Monday, October 19, 2009

Harvest of Friends Blog Party

Wow. It's going to feel sort of weird introducing myself on my own blog. But I'm SUPER excited to participate in my very first EVER blog party and to do it with such an awesome hostess! This weekend I happened upon Lynnette's blog and couldn't tear myself away. I SO wish we could be real life friends.

My name is Natalie. I'm a Christian, wife, mother, kindergarten teacher, friend, crafter, (really) wannabe photographer. My husband, H, and I have a precious four year old girl, who I call M on here. God could not have blessed us with a more wonderful child for our family. We've spent the past two years learning that the Lord gives and He takes, and we are constantly striving to praise Him in the storm. We are struggling with infertility. This is a huge faith journey for me. As much as I don't want to be walking this path, the Lord is using this time to grow me into a more faithful woman, and for that, I am so very, very thankful.

Here we are: M and me a few weeks ago. I didn't edit this picture.

Lynnette was kind enough to provide a list of fun questions for this super fun party, so here goes:

1. What is your favorite thing to snack on while you're blogging?

Ha! In our house, food and drinks are NOT allowed on the computer desk. BUT, when H isn't here and I am able to sneak a little something over here, I love to sip on hot tea.

2. What is one thing you wouldn't want to live without?

My camera. I LOVE reality TV shows (wait...don't leave...please...). One show I'd LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to go on is Amazing Race. H and I have talked many times about how much we'd love to do it, but he'd never commit because he says I'd be more interested in taking pictures than participating in the challenges!

3. Beach, Mountains or Farm? Where would you live if you had a choice?

Mountains. I grew up 10 minutes from the beach. As much as I do love it, it doesn't have the same draw for me as others. I'd love to live on a mountain, near a quaint little town, with big comfy couches and a fire burning all the time.

4. What's your least favorite chore/household duty?

Dusting, I think. Or just general straightening up. It's a never ending task around here.

5. Who do people say you remind them of?

Probably my father.

6. Prefer parties and socializing or staying at home with the fam?

If you looked at our calendar, you'd think socializing, for sure. But most of the time, I'd really rather be at home with H and M.

7. What's your all time favorite movie?

Ocean's 11.

8. Do you sleep in your make up or remove it like a good girl every night?

That's presuming I wear make-up. When I do wear it, I most certainly sleep in it.

9. Do you have a hidden talent or a deep desire to learn something that you've never had a chance to learn? What is it?

I've always wanted to go to law school. No hidden talents. I want to be better at some of things I already know how to do. For example, I can knit, but I'd love to knit socks. I can sew, but only basic things. I can take pictures, but they are so predictable. I want to be more cutting edge.

10. What's one strange thing you're really good at?

Um...I'm a super fast reader! That's not very strange. I can curl my tongue. Does that count?

11. What first attracted you to your spouse?

His personality. Completely. And he has the most servant heart of anyone I know.

12. What is something you love to smell?

M's hair after I wash it. Or a candle called cafe au lait. Or apple pie baking. Or home made bread in the bread maker.

13. Tell something about you that you know irritates people.

I'm probably too friendly.

14. When you have extra money (HA!) what's the first thing you think to do with it?

Buy a new purse. Because I'm chubby, I love to buy purses and shoes. I think this is a small problem. Actually, it's a large problem. Or I might treat myself to some exquisite yarn that would just stay in the bag for a long, long time.

15. Are you a silent laugher or a loud laugher? What makes you laugh the hardest?

Loud laugher. Kids and their funny comments make me laugh the hardest.

16. Where is your favorite place to shop?

Hobby Lobby. Barnes and Noble. Target. The grocery store.

17. What's one thing you'd do more often if you had more time?

Craft. Scrapbook. Edit pictures. Read to M. Knit. Sew. Do kind things for H.

18. Are you a big spender or frugal?

Big spender. Shameful.

19. Who is your favorite character of all time (from a movie or book)? (Can't be real)

This is a hard question! I think it changes based on who I can think of at the moment. I love Madeline. I LOVE Amelia Bedelia. But those are characters from children's books. I'm going to think on this one and come back to edit it later. I'm just not sure right now.

20. Would you want to be famous?

Absolutely not. However, if being famous brought glory to God, I'd be willing to go there. But I probably wouldn't like it.

Whew! That was fun! I can't wait to check out the other guests who party with Lynnette!


the monkey's mama said...

nice to "meet" you! I'd absolutely LOVE to do Amazing Race, too!

Roxanne said...

Hey thanks for stopping by my blog. I wanted to hop on over and meet you and your sweet little girl . I love the layout of your blog by the way .


TIFFANY said...

Hi Natalie! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I've been so busy since school has started that I haven't made time to update. I'm so gald Lynnette threw this party and gave me a good reason to get back to it.

I know what you mean about the constant battle of straightening up. I have four children. They can definitely make a new mess faster than I can straighten up the last one. :)

Nice to meet you!

Kyla said...

Neat idea!

Mindy May said...

My mom always says she wants to do Amazing Race. I would probably be too caught up in the sights to play the game right.

Jenilee said...

my husband would be amazing on the amazing race. me? probably not so much. :)

Raisingarrows said...

Nice to meet you, Natalie! Thanks for stopping by my blog and you most certainly can have Madeline or Amelia Bedelia as your favorite characters!
Amy @ Raising Arrows

Kristin said...

Those were fun to read! Glad to meet you! Your favorite places to shop are my faves too! I love reality shows, but I like American Idol and So You Think you Can Dance. I've never watched the Amazing Race!

Veronica said...

Hi Natalie! Thanks for stopping by today! It was neat getting to read your answers to the questions!

After reading my post, you already know I also hate dusting! I've also been told I am very much like my father too!

Arizaphale said...

Wow, you sure started a party up here didn't you?!
I enjoyed reading your list even if I feel like I do 'know' you already. By the way, in that recent photo you look like you've lost a little weight?? Maybe? As for the make-up...I totally sleep in mine too. *blush*

JessBay said...

So nice to meet you! We talk about going on the Amazing Race all the time too, but I would never be able to run around like those people.

thanks for sharing!

Lynnette Kraft said...

Hi Natalie!

Well first of all - I wish we could be friends in real life too! :)

How funny that you aren't allowed to have food or drink by your computer. ha!

Curling your tongue definitely counts! I can't do that.

Well, I better move on , but I just wanted to thank you for linking up so I could pop by.

You sound like a perfectly wonderful lady.

Your new Chum,

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Loved reading your answers...Loved visiting your blog...I love the blog hops....
Be sure and stop by my Christmas blog...a great giveaway will be given away Sunday night....

Angela said...

I'm sipping hot tea right now! And I wish I could be a super fast reader!

Angela @ Eternal Outlook

Marissa said...

I loved your answers. I LOVE Madeline and Amelia Bedelia too. Great books. =) They were my favorites as a kid.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your comment made me laugh ^_^
Nice to 'meet' you!