Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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Every year my family sits around the table at Thanksgiving and says for what they’re most thankful. It’s all very Hallmark Special-ish, but has come to be one of my most favorite times of the year. Without fail, my family turns to me and rolls their eyes (except my sweet mother) because they know what’s coming: tears. I’m the eldest of five children, take control of my siblings, and can be a little rough-around-the-edges when dealing with them (When’s the last time you showered?…The only grade you’re allowed to bring home is an A+!…The Goodwill called and wants their clothes back!), but I’m fiercely protective. When it comes time to verbalize how thankful I am for them, I cry.

And it’s one of those dirty, scrunch-my-face-shake-my-head kind of cries. It’s worse than this:

Later today I plan on sitting around the table and thanking my family and husband for dealing with me. Sometimes I’m a tough person to love, but it makes me realize just how lucky I am to belong to them. I feel like each of them–in their own Jacob the Wolf way–has imprinted me. And, boom. Twilight just made an appearance on the most thankful day of the year. THAT’S HOW I ROLL.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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  1. Becca -

    LOVE the Twlight reference!!!!!!!!! Completely DIED!!!!!!!!!!! <3

      11.24.11 - 2:32 pm

  2. Penny Wolfe -

    Happy Thanksgiving

      11.24.11 - 2:55 pm

  3. Rachel Tatem -

    Sounds like a great family tradition, agreed that it is straight hallmark. Funny: I’m the youngest of five kids. Got to love large families!

      11.24.11 - 2:57 pm

  4. Kat -

    Happy Thanksgiving Jas! May you continue to be blessed…say hi to Polo and JD.

      11.24.11 - 3:05 pm

  5. Hannes Uys -

    Happy Thanksgiving!

      11.24.11 - 3:31 pm

  6. Hannes Uys -

    Happy Thanksgiving!

      11.24.11 - 3:31 pm

  7. Rhonda -

    As a new photographer – I am thankful that you are so open with everyone – you rock!

      11.24.11 - 4:10 pm

  8. Melody -

    Thank you for always being so real regardless of what anyone else thinks.

      11.24.11 - 4:13 pm

  9. Christina -

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your amazing family Jasmine!!

      11.24.11 - 4:13 pm

  10. Autumn Teesdale -

    Only you could get twilight into thanksgiving!! LOL Hope you have a fabulous, tear filled, belly filling day!

      11.24.11 - 4:14 pm

  11. Michael Montalto -

    Happy Thanksgiving J-Super* -mM

      11.24.11 - 4:15 pm

  12. dulcet whimsy -

    Love the Twilight reference in this post! Ha. Happy Thanksgiving!

      11.24.11 - 4:32 pm

  13. Amy -

    LOL…Oh gosh…perhaps all of us here should be thanking you Jasmine…for showing so many of us the ropes, filling us with knowledge (including how to bring up twilight on Thanksgiving) and showing many of us how to walk with grace even when it seems impossible to do so. Happy Thanksgiving!

      11.24.11 - 4:42 pm

  14. Karen -

    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

      11.24.11 - 4:42 pm

  15. Lisa Carpenter -

    Right back atcha! Happy Thanksgiving Jasmine x

      11.24.11 - 4:43 pm

  16. Ashantai Yungai -

    Love the take-no-prisoners but fiercely protective attitude of being the eldest. I’m the eldest myself and my mother once thanked me for that very attitude (my youngest sister told her I would not let them get away with "stuff". I am grateful for being the eldest! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

      11.24.11 - 4:53 pm

  17. Kate Douthwright -

    Happy Thanksgiving J*! I know every reader of this blog is thankful for everything you put out there for us! Even if you’re an ugly crier….we still love ya!

      11.24.11 - 5:27 pm

  18. Diana -

    Wow ! It’s like you took all the thoughts out of my head and posted them on your blog, except I’m the oldest of 9 and live in Puerto Rico. Later on I too will be thanking them for… Everything. Us, who are difficult to love, love back in huge amounts. Happy thanksgiving from the Caribbean.

      11.24.11 - 5:30 pm

  19. Diana -

    Wow ! It’s like you took all the thoughts out of my head and posted them on your blog, except I’m the oldest of 9 and live in Puerto Rico. Later on I too will be thanking them for… Everything. Us, who are difficult to love, love back in huge amounts. Happy thanksgiving from the Caribbean.

      11.24.11 - 5:30 pm

  20. Karin -

    I think Thanksgiving is beautiful. We do not have this here in Switzerland, but someday i will make a thanksgiving at my home. Its so important to be grateful for what we have! And what a good occasion to have your family at your home and just give thanks for everything! I just love it!

      11.24.11 - 5:49 pm

  21. LEOLAK -

    THANK YOU JASMINE!! For all that you share and do to inspire me (and so many others)! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! High-paw to Polo!

      11.24.11 - 6:27 pm

  22. Carla Barnett -

    Happy Thanksgiving!

      11.24.11 - 7:36 pm

  23. Janet Cruz -

    Jasmine * along with all the other wonderful things in my world…. I am Thankful there are people like you out there. Who love and give and create goodness and sunshine in the world. I’m glad I happened upon your website this year! Thank you!

      11.24.11 - 7:56 pm

  24. Alex -

    Jasmine, I love how you referenced Twilight in that last paragraph. It made me laugh out loud. Literally. hahaha.

      11.24.11 - 9:15 pm

  25. Malorie -

    I really don’t think that u can make even if a cry face as ugly as Kim! or maybe I just like to hate on her :/ hey kir

      11.25.11 - 5:30 pm

  26. Juan -

    Happy Thanksgiving

      11.25.11 - 5:36 pm

  27. Stephanie Rose -

    Happy Thanksgiving! 😀

      11.25.11 - 11:29 pm

  28. Derek James -

    Love her face ha, My wife Loves this!

      11.26.11 - 4:37 pm

  29. Ren -

    Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

      11.26.11 - 4:55 pm

  30. Mireya -

    Hahahaha oh God! Twilight reference haha Happy Thanksgiving anyways 😀

      11.27.11 - 10:28 pm

  31. Belinda -

    (Got a little behind on reading over the weekend so I’m sure you’re being inundated with comments from me right now)… LOL You’re ridiculous with your random Twilight reference!

      11.28.11 - 10:05 pm

  32. cassandra-m -

    Happy (be-lated) Thanksgiving, but then every day should be one in which we give thanks~! 😉 Thankful for my friends, family & amazing PHOTOGRAPHERS that inspire me. (wink wink)

      11.29.11 - 6:11 pm

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