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

One way to tell you are exhausted…

“Hello, Hello. Hi Mike, it’s Mom.” Not sure why but I always feel the need to announce myself when I call family and friends. The phone clearly displays my name when I make a phone call to our son. Yet, every time I call him, I feel the need to say “Hello, It’s Mom” or something similar.

“Just calling to check in and let you know I’m enjoying the writer’s conference. How are you all?” I wanted to contact Mike, Christine and Rowan to let them know the conference was going great. All was well and I wanted to check in and say hello.

The wonderful conference was the North Carolina Christian Writer’s Conference presented by Serious Writer. Informative classes, inspiring speakers, great workshops, meeting with agents, editors and industry specialists and also, eating delicious food was part of each day of the event.

New friendships, new contacts and a huge collection of business cards are some of the treats of the conference.

The event was filled with fantastic activities from morning to night. Taking notes and learning from presenters were huge blessings.

Yet, at the end of the day, I was exhausted. A good kind of exhausted. My mind was filled with many exciting memories. Thoughts of the event kept running through my mind.

After the conference ended, Alan was waiting in the car to take me back to the hotel. A good night’s rest was needed so I would be refreshed for the next day.

I couldn’t wait to call Mike, Christine and Rowan and share my excitement.

Our son answered the phone and we chatted. Alan drove and I shared with Mike about the day and all the fun.

A momentary pause. I looked down at the floor of the car to make sure I had remembered my briefcase, notebook and bottle of water.

Wait! Wait! Where was my phone? Oh, no!!! Could I have forgotten my phone?

A frantic sound escaped my mouth. “Alan, Alan, where’s my phone?”

My sweet husband looked at me with the strangest expression on his face.

“Dear, do you mean the phone you are holding to your ear and talking on?” Alan’s grin turned into a huge smile.

“Mom, oh my gosh! I think you need to go to bed and get some rest.” Mike had a slight chuckle in his voice.

Silly Mimi. I was so exhausted that I didn’t even realize I was using the phone I was trying to locate.

Folks, that is some serious “exhaustion”.

Once I recognized my mistake and agreed I was exhausted, we decided to end the phone conversation and talk again later.

Lots of laughter from Alan and me. I bet Mike was laughing at his Mom, too.

When you are exhausted, do you look to God for help? Do you try to do everything on your own? Remember His help is always available for you. Just ask.

Also, remember to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.

Have a blessed day,


  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 09:06h, 19 August Reply

    LOL! I hope you’ve caught up on your rest, Melissa!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:29h, 19 August Reply

      Hello Jill. Yes, I have caught up on my rest from that trip. Now, preparing for another trip and also, moving to a new home this week. πŸ™‚ I am sure there will be some funny stories to share. Have a blessed day!

  • Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
    Posted at 09:57h, 19 August Reply

    So funny! Yep it was time for some rest. I’ve looked everywhere for my glasses many times and I’ll be wearing them. Ha ha!
    I’m so glad the conference was successful and you had a great time!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:50h, 20 August Reply

      Yes, I, too have looked for my glasses only to find them on my head or on the string around my neck. haha! Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 10:24h, 19 August Reply

    Oh my, what a funny story! It also sounds like a wonderful weekend and now I hope you are enjoying some wonderful rest!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:30h, 19 August Reply

      Yes, that was a wonderful weekend. Now, preparing for more fun and excitement at another conference. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Karen Jurgens
    Posted at 14:54h, 19 August Reply

    How funny! Mimi, I understand exactly what you mean. We’re also moving next week and trying to pace ourselves in triple digit heat. Also helping my daughter get her science classroom ready for the start of school this week. I agree that rest and hydration are key! Prayers for all to go well there. ❀️xoxo

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:40h, 19 August Reply

      Thank you Karen. This morning, our son is helping move boxes and small stuff. The movers arrive tomorrow and they will move the big items. Already hot and humid here. Time for a break. Blessings on your move and praying for your daughter and her science classroom, too. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Bettie G
    Posted at 16:47h, 19 August Reply

    Thank you for sharing this great story–I’m glad I’m not the only one who has done that! πŸ™‚ You always bring a smile to my day Melissa. I pray that you have a safe and blessed move this week.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:26h, 19 August Reply

      Thank you Bettie. There have already been silly experiences with this move. I may have to write about them. hahah! Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Stephen De La Vega
    Posted at 18:42h, 19 August Reply

    Oh, this is hilarious, Melissa. I’m laughing, but not at you. I’ve done the same thing! Unfortunately, I’m ALWAYS tired, so I’m without hope. Well, except, of course, for God coming to my aid. Yes, we need to look to Him and He is always available. Thank you for this chuckle to my day.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:26h, 19 August Reply

      Thank you Stephen. I am sure I will do something silly again, probably today. I am thankful God laughs with us. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Melinda Viergever Inman
    Posted at 19:18h, 19 August Reply

    This happens to me so much! I can relate. LOL

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:27h, 19 August Reply

      Melinda, I am learning that a lot of people have done this same thing. hahahah! I am thankful to be able to laugh at myself. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

      • Melinda Viergever Inman
        Posted at 19:46h, 19 August Reply

        We’d be in bad shape if we couldn’t laugh at ourselves. We provide ourselves with so many wonderful opportunities to do so! 😊

  • stephaniemgammon
    Posted at 19:48h, 19 August Reply

    Oh how I love the exhaustion that comes from a great writer’s conference. I’m glad you had such a great time. I hope you’re catching up on that rest!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:15h, 19 August Reply

      I would love to be catching up on rest, but hubby and I are moving to a new home. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • karentfriday
    Posted at 19:52h, 19 August Reply

    Ha Ha, Melissa! You were truly tired! I relate to a writer’s conference excitement and exhaustion. It’s the best kind of tired, if there is such a thing.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:16h, 19 August Reply

      Yes, a very good kind of exhaustion and that exhaustion even gave me words for my blog. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Lily Pierce
    Posted at 21:05h, 19 August Reply

    Lol. Glad you had fun at the conference!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:51h, 20 August Reply

      Lots of fun at the conference. Now, time to prepare for the next one. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • readywriterbr
    Posted at 21:16h, 19 August Reply

    Seldom read your posts, Melissa, without a good laugh – and laughter is good medicine. This one fit pretty close to home during this season of my life. Definitely not the time for me to go to a writer’s conference.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:17h, 19 August Reply

      You are so kind. I am praying for you. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • June Foster
    Posted at 00:49h, 20 August Reply

    Melissa, I’m smiling because I do this kind of thing all the time. The other day I told Joe I think I lost my purse. He asked me what that was hanging on my arm. I’m using the excuse that I’ve got too much on my mind and that it’s not old age!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:44h, 20 August Reply

      Hahaha!!! I agree, we just have too much on our mind. My Mama always said she wouldn’t be old until she turned 100. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day dear friend!

  • Nancy E. Head
    Posted at 02:08h, 20 August Reply

    I’ve been that tired. I didn’t go this year, but I’ve been to that conference–fabulous! Hope you had a great time and got some good rest. God bless!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:52h, 20 August Reply

      The conference was wonderful and I look forward to attending next year. Hopefully, I will be rested by then. hahaha! Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • S.A. Foster
    Posted at 03:29h, 20 August Reply

    That is a great story and such a great reminder that sometimes we just need to pause, catch our breath and relax. Glad to hear you enjoyed the conference and hopefully you got some rest:-)

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:53h, 20 August Reply

      I think there are times when God sends us silly experiences just to remind us to pause and relax in Him. I will look for those times today. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Stephen
    Posted at 03:55h, 20 August Reply

    Definitely a sign to go and take a much needed R&R. God Bless

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:45h, 20 August Reply

      Yes, yes. Rest is needed. We are moving to a new home and rest will come after we settle in. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Jacquie A. Bradford
    Posted at 04:13h, 20 August Reply

    Thanks for sharing your exhausted experience. I chuckled in recognition. I found this post delightful, a true tonic and encouragement to get the rest I need now. God bless you Melissa! πŸ’ž

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:45h, 20 August Reply

      Thank you Jacquie. You are so sweet! Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 12:55h, 20 August Reply

    I wish I could say tiredness was the reason I have done that before, lol. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Thanks for the laughs

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:17h, 20 August Reply

      Hubby and I are moving to a new house today. Exhausted already. I am sure there will be a story in our experience. Haha Have a blessed day πŸ™‚

      • Yvonne
        Posted at 14:36h, 20 August Reply

        You too and good luck on the move

  • Emily Saxe | To Unearth
    Posted at 12:58h, 20 August Reply

    I think we’ve all been there!! Thanks for the reminder to go to God when I’m exhausted!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:18h, 20 August Reply

      Amen. When I go to God first, I can be comforted by His love and peace. Have a blessed day!πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Quintana
    Posted at 14:06h, 20 August Reply

    I suppose that is a good kind of tired! I’m so glad you went over writers conference. I need to do more of that myself. (But hopefully I’ll remember that I’m talking in my phone… ha ha.)

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:20h, 20 August Reply

      I enjoy writers conferences. So much to learn. πŸ™‚ Just be sure to rest.😁 Have a blessed day!

  • Invisibly Me
    Posted at 14:07h, 20 August Reply

    Yep, definitely a sign of exhaustion! πŸ˜‚Glad the conference was so interesting & enjoyable too.
    I spent 10 minutes the other day looking for my cardigan… which I was already wearing. But hey, at least neither of us have lost anything (apart from maybe our marbles!)
    Caz xx

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:21h, 20 August Reply

      I had to laugh when I read about you looking for your cardigan. Amazing the things we do. Haha Have a blessed day!πŸ™‚

  • Candice Brown
    Posted at 10:18h, 21 August Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful kind of exhaustion! I’m glad you had a great experience at the writer’s conference!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 21:20h, 21 August Reply

      Thank you. I enjoy writers conferences. Always so much to learn and great fellowship. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Brodie
    Posted at 13:28h, 21 August Reply

    I have been there, too, Melissa!! Exhaustion and stress make us do the funniest things! I am SO glad you enjoyed the conference. God bless you!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 21:21h, 21 August Reply

      Yes, exhaustion and stress can do the funniest things. Our family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Henderson’s”. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Lynn J Simpson
    Posted at 13:37h, 21 August Reply

    Absolutely get that! I tend to be a ‘leave behind’ gal. So most likely my phone would have still been somewhere in a conference room!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 21:35h, 21 August Reply

      Lynn, I am sometimes a “leave behind” girl. haha! Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • ava11james
    Posted at 20:28h, 21 August Reply

    When you are exhausted, do you look to God for help? Do you try to do everything on your own? Remember His help is always available for you. Just ask.

    Great questions that we all are guilty of forgetting. How true God is right there! Thanks for sharing this story Melissa!

  • Melissa Henderson
    Posted at 21:35h, 21 August Reply

    Haha! I am realizing I do a lot of funny things when I am tired. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Carol Souders
    Posted at 12:32h, 22 August Reply

    What a sweet story. So glad you enjoyed the conference. It’s always a good thing when your hard work feels like good fun and the inspiration flows. But do….get plenty of rest.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 18:29h, 22 August Reply

      Thank you Carol. I am looking forward to rest. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful, blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Melissa McLaughlin
    Posted at 14:21h, 22 August Reply

    Oh Melissa, you had me laughing along with you! And along with myself, for I have done things like this many times! Sounds like a wonderful writer’s conference! Hope you were able to enjoy it to the fullest! Phone, laughter and all!

  • Debra Scales
    Posted at 17:56h, 22 August Reply

    Great advice! I’ve done the same thing with my phone. It must be caused by exhaustion. Surely such a problem can’t be age-related!! 😊

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 18:29h, 22 August Reply

      No age related problems. haha! Just exhaustion. haha! Have a blessed day!

  • ordinarilyextraordinarymom
    Posted at 18:25h, 27 August Reply

    I have definitely been there and done that. I have gotten out of the car where I was talking on bluetooth and kept talking to the air on my way in the house. I must have looked like a psycho to my neighbors. LOL. Hope you got some rest after the conference.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:55h, 27 August Reply

      So funny how we all have done silly things. I rested after the conference and now, am exhausted from moving to a new home. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Nancy Scarantino
    Posted at 16:27h, 29 August Reply

    So glad to know I’m not the only one with a phone story!!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:32h, 29 August Reply

      Haha! Something funny always happening here.😁 Have a blessed day,!

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