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.

Angel of mine

Submitted by Elizabeth Harrison in Abbeville, SC; 29620, March 2017

I'm 16, i had my daughter Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 2:07 am. I had a C section after 19 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing, I had finally given up (which was a good thing because she probably would not have made it). Elanoar was born pink and she looked very healthy ( I was put under while the c section was taking place) I was told she looked fine and healthy. But her oxygen stats were abnormally low for a newborn child. Later that day Dr. John, the NICU doctor ordered an echocardiogram on her heart; it came back showing that she had a very serious congenital heart defect (which we had never known about), she was then flown to Augusta Georgia to the Children's Hospital of Georgia where 2 weeks later she would then have her first out of many open heart surgeries. She is my precious baby. She has made it so far, and God wouldn't just make her go through that for nothing. She's now a month old and still not home. During this time before the open heart the doctors made it seem like heart transplant was the only thing that would save her but through prayers and faith our baby is still with us. My Willow Tree is especially dear to my heart.

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Lavender Grace

Submitted by Jodye H. in Washington (WA), March 2017

Lavender Grace was given to me by a dear childhood girlfriend. We live on opposites sides of the country and haven't seen each other in years. This piece was sent to me after the loss of my beloved standard poodle Titan and the loss of my step-father within the same week.
The scent of lavender has always been comforting to me and is one of my favorite essential oils, and lavender is one of my favorite garden flowers. This piece is comforting in its simplicity and its reminder to fill our senses with our favorite things while they are here to enjoy. Also, unknown to my friend is that I had bought a Willow Tree plant as a remembrance to my beloved poodle for its meanings and symbolism, thus making this special in even more ways. <3

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Shine

Submitted by sevda in Iran, March 2017

My most beloved person which never accepted to be with me bought this amazing piece for me as a sign of my inner joy and care for others. I love this gift so much because it shows me the respect of my love to me.

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New Life

Submitted by Mayis in India, March 2017

This April 3rd, we mark the begininng of a new life with that special gift from God cherishing the memory of our Marriage day. I just want to give this gift to remind the remembrance of that special gift she offered me.

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Lots of Love

Submitted by Sharon Holt in Julian, North Carolina, March 2017

A very good friend gave this ornament to my husband and me on our 50th wedding anniversary. It is so beautiful and so appropriate for the occasion of our celebration. It shows how much we celebrate love for one another. Thank you for carving this beautiful piece. I will certainly treasure this for many years to come.

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Many pieces

Submitted by Dawn Hetrick in Sugar Hill, Georgia, March 2017

A few years ago, my daughter discovered how much I appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the Willow Tree figurines. She began to give me a piece for Mother's Day, my birthday, and Christmas along with a heartfelt reason why she chose that particular piece. I now have 21 Willow Tree figurines displayed on a two-shelf wall hanging that my husband made for me, and one on my mantle. Seeing them is a daily reminder of the cherished relationship I share with my daughter.

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pet

Submitted by sinan li in Ca Los Angeles, March 2017

I have been in Los Angeles about two years. I really want to thank you because the willow tree warms my heart. When I see them I am really happy and want be a good girl.
Right now I really miss my pet and I still want to find a Willow Tree sculpture of a girl with long straight hair and holding a white cat. I love all the Willow Trees and the Willow Tree maker..

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Willow Lavender Grace

Submitted by Cindy McArthur in N Canton, Ohio, March 2017

I just received today my Lavender Grace from my oldest and dearest friend. It was a lovely surprise and one that I will cherish forever. We have been through a lot together. We have known each other since we were 12 yrs old and have always been there for each other; we will always remain so. In this instance, I can't thank her enough for her loyal support, strength, shared tons of laughter, a strong shoulder to cry on, as well as her unconditional love while I am undergoing a very stressful medical challenge in my life. I wish every person could have a friend like this in his/her life! I am truly blessed and love her with all my heart.

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Nativity

Submitted by Domica in Virginia, March 2017

I wanted the nativity so bad.... I received the first piece for Valentine's Day and I have received the rest of it now and I just need the creche. I have so many Willow Tree pieces that I LOVE!!

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Guardian Angel

Submitted by Sarah in Overland Park, KS, March 2017

We just had our first miscarriage a month ago and were devastated at the loss. My sister sent this to me and I immediately teared up. It is a reminder or our baby that is forever in heaven playing with the angels. This is my favorite piece by far!

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Angel of Comfort

Submitted by Tina Book and Family in Towaco, NJ, March 2017

We received this beautiful Angel of Comfort from our dear friends Marilyn, John and Johnny in memory of our sweet pug Buffy who passed away on 2/21/17. Marilyn, John, and Johnny lived next door to us when we brought little Buffy home at 8 weeks old so they knew her from the beginning of her life with our family. Her passing left us brokenhearted but with 14 years of cherished memories. We put the Angel of Comfort next to her ashes in our curio cabinet.

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Anniversary

Submitted by Mayis in India, March 2017

My story seems very much differrent from all I read here. I know this gift is most suited for a couple who had lived for a couple of years. But I need this to be gifted my wife on the occassion of our first remembrance of our wedding anniversary. I need to share my life for all the forthcoming years, moments of togetherness. And gifting this I would mark it as as a beginning of how we gonna end....

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PROMISE

Submitted by LOIS EMERSON in BROKEN ARROW, OK, March 2017

For our 57th Wedding Anniversary, my husband surprised me with the Willow Tree piece, Promise. His note to me said, "We've been dancing for 57 years. Sometimes we step on each others toes, but we just keep on dancing." To me, that said 'Love' and a 'Promise' for our life together. Truly melted my heart!

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#26109 With affection

Submitted by Trisha in Ottawa, ON, March 2017

Our cat Archimedes (Archie for short) became suddenly ill and was put to sleep the following day. We had adopted him only 3 short months before. The image of an angel holding a cat gives my family comfort in imagining our Archie wrapped tightly in the arms of the angels. Thank you for the beautiful piece!

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Quietly

Submitted by Leia in TX, March 2017

I am a foster mother and I was lucky enough to be a mom to a 3-year-old and 18-month-old for a time. Recently the state awarded custody to a family friend rather than to let them stay and be adopted by us. Just after we received the news, that after almost a year we would no longer be able to have them in our lives, I saw your figurine and it spoke to my mother's heart and it encapsulated the life we had together, and I bought it as a way to remember the children of my heart and the time, however briefly, that we held them in our arms.

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For Always

Submitted by Helene Hansen in DANMARK, March 2017

This figurine actually made me all teary-eyed. I have an almost 3 year-old son (and a 15-year old TEEN!) and the way that I feel about my "baby" is fully expressed in this figurine. I love his scent, the feeling of the physical (heart to heart) contact and the intimate (no screens, no distractions, no stress) situation that can be so hard to find nowadays. And the accompanying slogan, fits perfectly. I love you now and forever, and will protect you now and forever. PS: I love my 15 year-old too if you were in a doubt. ;)

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Quiet Strength

Submitted by Rhonda in North Carolina, March 2017

I received Quiet Strength as a Christmas present from a friend who knows that I love my horse. It is my favorite gift that got this year. I placed it on the wall in my bathroom over the hand towel holder so I see it several times a day. I never get tired of seeing it and it gives me a feeling of peace each and every time I see it.. Truly a gift that keeps on giving.

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TALL ANGEL

Submitted by IAN LOWE in Cleveland uk, March 2017

Hello Susan,
I live in the UK on Teesside and a few years ago we discovered distance cousins over the pond in USA, so when they came over to visit they presented my wife and me with a beautiful Willow Tree tall angel holding what looks like a large pineapple and on the underside it says Welcoming Angel.When presented with this they said i would not find one on the internet, so I presume this was only one of its kind. Sadly the cousin who gave it to us has now passed away, so we always remember her when we look at the figure in our living room.We came across these cousins when I was researching my wife's great great uncle Henry Cooper the Yorkshire Giant who is buried in Calgary Canada in Union Cemetary. I went on to compile the first book about Henry who toured America and Canada with the circus and dime shows 1853-1899. There is a little history for you
Bye
Ian

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Sunshine

Submitted by Alice in Constance - Germany, March 2017

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

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Just for you

Submitted by LucaandMarivic's Star in Cuneo,Italy, March 2017

I recently had a silent miscarriage. We found out during our routine check-up at 12weeks that our baby's heart stopped beating at 10 weeks and 1 day. I have been carrying our baby for almost 2 weeks without knowing that he/she had already left us.Our hearts were broken in pieces. We have always wanted to have a baby. The day before my scheduled D and C,my husband and I went to a shop to buy an angel to remind us of our precious baby. It was my husband who had seen this beautiful angel carrying a thank you sign on her hand. When he handed it to me tears immediately flowed in his eyes. He told me he found our angel. We named our angel, Star.

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Angel of Freedom

Submitted by Lynn in MI, March 2017

I just bought this piece because it reminded me of my mother in law, as a colorful butterfly landed outside her hospital room window right after we found out she was dying of liver cancer. She was such a sweet lady, the best MIL ever, and I miss her lots.

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Close to me

Submitted by Colette in Ireland, March 2017

While on an all girls skiing holiday in Austria I was missing my nine year old daughter and vice versa. I came across this piece and it just spoke to me and I bought it to remind us both than whenever we are apart we will always be close. I love it

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Remembrance

Submitted by Averil Campbell in CALIFORNIA, March 2017

Sarah E., one of my childhood friends sent me this angel. I live in CA but was recently home in PA caring for my mother who was at in-home hospice due to brain cancer too close to her brain stem. Unfortunately, I witnessed her last breaths a few weeks ago. My friend was unable to make it to the "Celebration of Life" ceremony, but sent me this angel which I will keep close, as a reminder that my mom will always be close -my new guardian angel.

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Father and Daughter

Submitted by John in Columbia, MO, March 2017

God works miracles in people's lives. In 2005, I was deployed to Texas on business and attended a church where I met a mother of three who lost her father when she was 18. She adopted me as a father figure and we kept in touch, but this past year we have become very close. For Christmas, she sent me this piece, bringing tears to my eyes because it told me she cares as much for me as I do for her. Thank you Susan for creating such a wonderful work of art. May God continue to bless your inspirational work.

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Two Together

Submitted by Tommika Lewis in Aurora, Illinois, March 2017

This piece brings absolute tears to my eyes. I look at this and see my boys. I bought this for my kids' great grandmother for mother's day in 2016 and I had a hard time giving it to her. I don't think she understands the meaning behind this gift. I look at this and I see two children who are happy. Who are calm. I see innocence. I see my boys. Amir and Omar. I am so happy to have found this piece. I was shopping for a simple card with something that says we love you grandma, but this spoke to my heart, my soul. I'm a young parent and I've embraced motherhood. My boys mean the world to me. When I look at this, I know this is how God looks at us. His children. I could go on for days but I just love this piece, adore it so much. Words aren't enough, but to the artist, thank you for creating this piece.

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Miss You

Submitted by Anjenette Wright in Texas, March 2017

On March 1,2014 my first born son was taken from my family and me. Lord knows we miss him each and every day. RIH Lil Cliif.....

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Guardian

Submitted by Christyn in Illinois, February 2017

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

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Two Together

Submitted by Fern in England, February 2017

I recently miscarried my twins at 10 weeks and only had a few scan pictures to remember them by. My mum brought me these to display with their pictures and I love them! A lot of my friends have Willow Tree figures and they all relate to them in very different and personal ways. Lovely pieces and will definitely be buying more!

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Sunshine

Submitted by Kathleen in North Carolina, February 2017

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

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Angel of the Kitchen

Submitted by Corinne in Pennsylvania, February 2017

My mom passed away last week. She had two wonderful friends but I didn't realize how close or supportive they had been to her until I began clearing out her home. I found many, many cards and notes of encouragement and caring from these two lovely ladies and I realize that they were her constant support in my absence (we live a bit of a distance away.). They told me that they were coffee companions and were always in touch. I wanted to find a sweet token to thank them for all of their kindness toward my mother and also something for them to remember her by. As soon as I saw this piece, I knew it was perfect! I hope when I get to the later stage of my life, I have friends like these. This will be endlessly meaningful to them.

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Brother and Sister (darker skin tone and hair color)

Submitted by Julienne Johnson in Idaho, February 2017

I just received this beautiful statue from my son and his family in remembrance of my sweet brother who passed away on Valentine's Day. It depicts us perfectly, as though you used us as your model. My two angel daughters gave me "By My Side" for Christmas and this is sitting right next to it. Thank you for sculpting what our hearts are feeling at any given time. I cherish all the Willow Tree sculptures I have received over the years.

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Always and Forgetmenot

Submitted by Mrs Lynda Bennett in HAMPSHIRE. England, February 2017

I purchased both of these today. I chose Always first, a woman holding a red heart. I notice this was made in 2012, a very emotional year for me, I lost my first born son in July that year.He took his life. I have never been the same after that terrible day.It reminded me of the tremendous love I have for him that I keep forever in my heart. The contentment, a little girl holding governments, reminded me of my son's young daughter who I now do not see a lot and to whom I send hand made little items in the post to let her know I love her very much and I am always here for her ( For get me not )

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Bright star

Submitted by Dawn in Illinois, February 2017

I work in a Cancer Center. I had a patient who I had helped him and his family with paperwork and insurance. After he passed away his brother and wife came to see me and brought me your Bright Star piece. On the card they wrote "to our light on the 2nd floor" it was very special and I will never forget.

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All of them more than 150

Submitted by Sunny Carbo in Castle Hayne NC, February 2017

I have been collecting Willow Tree since 1999, my son started the collection celebrating the birth of his daughter. He continued until the Small Navity was completed, for Christmas he started me on the large Nativity. As they both have passed over now, I've remained diligent in keeping this tradition, with Willow Tree being the focus in expressing my entire life, & memory,
One of the many pieces I leave out year round is my Starry Night, I go to sleep every night looking at it.Thank You Willow Tree, for your heartfelt creations, they mean so much to me, & truly tell my story.Sunny

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Two Together

Submitted by Bec Findlay in Sydney, February 2017

After experiencing 2 miscarriages this year, one on our honeymoon and one 2 weeks before Christmas we wanted something that would be a tasteful reminder of our babies that were so loved and lost.. these figures are a special tribute to our peanuts so that they are never forgotten and forever part of our family.

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Soar

Submitted by Sarah Cooper in Tinonee, NSW, February 2017

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

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Patience

Submitted by Stephanie Webb in AR, February 2017

My husband and I will be married 3 years in March. We used your cake topper at our wedding, and have bought a new one each year to represent the stages of our marriage. We have "You and Me" and "Together". We also have a 5 year old son, and have been through quite a few life changes over our 7 year relationship. This year, he joined the army, two weeks before finding out that I am having our second child. He's been gone since week 7, and I won't get to be with him again until a couple months after she is born. I'm realizing the thing that captures this stage of our marriage the most is patience. Patience with each other, patience with my still young son, and patience for being apart. These are beautiful pieces that I hope to be able to collect for the rest of my life.

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by Corie in South Carolina, February 2017

At 25 weeks pregnant with our son Eli, we learned he had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). I carried Eli for 37 weeks, and held him in my arms for the four hours he lived. This piece represents so much to me, and I still cry every single time I look at it. I see Eli being welcomed to Heaven and being safe, secure and healthy. All he knew was love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this piece as it speaks to my soul, and is exactly what I have pictured since the day he died.

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by Mary Redoutey in OH, February 2017

My son was born at 29 weeks,weighing in at 3 lbs, 1 oz. He was in the NICU at Ohio State for 1 month. He's now 32 years old with a son of his own. My daughter, however, was born at 24 weeks and weighed only 1 lb, 8 oz. She survived for only an hour. I've always felt that she is my personal little angel. This piece pulled at me from the first time I saw it. I knew I had to have it. I absolutely love all things Willow Tree.

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Irish Charm

Submitted by Rachel in Brookline, Massachusetts, February 2017

I bought this piece for my mom for her birthday a few years ago. She was thrilled! We're an Irish American family and spend parts of our summer at Celtic music festivals. It's an important part of our family identity. Fast forward to this Christmas, and my mom bought me an Irish Charm figurine for my home. It's a wonderful reminder of my family.

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angel of prayer

Submitted by Kathy Steel in Johnstown Pennsylvania, February 2017

I got this piece from our hospital store one day. I was on my lunch and thinking about my son who just joined the Military (Army National Guard) and is struggling with the physical fitness portion of his training. Heis very tall and very very thin, so the physical part is tough. He also has never been away from home and this is a huge change for him.

I saw this piece in the window of the little store and I felt such comfort looking at it that I bought I for my desk at work. Every time I look at it I am reminded that an Angel is looking over my son and will help him through this tough time.

Thank you,

Kathy

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Together

Submitted by David N.T. Perry in Yorktown, Virginia, February 2017

My wife and I met on June 24,1977 through mutual friends. It was the only blind date either of us had ever been on.
We got married on June 24, 1978. This coming June 24 will be our 39th anniversary! We're still deeply in love, and we're best friends too. We both believe in, and follow the 'old school' code of honor.

I have bought 5 other pieces from Willow Tree, Nancy loves them more than ever.

This piece, Together, will be a Valentine's Day for her.

David N.T. and Nancy

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With affection

Submitted by Marie in Kenosha, WI, February 2017

Less than a week ago I had to make the excrutiating decision of having to put my dear, sweet Arty cat to sleep. It has been such a rough few days because he was only 6 and had so much life left to live. I had been eager to see him bond with our 1 year old daughter. He had such a wonderful, loving, playful personality that I'm sure he would have been such an excellent friend and companion to her just as he was to me. We have a 5 year old cat too, but she is very much the stereotypical aloof cat. With Arty gone, there is a hole in my heart and soul. This beautiful piece has brought me comfort because I know in my heart that Arty will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge and the angels will keep him safe for me until I see him again. I also bought the Kindness figurine, which I will be putting on top of the photo box that holds his ashes. They are such beautiful pieces and they will always be a touching reminder of the precious life of my sweet Artemis Boo. He is so loved and missed.

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Close to me

Submitted by Kathy Daiker in Texas, February 2017

I got this piece as a gift from a friend who collects Willow Tree. My daughter passed away September 22nd 2016 and as anyone can imagine I have been very devastated, she was our only child. She was 35 years and had two boys, which I am now raising the 15 year old. I feel so lost without her! But this little figure it makes me happy to look at and to me it's me and her. Now I want the one where the mother is holding the baby, kind of like the beginning and the end.

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Healing + 5 others

Submitted by Kate Gaskell in England, February 2017

My story began the day I retired in April 2008. My work friends gave me The Angel of Spring, for the season I retired and The Angel of Remembrance to always remind me of my friends.
For one of my Mothers Day presents, from my son and family, I was later given Surrounded by Love. Very appropriate.
Then I lost my best friend to cancer. The same son and daughter in law gave me The Angel of Freedom to remind me that her spirit was now as free as the butterfly the angel was holding.
Last year 2016 that very same son and daughter in law lost their 11month old baby son to a rare medical condition. My friends gave me Bright Star Angel to remind me just how much his spirit was shining in heaven.
My new angel I bought today 10th Feb 2017. She is The Angel of Healing. You see God blessed my son and family with a beautiful and perfect baby girl on the 22nd of January 2017. She is a rainbow baby and is named Willow, a symbol of healing. My angel will always remind me of Gods perfect love. He will give us strength to heal.

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Angel of Comfort

Submitted by Maria in Las Vegas, NV, February 2017

The day I have been dreading for almost 11 years happened Monday. Very suddenly my baby girl Athena got sick. I went in to my vet thinking GI upset due to her Adequan injection, left finding out she had very aggressive, very fast spreading cancer in her heart and lungs.
I've always hoped that I would never have to make the choice for my girls, but that's exactly what I had to do Monday. Athena was still herself; still wanted to fight, but was suffering and so I was forced to let her go. It was the most difficult choice I have ever had to make in my life, but I think I did what was best for her. She wasn't eating, not drinking much, and having difficulty breathing - she was suffering but staying strong. So I had to take over and be stronger for her and not be selfish.
Athena is the best FRIEND anyone could have asked for. She was my everything. She got me through so much. I did my best for her I just hope it was enough. It was an honor having you as my Baby Girl Athena. I love you and will never forget you even for a second.

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Friendship

Submitted by Suzie Curtis in San Diego, February 2017

My story about your Friendship girl has several layers. I have reached out to a PEO Sister/ friend who is going though a series of ongoing cancer journeys and we have become soul sisters. I am the only one she will see or spend time ( which is very limited for many reasons) with. Her husband is a Prince and makes my visits very special.
My friend could not get out for Christmas shopping so he did some for her. He choose for me your Friendship girl. Little did he know that the flower and symbol of our PEO sisterhood is the daisy , which she holds in her hands. When I told him how much his chosen gift to me meant to me he was thrilled. Felicity Friendship sits on my desk where I see her every day and am reminded of a kind and loving husband who picked her out because of her name and because he recognizes how close his wife and I have become.

I have other memorable treasures from your Willow Tree collection and cherish each one. I trust you realize how your gift of Willow Tree to us has spread JOY to so many.
lovingly , Suzie

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For Always

Submitted by Machelle Stotts in Cheyenne, WY, February 2017

I am ordering "For Always" because I just lost my little boy 9 weeks ago. I held him like that. Oliver will forever be 15 months old. And he will always be in my heart.

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Angel of mine

Submitted by Kayleigh in Sydney Australia, February 2017

After trying for a baby for seven years and a year of IVF treatments my husband and I finally fell pregnant. However at our second ultrasound scan we were told our baby had passed. I suffered a miscarriage Christmas 2016. We were absolutely devastated. The grief was overpowering and all consuming. We had seen our baby on the monitor, seen his heartbeat and planned a future of a blue nursery, trips to the zoo and Christmas's with our families. Yet we had nothing tangible to aid in processing our grief. No personal items or lock of hair to hold, no grave to visit. I needed something to ensure our Angel knew that although we never met him, he was loved, so loved and will never be forgotten. I look the my Willow Tree piece every morning and every night and take a moment to think of the son we should have had.

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courage

Submitted by Concetta Schafhausen in Ohio, February 2017

A couple Christmases ago, we were playing cards with my son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters, my youngest granddaughter was 10 and the game we were playing was called "five crowns." The object of the game is to make runs and sets and lay all your cards in one group (similar to splash rum) The youngest would play and if she played all her cards she would throw up he arms and yell Boo-Yah, in celebration. Later that week I saw the willow tree angel with her arms thrown up in celebration, I decided I needed to own her, I have about 5 other Willow Tree angels, I have collected angels for years. I put the angel in my Amazon cart, but kept taking it out, no extra money, to order, so put it on the wish list, I had not bought her as of this Christmas and low and behold, She was under the tree from my other son and his family, But a added benefit was she was also a musical one, Just a happy thought to share with you.

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True Keepsake Box

Submitted by Michelle Lane in Sioux Falls SD, January 2017

Today I received my True Keepsake Box in the mail. I had 3 beautiful dogs that are now playing in heaven. My first dog Buddy who was 14, died on the last day in 2015, then in April 2016, Gidget who was 15 passed away, 10 days later Brindee Jo who was also 15 passed away from a broken heart. Her grief was so great that she did not eat and after a few days, I had to give her up to Jesus too. I had each of them cremated. When I saw this beautiful box, I knew it was going to be the perfect place for a small portion of their ashes. I have several of the Willow Tree figurines and each one has a special meaning to me. Thank you for letting me share my story about my 3 kids who are missed everyday!

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Angel of Caring

Submitted by Ivy in Phoenix, January 2017

This morning I arrived to work in the Emergency Room and found this random act of kindness with my name on it and no identity of who might have gifted it....

But many endless thanks at a time in my life when I have been feeling less than an adequate human being....

Forever Grateful !

❤️Ivy

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With affection

Submitted by Joan Falshaw in Flintshire, January 2017

I have just lost my cat Susie of 19 years she was more than an animal she was my best friend, confidante and gave so much love. She is to be cremated and I will be putting the Willow Tree Affection Angel in with her ashes They say when a cat dies an angel cries. This has given me some comfort in my very upsetting time. The figurine is so perfect for this occasion and I am sure any cat lover will agree with me

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Heart of Gold

Submitted by Tara Sprott in QLD, January 2017

My son Korbin, was full of life and energy. He was always on the go. Tragically at only 3 years and 7 months, he was fatally attacked by a dog. He would be almost 7 now. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him in some way. This piece is the closest thing to a boy angel that stands out for me. I love all of them and will eventually expand, but this is my first piece.

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35 pieces

Submitted by Teresa hawco in Ontarioi, January 2017

I have 35 pieces and each one of them is very special to me. I would love to see a five generation of girls piece.

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All of them

Submitted by Trebby Shnee Carter in Forsyth, Mo. 65653, January 2017

I have been collecting Willow Tree since you began! I have worked as a florist and in design with Lucky Red Wagon until
they went out of business. My momma worked in flowers and design for years and taught me everything she knew. My kitchen, breakfast room and dinning room are all decorated cottage style with Willow Tree. I have so many compliments on it all the time.

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Serenity

Submitted by Joannie in Omaha Nebraska, January 2017

I was fortunate enough to help a stranger in need. He had passed out while cutting his lawn. I was driving by and noticed that something was wrong. He was on the ground and it looked like he was crawing but then noticed that he was hurt. I got out of my car and called to him. With no response I walked over to him and saw that his head was bleeding. I ran into his home and yelled up call nine-one-one. I grabbed a blanket from his garage and placed it on him. Someone came out of the house and said what's going on and I said call nine-one-one this man's passed out. Long story short ambulance came and they took him to the hospital. I went on my way but a few days later a woman showed up at my door, the wife of the man who had fallen and she said you were our angel. She gave me this Serenity angel and I knew that I wanted more to do with these beautiful creations.

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Healing

Submitted by Peggy Ann Lashuay in Michigan, January 2017

On a cloudy December day my two friends Gail and Steve arrived with a large box, wrapped with love and a nice big bow on top. I couldn't imagine what was in it since we had agreed not to exchange gifts. Their mission was to let me know I had their love and support and this was just a confirmation of that. Inside were eight angels, A Tree, A Prayer, Kindness, Hope, Good Health, Affection, Healing, Courage and Friendship. These angels are all part of the Willow Tree Line and little did they know that I had the Nativity, Shepard and animals and they would be the "HOST" surrounding my Nativity. They knew that I was going in for cancer surgery on the 19th of December and I needed a reminder of love, prayers and support during a very difficult time in my life. I praise God for their caring and praise God for the outcome, which was that it hadn't spread and when I got home there was my nativity and angels singing praises and welcoming me home. Thank you for making all of this possible with your lovely designs for others to share and help make those speed bumps in life a whole lot more tolerable.....

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For alwaya

Submitted by Melissa Keefer in Boardman Oregon, January 2017

I am going to get this for my daughter who is a teen mom. She is a great mother who has grown so much because of her beautiful daughter. They could have been the models for this sculpture. She even wears her hair like this. I love that you think about so many different life situations that many ignore. Your work has always inspired our family from the day my mother died, and to this day, we have seen and collected many pieces that mean so much to us. Thank you!

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Grandmother

Submitted by Linda Suffy in NJ, January 2017

My good friend gave me this piece for Xmas and personalized it with my grandson's name EASTON. It was a surprise to be a grandmother but the best thing that ever came into my life.. He lives with us and we have a special bond... My favorite gift of the year. Going to get the Grandfather piece for my husband.

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Angel of the Kitchen

Submitted by Kae Lacy in Virginia, January 2017

I have a dear friend who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Great Britain, as her father was born in Wales.

Her name is Kirsten and she was married in May of 2016 to Alan, who is a concert violinist.

Kirsten had been unwell for some time when she was diagnosed with cancer about 6 months after her wedding here in Virginia. She has been undergoing aggressive chemotherapy at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.
Several times during Kirsten's hospital stays, her dear Alan has come to play softly, beautiful classical music on his violin. Nurses have opened doors so that others on the ward can hear the beautiful, healing music.

Kirsten has not had much of an appetite and, as a result of the chemo, one of her very favorite things to drink - a cup of hot English tea - is not even appealing, tasting foul because of the drugs.

I hope to purchase a Willow Tree 'kitchen angel' to give to her to help her look forward to the day when a cup of English tea tastes good once again.

*I have given several of our married children Willow Tree figurines of one of the dancing couples, and one of a romantic pair standing together. Our pastor gave to my husband and me the seated couple, for our 50th wedding anniversary in 2013.

To all of us, Willow Tree figurines speak louder than words, of treasured love. Thank you for using your God-given gift to bless so many.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Donna Beer in Pittsburgh Pa, January 2017

On New Year's Eve we lost our precious puppy, Karmel. She would have been 13 on February 5, 2017. It broke our hearts to lose our sweet, sweet Karmel, and we are devastated. Today I received a Willow Tree Angel of Friendship from a dear friend. Needless to say, when I opened it, the tears started flowing once again. I am now ordering the same angel for my daughter who also is devastated by Karmel's passing. My daughter is married with a home of her own and I want her to have the angel also to remember her first and only puppy. I'm sure she will love it as much as I do. Every time I look at my Angel of Friendship, I will remember our sweet puppy and all the love and joy she brought to us.

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Father and daughter

Submitted by Will in Southampton, January 2017

My story starts 6 years ago. A man, single man, who works with children, and after not finding Miss Right, decides to do the only thing he can do. Adopt.
Thinking I'd be snapped up because of my experience I actually found the complete opposite. I could go into detail but you wouldn't want that. I was rejected, told to pull out of the process as a man I stand no chance, told I was costing the agency lots of money because I didn't give up. Told that if I did get passed panel it would be a hollow victory as the agency would just say they haven't found a match and I'd stay on the waiting list indefinitely.
My new social worker found a match in October. I had to ready littlen's room even though she may not come. Painful if it goes wrong... what if panel or the agency decision maker says no. Even before meeting this child I knew she was the right child and I was the right parent for her. Everyone said yeas and I bought my 2.7 year old daughter home yesterday. She's sleeping like a log now, and did last night to. She's home and happy. She is my world. A dream come true.
Her foster carers bought us a present, the Father and Daughter piece as it looks like us. I wanted it in the living room but my daughter has stolen it for hers. It means so much to me as it represents my family. A family I was told I'd never have, I fought so hard for... and a littlen who I'd give everything for. Love her so much.
Sorry it was a gushy story.

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Angel of Hope

Submitted by Ruth Calcott in Hoylake, Wirral, UK, January 2017

I have just had a knock at my flat door and a friend handed me a beautifully wrapped gift and just said 'For you' and went on her way. I went and sat down to open it. When I did, I found the beautiful Angel of Hope! I just burst into tears as it was so special. I am facing major surgery for bowel cancer with some additional complications, in just over two weeks time and this gift spoke volumes to me. The thoughts behind the gift,.the careful choice of it, and the love with which it is given as well as the message of hope are all amazing aspects of the love and support I am receiving at the moments.

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Miss you

Submitted by Phoebe Taylor in London U.K., January 2017

I went to the post office to pick up a parcel, I was expecting something I had bought . Instead I found a package from my mum who lives in my home country Aus and I now live in London (have for the past 2 and half years) .

I was on my way to my local cafe and intrigued to open my parcel . When I opened it I looked at it and immediately Welled up in tears , it was tears of joy , love and partly sadness because I do miss my mum daily. The message that came along with it was also so heartfelt and just what I needed . I am a fan of anything hand made and done with such love and beauty .

What an absolutely beautiful gift to receive .

Thank you x

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Nuture

Submitted by Paula Ridgway in Bracknell, Berkshire, England, January 2017

I 'retired' from being a volunteer with the children's work at the Kerith Community Church, in Bracknell, England, after more than 30 years of service and I was presented with the Nurture figure as part of their thank you. It has been a joy to nurture children from birth up to 11 years of age over the years and this will be a constant reminder of that privilege. I would suggest it is something special to give to people who have been nurturers in your lives.

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Generations

Submitted by Karen Bradley in England, January 2017

My favourite piece out of my collection of 115+ is Generation because at the time I had it bought by my Grandmother that to was a representative of My Grandmother, My Mother, and Myself.

Over the last 11 years since i got my first pieces for my 40th Birthday my collection has grown and it says to how wonderful I am. I have then displayed on 6 shelves, my dresser, and then on my ex-large bookcase.

Thanks for taking time to read.

Thanks again Karen

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Sisters by Heart

Submitted by Cindy in Brookville, January 2017

When my first husband was diagnosed with cancer my sister gave me the "sisters by heart." I was such a private person and I didn't like sharing my pain. But she was my "sister by heart" and she stayed by my side at one of the darkest times of my life.

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Together

Submitted by Mildred V Reyes in East Stroudsburg, PA, January 2017

I received the Together piece this Christmas. The significance of the meaning of the piece was perfect on this Christmas. My husband was diagnose with Cancer this past October (AML Leukemia). He saw death close 3 times during a 45 day stay in the hospital. The idea of losing my partner was surreal to me. We have being married for 27 years and he is my best friend. When my sister gave me the piece brought tears to our eyes because I found my special someone years ago and he still is.

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Quiet Strength Memory Box

Submitted by Marisol in Winnemucca, NV, US, January 2017

I just ordered this for a Valentines gift for my granddaughter,Viviana, that is such an animal lover like her Mom. HEr horse is salt and but I know she will love it. I really would like to see a figurin with a girl and her full size horse in the dark skin tone. I have built two families over the years for my son and daughter and they love them. Thank you so much!

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Happiness

Submitted by Rianne in Zeist- the Netherlands, January 2017

I saw Willow Tree sculptures in Washington Illinois for the firt time. Inmediately I was touched in my heart by the sculture of Happines. I can say this is me! I am free because of what Jesus did for me. FREE to sing, laugh, dance and create. I bought it and now enjoy it in my house in The Netherlands. So glad I have sucj a beautifull piece of art.

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Just for You

Submitted by Michele in Maryland, January 2017

I received this gift from a colleague for Christmas. This is my first Willow Tree piece but will not be my last. My feelings upon receiving this gift was wow this is a nice gesture and a very gentle expression of appreciation. I will place in my office to be reminded of my service to others. Very special gift.

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Soar

Submitted by Philippa in York, January 2017

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

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Thinking of You

Submitted by Ruth in Newnan, GA, January 2017

Over the past 10-12 years, I have received several pieces for special occasions. I have two that remind me of my two granddaughters, Guardian Angel and Angel's Embrace. However, this Christmas I received a new "favorite." My son gave me the "Thinking of You" angel which has a conch shell held up close to her ear. What made it meaningful is that we were celebrating Christmas in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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Angel of mine

Submitted by Brenda Anderson in California, January 2017

I adopted my daughter and had her in my arms at 3 days old. My husband was in Vietnam so the little one and myself was all alone. I look at this "Angel of Mine" figurine you made reminds me of that time, and something healed in me when the worst time in my life happened.. You see my worst fear was the biological family would come back and take her from me. I had her for the last 47 years and never thought of that fear for over 45 years, but it was there, under the surface. When she ask who they were I was always honest with her, but this time she wanted to know more. I found the family and connected my daughter with them. She has 2 half sisters that I was so happy she connected with, I was truly happy for her.

Then without warning that under the surface fear came to the top and overwhelmed me, I was losing my little girl after all this time. I began to cry, unconscionable tears of loss. I am a counselor and help others, but was so overwhelmed by these
emotions that I couldn't control it threw me into a deep physiological depression. My heart was broken. I felt the loss of a Mother who lost her child in death. It was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I didn't know what to do. I prayed a lot.

I have never heard of your art work before, but came across it on line and then remembered I had admired it at a Hallmark store. When I saw "angel of mine" God spoke to my heart and looking at that figurine I knew no matter what ever happened I was that babies Mother and reminded me of a poem I once memorized. "Not flesh of my flesh nor bone of my bone, but still Miraculously you are my own, never forget for a single minute you didn't grow under my heart but in it." I used to say this to my daughter. This was my child, my angel sent from heaven to me. That I can never loose.

So I bought this figurine to always remind me. Your gift meant so much to me and healed my heart...and my daughter told me," YOU are my Mom."...

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Farther and daughter. Mother and sons

Submitted by Rachel Webster in Derbyshire, January 2017

We have two biological boys and always wanted to adopt. I have seen these ornaments for years but held off until our family was complete. We adopted our girl in september after 3 years waiting. My husband got me the two boys for Christmas. I have today got the farther and daughter. Our family is now complete. Xxx

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Keepsake

Submitted by Elena in Finland, January 2017

I absolutely love these figurines and I currently have seven of them. They are all very pretty and genuine, with a unique meaning, but those that I have are of course especially important to me. I got this piece for Christmas, in my mind it is in the memory of my grandmother, whom I have been thinking of a lot this past year despite her passing many many years ago. My favourites also include Wisdom, for the meaning as I love books and knowledge and turn to them in tougher times, and Prayer of Peace because of the beautifully carved dress. These figurines in general are a real source of strength for me while I am struggling (so... kinda often).

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Bright Star &Angel of Harmony

Submitted by Carol Fish in CA, January 2017

Our Son and Daughter-in-Law gave me Bright Star first and I adored it. This yr. I recvd Angel of Harmony. Both for Christmas and I put the first one away and this year thought why not leave them out all year, rather than Christmas. I absolutely love them.

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Friendship

Submitted by Karen in OHIO, December 2016

WIllowtree's "Friendship" piece was given to me this Christmas by my dear friend, Susan. She and I have been friends since the late 1950s and have shared so many life events together . . . grade school, high school, births and deaths. The Willowtree piece she gave me will be a reminder of all those precious times we shared and how blessed I am to have such a genuine friend in my life. If there is a way I can send two pictures, I'd love to do so!

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Nativity

Submitted by Edward Burns in Scotland, December 2016

Having not discovered Willow Tree till just a few days before Christmas, I ordered just too late for the 25th! However, unpacking the pieces with Mum was a true joy!

A person can be rendered speechless by beholding these silent figures that say so very much!

Such beauty!

Such reverence!

Such a heartfelt labour of love!

See how tenderly Mary cradles baby Jesus - a baby so precious that not 1 but 3 Kings left their palaces and came a great distance - in person - to pay homage!

Mum and I are so glad you made these figures, Susan and team...

...so very very glad!

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sunshine

Submitted by Stephanie in Idaho, December 2016

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

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Cherish

Submitted by Katherine Martin in Jackson MS, December 2016

I just got this piece and it means the world to me, a few months ago I lost my first child to miscarriage. I've spent the last few months feeling the full weight of empty arms and a heavy heart, trying to find some physical way to remember the joy of our child and knowing that God will bless us in his timing. Thank you so much Susan for creating from the heart. I truly will cherish this piece and it is so appropriately named.

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Guardian

Submitted by Richelle Platt in Tampa, Florida, December 2016

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

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A tree, a prayer musical

Submitted by Jane in Ohio, December 2016

Hospice overdosed my friend which (according to the hospital) led to an unnecessarily and untimely painful death. He had been my friend for over 20 years, my constant companion for 7 and was very dear and wonderful. He was a recluse but warm and kind. I'm glad the angel has short hair but I would prefer a non-musical one. He was so silent! I still think of him as my angel and will use this angel to guard me as I sleep.

I have taught stress management to community and doctors since the early 60s when as a state university dean I saw all my young male students, who graduated or left school, drafted into the Vietnam War. Also that year, 600 minority students were added to our campus. The tension and sadness was everywhere. The father of stress management in 1947 had defined stress and told us our hand was our thermometer and sent messages to our brains from our nervous system. I used this information then and have ever since. Put you hand on you vagal nerve (the left side of your neck) and if it’s cold and you are not on medication, you are stressed. Since every cell thinks for itself, you can train your body to warm you hand. Like learning to walk or ride a bike, it will take time. This makes one live long, stay healthy and be seen as caring by others. The University of Mass. School of Medicine now have a very similar program they developed in the 70's. I am glad to see such programs finally being used more frequently by others.

The angels, earthbound and heavenly, make this life worth living. They signify piece, love and compassion. I find them everywhere I go and they make me smile and remind me to send love, forgiveness and peace into the world.

Thank you and my daughter's friend for such a lovely gift,

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With Affection

Submitted by Victoria Smith in Reno, NV, December 2016

My son had a cat. He'd had Sid since he was a kitten. Sid is 14 years old, now. Sid's home has undergone many changes that he just couldn't abide. My son got married, got a dog, and had a baby. Sid was too used to his home life consisting only of his "dad" and himself. So, he began acting out. My son had to find a new home for Sid. We asked around and could not find one. Nobody wanted such an old cat. The last resort was the animal shelter. We knew he would never be adopted at his age. So, Mom came to the rescue (that's me). I couldn't bear the thought of that poor old cat getting put down, alone, wondering what had happened to his happy life.So, I took him.

Now, I have two cats already. They're siblings and are very close. They're around 5 years old. Sid has been to our house for brief stays in the past; and Jimmy and Lizzy hated him being here. It got worse when all three cats realized that Sid was here for good. Sid is mature and he takes the opprobrium in stride. Jimmy barely tolerates Sid. Lizzy cannot stand him! Sometimes, Sid chases Lizzy around just because he finds her growling and hissing funny.

My kids all help out with Sid's expenses. My son provides cat food; and agreed to handle any vet bills that arise, and he'll put him down when that time comes. My daughter is helping with cat litter. She thinks my adopting Sid is one of the most wonderful things I've done. She got me your "With Affection" figure for Christmas. She got it because it's an angel holding a cat. She said that's how she sees me. I love the piece, very much. It means a great deal of me and is a cherished possession.

I gave "Close to Me" to my daughter a few years ago; and I gave my son and daughter in law "We Are three" when their first baby was born. Your figures are so beautiful and they capture those particularly precious times so well! There will be plenty more occasions where I will give these to others.

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Nativity

Submitted by Jen in MN, December 2016

I love my nativity and have all of the available pieces. I would love to see the addition of a little drummer boy.

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Friendship Ornament

Submitted by mariagrazia in Bisceglie (Bari), December 2016

Dall'epoca dell'universitá nel lontano 2000 la mia collega ed io per lei eravamo angeli custodi l0uno dell'altra, incoraggiandoci ogni volta che si doveva affrontare un esame , piangendo e ridendo insieme delle battaglie vinte e delle sconfitte incassate con onore. Dopo la laura 10 anni di assenza.. quando ad un tratto mi arriva una foto di un bigliettino scritto a mano da me dove incoraggiavo a credere in se stessi... era lei che mi aveva ritrovata ed aveva ritrovato questo biglietto proprio quando era in dubbio se tornare a studiare per superare un concorso e quel biglietto le è servito per decidere di partecipare. il concorso è stato vinto ed ha voluto assoltamente rincontrarmi dopo 10 lunghi anni e ribadendo la mia funzione di angelo ustone a sugellare questa amicizia profonda, l'angel gift ed ha aggiunto: "il dono piú bello è stato avermi regalato la tua vita".

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Kindness

Submitted by Tina Obrecht in PA, December 2016

I just received the Kindness Willow Tree sculpture of a seated woman holding a cat for Christmas. As I opened the package, tears immediately began to flow. We had just sent our dear sweet little boy cat to "Rainbow Bridge" in October and I am still missing him tremendously. My husband purchased this one because I always sat on the floor with our cat on my lap in the evenings. So this figurine immediately reminded me of our times together. I will always cherish it and them.

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Hero

Submitted by Shirley Girard in Durand, WI., December 2016

My daughter gave me this piece for Christmas to honor her father who was a Navy Veteran. She knew that receiving this folded flag was the hardest part of his funeral for me. I really love this piece and the story it has for my life. Thank You for the beautiful work you do

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Forget Me Not

Submitted by Kim Chapin in MI, December 2016

My son and daughter in law give me a Willow Tree figurine every Christmas. In July of 2016, I lost my father, their Papa. We have all been dreading the holidays because my dad loved Christmas. My daughter in law warned me on Christmas Eve that I would get emotional over the gift they were giving me for Christmas. My mom spent the night at my home and we had already had a good cry before everyone came over to open gifts. I was worried about opening the present from my son and daughter in law. When I took the paper off the box and saw that it was a Willow Tree and what it was named, I was already crying. When I finally opened the box and saw the figurine, I cried some more. My Forget Me Not figurine is right next to a picture taken of my dad last Christmas. I treasure all of my Willow Tree figurines, as they tell the story of my life, but the Forget Me Not will always have a very special place in my heart.

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By my side

Submitted by Rhonda Ferguson in West Virginia, December 2016

My husband has been buying me pieces here and there over the years and this Christmas - 2016 he gave me this piece. It made me cry as he explained why he had purchased it for me, as it made him think of my sisters and me and the bond we have with each other. I have two younger sisters and we've been thru a lot over the years individually and as a family, but we manage to make it thru with God, family and the love we have for each other. I am also blessed with an understanding and perceptive husband who gets me and knows how important family is to me.

You and your team are a blessing with these figures. You inspire and awe! Thank you for putting into form the feelings that sometimes cannot be expressed adequately.

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Musical Song of Joy

Submitted by Joy Meech in Ontario, December 2016

For many years my sister Jill and I exchanged willow tree statues, on Nov 21 we lost our Mummy. For Christmas my sister gave me Song of Joy Musical, it made me cry as our mum told me the story of how when I was a young girl perhaps 4 or 5 I was in the living room and my dad was listening to classical music, I twirled and twirled around the living room. It made my dad laugh and laugh. As my dad had a stroke 2 and a half years ago this wonderful piece means so much to me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this beautiful piece.

Joy

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Anniversary and Promise

Submitted by Judith in UK, December 2016

These two pieces were given to me this Christmas 2016 by my daughter and my mother in law. They were given to me as I lost my husband from Cancer in August aged just 54. Our children have lost their father, his parents a son and me a very munched loved husband. These pieces reflect us.

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Angel of Prayer

Submitted by Michelle in Wichita, KS, December 2016

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, stage 1a, on December 8, 2016. My husband and I told our church that weekend and one of my most precious sisters in Christ gave me the Angel of Prayer for Christmas to let me know that she is praying for me daily. What a blessing from her and from you, Susan, who created such a beautiful piece. Thank you!

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Promise

Submitted by Tracy Johnson in Beaverton, OR, December 2016

I have to say I'm in love with this. It was given to me by my son and future daughter-in-law this Christmas. When I opened it brought very special memories of the day I got married to my husband. Thank you for creating something that is so meaningful to me. I will cherish this forever because every time I look at it I will be reminded of the day I married my best friend.

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Zampognaro #27183

Submitted by Judy Frett in New Jersey, December 2016

My Nativity collection was started by my best friend about 10 years ago, and she added to it yearly until her untimely death in 2009. I love the set and each year have looked to see if any new pieces were added.
This year I noticed the Zampognaro, and today was able to purchase it. In 2013 we were blessed to spend two and a half weeks in Scotland with our dear English friends, part of which was listening to bagpipers. Seeing this shepherd with a bagpipe was perfect to complete my collection. Now it celebrates two dear friends; one I lost here in the states, the other from England who passed away just two years ago this Christmas. What a special way to remember both!

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Angel of comfort

Submitted by Lani in Iowa, December 2016

December 18 2016 I heard a terrible cry out, and my beautiful husky-pyr mix suddenly died. It was 2:30 am. Totally unexpected, he passed suddenly at the foot of my bed. My angel niece Lindsey gave me a comfort angel, the one holding the dog. I am so lost, and miss him so much. Hopefully life will get better and I find this angel comforting. RIP Sloan, see you again someday my love.

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Remembrance Ornament

Submitted by Samantha Faloney in Jackson Center, Pa, December 2016

My husband and I had two miscarriages. Our first child would have been due Janurary 17th 2017 and our second would have been due July 2017. We still hope and pray we'll be blessed with children and i'm beyond blessed that my mother in law got this gift for me for xmas so they'll always be with us <3

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Quietly

Submitted by Diana in Grand Rapids, MI, December 2016

I asked for this piece for Christmas because it perfectly represented my new family. Since my divorce was finalized the beginning of December, it would just be my 4 year old son, 19 month daughter, and myself. It really feels like this piece was made just for us! It gives me a calm feeling looking at it...like this is how our family is supposed to be.

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Mother and son

Submitted by Ana in West virginia, December 2016

It was given to me today, early this morning by my now 20 year old son. Today is also the passing of my older brother that I love dearly. I was pregnant with my son back when it happened. I named my son after my brother, so he is getting to be a independent young man. As soon I saw this beautiful piece I melted; the memories and expressions between the mother and son are me and my son-- no words were said between us but years and a look between us then a kiss with a long hug thank you for a beautiful piece I love it.

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