November 11, 2019
All during the time Cameron was working on his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees we rented and lived in a large and nice three bedroom, two bathroom double wide on a ranch about 20 minutes out of town (30 if you drove a Geo Metro like we did and the hills were a bit slow). It was such a blessing of a house and we loved our time there. Once Cameron graduated and accepted his first job, we crunched the numbers to see what our housing budget was and set out to find us somewhere to live completely naïve of what the housing market was like.
It ended up that we finally found us a rental in our new town. We had Cameron, Me, Darrow and a baby on the way and the only place we found in our new “Big Kid with a Real Adult Job” budget was a 650 sq ft rental that consisted of a bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom.
Later we learned that while it had sat empty before being cleaned up it had been inhabited by chickens. Camel thrown grew up through the joints where there floor met the wall. The windows weren’t airtight so rain and dirt blew in constantly. Centipedes were not uncommon house guests. Blech!
You know what though? We don’t look back on the One Bedroom Wonder as a curse or as a bad time, we look back on it as a blessing. It was where we brought our feisty Ione girl home as a baby. It’s where I decided to go whole hog with my photography business. It’s where Cameron and I would spend date nights sitting on the living floor with a root beer float and stacks of school work sorted around the room to grade. It was hard, but we have good memories there as well and learned some lessons that have helped us tremendously!
Now, are these profound? Nope. But they’ve had an impact on our life since. Our hard seasons in life don’t have to be bad seasons. In fact they can be full of joy and help prepare us for seasons ahead. We’re grateful for our time in the One Bedroom Wonder and how it’s helped to share our current and future life.
What is something you’ve learned from a past living arrangement?
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