The Macs

Thursday, July 30, 2009

twenty-nine



Happy Birthday Joel!

I know you would love to have Cora here

to blow out your candles with you today.

I wish so much that she was here to do that too.

She would have wanted to give her daddy a giant birthday hug...

and a high five, just like you taught her.



I hope today you know how much you are loved...

by so many!

67 Comments:

Blogger Amber Ellis said...

God love that man. I hope he has a wonderful birthday. I know it is hard to feel like it is a blessing, but God put him on this earth for a reason.

I hope you both have a great day :)

July 30, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger A said...

You guys have such beautiful life-moment pictures of you and Cora!! I hope his birthday celebration is fun, even as Cora is in Heaven right now :) That is so cute he taught her high-five...I want to teach my little one that...whenever he/she gets here!

July 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

Happy Birthday Joel!!! I hope your day is wonderfully blessed!

July 30, 2009 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger PamperingBeki said...

Happy birthday Joel!

Cora's high five-ing everyone in heaven today. With her chubby little dimpled hands.

God bless you guys!

July 30, 2009 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger rentz said...

Happy birthday, Joel! We continue to pray for you two. And your new little one.

I asked Jake, after we saw you at the wedding, if he knew you were having a baby. His eyes lit up and he said, "She is?" with a big smile on his face. He then told me if he could pick two teachers for next year he would pick you and Tobi. You're still a favorite!

July 30, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
OpenID shepherdsgrace said...

May God bless him in a particular way to day that strengthens and encourages him...

blessings...

July 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Clare Z. said...

Happy Birthday Joel!!!
May the Lord continue to bless you now on your very special day and always!

July 30, 2009 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Happy birthday, Joel. I know the one person you wish were here is not...but know sweet Cora is smiling on you today.

Hugs and prayers from Indiana.

July 30, 2009 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger The Sweigart Family said...

Happy Birthday, Joel. We are blessed by your sweet memories of Cora. May God's love comfort you today.

July 30, 2009 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

Happy Birthday Joel. I hope your day is full of love and happiness! You are one amazing man!

July 30, 2009 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

happy birthday to joel! happy birthday to joel! happy birthday mister jooooeeeeel! happy birthday to you! (just be thankful i wrote it instead of 'blessing' you by singing it!) :)

July 30, 2009 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Susy said...

Happy Birthday Joel. What a beautiful picture. May God bless Cora up in heaven.

July 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Happy Birthday, Joel!

July 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

haapy bday to your sweet husband!

July 30, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I love that in that picture there is a reflection of you as you smile at the loves of your life while you take their picture. It looks as though you are looking down on them just the same as Cora is looking down on the two of you today- with all the love in your heart. I hope Joel's birthday is blessed, and that in the deep sorrow, joy and peace will overcome him this day. Prayers for you always...

July 30, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Elle's Mom said...

Happy Birthday Joel!

What a beautiful picture of Daddy and Cora. Thinking of you and your family.

July 30, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Lauren Kelly said...

Awww, happy birthday!!!! :) And I know you'll be celebrating it with Cora in spirit!

July 30, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Kendall Smith said...

29???? WOah!! That's old!!!!!! :-)

July 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger The Hams said...

Happy Birthday Joel!

July 30, 2009 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Happy birthday to one of the best husbands and fathers I can think of! :)

July 30, 2009 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Marla Taviano said...

Happy 29th Birthday, Joel! That picture of you and Cora is PRICELESS!

July 30, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOEL!

Kim

July 30, 2009 at 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

That is such a sweet picture. A treasure for sure.

Happy Birthday, Joel. We hope you have a wonderful day.

You are definitely loved by so many, even us strangers. We are keeping you in our daily prayers.

Love and Hugs to both of you.

July 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger purejoy said...

what a sweet picture and memory. hope his birthday is a day marked by family and joy.

July 30, 2009 at 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

WOW!! I just noticed after looking at the picture a second time, that Jess's reflection is in there too. LOVE THAT!!

July 30, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Jane In The Jungle said...

Happy Birthday Joel,
And enjoy a year full of promises and love.

July 30, 2009 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger The Bohrer's said...

Joel - happy birthday! I hear you almost got to share it with a new nephew!

Heidi

July 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Robin in Benton said...

Happy Birthday - Blessings on you today. I know that Cora is smiling down at you and giving you those high fives!

Hope you both have a good day - and remember that Cora wants to see you happy!


Hugs

July 30, 2009 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Happy Birthday Joel!

July 30, 2009 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger The Boccias said...

Happy birthday, Joel!

July 30, 2009 at 2:53 PM  
OpenID ryanandlindsay said...

Well, Kendall said what I was going to say. :) Happy Birthday Joel! If you need some youngsters to help you celebrate, let Ryan and I know. We can show you how its done.

July 30, 2009 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

That is such a great photo! Happy Birthday!!

July 30, 2009 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Sew Many Ideas, So Little Time said...

One summer I had the opportunity to drive my friend Avis around to small churches to preach. (Avis was 87 at the time and the wife of an Assembly of God pastor for over 60 years.) As the day got closer to the day her husband passed away I wondered how she would respond. She surprised us all by raising her hands announcing at the beginning of the sermon, that this was Chester's first anniversary in heaven and what a wonderful day it was, I am focusing on what a time he is having in heaven with Our Savior!!!I keep her message close to my heart as I remember my sister who went to be with the Lord last January. Yesterday was the first time I read your blog about baby Cora, it was sad and painful, but what a spiritual legacy she left!!!These days are difficult, always the first events without them are hard,but Cora lives on! She just beat us to heaven! Happy Birthday Joel, Numbers 6:24 Barbara G.

July 30, 2009 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Happy Birthday Brother! We love you and wish Cora was here today to celebrate with you too.

Hope you are having a great birthday meal today...even if it isn't fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy! :-)

July 30, 2009 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Happy Birthday Joel! Hope you have a great one!

July 30, 2009 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Misty Rice said...

I didn't even need to read the post before the tears started falling. Just seeing that photo, my heart broke in pieces all over again. Oh how painful it is to see and hear the sadness your hearts have.

Happy Birthday, Joel.

God Bless

July 30, 2009 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger me and my boys said...

happy birthday joel ! still praying for you guys !

July 30, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger wicker0407 said...

Happy Birthday Joel! Your family continues to be in my prayers I hope this next year proves to be amazing for you. God Bless!
Summer & Family in California

July 30, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Trasie Bressler said...

God must be so proud. Happy Birthday to Cora's daddy and I'm sure she is smiling up above as you blow out those candles.

Many Many Blessings!

July 30, 2009 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

What an adorable picture of the two of them!

Wishing your hubby a happy day!!
Denise

July 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Happy birthday, Joel! Even strangers like me think you are an incredible pillar of strength, and a true man of God.

July 30, 2009 at 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Karina said...

As one other reader pointed out, that is an amazing picture of the THREE of you! That is how Cora is now, I suppose, like an image in a mirror, on another plane - except that you don't see her (I had to look twice - I didn't notice Jess the first time!).

Happy birthday, Joel, you are a strong and inspiring father.

July 30, 2009 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Kristi REDISKE said...

Happy Birthday Joel. What a wonderful picture of you and Cora-what a sweet memory. Praying for you especially today.

July 30, 2009 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Autumn said...

Happy Birthday Joel!

That picture is so precious but breaks my heart that his sweet baby isn't here to celebrate with him.

July 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Allen and Debby Graber said...

29? Wow! Congratulations, to a dear Daddy and a man of God! What a precious picture! Thanks for posting it!

July 30, 2009 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

That is such an adoranle picture, treasure that forever. I hope to both had a good day celebrate Joel's day.

July 31, 2009 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger The Moffats said...

Happy Birthday, Joel. Know that you are soooo loved...especially by the Moffats! Wishing this birthday was as precious as your last but realizing the heartache that comes along with it. Praying for you...and Jess...and thanking God for your life and all the people you have touched so deeply.

July 31, 2009 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Happy birthday, Joel. I don't know you, but think of your family so much. I hope that your birthday went OK, it's these special occassions that are the hardest to deal with. I am sure that you had a wonderful day in any event!

Sue

July 31, 2009 at 2:59 AM  
Blogger Miranda said...

Happy Birthday, Joel! Hope he has a wonderful birthday!

July 31, 2009 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Micah said...

Happy birthday, Joel. I'm sure it's not your best birthday ever, but may God give you an extra measure of peace and comfort this day to help you get through. I'll say an extra prayer for you all today.

July 31, 2009 at 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when you were born. Your family was so excited to have a boy -- and it was 112 degrees that day. You have brought so much happiness to your family and you have inspired all of us in the way in which you have leaned on God. It seems that the more one depends upon the Lord, the more strength one has.
I hope your birthday is happy.
The picture is amazing and brought a flood of tears to my eyes.
praying for you so often.

July 31, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Toni :O) said...

Happy Belated Birthday...hope it was wonderful and there is lots to look forward to with new baby Mac on the way. Be blessed!

July 31, 2009 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

I hope your husband had a great birthday!!

July 31, 2009 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

Happy birthday Joel! You share the exact same birthday as my husband, who also turned 29 yesterday. I hope your next year is a blessing for you.

July 31, 2009 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Happy Birthday Joel!!!!

July 31, 2009 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Townsend Crew said...

God, Father to us all, we know you share Joel's pain. You gave your Son to us and know the pain of watching your child in pain. Lift the pain and burden that Joel feels and hold him close to your heart.... and lift up Jess, as she cares for and tries to heal the man that she loves and tries to heal her own spirit. Keep them strong on their journey together.

July 31, 2009 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

July 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger meg duerksen said...

happy birthday joel!!!!
hope you are relaxing right now! you deserve some down time. have fun!
it's your birthday!
in your honor i will have two desserts tonight! :)

July 31, 2009 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Happy Birthday to an amazing Daddy and super husband!!!

July 31, 2009 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

Happy (late) Birthday to Joel!!! I hope you were able to enjoy it, you sound like a guy who deserves it!!

July 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Savanna said...

What a beautiful photo....and Jess's reflection in the mirror is just so tender. I think of your family often. happy birthday!

July 31, 2009 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Savanna said...

Your family is just so sweet and tender! Happy birthday Joel!
I think of you often.

--check out my blog at grits-savanna.blogspot.com

July 31, 2009 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Team Martins said...

happy birthday to man whose strength comes across the screen so beautifully! hope you all got a chance to hold each other extra tight.

thank you for being such inspirations to us all.

August 1, 2009 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Krystal said...

You have been on my mind all day long, so I thought I should drop you a note. I'm praying for you!


Happy Belated Birthday, Joel!

August 1, 2009 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh goodness, Hurts my Heart!

Thinking of you.

August 5, 2009 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Queen B. said...

oh my gosh, i just love that picture of your family.
did you know you are in it ??
Just look at how you smiled at your husband and Cora.
Beautiful !

August 5, 2009 at 9:48 PM  
Anonymous rebecca said...

Just wanted to drop by and let you know that you have been on my mind a lot today.
Praying for you guys!!
Love and Hugs.

August 7, 2009 at 11:45 AM  

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