I had a major realization over the last couple weeks. I've lived my life and aimed my career at trying to achieve the same level of financial comfort my parents enjoyed while I was growing up. In the back of my mind without ever fully realizing it, I'd always thought that success in my life would mean being able to afford all that my parents could afford and being able to provide my children with the same opportunities they provided me. For example, growing up we had a large house with large bedrooms, a pool, a treehouse, and a nice yard and garden. I was able to travel to Australia, Hawaii, and Italy before I was even in high school. But now I know all that is not necessary. The only thing necessary is love. My children will have fewer opportunities, smaller bedrooms, and no grassy yard, but they will have more love than they will know what to do with.
Soooo, anyone want to buy a house with 4 bedrooms, a pool, and a beautiful rose garden??? Haha. We think we may want to sell the house once the market is a little better.