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Monday, February 9, 2009

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God be your comforter at this sorrowful time! We hope you can rejoice knowing that your Cora is now pain free and an angel singing in the heavens above. What a precious promise we have to cling to. A song comes to mind that I know, it's called, "I'll be waiting on the Farside Banks of Jordan." In it, it says, I'll be waiting drawing pictures in the sand, and when I see you coming, I will rise up with a shout and come running through the shallow waters reaching for your hand. We hope you can cling to this hope the rest of your lives until you meet baby Cora in heaven. God be with you.

February 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

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February 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Christi Crow said...

Wow I was so saddened to hear about your sweet little girl. We lost our son to neuroblastoma as well. He was 3 years old. It is such a horrible disease. I hope you can rest in Gods hands and know that although she didn't receive the earthly healing you all wanted she did receive the ultimate healing and she is now cancer free! We'll be praying for your family.

February 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had heard the news yesterday and was completely heartbroken. I'm so sorry for your loss.

And what a wonderful way to celebrate and honor Cora's life, a playground in her name.

I pray for comfort and peace during this difficult time.


February 9, 2009 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Twice as Nice said...

Just broke our hearts when we heard the news about Sweet Cora. We will be praying for you family.

February 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

Heard about sweet Cora on another blog and wanted to send you big E-hugs. There are never any words except to say we're praying and to lean on Jesus. It's so hard not to want to blame God. Just know that He knows how you feel and He wants to carry you through this. *HUGS*

February 9, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Christensen's said...

I am so sorry for your loss! Take comfort that your beautiful little girl is with her Heavenly Father. May you have a peaceful feeling as you go through this sad time. We will be praying for you.

February 9, 2009 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I was so sad when I heard about Cora. Such a beautiful little girl. She is with God now and sitting on his knee. You and your family will be in my prayers. Love in Christ - Valerie

February 9, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Care said...

What a precious and wonderful way to show Cora's memory. I love you two and your entire families. My heart continues to break for the loss you are experiencing. May God surround you with His strong arms of comfort. I will be praying and praying and praying for your hearts.


February 9, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Kim Mattes said...

I don't know you, but my prayers are with you and your family.

February 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know you personally but I have followed your blog and I am sooo extremely sorry for the loss of your precious baby girl. Know that you all are in God's hands. Also remember it's okay to ask God questions and voice your frustrations and anger. Remember David in the Psalms. I'm in Oklahoma and I'm participating in the Relay for Life here and I would be honored if I could participate in honor of your little girl. You are in my prayers.

February 9, 2009 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

there are no words, I am so sorry for your loss!

February 9, 2009 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

My heart breaks for you. Praying God shines His light into this dark time.

February 9, 2009 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger The Mershawn's said...

"I'll lend you for a little time a child of mine, He said,
for you to love the while she lives and mourn for when she's dead. It may be five or six years, or twenty- two or three. But will you, till I call her back, take care of her for me? She'll bring her charms to gladden you and should her stay be brief, you'll have her lovely memories as solace for your grief. I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return. But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn. I've looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true. And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes I have selected you. Now will you give her all your love, nor think the labor vain, nor hate me when I come to call to take her back again? I fancied that I heard you say, 'Dear Lord, Thy will be done. For all the joy thy child shall bring; the risk of grief we'll run. We'll shelter her with tenderness, we'll love her while we may. And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay. But should the angels call for her much sooner than we've planned, we'll brace the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.'"
Edgar A. Guest

Our hearts are hurting for you both. Big hugs, tears, and prayers sent your way.

February 9, 2009 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been in a funk ever since I read the incredibly sad news of Cora. My heart broke in half and I'll hug my children tighter because of her. I'm so sorry for you loss and may you know you have touched so many lives with your are all in my thoughts and prayers and may you find God's comfort during this unbelieveably difficult time. Hang onto each other tightly, your love for each other will get you through.

February 9, 2009 at 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There really are no words that come to my mind to type in this small space, and yet I am compelled to say something. My heart is aching for your loss...for you both...for the emptiness that has become your home. I serve the same God as you...the One who does not justify the bad that happens here on earth but promises to one day redeem these things. The God who offers grace in personal ways I am praying upon tangible ways. Cora was and is so beautiful...and I praise God that she is no longer suffering. But I know the hole in your hearts and lives is vast and I am praying God will comfort you in ways that are beyond imagining.

February 9, 2009 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger John Deere Mom said...

Your faith is inspiring...truly. I have been visiting so many people's blogs who are going through such tragedies and am amazed at the strength and faith that each parent has. I got so angry reading that Cora had gone to be with Jesus. I was mad. And I yelled and I cried. And then I went back and read several of the scripture passages you quoted. Thank you. God Bless and may He carry you through this heartbreaking time.

February 9, 2009 at 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never met you all in person, but heard about your family in a friends blog that you needed lots of prayers. Since that day I have been thinking, praying and keeping up on your blog. I am so, so sorry to hear about Cora! What a sweet precious gift only to have for such a short amount of time. There are no soothing words right now but please know that we are thinking and praying for you! We are so glad for Cora that she is NO longer suffering, but so sorry for your loss! The Stout Family, KS

February 9, 2009 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Laura ~Peach~ said...

my heart is breaking for you and your family, you are added to our prayers.

February 9, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

My prayers are with you. I am thankful to know that you are believers--lean into God right now, he will help you survive the days that seem impossible. Your sweet Cora is healed in heaven and is with Jesus. When my baby died, I was given a picture of Jesus rocking a baby--that image was and still is very comforting to me.

February 9, 2009 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I came over from "Circle of Life" to express my sympathy to you and your family during this time. May God bless and comfort you.

February 9, 2009 at 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying and praying and praying

February 9, 2009 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

In Memory of Cora McClenahan
A Prayer For Joel and Jess

The sorrows are many…
the words are few.
With the unanswered questions,
they know not what to do.
Lord, help them see the sadness
through Your eyes of love…
for we know You are perfect,
Dear Father above.
They are looking to You
with a heavy heart…
“Why send us sweet Cora, to now be apart?”
Lord, we know You have a plan…
a perfect one to be sure,
as You work all for good
to the heart that is pure.
On winged angels send comfort
to Joel and to Jess,
for their path seems unbearable…
to You, I confess.
Send to them peace, send them strength,
and Your abundant love…
for only You can sustain them,
Heavenly Father above.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Christy Klein

February 9, 2009 at 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lifting you up in prayer at this difficult time. I just came upon your blog today, through Harper's blog and I'm so very sorry for your tremendous loss of your sweet and precious daughter, Cora. What a beautiful babygirl...I'm just so very sorry and will pray daily for the comfort for you that only God can give.

February 9, 2009 at 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The loss of a child is something that you will never get over. I do not say this to discourge you but to prepare you. God however does have a way of making the hurt have purpose and over time allowing the sad memories to fade and only the good ones to remain. Has someone who had lost a child prior to my loss told me, they are only lent to us from their Holy Father and he will be the one that will bring peace and comfort beyound understanding.

Praying for you in your time of need.

A parent from Texas

February 9, 2009 at 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just "happened" (I believe God brought me here) to run across your blog. I will be praying for the Lord to give you and Cora's entire family grace and strength for each day.
Kay from Minnesota

February 9, 2009 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Queen B. said...

Prayer of Faith

We trust that beyond absence, there is a presence.

That beyond the pain, there can be healing.

That beyond brokenness, there can be wholeness.

That beyond the anger, there may be peace.

That beyond the hurting, there may be forgiveness.

That beyond silence, there may be the word.

That beyond the word, there may be understanding.

February 9, 2009 at 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the loss of you're beautiful little Cora. Its just not fair. God must need her for bigger and better things in Heaven.

February 9, 2009 at 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please know that your family is in my prayers. I pray that you will feel God's loving arms wrapped around you in this most difficult time. I don't even know you, and just found your blog, and have already cried many tears for your family. Cora is such a beautiful, beautiful girl. At least you can be assured now that she is no longer suffering, and that she is completely healed. Your family will continue to be uplifted in my prayers.

February 9, 2009 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I don't think I have ever cried so hard in my life, honestly. I found your blog today, maybe it was a sign or something. I am so sorry for your loss and will not take one more second with my daughter for granted. You are an inspiration.

February 9, 2009 at 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please know that you are in my prayers. May God surround you tomorrow and in the days to come.

Christie - Arkansas

February 9, 2009 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I know there are no words to lessen your pain. I'm so read of Cora's passing, breaks my heart. I'm praying for your family during this most difficult time.

February 9, 2009 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

My heart broke as I read about your loss of Cora Paige. Your family is in our prayers. I am so sorry for your loss...God be with you.

February 9, 2009 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Laurie in Ca. said...

I am so very sorry for your heartbreak and I want you to know you will be in my prayers from this day forward. What a beautiful baby, your Cora. May God's peace fill you and carry you gently in the days, weeks and months ahead. My heart is hurting for you tonight.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

February 9, 2009 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger E said...

Hello, I found your blog through Kelly's Corner. I am praying for you right now as I type this. I pray that our sweet Jesus will wrap His mighty to save arms around you, and comfort you. :)

February 9, 2009 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger CT Mom said...

I hugged my daughters tighter tonight. My heart and prayers go out to you.

February 9, 2009 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger In With the Light said...

my thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband. I pray God heals your hearts and helps you stay strong.

February 9, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My words will not suffice, so I will rely on the Word of God:

"So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

I love you, I will be there tomorrow.
Love, Angela (Hudson) Leaverton

February 9, 2009 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger jandkland said...

Like others, I came here from Kelly's Korner, and I came to Kelly's from MckMama's site. It seems that one thing always leads to another when I read blogs, and I find myself reading about so many families I don't know who are enduring heartache I don't want to imagine. I can't fathom what the past several weeks have done to you as parents and as individuals. My husband and I have two little girls, and every time I looked at Cora's photos--whether she was smiling her beautiful smile or enduring treatments and hooked to machines--I saw her with a parent's eyes. I know what it is to feel that depth of love. We give as much as possible to childhood cancer research and pray for families like yours, but I can't for the life of me understand why our good God lets these things happen to the smallest and the sweetest. I don't know how hard you will struggle to answer the question, "Why?" but I pray that you will somehow feel the peace that passes understanding--the peace that doesn't make sense because no one in your situation should feel peace. Your precious little one will be remembered.


February 9, 2009 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger The Mama said...

I just saw a post on Kelly's Korner about your little girl. I clicked over and read your whole journey with this battle and I am speechless. I've been crying and crying just imagining a 10th of what you are going through. I'm so very sorry for you loss. I will be praying for you and your family during this awfully hard time. I'm so sorry you are experiencing pain that I can't even begin to imagine without breaking down in tears. Cora Paige is beautiful and will be forever in your hearts. From a KS mom of 3 and one on the way,

February 9, 2009 at 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I asked God for Strength…
And He gave me difficulties to make me strong.

I asked God for Wisdom…
And He gave me problems to solve.

I asked God for Prosperity…
And He gave me brain and brawn to work.

I asked God for Courage…
And He gave me danger to overcome.

I asked God for Love…
And He gave me troubled people to help.

I asked God for Favors…
And He gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted…
And I received everything I needed.

- Author Unknown

February 9, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I just found your blog through another and my heart aches for you and your family. I am praying that God would comfort you in a way only He can and I am so so sorry for the lose of your sweet, beautiful little girl. May God surround you with His love. Praying in Houston.

February 9, 2009 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger allison said...

My heart is broken. Cora was beautiful. I followed your blog from Kelly's Korner. My family will be praying for you.

February 9, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Three Boy Joys said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Cora. Her smile could light up a room and she was just an absolutely gorgeous and precious baby.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very sad time. Please know that many caring thoughts are being sent to you from afar.

February 9, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger michele said...

My heart breaks for your family. Please know that you are being lifted up in prayer. God bless you and carry you through these dark times.

February 9, 2009 at 9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jess and Joel, I went back and read your blog, backwards, one post at a time, and I was stunned at how many things were...well, I don't even know the word for it. One comment that stands out is when you said you hoped you could handle a situation with as much grace as your friend when her baby came early. Another is when you commented on your washing machine breaking down, after saying your bathroom bathtub was sick, as well as Cora having the ear infections, and then you said hopefully no more sickness in this house. There were other times too when something you said just took my breath away, and sent me back into sobbing. I think you are amazing, and I say that with the knowledge that whatever is good and strong comes from the Lord. I also think that it is just so unfair, that little life was just too short. What you were able to capture through pictures and posts on your blog is so wonderful, a treasure. From the time she was born until she had to go, her life was so sweet. Full of love. It is obvious from each and every word you wrote how much you love her, loved being at home with her, delighted in her. Precious. I keep praying that God will indeed bring you peace, comfort, all that. Who can understand these things? Your hold on Scripture and clinging to Him whose words you have hidden deep in your heart will certainly help you through day by day. My heart is full of sorrow on your behalf, and I pray that you are both surrounded by folks who can love on and care for you. Take care of each other.

February 9, 2009 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger The Nelson Family said...

My heart is broken for you and your family. Cora is so beautiful. God bless you. My prayers will be with you.
Kristen from Little Rock

February 9, 2009 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for you both and will continue to do so. God has promised that His grace for us will be sufficient for each moment.
Sometimes I believe the grace comes to us one minute at a time, as we go through suffering.
I have never experienced the loss of a child, but I have experienced and have seen this minute by minute grace evidenced in the lives of those, who like you are faced with umimaginable pain, as you . I am truly sorry for your loss and am looking forward to the day when we all get together in Heaven.

February 9, 2009 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Tickled Pink And Green said...

I don't know you at all, but have been reading your older blog posts about precious little Cora Paige. She was an absolutely adorable child and my heart breaks for you today.

February 9, 2009 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Patrice and Higgins said...

Praying for your loss. In our staff meeting this morning we prayed for you and we will continue praying for you.

February 9, 2009 at 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I don't know you I have seen a glimps of you and your beautiful daughter. I am praying for you and your husband.

February 9, 2009 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

My heart breaks for you and your family. What a beautiful little girl. You have lots of sweet memories of her and know now that she is with Christ, who said, "let the little children come unto me. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this sad time, but with assurances that one day you will all be together again.

February 9, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Davene said...

You can add my tears to the rivers that have flowed for your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Words are inadequate, but I am so grateful for the promise of heaven and the tender care Cora is receiving there now. I'll be praying for you in the days to come.

February 9, 2009 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Brian and Staci said...

Will be praying for strength for you tomorrow....and for a very long time.

February 9, 2009 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger The Schilling's from Cimarron said...

We will see you at the celebration of Cora's life. We may not get to talk to you much, but we wanted you to know how much we love you and have been praying for your peace and comfort through this. Our hearts have been breaking for you this whole journey. You have touched soooooo many lives with your love, faith and hope... Cora made such an impact on sooo many people. Her smile and fight will never be forgotten!

love you and see you soon!

AMIE and Jason Schilling

February 9, 2009 at 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just think how she blessed all who knew her, and the hundreds of thousands who didn't. I don't think in my 62 years I have blessed as many lives as she. What a beautiful child of God.

Forth Worth, Indiana

February 9, 2009 at 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so sorry to hear about Cora's passing. Joel & Jessica you and your entire family are in our hearts & prayers. May God give you strength and be with you always. You have a beautiful angel smiling down on you.

February 9, 2009 at 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I cannot be there for her service, I will be there in prayer.

Today, I looked at my children differently than before.
Today, I said 'Yes!' to that puzzle in the middle of trying to get dinner on. Today, when my little girl hugged me I didn't let go so quickly. Today, I gave even more kisses at bedtime.

Thank you Cora for reminding me that every single day with my children is a gift from God. I know that I am only one of the thousands of people who you have touched like this. All in 11 months. What a blessing you are, sweet little baby.

February 9, 2009 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend of mine just directed me to your blog and I've been on it for over an hour. I feel such an ache for you. As a first-time mom of a little girl, I can now get an idea of your pain. I know you must be just devastated and struggling to even take your next breath. I want you to know that you will not leave my thoughts and prayers for quite awhile. I know our Great and Mighty Comforter will give you the strength that you need. Please allow yourself to rest and grieve in His unending love. I know you must ache to hold her. Remember that He is holding her and that is all she'll ever need. She is loved. God put her on this earth for the time he intended and now she has accomplised her purpose and she's back with Him. Maybe you'll never understand, but you can trust Him. Much love and prayers.


February 10, 2009 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Cottage At Dove Canyon said...

I have thought about you and your family all day after reading about sweet little Cora on a friend's blog. You are in my prayers.

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

I'm verry sorry to hear about your daughter. I believe she is in a place where she can be a happy and carefree and she will watch over you for the rest of your life. Please remember that you're not alone and that you will always have friends and family around you that will support, help and love you. I will be praying for you.

February 10, 2009 at 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you look up into the sky, and when it rains and you see a rainbow ~ think of Cora, when you see the bright stars at night twinkling ~ think of Cora, and when you see the love, that you have for each other ~ think of Cora. The love of life is in the name, of Cora, and may you remember her, with the love that she brought you...God Bless you and your family!

February 10, 2009 at 1:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. I just met Cora through the acor website for neuroblastoma. I've been praying (and crying) for your family as I read your blogs. Even though I know Cora is with God and the other NB angels now it still breaks our hearts.
God Bless You and Keep You in his embrace.
Brenda Laux, mother to Madalyn Laux dx Stage IVNB 1/31/07

February 10, 2009 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Tori said...

I came here by way of Kelly's blog. My heart breaks for you during this time and I will lift you up in prayer. God will bring comfort and peace, and will give you renewed strength each day.

February 10, 2009 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Angie Smith said...

i just wanted to know that although i haven't walked exactly the same path as you, i lost my daughter in april and i understand the emotion, the confusion, the sheer mental chaos that would overtake us were it not for our great God. i wanted to make myself available to you in the event that you wanted someone to talk to, and i would be happy to pass along my more personal info if you would like to speak in person. SO many people have emailed me and asked me to put you on my blog for prayer....i know you have a mighty team of warriors all around you.

i guess i just wanted you to know you had one more...

with much love and deepest sadness,
angie smith

February 10, 2009 at 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One minute at a time, I imagine that is how you are coping. I am so very sorry. Please remember, just because she is no longer with you physically, she will always be with you. I just started reading your story, but I know that your daughter received more love than some people get in a lifetime. You are wonderful parents. Know that so many people are praying for you, some people that never pray! Her life has already shown such an example. Thank you so much for sharing her with us.
With much love,
Amber (Las Vegas)

February 10, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for your precious family. My heart breaks for you and I know that only our heavenly Father can give comfort during times like this. There are no words. And although we've never met, you will be on my mind and in my prayers for along time. May those prayers and the prayers of thousand of other internet "friends" help carry you through this.
Michelle in Springdale AR

February 10, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you today!!!!

February 10, 2009 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Liz Harrell said...

My heart aches for you both... may God bless you.

February 10, 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Juliann said...

I am praying for you now, and will be this afternoon. I know you are hurting, and I am praying somehow God will bring you comfort.

Juliann (Gurnee, IL)

February 10, 2009 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Oh, she is so beautiful. So very, very beautiful. My heart is sincerely broken for the pain and unspeakable sorrow here on this earth for those who love your precious little girl. I praise Jesus that His mercies are new every morning, and I pray He lavishes you with an abundance of peace. May each day bring you hope, even in the midst of tears and the awesome weight of sadness.

I thank God for the gift of life, and for the days you had to treasure Cora here on earth. I thank Him too for the gift of eternal life, and for the promise that you will get to treasure her once again in heaven. Next time, there will be no sad goodbyes. Thank you, Jesus, and please, send comfort. Lots and lots of comfort.

May God bless you, and please know that my heartfelt prayers are with you in the coming days.

February 10, 2009 at 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're a stranger to me, but I can't stop thinking about you, your family, and your beautiful girl, Cora. We have the bond of motherhood, and I can only imagine the depths of your grief. I am praying for God to give you guys strength to believe in Him, in salvation. Jesus has walked the road that you are on, and has illuminated the way for you. He is beside you, there to carry you when needed. He has promised us all eternal life. Your Cora is in peace now, and will meet you again. Please know that you will be in my prayers forever, and although this process is ongoing for you, that raw pain will eventually lessen in time. I pray that you find hope and peace on your journey. Leslie in CT

February 10, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

I have prayed daily for you and your family. I cannot understand how you must feel, this is truly sad. I believe God has a reason for everything and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I pray that the Lord will give you strength and his support for you to grieve and celebrate that precious babys life. Your friend in Christ~ Molly P

February 10, 2009 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Blessing Counter said...

Just needed you to know I'm praying for you today. May God hold you close and may his perfect peace wash over you.

February 10, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I found your story yesterday via Bring the Rain. Just want you to know that we are lifting you up in prayer, our hearts are broken for you.

February 10, 2009 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

I came across your blog for the first time today- First of all, I am so very sorry for your loss. I just felt I needed to let you know I am starting a prayer chain at my church for you and your family. My heart is absolutely broken for you, and just reading this today I feel I know you and love you in Christ already. May the Lord's peace overcome the understanding that is impossible to find. God bless you both and please know you are being uplifted by many. In the times when you can't lift your hands or your head, that's when your family in Christ is there to do it for you. Please know I send my deepest sympathy and love.

February 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger MIMILEE said...

I am praying fervently for you in your loss.....May our Lord the great comforter be with in a special way as He promises He will be. Cora Paige is a beautiful precious and fully healed ANGEL and is in the arms of Jesus now. What a BLESSED Hope we have as Christians and to know one day you will be reunited with your darling child, Cora! Grace and Peace be with you both. <><

February 10, 2009 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Please know that many in the world are loving and praying for you today. Your sweet Cora has led people to Christ-what a blessing! I hope to meet you one day in person-God Bless. We will be lifting you up all day.

February 10, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Shea said...

I don't know your family. My heart is broken. I can only imagine how hard this time must be for you. I have few words, but many prayers.

February 10, 2009 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger The Wrights said...

You on our minds and in our hearts today. May God give you strength on this very difficult day. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. Cora was a blessing from God. She touched many lives.
God bless you!
Carson, Kara, Carson, Owen, Stella and Isaac Wright

February 10, 2009 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

Sweet Cora has touched our lives. Please know that we will be with you today in thought and prayer.
God be with you both.
The Nagles

February 10, 2009 at 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you today at this moment. A day that a parent shouldn't ever have to face. God Bless you and your faith!

February 10, 2009 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Sweet Child Kisses said...

My heart breaks for you in this time of sorrow. I am praying for you all. Remember the joy she brought to your lives and remember you will see her again some day. Now she is looking down on you.

February 10, 2009 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

Joel and Jess,

I am praying for you on this difficult day. My heart is truly heavy for you - all that you have already endure and what is waiting still.

Praying God's abundant grace be showered down upon you today.

Much Love & Tears,
Christy Klein

February 10, 2009 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger kristin said...

How truly heartbroken I am for you
all. It's beyond sad and I am crying for you. I pray for your
comfort and that you will somehow get thru the next days, weeks, months. There is just not enough words to express my sorrow for you. With much Christian love...

February 10, 2009 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Praying for you both today for strength and peace.
Love from Mississippi!

February 10, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Lost in Space said...

There really are no words...I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Cora. What a beautiful little girl. Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

February 10, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thinking about you guys today as you have to endure such a sad day that all parents should never have to face. You are inspirational and your faith is a true testimony to God's mercy and grace during this dark time. I wish I were closer so that I could lend my support for your family today and the days, months, and years to come. Continue to lean on God and through Him healing will come to know that Cora is in a better place filled with the same love that you both had for her here on Earth. You guys continue to be in my thoughts and prayers today and always. I have been touched by your precious angels story and for that I am truly grateful for getting to read, cry, and have alot of emotion along with you all. I will be sending a donation to the chuch to help fund Cora's playground. What a way to honor her happy spirit. I know she is playing on the playground in Heaven with all the other children looking down and sending love and peace to her family letting you guys know she is okay and that she thanks you guys for being her wonderful parents here on Earth. You will meet again in Heaven but until then God will protect her and love her because she is His child.

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

This must be such an incredibly difficult time for you both and your family.
I'm so deeply sorry for your loss... what a precious baby girl.
You'll see her and hold her again... she is good hands.
Deepest sympathies, N

February 10, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuosly praying for you and your family. I'm so sorry.

February 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a moment of silence for sweet Cora.

Dear Lord,

Please at this very moment (1pm) be with this family. They need your comfort more than I could possibly know.

February 10, 2009 at 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In prayer. My face, computer, hands, shirt and lap are wet with tears.

February 10, 2009 at 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and praying for you today as you celebrate Cora's life with family and friends.

Praying in Washington,

February 10, 2009 at 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Joel and Jess. I am writing again from Haiti, knowing that you're holding Cora's memorial service right now. I have been praying for you throughout these past couple hours, as I can only imagine all that you are experiencing today. I wish I could be there. Our whole family - all the way down to 3 year old Brendan is mourning with you and praying for God's goodness and peace to cover you in these moments and the days ahead. My kids are talking about how much they want to go to Heaven and see Jesus and baby Cora now!

We love you and are so sorry for this hard road you are traveling. We're so thankful God is with you.

Jennifer and Jarod

February 10, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying hard for you as your memorial service begins. I pray that you are lifted up during this difficult time.

February 10, 2009 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I pray for comfort and strength to get through this difficult time.
Cora isn't hurting anymore, she's instead resting and playing and smiling down on you from our fathers kingdom.
We'll be praying for you.

February 10, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Valley Girl said...

Just thinking of your family today, praying for all those that will come and be with you in remembering Cora, that you all will be filled up with loving support and carried through this day on the wings of angels. God bless you today.

February 10, 2009 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger OHN said...

There are so many things in life that I simply do not understand. Your family is in my prayers.

February 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Praying for you today. May you hold dear the 11 months of memories you had with your precious little girl. May God grant you the courage and strength to face each new day. Thanks for being such an amazing witness to the world for your faith.


February 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God comfort and hold you both as we you celebrate the life of your beautiful daughter Cora. My heart broke when I heard of her passing. She is with God now and is one of his most precious angles watching over all of those she loved and those who loved her. May God hold her tight until you can have her in your arms once again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

February 10, 2009 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

My heart is broken for you. I'm praying for you to be enveloped in the peace that passes understanding.

February 10, 2009 at 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May sweet, sweet Cora rest in peace. What a beautiful little girl now in God's hands. May God comfort you and keep you during these trying times.

February 10, 2009 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Mandy Rose said...

My heart goes out to your family. I can not even imagine what you are going through. Cora looks like such a beautiful little girl. Much like my 18 month old soon Parker. I am praying for your family.

February 10, 2009 at 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Tiffany and I was one of Cora's nurses at Wesley. I was full of sadness when I arrived at work on Monday and saw that her name was no longer on the room assignment board. My sadness can in no way compare to what the two of you are feeling right now. My heart goes out to your family and friends during this tough time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

February 10, 2009 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. Cora is a precious little angel.
We will be praying for strength and comfort for your family.

God's Blessings to you all.

February 10, 2009 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Such a deep, deep sadness. I do know though that your precious Cora will live in your hearts forever. I'm praying for you to make some sense out of all this if that's possible and find the strength to go on. That baby girl touched an army of lives for the better. God bless you!

February 10, 2009 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger The Rhoads said...

I do not personally know your family. I heard about your story through another fellow blogger. I pray that God's abundant peace fills your heart.
Thinking and praying for your family...

February 10, 2009 at 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to probably write the same thing that most other people have been writing. I just want you to know that I live half way around the country from you and I am thinking of you. We will probably never meet, but I feel so much of your pain. There are no words to help. Only time will help you to adjust. Nothing will make it better. How blessed you are to have known such a beautiful angel. God bless you and your family.

February 10, 2009 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger cherry said...

I am sooo sooo sorry for your loss! I will pray for your family. I came over from Sarahs at thrifty decor chick. May God grant you strength and endurance during this time. God Bless You!!! Cherry

February 10, 2009 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger leahneer said...

Today is the day of one of the most difficult times in your lives. I can't imagine how hard today was for you and my thoughts were with you constantly. I had a moment of silence for you and Cora at 1 today when the celebration of her life was going on. I am a stranger to you but feel such pain for you. I have spread your story to others around me to have them pray for your comfort and peace during this heartbreaking time. Below is a saying I use to see me through times those who have passed away in my life. May it touch you in ways big and small and may you find some peace.

"In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them. In the glowing of the wind and in the chill of winter; In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring; in the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer; in the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn; in the beginning of the year and when it ends; When we are weary and in the need of strength; When we are lost and sick at heart; When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them. So long we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them."

There are many ways to remember your precious little girl and they will come to you in various ways.....look for them as they will touch you in ways you cannot imagine and help you to feel closer to her. God bless prayers are with you and your family now and the days ahead.

February 10, 2009 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger THE SPIVEY"S said...

I am oh so sorry to hear of your family's lose. My God comfort you and your family in your time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

February 10, 2009 at 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to let you know that we've been thinking about the memorial(and everything surrounding this trial), and we especially wanted to lift you up in prayer for the service. I wanted to send this at the exact time 1:00PM(10:00AM my time), but then my computer went down. Please know that we have been prayer warriors for your WHOLE family and know that we will continue to do so. I am a nurse, but I've honestly never experienced anything like this. I am in awe and overwhelmed by this outpouring of LOVE and SUPPORT.We have been so touched. Our hearts are changed forever.

February 10, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psalm 42:5 comes to my mind. I can't tell you how much hope I had for your situation to turn out differently. I am so sorry, We will continue to pray for you. I wish there were words that could comfort. Sending love and prayers.

February 10, 2009 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to something so special!

February 10, 2009 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger karen said...

May God Bless you and your family at this heartbreaking time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

February 10, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your story and your little girl has helped me more than you will ever imagine. This past 2 weeks has been an eye-opener for me. I have found my way back to the Lord, to my children, and to my marriage. Joel and Jessica- You will never imagine the impact your Cora has had on my life. Thank You for your Beautiful Girl. Thank you so very much. I pray that God lifts you up and surrounds you with peace..
God Bless your family!

February 10, 2009 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Hans' Mom said...

Prayers of love and peace, comfort and understading going out to you at this time of your great loss. Your Cora was a beautiful thing, and so was your love for her.

another "NB" mom

February 10, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

You are in my prayers. My deepest sympathies for your loss. I am certain that God has a new angle in Heaven working miracles for him.

God be with you.

February 10, 2009 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Sweet Cora,

I have been following your journey. I am overwhelmed with sadness and want so badly to put my arms around your mommy and daddy.

You have taught me many lessons over this short period of time.

Joel and Jess,

I cannot get your family off my mind. You are incredible Children of God and your Sweet Cora will never be forgotten.

February 11, 2009 at 2:10 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I don't even have words to express how my heart aches for you. I am praying for your family. I am praying for peace and comfort...

February 11, 2009 at 2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What though the radiance that was once so bright, be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind." ~ William Wordsworth

February 11, 2009 at 4:44 AM  
Blogger Oonie said...

No child has ever been more loved. What a beautiful life you gave Cora. Peace and blessings to you all, including those sweet cousins who clearly will miss her so much.

February 11, 2009 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Lesley said...

By Cinthia G. Kelley

My grief is like a river,
I have to let it flow,
but I myself determine
just where the banks will go.

Some days the current takes me
in waves of guilt and pain,
but there are always quiet pools
where I can rest again.

I crash on rocks of anger;
my faith seems faint indeed,
but there are other swimmers
who know that what I need

Are loving hands to hold me
when the waters are too swift,
and someone kind to listen
when I just seem to drift.

Grief's river is a process
of relinquishing the past.
By swimming in hope's channels,
I'll reach the shore at last.

I am so very sorry for your loss...may her spirit live on in all who knew and loved her....

February 11, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I am so sorry for the lost of your precious baby. I found your blog yesterday and read all of your posts . I am heartbroken for you and kept waking up and praying for you. I cannot imagine the pain you are going through. Their is nothing that I can say to make you feel better but I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cora is now your little angel and she is watching over you.
Again I am sorry .
God be with you.

February 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

This is particularly close to home as I have a daughter named Cora (and also a daughter named Grace).

I'm praying for you. Truly.

Cora's Playground -- BEAUTIFUL idea.

February 11, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Thinking of you and praying for you today.

February 11, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for loss of your sweet baby girl, Cora. I know what cancer can do to families because I lost my aunt to this terrible disease 2 years ago. There are know words that anyone can say to you that will help you get through this, but lean on your faith and trust that Jesus is watching over you and Cora and He will lead you through this horrible journey. I hope that you know Cora is no longer suffering and she is in Heaven with the angels and they will hold her until you meet her again! My love, prayers, sorrow, and thoughts are with you and your families and I wish you peace in your time of sorrow. Alot of people in Auburn, Alabama are praying for you and we will continue to lift you up to the Lord!

February 11, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are again with you during this difficult time. Cora touched so many in her short life and will continue to do so in her passing. I am so sorry for your loss.

-Alison V.

February 11, 2009 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger hbeary said...

I have set Cora's big black and white photo on my screen saver on my computer! Every time I go to my computer I see her beautiful, sweet, smiling face...and I pray for you both, your families, and for Cora. I don't understand any of this...but I admire your faith...I am SO incredibly sorry for your pain and loss. As much as you were blessed to have her in your lives, she's was equally blessed to have such amazing people as her parents!

February 13, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

You are in my prayers.


February 14, 2009 at 9:24 AM  

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