It took several years of patience and hard work, for Hubby and I to reach home-ownership. Although we envisioned ourselves going the route of the “American Dream” and anticipated things being as simple as getting married, buying a house, and starting a family – we were met with a lot of bumps in the road…
Round one. Two days after returning from our honeymoon, I was laid off from the job I’d had out of college. Eventually, I found my niche with an organization and career that I really love; but it took nearly a year of unemployment-survival. After finding occupational-stability and saving up a nice little “nest-egg”, we felt ready to court the housing market again.
Round two. That was…until some devastating family circumstances unfolded; and my father, shockingly, passed away.
Round three. After dealing with these life-changing hurdles and followed by enduring what was a VERY competitive and challenging housing market… We finally found a home that had potential charisma, a location we were satisfied with, and could fit our budget. I guess that “three’s a charm” is really true, because we ended up buying the place!
So, without further ado, meet “The House of Sand & Snow”. It’s small – Only a two-bedroom/one-bath. It’s older – Built in 1955. Most importantly…it’s ours. I look at it as a symbol of how far Hubby and I have come in our journey together.
Below, you’ll find a sample of the pictures I’d taken while we were closing on the house. True, it doesn’t look fancy – and, as it was a foreclosure, the building encountered some mild neglect. (As I look on these images and reminisce, I think it looks much worse than it really seemed in-person!)
Despite its rugged appearance, keep in mind that great things come from humble beginnings…
See you next week! I’ll talk about how we started to fix this baby up.