This is going to be a little bit of a complaning post, but before I start I want to emphasize that most days I absolutely love our house. We live in a beautiful house in a wonderful neighborhood. Honestly, growing up I never dreamed I would have such a beautiful home. It keeps us warm and protected, and we are truly making our house a home as we make it OURS. We plan on living here until we can no longer go up stairs, and then we will move to a ranch townhome so we don't have to do yardwork or go up stairs.
So, overall, I am incredibly grateful- and in my prayers every night I thank the Lord for our beautiful home.
But today I hate it.
Guess what happened to our lovely home last night? THE PIPES FROZE! We keep our house at 69 degrees during the day, and 65 at night. But we woke up this morning and the water in the girls bathroom won't go on. GRRRR!!! Just what I want- to spend a thousand bucks to have it fixed. Yippee!
This is all just added to a long list of things we have been forced to fix on our house because things break constantly in this house. We have lived here just over two years, and in that time this is what we have had to do:
-Replace the french doors leading out to the deck AND the walls surrounding said door because they were completely rotted out
-Replace the subfloor in our kitchen because there was a HOLE rotted through
-Replace the floor in the kitchen (we didn't have to do the entire main level, but we did have to do the kitchen floor)
-Get a new water heater (we got a tankless water heater which we HATE- I do not recommend them- we have had to have repairman come out 3 times in a year to fix it. It does seem to be working now, though-we'll see how long it lasts)
-Get a new furnace and A/C unit
-Replace a beam in our deck that was rotted
-Replace all the parts to our garage door when it decided to spontaneously break last winter
-Fix/replace several sprinkler heads
-Remove all the gutters from our house and have them cut down and re-hung because the roofers put them on wrong and water was leaking into our house
-Replace a section of wall in our kitchen because of said gutter leak
-Have roofers come out twice to fix our roof
And, now, we get to add frozen pipes.
Correct me if I'm wrong- but does that seem like a lot to you? It seems like a lot to me. This is not counting the things we want to do to the house to beautify and make our house ours- this is the MUST fix.
When we bought the house, we purposely bought it knowing it was below our budget and we would not be house-poor, because we know in owning a house things happen. I did not expect it to be this much, however. It seems every 2-3 months something major happens that we have to fix. It makes me think we should have spent a little more on a house that wasn't completely falling apart. But, then I remember, how do you know if you bought a clunker? What if we bought a house that we couldn't afford, AND it started breaking down? That's my only consolation- at least we don't have to put the repairs on credit card.
I have decided that people tend to have different areas where they end up spending a lot of money. Their car always break down, or their kids always get sick, or one of the spouses can't seem to keep a job. Our lot in life: a house that breaks down.
There are worse things that could happen- I know that. And I am incredibly grateful that the kids are typically very healthy and Ben has a steady job.
But, today I am mad at our house! Don't worry, though, I'll be over it by tomorrow and things will be fine.