A totally life changing thing happened

Life has been pretty stagnant lately, which I’m totally ok with; but, it does mean I’ve had a lack of blogging material. Today I’m going to update you on a couple of less-than-exciting things in my life, and if you can get through that, I’ll tell you something that happened recently to totally change my life.


We have a basement apartment in our house (separate entrance, pretty high-end space), and our quiet, never-there tenant just moved out. My wife and I spent a couple of evenings after Avery went to bed scrubbing the place down from ceiling to floor, and I filled up an entire week of almost back-to-back showings. The second showing, 9:30am Monday morning, submitted a great application for tenancy and gave us a cheque for first and last month’s rent just an hour after seeing it. She SEEMS perfect. How could it be this easy?? Hopefully not too good to be true. She moves in next week. I’m thankful it went so smoothly, but still, it’s a change. It’s a big deal to have a stranger moving into your basement, even if you don’t really ever have to see them.


The day after I recovered from hand-foot-and-mouth disease, I came down with a cold. It’s just a cold, but the frustration level is sky high. I haven’t slept for more than an hour or two at a time for weeks, most recently due to not being able to breathe through my nose. Today I soaked in the bath while Avery was at daycare and just cried. I’m tired, and so frustrated with being sick. Yes, I’m a whiney sick person. But also, I think I’ve earned a good frustrated cry. And a soak in the bath.


Ok, ready for the life changing news?

When my grandmother passed away, she left me and my one cousin on that side of the family an inheritance. I had no idea how much it was. The cheque finally arrived last week, and it was life-changing. It entirely and absolutely covers my student loan amount, with an extra grand to put back into the savings I depleted trying to make loan payments. I can’t even describe the sense of relief (and awareness of priviliege) that washed over me when I opened that cheque. We can now move forward in life debt-free (until we get a mortgage, which we can now do sooner thanks to not having to pay off my student loan). Thank you grandma, you changed my life even after your death.


And here are two pics of the child who makes my eyes well up daily from the sense of overwhelming love I feel for her.

15 thoughts on “A totally life changing thing happened

  1. Good luck with the new tenant! I feel like I say this all the time, but I really hope you’re all feeling better soon. And what fabulous news about the inheritance! I’m so happy for you that you have less financial worries now!

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  2. Hurrah to your grandma! Having the loans covered will really help. Fingers crossed re the new tenant but I think you two are astute and have good people instincts.
    YOU WILL BE BETTER! Life will improve. Be good and kind to you!

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  3. So happy for you. Debt is such a psychologically heavy thing to carry, and it’s a wonderful gift to be cleared of that.
    Hope the new tenant continues to be everything you want in a tenant!

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  4. Oh wow. It is all moving swiftly forward for you which is awesome. A new tenant and a debt free future and of course a beautiful family. I hope you feel much better soon! πŸ™‚

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  5. Awesome news about paying off your student loans!! I have a couple more years left until mine are forgiven under the public service loan forgiveness program here and I can only begin to imagine the sense of freedom and relief that must bring.

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  6. Good luck with the new tenant!

    What an amazing gift, your grandmother left you in the end ❀ Having no more student loans will be a huge relief for you and an emergency fund is so crucial! Mine has been depleted for a while now and we're feeling the effects! Freedom from that debt is amazing!!!

    Also, CUTEST pictures ❀ She's just adorable!

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