Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Starting Out The New Year

While I wait for rugs and slipcovers to arrive for my new project of making over my living room.   I thought I would review and go back through a few posts that everyone seemed to enjoy.  It is fun to look back at all you accomplished and all the fun and joy found from the year.

We started out 2017 with Terry finally finding a new position as a fire chief.  It was a long stressful two years before he found this wonderful position.  We were blessed to know we could begin to go forward into 2017 in a better place.
You can read this post here.

With Terry finding a new position further north we had to sell Junk Chic Cottage II and move further north of where we were living.
You can read about this here.

Then after adopting this sweet lug of love named Cooper we found out he had an aggressive cancer that spreads quickly.  Weeks to only maybe a few months to live.  We had a great Vet that helped to research some options for him.  It gave him a year to live and enjoy the sweet life with us.
You can read that post here.

I will always remember how he loved car rides.

And how he smiled all the time.  This little guy had a rough first part of his life and after we rescued him he really found our forever home to be his sanctuary.  He was loved and happy.  We got joy from him each and every day.  RIP little man.

We found a new cottage home.  I was embracing living large in a small space.  I finally had my dream little cottage style home.  With this came lots of renovations and a garage build.  We bought the home in May and did not actually get to move in this sweet place until October.  It was a long journey with lots of ups and downs but we finally are settled.

I feel blessed to be settled and getting back into a new normal for us.  Sometimes Life's journey can be hard and sad but with everything in life there is a lesson learned.  Ours was that no matter how hard or stressful or sad life was we always were blessed with family and friends to be there for us.

Did a major DIY on the new kitchen decor.
You can see the transformation here.

A DIY Living room transformation seen here.

A full bathroom reveal here.
Then a beautiful bright spot in life.  We adopted another rescue basset hound.  Her name is Peggy and while we still miss Cooper, Peggy seems to have filled that hole in our hearts.
Peggy loves my white chairs!!!!
You indulged me with my sharing of the two most precious peeps in our lives.  Our two sweet Granddaughters Charlotte and Abby.

I was honored by KerryAnne asking to publish my 2106  Christmas Decor in her beautiful magazine.
Now that Christmas has passed and we are into a brand new year.  Lets hope and pray we all see beautiful blessing in our lives.  I have been blessed with all your visits to my blog posts and have enjoyed your gifted friendships throughout the year.  May the new year bring us all lots of Happiness, Good Health and lots and lots of DIY and fun Decor adventures.
Happy New Year.
xoxo
Kris

43 comments:

  1. Beautiful way to start my morning, seeing the recent changes, hopes, dreams, challenges of your life. And now, it's a new year, and may every day, month and moment give you an opportunity to shine my friend. Love to you all!

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  2. What a year. You have so much to be proud of in what you've accomplished!

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  3. Thanks for this 'recap' as I missed a lot of what went on. I went back and read your post about Terry getting the job. Hopefully 2018 will be a simpler year for all of you!

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  4. Wonderful recap! In the midst of sadness and difficulty, it helps to look for the blessings and bright spots! You definitely had trials last year but have managed to stay upbeat. Your blog is a blessing for me. I am honored to know you through it and look forward to hearing from you each week. May 2018 be full of joy, good health, and many, many blessings!
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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  5. Remember how worried you were this time last year? What a blessing this year has been and I am so pleased for you both! Happy New Year Kris!! xoxoxo

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  6. I am so thrilled you are settled in your new home. Now more wonderful adventures are in store. Happy New Year.

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  7. Kris, so nice to see how you are making this space a beautiful home. Happy New Year, wishing you health and happiness.

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  8. Kris, you and Terry have had a lot of major changes in a year's time. You have hung in there with grace and courage. Your new home is perfect for you two and Miss Peggy. Wishing you the very best 2018 has to offer! xoxo

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  9. Hi Kris ~ I really enjoyed your end-of-year wrap-up. You had quite the year! I hope that 2018 brings you and your family peace and lots of love.

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  10. You had some major ups and downs last year. R.I.P., sweet Cooper! I'm glad you found and rescued Peggy. It's wonderful that she stole your heart and has now the best home she could have hoped for. Have a very happy and healthy 2018, Kris. I hope a lot of positive things will wait for you this year.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  11. Thank you Kris for sharing your life stories - I love and read all your posts. Blessing this 2018 Happy New Year.
    Joy

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  12. Good Morning Kris
    What a wonderful blog post. You certainly have been through so much* Aaah sweet Cooper* we will all miss him. Your 2018 will be the best year yet Kris. I am glad you are finally in your sweet new Cottage. Its beautiful. I can't wait to see what you will do with the livingroom. Enjoy your day Kris
    deezie

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  13. It was fun following along with you on your journey for 2017. Looking forward to your posts this year. Happy New Year!

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  14. It was a very, very busy year, that's for sure! I am so glad that you (and Peggy!) are settled and enjoying your cottage so much. I can't wait to see what you do in that living room and yes, blessings all around this year! Fingers crossed...and toes, too! xxox

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  15. Kris, you certainly had a year filled with many blessings and I know the loss of sweet Cooper was very hard for you. Your new cottage is beautiful and I know that it will be filled with lots of love and goodness in the coming year and beyond. We look forward to seeing all that you are doing and all our years are better off from having you as a friend..Happy New Year..xxoJudy

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  16. I love your new house! Happy new year

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  17. Kris, Hope is the word you believed in...you and Terry never gave up hope of finding the right job and now the right home. It has been so nice to see how far you have come in that two years. You both have grit. :):) I love to read your blog. I am so happy for you and your family. I know those sweet girls have been a big part of your decisions. Blessings and hugs to all of you. Happy new year sweet friend, xoxo, Susie

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  18. Kris,
    I enjoyed looking back at your 2017. You are inspiration to NEVER GIVE UP!
    Thank you for sharing the ups and downs. I appreciate your honesty about life.
    xx oo
    Carla

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  19. So sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet dog, Cooper. We, too, lost our precious dog this year, along with my father-in-law and dear brother-in-law just a few days before the year's end. 2017 was a tough one, but we are trying to look forward to 2018 and hoping for peace, blessings, restoration, and healing. Your home is so beautiful. Happy New Year to you and your family, Kris!

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  20. What an amazing year you have had Kris. Loads of blessings and more to come.
    xoxo Jo

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  21. You had a wonderful year, my friend. I hope 2018 is even better with plenty of blessings, great health, and peace.

    Happy New Year!
    Ricki Jill

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  22. What an exciting year for you! I love seeing this post. Happy New Year!

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  23. It is so beautiful.. This is really nice that everything is good at the end.. XOXO

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  24. You had quite an eventful 2017, Kris! It's been wonderful to follow along as things finally settled into place for you. I'm looking forward to what 2018 brings!

    xo,
    Vickie

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  25. You handled all these challenges with such grace, Kris, and your positive spirit was inspiring. So glad things finally turned for you two. May 2018 be a fabulous year!

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  26. What a great peek back at the past year, Kris - you sure have a lot to be grateful for, no doubt sweet friend! Happy New Year to you!

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  27. Kris always enjoy your encore posts. Wishing you and Terry a joyful New Year. I know you will inspire us with your changes to your room.
    xoxo

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  28. So many lovely and exciting things that you experienced in 2017, Kris. Looking forward to checking in with you in the new year for more of your inspirational posts!

    All the best for 2018!

    xoxo
    Poppy

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  29. Cooper was SUCH a love! What a blessing that you found each other. He will always have a place in your heart (and mine). Peggy is adorable and looks so happy on your white chair lol. I'm so glad she has been able to mend your broken hearts.

    Your transformations always amaze me Kris. It's always inspiring to see you and terry work your magic!

    xxx

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  30. I pray our new year will be filled with many blessings, joy, love and willingness to turn lose of the past, be thankful for all blessings and move forward.

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  31. It was joyful for me to look back over your year 2017. Such positive things...mixed in with the loss of dear Cooper. Together you have and continue to accomplish much. You have a special relationship with your man and family. I enjoy living vicariously through your blog. A bright spot in my days.

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  32. Greeting the New Year couldn’t feel any better can it dear. Look at 2017 and all that led up to you finding the found cottage here. It’s truly home sweet home and you are blessed with being its new caretaker, I am sure your cottage feels the love you have given it. I’m looking forward to seeing all the beauty you are giving it in its makeover 2018
    I played catch up here and commented your post before this one, I didn’t want you to think I overlooked your cottage charm.
    Your cottage is going to grow larger in beauty and space because of the added attention to the details you bravely give it. Keep designing and creating from the heart because it truly is showing up to greet us in all things cottage.

    Xx
    Dore

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  33. Happy, Happy New Year!
    What a year it was and just look how busy and productive you were! I just bet you can't believe what you did accomplish and I might add with such style and grace too.
    Sending love and hugs for another year of fabulous opportunities and love!
    Jemma

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  34. I enjoyed reading the recap of your year, especially since I was only around to read some of your posts in 2017. Your granddaughters are adorable and so is Peggy! Glad you're finding your new normal. Having the help and support of family and friends to get through tough times is invaluable. How would we do it without them? Looking forward to following along in 2018. Hugs!

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  35. Charlotte and Abby are precious and beautiful! Love seeing their pics. You've had an eventful year and I wish you much happiness in 2018!

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  36. The grand girls are so pretty. Loved seeing their picture. I am so glad that Terry has a great job, your in your new cottage and you have Miss Peggy. Beautiful post Kris.

    Lots of hugs,
    Mary

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  37. I'm catching up on blogs today (which i love). You amazing and beautiful bloggers inspire, make us smile, and bring joy!! I thought of you this year b/c we down-sized after a some major changes in this stage of our lives. This post means a lot b/c you are so right..... sad times, life changes, etc - family and friends get us through. Love really conquers all! Plan to decorate our down-sized little place and make it a home like you have down BIG HUGS and God bless in 2018 ox.

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOUR SWEET COMMENT MEANS A LOT. THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING ALONG WITH MY BLOG.
      I AM REALLY EMBRACING LIVING LARGE IN A TINY HOUSE NOW. IT IS AMAZING HOW MUCH I LOVE IT.
      GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR DOWNSIZING.
      XOXO
      KRIS

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  39. This was a very busy year for you and even it was probably great to achieve all those transformations in your cottage, I do hope 2018 is a little more serene for you!

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