natalienorton I believe in the power of prayer, most especially as a conduit to deliver peace and love to the weary and broken-hearted. After our little Gavin died, your prayers saved me from the kind of fear and pain that can only be described as obliterative and absolutely unrelenting. Your love lifted me, it gave me hope and most miraculously, it brought a mighty, inexplicable peace. In a thousand years, I couldn't thank you enough for that. // @alidegraff and her sweet family would be such grateful recipients of your prayers and your love as they now face the great abyss of grief in the wake of the loss of their beautiful little boy. I don't doubt for a moment that our prayers can and will help carry them through the otherwise impossible wilderness ahead. Ali, I'm loving you with all my heart. 3d
  •   arichlife @alivdg weirded me out to see almost exactly your name here! 3d
  •   arichlife @alidegraff praying that peace finds you and comfort even quicker. I can't imagine what you are going through but God knows and he loves you! Hold tight to your faith and family 3d
  •   alidegraff Your words are so eloquent and beautiful. Thank you for lifting so many from the depths of sorrow, including me. I read every word when you lost Gavin. Now I know that was part of my preparation. Love you and thank you. 3d
  •   photographybybianca @natalienorton beautifully said. @alidegraff love you and praying for you. 3d
  •   vadventurekerr Sending healing loving prayers 3d
  •   jayner8 Beautiful Natalie 3d
  •   _sheenarae you are a beautiful soul Natalie 2d
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natalienorton I couldn't handle my dry, dead ends for one more second. So I went out on the driveway and chopped them off, all by my own self. 4d

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natalienorton Bostonians! I'm headed your way in September! I'll be taking on 3 photo sessions while I'm in your fine city! Email natalienorton {at} gmail {dot} com, subject line: BOSTON, for information. ️ Just in time for Christmas cards/gifts! Kapow! 4d

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natalienorton The hardest people to love are almost always those who need our love the very most of all. 5d
  •   ruby1508 Oh my goodness. I NEEDED THIS so bad!! Hashtag, teenage daughter. Thanks, Natalie xo 5d
  •   lisa_anderson_photo Truth! @ruby1508 Or the ones that need it the most will ask for it in the most unloving ways!!! 5d
  •   newmomamanda Fine. 5d
  •   ashrittman I wouldn't know. Everyone loves me I'm awesome. #kidding 5d
  •   sszerk Love this. Made me think of a particular someone in my life when I read this. 5d
  •   shellnort So very true. 5d
  •   amyocannon I just sent you and email on you website with a request from Ali. You can email me amycannon{at}gmail 3d
  •   natalienorton @amyocannon responded! 3d

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natalienorton Feeling very homesick for lazy summer afternoons. (It shouldn't be legal for school to start before September 1— I mean, right?!) 5d

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natalienorton So many reasons to love this beautiful planet of ours. Not the least of which being the people on it! 2w

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natalienorton Welcome to Earth, beautiful Ava. #birthphotographyrocks 2w

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natalienorton Every day that you wake up with people to love, has the potential of being one of the most joyfully radiant days of your life. 2w

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natalienorton Shh... Don't tell my mom I hacked her. By the way, I'm her favorite son. 2w

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natalienorton Such a wonderful day to be alive! 2w

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natalienorton My great grandmother's lamp, inherited by my grandmother, and now, inherited by me. Seashells and sand dollars from our many family adventures around the world. And (one of) our family motto(s), inspired by my late brother and our late son. (START is an acronym for Serve, Thank, Ask, Receive, Trust.) So much love in this little corner or our home. ️ Oh, and a plant, because...greeeeeen. 2w

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natalienorton Gallery wall of Instagram images is underway! (Frames for $1.99 a hit at IKEA!) 3w

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natalienorton This picture! I can now die happy. 3w

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natalienorton Sent my kids off into the wild unknown this morning. You know, first day of school? Wild unknown? Same, same. // One of our greatest challenges as parents, I believe, is to check our own emotions at the door to ensure that our little people aren't inheriting all our unnecessary junk. Our fear, anxiety, uncertainty, whatever else...none of it serves them. They've got their own inherent emotional responses to navigate, we can't make them trudge their way through ours as well. So, while we're feeeeeeling all the big, scary feeeeeels (of this or any big childhood transition), we plaster a smile across our faces and openly bask in all the courage, resourcefulness and strength that is them. (Even if we're crying on the inside.) ... by the way, do you think this is how God may feel as He watches us press our way—timid and all alone—through this crazy thing called, "life?" I'm certain that it is. I'm also certain that, just as we would never leave our children to go it all alone, just as we are an ever present support, resource and model for them, so is He for each of us. Reach out, look up. You're never, ever truly alone. Namaste, all y'all big feeeeelers. 3w
  •   lizzyg4 Yes! I agree 100%- love how you worded it. Beautiful. My kiddos go back to school on Thursday (1st grade and 2nd grade)- and I am feeling it's so bittersweet for me. They are excited and I am nervous (and of course not telling them that), how will I fill up my day now that they are BOTH gone to school all day? 3w
  •   lifeofanosborn Gah!! I needed to read this BEFORE I dropped my son off for his first day of Kindergarten. Totally cried. Except I think he bought it when I told him they were happy tears because I was so dang excited for him!! (Maybe) 😬 3w
  •   mrsallans @natalienorton so agree! My irrational fear for sharks is rubbing off on my 12 year old son but I am doing my best to not show fear when in the water. I can see he is fearful but being a child just wants to get in there!!! dolphin was the closest I could find to a shark! 3w
  •   carolinebeth20 Your words got me through my first parent night ever. Sending my first born to kinder. Beautifully thought out message. 3w
  •   heymomx6 About to drop child #2 at the University and this is all truth. 3w
  •   cyjordy I learn more and more about my Heavenly Father through parenting my children than I think I ever have through any other life lesson. Beautifully stated. 3w
  •   curks @jenchomen perfect 3w

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natalienorton Happy, engaged, committed moms, the kind who are out there kicking butt and taking names? Well, they make my whole heart smile. It's over in a blink. It's worth giving our all! 🏻 3w

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natalienorton This family! (This image! ) 4w

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natalienorton New moms: breathe them in. Hold them close. Kiss every boo boo and tickle away all the tears. Because before you know it, you'll wake up, and it will be their 9th birthday. And you won't be able to fathom how or when you possibly could have moved from there to here. I know it's exhausting, I know it's largely thankless, I know it can feel isolating, but oh how your contribution matters! If only you knew! Wake up and live your days... well, ALIVE. Because before you know it, these fleeting precious years with these beautiful little souls will have flitted their way on by. And you'll never regret a single moment spent giving them your all. Namaste. (And happy birthday, wonderful Lincoln Joe. You are every ounce of everything.) 4w

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natalienorton One more shout to and for the birthday boy, because I really, really love you (and us). #richieandnatalie 1mon
  •   jonathancanlas I love that you tagged yourself :) 4w
  •   natalienorton @jonathancanlas always do! So I can find images later! 4w
  •   natalienorton @nateandamylittle life is always hard, right? I mean, it's all relative, but there are always hard elements—even when life is otherwise good. One of the best things Richie and I have done is to choose to remember not to "horriblize." In other words, we consciously work to remember that one fight doesn't mean we are doomed and one dark day, or one dark week, or one dark month, or even one dark year, doesn't equal failure or devastation or a horrible life. We try to keep everything in perspective, and we choose to believe that our love can transcend it all. 4w
  •   sarastaker Yep. You picked a good one. Well done. 🏻 4w
  •   nateandamylittle That is great advice. I think we all can fall into that trap that makes us think that everything is awful and it will never get better. Staying away from that mentality is definitely helpful. I think prayer can help a lot with that, yeah? So another question, It seems like you have a busy life right now, so how do you stay close? Do you have weekly dates etc? From what I see on here I'm pretty sure you must be a marriage guru, so I'm coming to you for all my answers 4w
  •   natalienorton @nateandamylittle we know a happy marriage makes a happy home. So putting kids first at the expense of our marriage has never made sense to us. Working hard to prioritize our time together as husband and wife has proven essential to everyone's happiness. (And I'm definitely not the marriage guru. But I am a marriage enthusiast. ) 4w
  •   heidiheckmann Happy happy birthday! 4w
  •   nateandamylittle You are the best for answering my questions. What a champ you are. I love been thinking about this all week and I need to get better at putting our marriage first. We haven't done that done for so long I almost don't know where to start. One step at a time right? 4w

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natalienorton He is, without question, the very best man I know. He eats, breathes. . . LIVES generosity and love. I'm so lucky he's mine. Happy birthday, @richie_norton! 1mon

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natalienorton From swimming in the kiddie pool together in diapers to skateboarding around town. How does this growing up business happen so fast?! #Benton #framily 1mon

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