 7:49 am

    Toni :O) - I am so proud of my cute little hand made tote I got from Polka Dot Market that helped Cora’s Playground. Makes me SO happy to carry it and I pray for you and Joel daily. We all miss Cora’s sweet face but we know the playground couldn’t be a more perfect tribute to her. What a beautiful place it will be making children happy!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2009 - 8:08 am

    mandi @ it's come to this - You & your husband are so wonderful to think of this awesome way to honor your daughter. What a wonderful thing to do!! I can’t wait to see the finished project!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Marsha - What a wonderful place this playground will be……built with love. I look forward to seeing more pictures. Continuing to uplift you in prayer.

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  • May 28, 2009 - 10:17 am

    Christine - How exciting! I can’t wait to see the progess and, in time, the finished playground!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2009 - 10:23 am

    kimberlysayre - How exciting! I can’t wait to see progress pictures.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    Michelle - Almost evey one of your posts leaves me in tears. What a wonderful way to remember Cora and honor her. Your communicy is lucky to have you there to care for all the children and families. Truly what God meant when he commanded we love one another.I can’t wait to see the equipment and the finished product.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2009 - 12:35 pm

    Kelli - So excited for you project to begin. Still praying!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    Rebecca - Wow! I too am amazed at how people can pull together and bring something bright to help those they love or complete strangers they care about who are in the midst of tragedy and grief. God is good! I can’t wait to see the finished product.

    Thinking of you and praying for you daily.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    Debbie and April - How exciting:) Thanks for the update!

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  • May 28, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    gwswenson - Yay for Cora’s Playground! Thinking of all the sunshine and smiles it will bring to the children of your community!ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2009 - 6:32 pm

    texasinafrica - Can’t wait to see it! I know it will be a beautiful place for children to play for years to come.ReplyCancel

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  • May 30, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    writing4612 - It’s off to a great start! Can’t wait to see more.ReplyCancel

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  • May 30, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    Anonymous - Still thinking of and praying for Cora’s AWESOME Mom and Dad!Always

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I am getting ready to post a few more Cora dresses.

I know there are not many this time. Hopefully it is enough to tide you over until next week. If you are patient there will be more…I promise! This has been a crazy/hard month.

Here is a little glimpse at what we are finishing up for next week.
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Cora’s Playground is in the works.
Over $40, 000 has been raised.
Can you believe that?
We are blown away by your kindness and generosity.  
Seriously, blown away.
Papers have been signed and the equipment is ordered.
If all goes according to schedule, 
Cora’s Playground will become a reality by the end of the summer.
We have enough money to get started.  Any additional donations that come in will be used to help cover the final details: 
benches, a plaque, etc.
We don’t know what else to say except thank you!

Pictures and more details coming soon…
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  • May 20, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    Nicoolmama - Amazing! Can’t wait to see pictures.ReplyCancel

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  • May 20, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    Anonymous - How FANTASTIC! Take the credit mom and dad for making this happen. What a great way to honor your beautiful daughter. I(as I am sure everyone else is as well)am so thankful to contribute in such a small way..but you and Grammy keep sewing and we will keep buying!Thanks for giving us an update..You continue to inspire me in so many ways..odd isn’t it that you can inspire a complete stranger so much..
    Always in my thoughts and prayers, still wishing I could take some of your pain away.

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  • May 20, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    PamperingBeki - Good job, Mom!

    I love that you already had plans for a playground, seemingly hours after Cora passed. It speaks to your true character. Even in the worst time of your life, you were thinking of others and how you could make other lives better.

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  • May 20, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    Christina - That is so wonderful! My daughter asked just the other day (maybe the day before yesterday?) if we could go to Cora’s playground one day. I would love to…we live in Dallas, so we’ll see. It made my heart glad that she was still thinking of it though.ReplyCancel

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  • May 20, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Cindy in WA - Who hoo!!!!!! How amazing!!!! I can’t wait to see the pictures of the progress!! Hugs to you and Joel. You are in my thoughts daily.ReplyCancel

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  • May 20, 2009 - 10:13 pm

    Robin in Benton - How Wonderful!!!! I can’t think of a more appropriate tribute for your daughter – and you guys are awesome for doing this! I can’t wait to see the pictures – and I’ll be one of what I’m sure will be a huge crowd there when Cora’s Playground is dedicated. Blessings on you both – you are in my thoughts and prayers often.

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  • May 20, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    Anonymous - It is beautiful to witness God’s grace!ReplyCancel

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  • May 20, 2009 - 10:48 pm

    Anonymous - Congratulations…what an honor for your little Angel.ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 12:47 am

    wicker0407 - That is amazing it was an honor for me to donate and I will try my best to buy some dresses once you re stock your etsy shop we all have to fight for them they are so darn cute! Cora will forver be in my heart she was so adorable and I am forever changed because of your blog and her. I continue to keep you and Joel in my prayers. Cora is in heaven now with little Kayleigh Anne Freeman and I am sure they are having fun together now made whole with no pain and in the arms of the Lord.
    God Bless!
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  • May 21, 2009 - 5:59 am

    Misty Rice - Oh oh oh …. so cool. I am so excited and I can’t wait to see pictures, and Cora’s name displayed over it some place.

    God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 7:02 am

    Luciene Pires - Praise the Lord for Cora’s playground!!!

    You don’t know me but I know a corner of your heart as you share it on your blog!

    I’m Brazilian so I am very far away from – and feel so very blessed to pray for you and your family!

    I would like to share something with you. Maybe you’ve watched, maybe not…here it its:http://deathisnotdying.com/

    I pray it may bless your heart…

    All’s grace,
    LucieneReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 7:10 am

    Jenny - That is amazing!! What a wonderful tribute to your daughter!! I can’t wait to see the thought and detail you put into this playground. You and your husband are truly inspiring people.
    Your family continues to be in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 7:37 am

    Darby - What wonderful news to see first thing this morning… Praise the Lord!!ReplyCancel

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    Marla Taviano - Praise the Lord!!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 7:49 am

    Heather - Yay! That’s so exciting! I can’t wait to see it! I get so many comments on my Cora’s Playground necklace and I just love the opportunity to tell people about Cora and what an amazing little girl she is :D I think of you guys all the time and continue to pray for your strength.
    Hugs and prayers,
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  • May 21, 2009 - 8:23 am

    mommaof4wife2r - wow…soooo exciting…and what a great physical way to see the body of christ in action! you all are ever in our prayers…and we can’t wait to see this playground come to reality! yeah god!!!ReplyCancel

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    Laura Fiegel - How wonderful!! I can’t wait to see the finished project :)

    Also, is there anyway I could get the code for your Cora’s playground button? I would love to put it on my blog http://www.thefiegels.blogspot.com

    Thanks!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 8:49 am

    Audrey - Yay! How wonderful is our God that he can work such miracles through everyone that contributed?ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 8:55 am

    Courtney - Awesome! I can’t wait to take my kids to play on Cora’s playground. I’m so happy for you guys, this will be somewhere you will always have to honor your sweet Cora.
    Looking forward to seeing the pictures too!
    Praise God!
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  • May 21, 2009 - 9:07 am

    Heather - How wonderful!! Can’t wait to make the drive up to Newton and see the finished product!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Marsha - Awesome! What a sweet way to remember your sweet Cora! I can’t wait to see the pictures!

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  • May 21, 2009 - 9:26 am

    Heather - You can can’t on a few visitors from California for the big opening! :)ReplyCancel

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    Holly - So amazing!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 9:43 am

    Toni :O) - Yay!!! What a terrific way to honor the memory of your sweet little princess and such a tribute to you and Joel….a sure sign of how our wonderful God works. Continuing to pray for you and send you love and hugs (( )) (( )) for strength from Michigan. Hang in there.ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 9:55 am

    Susy M - You and Joel are such an inspiration of God’s grace. Cora will never be forgotten and I am sure your children will remember their big sister as they play and enjoy her PlayGround! I know God has other children waiting to be blessed with such incredible parents. God Bless you both and your families!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 10:05 am

    mandi @ it's come to this - That is such wonderful news!! Plus I can “hear” the joy in your post:) Looking forward to pictures!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 10:06 am

    Amy - Woo-hoo! That is wonderful news.

    You are the BEST mom in the whole world, Jess. You really are.

    I am awed and inspired by you every day.

    You are always in my thoughts and prayers, sweetie.ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Falling Around - Oh, Jess… that is so amazing! I can’t wait to see pictures. I would love to bring my kids to Cora’s Playground for a visit and time of remembrance. Though we are in California, that is one of my goals – slide down Cora’s slide with my kids.

    Blessings to you,
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  • May 21, 2009 - 10:51 am

    Elle's Mom - Yay!!! That is incredible! So happy!!!ReplyCancel

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    Rachel - That is awesome news! I hope you will be able to see your daughters joy on the smile of all the kids playing on Cora’s playground!!!ReplyCancel

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    Peyton's Pages - Yay! Can’t wait to see pictures!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 12:08 pm

    Ruthie - That is so awesome! How exciting. What a special way for Cora to be honored. I really pray this project continues to bring a lot of joy.

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  • May 21, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    purejoy - awwww what wonderful news!! you continue to be in our prayers. many blessings to you as you being this (hopefully) fun undertaking!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 12:33 pm

    Team Martins - This is GREAT news! Can’t wait to see this legacy bring smiles to so many.

    God’s blessings to you every moment of every day!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 12:54 pm

    Amy H - YAY! That is wonderful. How amazing. What a difference she made in just 11 months. You must be so proud of her.ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 1:04 pm

    Kelly - Yea!
    God will continue to use this to bring glory to Him!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    Erin - What exciting news! Can’t wait to see pictures of the progress…ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    Debbie K. - What wonderful news! We will remember Cora always. God Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    Erica - that is absolutely fabulous that so much money was raised in honor of your little cora! i know she is worth far more than that but what a great way to honor her memory! i can’t wait to see pictures!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    meg duerksen - SO EXCITING!!!!
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    Katy Frame (Kate Creates) - WOW, that is amazing! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    Allen and Debby Graber - Makes me want to cry. Do you have any idea what a blessing this will be for the kids? Every Sunday the kids want to play outside and are bummed when the weather is bad. My heart just wants to melt with gratitude to you and Joel for sharing this with our kids at Grace! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! Debby, Nursery Director, Grace CommunityReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 4:17 pm

    Brooke - That is so awesome!! I can’t wait to see the results!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 5:52 pm

    Ethansmom08 - I’m SO excited for you all! This is great news, can’t wait to see Cora’s playground!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Jenny S - How wonderful!!! Congrats! Maybe if more donations come in you can find an organization who is researching the type of cancer Miss Cora had. I would willingly donate more into the till towards finding a cure so others do not have to go through what you and your family have endured!! You amaze me with your strength!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Brad & Megan - Your story inspires me (I’m a friend of a friend – Kendra Veer). I have loved reading each and every post about Cora. The playground will be a wonderful testament, not only to Cora’s life, but also to the faith and love of her parents. Keep updating!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    The Jones' - That is wonderful!!! I can not wait to see the upcoming photos!
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  • May 21, 2009 - 9:37 pm

    The Carroll's - Yay!! Little kids will know about the Heavenly Father who loves them because of you and your faith!! I hope that Cora’s playground brings you much joy even in the midst of your hurt. Joel and Jess- you are an inspiration- what a legacy you are leaving!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 22, 2009 - 1:22 am

    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - That is wonderful!!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 22, 2009 - 11:09 am

    Tina - I have been wondering about the status of her playground, but didn’t want to ask. I am so glad that the project is getting started! I cannot wait to see the pictures! CANNOT WAIT!ReplyCancel

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  • May 22, 2009 - 11:52 am

    Polka Dot Moon - How exciting! You both are amazing people; so inspirational. This is such a lovely tribute and legacy to your beautiful daughter.

    Not a day goes by without a thought of you and a prayer too.

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    Kristin - That is so awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • May 22, 2009 - 4:55 pm

    Cathy - Jess, please check out this brave young woman’s testimony http://deathisnotdying.com/fullvideo/
    unbelievably awesome is our God
    blessings to you and yours,
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  • May 22, 2009 - 7:23 pm

    Happiness Is... - Congratulations! That is amazing and such a wonderful way to honor sweet Cora’s life.ReplyCancel

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  • May 22, 2009 - 8:02 pm

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - CONGRATS!

    That is so wonderful, Jess! Much love to you and Joel!ReplyCancel

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  • May 22, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    Mommy2Sophia - That is so wonderful! Thanks for the update! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out!

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  • May 22, 2009 - 10:55 pm

    Christine - Just WOW!!! I’m so honored to have taken part in such an amazing effort, and cannot wait to see pictures of the progress. It was such a blessing to craft for Cora and to share that with my 5yo daughter. She, too, made things for me to list and sell on etsy, and we love knowing that we were able to help honor Cora’s precious memory. Thank you always for sharing your journey, for being so transparent, for allowing the Lord to work in and through you for His ultimate glory. You and Jess are such inspiring people, and I pray that God would bless you in a mighty way.

    We might not be able to make it to Kansas from Austin, but we will be anxiously watching for pictures and progress!! Much love,ReplyCancel

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  • May 23, 2009 - 11:09 am

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - I’m so happy to hear that Cora’s Playground is ready to break ground. I’m quite sure that all of the children in your church are super excited!
    Your story has obviously ministered to many, many people. Proof positive with all of the donations received for Cora’s Playground.
    I can’t wait to see photos.
    May God continue to bless your lives and bring you joy.
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This weekend was full of graduations and parties.

My brother graduated from college and Joel’s sister graduated from high school.
We are so proud of both of them.  They have accomplished so much and are really seeking God as they plan for their futures.  
My eyes flooded with tears at one point during the high school graduation.  The tears just kept coming and coming and they wouldn’t stop.  I couldn’t help but feel so sad that we would never be sitting through Cora’s graduation.  I sat there wondering what Cora would have been like. What would she have accomplished during high school?  What would her talents and passions have been?  What would her character have been like?
That evening I sat and cried to Joel as I told him about all these dreams that I had for Cora that are crushed.  I would never get to see my baby grow up and graduate.  While Joel was feeling sad for the same reasons that day, he gently reminded me of something.  He reminded me that Cora already has been promoted.  Her promotion to heaven is so much more incredible than any high school graduation I could dream up for her here on earth.  She is in the best place she could be–in the arms of our Savior.
But it still stinks to be left here without Cora.  Feeling at times like we are barely surviving. While it was Cora’s time to go home, it is not ours yet.  God hasn’t completed His work in our lives.  So we keep pressing forward.  Resting in His sovereignty even when we don’t understand. And looking to see how we can live for Him even in the midst of grief–until the day when we too receive our “heavenly promotion”.  
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, 
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21

To man belong the plans of the heart, 
but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue…

In his heart a man plans his course, 
but the Lord determines his steps.
Proverbs 16:1,9
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  • May 19, 2009 - 10:01 am

    Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) - Jess, Congrats to your brother and Joel’s sister on their graduations!

    I keep trying to think of the ‘right’ thing to say…I can’t imagine sitting there amidst all of that hope and feel sorrow at what might have been. Cling to Joel’s words that Cora has received the ultimate promotion. Cora is there in everything you two do and that will never change…no matter what.

    *hearts & hugs*

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  • May 19, 2009 - 10:15 am

    Trisha - Cora did fulfill her purpose here. Now she will live a beautiful life. She will never have to struggle with all of the issues we face on Earth. She will never have to be sad. She will never be tempted by Satan. She will never know what it feels like to lose a child. She will only know joy. She will always be happy. She’s safe and sound forever. It’s hard, but ultimately, that’s the best gift that a Mommy can receive.

    I felt the same way that you do when I lost Nathan last year. I just kept thinking of everything that I will miss and not get to share with him. But it does get better. God will replace the saddness with joy. You will be different a year from now.

    Here’s one of the best quotes that I’ve heard since I lost Nathan:

    The best way to have Heaven in your home is to have someone from your home in Heaven.

    Lots of love to you from a mommy who understands.

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  • May 19, 2009 - 10:20 am

    TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Cora’s life, her great promotion has helped to lead you and Joel to your greater purpose. The life of your family, the story of your struggles and strength and faith continues to impact the lives of so many.
    Thank you again for your candor and courage.
    Prayers and tears for you both,
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  • May 19, 2009 - 10:32 am

    The Mumaw's - Thinking and praying for you daily. She has been promoted to the most ultimate place!!!My students from Lakeview loved your thank you card.
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  • May 19, 2009 - 10:32 am

    Michelle - Graduation is truly a wonderful time. A time to ponder potential and bask in accomplishments. Cora has fulfilled more in such as short time than most people do in a long life time. You and Joel have as well! You have been promoted too. You are still teaching, you just have a bigger class and more difficult subject matter. But your pupils are eager. Leading all these people and their hearts to love more and be better Christians. That’s a tough job and you were choosen specifically because you do it better than we ever could have.ReplyCancel

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    Toni :O) - Still praying for you and sending you love and hugs (( )) (( )) (( ))for strength from Michigan.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 10:59 am

    Marla Taviano - Prayed for you guys just now. It stinks that each new day has the potential to bring up a flood of new emotions–Cora will never do this. Or this. Or this.

    Praying for God to splash His peace all over you today. That you’ll truly be able to rejoice that sweet Cora has been spared so much heartache in life. Even though you haven’t.

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  • May 19, 2009 - 11:03 am

    hoosier68 - Such honesty and clarity in your thoughts. Cherish your strong husband as he helps you along. Still keeping you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 11:04 am

    Misty Rice - I can understand if a child goes to heaven much sooner than a parented imagined, and they are left behind to attend other children in the family. But it is SO hard to understand why parents of only children are left alone and empty, with the loss of their only child. I am deeply sadden for you.

    I cried at my sons kindergarten graduation….

    So many people laugh at that stuff (kindergarten graduation), but I cried, because I knew the reality of the situation while sitting there. I knew the reality that some moms and dads will never see their child go to kindergarten. I was sad because those parents sitting during the funny kindergarten graduation, there was a child or children in that very room that may not make it to the high school graduation…. and then college.

    Im sad because although Cora is in the best place, you were not there to greet here with open arms too in heaven. She is up there, safe and happy….. but not with her mommy and daddy.

    Today…. I pray extra prayers that God continue to get you through each day, and that God bring sunshine into your lives very soon.

    God Bless.

    PS: But I smile knowing she was promoted, and crowned the highest accomplishment human can receive…. ETERNITY.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 11:23 am

    The Morris Family - Your right, your work on earth is not done, and according to the Lord’s will, many sweet babies and children can come forth and grow up with such loving parents and you will have opportunity to tell them of their brave and cherished sister that fought a courageous battle and the Lord providentially worked her work in a short time but with great glory unto the Father!!! May He bless your womb!!
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  • May 19, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Candice - I can see how almost everything must remind you of Cora. Joel had such a beautiful point. What a blessing to have each other to help get you through. Thank you for writing. I hope that our comments offer some support. Love & Hugs.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 11:49 am

    Lacie and Stephen - Wow! What a way to think of it! Right after my daughter died, I had lots of moments that I would cry for what I was missing out on not seeing her do. It does get easier but never goes away. I cried as I read Joel’s words. They were so true! I wish I would have realized it like that earlier! *sigh* Someday our work on earth will be done and we will be greeted by our daughters and others who have gone before us. Until then we keep on doing God’s work! Thinking of you!

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  • May 19, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    Trasie Bressler - I believe she was promoted with honors.

    Many Blessings!!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 12:37 pm

    wicker0407 - Still praying for peace and comfort for you. Your family and sweet Cora are never far from my heart.
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  • May 19, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    Kristen - I sat here looking at my computer screen for a long time, trying to figure out what I could say in response to your post. But, I guess I agree with the others: Joel said it best. So, I’ll just say that I pray for your family daily and I hope that Joel’s words will continue to give you comfort!ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    PamperingBeki - I have nothing to say really.

    I can’t possibly imagine that pain.

    I think of you numerous times a day. I think of how unfair it is that you have to go through this. I pray that God never puts us through it. I pray that He grants you peace and comfort.

    It’s just not fair.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    amy - I’m hoping this doesn’t sound trite, but I’m praying for you and think of you so often.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Susy M. - Congratulations on the graduations but Joel is right on. We are here on borrowed time to hopefully serve the Lord. It is heartbreaking to loose a loved one especially so young and full of life. My heart aches for you both even though you know she is in a better place; you want her with you! God Bless you both!ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    Anonymous - Congrats to the graduates…how tough it must have been…seems though that Joel is as amazing as you are.
    there are no words..
    You, Joel and Cora continue to be in my heart, my mind and my prayers..

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  • May 19, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    Laura - it has been a while since I popped in…

    thank you for reminding me, once again, to rely on the Lord.

    And in regards to mothers day…you may not feel like a mother, but you are a mother. Your heart has Cora’s prints all over it. You are forever changed. You are a beautiful, beautiful mother.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    Mammy - Precious sister, I stumbled onto your blog a couple of weeks ago and have checked back several times because your courage amazes me. Although I do not know your entire story, I have read enough to know that you are trusting God through one of the most difficult journeys we are ever asked to make–the loss of a child. Please know that I am praying for you and look forward to the day when I can meet you and your precious Cora in heaven. God knows and He cares. Blessings to you today.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Anonymous - Hey, I was at that Pitt State graduation! At the Saturday one, at least. Maybe you were at the Friday one.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    mom2wendy - The “misssing part” is really difficult. It has been 31 years since my son Mark died at age nine. I still have the “I can’t stand it days,” but through the grace of God they pass. Please belive me when I say, it does get easier with time. Time is a good friend to those with broken hearts. Jess, you are light to others and Cora is a sweet and pure beacon. Please know, I do understand how you feel. ((hugs))ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    Julie - Thank you for sharing what you were feeling that day. I’m crying with you and am so thankful for the way God has allowed you to maintain an eternal perspective in the midst of deep, deep pain. I love you!! You are a blessing.

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  • May 19, 2009 - 4:46 pm

    jen christians - Wow… Your heart… your words… your faith…all amazing…and so is the legacy left by your sweet Cora. Bless you and lots of prayers for you and Joel and you struggle with your loss. I can’t fathom that pain.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 5:24 pm

    Courtney - Congrats to your family on their graduations. I wanted to tell you about a really sweet web site for families who have lost children. If you get a chance please visit namesinthesand.net.
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  • May 19, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    texasinafrica - Peace of Christ be with you.
    Peace of Christ be with you.
    Peace of Christ be with you.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 6:38 pm

    blairspage - Congrats to everyone on the graduations! How awesome!

    I have been praying my little heart out for you! But, Joel is so right… she had the most wonderful promotion of her life! Even though you miss her and wish for all of these wonderful things… when you get sad… just picture her dancing in heaven with the angels. She is smiling upon you!

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  • May 19, 2009 - 7:14 pm

    Shoebee - While reading your post about missing out on Cora’s graduations, I was thinking the same thing Joel reminded you. Cora has Graduated. She has had the ultimate Graduation Party.
    It is hard grieving. It’s during these darkest times that God is the most comforting. Keep you eyes to Him, and seek His comfort.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    The Carroll's - I’m so glad that you and Joel still have one another. Praying for you still.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Sherrie Kulwicki - Jess, I too have lost a child and know your pain and loss of the dreams and life you had planned. In Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven, he states that he believes we will get a chance in heaven to finish what we started on earth. I think that means you will get to raise Cora in heaven. Isn’t that a thought? Nothing lost or wasted in God’s economy. Just a little delay. Praying for you, SherrieReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 8:59 pm

    Anonymous - We are praying that the hollow feeling and painful disappointment will become less severe.
    We love you and pray for you every dayReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 9:08 pm

    Aimee Bakke - I love that verse! I have it posted above my desk at work and it keeps me focused on God’s plans not my own.

    Still praying for you and thinking of you daily!

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  • May 19, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    Christina - That is one of the most touching and wise things I have read. You will continue to help each other through these times. It is so good to know the truth and be a little comforted by it (maybe more as time goes on), and I think it is good to still be able to say how much it stinks as well. I pray that each day will bring healing, that God will teach you all you need to know and provide you with all you need to have to accomplish all he has for you to do.ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2009 - 10:05 pm

    Kathy - http://thespohrsaremultiplying.com/

    I’m so sorry for your loss…I read your blog and cry and I also read the above blog and cry…your children are so beautiful…the spohrs story is as heartbreaking as yours, and I hope you find some comfort that you are not alone…with love, KathyReplyCancel

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  • May 20, 2009 - 12:35 am

    forever folding laundry - You’re right – she did receive the ultimate promotion. And in her eyes, the time until you receive that same promotion will pass in the blink of an eye.

    Still thinking of and praying for you…

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  • May 20, 2009 - 10:23 am

    Anonymous - Dear Jess
    I applaud Joel on his wise insight of the meaning promotion. It has given me some peace.I have gone to a graduation recently and cried through the whole thing wondering “what if” too. I am a mother who shares your pain and has followed your blog for encouragment. I want to thank you for that. I would love to contact you on a personal basis but not sure how.
    Thank you again for your encouragment, openness and constent faith.
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  • May 20, 2009 - 11:18 am

    Beckypdj - When I feel those thoughts of what if’s or we don’t have, creeping in, I tell myself, Peyton has reached his destination before us. We went on vacation a few months after his passing and I wanted him there so much, but I can’t take him anywhere better than where he is. I just miss him so much. Hugs to you and Joel.ReplyCancel

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  • May 20, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    mandi @ it's come to this - I know nothing I could say will ever sound “right”, but this post reminds me so much of my family. Six years ago, my husband lost his brother (he was two weeks shy of graduating high school). Alot of people made that same comparison that Joel did for you – Even though it’s true, it was a hard one to hear … especially for his parents – they had dreamed of seeing him graduate. BUT & most importantly they had prayed for his ultimate graduation & his ultimate “promotion”.

    I hope you’re still feeling everyone’s prayers & support – b/c you definitely have them!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 20, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    Karina - I have no wisdom, only virtual hugs and an enormous feeling of empathy. That must be because you have a gift for writing; you make your experiences belong to all of us.

    I can only think you MUST be going to have more children, or why would you be left behind to endure such torment?

    Joel sounds like a wonderful husband, a rock for you. I think of Father’s Day around the corner…and how every event seems to tighten the screws on the two of you.

    I am so so so so continually sorry for your loss and for your endless sorrow. I wish there was SOMETHING I could do for you. :(ReplyCancel

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  • May 20, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    Anonymous - My heart simply is broken for you. I just saw your blog today and have a daughter the same age. I just cannot imagine how you feel without Cora. What a beautiful little girl that was so brave. I pray for God’s comfort for you. in college, I read a book called “Lament for a Son” about the pain of losing a child. It has been years since I read it, but perhaps there could be some comfort in reading it (it is about a father who lost his college age son). God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • May 20, 2009 - 5:49 pm

    The Morris Family - There is a little one year old girl in Texas that was dx a few weeks ago with NB, I did not know if you would like to encourage them….I know our family an I am sure yours as well were so grateful for the support with your Cora and our little Joel as they both fought this beast of NB.

    http://www.carepages.com/carepages/LaylaGrace/updates

    I think you have to make password and all, but it should not be too hard, I guess if it does not work I can e-mail you the address again, here is mine, 13blessings@sbcglobal.net

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  • May 20, 2009 - 10:05 pm

    Natalie H. - My brother died in Iraq at the age of 20, two years ago this monday – memorial day. About 6 months after he died, I was at a wedding and in an appropriately happy mood. Then it was time for the mother of the groom and the groom to dance and seemingly out of no where tears began streaming down my face. I realized that I would never get to see my brother dance with my mother at his wedding. And being he was my only brother, my mom’s only chance of such an opportunity was gone. All these things – the dream of graduations, marriages are such a loss to those of us left behind. WHERE can our hope be but in Christ? It is only in Him that we will see, hold , and dance with our loved ones again. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    Momofgirls - You are remarkable! You are so encouraging! I am praying for you, and will continue!ReplyCancel

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  • May 21, 2009 - 9:26 pm

    Karen - hi,
    I have been following your journey since January. I have written before – I told you about how Cora’s story inspired me to pursue a nursing career. So here is my update. My husband was injured on duty in February (he is a police officer) and he require a major surgery to repair his knee. Immediately following his surgery and the news that he would be out of work for 4 to 6 months recovering, he lost his job entirely. I have been a Realtor for the past 8 years but the current economy has made it extremely difficult to make a living in that field. Some days I think it is just fate: Me being so touched by Cora, my husband being injured and me having to care for him and meanwhile needing to find a new job that would pay the bills…
    Anyway – I started back to school this spring and at the same time I started applying to our local hospitals for some practical experience (as well as some tuition assistance) I finally was hired a few weeks ago to a GREAT job in the hospital closest to our home. It is like it was meant to be. I was so afraid I wouldn’t be hired or that I would have a long commute but that didn’t happen. i was afraid I would be stuck behind a desk but that also didn’t happen. I got a job working with the Physical Therapists in the Physical Therapy and Rehabiliation Dept. I get to follow the therapists all day visiting patients all over the hospital in their rooms. I have been in ICU, the ER and every floor in the hospital. I have met some of the most incredible people and have a chance every day to make a difference in someone’s life. I love my new job and I am so looking forward to nursing school. I still intend to pursue Pediatric Oncology (because of your darling Cora) or maybe Hospice to help families facing dark days.
    I am hoping to make a difference somewhere. I wanted you to know that you made a difference to me. Cora made a difference to me. Her purpose on this earth – to someone who never met her was so very powerful – and I wanted you to know that.
    I think of you often and hope for the very best for you. xoxo from virginia – Karen (karen@lulufish.com)ReplyCancel

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  • May 26, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    Amber Bradley - I know this might sound crazy…You don’t even know me, but I want to share something with you. I have been reading your blog for months. Your lives have touched mine in ways I could never explain. I am so thankful for the impact that your little Cora and you have had on my life and yet I have never met you. I have become a more patient mother and realized in ways never imaginable that I need to enjoy the little moments that are sent my way and be stronger in my faith. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! I have been touched immensely by your strong faith in our Heavenly Father and his plan for your little Cora. I believe in God and Jesus Christ as well and would like to share something with you if you wouldn’t mind. It is like the Bible. It is called “The Book of Mormon.” It like the bible was written by ancient prophets. It is another testament of Jesus Christ and has carried me through many trials in my life. I would love to send you a copy if that is alright. I truly believe that one day you can have the chance to raise your little Cora. Some day, on this earth, after our Savior comes again. Please email me if it is okay for me to send it to you. My email address is amberlue_marie@yahoo.com

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  • August 19, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    missing milestones » The Macs - […] grow up and the woman she would become. Three months after she died I attended my sister-in-law’s high school graduation and remember the tears just streaming down my face as I sat there. They wouldn’t stop. The […]ReplyCancel

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You Etsy ladies are so kind.  

My mail box was full with over forty Mother’s Day cards this past week.  My mom was asking me if I had gotten any cards.  She asked if they were from people I knew.  Some of them were from my dear friends and family, but a lot of them I didn’t recognize the names.  She smiled and said that they were from the Etsy vendors.
So thoughtful…
I looked back through the cards and recognized many of the names of people who had sold items for Cora’s Playground.
Thank you for making me feel so loved during such a tough week.
You all are the best!
And of course thank you to my sweet friends and family who remembered me and prayed for us this weekend too.
Speaking of Etsy…I know we are a little behind with our shop.  We are still sewing dresses.  We have about 10 dresses ready, and 10 more that are almost done.  I’m not sure if we will post this week because it is crazy busy around here with two graduations this weekend.  I will keep you updated, but look for more dresses coming next week.
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  • May 13, 2009 - 9:49 am

    hoosier68 - Think of you each and every day :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 13, 2009 - 10:11 am

    Heather - I am so happy this made you feel loved! Nobody could possibly be more deserving.ReplyCancel

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  • May 13, 2009 - 10:24 am

    Tina - I am so glad that many many people remembered you on Mother’s Day. I, too, received a surprise Mother’s Day card in the mail and it really touched my heart as well. Thoughtful gestures like that really do make a difference.

    Hang in there. I think of you often.

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  • May 13, 2009 - 11:14 am

    Anonymous - I have read your story and it has touched me!! Cora is so beautiful. I don’t know how this works but I am so going to be buying dresses from you. They are beautiful and like nothing I have seen around here (Wisconsin). I know they are not ready yet but when they are I will be your best costumer. I know people are going to want to know where i got the beautiful dresses from.

    What a beautiful thing to do for Cora! Thank you for sharing your story.
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  • May 13, 2009 - 11:47 am

    shepherdsgrace - You and your faith are beautiful…

    may our Lord continue to comfort you and hold you through this in many sweet and amazing ways, where you say, “only He would know”

    thanks for sharing your heart with us,
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  • May 13, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Anonymous - Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • May 13, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    meg duerksen - so….your mail box was full of cowboy cards then?
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    Ginger - i cant wait to see new dresses. I hope I am able to snatch one up.ReplyCancel

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  • May 13, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    Robin in Benton - Hi Jess:

    There were a lot of us thinking and praying for you. Hang in there!

    I was wondering if we could get an update on the fundraising for the playground???

    Hugs to you
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  • May 13, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    Karina - How sweet of the Etsy sellers!

    If there was a way to camp out over night in a virtual sleeping bag, I’d hunker down and get in line…I have yet to snag a dress, but I am going to keep trying!!!

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  • May 13, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    Caty Weston - You are in my thoughts and prayers every day. I found you through Kaleigh Anne Freeman’s website. She passed away Sunday night. I just you should know (if you didn’t already).ReplyCancel

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    Rebecca - You are such an inspiration! Thinking and praying for you every day! Hugs to you from Michigan.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Just more prayers…and smilesReplyCancel

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  • May 14, 2009 - 12:17 am

    The Schilling's from PICU - I thought of you and prayed for you even harder on Mother’s Day. I knew it would be a hard day for you both. Our kids just wanted to come hug you! We all said a prayer for you two at lunch time outloud! Wasn’t sure what to say so I didn’t get you typed to. I am sorry, I need to just pick up the phone and call! Your words are so honest, open and faithful to the Lord. I admire your strength and love so much!

    Please take care and know we miss you all! Give the kids a hug for us on their big graduation day!

    hugs and prayers!

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  • May 14, 2009 - 10:41 am

    Anonymous - I wanted you to know that while she is not with you, you are still one heck of a mother. Your daughter is proud of you, proud to call your her mother, and always will be.

    Keep your head high, and know that you will ALWAYS be a mom, and you should always celebrate Mothers Day, because you had one wonderful little girl.

    Have a great day.ReplyCancel

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  • May 14, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Fab Fabrics - You’re story is so inspiring and your love for your daughter touches my heart dearly. I would love to donate some fabrics to your cause. Please comment me or send me a convo on Etsy and I will be happy to send some fabric your way!!!

    Etsy username: MyFabFabricsReplyCancel

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  • May 14, 2009 - 11:45 am

    mommaof4wife2r - thank you so much for posting this…i am so gla dyou are still being held in prayer and honored by so many! you all are so awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • May 14, 2009 - 7:14 pm

    Nan - I’m glad you felt the warmth of your friends and the prayers of those who care about you… even those who don’t know you.

    I wanted to ask you and Joel to pray for this family: http://rebeccacooks.blogspot.com/

    I am asking you to pray because I believe you know more than most just what kind of prayers they need and how badly they need them.ReplyCancel

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  • May 14, 2009 - 8:45 pm

    blessedmomto7 - Thanks to Beki, I got to see the sight of Cora’s Playground! I posted about it on my blog :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 14, 2009 - 9:37 pm

    A Mother's Nature - You are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your beautiful posts.ReplyCancel

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  • May 15, 2009 - 8:20 am

    Lauren Kelly - Awwww, soooo sweet!!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 15, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    PamperingBeki - Thinking of you tonight.ReplyCancel

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  • May 16, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Todd and Courtney - I am so happy you received tons of cards! I thought of you all on Mother’s Day! I’m sure sweet Cora was cheering and smiling & telling you happy Mother’s Day over and over again :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 16, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    Casey - We made a luminaria (sp) for Cora for last nights Relay for Life in Charleston SC. The little girl on my team is a neuroblastoma survivor and colored the bag herself for Cora. I’m glad people sent you many well wishes on Mother’s Day.ReplyCancel

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  • May 16, 2009 - 8:45 pm

    Anonymous - You are such a wonderful, loving Mom, and your posts move me to tears every time. You write with the grace you live your life with. Your words are open, honest, and yet so full of faith…you continue to amaze me by your strength. I know in my heart you will be blessed with more children, and they will be as lucky as little Cora is to call you Mom. Your life was blessed to have Cora in it….but she too was blessed with wonderful parents. Leslie in CTReplyCancel

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  • May 17, 2009 - 1:46 pm

    The Mumaw's - I just got your thank you card . I can’t wait to read it to my students at Lakeview JH, they will be so excited!
    I continue to pray for you daily.
    Amy Marinello MumawReplyCancel

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  • May 17, 2009 - 7:07 pm

    Anonymous - I am so sorry for your loss. I have just read your blog for the first time. I lost my son 8 years ago this month and some days it still feels like it was yesterday. Even though I had 2 dreams where Jesus let Jimmy Jim come back and say goodbye to me, it has been the worst feeling in the world times infinity. I now have 2 sons (6 years and 11 months) and the crying comes less but my heart will always be missing my world even though I know he is an angel in heaven. I do believe he also knows the families of people that I meet or read about so now my Jimmy Jim knows your Cora and will take care of her. My heart goes out to you and your husband. I’m glad you keep her spirit alive. May God bless you. Someday the hurt will hurt less, but there isn’t any rush to that. My 6 year old was very sad to read about your daughter too. He misses his big brother even though they never met. I will keep you all in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • May 17, 2009 - 9:32 pm

    Blue Sunshine - Hey, I just found your blog today. Actually, on etsy. I have been so busy lately that I haven’t been on any of my usual sites. I started to read your blog and am still drying tears from my eyes. This brings back so many sad memories for me. My first child was a baby girl and she died 4 1/2 years ago. It is still hard especially when I hear a child that has the same name as her, or when people don’t think of her as a child of mine because she is no longer here with me or when her birthday rolls around every Dec 1st. I was curious though, and I hope that I am not prying, but what did your baby girl die from? I know she had cancer but the last post before she passed seemed like she may have been doing better if not stable. Then, next thing I read she had passed on to be with Jesus. I also read in one of the newspaper articles, that she passed from treatment complications. I hope that this is not too personal of a question! I hope that your husband and you along with your family and friends will find peace with all that has happened and always trust in God. I know that when my baby died, I was very angry with God. I will pray for your family and you continuously. I pray that the two of you will be able to move on and continue building your family as you had planned and if God wishes it so.ReplyCancel

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  • May 17, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    PamperingBeki - Praying for you tonight.ReplyCancel

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  • May 17, 2009 - 10:04 pm

    Anonymous - Thinking of you

    KimReplyCancel

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  • May 18, 2009 - 12:49 am

    Anonymous - I am so sorry for you and your husband. You are amazing parents. You inspire me to be a better mom. I wanted you to know that I check on your blog daily since I started reading it. I say prayers for you both every day and night. Thank you for sharing with us. We all wish we could do more for you.ReplyCancel

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