A different place for us.

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Ok guys. We have three options that I’d like to get your honest opinion of. Our wants and needs for a house are the following: cleanliness. The house that we live in now is constantly popping up with new a funky places for mold. For instance – in every outside corner, in the bathroon, behind the fridge. And I am a good housekeeper. Ok, well, I’m dilligent. Better? I clean and clean this mold, but it always comes back. The wood is just completely rotten. Always has been. We’re ready to move and this is the main reason. Sam has asthma and we got rid of our lovely kitties for this reason and need to move because of the mold. There. Done. Said. I’ll go on.

The other things we need for our new house are affordability and cheap heat. As you probably know we just couldn’t pay the oil heat this year. We couldn’t do it. We were freezing. And we live in WI – it was ridiculous. We would also like to find a house with a dining room so that our beloved table that we received from everyone in my family as our wedding gift can have a place. We also have a great dane and a little boy – so we need outside space and a tornado shelter of some sort. Ok, so here are our options – none hit everything we need.

1. The apartment. It is the cheapest of the three – honestly that’s the biggest thing about this place. Pros: CHEAP!, three bedrooms, dishwasher, big closets, new carpet, big bathroom (well, for us – we can’t both fit in this one at once). Cons: It’s an apartment, but there is a basement, there is no outside play space for Annie or Sam, there are a total of three small windows in the whole space, there is no allowed smoking but the whole place smells like smoke – not good for Asthma, the space is too small for Sam to play very much even inside. No dining room.

2. The studio. This is the second cheapest – although the most expensive upfront. Pros: HUGE! THIS PLACE IS HUGE! It’s also super old and airy with clean lines and lots of windows – even inside there are windows separating rooms. It’s all nook-y with tons of cabinet space with built in bookcases, hutch, etc. This are also three bedrooms – the third and smallest is a french-door type. There is so much room in here that we would actually not have enough furniture – that’s a good thing. Cons: The bathroom is the type we are now running from since our experience with this place with the claw-foot tub – not conducive to todller bathtime. It’s, well, sort of creepy. Rick and I are both convinced it’s haunted – already. The closets are huge, but are really dirty. There is no yard, again, and the basement is most likely the scariest one I’ve even been in. It’s the longest drive for Rick and in a smaller town so more driving for me and The Boy, too. The kitchen needs MAJOR help. Smoking is allowed in the building. The landlady seems like a nutter.

3. The smallest and most expensive. I’ll start with the two cons: most expensive (probably with oil heat – we don’t know for sure because we haven’t been shown the inside yet) and small – no dining room or any room at all for a table of any sort. Those are big, big cons. Now for the fantastic Pros: Um, right across the street from a park! (Ok, now moms – tell me that isn’t a dream come true!) It is also the only single home unit, with a large yard, a garage, a basement connected to the actual kitchen. It’s also the completely in the center of the city. The closest to Rick’s work and within a walkable distance to the library, museum, cafes, church, the river, three parks, the university, an elementary school, and (ehem!) Walgreens. Walgreens, people!!! If I got a job (which I will be doing either way) it will still be doable while STILL paying off debts.

Guys, this is the one we want. But they do a credit check and check with your old landlord. My landlady right now is horrible. I mean, we can see the basement from the bathroon above it and she got mad at me for using a non-slip mat for Sam in the tub. I mean, she hollered at me! And our credit S-U-C-K-S! Please keep our house hunt in your prayers and ask the Lord that if it is in His will that we can get the park house. We were planning on giving the new landlord my sister’s # for a substitute to the landlord we have now, but have decided together that this isn’t what Jesus wants of us, so please pray for her good reference. Our old landlords have good refs for us, so that’s not a problem. Oh yeah, have I mentioned that when I met my husband he was living just four houses down? Ah, nostalgia!

So… Whaddya think? Which one would YOU choose? You know which one I want, but how about you?

P.S. What we really want is to receive a gazillion bucks in the mail so that we can buy our OWN house and find everything that we need. That would be, as my pastors says, “Dreaming again”. And that is our dream. We could bring home baby #2 to this imagined house of ours. So, while you’re at it, could you please pray for a way to buy a house in the future? Please know though that Rick and I are secure in knowing that God has always provided a safe shelter for us and that He has CONSISTENLY kept us together. We are always so thankful just to have the three of us together, well fed and (for the most part) warm. Rick and Sam and God are my home. But as the mommy and wife in this family it is just SO important for me to provide a welcoming place for all who enter.

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4 Responses

  1. I think you should go for number 3. It does have some really great pros. Being in walkable distance from so much stuff is a really good opportunity. It is also a big plus to be right across the street from the park. I wish I had that!! As far as your landlord situation, I say take the chance and tell your “potential” landlord the truth about why you want to move. He just might really appreciate your honesty. Especially after speaking to your previous landlord. Good luck and I will keep you in my prayers. 🙂

  2. Good luck with the decision! I know you will do what is right for you and your family!

  3. #3 sounds like the best choice…but leave it in the Lord’s hands. Being within walking distance to so many things (WALGREENS AND a park….wow, does it get any better than that??!!!) would be so convenient! Your philosophy of “home” is priceless, where your family is together is HOME! The Lord says to be thankful in ALL circumstances…it sounds like you’re doing that!! He will bless you and your family!!

    Have a wonderful day!!
    Christy

  4. Okay… the designer in me say’s #2 because of it’s uniqueness. Although #3 is the best sounding one. It may cost more now, but think of the future saving in gas. An that seems to be on the rapid hike!
    I would take #3! I know it may not have the space for a table- which i agree is important. If you could make it without using the garage for the car, maybe turn that into a play/storage room and put your table in there. We can sympathize with you on the space issue. I am not a possessional person but just to find space for what you have to is a challenge. I feel like hmmmm what can i get rid of today??!! LOL… I am a super-purger! I can go on a trip to my father’s ,see how they live then i can’t wait till i get back home and get rid of anything… just something. We bought a new bed a month ago and i was thrilled because the new one is a king so i got rid of 10 pairs of sheets, blankets that wouldn’t fit our new bed. Barry laughed as i revelled in the large empty space in our linen closet. I think it’s because of what i did for a living & how my father lives that sickens me and makes me want to purge- heave- throw away stuff all the time. If you want to check out an awesome site on organization for some ideas on organizing i have a great site i read- the organizing junkie. She is really creative!! I would reccommend her to any of my past clients with kids and spacial issues.
    We would love to pray for you all and watch the Lord work all this out! An don’t feel guilty about the wanting a house thing. It’s important to a woman to have a nesting place. That’s why i mostly dealt with woman clients. Men just like to have a place… women want a home.
    Grace, Heather T

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