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 -

    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!

      11.23.10 - 4:35 pm

  2. stephanie -


      11.23.10 - 4:38 pm

  3. Romonia Isaac -

    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.

      11.23.10 - 4:39 pm

  4. Annetta -

    very sweet!

      11.23.10 - 4:39 pm

  5. Annetta -


      11.23.10 - 4:40 pm

  6. Chelsea Patricia -

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

      11.23.10 - 4:43 pm

  7. Kimberly Murray -

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

      11.23.10 - 4:46 pm

  8. Alex -

    So cute 🙂

      11.23.10 - 4:47 pm

  9. Rich Park -

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

      11.23.10 - 4:49 pm

  10. Lucy -

    I can feel the love from your shadows! 🙂

      11.23.10 - 4:52 pm

  11. Heidi -

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

      11.23.10 - 5:01 pm

  12. Brian Cooper -

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

      11.23.10 - 5:03 pm

  13. Brian Cooper -

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

      11.23.10 - 5:03 pm

  14. beria Charles -

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

      11.23.10 - 5:07 pm

  15. Chenoa Pickrain -

    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…

      11.23.10 - 5:08 pm

  16. Jackie Lamas -

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

      11.23.10 - 5:10 pm

  17. Pen -

    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 🙂

      11.23.10 - 5:23 pm

  18. Anahy -

    Love! 🙂

      11.23.10 - 5:35 pm

  19. Carrie K -

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

      11.23.10 - 6:08 pm

  20. Mikaela -

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

      11.23.10 - 6:59 pm

  21. LEOLAK -

    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! =)

      11.23.10 - 7:03 pm

  22. Kathleen Frank -

    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 🙂

      11.23.10 - 7:06 pm

  23. jeramy -

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

      11.23.10 - 7:09 pm

  24. Veronica -

    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)

      11.23.10 - 7:10 pm

  25. Kira -

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

      11.23.10 - 7:14 pm

  26. Stephanie Stewart -

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

      11.23.10 - 7:32 pm

  27. My Social Relevance -

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

      11.23.10 - 7:33 pm

  28. AnneMarie -

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

      11.23.10 - 7:49 pm

  29. Pua -

    What a beautiful way to express your love! 🙂

      11.23.10 - 8:52 pm

  30. Girl in The White Dress -

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

      11.23.10 - 9:15 pm

  31. Angela Woolridge -

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

      11.23.10 - 9:23 pm

  32. shannon -

    you guys are like the most awesomest couple EVER

      11.23.10 - 10:07 pm

  33. diane ( -


      11.24.10 - 12:59 am

  34. Kathleen Roper -

    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.

      11.24.10 - 1:19 am

  35. Claudia -

    What a beautiful post! 🙂

      11.24.10 - 1:24 am

  36. oksana j -

    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. 🙂

      11.24.10 - 2:42 am

  37. Anna Rebecca -

    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.

      11.24.10 - 5:04 am

  38. Jamilah -

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

      11.24.10 - 3:22 pm

  39. Cami -

    I love your blog and your stories.

      11.24.10 - 4:33 pm

  40. Stephanie -

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

      11.24.10 - 5:59 pm

  41. Marjan Tropper -

    Absolutely Beautiful!!!

      11.24.10 - 9:30 pm

  42. Diana Lupu -

    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! 🙂

      11.24.10 - 10:02 pm

  43. Pamela Topping -

    So sweet!

      11.24.10 - 10:21 pm

  44. Dee -


      11.25.10 - 12:58 am

  45. Shannon Wimberly -

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

      11.25.10 - 4:20 am

  46. Krysta -


      11.29.10 - 4:48 am

  47. Jenna Danelle -

    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!

      11.29.10 - 11:44 pm

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