So I've been thinking about doing today's post for a while and I have to admit it has been a little hard for me to write. But what better day than today to do so.... Today Edward starts his second year of law school.
I love that my husband is following his dreams to be a lawyer. When I first started dating him, he was 17 and he knew he wanted to be a lawyer. He has worked so incredibly hard to be where he is now. Top 10% of his class and has made Tulane's Law Review (which is huge). To say the least, I could not be more proud of him. As a wife, watching his dedication to his studies and knowing that he is doing it so he can build a great future for us and our family is overwhelming at times (in a good way of course). I mean, if he is this dedicated to school, can you imagine how dedicated he will be as a father and how dedicated he is to me? I can not tell you how blessed I am. He truly is God's greatest gift to me.
Now this is where I ask for your support and prayers... While I love that Edward is following his dreams, I had a very hard adjustment to the lifestyle that first year of law school set for us. I mean, we got married July 16th and then less than a moth later he started school. Remember I said how dedicated he is to his studies... I knew the first year would be rough but I just don't think I was emotionally prepared for how little I would see my husband. And as an extremely new newlywed, I had a difficult time adjusting. Of course marriage on it's own is a huge lifestyle adjustment. But throw in law school, an hour commute one way to work when it used to take 11 minutes, and a new neighborhood which was very different (aka not very safe) from where I lived before is a lot of changes at once.
I'll spare you the emotional woes but in a nutshell I put all my focus in providing for us, taking care of Edward and being sure to always be his supportive, positive wife that I didn't really take care of myself. Don't get me wrong, being positive/supportive for him is the easiest thing for me to do. I love him with every ounce of my heart and I will always be there for him. I just wasn't there for myself. I gained a lot of weight that first year, didn't get out of our apartment often, and well... I was just in a funk.
Good news.... I am so over that!!!! I've lost about half the weight I gained (yay!) and am working on getting back my healthy lifestyle I was living before. We moved to a safer neighborhood, into a charming house that I love. Edward had such a successful first year and we are already seeing the many benefits of his hard work that is paying off. I still am just as supportive as I was before... except now I am not just taking care of him, but I'm taking care of myself too. You see, everyone handles changes differently. I am a very positive person and usually completely embrace change. I just had a hard time last year with so many changes.
So cheers to a new year of law school for Edward. Cheers to another year of opportunities. Cheers to renewing my healthy, active lifestyle. Cheers to my wonderful marriage and the bright future we have. Thank you to my family and friends who have been there for me, even when I was having a tough time. Thank you to Edward for loving me unconditionally and working so hard in order to create endless possibilities for our future. And most importantly, thank you to God, for He has blessed my life in so many ways. With Him, I will remain strong and positive for myself and my husband. With God, I have faith, hope and strength. It is through His love for me that I can love my husband and be the best possible wife that I can be.
I know that this post was all over the place... It's hard to put so many different thoughts together at once. I can always use supportive advice and encouragement so if you have any, I would be most appreciative if you share!!! Also, big news...... I reach over 100 GFC followers this weekend which means it's time for a huge giveaway!!! Stay tuned because it will open within the next 24 hours!! Thank you all for your support!!!! HAPPY MONDAY!!!! :)