Seven months has been a month of firsts

First airplane ride // You almost had to miss your first airplane ride because your daddy had an emergency gall bladder surgery, but thankfully he quickly recovered and off to California we went.

First trip to the beach // This also meant you got to take your first trip to the beach and dip your toes in the ocean for the first time.

First formula // Your big brother had a seizure while we were in California so you tried out some formula with Grammy while I was in the emergency room with him.

First tooth // On February 8 your first tooth popped up. Your second tooth was soon to follow.

First crawling…almost // You almost crawled for the first time. You are trying really hard and are so close…but not quite there.

First nights away from mama // Your big brother had to spend the night in the hospital when he started having more seizures which mean you had to spend your first nights away from mama. I didn’t like it one bit and was so glad to be together again. I think you were too.

First bath with brothers // You took your first bath with your brothers. Three little boys in a tub is pretty wild but you loved every second.

Not the first ear infection // And it wasn’t a first, but you had another ear infection this month. Those are never fun so we are hoping this is the last one of those!

We all love you so much, Jakey! I can’t wait to see the firsts that eight months bring.


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So much has happened this past month I hardly know where to begin. So I will start with today.

February 8, 2015.

Cora’s heaven day.


While everyone was taking afternoon naps, Levi and I did some crafting for Cora’s heaven day.


It has been six years since we said goodbye to my sweet Cora.


I was so thankful for this time to talk to Levi about his sissy. He is a pretty great crafting partner. And he loves to talk about his sister. He told me we should pick lots of pink fabric for Cora. I loved that. He also picked these rocks up on the beach in California and brought them home so we could take them to Cora’s stone today.


We thought they turned out pretty great. Then Levi ran upstairs and woke everyone up. He was so excited to walk to Cora’s stone. He loves doing things for his sister, but he was also going to get to ride his bike to the cemetery for the first time. It was a big deal.


It had been awhile since we had visited the cemetery. It was Jake’s first time to come with us too. The boys showed him the ropes.

coras heaven day 1

They set out all the heart rocks and Levi did a little jumping…until his dad told him to stop. Good thing he was wearing a helmet.


I wonder if they will still walk to the cemetery with me when they are teenagers.

coras heaven day


Six years. We have missed Cora like crazy every day since. The tears still come and, just like every year, we wonder what to do with ourselves on the day. But we grieve with hope. And we rejoice that our baby girl is with Jesus…that we serve a God who has conquered sin and death! Tonight as we walked to Cora’s stone we remembered how God has redeemed Cora’s death for His glory. And we prayed that He would continue to make His name known through our family in the years ahead. Who knew that six years later we’d be sitting at Cora’s stone with three boys…two of them who couldn’t stop wrestling?! It’s been quite the week and I can’t help but be reminded of God’s faithfulness through it all.

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:19-24

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  • February 9, 2015 - 7:11 am

    Michelle from Australia - Love and hugs from this side of the planet. Jess, thank you for sharing xxReplyCancel


  • February 9, 2015 - 9:54 am

    Toni :0) - I said a special prayer for your sweet Cora yesterday while in church. It’s hard for me to comprehend that it’s been six years, been following along for a long time and can’t believe that much time has passed. So sweet to see those three boys gathered around her stone. Blessings and continued prayers to you all. xoxoReplyCancel


  • February 9, 2015 - 10:10 am

    Mary Ann - What a lovely post in honor of your beautiful angel Cora. The stones are so pretty. I think Cora knows her brothers and parents will never forget her. I love the photo of Levi’s chubby little hands working on the rocks. My little grandson is 4. He likes going to the cemetery where my parents and husband is buried. There are geese there and we can see clear across the Salt Lake Valley where we are surrounded by beautiful mountains. It is a sacred and holy place to me. I talk to Braxton about his Grandpa Rich and how much Grandpa probably wishes he would have met Braxton….but we know that the Lord takes care of our loved ones on the other side. We also know that on that perfect day…we will all be together again. Bless you my young friend. Although I have never met you, I adore your family and always smile and find hope in your posts and photos. Thank you.ReplyCancel


  • February 9, 2015 - 10:41 am

    Janet Dreher - Jess, I am absolutely positive your precious boys will walk with Joel and you to Cora’s grave when they are teenagers. She is so special to them, and you are raising them in such a way as to always think of her and love her. I am sending a hug your way and want to say again how beautiful your boys are.


  • February 9, 2015 - 10:48 am

    Emily - I was first on your blog 6 years ago reading your family story right before little Cora went to heaven. I have been reading ever since. I enjoy following a long with your family and truly admire your family’s love for Jesus! :)ReplyCancel


  • February 9, 2015 - 12:33 pm

    Kimberlee Jost - I am guessing when your boys are teenagers (or before) you will find them wandering over there on their own to spend time there. And maybe once in awhile with you too. ;)ReplyCancel


  • February 9, 2015 - 12:56 pm

    Bethe @ Texas Lovely - What a beautiful tribute to sweet Cora. My heart breaks for your loss, even all these years later, but I love that verse. His mercies are new every morning – great is His faithfulness! You have lived that and your testimony is a blessing to others.ReplyCancel


  • February 9, 2015 - 4:47 pm

    Kelly S - What a sweet girl, and what a beautiful celebration of her life.ReplyCancel


  • February 9, 2015 - 7:18 pm

    Kim - I too started following your blog when Sweet Cora went into the hospital. I eagerly check your blog for updates on your sweet family. Waiting with anticipation for the birth of each of your precious boys. Your strong faith spoke to my heart and my husband’s. It changed our lives for ever. We celebrate Cora’s heaven day every year with pink and green balloons. Thank you for taking time to update your blog even though I am sure those sweet boys keep you running. Prayed extra prayers for Sweet Griffin. Glad all the tests were negative.ReplyCancel


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    Melissa Joy - I am crying with you: grieving with hope isn’t easy… Oh, for heaven!ReplyCancel


  • February 12, 2015 - 10:33 pm

    PK - My prayers are with you. What a strong God loving woman you are!!!ReplyCancel


  • February 13, 2015 - 1:23 am

    Stefanie - Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.ReplyCancel


  • February 13, 2015 - 9:34 pm

    creole wisdom - Your testimony and beautiful faith just shine, Jess. Sending you lots of love and prayers from Minnesota.ReplyCancel


  • February 18, 2015 - 1:10 pm

    Mary - Jess, I starting following your blog when precious little Cora was ill and I have watched your family grow so wonderfully out of such a time of despair. Your honesty in sharing your pain is appreciated and I think of Cora every February 8. She is surely smiling down from heaven as she watches her three little brothers grow. You have done a wonderful job raising them. Blessings to you and your family this Lenten Season.ReplyCancel


  • February 23, 2015 - 9:37 pm

    k&c's mom - I’ve shared this same comment with you several times since 2009: I discovered your blog right after you lost Cora, and months before I lost my husband. I still believe that God used your words, your testimony and your faith to prepare me and help me through my loss. It’s been a joy to pray for your family over the years and continue to see the blessings God does pour over you. His mercies ARE ever new. Blessings on you and the entire family on this anniversary day.ReplyCancel


  • March 1, 2015 - 9:52 pm

    Angie - Tomorrow, we celebrate “Jacks Day”…the day we said Hello and Goodbye to our 2nd of 4 sons! I’ve been following your blog for over 8 years now! Cora and I share a birthday, March 5th…. and we also have a Levi:) I feel somewhat connect to your family! I see your strength and admire you so much! We have 3 boys and miss our 4th everyday. God Bless you and continue to share your story and love of God! There are many times that I read your blog and it keeps my faith in God just from reading your words:) THANKS!! (for being you!)ReplyCancel


  • March 4, 2015 - 1:13 am

    Natalie H - I found your blog in the days right before little Cora went to Jesus, I prayed for you continually that first year in particular and have checked in with your blog periodically ever since- rejoicing in the births of your precious boys, especially. My first child is Cora’s age so your grief was very close to home and has made your story unforgettable to me. Margaret turns 7 in April. I still Google your blog by entering the name Cora Paige, God bless your family now and always. ❤️ReplyCancel


  • March 7, 2015 - 4:38 pm

    Sarah Joy - I ran a cross your blog years ago. I often think about you and your family. And what a beautiful girl Cora is. I love the way you and family still honor her.
    With my own journey with cancer, I hope my hubby can do that when I pass for my girls.ReplyCancel


  • March 14, 2015 - 7:36 pm

    Aly - I just love the heart rocks. You are an incredible momma and I appreciate your authenticity. Hugs to you!ReplyCancel




I am finally catching up on Jake’s monthly posts…so bare with me. Month 6 through 8 are coming all at once…with month 9 soon to follow. I have to write it all down or I will forget (because I already had trouble remembering back to six months)! So here we go…Baby Tiny at six months.

Dear Jakey,

How can half the year have gone by already?! Six months is a big deal. And while I would love for you to start sleeping through the night and take better naps, I am hanging onto these precious baby days. You are the sweetest, happiest baby. You started eating baby food this month and you think it is pretty great. Baby cereal and vegetables…there hasn’t been anything that you haven’t liked. Why am I not surprised that you like to eat?! You are sitting up like a pro. You love to be in your highchair, walker or bumbo. Although I can barely fit those chunky thighs into the bumbo anymore. Maybe that has something to do with you weighing 21 pounds 4 ounces. You are still known as Baby Tiny by almost everyone. I’m pretty sure that nickname is going to stick, so I hope you like it. I laugh every time I think of my big, chunky baby being called Baby Tiny…but somehow it suits you.

Happy half birthday, sweet boy!


Jake 1-6 months

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  • January 12, 2015 - 1:37 pm

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Sweet Jakey,

I decided that this photo series might have not been my best choice. I am struggling to hold you up like this at 5 months…how am I going to hold you up at 12 months?! You are one chunky little baby. We still like to call you Baby Tiny though.

This month you still are not really rolling. You can, but you don’t. Big baby problems. You are doing other fun things like starting to sit up, grabbing toys, trying so hard to grab our food (I have been dragging my feet on starting you on food…it’s just one more thing, you know?) and holding onto your toes all the time (reminds me of your sissy!). Pretty much you are grabbing everything. And you are so smiley. Lots of smiles all the time. You giggle when we tickle you but we are still waiting for you to giggle at your silly brothers.

You are loving your crib. You are napping better and going to bed much easier, but you still are waking up a few times a night! I love you so much but PLEASE STOP THAT!! I don’t know if I am getting too old or it’s just that much harder with three, but I am so tired. I am trying to soak in these late night cuddle sessions and time with you because I know they are temporary and one day I will sleep again. I want to be grateful for even the sleepless days. They are precious too.

We love you so much, Jake! I still can’t believe I have three boys. I have a feeling that you three are going to keep me on my toes…forever. I might not be catching up on my sleep anytime soon after all!;)

Love, Mama

jake 5 month collage

And here are a few more pics from the last month…

jake 5 months


jake 5 months2


jake 5 months4

Sweet, happy five month old Jake.





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  • January 12, 2015 - 10:18 am

    Kelly - This little anchor onesie is adorable!!! Seems perfect for him! :) Baby Tiny is super cute!! KellyReplyCancel


  • January 12, 2015 - 2:11 pm

    Mary Ann - Baby Tiny is just so stinking cute…smiley and sweet. He does like his toes, just like his sissy. What a cute family you have. YUP….they will keep you on your toes. I really loved being a mom but being a grandmother is such special kind of fun. It brings back all those days of cuddling, slobbery kisses, and all those things that go with a baby. Now my grandson is 4 1/2 and it is amazing how the time flies by so fast.ReplyCancel


  • January 12, 2015 - 7:58 pm

    Shena - He is ablsolutely adorable!! I love reading your blog and seeing your sweet kiddos!ReplyCancel


  • January 12, 2015 - 10:23 pm

    Toni :0) - I love these updates and photos. They just radiate joy and he is truly a blessing from God. Bless his heart, sleep through the night Baby Tiny-it’s TIME!! LOL Hang in there Momma! ReplyCancel


  • January 13, 2015 - 5:36 pm

    Deborah - Oh my! I just smiled at every picture. Reminds me of my own pup who is all grown up. Love checking in on your boys. Send my best to Julie. Miss her on her blog.


  • January 15, 2015 - 3:25 pm

    leiah - What a chunk! So adorable!!!ReplyCancel


  • January 19, 2015 - 11:10 am

    Emilie - He is completely perfect.ReplyCancel


  • January 20, 2015 - 5:40 pm

    Stefanie - He’s so squishy and cute!!!ReplyCancel