This picture is from our second day here in Chicago. We had both moved into our own apartments in Streeterville and Gold Coast. We wandered around our new neighborhoods and toured Northwestern’s law campus excitedly. Neither of us had any idea what this law school journey would be like at all.
The very next day, our third day in Chicago, Travis proposed! Travis’s first semester in law school suddenly became very hectic. In 4 months we (read: our moms) planned a wedding, I had two bridal showers in Utah and Colorado, I shot a wedding in Canada, Travis rocked all of this finals, and a few days after Christmas we got married!
Engagement photo by Karen ReVelle.
Our first apartment together was an adventure in itself. Although we lived in a fantastic area, our building was old, and the wiring outdated. We could only have one appliance on at a time. If we had the TV on and decided to use the microwave, or toaster, or anything else the circuit would trip and we’d start the entire process over! We laugh about it now but it was frustrating whenever I tried to make a big dinner. We didn’t have a dishwasher and we both hand washed way too many dishes. Our first apartment was far from ideal but some of our best memories were there.
Since moving to Chicago and getting married we’ve been to St. Thomas, St. Marteen, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Italy. Between the two of us we’ve lived in 4 different apartments in Chicago. We’ve survived 3 years without a car and subsequently have walked countless miles. We’ve carried groceries home, become good friends with our doormen, gone without cable, taken dozens of taxis, explored the city via the L, ate thousands of calories of deep dish pizza and Chicago hot dogs….we embraced all the good and bad things about city life.
And now it’s all over. Three years of law school. Done. I can hardly believe it. Sometimes it felt like the reading, writing, and test taking would never end. Travis, you didn’t just get through law school, you excelled at it. You inspired me with your focus and hard work. I literally never saw your stressed or overwhelmed. I don’t know how that’s even possible, but you did it. There were moments that I was afraid, or unsure, and you calmed my fears. You lead us both with faith and strength and I couldn’t be prouder to call you my husband.
Our entire marriage you’ve been a student; law school is all we know. Soon you will be starting your law career and who knows where the road will lead us now. I am excited for all the possibilities that lie ahead not only for you, but for us. Here we go!