Sunset and Kisses


…has always been my favorite girl’s name. After so many years of dreaming of naming my first daughter Claire, I can still hardly believe she is here in my arms. Claire is the french form of the name ‘Clara’, a Greek name meaning “Clear or Bright”.


Claire was born on her great-grandfather Jake’s birthday, so we chose to give her a dutch middle name in honor of him. Anneliese is a combination of Anne, meaning “Grace” and Elise, meaning “The Lord is God”. We pronounce it ร„n-a-lฤ“s’ (the “a” as in father, Anja, and Anneke, and the emphasis on the last syllable.)

17 responses to “Sunset and Kisses”

  1. Judy Avatar

    What a beautiful little lady! Congratulations on your new addition.~Judy

  2. Elisabeth Avatar

    Hello! I just started reading your blog (a couple of weeks ago), but I wanted to say … wow, CONGRATULATIONS! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so happy for you and your family! Your little girl is beautiful and her name is charming – and it looks as if she already has a special relationship with her big brother. May God bless you and your family!

  3. Joanna Avatar

    I just love the pictures Trina! She is SOOO beautiful and this Aunt is already taken even though I haven’t seen her in person yet:) I can see “Jesse” features in her too:) you look great and I can’t wait to see all of you some time soon!

  4. EV Avatar

    Happy Day Number 5! Just thinking of you all today.

  5. Aunt Marilyn Avatar
    Aunt Marilyn

    Dear Trina,Jeremy and Jesse,We welcome Claire with you- so happy for you! Trina’s cousin “Analisa Grace”, our daughter, particularly loves the name! Love and hugs to you all!

  6. The Coys Avatar
    The Coys

    she is so beautiful and looks so much like Jesse!!!i always wanted to name a girl Annelyse…spelled just that way because my mom’s mom has the middle name Ann…my mom’s middle name is Annette (french for “Little Ann”) and my middle name, Elyse. =)i very much approve of Claire’s middle name!!!

  7. Liv Avatar

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  8. Kate Avatar

    Wow I missed a lot. Congratulations on you new blessing. May she be a continuous source of joy.

  9. rahraht Avatar

    A beautiful name for a beautiful baby!!You all look well and happy – and yes, wearing jewelry!?! She must be an angel-baby if you have the energy to look so good ๐Ÿ™‚Bless you all – Enjoy!!

  10. La Brebis Roses Avatar

    I’m impressed that you are up and dressed and wearing JEWELRY! ๐Ÿ™‚ The lighting is so pretty with all the pink. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Audrey Avatar

    Trina, I shared the photos on your blog from Claire’s first couple of days with your Pake (Jake) and Beppe at church. Beppe was busy sharing them with your mom’s long time friend, Laura Rogers. They are both so proud. Aunt Audrey

  12. Abbey Avatar

    I love the name!! I don’t believe I have ever met alot of people with that name!!! Mom says you look great Trina!! We are soo excited and can’t wait to meet Claire in person!!!

  13. Kinsleys5 Avatar

    Congrats guys! Little Claire looks a lot like her brother. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Stephanie Avatar

    Wow, How beautiful!!I love how you did the slide show.She really looks perfect!!Makes me excited about our Arrival in May!!!

  15. Kelly Avatar

    Congratulations! What a lovely name she has! I’ve always liked the name Claire as well.

  16. Matt,Shell,and lil' Benjamin. Avatar

    Congratulations you guys ! so perfect !

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