We’re Not Rich, But We OWN Our House

Sixteen years ago, my husband the Norwegian Artist and I had an improbable dream: we wanted to find a place in the country and raise our kids there.

Ending the Day on a Good Note inspirational 1940s nostalgia original oil painting woman in suit with hat near gramophone by Steve Henderson
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of simple living to achieving many, many dreams and goals. But simple living is something we associate with the past, not the present. Ending the Day on a Good Note, original oil painting by Steve Henderson.

I say improbable because 1) we had four kids and 2) we lived on one extremely moderate income. Most people we knew had half the amount of progeny and twice the number of jobs, and they were barely making it: lower middle class families with too many children need not apply for improbable dreams.

But the dream wouldn’t go away. Early in our search, we found the perfect piece of land, unfortunately beyond our economic reach. Today, however, I write you from our house — mortgage free — set on that exact piece of land. The realization of this dream achieved impels me through the next stage of my life because — you guessed it — we’ve got another wildly improbable dream in our lives, and we are approaching it with a similar mindset.

If you’re like us, and you’ve got a dream that won’t go away, maybe these five thoughts will help:

Please read the rest at Five Steps to Achieving Your Impossible Dream at my BeliefNet column, Commonsense Christianity. As regular readers know, I am able to provide only a teaser, but the full article does address five lifestyle choices you can follow as a Christian as you pursue that dream you just can’t get rid of.

Live Happily on Less book by Carolyn Henderson at amazon.com
Most of us are ordinary people, and we’re not going to get rich anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn to use what we have, wisely, for a decent lifestyle. Paperback and digital at Amazon.com.

Because money is such a factor in so many of our lives, this is a good time to mention my book, Live Happily on Less — it chronicles the lifestyle we pursued, and still live, as we sought to buy, build, and own our place in the country. Speaking from experience, not having a mortgage is an incredibly liberating thing.