Small house. BIG life.

(Notice the little furry heads in the door in the picture above. love.)

We are at the point in our lives where we are outgrowing our home. We have lived in our house for five years, and we love it, but it's just super small. It's fine for us, but when we decide to have a baby it will be pushing the limits of space.

I, of course, got new house fever and started looking at the local MLS every waking moment. This time around buying our second home I want it to be perfect. I have a running list of things I want it to have.

When we started talking pretty seriously about it, we talked to our financial advisor and a few other people before we made the jump. Our financial advisor suggested waiting a few years, then buy and it would be more in our favor. Our counselor, Nilly(who is amazing!) said the most profound thing to us during a session, something that I will live by. She said "Small house...BIG life." That statement changed my thinking on our home. I realized that we can make this work. Plenty of people make it work with much less space, and so can we.

The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, 
but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. 

It changed my thinking so much, I now have no desire to pull up to a huge home. I want a nice home, filled with love and warmth. I want a home that people like to spend time in and feel comfortable in. I want a home that suits the needs we have, but isn't extravagant.

I do on the other hand want to have a BIG life. I want to see everything the world has to offer. I want to travel and make memories that will last a lifetime. I'm going to make the life I have been given count. So, for the new house thing, that's out the window for at least 5 years until we literally outgrow it with babies. I'm gonna end with a fabulous quote I found on Pinterest. It explains me perfectly.


  1. Sounds like an excellent decision, and what a great way to look at it!

  2. love the post girl! and i think you are so right! xox

  3. i seriously love this kari... totally going to live by this. when my parents moved from our old house to our new house the new house was double the size and i literally cried once they were mostly moved in and i came home for the weekend. i had gotten so used to the smaller house and everyone being in relatively the same area of the house and not at all spread out. i hated that we were all now so spread out and you could yell from the kitchen to upstairs clearly. clearly 2 boy + 1 nanny later the house is full again and when all of us our home.... oh man, funny to imagine with 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms but... small house, big life.


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