One year ago today, we closed on what is now our house. 😍

We’d spent close to two months trying to get so much situated and solved during the process, and it had seemed as though there was no end in sight. From dealing with all of the different inspections, being bounced between insurance companies, and the VA trying with all their might to screw over my husband, it was stressful as fuck. It almost made me question if it was worth it, to be honest.

Finally, on December 19 of last year, we closed on the house that would become our forever home. It was an amazing experience, and even much more exciting than our first time buying a house! It was more than worth all the trouble and frustrations, and we couldn’t be happier.

We’d began moving in the day after Christmas, as we didn’t want to be unpacking and dealing with clutter during the holiday. Once we were settled and out of the house we had been renting, it felt as though a couple thousand pounds had been lifted off of my shoulders! We could finally enjoy our new home, and begin really making it ours.

Unfortunately, there were some hiccups. A couple weeks after we’d moved in, we had some people come out to clean our chimney (we’d never done it before, as Hubs and I were kids when we’d last had woodstoves). After walking on our roof, they told us it was in horrible condition – which was news to us, since all the inspections came back fine. We had our insurance agent come out, and he confirmed it. Soon, everything was in the works to begin replacing the roof that should have never passed inspection, and we were extremely fortunate to have all but the deductible paid for by our insurance.

Fast forward to August, when the roof was completely redone and beautiful. All of a sudden, I noticed water underneath our hot water heater closet. It wasn’t much, but it was there; clearly, our water heater was leaking. According to the manufacture date on the tank, it was old as fuck – so it was leaking for good reason. We had to deal with it for awhile before we could get it replaced, which was the biggest cause of my increased stress, and it got worse every day. Thankfully, we were able to purchase a new water heater and have someone replace it for a fraction of what the so-called “professionals” in our town charge. All has been well since, and it works great!

In between all of that, were minor plumbing problems. Luckily, my husband knows a thing or two about fixing toilets, showers, and faucets, so even though the issues set us back a bit, they were easier and cheaper fixes than the aforementioned huge issues.

Despite the hassles, we are happy with our gorgeous home. It has nearly everything we were looking for, plus extra stuff you couldn’t find with a house that didn’t cost at least a few hundred thousand dollars. There is so much to do and explore, and it’s the perfect home for our Family. It’s amazing to think that my Son will finish growing up here, our pets will live out the rest of their lives here, and Hubs and I will grow old here. One day, we’ll have grandchildren running around the same house and land BatKid enjoyed.

It’s all ours, and we are blessed.

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