I’m now a homeowner

I’m now a homeowner.

It’s an odd feeling finally being able to say that, and it’s been quite a journey and I’m happy that the process is over, and my wife and I can enjoy the pleasure of making our home together.

Cole Benz | Editor
Cole Benz | Editor

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

I’m now a homeowner.

It’s an odd feeling finally being able to say that, and it’s been quite a journey and I’m happy that the process is over, and my wife and I can enjoy the pleasure of making our home together.

I am going to admit this, and my wife can attest to it, I was a little apprehensive about the prospect of becoming a homeowner. It’s an incredible amount of debt to commit to and the unknown of actually having the responsibility of keeping a house together seemed extremely daunting to me.

But we were ready.

We’ve been preparing for this and have learned from our elders what to do and how to do it.

I completely underestimated how many pieces of paper I was going to have to put my signature or initials on. Oh my, oh my I think we signed an entire forest worth of pieces of paper. Towards the end I was having a hard time just remembering how to spell my own name, and the legibility of my writing was diminishing as I turned over form after form.

That was just the application!

Little did I know the closing process was just the same! How many times do they need to see my signature? I think they videotaped us signing paper after paper, and someone, somewhere is laughing about it.

Ugh!

But, my wife and I got through it.

Now the fun begins, right?

Painting, decorating, and rearranging. Where do we put this, how do we hang this, where will this go.  All questions that seem to never end.

I don’t think they should call it building a home, it should be called it ‘practicing home ownership’ because it seemingly is never ending, and is never perfected.

But maybe that’s all right. It’s a chance to refresh the look, and update things and constantly move forward with life.

I’ve told you about my dog, Cooper. I think he has been the happiest one of the three of us since we’ve moved into a larger home.

The yard is fenced in, and even though he required a leash that had a considerable amount of length, he can now roam free in the yard, which I believe he treats as his own territory!

Cooper also has enjoyed the luxury of a wide-open basement. It’s open enough that I can throw a tennis ball around for him, and he loves it. Sometimes, if we haven’t been down there in a while, he will give me that eye that says ‘ok time to play now,’ and I need to go down and toss him a few balls.

I have to give my in-laws some much-deserved appreciation. They helped us move, paint and remodel the home in a way that we desired. They’ve been a big help and asked little in return. So thank you.

Though the process can sometimes drain energy, and sometimes it feels like it’s never going to finish, it does and it’s great. But I couldn’t have done it without my partner in life.

I can’t begin to tell you how much satisfaction I have that I was able to go through this process with my wife Leah by my side. She was there looking at the glass half full when mine was half empty. She was next to me when we signed our names one billion times and jotted down our initials a half a billion times.

Now together, we get to build and make the house our home.

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