The Macs

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

levi jerald

We had a really hard time picking names this time. Especially boy names. We really wanted the name to be significant and have meaning. It took us a long time to decide on Levi's name. Joel decided about a month ago, but I wasn't sure until the day he was born (that is pretty typical of the differences in our decision making skills!) But now we love the name. It is perfect for our sweet little boy.

When we added Levi to our list of boy names we started reading about who Levi was in the Bible and the meaning of the name. Levi means "joined". That seemed fitting as our family has felt anything but joined since Cora went to heaven. We know that even though our family does not seem complete here on earth we will one day be joined together again in heaven. We can't wait to tell Levi all about his big sister.

"And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi may continue," says the Lord Almighty. "My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin."
Malachi 2:4-6

We are praying these verses for our Levi. That he would grow to be a man who walks in uprightness and stands in awe of our Lord's name.

Jerald is after Joel's dad. Joel's dad, Jerry, is one of the kindest, God-fearing men I know. He is a hard worker, is dedicated to serving the Lord in both his occupation and his every day life, and has such a servant's heart. Anyone who knows Joel's dad would understand why we would also want our son to have this name. Jerald is also the name of Joel's great, great uncle, Joel's grandpa, and is Joel's middle name. We had to carry it on one more generation!

And here are a few more pictures of little Levi from the hospital.














Thank you so much for all your kind comments--we were overwhelmed!
We appreciate your prayers SO much.
We told Levi that he is famous already!
More pictures to come soon.

242 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! He is beautiful and we are soooo happy for you!!! He has a wonderful mommy and daddy!! He is a VERY lucky little boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 6, 2010 at 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Robin in Benton said...

May all of you continue to be blessed.!

January 6, 2010 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

He is beautiful!! And I LOVE his name! We always loved Levi too but since our last name starts with a "V", it just didn't go together.

I pray God's richest blessings on your sweet family. May your joys be many, your struggles few, and your transitions smooth and you welcome Levi home. God is good!

January 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Day said...

congratulations! levi is absolutely perfect and may he heal your hearts!

January 6, 2010 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger gabriel said...

Awww, what a wonderful lil family. I am so happy for you all. I love seeing an update from you and the inspiration you both are.

January 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger momof3 said...

You are absolutely right...Levi is famous and absolutely adorable! What a cute little brother Cora has! So happy for you all and yes, your family will be joined in eternity! So blessed...wishing you nothing but peace and love from here is snowy Iowa!

January 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

What a beautiful baby boy! I love his name!!

January 6, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger starnes family said...

He is gorgeous. Just like you guys. Enjoy

January 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

He's so perfect! Congrats again!

January 6, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Midwest Mommy said...

I have tears because I am so happy for you. He is adorable.

January 6, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger MICHELE said...

congrats he is beautiful, I mean handsome :)
I am so happy that your arms are full once again!
He has a great name to live up too! Mr. Mac was one of my favorite teachers! :)

January 6, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

I love your choice of names- beautiful and a wonderful- PERFECT meaning.
Enjoy these days of having a newborn!
Prayers!

January 6, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Levi is a beautiful, stunning actually, baby. And I am a Mum of 2 boys so Levi has a high bar to reach, and he is magnificent.
I was relieved to see the crying photo because I was wondering how it was possible for a newborn to be this perfect. Perfect, he is truly perfect.
There are so many "anniversaries" coming up for you and I praise God for His gift of Levi to fill your arms and hearts during these days ahead.
Crazily, I (still) weep with emotion at his photos, a baby I will probably never be in the same room with, folks I will likely never meet and yet there is a place in my heart for you, a place touched by God through Cora and Levi, and you, their parents.
Abundant blessings to you all.
Mercedes

January 6, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Jaclyn @ Love, Laughter, and Complete Chaos said...

He is just beautiful....its so great to see you get to have some "happy".

January 6, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger The Scott's said...

Congratulations again...he's beautiful! Looking forward to more pictures!!!

January 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger capperson said...

He is soo precious!

January 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is so beautiful! You are such a blessing Levi.

January 6, 2010 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Sherryl said...

He is absolutely perfect! So happy for you and Joel!

January 6, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Trasie Bressler said...

Congratulations again! He is absolutely handsome and I think his name fits him perfectly! What a special little boy and with one amazing guardian angel.

Many Blessings!

January 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

He's so handsome :)
I don't know you guys, but you are in my prayers & I'm so happy to be keeping up with your journey on your blog. Cora's pictures are sooo beautiful. God bless you three!!

January 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the name he is absolutely beautiful Cora is smiling down from heaven at her little brother I am sure. many more blessing to you all!
Summer & Family in California

January 6, 2010 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

His is beautiful. The name is great and I am sure it is fitting.
Congratulations!

January 6, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Corinne Doughan said...

He is beautiful and SO blessed to be born into your covenant family! I pray that he grows up to be a mighty warrior for the LORD! Congratulations!

January 6, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

So thrilled for you, Joel & Levi. He is one handsome little boy, and I am sure he will be in awe of his big sister as the rest of us are.

Praying always!

January 6, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! My husband and I are so happy for you and Joel! Levi is beautiful! I am certain Cora is smiling down at you all....her wonderful family! We pray for you daily! May God continue to heal your hearts and shower you in his blessings!

January 6, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

What a BEAUTIFUL baby boy! His name is wonderful. Blessings as you enjoy getting to know your little man.

January 6, 2010 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Todd and Courtney said...

This made my night as I am getting ready for bed. I thought Id check one last time to see if there were any new pictures :)

January 6, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Congrats Joel and Jess! God's mercies are so perfect! Praying for your precious family as a new journey indeed is beginning. With every bump, I pray that you may feel God's grace reign down on you. Levi has a purpose. Fitting for your family only. I can't wait to see what else God has in store for your wonderful family!

January 6, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger 3LittleByrds said...

He's beautiful and yall look so in love with him. I'm sure Cora is watching over him. Congrats again. What a beautiful family you are.

January 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. You two produce BEAUTIFUL children. I'm sure you are having all sorts of mixed emotions when you hold him. I hope you are able to just feel love and know that by loving him you will never be taking anything away from sweet Cora. You and your family are in my prayers.

January 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Marla Taviano said...

What a beautiful baby! Does he look like Cora at all when she was born? So excited for you guys!!

January 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

amazing!

January 6, 2010 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger The Lundstroms said...

I found your blog through my sister-in-law and have followed your journey with tears for your loss, and joy for the baby you've been expecting. Levi is gorgeous, and I'm so happy for you and your family.

January 6, 2010 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Krystal said...

Thanks for the new pix! I'm so glad this little guy got you for parents and Cora as a big sis to hear all about. I pray that God will bless Levi's life and use him for His glory. Hugs in Christ!

January 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

He is SO beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing this with us! You are often close in heart & mind. Happy days to you!!!

January 6, 2010 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

bless him ...and you both.

January 6, 2010 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger amy said...

levi is beautiful. thanks for sharing pictures of him! :)
hugs,
amy

January 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Mindy M. Harris said...

Levi's name and face are beautiful. May he spend his life making the Lord famous.
xo

January 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Mom of 2 said...

I read your blog but have never commented. Your story inspires me.
I am so happy for you- Levi is beautiful. I have 2 teen boys and feel I can go through anything thrown my way after watching your strength. Celebrate Levi- he will never replace Cora but will continue your journey into parenthood.
Ottawa,Canada

January 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca, Idaho said...

Welcome little Levi!

January 6, 2010 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Prayers are always with you!! I love the meaning of Levi's name.

January 6, 2010 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger kaylin rose and mara anne said...

LOVE the name and thank you for sharing the story of how you came up with the name...I love hearing those stories.

Hope you are enjoying that little sweet baby boy. Enjoy him.

Blessings

January 6, 2010 at 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is such a doll!!! Congratulations! Love his name too, and you look great for just having a baby.

Anna from utah

January 6, 2010 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

I pray that your arms and your lives feel full today as you hold your little one near. Congrats on the arrival of your little Levi.

January 6, 2010 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Miss G said...

Little Levi is SOO cute! I really like his name too. It encouraged me that you weren't sure till the day he was born. Today when people at work expressed such surprise that we don't have names decided on yet it made me a little panicky. :)

Jes, you look GREAT! Enjoy this time with your sweet new boy. Kelly

January 6, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Anonymous patti said...

what a blessing for your family. congrats on your sweet baby boy.

January 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger texasinafrica said...

He is beyond precious!!! Thank-you for sharing the significance of his name.

January 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

SO happy for you! He's absolutely beautiful as is your family. God Bless you all:-)

January 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Auntie Mip said...

Joel, Jess and Levi...

Again I feel compelled to comment though I remain a complete stranger to you. I am a pediatric oncology nurse and have walked your journey with Cora with far too many families...I have been doing this for nearly 22 years. I stand in awe of your grace, humility and faithfulness...oh for my faith to be as strong and convicted as yours.

Levi is breathtaking...I want you to know that people who know and love you completely understand that Levi's arrival in your arms in know way means that you are "all better". There is know replacing Cora. There is no forgetting Cora. But I do believe with equal conviction that God has rewarded your faithfulness with this most precious gift. I have told countless parents that God carefully chooses who will love His babies on earth. He made such a beautiful and perfect choice for Cora and now with Levi.

Congratulations on this precious boy!

January 6, 2010 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

You are so blessed! Enjoy that little man and take advantage of the naps! ;o)

January 6, 2010 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger cupcakefitz said...

What a wonderful and beautiful verse to inspire a name for your son. Congratulations!

January 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger tinycandi said...

what a precious little man! congratulations! and i love his name. :)

January 6, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

A baby boy is a precious gift. Mine is a kissy face little snuggler who love to eat dirt. Precious.

I think the name Levi is perfect.

I also think it's fitting that Cora's shop is always full of frilly girly dresses and now she has a little brother for you to start making things for.

Blessings. Blessings. Blessings abound.

January 6, 2010 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger gwswenson said...

Amen!

January 6, 2010 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I have been reading for almost a year and have never commented, but I wanted to tell you how happy I am for all three of you and how blessed this little boy is. Thank you for sharing your faith and love with all of us!

January 6, 2010 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Kylie and crew. said...

Sooooooooo happy for you. A mighty man of God he will be!!

January 6, 2010 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Shauna said...

Congratulations! He is gorgeous!

January 6, 2010 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I love his name!
He is a beautiful baby!

January 6, 2010 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Andolicious said...

I love the name Levi. He is a beautiful baby boy. I love the first picture of him. He is so lucky to have you as his parents!

January 6, 2010 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger The Browns said...

I'm so happy for ya'll! He is so beautiful :) I just had a baby boy on December 21st & he's sitting in my arms right now. I feel so blessed & I know you do too. Lots of love to ya'll.

Bonnie

January 6, 2010 at 11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is BEAUTIFUL! And now your arms are full! I LOVE the name!

January 6, 2010 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Ohtobebeautiful said...

He is so beautiful! What a gift to be named after someone who means so much to you all. Can't wait to see more pictures of all of you ;)

January 6, 2010 at 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Christine S. said...

Jess and Joel,

Congratulations again! I cry tears of joy for you as I look at the beautiful pictures of you with your baby boy! He's absolutely precious!! So happy for you and your family. God has his arms wrapped around all of you!

January 6, 2010 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger singing mama said...

Awwwww he is so beautiful! Praying as always!
Luv Donna

January 6, 2010 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

THRILLED you posted more pictures and I'm getting the biggest kick seeing you both with a baby in your arms. Praise be to God, for HIS perfect and kind mercies. They are new every morning!!
Enjoy going home and getting acquainted to life together. I think Levi already looks much like his big sister and his name is quite handsome. I love it.

January 6, 2010 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Trudy said...

Perfect in every way! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us. A name means so much - you truly got it right!

January 6, 2010 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Beautiful baby! Those are the same verses that we chose our Levi's name from, and the verses that we've prayed for him. Love them! Thanks for the pictures.

January 6, 2010 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Mormishmom said...

He's totally famous and totally beautiful. I've followed your blog since Julie @ Joy's Hope posted about your story. My heart is overflowing with joy at your happy news. Our Heavenly Father's love for you is truly manifest in your tiny new miracle.

January 7, 2010 at 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the new pictures! So beautiful! And I must say that especially the last one, with Levi enjoying his pacifier and showing his gorgeous eyes, he looks so much like Cora! It is so wonderful to see you cuddling this sweet bundle of joy! Blessings galore to you all!
Praying for you from Washington, Luann

January 7, 2010 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger Vashti said...

He is scrummy. Congratulations.
God bless.

January 7, 2010 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

What an insanely beautiful baby boy! Levi is already a great name, but now hearing the meaning and the verse that you quoted, it is so fitting! Congratulations, again!

January 7, 2010 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...

I loved his name when you posted on the 2nd, but hearing the meaning behind his name makes it all that more special.

He is a beautiful boy and I'm so happy for this joyous event.

Can't wait to hear more about your journey with Levi.

January 7, 2010 at 12:38 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I have tears in my eyes! You guys look so happy, it's hard to believe you've had such a bumpy year. 2010 has started off beautifully and I just know that it's going ot be a wonderful year for you all. And I know you're both going to treasure every moment of this extra special journey with little Levi (gorgeous name, by the way!). I know this must also be an emotional time and I'm thinking about you all the time! So glad you're back to blogging already and thanks for the photos, I can't wait to see more! Sue x

January 7, 2010 at 12:49 AM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Ohhhhhh, he is ADORABLE!!
His name fits him PERFECTLY!!
And that is such a WONDERFUL
photo of the three of you TOGETHER...
JOINED here on earth at this moment...
and later in Heaven with CORA!

Peace, love and many prayers! ♥

January 7, 2010 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger Keilani said...

I am so happy to see these pictures of your family. Baby Cora is jumping for joy in Heaven with the arms of our Heavenly Father! What an inspiration your family is! Many blessing and hugs!

January 7, 2010 at 1:25 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Congratulations! Levi is precious and so handsome! Praising the Lord with you for a healthy baby boy.

January 7, 2010 at 2:25 AM  
Blogger Jessica K. said...

Congratulations!! He must be the most beautiful little boy I have ever seen! His little face is precious!!!
I LOVE the name! I have a list of names since I can think and if I were to miraculously get pregnant with a boy now his name would be Levi Gabriel. I just love that name!!

I will keep your family in my prayers! Levi has a little angel watching over him and his parents! She will never be forgotten!

Much love from Germany..

Jessi

January 7, 2010 at 3:44 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Just amazing. God is who he says he is...praying for peace and for you to thoroughly enjoy every minute of your new little man!

January 7, 2010 at 4:34 AM  
Anonymous Mommy2QTPies said...

Aw, congratulations on your sweet baby Levi! He's precious...

January 7, 2010 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Mandi @ It's come to this said...

He is beautiful! And I just love the meaning behind is name!!! Still praying for your family.

January 7, 2010 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger Melinda said...

He is beautiful! I love your name choice - such a wonderful meaning behind it. I wish your family the very best.

January 7, 2010 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger k and c's mom said...

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Thanks for sharing the pics of little Levi.
He is beautiful (handsome!) and you are all blessed.

January 7, 2010 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

Thanks for taking the time to post about Levi's name. I know you will be busy, busy, busy with a newborn in your home but we, in blog land, will looked forward to your updates.

Good night from Australia!

Michelle

January 7, 2010 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger Emma and Company said...

He is gorgeous!! Congratulations!! I love the significance of his name...what a lucky little boy to join your wonderful family! God Bless!

January 7, 2010 at 6:20 AM  
Anonymous Maria said...

He's beautiful! You guys are so sweet together. Congratulations. Enjoy that new baby smell:)

January 7, 2010 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Joyce said...

Enjoy your sweet beautiful boy...I love the verses behind the name.

January 7, 2010 at 6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! May God bless your family!

Jennifer

January 7, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Jane In The Jungle said...

What a cutie!!!!

And Girl....welcome to the world of boys, LOL!!

January 7, 2010 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Brittany said...

he is beautiful! and you look great too, mama!

blessings,
brittany

January 7, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Courtney Cloud said...

Congratulations! He is so beautiful. He looks so much like you Jess. I am praying daily for y'all. I know that it must be so bittersweet. I am praying for God's amazing Love and His wonderful Presence to be close to you in the coming days and weeks.
Love to you from Alabama.

January 7, 2010 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

What a beautiful baby boy! Congratulations and my continued prayers are with you all!

January 7, 2010 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures of your sweet little boy. THANK YOU so much for sharing them with us. GOD BLESS your family.

January 7, 2010 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger onlymehere said...

I love the meaning of both of his names. He truly is a beautiful baby and I'm so happy for you and your family!

January 7, 2010 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Just Beachy said...

Levi is a beautiful boy and lucky to have such a loving family , I hope you enjoy this time with some more healing , it would be nice if you make a book about Cora for him ??.

January 7, 2010 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Miranda said...

He is absolutely adorable!! So so precious! Congrats again. .love his name and that it has so much meaning.

January 7, 2010 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Brian, Angie, Matt, Tim, and Meredith said...

Beautiful family! I see resemblences to Cora...in his eyes, I think(?). Great name; and you'll have to hunt down a baby pair of Levi jeans for the little man! :)

January 7, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful - and compliments both of you!

January 7, 2010 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Levi is absolutely beautiful and I love his name and the meaning of it. I continue to pray for peace and comfort for you because I know that no one will ever take Cora's place. You have 2 beautiful children! It is such peace to know that God is sovereign. Continue to love Jesus and live for Him. Thank you for being a blessing in my life. Some sweet day you will join Cora in heaven and I will do the same with Kyler. Until then, let's continue praising our loving, faithful Father and doing His work here. Love and hugs to you all!
Jennifer

January 7, 2010 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger lauren said...

A precious baby boy for a precious family! God bless you!

January 7, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Team Alix said...

Thanks for sharing him with us- he is gorgeous and your name choices are perfect!!

January 7, 2010 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

God bless your precious little boy! :-)

January 7, 2010 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Krystal said...

Yay baby pictures!!! He is soooo pretty! And has a beautiful, strong name! Congrats again!

January 7, 2010 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger i love plum said...

as precious as can be! xo

January 7, 2010 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Kristi REDISKE said...

What a beautiful baby boy with a beautiful name with so much meaning. I have been checking your blog everyday for an update so I was so excited to see more pictures. I am still praying for you-you are so inspiring to others-God Bless You.

January 7, 2010 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger susy said...

My husband and I have always wanted children. We have prayed to the Lord for at least one child but it is not in God's plans for us. Although I never had children, your journey with Cora felt so close to home. To loose someone you love so much or to loose someone you never had but wanted so much. Levi Jerald is as much a part of you as all of us. We prayed for his safe arrival and good health and rejoice in the Lord of what a precious gift he is. He is very lucky to have you both as parents and Cora as a big sister. I can't wait to see him playing in her playground. God Bless you all.

January 7, 2010 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Brittany said...

He is simply beautiful. The third picture gets me every time...he's perfection. What a blessing! Welcome Levi!

Love and Prayers from KY,
Brittany

January 7, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Vonda said...

Checked in today to see if the baby had been born. Congratulations! I love the name and he is beautiful.

January 7, 2010 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Megan DiVito said...

He is just beautiful! I am so happy for you guys. One day, he will be able to play at his sister's playground!

January 7, 2010 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger The Hopkins Home said...

I had tears reading the verse from Malachi - what an appropriate name for your little guy! He is just BEAUTIFUL and I am so happy for the both of you - enjoy him!!!

January 7, 2010 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Kelli said...

I love his name and it the significance in it's meaning!! He is just beautiful and I'm praying for your family!!

January 7, 2010 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

He is beyond precious! So happy for you and your family.

January 7, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Katina said...

He is sooo handsome!!!!

January 7, 2010 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Anna Marie said...

He is beautiful!!!

January 7, 2010 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

What a precious one and his name is perfect, just like him!!

Congratulations again and blessings to your sweet family!

January 7, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Dena said...

God's blessings!!!

January 7, 2010 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger The Gunter Family said...

He is just ADORABLE!!! Oh my!
I continue to pray for your family!

January 7, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger La Familia Garcia said...

Congratulations! He's beautiful! And love the name!

January 7, 2010 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger KK said...

It never ceases to amaze the blending of 2 people into a new little person. Levi looks so much like both of you. His name fits perfectly. Congratulations!

January 7, 2010 at 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Annie Thompson said...

Levi and his name are so beautiful! I am praising God for you guys and for his birth. Congratulations on the birth of this gorgeous little Man of God!!

January 7, 2010 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Lauren Kelly said...

Absolutely precious!!!! So happy for ya'll :)

January 7, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Congratulations! Levi is so very handsome! I'm so happy for you and I pray blessings over you and your family!!

January 7, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

he is so adorable!!! i love the name that you chose. [and the verses]. what a sweet, little blessing!

January 7, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is so precious! I love the name and the meaning behind it. You are right - you will be "joined" as a family in heaven some day! Levi has a very special angel looking over him. God bless.

January 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Mallory said...

I LOVE the name Levi, and I love that Jerald has such a huge family connection. You two are just glowing with happiness in the photos, despite the fact that I know you still miss Cora so much. I am SO happy for you! And Levi is BEAUTIFUL!!

January 7, 2010 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Karina said...

Levi is indeed lovely. In that last photo, I can see Cora's eyes. How bittersweet.

I agree with the poster who said she has two boys and still finds Levi beautiful; I have two boys myself and even though they are the most beautiful children in the world to me, I could happily take Levi home with me!

I also have a little girl almost exactly Cora's age, which is the main reason I come back to "visit" you almost daily - you are my constant reminder that I am lucky to have my precious children with me where I can love and hold them.

Congratulations again, Jess and Joel, on your new son.

January 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger CourtneyC said...

Aww, he is just precious!!!

January 7, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow -- in that last picture his eyes look just like Cora's! He is a doll. Congrats from Texas!

January 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Al's World said...

What a perfect name for a perfect little boy...I am praying that he brings laughter and joy back into your home..God Bless!

January 7, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Congratulations! Levi is so cute!!Many blessings and prayers for all of you :-)

January 7, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful name for such a beautiful little boy! Thank you so much for the update and the new pictures. It is so nice to see you all together, and even though Cora is not there physically, she is part of each and every one of you, always. Congratulations again!

Jaclin

January 7, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Rach said...

Very beautiful that you took such consideration in choosing Levi's name. What a wonderful meaning it has. Many blessings.

January 7, 2010 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Kristin Stegent said...

He is absolutely precious! He looks some like Cora I think. I love his name and how you chose it. You are a beautiful little fam!

January 7, 2010 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Toni :O) said...

Oh my, he is just adorable you two! You did SO good. Cora would be SO proud as a big sister! I hope these first few days have been absolutely wonderful and fun for you...nothing but great joy is wished upon and prayed for you all. Big hugs and thanks for sharing him with all of us, I couldn't be more happier for you and those pics just made me grin from ear to ear!

January 7, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

He is sooooo cute! Congrats!

January 7, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

He's a beautiful boy! And his name is full of wonderful meaning! I love that! Congratulations!

January 7, 2010 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Grace Halsey said...

This is wonderful! Praise the Lord for His hand of blessing upon you in this new year. It is encouraging to read your blog!

January 7, 2010 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

He's just gorgeous! My nephew's name is also Levi! It's a good strong name. I am praying for you during this time. It must be so beautiful and so hard at the same time. But Cora is there. She is with you. He is with you. You are all "joined" in the Lord.

January 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't posted in quite sometime but I just had to say how adorable baby Levi is!! I am so happy for you as you begin this new journey. I have 3 wonderful little boys and each of them are such a blessing :) Keeping you in my prayers,

Joanna

January 7, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is Beautiful..Such a precious sweet new life! Love the pictures and your posts! Thank you for sharing your new journey with us blog stalkers :)

Kim

January 7, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh, congrats and God Bless your family! He is just beautiful!

January 7, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Drew, Taylor, and Caroline Clayton said...

OMG...You need to post a side by side of Levi and Cora(at his age)I think they have the exact same eyes :)

January 7, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Staci said...

Congratulations on your precious little Levi. I love that name :) I'm sure his big sister Cora is so proud of her baby brother as well.

January 7, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Oh my goodness--he is absolutely beautiful! And I love the meaning of his name. What a beautiful blessing!

January 7, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

That boy is SO stinkin' cute, you guys!

LOVE the picture of Jess kissing his head - makes me cry. What a blessed little baby to have such amazing parents.

XOXO

January 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love the pics! Thanks for taking time out of your crazy day to post them. We are going to come visit that guy hopefully soon. He's the cutest!!!! Andi

January 7, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Allen and Debby Graber said...

The meaning of the name Levi is so precious and I love the verses you are praying for him. And we agree that Joel's Dad is one of the kindest and God-fearing men we know! What a privilege for our children to have him as their teacher! Hope you bring Levi to Bible study with you soon!!

January 7, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger eeguiltner said...

Congratulations Jess and Joel. We are very happy for you and wish you the best as you begin this new journey.
~Erin & Clay Guiltner

January 7, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a BEAUTIFUL boy! I love the name Levi! You know what else is great about the name? If you play with the letters, you spell "LIVE"!
This baby will help you heal and will help you LIVE YOUR LIFE as Cora would have wanted for her precious Mommy, Daddy and baby brother! Thank you for keeping the blog... you make me smile on days I really need it. You help me remember the simple things in life.

January 7, 2010 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger waiting said...

He is precious in every sense of the word. So happy for you and your whole family!

January 7, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Enos Family said...

He is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! A perfect little baby. So happy for you guys!
Best wishes and blessings.

January 7, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Sincerely, Stephnie said...

Beautiful Family....all 4 of you.

January 7, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger A said...

Can't wait for more pictures- and I love his name and all the meanings it holds. I'll continue to pray for your family!

January 7, 2010 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

He is beautiful! I love the family pic.

January 7, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Shuggamom said...

Congratulations !!!!
Levi is a handsome and beautiful doll !!!! I think he is already smiling in the first picture. I know Joel's dad is so honored that Levi was named after him,that was so thoughtful and caring.
All the pics are so good and clear,yall look amazing and joyful.
Cant wait to see more beautiful pictures of yall !!
Please kiss those sweet cheeks !!

He is truly a very blessed little boy !!

Love,
Stacey
Atlanta,TX

January 7, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Amy Bell said...

oh...he is wonderful....so precious. i am so excited for you all...i love the meaning of his name...enjoy this wonderful time getting to know him!

January 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Wow he is a beautiful little boy, with a beautiful family! Congratulations!!!!

January 7, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!

January 7, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

love his name! He is beautiful and I'm in awe of our God and thank Him for your testimony.

January 7, 2010 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger jandkland said...

He is completely gorgeous. I can't fathom what this is like for you, but praise God for making all things new! Cora surely gave little man a big kiss before he came to you. (:

--Kelley in GA

January 7, 2010 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

He is absolutely lovely!

January 7, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous - he is just gorgeous! Little babies are proof that God is so good. Looking at Levi just melts my heart. Congrats!

January 7, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Anonymous MaryBeth in PA said...

Beautiful words and pictures ... they brought tears to my eyes. So so happy for you and wishing you peace, love, and happiness. And what a special sister little Levi has.

January 7, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

My heart is just filled with joy for you all.

January 7, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I am so glad to see your arms full again. Love from Baltimore!

January 7, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Something In The Glass said...

Levi will do wonderful things, there is no doubt, with such strong and faithful parents. Congratulations to your family. Cora must be so proud!

January 7, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Hair Bows & Guitar Picks said...

He is so so cute! What a beautiful name for a beautiful little guy!

January 7, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger meg duerksen said...

great! now i may have to jump in my car and risk my life on these icy roads just to get to baby levi!!! i just want to kiss him all day!

January 7, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Mama Sons said...

Congrats! I am so happy for you. Love hte name too. We were going to name our little boy that until we found out it was a girl!

January 7, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

He's precious! Love and joy to you all!

January 7, 2010 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

He is just completely perfect!

I am so happy for you guys.

Love you and still praying for you!

January 7, 2010 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger DianeTaylor said...

Long time lurker of your blog but I finally had to come out of hiding and comment.....I am SO HAPPY for you both! I adore the name Levi - Cora would love it too. God bless you all - may the light of God's love shine on you always.
The Taylors from Baltimore MD

January 7, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

adorable!

January 7, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Wow....what a beautiful baby boy Levi is. He is blessed to have you both for his parents. I have been praying for all of you!

January 7, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

He is absolutely precious!! Congratulation on another gorgeous baby!!

January 7, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Oh, he's just so incredibly precious! What a perfect name for this blessed child of God! I think of you so often and pray all is well in your sweet family as you get settled in with your new baby boy.

January 7, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Micah said...

I love the thought that you put into Levi's name. That is so, so special. He is such a handsome little guy. What a beautiful family you have.

January 7, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Ruthie said...

Might I say, that just like Cora, your son is absolutely STUNNING! What a cutie pie, and I love how you shared why you named him Levi Jerald. How special! Praying you recup quick quickly and that God gives you grace and strength for these next few newborn months.

Ruthie

January 7, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger The Mershawn's said...

Wish I could come squeeze that boy! He is so precious.
Happy birthday little Levi. What an awesome man you're parents are praying you to be.

January 7, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger katydid_KS said...

“It is no small thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”

January 7, 2010 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Congratulations on your sweet Levi - it is so wonderful to see prayers answered. I have been praying for blessings and joy for you and your husband since the loss of Cora. I'm so thankful for God's faithfulness to all of us! Enjoy your perfect little boy.

January 7, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Courtney said...

He is beautiful. Congratulations to you all.
Courtney

January 7, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger The Call's said...

Congratulations! Levi is darling! I am sure Cora is rejoicing in heaven that her baby brother made it to earth safe and sound.

January 7, 2010 at 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Congratulations to the both of you, he is beautiful. I am so happy for your family!

January 7, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Heather C said...

Congratulations! What a precious gift from the Lord! :)

January 7, 2010 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger MomMom said...

What a handsome little baby boy and I love his name. How nice that you gave him such a meaningful name---both of them. I'm sure his grandfather is honored to have his grandson named after him. So thankful that Levi is here safe and sound. Enjoy!!

January 7, 2010 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Paula Aspacher said...

this boy, just might look like his daddy

January 7, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger The Klins Family said...

I bet Cora gave Levi a great big hug and kiss before he was born, knowing that you soon would be cuddling him in your arms! He is an angel - congratulations.

January 7, 2010 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both on your beautiful little boy! Many blessings to you all.

January 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is beautiful! Congratulations!

January 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Congrats! I've been praying for you guys and love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing what you do. It's very encouraging.

January 7, 2010 at 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blessings for Levi



Carol H
SC

January 7, 2010 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Jerri said...

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! God Bless and protect you each and everyone!

January 7, 2010 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger mrstolli said...

Congratulations! He is absolutely precious! You are in my prayers!

January 7, 2010 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Sarah Furlough said...

I know Levi will never replace Cora, but I hope he brings you joy for the rest of your days! What a sweet, sweet blessing!

January 7, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Andrea B. Houston, TX said...

Congrats on your beautiful baby boy. I'm sure Cora is smiling down on him. May god bless you and your family.

January 7, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Matt and Nicole said...

Congratulations! We're very happy for you! I agree with your comments about Mr. Mac. I wasn't surprised at all that you wanted to carry on his name!

January 7, 2010 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh man you guys i think he looks like Joel!! How great..he is precious!

Love love

January 7, 2010 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Holli Taylor said...

he's the best of both of you...how precious! Congrats again.

January 7, 2010 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Townsend Crew said...

"Heaven is the sound of him breathing deep
Lying on my chest, falling fast asleep while I sing
And Heaven is the weight of him in my arms
Being there to keep him safe from harm while he dreams..."

Thinking about you and your fantastic visit from Heaven here on Earth!!!

Love from LaGrange, IL

January 7, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Whimsical Creations said...

He is just precious!

January 7, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

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