Your Willow Tree® Stories

Your Stories

"It's so interesting and rewarding for me to come to this website and read your stories! They're moving, funny, amazing. Your personal interpretations bring refreshing new life and rich layers of discovery to each piece."

Enjoy these personal stories from fellow Willow Tree customers. We invite you to share your story with us, too.

To read stories about a specific Willow Tree piece, click on the detail page for that piece.

New Life

Submitted by Bradley Larsen in Orem, UT, October 2017

When our son was born, he was in the NICU for the first few days of his life due to lack of oxygen. And as new parents, we were scared and had no place to turn but to pray. When he finally came through and we were finally able to take him home, my mother bought this piece for us as a reminder that this little boy is a miracle and we should remember that every day. This sits in the middle of our mantle to do just that.

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Happiness

Submitted by Pam in Ky, October 2017

I had a liver transplant 2 months ago and this piece reminded me of my life and how I feel right now. Because of my donor I am free to continue my journey.

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Remember

Submitted by Regan in Lexington, SC, October 2017

I lost a daughter in December of 2008 to SIDS when she was 6 months old. My mother in law has bought me a couple of figures over the years to represent our family but, I don’t have one to represent my lost daughter. I’d love to have the Remember figurine to represent her in my collection since she will always be remembered! Thank you!

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Hero

Submitted by Kim Abbott in England, October 2017

Hi have just received my 'hero' figure this morning and I'm thrilled with it, I bought it to remember my husband who recently passed away this year who was a solider in the British army. I was also given a flag on the day of his funeral. We started collecting Willow Tree last year after my husband bought me the 'three of us' figure for the birth of our daughter. I can and everyone can relate to the figures being produced.
Thankyou x

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Willow Tree with Affection

Submitted by Amy in Lexington SC, October 2017

My daughter and I lost our beloved 14 month old cat that we found when he was a little kitten. He was my daughter's "baby." I never thought that Arthur would have such a huge impact in our lives as he did. He was the sweetest, playful and most affectionate cat we ever had and we lost him so suddenly and unexpectedly. As we were grieving the loss of him, my daughter went on a website to find out how to deal with the grief and saw a Willow Tree with Affection figure as an advertisement and was going to surprise me with it. But she showed it to me and I went ahead and purchased it to remind us how much we love Arthur. This figure is exactly how we used to hold him and it just spoke to us on so many levels. It does give us comfort that we are keeping his memory alive.

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Sunshine

Submitted by Deborah Farley in Pulaski, VA 24301, October 2017

The piece given to me by a close friend was Sunshine. Life sometimes is not always Sunshine.. Some very difficult things have happened in my life. I have a disabled son who is one of the Sunshine points in my life. I have three grandchildren who are an added bonus, Sunshine too. It is easy to get discouraged at times for everyone no matter what challenges life brings our way. I think God reminds us that there is always hope and Sunshine in different ways. We need to keep that in mind. I was reminded of that when my friend gave me Sunshine for my birthday.

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Starlight Tree Topper

Submitted by Peg Cussen in Dubuque, Iowa, October 2017

When I was born, I was born on my aunt's ( my mother's sister) birthday and was named after her. We exchanged little gifts over the years. If Willow Tree was around we didn't know about it. Now many years later my sister's daughter had a litte girl on my aunt's and my birthday! So I started giving her Willow Tree angel ornaments. Now my aunt is in Heaven, I am 75 and Logan is15. I am still giving her angels and will be giving her the tree topper this year.

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By my side

Submitted by delores venier in Wyandotte michigan, October 2017

I received this piece for my 83 birthday from my 3 grown daughters it reminds me of them. It's very special. love it.

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Angel of Mine

Submitted by Ashley in Tx, October 2017

In November 2010 I gave birth to my first child, my baby boy... He was the light of my life and taught me that I can love someone unconditionally. He had and has my heart! He passed away December 2010. I had the love of my life for a month and 2 days; then God called him home. Every year for his birthday I buy a Willow Tree angel; as of today I have seven. I picked Angel of Mine this year because he's my angel and I will always carry him in my heart! These angels mean the world to me!

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Cherish

Submitted by Louise Bartlett in New Zealand, October 2017

Thank you so much for making this beautiful figurine. A dear friend of mine, whom I have known since primary school, is our gestational carrier after 11 years of infertility. This piece represented that is she carrying our miracle baby, of which we will cherish for rest of our lives. She loved the piece and had been looking for something to symbolise this blessing.

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New Life

Submitted by Tamara Partridge in NV, October 2017

True love after real pain. They kept hoping after being told no. Sunshine making its way through the rain a true bundle of joy and the surprise that it brought. This is the joy experienced by a married couple in my family
All tears and all joy as they experience their first bundle of joy together. I saw this piece and I had to have it. I presented it at their baby shower; this is definitely a Keepsake for life because in silence it tells their story.

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Together

Submitted by Joy Hild in Maryland, October 2017

I recently bought this Willow Tree piece "Together" as a wedding gift for a very special great niece and her soon to be husband. This special couple have been "together" since they met in the 3rd grade. Neither of them have ever gone with anybody else. They are now in their mid-twenties and so looking forward to many, many more special years together. She just finished a course to be a Cardiac Sonographer and he is studying in the medical field also. I know they are just going to love this piece.

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Star of Joy and Dance of Life

Submitted by Mary Smith in Texas, October 2017

In preparing for Hurricane Harvey my husband and I went from room to room moving boxes and bags, valuables, and loved items to higher locations in case our home flooded. It never had flooded but Houston had never received this much rain before. We awoke at 1 am and stepped out of the bed into water. We were very blessed in that we did not have as much flooding as most others who flooded. Nevertheless, part of my Willow Nativity set was in the flood water. The only pieces that were damaged were the Star of Joy, the Dance of Life, and my two metal star back drops. I love these three pieces. They are so uplifting with their dancing bodies. However, I know that they are replaceable, unlike other things that we lost. They will be on my Christmas list. .

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Nativity Set

Submitted by DJ SULLIVAN in Oregon, October 2017

There were earlier pieces that my daughter would see at a local store near her home - all mother & child items, family and angels, etc. But when she spotted the nativity set one year - that was it.
I'm usually with her on her late September birhday - and she kept gravitating back to the set in the store. So I got sneaky and when she went to another area of this huge old barn store I purchased the set and had it gift wrapped.
Before we left she again went back over to the Nativity set to look at it. She was having trouble justifying the purchase with 2 kids just beginning the school year.
So we began to walk out of the store and the owner caught her at the front and said " Happy Birthday" as she handed her the wrapped box. My daughter was so confused.
So out the door we went and later that day at her family birthday event the box was opened She was speechless!
I laughed & added "guess this means I'm off the hook for Christmas now" which she just laughed back and said "don't count on it; you're here another week."
She's my only child, and her only daughter gave me a great grandson this past month for the gift of a lifetime.
I keep asking her, what piece do you want now?
She loves your classic simplicity. More to come!

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Close to me

Submitted by Alicia Ubiera in NYC, October 2017

My daughter recently moved to NC from NYC (our home) to care for her dad. Dad was diagnosed with brain cancer, stage 3 in June 2017. She just graduated from college and landed a job in her field, Therapeutic Recreation, worked only 3 days. She did not hesitate to go to her dad's side. I'm so proud of her but I miss her.

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Grace

Submitted by Casandra Brady in Pueblo Colorado, October 2017

I would love to see a piece made for those who have lost a child. I see a husband who is embracing his wife, raising their hands together to release a dove to the heavens.

Hello My name is Casandra and my husbands name is Devin. This month is extremely difficult for us to get through. Our child would have been 4 this month.
A little back history, and then our request.
My husband and I have been married almost 10 years and we have tried most of those years to get pregnant. Doctors had said it would be very difficult for us to get pregnant so we knew that it would be a miracle if it happened without the help of medical care. So to our surprise after three years of trying on our own we got a positive pregnancy test! We were elated! Unfortunately just a few weeks later (on my husbands birthday) we were told that we had lost our child. But we didn’t know the extent of what was to come just a few days later. What I thought was normal cramping was actually internal bleeding. I saw the doctor and she said you need emergency surgery, you had an ectopic pregnancy and your tube has ruptured,very painful physically but extremely difficult emotionally, more than we ever had imagined. We were not far enough along to find out the baby’s gender but after a dream I had and a vision my husband had two years apart we now call her Grace, for our Heavenly Father gives us unconditional grace and loves his creations even if they don’t make it here to this physical world. We love her dearly and long for the day we get to see her. Our journey has been a long one but to see a symbol of us releasing our Grace back to heaven would be a daily reminder that her Creator has her in his arms. Thank you for taking the time to read our story. I know there are many other families that would love this piece if it was created. Thank you again and can’t wait to see if it’s something that you create!
Much gratitude
Casandra

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True Keepsake Box

Submitted by Sharon in Connecticut, October 2017

Cain was my very best friend, constant companion, loyal protector and love of my life who passed away suddenly on August 3, 2017. I was not at all prepared for life without him. I have been so sad and lonely and struggling every day without him to share life with. He taught me so much about being able to truly love another. He also showed me the amazing feeling of being unconditionally loved by his unwavering devotion, trust and respect. In reflection, I have been so blessed to have had this experience as well as all the beautiful memories I have of our time together. I will keep them in my heart and thoughts forever!
I thought that others did not understand how devastating this loss has been for me. Then I received this beautiful keepsake box from my dad which touched my heart immensely. Thank you for creating such a meaningful representation of the powerful connection between a woman and her beloved dog. This is certainly a treasure to behold that will help me in the healing process and many others as well!

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Sweetheart

Submitted by Claudine Morgan in Newfoundland and Labrador, October 2017

In August, 2017, my family and I looked forward to the wedding of my third child to a wonderful young women whom he had met on an internship four years before. As we prepared for the wedding we were also blessed with the news that my future daughter-in-law's only sister was pregnant after having so much difficulty conceiving. The Maid of Honour would wear a maternity dress for the wedding. Unfortunately the Mom to be ran into some difficulties with the pregnancy and was placed on bedrest before the wedding and was not able to travel to the wedding location. Although disappointed that her sister would not be there on her wedding day, my future daughter-in-law and both families looked forward to the August wedding and a Christmas baby. A week after the wedding i received a text from the "Mom to be", saying she was being transferred from her local hospital to a tertiary care center where I lived. With her husband away for work and her Mom living out of province, she asked if I could meet her at the hospital. For me it was a very emotional experience. This young Mom was very close in age to my own children and I felt like a surrogate Mom and Grandmom. We chatted so freely and easily during that week. We got to know each other and learnt much about each other's hopes and dreams for ourselves and our families.
Unfortunately baby Andi was not meant to spend a long time with us. She passed away before her delivery but she has left a beautiful place in our hearts.
Two weeks after this very sad event, I received a package containing the Sweetheart Willow Tree. It serves as a beautiful reminder of Andi who along with her Mom and Dad will always have a special place in my heart.

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Cherish

Submitted by Jennifer in Maryland, October 2017

Here is my story in a nutshell. When I found out I was pregnant 9 years ago, my godmother bought me my very first piece to my Willow Tree collection. I since then have been slowly adding to that very first piece and trying to tell our story at home. I love the dogs that you have and I plan on adding that one next. They are very special to me and I keep them in my glass China cabinet so I can enjoy looking at them. Thank you for making such precious pieces. They are very special to me.

Sincerely yours,
Jennifer

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With affection

Submitted by Lisa McGurk in Hamilton scotland, October 2017

My cat django passed away suddenly at just 4 years old 8 weeks ago and I have cried almost every day since. I have tried to think of ways to keep him in my memory and give myself comfort. I have his picture in our living area, a necklace with a little cat on and have even thought of getting a tattoo but nothing has brought me comfort . . . until today!
I was on my lunch break at work and walked past a window and was drawn to look at the willow tree figures in the window. I immediately saw “with affection” a little angel lovingly holding a cat. I felt instant relief at the thought my little django was being loved and looked after by the angels. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for giving my heart and soul a rest from the pain I have been feeling recently.
My “with affection” now sits right next to my picture of django and instead of feeling sad looking at his picture I am now comforted.
Thank you

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something with an angel

Submitted by Ilene in NY, October 2017

Unfortunately I have never received a Willow Tree piece but have given them to many people. The first one I bought was for a neighbors child with an obsession for angels Everything she owned had n angel on it. She was graduating middle school and still had a fondness for the angel I asked her to show me her collection and didn't see a Willow Tree piece That's when I knew this would be a perfect gift. I don't think I will ever forget the wide eyed open mouth look of excitement that splashed across her face. Her joy was also my joy. Ever since then I have given many pieces for all occasions and it has always been a happy experience.. One day I am hopeful I will be a recipient

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A tree, a prayer

Submitted by Phyllis Bodine in Mt Zion, IL, October 2017

In Sept of 2016 I received A Tree, A Prayer from a dear friend after our great granddaughter, Addilynn Marie, was born sleeping. Such a sweet thoughtful gift, each time I look at the angel I am reminded of our precious angel baby. I love the detail of the leaves on the skirt of the gown. I have since bought Willow Tree for bereavement and also for births. Such a beautiful collection to choose from.

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Angel of Comfort and Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Jean Olson in Helena Montana, October 2017

At work a few of us have lost our beloved dogs. As a gesture when you have lost a dog if you are a male you receive a pet sympathy card and the Angel of Comfort. A female get the pet sympathy card and the Angel of Friendship all wrapped in plain white paper no ribbon or bow. You can’t believe the silent thank you for the understanding that you have given that person. I have had 4 dogs crossover the 🌈 Rainbow Bridge and when they have come home to us they have all been given one of the Angels to sit on top of their urns. Such a comfort to know they have their own Angel to watch over them and us. THANKYOU FOR THE ANGELS!!

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Courage

Submitted by Christine in Cocoa Beach, Florida, September 2017

She was a gift from my Aunt after the passing of my husband in 2006. An inspiration to me to keep going and be strong. I love her.

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My best friend

Submitted by Crystal Little in Ohio, September 2017

I just lost my best friend in April and my other is in a coma from being mugged! Kyle who passed in April. When we met it was like a ray of sunshine burst into a room, same with my best friend Nikki who's in the coma! I love those two deeply. When Kyle was taken from us it left a hole but Nikki was exactly 4 months later. I wish I could get something with them together, my best gay friend and my outrageous metal loving woman. So far I have two of your figurines and I love them. One reminds me of my mother who also passed when I was 17! Its the Happiness one with 3blue birds. Kyle was wearing rainbows when I first met him and Nikki was wearing bright orange pants with a white shirt, but both came when I needed them most and now they're gone! If you ever do another piece I'd love to see the two of them together as I never got a picture of them both together. I'd so buy it! But thanks for doing these. I love them. they are proudly displayed!

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by susan in Wilmington, NC, September 2017

Our daughter passed away at age 25 with breast cancer, leaving behind a 20 month old daughter and i bought this to remind my granddaughter that her mother was in Heaven still hugging her.

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Surrounded by Love

Submitted by Kathryn Adkins in TAS, September 2017

My Mum passed away a year ago tomorrow (30/9), and with my inheritance my daughter and I went to England and Europe, we got home to Australia 2 days ago. Just before returning home we took a train ride to Wales, Neath to be exact. My parents both came from near Neath, they met while my Dad was building a house next door to my Mum's home. My daughter and I found my Mum's childhood home where she lived and they met way back in 1940 and stood in front of it. At the bottom of the street there is a small cemetery, we went down to this cemetery and under a small weeping tree beside a park bench we scattered my Mum's ashes, she was finally HOME. We took a stroll around the little town of Neath afterwards and there in the window of a shop was "Surrounded by Love", a woman with her face in a bouquet of red poppies. I loved it instantly because I thought of my Mum now with my Dad (represented by the Poppies). My Dad passed away 40 years ago this November and I remember at his funeral ex service men placing red Poppies on his coffin while the last post played. As we stood there looking at all the lovely things in the window of this shop my daughter turned to me and said "that looks like Nan holding Pop in her arms" (I had said nothing to her about what I was thinking or looking at) and I knew I had to have this statue as a momento of this day for so many reasons. To remember THIS day with my daughter (who never got to meet her Pop), to remember my Mum and my Dad, finally after 40 years reunited again.

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Joyful Child (lighter skin tone and hair color)

Submitted by Jennifer Bailey in South Carolina, September 2017

I actually have not purchased this WIllow Tree yet. But I will be soon! I am soooo excited that there are now single children for purchase. I purchase a new Willow Tree each Christmas for my grandmother and am looking forward to adding one to symbolize my daughter to her collection!

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Willow Tree Hero Figurine

Submitted by Barbara McClain Parriott in Nashville, TN, September 2017

This piece is close to my heart and held so dear to me just as the flag that is being held in this figurine. My father, a decorated veteran who served the majority of his lifetime in the Air Force, passed away on July 7, 2016. Fittingly, his service was a patriotic affair during which many of his stories told of his experiences were retold. He received full honors at his funeral that was attended by all his family and many friends. We were very close and he was my Hero. While I know he is in a better place and remains my Hero, I miss him and feel his absence daily.

The one year anniversary of his death, July 7, 2017, hit me unexpectedly hard and I found myself missing him more than ever. As I shared my feelings with a good friend that day, she presented me with the gift of the Willow Tree Hero Figurine. She explained that she had bought the figurine for me when my father had passed, but decided to wait until the one-year anniversary of his passing to give it to me because she knew, after losing her mother to cancer, how difficult it is to endure the one-year anniversary of a loved one's passing. It was truly a gift from the heart.

The Hero figurine sits upon my mantle where I can see it each day and remember my father as well as her kind and compassionate gesture. Since then, I give the gift of Willow Tree figurines to friends and family for various occasions in hopes that I have touched them in this same way. And, since I have a figurine to remember my father by, I now collect Willow Tree figurines to remind me of other loved ones and commemorate happy times!

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Shine

Submitted by Donna in Texas, September 2017

I have been fighting stage 4 lung cancer for 5 years. Recently, one of the tumors began to grow again. I had to undergo radiation in hopes of getting it back under control.

Today was my first day back to see my medical oncologist since finishing radiation. I started back on the treatment that's kept my cancer at bay for the last 4 years. It was my 100th infusion. In celebration, my awesome medical team (nurse, nurse practitioner, and oncologist) presented me with Shine.

Wow!!! She is perfect. I love her and I love them for being the most awesome care team on earth. I am one lucky girl!!!

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Angel of Caring

Submitted by CECELIA VICKERS TRIMBLE in 3323 Mohican Ave 92117, September 2017

This was a gift from the family if one of the CHILDREN'S CHOIR members of the choir I directed

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Thinking of You

Submitted by Angela Restrepo in Rionegro Antioquia Colombia, September 2017

Levaba un año de continuos chequeos médicos para un EPOC SEVERO que padecia por haber fumado durante muchos años, mi respiración era muy deficiente y cada vez más me limitaba en mis actividades cotidianas, en el mes de Septiembre de 2017 mi médico me contó de un procedimiento nuevo donde la colocación de unos dispositivos en mis pulmones ayudarían a mejora la calidad de vida. Ingrese los papeles para la autorización de la cirugia pero en Colombia los trámites son bastantes demorados, el médico que por primera vez hacia la cirugía venia desde España por muy pocos días.
De la Fundación Hospitalaria San Vicente de Paul apareció un ANGEL muy similar al que ustedes tienen, me escucho, me ayudo, me solucionó problemas y finalmente en un lapso de 36 hora pude ser intervenida.
Al pensar como dar mi gratitud a esta persona tan especial encontré el "Thinking of You" y creo que en esa bella imagen esta la esencia de ese ser tan especial que pudo hacer posible mi renacer.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Karen in Camarillo, September 2017

My Hanna Banana went to heaven in June 2016, not a day goes by that I don't miss her. I rescued her 16 and 1/2 years ago, she was my best friend. She will always be in my heart, until we meet again.

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My sister, My friend

Submitted by Cindy Franks in Florence Alabama, September 2017

I don't live in the same state as my mother did. Through the years I have made many friends where I live. However there are a few of us who refer to each other as "sisters by another mother". Recently my mother passed away. My sisters by another mother gave me this figure. I will cherish it forever.

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together

Submitted by marzieh in Iran, September 2017

I remember when I was a student at university,one day I went to a book shop and it was the first time I'd seen these fabulous statues.I can not tell you how I exactly felt but I remember it was eccentric and I loved it.I promised myself to buy one as soon as I find my true love...now after some years I've found my true partner in love and life as you'd said to describe this beautiful statue and I did buy it finally...

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Mother and Son

Submitted by Sandra in California, September 2017

This was given to me on Mother's Day 2016. I'm not familiar with this collection but my son stated there's a heartfelt meaning behind these figurines. I didn't understand until today September 25, 2017 what it meant when I happened to pick up the empty box and went to the website. Now, I understand why he couldn't tell me how much he loved me. When my son got married in 2012 he stopped the hugs and kisses. This figurine is an inspiration for those who cannot express love towards mothers. I appreciate this thoughtful figurine as it will be a reminder for me to cherish the absent hugs and kisses from my son who serves in the military.

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New Dad, Cherish, Together, Our Gift

Submitted by Maitlynn Hoyle in Florida (currently), September 2017

Susan,
The Willow Tree figurines have always been pieces of beauty to me, even as a child. I was captivated by the silent emotion in every figure, sometimes moved to tears. When I was pregnant with my first baby a little over a year ago my mom gifted me with my first two Willow Tree figures; Together and Cherish. My husband and I had been married for about six months at the time and I was roughly three or four months pregnant with our daughter, so these pieces truly marked two very important times in my life. I was in love with both figures; the love and joy and expectancy surrounding the pregnant mother was just overwhelming. The companionship and implied forever togetherness between the husband and wife was exactly what I hoped for in my marriage. I couldn't stop loving and admiring them!
A few months after my daughter was born I purchased New Dad for my husband and Our Gift - also pieces which depicted milestone emotions in my life. I planned to continue to grow my Willow Tree family, adding as my own family grew and changed. However, during our move from Florida to California all four of my beautiful Willow Tree figurines were lost. I was disappointed of course and still miss them (they were some of the few possessions I would save in a fire, aside from my daughter and dog) but I admire the handiwork and beauty so much that I fully intend to replace every single piece, as well as add a few new ones.
All this to say, thank you Susan for your creations! They have brought me smiles and tears, utter joy and excitement. The emotions and feelings are incredible, and it all comes from something others may have thought was strange. Thank you, thank you for outstanding work!

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With Affection

Submitted by Debbie Morren in Raleigh North Carolina, September 2017

We just lost our sweet beloved kitty Leo to cancer, and my husband and I wanted to make a special memorial for him in our garden out back. We wanted something different than the usual memorial stones, so we went to our garden center, found a beautiful piece of cork wood, and added some beautiful stones that we have collected over the years from our hiking trips and beach trips. I wanted a small cat or angel sculpture and didn't see one that seemed right, then my husband brought one of my willow tree angels from the bedroom and said let's go see what other willow tree sculptures there are. Voila!!!!! Your With Affection was perfect! We loved our little boy and know God has an Angel taking care of and loving him till Mom gets there to be with him again!! So Thank You!
Debbie

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Angels of Frendship & Comfort

Submitted by Mary Maguire in New York, September 2017

I recently purchased the Angel of Friendship when I lost my beloved beagle, Belle. Needless to say,I was heartbroken and the Friendship Angel reminded me of myself and Belle as I often held her. It was comforting for me to view. Then I saw The Angel of Comfort and thought of Belle again from when she was younger and I would sit on the floor to play with her.
I thought of my husband also and thought he would like to view the Angel of Comfort as himself.
These angels are beautiful and I have placed them on the mantel with Belle's box of ashes,one on either side of her. It gives us great comfort to see the angels with the picture of my beloved dog, thinking that she is never alone.
Today I saw the new dog statue and may look into purchasing it as I am also reminded of my beagle. It is amazing with the great number of dogs in the world that I see the angels holding Belle and the new dog statue also looks like her.
What a great talent Ms.Lordi has to be able to create these feelings.
I would like to thank her for her wonderful talents and deep understanding of comfort and friendship.

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Warm Embrace

Submitted by Dave in NH, September 2017

Our daughter who lives an hour's drive away from us attended all of wife's appointments and surgery for breast cancer. The day following surgery before returning to her own home she presented this piece to my wife as a reminder of her being thought of always.

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Angel of Prayer

Submitted by Annette Galeas in Winston-Salem, NC, September 2017

I received this beautiful piece last year from a co-worker when my dad passed away. My dad passed away October 21, 2016 and he was buried on October 28th. When I came back to work that following Monday I found this box on my desk. I am a strong believer in the power of prayer. I know that God has given me the strength in last few months but every day when I come to work I have a reminder that prayer has helped me in this journey of healing.

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Angel of friendship

Submitted by Sharran in 12309, September 2017

I lost my dog of 13 years about a week ago. On a much needed day came a surprise package to my door, the Angel of friendship. The angel is holding a beautiful brown dog....that is my Sullivan. My sister sent me the angel, a perfect gift from a perfect sister. I love them both.

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Remembrence

Submitted by Natasha Engle-geise in Ky, September 2017

My husband and I had been trying to conceive since 2011 after we had our first child. We had two miscarriages within years. I had gone through various amounts of testing as did my husband. The doctors decided I was infertile and my husband's cell count was to low to lead to conception. After this devistation, we were blessed to find out I was carrying another life in August of 2016. My doctors as well as myself thought my pregnancy was very healthy and normal. My son was due on May 4th but was born on April 14th unable to breathe. My son was rushed to our Children's Hospital only to be diagnosed with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease. My first born son's kidneys were covered in cysts and were the size of an adult's kidneys. The doctors told us that my sweet boy only had 24-48 hours to live due to not being able to push toxins out of his body through urine. For our sweet boy, we chose to give him the chance to live. My son made doctors eye's open with living to be 2 months and 4 days old. Sadly the very last step he needed to make it to a kidney transplant was unbearable for his tiny body. My son passed away on June 18th of 2017.
The support we have recieved is overwhelming. The love that even strangers had for our sweet boy is a gift from the Lord. We received the remembrance piece in the mail one day after the anniversary of my son's death. I had been struggling with my emotions and had been convinced that others had forgotten my sweet boy. This piece brought happy tears to my eyes, reminding me that my sweet angel son would never be forgotten.
Thank you for such a beautiful piece.

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Promise

Submitted by James Creely in MA, September 2017

I recently lost my wife to cancer. She was my soulmate, love of my life, and my best friend. I got this figurine with a personalized base that reads "James and Karen Forever".It is proudly displayed as a remembrance of the most loving and selfless person I have ever known. To my wife of many years ... Love Forever!

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Our Gift

Submitted by Stephanie in Colorado, September 2017

I got this gift for my boyfriend to celebrate our first baby together. It means so much because he has made my life so happy and our baby is such a blessing and I have never been so happy, I wanted to give him something that showed how much I love him and our new family. He has it on his desk. I love this figurine so much, I enjoy looking at it.

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Guardian angel

Submitted by Eloisa Magaña in Modesto Ca, September 2017

Our twins were born prematurely. Twin A was losing weight in utero so we had to deliver non later than 35 weeks. At birth, twin A was born with no problems. Twin B however, was born with Apnea and within hours of birth lost a significant amount of blood platelets and needed a transfusion. Then his feet changed color to purple and there was no pulse. The doctors and nurses at Memorial Hospital did everything they could to figure out why his feet were turning purple until they transferred him to Stanford children's hospital four days after birth. At Stanford, they learned our son was born with a rare blood clot in his aorta and compromised blood flow to his lower extremities, causing his little feet to die. We had to amputate his feet and part of his legs which was extremely hard to cope with. But the huge support and prayers from the Memorial NICU nurses made this summer so much easier to deal with. They gave our sons these beautiful guardian angles and we will forever remember them as our sons angels!!

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Happiness

Submitted by Sandy Norton in St Petersburg, FL, September 2017

For the past 15 years I have been adding to my Willow Tree collection. Each beautiful piece has special meaning to me. Last week as Hurricane Irma was making its way up the West Coast of Florida, I was attending a convention in Salt Lake City--watching and fearing the worst as my family in St Pete boarded up our home and evacuated. Additionally, I am a "bird" person and was very concerned about the Cardinals, Mockingbirds, and Blue Jays that live in my back yard. How would these little creatures survive such a massive storm? On September 11th, as we got word that the hurricane had turned to the East and would avoid hitting my community with its full force, I happened to be in a gift shop at Red Butte Botanical Gardens in SLC. The joy that filled my heart was overwhelming as I knew my husband and 3 sons were safe! Happiness practically jumped off of the shelf to me when I saw her, and to me the 3 little birds represent my 3 sons, as well as the little birds who were spared! The clincher for me was the little hang tag: "Free to sing, laugh, dance....create!" because I have a tee shirt line that I created with designs that include: Sing everyday, Laugh everyday, Dance everyday. Happiness is now my favorite addition to my collection! So grateful that you created her! So glad I found her!!

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Just For You

Submitted by LYNETTE TWOMBLY in Texas, September 2017

I received this beautiful piece from my Care Receiver. I am part of the Stephen's Ministry at my church. We don't use people's names, to keep things private. My birthday is today and my Care Receiver gave me this at dinner during one of our meetings. I was so touched and moved. This will be a cherished piece. I put it on the mantel of my fireplace.

I think all your work is so pretty. I am a twin and my sister gave me your piece called "Two Alike". I cherish it as well.

Hopefully I will be able to add to my collection in the future.

Thank you so much for your talent.
Lyn

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Angel of Freedom

Submitted by Penny Banks in Belle Chasse LA, September 2017

My daughter bought me this piece to add to my collection to celebrate my FREEDOM from Ovarian Cancer. I have fought a cancer battle since 2010 and am a 4 time cancer Survivor! What a perfect piece to reflect where I am headed in my journey. Your pieces are very inspirational!!
Penny

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Angel of Mine Gift Set

Submitted by Barbara McDowell Whitt in MO/VA, September 2017

The Willow Tree infant blanket and mother and baby angels remind me that when Drew, Bill, Natalie and I were leaving the maternity area of the INOVA Alexandria Hospital in Virginia after seeing Allison and new baby Caroline for the first time, we were at the entrance/exit when we saw several of Susan's Willow Tree creations in a display case.

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Remembrance

Submitted by Haley in Georgia, September 2017

Hi Susan,
I just wanted to reach out and share with you how much comfort one of your pieces has brought to me. A few months back my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first baby. We were beyond ecstatic about becoming parents! A few weeks later we went in for our first sonogram only to hear the worst news possible.. I was losing the baby. To say that we were heartbroken doesn't even cover it. When you miscarry, they say that you will always have "triggers" that get you down in the dumps, and for me, Mother's Day was a big one. One of my best friends knew that I was struggling with it, and gave me the "Remembrance" figurine. I was completely taken back and so appreciative of her kind gesture! Fast forward a couple of months to our due date, and again my heart was hurting. Then once again, out of nowhere, another great friend gave me another "Remembrance" figurine! One of them is sitting on my nightstand and the other in our living room by another Willow Tree item we have. Just seeing it each night before I go to bed gives me peace, comfort, and hope for our future children! To some it may seem so little, but to me it means so much!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us all!

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That's my dad

Submitted by Scott Newbry in Redlands, Ca, September 2017

My wife gave me this piece as a Father's Day present and it brought me to tears. I have always wanted to be a father and I married into two wonderful daughters and three years ago was blessed with a son who good or bad reminds me of me. I am so blessed. Thank you for all the beautiful work you do. This is number 9 in our collection. All are cherished.

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Friendship Keepsake Box

Submitted by Vicky McDaneld in Tacoma, Washington, September 2017

My best friend, Sandy, and I, are celebrating 60 years of friendship in October! We met in 1957 and have been at each other's sides since then. We only get to see each other a few times a year, but when we do get together, our visits last for hours. I can't wait to give her this keepsake box.

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Gracious

Submitted by Jill champion in Wirral Merseyside England, September 2017

My 9 year old Great niece Lucy was recently diagnosed with a DIPG brain tumour (July2017)and given only months to live. Her Mummy died 5 years ago suddenly of sudden cardiac arrest aged 32 she was 24 weeks pregnant and we lost Ruby 14 hours later, Lucy was 5. Her Daddy Joe would not accept the end of life treatment offered and instead researched treatment in Mexico costing £300,00 We set up Lucy's Pineapple fund( Lucy's favourite fruit) and with justgiving and a whole lot of fundraising 6 weeks on we have raised an unbelievable £236,000!! Lucy is now in Mexico recieving treatment which may give her a few years instead of months. We are madly fundraising and while I was looking for pineappley things online I spotted Gracious holding a pineapple! I bought one and I have just ordered 3 more 1 for my sister (Lucy's Nan, and 1 each for her 2 daughters (Lucy's Aunts) They are beautiful!🍍🍍
That is my story x

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27270

Submitted by Matilda in North Dakota, September 2017

I lost my daughter just before she was 5 years old. She had red hair. She was my precious baby girl. I miss her with all I am. I saw this piece, I saw her in it, I saw me in it. I miss her so much. I miss touching her face. I miss her hugs. This embodies so much of how I love her, memories of her hugs her precious face, her hair. It is what I remember, and what I miss, all in one. It spoke to me strongly. Then I read the card that came with it. "personal meaning just for you...a little reminder...a reflection...a gesture that marks a memory." It is all those and touches my heart and soul. Thank you.

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Promise

Submitted by Brandy in Oregon, September 2017

My mom owned a jewelry store for 35 years, an upscale silver and turquoise pieces. My dad passed away years ago. After his death, almost immediately, she married a gold digging, hateful man who destroyed everything in his path. The first day I met him he told me that my mom was worth over a million dollars and that I'd never see it, because he needed it. He made sure I couldn't talk to her or visit. The police couldn't help. She developed Alzheimer's and passed last year. I hadn't been allowed to see her for years. My brother had boxes and boxes of stuff that he'd gotten from Mom's estate. He gave them to me for my kids because I am the only sibling with children. I unpacked 50 boxes of stuff, teacups and saucers, two of many different glasses, jewelry, junk, and one "Promise". I set it on the counter and finished unpacking. A month later I picked it up and turned it over. On the bottom was inscribed in sharpie ...to Dinky, because I wish I could be there. GJ. Dinky is my daughter, Dannica, now 24 years old. Her dad died when she was tiny. G.J. stood for Grampa Jer, my dad. He'd always promised to give her away, but he died of lung cancer. Apparently, when he was sick, he'd written on the bottom of the piece, addressed it to my little girl, left it on the shelf in the store, then passed away. I like to think he made sure this piece never sold (Mom had dozens in stock that did) got packed away, stored, somehow made it back to me in.California, Washington, Oregon. It was unpacked, set on the counter and finally turned over to discover the sentiment, on the very day my daughter "Dinky" was proposed to by her fiance. This beautiful piece is now the most precious thing she owns.

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Something Special

Submitted by Shayne Underwood in Grand Rapids, MI, September 2017

The son of a dear friend of ours passed away two weeks ago. He was a healthy 21/2 year old years when he nearly drowned, almost 40 years ago. Since then he had suffered from severe brain damage and seizures. He was 38 years old when he passed away. I wanted to give the family something to express our sympathy, as we also had a special needs son who passed away. When I saw this figurine, "Something Special", you make the world a better place, I knew this was the perfect figurine for them. It reminded me of the little boy he was before the accident and the title spoke that in spite of his limitations he was "Something Special." He DID make the world a better place just by being part of it, limitations and all. The rock that this child stands on, reminds me that "our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand...." No matter what we go through we have a solid foundation in Jesus, our Rock.

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Guardian Angel

Submitted by deborah in melvindale michigan, September 2017

I saw these angels in Tenn. while on vacation. I bought the Soar one for my son who passed at 40 years old from liver disease and mental issues.I love these; they bring me comfort.

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Mother and daughter

Submitted by Fran keating in Rotherham, August 2017

What a lovely piece. My wonderful mum passed away on July 28. I miss her very very much. She brought us up on her own and I even moved next door to her 10 years ago.

I ordered this lovely ornament and it came yesterday, my first day back at work since my mum passed away. It was a hug straight to the heart and made me feel loved all day until I got home.

Thank you! When I look at my Willow Tree piece I think of my wonderful mum and feel glad I had such a wonderful relationship with my mum, which your piece does show.

I will be looking at more of your collection.

Francesca

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By my side

Submitted by jan olson in Michigan, August 2017

i am a cancer survivor, i have 2 sisters who have been with me in heart these past 2 years, and I love them dearly. I purchased the 3 ladies for my baby sister's birthday. Little did we know that peice would represent our closeness, for on my 63rd birthday this year and my other sister who is 61, our baby sister bought us both the By my side statue. We will always be close, and it has such special meaning to us.

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You and Me (darker skin tone and hair color)

Submitted by Miranda in Netherlands, August 2017

This year my 16 year old son graduated, as his present, I sent him to family in Canada for four weeks with his also 16 year old cousin. I am a single mother from the start so I have been planning to collect our story with these wonderful sculptures. We've overcome so much together; he was such a big help when I had cervical cancer and needed chemoradiation. He was 13 back then and never missed school and never complained. I got this wonderful sculpture Mother and Son when my son was in Canada. I loved it instantly and it's my first from our story. This sculpture You and me may represent a couple, but I see my teenage son and myself in it. So one day I'm definitely getting this one for my collection. I love it....

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Two Alike

Submitted by Kristine Turner in UT, August 2017

My twin sister passed away earlier this month. Two alike is such a touching keepsake. Thank you.

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Mother and Daughter

Submitted by Ali in Lancaster PA, August 2017

My mother collected many of these pieces. When I was 10 she gave me the mother and daughter piece to represent our bond. She was the most incredible person I've ever known. We were through so much. She was my rock and I was hers. My mom passed away after my 18th birthday and I am 19 now. I found this tucked away in her closet when I went through her belongings. Thank you for creating such a touching piece and allowing it to create a memory I will have forever of my mom.

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Angel of Freedom

Submitted by Sandra Keenan in Essex, August 2017

On Friday 18th August 2017, my life changed forever. I was told that my baby had died. I was 20 weeks pregnant. I went into hospital on 20th August, and gave birth to a tiny baby girl we named Rosie Ellen.

I have 4 other children (3 girls and a boy) and when i was pregnant with my 17 month old, I was added to a closed facebook group called Due In March/April 2016. I have shared a pregnancy journey with over 70 women and although I've only ever met one of them, I've come to think of them all as very good friends.

They sent me this piece following the birth of Rosie and I'm just overwhelmed at the kindness of people who have never even met me. I will treasure this Angel of Freedom, and I hope she brings me comfort when I'm finding life a bit difficult. Today wasn't a good day for me, I was feeling very tearful, and aching for my baby girl. It's been an awful week in general, but the kindness of these ladies has helped me more than they will ever know.

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Anniversary

Submitted by Gerrie in England, August 2017

John and I were school sweethearts from age 15 - 17 years old. We were inseparable and we don't know how we managed to break up, misunderstandings we think. I was heartbroken and so was he, each thinking that the other had stopped loving them which wasn't true. We both moved on with our Ives in different cities and then 47 years later we met again on the Friends Reunited Website. I responded to his post on there 14 years after he had placed it there and he answered it and explained how he had carried me in his heart/mind all that time and still loved me. We emailed for 6 months without speaking on the telephone, making our plans for the future, not knowing what the other now looked like but that didn't matter as we were deeply in love as we had been as kids. After 6 months the great day came and was very emotional and wonderful... we saw each other and hugged for the first time since 1968! He came loaded with roses, chocolate, a silver ring was bought and worn like the one he had saved for and bought me as a boy, and a Willow tree ornament .. Anniversary. We are very much in love and look forward to the rest of our lives together. Friends Reunited closed the site a month after we found each other again. We think someone was watching over us.

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Grandmother

Submitted by Seemanti Ramanath in Troy, New York, August 2017

I photographed this beautiful sculpture to send a message of love across the globe to my mother on Facebook. Thank you Susan Lordi!

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Angel of the Garden

Submitted by Lisa D Ruland in Palm Bay Florida, August 2017

My very dear friend Laura gave me the Angel of the Garden for Christmas 2016. Laura told me " to keep in a place so she would be always there." I placed it on my windowsill above my kitchen sink and I always keep cut flowers next to the Angel from my garden. Laura passed on February 2 2017.

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Home

Submitted by EILEEN MORIARTY in Virginia, August 2017

I received my first Willow Tree as a gift nearly 20 years ago. 'Angel of Grace'. I now have 15 pieces, all gifts. Our daughter in law noticed my collection the last time she visited. On their most recent visit she and our son gave us the 'Home' piece to add to my collection as a way to let us know they are expecting their first child. My first grandchild, my father's first great grand child. What happy and exciting news told to us by your Home piece.

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Forget-me-not

Submitted by Denise Treser in Brookville, Ohio, August 2017

My son got married last Saturday (8/12/17) ... the night before the wedding he and his fiancé sat down on the couch with me and gave me a box ... it was your "Forget-me-not" figurine. I opened it up and just started crying. My mother died of Alzheimer's just a year ago and the ALZ flower is the "Forget-Me-Not" (makes sense, right?) ... the fact that they both knew that I'd totally appreciate the little gal that has her face buried in the blue flowers meant everything to me at that special moment. It was as if my mother was sitting right there on that very couch, just the four of us, on the eve of her first grandchild's wedding that she was watching with my Daddy from heaven. I was overwhelmed in tears of joy and could only say "look how her face is buried in the flowers" ... you'll never know what joy your beautiful piece meant to me at that very special moment in my life and my son's life. God Bless you,

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Hero

Submitted by Tara Boggs in Cowen, West Virginia, August 2017

I have 3 boys .....My youngest son Specialist Jeremy Richard served in the United States Army, he went right to boot camp 1 month after graduating from high school in 2013. This was his dream when growing up, his decision to serve our country never wavered. He did a tour in Afghanistan in 2015 he was promoted to Specialist while he was over there. On 30 July 2016 my son and another active duty soldier were on their way back to the base when they were involved in an accident and passed away. Jeremy was 21 yeas old. My mother got me this piece because that is what he was a HERO. This piece sits on the mantel along side his flag and his picture of him in uniform. It is a very beautiful piece of art and I will treasure it as long as I remain on this earth. Thank you for creating something for all our HEROES in remembrance of their service.

Sincerely,

Tara

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by Caitlin Ball in UXBRIDGE, ON, August 2017

I received ‘Angel’s Embrace’ as a thank you gift from a friend, at a very pivotal time in my life (and my Son’s).
She wasn’t even aware of what we had been going through.

I had just left a job I loved (having made a huge career change only 6 months prior) because my son has been diagnosed with a condition called Osteogenisis Imperfecta. In short, it is a genetic condition that leads to weak bones (among other things). Over a span of six months he suffered three fractures and multiple sprains. Needless to say, it’s been hard on the spirit and heart - for all of us.

It is a true honour and privilege to be his mother, and to now be home with him. My own childhood was full of volatility and strife, so I find I heal being a mother to my son, because my Mom struggled so much in the role. I’m basically being who I needed when I was younger, which is so therapeutic. So much understanding and forgiveness has come to me, especially with the extra struggles we have faced.

The process of accepting the news about his diagnosis (and ultimately grieving the life we thought he would lead, versus the limitations and suffering he will inevitably face in his future) as well as leaving a job I found very fulfilling hasn’t been easy.

My figurine is such a symbol of what it means to be a mother. It is a true sacrifice we make, in order to raise these gifts bestowed on us (so they someday become incredible mothers or fathers themselves).

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Casey in Longview WA, August 2017

About 4 years ago my sweet girl, Sierra, was hit by a car. She was a beautiful weimaraner that I mostly called "sissy pants" and she was an amazing little rescue dog. My mom bought this figurine for me after she passed away and I placed it next to a framed picture of Sierra. :) My friend recently had to put her dog down due to health issues and I am buying this for her in her time of needed comfort. Its a small gesture, but I know it will help her sadness!

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Catherine in Australia, August 2017

I bought this angel in memory of my beautiful little man, Sparky, who passed this year, aged 14. Sparky was a gentle and loving soul who lived bravely with a number of conditions, including diabetes and Cushings. I'd cuddle him every day and he'd often rest his head on my shoulder - just like the figurine. I miss him every day and will remember him forever.

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Promise

Submitted by Janene in UT, August 2017

My husband and I loved to go ballroom dancing. He suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. A friend gave me the Promise figurine. It meant so much to me because it looks like they are dancing. I also love the saying that is on the Promise card. We will continue to love each other. This is a real treasure for me as I try to focus on the beautiful memories of our life together. Dancing is one of the great memories.

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Heart of Gold

Submitted by Chelsea in Delmar, DE, August 2017

My sweet Vincent fought Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) with every heart beat, but after 4 open heart surgeries in his short 10 weeks of life his heart couldn't take it anymore. I have the Heart of Gold figurine in my house as a reminder of his heart of gold and all his strength. I live every day going forward in his honor.

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Thinking of you

Submitted by Carrie dake in Shelbyville, indiana, August 2017

We were blessed to be pregnant with twins only to have our hearts ripped out when their heartbeats stopped. When we had our D&C our ON ward gave us the "thinking of you" willow Tree. It means so much to us to have something represent our twins.

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Love of Learning

Submitted by Crystal in Columbia, KY, August 2017

Four years ago my youngest son was diagnosed with Dyslexia and along the way we sought the help of a counselor to help with some generalized anxiety and advocacy for services at school. It turned out that this counselor also worked as a part time educator at a local private college that I had dropped out of at age 18. At some point during our conversation, I expressed that I had thought about getting back in college for my degree in human services. She encouraged me to do so and highlighted that I was already doing the same work that individuals with that degree do, for my son. I am now one semester from graduating with my bachelors degree in Human Services and a minor in communication and just finished the last of three practicum classes, all which were taught by this blessing of a woman, the lord placed in my path. At the end of my last class together I presented her with one of these figurines as a token of gratitude for the words she uttered to me four years ago, that she may have thought nothing of at the time and the knowledge she had given me over my course work. I felt it was appropriate especially since my concern for my son's learning lead me to someone who has given me a tremendous amount of knowledge and the opportunity for a lifetime of learning.

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Birthday Girl

Submitted by Carolyn Serviss in MD, July 2017

This piece was purchased as a gift for my mom who was celebrating her 100th birthday. She loved it and has it proudly displayed in her home.

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Two together

Submitted by Melissa Nielsen in Bixby, Oklahoma, July 2017

I recently just had my second miscarriage. While it was more of a scary experience, it was also very heart-wrenching. My biggest fear is that those sweet little babies that came too soon will be forgotten. When I saw the statues Two Together, it warmed my aching heart. What a perfect way to remember my babies that I will never get to hold. At least I can hold these on the days that I feel sad and miss them. Thank you for the sweet little ones to comfort my aching heart.

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Sisters by Heart

Submitted by Maureen Cyr in Nova Scotia, July 2017

I lost my big sister to cancer in Dec 2009 and in June 2016 I lost my little sister to cancer. I have always loved the Willow tree collection so one day while attending a doctor's appointment I stopped by the pharmacy and these two sisters caught my eye, I have them in my kitchen window with the view of the lake, I thought they would like it here as neither of them were ever to visit me here.Thank you for creating my Sister Angels.

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Around You

Submitted by Flo Dzierwinski in New jersey, July 2017

Hi,
We would have been married 30 years today if my beloved husband Eddie hadn't passed away on May16,2017 at home !
He fought Multiple Myeloma from March 2016 until May 13,2017when He finally said he had enough! My Baby fought a good fight and we always did things together. When I saw this statue, I knew it said us and had to have it!
When I look at it I can feel his touch! That is why I have this precious reminder of our love

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Bloom

Submitted by Lucy in USA, July 2017

If you're alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile... But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me

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Bloom

Submitted by Susan in UK, July 2017

Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest... It's about who came, and never left your side

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Bloom

Submitted by Jack in Germany, July 2017

When we first talked to each other
I knew we would always be friends.
Our friendship has kept on growing
And I'll be here for you to the end.

You listen when I have a problem
And help dry the tears from my face.
You take away my sorrow
And put happiness in its place.

We can't forget the fun we've had
Laughing 'til our faces turn blue.
Talking of things only we find funny
People think we're insane-If they only knew!

I guess this is my way of saying thanks
For catching me when I fall.
Thanks once again for being such a good friend
And being here with me through it all.

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Bloom

Submitted by Ben in China, July 2017

A stranger stabs you in the front; a friend stabs you in the back; a boyfriend stabs you in the heart, but best friends only poke each other with straws.

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Surrounded by Love

Submitted by Lisa in Searcy, Arkansas, July 2017

We lost our oldest daughter, single mother to three sweet children, on her middle son's birthday this July 4th in a tragic car crash. I have always admired your beautiful creations & received my first as a gift of comfort during this very hard time of loss. It brings me comfort every time I pass by it in my home as I am reminded of so many beautiful fellow Christians that are constantly praying for our healing & peace through this new journey. Thank you for turning your talents into such a beautiful ministry. You have touched us more than you will ever know.

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Angel Of Friendship

Submitted by suzette trenda in ND - North Dakota, July 2017

I bought the Angel of Friendship to put with my Sweet Yellow Lab Shelby's memorial as she was my best friend and loyal companion for 11 y 6 m And I miss her so much. I saw this and knew I had to have it. Thank you for such a beautiful piece. She took my heart with her when she passed over to the rainbow bridge.

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Around You

Submitted by Ammara Danish in Pakistan, July 2017

I live in Pakistan. Last year my parents choose a boy (Danish) for me to marriage . Danish came Pakistan and we do arrange marriage I saw Danish first look few days before our wedding i selected him as my life partner and then we wed after a week. then Danish went to ITALY as He is from ITALY . i am in Pakistan till the paper work . we both fall in love with each other after marriage :D <3 he just touched my hand during ring ceremony and i too .. we still feel this touch . we are distant because of geographic boundries till paper work . one day my husband saw this beautiful piece in a shop and he gifted me this piece and said this piece is exactly what I imagine when i am with you in my dreams or when i sit alone . This is best gift ever because it contain feeling of our first touch ,that love and our imagination . it also reflect that he miss me a lot .I MISS YOU TOO . May we be together soon and read this story sitting together Ameen

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Remembrance

Submitted by Sara in Fowlerville, MI, US, July 2017

I bought this piece in memory of my mother. I find extreme comfort in this piece. I have dedicated two shelves in memory of her and this angel was my first piece.

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Friendship angel

Submitted by Debra Ritchie in Haines City,Fl, July 2017

My angel came to me on my birthday. Today 7\18 . I fell in love at first sight.And when I saw what she was made of I had to laugh. My Mom passed in 2004, and I had been missing her so much as it came close to my birthday. So when the word Willow Tree popped out at me. I just had to laugh. It was like my mom was saying hi and happy birthday with my son. You see ,I was a willful child. And being so, I received my share of spankings. And with willow tree branches, that I had to pick myself.Now I know some will think this an odd thing to think of.But I have an odd sense of humor. So this angel was a gift from my son,but with it my mom said hi too.

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True Keepsake Box

Submitted by Beth Strand in Katy, Texas, July 2017

I had to put my beloved dog, Zach, to sleep last month. My dear friend chose to purchase the True Keepsake Box to show she was thinking of me. It is perfect for Zach's collar tag, which I had hanging on a light switch because I didn't know what to do with it. Now I have a special place for Zach's tag. The box could not have been more perfect. I will always treasure it. PS- I have a photo I can send if you'd like to see it.

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Sisters by Heart

Submitted by Alanna in T, July 2017

My 8 year old daughter and her best friend were the sweetest of friends. They were the purest example of friendship. They were definitely "sisters by heart." This summer her best friend became very ill. She was diagnosed with leukemia. While receiving treatment to fight the cancer, my daughter's best friend contracted bacterial meningitis. We prayed for God to heal her, to take away the cancer and the meningitis. She went to heaven on July 2nd. We know that God did heal her...that my daughter's precious best friend is healed in heaven. We are missing this sweet girl every day. The "sisters by heart" figures are a sweet symbol of my daughter and her best friend and the bond they had. While it doesn't replace her "BFF," it is a reminder of all of the sweet, precious memories they have together.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Linda Spar in Pittsburgh, PA, July 2017

Our precious black Lab, Creedence, passed away from Hemangiosarcoma on December 13, 2014 at the age of 10 and a half.. We had him for 5 wonderful years. He was such a cheerful companion, a "typical Lab" who loved swimming and retrieving his tennis ball until he was exhausted! No dog could have been more perfect or loyal.

We had "rescued" this sweet boy shortly after moving to this area in late 2008. That fall, we had lost our other beloved dogs, Daphne and Mickey, in quick succession due to illness. Both of us felt hollow and empty in a new home without a four footed friend. I couldn't even walk down the pet aisle in the grocery store without tearing up.

A coworker of my husband's told him of a lab who was well-loved but lived in a small home where Nicki, his owner, could no longer adequately care for him, since she had small children and Creedence ended up not getting the attention and playtime she knew he deserved. We visited and decided we wanted to adopt him. I told Nicki that we would give him an amazing life and that she would always also be his mom. It tore her apart to give him up (she had had him since he was a puppy) but she knew she was doing the right thing.

Years later, when I called Nicki to tell her Creedence had passed away, we both cried. I told her I would give her half of his ashes. We met in a Panera, where we cried and hugged, exchanging photos and memories. She gifted me the Angel of Friendship as a thank you for taking care of our big boy. I have the angel in our foyer, where I smile and remember him each time I walk by.

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With Affection

Submitted by Kathy in Illinois, July 2017

Almost 11 years ago I brought home a beautiful brown & orange, long haired, just weaned 1lb 6oz kitten who I named Molly. Once I picked her up & walked through the door of my home, it became her home, also, & she became family. The moments & stories, with & about her are endless, as is the joy & love she gave me. Her 11th birthday is July 26, 2017. On July 7, 2017, after a week of fighting to help her from the sudden onset of an illness, I had to call my vet because she was in serious trouble. At 9:30 that night, I made the heartbreaking decision to let her go. I held her in my arms, stroking her, & whispering in her ear how sweet & beautiful she was. I whispered over & over what a good girl she was & how much I loved her. After the final injection, I told her it was ok & it was time for her to rest. I told her to tell Lucy Hi. Lucy was her's, & mine, dog buddy who we lost 3 years ago. I held her closely, continuing to whisper "I Love You" till her last breath & for minutes after she was gone. As everyone who shares a similar story here, the pain & heartbreak is devastating. There were so many tears during that final week, but the tears that night were the worst, & nonstop. I asked that she be cremated & Tuesday, July 11, 2017, I brought my sweet Miss Molly home. It brought me some peace to have my baby girl back at her home with me & her 3 month younger half brother Nova who has been grieving since she did not come through the door with me that Friday night. Today, a dear friend gave me this beautiful figurine. I placed it upon the beautiful box where my Molly was at peace. At that moment, it became so much more than a figurine. It became a true & meaningful moment of love, peace & comfort. I could feel that Angel, with her arms lovingly holding my Molly closely to her. I became that Angel, holding my sweet girl, no words spoken, but the feelings of loving, caring & comforting felt so strongly between us. Each time I look at it, I know Miss Molly is feeling all my love & she mine. Thank you for creating this beautiful creation that allows my Molly & me to remain close & forever in love.

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Shine

Submitted by Jody Miller in Florida, July 2017

I have given and received so many of these beautiful heartwarming pieces in my life. One from a friend who was suffering with metastatic cancer gave me "Sisters by Heart" and I gave her "Hope." The two hands joined in friendship is a constant reminder of our raising our children and sharing our lives for 25 years.. My daughter was standing at the end of the 60 mile breast cancer walk and gave me "Courage." I have loved them all! Recently after experiencing divorce after 45 years of marriage I purchased "Soar" for myself. How appropriate due to the frozen right shoulder I am experiencing and it is the same arm that she is raising! I WILL soar!!!!! Thank you for finding the joy of life.

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Two Together

Submitted by Michelle nettleship in Plymouth uk, July 2017

I found these purely by accident the other year and have wanted them ever since; well today I got them. It's my 1st piece from the Willow Tree collection. These have a very significant meaning to me. I lost twin boys in 2000 and wanted something to remember them by but never found anything quite special enough. These are now my pride and joy and I can't wait for my collection to build. Thank you so very much.

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Birthday Girl

Submitted by Maureen Blair in Scotland, near loch lomond, July 2017

Yesterday was my birthday , my first without my mum who passed away 8 weeks ago. My friend bought me Birthday Girl and when I look at it it reminds me how my mum made me feel ...even though I'm now 52 she always made me feel like the young excited delighted figure that is birthday girl. My little figure is another reminder of how close by my mum is. Thank you

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Two Together

Submitted by Marcia in West Yorkshire, July 2017

I lost two boys to miscarriage and whilst I could get separate ornaments this one just meant so much - they are together and it just speaks volumes to me and I knew I had to buy it. It takes pride of place in their memory corner.

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Thank you

Submitted by Karen in Rochester, NY, July 2017

I just received the lovely "Thank You" from my niece and her husband to thank me for the piano music I provided for their wedding last August in Philadelphia. I don't collect Willow Tree but still have about six that have been given me mostly as a thank you gift for providing musical entertainment on my violin or piano. I love this figurine because of the pop of color in the bouquet!
The wedding was unique in that it featured piano music from Princess Mononoke, the Japanese animated film. I try to fit the wedding music to the couple, playing a variety of music, but always including selections that have special meaning to the couple. Susannah and William were especially touched that I went the extra mile and ordered the original version of the music instead of using copies that I found on the internet. I feel somehow very much attached to each wedding couple I serve, and feel so pleased when I hear compliments from the wedding guests affirming that the music was so fitting for the occasion.
Susannah took some time choosing this gift which came with a dvd of Princess Mononoke (of course) and a lovingly written note. I will cherish it!

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For Always

Submitted by Karen in American Fork, Utah, July 2017

Hi, my name is Karen
I picked out this figurine because my 28 year old son just passed away in a motorcycle accident 2 days ago.
I found it at my pharmacy where the employees know me after many years of going there.
They simply gave it to me to show their love for me.
I wish our lives were always about giving and receiving simple acts of kindness like these loving people gave.
I wish more than anything that I could have held my son one more time as the figurine shows.
Thank you for allowing me to share my story,
Love, Karen

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