Over the weekend Dapper Daddy Mel and I invited our closest friends and family over to celebrate the purchase of our first home. We aptly called our event a Housewarming/Cinco de Mayo Celebration/Fight Party. Super Creative, right? lol.
But before we celebrate, just know that this process was not all peaches and cream. Mel and I started our home-buying journey in the summer of 2010. We went into the whole thing pretty blindly. In fact, the first time we went house hunting, with no realtor, we almost got suckered in to buying on that day. Naïve! In June 2010 we joined a Home Purchasing Program called NACA. In July of 2010, we found out we were expecting Aria. So while that put a slight wrench in our homeowner dreams, we continued to move forward. We figured we would be in a house before she born anyway. (Wrong!)
Once we met with our mortgage counselor, we found out that we had A LOT to do with our finances. That college credit card debt had to go! In addition, we had to save the amount of money that we wanted to pay in mortgage each month. All of this was a lot to take in initially, but in the long run, it TRULY prepared us for home ownership. It took us about a year to pay off all of our credit cards down to ZERO and as a reward, we had a nice savings built up. During that time, Aria was born and after a few more loops and hoops to jump through, we were finally ready to start looking for a house.
We found a house in October of 2011. Although it was a foreclosure, it seemed so perfect for us! In our minds, we already lived there. We picked out our furniture, paint colors, carpet, appliances, everything! Sometimes we would even go visit the house and just stare at it. In January 2012, the house appraised for lower than the listing price and we were happy because we thought that was a good thing! More money in our pockets! The selling bank sat on our file for close to three months with no word on anything. On April 4, 2012…Yes, Aria’s FIRST Birthday, WHILE we were at Cracker Barrel having breakfast, SIX months after going under contract with this house…we found out the selling bank would not adjust the listing price of the house to match the appraisal, our lender would not go into a loan for more than the house was worth, and we were not putting up the extra cash ourselves in addition to the repairs that it needed, so we lost that house. In fact, the house had been placed back on the market a week prior to the news. Sad Day.
We looked at other homes, but none of them compared. That house was our first love. In June 2012 and we found a house that we really liked. It was SO much better than the first house. More spacious, move-in ready, better location, more bang for our buck. When we went to see the house, the woman who currently lived there was on her way out, until she saw the big ball of cuteness that was Aria. She played with her and talked to her and spoke with us..she wasn’t supposed to see any of the potential buyers, she did not want to. But she saw us. To this day, I still believe this was not a coincidence. Twelve different offers were submitted. Out of the twelve, ours was accepted and we were now under contract with this house. I know it was Aria’s chubby cheeks that did it! We didn’t get as emotionally invested into this house. We couldn’t handle another heartbreak. We didn’t look at it that often, we didn’t imagine ourselves living there, we just took it all in stride. There was so much going on at this time, that we really didn’t have the time to fully envelop ourselves into the house anyway. Aria was growing up, there was the holiday season, we found out we were pregnant again in December (Is this a pattern with us?), life in general was going on. Alas, on January 31, 2013, we closed on our first house. We celebrated by first thanking GOD, screaming, yelling, crying, and running laps around the entire house. So much fun, so much joy, so thankful! Oh, and for anyone who wants to know, the first house we had under contract was closed on that same day as well…for lower than the appraisal price.
Fast forward to May 4th, 2013 and here we are, Housewarming! Over 100 of our friends and family filled our house to celebrate with us. It was awesome! Frozen Margaritas were flowing, food in abundance, music, people everywhere! In my eyes, this was the epitome of what a housewarming should be. Nothing but love, good vibes, and positive energy flowing all throughout. Great memories were being created already. We blessed the food and blessed the house with a beautiful prayer given by Mel’s mom. We said our thank you’s to everyone and even Mel, who is usually quiet, had a lot to say. It was actually pretty emotional. To look back on everything that has happened in the past two years, and right now, at this moment, we are looking at our friends and family in OUR kitchen, it just brought everything full circle. Mel said, “Thank you to all of you who have been here through all our milestones, Aria’s Babyshower, Aria 1st and 2nd Birthday, our 2nd child, and now the purchase of our first home. But there is just one more thing. This is something I’ve been wanting before the house, before the babies, for a while.” And then he gets down on one knee…AHHHHHHH!!!!!! So you know what came next. He proposed! 😀 I was saying YES before he even asked me lol. “But I haven’t even asked you anything yet!” So many tears, smiles, and screams all around the room. Priceless moment. Talk about a surprise!! Who knew that this would turn into a Housewarming/Cinco de Mayo Celebration/Fight Party/Engagement Party?!
THESE are memories that will last a lifetime. Every time I walk into our kitchen, I will be reminded of this very moment. In every room, I am reminded of all of the people who were here with us. To all of you, I say “Thank you.” We are beyond grateful for each and every one of you for celebrating with us, for all of the wonderful gifts, and for all of the memories created. Because of you, our house is now a Home.
Love, hugs, House Blessings, and Engagements,