What I'm Learning.

[photo via flickr]

In my eight and a half years of mothering I have learned countless things. How to change a squirmy toddler's diaper, comfort a sick child, make dinner in 20 minutes flat... But lately, for some reason, the one lesson that is constantly being whispered in my ear is "be flexible." What? I am a schedule kind of person. I make lists. I like to know that I am in control. Only to find out [or be reminded] that I am NOT in control. He is. And I am learning to be flexible. Flexible to His will. I am learning that it's ok to be behind on errands. I will survive if only two things were checked off my list for the day. And it's so much more important to follow a prompting than a schedule. Be flexible. Be...flexible. Be. Flexible.

18 comments:

  1. This is a good reminder to be flexible. It's hard to do that sometimes, but it's worth it. Thanks.

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  2. Love this so much. I am glad you are learning this one younger Dandee. It will make your life easier. I have seen to often the falling apart of someone in control for so long to only realize they weren't and they can't handle it. Thanks for reminding so many. This is invaluable to a lot of people. Way to listen to the spirit.

    Have a great day.

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  3. Oh Danyelle, how I love this post! This is something I struggle with all the time, but like you I'm feeling it more and more. Thank you for sharing this very personal little piece of yourself today. You are wonderful. Do you know that? Okay, now I'm tearing up, so I'm going to stop!

    Love the picture too, it perfectly describes this subject!

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  4. such a hard thing to do when you like to be in control. thanks for the reminder!

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  5. I think this is a lesson we all have to learn...usually over and over.

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  6. Danyelle, this is what I need to learn too...life throws us curveballs every day and we have to learn to zig and zag. I need to work on zagg-ing a little better.

    Love you! I tagged you, so if you feel like playing tag...check it out!

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  7. Danyelle-
    You and I have been learning the same lesson lately! I am a list person, I love things organized, I like to schedule out my days from beginning to end. But ever since Elisabeth, so much is unpredictable. I have learned to enjoy life without 'controlling' every detail. And surprisingly, I am learning to be OK with it. Sometimes it takes us a while to learn these life lessons....but better late than never.

    Have a great day. You are simplyand amazing woman!!!

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  8. Good reminder... and maybe I don't know you as well as I thought. I totally pegged you as flexible!

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  9. This is a lesson I feel I have had to learn lately as well. I am a planner and would like to plan my life to a tee. I have had to learn I am not in control, and that is a good thing.

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  10. I'm in agreement with Heather, I have always thought that you have the perfect balance of being in control and getting things done, while still being flexible at the same time. Everything you do has definitely been an inspiration too many, including myself.

    Just the other day I was reading something to Marcus from your Blog about what you do with your kids, and he goes, "Man, do you think you could do that with our kids?" My first thought was to say, "Dream on, are you kidding me!?" but then I realized that you really do set such a great example to other mothers, and aspiring mothers-of-the-future. Thanks for sharing this post with us because you truly are such a wonderful person with a matching heart to top it off.

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  11. Thanks for this post, I needed to hear this today and probably everyday.

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  12. Thank you so much for the wonderful reminder..it's nice that not everything has to be perfect or squeeky clean all of the time. I really love your blog and the ideas you come up with. Very inspirational.

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  13. I think especially for stay-at-home moms things can start to feel a bit chaotic, therefore we feel the need to control and schedule in order to maintain our sanity. :) (at least that's how I feel) I need to remember who's really in control, and feel good about what I CAN do.

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  14. Dandee, thanks for the contact paper tip. I found some that will work. I am excited. So much less hassle. Thanks. Wasn't that fun today? I just loved it. I am still grandbaby sick, especially after seeing Audrey. Your kids are so fun and cute. Their little faces looking at me will be the highlight of my day. Oh, and Audreys dress.

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  15. the giant chunk of hippie that i have in me is a little too flexible. a little too much "go with the flow." i've been trying to chant to myself - "get organized! get organized! get organized!"
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    i read your post in a different way. to not get so bent out of shape when things don't turn out the way i've envisioned them. somehow the imperfections and accidents turn out to be the prettiest parts of our lives.
    love, lindsay

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  16. That is me. me me me me. And its sad that it'll just get harder :)

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