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Monday, February 23, 2009

cora video


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, wow! What beautiful photos. I love Cora so much and I don't even know her. Thank you for sharing her with us.

February 23, 2009 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Valley Girl said...

What an amazing baby, love, pure love! You are still on my mind and in my prayers...

February 23, 2009 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am sitting here, once again, in a puddle of tears. She is so beautiful. I am so amazed at how I've gotten so attached to a little girl who've I've known about for only a few weeks...and not even in the real world. She has an amazing power.

Praying every day :)


February 23, 2009 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

She is so beautiful. She smiles with her whole face. I love those cheeks. I loved the video and plan to watch the service tomorrow. You are beautiful people to open up your hearts and share what has to be painful. I remember when I was thinking of having my own children and wondering about brining them into the world today - the response to your story has shown that there is still love in the world. Thank you for sharing - you are still in my heart and prayers.

February 23, 2009 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger The Drama Mama said...


February 23, 2009 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Megan @ SimplyThrifty said...

Wow! What beautiful pictures of your precious girl. I found your blog a few days ago and have been praying for you (and crying for your loss). Thank you for sharing these sweet pictures of Cora. She's beautiful!

February 24, 2009 at 12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your hope with us--thank you. . .

February 24, 2009 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger vcr said...

just came upon your blog...thank you for sharing your life of love with so many. cora has touched countless lives! she's so beautiful. praying for you to feel God's touch. praying that he even brings peace to your heart in your dreams and while you sleep. humbled to have seen a glimpse in your lives.

February 24, 2009 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

just so... heartbreakingly beautiful...I can't imagine this loss, this hole you are feeling. God is with you and she is with God. She is still with you...

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

heart breakingly beautiful

February 24, 2009 at 1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are all amazing. I hope if I was in the same situation I could have a tiny bit of your strength.

Thankyou for sharing a teeny bit of your BEAUTIFUL girl with the world.

February 24, 2009 at 6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful baby. I am keeping you in my thoughts.

February 24, 2009 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

That was beautiful... simply beautiful. What an amazing, precious little girl she is. You have some spectacular photos.

February 24, 2009 at 6:37 AM  
Blogger michelle said...

beautiful...thank you for sharing.

February 24, 2009 at 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! Absolutely beautiful and so so precious! Thank you for sharing your beautiful gal with everyone. Continuing to keep you in my thoughts and prayers out here in Michigan!

February 24, 2009 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger We Three Smiths + 1 said...

She is so beautiful, Jess. Brought me to tears this morning...what an awesome tribute to this sweet little angel! You are so wonderful to share all of this with us...

February 24, 2009 at 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful. Still faithfully praying for you.

February 24, 2009 at 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL...Thank you so much for sharing your Cora with us. You and Joel are amazing. I will continue to pray for you. She is loved.


February 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger . said...

that was beautiful! thanks for sharing!! Still praying for you guys everyday!

February 24, 2009 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

I'm just sobbing as I watch this.

Again, I am so sorry for your pain. We know that there is hope, we have faith that God is in control, but I still can't imagine how great the loss feels.

God bless you guys.

February 24, 2009 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

So beautiful and so sad. Sending prayers and love your way! Cora is my angel.

February 24, 2009 at 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I so didn't want to cry anymore. I wanted to feel happy about where Cora is. Now I'm sad all over again. I'm sad you don't get to have anymore memories with her. She was such a beautiful little girl. I'm so grateful you were able to make so many memories in her short time on earth. You can tell she was so happy and loved her mom and dad so much. I hope one day the pain of missing her wont hurt so bad. I hope the memories of her will carry you during the hard road of missing her until you see her again. You will see her again!!! Yes, Jesus does love you, and Cora!!! Thank you for sharing the beautiful video!!!

February 24, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Messy and Wonderful said...

The video is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with all of us "strangers."

If you choose "medium" instead of the "large" player on the One True Media website (before you get the codes to share it) then it will fit on your blog page completely.

I am lifting you up in prayer today.

February 24, 2009 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Danyele Easterhaus said...

this video is precious...thank you thank you thank you for sharing cora with each of us!

February 24, 2009 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Sending you love and hugs and prayers...thank you for sharing your beautiful girl with all of us.

February 24, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words could never say how beautiful and sweet this video is. At our son Dylan's memorial service we had both of those songs played too. I sat here and cried feeling so many emotions for you because I truly do remember how you feel. I always hated to here that time would heal, time does not heal you, you just some how find your "new normal". I pray everyday that you will continue to find peace and comfort in the Lord. I still find it really hard to here "With Hope" and "Jesus Loves Me" but seeing how happy Cora is in all those pictures is so comforting.
Thank You
Courtney and Kelly Mayfield

February 24, 2009 at 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sitting here in a puddle of tears and I didn't even know your little girl, but this has to be the most preciouso slideshow I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing with all of us. She is absolutley adorable, those cheeks and those big ole eyes, my goodness. I don't know how you keep your strength, I pray for you and your family as I am sure she is so missed. She is truly an amazing little girl.

February 24, 2009 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger MidnightMom said...

What a sweet, sweet memorial; thank you for posting it! Cora was just beautiful from day one. I wish that God had chosen to heal her on earth, but it is good to know she is well now, and laughing with the angels; precious baby girl. From one Mommy to another, I am crying with you. Hugs and prayers for you this week...

February 24, 2009 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. What a lovely tribute. I am so so very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort and healing. Your faith is an inspiration. God Bless you!

February 24, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog, and am amazed on the impact precious little Cora has made on so many.. I couldnt help but weep watching her memorial service..It was absolutely beautiful.. You are in my prayers..

Virginia Beach, VA

February 24, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Angela Yosten said...

What a beautiful video! Thanks so much for sharing. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

February 24, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

What a beautiful tribute to your sweet daughter Cora. She is just precious. I am in tears thinking of all of others have said Cora has stolen my heart even though we have never met. Amazing. She is a special, special little girl and you are wonderful parents. I wish you didn't have to hurt or go through this.

Praying in Indiana.

February 24, 2009 at 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart aches so deeply for your family! I know our great and mighty God is using your beautiful Cora and family for His glory. I'm so amazed of how He is giving you strength to post these amazing blogs and photos, when I know it must be So VERY painful. Praying in WV for you!

February 24, 2009 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Your daughter is so beautiful...thank you so much for sharing your story, pictures, and faith with us. May God give you comfort and peace.

February 24, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Cora is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing what has to be so painful. I think about Cora and you guys everyday. Cora's life and your faith has had such an impact on my life and I don't even know you. Just like the songs says there is hope that you will she her face again.

Praying everyday for you and your family. And thanks again for sharing your heart.

February 24, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

So beautiful, thank you for sharing your beautiful sweet baby girl with the world. May your strength inspire others, and may God keep you safe and warm in His arms as you heal.

February 24, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

That was a beautiful slideshow! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

Love, Christy Klein

February 24, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

What a beautiful, beautiful child. Thank you for sharing her with us all so openly. Your story and testimony is certainly a blessing in my life.

February 24, 2009 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Chris Kauffman said...

Thank you for sharing your little girl with all of us.
Feeling the love for your child is a gift , she is a beautiful child .
I am sure it is so hard for any of us to understand what you are going through , and that is must be so hard missing her so much .
You are all in my thoughts.

February 24, 2009 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Crossroads Warriors said...

Perfection....Creation....God's precious hand and work is plain to see in sweet Cora...thank you for sharing your little girl with all of family misses her and loves your family so much...He is good...even when life is not....

February 24, 2009 at 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was hard to watch. What a beauty! She was so precious and clearly so loved. Thank you for sharing your sweet angel. I wish for continued healing and peace for you and your family.

February 24, 2009 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Truly beautiful!

February 24, 2009 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Utecht Family said...

Oh Joel and Jess. How we are hurting not only for you, but with you. You are daily in our prayers!

February 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger G. said...

I love that beautiful baby girl.

February 24, 2009 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. This is the first time I have seen it. It was very hard not to be at the service, but, unfortunately, it was the same day as my grandfather's. Brent was there, so that made me feel a little better.

I am in awe of the love that God is blanketing you two in. I am thankful for it. It will be nice to see you in person and give you a hug. We pray for continued comfort and love, as only God can give. I am humbled by your response and amazed at how God is using you two.

(I tried to go to grace's website to view the service, but am assuming the rest of the world is too. I can't get through. I suppose that is okay for now. This video made me cry enough for one sitting.)

February 24, 2009 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

What a beautiful family...tears are streaming down my cheeks as I think about your precious Cora. God bless you every day of this journey. Thank You for HOPE, Lord.

February 24, 2009 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger mommyjoymarie said...

What a beautiful little girl, thank you for sharing this! My heart aches for you and your family. Your strength in faith is an inspiration to me.
Praying for you,

February 24, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya know, I love Jesus and I know his plans are perfect and best but I dont even know you, have never held Cora and its absolutely broken my heart that she is gone. I read somewhere you only had 3 weeks from the time she was diagnosed to the time she went to heaven...thats just too fast. How do you wrap your mind around that? I cant even imagine. You both are amazing. I think I would be in a pile in bed mad at the world, not at all what you are doing. I work with children everyday and I know I would have LOVED Cora and your family!
Take time to crumble...God understands.

February 24, 2009 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Marlene said...

Someday I might be able to visit your website and not leave in tears . . . but not today. To God be the glory for giving you the gift of such a sweet daughter. You are both in my heart and prayers daily. Thank you for sharing her life with all of us.
with love,
Marlene W.

February 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Pure preciousness...

February 24, 2009 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

I watched it and had a good cry! What a beautiful girl God gave you! Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

February 24, 2009 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I can't even imagine what you gusy are going through the video was very sweet, what a beatiful family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you guys.

February 24, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this special video. I think and pray for your family everyday! I truly believe she has made a forever imprint on my heart.

Lifting you up in prayer,
Yakima, WA

February 24, 2009 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger LuLu said...

Beautiful video, sending much love!

February 24, 2009 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Jennifer W said...

Oh Jess... I cannot imagine how your heart feels since mine is breaking just watching this tribute to your beautiful, gorgeous baby girl. What amazing joy she must have brought to your life. There aren't word to express the sorrow I feel for your loss but you are in my prayers. I can't wait to support you and the memory of Cora in any way that I can.

February 24, 2009 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Baylee and Blair's page said...

What a BEAUTIFUL video! Such a sweet and pretty little girl! Have peace knowing she is not hurting anymore and is in HIS arms safe and sound!

Always praying for your family and your strength!

Hugs - Tiffany Morris

February 24, 2009 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I heard about your story from a fellow blogger and have fallen in love with your family. My son was born with end stage renal disease and spent the first 6 months of his life in the NICU at our local children's hospital. He is now dialysis dependent and waiting to receive my (his mother's) kidney when he comes of a good size. I am so inspired by the strength that the two of you have. You give me the strength that I need to wake up every day to take my son to dialysis and to care for him. You also give me the hope that I need to know that God will give him the new kidney when the time is right. Cora was such an amazing and beautiful little girl and I look up to you for all that you did for her. You are in my prayers and just know that I think about you every day and know that Cora is looking down on you. She was a very lucky little girl to have such wonderful parents.
God Bless You.

February 24, 2009 at 7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The amount of love I could see in each individual photo you gave to your sweet Cora was so beautiful. I continue to pray for you both that the strength and love God has showered you with grows stronger everyday. My two year old says "i want to meet her mom please can i meet her" i told her one day.

February 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

My heart is just aching for you and Joel. Listening to the video song brought back too much emotion and feelings. It is hard and it hurts and trying to find a new sense of normal for your family takes time. Russ keeps saying he wishes that we could get through the pain a little quicker. We know what you are going through - but stay strong in the Lord and hold on together. One day at a time. Keeping busy does help and I look forward to your Etsy store.

Jennifer Thomas
(Konley's stepmother)

February 24, 2009 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures of your beautiful little girl. I think of you and your family often and pray for you as you walk through this unimaginably difficult time.

February 24, 2009 at 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are wonderful pictures of your daughter. I came across your blog a few weeks ago and am so sorry for your loss. Know that you have touched the heart of a perfect stranger and I think of you and your daughter often. It brings me hope to see you doing well and showing the world how much you loved your daughter. Thanks for making this video.
Mom in Missouri

February 24, 2009 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I can't come up with words...the right words, ones that won't hurt. My baby girl will be one on April 12th. I can't help but watch and put myself in your place. I'm not sure I could make it. I know with Gods help, I could, but it's unfathomable. (sp?) Everything in this video reminds me of my Hayden, the tractor pictures (we farm), some of the same outfits, it's just so close to home for me. I am thinking of a way I could honor Cora Paige and Audrey Caroline at Haydens' birthday would be just a small way I might be able to make a difference...just thinking out loud. I will definitely be checking out your ETSY store!
You are still in my thoughts and prayers as you journey along. This video is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Susan in Indiana

February 24, 2009 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Just beautiful. What a precious and loved little girl. I've been "crafting for Cora," and haven't sold on etsy before, but am quickly getting the hang of it. Today, my 5 year old daughter helped me and made some of her very own creations to sell on etsy as well. Bless her, I think she's fallen in love with Cora too.

All our love & prayers,

February 24, 2009 at 8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She may have had a (heartbreakingly, unexplainable) short life, but what a precious, happy, loving one. Like so many others, I have been so touched by your family, by Cora. Thank you for sharing the pictures, and for giving us a glimpse of your lives together. You were able to have Cora for the sweetest time...her face looking at you all with so much adoration. What a treasure to have these beautiful memories. That doesn't seem quite right, because...well, you know. I keep praying for you all.

February 24, 2009 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger bjjames said...

Sometimes they are too perfect to be here, and Heavenly Father needed her back in his kingdom. Your amazing strength with help so many. There has not been 1 minute that I have not thought about your family. We will continue to pray for you in Utah.

February 24, 2009 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Colbert Family said...

Absolutely beautiful! I wish I could be by your sides to hold your hands through this. What a beautiful life she had with the most amazing parents. Your love for her filled your eyes with joy. Faithfully praying for you guys.

February 24, 2009 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Sa-Sea said...

Those pictures are amazing! She was such a truely happy little beautiful girl! I look at those pictures and just feel so amazed at what a strong little girl who has touched the lives of so many people that she never even knew.
You are in my thoughts and prays daily!

February 24, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to watch your video, but I couldn't make it even a full minute without my eyes welling up with tears - especially with the music. I don't know you, personally, but I care about what you have been through. I think of you at random times throughout different days and find myself praying for you.

I cannot know what it has been like for you to go through such a swift and devastating loss, but when I imagine what it is like, it is pretty painful even in its vicarious nature.

I have wondered about how quickly everything happened for you, and how much of a shock it must have been: You thought she had a persistent ear infection when you took her to the doctor that day.

I can imagine that there were moments where you thought and maybe still find yourself thinking, "This can't be happening," even knowing that is was and did.

I have thought to myself that I am glad that you have the faith that you do. It doesn't change the circumstances, but it makes them somehow easier to bear. I have thought about how glad I am for you that you have a close circle of family and friends to come around you with love and support - to laugh and to cry with you, and sometimes just to listen. I find myself feeling glad for you that if things had to turn out as they did, that your little Cora was not sick and suffering for a long time, though I say that tempered with the knowledge that there isn't a parent alive who would not endure whatever was necessary to have their children with them and to hold them for as long as possible.

I pay that you will continue to be comforted through your tears and grief, and that somehow, even through such a painfully tragic life experience that you will be blessed beyond measure. I am thankful that you had the opportunity to love your precious little girl all of the days of her life and know that you will continue to love her all of the days of your lives. What a gift and blessing she was to all of you!

I hope that you will see that playground come into being faster than you expect, and that the plans for the playground include a picture of Cora's likeness so that the children who will play there will have an opportunity to become acquainted with the very special little girl behind the playground.

My continued prayers for all of you.

February 24, 2009 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger ran shae said...

What an absolutely beautiful baby girl. You guys have some amazing pictures of her. I think of you guys often and lift you up in prayer. God bless you and keep you.

~Randi in Wichita, KS

February 24, 2009 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Melissa at Perry Jayne said...

Cora is beautiful. Thank you for sharing those pictures with us.

February 24, 2009 at 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A picture is worth a thousand words" couldn't be any more true. Your pictures tell a story of love, a love that is more precious than gold or silver, they speak more than any words could express. Cora is BEAUTIFUL, from her perfect smile to those most kissable cheecks!! You are in my prayers today and in the days ahead.

February 24, 2009 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

My heart breaks for you and your loss of your sweet, precious and beautiful Cora. Please know that her life has touched my soul. Her life makes me long to be closer to our precious Lord. Please know that I am praying for you that God will continue to have His arms wrapped around you...

In Christ Alone,

February 24, 2009 at 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What beautiful memories Cora has left you with...

February 24, 2009 at 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that she was taken from you far too early, but you can tell by watching this that her time on earth was filled with such joy and love. God couldn't have given her to better parents.

February 24, 2009 at 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss....your beautiful daughter has touched my life in ways I can not explain in words...your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult journey.

February 25, 2009 at 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still hurting for you. I come to your site multiple times a day and tears just stream down my face..oh what must you be going through. I only know your Cora through your story and photos..although I feel like I am a part of your lives. Your courage is remarkable. I will continue to think of you,Joel and Cora. I pray that you find peace in your heart. Praying for you...Thank you for blogging and letting us be apart of your life and Cora's.


February 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cora is such a beautiful child. I know there are so very many people who look forward to meeting her in Heaven.

February 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Kristin Milius said...

It's not fair that some people have such hard trials. Cora was so beautiful and her spirit lives on through all of you. Thank you for sharing her. Your family is a true inspiration to all! You amaze me!

February 25, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

I'm just sitting here bawling. Cora's little life has touched me so deeply and made me more aware and appreciative of the time I have with my two little ones. Thank you for sharing her life with us.

February 25, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Hair Bows & Guitar Picks said...

I am sitting here just crying again...

Thank you so much for sharing.

February 25, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Cora has touched my heart, and the hearts of everyone I have shared your blog with, in a way that I cannot describe. She was by far the most beautiful baby I have ever seen, and can almost hear her laughing in these photos. Now, she is laughing in heaven, as she is experiencing a peace and joy that is beyond our comprehension.

Jess and Joel, please know that you and your family remain in the thoughts and prayers of so many of us. Your dedication to the Lord has inspired me, along with many others, to walk closer to Him. You were, by no doubt, chosen for this journey, and have turned toward Him at a time when many of us would have allowed our sorrow to turn us away from Him.

Please also know that reading about the tremendous faith that you both have displayed through this has made a huge difference in my life. I am now a better mother to my four children, as I have seen what strong faith in the Lord has allowed you to overcome.

February 25, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger darci said...

she is absolutely beautiful. precious. i have been praying for you both each day since i first found your blog.

February 25, 2009 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Amazingly beautiful!!! X.

February 25, 2009 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

I found your blog today and tears are spilling on my keyboard as I type...and I have no clue what to write...except that I am so deeply sorry for your is a pain I cannot imagine. And I join you in giving thanks for your sweet Cora's shot, yet so very meaningful and significant life.

February 25, 2009 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

You don't know me, but I wanted to say thank you for sharing this beautiful video of your precious little girl. I watched it with tears streaming down my face. You are an amazing family, thank you for sharing your journey with strangers like me. I think of you and pray for you often.

February 25, 2009 at 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's beautiful!

Thinking of you both.

February 25, 2009 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Hope said...

Thank you for sharing Cora's sweet life with us! The video was beautifully done ~ it brought tears to my eyes. Praying for God to be your everything through this sad time.

In Him,


February 25, 2009 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Courtney Kay said...

What a beautiful slide show for a beautiful little angel... Praying for you always!

February 25, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my...I am at a loss for words. What a beautiful little girl. These photos are wonderful and priceless. It is so obvious how loved she is! I continue to pray for you all.

February 25, 2009 at 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an absolutely beautiful tribute to your daughter and wonderful keepsake for your family!

February 25, 2009 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Immeasurably More Mama said...

What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful girl. Tears are flooding my eyes but I cannot express in words how much I needed this today. Thank you for sharing something so special with us.

Heaven's gain is our loss but what a comfort to know you will be reunited with your sweet Cora one day. Praying for you.

February 25, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your precious daughter with everyone. My thoughts, love, and prayers are with you and your family.

February 25, 2009 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger runjanetrun said...

This is beautiful. I watched this and sobbed. I don't know you, I came across your blog the day Cora went to be with Jesus and have been so moved by your faith. I pray that God will hold you and your husband so closely. I wish your little girl were still here, but I know His ways are not our ways. Thank you for sharing your story.

February 25, 2009 at 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. God Bless you dear ones.

February 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger The Bounds Family said...

Thank you for sharing the photos. Your loss breaks my heart. I can not even imagine how you feel. I am amazed at your strength and faith. Cora is so proud of her mommy. You are in my prayers.

February 25, 2009 at 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been trying to find words to explain why I've been so touched by Cora. I've decided it was her smile....along with the smiles of her loving parents, her young age and the fact that God took her so quickly.

God Bless you all.

Michelle (Australia)

February 26, 2009 at 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those were some incredibly amazing pictures! Someone did an awesome job putting that together! I continue to pray for your family.

February 26, 2009 at 1:20 AM  
Blogger i love plum said...


February 26, 2009 at 6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trying so hard not to cry...

I had to stop because I'm at work. I promise to finish watching at home with my husband.

The song you chose of Steven Curtis Chapman took my breath away. I know the tragic loss of his little one too. I hope that someday soon you will be able to look at those pictures and smile instead of just shedding tears.


February 26, 2009 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

That was beautiful. She is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

February 26, 2009 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger katy said...

This was such a beautiful slideshow of your sweet girl. Thank you for sharing it with us. You and your family are in my prayers.

February 26, 2009 at 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful, amazing parents you are. Each of your pictures reflect your absolute love and care for Cora. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful video. I think about you throughout the day and my heart groans and aches for you. I am praying for you today.

February 26, 2009 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

What a beautiful baby girl. This video was as beautiful as baby Cora and brought me to tears. The song was awesome, who sang it... wrote it..I loved it!! I will be lifting your precious family up in prayer to God! Looking forward to your Etsy shop!

February 26, 2009 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger meleea said...

beautiful tribute! continuing to pray for you daily.

February 26, 2009 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Kate's Mommy said...

beautiful, praying for your family.

February 26, 2009 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Shavonne said...

What a beautiful angel Cora is. I am continuing to pray for you and your family

February 26, 2009 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Kristen Andrews said...

beautiful photos, Cora is a angel. My thoughts are w/ you, you have incredible strength. I just joined in over at Etsy to raise funds for the playground!

February 27, 2009 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Kristin Stegent said...

I watched this video yesterday and cried. I have a 9-month-old very happy baby girl, and Cora's cute expressions remind me of my daughter. I cannot even begin to imagine all that you guys are going through...and I am just so sorry! Cora is beautiful!

February 27, 2009 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are no words to explain the beauty of your montage to your little angel Cora... it is one of the most heartfelt tributes I have ever seen. Following your blog and Cora's amazing life story has forever changed me, I think about your family everyday. I have cried for days and days, marveling at your strength - while looking at the precious memories your family has shared. Your journey has drawn me closer to Christ, thank you so much for sharing with all of us!

You are forever in my families prayers....
Sara (VA)

February 27, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the sweetest thing ever!! You have more strength than i do. I admire you!! Praying for you!

Rebekah Courtney

February 27, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful, amazing daughter with us. It is clear in her photos that Cora brought pure joy to this world. Your loving family are in our prayers.

February 27, 2009 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes and my heart just breaks for you. Why these things happen I will always question and we'll never know but please please please know that your baby girl made a difference in my life. You are on my mind and in my prayers!

I saw your etsy shop has opened..I've been out of the loop the last few days. I'm going to check it out this afternoon!

Sending love your way!

February 28, 2009 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So very heartbreaking..why why why?
So very sorry for you and your amazing family. It still breaks my heart and tons of tears to see her beautiful face. May you find peace. I think of you multiple times day and night. I know that life is hard so very hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you daily. The pictures show a beautiful baby very much loved. What a great mommy and daddy you are.

February 28, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger amy said...

That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing your sweet little Cora with me...I just know that Jesus is kissing on those precious cheeks of hers. I pray for you everyday, Joel & Jess. Lifting you up still...
amy wade

a childhood friend of amy jones

February 28, 2009 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Nicolette Semmelmeyer said...

thank you for sharing your beautiful angel with us again and again! i am brought to my knees again with tears. she is so beautiful and amazing. i miss her even though i never met her. i love her even though i have never held her. i cannot fathom the depth of your pain. you are never far from my thoughts and prayers. oh she is so very loved and so are you and joel

March 1, 2009 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger Candice said...

I'm not sure the right words to say, but I want to say something. I just wanted you to know that I have been thinking about and praying for your family. I am so sorry you lost your little Cora.

I am a mom myself and my son just turned one. How lucky I am! I am keenly aware of how when you only have one baby, they are your whole world. It's only been a year, yet I can hardly remember our lives without him. You guys are so strong and so brave.

Just know, that one day you'll all be together again. I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

Sending love!

March 1, 2009 at 4:50 AM  
Blogger Ang said...

How can I say 'beautiful' a different way? Oh my goodness she just takes your breath away. (((hugs)))

March 1, 2009 at 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those shiny cheeks are way to adorable for words.
What a precious slide show of who she IS! She lives!
Strangers in Colorado!

March 1, 2009 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I continue to think of Little Cora and to pray for you, her amazing parents EVERY day. And every time, my throat and stomache get so tight. How my heart aches for you! I don't know you, yet your family has impacted my life in a huge way. All I can say is "Thank you". I cannot comprehend what you have lost - or what you have so unselfishly given by sharing your story and your baby with complete strangers.

Cora is beautiful! I can't wait to meet her - and you - someday!

March 2, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Hana said...

What a beautiful and moving montage! She is so beautiful and precious! Thanks for sharing her life with us!

March 2, 2009 at 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful baby...beautiful momma...beautiful faith...

thank you for sharing her with us...she is beautiful...

sitting in my tears for your loss,

March 3, 2009 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger The Pink Owl said...

No words except beautiful. Praying for you and your husband.

March 4, 2009 at 1:50 AM  
Blogger BEK said...

What a beautiful remembrance! She was such a blessing to people she never met, like me :) My sis is Johannah Hein and Ginger Skillen is my sis-in-law.

March 4, 2009 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

What an amazing video of you all. She is beautiful and I know God will continue to hold you through this terrible time.

March 4, 2009 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

What a treasure chest of beautiful memories you all have!! She is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this video with us. I'm expecting my first little one...a girl...on March 28, 2009...and your story is such a powerful reminder to me that these little ones are His. We are blessed each day He allows us to have with them. Angie

March 5, 2009 at 4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are such great photographers!!!

March 5, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Frugal Jen said...

Beautiful thank you for sharing. My heart absolutely breaks for you, you are in my prayers.

March 5, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing little girl! My thoughts and prayers are with you.


March 7, 2009 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger The Clarks said...

My heart aches for you as you long to hold your precious beautiful Cora! I too lost a precious son 5 years ago. He came 17 weeks too early. Our babies are safe in the arms of God right now. The wonderful thing is that we will be reunited again very soon with our precious, precious babies!! Praying the Lord will continue to give you the strength to make it through the hard days ahead.

March 7, 2009 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Rumour has it said...

What a beautiful, gorgeous little angel. I feel the pain while looking at the video. May God bless you and give you strength.
Marjolijn (Belgium)

March 11, 2009 at 4:33 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

What a beautiful video in honor of Cora! My heart aches, my throat burns and my tears are welling in my eyes for your loss. Gosh I wish so hard that she could be back in your loving arms.

She had such an infectious personality - I can tell just from the pictures - her whole face smiles!

I have bought from one of your Etsy supporters in lieu of your own items - I will buy when you have more items listed.

I run a foundation in memory of my friend's son who passed...I think it is wonderful to have a legacy for Cora....but how I wish it was not necessary! How I wish with all my heart!!!!!!!!

March 12, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I know I am posting a comment late, but just got to catch up with your blog. Wonderful pictures of your sweet Cora. It is so great you have so many of her with family that you can always go back and look at.
Your faith in God is amazing and really shines through in your posting. I am a mother to a miracle 16 month old little girl. I never thought I would be able to be a mother and now that I am I do not know how you get through the day with your angel not with you. I know the fact of her being in Heaven with our Lord has got to be the only thing to get you through.
No words really can express how sorry I am for your loss, but please know that I am sending prayers up everyday for you and your family. God bless you all.

March 20, 2009 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Sherry said...

Hello, I was recently told about Cora and her story and am viewing your blog for the first time. Your family is a beautiful one. Your daughter looks absolutely precious in the photos, I'm sure you miss her every minute. Reading your story was heartbreaking, even more so since my husband and I have a 9 month old baby boy and can't even begin to imagine what you faced. Time is precious and one of the many things I've taken away from your story is to appreciate every second. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, your story is one I will never forget.

April 13, 2009 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Joel and Jess,
I found your blog just the other day and began reading your story. Like most of your readers, my heart simply broke for you and the hole you have in your hearts. Cora was beautiful and such an amazing little baby. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family - I know that the hurt and sorrow never fully goes away.

However, I would also like to give you a gift - small by all means, but something to let you know that the blog world loves you and is praying for you. I have a small design business and would love (that is if you would like) to create you a special blog design. Something with fun colors that Cora would love. If that is ok, please email me (I tried to email you, but your email isn't listed here, so I thought this would be the best way) at I would love to talk with you a bit more about a design for you and of course, want this to be a representation of you, and Cora.

In prayer for you,

May 1, 2009 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Mission of mamahood said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful little girl. Praying for you and your family as you await the day you will hold her again.

May 1, 2009 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

May God bless your hearts and give peace to your souls. I have cried for the loss of your precious Cora. She was an angel on earth. Reading your story makes me appreciate every little thing in my life all the way down to my kid's laundry. You have made me feel so blessed today!

May 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Carla said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful songs, beautiful girl. Her time here was so short but so so blessed. Thinking of you often x

December 4, 2009 at 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just stumbled upon your website and I'm in full blown tears. Cora was such a beautiful little baby and you are a beautiful mommy/person. My heart breaks for you. I admire all of your strength and your faith in the Lord. I plan to come back again and again. I will pray for your family.

February 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger HWess said...

I wish your photo montage was linked to your story page... it tells so much more than words ever could about how beautiful your baby girl is.

April 29, 2010 at 11:17 PM  

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