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Although I rarely set New Year’s Resolutions, the start of a new year always prompts me to reflect on what I’m currently doing well, what needs tweaking, and where my life is headed. For me, this always turns into a personal assessment and subsequent plan for improvement…in every area: personal growth, homeschool, meal planning, daily tasks, service, etc. This year in particular it hit me that, for me, a personal assessment ends up being more about who I want to be than what I hope to accomplish. The weekend before New Year’s Day, I spent two large chunks of time writing down ideas, to-do’s, schedules, wishes, hopes, Scriptures, and personal thoughts.  This was extremely valuable time for me.  It’s always, ALWAYS difficult for a mom to make planning and reflection a priority, so I made a point of letting the whole family know ahead of time what I was planning to do those two days, and also…

Last fall my little girl started first grade.  The most beautiful thing happened as her reading and writing skills soared: Little notes…left for me…all over the house. “I missed you, Mom” left on the kitchen counter when I return from Bible study. “Quiet, Mommy sleeping” left on my door during my nap. (*sigh*) One day she helped me deliver a coat to my closet, and later I found this note stuck to the coat as I turned in for the evening: I stuck it to my bathroom mirror so I can see it and smile. Then last night, after visiting my sister’s house, I discovered this message on my pillow (someone broke out the label maker without asking, but I’ll let it go this time….): When I prayed 8 years ago for a little girl, I thought I knew why I wanted one so badly. Oh, how I seriously underestimated…

In my last post, I quoted the line from a design magazine: “God is in the details.” I didn’t elaborate, but my context was accessorizing and how often we stop short in this area for numerous reasons such as laziness, lack of inspiration, fear, or indecision. However, because the God I serve is such an immense God, full of glory and might and power, something in me rebels at the thought of reducing Him to accessories in a room.  The truth is, He will not be reduced by me or anyone else, no matter how hard we try. As I ponder this quote more fully, I can’t help but appreciate the truth it holds far beyond home decor. The truth of the matter is this: God IS in the details.  The details of our very lives. Every coincidence, every leaf, each and every bird, a breeze at just the right moment, a cup…

I have been asked several times where my blog name ‘All Mimsy’ originated and whether or not it has significant meaning. The answer to the second question is no.  All Mimsy, in and of itself, does not have significant meaning, which is the precise reason it suited this blog. I am one of those people who look for reason & meaning in most everything.  I long to understand the why’s behind events, actions, thoughts, speech.  Most often, once I learn the reason behind something, I am able to accept and process on a different plane.  A more logical plane.  And, usually, a more compassionate plane. The area of my life in which I create often defies reason and meaning.  At times I am motivated for no other reason than to express an urge deep within.  I do not understand the source of the urge, nor it’s persistency, but I am learning to listen to it more…

I have so missed All Mimsy this week. I spent last weekend in Anchorage with some very fun shopping buddies (my own little Amaya being one of them, since we celebrated her 6th birthday while there).  Although I had compiled quite a shopping list of items, clothing was unfortunately scooted to the bottom as I spent most of my budget on house items instead.  I was excited to find several things on my list, and acquired a few unexpecteds as well. Sadly, however, my  wardrobe is becoming more and more dated…a malady Mr. Wonderful and I have discussed often of late as we both officially entered our forties.  A major overhaul of our closet, however, will have to wait.  So many other fun things to do! Upon my return, however, my computer began hiccuping, then dying at unexpected (and quite inconvenient) times, and eventually ceased turning on altogether.  My dear…