NaBloWriMo - Monday Memories 4 – Buying a House




Ten years ago this month I met and fell in love with my amazing hubby; we started on what we called our five year plan.  Our plan was that we would own our own home within that time frame.  By year two we were both unemployed due to layoffs in our industry and we were just trying to make ends meet.

We had a kid to get out of high school and get into college as well as a budding boxer business to get off the ground.  With each door that closes another opens, and we ended up in a position that would allow us to continue to assist with the kid’s education but also allow us to move to the east coast.

November 2005 we drove to the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park and saw this view:

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer


We new we had to stay, as we were leaving Seven Springs, we saw this


Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer

Photo Credit - Elijah Olson - Photographer

Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer

Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer

Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer

Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer

By the end of the year we were all moved in.  I did several turn and burn plane rides to bring Sheba, Duchess and the kid to NC. We had seasons!  

Photo Credit - Elijah Olson - Photographer
What's this stuff?


Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer

Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer

Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer


Here we are now, 2012 with a budding business and our relationship still going strong.  

I've discovered a passion for Sculpting!

Goddess in Red - Artist - Renee Olson
Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer

Goddess with Offering Bowl- Artist - Renee Olson
Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer

Goddess in Gold - Artist - Renee Olson
Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer


And we've got two wonderful female Yorkies that joined ETKennels!  We should have some puppies by February!  

Turtle- Dam - ETKennels
Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer

Froggy - Dam - ETKennels
Photo Credit - Renee Olson - Photographer





Our new five year plan ready and raring to go.  Watch out, we’re just getting started.

Namaste & Blessed Be
Sosanna
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5 comments

Howling Caterpillars said...

Neato!

Avril Copperfield said...

“We're determined to buy a house next year, and to do that we need to pay down some debt, and save some money.” You can do it, PJ! All it takes is self control in sticking with your plans. :) Anyway, nice DIY project! It’s perfect for the ones who are bored with just plain glass pieces. Kudos!

Avril Copperfield

Anonymous said...

You and your husband are certainly doing a good job of sticking to your five-year plan of buying and owning a house. A smart plan and determination can definitely make for a potent combination for success. How did you pay for the house though? Did you get a mortgage or loan? People tend to go for options like that to buy a house.


@Sara Owens

Renee Olson said...

We did get a mortgage. At times we wish we would have waited a bit. Maybe chose a different area. The jobs here for him are few and far between. But we're hanging in there.

Renee Olson said...

Thanks so much, yes you will want to pay down the debt, another thing you may want to do is make sure things like central air and heat are included. Our house had window units for air and a propane heater. If I had to do it over again I would have pushed for central air. We added a wood stove last year and it heats the house nicely but you do have to do the work for it. Good luck in getting your ducks in a row for your plan!