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

Rain, Rain….Yes, that’s Rain!!!

Temperatures in coastal South Carolina have reached above 100 degrees for many days. The grass is brown and crunchy. Edges of the palm trees are brown and dry. The pond water across the street is much lower than usual. The alligator has moved from a regular sunning position on the pond bank to a cooler shady area.

Neighbors walk their dogs early in the morning or late in the evening. No sounds of children playing basketball. No sounds of neighbors sharing conversation in the middle of the day. All is quiet.

We pray for rain. We check the forecast every morning. We pray for other areas of the country where too much rain has caused flooding and disasters. If only we could have some of their rain and they could have some of our dry weather.

Then, it happened.

This evening, I heard a distant rumbling. Wondering if a delivery truck was close by, I walked to the window and looked at the sky. No delivery truck.

Yes, the sound I heard was thunder. Would rain come next? I imagined the blades of grass trying to stand taller to reach for any moisture that might fall from the sky. I pictured birds with their beaks open wide hoping to catch a drop or two.

Within a few minutes, the first drops hit the roof. Pitter patter, drop drop, plop plop as the raindrops fell harder.

Alan and I were so excited. We walked to garage, opened the door and stood to watch the amazing sight. Rain, rain, rain. From downpour to gentle rain, our prayers were answered.

More rain is needed but we are thankful for the rain God provided today.

Best of all, as we stood and watched the rain lighten, we noticed a gift. A beautiful rainbow. God’s promise. God’s covenant. Amazing.

What’s the weather like in your area? Rain, dry, snow or sleet? Share with us.

Have a blessed day,

  • Liz
    Posted at 12:35h, 03 June Reply

    It’s been a mixture of sun and showers here. Some days hot and some cooler. Just don’t know how to dress some days.
    Today, should stay nice and sunny, with a possibility of a bit of rain.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:44h, 03 June Reply

      Today is warm and sunny. Not as hot as last week. The pond water is still lower than usual. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

      • Liz
        Posted at 12:53h, 03 June Reply

        Thank you. Have a lovely day yourself. 😊

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 13:06h, 03 June Reply

    After stifling heat and humidity, we’ve got some cooler and less humid air, but rain is coming at the end of the week. It’s always a blessing to see a rainbow. πŸ™‚

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:10h, 03 June Reply

      I love rainbows! Even at 58 years old, the excitement of a rainbow still makes me happy. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • J.D. Wininger
    Posted at 13:44h, 03 June Reply

    Isn’t it amazing how God always seems to be our “Just in time God”? The same thing happened here late last week. After a deluge of rain (3.3 inches) on Wednesday, God allowed the sun to shine brightly upon us long enough to get my hay cut, dried, baled, and stored away safely. Less than an hour later, the rains returned. All I could do was just like you and Mr. Alan; say “Thank You Lord, praise Your holy name.”

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:49h, 03 June Reply

      Yes J.D. God is amazing. His plan is always best. Today is warm and sunny again. The lizards are running here and there. The birds are singing again. We are thanking God for His blessings. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Vickie
    Posted at 13:46h, 03 June Reply

    Beautiful rain! We are finally dry here for a few days. I’m not sure but I’m hoping and praying it will be dry enough to put the garden in.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:50h, 03 June Reply

      Sun is shining again today. Temperatures are not as hot as last week. I think the grass may be a bit greener due to the rain. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Kimberly Rose Johnson
    Posted at 14:32h, 03 June Reply

    We’ve had sunshine the past several days. Our high today is supposed to be 73. Rain is expected later in the week. Your story reminded me of when I was a little girl and live in southern, CA. My dad would open the garage door and we’d sit and watch the lightening and rain. πŸ™‚

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:34h, 03 June Reply

      What a special memory of your and your Dad opening the garage door to sit and watch the lightning and rain. How sweet! Have a blessed day! Enjoy the 73 degrees.

  • Karen
    Posted at 15:50h, 03 June Reply

    All we’ve had this spring is rain. Last week, even more tornadoes ripped through very close by. Still, Texas has never looked so green! But in past years, we lived through drought. Lakes providing water to our counties dropped to an alarming level. But it all cycles around in time. (Another good example of having to patiently wait!) Prayers for you to get some of our rain! Blessings and hugs, dear Mimi. ❀️

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:24h, 03 June Reply

      Amazing how different sections of the country are so different. Too much rain or not enough rain. Patience is definitely needed in each situation. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Julie Loos
    Posted at 17:31h, 03 June Reply

    We’ve had a mixture of sun and rain but it’s below normal temperatures here! I’m in a sweatshirt and pants today!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 18:08h, 03 June Reply

      The weather changes certainly have varied across the country. Praying for everyone. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • Anneliese Dalaba
    Posted at 18:55h, 03 June Reply

    We live in Michigan and have had plenty of rain. We’re so excited to finally have sunshine the past two days. Today, the temperatures won’t even make it to 70, but the sunshine helps tremendously. Yesterday I wore capris, sandals, and a short-sleeved top. Today, jeans, closed shoes, and a long-sleeved teeshirt. (sigh) Longing for summer…

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:32h, 03 June Reply

      The sunshine does help with temperatures. As morning has turned into afternoon here in the low country of SC, temps have risen again. Bright sunshine and no rain today. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Stephen De La Vega
    Posted at 20:03h, 03 June Reply

    Hi Mimi. Over the past few months, we’ve gotten all sorts of weather, but none extreme, so all is good. God takes care of us. Praise Him for that.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 21:23h, 03 June Reply

      Amen. God does take care of us. I am thankful for air conditioning working well today. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Nancy H Vest
    Posted at 20:13h, 03 June Reply

    I know people in my area are wanting rain. I live in central North Carolina. But I’m thrilled to have the warm/hot sunny days. Groundwater came in my basement with Hurricane Florence, and it stayed literally for months. My basement has been dry for over three weeks now. We can finally start putting things back in the basement. πŸ™‚

  • Ava Pennington
    Posted at 20:35h, 03 June Reply

    We’ve been in drought mode for 2-3 weeks, but it finally rained this past weekend – both days. Thank You, Lord!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 21:24h, 03 June Reply

      I have seen and heard more birds today. I think the breeze is helping cool the temperatures a teeny bit. No rain today but maybe this weekend. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Marcie Cramsey
    Posted at 00:35h, 04 June Reply

    I love the rain. But I’m not so crazy about storms. We live in Va., and we have had some wicked storms lately. They have included tornadoes. Lots of tress down. Thankfully, they have not hit us thus far. But as for a pitter patter and drizzly day, those are the best with a cup of tea and good book. πŸ™‚

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:35h, 04 June Reply

      I was born in VA .Hubby and I moved from VA to SC in 2017 to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. We have family in VA and lots of friends there. We often compare weather reports. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day!

  • Jessica Brodie
    Posted at 03:26h, 04 June Reply

    I’m in the Midlands of SC, and it’s been insanely hot. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, but SC heat is so much hotter, to me! Great post. YAY – rainbow!!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:36h, 04 June Reply

      Hubby and I are from VA. We moved here in 2017 to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grand baby. The heat is definitely different than in VA. We are learning so much about coastal SC. Have a wonderful day! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Debra
    Posted at 12:29h, 04 June Reply

    I will gladly you give a lot of our rain. We have been in flood conditions since March. I’m dancing and singing “sunshine, sunshine, sunshine” when it comes.

  • Emily Saxe | To Unearth
    Posted at 12:38h, 04 June Reply

    Oh my, that sounds hot!! I love when God gives us things like rain to remind us of His provision!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:40h, 04 June Reply

      Rain and rainbows are wonderful reminders of His provision for us. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • debwilson2
    Posted at 14:48h, 04 June Reply

    We’ve had miserable heat too. Friday we had hale. But today it is pleasant. Thankful God gives us reprieves in life and in weather.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:01h, 04 June Reply

      Hail. Wow! Sky is overcast here now. Yes, thankful for blessings from God. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Jeanne Takenaka
    Posted at 19:42h, 04 June Reply

    Sometimes it’s those small blessings we’ve always taken for grantedβ€”but have been absentβ€”that we appreciate the most, isn’t it? With our late May snow and still-chilly temperatures, I’ve been so grateful for sunlight and warmer days lately. I’m so glad you got some rain.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:28h, 05 June Reply

      Rain arrived again last night. This morning, the air is humid and the temperatures are hot already. The grass is standing taller and the ducks are back in the pond. πŸ™‚ Thank You God for Your provision. Have a blessed day! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Melissa McLaughlin
    Posted at 12:20h, 05 June Reply

    We have experienced stretches of dry weather, waiting for rain like you. I love how you described the waiting and the joy when God’s refreshing rain finally falls. And the gift afterwards, the rainbow!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:29h, 05 June Reply

      We heard rain tapping the roof last evening. What a glorious sound! This morning, the ground is moist and the birds are singing. I’ll be looking for more rainbows as more rain is forecast for later today. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Lynn J Simpson
    Posted at 14:00h, 05 June Reply

    Oh, yes! What a beautiful rainbow! I’m glad the rain refreshed the land, and sounds like refreshed your spirit too. We are in forest fire season, and quite dry here. So rain is very welcomed although doesn’t seem to be accepting the invitation as much as we extend one.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:04h, 05 June Reply

      Rainbows are beautiful! The sky is overcast right now. Hopefully a bit more rain will visit today. Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 22:58h, 25 June Reply

      I love rainbows! πŸ™‚ The beauty of God’s creations. Have a blessed week!

  • Mary Ellen Quigley
    Posted at 15:17h, 05 June Reply

    So thankful you finally got some rain! We have the opposite problem here in Indiana. It won’t stop raining! I may soon need a boat to get to work.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:50h, 05 June Reply

      Praying you get relief from the rain. Send some this way. πŸ™‚ Hope you are well. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Lily Pierce
    Posted at 17:20h, 05 June Reply

    I’m in NC, so it has been scorching the last couple weeks, but this week is rainier and cooler, thank the Lord!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 21:39h, 05 June Reply

      Coastal SC has been so hot. Right now, the sky is overcast and I hear distant sounds of thunder. Maybe rain is on the way again this evening. Have a blessed week! Thank you for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚

  • karentfriday
    Posted at 15:27h, 06 June Reply

    Such goodness of God to send the rain! Here in East Tennessee, the temps are in the 80’s, which cooled off a bit from 90’s which are not usually the norm in May! But our lack of rain for several weeks has also turned parts of our lawn a little brown. Then, last night it rained, and in looking at the extended forecast there’s expected thunderstorms and rain for the next 8 days.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:53h, 06 June Reply

      Thunder is rumbling here right now and I wonder if rain is on the way. The air always smells different after a rainfall. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer King
    Posted at 15:52h, 06 June Reply

    We’ve been getting a lot of rain here. Not enough to flood, thank God, but I heard on the news that we’ve only had 4 days in the last several weeks where it didn’t rain at all. I’m glad you all finally got some of the rain that is desperately needed there!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:54h, 06 June Reply

      Some places are flooded and some places have drought. Right now, I think we might be getting some rain this afternoon. The thunder is rumbling. Sky is dark. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • bethbingaman
    Posted at 18:16h, 06 June Reply

    In OA we feel like it has done nothing but rain. The challenge for me is to be thankful in all circumstances.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 21:07h, 06 June Reply

      I know what you mean. I want the weather to be cooler when it’s hot and hotter when it’s cool. I pray I will be thankful in all circumstances. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day!

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 21:39h, 06 June Reply

    I should send you some of our rain. Some areas in Oklahoma City had almost 6 inches today. We are over 17 inches in the last 30 days. It is amazing how one area can want rain while another has too much. I pray you get more soon.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 21:41h, 06 June Reply

      Wow, you all have had a lot of rain. Right now, there is a slight drizzle. I can hear the tree frogs talking. I think they like the rain. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • ordinarilyextraordinarymom
    Posted at 18:18h, 08 June Reply

    Love when we get a glimpse of the beauty of nature. We got a bit of rain here last week as well for the first time this summer which is quite unusual for this area. We usually have 3-4 showers a week.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 18:59h, 08 June Reply

      Today has been overcast at times and bright and sunny other times. The heat is definitely here. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • holdingontojesus
    Posted at 20:19h, 08 June Reply

    Just found your post today. We are back in a cool trend. 50’s for the highs, rain and wind. High mountains are even getting snow. Montana is definitely unique in its weather. Summer doesn’t start until the calendar says so.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 00:01h, 09 June Reply

      Warm and muggy here again today. The little bit of rain we have received is appreciated. πŸ™‚ Summer is here in the Lowcountry of SC. Have a blessed weekend!

  • Gail Johnson
    Posted at 19:58h, 11 June Reply

    So thankful we are getting rain this week!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:44h, 12 June Reply

      Today is a stormy day here in coastal SC. We prayed for rain and wow, we are getting the rain. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

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