Everyone has their own idea on what makes a person "rich". We sure do hear about it a lot now in our political climate.
I can remember as a young wife and mother thinking once we could afford to buy butter instead of oleo we would have it made. Then I thought, okay we have butter now but anyone who can afford to buy fresh flowers for the house all year long is "rich". Funny, even when we could afford to, I never did.
I have always been on the conservative side when it comes to managing our finances. Many years ago after Leonard and I married, we decided to use the services of a financial planner. All the planning in the world does not prevent those unexpected expenses but having a long range plan has assisted us in our current situation.
I always wanted a large home filled with antiques. In 1992 we brought an old farmhouse built in 1850 that had a large 15 year old great room addition.
A couple of years later we added another room upstairs for my office, a Three-season room to the back of the house and later a deck.
The house sits on a little over two acres and is completely surrounded on all four sides by a large nursery. I felt truly rich. We entertained a lot. At our annual yard party we had up to 140 guests. I loved this house and feel blessed that we lived in it for 17 years. I cherish the richness of the memories.
As we started to think about retiring we knew we would downsize. And downside we did.
We have no debt and some money in the bank. But what really makes us rich are the experiences and memories we are gathering, the love of family and friends, the love of our Lord and our commitment to each other. We are indeed "rich".
What makes you rich?