The toast I would have given

by Lesley on May 18, 2009 · 5 comments

in growing up,lessons learned

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Jonathan,

A lot of people gave us their brutally honest opinion that law school would kill our marriage. Today, we can happily look at one another and disagree. Law school, and the many challenges that have come with it, have only made our marriage stronger. Together, we had a lot of fun taking on a big challenge called law school. While I’m so proud of you for finishing, and so impressed with how well you did, I’m most thankful for God’s good grace and provisions through each semester you were at Davis…from the friends who loved us in generous ways, and the family who understood when we didn’t have the money to visit as much as we might have liked to. From how He provided work for me, and the blessings of a church home– to the ways he has strengthened our faith as we’ve waited for the next step.

Today is your day. Today is my day. Most importantly, today is our day. While it feels so good to see you walk across that stage, with your scholarly robe and big smile, I’m most proud of  the little choices we made over the last three years to love each other well. Those steps are what brought us to this moment–and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. 

So, today I raise my glass of sangria to you, and I toast to simple choices, to hard work, to generous friends, to loving family, to a job you love, and to the people who you will someday serve. I love you.

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Ashlee
Ashlee

Congrats Jonathan! Beautiful toast- wishing you both the best of luck and God's blessings as you move forward on a new journey together!

HouseLewis
HouseLewis

Congrats to Jonathan! Congratulations to you too for no longer being a "law school widow"! It is such a huge accomplishment, and I completely agree with you that going through law school being married only brought us closer together. I'm so happy for you both. I'd love to see pictures from your graduation party! I hope it was a blast!

Amy Vogt
Amy Vogt

First of all, Lesley, you are beautiful. Secondly, I am so excited for Jonathan. He has worked so hard. How wonderful to start a new chapter. Third, I have loved watching the two of you on this journey. You have loved each other well. It has not been easy (the journey, not the loving part)! I wish we were there to celebrate.

Alysun
Alysun

I'm with Tawny and all teary. "I’m most proud of the little choices we made over the last three years to love each other well." So beautifully said and lived. Many couples forget to love each other with purpose. Good for you two for making good memories out a challenging time. I am so impressed with both of you! Congratulations to you, Jonathan on graduating!

Tawny
Tawny

This got me all teary. It's one of the most beauitfully romantic things I have read in a loooong time. Congratulations Jonathan-- for finishing law school, but also for picking your spouse so well!