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For Your Marriage

Meet Sara and Justin. They married in June 2011, they welcomed their first child in August 2012.


Sara: Well, after a lot of nail biting, Justin and I are homeowners! We’re so excited to find the house we will make a home together.

Since our offer has been accepted, it’s been a whirlwind of activity to get everything put together. We’ve worked with our loan officer to secure a mortgage, researched home insurance options, and scheduled our inspection. Following the inspection, we’ll have an opportunity to negotiate with the sellers if there’s anything in the house that needs to be fixed.

Justin: I think home ownership really hit me today as I looked at the inspection list. Overall, I think the inspection went as well as we could ever have expected. After all, the inspector is always going to find some problems and that is what we are paying him to do. Still, I have to admit, I am a bit anxious as I look at the list of the little things that need to be fixed. Looking at the list made me realize this home will soon be mine. Each repair will soon be my responsibility. Part of me is saying, “What have I gotten myself into?”

I am not very good at fixing things or at least I am not very confident. My grandfather was a contractor who could fix anything. I remember watching him as a kid and have always admired that. My dad, however, is not Mr. Fix It and I guess you could say I take after him in that regard.

I am very fortunate in that I have several friends who are quite handy. I spent about an hour today with one going over the list of inspection items. He helped put me at ease as he went through the list and said we can do this, we can do that, and ask the seller to fix this one or that one. It is funny how a bit of confidence can change your attitude. Despite a bit of nervousness, I am looking forward to a little “guy time” as we put everything in working order.

Sara: In a lot of ways, even though I’ve lived on my own, paid rent, and gotten married, purchasing a house somehow makes me feel like a “grownup.” Justin’s parents have lived in their house for over 35 years, and my parents have only owned two homes. At first, it was hard for us to realize that it’s okay if this house isn’t our “forever” home. It’s okay if we later decide to move before our children are raised.

We have so much to do in the next twenty-five days – including packing our entire apartment. Justin is heading north to go ice fishing with his grandfather for two weeks following Christmas (tickets were already bought before we made the offer on the house), so I’ll hopefully be able to be pretty productive with the packing process during this time.

Justin: It could be worse, but since we only moved six months ago a lot of our stuff is still in boxes.

Sara: I think I’m most excited about the opportunity to entertain in our new home. Hopefully, one day we can host our family for holidays – perhaps even Christmas one year. We are very grateful to all our friends and family members who have already so generously offered to help.

As we approach our first Christmas together, I continue to be struck by how much God has blessed us this past year; beyond our expectations. In addition to marrying the love of my life, we’ve been blessed with a “new” house, a new niece in November, and so much more.