The Macs

Sunday, July 26, 2009


I was so excited when I heard that Cora's Playground was in progress.
The demolition began last Saturday.

All the old flooring has been removed.
Footings are in place for the shade structure.
The playground equipment should be installed any day now.
The next step will be the concrete and new flooring.
A special thanks to all the guys who helped with the demolition.  
Thank you for giving up your Saturday!

It is amazing to see Cora's Playground becoming a reality.
Everything should be done by the end of August.
We are working on planning a dedication for the end of September.

I will keep you posted on the progress.

(I wasn't able to be at church for the demolition.  Our children's ministries director took these pictures so that we wouldn't miss anything.  Thanks Kris!)


Blogger Stephanie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so exciting to see the work begin and know it is soon going to be a reality.
I don't comment often but read faithfully. Thank you for sharing your life.. you are such an inspiration!

July 26, 2009 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Elisa Seaba said...

How Exciting!! Can't wait to see the progress!

July 26, 2009 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

So exciting!!

July 26, 2009 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Trasie Bressler said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting and I'm sure you can't wait to see the finished product and to see it become reality!

Many Many Blessings,

July 26, 2009 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger forever folding laundry said...

So exciting! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Still praying for you guys.


July 26, 2009 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger The Moffats said...

hi guys. thanks for posting pics! it's neat to be able to see this even though I'm far far away! i will try to connect with you tomorrow on the phone....

July 26, 2009 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

so exciting! can't wait to see the final results!!!

July 26, 2009 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

What a beautiful demolition!!!!

July 26, 2009 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

So fun and exciting! I can't wait to see it all come together!

I'm glad you're back blogging again, but even when you're not posting I'm still thinking of you and Joel and praying for you and Baby Mac all the time!

July 26, 2009 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

I was only wondering yesterday where the playground was at. Truly wonderful to see that such a beautiful memorial to your precious girl in actually underway.

Praying for you all from Australia,


July 27, 2009 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

Oh Jess, that is so exciting! I fervently wish I could be there for the dedication. Looking forward to pics of Cora's Playground completed!


July 27, 2009 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

YAY!!! Julie (from Joy's Hope) and I actually plan to fly from California for the dedication, so it is so wonderful to be kept up to date on the progress!

Hope you are enjoying your second trimester :)

Cora and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Heather Mattos

July 27, 2009 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger LakeLady said...

It is wonderful to see that your hard work and the support of others has made your dream come true. Forever, a fun and happy tribute will be in place in remembrance of your dear Cora. Your new little Mac will have hours of happy fun on Cora's Playground. Never forget, you have two precious children who will enjoy this playground. Cora will be smiling in Heaven as she watches you and little Mac. "Think of puppies and kittens. Think of butterflies and spring. Think of sunny bright mornings." You are going to be happy in this place that carries Cora's name. Right now, you are on a roller coaster of feelings. It's not pleasant, but it is normal. Please believe me, it is not always going to be like this. My child died, and very soon after, God gave me the gift of another child. I was filled with mixed feelings. Happy, Happy, Sad and Worried all at the same time. You are such an inspiration to us. But hopefully, we can be an inspiration to you and give you hope too. I bear solomn testimiony, the day of mourning does come to an end. You will be happy again. And, the roller coaster will one day come to it's final hill. God is with you and baby Mac. Rest easy....God has heard your prayers.

July 27, 2009 at 5:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a big day! I can't wait to see the final product. Hope you are feeling well and your heart has more lighter days than heavy. :)

July 27, 2009 at 6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoot! Double whoot!!

July 27, 2009 at 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Toni :O) said...

Yay!!! Such wonderful pictures and I'm thrilled to know that I helped to donate to a part of that precious playground! Even better....the fact that your new little one will be able to enjoy it someday too. Hang in there....I can only imagine how difficult each day is for you, but continuing to pray for you both and baby on the way too!

July 27, 2009 at 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Robin in Benton said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see the completed product!

July 27, 2009 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

That is so wonderful! Still in my prayers.

July 27, 2009 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger purejoy said...

oh how incredibly exciting. i can't wait to see the finished product!! i know this is such a dear project to you and i can't imagine how blessed you'll be through the years hearing the squeals of delight of the many children who will enjoy cora's sweet gift. what a lasting memorial.

July 27, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Kristi REDISKE said...

I have been wondering if the playground was started-thanks for the update. I plan on coming when you have the dedication so this is exciting. I know it is bittersweet for you as a family but I know this will be used to further Gods Kingdom-it will reach many families for Him. Thanks for listening to Gods voice and being obedient to Him. Praying for you all.

July 27, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Hi Jess and Joel.
I'm glad to hear your "voice" and to see that construction is underway for Cora's Playground. Undoubtedly, the families in your church (and community) must be terribly excited to see it finished. Sending the most sincere blessings and prayers to you both in a time that must be both exciting and saddening all at once. Thank you again for sharing your journey with all of us. Your faith encourages me every day. With love and prayers,

July 27, 2009 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

Wonderful and exciting news!

July 27, 2009 at 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Courtney said...

How exciting! I'm so excited for you guys. i hope it will be open to the public so we can come and play and see how amazing it is.
Courtney Mayfield

July 27, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Stewart Family said...

What wonderful news to read today!! Can't wait to see the finished project.

Praying always.

July 27, 2009 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

How exciting!!!!!

July 27, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"mom2wendy" put it ALL so perfectly! How very proud you and JOel must be of Cora's legacy..what wonderful parents you two are! So exciting to see the progress. Please keep us uptodate with Cora's playground and YOU!

You are in my thoughts and prayers EVERYDAY!


July 27, 2009 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

It's just so bittersweet.

Love to you guys.

July 27, 2009 at 3:53 PM  

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