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One of the best things about waking up in the morning is seeing the sunrise.  I enjoy it.  I love the beautiful colors.  It gives me a warm feeling and somehow makes me feel like everything will be all right.

I saw these yesterday.

Work was OK.  One kid misbehaved in the afternoon and that left me in a bad mood.  He is a cute and funny kid.  He makes me smile and laugh.  He also likes to hug me.  But sometimes his behavior is horrible.  I’ve talked to him and to his mom several times.  But I am a firm believer that kids act out for a reason.  I am determined to figure out his reason.

I decided not to move forward with purchasing the house.  I felt very overwhelmed with all of the repairs.  I thought about it a lot.  I reviewed carefully the inspection report.  I was reminded that the house was on the lower end and that many houses will need repairs.  Yes, very true.  But deep down inside it just didn’t feel right anymore.

As much as I want to buy a house, I have a fear of being a home owner.  Years ago I bought a condo and don’t remember being this scared/nervous.  I feel like owning a home comes with more responsibilities.  I will still keep looking because I know the “perfect” house is out there for me.  But I am hoping it is one that won’t need too many repairs.

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20 Comments on 11. Sunrises in the morning and making a decision

  1. One plus about the time change is the sunrise.

    Must have been a hard decision. Good luck finding the right house. As you said, it’s there.

  2. While we really needed to buy a house for the space and the lack of appropriate rentals in the area, we bought the cheapest house available basically…and it has been a LOT of work.
    If I could have kept renting but found a reasonably sized place we could afford – I would have! Home ownership can be a good investment, but it also creates a lot of financial pressure and responsibility.
    I’m glad you’ve come to a decision and hope you feel very confident moving forward. I’m sure it still feels exhausting/draining emotionally, though!

  3. Home ownership IS a gamble. There’s always right huge expense after another. If you had a bad feeling about it, then you have made the right decision.

  4. All those improvements would have taken a lot of time (besides the money) so I can understand your decission all too well. I hope the right one comes along soon and that you can enjoy the looking part until then.
    You sound like a great teacher who really cares about the kids! Thank you for that! I sometimes get the feeling that not all do but I also understand that it’s a hard job sometimes and that the burnout is real.

    • The burnout is real. There are days when I am mentally exhausted and do not want to go to work the next day. I’d like to think that every teacher does care about the students but we are all tired.

  5. I’m sorry that the house didn’t work out, but I guess that is what the inspections are for. I’m glad that you came to the decision that felt right for you. I have only purchased one house (where we live now, a townhouse), but last year had to sell my Grandmother’s house, and we toyed with the idea of buying my cousins out and fixing it up ourselves. Well, my husband mostly toyed with the idea, it’s in a lovely neighborhood. I lived in that town growing up (Stockton, CA) and would not move back if you paid me. Even in the lovely neighborhood. But when we had the place emptied out and he came and saw ALL of the work it needed…some to bring it to code, some cosmetic (but really needed), he realized there is no way we could afford it. I don’t think the family that bought it have a lot of money…I think if they did, they would have bought something that didn’t need any work, for a little more money. I am guessing it will be a labor of love (I hope not a labor of hate) to get the place fixed up and how they want it, and I suspect it will cost a lot of money and take a lot of time. That’s my long way of saying, it’s important to know what you’re getting into, and it sounds like you did, and did the right thing!

  6. It sounds like you made a decision you feel good about. Something else will definitely come up, a house you’re more comfortable with. As Elisabeth can tell you, renovations are very stressful! You don’t need that kind of stress right now.

  7. I am sorry the house fell through, but if you didn’t feel good about it, it was the right decision to back out! Your house is still out there!!

  8. I’m not a morning person so I don’t see many sunrises but thy are beautiful when I can make it up to see one. Taking the plunge on a house is a big decision and you certainly need to feel right about it.

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