Living Outside the Stacks

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In Defense of My Faith

In Defense of My Faith Banner {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few years ago, I wrote a post about religious civility and the lack of respect that some people show towards people of faith, specifically towards Christians. The post was a reaction to some of the things that a few of my friends and acquaintances had posted over Easter weekend.

I honestly hadn’t planned to address the issue again but after seeing the same recycled “jokes” this past weekend, I realized two things:

  • The Bible says if I deny Jesus here on earth, He’ll deny me in Heaven {Matthew 10:33}
  • The comments and jokes are hurtful and rude, and instead of letting it fester, I need to get it out of my system

I know that much of the animosity towards Christians stems from the vitriolic actions of a few. But understand this: my love for Christ isn’t based on the condemnation of others but on the free {and sacrificial} gift of His love for me {John 3:16 and John 15:13}.

When I was in the Army and we went through sexual harassment training, one of the speakers said something that stuck with me: “Nothing is wrong until you say it’s wrong.” Meaning the initial responsibility for protecting my body, my heart, my spirit begins with me. People may not know they’re being offensive until it’s pointed out. So I’m pointing it out: calling my Lord and Savior out of His name is offensive and hurtful.

I know that we may not share the same religious beliefs and you may not understand why I believe what I do, but that doesn’t give you the right to be mean or dismissive. I may not agree with your beliefs but you’ll never hear me say anything that would grieve your heart.

Writing this post may cause me to lose some friends and I’m OK with that. Just know that I care for you and I always will. I’ll miss you and will always respect you. And, yes, I’ll even pray for you, because that’s what friends do {1 Thessalonians 5:11}.

But, ultimately, this is about my relationship with Christ and I never want to be in a position where He can say “Depart from me, I never knew you…” {Matthew 7:23}. I love my Lord and Savior and it is His approval that I desire.

Daenel T


Favorite Winter Outfits and a Boots Storage Tip

What I Wore {Living Outside the Stacks}You guys! I think winter has finally ended. It’s been rainy and windy and a little bit chilly just about every Monday for the last 3 weeks but I’m not complaining because at least it’s not sleet, snow, or ice. In fact, every day except for Mondays it’s been really nice. Like nice enough that I’ve been able to go outside and enjoy nature. tosses confetti and glitter

So to celebrate the end of winter and the official storing of the boots, I thought I’d share some of my favorite outfits from the winter… But before I do that, let me share a little winter storage tip with you:

To keep your boots in shape during Summer storage, zip them up, roll up a magazine, and put it inside the boot. The magazine will keep the boot from falling over and cracking or creasing. 

 Gray Cardi Cream Shirt Brown Skirt Black Tights and Brown Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few months ago, I “discovered” {can also be interpreted to read “found on Pinterest through a pin from a friend of a friend} an artist named Dottie Angel. I. Heart. Her. Anyway, this outfit is kind of like a mixed up crazy homage to her and my obsession with teen angst movies from the 80s/90s. I like the pattern mix on the skirt, the handmade {by me} flower on my cardi, and the black tights. Seriously, what is it with me and the black and brown color combination? I’m totally digging it.

Black Cardigan Horse Print Dress and Wine Shooties {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Hubs picked this dress out for me. And at 41 years old, part of me thought I was waaaay too old to pull this off. But the black tights and cardi along with the suede oxfords keep it grounded. And, you know what, age ain’t nothing but a number, amIright?

Mustard Cardi Teal and Brown Floral Skirt with Brown Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

I had to force myself to leave this skirt in my closet. This is hands down one of my favorite articles of clothing. Florals are versatile and fun, especially when they’re in a season neutral color and fabrication. And, ummm, take a look at those boots. Are they not the most fabulous pieces of footwear you’ve seen in a long time?

Gray Cardi Chambray Shirt and Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m not even gonna lie. My favorite part of this outfit is the bag. That is all.

Now that the weather has warmed up, what are you looking forward to wearing?

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.
Daenel T


The Sseko Brave Collective

#ssekobrave {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last summer, a friend of mine showed me the cutest pair of sandals that she’d just bought at a local boutique. I instantly fell in love. Y’all know, I’m all about shoes. Then she told me the story:

Sskeo Designs is a fashion brand, based in Uganda, that makes handbags, accessories, and leather sandals with beautiful interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled many different ways. The women who create these beautiful items use the profits to attend university and better their lives as well as the lives of their families.

Beauty with a purpose? I was all over it. The following weekend I went to the store and bought a pair of Sseko Designs sandals, you can see them here. Those sandals became my go-to shoes for the summer. I even stepped out of my comfort zone and bought the metallic gold straps! Which you can see here.

So when I was invited to become a member of the Sseko Brave Collective, I was beyond thrilled. I’m truly passionate about empowering women to do more and be more through education. And as a mother of five, I know how important it is to get an education and to be an example to my children.

In the picture, I’m holding a copy of the Sseko Brave Manifesto: a collection of empowering phrases that help encourage the women who are involved with Sseko Designs. Each of those phrases appeals to me for various reasons but I think the one that resonates most with me is:

Every Great Journey Begins With A Small Step

I’ve always tried to live my life fearlessly. Well, that is until I became a mom, but even that requires a delicate balance of bravery and vulnerability. Since childhood, I’ve dreamed of big adventures: I wanted to travel the world as a journalist {for a minute, I even wanted to be a spy}. Instead I traveled the world as a military family member and then as a soldier. I traveled by bus in a country where I didn’t speak the language and made friends with people I’d never see again. I went to college and earned two Master’s Degrees while raising four children under the age of five and battling cancer. And I’ve walked hand~in~hand with The Hubs through the various phases of our lives.

Each great journey in my life began with one small {brave} step forward…

Daenel T


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


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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