Sunday, May 15, 2011

WARNING: This post contains an absurd amount of BRAGGING!!!!

Bradley's name grew a little this weekend,
I would like to introduce...Mr. Bradley Andrew Anderle, J.D.

We have officially closed the first chapter in our marriage, and have begun a new one. Bradley began law school the fall of 2008, merely two months after we were married. We have traveled the law school journey together. I fight back the tears every time I reminisce over the last three years. Law school has been no easy trek, and yet it feels as though we just started last week.

If you know anyone that has been in law school, they all say the same thing. It is IMPOSSIBLE to work your first year.  We were newlyweds, I was beginning my student teaching semester as Bradley began law school. Bradley worked a part time job so we didn't have to completely live off student loans. We found out in November of that same semester that Miss Addy was on her way. We debated about the practicality of him finishing law school, but he persevered.

Addy was born the summer after his first year. The start of his second year, Bradley picked up a second job working evenings at Wal-Mart. He would then come home and get a little reading done before bed. He still managed to be a top notch daddy, often getting up with Addy in the night to rock her back to sleep.

This year, his last, was not easier. He has continued to be the stronghold of our family, being ever so sensitive to my needs as I began teaching. He gets up and makes Addy's lunch every morning, dresses her and takes her to daycare everyday, as I rush off to school.

If you aren't convinced yet, let me put the cherry on top....

Bradley has been on a full ride scholarship all through school. We were completely blessed in that we owe nothing for law school. A part of maintaining his scholarship entailed staying in the top third of your class rankings. Bradley once again has exceeded all expectations, and as of last summer he was ranked in the top 10% of his class. We look forward to this year rankings...

We are so proud of Bradley, there are not enough words, and tears often do the speaking for me!! I know I was often not very sensitive to Bradley's needs to work and study. He has perserved through so much these three years, and often sheltered his frustrations from Addy and I, giving us his time and love, knowing he really needed to be studying. He is a top notch man that we are unbelievably in love with! The Lord has blessed us through our law school journey, and we look forward to the roads he will lead us down in the future (like the next 8 weeks of Bar prep...) We don't know what is next for Bradley or our family. He does not have a definitive job lined up. We are just praying that God will make His will clear for us. I am often reminded of the verse, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteous, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." Matthew 33-34a


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