People raised their eyebrows at us, warned us about going crazy in a small house with a tiny yard, worried aloud about lead paint and low income neighborhoods and exclaimed that, "A $500 monthly mortgage payment wouldn't be too hard." I was even told, "You wouldn't be the first wife to put your husband through school." And it's true, I wouldn't have been, but eight years is a long time in the lives of children and I wouldn't consider missing it.
We bought our humble home with cash. Over the past several years it has been Our Ark, our safe place amidst the storm. No matter what financial problems we are having, we know we have a place to live; shelter for our family.