Thursday, September 13, 2012
When did this all happen? What is going on? Where are you going?
Back in February of this year Alex and I came to the conclusion that something had to change for us financially. We had been scraping so hard for so many years that we finally could not keep up with the expenses and our expanding family. Either he needed to somehow start making a lot more money, or we needed to do something about our RIDICULOUS mortgage.
Six years ago we bought our little "starter" home in Kuna. Somehow we were convinced that it was ok to get into two mortgages. A primary loan with a 6.6% interest rate, and a secondary loan with a 9.3% interest rate....oh and by the way that one is a Balloon! We were thinking, no big deal, we will just sell it in a few years, get some equity, then buy another house. Our monthly payments were awful. The housing market tanked. Goodbye equity. Goodbye buyers. Long story short, here we are today, trying with all our might to get control of our finances.
At first it was a huge source of tension for Alex and I. We could not agree on the right course of action. I was resolved to just short sale the house. Alex wanted to try to get them to work with us. We both wanted to be honest. How do you even do that these days? No wonder so many people just walk away. First off, the banks could care less about you! It is as simple as that. We had one lucky break and we were able to refinance our first mortgage. We signed a new 30yr mortgage with a 4.3% interest rate. It was a miracle, but it did not free us from the looming 9.3% interest balloon loan. That one is a killer. We made a decision to stop paying that mortgage and present a settlement to the bank. We decided that if they didn't accept that, we would just short sale. It has taken ALL SUMMER! Two days ago after feeling overwhelmed with the lack of response from the bank, I did something that I definitely don't do enough....GET, ON, MY, KNEES.
I pled with the Lord to give us an answer soon. I prayed that the bank would make a decision quickly and that I would feel good about it and also that I would have the strength to face whatever comes next. In my mind they would either take the settlement and I would be resolved to live in this little house for a long time to come, Or.. the bank would turn us down and we would have to leave. THAT EVENING folks!.....we got our answer. The bank turned down our offer to settle. They told us we could short sale, but they could still come after us for the second. What a blow!
Yesterday my Mom called with a proposition. Instead of selling the house, put it up for rent. We can live in their basement which comes fully equipped with 3bds, 1 bathroom, a kitchen, and a living space. I mean the square footage is bigger than our current house. We could stay there rent free and take the rent money we make and knock down our 2nd mortgage. Sounds crazy and not so fun for my hubby, but who gets this chance? I will tell you this, my parents have a place in heaven. They are the first people to extend a helping hand to those in need. They have done it with many before us and we couldn't be more grateful. The light bulb went on and I just knew this was the right step.
This morning I listed our house for rent to be available by October 1st (two weeks) and I got someone who will be a great tenant! Maybe I'll tell her story later, but I couldn't be more pleased. With that being said, I have been overwhelmed with sadness. We have been here for six years! We have had three of our four babies in this house. Christmases, Snow sledding, sitting by the pool, last minute dollar tacos, the list goes on. I have made the best friends I could ever ask for, they are literally like sisters to me and it tears me up to leave them. I drive by my girls school and think about all the great friends my little Dejah has made. She has talked about them everyday since she started school three years ago. You would think the way I talk that we are moving far, and as much as I tell myself that 30 minutes is not that far, I am also reminded that it isn't close either. Anyway, I need to stop crying about it. I still know this is the right thing. It will be new and scary and will be better for our financial future. So there it is in a nutshell. I have two weeks to get everything packed, moved and cleaned. Wish us luck!
Posted by Anna Beal at 10:21 PM
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Every summer the Beals get together at Redfish Lake. Lots of food and fun. I haven't been in a few years because of little babies. So it was a good time. Here are some pictures of our trip.
Alex and the kids at the Lake
Christy and Spencer
Dejah and cousin Ruth
Alex's brothers Chase and Hart
We were right next to the little playground
Alex's twin brother Lance helped all the kids catch a fish at the Hatchery
Gabe and Baby Bennette
Chillin out in the camper
Grandpa playing UNO with the grandkids
I love having a camper!
Posted by Anna Beal at 11:02 AM
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
We pulled into Arco on Friday night. Those of us who had campers decided to bring them because the house was gonna be a busy place for the upcoming reception. Alex's Dad had quite the little setup in the back. It was awesome!
I got to decorate the get-away car! Fun times :)
( I also have to add that I got a chance to go see my friends Megan and Leigh in Mackay while we were there. It was so nice to see them. We really miss them here and wish them the best of luck on their new adventure.)
Posted by Anna Beal at 5:35 PM
If you know Dejah, she is ALL ABOUT FRIENDS. So of course for her Birthday that is what she wanted. A fun night with friends. She had some from school and some from church plus a cousin. I didn't get too many pictures because I was too busy hosting. They had pizza, games, presents and a movie. Best of all she got to have her cousin Ruth spend the night. The party was a blast! The weather outside was beautiful the whole evening and she started 8 with a bang!
Posted by Anna Beal at 5:08 PM
Summer went by in a Flash! I'm really gonna miss it, but another part of me is excited to be back on some kind of schedule. So this year Dejah is in 2nd grade. Lucky for her she is in a class with all of her BFF's. Mycah is now in Kindergarten. So far she is not sure she likes school, but I'm hoping she can make some friends soon so that she enjoys it more. She only has to go every other day, so I think that helps. I enjoy the time I am getting with just the babies. Its been nice.
Posted by Anna Beal at 5:02 PM
I swear I say this every birthday but where does the time go!? On August 13th my little baby Lexi turned two years old.
Somehow my little girl is OBSESSED with Buzz!!!! (I'm gonna throw in a guess and say it was her big brother Logan's fault) Anyway, she LOVES Buzz and Woody, and pretty much all things Toy Story. Since her birthday is one week after mine, my Mom made me this fabulous german chocolate cake and we decorated it for Lexi's birthday. My Mom slaved a whole day on this Toy Story quilt for Lexi.
Just a few things about my little girl. She is definitely a Mama's girl. If we go anywhere she pretty much thinks she needs to be attached to my hip at all times. With that being said, she does love her Daddy and generally won't complain if he takes her instead. She loves her siblings and will totally let Dejah entertain and take care of her. You would think because she and Logan are so close in age that she might get bullied by her brother, but this girl and hold her own and they play together really well. Somehow this girl got blonde hair, I did pray for it ;) Actually her Daddy had WHITE hair as a kid so that must be it. I love it though. She is my baby and I love her to pieces. Happy Birthday Lexi!
Posted by Anna Beal at 4:56 PM