The Macs

Saturday, March 6, 2010

birthday & cora's for calla

Yesterday was hard. I think it was even harder than Cora's heavenly anniversary. We just kept thinking of what we should be doing today. Celebrating Cora's two years with us. Buying presents for Cora. Having a fun two year old birthday party. But instead we were going to buy flowers to take to the cemetery. That was not fun. Cora's memorial stone was put in right before Christmas, but we still hadn't gone out to see it. We had drove by to see it from the road, at a distance, but we hadn't actually gone to the cemetery. It was too hard. Too hard to face that stone that had our daughter's name on it. Not that seeing it changes anything. But it is just so hard to actually see your child's name on a memorial stone. So emotional. So final. 

We decided yesterday would be a good day to visit the cemetery. It was finally warm outside and we wouldn't have to tromp through snow to get to it. We picked up some flowers and balloons and tried to be brave. We got there and just wept. We just miss Cora so much. We miss holding her. We miss having her as part of our family day-to-day. We just miss life with her. Levi came along and helped us send two pink balloons up to his sister. Actually, he slept through the whole thing. But we wanted him to be there with us to celebrate his sister's life. 

And we did celebrate Cora. We celebrated the eleven months we had with her. We celebrated how she forever has changed our lives and the lives of so many others. In the afternoon Joel had to go back to work, so my mom and sister came over for a little bit to hang out. Then we spent the evening at my brother's sub-state basketball game. We decided to keep things low-key this year. 

So often on these days I wonder "why" again. Why was loosing Cora part of God's plan for my family. How can something so painful be part of His perfect and good plan? I know I will probably never understand. But it doesn't keep that question from creeping back into my mind. A friend has been reading through the HOPE book too and sent me this reminder of God's sovereignty that I really needed yesterday:

The sovereignty of God is a rock underfoot when the winds blow in our lives. It confronts what seems absurd in our existence. God's sovereignty is our greatest hope as we face an uncertain and unknown future.

"The Lord Almighty has sworn this oath: 'It will all happen as I have planned. It will come about according to my purposes. I have a plan for the whole earth, for my mighty power reaches throughout the world. The Lord Almighty has spoken--who can change his plans? When his hand moves, who can stop him?'" 
Isaiah 14:24, 26-27

So, we made it through the day. Thank you for the many kind comments. There were so many people who remembered Cora's birthday and were praying us through the day and that meant so much. We got cards, e-mails, flowers, and even breakfast from our sweet friends and family. Thank you!


We are wrapping up Cora's for Call today. There are six auctions going on right now. It has been amazing to see all the money raised for Calla this week. I can't wait to tell you all the final numbers. Today will be the last day for auctions and giveaways...ending at midnight tonight. I will try to post all the giveaway winners and more information for the auction winners tomorrow. Then I will get everything in the mail next week!! 

Here are the final giveaways...

One person will receive:
Toddler Dress

Two people will receive:
Felt Flower Clip

Two people will receive:

Giveaway participation is free. Anyone can enter by leaving a comment on this post. As you leave your comment please remember to pray for Calla and her family! Comments will close Thursday at midnight (central standard time). The winners will be randomly selected.

Remember today is the last day for Cora's for Calla. Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in supporting Calla and her family. I will be posting all the winners tomorrow!!


Blogger mary said...

That Leah LaRae Toddler Dress is the cutest thing EVER!!! Praying for Calla as she adjusts to life at home, for health and stamina for her parents and brother. Also praying for you and Joel as you mourn Cora during this emotional weekend.

March 6, 2010 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Kelsey said...

Prayers, always.

March 6, 2010 at 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jess, I prayed for you and Joel yesterday. As I type this, listening to Moody Radio, Chris Tomlin's "I Will Rise" came on, such a powerful song of God's promise. I think of you and and know that God has and will continue to comfort you throughout the many days without Cora. Blessings to you all.


March 6, 2010 at 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Tara said...

What a rough day...I prayed for you lots and I can only hope with each passing day you find the comfort you need.

Tara G.

March 6, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Seriously. said...

That dress is AWESOME!

I thought about your family off and on yesterday.

March 6, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited to hear the total amount raised for Calla!! Prayers for both of your families.

March 6, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Forever For Evie said...

My prayers are with you and your family and Calla's family as well!
I LOVE those verses!!!
ps. those tag-alongs are adorable!

March 6, 2010 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Kristin Stegent said...

Can't imagine how hard seeing the memorial stone was! Praying for you and Joel!

March 6, 2010 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Todd and Courtney said...

praying for calla!

March 6, 2010 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I can't wait to hear how much has been raised. You are such a great friend to be doing all this. I will continue to pray for Calla and her family and you and your family.

March 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

Praying for both your family as well as Calla's. It has been such an encouragement to see your faithful walk with the Lord.

Blessings to you!


March 6, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hugs to you, sweet friend! You are so thoughtful to do all this for Julie and Ian right now.

March 6, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Lindsey Claassen said...

My heart aches for you. Praying always.

March 6, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger McArthur said...

We have some friends that are going through the same situation as Calla and her family. It is so good to see the hope coming out of her story!

March 6, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

love the dress and the blanket

March 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Praying for your family and Calla's.

March 6, 2010 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh...the minky taggies look so fun!
I can't imagine how difficult it is to visit the cemetery and wish that Cora was here terrorizing her little brother and making your house noisy. The only comfort I can think of is that Jesus is reading her stories and the angels are singing her lullabies.

March 6, 2010 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Praying for you, Jess, as you and Joel continue to grieve and miss Cora. I wish I had the opportunity to know you and give you a hug in person.

March 6, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Thinking about you in these hard days surrounding you. Praying that Calla is doing well and her family as well.

I love those tag blankets and my baby girl would too!

March 6, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Love these things!

March 6, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

P.S. I have a family member going through a very difficult time right now. I think that quote and verse from Isaiah will be extremely touching to her.

March 6, 2010 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

The tag-a-longs are super adorable. Praying for you and your family.

March 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger The Rouse House said...

What a beautiful verse, I needed that perspective today.

March 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That "Hope" quotation is so meaningful...will definitely have to remember that when I am missing someone.

March 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love the little taggies. So sweet! Praying for you and calla.

March 6, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Beth Roberts said...

All are so cute!!!

tbmroberts at yahoo dot com

March 6, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Cass said...

that toddler dress is so cute!

March 6, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger JJC said...

prayed for you yesterday. i'll never understand the "whys" of this world.

March 6, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Debby@Just Breathe said...

Hi, I am coming over to say hello from another blog. I haven't read her whole story yet but I want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I will pray for your comfort and strength. I would love to mail you a handkerchief from my blog "For Your Tears" if you would like one. Take care & God Bless.

March 6, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger mommy2munchkins said...

Praying for Calla and you! God is good.

I lost my mom when I was 10. It was so hard. I was angry for a long time but now (20 years later) I can see God's hand all over her life and death! Now she is holding one of her grandbabies up in I miscarried at almost 11 weeks back in Jan. It just makes me squeeze my two sweet children (3 and 1) so much more :)

March 6, 2010 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger teampischke said...

how amazing to see such love all over your blog.
Can I just say I love the tag blankets.
Praying for both of your families today.

March 6, 2010 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Karly said...

Darling things.... I have been following your story since Cora's illness and I must tell you how strong I think that you are! You are an incredible person! Hang in there... there is a purpose for EVERYTHING!

March 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great giveaway again!

I can't wait for more updates on Calla and to hear how she progresses at home. We are praying for both your family and hers.


March 6, 2010 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Continuing to pray for you on your journey...

March 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You and your family are such an inspiration. God bless, Jen (

March 6, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Julie L. said...

Love the dress. Thinking of your family!

March 6, 2010 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I can't imagine going to the cemetary to visit your child's final resting place. I pray that God will give you and your family the strength to make it through such difficult times!

Also, praying for Calla! I hope and pray and that she grows strong!

Kristin Peebles

March 6, 2010 at 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of Cora and Calla, often. Your blog is an inspiration.

March 6, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Micah said...

Jess, I just can't imagine that feeling. Stay strong. We're still praying!

March 6, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Rachel V. said...

Praying and praying for you and Joel. So thankful that despite the grief you continually trust God and His plans.

March 6, 2010 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

this family is still praying :)

March 6, 2010 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Selina said...

Thinking of you on such a tough weekend. x

March 6, 2010 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger The Hams said...

Your family is always in my prayers. Such a wonderful thing that you have done for Calla and her family. And such wonderful giveaways!!

March 6, 2010 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Max said...

You are such an amazing mommy & I so enjoy reading your blog. You are in my prayers!
Thanks for doing this sweet thing for Calla and her family.

March 6, 2010 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

I love those Minky & Me blankies...very cute! Still praying for you, your family and Calla's family. Always in my prayers.

March 6, 2010 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Jessica B said...

Adorable giveaways. Definitely praying for Calla and also your family as you go through this difficult time.

March 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I remember seeing our son's stone for the first time, it seemed so wrong to see his name written there ... praying that you are finding peace in our sovereign God.

March 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Andrea and Jeff said...

praying for calla's family and yours!

March 6, 2010 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Jess (Joel and Levi, too),
I am thinking and praying for you as you so fervently remember Cora this week. Your blog gives me (and surely so many others) hope. :o)

Praying for your and Calla's families.


March 6, 2010 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Ethansmom08 said...

I am praying for you and your husband...I haven't stopped praying for you all over the past year or so that I have been reading your blog. May God Bless you and comfort you. Also, sending up more prayers for little Calla! What a cutie she is!

All of the items up you have listed are just too cute, I may have to head over to etsy to do a little shopping. :)

Love and Prayers,

March 6, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

With love and continued prayer,

March 6, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger 4torock said...

What a blessing you and your family are to me..... thank you for being so real, so tru:D Praying for you all much love~

March 6, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie Franz said...

Praying for you and Calla and her family too. Thanks for doing so much to help their family!

March 6, 2010 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Renetta said...

Such adorable items!


March 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cutest dress ever. You have given me the cutest ideas of things I want when my husband and I have a baby.
Praying for you always.


March 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger lmjaeger said...

Oh how I love that dress! You have put up the cutest things all for good thoughts and prayers for Calla. I also keep you in my thoughts during this tough time!

March 6, 2010 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger lil misses' mama said...

praying for everyone! what a generous friend you have been to calla and her family!

March 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

Jess, I've said it before, but you are so gracious. Though I haven't left comments often, know that Tony and I continue to remember you guys and are praying for the Johnsons as well.

March 6, 2010 at 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Praying for your family as always!! Such a wonderful example of God's love and grace...and HOPE!

Those minky blankets are ADORABLE!!!

March 6, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Amanda Lewis said...

Praying for Calla and her family.

March 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Wehaf said...

Thinking of Calla and her family...

urchiken at gmail dot com

March 6, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger megan said...

Thank you so much for everything you have done. Prayers!!

March 6, 2010 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Love the pillow case dress! Prayers are being sent up for all families dealing with loss. We lost a dear & amazing friend that was the mother of 3 young beautiful daughters this week from cancer. It is so hard to see God's plan sometimes but we must keep trusting him!

March 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Jess, you explain your feelings beautifully. Praying for your family! And, so thanksul for the wonderful things you are doing for Calla and her family. What a blessing.

March 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Tony and Lindsay said...

Praying for you and for Calla.....

March 6, 2010 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger River Walkers said...

Again, I read your story today, as I do with many of your blog posts with tears a' flowing as I am so touched by your strength in Christ as you have lived and continue to face the unimaginable journey that all of us so fear as parents. I don't know you personally, but I have grieved with you, celebrated with you, prayed for you and admired your faithfulness and hope in God. I know you have heard this in many comments posted on your blog, but I just wanted to remind you as you "survive" another tough day (her birthday) without Cora of how her too short life on earth has touched mine. Thanks for being so real and so open to sharing Cora (and Levi) and your story with us. Praying for peace and God's healing presence in your life and also for Calla. Hugs to you and your family.

March 6, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

as always, praying for sweet calla....

March 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger The Brack's said...

I'm sure Cora loved the balloons :) She may be gone but NEVER forgotten, I think of her and your family very often and send prayers your way for the strength and courage you need. It's an amazing thing you are doing for Calla too!

March 6, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Another wonderful giveaway. Thank you so much for organizing this!

March 6, 2010 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Davison said...

You are a great example of God's Grace. Thank you.

March 6, 2010 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Praying for Calla and for you guys too!

March 6, 2010 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger The Greens said...

Still praying!

March 6, 2010 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Kristi M. said...

Still thinking of Calla and your family as well.

March 6, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

I love the dress!! Prayers for you and Joel.

March 6, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Kelly Taylor said...

I love the minky lovies with tags. Such cute minky fabric! Praying for Calla and her family as well as you and yours.

March 6, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I've been thinking about you guys!

March 6, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger amy said...

Praying for you & Calla's family, too...


March 6, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

I love that dress too! Thinking of you and of Calla and her family!

March 6, 2010 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger mommyofkgrc said...

saying a prayer for your family and for calla's. . .

March 6, 2010 at 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our prayers continue to be with you and your precious family here and in heaven!

March 6, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Kristi REDISKE said...

Still praying-for your family and Calla and her family.

March 6, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger starlightmommy said...

That dress is the most darling little dress. Always thinking of my blog's I read and the prayers they need.

March 6, 2010 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Suzi K said...

So heart wrenching.Thinking and praying for your family and Calla's.

March 6, 2010 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

prayers. and some tears. and hope for sweet calla as she adjust to life at home.

March 6, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Whitney said...

Praying today & always.

March 6, 2010 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Christina Golden said...

Praying for you and your husband. -Christina

March 6, 2010 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger forr2girls said...

Still praying!!!

March 6, 2010 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...


March 6, 2010 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Lurch said...

Thoughts and prayers during this emotional time.

March 6, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers often

March 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I love the toddler dress! Praying for you and your family and Calla.

March 6, 2010 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Meredith W. said...

Praying for your sweet family.


March 6, 2010 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Krulls in Haiti said...

Praying for your sweet family, and Calla's...

March 6, 2010 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Praying for all of you...


March 6, 2010 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

So glad you are surrounded by loving and caring friends and family.

March 6, 2010 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger ShelbyRose said...

I continue to pray for Calla!

March 6, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And God created awesome is that !!!!!!!!!!

March 6, 2010 at 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

You have been in my thoughts and prayers so much this week.

Love and Hugs to you, Joel and Levi.

March 6, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Praying for your family and Calla's family!

March 6, 2010 at 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks ofr helping anothe family in need. The Macs are amazing Calla and your family are in my prayers daily!

Summer & Family in California

March 6, 2010 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Roma said...

Cute stuff.
Prayers and hugs for you. You are a strong woman and Cora and Levi are so lucky to have you as their mom.
Prayers for Calla and family as well. I hope she continues to do well!

March 6, 2010 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger JESSICA said...

All of Leah LaRae's stuff is adorable!!

We will continue to keep your family in our prayers.

March 6, 2010 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Natalie at Our Old Southern House said...

Thinking and praying of you.
I LOVE that toddler dress...beautiful!

March 6, 2010 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought of you and your family quite a lot yesterday. Still praying for you guys.

March 6, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU are amazing!!! What a good friend you are. Calla and family are blessed to have you! I am so blown away by the cora's for calla...the ammount of work you have put into it as well as the wonderful donations..and of course the people that have shown their support...LOVE it!!!

March 6, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Katherine said...

I am praying for sweet Calla.

March 6, 2010 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

You have done such a great thing for Calla & her family! I can't wait to hear how much was raised! As always, prayers coming your way & prayers for Calla.

March 6, 2010 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Landen and family said...

Praying for Calla as well as your family!

March 6, 2010 at 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Susan Wilke

March 6, 2010 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger lalalovely lindsay said...

That dress is lovely.

March 6, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

Always praying for your family and your sweet Cora. Glad that warm weather finally mades it's way to KS. Hope it heads east soon!

March 6, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you during this tough time.


March 6, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Leslie Ruth Petree said...

I've learned a lot about hope, trust and waiting by reading your honest and authentic words. Thank you for sharing! Praying for your sweet family and for Calla's as well...

March 6, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Utecht Family said...

Praying for you as always! So glad that Calla is home and continuing to improve. We love you guys!

March 6, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Kara Janzen said...

I think I'll finally leave a comment! I love that you've been doing this for Calla. How exciting that she is home. I hope sometime when I'm in KS, I'll be able to meet her. As always, we're thinking of you guys lots and missing Cora lots! Love you guys.

March 6, 2010 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Courtney R said...

You continue to amaze me as you give so much to others, even in your time of sorrow. Remembering Cora and praying for your family.

March 6, 2010 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger ChristinaJ said...

Praying for you, and your family as well as Calla and her family. Thank you for all you did to raise money for this family! :)Christina

March 6, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Merilee said...

Adorable giveaways.

Continued prayers...Merilee

March 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The toddler dress is adorable! It almost looks like a pillowcase dress we used to have that my daughter outgrew! Would love to have a new one!

March 6, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger The Sieberts said...

still praying!

March 6, 2010 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Praying as always! I can't wait to hear from you about the auction item I won!

God Bless!

March 6, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Jen R. said...

Prayers for you. Your little guy is getting so big, he's adorable!

March 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger The Farmers Nest said...

Thankful you have such sweet family to be with you during those extra hard days.

March 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Niki @ Southern Baby Boutique said...

Soo Cute! Praying for you. Also praying for Callas as always!

March 6, 2010 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger The Mumaw's said...

These are all beautiful.I pray for you daily!Amy Mumaw

March 6, 2010 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

my heart aches for you... Cora's always in my heart....

March 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Cant imagine how hard that was. Praying for all of you dear!

Those tag blankets are just adorable - along with that dress!!

Hope you had a great weekend & were able to celebrate your sweet girls birthday!

March 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing for Calla and her family. Thinking about you and your family often.

March 6, 2010 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Such cute stuff!!

March 6, 2010 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

Such cute things! Prayers for you and your family.

March 6, 2010 at 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Kathryn B said...

That dress is adorable.

March 6, 2010 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Calla is so blessed to have a friend like you. I know that this was such an undertaking during a very stressful time. My prayers are with both of your families.

March 6, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

I love all three things! They are adorable!

I will say a prayer for your little family tonight.

March 6, 2010 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Nichole said...

I love the minky blanket. We are keeping you and Calla and her family in our prayers - Nichole Parrish

March 6, 2010 at 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

I know how your hearts, and arms, must ache. Thought of you guys and said many prayers for you yesterday. May He continue to hold you all close in His loving presence and shower you with His grace. {heart hugz}

March 6, 2010 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just can't imagine how difficult yesterday was for your family. Please know that just like others all around the country, we lifted you up in prayer multiple times throughout the day. May all of those prayers help to bring some comfort, peace and rest to your hearts.

March 6, 2010 at 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers for all...

Heather in IN

March 6, 2010 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Libbie said...

I will be praying.

March 6, 2010 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Bridgette said...

Continuing to pray--

-- bridgette

March 6, 2010 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

little levi is so sweet. i hate that you guys still feel so much pain but i love the HOPE you hold onto. thank you for always sharing that!

March 6, 2010 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Tristan said...

all the givaways look so awesome!

Still praying for you..I can't even imagine.

March 6, 2010 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Beckie said...

All these items are adorable!! :)

March 6, 2010 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger k and c's mom said...

Oh, sweet girl, I know there is not a word I can saw to give you comfort. So many people you'll never know praying for you. From our mouths to God's ears as He holds you near.
"He will show you the paths of life.
In His presence is fulness of joy.
In His right hand are pleasures forever."
That's the verse I cling to since I lost my husband several months ago.
You are so very brave, and so very dear for sharing your story with us all.

March 6, 2010 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Praying for y'all. Can not imagine the pain and sadness. Praying for sweet Calla. Thanks for doing all this.

March 7, 2010 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger jonahbonah said...

now in i am when i come to your blog. i pray/think of your family often!!!

praying for sweet calla too!


March 7, 2010 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Lori and Amanda said...

I am sorry it was such a rough day for you family. I have prayed for you and your family many times.


March 7, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Deborah said...

Praying for Calla! And praying for you, Joel and Levi as you miss sweet Cora.
tomaid at yahoo dot com

March 7, 2010 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger Tyler and Gillian said...

So cute!! You're doing great, Jess!

March 7, 2010 at 2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for Calla and you, Joel and Levi as yet another hard day has come your way. Cora is a beautiful little girl and has changed our famillies life
forever! Happy Birthday sweet baby!

March 7, 2010 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Love it! Praying for Calla as well as your family!

March 7, 2010 at 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You crafters are so talented - everything that has been posted is absolutely adorable!

March 7, 2010 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger The Shackelford's said...

You're such a strong person. Thank you for all your inspiration for me to cherish every moment with my kiddos. I think of Calla everday and pray for her to be healthy and happy with her family :)

March 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Cora.

God Bless you Jess and your family.

March 7, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Matt and Cristin said...

What beautiful things...we will be praying for Calla and her family.

March 7, 2010 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

Prayers for you. I can't imagine going through what you do every day. Blessings!

March 7, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger mrjasperson said...

GOD have touched so many!
Prayers to Calla and her family

March 7, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger lklomicka said...

Love the Minky Tag blanket! I think it would be great for my sweet baby girl who will be arriving any day now!

March 7, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Esser Family said...

We are still praying!!!

March 7, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Kristie said...

We love Calla,Levi and Miss Cora:)

March 7, 2010 at 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying hugs to you today. And so rejoicing about Calla being home with her family.

March 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger It Is Worth It said...

I love the verse quoted. I have read Hope also...sorry for the hard days. God's sovereignty holds redemption for your pain.

God bless..

The Gibsons

March 7, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Kendra said...

Still sending prayers for Julie & Ian and their two little gifts.

Prayers for your family, as well.

March 7, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Amanda and Chad said...

Prayers are still being sent.

March 7, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

continued thoughts and prayers for call and her family...

March 7, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

Beautiful stuff :)

I think of Cora a lot, even though I've never met y'all. My sister was expecting when I first read about Cora through someone else's blog. We all live together so I tell Emmy all the time how much I love her and I try not to let other distractions come between spending time with her. That's how Cora has impacted my life (& Emmy's).

March 7, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger HeartSmiles said...

Praying for Calla, and for your family always.

March 7, 2010 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Brianna said...

What a great reminder of God's sovereignty. I'm gonna post that on my facebook.

I thought about you and your family all day on Cora's b-day and I don't even know you guys but I feel as if I do. You are such an amazing woman and I am so glad to know you through your blog.

Praying for you!

March 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

love to your family and calla

March 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh I love those taggie blankets!

March 7, 2010 at 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers daily.


March 7, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Kelly Phillips said...

I love the toddler dress!

March 7, 2010 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Cindarelli50 said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter Cora. Her beautiful face always reminds me to be grateful for everything I have in this life. I am praying for your family during this tough time.
Cindy H.

March 7, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Kalie said...

praying for Calla!

March 7, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers for sweet Calla.


March 7, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger The Beerbaurs said...

Praying for your family and Calla, today and always.

March 7, 2010 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

My heart aches. Prayers are with you and for you. With grief and hope.

March 7, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Ali ( said...

I could buy EVERYTHING that Leah LaRae makes.

Praying for Cora and Calla's mommies. =)

March 7, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

beautiful things. especially cora. :) praying for you and your family!

March 7, 2010 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I can't imagine how tough the day was for you. I know it might not seem like it at the time, but well done for facing up to these difficult days so bravely. On our tough days, we close the curtains, ignore the phone and go to bed early. Sending lots of love, Sue x

March 8, 2010 at 12:45 AM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Praying for Calla and also for you and Joel.

March 8, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Oh my! My little guy LOVES tags! He seeks out the tags on everything and a little minky tag blanket would be so perfect for him! We are still praying for Calla and praying for you as you miss your little Cora on her birthday!!

March 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

My youngest loves the tags! He is my cuddler too! Prayer for everyone always!

March 9, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger The Schilling's from Cimarron said...

Jess and Joel,

My heart was weepy on Friday..... I prayed for PEACE in your hearts and mind..... I just couldn't get myself to type anything on Cora's Birthday...... I wanted to be positive and strong in my faith and remember everything you have said and what we have learned from you all........ but....... tears were the only thing I came up with for that day..... Just know we love you and think of you from a far EVERY day! You once again have made it through another day and were able to celebrate your wonderful time with her...... YOU are such wonderful parents and people and I know God will always be there along with Cora to guide you and keep you strong and ABLE to make it through to the next day!

Love to you all!


March 9, 2010 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Tasha Roe said...

your little lady has such an amazing legacy and its part of God's legacy!
Third Day has an AMAZING song (and I'm sure you've heard it before) called "Cry Out To Jesus"
so powerful!
so much healing in that song.

March 9, 2010 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I'm reading this late at night, pregnant with our third child, I have 2 year old daughter and 8 month old son. I do know grief having lost my mom to cancer as a young girl. My heart aches for your family. Thanks for your heavenly perspective and for sharing your heart here. I'm going to go kiss my kids fast asleep in their beds. Every moment with them is a gift, and our lives are truly a vapor. (James 4:14)

October 9, 2010 at 12:12 AM  

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