I Want To Go Home

You never know how things will work out unless you try them. You have to take chances every once in a while or life would be boring. That is just what we did almost 2 years ago when we moved our family to Northern, Virginia. My husband had lost his job twice in the past two years. During those two years we had to pull out retirement money to just make it. Raising four kids isn't cheap. He was offered a job with a company out of Maryland and he couldn't turn it down. We would have to relocate but we were fine with that. Life had been stressful and we saw this as the light at the end of the tunnel.

What Do You Mean We Owe More Than It's Worth?

We put our four bedroom, two and a half bath home in a nice neighborhood on the market. It was scary since we knew the housing market was not doing very well. As we sat down with our Real Estate Agent, we quickly found out that we would not be able to sell the house for what we owed on it. We were in a situation that we would probably have to pay to sell our house. We put it on the market anyway with the hopes that it would sell so we could break even. Didn't happen. At the last minute, we found a renter that could pay at least half what we owed every month. Not the best scenario but better than nothing.

But We Have a Pool!

We found a beautiful five bedroom home on five acres with a pool in Northern, Virginia. The kids were so excited and I have to say I was too. We moved in June so timing was perfect to enjoy the new pool at our new place. We decided to Lease to Own the home for two years instead of buying it straight out. We still owned the house in Richmond and didn't want to buy until we sold the other place. We would put it back on the market when things got a little better in the housing area. We spent the summer enjoying the pool. Fall and Winter came and things were not as happy around the house. I was not happy being in the new house. The truth was that the only thing that made me happy about the house was the pool. The house was built in 1976 and needed upgrades in a lot of areas. The home we left had all those upgrades. The pool also needed upgrades but it served it's purpose. We froze ourselves to death during the winter months. The heating system could not keep up with the demand. The AC did not do well in the summer either. But we could not tell since we were at the pool most of the time. The older kids' bedroom was downstairs in the basement. They refused to sleep down there because of bugs, scary noises, and spiders. They slept upstairs on the sofa in the living room. We were only using half the house since the downstairs wasn't really getting used by them. I did not want to realize this but I finally did realize that none of us really liked the house except for the pool and the land around it. Summer came and went again. Here we are into Fall and I am starting to dread the cold winter months again.

Should We Move Back To Richmond?

Our lease is up in June. We have the option of buying the place, renting month to month, or moving. After much consideration, I have voted to move back to the home we left in Richmond. Six months after moving here, my husband was told that his job was being eliminated. You can imagine how shocked we were. He was out of work for three months before finding a job. This job allows him to also work in Richmond. So nothing is keeping us here in Northern Virginia now other than the last eight months left on the lease. I miss my home in Richmond so much. I miss my neighbors and everything about Richmond. I am losing my mind waiting these last eight months here. I have already started packing up boxes to prepare for our move in June. All of us seem to be on board with the suggestion to make the move backward. I feel like everything we have done over the past two years has been a waste and we failed. We are fortunate that my husband was able to find a job eventually after each time losing his job. It could have been a lot worse. Our children are a little confused with all the talk of moving again but I have assured them that we will make it as smooth as possible. It is all for the best and we will get back to life as usual very soon. I can't wait until June gets here. I am ready to go home.

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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

You haven't wasted those years--you surely learned some lessons that made you wiser, so that's a gain. Hope life is getting better.

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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia Author

kschimmel - I have met some really nice people in this part of Virginia and made a few very good friends as well. So you are right, I can't say it was a waste. It just seems that way sometimes when I look at what we have gone through to just survive these past few years. I do think everything happens for a reason and being here for the past couple of years has brought some good people into our lives and made us appreciate some things too. Thanks for making me think about the positive side of all of this. I needed that.

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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

When I decided to stay home with our first child I gave up a big salary. We ate my retirement and the equity in our home, arriving in NC with about what we had when we first married. We picked up traction, though, and life quickly got better. People start over all the time, so set your eyes forward and don't wast time kicking yourself.

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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia Author

Thanks kschimmel - I really do appreciate your kind words.

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