The Macs

Saturday, June 13, 2009

we wish cora were here to tell you...


Obviously, this is not a secret anymore! We wanted to share with all of you our exciting news. We are so thankful that the Lord has blessed us with another child. We can't wait for our house to be filled with that joy again.

But this announcement comes with so many mixed emotions as it is hard to imagine adding another child to our family without Cora here with us.  She would have been such a good big sister!

We are so thankful for all of our faithful prayer warriors out there! Please continue to pray along with us for a healthy baby Mac. What a miracle this new little life is!

512 Comments:

Blogger The Bordens said...

Congrats, what a blessing. You and your family are in our prayers

June 13, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Your family will remain in my prayers. Cora would be so proud.

June 13, 2009 at 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray!!

June 13, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Bethany said...

I continue to follow along with your story. Congrats on the news of the new baby! My thoughts continue to be with you as I know your hearts are still hurting!

June 13, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is good!

June 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

So happy for you!!

June 13, 2009 at 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Jenny Crosse said...

Congratulations! You are such wonderful parents - your new little baby will be so blessed.

June 13, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger vintage at heart said...

So happy for all of you! Blessings!

June 13, 2009 at 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Shannon said...

What wonderful news to read this morning!!! I grew up as the only surviving child of parents that lost a son. I will tell you that not a day has gone by that I don't know how much my parents love me and that they would do anything in this world for me. You have a unique opportunity to love a child and truly know how precious every moment is. Your child is blessed to have parents that will be able to give them such a gift!! Continuing to pray for you daily!

June 13, 2009 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Brianna said...

That is such awesome news congrats! I also just found out we're having a baby too. So happy to hear this news today :) Take care.

June 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Congratualtions!!!! What wonderful news!

June 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

I am so happy for you. I know it must be bittersweet but this baby is coming into this world and is already loved by so many who know your story. I look forward to all the updates.

June 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger my3sons said...

That is wonderful news!

June 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

I really needed to hear some good new this morning! I am so thankful for this wonderful new life God has blessed you with. Continuing to pray for you all.

June 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger BabyTuck said...

Congratulations! I've read your blog throughout your journey, but have never commented. Your strength is so inspirational! We're praying for a wonderful pregnancy and healthy arrival of your new little one.

June 13, 2009 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Vera said...

Oh, I am in tears for you - CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What a huge blessing! Y'all are definitely still in my daily prayers, and will continue to be.

June 13, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger All Doll(ed) Up said...

YEAH! That made my day reading that!!! I am rushing out to tell Adam now so we can be praying together for this baby!!!

June 13, 2009 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Lindsey Stelly said...

God is so good!
I am just a bawlin' over joyed for ya'll! I follow you constantly (stalker, ha ha) but never have commented! Now is the time!!
I have been praying for you guys so much and am so happy that you will have a new baby!
I know Cora is dancing with those angels and is so excited!
Congratulations BIG SISTER!!

June 13, 2009 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Elle's Mom said...

Congrats! That is such wonderful news!

June 13, 2009 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Abby Johns said...

I am SO excited for you! Congratulations! I will be praying for a smooth pregnancy and a healthy child to bring many smiles to your household. That little baby already has the best guardian angel big sister there is!

June 13, 2009 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yea! My Grandma lost her first baby, Terri, at one. When she died, the doctors told her to get pregnant again, as it would ease the pain a little bit to have a little one in the house. She told me that it helped a ton. Very exiting news! Congrats!

June 13, 2009 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

Congratulations!

June 13, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger PamperingBeki said...

Jess, I'm crying!

Congratulations!!!!!

(that actually crossed my mind when I saw you yesterday. But of course I didn't say anything.)

God bless you guys!

June 13, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger The Rouse House said...

May this baby be like a rainbow for your hearts. A rainbow doesn't mean the storm never happened or that you are not still dealing with its aftermath. It means something beautiful has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides hope. God brings joy in the midst of sorrow.

June 13, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Mandi said...

A new baby is always something to celebrate but I can understand how you would have mixed emotions. Many hugs and prayers sent your way!

June 13, 2009 at 10:16 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

My jaw completely dropped when I read of your great news!! Congrats to you and your family!!! What an amazing blessing! I pray that you have a good pregnancy! Cora will be an amazing big sister!! She's gonna be the best guardian angel!!

Always praying in Nebraska,

Sarah

June 13, 2009 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Devon said...

congrats! i'm so happy for you...and yet i know this is a bittersweet time.

June 13, 2009 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! I imagine that it does come with some sadness but, just imagine how special this baby will also be. She/he will know how much you both love Cora and how she/he will also play an invaluable part in your lives.

Congratulations. My prayers are with you--enjoy every moment.

God is good.

Evelyn in Newport News...

June 13, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Hailey said...

Congratulations! I am so extrememly happy for you guys!
Continued prayers in NC!

June 13, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Brittany said...

So thrilled for you over in Texas!

This baby is going to have an amazing sister watching over him/her in Heaven!

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

Congratulations! I am crying tears of joy for you. I will pray everyday for this little miracle and that your heart continues to heal.

The Hunecke Family
Batavia Il

June 13, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

You and your family will be in my prayers. I can imagine this is hard to open a new chapter in your life without Cora here to celbrate with you. Know she is with you! Congrats on your upcoming journey!

June 13, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Laura Fiegel said...

Oh I am in tears for you both. I am so happy and excited to hear that you are expecting! I can only imagine how bittersweet this must be but know that Cora and God sent this baby to the two of you because they both know how good of parents you are! This little one already has his/her guardian angel in heaven. Take care and I can't wait to see your updates throughout your pregnancy - I am due on January 1 - so it will be neat to see how things are progressing for you!!

CONGRATS AGAIN AND AGAIN!

June 13, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Brigid said...

That made my entire day! So happy for all of you!!! I just know that Cora picked out someone very special!!!

June 13, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Mission of mamahood said...

Congratulations! I look forward to the updates! I know Cora is very excited in her playground above.

June 13, 2009 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger forever folding laundry said...

Congratulations!! Such a blessing and great new year gift. :) Will still be praying for you.

~Keri

June 13, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Kelli said...

Congratulations!!! We will be praying and thinking about you! We are due in february with our 2nd and it'll be fun to hear all about your pregnancy when I'm not to far behind you! I'm so happy for the THREE of you! Cora is smiling down from Heaven and she is just as excited as you are! What a blessing!

June 13, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger kati said...

congrats! what extra-special news. wish you all the best!

June 13, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh my heart just skipped a beat! Congratulations! I can only imagine how bittersweet you must be feeling! I am so happy for you guys, and I just know you'll love having the sound of baby in your home again! My prayers are always with you!
Hugs and prayers,
Heather~ On the Homefront

June 13, 2009 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Trinity said...

Praise God! May you be blessed with a pregnancy filled with love and hopefulness. Cora will be a wonderful big sister, watching and guarding from heavens light.

June 13, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

Ahhh! That is the happiest news I have heard in a long time! I can hardly wait for January to come so we can meet this sweet little spirit the Lord is sending to your family! I am so, so happy for you!

I can just picture Cora up in heaven giving her new little brother or sister the run down of Mac living! "Mom really likes it when you do this, and dad laughs when you do this, and make sure you sleep through the night because they BOTH REALLY like that!"

So fun! I hope that pregnancy is treating you well and that you aren't feeling too sick or fatigued! We will keep you and that little one in our prayers!

June 13, 2009 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Oh wow!! Congratulations!! What a true blessing!

June 13, 2009 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Jennifer W. said...

Oh Jess I am SO happy for you. Tears sprang to my eyes and my heart leapt when I saw the news. And what a beautiful picture of Cora! I know her little brother or sister will know her very well!!

June 13, 2009 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Congrats on your new little blessing. Your family is in my prayers.

June 13, 2009 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Melanieshea said...

WOOOHOOO!!!!! I am sooooo happy for you!!!!!!
Hugs!

June 13, 2009 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger blessedmomto7 said...

Too awesome for words! Blessings to you and your little Mac!

June 13, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Aimee Bakke said...

God is so very good! Congrats!!

June 13, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations!!

Many blessings to all.
Denise

June 13, 2009 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Lorrie said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations!! I have never commented on your blog but have followed throughout your journey. Your loss has made me look at my life and family in a different way, and for that I thank you for sharing your heart and your sweet Cora with us. What a great way to start the weekend, first I finally got a Cora shirt for my daughter and now your great announcement. Thanks again for sharing and please know we will pray for you and for a healthy baby. God is good!

June 13, 2009 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger mandie said...

congratulations, sweet mama!!!

June 13, 2009 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Thank you Jesus for this new gift of life! Praising and rejoicing with you! And praying for you...

June 13, 2009 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Congratulations! That is so awesome!

June 13, 2009 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Dina Ross said...

I have happy chills and tears of joy for you all at the same time. This is the first time I've commented on your blog and let me tell you what a gift from God both Cora and YOU are:-)
I am so so so so happy for you:-) The best news!!!! Congrats to you and your family:-)

June 13, 2009 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

Joel & Jess,

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Seriously, I was just thinking about this. I know this time will be bittersweet for you - it is exciting but, of course, you want to share it with little Cora.

Nothing in this world will ever replace Cora, but I pray this new blessing from God will ease the pain in your hearts a little.

What a lucky child this will be - you two have SO much love to offer!

Praising God with you,
Christy Klein

June 13, 2009 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

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June 13, 2009 at 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Courtney said...

I am so excited for you guys. What a true blessing from God. I know that this does not take away the hurt your feeling but, it does bring good joy. YEAH GOD!
Congrats again
Courtney

June 13, 2009 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Congrats! Wishing & praying for a healthy pregnancy for you.

June 13, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Maddie's Mommy said...

Congratulations!! I have been following your blog since right after your little girl became an angel and have cried as if I knew her she is so beautiful. (and I cried when I saw this post also) I am so excited for you :) ...I hope you continue to let us follow your journey. And I also can't wait to see Cora's finished playground!

June 13, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I am another faithful reader that has never commented- but HAD to comment to tell you how overjoyed I am for your family! What a wonderful blessing! You and your family remain in my prayers :)

June 13, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Henry said...

Yaaaaaaay!!! :) So happy for this wonderful news! :) I'm due in January as well! I hope you haven't been sick this week! (I definitely have!)

I'll be praying for you!

June 13, 2009 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Micah said...

Yeah, yeah, YEAH!!! What wonderful news. God is so good to shower blessings on the broken hearted. *praying*

June 13, 2009 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Candice said...

Congratulations...what a blessing. We know your new bundle will never replace your Cora, but what a blessing to have your house filled with the love, fun, and giggles of a baby again. Love and prayers.

June 13, 2009 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I am sooooo happy for you. I have read your blog throughout your journey and have never commented. When I saw your post this morning, I just teared up. You and your husband are so brave to choose to move forward like this. I am so proud of your family! Your faith in Christ is so evident!

June 13, 2009 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Livesays said...

Oh Jess!
I'm so excited and happy for you and Joel!! As you are to Cora, you will be wonderful parents to this new baby! We will continue our prayers for you and add an extra plea for a healthy pregnancy and baby! I actually said to Doug when we saw you at Arby's that I thought you might be expecting. SO thrilled for you!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

June 13, 2009 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Oh my goodness, congratulations!! That is SO exciting!! I will keep praying for you guys. I can understand the mixed emotions. I know that is so, so, so hard. Praying!

June 13, 2009 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) said...

Awwwwww, Jess, that's great! Congrats to you, Joel, and Cora! I bet your folks are super excited! Take care and take it easy, hon!

*much hugs*

June 13, 2009 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Congratulations! Such wonderful news!

June 13, 2009 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Congrats! This news has brought tears to my eyes. We will continue to pray for you and Cora's new little sibling on the way. I'm sure it will be a journey with lots of emotions. Keep clinging to Jesus. You are such an amazing example of this to me. Thanks for sharing your pain and joys. We are very excited for you and Joel.

June 13, 2009 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Carter said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you!! What wonderful news!

June 13, 2009 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Many blessings and best wishes in Jesus' name. May the sweet overwhlem the bitter, and may the Lord bless you with a healthy and happy little one who will carry Cora in his/her heart along with you and your hubby.

June 13, 2009 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

many congratulations!! so happy for you :)

June 13, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Bambi said...

OMG what wonderful news. Congrats to you both.

June 13, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger mandie lane said...

Congratulations!

June 13, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Such wonderful news!!! Our God is so GOOD!!

June 13, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

Congrats! That is great news! So bittersweet but so still so good. Praise God! :)

June 13, 2009 at 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you! What a lucky baby to have a sweet angel always looking out for him (or her!)!!

June 13, 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger The Morris Family said...

Praise the Lord that the "thousands in Israel" are on their way....I can understand the joy and sorrow all mixed together, its that way in my heart too, sorrow that Joel i snot here, yet rejoicing that we have 12 other blessings here with us. May He grant a blessed pregnancy and give grace each moment. He will....

Cindy

June 13, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Melissa Abby said...

How exciting! Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby!

June 13, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger i love plum said...

congrats to you!!! that is wonderful! as always, praying. xo

June 13, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Sarah Furlough said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Many prayers for a long and healthy pregnancy!

June 13, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Oh how wonderful! I'll definitely be praying : )

June 13, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anne said...

Rejoicing with tears of joy!! What a gift!!

June 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

OH MY!!! Tears came to my eyes when I read your blog today. Congrats!! God is watching over you both and Cora, your little angel in heaven is watching. Such a blessing......I remember the joy, yet saddness when I found out that I was pregnant with my second daughter after loosing her older sister in an accident. And I want you guys to know that I am still praying for you guys!!!!!

June 13, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Cori said...

Congratulations! I'm sure it is so bittersweet. *hugs*

June 13, 2009 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

YAY Congrats to the Macs! Cora would be so proud. Can't wait to follow the journey of your new little one!

June 13, 2009 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Jenae said...

Congratulations!!!! We are so excited for you guys. I'm sure Cora is celebrating with Jesus this amazing news!

June 13, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I am so very happy for you! I pray God's blessings on your sweet little family .. I'm sure your sweet Cora is smiling down on you guys and is so excited for you! Sending you plenty of hugs and prayers! :)

June 13, 2009 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Trisha Larson said...

So happy for you.

Please pray for us as well. We've been trying again for 14 months and God keeps saying no. It's been so hard to lose Nate and AND struggle with the inability to have another.

Hugs,
Trisha

June 13, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger The Snyders said...

Congratulations!! I am so excited for you. Cora would be so happy. She will be looking over her little brother or sister!

June 13, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger mark and missy said...

Congratulations! Tears are filling my eyes as I type - I bet Cora's running around all over heaven with excitement that she's going to be a BIG sister! I'll pray for a healthy happy pregnancy for you - thanks for sharing such wonderfully good news!

June 13, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger sewbusy said...

I can not say how happy we are for you!! We were blessed with another baby about a year after we lost our son and it was truely the most healing thing for us. WHAT A BLESSING!!!! And you are due the same month as I am!!! It will be fun to count the weeks along with you! We will continue to pray for you both!

June 13, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger ml said...

Oh my goodness! I teared up a little when I read that. I am so happy for you and I am still praying for your family. I hope everything goes perfectly.

June 13, 2009 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Nelson's Mama said...

I too have been following your journey but have never commented either - I've been wishing this for you for a long time and am overjoyed by your news today!

I'll keep you in my prayers...

June 13, 2009 at 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Amazning news...yay God! He IS so good.

June 13, 2009 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Gene and Annie said...

Congratulations! I am sure it is so bittersweet. Blessings to you guys at this time!

June 13, 2009 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Rachel E. said...

Oh my goodness! I am so, so excited for you both!

June 13, 2009 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Barclay Kathryn said...

Oh I am SO excited to hear this about this wonderful news for you and your hubby! : ) It will make Cora so happy to see you happy and snuggling another little bundle I'm sure!

June 13, 2009 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Lauren Kelly said...

That is soooooo wonderful! Congratulations!!!!

June 13, 2009 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Jane In The Jungle said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for all of you!

June 13, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

Congratulations! What a blessing!

June 13, 2009 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Nina Diane said...

Congrats..this is such a blessing.

June 13, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger amy said...

CONGRATULATIONS! i had hoped you would be blessed soon with a little bundle of joy! :) i will continue to pray for all of you...

hugs,
amy

June 13, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Sherre said...

Oh this does my heart good! I've been following your blog for many months now and think of your family often. We drove through Kansas in March on our way to my husband's family in Nebraska and the whole time I kept thinking of you and your family. I want my daughter to have a Cora dress so badly and one day I know she will (if I can just get quicker). Just know that I am praying for you daily from Lubbock, Texas! Congrats on the new addition. I just know that sweet Cora is holding him/her tight until arrival day!

June 13, 2009 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger The Wildes said...

What wonderful news! Happy, happy day!

June 13, 2009 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Congratulations! What really beautiful news! I've been following your blog for a while now, and am always inspired and blessed by your strength. God will continue to strengthen y'all through this most awesome blessing.:)

June 13, 2009 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger kbaitinger said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Joel!

June 13, 2009 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Littlest Learners said...

MANY MANY CONGRATS!!!

June 13, 2009 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Awww....congrats! :)

June 13, 2009 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Congrats! I am so happy for you and your family, although I know this is bittersweet for you all. Cora will be a big sister from Heaven!

June 13, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Congratulations!!! Much love and prayers are being sent your way!

June 13, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger The Dolezal Family said...

This makes me so happy! Congrats! I hope everything goes perfect for you guys.

And Cora will always be a big sister. Just like my mom is still a grandma to her grandkids she never met.

June 13, 2009 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger The Hopkins Home said...

Celebrating with you in Michigan! We will pray for a healthy little addition to your family. Congratulations!

June 13, 2009 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Amber Bradley said...

Congrats! She will be such a great sister. She will be watching over her baby brother or sister until they enter this world and while they are here! SO happy for you!

June 13, 2009 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger wicker0407 said...

I am so thrilled for you.What a wonderful blessing the Lord has bestowed upon you. Congratulations!! I am sure Cora is looking down from heaven and is so happy. Lots of prayers and love from California!
Summer

June 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Kim, Aaron, Jake, Jack and Baby #3 said...

Once again, checking your blog, having never met you. I have been hoping to see a post like this soon...and am so thankful it is now there! I will be thinking and praying for your sweet family and this new little life. What a blessing...and Cora will be a blessing to this little one's life in ways no one else ever can. So happy for yall.
Kim - Abilene, TX

June 13, 2009 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Courtney and the Boys said...

I'm in tears. I thought you were going to make this announcement when I saw your last post title, "It's Out"! I'm beyond thrilled for you guys and wish you a healthy pregnancy!!!!

June 13, 2009 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

Rejoicing with you!! Praise God.

June 13, 2009 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Congrats. You will have a special little angel watching over all three of you.

June 13, 2009 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Oh geez...I'm crying my head off! I've been praying and praying and praying that Jesus would bless you guys with a new baby!!! I know that nothing will ever, ever fill the void Cora left in your lives, but I know that Jesus wants your home to be filled with JOY! I pray that your mind will begin to be filled with dreams and thought of this new baby. I pray that this will soften the ache of missing Cora! And I can't wait to hear about the names you're thinking of! I just love Cora's name! I think I might need a little Cora of my own one day.
I'm praying for you Jess and Joel and rejoicing!

June 13, 2009 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

That's wonderful, guys! You are (obviously!) fantastic parents and the Lord is so good to give you this special blessing. I'm sure this new journey will have it's bittersweet moments but we will all be praying for you and I'm already loving this new baby!

June 13, 2009 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I am so happy for you guys, and I am sure Cora will be looking down upon you, beaming and filled with love.

June 13, 2009 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger carmen said...

That is so exciting, Jess! Congrats from the Classens!

June 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Krystal said...

I'm teary-eyed with bittersweet joy for you. Yes, how especially hard it must be to not have Cora with you right now. I'll keep praying for you!

June 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tears come to my eyes with this news. Congratulations to you and your family.

June 13, 2009 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

oh i am SO excited for you! many many many congrats! blessings on this new little one!!!

June 13, 2009 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Oh my goodness! I am all teary eyed because I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU! That is the best news I have heard in a long time. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

June 13, 2009 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Oh, I could have cried reading this! Congratulations--you'll be in my prayers.

June 13, 2009 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger leel said...

wow - my spidey senses perked up when you first mentioned the job you love most of all, being a mom, and hoping to be one day have the chance to do it again. i am so happy for the both of you.

yes, it will be emotional, but Cora would have wanted it this way too! hope you are feeling healthy and and can find the pace to feel excited about this new chapter!

life is amazing, isn't it?
hugs!

June 13, 2009 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger The Gava Family said...

Congratulations.

June 13, 2009 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Chens said...

Congrats! We will be praying for a healthy new addition.

June 13, 2009 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Missy Locklear said...

oh wow, congratulations!! what a blessing! Happy and Healthy 9 months to you!

June 13, 2009 at 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!!! God is so good!! What a huge blessing!!! I prayed for you guys many times thru out Cora's illness and have since as God has brought you to mind.

June 13, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Congratulations!! What a blessing this sweet babe is and will continue to be. I am so very happy for you.

June 13, 2009 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger PunkRockChic said...

I happened upon your blog a few weeks ago and have been following, but this is my first time commenting. Firstly, I am so sorry for your loss =( I am also a mother, so I know what having a child and loving a child is like, but I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through.
Secondly, CONGRATULATIONS on your pregnancy! You and your new little blessing will be in my prayers =)

June 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

Yea! Praying for you guys as you enter into this new season.

Hugs & Prayers from WA,

The Boisselle Family

June 13, 2009 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Tyler and Gillian said...

Congratulations, Jess and Joel! I can't imagine all the conflicting emotions going on (especially will all the pregnancy hormones added in!), but I am so happy for you! Praying for a safe and healthy mom and baby!

June 13, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Congratulations and prayers for a happy and healthy pregnancy and baby! This is such wonderful news!

June 13, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Kristin Stegent said...

That is so awesome! I am so absolutely happy for you! And definitely praying for a healthy baby Mac! I can't imagine all the emotions you may feel through this, and I think Cora would have been such a great big sister! Wow...I was hoping you would have more kids because you seem like a meant to be mommy and daddy. You are beautiful parents!

June 13, 2009 at 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!
The new baby and you two will always have Angel Cora watching over, and that is AMAZING!!!!

June 13, 2009 at 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What fantastic news...today I cry tears of joy for you! What an awesome GOD we have. When is this bundle of joy due?
What a fantastic set of parents this wonderful addition will be getting.
Will continue to think and pray for you all.

Kim

June 13, 2009 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Those Crazy Clarks!!! said...

congratulations!!!!! i am so excited for you!!!!!!!

June 13, 2009 at 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should have read it closer and I would have seen that this wonderful new addition is due in Jan. :)
Keep us up todate please...

Kim

June 13, 2009 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Kristi REDISKE said...

Congratulations-what great news. I loved the way you announced it also letting Cora give out the big news-wow-we will pray for you, for your health and the health of the new baby. We will trust God in this.

June 13, 2009 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger The Browns said...

Congratulations! I've been following your blog for a while now & my heart just goes out to all of you. I'm due with our first in January & we are very excited :) God Bless
Bonnie

June 13, 2009 at 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! You have so many people thinking and praying for you...some you know and some you don't.

June 13, 2009 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Anais said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

I've read your blog for a while now and cry everytime. Today, I cried tears of happiness for your family. May God bless your family and the new little addition! This little baby will have an extra angel looking over them!

June 13, 2009 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger The little things said...

Cora will be an amazing sister looking out from up abover over her sibling! I am crying tears of joy for your fabulous family! loving and praising God right along side of you!

June 13, 2009 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Congratulations! God is so good! You will be in my paryers as you prepare for a new stage in life!

June 13, 2009 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I'm so happy for you!!! Crying tears of joy for you both right now!

June 13, 2009 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AHHHHHHhhhhh! I'm so overjoyed for your family!!!!! What a blessing. God is so GOOD! Congrats!
~Nichole in Tulsa

June 13, 2009 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger athans' family said...

I have tears streaming down my face with happiness for you! What a blessing!

June 13, 2009 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Congratulations!! And Cora will be an excellent big sister from up above.

I am expecting my second baby - we lost our first 19 months ago. I have felt my boy watching over his little sister the whole time. This new baby of yours has her own personal angel! :)

June 13, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger The Costellos said...

I've never left a comment before, though I've often felt prompted to. This is such exciting news!! Many blessings for a healthy pregnancy!!!!

June 13, 2009 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger The Gunters said...

This is wonderful news!!! I continue to pray for you and your husband every night. Congratulations!
Lane Gunter

June 13, 2009 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I can't remember how I came upon your blog.... I've been following it for awhile. I know I don't know you, but I feel like I know a little piece of you and your life. It makes me sad that I came across your blog out of tragedy, but I've learned so much in a short time. Strength comes from many places and I feel all our strength comes straight from God. Through this you have showed incredible strength....in a difficult time you choice to cling to God. Even though it didn't make sense what happened, you and your dh continued to believe. I believe God is the only way to get through a difficult time. So....in all that rambling.....I want to tell you how have happy I am for you! God will bless you for your faithfulness.

Love,
Missy

June 13, 2009 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger L ~ S said...

I love the picture you made for the announcement! I am so happy for your blessing!

June 13, 2009 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen said...

A blessing from above! So excited to share in your enjoyment! Your family and baby Mac will be in my daily prayers!

June 13, 2009 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

Alleluia! Congratulations all the way from wintery, chilly Australia to you all. I am just so thrilled that God is sending another precious gift to your beautiful family.

With a big hug and our love and prayers.

June 13, 2009 at 5:21 PM  
OpenID teasinglydiverse said...

I've been continuing to follow along with your story since the link was passed along to me earlier this year.

I just wanted to wish you a HEARTY congratulations!!

June 13, 2009 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger MICHELE said...

Jess and Joel, Congrats!!!!!!!! My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you as you begin this new life.

June 13, 2009 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger me and my boys said...

i am SOOOOO excited for you guys !!!! many prayers for a great pregnancy and healthy baby !!!!!

June 13, 2009 at 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Sheryl from Colorado said...

We are so happy for the gift of life that the Lord has blessed you with. Looks like I will be adding a new name on that bracelet of yours. Our prayers of joy are with you!

June 13, 2009 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Could not be more EXCITED for you and your family! Praise God for this new miracle, this new life! Cora is proud, I'm sure. :) CONGRATULATIONS!

June 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

I just cant really understand how the Lord works, I have never met you but in following your blog I feel like your are part of my family . I just read this post and just started weeping tears of joy . I am so happy for you and Joel . Blessings, robin cotton

June 13, 2009 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger dg darling said...

So happy for you! I will be praying...

June 13, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Awe- I don't even know you but I'm so teary eyes reading your news. I pray you will have a happy healthy and long pregnancy.

Although your new little on won't ever take Cora's place, it will help fill up your hole in your heart.

I've buried two of my children and having another baby to fill the void is like God holding your hand and telling you it's going to be alright. He's got our backs.

God Bless,
Jen

June 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger singing mama said...

So very happy and excited for you all!! We will be praying for this new life and all the mixed emotions that you will be walking thru these coming months.

Luv singingmama

June 13, 2009 at 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY!!! I'm so happy for you guys! What a blessing to your family. I'll be praying for you and hubby.
LinMarie in Fl

June 13, 2009 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

congrats!!! so wonderful! I know Cora had a hand in your new blessings!

June 13, 2009 at 6:09 PM  
Anonymous macalla said...

That is such great news to hear! congratulations!

June 13, 2009 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Oh! Oh! Oh!

Sitting here just bawling, so thankful and thrilled for you. Praying!

God bless you!

Joanne

June 13, 2009 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger beth said...

As I read your post I smiled & cried. I am so Happy for you both to have something to Rejoice in! Now sending up prayers for all 4 of you!

June 13, 2009 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Kylie, Jesse and Asher said...

How wonderful!!! A little life growing inside of you...God is good. Thanks for sharing the great news!

June 13, 2009 at 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Tonya said...

Congratulations! I hope that this little one brings you as much joy as Cora has....Hugs.

June 13, 2009 at 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Traci Thiesen said...

Oh my gosh Jess! Congratulations!!! I have been praying for you and Joel to be blessed with another little one and I couldn't be more happy for you to have this prayer answered!

Traci Thiesen

June 13, 2009 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

What a beautiful blessing for all of you. May this little baby be blessed with good health. You all will stay in my prayers.

June 13, 2009 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Beav's Wife said...

what wonderful news!!!! congratulations!!!

June 13, 2009 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I am SO happy for you two :)
This little baby will bring you so much joy :)
Cora will always be there with you .
Congratulation

June 13, 2009 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

God is FAITHFUL! God bless you and your family!

June 13, 2009 at 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

I have been praying for you to have a baby to fill your empty arms!
This is very exciting!

June 13, 2009 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger k and c's mom said...

This is the happiest of news! So overjoyed for you. God is so good.

June 13, 2009 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger dmeryan said...

I am just thrilled for you and your family. A new baby is such a joy - a reminder of all the good and wonderful things in life. Cora will still be a wonderful big sister - and a perfect guardian angel too. Congratulations!!

June 13, 2009 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous mandi @ it's come to this said...

I am truly so very happy for you & your family!!! I can only empathize with the mixed emotions but rejoice in your happiness!! The announcement card is adorable:)

June 13, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger MomMom said...

I am so happy for you and your family. I do know this must be bittersweet and you're filled with mixed emotions, but God is so good to bless you with a baby sister/brother for Cora. I will be praying for you and this pregnancy. Will you please email me if you have a second? I have a question to ask you that I'd rather not ask on the comment form. (It's not negative at all but something that I'd like to ask about your pregnancy since you're about as far along as someone I know.) I looked for your email address on your blog but either missed it or it's not there. Thanks--again, so happy and praying for you. LZ7780@cox.net

June 13, 2009 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Praise GOD!!! He is faithful!

June 13, 2009 at 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Nicole B. said...

That is so exciting! God bless you and your family! You guys will be in my prayers!

June 13, 2009 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Shanda said...

Oh my goodness! CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy for you all. Cora is looking down on you from heaven elated that she is going to be a big sister. I'm guessing she is going to have a baby brother. You will remain in my prayers.

June 13, 2009 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Staci said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and I know Cora will be watching over you and her new baby brother or sister.

June 13, 2009 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger the*4*of*us said...

Congratulations!!!!! Oh, how this baby will be blessed with stories of his/her big sister!!!
Praying for a healthy pregnancy!

June 13, 2009 at 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Stacy Lord said...

Jess and Joel,
Congratulations! I was so happy for you both that I almost burst into tears of joy when I read your announcement. What wonderful news! What a beatiful family for this little one to join. Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!

June 13, 2009 at 8:02 PM  
OpenID KeesMomi said...

I am soooooo happy for you!! I have prayed so hard that God would bless you with another baby this summer. Not that any baby would ever replace sweet Cora; not that it would take away the pain of losing her. But that you would again have joy and hope in your lives with a new little life. Thank you God! I will be praying that you and baby will be safe and well!

June 13, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Congratulations! =)

June 13, 2009 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Charity said...

I am so happy for your family. The Lord is AWESOME!!! Congratulations.

June 13, 2009 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Ethansmom08 said...

Congrats on your new little blessing...the announcement on your blog with Cora is just SO adorable, what a precious angel and now a big sister to be!

Many prayers for your whole family!
Sara

June 13, 2009 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Our Life in Pixels said...

I know there is a lot of comments and you might not see mine, but oh my soul, my heart is thrilled to pieces for you guys. This baby will be such a much needed balm on your hearts! God is so good to give us just what we need! God bless, Sarah

June 13, 2009 at 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Congratulations to all of you!! Tears of all kinds are just pouring out of my eyes. I will be praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy.

June 13, 2009 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Praise God! I am so very happy for you! I think of you almost every day. We are also having a baby Mac of our own, arriving in October, so I will be fervently praying for you!

June 13, 2009 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger rachel vaughn said...

congratulations! we will be praying for this new baby and you.

June 13, 2009 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thank you for sharing and what a perfect way to announce it!!!

June 13, 2009 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I'm so happy for you. I've cried so many times reading your blog. So glad they're happy tears this time!

June 13, 2009 at 8:44 PM  

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