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A Decade Of Wonder …
September 1, 2017, 6:15 am
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Today – and Monday – is a national holiday in America, and while there won’t be a post at the start of next week, I couldn’t let today pass without writing something.


Well, because 10 years ago today, I married Jill.

It has been the best 10 years of my life.

I can’t really put into words all the things I feel about her.

Or all the things she has done for me.

Put simply, she is the kindest, most considerate, most caring, talented, beautiful person I know.

The fact she was willing to leave her life to go on an adventure with a man she hardly knew within weeks of meeting him, blows my mind.

Especially when that man is me and I was going through a particularly strange time in my life.

But that’s exactly what she did and she has continued to stick with me despite the fact I’ve dragged her to live in a whole bunch of different countries, made her watch countless episodes of Come Dine With Me and good-naturedly taken the piss out of her early morning, half asleep mutterings via the Jillysim blog … not to mention a whole host of other things in-between.

And yet even after all that, I continue feel the love she has for me every day.

Every single day.

Not just in the big things, but the small.

I remember when we first started going out I found it hard to accept someone actually wanted to take away any sadness or hardship I felt, but here she was, actively looking for ways to take away the bad so I could feel the good.

But that sums up Jill perfectly.

Her emotional generosity knows no bounds.

Whether that’s how she found ways to let my Mum feel part of Otis’ birth or the daily adventures she creates for our precious son … everything she does is to ensure the people she cares for, feel cared for.

Now I know that makes her sound perfect, but trust me, she’s not.

OK, so she’s close, but she has flaws … however apart from the fact this is supposed to be a love letter, our 7 years in China helped Jill find – and release – her badass side, so to prevent being karate chopped in the throat, I’ll get back to the schmaltz.

When I look back at the last 10 years of my life, I am incredibly fortunate to be able to say it has been pretty amazing and so much of that is down to Jill.

She makes me feel more secure, settled and loved than at any point in my life.

She ensures our dark days are less bleak and our brightest, more bright.

She has helped us do things I would have otherwise never of thought to do or never of thought we could do.

In short, she I would not be able to do the things I do without her.

I am eternally grateful for her terrible taste in men and I hope I never take what she does for me – and our family – for granted because she is 1 in 7 billion and I hope I make her feel as loved and cared for as she does for me. 

Thank you for everything my love.

Happy 10th anniversary, our best days are still ahead of us.


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my fucking condolences jill.

Comment by andy@cynic

today isnt a national fucking holiday, monday is. how the fuck did you wrangle that? i get youre good at bragging but fuck me, thats almost impressive.

Comment by andy@cynic

His colleagues old him that to get him out of the office.

Comment by John

Might be the most impressive thing he’s ever done. After convincing Jill he would be a worthy husband for her.

Comment by DH

I’m still working on getting America to adopt the Chinese “annual week holiday in October” habit. That would be my greatest achievement.

Comment by Rob

She is a saint.

Comment by John

Oh yes. Definitely.

Comment by Rob

Thank you for setting anniversary standards I can’t hope to compete with Robert. Congratulations to both of you, especially to Jill, for obvious reasons.

Comment by George

Happy to make life harder for you matey.

Comment by Rob

My expectations have been raised George.

Comment by Mary Bryant

Poor Jill, even murderers get less than 10 years hard labor.

Comment by DH

Congratulations to you both. I hope you are doing something special to celebrate.

Comment by Lee Hill

bet jill fucking organised if they are.

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Comment by Rob

It seems like yesterday we were celebrating your wedding day in Singapore. Congratulations to both of you, you are beautiful people.

Comment by Mary Bryant

Love you two.


Comment by Jemma King

Thank you everyone. Though I know it’s all aimed in Jill’s direction rather than mine.

Comment by Rob

Saint Jill.

Comment by Bazza

The one thing you did right.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Very smart of you to cover your face with your mini-you to minimize comparison to your stunning wife. Congratulations.

Comment by Pete

Kisses and hugs to you. And little Otis.

Comment by Katerina

Congrats to you from my side @

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