We had dinner last night with friends and they asked how long we’ve been together. We turned in our seats and looked at each other and I said, Twelve years. And just like that, I remembered our first Valentine’s together. We were teenagers and while I was dog-sitting my best friend’s poodles while her family was away, I invited JD over for a night away from our parents. And before things get outta control and people start thinking all this stuff, it wasn’t like that. I was a good girl and I just wanted to get my box of chocolates, teddy bear, and dozen of fire&ice roses away from my mother’s scowl. Boys are from the devil, Jasmine! That was my mother.

In the 12 Valentine’s that have since passed, we’ve grown up. My mother no longer thinks JD is from the devil, I don’t have to dog-sit to be alone with a boy, and I no longer like fire&ice roses. Thankfully. As a teen I wanted the chocolate and the oversized balloons with bright red letters proclaiming love, but today I’m happy just being together. This morning after church, JD gave me one of my Valentine’s gifts and it was a journal with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the cover. If you knew my obsession with PB+J, you’d think this gift was epic. He wrote a letter on the inside flap and I cried happy tears. Because, really, all I’ve ever wanted was to be the peanut butter to his jelly.

Happy Valentine’s Day and I hope your day is filled with LOVE.

Many thanks to Amy for the picture above. I don’t know why I love it, but I just do. It’s simplicity reminds me of a really happy time in life…and that’s more than I could ever ask for.

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  1. Life with Kaishon

    February 14th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    So sweet. I love it.

  2. Carissa

    February 14th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I truly hope I get to meet you someday, so that I can thank you for all that you’ve done for me, even though it’s just been through your encouraging words and beautiful stories. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and JD.

  3. Carissa

    February 14th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I truly hope I get to meet you someday, so that I can thank you for all that you’ve done for me, even though it’s just been through your encouraging words and beautiful stories. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and JD.

  4. Briana moore

    February 14th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I want to see the journal! I love PB&J 🙂

  5. Vanessa Paris

    February 14th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Perfect and beautiful. I bought my husband (who I met in 1998!) a Peanut Slab Candy Bar….he bought me nothing and I asked why? He said, your present’s in the bank every Thursday (payday!) – so you can save for that camera you need (Need!! not want!!) – We are lucky hey? Vx

  6. Leora Shiff

    February 14th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I loved this post – it was so sweet and sincere

  7. andrea Ellison

    February 14th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    ahh bless sweetheart!!!….my hubby and I celebrate our 12th valentines too…and I too looked at him tonight and could just burst with love for him……..love your blog….love you….you are "A list" baby …enjoy your time at the top…your going nowhere!!!! Happy Valentines x

  8. Katherine

    February 14th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Amazing. Your words…and the way you right is inspiring. Keep on doing what your doing Jasmine

  9. Noa

    February 14th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Its 13 years together for me and hubs (not marriage, but together) and its crazy to think how much we’ve laughed, cried and experienced together. I like to consider him the nutella to my crepe 😉

  10. Katy G

    February 14th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    So cute..pb&j is on the list of things I couldn’t live w/out!

  11. Lindsay

    February 14th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    What a touching post! I also dated my husband in high school – its’ amazing how time flies! LOVE that picture too.

  12. Laetitia

    February 14th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Happy LOVE day…
    beying together, happy and in love is the best gift ever…

  13. LisaK

    February 14th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I like this photo too. It has that really beautiful and real ‘slice of life’ feel to it. So lovely to see and hear of so much love. You guys are super cute!

  14. Ciara

    February 14th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    You two are absolutely so in love. I love it! JD is such a keeper. My love got me a sewing machine. 🙂 As domestic as it sounds, I love it and him. Thanks for sharing your love on this lovely day!

  15. Evie Perez

    February 14th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    How adorable!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day.

  16. Angel Pope

    February 14th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    And there it is. You two perfectly matched lovebirds. I love your stories. Because they aren’t just stories, they’re REAL!
    I’ve never been a big v-day celebrator, but I love to read about other people and how their significant other thought of something special and unique just for them.
    PS-you are so pretty, girl. If I was as photogenic as you I’d have my photos all over my bio like you suggest, but I just can’t.
    Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  17. Christine Pobke

    February 15th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Happy valentine’s day to you and JD!!! Love hearing the story of your valentine’s history – I did the same! Although we’ve only been together 7 valentines, not 12. 🙂 Love you both. xoxo

  18. gina Kramp

    February 15th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    So sweet!

  19. Lydia

    February 15th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Aww, so sweet. Can’t wait to see you and Jelly..ehm, JD at WPPI!

  20. marissa

    February 15th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    every couple wants photos of them like that one. just a candid picture showing them how others see them. something to be cherished.

  21. Sarah

    February 15th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Awww….. 😉

  22. Nicole Benitez

    February 15th, 2010 at 3:01 am

    So cute!!! Happy Valentine’s Day

  23. feuza

    February 15th, 2010 at 3:24 am

    so sweet!

  24. Pol

    February 15th, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Congratulations 🙂 Valentine’s Day was our 12’th wedding anniversary…

  25. Michelle Guzman

    February 15th, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I LOVE reading your stories of when you were younger. As many other people, I could read your blog all day.

    I LOVE PBJ, too. Haha.

  26. jem

    February 15th, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Thank you for sharing this sweet, sweet story…you two are simply beautiful. You give me hope that there’s a "jelly" somewhere out there for me! 🙂 God bless you Jasmine.

  27. Apple

    February 15th, 2010 at 4:20 am

    aww. happy valentine’s to you two.. i know you’ll have dozens and dozens more together!<3

  28. Lisa

    February 15th, 2010 at 4:21 am

    so beautiful! 🙂

  29. Melanie

    February 15th, 2010 at 5:16 am

    You guys are so cute!! Happy Valentines Day

  30. Jan

    February 15th, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  31. gladys jem

    February 15th, 2010 at 7:33 am

    so sweet. just like pb and j!

  32. Fallon

    February 15th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    You two are just so cute together! The type of cute that makes a person want to squish your cheeks, like grandma’s do in the movies… Happy Valentines Day!

  33. Debbie

    February 15th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    You two are an inspiration and your post melted my heart 🙂

  34. Judi

    February 15th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Happy valentine’s day, a day late.

  35. Arielle

    February 15th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Wow, I love seeing couples who’ve been together since teenagers. It seems to me their love is stronger because they had to prove it was real and not just "young puppy love". 🙂 Yesterday was my first Valentine’s Day with my man of 5 months and we spent the day eating and absorbing art. What a day!

  36. Oakstream Photography

    February 15th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    AWWWW how sweet!!!!! You 2 are sooo darn cute togetha!!!

  37. sarah

    February 15th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    how adorable. how adorable!

  38. Carl Reid

    February 16th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to you and JD.

    Carl and Wifey (Nicole) from T.O.

  39. Deanna Keese

    February 16th, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Peanut butter to his jelly? Really? LOL J* you are officially a dork! LOL just kidding girl! Can’t wait to meetcha at WPPI this year!

  40. Stacy Cross

    February 16th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    You’re a sweet girl, Jasmine!

  41. Cindy

    February 17th, 2010 at 4:39 am

    I was giggling when I saw this..because I am my husbands Mac to his Cheese!!

  42. Kasi Stuhlman

    February 17th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Please Lord Baby Jesus.. please let my husband see the light.. that taking photos w/his wife is NOT a tragedy.. that being in pictures is not torture. Let him learn through the blog of J* & the adorable pics of her husband & her together.

  43. amanda thiessen

    February 20th, 2010 at 2:58 am

    you guys are too stinken cute!! <3

  44. Brittani

    March 2nd, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    My boyfriend loves you because he thinks you look like Eva Mendes…I love you because you are amazing and take the most amazing wedding photos..EVER.
    The End.

  45. Brittani

    March 2nd, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    And you guys like adorable here.