Well, we are back from a succesful trip to Florida. Not only were we able to pick up these awesome toilets for free, but as a family, we were able to take a time out, unplug from everything, reconnect, recharge and rejuvenate for what is sure to be an incredible new year ahead.

For those of you who have been on this journey called life with us for a while, you will know that the consolidation from a 5 bedroom, 5 bath home to now a 3 bedroom, two 1/2 bath home has been a work in progress. By that, I mean, the loss of our family “home” at times felt like something we would never recover from. Most humbling, was the outward proof that we couldn’t make it through these economic times. Having bought into the onward and upward mentality that comes with naive youthfulness, as a couple, Jim and I were riding the wave of success into the next phase of our life, building our dream home. Little did we know at the time, we would never own our old house, it would own us.

Now free to learn from our mistakes, we have chosen to build a home and life for ourselves that remains manageable no matter how the tides may turn. Keeping within our small budget, we have the opportunity to be more thoughtful and creative with our selections. We are a team. We decide every minute detail and  how best to approach it. We may presently sacrifice in some finishes, yet make up for in others. Isn’t this the case in relationships also…the give and take, the ebb and flow? This life is fluid, ever-changing, we all are. Things happen that forever change us but in the end, let it be said, we took all that life has to offer, embraced it, raged against it at times, yet ultimately grew from it and made it our own. 

Which leads me onward and upward. As a result of several conversations and nosy friends (eh-hmm Tracey), I have decided to reveal the budget we are building this house within. It is what makes this adventure so fantastically exciting and simultaneously, anxiety inducing. To know what we are working with dollar wise and how that is going to translate, is an interesting process. Far be it from me to deny you the curiosity. Above all else, I know there are other family’s out there trying to adjust to this new economy. I want to be a pioneer of what can be done with a little bit of money and a lot of creativity. When you remove pride and lust as the driving force behind your decisions, what you get is an uncomplicated, come-as-you-are, take-me-as-I-am, welcoming home that serves, rather than dictates. Is it really possible that we are doing this for only $60,000? Believe it.

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