Hi! I'm Natalie. Grab a cup of coffee or- if you are like me- a glass of sweet tea and enjoy a unique mix of my thoughts, passions, and creations.
I have always loved the saying "Just Be You." Three little words, but so much truth.
These days just being me consist of enjoying the adventure of marriage, motherhood, adoption, and doll making.
I think the greatest gift in my early adult years has been learning to embrace my talents and passions, even if they seemed somewhat irrelevant and make them apart of my every day life. It is so refreshing walking down a path that involves both passion and purpose, however it doesn't mean I am not a hot mess most days. Most of the time you'll find me in soft pants , preferably black, just trying to get my third grader off her iPad, while offering the middle one a bribe, eh, I mean incentive for going to school, trying to get my youngest fashionista to school on time and my newest... well just loving on her. After all, she deserves a little time to get nothing but snuggles and food.
Get a better look at who I am on my blog. I keep it pretty real.
MaeBeSew is my "surprise" business. After making a doll for a friend and posting a picture, requests just kept coming. Fine tuning a pattern, choosing quality materials, and offering custom creations has been wonderful. This business has blessed me with new friends, provided for our adoption and allowed me to continue to work from home. Each doll truly has it's own personality and I take pride in every stitch and detail. To say each doll is made with lots of love, is an understatement. MaeBeSew now offers fundraisers for other families adopting as well. Check out the fundraiser tab in the footer for more information.
Adoption has been something I always saw myself doing and in 2012 my husband and I felt a seed was planted in our hearts after the birth of our son. After several months of research, praying, planning, we started the process of international adoption. Just ten months later, we brought home the smallest little thing with the biggest little personality and she changed our world for the better. After visiting her orphanage and loving on her for a short period of time, we knew our family and our hearts had more room. The prettiest little eyes caught our attention and 6 months later we were back in China loving a soft and gentle soul. We have agreed to never officially say our family is done growing, but I can officially say I am passionate about advocating for children who need us. We all have a part in caring for children. Have a question about advocating, supporting a family adopting or fostering, or about adoption itself, contact me.