One thing about the desert? It makes you feel small. Way out here, right in the middle of nothing, I’m tiny and insignificant. My roots just can’t seem to break this impenetrable earth.

Last night it rained. The Heavens cracked WIDE open, and down came the rain. Heaven poured down miraculous relief—both for the parched earth and for this homesick island girl. Something in the rain, and how it dumped from Heaven, helped me to grow, to gain my footing, to strengthen my brittle roots. Water everywhere. An abundance of relief.

This journey with Cardon is proving to be more difficult than I had anticipated (and that’s saying a lot). I’m good at rolling up my sleeves and getting to work, and I expected this experience to be just that, WORK. I just don’t think I’d properly gauged how exhaustive the process would be. I didn’t have an accurate measure of just how chaotic (and maddening) life would become before things would start to get better. School starts Monday, and I had envisioned us being at a very different place by then. But here we are. And there’s not a thing I can do about it. That’s the hardest part. I have ZERO control. No control over when doctors and specialists will be able to see us, no control over heart arrhythmias or borderline EKGs that halt planned treatments, no control over dyslexia diagnoses or literacy centers who won’t return phone calls, no control over uncooperative special ed coordinators at elementary schools. I just And the problem here is starting to

But last night, I was reminded that the rain will come. It will, and it will bring sweet relief and an abundance of clarity, capacity and joy. I know that it will, because I know that God is mindful of me, yes, even me. . . tiny and all alone . . . in the middle of the great big desert.

For now, we’ll seek shade in his grace as we wait for rain.

This is the beautiful Norton family (nope, no relation). They are spectacular in every way. It’s beautiful the way they love, laugh, play together. I left this session very much inspired to give more love, laughter and play to my own beautiful little Norton clan. :) Enjoy!

This lovely couple was such a joy to photograph. We only had about 20 minutes together, and it was plenty of time to capture their BEAUTIFUL love for one another. With a couple this in love, I could have gotten everything wrapped in 5! Nick and Alysha, thank you for the fun afternoon together! xo! Enjoy!

Love the image below, left. LOVE. Alysha, you blow my mind.

click here to open post Aug 14, 2011 | posted in Personal | 4 comments

Sedona, AZ | 8.11.2011

What a big, beautiful world you are! I’m in the process of taking a fresh look at my life and repairing some leaks in my ship. Reinvention is such a fun, promising process (making even simple, minor changes in my life fires me up to no end)! It’s been a rocky ride over the past few months; I’ve gotten banged up a bit, but the beautiful thing is, today is a new day. And “each day comes to me with both hands full of possibilities” (Helen Keller). What a beautiful reminder from a beautiful soul!

Happy Monday everyone!

xo! N

PS. Hoping my cute sister in law has her baby today! Sheesh.

click here to open post Aug 12, 2011 | posted in giveaway | 2 comments

Congratulations Ms Dixie Hatch!!!

I’m THRILLED that you won. Email me at natalienorton{at}gmail{dot}com and I’ll send you the information you need to claim your very own pre-made Umba Lumba OR to discuss your custom sock monster creation! Kiss the Congo for me! xoxo! N