Okay, so just moments ago I posted about our foreclosure, literally. But I am going to let this post sit in my drafts folder for a few days for a couple of reasons. First and foremost so that my first post in this series gets it's full amount of time in the spotlight so to speak; and secondly because this part of the story, too is one that is unfolding daily and will be the fun part to share.
You see, when I made the decision to go public with this Foreclosure deal, I talked to my family about that decision and how it would affect each and every one of us. Not that I am like famous or anything, but word will get out a little faster this way.... Specifically, I asked my parents for feedback on the first article I wrote.
Well, Mom felt obligated to tell the family before it hit the airwaves, which I entirely respect. What I didn't expect was for my family to react the way they did. My Uncle and Aunt will be arriving this weekend with a large bale of hay and my Grandpa is making a tuition payment for us!
Which brings me back around to one of the reasons I wanted to write this piece. I wrote in The American Tragedy about us making decisions, not mistakes, throughout this process and I would like to clarify that a bit. We have chosen to pay for our boys to go to school as much as we can instead of them going into debt. Yes, they have taken on debt for themselves, but we are paying for as much as we can. Some people may say that is a mistake; I for one was not willing to start my kids out with a pile of debt.
Another thing that I think a family needs to really and truly look at when they get to a point that we are in is if they are living above their means. And we are to the point that we know we are, and we are done with living that way. The hard part for many families, as it was with us, is that we weren't living above our means at one time. With the change in economy and the added medical expenses it happened slowly over time.
We are so excited to be moving on and ready for the next phase in our lives. Although it is scary to be downsizing at this stage; it is a necessary evil. I will share some of these tips and tricks with all of you too, if that is what you want, give me some feedback here... So far, one of my rules is if it isn't antique or in use....it isn't going!!!