Our previous home, the one we just moved out of, was the home I had fallen in love with so long ago, the home I wanted to move into since my husband first moved to the prairies of Saskatchewan, the home I had asked him to go take a look at, to see if it was possibly THE home for us, the BIG BEAUTIFUL home that was so fabulous on the realtors listing was my DREAM home.
The size of the house was fantastic, plus there was a two car garage and 87 acres.
I felt it was a piece of heaven on the prairies! When we first moved in, I shared about my love of the great big beautiful home: http://homesteademporium.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/the-long-way-home-continues/
But… as our Long Way Home seems to have proven over and over again this past year…
It just was not meant to be. Here we are, after our third move in one year.
When we were first given our notice to move out, I grieved. Really, I did. I loved that home. What’s not to love? The kitchen was amazing.
The great big tub with the great big crack that my hubby fixed, was my favorite place in the world whenever I was stressed. I could never understand how the previous person’s who lived there all left the tub cracked, and unusable, when they could have enjoyed it all that time as much as I did!
Don’t get me wrong, the homestead we are in now has a LOT that I’ve enjoyed from the start, the big barn, and the beauty of the mature yard site. As Shaylah said the other day, it offers the best of all we loved about our BC hobby farm, trees and trees galore of ALL sorts! Nature at it’s finest! This, I love about our homestead. There’s also a HUGE garden, and lots of fruit trees. I love all this about our new homestead too!
However, there were things I didn’t like so much. It’s much less land, just under 18 acres. The home is much smaller then the home I had fallen in love with, but in all fairness, it is still 2400 square feet, so it’s not small by any means.
The house…it’s well used, a typical prairie farm home that’s in need of a good amount of love. The kitchen is the exact same kitchen from when the home was built many years ago. The bedrooms are small, our bedroom furniture won’t fit and even with half of our bedroom suite out of the room, my husband and I are still hitting our knees on the remaining furniture, just the bed and the dresser, every day. My sewing room is unfinished and certainly not ‘refined’. I’m trying my best to pretty it up, and I’m actually getting there. It’s difficult with a rather small, no, a non-existent decorating budget, but I do have lots of fabric at my disposal, and, I am creative. I have full confidence that I’ll do more then make it work, I’ll make it beautiful.
However, the house does have it’s positives too. The fact that I even have a sewing room is huge. Many women don’t have sewing rooms. I know that I am blessed and I do appreciate that. The floors in the house have all been updated and are good, even if not what I would personally choose. Although there’s wood paneling everywhere downstairs in the basement, the upstairs walls have all been freshly painted in neutral colors and I have NO desire, after THREE moves in one year, to even TOUCH a can of paint, so that’s a BIG plus.
And I know that just as we’ve done before, Graydon and I will turn this well ‘used’ home into a wonderful retreat one day. We know how, and we’ve done it well, we can do it again!
I really do love the barn, the huge shop and quonset on the property are awesome for my hubby and son, my soon to be humongous garden is like none I’ve had or even dreamed of, and the every loving fact that we are FINALLY home to stay… this week I learned a REALLY big lesson about watching out for what you want in life because sometimes you’ll regret it!
This past week, we had insult added to injury. To add to the difficult task of paying for TWO homes, half way across the country from one another, and all the bills that go along with TWO homes, and our main income barely covers the two mortgages alone. Then there’s the extra’s in life like FOOD for seven, often eight people (our pre-adoptive son spends several weeks at a time with us, we don’t hold fund raisers, or ask for aid for this adoption), gas to get to work, incidentals that pop up etc.. To add to all that, this week we received our final bills for the BIG BEAUTIFUL home I loved so much. The electricity bill, and the gas bill.
On top of our monthly payments for electricity and gas that we’ve been paying all along, we were hit with just shy of TWO thousand dollars for electricity, PLUS just over ONE thousand dollars for gas!! In just EIGHT months of living there! It seems the monthly payments were ‘guesstimated’ much too low, and believe me, they were already high!
I assure you, we are NOT frivolous people! We’ve lived in many a home before, and never had these kinds of costs!! It’s sheer craziness!
I told my husband, that extra cost may just be worth the knowledge that I will NEVER, EVER regret not being able to stay in that BIG BEAUTIFUL ‘dream’ home!
I am SO happy to have had to give up my dream home now. I’ve learned my lesson, and learned it well! BIG dreams come at a cost, one I’m not quite willing to pay the rest of my life!
I really just wish that lesson hadn’t come at such a ‘literal’ high cost!
And now it’s time to get back to sewing! I tell myself in times like this, to the tune of Dory’s song in Finding Nemo, “just keep sewing, just keep sewing…” and I thank God, over and over again, that I LOVE what I do!
So remember, when you shop at Homestead Emporium, YOU are making our ultimate family dream a reality. YOU have helped, and continue to help, our family live on this wonderful new homestead of ours. My NEW dream home. The one YOU and good friends, have helped us to attain! The dream home that won’t cost us an arm and a leg for the rest of our lives! You help us get by every.single.day! YOU even help with our adoption! Even if you can never adopt a foster child yourself, you have the knowledge that you helped another family who could! For that, as I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, we are very thankful!
We’re staying positive. We’ve gotten this far! The house in BC WILL sell!
It WILL happen.
And then we’ll be truly living the ultimate dream!
*update. I was wrong about the gas bill, praise God! They actually owe us a small credit! Phew!