We haven't upgraded in size (at all), but we do currently only have one stable part-time income. Turns out bankers aren't crazy about that sort of situation. So, shoebox it was! On the plus side our shoebox house comes with a yard, basement, and one more bedroom, which makes our hearts very happy. It's been about two weeks since we closed on our new house and began the moving process.
And we love it! I love how small and cozy our new house is. How little there is to clean. How friendly our neighbors are. I love living closer to work and downtown Columbus. It's just right for our little family.
LE also loves her new "brown" house (she's slowly forgiving us for not adhering to her request for a "pink" house). I think she loves having her family around all the time the even more!
Our move feels so right. We had planned for this for so long that we were afraid we would have romanticized what it may all be like. While it isn't perfect, it certainly is a happy home!