I think it was a combination of having a second child, the cooold Chicago weather, only having 1 car so I was often stuck at home, zero natural light, always worrying about disturbing the neighbors below when Ly would throw a tantrum or something, and then probably a little depression from my mom passing. And Nate was always really busy at work.
So when I thought about us moving to Durham and being really poor students and living in yet another tiny 2 bedroom while practically never seeing my husband, I felt very unsupportive and unexcited! I just told Nate that I would be a much more supportive, happy, and loving wife while he did school if I could just live in a house... (and to have a second car so I could actually take advantage of the awesomeness of Durham). I know this makes me sound soooo spoiled, and maybe I am, but I have been a very happy and supportive wife while Nate is gone allll day long almost every day for school.
So when we found this house that was within our price range, it was a huge answer to our prayers! This is our place. I don't have to worry about bothering neighbors if the girls run around. I don't feel trapped. We have plenty of natural light. We have a garage that actually connects to our house (say whaaa???). We have the perfect setup here for our family. We have a big backyard where the kids can just run around and play (even though Ruby doesn't go back there yet). I am just so thankful that we live here. I feel like I am on vacation all the time :)
Thanks Nate for putting up with your high maintenance wife!! :)