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35 Years

e asked me to take my camera to church and meet in his office. My father isn't one to ask for pictures, so I knew this was a special request. My parents recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary and I've never seen my father so proud. It's been a long road for my parents and each day they work hard at loving each other, so my father asked if I could take a photo of them. On their special day.

Dad: Did you bring your camera?
Me: Yes...did you bring your checkbook?
Dad: Checkbook? For WHAT?! And who uses checks anymore...this is the 21st century, baby!
Me: Well, how are you going to pay me for my services?
Dad: How much do I owe you?
Me: Well...I'll give you a discount, but it'll still be a few thousand dollars.
Dad: Hmm...once I deduct the cost of your braces, the three pairs of glasses you broke, the library fines, the parking tickets from high school, the hospital bill from your mother's c-section for birthing you, and the $20 dollars you borrowed last week, I'd say you have outstanding balance.
Me: Fine, I'll settle for you telling your other children I'm your favorite. Obviously.
Dad: You got yourself a deal.

Here's to another 35 years together...
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Debbie Schwab - You don't see many people married that long anymore. Such a sweet image.  11.30.11 - 3:38pm
Danielle Stahl - Beautiful!  11.26.11 - 5:24am
Vashti Wood - CONGRATULATIONS to your parents. Marriage is an uh-MAY-zing journey. This August, my parents celebrated 36 years of marriage. Mum specifically asked me NOT to take photos. She felt she wasn't looking her best... Instead, she gathered her remaining strength and resolve and went on a 'date' with Dad... A walk from her hospital room on the 5th floor, to the lobby cafeteria for a cup of tea, then back to her room. Almost exactly two months to the day later, Mum & Dad had another date, but this time it wasn't just the two of them... As Dad held mum, consoled her, comforted her, LOVED her... Jesus stepped up, took her hand and led her home. There were always three in Mum and Dad's marriage. They both loved Jesus as much as your parents clearly do, and have taught you to. Keep loving. Jesus, JD, your Families... Keep living. And thank you for baring your self, and letting me live (even just a little) vicariously through you. *hugs all the way from Australia* Vashti  11.24.11 - 1:57pm
mike larson - this is awesome, I love how people stand for marriage and love bring proud of this. :) Sweet shot!   11.22.11 - 12:17pm
Tony Sale - Just so sweet and what a great photo!  11.21.11 - 3:33pm
Juli L. - Awhhh, I love this! What a beautiful portrait and what a sweet thing of your dad to do for your mom. :)  11.21.11 - 10:52am
Kristen Critz - This is probably my favorite blog post I have ever read! This is the most touching picture and such a great caption!  11.21.11 - 7:53am
John - I love this Jasmine. Thank you for posting. :)  11.21.11 - 12:35am
Hannes Uys - Your dad is bald :-)  11.20.11 - 11:36pm
Jodie Lemke - Beautiful! I'd say your a daddy's girl just like me! ;) My dad also is a pastor. Love my parents to bits! Congrats to them and may they have many more blessed years together!  11.20.11 - 9:32am
Erin Snapp - This was so touching and funny all at the same time...something we can all connect with. Oh how we all love our parents!!   11.18.11 - 6:27am
Elizabeth - your parents are adorable!!! i love the conversation between you and your dad...sounds like something that my dad and i would say to each other :)  11.17.11 - 1:18pm
Jen Rice - What a true marriage is all about :) "Working hard at loving each other". I love that! I feel that is what my hubby and I do daily. It's a thrill to have celebrated 20yrs this last September and I can't wait to see 35 :D Thanks for sharing the sweetness Jasmine :)  11.17.11 - 6:58am
Denise Prichett - This post cracked me up. I love you negotiating with your dad and settling for being the favorite. Classic.  11.16.11 - 4:37pm
Carrie Callahan - WOW - that's amazing - the fun conversation, the amazing accomplishment of togetherness and the photo. You can tell they have a solid foundation to have raised such an unbelievable daughter - congrats to all!  11.16.11 - 10:30am
Anny Schomburg - FABULOUS !!!  11.16.11 - 10:19am
Mom - Jasmine, I must admit, this picture is beautiful. Love it!   11.16.11 - 10:08am
Jeni Brower - There it is. Strong yet, tender. I love it. Marines have something none else does & it takes a special lady to be married to one. I'd love to hear (or read) their story..  11.16.11 - 9:59am
Mona Alicia - This is beautiful and so well timed for me to see it. My mama recently asked me to take a portrait of her and my dad and we are planning for Friday. I've been trying to think of how I want it to turn out and this is great inspiration for me. Thank you and congratulations to your parents!  11.16.11 - 9:12am
Paula Franco - Lots of love and happiness for your parents, the years to come and even more.  11.16.11 - 6:47am
Suzy G - What a wonderful example of love and honor. 35 years is an amazing thing now days. I pray they are blessed beyond measure in each year to come.   11.16.11 - 5:48am
Elizabeth - love the story...congrats to your parents for their milestone!!! here's to another 35 years (or more)!!  11.16.11 - 1:59am
Stacey - L.O.V.E!  11.16.11 - 1:27am
Shannon Rosan - So very sweet!  11.15.11 - 10:04pm
Christy - That's sweet.  11.15.11 - 8:24pm
KB - Wonderful. Congratulations to them!  11.15.11 - 8:16pm
Natalie - Beautiful!  11.15.11 - 7:12pm
Maria Peterson - LOve. Your parents are awesome!  11.15.11 - 7:07pm
The Girl in the Yellow Cab - This is beautiful! My parents are going to be hitting their 30th next year! Great moment to capture.   11.15.11 - 6:22pm
Bong - Happy Anniversary to a wonderful couple and also a Happy Veteran's Day to your Dad!  11.15.11 - 5:11pm
Sindy - So beautiful.   11.15.11 - 4:46pm
Jill Samter Photography - What a beautiful photo - it speaks volumes! You are all blessed to have them in your lives! Happy 35th Anniversary!  11.15.11 - 4:13pm
Yvette Villareal - I admire the love married couples share and endure for so many years. Praise God... Happy Joyful life to you all.  11.15.11 - 3:57pm
Belinda - So sweet. Love it  11.15.11 - 3:08pm
Eryn Kesler - I'm a lucky daughter of parents who've been married 35 years too! It's a blessing to watch our parents work hard at loving each other, and give us the best gift ever, as kids who have something great to look up to.   11.15.11 - 2:48pm
Tammy Stark - Sweet photo. Happy anniversary!  11.15.11 - 2:38pm
Michael - One picture speaks volumes. Love it.   11.15.11 - 2:35pm
Connie - What a sweet photo! Congratulations to your parents for working on their marriage!! I'm half way through your magazine....thanks for sharing!!  11.15.11 - 2:26pm
Debbie Zarate - May God continue to bless you and your parents. Every time he speaks about you and your siblings from the pulpit, his eyes beam with pride and joy! I can imagine there have been rough and painful times, but the evidence is that the Lord's favor is definitely upon the Juarez Family.  11.15.11 - 2:26pm
Christina Dely - So sweet! I can imagine having the same type of conversation with my dad :) XO  11.15.11 - 2:25pm
Alexis - LOL! Love the conversation sketch! :) The photo is great too! :)  11.15.11 - 1:56pm
Carla Barnett - That's so touching and inspiring.  11.15.11 - 1:47pm
Amber - So sweet!! Happy Anniversary to your Mom and Dad. What an inspiration <3  11.15.11 - 1:25pm
Marie - So cute! That Papi chulo knows how to bargin!  11.15.11 - 1:05pm
Michele - Love the banter between you and your dad. Shows a genuine love and affection for one another. Such a gift to be a daddy's girl! Great post and image :)  11.15.11 - 1:03pm
Moni Abo Said - That is so beautiful!   11.15.11 - 12:51pm
Feather - Wow! That is just Beautiful. Will you come and take my 35th anniversary photos? I only have 22 more years to go.  11.15.11 - 12:46pm
Samantha R - AWWW!  11.15.11 - 12:41pm
Jodie Cox - Awww! That made me smile :)  11.15.11 - 12:39pm
Bobbie Brown - Wow. Gorgoeous, really GORGEOUS, picture of your parents! Happy Anniversary to them! (and loved the conversation between you and your Dad! haha!)  11.15.11 - 12:18pm
Lauren Wakefield - This makes my heart happy. You have a great example to follow. My parents are coming up on 30 years and this post reminds me that it is something the definitely needs to be documented.   11.15.11 - 12:03pm
Katelyn James - Here's to many more years of marriage and ministry together!!! What an awesome couple:)   11.15.11 - 11:28am
tardy - what a great story!  11.15.11 - 11:27am
Jim Hutchison - Thanks Jasmine. I forwarded this to a "home-boy" friend of your dad's. He appreciated it. God's blessings to you and your family. Jim Hutchison, Bend, Oregon  11.15.11 - 11:23am
Stacey - That actually made me lol f'real. Annnd cry at the same time. How did you do that?! : )   11.15.11 - 11:12am
kathleen frank - Oh goodness, after reading the first part of Exposed last night, about your mom and her struggles, about you and law school and leaving to be with her, I am sitting here at work just about in tears looking at this photo. Beautiful.   11.15.11 - 11:01am
Marcin - Great!!! Your stories always make my day :) .Thanks  11.15.11 - 10:30am
Lydia - Your father is a smart man! ;-) Love this picture!  11.15.11 - 10:25am
W. Lotus - I like how your dad thinks. :-) I also like the photo.  11.15.11 - 10:04am
Carina - Guess you got your funny side from your dad ;-) Congrats to your parents!  11.15.11 - 10:03am
Amy Jo - Oh heavens, look at your cute parents! Happy 35 years to them!   11.15.11 - 9:55am
Karen C - LOVE the story. You & your dad obviously have an amazing relationship. Inquiring minds want to know, though - did he fulfill his end of the bargain? ;-) GORGEOUS shot, too. Your parents are beautiful.  11.15.11 - 9:52am
Michel - this just gave me the shivers. congrats to your awesome folks! of course you're the fave.   11.15.11 - 9:45am
Andreina - Great post! I feel like I somehow know your Dad by the quotes you post. Is he a Pastor? He sounds like such a wise man. Congratulations to your parents! Much love... Andie  11.15.11 - 9:38am
Patricia Lorenzo - Que lindos!! :)   11.15.11 - 9:36am
angel canary - Aw, they are such an adorable couple! Congrats to them on 35 years!!! I'm sure you hear this a lot, but when I first met your mom (I didn't know she was you mom until later) there was this "glow" about her. Seriously, I know that sounds so corny, but really it was like I could see her spirit glowing through her. Just in that brief moment I could tell her family and husband were so very lucky to have her in their lives. ;)  11.15.11 - 9:36am
Lisa - Your parents look like movie stars. Seriously! Happy 35th to them.  11.15.11 - 9:34am
John Cruz - Aww... that brought a smile to my face!  11.15.11 - 9:33am
alfagetti - Oh Wow. Gorgeous photo. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. "Parents". (You done good!)  11.15.11 - 9:31am
Diana - Congratulations on your 35th Wedding Anniversary Pastor Pancho and Mrs. Millie. May God bless you with lots of love, happiness, and health. Thank you for being awesome servants of our Lord Jesus and making CCM a beautiful place to be a part of. Congratulations and God bless you once again! <3  11.15.11 - 9:29am
Tami Inoue - What a great photo...35 years. What a great testimony of putting love to work. Congratulations to them!  11.15.11 - 9:24am
Karen - Ha, your dad is funny. Congrats to your parents. =]  11.15.11 - 9:23am
Shawna - Too freakin' adorable! Such a lovely pic of them. <3  11.15.11 - 9:13am
Shannon Sorensen - So touching. I have tears in my eyes. My parents are celebrating 35 years next spring with a vow renewal and it refreshes my heart to know there are people out there just as happy and more in love than ever after all those years together. Cheers to your parents!  11.15.11 - 9:10am
Kate Douthwright - My parents have been together almost as long through all of the hard times and of course the good times too! Happy anniversary to your amazing parents!  11.15.11 - 9:07am
Marissa Rodriguez - i love this so much! happy anniversary to your parents!!!  11.15.11 - 9:07am
Jennifer - Adorable :)  11.15.11 - 9:07am
Kathleen B. - Wow! Congratulations to your parents! i remember when it was just you, Bianca and Alex :) at taylor ranch ...time certainly flies by! Praying for wonderful years ahead!  11.15.11 - 9:05am
Marylin - Incredibly beautiful. Congratulations!  11.15.11 - 9:01am
Lucia - Cute!!  11.15.11 - 8:56am
Monica - Soooo sweet! Happy Anniversary~  11.15.11 - 8:53am
Mike Moore - Simply beautiful.  11.15.11 - 8:51am
anouschka - happy anniversary to your parents!  11.15.11 - 8:50am
RC - Congratulations Poncho and Millie 35 years of marriage!! What an example you are to your children and to the rest of us!! Hard work pays off. God Bless you all and celebrate!  11.15.11 - 8:49am
Andrea - The comment reminding you of everything you've cost him reminds me of my dad! lol Great photo of some great parents! Props to getting the favorite child title. I'll have to remember that comeback next time! lol  11.15.11 - 8:47am
Stephanie - DAWWWWWWWWW.  11.15.11 - 8:45am
Roberta Fisher - This could be my favorite post by you, LOVE!   11.15.11 - 8:42am
Kristine - Congrats to your papa and mama! I love his teachings!!  11.15.11 - 8:38am
Laura Stricklin - LOVE  11.15.11 - 8:37am
Summer Miles - That sounds like a conversation my mother and I had not too long ago. :) Love is beautiful in all of its stages. Congratulations to your parents! XoXo  11.15.11 - 8:36am
Julie - Oh! How wonderful! Congrats on 35 years!  11.15.11 - 8:36am
Gail - SO sweet. As adults (in our own marriages), we can truly understand the gift having happily married parents is to us. Such a blessing!   11.15.11 - 8:33am
Manik - LOVE this.  11.15.11 - 8:25am
Yuliya M. - Congratulations to your parents!  11.15.11 - 8:24am
Marisa Taylor - there is no words for how beautiful this is. I've only been with my husband for 8 years, and married for 2. 35 years is amazing. All the love to your parents!  11.15.11 - 8:23am
B - Think what you like, but I'M the favorite. ;)  11.15.11 - 8:23am
Aimee Reynolds - What a gorgeous portrait to remember such a wonderful milestone! I see where you get your beauty from! :)  11.15.11 - 8:23am
brianna - my favorite couple in the universe. love you guys. xoxo  11.15.11 - 8:22am
Sarah Trulove - This is just a sweet picture, Jasmine. Congrats to your parents!  11.15.11 - 8:21am
The Detailed Life - This is great! Love the clarity. I photographed my folks earlier this year, for their 30th anniversary- it's feels great to give anyone a great set of prints, but to take such wonderful photos for your family... it's really special when we can do this.   11.15.11 - 8:21am
Tami Weingartner - What a nice photo....your Dad looks so adoring of your mother. Congrats to them and your whole family as well.  11.15.11 - 8:20am
Sandra Fazzino Photography - So good to see love that endures all seasons. Just beautiful. Inspiring, once again. : )  11.15.11 - 8:20am
Lew - Awesome story and fantastic photo! Congrats to your parents for 35 years together.  11.15.11 - 8:20am
cheryl - Perfection! I love to read your recounts of interactions with your parents. 35 More, yes!  11.15.11 - 8:19am
Christopher Walker - That's awesome. Congrats to your parents and your new status!  11.15.11 - 8:19am
Kate - ADORE! Happy Anniversary to your parents. What a sweet photo<3  11.15.11 - 8:19am
Shannon K. - What a handsome couple. I can only imagine how proud they have to be of all they've accomplished. You often talk about sacrifices...the sacrifices these two have made in order to make sure their children can live out their dreams...they must be countless. But I know a parent...there is no greater dream than seeing your children live theirs.  11.15.11 - 8:18am
Alyssa Armstrong - Oh my GOD, Jasmine, this is such a gorgeous picture. I love the emotion! :) Congrats to your folks! <3  11.15.11 - 8:18am
Candice C Wright - How beautiful. Brings tears to my eyes. So good to see two people together that long. God Bless them.   11.15.11 - 8:18am
Nanette Gordon-Cramton - They are beautiful, Jasmine, just beautiful....   11.15.11 - 8:16am
Haley Johnston - I LOVE the conversation portion of this post you included! Made me laugh so hard! It reminded me of something my Dad would say! Congratulations to your parents and I love the photo!!!   11.15.11 - 8:16am
Ruby Acosta - Congratulations to Pastor Pancho and Millie. Your parents are amazing. I love them.  11.15.11 - 8:16am
Yadira - So sweet!!! Congratulations to your mom and dad!!  11.15.11 - 8:16am
Scott Brown - That's awesome! Congratulations to your parents!   11.15.11 - 8:15am
Ruby - Lol! Your dad has a wonderful sense of humor! :) Congratulations to your beautiful parents on 35 wonderful years!  11.15.11 - 8:13am
Beria Charles - Congratulations! this is so beautiful! The picture! The story! The belief that marriage is forever!  11.15.11 - 8:13am
Abby Grace - After reading EXPOSED cover to cover, I feel like I know your family. Congratulations to your parents! What a beautiful couples!  11.15.11 - 8:13am
Katia - BEAUTIFUL J* - and it also made me LOL!!  11.15.11 - 8:12am
Christopher Johnston - I bet you didn't realize you were running up a tab as a kid.  11.15.11 - 8:11am
Adrea Thomas - Beautiful. Here's to 35 more.   11.15.11 - 8:11am
Janice - Beautiful parents!!! Happy Anniversary!  11.15.11 - 8:11am
Tara - Love it!   11.15.11 - 8:10am
Julie O'Dell - beautiful! Thanks for sharing.   11.15.11 - 8:10am
Crystal - This is a very sweet and funny story! Thanks so much for sharing!  11.15.11 - 8:10am
Annia - Bahahaha! That is all.  11.15.11 - 8:09am
Whitney Huynh - This is simply beautiful. There are no other words for it. Brought a tear to my eye. I know your parents have been through a lot, but look at them. Look at their love. It's a beautiful thing and you should be very proud.   11.15.11 - 8:09am
Kristi Hill - Congrats! My parents just celebrated 40 years together! It's an amazing thing these days!  11.15.11 - 8:08am
Stephanie - What a beautiful couple...a wonderful legacy!  11.15.11 - 8:08am
Jennifer Jar - I LOVE this post...and I love you...and I love your parents. Congrats to 35 years!!!!  11.15.11 - 8:07am
Bill Raab - OMG that is a beautiful picture of them. Dad got a good deal!  11.15.11 - 8:07am
natasha - I love posts about your parents. x Happy Anniversary from the UK! ;-) x   11.15.11 - 8:07am
The New Diplomat's Wife - to thirty five and more, congratulations!  11.15.11 - 8:07am
April Kerley - So beautiful! Congratulations to your parents. Today my husband and myself celebrate our 12 year anniversary! Love is a beautiful thing :) Thanks for your inspiration in your life and art. Have a blessed day!   11.15.11 - 8:06am
Jennifer Hudspeth - I absolutely love this.  11.15.11 - 8:02am
Molly W. - AWE.SOME. to all of it. Happy anniversary you two!  11.15.11 - 7:53am
Nancy - Cute. That is awesome to hear, especially with the high divorce rate these days. What a blessing and inspiration.  11.15.11 - 7:47am
LEOLAK - Hilarious convo between you and your dad! Adorable! LOVE the photo and a Happy Belated Anniversary to your parents! Such a great example for many! Here's to another 35!!!  11.15.11 - 7:47am
Tanya De Leeuw - Hearty congratulations to your lovely parents! Not many people can say their relationship stood the test of time!   11.15.11 - 7:34am
Liz - Love this. I am hoping to do the same for my parents when I go home in March. It's wonderful not only for them to have, but for you to have also. Beautiful!!  11.15.11 - 7:29am
Carrie K - My parents celebrated 36 years yesterday! I told them last night, as soon as I get to CA for Christmas, we're doing a family photo shoot. :)   11.15.11 - 7:24am
Wangu Wachira - I love this post, J*. It has converted me from your blogstalker. Officially. Happy anniversary to your folks and may they have many more happy ones.  11.15.11 - 7:24am
elebr - My parents c  11.15.11 - 7:23am
Janet Cruz - Ohhhh, Just beautiful! <3   11.15.11 - 7:21am
naomi chokr - what a great picture and post! congratulations to your parents for 35 years of marriage. you dont see that in this day and age anymore.   11.15.11 - 7:18am
Raymond Nikyuluw - Best post ever Jasmine! Priceless and the picture too!  11.15.11 - 7:04am
Autumn Teesdale - Your parents are beautiful Jasmine! I think it's wonderful that they have been together this long! What an inspiration!  11.15.11 - 7:03am
elizabeth s. - What a beautiful picture of what apparently seems to be beautiful souls. Happy Anniversary to your parents! My parents would have been married 50 years this year! I continue to pray my husband and I will strive to love and respect one another for 35, 40, 50 years to come! (He's made it pretty easy for the last 21 years!) Have a great day! E.  11.15.11 - 6:56am
Whitney Dupuis - Beautiful. Everything about this post was beautiful. Happy Anniversary to your parents!  11.15.11 - 6:55am
Penny Wolfe - Stories about your Dad always make me smile. He sounds like quite a character but always full of love!  11.15.11 - 6:53am
Tina Nandi - Such a great photo!   11.15.11 - 6:46am
Kathy Guzman - So beautiful! Cheers to you and your parents!   11.15.11 - 6:41am
Lynae - Beautiful  11.15.11 - 6:30am
Amy Paulson - And smiles abound all day long. Please tell them a huge whopping, cartwheel worthy thank you for sticking it out, saying I'm sorry, seeing the best in the other, loving with all of themselves instead of just part and for seeking God the whole way. Happy 35 years and here's to another 35 more...  11.15.11 - 6:27am
Susan Evans - Beautiful couple, your parents. So sweet that your dad wanted a photo taken on their anniversary.  11.15.11 - 6:20am
Claudia - It's awesome to see a couple together for so long.... :)  11.15.11 - 6:16am
Life with Kaishon - So thankful for good parents : )   11.15.11 - 6:13am
Priti - Adorable! Congratulations to your rents!  11.15.11 - 6:10am