Space Perspective – A New Family Adventure

In the next month or so, our family of ten will be moving from this house -

to this house –

We will be moving into a space that Jonathan estimates to be about a third of the space we now inhabit. This is neither an accident nor a disaster, but an intentional choice made with much prayer and thought.

We love our current home. We love the house, the property, the community… it has been more of a blessing than I could recount to live here for the last year. If you look through my pictures over the last year, you get a glimpse of how much we love it here. And I will be honest and admit that the thought of leaving is far from easy.

However, this gorgeous abode runs between 32.5 and 42.5% of our monthly income (our rent is somewhat variable according to how much work we do for our terrific homeowners). That is just way too much for us to be spending on housing, and we have been looking and praying about something different for a while now.

In early-mid March, we looked at three different houses. After much prayer, we made an offer on the mobile above and sat back to see what the Lord would do. Because we have a bankruptcy with a foreclosure on our record, a traditional loan was not an option for us, and we were unsure whether the family would accept our land contract offer (though we had sweetened the deal as much as we could and included a down payment that was almost a third of the asking price). We got word a few days later that they had accepted our offer.

Our closing date is set for April 27th, and we will be moving somewhat gradually through (at least) the first half of May. Our new home is a smidge shy of 1100 sq. feet and sits on an acre and a half. The payment will be about 21% of our monthly income (house payment + taxes and insurance; 4 year term with a goal of having the whole thing paid off in two).

The property is closer to town and in a decidedly more populated area (a disadvantage in our books), but we are glad to have a field across the dirt road from us to the north and only one house between us and more fields on the west. We’ll be less than four miles from Kansas Bible Camp, which is something about which we’re pretty excited. We have plenty of room for a garden, and actually have already started working on that with permission from the current owner.

The big challenge/opportunity with this move is going to be an adjustment in our space perspective. The American idea of how much living space is needed per person is pretty crazy, but it is extremely difficult to get away from that mindset.

I have been longing for years for our family to craft a more simple life together, to weed out the extras that weigh us down and to choose a less encumbered lifestyle. Part of that simpler life is financial freedom, which is one of the biggest reasons we are making this move. Another part of that simpler life is “stuff” freedom, and we will, by sheer necessity, be making great strides in that area as well.

From Merriam Webster
Definition of PARE
transitive verb
1: to trim off an outside, excess, or irregular part of (pare apples) (paring his nails)
2: to diminish or reduce by or as if by paring (pare expenses) (the novel was pared down to 200 pages)

I hope to blog regulary through this process of paring down our “stuff” and simplifying our life. I’d love it if you’d join me as I do!

About Laurel

I am a believer in God the Creator as He reveals Himself in the Bible – saved by grace, through faith in the precious blood of Jesus. I am also the blessed wife of a wonderful man, and the thankful mother and teacher of eight Blessings, ages 18 months to 15 years.
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4 Responses to Space Perspective – A New Family Adventure

  1. Deborah A. Gigliotti says:

    Hi Precious Sister in Christ! Your journey and Testimony Inspires Many of us who are attempting to do the same thing for our children and grandchildren. I am Crystal Passman’s mother who also “temporarily” raised six children in a mobile home in Southern Wichita, just before discovering KBC. This TOO SHALL PASS! Believing God for a church bldg, warehouse, horse barn, stilt home and 4.5 acres on a lake here in HOLIDAY, Fl. for my 9 children and MANY grandchildren, as well as other KBC family members. I will be training Veterans to create self sustaining “Growing kits” to be assembled and sold on HSN TV and providing holistic healing and Rehab. Also, looking at Electronics Recycling to employ the Dev. Disabled. Love and Prayers for your Prosperity and ProVision from the God We TRUST!

  2. Laurie says:

    Dear Laurel-
    Blessings as you and your family walk step by step-
    by faith.
    Tis a gift to be simple…

  3. Tab says:

    I am full-heartedly behind you guy on your new adventure. May the Lord bless your endeavors!

  4. Sarah M says:

    Looking forward to how the move changes things in a positive and blessed way. Two years ago we moved into a mobile home that is about 900 square feet. When we moved in we were a family of four. Very soon we’ll be a family of six. I thought we would be doing good to get through the first year without killing each other. It’s turned into a huge blessing for us. The only thing I really miss having on site is our book collection. We have no space for the 20+ boxes but now have access to them in storage. Mostly we’ve been able to keep in check the desire for stuff and keep it realistic to what is necessary, not what we selfishly desire. Good stuff.
    Glad you’ve been led so clearly by the Lord to a place that has much promise for you and your family.

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