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 -

    So sweet. I love it.

      2.14.10 - 7:17 pm

  2. Carissa -

    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.

      2.14.10 - 7:18 pm

  3. Carissa -

    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.

      2.14.10 - 7:18 pm

  4. Briana moore -

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

      2.14.10 - 7:30 pm

  5. Vanessa Paris -

    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

      2.14.10 - 7:43 pm

  6. Leora Shiff -

    I loved this post – it was so sweet and sincere

      2.14.10 - 7:46 pm

  7. andrea Ellison -

    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

      2.14.10 - 7:54 pm

  8. Katherine -

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

      2.14.10 - 8:23 pm

  9. Noa -

    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 😉

      2.14.10 - 8:39 pm

  10. Katy G -

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

      2.14.10 - 8:48 pm

  11. Lindsay -

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

      2.14.10 - 8:58 pm

  12. Laetitia -

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

      2.14.10 - 9:00 pm

  13. LisaK -

    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!

      2.14.10 - 9:09 pm

  14. Ciara -

    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!

      2.14.10 - 9:17 pm

  15. Evie Perez -

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

      2.14.10 - 10:37 pm

  16. Angel Pope -

    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.

      2.14.10 - 11:26 pm

  17. Christine Pobke -

    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

      2.15.10 - 12:22 am

  18. gina Kramp -

    So sweet!

      2.15.10 - 12:49 am

  19. Lydia -

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

      2.15.10 - 1:00 am

  20. marissa -

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

      2.15.10 - 1:01 am

  21. Sarah -

    Awww….. 😉

      2.15.10 - 1:32 am

  22. Nicole Benitez -

    So cute!!! Happy Valentine’s Day

      2.15.10 - 3:01 am

  23. feuza -

    so sweet!

      2.15.10 - 3:24 am

  24. Pol -

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

      2.15.10 - 3:25 am

  25. Michelle Guzman -

    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.

      2.15.10 - 3:51 am

  26. jem -

    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.

      2.15.10 - 4:16 am

  27. Apple -

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

      2.15.10 - 4:20 am

  28. Lisa -

    so beautiful! 🙂

      2.15.10 - 4:21 am

  29. Melanie -

    You guys are so cute!! Happy Valentines Day

      2.15.10 - 5:16 am

  30. Jan -

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

      2.15.10 - 7:17 am

  31. gladys jem -

    so sweet. just like pb and j!

      2.15.10 - 7:33 am

  32. Fallon -

    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!

      2.15.10 - 10:11 am

  33. Debbie -

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

      2.15.10 - 11:54 am

  34. Judi -

    Happy valentine’s day, a day late.

      2.15.10 - 1:38 pm

  35. Arielle -

    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!

      2.15.10 - 2:11 pm

  36. Oakstream Photography -

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

      2.15.10 - 4:16 pm

  37. sarah -

    how adorable. how adorable!

      2.15.10 - 6:51 pm

  38. Carl Reid -

    Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to you and JD.

    Carl and Wifey (Nicole) from T.O.

      2.16.10 - 1:37 am

  39. Deanna Keese -

    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!

      2.16.10 - 2:55 am

  40. Stacy Cross -

    You’re a sweet girl, Jasmine!

      2.16.10 - 10:51 pm

  41. Cindy -

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

      2.17.10 - 4:39 am

  42. Kasi Stuhlman -

    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.

      2.17.10 - 7:53 pm

  43. amanda thiessen -

    you guys are too stinken cute!! <3

      2.20.10 - 2:58 am

  44. Brittani -

    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.

      3.2.10 - 2:33 pm

  45. Brittani -

    And you guys like adorable here.

      3.2.10 - 2:34 pm

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