02.09.10 Personal

Just Because

y inner thermometer is different than my husband's. Like, so different one might think I'm part amphibian. On nights when I'm covered with four comforters, you'll find JD covering his abdomen with a single sheet. A semi see-through sheet to boot. JD walks the dog in shorts and flip-flops, and I walk next to them in an oversized down jacket, scarf and Ugg boots (when we first moved to Orange County, I'm sure my neighbors were all, Well, THERE goes the neighborhood!).

One night we stopped off for Chinese food and I as sat in the red pleather booth, I swear I saw an iceberg float by. With a penguin on it. And JD? He would've been comfortable sitting in Speedos.

While we waited for our soup, my teeth chattered. JD left the restaurant to see if I had a jacket in the car, but, instead, returned with a gift. I unwrapped a pashmina. JD's story is as follows...

I ran next door to Hallmark and bought this for you. You know, something to always keep in the car for times like this. It's funny because the elderly lady who helped me asked why I was so rushed. I explained you were about to lose your teeth from chattering so much and she thought it was sweet. She suggested I buy you a card too. So I did. Then she told me what I should write in the card: Just Because. I didn't want to write that. But she stood at the counter and told me to write it. She said her husband does this for her and they've been married 40 years. So I wrote it. Because I didn't want to disappoint her...and she said she hopes you wear the pashmina for the next 40 years.

Dear sweet cashier at Hallmark, thank you for making me feel warm. On the inside. I, too, hope I'm wearing this pashmina for 40 years. Just Because.
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Tracy - Oh my gosh, that is such a sweet story! I love it!  03.13.11 - 5:22pm
Brittani - =) Sweetest story ever. Loved it. That's all I can say to that. ...=)....  03.02.10 - 11:32pm
Rachel Peters - Oh my...this is seriously so sweet. You are very blessed to have found such a sweet sweet person to share your life with. This post makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside!   02.15.10 - 5:01pm
Apple - you're so blessed. :) happy happy <3s day to you two!!!:D  02.14.10 - 2:27am
Carrie - I have tears in my eyes... because you have an amazing hubby who adores you. Much happiness to you and your next 40 years +   02.13.10 - 11:14am
Robert C - How nice! That just gave me an idea....tell JD I said thanks!  02.12.10 - 3:18pm
Life with Kaishon - I love him. In a nice safe way : ) How sweet is he. I was laughing imagining him sitting in a chinese restaurant in a speedo. I mean, I am sure he looks GREAT in a speedo, I was just trying to imagine what it would be like to sit in a chinese restaurant in a speedo...   02.12.10 - 3:09pm
Tamara - romantic and sweet.   02.12.10 - 4:23am
amanda thiessen - this is too stinken cute! you are an inspiration to photographers as well as business owners AND couples <3  02.11.10 - 10:45am
Sissel - wait. they sell pashminas at hallmark? you should send this story sweet!  02.11.10 - 6:08am
sharon Snow - priceless :)  02.11.10 - 5:22am
Shannon - I think I might tear up as I sit, sipping coffee and putting off the days tasks. I could see your story being played out as I read. It would be a kick butt Hallmark commercial. I'm serious, send that puppy in because they will eat it up! As always...thanks for a great start to my day! Happy Thursday!  02.11.10 - 4:58am
Jan - That's so nice!!  02.10.10 - 11:08pm
shani - They sell Pashminas at Hallmark?  02.10.10 - 9:23pm
gladys jem - ive been having really bad days, but your blog always makes it better. i love this. i love you. i love jd. i love that you and jd love each other. perfect...ion!  02.10.10 - 8:23pm
whitney law - the simple things. sigh.  02.10.10 - 8:15pm
Tiffany - my heart just melted!  02.10.10 - 8:05pm
feuza - what a great story and what a great husband~  02.10.10 - 6:52pm
cassandra m - a giant big "aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh". So SWEET that JD. Can we clone him? LOL.  02.10.10 - 6:17pm
Theresa McDonald - "Just Because" you shared this, my heart is filled with joy!  02.10.10 - 3:52pm
Melanie - That is the sweetest story I have heard in a long time!  02.10.10 - 3:28pm
Stacey - Um - how much more sweeter could this be?! NONE! I love small tokens of love, and this was one of them. I love you guys' love! :)  02.10.10 - 2:55pm
jeramy - oh wow! i'm officially in a bromance with jd. good stuff dude!  02.10.10 - 2:02pm
lynda - you guys are ahhhhhmazing!   02.10.10 - 1:45pm
Dawn - That is adorable.... = )  02.10.10 - 12:44pm
Megan - This is the SWEETEST thing I've read in a very long time. Thank you!  02.10.10 - 11:34am
Serendipity Photography - How sweet!!!  02.10.10 - 10:54am
Tacey - Well HAPPY Valentines Day to you! That is simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing...Lovely story all around..  02.10.10 - 10:31am
Alisa Greig - umm, does it get any sweeter than this????  02.10.10 - 9:45am
Michelle - This was so touching that it made me teary eyed. God bless the Angel behind that Hallmark Counter!!!!!  02.10.10 - 9:34am
sarah j. - True Love. Special moments like these help you recognize your w. the one your supposed to be with...  02.10.10 - 9:28am
Denise Saucedo - We all need a hubby like JD!! He makes my heart melt. Sorry J*, I'm just sayin'!!! You guys are amazing!!! I truly adore you!  02.10.10 - 9:24am
Diandra - Could you guys BE any sweeter? I love that JD listened to the lady. I can totally picture that conversation :)  02.10.10 - 9:15am
augusta - Awwww. :)  02.10.10 - 8:02am
therese - so cute, gave me goosebumps!  02.10.10 - 7:57am
Tracy Norred - That is so incredibly sweet! You and JD are the cutest couple ever! :)  02.10.10 - 7:53am
Leah G - Awwww. Now I have tears in my eyes.   02.10.10 - 7:44am
Brandis Allison - So so sweet. I love when our husband's do something - Just Because. :)  02.10.10 - 7:40am
Stephanie Stewart - What a sweetheart! Lovely pashmina, lovely story. You two are so adorable!!  02.10.10 - 7:34am
Katie Whitcomb - Now that I'm finally able to read this.. I LOVE IT!!! Aren't husbands great?  02.10.10 - 7:11am
Deyla Huss Photography - Sooooooo sweet! I love when hubby's do these beautiful spontaneous things! It truly reminds us of how lucky we are.   02.10.10 - 7:04am
Jo-Anne Kyle - Thanks for sharing. Like you, I'm always cold but I didn't need a pashmina to feel warm after reading this story.   02.10.10 - 6:53am
Becca - {Sigh} How sweet. I love that after all this time, you two are as in love as ever :)  02.10.10 - 6:35am
Angel Canary - That's so sweet! My guy is one of those, always running to the car to get my sweater. I keep a black, white and brown sweater in my car (yes, I am THAT cold all of the time.) JD is a doll!  02.10.10 - 6:33am
andie - awwww reading this made me all warm and fuzzy inside.  02.10.10 - 6:31am
Teddy - You two are the best couple  02.10.10 - 6:04am
Celesa - Wow Jasmine just when I thought you guys couldn't get any cutier you do. I love it.  02.10.10 - 5:47am
Karin - I always say when I retire I'm going to work at Hallmark - because in my heart - I'm that old lady. You two are so blessed.  02.09.10 - 6:10pm
Lou H. - beautiful story to tell your future kids. simple gesture but super sweet!  02.09.10 - 6:06pm
Juli L. - That's so nice!! What a great husband! :)  02.09.10 - 6:02pm
JenP - Awww. Break out the tissue.  02.09.10 - 5:59pm
Edward - JD is a lot like me! I am usually much warmer than my wife is! "I'm an 82 man myself" -Leon from Curb Your Enthusiasm  02.09.10 - 5:53pm
gina Kramp - very sweet story!   02.09.10 - 5:47pm
Jess - Wow. JD just keeps raising that bar. LOVE your love, and LOVE this story!  02.09.10 - 5:47pm
Katelyn James - aw JD. You just got a million brownie points:)  02.09.10 - 5:36pm
Dorie - That is the sweetest story I think I have ever heard. Way to go JD!!!  02.09.10 - 5:31pm
Jonni Sergi - How sweet is JD??? Gotta just love how thoughtful he is and you deserve it. Lovely scarf too. :) Hugs, Jonni  02.09.10 - 5:25pm
Brent Pilgrim - Warning: Total Guy Comment. So THAT'S what a pashmina is!!! Gotta love feelin' warm.  02.09.10 - 5:19pm
Joanie Clay - Honestly, I read your blog all of the time, and it's one of those things that I just can't wait to see what Jasmine is going to say next. My husband NEVER reads your blog, and is totally a fan because I always tell him what the latest is and cute stories. We talk about you like we really know you, like "Oh today Jasmine said the funniest thing!" This is one of those posts that just made me smile. I mean a really, truly, happy because life is good smile. I'm not one to usually comment on any blogs, just a person who loves to browse but today I just have to tell you that your just great! I'm also thankful that God gave you such a great husband, and I'm glad that you love to share it with the world. Thanks for all your posts!!!  02.09.10 - 5:12pm
Tira J - If he is this romantic now, just days before Valentine's Day, just wait! I am sure there is more in store. I *heart* JD! He is so great!  02.09.10 - 5:05pm
Basia - aaaawwwwww...... boys and their hearts...  02.09.10 - 4:57pm
kayla :) - awww I just love the two of you! Your love for each other make me warm and fuzzy inside!  02.09.10 - 4:56pm
Jenny Photography - So sweet. I love that :)  02.09.10 - 4:47pm
Lyn Ismael-Bennett - Sooo sweet! I too have a husband whose perception of comfortable temperature is completely opposite to mine....I still love him, nevertheless :)  02.09.10 - 4:36pm
Amanda Waltman - that is so sweet! thanks for sharing that story! :)  02.09.10 - 4:08pm
Chris c. - J*- what do you think of this idea? JD start a BLOG about HOW MEN CAN SCORE BIG with wives/ significant others? Some men just haven't a clue about the little things, just because.   02.09.10 - 4:07pm
Hanssie Trainor - Cutest.story.EVER. and I love JD much more for it...but I never EVER want to see him in speedos. Thanks for the mental image.  02.09.10 - 4:02pm
Jessica Wise - This is so sweet! Thank you for sharing such awesome examples likes this of love   02.09.10 - 4:02pm
brianna - I love you...but I just might love your husband more.  02.09.10 - 3:57pm
Evie Perez - What a sweet heart!!!  02.09.10 - 3:54pm
Katy G - Umm...don't visit the northeast any time soon. You would be a popsicle from the minute you stepped off the plane. We're talking negative temps here in Syracuse!  02.09.10 - 2:57pm
Leora Shiff - that has got to be the sweetest thing!!!! What a sweetheart JD is!!!  02.09.10 - 2:52pm
Christine Pobke - UGH. you guys make me sick. JUST KIDDING! I love you two! Just because!!! :) And JD - you are the worlds 2nd best husband (after mine, of course). :) I hope you're wearing it for 40 years too Jas, it's beautiful. :)   02.09.10 - 2:50pm
Karen C, Florida - Jas, I think you have the most wonderful husband on the planet. You two are adorable!!!  02.09.10 - 2:48pm
AmyPunky Photography (Emilie) - Awwww this is so sweet!!!!   02.09.10 - 2:30pm
Marissa Rodriguez - Adorable. *sigh* you guys are too cute!   02.09.10 - 2:28pm
Rebekah Towers - That is so stinkin' sweet! What a great guy. :)  02.09.10 - 2:22pm
Kim Spears - Sqeeeeeeeel !! That is just the sweetest. I love it ... and I can relate to having a broken heater core as my husband calls it :)  02.09.10 - 2:01pm
jodiecphotography - Awww that is so sweet! :) LOVE!  02.09.10 - 1:56pm
jamie delaine - oh just stop being so adorable. ;)  02.09.10 - 1:40pm
Leyla - JD is just the best, most caring and attentive man I know! You are one lucky lady! So happy for both of you! I, too, hope you'll wear the pashmina for 40 years ;)  02.09.10 - 1:31pm
Alexi - JD is too sweet!   02.09.10 - 1:31pm
Brittney - adorable! love it :) what a sweet Hallmark Lady!  02.09.10 - 1:31pm
Graeme Sharkey - It post is making me feel warm (inside) and I am miles away. Just because's are the best because's ever! Well done JD and well done elderly shop keeper! BTW, no guy should ever feel comfortable is speedos! Sorry JD.  02.09.10 - 1:29pm
Angela Allan - Too cute! Have a great day  02.09.10 - 1:28pm
Charmi - What a sweet story :) I love your romantic, quirky stories  02.09.10 - 1:23pm
Lindsey - Oh my goodness! Blog posts like these make my little heart happy!  02.09.10 - 1:22pm
Amanda - seriously, I love you two.  02.09.10 - 1:21pm
Damaris Mia - You are blessed to have a husband like that. Love the story :]  02.09.10 - 1:19pm
LEOLAK - Ohhhh....How sweet! What a lovely thing to share. Thanks J*! Nice job JD! ;-)  02.09.10 - 1:18pm
Kira Lauren Photography - Hallmark sells Pashminas?! That's one fabulous Hallmark! And one fabulous husband, you have =) Way to score points, JD! How very sweet. Made me smile.   02.09.10 - 1:17pm
Lo - Hi Jasmine...Reading your blog is a daily ritual for me (yup, stalker right here) but I've always been too shy to post a comment. This one in particular reminded me of me and my hubby - I'm always cold while he usually warm. I love the love that you and JD have for each other. To forever more years to the two of you! Thank you for always sharing a little bit of yourself to us :)   02.09.10 - 1:16pm
s h e r r y - <3 <3 That is so adorable!!! I hope you're wearing it for the next 40 years as well! And Jasmine, I don't believe that it is actually "cold" in the OC. :D Haha. You need to strap heatpacks to yourself!  02.09.10 - 1:09pm
Priscilla Baierlein - Oh why am I in tears!? That was just so sweet. Good job JD. Smart to listen to the little lady :)   02.09.10 - 1:09pm
Cathy Crawley - I'm tellin' ya it's like the Steven and Cathy story! He's always hot and I'm always cold. How lovely of the sales lady, and how honest is JD for telling you it was her idea!  02.09.10 - 1:08pm
Lori - That's the sweetest story ever! You guys are so perfect for each other!  02.09.10 - 1:08pm
Michelle - aaaaahhhh that is so sweet.   02.09.10 - 1:07pm
michelle - Oh, how I love all the mushy love stuff! :o)  02.09.10 - 1:06pm
Kathleen Porter - You are a lucky lady Mrs. J*! And I feel the same way...cold...ALL the time :)  02.09.10 - 1:04pm
MelissaFoscardo - What a beautiful story.  02.09.10 - 12:56pm
Michelle Guzman - You have the best posts. What a sweet story. You and JD seem like such an amazing couple.   02.09.10 - 12:56pm
KLB - This is so precious! It makes me cry a little. That's a beautiful pashmina, too! Kirsten   02.09.10 - 12:53pm
Deb Cull - LOVE THIS POST! Too cute. I, too, am always freezing - it's kind of a big joke around here.   02.09.10 - 12:44pm
Carolyn - That is SO sweet!!!!   02.09.10 - 12:38pm
Alina - Bwaaaaaaaaa!!! This one made me cry- a happy cry!  02.09.10 - 12:37pm
Frances - ooohhhhhh -- tears welled up. Can't see to type!  02.09.10 - 12:32pm
Jennifer Lebron - THAT. Is. So. Cute. You two make me smile at love. ;)  02.09.10 - 12:29pm
Christina - So beautiful! JD is so thoughtful!  02.09.10 - 12:29pm
Becky - sooo very sweet!  02.09.10 - 12:29pm
Nori - Omy... I'm in love with JD and with the cashier lady. How sweet!  02.09.10 - 12:28pm
justine - sweet!  02.09.10 - 12:28pm
Jamie - Oh my gosh.. I love sweet old ladies. Way to go JD... that was sooo sweet of you. No wonder J loves you o the depths of her skin :)  02.09.10 - 12:26pm
Alexandra - I love you and JD :)   02.09.10 - 12:25pm
Lauren Bauer - OMG! That is so sweet.. seriously adorable.   02.09.10 - 12:24pm
Gina - I think your hubby is a keeper :)  02.09.10 - 12:23pm
cindee bae - awwwww so sweet!!!  02.09.10 - 12:22pm
kristi Montague - that's the most adorable thing ever. :)   02.09.10 - 12:22pm
Jayme - love this story J*, thanks for putting a smile on my face. :)  02.09.10 - 12:19pm
Maria - I've been a faithfull blog reader for some time and you owe me many boxes of Kleenex.! I accept IOU's...Thank you for sharing your knowledge, experience, and your personal life. You are a true insperation. Gracias!  02.09.10 - 12:17pm
ruthie - Ummm....way too cute. You guys are both blessed. :D  02.09.10 - 12:15pm
andrea ellison - how sweet sweet sweet is that !!!! <3  02.09.10 - 12:13pm
Vania - SimplyBloom Photography, LLC - THIS IS AN AWESOME LIFE MOMENT.   02.09.10 - 12:13pm
Dawn McCarthy - I just adore you. The end.   02.09.10 - 12:11pm
Lisa - That is the most insanely sweet story ever!   02.09.10 - 12:11pm
Sarah - Wow. Your husband is amazing. Just saying :)  02.09.10 - 12:07pm
mika - i can definitely relate to this...i am ALWAYS colder than my bf and bundle up in boots and big jackets all the time, too...even when i look silly from all of the layers and layers of clothing i have on. i loved reading your sweet little story (he did, too). these "just because" moments truly do make my day/week/life :)  02.09.10 - 12:07pm
Jenny J - what a sweetheart. love little stories like this. i hope you'll be telling them for 40 years. ;)  02.09.10 - 12:06pm
Heather - How completely sweet and romantic is that! :)  02.09.10 - 12:04pm
Melissa Hatcher - It's the little things we love. I'm glad JD has it down! I think I'll email this link to my hubby....just because. ;)  02.09.10 - 12:04pm
Pol - So darling! What a lovely lady!  02.09.10 - 12:04pm
Ashley Hodgson - This is a sweet story. A very sweet story.  02.09.10 - 12:04pm
DoraV - OMG, that is the sweetest story ever.  02.09.10 - 12:01pm
Nellie Guerrero - That is so sweet! :) wishing you guys a happy 40 years.   02.09.10 - 12:00pm
Nicole - Oh, so sweet! Here's to 40 years of pashmina-wearing bliss!  02.09.10 - 12:00pm
Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs - What a sweet gooey love story...I love it! Just makes me want to say, "Aww..."  02.09.10 - 11:58am
allison waken - Bless that sweet ladies heart. And seriously JD can you be any more thoughtful?! I love it and hope you do wear it for 4 0 more years!  02.09.10 - 11:57am
heidi darwish - oh my goodness! the sweetest things...the littlest mean the most! from one cold girl to another.  02.09.10 - 11:55am
Inland Empire Wedding Photographer - Oh this is just too sweet. Little stories like this send warm fuzzies all into the internet.  02.09.10 - 11:47am
deb schwedhelm - that is the sweetest story...ever!   02.09.10 - 11:47am
Detrick Bransotn - now that is just too cute! you, JD and pole should go get a picture with that sweet cashier.  02.09.10 - 11:46am
Heather Mulholland - This makes me all warm and gooey inside! Thank you :)  02.09.10 - 11:46am
Chris c. - Sweet : )  02.09.10 - 11:44am
B - And winner for the BEST HUSBAND AWARD goes to: JD. Hands down.  02.09.10 - 11:43am
Pascal - Love this! JD is so sweet and I you are both lovely. Take Care!  02.09.10 - 11:41am
Jackie Armstrong - this story is great!! i love stories with great imagery and i LOVE great relationships. the basis of any great romantic relationship is a great FRIENDSHIP. so many people skip the true friendship and head to the romance. but on the days when the butterflies are tired of fluttering, what do you have? a great friend. stay friends, you two. :-)  02.09.10 - 11:39am
Sharon - Love that story. Very sweet indeed.  02.09.10 - 11:37am
Anna-Rina - Aww....that's absolutely sweet. Reminds me about TIME's recent photo essay on couples who have been married for 50 years :) May you have stories like theirs to tell in the years to come.   02.09.10 - 11:37am
Celia - OK.... now THAT is what a marriage is all about. Love it!   02.09.10 - 11:34am
Melanie Holtsman - What a sweet story!   02.09.10 - 11:34am
Trista Lerit - Your husband is better than mine *off to sign divorce papers*..but first must call Doug to yell at him.  02.09.10 - 11:33am
Angel Pope - I think JD should give "how to be the most perfect husband" workshops!!! ;)  02.09.10 - 11:33am
Erin Brannan - Beautiful post. Good husbands are the best =)  02.09.10 - 11:31am
abriana - that is beyond sweet.   02.09.10 - 11:27am