03.07.12 Personal

Happy Birthday, JD

I
walked into your parents' house, my body almost begging for the familiar smells of you. Tide laundry detergent, tightly-packed mud in your soccer cleats, the scent of your neck, just behind your ear. I missed you the way I'd miss an appendage, phantom pain of something that once was. You weren't there--you'd been away at college for a couple months--but I visited your childhood home for something, I don't remember what. I really just wanted to be around anything you.

We broke up just before you left to college and you left the remnants of my heart scattered like a fading constellation in the Los Angeles sky. I wrote you long letters filled with cursive penmanship, you called me collect from your dorm pay phone, and we agreed to meet in November. That night in November, so many years ago, we sat under the stars at the Griffith Observatory and you promised to make the pieces of my constellation whole again.

Today is your birthday and I want to thank you for making me whole. Again. I don't wash your clothes with Tide, and your soccer cleats are packed away, but your scent? The familiar smell of you? It's still there, tucked just behind your ear. And all these years later, I'm thankful to build a universe of memories based on the amazingness of who you are.

Happy Birthday, my love.


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Tim - Great Job  03.17.12 - 6:08pm
Jade - Happy Birthday.. Well belated... I just think you are awesome..  03.13.12 - 6:32pm
Nora Nathoo - You and JD are precious. Your words are encouragement. This is truly beautiful. xo Nora.   03.11.12 - 7:23pm
Yucel - Happy belated B Day dude  03.11.12 - 1:55pm
Dawn & Michael Mitchell - Aww, that is so sweet! You have your JD and I have my Michael and like you I would not wash that scent away for anything...well, maybe for the scent of that new 5D Mark 3! ;-)  03.10.12 - 9:22am
Alaina Bos - Sometimes I read your posts and randomly tear up because I'm so touched by their realness and honesty. Today was one of those days! But it wasn't random, it was because of the way you can put words to some of my own feelings. Ones that I sometimes have a hard time describing articulately. And on the topic of my husband, I thank my lucky stars everyday to have someone I love so much. Happy happy Birthday JD! Keep rocking it out together, the way that works for you both :)  03.09.12 - 3:41pm
cassandra-m - HaAAaaaaAApppPppPpppPYyyyY (belated) BIRTHDAY JD~!!!!!!! xoxo  03.09.12 - 8:40am
Duoimagery - This was so beautiful it almost made me cry. Your writing is so inspiring. (As is your love.) -beth  03.08.12 - 9:06pm
Paige Ewing - How poetic! Makes me think of all those little things that reminded me of my husband before we were married. Happy birthday JD! It was great meeting you both at TheFix in Atlanta:)  03.08.12 - 5:40pm
Jessica K. Sullivan - Happy birthday JD!   03.08.12 - 4:52pm
Amber - Beautiful!  03.08.12 - 3:45pm
Jenelle Sewell - ...simply beautiful.   03.08.12 - 1:47pm
Kimberly Murray - Happy Belated, JD! What a blessing to see another year and celebrate it with someone who loves you so completely!  03.08.12 - 10:33am
elvira - Your very, very handsome....and very elegant husband is always perfectly dressed & styled; a real joy for a spoiled italian "eye"....! My biggest Compliments for your wonderful wedding photography !!!! ciao ciao elvira  03.08.12 - 7:11am
Robin Bakes - Right there is exactly why you capture love so beautifully...its because you love so beautifully. Cannot wait to meet you tomorrow :)  03.08.12 - 5:49am
Vanessa Balenovich - Your words are so magic. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow!!   03.08.12 - 5:47am
Resi - Happy Birthday JD! Hope you enjoyed your special day!  03.08.12 - 5:36am
kayla :) - awww this is so sweet!!! Happy Birthday, JD!!!   03.08.12 - 4:44am
Cindy Habel - The love you share is beautiful. Happy birthday JD!  03.08.12 - 12:51am
Lisa P. - Happy Birthday JD. Hope you had an awesome day!  03.07.12 - 10:50pm
Patti Mustain - What is not to love about you? Your heart is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents, your love of others...yourself. Jesus shines through you. "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine"...yes, this song reminds me of you.  03.07.12 - 10:38pm
Giovanna - Aaawwwwww Jasmine that was soooo sweeet, you are such a blessed girl Jd is special, thanks for showing us how to love our hubbies, God bless u guys!  03.07.12 - 9:28pm
sharene - oh, i almost cried =(  03.07.12 - 8:45pm
Mom - Happy Birthday.....from your mother-in-law who loves you very much.!!!  03.07.12 - 8:44pm
gladys - ahh, sigh. you are a beautiful writer. happy birthday JD!   03.07.12 - 7:10pm
janet gerbutavich - Happy Birthday JD!!  03.07.12 - 5:59pm
Shane Bradley - Jd...gotta love that guy! The style of a Parisian and heart of a Canadian! Happy Birthday! :)  03.07.12 - 4:52pm
Kristen - So beautiful. I bet it even made JD cry!!  03.07.12 - 4:27pm
Denise Prichett - Happy Birthday JD!!! You two so complete each other!!! Your words, Jasmine, so strong and simple - painting an amazing picture! Enjoy!!!  03.07.12 - 3:55pm
Ashley Perez - Oh my goodness this is beautiful! You should hear my cards to J on his birthday...no, you shouldn't. They're awful. Happy birthday JD! And Jasmine, please help me write all my birthday cards, okay?  03.07.12 - 2:57pm
Christina Dely - I adore the way you write. Happy birthday JD!!!!  03.07.12 - 2:18pm
Laura Metzger - That is the most AMAZING birthday sentiment EVER. Happy Birthday JD.  03.07.12 - 2:18pm
Bernadette Fastnedge - Beautiful words Jasmine. A very happy birthday JD!!  03.07.12 - 1:31pm
Breanna Fogg - So sweet!  03.07.12 - 12:43pm
Shannon Von Eschen - This makes me cry too. I left Jason for college and although we didn't break up, he was angry at me for leaving and even I made him send me his shirts to sleep in while I was away. We married after my first year away, and so I moved home. I was only 19, but we've been married 8 years now. How time has flown by. Please tell JD Happy Birthday. Can't wait to see you both in March. xx  03.07.12 - 12:33pm
Danielle McCann - HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD!!! You guys are amazing. <3  03.07.12 - 12:25pm
Bethany Ann - It was so nice meeting you last night at The Fix in Nashville. :) And, Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday JD!!!!!   03.07.12 - 12:23pm
DASHY - Happy Birthday, JD! Best wishes and hope that you'll have a nice celebration with Jasmine and all of your loved ones. J-Star, you are so poetic and romantic! =)  03.07.12 - 12:19pm
denise karis - AWWWWWWWWWWW HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JD!   03.07.12 - 12:15pm
Ginny - Love the happy ending. Happy Birthday JD. ;) Great meeting you in Atlanta J*. You ROCKED it!!  03.07.12 - 12:04pm
Yasmin Sarai - Happy birthday JD! I know that we have you to thank for the amazingness that is JASMINE STAR! My husband and I will see y'all in SF!  03.07.12 - 11:48am
Alexis - Aww, ya'll are so sweet! :) I love it when true love stories work out. Sure, relationships are work but who says you can't have the fairy tale in terms of being with the one person God made just for you? :) You should listen to the song, "When God Made You" by Newsong! It reminds me of you and JD (at least what I read about ya'll on your blog)! :) Here's a direct link to the song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIdnp0z0OCA  03.07.12 - 11:42am
Tamm - So SWEET!  03.07.12 - 11:41am
Rose Brown - Jasmine!!! Are you TRYING to make me/us cry?! How beautiful! I hope you two enjoy this beautiful day. I can't wait to see you on Friday!  03.07.12 - 11:34am
Barbara Marcella - beautiful!! happy birthday JD and hope you both have a great day!! =)  03.07.12 - 11:16am
ashley barnett - Lawd child, got me all weepy over here! :) Beautiful post. JD shares a birthday with the most amazing person on earth- my momma! Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 11:11am
Sunday - I wasn't able to meet you at The Fix in Atlanta, but my husband and I did have the great honor of meeting JD. He was so kind and concerned if we were comfortable and had everything we needed. What a great man. I also enjoyed watching him throughout the night, laughing at your jokes and making everything went smoothly. Happy Birthday!  03.07.12 - 11:11am
Carla - I just found your site and I think your photography is just amazing! I heard that I just missed you in Nashville. Would love to attend one of your workshops if you ever get around Chattanooga, Nashville or Atlanta.  03.07.12 - 10:57am
Kristy Dickerson - You guys are just awesome together.... and your way with words Jasmine... Well perfect. Happy Birthday JD! So good to see both of you this week! Hugs!  03.07.12 - 10:52am
emily - aw jasmine, that is so adorable! happy birthday, JD!  03.07.12 - 10:51am
Lydia - Happy B'day JD! You and Jasmine are an inspiration on what it means to love well!  03.07.12 - 10:10am
Linda - Very touching and moving. I'm confident that you could write a best selling novel :) And I absolutely love the observatory! This is the kind of story we all dream will come true :)  03.07.12 - 10:07am
Laurie - Happy birthday JD!!! Hope it's a great one!!! So nice to finally meet u guys yesterday! Thanks for coming to Nashville!  03.07.12 - 10:05am
Alouise - wow that is SO beautiful. Happy birthday JD.  03.07.12 - 9:51am
Ashley Goodwin - Hi. I'm over here crying in my hotel room. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD!!!!!! CUPCAKES AND BEER AND DINER FOOD ALL DAY!  03.07.12 - 9:50am
Davenna Trahan - Pass the tissue please!  03.07.12 - 9:43am
Marjorie Etienne - Very touching and beautiful. Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 9:40am
Adrienne McNellis - I can see you running the streets of Nashville. ;) You were absolutely wonderful last night. You are so REAL in a business of so many BS people.  03.07.12 - 9:36am
Mikaela - that is some seriously beautiful writing. love you guys and your story. happy birthday jd!!  03.07.12 - 9:35am
Clarivel.ann - Happy birthday, J.D.!! God is so awesome. :)   03.07.12 - 9:34am
ingrid - That is the most beautiful birthday card I have ever read.   03.07.12 - 9:31am
Misty Minna Photography - This is so beautifully written Jasmine. Happy Birthday to JD!  03.07.12 - 9:30am
Michael Chaves - Happy Birthday JD. Like my wife tells me .. Life is like wine , with age you can only get better.   03.07.12 - 9:28am
Krista - What beautiful words!!! I envy what you share together, it doesn't happen to us all so cherish every moment!! Happy Birthday JD!!!!   03.07.12 - 9:27am
darling paumen - I love this post Jasmine - Been married 15 yrs to my high school sweetheart and I feel the same way! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD!!!   03.07.12 - 9:27am
Kathy - That is so sweet! JD, I hope you have a blessed day filled with love from J*, Polo, Family and friends!  03.07.12 - 9:27am
Shauna Nicole - So cuttttttte <3:)  03.07.12 - 9:25am
joan solitario - happy birthday JD! :D  03.07.12 - 9:24am
Latina - Beautiful. Happy Birthday JD! You both are an inspiration and dream team! Latina  03.07.12 - 9:21am
Stephanie Dunn - Beautifly said. Your love is one for the books. Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 9:16am
Martha Davidson - I love your love story! You are a beautiful story teller Jasmine.  03.07.12 - 9:16am
Mia Bjerring - Happy birthday to JD!! I hope you both have an amazing day :)  03.07.12 - 9:15am
Laura Radniecki - As someone who also married their high school sweetheart, I find my heart swelling and my eyes brimming at this post. My husband and I too broke up as college came. But together, we picked up the pieces and are making each other whole again daily, making our way through the world together. Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 9:10am
Vangie R. Abrera - Very sweet Jasmine. Happy Birthday to JD! Can't wait to meet you both at The Fix SF.  03.07.12 - 9:09am
Carlos Valencia - Happy Birthday JD  03.07.12 - 9:09am
Elizabeth Glessner - Happy birthday, JD!! Hope you have an extraordinary day living' it up in Nashville!  03.07.12 - 9:04am
Bong - Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 9:03am
Katelyn James - gosh.... this sounds so so familiar.... what is it with November and college and rough relationship patches? God takes those seasons and produces something beautiful from them:)  03.07.12 - 9:03am
Cecilia - Happy Birthday JD!   03.07.12 - 9:00am
Shannon K. - Can't imagine a universe where Jasmine and JD aren't together. What was that boy thinking? Such a touching post. Happy birthday to JD!!  03.07.12 - 8:59am
Lymarie - What beautiful words J*! Gustavo and I pray that the Lord may continue to bless you as individuals, your marriage and your business, and that He may continue to use you for His Glory. Happy Birthday JD!!!!  03.07.12 - 8:59am
Jodie Lemke - Aww Jasmine this one made me cry! You two are beautiful! Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 8:58am
Christopher Poisella - A VERY happy birthday to JD!! See you both on Friday in NYC.   03.07.12 - 8:57am
April - Gah! Who doesn't love a fantastic love story?! Happy Birthday, JD - and many more!  03.07.12 - 8:57am
Max - You two are cute. Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 8:55am
kim james - Exquisitely written.   03.07.12 - 8:55am
Pri Camara - LOVE this post!   03.07.12 - 8:52am
Lorna Roberts - So heartfelt and beautiful. In the words of Phoebe from Friends: "He's your lobster"!! x  03.07.12 - 8:52am
Sarah Illingworth - Aww, this just brought a tear to my eye! Here's to true love and happy endings!  03.07.12 - 8:52am
Morgan Jenkins - Totally teared up.. Happy Birthday Jd!! :]  03.07.12 - 8:51am
Noreen - Aw, what a sweet love letter to the birthday boy from the wife...reading it gives me giggles like a teenage girl reading a romantic novel...:) Happy birthday, JD...  03.07.12 - 8:50am
Lucy - oh happy day jd! you may not know it - but you inspire people every day just being you.   03.07.12 - 8:50am
Patricia Rossi - This is so sweet of you!!!!  03.07.12 - 8:50am
Robyn - Beautiful! :) Happy birthday, JD. Can't wait to see you guys in Chicago next week!   03.07.12 - 8:49am
Matt - Very cool! Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 8:49am
BreezeStyling - why am i crying? haha  03.07.12 - 8:48am
Camille - Everyone wishes for that kind of love...you two are blessed and perfect for eachother. Happy day to you both!  03.07.12 - 8:47am
Haley Johnston - Happy Birthday JD! March birthdays are for all the cool kids out there! (My birthday is tomorrow)  03.07.12 - 8:47am
Sarah Phillips - You have such a way with words. <3 Happy Birthday, JD!  03.07.12 - 8:46am
Andrea - *tears streaming down my face* Happy birthday JD.   03.07.12 - 8:41am
Deborah - So sweet! You two are adorably perfect! Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 8:41am
Wendi Solari - So very sweet.  03.07.12 - 8:40am
Laura Stricklin - HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD!!! Well said, J!  03.07.12 - 8:25am
Gail - AHHHHH happiest of birthdays to you, JD! (throws confetti!) Hope you get to enjoy some cake on the tour :) PS - I LOVE that you two's love story involves Griffith Observatory. Is there any place more romantic? I think not (well, Paris, maybe, but still ;) ) Hugs and love!   03.07.12 - 8:23am
Molly W. - I wanted this blog post to keep going! I love hearing your love story. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD! May God abundantly bless your upcoming year!  03.07.12 - 8:22am
Kat - How beautiful Jasmine! How blessed you are to have the love of your life with you...you've made me teary eyed. Happy Birthday JD!! I wish you both the best!   03.07.12 - 8:07am
Lupe Ruiz - aww...why you gotta get me all teary eyed so early in the morning?!?! Happy birthday to JD!!! I hope you both have a wonderful day celebrating!  03.07.12 - 7:46am
Christina Shumway - This is beautiful. I always swoon when I hear/read a love story. Brings my heart hope :)  03.07.12 - 7:45am
LEOLAK - Awww....beautiful post. Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 7:36am
Marie Stephens - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!  03.07.12 - 7:34am
Jennifer Pharr - Happy Birthday, JD. I hope that you have a great one!   03.07.12 - 7:30am
Gabby / En Route Photography - Awwww... that is so so beautiflu Jas! I wish I had someone to love this much! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD!!! U r the luckiest guy eveeeer! ;D  03.07.12 - 7:26am
Leslie Davis - Made my heart melt! ... <3 it!  03.07.12 - 7:22am
Janelle Chung - Happy Birthday JD!!!! You are definately as sweet as Jasmine describes you in her blog!!! I am so happy I finally got to meet you in Atlanta! May God bless you and I hope you have many wonderful birthdays!!!  03.07.12 - 7:16am
Karen - So personal and open. I love it.  03.07.12 - 7:10am
z. lynn - "You promised to make me whole. Again." Such a beautiful sentiment. I love your love. You inspire me to love more. Thank you!  03.07.12 - 7:02am
z. lynn - "You promised to make me whole. Again." Such a beautiful sentiment. I love your love. You inspire me to love more. Thank you!  03.07.12 - 7:02am
z. lynn - "You promised to make me whole. Again." Such a beautiful sentiment. I love your love. You inspire me to love more. Thank you!  03.07.12 - 7:02am
z. lynn - "You promised to make me whole. Again." Such a beautiful sentiment. I love your love. You inspire me to love more. Thank you!  03.07.12 - 7:02am
z. lynn - "You promised to make me whole. Again." Such a beautiful sentiment. I love your love. You inspire me to love more. Thank you!  03.07.12 - 7:02am
Kate Douthwright - This is so beautiful. Happy birthday JD!! I hope you two have an awesome day today! On a bus...but I'm sure you'll get creative with your celebrating!  03.07.12 - 7:00am
z. lynn - "You promised to make me whole. Again." I love your love. Youve brought tears to my eyes, yet again. Thank you for such a beautiful story!  03.07.12 - 6:59am
Dana Laymon - AWWWWWW! Too sweet for words! Happy Birthday, JD!  03.07.12 - 6:53am
Yuliana - Happy Birthday JD!! Have an awesome day with you love Jasmine and Polo :D  03.07.12 - 6:51am
Trix Malan - Such a beatiful tribute. Happy Birthday JD!  03.07.12 - 6:46am
yadira richards - Happy Birthday JD :)!!!!   03.07.12 - 6:43am
Maxann - Truly beautiful words! You both are lovely people- Happy Birthday, JD! Hope you both have a wonderful day!  03.07.12 - 6:39am
Rachel Tatem - What a sweet love sonnet to your husband. I love that there is another couple who is loud about how much they love each other, how much they like working together... Most people make Chris and I feel like we are insane and that we have some issue. Happy Birthday JD, though I don't know you I feel as if I can say two things very truthfully: One: you are an amazing husband Two: You seem like a fantastic person! I'm excited about getting the chance to meet you both tomorrow.  03.07.12 - 6:33am
polyana - awww, sooo romantic - happy birthday JD:)   03.07.12 - 6:33am
Stephanie Stewart - So incredibly sweet! Happy Birthday, JD!!!  03.07.12 - 6:31am
Life with Kaishon - Oh. This made me cry. Happy Birthday JD.  03.07.12 - 6:20am
Anna - So romantic :)  03.07.12 - 6:12am
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