23 years. I've lived in the same house all my life. You see, G & I decided to live with my parents after we were married back in May of 2010. We had planned to move out once we were on our feet financially. They had a big house on 3 acres of land and loved the fact that we would be staying with them for awhile. In late 2011, we began pricing apartments in hopes of moving out the following year.
Well, in March of 2012 my Dad was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and passed away on June 13th. You can read more about that here, here and here. In that moment, our hopes of moving out instantly dissolved. I knew in my heart that if anything were to ever happen to my Dad, G and I would stay with my Mama. My husband wouldn't have it any other way. My Mom is the only Mom he has ever known since his Mom was barely in his life. He kept reassuring me that we were making the right choice to stay put. We pulled together to support her. My Dad would've wanted it that way.
This place we call home is over 50 years old. My Dad poured blood, sweat and tears into turning this old house into a spot where we could live and thrive. These four walls hold so many memories. I don't regret staying, but some days it's hard to be content where I am. I always pictured us moving into a house and turning that house into a home together. Every once in awhile I long to have a place to call 'ours', but I try to force those thoughts away as soon as they appear. I should be happy, right?
We have a roof over our heads, we're saving money and we're helping my Mom out at the same time. I feel it's selfish of me to be anything but content. I guess it's just human nature. I know someday we will have our own place and God will always take care of us. Moving out just isn't an option right now.
I like living here though. It certainly has it's perks. When hubby is away, I'm not alone. When I'm out, my Mom has someone here to keep her company. When we decide it is time for a baby, my Mom will be here to help me out and there's plenty of space for a little one. So, all in all, it works out well for us! We have plans of slowly remodeling and redecorating different areas. Like I said, the house is older so there are certain things that need to be updated. I'm looking forward to the projects we have in mind.