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Week in Review: Week 15

Week in Review: Week 15 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Just about every morning I post a picture of myself with a cup of coffee. I do this as a way of connecting with my friends and just starting my day off right. As much as I’d love to sit with each of you, share a cup of coffee, and enjoy a laugh, I know that’s not possible… So this is my way of making it happen. If you’re on Instagram or Facebook, please feel free to share a picture of yourself with your favorite beverage.

Week in Review: Week 15 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last Spring, these little guys were all over the library as part of a game being played by students. I thought it was creative and fun. There were toy soldiers in the stacks, on top of display cases, hidden in plants, etc. It makes me happy that our students are comfortable using our library as a staging area for their games.

Week in Review: Week 15 {Living Outside the Stacks}

This was my entry in the weekend photo challenge hosted by Instagram. The theme was “Type in the Wild”. I like the message on the side of the barn, even with the spelling error.

Week in Review: Week 15 {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Hubs and I took the kids to see “God’s Not Dead” on Saturday morning. I enjoyed the movie and appreciated the message. You can’t prove or disprove God’s existence to someone who doesn’t want to believe. Ultimately, it comes down to choice {which is based on faith}. Whether we choose now or we choose later, at some point, we all will have to make a decision as to what we believe.

Week in Review: Week 15 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Quill by Dan Perry

Week in Review: Week 15 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Nature’s Quintet by Stephanie Sailer

The Cape Arts Council in Cape Girardeau is hosting the 2014 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit this summer. This means there are all of these beautiful sculptures in different locations in downtown Cape. My goal is to get a picture of each of them.

Week in Review: Week 15 {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week ended Week 2, Day 3 of Run for God. Every time I run, I think: I got to run today, not I had to run today, but I got to run today. Each day I have a choice: I can accept the challenge laid before me or I can quit. This weekend, Easter Weekend, is a reminder of why I must press on. He gave His all for me, so I give my all for Him.

What was the highlight of your week?

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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Happy Resurrection Sunday!

He Is Risen {Living Outside the Stacks}

Matthew: 28:6

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Jesus offered himself up as a sacrifice for my sins. But the redemption wasn’t in the crucifixion, it was in the resurrection. Jesus stated that he would die but that he would be raised up from the dead three days later. This is the foundation of our faith.

Even though there are days when I stumble, I walk in the knowledge that Jesus is the risen savior. And my confidence, my life, is in his hands.

Thank you, Lord, for loving me so much that you took the punishment for my sins. It is through your life, death, and resurrection that I am guaranteed eternal life. I love you and I thank you. Amen.

If you’d like to accept Jesus as your personal savior, all you have to do is confess with your mouth that Jesus loved you so much that he died for you and that God rose him from the dead {Romans 10:9~10}. That’s it. 

Daenel T

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Dress Over Jeans for Work

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

Let’s give it up for jobs that don’t have dress codes! When I first re~entered the work force, I remember wanting a job that required business casual attire: skirt, hose, and pumps. It made me feel all grown up, you know, after years of wearing nothing but oversized tees, scrunchies, and sweat pants. Hey, it was the early 90s, we didn’t have all of these lovely blogger ladies encouraging us to shower get dressed. Now that I’ve been in the field a while and I’ve become more comfortable in my skin, I enjoy being able to express myself through my clothing.

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

My job consists of a lot of desk duty and paperwork, so there are very few real opportunities for creativity. So on days when I’m fairly certain I won’t be doing anything weird like climbing on furniture, it happens, I like to do interesting things with my clothing.

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of my favorite things to wear is a dress over jeans. I’ve mentioned before that I struggle with dresses. Sometimes I think they’re too short or too shapeless or too something for them to be worn on their own so I add jeans and call it a day. For work, I had my cardi buttoned because that’s a whole lotta shoulder to be showing in the library, ya know? The funny thing is that my 18~year~old daughter now rocks a very similar look. Hmmmm, come to think of it, maybe she should change her style. I’ve been wearing this look waaaay longer so I shouldn’t have to change just because an 18~year~old and I are dressing alike, right? As I was saying, she wears a similar look except she prefers jeggings and boots, which look absolutely adorbs on her. You’ll just have to take my word for it, she’s so not a picture person.

Do you have a “go to” outfit for work? What is it?

Dress Over Jeans with Wedges {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.
Daenel T

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Coffee Photography: VSCO Cam

Coffee and Bling {livingoutsidethestacks.vsco.co}

When Instagram announced that they were releasing an app for Android, I cried tears of joy and patiently waited for it to become available. And as soon as it was, I downloaded it and started snapping pictures. I was in filter paradise.

Over time, Instagram has gone from a place to share photos and create stunning images, to a space where friends meet to share the every day with some beautiful images in the mix. I’m not complaining. I enjoy seeing my friends’ kids with messy faces, it makes me feel like I’m a part of their lives.

During the time that I’ve been on Instagram, I’ve noticed something about myself: I post a lot of coffee pictures. I mean, a lot. But I want my Instagram feed to be more than just coffee pictures, I want it to be a way to connect with my friends.

So I’ve decided to create an account focused strictly on my coffee pictures. This account is located at VSCO Cam. I like that VSCO Cam is streamlined and uncluttered by comments, likes, and smiley faces. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just want something that’s more gallery style, that’s more artist/photograph centered. I also think this will provide me with a greater creative outlet for my coffee photos. If you’d like to check out my coffee pictures, visit my grid at livingoutsidethestacks.vsco.co.

This doesn’t meant that I’m giving up on Instagram. Not on your life. I’ll just be using it as a way to document my daily life.

If you’re on Instagram or VSCO Cam, please give me a shout out and leave a link to your account in the comments.

Cheers,

Daenel T

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Happy Fist Bump Friday: Run for God, Week 1

#FistBumpFriday {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to acknowledge the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

This week I’m happy that Miss 17 and I completed Week 1 of Run for God, a 5K training program with a Jesus focused theme. We’re all kinds of excited about crossing that finish line in 12 weeks. If you’d like to cheer us on, you can follow us on Instagram. I’m @4daenelt and we’re using the hashtag #TeamLOTS.

Want to know more about why we chose Run for God? Click here.

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

Daenel T

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