Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}Y’all, where did the time go? Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of December? Seriously, doesn’t it feel like we just celebrated 2012? Really, how quickly did this year fly by?

1. Have you seen the commercial for the new reality show Amish Mafia? It’s a show about an Amish gang. I want to laugh. I want to watch. But I’m just a little bit afraid. Just in case they really exist.

2. But you know what did make this year feel incredibly slow? That presidential campaign. I know y’all are as tired of the crazy as I am but this is about to take things to a whole new level… At the Soul Train Awards, Jamie Fox declared President Obama to be his lord and savior. blank stare Let me tell you something, Jamie, President Obama is a man, a human being. He is not the lord and savior. There is one God and He tells us in Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”

3. What was the oddest thing you found on the playground when you were a kid? For me, it was a hearing aid. My daughter lost hers on the playground and the whole school went outside to look for it, does that count? Anyway, some kids in Russia found a 5~month~old lion cub! And do you know those little people took that cub to their teacher, who kept it in the school gym until the police arrived to take the cub away?  While waiting for the police, the kids petted and named the cub. One child even tried to ride it like a pony. Fun~ny.  The cub is now living in a zoo.

4.  America is getting heavier. It’s been all over the news. And now store mannequins are finally starting to catch up and people are horrified. Apparently, people’s delicate sensibilities are harmed by seeing mannequins that look like real people. Personally, I find those Old Navy mannequins more disturbing than I do real sized ones. I have rolls, I wanna be able to approximate where the fabric is gonna settle. I say bring on the more realistic mannequins.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?


Hope {Advent Bible Study}

The focus of this week’s Advent study is HOPE. Hope means to anticipate or expect with confidence.

Advent Bible Study {Living Outside the Stacks}


Jeremiah 33:15

In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land.


God promises His people that after their captivity has ended a righteous descendant from King David’s line will be born. The fulfillment of this promise is the birth of Jesus Christ, who is just and righteous.


When I read this passage, I think of a new bud on a tree branch and all the promise that it holds. It represents new beginnings, a fresh start… When we trust in Jesus, we are reborn and our lives begin anew.


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the gifts of love, mercy and new beginnings given through the birth, death and resurrection of your son. There are no words to express the joy and hope that I have in knowing that I have been made brand new. And I ask that you touch the hearts of my friends, so they may know and accept you into their lives.



This month, I will be participating in the Advent Study, Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus, hosted by the ladies at Good Morning Girls. Good Morning Girls are a group of Christian women who email, Facebook, Twitter and text message each other to keep them accountable for their quiet times. You can even catch them on Instagram, just follow the hashtag #goodmorninggirls.

Having quiet time in the Word is a great way to begin or end the day. It gives you time to focus on God and His will for your life as well as to renew and refresh your strength. I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and spend some time just reading and thinking about the Lord.

If you’re joining in, please leave a comment below so I can pray with you.


Thirty {What I Wore Wednesday}

What I Wore Friday

Friday was a total down day for me. If it wasn’t for the fact that breathing is an automatic occurrence, I probably wouldn’t have done it. That’s just how incredibly lazy I felt. I think all the excitement of Thanksgiving got to me. My parents were here, my twin sister and her family… It was just an incredibly overwhelming laugh infested exhaustion inducing day.

What I Wore Friday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Friday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve been seeing the denim shirt and leggings look all over the place, so I decided to give it a whirl… And, well, I’m glad I didn’t really have anywhere to go. The hubs thought it was a thumbs up, I thought it was a thumbs down. Maybe if the shirt were a little more fitted and longer. And if I had something around my waist.

What I Wore Saturday

Nothing but jammies.

What I Wore Sunday with a Special Link Up

On Sunday I went to church and had the most amazing time. It’s a beautiful thing when you can walk into church feeling overwhelmed and walk out feeling renewed.

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

The white eyelet skirt is another one of my thrift store finds. Love it. If I could have twirled around all day, I would have. I wasn’t sure about wearing it since it’s Autumn and everything but then I was all rules are made to be broken…

Thursday Threads, a link~up for ladies who love thrifting!

So if you’ve been following my What I Wore Wednesday posts lately, you’ll know that I finally hit the thrifting jackpot. This has me beyond happy. So this week, I’m co~hosting Thursday Threads with Rebecca from Grown~Up Plus

If you love thrifting and you wanna show off your stuff, just hit the link below!

I’m also linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

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