The Macs

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cora is with Jesus today.

1618 Comments:

Blogger i love plum said...

oh sweet cora. i have no other words. bless you joel and jess. xo

February 8, 2009 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger sarahross said...

Our hearts and our prayers are with you.

February 8, 2009 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Travis,Stephanie, Olivia & Alex said...

Prayers and great peace to you both during this difficult time. May God hold you both so very tight and feel the love from family, friends and strangers.

February 8, 2009 at 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our hearts are breaking with yours today. Oh, how we know the pain. The comfort is Jesus. Please know we are holding you in our arms as we take you before the throne. bob and julane

February 8, 2009 at 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God bring you comfort in this very difficult time. We will continue to pray for your strength and healing.
Peggy Williams

February 8, 2009 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Leslie Veer said...

I am so sorry for your pain and loss.

February 8, 2009 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Jeff & Aleigh said...

I just recently started following your story and I am SO sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you today and forever. My heart is breaking for you all, also. Cling to those around you for love & support.

February 8, 2009 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Alaine said...

I am so sorry. YOu are in my prayers.

February 8, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Nate M said...

We love you and are very sorry for you. For Cora, I'm happy, she is better.
Nate, Dee, Jared, Calla, Bree, and Luke

February 8, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Jeremy, Jennalee and Julia Ekeland said...

We love you guys and are praying God's comfort for you. Always thinking of you, Jeremy, Jennalee, & Julia

February 8, 2009 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

Oh, I am so, so sorry. My heart breaks for you and sweet little Cora.

February 8, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger ryleeandnoahsmom said...

Jess and Joel-
We don't know you and have only been following your blog since around the time Cora first entered the hospital. We have been praying for your little sweetie. I was especially touched when I realized our youngest was just 6 weeks younger than Cora and looks so similar. Its with heart wrenching tears that I write and express our deepest sympathy at your incredible loss. You will continue to be in our prayers, and we will pray that the peace that passes understanding will overcome you. We are so sorry. Although we never met Cora, we fell in love with her through your blog.
Jen

February 8, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
OpenID misadventuresofkellyandkelly said...

I am so sorry for your loss, praying for you guys like crazy.

February 8, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Mom to 4 Sweeties said...

Oh no. I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet baby, Cora. I will continue to pray for you and your family as your journey this sad and difficult road.

February 8, 2009 at 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our hearts and prayers are with your family. Peace and love to your family. Cora is with Jesus, and is no longer sick. Sweet Angel.

February 8, 2009 at 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Meghan said...

I only recently came across your blog, but please know that I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers today, tomorrow and always. I am so very sorry for your loss.

February 8, 2009 at 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love you both so much! Our thoughts and prayers are still with you. Sarah & Andrew

February 8, 2009 at 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel and Jess, we are so sorry for your loss...continuing to pray, for you, & for your entire family. Cora is safe in the arms of Jesus.
Love and prayers...Roger & Patty

February 8, 2009 at 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Janet said...

Dear Sweet Jesus,
surround these parents w/your comfort and peace. Fill their aching hearts. You know their needs. Give those around them the wisdom to minister as needed.
We don't understand Your ways God, and often they don't seem fair. May we hold on tight to Your everloving arms, and find our comfort in You.
In Jesus name..amen

Our church family will be praying for you.
Janet

February 8, 2009 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger angi_b72 said...

My prayers are with you and your family. I hoe you can find peace during this difficult time!

February 8, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow-I just was introduced to your blog today-I have read part of it and I cannot believe how I feel about the loss of your beautiful little girl. I do not know your family but I will be praying for you, I cannot imagine what you are going through. I know your comfort is that she is with Jesus today and forever-He is our healer and she is in perfect health now.

February 8, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger lgraves said...

grieving with you guys. i have no words, only tears.

February 8, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger JenniferNe said...

God Bless you. Our family will continue to pray for you. Rest in peace knowing she knows no more pain and suffering.

February 8, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Retromommy said...

Like others have mentioned I don't know you personally, but have been following Cora's story since someone posted it through twitter on the Bring the Rain website. My heart aches for you both. I have been praying for Cora, but also for you as I can't even imagine what it would be like to experience what you have in these few short weeks. Please remember that Jesus is weeping with you. I love you and feel connected to you in the precious way we as Christians can connect without knowing each other personally. Thank you for sharing your pain.
Sarah from MI

February 8, 2009 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I am so sorry. She was so brave and such a fighter. You have shared an unbelievable thing with so many...and we hope and pray that you will be surrounded by such great love and support. Although there are no words to offer, really, at a time like this, I hope that the God who is the Ultimate Restorer of all of His creation can bring you comfort and peace, and that it might help to know your sweet little girl is no longer suffering and never will again.

February 8, 2009 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Veronica Tyler said...

My heart goes out to you. She is smiling and in the most loving capable arms right now... Peace for you...

February 8, 2009 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger amy climie said...

I am sorry. I just found your blog Friday night and just logged on to see how she was. I am so sorry. I will be thinking of you today.

February 8, 2009 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Circle Of Popes said...

I as well as many others began following your blog after Cora was in the hospital. I am so, so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your family. I pray that God will provide you comfort during this time.

February 8, 2009 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger ExtraordinaryMommy said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family...

February 8, 2009 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Debbie and April said...

Oh sweet baby Cora. Praying for you all.


April

February 8, 2009 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger manhattandoula said...

I am praying for you today, Joel and Jess. May Jesus hold you tightly to himself.

February 8, 2009 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. May God wrap His arms around you both just as He is holding Cora now.
Jared & Abby Leffler-Colorado

February 8, 2009 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

I only found your blog a few days ago through Angie Smith's story, and was checking in this morning to see how your little girl was doing. I have an 8-month old little girl, so I felt an immediate connection with Cora and your family. I was so sorry to read this update this morning. My heart is breaking for you.

February 8, 2009 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am crying as I write this to you. 3 years ago, my husband and I lost our little girl Faith. It was under different circumstances, she was born at 23 1/2 weeks, but reading that sweet Cora is with Jesus, flooded all of those feelings and memories. Shortly after her loss, we were given a book, "Within Heaven's Gates". I sadly didn't finish it all, but what I did read helped me. I am sorry for babbling on, I am just so sorry for your loss over Cora!!!!!! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you guys and sweet Cora during this time.

February 8, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet Baby Angel--Heaven is very close to you now, Jess and Joel. I fell in love with Little Baby the first time I went through all of your blog posts from the day she was born. My prayers are with you today.

February 8, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know that you are loved and being held in His everlasting arms even now. Our prayers are with you as you learn to go on without Cora. God bless you!

February 8, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. My heart is breaking with you. May the peace of God that suprasses all understanding comfort you.

Love and Prayers,
Holly in OKC

February 8, 2009 at 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Lanka family said...

We have been praying for you the last couple of weeks. We are friends of Jason & Renee's. I am so sorry. My heart breaks for you. We will continue to pray for your family in these coming weeks.

February 8, 2009 at 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Unruhs said...

We love you. Praying hard today for you for your strength and will continue everyday.

....one day at a time...

Doug and Paula Unruh and family

February 8, 2009 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger vickisherbert said...

May God cradle you in the palm of His hand. Prayers to you from Wakefield, KS

February 8, 2009 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger The Morris Family said...

May the God of all comfort bring you into His bosom and find the balm that only He can bring through a journey like this. He has been with us as we miss our little Joel, he fought the neuroblastoma fight too!
Cindy
www.weloveyoujoel.blogspot.com

February 8, 2009 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger The Veers said...

Covering you in prayer that God wraps His loving arms around you to comfort you.

February 8, 2009 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger fairlyordinary said...

I am weeping with you today.

I've been following your story daily and have prayed for your sweet Cora and for you both to have strength and for God to just hold you during these days.

I can't imagine what it's like to lose your darling child. I'm so sorry.

May the God of all comfort hold you ever so close.

February 8, 2009 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger 3girlsmom said...

Praying, praying, praying, praying.....

February 8, 2009 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger anonymous said...

Our hearts are aching!!! We are praying!!

Jason and Jodi Unruh

February 8, 2009 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Praying for you both and thankful for the absolute certainty of heaven...

Joanne

February 8, 2009 at 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Lindsay Frasier’s mom. I have been following your story through your blog and visits with Lindsay since she first told me your precious Cora was having tests. And when she called early this morning, I knew it wasn’t the news anyone wanted to hear. Lindsay told me early on that you were an awesome family and I have certainly come to understand that. I have been amazed at the responses to your blog and the number of lives that your family has touched through your story. Your faith is undeniable.

Jess and Joel, we are so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you through this difficult time in your young lives.

Dave and Lori MacAdam

February 8, 2009 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

i've popped in now and again the past few days (my cousin has a link) and just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you too. so sorry for your loss- hold dear the memories you have of your sweet little girl!

February 8, 2009 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Know that our church family is praying for you. Words seem so shallow when the pain is so deep.

Grace and peace,
Steve Wynkoop
Pastor
First Christian Church
Wray, CO

February 8, 2009 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger DESJ and Company said...

I am so, so, so sorry.

February 8, 2009 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you both. Lean on Him! He is where your strenghth will come from. Cora feels no pain or discomfort today!!!!!

February 8, 2009 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Cora has touched many hearts. We know Cora is with Jesus. Our prayers are for comfort for you. God bless you. Rich & Deb Irby (Ben's aunt & uncle)

February 8, 2009 at 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cora is with the the angels and wrapped in Jesus' arms. Joel and Jess, please know that our family's prayers are for you today and for sweet Cora.
Bill and Michelle Sasser
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

February 8, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Joel and Jess,

I am so sorry. I know that when I go to school tomorrow my class will be so sad for you. They ask me about Cora usually first thing in the morning.

You are covered in prayer.

Heather

February 8, 2009 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

I'm heartbroken to hear of your loss. I've been so touched reading about little Cora. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

February 8, 2009 at 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Melissa M. said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know there are no words that I can say right now that will ease the pain that you feel. Please know that I am praying for your family and that God will give you the perserverance that you need to get through this very difficult time.

February 8, 2009 at 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel and Jess,

We are crying and praying with you and for you today.

John and Jody

February 8, 2009 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Holly Green said...

Oh, I am so sorry. We will keep you in our prayers for a very long time.

February 8, 2009 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Chris and Mandi said...

Joel and Jess,
Oh how hard it is to loose a loved one. We are praying for you that you will feel the love of everyone around you and the Lord. After loosing my mom just recently I have looked on to know that through the tears and pain that I will see her someday just like you will see Cora also. I have never met you but I feel like I know you all by you posts and I really fell in love with Cora and I to will get to meet her someday in Heaven. Remember God is with you and has the biggest shoulder for you to cry on. We love and pray for you that you will feel God's prescence around you each and every moment. If you need someone besides you family and friends you already have please feel free to email me. mandichris11@hotmail.com would love to meet you sometime.
In Christ,
Chris and Mandi Ridenour

February 8, 2009 at 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless and comfort you in this time of sorrow. Your beautiful daughter has no more pain or sorrow. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

February 8, 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Anonymous peggi said...

Praying that the Lord will wrap his arms around you and give you peace during this time. I am so sorry. Words don't express.

February 8, 2009 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Tami said...

Praying for your family during this time.

February 8, 2009 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel and Jess,

I have been following your story since Angie twittered about it. I woke up several times in the night due to having sick little ones and thought of Cora. When I woke up I quickly came down to get an update on your sweet girl and fell to my knees when I read your post. I am lifting you all up in prayer. Please know that so many are thinking and praying for you.

Christine

February 8, 2009 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No words, just tears. I am so sorry. Please know that we love all of you so much.
Kathy Veer

February 8, 2009 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Emily's Blog said...

My prayers are with you and your family.

February 8, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

We are praying for you - We are thankful that Cora is in the arms of Jesus and that she is well. We ar praying for His comfort to surround you all today and always.
Eric, Elizabeth, Isaiah and Annie

February 8, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Babs said...

Tears for your unimaginable pain, tears for the emptiness that must seem bottomless, and tears for the memories of the joy-filled times that must seem a lifetime ago.

God bless strength.

February 8, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I am sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

February 8, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger J mom said...

Many tears are shed this day. May God fill you will love and peace.

February 8, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger The Jones' said...

My heart is breaking for you all. There are no words, just simple prayer for each of you. She is healthy again and will be forever young in God's arms!

February 8, 2009 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger The Schilling's from PICU said...

Oh sweet baby girl. Joel and Jess our hearts are breaking for you! I wish we could take some of your pain away. We are praying that GOd lessens your sadness and pain. Please know we love you and are thinking of you! God Bless you and your family.

love always,
Amie, Jason, Kali, Blake and JAYLEE

February 8, 2009 at 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your loss this morning when I checked your blog. Your are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

February 8, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Wibeche og Rune said...

I am so sorry. I will pray for you.

God bless you

Wibeche

February 8, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Rebecca CA said...

May you fell Gods love. I am so sorry for your loss no words can help. Praying for your family.

When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I

February 8, 2009 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger The Finnans said...

oh my. I have just recently come across your blog, and I had been hoping and praying for little Cora to make it through. Cora is a beautiful little girl. Your family will be in my prayers.

February 8, 2009 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is breaking for you. It feel like a horrible dream. My prayers are with you...

February 8, 2009 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. How heartbreaking. I will pray for strength and comfort for you.

February 8, 2009 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

my heart is so sad for your family right now. I am praying that God will supply you all with amazing strength...His Word is Alive and Active and I pray it comforts you during this journey.

February 8, 2009 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Sean and Maryanne Hanger said...

We're so sorry for your loss. It's comforting to know that sweet Cora is with the Lord and is in no more pain. We love you and are praying!!
Sean, Mary and Aiden

February 8, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel and Jess,
My heart breaks for you now and has been during these challenges. I have prayed unceasingly for you and will continue to keep you in my prayers. May you find peace knowing that Cora is no longer hurting, has been whole and is now sitting at the right hand of our Lord. She will always be our sweet little angel. I pray that God will hold you and your families closely as you continue through this journey.
All my prayers and love in Christ.
Jodi Swinehart (I work with Ben and for your father.)

February 8, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Peyton's Pages said...

My heart is just breaking. I am so sorry for your loss. Your little girl was absolutely beautiful, and I will be forever touched by her story. There are no words, especially from a stranger, but I will continue to pray for you guys.

February 8, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger lauren said...

My heart is breaking for you.

February 8, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Shahrzad Baber said...

my sweet, beautiful baby Cora, I am so sorry to hear this, I am praying for you all

February 8, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Dedra Herod said...

My heart is breaking, soul crying out... praying for you both. My prayers will be with you for many, many days to come.

February 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I am so very, very sorry. My heart is breaking for you. My prayers are with you. My our God of all comfort wrap His loving arms around you.

February 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

I am so saddened by your loss. You are in my prayers.

February 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Dalila from NJ said...

I was recently introduced to your blog from Kayleigh's page. Please know that my heart and prayers goes out to you and your family.

Bless you all,

February 8, 2009 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Laura Fiegel said...

Joel and Jessica - my heart breaks for you. I am so so so very sorry fr your loss and I know that no words can truly express that. Please take comfort in knowing that she is now with Jesus and you have people all over the world praying for you.

February 8, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love you, Joel and Jess... and we are praying for you.
Aunt Barb and Uncle Gary

February 8, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger The Bohrer's said...

God has been glorified in amazing ways through Cora's life and yours. Thousands have been impacted. Maybe in the days to come, that can bring you a small amount of comfort. Praying for you.

We love you,
The Bohrers

February 8, 2009 at 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to read about your little Cora. I will be praying that the Lord will overwhelm with the grace and peace that only He can give. Emily Wallace

February 8, 2009 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Words cannot express the sadness that we feel or the comfort that we desire to give. We have been reading your blog each day and have been keeping all of you in our prayers. May God sustain you in this extremely difficult time.
Jeff, Lisa, Brian, & Scott Stokes
and your Mill Creek family

February 8, 2009 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger becky said...

no words would ever be right. my GOd bless you and your family and may He give you strength and peace.

February 8, 2009 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Katie Lenderman Brown said...

I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your precious little Cora. Her story has touched me, and obviously so many others. My prayers and thoughts continue to be with your family.

February 8, 2009 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Townsend Crew said...

These past few weeks, Cora has changed our lives. Her little life has taught us lessons of love, of treasure, of God's power of our lives. Know that her life has meaning. She has reached many. You two, her parents, have taught us unbelievable lessons of love for each other and of love for the Lord. Know that hundreds, probably thousands, surround you and Cora today and in the coming days as you grieve for her precious life.

February 8, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog for the past week and am heartbroken to read about your loss. I hope you can find peace in the knowledge that Cora is no longer suffering. She is so beautiful.

February 8, 2009 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger The Nebrigs said...

My heart hurts for you. Heaven is not far. You both are in my prayers.

February 8, 2009 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Dear Joel and Jess,
We have never met, but I have been following your story ever since a friend introduced me to your blog and asked for extra prayers. I can not imagine what you are going through, but I hope that you find comfort in knowing that you had a beautiful little girl with a beautiful little life and what this story has meant to us all who have been following you.
God's Blessings Always

February 8, 2009 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are no words for this. There are so so many hearts breaking with yours today. I, like so many others who posted on here, do not know you. I was asked to pray for your beautiful little girl by a friend. What a wonderful witness you have been to so many through this blog! May God continue to show you His love and faithfulness through this. So many of us are crying with you and praying for you today.

~ Megan
Manhattan, KS

February 8, 2009 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Nan said...

Dear Christian brother and sister whom I've never met... my heart aches for you right now. I'm so very sorry. What a sweet little blessing your darling girl was when she was with you.

May Grace and Peace that passes your understanding of the unknowable be with you both and your family as you grieve.

February 8, 2009 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Cherry Tree Lane said...

We are mourning with you today.
Our prayers are with you,
The Reeves

February 8, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Z's Mom said...

I cannot imagine what your family has gone through. I am so very sorry. Jesus has a beautiful new angel!

February 8, 2009 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Praying for strength and peace for your family.

February 8, 2009 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Bethany said...

You do not know me, but like so many out there, I fell in love with your adorable family and your beautiful daughter. My heart is absolutely breaking right now and I can't even fathom what the two of you must be feeling.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

February 8, 2009 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

I am so incredibly sorry.

February 8, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just tipped off by another blogger about your story last night. I read every post about sweet Cora. This morning I woke up in hopes of an update. My heart could not have shattered any harder. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

February 8, 2009 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger JulieAnn said...

My heart continues to go out to you and my prayers are with you. I grieve with you. I heard about Cora through Tammye Kurtz. When you feel you can't carry on, He's carrying you.

February 8, 2009 at 9:37 AM  
Anonymous angie c said...

My heart just aches this morning with this news. I cannot even imagine the pain you must be experienceing but pray that Jesus will give you some comfort and wrap you in His arms. Sweet Angel Cora touched a lot of lives just thru these last few weeks...

February 8, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger anna said...

joel and jess, my heart is breaking for you. i am so sorry for your loss. cora is a beautiful little girl. we are praying for you.

February 8, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Eva said...

dear Jess and Joel, all my faith is with you today, tomorrow, untill a better time.

my wish for you and my prayer is that someday, even though that day seems infinitely far away, you will be able to laugh again.

God and Jesus are with you and look over you. they will give you strenght that someday you remember the beauty of life.i know you will never forget Cora. i will never forget her. but i pray with time the cruel intensity of your pain will fade away and you will be able to remember Cora only as a blessing, as the brave wonderful girl she was, without any strokes of pain.

and if i am allowed, i pray may God give you another child.

February 8, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

oh my heart breaks for you guys. I am praying. cora is free of pain. i'm so very very sorry for all you've been through. "i cast all my cares upon you, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet...and anytime I don't know what to do. I will cast all my cares upon You"

February 8, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

my heart and prayers are with your family.

February 8, 2009 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger kristen said...

i found your blog a couple of weeks ago and have been praying for your cora ever since. i am so sorry. i hope you can find comfort knowing she is in the arms of jesus. our son, gaven, passed away 7 years ago. we miss him. i believe with all of my heart that we will be with him again one day and what a happy reunion that will be! my prayers are with you!

February 8, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Library Girl said...

I am heart broken. I only discovered your family as this was happening and I was so praying for the good outcome. I so saddened for you and your family, but as you know, Cora is with Jesus today.

February 8, 2009 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Neabear said...

I found your blog through another asking for prayers for Cora. I had been following your story praying for Cora. I was so saddened when I saw today's post. May you find comfort in God's arms and that he gives you strength in the coming days.

February 8, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like many others, I was introduced to your blog by a friend and immediately was touched by Cora's story. The hardest thing to do in life is to lose a child, especially one that is so amazing. Your family has touched so many lives. I pray that you are comforted during this difficult time. Remember that little Cora is in the best place of all--in the presence of our Lord.

February 8, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To our dear cousins,

We begin this Lord's day tearfully with you. May the Lord continue to be your refuge and strength, your very present help in time of trouble. May the God of all grace and comfort surround you with His love and mercy as only He can (2 Cor. 1:3-4). We know that the same God who raised Jesus will someday raise precious little Cora, and we take comfort that she, though absent from the body, is present with the Lord. What a wonderful thought -- both Coras are together. Our William just mentioned that now they can together eat all the fried chicken they want to!

We are so sorry for this painful trial, and can't imagine what you're going through. You will continue to be in our prayers, as you have been.

Much love,

Bill & Amy Brandenstein

February 8, 2009 at 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my heart breaks for your family as i know you are in deep pain. i will continue to pray for you- for healing for your hearts and comfort to the both of you. i so admire your faith and strength through this whole ordeal, and sharing that strength with all of us. thank you.
*erica

February 8, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I know your heart is broken. I am so sorry. You have a strong faith. You serve a might Lord.

February 8, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

My heart breaks for you. My prayers are with you.

February 8, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger providencephoto said...

May your grief be short lived, your faith be your rock, and the beautiful memories of little Cora be forever lasting.

Hold on to each other.

February 8, 2009 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger beckley said...

tears

February 8, 2009 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Tears precede insufficient words but we serve an all sufficient God. May you feel the comfort of His perfect love today and in all the is ahead of you. You will continue to be covered in prayer.

Carrie and Scott Sterner and family
Iowa City, Iowa

February 8, 2009 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger marsha clark said...

Our hearts, love and prayers are with you.
Steve, Marsha & Trent

February 8, 2009 at 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So very sad, my prayers are with your family. I hope you look to god for strength in this difficult time and find peace in each other.

February 8, 2009 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger June said...

I am so very sorry. We are praying for you.

February 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

With deepest sympathy, you are blessed with a beautiful little girl who you will hold in your hearts forever. You have an amazing guardian angel. May your understanding and faith help to guide you through this unimaginable time. My prayers are with your family.

Katie Merrill - Girard, OH

February 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

My heart aches for you. Cora will never hurt again. She is sitting on Jesus' lap right now telling Him all her mommy and daddy. God bless you two. I am praying for healing for your hearts.

In Christ's Love,

Amy in KS

February 8, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger My Three Sons said...

I came across your blog through Phenny's and I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. There are no words to describe how you feel. I truly hope that you can rely on God through this time and allow him to help you mend.

February 8, 2009 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Old Beach Bungalow said...

All our love and sympathies are with you. I so admire you sharing this journey with us, and being such a strong testimony for the love of Jesus Christ.

February 8, 2009 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Pearls To Hide My Neck said...

I am so so sorry for your lose.

February 8, 2009 at 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying for you and your family as you go through this diffult time. i pray that you feel God's arms wrapped around you holding you tight. praying...

February 8, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Mrs. S said...

I started following when I found your blog through someone else's...I cried with you when you found out about Cora...I believe that families are eternal...and that you will see Cora again. My heart and my prayers are with you and your family.

February 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Heart is breaking for you and your precious family. May you find comfort in all the prayers being sent up for you. (((hugs)))

February 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

oh my heart breaks for you, I am so sorry for your loss... Many prayers for your family

February 8, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are intensely sorry for your loss, and are praying for the two of you. May God draw you close...

Brandon & Shelly Will & kids

February 8, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jess & Joel~ our hearts cry out for your comfort from the only One who can give it. We love you.
Angela and Grant

February 8, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger KATY826 said...

I have only been following your blog since reading about your story on the "whatever" blog. I have two daughters, one that is the same age as Cora. My heart is breaking for your family. Know that my family and I are praying for you.

February 8, 2009 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Marcy said...

Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you today!

February 8, 2009 at 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fell in love with Cora from the moment I read your blog 2 weeks ago. She has touched so many lives and will make a difference in so many lives. I want to thank you so much for sharing your story. I know it had to be so hard. I feel like I will be a better christian and mother to my children, thanks to Cora Paige. She is with the Lord Jesus Almighty now...a precious angel. May you find comfort in the many beautiful memories you have of her.

Love and Peace to all of you!!!

February 8, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Laura Rucker said...

My heart is breaking for yours. Sweet Cora is in no more pain. She is dancing and singing with the Angels. May God guide you through this difficult time.

Laura

February 8, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger KK said...

Praying for your family during this difficult time. Praying without ceasing for healing and peace of mind for your family.
With His Everlasting Love,
Kaye
Psalm 46:10

February 8, 2009 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I am so terribly sorry to hear about sweet Cora. I can't imagine. I pray that you will be surrounded with love and peace.

I also wanted to pass along a link... I'm a photographer and I'm part of the American Child Photographer Charity Guild. (www.acpcg.com). Photographers around the world volunteer their time and art to families who are grieiving and have or face the loss of a child or loved one. They donate a session and all prints (or album, or disk of prints) to the families. I am not sure where you are located, or if that is something you'd even be interested in documenting, but I"m sure there is a photographer in your area. It sounds weird, but the sessions are actually very serene and intimate and sweet. You may also want to check out Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.. www.nilmdts.com They do the same thing for children/babies who have passed.

Praying for you all....

February 8, 2009 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Lorilee said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. God has another angel now.
Blessings,
Lorilee

February 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous WyoMel said...

Our hearts go out to you. We lost our niece over 14 years ago from the same thing as your daughter. We still miss her but know that she is having a joyous time praising Jesus face to face. You will be in our prayers!

Alan and Melody Dugan
Glenrock, WY
I went to school with Allen Kurtz

February 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Courtney Kay said...

maybe Cora is playing with Tuesday... You are in my prayers

February 8, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger starnes family said...

Many thoughts and prayers with you today and always, Jess and Joel.

February 8, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

My heart breaks for you. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Sweet Cora, rest in peace.

February 8, 2009 at 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am truly sorry, my heart breaking with yours. I pray you find peace through all of this.
Julie in Cincy

February 8, 2009 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Kari Jenkins said...

There is nothing to say except I am so, so sorry...our love and prayers go out to you and your beautiful little girl.

February 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

My heart is breaking and we are deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful Cora. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Your family and Cora will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
The Nagle Family

February 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger HandsRaisedToHeaven said...

Praying God's comfort on your family during this difficult time. May God send His peace upon your family.

February 8, 2009 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

My heart is broken for you .
I am so sorry .

February 8, 2009 at 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grace and peace to you in this time of loss. So, so sorry, and will continue to pray for your family.
Meg Duerksen's Mom

February 8, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Courtney and the Boys said...

Typing through my tears...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Sweet Cora (and both of you) have been in my heart SO much since I first read your story. Please know how much she has affected me.

God bless you in this new journey...I will continually lift your entire family up in my prayers.

Courtney in Indiana

February 8, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Lori from TN said...

Oh Joel and Jess!!! Im so sorry to hear this! I'm at total loss for words! Please know that my prayers are with you!!

Lori from TN

February 8, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger my3sons said...

Thinking of your family; so shocked and sad for you. Praying too...

February 8, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Simona Walters said...

Oh my, word cannot express how I feel for your family, just know I am sending my prayers for peace amongst your family. God Bless
Simona

February 8, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cora was such a precious looking little girl! My family has been praying for her and your family daily. Please know we will continue to pray for you and lift you up. The Longs

February 8, 2009 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous erin & matt said...

i just recently starting reading your blog and am so heartbroken for the pain you must be going through right now. please know that our family is praying for you.

February 8, 2009 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Tracy said...

There are no words to express my sadness; I can't even begin to imagine yours. May God hold the two of you, Jess and Joel, in the palm of His hand, and the rest of Cora's family as well. And may you all find peace there.
I'm heartbroken. You all will remain in my prayers.
With much love, xoxo

February 8, 2009 at 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

February 8, 2009 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I am so sorry. Praying for you!

February 8, 2009 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger kristy mae said...

Bless her beautiful sweet heart.

Prayers for you for peace from the Almighty.

February 8, 2009 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

My heart and prayers are with you. I am so sorry!

February 8, 2009 at 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

I found your blog though another link today, and I am grieving with you. There are no words to express this. We are praying for you.

February 8, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger {Susan...Seriously.} said...

may god be with you as you go through this.

February 8, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Amie said...

i am so sorry. all my prayers are with you and her

February 8, 2009 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Alyson said...

Thank you for sharing beautiful Cora with us. She has touched so many lives and I will continue to pray for you.

February 8, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Lauren Bergmann said...

There are no words. I am so sorry. You are in our prayers/

February 8, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss.

February 8, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I came across your blog through a friends blog and I have been praying my heart out for Sweet little Cora and your family. I broke down into tears when I saw this latest blog. I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are still with you and your family. God Bless all of you.

February 8, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Sheryl from Colorado said...

I awoke on this sweet Sunday morning and turned to my husband and we prayed for sweet Cora Paige. I immediately logged onto your blog and immediate sadness took over my heart. How sorry I am for your loss, but know that Cora has gained much in heaven. She has a complete healed body, no pain, no sorrow. She IS in the arms of our Father in heaven. You will one day join her there...until then...keep hold of eachother and hang onto the hand of God. We will continue to pray for your healing and comfort!

February 8, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger deyoungsters said...

I am so, so sorry. My heart is just breaking for you. Sweet Cora...
Sending much, much love to you. You're in my prayers.

February 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Courtney Cloud said...

You don't know me but I recently came across your blog. I am so sorry for your loss. I'm expecting my first baby right now so I just can't even imagine the loss that you are feeling. Jesus is with you. I am praying for you and your family.

February 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Gordostyle said...

I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sorry. I don't understand. I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sorry! I wish this didn't happen!

Lean on God... don't pull away.

I KNOW Cora will live in your hearts FOREVER! Celebrate her life by LIVING each day.

Hugs and LOTS of prayers!
Jennifer

February 8, 2009 at 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Joel and Jess, I am so very sorry to hear about Cora. I anticipated reading the blog today and finding good news, I am in shock as only I can imagine all of you must feel. May god bless you all during this difficult time. Life does not seem fair so often, a little girl blessed with love and full of life, very tough to see that go and god take her so soon. Please know, while I did not know your family, I am with you in thought and prayers so often everyday. May you find comfort a little bit in knowing the angels have taken Cora and she is flying with them in gods hands on the clouds above. She is feeling healthy again and missing you. May god be with you during this time.

February 8, 2009 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Cora. I will be praying for God to give you strength during the sad time!

Jennifer

February 8, 2009 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Heidi @ GGIP said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray for comfort for your family.

February 8, 2009 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Cora. I will be praying for God to give you strength during the sad time!

Jennifer

February 8, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Heaven has a new angel- sweet Cora- she is healed and Jesus has her in His arms- I will hold you, Joel and Jess close in prayer- I am so sorry for your loss-
lots of love and prayers...

February 8, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
OpenID likesprinkles said...

My heart is breaking for you and your family. Please take care of yourselves and know that Cora is now in the best place she could possibly be. Ya'll are in my thoughts and prayers.

February 8, 2009 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger The Wallace's said...

You guys have been in our prayers every single day. We continue to pray for all of you.

February 8, 2009 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

My heart is heavy for your family today.
I am so sorry.

February 8, 2009 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Lynnsey said...

I came across your blog through Kaleigh's blog. I immediately prayed for your family and especially sweet Cora. We have 3 miracle children of our own, and can't imagine the deepest of sorrow that are filling your hearts today.

I pray that you find the love of many to lift you on these darkest of days and may the love and spirit of your sweet daughter forever be etched in your hearts and minds.

You will continue to be in our family's thoughts and prayers.

February 8, 2009 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger leahneer said...

Oh Joel and Jess, I am so very sorry to hear about Cora. I anticipated reading the blog today and finding good news, I am in shock as only I can imagine all of you must feel. May god bless you all during this difficult time. Life does not seem fair so often, a little girl blessed with love and full of life, very tough to see that go and god take her so soon. Please know, while I did not know your family, I am with you in thought and prayers so often everyday. May you find comfort a little bit in knowing the angels have taken Cora and she is flying with them in gods hands on the clouds above. She is feeling healthy again and missing you. May god be with you during this time. Hang onto one another.

February 8, 2009 at 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can not imagine what you are going through at this time. I have been praying for your family ever since I heard about little Cora. I pray that you find comfort and strength through this heart wrenching time.

February 8, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Beth Ann said...

My heart and prayers are with you.

February 8, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

My heart is breaking for your family. May God comfort you at this difficult time.

February 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Nic said...

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you

February 8, 2009 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I am so very sorry. I don't have any other words. Thank you for sharing Cora with all of us. Please know that we will all be thinking and praying for you in the days and weeks to come.

February 8, 2009 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I am so very sorry for you. She will always be with you, in your heart. I hope that your faith in God will help you to heal in time.

February 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger C.C. and Double T said...

Praying for you. I am so sorry for your loss.

February 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have fallen in love with dear, sweet, beautiful Cora in the past few weeks, each day praying for her and telling so many others about her, asking also for prayers.

I am now weeping with you for your loss and praying that God's peace and comfort be with you.

February 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM  
OpenID runafteryou said...

I am so very deeply, genuinely sorry for the loss of your precious Cora.

I continue to pray for your own, peace, passion and understanding in the moments, days, weeks, and months to come.

It has been 13 months and 18 days since we had to say good-bye to our own child. I wish I could take the pain away, but I'm afraid you'll need it to get through the sorrow. Many prayers to you this day.

February 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know many, including myself, who have begun, renewed, or strengthened their relationship with the Lord all because of Cora. She served such a meaningful purpose in the short time she was here.
Thank you for sharing your light with all of us!
God bless you and give you unyielding strength during this time.
Sending nothing but love and prayers, Nichole

February 8, 2009 at 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anita(Ky) said...

I am sorry, you are in my thoughts.

February 8, 2009 at 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Randy and Sally Fry
Southlake Texas

February 8, 2009 at 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned of your sweet Cora just a few days ago. I came today to see how she was doing and felt like my heart dropped into my stomach. I am so very sorry for your loss and cannot imagine the pain you are feeling right now. You are all in my prayers.

Jamie

February 8, 2009 at 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Nan said...

http://www.shawnanigans.net/?p=1035

I posted this for you this morning...

February 8, 2009 at 11:02 AM  

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