My husband and I were out driving the other day, when we turned down a little side street. We had seen glimpses of the homes on this cul-de-sac from the main street and decided to take a closer look. And that’s when we saw it.
The house. The perfect house. The “this is the one” house, complete with angels singing and birds fluttering and….okay, I may be slightly exagerrating. But it really was perfect. It was a craftsman home with a nice front porch and a detached garage in the back. I was already picturing pumpkins on that porch for Halloween and gingerbread houses with candy canes for Christmas.
But then reality smacked me in the face. We could never afford this house. Our financial picture is not even remotely where we want it to be right now. We were forced to sell our first house. And this house, which isn’t even for sale, is appraised for an amount that made my jaw drop when I heard it. Needless to say, after looking at this beautiful home, I felt slightly disheartened. Will we ever get rid of our consumer debt? Is it possible to be future homeowners one day?
My husband, who is a glass half full kind of guy, said very succiently, “Yes, we will. It may take years, but we will own a house again”. That’s one of the things I love about my Hubby: in his book, there is no dream too big. He knows we are going to conquer our debt and eventually have a better financial picture.
While we all toil away at our debt, it is easy to forget about your dreams. Financial goals are nice, but what do you plan to do once you achieve them? What do you want to do? Travel? Live in Hawaii? Purchase a home?
Dreams are important. They keep us going. They keep the fires burning.
My dream is that beautiful craftsman home. I think about it all the time, and so does my husband. We will achieve our dream of home ownership one day. How do I know?
The angels and the birds told me :)