goodbye pacis, hello mr. foxy

I was really dragging my feet about getting rid of Griffin’s pacis. He loved his pacis. A lot.

We got rid of Levi’s pacis before he turned two, so we thought maybe two would be a good goal for Griffin as well. But Griffin’s second birthday came and went and he was still bff’s with his pacis. And let’s be honest, those pacis sure come in handy when you have a grouchy baby.

 December 2nd arrived and I decided it was now or never. Goodbye pacis.

When Levi said goodbye to his pacis we had him put them all in a box and “mail” them away. When he took them to the mailbox he found his Ally there. He still sleeps with Ally every night. We had no idea what we were doing but it seemed to work so we decided to give it a try with Griffin too. Levi and I picked out Mr. Foxy for Griffin. I really thought that this plan was going to be a total flop. Griffin is a totally different kid than Levi and I was picturing him throwing Mr. Foxy back at me and begging for his pacis back.:)

One last snuggle with his paci.

Griffin got all his pacis packed up and we headed out to the mailbox.

He was yelling, “Mama!” I guess I was going a little too slow for him.

Levi was right there to support Griffin with his paci breakup. He’s a good big brother.

He wanted to open the mailbox so bad.

Griffin put his pacis in the mailbox and pulled out his “paci replacement” box.

Levi had to help him open it up of course.

And to my surprise Griffin was super excited about Mr. Foxy.

Don’t they look like best friends already? My fingers were crossed.

He had to introduce Mr. Foxy to Levi too.

Levi is Griffin’s biggest cheerleader as he reaches all these “big boy” milestones. I am so thankful they have each other.

Nap time came and I was really nervous. I was totally prepared for him not to sleep at all.  When I put him in his crib he asked for his paci and whined a little but didn’t even shed a tear.

He just wanted to sleep with his semi truck instead. It was a total miracle.

I remember sitting outside of his door, right after I peeked in to find him asleep, praying for Griffin and thanking God for this easy transition. I had no idea if this was a fluke and tomorrow would be a fight, but I was so thankful for this moment. It was a gift. Transitions can be really hard and trying for a mama. And you never know what to expect. Every kid is different. We have had hard transitions at our house too and God has faithfully given us just what we needed to make it through those moments too. But I want to remember to come to Him when things are going well in the same way I run to Him when I am sinking. He is right in the midst of these moments too.

Well, the next few days held some major fits before naps. There was definitely a little adjustment time. But now the pacis are officially gone and I am so thankful to have this transition behind us. Goodbye pacis. Next up…potty training.

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  • January 27, 2014 - 12:57 am

    Jackie - Good Job Griffin! I chuckled when I saw the big truck in the crib. I have 2 boys, and have seen many cars and trucks as sleeping buddies. Just never know when you’ll wake up and have the need to play trucks.ReplyCancel


  • January 27, 2014 - 2:42 am

    Kristin - So cute! LOVE Jelly Cat animals! My Liam has several and his fox is his favorite!


  • January 27, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Michelle from Australia - Beautiful photos Jess. What gorgeous boys. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel


  • January 27, 2014 - 8:55 am

    Mary - These pictures are priceless! I am getting ready to take my son’s paci away and LOVE your idea. I am def going to give it a try.ReplyCancel


  • January 27, 2014 - 9:00 am

    babykatesmom - Aww! What a big boy Griffin! I love how Levi is such a good big brother, it shines through in the pictures. Now if I could just figure out how to box up my Jack’s thumb, he’s 3&1/2 now and I fear he will be in kindergarten and still sucking his thumb.ReplyCancel


  • January 27, 2014 - 9:18 am

    C Smart - You take the BEST photos! Those were just great!ReplyCancel


  • January 27, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Carley - This is a very timely post. My oldest daughter love-love-loves her pacis, and she’s almost 2. And I have NO idea how to make that transition. Maybe we’ll do something like this. You said you did it with Levi when he was 2-ish…did he “get” the swap concept?ReplyCancel


    • January 27, 2014 - 9:51 pm

      Jess - Carley-Yes! He was 20 months and he seemed to totally understand.ReplyCancel


  • January 27, 2014 - 11:16 am

    creole wisdom - Awesome, Griffin! These photos are so beautiful, Jess. I love how you document everyday moments :)

    If that’s a Jellycat stuffed animal (which I think it is) … those are SO cute!ReplyCancel


    • January 30, 2014 - 11:17 pm

      Jess - Kathryn-Thanks! It is a Jellycat…our favorite!ReplyCancel


  • January 27, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    Andrea - yay! i have a feeling Pacifiers will be hard for Cai to give up too. I’ll have to use your gift idea! :) ReplyCancel


  • January 27, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    Kimberly - So cute! I hate transitions too– it’s hard for kiddos and mamas!ReplyCancel


  • January 27, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    BethAnne - Your boys remind me so much of my own. They’re around the same ages and my boys are best friends too. I absolutely adore it. With my Levi (my oldest) his paci was gone by the time he was one. I believe he was actually 9 months old. And got rid of it without a single problem. Gabe, on the other hand, is so attached to his paci. I don’t think he has ever gone down for bed or a nap without it. I had planned for it to be gone by the time he turned one, but he just turned two in December. Oops! I may try your little trick and see how it works for us. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel


  • January 27, 2014 - 10:51 pm

    Mary - Wow, my 15 month old never got into having a paci except it was always attached to her infant car seat. It worked well to put her to sleep as a young baby when we were out of the house and away from her “normal nap place.” But I did lots of people giving me much advice about her habit of sucking her two middle fingers (in place of a paci). They say, “You can always get rid of a paci but not fingers!” And I totally disagree! :/ I was one of those babies who had a paci and I sucked my thumb and fingers for YEARS! It just depends on the kid. So I told myself to just let my daughter give me signals if she was going to be a paci or suck fingers baby. She chose fingers and I say that was so much easier than trying to find the missing paci! :) Fingers are attached. So your insight on how to move on from a paci will certainly be helpful….because some day I’m just sure of it. I’ll have a baby who wants that paci and wont let go!! :) ReplyCancel


  • January 28, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    Jill Averitt - My baby turns TWO in March. I have plans for the paci to make it’s exit then. I’m afraid she’ll be like her sister and not give it up until she’s three years old. If what we did with her sister doesn’t work, we’ll be trying this for sure. She’s my last baby, so I’m sort of feeling like I’ll let her keep it until college, if she wants. :( ReplyCancel


    • January 30, 2014 - 11:16 pm

      Jess - Jill-I don’t blame you! I get softer with each baby too. :) ReplyCancel


  • February 5, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    natasha {schue love} - Oh this is so nice to read. My 19 month old still uses his paci for naps/nighttime and sometimes more when he gets ultra fussy. I know we need to start weening but it is so easy to be dependent! Love this idea!!ReplyCancel


  • February 9, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    melissa - So cute. Great idea. Mine is 24 months amd still going strong with paci. I want to try this!ReplyCancel


christmas recap (the last one!)

Okay, this is the last of the Christmas posts…I promise.

This one was just too cute not to include. We celebrated our little family Christmas a few days after our three days of family Christmases. Honestly, we were kind of Christmased-out by this time and it was hard to even find time to squeeze it in. I want to plan this better next year.

This was the scene right before the adorable picture. One boy patiently waiting. One boy done with picture taking and needing some sleep.

The boys got keys and chapstick in their stockings. They would have been happy just with that. It’s the small things sometimes, right?

But we got them some trains and train tracks to add to the ones they already have.

I found the Thomas engines on eBay. Such a good deal! They were so excited when they opened them.

They each got a few engines and then we gave them more tracks to share.

We have been building and rebuilding train tracks ever since.

A fun little celebration with just us. I wish I would have taken a family picture that night…next year…so crazy to think there will be one more of us!

And that’s a wrap for Christmas 2013.

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  • January 14, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Suzette - I miss those days of building and rebuilding train tracks. My boy is almost 15 and took a shower before opening presents. Where has the magic gone? Your boys are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the next Mac baby!ReplyCancel


  • January 14, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    James McClenahan - I love these pictures…definitely worth posting. promise me that if you take a family picture on this day next year that you and joel are also wearing pajama’s to match the kids. ;) oh and your “fake” tree looks really real. way to go. see you soon!ReplyCancel


  • January 14, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    Kim - Aww so cute! Love all of your posts…Thankful that you still take the time to share your sweet family with us. YOU are a blessing.ReplyCancel


  • January 14, 2014 - 10:16 pm

    Toni :0) - They are so adorable and I miss the train season as my son is 15 now. I know the fun you/they have with those-very cool. God bless you in this new year. :0)ReplyCancel


  • January 15, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    gin - total sweetness! and precious memories. I missed our family picture this Christmas too. I actually forgot about it while everyone was there. I had so much excitement with 2 18 month old grandbabies, that I forgot a lot of stuff that day. It was all about the little ones for sure. And, of course, Jesus.ReplyCancel


  • January 17, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Brady Wilhelm - Loved all your Christmas updates! Hope you’re buying hair bows and tutus next year in addition to the trains! I know everyone says they don’t care as long as the baby’s healthy…..but I’m totally keeping my fingers crossed for a girl! :) ReplyCancel


  • January 18, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    Jaclin - My boys are 14 1/2, 8, and 6 1/2 and they all loved Thomas. Our Thomas set has been out in our house for 12 years. He was so well loved, the memories I have of Thomas videos, getting new cars, tracks and buildings, playing Thomas for hours on end, train rides on the real Thomas, and taking apart/rebuilding different tracks with my boys are some of my greatest memories. Sadly, just this past Christmas I sat on our toy room floor crying as I disassembled our Thomas. He sat, unused, for several months and I knew the day was coming, but I just couldn’t bear to take it down. Christmas morning my 8 year old received an Atlas N Scale electric train, and it needed a place to go. With a broken heart I packed away our Thomas, leaving out Sir Topham Hat, Thomas, Percy, and our covered bridge, which I set on their shelf for display. It is one toy that will stay in my house always, my grandchildren can play with him when they come to visit. Enjoy these moments, they are some of the greatest, and they are over in the blink of an eye.ReplyCancel


  • January 19, 2014 - 5:16 pm

    Melanie Martini - Jess, I have loved reading your Christmas posts/updates. :-) Thank you for sharing your beautiful with us.ReplyCancel


  • January 21, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Crystal - Ok you always have the cutest things! Where did you get the boys pajamas and your wrapping paper under your tree??ReplyCancel


    • January 30, 2014 - 11:19 pm

      Jess - Crystal-Thank you! The pajamas are both Carters brand…one from Carters and one from Kohl’s. The wrapping paper is from Target. :) ReplyCancel


christmas recap (day after christmas)

The day after Christmas we spent with Joel’s side of the family. We always start by eating breakfast together. Let’s just say we consumed a lot of food over these three days!

After breakfast we all gathered in the living room to sing Christmas carols. Papa plays the piano and the kids sing along. I love that they will have this sweet memory of their Papa always playing piano for them.

Griffin was sticking close by his brother’s side. And Levi came prepared for caroling with his guitar and head lamp. It’s all about necessities, people.

After singing the kids got to open a few of their Christmas gifts. There are a lot of cousins so they opened them in the order of their birthday month. That meant Levi was first…and Griffin had a very long time to wait. Can you see the look of anguish on his face? He completely lost it shortly after this picture. So hard!

If it was your turn to open your present you got to wear the Santa hat. When we got to the month of July, Joel announced there would be another cousin born in July next year. It just gets crazier and more fun each year! Baby Mac will make 12 cousins on this side of the family.

Finally we got to September and it was Griffin’s turn. He was so happy.

I always try to sneak in a few family photos at these gatherings. The boys love that.

In the afternoon Papa went outside with all the kids and helped them build a snowman family. They were so proud.

Levi had the idea of adding a little brother to the family.:)

Aunt Ivy was home for Christmas. She is definitely the favorite and is so sweet to all the kids. They just love her. She played games with them and even planned a cousin sleepover for that night. You can see why she is the favorite!

We ate dinner together, read the Christmas story and opened a few more presents. Then it was time for the annual cousin Christmas jammie picture.

After all the kids were in their jammies, Griffin wanted all his animals, his blanket and a pillow. He went and made a little bed for himself right by the Christmas tree. He was so excited to be a big boy and stay for the sleepover. We weren’t quite ready to leave but anytime I would walk into the living room he would run over to me, stick out his little hand and say, “Go!”. Then he would run back to his pillow and lay down. It was so funny. I think he was worried I was going to take him away from all the fun…no one wants to miss out on a cousin sleepover!

After three days of partying we were all a little worn out but so thankful for this sweet time spent with family.

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  • January 10, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Regan - Congratulations, Mac’s! Can’t wait to see the new little one. I had a feeling there would be an announcement soon. :) You sure make cute babies!

    A reader in Southern Ontario, CanadaReplyCancel


  • January 10, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    leiah - It looks so clean for having so many kids there! A cousin sleepover sounds super fun.ReplyCancel


  • January 11, 2014 - 12:13 pm

    EricaG - Congratulations!!! We welcomed #4 in December. Picture is on my blog. :) ReplyCancel


christmas recap (christmas eve & day)

Thank you so much for all your sweet words of congratulations. It means so much. I continue to be blown away by the encouragement I receive from this little blog community. Thank you! I have so much to talk about…new baby, new things for the new year, my baby boy turning four, and hope spoken is coming up so soon! I’m tempted to just skip over all this Christmas stuff but wanted to document it here. So bear with me (there are lots of pictures!) as I recap our Christmas celebrations…then it’s on to the New Year!

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day with my side of the family. My parents flew home from California and it was so great to have them here for Christmas! Since we can’t gather at their house anymore we are having to change things up a bit. This year everyone spent Christmas Eve at our house.

My family came for lunch and the boys made sure they had lots of snacks ready too. We are all about the snacks. The boys, of course, were very helpful.

After lunch the fun began! Joel tied three sleds together behind the four wheeler so all the cousins could go sledding at once. Sledding on the farm is way different then the sledding I grew up doing. No hills required…only four wheelers. They thought it was so great.

Griffin only liked driving. He wasn’t about to get on one of those sleds.

In case you’ve never met our dog, that’s Lucy. She is a farm dog so she doesn’t show up in many pictures. She sure liked chasing the sledders though.

It was so cold that day…so cold. So when the sledding was over we got out all the blankets to warm up. The kids watched Planes (my boys love that movie!) and had snacks and hot chocolate.

After we all warmed up we dressed up and headed to church for the Christmas Eve service…then back to our house for dinner. It was a fun day!

On Christmas morning we all gathered at my sister’s house. We always start the morning with breakfast and then open presents.

This headlamp was definitely one of Levi’s favorite gifts. Griffin got one too. You can often find them running around the house with little lights on their heads.

Griffin loved opening gifts this year. He had a hard time being patient when it wasn’t his turn.

Crazy hats. My dad and brothers are really into cycling…or biking…not sure what the correct term is? I’m sure they will correct me. Brother’s are sweet like that!;)

After all the presents were opened the kids got to go downstairs and find their big surprise. My mom had made teepees for all the grandkids. They are so awesome. I should have had her pose in front of them because I don’t think I got a single picture of her!

This one is ours…I think I love it as much as the boys do. I’ll try to take some better pictures later and figure out what tutorial my mom used for those who are wondering.

In the afternoon we decorated gingerbread houses.

There was lots of candy consumed. Of course.

And thankfully we left them at my sister’s house so we didn’t even have to take them home. It worked out perfect. In the evening we ate a delicious dinner together…which I was too sick to even eat. Such a bummer to be nauseous at Christmas time. Guess it kept me from eating too much though! We had such a good two days with my family…next up is Joel’s family!

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  • January 8, 2014 - 6:57 pm

    Crystal - Would your mom consider selling one of these tepees? I’d love to have one for a photo shoot. I’m sure I could get the poles here so maybe just the cover. ;) ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 7:58 pm

    Cindy - You’ll love those Teepees for years to come! I bought one when my kids were little and now my grandkids love to have sleepovers in it. They also love to just play in it. It stores so compactly (our’s has PVC for the main frame). Sounds like a fun Christmas. Oh, and congratulations on the baby due this summer. I watched the video of Levi telling us and got a kick out of both boys! It surely will be a happy year at your house. CindyReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    creole wisdom - That sledding looks so fun. How smart to re-invent it. I grew up like you, searching for the biggest hill I could find.

    Your mom is so thoughtful and crafty. Your kids will cherish that for years to come :)

    I’m praying your queasiness passes quickly! No fun. Especially around the holidays.ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 11:01 pm

    Kara - Jess, those head lamps made me smile! My boys got the same thing in their stockings last year from Grandma and Grandpa. They LOVE them and have used them so much they are both broken! So we are hoping to get replacements. :) So fun!!!ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 11:34 pm

    Emma - Congratulations on the new little one!!
    I saw this on another blog, and was wondering if this might be the tutorial for the teepee?


  • January 9, 2014 - 10:46 am

    Brady - That’s how I grew up sledding in Kansas! Best way to do it :) Looks like you had a great CHRISTmas!ReplyCancel


  • January 9, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    Faith - What a fun Christmas Eve and day! Your mom did such a great job with those teepees!!ReplyCancel


  • February 5, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    snow & sledding » The Macs - [...] next time they went sledding was on Christmas Eve with all the cousins. So [...]ReplyCancel


a surprise for the new year

You may have heard the boys’ announcement already on Instagram…but just in case we wanted to share it here too. The best surprise to start out the new year! Baby Mac #4 is due July 27 and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Thank you, Lord, for this precious gift of life!

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  • January 6, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    Lisa - Congratulations!!!! Such wonderful news. Praying you are feeling well and have energy. :) ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    Rebecca - I am a long time reader, but I’m not sure I’ve ever commented but I just had to today! Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family! And – I swore I saw a bit of a baby bump in your merry Christmas card – but then felt bad cause I was checking out your stomach :) ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Kasey - Congrats! So excited for you and your boys!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Mary Ann - Oh Jess..what a wonderful surprise!! I’m delighted and so happy for you and your family. I was born on July 31 – it was a fun time to be born but not so fun for my mom. She used to tell me that I quit moving around in her womb toward the end and she was kinda worried. I told her that it was because she was trying to bake me like a turkey and it was hot in there!! LOL!! happy Happy Joy Joy!!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    Kim - Congratulations! Awesome news!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    Sarah{Handbags*and*Pigtails} - Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! Love the boys’ announcement- so cute!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    a ndrea - congrats Jess!!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    Jenae - Congrats! I’m so excited for you!!! I was wondering when I saw a few of your sweet pins yesterday. :) ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    debi - what a wonderful announcement! YAY! Congratulations!ReplyCancel


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    Jody - Congrats!! I had a feeling :) ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Ellen - Jess, I have to admit that I’d been wondering if you might be making an announcent soon. Just thought with Griffin turning 2 it might be a reasonable time to anticipate this kind of wonderful news from you. I am so excited for your precious family.

    I’m curious if you are planning to find out what you are having this time. Our 12th grandchild, a little girl named Maven Noelle, was just born on December 12th. This was our daughter’s 4th child and they opted to let it be a Christmas surprise. It was so much fun and so exciting not knowing ahead of time.ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    Cora - Oh, this is such wonderful exciting news! Congratulations! So happy for you. My 8 year old son’s birthday is July 27th! He always has fun parties with lots of water play. :) ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    Erica - Thrilled for you guys!!!!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    chrissi - congratulations! wonderful news for your sweet family.ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    Ashley - Love following your little family on this blog! Congrats on your new addition!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Brittny - HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! That is the cutest thing ever!!!! I love that he just plops that little photo on his belly like it’s his and that Griffin is just blabbering away. Your family is so precious!! I have loved following your blog and been so encouraged by your strength.ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Kim Zipf - WOW! Congratulations!!!! What a surprise to see this on your blog! BUT, we haven’t even met Griffin yet!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    Kim Zipf - By the way, we loved Levi’s announcement! Ivy thought it was so cute how he proudly showed the baby’s picture against his belly. And, Letty wanted me to play it over and over again. We’re so happy for you guys! What a blessing!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 6:08 pm

    Sarah Livesay - Congratulations!! So happy for you! Like several others mentioned, I’ve been wondering if you’d have an announcement soon. Hope you’re feeling well.ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    Teri SP - Happy, happy, happy in Texas! Congrats! I had a feeling!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Chana - Don’t even know you personally, but I have an eerie 6th sense. Been reading your blog for a while and I kept checking to see if you were going to make this announcement. I just knew you were expecting!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    Meggie - Congratulations Macs!! So happy for y’all and praying for you, baby, and the whole fam as you prepare to welcome your newest blessing!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    creole wisdom - simply cannot be happier for you. that bump is going to look gorgeous at Hope Spoken :)

    hope you’re feeling okay and getting lots of rest despite those two busy little boys!

    you and your family are so loved, prayed over, and while I’m happy for any person I know who is expecting expecting, you news is just a little sweeter.ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    Mallory - Ah! I need to follow you on Instagram right now! Congratulations, Jess, Joel, Levi, and Griffin! Can’t wait to see your new addition!!!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    Stefanie - I’m so happy for you! Congratulations!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    Lindsay - That was adorable!! Congrats and healthy wishes!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    Kirsten - Congrats!!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    Kristin - Congratulations! That is wonderful news! Looking forward to following your journey!ReplyCancel


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  • January 6, 2014 - 10:37 pm

    Tara - I’ve been checking back every few days for the last few months specifically for THIS post! Lol. I just knew it was coming! Call it my mommy instincts, but I knew it was coming!
    Congratulations! I’m so happy for your sweet family!
    I’m also expecting with pregnancy #4, baby #3. I have two little boys ages 5 and 3 and in April we get to meet baby sister! We can’t wait! And I love hearing about other expecting mommas!ReplyCancel


  • January 6, 2014 - 11:44 pm

    gin - congratulations! what a blessed year for your family.ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 12:16 am

    Lisa Kirkes - What wonderful news! I’m very happy for you and Joel. You are amazing, godly parents and your new baby will be blessed to join your family. I’m praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby! God’s blessings to you.ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 12:24 am

    ashley - congrats! I was wondering when this would come after I saw a few of your pins! so exciting!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 12:50 am

    Denise - Fantastic way to start the new year! Can’t wait to start seeing the bump-updates! Best wishes to you and your family and prayers for a healthy baby!!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 1:05 am

    Michelle from Australia - Crying happy tears for you all. Despite bring on the other side of the planet!! God bless ALL of you.ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 3:37 am

    Sue - Fantastic news! Congratulations to all of you!! So thrilled for you and praying for a safe, happy pregnancy!

    love SueReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Jennifer Tucker - YaY!! Congrats!!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 9:04 am

    Sara A - Congratulations! This made my heart smile. I pray for a healthy pregnancy! My daughter is a July baby and she is perfect in every way – stubborn and strong-willed, but perfect. :) July babies are awesome!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 9:14 am

    Christy F. - Praise the Lord! Congratulations So excited for you and this wonderful gift!!!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 10:00 am

    Ali - So happy for you guys :) ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Nicole - Jess, I have read your blog for years now and I am SO thrilled to read this announcement this morning!!! Praying for God’s continued blessing on your pregnancy! Congratulations!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Patti - Oh Jess and Joel I am so happy for you! I , like everyone else have been waiting for this :). . Congratulations!! Do u think u will find out or be surprised? I vote be surprised! It’s just the best!
    Anyways, I am so happy for all of you and cannot wait to see what God has planned for your beautiful family!
    Patti from IndianaReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Jennifer McEachern - Congratulations! So happy for you and your family. Those are going to be some great big brothers :) ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Sara Tams - Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 11:57 am

    Deb Hintz - Congratulations! We are thrilled for you and Joel. Praying all goes well and for an uneventful pregnancy. God’s blessings to your sweet family!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    Elizabeth Kelly - This makes me SO happy! Thrilled for you :) ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    sharron - awee congrats!! i have been waiting for this news…just had a feeling. :) baby mac is due on my birthday too! blessings.
    those boys are too cute…love their sweet voices…yay!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Melissa Joy - Eeeep! I am ecstatic for you! I will be praying for you, because I know these waters of expecting a baby after you have suffered such tragedy & loss in the past. May the Lord continue to grant you incredible joy, and prepare you for the beautiful things He has in store for you all this year!! I can’t wait to tell my mom… she introduced me to your blog here when Cora was first diagnosed with cancer, and while she doesn’t blog hop so much anymore, she still has a huge heart for your family, and will rejoice greatly for you all!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    Lisa - God is so good! Congratulations!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Paige Stanfield - Such wonderful news!!! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    Tay - Congratulations again, Jess. You’re a great mama, and an inspiration to me <3ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    Ann Cantrell - I have read you for years and I have been expecting an announcement – so thrilled for your family and for the boys.
    Do they have a preference, boy or girl? As a mom, we may have a preference but we just want healthy! Love your witness.ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    tara - soooooo happy for you guys! loved your video on IG. we are due july 30th … yay … and are super excited about it! :]ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    amy jones - Sooo thrilled for you all! I was wondering last night when I saw some of the things you pinned on Pinterest! Congrats! :) ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    becca h - Jess,
    I’ve read your blog since shortly after Cora passed and have loved your honest heart for the Lord and for serving your family, even without Cora here with you. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child as you have, but you have handled what the Lord has given you with such grace and honesty and realness, I pray the Lord will continue to bless your growing family for your heart to follow him, even in the darkest valleys. Congratulations to you and prayers for a wonderful pregnancy!ReplyCancel


  • January 7, 2014 - 10:59 pm

    Toni Dreist - Best news I’ve heard all day!! I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited for you. A hearty congrats to you all and the cutest announcement EVER! Here’s to a very smooth pregnancy!ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 7:58 am

    Marianne G. - Congratulations! I had a feeling this announcement was coming :) ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 9:16 am

    Rachel B. - YAY! More happy times ahead! Congratulations!
    Will be praying for you all :-) ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 10:07 am

    Jamie - Congratulations! I hope it’s a girl! I hope it’s a girl! :) ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Kristin - Many blessings to you! Such joyous news!ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    molly - yay! what great news. i don’t know you but have followed your story. this news brings me great joy…so happy for you. my youngest is an early august babe. such a great time for a little one. praying all goes well. :) ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Nicole Van Denabeele - Congratulations Joel & Jess! I was hoping that was the announcement when I saw the title of the blog post. And the video is priceless. Very happy for your whole family!ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 5:41 pm

    Leiah - How EXCITING! Precious video clip. My son’s birthday is July 23rd.ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    Jenny - Such a cute announcement!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 6:50 pm

    Karren - Congratulations!! Love the sweet announcement!ReplyCancel


  • January 8, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    Kate - Absolutely thrilled for you and your family! Been following since Cora was in the hospital… Pray often for you. Seldom write. I feel like you are a neighbor – a long time friend! LOVED hearing the boys voices! Thanks for sharing your news and continuing to take us on your journey!ReplyCancel


  • January 10, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    Sharon - COngratulations!! I’ve been following your blog for a long time but never commented. Your writing has been so inspiring & encouraging.ReplyCancel


  • January 11, 2014 - 11:37 pm

    leah - How did I miss this??!! :) Congratulations Macs! Hot fun in the summer time…ReplyCancel


  • January 13, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Sarah W. - Congratulations Jess to you and your sweet growing family!! I had actually wondered if your Christmas card post would include an announcement…. for some reason I was expecting it to come soon. Weird.

    I’m actually due in the same month as you with baby 3 :) ReplyCancel


  • January 14, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Karina - Hooray! It is great to hear their voices…I’m not sure what Griffin said, but he made sure he contributed. So cute!ReplyCancel


  • January 15, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Melinda - Congrats! I’m so happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel


  • January 23, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Kelly - I was hoping this might be the reason for your less frequent than normal blogging lately!! Sooo happy and excited for you! KellyReplyCancel


  • January 29, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Robin in Benton - Late seeing this but so happy for you guys! Congratulations!ReplyCancel