Natalie’s 25th Birthday

Dear Natalie,

In the four years of our friendship, I’ve been collecting images. You know, the ones we jokingly call the “blackmail files”—full of duck faces and awkward moments—just waiting for the right time to be released. I thought about bringing them out today in celebration of you being a quarter century old, but I’m not sure the world is quite ready for those (maybe at 30?). So, everyone will have to settle for the slightly less embarrassing video of you trying to blow out the candles on your birthday cake last week.

On my birthday this year, Davey shared five things he loves about me. While that may sound sentimental, he somehow found ways to make it as embarrassing as possible. And so on this day, your 25th birthday, I thought it would be fun to pass on the love.

So here we go…

5. I love that you become quiet when you’re eating something new. If it’s something you really like, you’ll nod to yourself. Every. single. time.


4. I love that our best sides complement each other for selfies. Because how could we take selfies together if we both had the same “good” side.


3. I love your sense of adventure. I can’t even count the number of places you’ve been in the past year alone. London, Italy, Hawaii, New Zealand, Charleston, Cape Cod… And those are just the ones I can remember. No matter what the trip entails, whether it’s sharing tiny beds or battling flight delays, you make everything an adventure. I love that you push me outside of my comfort zone, and are always challenging me to grow.


2. I love your marriage to Huey. After nearly ten years together he’s my only rival to your perfect complement. And since he’s pretty awesome, I’m okay with that. Nights when Davey and I get to hang with you and Hugh-beard are the best.


1. I love the heart you have for others and how big you dream. I don’t think you’ve ever met someone you weren’t willing to help. You’re one of the most loving, genuine people I’ve ever met, and life is so much better with you in it.

Photo by Katelyn James
Photo by Katelyn James

But most of all I love that I can call you my best friend.
Here’s to your 25th year, which will be your best yet!

(and please don’t kill me for the featured photo!)

Natalie is also sharing the most adorable video on her personal blog today »

Krista Jones

Krista Jones is a fine art film photographer and Graphic Designer for Creative Entrepreneurs. She specializes in crafting unique brands that extend far beyond distinct typography and varying color palettes. Krista’s unique understanding of visual marketing, web design, and search engine optimization has enabled her to create dynamic identities that prosper both online and in the marketplace.


  1. Oh my goodness. This is seriously the sweetest thing, ever. A little embarrassing, I’ll admit… but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Love you!

  2. Happy Birthday! And can’t agree more that you’re just so wonderful. I hope you have the best 25th. xoxo. 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday Natalie! You’re changing so many more lives than you know. Mine is one of them. I love your wearing the sweatshirt we sent you in the video. 🙂

  4. Krista this is the cutest!

    One must always take a moment of silence when indulging in great food! haha

  5. So sweet Krista!! Happy Birthday Natalie! I’m sure this is going to be your best year yet! xoxo

  6. Happy Birthday Natalie! What a beautiful tribute Krista!

  7. This was absolutely adorable! Love it & Happy Birthday!

  8. That was such a sweet post. It is so clear that you two have a very special friendship… And that is hard to find. So happy that you have each other. Happy Birthday Natalie. I don’t know you personally, but it is so clear that you are a kind, generous and genuine person… Obviously adored by many. You are making waves and affecting lives… You are a force to be reckoned with. Enjoy your day!


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