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Where in the world has December212012 been?

My darling little children who see to it that there is rarely a dull moment at our home!

Wow! Is it already closing in on March? That seems impossible, but the calendar says it’s true.

At any rate, a number of you have mentioned recently that you’ve missed my more personal posts the last few weeks. You’re so kind to even notice, and I thought you all deserved an explanation of what’s been happening behind-the-scenes at December212012.info.

I’ve purposed to do my best to stick with the computer time slots in our schedule–and that’s been going great! However, it hasn’t been extremely conducive to a major blog change like switching for Typepad to WordPress. Or at least it’s meant that pretty much 80% of my computer time has been swallowed up in making this transition.

We knew that switching blog platforms was going to be a fairly big deal. However, like usual, it turned out to be a much bigger and more time-consuming deal that we could have initially ever imagined. In fact, it took five professionals (none of whom were me!) around 70 hours combined to pull it off. Yes, I’d say it was a rather audacious undertaking.

But it’s done–finally! And while a few of you are still experiencing a few glitches here and there, for the most part, it’s been smooth sailing for about a week. So I’m happy to say that I think the move was successful.

A huge thanks to Joy from who has invested hours and hours and hours to make this switch happen. She’s been amazing to work with and my hat is off to her incredible expertise and diligence to see this move to it’s finish. It’s certainly not been a task for the faint of heart!

As the site has grown this past year and we’ve begun homeschooling and had our third child, I’ve begun to feel rather strapped for time. I often found myself spending so much of my computer time taking care of nitty-gritty details which had to be done in order to run this blog that I was barely able to churn out many worthwhile posts, if any at all.

My husband and I spent a lot of time praying and discussing direction for this site over the last six months. Neither of us felt like it was time to let it go, but neither of us also felt like I could single-handedly keep up with the load of work it was producing and still have my priorities as a wife and mom in their proper place.

After much discussion, we’ve decided it’s time to take the plunge and hire skilled people to help carry some of the load. God has blessed the blog far beyond our wildest dreams and now that we’ve saved up enough to pay cash for our house, we feel like we can invest some of the earnings from the blog back into it. So as of last week, , , and are all working part-time behind-the-scenes to help December212012 run smoothly and be as user-friendly and helpful as possible.

They’ve taken a big load off of my shoulders so that I can focus on being a wife and mother, homeschooling, and writing blog posts. This change will, hopefully, make this blog much better than I could make it on its own and also free me up to spend my computer time writing, not dealing with tech problems and so forth.

We have some really wonderful new features we’ll be rolling out next week, thanks to their help. I can hardly contain my excitement, but I will try to keep my mouth shut until next Wednesday. Stay tuned!

In the mean time, thank you for your patience with the blog switchover and for being patient when I haven’t been able to respond to many of your emails or write as many personal posts as I’ve hoped to. I’m really excited about the great things in store for this next year–especially now that I am freed up to focus more on bettering this blog! I still can’t promise I’ll be able to personally respond to all the emails I receive, but I am very hopeful that you’ll be seeing a lot more content posts here beginning this very week.

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63 Comments

  • says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you’re able to get some help with the blog! You’ve worked hard to get to this point while doing your best to spend the necessary time with your family. I’m so happy for you! I hope that one day I can get to the point of earning a substantial income from my blog as well without sacrificing my primary role as wife and mommy to do it.

  • says:

    Oh, and by the way, my son has the same shirt as your little guy! He’s really growing up isn’t he? All 3 of your babies are cuties!

  • melissa says:

    my heart dropped for a minute also. so glad you guys decided not to shut this down. THANK YOU to your sisters for helping instead!!!!

  • Donna says:

    I am sorry to see that you faced this dilemma, but I can tell you that while I do appreciate all of the deals and steals you post, they really are a dime a dozen on the internet, blogs like yours our full of them. What those blogs are not full of is your inspirational posts on how you save money. I am looking forward to the March Freezing Cooking Daze. Posts like that are what make me come back to your blog. I would rather have one meaningful post a week then a bunch of post fillers offering freebies and coupons. Good luck with your transitions!

  • Paige says:

    Can I just give you a great big HUG???? I wish I could! You are so wise, sweet, and full of tons of great info. This blog would not be the same without you. Thank you for not closing it down and getting help. AND you are reaping some benefits of your hard work! God bless you!

  • says:

    Thanks for all you do to help us save $$

  • Lady DI says:

    I was so afraid I was going to read that this WONDERFUL Blog source was shutting down, I squinted as I continued to read. THANK YOU Sister, Amy & Joy for aiding in on what you don’t realize that has become a HUGE source for this single with no kids person as well as many others on here too. Blessings to you for keeping December212012 one of my top 2 sources for all things savings. Looking forward to years more of fun reading, if no posting and savings, saving, savings galore. There were times I came here and enjoyed a meal/drink for the day thanks to YOU!!

  • says:

    I am so excited for your next chapter… and you couldn’t have picked better people to have on your team. 🙂
    (Of course, I only know Joy and Amy… I don’t know your sister, but I can only imagine she is as gifted as you are, too!)
    I really applaud your wisdom and look forward to reading more of you in the future.

  • Kimrose Szczypien says:

    FIRST – I am SO GLAD that the blog and site are sticking around – and HATS OFF to you for giving your priorities the thought and consideration they deserve. I hope it all goes off without a hitch and proves SUPER successful!

  • Jennifer says:

    How wonderful! Congrats that your “business” is doing so well and that you’ve been so blessed through it! You will continue to be a blessing to your extended family as you provide them with income, to your immediate family, as you spend more time with them, and to your readers for all of the above efforts! God bless your family and your home-hunting!

  • says:

    Crystal-

    I love your blog! I have read it for 18 months. You are my home page. 🙂 I found you for the deals, but stay with you for your inspiring message and steadfast mission to be debt free.

    I rarely read your “deals”, but slowly read all your personal posts to learn more about yoru character, and shape mine in a similar fashion. Your perspective on money has caused me to honor the money God has given our family more, and use it more wisely.

    Thank you for letting us see your good stewardship and how God is blessing you.
    :0)
    Lisa

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