about me

Hi, friends. I’m 25 years old, married to my favorite husby, and adopting twin boys from a big country in Africa.  We got married in December 2011, and we started the adoption process in May 2012. You might say we’re crazy, but all I can say is God is good.

We just moved to Indianapolis from St. Louis, and we are active as a host family through Safe FamiliesI have worked as an adoption/foster care social worker. I like film photography, trying to be crafty, Google Reader, new music, magazines, and road trips to new cities. My husband is resident at the hospital in the emergency department, and he is wonderfully calm, patient, disciplined, and hilarious. We just got a dog, Oscar, and he is awesome.

I mostly blog about… our adoptionadoption + foster care, social work, faith + Jesus, and married life.

My blog started on August 27, 2008 as a place to share little things I liked with people I knew and some I didn’t. For a while, it was nothing real dense, heavy or weighty. Just little things.

But then I decided to try out blogging about big stuff — personal stories, my struggles, my joys. It’s part of this resolution to live one life and one life only: a life of honesty and vulnerability. It’s been really good for me, and my prayer is that something here is encouraging to you.


  • Dusty Laurin

    I am just starting with my schooling to become a Social Worker, and I too, am a daughter of our Lord Jesus. Your words are inspirational. Thank you for posting them! God bless you in your efforts to do God’s work.

    • Natalie

      thank you, Dusty — and thanks for reading!

  • loving your blog and thought on life, social work, kids, and Christ… thanks for blogging. I’ve got a few years on you but have some similar passions in life. 😉


  • taralee


    i just googled “chinese characters fruit of the spirit ring” looking for a good pic of a ring i bought on a trip to taiwan, and found your blog! i was so excited to see your posts about taiwan!

    also, i grew up in st louis county, so i thought that was another fun connection!

    • natalie

      so many crazy connections! glad you found me 🙂

      • taralee

        [facebook official. ha.]

  • You guys are too cute! I am also blogging about young married life 🙂 I love blogging about the little stuff, the funny conversations and the awkward ins and outs of married life. Glad I found your blog!

  • Hi Natalie! So glad to find you through the freshly-pressed front page! 🙂 I love your pictures and enjoyed reading your posts. I hope you’ll continue writing and continue radiating God’s goodness! I look forward to your next articles.

  • I didn’t find you because of your freshly-pressed post, but because of our similar interests. You have a great writing style. I just thought you should know that. Cheers!

  • Hey I nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! If you want to participate, you can check out my post here and follow the steps! 🙂

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