Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Warding Off the Chill {In the Closet}

Hi, everyone! How’re things going in your neck of the woods? It’s still kinda chilly cold here. And I am so over it. Seriously, y’all where is Spring?
 Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

To ward off the chill, I decided to dress in layers and add a handmade scarf. You can’t tell but that scarf has gold thread woven through it that gives it just a bit of glitz.

Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Those jeans are rapidly becoming my faves; I like that they’re all broken in and kinda baggy. A couple of more washes and they’ll have the perfect amount of softness to them.

 Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

OUTFIT DEAL: Corduroy Jacket from Goodwill ~ $3.99

This is what I wore on Saturday to hang out with the hubs. We went out for breakfast, ran some errands, and then visited a couple of antique shops. The hubs found some candlestick holders that he liked; I found a vase and a vintage embroidered handbag from India. You can take a sneak peek at the handbag by clicking here. My plan is to use as a decorative accessory for the end table but I may carry it on a date night.

 Brown Jacket Citron Sweater and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

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The Turning Point {In the Church}

When I was about 8 or 9 years old, my family and I walked through the doors of Progressive Church of God in Christ in Colorado; at the end of the service, a group of kids walked up to us and introduced themselves. They were led by a young lady who would become my dearest friend and sister for life, Kim.

For the years that my dad was stationed in Colorado, our lives were so intertwined with Kim’s that I hardly have a memory of those years without her being there. After we moved to Italy, we kept in touch for a while, but like with almost all childhood relationships that started pre~internet, we lost touch. It would be a little over two decades before we’d reconnect and another year before we’d get to see each other again.

What I wasn’t prepared for when I saw Kim again was the love that I received from her family. Her children, who had never met me before, were calling me “Aunt  Dani” like they’d known me all their lives. And, her husband, Reggie embraced and teased me from the moment I walked through the door. I felt loved. I felt like family.

That’s the kind of love that crosses time and space. That’s the kind of love that God imparts to all of His children and helps strangers to connect. That’s the kind of love that comes with an anointing.

And let me tell you, my brother, Reggie, has been anointed by God with a music ministry that speaks to the peace, love, and joy that comes from knowing God. Last week, Reggie and Kim attended the premier of a movie called The Turning Point. The movie tells the story of a soldier who is dealing with post~traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning from a deployment overseas. The movie is directed by Ty Manns, a retired soldier, who drew from his own experiences in the military for the 101 minute film.

“The Turning Point” (Trailer) from Michael D. Jackson on Vimeo.

The film features select songs from Reggie’s CD “My Purpose”, which I own and love. The songs are “Just to Praise”, “Selah”, and “You Are”. Each song draws inspiration from a Bible verse and offers a ministry in song. “Just to Praise”, Hebrews 2:12, is a soulful ballad infused with sax and soft flowing vocals, perfect for worship. “Selah”, Psalm 77, and “You Are”, Psalm 86:8~10, are smoother, with nice drum beats and upbeat vocals, also great worship songs.

My Purpose by C. Reginald Summers {Living Outside the Stacks}

To learn more about or purchase your own copy of The Turning Point click here to visit  New Birth Outreach Church.

You can purchase Reggie’s CD,  “My Purpose”  by visiting Amazon or  you can listen to sample tracks by visiting CD Baby.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post; I simply love my family and want to help their endeavors for the kingdom of God.

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Date Night at the Mississippi River {In the Neighborhood}

When you’re a parent, finding time for a date night can be hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s so vitally important that you carve out time for each other. I know a lot of moms put their children first but your marriage should come first and then the kids. Trust me on this oneOne day your kids are going to grow up and leave your home and you’re gonna be stuck with that man that you married and the last thing you want is to be stuck staring at a stranger who you have absolutely no desire to get to know. Anyway, one of the things that hubs and I like to do is go out for coffee and walk along the river front.

The Mississippi River {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last weekend, the hubs and I went downtown and decided to take a look at the Mississippi River; we weren’t prepared for how much it had risen. Areas where we had just sat the previous month were now covered with water.  click here to see more pictures The ledge where I had captured this couple was now completely submerged. click here to see the picture We were completely blown over.

When you’re a parent, finding time for a date night can be hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s so vitally important that you carve out time for each other. I know a lot of moms put their children first but your marriage should come first and then the kids. Trust me on this one. One day your kids are going to grow up and leave your home and you’re gonna be stuck with that man that you married and the last thing you want is to be stuck staring at a stranger who you have absolutely no desire to get to know. Anyway, one of the things that hubs and I like to do is go out for coffee and walk along the river front.

Last week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition was “Street Photography”. This was my submission; if you’d like to see my daily pictures, click here.

I’m not sure if this couple is married or if they have children but it was just sweet to see them walking by the river front holding hands.

Date night doesn’t have to be expensive nor does it have to be elaborate; it’s just about you and your husband taking time out away from the kids so you can enjoy each other’s company.

How do you and your husband reconnect?

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