I knew this would happen.
We bought our first home in December 2012 as an investment, knowing that we would fix it up and then sell it and pay off our $50,000 in student loans with the profit.
I did well for the first year or so with not being attached to it. I remembered that it was only a temporary home and that helped me not be attached emotionally.
But, somewhere along the line, it happened. I became attached.
Now that we are so very close to listing our home, I am finding myself feeling sad because I don’t want to leave it. It’s the perfect little home and we (with the amazing help of our friends and family) have made it look so great! We have had so many memories there. It was our first home together. I have lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere since I left my parents’ home. It’s where we lived with Tori. And it’s where we said goodbye.
My mind loves to wander and reminisce, and I try to find ways out of selling it. But, I have to stop and remind myself that we are sacrificing the good for the great.
Our home is good.
Being debt-free is going to be great.
I can’t even imagine how amazing it will feel to have $500 extra in our savings account each month instead of it going to student loans. We made a wise investment in this home and we are so close to seeing it pay off. And that feels so good, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.
I remind myself that we can always find another home to make our own. Once we are debt-free we can more easily live the life we want to live.
Sometimes we have to sacrifice what’s good in life for what’s great, and it is always worth it, even though it’s difficult. Now if I can just convince myself…
(As a side note, if you’re looking for a beautiful 1,800 sq. ft home in the Colonial Park/Lower Paxton area, let us know!)
Here are a few pictures of the remodeling we’ve done to our home:
3 thoughts on “Sacrificing the Good for the Great”
We are going through the same thing! We’re in the process of selling our house and as much as I’m excited to be debt-free, it makes me sad that we’ll be leaving our first home as a family. But I know it will be worth it to, like you said, live the life we want to live. 🙂 Praying that it will all be a smooth transition for you!
Lesa, I feel your pain. Truly. When we moved to Harrisburg we were living in the first house I had ever lived in long enough to renew my driver’s license, the first place I was ever at long enough to be at the same address when the phone book came out. It was also where we lived when I was diagnosed with cancer. Kim was 6 years old. I stood in the driveway and sobbed. As you already know, God sees us through such times. Memories remain. I know you lean on God for all things. God bless you.
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