Wednesday, June 26

We Found Our New Home, and Relaxation at Last

 

For a lot of years we were middle class poor. What is middle class poor you ask? Middle class poor is when you make a decent living, but not enough to makes ends meet, though too much to get any sort of federal or state assistance. This is where most Americans fall.

There was a period of time when I first started staying home with the kids where we struggled. We dug ourselves in a deep never ending hole of debt. This debt was not charged up with store credit cards and shopping sprees. We did not own flat screen TV's, fancy cars, or wore nice clothes. Our debt was created by buying food, medical expenses, gassing up the one car we owned and shared, heating our home.... you get the idea. Debt from living. Three years ago my husband got a promotion that doubled his income, we finally had the ability to buy what we needed without worry. All those sleepless nights stressing if we would have enough gas in the car to make it through the week, days of bounced checks, and creditors hounding us were over.

Though we were bringing in a comfortable income, we still had the debt from the previous years looming over our heads. It took us three years to pay it ALL off, save a nice healthy chunk of cash for a down payment as well as a comfy cushion in our savings account. We did it, and we bought our own home. Last week we signed our life away (or 30 years to be exact) and signed our first mortgage.

There are no words to describe how good it felt. We did it, on our own. No help from anyone but ourselves. My husband's long hours at work busting his buns, my long days at home tearing my hair out with the kids have payed off.

As I write this, I am sitting in our living room on our new furniture, in our new home, that is all ours, in a new town with new opportunity and a life to be made.... and I feel content and fully relaxed for the first time in years. I am so happy and so grateful. 

Here is a little look into our new home. Don't mind the mess.... there are 2 adults, 3 kids, 2 dogs and 3 cats living here after all.... And we are not done unpacking/decorating!

11 Wayside Dr, Bedford, NH 03110
Exterior photo  from Zillow.com




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  1. I am so happy happy thrilled for you!! Middle class poor. Yup. That's where we fall. And I guess really that's where I've been most of my life! But saving and scraping and hard work pays off--We hope to close on a house this fall and I CAN'T WAIT!!
    Your home is beautiful, your kitty cat is adorable and I'm so glad you are where you wanna be!!

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    1. It does pay off eventually. But boy do those years before hand suck ballz. Best of luck, with the house. It's a good feeling to walk in your OWN door.

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  2. Congratulations Carrie! What a fantastic feeling to own your own home! Enjoy every minute of it!

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  3. Congratulations! I know exactly what the middle class poor is! Was laid off from my job, hubby is between disability & retirement, we know the time. It is awesome that you have your own space now! Now it will be getting into that kitchen!
    :)

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    1. It's a tough spot to be in! Can't wait to break in the new kitchen ;)

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  4. Congratulations Carrie! I hope you and your family have many wonderful years and make many wonderful memories in your new home!

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  5. It's adorable. So happy for you, Carrie :D

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  6. Congratulations on your new home! You both worked hard for it and enjoy it! It is beautiful, especially with the children and pets loving it.

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  7. Congrats! That is so exciting! You'll be whipping up delicious meals in your new kitchen in no time! So happy for your fam! xo

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  8. Thank you for sharing!
    I am so happy for you!
    And it's so wonderful to read how you are truly enjoying it!
    You should be proud, very proud of what you and your family have accomplished! You deserve it!

    Okay, I don't know why, but for some reason it gives me that whole "Christmassy" feeling.
    And I mean that in the best possible way!!

    ENJOY!

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  9. Congrats on your beautiful new home Carrie! It is lovely :)

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  10. Congrats Carrie!! Having your OWN place is so much fun!! And I love the red doors!!

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  11. Congrats Carrie, your house is so pretty inside and out!!!

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  12. Carrie-What an inspiring story for so many people out there in your same position. So many wouldn't have the courage to tell it. I wish you all the best in your new home where you will find all the happiness and security to get you through!!

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    1. Thanks Cathy. We are just like most people in the US. Most families can't live off the average household income comfortably. It's been a tough road the past 6-7 years but we are in a good spot now!

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  13. Congrats, Carrie! Your new home is just lovely and I'm so happy you are able to live in it with contentment. :)

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  14. Congratulations to you and your family. You definitely deserve this :)

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  15. Wahoo!!! So very happy for you and your family. Your new house is adorable and I'm sure you'll have many joyous years building family memories there. Congratulations!

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  16. Congratulations-it was encouraging to read of your financial struggle as that is what we face right now.

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    1. Thanks Jess. It really kind of stinks.... but you'll get out of it! That kind of stress is not something I wish on anyone.

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  17. I'm so excited and happy for you and your family, Carrie! Rest easy and relax in that beautiful home. I LOVE the front porch... oh, and the "dead dog" on the kitchen floor! My cats are constantly cooling themselves down on my kitchen floor, too! LOL

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    1. Thank you! Yeah Syd does look dead haha. It's been SO hot the dogs/cats love the tile!

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  18. How beautiful and comfortable! It already looks like a HOME, not just a house. Congratulations! Enjoy it and RELAX like you said. I just love how comfy everything looks!

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  19. I have a 12 month kitten. keeps me busy. always sleeping and making me crazy. I saw you have a cat and dogs.

    Francine

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  20. Congrats! So happy for you and your sweet family, Carrie! The house is beautiful!!!

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  21. Congratulations! So happy for you and your family! Now all you have to do is figure out where's the best place in the house to take pictures of your food! :)

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  22. Congratulations, Carrie! It's so beautiful! Very happy for you and your family. :)

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  23. Aww you gave me goosebumps as I was reading this, I am SO SO happy for you!! Congratulations to you and your family, you guys completely deserve it! Your house is beautiful! Im so happy you're so happy :)
    P.S. Love those color-crayon wall arts! (Where did you find those?!)

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