More Than Words

Words. They are powerful.

Words can make us feel: passion, joy, pain, empathy, sympathy, lust, and a million other feelings. Feelings we’ve felt before and sometimes feelings we hope to never feel.

Words can take us places we have never been. They can make us understand unimaginable circumstances and the will to survive. They allow us to experience things we’ve never experienced before; a blind person can see and a living person can experience what dying feels like.

Words can make us imagine a situation that somebody else lived, and we can smell, see, taste, hear, and touch the things that they encountered throughout their story.

Words, used by two different people the exact same way, can have a totally different meaning and affect us differently.

Words can make us say and do things we never thought we’d ever say or do.

Words…just letters thrown together…can be beautiful. Fun. Hurtful. Hateful. Full of wonder.

Words can heal us. And our words can help others heal.

Words can make us face our ghosts; they can bring secrets to light.

Words, when written, allow us to say things that we could never say with our voice.

Words help us to express love, laughter, fear, memories, life.

Words can take our breath away.

Words allow us to know and understand people we’ll never be able to meet.

Words help us understand those things that simply cannot be understood.

Words enable me to leave a record for my children of who I am: my personality, loves, fears, strengths, and weaknesses so that they can know me not only as their mom, but also as a person.

Words that are written require thought and emotion, and you can share them when you’re ready to share them (unlike spoken words that are often said in haste and without any thought).

I love written words. I’m passionate about reading, and I am now slowly realizing how much I love to share my words with others.

I want to thank each and every one of you for coming over and visiting my blog – whether it’s once a day, once a week, or once a month just to read my words. Your wonderful comments keep me going; keep me wanting to write more. I appreciate the relationships I’ve developed since I started blogging. I’ve made some fantastic friends and met some incredible writers. So thank you for sharing your lives, your hearts, and your words with me. It means more than you know. And if I had 24 hours where time stood still and I could accomplish anything? I’d visit each and every one of your blogs and leave a wonderful, heartfelt comment.

An incredible writer has the ability to make words dance through your mind and can weave stories in just minutes. There are a ton of bloggers that can do it, but not all of them can I call loyal followers supporters. On my sidebar, there’s a list of blogs I visit every day because I want to read their words…and I’ve developed friendships with them (except a few of them who don’t even know I exist!). There are also bloggers that I adore and visit everyday that aren’t listed on my sidebar (because I’m too lazy to update it!). If you, dear reader, haven’t met these women below, go check them out…they all have a magical way with words.

To appreciate the sheer beauty of words, I visit Move Over, Mary Poppins!

For fictional pieces (but that’s not all she writes!) that are totally relatable, I visit Old Tweener

For a writer who can describe a scene that I feel like I’m watching unfold, I visit In These Small Moments

And a shout out and huge thank you to one of the most well-rounded bloggers I know: not only does she write beautifully, she also supports everybody, will help anybody with anything, and she shares all of her knowledge. The Empress over at Good Day, Regular People is like a blogging God!

Also, a sincere, warm, and heartfelt thank you to Shell over at Things I Can’t Say. She’s taken me under her wing and whether she knows it or not, I consider her one of my fairy blog mothers.

Because I don’t want to sound like I’m kissing the teacher’s butt, I want to mention Gigi…last but definitely NOT least. She shares all of her knowledge in hopes that she can help us all grow and succeed in this crazy world of blogging. She has gone out of her way to help me and I am happy to call her my fairy blog mother. I’m also happy to call her my friend.

And so it goes…

Kludgy MomThis post was written for Kludgy Mom’s writing task of the week for Back To School, Back to Blogging. Here is the prompt: Feature a few of your loyal followers in a post this week. Act as if you’re their media agent and you’re trying to get them a job. Sell them to your community – talk about how fabulous they are. Or maybe just say thank you to specific followers for their support. You can feature them however you want to – get creative!

Mama's Losin' ItThis post was also for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop for Prompt #5: If you could stop time for 24 hours, what would you accomplish?
(inspired by my friend Liz from a belle, a bean & a chicago dog)


  1. Hmmmm. You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? also goes the other way around. Words can help one visualize a thousand pictures!
  2. Mommy Needs a Vacation says:
    I love your words and try to visit as often as possible!
  3. I love reading your words. I may not comment daily, only because I can't think of anything bright enough to say. But I read every new post.

    Keep up the good words.
  4. Maureen@Tatter Scoops says:
    Your words are beautiful, honest, sincere, funny, and consistent and that's why you are one of my favorite blogger! :D
  5. PV Lundqvist says:
    Words are so powerful, I think, because they are our thoughts shared. From inside of us, to connect with you. That moment has magic within it.
  6. Words are awesome. I like seeing how I can twist them into stories.
  7. Words, especially when written, can be very powerful things. I couldn't have said this better myself!
  8. You have some very powerful Fairy Blogmothers. I'm suddenly scared to mess with you.
  9. Hahaha, my blog post today has some words, lol
  10. MommaKiss says:
    I'm working on my own post about words, didn't realize it was a prompt or whatever! So true, you are. So true.
  11. KLZ's comment just made me gag on my coffee!

    This was sweet and sincere, and I'm sure those women truly appreciate your kind words, Nat!
  12. baby love says:
    This post was awesome...I LOVE IT :)

    Thanks for sharing your amazing thoughts with us!

  13. KLZ's comment just made me gag on my coffee!

    This was sweet and sincere, and I'm sure those women truly appreciate your kind words, Nat!
  14. You are the best, Nat! Remember, you helped me get this challenge off the ground when I wasn't sure whether I should even do it. I owe a lot of its success to your encouragement and support!

    :) love ya!
  15. This is a beautiful post!

    And I'm very touched and honored by your description of me. Thank you. :)

    LOL @ KLZ's comment. Don't be scared.
  16. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says:
    That was a lovely post, dear one!

    And each of those bloggers is an incredible source of words.

    As, of course, are you. :)
  17. I'm a newbie here and I'm glad I came over! Can't wait to read more :)
  18. Randi @ MommyReview says:
    This is awesome, great idea to hone your writing skills and share your love of things! I'm also a word lover and book lover :)
  19. An Imperfect Momma says:
    That was a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing:o)
  20. I don't even know how to begin to thank you for including me here.

    You are an inspiration to me, Natalie! There's an ease about you that makes me feel so comfortable. I am so blessed to know you.

    Your words are lovely and I'm continually surprised by what you are capable of.
  21. The Blogging Goddess says:
    That is was a fabulous post. Words are so important the impact they can have on a person..both good and bad. Love it.
  22. Funky Mama Bird says:
    It amuses me to see my husband's face in your comment section as I scroll down to comment.

    Anyway, I forget what I was going to say, but I swear it was going to be complimentary about what a great writer you are. =)
  23. moveovermarypoppins says:
    Thank you, Natalie!

    What a wonderful thing to say.

    And what wonderful company you've placed me in.

    I can't wait to visit the blogs to which I haven't yet been!
  24. The Empress says:
    Oh, thank you, sweet Natalie.

    Maybe you don't know this about yourself, but you are a very welcoming blogger.

    You befriended me when I knew only a handful of people, and you continued to visit and encourage and support when I would only have 5 or 6 visits per post.

    I remember all that, I remember.

    You're a very kind, encouraging person, who makes the time to comment and visit and that counts for your popularity.

    You're just nice.

    And thank you so very much, for thinking of me with this list.

    So very much.


    Now: I have to start a twitter petition to get you to gather up 12 pics of the partners in crime, and put them together for a calendar for us. You know I"d soooo get one...
  25. staceysmotheringmoments says:
    What a sweet post! And so true. I love words. I love to write them and to read what others write. I love the sweet kudos to your favorite bloggers. It's amazing the women we meet by blogging!
  26. redriverpak says:
    And I enjoy reading your great words Natalie! Glad I found your blog! :)
  27. What a great post!! I so wish I had time to read blogs more. I used to, until I added a million other things onto my plate. Somedays I feel like I LIVE on my computer...and at the end of the day I just want to grab a glass of wine and chill. I am trying to get better and at least catch up on weekends when I can. Know how much I love your blog even though I don't visit as often as I should!

    This is Mary, The Mommyologist BTW. Too lazy to log into my other account right now.
  28. MultipleMum says:
    I love what you did with the assignment this week. I usually lurk on your blog - you have so many others commenting - but I wanted to say that you did an especially great job with this post. Your words are inspiring :)
  29. Wow, Natalie...what an honor to be listed with these amazing ladies! Yours is one of the very first blogs I actually followed, and always look forward to reading your thoughts...funny, sad, inspiring...whichever mood strikes you.

    You are honest and open, making us all feel like we're sitting down in your kitchen and chatting over a latte. Or maybe a beer. And the kids are running around. No, we would make them nap!!

    Thanks, Nat...your words are beautiful and special to me.
  30. Paula {Simply Sandwich} says:
    You have done a great job with this post! I respect your writing and will check out your suggestions asap! Thanks!
  31. L. Eleana Johnson says:
    I really like your writing! You always tell a story, and I just love that. Will definitely continue to stop by.
  32. Average Girl says:
    Kudos to you for spreading the bloggy love!
  33. Not Just Another Jennifer says:
    that was fantastic! so very true. thank you for sharing those blogs - i will be visiting them soon!
  34. So many comments here about the magic of your words.

    Words are my very favorite thing.

    And yours?

    They have magic.

    Love that.
  35. Beautiful post! Where would we be without our words? Keep 'em coming. xoxo

    I love your shout outs too and know you are in good hands with those fairy blogmothers.