New Beginnings

And just like that, 2014 has arrived! I love the start of a brand new year. Endless possibilities spread out before us. A clean slate. Renewed hope. A fresh beginning. I also think it’s important to pause for a moment and reflect on the year that has passed. 2013 was a year of changes, transitions and lessons for our little family. We bought our first home. I started a little business. Reubs took a new job in a new field. We grieved a terrible loss. We won an amazing blogging competition. I know I’ve said it before, but this last year really has been a rollercoaster. Parts of it have been pure magic and other parts have been desperately hard, but as I sit here pondering the year ahead of us, I am grateful even for those hard parts. Because we enter this new year a little older and wiser for them. We are more focused on our goals than ever before. We are optimistic. We are thankful. We are determined. We are ready. And we are excited to continue sharing our journey here!

Wishing you all a truly wonderful 2014. May this year bring you everything you dream of.

Katie (and Reuben) xo

PS I made this little slideshow of some of my favourite Instragram pics from 2013 with the Flipagram app. The song is “Simple Life” by The Weepies (my favourite!)

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Katie is a coffee-drinking, granny square-making, op-shopping daydreamer. Katie likes vintage dresses, Pictionary, doilies and colourful tights. Katie's raspberry baked cheesecake will rock your socks off.

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17 Responses to “New Beginnings”

  1. Helen January 2, 2014 at 2:50 am #

    I love your little video, how sweet.
    I hope your 2014 will be full of adventures and joy

  2. Susanne January 2, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    I look foreword to following you into another year, and I wish you both a happy new year. May it bring all you wish for <3

  3. Gina January 2, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    Happy New Year to you both! I hope 2014 brings wonderful things in life for you.
    I know we all look forward to reading your thoughts and seeing photos of life
    around, including your gardens!

    Gina
    Syracuse, NY, USA

  4. Mike (Crafty Dad) January 2, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    Great video!

    Best wishes for a wonderful 2014.

    May all your dreams come true!

    : )

    –Mike

  5. Solrun January 2, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    I love a new year! Good luck with everything in the year to come. My goals look like this:
    http://thishouseblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/new-years-resolutions/

  6. Kate January 2, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Katie,
    You will have a wonderful year ahead, I can’t just feel it!
    When are you going to go on your holiday? Have you got your new car yet? I was so excited for you both when you won :)
    Have a good week and keep the posts coming for 2014 :) Katex

    • Katie
      Katie January 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

      Hi Kate!! No, we haven’t got the car yet, it should be coming some time later this month. And we are thinking of taking our trip in September. Reubs has only recently started a new job so we have to wait until he has some leave saved up… Wishing you a very happy new year! xx

  7. Meg January 2, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Happy new year Katie and Reuben! Thanks for sharing that gorgeous slide show. Best wishes for a wonderful 2014 . . .

  8. Zara January 2, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    And it has been lovely following along here. May 2014 be filled with new adventures and happiness for you both. x

  9. Tania January 2, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Wishing you both all the best for 2014. May all your dreams come true xx

  10. Gem January 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Happy New Year!

    Congratulations on your achievements in 2013; I’m sure 2014 will be better still!

    • Katie
      Katie January 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

      Thank you! I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a great one! xx

  11. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur January 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    Your Flipagram is so lovely! Wishing you and Reuben the best 2014 – may it be filled with wonderful moments and great things!
    Sarah xx

  12. Joy January 3, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    Just dropping in to view the video…wonderful.

  13. chelsea January 5, 2014 at 1:55 am #

    Here’s to a happy new year full of fresh starts and new beginnings!

  14. Maxabella January 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    Happy new year to two of the nicest, bestest bloggers I know. x

  15. janet January 16, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Hi Katie and Reuben..thanks for your beautiful blog, and thanks for confirming (to me) that a simple life is to be ‘chased after’. I send you love and the best of life in 2014. Kindest regards, Janet

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