About a week ago, I read this post on my friend’s blog. It caused me to stop in my tracks and just think. I sent the link to Chris, and something about it really resonated with us.
What that something is exactly, we’re not sure. But it was enough to cause us pause.
It’s that time of year again when we need to decide if we want to renew our lease or move, and if we want to move, do we want to lease again or buy, and if we want to buy, where on earth and what kind of house do we want to buy, and if we buy an older home, what kind of older home? Do we invest in an up and coming (but rundown) neighborhood, or buy a renovated home in a renovated neighborhood? And why do cookie cutter houses suddenly feel so cookie cutter, when just a few years ago, they were absolutely fine?
Our minds have been swimming with all of these decisions and choices, and it feels as if we have been going around and around this topic, with no clear answer.
But I am thankful to my friend, for sharing her journey, because it was enough to give us a brief bit of clarity, at least so far as what we don’t want.
- We don’t want to do something that isn’t us, that doesn’t fit who we are, or our vision for our family.
- We want to be a part of something that matters.
- We don’t want to continue in the same holding pattern, just because we can’t summon up the guts and resolve to make a decision and act on it.
- We want to plant our feet.
So that’s where we’re at. Who knows what big adventure awaits.
Owning a house is a LOT of work. It’s really rewarding, and it’s great to have the complete control to do whatever you want with it, but it’s way more work than you would think. If you buy a fixer-upper, be prepared to spend a lot more time and energy fixing than you thought you would.
I’m sure that, wherever you land, you will find a way to make it your home and you will be happy there!