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The State of The Compound

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….


10 Responses

  1. Oh my goodness, it’s beautiful! I can’t wait to actually visit. Actually, can I just move in with you guys? As I said before, I’m happy to sleep in the hallway.

  2. Blessings on this house and on everyone who goes in and out!

  3. What a great house. What a great God! Blessing to you and your ever increasing family.

  4. very cool -this looks awesome!

  5. What a dump. :p

    Just wondering – I haven’t been with you all that long – but did you receive any words spoken over you in prior years regarding a house such as this?

  6. Bohlenders! This is an amazing house! Mega Blessings over your family… and not to toot my own horn or anything, but I did install a heated tile bathroom in my house, so if you need any construction help, let me know.

  7. What a beautiful home! We will pray that your compound is blessed with every good and perfect gift.

    But I will try to keep Steve from sending you chickens to make your compound complete. Should I not succeed, please check out the Wikipedia How to Keep Chickes in the City. http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Chickens-in-a-City

    Apparently there is quite an Urban Chicken Movement going on out there! Who knew!

  8. I love it!-and if the walls could speak, what do you think they would tell you? Kind of a “Brady Bunch” sort of house-with room for child #7, and Alice too! I pray blessings on all of it’s inhabitants!

  9. oooo…chooks in the compound! what a great idea!! Think of the pictures you could take…hanging out with the girls.

  10. Great house. What a blessing!

    Still waiting for some inside pics. Gotta see if your blue and pink toilets match the ones at my rental in Texas in told you about.

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