Just Because


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

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    that is beyond sweet.

  2. Erin Brannan

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Beautiful post. Good husbands are the best =)

  3. Angel Pope

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

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

  4. Trista Lerit

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

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

  5. Melanie Holtsman

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    What a sweet story!

  6. Celia

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

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

  7. Anna-Rina

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    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.

  8. Sharon

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Love that story. Very sweet indeed.

  9. Jackie Armstrong

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    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. 🙂

  10. Pascal

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

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

  11. B

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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

  12. Chris c.

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Sweet : )

  13. Heather Mulholland

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

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

  14. Detrick Bransotn

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

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

  15. deb schwedhelm

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    that is the sweetest story…ever!

  16. Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

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

  17. heidi darwish

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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

  18. allison waken

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    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!

  19. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

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

  20. Nicole

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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

  21. Nellie Guerrero

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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

  22. DoraV

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    OMG, that is the sweetest story ever.

  23. Ashley Hodgson

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    This is a sweet story. A very sweet story.

  24. Pol

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    So darling! What a lovely lady!

  25. Melissa Hatcher

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    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. 😉

  26. Heather

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    How completely sweet and romantic is that! 🙂

  27. Jenny J

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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

  28. mika

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    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 🙂

  29. Sarah

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Wow. Your husband is amazing. Just saying 🙂

  30. Lisa

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    That is the most insanely sweet story ever!

  31. Dawn McCarthy

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I just adore you. The end.

  32. Vania - SimplyBloom Photography, LLC

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:13 pm


  33. andrea ellison

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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

  34. ruthie

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

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

  35. Maria

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    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!

  36. Jayme

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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

  37. kristi Montague

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    that’s the most adorable thing ever. 🙂

  38. cindee bae

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    awwwww so sweet!!!

  39. Gina

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I think your hubby is a keeper 🙂

  40. Lauren Bauer

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    OMG! That is so sweet.. seriously adorable.

  41. Alexandra

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I love you and JD 🙂

  42. Jamie

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    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 🙂

  43. justine

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:28 pm


  44. Nori

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

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

  45. Becky

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    sooo very sweet!

  46. Christina

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    So beautiful! JD is so thoughtful!

  47. Jennifer Lebron

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

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

  48. Frances

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

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

  49. Alina

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

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

  50. Carolyn

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    That is SO sweet!!!!

  51. Deb Cull

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

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

  52. KLB

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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


  53. Michelle Guzman

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

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

  54. MelissaFoscardo

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    What a beautiful story.

  55. Kathleen Porter

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

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

  56. michelle

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

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

  57. Michelle

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    aaaaahhhh that is so sweet.

  58. Lori

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

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

  59. Cathy Crawley

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    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!

  60. Priscilla Baierlein

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

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

  61. s h e r r y

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    <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!

  62. Lo

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    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 🙂

  63. Kira Lauren Photography

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    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.

  64. LEOLAK

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

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

  65. Damaris Mia

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

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

  66. Amanda

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    seriously, I love you two.

  67. Lindsey

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

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

  68. Charmi

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

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

  69. Angela Allan

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Too cute! Have a great day

  70. Graeme Sharkey

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    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.

  71. Brittney

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    adorable! love it 🙂 what a sweet Hallmark Lady!

  72. Alexi

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    JD is too sweet!

  73. Leyla

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    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 😉

  74. jamie delaine

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    oh just stop being so adorable. 😉

  75. jodiecphotography

    February 9th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Awww that is so sweet! 🙂 LOVE!

  76. Kim Spears

    February 9th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

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

  77. Rebekah Towers

    February 9th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

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

  78. Marissa Rodriguez

    February 9th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Adorable. *sigh* you guys are too cute!

  79. AmyPunky Photography (Emilie)

    February 9th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Awwww this is so sweet!!!!

  80. Karen C, Florida

    February 9th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

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

  81. Christine Pobke

    February 9th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    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. 🙂

  82. Leora Shiff

    February 9th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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

  83. Katy G

    February 9th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    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!

  84. Evie Perez

    February 9th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    What a sweet heart!!!

  85. brianna

    February 9th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

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

  86. Jessica Wise

    February 10th, 2010 at 12:02 am

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

  87. Hanssie Trainor

    February 10th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    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.

  88. Chris c.

    February 10th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    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.

  89. Amanda Waltman

    February 10th, 2010 at 12:08 am

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

  90. Lyn Ismael-Bennett

    February 10th, 2010 at 12:36 am

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

  91. Jenny Photography

    February 10th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    So sweet. I love that 🙂

  92. kayla :)

    February 10th, 2010 at 12:56 am

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

  93. Basia

    February 10th, 2010 at 12:57 am

    aaaawwwwww…… boys and their hearts…

  94. Tira J

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    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!

  95. Joanie Clay

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:12 am

    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!!!

  96. Brent Pilgrim

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:19 am

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

  97. Jonni Sergi

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:25 am

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


  98. Dorie

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:31 am

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

  99. Katelyn James

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:36 am

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

  100. Jess

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:47 am

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

  101. gina Kramp

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:47 am

    very sweet story!

  102. Edward

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:53 am

    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

  103. JenP

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Awww. Break out the tissue.

  104. Juli L.

    February 10th, 2010 at 2:02 am

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

  105. Lou H.

    February 10th, 2010 at 2:06 am

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

  106. Karin

    February 10th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    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.

  107. Celesa

    February 10th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

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

  108. Teddy

    February 10th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    You two are the best couple

  109. andie

    February 10th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    awwww reading this made me all warm and fuzzy inside.

  110. Angel Canary

    February 10th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    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!

  111. Becca

    February 10th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

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

  112. Jo-Anne Kyle

    February 10th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

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

  113. Deyla Huss Photography

    February 10th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

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

  114. Katie Whitcomb

    February 10th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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

  115. Stephanie Stewart

    February 10th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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

  116. Brandis Allison

    February 10th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

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

  117. Leah G

    February 10th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Awwww. Now I have tears in my eyes.

  118. Tracy Norred

    February 10th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

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

  119. therese

    February 10th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    so cute, gave me goosebumps!

  120. augusta

    February 10th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Awwww. 🙂

  121. Diandra

    February 10th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

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

  122. Denise Saucedo

    February 10th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    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!

  123. sarah j.

    February 10th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

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

  124. Michelle

    February 10th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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

  125. Alisa Greig

    February 10th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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

  126. Tacey

    February 10th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

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

  127. Serendipity Photography

    February 10th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    How sweet!!!

  128. Megan

    February 10th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

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

  129. Dawn

    February 10th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    That is adorable…. = )

  130. lynda

    February 10th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    you guys are ahhhhhmazing!

  131. jeramy

    February 10th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

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

  132. Stacey

    February 10th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    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! 🙂

  133. Melanie

    February 10th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

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

  134. Theresa McDonald

    February 10th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

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

  135. cassandra m

    February 11th, 2010 at 2:17 am

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

  136. feuza

    February 11th, 2010 at 2:52 am

    what a great story and what a great husband~

  137. Tiffany

    February 11th, 2010 at 4:05 am

    my heart just melted!

  138. whitney law

    February 11th, 2010 at 4:15 am

    the simple things. sigh.

  139. gladys jem

    February 11th, 2010 at 4:23 am

    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!

  140. shani

    February 11th, 2010 at 5:23 am

    They sell Pashminas at Hallmark?

  141. Jan

    February 11th, 2010 at 7:08 am

    That’s so nice!!

  142. Shannon

    February 11th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    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!

  143. sharon Snow

    February 11th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    priceless 🙂

  144. Sissel

    February 11th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

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

  145. amanda thiessen

    February 11th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

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

  146. Tamara

    February 12th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Awwww….how romantic and sweet.

  147. Life with Kaishon

    February 12th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    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…

  148. Robert C

    February 12th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

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

  149. Carrie

    February 13th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

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

  150. Apple

    February 14th, 2010 at 10:27 am

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

  151. Rachel Peters

    February 16th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    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!

  152. Brittani

    March 3rd, 2010 at 7:32 am

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

  153. Tracy

    March 14th, 2011 at 12:22 am

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