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

    February 7th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Come back with an accent for your next Shooting Star.

  2. Chanelle

    February 7th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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

  3. aga luczakowska

    February 7th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Have fun!

  4. Tanya De Leeuw

    February 7th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    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!

  5. Sharon

    February 7th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

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

  6. Laura

    February 7th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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

  7. Jared Wanzer

    February 7th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Absolutely love these photos.

  8. Sarah Danaher

    February 7th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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

  9. Maddie

    February 7th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    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™‚

  10. Ariel

    February 7th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

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

  11. Life with Kaishon

    February 7th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    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! : )

  12. Mom

    February 7th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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

  13. Carrie LeighAnna

    February 7th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    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!!

  14. Carrie K

    February 7th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    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™‚

  15. nancy

    February 7th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    lovely!!!!! πŸ™‚

  16. Lini99

    February 7th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

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

  17. Natalie Clayshulte

    February 7th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

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

  18. Yuka photo art

    February 7th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    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!

  19. Juddy

    February 7th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Enjoy the sunshine and each other.

  20. Corrine

    February 7th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    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

  21. jackie

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    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

  22. corey

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    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.

  23. Kelly Sauer

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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

  24. Brian Cooper

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

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

  25. brideandjoy

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Beautiful. You have such a wonderful turn of phrase.

  26. Tina Rowden

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    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!

  27. Amy

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    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!

  28. angel

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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

  29. Joseph Chan

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Nice pictures

  30. lauren b.

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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

  31. Priyanka Damwani

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Love both the portraits! JD and you look great


    February 7th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    aaahhh…I’m officially jealous! haha

  33. Erin Pot Pie

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

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

  34. Lauren

    February 7th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

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

  35. Gaby Fuentes

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Oh, I have beach envy πŸ™‚

  36. Rylie Sata

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Beautiful! The beauty of the beach…

  37. clarivel.ann

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    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™‚

  38. Kati

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    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!!

  39. Kate Douthwright

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

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

  40. brooke Allison

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    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!

  41. Tiffany

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    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

  42. Adriana Morett

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    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! =)

  43. Maria Lisa Marino

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    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!

  44. Annie

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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

  45. Stacey - Total City Girl

    February 7th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

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

  46. Stephanie Moore

    February 7th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

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

  47. Lydia

    February 7th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    You + life + words = beautiful

  48. Tara Templeton

    February 7th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

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

  49. Hugo Tepe

    February 7th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    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!

  50. Patt Mustain

    February 7th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

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

  51. Bettina

    February 7th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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

  52. Petra

    February 7th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    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!)

  53. Caitlin

    February 7th, 2011 at 8:46 pm


  54. Hannie

    February 7th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    LOVE the shades!

  55. Amy

    February 7th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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

  56. Isaac Stott

    February 7th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    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!

  57. Susan

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    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!

  58. Jennifer Jar

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I love you two <3

  59. Kelly

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    The Good Earth! I love that book!

  60. Marianne Barta

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:24 pm


  61. Lindsay

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    You’re beautiful!

  62. LEOLAK

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    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!

  63. Joe Anna H.

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    sweet πŸ™‚

  64. Sandy Canvas

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

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

  65. Bethany Ann

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

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

  66. JKim

    February 7th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Your love makes me smile. Thanks for sharing.

  67. Wesley Tan

    February 7th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

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

  68. Bella Taylor

    February 7th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    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

  69. Jennifer Hudspeth

    February 7th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Ahhh. Warmth.

  70. Latoya Roberson

    February 7th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

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

  71. Rachel Peters Photography

    February 7th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

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

  72. Eileen

    February 7th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    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

  73. Elizabeth

    February 7th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

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

  74. shannon

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

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

  75. feuza

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    beautifully written you guys are so cute

  76. claire

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    love that photo of just you jasmine! just lovely!

  77. Brittany Schlamp

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    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.

  78. Aj

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    You are the quintessential Gold Coast babe.

  79. Kimberly

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    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!

  80. Jodie C

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    *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!

  81. Layne-Memory Layne Photography

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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

  82. stacy t

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    love this post!

  83. Cindy Irene

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

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

  84. Christa

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

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

  85. Shel

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

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

  86. lisa cour

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Ah…I love love.

  87. Whitney

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

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

  88. Kim Talbert

    February 8th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    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™‚

  89. Alexandra Hunt Photography

    February 8th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    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’.

  90. Christina Juleson

    February 8th, 2011 at 12:55 am

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

  91. Annie

    February 8th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    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™‚

  92. meridith

    February 8th, 2011 at 1:13 am

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

  93. brittani

    February 8th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    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.

  94. Jadey

    February 8th, 2011 at 2:05 am

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

  95. Eliza Lewis

    February 8th, 2011 at 2:21 am

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

  96. Melanie

    February 8th, 2011 at 2:38 am

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

  97. Kathy

    February 8th, 2011 at 3:40 am

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

  98. Angela Woolridge

    February 8th, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Love your sun kissed freckles! Wonderful post! Enjoy!

  99. Becca

    February 8th, 2011 at 4:16 am

    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!

  100. Denver Photography

    February 8th, 2011 at 5:54 am

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

  101. shabnam

    February 8th, 2011 at 6:20 am

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

  102. Brian

    February 8th, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Absolutely gorgeous & love the architecture.

  103. Dawney

    February 8th, 2011 at 7:07 am

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

  104. Natasha Hurley

    February 8th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    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!

  105. Jen

    February 8th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    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!!

  106. Brian Kraft

    February 8th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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

  107. Kristin Nicole

    February 8th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Looks like fun!

  108. Christy

    February 8th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

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

  109. John Reyment

    February 8th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

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

  110. Erica Brenci

    February 8th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

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

  111. Matt

    February 8th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

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

  112. Jessica Chavez

    February 8th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

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

  113. Karen Stott

    February 8th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

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

  114. Molly Kate

    February 8th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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

  115. cat

    February 9th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    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

  116. Erin - Kansas City Photographers

    February 9th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    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.

  117. Jackeline

    February 9th, 2011 at 4:18 am

    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™‚

  118. rhondda scott

    February 9th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    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.

  119. Holli True

    February 9th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    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!!!

  120. amanda thiessen

    February 9th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

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

  121. Kelsey Anderson

    February 10th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I so want to visit there. Beautiful images!

  122. Andrea Felgemacher

    February 10th, 2011 at 3:55 am

    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?

  123. Emily Faith Allen

    February 11th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    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!

  124. Apple

    February 14th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

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

  125. Sarah Tunstall

    February 15th, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Wang Lung! NOOOOO!!!!!