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Here's to the beautiful, my dears!

The beautiful unknown.

Who knows what this year will bring. Heartaches, to be sure, will find their way in amidst the cracks. But I've been finding that the best way to deal with heartache is to embrace it. Find it, quiet it, bring it before God, and heal. And once you've healed, get back to the beautiful just as soon as you can. I'm working on that myself!
Because who knows what marvelous things lie right around the corner from our heartache, within reach!

It is not a sign of weakness to share heartache. No, no, it is our privilege to share heartache. I think you'd be mighty surprised who says, "I am going through something similar!" or "Your sharing really helped me."

Multiply joys, divide griefs. That's what doing life together is all about, right?
 I know it's not always easy. In fact, it can be downright tough.

But God loves when His family gathers and shares life.
What beauty lies there.
What privilege.

Happy 2013, my dears!

Ps. Yes this skirt does fit my fingertip rule!


Anonymous said...

Happiest New Year to you, Natalie!!! You are SO photogenic, by the way!! ;) and I keep meaning to comment that I LOVE that you have a 'finger-tip rule' for your skirt-lengths! Very classy and conservative, but still in a beautiful and trendy way! I also don't wear short-short skirts myself anyway, but I like that that is a rule that I can take with me on-the-go, especially in a dressing room! ;) So, thanks! --Jessika, from CA

Unknown said...

Happy 2013! You are gorgeous and I love your outlook!


Natalie said...

Thanks, Jessika! I think it's so funny you said that about being photogenic because I am not really a fan of these photos, haha. I'm so glad the fingertip rule will run through your head now and again. I don't like to do a lot of modest dressing "rules" but that one has stuck :-) Happy New Year!

Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

Happy 2013! Cute sweater! I am loving your 2013 outlook! :) Any fun goals you are working toward this year? I am huge into goals :) - Alexandra www.simplyalexandramyfavoritethings.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

Thanks, Christen! Looks like you have some great goals for 2013 too!

Natalie said...

Thanks Alexandra! Maybe I should share some of my goals...good idea. I'll pop over to your blog to see what yours are. Cheers!

Katie said...

"Multiply joys, divide griefs." ~ Natalie, I LOVE that. Love this whole post. Truly. I had a bit of heartache myself in 2012, and now, after what I consider to be a few seasons of planting and learning and growing, I am hoping 2013 is the year He will take what I've planted and bring about a fruitful harvest. So enjoying your blog and looking forward to reading more!

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