Pledge the Pink • Update 🦩🦩🦩 🦩 Only 4 Weeks Until The Big Event

🦩 🐝 Friday, September 23rd, 2022 🐝 🦩

Hello friends —

I am a newbie to Pledge the Pink (2022). I am part of an extraordinary group of women who are passionate about beating cancer. My team is called, Team Boo Bees. We are raising money for cancer awareness, prevention and research. Our team goal is to raise $20,000 and my personal goal is $2,000. Every little bit helps, prayers are always welcomed. I will be traveling to Fripp Island, SC in October to participate in a three day event: 3 Days/30 Miles. If you are interested in making a donation I will provide a link below. I will also provide information about the foundation.

This is Fancy.

What is Pledge the Pink?

Pledge the Pink Foundation is a nonprofit public charity dedicated to funding breast cancer screening, treatment, outreach and research. We provide funding for free mammograms, medical assistance, and outreach services to the people who need it most and too often are lost in a system of endless paperwork.

https://pledgethepinkfoundation.org/

This shows my teams total and my individual total so far for Pledge the Pink 2022

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I am blessed by you! 💗 🐝 🦩

Love and Blessings ~ Charlotte 🦩💗🐝

Mothers and Daughters ❤️ Love and Loss

Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Me and mom

Happiness or sadness, the person I want most to share it with is my mom.

My mom and her mom (grandma) 1989

When a daughter loses her mother, she doesn’t stop being that mother’s little girl. I lost my mom very suddenly over ten years ago and today is her birthday. I am writing to celebrate her and what she meant to me. It’s a privilege and an honor call her my mom, Happy Birthday, Mom!

🎂•🎉•🎈•🎁•❤️•🙏🏻

Me and mom (1989)

She inspired me to be brave and courageous, kind and giving, honest and dedicated. There are days my hearts aches to just be held in her arms one more time. Then, there are days of joy, wanting to call her on the phone for a chat and share my day with her.

Today, she will be celebrating her tenth birthday in heaven; if such things happen. Either way, in my mind she is and I know it’s glorious. I would love to hug and kiss her one more time, but for now I will hold onto our last goodbye.

Dandelion Kisses Heaven Bound😘

“‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.“

Alfred Lord Tennyson
May, 22nd, 2012
Last photo of my mom

From the Gospel of John

“Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. So you have pain now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”

John 16:20, 22
Photo Credit: Me
August 23rd, 2022

Paul’s Letter to Corinth and Achaia

“For our slight, momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen, for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” —2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Photo Credit: Me
Fountain County, IN
Sugar Mill Creek

Interesting bit of history about this specific spot, my parents were both baptized right under this bridge in September 1963.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I am blessed by your support.

Love and Blessings ~Charlotte 💚

Pledge the Pink • Update 🦩🦩🦩 • Week Five of Training

WEEK FIVE OF TRAINING

Friends, I would appreciate any size donation to help this wonder organization. No amount is too small, if you cannot donation I totally understand I simply ask for your prayers. Thank you!

Charlotte’s Fundraising Page for Pledge the Pink 2022

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My original post can be found here: 

Pledge the Pink 

Photo Credit: Me
July 22, 2022
Art Work
Indianapolis International Airport

Thank you for stopping by my blog space today, I am grateful and blessed by your support.

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Pledge the Pink • Update 🦩🦩

WEEK TWO OF TRAINING

My Progress

My original post can be found here:

Photo Credit: Me
June 9th, 2022
Plainfield, IN

Thank you for stopping by my blog space today, I am grateful and blessed by your support.

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Good Grief, Oh My Soul

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

“one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”

~C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Oh, my soul
Oh, how you worry
Oh, how you’re weary, from fearing you lost control
This was the one thing, you didn’t see coming
And no one would blame you, though
If you cried in private
If you tried to hide it away, so no one knows
No one will see, if you stop believing

Oh, my soul
You are not alone
There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know
One more day, He will make a way
Let Him show you how, you can lay this down
‘Cause you’re not alone

Here and now
You can be honest
I won’t try to promise that someday it all works out
‘Cause this is the valley
And even now, He is breathing on your dry bones
And there will be dancing
There will be beauty where beauty was ash and stone
This much I know

Oh, my soul
You are not alone
There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know
One more day, He will make a way
Let Him show you how, you can lay this down

I’m not strong enough, I can’t take anymore
(You can lay it down, you can lay it down)
And my shipwrecked faith will never get me to shore
(You can lay it down, you can lay it down)
Can He find me here
Can He keep me from going under

Oh, my soul
You’re not alone
There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know
One more day, He will make a way
Let Him show you how, you can lay this down
‘Cause you’re not alone
Oh, my soul, you’re not alone

Mom “Peach”
Shirley Lee Robinson
September 23rd, 1946 — June 22nd, 2012

The Day

The day I never wanted to come
That day has come and gone
The imagined loss and emptiness
Those feelings has settled in
A void that cannot be filled
How does one grieve such a loss
Not with time, family or friends
Such a loss with open wounds
Wounds that are felt more than seen
Pain that blocks all healing
Mourning that feels no relief
Just one more hug or embrace
One more I love you
No one can ease the pains of life
Nothing like a mothers love
Mom, I miss you
I miss you everyday.©️

C.A.Robinson
~July 28, 2012
@ 10:26pm

Dad, Me & Mom 1986

Family and Fragile Things

Family, the fragile state of life.
The tests and trials before us
Years come and go, family ties bind
Sickness and sadness reminds us
Busy lives, racing to and fro
Thinking tomorrow time will slow
Tomorrows stay elusive out of reach
We gather at weddings, wishing
We gather at funerals, remembering
Often asking why and where
God may seem elusive but He’s not
God is always with us
We only notice when we need Him
Celebrate the daily things
Thank God daily for His presence
Take time for Family in-between
Weddings will be more happy
Funerals will be less sad
Family ties that bind, strengthened
The grace of God never-ending. ©️

C.A.Robinson
~April 3, 2011
4:44pm

Mr. & Mrs. Robinson
Wedding Day
July, 25th, 1963

In This Very Place

Your spirit is woven into the fabric of this very place

Every corner, every shelf reveals remnants of your special touch

Christmas gifts of long ago still adorn the walls of this sacred place

Family photos of yesteryear all with a story to tell

If only this were but a childish game running and laughing, all covered with love

I hear you in the chimes letting me know you’re near

Hummingbirds with their ease of flight…shows me the beauty and complexity of this life

As I hear the tick tock of the clocks, I can hear your laughter in the distance

Remembering the comfort and strength in your warm embrace,

Remembering your sacrifices in all you did, making life sweeter

Everything has changed, nothing feels the same, and hard as I try reality continues knocking at my door

Go away, go away…Can’t you see you’re not welcome in this place.

This was hers, this was ours…wishes and dreams unfulfilled, it’s all left undone

Questions linger, the obvious one of why…it’s beyond our understanding.

Has she traveled to all the places she once dreamed of, was there a welcoming of those who had gone before?

No pain…walking and running freely, perhaps even flying or floating about.

Today as I looked in the sky, filled with billowing white clouds I paused to wonder…

Thinking to myself, and saying…can she see me, is she proud of me,

Am I doing and being the best person I can be? When will I see her again?

Mom, I miss you so very much and I love you more than I was ever able to show.

Until we meet again, you will always be in my heart, my soul…the very existence of who I am, always and forever…your daughter.©️

~C.A.Robinson
September 19, 2011
1:23am

1989
My Mom & Her Mom (My Grandmother)

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Ecclesiastes%203:1-8&version=NIV
My Mom
May 22, 2012

Friends, thank you for your continued support and helping me celebrate life! May you experience God in very real ways today! You are a blessing to me. 🙏🏻☀️🌸🌻🤗🥰🥳

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Pledge the Pink 🦩🦩

Wednesday. May 25th, 2022

Hello friends,

I want to share with you an organization that I recently became a part of . . . It is called Pledge the Pink and it supports individuals fighting cancer and promotes annual screening for this terrible disease that affects so many lives.

I first became aware this of this great organization through a very dear friend and cancer survivor. I met Margaret my freshman year in college and she has been a blessing since we first met. I remember talking with Margaret last year about her positive interactions with this group and she had introduced another mutual friend (Nancy, who I also met in college) and she had joined. I saw through Facebook posts how much fun and enthusiasm was being shared and decided I too wanted to be a part of this as well. The bonus is sharing it with two women I admire and have shared a special bond of friendship with through the years. I joined back in December 2021 and recently opened a fundraising page. I am also planning on attending the big event in October 2022 for a face to face with people to raise awareness, funding and support to fight cancer. I have posted some interesting facts below from the website at:

https://pledgethepink.com/

This years event will be at Fripp Island, SC

I have yet to start my training, your prayers will be appreciated. If you are able and would like to donate to this worthy cause please click the link below; my fundraising page. No amount to too small and I totally understand if you are not in a position to give money, please consider praying for the event and those fighting cancer. God is good, God is always good!

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.“

—Isaiah 40:31
Isaiah 40:31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Isaiah%2040:31&version=NIV

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Chosen People with Chosen Names

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Photo Credit: Me
May 16th, 2022 at 2237
Indianapolis International Airport

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”

1 John 3:1-3 (NIV)

As I was reading my devotional for today and the accompanying narrative I felt compelled to share my thoughts and feelings on the topic of being called by our given name(s). Indeed, what great love our Father, God has lavishly blessed us by calling us His children. The story that was included in the devotional was about a small boy who was upset when an older adult had called him “sweetie pie” and not by his given name. The boy liked his name and preferred being called by such. His mother tried explaining that it had been said as a term of endearment. She told her young son that sometimes when people are talking with others they use words that are complimentary and endearing. * Devotional can be reached by clicking this link:

https://www.upperroom.org/devotionals/en-2022-05-17

The first and foremost a lesson for me is most definitely that I am both honored and blessed to be called a child of God. Secondly, I am honored by my given name that my parents gave to me at birth. I don’t know if there’s a story behind it or not but I have come full circle in loving my whole name . . .

Charlotte Ann Robinson

One of my earliest memories of my full given name was in kindergarten learning to spell my name; it was so long! I had to use three lines of the preprinted paper just to print my full name. It may have seemed impossible at the time but I would not change it for anything today. With that being said, I do recall writing a paper for English literature in college about changing my name to something with less letters in it (LOL)! I’m so thankful that was just a writing exercise.

I have many friends who use different variations of my name and I’ve preferred some over others during specific times in my life. I am thankful for each one and for the memories that flood over me like river of time whenever I am called by a specific variation.

The (nick) name that has been with me the longest and sprawls over more than one stage of my life and at times crisscrosses back and both, much like the ebb and flow of the waves on a shoreline is Charlie.

Charlie

I gained the nickname “Charlie” when I was playing softball as a kid, so it brings back some very fond memories and I reminisce about my glory days. To say that I loved softball would be an understatement. I starting playing when I was five and enjoyed it for another three decades. My parents were super supportive and even when I played in college they only missed a few games. My mom was my biggest fan.

During my time in college I met a few very special individuals who became like family and they still call me Charlie. Margaret, Greg, and Nancy. To this very day when they calls me Charlie, it transcends me back to our early meetings of one another and the love and kindness they showed me. Greg was the fiancé of Margaret, and her husband today. They took me in and treated me like an extended member of their family; they are indeed very special to me. The joy of their friendship has sustained me with love, compassion and gratitude over the years. Nancy too, is a part of my connection with Greg and Margaret, she is a dear friend and though we rarely see one another our relationship as friends, sisters and children of God bonds us together. Nancy and Margaret are like sisters to me, a gift from God. Of course, they call me Charlotte too, and I love it as well!

Char

I believe that I was in junior high and high school when some of my friends shortened my name to “Char.” It was different and kind of unique but the best part of it was, my two best friends Marcie and Staci called me, Char. We even had a secret word we used when we wrote notes back and forth to one another, back in the stone age before phones and such! “ETA” meant “love you” I honestly don’t remember how we came up with that collection of letters but I do remember passing notes in our Greek language class. Times were simpler back then, I miss them, my friends and that space and time.

Much later in life, a person I had been romantically involved with also called me Char. It was endearing but felt so very different than what it did in high school. That relationship, like many things in life ended but the name remains with significance.

I also have a dear friend, Shelly who calls me, Char. So is a bundles of joy and her heart is filled with love. She is one of the most courageous women I know and she has faced more adversities than one person should. She’s not a quitter, she does t know the word defeated though many have tried to bring her down. I just love her! She has been like a cheerleader for me and my writing since the beginning of our friendship that began in the mid ‘90’s. We rarely spend time together yet our bond grows stronger with time. We share many life values and have deep love and respect for one another.

Charlotte Ann

Now, that certainly has a parental ring to it, doesn’t it! Whether it was used with regard to praise or reprimand, today both bring a smile to my face. I feel so enormously blessed to have the parents God blessed me with, I knew they loved me through everything they did. They scolded me and corrected me when I needed to be shown right from wrong. They praised me when I achieved things in life, they encouraged me when I had been disappointed or lost in an event. They taught me to be kind, to be generous and respectful. They taught me to pray, we’re concerned about my education both academically and spiritually. They sacrificed themselves to give me and my brother a life filled with truth, honesty and responsibility. I am fortunate to still have my dad and he is in relatively good health given some of his diagnoses. My mom, passed nearly ten years ago, not a day goes by I do not miss her. I had a beautiful dream just last night, I often do not remember specifics but this one I did. I was a kid and I looked my mom in the eyes and intently spoke those three little words, “I Love You!” her face beamed and so did mine. The older I get the more I see her in myself, I like that.

Charlotte

It is difficult to put into words the sensation that fills me when I hear my given name, while many people use this name the most at this point in my life, it also invokes different emotions depending on the person speaking. It is in the pronunciation of my name, for instance the tone and sound of someone’s voice can ignite a spark in my soul. I have a friend, Nick he’s a sweet guy who always makes me feel like I’m significant, just hearing his voice makes my heart smile and a calmness rushes over me. He’s kind, considerate and respectful. He always greets me with a friendly hug whenever we meet one another in person. I have a friend, Ty at work who often uses the phrase, “The secret lies with Charlotte” a movie quote from “National Treasure” it always makes me smile, and he uses a direct and deep voice when he says it! I love hearing every time!

Two other friends, Barry and Tony address me by my given name, they speak it differently and it is comforting to hear my name spoken. I feel “seen” and “recognized” as more than just another employee that happens to work for the same company they do. Barry has been my coworker and friend for many years. We, in my opinion compliment one another with our work skills and abilities. I enjoy our friendship and our combined interest in sporting events, political banter and our shared faith. In many ways, my relationship with Tony is very similar, in addition he has been a mentor to me and has always been willing to listen and allow me to talk through obstacles I am facing within the workplace. I believe he is wise beyond his years and has the ability to see things not just as they are but what they have the potential to become.

Obviously, it would be impossible to mention everyone who calls me by my given name and how that makes me feel. So please allow me to say this, I love all of the beautiful men and women in my life who have made and continue to make a difference in my life, your abilities to invoke influence, sincerity, love and respect is overwhelming at times, may the God of the universe watch over you and keep you safe, healthy and joyful. We are all God’s beloved children.

Friends, thank you all for the many names by which you bless me.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

~1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
Photo Credit: Me
May 2nd, 2022
Indianapolis, IN

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

1 Peter 2:9 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Peter%202:9&version=NIV
1 John 3:1-3 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20John%203:1-3&version=NIV

Just for fun . . .