Merry Christmas


Yesterday my family gathered for a Christmas Eve Eve dinner at my parents’ home. When JD, Polo, and I arrived, the house was warm and the air thick with the scents of plantains, rice, beans, and a plethora of other Puerto Rican entrees. My youngest sister, Zoe Belle, invited the family for a home cooked meal to celebrate the year coming to a close. And to also remember my grandmother’s legacy. Though no one mentioned it, we celebrated her life and relived her memories with every spoonful of food. And, believe me, there was food. Tons of it.

The sounds of latin music danced through the air and we all laughed, yelled, and as we spoke over each other, there was love. Lots and lots of love. It’s a night I never want to forget because life is short and in a blink everything can change. In that moment–ice clinking in glasses, the black beans resting happily on the white rice, and my father’s reluctance at wearing a shirt to the dinner table (Iss ah free kuntree…why muss I wear a shirt?!)–I was happy. So incredibly happy.

Merry Christmas, Internet. JD and I wish you happiness, love, and joy during this holiday season!

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  1. Deanna Rose

    December 24th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    And the merriest days to the both of you. Have a wonderful Christmas. ((Hugs))

  2. Bobbie Brown

    December 24th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Oh… I love this picture of you guys! Your family sounds amazing. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Mandy Sroka

    December 24th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Merry Christmas to you all as well!

  4. Jennifer Brotchie

    December 24th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Merry Christmas jasmine and jd! The Lord overflows his cup with love and joy and we are lucky to get a sip…. xo

  5. Curtis Moore

    December 24th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Merry Christmas to you two and your family!!

  6. Kira Lauren Photography

    December 24th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    AWWW! An adorable picture of you and JD. Simple, and in love. Merry Christmas to you both, and wishes for a fabulous 2010! =D

  7. Eileen

    December 24th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Wishing you much joy and happiness in the new year and look forward to viewing more of your beautiful work.

  8. paula leme

    December 24th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    merry christmas!!! 🙂

  9. Yuka photo art

    December 24th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  10. Brandis Allison

    December 24th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  11. Linda Sherrill

    December 24th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Merry Christmas JD and Jasmine…Thanks for sharing all you do with us..

  12. Connie

    December 24th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine! Hope you have a magical time!

  13. Mindy

    December 24th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!!!

  14. Judi Hussain

    December 24th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    A joyous and blessed Christmas and holiday season to you, JD and your entire family.

  15. kay*

    December 24th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    i think this is one of my favourite photos you’ve posted of you and JD. actually – it is.

    merry christmas to both of you and your family. your blog (& you) are such an incredible source of inspiration not only when it comes to photography…but just how to be a decent human being and be thankful in general. more than anything that’s why i enjoy your blog. you rock!

  16. Vanessa Tuau

    December 24th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    What a beautiful image and lovely story:) Merry Christmas xx

  17. angela hubbard

    December 24th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    such an awesome photo Jasmine and JD. Merry Merry Christmas to you guys and Polo. love angela & whiskey

  18. Emily Abril

    December 24th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine!

  19. Cathy Crawley

    December 24th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Merry Christmas to you, Jd and your families. I hope you have a lovely day together xxx

  20. s h e r r y

    December 24th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Merry Christmas to you, JD, and Polo! 🙂

  21. Lydia

    December 25th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Love this picture of the two of you! Merry Christmas!

  22. Alexandra

    December 25th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Merry Christmas!!!!!

  23. cassandra m

    December 25th, 2009 at 4:05 am

    MERRY CHRISTMAS my beautiful friends. I hope your day is FULL of LOVE and LAUGHTER and HAPPINESS! Kisses to Polo! PS…love this pic!

  24. TERRI

    December 25th, 2009 at 4:38 am

    There is nothing more important than family. It’s where we begin and end. Merry Christmas to you and JD. Blessings.

  25. Tacey

    December 25th, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Jasmine…’Meeting’ you was one of the best gifts I received all year. God bless you and your family…

  26. Jo-Anne Kyle

    December 25th, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Wishing you and JD a magical Christmas and a New Year filled with many joys, large and small.

  27. Rory Mole

    December 25th, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Hi there Jasmine, Thank you so much for the Christmas wishes and for sharing. May you and your family experience continued blessing, prosperity, love and everything that Jesus is all about, not only over Christmas, but throughout the rest of your lives.

  28. Elizabeth

    December 25th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    From my family to yours Merry Christmas!

  29. Pol

    December 25th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    All the blessing of the Christmas season to you and your family

  30. uLi

    December 25th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Merry X’mas =)

  31. Anouschka

    December 25th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    A very merry christmas to you, JD, Polo and your family!!

  32. Evelyn

    December 25th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!! Sound like you all had a blast. Reading this makes me hungry. Feliz Navidad!!!

  33. Katie Whitcomb

    December 25th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine!

  34. Sandra Yu Photography

    December 25th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    You’re indeed blessed. Merry Christmas!

  35. gabriel.ryan.

    December 25th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    we love you guys A LOT!! just thought you should know 😉

  36. Tira J

    December 25th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your entire family Jasmine! Much love, Tira J & David

  37. Kathy Chappell

    December 25th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your gift and talent with us so freely….I personally truly appreciate you, J.D. and Polo….Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  38. sarah

    December 25th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    i also have moments like that- when i sit back and think, "remember this."

    enjoy the rest of your holiday!

    ps. totally jealous about the plantains. i wish our christmas dinner included them. maybe next year it will!

  39. Tiffany

    December 25th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Merry Christmas to you both! You are both beautiful people inside and the photo of you two.

  40. Daniel Finger

    December 25th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    resolvi escrever em Porttuguês para te desejar um feliz Natal direto do Brasil e que esse pais precisa de presente de natal um curso seeu de fotografia.
    Preciso dizer que cada vez que leio seus comentarios fico emocionado de como você não é desse mundo.
    Paraaaabéns e Merry Christmas.

  41. Nellie Guerrero

    December 26th, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Merry Christmas to you too Jas! I am so blessed to have virtually met you 🙂

  42. Brian Fletcher

    December 26th, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Merry Christmas, guys! Great photo 🙂

  43. Noelia

    December 26th, 2009 at 7:31 am

    ¡Feliz Navidad para ti y toda tu familia!

  44. Corneli

    December 26th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Merry Christmas to you guys!

  45. kay english

    December 26th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    When are you guys making babies! lol you would make such cute ones!

  46. Jaclyn Marie

    December 26th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Super cute photo! Your family sounds amazing. Merry Christmas Jasmine!!!

  47. Becka @Studio222 Photography

    December 26th, 2009 at 5:46 pm


  48. LEOLAK

    December 26th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine to you and your family! Thanks for all your inspiration and knowledge you share! Very cute photo! All the best to you guys in the new year!

  49. Heather Cole

    December 26th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine!! Miss you!!!

  50. Lindsay

    December 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Love this post!!! JD and you look like a cowboy and cowgirl! Soo Cute!!!! Merry Christmas!

  51. Barb Cameron

    December 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Happy New Year! Here’s to a year full of health and prosperity and of course, LOVE!

  52. Elsie

    December 27th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Feliz Navidad my fellow Boricua! =) That’s what the holidays are all about, family and remembering and keep the traditions alive and well. God Bless and I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a great holiday season! =)

  53. Kare

    December 27th, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Merry Christmas, Jasmine, to both you and JD.

  54. Karl Bratby

    December 27th, 2009 at 7:50 am

    And a Merry Christmas to you Jasmine and JD

  55. Christine Pobke

    December 27th, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Merry Christmas beautiful girl! 🙂 Not long now til AUSTRALIA!!! 🙂 Looking forward to finally meeting you two and giving you great big hugs!!! 🙂 xoxo Happy new years!!!

  56. MM

    December 27th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    You two are so cute! I just want to squeeze you! And squeeze you I will the next time I see you! xoxo

  57. Andi Grant

    December 27th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    reading your blog and watching your success is so inspirational. You are a testament to the truth that God wants to bless those who love and honor Him. you are an inspiration and I wish you much much much happiness in 2010!!

  58. Rose

    December 28th, 2009 at 3:03 am

    You two a just beautiful together. What a wonderful family you have too. Many continued blessing in 2010.

  59. Braedon

    December 28th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Look at you two! Good looking couple. Hope you had a merry Christmas!!

  60. Holli True

    December 28th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Too precious, Jasmine & JD! 🙂

  61. Angelo

    December 29th, 2009 at 2:49 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Jasmine and Hubby.
    I read all your blogs.
    I don’t know how you do it, but you fill our hearts with happiness and hope. God Bless you.

  62. ohana photographers

    December 29th, 2009 at 5:16 am

    hope your christmas was full of blessings and love.

  63. Emily Hayes

    December 29th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Adorable pic! I love how open you are to share you life with your readers. It has really inspired me to do the same. P.S.- your also the person who inspired me to get into weddings and I already have 5 booked for yext year (2nd year in business)! Thanks for being so awesome!

  64. Sarah Lee

    December 29th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Aw you guys are cute!! Happy Holidays!

  65. Christina LeMarr

    December 30th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Love it!

  66. Markus Riese

    December 30th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    wish you all the best…you are a very nice couple…greets from germany…markus 😉

  67. Naomi Figueroa

    December 30th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    What a sweet description! Yet another way I feel a connection to you…though I have only married into a Puerto Rican family, I love the time with family–the music, the food, the love. Nothing like rice and beans with my Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, though I must admit I’m usually the one to bring the mashed potatoes so I can have some of the soul food I grew up with! Merry Christmas, God bless!

  68. Chris

    December 31st, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Happy Holidays!! What a beautiful looking couple.

  69. Dajuan

    January 4th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    JD, Nice vest. You two are the greatest. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2010! Have fun during your travels and return safely.

  70. Erica W

    January 21st, 2010 at 5:27 am

    I just wanted to say thank you for what you do. You are an amazing photographer, and truly an inspiring one. As a high school student, following your blog has encourage me to find a passion and stick with it.
    I hope to one day have the honor of attending a workshop or yours or having you photograph me! You’d definitley be my first choice.