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a time to reflect, a time to soar

    “The gesture of the figure and the bird communicates forward movement... being uplifted, moving onward; a release of hopes, dreams and spirit; of new beginnings and of endings; in celebration of a life... or in anticipation of a life together.


    “This piece could be a way to express best wishes to someone who is taking a new path in life; on a road to recovery from illness or toward self-improvement... A hopeful symbol of peace for military families awaiting the return of their solders... An expression of sympathy to someone who has lost a loved one.”



    “The sentiment refers to the song Turn, Turn, Turn, written by Pete Seeger in 1959, adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes. In the song, there’s a contrast in each example...‘A time to be born/die, plant/reap, laugh/weep’ and so on. I like the lyrical, repetitive nature of the phrasing.


    “At significant milestones, we often pause and reflect before moving forward, so ‘a time to reflect, a time to soar’ seemed like a nice expression for this piece.”

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    Soar

    Submitted by Jan in Oxfordshire, June 2017

    Sadly, a dear friend of mine (Isablelle) passed away three days ago; she was also like a mother to me. Not long after hearing the sad news I went into my study and saw the most beautiful huge, white dove swoop down from the roof, take a drink out of the fountain to the pond below, then take flight heading towards my roof, giving eye contact in the process. I instantly had a feeling of peace and freedom. The following day I went into one of my lovely local card shops and what should catch my eye but "Soar". I truly feel it is a gift in remembrance of Isabelle and thank you from the bottom of my heart for making such wonder Angels. I have so many other Willow Tree Angels and have to say love them all for different reasons.

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    Submitted by Sarah Cooper in Tinonee, NSW, February 2017

    I received Soar from a really beautiful friend after I lost my son, Zachary, during pregnancy only a week ago. He is my first child and it was so hard to let him go, he took a piece of my heart with him that will never be replaced. Receiving this gift really expresses how I had to let him go, let him fly and be free. Receiving it from a friend also reminded me about all the love and support I have around me right now which helps me get through each day. I know Zachary will always be with me. Soar will be going next to his little keepsake urn when he comes home next week. Soar will remind me that he is flying free.

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    Submitted by Philippa in York, January 2017

    In December 2016 we had to say goodbye to our beloved Westie, Buddie.. He was a very well loved family pet and it broke our hearts when we had to let him go to cancer at the age of 14.. I saw this figurine a couple of days after the terrible vet visit and started crying when I saw it in the shop. With Christmas and vets bills looming I decided that I would treat myself once paid and it now has pride and place next to Buddie's casket on our mantelpiece. I would like to hope that the dove represents Buddie and that he is 'soaring' now as a beautiful angel in heaven xxx

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    Submitted by redbirdll in Vernon, FL, October 2016

    I love this art work, reminds me of letting my son go when he passed. It was so hard to do. But now he is able to Soar high in the heavens and see all that he wanted to see.

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    Submitted by Ann in USA, October 2016

    "Soar" speaks most with me. It actually is what drew me in to this link. I have been through 4 pregnancy loses, and recently lost my grandmother whom I was very close to. Since these loses, I feel like a bird on a wire. Sitting, watching my loved ones soar to heaven, waiting for the chance to meet with them again.

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    Submitted by Marcia Burkhart in Ohio, October 2016

    We have so many of the Willow tree pieces that are special to our family since the loss of our full term stillborn little Benson on Christmas Eve 2011. This Soar piece is such a good example of how we continue to celebrate his creation and his angel birth by Soaring into the arms of Jesus. Benson is our grandson, and if we win, it would be given to my daughter, his mother. Every year on the anniversary of his death, we find a new Willow Tree piece for his remembrance.

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    Submitted by Renee in Illinois, October 2016

    In 2014 I was given "Soar" by a friend and mentor to celebrate what we both viewed as my life moving in great directions after a couple of hard years - I would soon be soaring myself. My career was moving forward and I had accepted a place in a doctoral program. Shortly after I received "Soar," I was diagnosed with PTSD. The past 2 years have been difficult, between numerous medical appointments, regular therapy, moving across states, working several jobs, living in poverty, all while being a full-time doctoral student. About 6 months ago, I could feel my spirit starting to return as I began to "gain my feet" after being knocked down pretty hard. With the help of family, friends, professors, colleagues, and medical professionals, today I can say I am truly beginning to soar again.

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    Submitted by Ashley Layfield in Georgia, October 2016

    The soar peice is amazing . I reminds me of my grandmother who passed away. She loved birds and every thING about them. She always saI'd she would send us birds to watch over us when she passed

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    Submitted by Cookie Vela in Nevada, October 2016

    I had never heard of Willow Tree. My husband passed away Oct 2014. My youngest Son's girlfriend Amy saw how much I was grieving and wanted to let me know how much she cared. She presented me with a figurine from Willow Tree called Soar. It was the most beautiful heartfelt amazing gift I have ever received from someone who had not even had the opportunity to meet my amazing husband. The thoughtfulness and meaning behind this wonderful gesture filled my heart with so much joy and love. Whenever I look at it I smile because I know how much I am loved and it is a reminder that my husband is no longer suffering but Soaring in the Heavens.

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    Submitted by Clarinda Stirling in Auckland, New Zealand, October 2016

    The Willow Tree piece that means the most to me is the actual Soar piece. I am wanting to get this for a friend of mine who is starting a fresh new life. Moving away and starting a new job soon. The piece just symbolises the ability to Soar above and through fresh beginnings.

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    Submitted by Anne Wright in Oklahoma, September 2016

    "Soar" is my favorite Willow Tree Piece. Our fifth child, Carolyn, was born with a rare chromosome disorder. She lived at home with us and required complete care. It was like taking care of a newborn baby. She was never able to walk or talk, but she was able to love all of us with the innocent love of a little girl. Her brother and sisters grew up and gave us grandchildren. The grandchildren would head for Carolyn's room the moment they came in the door. And they loved helping me take care of "Aunt Carolyn". She was the delight of our lives. She passed away suddenly after making it to the age of 25 years old. I purchased the piece "Soar" for each of our children's families, for my sister, and for my husband and me. Carolyn was like a little bird caged in a body and mind that wouldn't cooperate with her sweet spirit. But now she has been set free to soar.

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    Submitted by Amanda Ray Cox Thomas in USA, September 2016

    "Happiness" and "Thinking of you" sit next to my grandmother's (Nanny) picture. She absolutely loved birds and anytime someone found a baby or hurt bird, she would nurture it back to health. "Thinking of you" reminds me of when I was little, we would take yearly trips down to the Gulf with her and look for beautiful seashells and watched the sunrise. I also have "guardian angel" next to her. For her love of all her grandchildren. She had a heart of gold! I've never seen "SOAR" before but I LOVE it! We released white doves at her funeral. It was so beautiful! Love and miss you Nanny with all my heart!!

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    Submitted by Terry in London, May 2016

    Although I am an Anglican christian and aged 69, I had never been baptized or confirmed. I had often wanted to but something always stopped me from doing so. At Easter time this year we went to a church near to us that we had only visited once before and that was for a concert . We debated which service to attend and went to the Easter Saturday Vigil and almost instantly I felt as though two strong arms had been wrapped around me. I felt a contentment that I had never known before in a church and I decided this was the church where I wanted to be baptized and confirmed. My husband also decided that he would be confirmed. We spoke to the priest and to cut a long story short, we joined the group of babies, children and adults who were to be baptized and/or confirmed this past Sunday. Our two very best friends of over 40 years were unable to be with us for this joyous event but they they gave us the beautiful Soar which they thought particularly appropriate because of the dove, to mark the occasion. We had the most wonderful day, marred only by our dearest friends not being with us. We have Soar to remind us of how our enduring friendship has been steadfast though good times and bad, illness, births, deaths, and everything thing that we have shared and will continue for many years to come, with the help of the good Lord to sustain us.

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    Submitted by Megan in London, England, September 2015

    I have a lovely set of Willow Tree figurines that represent my family (You and me, & Brothers). Sadly I have suffered two miscarriages. I really struggled to move on the second time, despite the fact that I am lucky to have two beautiful boys. Someone suggested having something in the home to remind me of the precious lives I lost. I bought Soar as the description seemed very fitting. It now sits with my other figurines and helps me to remember that they are still part of my family. I am hoping to buy another one when I get paid next month so both angel babies are with me forever. I can't explain how much this figure has helped me to move on.

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    Submitted by Jessica in Plano, TX, August 2015

    I received Soar this morning from a very good friend of mine. She started as my co-worker two years ago and has since become one of the few people at work that I can talk to anytime. I'm now leaving this job and moving onto graduate school and medical school; her words to me were "I wish you didn't have to leave us, but it's time for you to shine." I can't imagine a more thoughtful way to start the next chapter of my life. This is my first of many Willow Tree pieces.

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    Submitted by Pet in Victoria, Canada, March 2015

    I received Soar this morning as a thank you from a person I'd helped recently. Entirely unexpected but so appreciated the gesture as I have been recovering from a health problem and dealing, at the same time, with some personal issues. I have had lots of time in the past few days to reflect and I felt, upon receiving "Soar", that I have been given permission to move on. I will soar!

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    Submitted by Sandy in Rochester Hills, MI, February 2015

    My mom passed away on 12-14-14 while my husband, my aunt, and I were by her side.. Later that day, my new and very caring friend of only one year brought this beautiful figurine over, along with dinner for my family. This is my first Willow Tree. I originally had it displayed with a floral arrangement that another friend sent to the funeral home, which I brought home. Now my SOAR figurine is on display on my mantel next to the memorial ornament that her mother gave me less than a week later. I have many pictures and reminders of my mother throughout my house and I find comfort in seeing them every day. It has been so wonderful having my friends and family show such loving kindness in this very difficult time in my life. This figurine has opened up my eyes to a new way of expressing my feelings and I plan to buy them for others in the future.

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    Submitted by Helena in Finland, December 2014

    I have been a duty officer on the crisis helpline for a year now and I got this figure as an award for being the volunteer of the year. My fellow duty officers admired my dedication and amount of love I put to volunteering. For me helping others is a way of life; it has helped me to conquer my own difficulties and hardships. This statue will remind me about how important it is to reflect my own experiences and use them in order to help others as well.

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    Submitted by Sarah in Tasmania, August 2014

    My husband surprised me with the willow tree figure "Soar, a time to reflect, a time to soar" after reaching my first weight loss goal of 20 kilos. I have battled weight and low self confidence for many years. This year I did something for me and started a weight loss journey. He chose this piece to encourage me in my achievements so far and to support me as I continue this journey. It was the perfect gift and the perfect time.

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    Submitted by michelle mazur in warrior run pa, July 2014

    On May 20 2013, I was in a terrible accident. I had a traumatic brain injury, 2 broken vertebrae, 5 broken ribs, multiple breaks to my wrist, was in a coma for 3 1/2 weeks and have a semi paralized vocal cord. Doctors said I wouldn't wake up from the coma and once I did, they said I would never walk or talk again. I completely can, just as I did prior to the accident, besides continuing to repair the vocal cord. I have been through a lot, a lot of personal struggles. i have been deceived by those I was closest to, robbed by my former fiance, taken advantage of. Impressed by my recovery, I have been asked by my neurosurgeon and neuropsychologist to tell my story to the medical students at a local college. I did and have been invited back. I have been offered to write a book, and I am very excited about that. Though most wouldn't survive five minutes with what I have had to deal with, I will not be defeated. A close, amazing friend of mine, Lisa, gave me the "Soar" figurine and wants me to do just that, soar! I intend on it, and if I can help anyone in the smallest way I will.

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    Submitted by Mandee in Hoover, AL, March 2014

    My mother passed away on Sunday. I was by her side when she left this world and entered the next. It was so hard to let her go, but I know she was ready. The next several hours were full of answering questions, signing papers, making phone calls, and receiving visitors. When I just couldn't take any more I walked onto the porch just to get away. There was a dove sitting on the railing, staring right at me. As I got closer, it didn't fly away. When I was about a foot away from it 2 other doves flew directly over it and all 3 of the doves landed in the oak tree in my parents' front yard. The 3 birds sat in a row looking at me and then flew away together. I felt that it was God's way of showing me that letting my Mom go meant letting her fly away home with her parents. It was absolutely beautiful. The next day, my aunt found this figure. There were only 2 left in that store. I bought both of them. One will be interred with my mother's ashes and the other will be a constant reminder of Mom. Thank you for sharing your gift with me!

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    Submitted by Kelly Smith (and Mary Lou Smith) in Niagara Falls, NY, November 2013

    My mom and I recently saw the "Soar" Willow Tree figurine and had to have one. It reminded us of a white Rock dove who visited us for the better part of a year and spent Christmas with us. DoveStaysForChristmas-InNiagaraFalls ~ see photo at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3039502926079&set=pb.1818219002.-2207520000.1383941660.&type=3&theater Less than a year ago this delightful creature was a resident at our house.  We first noticed a white Rock Dove in our garden in the spring of '08 and soon found "Dovey" was living on our roof.  Gentle as he was, this was no staid symbol of peace--he was friendly and entertaining with personality to spare.  The upper balcony became his living and dining room after a close call with a cat forced me to abandon sidewalk feedings--in minutes I trained him to dine upstairs by lobbing peanuts up from the ground--soon he was eating them out of a coffee scoop in my hand.  I could call him in for dinner from a neighborhood chimney and have him fly right to me--it was quite a thrill.  My mom can attest to that--having the lower apartment she didn't see him quite as often as I did, but I insisted she call him in one day (despite what the neighbors might think) holding out his blue feeder like a lantern.  And come he did--looking the part of the perfect dove like the ones used in Biblical movies--except Dovey's landings were a little wild.  The joy of flying a kite is feeling you have something wild on the wind that you can reel in--well Dovey was like having a kite with no string.  Dovey's warm weather tales could fill a book.  But I wondered how he'd fare in winter and kept an eye out for him when the first snowfall arrived.  After his first tentative and careful steps and some confused flying over the suddenly white-topped roofs, Dovey made peace with the snow and blended right in--a little too well.  He seemed satisfied with my cursory attempts to give him landing space by kicking a little clearing with my boot each morning.  My mom, who at first said she couldn't relate to a "boy" dove, was not satisfied.  She insisted he needed a snow-free landing pad fully cleared for air traffic, and passed me by with broom in hand, out to do the job.  But only a few sweeps of snow later I heard, "Oh Dovey I'm sorry--I didn't see you there!"  She had swept a heap of fortunately fluffy snow through the balustrade onto Dovey who was nestled on the other side--nothing hurt but his feelings as he stood there blinking the snow out of his eyes.  Dovey explored the nooks and crannies of the house and enjoyed different spots during the day, but his bedroom remained high above the side entrance under the roof's overhang--that is until the Christmas season.  He flew in while we were decorating the (or should I say "his") balcony with a lighted garland.  But this time he came of his own accord--he landed on the roof first before popping down to get under foot and make a charming nuisance of himself.  He wasn't too interested in the peanuts my mom offered.  We weren't sure what he wanted.  (He also got a good view of me putting up the nativity scene when he flew to the garage roof as I struggled to strap down the pieces.)  So perhaps he was just checking out the festive improvements.  I thought he might like having the balcony garland to latch onto since he'd been skidding off the icy railing--his feet spinning in a whirling dervish, or sliding skier style with his wings flailing around in backwards rotation trying to stop the momentum (he flew a big purposeful circle around the house after that, as if he hoped nobody noticed the first try).  Soon after the garland was added, he moved his sleeping spot to the one pictured on the front of this card--right under the lights for several nights--but Christmas Eve he spent on the white security light just visible in the upper left--not nestled in his usual sleeping posture, but standing wa

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    Submitted by Kelly Smith (and Mary Lou Smith) in Niagara Falls, NY, November 2013

    My mom and I recently saw the "Soar" Willow Tree figurine and had to have one. It reminded us of a white Rock dove who visited us for the better part of a year and spent Christmas with us.

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    Submitted by Kelly Smith (and Mary Lou Smith) in Niagara Falls, NY, November 2013

    My mom and I recently saw the "Soar" Willow Tree figurine and had to have one. It reminded us of a white Rock dove who visited us for the better part of a year and spent Christmas with us.

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    Submitted by Sarah in England, September 2013

    I own many Willow Tree figures. My collection was started by my mum who bought me a piece each time I gave birth to my three children. Since then my collection has been added to by other friends and family members who know that I love them. This piece is owned by most members of our family. It is my favourite figure which holds extra special memories. We are a very close family who spend a lot of time together, my 30 year old niece especially so. She was like a daughter. Unfortunately last year our whole family was devastated by her murder. At her funeral we released three doves; it was a beautiful and moving symbol. I will never forget releasing my dove, it flying up and circling above us. We are still taking each day as it comes, some are easier than others, and most bring tears as we miss her being part of our lives. Every occasion is saddened by her absence. I keep a photograph of my niece with her beautiful smile on a memory table with other small reminders of her. Next to the photograph I keep this figurine. Whenever I look at it I think of her, free and in a better place. No one could be more loved and missed. Rest in peace Jade, I will love you and miss you forever beautiful girl xxxx

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    Submitted by Janet carter in Undy, south wales, August 2013

    I have just flown to visit my friend in the the Orkney lslands in Scotland, from my home in South Wales; we have not seen each other for nearly 40 years. l was her bridesmaid and she was mine. We first met when l was 7 and and she was eight and have kept in contact. On my visit l noticed all her beautiful Willow Tree figures and we decided to buy the Sisters at Heart to represent our feelings of our long friendship. She has kept one in the Orkneys and l have brought the other one one home, and hopefully when we meet up again one day we are going to exchange them. Through the two little figurines, although they are parted, we hope that one day they will be joined together again as one.

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    Submitted by Patricia Patterson in New Sharon, Iowa, July 2013

    I have dearly loved receiving Willow Tree figurines since they first came out in 1999! :) But, last week I received one from my sweet daughter; that made my heart "SOAR!" One month ago my only Brother, Michael was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was at stage 4 when they found it, and we lost him short of one month. I have been asking God why...when I opened my Willow Tree "SOAR"...IMMEDIATELY IT TOUCHED MY HEART AND I KNEW MICHAEL HAD SOARED TO HEAVEN, AND THE LORD WANTED ME TO JUST TRUST HIM AND HE WOULD TAKE CARE OF MICHAEL. I know there will still be hard days ahead, but when I look at my "Soar" Willow Tree I can just hear my Lord tell me to trust "Him." Thank you for listening to God's voice. Love, Patty

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    Submitted by Mary Bevington in Cheshire UK, July 2013

    I received this exquisite piece as a gift from a pupil at the end of the school year. The note that accompanied it reduced me to tears. It said 'Thank you for helping our little girl grow in confidence under your care and love this year. You have helped her soar to new heights of achievement and we will always be grateful.' What a lovely memory to have...I am truly blessed to work in the teaching profession.

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    Submitted by Suvi in city of Oulu, Finland, June 2013

    My latest WT arrival! This year, the summer arrived quite early to some parts of Finland, and there were birds singing everywhere! One morning, I was walking in the city center in order to do some regular shopping, and my path went across a small park which was so full of birdsong that I just had to do some extra shopping! So, this was how this lovely figurine became part of my WT collection.

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    Submitted by Tosha in Dallas, TX, January 2013

    I have been battling a mysterious disorder for several years. Even after visiting 10 plus doctors and various diagnoses, I had very little relief. I spent most of my senior year of high school at home in bed or at school in a wheelchair. All of my friends left me and I spent my time trying to teach myself all of my courses. My grandmother, the strongest person in the world, began using a special nickname for me. I can't quite remember when or why she started calling me this name, but it has come to be very valuable and inspiring to me. I am actually named after her. Her name is Antoinette, but she has always been called Tosh. To honor her, my mom named me Tosha. I have been so proud to be named after this strong woman. She began referring to me as Her Eagle. When I would ask why this name she would say it was because I soar like they do. Over the years as she has become more dependent, this nickname has extra special value. My mom had bought this angel way before Christmas, but just recently gave it to me. After returning home for Christmas break, I received information from my doctor that he has no more ideas and can do nothing more for me and then passed me on to another doctor. After this write off from my doctor and my symptoms taking a turn for the worse, returning to college seemed impossible. We even almost lost my grandfather and I had some family trouble on top of it all. But through it all, my grandmother still recognized me. When I visited, she would say, "There's my Tosh! How's my eagle?" And just before I left to return to college, my mom presented me with this angel. I don't know if it was fate or just good timing, but this eagle now knows that love overcomes all. I just want to say thank you Susan Lordi. You played a part in changing my life.

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    • Name: Soar
    • Materials: resin
    • Measurements: 5"h
    • Sentiment: a time to reflect, a time to soar
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