natalie_loves That awkward moment when all your favorite seniors are graduating, but you've only known them for 5 months & so you're really trying to keep it together and play it cool, but all you can do is shove the camera in each of their faces and say, "SQUEEEE! SMILE! I'M SO PROUD OF YOU! I LOVE YOU! Jordan, show me teeth! Ohmygoshyouguysimgonnamissyouuu!" #totallydidntkeepmycool #nochill #likeliterallyNONE #luckilythesekidsarestillcoolwithme #classof2016 #purpleandgold #cantgetawayfromit 21h
  •   viv11_1 Can't get away from them purple cap and gowns huh Nat! 21h

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Just got home from my second consecutive 12-hour workday, so why not celebrate by... doing more work from home?

#SERENITYNOW #comeongraduates #onemoreday #youcandoit #ineedafreakingnap #oradayoff #perhapsamargarita #orjustmorecoffeetofuelthisnight 🏽
3d

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves This weekend has been busy, but I've loved it all. Burgers, hiking, and birthday party #1, followed by church & brunch with hilarious friends, and birthday #2.
Oh yeah, and I have to do cooking, laundry, and cleaning in there somewhere. #adultingsohard #freakinweekend #coffeeandpupsandraspberrypancakes #winwin #noragrets
5d
  •   apayala3 Note to self, limit the caffeine intake when hanging with Dan. 5d
  •   natalie_loves @apayala3 Hahahaha. Are you kidding? That was half the fun! "You're cut off." 5d

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves I LOVE people and having a social life, but this month I've turned over a new leaf of hiking solo.
It's incredible what you see and hear when you're alone, and just how different even the familiar sights look.
It's been a nice, sweaty, leg-crampy morning of hiking, seeing beautiful views, talking to strangers (Sorry, parents...), freaking out with one of said strangers over a HUGE snake we snuck up on, thinking about a million different things, and thanking God for an able body that can enjoy these hobbies. Maybe soccer legs aren't half bad.
#ilovetoday #getoutside #colorado #hikingadventures #8mile #noliterally #idid #nowtoshowerandthenprobablyeatALLTHETHINGS #dontworrycrystal #yourestillmyrideordie #LETSGOHIKEFORDAYS!
6d

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Saw this and LOVED it. People can sometimes be hurtful, or rude, or exclusive. Conversely, people who have been hurt can also build up walls that push the whole world out or give off an indifferent vibe.
I'm a big fan of the mentality behind this phrase... Accept people, love 'em, welcome them to your table.
#youCANsitwithus #meangirlsisafunnymovie but #dontbeameangirl #lovedoes
1w

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves After a LONG, busy, hectic week that included 10+ hours of overtime, this week and weekend were exactly what I needed. "Family" time, coffee shop reading, a solo hike with deer (told you!), and tacos, margaritas, & sushi with some of my favorite people.
Equal parts time with friends & time alone.
Oh. And sleep. Lots of it. #balance #weekendvibes #coffee and #food and #hikes and #WOODLANDCREATURES!!!!
2w

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Went for a solo hike at 6am, and basically got to frolic in the Misty Mountains for a couple of hours. WITH DEER. #seriously
#LOTR #hobbitsandstuff #ormaybejustredrocksandfog #closeenough
2w

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Coffee, tanning, shenanigans, and burgers. In no particular order.
#buellerday #golden #tanlinesandpeoplewatching : kimvargas, as we were observed like monkeys in a cage by people waiting for tables. 🏽
2w

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Throwback to that one time my grandpa was obsessed with Steven Seagal and was also like, "Phonetics. I got this." and labeled this VHS.
#hardtokill #stevenseagal #alsoknownas #hartokil #estivesigual #phonetics #60percentofthetimeitworkseverytime 🏽️
2w

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Throwback to that one time my mom & I were at Sea World, and my Ringo Start haircut tricked me into thinking I was taking band photos.
Look at that bassist look-away-from-the-camera-and-stare-pensively-into-the-distance gaze.
#clearlymomwastheleadsinger #lookingstraightatthecamera #theyALWAYSlookstraightatthecamera #stoicasianclub #bandphotos #jabbathenat #tbt #flashbackfriday
(I know it's not Thursday. This week was rough, dude.)
3w
  •   jleichtner00 3w
  •   kaitjustine As much as I LOVE your throwbacks my first thought was, "noooo! But it's Friday?!" Grateful for timestamps and that it is,in fact, Friday. 🏾 3w

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Today freaking SUCKED.
Truly, it was awful. By 2pm, I was just done with everything & everyone, angry about something, and wishing it was already Friday.
Then I came home and saw the beginnings of a beautiful sunset and was reminded that while one day might be great, the next may be awful. That's life, right?
Ups and downs, highs and lows, the exciting, the mundane; all of it.
I can't expect every day to be perfect, just like I'm confident that not every day will totally blow.
I'm remembering today how important it is to do all things without complaining, while still being "me enough" to keep it real and to not be fake or act like everything is always perfect.
So today I'm thankful that I got to leave work 30 minutes early, drive, listen to Underoath, and then be met by this tranquil sight.
Thankful for the little things. And hoping tomorrow is better. 🏽️#likeforreal #serenitynow #thanksJesusforsomeperspective and #sunsets
3w

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Since I don't get to be outside nearly as much as I'd like, I decided it was time to bring the outdoors inside.
#lookatmylittlebuddy #plantlife #ihopeidontstabmyself #ificankeepaplantalive #thatmeansimreadyforadogright?
4w

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves After nine years, I got to meet a beautiful friend (and a new friend!) in Denver. Such a great night of talking, sharing our lives, and remembering the faithfulness of Christ.
I'm incredibly thankful for likemindedness & for people who are open and candid.
#mykindoffridaynight #legendscoffee #laaaaaadies
4w
  •   zy_abedini @natalie_loves I'm so thankful that I met you in person after nine years! I really enjoyed hearing about your life. 4w
  •   zy_abedini @natalie_loves Numbers 6:24-26
    24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
    25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;
    26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace.”’4w

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Sunrise in Morrison yesterday, with the Denver skyline in the background.
Thankful for able bodies, a beautiful town, and the fact that hiking trails & views like these are only 20 minutes away. And coffee. #alwaysthankfulforcoffee 🏽 #morrison #colorado #sunrise #weonlysawlike8dogsbutheythatsbetterthannodogs
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves This girl & I woke up at 5am, hit one of our favorite coffee shops at 6am, and started hiking just around 7am.
13.5 miles, one extra trail, two pairs of mud-soaked shoes, a few puppy cuddles, hundreds of laughs, and a couple burgers later, we've still got a whole afternoon ahead of us.
So I guess I'll spend it napping. 😴
#moonlighthikefail #sunrisehikewin #morrison #colorado #mudforever #bestfriendadventures
#bylunchtimewevealreadyeatenourdailycalories #luckilywejustburnedoff1500extra #morefoodforme
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Throwback to that one time my glorious bedhead was first captured on camera, circa the early years when Jen & I used to take naps together. #thedogdaysareover #donttouchmewhenimsleeping #lookatthatsmusheddoublechin #cheeksfordays #thunderchunky #tbt #littlespoon #letsberealtheresa95percentchanceiwasdrooling 1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves ||Your love's not passive
It's never disengaged
It's always present
It hangs on every word we say
You don't give Your heart in pieces
You don't hide Yourself to tease us|| "Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath..."
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭116:2‬

Guys. Life has been something lately. So many changes, so many curveballs, so many early mornings & sleepless nights & stressful situations.
I'd like to think I've somewhat been taking it in stride, and keeping an element of joy and lightheartedness and enjoyment through it all.
Still, sometimes I wonder if I'm "faking it till I make it" in order to avoid negative emotions. I'm processing a lot which, of course, takes this little Natalie quite awhile.
On Saturday night, as I heard this song, I was reminded of some incredible promises.
God bends down to hear our prayers.
He is never passive; never disengaged.
To think He hangs on every word we say seems completely arrogant, but then I read Psalm 116 and—BAM—there it is.
He leans in to listen to us.
I mean... WHAAAAAAAT.
That's unfathomable.
I'm thankful that I love/know/am known by/serve a God who keeps His promises, who keeps His word, and who honors what is sacred because His vows are good.
It's unthinkable to be loved with a love like this, but I'm so comforted by these truths. Also, I'm ridiculously thankful for faithful, real friends through it all. #dang #love #truth #bethelworship
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves Such a happy day seeing old friends, new friends, strangers, and church family.
The fact that this place is FINALLY open rocks my socks & makes me so proud of friends who persevere in seemingly hopeless situations.
God is seriously so good, and coffee is pretty good, too.
#differentkindsofgood #butgoodnonetheless #visitlegendseverybody #seriouslyDOIT
1mon
  •   thegfam So happy you guys came today!! Love you!!!! 1mon
  •   natalie_loves @thegfam GIRL. Wouldn't have missed it! I'm so so so happy for you four! It's so beautiful and the coffee was fantastic.🏽 I love you! 1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

natalie_loves GUYS.
Some of my favorite people in the world (yes. in the WORLD.) just opened a coffee shop in Aurora.
Legends ⚒ Coffee.
I know, I know... All us north-dwellers are probably thinking, "AURORA? That's too far to go for anything. I never venture further than South Denver." But... Trust me. This gorgeous coffee shop full of great people, quality craft coffee, and pastries is 100000% worth it.
I meaaaaaan, there was a full on blizzard this morning, yet the line was to the door for over an hour straight.
#worthit #legendscoffee #heroesgetremembered #butlegendsneverdie #callmeifyougoandiwilltagalong 🏽️#coloradocoffee #craftcoffee #supportlocal #southlandsmall
1mon
  •   maegganrv I'm so excited for them!!! 1mon
  •   natalie_loves @maegganrv Same here!!! I was so freakin stoked this morning, and just completely overwhelmed by seeing it ALL completed, and open, and thriving, that I thought I might cry. Buuuuuuut we all know I'm heartless, so that's as far as it went. Hahaha. Seriously though... ALL the feels. #likelegitallofthem 1mon
  •   legendscoffee Blessed by your support! Thank you for being apart of grand opening! 1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.