Friday, November 11, 2011

Trace's name

We had a hard time thinking of a name for our sweet boy. We didn't actually consider the name Trace as contender until right before he was born. I told Scott that when the baby was born he could just say his name right when they asked us, which is usually right after you deliver. He took my passing comment to heart and as soon as I was wheeled to the recovery room, Scott named our new son. Trace it was, even though there wasn't a lot of discussion about it and I was a little surprised.

"That's really his name?", I thought. I didn't even know anyone named Trace.
Over time it seemed to be a perfect fit for our little boy and I couldn't have imagined a name more perfect.

I wanted to share some meanings of the word trace with you, as our pastor shared with us during Trace's memorial service. These words are a comfort to me...they are so perfect and speak right to my heart.


A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left when the thing itself no longer exists.

A mark left by anything passing; a track; a path; a course; a footprint; a vestige.

To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded.


Dear sweet Trace,

We are so blessed you have left your mark on our lives and our hearts.
Thank you for leaving a path for us to follow in our lives.
We love you.


  1. That is such an awesome way to remember Trace! Now that I have read it I know every time I hear the word Trace I am always going to think of and remember your sweet beautiful baby. Trace is such a perfect name for him :)

    I have gone back and read your words about losing Trace several times and the news never gets easier to digest. Thank you for sharing and still writing about everything.

  2. I had wondered about Trace's name, Michael is such a traditional name, while Trace is so unique, I do not know anyone else with that name either. It does seem perfect though, he has left a lasting mark on so many people, even people like me who never had the opportunity to meet him. The pictures you posted of him today are precious, I'm sure you are so glad to have them.

  3. I simply clicked on your blog to play catch heart broke while reading your last two posts.

    Please know......we are praying for you and your family during your grieving process.

  4. I'm a new follower from Misty (who commented above) and her blog. She mentioned your story today and it made my heart sink. Your boys are precious and what you just wrote about the meanings of the name Trace seem like it was the absolute perfect name for your sweet baby boy. It's so hard to even imagine what you are going through, but like you said about God being bigger than all of us, Trace's story was written before he was ever born and the fact that your husband named him on a whim after birth, and chose that particular name, was all apart of this legacy he leaves behind. I will be praying for you and your family, for comfort and healing.

  5. Rose- I found your blog and heard your story through a dear friend of mine...Kara. I just wanted to let you know that I have been thinking of and praying for your family. May you feel the comfort and peace of our heavenly father every time you miss your sweet boy. God bless. Katie Evans

  6. i've thought of your pastor's words many times over the weeks, and him sharing the definition was one of the most powerful things i've ever heard.

  7. This is beautiful, Rose. Thank you so much for sharing. You and your family are in my prayers, as well as those of countless others.

  8. How precious is his name and the meaning of it! God is in the details and knew when you named him just how much more it would mean today.

    Oh Rose, Trace is so beautiful. My mommy heart hurts for your tremendous loss.


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