Wow. I can’t believe how long it has been since I’ve updated everyone on the status of the Lanham world. Though I would like to think differently, for the most part there is truely nothing to report about Matt and I. We wake up, we go to work, we come home, we go to sleep. Yes, I am that boring. But between the day to day grind of our lives we have managed to produce some sweet flour with which we hope to bake the bread of our future. (Weird analogy, but it works.)
So, what have we been up to in the past four months? What have we accomplished?
Number 1: Shout it to the roof tops: WE’RE DEBT FREE! While I realize that the excitement I feel may not compare to someone who has had to truly struggle with debt for many years, there is a sense of freedom that feels great.
We don’t have just ourselves to thank for this amazing success. We were truly blessed to have parents who helped us through college, we were both able to work our way through school (off and on) and received a few scholarships. But I am proud of the fact that when graduating from college and all of a sudden we were making money, we didn’t do anything too extravagant. (Like buy a new car since both of ours are over 10 years old and make very scary sounds.)
So, this may sound like bragging, but there it is, we gave up things we wanted for this so I MUST tell people about it. Which brings us to update number 2.
Number 2: We are looking for a home. It took Matt many hours of talking and showing me the figures to prove that we should do this and after worry and tears I finally agreed. We are looking for a small and very cheap home that will allow us to take advantage of the first time home buyers credit. Then after a few years we will sell it, making a profit that will allow us to buy a better house.
It’s exciting stuff, looking at homes to buy. But also SO scary. Getting out of our tiny apartment will be amazing and both of us can’t wait. We are bursting at the seems right now (mostly because of Matt’s pack rat nature . . . . OK, I refuse to get rid of things too.)
So yes, Matt and I are hoping to move forward with our lives very soon. I am still praying for another job that will allow me to spend time with Matt, but I have learned to accept what I have before me. I have faith that when this job is no longer profitable for me and God is done using it to teach me lessons, he will open something up for me.
I wish I could tell y’all all of the things going on at my job. Though the stress level is constant and I find myself with my chest tightening more than I would like to admit, it can be very fun. I can tell you about the cool things, like talking to Project Runway model winner Kalyn Hemphill or Ron Paul or knowing all of the police chiefs and mayors and knowing exactly what is going on. But the not so good things are more interesting, like the stories about public officials doing illegal things or . . . . but I shouldn’t. Suffice it to say not everyone likes me in this town, but it’s so great to do the work, uncover wrong doings and expose them. Even if it means some people will unabashedly say they hate me. (That’s one thing God is using this job for: making me more thick skinned!)
Whatever people may say, a local newspaper is SO important. So often public knowledge precedes governmental action. READ YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER!
OK, I am getting way off track, so goodnight for now and sorry for the lapse in writing.