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Happy New Year!

Kristen with a dog

No, I didn’t get a dog. 😉

I’m just filling in for Zoe…she’s been puppy-sitting for my brother this week, but she had a New Year’s party to go to last night.

So I’m just temporarily minding a puppy.

puppy with a toy.

And enjoying river views.

river view from kitchen sink.

Thanks for sticking around here through my year of upheaval; it means a lot to me. 

For many years now, the calendar has turned over and I have thought to myself, “Well, that sure was a hard year. Glad that one’s over. Hopefully this next one will be better.”

And things kept not being better. 

But this year, I really do think things will be better for me. 

(Time will tell if that thought is based in fact or just in my relentless optimism. 😉 )

Whether you’ve had some years like me, or you’ve just been enjoying a string of happy years, I hope that 2023 is full of joy and growth for you. 

And regardless of what 2023 holds, we can know that there will always, always be things to be grateful for. Joys are always mixed in with sorrows, and we can hunt for the joys together. 

Happy New Year, friends! 

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Monday 2nd of January 2023

So you're puppy sitting for the puppy sitter! He's awfully CUTE!


Monday 2nd of January 2023

Kristin, you are an amazing young woman. I have followed you since your children were little and I know that you have had ups and downs that have taken you to your emotional limits. But you are still standing. You have cried and beat your pillow in rage and pain but came out on the other end with the smile of a winner. I wish you and yours the best in 2023! Happy New Year!

Nancy Sadewater

Monday 2nd of January 2023

I also keep praying that the new year will be a good one and have learned to adjust what is "good" for me. There have been many surprises in my life- some not so nice/good and I have to find my contentment within those circumstances. Praying for you and your household.

Erika JS

Monday 2nd of January 2023

Happy New Year, Kristen. I wish all good things for you and your family, and all of the good folks in this community. Sorrows lightened; joys heightened.


Monday 2nd of January 2023

Kristen, Thank you for honestly sharing both your trials and celebrations with all of us. I hope and pray that 2023 is a year filled with small sorrows and great joys for you and this entire gang of Frugal family members. Special note to Battra92 (hope that is correct) that I continue to pray for you and your dear wife and daughter as you navigate through your loss and grief. Fondly, VickyMac

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