My stats page tells me that it’s been about six months since I last posted. That’s a pretty long time, I guess. It has been so long that I almost feel like a completely different person now than I did then.


There are definitely still tinges of the old Jasmine. It’s nice to feel like I am finally learning to know the new parts of me and figure out how they connect to the old parts of me.

There are many things that I’d like to talk about. I’d like to talk about weddings, Ireland, seventh graders (they make my soul sing and then wither and then come back for another verse or two), and how unrelentingly lovely it is to be married and how nice it is to settle into patterns and rhythms with another person and how remarkable it is that souls can bond so closely and things that marriage has taught me. I’d like to talk about dreams and creativity and house plants (We have one. Her name is Ivy, and I feel so pleased every time I see her. I have been craving green for quite some time now). I’d like to talk about change and about the cost of groceries and Donald Trump and the “bittersweetness” of not living with your family anymore. I’d like to talk about Jesus and how close he holds me in the hurting times and how nice it is to trust that he uses everything.

I don’t have anything in particular to say tonight. I just wanted to let you know that I have a lot of things that I want to talk about. It’s just that I have been feeling the desire to blog for awhile, and tonight I chose not to resist any more. The desire to blog has been steadily building. It’s at the point where when I am reading, I try to remember wonderful quotes from the book because I think that someday I might write a blog post that would really be enhanced by the use of that particular quote. Also, when I am at the dentist’s office, all I can think about is how the whole experience would make an excellent blog post.

Clearly, it’s time for me to get back up on this horse.

(Not a real horse. Although if you have one, I’d be interested in riding it, please.)

All this to say that I’m back.


See you soon. (Probably.)