02.14.10 Personal


e had dinner last night with friends and they asked how long we've been together. We turned in our seats and looked at each other and I said, Twelve years. And just like that, I remembered our first Valentine's together. We were teenagers and while I was dog-sitting my best friend's poodles while her family was away, I invited JD over for a night away from our parents. And before things get outta control and people start thinking all this stuff, it wasn't like that. I was a good girl and I just wanted to get my box of chocolates, teddy bear, and dozen of fire&ice roses away from my mother's scowl. Boys are from the devil, Jasmine! That was my mother.

In the 12 Valentine's that have since passed, we've grown up. My mother no longer thinks JD is from the devil, I don't have to dog-sit to be alone with a boy, and I no longer like fire&ice roses. Thankfully. As a teen I wanted the chocolate and the oversized balloons with bright red letters proclaiming love, but today I'm happy just being together. This morning after church, JD gave me one of my Valentine's gifts and it was a journal with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the cover. If you knew my obsession with PB+J, you'd think this gift was epic. He wrote a letter on the inside flap and I cried happy tears. Because, really, all I've ever wanted was to be the peanut butter to his jelly.

Happy Valentine's Day and I hope your day is filled with LOVE.

Many thanks to Amy for the picture above. I don't know why I love it, but I just do. It's simplicity reminds me of a really happy time in life...and that's more than I could ever ask for.
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Brittani - And you guys like adorable here.  03.02.10 - 6:34am
Brittani - My boyfriend loves you because he thinks you look like Eva Mendes...I love you because you are amazing and take the most amazing wedding photos..EVER. The End. <3  03.02.10 - 6:33am
amanda thiessen - you guys are too stinken cute!! <3  02.19.10 - 6:58pm
Kasi Stuhlman - Please Lord Baby Jesus.. please let my husband see the light.. that taking photos w/his wife is NOT a tragedy.. that being in pictures is not torture. Let him learn through the blog of J* & the adorable pics of her husband & her together. Amen.   02.17.10 - 11:53am
Cindy - I was giggling when I saw this..because I am my husbands Mac to his Cheese!!  02.16.10 - 8:39pm
Stacy Cross - You're a sweet girl, Jasmine!  02.16.10 - 2:51pm
Deanna Keese - Peanut butter to his jelly? Really? LOL J* you are officially a dork! LOL just kidding girl! Can't wait to meetcha at WPPI this year!  02.15.10 - 6:55pm
Carl Reid - Happy Belated Valentine's Day to you and JD. Regards, Carl and Wifey (Nicole) from T.O.  02.15.10 - 5:37pm
sarah - how adorable. how adorable!  02.15.10 - 10:51am
Oakstream Photography - AWWWW how sweet!!!!! You 2 are sooo darn cute togetha!!!  02.15.10 - 8:16am
Arielle - Wow, I love seeing couples who've been together since teenagers. It seems to me their love is stronger because they had to prove it was real and not just "young puppy love". :) Yesterday was my first Valentine's Day with my man of 5 months and we spent the day eating and absorbing art. What a day!  02.15.10 - 6:11am
Judi - Happy valentine's day, a day late.  02.15.10 - 5:38am
Debbie - You two are an inspiration and your post melted my heart :)  02.15.10 - 3:54am
Fallon - You two are just so cute together! The type of cute that makes a person want to squish your cheeks, like grandma's do in the movies... Happy Valentines Day!  02.15.10 - 2:11am
gladys jem - so sweet. just like pb and j!  02.14.10 - 11:33pm
Jan - Happy Valentine's Day!  02.14.10 - 11:17pm
Melanie - You guys are so cute!! Happy Valentines Day  02.14.10 - 9:16pm
Lisa - so beautiful! :)  02.14.10 - 8:21pm
Apple - aww. happy valentine's to you two.. i know you'll have dozens and dozens more together!<3  02.14.10 - 8:20pm
jem - Thank you for sharing this sweet, sweet two are simply beautiful. You give me hope that there's a "jelly" somewhere out there for me! :) God bless you Jasmine.  02.14.10 - 8:16pm
Michelle Guzman - I LOVE reading your stories of when you were younger. As many other people, I could read your blog all day. I LOVE PBJ, too. Haha.   02.14.10 - 7:51pm
Pol - Congratulations :) Valentine's Day was our 12'th wedding anniversary...  02.14.10 - 7:25pm
feuza - so sweet!  02.14.10 - 7:24pm
Nicole Benitez - So cute!!! Happy Valentine's Day <3  02.14.10 - 7:01pm
Sarah - Awww..... ;)  02.14.10 - 5:32pm
marissa - every couple wants photos of them like that one. just a candid picture showing them how others see them. something to be cherished.  02.14.10 - 5:01pm
Lydia - Aww, so sweet. Can't wait to see you and Jelly..ehm, JD at WPPI!  02.14.10 - 5:00pm
gina Kramp - So sweet!   02.14.10 - 4:49pm
Christine Pobke - Happy valentine's day to you and JD!!! Love hearing the story of your valentine's history - I did the same! Although we've only been together 7 valentines, not 12. :) Love you both. xoxo  02.14.10 - 4:22pm
Angel Pope - And there it is. You two perfectly matched lovebirds. I love your stories. Because they aren't just stories, they're REAL! I've never been a big v-day celebrator, but I love to read about other people and how their significant other thought of something special and unique just for them. PS-you are so pretty, girl. If I was as photogenic as you I'd have my photos all over my bio like you suggest, but I just can't. ;) Thanks, as always, for sharing.  02.14.10 - 3:26pm
Evie Perez - How adorable!!!! Happy Valentine's Day.  02.14.10 - 2:37pm
Ciara - You two are absolutely so in love. I love it! JD is such a keeper. My love got me a sewing machine. :) As domestic as it sounds, I love it and him. Thanks for sharing your love on this lovely day!  02.14.10 - 1:17pm
LisaK - I like this photo too. It has that really beautiful and real 'slice of life' feel to it. So lovely to see and hear of so much love. You guys are super cute!   02.14.10 - 1:09pm
Laetitia - Happy LOVE day... beying together, happy and in love is the best gift ever...  02.14.10 - 1:00pm
Lindsay - What a touching post! I also dated my husband in high school - its' amazing how time flies! LOVE that picture too.   02.14.10 - 12:58pm
Katy G - So cute..pb&j is on the list of things I couldn't live w/out!  02.14.10 - 12:48pm
Noa - Its 13 years together for me and hubs (not marriage, but together) and its crazy to think how much we've laughed, cried and experienced together. I like to consider him the nutella to my crepe ;-)  02.14.10 - 12:39pm
Katherine - Amazing. Your words...and the way you right is inspiring. Keep on doing what your doing Jasmine  02.14.10 - 12:23pm
andrea Ellison - ahh bless sweetheart!!! hubby and I celebrate our 12th valentines too...and I too looked at him tonight and could just burst with love for your are "A list" baby ...enjoy your time at the top...your going nowhere!!!! Happy Valentines x  02.14.10 - 11:54am
Leora Shiff - I loved this post - it was so sweet and sincere  02.14.10 - 11:46am
Vanessa Paris - Perfect and beautiful. I bought my husband (who I met in 1998!) a Peanut Slab Candy Bar....he bought me nothing and I asked why? He said, your present's in the bank every Thursday (payday!) - so you can save for that camera you need (Need!! not want!!) - We are lucky hey? Vx  02.14.10 - 11:43am
Briana moore - I want to see the journal! I love PB&J :)  02.14.10 - 11:30am
Carissa - I truly hope I get to meet you someday, so that I can thank you for all that you've done for me, even though it's just been through your encouraging words and beautiful stories. Happy Valentine's Day to you and JD.   02.14.10 - 11:18am
Carissa - I truly hope I get to meet you someday, so that I can thank you for all that you've done for me, even though it's just been through your encouraging words and beautiful stories. Happy Valentine's Day to you and JD.   02.14.10 - 11:18am
Life with Kaishon - So sweet. I love it.  02.14.10 - 11:17am