the midnight clear

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!

11 thoughts on “the midnight clear

  1. rachmckinney

    had so much fun with you! thanks for the coffee:) and mcds. i will look forward to seeing you again soon! we’ll be moving there nov. 25…yikes! life is crazy. can’t wait to hang out longer:)

  2. stephaniedawnbasham

    $100 for the VHS????? Are you kidding me?!?!

    I can’t remember any lines either, just images of them decorating their Christmas tree and while Mickey Rooney and the boy try pushing the car out of the driveway and knocking over the trash can……oh wait!!! I DO remember a line! That one lady on the street who says “Why don’t you just buzz off” when they try to spread Christmas cheer to her. Who do we know that says that??? Mom!!! 🙂

  3. terriwright

    Gail’s names for me: wonderful, Sweetie, Grand Poobah, She Who Must Be Worshipped and Adored, O Exalted One, The Wise and Wonderful, etc………..

    Me? Jealous of Gail’s title????Shoot fire, no! She had more crap duties and more hoops to jump through……I was ‘just a teacher’..hallelujah!!! You big smart-aleck!!!

  4. Anonymous

    Thanks for the reminder of prayer for McKenna, and to love on our little one’s while we have them!  Perspective.

    My favorite Christmas movie is Holiday Inn.  A close second is The Santa Clause with Tim Allen.  I never got into the next two they made.  Just the first one for me, thanx!

    I want to get the new Nativity story, as I haven’t seen it yet. 

    We also found all the old TV Christmas cartoon’s an DVD.  So we watch Rudolph, Happy’s New Year, Frosty, Little Drummer Boy, Year without a Santa Clause, Santa Clause is coming to town (with Burgermeister Meisterburger!), and Nester.  I still cry when Nester’s mama dies saving her long-eared son’s life. 

    Horomones.  OIY.

  5. terriwright

    I continue to lift McKenna up, all day – – He hears us, and must be joyful to see her soon. What heartbreak.

    My all-time favorite Christmas movie is George C. Scott in “A Christmas Carol”. Of course, I HAD “Christmas Vacation” here once..all my family from FL…..5 vegetarians(for 5 days), a motor home in the driveway, a screaming fight between sister and SIL, 25 for Christmas dinner…..my second favorite is “White Christmas”. Kirby’s grandfather, a barber, used to cut Rosemary Clooney’s hair…….I’m rambling……………………………………………………

  6. ClutzyButtercup

    Praying with you for McKenna and her family.  I still remember facing the possible loss of my daughter and pleading with God to do what was best while hurting so bad I didn’t know what to do.  God chose to allow us to keep Tina here but I still remember what it felt like.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  7. ladymiss3739

    Isn’t it something how God uses pain in our lives or someone else’s to help us be more thankful for the things and people He gives us? Thanks for the reminder to be thankful!

  8. rocknnell

     I just keep praying that God will lay HIS HAND on her body…the Creator….who Created her….HE knows her better than the Dr.’s…..HIS WILL.  I just say her name to HIM…driving, sitting what ever…Mckenna…..Mckenna…..Mckenna !  God love her !

  9. gsowell

    You are full of holiday cheer, and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! And I thought I loved the holidays!

    I haven’t allowed myself to go there yet because a) I am bogged down in other work, b) we close on a house on Tuesday, so I won’t be decorating in this place, and c) I like to savor Thanksgiving.

    Enjoy your visit-licious weekend, and keep loving your babies. The concert of prayer for McKenna must be a sweet sound in our Father’s ears.

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