Friday, September 25, 2009

Love Shack Update

One of the first questions that many (many, many) people ask Dave and I is,

"How's the house coming along?"

Yes, that seems to be the question of the century.
I realized that I am now very sick of this question.
And I've realized why.
Most people (you know, other than those that are debt free and purchasing things as they have cash and building in their "freetime" kind of most people) build a house in a matter of months.
Then they move in, live in a sea of boxes for a few weeks, and its done.
We're going on 4 1/2 years.
Yes, yes...I have rationalized it all in my head. We're debt free. We own this house. We have no mortgage. No payment! Yes, I love that fact about Dave and I. I really do realize that I am fortunate this way. But, on the other hand, this constant state of transition has really worn on me. I'm not a patient person by nature...(really, I'm not) so I think God is really trying to teach me a lesson in all this. So, I pray that he will hurry up and teach me so we can get it over with. Which is a laughable prayer- (Please hurry up and teach me about patience!).
So, now that I'm done with my pity party for one, let me strap on my smiley face and show you some updates on the Love Shack...shall we?
We're onto trim. Funny story (real quick), the delivery guy came with a truck, I wrote out a huge check for trim. (yes, huge- but then again, huge may be relative to you guys...but anything over $1500 is huge to me- heck, anything over $300 is huge to me- who am I kidding! But, I digress...)
The delivery driver backs his truck down to the garage- an amazing feat, by the way, but almost hits the garage...within an inch. So, my brain wanders "what if" and how would I tell Dave that some random truck driver banged into the garage...oye. But he didn't.
So, I run inside to tend to the boys and make sure Molly doesn't get out to jump all over him. Then he leaves. I'm excited to see what he left for us. I go outside, see the pile. The first thing out of my mouth is,
"THAT'S IT!?!?!?!"
Holy cow, trim is expensive!!!
So, the picture below is our pile o'trim. Looking at it now, it's absolutely beautiful wood. I know nothing about trim, so I totally let Dave pick out the design, wood species and grade of the trim.

And here's a little sneak peak of what Dave is doing with it.
The man never ceases to amaze me. He really is a talented carpenter.

I'll show you more when there's more to show. Right now, Dave is so busy with his work (praise God!) that he has no free time for anything. And if he takes time off to work on it, there's no money to save up for the next step (and, you know, basic living expenses). So, while our true goal was to be in the addition by Christmas, it's realistically looking like Easter next year.
Yes, yes...I know, more of that patience thing. :)
Thanks, guys for following our journey!
(and for your encouragement!)


Thomas and Jamie said...

WOW! Congratulations and WAY TO GO! You OWN this home. Outright. No debt. No mortgage. No more enslavement! WAY TO GO INDEED! Stick with it, in another year (or 5...haha) you will live in a BEAUTIFUL home! I'm SO jealous and you're SO motivating me!

Christine said...

That's so amazing that you own your own home. Debt free is a good thing and we're working on that as well. So, congrats to you! That's a beautiful family pic of you in your header!!

Sarah said...

I think it's amazing that you are debt free. AMAZING... and I give you all the credit in the world for it since I am sure it wasn't an easy thing to do.

By the way , I know I am late on this, but Happy Anniversary!!

Mama4Real said...

I KNOW I have been here before! I don't know if I've commented, but I've been here:)

Building a house huh? That must be stressful. BUT WOW to actually owning it outright! That is amazing! I wonder if we will ever own our own home. Sometimes I think I don't really want the expense, but... it seems like a real grown up thing to do... but then again, who wants to be grown up... *sigh*... :) Thanks for commenting:)

Lisa Curcio said...

How exciting! I love it when the delivery truck drops off building supplies.

I wish we were building our addition debt free! I commend you for your strenght.