Well, after 3 years of living in our first house, we're ready to sell. It's been the perfect home for us, but we are ready for a change.
We currently live a minimum of 20 miles from our church, our friends, our family, and our jobs. We don't even buy gas or groceries here, because the prices are so inflated. We're spending $400/month in gas, and I'm estimating that when we move back to Arlington (our social sphere) we'll be saving $250/month on gas alone. The best part of all: since we bought this house for such a steal, we'll be making quite a profit. Enough to pay off all of our existing debt and have a tiny down payment on our new house. How's that for fiscally responsible?! I'm truly the most excited about this part. I L-O-V-E budgeting and finding wiggle room in the budget. I estimate, that with the money we won't be spending on gas and monthly payments, we'll be saving close to $800/month, which is what my little part time job brings in each month. Can I get a hallelujah?! Not to mention the major cut-backs we'll be able to make in eating out, since we'll live in town and will be able to just drive home and grab lunch.
I plan to have the new home paid off in 10 years. We'll also be in great shape for providing for our little squirt. AND, we can finally afford to actually decorate our home with grown-up, non-hand-me-down furniture! The plan is to stay in this house until it's paid off, so I'm going to be landscaping the crap out of our new house. I've gone 5 years without a pretty yard, it's time.
I will post a "tour" or our current house when it's whipped back into shape and ready for the for sale sign. Pray for guidance and provision during this time. It feels like madness doing this with only 6 months (wahoo!) until the baby comes; during the holidays no less. My hope is to be in the new home in early December. We are trusting God to make it work for us, haha!