The Macs

Thursday, February 12, 2009

leaving a legacy

Wow! We are so overwhelmed by the love that is being shown to us. Friends, family and even strangers are supporting us in ways we would have never imagined. It is incredible how our little Cora, whom we miss SO much, is leaving such a legacy.

Our emotions are mixed. We have such a HUGE hole in our lives without Cora. We miss her so much! We can hardly believe what has happened in the last three weeks. We cry A LOT. Wishing we could just hold Cora one last time. At the same time we are awe strucken by how God is using her little life. Cora's story is causing others to want to have a deeper relationship with their families and walk closer with the Lord. We are humbled that God is allowing us to be a part of this. So thankful for God's mercies, but hurting so deeply too.

I probably won't blog for several days as we try to adjust to our new "normal". Please continue to pray for us. We need your prayers more than ever as we journey through this hard time. We are thrilled that everyone is excited about The Cora Playground. Thank you to those who are donating their time, money and talents to this cause. We will share more with you as the project gets underway...

"My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:15-16

419 Comments:

Blogger Pam said...

Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.

February 12, 2009 at 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Tim & Mandy said...

love you guys

February 12, 2009 at 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just happened to be up late and refreshed the page to see that you had just posted an update. I am praying for you many, many times every day. Cora is such a beautiful baby and is blessed to have such strong God-loving parents.
Prayers from GA

February 12, 2009 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Jess and Krissy said...

Have only been reading for a couple of weeks, but we are constantly praying for you guys. Cora is definitely leaving a legacy.

February 12, 2009 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Hoosier Mom said...

Blessings for you both during this sad time. Take care of each other and trust HIM. Hugs from Indiana.

February 12, 2009 at 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Yes, we will continue to pray for strength and peace for you and your family! God is Good and has many purposes for things we don't understand, may your hearts continue to be strengthened! God bless...

February 12, 2009 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) said...

You and Yours continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as you move through this adjustment time. Take care and hold each other close.

~ Heather & Kenny F.

February 12, 2009 at 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Mommy up late thinking about your dear family. I cried again while hugging my own babe. We take life for granted so much. Cora's legacy reminds me to appreciate what we have now, in the moment, and not focus so much what is going to happen tomorrow. It's so weird that I don't even know you, but I wish I could take away your pain. I continue to pray for you all. God's Light will show you the way out of the storm.

Audrey

http://gi-janearng.livejournal.com/

February 12, 2009 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Sarah70 said...

Continuisly praying and thinking of you guys during this time. God bless you both. You are very much loved. Cora will always hold a special place in my heart.
Love, Sarah

February 12, 2009 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Carly Winborne said...

Just doing my nightly check in before i go to bed and am thrilled to see an entry from you.

i don't even know you and am amazed with you. please know how cora and each of you have impacted perfect strangers.

i have a picture of sweet cora on my blog because she looks so much like my little girl did at that age. to me, the resemblence is unreal. and because of this, cora has such a special place in my heart.

your lives were lifted up in the bible study i'm in this past Wednesday. i'm studying beth moore's esther with a group of women who were touched to hear your story.

my prayers are with you and will continue daily

Carly Winborne

February 12, 2009 at 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been been following since reading a prayer request on another blog a few weeks back and praying hard every day. Since Cora has gone to be with the Lord, I have been praying EXTRA hard for both of you. What an amazing little girl to have an impact on so many people! I know that I have been forever changed by hearing her story. I am becoming more patient with my own daughter, as I realize now more than ever that each day is a precious gift from God. I am praying more than ever and strengthening my relationship with Jesus. I pray that as time goes by you will cry less and smile more when thinking of Cora. May God give you the peace which passes all understanding.

February 12, 2009 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Continuing to lift you in prayer.

February 12, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Jodie Allen said...

i found your blog the day Cora passed from a link somewhere else and literally spent hours that first night reading every post. I can't imagine the shock you all are in still b/c this has happened so fast! So fast. I can't wrap my brain around it and I am a total stranger to you. Anyway, sweet Cora (who was such a beauty) and your family are in my prayers right now as you find your new normal.

February 12, 2009 at 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read thousands of blog posts over the past year, yet I have never felt as led to comment on one as I do at this moment. My heart just breaks for you, and yet rejoices for Cora, who is finally at home and free of pain. I pray our God will give you peace that others can't, and will allow you the time and room to grieve. Stay close to and love and comfort one another. I pray that our Lord will use this to bring you both even closer together and will prevent Satan from driving a wedge between you as you mourn. I weep for you, while I praise the God who is rocking sweet Cora in His arms at this very moment. Come quickly, Lord. We're ready to go home.

February 12, 2009 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Mike, Chelsea and Co. said...

Your family is constantly in our minds, hearts and prayers. Your beautiful Cora is greatly loved and deeply missed and will not be forgotten. The knowledge that you WILL BE TOGETHER AGAIN with her is comforting though we truly wish she were back in your arms now. We love you and will continue to earnestly pray for you.

February 12, 2009 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Kelly Bennett said...

i dont know you........but your family... your daughter has changed me deeply......thank you so much..........Your daughter will not be forgotten.

February 12, 2009 at 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Cristy said...

Jess...

Bless you guys. Prayers are being said here many, many times each day.

Hugs and love....

Cristy

February 12, 2009 at 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We also have a precious little one in Heaven and I'm sure she greeted your sweet Cora and are now playing together around the throne of our precious Savior. You have been and will be in our prayers. Take time for yourselfs. He will get you through, but you will never be the same. Cora is now God's true servant, and you expressed it so well.
It's All About Him, The Lazenby's
Memphis, Tn.

February 12, 2009 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I am so glad you found the Etsy sale button. We're very happy to be able to do this for Cora. The blogging community is amazing!

February 12, 2009 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Trudy said...

God be with you. Your little Cora has touched me so. I love how someone said she was a missionary - on a very important mission. How beautiful that God chose all of you for this important task. ...but it is heartbreaking too. I won't forget your story.

February 12, 2009 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

May God bless you with peace and healing. You will continue to be in our prayers as we mourn with you.

February 12, 2009 at 11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend of mine told me about your blog a few weeks ago. I've been following your story ever since. I think about it, about you, about Cora, and there is nothing to say, but that this is a tragedy; every mother's worst nightmare. I don't see any good in this. But, I want you to know, that I am a questioner, a skeptic, when it comes to faith. My life is so good, with healthy children, and a healthy marriage and I cannot have faith like you. I wish I could, and I want to learn from you. If you can still have faith, after the worst thing possible to happen to parents happened to you, I really do believe God's hand is upon you. Please continue with your blog to inspire people like myself, who need these hard, hard lessons to open my eyes. Thank you for sharing Cora with the world, so I could have the chance to learn more about Jesus. I will never forget about your special baby.

February 12, 2009 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger The Jones' said...

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

February 12, 2009 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Jenae said...

Your family has been on my heart so much, especially in the last week. You will continue to be in our prayers daily. Cora is such a precious gift...not only to your lives but to ours as well as you have touched us so deeply by sharing her story. Thank you!

February 12, 2009 at 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Christina said...

I just finished listening to the service for Cora from Tuesday. Thank you for sharing that with those who didn't know you, but have been able to www.walk this road with you, pray with and for you, and hurt on your behalf. There is so much rejoicing. I am a Christian, and I believe without a doubt that Cora is indeed with her heavenly Father, and thankfully in no more pain, without tubes and needles. That is so good. And all that God has done through her sweet and precious life, and you (Joel and Jess) as well because of your faithfulness to Him, all that is so good. I will continue to pray, because I, like many others, can only imagine how painful this is. I left a post previously (among the couple thousand!) about having gone back through your blog but backwards. I had a hard time coming up with the right word for what I discovered, but it came to me, yesterday or today. It was poignant. The words you used or the situations you described, and even hearing what some of the letters said during the service, were all full of meaning without knowing it. God is glorified in the honor that you are giving Him. That is difficult, I think, but you are trusting even though it's hard. May you be held by His everlasting arms, strengthened by His unfailing promises, and renewed by His neverending mercies. It's strange to "feel" so much for someone you've never met. But you all have given much to many these last weeks. I pray you will receive much, in blessings from our good Lord who loves you and will indeed carry you always until you will be reunited with your precious baby.

February 12, 2009 at 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for you. I think that maybe some, that have never met you, were praying for the first time in a long time or maybe the first in their lives, for precious Cora. Cora, and you, are loved by people that don't even know you. Cora and you have brought Christ to people's lives and I am sure have changed many a heart. Jesus We Trust In You.

February 12, 2009 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Scarlet O'Kara said...

Sweet Cora has touched my life in a way that I will never forget. Her little smiling face will always be written upon my heart and my prayers will be with the two of you as your journey as parents of an Angel begins.

February 12, 2009 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I will definitely be praying for you daily because I know it must be rough to adjust to this new lifestyle. Cora has impacted so many around the world with her story, God is so proud of this little angel. I cry everyday thinking about you guys and what you must be going through. I have learned through this that life should never be taken for granted because you never know when things can change with the blink of an eye. I sit here and just look at her picture and imagine her with her angel wings in Heaven blessing everyone that she comes into contact with and playing with all of her new friends. God 's plans for Cora's legacy is so amazing I know this will be a phenomenal playground. I am happy to be a part through my donations and it is so neat to see all the support and crafts being made on Cora's behalf to make this great playground for all to remember this precious child. My thoughts and prayers are with you and know that you are not struggling alone we are there with you mourning this beautiful little angel.

In Christ,
Amber in San Antonio, TexaS

February 12, 2009 at 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Deloris said...

I've been praying for your family since I first read your blog. I'm so sorry for your pain. I know what it is like to live without a precious daughter and am so thankful you have God to help you through this loss. I pray that God will surround you with peace and prayers in the days ahead.

February 12, 2009 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Susie (So Blessed) said...

Praying for you as you walk this grief journey...that, as you keep your eyes on Him, God will strengthen you, comfort you and sustain you each and every minute of each day.

February 12, 2009 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Shea Stringer Long said...

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February 12, 2009 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I sure hope you all read anonymous' post that posted at 11:16 p.m. This is how God works. And this is how he is using Cora to bring people to him, to worship him, trust him, and put him above all else. Thank you so much Joel or Jess for posting tonight. I can go to bed in peace. Although I will continue to think of Cora and you all for many many months to come. And I will PRAY PRAY PRAY. God Bless You.

February 12, 2009 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger forever folding laundry said...

You have been in my prayers for the last several weeks, and will continue to be for a long time. Your sweet Cora will not be forgotten and is fulfilling God's plan in ways no one could have imagined, I'm sure. May His love begin to heal the hole in your lives.

~Keri

February 12, 2009 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Mama Kat said...

I keep thinking about what it would like to lose a child. It's amazing how we can go our whole lives and not think about anyone but ourselves. Then we have a baby and can't imagine thinking about anything else. What will they eat? How did they sleep? What will they wear? Do their clothes need to be cleaned? Do they need a bath? What fun things are they learning? What milestones have they reached? What Valentine's traditions will we start? What can we do? Where will we go? How will they grow? Who will they love?

How do you stop thinking like that? How is possible to go back to what it was like before kids? I just don't know.

I'm always thinking of you. I'm always praying. It is such comfort to hear that God is moving people through such a tragedy. I hope you continue to find peace in that. Cling to it.

February 12, 2009 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger The Galimore Family said...

Your family has constantly been in my thoughts and in my prayers. I can't imagine what you are going through right now, but your strong relationship with the Lord is seen by everyone and is such a testimony. Still praying...

February 12, 2009 at 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cora is an angel! Having only been on this earth for such a short time, yet she has touched the hearts of thousands, and has given so many a renewed sense of faith. I cannot even imagine the pain that you must be feeling, but as I cry for you and pray for you, I hope that one day I can only be as strong in faith as you. God bless you.....

Prayers from Illinois

February 12, 2009 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Ruthie said...

Your story, Cora's story, leaves me breathless and my face tear-stained. She is beautiful. I have lost four babies through miscarriage, but to know and hold your sweet girl for almost a year, and then to see her suffer and leave this earth, I cannot even imagine. I am holding my infant son right now and my heart practically stops at the thought of seeing him go through that. I am praying for you tonight. I am so burdened by your pain and I pray that the Lord continues to uphold you as you adjust to life on this earth without your sweet Cora-girl. My sister is having her first baby next month, guess what they've named her? Cora. Yup! I'll be thinking of your family everytime I think of my neice. Cora's life has such meaning and significacnce. I believe all that the Lord is going to do through her is only just beginning. Praying ~

Ruthie

February 12, 2009 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger wedogmomma said...

I was lead here from Mamakat's and I'm so grateful to stand alongside so many and praise our Lord for Cora's life. Though I didn't 'know' you in time to pray you through her illness, I know that we serve a God who is outside of space and time....so I rejoice with you as you see glimpses of how her life will reverberate through ours- and I'll continue to pray for peace and strength in your home. Hold fast to each other, and the peace that passes ALL understanding.
Nikki in CA

February 12, 2009 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger blessedmomto7 said...

Dear Jess,
I have followed your Cora's journey from the beginning and pray for and think about you often. Cora has touched people around the globe-don't forget that. Her playground and all the things being done in her memory will make it impossible to forget your little angel. HUGS to you.

February 12, 2009 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

Joel & Jess,

I was cleaning my room just now and listening to "Here With Us" by Joy Williams, and I thought of the two of you and began to cry. I am amazed at how the pain of perfect strangers could have such a deep impact in my heart and life. I say a prayer for you every time you come to mind - which is very often.

A friend of yours that I follow on Twitter has made pink flowers in honor of Cora's life. She is selling them on her Etsy shop to raise funds for Cora's playground. I bought one to pin to my curtains to remember Cora's & your sacrifice. I don't EVER want to forget what I've learned from watching your faithfulness to the Lord through such a painful trial. I know it's too high a price, but your loss has touched so many lives, including mine.

Please know that I am praying for you as you press forward through this.

Sending all my love & prayers,
Christy Klein

February 13, 2009 at 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Making Sense of Non-Sense
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February 13, 2009 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger Ravan said...

Jess & Joel,

We continue to pray for you, and are doing all we can to get as many donations for Cora's Playground as possible. If there is anything that we can do to help, please, let us know.

Ravan
email: kk11mk12@yahoo.com

February 13, 2009 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Kim, Aaron, Jake, and Jack said...

I cry ever time I have read your blog over the past few weeks. I can not begin to imagine what yall are going through. The only words I know to say are "I am so very sorry." My heart breaks for yall and I will pray for strength and comfort in the days ahead. Prayers and hugs from our family in Abilene, Texas. May God bless you and wrap His arms around you.

February 13, 2009 at 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is broken for you. However, your faith has changed my life. May the God of Grace put his hands upon you in this time!

Emporia, KS

February 13, 2009 at 12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will be in my prayers during this time of finding a new "normal". When we lost our 7 week old daughter, we were surrounded by prayer warriors and that was where we found our strength. It was a trying time and I didn't know how I was going to deal with each day. God gave grace and it has been 8 years since that time. I still miss her incredibly but God helps heal all things. He has been my strength and I pray that He will give you the strength and grace for each day as you move forward. Thank you for sharing your family and you will be in my prayers. Your faith has been a realy testimony.

February 13, 2009 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger MidnightMom said...

You've been on my heart and in my prayers for several days now; I cannot imagine what you face, but I am incredibly inspired by your courageous words. Thank you for your transparency to all of us. I pray God's richest blessings on your journey; may He grant you His peace, His love, and someday, His joy. You remain in our prayers every time we look at our baby girl. God be with all of your friends and family so deeply affected by the earthly loss of your beautiful Cora. Danielle Shore Graves

February 13, 2009 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Stevens said...

My name is Andy Stevens and I live in Hong Kong, China. You don't know me, but I came across your blog from your brother James. Your family's story and testimony to the goodness of God has touched me as I have a little boy who is the same age as Cora was. I don't know how you'll all get through these times, but I just pray you continue to turn to Him for your comfort. Blessings to all.

February 13, 2009 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger Crossroads Warriors said...

How precious you are...I've never met you and probably won't until we all meet in heaven. I have 4 babies in heaven and a several more here...1 has a disability that is potentially life threatening...my only comfort it knowing that God is in control when I can't be...sometimes its so overwhelming, but He is good...I fell in love with your sweet little Cora the moment I clicked and opened your blog...I have included your sweet family on our prayer blog for our church...I know that there are hundreds here in Colorado praying for you as your hearts adjust to the pain and grow in love with our God more...I can only understand that He really understands our pain through the loss of His own Son...He get's us...I wish I had comforting words...but there just aren't any...I love you both my dear sister and brother...I will continue to pray for you and be a warrior through the darkness....God IS good....Lori

February 13, 2009 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Joel & Jess -
We're continuing to pray for you here. I think of you guys constantly, and plan on working with some of the etsy gals to raise money for Cora's playground. Although I know you're hurting deeply, I pray you are encouraged by the outpouring of love for your sweet family. I pray that during these times your marriage would be strengthened and you two would grow even closer to one another. Lean on each other and on Him.
With love from Texas.

February 13, 2009 at 12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your strength and faith amazes me.
How I wish I could change things for you. May you continue to find comfort in God's love.

February 13, 2009 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Standing in the Rain said...

Prayers are being said for you both from complete strangers. God is using Cora and her story. She will not be forgotten.

February 13, 2009 at 1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A little missionary", someone called sweet Cora. She truly is. I hope you read the 11:16 PM post tonight...amazing. I pray for you often during the day, for God's comfort and strength as you walk in this grief. Your faith throughout this great heartbreak has touched and blessed so very many of us.

Elizabeth in Illinois

February 13, 2009 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger Mama Bear said...

There isn't anything I could say that hasn't already been said - but I wanted to add my thoughts and prayers to the many already going up for your family.

When my son (now 17 months) was born, the doctors did not know what was 'wrong' with him, and for nearly a month we lived each day thinking it could be our last with him.

I can only imagine the pain and heartache the both of you are enduring, and my heart is glad that you are able to rely on faith to help you.

*prayers, thoughts and hugs*

February 13, 2009 at 2:09 AM  
Blogger KL said...

praying for strength and peace for you both.

February 13, 2009 at 2:38 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I am so sorry to hear about your precious daughter. I was turned onto your story just recently, after another family lost their 2 yr old daughter to the same type and stage of cancer a week before your daughter was diagnosed. That blog is http://half12.blogspot.com/ in case you want to check it out. I will continue to pray for your family.

February 13, 2009 at 4:44 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

We weep with you.

-A sister in Christ

February 13, 2009 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger April said...

Praying and thinking of you both.

April

February 13, 2009 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

WOW. Your daughter is so precious and my heart aches for you. I pray for your healing.
Jessica in TX

February 13, 2009 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

I pray for you guys every second I think of you... I am so happy & blessed to be helping your family & your sweet baby girl. :)

God bless!

February 13, 2009 at 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you while navigating this life changing experience. God has something planned for sweet Cora!

Susan

February 13, 2009 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Vintage Girl at Heart said...

I am in such awe of the strength of your Faith during this time.
Prayers and Blessings for you and the many that sweet Cora has touched.

February 13, 2009 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Vintage Girl at Heart said...

I am in such awe of the strength of your Faith during this time.
Prayers and Blessings for you and the many that sweet Cora has touched.

February 13, 2009 at 6:31 AM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

Praying for you to both get through this with all the love and strength you need! Cora is the most precious little girl ever!

February 13, 2009 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger Beav's Wife said...

so glad you posted. still praying and hoping that you feel the arms of Him squeezing you tightly.

February 13, 2009 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger The Morris Family said...

Joel and Jess, the Lord has providentially brought you to this journey and you will receive all that you need to go forth, His grace, comfort, will support you in this whelming flood, He has done this for us as we still grieve our little Joel, who also had neuroblastoma. May His peace be about your hearts and minds. Praying for you all!
Cindy

February 13, 2009 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I think of you guys and Cora everyday and continue to pray for peace over your hearts. My heart aches for you and I am so sorry that you have had to go through this.I have cried many tears for your loss. I wish I had the words to express my deepest sympathy for you, I wish I could make it go away for you, all I can do is pray. So that's what I do, everytime I think of you guys and your precious Cora, I pray. Is it possible for you to post the info for the Cora button so that I (and others) may add it to my blog?
Love, hugs and prayers,
Heather~ On the Homefront

February 13, 2009 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger THAT GIRL said...

You are such a precious family... May God cradle you in His arms while you grieve.

February 13, 2009 at 7:01 AM  
Anonymous Claire said...

God Bless all of you.

February 13, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Elaine from MT

February 13, 2009 at 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Martha said...

You are in my thoughts, and my families thoughts, too. We fell in love with Cora and are touched by her short, beautiful life.

February 13, 2009 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Jade Bordeaux said...

http://www.christian-music-lyrics-for-daily-devotions.com/held.html

God bless you and although I am just getting to know you through your blog, you and your family are still in my (and my loved one's) thoughts and prayers.

February 13, 2009 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger megan said...

I will contunie to pray for you as you ajust to your new"normal". I pray for a peace in your hearts. Your family has truly touched me and I felt so broken for your loss. Blessings
Megan

February 13, 2009 at 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

I don't know you, but I happened upon your blog a few days ago. I didn't know what to say -- my words seem so small compared to your pain. Please know though, that your beautiful Cora's face will forever be in my mind, and her story has changed my life. I truly mean that. I've spent hours here, going through her life with you, crying many tears, and asking God to please let me be aware of how fleeting life is, how important it is to take each moment for what it is, and love the ones around me a little more urgently. I've spent hours praying for your sweet family, and asking God to please comfort you when your hearts feel the utter anguish of the lost, to hold you tight, and carry you through this season. I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your sweet princess. She's a gem!

February 13, 2009 at 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

I don't know you, but I happened upon your blog a few days ago. I didn't know what to say -- my words seem so small compared to your pain. Please know though, that your beautiful Cora's face will forever be in my mind, and her story has changed my life. I truly mean that. I've spent hours here, going through her life with you, crying many tears, and asking God to please let me be aware of how fleeting life is, how important it is to take each moment for what it is, and love the ones around me a little more urgently. I've spent hours praying for your sweet family, and asking God to please comfort you when your hearts feel the utter anguish of the lost, to hold you tight, and carry you through this season. I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your sweet princess. She's a gem!

February 13, 2009 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

My heart goes out to you and your loving families....Cora is in our heavenly fathers strong warm embrace...I pray for you both every day....you are such an example and inspiration to us all....

February 13, 2009 at 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family has been praying for you for weeks now and continues to pray for you. We, like many, do not know you, but found your blog through a friend's blog. Our family continues to be in awe of your strength and faith. Thank you for sharing this hard journey with us. It has taught us to love our family more, and to become closer to God. Please know that you will continue to be in our prayers.
The Logan Family

February 13, 2009 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Celine said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your Cora.
I'm thinking of you guys today, all way accross the Atlantic.

February 13, 2009 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Momma_Hug said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

February 13, 2009 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

we've never met, but i've been touched by your story and your sweet sweet girl.
praying in san antonio, tx~

February 13, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

May the Lord be with you and hold you in His hand. I am in constant prayer for you! Thank you for sharing your heart in this hard time.

February 13, 2009 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger mommyof2sons said...

Sweet Cora has touched me in a way that has made me want to be closer to God and to love on my boys even more each day. Her beautiful smile is forever printed on my heart. I will be praying for your family. God bless you!
Tina




Sweet Cora has touched my life in a way that I will never forget. Her little smiling face will always be written upon my heart and my prayers will be with the two of you as your journey as parents of an Angel begins.

February 13, 2009 at 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Tami from SD said...

I pray for you daily and would send you huge hugs if I could. I was looking through photo albums at my own daughter as a 10 month old and wondered how I'd cope if hit by such a tragedy. I'm so thankful for your strong faith--God will see you through. Precious Cora has touched so many lives, and we will never, ever forget her.

February 13, 2009 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I started reading your blog on the day you lost your sweet baby. Your daughter has touched me, and changed the person that I am. She was absolutely beautiful, and I fell in love with her the moment I saw her sweet face. I have a 5 month old daughter who is the love of my life, so Cora's story affected me deeply. I can't imagine what you, as parents, are going through. You are such an inspiration to me. I think about you and Cora everyday, and everyday I pray to God that he wraps his arms around you and comforts you. No one will ever know why God chose Cora to leave this earth so soon. Only He has the answers, and His plan is perfect. Please know that in Cora's short time here on earth, that she changed the world. Rest in the knowledge that she is healed and perfect, and with her Father. I will continue to pray for your precious family. God bless you.

February 13, 2009 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

You are indeed in our prayers--on the way to school in the morning, at meal times, and at bedtime--each and every day.

With love,
the Heim family
Denver, CO

February 13, 2009 at 8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying without ceasing for your family through this tough time. We know the Lord is so good but it does not mean things are still not difficult. I can't imagine how you are feeling but I know it has to mean alot that people all around have wrapped their arms around you all. Thankyou so much for sharing your story to us, it has change my life-really puts things in perspective. We all love you in the Lord-we are a part of the same family.

February 13, 2009 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Joel and Jess,

You guys are so strong. So grounded. Not only is Cora inspiring people, but you as well. I hope you know that. I'm sure it will be a difficult adjustment for you but what a blessing that we have a loving God to lean on during these times. You all are in my prayers!

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

Cora's Legacy will live in my heart forever.

February 13, 2009 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Cora's short life has touched our lives as well as many of my close friends/bloggers. Your family has been on my mind since I found your blog just a week and a half ago. I hug my little boys tighter every day and am so thankful for their health... something I can not take for granted anymore. You're in my prayers...

February 13, 2009 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger mommaof4wife2r said...

just so you know, i am preaching in junior this week about how god uses the unexpected...and i'm telling the story of little cora. how a little baby with great parents seems to be not a big factor int he face of this world, but shows the love and faith and grace of god in amazing ways...without her ever even seeing or knowing. that's love...it's unexpected...and it's def how god works.

February 13, 2009 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger The McBrayer family said...

You do not know me-I came across your blog through a friend. I think you and your family are amazing. My heart aches so deeply for you, so very deeply. I have cried many tears for you, a family I do not even know that lives so far away. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. I am praying for you and your family. Praying everyday for the peace that passes all understanding that can only come from our Lord. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for your amazing faith- it has surely touched me and made me stop to think about many things. Praying for you in Atlanta, GA.
Kelli

February 13, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying that God wraps you in His love and just know that you are not alone and neither is your sweet precious Cora.
Parying for you in Hilton Head, SC
The Tomlins

February 13, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sharing your story HAS made me hold my family closer and made a difference, and I do hope this makes your journey even slightly more bearable. Your family is in my thoughts and I will pray for you all.

christine doggett

February 13, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Romana said...

Jess and Joel;
It's so good to hear from you.
my family and I will continue praying.
We love y'all very much!
~Romana

February 13, 2009 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers every day. Although I don't know you personally I have been so touched by your little Cora.

Sending many prayers from Olathe, KS.

February 13, 2009 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger PamperingBeki said...

You guys are loved so very much.

My heart is smiling for you and crushed for you at the same time.

I feel so blessed to have had you in our lives.

I pray for you daily, at least 1 or 17 times. ;-)

February 13, 2009 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Mandy Rose said...

I am praying for you and your husband. You both seem so strong! Cora's story has touched so many people and even though I have a healthy 19 month old, it has raised my awareness of children and cancer. I want to do whatever I can to help. It's so unfair. Please continue to know that God has a plan.

February 13, 2009 at 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Sweet Little Angel has touched my life and has made me treasure each and every single moment I have with my son! I just happened to stumble upon your blog and I believe that it was fate to do so. I was feeling stressed with my little 17 month old and this is just what I needed to get me through that frustration. I am so amazed at how your community and people outside of your community have come together in showing support and praying for your family. I know yall are definitly in my prayers and know that your Sweet Little Angel is with you at every moment of your lives, saying "Mommy and Daddy, I love you with all my heart! I am in the greatest place any one being could be! I will see you again one day!" All I have to say is hang in there and I am sure there are many friends and family that yall can lean on during this ROUGH time.
Praying in Texas

February 13, 2009 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger The Gunters said...

Your strength and faith amazes me. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers and I continue to pray for you. I just wanted to let you know how much of an impact sweet Cora has had on me. My life is forever changed because of her. Thank you for sharing her story with perfect strangers. Cora is so blessed to have you all as parents.

Lane Gunter

February 13, 2009 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I am praying for you from Raleigh, NC. You are truly inspirational.

February 13, 2009 at 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im so sorry. You are in my prayers. your story has been such a blessing to me...

February 13, 2009 at 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Sheryl from Colorado said...

We will continue to lift you and Joel up in prayer. Hang on to the hand of God and hold eachother through this hard time. Your little Cora has left more of a legacy than most ever hope to do.

Continuing to lift you both up in prayer!

February 13, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Yaya said...

I have been just hearbroken over your loss. I came upon your blog from Kelly's Korner as I have been keeping up with their story and beaurtiful baby Harper... I have been sitting at work crying .. I wish I could just hug you both and tell you that everything is going to be fine, but I can't. I know that your tragedy has made me realize that I need to be closer with God and need to get back to him. Just through your journaling of happy times with Cora and also with your heartache, you have set such an example of what HE means to you and your family, that I want it too. My daughter is 18.. I pray for her and think I am a good person and a good "Christian" but I am not... I want to be and am hoping that God can make me that person that I need to be, if I ask. And you, your family and Cora have made me decide that is what I need to do. I noticed that every day you were in the hospital you included your "praises" right along with your "requests"... that is so hard to do...It has made me realize that bad things, tragedy and heartache are going to happen in our life.. the difference is having Jesus in your life to turn to be able to get through it. You have shown that through this terrible thing and I thank you for it.
Thank you and I am praying for you all. Amy

February 13, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Marla Taviano said...

Crying for you, Joel and Jess. I can't even imagine how much you miss her. Praying for you! Loving you!

February 13, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Kellyb said...

As you adjust to your "new normal," I hope that when the time is right you might visit www.gomitchgo.com This family lost their 11yr old son Mitch to cancer a year ago and this blog might offer you the spiritual strength and peace to face the coming days. I am praying daily for you from the plains of NW Oklahoma. <><

February 13, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger The Sieberts said...

your faith is such an inspiration Jess & Joel. we know that even though you know God is good, that you are still hurting deeply, so we will continue to pray for you each and every day.
we love you!

February 13, 2009 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Party of Five said...

I just wanted you to know that your family is in my prayers. I can't imagine what you are feeling right now. I think about your family all the time.
Rachel
Olathe, KS

February 13, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart just aches for you. I am thinking about you in Upstate NY.

February 13, 2009 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Hailey said...

Still praying in NC

February 13, 2009 at 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Alicia K, GA said...

I am praying for you and your husband during this very difficult time. When I came across your blog the other day my heart just broke for you and your little girl. You all have been on my heart to pray for you. I was up the other night letting my dog out at 3:00 in the morning and happened to look up at the clear sky and all the bright shining stars and instantly thought of you and your little girl and starting praying for you. YOur little Cora is just like those starts shining bright with the Lord looking down on you. I am hugging my daughter extra tight and Thanking God even more for her and realizing just how precious life its because of your story.

February 13, 2009 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Stevie said...

I, like many others, are a stranger to you and your family. I came across your story a couple weeks ago and have been praying for your sweet Cora and all of your family. Prayers continue for you as you face the days, weeks ad months ahead.

February 13, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Robin said...

God bless and keep you both as you adjust to your new normal. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

February 13, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I found your blog through a friend of a friend and although we don't know one another, you and precious Cora have deeply changed me. As a mother of a 2 yr old, I cried reading your blog and seeing the pictures of little Cora in the hospital. Your story was on my mind each day and I couldn’t stop thinking about your situation. The thing that struck me the most was your never ending faith and devotion to the Lord. The fact that your precious daughter was so sick in a hospital and yet you still posted “praises” on your blog truly inspired me. Your Faith has taught me to always see the blessings that the Lord provides us each and every day. I will now remember to praise the Lord for what he gives us as we move through life….I know I have lost sight of that over the years. Thank you for encouraging me, a complete stranger, to want a deeper connection with God. Thank you for encouraging me to get our family into a good church so our son can gain the same type of wisdom that you so eloquently displayed. Cora was very lucky to have such devoted and loving parents. I am so extremely sorry for your loss and can’t imagine your pain. But, please know your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. With love from TX.

February 13, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Susie from Bienvenue said...

My heart is heavy for your family. My words would just sound like muss about now but please know that I am praying for all of you during this very hard time. ((hugs)) Susie Harris

February 13, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Nan said...

I pray for you both every single night, but especially you Jess... as a mother I cry every time I pray for you or think about your loss as I imagine myself in your situation.

God is answering prayers in giving you His peace even in your pain.

But I think you have such a beautiful and Christian response to this, knowing that God can bring good out of the most horrible circumstances. The cross reminds that of us daily... the greatest suffering and sorrow was God's divine conspiracy to draw His children to Himself. His severe mercy.

Please know that I will continue to pray for you as you rest in Him and endure this severe mercy that makes so little sense to mere mortals.

February 13, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger The Mrs. said...

I am blown away by how beautiful your daughter was. My heart is with you. I am so sorry. You are in my prayers.

February 13, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Reely Jiggin said...

As a mother of five children who range in age from 7-15, I sometimes forget to do those things that come naturally with a baby. Hugging, snuggling, kissing their face all over, pretending to "eat them up" while they giggle. Cora life has reminded me that I need to embrace EVERY opportunity to provide my children with a touch, an expression of love. Thank you Cora!

My prayers are with you and your husband during this very painful time. I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart hurts deeply for you both. Hold tight to one another and trust in Him. May God give you the strength to make it through "today".

Hugs from Utah

February 13, 2009 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Praying for your family!

February 13, 2009 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray every night for God's light to shine through this darkness and for him to carry you when you feel you cannont move. I shared this story with my children and they asked if they could add you, your fmaily and Cora into their nighttime prayers. I told them absolutely, and when it was my 3 year old son's turn to say his prayers, he said he hoped God would make Cora an extra loud angel. When I questioned him, he said that he knows that God and the angels are always all around us , and loving us, but he wanted God to make Cora extra loud so that her family could hear her loving them. I added this to my prayer, too, and hope Cora angel is extra loud so you can hear her forever around you.

Summer, Chloe and Rhys

February 13, 2009 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Kari said...

I can understand the mix of emotions. On one hand you get to experience God in a way no else can and see His love, mercy, and comfort in a new way. And yet those things come at such a price for our human hearts.

I know this will be a long journey...and I pray that each day brings a little more peace, a bit more sleep, and hope for healing.

I hear you're visiting Renae and Adam this weekend - that will be fabulous. I hope you are able to enjoy a change in scenery.

Blessings,
Kari in Littleton

February 13, 2009 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger angi_b72 said...

Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers!! I can not even begin to imagine what you are going thru!

February 13, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I came to your blog through Bring The Rain. I am heartbroken for your family. My thoughts have been drifting back to your family regularly and I continue to pray for God to hold you in His arms.

Cora's name reminds me of Corrie Ten Boom, who wrote "The Hiding Place". It is a book about God's faithfulness during trials and specifically how God was real to her through World War 2, while she was imprisoned in concentration camps, and how he healed her heart after the war. I highly recommend reading it. Her story always lifts my heart and reminds me how real God is, even in the darkest times.

I am praying for the Comforter to come and be with you all.

Amy in Tennessee

February 13, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to let you know that Cora and your story has touched my life so much. She has made such an impact on my life. I have just recently started a new journey with God and at the same time came across your blog. It has really shown me how to strengthen my relationship with my family and God. I am so sorry for your loss and no words can express how deeply sorry I am for you and your family. Cora's life has had more of impact in so many lives than many people in their lifetime. Please help find peace in the way Cora touched so many lives!!!
You're in my prayers,
Ashley - Tennessee

February 13, 2009 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I am in part a different mommy b/c of your story. I pray for you all the time and linked my facebook to your blog also.

February 13, 2009 at 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you from here in Michigan! I don't even know what to say! I just know that at times like these we have to trust God more than we ever could imagine.

February 13, 2009 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Linkis Family Love said...

Thank you sooo much for posting. I check every day, because I cannot get Cora and you all off of my mind. You get several, several prayers each day and night! I know it is hard for you to post, but know that it is SO appreciated. We all love you, even though we may have not yet met here on Earth. We want to support you-and am sending you hugs from Illinois! We continue to rejoice that Cora is with Christ, and that we will get to see that beautiful girl again someday! Hallelujah!
"Heaven is only a prayer away!"
-Kelli Linkis <><<

February 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Brian and Staci said...

I'm overwhelmed by your strength. Your precious family continues to be in my prayers.

February 13, 2009 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Adam & Alissa said...

It has been one year since my husbands transplant. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right after our one year anniversary.

I knew that my Heavenly Father had a plan and that I had to put my trust in him. I have faith & hope. The hardest thing for me to understand was how I could possibly be ok if his plan didn't not match mine. How would I ever be happy without him?

I am so grateful that I know that we can be a family forever! Thank you for your examples. Our prayers are with you and your family!

With Love[ The Ingersolls (Saratoga Springs, UT)

February 13, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Adam & Alissa said...

It has been one year since my husbands transplant. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right after our one year anniversary.

I knew that my Heavenly Father had a plan and that I had to put my trust in him. I have faith & hope. The hardest thing for me to understand was how I could possibly be ok if his plan didn't not match mine. How would I ever be happy without him?

I am so grateful that I know that we can be a family forever! Thank you for your examples. Our prayers are with you and your family!

With Love[ The Ingersolls (Saratoga Springs, UT)

February 13, 2009 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

Just wanting you, Joel and Jess, to know that I am keeping you in my prayers. I pray that the Lord will give you comfort as you think of your precious Cora...whose story has reached around the world as has your faith in the Lord. It has been truly "awesome" to see how your story has impacted so many all around the world. I pray that he will give you the strength you need to get through these hard times. I pray that you will feel the warmth of his love.

February 13, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am still thinking about and praying for you. Although we don't know each other, I have been touched by the strength of your faith and by Cora's sweet spirit. Thank you for sharing your lives with us, and I wish you peace.

February 13, 2009 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I was glad to see a post from you first thing this morning. You continue to be in my prayers all day. I think of you and sweet Cora all the time and stop to pray for your family each time. I am a new mother myself and just can't imagine your pain. Your story has touched my husband and I to the core. I know we have hugged our own little 10 month old so much harder this week than ever before. We continue to pray for you. I hope you are able to feel the hundreds of prayers offered up for you everyday. May God bless and keep you and give you comfort as you adjust to your new "normal". We will be thinking of you and praying even harder for you.

February 13, 2009 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been so touched by Cora and your family. I cannot imaging the unbearable pain you feel. I want you to know that Cora has touched my life...she has made me realize how precious my time with my baby is. She was here for a reason. She was absolutely beautiful and will continue to touch the lives of others.

February 13, 2009 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Elise Norwood said...

Wow. What a heartbreaking, yet inspiring story. I just HURT for you guys. I am so sorry. At the same time, I am so impressed with your faith in God. What a sweet and brave little girl, that Cora!

February 13, 2009 at 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tears fill my eyes thinking of this precious life whom I did not even know. Sorry cannot begin to express what I feel for your family. God continues to reveal his plan as life happens. Sometimes his plan is not the plan we had... I am truly sorry for your loss and hope that you can find peace. Praying and thinking of you.

February 13, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Micah said...

I don't know you, just found your blog through a friend, but I couldn't keep coming to check on you without letting you know how you have been in our every thought and every prayer over the past few days, and the many tears I have shed for you. I can't imagine how you continue to live and breathe after losing such a precious child, but I know it is only through the extra measure of strength that the Lord has bestowed upon you. God has already been glorified through your wonderful example of faith and trust in Him.

February 13, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Rebecca Louise. said...

I never met Cora but I miss her too. I wish this never happened but I rest in knowing that your faith keeps you strong to walk this journey and Cora is always watching. xxx.

February 13, 2009 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

My oldest daughter died when she was 8 months old. I remember the pain, the shock, the gratitude...the myriad emotions I felt. It has been 5.5 years now. I still miss her daily, but it does get less intense. The pain won't be so raw and unbearable forever.
If you want to talk, please feel free to email me.
Many prayers are coming your way.

February 13, 2009 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

You all are in my prayers each and everyday! I am new to reading your blog and I can say that Cora is leaving such an awesome legacy. I lost my baby about a year ago and it still hurts but God has shown me and others to have a deeper relationship with Him and I can honestly say that He is healing me one day at a time and so with this I can tell you that your wounds will be healed one day at a time.

God bless you all,
Melanie

February 13, 2009 at 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your blog through Kelly. I am so sorry for your loss. Cora was a courageous little girl. Her pain is over and she is resting peacefully in God's arms. I can't imagine the sorrow and pain you are feeling right now. I am praying for comfort and strength right now. May He hold you in His arms too.

February 13, 2009 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

A legacy indeed! Praying peace for you and your whole family. Thanks for letting us encourage you during this trial - at any time, it could be one of us in need!

February 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you today, I am so sad to hear about your loss. I just started following your blog. I will be praying for God to heal your heart, and provide comfort and strength to face each new day. Prayers from Va:)

February 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Bethany said...

I can't imagine the pain you are feeling. Your faith is encouraging to me. I am continuing to pray for both of you for peace and comfort and hope in the Lord.

February 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Dancing Queen said...

you are incredible, incredible people! I am in awe of the strength & courage you are showing and the unselfishness you have shown by starting this precious playground for other children to enjoy in honor of your blessed baby cora!

we are praying for you daily! much love continues to flow to you & wishes of peace...

February 13, 2009 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Kerri said...

It's good to hear that you are still relying on the Lord to get you through this hard time. Yes, I do believe that Cora was used to reach others. Your story has definitely made me look inside myself and evaluate my relationship with God. And, it has really opened up my eyes to the blessing I have been given. Thank you for continuing to share your testimony. Still praying...Kerri

February 13, 2009 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I found your blog through Kelly's Korner.
I just want you to know that I have been praying for you, crying with you, and praying some more the last few days. I have no words, just intercession for your precious family. I have a 10-month old baby girl (our first), and Cora's story has made me hold her a little closer, snuggle a little longer, and appreciate each and every moment. I don't understand the big picture, but I rest in the comfort that God does. Thank you for sharing her life. My deepest, deepest compassion...on my knees

February 13, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

I have prayed for your family every day since learning of your loss. I am so so very sorry. May your faith hold you up during this time. And remember, no life is too short to make a difference in the lives of others. Cora is doing just that!

February 13, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Mama Sons said...

You're family and Cora have touched my life and my families lives so much. I am deeply saddened by your loss and I don't even know you. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Cora short lived life has definitely left an impact on many, many familes.

February 13, 2009 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Beth Ann said...

My thoughts continue to be with you - Cora and your family has forever touched my heart.

February 13, 2009 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Whimsical Creations said...

I just have to let you know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have been following your story since I read about baby cara a few weeks ago on PamperingBeki's blog. I have blogged about sweet cara and your family. I am now part of the etsy family helping to raise funds for cara's playground.

*hugs*
melanie

February 13, 2009 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger HD said...

I came across your blog through a friend. I am so so so sorry to hear about your devestating loss, and so relieved that you have your Faith to lean upon in this most difficult time. Please know that I am praying for you and your sweet family. I know I don't know you, but I'm also a mommy....and the love we feel for our children is one of a kind. I won't even try to imagine what you are going through right now, I'm just glad that your sweet Jesus will be with you and your family. Love from Texas...

February 13, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Sally's World said...

You are strong, you have faith, you will get through this. just don't place any limits or limitations on your grief...the most overused saying of all time is 'time heals' for me it won't, but with time brings acceptance, acceptance that life will be different, and acceptance that you can life a different life, but in coras memory and love, you will flourish, i am certain...with love and prayers to you all!

sally xxx

February 13, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger heather spratt said...

I am praying for your family!

February 13, 2009 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Heather B. said...

May God continue to comfort and bless you during your time of adjustment and grief.

February 13, 2009 at 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Child Of Mine (To All Parents)
a poem by Edgar Guest

I will lend you, for a little time,
A child of mine, He said.
For you to love the while he lives,
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty-two or three.
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for Me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you,
And should his stay be brief.
You'll have his lovely memories,
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there,
I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over,
In search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain.
Nor hate me when I come
To take him home again?
I fancied that I heard them say,
'Dear Lord, Thy will be done!'
For all the joys Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we've planned.
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.

February 13, 2009 at 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I found your blog by accident. Your story just broke my heart. It is my honor to continue to pray for you and your family. The verse you posted on your blog is one of my favorites. Not by choosing, by as a means of survival through a loss of my own. May those words bring you such comfort in the days, weeks, and months ahead. May God's unfailing love surrond you all. Continue to trust in His word as you ask some difficult questions of Him. He will be found faithful. His blessing to you all.

February 13, 2009 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Mandi said...

I am continuously praying for you and your family. Cora is exactly one month younger than our foster son we are hoping to adopt. Your story really hits home with me and my heart aches for you. Your faith is inspiring and a beautiful testimony.

Hugs & prayers from FL!

February 13, 2009 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Mrs. MK said...

My prayers are going up and up and up.....you never leave my thoughts. I am so sad for you, but also very thankful for God's peace and perspective! Praise the Lord for his goodness never fails!

February 13, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was directed to your blog by my daughter who lost her husband after 30 short months of marriage. I know your pain and suffering. I am praying for you and your husband that you find peace soon.

February 13, 2009 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Farmchick said...

Hi~ I just happened upon your blog. Your family is in my prayers. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little girl. I pray for you as you walk this difficult journey. I can only imagine how unbearable this journey is. Take comfort in knowing that precious Cora is in heaven now with no pain.
Tania in North Dakota

February 13, 2009 at 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for you and your loss. Your daughter is beautiful.
Praying for you.
Carley

February 13, 2009 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger ~Cherie said...

Joel and Jess, I can't tell you how much I feel for you two. Cora stays on my mind and in my heart. I would have loved to have known her and you. My husband and I have a 4 year old and 9 month old and when I snuggle and cuddle on him or see him smile, I ache that you could be doing the same with Cora at that very moment. It's hard to explain such love for a child who isn't your own, but I have that kind of love for Cora, and my heart like so many have commented still breaks when I see her beautiful face. I'm sure if you met all the people who are praying and thinking of you it would be overwhelming. Please know that I will never forget Cora or you. You have changed me for the better. Love and prayers from Ohio.

February 13, 2009 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Care said...

I look forward to the day that God wipes away all of our tears. Cora truly did leave a legacy. She was a brave little girl who is touching so many lives for the glory of God. My prayers are with you both today and every day.

February 13, 2009 at 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just had to write you again and tell you thank you for sharing your life during this most unimaginably difficult time. You have come to my mind so many times over the last week. I am going through a very high risk pregnancy and whenever I begin to get impatient with my three little ones here at home, I just think how blessed I am to have them still and to remember we never know what tomorrow holds. God is so good and I pray for you both as you adjust to your new "normal", as you say.

Jen in Connecticut

February 13, 2009 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

I have shed many tears as I've prayed for your sweet family these last few days. What an example of God's grace you have been. There is nothing that will make this journey easier, but I pray that you will experience God grace more deeply than you ever have before - more deeply than many of us will ever know. You are being prayed for - faithfully.

February 13, 2009 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

Hi. It's me again. I just wanted to share with you something that happened. My 8 year old daughter was eating her snack & when I went over to check on her I saw that she had spelled out Cora's name with her pretzel sticks. Cora's story has touched the heart of even the children! She is loved by so many!

Praying for you,
Christy Klein

February 13, 2009 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger carissa... brown eyed fox said...

our family is faithfully keeping yall in our hearts & prayers!

February 13, 2009 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Jessica K. said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Just know that Heavenly Father has his arms wrapped around you as you morn. He will always be there right by your side. And your beautiful daughter will be right next to him. She now is without pain and will be watching over her parents. She is very proud of you.
Praying for you.

February 13, 2009 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

this is my first time posting but your story has truly touched me- i can't imagine your grief- I've been crying for you for two days! i have a five month old and I just cannot imagine going through what you went through. I'm amazed at the strength of your faith. I wish you healing and all the best!

February 13, 2009 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel and Jess, I just can't stop thinking about you. I will continue to pray for you and thank God for the time you had with your dear Cora. Her little life has made such an impact on mine. Myself and so many believers will always have a special place for her in our hearts. I know how treasured Cora is in heaven and how she is free from pain, living in Jesus' arms. Bless you both during this time of letting go and learning to be parents to such a cutie in heaven.

Praying the Holy Spirit would give you strength for each moment,
Marlene W.

February 13, 2009 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

We all love you and are behind you.

February 13, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Courtney and Kelly said...

Jess and Joel we continue to pray for you all the time. Please lean on eachother and the Lord He will see you through this difficult time. Cora has touched our lives and the lives of so many others in a way we could never express. Again thank you so much for sharing Cora with us.

Love In Christ
Kelly and Courtney

February 13, 2009 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. Cora was such a sweet and precious little girl and I can only imagine how hard it is to go on, bless your hearts.

February 13, 2009 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Keilani said...

Jess & Joel & Cora,
Thank you for helping me be a better person and better mom.
I am in awe of your strength. Prayers & Love for your entire family and Community.

February 13, 2009 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen said...

I think everyone, whether you know us or not, has become a part of your family in spirit. I know that the past three weeks since reading your blog, I have learned to not sweat the small stuff with my kids, like how many spelling words they got wrong, or if my son gets his shirt filthy while eating....these things do not matter any more. What matters is that my children know who their Lord and Savior is and that they know how much they are loved. I am truly a changed person since learning about Cora! It is amazing how a little person can make such an amazing difference in one's life! My 6 year old asked if we could send a balloon to heaven on her birthday! I had tears streaming down my face when she said this...how AWESOME! So I will tell you, even though you don't know my 6 year old daughter Kaitlyn, Cora will be receiving a balloon from her on this day! WE will continue to pray for the healing of your hearts during this time, thank you for sharing your story with us, even though we don't know you, and thank you for teaching me what true life is all about! BLESS YOU!

February 13, 2009 at 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog since the news of your beautiful Cora's illness was spread throughout the Prayer Chains across the nation. Although we are strangers, we are family in Jesus. Please know that you are prayed for and thought of often during this incredibly difficult time in your lives. I will not attempt to interpret this verse, or assume how this might be applicable to you right now- but I've thought of your family often in reading the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:4: "Blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted."

Prayers from Kansas City

February 13, 2009 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Tickled Pink And Green said...

I didn't even know sweet little Cora Paige, but I miss her! And I think about her and you all everyday. :)

February 13, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger bethany said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. I can't even begin to imagine how you are feeling and how deep you hurt. I will be in prayer for you asking the Lord to give you peace and comfort that only He can give.
I'm so sorry...

Bethany in Ca.

February 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your sweet family continues to be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your life and reminding us of God's promises.
Jeremiah 29:11

February 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Al's World said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers constantly. I listened to the service, what a wonderful time to remember your angel. I will continue to pray for you and your family!

February 13, 2009 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

My mom sang these words a lot shortly before she lost her battle with ovarian cancer.

There are things about tomorrow
That I don’t seem to understand.
But I know Who holds tomorrow
And I know Who holds my hand.

The same God who's holding your hand is holding your precious Cora. Cling to Him...

I will not stop praying for you...

February 13, 2009 at 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So thankful to read your blog update. Your faith and attitude is tremendous. Your family is on my mind and in my prayers everday. God is using your lives in a mighty way.
Christ's love from SC

February 13, 2009 at 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want you guys to know that your little girl has touched my heart in a big way! I have two little girls, and your story has made me stop and realize how thankful I am for them. God has truly humbled me the past few days, and I want to thank you for sharing your story. Your family is in my prayers.

Brittany Stubbs
Houston,TX

February 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger The Schilling's from PICU said...

Glad to hear from you, as I wonder and think of you daily! Words can not express the pain we are feeling for you in the upcoming days..... Please know we are praying daily and wishing you peace and comfort! Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives! We will keep in touch and miss you lots! Please take care of yourselves and love eachother every minute! Once again I am so sorry for your pain....

love you lots,

The Schilling's

February 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Manda, Jerrame & Ryvr said...

You are in our prayers as you work through this difficult time. Cora is indeed a beautiful little angel!

February 13, 2009 at 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Mamma Rita said...

My heart goes out to your family. I too lost my daughter, Cindy, to cancer 24years ago. She was 21 mths old when diagnosed and just shy of her 3rd B-day when she passed. I know she's in a better place, as I felt her "sole" lift from her body to meet our maker & those loving family members who greeted her! I know that she's in good hands, had I not believed that I could not have let her go.
She too made a huge impact on those who knew her and met her during her illness. Her shyness was always there, but she still made more friends than most people do in a long lifetime. Her courage helped me get through those days that I wondered "Why us God!" Now, all these years later, I know that she was on this earth for a reason. My beautiful,tiny, shy Cindy's impact on many is everlasting.
Please know...the pain gets a little easier with each passing year. The memories get stronger and easier as our lives get back to normal. Most importantly...you never, ever forget them. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her and miss her, but there is happiness in my life along with the tears of memories.
I remember praying to God, Thy will be done, as nothing more could be done for my beautiful child and I accepted it when he took her home, knowing I'll see her again one day. Watch for pennies....I like to believe its a sign from my little angel....telling me that she's watching and always there. May peace be with you and your family.

February 13, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

Praying for God's peace to comfort you. Cora will live on through you and your family.

February 13, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I haven't read your blog in a while. I'm so so so sorry to hear that she's gone. I can't even imagine what you're going through. Honestly, I hope I never can imagine it. A year ago we had a scare with our son, and the doctors ran test after test, only to find there was absolutely nothing wrong with him. But I'm still haunted from seeing him limp from anesthesia, hooked up to IV's, and being rolled away where I wouldn't be able to be with him. I know that God will be with you, that He'll hold you close, and kiss your tears. He loves Cora, and blessed her life with wonderful parents. When you see her next time, she'll be able to be your tour guide to all the beautiful things in heaven that she's been wanting to show to you.

February 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart has been so heavy with grief over the loss of your baby girl. I don't know you, but I weep for you. I cry each time I come here for updates. I will continue to pray for your family and ask Him to hold you close during this incredibly difficult time. I honor your strength, your faith, and your courage. God bless you all.

February 13, 2009 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you are able to find strength in knowing that she is completely healed and in the arms of our Lord. What a true blessing your little angel is. Thank you for sharing her and your story with us. And to remind us all of how precious life is!

February 13, 2009 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

I am one of the many who missed out on meeting Cora in this life but have been impacted to my core by her passing.

May God's strong and loving arms wrap around you both and give you a peace that passes all understanding. Cora's life was a testimony to so many...

February 13, 2009 at 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Lesley said...

My prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Cora is beautiful!

February 13, 2009 at 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Deborah said...

Still praying with love in Ohio...

February 13, 2009 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I think about you and your family everyday. You are truly amazing people. Thanks for sharing your hard yet precious journey with us all. Aren't blogs wonderful? You can reach so many people and touch so many peoples lives.

February 13, 2009 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I think about you and your family everyday. You are truly amazing people. Thanks for sharing your hard yet precious journey with us all. Aren't blogs wonderful? You can reach so many people and touch so many peoples lives.

February 13, 2009 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

I say extra prayers for you every night. Your baby girl has changed me forever and I think of you guys often. Stay strong.

February 13, 2009 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Hank and Mary said...

How can it be that I have never met the two of you?

I feel like I've met you because of your heart and friendship through this blog. You have impacted me so much, my friends at work now know about you and your pain because I was overwhelmed at your journey with Cora at the hospital. Now that Jesus is holding Cora right next to Him, I'm able to share your faith in Him with my co-workers, my daughter in laws...my self.

Your daughter reminds me of our little granddaughter Maisy, full cheeks, full smile like Cora Paige. BTW, I LOVE her name. Your love for her was evident in your everyday posts before she was ever sick. You appreciated her so much, quit working to be with her, loved her during her painful ear aches, let Christmas stuff "go" as you cradled your baby girl in your arms at night. She was blessed to have you both as her parents, to know she was safe and secure at all times.

Now you and your whole family has to go through a time that no one understands unless they have walked your journey before. I don't know your pain, but I can simply try to know it is heart wrenching. I am a complete stranger, yet, I wake up every morning thinking of you and Cora and praying for you.

Memories, they will be so precious.

Love you through Christ,
Mary

February 13, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Keri said...

Jess and Joel,

You don't know me, but I heard your story through a mutual friend, Amanda, and have been following it from the beginning. Like thousands of others I read your blog sunday morning and felt sick to my stomache when I read those five little words.

You have been in my prayers constantly. I listened to the memorial service, and it was absolutely beautiful and God-honoring!
I am so used to checking your blog several times a day for news of Cora that it's been a hard habit to break. I've still been checking even though I know she's gone....almost as though I'm willing it to turn out differently....and she isn't even my daughter. My own daughter is one month younger than Cora, and I look at her every day and can't imagine losing her and the depth of pain you must be experiencing.

Over the past few days the Natalie Grant song "Held" has been coming to mind every time I think about your family and little Cora--which is often.

"This is what it means to be held
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was when everything fell
We'd be held"

My prayer for you is that you feel "held" during this time of immense grief. Thank you for sharing Cora with us, we are forever changed.

February 13, 2009 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger texasinafrica said...

We will continue to pray that the love of Christ will surround you and give you rest. Our family lost a baby four and a half years ago. Please know that the sadness never fully goes away, but the pain fades and God's grace provides. May the peace of Christ be with you.

February 13, 2009 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Lauren Kelly said...

Continuing to pray for you all!!!!! We love you!!!!

February 13, 2009 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I wish there was some magical word or action that I could do to take away your pain. This is the first time I've been to your page and I'm so, so very sorry for what you've both been through. I cannot even imagine how you feel. Here's a hug from Ohio and peace to you both.

February 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM  

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