Talking with Natalie was like catching up with an old friend! We literally talked for hours, laughed til my stomach hurt, and even shared tears and secrets. Her humility about her life expierences, ability to navigate a family of 7, and her deep passion for changing the world one workout at a time was life changing. If you have suggestions for future humpday heroes please send emails to: email@example.com For nomination rules please click the Humpday Hero tab above. Don’t forget to click the follow button below/above to subscribe.
Quote from the nominator.
“I am amazed at how Natalie is able to manage a family, school, friends, while being a marathon runner, a faithful child of God, and a military wife; doing it all with a smile, humor, and humility.”
How do you describe your 9-5How do you describe your 9-5?
“I don’t have a 9-5 I have a 24-7. It’s chaotic, comical, and never-ending. It’s a constant cycle, like a conveyor belt (laughs)! My husband wakes up very early in the morning so I try to get up with him, or I often pretend to be asleep. I have a 17- month old and sometimes when she wakes up I will stop whatever I am doing and freeze frame and pretend I am asleep (laughs). She believes it every time. The rest of the kids wake up at different times, which I believe is to get their own individual time, which is smart. But, it’s great having a big family because they distract each other, which helps me out a lot. “
If you were the ruler of a country, what would be the first law you would enact?
“This is hard because I am not a bossy pants. All my rules would be things you see in a kindergarten class (laughs). To be kind!”
You are stranded on a deserted island, a genie appears and can grant you three wishes (can not wish to leave island), what are your wishes?
“I would first wish to make the island my home, with all the amenities, so it didn’t feel like a deserted island anymore. Secondly I would wish that my family took a cruise and got stranded on the same island. Then we would populate that joint and make it a city, which I would be ruler of and everybody would have to be kind! (laughs). I wouldn’t need another wish because I would have everything after that”
Its Saturday 2:00 P.M., what are you doing?
“We just moved to Washington so we would probably be driving to Costco.”
Describe the first time you fell in love with someone or something?
“I was and am very much in love with my husband. I can’t remember when I actually fell in love with him because it just always was, but the love I had when I had my first child(ren) was like no other. Its amazing! It makes my heart ache with insane happiness. I feel that same way about all my kids. And when they cry and stay up all night, its equivalent to having your first fight (laughs)”
If money was no factor, what would you do choose to do for the rest of your life?
“To feed the hungry! I don’t know how we have so much obesity in this country and at the same time thousands of people going hungry every day. I recently read a study about fast food and the amount of money spent on it, its billions of dollars. The cost per dollar to end hunger is so low. Literally if people would just go through and order what they usually would and then NOT take the food just once, it could help eradicate hunger.”
If your life could be described by a song, which would it be?
“(laughs) I am seriously one of those people that never know the title of a song, and just hum it to make someone know what I’m talking about (starts humming). The song “I’m forgiven” has helped me get through really hard times in my life. It basically reminds us that all wrong we have done in is forgiven by God”
What is your life motto?
“To push forward, press on.”
What are three things you cannot live without?
“I can and I have lived without a lot, but because I have 5 kids there are certain things I have to have. A home, a vehicle, and food. That’s really all we need to survive and when you have a big family our source of entertainment is already met.”
Who is your hero?
“I can’t say I have just one. I see God’s work in all people. So maybe Christ would be my hero. I give thanks to the people around me daily because I know God is moving through them. I actually use the word hero loosely because if one of the kids helps me change a diaper they are a hero. Everything should be recognized because all people are blessings.”
Which actress would you choose to play your life story?
“ My daughter, JoJo. She is one of the best actresses I know. She can cry on demand. We were recently in a store and she started crying because I wouldn’t buy her a dress. I ignored it because I know that she was practicing. The store clerk started feeling bad for her and offered us a discount. I tried to explain to her that she was fine, but she didn’t believe until I told JoJo to change to her other cry, which she did (laughs). She is amazing, she can do accents too and it doesn’t hurt that she looks just like me.”
Final words to the readers
“ God is love.”?