"Live like no one else now, so later you can live like no one else."

-Dave Ramsey


Well we did it.  We bought a house in Houston after just 2 days of looking. It was easy and tough all at the same time.  You see this relocation has brought a dramatic increase in Byron's salary.  The increase made it very tempting to go out and spend big bucks on a house. We actually looked at several homes in those fancy neighborhoods where the shopping and restaurants are trendy and the schools are top notch.  We just could not spend our money that way. It did not feel right. Tempting, but not right for us and our goals.  So, we settled on a smaller, fixer-upper in an older neighborhood just north of all the fanciness.  Our mortgage payment (PITI) will only be 5% of our monthly take home pay (after taxes etc). I own a car and can drive to the fancy when I need a fix and actually afford to spend my money at the shops and restaurants without worry.  You can't put a price on that kind of freedom.

Our new home is going to require lots of work; landscaping, flooring, paint, kitchen, appliances...just to name a few more urgent things.  Yes, I will be blogging the entire transformation.  I also must get Max enrolled in a school. The public school he is zoned to is questionable and I can't seem to find a private school close enough to the house. Also, being that it is summer, most schools are not available til next week to answer questions. I have faith it will work out. God has brought us this far, he will see us through this move.

I might be a little absent on my blog for the month of August. I must concentrate on getting my TN home ready for the movers. They arrive in 23 days. Make that 23 short days and then settled in Houston.  Say a prayer for me please. I will need it.







~XOXO~

**A very special THANK YOU to our Realtor Jackie from Greenwood King. I can't say enough good things about her or her agency.**

16 comments:

Nancy said...

I think your new home has great bones and you will make it gorgeous when you are finished. I love the window in the dining room. The kitchen looks spacious with an eat-in area. It looks like you have a nice back yard. I am sure you will be very happy there.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Congrats! Dave Ramsey is wonderful. How smart of you to buy what you can easily afford rather than being up to tour eyeballs in debt. My husband's new job came with a major decrease in salary - ugh - we are just happy he has a job, right now. Enjoy your new home!

Erica said...

I live in Humble-near intercontinental airport. If I can help in any way let me know-I can definately point you in the right direction fo where to eat! I think you will love this city-there is so much to do!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

You got it! I like the way you think. :)

Kristine said...

Another Ramsey fan! Although a bigger Crown Ministries fan. We have taken and led Crown Financial Bible Studies 7 times!!! yes, 7 times!!! talk about sacrifice...I am the queen. But God really blessed us through our obedience and we are now debt free (including our home). I am NOT bragging because we would not have accomplished this...it is only through God that this goal of ours was met. Your home will be absolutely beautiful when you are finished with it and I look forward to following all of your progress!

Kristine

Kimberly said...

The house has so much character and potential. I can't wait to see what you do with it!

Teresa said...

What a great find! I am so happy that you have this new opportunity. Prayers to you and your family. Teresa

Jen @ Bloggers Abode said...

Wow! You do not mess around do you?! The place looks super cute as-is. How fun! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

katherinemarie said...

Are you kidding? You found a HOME already? INSANE! WONDERFUL! AWESOME! I'm thrilled for you. Your style is going to make this home SMASHINGLY wonderful. It already looks great, but I can't wait to see how you add the magical Christy touch. xoxoxoxox!

Destination Seaborn said...

What a cute house! When it comes time to fix it up you'll be happy you didn't stretch yourself. I'll be excited to see all the changes! Remember to take it one day at a time. My thoughts and prayers are with you...Lisa

Angie said...

How exciting!!! That house has HUGE potential!!! LOVE the arch windows and the HUGE backyard!!! Also, i've been watching Dave Ramsey for a few months now and agree you made the right choice!!!! ;)

Callie Bright said...

I love the house. I have had so much fun working on my home. Call me if you need help I am available the last two weeks of August.

Brighton said...

Love it! We are in Houston, but South- closer to Galveston. Can't wait to see what you do with the new home : )

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow, that is awesome! And your home looks fabulous, you are going to have so much fun! And being able to AFFORD to have fun will feel AMAZING! Good for you!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I think you did the right thing about the way you went buying your house. Since my brother's death, some things have come into better perspective. It is all just stuff. Live within your means among lovely things with health and happiness and all will be good. Best wishes to you for this big step in your life.

Rene said...

This is such a great house! You are going to have a ball making it a home. The window in the living room is a great feature and you are right about not wanting to cover it up. Could you hang panels up to the ceiling that fall to either side during the day? Then close them at night. Just a thought.

Thanks for entering the giveaway!!

-Rene