I really love my house.
Kent and I bought this house 10 years ago, the week of Morgan’s 1st birthday. It’s 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and just under 1700 square feet. Our starter house. We’re remodeled a bathroom, the kitchen, replaced windows, doors, every bit of flooring in the house, the a/c, the water heater, rebuilt the fireplace, repainted almost every room (some more than once), replaced lighting and plumbing fixtures and custom-made window treatments. It’s decorated with a combination of new things that we’ve picked out together and hand-me-downs from family that we love, and even a few “refurbished” items thrown in… it’s home.
This house is also busting at the seams with 2 adults, 2 growing girls, a very large dog, a turtle and a whole bunch of STUFF!! Closets will rain down upon you if you open the doors, all of the beds and couches have things stored underneath, our 2 car garage is barely a 1 car at this point and still piles accumulate everywhere. I feel like I’m constantly purging and setting things aside for donation, so I’m starting to wonder if maybe it isn’t time for a bigger house?
Everything in me just wants to scream NO!!!
I had moved 8 times by the time I got to high school. My husband and I moved 4 times in 4 years before we bought this house. I hate moving. I know everybody does, it’s not fun. But just thought of packing up and finding a place to live, then unpacking and settling into another house just makes me want to go hide under my covers.
Then there’s the issue of contentment.
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5
I don’t want a bigger house if I’m doing it just to move up in status. I don’t want a bigger house if it’s just to make room for all of our material possessions. I don’t want a bigger house if having one is going to make me feel better about myself.
I just want to make sure that if we make the decision to upsize, that it’s God’s will, not my lack of contentment in what He’s already given me.