The Macs

Friday, February 27, 2009


We are OPEN!

(after just a slight delay...)

Come check out our new shop:

My brother Matt made these awesome blocks. Aren't they fantastic? They will be listed sometime tomorrow morning in our shop.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


i can't wait to buy something.

i have an etsy shop as well; i will be adding charity pieces soon!

although i don't know your family you have been in my prayers constantly lately.

sending love.

February 27, 2009 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger Falling Around said...


The Cora Shop is fabulous! You have such wonderfully unique pieces - love it all!

Unfortunately my daughter is way too big for these adorable little items, but I KNOW all of this will sell-sell-sell! Too cute for words - you and your mom did a great job!

Constantly in my thoughts & prayers,
Christy Klein

February 27, 2009 at 12:56 AM  
Blogger The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique said...

That's awesome...I'm off to check it out right now.....unfortunately we don't have any children, so I can't make any purchases.....we are doing our part to support your cause...your story has really touched our hearts. We have an etsy store as well and have been selling like crazy!

You are in our prayers.
The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique

February 27, 2009 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger by: Brian and Lacey McKay said...

Congrats on your new shop! I can't wait to check out everything! But I can already tell that sequined cherry onesie totally has my name written all over it!

February 27, 2009 at 1:27 AM  
Blogger Jennifer W said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Can't wait to check out the whole store and hopefully stock up. I am so happy you have found an outlet, and something to work for, in Cora's name. What an amazing little lady.

February 27, 2009 at 1:31 AM  
Blogger From the Dotte said...

Hello Macs,
I found your story through Valerie. Please know you have been in my thoughts and prayers from the moment I read your blog. I have been waiting for your store to open and can't wait to purchase something. I am not sure what else to say except that each day I hope your heart hurts a little less, and that you have touched many lives with your love and faith.

February 27, 2009 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger oneordinaryday said...

Wow. Get ready to be so very busy. There is so much support for your family out there.

February 27, 2009 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh everything is beautiful JUST like Cora!!!! I am SO excited!! You and your mom did an amazing job! I still think of you daily and pray for you and Joel. You are such amazing people!
Hugs and prayers,
Heather~ On the Homefront

February 27, 2009 at 5:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your shop looks great!! I love the dresses they are so cute:)

February 27, 2009 at 6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello. i'm so sorry for your loss. i am glad though that the etsy community has drawn together and that you are finding some therapy in the crafting. praying for healing in your hearts.

February 27, 2009 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Awwwww, how exciting, and how CUTE!!!!! :o)

February 27, 2009 at 6:25 AM  
Blogger Misty Rice said...

Oh wow.... these are fantastic. I am totally and truly impressed. I love the little dress and what a great idea for burp clothes and or cloth diapers. I will swing by and check it all out today.

God Bless and what a wonderful job!!!!

February 27, 2009 at 6:26 AM  
Blogger Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Praying His richest blessings over you...

February 27, 2009 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Miranda said...

AWESOME!!! I am on my way there now. Everything is beautiful! I will be purchasing something for my son. He is 2 days younger than Cora. No beautiful little dresses for him but the blocks look great. Hehe. Keep up the beautiful crafting.

February 27, 2009 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger The Mumaw's said...

I love the items!!!! ADORABLE!!!
I want a set of blocks, does he personalize?
Amy Mumaw

February 27, 2009 at 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE the dress! I can't wait to head over and buy some, it will be like my daughter is wearing a little blessings made with your very blessed hands!

February 27, 2009 at 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just went over to the store in search of a dress and I see your out of my daughter's size :) Way to go! I will keep checking I need size 18 months. Blessings

February 27, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL items!! If you start making 2T-3T, I'm in serious trouble!!!!

February 27, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to head over to the cora shop and buy something...what a beautiful tribute to your beautiful Cora..I know everyday is still so very hard...but it looks like this will keep you busy busy..Always thinking of you,Joel and Cora.


February 27, 2009 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Danyele Easterhaus said...

you all are so cute! what great little things! the blocks are too cute.

February 27, 2009 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Misty Rice said...

Hey mama....

I know you guys are busy bees.... I checked out the shop and i really LOVE the blue dress. However my chunky monkey is 10 months, but wears 12 to 18 months. She is a big girl and tall like daddy. Will you be adding more sizes in the dresses?

Can't wait to hear back.

February 27, 2009 at 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow in the past eight hours you've sold nearly everything! I love the dresses... I can't wait until you put more up! I will keep checking back and will definitely buy one :) I've told everyone about your story and spread the word about Cora's Playground... your family is in my thoughts constantly.

February 27, 2009 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Laura Marchant said...

Wow! I just went over and you have already almost sold out! 29 sales already.

February 27, 2009 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

Man, I bookmarked the day before you had any items and I didn't have a chance to check yesterday and poof! You've pretty well sold it all!!
I hope you guys will be adding more of those truly adorable dresses soon!!!!

Blessings to you all!


February 27, 2009 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Kelli said...

Are you gals going to take orders?? I WOULD LOVE to order some dresses!!!

February 27, 2009 at 8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my word....things sold FAST!!! Good for the playgrond...bad for me....HA~ please tell me Cora's sweet grandmother will be adding more dresses as they are so adorable and my 15 month old NEEDS one in honor of sweet Cora!!! Well, okay does not need one, but boy we want one real bad!!!

February 27, 2009 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger hoosier68 said...

Your items are adorable. I, too, would like a dress in the 18 month size range. Your love for Cora shines through your handiwork. I keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers.

February 27, 2009 at 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The onesies are adorable. Unfortunately I can't get any because I don't have a newborn.

But I will keep your store in mind if I know anyone that will be expecting down the road.

The blocks are awesome too!


February 27, 2009 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Marla Taviano said...

Wow--everything is so beautiful! I can barely sew a button on, so I'm waaaay impressed with your talent!

February 27, 2009 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger drea :: dre of white stables said...

This stuff is awesome! You and your mom are very talented!

You're still in my prayers.

February 27, 2009 at 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are darling! I'm waiting for the little dresses to hit - I have a granddaughter who will look darling in one of those! And now I know exactly where to go for new baby gifts.

This is a wonderful thing to do in memory of your little angel.

February 27, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

I just checked out your shop and I guess I wasn't fast enough! All those cute dresses are gone :( I'm so sad!! I guess I'll just have to keep checking in for new things. I think you've got a hit on your hands! You're going to be busy!

February 27, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

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February 27, 2009 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Jess, it looks beautiful! :)

I am so happy for you. I told you the other day that I've been praying and praying for you to have a distraction. Something you can throw yourself into, a focus, something to keep your hands busy. I know it won't fill the hole, but having a different purpose at this point can be good.

Get your packaging fingers ready, because you're going to be making lots of trips to the post office! :)

Our p.o. here in Newton looks at me like I'm crazy every day lately when I walk in with 20 or 30 boxes to ship.

I pray for peace, comfort and warmth for you today. God bless!

February 27, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Super cute stuff, and it sold out FAST! Glad you girls are getting to spend some time together to begin healing. Still praying for you all.

February 27, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Looks like almost everything sold! That is wonderful. It is all so cute!

I would love to help mail if you need any help- I'll be going anyway! Let me know.

Hugs and prayers today...


polkadotpetal AT

February 27, 2009 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

What cute things!! I have been thinking of your family constantly! I'm still praying for you!

February 27, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I'm too slow. You are practically sold out. I had my eye on one of those dresses. I should have none you would sell out that quick!! Again, thinking of your family and sweet Cora daily. Hugs to you!!

February 27, 2009 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger forever folding laundry said...

Wow, by the time I woke up you'd been cleaned out! Your items are adorable! I'll keep checking for more additions to the store.

STILL praying for you daily,


February 27, 2009 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

Oh my gosh! I'm too slow! I will keep checking back for one of your adorable Cora Dresses!

Your shop is fabulous!

February 27, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As happy as I am to see your stuff sell I am sad I was too slow! I want one of those dresses! Everything and I mean everything is SO cute!

February 27, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Erin Parker said...

This is exciting! I have been checking out those hair clips. My hubby won't let me put headbands on our girl, but I'll bet I can get away with the clips! LOVE THEM!
You are continually in my prayers.

February 27, 2009 at 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am one of your many new fans - of you, your strength and inspiration, your adorable angel baby girl, and the little dresses made by her Grammy. I jumped online this morning and was too late to guy anything - congratulations on selling out so fast!

I will check back often and buy any new dresses you have for daughter is 10 months old now, and my heart BLEEDS for you. I check into see Cora's beautiful face on your blog daily - she truly looks like an angel. You and your family have touched so many people!

I have been buying things like crazy from other crafters who have donated to the Cora playground fund...It is good to be able to do something, however small.

Sending you love from Canada...

February 27, 2009 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger jonahbonah said...

everything went so fast!!!

i do hope you will list more of those tee dresses....i would love one for my 3-6 month old!!! ;o)

February 27, 2009 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger The Veers said...

holy cow! everything is gone already! it was all so cute!!!! i missed out on the dresses! if you end up putting more up, i will for sure try to grab one!

February 27, 2009 at 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SOOOO happy your items have sold, but bummed that I missed out!! I've been eyeing the dresses since you first posted pictures of them!! HA!

My heart is broken for you and your family has been in my prayers. I love seeing what God is doing with Cora's Playground. It's beyond my comprehension.
The simple fact that we have never even met but your precious babygirl, Cora, and your family have impacted me in such a way....He is AMAZING- I just cannot wrap my mind around it!

Love and Comfort to your sweet family!

Chas in Florida

February 27, 2009 at 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man I missed the dresses! I really wanted one for my 7 month old, but I am so happy that they sold! I hope to see more soon. God bless you!

February 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I cannot believe that your sold out already! That is so great. I had my eye on the dresses. Will you be taking orders? My e-mail is I would love to get a few of them for my daughter. She will be in 9-12 months by the time summer is here. If it isn't too much trouble please let me know.

Cora is so proud of her mommy and grammy. God bless you guys. I am praying for you daily.

February 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger James' Full House said...

You coninue to amaze me with your faith and trust in God. My prayers for you and your family have been constant since reading your blog. Cora has left a big mark on my heart. I ache for you and what you are going through. Just please know you are loved and being prayed for. She is loved. I'm not sure what else to say. I feel that my words are not saying enough of how I feel. I send a million hugs to you. She is leaving a mark on all who have come to know her through your story, her story.
Your Esty shop is adorable and I will check it out and shop, shop, shop. I'm glad you found an outlet and something to keep you busy.
Praying right now for you,

February 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

WOW! I can't believe how quickly all your cute little dresses were gone! I can hardly wait to see how much money we all raise together! Blessed be His Holy Name!

In constant prayer,

February 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your shop! Congrats! You are amazing and I can't wait to buy lots of things when you are all stocked up again. I have been following your story on your blog for a few weeks now, I have been so touched by your sweet Cora (my husband and I have an 11 month old son). Your story has forever changed our lives, we will never forget your family...thank you so much for sharing. Your faith and precious daughter have touched our hearts!

Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily...
Sending our love from Virginia,
Luke, Sara and Ethan.

February 27, 2009 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger e family said...

I'm sure you were an amazing teacher, I can just tell by your love for Cora, your friends, & your family. My point being, as amazing a teacher as you are, you are also awesome at creating beautiful things! I love, love, love everything in the shop!! And your brother's blocks are so precious! What a talented and loving family you have.
Take care and keep it coming! I hope each day is less painful.

February 27, 2009 at 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are going to be very busy since I really want to buy a dress but they are all sold out. Can't wait until you have more up to sell. I hope this shop will help you through the tears of missing sweet Cora.

February 27, 2009 at 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need 18 to 24 month size. Looking forward to buying your itmes soon. Keep crafting, I'm sure it's wonderful therapy.

February 27, 2009 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Looks like I was WAY to slow! :) That is great news for you guys! Your stuff is adorable! Let us know when you are restocked up!

February 27, 2009 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger patti said...

wow! I guess I didn't click fast enough...all gone! i'm so glad for the successes for cora's playground!

February 27, 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Anna Marie said...

Oh my goodness, all of your stuff sold so well. Will you be making more? I am so happy to see it all gone...and in one day! Praise the Lord!!!

February 27, 2009 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger jackson3 said...

Hey Jess,
I am Danielle, a friend of Laura Moffat and Ginger Skillen. Wow everything sold so fast! I am just at home most days here in Wichita if you need another hand making more stuff. Email me please! I have family in Newton so I am up that way alot anyway =)


February 27, 2009 at 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! amazing. simple amazing. you're going to need to hire some staff at this rate!

i've not left a comment yet for you jess and joel... but i found a need to share with you, as you have shared with us. even though i'm not a religious person, i am spiritual, and i prey for you daily. i listened to cora's entire service and found such peace and love in your church's messages. It has reminded me of the strength in community, and the goodness of the world. please know your tragic, awful, tear-enducing loss HAS and still IS making a difference to people everywhere. By sharing your experience, your wonderful, terrible experience with all of us, I believe you now will have the gift of the world's support underneath you.

I wish you all the best, and will continue to watch and prey for you, all the way from Ottawa Canada!

Stock those shelves! Cora's reach is far and wide!


February 27, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

I love it!! I am bummed I missed out on the "cloth" pieces, they went so fast!!! But am thrilled to be receiving a "Cora block." Do you think you will be listing more? I will have to be on the ball if you do, I know there are lots of people who want to support you and this great mission.

February 27, 2009 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger The Gardners said...

I'm too late!!!! I can't wait until you can post some more things. I think this is proof in itself of all the lives little Cora has touched!

Congratulations for selling everything so fast!!!

Cora is still on everyone's mind!

February 27, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger rmfox said...

I love your items in your shop. I started reading your blog after I found a link on kellyskorner. So terribly sorry for your loss of your sweet Cora.

I noticed everything on the shop is listed as "sold", how awesome!!

Would I be able to place an order for one of the dresses in a specific size/fabric. Just let me know and again, Congratulations on the success. What a lovely tribute to your daughter!!

Angie @

February 27, 2009 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Missy Locklear said...

congrats on your success already! your family is such an inspiration. sending hugs and prayers!

February 27, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger sarahross said...

I am in celebration for you today!!!

February 27, 2009 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

You have done a fabulous job!!

February 27, 2009 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger MPURCELL said...

I've been reading your blog since Cora was diagnosed with cancer, but I haven't yet made a comment. I just couldn't seem to find the right words to write to you, but I wanted to let you know I haven't stopped thinking about you and your precious little Cora. Your amazing faith in the middle of such a great loss has changed me in so many ways. I'm learning to be thankful for my daily blessings and not get so stressed about the small trials of being a parent. I'm praying for you daily and have shared your story and your faith with so many of my friends. I pray daily that God will bless you with strength and comfort. I love your new ETSY Cora Store. We just purchased two of your Cora wooden blocks for our boys. They'll enjoy playing with them and they'll remind us daily of the sweet little baby girl they represent.
You are in my thoughts and prayers!
A Mommy from GA

February 27, 2009 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Wow!! I looked at the etsy shop this afternoon, the day of your opening and EVERYTHING is sold!! You have two pieces left! Congrats!!!!!

February 27, 2009 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

your stuff is so cute! good for you for getting into it with both feet!

February 27, 2009 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Nadia said...

I have seen your shop and it looks awesome! I passed the link on to my MOMs Group at church. If you ever make things for bigger girls (my daughter is 5 and wears a 5) we would scoop it right up! Such a cute and modest style. Perfect for little girls! I love it!

Thinking about and praying for you both!


February 27, 2009 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised that everything has sold so quickly - you and your mom make adorable things! What a wonderful tribute to your baby girl.

February 27, 2009 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger A said...

Dear Jess,

Cora's story has touched our hearts and we are lifting your family up in prayer. What a wonderful and selfless project you have begun in your sweet daughter's name.

February 27, 2009 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger paige said...

praying for you tonight

February 27, 2009 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

I stumbled across your blog by accident somehow, and I just want to say - God Bless you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

February 27, 2009 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Kristi REDISKE said...

Wow-I didn't get to place my order today and everything is gone-I sure hope you replenish. I did wonder if you made 18month sizes or even 24-also I sure want to order some blocks. I think this is a great thing you are doing-i know The Lord is giving you grace for this project. I am praying for you and your family everyday and Coras story has changed my life-thanks so much for telling the story.

February 27, 2009 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jess

I had a look at your shop yesterday and saw all the beautiful things. My daughter is a size 8 so I was sad there wasn't anything I could buy for her. I went in today to have a look to see if the blocks had been added and much to my amazement, they have AND everything is sold out. How marvellous.

I hope you are getting some strength from the love and thoughtfulness that is coming to you, Joel and your family from those out in 'Blogland'. I hope that Cora's etsy shop is giving you just a moment every now and then where you can smile, be proud of all of your craft (such cute, cute stuff!!!) and marvel at how your little girl is making the world a better place through her smile that will never end.

With thoughts to your family from our family in Australia. x

February 27, 2009 at 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I missed it!! I am so happy that this is a success!! You all have been on my mind since I first heard about Cora. I am praying for you and your sweet family.

February 27, 2009 at 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is amazing! What on earth? You guys went to town, and everything looks like something you would find in a fancy boutique! It is adorable-I still cry just to look at it all. You've done an amazing job.

February 27, 2009 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger LS said...

I hope you soon have more items in your shop!

Praying for you guys!

February 27, 2009 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

My goodness! I hadn't seen that you updated your blog and had your shop open until it was too late! EVERYTHING but two items were gone!

That is simply amazing!! But oh how I wish the circumstances were different for you all...

Still keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...

February 27, 2009 at 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! Will you be making more? I checked out the Esty site left it for a couple of hours and when I returned everything was pretty much sold out! That's amazing.

Everything just looks beautifully made. Looking forward to seeing more.


February 28, 2009 at 12:10 AM  
Blogger Heather C said...

Adorable! We're continuing to pray for you here in NH... God bless you both!

February 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger Micah said...

WOW! I've been checking constantly since Wednesday, but was busy yesterday afternoon and didn't get a chance to check. Now everything is GONE. Congrats!! You have so many people behind you! LOVE the dresses, and the blocks are absolutely amazing.

February 28, 2009 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger John Deere Mom said...

Oh my gosh...everything has sold! That's amazing! Congrats! Good luck in this looks like you are going to be busy!!

February 28, 2009 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger KKJD1 said...

Love the blocks! I will go check out the new store yall have a good weekend! Blessings,karen

February 28, 2009 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

oh my gosh - you're sold OUT! That's fantastic!

February 28, 2009 at 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still so much apart of my thoughts and prayers..Bought a set of the blocks for my little munchkin..Can't wait to see what you and Grammy restock with. I know your heart still aches, mine aches for you every day. Hopefully this is giving you a little something to keep you busy.


February 28, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

I saw something hot pink today and thought of you and Cora.

God bless you Jess and Joel.

February 28, 2009 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Byler Younts said...

i am amazed! i went to your etsy site and everything is gone! wow, looks like you were bought out. :-) i am so glad...though i hope you put up more. :-)

praying for you!!!!

March 1, 2009 at 6:42 PM  

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