This weekend we went looking at a couple of houses. Seems a little crazy after all the work I’ve been putting into making our little house work for us, right? I just happened to have scrolled apst a couple of listings on Facebook which got me to wondering if we really should look into exploring our housing options.
Maybe we shouldn’t have looked because now it does make me not as content with our current home even though the houses we looked at were not necessarily nicer, but they were considerably larger. In fact one of them would have been really perfect for our family.
The first house was nice, really nice. It had the right amount of bedrooms and two bathrooms. There was more room than we currently have but the layout just wasn’t quite what I wanted. Don’t get me wrong, we definitely could’ve made it work for us but it just wasn’t ‘The One‘, if you know what I mean.
The second one was not in as great as shape and it was a bit older. I liked it from the moment we walked in the door. (Actually I liked it from the time I saw the pics on Facebook.) I could see us setting it up here close to the house we are in, overlooking the same pond, and the picture was so pretty. I really could imagine the view from the kitchen window, looking out onto the back deck where the kids could have a lot of fun. There were plenty of rooms and two bathrooms! You just don’t know how much I miss that second bathroom.
The kitchen was considerably larger than the one we have and it had triple the cabinets we currently have. There was a large master bedroom with a master bath and a tub… ahhh, Calgon take me away… please. Not to mention the closet space in all of the bedrooms. It’s funny the things you miss. The front room could have been a living room, a dining room, or just about anything we desired.
Off the kitchen is a utility room with plenty of space for our washer, dryer, and freezer which are all currently outside. There was just so much space… I mean a lot of space. I don’t even know if I have enough furniture to furnish it since we’ve downsized and gotten rid of so much!
Have I mentioned the homeschool room?
I have to smile when I say this because as soon as I walked into the room everyone was giving me suggestions as to what to use it for. An extra bedroom, an arts & crafts room, a dining room. I just turned around with the biggest grin and said it would be the homeschool room. With patio doors that led to the patio and a wall full of windows that would look out onto the pond it would be perfect.
There were built in bookshelves which would save me a lot of money at IKEA! There were even some window seats built in one side of the room. I could already picture some cute little cushions on them and a couple of the kids curling up there to read their favorite books.
Now you are probably thinking this must have been a pretty pricey dream house but in reality it wasn’t. It probably was when the current owners bought it many years ago. The wear and tear of raising a family shows in the house, which was actually a triple wide mobile home, but it also shows the memories that the family had.
The current owners are looking to downsize as the kids are grown and out of the house. They were eager to share some stories with us and they enjoyed having kids in the house. Yes, our brood went with us even though they didn’t realize we were house shopping.
Sigh… yes, it would be great to get a bigger house. Well, maybe it would be great because that would also mean more payments. I have been working towards my goal of paying off debt to get away from payments so this is not helping me with that goal. We started calculating costs to move and set up the house, well and septic, and then everything else and it almost doubled what they were asking for it. It’s a lot to think about.
Also a bigger house means more electric, probably. It also means I would most likely spend more time cleaning it. Then again, maybe I wouldn’t because it wouldn’t be as cluttered as our house is now. This house definitely needs some TLC though. That doesn’t scare me though because I know that we could work on it little by little and make it our home.
Uh Oh! I used the word HOME! That’s how I knew I had probably made a mistake by coming to look at the houses. Yep, so now I’m kinda in a little limbo of my own making. Do we stay where we are and be content with what we have or do we try to make this work to have the bigger home that we’ve been dreaming of?
I really don’t know what the answer is. I’ve been doing a lot of praying before the Facebook posts even showed up. So now it looks like there is a lot more praying to do. I just can’t stop thinking about how lovely that view would be out the windows. Or sitting on the back patio with a cup of coffee early in the morning watching the mist rise off the water as the sun comes up.
Like the picture at the top of the post says ‘Asking is the beginning of receiving…‘ so I am going to pray and ask God to make this possible, if it is in HIS WILL for our little family. If not, then I will be content with this little house on the pond.
I will keep you all updated on our decision but until then please say a little prayer for wisdom and guidance for us while making this decision.
Thank you all!