Thank Full


JD and I just got back from out walk with Polo. It’s what we do every morning, but today was slightly different. We spoke and compared for what we were most thankful. Of course I could list all the many things that make me feel like the luckiest girl to be alive, but there’s not enough space on this blog to accommodate it. My list makes Santa’s Good Kid/Bad Kid list look like child’s play. Fo real.

If I had to choose one word to sum up my thankfulness, it’d be simplicity. I’m thankful for the simplicity in every aspect of my life. My health is simple. My love is simple. My house, car, closet is simple. My family and friends are simple. Today, Thanksgiving 2009, my soul is content with simple. And for this, I’m thankful.

JD and I are volunteering this morning at our church, then we’re off for some serious caloric intake…me, my fork, and my mouth got some serious bidness to take care of! And because blog posts are better with a picture, here’s a recent one of my family…who I’m indebted to for their kind love and support…

Happy Thanksgiving, Internet!

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  1. Gladys jem

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving To you and your family! 🙂

  2. Sandra Yu

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. gabriel.ryan.

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    i’m afraid to say it, for sounding cliche… but, carlie & i are so thankful for you & jd [and polo] 😉

  4. Stephanie Hunter

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Your blogs are quite inspiring, J Star! Thanks for all of your honesty, helpfulness and everything you do for your peers and perfect strangers alike! 🙂

  5. Jihan Cerda

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the beautiful family of yours! xo

  6. brianna

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    personally, I consider myself quite complex. 🙂 love you!!! I’m so incredibly thankful for your big head in my life.

  7. Lydia

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for being such an inspiration and encouragement to me in the past few years! Blessings to you and JD!

  8. Canada

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Jasmine!
    I just wanted to say that I have been following your blog for sometime now and I think you simply are "amazing".
    Your pictures are so breath taking and the way you tell people’s stories and the words you use are so wonderful.
    You truly have a way with words!!!
    Your family picture is great and Happy Thanksgiving to you all :0)

  9. Linda Sherrill

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving !!

  10. Brian Fletcher

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  11. Shawn Neylon

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Great, fun picture.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving!!

  12. Michelle sidles

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Say HI to Bianca for me!! And if there are board games… beat her for me. 😉 Happy Thanksgiving… and here’s to simplicity!

  13. Kira Lauren Photography

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    How adorable! I barely get to see photos of your entire family together, so this was really nice. PS: Is that your house? I’ve seen it in a few other e-sessions of yours! =) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  14. mario montemayor

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    J. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  15. Detrick Branston

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    simple is very nice in a world where everything seems so hectic. simple is my wish for 2010. what a beautiful family Jasmine! triplets???

  16. Amy

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Okay I’m sooo confused! I am going to guess you are the one standing closest to JD but what about the girl in the green??? Do you have a twin Jasmine? WOW! 🙂 Happy Turkey Day!

  17. Heather

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Are you a twin???? Seriously you all look alike but if you were not standing by JD – I wouldhave thought you were the one in the green dress – or maybe you are – LOL!! I’m confused. Happy Thanksgiving – so weird for me to say this as we in Canada celebrated it last month.

  18. Nina

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Hey~ Funny how everybody cramp in to the middle XD. And ur parent, they are gorgeous, guess fashions run in the blood eh, Jasmine?

  19. Tira J

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your entire family Jasmine!

  20. Anouschka

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    happy thanksgiving to you and your family! hope you have a wonderful day!

  21. Kristen

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving from NY!! God bless!

  22. brittney hale

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    oh my…. your family is just too cute for words!!! is it legal to have one famiy this totally amazing!?!?!

  23. Stephanie Rose

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Super cute! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  24. maria hedengren

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    You have a beautiful family Jasmine! Be blessed!

  25. joan.solitario

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    have a happy thanksgiving day! that’s a beautiful family portrait! :o)

  26. Life with Kaishon

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    There is always so much to be thanful for! Happy Thanksgiving Jasmine and family. PS Your family is beautiful! Their happiness is tangible!

  27. Lukas VanDyke

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! I was almost hoping you would post this a little later after you ate, because I wanted to see you make a turkey look good. =)

  28. Kim Kalyn

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    OMIGOD, am I the first to comment on a J* post ?!! This is a first for me! I just wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from Canada. We’ve already had ours, but reading your post was just another awesome opportunity to reflect on my own thank full ness 🙂 Also, is that your house ?? I have noticed it in a few posts I think … and LOVE it !!

  29. Becca David

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I noticed no one had commented yet…so I thought I would :0) I read your blog often and get inspired, but have never commented. I always enjoy reading it and admiring your photos…one day maybe I’ll get to attend a workshop :0) Have an AMAZING Thanksgiving!

  30. Soraya

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Jasmin,
    I’m french and i love your work ! Your photos are fabulous ! I’m getting married in Tunisia in april and unfortunately there are no good photographers …so i’m really frustrated and sad !
    Is it too far for you, Tunisia North Africa :)??

  31. Bree Hester

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Hope that you day is full of good friends, family, laughter and heavy doses of carbs.

  32. Soraya

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving !

  33. Hannah

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    That’s a lovely photo! Can you tell us who everyone is?

  34. Alisa Greig

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    happy thanksgiving Jasmine and JD! What a great family photo 🙂

  35. brandi apodaca

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving J*!! Love you to death!

  36. kristen

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    LOVE it!

  37. JP

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    beautiful family… praise God!

  38. Tara Templeton

    November 26th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    What a SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL family! Happy Thanksgiving! God is good, isn’t he?! 🙂

  39. Vanessa Tuau

    November 26th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    What a beautiful post. I have 5 kids too (aged from 6 – 15) and I imagine this is what we will all look like as they grow up:) It’s hard work (as your Mum and Dad would attest to) but so, so worth it. Thank you for sharing, Vanessa (Australia) xx

  40. Svetlana Yanova

    November 26th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Dear Jasmine, I love to read your posts (wish you could post several times a day lol!)…My family is the thing I’m most thankful for this year as they are my greatest love and support and I wish everyone was together on Christmas! (I live in Canada with my husband and son, and our families are back in Russia). Love your family pic, you guys look so content and happy! 🙂

  41. Narrelle McCrum

    November 26th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Aren’t you all just beautiful. And I see cowboy boots run in the family… 🙂

  42. gina

    November 26th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Happy Thanksgivin’ (from TX). I am waiting for family to arrive to get a pre-turkey stuffed belly picture of my own 🙂

    May I today and every day, give thanks to all blessings.

  43. sarah

    November 26th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    happy thanksgiving, j*!

    plus, what a FAB family photo!

  44. s h e r r y

    November 26th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jasmine!

  45. Chris Whitcomb

    November 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

  46. Kay*

    November 26th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    What a beautiful family portrait! And the setting is just too gorgeous!

  47. Jess

    November 26th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I’m thankful to have a love for this awesome field of photography and all the people out there who love it! Have a great one. 🙂

  48. Jess

    November 26th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  49. Kyle

    November 26th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! We don’t celebrate in this hemisphere so I actually had forgotten about the holiday until I saw your blog post…but I hung out with another gringa expat down here tonight so I suppose that counts as a celebration 🙂

  50. Mindy

    November 27th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Jasmine and JD!!! I’m thankful that I found your blog and you for inspiration!!!

  51. Diandra

    November 27th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Can I be thankful for your family too? Cuz I am! VERY thankful!

    And I love this picture 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  52. Nancy Ramos

    November 27th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Enjoy your day with your family. Thank you for being such a great inspiration.

  53. michelle white

    November 27th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    what a good looking group of people!

  54. megmanionsilliker

    November 27th, 2009 at 3:13 am

    gorgeous fam. happy thanksgiving to you et al. xo

  55. Connie Sithi

    November 27th, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Wow, what a beautiful and happy-looking family. That makes me smile ear to ear. 😀

  56. Alexandra

    November 27th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    This picture of all of you is too cute 🙂

  57. Stephanie Stewart

    November 27th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving! Beautiful family!!! Love the landscaping, so gorgeous!

  58. Karen Slate

    November 27th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing the family pic which is adorable! Yes, we have so much to be thankful for as well. Now, to hit the elliptical extra hard today after all the calories from yesterday. Have a wonderful weekend!

  59. Sandy

    November 27th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Jaz from Canada. I’m also curious if you are a twin? and your daddy looks like a sweetheart. All those WOMEN!!
    Much love xx

  60. charlotte elizabeth

    November 27th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    how cute are your mom and dad in red and green? happy thanksgiving j*!

  61. Jennifer O.

    November 27th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!

  62. Riz

    November 27th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving from Japan! Ha ha ha! I love the surprise from those that don’t know you have a twin. When I first followed you, it was confusing but now it’s easy to tell you apart from Bianca 🙂

  63. Tasha Prescott

    November 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    You guys are too cute! Love everyone noticing that you have an identical twin lol My girls get people all the time, but they are just 10. Beautiful Family, great post as always…

  64. ashley

    November 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE this photo! I want a family photo like this – even the house and plants in the background are awesome! Happy weekend, hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

  65. heather

    November 27th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    that was beautiful! Its the simple things in life that mean the most and so many miss that!!!

  66. Tina dela Rosa

    November 27th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Lovely family photo! Happy Thanksgiving!

  67. stephanie brazzle

    November 27th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family, ive learned so much from you this past year, so thank you Jasmine! And got to say your family is really hip, all of you look like you came out of a catalog!

  68. cassandra m

    November 27th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Happy be-lated Thanksgiving ro J* family. hummm…now I’m wondering how the photo got taken. timer? random stranger? LOL. great shot either way. Have a blessed day.

  69. Elizabeth

    November 28th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Enjoy your family EVERYDAY Jasmine. Life goes by to fast these days not to. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday season.

  70. Jessie Thompson

    November 30th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Beautifully said! On my list this year was you, Jasmine, and your wonderful gift of inspiring photography and willingness to share. Thank you!

  71. Cathy Crawley

    December 1st, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Your family is so darn adorable I’ld like to be adopted into the family! BTW, I really want my photo taken out the front of this cute little house, every time I see it on your blog I get excited and think today I’ll start that diet!

  72. amanda thiessen

    December 1st, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    dannng ALL of you family members are so fabulous! seriously GQ status! 😉

  73. Angel Pope

    December 19th, 2009 at 2:46 am

    I have recently learned to love simple! When we moved to KY for family obligations and I have been unable to find gainful employment we have learned to cut back on the luxuries and get back to simple. And even though Thanksgiving is officially over, I am also thankful for simple. And you are still amazing.