Well, you know what they say… When God closes a door, He opens a window. 🙂
Nate and I have decided to not sell the house. Despite my love of this place we call home, I was a little frustrated that we won’t see a much lower mortgage payment before we hopefully begin the next phase of our lives together. But door after door was just closing. New England has an extremely expensive house market, and the more affordable homes were in areas that Nate and I just didn’t feel comfortable with. We want our future kids to grow up in the country, just like we did; but some of the neighborhoods we were looking at, in more affordable areas, are rundown and even depressing. We struggled with the idea of making such a large purchase in an area that was headed in the wrong direction.
A couple of nice houses also happened to be directly across the street from stinky (and maybe even unhealthy) factories. And one house we did like was unfortunately so far out in the country, we’d have to drive almost 45 minutes to get to a grocery store.
Although I have to admit that becoming the Wilderness Family would make for a great blog. 😉
We also did look at houses in the city, and those were lovely homes, but we wouldn’t be saving enough money every month to make the move worth it. Sooo, in the end, we came to the very definite conclusion that it’s just not the right time for us to move. (It was just becoming very apparent that moving would mean we’d end up in a house that needed a new roof very soon, in addition to other expensive repairs. It also meant an end to family walks after dinner and Sunday afternoon strolls through the campground. Meanwhile, our house is pretty sturdy and only needs cosmetic touch-ups. And it’s in the perfect area to raise children. So would the lesser mortgage really save us worry?).
BUT, we did out that we’re qualified to refinance the house we have now. So our monthly payments will go down a bit… And, hey, every bit helps!
In addition to that, we’ve decided to meet with a landscaping friend to try to pick his brain and find out what we can do to the side of the hill, so that Nate won’t have to mow it. This will pretty up the yard, but will also make the yard more manageable for Nate.
So that’s that for now. 🙂
Am I a little bit nervous about finances still, when it comes to living on one salary? Of course I am! But then again, I’m realizing that you really do just have to make the decision you feel is best in the moment…and after you’ve prayed about it a whole lot. I’ve talked to a good handful of parents, and they all assure me that it was tight for them at first too. Yet they made it work.
And even though I can’t see how things will work out, I feel that they will work out pretty great. 🙂 It’s all about one day at a time… One prayer at a time… One careful financial decision at a time. And it’s about making the journey together.