My best friend has just bought her First House with her husband. She will finally have enough room for their different interests, for their two pre-teen sons, for her mother. They will, at long last, have a HOME.
Welcome, angel, to the world where you can paint the kitchen any colour you want. Welcome to the world where you can pull out that damned rosebush, simply because you don't like it. Welcome to the world where you finally have the RIGHT to ask your husband to knock a wall down if it suits your purpose.
Welcome, also, to the world where, if the sink leaks? YOU deal with it. Welcome to the world of dandelions. Welcome to the world of new roofs, new flooring, new furniture. Welcome to the world of expensive surprises, of unexpected challenges.
Home-ownership ain't pretty, but I swear to you it's worth it. It's worth it.
Felicitations, mon amie.