Mister Johnson

My dad, “Mister Johnson” to my baby, likes to tell the story about a memorable moment when he was disciplined as a child.

He was in trouble, for who knows what, and my Opa gave him a spankin'. Opa didn't know that Mister Johnson had a little green army toy soldier in his back pocket. Needless to say it injured Opa's hand….

My mom, Gigi, just told me he was telling our littlest this story. I laughed and said, “So he's teaching her tricks for when she gets a spankin'?”. She said yes of course!

I love my dad, he's the funniest guy I know. He's also the best dad, son, husband, brother and Mister Johnson I know. Love you daddy!

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Be Grace

be grace... even on those wild days. 💗

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Owning your own business is really tuff stuff and life can just be difficult sometimes. Recently I felt like nothing was going "my way." But The Lord is so gracious & so good!

 Some days I feel stressed out or overwhelmed. I recently felt so heavy from deals falling through, lack of sleep and debates with our threenager. So, I had a good cry and said, "Lord, I can't do it. You can. But I can't." 

Only He is good and He provides. Yes, you nay-sayers, I work really hard but it is only God who'll get the glory here! His love endures. 

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephepians 2:8-9

May your day, week, month, and year be blessed. 

Source: https://nataliemorphew.com/2017/begrace

Friends

As I shovel the bare apple chips in my mouth, I try not to think about the pizza that's calling me from the kitchen.  Emotional eating-it's what some, not all, but let's get real... most women do.  Anyway, I'm lamenting.  Woe is me.  I'm giving myself a really big pity party here folks.  Feel for me?

It's okay if you don't.  LOL!  But darn it I do.  I know this blog should be geared towards real estate, but real estate is only like 93% of my life.  The other "perfect" 7% is spent loving my family.  Now I'm going to have to take away from something for this party I'm having though.  Needless to say my blog is the least about real estate thus far (I try to use the word thus as often as I can-it makes me feel smart).

Obviously I'm a REALTOR® because im distracted by solving 10 issues at the same time.  The topic I'm dealing with this fine evening is the loyalty or uncaring nature of people and especially the ones we call our friends.

I've always been friends with everyone.  My parents raised me in Christian home and we we taught to love and care for all people equally, as Christ did.  Now listen, and hear me good, I'm not saying that if you are not a Christian that you cannot love or view people equally.  K, got it?

Pressing on...  I have always, I mean always tried to include everyone.  I was not and am still not always included to this day and it's hurtful.  I'm a bridge between cliques; a Kumbaya, hand holding, "let's all sit together" gal.  Yes sometimes the devil gets the best of me and I gossip or make ugly comments-but I try my hardest to be all-inclusive (like those real nice resorts in Mexico).

So, someone did something recently that hurt me.  I'm not sure why, but after writing this all out and taking a deep breath I just feel so much better...

Bwahahahaha!  Thank God for laughter.  Yes I'll move on but it's good to laugh at one self from time to time.  As I was researching a meme to post on Facebook, (oh I was going there) I found a little saying that brought me to tears... like sobbing tears.

    Having a daughter is God's way of saying,

    "Here, I thought you could use a lifelong friend."

I know that's cheesy, but really it's so true.  Ours is only 2.5 years old but I can tell we will be close.  ***heart eyes emoji***

You may be thinking, doesn't Natalie have a sister?  Well, I was not a good big sister growing up, that which I have some resounding guilt for...  I wasn't mean but we didn't act like sisters; it was after sister went to college that we start to bridge our own gap and become friends.

There is some truth to this whole becoming older and wiser.  Ha!

As I wrap this up, you know I like to have a little lesson at the end, take these simple words with you the rest of this week (some ideas I've stolen from my husband's sermon last Sunday)...

Be kind.  Be selfless.  Love one another.

Choose a good attitude in whatever you do.

What to L O V E about Waco

We love this #texastown because it's a little-big city. Jake and I both grew up in small Texas towns; of course I did most of my clothes shopping in Fort Worth/Dallas. Lol! But since we've moved here (2007-ish) I have plenty of lovely local shops to support.

Waco has so much to offer. Our little one's photo shoots have taken place at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, Cameron Park and even Hey Sugar. There's plenty of family activities thanks to our wonderful Parks Departments, Chamber of Commerces, Cities and more! 

We have great school districts, several private schools, and higher education choices. You can throw a rock and hit a church-ha! There's lots of religion down in this Bible Belt and the people here are good folks. 

Most importantly... Waco's a giving & caring community.

What's your favorite thing about Waco?

Be sure to check out my Things To Do in Waco page to see several of our go-to spots. If I missed your business on there, please let me know (email is best).

What do you #love about living in the Waco area? And what part of #wacotown do you live in?

What do you #love about living in the Waco area? And what part of #wacotown do you live in?

💜❤️💗G I V E A W A Y💗❤️💜

3 easy steps to be entered in a chance to W I N this adorable LIFE IS GOOD IN WACO sign from Elevate at The Findery

1. FOLLOW ME @nataliesellswaco on Instagram or LIKE my Facebook page Natalie Morphew, Bentwood Realty Waco. (you can be entered twice if you do both).
2. Tag 3 or more friends in the comments on the Instagram or Facebook post. 
3. Share the post with a blurb about why you love Waco and tag me!

G O O D  L U C K  F R I E N D S! Winner will be chosen 2/16/17!

Source: https://nataliemorphew..com/2017/valentine...

Curb Appeal Myth

Is it important to have curb appeal?
You bed it is! Get it? Like flower bed-ha!

Barbara Corcoran famously said that home buyers decide if they want to purchase a home in the first 8 seconds on the property. 

According to Houselogic, "good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house..." Check out this Houselogic article for ideas:

Houselogic - Landscaping & Home Value

For more inspiration, visit my pinterest page specifically for your outdoor spaces! 

Natalie's Pinterest - Outdoor Spaces