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December 27, 2013


Bari Jo

Loved this. I've been thinking along the same lines and need to simplify some things for the very same reasons you posted. :O) Loved the necklace and reminders. There is joy in the journey - and I want to be present in the moment each day and not so distracted by what isn't important so I don't miss the joy. :O) I enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

Ann in PA

Love, love, love the message, "Find Joy in the Journey". During a difficult time in my life's journey, someone said "Keep a Happy Heart". To this day, it is one of my favorite messages. Sometimes we have to dig deep to find Joy or Happiness but it's there...in Faith, Family & Friends.


Happy New Year, Karen! My thoughts this year are to cherish the moment and live the dream we are in. One day we will be looking back and longing for the precious times that we are having right now with our loved ones. The age old saying "Carpe Diem" seize the day sums it up for me. Wishing you the joy that you have brought to all of us by sharing your journey. Glad you are back and seeing the stitches again!


'Joy' is a perfect word for 2014. Wishing you a Happy and Joyous New Year!!

Elaine Raymond

So glad to know you're doing well, I have missed your blog so much. Hoping you have a "joyous" new year!

Ruth Ann

I stumbled across your blog few years ago and have checked back regularly because you are so inspirational. I love the pictures you post, your decorating ideas and recipes. I especially love the handwork. You seem like such a REAL person, with real friends, and a close knit family. This year I am going to try to be more patient with myself and accepting of where I am. I want to learn to be content with my efforts in the moment and not drag the worries of today into tomorrow. I am glad you decided to keep blogging and I look forward to the JOY to come!


My plan for the New Year is to go with the flow! I have some big things going on in the beginning of the year and once I pass those, I plan on just breathing a huge sigh of relief and maybe finally settle in to do some 'me' things for awhile. I have been on the back burner for a long time!


I loved this post!!! And I LOVE that necklace! I will have to go have a look at the blog you mentioned. I have visited her too. Nice blog!
We have had the hardest year of our 34 years of marriage. Which really, truth be told, is not too bad, considering we have had a wonderful life. But this past year has been very hard, due to many different things. I love what you said, "find joy in the journey" because I have really needed to try to do that.
I hope your blogging juices start to gush!!
Happy your eye surgery was successful! And oh how those grandbabies make our hearts soar, eh?
Happy New Year!!
xo Kris


Happy New Year!!!

My word is " Breath", sometimes life gets so hectic and stressful. I need to step back and Breath. That is my word for 2014.


Contentment is a word I have been embracing lately....it may be a good one to carry into the New Year!


Been working on my word for this year too...I think I have it...Attitude...it's all about my attitude and how I deal with things...a new year for all of us! 2014 is going to be a good one!

Chris M

I'm so glad you're back and that all is well! Balance and joy are what we should all try to create in our lives but boy does it take a lot of focus and work! Your blog brings me joy and I thank you for that! I am new to quilting and fairly new to your blog but have thoroughly enjoyed all your previous posts and have found a great deal of inspiration in your projects and decorating. Happy New Year to you and may 2014 be filled with joy!!


It's always interesting to hear how others cope with struggles in their lives. I don't know exactly what you had going on, but either way, you sound like you've survived some difficult things. A couple years ago, I had one of those years and like you, I had to take a different approach to looking at things. One thing that also helped me with dealing with things (especially worrying about things), was to ask myself, "Is this something I can do anything about?". Most times, it was out of my hands. That seemed to put things in to perspective for me. I still worry, but maybe a little less.

I too have a blog, but find it difficult to get my posts in. Thank you for putting down that you are starting at this moment and moving forward. That's great advice.

Hope this coming year is better for you. Happy (Joyful) New Year!

Karen L.

Happy New Year! Thanks for taking the time to share with us. I appreciate all your thoughts and creativity.
Karen L.


I'm SO glad your back! I really enjoy reading your blog. I to have learned to enjoy the journey, life's way to short not to! We'll be staying in on the 31st. We usually rent a few movies and snuggle in with our kiddos. Take care!


So glad you are doing so well. I like your word for 2014 and I shall use it too. Happy New Year to you, I look forward to seeing your daily posts:)


My life has been very difficult the last year...hubby had 4 surgeries with the last being for kidney cancer, and I have just recently had a left knee replacement along with dealing with an incurable form of leukemia. It ended with hubby having to get done work and us having to adjust to a now "different" lifestyle. Along the way I have been battling to hang onto whatever joy there is in each day. So....when I saw that pendant, I decided to adopt that as my motto for 2014. I am going to find Joy In the Journey no matter what. I may stumble along the way, but that is my goal.
Not asking for pity here, just telling you how reading your post inspired me. Happy New Year!!


Happy new year Karen! Boy, finding that balance is a journey in itself isn't it! I think I am going to go with the word "enjoy" for 2014...since I am starting the year with surgery it may be a challenge for the first couple of weeks, but since I can never usually take time off in January because my job is super busy then I am going to,enjoy having time at home during that month to sit and stitch and watch tennis! Always an upside! Have a wonderful and joy filled 2014! xx


Glad to hear you are getting back on track. I too have those up and down moments in life, it is so hard to get past some things, but we need to be thankful for what we have, push the bad to the side and move on, life is to short, but making the effort is hard. Just know there are probably a lot of us out here in blog land that really care and love your blog.


Enjoy seeing you back on here Karen ~ always love 'catching' up on your life. I think my word or phrase for the new year will be 'worry less'. Peace/Joy always come to mind as well, but I want to worry less about everything in my life.

Lori Porter

Hi Karen,
How interesting to read your blog, I am feeling the same way. After battling cancer last year and getting closer to the big 60, I am taking a look at my life and making changes as well. I am trying to keep a positive attitude in all I do, my saying is Choose Happiness.
I have been de-cluttering my mind as well as my sewing room, "letting go" of bad thoughts or old projects that are not important to me any more.
This Christmas had so much more meaning to us all. We spent less money and spent more time with family and close friends. We played made up games with the grandkids to start fun memorable traditions.

I guess as we get older we reflect on our lives and finally figure out what living really is.

Take care,
Lori from Montana


Happy New Year Ms. Farmhouse! I'm so happy to hear that your eye surgery went well. We had our first ever year without the kids on the actual day too. It wasn't as fun, but there's always so much to do that it wasn't as sad as I thought it would be.

Good luck on your journey this next year. I don't have a plan -- would like more time to quilt and knit, but ... whatever LOL!


I hope the new year will be filled with a lot of joy for you and your family. God bless you.


I love the necklace, can you tell me where you ordered it from? For some reason the link didn't work for me.

Listening to Joel Osteen this morning he had a good message. I may not get this totally quoted right, I was multi-tasking - LOL! Do not let your past hold you from your future. Let it go! If the past wronged you, it was to build you up for a bigger event in your future. "You are Enough!". Your God is bigger than those wrongs. Holding on to the past will only hold you back, and prevent you from what God has planned for you. I think that is my 2014 quote. "You are enough!" in combination with your "Find Joy in the Journey!".


Thank you for this insightful post. I haven't thought about a word for the year but I have been trying to purposefully simplify my life. I know that is a very overused word but I really want to do not so much accumulating but more enjoying. For example, I did not go out the day after Christmas to stock up on wrapping paper. I trust I will be able to afford the three or four rolls I will need next year at full price!! I do enjoy your posts and seeing what you are up to - have a very blessed new year and enjoy that little girl!

Linda Hanson

Hi Karen,

I check in with your blog from time to time, and always enjoy it! I look forward to your January posts. You mentioned your theme word "Joy", which is a great one! I was thinking of "gratitude" which goes hand in hand with joy I think--don't you? It is good to re-evaluate our lives from time to time, and set a different tone if necessary. I look forward to continue to be inspired by your blog with decorating and crafting! Happy New Year!

Carline Anthony

glad to see you will be posting in 2014. I had to stop my blog due to computer problems, but now that I have a new one, I might just get back on the bandwagon. I think my word for the new year will be "grace". It encompasses so many things that I need to work on. I am still thinking about it, but that sounds like a good one. I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

georgia anderson

Hi Karen. Can you share with me how to order the joy necklace?????? Georgia

Elaine S.

Love the necklace. Will you share where you purchased it?


Wow.... What a fun and inspiring post to read. Thanks Karen! ooxx


2013 has been good for me! I crossed a major item off of my bucket list by opening my own quilt shop, a dream that was 20 years in the making! So for 2014 I'll be pouring a lot of energy and time into the shop! But looking forward to it very much! As for New Years Eve, I've got a massage schedule for mid afternoon and then home to relax, maybe a little stitching and downtime with my honey! All the best to you and yours in 2014! I look forward to your blog posts!

Susie Delewese

Happy New year, Karen!
Looking forward to a month of posts.
Wishing you all the JOY you can hold.
Big hugs!

Patty Hogan

Good choice Karen, JOY is all we need...my friend that was so sick a couple years ago has also adopted JOY as her mantra.....you will find JOY in so many places!!!! Happy New Year!!!!


So glad your back. Check here every day, & was getting worried. Last year was a trial health wise & farming. Not as bad as some; lost several friends and I also need to keep joy in my life. Thanks.


Don't know what happened to my post but I don't see it on the list. I had been thinking about the word Joy and realized how many things bring joy to my life. Can't remember what I wrote exactly. I even checked out the necklace. It's a wonderful reminder.
Happy New Year!


My word for the new year is Hope since I can only "HOPE" that it is a much better year! Missed your blog posts-glad you're back with "JOY" may it be infectious!


Joy and hope are both good candidates to ponder in the New Year. I would like to add "love" My wish is for all three to reach the hearts of those reading your blog and beyond. I just knew you would get so much enjoyment from that sweet little munchkin. How she is growing! Thank you so much for your dedication to your blog!

Cindi P

Hmmmm I don't see my previous comment on here...so will try again :) my word for the year is PEACE...

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