Well, what can I say about Simon, that can be published on here? I am afraid I won't be using this space to rip him to shreds, as it would be untrue!
I have had the privilege of meeting a number of people that have known Simon a long, long time through my work, and absolutely no one has had a bad word to say about him. I can't say I do either. Of course, he drives me mad with his constant puns and dad jokes and his inability to use a washing basket to collect his washing, but I can't say these are deal breakers, and his sense of humour is one of my favourite things about him (but please don't tell him, it'll only increase the jokes).
There is also the side that not many people see through the jokes... he is genuinely kind and would do anything for anyone, especially for our families and friends. He has slotted perfectly into my family, becoming not just a son in law to my parents, but also a friend. He was a rock to us all in 2017, when our family went through a very difficult time and I don't think that's something I can ever thank him enough for. He happily spends time with my friends (I guess they are our friends now!) and has (almost) overcome his fear of small children by the hours he has spend with my Godson, Jack, and my other best friend's daughter, Martha, as well as time with his own best friends' children, George, Ella and Emma. He has the ability to make me smile, even after the worst of days. Although his only fear is emotional women and he hasn't got much past the patting of the shoulder if I cry, but I can't expect miracles!
I am always proud to say I am marrying him and am totally proud of the man he is. He is the bravest person I know and someone I know would go to the ends of the Earth to make me happy and to protect me. There is nothing more I can want in my husband than someone who loves me, is kind, caring, honest and makes me laugh, so I am so glad he asked me to marry him. It was the easiest question I will answer until the 18th May 2019.
When I first met Lindsay I had absolutely no idea that we would embark on such an amazing journey together. People thought we were crazy to go on holiday together after only a few weeks (and deep down we probably did too...), but here we are... getting married. EEK!!
Lindsay values her friendships very dearly and two of her oldest friends, Annie and Jo, have been gracious enough to do us the honour of helping us celebrate our big day. They have been friends since the early days of secondary school and have stuck together through thick and thin, as true friends do. Lindsay is fiercely loyal, which is a quality I greatly admire. Lindsay, Annie and Jo have been through so much together, so much that I could easily fill page after page, but they are always there for each other and I am so pleased that Annie and Jo are going to be such an integral part of our wedding in their capacity as bridesmaids.
Lindsay's family are very important to her too and she makes every effort to speak to her parents, Lynne and Mick, every day and sees them as often as she can. I am very grateful to Lynne and Mick for welcoming me into their home and making me feel part of the family. Lindsay's grandparents Edmund, Iris and Margaret are loved dearly by her and I am sure they are proud of the woman she has become.
You can probably gather from the above that Lindsay is very kind and caring, which is certainly true. If she could help it we would have already adopted most of the animals posted by the various rescue groups on Facebook. Thankfully, we just have the wonderful Kip and Poppy, who light up our lives every day. Lindsay also has a frighteningly good memory, which means I don't get away with a great deal, but it also helps with her academic side. Lynne and Mick tell me that when she went on holiday as a young child, she would regularly take seven or eight books away with her... and finish them all. That love of reading has carried over into adulthood, though it's far easier carrying a Kindle around nowadays!!
Another enduring quality is how driven Lindsay can be when she wants to do something. I was immensely proud to see her being attested as a Special Constable and, medical and fitness test permitting, I will be equally proud to see her attested as a regular police officer. The emotional rollercoaster of the recruitment process is something I have been through myself and I can tell you it is no walk in the park!!
I am so happy to be marrying Lindsay. We have already had some amazing experiences together and I look forward to a lifetime of them.
Lindsay truly is my best friend and that early holiday to Albufeira laid down the solid foundations of our relationship. It was very much 'make or break' and, I am pleased to say, we certainly made it!