Our Quest to change our lives began in Feb. 2010 and we lost 224 lbs. We slowly gained a lot of that weight back and we're now on another journey for weight loss and better health using Bright Line Eating. This is the story of our continuing Journey. .
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Monday, November 7, 2011

"Let's Purchase a Home Today"

That was what Brent texted me this morning!
And we did just that!  

(This blasted "For Sale" sign has been in front of this house since we moved here in July!)  I was thrilled to have Brent pull it out tonight!  Yee haw!

We signed in the early afternoon and then went to "Lonestar" for an early dinner to celebrate!

Brent has a mesquite grilled chicken salad that he surprisingly enjoyed quite a bit.  I had the sirloin and mesquite salmon combo.  Wow, I haven't had a steak for over 6 months (and I'm a steak lover).  They cooked it a perfect medium which I like, and the salmon was so delicious.  I chose a simple salad and steamed broccoli for my "green".  We said "no" to the bread and dessert menu and left feeling completely satisfied!

It was 7 years ago that our business went under and we lost our employment, our house, our cars and basically our whole future that we had moved to Oregon for.  We moved our family of 6 into an apartment and started over.  It was scary and we never felt more alone.

So driving to the Title Company today was quite exciting because of the path we've been on to finally get here.  To finally own a home again - and one that gives us some elbow room for our 4 kids and 4 pets.  And to finally have pets!  No more getting screwed out of our deposits.  No more worries about if I put a nail in a wall.  No more renting!!!

Our 14 years in Oregon taught us so much!  Not only have we come full circle (we started out in Utah), but we have come back with more energy than we left!  We are healthier, our bodies are leaner, and our outlook is more positive. 

Isn't it ironic how we have to suffer major trials just to learn gratitude?  To learn to Trust in God.  To learn that we have more power within our beings to make changes than we realize.  That we can overcome more than we ever thought possible!  Believing it's possible is truly half the battle!

And how much MORE you appreciate a gift when you have gone through so much to get it. 

Life is Good.  Tonight feels WONDERFUL!
Love to you all! ~Margene


Michele said...

Congratulations, Margene! The house looks fabulous. I am sure it will be a great home for your family for years to come. BTW: You look so thin and beautiful in that picture. Really. Have a great week, michele

E. Jane said...

A big congratulations to all of you. What a milestone in your lives! You have worked so hard, and you deserve this. Michele is right--you do look thin and beautiful!

Lyndsay @ Thinspiration said...

Congratulations!! I wish you & your entire family a good, happy, healthy life in your beautiful new home :-)

Lori said...

I'm glad for you. That looks like a very nice house.

Sarah from Onmyweightohappiness said...

Congrats on being a homeowner and all your hard earned work has paid off!

gracies tough journey said...

I am so happy for you and your family. I love the porch. I can imagine the wonderful times sitting on the porch and watching the glorious Utah sunsets. God works in mysterious ways indeed. God bless dear friend. Gracie

Sharon said...

Wow, what a story! I had no idea what you've overcome to be where you and your family are today. What a model of faith and perseverance for the rest of us. You will always appreciate this new home because it represents MUCH more than just a house! I am so glad I found your story - your life is such an encouragement to me!!

Sarah said...

Congrats on the home purchase!


Anonymous said...


When I read the post title, my mind immediately went back to your difficult time. And now, look what God has done!

May the Lord's presence and His peace rest within your walls.


Joy said...

Congratulations my Friend. Your new home is beautiful!!

You know my Hubby and I went through the same type of thing. The years during the struggle are really the best years of our marriage. We learned so much and the journey was so valuable to our kids. They watched us the whole time and now when life hits them, they just hunker down and do what needs to be done. We are all stronger for this time in our lives. Sounds like you guys are too!! How fun!!

Miss you!!!!

Rettakat said...

How wonderful for you! Congratulations on the new home. Because of all you went through to get there, it's all the more touching.

affectionforfitness said...

Congratulations on your home! Very nice blog! I'm a 43 year old with 4 kids too.

:-) Marion