The girls (actually just Ava) set up a little Christmas tree on a blanket in the living room. It has one ornament on it and a strand of 100 white lights. She begged and begged and begged to be allowed to decorate something, anything for Christmas and I finally gave in. It’s been sitting there for a few days now, and it’s growing on me. So nice to come downstairs in the dark in the morning and turn on the tree lights. I’m thinking of making it a permanent addition to our home. I want to get the living room painted before December–so much to do, so little time.
So, my sis Stephanie blogged about Christmas movies tonight. My all-time, absolute fave is It Came Upon a Midnight Clear with Mickey Rooney. I used to watch it about a hundred times every Christmas. I can’t think of any lines off the top of my head, and I haven’t seen it in years, but I know I probably have half of it memorized. It hasn’t been re-released on DVD unfortunately, and the VHS tapes are going for over $100 new on Amazon. Are you kidding me?! (Mom, do you still have our copy?!!?) Great, great, great, great movie! I will obtain it somehow and make my girlies watch it and love it.
Busy day tomorrow. Ava and Nina and I are driving south of town to meet Rachael for the first time tomorrow morning. She and her family are up from Florida for the week. How fun! We’re going to try to find a Starbuck’s nearby (I’m meeting her in the middle of nowhere, I think) since she has a super-duper employee discount. Woohoo! I want to try something Christmas-y. I’m so over the Pumpkin Spice. Bring on the Jingle Bells!
Then tomorrow evening, we’re driving about 90 minutes south to a Salvation Army camp where my cousin Matt serves as director. A bunch o’ my Yoder cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. are getting together for a weekend of food and fun. We’re spending the night in a cabin tomorrow night and staying until Sat. evening. My grandma gets to come on Sat. and I’m so excited for her! She doesn’t get out much and hasn’t seen this much of her family all at once in a long, long while. Woohoo! I do love my fam!
I was holding my little (getting too big too fast) one in the rocking chair tonight with tears streaming down my cheeks, thinking about (and praying for) little McKenna. My heart just breaks when I hear of mommies and daddies who have lost (or might lose) their babies. It makes me long for heaven in the worst way. I continue to pray for God to heal her precious body, and my sad heart rejoices over the glory God will bring to Himself no matter what happens. Please keep praying for Ben, Kelly, Natalie, and McKenna!
That’s all she wrote! Have a splendiferous weekend!