Hi there. I’m Natalie

Let’s go for a hike.


Has the landscape of your life veered into some unfamiliar, unexpected,

and, maybe even unwelcome territory? Mine, too. 


At home, at work, and points in between, there’s always something to navigate.

Maybe you know what that’s like. If you do, I hope you’ll stick around.

Traveling through life is a lot like hiking. Whether we’re figuratively trudging uphill, fighting gravity on the downhill, or facing a blind corner, it’s better when we have people walking alongside us and spurring us on.

That’s what I do here.

You won’t find quick answers or easy steps for walking by faith because we both know there are exactly none. Here’s what you will find:

  • tales from the trail–usually Yellowstone’s trail–to spur you on
  • navigational tools, techniques & practices for the landscape of life
  • insider tips for planning your own trip to Yellowstone & encouragement to make it a spiritually uplifting experience

A Few Thing You Might Like to Know



Hiking didn’t come naturally to me.

I love life outside but I have a hard time—and I mean a really hard time—getting out the door. 

I also have a hard time getting out of my head.

I met Jesus when I was a little one and am spending my grownup years learning what it means to walk through this life by faith.

I have maybe one athletic bone in my body. One. Maybe. It divides its time between hiking and downhill skiing. 

My husband and I have been married for 30 years. He is my favorite. Marriage is hard. God is good. Counseling does for marriages what mechanics do for cars. I call him J in real life and that’s how I refer to him in writing, as well. 

We have a rapidly emptying nest. My kids are also my favorite. Aside from potty training, I’ve loved every stage of raising kids. Still, my delusions that parenting would get easier as the kids got older have shattered like a glass vase on a tile floor.

Aside from writing, I speak and teach to encourage others to navigate the landscape of life by faith. You can find more information about that here.

I love Yellowstone, mountains, still water and dancing streams, lilacs, daffodils, rugged skirts and ridiculous shoes, speaking, teaching, and singing. 

Thanks for being here. If you’d like to hear more from me, subscribe here. If you’d like to tell me a little about the terrain you’re traveling, contact me here. 

happy trails ~


There is a great deal of good to be learned from what we see every day, if we would but consider it.

~ Matthew Henry