I broke my shopping ban…well not really, but sorta. The whole point of the ban was to utilize all the money saved towards greater goals. One of those goals was to find a house for our family and one afternoon, with nothing else on the market to look at, this beauty caught our eye.
I expected the process to be much different and the way it all occurred was nothing like I had imagined. I imagined days spent convincing Kyle with all that I had, I imagined be twitter-pated every time I walked inside, I imagined something in a different spot, and ultimately it happened much differently.
I was shocked with how overwhelmed I felt making the decision to purchase a home. It felt so momentous and daunting and especially for this fixer upper we were taking a chance on. But day after day, every time I would doubt and hesitate, Heavenly Father reassured and brought peace.
We got the keys last night and this morning the boys and I took a little trip the house, in the glorious morning sunshine.
My heart sang. As I walked in each room, observing it with fresh eyes, eyes of ownership, I could once again imagine and dream up future memories.
This lady has great bones. She is solid and steady and with some fresh paint and elbow grease, I think it is all going to work out splendidly.
Blue carpet, blue walls, blue trim, blue fireplace…..Oak floors underneath the shabby carpet and a painting party. This room is easy. (There are also two windows on either side of the fireplace that at some point in time someone covered inside…..Why? Why would anyone do that? At some point in time they will be resurrected!)
Upstairs bathroom. Nice low sinks for Daniel to turn on and off…I expect locked doors or high water bills.
Project #1: Main floor bathroom. Check out that wallpaper! Metallic! Pink! Seashell outlines! Also, no shower…This bathroom is going to be gutted, showered, and made super pretty a la cheap Home Depot white subway tiles! I ain’t going down to the basement to shower (where the only shower resides…).
I kinda get the blue in this kitchen, but not the pink. Or the olive green stove. I mean I get they were a thing…but there is a lot going on in this room. Everything functions though, so this one will be on the back burner until finances allow.
My favorite of the wallpapers.
Lilacs in the backyard! And roses! And raspberries! And a white dogwood tree! It’s like my own secret garden.
This backyard needs some manual labor. There are a lot of weeds and poky bushes but it will be conquered! Feel free to join my battalion. So far I have two recruits who just like playing with the water spigot.
A covered patio! (It’s not crooked, my picture is.)
My little Einstein (his hair!) mastering the front steps
One of the greatest things about this home is the basement rental unit. The rental will allow us to fix her up and aggressively pay off student loans at the same time.
She wasn’t exactly what we were looking for, but she is exactly what we need.
(More pictures to come)