This Saturday marks the end of our second week renovating our new home! I will often refer to it as "The Farm." I believe it has also been dubbed the "Square America Ranch." So I may throw that one in here and there as well.
We took ownership of The Farm on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - one of the best days of our lives!
Buying our first home was exciting, but we started as renters before we decided to buy it. At the time, it was more of an (amazing) opportunity for us to purchase a house for a price we could afford. We purchased it to put ourselves in a good financial position vs. purchasing it because it was our dream home. But over the years, we made it so, and I've said many times that I wish I could transport our current home to our new plot of land. It will always hold a very special place in our hearts. I'll also be forever indebted to my grandparents that made renovations to our current home before we moved in as renters (so it wasn't a big yellow box inside) and for allowing us to purchase the home for a price we could manage. We wouldn't be where we are today without their generosity.
The excitement of purchasing The Farm carries with it a different tone than that of our first home for several reasons:
We've been happy, sad, inspired, and anxious over the past couple of weeks - but it's all been worth it. When they say on those HGTV renovation shows that renovations are hard - they mean it. And it's the type of hard that you'll never understand unless you've been through it. It's a multi-dimensional type of hard. But at the end of each (very long) day that we work, work on the house, sleep, work, work on the house, sleep - we have the end product in mind. The dreams we've talked about and been waiting for. They're coming true. Not everyone gets that chance. And we are SO grateful.