This summer we went from living here:
It was drastic. BUT, it was our choice.
We’d been talking about upgrading and buying or building a home with everything we wanted in it. Our dream home. Then, my mom visited. She and I had a conversation about debt resolution, and my mind starting reeling. I thought "Oh, my goodness! What if we're doing the wrong thing? What if what we should be doing is downsizing?!" I talked to Rick and found out, to my astonishment, that he had been thinking the same thing! We decided that we indeed needed to make a change, but not the one we’d been planning for. We wanted to follow the Lord’s counsel to get out of debt, and we finally realized how we could do it. As we set out to find a new home, we decided on a monthly rent that made sense for our revised plan and along with it, a list of absolute must –haves. It seemed an impossible list for what we wanted to spend, and when I thought about all the possibilities of where we could end up it was, frankly, pretty scary.
But, we found this gem. We knew it was “the place” as soon as we saw it though, looking back, I'm pretty amazed we saw its potential. It was bad. I mean, SO bad. There had been a run of negligent tenants and the home had endured hoarders and a fire. But we just couldn’t get it out of our minds, as it fully met everything on our checklist. We were still under contract at our current rental, but took the leap of faith and signed a lease agreement for the new place.
Multiple times a day, we prayed that our previous home would sell. We fasted together as a family. Rick and I went to the temple and prayed there. It was a constant theme in our daily life: Lord, bless us that the house will sell and that we’ll be relieved of this financial burden. Month after month, we were responsible for rent on two homes—completely
nullifying the whole reason for our move.
But the Lord is good. And He is bound when we do what He says. Finally, the other home has sold, and we can move forward with our plan!
There’s no question that we made the right choice in downsizing (though at times it just seemed like stupidity). Our family has worked together to make this train-wreck of a home into something beautiful. Something that we are proud to live in. And we often step back, look at the work we’ve done, and say, “It is good.” And, it is.