The Macs

Friday, April 3, 2009

more dresses coming...

...but not this week.

Sorry! We are still working on them, but just didn't get quite done. The last two weeks have been busy. Thanks for being patient with us.

We PROMISE to list them next week.

And more burpies too!

Right now the dresses are lined up just waiting to be finished.

And we are surrounded by piles of fabric. Now it's back to work!


Anonymous Michele said...

Thought of this when I read your post....if you feel led, go to (Vicki Courtney's blog) and scroll down to the posting under April 1st (after the part about B. Spears and Kohl's) to the section entitled: It feels like chaos, but somehow there's peace. May it give you comfort...
still praying in Charlottesville!

April 3, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Staci said...

Where do you get all of your adorable, springy fabrics??? Adorable!

April 3, 2009 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger beckylbranch said...

Those are the cutest! Praying for you all.....Much love, Becky

April 3, 2009 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Ethansmom08 said...

I have made it my mission to snatch up one of those dresses and a Tripp tee!

Your work is beautiful!


April 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Robin in Benton said...

What happy pictures with all the colors! I have to try to get one of these for my granddaughter!!!

Love and prayers to you,


April 3, 2009 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Micah said...

Oh your fabrics are SO cute!! The first one is some I have to make my little girl's birthday dress out of :). I love it! Don't rush yourself - just do it when it's fun and convenient!

April 3, 2009 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Kristi REDISKE said...

Ok-this is exciting-take your time though. I sure hope I can get one this time. I check about 100 times a day-ha! I will check next week. I hope and pray for comfort for you all. I pray that you can build that playground soon. Can't wait to see it. God Bless you all.

April 3, 2009 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger purejoy said...

the colors are so precious. you've been such a busy bee!!

April 3, 2009 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Too sweet... my son is going to wear his Tripp Tee on Easter Sunday. Think and pray for you often!

April 3, 2009 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Kristi REDISKE said...

I just posted but I just thought that you would maybe sometimes you would like to see other stories of people trusting our Great God in hard times. My friend has cancer and has not been given good news-she will be leaving about 5 grandkids-its sad but she is giving glory to our God. If you would like to read their story it is at

April 3, 2009 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

I've been too slow each time you've posted them, so I hope that next week I might be able to snag one! They're so cute! I'd love for my little girl to have a "Cora's dress."

April 3, 2009 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

Look at all that lovely fabric! The dresses are adorable :)

April 3, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Laura Marchant said...

Wow! That's a lot of dresses!

April 3, 2009 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger ShellyStout said...

Can't wait for all the dresses!

April 3, 2009 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger The Buchanan Family said...

What pretty dresses, I want a tripp t but my lil boy wears a size 24month! hope to see bigger sizes soon!

April 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Such adorable stuff! I definitely want some... but you don't worry about getting them listed. Take your time and take care of yourself. We'll still be here.

April 3, 2009 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

ooohhhhhhh can't wait!! =D

April 3, 2009 at 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are ADORABLE! Hopefully you are finding some comfort in all of your and Grammy's sewing. What a great tribute to your sweet Cora!

Thoughts and prayers stay with you!


April 3, 2009 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger The Jones' said...

I still pray for you often and am happy to know more dresses are on there way! Hugs and Prayers~

April 3, 2009 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

So cute!! I love all the bright colors in the fabrics.

April 3, 2009 at 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Robin in Benton said...

Hi Jess

I left you a message earlier but wanted to encourage you to go to and go to the chaos section that Michele suggested. There is a line in there about leading to something bigger than me. I believe very strongly that God has worked something very big through you, Joel and Cora that have touched many lives and will go on touching them. I know you have touched me and through your faith strengthened mine. I hope the encouragement that we all give you comforts you as you continue to go through the grieving process. Don't be upset with yourself for still being in a state of recovery - I would guess that will go on for a long time. Praying for blessings and comfort for you

April 3, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger i love plum said...

ooooooh, i'll keep my eye out...i NEED a dress or two :) xo

April 3, 2009 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Liz Bracken said...

Jess--I found your blog about a month ago through my daughter who was searching for some polka dot things for her daughter's first birthday. She was curious because she saw a link to Cora's Playground and her daughter's (my only granddaughter) name is Cora, too. Little did I know where this would lead us. My Cora's Playground necklace came this week. It is beautiful. I have linked your blog to mine and I know people who wouldn't have found yours are now reading it. It's taken me awhile to post something here but this is what I'd like to tell you: you are strong and you will become stronger. There are many of us who have lived through times of unbelievable grief and we who have come through the sad days are here to support you, whether you know us or not. We lift you up in prayer and watch as your faith carries you through each day. And someday--as sad as it may be--you may well have the opportunity to reach out to a young mother (or father) and hold out your hand, saying, "walk with us." Cora will be with you always.
I'm so glad that she is touching my life now.
Liz / Lincoln, NE

April 3, 2009 at 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should send your incredible story to Oprah!

April 3, 2009 at 8:24 PM  
Anonymous jkck said...

Thinking of you! Also wondering where you found those beautiful fabrics. Hang in there!

April 3, 2009 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My name is Debbie McClerren, your blog was mentioned to me by a friend of mine who reads your blog and she wanted to connect us. We are members of a very sad group, the group of grieving parents. We lost our sweet son, Jon Michael, May 31 of 2002. He was 17. So we have been in this process for almost 7 years. There is no good time to lose a child but I want to encourage you to hold on, hold on to hope, hold on to each other, hold on to your friends and family and mostly hold on to your heavenly Father. Who knows the pain of a childs death more that our Father. Time does change things .. the journey is a long, many times lonely path but you CAN make it. It is an exercise in if you REALLY believe what you say you believe. Our children are in our Fathers house now, who could possibly take better care of them. Please know there are alot of us out here and if you think I can encourage you or hear you in a way someone else cannot, please contact me. My prayers are with you and your family. Hugs from another child of God.

April 4, 2009 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

The fabric and dresses are so adorable!!!! :o)

April 4, 2009 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Danyele Easterhaus said...

sweet precious.

still praying...

April 4, 2009 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

Look at you go! While you have been busy creating, I felt inspired to make something for the two of you. I live in Utah, so it's not like I can just drop it by your house, but e-mail me and let me know where I can send it to.

You still inspire me! I can't wait to get my hands on one of those cute Cora dresses for my little one!

Sending warm hugs from snowy Utah,

April 4, 2009 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

more boy stuff!!!!! please....

April 4, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I found your blog through a friend. I am so sorry to hear about your daugher. I have a custom photo jewelry business. I donate a free item to anyone who has lost a child to cancer. I would be happy to make you something. My website is
Contact me if you are interested.
Julie Woods

April 5, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you, Joel and your sweet Cora today....


April 5, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Heather's Home (aka Chez Hez) said...

Such adorable fabrics for your Cora dresses and Tripp tees!! Can't wait to see them. We're still praying for you here in Iowa! <3

April 5, 2009 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

Dear Joel and Jess

Our little family of four is about to fly off on an Easter break. No doubt I'll miss your next round of listings but I wanted to let you know that I'll be saying some prayers for you all while we are away.

Thank you for inspiring, thank you for sharing, thank you for being you and sharing your Love of Our Lord with the world.

With a big hug from Australia

Michelle x

April 5, 2009 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Can't wait to try and grab a dress. I have been checking Etsy everyday. Sending lots of thoughts and prayers your way. I have passed your blog to many friends and family members and asked special prayer for your entire family. My husband is not the emotional type, but when I spoke of your battle he held our baby extra tight that night before we put her to bed. I still do not understand God's plan as to why he took your angel, but I know there is a reason. Your journey has touched my life so much. I pray for your comfort, peace and that you and your family will grow even stronger and closer to one another as well as the Lord. May you all be blessed.

April 5, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Praying for you!

April 5, 2009 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've said hello before, but I thought I'd say hello again. :)

My name is Lynnette. I live down the road from you near Sedgwick. I've met your husband's family at Newton Bible Church (such wonderful people), although I don't actually remember meeting you or your husband.

I have also lost children: my 2 baby boys and my 6 year old daughter Anna. I know how hard it is to lose (temporarily) your sweet child. I've prayed for you so often and just want you to know that you are still on my heart.

If you'd ever like to get together to visit, I'm just down the road a ways.

Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground

April 5, 2009 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger The Carroll's said...

Praying and thinking about you today- Hope you're getting more sun than we are in the ATL!

April 6, 2009 at 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Sending you hugs and praying for you today.

April 7, 2009 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Misty Rice said...

Thinking of you all today.

April 7, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Praying for you.

April 7, 2009 at 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always in my thoughts and prayers. Trying not to bother you everyday BUT you are always in my thoughts and prayers..of course I check your blog multiple times a day. :)
Had my little ones picture made Sat. in several of his pics he is holding one of his Cora blocks, wouldn't let go of it..


April 7, 2009 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


April 7, 2009 at 9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel and Jess,

We LOVE you guys!

The Zipf Family-
Nathan, Kim, Ivy, Owen and Paisan Splash

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

Ok, Jess you are awesome to. Take care of my Joey!

April 7, 2009 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger ~Kelli said...

can't wait for the dresses, i have to have one : ) thinking and praying for your family!

April 7, 2009 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Pamela said...

What a lovely collection of dresses looking nice colors and fabric!! Thanks for sharing!!

May 1, 2009 at 4:35 AM  

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