The End of Law School

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He did it!

As of 10:30 p.m. last night Ryan finished his last final (in Income Tax, gross),

Ryan is officially done with law school!

He is now enjoying a peaceful sleep. One that he has been looking forward to since 2011.

After 4 years of blood, sweat, and tears (well no blood) he is done. After hearing “I can’t do this anymore!” or “Why did I sign up for this” countless times, he made it! And our marriage made it.

When we first started dating and Ryan casually mentioned he was in his first year of law school and hinted to how much stress he would be under and how he wouldn’t be able to commit as much time to a relationship as most women would like.

I sat there and smiled and naively thought, “No problem! I really value my alone time! This will work out great!”

Since we started living together in 2012, I’ve mostly only seen my husband on the weekends. 

Not seeing your husband during the week pays a toll. Going home to an empty house and cooking lunch and dinner for a husband you won’t actually see enjoy said meals gets old. Consoling a tired, stressed, and grumpy husband from afar is difficult. Not having a husband have time to console you in return is hard. I wanted so much to make things easier for him and I tried my best, but there was only so much I could do. Some days felt never-ending and I didn’t know if we’d make it.

But we made it. 

No more 19 hour days! He’ll soon get to lose sleep due to something else, a baby.

It’s been a long journey. Three years ago it felt like this day would never come. I started counting down the days to graduation about 740 days ago. It seemed like an eternity away. Yes, this was the only life we knew together, but I couldn’t stop dreaming of doing normal couple things like talking about our days over dinner, going to happy hour, being able to kiss each other goodnight and having weekends where school work was not on the agenda.

We tried to laugh during the hard times and tell ourselves that someday we would look back fondly at this time of our lives. (doubtful)

We sacrificed our time and our money. Pinching pennies whenever we could. Cooking up cheap casseroles and budget shopping while also trying to schedule and save up for date nights and getaways to make sure our relationship was a priority. We also could not have done this without the emotional support of our families. (and thank you for always having me for dinner and always wiping away my stress tears, Mom and Dad!)

I’m so incredibly proud of him. He’s been tested time and time again but has never given up. He’s pulled off amazing grades and extracurricular activities while also excelling at his job. 

But before we get too excited, there’s still much to do.

May 21: The official graduation! And time to start worrying about the couple hundred thousand dollars taken out in student loans. 

May 29: Ryan’s last day at his job. He’s quitting to study for the bar exam full time, making us a one income family for the summer.

July 29: Ryan takes the Bar Exam!

August 1: We celebrate the end of the bar exam by heading off to NC for a family beach vacation.

September 1: Ryan starts his new job in Delaware.

Oh and because we love a challenge, let’s not forget:

Mid-September: We welcome Baby Mac into the world!

Late October: Move with a newborn to be closer to Ryan’s new job. 

The wild ride continues, but I’m so glad this milestone has been reached. This is the start of a brand new chapter for us. Congrats, Ryan! I’m so proud of you!

On to bigger and better things!

 

  • Congratulations!!! That’s such an exciting accomplishment. The next few months are going to be busy for sure, but you two can do it!! I hope you’re planning to celebrate this wonderful occasion this weekend!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! Ryan will appreciate all the congrats. It’s been such a long road and I can’t wait to celebrate all of his accomplishments. Headed out to get him drinks after work tonight and then more fun this weekend.

  • That is so exciting!! Congrats to you guys! Law school is no joke and I bet there is a feeling of relief and freedom in your household right now!!! Such great things in your future, such an exciting time πŸ™‚ Enjoy the weekend!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you, there were days it all seemed so impossible, but he did it! And yes, so much freedom!! He has off today and he probably doesn’t know what to do with himself πŸ™‚

  • Pat (Mom)

    Congratulations to Ryan! I’m so proud of both of you for the strength in your marriage and your love for each other. Enjoy some down time and celebrate! The best is yet to come ( in September)☺️

  • Congrats to Ryan! That’s an amazing accomplishment!! You guys have so much to look forward to! it’s going to be busy, but also awesome! πŸ™‚

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off both of our shoulders. I’m so proud of all of his determination and can’t wait to watch him grown into his dream career. Yes, it will be busy, but what would life be without a busy schedule, I’ve never known haha.

  • Congratulations to both of you! So much exciting stuff is happening!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you!! It feels so good to celebrate and look to the next step!

  • Congrats to Ryan! And to you for getting through it as well, haha.

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! Of course he did most of the work, but it was a team effort πŸ˜‰

  • Yay! Congratulations! I know how you’re feeling since my husband just graduated grad school and, for the first time since we’ve been married he’s not having to ignore me for school. πŸ˜‰ enjoy having your man back! β™‘

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! It will be great having him home this summer once he quits his current job. It’s been a long, sleepless journey πŸ™‚ Congrats to your husband as well!

  • What an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations to the both of you!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! It felt like this day would never come.