Thank Full

Thank Full

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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 -

    Happy Thanksgiving To you and your family! 🙂

      11.26.09 - 4:28 pm

  2. Sandra Yu -

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

      11.26.09 - 4:28 pm

  3. gabriel.ryan. -

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

      11.26.09 - 4:30 pm

  4. Stephanie Hunter -

    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! 🙂

      11.26.09 - 4:33 pm

  5. Jihan Cerda -

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

      11.26.09 - 4:33 pm

  6. brianna -

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

      11.26.09 - 4:35 pm

  7. Lydia -

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

      11.26.09 - 4:37 pm

  8. Canada -

    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)

      11.26.09 - 4:40 pm

  9. Linda Sherrill -

    Happy Thanksgiving !!

      11.26.09 - 4:46 pm

  10. Brian Fletcher -

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

      11.26.09 - 4:48 pm

  11. Shawn Neylon -

    Great, fun picture.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving!!

      11.26.09 - 4:51 pm

  12. Michelle sidles -

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

      11.26.09 - 4:57 pm

  13. Kira Lauren Photography -

    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.

      11.26.09 - 5:05 pm

  14. mario montemayor -

    J. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

      11.26.09 - 5:09 pm

  15. Detrick Branston -

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

      11.26.09 - 5:12 pm

  16. Amy -

    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!

      11.26.09 - 5:12 pm

  17. Heather -

    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.

      11.26.09 - 5:17 pm

  18. Nina -

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

      11.26.09 - 5:22 pm

  19. Tira J -

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your entire family Jasmine!

      11.26.09 - 5:33 pm

  20. Anouschka -

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

      11.26.09 - 5:36 pm

  21. Kristen -

    Happy Thanksgiving from NY!! God bless!

      11.26.09 - 5:41 pm

  22. brittney hale -

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

      11.26.09 - 6:00 pm

  23. Stephanie Rose -

    Super cute! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

      11.26.09 - 6:04 pm

  24. maria hedengren -

    You have a beautiful family Jasmine! Be blessed!

      11.26.09 - 6:09 pm

  25. joan.solitario -

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

      11.26.09 - 6:27 pm

  26. Life with Kaishon -

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

      11.26.09 - 6:32 pm

  27. Lukas VanDyke -

    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. =)

      11.26.09 - 6:46 pm

  28. Kim Kalyn -

    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 !!

      11.26.09 - 6:50 pm

  29. Becca David -

    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!

      11.26.09 - 6:53 pm

  30. Soraya -

    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 :)??

      11.26.09 - 7:06 pm

  31. Bree Hester -

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

      11.26.09 - 7:07 pm

  32. Soraya -

    Happy Thanksgiving !

      11.26.09 - 7:08 pm

  33. Hannah -

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

      11.26.09 - 7:25 pm

  34. Alisa Greig -

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

      11.26.09 - 7:32 pm

  35. brandi apodaca -

    Happy Thanksgiving J*!! Love you to death!

      11.26.09 - 7:36 pm

  36. kristen -

    LOVE it!

      11.26.09 - 7:38 pm

  37. JP -

    beautiful family… praise God!

      11.26.09 - 7:53 pm

  38. Tara Templeton -

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

      11.26.09 - 8:02 pm

  39. Vanessa Tuau -

    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

      11.26.09 - 8:02 pm

  40. Svetlana Yanova -

    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! 🙂

      11.26.09 - 8:03 pm

  41. Narrelle McCrum -

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

      11.26.09 - 8:07 pm

  42. gina -

    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.

      11.26.09 - 8:08 pm

  43. sarah -

    happy thanksgiving, j*!

    plus, what a FAB family photo!

      11.26.09 - 8:18 pm

  44. s h e r r y -

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jasmine!

      11.26.09 - 9:28 pm

  45. Chris Whitcomb -

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

      11.26.09 - 10:03 pm

  46. Kay* -

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

      11.26.09 - 10:58 pm

  47. Jess -

    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. 🙂

      11.26.09 - 11:08 pm

  48. Jess -

    Happy Thanksgiving!

      11.26.09 - 11:12 pm

  49. Kyle -

    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 🙂

      11.26.09 - 11:20 pm

  50. Mindy -

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

      11.27.09 - 12:36 am

  51. Diandra -

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

    And I love this picture 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!

      11.27.09 - 1:04 am

  52. Nancy Ramos -

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

      11.27.09 - 1:05 am

  53. michelle white -

    what a good looking group of people!

      11.27.09 - 1:56 am

  54. megmanionsilliker -

    gorgeous fam. happy thanksgiving to you et al. xo

      11.27.09 - 3:13 am

  55. Connie Sithi -

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

      11.27.09 - 5:55 am

  56. Alexandra -

    This picture of all of you is too cute 🙂

      11.27.09 - 10:02 am

  57. Stephanie Stewart -

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

      11.27.09 - 12:38 pm

  58. Karen Slate -

    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!

      11.27.09 - 12:45 pm

  59. Sandy -

    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

      11.27.09 - 12:53 pm

  60. charlotte elizabeth -

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

      11.27.09 - 1:20 pm

  61. Jennifer O. -

    Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!

      11.27.09 - 2:00 pm

  62. Riz -

    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 🙂

      11.27.09 - 3:34 pm

  63. Tasha Prescott -

    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…

      11.27.09 - 3:55 pm

  64. ashley -

    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!

      11.27.09 - 4:02 pm

  65. heather -

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

      11.27.09 - 6:22 pm

  66. Tina dela Rosa -

    Lovely family photo! Happy Thanksgiving!

      11.27.09 - 6:29 pm

  67. stephanie brazzle -

    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!

      11.27.09 - 7:27 pm

  68. cassandra m -

    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.

      11.27.09 - 11:39 pm

  69. Elizabeth -

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

      11.28.09 - 11:50 am

  70. Jessie Thompson -

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

      11.30.09 - 6:01 pm

  71. Cathy Crawley -

    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!

      12.1.09 - 2:14 pm

  72. amanda thiessen -

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

      12.1.09 - 6:52 pm

  73. Angel Pope -

    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.

      12.19.09 - 2:46 am

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