This is is my final Blog post of 2012.
Usually I do a review of some kind, summing up the Blog and events over the previous 52 weeks but this year the words escape me completely, there is nothing I can say on here that sums up this year in the way that my heart will let me express. So I will keep quiet and let this year slip by, trickle away unnoticed, end with a fizzle and pop not a whoosh and a bang.
I am looking forward so much to 2013, a brand New Year.
One that holds hope and freshness, one that beckons me with arms flung wide, that we will begin and end it together is all that I ask, and that it will be gentler with us than the last one is my heartfelt prayer. We walk forward into this new year with hope, with strength and with determination, that we walk into it together is the only thing that is holding me up at the moment.
Thank you to all my Blog readers for your words of support over this past year, you have been as good a bunch of true friends as I could ever have asked for. You have been there when I needed you, you have sent your prayers for me and my family, you have contacted me through the Blog and privately with helpful advice, with words of encouragement and with your very presence when I have needed you most - THANK YOU.
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Two of the pages at the top of this Blog will vanish tomorrow to make room for new Challenges for the coming year. If you would like to have a last read of them please do. The ones going are £2012 in 2012 and Live Below the Line.
I have already put up two of the newer Challenges, The £2 Housekeeping Challenge and I Love Saving Money - 2013, these will be joined by another complimentary Challenge that I will be working towards in the New Year.
The main push for us in this coming year is to save money, we have found what we would like to be our 'forever home', now we just have to have the finances to make it ours. An offer is going in towards the end of January and we have our fingers firmly crossed that it will indeed be ours. It would be a wonderful way to start a brand new year, with a brand new home to call our very own and to make this a reality we have to save like mad, we have a large deposit, but we will be pushing from day one of ownership to pay off the mortgage as soon as we possibly can, for only then can Lovely Hubby take partial retirement from work and we will both be truly living Our New Life in the Country.
So this Blog for coming year will be full of our many and varied ways of saving money and making money, of making what we have last and jettisoning all that was part of our old lives that we no longer feel the need to hold onto. We are intending to simplify our lives as much as we possibly can in every way we can think of.
It truly will be our 'Year of Less'.
Streamlining the Blog is my first little step, so read the pages (if you want to) before they vanish, if you haven't already voted in the Dorset Cereal Blog Awards I would love it if you could nip over and vote today as that too will be deleted later on tomorrow. A huge thank you to those of you who have already voted, I am truly grateful.
Thank you to everyone for reading over the course of the last year and in the years before that, and a huge welcome to those of you who have just found 'Our New Life in the Country', you are along for an interesting journey with us over the next 12 months, fasten your seatbelts.