Monday, October 12, 2015

Our First Home :: Life-Changing Decisions

Well, the rumors are true. We are officially homeowners! It has officially been a month since we moved in. And so we passed another barrier into adulthood. It happened so naturally and so much faster than we both expected. Braden had been talking to me about it for months and I didn't feel comfortable quite yet. Honestly, I was so scared to settle down. But I grew more comfortable with the idea and realized we would still have lots of adventures, those adventures may just change a little. So I gave my self the little "it will all be okay" pep talk. And now that we are all settled in, it is better than okay. We love creating our own little sanctuary of peace for ourselves and our future family.

We both decided we were ready one weekend, met with our realtor and loan officer together that Tuesday night, and then by Saturday evening that same week we had put an offer on a home. Some people are not so quick to make such a big decision but we knew we would have a little time throughout the process and the Spirit spoke to us so clearly: "It's time. This is it." When we walked into our home, we immediately knew this was the place for us. Then we had another 3-4 weeks to go through the inspection process, loan approval, etc. and before we knew it, it was time to close.

I truly believe that we create our own situations. Braden and I went into this experience expecting it to be straightforward and as simple as possible and it was exactly that! We were a little nervous because we had heard people complain about how hard it is to buy a home so many times but we didn't find that to be true. Sure, it takes time, but with the right people and the right frame of mind. It's simple.

^^The "weeping mortar" on the bricks behind us is already gone - one of the first things to go!

^^This little 70's tan brick raised flower bed is the next thing to go! We knew the outside would be one of our first projects. We fell in love with the inside and since outdoor projects are so much easier (and often less expensive), we felt it was a good compromise.

^^Braden is so happy and in love with his new kitchen. Love love love it!

^^Little elephants along the window sill in my yoga room - from India and Africa. Elephants are my favorite!

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