The Hammock


It’s what we did. Every night, we’d lazily walk out toward the ocean–pass the bar filled with loud mouths and empty words–following the sounds of the crashing waves. We’d take off our flip-flops and walk barefoot toward our spot. Yes, our spot. We’d staked claim to one particular hammock and we would’ve carved our initials into the adjoining palm trees if we could’ve. Our spot.

In the shadows of night, under a canvas of stars, JD and I talked about everything and nothing at once in the hammock. We’d recount our favorite high school memories, the first meal I made as a wife, the time I ran into a glass doorway, my secret dreams. I’d lay in my lover’s arms and press my face into his neck, inhaling a sweet musky scent of the day’s events. Sunblock, sweet plantains, and Newsweek magazine. I made him promise not to forget us. The simple us. The $5.99 pho and spring roll us. The kiss me with morning breath us. The Blockbuster night us. Made him promise not to forget who we are at that moment. Broken, thankful, content. And at the same time, entirely whole.

Yes, it was our spot. And though the hammock remains on the island of Puerto Rico, just off a private beach, we took home the distinct pleasure of knowing the future is unknown, but bright. We approach our hopes and goals with the full assurance that together, we’ll find a hammock any place in the world.

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  1. daria bishop

    August 20th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I just wiped a tear from my eye. You two are so sweet! xoxo

  2. Lindsey

    August 20th, 2009 at 5:48 pm


  3. gabriela gandara

    August 20th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Love your words Jasmine…makes me think of how trully we are blessed and how "life" not always has to be prefect

  4. andrea Gaudreau

    August 20th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    hello perfection!!!!

  5. chantz Hough

    August 20th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    You should seriously write a book! You are such a great writer!

  6. Tara Templeton

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    My husband and I have OUR hammock on the Big Island…gentle breezes, pure contentment, honest words, love to last beyond a lifetime…Thanks for helping me stop for a moment to think about the truly the wonderful things God has given me!

  7. Catherine

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    ****** You’re amazing with words, Jasmine….Write a book already…filled with all your GREAT pictures… truely an inspiration. LOVE it all!! ********

  8. Mandy Sroka

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:06 pm


  9. Blair Van Bussel

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    This sounds so perfect! Oh how I love Puerto Rico! We actually had a hammock just outside of our hotel room on the beach there too! I actually have a picture of us on it at the end of our little video on the blog. Don’t you just love those little moments that confirm that every thing is okay? Thanks for sharing Jasmine! πŸ™‚

  10. Catie Ronquillo

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:06 pm


    I feel ya…I’ve totally walked into a glass doorway…and a regular doorway – my husband nicknamed me Casper because I try to walk through walls. lol.

  11. laurahana

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I hope you two stay this sweet for always!

  12. Christina M.

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I always love your blogs, you write so beautifully and this was no exception

  13. Vanessa Fernandez

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    That was beautiful. I’m going to send it to my husband. This really touched me because of what we are going through right now. The days are long and hard, and the future is really hazy, but we have each other, love, and hope.

  14. Tasha Prescott

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    You are both truly blessed to do what you love, love what you do and share it with the person you’ve vowed to spend your life with. That to me is Happiness. Enjoy!

  15. michelle sidles

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    now *I* want a hammock! πŸ˜‰

  16. smitten

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    amazing. love is the greatest joy a person can ever know. you obviously have lots of it πŸ˜‰

  17. Nelly Soares

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Wow, just beautiful. I wish I could express myself as you do. You have a true gift.

  18. Lora

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Hammocks are definitely the best. I had a similar hammock on a vacation to The Keys last summer. Love your blog and your writing style. πŸ™‚

  19. Amanda Picone

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Simply beautiful.

  20. Kira

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Beautifully said! Thanks again as always for the inspiration!

  21. Kaysha Weiner

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I love your perspective on life! You seem to easily gravitate back toward the simple and uncomplicated source of love!

  22. Christina Littleton

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    That was so beautiful!! That’s what keeps a marriage alive and when you have kids… remember the hammock. πŸ™‚

  23. Feuza

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Your way with words is such a blessing for us who read. love it.

  24. Michelle

    August 20th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Your writing (and photography) are so captivating! And you and JD are adorable. ♥

  25. B

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Dude, I was lying on my bed watcing MTV all those nights in the hotel while you were 200 feet from me?! Thanks for the invite! Just kidding πŸ˜‰

  26. Sue McFarland

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Makes me wish that I was in a special spot right now. Love your photos and love your writing!!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  27. jen

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    You are such a beautifully gifted writer…..

  28. Melanie Schall

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Jasmine, you are truely inspiring. Not only does your photography speak, but the way you wind your words is inspiration enough. Thank you for sharing your personal life with us.

  29. claire ryser

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    aw. I love this post πŸ™‚ My sister is a singer and songwriter… I’ll have to send you a song that I know you would love and fits perfectly with this post!

  30. Sally

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Always cherish your hammock moments. You have an awesome way of putting your feelings and thoughts into words.

  31. Cheryl Cronin

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I want to be in that hammock right now!!! well, maybe another hammock since that one’s yours πŸ™‚
    Beautiful words!

  32. Heather D.

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    LOVELY words and awesome pic!

  33. Megan Beth

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    You lie…I see ‘our spot’ on the left tree πŸ™‚

  34. linda

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:26 pm


  35. Mirelis

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Jasmine… you and JD are both beautiful inside and out and I wish you the BEST life has to offer.

  36. Ginger Murray

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Isn’t it amazing the moments, and places, you can experience as a couple…

  37. Crash Taylor

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    How much I would love to be chillin’ in that hammock. That image is sick! Hope you’re well J*

    Crash Taylor

  38. Rachel Clare

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    this makes me want a vacation with my love- time to sit and think and cherish. i’m glad you had some time for YOU.

  39. Char Baiz

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    moments like those are what make everything in life worth it. I adore moments like that with my Joel πŸ™‚

  40. Stephanie Stewart

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Love this post! Cheers to wishing you and JD can return to your spot again soon! But it sounds like you are always in your spot, know what I mean? You two are like peas and carrots! How is Polo??? We need a Polo post!!!

  41. Marissa Rodriguez

    August 20th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Love this post! Hammocks are the best! My husband and I did the same thing in the Dominican Republic on our honeymoon. It was great! Thanks for reminding me about the hammock we bought and haven’t used! πŸ™‚

  42. Dawn Beirnes

    August 20th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    how gorgeous and relaxing looking! I can almost hear the ocean when I look at it. You and JD really have you stuff together in the marriage/love/respect departments!

  43. Katherine Bowman

    August 20th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Beautiful!! So what was the first meal you made as a wife?? πŸ™‚

  44. Kare

    August 20th, 2009 at 8:37 pm


  45. Susie Nguyen

    August 20th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    You down with the pho and spring roll!! Holla πŸ˜‰

  46. gina amin

    August 20th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    That is exactly what I would say, if I could say it as eloquently as you. This reminded me so much of my husband and I. You have such a way with words. Love it!

  47. Niecey

    August 20th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Your writing is at least as beautiful as your photos are. I can’t decide which I’m in love with most. This made me tear up. What a beautiful message in a world where love is often losing the battle. Every marriage should have a hammock.

  48. Krysta

    August 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Too cute! I hope someday I can have a love like yours and JD’s! <3

  49. Ashley

    August 20th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    So beautifully written, as usual! Oh and I’m craving sweet plantains now!

  50. Raquel

    August 20th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  51. Christa

    August 20th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I "so" get this post….with a baby on the way my biggest fear is losing us.
    It’s nice to be vulnerable sometimes though, makes you realize what truly matters and to be thankful for what you have πŸ™‚

  52. Valerie Acosta

    August 20th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Girl, I wish my life was as romantic as yours. When my husband and I left Puerto Rico, seven years ago, we brought a hammock with us. To remember lazy Sundays, and to take it to the beach whenever we went because who here has a good Puerto Rican hammock?! Well, like I said, it’s been seven years, and the hammock has gone from PR to Monterey, CA to San Angelo, TX to Washington, D.C. , and now in a couple of months back to San Angelo, TX. In a box. Not ONCE has he even offered to put it up for me, not even IN FRONT of a photo of a beach.

  53. Aimee

    August 20th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    I love you guys. <3

  54. amanda thiessen

    August 20th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    hammocks are probably the coolest most comfortable thing ever! i would love a hammock.

  55. Zoltan Nagy

    August 21st, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Jasmine, I’m just amazed at every time I read your blog. You’re exemplary both as wife and photographer. Gob bless you!

  56. Tiffany

    August 21st, 2009 at 12:21 am

    you’re such a beautiful writer! The hammock sounds amazing…I could definitely chill on that with a drink in my hand=)

  57. Cynthia Q.

    August 21st, 2009 at 2:21 am

    YEAH Jasmine and JD! Keep rockin’ the hammock!

  58. Kathrina

    August 21st, 2009 at 3:24 am

    swooon. beautiful sweet words.

  59. Michael Kettler

    August 21st, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Jasmine, I’m going to express what I could have and should have each and every time your write. "Your a wonderful writer!"


  60. Angel Canary

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:34 am

    I am so very happy for you. Thank you for reminding me that I need to take more time for me and the hubby to breathe in life and take a minute to relax. One day…one day soon…I need to do just that…relax in his arms in a hammock on the beach…

  61. Bobby Earle

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Of all my married friends, the dynamics between you and JD are my favorite.

  62. marissa moss

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:59 am

    this looks (and sounds) like paradise. lovely.

  63. ohana photographers

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:47 am

    be blessed always.

  64. Anouschka

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:45 am

    You should sooo publish a book!

  65. Cristen

    August 21st, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I love your words! It is so true though… and love…what is better?

  66. Lesley

    August 21st, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Your words take my breath away! Can’t wait to hear you speak in Lansing next month.

  67. Kimberly

    August 21st, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    P.s. Jasmine… Please write a book. πŸ™‚

  68. Melissa Tirado

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    *sigh* You just made me fall in love again, Jasmine. So perfectly and simply said…..

  69. Dixie Dobbins

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    i got goosebumps. wow thanks.

  70. Ashley

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Jasmine–> I just read this and teared up. I completely related. My boyfriend and I were in Italy last year, and we have "our Spot" a bridge in Venice. It was everything you said above, your way with words is beautiful.

  71. Tiffany

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    You have such a way with words! Absolutely beautiful. Yet another one of your postings that has brought a tear to my eye. cheers to true love.

  72. Ginger Murray

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I was watching Jim Gaffigan (spell?) on Comedy Central last night, and he has a joke about hammocks. Have you heard it? Here, I found it on YouTube…

  73. Colin

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:05 am

    "pass the bar filled with loud mouths and empty words"—Love it… such an unfortunate truth in our world these days. Beautiful entry J!

  74. Photo Ninja

    August 22nd, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I’m thankful for family. My fiance’s mother was in the hospital for potential pancreatic cancer.

  75. Apple

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:22 am


  76. Dana F.

    August 23rd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Jasmine, you are quickly becoming my favorite author. So please, write a book already!
    You could write about socks and make it a page turner and a tear-jerker. Your words start my day with a smile.

  77. Jennifer

    August 25th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Such beautiful words and spot!

  78. Life with Kaishon

    August 31st, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    This was so pretty. It made me cry.

  79. whitney law

    April 10th, 2010 at 6:54 am

    yep, as usual, the YOU + JD posts make me cry happy tears.