Friday, July 12, 2019

Tour the Dillards' House

 Jill and Derick Dillard house

The Dillards have been in their new house for almost three months. Moving and unpacking is a huge ordeal, especially with young kids, and Jill and Derick admit that they still have work to do to finish organizing. In the meantime, however, they have been gracious enough to film a short video tour for fans. Click here to watch the video on their YouTube account.

Their house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of the bedrooms is a master, one is the boys' room, one is Derick's office, and the fourth is a guest room/storage room.


Photos are property of dillardfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. Additional house photos can be found on the Dillards' website.

243 comments:

  1. Nice home but...just wondering..the walls look like they have texture. Is that the way walls are finished in that part of the world? Makes it harder to wash the walls.

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    1. Is washing walls a thing?

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    2. Mine are like that too. Washes all the same 🤷‍♀️

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    3. In the US they generally use drywall from what I’ve heard, we joke here where I’m from that the houses there are made of paper

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    4. I have never washed walls in my life. Am I failing as a housekeeper??

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    5. The textured walls are unusual. Carpeting is unusual too. A lot of new homes have laminate wood flooring, stainless steel appliances and smooth walls and ceilings. Maybe these were cost-cutting measures. But, I would still say pretty nice home for a first home, and with four bedrooms there is plenty of space. Compared to our first home in our twenties (not new) Jill and Derick have done well. In our area, you just do not get a brand new home with the lower price finishes. Here they want to make sure you spend every last dime you have if you want a brand new build.

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    6. Anon @2:55 PM LOL! If walls are painted in eggshell you should not wash, the paint will be damaged. Only if it;s glossy, but that usually is used in bathrooms only because it looks shiny. I don't know anyone who would wash walls in the house.

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    7. I wash walls all the time!
      With two boys who love to play in the dirt, even if I wash their hands all the time it’s like it’s never enough! They end up leaving some dirt especially on the door frames.

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    8. Anonymous @2:55- Don't worry, you're not a failure if your walls aren't washed. LOL Some people do wash their walls at least once a year in Spring Cleaning, others wash them twice a year (Spring & Fall= every 6 months), some wash them monthly, and some never wash them at all. For some people, it's what you grew up with. For some it's more about how dirty your city may be, how old or clean your heating & cooling system is, or how much wear and tear your walls get.

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    9. I've never washed walls, either!

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    10. I have kids who make it necessary to wash the walls every so often.

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    11. Unless you have washable or wipeable paint, you really shouldn't be washing any walls. I have never washed a wall in my life and I live to tell about it. I did live in one place that had heavily textured walls and dust gets on it so you simply vacuum walls with the extention and brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner.

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    12. textured walls are very common. I have them in my home and I live in a fairly new home. As far as "washing walls"... never heard of it worded that way. You just use 409 to clean spots that get dark from touching. 409 works great to clean spots, even with textured walls.

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    13. yes, where i'm from we have drywall. once it's mudded, they spray a coat of texture over it before it's painted. other parts of the us also use sheetrock. it has a different texture than drywall. since it's painted, i am able to wash my walls with no problem. kids & pets make it a necessity for me

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    14. The textured walls are extremely common in the area they live in. When we moved here we couldn’t find a house without it. It’s just a texture spray. Every area of the country is different when it comes to house layout and building.

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    15. Actually, Sheetrock and drywall are the same. Sheetrock is a brand name of drywall. Kind of like Kleenex is a brand of facial tissue, but most people call all brands of facial tissue, Kleenex. Textured walls are very common in the Southwest U.S. but I’ve never seen them in Tn. Where I now live.

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    16. Textures hide a multitude of builder "oopsies." It's a bit more time-consuming and takes a certain touch to install completely smooth walls and ceilings. It can be done, but it's easier to do the texture thing later.

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    17. Textured walls-never seen a house with them here. Our homes all have smooth walls, painted with washable paint. The trend now is for hard wood floors (or something similar). Most people are getting rid of their carpets.

      And yes, I wash my walls once a year. Most people do. It is not a big deal. And, of course, a spot wipe down the walls near light fixtures and clean the baseboards frequently. If you are going to paint a wall, it is a good idea to wash it first to remove grease, dead skin, dust.... Also, if there are smokers in the house, wall washing is a must. The stuff coats the walls. (My daughter and I had to scrub the walls of the house she and her husband had purchased. It is surprising how much lighter the wall color was afterwards.

      I would think that textured walls would be difficult to repair, to match. With a smooth dry walled-mudded wall, it is easy. I know that the old stippled ceilings are a horror story to repair (newer homes do not have them anymore) and also are dust collectors.

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    18. @6:12 and @10:30, the walls are painted with washable paint.

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    19. I recently learned that textured walls are a regional thing. They are very common in certain parts of the US. I live in SC and they are not common in my state.

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    20. I think washing the walls is something an older generation does because they learned that from their elders when electricity wasn’t around and lamps and candles needed to be used. The lamps and candles gave off smoke which accumulated on the walls.

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    21. I just use a baby wipe to spot clean walls when necessary.

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    22. Here in NC the walls are all FLAT, FLAT...stains show easily. In CA I grew up w/textured walls & prefer them MUCH better. There they referred to it as “California knock down” texture. They spray the texture on & then knock it down & flatten it out.

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    23. Yes, people wash walls. I do twice a year for when I give the house a good clean. Walls get dirty and dusty.

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    24. I live in the MIdwest and my house, which was built over 30 years ago, has textured walls. There is satin paint on them that is easy to wash when needed. I just use a Magic Eraser pad with a bit of vinegar/Dawn detergent mixture. Works like a charm and no need to scrub. If you burn wood, the walls can get a bit grimy. In the old days, when I was growing up, my parents had a coal furnace. My mother routinely washed walls every spring after heating season was over. Coal dust is the worst!

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  2. The bedrooms look very small. The kitchen isn't very big either. Over all looks small for four bedroom house. But it it is nice for family of four. Surely not a house for a big family. May be they don't plan on having a big family.

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    1. We have a small 4 bedroom house and raised 5 kids successfully in it. Our kitchen is galley style; so small that 2 people is a crowd but has turned out some amazing family and guest meals. Jill, your house is lovely, and I like your roomy backyard for the kids.

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    2. That's the spirit, 2:53. Love your comment.

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    3. I would love to have a 4 bedroom! We have kids and could only find a rental with 3 rooms. I think it's a good size house to fit their current family.

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    4. Unless you’ve been to her house, you wouldn’t really know. Rooms can appear smaller on a picture or video. I believe they are just happy to own a home finally.

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    5. Are you rich 9:04 or just young with unrealistically high expectations? Your house is great Jill! Very nice.

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    6. This house is 1,470 sqft, if you look at the builder's website for this model. The bedrooms look small though.

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    7. It's very hard to comfortably fit 4BR into that square footage. You have to skimp somewhere. But for a starter home, who cares - it's a roof over your head for a few years. Not my taste, though.

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    8. 10:39 PM - Do you know they own it? Some have mentioned it is rent to own.

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    9. I grew up on a family of 5 in a 3 bedroom house.

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    10. @3:16 They own it. They may not have paid for it, but they own it.

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  3. Iseral is soooo big!!! He is soo cute too! Such a big boy!

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  4. Why are the boys sharing a room they have a guest bedroom they’d could switch that into iserals room.

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    1. I shared a room with my sister until she went to college when I was 16. There’s seriously no reason for two little kids to have separate rooms.

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    2. Not unusual for little kids to share a room!

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    3. Because it's nice for siblings to share a room!! Doesn't matter how many spare bedrooms they have they'd probably still share. Kind of a silly comment.

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    4. I agree. Even in the video Israel was pushing Sam, so I can just imagine how he would boss him around being on one room.

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    5. It's sweet that they share a room, but that room looks considerably smaller than the other two rooms. I'd have made the boys' room the guest room, and given the boys the larger room (thinking longer term).

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    6. Why do we spoil kids today with this silly expectation they must have their own room. Especially at such a young age! The kids won't if they have their own room. Why should you?

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    7. @Anon402: Not "silly"! The boys room is very crowded with no play space. It's set up for a baby; nursing chair & changing table. Agree with Anon906.

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    8. It is a silly expectation. Soon they will probably get bunk beds. Young kids in particular love to be in the same room and if yours don't maybe you should rethink the values you teaching
      your kids.

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    9. Anon 4.02. Not a silly comment at all. You say siblings like to share, that’s a very idealistic comment, siblings also like to fight & in the video you could see Israel pushing Sam (which is normal, my son was the same with his little sister, he thought he was boss). I also commented on the small bedroom the two boys are sharing as I was thinking of my own & friends kids at Israel & sam’s age & how they would argue & the one place they went to calm down was their room, their own individual space. Children need that. Apart from the lovely garden which I’m sure can’t be used in winter when it’s cold, where else to they have to go if they want quiet time ? I think it was a valid point about the boys bedroom.

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    10. Maybe they have the little room because it has the biggest closet? And probably they mostly play in the living room. Most little kids like to play close to mom. Not one of our kids has their own room and they love it!

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    11. I agree, that room is very small. Maybe because the "guest bedroom" is next to the "office", they wanted to put boys as far from the office as possible? But with only 2 kids and a house with very small rooms, they could give each child their own room. Or maybe Jill is copying her parents who had "boys room" and "girls" room. But if so, I would just get a bunk bed.

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    12. The beds are so close. In our home, there would have been a lot of silliness before bedtime and in the morning. It’s nice to have the chair in there, but if it was moved out, maybe to the guest room, they might be able to come up with a better layout for the beds.

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    13. @11:06 having your own room does not equal spoiled. My parents grew up very poor, my mom was one of 12....shared rooms and hand-me-downs were the norm. They wanted their children to have more than they did, pretty typical desire. My sister and I shared a room when we were young and my parents were renting. When the bought their own home we each had our own room...we were not spoiled. They only had two children, a choice they made to be able to give their children what they wanted them to have.

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  5. Jill, thank you for the tour of your lovely home. The boys are so cute, loved watching them play.

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  6. Wow. I'm still dizzy from the video. Between the giant clocks and the harp in Derrick's office I'm not sure what's going on there.

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  7. I would love to go organize that house. So many places there are crying for help.

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    1. Be gracious. It's obvious she still has a lot to do to get settled, and she acknowledged it.

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    2. She just moved in, some people have to live in a place a while to know how “they” want it.

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    3. I agree, the boys room is so small and yet so crowded. Changing table for a 2-year old??

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    4. They did not just move in. They have been there a while.

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    5. What better time to organize a house than when it's empty and you're just moving in. Yes that house needs some work. Where's Jana.

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    6. The laundry room needs storage solutions...the closet needs organizers...the pantry needs those "choir steps" shelves for cans...the garage needs a major clean-out... That house has potential, but not if you just throw things down wherever they land.

      I thought the Duggars were fans of Marie Kondo?

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    7. It's not Jana's responsibility to organize her sister's home. Jill should do the work and run her own household without relying on Jana.

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    8. They probably want to keep the baby furniture for any future children they might have.

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    9. Jana could help them

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    10. I’m always amazed at the number of people who think their own way is the right way. We all get to choose what’s right for us.....just because Jill was on television she did not give up the right to do things her way on her time table.

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  8. I don’t know why, but I love these house tour videos! They could use some trees in the backyard and a small garden.

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    1. They will probably get to it in time:)

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  9. Ellie you should do a house tour too! It’s like HGTV house hunters.

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  10. Very very nice Jill. Good luck to you and your family in your new home.

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  11. Hi Jill, it was great seeing your beautiful home today along with seeing you and your 2 handsome sons. Thank you so much for sharing your video! God bless you and your whole family always!

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    1. As far as I'm concerned the next time they do a video of something I hope they get someone else to run the camera. This one was sort of like being on "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride".

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  12. Now we learn that Derrick plays the harp. I sure didn't see that one coming. lol

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    1. Jill is actually the one who plays the harp.

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    2. Jill says in the video it is her harp put in the office for protection from the boys. Eileen

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    3. Didn’t you listen? Jill said I have my harp in here. Jill played the harp while still living at her parents house so it can’t be anything else than Jill’s thing.

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    4. Jill plays the harp, so does Jana.

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    5. It's Jill's harp.

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    6. I do not believe she said that Derick plays the harp. They keep it in there for safe keeping so the boys can't play with it.

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    7. Best room to keep it in, with the kid-proof door knob.

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    8. 2 little boys and a harpy =......

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  13. Yes, that's great, now all the crazies know all about Jill's house and her floor plan!

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    1. What “crazies” are you taking about? I’m sure the Dillard’s have a security system, and everyone knows they expres their right to own guns so I doubt anyone would be interested in breaking into their house.

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    2. Property ownership is public record. Interiors aren't, unless the owner shares it. Jill must have thought it was a good idea. I think its a lapse of judgement, but whatever. Too late now.

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    3. I have to say I'm not a fan of public house tours-I cringe when friends give everyone a peek at all their stuff and post their comings and goings (and activities) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Security system and gun-owning aside, criminals pack heat too and are usually way more willing to use it- they don't really care if bullets richochet and strike your spouse or your child. Parents may hesitate because their children are there; criminals don't care whether children are there or not. Security systems and gun ownership are deterrents, not a guarantee.

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    4. Yeah, I thought the same thing. It would be all too easy to find their address.

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    5. A thief probably won't go to their house. There are no TVs, or game systems to steal.

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    6. Anon 8.44. I know I am going to risk the wrath of many people on here saying this, but to me this is why you should tighten the gun laws in your country. I especially cannot understand people who claim to be god loving Christians would even contemplate shooting another human being, & possibly taking a life. Surly the more people that carry guns, the more likelihood of a tragedy occurring. Perhaps it’s just that I am from a country that has very strict gun laws, however after all the gun tragedies in your country it’s something I just don’t understand, & every time there is a major tragedy it seems to galvanise more people to carry guns, not less.

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    7. Crazies? Very few people outside of conservative Christians have even heard of the Duggars. Unless you think conservative Christians are crazies, I don't see it as a problem.

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    8. Fuzzy: I agree with you. Gun owners in MY state are extremely careless with their guns. In Louisville, KY the police say that over 900 guns have been stolen out of cars (most of the cars were unlocked) in the last 18 months. If people think they NEED to have a gun, I wish they'd take better care of it and NOT leave it in their unlocked car.

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    9. Fuzzy you are right, several children each year here in the US alone are accidentally killed when the parents guns are found and played with. The right to bare arms under our constitution comes with a huge responsibility, it is a gun owners job to make sure those weapons are in a locked cabinet or safe and can never be accessed by children or teens. There is also a responsibility to make sure they don’t fall into the hands of criminals.

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    10. Fuzzyferet, I'm a god loving person who could kill someone who enter my home with the intent to harm me. I had two close relatives who were killed execution style from people who enter their home.

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  14. It's a nice house. With 4 bedrooms they have room for another baby! :)

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    1. What if they don’t want another baby 🙄

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    2. 3:25, she said recently that she does so.....

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    3. What if Jill can’t have another baby after Sam’s difficult birth?

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    4. Or what if they can't have another baby

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    5. Or what if they CAN have another baby.

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  15. This online house tour really concerns me for their safety. Jill and Derick have so much vitriol directed at them. There have also been publications of other Duggar family addresses. I worry.
    Jill, your house is lovely. Congrats on your first owned home. It is really special. Eileen

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    1. I think you worry needlessly. I don't think anyone is going to attack these former reality TV stars.

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    2. If you own property, your address is searchable. Real estate sales and tax records have never been private. Anything to do with county business is public, on purpose.

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    3. They survived their mission work in spite of all the nay-sayers’ “concerns.” They will be perfectly safe in their new home. Don’t borrow trouble.

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    4. Since the Duggars are virtually unknown outside conservative Christians circles, why do you worry? I don't think the Christians that know who they are will mount an attack against them.

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  16. Loved everything but the boys' room. Understandable if Jill is pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Otherwise it's 2 years behind the boys' age. Both deserve normal beds and some space for private things.

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    1. I think the boys should have their own room as well. I think Jill feels comfortable with them sharing a room because that’s what she was used to growing up. If they will only have the two boys and aren’t trying for another, they should at least attempt to have the boys sleep alone otherwise once they get older, they may be scared to sleep alone. My pediatrician even recommends children have their own room if possible.

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    2. It's ok for the ages they are now. I'm sure they'll change things around as the boys grow.

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    3. It's understandable why Jill would set up the boys room like this. She grew up with all the same-gender children in one room together. Some of the girls shared double beds, all of the boys were in bunk beds, even into adulthood. If they had space for their own things, it wasn't much. They didn't even have their own clothes, but all shared one closet and wore whatever was available.

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    4. I agree about the beds. Sharing a room is fun at their age, however it requires organization and as you said some division of the space for each of them to keep his own things.

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    5. It’s not 2 years behind Samuel’s age!!! He only just turned 2!!! I found the rocking chair a bit surprising. Unless Samuel is their last child and then it’s understandable as you tend to rock your last one longer than some of the others... The change table would quite possibly still be needed. My kids weren’t potty trained until at least 2 and a half.

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    6. All these comments about the kids needing their own room. We are such a spoiled society. It's ridiculous. We act like desires and preferences are "needs".

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    7. Anon 4:40 you don't need a table to change a diaper to a kid who is 2, it's not safe and not comfortable. And kids need normal beds, that's important.

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    8. No one needs a changing table. It is a want not a need and a real hazard of the child falling off it.

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    9. Anon 12.10. Your absolutely right, if children don’t have their own room from a young age then you can have major issues with one of them as they get older & one being afraid to sleep alone. I feel unless you simply don’t have the room, then children should have their own room from an early age. It helps develop independence & allows them a space of their own to relax & have quiet time.

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  17. Where is a study room for kids I wonder. Or they study in the kitchen?

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    1. The kids don't need a "study room" but they could use some beds and furniture that is better suited to their ages.

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    2. Derrick plays the harp. Who knew?

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    3. Probably the kitchen, that’s what my family did when we were younger.

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    4. Really? Study? Do you know how old these boys are?

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    5. Jill homeschools, so they have to have a designated place to study. She started homeschooling Israel I think a year ago.

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    6. Probably the kitchen, it has a big table. Office room has child lock, so kids are not allowed there.

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    7. You don't need a room to study in. Spaces can be multiuse.

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    8. there's an area in the living room, near the front window, which looks like it might be school books on a rack. in the video where israel is reading, it looks like he might be at the table. btw, for a 4 year old, i cant believe how well he can read! great job jill!

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    9. Homeschooling can be done at kitchen table, sofa, floor, bed, yard, etc.

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    10. Omg Derek doesn't play harp

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  18. Oh my goodness, people please stop with the negative comments.
    Jill and family have barely moved in and anyone who’s moved, knows how much work there is to do. Add in two active little children, I’m in awe that she’s as organized as she is.
    Our first home was small, we thought it was a palace. It was exciting, and we didn’t have everything exactly as we wanted when we moved in. It takes time.
    Jill, your home is lovely, decorate it to your likes, ignore the negative comments.
    You look like you have a very happy family.

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  19. It’s a nice little house with a large back garden which will be lovely for Israel & Sam to play in, but oh my, the boys room is tiny for two of them. How is that going to work in a few years time ? Even with bunks there is no room for toys or anything. I know when my kids were little they had so many things in their rooms, toys, books, my son had a train set on the floor, not to mention wardrobes & drawers & desks to work at. Even from 8 my son had a desk. Maybe they will change the guest room into the boys room once they get more settled. Israel is getting quite grown up & is a big boy so will need his own space very soon.

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    1. my three sons shared a room for years - they enjoyed being together. . . .let's not rush Israel & Samuel. . . they do not need more room.
      Bless this lovely family

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    2. You can put 2 or 3 kids in a room, if the room is big enough. But Israel's room is not big enough. The boys should switch with Derick's office. He's not home all day so why does he need all that space? Is he trying to have an "impressive" office like his brother-in-law Jeremy?

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    3. I agree when kids are very young all their bedroom is for is sleeping as you watch them every minute. However Israel is four now & he will want his own space soon. If they only had the one tiny spare room & they were sharing fair enough. However, they have a much larger guest room, I don’t get why the boys weren’t put in there to share. I’m sure guests wouldn’t mind using the smallest room for overnight visits or even a weekly stay. The boys are in that room all the time & as Israel is getting older he will probably want to spend more time in his room reading & things. My kids loved being together but my son at 2 years older definitely needed his own space & time away from his sister to do his own thing & have friends over. I don’t live in your country so don’t know what the weather is like in Arkansas but unless it’s warm & sunny all year round the boys won’t be able to play in the garden in the winter months. Now that I really loved, fantastic space for summer fun with swings, slides & paddling pools.

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  20. Sam's chubby face so cute. nice pix of the home

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  21. Very nice house. Thanks for the tour.

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  22. Very nice house. Thanks for the tour.

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  23. I think Jill is the one who plays the harp (?) I'm so glad she is able to have it. I think she and Jana were the only ones who played the harp, or did Jinger also? Jinger has a piano so I am glad for both of them to have their musical instruments.

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    1. It was good to see both the piano and the harp - Jill plays the harp beautifully.
      I've always enjoyed Jill - from when she was little on up - she is very caring of her siblings.
      Wishing Derick, Jill and the boys much happiness in their new home.

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  24. I don't like that house layout at all. You walk straight into the living room with no entry way or transition. There's no dining room and no family room. With an extended family her size, where does Jill plan to entertain? Derick is taking up what elbow room there might be for his office. They need to add on to the back with a nice big family room (lots of windows and skylights) and dining area. They should extend the boys' bedroom out the back to at least twice that size. The guest room needs to become the smallest bedroom. Get Austin and Joy on the job and get that house renovated!

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    1. Anonymous July 12@4:10 p.m.
      Renovate their house? They just had it built. May be this is all they can afford. Seems like they are happy with their new home!
      Not every young couple can afford the house you think they should have.
      At least they have a brand new home and look very happy it.That is all that matters.
      Not what some internet trolls think how their house should be.

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    2. Oh please. They bought the house because they liked it. They don't need to remodel it to suit your taste.

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    3. I agree, no entry room is not good. They probably will use the entry through the garage in colder times, but there are no shoe racks or closet there either. Like, if you use the front door in the colder months, where will you put your coat, change shoes? Or how will you drag grocery bags to the kitchen, through the carpeted living room, in outdoors boots?

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    4. Something tells me you really just want to complain. I bet if the house was really big you would complain about that too and demand to know how they paid for it.

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    5. it actually depends on where you live. many homes here are designed without entry ways or foyers. it's considered 'unlivable' or 'wasted' space. same with dining rooms. a lot of people prefer dining areas instead and have an open floor plan, which is more conducive to entertaining

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    6. 4:10 Please give us a video tour of your house so it can be picked apart by others. Jill is very proud of her home and wanted to share her blessings with us. Why not be happy for her?

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    7. Their house is a mansion vompared to what most of the world lives in. There is no need for additions and renovating and gixing things that aren't even broken. I think it's great she is teaching her boys to share their space and be thankful for the space they have.

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    8. I don't like that house layout either. It's the architect's fault for designing it like that and the builder's fault for going along with it. If the Dillards didn't plan to use the garage to park cars, then they could have changed that space a bit during the building to provide a better entry way, laundry area, and storage space. I'm a little stumped by lack of dining space, too.

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    9. An entryway is not necessary. They picked a floor plan that they liked! It doesn’t matter what any of the rest of us think about it.

      Can you imagine if everyone had the exact same kind of house? Life would be boring! Let everyone choose what they like and don’t comment negatively on someone else’s house. Do you want your house picked apart? Be kind!!!!

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    10. Lol. This comment reminds me of an old episode of House Hunters. The couple were about to have their 1st child and looking for a bigger house. The realtor took them to houses with 3,4 bdrms atleaat 2 bthrms and family room. The lady kept saying they were too small. They needed something BIGGER.. I was like, WOW!Lady. Are you giving birth to a a baby elephant? Smh

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    11. You know I would actually love a house where you could walk straight into the living room. Iv a huge long passageway & when my kids were small I often wanted to knock out the living room wall to the passage & make it all open planned. Open plan is one of the things I love about American & Australian houses. We don’t have them so much in the UK lots of different rooms that can make a home look small. The second time I looked at this video I realised how much I liked the kitchen & the way you could see into the lounge & the little shelf like wall above the sink. I really liked that too. Honestly apart from the boys room being so very small I think it’s a nice little house, I would of loved something like that when I was first married, & I would be thrilled if my daughter lived in a house like that too. My poor son can’t even put down a deposit on a house at present because of the ridiculously inflated house prices in the Oxford area where he lives (they are 10 x the national UK average), & he has a good salary & a big deposit, but not big enough.

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    12. 4:10 - Are you even for real?

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    13. @7:09 Everyone having the same house layout would be exactly like everyone having the same opinion.

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  25. Nice house, but kind of small, if they have more children. The boys room is fine for now, they have plenty of areas to play in. I read that this house is a rent to own kind of deal, got the information from a previous photo with the realtors name. Hope they enjoy the new house.

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    1. They're not renting or renting to own.

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    2. The previous photo with the realtor's name led us to information that these homes were about $200,000.00. Not rent-to-own

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    3. If you go on the Dillards website, there is a picture of them in front of the sold sign, Rausch Coleman Homes is the seller. If you look on their website, it lists homes that can be built for monthly fees, helps some people get into a home, not everyone has a huge downpayment or can qualify for a mortgage. I like their new house, this is an option that would also work for me.

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    4. Anon 8.17. How do you know what they are doing ? Everyone’s finances are private, it’s the one thing I wouldn’t tell anyone apart from my bank manager. Maybe they are renting or renting to own, would that matter ? You make it sound like that’s beneath them. Derrick is a student & Jill doesn’t work, they are very lucky to have a nice home at all. I know my daughter is having to move back with me now she is finished university as she wants to save for a few years for a deposit for a home. My son & his partner are both doctors, but rent a small flat so they can save for a nice home in a few years. Both have quite a bit of money they were left from relatives in wills but because house prices where they live are £400,000 ($503,000) on average they will still need to save for a few years for a good deposit. I don’t know many people that buy property outright in my country, most people have mortgages, unless they buy something very old & worn out, & get it very cheap. I see nothing wrong if they are renting or renting to own.

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    5. @ Fuzzyferet In this country, home ownership is public record. If you rent, your name is not listed in the records as the owner. The deed gets recorded in the name of the person who bought the house. There may be a "note" (a mortgage) with the name of the lender, but the person responsible for paying for the house and paying the taxes on it is the owner. You might find a house in your neighborhood with an owner listed other than the person residing at the house, but that's almost always a rental situation. If you own your home, your name is on the records. That's how you can tell who rents and who owns.

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  26. get rid of chair in boys room. is she home schooling them? they need a place for that

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    1. I agree. The chair takes up too much space in the boys room. It seems totally unneccsary.

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    2. She probably can teach them at the dinner table.

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    3. Jill's probably still nursing in that chair.

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  27. Her kitchen looks just like Jessa's. I love their beautiful bed and big back yard. Jill seems very happy, and I'm so glad they've settled down here and they're no longer in Central America.

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    1. Jill's kitchen looks nothing like Jessa's. jessa has granite countertops.

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    2. They first lived in a huge mansion that JimBob later sold. Then they lived in a big size house in Central America, with a viw on the mountains. Then they stayed in a pool house, when they came back, again owned by Jim Bob. All bigger size houses. Then they moved into a very small rental, and now after 5 years of marriage they bought this small one too? I don't understand why they could not renovate, or why they could not get something bigger. It's not their starter first house.

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    3. You make a good point about being back.

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    4. Notice how every house up til now was provided for them by Jim Bob (even the C.A. house, which he made sure was finished for them) or Cathy. So if they really did buy this one completely on their own, it's their "first" house in that sense.

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  28. I don't like that the house does not have a foyer. Like, the front door opens right into the living room. Where do they put coats, boots? What happens in the winter when it's cold outside? Not very efficient house design.

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    1. Good point. They have a linen closet, but no coat closet.

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    2. This is a simple "cookie cutter" house in a subdivision. They don't do foyers as the people buying them want as much living space as possible. People can leave their boots outside in bad weather and coats can be put away in closets.

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    3. I’m sure they only had a few floor plans to choose from and a budget to work with. With an attached garage they can always use a corner for boots and wet coats, when on a budget a foyer is rather wasted space. I would have wanted a dining room though, their kitchen seems crowded with their table for four in there.

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    4. I don't see that as a problem. I don't have a foyer. I just have a coat stand and a boot rack next to the front door. We've survived for 16 years without a foyer.

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    5. Their is a close behind the door.

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    6. I'm surprised they didn't ask you about the efficiency of their lovely home. Seriously, perhaps they'll let people in through the garage. Or, put a boot rack, coat rack, a "hall tree" if you're old enough to remember those, and/or a throw rug to accommodate wet things at the front door. I have a small condo and my front entrance is awkward. So, I open the garage door and allow people to come in the house that way; I take their coats, scarves, gloves, whatever and hang them in a hall closet.

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    7. It’s cheaper than a house with a foyer. Or a library for that matter.

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  29. Congratulations on your new home!! It's nice to see your face - I miss you on Counting On.

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  30. Thank you for showing us your house! I especially like the flowers above the kitchen cabinets.

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    1. What are those? Dead or dried flowers she had previously? Not a fan. Dead flowers bring negative energy into the house, not to mention being a nightmare to dust.

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  31. Thank you for the tour of your homely home Jill. 😊

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    1. *lovely* home, not homely. Auto-correct!!!!

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    2. Do you mean "homey"?

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    3. I think you meant homey, not homey, I hope.

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  32. Nice house. I like the floor plan. Thank you, Jill, for showing it.

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  33. What a lovely home for a lovely family. It brought back memories of my family's first home when my kids were little. An exciting time for the Dillards.

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  34. Aww, Israel looks so much Jimbob. It's sweet.

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  35. That's where those 1000 wedding presents ended up - stacked in the garage. Jessa's are in the shed and way in the backs of the cabinets!

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    1. Yes, I don't see a lot of wedding registry stuff being used. They've moved around so much since getting married, it's a wonder they asked for any household goods at all.

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    2. Did you give them a wedding gift? I learned a long time ago when you give a gift it is no longer yours and what the recipient does with it is their business.

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  36. Your house is awesome. And with two littles, you take your time decorating. It is what it is. I love it. Well done.

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  37. Thank you for spelling Dillards' correctly. Pet peeve.

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  38. I love U JILLLLLLLLL AND I AM HAPPY FOR U!!!! 100%!!!

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  39. IMHO she looks like she might be pregnant in that outfit when you see her in the mirrors.Mebbe they will gix io spare room for baby.

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  40. You must be so happy to be in a home of your own. It is lovely and 4 bedrooms!
    When I came to the photos of Derrick writing Scriptures on the raw wood I wished I could have done that on my own house, but it it was an older home, so that was out of the question. I am so happy for you.

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  41. I think Jill was happy to show her new home. It does not matter what furniture they have now, and if they have crib and a changing table for a 2-year old, and a nursing chair. They moved in March or February, and Sam was several months younger then. They were moving in and settling in, they probably did not have time to buy new bed for Sam, or deal with the changing table, or buy a better bed for Israel. Maybe they planned to do it in the Summer. But Jill's Grandma passed away very unexpectedly and tragically on June 9th, it was a huge shock for everyone. Then Joy had a miscarriage at 20 weeks of pregnancy, and Jill was her buddy in their childhood, so obviously Jill was there for her younger sister.
    They have a nice house, and they will handle the beds and furniture eventually.

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  42. I really enjoyed the house tour. The Dillards' home is just fine. I am aghast at the negative comments. I am an older woman whose hobby is houses and decorating, and I never thought of the negative things some folks have stated here. Unfortunately, I think there are some trolls who enjoy making up complaints, bullying, and spreading their animosity. I enjoy the blog posts, but I am done reading comments from now on.

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  43. They can put their coats in their bedroom closets. They don't need a foyer closet.

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  44. Isrial should be in a real bed at his age but doesn’t seem like there would be any room for two beds in that room. Sharing rooms is fine for kids but beds so close together with no personal space isn’t the most ideal

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  45. i think Jill and Derrick have made a wise choice living their lives away from the camera. It looks like a sweet little dream home for any young average married couple and they appear to be very happy. I enjoyed listening to the fun antics the children were having and Jill's calm descriptive feedback redirections. Everyone needs to give them a break!

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  46. I think this house is nice and for the size it all depends on what you want or can afford! Currently we are raising 4 kids in a 3 bedroom house that is a little over 1100 sq ft I homeschool at the kitchen table! And yes sometimes I think a larger house would be nice but this is what we can afford right now and that’s ok! It’s ok to learn contentment and sharing space!! It’s good for our children to learn to be content also! Enjoy your new house Jill!😊

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  47. Thank You for sharing your lovely home. Blessings to you on your home. May you have many years of love,happiness and peace in this beautiful home.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  48. Ok, so here goes...What is wrong with some of you people? Jill just posted a video of her home that she is proud of and some of you put it down, how would you feel, shame on yourselves.To be mean in any way is just wrong, I don't care what your beliefs are,or they are different than theirs,OR if you are mad at what their family or husband might have said that you disagree with...Jill has never personally harmed a fly, she is sweet as can be. I am probably more different from the Duggers than I am a like, but I respect others differences, especially if you were raised that way...You can't help that!!! So y'all, quit being so mean,does it do your heart good? By the way, Jill your home is just lovely, blessings to you and yours😇➕

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    1. Telling everyone how mean or wrong they are is OK though? I'll never understand these redressing types of comments on this blog. There's nothing wrong with differing opinions. Salt and pepper are both good, even if they're opposites.

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  49. It looks like a statement, Jill and derick, their married life.

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  50. We use the word 'homely' where I am in Australia, which means cosy and comfortable.

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