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As we've briefly mentioned before, 2013 really hasn't been our year and as much as we don't want to wish time away, we really can't wait till the new year comes in. And although it's nice to keep some things private, I thought it only fair to share a little about what's been happening. Along with tears on the keyboard.

- Last Thursday we unexpectedly had to say goodbye to Schmidt, and it actually hit us both real hard. Although he was two, he was incredibly full of beans still and partly because of this, made it hard for me to accept he was old. Thankfully he was curled up in a ball in the comfort of his little orange house. We buried him that evening at the bottom of my parent's garden. He'll be forever missed.

- A few weeks ago Papa had to make the hardest decision of his life, and last Friday he headed to hospital to have a leg amputation. The words his consultant said to me that Friday night promising me that I'll soon get the dad back that I knew, have stuck with me. It's been a complete shock to the family but through this incredibly tough time, it's just showed how much we support each other. And I love my family a lot for that. 

- This year saw us lose a handful of close family and friends and however hard those times were, it completely put our minds into perspective and made us realise that if we weren't happy ourselves, to change it. And so we did just that. Our jobs and the cottage had been getting us down for a while and when loved ones aren't around anymore, we felt the need for change, so with this we both started new jobs and moved house.

- The excitement of us buying our first house has kind of taken a back seat at the moment, even though the paperwork is currently in process. We're aiming to get the keys at the end of the month, but with everything else going on, our priority is family. There'll be slow weekends spent painting the house and moving bits in, so until everything feels a bit more homely, we'll be staying at my parents offering all the help we can.


With everything happening lately it's fair to say there's been many tears, plenty of cuddles, copious amounts of chocolate and an incredible flurry of love but it's also times like these that make you realise how lucky you are to have some wonderful people around you. I cannot thank my friends and family enough for their support (and flowers and chocolate!), and also to YOU too for your extra kind tweets and texts. They've really meant a lot. Here's hoping that as of now, things will get start to get better, because as much as I can put away chocolate and love the smell of fresh flowers.. This house just isn't big enough for all that AND my growing stomach.

45 comments

  1. Katy, so much love to you and all your family, it sounds like you've had a really tough time lately <3 Especially big love to your papa! xx

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  2. I'm sorry to read about your tough year and send lots of love to you and your family. xx

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  3. I don't even know where to start.
    This year, I feel like you've taken me back to being sensible and realising what life is actually about, with your words and actions. You and Matt are such a wonderful couple, and have so much love and honesty to give.
    I am sending all my love about Schimdt, he was such a well loved hamster though, and I know he will take with him his fun memories of being part of the Little family.

    You and your family but be going through all sorts of emotions with your Dad, but I hope he gets through it and it makes everything better in the end. You are strong, and very together. Even going into your parents home that weekend was lovely, it's warm and caring and means so much!

    I AM ALWAYS HERE! If you want me or not, you're brave, special, and wonderful. I can only aim to be like you in how I act through life. So, all I say is keep smiling and everything will work out, live the best life you know how to <3 xxx

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  4. Sorry to hear you've had a tough year Katy. Sending hugs xx

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  5. So much love to you & your family right now Katy. lots of hugs xx

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  6. So sorry sweetheart for your loss and for the difficult times you've been going through. Lots of love and well done for putting it out there too xx

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  7. sending you all the love in the world sweetie, you show such amazing strength and determination to stay positive. Always here if you wanna talk xoxoxoxox

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  8. Oh Katy I am so sorry things have been so tough. I can so completely understand why you and Matt are reassessing- I often wonder what paths I would have taken if my dad were still around. Its such a hard thing to see loved ones in pain, and priorities completely shift. I'm so glad you have exciting new beginnings ahead too, the blessings do help with the trials. I'm sending you both so much love to help you travel the journey ahead, and wishing your Pa all the speedy recovery vibes in the world. Take care of yoruself and give your other little a big cuddle tonight xxx

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  9. I am so sorry to hear you're having such a rough time. I just want to give you a massive hug and say how much I admire you for being such a strong woman. I hope your dad has a speedy recovery and he's so lucky to have a daughter like you.
    Sophie
    X

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  10. I wish you lived closer so I could come round and give you and your family one massive big cuddle. I'm sure it'll all be onwards and upwards from here, keep your chin up little lovely one. Sending you lots and lots of love through the web xxx

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  11. Its always horrible to hear when such lovely people encounter tough times!
    Keep your heads up and much love to everyone.

    xxxx

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  12. Oh my dear. I can only say how brave you have been going through what you have been through. And even braver to to share it with your followers and readers. I truly hope the new year brings better times for you and your family.

    Love

    Danielle x

    The Cocktail Composition

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  13. I am so sorry to read all this. I know exactly how you feel as I also lost my precious cat this year and two very close family members. Sending you lots of love and hugs.

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  14. Lots of love to papa little, hope he has a speedy recovery! I'm sure it'll be the right decision!
    Sorry to hear about Schmidt! It's so hard losing any pet, they're really just another member of the family! We lost my mums dog a few weeks ago & the house hasn't felt right since.
    But it will get easier! What doesn't kill you makes you stronger :) hope 2014 is a thousand times better for you all xx

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  15. Really sad to hear about your tough year. So sorry to hear about Schmidt. It's so heartbreaking to lose a pet. :(
    Wishing your father a quick recovery, and I really hope things start to get easier for you soon.

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  16. Dear Katy I'm so sorry to hear that this year has been so hard for you. It's so hard when bad things happen to good people and it's upsetting. In hard times it's so difficult to remember that at some point it does get better. One of my favourite sayings is 'What is coming is better than what is gone'. You and Matt have so much love to give and you are surrounded by such loving people, I hope you can keep your positivity and remain strong.
    Lots of love
    xxx

    Nina from little nomad

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  17. Just wanted to send my love to you and your family. Although I've not had any deaths etc effect me personally this year, I've experienced a lot of situations which are much too close to home. It does make you realise you only live once, let's hope next years better for us all xxx

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  18. You seem like one of the nicest people and that you can be experiencing so much heartbreak and still try to find something positive to look forward to is incredible.

    I hope lots and lots of people who adore your posts and your general outlook will send you uplifting messages here and everywhere, and maybe they can make you smile a tiny bit even for a fleeting moment.

    I really do hope things in your life improve for the very best so very soon.

    xxx

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  19. Sending all my love and best wishes. Times like these you will realise just how strong you are. xoxo

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  20. I hope you are okay sweetie. I am so sorry to hear all of this, life is super cruel sometimes but I know you're one of the strong ones and hot chocolate will forever be your medicine. I hope your Papa feels better soon! xx

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  21. So sorry to hear about all of your losses - I hope thinks start looking up and that there are many bright things headed your way.
    xx

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  22. I really admire you for sharing all of this with us. It's clear you're having a tough time, and I just wanted to know you have all my support with whatever happens xo

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  23. All my love and support Miss Little Winter!! Keep your head up and keep doing what you're doing! Just wondering if your growing stomach means what I think it means, or is it just describing your dangerous love of insanely pretty hot chocolates and marshmellows??

    The Life of JP
    Jaye xx

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  24. I really am so sorry to hear about what a tough time you guys have had. We lost our cat Freddie in July unexpectedly and I still am weeping over it, so I completely understand how awful it is to lose a pet; they really are a part of your family. Sending huge love and luck to your Papa, here's to a speedy recovery! I hope the support of your followers will help you guys in some way. Stay strong xx

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  25. hello! Sorry you have to go through that. Always have hope in your heart. :)

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  26. Bless you, you've had a really tough time :( So sorry to hear about all this, but well done for being so brave and sharing it with us. Sending all my love to you and your family. xxx

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  27. Oh Katy, if there is ever anything I can do or if you want a chat let me know. I think a new year in a new home will be a fresh start for you and you can put any troubles behind you xx

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  28. Oh sweet, it sounds like things have been rubbish for you recently, but be thankful you have such wonderful friends and family around you to support you all through it. I hope Christmas and New Year bring you the most wonderful of wishes x

    The Little Things

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  29. Sorry to hear you've had a hard time this year, it sounds like you and your boyfriend made the right choice in your job/house changes! I hope your dad has a speedy recovery and that 2014 brings much better things for you all! xoxo

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  30. Sending a bucket of love and positivity your way x

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  31. I'm so sorry to hear you've had such a hard time this year :(
    You and your family must be so brave and I admire you for sharing this with your readers. I really hope your Papa feels better soon, sound like he has the best family around him for support.
    New year and a new beggining can only mean a fresh start ! Really hope 2014 is your year :)


    xxx


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  32. I tweeted yesterday but I wanted to leave a comment, because these days, I am guilty of reading blogposts and not commenting! Wishing your dad a quick recovery, thinking of you all x

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  34. You massively strong lady. You've made amazing, positive changes on the back of your loss and I'm so happy for you for being able to do that.
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  35. I'm sorry to read this, its most important for you now to focus on what is important in your life, its very hard but the outcome will only bring smiles, chin up girl xxxxx

    Little Schmidt will be missed <3<3<3

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  36. I'm sorry to read about your dad, Schmidt and your losses. It seems you've handled it all so well. You're so strong and brave! Inspiring xx
    I wish you the happiest of years in your new home, and I wish the best for your dad's recovery! xxx

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  37. Sending you and your family all the love in the world. I really hope your dad makes a good recovery & that 2014 is a better year for you all xx

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  38. So sorry to hear about your dad, hope you're coping okay. Just think that you've got the excitement of moving into a new house soon and you're soon be back to normal

    Julia xx

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  39. Oh Katy, you deserve all the luck in the world, and you're such a role model for managing to stay positive. I hope the next few months are a million times better xxx

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  40. Sorry to hear how tough this year has been for you and I am so happy to see that you are focussing on the positives in your life . Lots of virtually cwtches coming your way m'lady xxxxxx

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  41. I've only just seen this post Katy, but I am truly sorry for what a tough time you and your family are going through right now. I wish I could give you lots of smooches and share a never-ending stash of chocolate with you. This year is nearly over and I'm praying 2014 will be a much better year for you all. Stay strong, lady ♥

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  42. I'm sorry to read how tough a time you're having this year. It sounds like you're dad is incredibly brave, and I'm sure that bravery will carry him through his recovery.
    I also hope that you'll soon be having lots of exciting times getting settled into your new home.

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  43. I'm so sorry to hear your year has been rubbish babe. You all sound so brave & I hope your dad makes a speedy recovery. <3 xx

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