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Sleep my child and peace... peace... Covered in love and keep... keep...

    “I was thinking about metaphors of quilts. A lot about protection. A quilt makes us feel safe and warm. The rows of even stitching showing the passing of time, a meditative rhythm — like quieting and rocking a child. It takes time and patience. I wanted the quilt and the rocking to be one. The sentiment reveals this rhythm also — lullabies don’t have to make literal sense ... but the cadence of the words is lyrical and soothing. The warmth and coziness of a sleeping child — the tender connection — these quiet memories exist in anyone who has ever rocked a child in their arms.”

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    Submitted by Nichola haddock in Belfast, December 2016

    I first started collecting willow trees when I was pregnant with my first daughter who sadly passed away at 4 months old. The willow trees allow me to express my bereavement and every birthday and Angelversary of my daughter i buy a new piece. I now have another daughter and my favourite willow tree piece is THE QUILT as I fondly remember rocking both my babies asleep on my shoulder with a blanket around them keeping them safe and warm and feeling very loved. I now have over 50 pieces each for different occasions and all very much loved

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    Submitted by Stephanie Kravik in USA, October 2016

    Hi, my name is Stephanie, I live in South Dakota. My favorite piece would have to be "The Quilt" and "Generations". Quilting runs in my family going back at least 5 generations. I have hanging in my room a quilt that was cut out by my great-great grandmother, then my great grandmother hand sewn the butterfly and flower appliques on quilt blocks. My grandmother put the finishing touches on it and quilted it. So three generations had a hand in the making of the quilt (so says the ID tag on the back corner). I myself quilt and have made several quilts for my own family and some friends. I have a collection of Willow Tree figurines and each year my children add to that collection. I truly believe that each figurine tells a piece of the story of our lives and that is what makes them so special and unique, because my story is going to be different then the next person’s story.

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    Submitted by Amanda Kromer in Lehighton, Pa, October 2016

    Every piece I have has been given to me to represent me or a piece of my Life. So they all hold a very special meaning. Two, however, have an extra special meaning to me. "With Affection", a young girl holding a cat, was my very first piece. It was given to me when I was younger working as a Medical Assistant. All of my patients have a special place in my heart. One in particular though had been a Woman, the most generous and kind hearted I had ever met. I cared for her for years. During her care, she had told me her life stories and I had shared mine as well. We both cared deeply for animals and other human beings. Wanting to share kindness and love. Sadly, my Patient had gotten sick and passed away. It broke my heart. A few weeks after she passed, her Daughter came to visit me at work and handed me a box. She said her Mother had asked for her to give this to me when she became sick. It was this piece. Her Daughter told me that her Mother wanted me to have this because I had such a passion for caring for others. That the affection I had given her during her care all those years had meant so much to her and she wanted me to have this piece to symbolize our connection in Life. I cried and I still do every time I see this piece in my display case. She's my guardian angel always reminding me to continue spreading love and kindness to all those who I come across in life. My second favorite is "The Quilt", a Mother rocking her baby under a blue quilt on a rocking chair. I have received several pieces during my marriage and pregnancy. This piece melts my heart every time I look at it. Ever since I was pregnant with my Son, I have rocked him every night in our rocker with a home made afgan that my Grandmother made me. She passed before I became pregnant but had made me an afgan and one for if I ever had children. I lay that afgan over my Son and I every night as I rock him. While we rock, I read to him and sing to him. He nuzzles into me and falls asleep peacefully in my arms. These moments of every day make my heart swell. These moments rocking under our blanket are the moments of Motherhood I will treasure forever. They are the most precious that I carry with me as I know one day my Son will be too big to hold and rock back and forth the way we do. As we rock and I sing, my Son looks up into my eyes and smiles. He takes his hand and brushes my cheek With his tiny hand before he nuzzles in and peacefully falls into sleep. He is my World and this piece symbolizes a moment I share with him every night that I will treasure always.

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    Submitted by ariel galindo in Texas, October 2016

    My favorite piece is "The Quilt". I first became familiar with the willow tree collection when my son was hospitalized for the first time at 5 weeks old. He had an infection in his stomach called pyloric stenosis and required surgery. He was then hospitalized a few months later and diagnosed with a form of epilepsy that cannot be traced as to what's causing it. The quilt is my favorite piece because it reminds me of the sleepless nights I've had just rocking him back and forth as he slept so peacefully on my chest through those hospital nights and even some nights at home. He's now 14 months old and doing much better but it's been quite an adventure to say the least.

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    Submitted by Amanda Winn in Las Vegas, NV, October 2016

    The Quilt is my favorite. It reminds me of my sweet angel in heaven. Rocking him to sleep, rocking him when he didn't feel well and just rocking him while singing to make him happy. I miss my special moments with him. He was taken from my arms too soon. My Connor was born February 26, 2012 and didn't wake up on May 31, 2014. I'd love to have this piece to go with the Child Of My Heart figurine I have next to his urn.

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    Submitted by Eiriini Mita in Athens, Greece, October 2016

    Hello, Willow Tree friends! My name is Eiriini Mita and I am from Athens, Greece. I have collected pieces for many years. Every piece depicts a member of my family or a cherished event in my life. However, I hold one closer in my heart. When my third and last child was born he was premature and was taken in neanatal intensive care unit where he was on ventilation support. I finally got to hold him in my arms and take him home ten days later. For the next six months he nad intestinal disorders that caused severe colics and bloody stools. My baby was in pain. He found comfort only when I held him close to my body. For six months I held him in my arms, day and night. I didn't even lie down on a bed to sleep. We two stayed together sitted in the exact position featured in the figurine "The Quilt". You can imagine how emotional I got when I first beheld that piece. My son is a healthy 8 year old boy now who doesn't know the english word "quilt" yet, so he just shows the figurine and tells me: "That's us!". That's exactly what my Willow Tree collection is: It's us! Thank you for being a part of my life.

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    Submitted by Julie in Texas, October 2016

    My mom lives in Wisconsin and I live in Texas. I always miss her terribly, but no time more than when my first was born. It was extremely difficult for her to travel to Texas, but I felt so acutely that I needed my mom as I learned to be a mom. She made it down and the image of her rocking my firstborn to sleep is forever engraved on my heart. It is two years later and she has now been delivered a diagnoses that has shattered us all. The Quilt captures those beautiful days she loved me and my son and reveled in becoming a grandmother.

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    Submitted by Ashley in Indiana, October 2016

    Hello from Indiana! I only have 2 Willow Tree pieces: The Quilt and Angel Embrace. Both were given to me for different Mother's Days. Angel Embrace was given by my mother for my first Mother's Day and The Quilt was given a few years later by my husband. But between the two The Quilt is more meaningful to me. My son was born early and ended up in the NICU for a few days with jaundice. When he came home he ended up developing reflux and could only sleep upright. For his first month of life outside the womb, he and I would fall asleep in the recliner with him on my chest and a blanket over the two of us. Exactly like the figurine. It was the only position where he could sleep. Thankfully he grew out of reflux and was able to sleep in his crib as he got older, but that first month sleeping in the recliner is what I always remember when I see The Quilt. I have since had a miscarriage and was diagnosed with secondary infertility. I don't know if I will ever experience holding another baby to my chest to sleep but I will always treasure the memory this figurine invokes. I am so very blessed to be his mom.

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    Submitted by Francene Craven in Sydney, Australia, October 2016

    I'm from Sydney, Australia. I have been collecting Willow Tree figurines for a few years now. I currently love "the Quilt", I don't own this one but it just takes me to a place of comfort. I have four children ranging in ages from 21 down to 4. I have such an emotional bond with my children and this piece reminds me of the times I rocked my children to sleep and also takes me to a place of comfort for them and protection for me. We all have been through some really terrible things in the last 7 years and it's too much to list here, but suffice it to say that whenever I look at my children I just want to protect them and The Quilt piece takes my mind to that place, holding my baby, wrapped in a protective blanket, in my arms, gently rocking back and forth. What a wonderful piece! Every piece I own has an emotional story behind it. All of your pieces take me to a place that nothing else can. I don't normally collect figurines, but I make an exception with the Willow Tree collection. Please don't ever stop creating these beautiful pieces.

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    Submitted by Mary Bilodeau in Arizona, October 2016

    Nearly 5 years ago, I lost my precious son, Corey at age 31 to suicide. His death changed my life forever. My very first Willow Tree was given to me many years ago from a co-worker. The piece was the "Angel of Prayer." That's when I fell in love with Willow Tree figurines. During our loss, my sister-in-law (who didn't know that I collected Willow Tree) sent me a very special gift..."The Quilt" figurine, in memory of my son. I cried when I received it. For some reason, it gave me some peace and comfort. Losing a child is the hardest journey any mother will ever make in her lifetime. My son was my precious gift and now he was gone. This figurine reminded me of all the times that I held him close to me when he was young. This past July, my dear sister sent me a special gift...the Willow Tree that I have secretly wanted for a long time...the "Mother and Son." Once again, I was brought to tears. I have my figurines displayed together as reminders that my child will always be with me. In my struggles to continue this journey, I have put power to my pain. I have become active in my fight towards suicide, becoming an advocate in my home state of Arizona. My Willow Tree figurines each display an important part of my life to me. During my good days, or my not so good days, I am reminded that the good Lord and my angels are always watching over me, and that my son is always in my heart until we meet again. Thank you, Susan Lordi, for your heart of compassion and love. You have touched the very heart of my being!

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    Submitted by Tammy Dudley Viar in USA, October 2016

    I have been collecting Willow Trees for ten years or longer. I love them so much, because I feel like they are your soul. I feel when you look at the Angel's you can decide what expression you want them to have. I lost my son two and half years ago at the age of 19 and he gave me my last Willow Tree. It was the rocking chair, because I used to rock him every night when he young. I seen the Angel Tapestry and would love to have that. I see the dove and hands on it and it just makes me feel like my son is around. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts.

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    Submitted by Kristen Crumly in USA, October 2016

    My daughter and grandson gave me "The Quilt". They gave it to me 4 years ago, as we were struggling to figure out my 4 year old grandson's behavioral & neurological problems that had begun earlier that year. The beautiful vision of being in a rocking chair with my grandson, enveloped in a warm and comforting quilt, will always remind me of those much needed moments that we would spend together, wrapped in each others love. We now know that he has Tourette's Syndrome, as well as being on the Autism Spectrum, so we have our answers as to why the problems are occurring. We are still desperately seeking solutions to help him overcome his behavioral outbursts and problems, and each time I see "The Quilt" it brings me a sense peace and hope. It also reminds me to take time to just sit quietly with him and show him my never ending and unconditional love.

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    Submitted by Joanne Collins in New South Wales, Australia, October 2016

    My husband gives me a new statue every Mother's Day but my absolute favourite piece is The Quilt. My daughter (now 6) was a colicky baby and sleep wasn't easy for her. The Quilt reminds me of those long nights I spent rocking her until her tiny little body finally relaxed into sleep. When I look at the figure I can feel her in my arms again and go back to those nights when it felt like it was just us in the universe.

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    Submitted by Cheryl Cavendar in USA, October 2016

    The Quilt is my favorite piece. My grandmother made me a quilt that is now being used by my granddaughter. That means her great, great grandmother made that quilt. Wow!!

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    Submitted by Patti Streitmatter in USA, October 2016

    I have quite a few pieces and I love each and every one of them. One of my most favorite is "The Quilt" because I always loved sitting in my chair with a blanket wrapped around one of my grandchildren as they were sleeping. It brings back such wonderful memories.

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    Submitted by Nichola in Northern Ireland, September 2016

    I bought this for my daughter to express how I would protect her and keep her safe especially whilst she sleeps in my arms

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    Submitted by Helen in New York City, May 2016

    My son, aged 41 and my only child, gave me The Quilt for Mother's Day. It brought back so any memories of the times I would rock him when he couldn't sleep, when he was sick, when we cuddled...I would give anything to start over and relive those wonderful days again. This piece is beautiful! I see several others that I hope to collect. Beautiful work! Thank you.

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    Submitted by cheryl in Sudbury ,Ontario Canada, December 2015

    This Christmas my daughter and her husband gave me the figurine of The Quilt. My daughter said that when she saw it she knew it was for me. I used to rock my grandchildren and sing to them lullabies that my grandmother and mother used to sing to us. When I opened it, I cried. My grandchildren are grown up now but they remember being rocked to sleep and me singing to them. I look at it and wish they were little again so I could rock them. They still at times ask me to sing songs for them which still bring tears to my eyes and warms my heart especially when I feel down.

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    Submitted by Cynthia Burt in Ludington MI, December 2015

    After many years of gifting Willow Tree pieces to my children, I am the recipient of The Quilt this year. My son's wife saw and purchased it. "It spoke to me," she said. My son added this poem, making this gift even more special: Through countless long nights, You held me close. You prayed away the pains, And rocked me back & forth. There are still times that I wish, I could be small upon your lap, And be your little boy, In your loving embrace. Tears welled in my eyes over this gift and sentiment and in remembrance of those long nights.

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    Submitted by edna lucas in coventry, england, May 2015

    I have received many Willow Tree pieces from my family over the years. Each one has a special meaning for me; the most recent one was given to me as a Christmas gift from my eldest grandson and his family. He and his partner have given us the two most adorable, handsome great-grandsons.Their circumstances were such, that when Joshua arrived, they both needed to work and could not afford childcare. My husband and I stepped in,at the ages of 73 and 75, to care for him from 6 weeks old. I asked myself how I would cope with a newborn at my age, but it came as second nature,very tiring but such a joy. The comfort quilt played such a big part. When my grandson approached me one day when Joshua was 3 years old and said very proudly that he and his partner were having another baby,I froze for a second. Their circumstances had not changed and for a moment, I panicked inside. How could I manage a toddler,soon to go to half-day nursery,twice a week,and a another newborn! It didn't take long to get used to the idea, and when Thomas was born, a second comfort quilt found it's place in our lives and the joy and love we found from caring for them was immeasurable. Sadly,due to failing health,it was decided that we were getting very worn out. When Joshua was 5 years old, my grandson managed to make alternative arrangements for their care.It felt as though a part of our lives. We both missed seeing them every day and being part of their lives but we knew it was for the best. We are very proud that we were able to help our grandson and his partner through a difficult time and help to shape the characters of our great grandsons. They have grown into loving, caring,well-mannered boys, and I would like to think that we played a part in that. We see them whenever we can and still have a wonderful relationship with them. Every time I look at my Willow Tree Quilt figure,it takes me back into those wonderful 5 years my Husband and I had the pleasure and privilege of being part of their lives. .

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    Submitted by Lyn in West Sussex England, January 2015

    I was born toward the end of the 2nd world war. My Dad - a paratrooper was abroad fighting, when I was born. Not long after Mum & Dad lost their complete home in the bombing. From somewhere in America my Mum received a sort of "Goodwill" parcel to help replace a few things she had lost in the bombing. Among the goodies - a big hearted American woman had sent a thick khaki duvet type quilt, and to hide the dark army type material, she had taken the time & trouble to hand sew some beautiful scraps of material onto the blanket as a jolly patchwork quilt. That beautiful quilt stayed with our family for the rest of the war & many a night kept the family warm, whilst huddled in the garden underground in the corrugated metal bomb shelter. My parents were eventually rehoused at the end of the war in a prefab - American type Arkon. We had one of our worst winters ever in Britain in 1947, and that quilt again became a blessing in disguise. I was not quite 3 years old & wanted to climb into my Mum & Dads bed, to cuddle my brand new baby brother - Mum was making a bottle for him in the kitchen & as I walked around the bed, my nightie caught on the electric fire & I went up in flames - My screams brought her running & quick as a flash to put the flames out - she wrapped me in the precious quilt. I ended up in hospital with 3rd degree burns & went into a coma and was not expected to live. Even the doctors advised my parents to call a priest one night to give me the last rites - Well here I am 71 years on - that beautiful patchwork quilt sadly has gone. But the miracle was that quilt did not so much as receive a scorch mark when my Mum had wrapped me in it to save my life............After many months in hospital, I remember returning home & being covered by that quilt - My dear Mum, used to pick out a pretty piece of material & weave a fairy story about it. When I saw the Willow Tree piece, I just knew I had to own that piece (I do have many others BTW). But every day, when I look at it - I remember that kind American lady & my own little miracle.

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    Submitted by Danielle in Maryland, May 2014

    My husband's mother died of breast cancer when he was nine years old. This was especially a very difficult time for him since he had no family to turn to and became a ward of the state. To survive he suppressed a lot of feelings and emotions and therefore lost a lot of memory from the past. The only memories he had was a wallet sized picture of his mother and stories from other family members. He stated the only vivid memory he had of his mother is when he was a child he became sick and she held him in her arms in a corner chair under a blanket. He can still feel her love and warmth when he allows himself to remember. Last year I decided to surprise him with a celebration on her birthday. I got a cake and some balloons and wanted to give him a gift in her honor. While in a local card store I saw the most magnificent thing - "The Quilt." This piece truly set the mood for what I was trying to accomplish. When my husband opened it, it made this big, strong, manly man teary eyed. The piece now sits in a memorial corner I established for her in our home along with a 8x10 picture of her and a "life" plant for him to take care of. This memorial was made to let him know although she has passed she still "lives." I want to thank you for your gift and compassion to share it. You are truly blessed and your blessing has truly blessed others.

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    Submitted by Jennifer Armerding in Bellingham, WA, February 2014

    My son left for heaven on Valentine's Day, 2012. He was in my arms in the rocking chair when he took his last breath. For several days before that as he struggled with the pneumonia it hurt him too much to be lifted or even moved, but that last hour something told me to pick him up and sit with him. We rocked and rocked and rocked. His breathing became much less labored. I wish I could have done something.... ANYTHING.... to make him better. But I couldn't. But the gift to me was to spend that last hour with him, holding him close to me like I did throughout his life. I saw the figurine on a webpage once and my heart lept. It symbolized my sweet boy in those last moments. My mum surprised me with it for my birthday a couple weeks ago, and as I pulled it out of the box I started to cry uncontrollably. I clutched it to myself and relived that hour. My mother second guessed whether she had done the right thing, especially since my other children were quite concerned about me. But I know she did the most beautiful thing and I'm so thankful. I cherish this little figurine more than I can say. I have it next to me now and my tears are flowing, but along with replaying those awful last days I am replaying the beautiful hours in his life that we spent cuddling and rocking and singing and laughing and loving. Sure, I'm crying. I miss my child. The anniversary of his death is painfully near. But crying is OK and missing is OK. Grieving is OK. This sounds a bit odd, perhaps, but my Willow Tree piece is giving me a much needed focal point for remembering and thinking. I can put it down and 'do what I need to do' for most of the time, but I also can hold it to my heart and rock in my rocking chair and cry as I feel closer to my precious son.

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    Submitted by Kim in Turbotville, PA, February 2014

    On January 19 2014, we lost our 5 month and 4 days old grandson, Peyton. It was a heart wrenching day and is still very raw on our hearts. I have received a lot of love and support from family and friends. Today in the mail I received a package from my sister-in-law. It was a Willow Tree Angel - The Quilt. Along with the sympathy card my sister-in-law wrote: " This Willow Tree is how I will always remember Peyton. You holding him and rocking him like every grandmother's wish, wrapped in love & a quilt." She went on to say what she felt Peyton's purpose was in his short life. She summed up her letter with: "It still hurts like no tomorrow and I'm not even going to pretend that I know that hurt or void! I love you and had to tell you that you inspired me with you strength." This Willow Tree piece is proudly displayed in my home by a picture of my precious angel - and grandson - Peyton. Kim

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    Submitted by Joan in North Dakota, February 2013

    I started quilting 10 years ago and love it. I have sewn many quilts for many different people. Some of my first attempts were ones I sewed for my children. One of my earlier quilts was one I made for my son, Shane - my workmanship was not the best yet, I had quilted it myself and the result had some puckers and tucks where there should not have been any, but Shane loved the quilt. I had used a bunch of Shane's old tee-shirts that he stashed in a drawer and refused to throw away even though some were ragged and threadbare. He was a hoarder and loved the sayings and logos on the shirts. Over two months ago, on December 3, 2012, my son died unexpectedly; doctors still do not know the cause. Our hearts are broken and we are still reeling in the shock of losing our precious 27 year old child. Shane had been married for 3 years to the love of his life, Ann. When we arrived at their home, after many hugs and tears, the first thing Ann did was reach into the closet and hand me the old quilt I had made Shane, now ragged and well worn. I have slept with that ragged old quilt every night since Shane's death. It brings me peace. My dear cousin, Margie, gave me this beautiful sculpture at Shane's rosary. She knew my love for my son and my passion for quilting and presented me with this beautiful gift. I see it every day and am reminded of the son I miss and long to hold wrapped in his quilt.

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    Submitted by katherine in montana, July 2012

    I received my first Willow Tree for my first Mother's Day from my own mother. I spent most of my pregnancy at my mother and father's house while my husband worked out of state. During that time I made my very first (and possibly very last) quilt. I labored over it at the dinning room table for months. I distracted myself with other projects like bibs and a little banner with my yet to be born son's name on it for the nursery. But I finally finished it. I was so proud of it. So was my mom. She's been sewing since she was a teenager - but never made a quilt, and I don't blame her! My husband wound up not being the man that any of us thought he was and I had to leave him in quite a hurry when my son was only 5 weeks old. Just a month later, that May, my mother gave me the figurine, The Quilt #26250. It means so much to me. The mother peacefully alone with her child wrapped warmly in a quilt lovingly made by her for him. It doesn't fix the situation, but helps to freeze in time the quiet beautiful moments that I have, despite of the situation.

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    Submitted by gloria in nc, June 2012

    My daughter gave this to me because it reminded her of the time that I rocked her little boy all night long when he was sick. They had driven up from GA. to visit me. And I rocked him so his mom and dad could get some rest. It will always be a treasure of mine. Thank you so much for doing this piece.

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    Submitted by Marie in SC, May 2012

    I have given several Willow Tree pieces to my daughter through the years, but when I discovered "The Quilt" I hinted to her that I wanted that one for myself...and she gave it to me on Mother's Day! I cried for it does have special meaning to me. I quit my job as a church secretary to keep my first grandson so that she could go to work (high school teacher). Next week will be the last week I keep our second grandson for he will be entering 4-K this coming fall. These past six years have been a wonderful "season" of my life and "The Quilt" is a wonderful reminder of the time I spent ROCKING each grandson for naptime every day. Thank you for this beautiful piece. -Marie

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    Submitted by Glenda in Merseyside, April 2012

    As soon as I saw this I knew I wanted it for my daughter. She has left home for the first time but this will remind her how I will always be there for her. As a child she had many bad ear infections and while we were waiting for her medicine to work sometimes a long time we would rock in the chair watching Fantasia. She would eventually fall asleep and I would stay there holding her rocking not wanting to break the spell.

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    Submitted by Kathleen in California, February 2012

    My friend, Michelene, had longed for a grandbaby. When little Emma Carline came into the world, the family was thrilled. But it was not easy for anyone in the family (including Emma!) You see, her mama carried her only 26 weeks, 5 days. She weighed a mere 2 pounds, 13 1/2 ounces. With tubes "everywhere" and special round-the-clock care, it was to be quite a while before Emma would be going home. Her daddy gave her "Carline" as a middle name because it means "champion." I saw two lovely pictures on Facebook, each one a photo of first her mom, and then her dad, holding the baby for a short "skin-to-skin" session. Physical touch is so important for babies, and I realized how precious it was for these parents to be able to hold their new baby close to their own hearts. When I saw The Quilt figurine, I knew I had to purchase it for them. I'm happy to say that Emma is now 6 months old, a little doll, 11 pounds, and the joy and delight of her family!

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    Submitted by Lisa in Missouir, January 2012

    A very special young man by the name of Caleb gave me a very special Willow Tree piece for Christmas this year. You see, I was supposed to be doing the giving, and this sweet young man took his hard earned lawn mowing money and bought me this precious and beautiful gift. It is called "The Quilt." I made him a quilt this year--not a patchwork quilt but a Fleece Blanket Quilt, the one that you cut and tie around the edges. Every cut and tie was done with so much love, because I consider this young man my son even though our blood types do not match nor do we look alike. But he is my youngest son. So when I opened this Willow Tree, the tears just flowed because he too, gave me a quilt that was given with so much love. I have several Willow Tree pieces but I have to say this is my favorite. Thank you for taking the time to create these wonderful pieces full of love. May God Bless You!!!!

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    Submitted by Brianne in New Brunswick, Canada, December 2011

    Ever since I was a very little girl I always have had a close relationship with my grandmother. I can remember as a small child, curling up in my grandmothers lap as she sat in her favourite rocking chair. Ever since she passed away, I felt that a piece of me was missing, as most people who lose loved ones do. A few years ago, at Christmas time, I received a gift of a quilt. This quilt was quite special, the outside had been re-done by my closest aunt but the inside was made by my gram. I sleep with that quilt every night, as I cannot sleep without it, even as a young adult. This year for Christmas, I received this particular Willow Tree called "The Quilt." It brought back all of those memories as a child and also made me appreciate my quilt even more than I did before.

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    Submitted by Ginnie in CO, December 2011

    I have been collecting Willow Tree pieces since I first saw them in a store many years ago. We have a 15 month old grandson with a fatal disease, Menkes. It is very rare and his symptoms were not recognized by the healthcare professionals in the critical first 10 days of his life even though he was in the NICU. We pray we will have him for many years but the fact is that typical Menkes boys die within the first 3 years. My greatest joy at present is to swaddle, snuggle and comfort him when he is upset. And his parents say that "Mimi's" touch works every time. They bought me the Willow Tree piece "The Quilt" for Christmas. It has touched me to my very soul. Thank you for this creation. If you would care to learn more about Menkes or would please ask any healthcare professionals you know to become informed about the symptoms, please visit www.milesformenkes.com.

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    Submitted by Linda in QLD, August 2011

    When my husband Peter was 50 years old (and I 44) we had our only child together, a baby girl, Grace. I gave him the "New Life" Willow Tree figurine which was so symbolic of us. Then at the age of 55, Peter, seemingly fit and healthy, died unexpectedly from a heart attack leaving me to face life without him and bring up our precious daughter alone. Grace pined hugely for the father she adored dearly. I held her as she wept in her sleep every night for six months and held her on my rocking recliner with her snuggy rug around her by day as we comforted each other for most of the next two years. The next Willow Tree figurine I bought us was the "Mother and Daughter" figurine which was quite symbolic of our new life. We were in our favourite gift shop when my now seven year old called to me, "Mum I have found us," and sure enough, she pointed out "The Quilt" which was so "us." You see when the tears stopped (not entirely) Grace and I had continued the habit of me holding her, sometimes for very lengthy times just as a comforting way of reconnecting and watching TV, reading a book and finally Grace nodding off to sleep on my lap. It was once symbolic of our sadness which then turned to one of comfort and happiness, it is so "us."

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    Submitted by Marcella in FL, June 2011

    My two-year-old son was diagnosed with a malignant tumor at just six weeks old. Thankfully, he is miraculously in great health today, and though it was the most difficult time of my life, this particular figure ("The Quilt") speaks volumes of some very special moments I shared with my little boy. Even though I was helpless in his situation, all I could do was sit in the hospital in a rocking chair for hours and just hold him. The love a mother has for a child is unconditional and beyond verbal expression.This figure is very dear to me.

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    Submitted by Melissa in MI, May 2011

    I wrote this back in November of 2010, and then when I saw this piece I knew I had to add it to my collection. Today I am thankful for rocking a child in a tattered blue blankie to sleep, which doesn't seem in and of itself very much to be thankful for unless you really start to break it down. First, I am thankful for the child. Some who want children are unable to physically have them. Some who can physically bear them aren't allowed to keep them, either by God's design, or by earthly regulations that they haven't been able to manage. Some meet their child in the most unusual circumstances, and then must wait months or years for them to come "home." Some struggle for years to have a child, while others (myself included) seem to just be able to reproduce without a second thought to it. So I am thankful that I have been blessed with this beautiful, joyful, healthy child that impacts my life on a sometimes minutely, sometimes hourly, but always daily, basis. Second, I am thankful that I am the one doing the rocking. I am blessed with a husband who has a job. Not just a job, but a job that pays well enough so that we can manage for me to stay home with our kids. There are many qualified home daycares and daycare centers, and they can do a fabulous job of watching our little ones when we are not able, but when it comes down to it, they aren't Mom. Mom has a different feel, a different smell, a different hug, a different snuggle, a different touch--and sometimes it just *HAS* to be Mom. Third, I am thankful for the chair. Yes, it's a physical object. A chair. But it is also so much more. It's a safe refuge with a loving family member for a tired child. It's a playground at times. It's an altar where prayers are raised. It also means that I have a home that I can keep my chair within. A warm, stable, housing environment that my child is living in and growing in under my care everyday. Many, many people don't have that. Many kids are always in transition, moving from one parent's home to the other, moving with their parents as they seem to have no other option than to sleep at the homes of friends or family, or if things get really bad maybe even sleeping in their parents car. Fourth, I am thankful for the tattered blue blankie. I know, it's another physical object. But again, it's so much more. This particular blankie was given as a gift, nearly ten years ago to my oldest child. It has been a cape, a tent, a picnic blanket, and many other incarnations in its life so far. It was well-loved, and had been put away in a closet, not forgotten, but out of sight. Then, when my youngest child was born, the original gift giver could not find an acceptable blankie for the new baby. She has always given these particular blankies as a baby gift, and was upset that the newest child would not have one. So I pulled that tattered blue blankie out of the closet, removed the frayed & worn binding, and with the meager sewing skills God has blessed me, replaced that overly loved binding with a brand new binding. The tattered blue blankie had been given to a new child to drag it through the house like Linus, to wrap in its soft comforting familiarity, and to love it to pieces once more. Lastly I am thankful for the rest that the child is receiving. Not only is it good for him physically and mentally, it is good for me too. To be able to take that few minutes, where he is winding his fingers in my ponytail, slobbering the word, "Hair" to me around a hand-me-down pink binkie, as his eyes grow heavy, and his breathing slows, to just sit there and be reminded of just how much I have to be thankful for.

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    Submitted by Jessica in CO, May 2011

    I made my first quilt for our son right after his first birthday. I cross stitched a note to him on the back to ensure this would always be a special keepsake. My husband came home with The Quilt one week later as a Mother's Day gift. This is a new, dearly treasured addition to my collection.

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    Submitted by Nan in Texas, April 2011

    My Willow Tree Collection started 16 years ago when a student gave me the child holding the heart. I was hooked. I now have over 60 figurines ,including the entire Nativity set. I get them as gifts as well as give them. We have three boys, and our middle son Connor loved the Nativity set and loved setting it up for Christmas. He was an artist himself and loved the Willow Trees I had. On 2-17-09,at the age of 12 Connor died after 10 days in the hospital due to Phumonia, staph, MRSA. The first Christmas without him was so painful I could not get the Nativity out,and then the 2nd Christmas I just had to get it out and set it up in his honor. So now it is displayed in our home year round. In November of 2010 I was blessed to meet a woman, Pam,who lost her son Jantsen and wrote a book called Jantsen's Gift. God sent her into my life to my aid and rescue, and she asked me to go to Ghana with her. She and her husband have an organization called Touch A Life that rescues children from child trafficking. I went with an amazing group of women, two of whom for an entire year made quilts for all the children. They put their names on them and a scripture. While we were there we got to be a part of a rescue of two brothers, Gideon and God's Way. The ladies had only one extra quilt and so wanted to give it but not leave the other brother out. Well, I had brought my Connor Quilt that a friend had made with Connor's shirts and with his name on it. It just seemed right to give it to God's Way, so that night both boys got a quilt. Connor would have wanted that. Two weekends ago a dear friend of mine gave me the Quilt Willlow Tree. She said it represented all those nights and days I rocked Connor with his blankie,and the Quilt of Connor's I gave to God's Way. She said both boys are safe and saved. Thank you for making these precious Willow Trees. For more info on my son,see, rondeal.org/Connor's Song, and for my trip go to TouchALifeKids.org Thank you,Nan

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    Submitted by Heather in BC, April 2011

    For every grandchild that enters her life, my mother-in-law buys the new mom a Willow Tree figure. I now have four on my mantel. When my husband and I adopted our second child, he was 18 months old and had had a very traumatic start to life (drug/alcohol exposure, abuse, etc.). For the first year of the adoption, I would literally spend hours every day rocking him. I still call him my koala bear because of how he snuggles right into my arms. When my mother-in-law gave me this figurine to represent his adoption, I almost broke down in tears! While all four of my ornaments are special to me, this one will always hold an extra special place in my heart.

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    Submitted by Sherry in Texas, February 2011

    My husband gave me "The Quilt" figurine for Valentines Day this year. I couldn't hold back the tears as I read the name of it because it reminded me of the quilt my mother made for me many years ago and we call it the "Mamaw quilt". My mother died July 27, 1991 and I felt like it was her way to tell me Happy Valentines Day too. I have many of the figurines and cherish each one as they all have a story to tell.

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    • Name: The Quilt
    • Materials: resin
    • Measurements: 5.5"h
    • Sentiment: Sleep my child and peace... peace... Covered in love and keep... keep...
    • Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.