Grumpy the Gator

In Grumpy the Gator, a group of children playing encounter a grumpy alligator. The story teaches children to always keep a safe distance from animals in the wild, and to find an adult if they see an alligator.

Grumpy the Gator

Its Always A Story With The Hendersons

Need a vacation to recover from vacation…

Alan and I recently enjoyed a wonderful vacation. So many great experiences and memories made. We traveled from Virginia to South Carolina, just to see Casting Crowns in concert. Yes, we have seen the group in concert in the past. But, they just happened to be playing at a venue that was on our way to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where our son(Mike) and daughter-in-love(Christine)live. Great concert. The venue was right behind the hotel, so, we walked to the building. No need for driving and finding parking. Great hotel.
Of course, Alan wanted to eat at a certain restaurant that shall remain nameless, because I don’t like that place. I thought that we might as well go there before the concert and let him get that out of his system. I was right. Yucky place. I tried as best as I could not to say, “ITYS”, which is our code for “I told you so”. 🙂 He said it before I could even think to say our code. I am happy to report that eating at that place is officially “out of his system”.
The time shared with Mike and Christine is always wonderful. We went to the movies, had a picnic under the famous large bridge in Charleston, helped babysit their niece, enjoyed time on the beach(yes, even with sunscreen, we all got a sunburn), and even saw a celebrity at a restaurant. We took walks, saw the alligator at the hotel creek(he’s famous), and ate pizza with extended family at our favorite pizza place.
There is always lots of laughter with our family. Something funny always happens. Well, funny to us. Like Alan dropping food on his nice new shirt while we are in the fancy restaurant, Alan sitting in an old beach chair and it breaking; us realizing that the beach umbrellas on the beach were actually reserved for other people(yes, we moved to another area when we finally saw the tags with names on the chairs); me tracking sand into our hotel room and not even noticing until sand was everywhere.  The list goes on and on.
The trip ended and we returned home safely, missing everyone already. Hope to see them again soon.
Returning from a trip means catching up on laundry, checking the flowers to see if they need watering, reading the mail and newspaper, answering emails, working on book launch team tasks, returning phone calls and more. In other words…… I need a vacation to recover from vacation. This feeling is a good feeling.
I know that not everyone is able to have a vacation. But, even if you can’t go on a trip, there are ways to have fun in your own area. Visit local museums, have a picnic, take a walk in your neighborhood, sit outside at night and look at the stars, and enjoy God’s blessings.
Just remember to take time to rest, recover and renew your mind and body. Thank you, God, for all the fun times you give this family. Laughter is truly a wonderful medicine.
Until next time,
Blessings, hugs, laughter….and more…..

  • Justina Baisley Wilson
    Posted at 17:31h, 18 August Reply

    I too love vacation, but find dread going home knowing all that waits for me. Know that feeling well Melissa especially when when vacation is at home visiting family. So much to do in such a small amount a time.

  • Mike
    Posted at 17:36h, 18 August Reply

    We had so much fun! 🙂

  • David
    Posted at 13:04h, 19 August Reply

    I can hear the Joy in you blog. We saw Casting Crowns last nights

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