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Love and protect thee, forever

    “Guardian represents the overwhelming feelings of motherhood, and the desire to protect your new baby forever. The image of an infant cradled closely in her mother’s arms is a symbol of the tremendous feelings of love a mother experiences when holding her new child. This figure could suggest a guardian spirit of protection. She could also be comforting to someone who has lost a child; a reminder of the love and caring a mother always feels, regardless of where her child is. I used the word ‘thee’ in the sentiment as an intimate way of talking to an infant. I think the word has a poetic sound and shows reverence and tenderness. It’s the sort of word reserved for someone you love..”

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    Guardian

    Submitted by Christyn in Illinois, February 2017

    I have permanent custody of my nephew, and have had him since he was 5 months old. His father was my brother, who tragically passed away, and the biological mother lost custody so he needed home. I made the decision to take him in, no little ones myself, a single mom... I was just shaking in my boots at the time! Now my little guy is a happy and flourishing 6 year old scrappy boy. I am truly blessed to have the very best piece of my brother. When I saw this Willow Tree for the first time, my mouth hit the floor. I had to have it, of course. The name, the message, the way she's holding the little one so close. It's absolutely the perfect representation of my little family. Every time I look at it, I remember holding my infant nephew all those years ago, making the promise in my heart to my brother, to love and protect his son forever.

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    Submitted by Richelle Platt in Tampa, Florida, December 2016

    I had received this gift for Christmas, it has a lot of meaning to me..The child the woman is holding makes me tear up, I had put my son up for adoption on July 14th,2016. It was a very hard decission for me as a mom because I had carried him and birthed him and took care of him for three weeks to then have to make the toughest decission of my life and give life to my son with a couple who could provide his every need. The piece meant a lot to me because its something I could physically touch when I know my son is miles away and I an unable to see him and hold him in my arms.

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    Submitted by Michelle in Nebraska, October 2016

    The piece most meaningful to me is Guardian. My husband and I were married last October and had a rough first year of marriage. In November 2015, I fell ill with pneumonia and miscarried our first baby. In January 2016, I miscarried our second baby and then my mom had a minor stroke. In May 2016, I lost our third baby. Each loss occurred at 5 weeks and each one was harder than the previous. In July, we decided to speak with a fertility clinic to see if there was anything causing me to lose our babies. We will be having an IUI done next month. I started sharing our struggles with some of the ladies at church because it felt better to talk about it instead keeping it bottled up. A few weeks ago, one of the ladies at church handed me a gift. Inside was the piece, Guardian. She gave it to me to remember our precious little babies we last and to serve as a reminder that they are in the hands of God. When I look at it, I am also reminded that I am not alone and that we (my husband and I) have people praying for us.

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    Submitted by Genevieve Pates in Buffalo, NY, October 2016

    We strapped our 2 boys into the car, telling them how excited we were to see the new baby and asked them whether they wanted a little brother or sister. My older son wanted another brother (insisted on it actually) and our youngest didn't have an opinion, being only 10 months old at the time. We drove to the doctor and I laid down on the table, ready for my ultrasound. The tech put the probe on my belly and there was our beautiful baby on the big screen. But something was wrong. You could tell from the tech's demeanor. I was instantly on edge. She told us the heart beat was too slow and I immediately fell apart. The tech quickly ushered us into a separate room (you know... the one in the back where the other moms can't hear you wail) where the doctor gave us odds that we didn't like. My older son kept asking what was wrong and I didn't know what to say. We were told to come back in a week. Longest week ever. We made sure to get a sitter for this visit-- the visit we learned our baby's heart had stopped. We were given intervention options, but I refused them. I wanted to hold my baby as long as he/she would let me. I got a whole extra month of cuddles before I delivered my baby into my own hands, on our own terms. I bought The Guardian for myself and my angel baby to represent that time we had together. It was both the hardest and most precious time I've ever spent with someone. Even harder, though, was saying goodbye. We have a lot of the Willow Tree collection, but that particular piece will always be the most special. I went on to lose 2 more babies and have dedicated The Guardian to them all. I'm pregnant with our rainbow baby now, however, and I know his (yes, a third boy, looks like our oldest knew what was coming) siblings are looking after our miracle baby from above. ❤️

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    Submitted by Jennifer in Montana, October 2016

    Like so many have said before, so many of the pieces are special because of the memory of loved ones. My favorite piece is guardian. Last year I miscarried my 16th pregnancy. I was absolutely devastated and given up. My husband brought me home the "Guardian" piece as a reminder of all our little lost ones that we have never held in our arms.

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    Submitted by Amy Buckner in Portville, NY, October 2016

    on september 15th 2009 i went to the hospital to have my son gavin who was 39 weeks gestation... i found out that day that his heart had stopped and he was no longer with us... he passed away due to a cord accident... 8lbs 2oz... he was perfect... i sat in the hospital holding him and just staring at him for hours and hours trying to memorize every little feature before i lost him forever... the next day i was given a gift by my best friend... it was the willowtree piece called "guardian"... its loving mother holding a baby meant the world to me since i lost my son... i love it so much and i look at it all the time and i think of my baby boy and how i held him that day... it is so beautiful... thank you so much!!!

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    Submitted by Whitney Neville in Des Moines, IA, March 2016

    I've collected WillowTree figurines for about 8 years now. I have several different figures for both of my daughters throughout their stages of growth. I finally got pregnant with my son and unfortunately delivered him 12 weeks early. He's still in the NICU 10 weeks later with no end in sight and I go and hold him every day. They have recliners in their rooms and this figurine is exactly how I sit when I hold him, with my feet up on the chair end like that and exactly how I hold him and kiss him, and whisper that I love him. Thank you for this!! It's now and forever my most favorite piece!

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    Submitted by Vickie Ahrens in Jacksonville,Fl, December 2015

    I received this piece as a gift from my best friend for a Christmas this year. She was looking for something special to get me as this year has been both a rewarding and difficult year. I became a foster momma in December of last year (2014) just 5 days before Christmas and had the honor of raising that sweet little angel for 11 months. The day before Thanksgiving he was reunified with his birthmom. It was heartbreaking for everyone because we were all so attached to the sweet little guy but we knew that it was the way that it was meant to be. When my best friend saw this piece she knew it was exactly the right one to not only honor the relationship I had with baby C but to also pay tribute to the future bond I would have with all the other little angels I'd have the honor to love on for a moment in time. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends who do life with me and who feel all the emotions I feel too and who find ways to help me cope with the grief. Thank you for designing such a special piece that will help me deal with the grief I feel from the loss of a my sweet little angel in my immediate day to day life but I know that I've made an impact on his life for the long term and that he'll forever be in my heart.

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    Submitted by Lauren in United States, December 2014

    My husband bought Guardian for me the day I went in to be induced with our second child. I had my heart set on delivering at a birth center with a midwife like I did with my first child, but at 42 weeks I had failed to go into labor on my own and was required to go to the hospital to be induced. I've never liked hospitals and after 3 failed attempts to get the line in for the IV, I was sore & extremely emotional. That is when my husband brought in Guardian along with some of my baby's clothes and made me a sweet little display to focus on. I gazed at that image of a mother protecting her sweet newborn child throughout 17 hours of intense unmediated labor. The delivery was traumatic and I almost lost my little man, but I prayed with all my might as my mind held on to that image of the Guardian! In a moment of sweet relief, I heard my baby boy let out a weak cry & then a stronger one. Finally, after the longest 10 minutes of my life, they brought my handsome 10 lb. 10 oz. baby boy to my chest! I've never felt such joy, thankfulness. The Guardian will always be the most special piece in my collection. Every time I look at it, I am reminded of the miracle of my son's birth & the supernatural strength i was given that day!

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    Submitted by Sophie Rose in Essex, UK, July 2014

    This piece reminds me of a treasured memory of when I held my much loved little girl, Hannah Grace, and also the day I said goodbye to her. This piece now sits on my mantle piece as a reminder of her and the precious time I had to hold her.

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    Submitted by Jamie in Ontario Canada, August 2012

    My husband started buying me Willow Tree figurines on our first anniversary, and for every meaningful event in our lives, he or our children choose a new one to commemorate it. A few years ago, after the loss of our first baby son during my pregnancy, I ached to find a way to commemorate his short time with us. I happened to be in a store that sold the Willow Tree figurines and the first one that caught my eye was "Remember." I cried as I bought it and proudly placed it with my collection. A year later, when we lost our second baby son a friend came to visit and gave me "Guardian," not knowing that I was a collector of Willow Tree. Those two statues have given me an immense gift and an awesome peace every time I walk by them. There are four beautiful statues on my shelf, marking each of my children's lives. I am so grateful to have found something so meaningful to commemorate those moments of my life.

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    Submitted by Carol in MERSEYSIDE, August 2012

    I was so desperate to have a baby after losing one at 41wks and then having two more miscarriages. I bought this and 'Angel of Miracles' in the hope that I would be given the chance of motherhood and be trusted to have a baby. Thankfully, I did. I still keep both ornaments as I remember my loses and treasure my little girl.

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    Submitted by crystal in ohio, August 2012

    My best friend bought me my first Willow Tree a few years ago, and I remember always being envious of her collection because she was a mother and I knew I would never get to collect those types. I was told my whole life never to get pregnant or I would die. Well I didn't listen and I became pregnant anyway. I spent two weeks in a coma after the birth of my son of only 28 weeks gestation. While he lay in an incubator, my husband and friends stood by and watched over us as we slowly healed. The day I woke from my coma my husband presented me the Guardian Willow Tree. My favorite nurse brought me my most cherished though, Tenderness. Needless to say I no longer have to be envious of anyone's collection, because I have taken the prize.

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    Submitted by Amanda in California, August 2012

    I purchased this Willow tree for my 13 year old daughter. She anxiously waited 10 years for sibling and when we were finally blessed with a baby girl she would hold her just like this cuddle her for hours. When I gave it to her, she cried and agreed it could not be more perfect. This piece is paired with "Promise" to symbolize my husband and I, and "Two Together" for the boy/girl twins who quickly rounded out our very full family now!! These pieces are very special to my family and I can't help but smile every time i come home and see them. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful and amazing gift!

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    Submitted by andrea in Arizona, July 2012

    A friend gave this to me shortly after my precious baby girl was stillborn. It never gets easier, but the really hard days do get farther apart. I've had this piece in the box out of sight for over a year because it only reminded me of how badly I wanted to hold my sweet baby just one more time. I finally got it out today and put it with Ellie's ashes. It will always be a reminder of the promise that I will hold her again, that I will see her beautiful face again and hear that heartbeat that I craved so badly. Thank you so much for keeping that promise in front of me.

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    Submitted by Sheri in British Columbia, May 2012

    My husband gave this figurine to me on Mothers Day- to add to my collection of many. This one is especially meaningful because we just lost our daughter Feb.18th, she was 2mths old and born with so many challenges, the hardest being a very small abnormal windpipe that made it impossible for her to breathe on her own. I miss my angel every day. The Guardian figurine is beautiful and more represents that she is now my guardian angel, as well as, a guardian for her two brothers.

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    Submitted by Jody in CA, April 2012

    I lost my second child suddenly when he was only 11 days old. We were shocked, the doctors were shocked, everyone we knew was shocked. How could this happen? The Medical Examiner said she never spent so long on a case; she knew it was a metabolic disorder (a random mutation), but she could not pinpoint which one. We were devastated. It has been a long, difficult year for my husband and me. But I knew I wanted to help other bereaved parents so I created my anonymous blog. Through the blog community I found another bereaved parent, a fellow blogger, and I fell in love with her gravatar. I showed my husband and he discovered it was a Willow Tree figure. I was so touched when he surprised me with it. It means so much to me. I find myself kissing her head when I pass it. On reflection I think I'm kissing the mother's head, my head, knowing that I am the one who needs the support. Thank you for your beautiful, comforting and touching Guardian.

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    Submitted by Jody in CA, April 2012

    I lost my second child suddenly when he was only 11 days old. We were shocked, the doctors were shocked, everyone we knew was shocked. How could this happen? The Medical Examiner said she never spent so long on a case; she knew it was a metabolic disorder (a random mutation), but she could not pinpoint which one. We were devastated. It has been a long, difficult year for my husband and me. But I knew I wanted to help other bereaved parents so I created my anonymous blog. Through the blog community I found another bereaved parent, a fellow blogger, and I fell in love with her gravatar. I showed my husband and he discovered it was a Willow Tree figure. I was so touched when he surprised me with it. It means so much to me. I find myself kissing her head when I pass it. On reflection I think I'm kissing the mother's head, my head, knowing that I am the one who needs the support. Thank you for your beautiful, comforting and touching Guardian.

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    Submitted by Cyndi in PA, December 2011

    I just purchased this figurine for my sister. We have been inseperable since we were small children, and since the birth of my own two children she has loved them and treated them as if they were her own. When she got married, and moved away 1 1/2 years ago, I figured her relationship with them would change, but it hasn't. My husband and I have selected her and her husband to be legal guardians of our children in the event that something happen to us, which is a decision that took us 4 years to make. We are meeting this weekend to sign the final papers so I bought it as a small token of my appreciation for them agreeing to make this huge commitment!

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    Submitted by Kathryn in CT/USA, June 2011

    My first Willow Tree was New Life, the mom and dad with a newborn baby. This was given to us as a gift when our first son was born. I fell in love with the whole Willow Tree line and now collect them myself, and I also give them as gifts when friends and family reach milestones or for special occasions. Each has its own story to tell, a special meaning. The fact that faces are not drawn on the statues makes each even more unique and symbolic, allowing us to use our imagination, and make our own interpretation about the intent of any particular statue. In 2009 I had a baby boy stillborn at full term. The statue "The Guardian" was a gift from my Mom in remembrance of my Joey because the way the mother holds her child reminded her of how I was holding my Joey on that day he was born--protecting him, surrounding him with my love physically and spiritually. These Willow Tree products are truly priceless to me and I hope one day to have the whole collection.

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    Submitted by Margaret in Ontario, May 2011

    In 2008, our very special, first grandchild, Aurora, was born still at full term. We were utterly crushed by grief. My daughter and I had already been collecting Willow Tree figurines, but now, they have become symbols of hope and encouragement. For Christmas and Mother's Day, we search for a Willow Tree angel or figurine that offers a new message of comfort to us. Susan, your artwork shows compassion and tenderness. May you be encouraged in your "mission" to help others mark special moments in their life.

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    Submitted by Ann in IN, May 2011

    I recieved this piece for my first Mother's Day. It is a beautiful representation of the love I carry for my daughter. I look forward to sending and recieving these gorgeous works of art. Such a thoughtful gift brought me to tears. The actions of these figures have accurately portrayed the deepest loving feelings of my heart.

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    Submitted by Emalee in Utah, January 2011

    My son was born at 22 weeks and 4 days. He lived for 2 hours. I was given this from some ladies in my neighborhood. I love it and cherish it. Its one of the best things given to me at that time.

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    Submitted by Jessica in Colorado, January 2011

    I have been collecting willow tree figurines since 2005. I love each one for a different reason, as each holds special memories. I bought this one to remember a special but bittersweet memory in our lives. I was 24 weeks pregnant with our first child together, when I miscarried our baby boy, Dakota. I bought this figurine to place next to his urn. It was a comforting piece to me during a grieving time. Now, it helps me remember not that he is gone but that he is in a better place and forever in our hearts.

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    Submitted by Jennifer in PA, January 2011

    When I was 20 weeks pregnant, I was diagnosed with Stage II cancer. I was 29. I saw scores of doctors who all told me I would have to give up my baby to survive. I refused. I decided to delay treatment until he was born. My son is healthy and strong and is now learning to walk. I am also in remission! I couldn't be more thankful that the ferocious need to protect my baby helped me make the right choice for us. I will be displaying this in my home as a reminder to both my son and myself that I will do anything to protect him - forever.

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    Submitted by Alicia in Lincolnshire, December 2010

    I lost my son in full term labour last year. He is my third son. I had previously bought a willow tree model called Quietly as it looks like a mum and two boys. I wanted to mark my third son's life with a Willow Tree model also. When I saw this in the shop it reminded me of those precious hours I had holding him, before I had to leave him. It now sits on my mantle with the other model. And now, I have bought Angel of Mine to mark the safe arrival of my fourth son.

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    Submitted by Karena in UT, November 2010

    My husband and I have struggled for several years with infertility, and when we did get pregnant, our dreams were shattered by miscarriage. Because of that, most people see us as not being parents, and for two years we have outwardly gone along with that because we didn't want to make people uncomfortable. But today we decided that remembering and loving our baby is more important. We now have this figurine on our mantel in honor of our precious baby who has already gone to Heaven.

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    Submitted by Amy in Indiana, August 2010

    This precious figurine is one that I received after the loss of my 26 month old baby girl to cancer. She is always in my heart and never far from my mind. My Angel Bayon was born 1-9-07 and received her wings on 3-3-09, she was the strongest person I've ever known and will always be my HERO! Mommy misses you Peepers!

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    Submitted by Stefanie in Texas, February 2010

    I gave the Guardian to my son's godmother for Christmas. It is a perfect fit for the role of a godmother. She loved the figurine.

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    Submitted by Shelby in North Carolina, December 2009

    Christmas day 2009 I received the Guardian figurine. This was a gift to me from my mother & step father as a way to include and remember my infant son who was born sleeping 2 months ago. As a mother, I will cherish the figure because I will protect, love and honor my child forever. And the peacefulness of this figurine brings great comfort as well. I look forward to displaying it and whenever anyone asks about it, smiling for my son.I have already found additional products I plan to get as well. Thank you for creating such wonderful items. You have brought joy and comfort to many I am sure, definately to me. Thank you for bringing comfort to me everytime I look at my guardian!

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    • Name: Guardian
    • Materials: resin
    • Measurements: 6"h
    • Sentiment: Love and protect thee, forever
    • Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.