24th Nov2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 15 through Day 22

by Daenel

Hi, all! How was your weekend? Mine was nice. The kids started coming home from college for Thanksgiving break, so it’s been, ummmmm, loud. But I’m totally loving it. The only people I’m missing right now are The Hubs and our oldest daughter and her family. Other than that, I couldn’t be happier.

Have you started your Thanksgiving prep yet? Are you trying anything new? This year I’m making a Double Pumpkin Pie per The Hubs request. I’ve never made a Double Pumpkin Pie before. This should be fun. I’ll definitely let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, I’m sharing some more photos from last week:

Day 22 A Favorite Thing

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Special K cereal topped with dried fruits and nuts. Just yum.

Day 21 Shoes

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I have a thing for cowboy boots. They count as shoes, right?

Day 20 Bright

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Re~edit of an old picture because today was just blergh.

Day 19 Whole

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Squeekerz is summing up my whole feelings about the cold.

And why does he always have a stray hair sticking out of his nostril? Seriously, dude, blow…

Day 18 I Love This

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When I catch The Hubs watching me.

Day 17 Cooking

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Celebratory Baklava ~ I survived the trip to the grocery store for the stuff I’ll be cooking on Thanksgiving.

Day 16 After

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After the cold front. Not a lot but still snow.

Day 15 Hot + Cold

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It’s cold out there!

Favorite Coffee Picture of the Week

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If you’d like to see a collection of all of my coffee pictures, go here.

#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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17th Nov2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 8 through Day 14

by Daenel

Hello, Friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was nice and quiet. I spent a lot of time sleeping, which was desperately needed. I’ve been feeling sleep deprived for months… I’m not sure why but I made up for it this weekend.

We also got a bit of snow on Sunday. Needless to say, that didn’t make me happy. I don’t mind sweater weather but snow? Absolutely not. If you’re curious, you can see my picture of the snow falling here.

Day 14 Letters

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My initial on a coffee mug. What else?

Day 13 For me

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A sink full of dirty dishes… Gosh, I miss having all the kids home.

Day 12 Normal

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His normal routine involves making himself comfy on my slippers.

Day 11 A set

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Chess set. I used to play but not anymore. Now it’s just for show.

Day 10 I do this every day

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Walk Squeekerz. Actually, it’s not so much walk as watch him stretch. Every. Single. Limb.

Day 9 Heck yes!

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Coffee and a magazine. We don’t have a new house yet ~ not until June ~ but it’s never too soon to get inspired, right?

Day 8 A place

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The Mississippi River. It’s where we go.

Favorite Coffee Picture of the Week

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#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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10th Nov2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 1 through Day 7

by Daenel

This was a busy but fun weekend for us. The library where I worked celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a party on Friday evening. I was the “Official Kent Library Photographer”. Seriously, that was the what the archivist called me. I hope she’s happy with the pictures that I took. You can take a look at the cake that was made for the celebration by clicking here and here. Isn’t it stunning? Just look at the detail…

I didn’t finish last month’s challenge but I’m back at it again, check it out:

Day 7 On the floor

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Squeekerz, of course.

Day 6 Made me smile today

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My daughter. I was having a bad day until she texted me and asked if I was free for lunch. Love her.

Day 5  8 o’clock

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Getting acquainted with my new friend: 35mm f/1.8g prime lens.

Day 4 Can’t live without

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I can live without coffee. I just don’t think I should have to.

Day 3 Weather

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So very dreary. It was darkish at 5 PM. Can we stop with the time Daylight Savings Time now?

Day 2 I saw this

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My face.

Day 1 Something blue

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The Mississippi River this morning.

My favorite coffee picture of the week

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Breakfast with The Hubs. The highlight of my weekend. This is our time to reconnect and share all of the stuff we missed out on during the week.

#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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02nd Nov2014

My Week Via Instagram

by Daenel

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Duuuude, it’s seriously November. How in the world did that happen? Doesn’t it feel like we were just prepping for summer break? Honestly, it’s like the older I get the faster time passes by. I’m not cool with that.

By the way, don’t you just love the little heart in the cement? I really do “heart” fall; just not the bone chilling wind that comes with it.

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Something creepy must’ve happened in downtown Cape on Halloween night…

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz woke me up bright and early on Saturday morning, like 5 AM, and then promptly went back to sleep. Apparently, he doesn’t observe Saturday, the high holy day of the sleep deprived. I need to fix that.

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Autumn colors all around… And a little print mixing.

So how was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?

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27th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 20 to Day 24

by Daenel

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook that I never noticed how dark my house is or how loud my street is until this past week. I’ve finally decided that it might be time to do something with that YouTube channel I have that’s been languishing in the land of nothing… Well, recording a video is easier said than done. But I finally got a welcome video posted and have started making plans to really build up my channel.

I was inspired to jump start my blog by the lovely and oh~so~talented LeSha B. at The Lovely Photog. She was able to find a way to connect with her fans and share her interests in a way that shows her personality. I love love love this… And, gosh, being able to talk? That’s something that I do well.

I plan to post my Coffee Talks on YouTube on Thursdays and product reviews whenever I have them. For now those seem to be the two things I most want to focus on for videos and it makes sense. So if you watch videos, give me a yell, and feel free to subscribe.

And now on to the pictures for this week…

Day 24: {X is for…}

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Treasure.

Is there a treasure buried in this tree? One can only hope.

Day 23: {W is for…}

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White.

Pretty white flowers.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100

Day 22: {V is for…}

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Victory.

There is victory in Jesus Christ.

Day 21: {U is for…}

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Under.

Can you believe I’m under caffeinated? How’s that even possible?

Day 20: {T is for…}

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Tongue.

Squeekerz does this a lot. I’m starting to take it personal.

Favorite coffee picture of the week

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Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and, now YouTube. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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20th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 13 to Day 19

by Daenel

Annnd so another week begins. Gosh, it’s like you just get into the weekend groove and it’s time to go back to work. I really need someone to invent a non~work day between Sunday and Monday.

Day 19: {S is for…}

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Star.

A beautiful pendant that I don’t wear nearly enough.

Day 18: {R is for…}

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Retro.

I think once a year ladies ought to put on the perfect dress with pumps and pearls and guys should sport suits and fedoras.

Day 17: {Q is for…}

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Quote.

I’m cheating here. I did this in 2013 but it was late and my kids were home for the weekend so I dug through the archives.

I also took this with my Nikon D3100

Day 16: {P is for…}

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Pearls and plaid.

The perfect combination.

Day 15: {O is for…}

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Opening.*

I know this isn’t really an opening but it kinda looks like one. And I wanted to share this beautiful picture again.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100.

Day 14: {N is for…}

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Nose.*

When I was a kid  hated the freckles across my nose… Kids teased me: braces, 4 eyes, freckles, yellow skin, and frizzy red hair. Now that I’m a mom, I embrace those things.

I never want my kids to share my insecurities. They are {I am and you are} wonderfully and fearfully made by the creative hands of God.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100.

Day 13: {M is for…}

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Favorite coffee picture of the week

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Because sequins are always appropriate in the library…

I’m joining up with Fat Mum Slim and a host of other people for her Photo A Day Challenge. Check out the hashtag #fmsphotoaday on Instagram to see the other participants.

Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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16th Oct2014

Blogtober: My Hobby

by Daenel

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

A little over 3 years ago, The Hubs bought me my first “real” camera. It was a GE X500 Power Pro. I loved that camera. And I took it every where with me. But as I became more comfortable with photography, I started to recognize the limitations of my “bridge” camera {a step above a point and shoot and a step below a DSLR}; but I didn’t want to ask The Hubs to buy me a new camera either. We’d just moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri and were trying to get settled in a new place. A new camera was a luxury I just didn’t think we could afford.

Then one day The Hubs came home and said, “How’d you like a new camera?” I immediately started protesting until he said, “I want to do this for you.” So we hopped in the car, went to the store and he helped me pick out the Nikon D3100. This is, hands down, the best gift The Hubs has ever given me. And that includes our children.

The reasons I enjoy it:

  • I’m an introvert and photography allows me to be part of the action without necessarily interacting with people.
  • I like that photography allows me to capture memories and share them with people.
  • I enjoy the creative process; figuring out how I’m going to process the picture: light or dark, over or under.
  • I can tell a story. A whole story or part of a story. It can be real or imagined.

Some of my favorite pictures:

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

This was my first photo to ever go viral. I was and still am very proud of it.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

An abandoned house in Fruitland, Missouri. I love the textures, the colors… I wonder about the people who used to live there. I want to know who owns it now.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

Katie and Robbie are the owners of Dynamite Coffee in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. They’re such a fun couple and I wanted it to show in the picture.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

This guy right here. I told him to hold the ball for me so I could take a picture. This is what I got.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

There’s something about old vehicles that appeals to me. I guess I really like old stuff. Maybe it’s the historian in me?

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

I also enjoy portrait photography. I prefer to capture people doing stuff rather than posed because I like the idea of capturing someone doing something they enjoy. But I do appreciate posed photography as well. In this case, my daughter and I were talking about random silliness and I told her to stop and this happened.

My photography goals are:

  • To get more comfortable shooting in Manual. I do it but I get really anxious about how the pictures will turn out.
  • Take my camera out in public more. I get angsty in front of people.
  • Street photography is calling my name. I’m barely comfortable asking people I know if I can take their pictures so going up to strangers will be a real challenge.

You can see some of my other photographs by clicking here.

What’s your favorite thing to do? How do you make time for your hobby?

Blogtober 2014 {Natty Nikki}

I’m linking up with Natty Nikki for Blogtober 2014, a month long blogging challenge. Please feel free to join up, leave comments, share the posts, you know, spread some love.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

13th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 6 to Day 12

by Daenel

Hi! How’re you guys doing? Are you ready for another week? I am and I’m not. Now that I’ve announced that we’re moving, I’m so ready to get on with it, you know? This is gonna be the longest 7 months ever…

Day 12: {L is for…}

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Lipstick.

This is the last of my favorite tube by Revlon. I use it sparingly and only for special occasions. The struggle, y’all.

Day 11: {K is for…}

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Keys.

Vintage cast iron keys found at Annie Laurie’s Antiques. I haven’t decided where to put them yet but I had to have them.

Day 10: {J is for…}

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Jar.

There’s no story. Just a jar. I wish I could say that I use them for cool stuff like homemade bone broth or something, but I usually end up drinking cranberry juice from it. ‘Cause I’m classy like that.

Day 9: {I is for…}

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Ice Cream.

Yes, I did make a special trip for the prompt. I suffer for my art.

Day 8: {H is for…}

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Hand.

I love my son but his hands freak me out. His fingers are so long and bendy {he’s double jointed}.

Day 7: {G is for…}

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Goat.*

I prefer monkeys but goats can be interesting too.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100

Day 6: {F is for…}

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Fall.

My favorite season: sweaters, scarves, boots, changing colors…. It’s just so beautiful and magical.

Favorite coffee picture of the week:

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I spent the morning touring the campus of Southeast Missouri State University with my youngest daughter. I cannot believe she’s getting ready to go off to college. This is gonna be the quickest 7 months ever…

Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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06th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram

by Daenel

Hello, My Lovelies! How’re you? I’m doing well. Can you believe it’s October already? Seriously, where did the time go? 2014 is just flying by. But I guess it doesn’t help that there’s CHRISTMAS STUFF OUT ALREADY!!!! deep  sigh

We had a nice weekend… The kids came home for the weekend, which was a nice little treat. I miss the buzz of having a lot of people around. They did the normal things: teased their dad and me, ate up our food, did laundry, and went home. happy sigh 

On Sunday, we  attended a wonderful church service and then followed it up with coffee and pie with friends. Just a really great weekend overall.

This month’s challenge is to follow the alphabet. I guess as long as I know the ABC Song, I should be good, huh? It’s fun seeing the different interpretations of the prompts though.

Day 5 {E is for…}

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Eyeglasses.

Picked up my new eyeglasses. The world is so much prettier when you can see it.

Day 4 {D is for…} 

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Dice.

We grew up Church of God in Christ ~ both parents are preachers ~ we were not allowed to touch dice. Strict though they were (and even though some of the rules made no sense to me}, I thank God for the values and love for Him that was instilled in me.

Day 3 {C is for…}

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Corn.

Also for creepy cloud and crops.

Day 2 {B is for…}

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Buttons.

I heart buttons.

Day 1 {A is for…}

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Attitude.

Squeekerz has a lot of attitude and he’s not afraid to show it.

Favorite Coffee Picture of the Week

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Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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29th Sep2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram

by Daenel

Happy National Coffee Day! How’re you celebrating? I will be drinking copious amounts of coffee {not that that’s anything unusual} but I’ll also be sharing some coffee related faves on Facebook throughout the day. So, you know, if you’re on Facebook and you want to give me a shout out, please do so. And share a picture of you and your mug!

As you’re drinking your java, please enjoy these pictures from last week…

Day 28 {Game}

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I’m so not a fan of either of these games, but I find them aesthetically pleasing. I’m weird. I own it.

Day 27 {Celebration}

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A gift bag. That is all.

Day 26 {Best}

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The best fall photo ever.

Day 25 {Angle}

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I adore old buildings.

Day 24 {Loud}

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Motorcycles, cars, people, wind, rain, sun, food… everything makes him loud.

Day 23 {Triangle}

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I had a hard time with this one. Apparently, I don’t encounter a lot of triangles in my daily life.

Day 22 {Crisp}

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A dead leaf…

HAPPY NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!!!!

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Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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22nd Sep2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram

by Daenel

Hi, friends! How’re you doing? I’m doing well. The kids came home to celebrate Twin A’s and B’s 19th birthday. Nineteen, y’all! It was so nice having everyone home. Even Squeekerz was in an abnormally mellow mood.

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This is what happened when I said “Hey, Guys, I need a group picture.” They’re so silly.

Instead of doing my usual weekend wrap up, I’m sharing some of my pictures from the September Photo a Day Challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a challenge and I’ve pretty much failed at the 52 Week Project: 2014 Edition, I decided to give it a try. If you’re participating, leave a comment below so I can check out your pictures. And don’t forget to give me a follow on Instagram.

 Day 21 {Fave Word}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

Faith is believing every need has been met even when I don’t know the hows or the whens. Faith is standing still when I want to turn and run. Faith is putting my trust in God and knowing it will be OK.

My faith in God meeting my needs is based on Matthew 6:25~34, which reads:

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Day 20 {Beginning}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

It’s the beginning of a new day. A chance for new opportunities, new laughs, new tears… Enjoy it.

Day 19 {Even}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

My daughters aren’t even waiting for me. That’s cool, go ahead and leave your mom behind…

Day 18 {Person}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

Thanks to this person I’ve become much braver about taking pictures of people. She is so much fun and can totally work it.

What you can’t see is that she’s on a rickety metal balcony surrounded by a bazillion bugs.

Day 17 {Key}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

I literally squealed with delight in Walmart when I found out I could have a monkey on my house key.

Day 16 {I Don’t Like}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

I don’t like Tapioca Pudding. Seriously, are those fat globules in the pudding? However, The Hubs likes it, so when he’s away I like to send him random pics of me eating his stash. We’ve been married 20 years. It’s the little things…

Day 15 {Remember}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

The last picture we took in our home in Pennsylvania before moving to Missouri. It was such an exciting time for us. New beginnings and all that…

My favorite coffee picture of the week:

Horse Print Dress with Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell!

I’m linking up with Jeanette at Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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15th Sep2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram

by Daenel

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty relaxed. We’re still adjusting to life as a family of three, but the kids are doing a good job of keeping in touch. This makes me incredibly happy. My biggest worry was that they’d lose touch with us and/or each other. But we usually send or receive at least one mass text per day. That makes the separation a bit easier to handle.

Instead of doing my usual weekend wrap up, I’m sharing some of my pictures from the September Photo a Day Challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a challenge and I’ve pretty much failed at the 52 Week Project: 2014 Edition, I decided to give it a try. If you’re participating, leave a comment below so I can check out your pictures. And don’t forget to give me a follow on Instagram.

Day 14 {Healthy}

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I run…

Day 13 {Out of Place}

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Take your pick.

Day 12 {Spring/Fall}

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

I love when the leaves start to change colors.

Day 11 {How I Feel Today}

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m also tired.

Day 10 {Repetition}

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

I had a hard time with this one.

Day 9 {Orange}

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

A Fruit Loop Tree. It could happen. Right? I think I was delirious

Day 8 {Broken}

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sorry, Mr. Owl. I guess they figured out our secret.

My favorite coffee picture of the week:

Fresh Beans from Dynamite Coffee #VisitCape

Fresh roasted beans from Dynamite Coffee. I wish you could smell them, just, yes, please, forever and always…

The biggest thing for me to accept with this challenge is that not all pictures are going to be perfect. As a hobbyist photographer, I want all of my pictures to pack a punch, but that’s life…

I’m linking up with Jeanette at Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.

How was your week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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08th Sep2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram

by Daenel

Happy Monday! Are you ready for a new week? I am. This’ll be my first full week back at work. In fact, it’ll be everyone’s first full week back at work. We had last week off due to a water main break. While I was off, I decided to join the photo a day challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. It’s been a long time since I’ve participated and I’ve pretty much failed at the 52 Week Project: 2014 Edition, so… If you’re participating, leave a comment below so I can check out your pictures. And don’t forget to give me a follow on Instagram.

Day 7 {Father}

Day 7 Father {Living Outside the Stacks}

My father passed away 6 years ago yesterday. This ring is one of the few things of his that I own.

Day 6 {I Need}

Day 7 Father {Living Outside the Stacks}

I need more time to work on my photography skills. Hence the failing at the 52 Week Project…

Day 5 {Upside Down}

Day 5 Upside Down {Living Outside the Stacks}

What would it be like to walk on the sky?

Day 4 {DIY}

Day 4 DIY {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hand crocheted flowers that I use to customize my cardigans.

Day 3 {Buttons}

Day 3 Buttons {Living Outside the Stacks}

A bunch of buttons that I bought in one of those Bag O’ Button thingies for like $3. I use them for the flowers that I crochet.

Day 2 {Stripes}

Day 2 Stripes {Living Outside the Stacks}

There’s a whole lotta pattern mixing going on here. But, seriously, doesn’t it just make the whole outfit all kinds of fun?

Day 1 {In My Cup}

Day 1 In My Cup {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee, of course…

Favorite Coffee Picture

Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Again, I love the pattern mixing that’s going on here. And the angle is pretty cool, as well.

How was your week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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01st Sep2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

So it seems that I took an unplanned break from blogging. Not exactly sure what I was doing during that time, but let’s just all agree that I enjoyed it.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The students have returned to campus so that means the games have begun… I found this little guy on the mezzanine in the library. We’ll find them every where as the semester progresses.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Met with my endocrinologist and for the first time since having my thyroid removed {thirteen year Thyroid Cancer survivor}, my hormone levels are exactly where they should be. I’ll be checked again in 6 months and then I can go to once a year visits.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m a #SweatPink Ambassador! This has me all kinds of excited. For me, this journey isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about taking care of this temple that God gave me. I’ll be sharing my fitness tips, workout plans, etc. on Facebook and Instagram with a weekly wrap~up here on the blog.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of the few things that makes grocery shopping bearable is wearing really cute shoes, like these sandals from Sseko Designs. The Sangria Ribbon is probably my favorite pattern because of the colors. They’re so intense with the pops of color.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz being uncharacteristically nice. For the last 10 years he’s basically treated the kids as if they’re a necessary evil {they provide food and water}, now that they’re gone, he cries… I think he may be part cat.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

I joined Jess Connolly and The Tiny Twig for Friday Introductions on Instagram. It’s an opportunity to reintroduce yourself to your current Instagram friends and meet new people. They also ask a fun little “get to know you” question each week. If you’re on Instagram, give me a yell {I’m 4daenelt}.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sometimes I take pictures of random things. Like my hand in water…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Miss 21 came home and took Miss 17 to dinner. I love that my kids enjoy hanging out together. I hope and pray this closeness remains always.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite coffee picture of the week. Sometimes black and white says it all…

How was your week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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25th Aug2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

My vacation has officially come to an end and it’s time to get back to the grind. It was a working vacation: kids moving into dorms, another kid starting her Senior year of high school, and other random bits of crazy. This has probably been one of the hardest and most emotionally/spiritually draining weeks of my life but I’m determined to try to focus on the good. And, if I can’t find the good, I can at least see the pieces of normal:

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

Favorite coffee picture. Sporting my oh~so~funky sandals by Sseko.

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

My daughter celebrated her 21st birthday on Saturday. I can’t believe my first born is 21… It feels like just yesterday, the doctor was putting her in my arms.

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

I received an email from Influenster telling me that I’d be one of a group of women who’ll be given the opportunity to try out the new Keurig 2.0. They’ll be sending me a free coffee maker for review purposes. I’m so very excited.

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

Today is Twin B’s and Twin A’s first day of college. I love you guys. Do your thing, I’m so very proud of you both!

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

The things my kids do to the dog.

Weekend Wrap~Up {Living Outside the Stacks}

Is this not the most beautiful hotel room ever? The Hubs and I stayed here after dropping The Boy off at college. I need a wall of canvases….

How was your week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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04th Aug2014

Instagram Week in Review: Hands

by Daenel

Hello, my friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I did. I spent time with my family, caught up on my sleep, and watched the season premier of Hell on Wheels. I’m totally addicted to that show. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out: Saturday nights on AMC.

Every week I look at my pictures and I try to see if there’s a theme. I think this week it looks like it’s all about the hands. Hands fascinate me. They have the power to love and to hate, to create and to break down. Hands can express so much…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Fist Bump Friday. If you’re on Facebook or Instagram, please join me for Fist Bump Friday {use the hash tag #FistBumpFriday}. It’s a time for us to celebrate the things that have made us happy during the week.It doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering, if it made you happy, share!

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Street art. My nephew was all kinds of fascinated by the hand prints on the flood wall.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

American Queen. The Hubs and I have put riding the American Queen on our Couple’s Bucket List.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

National Lipstick Day. I’d never heard of it either but once I did, I thought why not? I rarely wear lipstick but when I do, it’s usually a dark brown.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Random silliness. As much as my family hates having my camera aimed at them, they sure have no problem when it comes to photo bombing.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee love. My favorite coffee photo of the week. You can see the others by clicking here.

What was the highlight of your week?
Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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01st Aug2014

Let’s Celebrate: Make August Beautiful

by Daenel

Make August Beautiful {Living Outside the Stacks}

As many of you know, August is going to be a touch month for me: my middle daughter is returning to college, my twins are starting to college, and my baby is beginning her last year of high school. This is all too much. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to celebrate this new stage in our lives and document it without losing myself to tears and sadness…

This isn’t a sad event. Just different. I know that The Hubs and I raised our children well and that they’re ready to take on the world. We’ve provided them with the confidence and fortitude to be their own people, to stand up for what they believe in, and to help those in need. But, most of all, we’ve instilled in them a faith in God that transcends all things. So we know they’ll be OK.

But, they’re still my babies…

So I will cry. And I will laugh. And I will say “See you later” to the ones who are beginning the next phase of their lives and celebrate with the one who is ending a chapter. I will document the moments and share them with you on Instagram {I’m 4daenelt}. I hope you’ll do the same with me.

Celebrate the month of August with me by joining my friend, Beatrice Clay at inspired by beatrice clay, for 31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories. Use the hashtag #31stories.

If you plan to join in, leave your Instagram name in the comments below so I can follow along!

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28th Jul2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Hello. How was your weekend? Mine was OK. I started watching two new shows: The Lottery and MANH(A)TTAN. I’m  not sure how I feel about them yet. For the record, I’m still trying to work out my feelings about Extant. I’m happy that these new shows require thought and emotional involvement. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of the hot mess that is “reality” TV.

I haven’t been reading much. Usually, I try to read a classic novel during the summer but I have been so unmotivated this year. Not sure what the problem is but I need to get myself in gear, summer’s almost over. Every time I write one of these weekly reviews I’m reminded of how quickly it all passes… And how much closer I am to my babies going off to college. *weeps*

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Photography experiment. I decided to try photographing the world in black and white. It makes for a lot of drama. It’s incredibly fun but it requires forethought. You can see the rest of the pictures by clicking here.
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Dome. A once in lifetime shot of the dome on Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University. Almost eye level. Cool, no?
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Major score. Can you believe I paid $2.50 for this dress? Yep! I bought it at JC Penney off the sale rack. I’m a major fan of the dress over jeans look. I know it doesn’t work for everyone but it works for me.
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

New skills. My nephew is learning the fine art of hat spinning.

 

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee and Ssekos. I’m desperately trying to get one of my coffee pictures regrammed by coffeenclothes. If it happened to be one of the pictures with my Sseko sandals, that’d be a bonus.

 

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Something new. Whenever we go grocery shopping, the girls and I like to try something new as a “reward” for surviving the trip. It tastes like bubble gum and some sort of incredibly sweet fruit. I’m not a fan.

If you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to follow {I’m 4daenelt} and give me a yell in the comments so I know you’re there and can follow you too.

What’s on your summer reading list?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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24th Jul2014

Throwback Thursday: Photography, the Beginning

by Daenel

My husband walking through an underground tunnel…

And this is where it all began. My husband and I were walking through an underground tunnel and the light was just incredible. I snapped and a hobby was born. It wasn’t until a few years later that The Hubs surprised me with a Nikon D3100, but it all began with a cell phone, timing, and light. Yes, that picture was taken with a cell phone.

Where did your hobby begin?
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21st Jul2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty nice. I spent time with The Hubs ~ breakfast, the River Walk, and church. Nice and quiet, just how we like it. We’re still tossing around RV ideas. I think we’ve both decided that we want to buy an old Airstream and remodel it. That’s big for us. We’ve never undergone a reno project together before. And I’m fairly certain my idea of old {read vintage} Airstream remodel {bohemian chic/glamp~tastic} is very different from his idea {house on wheels}. So we’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, here are some pictures from last week. It seems my life was all about the Mississippi River…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Vintage clutch. This vintage beaded clutch was purchased at Annie Laurie’s Antiques. I knew I’d probably never carry it but I couldn’t leave it in the store either. It’s now a piece of home decor on my end table.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Street Art. On the interior of the flood wall is an abundance of street art. Downtown Cape is an incredibly artsy area. It’s nothing to see musicians and artists down by the river sharing their talents.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Inukshuk. My friends, doulalana and amissiontosave explained to me that in Canada, these stacked rocks are used by the Aboriginal people to relay messages.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Panoramic view. I didn’t know that my cell phone could take panoramic pictures. How goofy am I? Yay for that discovery {thank you, LG G2} and double yay for the Mississippi River being so beautiful.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}Still running. I’ve signed up for the Run for God Virtual Pinky 5K. I haven’t had an opportunity to run with any of the Run for God graduates yet but we’re still keeping in touch via Facebook. And I have run into a few of them while out on the trail.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yarn bombing. We found a bench in the historic district of Cape that had been yarn bombed. Of course, my nephew made himself comfortable.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

So focused. For months I’ve been wondering who has been stacking rocks along the River, now I know. You wouldn’t believe the amount of focus and patience it takes for him to get the rocks to balance.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Random silliness. Having a three~year~old in the house is making me incredibly silly. I love how uninhibited he is and how he forces us to laugh, hug, and exercise an abundance of patience.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Mississippi River. Look at how high the water is! Just a few weeks ago, we were walking along that space that’s now under the river. Just unreal.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Flood Wall Reflection. I have to say this is one of my favorite pictures of the flood wall by the Mississippi River. It captures everything I love about the area: the art, the historic buildings, and the colors.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Favorite coffee picture. I like the colors on this, the pink from my Sseko Designs sandals just pops against the darkness of the concrete.

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What are you looking forward to this week?

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