Happy Easter


We woke with the sun this morning. JD and I hurried from room to room getting ready for an early church service, leaving the scents of soap and cologne with each passing. Our church is an hour from our home, so we have to plan things in advanceโ€”especially for Sundays like today. Sundays where dresses are worn, the smell of coffee ripples through the congregation, and hugs are given as if they are the last. A typical Easter at church in East Los Angeles. Days like today make me happy to be alive and thankful for my life.

The remainder of the day was spent balancing time between our families hunting for Easter eggs and barbequing carne asadaโ€ฆthen holding our bellies in happy remorse. Days like today make me happy to be alive and thankful for my life.

It was a warm afternoon, so JD, my mom, and myself sat on my parentsโ€™ porch and talked the day away. Life. Business. Dreams. Days like today make me happy to be alive and thankful for my life.

I hope you are having just as pleasant a day as mineโ€ฆHappy Easter and God Bless!

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  1. Kelly McCormick

    March 24th, 2008 at 12:56 am


    I’ve been following your site for a while now. Since I noticed an empty comments section, I thought it was meant to be that today is the day for my first comment on your blog. Anyways, I kept an eye open for you at WPPI. I wanted to tell you that I truly appreciate your ability to showcase your perseverance, vulnerability, and faith in God on your blog. Congratulations on your success! Happy Easter!

  2. Tiffany

    March 24th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Happy easter!!!

  3. Tish

    March 24th, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Happy Easter! Just wante dto tell you I browsed your archives and read some posts about your mom’s cancer. My mom was just diagnosed with cancer, and it was an encouragement to read your words…and see her healthy now. Thanks for sharing such a personal part of your life. ANd your posts about your marriage are so sweet…like he is the anchor and you are the sails!

  4. dawnhaas

    March 24th, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Love to see that there are other relationships out there where the couple actually LOVES eachother. My husband and I are still Best friends, I am glad to see you two are too!! Happy Easter

  5. Dawn

    March 24th, 2008 at 1:28 am

    HAPPY EASTER! I wanted to tell you have a new reason for loving your blog. I have been talking about getting a shootsac ALOT. My husband decided he wanted to surprise me with one, but couldn’t find the website (he thought it was spelled Shootsack). As a last ditch effort, he googled you. You had an add for it on your blog and now my shootsac is on its way.-Thanks

  6. Regina

    March 24th, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Ah! We have snow here…. But have had an awesome Easter with family and Enchiladas…

  7. erin.

    March 24th, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Happy Easter & God Bless your entire family too! You & JD look like your all coordinated in that photo. Glad you enjoyed a day on the porch with your family-they are the best days ever!

  8. WeezerMonkey

    March 24th, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Pretty pic…but what I really wanted to say is JD’s tie is killer!

  9. jen harris

    March 24th, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Happy Easter Jas!!!
    hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. kerri mcconnell

    March 24th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    happy easter to you as well!

    jd’s tie is awesome!

  11. Alyssa Lang

    March 24th, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Happy Easter Jasmine!!

  12. mark Brooke

    March 24th, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Easter is totally a great day to "be happy to be alive and thankful for our lives" ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. david & kimi baxter

    March 24th, 2008 at 3:56 am

    hope you and JD had a blessed and happy easter!

  14. Gena McMillan

    March 24th, 2008 at 4:04 am

    Happy Easter! I’m diggin’ JD’s style! Did he pick out his tie or is that one of your stylish picks?

  15. Simply Modern Weddings

    March 24th, 2008 at 4:42 am

    Happy Easter you two!!!

  16. Mallory

    March 24th, 2008 at 4:47 am

    Happy Easter!!! I hope your dinner was yummy–maybe next year James and I will make carne asada as our contribution to Easter dinner, sounds yummy!!

  17. mercery

    March 24th, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Happy Easter Jasmine! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Melli

    March 24th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Happy Easter!

  19. ScotWharton

    March 24th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I just wanted to give JD some props on the shirt/tie combo and the sweet Windsor knot! — Happy Easter to you both

  20. Tanya Perez

    March 24th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    You guys looked HOT! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Easter Jas!

  21. Erika

    March 24th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Could you two BE any cuter!? ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Easter!

  22. cassandra m

    March 24th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Happy Easter…May God continue to bless you, your family & your business! awesome outfits there ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Ruby Rideout

    March 24th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Happy Easter to the both of you. Beautiful post~

  24. kymberli q.

    March 24th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    It was a beautiful day all around! J.D.’s tie is rockin’!!

  25. j.ro

    March 24th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    happy belated easter … and sweet tie!

  26. allie

    March 24th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    what a great post. great message and you two are adorable.

  27. Kelley Frese

    March 24th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I LOVE that you coordinate ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope you enjoyed a joyful resurrection day.


  28. Jasmine*

    March 24th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    LOL!! Thanks for the comments!! For the record, I didn’t intend to wear a dress that matched with JD’s tie…it just happened that way! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also–because I’m a glory hog!–I picked the tie! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for making my day!

  29. Cesar Perez

    March 24th, 2008 at 8:57 pm


  30. angel swanson

    March 24th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    love the tie, too!! nice work, jasmine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. ksen

    March 25th, 2008 at 3:12 am

    happy easter to you, JD & yours! you two are so stinkin’ cute!!!

  32. Chris

    March 25th, 2008 at 3:19 am

    J*, i just love reading your blog and your work amazing! You are truly gifted! Happy Resurrection Day! Blessings to you both!

  33. Mallory

    March 25th, 2008 at 6:43 am

    Such gorgeous pictures! The bouquet is fabulous!

  34. Joanne

    March 25th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    it was by no chance that i was introduced to your photography!
    you are the inspiration i needed: )
    god bless you and your family!

  35. Jane

    March 25th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    That is one rockin’ tie! Not very many guys could pull it off! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Amber Dawn

    March 25th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Ahhh! Happy Easter Jasmine! God Bless you guys!

  37. Lydia

    March 25th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Jasmine, you are such a natural beauty! And that tie is the coolest!

  38. Oana

    March 26th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    You are a very talented writer!

  39. New York City Wedding Photographer

    April 8th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Is it just me do these two look like they could be related?