Welcome to the parsonage

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Living in a parsonage is an interesting proposition — just imagine if your boss were also your landlord! (And you lived next door to your office.) But despite the possibility for awkwardness, there are some real benefits to moving into the parsonage that came along with my husband’s new job.

  • First and foremost: no mortgage! (At least, if our old house would ever sell.)  The church owns the house and we live in it as part of my husband’s salary package.
  • Moving IS an excellent opportunity to assess all your belongings and sell/donate/trash stuff that we don’t need anymore.
  • It might not be exactly the house we would choose, but there something very freeing about the fact that we don’t own it, and we’re not gonna be here forever, so it really doesn’t matter as much.
  • Leftovers from church dinners and other functions.  My husband has worked as a pastor for seven years, but we’ve never been sent home with so much leftover food.  Yay!
  • It has a basement!  (This is a big deal when you live in tornado alley, and we didn’t have one where we lived before.)
    • Subpoint: Basement = plenty of room for guests.  Who’s coming to visit me???
  • Who needs to buy a swingset for your kids when you have the church playground right across the parking lot?
  • We are the unofficial security guard for the church.  Our front windows look straight at the front of the church, and it is quite interesting to see the comings and going at the end of our long church driveway late in the evening hours. I am actually kind of glad that we are there to keep an eye on things.
  • I only have to give myself three minutes to get to church since I just basically walk out my front door and I am there.
  • One difficult thing about being a part of pastor’s family is getting ready for church in the morning without your husband around to help. But since we live so close to church, if the kids are in total meltdown mode, I can usually call Matt and have him come back to the house for just a couple of minutes.
  • The ability to live on a large piece of land, without having to maintain it. The church and parsonage are located on 39 acres, and church members volunteer and take turns mowing.  I never ever want to be responsible for maintaining such a large property myself, but I have certainly enjoyed tromping around the grounds and feeling like I live in a park.

Where’s the most unusual place you ever lived?  What’s your favorite thing about where you live now?

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21 thoughts on “Welcome to the parsonage

  1. I definitely agree that there is something freeing about not owning the house you live in. When we renovated our house, we move into an apartment for a year. While there was a lot of work with the renovation during the day, in the evenings I would go back to the apartment. It was small and maintained by someone else, so my husband and I would sit out on the balcony and watch the trains go by. In some respects, it was the best quality of life we had – pretty thought provoking, huh?
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  2. Very interesting!!! I have lived in the same 10 mile radius my whole life and most of my people are close by!! The purging due to moving is a real plus!!
    Enjoy your time there!
    Love, SMD’s Momma

  3. Sounds like a great place to live especially with the playground and church so close! The strangest place I’ve lived was by myself in Taipei. It was a condo cut-up into several smaller condos. I had a bathroom but no kitchen. I cooked on a camp stove or just ate out. The best part about living where we live now is that it’s quiet and there are several playgrounds within walking distance (though it’s too cold to go out right now). The elementary school is also close enough to walk!
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  4. Those are some amazing perks! Especially the leftover food. Hooray for not having to cook!

    I’ve never lived anywhere unusual. I think I’d be up for it but I don’t see it happening. My favorite thing about where I live now is the combination of rural living but in a typical suburban style neighborhood. It’s really the best of both worlds,
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  5. I GUESS ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACES WE HAVE LIVED WAS WHEN WE OWNED A LARGE MOM & POP MOTEL & OUR HOME WAS IN THE MIDDLE– & THE MOTEL LOBBY WAS AT THE FRONT OF OUR BIG HOME– INSTEAD OF A WRAP AROUND PORCH OUR HOME HAD WRAP AROUND MOTEL ROOMS!!! 🙂
    WE LOVE LIVING ON LAKE TANEYCOMO NOW– ON A RESORT IN BRANSON, MO.— BUT OUR HOME HAS THE BIGGEST LOTS FOR THE MOST ROOM & THE BIGGEST HOME ON THE RESORT– & AT THE END OF A CUL DE SAC– SO WE HAVE LOTS OF PRIVACY & WOODS BEHIND US — NO NEIGHBORS– HARD TO MOW– SO WE PLANTED IN WILD FLOWERS— WE ARE 2 MILES FROM TABLE ROCK DAM & THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS FISH HATCHERY– & WE ARE 2 MILES FROM THE 76 STRIP– SO WE ARE CLOSE TO EVERYTHING– GOING ON & ALSO 2 LAKES!!!

  6. Sounds like you have many of the benefits of home ownership without much of the hassle. I did a little dance when my kids were old enough to mow the lawn; yardwork is not my thing!

    I’ve missed you, Sarah – I’m sorry I haven’t been visiting lately. Adding you to my BlogLovin’ feed so I won’t forget again. Glad to know the move went well!
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  7. Sarah,

    Before your post, I was wholly unfamiliar with parsonage living. These positive perks are appealing.

    I’ve never lived anywhere unusual, but have certainly visited places with unique living arrangements. My aunt in India lived above her mini-farm. In the morning we could hear cows mooing – one of the perks – always fresh cow milk.
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  8. Wow – 39 acres sounds incredible. Especially when you don’t have to take care of it 🙂 My husband & I would like to live on 50 acres (wooded). Right now we’re on close to an acre of mostly wood but we live on top of a valley so the yard that we have – half of it is really steep so sometimes I worry about M mowing.
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  9. The quirkiest place I ever lived was in an old home outside of Boston that had been converted into two apartments. Myself and a roommate lived on the ground floor. It was RETRO, with an all pink bathroom (toilet, tub, sink), and a little tiny built-in breakfast nook table in the kitchen. It used gas for heat so there was a giant oil tank in the basement we had to pay $$$ to refill in the winter. Except the heat broke all of the time. I do not miss this house.

    Now I love that I live in a walkable neighborhood with lots of paths and trails.
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  10. It sounds interesting, there are definitely some perks for sure. I mean you’re never late, you’re right there, that would be huge for me. Ha! Because im such a morning person. I’ve always wanted a basement, I didn’t have one in IL and they do not have him here in SC. Hopefully, you’ll get your house sold soon, winter is tough, but spring… starts anew. All the best!
    XOXO

  11. We live right next to a National Park, in 1 minute out my front door I am in the park, we also have a waterfall at the back of our condo. It just lovely here.

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