natalie_loves That awesome moment when you wake up with THE. MOST. LEGIT. Japanese topknot ever. #itsinmyblood #kinda #notreally #memoirsofageisha #topknot #samuraicity 2d

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natalie_loves Today BLOWS. Seriously. It felt like a movie, where everything that could have gone wrong, did. In a 2 hour span, no less, making it seem utterly impossible & nearly comical. Nearly.
This post is for all of those who often say, "I feel like you're NEVER in a bad mood!!! You're ALWAYS smiling!" No. I'm not.
Yes, I have a ton of great friends & family.
Yes, I go to a lot of costume parties.
Yes, I go to great shows at cool venues.
Yes, I watch a lot of football.
Yes, I laugh more often than not.
Yes, I go on beautiful hikes.
Yes, I live in a fantastic state.
Yes, I read my Bible & am encouraged by it's truth.
Yes, I am by all accounts very fortunate to lead the life I live, with the freedoms I have, among the people I know, by the absolute grace of God.
But, NO, that doesn't mean life is all sunshine & rainbows.
No, I don't post every bad hour/day/month on Facebook.
One, I don't like Vaguebooking. Pet peeve. Two, I don't like posting personal details online. That's not my personality.
Seeing people post happy times doesn't mean life is perfect, or necessarily easy. It just means that's what is freely shared with the general public.
Remember, EVERYONE is human. We all have our difficulties. No one is exempt.
But just because today sucked up until 3pm doesn't mean the rest of the day will be awful, and it doesn't mean life is awful.
It's just "building character" which means my character is going to be super big one day or whatever.
I might wish I could throw plates on the floor, but Jesus is still good & still on the throne so I'm just going to give myself a time out.
#keepinitreal #somedaysjustSUCK #doesntmeanlifedoes #canigetawitness #ormaybeamassage #orperhapssomewine #justkiddingihatewine #iwilldrinkawholegallonoforangejuiceinstead
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natalie_loves When you're a people person, a social butterfly, an introvert, and a bookworm, life gets kind of weird.
AKA: Yay! People! Yay! Parties! Yay! Big group settings!
Yay! Solitude & silence & reading parties! #waitwhat #oxymoron #peopleandbooksaremyfavorite #canweallhangoutandreadquietly? #isthatathing? #readersareleaders #orareleadersrreaders? #booknerd
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  •   nicholecunningham @abundantlybender ok, what!? I was just texting with my mom last night about my grandma being a teenager during the Great Depression and I was going to revisit my Netflix documentaries on both the Great Depression and the dust bowl tonight. What a weird topic coincidence. The dust bowl is fascinating. Watch the documentary. The pictures are nuts!! 4d
  •   abundantlybender @nicholecunningham i love that documentary! This book retells some of those same stories. The whole dust bowl thing blows my mind. 4d
  •   nicholecunningham @abundantlybender i know! Me too! I'd like to read that book! 4d
  •   natalie_loves Oooh, you guys are getting me all interested & stuff. So interesting about your grandma, Nichole. I'm sure there are so many stories there. All I really know about the Dust Bowl is what I learned in high school when we were reading Of Mice and Men. I want to check out those documentaries, too! @nicholecunningham @abundantlybender 4d
  •   nicholecunningham @natalie_loves yes, my grandma was born in 1915 so she was 14-24 yrs old during the Great Depression. My mom said that she used to say that everyone was poor. Everyone in the same boat so they just made the best of it. I wish I would have asked her these stories when she was alive. Watch the documentaries! 4d
  •   abundantlybender @nicholecunningham that's wild! I wish I'd gotten more of the stories from my great grandparents- I love that stuff. I feel like there's a lot more time between us and those events than there actually is, you know? 4d
  •   nicholecunningham @abundantlybender I know! I wish I would have been interested in this stuff before she died. But I was 19 and let's be honest, I couldn't have cared less about history at that point 4d

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natalie_loves On Sunday, Jason taught, "Given over to ourselves, we would destroy ourselves with mind games. God is more merciful than that. He says, 'Here's My word.'"
So thankful for that truth. So thankful that God speaks clearly and allows us to know Him. So thankful for mornings like these. #hope #Jesus
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natalie_loves Denver sky over the Rockies. Not a bad view. #latergram #7thfloor #sunset #nofilter 6d

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natalie_loves Everyone dressed as Robert at a surprise party for Jason, who loves to dress as Robert. #waitwhat #yesyoureadthatcorrectly
I love my church family SO DANG MUCH. Such a fun night celebrating life and the bond of family & true friendships. Reposted from @nicholecunningham
#family #friends #pilgrimcitychurch #pilgrimcitycostumeparty
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natalie_loves Throwback to that one time in the late 80s/early 90s when my dad & I had our most stoic game faces on. #saycheese #IWILLNOT #okayormaybeiwill #tapatioman #stoicasianclub #tbt #checkoutthoseoutfits #stylinandprofilin 1w

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natalie_loves Hahahahahahaha. I laughed too hard at this. #football #datingtips #itsonlyweirdifitdoesntwork #waitforthesnap 2w

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natalie_loves After not being sick for nearly two entire years, I got a bad cold the week after New Year's.
Got better, felt fantastic over the weekend, then got a stomach bug on Monday that landed me in bed all day. Today I felt 99% better, so I put on a dress, curled my hair, did my makeup, and went to work.
Now I feel fantastic. #fakeittillyoumakeit #60percentofthetimeitworkseverytime #officeselfies #becausethatswhatyoudowhenyoucomebackfromthedead #ormaybebecauseiwaswearingmyroommatesprettydress
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  •   natalie_loves @taira_ayala Nnnnnnope. Maybe it's a sucky rule, but a rule is a rule. Plus, I'm not any more blinded by my green & gold than you are by your orange & blue... ;) 2w
  •   taira_ayala Hahahaha fair enough! 2w
  •   taira_ayala Their game next week is going to be nuts... rootin for your boys then! 2w
  •   natalie_loves @taira_ayala Hahaha, I'm already preparing myself for a loss next week. The Seahawks are too dang good! 2w
  •   taira_ayala I am still nursing the wound from last year so i am wishing hoping and praying somehow the packers pull it off! 2w
  •   gutenmorgan_ You have one for #18 too? 2w
  •   natalie_loves @gutenmorgan_ I'm sorry. 😕 He just needs to retire... He's gettin up there. 2w

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natalie_loves Throwback to that one time we met Brer Rabbit at #Disneyland and Jen smiled all cute and I just raised my eyebrows to the high heavens and was just like, "Ehhhh, whatev."
#happiestplaceonearth? #80s #butheylookatthatfancyneongreenskirt #throwbackthursday #tbt
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natalie_loves So... THIS happened today. No joke, today was my second time ever walking into a gym, and my first time ever having a gym membership. Trip out. #theresafirsttimeforeverything #iguess #whatareallthesemachinesfor? #hmmwhatdoesthisdo? #wheredomyfeetgo? #lookatallthesepeople #whoathisislikealittlefitnesscolony #allthosewordscameoutofmymouthtoday #truestory 3w

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natalie_loves We may get stupid cold temperatures and wind chills out here, but the skies sure are pretty. #denver #themostbrutalwinter #butheylookattheprettysky #butseriouslydontmovehere 3w

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natalie_loves No matter what stage of life I'm in, no matter how well or how difficult things are going, my mind always comes back to this quote of St. Augustine: "You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You." It is amazing that no situation in life can change our heart's truest need, which is to be in the presence of God Almighty, worshiping & knowing Him for eternity.
This year, my prayer is to experience God's fellowship in a different way than ever before; in a way that is real and unmitigated. To know Him better, to see Him more clearly, to not simply "know" His word, but to LIVE His word. To learn what it is to put myself aside in order to truly serve Him— not in ways that people dictate to me is "right" or "expected", but in ways where God speaks & leads.
All I know is: I want to know God as fully as I possibly can, and there is always room for more growth and more change... I don't want to simply do what is comfortable or familiar, but to do what will challenge me to cast aside my own relentless desire for "self preservation" and to be wholly dependent upon Him. In my weakness, His strength abounds. #myepic #zion
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