Our too-small house (you cheer us on?)

By Moriah on April 16th, 2012

I know I’ve mentioned it a few times before, that our house is teeny tiny. Like, we outgrew it 2 kids ago. I do love our yard, and our location. And I like that we can get it clean in about 45 minutes. And our payments are cheap. But it’s still too small. And, being honest, sorta shabby. I prolly won’t invite you over because both of us are a little embarrassed of it – which is pride, I admit, but we still don’t host much anymore. But that’s neither here nor there because, it is what it is and not changing this week.

The point of this post is this. We are committed to Christian school for our kids, and there are FIVE of them. Our goal is to pay this house off very quickly, save for a larger one, and rent this one out – that rental income funding their education. At the rate Andy is going, we can probably do that in 3ish years, maybe 4.

We KNOW it will be hard. We’re cramped as it is; I’m guessing it will be worse in four years. (Although, I do love having my kids close while they are little.) The thing is, though, if we stick it out and do it this way, we know it will also pay off in the end. It will be more than worth the pain now.

And that’s where our friends and family come in – to stick by us when we want to give up, when we’re tired and frustrated and feeling claustrophobic. To cheer us on because you know our goals and can remind us that yes, it will be worth it.

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9 Responses to “Our too-small house (you cheer us on?)”

  1. nicky on April 16, 2012 1:16 pm

    Oh, you know how I resonate with this. And patience for a bigger house? We can cheer each other on.

  2. Mary Kathryn on April 16, 2012 1:44 pm

    I think most Americans’ houses are too big, honestly. Yes, you’ll be cramped, but it’s what goes on in the family — the fun and the craziness — that’s so important. I bet your kids, when they’re in their 20s or 30s, won’t be saying, “Oh, do you remember how horribly small that house was?” They’ll say, “Do you remember the cool fort in the yard, or the fort under the dining room table?” :) So worth it. Huge families used to grow up in little cabins. I think you have a wonderful plan. Also — we were in Chatty on Sat., downtown at the park outside the aquarium, and I saw this lady who looked so much like you! And a little girl who might have been Adelaide. I almost went up to her, but I wasn’t quite sure! :)

  3. Lynette on April 16, 2012 7:34 pm

    My husband and I committed to homeschooling and then a private school for high school. We have lived in our house for over 8 years, and the roof is falling off so our ceiling has leaks, the carpet has stains, the tile has cracks, and the list goes on. But, we know the importance of a Godly education, and we are willing to sacrifice some of our comforts to make that happen. My kids don’t care about the size of our home. They just know it as home. A place where they can be themselves and take shelter against the world.

    I just keep telling myself I only have 3 years left before they are done with school. Then I can make the changes I want. Until then, I just try to rearrange my furniture and make do. It is hard, but in the end I know for a fact I will be SO GLAD I made the sacrifices…..

    You can do it!! 3 years flies by so fast – it will be here before we know it!!

  4. Gretchen on April 16, 2012 9:06 pm

    Before I got to the last paragraph, I thought I’d comment, “Is this a little pep talk for yourself and you want us to remind of this over the next few years”. Lo, and behold – that is what you are asking!

    So, what I hear you saying is that you won’t be inviting us over for dinner for about four years? I know I’ve been “gonna invite you guys over” for awhile now – time to pick a night!!!!!

  5. Susie at ProsperityStuff on April 17, 2012 12:34 am

    Good for you! I can relate, in many ways, and it’s great to see somebody besides us with similar priorities. Keep up the good work!

  6. Joc on April 17, 2012 3:08 pm

    Yes! So worth it! Speaking as someone who just downsized to 400 sq feet with our family of 4 (soon to be 5), I need a pep talk regularly too! Small spaces give us the chance to live more simply, yes? :) Also, we’re in your hood now, maybe we’ll run into each other on the playground.

  7. Bryonie on April 18, 2012 3:21 pm

    Go! Go! Go! You can do it!!!

  8. nicole on April 20, 2012 1:01 pm

    Our kids go to public school, so that is not why we are still in a small house. But, we want to be responsible. So, we’re working to get out of debt (hopefully by end of next year) right now. 8 of us live in a 3 bedroom house. Yes, it is a decent size, but I would love to have a playroom and an office. And it would be so nice to have another bedroom so my 4yo could have her own room (she needs it, really). But we are blessed to live in a house at all. We will get out of debt, save for a down payment, and then buy a house we can afford. We also hope to rent our current house, so we have to know we can carry two mortgages if necessary. It is so hard to keep that in focus sometimes though. I’m glad you have friends and family to keep you going. And I’m glad you shared here too–we can cheer each other on.

  9. Larissa on May 15, 2012 8:32 pm

    Stick it out, Moriah! It’s a rare and worthwhile decision you’ve made, and I think in the long-run you’ll never regret it. :)

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