Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Oliver~Leming House {Getting to Know Missouri}

Last Friday while perusing the newspaper, I saw an ad announcing a tour of and lecture about the Oliver~Leming House that was being presented to the Cape County Historical Society. The nerd in me totally geeked out because I love touring historic homes. My dream is to some day own and renovate one. So I called the hubs at work and asked him if he’d like to attend with me. He agreed and we made plans to attend.

We arrived late. The wrong address was listed in the newspaper, so we drove up and down several streets looking for the house until I recognized it from the newspaper. Because it was getting close to the tours to end, I told the hubs to turn the car around but he was persistentI’m happy he’s stubbornThis time.

Front View {Oliver House}

The house tour was well worth the persistence…

Oliver House Family Photographs

Started in 1895, the Oliver~Leming House was built and owned by the Oliver family for 45 years and then owned for another 45 years by the Leming family, both of whom are prominent Cape Girardeau families. The Oliver~Leming House was designed by J.B. Legg, a prominent St. Louis architect who also designed Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University (to see a picture, click here).  Currently the residence of Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman, the home is undergoing renovations according to the original specifications and blueprints as designed by J.B. Legg and Senator Oliver.

Oliver House Interior Column and Door KnobsOne of the hallmarks of Legg’s work was his use of a combination of oak and cypress woods. Although the house has undergone many incarnations {including wood paneling over the original plaster walls} over the years, none of the original woodwork has ever been painted or stripped. Therefore, it retains its original finish.

The first floor has pine floors while the second floor is pine. During the 1990s, the upstairs bedrooms were covered with wall~to~wall floral carpeting, which has since been removed. There are working pocket doors throughout the downstairs, as well as  six coal~burning fireplaces. The original door hardware, hinges, transom hardware and interior privacy locks are still in the home. There’s even a lock outside the maid’s quarters so that she could be locked out of the main house when the family desired privacy. How crazy cool is that? And, um, just a little bit scary.

Family Growth Chart {Oliver House}

Much of the family charm still exists in the home, such as a family growth chart that will be preserved with a plexiglass covering.

I hope that we’ll get to see the home once the renovations have been completed. I can see their vision and I know that this is definitely going to be a showplace. If you’d like to see the rest of the pictures from our tour, please go here and check them out.


Marriage {Bible Reading Plan Day 1}

Marriage {Bible Reading Plan Day 1}SCRIPTURE

Genesis 2:18 {NIV}

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.


Two things stick out for me from this scripture:

  1. “…It is not good that the man should be alone;” ~ God knew that man needed someone like himself to talk to and interact with so that he would not be lonely
  2. “I will make him an help meet for him.” ~ woman was made to be man’s partner and helper; her God ordained role was to help her husband by meeting his needs


My husband always says that his primary duty at work is to make his boss’s job easier. Meaning his responsibility is to take care of the detail work so that his boss can keep an eye on the big picture.  He also says if he isn’t making his boss’s job easier then he should be fired. Crazy sense of responsibility, right? This should also be the primary role of the wife ~ to make her husband’s life easier so he can focus on the big stuff.

I know I’m guilty of adding stress to my husband by bogging him down with the gory details of life. There have been times when I’ve dropped the ball on things that he’s asked me to take care of either because I forgot or because I simply didn’t want to handle it. Not cool. As a “help meet” to my husband, my responsibility is to keep the house running, make sure the kids have everything they need, essentially to make his home life easier so that he can take care of his work life and provide for us.


Dear Lord, thank you for recognizing that we’re not meant to be alone. Thank you for placing my husband in my life and for trusting me with my children. Help me to meet all of their needs and to be the wife and mother that you have called me to be. Amen.


Random Thoughts

Coffee and Nutmeg

1. The other day I received an email from my daughter’s school telling parents that kids are using nutmeg to get high. Seriously? Who sat down, looked at a container of nutmeg and said “Hmmmm, I wonder if this can get me high?” What is wrong with these kids? Nutmeg belongs in coffee and pie. Not up your nose.

2. I did a big ol’ photo dump on Monday. Do you ever do that? It’s like I had a million pictures saved that needed to be edited. Where did they all come from? I don’t even remember taking half of them. That means they’re sitting on my camera too long. Must do better.

3. My favorite Bible is app right now is Glo Bible. I absolutely love it! It’s interactive and it’s free. It has videos, maps, virtual tours, etc. Very cool. The only thing about using an app is that it makes it hard to find the chapters and verses in a “real” Bible. Duuuude, scriptures don’t just pop up in books.

Port Cape Girardeau By Night

4. Speaking of photography, I entered four of my photographs in a local photography contest called “Capture the Community”. The contest is sponsored by Southeast Missourian, the photograph with the highest number of votes wins a $75 gift card. If you’d like to check out my pictures, go here. I’d also be your very best friend if you went here and voted for me.

So how’s your Saturday going?


Tools of the Trade {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

Tools of the Trade

I was never much of a pink lipstick girl. I prefer browns and berries but lately, I’ve been playing around with brighter/softer colors. I’m still not completely sold but I’m trying…

Do you change up your lipstick colors or do you stick with the tried and true?

I’m linking up with Misty and Kim for Shoot. Edit. Submit. If you’d like to join in, the “rules” are simple:

  1. The photo must be taken this week {Saturday~Friday}Shoot. Edit. Submit.
  2. Only one entry per person
  3. Must have the “Shoot. Edit. Submit.” button or text link to back to this week’s post to qualify
  4. Link only to the blog post and not your main blog URL

And make sure you visit some of the other participants and leave some comment love.


Why Does God Love Me? {Bible Reading Plan Day 5)


Titus 3:5 {NIV}

he saved us, not because of  righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,


Two key points for me are:

  1. “he saved us not because of the righteous things we had done, but because f his mercy”:  Romans 3:23 {NIV} says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” so it wasn’t our works or the goodness in our hearts that caused God to save us, it was His mercy. Mercy can be defined as compassion that’s shown towards an offender {sinner} or the offering of divine favor, so God has shown divine favor on us sinners and given us the opportunity to be renewed
  2. “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit”: “rebirth” and “renewal” implies that we are new again and it is through the cleansing of the Holy Spirit that we are made so


One of my biggest faults is my temper. I have to constantly remind myself to “be angry and sin not” {Ephesians 4:26}. I’ve gotten better about not letting the sun go down on my anger but, let me tell ya, there are times when it’s truly a struggle. That’s when I have to think back over my life and all of the mean and nasty things that I’ve done and/or said to people and remember that God looked at all that, read the thoughts passing through my head, saw the darkness in my heart and said “I love Daenel. I’m going to have to do something to help her out. Jesus, I need you to go down there, make some friends, preach for a little while and then die. But it won’t be a quick and easy death. See, I’m gonna need you to get betrayed by one of your friends, lied on, beat up and spit on. Wait, there’s more. You’re gonna have to get nailed to a cross, pierced in the side with a sword and then die a slow and agonizingly painful death… But, and this is the important part, I’m going to need you rise up in 3 days!”


Dear Father, thank you for the gifts of your love and mercy that were shown to me even before I came to be. Thank you for sending your son as the ultimate sacrifice for my sins. Please help me to show the same grace, mercy, love and kindness to those who are with me. Help me to forgive even when it hurts. Amen.

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