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We are Homeowners

My-oh-my! What has really been a year long act of patience has finally concluded and will now become a 30 year act of poorness. We closed on our new home on Tuesday and have keys to the kingdom. She is a monster- 2.5 stories + a basement, 4 or 5 bedrooms (depends on how you look at it), main floor has all vaulted ceilings, original wood floors throughout, lots of little built-ins, fireplace, huge deck/front porch, red front door, nice yard and a couldn't-ask-for-better neighborhood. It was built in 1915 and has so much charm and character and SO much potential. A 1 car garage was added on at some point.

The neighborhood is College Hill, this quaint, charming area of Wichita with homes all built in the teens, 20s and 30s. They are all one-of-a-kind little bungalows. This is NOT yo momma's cookie cutter neighborhood, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

We got the house for more than we had budgeted (ahh, isn't that the American way?!), but we did get A LOT of house for a reasonable price AND under appraisal- can't beat that. So, we are going to be poor forever now because of our new mortgage payment. We'll also be poor because every free cent we get will go into one of the following anticipated projects:
- Update all the electrical
- Completely renovate the teeny tiny kitchen
- Create one mother of a master suite on the top floor- including bathroom and GIANT walk-in closet (cedar of course)
- Expanding the driveway
- Refinishing the wood floors
- Paint, new light switches, make the fireplace work, clean up the basement mold... and so on.

We already made our first "major" purchase- a dehumidifier. We got it on clearance thank you very much and it is currently drying out the basement in our quest for a mold-free, ok, a lesser-filled mold home. It's an old basement, we'll never win that battle!!

I can't even begin to tell you how excited Shelton and I are to have this home. We are both excited to be moving into such a spectacular home as well as ending this hair-raising process. I mean, we have seen the absolute best and worst in each other over the last few months. Trust me, it's been ugly. But tonight we stood inside that house together alone for the first time and just kind of surveyed the land. We are so blessed that such an early point in our marriage we have the means to buy such a home- something our parents could not have done. While we "owned" the condo in Norman, this is really our first home. The condo was a purchase made by his parents and for the majority of our possession, financed monthly by his parents. This is the first time my name has been on a mortgage along side his and it feels so so good. We must be doing something right!

Congratulations Brandi and Shelton! That is terrific - can't wait to see pictures of the place. Eli, by the way, says that Shelton can come to his house and play any time! He had a ball with him in the moonbounce.

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