Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


The River Walk {This or That Thursday}

Yesterday I went for a quick photo walk along the Mississippi River…

Mississippi River {This or That Thursday}

Without fail, I always take a picture of the Port Cape Girardeau…

Port Cape Girardeau {This or That Thursday}

It’s just a beautiful old building and that Coca~Cola {thanks, Ellie, now you know my soda preference} sign on the side is priceless…

Pepsi Sign {This or That Thursday}

But I think my new favorite building may be the B’Nai Israel Synagogue that I discovered on my way home. Built in 1937, it reminds me of the Middle Eastern architecture that I love so much…

BNai Israel Synagogue {This or That Thursday}

What did you photograph this week?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.


Knowing God By Name {Word Filled Wednesday}

Knowing God by Name {Word Filled Wednesday}

When I was a little girl, I hated my name. I mean, I absolutely positively hated my name. People used to call me “Danielle”, “Darlene”, “Daniel”, etc. All perfectly fine names, but not my name. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I fully appreciated the uniqueness of my name and it wasn’t until I had children of my own that I understood the power of names.

This week, I started a new study with the Women’s Bible Café called “Knowing God by Name: A Personal Encounter” by Mary Kassian. In this study, we’re learning about 35 of the more than one hundred names for God. Each name reflects the power, might, uniqueness and awesomeness that is God. But more than that, each name demonstrates His relationship to us and our relationship to Him.

So far, the thing that has stuck with me is when God tells Moses “I AM WHO I AM.” {Exodus 3:13~15} when Moses asks who he should say sent him. Do you know the power behind those words? Think about it, “I AM” can be followed by any number of things that demonstrates the might of God…

  • “I AM” the LORD of lords
  • “I AM” your provider
  • “I AM” without beginning or end
  • “I AM” omnipotent

Just keep adding to it…

With those two words, He has established that He is our all and all and there is no one above Him. Great is His name and He is truly worthy to be praised!

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Six {What I Wore Wednesday}

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Please Join Me on Saturday for Shoe Style Saturday!

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Hi, everyone! So glad you’re stopping by for another edition of What I Wore Wednesday, I have to say, this is one of my favorite linkups. You ladies are so creative with both your photography and your outfits. I know some of you are shoe ladies too, so I’m inviting you to come back on Saturday and link up with me for Shoe Style Saturday.

Shoe Style Saturday is just fun way to share pictures of your shoes. If you plan to link up, leave a comment below and let me know so I can check it out.

Now on to what I wore…

What I Wore Thursday

What I Wore Thursday

This is what I wore to run a few errands and hang out with the family. Notice the curly hair? Yeah, it’s just all over the place now. There are times when I wish I had better control, but I don’t see that happening any time soon, so why fight it?

What I Wore Tuesday

What I Wore Tuesday

I spent Tuesday just hanging out at home in my new tunic. I saw it at the store a few months ago and waited for it to go on sale. It’s light and airy, absolutely perfect for the coming summer. And, ohmygosh, will you just look at the embroidery?

Also I just noticed that I’m wearing the same pants in both pictures, wellll, I told you when I bought’em they were gonna be my faves

How do you stay cool during the summer? Do you have a go to outfit?

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Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.


A Girl and Her Guitar

Last week, Miss 15 begged me to take her to the store because she’d been saving her babysitting money to buy something very special…

A Girl and Her Guitar

An acoustic guitar, which she’s teaching herself to play.

Do you remember what you spent your first earnings on?


1957 Chevy Bel Air {Photography}

Yesterday, I got to spend some one~on~one time with the boy. It’s rare that he and I spend time hanging out with each other. I’m so not into video games and he could care less about crocheting. But one thing we do have in common is a love of old cars. Who knew?

1957 Chevy Bel Air

When we spotted this 1957 Chevy Bel Air in the parking lot, we just had to stop.

1957 Chevy Bel Air

We walked around the car, talked about how we’d fix it up. Where we’d like to take it on a drive. Just a bunch of random musings…

1957 Chevy Bel Air

I had no idea that the boy was that into cars. And I’m pretty certain that he had no clue that I like vintage cars. I know others see a rusty old car, but I see the potential and I love it.

Sometimes, I think that’s how God viewed me, like an old rusty car sitting on the side of the road and He saw my potential, took me home, renovated me and made me a new creature {2 Corinthians 5:17}. I’m so grateful that even at my worst, He loved me anyway.

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