I won’t begin this post with how we came about buying this house, that’ll be a blog for later, because, wow, it deserves a story! Just know that for us to say, “We own a house!”, we feel pretty delighted!
On March 10th 2017, we got into our car, with keys in hand, to unlock doors to a house we were to make our home! Now, I realize, most people don’t take photos of their house keys, they take photos of them in front of their house. Well, when I say that we are making this house our home, I mean it in quite the literal sense and our house isn’t exactly photogenic.
Here are some photos from the first weeks of owning our house…
Lots and lots of work and still more to come! You may be asking, why this house, Margo? Well, several reasons.
- The cost of this house was equivalent to the cheapest house in Lawrence but with more square-footage and in a nicer neighborhood.
- Okay, with it being cheap means it was run down and needed work. The work that the house needs is work we can mostly do ourselves, thus saving us money and ultimately we will gain equity in the house.
- We get to make the house exactly the way we want it! Our style with our oddities!
Like with all choices in life, there are costs. We had to consider the downsides.
- Managing full-time jobs while renovating a house in the evenings and weekends takes up all of one’s time. This means we’ve had to say no to lots of things to be able to do the work. I debated this cost multiple times before we decided to purchase! Being with people is a priority for us. We believe in investing in people and loving others for the glory of God. To say no to activities and outings, felt like saying no to people. God has graciously answered my prayer by not allowing that feeling to be true. People come to us! But really, we’ve had so much help. Thanks, Help! I’ve spent more time with friends and family while working on this house than before. Great conversation can and will happen with a paint brush in hand!
- The work is exhausting. It is. Yes, we are tired and our bodies hurt most days. Yet, working out at CrossFit sure prepared me for all the hard work that goes into renovating a house. For that I’m thankful.
- Some life plans have been put on hold. We didn’t plan the year wanting to buy a house; it sort of just happened because of the right circumstances. If you talked to us in January, we had different plans. It’s a wild ride, this thing called life. Right here is where we believe God has lead us and we are thus content to wait and see if what we planned first will come to happen later.
So, if you are wondering where we are, the answer is either at work or at work on our house. Come visit us, get dirty, and get a workout!