So, Christmas is one week away. You know that emoji with the big eyeballs–the one like a deer caught in the headlights. Yeah, I’ve been using that one a lot recently. I don’t need an elf on a shelf. I need an elf that runs errands!! Somebody, please tell me I’m not the only one.
I tried to be on my game and get our Christmas shopping done before Georgia was born because I knew it would be crazy afterwards. I got most of it done, but I will have to trek out to Target this weekend which should be enough to send me right over the edge. I did approximately 97.3% of our Christmas shopping via Amazon Prime. I’m convinced it was a mom who came up with the genius that is Amazon Prime. I shop in my jammies and then magically 48 hours later it arrives on my doorstep–yes, please!
Books are my very favorite gift to give or get, so I thought I’d share my all-time favorites from this past year in case you need a last minute gift for anyone.
Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker- Read it with a box of Kleenex and preferably when you’re not pregnant, post-partum, or hormonal–oh wait, that’s never. This one is excellent and would be a great gift for any mom you know and love.
The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst- I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It is packed with so much wisdom and encouragement and would make a great book to read for the start of a new year.
The Antelope in the Living Room– This one will have you laughing out loud and may cause the sweet lady doing your pedicure to look up at you and wonder. Whether you’ve been married one day or a million, this one will keep you rolling.
Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan- This is the book I was reading at the beach when we decided on Georgia’s name. It’s a wonderful memoir of the relationship between mother and daughter.
The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith- For anyone who loves to make their home an inviting place for family and friends but knows perfection is never possible, this book is for you. It’s filled with gorgeous pictures and pretty enough to stay out on a coffee table.
Savor by Shauna Niequist- This one isn’t actually out yet, but since I love, love, love everything Shauna writes I am super excited about it. Shauna has a thing where you can pre-order the book and receive some recipe cards to gift now and the book to follow in the spring. That’s the gift that keeps on giving, Clark. (Much better than the jelly of the month club!) This one is a book of short devotions combined with recipes. Perfect for anyone who loves to cook (or eat!) or just loves great writing.
It Will be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst- For the little ones, this one is a new favorite. Fear is something every kid faces whether it’s being afraid of the dark or coping with mom and dad’s divorce. The illustrations are beautiful and the story quite meaningful.
Good luck with your last few days of Christmas prep and if you should find yourself a little stressed… remember, Chick-fil-A has peppermint milkshakes right now! (Says the mom whose child ate a candy cane for breakfast this morning. So maybe don’t listen to me. Or at least don’t judge me–wink, wink.) Merry Christmas, friends.