So, for the past two weeks or so I have been searching Ludington for a place for Bryan and I to live. Yes, we finally decided that for now this is where God wants us and we are here for at least a year. It’s nice to at least be able to move forward and start planning a little more about what this year may hold.
Anyway, it is getting to be a little frustrating to be honest. There are a few different obstacles in the way of domestic bliss. One problem is the ‘smallness’ of Ludington. There just aren’t a lot of options here and I feel like we’re running out of choices. Together we have called on more than a dozen places for rent and I have seen 7 of those. I have definitely learned a few things in my travels. First, just bc a place says something about being on or near the water doesn’t mean that it’s nice or even really ON the water. It could just mean close to the water and still be a dump. Second, when people say small they usually mean ‘tiny.’ And apparently not everyone has the same definition of the words ‘nice and clean.’ Always see before you buy!
Another point of contention is….. money versus comfort and happiness. Now, there is an apartment that is really nice, bigger, cozy (I love it can you tell) but it’s a bit higher than what we were wanting to spend. There is a different apartment that’s definitely cheaper but it’s also ‘tiny,’ dark, and a little depressing to be honest. Now, for a year we could get rid of some furniture or store it and just cramp up for a year and deal with it. BUT, we have to live in this place for a year why can’t we enjoy it and actually like our home????
The other issue is that both apartments could go quickly bc of the type of both. So, we could wait for another two months at Bryan’s parent’s cottage. They don’t need it until this summer. But then both apartments could be gone and who knows where that would leave us.
Yes, I do believe that God is in control and has a home for us. Bryan and I have been praying daily for wisdom with our search and I know are families have been praying as well. But, is wisdom jumping on the best find that’s available to the best of your knowledge, or is it waiting to see if anything else is going to come that’s better…. I don’t know- any thoughts?
Hi Erica- Sarah Risedorph here. I do check in with you guys once in awhile. : ) Guy and I are in a similar position right now. We are moving back to MI and looking at housing. We’ll rent until the house here sells, then buy. So I was up looking at rentals last week. It is a hard decision, and there is so much money involved. Bathrooms and kitchen are extremely important to me. How did those look? It’s hard too, when it is a rental and you can’t do much to change your surroundings. I don’t want to spend your money for you, but I’d have to say go for the nicer place! I’m amazed at the effect atmosphere has on a person. Guy would probably want to save money and do the cheaper place. End of my ramblings. : )
Well, since I know the outcome of this blog, I’m going to say I am GLAD that you chose the first apartment!! Looking forward to many fun nights of hanging out, watching movies, and FINALLY getting to chill with you 2 away from home!!! 😀
Wow, that is a tough decision! If the decision were mine I would go with the nicer place and try to save some money elsewhere. But that’s bc I am a firm believer in feeling comfy and happy where you live-life is about being happy too, not just being frugal. Just my thoughts. Good luck with your decision and we NEED to try and plan a get together soon! Hope you and Bryan are well.