This bottle of bubbly was leftover from New Year's Eve, and last night was the perfect time to pop the cork.
Yesterday, after two days of speculation and occasional twinges of anxiety, we heard from our loan officer.
You guys, we met our target and then some. And then some more on top of that.
We're so relieved! I had to fight back tears when I got the text from Ez, and since then I have felt so much lighter. Now we can refinance, which will allow us to pay off this house in half the time and barely increase our monthly payment. Craziness, right? We also feel validated -- I think that's the right word -- that the past five years, challenging though they were sometimes, were worthwhile.
I want to thank all of you, especially those who have been reading since the beginning, for your kindness, support and encouragement. Though we're not finished by any means, this milestone is absolutely huge, and we wouldn't have gotten this far without the help of a lot of people.
I count you among them. ♥