Follow up to New Home Search
Yesterday was filled with appointments to meet prospective landlords or property management folks. We found a 1B/1B apartment on the 2nd floor of a dumpy looking apartment, however, the owner said his construction company is going to be working on the apartment complex to get it back in shape. Apparently, the owner has several businesses, one of which had him away for 3 months down South. Totally understandable...I'm grateful there is no lease, just month to month. The inside of the unit that I hope we are approved for * fingers crossed * looks nowhere close to the condition of the outside. Erik and I want to find something fast and move out by Fall. It would be perfect if it was a ground floor unit with laundry hook ups or with a w&d already in the unit. Oh well. At this point, I am hoping I don't have to move in with my mom again until Erik and I can figure out how to get me moved back to this area after baby is born.
For the same price of the apartment unit I just spoke of, a 2B/1B is becoming available next month sometime; I believe the date available is after the baby's due date. We're still going to submit an application. The extra space would mean the kids can have a room to share when they visit instead of crashing in our living room. I can't stand clutter unless I can block the eyesore with a closed door.
Please pray or send my family positive vibes our way out here in the NW area for making good sound decisions on a place to move into. We want cheap but not so cheap that we are concerned about theft and drugs in the area. The price is definitely cheap!
Anyone have any advice to offer? Even if Erik and I get approved on the 2B/1B and we're already in the 1B/1B apartment, I don't foresee being able to save up for move in costs unless we moved mid month. We would be living in a really tight shoe string budget and with new expenses like baby essentials as well as unforeseen expenses, I don't think we would have much extra.
Today we saw a place that is roughly a 30 minute drive away from here. The unit is reasonably priced for a 2B/1.5B, and it's located in a smaller town. It's in the same town as a homeownership program that Erik and I are looking into. The program is a subsidized housing program for low income families to be able to own their home. I'm not fond of the windy country roads nor the gas consumption. It's also scary for me to think about how far away I am from the nearest hospital, and if I would have to drive myself if Erik wasn't around. I figure I could always have the ambulance pick me up - another expense.
The last one you mentioned sounds great, but I like more rural living myself.
It's been a while since I've tithed my full 10% gross, since May 1st. It felt good to give again today. I really do feel blessed to be with Erik and his kids and then our little one on the way. I use to have issues with jealousy and envy - yeah, I know sad, to admit it openly. I use to pray to ask God to help me overcome any feelings of jealousy and envy in regards to Erik's kids and Erik's time with his kids when they'd visit as well as my envy towards others who didn't struggle financially. God came through one day and put in my heart to allow Erik and his kids to have 1:1 time frequently on those alternate weekends. By doing so, the kids started opening up to me and inviting me to come with them on their outings; his daughter stopped squeezing herself in between us during family movies, etc As for the financial struggle, we still experience it but they're not as impactful as they used to be. We get bummed here and there and have to plan more carefully to do the things we want to do or to time when to buy necessities and such, but the burden has lifted. I don't compare our family struggles with others anymore, and it just makes sense not to fill my time doing something counterproductive like that.
A combination of tithing and prayer have certainly helped me!