I had mentioned that we that we were eager to get out of debt. That is something we are striving for as we look towards a bigger picture. That bigger picture is one that is more freedom, more fun, and more experiences. But, it always felt like the hard earned money goes towards things, rather than experiences. Experiences are what really matter..they are what we consider priceless. They create the memories, leave the mark, and deepen the connection. “Things” just don’t do that…
So, we moved out of our house and moved in with our Aunt Lois. She’s been faithfully watching the kids since they were babies. She lives about 20 minutes away from our home on a large plot of land with her faithful long haired, Harley loving husband, her daughter..and a beautiful horse.
These days, when we come home, we have to make sure the horse is up, or she will get out as she did not long ago. Long story short, the horse ended up going up and down the street, running away from anyone who tried to approach her. 911 was called (I was asked to report it), a cop came.. but eventually, we managed to wrangle the sweet girl in with some hay and a hose (last minute desperate grab to escort horse back home).
Long story short, the horse ended up going up and down the street, running away from anyone who tried to approach her. 911 was called (I was asked to report it), a cop came.. but eventually, we managed to wrangle the sweet girl in with some hay and a hose (last minute desperate grab to escort horse back home).
By the way, I’m not sure about you, but I’ve never had to call 911 to report an escaped horse so..that was weird.
Needless to say, life is different here. Before, kids had their own rooms, but now they all share one. That is interesting with a 7,8, and 13-year-old. But, you know what? I feel like it’s been good for them. They spend more time together. It’s easier to discipline them since I’m in the room next to ALL of them, and we just end up intersecting more, and it just seems to help. So, it’s been interesting to experience.
On a side note, we are also eagerly trying to switch from Airbnbing our home to just flat out renting it. We’d rather have regular tenants, even though the Airbnbing could end up being very lucrative. It’s a hit and miss and it will take time to develop a reputation and build up to our proper price point. Honestly, despite the good ratings we’ve gotten from guests, we don’t have all year to build up our credibility. We’re still having to price our home LOW to get visitors and meanwhile, we could have our entire mortgage paid for with consistent, contracted residents! It just seems to make more sense.
One thing we’ve realized in Airbnbing also is that of canceling reservations. If some major work has to be done in the house which could take more than just a couple of days, we would have to cancel reservations of those who are booked. You end up with disappointed guests who have to find another place to go last minute, as well as a loss of income.
We also noticed that the electric bill goes quite high when someone else is staying in your home! After all, they are not paying the bill!
With regular tenants, they pay those bills, and we just collect the rent. So, we are now actively advertising our home for rent. We pray God provides the right people soon!