His Amazing Love

Me our grandchildren and the man I have loved for over 31 years.
Me our grandchildren and the man I have loved for over 31 years.
Our son Alex, me, my daughter-in-law Kristen and Miss Kaylee
Our son Alex, me, my daughter-in-law Kristen and Miss Kaylee
Kaylee and her "Baby Brudder" as she says.
Kaylee and her "Baby Brudder" as she says.
The love I feel for this child is all-consuming. I think this shot shows it to some degree.
The love I feel for this child is all-consuming. I think this shot shows it to some degree.

Amazing Love

May 11th, 2011

Please note: Recently I wrote a Hub that has been taken down. Despite what some have asked, the Hubpages team did not take the Hub down, initially they allowed me to modify it. I chose to take the Hub down. Now I wish to just move on to a much happier topic. If you wish to ask me some questions about this particular issue, please feel free to contact me privately as I will not, in the future, refer to this publicly.

A short while ago, my husband began his search for a new job. That story is about four Hubs in and of itself, but suffice it to say, this retired Army Officer, who has recently served in both Iraq and Afghanistan was not happy about this change and neither was I.

There you have it though and together, we worked as a team to face this issue. My husband starting his search and me being the supporting, cheerleading wife. Would we have starved or not been able to pay our mortgage if another job wasn’t found? Thank God, no. Our problem was because we bought a home late in life, and even though we stayed well within the “what if” price range when we did buy our home in 2004, due to the economy; we are “upside down” in the house. In other words, we owed quite a bit more than it was worth. We were trying to quickly pay down the mortgage when my husband found out it was time for him to seek another job.

With difficulty, we placed our trust in God’s plan. Even this recent turn of events was in His plan. God has His reasons for this change we didn’t want. We had to trust Him with our lives even though we didn’t know what the future would hold.

In the meantime, our grandson was born. The miracle was, he came two weeks early and I believe that this was God’s intervention because the cord was tied so strongly around little Mark’s neck that his first photos show his face to be black. And still, even over two weeks after his birth, the whites of his eyes are blood red.

I believe he was choking and God was merciful and brought Mark earlier even though my daughter-in-law within 48 hours of his birth had a check-up and they told her the baby would be at least two more weeks in coming. God had other plans and Mark Louis Van Drie (named after my husband) was born April 21, 2011.

What an amazing love God has shown us. We have a beautiful new grandson, a precious, sweet grand daughter Kaylee and a life so blessed it would sound like bragging if I even began the list here. I am humbled by God's grace, mercy and love and the friends He has placed in our lives.

We have two grown beautiful, successful daughters and a wonderful son, Sgt. Alex Van Drie war veteran and a daughter-in-law we consider as special as if we had a third daughter. Not to mention the fact, they are great parents. That's just for starters.

Then, to heap more hot coals upon our heads, mere days ago, my husband found out he was hired by a great, great company (his top pick) and when we both flew home from Seattle, waiting on the answering machine, he had not one other, but two other job offers. He also has to cancel a job interview he has slated for next week.

What amazing love God has shown us. How over and abundantly God has blessed our lives. It is honestly beyond my comprehension how He has blessed us and our extended family.

I also am amazed that after 31 years of marriage, I’m actually more in love with my husband than I was when I first fell in love. Why he still loves me remains a mystery, but I thank God for this as well, as I do for so many countless things.

What amazing, amazing love.

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I know why he loves you! Carol, I think you are a very special person who brings hope and happiness to everyone in your world. The world is a better place because you are in it. I love the pictures of your family. The kids are magnificent. I am so happy that you have so much to look forward to. Up and beautiful!

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rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

Beautiful. Beautiful hub, beautiful family, beautiful person-inside and out. God has certainly blessed you, Carol, with such a great family and I'm sure He'll continue to do so! I'm so happy little Mark is doing well-even what could be considered a medical "uh-oh" is really one of God's miracles! My daughter came 3 weeks early and thank Heaven's she did, I nearly had a stroke while I was in labor due to my blood pressure!

And isn't it so interesting that when you're faced with job issues and it seems as if there's just nothing breaking all the sudden God not only gives you what you need, but an over abundance and the ability to CHOOSE? My husband was faced with the same thing recently. Things started to go downhill with things at his current company-things that he, as a Christian, didn't feel was right to be a part of. Within weeks he's been inundated with opportunities and one much closer to home that was fantastic!

Yes, God is good-no, great, if we only stop and allow Him to work in our lives. Up and beautiful Carol!

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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

What a beautiful family you have. It is true that trusting in God will help to get you through anything. I often remind myself of Philipians 4:13, I can do all thing through Christ which strengtheneth me. I am glad to hear that things are looking up for you. :)

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Your husband loves you because, as I can easily glean from your writings, you are so loving and lovable.

And pretty.

And smart as a whip.

Well...you get the picture! :-)

TimBryce 5 years ago

Nice article Carol. Very touching.

All the Best,


P.S. - I'm starting to wonder about the policies of HubPages myself and may move along to something else that promotes the articles better and offers financial incentives.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

cjv123, all I can say is that I can relate to your story on many levels....and agree that God is Great....he does have Amazing Love....I vote up and beautiful.

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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

*blushing* awwww shucks Will - gee, you're a sweetheart for being so generous with your compliments. I thank you very much - especially fast approaching another *gulp* birthday! ;-)


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Pop - coming from such an amazing talented writer as yourself - I thank you very much!

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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Rk - very interesting your husband went through the same type of thing. We just had to place our trust in God and after the shock of the sudden turn in our situation, we somehow - through God's grace - were able to have a peace about the whole process. Almost immediately through old classmates of my husband's he had leads. I was just mind boggling. We are SO blessed - we have such a lovely family and while we aren't rich in money, we certainly are secure and most importantly, we are rich in the things that matter. Thanks for stopping by!

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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

tlpoague - thank you very much for leaving your comments.


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Tim - don't leave Hubpages - I have to say, although I'm fairly certain the Hubpages team are pretty much of a liberal bent - they have always been extremely fair and helpful to me. They have their rules and frankly, I'm glad for them.

Anyway - thanks for stopping by. Taking the rest of the week to decompress from being Nanna/Nanny. I am again reminded of why the Lord gives babies TO THE YOUNG!

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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

How gracious of you CMerritt. Thank you very much!


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Thank you for sharing your life with us. You have a beautiful family and I agree you a blessing to your family as it appears they are to you. God is awesome! I know exactly what you mean by decompressing from being a nanny. I watched my 9 mo. old grandson and 3 yr old granddaughter for two days this week and I am beat! Don't know how those young kids do it....by the grace of God is my guess. Blessings to you!

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CornerStone51 5 years ago from Mifflintown, PA

Hey Sis...Loved the hub and what great news. I will email you shortly. God is sooooo good!!!


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I was ABOUT to call you Sis - good thing I got this! Will look forward to your email!

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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Whidbeywriter - thank you so much for your sweet comments. I was gladly a "Nanny" for a month and a half. It's been 48 hours and I still haven't caught up on rest! LOL!

I know you know what I'm talking about!

Stu From VT 5 years ago

CJ, a great story. Thanks for sharing this, and I'm glad things are going well for you. Stu

SusieQ42 5 years ago

I too am thankful for my family- 5 kids, all grown, and 9 grandchildren. God is my sustainer, my provider, my Savior...I am so blessed to have Him in my life, and so happy that you love Him too!

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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Stu! and SusieQ42 - WOW, 9 grandchildren! Your cup runneth over! God has surely blessed you!

Thanks to you both for stopping by!

Pat Potts 5 years ago

I like the way you speak so lovingly of your husband.

Love reading about your family too.

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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Pat for saying so! And thanks for taking the time to read my musings! Much appreciated!

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