Guess what, y’all?
I’m a homeowner.
Due to my
ridiculously slightly superstitious nature, I wanted to wait until things were certain before I made the big announcement. It happened so quickly–it was only a few months ago that JB and I decided to start looking at houses–but the opportunity presented itself right way and we took it. I once heard, “Good things happen slowly; great things happen all at once,” and hoped that mantra applied to the house we wanted to purchase. After numerous phone calls, scanned documents, and trips to the bank, I signed a ton of papers and received a house in return.
I’m excited, relieved, and more than a bit terrified about all this. Aside from moving to Wisconsin, this is the only “adult” decision I’ve ever really made. There’s definitely the legal aspect of it to make it scary (30 year mortgage, taxes, home emergencies that I can’t call the landlord to fix now) but the idea of having a new “home” really freaked me out. To me, “home” has always been Kentucky and the house where my mom lives.
Now I’ve got my own “home” which, in my mind, meant that my old home isn’t mine anymore. Though I haven’t lived there in years, that house on Shady Lawn was the one place I knew I could always run to. Now I’ve got something of my own to take care of, to take responsibility for. I’ve got a place to build my own family and raise my own children…a place that is 8.5 hours away from the only place I’ve ever known and the people that mean the most to me.
So I guess it’s time for me to learn a new place. My heart will always belong to Kentucky–no amount of time in the Midwest will change that–but after living in Madison for three years I can finally say that I like it enough to stay for a spell. Y’all come visit anytime. 🙂