Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Passing the Bar

Much has transpired this weekend.

• By late Sunday morning, I finished a 100 mile running attempt at mile 76. (I stopped at mile 13 of the Twin Cities Marathon: no official marathon finish but one of the best runs ever). Look for details soon.
• Eli ran/walked with me for the last 10 miles of Saturday's 50 miles on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. 3 hours with my son, pursuing a goal together, decked out in Camelbaks and headlamps.
• The bar results were posted this morning, and I passed. We invited four dear friends to join us for brunch and the long-awaited web-posting check. We wanted these friends around because 1) if the results were positive, they would share in our joy because they have been involved with our family from the start of law school; praying for us, asking about how we're doing, bringing us fruits and vegetables from their garden, incorporating our family into theirs, and 2) if the results were negative, they would with non-cliched, experience-laden words remind us that God is sovereign and uses all things to bring Himself glory and us joy.

Here we are after learning the results.
Left to right: Larry and Alice Agnew.
David Michael is holding a sign with 708 on it, my bar exam I.D. His wife Sally is on the far right.
Eli, Grace, Emma, Levi, and my wife Marty holding Zeke.



Congratulations Joel!
Congratulations to the entire Button family! You all made sacrifices to get to this point.
This has been a big year Joel. I'm proud of you!

Anonymous said...

Awesome, Joel! I'm thrilled for you and your family!

Helen said...

Congrats Joel! What a weekend!

Steve said...

Wow, way to go, Joel! It is so inspiring to see hard work pay off. Now it's time to put that knowledge towards a good cause. I have faith in you. Too bad about not making it to 100. I know you gave it all you had and 76 miles is nothing to be ashamed of. Let me know when you want to give it another try. I'll be game for it. Maybe we can organize a group 100-miler for charity. Give it a thought. Take care!

The Beginning Farmer's Wife said...

Congratulations Joel! Ethan and I have been talking about your wait to find out pretty much every day last week - and here and there before then too. I told Ethan that you guys must be so relieved. He told me HE was relieved. :)

Congrats again!!

Yvette said...

Congratulations Joel and Button family! Our family had to check your blog to see if you posted your Bar exam results. We're very happy for you.

SteveQ said...

Quite the week! Congrats on both accomplishments. Those photos - they make me want to be out there (except the marathon one).

Runnin-From-The-Law said...

Congrats, counselor!

David Ray said...

Good news! Congratulations!