Final Storage Payment

Derek Ouellette —  June 1, 2011

On a personal note: today I made my final storage payment.

You may have noticed, either here, on facebook or elsewhere, that occasionally I make comments like: “I have a book buried somewhere” or “I remember [so and so] saying [such and such], but I’m paraphrasing because the book is not readily accessible at the moment”.

I don’t know what people have made of those statements, but since they don’t know me from Adam they could easily concluded that I’m making things up. Recently I commented that I have a certain book in storage somewhere, so I paraphrased the author as best as I could and someone commented expressing suspicion or doubt as to whether I was making it up or not. But I suspect that most of the people who have followed me have taken such statements at face value.

For the past three years my wife and I have lived with my in-laws. It was a sad, sad day when we had to make that move. Any man who has felt the overwhelming burden of failure as a husband who is unable to support his wife knows what I mean.

Since then we’ve turned things around, learned how to handle our finances, further established our careers and increased our income. By the end of June – with the exception of a new car – we will be absolutely debt free and so we are ready to “try again” as it were. I have been blogging for one and a half years now with Covenant of Love and I have found it frustrating to write quality blog posts with my library tucked away in storage.

My book collection has grown exponentially since I’ve been with my in-laws, but every few months it becomes necessary – because of our small living space here – to bring another box of books to storage.

I am thrilled to finally have access to them all once again. Hopefully and prayerfully we’ll see an increase in blog post quality come July.

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  • James

    Congratulations on being debt-free!

    My wife and I are still climbing out of debt (mostly school debt, but some bad-choice debts were in the pile as well.) It is really burdensome, and I look forward to when we can say we are “debt-free”!

  • Wendy Hedrick

    I am very Proud of you both for making these necessary life changing decisions to take control of your finances. Money is after all a tool that God gave us….the problem is when money rules us! It is not a pleasannt place to be in. With His help I am sure that the lessons that you have learned will continue to help you to prosper in all that you put your hand to.
    Love Always Mom XOXOXO

  • david syme

    Congrats! You have stuck together and things can now only get better. I shall remember you in my prayers tonight.