Added you to the roster! Welcome! ^^
I love A New Beginning, easily my favorite HM game so far. I just got into Year 1 Winter, so I'm not as far as others but I've seen the requirements for building houses and everything and it's... a little overwhelming.
I'm so glad the game starts off slow, if everything was available from the start I think that would have scared me into not playing it! Plus, it gives you a chance to start hoarding all the crazy items you need to build stuff.
Also, I'm having such a hard time making money in this game q_q I'm trying not to ship what I know I need so really the only income I'm getting are from critters and honey, and the occasional crop when I clear out my fridge/storage. I'm so relieved that items don't expire anymore x_x;