03 Aug The Falling Toad
My morning routine includes opening my eyes and saying “Good morning God. Thank You for this glorious day and all Your blessings.” Before my feet touch the floor, I am thanking God.
Once I am dressed and ready for the day, I head for the front door.
Opening the door, I view the beauty outside and feel the early morning temperature. Once again, I say, “Thank You God, for this glorious day and all Your blessings.”
This simple routine starts my day with comfort and peace.
On a recent morning, things took a different turn. Placing my hand on the doorknob and twisting to open, I heard a slight “thud”. The humidity sometimes causes the door to “stick” a little so I thought that was probably the reason for the odd sound.
No! As I opened the door, a gray toad fell from the top of the door into the foyer.
My scream was probably loud enough to wake the neighbors. Luckily, no one came out to see what happened. Maybe my scream wasn’t as loud as I imagined.
There sat a gray toad in the foyer.
“Alan, come quickly. There’s a toad in the house! Help! How do I get him out of here?”
Alan replied while sitting in his chair in the living room. “What did you say? A toad? Where? How did it get in the house?”
“No time to explain. Get him out before he starts hopping around.” I didn’t want to see that toad jump and hide behind furniture where we couldn’t find him. All sorts of scenarios played in my mind.
Walking to the foyer without any speed or worry, my dear husband asked, “Where is it? Where’s the toad?” I explained that the toad was right there in front of him.
My superhero husband used a floor duster to scoot the little toad back outside. I think the fall must have stunned the toad. The toad sure stunned me.
My peaceful morning blessings were interrupted by a gray toad and laughter. Well, laughter once the toad was back outside.
I am not afraid of all creatures. I just don’t like when they interrupt my peaceful morning and try to come into the house.
Come to think of it, that toad probably thought I interrupted his quiet morning routine.
Silly toad. Stay outside. Please don’t linger on the front door. I am thankful it didn’t fall on my head. If that had happened, you would have heard me screaming all the way to your house, wherever you live.
This silly experience gave me time to pause and consider how easily I can be distracted from sharing time with God. What began as a peaceful morning giving praise to God, turned into a few moments of fright and frustration.
I’m glad the toad was put back outside and that I could continue saying, “Thank You God, for this glorious day and all Your blessings.”
Have a blessed day, and watch out for falling toads,
Mimi aka Melissa Henderson
Toad photo courtesy of Pixabay
Jill WeatherholtPosted at 09:51h, 03 August
Such a beautiful and funny reminder to keep our focus on God. Thank you for this, Melissa! We’ve had two experiences where tree frogs have come into our house. They sure are fast! <3
mimionlifePosted at 12:24h, 03 August
I was shocked when that little toad fell into the house. What a strange sight! haha! Have a blessed week! 🙂
Betty OwensPosted at 11:35h, 03 August
Funny story! I’m glad both you and gray toad survived. You both had an unexpected adventure!
mimionlifePosted at 12:25h, 03 August
Yes, definitely an unexpected adventure. haha! Have a blessed week Betty! 🙂
Jessica BrodiePosted at 12:55h, 03 August
That is too cute! A falling toad definitely would have made me scream. And I love your morning gratitude routine!! 🙂
mimionlifePosted at 13:06h, 03 August
Thank you Jessica. I love beginning the morning by thanking God for all His blessings. I am thankful He gives us laughter. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Bettie GPosted at 13:11h, 03 August
Thanks for this great laugh to start my morning with! We live in a wooded area on the edge of a small town, so there have been quite a few surprising creatures here as well! I often think like you did, that maybe we have disturbed their peaceful day too! Lol. Blessings and gratitude for you, Dear Friend!
mimionlifePosted at 13:19h, 03 August
I can just imagine the creatures you see near your home. The woods are filled with many kinds of animals. Glad you started the morning with a laugh. Have a blessed day dear friend! 🙂
Kimberly Rose JohnsonPosted at 13:38h, 03 August
Oh my goodness. Thanks for putting a smile on my face and for the reminder.
mimionlifePosted at 16:05h, 03 August
Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed week! 🙂
ordinarilyextraordinarymomPosted at 13:58h, 03 August
You always have fun stories. May Hod continue to give you endless reasons to be grateful 💕
mimionlifePosted at 16:05h, 03 August
Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoy the stories. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Nancy E. HeadPosted at 14:32h, 03 August
I like it best when creatures not invited inside stay outside too. But sometimes when they do come inside, it turns out to be a funny story later on. Later on. Never in the now. God bless!
mimionlifePosted at 16:06h, 03 August
Yes, Nancy, these kind of stories make me laugh after they happen. haha! Have a blessed week! 🙂
June FosterPosted at 18:46h, 03 August
This story made me smile. I’m so glad somebody besides me screams. My husband always tells me I don’t need to scream, but it just seems to come out automatically. We had a bird in the house once and Joe had to get it out as well. I’m not going to tell you what happened to the lizard that appeared upstairs in our house.
mimionlifePosted at 19:44h, 03 August
Haha! I don’t mean to scream but somehow the scream comes out. 🙂 Have a blessed week dear friend.
buierocks2002Posted at 19:27h, 03 August
Nice Toad story! 🙂 love it!
mimionlifePosted at 19:45h, 03 August
Thank you so much. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Ava PenningtonPosted at 19:38h, 03 August
I can relate – have had several “visitors” (frogs, lizards, etc.) over the years!
mimionlifePosted at 19:45h, 03 August
These “visitors” can bring very interesting stories. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Karen HarrisonPosted at 21:00h, 03 August
I don’t blame you, Mimi, I would’ve screamed too! Times like that, husbands come in handy. 👌Rather odd that a toad was able to find such a high perch. Now you’ve got me thinking about looking up before I open my door! 😂. Have a blessed day, dear friend. ❤️🌼
mimionlifePosted at 21:04h, 03 August
Haha! I had a friend in NC who opened her front door and a little green frog fell on her head. Glad that wasn’t me. Have a blessed week dear friend. 🙂
colarnoldPosted at 22:58h, 03 August
Love this Melissa! Thanks for “the heads up” (lol)
mimionlifePosted at 11:39h, 04 August
Haha! Glad you enjoyed this adventure. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Lynn J SimpsonPosted at 01:25h, 04 August
How easily we can get startled out of our peace! I would have reacted the same way Melissa!
mimionlifePosted at 11:40h, 04 August
Yes, true. The simplest things can startle us out of our peace. Have a blessed week Lynn! 🙂
Vickie@Vickie's Kitchen and GardenPosted at 10:02h, 04 August
oh my goodness I would have screamed too. It’s funny how nature can scare you! Yet, he restored your peace with the help of your husband in a matter of minutes. Isn’t God wonderful!
mimionlifePosted at 11:41h, 04 August
There are lots of things in nature that can startle or scare. I’m glad it was just a toad. haha! Have a blessed week! 🙂
Diana DerringerPosted at 12:44h, 04 August
Love it, Melissa! Thanks for this morning’s laugh.
mimionlifePosted at 12:56h, 04 August
Thank you Diana. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Gail JohnsonPosted at 15:14h, 04 August
Melissa, you always make me smile. Maybe he was trying to get his own story. And you’ve not been paying attention. 😄
mimionlifePosted at 16:59h, 04 August
I love that idea! Maybe “Licky the Lizard” and soon to be published “Grumpy the Gator” need a friend. haha! Have a blessed day! 🙂
Gail JohnsonPosted at 18:40h, 04 August
Tumble the Toady 😉
mimionlifePosted at 19:00h, 04 August
That is hilarious! 🙂
Marcie CramseyPosted at 16:23h, 04 August
I love your blog, Melissa! I laugh every time I read it. It’s a good jolly break in my day. 🙂
mimionlifePosted at 16:59h, 04 August
Marcie, you made me smile. Thank you so much. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Melinda Viergever InmanPosted at 13:48h, 05 August
I would have screamed if a toad had landed in my foyer when I opened the door! Seems like a logical reaction to me. Thankfully, Superhero Husband came to the rescue!
mimionlifePosted at 13:51h, 05 August
Yes, my husband is a superhero. 🙂 Now, every time I open the door, I open it slowly and check for falling toads. Have a blessed day!
YvonnePosted at 01:27h, 06 August
I am so glad it did not fall on your head but it would make for an interesting story. It is so important to praise God no matter what falls from the sky. Thanks
mimionlifePosted at 12:01h, 06 August
I love your statement. “It is so important to praise God no matter what falls from the sky.” Amen. No matter the situation, give thanks with a grateful heart. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Lisa QuintanaPosted at 00:36h, 07 August
OK… I can’t help myself, but I have to reply with this word: “Ribbit.” 😉
mimionlifePosted at 12:33h, 07 August
You are making me laugh out loud! hahahah! Have a blessed day! 🙂
Melissa McLaughlinPosted at 01:47h, 07 August
Melissa, I love your morning routine with the “praise phrase”. I have similar prayers I say as I awaken and seek the Lord. But yours is simple, easy to remember and just plain beautiful. The frog story is really funny! How in the world did that ever happen? Thank you for using this as a spiritual lesson.
mimionlifePosted at 12:35h, 07 August
Thank you, Melissa. I love how God sends us opportunities to draw closer to Him. Even in the simplest things, like a toad, I am reminded to focus on Him and not become distracted. Have a blessed day! 🙂
karentfridayPosted at 14:14h, 08 August
Melissa, ha ha! It truly is “always a story with the Hendersons.” A toad? Crazy! I love how you always make the analogy to spiritual areas in our lives!
mimionlifePosted at 15:37h, 08 August
Thank you Karen. God truly places special and unique situations in my life. 🙂 Have a blessed weekend!
debwilson2Posted at 22:10h, 25 August
Melissa, what a cute story! Yes, it is amazing what can interrupt my planned time with the Lord. I’m with you. I would have screamed too if it landed on my head. 🙂
mimionlifePosted at 13:04h, 26 August
Haha! I’m glad that toad didn’t land on my head. I pray I won’t listen to distractions today. I want to share time with God without any interruptions. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Jeanne TakenakaPosted at 19:57h, 26 August
Oh Melissa, your posts always make me smile. You are so good at viewing situations through other perspectives, this case being the toad’s. 🙂 It seems like it doesn’t take much to distract me from my normal routine either. I guess the thing is, when we do get distracted by something, what do we do next? I like your answer of going back to thanking God. What a great way to begin the day!
mimionlifePosted at 20:20h, 26 August
Thank you Jeanne. I love how God gives us many opportunities to laugh and find joy in the simple moments of life. I pray all distractions will stay away today. Have a blessed week! 🙂
BomaPosted at 21:24h, 01 September
Yes, toad, stay outside! Thanks for sharing, Mimi. Many blessings!
mimionlifePosted at 18:15h, 02 September
Thank you Boma. Yes, I want that toad to stay outside. 🙂 Have a blessed week! 🙂