Life seems particularly heavy lately and I felt like I had nothing to write about, but then I remembered I still have lots of unanswered questions from you guys!
Tricia asks "Can you talk more about the summer Altar Server Bootcamp? Hoping to do something at our parish and looking for more ideas how to fill the days. Thanks!"
Cheryl asks "How did it come about that your parents live below you? I think it's pretty cool. I do understand if that's something you do not wish to share."
We have an interesting setup for sure and I'm an open book, so I'll share away! In this area of New England, two or three family houses are not uncommon. When Phil and I were married with 2 little kids, my parents bought a two-family house that already had a renter on the first floor and rented the top "house" to us. This helped us out tremendously when we were young and poor and couldn't afford to buy a house yet. Well we're still poor-ish but not young-ish anymore ;)
Our portion of the house has two floors, four bedrooms, two baths and is about 2000 square feet. The downstairs has about 1200 square feet so it's a good size home. My brother and his family eventually moved in below us when they moved back to the area and were building their home. My parents decided to turn the two family home into condominiums so that my brother could buy his part and we could buy our part (we couldn't afford to buy the whole thing). So now we own our condo and my brother owns the downstairs condo and rents it out. In the past, we have had teachers (from the Catholic high school where Phil works) rent it out.
When my parents decided to downsize and sell their house, they wanted to be close to family as they were also not getting any younger. They remodeled the whole downstairs condo (my dad was a builder and always built their homes) to make it a nice final home for them, and now they rent from my brother. Phil and I plan to buy my brother out in the future and then we will own the whole house and can sell it as a whole, or rent part or all of it out. I love our home but I don't want to be 70 and going up and down stairs all the time. I would actually love it if we could live downstairs and have one of our kids and their family live above us, but no pressure kiddos :)