Just Because

Just Because

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My inner thermometer is different than my husband’s. Like, so different one might think I’m part amphibian. On nights when I’m covered with four comforters, you’ll find JD covering his abdomen with a single sheet. A semi see-through sheet to boot. JD walks the dog in shorts and flip-flops, and I walk next to them in an oversized down jacket, scarf and Ugg boots (when we first moved to Orange County, I’m sure my neighbors were all, Well, THERE goes the neighborhood!).

One night we stopped off for Chinese food and I as sat in the red pleather booth, I swear I saw an iceberg float by. With a penguin on it. And JD? He would’ve been comfortable sitting in Speedos.

While we waited for our soup, my teeth chattered. JD left the restaurant to see if I had a jacket in the car, but, instead, returned with a gift. I unwrapped a pashmina. JD’s story is as follows…

I ran next door to Hallmark and bought this for you. You know, something to always keep in the car for times like this. It’s funny because the elderly lady who helped me asked why I was so rushed. I explained you were about to lose your teeth from chattering so much and she thought it was sweet. She suggested I buy you a card too. So I did. Then she told me what I should write in the card: Just Because. I didn’t want to write that. But she stood at the counter and told me to write it. She said her husband does this for her and they’ve been married 40 years. So I wrote it. Because I didn’t want to disappoint her…and she said she hopes you wear the pashmina for the next 40 years.

Dear sweet cashier at Hallmark, thank you for making me feel warm. On the inside. I, too, hope I’m wearing this pashmina for 40 years. Just Because.

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  1. abriana -

    that is beyond sweet.

      2.9.10 - 7:27 pm

  2. Erin Brannan -

    Beautiful post. Good husbands are the best =)

      2.9.10 - 7:31 pm

  3. Angel Pope -

    I think JD should give "how to be the most perfect husband" workshops!!! 😉

      2.9.10 - 7:33 pm

  4. Trista Lerit -

    Your husband is better than mine *off to sign divorce papers*..but first must call Doug to yell at him.

      2.9.10 - 7:33 pm

  5. Melanie Holtsman -

    What a sweet story!

      2.9.10 - 7:34 pm

  6. Celia -

    OK…. now THAT is what a marriage is all about. Love it!

      2.9.10 - 7:34 pm

  7. Anna-Rina -

    Aww….that’s absolutely sweet. Reminds me about TIME’s recent photo essay on couples who have been married for 50 years 🙂 http://bit.ly/7sbnAv

    May you have stories like theirs to tell in the years to come.

      2.9.10 - 7:37 pm

  8. Sharon -

    Love that story. Very sweet indeed.

      2.9.10 - 7:37 pm

  9. Jackie Armstrong -

    this story is great!! i love stories with great imagery and i LOVE great relationships. the basis of any great romantic relationship is a great FRIENDSHIP. so many people skip the true friendship and head to the romance. but on the days when the butterflies are tired of fluttering, what do you have? a great friend. stay friends, you two. 🙂

      2.9.10 - 7:39 pm

  10. Pascal -

    Love this! JD is so sweet and I you are both lovely. Take Care!

      2.9.10 - 7:41 pm

  11. B -

    And winner for the BEST HUSBAND AWARD goes to: JD. Hands down.

      2.9.10 - 7:43 pm

  12. Chris c. -

    Sweet : )

      2.9.10 - 7:44 pm

  13. Heather Mulholland -

    This makes me all warm and gooey inside! Thank you 🙂

      2.9.10 - 7:46 pm

  14. Detrick Bransotn -

    now that is just too cute! you, JD and pole should go get a picture with that sweet cashier.

      2.9.10 - 7:46 pm

  15. deb schwedhelm -

    that is the sweetest story…ever!

      2.9.10 - 7:47 pm

  16. Inland Empire Wedding Photographer -

    Oh this is just too sweet. Little stories like this send warm fuzzies all into the internet.

      2.9.10 - 7:47 pm

  17. heidi darwish -

    oh my goodness! the sweetest things…the littlest mean the most! from one cold girl to another.

      2.9.10 - 7:55 pm

  18. allison waken -

    Bless that sweet ladies heart. And seriously JD can you be any more thoughtful?! I love it and hope you do wear it for 4 0 more years!

      2.9.10 - 7:57 pm

  19. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs -

    What a sweet gooey love story…I love it! Just makes me want to say, "Aww…"

      2.9.10 - 7:58 pm

  20. Nicole -

    Oh, so sweet! Here’s to 40 years of pashmina-wearing bliss!

      2.9.10 - 8:00 pm

  21. Nellie Guerrero -

    That is so sweet! 🙂 wishing you guys a happy 40 years.

      2.9.10 - 8:00 pm

  22. DoraV -

    OMG, that is the sweetest story ever.

      2.9.10 - 8:01 pm

  23. Ashley Hodgson -

    This is a sweet story. A very sweet story.

      2.9.10 - 8:04 pm

  24. Pol -

    So darling! What a lovely lady!

      2.9.10 - 8:04 pm

  25. Melissa Hatcher -

    It’s the little things we love. I’m glad JD has it down! I think I’ll email this link to my hubby….just because. 😉

      2.9.10 - 8:04 pm

  26. Heather -

    How completely sweet and romantic is that! 🙂

      2.9.10 - 8:04 pm

  27. Jenny J -

    what a sweetheart. love little stories like this. i hope you’ll be telling them for 40 years. 😉

      2.9.10 - 8:06 pm

  28. mika -

    i can definitely relate to this…i am ALWAYS colder than my bf and bundle up in boots and big jackets all the time, too…even when i look silly from all of the layers and layers of clothing i have on. i loved reading your sweet little story (he did, too). these "just because" moments truly do make my day/week/life 🙂

      2.9.10 - 8:07 pm

  29. Sarah -

    Wow. Your husband is amazing. Just saying 🙂

      2.9.10 - 8:07 pm

  30. Lisa -

    That is the most insanely sweet story ever!

      2.9.10 - 8:11 pm

  31. Dawn McCarthy -

    I just adore you. The end.

      2.9.10 - 8:11 pm

  32. Vania - SimplyBloom Photography, LLC -

    THIS IS AN AWESOME LIFE MOMENT.

      2.9.10 - 8:13 pm

  33. andrea ellison -

    how sweet sweet sweet is that !!!! <3

      2.9.10 - 8:13 pm

  34. ruthie -

    Ummm….way too cute. You guys are both blessed. 😀

      2.9.10 - 8:15 pm

  35. Maria -

    I’ve been a faithfull blog reader for some time and you owe me many boxes of Kleenex.! I accept IOU’s…Thank you for sharing your knowledge, experience, and your personal life. You are a true insperation. Gracias!

      2.9.10 - 8:17 pm

  36. Jayme -

    love this story J*, thanks for putting a smile on my face. 🙂

      2.9.10 - 8:19 pm

  37. kristi Montague -

    that’s the most adorable thing ever. 🙂

      2.9.10 - 8:22 pm

  38. cindee bae -

    awwwww so sweet!!!

      2.9.10 - 8:22 pm

  39. Gina -

    I think your hubby is a keeper 🙂

      2.9.10 - 8:23 pm

  40. Lauren Bauer -

    OMG! That is so sweet.. seriously adorable.

      2.9.10 - 8:24 pm

  41. Alexandra -

    I love you and JD 🙂

      2.9.10 - 8:25 pm

  42. Jamie -

    Oh my gosh.. I love sweet old ladies. Way to go JD… that was sooo sweet of you. No wonder J loves you o the depths of her skin 🙂

      2.9.10 - 8:26 pm

  43. justine -

    sweet!

      2.9.10 - 8:28 pm

  44. Nori -

    Omy… I’m in love with JD and with the cashier lady. How sweet!

      2.9.10 - 8:28 pm

  45. Becky -

    sooo very sweet!

      2.9.10 - 8:29 pm

  46. Christina -

    So beautiful! JD is so thoughtful!

      2.9.10 - 8:29 pm

  47. Jennifer Lebron -

    THAT. Is. So. Cute. You two make me smile at love. 😉

      2.9.10 - 8:29 pm

  48. Frances -

    ooohhhhhh — tears welled up. Can’t see to type!

      2.9.10 - 8:32 pm

  49. Alina -

    Bwaaaaaaaaa!!! This one made me cry- a happy cry!

      2.9.10 - 8:37 pm

  50. Carolyn -

    That is SO sweet!!!!

      2.9.10 - 8:38 pm

  51. Deb Cull -

    LOVE THIS POST! Too cute. I, too, am always freezing – it’s kind of a big joke around here.

      2.9.10 - 8:44 pm

  52. KLB -

    This is so precious! It makes me cry a little.
    That’s a beautiful pashmina, too!

    Kirsten
    www-photography-kirsten.blogspot.com

      2.9.10 - 8:53 pm

  53. Michelle Guzman -

    You have the best posts. What a sweet story. You and JD seem like such an amazing couple.

      2.9.10 - 8:56 pm

  54. MelissaFoscardo -

    What a beautiful story.

      2.9.10 - 8:56 pm

  55. Kathleen Porter -

    You are a lucky lady Mrs. J*! And I feel the same way…cold…ALL the time 🙂

      2.9.10 - 9:04 pm

  56. michelle -

    Oh, how I love all the mushy love stuff! :o)

      2.9.10 - 9:06 pm

  57. Michelle -

    aaaaahhhh that is so sweet.

      2.9.10 - 9:07 pm

  58. Lori -

    That’s the sweetest story ever! You guys are so perfect for each other!

      2.9.10 - 9:08 pm

  59. Cathy Crawley -

    I’m tellin’ ya it’s like the Steven and Cathy story! He’s always hot and I’m always cold. How lovely of the sales lady, and how honest is JD for telling you it was her idea!

      2.9.10 - 9:08 pm

  60. Priscilla Baierlein -

    Oh why am I in tears!? That was just so sweet. Good job JD. Smart to listen to the little lady 🙂

      2.9.10 - 9:09 pm

  61. s h e r r y -

    <3 <3 That is so adorable!!! I hope you’re wearing it for the next 40 years as well! And Jasmine, I don’t believe that it is actually "cold" in the OC. 😀 Haha. You need to strap heatpacks to yourself!

      2.9.10 - 9:09 pm

  62. Lo -

    Hi Jasmine…Reading your blog is a daily ritual for me (yup, stalker right here) but I’ve always been too shy to post a comment. This one in particular reminded me of me and my hubby – I’m always cold while he usually warm. I love the love that you and JD have for each other. To forever more years to the two of you! Thank you for always sharing a little bit of yourself to us 🙂

      2.9.10 - 9:16 pm

  63. Kira Lauren Photography -

    Hallmark sells Pashminas?! That’s one fabulous Hallmark! And one fabulous husband, you have =) Way to score points, JD! How very sweet. Made me smile.

      2.9.10 - 9:17 pm

  64. LEOLAK -

    Ohhhh….How sweet! What a lovely thing to share. Thanks J*! Nice job JD! 😉

      2.9.10 - 9:18 pm

  65. Damaris Mia -

    You are blessed to have a husband like that. Love the story :]

      2.9.10 - 9:19 pm

  66. Amanda -

    seriously, I love you two.

      2.9.10 - 9:21 pm

  67. Lindsey -

    Oh my goodness! Blog posts like these make my little heart happy!

      2.9.10 - 9:22 pm

  68. Charmi -

    What a sweet story 🙂 I love your romantic, quirky stories

      2.9.10 - 9:23 pm

  69. Angela Allan -

    Too cute! Have a great day

      2.9.10 - 9:28 pm

  70. Graeme Sharkey -

    It post is making me feel warm (inside) and I am miles away. Just because’s are the best because’s ever! Well done JD and well done elderly shop keeper!
    BTW, no guy should ever feel comfortable is speedos! Sorry JD.

      2.9.10 - 9:29 pm

  71. Brittney -

    adorable! love it 🙂 what a sweet Hallmark Lady!

      2.9.10 - 9:31 pm

  72. Alexi -

    JD is too sweet!

      2.9.10 - 9:31 pm

  73. Leyla -

    JD is just the best, most caring and attentive man I know! You are one lucky lady! So happy for both of you!

    I, too, hope you’ll wear the pashmina for 40 years 😉

      2.9.10 - 9:31 pm

  74. jamie delaine -

    oh just stop being so adorable. 😉

      2.9.10 - 9:40 pm

  75. jodiecphotography -

    Awww that is so sweet! 🙂 LOVE!

      2.9.10 - 9:56 pm

  76. Kim Spears -

    Sqeeeeeeeel !! That is just the sweetest. I love it … and I can relate to having a broken heater core as my husband calls it 🙂

      2.9.10 - 10:01 pm

  77. Rebekah Towers -

    That is so stinkin’ sweet! What a great guy. 🙂

      2.9.10 - 10:22 pm

  78. Marissa Rodriguez -

    Adorable. *sigh* you guys are too cute!

      2.9.10 - 10:28 pm

  79. AmyPunky Photography (Emilie) -

    Awwww this is so sweet!!!!

      2.9.10 - 10:30 pm

  80. Karen C, Florida -

    Jas, I think you have the most wonderful husband on the planet. You two are adorable!!!

      2.9.10 - 10:48 pm

  81. Christine Pobke -

    UGH. you guys make me sick. JUST KIDDING! I love you two! Just because!!! 🙂 And JD – you are the worlds 2nd best husband (after mine, of course). 🙂 I hope you’re wearing it for 40 years too Jas, it’s beautiful. 🙂

      2.9.10 - 10:50 pm

  82. Leora Shiff -

    that has got to be the sweetest thing!!!! What a sweetheart JD is!!!

      2.9.10 - 10:52 pm

  83. Katy G -

    Umm…don’t visit the northeast any time soon. You would be a popsicle from the minute you stepped off the plane. We’re talking negative temps here in Syracuse!

      2.9.10 - 10:57 pm

  84. Evie Perez -

    What a sweet heart!!!

      2.9.10 - 11:54 pm

  85. brianna -

    I love you…but I just might love your husband more.

      2.9.10 - 11:57 pm

  86. Jessica Wise -

    This is so sweet! Thank you for sharing such awesome examples likes this of love

      2.10.10 - 12:02 am

  87. Hanssie Trainor -

    Cutest.story.EVER. and I love JD much more for it…but I never EVER want to see him in speedos. Thanks for the mental image.

      2.10.10 - 12:02 am

  88. Chris c. -

    J*- what do you think of this idea? JD start a BLOG about HOW MEN CAN SCORE BIG with wives/ significant others? Some men just haven’t a clue about the little things, just because.

      2.10.10 - 12:07 am

  89. Amanda Waltman -

    that is so sweet! thanks for sharing that story! 🙂

      2.10.10 - 12:08 am

  90. Lyn Ismael-Bennett -

    Sooo sweet! I too have a husband whose perception of comfortable temperature is completely opposite to mine….I still love him, nevertheless 🙂

      2.10.10 - 12:36 am

  91. Jenny Photography -

    So sweet. I love that 🙂

      2.10.10 - 12:47 am

  92. kayla :) -

    awww I just love the two of you! Your love for each other make me warm and fuzzy inside!

      2.10.10 - 12:56 am

  93. Basia -

    aaaawwwwww…… boys and their hearts…

      2.10.10 - 12:57 am

  94. Tira J -

    If he is this romantic now, just days before Valentine’s Day, just wait! I am sure there is more in store. I *heart* JD! He is so great!

      2.10.10 - 1:05 am

  95. Joanie Clay -

    Honestly, I read your blog all of the time, and it’s one of those things that I just can’t wait to see what Jasmine is going to say next. My husband NEVER reads your blog, and is totally a fan because I always tell him what the latest is and cute stories. We talk about you like we really know you, like "Oh today Jasmine said the funniest thing!" This is one of those posts that just made me smile. I mean a really, truly, happy because life is good smile. I’m not one to usually comment on any blogs, just a person who loves to browse but today I just have to tell you that your just great! I’m also thankful that God gave you such a great husband, and I’m glad that you love to share it with the world. Thanks for all your posts!!!

      2.10.10 - 1:12 am

  96. Brent Pilgrim -

    Warning: Total Guy Comment. So THAT’S what a pashmina is!!! Gotta love feelin’ warm.

      2.10.10 - 1:19 am

  97. Jonni Sergi -

    How sweet is JD??? Gotta just love how thoughtful he is and you deserve it. Lovely scarf too. 🙂

    Hugs,
    Jonni

      2.10.10 - 1:25 am

  98. Dorie -

    That is the sweetest story I think I have ever heard. Way to go JD!!!

      2.10.10 - 1:31 am

  99. Katelyn James -

    aw JD. You just got a million brownie points:)

      2.10.10 - 1:36 am

  100. Jess -

    Wow. JD just keeps raising that bar. LOVE your love, and LOVE this story!

      2.10.10 - 1:47 am

  101. gina Kramp -

    very sweet story!

      2.10.10 - 1:47 am

  102. Edward -

    JD is a lot like me! I am usually much warmer than my wife is! "I’m an 82 man myself" -Leon from Curb Your Enthusiasm

      2.10.10 - 1:53 am

  103. JenP -

    Awww. Break out the tissue.

      2.10.10 - 1:59 am

  104. Juli L. -

    That’s so nice!! What a great husband! 🙂

      2.10.10 - 2:02 am

  105. Lou H. -

    beautiful story to tell your future kids. simple gesture but super sweet!

      2.10.10 - 2:06 am

  106. Karin -

    I always say when I retire I’m going to work at Hallmark – because in my heart – I’m that old lady. You two are so blessed.

      2.10.10 - 2:10 am

  107. Celesa -

    Wow Jasmine just when I thought you guys couldn’t get any cutier you do. I love it.

      2.10.10 - 1:47 pm

  108. Teddy -

    You two are the best couple

      2.10.10 - 2:04 pm

  109. andie -

    awwww reading this made me all warm and fuzzy inside.

      2.10.10 - 2:31 pm

  110. Angel Canary -

    That’s so sweet! My guy is one of those, always running to the car to get my sweater. I keep a black, white and brown sweater in my car (yes, I am THAT cold all of the time.) JD is a doll!

      2.10.10 - 2:33 pm

  111. Becca -

    {Sigh} How sweet. I love that after all this time, you two are as in love as ever 🙂

      2.10.10 - 2:35 pm

  112. Jo-Anne Kyle -

    Thanks for sharing. Like you, I’m always cold but I didn’t need a pashmina to feel warm after reading this story.

      2.10.10 - 2:53 pm

  113. Deyla Huss Photography -

    Sooooooo sweet! I love when hubby’s do these beautiful spontaneous things! It truly reminds us of how lucky we are.

      2.10.10 - 3:04 pm

  114. Katie Whitcomb -

    Now that I’m finally able to read this.. I LOVE IT!!! Aren’t husbands great?

      2.10.10 - 3:11 pm

  115. Stephanie Stewart -

    What a sweetheart! Lovely pashmina, lovely story. You two are so adorable!!

      2.10.10 - 3:34 pm

  116. Brandis Allison -

    So so sweet. I love when our husband’s do something – Just Because. 🙂

      2.10.10 - 3:40 pm

  117. Leah G -

    Awwww. Now I have tears in my eyes.

      2.10.10 - 3:44 pm

  118. Tracy Norred -

    That is so incredibly sweet! You and JD are the cutest couple ever! 🙂

      2.10.10 - 3:53 pm

  119. therese -

    so cute, gave me goosebumps!

      2.10.10 - 3:57 pm

  120. augusta -

    Awwww. 🙂

      2.10.10 - 4:02 pm

  121. Diandra -

    Could you guys BE any sweeter? I love that JD listened to the lady. I can totally picture that conversation 🙂

      2.10.10 - 5:15 pm

  122. Denise Saucedo -

    We all need a hubby like JD!! He makes my heart melt. Sorry J*, I’m just sayin’!!! You guys are amazing!!! I truly adore you!

      2.10.10 - 5:24 pm

  123. sarah j. -

    True Love. Special moments like these help you recognize your w. the one your supposed to be with…

      2.10.10 - 5:28 pm

  124. Michelle -

    This was so touching that it made me teary eyed. God bless the Angel behind that Hallmark Counter!!!!!

      2.10.10 - 5:34 pm

  125. Alisa Greig -

    umm, does it get any sweeter than this????

      2.10.10 - 5:45 pm

  126. Tacey -

    Well HAPPY Valentines Day to you! That is simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing…Lovely story all around..

      2.10.10 - 6:31 pm

  127. Serendipity Photography -

    How sweet!!!

      2.10.10 - 6:54 pm

  128. Megan -

    This is the SWEETEST thing I’ve read in a very long time. Thank you!

      2.10.10 - 7:34 pm

  129. Dawn -

    That is adorable…. = )

      2.10.10 - 8:44 pm

  130. lynda -

    you guys are ahhhhhmazing!

      2.10.10 - 9:45 pm

  131. jeramy -

    oh wow! i’m officially in a bromance with jd. good stuff dude!

      2.10.10 - 10:02 pm

  132. Stacey -

    Um – how much more sweeter could this be?! NONE! I love small tokens of love, and this was one of them. I love you guys’ love! 🙂

      2.10.10 - 10:55 pm

  133. Melanie -

    That is the sweetest story I have heard in a long time!

      2.10.10 - 11:28 pm

  134. Theresa McDonald -

    "Just Because" you shared this, my heart is filled with joy!

      2.10.10 - 11:52 pm

  135. cassandra m -

    a giant big "aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh". So SWEET that JD. Can we clone him? LOL.

      2.11.10 - 2:17 am

  136. feuza -

    what a great story and what a great husband~

      2.11.10 - 2:52 am

  137. Tiffany -

    my heart just melted!

      2.11.10 - 4:05 am

  138. whitney law -

    the simple things. sigh.

      2.11.10 - 4:15 am

  139. gladys jem -

    ive been having really bad days, but your blog always makes it better. i love this. i love you. i love jd. i love that you and jd love each other. perfect…ion!

      2.11.10 - 4:23 am

  140. shani -

    They sell Pashminas at Hallmark?

      2.11.10 - 5:23 am

  141. Jan -

    That’s so nice!!

      2.11.10 - 7:08 am

  142. Shannon -

    I think I might tear up as I sit, sipping coffee and putting off the days tasks. I could see your story being played out as I read. It would be a kick butt Hallmark commercial. I’m serious, send that puppy in because they will eat it up! As always…thanks for a great start to my day! Happy Thursday!

      2.11.10 - 12:58 pm

  143. sharon Snow -

    priceless 🙂

      2.11.10 - 1:22 pm

  144. Sissel -

    wait. they sell pashminas at hallmark?
    you should send this story in….so sweet!

      2.11.10 - 2:08 pm

  145. amanda thiessen -

    this is too stinken cute! you are an inspiration to photographers as well as business owners AND couples <3

      2.11.10 - 6:45 pm

  146. Tamara -

    Awwww….how romantic and sweet.

      2.12.10 - 12:23 pm

  147. Life with Kaishon -

    I love him.
    In a nice safe way : )
    How sweet is he.
    I was laughing imagining him sitting in a chinese restaurant in a speedo.
    I mean, I am sure he looks GREAT in a speedo, I was just trying to imagine what it would be like to sit in a chinese restaurant in a speedo…

      2.12.10 - 11:09 pm

  148. Robert C -

    How nice! That just gave me an idea….tell JD I said thanks!

      2.12.10 - 11:18 pm

  149. Carrie -

    I have tears in my eyes… because you have an amazing hubby who adores you. Much happiness to you and your next 40 years +

      2.13.10 - 7:14 pm

  150. Apple -

    you’re so blessed. 🙂 happy happy <3s day to you two!!!:D

      2.14.10 - 10:27 am

  151. Rachel Peters -

    Oh my…this is seriously so sweet. You are very blessed to have found such a sweet sweet person to share your life with. This post makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside!

      2.16.10 - 1:01 am

  152. Brittani -

    =) Sweetest story ever.
    Loved it.
    That’s all I can say to that.
    …=)….

      3.3.10 - 7:32 am

  153. Tracy -

    Oh my gosh, that is such a sweet story! I love it!

      3.14.11 - 12:22 am

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