(I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch, hence the title of this post...hehe)
We are currently in escrow on a home and Lord willing we will be moving in a little over a month. We're staying in the same area but finally settling down into our own place.
The fact of the matter is that our one bedroom, 500 square foot rented home is just too small to easily accommodate two children. The space itself isn't exactly the problem per se....it's more of the layout and the lack of a separate room for the children (unless we go live outside while they are napping! Oh... and take the cats with us). I can't imagine having two babies napping in this place, and as any parent knows, you do not want to live a life where your children don't nap!
My husband and I had wanted to buy a house in cash and that plan seemed like it would be feasible in a couple years until my husband was laid off last year. God provided a much better job for him in terms of working hours and the overall environment, but it did have lower pay. We knew that paying cash anytime soon would be out of the question.
We've been living debt free and we didn't want to have a mortgage, but decided that is the best option for us at this time. Renting a two bedroom place around here would be more expensive than what we will pay as a mortgage and would give us less space than this house we are buying. Not to mention, it wouldn't have the awesome outdoor space for the kids that it does!
We are excited and truly hoping that everything goes well during escrow so that we can move in a little after our son's first birthday! I'm looking forward to having double the space we have now, a separate bedroom for the children to sleep in, and being able to access the bathroom at all times. It also has great outdoor space and a separate sun porch where we can contain the cats (which is a very important point to me--I am tired of kitties interrupting nap time and having a litter box in my bathroom).
It also is move in ready. All we need to do is paint it our desired colors. Yes, there is a lot of updating that could be done, but it doesn't concern me at this point in my life. I know most people want granite counter tops and nice flooring, but I'm so over caring about that. I know that most places can look 75% better with paint and the way you decorate it.
At times I feel disappointed that we will no longer be debt free, so this is an area where I am really having to trust God and let go. The cheapskate in me does not like paying interest. But when I think about the chaos that would come from living in this little space, I know that we are doing the right thing to maintain peace in our family.
I will try to be better about updating here as we make the move and hopefully get to show you some before and after shots. Decorating is definitely one of my passions!