Saturday, May 15, 2010

Juris Doctorate

He did it!! Yesterday, we had the privilege of attending the University of Iowa College of Law's Commencement Ceremony. I have to say that I enjoyed reflecting on the achievement with so many friends and family. The student speaker did a phenomenal job of describing what the experience feels like as you go from the top of your under-graduate class to the bottom of a class full of over achievers.

Andy and I actually started celebrating on Thursday evening by going to dinner - just the two of us - to Cafe Dodici in Washington, Iowa. This is one of our favorite little discoveries we have made since living in Iowa City. We enjoyed the time as a couple with little to worry about besides which bottle of wine to order :)!

Each graduate was limited to only 4 tickets to the actual commencement ceremony on Friday afternoon, so Andy's parents and I attended and cheered Andy on as he was hooded a "doctor of the law." After the ceremony, we met my parents at the Saloon to toast Andy's achievement and enjoy good food, drinks and family.

Ryan and Shay were able to head down after work and meet us out later in the evening to continue the celebration with family and more friends. Andy and I are blessed to have made such good friends in the last few years with his classmates and they have become an amazing support system for the two of us.

Congrats, Andy! What an amazing achievement for us to be celebrating. I have a feeling the rest of the this month will be full of more of the same... family, friends, good food and drinks! We are so lucky!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The End. Well, almost!

As I type this, Andy is working his way through his last law school final exam. I'm sure that there are hundreds of other law school girlfriends, boyfriends, fiances, wives and husbands scattered across the country who are sharing in this sigh of relief with me. But I can't help but think back on our long journey.

Five years ago, on Story Street in Ames, I screamed with Andy in excitement as we found out he was admitted into law school. Since then Andy has started law school, deployed to Iraq, re-started law school, adjusted to life at home, passed tests, turned thirty, interviewed, received a few rejection letters, got engaged and landed an opportunity of a lifetime (separate from the engagement, of course!). In addition, we both have learned a lot about ourselves and each other.

I remember during his second semester, shortly after I moved in with him, sleeping, literally three feet from the tap, tap, tap of his keyboard, as he pulled all-nighters to finish those writing assignments. I'd love to say those long nights are over but I know that we will both continue to lose sleep in the months ahead as he prepares for the bar.

For now, I personally, want to congratulate Andy on a job incredibly well-done. I'm not sure that we would have ever predicted that at the end of all this you would not in fact be heading out to practice law. But I, for one, feel more confident in our future together now than I ever have before. Thank you for choosing me to embark on this journey with you - we have quite a ride left in front of us!

In closing, I am fully prepared for you to look like this, this evening with about 27 years on you! :)

Congrats, Andy!!
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