Running Out + Hollow


It must be hard to be who you are. Sometimes I feel like everyday you give away a piece of yourself to ensure someone else is happy. I wonder if you’ll ever run out, ever become a hollow version of the person you once were before. And yet. After decades of taking care of others, you continue to move forward and pick up people around you. The lost, the hurting, the overlooked. You’ve shown me there’s no other way to walk through life, and I thank you. For never running out or becoming hollow.

Dad, in spite of your pain, you show dignity, grace, and perseverance. I am watching you…and I love you for it. Happy Father’s Day.

A few days ago, my dad invited us to share in his new-found passion for Korean food. I can’t tell how how awesome it was to have a non-english speaking waitress converse with my spanglish-speaking father. Somehow, we ordered and made it through the kimchee. Together.

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  1. Anton Lenke

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Pastor dad is rocking some sweet kicks! I see where you get your smile from 🙂
    Happy Fathers’ Day to him

  2. C. Crowder

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    sniff, sniff. That was beautiful. What a blessing to have such a father.

  3. Edison

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    This is lovely. God bless both of you, very much. – Deuteronomy 5:16

  4. Marnie

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Well said.

  5. Gina

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Beautiful post. Happy Father’s day to your dad.

    p.s Hot Shoes!

  6. Adita

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    How sweet, I left Cuba at age 5 and my father stayed behind, so I do not really know the feelings a Fathers Day yields. You and dad make it seem very loving and joyful! A happy day to you both!

  7. Jennifer Jar

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Ah! Love these photos of you and your dad. And I love that he loves Korean food because so do I! 🙂

  8. sarah

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    i’m in love with the photo on the right. happy fathers’ day!!


    June 19th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    You never disappoint Jasmine! I knew you would post something today…which is why I kept checking..that would be touching, sweet and reflective. Happy Father’s Day to your pop! Even though I wasn’t able to have such a relationship with my own, there a quiet a few men (friends, friends’ husbands, and their parents) who I greatly admire and have had a positive impact on my life. Thanks for sharing. Shallow note..those shoes??!! GRRLLLL are you kidding me?! Work it!

  10. ace

    June 19th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    When you’re talking food, all stomachs speak the same language.. most of the time

  11. Rachel Tatem

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Yay to Fathers! I’m glad you got to spend some time with your father on father’s day!

  12. jenn {bow tie & bustle}

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    this post brought tears to my eyes! it’s so awesome the way you speak of your love for your dad! adorable pictures too!

  13. SarahV

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Gorgeous pics, Jasmine. What a good looking dad you’ve got – happy Father’s Day to him and all of the other great Dads! 🙂

  14. RQPierce

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve been following you for months and this is my first comment- praise God for amazing dads who help us become the best versions of ourselves. Later today I will post my first blog entry… In honor of my daddy and in part thanks to your cyber "mentoring".

  15. RQPierce

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve been following you for months and this is my first comment- praise God for amazing dads who help us become the best versions of ourselves. Later today I will post my first blog entry… In honor of my daddy and in part thanks to your cyber "mentoring".

  16. cheryl r

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    A beautiful tribute. If I were a dad, I could think of no finer compliment. I just know he must be equally proud of you!

  17. Deney Tuazon

    June 19th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Yey for Dads, Korean BBQ and their bomb side dishes!

  18. John Naccarato

    June 19th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Great post Jas…I wish my father was around to be with him on this day. Thanks for sharing.

  19. claudia

    June 19th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    what a nice picture of your you kissing your father… Felicidades a todos los papas! 🙂

  20. Petey Kim

    June 19th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I was wondering why Pancho left a link for your blog…and now I see! I love it! Oh how I miss Soon Tofu (tu-bu) is how we say it. You guys look beautiful together! You are so blessed to have a wonderful dad! I miss him!

  21. PAPI

    June 19th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you, Jabby! You always seem to make my day. Love you. Lots.

  22. Evonne Wong

    June 19th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Awww… what a sweet post and lovely photos of you and your dad. Happy Father’s Day to all the daddy out there!

  23. Tasha Prescott

    June 19th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Cute shoes J*! Beautiful Post as always!

  24. Jessica K. Sullivan

    June 20th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    So sweet Jasmine!

  25. Mom

    June 20th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I love you Jasmine!!

  26. Ingrid Haring-Mendes

    June 20th, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Jasmine, your dad is such a cutie!

  27. Stacey - Total City Girl

    June 20th, 2011 at 3:34 am

    So sweet that you have such a great relationship with your dad!

  28. Chris

    June 20th, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Absolutely Precious! Jas, you are blessed with a wonderful daddy!

  29. Katelyn James

    June 20th, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Praise God for our sweet dads that spend their whole life loving others and serving the Lord. I can only hope to be as selfless as they are one day!!!

  30. Lydia

    June 20th, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Adorable! Happy Father’s Day, Pancho!

  31. Robin Dodd

    June 20th, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Oh Jasmine,

    I just love this.. so sweet.

  32. andy

    June 20th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    congrat you tried kimchee, I’m andy korean, and wish you could visit korea sometime soon..

  33. Abby Grace Photography

    June 20th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Love this!

  34. Catherine

    June 20th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    A beautiful post. There is probably no better father’s day gift that this.

  35. Jessica Shae

    June 20th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Oh Jasmine–your SHOES! Where did you get them?? 🙂

  36. Heather Corporan

    June 20th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I <3 your father/daughter relationship. You’re so sweet Jasmine!

  37. Susan

    June 20th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Love 🙂

  38. christina {simply modern}

    June 20th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    this is so sweet!!

  39. Kate

    June 20th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    J*, Lovely post!! You must share, where did you get those SHOES!! =)

  40. xTinaLeu

    June 21st, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Beautiful post! I always love reading them! Unfortunately I was not able to see my dad on Father’s day and I missed him a lot. I’m glad you were able to spend time with him! BTW, I LOVE.THE.SHOES! Please let us know where you got these or what brand they are!!

  41. Jessica Sweeney

    June 21st, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    These photos are priceless! You must kiss whoever took them for you. 🙂

  42. Jim Hutchison

    June 21st, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Thank you Jasmine for sharing your dad with us. He is a great guy. I enjoyed meeting him here in Oregon. I will keep him and your mom in my thoughts and prayers. God’s blessing to you and your family.
    Jim Hutchison

  43. Antonia

    June 22nd, 2011 at 8:55 am


  44. candace morris

    June 22nd, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I read this post on Father’s Day and loved it, but call me shallow – I’ve been wracking my brain to try and find that a backless scooped leotard and have been for months. Care to share your source?

  45. Nicole Breanne

    June 22nd, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I absolutely ADORE this post. Just wanted to let you know that, like many others around the world, you’ve inspired me to be a better person and better photographer. Thanks so much!

  46. Tammie Kimura

    June 23rd, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Hello Jasmine it’s been a while since I left the comment on your blog. Hope All is well. This place your dad took you is a good place but all of their dishes have such a strong taste (even for Korean gal like me can’t really have too much of it) You have to let me take your family to the best Korean restaurant someday. I’d love to meet your dad in person someday! Any guy that speaks Spanglish, love Korean food and Love God is in my VIP list! hugs, Tammie

  47. NYNJ Photography

    June 24th, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Beautiful photos and amazing exposure. Great work.

  48. Kathleen Clipper

    June 24th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Too sweet and what a fun way to spend Dad’s Day together! Nothing like a daughter and her daddy <3

  49. Carly Arkfeld

    June 24th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I literally teared up a little just now when I read that!

  50. Stacey

    June 26th, 2011 at 1:43 am

    wow…tears here too!

  51. Carolyn

    July 6th, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Kimchee? Oh no. Tell me you didn’t! And I’m half Korean, too. My dear dad’s FAVORITE was kimchee pizza. But I still can’t bring myself to do it!