Who is Jill?

I told you about who I am in a previous section, I now need to tell you about my better half: Jill Russell, my wife! Before we begin, I need to warn you that my deepest feelings will be revealed in the next paragraphs, and if you are aghast at mushy sentimentality, this section may not be your cup of tea!
Jill in the Columbia GorgeEvery time I look at this picture, I realize now what a lucky individual I am to have found someone as wonderful as Jill. The picture on the left is, naturally, of Jill located on a crest near the Rowena Crest Viewpoint near Mosier, Oregon in the Columbia Gorge. We visited this location during the summer of 1999, and this is one of our favorite locations to visit.

Jill works as a speech pathologist and is the owner of Gresham Speech Therapy in Gresham, Oregon. My family and her family have been friends for years; this is how we met. We share many similar hobbies, including (but not limited to) hiking, gardening, cooking, mountain biking, reading, music, running, and more. Life with Jill is never dull and always full of happiness and adventure.

Jill has shown me the true meaning of love and, even better, what it is like to be loved in return. I have not always been so lucky in love; many past relationships which seemed promising at first fell apart, crushing my soul. But then I found Jill, and wow! all of the things you hear about "true love" came to be: I couldn't stop thinking about her, I wanted to be with her all the time, we talked endlessly on a variety of subjects, and even gazing into her eyes provided me with hours of endless wonder. My life went from "hum drum" to "hooray!" after meeting the beautiful Jill.

A more formal proposal seemed the to be the logical next step, and much to my happiness, Jill agreed to marry me. We had a lovely ceremony at St. Henrys Church in Gresham, Oregon on August 7, 1999. Her Italian family hosted a glorious wedding which was marvelous! We ate wonderful lasagna, I experienced the dollar dance tradition, we gave bomboniere gifts to the guests attending, we danced, we laughed, we celebrated in joy. What a wonderful wedding! What wonderful memories which shall exist in our minds for a lifetime!!!

The next day we left for our honeymoon - a cruise on the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) where we visited Cancun, Cozumel and the breathtaking Roatan. We climbed the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, we swam amongst the coral at Roatan, and oh my did we ever have a great time! How nice to "get away from it all" and simply bask in the sun, letting our previous concerns flow gently out to sea... It went too quickly...

Jill and the Jeep

Image of GraysonBut Jill and I do not rest on the triumphs of the past; we are adventurers, and the future explodes with possibilities. We have been blessed with the addition of our son, Grayson, born in the later part of 2003. He is a delight, a constant reminder of the spontaneity of youth and all of its energies... the spirit of exploration rings in his every movement. He constantly challenges us as parents and humans, and we become richer through the adventure. These challenges are not worrisome, as it is analogous to my relationship with Jill: the road ahead will require some work, but if the spirit of adventure is maintained, and if patience and love are not neglected, we will be able to work it out and get to the promised land... for I wish to grow old next to Jill, watching the seasons come and go by her side.

So how do I feel about all of these changes which have occurred in my life? I think the picture on the right will sum it up nicely. Notice the grin on my face: it's from more than just the clean and beautiful Eastern Oregon landscape! I'm so happy being with Jill: the original intensity and awe of our relationship has not diminished, I still find her fascinating and enchanting, lovely and delectable. Her smile means more to me than all the gold in the world, and her laugh brings unparalleled joy to my heart. I only have to look in her eyes to find all the artistic inspiration I would ever need; more than this I dare not ask of anyone. I have found my soulmate, the one I was supposed to find all along, and I never plan on letting her go... hey, I guess that means I'm incredibly happy!!!lucky me!


LOVE makes the world go round, and
IF is the middle word of life

If you think you can, you can! Love comes to those who love the world; be a part of this life and your dreams will be answered. Life is good!

My thanks to anyone who actually read this material all the way through
My heart drips with emotional passion when I talk or write of Jill!

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Last updated on February 22, 2008