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

Two different earrings…fashion statement or silly mistake?

Preparing for the day involves certain routines such as washing, dressing, eating breakfast and morning devotional readings. Last Sunday morning, I was pleased to have taken care of the normal activities and was ready for church. Glancing in the mirror and making sure no tags were sticking out of my red sweater, I was ready. Alan and I decided it was time to leave the house. Dressed in dark blue pants, nice white button up shirt and his dress shoes, my husband was looking very handsome.

“Do I look okay?” I asked. Alan always answers with the same response. I never really know if he’s looking at me or not. πŸ™‚

“You look as pretty as the day I met you.” He smiles. I blush. We’ve been married for 40 years on March 3, 2019.

The day was full of wonderful worship service, delicious lunch, visit with friends and family and as we prepared for evening, our hearts were full of love.

Time to prepare for sleep. Another normal routine. Wash face, change into pajamas, say prayers, kiss goodnight.

As I placed soap on the washcloth and began to wash my face, I noticed something odd. The whole day had passed and I never noticed I was wearing two different earrings. Yes, they were similar in size and shape. One is white and one is silver. Easy to make a mistake while putting on my earrings early in the morning, or at least that is what I told myself.

Then, I began reviewing the day. Had anyone else noticed my two different earrings? Having such short hair makes earrings easily seen. Did this mean Alan didn’t notice my ears? Β Questions began running through my mind.

Did everyone notice? Did they think I was making a “fashion statement” or possibly noticed and didn’t want me to feel bad by drawing attention to my mistake.

Whatever the reason, I laughed and showed my sweet little earrings to my loving husband. His response, “Oh, I didn’t even notice.”

We both laughed and decided a brighter light might be necessary when time comes for me to “decorate” my ears.

This whole situation reminded me of how God looks at our inner beauty and does not look at outer beauty. We are created by Him and therefore, we are all beautiful.

If you wear earrings, check to see if they match. If they don’t match, no worries. “You are as pretty as the day He created you.”


  • Kimberly Rose Johnson
    Posted at 15:50h, 05 February Reply

    I’m sure if anyone noticed they didn’t think anything of it. It seems we can do anything fashion wise these days.
    I don’t wear earrings, but I have worn mismatched socks, and my top inside out a few times. The worst though was when I walked around most of the day with the tag still on something new–those size stickers can be difficult to see. LOL
    Thanks for the reminder it’s what’s on the inside that matters.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:07h, 05 February Reply

      My husband actually wore two different shoes to church years ago. I guess we need to check each other better before leaving the house. hahahaha! Have a blessed day!

  • John Eli
    Posted at 15:51h, 05 February Reply

    I’ve done this….. with sandals… πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:08h, 05 February Reply

      Haha! I am glad we can laugh about things like this. πŸ™‚ My hubby wore two different shoes to church. haha Have a blessed week!

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 15:57h, 05 February Reply

    Great reminder, Melissa! As for fashion, it seems anything goes these days. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:09h, 05 February Reply

      So true. Our inward appearance is what is important. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week!

  • Ann Nordeen
    Posted at 16:15h, 05 February Reply

    TOO funny! I did that once but with shoes on vacation one time! πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:17h, 05 February Reply

      Funny how many people have done the same things with shoes. Reading your comment made me look down at my shoes. hahahah! Have a blessed week!

  • bethbingaman
    Posted at 16:26h, 05 February Reply

    Praise God that no one thought your earrings were the most important thing on the Lord’s day! May just be an indication of friends with deep roots – the best kind!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:30h, 05 February Reply

      You are right, earrings are not the most important thing. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week!

  • ilooktojesus
    Posted at 16:29h, 05 February Reply

    Thanks for the humanity lol! I am the inside out… Sometimes backwards. ❀

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:31h, 05 February Reply

      Love that! “The inside out and sometimes backwards.” I have worn my shirt backwards and inside out. haha! Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 17:02h, 05 February Reply

    LOL, with today’s styles, anyone who did happen to notice, probably did not think a thing about it! Here is my earring story: I had taken one my earrings off to talk on my phone more comfortably and failed to put it back on once I had finished. I went the entire rest of the day with only one hoop shaped earring in my ear.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 17:12h, 05 February Reply

      I had to laugh out loud when reading your comment. I am glad I am not the only one who does things like this. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week!

  • stephaniemgammon
    Posted at 19:06h, 05 February Reply

    That reminded me of when Deborah Kerr wears two different shoes to church in The Grass is Greener and Cary Grant’s character didn’t tell her. πŸ™‚ Love it. Love that it is what is inside that matters the most.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 20:40h, 05 February Reply

      I love old movies! πŸ™‚ Yes, love is what really matters. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • June Foster
    Posted at 20:05h, 05 February Reply

    Melissa, that is so funny. I’ve done that too. I think I wore two different shoes once. I was excited to read your anniversary is on March 3. Ours is too, but we’ve been married lots longer! (smile)

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 20:41h, 05 February Reply

      I forgot that we share the same anniversary. We are truly blessed with special love. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • ordinarilyextraordinarymom
    Posted at 22:56h, 05 February Reply

    So cute. Most people who noticed probably though it was intentional. I’m so grateful that the people we love the most treasure us inside and out.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 23:38h, 05 February Reply

      I agree. Those who love us inside and out are true joys. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • nancyehead
    Posted at 01:50h, 06 February Reply

    I’ve done that (twice) but with shoes, not earrings. God must chuckle at us. God bless!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 13:47h, 06 February Reply

      I am so glad God gives us the gift of laughter and especially the ability to laugh at ourselves. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • susanslandry
    Posted at 03:47h, 06 February Reply

    Too funny! I love how we can learn lessons from silly, everyday things like this.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 14:05h, 06 February Reply

      I agree. We can learn lessons from silly, everyday things. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week!

  • Jessica Brodie
    Posted at 13:44h, 06 February Reply

    I love this: “If they don’t match, no worries. ‘You are as pretty as the day He created you.'” So very true! (And I ALWAYS figure someone’s clothing/jewelry choices are intentional. You never know — you could be setting a new trend in your community, ha!)

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 13:48h, 06 February Reply

      I double checked my earrings this morning. haha! Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Emily Saxe | To Unearth
    Posted at 14:40h, 06 February Reply

    I love this! It’s so funny how much thought and effort we put into our appearance, yet most days people don’t notice those little things. And God certainly doesn’t care about what earrings we wear – He wants our hearts! Such a great reminder. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 14:42h, 06 February Reply

      Amen. God wants our hearts, not the earrings we wear. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed week!

  • Julie Loos
    Posted at 14:43h, 06 February Reply

    I’ve worn one dangling earring and a bare ear. Great encouragement on how God looks at us!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 14:45h, 06 February Reply

      Funny how we all do things like this. πŸ™‚ Yes, God looks at our hearts, not our outward appearance. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 15:03h, 06 February Reply

    I enjoy reading your blogs because I usually come away with a smile from the story and from the deeper meanings. Thanks for blessing us with your words

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 15:06h, 06 February Reply

      Yvonne, you have made my day special with your kind words. Thank you so much. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Marcie Cramsey
    Posted at 15:22h, 06 February Reply

    Melissa, your posts make me laugh! I can honestly attest, I have done this very thing so many times! You are a funny! I get so much joy from your posts! πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 15:25h, 06 February Reply

      I am smiling. Thank you for reading and commenting. I am so happy you are enjoying the posts. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Ava James (UrbMermaid)
    Posted at 17:07h, 06 February Reply

    We may look odd but to God we not 😊

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 17:31h, 06 February Reply

      Amen. He loves us and He looks at our inward appearances. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Stephen Lewis
    Posted at 20:12h, 06 February Reply

    I can relate in other ways as a Man for sure, great post loved the story!!!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 20:15h, 06 February Reply

      I know my husband has done funny things, too. He wore two different shoes to church. πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

  • Vickie
    Posted at 01:16h, 07 February Reply

    I myself wore two different dress shoes to church one time. Both black but one high heel and one low. Not sure how I managed that! I was in a hurry I guess. So many mishaps with my attire going to church over the years. Like you I’m glad God doesn’t care but I bet he has a good laugh!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:15h, 07 February Reply

      Oh my! Wonder what your feet thought about two different heights of heels. haha! Yes, I believe God laughs right along with us. Have a blessed week!

  • Karen
    Posted at 03:01h, 07 February Reply

    I’m still laughing, Mimi! What a cute story. I’ve heard of people mixing up shoes, but I can see how it could happen with earrings. The best part is your message that God doesn’t pay any attention to the outside. It’s all about the heart! Love that! Have a blessed week, sweet friend. xoxo

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:16h, 07 February Reply

      Yes, He cares about our hearts, not our earrings or outward appearances. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting dear friend. Have a blessed week! Hugs!

  • Lisa Q
    Posted at 21:04h, 07 February Reply

    What a sweet, romantic story! Your hubby sounds like a wonderful man. You’re blessed! And yeah… I will make sure to check my earrings from now on! LOL

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 22:02h, 07 February Reply

      I checked my ears today and realized I had not put on any earrings. hahaha! Have a wonderful evening! πŸ™‚

  • Jeanne Takenaka
    Posted at 01:50h, 08 February Reply

    Melissa, what a fun post. I’ve done similar things before. I’m so glad God looks inside and finds the value in our inner beauty, not our external beauty. I’ve gotten out of the habit of putting on earrings, and I’m trying to re-establish that habit. πŸ™‚ I guess maybe it’s a good thing that I have longer hair and a style that covers my ears. πŸ˜‰

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 04:51h, 08 February Reply

      Thank you Jeanne. Yes, I am glad God looks inside at our inner beauty. Have a blessed evening! πŸ™‚

  • Melinda Viergever Inman
    Posted at 14:10h, 08 February Reply

    As pretty as the day he created me! That’s a beautiful thought for going forth into the day! I love that your husband says something equally sweet to you each time, even if he didn’t see the mismatched earrings. Thank you for the encouragement today.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:15h, 08 February Reply

      Thank you Melinda. I appreciate you reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • karentfriday
    Posted at 16:35h, 08 February Reply

    Melissa, I’ve done the same thing with the different earrings. LOL. But something struck me as I was reading your post when your husband admitted he didn’t notice. Sometimes in life and in the world, we feel unnoticed by others. But God always notices everything about us. He pays attention to all the details…even the tiniest things about us.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:53h, 08 February Reply

      Yes, and we are truly treasured by Him. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a wonderful and blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Melissa McLaughlin
    Posted at 21:05h, 08 February Reply

    Melissa, this is a precious story of your husband’s kindness and a reminder of how God looks at our hearts! It is a lovely picture to remember, as I have done things like this myself! Now I can remember your God-lesson if I walk out with unmatched accessories in the future!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 21:39h, 08 February Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting. God does look at our hearts. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed weekend!

  • Alynda Long
    Posted at 22:21h, 08 February Reply

    Love your attitude about it all:) Also absolutely love that verse about God looking at our hearts! It’s a great reminder when I struggle with people pleasing!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 22:46h, 08 February Reply

      Thank you Alynda for reading and commenting. Have a blessed weekend! πŸ™‚

  • debwilson2
    Posted at 18:11h, 14 February Reply

    Melissa, I have done the same thing, only my earrings were very different. When my children were in elemenatry school, I was getting dressed and deciding between two different looks. The phone rang. When my call ended I rushed out the door. I talked with school principal, a teacher, ran errands, and passed by a mirror. I laughed and laughed. One ear had a small ball, the other large colorful dangle! No one had said a word!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:33h, 14 February Reply

      Thanks for sharing your funny story! I had to laugh out loud thinking about you wear two very different earrings. Wonder what people were thinking? haha! Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Invisibly Me
    Posted at 23:46h, 14 February Reply

    Such an easy mistake to make, and yet it can make you self-conscious wondering whether others notice something like this, wondering what they must think. But you are absolutely right, none of those things really matter. Laugh it off, it’s not worth thinking twice about. It’s not about external appearances, and we’re all valued and loved just as we are. Beautifully said, Mimi πŸ™‚
    Caz xx

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:52h, 14 February Reply

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Have a blessed weekend! πŸ™‚

    Posted at 17:45h, 23 April Reply

    How funny! My mom once wore a black and a navy shoe to work. Oops!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 19:43h, 23 April Reply

      When did she notice she was wearing two different shoes? Funny how many of us do things like this. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day!

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