By Sandy Traugott

Cherished Women’s Blog Writer

“Mom, I need to tell you …  Daniel’s not breathing on his own,” my oldest son, David gently informed me as I was rushing to the hospital.

My immediate thought was, “Well, he’ll start breathing.”  Death could not be entertained.

“Remember Mom … God isn’t surprised by this,”  David tenderly reminded me.

That truthful statement turned my anxious heart to grasping for my Father’s hand.  “Aw, Yes, that’s true. I can trust Him.”

For four hours at the hospital we waited for tests. Family and friends packed the waiting rooms, caring, praying, waiting. Our Lord carried us as we learned to grieve.

Daniel Stephen Traugott has now been in heaven longer than he was on earth. July 2, 2002, at 13½ years old he departed in a car accident.

At age eleven, Daniel started writing worship songs including, Heaven. The Lord captured his tender heart at a young age.  (To see Daniel singing two of his songs. Sung 1 month before heaven

At the end of the school year he had an English assignment to poetically describe himself in two places. Many kids wrote about going to the mall or being at the dentist. Daniel chose to described himself in heaven and hell.


I see the pearly gates of Heaven,

And the solid streets of gold.

I feel the peacefulness, joy and love

That comes in being with our dear Lord.

I taste the sweet, refreshing waters

From the ocean of delight.

I hear the laughter and the praises

That we lift up to our King.                       heaven-book


In 2001, Randy Alcorn’s books and conference talks impacted my family.  (Eternal Perspective Ministries)

Heaven became a real place. Creative and fun conversations flowed among us.

After Daniel’s departure to his eternal, real home, I called Randy Alcorn to thank him for his influence and we corresponded. One day, a surprise package came with a new autographed copy of Randy’s book, HEAVEN. Shouts of joy and tears flowed. Daniel’s name was in the dedication.

On my wall are high school graduation announcements to honor all my kids. Since Daniel skipped his high school graduation, I wrote:

Our Dear Daniel,

You are now in your real home … before our Lord’s throne … rejoicing and worshiping Him … without sin … seeing His glory and holiness … living in grace and truth … enjoying the saints as friends.

Daniel, you left us treasured memories and you were an exemplary example of godliness.

heaven-wallEven in your death you continue to give to us for our hearts have been penetrated with the reality of eternity.

We have been blessed with:

An envisage for eternity,

A passion for the gospel

An unclenching of this life, and

A hope that is enduring.

As your Mom, you have part of my heart in heaven with you. We love you, Daniel. We miss you and we excitedly anticipate our reunion!

Are you prepared for heaven?

Sandy Traugott

About Sandy Traugott

The “reality of eternity" is woven throughout Sandy Traugott life’s tapestry. Drawn to Jesus at 10 years old, she grew up writing her questions and thoughts to her Lord. Instead of a career, she pursued the Word of God at Florida Bible College. After graduating, she joined the staff at a ministry duplicating Francis & Edith Schaeffer’s ministry, L’Abri. After marriage, Sandy’s family became her ministry focus. She home schooled their five children, 3 sons, and 2 daughters, for 20 years. Throughout her life circumstances, she has learned He alone is her only hope and joy. Sandy has had deep sorrow intertwined with joy. After a car accident, her 13-year-old son Daniel entered his heavenly home. Her granddaughter Esther Grace, is also safely tucked with Jesus. Sandy's nine endearing grandchildren call her “Nonni.” Sandy is excited to be serving in many areas at Discovery Church and she delights in facilitating "Refresh Retreats." Refresh with God

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