I’m a little surprised that I have tears in my eyes as I type out this first post.
I have a feeling Content to Rent is going touch on some of the most personal parts of what I talk about online.
I’m too tired to figure it out right now but, my husband and I have been renters for over half of our 16 years of marriage. At times by choice, at times by default, at times with discouragement and disdain and a sense of hopelessness. Every day of feeling like a second class citizen, like dorks, like kids because we rent has been worth it because of this space right here on the internet. I had no idea that those days of discontentment were my education on how to find contentment.
It’s been almost five years since we’ve lived in a home with a mortgage payment. We’ve lived in our current rental home for two years and I am completely content. Are there things I would change if we owned this place? Absolutely. But this house serves our family well and I am beyond grateful for it.
Life doesn’t start when you buy a house. We’ve owned three homes. We’ve rented condos and apartments and garage like structures and 200 year old houses. And I can honestly look back and tell you that I have loved every place we’ve lived. They have all been home.
I hope Content to Rent will be a place for you to find encouragement. My plan is to talk about all aspects of renting~how to find a rental, how to decorate a rental, show off homes of fellow renters, maybe interview some landlords; you get the idea. But mostly, I want you to know that you can love where you are.