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

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

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

Thanks again. Really, you guys are great!

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  • February 28, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Heather - YOU are great.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 3:43 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    Amy - I agree with Heather!

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

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

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 3:48 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 3:53 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:02 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:03 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    aimee - Hi there Jess,

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

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

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

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:10 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:15 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 4:29 pm

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

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:03 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:08 pm

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

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:11 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:37 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:42 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:46 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 5:56 pm

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

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 6:57 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 7:21 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 7:39 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 7:39 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:13 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:17 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:18 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:18 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:52 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 9:30 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:03 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:22 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:41 pm

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

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:46 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:50 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:59 pm

    Anonymous - You guys are amazing. You really are.

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

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 11:02 pm

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 11:25 pm

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 12:13 am

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

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

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 1:09 am

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

    http://www.mormon.org/mormonorg/eng/ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 5:27 am

    Candice - Hey there,

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 7:59 am

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 8:11 am

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 9:12 am

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

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

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 9:22 am

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 9:52 am

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 11:58 am

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 1:57 pm

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Anonymous - Jess,

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 2:34 pm

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 4:28 pm

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

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 5:54 pm

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

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 7:28 pm

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

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

    We will continue to lift you up in prayer!ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 9:26 pm

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 9:58 pm

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

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 10:48 pm

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 11:03 pm

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 11:37 pm

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

    love you!

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  • March 2, 2009 - 10:52 am

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

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

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 12:15 pm

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

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

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 1:04 pm

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 1:39 pm

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 2:36 pm

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 3:49 pm

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 4:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 4:15 pm

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

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

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

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    Rebecca - Sending you hugs and prayers from Michigan.ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 6:43 pm

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

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

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 7:28 pm

    Anonymous - Thanks for deciding to make some bigger sizes.

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

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  • March 2, 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

    Cristy - Hi Jess…

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

    Hugs and love…..

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  • March 3, 2009 - 9:24 am

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

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  • March 4, 2009 - 12:00 am

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

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  • March 5, 2009 - 10:34 pm

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

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  • March 10, 2009 - 8:27 pm

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

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  • March 14, 2009 - 9:53 pm

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

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  • March 15, 2009 - 10:38 pm

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

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

    maryboys - sending warm condolences your way…ReplyCancel

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We are OPEN!

(after just a slight delay…)


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


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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:31 am

    t - AMAZING!

    i can’t wait to buy something.

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

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

    sending love.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:56 am

    Falling Around - Jess,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:31 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 3:54 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 6:47 am

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:13 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:16 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:25 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:26 am

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:27 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:53 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 7:57 am

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:13 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:22 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:38 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:47 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:54 am

    Misty Rice-Baniewicz - Hey mama….

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

    Can’t wait to hear back.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:54 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:02 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:07 am

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

    Blessings to you all!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:12 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:17 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:28 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:37 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:37 am

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

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

    The blocks are awesome too!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:40 am

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

    You’re still in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:54 am

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:57 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:08 am

    PamperingBeki - Jess, it looks beautiful! :)

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

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

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:11 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:20 am

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

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

    Hugs and prayers today…

    Cristy

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:22 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:32 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:37 am

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

    STILL praying for you daily,

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:39 am

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

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:58 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:05 am

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

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

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

    Sending you love from Canada…ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:16 am

    The Perfect Trio - everything went so fast!!!

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:22 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:24 am

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

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

    Love and Comfort to your sweet family!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:31 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:38 am

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:43 am

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:37 pm

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:42 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:47 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:03 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:09 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:18 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:20 pm

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

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

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

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

    xo
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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:29 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 1:49 pm

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

    Congratulations for selling everything so fast!!!

    Cora is still on everyone’s mind!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:08 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:13 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:41 pm

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 4:16 pm

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 5:19 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 5:20 pm

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

    Thinking about and praying for you both!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 5:54 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    Allison and Gordon - Dear Jess,

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:24 pm

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:33 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:23 pm

    Anonymous - Dear Jess

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:26 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:35 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:04 pm

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

    Praying for you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 11:58 pm

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

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

    Still keeping you in my thoughts and prayers…ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 1:10 am

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

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 2:04 am

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:01 am

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:08 am

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 8:42 am

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 9:34 am

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 9:55 am

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

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  • February 28, 2009 - 2:59 pm

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

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  • March 1, 2009 - 7:42 pm

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

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:22 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:29 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:33 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:36 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:42 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:43 pm

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

    Blessings,
    ElizabethReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:45 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:49 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:49 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:50 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:52 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:08 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:10 pm

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

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

    oh, i just wish i could help.

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:11 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    Barrett & Jen - Our prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:18 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    blessedmomto7 - Jess,

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:19 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:23 pm

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

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

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

    God bless you today.

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    A Mommy from New Mexico - Jess and Joel,

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:25 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:31 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    Robin in Benton - Hugs and prayers to you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:42 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:44 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:44 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:51 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:51 pm

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

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

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

    Thinking of you.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 2:56 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:01 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:02 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:03 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:03 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:10 pm

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

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:18 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:21 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:29 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:35 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:40 pm

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

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:41 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:42 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:45 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:10 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:14 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:21 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:31 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    Lemon Lollipop LLC - OH!

    Welcome to Etsy!

    How totally fun you are crafting!

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

    Michelle :)ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:43 pm

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

    can’t wait to see the shop!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:48 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:57 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:15 pm

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

    God bless your sweet angel Cora and your entire family.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:18 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    Falling Around - Jess,

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

    Thinking about you & praying for you everyday.

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:00 pm

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

    anxious to see your fab things in the etsy shop!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:14 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:31 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:58 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 7:53 pm

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 8:00 pm

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

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

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

    My email is hbeary777@yahoo.com

    I would love to hear from you.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 8:33 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 9:46 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:15 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:55 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:04 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    Bethany - Jess,

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:09 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:14 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:26 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:28 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:31 pm

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

    Hugs and love….

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:33 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:47 pm

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

    Can’t wait to see your shop!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 12:19 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:38 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:51 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:20 am

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

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:32 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:24 am

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:38 am

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

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:55 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:23 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:53 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:57 am

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 12:17 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:00 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:20 pm

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

    God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:35 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:20 pm

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

    You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:25 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 3:33 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 4:16 pm

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

    Jenna - Hi Jess,

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

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:57 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:02 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:15 pm

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

    http://www.thearnspergers.com/

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:37 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 10:16 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:48 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:08 pm

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 10:29 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:11 am

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

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:38 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:39 am

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:50 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:29 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:03 am

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

    I cannot even imagine.

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:44 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:51 am

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

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

    She truly is beautiful.

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

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

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

    Thank you over and over again…..

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:13 am

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

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

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

    meg duerksen - jess she is just so beautiful.

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

    praying for you today. :)ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:22 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:36 am

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

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:46 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:26 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:41 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:00 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:10 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:17 am

    Anonymous - What a beauty! Thanks for sharing.

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

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:03 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:46 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:51 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Dancing Queen - breathtaking!!

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:20 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:32 pm

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

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

    miss you!

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  • February 24, 2009 - 3:47 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:54 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:59 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:47 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:57 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:07 pm

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

    Thanks

    God Bless You and Praying for You!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:56 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:20 pm

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

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

    Much love to you and yours,

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:25 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:25 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:06 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:12 pm

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:47 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:58 pm

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

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

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:02 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:09 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:18 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:23 pm

    lgraves - still praying for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:28 pm

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:31 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:08 am

    Heather - Thank you so much for sharing Cora’s Celebration of Life with us. I was so proud and honored to “celebrate” Cora even though I have never met you guys. She is such a beautiful little girl and my heart aches for your loss. You are in my thoughts so many times throughout the day, every time I look at my sweet little boy I am reminded of your sweet Cora and how precious life really is and how blessed we are that God has entrusted us with such precious gifts. My heart breaks for you daily and I continue to pray that God will allow me to take some of the grief for you.
    “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ”
    Galatians 6:2
    No parent should ever have to bury their child :( You guys are truly amazing and such an inspiration to many many people. Cora has touched so many people and has forever changed lives around the world, including mine.
    Hugs and prayers,
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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:09 am

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

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:53 am

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

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

    Thinking of you in Montana
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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:40 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:31 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:36 am

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:02 pm

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

    http://www.maxeyweb.com

    Wishing grace for your hearts….ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:17 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:00 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:05 pm

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

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:21 pm

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

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:38 am

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

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  • February 27, 2009 - 12:22 am

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

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

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

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  • March 10, 2009 - 12:30 am

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

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:28 am

    Elle's Mom - Oh, wow! What beautiful photos. I love Cora so much and I don’t even know her. Thank you for sharing her with us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:31 am

    The Tulip Lady - What an amazing baby, love, pure love! You are still on my mind and in my prayers…ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:36 am

    Jennifer - I am sitting here, once again, in a puddle of tears. She is so beautiful. I am so amazed at how I’ve gotten so attached to a little girl who’ve I’ve known about for only a few weeks…and not even in the real world. She has an amazing power.

    Praying every day :)

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:49 am

    Michelle - She is so beautiful. She smiles with her whole face. I love those cheeks. I loved the video and plan to watch the service tomorrow. You are beautiful people to open up your hearts and share what has to be painful. I remember when I was thinking of having my own children and wondering about brining them into the world today – the response to your story has shown that there is still love in the world. Thank you for sharing – you are still in my heart and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:56 am

    Hollie - CORA IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL…WHAT AN ANGEL! STILL PRAYING FOR YOU GUYS….SENDING LOVE & HUGS YOUR WAY.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:28 am

    Megan - Wow! What beautiful pictures of your precious girl. I found your blog a few days ago and have been praying for you (and crying for your loss). Thank you for sharing these sweet pictures of Cora. She’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:37 am

    janene - Thank you for sharing your hope with us–thank you. . .ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:07 am

    vcr - just came upon your blog…thank you for sharing your life of love with so many. cora has touched countless lives! she’s so beautiful. praying for you to feel God’s touch. praying that he even brings peace to your heart in your dreams and while you sleep. humbled to have seen a glimpse in your lives.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:13 am

    Samantha - just so… heartbreakingly beautiful…I can’t imagine this loss, this hole you are feeling. God is with you and she is with God. She is still with you…ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:21 am

    HighlandGhillie - heart breakingly beautifulReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:32 am

    Anonymous - You are all amazing. I hope if I was in the same situation I could have a tiny bit of your strength.

    Thankyou for sharing a teeny bit of your BEAUTIFUL girl with the world.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:34 am

    Anonymous - Such a beautiful baby. I am keeping you in my thoughts.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:37 am

    Nicole - That was beautiful… simply beautiful. What an amazing, precious little girl she is. You have some spectacular photos.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:54 am

    michelle - beautiful…thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:31 am

    Toni :O) - Oh my goodness! Absolutely beautiful and so so precious! Thank you for sharing your beautiful gal with everyone. Continuing to keep you in my thoughts and prayers out here in Michigan!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:36 am

    Matt, Joy and Ryder - She is so beautiful, Jess. Brought me to tears this morning…what an awesome tribute to this sweet little angel! You are so wonderful to share all of this with us…ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:41 am

    Megan (mommyesquire) - Absolutely beautiful. Still faithfully praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Anonymous - BEAUTIFUL…Thank you so much for sharing your Cora with us. You and Joel are amazing. I will continue to pray for you. She is loved.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:19 am

    Kristen - that was beautiful! thanks for sharing!! Still praying for you guys everyday!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:28 am

    PamperingBeki - I’m just sobbing as I watch this.

    Again, I am so sorry for your pain. We know that there is hope, we have faith that God is in control, but I still can’t imagine how great the loss feels.

    God bless you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Donna - So beautiful and so sad. Sending prayers and love your way! Cora is my angel.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:46 am

    Anonymous - I so didn’t want to cry anymore. I wanted to feel happy about where Cora is. Now I’m sad all over again. I’m sad you don’t get to have anymore memories with her. She was such a beautiful little girl. I’m so grateful you were able to make so many memories in her short time on earth. You can tell she was so happy and loved her mom and dad so much. I hope one day the pain of missing her wont hurt so bad. I hope the memories of her will carry you during the hard road of missing her until you see her again. You will see her again!!! Yes, Jesus does love you, and Cora!!! Thank you for sharing the beautiful video!!!
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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:49 am

    in a world surrounded by men - The video is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with all of us “strangers.”

    If you choose “medium” instead of the “large” player on the One True Media website (before you get the codes to share it) then it will fit on your blog page completely.

    I am lifting you up in prayer today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:03 am

    mommaof4wife2r - this video is precious…thank you thank you thank you for sharing cora with each of us!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:10 am

    Kelly - Sending you love and hugs and prayers…thank you for sharing your beautiful girl with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Courtney - Words could never say how beautiful and sweet this video is. At our son Dylan’s memorial service we had both of those songs played too. I sat here and cried feeling so many emotions for you because I truly do remember how you feel. I always hated to here that time would heal, time does not heal you, you just some how find your “new normal”. I pray everyday that you will continue to find peace and comfort in the Lord. I still find it really hard to here “With Hope” and “Jesus Loves Me” but seeing how happy Cora is in all those pictures is so comforting.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Tara - I am sitting here in a puddle of tears and I didn’t even know your little girl, but this has to be the most preciouso slideshow I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing with all of us. She is absolutley adorable, those cheeks and those big ole eyes, my goodness. I don’t know how you keep your strength, I pray for you and your family as I am sure she is so missed. She is truly an amazing little girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:26 am

    MidnightMom - What a sweet, sweet memorial; thank you for posting it! Cora was just beautiful from day one. I wish that God had chosen to heal her on earth, but it is good to know she is well now, and laughing with the angels; precious baby girl. From one Mommy to another, I am crying with you. Hugs and prayers for you this week…ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:28 am

    Aby - Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. What a lovely tribute. I am so so very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort and healing. Your faith is an inspiration. God Bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:34 am

    Stacey - I have been following your blog, and am amazed on the impact precious little Cora has made on so many.. I couldnt help but weep watching her memorial service..It was absolutely beautiful.. You are in my prayers..

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Angela - What a beautiful video! Thanks so much for sharing. Your in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:59 am

    Julie - What a beautiful tribute to your sweet daughter Cora. She is just precious. I am in tears thinking of all of you…like others have said Cora has stolen my heart even though we have never met. Amazing. She is a special, special little girl and you are wonderful parents. I wish you didn’t have to hurt or go through this.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:59 am

    Jennifer - My heart aches so deeply for your family! I know our great and mighty God is using your beautiful Cora and family for His glory. I’m so amazed of how He is giving you strength to post these amazing blogs and photos, when I know it must be So VERY painful. Praying in WV for you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Amber - Your daughter is so beautiful…thank you so much for sharing your story, pictures, and faith with us. May God give you comfort and peace.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:29 am

    Jill - Cora is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing what has to be so painful. I think about Cora and you guys everyday. Cora’s life and your faith has had such an impact on my life and I don’t even know you. Just like the songs says there is hope that you will she her face again.

    Praying everyday for you and your family. And thanks again for sharing your heart.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Lynn Bray - So beautiful, thank you for sharing your beautiful sweet baby girl with the world. May your strength inspire others, and may God keep you safe and warm in His arms as you heal.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Falling Around - That was a beautiful slideshow! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    Amy - What a beautiful, beautiful child. Thank you for sharing her with us all so openly. Your story and testimony is certainly a blessing in my life.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Chris - Thank you for sharing your little girl with all of us.
    Feeling the love for your child is a gift , she is a beautiful child .
    I am sure it is so hard for any of us to understand what you are going through , and that is must be so hard missing her so much .
    You are all in my thoughts.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Crossroads Warriors - Perfection….Creation….God’s precious hand and work is plain to see in sweet Cora…thank you for sharing your little girl with all of us…my family misses her and loves your family so much…He is good…even when life is not….ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Anonymous - That was hard to watch. What a beauty! She was so precious and clearly so loved. Thank you for sharing your sweet angel. I wish for continued healing and peace for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 1:57 pm

    Cathy - Truly beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    Utecht Family - Oh Joel and Jess. How we are hurting not only for you, but with you. You are daily in our prayers!ReplyCancel

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    gwswenson - I love that beautiful baby girl.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Wendy - What a beautiful family…tears are streaming down my cheeks as I think about your precious Cora. God bless you every day of this journey. Thank You for HOPE, Lord.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    The Sweigart Family - Thank you for sharing this with us. This is the first time I have seen it. It was very hard not to be at the service, but, unfortunately, it was the same day as my grandfather’s. Brent was there, so that made me feel a little better.

    I am in awe of the love that God is blanketing you two in. I am thankful for it. It will be nice to see you in person and give you a hug. We pray for continued comfort and love, as only God can give. I am humbled by your response and amazed at how God is using you two.
    love,
    alyssa

    (I tried to go to grace’s website to view the service, but am assuming the rest of the world is too. I can’t get through. I suppose that is okay for now. This video made me cry enough for one sitting.)ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    mommyjoymarie - What a beautiful little girl, thank you for sharing this! My heart aches for you and your family. Your strength in faith is an inspiration to me.
    Praying for you,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    traci - ya know, I love Jesus and I know his plans are perfect and best but I dont even know you, have never held Cora and its absolutely broken my heart that she is gone. I read somewhere you only had 3 weeks from the time she was diagnosed to the time she went to heaven…thats just too fast. How do you wrap your mind around that? I cant even imagine. You both are amazing. I think I would be in a pile in bed mad at the world, not at all what you are doing. I work with children everyday and I know I would have LOVED Cora and your family!
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  • February 24, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    Marlene W. - Someday I might be able to visit your website and not leave in tears . . . but not today. To God be the glory for giving you the gift of such a sweet daughter. You are both in my heart and prayers daily. Thank you for sharing her life with all of us.
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    blessedmomto7 - Pure preciousness…ReplyCancel

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    Judy - I watched it and had a good cry! What a beautiful girl God gave you! Thank you for sharing it with all of us!ReplyCancel

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    mamaof3 - Jessica,
    I can’t even imagine what you gusy are going through the video was very sweet, what a beatiful family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    Maureen - Thank you for sharing this special video. I think and pray for your family everyday! I truly believe she has made a forever imprint on my heart.

    Lifting you up in prayer,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 5:53 pm

    LuLu - Beautiful video, sending much love!
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  • February 24, 2009 - 7:07 pm

    Jennifer W. - Oh Jess… I cannot imagine how your heart feels since mine is breaking just watching this tribute to your beautiful, gorgeous baby girl. What amazing joy she must have brought to your life. There aren’t word to express the sorrow I feel for your loss but you are in my prayers. I can’t wait to support you and the memory of Cora in any way that I can.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:22 pm

    blairspage - What a BEAUTIFUL video! Such a sweet and pretty little girl! Have peace knowing she is not hurting anymore and is in HIS arms safe and sound!

    Always praying for your family and your strength!

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  • February 24, 2009 - 8:23 pm

    Max - I heard about your story from a fellow blogger and have fallen in love with your family. My son was born with end stage renal disease and spent the first 6 months of his life in the NICU at our local children’s hospital. He is now dialysis dependent and waiting to receive my (his mother’s) kidney when he comes of a good size. I am so inspired by the strength that the two of you have. You give me the strength that I need to wake up every day to take my son to dialysis and to care for him. You also give me the hope that I need to know that God will give him the new kidney when the time is right. Cora was such an amazing and beautiful little girl and I look up to you for all that you did for her. You are in my prayers and just know that I think about you every day and know that Cora is looking down on you. She was a very lucky little girl to have such wonderful parents.
    God Bless You.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:00 pm

    Allison - The amount of love I could see in each individual photo you gave to your sweet Cora was so beautiful. I continue to pray for you both that the strength and love God has showered you with grows stronger everyday. My two year old says “i want to meet her mom please can i meet her” i told her one day.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:21 pm

    Jennifer - My heart is just aching for you and Joel. Listening to the video song brought back too much emotion and feelings. It is hard and it hurts and trying to find a new sense of normal for your family takes time. Russ keeps saying he wishes that we could get through the pain a little quicker. We know what you are going through – but stay strong in the Lord and hold on together. One day at a time. Keeping busy does help and I look forward to your Etsy store.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:28 pm

    Rachel - Thank you for sharing these pictures of your beautiful little girl. I think of you and your family often and pray for you as you walk through this unimaginably difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    Anonymous - Those are wonderful pictures of your daughter. I came across your blog a few weeks ago and am so sorry for your loss. Know that you have touched the heart of a perfect stranger and I think of you and your daughter often. It brings me hope to see you doing well and showing the world how much you loved your daughter. Thanks for making this video.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Susan - I can’t come up with words…the right words, ones that won’t hurt. My baby girl will be one on April 12th. I can’t help but watch and put myself in your place. I’m not sure I could make it. I know with Gods help, I could, but it’s unfathomable. (sp?) Everything in this video reminds me of my Hayden, the tractor pictures (we farm), some of the same outfits, it’s just so close to home for me. I am thinking of a way I could honor Cora Paige and Audrey Caroline at Haydens’ birthday party…it would be just a small way I might be able to make a difference…just thinking out loud. I will definitely be checking out your ETSY store!
    You are still in my thoughts and prayers as you journey along. This video is BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Love,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Christine - Just beautiful. What a precious and loved little girl. I’ve been “crafting for Cora,” and haven’t sold on etsy before, but am quickly getting the hang of it. Today, my 5 year old daughter helped me and made some of her very own creations to sell on etsy as well. Bless her, I think she’s fallen in love with Cora too.

    All our love & prayers,
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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    Christina - She may have had a (heartbreakingly, unexplainable) short life, but what a precious, happy, loving one. Like so many others, I have been so touched by your family, by Cora. Thank you for sharing the pictures, and for giving us a glimpse of your lives together. You were able to have Cora for the sweetest time…her face looking at you all with so much adoration. What a treasure to have these beautiful memories. That doesn’t seem quite right, because…well, you know. I keep praying for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:13 pm

    bjjames - Sometimes they are too perfect to be here, and Heavenly Father needed her back in his kingdom. Your amazing strength with help so many. There has not been 1 minute that I have not thought about your family. We will continue to pray for you in Utah.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:13 pm

    Colbert Family - Absolutely beautiful! I wish I could be by your sides to hold your hands through this. What a beautiful life she had with the most amazing parents. Your love for her filled your eyes with joy. Faithfully praying for you guys.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:19 pm

    Sa-Sea Boutique - Those pictures are amazing! She was such a truely happy little beautiful girl! I look at those pictures and just feel so amazed at what a strong little girl who has touched the lives of so many people that she never even knew.
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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:21 pm

    Anonymous - I wanted to watch your video, but I couldn’t make it even a full minute without my eyes welling up with tears – especially with the music. I don’t know you, personally, but I care about what you have been through. I think of you at random times throughout different days and find myself praying for you.

    I cannot know what it has been like for you to go through such a swift and devastating loss, but when I imagine what it is like, it is pretty painful even in its vicarious nature.

    I have wondered about how quickly everything happened for you, and how much of a shock it must have been: You thought she had a persistent ear infection when you took her to the doctor that day.

    I can imagine that there were moments where you thought and maybe still find yourself thinking, “This can’t be happening,” even knowing that is was and did.

    I have thought to myself that I am glad that you have the faith that you do. It doesn’t change the circumstances, but it makes them somehow easier to bear. I have thought about how glad I am for you that you have a close circle of family and friends to come around you with love and support – to laugh and to cry with you, and sometimes just to listen. I find myself feeling glad for you that if things had to turn out as they did, that your little Cora was not sick and suffering for a long time, though I say that tempered with the knowledge that there isn’t a parent alive who would not endure whatever was necessary to have their children with them and to hold them for as long as possible.

    I pay that you will continue to be comforted through your tears and grief, and that somehow, even through such a painfully tragic life experience that you will be blessed beyond measure. I am thankful that you had the opportunity to love your precious little girl all of the days of her life and know that you will continue to love her all of the days of your lives. What a gift and blessing she was to all of you!

    I hope that you will see that playground come into being faster than you expect, and that the plans for the playground include a picture of Cora’s likeness so that the children who will play there will have an opportunity to become acquainted with the very special little girl behind the playground.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 10:34 pm

    ran shae - What an absolutely beautiful baby girl. You guys have some amazing pictures of her. I think of you guys often and lift you up in prayer. God bless you and keep you.

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:26 pm

    Melissa at perry jayne clothesline and accessories - Cora is beautiful. Thank you for sharing those pictures with us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:32 pm

    Anonymous - “A picture is worth a thousand words” couldn’t be any more true. Your pictures tell a story of love, a love that is more precious than gold or silver, they speak more than any words could express. Cora is BEAUTIFUL, from her perfect smile to those most kissable cheecks!! You are in my prayers today and in the days ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2009 - 11:58 pm

    Allison - My heart breaks for you and your loss of your sweet, precious and beautiful Cora. Please know that her life has touched my soul. Her life makes me long to be closer to our precious Lord. Please know that I am praying for you that God will continue to have His arms wrapped around you…

    In Christ Alone,
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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:17 am

    wenbren explains it all - What beautiful memories Cora has left you with…ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:32 am

    Kristen - I know that she was taken from you far too early, but you can tell by watching this that her time on earth was filled with such joy and love. God couldn’t have given her to better parents.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 7:55 am

    Des Deasy - I am so sorry for your loss….your beautiful daughter has touched my life in ways I can not explain in words…your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult journey.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:43 am

    Anonymous - Still hurting for you. I come to your site multiple times a day and tears just stream down my face..oh what must you be going through. I only know your Cora through your story and photos..although I feel like I am a part of your lives. Your courage is remarkable. I will continue to think of you,Joel and Cora. I pray that you find peace in your heart. Praying for you…Thank you for blogging and letting us be apart of your life and Cora’s.

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:56 am

    trying to remember it all - Cora is such a beautiful child. I know there are so very many people who look forward to meeting her in Heaven.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Miliu(iiiii)(Plurual for Milius) - It’s not fair that some people have such hard trials. Cora was so beautiful and her spirit lives on through all of you. Thank you for sharing her. Your family is a true inspiration to all! You amaze me!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 12:51 pm

    Alison - I’m just sitting here bawling. Cora’s little life has touched me so deeply and made me more aware and appreciative of the time I have with my two little ones. Thank you for sharing her life with us.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Hair Bows & Guitar Picks - I am sitting here just crying again…

    Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Cora has touched my heart, and the hearts of everyone I have shared your blog with, in a way that I cannot describe. She was by far the most beautiful baby I have ever seen, and can almost hear her laughing in these photos. Now, she is laughing in heaven, as she is experiencing a peace and joy that is beyond our comprehension.

    Jess and Joel, please know that you and your family remain in the thoughts and prayers of so many of us. Your dedication to the Lord has inspired me, along with many others, to walk closer to Him. You were, by no doubt, chosen for this journey, and have turned toward Him at a time when many of us would have allowed our sorrow to turn us away from Him.

    Please also know that reading about the tremendous faith that you both have displayed through this has made a huge difference in my life. I am now a better mother to my four children, as I have seen what strong faith in the Lord has allowed you to overcome.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    darci - she is absolutely beautiful. precious. i have been praying for you both each day since i first found your blog.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    Rebecca Louise. - Amazingly beautiful!!! X.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Michelle - You don’t know me, but I wanted to say thank you for sharing this beautiful video of your precious little girl. I watched it with tears streaming down my face. You are an amazing family, thank you for sharing your journey with strangers like me. I think of you and pray for you often.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe - I found your blog today and tears are spilling on my keyboard as I type…and I have no clue what to write…except that I am so deeply sorry for your loss…it is a pain I cannot imagine. And I join you in giving thanks for your sweet Cora’s shot, yet so very meaningful and significant life.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    Anonymous - She’s beautiful!

    Thinking of you both.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 4:49 pm

    Meet the DuRoss's: - Thank you for sharing Cora’s sweet life with us! The video was beautifully done ~ it brought tears to my eyes. Praying for God to be your everything through this sad time.

    In Him,

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  • February 25, 2009 - 5:47 pm

    Courtney Kay - What a beautiful slide show for a beautiful little angel… Praying for you always!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 6:37 pm

    Christina Burton - Oh my…I am at a loss for words. What a beautiful little girl. These photos are wonderful and priceless. It is so obvious how loved she is! I continue to pray for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    Anonymous - What an absolutely beautiful tribute to your daughter and wonderful keepsake for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:47 pm

    Mandi - What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful girl. Tears are flooding my eyes but I cannot express in words how much I needed this today. Thank you for sharing something so special with us.

    Heaven’s gain is our loss but what a comfort to know you will be reunited with your sweet Cora one day. Praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 10:48 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you for sharing your precious daughter with everyone. My thoughts, love, and prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:05 pm

    runjanetrun - This is beautiful. I watched this and sobbed. I don’t know you, I came across your blog the day Cora went to be with Jesus and have been so moved by your faith. I pray that God will hold you and your husband so closely. I wish your little girl were still here, but I know His ways are not our ways. Thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:09 pm

    Anonymous - Wow. God Bless you dear ones.ReplyCancel

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  • February 25, 2009 - 11:19 pm

    The Bounds Family - Thank you for sharing the photos. Your loss breaks my heart. I can not even imagine how you feel. I am amazed at your strength and faith. Cora is so proud of her mommy. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 1:48 am

    Anonymous - I’ve been trying to find words to explain why I’ve been so touched by Cora. I’ve decided it was her smile….along with the smiles of her loving parents, her young age and the fact that God took her so quickly.

    God Bless you all.

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:20 am

    Anonymous - Those were some incredibly amazing pictures! Someone did an awesome job putting that together! I continue to pray for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 7:37 am

    i love plum - beautiful.
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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:48 am

    Anonymous - Trying so hard not to cry…

    I had to stop because I’m at work. I promise to finish watching at home with my husband.

    The song you chose of Steven Curtis Chapman took my breath away. I know the tragic loss of his little one too. I hope that someday soon you will be able to look at those pictures and smile instead of just shedding tears.

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  • February 26, 2009 - 2:38 pm

    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - That was beautiful. She is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 6:37 pm

    kdurec - This was such a beautiful slideshow of your sweet girl. Thank you for sharing it with us. You and your family are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:21 pm

    amy - What wonderful, amazing parents you are. Each of your pictures reflect your absolute love and care for Cora. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful video. I think about you throughout the day and my heart groans and aches for you. I am praying for you today.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 8:36 pm

    Jill - What a beautiful baby girl. This video was as beautiful as baby Cora and brought me to tears. The song was awesome, who sang it… wrote it..I loved it!! I will be lifting your precious family up in prayer to God! Looking forward to your Etsy shop!ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    meleea - beautiful tribute! continuing to pray for you daily.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 9:47 pm

    Kate's Mommy - beautiful, praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 26, 2009 - 11:20 pm

    Shavonne - What a beautiful angel Cora is. I am continuing to pray for you and your familyReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 8:37 am

    Kristen Andrews - beautiful photos, Cora is a angel. My thoughts are w/ you, you have incredible strength. I just joined in over at Etsy to raise funds for the playground!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 9:13 am

    Kristin Stegent - I watched this video yesterday and cried. I have a 9-month-old very happy baby girl, and Cora’s cute expressions remind me of my daughter. I cannot even begin to imagine all that you guys are going through…and I am just so sorry! Cora is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    Anonymous - There are no words to explain the beauty of your montage to your little angel Cora… it is one of the most heartfelt tributes I have ever seen. Following your blog and Cora’s amazing life story has forever changed me, I think about your family everyday. I have cried for days and days, marveling at your strength – while looking at the precious memories your family has shared. Your journey has drawn me closer to Christ, thank you so much for sharing with all of us!

    You are forever in my families prayers….
    Love,
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  • February 27, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Anonymous - this is the sweetest thing ever!! You have more strength than i do. I admire you!! Praying for you!

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  • February 27, 2009 - 3:41 pm

    Anonymous - Thank you for sharing your beautiful, amazing daughter with us. It is clear in her photos that Cora brought pure joy to this world. Your loving family are in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Stephanie - I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes and my heart just breaks for you. Why these things happen I will always question and we’ll never know but please please please know that your baby girl made a difference in my life. You are on my mind and in my prayers!

    I saw your etsy shop has opened..I’ve been out of the loop the last few days. I’m going to check it out this afternoon!

    Sending love your way!ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 10:11 am

    Anonymous - So very heartbreaking..why why why?
    So very sorry for you and your amazing family. It still breaks my heart and tons of tears to see her beautiful face. May you find peace. I think of you multiple times day and night. I know that life is hard so very hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you daily. The pictures show a beautiful baby very much loved. What a great mommy and daddy you are.ReplyCancel

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  • February 28, 2009 - 11:34 pm

    amy - That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing your sweet little Cora with me…I just know that Jesus is kissing on those precious cheeks of hers. I pray for you everyday, Joel & Jess. Lifting you up still…
    Hugs,
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  • March 1, 2009 - 2:33 am

    Nicolette - thank you for sharing your beautiful angel with us again and again! i am brought to my knees again with tears. she is so beautiful and amazing. i miss her even though i never met her. i love her even though i have never held her. i cannot fathom the depth of your pain. you are never far from my thoughts and prayers. oh she is so very loved and so are you and joelReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 5:50 am

    Candice - I’m not sure the right words to say, but I want to say something. I just wanted you to know that I have been thinking about and praying for your family. I am so sorry you lost your little Cora.

    I am a mom myself and my son just turned one. How lucky I am! I am keenly aware of how when you only have one baby, they are your whole world. It’s only been a year, yet I can hardly remember our lives without him. You guys are so strong and so brave.

    Just know, that one day you’ll all be together again. I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • March 1, 2009 - 11:44 am

    Ang - How can I say ‘beautiful’ a different way? Oh my goodness she just takes your breath away. (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

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  • March 1, 2009 - 4:05 pm

    Anonymous - Beautiful!
    Those shiny cheeks are way to adorable for words.
    What a precious slide show of who she IS! She lives!
    Blessings,
    Strangers in Colorado!ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Anonymous - I continue to think of Little Cora and to pray for you, her amazing parents EVERY day. And every time, my throat and stomache get so tight. How my heart aches for you! I don’t know you, yet your family has impacted my life in a huge way. All I can say is “Thank you”. I cannot comprehend what you have lost – or what you have so unselfishly given by sharing your story and your baby with complete strangers.

    Cora is beautiful! I can’t wait to meet her – and you – someday!ReplyCancel

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  • March 2, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Hana - What a beautiful and moving montage! She is so beautiful and precious! Thanks for sharing her life with us!ReplyCancel

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  • March 3, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    shepherdsgrace - Beautiful baby…beautiful momma…beautiful faith…

    thank you for sharing her with us…she is beautiful…

    sitting in my tears for your loss,
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  • March 4, 2009 - 2:50 am

    The Pink Owl - No words except beautiful. Praying for you and your husband.ReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    Rebekah - What a beautiful remembrance! She was such a blessing to people she never met, like me :) My sis is Johannah Hein and Ginger Skillen is my sis-in-law.ReplyCancel

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  • March 4, 2009 - 11:06 pm

    Sharon - What an amazing video of you all. She is beautiful and I know God will continue to hold you through this terrible time.ReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2009 - 5:43 am

    Angie - What a treasure chest of beautiful memories you all have!! She is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this video with us. I’m expecting my first little one…a girl…on March 28, 2009…and your story is such a powerful reminder to me that these little ones are His. We are blessed each day He allows us to have with them. AngieReplyCancel

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  • March 5, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Jamie, Quinter, KS - You are such great photographers!!!ReplyCancel

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    Frugal Jen - Beautiful thank you for sharing. My heart absolutely breaks for you, you are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    Anonymous - What an amazing little girl! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  • March 8, 2009 - 12:18 am

    The Clarks - My heart aches for you as you long to hold your precious beautiful Cora! I too lost a precious son 5 years ago. He came 17 weeks too early. Our babies are safe in the arms of God right now. The wonderful thing is that we will be reunited again very soon with our precious, precious babies!! Praying the Lord will continue to give you the strength to make it through the hard days ahead.ReplyCancel

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  • March 11, 2009 - 4:33 am

    Something White - What a beautiful, gorgeous little angel. I feel the pain while looking at the video. May God bless you and give you strength.
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  • March 12, 2009 - 3:37 pm

    Laura - What a beautiful video in honor of Cora! My heart aches, my throat burns and my tears are welling in my eyes for your loss. Gosh I wish so hard that she could be back in your loving arms.

    She had such an infectious personality – I can tell just from the pictures – her whole face smiles!

    I have bought from one of your Etsy supporters in lieu of your own items – I will buy when you have more items listed.

    I run a foundation in memory of my friend’s son who passed…I think it is wonderful to have a legacy for Cora….but how I wish it was not necessary! How I wish with all my heart!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • March 20, 2009 - 6:37 pm

    Brooke - I know I am posting a comment late, but just got to catch up with your blog. Wonderful pictures of your sweet Cora. It is so great you have so many of her with family that you can always go back and look at.
    Your faith in God is amazing and really shines through in your posting. I am a mother to a miracle 16 month old little girl. I never thought I would be able to be a mother and now that I am I do not know how you get through the day with your angel not with you. I know the fact of her being in Heaven with our Lord has got to be the only thing to get you through.
    No words really can express how sorry I am for your loss, but please know that I am sending prayers up everyday for you and your family. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • April 13, 2009 - 8:25 pm

    Sherry - Hello, I was recently told about Cora and her story and am viewing your blog for the first time. Your family is a beautiful one. Your daughter looks absolutely precious in the photos, I’m sure you miss her every minute. Reading your story was heartbreaking, even more so since my husband and I have a 9 month old baby boy and can’t even begin to imagine what you faced. Time is precious and one of the many things I’ve taken away from your story is to appreciate every second. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, your story is one I will never forget.ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    Ashley - Joel and Jess,
    I found your blog just the other day and began reading your story. Like most of your readers, my heart simply broke for you and the hole you have in your hearts. Cora was beautiful and such an amazing little baby. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family – I know that the hurt and sorrow never fully goes away.

    However, I would also like to give you a gift – small by all means, but something to let you know that the blog world loves you and is praying for you. I have a small design business and would love (that is if you would like) to create you a special blog design. Something with fun colors that Cora would love. If that is ok, please email me (I tried to email you, but your email isn’t listed here, so I thought this would be the best way) at ashleywages@sbcglobal.net. I would love to talk with you a bit more about a design for you and of course, want this to be a representation of you, and Cora.

    In prayer for you,
    AshleyReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2009 - 9:01 pm

    Mission of mamahood - What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful little girl. Praying for you and your family as you await the day you will hold her again.ReplyCancel

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  • May 9, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    Jodi - May God bless your hearts and give peace to your souls. I have cried for the loss of your precious Cora. She was an angel on earth. Reading your story makes me appreciate every little thing in my life all the way down to my kid’s laundry. You have made me feel so blessed today!ReplyCancel

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  • December 4, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    Carla - Beautiful pictures, beautiful songs, beautiful girl. Her time here was so short but so so blessed. Thinking of you often xReplyCancel

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  • February 24, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    Anonymous - I just stumbled upon your website and I’m in full blown tears. Cora was such a beautiful little baby and you are a beautiful mommy/person. My heart breaks for you. I admire all of your strength and your faith in the Lord. I plan to come back again and again. I will pray for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • April 29, 2010 - 11:17 pm

    Heather - I wish your photo montage was linked to your story page… it tells so much more than words ever could about how beautiful your baby girl is.ReplyCancel

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