To say this last year has been stressful would be an understatement! We've had so many great experiences as a family and have been VERY blessed, but change and stress have been pretty constant. Earlier this month, we bought a home, moved in, and said goodbye to our rental.
We found this rental when we weren't sure what we needed to do in regard to housing. We had been in seasonal rentals up until last summer, but rent increases exponentially here during the summer and we needed to find something fast. We explored a lot of options and it seemed like nothing was working. Then, we heard about this house. It was for year-round rent for only one year. The house is owned by a church and they use it as their parsonage. However, the current pastor didn't need it and so they were looking for renters for a one year period. It was in town, close to everything (80 STEPS to Trevor's work!), had enough room for four kids, and....old!
When we first looked at it, we weren't terribly impressed. They were still cleaning it out, some areas were horribly outdated, and honestly, it smelled a little bit. We weren't sure what to do, but were really running out of options. We decided to go for it!
Living here turned out to be an incredible blessing. We were able to finally "unpack" our bags and settle into regular life. Our street connected to the Shore Path. We had wonderful neighbors and we got to live in downtown Bar Harbor during the summer!
Once we got settled, I really appreciated the house and it's beautiful details. We had FIVE mantels--all different, all beautiful, two stained glassed windows, and something I hadn't expected, but totally loved: a second floor laundry room! (Old basements can be scary!)
We knew we weren't going to live here long-term, and that did make it a little harder to feel settled, but all and all, it was a great place to start to feel a part of the community. We're SO glad we got the opportunity to live here!
When we did the final walk through after we'd moved out, the man in charge of the property told us it took him about half a second to realize we were the right people for the house--he was right.