a change in plans

Thursday, October 18, 2012


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Not too long ago, Grahm and I got an envelope haphazardly taped to our apartment door. Dun Dun Dun. I was pretty sure no one in our complex was trying to snail mail us, considering we don't know anyone (We're a grand ol' time with a 9:30 bedtime.), and we aren't in sixth grade.

Curious, I tore open the enveope like a ravenous fatty expecting to find pie. The contents were disappointing (no pie). Our apartment complex was oh-so-kindly informing us that our rent will be going up $300 buckeroonies should we choose to renew our lease at the end of the year due to a high renter's demand in San Antonio. (I call bologna macaroni.)

Grahm and I had a serious conversation about houses a few months ago. We both want one. Fighting for parking like teeny boppers at a Black Friday sale and restraining our scream  singing for the neighbors aren't exactly the cherries on top of our oyster (what?). However, we wanted to do the smart thing. The right thing. We wanted to save more, if we could. We didn't want to settle.

With the news of the rent increase, our decision to stay in the apartment seemed idiotic. We could afford it, sure... but why would we? We've worked too hard this year. We have zippo debt. We've been frugal Phyllises. We've been responsible. This little envelope was just the extra push we needed to decide to buy our first home sooner rather than later.

We're nervous. It's a wee stressful. The holidays are comin' up (my buns are excited to gorge myself in mashed potatoes), and we have to be out of the apartment by the end of December....but we're thrilled. God is good, and He will provide the perfect home for our little family. Let the house hunting begin!

24 comments:

k8te said...

good luck! house hunting is daunting, but fun! i'm sure you'll find the perfect one :)

lo @ crazy ever after said...

Fun stuff!! I am five minutes from 30 and Jesse is several minutes into his 31st year....and yeah, neither of us can come to a compromise on where we should dwell long term. I expect we will end up in the burbs long term...but I'm not ready to give in yet. Ha! So here we be. Foolishly paying out the butt for spendy rent. I will grow up someday. Maybe.

P!nky said...

GOOOOD GOOOD LUCK!!!! I can't wait to have a house and not have to live in an apartment! xoxo

Kaity said...

Yikes! $300 seems like quite a jump! What a big, exciting decision for you both though. Wishing you lots of luck!

Nicole said...

How exciting! I'd like to think that the mail taped to your door was a direct piece of mail from God himself, saying "here you go...here's the piece of mail I wanted to send you saying that you should go buy a house."

Krista said...

That is a large jump! But it was meant to send you in the right direction, good luck!!

Lauren said...

YAY! :) House hunting is SO fun!!! So excited for you guys!

xo

Amy said...

YAY!
Well, not the extra $300 if you choose to stay, that's just garbage, BUT YAY on starting to house hunt! That is always so exciting! :) :) Can't wait to read all about it.

Katie Did What said...

EEEEK!! Exciting!! And scary! Girl, watch all the House Hunters and My First Home's and um, the other ones. Oh, yeah, Property Virgins! that you guys can, because, well, because they might help? I don't know. This is exciting though! So yay! And, yes, God is so good and will absolutely provide :)

Carlie said...

That is exciting about buying a house! I remember getting the exact notice about raising rent 300 dollars about 3 months ago. We were going to do the same thing-move out and buy a house-but it would have been far from campus. Luckily, we were able to talk them down and keep the same lease agreement since we've had so many water leaks happen. I hope you find the perfect home though, and if not bargain with them!

Lindsay said...

Everything happens for a reason! I wish you two the best of luck in house hunting. Such an exciting time!

Emily said...

Whoooop!! Y'all are going to have so much fun--I say with no real experience on house hunting except from watching HGTV. haha. But, I seriously think that would be so much fun!!

Can't wait to hear all about it. Good luck!

Katie said...

Fun! Can't wait to read about your search! Maybe it will give me some tips for when we get there in a million years ;)

Kacey Batterton said...

The greatest home buying is the first home. After that, you have to SELL and the BUY. Not. Fun. Have a blast house hunting! We bought our home in December and it was a lovely Christmas in our happy new little home.

Annabelle said...

Good luck! I love buying houses but it's so stressful!

L-Kat said...

Good luck to you! Have fun!

Liz Brown said...

Eep! Dude. You must document the whole process for us. Exciting!

Lauren said...

good luck! house hunting can certainly be tedious and stressful, but also a ton of fun and oh so exciting! enjoy it as much as you can!

Victoria said...

Yay! Good luck to you and Grahm! <3

Kristina from Everything Changes said...

Wishing y'all lots of luck! Van and I tried house-hunting for a while and it was SO MUCH FUN! But, we never found "the one" and God ended up taking us elsewhere. And now we're in Charlotte! Best of luck to you guys!

Leslie @ Body Won't Break said...

We sold our first house back in September and are now in the process of building.purchasing our second house. It is nervewracking. I don't think it ever stops being nervewracking - even after you move in! And sometimes I think you do just have to do it and then see what happens! I am so excited for you and Grahm!!

Katie said...

How exciting!!! Good luck with house hunting :)

Robin said...

Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck with finding a house. $300 extra for rent is ridiculous...the $300 by itself is almost as much as some people's house payments.

Christina Marie said...

good luck with the house hunting doll, hope you find a perfect cozy place to cal home. #300 bucks is crazy! i would move too...

and no, i havent read the mark of the lion series yet, i really want to tho!