Australia : The Gold Coast

Australia : The Gold Coast


Who cares what people think? That’s what he tells me as we lay in the sand. He looks up at me–eyes squinting from the bright sun–and silently challenges me to leave my bathing suit woes back home. I shrug my shoulder, laugh a little, then apply more sunblock. He runs into the water and dives in headfirst into an oncoming wave, popping up a few seconds later to wave me in. I wave back, pretending to respond to his salutation instead of invitation, but he then uses both arms to call me into the ocean.

I drag my feet in the hot sand and slowly make my way into the water. I jump on his back and he says we’re going out deeper. No, no. With my arms held tightly around his neck, I remind him of that one time when I needed to be saved by a lifeguard. He says I shouldn’t worry because being saved by an Australian lifeguard would make my day. You’d probably even request CPR, he says. His laughter ricochets off the water.

We lay under the shade of the umbrella we rented from the hotel. The green and white one that makes us feel like tourists. He sips loudly on his drink and I shush him because I’m reading, and then he wipes the tears from my face because I tell him Wang Lung dies. He doesn’t know what this means, but he nods knowing I’m reading a good book. Then he smiles at me in a way that lets me know we’re okay.

I’m okay. He’s okay. Together. In Australia doing life. Together.

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  1. Jenelle Sewell -

    Come back with an accent for your next Shooting Star.

      2.7.11 - 2:40 pm

  2. Chanelle -

    Beach looks nice! So cold here in the UK at the moment. I could do with a bit of that.

      2.7.11 - 2:47 pm

  3. aga luczakowska -

    Have fun!

      2.7.11 - 2:49 pm

  4. Tanya De Leeuw -

    Great to hear that you’re both taking the time to really enjoy being downUnder! And I totally empathize with you re going into the surf – I never go in unless I’ve got someone bigger and stronger, and with better timing, with me!

      2.7.11 - 2:51 pm

  5. Sharon -

    I may need someone to wipe my tear because that was a beautiful post.

      2.7.11 - 2:52 pm

  6. Laura -

    Love the LoVe!! πŸ™‚ Glad you had a good time!

      2.7.11 - 3:10 pm

  7. Jared Wanzer -

    Absolutely love these photos.

      2.7.11 - 3:17 pm

  8. Sarah Danaher -

    I love you and your sweet love for life. And your freckles. They’re just *awesome.*

      2.7.11 - 3:23 pm

  9. Maddie -

    this was so beautifully written! I hope Australia has been amazing, SO jealous!
    Your work is brilliant and beautiful, as are you.
    Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

      2.7.11 - 3:46 pm

  10. Ariel -

    Wow, great post! When are you going to write a book? Sounds like you guys are having fun!

      2.7.11 - 3:48 pm

  11. Life with Kaishon -

    I don’t know why this made me cry. But it did. I am sorry Wang Lee died. So glad you are having a wonderful time in the sun! : )

      2.7.11 - 3:57 pm

  12. Mom -

    Jasmine, that coastline is gorgeous. Can’t wait to hear all about Australia!!

      2.7.11 - 4:00 pm

  13. Carrie LeighAnna -

    We all know there’s no such thing, but you just seem like the perfect couple! It’s not even a secret. You’re just too precious and perfect to one another!

    P.S. Totally wish I looked as good as you on a lazy, beach-swept day!!

      2.7.11 - 4:03 pm

  14. Carrie K -

    Love the messed up hair! Shows that you’re totally comfortable in your skin (at least feigning well that you are!) Enjoy the sun. πŸ™‚

      2.7.11 - 4:13 pm

  15. nancy -

    lovely!!!!! πŸ™‚

      2.7.11 - 4:16 pm

  16. Lini99 -

    Okay. Uncle. Did you ‘really’ need to be rescued by a life guard once? Or is that Jasmine-osity?

      2.7.11 - 4:29 pm

  17. Natalie Clayshulte -

    I have always wanted to go to Australia. Looks like a beautiful trip. Keep on doing life together.

      2.7.11 - 4:37 pm

  18. Yuka photo art -

    Every your post is inspiration for me! I am not in Australia. I am in winter…But guys I am soooooo glad for you and I know we should doing things like this and enjoying our life!

      2.7.11 - 4:42 pm

  19. Juddy -

    Enjoy the sunshine and each other.

      2.7.11 - 4:50 pm

  20. Corrine -

    J*- I read your old blog, from the beginning yesterday– I LOVED reading it. And now, presently– I feel like I’m on vacation with friends. Enjoy the gold coast and each other. Your friend in Florida, Corrine

      2.7.11 - 4:56 pm

  21. jackie -

    This is what life is really all about. Your deep love and true tales are what make people adore you even more, and your love for your man is really touching. Enjoy the sunshine <3

      2.7.11 - 5:00 pm

  22. corey -

    J * thanks for taking us readers along on your many journeys as cold as it is here in the midwest, could use some warmth today thanks again and great photographs.

      2.7.11 - 5:05 pm

  23. Kelly Sauer -

    You know, the writing in this post gives me such a deeper picture than the photos. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

      2.7.11 - 5:07 pm

  24. Brian Cooper -

    My goodness, you’re such an incredible writer. You make us feel like we’re doing life with you. Thank you so much.

      2.7.11 - 5:09 pm

  25. brideandjoy -

    Beautiful. You have such a wonderful turn of phrase.

      2.7.11 - 5:10 pm

  26. Tina Rowden -

    ADORE this post Jasmine …… you’ve made me completely homesick and rendered the rest of my day useless πŸ˜‰ Glad you are having such a lovely time in the land of Oz!

      2.7.11 - 5:13 pm

  27. Amy -

    Aww, you guys are cute. I don’t even usually comment, but this is so sweet. πŸ™‚ I love reading about people’s happy relationships!

      2.7.11 - 5:26 pm

  28. angel -

    Isn’t it nice to share your days with your best friend? πŸ˜‰ I’m very happy for you both. πŸ˜‰

      2.7.11 - 5:30 pm

  29. Joseph Chan -

    Nice pictures

      2.7.11 - 5:31 pm

  30. lauren b. -

    It’s a dream of mine to go tete, also, to go to hillsong church!

      2.7.11 - 5:33 pm

  31. Priyanka Damwani -

    Love both the portraits! JD and you look great

      2.7.11 - 5:34 pm


    aaahhh…I’m officially jealous! haha

      2.7.11 - 5:42 pm

  33. Erin Pot Pie -

    I’ve been there and my day at the beach wasn’t near romantic. Redo!!! Sounds Great!

      2.7.11 - 5:45 pm

  34. Lauren -

    How is it that you make beach hair look good? Gah, what’s your secret?!?

      2.7.11 - 5:52 pm

  35. Gaby Fuentes -

    Oh, I have beach envy πŸ™‚

      2.7.11 - 6:05 pm

  36. Rylie Sata -

    Beautiful! The beauty of the beach…

      2.7.11 - 6:07 pm

  37. clarivel.ann -

    Ok, Jasmine. I just want to let you know that your posts about you and JD just BEING are so encouraging to me as a newlywed still getting to know the husband I dated for 5 years and have been married to for 1.5 years. I’m 24 and still learning how to just BE with him. But I love him, and he’s my best friend. Just wanted to let you know that God is using posts like these to encourage me when the hubs and I hit some rough waters. thank you for sharing this non-photograpy related post. you and JD rock together. πŸ™‚

      2.7.11 - 6:10 pm

  38. Kati -

    Hope you guys are having an awesome time! My girlfriend Janine was so giddy she ran into you and actually recognized! You made her day!!

      2.7.11 - 6:10 pm

  39. Kate Douthwright -

    So jealous, I’m stuck in 20 degree weather and you’re gallivanting on a beautiful beach. Hope you guys enjoyed your down time!

      2.7.11 - 6:13 pm

  40. brooke Allison -

    Jasmine, you rock. I loved this post. It was one of those days and well … I need to read what you wrote. Happy and being with the one you love is the best! Enjoy Australia!

      2.7.11 - 6:15 pm

  41. Tiffany -

    I want to go to Australia…get tan laying on the beach and even rescued by an Aussie lifeguard;) that’s amazing you’ve had the opportunity to visit more than once! Go team Jas & Jd! Btw love the solo photo of you…effortlessly beautiful

      2.7.11 - 6:21 pm

  42. Adriana Morett -

    Wow, having a great time huh? =D so glad for you! Hey, quick question: do you take your 5D Mk II to THE BEACH with you? ’cause I sooo wouldn’t =P
    Keep having a great time! =)

      2.7.11 - 6:23 pm

  43. Maria Lisa Marino -

    How awesome! Looks much more appealing than my view of the ice cold snow out my window! You both are so cute. I love the black and white of you, badass!

      2.7.11 - 6:25 pm

  44. Annie -

    I LOOOOVE the way you write. So cute. You need to write a romantic novel!!!

      2.7.11 - 6:43 pm

  45. Stacey - Total City Girl -

    Looks beautiful! Love the graffiti wall!! Hope you’re having a great time.

      2.7.11 - 6:50 pm

  46. Stephanie Moore -

    Look so dreamy and that black and white of you, gorgeous!!!

      2.7.11 - 7:19 pm

  47. Lydia -

    You + life + words = beautiful

      2.7.11 - 7:33 pm

  48. Tara Templeton -

    Your "love story" is a joy to read. Thank you for sharing!

      2.7.11 - 7:46 pm

  49. Hugo Tepe -

    How Awesome!
    I’ve made some friends from Australia and have been invited, but haven’t had the chance to go. These pics definitely make me want to save up and head down there!

      2.7.11 - 7:48 pm

  50. Patt Mustain -

    JD is such a gem…I have one of my own…we are blessed.

      2.7.11 - 8:15 pm

  51. Bettina -

    So glad you are enjoying our beaches! I hope that you continue to have an amazing time!

      2.7.11 - 8:19 pm

  52. Petra -

    Ah… sounds so lovely. Enjoy life Jasmine, youΒ΄re so worth it. Love from Sweden! (Where polarbears are wandering the streets right now… at least it feels like that, with tons of snow. longing for a visit to florida in march!)

      2.7.11 - 8:26 pm

  53. Caitlin -


      2.7.11 - 8:46 pm

  54. Hannie -

    LOVE the shades!

      2.7.11 - 8:49 pm

  55. Amy -

    A love like yours is rare. And so are your stories. Beautiful.

      2.7.11 - 8:52 pm

  56. Isaac Stott -

    Sounds like a perfect way to relax in the middle of a crazy schedule. Hope you enjoy every second of relaxation you guys get, you totally deserve it!

      2.7.11 - 8:53 pm

  57. Susan -

    Jasmine, I’ve come across your blog through Creative Live and have to say you are an inspiration. From one human being to another I can’t say enough – keep on trekkin’ and keep on livin’! To live with purpose, to live with love… is to feed the soul and nourish the mind. Lots of love girl!

      2.7.11 - 9:08 pm

  58. Jennifer Jar -

    I love you two <3

      2.7.11 - 9:19 pm

  59. Kelly -

    The Good Earth! I love that book!

      2.7.11 - 9:21 pm

  60. Marianne Barta -


      2.7.11 - 9:24 pm

  61. Lindsay -

    You’re beautiful!

      2.7.11 - 9:33 pm

  62. LEOLAK -

    Ah…LOVE THIS! It’s snowing right now in Chicago…and man do I wish I could be where you are! Thanks for sharing some of your Aussie adventure…hope you guys are having a great time. Ha..wait..clearly you are!

      2.7.11 - 9:36 pm

  63. Joe Anna H. -

    sweet πŸ™‚

      2.7.11 - 9:48 pm

  64. Sandy Canvas -

    Hey there Jasmine! Glad to see you had a great time in Australia! I love to watch you and JD chilling out together πŸ˜€

      2.7.11 - 9:54 pm

  65. Bethany Ann -

    It’s so nice to hear you are having a great time! Continue having a blast. πŸ™‚ I just love reading your blog!

      2.7.11 - 9:58 pm

  66. JKim -

    Your love makes me smile. Thanks for sharing.

      2.7.11 - 10:01 pm

  67. Wesley Tan -

    Aww that’s so sweet πŸ™‚
    Glad you’re having an amazing holiday!

      2.7.11 - 10:03 pm

  68. Bella Taylor -

    Welcome back Jasmine & JD, hope you have a great time. Wish I could have made it up to HOTD, maybe next time. Have a blast! xo

      2.7.11 - 10:22 pm

  69. Jennifer Hudspeth -

    Ahhh. Warmth.

      2.7.11 - 10:36 pm

  70. Latoya Roberson -

    Awww how sweet! You two are toooo romantic. I must take notes!

      2.7.11 - 10:38 pm

  71. Rachel Peters Photography -

    Love that shot…that I assume JD took of you…second last one….so insanely jealous of your freckles. The shot is beautiful!

      2.7.11 - 10:39 pm

  72. Eileen -

    LOL.. when you said JD wanted you to leave your bathing suit woes behind.. I thought you guys were going au natural at the beach! LOL

      2.7.11 - 10:42 pm

  73. Elizabeth -

    Love this!!!!!!! So cute! Look’s like y’all are having a blast!!!

      2.7.11 - 10:56 pm

  74. shannon -

    Looking like a aussie girl in that pic of you!! Oi Oi Oi

      2.7.11 - 11:12 pm

  75. feuza -

    beautifully written you guys are so cute

      2.7.11 - 11:13 pm

  76. claire -

    love that photo of just you jasmine! just lovely!

      2.7.11 - 11:13 pm

  77. Brittany Schlamp -

    I love it. I wish I could came. Australia is my DREAM place to visit. And these pictures just make me want to go even more.

      2.7.11 - 11:14 pm

  78. Aj -

    You are the quintessential Gold Coast babe.

      2.7.11 - 11:14 pm

  79. Kimberly -

    No worries about the bathing suit-people think about a lot less than we think they do, and besides I am pretty sure your man already thinks he won the lottery!

      2.7.11 - 11:14 pm

  80. Jodie C -

    *sigh* got to love good ol’ ozzie… I think I’m due for another visit…. I’m lucky enough that my dad lives in Brisbane and I visit every year!

      2.7.11 - 11:16 pm

  81. Layne-Memory Layne Photography -

    So cute, Jasmine! You look gorgeous=) As always!

      2.7.11 - 11:26 pm

  82. stacy t -

    love this post!

      2.7.11 - 11:32 pm

  83. Cindy Irene -

    I want to go to Australia just to hear their accents! :o)

      2.7.11 - 11:42 pm

  84. Christa -

    You’re a very lucky girl in so many ways, even better that you appreciate it πŸ™‚

      2.7.11 - 11:52 pm

  85. Shel -

    how fortunate are you πŸ™‚ sweet sentitmets, beautiful pictures, memories to be kept forever! Safe Travels to you!

      2.7.11 - 11:53 pm

  86. lisa cour -

    Ah…I love love.

      2.7.11 - 11:54 pm

  87. Whitney -

    You guys are ridiculous cute. Love seeing how much fun you are having – in Australia and in life!

      2.7.11 - 11:58 pm

  88. Kim Talbert -

    Welcome to Australia!! Wish I could join you, maybe I’ll make the trip up from Sydney next time or you could just decide to stay πŸ™‚

      2.8.11 - 12:01 am

  89. Alexandra Hunt Photography -

    I’m so glad you’re getting some R & R – and that you’re taking photos, too! πŸ™‚

    p.s. you know though, your Australian photo collection won’t be complete until you have a snap with a Koala. Jus’ sayin’.

      2.8.11 - 12:32 am

  90. Christina Juleson -

    Oh I’d so totally trade you 35 degree GA weather for that sunny beach right now if I could!

      2.8.11 - 12:55 am

  91. Annie -

    So nice to see my home through your eyes. Australia suits you! So sad I missed you but so happy you had an amazing time πŸ™‚

      2.8.11 - 1:12 am

  92. meridith -

    I’m so jealous right now! I love the ocean…only 4 more months till I can actual go in over here in NJ:)

      2.8.11 - 1:13 am

  93. brittani -

    I absolutely LOVE the two of you. You’re just as perfect for eachother as *he* is for me. =)
    *He* makes my heart melt, and my heart melts when you post your love for the world to read. <3 thanks.

      2.8.11 - 1:22 am

  94. Jadey -

    You seem so happy here. You should probably stay =p

      2.8.11 - 2:05 am

  95. Eliza Lewis -

    Love your posts and hearing about your Australian Adventures. I lived in Sydney for 6 months and miss Australia tremendously!!!

      2.8.11 - 2:21 am

  96. Melanie -

    Looks like our water; but our sand is white!!

      2.8.11 - 2:38 am

  97. Kathy -

    THANKS J* … I just started reading that book for class πŸ™

      2.8.11 - 3:40 am

  98. Angela Woolridge -

    Love your sun kissed freckles! Wonderful post! Enjoy!

      2.8.11 - 3:54 am

  99. Becca -

    Love this! Yall are a-stinkin-doarble! The personal posts are sometimes my favorite for that real life dose we all need to continue our photography!

      2.8.11 - 4:16 am

  100. Denver Photography -

    O man am I jealous of the beach!… good golly that looks fun!

      2.8.11 - 5:54 am

  101. shabnam -

    Love to see the photographs of Australia!! thanks for sharing with us!!

      2.8.11 - 6:20 am

  102. Brian -

    Absolutely gorgeous & love the architecture.

      2.8.11 - 6:46 am

  103. Dawney -

    This post makes me want to be on vacation!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

      2.8.11 - 7:07 am

  104. Natasha Hurley -

    Love everything about this post, the lightness of writing and the carefree feeling that resonates out of the photographs…if you are still in Oz head out to Noosa – my sis and I spent a lazy two weeks camping there about 8 years ago….was the best time ever!

      2.8.11 - 12:55 pm

  105. Jen -

    As I sit and look out my window at the piles and piles of snow (and hear about the -27 degree wind chills on the news), I have to say I am insanely jealous of these beach photos!!

      2.8.11 - 1:17 pm

  106. Brian Kraft -

    Mmmm, yeah- looks pretty nice compared to the cold and snow I’m in at the moment. πŸ™‚

      2.8.11 - 1:38 pm

  107. Kristin Nicole -

    Looks like fun!

      2.8.11 - 1:53 pm

  108. Christy -

    Oooo this makes me so excited for Mexico in a couple of weeks! Beaches and sun. Lovely. Thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚

      2.8.11 - 2:29 pm

  109. John Reyment -

    Thanks for coming to Brisbane J*, loved your energy and your message. Glad you got to try some of the local stuff as well!

      2.8.11 - 2:34 pm

  110. Erica Brenci -

    Me too!!!!!!!!!!…Australia i’m arriving!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      2.8.11 - 2:53 pm

  111. Matt -

    Seriously, that picture of you JS is awesome. The shades and the hair in the face. Very cute. Good job JD!

      2.8.11 - 3:45 pm

  112. Jessica Chavez -

    Beautiful post! You guys look great!! Enjoy!!

      2.8.11 - 7:52 pm

  113. Karen Stott -

    If only we could walk around in our bikinis everywhere! ha ha

      2.8.11 - 8:36 pm

  114. Molly Kate -

    Looks like you guys work hard and play hard. Good for you! Now I must buy me some aviators ;).

      2.8.11 - 9:08 pm

  115. cat -

    Looks fab! But if you really want fantastic you need to visit Gisborne, NZ – the first city IN THE WORLD to see the sun everyday….AND the best beaches!
    Enjoy your travels

      2.9.11 - 12:55 am

  116. Erin - Kansas City Photographers -

    You are a wonderful writer. Moments go by so fast sometimes, I remember lying on a beach last July after a destination wedding. I looked at Marco (my husband/manager/total love) and I new everything would be OK. He reminds me of those moments time and time again. And I am thankful. Thanks for reminding me again. Sending some Kansas Love.

      2.9.11 - 1:29 am

  117. Jackeline -

    I love the way you write. As I was reading it actually made me feel as if I was there, feeling the hot sand! Share some writing tips pls!!! Thanks for sharing your life with us!! πŸ™‚

      2.9.11 - 4:18 am

  118. rhondda scott -

    it was life changing to hear you at HOTD. Thank you for telling us like it is. And I dont care if people dont like me:-) new website coming as soon as possible.

      2.9.11 - 12:05 pm

  119. Holli True -

    I hope your time there is everything you dreamed it would be and more! πŸ™‚ Oh what I wouldn’t give to see Australia! Have fun!!!

      2.9.11 - 2:42 pm

  120. amanda thiessen -

    looks like you’re having a blast!! and i must say i’m super jealous! πŸ™‚

      2.9.11 - 8:16 pm

  121. Kelsey Anderson -

    I so want to visit there. Beautiful images!

      2.10.11 - 12:03 am

  122. Andrea Felgemacher -

    Looks like you are having a great time. Going Down Under is on my life’s bucket list. I must know what brand of sunglasses you are them..and I have to say that I have read many of your book suggestions and they have ALL been wonderful at making me cry. So my question to you is what book are you reading right now?

      2.10.11 - 3:55 am

  123. Emily Faith Allen -

    Your trip looked amazing! I was hesitant to take my 5D Mark ii to Rome a couple months ago because I didn’t want to have to worry about it. So glad I did! Love your snapshots!

      2.11.11 - 3:36 pm

  124. Apple -

    you guys make me want to get married.. <333

      2.14.11 - 4:27 pm

  125. Sarah Tunstall -

    Wang Lung! NOOOOO!!!!!

      2.15.11 - 7:17 am

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