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

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Messages…just when you need them…

February arrives with special memories for our family.  February 12th was Mama’s birthday and February 15th, 2005 was my breast cancer diagnosis. There are birthdays, holidays and other opportunities to celebrate and remember during this month.
Someone shared with me how cardinals in your yard signify loved ones who have passed on are thinking of you. Do I believe that thought? I know I love to see the beautiful cardinals. I know this year on February 12th, Mama’s birthday, our yard was filled with the most beautiful male and female cardinals. Mama loved to watch birds. The colors and songs always amazed her. Mama went to Heaven on February 5, 2013.
Then, on February 15th this year (my 13 years breast cancer survivor anniversary), while sitting at my writing desk, something majestic caused me to look out the front window toward the pond across the street. Perched in a tall pine tree sat a beautiful bald eagle. As crows squawked and tried to get the bald eagle to leave their area, this magnificent bird stayed still on a limb and was not bothered by the other birds at all.
Daddy loved bald eagles. Their shape, color, size and boldness brings thoughts of bravery  and devotion. Daddy went to Heaven on Easter Sunday, 1998. Do I believe the thought of a bald eagle showing up in our neighborhood to be a message?
I do believe God sends us messages just when we need them. God can send a group of cardinals or a majestic bald eagle to remind us of the love of family and most important, the love He has for us.
Truly, I am thankful to be still and prepare for His blessings.
I pray you find messages today, messages from God. I pray you are reminded you are loved and cherished.
Thank You, God, for messages…. just when we need them.
Have a blessed weekend,

  • vmorgan456
    Posted at 23:18h, 18 February Reply

    so glad to hear that your cancer free for so long. To see signs that remind us of family is always so comforting. It’s like he told you to look in the tree. Have a great Sunday

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:22h, 18 February Reply

      I love how God sends us messages. 🙂 Hope you are having a great Sunday! 🙂

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 23:25h, 18 February Reply

    Congratulations on this magnificent milestone, Mimi. God is good!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:33h, 18 February Reply

      Thank you Jill. Yes, God is good. 🙂 Have a blessed week!

  • Karen
    Posted at 03:43h, 19 February Reply

    Lovely story of God’s goodness and love, Mimi. I can add one of mine…my grandmother adored flowers and had beautiful gardens around her home. After she died, one of her favorite kinds, planted only in her gardens, suddenly bloomed in my mother’s flower bed. Impossible! So we always thought it must have been a sign from heaven, as there’s no other logical explanation.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:00h, 19 February Reply

      Karen, thank you so much for sharing the story of your grandmother’s flowers. What a true blessing to see those flowers grow in your mother’s flower bed. God is amazing! 🙂

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 20:03h, 19 February Reply

    Such a nice post and so happy you are celebrating life as a breast cancer survivor! A couple of weeks ago, I received some upsetting news. I decided to step outside and noticed my yard had several cardinals flitting about. Three in particular caught my eye as they quietly sat on the branches of a near by tree. As silly as it may sound, I found comfort in those three birds. Perhaps they represented my deceased brother and parents letting me know things will be alright as they sat there until I went back inside. As you stated, “Thank you God, for messages…just as we need them.” Thanks for the post and the reminder.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:28h, 19 February Reply

      I am thankful you found comfort in those birds. I continue to be amazed at the ways God chooses to speak to us. 🙂

  • Gail Johnson
    Posted at 13:44h, 20 February Reply

    Enjoyed this, Mimi. 🙂

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:28h, 20 February Reply

      Thank you Gail. I appreciate your encouragement. 🙂

      • Gail Johnson
        Posted at 15:29h, 20 February Reply

        And I appreciate yours, my friend! ♥️

  • June Foster
    Posted at 17:26h, 20 February Reply

    Melissa, I’m reading a book right now called Heaven by Randy Alcorn. He was the key note speaker last year at the ACFW conference and a well respected theologian and author. He shows from scripture how he believes our loved ones who’ve gone before us can see us and even pray for us. I’m still formulating my opinions on this, but it’s a book worth reading.
    Blessings and thank you for this lovely post.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 18:09h, 20 February Reply

      Thank you June. I have read Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I read the book a while back and should probably read it again. Another message came today, in a surprise photo, from a cousin. A photo of my Daddy and one of his nephews. I cried when I opened the letter and saw the photo. I miss my Daddy and my Mama very much. I am thankful to my cousin who sent the photo.

  • ordinarilyextraordinarymom
    Posted at 17:33h, 03 March Reply

    I’m definitely a firm believer that god specifically and intentionally send us signs that He is watching, that He cares, that He loves us…always crystal clear in our own language and understanding.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:20h, 03 March Reply

      I am thankful for God’s messages.

  • Pearl Allard
    Posted at 18:34h, 03 March Reply

    Isn’t it beautiful how God speaks to us in ways we can understand? And how winged creatures can remind us of our loved ones in heaven — as if their souls have taken flight. (Visiting from the FB group ChristianBook.)

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:18h, 03 March Reply

      God sends the most special messages. 🙂

  • D Scott Prindle
    Posted at 20:19h, 03 March Reply

    Yes absolutely! God speaks to our hearts in many ways… dreams visions, His word, prophecy, preaching, teaching, and of course through other people like yourself. Also speaks to us through HIs creation. Every time we see a rainbow, it reminds us that God will never destroy the earth by a flood again.
    I remember one time when we had some friends from Kansas staying with us. The husband was really hoping to see a moose. We have never seen a moose from our home, but the very next morning a giant bull moose with a huge rack walked right through our backyard. You can imagine how special and loved our friend felt that this was done just for him. And we felt special that we got to be part of it.

  • mimionlife
    Posted at 20:30h, 03 March Reply

    God’s messages are so special. I am thankful for His blessings.

  • Edna Davidsen
    Posted at 15:20h, 05 March Reply

    Hi Melissa,
    I enjoyed reading your blog post “Messages…just when you need them…”
    My first thought while reading your blog post was this:
    We live in a culture where we forget quickly and spend much time worrying about the future.
    Sometimes it’s a good idea to remember those who are the reason we’re here today, even though they may not be among us anymore.
    I came to think of this because of what you wrote about your mother and your father.
    Thank you for this reminder, Melissa and God bless you and your work!
    Edna Davidsen

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:40h, 05 March Reply

      Thank you for reading my blog Edna. I appreciate the encouragement. 🙂

  • Edna Davidsen
    Posted at 15:52h, 05 March Reply

    You’re welcome!

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