Merry Christmas


She pointed out the obvious. But I suppose it was so obvious I never noticed. While in my kitchen, Bri rummaged through cabinets and then said, You have a nice crockpot. I wanted to rush over from the living room and interject in the conversation she was having with JD and be all, Yeah, I know…my crockpot is awesome…look at that fancy digital timer…and the illuminated screen! But I didn’t. Because I’d then have to admit I’ve used it once this past year. Once.

Last night–while Christmas music played and rich aromas filled the air–Bri served dinner. FROM MY CROCKPOT. If I wasn’t feeling so pa-rum-pa-pa-pum at that moment and filled with holiday cheer, I might have been jealous. Nat King Cole serenaded us as we sopped up the flavors with warm french bread and I felt like I was in a Norman Rockwell painting. The long, lost ethnic one.

It felt like Christmas. And I want to make sure I’m enjoying every minute. In light of this, I want to thank YOU. You, who comes to this blog and shares your life, time, space with me. With all my heart, I’m enriched because of your stories and your friendship. You make me feel like I’m perpetually walking in a Norman Rockwell painting. The long, lost cyber one.

Merry Christmas.

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  1. Violet

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    You take wonderful pictures with a camera and your amazing writing style. Hope to see and read more this next year. Merry Christmas!!


    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine and JD! Thank YOU for the knowledge and entertainment…face are funny…through this past year! Oh yeah…and getting to meet you this year was pretty awesome too! High-paw to Polo!

  3. Jorge

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Merry Christmas also for you Jasmine, that you spend a few happy holidays together with your family and friends. Feliz Navidad desde EspaΓ±a!

  4. Kelly Sauer

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Back at you… You’re one of the coolest people I "know," you know that? I love hanging out here, love that you leave the door open, love that you invite us in.

    You’re an example to me of how to be who I am, how to dare it. So, dare to have that merry Christmas, girl. Wishing the moment for you!

  5. kay*

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I have a crock pot that I got for Christmas last year (after strongly hinting that I wanted one)….and have not used it once. So I feel your pain πŸ™‚ Now it’s in storage since I’m moving to India for a year…so I suppose I won’t get to try it out until 2012 :$ Merry Christmas to you too!

  6. Rachel

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    love you j*, from the bottom of my <3 merry christmas!

  7. Brianna the Chef

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    And I’d like to thank YOU. I am blessed to be in your house, using your kitchen, and experimenting with a crockpot for the very first time. The three of us make a very awesome trio and i have a feeling your thoughtfulness is going to produce many meals in that awesome crockpot of yours in the future. Or… The idea of being thoughtful at the very least. πŸ™‚

  8. Jessica Chavez

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Merry Christmas!! I hope JD, Polo and you have a wonderful holiday!! Once again thnx for sharing and encouraging us to be better at shooting and in life!! xoxo πŸ˜€

  9. Naomi Chokr

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    have a wonderful christmas!!!! thank you for sharing your life with us!

  10. Lauren

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Merry Christmas to you, JD & Polo! πŸ™‚

  11. Mahera

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I wish I blogged as much as I read yours. Here’s to a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May all your wishes and dreams come true and may this upcoming year be better than the last!

  12. Irela

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and JD and Polo. May your Christmas be blessed and your New Year with health, happiness and much love. Thank you for always sharing so much with us. Feliz Navidades!

  13. Diana Lupu

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Been married for 4 years and my crock pot? Sits in the box, UNOPENED. Sad, but so true. Jasmine, we thank YOU for all that you share with us and I know I speak for everyone when I say, you are a true blessing!

  14. Fabuluxe Photos

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Merry Xmas! to you and all of you reading your blog.
    Claudia πŸ™‚

  15. Liz Rusnac

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    You rock Jasmine! Have an amazing Christmas :))

  16. Taina Cunningham

    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to YOU Jasmine! Such a sweet blog. Love reading ALL of your blogs. You inspire me!

  17. Life with Kaishon

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    This was such a great post : )
    I just used our crockpot for the first time in November. I am not going to lie. I felt like a rock star : ) right up until everyone got sick from the chili…

    Sometimes I feel like such a dork leaving comments on your blog. Like, I wonder, do you ever read them and think who the heck is this that always has something to say about my posts? It’s nice to know you appreciate us.

    Wishing you the merriest of Christmases. Love, Becky Stranger

  18. Kim Graham

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    too much facebook for me, I guess…was looking so hard for the "like" button on here. LIKE! : )

  19. Nadya

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I personally hate anything that comes out of a crock pot LOL @_@ ! I hope you and JD have an awesome christmas and new year! thanks so much for always sharing and i look forward to learing more from you next year! ^.^

  20. Kelli

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine! Hope you, JD, Polo and all of your extended family has an AWESOME holiday season and a blessed 2011!

  21. Peter

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and JD! Hope the New Year brings more of your amazingness!

  22. chuck kovach

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Love your blog, love your work and cant wait to see what you’re up to next year! You’re just the coolest person and such an inspiration.
    Happy Holidays to your whole family!


  23. Marge E

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Jasmine, you have such a wonderful sense of humor and you make your blogs come to life — wishing you and your family a wonderful and safe Holiday Season!

  24. Shannon

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I had to read the first paragraph 3 times. I kept reading Crockpot as Crackpot…I just couldnt believe you were actually posting you have a crackpot for all the world to see :).
    Wow, must be all the christmas goodies making me loopy.
    Merry Christmas!

  25. Kelli Taylor

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you and Merry Christmas! You are a wonderful writer and amazing and inspiring photographer and it’s a pleasure to get a peek into your world! πŸ™‚

  26. Judy

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too. Hope this next week is filled with family and love and blessings. You are the gift to all of us.


  27. Carlos Bruno

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    "I see photographer …"!
    Hehehe … just saying.
    Love J* … tons of from us
    Bruno’s family!

  28. Kim

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Merry Christmas to you, JD, Polo and your family! May God bless you all in the coming year!

  29. Salwa

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Hurray! Merry Christmas to you too!

  30. BeckeyZ

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Merry Christmas to you!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and tips and life with us.

  31. Kelsey Anderson

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Happy Holidays to you and JD!

  32. Whitney Dupuis

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Wow. I am just so amazed by you. Your work, your writing, just you. Thank you for what you give me– inspiration.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  33. Angie B

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Jasmine – I read your posts/blog regularly, you continue to inspire me with photography & your writing. You don’t know me, and really I don’t "know" you… yet I feel like you are a friend – you open the cyber doors and welcome us all in to your life. Thank you for being YOU. Maybe one day we will "know" each other! Merry Christmas to you!

  34. Woman of Faith Photography

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Jasmine and JD,
    This is the one blog that I check every day! You inspire and teach and show your wonderful faith in God by how you communicate about family and love. Thank you and Lord bless your year ahead!

  35. felicia gwen

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  36. Yanina

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Merry Christmas to you, JD and Polo!!! Thanks for sharing, encouraging and always entertaining your blog readers πŸ™‚

  37. Jennifer Jar

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and JD and Polo! <3

  38. Nicole Landgrebe

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Merry Christmas to You, Jd and your family Jasmine…… May all your Christmas wishes come true… x

  39. Michelle Sibley

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Cheers to Cyberspace Rockwell Moments & Friendships. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and yours. Bring on 2011.

  40. Francine

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Happy Holidays, Jasmine. Thank YOU for filling my days with laughter, inspiration and learning. Wishing I could reach right out and hug you – a big, loving hug – to express how much you have been a part of my year. Even just through cyber space.

  41. Shannon Gray

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Merry Christmas to you, JD and your family! It’s life’s little things that make you feel so blessed. I could definitely do without the gifts, just to have my family close to me during the holidays!

  42. Sandra Finner

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Merry Xmas Jasmine, JD and Polo. Thank you for sharing so much info this year …

  43. Carrie K

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Merry CHRISTmas to you to Jasmine! I am so thankful for YOU and your willing-ness to share your secrets, fails, tricks of the trade that inspire me to continue to improve (Lord knows I need to!) You are a blessing to those around you. Happy New Year!

  44. Hope Easter

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and JD!!!! Hope you guys have a blessed one!!! πŸ™‚

  45. Malinda Warder

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Jasmine- I’ve never posted until today. Just this morning I was thinking I want to thank Jasmine for….inspiring me and providing inspirational blog posts that I look forward to daily!!
    THANK YOU!!!

  46. Yuliya

    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you for making my entire year a whole lot merrier with your posts and tips, and your big heart that wants to help. You set a pattern for me in giving. Merry Christmas!

  47. Mark

    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I like the reflection… and a Merry Christmas to you of course.

  48. Christopher

    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I’ve got something cooking right now for my weekly CrockPot Tuesday. . .a day late.

  49. Anh

    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Ummm what’s a crockpot?? Crikey me .. atleast you’ve used once .. I normally cook and I dont even what it is!
    Merry Xmas Jasmine & JD πŸ™‚

  50. Anahy

    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    mele kalikimaka!

  51. Dave Keys - OC Photographer

    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I think Norman Rockwell would have loved the web, and FB too. He was dissed as an artist for selling to Saturday Evening Post but his work was awesome.

    I see someone holding a camera, in the middle of that red Christmas bulb. Who could it be? Who…?

  52. Laura

    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    This year you’ve inspired me to become a better photographer, through your blog, photographs, teachings … thank you so much and wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  53. Jess Robertson

    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too! And thanks for sharing your life and heart with us πŸ™‚ I look forward to your blog posts every day!

  54. Pamela Topping

    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine and JD!

  55. K Size

    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    i love you oodles and oodles! and i love your orni! πŸ˜‰

  56. Maria

    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    A very Merry Christmas to you and JD.

  57. Julie O'Dell

    December 22nd, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

  58. Angela Woolridge

    December 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Wishing you a restful and wonderful holiday season!! Thanks for all you do!!

  59. Andrea Mull

    December 22nd, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for being so inspiring, for being open and willing to teach so much, for loving your life and sharing it with the world. You are awesome and I have learned so much from you this year! May God continue to bless you and JD in 2011. Merry Christmas!

  60. Gabriela Fuentes

    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Merry Christmas to you too.

  61. Louise Fletcher

    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:09 am

    So lovely to "discover" you this year. Thanks for your generosity and telling the world about my fave restauarnt (Mortar & Pestle). Merry Christmas.

  62. shannon Wimberly

    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Merry Christmas to you Jasmine, JD and Polo! Wish you three the very best in the coming new year and joys forevermore! *smile*

  63. Sue

    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Merry Christmas to you, JD and adorable Polo! Hope Santa brings Polo everything he wants.

  64. Dee

    December 23rd, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Merry Christmas to you (and your family) too! πŸ™‚

  65. Cristina

    December 23rd, 2010 at 1:04 am

    MERRY CHRISTMAS dear Jasmine, thank you for your generous heart and for continually inspiring me with your beautiful personality, have a super time! x

  66. Carrie

    December 23rd, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Merry Christmas to you and many blessing for 2011.

  67. Dawn & Michael Mitchell

    December 23rd, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Michael & I would like to thank YOU, you who have provided us with so much enlightenment, insight, education, and even a little entertainment this year. We both are so much the better for it. Wish we could repay you some how.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  68. Christa

    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I know I don’t comment as often as I used too but I’m still here…reading, following along, learning, being a fan and so grateful for your being you!
    Merry Christmas to JD, Polo and of course you Jasmine πŸ™‚
    May 2011 bring you even more than you ever dreamed possible.

  69. ashley barnett

    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Merry Christmas to you, JD and little fluffy man!! I have been dropping hints to my mom all year that I so desperately need a crock pot. Twenty bucks says if I do get one, it remains untouched for at LEAST 6 months…maybe 7.

  70. Rebecca Patterson

    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Merry Christmas to both of you.
    Thank you for your honesty, spirit, knowledge & sense of humour. Being able to read your blog everyday has become a ritual of happiness for me. God bless you & your family. xo

  71. Stacy Anastasia Elwell

    December 23rd, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New years!!! πŸ™‚

  72. Walter

    December 23rd, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Thanks to you for all your sharing –very inspirational. Merry Christmas!!

  73. Lydia

    December 23rd, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Merry Christmas Jasmine, JD, and Polo!

  74. Colleen

    December 23rd, 2010 at 4:55 am

    …and thank YOU and JD for your inspiration to struggling photographers, your widsom to new photographers, and your virtual friendship and love to all. Merry Christmas and God bless both of you (and your lovely family) from snowy Michigan….

  75. katie b

    December 23rd, 2010 at 6:10 am

    merry christmas!!

  76. Maribel

    December 23rd, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Long time reader, first time commenter! Happy Holiday to you! And thank you for the great posts all year long. πŸ˜€

  77. Tira J

    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine, JD and Polo. Enjoy your holidays and relax a LOT! xoxo

  78. denise karis

    December 23rd, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    merry Christmas to you and your family! πŸ™‚ love you much!

  79. diane (

    December 23rd, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Happy Holidays! Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge with us.

  80. Sheree

    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a good one! Big hugs to Polo!

  81. Jan

    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Merry Christmas wishes from Hamburg, Germany! Enjoy the next days and PLEASE keep posting a lot next year … YEARSSSS!!!

  82. Christina

    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks for always sharing your business & your life with us too : )
    Merry Christmas JD & Jasmine and have a Happy New Year!
    Always be true to who you are.

  83. allison

    December 23rd, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Awww – how sweet of you.

    It is entries like this that keep me coming back to read about your life and your talents. Remember that while you may be jealous of others, many of us are jealous of you! πŸ™‚ I mean, how can we compete with your talent in the *jack department???!!!

    Merry Christmas to you!!!!

  84. gladys jem

    December 23rd, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine!!! Xoxo

  85. Rich Park

    December 23rd, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    thank you for always sharing with us and letting us be a part of your life! merry christmas!!!

  86. Joanna Kapica

    December 23rd, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Merry Christmas, Jasmine!
    Thank you for all your advices, tips, help, thank you for you!

  87. George

    December 23rd, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine!!

  88. Heather

    December 23rd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and JD. And of course Polo!

    And a big THANKS to you for sharing all you do with us!

  89. Martin Bartnicki

    December 23rd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Merry Christmas guys!!!

  90. Adriana H.G.

    December 23rd, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Merry Xmas!!! πŸ˜€ Hope you and your boys have a great holiday and THANKS for sharing your life and your fabulous photography and tips with us!! πŸ™‚

  91. Maria

    December 23rd, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Merry Christmas to you!! Looking forward to meeting you in a few short weeks at the workshop! =)

  92. Lindsay

    December 23rd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Rejoice! Merry Christmas!

  93. Lisa

    December 23rd, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Thank You for all of the inspiration this past year!!! You rock my photography world!!

  94. Linda W / Seattle

    December 23rd, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Jasmine, thank you for all of your wonderful, funny and educational posts through out the year…your blog has been amazing….THANK YOU AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND JD !!

  95. Rudi

    December 23rd, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Merry Christmas to you all from the Netherlands! It’s freezing cold here, but we will have a white Christmas! Thanks for all your inspiring blog posts!

  96. Holly

    December 23rd, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine & JD!!!

  97. Mona Alicia

    December 23rd, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine and JD! I love that your family is enjoying the season together, I can’t wait to do the same with mine!

  98. Heather Corporan

    December 24th, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Merry Christmas Jasmine, JD and of coarse Polo ; ) Praying that your holiday season is overflowing with love, laughter and blessings! I love being part of your {cyber} world : D

  99. Laura Beekmann

    December 24th, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Merry Christmas!

  100. Elizabeth

    December 24th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine and JD!!!!

  101. Narelle

    December 24th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I ALWAYS read your blog but I never comment on it so thought its about time I did! So THANK YOU for being so generous with your words and time all year round. Merry Christmas to you and JD and all the best of everything for 2011!

  102. Hannes Uys

    December 24th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you for all the inspiration Jasmine. Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas ~H.

  103. Kansas City Wedding Photographers

    December 24th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Merry Christmas! You had me at "…I was in a Norman Rockwell painting. The long, lost ethnic one."
    LOVE IT!!!! Thank you for all of your sharing. God knows you don’t have to. The funny/sad thing is…I feel like I know you. You know like that long lost friend/ sister that I never knew. But you don’t know me. So someday when I walk up and sound like I know you, I am not a crazy stalker. Just a friend that you haven’t met yet.

    God Bless, fo’ real. Jesus Rocks!!!

  104. Thierry Garcia

    December 24th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine !

  105. Eileen Seiberlich

    December 24th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    New to your blog – Love your style, Red Christmas bulb….less is more!

  106. angel

    December 24th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    merry CHRISTmas to you and your family, including the furry one. i only wish i had a sister who threw a birthday party for jesus! that’s awesome! πŸ˜‰

  107. Victoria O'Connor

    December 25th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I know my life has been enriched by reading your blog – I’ve laughed, I’ve cried and I’ve soooo enjoyed spending a little time with you and JD! In October, I was working 12 hour days and would only have the odd 10 minute break and I would choose to read your blog – if time was currency, I was spending my last dollar on your blog and what a great way to spend a last dollar! Merry Christmas to you, JD and Polo!!

  108. Leo Bojesen

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Merry Christmas! You’re too awesome!