11.24.11 Personal

Happy Thanksgiving

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very year my family sits around the table at Thanksgiving and says for what they're most thankful. It's all very Hallmark Special-ish, but has come to be one of my most favorite times of the year. Without fail, my family turns to me and rolls their eyes (except my sweet mother) because they know what's coming: tears. I'm the eldest of five children, take control of my siblings, and can be a little rough-around-the-edges when dealing with them (When's the last time you showered?...The only grade you're allowed to bring home is an A+!...The Goodwill called and wants their clothes back!), but I'm fiercely protective. When it comes time to verbalize how thankful I am for them, I cry.

And it's one of those dirty, scrunch-my-face-shake-my-head kind of cries. It's worse than this:


Later today I plan on sitting around the table and thanking my family and husband for dealing with me. Sometimes I'm a tough person to love, but it makes me realize just how lucky I am to belong to them. I feel like each of them--in their own Jacob the Wolf way--has imprinted me. And, boom. Twilight just made an appearance on the most thankful day of the year. THAT'S HOW I ROLL.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
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cassandra-m - Happy (be-lated) Thanksgiving, but then every day should be one in which we give thanks~! ;) Thankful for my friends, family & amazing PHOTOGRAPHERS that inspire me. (wink wink)  11.29.11 - 10:11am
Belinda - (Got a little behind on reading over the weekend so I'm sure you're being inundated with comments from me right now)... LOL You're ridiculous with your random Twilight reference!  11.28.11 - 2:05pm
Mireya - Hahahaha oh God! Twilight reference haha Happy Thanksgiving anyways :D  11.27.11 - 2:28pm
Ren - Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!  11.26.11 - 8:55am
Derek James - Love her face ha, My wife Loves this!   11.26.11 - 8:37am
Stephanie Rose - Happy Thanksgiving! :D  11.25.11 - 3:29pm
Juan - Happy Thanksgiving  11.25.11 - 9:36am
Malorie - I really don't think that u can make even if a cry face as ugly as Kim! or maybe I just like to hate on her :/ hey kir  11.25.11 - 9:30am
Alex - Jasmine, I love how you referenced Twilight in that last paragraph. It made me laugh out loud. Literally. hahaha.   11.24.11 - 1:15pm
Janet Cruz - Jasmine * along with all the other wonderful things in my world.... I am Thankful there are people like you out there. Who love and give and create goodness and sunshine in the world. I'm glad I happened upon your website this year! Thank you!  11.24.11 - 11:56am
Carla Barnett - Happy Thanksgiving!  11.24.11 - 11:36am
LEOLAK - THANK YOU JASMINE!! For all that you share and do to inspire me (and so many others)! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! High-paw to Polo!  11.24.11 - 10:27am
Karin - I think Thanksgiving is beautiful. We do not have this here in Switzerland, but someday i will make a thanksgiving at my home. Its so important to be grateful for what we have! And what a good occasion to have your family at your home and just give thanks for everything! I just love it!  11.24.11 - 9:49am
Diana - Wow ! It's like you took all the thoughts out of my head and posted them on your blog, except I'm the oldest of 9 and live in Puerto Rico. Later on I too will be thanking them for... Everything. Us, who are difficult to love, love back in huge amounts. Happy thanksgiving from the Caribbean.   11.24.11 - 9:30am
Diana - Wow ! It's like you took all the thoughts out of my head and posted them on your blog, except I'm the oldest of 9 and live in Puerto Rico. Later on I too will be thanking them for... Everything. Us, who are difficult to love, love back in huge amounts. Happy thanksgiving from the Caribbean.   11.24.11 - 9:30am
Kate Douthwright - Happy Thanksgiving J*! I know every reader of this blog is thankful for everything you put out there for us! Even if you're an ugly crier....we still love ya!  11.24.11 - 9:27am
Ashantai Yungai - Love the take-no-prisoners but fiercely protective attitude of being the eldest. I'm the eldest myself and my mother once thanked me for that very attitude (my youngest sister told her I would not let them get away with "stuff". I am grateful for being the eldest! Happy Thanksgiving to you!  11.24.11 - 8:53am
Lisa Carpenter - Right back atcha! Happy Thanksgiving Jasmine x  11.24.11 - 8:43am
Karen - Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!   11.24.11 - 8:42am
Amy - LOL...Oh gosh...perhaps all of us here should be thanking you Jasmine...for showing so many of us the ropes, filling us with knowledge (including how to bring up twilight on Thanksgiving) and showing many of us how to walk with grace even when it seems impossible to do so. Happy Thanksgiving!  11.24.11 - 8:42am
dulcet whimsy - Love the Twilight reference in this post! Ha. Happy Thanksgiving!  11.24.11 - 8:32am
Michael Montalto - Happy Thanksgiving J-Super* -mM  11.24.11 - 8:15am
Autumn Teesdale - Only you could get twilight into thanksgiving!! LOL Hope you have a fabulous, tear filled, belly filling day!  11.24.11 - 8:14am
Christina - Happy Thanksgiving to you and your amazing family Jasmine!!  11.24.11 - 8:13am
Melody - Thank you for always being so real regardless of what anyone else thinks.   11.24.11 - 8:13am
Rhonda - As a new photographer - I am thankful that you are so open with everyone - you rock!  11.24.11 - 8:10am
Hannes Uys - Happy Thanksgiving!  11.24.11 - 7:31am
Hannes Uys - Happy Thanksgiving!  11.24.11 - 7:31am
Kat - Happy Thanksgiving Jas! May you continue to be blessed...say hi to Polo and JD.  11.24.11 - 7:05am
Rachel Tatem - Sounds like a great family tradition, agreed that it is straight hallmark. Funny: I'm the youngest of five kids. Got to love large families!   11.24.11 - 6:57am
Penny Wolfe -