Sweetheart…are you cold?….

The state of Virginia experiences all four seasons. Cool Spring, hot Summer, chilly Autumn and cold Winter. Seasons are different in South Carolina. Alan and I are learning how different the temperatures can range in the Palmetto state.

November 7th arrived and we noticed people wearing colorful shorts and swimsuits. Children playing outside were sweating from the warmth and energy being exerted while riding bicycles. Cars being soaped and soaked in driveways made us think of summertime.

New friends have shared how temperatures won’t really change and get “cold” until January. Some folks even mentioned the cold will only last about a month. This is why we donated most of our winter clothing to charity before we moved from VA to SC.

Yet….we’ve been told we would become acclimated to the temperatures quickly.  I didn’t believe that statement as I can definitely tell hot from cold.

I was wrong and admit my misconception about the SC weather. When we first moved here, I laughed seeing people wearing sweaters, coats and hats as the temperatures ranged from 60-65 degrees. Now, guess what? I am one of those people.

How quickly I adjusted to the “cold” in SC! This morning, temps are in the upper 50’s and the heater might be an option. 🙂 Or better yet, I will find those few sweaters in the back of the closet and wrap up nice and cozy.

Funny thing is Alan has not adapted yet and he thinks the temperatures are terrific. I guess I am becoming a South Carolinian before him. haha!!

Lately, the same question repeats to Alan, “Sweetheart, are you cold?” That lets him know I am cold. Just a friendly little question. 🙂

Life is great in SC. What’s the weather like in your area? Are you wearing a sweater or a swimsuit?

The Lord gives us beautiful seasons to enjoy.  Each season is un.  Pause and notice the glory of His wonders.

Have a blessed day and put on a sweater if you feel cold,
Mimi

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Sandy toes and big tub…….

One of the great things about living near the ocean is being able to take long, leisurely walks on the beach. The sights are amazing! Seashells of all sizes, shapes and colors delight the eyes. Horseshoe crabs on the sand, dolphins jumping in and out of the sun streaked water and people surfboarding, kayaking and swimming.  Watching the waves roll in and out is mesmerizing. The majestic wonders of God’s creations are limitless.

Alan and I decided to buy some “water” shoes so we could walk on the beach and not worry about stepping on shells and hurting our feet. Finding a sale at a local store and being pleased with our purchase, off we headed to the beach.

Parked car, changed from tennis shoes to new “water” shoes and found a nice boardwalk to enter the beach. Ahh…. what fun we had exploring all the sights and sounds. We now know where Santa Claus spends his October days. He was at the beach. Red tank top, red swim trunks and a beautiful white beard and white hair. (In case you wonder, we didn’t bother him. He needs rest.)

After the long walk, the time had come to return home. Back to the car, take off new “water” shoes, which are now full of sand and try to clean sand off of feet. Not easy! haha

Returning home, we knew that sand should not enter the house. Even with wiping off with a towel at the beach there was still sand everywhere. What should we do?

Well… our townhouse is not new and when it was built, tubs were the big request. Personally, I like a shower so when we moved into this house, I thought, “What will I ever use this tub for?” (other than filling the tub in preparations for storm aftermath)

Guess what? I found a use for the big tub. Perfect for sticking my feet under the water and getting the sand from between my toes. 🙂 I have to giggle every time I stand beside the tub and stick one foot over the side and turn on the water. I feel like a little girl playing in the water.

God gives us giggles each day and He also gives us new adventures each day. Have you found joy in something as simple as sticking your toes under the water in the tub? Share your joy with us.

Blessings and giggles,
Mimi

Are we lost? Adventures in walking…..

Exploring paved walking paths in our new neighborhood is fun. We enjoy the exercise and viewing new areas. Recently a friend shared if we walked a certain route, we would complete over a mile of walking. Great! Each day, Alan and I try to walk for a longer period of time and get those steps registered on the wrist band counter.

After chatting with our friend, we were determined to remember his directions. Off we went on the adventure to get the mile and more completed. The sights were amazing. Colorful hibiscus flowers blooming, butterflies dancing to and fro landing on lantana plants and egrets and herons gliding with their wings spread in the breezy air. Beautiful!

Until….we forgot the directions of our kind friend and realized we had no idea which way to turn at the next corner. Should we go straight or make a turn? The thought of being lost entered our minds. “Are we lost? Should we call Mike(our son) to come find us? How far have we walked?”

I reached for my cell phone only to find we were in an area of no coverage. How does “no coverage” happen in this day and time? Pausing momentarily to focus on our surroundings, we prayed for God to lead us in the right direction.

A simple prayer of “God, we might be lost. Please lead us home. Thank You.”

We turned a corner and familiar sights appeared. God always answers prayers. Alan and I are looking forward to walking the same route again and finding some new paved walking paths, too.

I had to giggle because we were not far from home at all. Silly Mimi. And, yes, we walked over a mile.

Have you ever felt lost in life? Remember to turn to God. Ask Him to guide your steps in the right direction. 🙂

Have a blessed day,
Mimi

 

Moving gives opportunities to show God’s love…

God answers prayers and this time He has answered our prayers fast. Alan and I prayed for wisdom, discernment and revelation about moving to South Carolina.  We asked God if we were making the right decision about moving. We prayed for a job for Alan, prayed for the house in VA to be purchased by someone God had chosen for the home, prayed for us to remember to show God’s love wherever we live. Prayers, prayers and more prayers.

Yes, God answered. A contract was put on the house in VA, Alan has a new job in SC, and the movers arrived and loaded the truck. All of those exciting events happened within a couple of weeks. Thank You God.

I must admit that moving has been stressful. Alan hurt his back moving too many boxes. We visited the local DMV 5 times. Each time, they asked for more information. I had to find our marriage certificate to prove why I changed my last name 38 years ago.

Each time we have encountered an obstacle with the move, God has provided a solution. We visited with the armed guards at the DMV and made them smile. We greeted everyone with smiles and a warm hello. Amidst taking care of the “to do” list, we were able to show God’s love and glory, even while we were frustrated.

The neighbors are very friendly and the area is filled with people of all ages. A sweet new friend brought delicious food for us. Bicycles, golf carts, people walking and jogging, parents with baby strollers and plenty of birds singing sweet songs. We’ll talk about the alligators another time. 🙂

Yet, while checking off the list, a most wonderful thought keeps coming into our minds. We are here to be with Mike, Christine and baby Rowan. Beautiful blessings. Already we can see them often and know they are close by.  We are full of joy knowing we will be sharing in Rowan’s life.  A true blessing.

God has a plan for us and we are thankful He knows the plan.

Have you had a stressful time moving? What helped you during that time?

Blessings from beautiful South Carolina,
Mimi

Yes, he smiled……

Baby Rowan is growing quickly. He is healthy and beautiful. Alan and I are blessed by watching Mike and Christine show love to their child. They are naturals at parenting.

Many wonderful “first time” events occur with a baby. The first coo, the first cry, the first diaper change, the first bath, the first outing and so much more.

One of the most precious sights is when you see that sweet baby look into your eyes and then, he smiles. People may say “Oh, that’s not a smile. That is gas.” Yet as a parent and a grandparent, when the baby looks into your eyes and makes those first facial movements, a smile is a smile. The whole world becomes happier when babies smile.

Rowan is beginning to show his personality with his sounds and expressions. As his “Mimi”, I know when I see a smile and his is the most beautiful smile in the world.

So when you see a baby, remember God has created this precious blessing and be sure to “smile”.

Have a wonderful day!

Blessings and forever smiles,
Mimi

3 Chirps don’t equal a beep…

I am thankful for smoke alarms.

After changing batteries and STILL being annoyed by constant beep, Alan and I decided to research the cause. We learned there is a difference between beeping and chirping when it comes to smoke alarms!

Interesting to learn that 3 chirps meant our alarm was beyond use and needed to be replaced. Yes, I am thankful for websites that give information to people like me who have no clue why their alarm just won’t be quiet.

So, if your smoke alarm gives 3 chirps after you change the battery, its time for a new smoke alarm! Don’t delay. Get a new one now. 🙂

This leads me to our next story in the life of the Henderson family. Since we had just experienced the smoke alarm situation at home, imagine our surprise when the alarm sounded at the hotel we were staying in during a recent trip. After an exhausting day of travel, we settled in for the night and after about 30 minutes of sleep, an alarm blared through the hotel. Being exhausted makes us do silly things. For example, my sweet husband jumped out of bed and reached for the smoke alarm in our room, thinking we were at home and it was malfunctioning again!

The sight was truly funny as I watched this sweet man in his underwear trying to find the alarm before realizing we weren’t at home.

After remembering we were in a hotel room, Alan quickly reached for shorts and a shirt. My pajamas looked good enough to wear outside, so we grabbed our other essentials like my purse and his wallet.

I opened the hotel room door to find other guests in the hallway, filing down the stairs. Everyone had a bewildered look, somewhere between fear and grumpiness.

The hotel guests gathered outside in the parking lot. No one knew what was happening. We waited for a fire truck or someone to let us know it was safe to go back inside.

Time passed and finally we noticed everyone filing back inside. Seems someone wanted to have some fun (fun for them) and pulled an alarm. The blessing is there was no real fire.

Alan and I were thankful there was no danger. As we settled down for sleep, we started laughing at the whole experience. Alarm sounds, we jump out of bed, make sure we have on appropriate clothing before heading out the door to follow the directions on the back of every hotel room door. In case of emergency, use the stairs.

Each day our family motto rings true… “Its Always a Story with the Hendersons”.

Blessings and giggles, and check your smoke alarms,
Mimi

“Mimi” has a whole new meaning…..

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Monday,  July 24, 2017 is a very special day. Our first grand child was born. He arrived 3 weeks early and he is perfect in every way.

Both of my sisters have grandchildren and shared how Alan and I would experience feelings of love beyond words for this new grand baby. The love my husband and I feel for this boy is as special as the love we feel for our son. Love beyond words.

The moment we saw this newborn baby boy, our world changed in wonderful ways. His face, his fingers, arms, legs, toes… even his cry is precious. Memories of when our son was born came in to our thoughts and tears of joy flowed on our cheeks.

Holding this new baby gave me a feeling of peace and comfort. I began to think of all the wonderful people who love him and will have important roles in his life. Blessings from God.

We have prayed for this child, his Daddy, his Mommy and the whole family. We pray that he will have the desire to know God and to show God’s love to others. We pray for good health for the whole family. Most of all, we give thanks to God for the precious blessing of this child. Thank You God. Your love endures forever.

Another special blessing is watching our son and daughter-in-love shower their new child with love that only a parent can give. The natural instinct both of them have to be parents is truly heartwarming to see. From the moment of his birth, this child was shown true love and devotion by his parents. Seeing our son and his wife loving their child is a truly amazing experience. Alan and I are so very proud of them.

I have been called “Mimi” by my family for a few years now. And, I will continue to be called “Mimi” unless this dear child wants to give me another name. 🙂 As for right now,
“Mimi” has a whole new meaning and I love the new meaning….. Grandmother.

Have a blessed week,
Mimi

 

 

 

 

Myrtle the Turtle….

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Myrtle!! Myrtle!!! Are you there? Hello! Hello!

We have a new guest at our home. A box turtle has taken up residence right outside our back door. She enjoys creating a hole in the dark mulch. Each morning, she disappears for a while and by the afternoon, returns to the hole she has created.

Alan and I believe the turtle is a mommy who will be laying eggs soon. That is the story we have created for ourselves. We have decided the turtle is a female and our son suggested we name her Myrtle the Turtle.

Myrtle never seems to be afraid of us. No matter how many times we open the back door and lean over the porch railing to gaze at her, she never moves away from us. Can she hear? Her nesting place is right next to the air conditioner unit and that thing is loud.

Although we may never know Myrtle’s true story and how she found our house, there is comfort in knowing she feels safe.

Yes, I do talk to Myrtle during the day.  That turtle may not know much about humans and may wonder about us like we wonder about her.

Myrtle may not be the most beautiful turtle, but she is fun to watch. Myrtle is a creation of God and she is special.

Now, I can be referred to as the “lady who talks to turtles”.  🙂 Add that to the ever growing list of nicknames for Mimi. 🙂

Do you ever chat with God’s animals? Do you have a favorite animal?

Blessings and giggles,
Mimi

 

When you argue with your phone……

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Last week, Alan and I enjoyed a wonderful vacation in South Carolina. Visiting with son and daughter-in-love always makes us happy.  A baby shower for the first grand baby due in August, an evening of winning a trivia game at a local eatery, sharing meals, conversation and making memories are all part of our family time.

The day arrived for us to leave and head for home in Virginia. We wanted to stay longer and would if we could. Life and job awaited at home. Packing the suitcases, filling the tank with gas and saying our goodbyes signaled we were on the way home.

Last November, our son suggested I purchase a new phone. A great idea since we were still using the old flip phones. The thought of fun activities and ways we could use the new phone was exciting. Maps, tracking exercise, and texting, which is definitely new for Alan and me, brought anticipation of new adventures to come.

So instead of printing out the directions for home as usual, I decided to ask the phone for directions. Easy, right?

We had stopped along the way to attend an author presentation. Great event. Just needed to take a different way home. No problem.

Well…. everything was going well. The roads were great until we were directed to leave the four lane highway and take the two lane highway. No problem.

The next instructions guided us from a two lane highway to a small road with no lines in the middle. Hmmm…. interesting. The only things visible in the area were tobacco fields and lots of cornfields. No highway signs, no street signs…..

Wait… a sign!!!!! Not a sign for directions. This was a sign with a drawing of a COW on it!!! A cow crossing sign!!!!

Thoughts raced in my head… What happens if we break down? Who would find us? There are not any houses nearby.  If we call for help, how could we describe our location? Would we say, “We’re the couple next to the “Cow Crossing” sign?”

As I started to argue with the phone, I repeated our destination address. Maybe the phone would provide us another route home, a more inhabited area so I wouldn’t feel so lost.

I realized there was no winning an argument with the phone when the voice kept telling us to “Make a U turn” and we were on a straight and narrow road. Feeling the back of the phone, I noticed warmth and decided to turn off the phone and resort to relying on the good old paper map. Thank goodness for visitor centers with free maps.

No arguing with the phone would result in a new direction home. Silly Mimi.

So next time we take a trip to unknown territory, I will make sure a paper map is in the car and yes, I will take the new phone. I just hope I don’t have to argue with the phone again. 🙂

Do you use the direction finder on your phone? Have you argued with your phone?

Even when we feel lost God is always with us. Rely on Him.

Blessings and giggles,
Mimi

Finches try to take over…..

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A beautiful day in Virginia. Sunshine, a slight breeze and comfortable temperatures. Our hummingbird feeder is ready for those cute little hummingbirds. The waiting game begins…. I peer outside like a child waiting for something spectacular to occur. My nose is sometimes pressed against the window and my breath makes fog appear on the window. Anticipating seeing my first hummingbird has filled my heart with excitement.

Then….. I notice… not hummingbirds. Someone else is drinking from the feeder and they have brought their family. Purple finches. Not one, but four purple finches. They are teaching the babies to drink from our hummingbird feeder. What? Those finches are trying to take over.

Quickly I open the back door to scare the finches away. That tactic only works for a few minutes. The purple finches are not afraid of me at all. They fly away and then return for more sugar water in the feeder.

How many times can I open and close the back door to try to show them the hummingbird feeder is for hummingbirds not finches?

Just as my patience begins to wear thin and the finches have flown away, I look outside and there, to my amazement, is a hummingbird. Not afraid of finches, this ruby throated hummingbird is there to stake claim to the feeder.

Sharing the feeder….. very special.

What would the world look like if we all would share our blessings with others? 🙂

Today and everyday, look around and see the blessings God provides.

Have a wonderful day,
Blessings and giggles,
Mimi