Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Ashwell Cottage

I am home today with a baby running fever.  He is so sweet and cuddly when he is not well.  He slows down and lingers in my lap.  While the lap time is sweet, I would be much happier to see him in his usual inquisitive two-year old form.  He is lounging on the sofa watching Sunny Patch.  It is a rarity for him to sit.

While he seems to be content to sit, I wanted to hop on here and say hello.  We have had lots of new things going on.  The biggest has been house hunting.  While living in the city apartment has been a good experience for us during these days, we are so ready to have a little space to call our own once again.  We are feeling the need to settle and make things more permanent for our family.  We have been hesitant because we still own our other home.  We have had a pretty smooth couple of years keeping it rented.  It's location on a college campus is ideal for maintaining a rental income.  We have tossed around the idea of selling, but it seems right now that it could be a long-term investment for us to maintain the home as rental property.  But, I will not lie.  It scares me to consider the thought of owning two homes!  But, after counsel from professionals, they seem to think we would be nuts not to keep it. So for now, we are keeping it.  It seems like a risk worth taking.

We have been, rather I have been, combing neighborhoods for the right fit for our family.  Oh, what a daunting task!  There are so many factors to consider when purchasing a home.  It is a giant, scary task.  I am picky, but I also see things for what they could become.  Those two things together can be a bit to handle.  I do not want a giant project again, but I hate to pass up a beauty that just needs a little love.  Then, there is budget.  I have sat a rather low budget.  Keeping two homes means being financially wise.  I do not want to overdo it and windup in a mess.  But, I want it to be home for a good, long while.  It is hard when the bank says you have more to spend, but your common sense knows that is not wise.  There is the constant battle of the mind that questions pure want over true needs.  I take this job very seriously.  I have lived in a small apartment for two years.  We have already learned to live quite simply.  That is a blessing.  When I am tempted to go after the giant kitchen or lovely great room, I remind myself that extra space is simply more to clean!

So, I found something.  Something that is much more room than an apartment but not too much room.  I found a sweet, little cottage with so much yard for my wild little boys.  There are things that are not perfect, but the coincidences that have come about with this home really make it seem like a very near perfect match.  The home is in short sale, so we know the process will be lengthy.  We are fine with that because we still have time on our lease.  It works quite well.  We have presented our offer and have been told it is a strong.  We are in the waiting game.  While it is a short sale, it is a long ordeal.  Should all go forward as we are hoping and expecting, it will be worth it.  Meanwhile, my brain is already spinning on the little projects we are planning.  The thoughts of being "home" feel quite nice.

Here is Ashwell cottage.  You all know I am quite the sucker for a cottage! The boys are excited as are we.  They have already made fast friends with a neighbor boy while we have viewed the property several times.

So, we wait to see if this will be home.  I have a good feeling it will be!

B Charmer

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