OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Hello! My name is Natalie. I started talking before I turned one and I guess I’ve really never stopped. Fortunately, I’ve got a little more experience now that I’m 30. As a writer, I hope to inform, enrich, and educate. I endeavor to be honest and factual. I am a defender of the family structure and the Constitution. I believe that context matters and that it is sometimes the distinction between being “technically true” and being “truthful,” which has become a major issue in today’s mainstream information outlets. I see so many people around me who don’t know what they don’t know, and I’m here to make sure you know it. Whether it’s clarifying mainstream ambiguity, highlighting significant stories, connecting important dots, or explaining pertinent concepts and ideologies, I intend to be a voice that will empower and inform you.
I grew up in the rural Midwest and “Ope!” is a regular part of my vocabulary. I’ve traveled to twenty-two countries and almost every one of the fifty states. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Psychology, which is where I met the handsome soldier I married. We have four children ages nine, seven, four, and one. Together we’ve survived five military moves and we are gearing up for his fourth deployment. For this reason, our family motto is, “Bloom where you are planted.” We find a way to thrive as a family no matter where we end up. My oldest son is a budding entrepreneur, a confident leader, and has a mind for engineering. My daughter is very passionate, quick-witted, and fiercely independent. My second son is the family comedian and tag-along. My baby boy is the center of everyone’s attention and the pride of his older siblings. My amazing husband is my partner and greatest support. He is a hard-core marathon runner, so the big kids and I ride our bikes while he pushes the little kids in a stroller on long training runs. We never miss a race because he usually wins!
I am fairly boisterous, I love to laugh, and I always have my hair up in a giant messy bun. I enjoy water sports, quilting, playing fun games around the table, and cheering on the sideline of every event. Our family plays hard and loves physical outdoor activities, so we have a family rule that “if you’re going to play rough, you’ve gotta be tough.” We spend a lot of time at Grammy and Papa’s farm riding dirt bikes and ATVs, helping to drive the tractor, and exercising our 2nd Amendment rights, which is one of our favorite amendments.
I am the director of the Argyle Home Academy and our homeschool schedule allows us the flexibility to enjoy these activities while engaging in educational instruction. Our family also deeply appreciates the 1st Amendment. We prioritize daily prayer and scripture study in our home and attend weekly worship services. We actively serve in our local congregation and community. We strive to instill in our children an appreciation for serving others and a love for all people. These family priorities speak to the core beliefs that have shaped me and will surely influence my writing. As a deeply religious woman, I believe that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, and that we are all created equally and loved equally by Him. Therefore, I see all people as fundamentally equal and I look to the content of one’s character above all else, including race, creed, or religion. I believe the family structure is essential to the success of any society and the breakdown of that structure is a major contributor to many of the issues facing society today. I believe The United States of America is the greatest country in the world. I believe the Constitution and founding documents were inspired to create a system of governance that would keep people free and make the nation great. I am gravely concerned by the social pressure to change fundamental tenets of the Constitution that have shaped this great country, and which protect the indispensable rights and freedoms that we are so blessed to enjoy. I am excited to exercise my 1st Amendment rights for my own benefit and for the edification of others.
Here are a few snaps of the family!