A Day Like Today


Dear JD…it’s not like anything special happened today. In fact, it was quite the opposite. We did a whole lotta nothing, but enjoyed every minute of it. It felt like we waited all year for a Sunday like today, a Sunday complete with really long minutes. I’m writing this post because after you made dinner, I said I wanted to remember today, but feared I wouldn’t because nothing happened. You didn’t chip a tooth, I didn’t sign a record deal, and we didn’t scratch a winning Lotto ticket. Even though you spent a dollar and tried your luck.

It was a slow morning. When you woke up and I asked what we were doing today, you responded with your eyes closed. Like you were sleep talking. Whatever you want… We walked Polo and kept close to each other because the morning fog surrounded us like a wet blanket. We jumped in the car and brunched at Nick’s, then spent the morning laying on Laguna Beach. I showed you my fancy yoga moves. You feigned interest. This is Warrior Two, I said and then laughed when you told me you made your cousin pee his pants when you were kids. On our drive home, we point out our favorite coastal homes and think of how different our lives would be if we entered that driveway. No, that driveway!

We came home and watched church online because we knew we couldn’t make it on time. And, really, all I wanted to do was remain tucked indoors. We studied 2 Peter and I loved it. I napped, watched a rerun of Real Housewives of Orange County, and you made dinner. Squash soup, followed up with pasta and your homemade cream sauce. I tell you you’re better than any chef I know. This makes you smile. I ask if you think I’m funny and your answer is the same as it’s been a million times before: NO.

We take Polo to the dog park and I read, droning out the sounds of barking and canine communication. I’m wearing your jacket and it smells like you. The sun sets and we head home.

It’s not like anything special happened today. In fact, it was quite the opposite. JD, I’m writing this letter to help us remember…no, no…to help us not forget. Today was a Sunday filled with really long minutes and laughter. And we’re happy.

**picture taken with my iphone…don’t hate! 😉

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  1. Gina Meola

    November 30th, 2009 at 12:57 am

    GAH! Melting… beautiful.

  2. jena

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    That is a severely sweet and simple post. Life should always be that way 🙂

  3. Kelly

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    so sweet. i heart you two 🙂

  4. Lanette

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    That is the best kind of Sunday everrrrr!!! When nothing happens. No thinking involved. Love your insight and love your blog.

  5. michelle cunningham

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    dear jd, can you have a workshop on how to be like you? i’m sending curtis as soon as you do. hugz n love, michelle

  6. Justine

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    I’m breaking my stalker silence to tell you that I love this. I hope to one day enjoy days like this with my future husband. You two rock!

  7. Tammy

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    What a blessed day! Love it!

  8. Lindsay Weidenhammer

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    That’s beautiful Jasmine! Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church in Seattle has awesome podcast sermons if you ever wanna check out someone new with JD.

  9. Melissa Papaj

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    I love days like this! Good for you!

  10. Rachel

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for reminding everyone that true love is about those days when nothing happens and those moments nothing is said 😉

  11. Alyse

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Hi Jasmine! I’m a long-time follower, but first-time commenter. It should go without saying that I admire your work hardcore. Actually "Jasmine" is a household name with me. 🙂 But what I admire more is your heart. Your voice. Your love for life and for God and all the beauty He lays before you, for you to capture with your insane talents. Thank you for being a true inspiration! 🙂

  12. LibraryGirl62

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    It is so wonderful to read the words of a woman who truly knows she blessed. Enjoy each other every day :>

  13. gladys jem

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    This makes me smile Jasmine 🙂
    P.S. Please write a book! Your writing is just as beautiful and colourful as your photography. Xoxo.

  14. Chung Nguyen

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Those are the days that great marriages and everlasting love are made of.

  15. Judie Zevack

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    This is by far the sweetest post!! You guys are so adorable, God Bless!

  16. Cristina G Photography

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    It’s time you wrote a book, Jasmine! You are an AMAZING writer. I am pre-ordering! I will read ANYTHING you write. Here is to lazy perfect Sundays!

  17. Cristina Hendel

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:17 am

    thank you… this is just what I needed to read. Hope you have fantastic week!

  18. Tina

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Aww don’t you love that?? I love to see lovers in love 🙂 Wait til you have kids and have lazy family Sundays, very rare but THE BEST! And you won’t forget them. For now enjoy your childless ones 🙂

  19. Rose

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:32 am

    This is the very reason I started blogging – to remember the moments like these. Our day wasn’t too different, we enjoyed the long hours, stayed home from church because my four-year-old was beginning to feel under the weather, I worked on integrating my [thanks for telling me about it, albeit free version for now] Showit site with my Smugmug account then had an impromptu nap while watching Peter Pan with my family.

    Sundays like these are the ones I cherish the most. My husband and I will celebrate 10 year this Friday and I look forward to many more years of memories of lingering days to write about. We are so blessed.

    As are you.

  20. emily griffith

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:32 am


  21. anh

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:33 am

    I love the simplicity of a Sunday. I love a simple love story. Yours, is simple but yet very beautiful and romantic. I’m happy to say that I share a simple love with my other half as well 🙂


    November 30th, 2009 at 2:34 am

    These are always the best of days. No one can ever take them away from you. Happy day!

  23. Lydia

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Ahh, I love love! You are JD are such a beautiful example!

  24. Pol

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:44 am

    You have blessed lives!

  25. sharon snow

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:55 am

    So beautiful Jasmine. Recently I have missed a few of your posts, so I have had a lazy evening just catching up on your writing and soaking up your amazing images. Doesn’t get any better to wind down a weekend. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Kare

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Ahhhh, I long for my very own JD to have a Sunday like this with…

  27. Tim Halberg

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:59 am

    sounds like a great day! thanks for sharing

  28. s h e r r y

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:01 am

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
    That is all I have to counter your beautiful words!

  29. Christine Pobke

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Sooo beautiful. I love your posts about JD. Reminds me to appreciate, and love and adore my husband and I can sooo relate to all of the things you’ve written! PS I know he says you’re not funny but you are. And he knows it! 🙂 xoxo

  30. Michelle O

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:04 am

    LOVE IT…You both are great! Glad you had a lazy day together. Those are the BEST!

  31. Desiree

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Your entries are like romance novels….. I can’t wait to read some once you have children. You guys are gonna be awesome parents. I can just imagine the love notes you’ll write to your babies 😉

  32. cassandra m

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:15 am

    The story was so AMAZING, it made it ok that there was no photo on this post…ha ha. Sorry, it had to be said…LOL. I am HAPPY you guys took one lazy day…

  33. Julie Massie

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:20 am


  34. Dawn McCarthy

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Precious entry. Just plain precious!

  35. Kristin

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:39 am

    seriously, love this post. i want to make room for more days like this. I need to learn to say no, and NOT try to do everything.

  36. Katie Kim

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Your blog makes me so happy 🙂 2 Peter is a favorite of mine too!

  37. Nelly Soares

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Goosebumps….just beautiful.

  38. Amanda Donaho

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Beautiful. Please write a book. 🙂

  39. Elena Hernandez

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:55 am

    A good day indeed. You appreciated being in the MOMENTS and gathered them all together to create the day of love…no better place than that to remember.

  40. Karen

    November 30th, 2009 at 4:23 am

    You really need to write a book. I can’t decide whether I love your writing more or your photography…=] You’re so talented!

  41. Christina

    November 30th, 2009 at 4:30 am

    you inspire me… your faith, your writing… Go, Jasmine!

  42. Camille

    November 30th, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Friend…I say that because I just want to be your friend. I’ve never "known" anyone who soaks up every second of the day to the fullest like you do. Thank you for reminding me to live in the moment. You win!

  43. Monica Hodges

    November 30th, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Hi Jasmine… I love, love, love this post! I am a young widow (my husband died suddenly five years ago when we were both 33) and I wish I had journaled more about the days like the one ya’ll just had!! Days of just "being" are so precious – keep writing about them!!

    On another note – I just received the promotional email from Showit Sites about the discount on the slide show program – is that the one that you use? How user friendly is it? Any thoughts? Thanks so much!!

  44. Angela Allan

    November 30th, 2009 at 5:51 am

    What a lovely day!! I love days like that. Hope to meet you soon in NZ Jasmine, if they still have spots open for your workshop!

  45. Irene

    November 30th, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Jasmine, you are truly inspirational. I love how you are very honest about yourself.

  46. Anouschka

    November 30th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Goosebumps and teary eyes… Love this post!

  47. Leyla

    November 30th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I love this post! I think we should all be able to celebrate each and every day, no matter what big or small events take place. If we are surrounded by loved ones, there is already much to celebrate.

    I love your perfect little Sunday, and I love your love for each other. It is mighty inspiring!


  48. Candice {The Beautiful Mess}

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    …girl…i feel you on this one. 🙂 this was really beautiful.

  49. Anne

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I love this post. I love how you manage to put a normal day into perspective, how you make me realise the blessings in my own life and make me thankful for everything I have and experience. You are truly an inspiration to me and I am blessed to learn from you how to be thankful and gracious and full of life. So, THANK YOU!

  50. ksen : )

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    i love this post. been feeling much the same way lately…so very true. i *heart* you & jd & am so very thankFULL for you & your beautiful spirit. <3 keep it up girl!

  51. Jessica Shae

    November 30th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    yes yes YES!
    This is so how I feel about so many days, and I love how you captured it so well with words!

  52. Christine

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    This is sooo beautiful! I absolutely love these kinds of Sundays. I hope they happen more often and I hope you two never forget them. 🙂

  53. rebecca michelle

    November 30th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    so beautiful…thanks for sharing your heart with us, it’s inspiring!

  54. casey

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    this was perfect. beautiful. thanks for the reminder!!

  55. Jen

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    you two have a most beautiful modern day love story and I love getting sneak peeks into your happily ever after!

  56. Diandra

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Every time I read a post you’ve written about JD it gives me hope for wonderful love story 🙂

  57. MM

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I adore you!! xxoxo

  58. brianna

    November 30th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    yay! i remember this exact spot when we all went to Nick’s together. It’s the same place, right?! aww…I love you two. This was a beautiful post btw.

  59. Julie

    November 30th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    This is a really beautiful idea. Makes me want to write a thousand notes to my husband so I remember not to forget too.

    Oh, and I think you’re fantastic.

  60. Feuza

    November 30th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    So cute and true, life is a gift of God

  61. Susan

    November 30th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Now I want a husband!

  62. Michele Dyson

    December 1st, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Jasmine, I know this is just a simple post; simple words, simple thoughts and simple actions. But it hit home for me….one of your most touching yet:)

  63. jenny tarau

    December 1st, 2009 at 6:42 am

    what a blessing 🙂

  64. megmanionsilliker

    December 1st, 2009 at 11:22 am

    putting on your beloved’s jacket and having it smell like him is quite possibly the best smell ever!!

  65. Ashe-Monique Wint

    December 1st, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    This is so SWEET! I love all your posts! You guys are such a fantastic couple from what I’ve read..so in LOVE!

    I’ve been to soo many blogs to view wedding pics and I always come back to yours!

    P.S. My fiance and I will now be seeing each other before the wedding thanks to YOU!
    Also, that pic reminds me of the beaches here in JAMAICA!

  66. amanda thiessen

    December 1st, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    so lovely <3

  67. Colby Elizabeth

    December 1st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Sounds like a perfect day to me. 🙂 Those kind of days are the best.

  68. arielle joy

    December 2nd, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Sounds like such a sweet day!!

  69. Rosaura

    December 2nd, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Wow! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. You guys had such a great day and are in so much love and so much friendship. Thank you for sharing and always inspiring. 🙂

  70. Dana F.

    December 2nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I simply adore your love for your husband.

  71. Dee

    December 3rd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I love this!!

  72. adam

    December 3rd, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Nice to see a good ol fashioned center the dude in the frame shot. Thank goodness, you are human J!!

  73. Stephanie

    December 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I think the part I like best about this post was that the image matched your writing. Nothing out of the ordinary, yet so special. You’re too cool 🙂

  74. Shauna

    December 7th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    This was so amazing to read. So… I read it twice.

  75. Rebecca

    August 3rd, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    So I know this is really old but I just love your blog so much that I’m trying to go back and read all the old stuff, also! I have never commented before because I figure whats the point on such old posts…but I had to on this one. Reading this just sold me on the idea to write daily-ish about my husband and our time together. Its those little moments you really don’t want to forget. By the way- you’re completely awesome and are an inspiration (I know you get that a lot, but had to say it anyway!)