The first quarter of 2017 is rapidly coming to a close and it has definitely taken it’s toll. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s been in a bad way. Just like most of you do throughout the year, we have wrapped ourselves completely in plans and dreams….and projects. Everything we are doing is because we have a specific end goal. Sure, it was easier a year ago when we were still getting to know each other and our weekends consisted of tv, sleeping and trips to the zoo, but now we have shared dreams to attend to. So here is what we have been up to so far this year.
Our Rescued Pitty is Happy and Healthy
Oakley is ready for adoption. We took him in several months ago when we saw his bad fortune displayed all over a local facebook page. He had a terrible skin condition that we later found out was genetic, and his previous owners could not afford to take him to the vet. It took several months of daily medication to ensure it would not return. Since then, he has been fully vetted, gained a good chunk of weight as well as muscle, and has been neutered. He plays nice with our other dogs, sits, lays down, “goes to bed”, and comes when called. Oakley is a bundle of energy, that’s for sure, and he has come a long way…but now it’s time for his long-term home. The healing has ended…now the living must begin!
Remodeling the House
Another plan for 2017 involves the complete overhaul of our home. Our house is a beautiful 1925 brick craftsman. Well, it will be beautiful once again. Over the years it hasn’t been shown the love and appreciation it deserves. We began chipping away at the remodel piece by piece. The tasks at hand are miniscule in comparison to the big picture… but I lack patience. My dramatic inner self wants to see immediate, drastic changes worthy of a fantastical HGTV reveal!!!
However, reality consistently puts me in my place and reminds me that we are just lower middle class, full-time-job-wielding, bill-paying, have-to-eat-at-some-point Americans. So it’s not like we can just start tossing money this way and that and have it done all at once. You are mistaken, though, if you think we can’t juggle about 14 projects at the same time. Oh yes. And we typically add a new one every couple of weeks. We are both overly ambitious and it’s reflected in the amount of things we have going on at once. First thing’s first though, we need a refi to cover the full remodel. We are currently preparing for that necessary evil and it’s holding us up. But it will all be worth it in the end!
Debt Be Gone!!
The concept of being completely debt free eludes some. For others, they just don’t see a point. I have always, and will always, disagree with that though. To us, financial freedom is VERY important. Frankly, we don’t want to spend the rest of our lives with multiple lenders holding a number over our head and charging us every month to continue holding a balance. (Interest is a piddly little blood sucking parasite by the way)
“Oh…you want to take a trip to Florida? Sorry chump, you can’t afford Florida AND your credit card bills.”
And who is to say what would happen if rack up all this debt and suddenly lose our income? The lenders could care less if you are laid off or hospitalized cause you fell off a roof. They still want their money. Pay up or give up is what they say. Then we would lose everything.
So until we are in a comfortable financial place where I can stay home with my [future] children, I work full time right alongside my hardworking, loving husband. While I am working, we will funnel every cent I make into our debt. That way, when the time comes it will feel like we aren’t losing an entire separate income because we are already accustomed living on one income rather than two.
Once we are free and clear of the blood suckers…we can begin investing in our own lives and most importantly the lives of our future children.
Okay, so I wouldn’t venture as far as to call in “farming”. Basically, we planted a bunch of seeds (literally hundreds) and we are digging up about 10 garden plots. Additionally, we have purchased a bat house for natural bug control and are researching bee houses. A worm farm is on the back burner as well.
Chickens are on the list but the town we live in doesn’t currently allow them. Our village ordinance says “no chickens”….or ducks, goats, sheep, pigs, llamas, elephants or grizzly bears of any kind. Here’s what I derive from their ridiculous ordinance. “No caring for the enviornment in any way. No self sufficiency. No, we don’t have or need a reason behind this.” I plan to change it though. I’ve been planning to change this for a year. It’s high time I do. In the mean time though, I will settle for veggies bees and worms.
The Biggest, Scariest Decision This Year
Perhaps the most life-altering change we are making is signing up for foster care. We are currently in the “paperwork” stage. After paperwork is completed we will meet with another lady that will visit us for the first official home visit prior to licensing. We also have to complete foster care courses, background checks and at least two more visits, including a home study.
The decision was hardest for me, I think, for varying reasons. We have no kids right now…what if we are too inexperienced? Well, you are inexperienced when you get pregnant too. Will my family think I’m crazy? What if the kids that are placed with me hate me? How will help them through their bad days? If I love them it break my heart in two to give them back. What if, what if, what if.
There was a lot of “God moments” involved in this decision. It’s a big change and we understand that. But God has been consistently present through all of these decisions for both of us. He has constantly made us aware that we are doing the right thing.
At this point, the scary has mostly turned to anxious excitement. Hopefully we will be the kind of people these children need.
2017 in a Nut shell
So that’s the first three months of 2017 in a nut shell. There have been and will be a lot of changes, but that’s okay. That is what life is all about. Personally, I feel blessed enough as it is to go through life with my wonderful husband. I feel so encouraged and uplifted by him that I feel we can move mountains together…with Christ in the center.
Be blessed all!