As many of you may or may not know, I purchased Elizabeth’s website domain www.twentycoats.com. I wasn’t sure what if anything I was going to do with it, I just knew I didn’t want anyone else to re-purpose the URL site or name. In August, when I decided to start a scholarship fund and decided to auction off Elizabeth’s Easter wreath to start her scholarship, I also received an order to recreate her 1 year anniversary wreath for a dear friend in Salado. That’s when God showed me the way and what I was going to do with her business name and how I would raise money for her scholarship at Methodist Children’s Home and the boys scholarship at Salado High. I was going to do it by selling wreaths one creation at a time!
As we close 2013, I wanted to take the time to reflect on my wreath creations and sales/contributions for 2013. I have been very blessed in the last four months! Due to the generosity and support, I have contributed $8,000 dollars between Elizabeth’s scholarship fund at the Methodist Children’s Home and Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes’ scholarship fund at Salado High School!
If you purchased a wreath from Twentycoats Wreath Creations, I want you to know that I prayed over each wreath that I created, delivered, and shipped. I prayed that God would bless your homes in a mighty way! I also sent these wreaths knowing there is a part of my daughter and grandsons memory adorning your homes during the Christmas season, everyday, and for those special moments in your life! As I told many of you when I delivered your wreath and many of you knew Elizabeth and the boys………..my prayer is that you have a wonderful reminder in your home of her amazing spirit and may it bring you joy! And when you look at your wreath or take it out and hang it for another season, my hope is that you will remember my little girl and three amazing little boys and may it give you an opportunity to share her story with others.
I also collect pictures of the wreaths hanging on their new owners door. These pictures are such a blessing to me. These pictures allow me to see my wreath creation placed in your home and knowing there is a part of my daughter and grandsons story all over the State of Texas!
I am looking forward to 2014 as I continue to build a legacy!
Therefore, I wanted to catalog the wreaths that I sold in 2013 and to that end I created a video. The song that I chose is titled “Mountains” by the group Lonestar. I chose this song, because when I was in Connecticut in 2006, Elizabeth called me one day and told me that I needed to listen to this song. When I asked her why, she told me: “Because this song reminds me of you Mom!” I still to this day remember that fall day in Connecticut when it came on the radio and I pulled the car over to the shoulder and heard the song for the first time and the tears began to flow. You see, as a single mom, that quit college and returned 25 years later to finish, who purchased her first home on her own and established a career past her prime, my youngest daughter understood the significance of all of that. And so, 7 years later when I have a tough day, I listen to this song and it encourages me because of the message but also because my daughter associated it with me. It speaks volumes to me in these days past July 30, 2012 and her homegoing. So, in honor of that special memory, I have selected that song for this video.
Please click on the video below and see all the wreaths I sold that contributed to their scholarship fund in 2013:
Secondly, I created many wreaths as gifts, donations for ministries, schools, etc. along with the memorial wreaths I created for Elizabeth and the boys at their resting place in Salado. I have also created a video to catalog those wreath creations. Please click and see the memorial wreaths and wreaths I made as gifts:
Lastly, I am humbled at the support for Twentycoats Wreath Creations and I am looking forward to continuing this success in 2014. To those that have sent contributions to their scholarship funds without a wreath purchase, gave more money than the price of the wreath, my heart is full of blessings and gratitude!