Hi, I’m Sarah. And my husband is Charles. And we must be completely CRAZY because we just bought a house! If you’re reading this, you may be thinking, “What’s the big deal?” We’re old enough, we’re married, we want to be homeowners…nothing special here. Well let’s start from the beginning…
Charles and I have been together for over 6 years, and we just got married July 28, 2012. (It was the most spectacular wedding, if I do say so myself.) I am an accountant with a big firm and Charles is finishing up his final semester of law school (yay!!!). Words cannot express how excited we both are for him to be finished with school. Two undergrad degrees, an MBA, and a JD is quite a collection, and I am so very proud of my hubby, but it is time for us both to move on! Are you starting to see why we might be a little crazy? One salary, a mountain of student loan debt, and a…new house?
But wait, it gets better! We just bought a house in a town that is two and a half hours away from where we currently live and work. And we won’t be able to move there until the summer. And it is 110 years old and in need of some serious love (read: money). But we know that in the end it will all be worth it, and here’s why:
The house that we just bought was formerly owned by Charles’ grandmother, Mildred. Charles’ dad grew up in the house, and Charles’ parents even lived there for the 9 months that his mother was pregnant! When Mildred passed away in 2003, it was sold, but the new owner did nothing in the past 10 years to maintain, let alone upgrade, the sizable house. The house was foreclosed on last year and we ended up getting it for a steal…well, before we pour everything we have into it. But here’s the real kicker. Here’s how we knew that the house was meant for us. Here’s how we realized that maybe we’re not quite as crazy as we seem. Being the only child of two only-children, Charles was the single grandchild. Mildred was so elated when he was born that she decided to invest in a little stock in Charles’ name. Over the last almost 29 years, that stock has grown and now Charles and I are able to pay for the house with the money from that stock. So we are buying Mildred’s house with Mildred’s money from 29 years ago. Goosebumps, right?
We have absolutely no clue what we are doing, but are so excited to learn as we go. I hope you’ll visit the blog often and keep up with what is sure to be an enlightening journey!