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

Something in my hair… What?!!!

A restful sleep was my plan for last evening. Daily activities completed. Dishes put away. Laundry folded and placed in drawers. Television turned off. Lights off. Doors locked. Time Β to relax on the comfy bed and snuggle under the covers. Ahh… perfect.

Finding the right position and arranging the covers while trying not to wake Alan was my intention. After a few moments of adjusting and rearranging the blanket, all was well and my body was ready to calm and drift off into slumber land.

Until…something moved in my hair. Wait…it’s just my hair settling down for the night, too. I don’t have a lot of hair so there should not be any “settle down” time for that.

Again all was quiet and still. Until….

What moved on my head? I know I was not imagining things. There was definite movement on top of my head.

Jumping up, tossing the covers back across the bed and reaching for the light switch, I expected to find some bug or critter crawling in the sheets.

Nothing. Nothing at all.

Deciding to get back in the bed and start my whole “settle down” process again, I turned off the light and once again began arranging the covers.

What!! Again. There was definitely something in my hair. YIKES!!!!

This up and down, in and out of bed process happened three times before I gave up and decided the whole thing was my imagination.

One last time of pulling the covers over me. Maybe I could ignore the strange feeling of the little hairs on my head moving around.

A deep breath and I began to calm. At that moment, the heating system turned off and the movement in my hair stopped.

You guessed it!!! A vent is Β on the ceiling above the bed and each time the heat came on, the air blew ever so gently on my head and made my hair dance.

I am very thankful there were no bugs or critters in the sheets.

Then, I remembered the most important thing I had forgotten to take care of before going to sleep. My prayers. I had neglected to thank God for His blessings and His love. This sure was a unique way to grab my attention. God can use anything to help us listen and remember.

And, yes, Alan slept through all the excitement. πŸ™‚

Have you ever had an odd experience and wondered how it happened? Have you ever considered how God uses things like air vents blowing on hair to get our attention? God is amazing.

Have a blessed day,

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 14:10h, 21 March Reply

    Oh my word, Melissa! You had me thinking it was a dreaded palmetto bug crawling in your hair. I had one crawl in bed with me once while vacationing in Hilton Head. They’re huge! Loved this post!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:28h, 21 March Reply

      Haha! No Palmetto bug but I do check for those every evening. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day dear friend!

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 14:37h, 21 March Reply

    Now that’s funny! I can’t believe your husband slept through it all!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:34h, 21 March Reply

      As our family motto goes, “It’s Always A Story With The Henderson’s”. haha! Have a blessed day!

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 14:51h, 21 March Reply

    God can use strange circumstances to get our attention. I am so glad it was not a bug on your head. I hope after praying, you were able to sleep soundly

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:35h, 21 March Reply

      Yes, I slept soundly after saying my prayers. God is awesome! Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Ava
    Posted at 16:48h, 21 March Reply

    A really great example to think about how God uses anything to get our attention even the odd things.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:51h, 21 March Reply

      God continues to amaze me with the ways He can use ordinary things to get our attention. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Lisa Q
    Posted at 17:27h, 21 March Reply

    Thank goodness it wasn’t a mouse or something! Looks like the “winds” of the vent were a good reminder for you to pray. God does get our attention in so many interesting ways!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 17:28h, 21 March Reply

      Yes, I am glad it wasn’t a creature. I had to laugh out loud when I realized why God was trying to get my attention. I needed to say my prayers before going to sleep. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Invisibly Me
    Posted at 18:07h, 21 March Reply

    That’s definitely one way to get your attention! So glad it wasn’t anything nasty, finding a bug would get my anxiety right up and there’s no way I’d sleep then. I hope you get a restful, peaceful night tonight – make sure to say your prayers otherwise who knows what you’ll find in your hair to get your attention this time! xx

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:34h, 21 March Reply

      Haha! Yes, I will remember to say my prayers. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day!

  • Anneliese Dalaba
    Posted at 18:40h, 21 March Reply

    Your husband is an amazingly deep sleeper! LOL!! And, yes, God has gotten my attention in strange ways.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:35h, 21 March Reply

      My husband is definitely a deep sleeper. haha! Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Ava Pennington
    Posted at 19:05h, 21 March Reply

    Since your children’s book is about a lizard, I was sure it was a lizard in your hair! (So glad it wasn’t!)

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:41h, 21 March Reply

      OH my!!! I am glad it wasn’t a lizard. haha! Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

    Posted at 19:34h, 21 March Reply


    I love this!! I literally LOL’ed!! This is such a funny and great story. Yes, God surely knows how to get our attention. He’s very creative and resourceful too, huh?!

    For me, this was a reminder to look for and expect God to speak to us, to nudge us, to interact with us. He is not some “up in the sky,” “out there somewhere” kind of god. He is the ever-present, right here with us God of god!!

    Thanks for the reminder!


    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:39h, 21 March Reply

      Thank you for the encouragement you always provide. I truly appreciate you. You are right. God is very creative and resourceful. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • stephaniemgammon
    Posted at 20:13h, 21 March Reply

    I love this. I was for sure thinking you would have a spider in your hair! What a wonderful reality that your mind always lights itself back on Jesus.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:36h, 21 March Reply

      Thank you. I am glad it wasn’t a spider or anything like that. I love how God has a sense of humor, too. haha! Have a blessed day!

  • June Foster
    Posted at 22:39h, 21 March Reply

    Melissa, I would’ve totally freaked out. I probably would’ve shook my head and ran my fingers through it. You are a brave lady. Hilarious story.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 01:04h, 22 March Reply

      I almost freaked out. I am glad God reminded me to say my prayers. Thank you for your encouragement and support with my writing. Have a blessed weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Janet from FL
    Posted at 00:01h, 22 March Reply

    I don’t think God likes to be forgotten. I pray every morning when I get up. Every now and then my schedule is different and I forget to pray. Something always happens to upset me, and then I realize, I forgot to pray! God will remind us to pray. In your case, nothing bad happened, but He sure wasn’t going to let you sleep until you remembered to pray with Him. Love this story!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 01:06h, 22 March Reply

      God has many ways to get our attention. πŸ™‚ I like to pray at night and first thing in the morning. Also, I pray all during the day. Thank you for reading and commenting. You are so kind. Have a blessed weekend!

  • Candice Brown
    Posted at 08:02h, 22 March Reply

    I struggle with sleep; I’m writing this comment at two in the morning. Your blog convicted me that I am much more likely to pray in the morning than before bed. Going to say prayers now and try to get at least a couple hours of sleep before teaching. Thanks for sharing!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:43h, 22 March Reply

      Hoping and praying you enjoyed good sleep when you finally slept. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day! Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • ordinarilyextraordinarymom
    Posted at 10:36h, 22 March Reply

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I definitely would have been freaking out. I am so thankful that God always makes time for me even when I don’t always make time for Him.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:42h, 22 March Reply

      Love that statement! “I am thankful that God always makes time for me even when I don’t always make time for Him.” Powerful! πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day!

  • Julie Loos
    Posted at 14:01h, 22 March Reply

    You had me thinking a great big bug…so glad it was just the air vent:)

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 18:47h, 22 March Reply

      Me, too! Glad it was only the air vent. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • nancyehead
    Posted at 14:40h, 22 March Reply

    God is so creative in getting our attention. Bugs–yuck! But prayers calm our spirits after fear grips our hearts.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 18:47h, 22 March Reply

      I am so glad it wasn’t a bug, just the air vent. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Anne Mackie Morelli
    Posted at 16:22h, 22 March Reply

    A great reminder that God calls us to him in a variety of ways! Sometimes he thunders at us to listen and other times it is a soft whisper. Good for you to listen to his call.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 18:48h, 22 March Reply

      God is very creative in ways to call our attention. Even air vents can work. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Michelle Kaderly Welsh
    Posted at 20:05h, 22 March Reply

    LOL Talk about a surprise ending! I was wondering what was getting in your hair that you couldn’t find. πŸ™‚ I can’t believe Alan slept through all that hopping out of bed. He must be a sound sleeper. Thanks for giving us a good reminder to remember our prayers.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 21:04h, 22 March Reply

      Definitely a surprise ending. haha!!! Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Melissa McLaughlin
    Posted at 23:40h, 22 March Reply

    What a cute story! Sounds like something I would do! One time I woke my husband up because I thought there was a stray cat on me, because it didn’t look like our cat. We had the windows opened, so in my half-sleep state, I somehow thought it was a stray. In one heroic fell swoop, my husband turned on the light and lunged toward the cat, only to discover our own gray striped tiger cat looking wonderingly at our antics. Oh my! The joy is, God is with us through every one of these moments. May we turn to Him through it all!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:42h, 22 March Reply

      hahaha! Thank you for making me laugh. A cat!! Oh my!! Yes, the joy is knowing God is with us through all these moments. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed weekend!

  • Christina
    Posted at 03:10h, 23 March Reply

    Haha… You actually made me pretty anxious just reading.

    One night I slept on the floor at a place in Mexico during a missions trip. As I laid down, I could see out the door to the outside through an at least 3 inch gap between the floor and the door. As I started to drift off I felt something crawling on my arm.

    Except it was REAL – it was a cockroach!! I screamed & threw it and scared the heck out of the high school group (I was the leader) that I shared the room with.

    Going back to sleep on that floor was not so easy.

    Not sure that I learned anything from that … maybe I inspired a lot of kids to pray cockroaches wouldn’t crawl on them???

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:41h, 23 March Reply

      YIKES!! A cockroach!! I would have been screaming and jumping all over the place. Haha! Yes, I bet everyone prayed for no cockroaches to crawl on them. Have a blessed weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Carol
    Posted at 12:45h, 23 March Reply

    Sweet message!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:41h, 23 March Reply

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

  • D.j. May Hejtmanek
    Posted at 13:23h, 23 March Reply

    What a great story, Melissa! You had me worried and my scalp crawling. So glad it was God reminding you to pray. Love how He did that and gave you a great blog post in one fell swoop!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:42h, 23 March Reply

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Yes, God continues to amaze me with the ways He grabs my attention. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed weekend!

  • bethbingaman
    Posted at 13:55h, 23 March Reply

    I love when the Lord gets my attention in these funny ways. Mine was while walking and ranting in my head about something I was aggravated about. I tripped on something that woke me up to what I was saying in my head. I thanked God immediately!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:12h, 23 March Reply

      Isn’t God amazing with the ways He grabs our attention? πŸ™‚ Have a blessed weekend!

  • karentfriday
    Posted at 14:30h, 23 March Reply

    Melissa, your musings are often so funny. I think you missed your calling…maybe you could be a stand up comedian along with blogger extraordinaire. πŸ™‚ Seriously, great post about what it might take to get our attention.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:13h, 23 March Reply

      Karen, you are so kind. I love sharing stories of my life adventures. πŸ™‚ Family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Henderson’s!” Have a blessed weekend!

  • Karen
    Posted at 18:44h, 23 March Reply

    I enjoyed your story, dear Mimi. Yes, the Lord does get our attention in unusual ways–but they work! LOL I was going to guess that Licky got in your house and came to say goodnight. I will send you a pic of my Lenny, who would also like to say hello to you and Licky! xoxo

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:13h, 23 March Reply

      Thank you so much for the photo of Lenny. He’s quite cute, if a lizard can be cute! haha! Have a blessed weekend dear friend! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Brodie
    Posted at 02:54h, 26 March Reply

    This is TOO CUTE. I’ve done this, too!! πŸ™‚ Thanks.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:44h, 26 March Reply

      πŸ™‚ We all have funny stories in life. Pausing to remember God has a plan in those funny stories is a blessing. Have a wonderful, blessed day!

  • debwilson2
    Posted at 18:26h, 26 March Reply

    Melissa, I’m laughing! I don’t want anything crawling on me at night either! And how do men sleep so well?

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:28h, 26 March Reply

      Haha! Yes, my husband can sleep through almost any sounds. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Lynn J Simpson
    Posted at 13:06h, 28 March Reply

    Ha! Yes, He grabs our attention in unexpected ways. And fiddling with our hair — how could we ever ignore that?!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 17:36h, 13 April Reply


  • dscales24
    Posted at 00:02h, 31 March Reply

    Yes, Awesome! How often do I miss His divine messages!?

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 17:36h, 13 April Reply


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