Monday, May 14, 2012

END of 1L YEAR!!!

Greetings All, Its Landon here...I am going to give this whole blogger thing a try. My posts wont be as entertaining or as great as Kimi's, but I thought it would be fun to document some of the fun things our family is experiencing from my perspective. Anyway, it has been a crazy past couple of months for us here in Seattle. I have been very busy with finishing up my first year of law school and interviewing for summer internships. I am pleased to announce that I was able to secure my dream internship this summer! I will be working at the Washington State Attorney General's office in the Division of Social and Health Services. I will most likely be working in the Juvenile Litigation section of the office. I am really excited to finally apply some of the things I have been learning this past year. It is really awesome because I will be working downtown and I have a beautiful view of the puget sound! I will have to post some pictures from our office (if it is allowed). !
I am finally done with my first year classes and I would have to say I am very relieved to have made it through such a life changing experience! I mean that in every sense of the imagination. It was fun, taxing, trying, difficult, beautiful, intellectually stimulating, and intense all at the same time. I really appreciate all of the amazing support I have had through my first year (especially a patient and loving wife and daughter who have sacrificed time and energy to help me become the best I can be! eg. Kimi always changes the stinky diapers...Just. Too. Sweet.): the awesome text messages I have received from my supportive sister, the great advice from a loving father and mother, the enjoyable phone calls and face-time with Tyson, Sami, Cam, and Kennedy, our great family trips to Spokane to visit our Adamson Family, and countless words of encouragement from extensive family throughout. One thing that has helped me stay sane through this has definitely been the consistent love I have felt from family.
Lately I have been thinking about how selfish and time consuming law school and the legal profession can be. I felt like I was focusing so much on learning, understanding, and applying the skills I needed to so that "I" can be the "BEST" attorney possible for me. I know that it is not an unrighteous desire to do your best or to succeed, but I had come to a point where I had forgotten the purpose of why I was doing what I was doing. The night before one of my big finals I had a sort of "come to Jesus" moment. I realized that God had blessed me with this wonderful opportunity so that I can use my talents, not only to bless my life, but to bless the lives of all of God's children. I felt that, even though the long hours away from Livy and Kimi, the endless pages of contracts, the ridiculous socratic method, and the 12-15 page memo's all seem very daunting, they all will help me change the lives of at least one person. And if I can help save it be one child of God, then I will feel that this experience will be worth it in the end! I do not by any means want this to be a confessional journal entry or a preaching message to all, but I just hope that everyone can reflect upon the life decisions they are making and realize that we are all in this together. If we inherently influence those around us, why not do it in a more positive way? After this experience, instead of focusing on my challenges and trials, I have realized I am much more happy when focusing on other people. And that was a great realization!
Well, to finish up, I wanted to share some of the things I have loved about law school. I have loved the intellectually stimulating material we have covered. So far this year, I have written memo's on the doctrines of duress, constructive eviction (if you want to get out of a lease, let me know! haha), ineffective assistance of counsel, and recreational use and liability statutes. By far my favorite subjects have been Criminal Law and Legal Writing. I also really enjoyed the subject matter of Torts (and no Jen, that is not a pastry!!) and Civil Procedure. Contracts even grew on me (thanks for the encouragement Uncle Lloyd!). I have enjoyed the wonderful friendships with classmates and professors. I look forward to the next two years where I can hopefully focus on topics that appeal to me more. Before I forget, one of the best things about law school is coming home late at night and being able to give Livy a bath! No matter how bad I answered a question in class or no matter how much reading I have to do, her laugh and smile make me feel like I am important and loved. It is the best part of the day because me and Kimi can just gaze into Livy's eyes and feel a deep sense of gratitude for the blessings we have been given! Well, I love you all and I hope you are having an enjoyable month of May. I hope to be able to post every once in a while and update you on how things are going from my perspective! Love Landon Mac

The little Ham

Oh this is Livy just standing in her basket of toys.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Livy and her Pal Cam

I love this photo of Livy and Cam. Cam is making a face like, "Wow, Livy is being a little too crazy right now." Ha ha they are way to cute together and Livy just adores her cousin Cameron. More photos of Jen's graduation will be coming soon. Congratulations Jen! We are so proud of you and so excited for your mission!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy 2nd Anniversary!

Last week was mine and Landon's Anniversary on April 24th. I am so happy we are together Landon. You are the best and I love you the most. Today I was looking at some of our engagement photos. Here are my favorite. Psh. What a dream.