The leaves are changing, the sun is retreating, and the air is cooling. Yes, the annual climatic sea change in Syracuse is once again upon us, and the warm weather of the past few months is faintly but a memory. The school year is in full swing, and Chris has another packed semester to keep him busy. Despite shouldering MicroEconomics, Statistics, and Comparative Foreign Policy for his Master's, Constitutional Law and Legal Ethics for his JD, and Intermediate German on the side, he is finding the real challenges not between the hardbound covers of McGraw-Hill and WestLaw, but in juggling family responsibilities, academics, and ecclesiastical duties. He sees the goodness, innocence, and celestial radiance in his daughter, and, knowing that she is worthy of so much more than he gives to her, is conflicted in the tradeoff of whether to shower her with the immediate satisfaction of fatherly affection or to work toward her long-term interests through spending more time studying, preparing himself to be able to offer her a brighter future. The choice is further complicated by Missoni's heart-melting smile when he draws near, and her heart-wrenching frown when he tries to slip away. Indeed, the bulk of Chris' Graduate education is in subjects for which one can neither graduate nor be considered a master.
In addition to the humdrum of classes, Chris has applied to two extracurricular activities that will run throughout the year. First, he will be involved in pro bono work helping low-income individuals through bankruptcy proceedings. Second, he has been accepted to compete for his school in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team, an international moot arbitration team that will go to Vienna (not Vienna, Georgia!) for a week in the Spring to compete against hundreds of law schools from all over the world. The Syracuse team did exceptionally well last year, and he hopes to exceed that record this Spring.
With a receding economy on the horizon, and, even worse, a Democrat in the White House a major possibility, Chris is hedging his future and taking advantage of his recently acquired German citizenship in a number of ways. He plans to complete his coming summer internship in Germany, possibly with the German government, and stay there for the following fall semester by enrolling as a visiting student through American University's law school in a German study abroad program in Hamburg. This would allow Chris to find, during that fall, possible work for the following summer (at which time he will have graduated from his programs), and also look for job prospects in the U.S. when he returns in the Spring for his final semester.
With this confluence of career paths and pressing obligations, Chris would hardly be able to bear the strain on his own. Indeed, if the past is a good predictor of future outcome, than Chris' solo days would never have seen the light of days such as this. No, Chris' currently unfolding future is attributable foremost, to a prepetually benevolent and forgiving God, and second, to his supportive, caring, beautiful, humble, encouraging, hard-working, nurturing, inspiring wife, Angie. I am who I am because of her, and without her I am not. Here is to you, My Love.
We went to Orlando Temple!
Chris and I were sealed to eachother and then to Missoni in the Orlando Temple. I have no words to describe the wonders of the temple and how we felt on this day. They brought Missoni in to the sealing room in her white dress and the entire room burst into tears. Even people who had come into view the sealing that didn't know us were crying. It was amazing. My mom and dad were there, Chris' bro, Les and his wife Kim, and Tiff and Brock. It was a very special day. I love my family so much and so grateful for the great sealing power of the temple.
Boy meets girl in South Florida!
This is the Thompson Family love story. We should have started our blog a long time ago. So to make up for it, I am going to start back to the time I met Chris and move forward to now! Enjoy reading about our love story and how we are now doing as we make the LONG journey through Law School in Syracuse, New York! We now have a wonderful, beautiful busy 18 month old. We love her and she is the light of our lives!
We had a wonderful time down in South Florida......
We loved living in Ft. Lauderdale. Chris and I had nothing but a shabby studio apartment when we got married, but we loved it. It was so nice to see Chris ever day, while I finished up my degree at the Art Institute. He was working for Franklin Templeton and I was so busy with my thesis but we still found time to get away to the Botanical Gardens in the Gables, and Naples on the west coast. We had so much fun together our first year of marriage. Maybe too much fun, thats when I found out I was pregnant about 3 months after being married, with the biggest blessing in our life, Missoni, our gorgeous, lovely baby girl.
Art and Graduation
I graduated from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale in March, 2006. I am now and Interior Designer and worked for a very established and wonderful Italian kitchen company for over a year until we moved to New York. Here is my thesis and some graduation pictures.