Friday, March 25, 2011

friday photos: 2011.12

friday, march 18

typical natalie.

saturday, march 19

farmer's market.

sunday, march 20


monday, march 21

hippie bible = 4th completed book of 2011.

tuesday, march 22

sam and stacy singing at a pub in east nashville.

wednesday, march 23

rachel decided it was a good idea to stick this post-it to her big toe.

thursday, march 24

i love the way the morning sun pours into my living room.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

woman vs. transmission

i had plans for tuesday. i was going to get to work at 7:30, go to the park on my lunch break and read for a bit. then i was going to get off work at 4, go to the library, fill my car with gas, get my hair cut, meet my roommates for pizza, then go see our friends cori, erin, and sam sing at the village pub in east nashville. as i was rounding the corner to get to the office parking lot, my transmission failed. as a result, my day turned out quite different. i spent my lunch break paying a towing charge, left work at 4:30, deanna and i picked her kid up from daycare, and then i took her car and got home at 6, just in time to eat cereal for dinner and then i did end up going to village pub.

sometimes plans change. sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. but there is one thing that is in our control, and that is how we react to life. for example, in this situation, i can be angry that my car isn't working. or i can choose to remember that god is in control and that it's much better that way, and i can choose to live in that peace. and i can thank him for my struggles, for the reminder that he is sovereign, i can choose to trust in him to work this situation out, and i can choose to write in run-on sentences.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

wednesday wisdom #16

"there came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

- anais nin


the city comes alive this time of year. as temperatures and daffodils rise, people come out of hibernation and start filling the parks with blankets and kites. we're officially two days into spring, but here in nashville it's been spring-like for a couple of weeks now. every year i can't help but think of how the changing of seasons in nature seem to always reflect the changes of seasons in life. there are changes i've talked about making in the past, and i'm finally starting to make the right decisions to see those changes take root. i'm hoping they will begin to blossom.

Friday, March 18, 2011

friday photos: 2011.11

friday, march 11

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saturday, march 12

72* and sunny = a day at the park, napping under a tree.

sunday, march 13

dinner of champions.

monday, march 14

in honor of the tragedy that hit japan, a photo of my japanese fan from my japanese roommate.

tuesday, march 15

roommate made a lemon meringue pie.

wednesday, march 16

preparing for small group by making lasagna and re-listening to the sermon.

thursday, march 17

st. patrick's day. green grass. blue skies.

Friday, March 11, 2011

friday photos: 2011.10

friday, march 4

finished book #3 of 2011.

saturday, march 5

found this little gem in a massive spring cleaning session.

sunday, march 6

keeping up with my bible reading plan.

monday, march 7

just another day at the office.

tuesday, march 8

kopecky family band

wednesday, march 9

cuttin' leaves.

thursday, march 10

my bedroom has been awesomefied, thanks to surface inspired.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

the upper room

i sat in the orange chair in what we called "the upper room". looking out the window, i found myself mesmerized by the slow and steady falling snow. flakes bigger than i have ever seen before, which is saying something having spent all of my 18 years in michigan. i knew this place was special, a holy ground of sorts. a place where my soul felt free, felt peace. a peace i have felt in no other place. i didn't know what the future would hold, what adventures lay beyond my high school years.

five years later i returned to that room. a room which had previously represented peace now brought confusion. i sat in that orange chair again and poured my heart out on paper. the snowflakes replaced by raindrops, a relief from the heat of the august afternoon. everything i thought i had been working towards was falling apart. or so it seemed. i know now that it was a gift. protecting me from a future i didn't know i didn't want.

another five years has come and gone. i haven't seen that orange chair since. i long for it though. for the familiarity. for it's comfort. even in the confusion that room brought comfort. physically of course, but mostly emotionally. i often wonder if i will ever return to that place. but then i'm reminded it's not the room that matters. it never has mattered. what made that room so special was the community surrounding me. the great cloud of witnesses along my path, helping me to fight my battles.

and then i remember i still have that community. the face are different, as are the stories behind them. but an evolving story needs evolving and changing characters. new faces with new stories to help fight new battles in new places. here's to the next five years.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

wednesday wisdom #15

"hope demands that i look outside my bitterness for the sweetness i once knew in the laughter of my friend"

- dan allender

Friday, March 4, 2011

friday photos: 2011.8 & 9

so i missed a week of posting photos, but i did not miss in taking them. so here we go. two weeks' worth:

friday, february 18

a group of my friends
and i spent most of the day
chatting in haiku

saturday, february 19

another day, another latte.

sunday, february 20

72* and a blue sky = day at the park.

monday, february 21

rooney at exit/in

tuesday, february 22

defending the countryside can be exhausting.

wednesday, february 23

sometimes there are no words.

thursday, february 24

my birthday was on president's day, thus this card from stacy.

friday, february 25

trent dabbs album release show. you should go buy "southerner".

saturday, february 26

another gorgeous day called for a little frisbee with regan's dog molly.

sunday, february 27

an oh-so-exciting sunday evening.

monday, february 28

monday's survival kit: mocha and music.

tuesday, march 1

"in like a lamb..."

wednesday, march 2

a rose up close doesn't so much look like a rose anymore.

thursday, march 3

game night.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

treats for your audible.

(10 points to anyone who gets the reference in my title)

anyway. my birthday was last week and as a result i have received a lot of new music, and i want to share some of it with you. some of these are just new-to-me, while some are new-to-all. enjoy.

the civil wars
you may be familiar with the civil wars, you may not be. i first saw them open for another nashville musician a year or so ago when they just started as a duo. they were recently on leno performing their new single "barton hollow" and their debut album, out a week or two ago, was the #1 album on itunes for the whole week.

nick flora
my roommate is a good friend of nick's and she sang bgv's on his newest album, "hello stranger". quirky and charming, i highly recommend you get this record. here's a little promo video he did for it:

patrick watson
somehow i ended up with one of his songs on my itunes. i have no idea how; i'm guessing it was part of a compilation or free download somewhere. anyway, i liked the song so when my brother gave me an itunes gift card, i purchased the whole album.

trent dabbs
if you don't know trent's music, then that needs to change. now. he just released a new album called "southerner" and i can't get enough of it. here's his first single off the record:

the head and the heart
my friend taylor told me about this band awhile back, but i never got around to listening to them until last week. i bought the album on a whim and i'm addicted. here's a live version of the first two tracks:

stacy lantz
i have the privilege of calling stacy my friend and my roommate, and this past week she put a few new songs up on youtube. take a listen then go get her album on itunes.
(note: if you search for her around youtube, don't get her confused with stacey lantz. not the same person. definitely not the same talent.)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

wednesday wisdom #14

"we look for visions from heaven, for earthquakes and thunders of god's power (the fact that we are dejected proves that we do), and we never dream that all the time god is in the commonplace things and people around us. if we will do the duty that lies nearest, we shall see him. one of the most amazing revelations of god comes when we learn that it is in the commonplace things that the deity of jesus christ is realized."

-oswald chambers

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

oops, i did it again

pardon the britney reference. jen has been harping on me to blog again. so. here i am. i'm back.

maybe i'll blame my lack of blogging in february on the fact that i had visitors for 9 out of the 28 days. and then i did blog for 5 of the days, so together that accounts for half the month. the other half i was living life as i always do. nothing significant to report, which probably is the true explanation for my lack of anything to say.

i'll try to be around more this month.