In 2008 we set out to get out of debt knowing it was a good thing, but not really knowing how good. The journey was intense, but it remains one of our best memories and learning experiences. If you’re not familiar with our blogging history, the precursor to “The Scott Family Adventures” was a blog called “If I Were Debt Free” in which we documented our life changing steps towards being debt free.
Six years later, a lot has changed but not our desire to live debt free. It hasn’t been easy as we have to preach to ourselves often to trust God in the tough situations.
In 2008 we did debt countdown in which we came up with (almost) 100 ideas of things to do when debt free. We hadn’t looked at the list in a while, and at first thought it would be fun to comb through and give an update on everything. But that was proving way too tedious. And we found that our priorities and desires have changed drastically in some cases. So we’ll just highlight a few of the major things.
- 82 – Buy a House | We “bought” our first house in 2012- not quite according to our ideal preferences stated in the original post, but we are thankful for how God worked things out.
- 77 – Pay cash for a second car | We bought our 15 passenger van with cash when our Thomas, our 6th child, was born and we outgrew the minivan. The big van was well used but it is still serving us well. We were able to pay cash for another car as well when the aforementioned minivan-turned-commuter-car was totaled after hitting a deer. Praise God it was only the van (and deer) that was injured.
- 70 – Climb a mountain | In 2009, we climbed the West Spanish Peak in Colorado. In subsequent years, we spent several months hiking little parts of the Appalachian Trail close to home.
- 43 – Plant a garden | We got to plant our first garden last year (2013), and we expanded it even more this year. It’s hard but rewarding work!
- 41 – Have more kids?!?! | At the time of writing the original post we had four blessings. We have welcomed four more since, and are about to be joined by #9 early next year.
- 34 – Get wisdom | “Dad” spent this whole year reading through Proverbs each month and it has been enriching. We’ve read together as a family as well, learning quite a bit!
- 32 – Get the kids in some activities | This year we’ve found ourselves in a quite a few – ballet, soccer, homeschool co-op, youth group…
Today we celebrate six years of being debt free (except for the house now). We would love to hear your debt-free adventures!