The Very Best 4th of July

Kaylee's Mommy Kristen made this outfit for her! Happy 1st Birthday Pumpkin!!!
Kaylee's Mommy Kristen made this outfit for her! Happy 1st Birthday Pumpkin!!!
I'm obsessed - a poster of Kaylee in our master bedroom.
I'm obsessed - a poster of Kaylee in our master bedroom.
Kristen, Kaylee and Sgt. Alex Van Drie--Welcome Home Soldier!
Kristen, Kaylee and Sgt. Alex Van Drie--Welcome Home Soldier!
This is the actual photo of the poster that's on our wall.
This is the actual photo of the poster that's on our wall.

On a very personal note:

I am, I confess, a shameless "Nanna."

I have to say I’m obsessed. I have a poster of my granddaughter Kaylee on our bedroom wall. Yes a poster. I flew out in June 2010 for Kaylee’s first birthday party even though my husband and I are flying out to Ft. Lewis, WA again August 1st 2010. Her Daddy couldn’t be there, I wanted to be there for her milestone.

So that is in part why I’m writing – because I want to have an excuse to post photos of her. I’m also writing about the best 4th of July EVER for our family. My husband and I were vacationing in beautiful Manistee, Michigan when on July 4th my daughter-in-law text messaged me, “Alex is officially on U.S. soil.” I burst into tears. It was days of not really knowing where he was, and then that most welcomed text. Not prone to cry all that easily, I even surprised myself when I suddenly started crying, but there it is.

So I wanted to dedicate this first to a merciful and wonderful loving God who brought my son home without a single hair on his head harmed. My daughter-in-law Kristen posted these long awaited photos on Facebook and I wanted to share them here.

I also wanted to thank everyone who wrote to me – emails, comments here on Hubpages etc. with their words of support. There are no words to describe to you all how much it helped while I prayed and waited for my son to come home safe to read your words.

So thank you one and all. I didn’t come here to seek “friends” or to be buds with anyone but I have to say it has been a true blessing finding “Hub friends” who have been so generous and kind. God bless you all – you know who you are!

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sheila b. 6 years ago

Kaylee is a little doll!! She's absolutely beautiful. It was so nice to see the pictures of her with her parents, knowing they're together now. As for you crying - now you know how much you were holding inside, how much fear you were living with. I'm so glad for all of you that your son is home safe and sound.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Dang if you didn't make my eyes tear up with your comments sheila! NO FAIR! Thank you SO much as you were definitely one of my supports here on Hubpages!


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Welcome home soldier thank him for us all in his serving our country. As for the grand daughter she is very cute, we are STILL waiting for grand kids! If someone doesn't give us one soon.....


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

ROTFL Michael - they are THE best - I never quite understood what my dearest friend was talking about when her grandson was born. I was even a bit concerned that I'd feel possibly detached a bit - but BOY was I wrong! I'm obsessed! I'll pray that you get your grandbabies in God's due timing!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Dear Carol,

I have goosebumps up and down my spine. I am so moved by your words, your joy and those marvelous pictures of your family. Kaylee is magnificent. Her "outfit" blows me away!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

You're a doll Pop! Thank you for your heart-felt words.


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CornerStone51 6 years ago from Mifflintown, PA

You already know how I feel, Sis.

Love you bushels!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Of course I do and the feeling's mutual Sis!


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago

What a wonderful hub and a great tribute. Your pictures are heart warming and the poster is absolutely priceless. Thank God indeed. May He continue to bless your family.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

How kind your words are, thank you Joni!

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