Thursday, May 17, 2012

Happy Birthday, Trace

Dear Trace,

Happy Birthday, sweet boy. 

It is so hard to believe it has been one whole year since you came into this world. At times it feels like you always been a part of our hearts and at other times it feels like you were just born yesterday. You would have been a year old today. 

The day you were born was such a special day, sweet boy, and your dad and I were so anxious to get to finally meet you, find out whether you were a little boy or girl, and give you your name. We were actually pretty sure you'd be a little boy, a little brother for Michael, that we didn't even have any girl names picked out. Can you even imagine? We were so sure that little baby in there was you. Your birth and entrance into this world were smooth as could be and you were so mad when the light and cold of the room greeted you. I had to wait patiently until after the surgery to see you and I was not surprised by the photos your dad showed me on his phone that you looked just like your big brother. You could have been twins, really. I kept calling you Michael the whole time we were in the hospital just because it all seemed so familiar to me. Your snuggly little brand new baby body was such a treat to me and I was so happy to hold and cuddle you the whole time we were in the hospital together.

Trace, we love you so much. Your short presence in our lives has made all the difference in the world. We are better because you were here. You were just a little baby but I feel you had such a strong and loving spirit. You taught me that the best thing in life is just to give give love in smiles and a happy spirit. 

Dear Trace, everyone loved you so much. You were perfect. Even strangers would tell us how special you were. You made friends easily and would love to be held by anyone. I loved picking you up from the church nursery and see the ladies snuggling with you....I knew they were having so much fun loving on you just as much as I did. Your eyes and smile are always in my heart and I still feel your soft chubby body in my arms when I am dreaming at night.

We miss you so much, Trace. So, so much. There isn't a moment in a day that goes by where you are not on my mind. My heart aches for you daily. The most important thing we want you to know on your first birthday is we are so happy we got to have you

We got to have you, even if it was for a much too short time. You were ours. You are a blessing to us and you will be forever. I am so happy you could be here with us and we can't wait to see you again in Heaven. 

I love you so, so much Trace. Happy birthday.

Love, Mom


  1. You were on my mind the first thing when I woke up this morning and your beautiful letter to your beautiful son brought tears to my eyes. His beautiful life has impacted more people than you will probably ever know. Thinking of you and praying for you today and always.

  2. Beautiful Rose. Just beautiful. I don't think anyone would be able to read this without crying. His spirit was just so evident in the pictures. Thank you God for Trace. Praying for you today.

  3. I too have been thinking of you today!!!!! I knew you would have a wonderful post today on Trace's Birthday. Trace reminds me everyday to love my little girl and guy to the ends of the earth! I think of you so often and pray for your family!

  4. Happy birthday beautiful boy. Hugs momma.

  5. This was beautiful Rose. Happy Birthday Trace.

  6. Happy Birthday beautiful little Trace! I am so glad God chose your parents for YOU :-)

  7. thank you for writing about your sweet Trace today Rose. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. it helps.

  8. My heart just breaks for you. I am so sorry your boy was taken so soon. What a beautiful post for him.

  9. I am so glad that you posted for Trace's birthday. What a great way to bring honor to his remember love him. Thinking and praying for you.


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