Thankfulness [And The Winner of the Contest]


The past few days have been filled with many things: sunblock, a warm drive to Palm Springs, long dinners, shopping, laughing. But beyond the surface, my mind was constantly filled with thankfulness. And by nothing of my own accord, but, rather, because of all of YOU. Every day since I announced the Leather Craftsmen Contest on my blog last week, my inbox was filled with blog comments brimming with thankful sentiments. Some where painful, others funny, but the core remained the same: To be thankful is to be wholly content with one’s station in life.

Oh, Internet, thank you for reminding me of just how thankful I am. Here are a few comments that made me smile:
Julie Kjorsvik: I am thankful for shoes…..after all, shoes are reflection of each occassion in your life. 🙂
Renee Camacho: I’m thankful for my ex-boyfriend breaking up with me (he’s crazy) and allowing me the opportunity to find someone who will not only love me but will love my passion for photography!
Kaitlynn: Smores & dirty feet. I just rolled in from a very needed relaxing camping trip.
L Finau: I am grateful for ELMO.. He has been very useful these past couple of months.. My kids have been occupied with him while I edit photos and update my blog not to mention follow your blogs as well as the blogs of all the other great photographers.. Yep thats it.. ELMO will win the award for what Im grateful for.
Syreena B: I am thankful that God made babies be born with all gums and no teeth… 1. that would just be plain freaky and 2. there is just something about that toothless smile that sends my heart afloat 😉
Ashley: I’m thankful for all the little things we used to take for granted: my old car that gets us where we need to go, our first apartment, not having all the money in the world, the tunnel and not just the light at the end of it.
Frances Ramos: I thank God for my taste buds.
fiona andersen: Ok I am grateful for CHEESE… I LOVE cheese, you can melt it, eat it straight out of the pack, put it in a sandwich, make souffle, fondue!!!! I love CHEESE…. must be something special as the moon is made out of it!!!!! 😉 Thank you lord for CHEESE
Emily Dobson Photography: I am thankful for the trash man. No one knows him, but without him, life would be a mess! 🙂
mel : i am grateful, that i can still say ‘i love you’, even after being hurt. i am grateful to hear it said back.
Robert Tran: I am thankful for Steve Jobs. THANK YOU!!! Without him the technology industry would look very different. Imagine a world with no Ipod, with no Iphone. I can’t. Can u? Here’s to you Steve Jobs. (who by the way allowed me to post this comment by the deadline via Iphone.). P.S. Thank you for inspiring us to think differently.
Melissa Oholendt: I am grateful for my flat iron. Without it I would look like a poor-man’s Farrah Fawcett and I’m pretty sure no one would hire me….ever.
Matt Parks: the lingering smell of fresh ground coffee seeping up the stairs inviting one to join his lovely wife of years in one of those “just fits right” hugs, where her shoulder slides perfectly under mine, my hands seems to be the “just right’ size to rub her back and she’s “just tall” enough to pull her chin up towards mine for a delightfully perfect good morning kiss. That is what I’m most thankful for this morning. The “just right” moments one savor over a Saturday morning cup of coffee.
mindy@STUDIO6.23: the color yellow…… aqua, orange and fushia, too……. laughing till it hurts……. crazy adventures…… fields of sunflowers….. sprinkles on ice cream…… music that moves me……. giggles from my children…… cool summer nights……. spontaneity….. ginormous balloons……… making out wtih my hot husband, (oh yeah!)…….. kindred spirits……… dancing the night away…….. SURPRISES…… singing in the shower……… serving others……. gas station cappuccinos……. my life.
Jen: I am thankful for being laid off in March of this year. At first it was devastating. But slowly I began to see the possibilities open wide for me. I didn’t have to just find a job for the sake of finding a job. I could reexamine my entire life (as painful as it was) to see where this new path could take me. I rediscovered my love for photography. I may not change careers for photography yet but I’m sure enjoying the journey. Cheers!
Daniel Eskue: I’m thankful I don’t have to read all the comments on what people are thankful for ; )
Caitlin: I am thankful for the smell of a freshly blown out match. There is something so comforting about that smell. A candle was just lit because company is coming over. Or maybe just to set the mood. Or maybe it is to light the grill for a family get together. Whatever the case, it always seems to be joyful, and soothing.
karen c.: I am thankful for Dove Chocolate, without which it’d be impossible to patiently raise a two year old.
Ashley Smith: I’m thankful for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I know it’s odd to be thankful for cancer but I am. I was diagnosed at 29yo. and at stage 3. The journey it has put me on has made me realize how much I need to be thankful for and all the blessings I have big or small. I appreciate everything and am a way happier person. I think that’s why I like to hug everyone. I just like to show everyone how much I appreciate them. No matter who they are.
Isaac Wu: I’m thankful for my socks…sure, barefeet on the sand is nice, but honestly, tell me, the feeling of a new thick and cushy sock is heaven sent.
anna : I am thankful for sunsets & margaritas!
Atlanta Wedding Photographer Lauren Wright: I am SO thankful for treadmills and elliptical machines with built in TVs. Now I can work it out AND watch designers make it work on Project Runway.. at the same time! 🙂

And if you were to ask me what I was thankful for today, I’d have to say I am thankful coming home from a trip to find bouquets of flowers strewn around a clean house from my lovely husband…

And the lucky winner of the FREE Leather Craftsmen Companion Album is Otto Rascon and what he’s thankful for is as follows:
Otto Rascon: I am so thankful for my pillow. Yes, my pillow. It is soft and cushy and it makes me go to my happy place every night. It also supports my wife’s head when we watch a movie and she lays her head on my lap. I also use it to pillow fight with my 2 year old daughter. My pillow. I am thankful for it.

Happy Thursday!

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  1. michelle cunningham

    August 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    congratulations to otto! and yay for JD and sweet gestures.

  2. Nicole Benitez

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Those brought a smile to my face!! Love it

  3. Kia Gregory

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Congrats to Otto! A pillow? Who would have thought!

  4. Diane -

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I bet this was hard to select from but the one you selected was great. Nice job. So much in the world to say thank you for! Just look around and you can find something.

  5. michelle

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    so many thing to be thankful, nice flowers!!! hope you have a nice day!

  6. Catie Ronquillo

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Congrats Otto! We haven’t even met, but it’s like I know you from the FTP forums and now here! Way to go! Love my pillow too! 😀

  7. KATIE

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I think this post is neat because we got to see a glimpse of what is going on in so many people’s lives at the same time, and think of all the happy people at that moment.

  8. Tracy Kelly

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    LOL @ Emily Dobson re the trash 🙂 Made me laugh….but SO true !

    Congratulations Otto !! Made me more thankful to read these 🙂

  9. Bobbie Brown

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    haha! I loved reading all these! But I must admit, I’m glad I didn’t have to read every single one like you did! Whew!

  10. Otto Rascon

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    WOW! I won! How flippin’ cool is that! The amazing thing is that I was just praying today that I would just be thankful for what I have and where I am in life. This news of winning came at just the right time. Thank you Jasmine, I am certainly thankful for your blog!!!

  11. Tasha Prescott

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Congrats Otto!

  12. mir

    August 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    beautiful flowers and awesome that the house was clean. great pictures.

  13. Marissa Rodriguez

    August 27th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    These are great! Made me smile! 🙂 Congrats to Otto Rascon!

  14. carlie

    August 27th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    i spy with my little eye…

  15. kymberli q.

    August 27th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    It’s weird, but Otto’s comment made me tear up. What a PERFECT choice, Jasmine! Congrats Otto!

  16. Frances Ramos

    August 27th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Yay! I made honorable mention. LOL!!! Congrats to Otto!

  17. Cindy

    August 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Congratulations Otto!!!!
    And Jasmine…you are just the coolest!

  18. Ashley Smith

    August 27th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Wow! I’m tearing…haha! I was reading the all the posts. Knee-slappin’ laugther with some of the posts. Then I come to bottom and see my post. To read it again brings me back to the moment of my diagnosis. Sometimes those feelings are tucked away and you never know when they’ll sneak out. Thanks Jasmine* and everyone for your comments. It was definitely a good read:) Also, big congrats to Otto Rascon. Love, love, love what you wrote about your pillow. Great stuff!

  19. Melissa

    August 27th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    What great comments! LOVE.

  20. karen

    August 27th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    a good read, love the flowers

  21. Melissa Oholendt

    August 28th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Congrats to Otto! I don’t mind losing to a guy who can make french kiss with words.

  22. B

    August 28th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    I know it’s late, but I coudn’t let this opportunity pass to say that I’m thankful for a sister who believes in me more than I believe in myself. I love her more than her homemade lasagna!

  23. sharon snow

    August 28th, 2009 at 3:50 am

    YES! Pillows!! I am SO thankful for my pillow too, just never realized how much until now. Thank you Otto, and CONGRATULATIONS! I will thank my pillow in a few moments when I finally call it a day today.
    Jasmine this was a GREAT post! How nice it is to take a moment and share in everyone else’s gratitude’s, and realize most of the time thet they too are mine. You should design a coffee table book (complete with photo’s), representing all of this appreciation.

  24. Brian Fletcher

    August 28th, 2009 at 6:29 am

    I have another entry – I am thankful for Jasmine for setting up the OC SmugMug meeting tonight. I had never met [b]ecker, but he is a class act and great speaker! I had a blast hearing him rant/talk/laugh through his presentation to us! 🙂

  25. Stephanie Stewart

    August 28th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Congratulations, Otto!!!

    Jasmine, we have the same green vase as you do! We received it for a wedding gift, don’t you just love it?

    Thanks again for hosting such a meaningful contest, and for making me think, and continue to be thankful for this awesome world we are blessed enough to live in. Gorgeous flowers!

  26. ohana photographers

    August 28th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    those all made us laugh! congrats to the winner!

  27. Noelle

    August 28th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I KNEW the pillow guy was going to take the prize!! I just knew it. As soon as I read it I decided not to post because that one was too clever. 🙂 Congrats!

  28. Cathy Crawley

    August 29th, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I love the winnners entry! I have a favorite pillow too, his name is ‘squishy’ and he even went to Vegas with me. I love my squishy 🙂

  29. 'Martha Andrews

    August 29th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Oh! there is nothing better! I know he can’t live without me, but awhile back I went out of town leaving the husband, he was sick, and 7 kids. I though, ah this will be good, they will see how much I do, besides run this here business….I come back all laundry is done, the house cleaner than it had been in weeks…oh well, they love me!

  30. amanda thiessen

    August 30th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    ahh man pillows! that is a great one 🙂

  31. Life with Kaishon

    August 31st, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I think being thankful is the best way to live. How nice of you to have a contest : )
    PS I LOVE your husband for getting you the flowers. How nice is he?