Well, It’s official.
I’m married : ).
And it’s awesome. : ) : ) : )
Yes, that was three smileys in a row on a blog.
It’s a strange feeling…sometimes it feels strange, but I’d say 99% of the time, everything feels the same with my now wife, which is great, because we are both very happy.
The past few months have been pretty crazy, lots of wedding planning, moving, living in my Mom’s basement, etc. But now I’m settling in with my wife in Portland, and we just love it.
I honestly thought, when I started this blog back in January of 2007, that there was no way in heck I would be getting married anytime this side of 30 (I’m 27 now).
What, you didn’t think so either? Ha.
Bringing Debt Into Marriage
My wife brought very little debt into our marriage, she had a little chunk of credit card debt that we paid off a few months ago. She is now completely debt free.
As for me…I still have a ways to go, but I’m making great progress. The amount I owe my mother is in the 90K range, and continuing to decline each month. I may be able to pay her off in full by the end of the year, that’s the goal at least.
My car is paid off, all tax debts resolved, no credit card debt. I still have about 32K left on my student loans, but those are pretty low interest rates, and while I may pay them off this year, I may just leave them alone.
The good news about my debt issues, is that my now wife was with me through all of them. She used to come hang out with me when I was living in my office. She would wash her hands with cold water after my heat got shut off in the house I had to short sale.
So none of my debts were a surprise to her. We didn’t start dating until I had really turned things around a bit, but it was still pretty touch and go even when we first started dating.
I think bringing any amount of debt into a marriage CAN work, but only if you both are clear on how much and what the plan is for paying it off. Communication is the key.
Mrs. Debt Kid?
I asked my wife to do a guest post here, so hopefully in the next week or so you’ll get some words from her perspective on my journey (and hers with me) over the last few years.
Thanks again for being such awesome readers!