As alluded to earlier, we did finally close on The Compound. Friday afternoon, nearly an acre and 70 years of history became ours. We have never been this excited about a house before – the dream I had about Jill Austin, while I am certain was about more than just our house – was like the icing on the cake for us.
What we find ourselves with is a very large farm house with the Elizabeth Arden treatment.
The main floor has a two large living rooms, two fireplaces, two small offices with built in shelves, a bathroom, a kitchen, a breakfast dining area, and a large dining room that opens to a screened in porch. We are turning one of the large living rooms (28×18 or so) into a studio apartment for my mom as well as opening up the dining room, breakfast dining area and kitchen into one room (which will still not make a huge kitchen by modern standards, but it will be a big improvement).
Upstairs are four bedrooms and two more bathrooms – both with uber-cool art deco tile that is either the hippest thing on the planet or the gnarliest looking thing you’ve ever seen, depending on your amount of cool. One is off the master bedroom, the other is a Jack and Jill shared by two bedrooms. For 1936, these people were thinking ahead.
We know we have a lot of work (and expense) in front of us. We’re grateful that the Lord opened this red door at a very good price. We believe this house will see a lot of prayer time, a lot of fun, and a lot of children in the days to come.
Thanks for all your prayers as we’ve walked this far in reorienting our lifestyle to one of a large family – along with all that means. See you at Home Depot….
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