02.07.11 Personal

Australia : The Gold Coast

ho cares what people think? That's what he tells me as we lay in the sand. He looks up at me--eyes squinting from the bright sun--and silently challenges me to leave my bathing suit woes back home. I shrug my shoulder, laugh a little, then apply more sunblock. He runs into the water and dives in headfirst into an oncoming wave, popping up a few seconds later to wave me in. I wave back, pretending to respond to his salutation instead of invitation, but he then uses both arms to call me into the ocean.

I drag my feet in the hot sand and slowly make my way into the water. I jump on his back and he says we're going out deeper. No, no. With my arms held tightly around his neck, I remind him of that one time when I needed to be saved by a lifeguard. He says I shouldn't worry because being saved by an Australian lifeguard would make my day. You'd probably even request CPR, he says. His laughter ricochets off the water.

We lay under the shade of the umbrella we rented from the hotel. The green and white one that makes us feel like tourists. He sips loudly on his drink and I shush him because I'm reading, and then he wipes the tears from my face because I tell him Wang Lung dies. He doesn't know what this means, but he nods knowing I'm reading a good book. Then he smiles at me in a way that lets me know we're okay.

I'm okay. He's okay. Together. In Australia doing life. Together.

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Sarah Tunstall - Wang Lung! NOOOOO!!!!!  02.14.11 - 11:17pm
Apple - you guys make me want to get married.. <333  02.14.11 - 8:27am
Emily Faith Allen - Your trip looked amazing! I was hesitant to take my 5D Mark ii to Rome a couple months ago because I didn't want to have to worry about it. So glad I did! Love your snapshots!  02.11.11 - 7:36am
Andrea Felgemacher - Looks like you are having a great time. Going Down Under is on my life's bucket list. I must know what brand of sunglasses you are them..and I have to say that I have read many of your book suggestions and they have ALL been wonderful at making me cry. So my question to you is what book are you reading right now?  02.09.11 - 7:55pm
Kelsey Anderson - I so want to visit there. Beautiful images!  02.09.11 - 4:03pm
amanda thiessen - looks like you're having a blast!! and i must say i'm super jealous! :)  02.09.11 - 12:16pm
Holli True - I hope your time there is everything you dreamed it would be and more! :) Oh what I wouldn't give to see Australia! Have fun!!!  02.09.11 - 6:42am
rhondda scott - it was life changing to hear you at HOTD. Thank you for telling us like it is. And I dont care if people dont like me:-) new website coming as soon as possible. cheers Rhondda  02.09.11 - 4:05am
Jackeline - I love the way you write. As I was reading it actually made me feel as if I was there, feeling the hot sand! Share some writing tips pls!!! Thanks for sharing your life with us!! :)  02.08.11 - 8:18pm
Erin - Kansas City Photographers - You are a wonderful writer. Moments go by so fast sometimes, I remember lying on a beach last July after a destination wedding. I looked at Marco (my husband/manager/total love) and I new everything would be OK. He reminds me of those moments time and time again. And I am thankful. Thanks for reminding me again. Sending some Kansas Love.  02.08.11 - 5:29pm
cat - Looks fab! But if you really want fantastic you need to visit Gisborne, NZ - the first city IN THE WORLD to see the sun everyday....AND the best beaches! Enjoy your travels  02.08.11 - 4:55pm
Molly Kate - Looks like you guys work hard and play hard. Good for you! Now I must buy me some aviators ;).  02.08.11 - 1:08pm
Karen Stott - If only we could walk around in our bikinis everywhere! ha ha  02.08.11 - 12:36pm
Jessica Chavez - Beautiful post! You guys look great!! Enjoy!!  02.08.11 - 11:52am
Matt - Seriously, that picture of you JS is awesome. The shades and the hair in the face. Very cute. Good job JD!  02.08.11 - 7:45am
Erica Brenci - Me too!!!!!!!!!!...Australia i'm arriving!!!!!!!!!!!!!  02.08.11 - 6:53am
John Reyment - Thanks for coming to Brisbane J*, loved your energy and your message. Glad you got to try some of the local stuff as well!  02.08.11 - 6:34am
Christy - Oooo this makes me so excited for Mexico in a couple of weeks! Beaches and sun. Lovely. Thanks for sharing!! :)   02.08.11 - 6:29am
Kristin Nicole - Looks like fun!  02.08.11 - 5:53am
Brian Kraft - Mmmm, yeah- looks pretty nice compared to the cold and snow I'm in at the moment. :-)  02.08.11 - 5:38am
Jen - As I sit and look out my window at the piles and piles of snow (and hear about the -27 degree wind chills on the news), I have to say I am insanely jealous of these beach photos!!  02.08.11 - 5:17am
Natasha Hurley - Love everything about this post, the lightness of writing and the carefree feeling that resonates out of the photographs...if you are still in Oz head out to Noosa - my sis and I spent a lazy two weeks camping there about 8 years ago....was the best time ever!  02.08.11 - 4:55am
Dawney - This post makes me want to be on vacation!!! :) Thanks for sharing! :)   02.07.11 - 11:07pm
Brian - Absolutely gorgeous & love the architecture.  02.07.11 - 10:46pm
shabnam - Love to see the photographs of Australia!! thanks for sharing with us!!  02.07.11 - 10:20pm
Denver Photography - O man am I jealous of the beach!... good golly that looks fun!  02.07.11 - 9:54pm
Becca - Love this! Yall are a-stinkin-doarble! The personal posts are sometimes my favorite for that real life dose we all need to continue our photography!  02.07.11 - 8:16pm
Angela Woolridge - Love your sun kissed freckles! Wonderful post! Enjoy!  02.07.11 - 7:54pm
Kathy - THANKS J* ... I just started reading that book for class :(  02.07.11 - 7:40pm
Melanie - Looks like our water; but our sand is white!!  02.07.11 - 6:38pm
Eliza Lewis - Love your posts and hearing about your Australian Adventures. I lived in Sydney for 6 months and miss Australia tremendously!!!  02.07.11 - 6:21pm
Jadey - You seem so happy here. You should probably stay =p  02.07.11 - 6:05pm
brittani - I absolutely LOVE the two of you. You're just as perfect for eachother as *he* is for me. =) *He* makes my heart melt, and my heart melts when you post your love for the world to read. <3 thanks.  02.07.11 - 5:22pm
meridith - I'm so jealous right now! I love the ocean...only 4 more months till I can actual go in over here in NJ:)  02.07.11 - 5:13pm
Annie - So nice to see my home through your eyes. Australia suits you! So sad I missed you but so happy you had an amazing time :)  02.07.11 - 5:12pm
Christina Juleson - Oh I'd so totally trade you 35 degree GA weather for that sunny beach right now if I could!  02.07.11 - 4:55pm
Alexandra Hunt Photography - I'm so glad you're getting some R & R - and that you're taking photos, too! :) p.s. you know though, your Australian photo collection won't be complete until you have a snap with a Koala. Jus' sayin'.  02.07.11 - 4:32pm
Kim Talbert - Welcome to Australia!! Wish I could join you, maybe I'll make the trip up from Sydney next time or you could just decide to stay :)  02.07.11 - 4:01pm
Whitney - You guys are ridiculous cute. Love seeing how much fun you are having - in Australia and in life!   02.07.11 - 3:58pm
lisa cour - Ah...I love love.  02.07.11 - 3:54pm
Shel - how fortunate are you :) sweet sentitmets, beautiful pictures, memories to be kept forever! Safe Travels to you!  02.07.11 - 3:53pm
Christa - You're a very lucky girl in so many ways, even better that you appreciate it :)  02.07.11 - 3:52pm
Cindy Irene - I want to go to Australia just to hear their accents! :o)  02.07.11 - 3:42pm
stacy t - love this post!  02.07.11 - 3:32pm
Layne-Memory Layne Photography - So cute, Jasmine! You look gorgeous=) As always!  02.07.11 - 3:26pm
Jodie C - *sigh* got to love good ol' ozzie... I think I'm due for another visit.... I'm lucky enough that my dad lives in Brisbane and I visit every year!  02.07.11 - 3:16pm
Kimberly - No worries about the bathing suit-people think about a lot less than we think they do, and besides I am pretty sure your man already thinks he won the lottery!  02.07.11 - 3:14pm
Aj - You are the quintessential Gold Coast babe.  02.07.11 - 3:14pm
Brittany Schlamp - I love it. I wish I could came. Australia is my DREAM place to visit. And these pictures just make me want to go even more.  02.07.11 - 3:14pm
claire - love that photo of just you jasmine! just lovely!  02.07.11 - 3:13pm
feuza - beautifully written you guys are so cute  02.07.11 - 3:13pm
shannon - Looking like a aussie girl in that pic of you!! Oi Oi Oi  02.07.11 - 3:12pm
Elizabeth - Love this!!!!!!! So cute! Look's like y'all are having a blast!!!  02.07.11 - 2:56pm
Eileen - LOL.. when you said JD wanted you to leave your bathing suit woes behind.. I thought you guys were going au natural at the beach! LOL   02.07.11 - 2:42pm
Rachel Peters Photography - Love that shot...that I assume JD took of you...second last insanely jealous of your freckles. The shot is beautiful!   02.07.11 - 2:39pm
Latoya Roberson - Awww how sweet! You two are toooo romantic. I must take notes!  02.07.11 - 2:38pm
Jennifer Hudspeth - Ahhh. Warmth.  02.07.11 - 2:36pm
Bella Taylor - Welcome back Jasmine & JD, hope you have a great time. Wish I could have made it up to HOTD, maybe next time. Have a blast! xo  02.07.11 - 2:22pm
Wesley Tan - Aww that's so sweet :) Glad you're having an amazing holiday!  02.07.11 - 2:03pm
JKim - Your love makes me smile. Thanks for sharing.  02.07.11 - 2:01pm
Bethany Ann - It's so nice to hear you are having a great time! Continue having a blast. :) I just love reading your blog!   02.07.11 - 1:58pm
Sandy Canvas - Hey there Jasmine! Glad to see you had a great time in Australia! I love to watch you and JD chilling out together :D  02.07.11 - 1:54pm
Joe Anna H. - sweet :)  02.07.11 - 1:48pm
LEOLAK - Ah...LOVE THIS! It's snowing right now in Chicago...and man do I wish I could be where you are! Thanks for sharing some of your Aussie adventure...hope you guys are having a great time. Ha..wait..clearly you are!   02.07.11 - 1:36pm
Lindsay - You're beautiful!  02.07.11 - 1:33pm
Marianne Barta - Love.   02.07.11 - 1:24pm
Kelly - The Good Earth! I love that book!  02.07.11 - 1:21pm
Jennifer Jar - I love you two <3  02.07.11 - 1:19pm
Susan - Jasmine, I've come across your blog through Creative Live and have to say you are an inspiration. From one human being to another I can't say enough - keep on trekkin' and keep on livin'! To live with purpose, to live with love... is to feed the soul and nourish the mind. Lots of love girl!  02.07.11 - 1:08pm
Isaac Stott - Sounds like a perfect way to relax in the middle of a crazy schedule. Hope you enjoy every second of relaxation you guys get, you totally deserve it!  02.07.11 - 12:53pm
Amy - A love like yours is rare. And so are your stories. Beautiful.  02.07.11 - 12:52pm
Hannie - LOVE the shades!   02.07.11 - 12:49pm
Caitlin - Beautiful  02.07.11 - 12:46pm
Petra - Ah... sounds so lovely. Enjoy life Jasmine, you´re so worth it. Love from Sweden! (Where polarbears are wandering the streets right now... at least it feels like that, with tons of snow. longing for a visit to florida in march!)  02.07.11 - 12:26pm
Bettina - So glad you are enjoying our beaches! I hope that you continue to have an amazing time!  02.07.11 - 12:19pm
Patt Mustain - JD is such a gem...I have one of my own...we are blessed.  02.07.11 - 12:15pm
Hugo Tepe - How Awesome! I've made some friends from Australia and have been invited, but haven't had the chance to go. These pics definitely make me want to save up and head down there!  02.07.11 - 11:48am
Tara Templeton - Your "love story" is a joy to read. Thank you for sharing!  02.07.11 - 11:46am
Lydia - You + life + words = beautiful  02.07.11 - 11:33am
Stephanie Moore - Look so dreamy and that black and white of you, gorgeous!!!  02.07.11 - 11:19am
Stacey - Total City Girl - Looks beautiful! Love the graffiti wall!! Hope you're having a great time.  02.07.11 - 10:50am
Annie - I LOOOOVE the way you write. So cute. You need to write a romantic novel!!!  02.07.11 - 10:43am
Maria Lisa Marino - How awesome! Looks much more appealing than my view of the ice cold snow out my window! You both are so cute. I love the black and white of you, badass!  02.07.11 - 10:25am
Adriana Morett - Wow, having a great time huh? =D so glad for you! Hey, quick question: do you take your 5D Mk II to THE BEACH with you? 'cause I sooo wouldn't =P Keep having a great time! =)  02.07.11 - 10:23am
Tiffany - I want to go to Australia...get tan laying on the beach and even rescued by an Aussie lifeguard;) that's amazing you've had the opportunity to visit more than once! Go team Jas & Jd! Btw love the solo photo of you...effortlessly beautiful  02.07.11 - 10:21am
brooke Allison - Jasmine, you rock. I loved this post. It was one of those days and well ... I need to read what you wrote. Happy and being with the one you love is the best! Enjoy Australia!  02.07.11 - 10:15am
Kate Douthwright - So jealous, I'm stuck in 20 degree weather and you're gallivanting on a beautiful beach. Hope you guys enjoyed your down time!  02.07.11 - 10:13am
Kati - Hope you guys are having an awesome time! My girlfriend Janine was so giddy she ran into you and actually recognized! You made her day!!   02.07.11 - 10:10am
clarivel.ann - Ok, Jasmine. I just want to let you know that your posts about you and JD just BEING are so encouraging to me as a newlywed still getting to know the husband I dated for 5 years and have been married to for 1.5 years. I'm 24 and still learning how to just BE with him. But I love him, and he's my best friend. Just wanted to let you know that God is using posts like these to encourage me when the hubs and I hit some rough waters. thank you for sharing this non-photograpy related post. you and JD rock together. :)  02.07.11 - 10:10am
Rylie Sata - Beautiful! The beauty of the beach...  02.07.11 - 10:07am
Gaby Fuentes - Oh, I have beach envy :)  02.07.11 - 10:05am
Lauren - How is it that you make beach hair look good? Gah, what's your secret?!?  02.07.11 - 9:52am
Erin Pot Pie - I've been there and my day at the beach wasn't near romantic. Redo!!! Sounds Great!  02.07.11 - 9:45am
JESSICA@DOSSIEA - aaahhh...I'm officially jealous! haha  02.07.11 - 9:42am
Priyanka Damwani - Love both the portraits! JD and you look great  02.07.11 - 9:34am
lauren b. - It's a dream of mine to go tete, also, to go to hillsong church!   02.07.11 - 9:33am
Joseph Chan - Nice pictures  02.07.11 - 9:31am
angel - Isn't it nice to share your days with your best friend? ;) I'm very happy for you both. ;)  02.07.11 - 9:30am
Amy - Aww, you guys are cute. I don't even usually comment, but this is so sweet. :) I love reading about people's happy relationships!  02.07.11 - 9:26am
Tina Rowden - ADORE this post Jasmine ...... you've made me completely homesick and rendered the rest of my day useless ;) Glad you are having such a lovely time in the land of Oz!  02.07.11 - 9:13am
brideandjoy - Beautiful. You have such a wonderful turn of phrase.   02.07.11 - 9:10am
Brian Cooper - My goodness, you're such an incredible writer. You make us feel like we're doing life with you. Thank you so much.  02.07.11 - 9:09am
Kelly Sauer - You know, the writing in this post gives me such a deeper picture than the photos. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.  02.07.11 - 9:07am
corey - J * thanks for taking us readers along on your many journeys as cold as it is here in the midwest, could use some warmth today thanks again and great photographs.  02.07.11 - 9:05am
jackie - This is what life is really all about. Your deep love and true tales are what make people adore you even more, and your love for your man is really touching. Enjoy the sunshine <3  02.07.11 - 9:00am
Corrine - J*- I read your old blog, from the beginning yesterday-- I LOVED reading it. And now, presently-- I feel like I'm on vacation with friends. Enjoy the gold coast and each other. Your friend in Florida, Corrine  02.07.11 - 8:56am
Juddy - Enjoy the sunshine and each other.  02.07.11 - 8:50am
Yuka photo art - Every your post is inspiration for me! I am not in Australia. I am in winter...But guys I am soooooo glad for you and I know we should doing things like this and enjoying our life!  02.07.11 - 8:42am
Natalie Clayshulte - I have always wanted to go to Australia. Looks like a beautiful trip. Keep on doing life together.  02.07.11 - 8:37am
Lini99 - Okay. Uncle. Did you 'really' need to be rescued by a life guard once? Or is that Jasmine-osity?  02.07.11 - 8:29am
nancy - lovely!!!!! :)   02.07.11 - 8:16am
Carrie K - Love the messed up hair! Shows that you're totally comfortable in your skin (at least feigning well that you are!) Enjoy the sun. :)  02.07.11 - 8:13am
Carrie LeighAnna - We all know there's no such thing, but you just seem like the perfect couple! It's not even a secret. You're just too precious and perfect to one another! P.S. Totally wish I looked as good as you on a lazy, beach-swept day!!  02.07.11 - 8:03am
Mom - Jasmine, that coastline is gorgeous. Can't wait to hear all about Australia!!  02.07.11 - 8:00am
Life with Kaishon - I don't know why this made me cry. But it did. I am sorry Wang Lee died. So glad you are having a wonderful time in the sun! : )  02.07.11 - 7:57am
Ariel - Wow, great post! When are you going to write a book? Sounds like you guys are having fun!  02.07.11 - 7:48am
Maddie - this was so beautifully written! I hope Australia has been amazing, SO jealous! Your work is brilliant and beautiful, as are you. Thank you for sharing! :)  02.07.11 - 7:46am
Sarah Danaher - I love you and your sweet love for life. And your freckles. They're just *awesome.*  02.07.11 - 7:23am
Jared Wanzer - Absolutely love these photos.   02.07.11 - 7:17am
Laura - Love the LoVe!! :) Glad you had a good time!  02.07.11 - 7:10am
Sharon - I may need someone to wipe my tear because that was a beautiful post.   02.07.11 - 6:52am
Tanya De Leeuw - Great to hear that you're both taking the time to really enjoy being downUnder! And I totally empathize with you re going into the surf - I never go in unless I've got someone bigger and stronger, and with better timing, with me!  02.07.11 - 6:51am
aga luczakowska - Have fun!  02.07.11 - 6:49am
Chanelle - Beach looks nice! So cold here in the UK at the moment. I could do with a bit of that.   02.07.11 - 6:47am
Jenelle Sewell - Come back with an accent for your next Shooting Star.   02.07.11 - 6:40am