Monday, July 2, 2012

Wind Storm

We were hit Friday night with a horrible wind storm.  Quite frankly I pray that I never see stronger winds in my lifetime.  We lost power and toughed it out that night.  Checked on Meghan and very thankful that they have power.  Emily lost power but was at a friend's apt. who has limited power.  Hubby went to work and I headed to Wal-Mart to get water and ice.  I was able to spend some time with my dear friend and her daughter.  We went to Lynchburg and ended up at the mall for lunch and was joined by Emily:)  Its always so good to see, in person, that your family is ok.  Was invited to the Morrison Mansion for the afternoon.  Such a wonderful time.   Very thankful that we suffered no damage to our home or cars. 
So thankful that hubby's friend invited us to his home in Concord.  Unfortunately, it looks like the power will not be restored until the 7th.
Looking forward to being back to the 'norm'.
Thanks for stopping by:)
Willa Jean

Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Man

I am so thankful for my hubby!  We have been marred for 31 years and I truly love him more today than when we said "I do".  God blessed us far more than we deserve!  He is a great provider and some people even think he's a saint:) 
So thankful to be his brown-eyed girl!
Mrs. Barry Coates :)

Friday, June 22, 2012


Here's my card for the FTL #196 over at the
My card uses Josie Bowlin DP punched with a 1" square punch, CTMH sentiment stamped with SU Night of Navy ink.
This card is already on its way to a special person.
Thanks for stopping by:)

Willa Jean

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Mom

My mom departed her earthly home 2 years ago today.  She was diagnosed with angio sarcoma (sp?) on June 11 and lived 9 days!  Whirlwind, shock, head spinning....yes...and there are many more adjectives to describe those 9 days.  The  main word that comes to my mind is 'grace'...God's grace! 
Oh, do I ever miss her...many, many long telephone conversations.  My mom's love for her family was so strong and in fact sometimes even 'choking'...because you were never an adult you were always her 'child'.  My mom was not perfect but she was forgiven.  She may have made choices to hold onto things from the past....Praise Him who does not...they are washed away.  Do you hold onto past things?  I know I sure know what that hold does it can make you doubt yourself..your inabilities...your shortfalls. 
My Jesus forgives 70 x 70.  Where would I be if He didn't?  We are human and we hurt.  We want to change things that we cannot.  So thankful that the way to Jesus is not based on living up to man's standards. He chose me!  I am so unworthy...but He knew this..
Mom, I sure do miss you!  It has been a bittersweet 2 years.  We took care of dad and he missed you so much! He loved spending time with his family and friends, but boy did he talk about you a lot and oh, was that tough. 
Thank you Lord for my mom
Your daughter!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Childhood Friend

Wanted to share this very simple card that I have made for a sweet family!  This family has been the victim of cancer.  My childhood friend, Kelli Lamp Fraley, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor around the holidays of 2011.  She if fighting this cancer with prayers!  I have been blessed to be able to connect with her and visit her.  Please keep this precious famly in your prayers!
Willa Jean Coates

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Card Challenge 39/356

This card is for the sketch challenge at Pretty self-explanatory:) Products used: Marina Mist SU DP, MS Punch, MME DP, Sentiment Stamp from K & Company, Real Red Stamp Pad SU.
Thanks for looking:)
Willa Jean

Card Challenge 40/356

This challenge is #40 to make a card talking about 'chatting with a friend' (#40). These challeges can be found

Thanks for stopping by:)

Willa Jean