Oh I just couldn’t wait until tomorrow to post this delicious info!

Our Books-A-Million store just up and disappeared about a month ago. It was the strangest thing. Then all of a sudden there was a HUGE ugly, orange sign in its place:

2nd and Charles

To be honest, the sign makes it look like one of those cheap, ghetto clothing stores….well that sure taught me not to judge a book by its cover! It’s a new project by the owners of Books-A-Million! We’re only the second city in America to get one. It’s a gigantic used book store! When you walk in you feel like you’re in a library. Aisle upon aisle, row upon row of gently loved books for Goodwill prices.

Last year a friend purchased and individually wrapped 25 different Christmas books for her children. Every day of December they got to open one book and on Christmas day they opened the book telling the whole story of Christ’s birth. I thought it was a great idea but also knew it would be quite expensive. Well this store made me feel like I’d hit the jackpot!! They had FIVE book cases full of holiday books. Some were Christ-centered and many were just fun books about Christmas. I ended up buying 28 books in all, including several readers for my big boys to use during school time (Boxcar Kids, Magic Tree House, etc.), some hard back books with the dust jacket still on it (Jan Brett, Max Lucado, etc), and even a few golden books from my childhood (the Pied Piper and the Three Billy Goats Gruff) and my total was $78. It averages out to only $2.78 per book. Some of these books were originally priced at over $20 a piece! I cannot wait to wrap them all and place them in a basket where the boys will choose a new one each day to lead us up to Christmas. It’s going to be so fun. I think I will pass them along to my niece next year so she can join in on the fun.

I only have one niece and she and Owen are five months apart. Her name is Lucy and her birthday is this Saturday. While we were out today, I bought her birthday present. One of the gifts is a Christmas book that I found at the used book store, but the other gift is this precious magnetic dress-up set by Melissa and Doug.

It will be even more fun to shop for her Christmas gift in a few weeks!

I will leave you with this: As my foster children were loaded into the vehicle that picked them up to take them home, Owen stood crying in the driveway because he wanted so badly to go with Sister. They became best buddies and I know he will ask where she is when he wakes up in the morning. It broke my heart.