Friday, March 7, 2014

The End of a Chapter

We're dropping like flies with some sort of stomach bug around here. First it was Reagan, then me, and now Gracie. Thankfully it doesn't seem to last very long! But it's the worst kind of queasy nauseous feeling that just doesn't go away. Kind of like morning sickness, for those who have been so blessed. :)

But we're trying not to let that damper our spirits. Today is a HUGE day for us.

HUGE!!

It's a day nearly six years in the making...a day we've waited for and dreamed about.

As of this morning...around 8:00am....


...our family gathered around to click the button on our very last student loan payment.

We are now, officially, debt free!!!

So. It's a pretty good day. :)



Had to get a screenshot of the words, "Payoff." We've been waiting a long time to see that!!

We could have never known when we started our marriage with the goal to be debt free as soon as possible that there would be three additional little sets of hands gathered around with us for the occasion. Haha. Life is crazy. 

I don't know exactly what I expected this day to look like. Don't know what I expected to feel. There was no balloon drop or flying confetti at the press of a button. No mega-phones announcing "Hey Robert family...YOU'RE DEBT FREE!" There is no fanfare surrounding this long-awaited goal. Just a quiet little victory...on a quiet little street...in our quiet little town. :) But to us, it means so much. 

Thank you to all of those who have been so encouraging over these past few years. And for those who are still slowly chipping away at your own goals...keep it up. You can do it. It might take much longer than you expected, but it will happen for you if you don't give up. 

So...now what? Haha. We've had this goal for so long it almost seems like we would be lost without it. From here we move on to the next baby step in line. We'll save up some money for our fully-funded emergency fund, start working on a down payment for a house, and hopefully, eventually, we'll have a place to call our own. There's always something to look forward to. And in the meantime....

We're going to celebrate this evening by doing something we have never let ourselves do. We are going to finally and officially book a family vacation. That was our promise to ourselves, that we would wait until we were debt free before we would take our Disney trip, and boy was that a tough one to keep, haha. 

So even though some of us are feeling less than great today, it's a wonderful day! And okay, let me create my own little celebration:


I can't help it, it's how I feel inside. :)

Hey Eric - WE DID IT!! :D

Haha. Have a happy weekend!




6 comments:

Heather said...

OMG I am so excited for you!!!!! I feel like it's me that's debt free (even thought it is SO NOT)!! Congrats! I can't wait to hear every little detail about the vacation!

Sarah said...

Over the moon excited for you Roberts!!!!!! And so blessed that you introduced my family to DR.

I guess there is no need to tell you to have a great weekend ☺☺☺☺

Adrien said...

Thank you girls! Thank you for all of the encouragement you have ALWAYS given. I am here for you any time if you ever need help or encouragement with any goal you might have!

Cassie said...

this is awesome - so so so awesome. proud of you. supported you guys along this whole journey. not going to lie at times i thought, how in the world can they do it. you guys make it work and it has paid off. inspirational i tell you!

enjoy that vacation. you ALL deserve it!! much love.

Katie said...

Congrats! I can't imagine how good that must feel!

Adrien said...

Thank you! Yes, Cassie - one of the biggest cheerleaders all along! Can't even express how much having a wide support system helped to keep us motivated. :)

Thank you all for being such good friends!

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