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Friendship brings the sun... and flowers bloom!

    “Everyone knows somebody that lights up a room when she or he walks in. You’re always happy to see that person — it’s somebody who captures the essence of life — who’s fun to be around — who brings energy and light. Like when the sun comes out! When I’m outside on a cloudy day and feel the sun on my skin, it makes me want to turn my face up to embrace it — just like a sunflower. My sister Karen who helps me on Willow Tree was the inspiration for this piece; she raises my spirits. This piece is for those people who enrich your life every day.”

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    Sunshine

    Submitted by Alice in Constance - Germany, March 2017

    A gift from my best friend Marion. I put it in harmony with my dear partner's aquarell. I'm delighted from both! Alice, joyfully.

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    Submitted by Kathleen in North Carolina, February 2017

    My sweet daughter, Kristy passed away in October at the age of 37. It was a devastating accident and I never got to tell her goodbye. Since sunflowers were her very favorite flowers, they were abundant at her funeral. I have cried lots of tears the last months and miss her terribly. The Sunshine figure has been placed in a special place and brings me comfort, as it reminds me of her and that she is now an angel watching over me!

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    Submitted by Stephanie in Idaho, December 2016

    I have a growing collection. But this years addition is one of the most special. My new granddaughter got me Sunshine for Christmas. What makes it so special is because of my mommy who passed away almost three years ago. And the song she always sang to my kids was "you are my sunshine". Because of that fact I have picture frames that says that with my mommies picture in it. And now my angel and a picture of my granddaughter in a matching frame.

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    Submitted by tonya in California, September 2016

    A co-worker gave this figure to me after we both had to endure bullying and harassment at the hands of another woman at work. The sunflowers mean so much to me because two nights before I received this gift, my husband brought sunflowers home after work since he knew that iI'd been suffering bullying yet again. Serendipitous. Thank you, friend, for the extra sunshine during such dark times.

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    Submitted by Karen Mefferd in Lima, Ohio 45801, March 2016

    My granddaughter was killed in an auto/semi crash 4 months ago, November 22, 1915. Before that she and a friend had gone to a field near Dayton Ohio, and taken a ton of pictures in a sunflower field. She loved sunflowers. So since her death my daughter and I have dedicated certain places in our home to display her and her pictures and anything sunflower related. Yesterday my daughter brought me the SUNSHINE Angel, an angel holding all sunflowers. So perfect! Now my Angel sits in a corner in my kitchen (where I spend A LOT of time) with all the other sunflower items and pictures that I have. I truly love the Sunshine piece! It couldn't be more perfect. Thank You so very much for something of such great meaning!

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    Submitted by Jim Freier in Naperville Il., September 2015

    My 29 year old Princess passed away 7/27/15.When someone passes on you look for a sign,you look for something that will remind you of the goodness and beauty of someone you so deeply Love.My good friend sent me "Sunshine." My daughter loved sunflowers and this piece has an angel holding a basket of sunflowers.This morning I was looking at pictures of our family and looked at the photo of my mother who has been gone for 11 years.I have two of your angel figurines in front of Mom's photo and chose to take one and share it with my daughter's photo.It seemed right. Six hours later when the delivery came with my new angel I was filled with joy.It was as if my daughter had reached out to me.Thanks for your work as I feel this angel will be with us forever and her spirit will be with us always.

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    Submitted by DeMarla Harris in Cincinnati Ohio, August 2015

    Hello Susan, This sculpture was not a gift that was given to me It was purchased by me as a keepsake" In Remembrance" of my unborn baby. This unique and beautiful artwork reminded me of my recent near death experience which resulted in the loss of my daughter Alexandria shortly after her birth. When my husband I found out that we were expecting another little girl into our family. We started planning for the shower not knowing that our plans for her would not come true. We decided on a baby shower theme which was Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhyme “You Are My Sunshine”. Since her passing I have taken personal interest in angels, and sunflowers within the last year. What captured my attention the most about this sculpture was that I was able to look at it and smile with a sigh of relief while imagining the memory of my sweet angel from above. I often ask myself why things happen to certain people unexpectedly. The answer to this question is not for me to know what I do know is that God had other plans for my family. When I think of miracles one thing comes to my mind Alexandria was sent down from heaven to brighten up my darkest days especially when I start to feel sad about her not being here with me I picture her hand full of sunflowers that she picked out of the garden especially for me her proud mommy. I love the creativity and meaning behind each Willow Tree sculpture design.It allows individuals like me to stay in touch with my spiritual beliefs. Thanks for allowing me to share in this wonderful opportunity. I will forever cherish your artwork.:) Keep up the Good work! Best Regards, DeMarla

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    Submitted by Natasha Maureen Tsaconas in O'ahu, June 2015

    My sweet boyfriend sent me "Sunshine" in the mail. People call me "sonflower" and this piece is a reminder of who the quiet spirit inside of me would like to be, an angel of the Lord, carrying the Son's flowers in my white robe.

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    Submitted by Francini in Costa Rica, June 2015

    My sweetheart gave me this piece of art and love, this figure makes me feel really happy and loved when I see it. It brightens my day like sunshine.

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    Submitted by Melissa Clark in Elizabethtown, KY, December 2014

    I have a simple story but wanted to honor the giver and Willow Tree with sharing. I received the Sunshine angel from my secret Santa at work. One of my male coworkers asked what I received, I am sure it was he who gave me the piece. He is a good guy and I am sure he put thought into the gift. Sunshine reminds me of my desire to be a blessing to others in simple ways at work. Thank you for the beautiful workmanship.

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    Submitted by Paula Coffer in Indianapolis, Indiana, December 2014

    My niece gave me this piece for Christmas this year. Sunshine is an angel holding a basket of flowers. While serving in Afghanistan my niece Robin took pictures of the flowers around her garden and sent them to me. This piece reminds me of those pictures and my time in Kabul, Afghanistan. This piece brings me the same peace as those photos did and I will treasure 'Sunshine' forever within my heart and on my mantle.

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    Submitted by Anneli Gustavsson in Taberg - Jönköping - Sweeden, August 2014

    Today I received a wonderful gift from my dear neighbor Ingegärd. I´ve helped her to water her flowers sometimes so she wanted to thank me with this gorgeous girl Sunshine. Ingegärd said that i always light up her life and is always happy. My neighbor has a special place in my heart and now Sunshine has a place there too. I just love my neighbour and girl ♥ Love Anneli

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    Submitted by Fran in Melbourne, Australia, February 2014

    From the time my precious granddaughter was born I sang the old song "You are my Sunshine" to her every time we were together. I told her how my granny had sung it to me when I was a little girl and how it had made me feel special and how the words had stayed in my head for so many years. As my granddaughter grew up we sang the song together and she loved the meaning of the words and understood how much I loved her. It became a special ritual that we sang it every time we saw each other. Shahn turned 18 recently and for Christmas this year she bought me the beautiful Willow Tree figure Sunshine. It represents the years of singing that simple song of love together and the years of knowing how much she was loved. What a truly beautiful piece of art to remind me every day of those special memories and the special love that exists between a grandmother and granddaughter. Thank you for creating this piece with such obvious love.

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    Submitted by Amanda in Dallas, PA, October 2013

    I was rushed to the ER on 9/3/13 by ambulance. I died twice in the ER that night from saddle pulmonary embolisms. My friend for about 15 years lied to get into the ICU to see me and bring me this magnificent piece. Not only does it represent our friendship through it's title, but it holds deeper meaning as well. My grandfather passed away 9/28/11 and called me his Sunshine. He used to sing "You Are My Sunshine" to me and planted sunflowers one year at his house. When Michaelle brought this friendship angel to me, it was a symbol of our bond, and also a message from my grandfather. She now sits on a shelf and watches over me as I sleep. She reminds me of how great a friendship I have and how Grampa was watching over me and continues to do so.

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

    It was supposed to be a warm and sunny day here in Finland, and I had some shopping to do as usual. All of a sudden, thick clouds started to gather into the sky and the pouring rain fell down accompanied by some thundering! I had left my umbrella home, thinking that it wouldn't rain -silly me! I dashed in to the nearest store for some time in order to wait for the rain to cease, and, for my surprise, this particular store too had some WT figurines in stock! So, I ended up buying Sunshine for myself, and, believe it or not, its charm worked well enough as the sun emerged from behind the clouds -although just for a very short moment!

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    Submitted by Betsy in Morris Plains, NJ, May 2013

    Today is my 56th birthday; what makes it different is that this is the first birthday in 30 years I have not celebrated with my friend Celia. Celia passed away on April 6, 2013. She was an amazing woman and friend who battled cancer from the time she was 20; she won the battle each time until it went to her bone and brain--first Hodgkins Disease, and then the resulting cancers and heart disease that came from the treatment that "cured" the Hodgkins. She led a wonderful life, building a successful career as a woman business owner; had two wonderful daughters and a grandson, was instrumental in charity work that inspired others--all against the odds. Sunflowers always were a favorite of hers and surrounded her in her house in print, art, and real. We also had some fond memories of confusion over how sunflowers could grow and thrive in some of the worst conditions. She shared that trait with the sunflower. One of my co-workers, who truly had no way of knowing the "back story," gave me a "Sunshine" figurine today--just because it called to her while she was out shopping for something else for someone else. I guess I am celebrating with Celia after all. Thanks.

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    Submitted by Roxane in Lugoff, SC, April 2013

    I just recently met my half sister; we were both born to the same mother. She was born and given up for adoption, and I was raised along with 4 other siblings by our mother and my father. A few years before our mother died she began to have contact with my half sister, and I could see the regret in my mother's eyes that she had given her daughter up for adoption. My mother told me that from talking to her first born daughter that she thought our personalities were a lot alike and she thought that we would really like each other. My sister and I began emailing each other about 3 years ago; however, we never spoke to each other. We were getting to know each other through emails when our mom became ill died from a lung disease. My sister called me for the first time during that time and we instantly connected. Three months after our mom's death, my husband and I flew across country to meet her and her husband for the first time. They greeted us at the airport and it was wonderful! We instantly bonded as sisters and our love for each other has grown ever since. She never had a sister and was so grateful to now have one. She started calling me "Sunshine"... She had fresh Sunflowers in a beautiful vase at her house when I came to visit...they were especially for me. She sent me a "thank you" card for bringing something into her life that she had never had, a "sister." That card had a picture of a little girl carrying a basket of sunflowers. Her birthday is in May and I was trying to find something very special to give her to show my love for her. I came across "Sunshine," the beautiful Willow Tree Angel! My hopes are that every time she looks at her "Sunshine" she knows that she has a sister and a friend who loves her with all her heart!

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    Submitted by Alleta in Riverton, WY, December 2012

    A first year teacher at Ashgrove Elementary School in Riverton, WY presented this beautiful Sunshine sculpture to me, the principal. Her kind words said, "Thank you for being a great boss and friend. When I saw this gift I had to get it for you because your love and support has helped me blossom as a person and teacher. Thank you." One of the kindest, most generous gifts from the heart I have received. So, I'm wishing everyone Sunshine in their lives, just like this beautiful teacher.

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    Submitted by MeriEllen in Indiana, September 2012

    I love this angel! I am planning on purchasing this because my grandfather was a huge part of my life. He passed away when I was young. He was my everything--we spent many days a week together while my mom was in school. He called me his sunshine and sang You Are My Sunshine to put me to sleep at nap time. My mom says he thought the sun rose and set in me. I am crying now just thinking about him! But this piece is perfect for me. I plant sunflowers in my garden every year for him. I am 23 now and he has been gone for 17 years and I still carry him in my heart! He taught me to love the lord and my family. He is still my compass!

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    Submitted by Amelia in NL, July 2012

    I have been collecting Willow Tree ornaments for several years, all of them gifts from friends and family. My dear friend gave me Sunshine for my birthday in July. I love sunflowers and I love our friendship!

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    Submitted by Tiffany in VA, May 2012

    I received a care package on a very sad day and inside was the Sunshine figure. It was a rainy dreary Saturday and while that day was a sad one, the following day would be even harder with a difficult anniversary. My husband and I gave birth to our first child on March 22nd and followed her on her short life journey for the next 15 days. We went into and out of 2 hospitals before finally settling into Philadelphia. Being from Virginia, we tried our best to handle the challenges along the way and envisioned nothing other than taking her back on that same trip when she was old enough to understand the journey. Our plan and dream will not come true because our wonderful daughter Haddie, never got to come home and instead we had to drive home without her. Every day has been hard since then and the tears dont seem to stop. The day before the care package arrived(Friday) my husband and I traveled to WV to be with his grandfather in hospice care and his grandmother dealing with an emergency hip replacement. We sat at dinner that night and said how much we just needed something happy, something positive because we were tired of the darkness, sadness... but we knew that the one month date of our long and sad trip home was only 2 days away. Saturday, the day of the care package, we were trying to recover from the sadness of his grandparents while trying to prepare for the anniversary of our daughter's passing the next day, Sunday. Worried about the mail, being full of bills and sad reminders, for once I found something happy... a care package. A package full of treats but more importantly full of sunshine. The figure captured it all... what we needed. We needed some sunshine, some hope that things can get better. Now on the mantle beside our momentos from our daughter, stands the sunshine figure, acting as a reminder to try to find some sunshine and hope for its return more often... in the random things that make you smile amidst hard days. While today, Sunday, has been unbelievably hard and sad, i find great comfort in telling this story and knowing that somewhere, Haddie has sunshine and we will too one day.

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    Submitted by Chardinee in DC, April 2012

    I recently worked with a victim of child abuse. She was very angry and violent. However, after working with her, she was able to channel her anger to writing. Now she earns A's in school. I recently had to present on her case and renamed her Sunshine for confidential reasons. Nonetheless, she an overall great girl. I recently had to terminate my services and my coworkers presented me with the Sunshine Willow Tree.

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    Submitted by mike in ca, February 2012

    My mother passed away in March and my daughter gave me "Sunshine," the figurine holding sunflowers. I have a picture of my mother in a field of sunflowers which she loved dearly. One of my granddaughters wanted to place sunflowers by her casket, but all we could find at the time were artificial ones. I now have my Willow Tree figurine next to the picture of my mom amongst the sunflowers. Submitted by Janet in Ohio, June 2011 I received my first Willow Tree from my God-daughter, Heather for my birthday. When she gave it to me she said that I always bring her sunshine. Heather is so special to me and when I see her I smile; she brings me sunshine too. She said that she wanted to get me one with wings, as she calls me FGM - Fairy Godmother. I will treasure this always and will smile and think of sunshine and my lovely God-daughter everytime I look at it. Submitted by Carol in Scotland, May 2011 I write a daily devotional that goes out from our churche's website. Today I wrote about my Willow Tree experience and just wanted to pass it along to you. You can find it at www.westbrook.org under the daily devotional 2/16/11. Blessings to you. Here is what I wrote, "The Face You See" "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known." 1 Corinthians 13:12 I always have wondered why the Willow Tree figurines that we sell in our bookstore are faceless. This morning I had my daughter mark some pieces she thought would be good to sell. I enjoyed reading the artist's captions that accompanied most of the pieces, explaining her motivation for their creation. Some of them reminded me of people I know, and had the figurine had a face already associated with it I might not have made the connection to people in my own life. The more I considered it the more I liked the concept, as these figurines then allow each individual person to associate the face they desire with the figurine. I like how the artist has created different poses and situations that almost anyone can relate at some point in life, young or old. If it's a mother sitting in a rocking chair under a quilt snuggling with her infant child, or a couple standing side by side with the wife's stomach showing she is pregnant, to complete sets making up any size family all in different poses, there is a Willow Tree figurine that will eventually capture your attention and stir your heart, if you will allow yourself to go there. Or at least it was for me. I could find a precious memory with the turn of each page, from being a child myself in my own mother's arms to remembering how my wife has lovingly cared for our own children through the years. I love the tenderness expressed in each piece, like the one that shows a father holding his new born baby in the palm of his hands. I loved the ones of couples holding on to one another or sitting side by side as if they are looking out into the future together. My favorite though was a husband and wife enjoying a slow dance. There was one of a woman in a beautiful white flowing dress holding a red heart in her hands that reminded me of my wife, a picture of both style and grace. I loved all the figurines of children, as they seemed to capture each stage of life. These figurines provided for me a chance to go down memory lane this morning, and what a beautiful trip it was. As I was closing the book though I saw one particular figurine that just stopped me in my tracks. I think it was the bright yellow flowers that first caught my eye and then when I read the caption associated with it the memories came flooding in along with the tears that filled my eyes as I saw one face in particular. The figurine was titled, "Sunshine" and it said, "Everyone knows somebody that lights up a room when he or she walks in--someone who captures the essence of life---who's fun to be around--who brings energy and light. You're always happy to see that person

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    Submitted by Irene in Texas, December 2011

    My daughter has been giving me these for several years for my birthday and for Christmas. We had decided that we would not exchange gifts this year because money was short. This morning we hugged each other, exchanged I Love You and hope for a better year to come. As I turned to the living room in my chair was "Sunshine" holding her daisies and a cross. She said she could not let a Christmas go by without telling me how very much she loved me. The gift gave me hope and a promise of things better to come.Thank you and thank my daughter

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    Submitted by jennie in oregon, October 2011

    Today is October, 18th 30 years ago today my beautiful daughter Amy Marie was born, oh what joy she brought into my life. When she was only 14 years old she got a rare virus and was in a coma for 2 months until she became my little angel in heaven. Happy Birthday to her today. Every Birthday that she has not been with us I have always bought an angel in memory of her, I have been buying Willow Tree angels for the last 7 years; they are so peacful looking. Today I bought the Sunshine Angel with sunflowers. I know my daughter would have liked the flowers. Thank you for making such beautiful angels, they give me a little joy on this day.

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    Submitted by Sherrita in Tennesee, August 2011

    I started collecting Willow Tree Angels a few years ago and I keep them in my office at work. At this job, I met a friend whose nickname for me is "Sunshine" and I haven't yet bought my "yearly" Angel, but I know EXACTLY what Angel I will be getting for my collection.

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    Submitted by Janet in Ohio, June 2011

    My mother passed away in March and my daughter gave me "Sunshine," the figurine holding sunflowers. I have a picture of my mother in a field of sunflowers which she loved dearly. One of my granddaughters wanted to place sunflowers by her casket, but all we could find at the time were artificial ones. I now have my Willow Tree figurine next to the picture of my mom amongst the sunflowers.

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    • Name: Sunshine
    • Materials: resin, metal
    • Measurements: 5.5"h
    • Sentiment: Friendship brings the sun... and flowers bloom!
    • Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.