Dear JD,
I tried to run away from my shadow as a kid once. I attempted to trick it by juking side to side, like I was competing for the Heisman. Except I wasn’t athletic. Then I told my brain to stick out my right hand, but I extended my left. You know, to throw things off and stuff. But there it remained. My shadow. In all its roundness.

Many years later, I’m happy I never outwitted my shadow because its permanence means something to me. A whole lot, in fact. It’s proven my love, much like your shadow, won’t be going anywhere without you. This past year has proven to be much of muchness, and there were times when we felt spread thin…so thin. And there our love remained. Like our shadow on a hot summer day.

I once heard it said it’s rare to publicly thank those you love. So. Here I am. Publicly thanking you. For, basically, keeping me from falling into a thousand misshaped pieces. For keeping my shadow connected to yours, and reminding me muchness is nothing without the person you love.

Appreciatively yours,

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  1. gladys jem

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    so beautiful. the writing. your love for each other. the two of you. im crying. i always cry when you write posts like this about your love for each other. love you both!

  2. stephanie

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:38 pm


  3. Romonia Isaac

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I love this post!!! You two are such a beautiful couple, the best of friends and an amazing team. I always wish you guys the best and I will only continue to.

  4. Annetta

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    very sweet!

  5. Annetta

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:40 pm


  6. Chelsea Patricia

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I love, love that you are holding hands holding a camera 🙂

  7. Kimberly Murray

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    What a sweet post! Muchness…That reminds me of something that Winnie the Pooh would say.

  8. Alex

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    So cute 🙂

  9. Rich Park

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    wow, thanks for that reflection! we all have so much to be thankful for and i’m so glad you shared this with us!

  10. Lucy

    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I can feel the love from your shadows! 🙂

  11. Heidi

    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    So sweet. I think you two are a great team.

  12. Brian Cooper

    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Makes me teary-eyed. You guys are so inspiring.

  13. Brian Cooper

    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Makes me teary-eyed. You guys are so inspiring.

  14. beria Charles

    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Love shadows too! And… what a lovely post! wow! God bless your love!

  15. Chenoa Pickrain

    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    My son and I often play games with our shadows, maybe it’s the Peter Pan in me, but they just seem whimsical to me. Love how you approach the every day obvious and make us stop to think in your postings… thank you, always look forward to a few words from you. Thought I’d share one of my shadow photos with you…

  16. Jackie Lamas

    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    amazing post, can’t wait to find my muchness someday 🙂

  17. Pen

    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    SO beautiful.

    It’s funny too, as I was just on the phone to my husband, jokingly saying, "You’re my JD" Then I read this. Yes, he is my JD 🙂

  18. Anahy

    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Love! 🙂

  19. Carrie K

    November 23rd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    So are we going to see your funny pics from weddings throughout the year? Awesome silhouette with the camera in there too.

  20. Mikaela

    November 23rd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I have a photo just like this of me and my person 🙂 Lovely, lovely post!

  21. LEOLAK

    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Wow…what a beautiful note and show of appreciation of love! You guys are an inspriration…thank you for sharing this. I am thankful I found your blog so many moons ago! =)

  22. Kathleen Frank

    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Seriously brought tears to my eyes. It is real and honest and lovely. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

    Now, I need to go say something to my someone 🙂

  23. jeramy

    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    good stuff jasmine. i’m glad that you and JD are connected! such a blessing. have a great day.

  24. Veronica

    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Amen. Thaks JD, for you are inspiring my hubby, he just doesn’t know it yet 😉
    I already am by the both of you.
    Love and Respect each other, and you will go joyfully long.
    V (18 years married)

  25. Kira

    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    JD is so awesome in supporting you. Humbly, quietly, and always with a smile. Such a beautiful "thank-you" 🙂

  26. Stephanie Stewart

    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Sooo sweet! JD, I think she likes you! 😉

  27. My Social Relevance

    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I love shadows. I love how your slr is in the shadow too. nice.

  28. AnneMarie

    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    What a profound way to express your love and outlook on life. xo

  29. Pua

    November 23rd, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    What a beautiful way to express your love! 🙂

  30. Girl in The White Dress

    November 23rd, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    So totally random. So totally sweet. So totally you. xx

  31. Angela Woolridge

    November 23rd, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Almost cried there!! Lovely words for a wonderful guy!

  32. shannon

    November 23rd, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    you guys are like the most awesomest couple EVER

  33. diane (

    November 24th, 2010 at 12:59 am


  34. Kathleen Roper

    November 24th, 2010 at 1:19 am

    That is a beautiful pic w/ real words. My mom said, I used to shake my foot to try to get rid of my shadow all the time at 5 years old when she took me for walks. I couldn’t understand the shadow attachment. Frame that pic. Priceless.

  35. Claudia

    November 24th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    What a beautiful post! 🙂

  36. oksana j

    November 24th, 2010 at 2:42 am

    dear jasmine…will you write a letter for my husband that sounds just like this one but from me. that would be great. please and thank you. 🙂

  37. Anna Rebecca

    November 24th, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Not to sound cheesy, but I can’t believe either that this has been a long year. Somehow this brought a few tears to my eyes.

  38. Jamilah

    November 24th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    in all it’s simplistic intent… and simple words… your words brought tears to my eyes… beautiful post…

  39. Cami

    November 24th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I love your blog and your stories.

  40. Stephanie

    November 24th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I love this post! Thank you for reminding me the power of love in such a simple way.

  41. Marjan Tropper

    November 24th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Absolutely Beautiful!!!

  42. Diana Lupu

    November 24th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Love this so much…it means the world to have someone behind you all the time, lovingly supporting, pushing, and encouraging you to follow your dreams and shoot for the stars. I kissed my husband after reading this…thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  43. Pamela Topping

    November 24th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    So sweet!

  44. Dee

    November 25th, 2010 at 12:58 am


  45. Shannon Wimberly

    November 25th, 2010 at 4:20 am

    J.D….. you are one lucky dude! and I am sure you know it!

  46. Krysta

    November 29th, 2010 at 4:48 am


  47. Jenna Danelle

    November 29th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Jasmine you are such a naturally sweet soul! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful letter to your honey! You are such an amazing couple! Hugs to you both!