Now, our first experience renting was a disaster. We had a bunch of roommates, there was drama and since the bills came out of my account I had to be the person on everyone's case to get the money, and our landlord was, well, unprofessional. When we called because something in the house broke, he was usually out of town and couldn't fix it. Yet would show up unannounced to fix or improve things that didn't need fussed with. It was nothing but a stressful nightmare for the most part.
When we moved into the townhouse we are in now we were pleasantly surprised to find that any complaints that we called in for were rectified quickly. More than quickly, it was done by the next day. However, there were certain sacrifices we had made. We share a wall with a neighbor. There isn't a yard. And the buildings feel as though they are basically on top of each other. For the short-term, it has been perfect. But this is not the place I want to raise my children.
Initially the plan was to move to North Carolina. However, long story, we realized that we would both be happy staying in Kentucky. We LOVE our church, our friends, and the community. Berea is truly a unique place, you can't really understand it until you spend time here. And we have connections here, connections that can help us both further our careers. We can build a great and happy future right here, and that's what we plan to do.
So, with the help of the realtor we were going through in Fayetteville, we found a house here. Not just "a house" the dream house. It has everything that Nathan and I both wanted.
Here were our dream house requirements:
an extra room I could turn into a playroom
at least 1 acre of land
room for a barn/stables
not too far from town
The house that we found:
3 large bedrooms
2 full bathrooms
A formal dining room that I will use as a playroom
2.5 acres of land
A barn with two stables
A front porch that goes across the entire front of the house
An unfinished guest house
15 minutes outside of Berea
beautiful view of the mountains
AND a whole lot else
It's scary, but also extremely exciting! We want nothing more than to really settle down. I mean, I lived in the same house for the first 18 years of my life. It wasn't until I left for college that I moved, and since then everything has been "temporary." So this permanence would give me some security and peace of mind as Nathan and I continue to grow as a family.