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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Serendipity Sunday

I am really enjoying this new Blog schedule I have set for myself…

I like the subjects each day to give me variety~~Serendipity Sunday, Technique Tuesday, Whacky Wednesday, Tutorial Thursday, Food Friday, and Saturday Smorgasbord.

It gives me a reason to be better organized with my thoughts, and gives me a challenge to make what I want to say FIT somewhere~~rolf…there is no shutting me up simply because I have something I feel I want to share!!  Boundaries??!!  Pish Posh!

I admit, my favorite topic is Serendipity Sunday.

I LOVE that each week, I try really hard to notice that little unexpected blessing that I would tend to overlook if I wasn’t looking.  It has caused me to stop dwelling so hard on the WHAT AM I GOING TO DO TO FIX THIS moments that seem to overwhelm me as of late.  I NEED this reminder.

On Wednesday, May 13, I was so overcome with joy because the mower started.  I was doing my “thank you, Jesus” praises, when as I was doing a pass, I noticed that something felt strange, only to discover the big back tire is flat and the front right tire is questionable…sigh…BUT I am claiming the JOY and victory in the “it started” moments and somehow, I will find a way to get the tire repaired…WHY do places want money?  =(

As I stood at the mower in tears, remembering having to spend $100 that I couldn’t afford on a car tire just one week ago.  I gave myself another “talking too” and thought somehow, I can’t dwell on this.  I just have to find a way to fix it. 

I found great joy in watching Charcoal bark at the mower and my leaving it in his dog trot.  It is quite comical how that has thrown his world into such a downward spiral.  I decided we needed a change in location for a bit, so I walked to the field by the house that is waiting to be planted in soybeans.

WOW…I didn’t notice how beautiful the day was.  I had shared with my FB friends on my page about the storms of life and how beautiful it is after they pass, and sure enough…This had been the first storm-free day in the last 5 days, and just WOW!! Only a few light clouds on the edges of the sky…

As I walked, I noticed that some type of fruit had dropped in a particular spot, so I walked and sat at the edge of that, and curiosity started filling this ole cat.  I sat and pondered what I thought it was.

I was fascinated by all the colors in the dying weeds.  Look Mulberries!!

Meanwhile, I looked to see a bird soaring HIGH and then another, and another, and they got lower…HOLY MOLY, it is a buzzard and his friends and they think I am DEAD…I moved quickly to discourage them for fear of some ole buzzard setting a record for the biggest find in buzzard history!! 

I smiled as I remembered the day that Daddy had come home from the barn, where he cut wood for me, after spending a month in the hospital and months at home regaining his strength.  He came into the house grinning like a possum, when he told that he walked out of the barn to see 3 buzzards sitting on the top looking down at him.  He giggled and said, “You don’t get me, YET!”  My precious Poppa!!  I am certain not many girls remember their father with such love when they see an ugly buzzard!

Look at the colors in that one weed.

I quickly went inside to grab my phone to research the berries, and yep, Mulberries.  It was a huge tree and I thought back to my childhood of singing, “here we go round the Mulberry bush” and thought, good grief, we could collapse in exhaustion trying to circle this big tree! 

Charcoal continued his search for more sticks and more sniffing…Do you KNOW the joy of a black fur baby running full speed toward you at the joy of seeing you?  Ok, yes, there is that moment of “Slow down, boy. You will KILL me if you hit me going that fast!”  Rewards of scratching his back made the celebration more fun for him.  Gosh, his Naughtie Aunts sure did make my world a better place when they helped me and encouraged me to get him…Yes, well,  they could tolerate the sadness no longer of  my losing Roamie…LOL   I do tend to have a gift for “woe, is me.”

All of this and you are convinced that this was my serendipity moment. 

Yes, it was a glorious couple of hours, and I no longer cried when I looked at the mower…

Life is filled with DOXOLOGY MOMENTS

BUT the REAL serendipity moment of the week was on Thursday, discovering that a Cardinal had built a nest in the little peach tree outside of the window by the door!  NEVER have I seen a cardinal nesting.

Last year, it was a robin in the bell, and now, this year…just for me…a Cardinal in the peach tree (sung to the 12 days of Christmas…yep…I think there might be a design coming with this moment!)

May I tell you how much I would love to see into that nest?  AND how DIFFICULT it is to get a good picture?  And how much Charcoal does not want my attention on such a thing?  Can you spell spoiled?  Why, Yes, m’am, I can~~C H A R C O A L!!

BUT, I would not risk hurting that location by dragging a ladder to it, or by cutting any of the protective branches…it is not my intent to destroy nature, so I will just watch each day to see the birdie parents making their nest a home…I welcome this family to my little corner of the world.

You can see the orange of the bill right in the middle of the picture...Where's Wilma instead of Waldo!!  LOL

Oh, my sweet Lord, HOW did I get so blessed while others long to have a safe home?  I am absolutely floored by the amount of Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness and LOVE shown to me daily!  HOW can I not Praise YOU!!

Please forgive me for my moments of weakness and yes, there are things I need, but You keep showing me how you provide, so I will wait and I KNOW my needs will be met at just the exact moment and not one bit sooner or later.  THANK YOU for loving me…

Thank you for all of the UNEXPECTED and UNDESERVED moments of Joy…YOU have my heart and I will do my best to be better…I will honor my trust in You, by pushing FEAR from my life…it is really tough, but you know that.  You promised ME that if I will trust, You WILL provide and I am claiming it. Amen…

Thank you, all my friends for joining me in my journey as I stumble and fall, and then rise to have some pretty good moments, only to stumble again…but THIS is my life…it is REAL and I cannot thank you enough for loving me through my trip down these winding roads, and for laughing at me when YOU KNOW I should have taken the other road.  I’m stubborn like that.

I wish you MANY serendipity moments this week…you sometimes have to look for them…I am simply blessed to create~~charlotte


I would like to GIVE AWAY this 5x7 painting I completed and shared on Tutorial Thursday.  I am blown away at the LIKES, kind comments and over 400 page views I had for the day on that post…YOWZERS.

I will draw a winning name on my Daddy’s 93rd Birthday…I try to do something thoughtful on those special days that make me sad, so May 24th, it will be…a drawing to someone who enters.  The drawing will be open to everyone, no matter where you live.

To enter: Answer this question: 
What is one of your favorite Serendipity moments, EVER…

I know, some of you HATE to share yourselves in public, but come on now, take a deep breath.  Answer on this blog, or I will make a PINNED POST (those on your phones, you will have to look for the pinned post at the top) on my facebook page ROMA LAND WOODCRAFTS.  Just my way to spread the love that was so freely given to me by my daddy…


  1. Good morning, Charlotte. I love seeing you post more here. I don't always get a chance to comment, but I do read and enjoy them every day. :)

    I would love to enter your contest. The "Bloom" painting is awesome and I would love to see it in my new studio. ;)

    Trying to come up with a 'favorite' serendipity moment isn't easy. I am a firm believer that things happen as they are 'supposed' to happen. Are things really the result of 'chance'? Or are they part of a bigger plan for us? I often think that if even one thing were changed in my life, I wouldn't be where I am at today. That would be sad, because I am not unhappy in my circumstances. I am very grateful.

    I suppose that my "favorite" serendipity moment came from an unfortunate event. Things were not going very well for me and to make a long story short, I wound up in the hospital. My partner Keith was also going through some horrific things and happened to be in the hospital as well in the same ward.

    After three days in there, we started talking in one of the common areas and became friends. We talked for hours and it felt good to find a friend. I couldn't help but think how sad I felt that such a nice man was going through some hard times. (He later said the same of me)

    When I left to go home, we exchanged emails and eventually became friends and partners. That was 7.5 years ago and it has been the best relationship that this old girl has had yet. Oh - we bicker like old marrieds on silly things, but we truly love and care for each other.

    I can't help but look back at that troubled time in my life as necessary for bringing me to where I am today. Not just in my relationship with Keith, but in my life in general. A day doesn't go by without me appreciating every single thing I have.

    So there you have it. I should win because it will probably be the LONGEST answer of your contest. LOL! ;)

    Love you, Charlotte! Keep writing and painting. You bring joy to so many! xo

    1. Even in bad circumstances, a faint ray of hope can be found! Lol. I have a special piece that is waiting to be mailed to you when the lottery money starts...shoot, I did not buy a ticket, so it might be November before you get it...:( but you WILL get it! ♡

  2. Beautiful post and don't let that stupid mower make you cry, just look up and tell Jesus you need Him.

    My serendipity favorite moments (yes many) walking out in the yard, dark, cold and snowing. I have always found such peace standing in the dark while the quiet snowflakes fall beside me.

    Blessings on your day, for you and Charcoal.

    1. Wow...a wonderful picture in my mind!
      The mower is trying to teach me a lesson...I sure hope I learn it very soon. I am now searching for one more quarter to go get air in the air tank...it will look be ok, somehow. ♡

  3. Hi Charlotte, your work is absolutely amazing. One of my moments is when I walk around my parents yard. I live next to them not because we have to but because I choose to. I know they won't live forever and I wanted to be able to be here if they needed me. I know I am not the perfect person in the world but I also know I would help anyone in need. Sometimes I wonder if those are all my moments is to be able to help others out whenever I can, makes a person thankful for all they have. Thank you Charlotte for sharing your story.. it wasn't just a tire!!!

    1. I wish our society saw taking care of our parents as an accomplishment. I did a lot wrong, but at least I tried! You are one of life's angels!♡


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