June 16, 2018

Lately//Spring 2018+a HIATUS

What ho and welcome! (Where did that come from?) And how are you this fine spring day?

'Hem. Let's try again. I honestly don't know what my deal is sometimes. :P

Dear friends, welcome to spring and welcome to the 2018 springtime edition of my "lately" posts. You know, the ones where I talk about my life because my life is so interesting and y'll just live to read about what's been going on with me.

All right, in all seriousness, I have "so much to acquaint you with"! Let us begin.

Lately I've been....

•With Éowyn! That's right, around the last weekend in April I had an impromptu visit from my dear friend, Éowyn. It was absolutely c r a z y how fast it all worked out so well and that I got to see her. <3 We had a fabulous time together, watching movies like Rio Bravo, The Greatest Showman, and My Darling Clementine. We explored some shops in my town and went to a lighthouse and hiked the Sleeping Bear Dunes which was a little exhausting but very very fun. :D And we felt so proud of ourselves afterward. It was such a special time, and I'm so grateful to God for how it all worked out. Till next time, Éowyn! *hugs*

look! There are our shadows :P

•With Alyssa and Olivia.  Read this post for the story on that. ;)

//Watching & Reading//
This movie brings me to tears and makes me feel safe and happy and healed all at once. It's realllly good and I've watched it twice within the space of about a month or so. I really find comfort in watching how Eilis adapts to her new home and life. Though, my recent move seems nothing in comparison. I can't imagine crossing an ocean all by myself and living alone. It's absolutely terrifying.
Bu anyways. The aesthetic of this movie, the music, the Irish ACCENTS, the characters and romance....EVERYTHING. I love it dearly. (Also TONY. ♥)

(PS. I recommend filtering or fast forwarding with the remote, just fyi. It has some issues. :P)

"THE BEST PART. This is when I lose it altogether." Brooklyn movie 2015

Road to Avonlea season 5&6. All right, can Gus and Felicity just get married already? Also, why are the season openers always so bizarre and drawn-out? Will Andrew King EVER come back? (Despite my complaints, I still love this show. :))

Solo. I LOVED THE NEW STAR WARS MOVIE SO MUCH. Click here for my thoughts.

Incredibles 2. Guyyyyysss. Frrieeennds. this moviiiieeee. *cries* Incredibles 2 was amazing. Seriously. I absolutely loved it. This movie didn't feel at all like a "sequel", it felt like an expansion of the previous movie. Funny thing is, I didn't "grow up" on this movie like I did other Disney movies. I can't remember the first time I saw Incredibles, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't super young. BUT. The opening scenes of this movie literally made me tear up. It just felt so nostalgic and perfect. The characters were all the same, nothing was changed, it just continued

I REALLY LOVED THIS MOVIE. The plot, the humor, the dialogue, everything. (Also, Jack-Jack fighting the raccoon was literally one of the best scenes.  It had me laughing so hard I was almost crying. I rarely laugh that hard and it just made me so happy. <3)

(*I've actually been watching a ridiculous amount of movies and such lately, but I'm not going to weigh this post down today with all that. ;) The above mentioned are just recent highlights.*)

•Uninvited by Lisa Terkeurst 
Wow. This book was really good. I generally find modern Christian nonfiction (what little I've read) to be somewhat iffy, but I don't really recall much of anything that I disagreed with in this book. It had a lot of very healing, encouraging words. Highly recommend for anyone that struggles with feeling unwanted or rejected, or recognizing that your value comes from Christ's love for you--not the opinions of others.

•The False Prince trilogy. AHHHH I'm finally re-reading these books and I love them so so so much. *hugs tight* Sage especially. But really everyone. (But Sage, though.) (And Fink.)

If you like medieval adventures with intrigue and plot twists and snarky dialogue YOU NEED TO READ THESE BOOKS. (did I mention how great the characters are??)

(Not quite how I picture Sage, tbh, but you know. It's okay. :P)

//Busy preparing for//
•The ACT test. I got it done June 9th and I actually feel like I did pretty well, all things considered. (Especially despite my desperate meltdown of worry about it the day before.)

•My new summer job at a church daycare. I'm kind of worn out from all the paperwork and the CPR class I had to take, but my first day should be sometime next week and I'm very grateful to be working this summer. 

//Listening to//
For King and Country 
Especially "to the dreamers", "priceless" "shoulders", "this is love", "fix my eyes", "run wild" basically all of them, please listen they're amazzzziinnnngg. 

•Owl City Cinematic album
I know I keep talking about Owl City but guyyyyyysssss. IT'S SO GOOD. *cries from happiness*

•Good friends <3
•The endless expanse of whipped cream clouds you can see when on a plane
•Flowers from the store (pictured below)
•The glow at sunset
•Going to a swing dance group with some friends from church
•The lake at different times of the day. It never fails to amaze me how many different colors and looks it displays. Crystal blue, soft gray, misty green, dusky lilac, bright silver, deep black...
•The feeling I had from traveling solo for the first time. During my travels at the airport, I had moments of intense loneliness and fear, but overall it was an exhilarating experience. God proved faithful, as always, and I felt encouraged and inspired by the taste of independence the trip gave me.
•Long phone calls with good friends ;)
•Going to the movie theater with my brother.

the flowers

//Stressing over//
•My flights/layovers on my trip to Alyssa's home. 
•Studying for the ACT on June 9th
•Paperwork for my new job
•Getting fingerprinted for my new job
•Taking a CPR/AED/First Aid class for my new job
•My new job

I feel as if I've learned so much over the past couple of months, and yet I know I need to learn so much more, because honestly? Despite all the goodness God has been giving me, I spend a lot of days feeling depressed and ungrateful. And I know I need to change that, for He's proven His faithfulness to me time and time and time and time and time and time and time again.

And time again. ;) He is so good.

When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
Psalm 138:3
#my view from the plane <3

Real talk, friends. Life has been crazy busy since we moved. Not only has it been busy, it's been hard. There's been a lot of ups and downs, and lots of things we still have to figure out. Frankly, I'm on the brink of being overwhelmed (maybe I already am and just don't know it because I'm so exhausted haha) and have decided I need to change things up this summer.

Which means....I'm taking a blogging hiatus. :( I know my summer job is going to add a lot to my schedule. And when I do have down time, I want to spend it writing my fiction projects.  I have stories that need to be completed and characters who will never forgive me if I don't fix their lives before I write "the end." And that means I have to give a few things up this summer.

And to be honest, I feel like I'm at a crossroads with this blog. I don't want to give it up. But for awhile now blogging just hasn't felt the same to me, and I'm thinking it may be time for something to change. I don't know what that is yet. I want to keep on blogging, but my life has a bunch of question marks written all over it at the moment and until I get some of those boxes filled in, I feel at a loss as to what to do with my blog.

Now, that being said, I hate to box myself in. I'm officially going on a blogging hiatus for the summer...but I may unofficially be back once or twice or thrice. ;) Because I just know if I say something like "I won't be back till August", I'll probably want to pop back in during July or something. :P  (Also, I will still be checking comments, so if you ever want to get a hold of me, don't hesitate to comment. :))

Till the time is right for my return, friends, I bid you all a very fond farewell. ♥

(I'm sorry this farewell is so brief and detail-less. I want to get this post done, and I feel as if I have so much to say that it's easier to say practically nothing, till I have the time and the right words. :( Sorry, friends. *hugs*)

What have you been doing this spring?
Have you ever traveled solo? Did you like it?
What are some of your summer plans?


  1. First off...excellent taste in gifs! ;D

    Now, onto the other stuff. I'm glad you're enjoying Road to Avonlea--and no, just so you're prepared, Andrew King does NOT come back. Ever. I definitely agree about Gus and Felicity, they should have just hurried up and got married...but no, no spoilers here.

    Oooh, I'm so excited for Incredibles 2!!!! :D I'm glad it was good--I think I'll be seeing it tomorrow, so then we can compare notes!

    On a more serious note, I'm super glad that you got that job! I think you'll be great at it, working with kids and all. Congrats on the job and the ACT! :)

    I hope you have a great, calm, relaxing break from the blog--good luck on your stories and with your characters! I will be praying for you and your family as you continue to figure things out after your move. Happy Summer, Natalie!

    1. Thank you!! :D

      Oooh, okay. Huh. That's so weird that he never returns! :P Haha, thanks! No spoilers! (Although, I actually already know spoilers concerning them... :))


      Awww, thanks!!!! I'm excited. :D

      Thank you so much. <3 I super appreciate the prayers. Happy summer to you as well! Miss you!

  2. Thanks for spoiling Anna! Wait a second. Who the heck is Andrew King? Well anyways, I am pretty darn invested in this show though, I wish Felicity would just say yes to marrying Gus already.

    1. Andrew King was that one cousin in the very first season. Remember? :P

  3. Grace and I LOVE The Greatest Showman!!! We listen to the soundtrack all the time!! Enjoy your hiatus!

  4. My favorite song by For King & Country is Without You. It always makes me cry.
    I've wanted to watch Road to Avonlea for a long time. I need to buy the DVD's. I found one of their Christmas specials at the library and I really enjoyed it, but they didn't have the whole show.

    1. That song is so beautiful and sad! I love it, too. :) I hope you can watch Road to Avonlea someday soon! It's really awesome. Thanks for commenting, Angela!

  5. Oh, I loved reading this, Natalie. And I'm so glad you got a summer job!!! Hooray! I hope this one proves to be just what you need right now. It'll be sad not seeing posts come up from your blog, but I understand. :) Do whatever is best for you. But I hope all goes well!! <3

    (And yes, agreed about Brooklyn!! It's SO beautiful and feelsy.)

  6. Hahaha. That "skip to the end" gif made me laugh!!! :D (Though of course I didn't do that because WHY WOULD I??! I like your life-update posts. <3 <3)

    Ahhhhhhh!! YOU VISITED ME???!!!! Oh my word!! WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN??? Details, girl, details. Oh, right. I was there. Hahaha. ;D I miss you!! Do come and see me again...SOON. ("That's not a request!!" ;))

    Okay. Now you're making me want to see Brooklyn. (Next visit? *wink, wink*) Oh, and Road to Avonlea. I really should try that one sometime. And Incredibles 2...no actually, I think I'll pass on that one. Haha. ;P

    "Long phone calls with good friends"...YEEEEEEES!!! <3 <3 <3

    Have a wonderful, relaxing hiatus, my friend!! YOU WILL BE MISSED!! But I totally, TOTALLY understand (as you know) and I'm happy you're going take a bit of a breather. Love you!


    P.S. Oh, and I know I told you this on the phone already but that picture of the beach! That is SO lovely!! I think I must come and visit you at your house again sometime. ;) ;)

    1. Glad it made you laugh! (And glad you like them!!!)


      Yes, let's do it! (Ughhh, how can you not like animated movies?? Alyssa.)


      A huge (belated) thank you! ;D

      PS. YES!

  7. Ahhhh, I still haven't read your Solo post because, y'know, spoilers. But I WANT to and I want to see the movie!!! ;)

    OUR VISIT YAAAASSSS <333 *all the hugs*

    Incredibles 2! Yes, I loved how it picked right back up and I also felt a little emotional seeing "my gang" back at it again. ;D

    Oh, I remember you mentioning Scrivener -- you and Eowyn. :) I might have to try it sometime.

    You completed the ACT!! It's all over now. :D

    Awww, Natalie -- hang in there. I'm sorry it's been rough. I hope the blogging hiatus can revitalize you in some small way! You'll be missed, of course, but we all love you and want you to rest. :)

    Talk to you soon, friend!! <3 *more hugs*

    1. Gahhh I think you'll love it when you do! (At least I hope you will!)

      *all the hugs back* :D

      Same! I was surprised to be fighting a few tears in the midst of all that opening action. ;D

      This summer has been c r a z y but I do feel a little refreshed. Hopefully I'll be back soon. :)

  8. I love all of the pictures and gifs in this post, Natalie! Especially the very last gif; all the heart emojis for that! ;P

    Incredibles 2 was soo good, wasn't it? I really, really enjoyed it. <3

    For King and Country has some amazing songs! Also, the fact that they're Australian makes them even cooler, haha. ;) And ooh, I love Owl City's latest album! I think "New York City" and "Always" are my faves.

    Congrats on your summer job! I'm so excited for you, and I know you'll do great. <3

    What you said about what you've been learning lately... I can so relate. But I love what you said about God proving His faithfulness time and time again! He truly is a good, good Father, and I need to keep that in the forefront of my mind always.

    Aww, I'll miss your posts this summer, but I completely understand your need for a hiatus! Enjoy your break and your summer, friend. :)

  9. In case you're looking for something to break your blogging hiatus with, I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. :-)


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