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.
Submitted by Pamela Hench in Pennsylvania, March 2018
I've been collecting Willow figures for years. For some reason the simple beauty speaks to me. This year is my 60th birthday and our family has struggled through several years of adversity and loss. The most recent is the fight my eldest granddaughter, 8 year old McKenna, who has been waging against cancer and a failed bone marrow transplant for the last 12 months. When I saw Butterfly on the shelf at my local Hallmark shop it just felt like she had good news. Today is not only my 60th birthday but it is also the day we hope to hear that our granddaughter's second bone marrow transplant worked and that she will start on her road to recovery very soon. So when I placed Butterfly on my mantle yesterday, next to McKenna's picture she brought me a sense of peace and hopefully good news.Read More >
Close to me
Submitted by Angela English in Rhondda Cynon Taff, March 2018
My daughter bought this for me for my 59th birthday today. She is 30 years old and was diagnosed with a very rare cancer last August. She has had 4 cycles of chemotherapy which have been unsuccessful and we are waiting to hear if there is any other treatments which will be available to her. You can imagine my emotions when she gave me this present this morning, I was overcome with emotion as was she. We are hoping and praying that a treatment will be found, she has 2 little ones under 7 so as you can imagine this is a very worrying time for us all, especially my daughter. Thank you for creating these figurines, it says far more than words could ever say xxRead More >
Submitted by Tony in Greater Manchester, UK, March 2018
My wife Kim and I both saw this figure in our local Charity shop and we bought straight away, as we have other Willow tree figures too.
Kim was diagnosed with a neurological condition in 2012, after collapsing suddenly, aged 34.
We met in 2003 and wed in 2008.
Our lives have changed, more for her than me, bit I'll be with her till the end of time on this earth.
She's my soulmate, wife and best friend.
I've always said that Willow tree figures talk to you when you look at them, you just feel the emotions that they represent and your work, which I feel is God given.
No other figures can give out that 'real life' quality.
You can't explain it, only feel it, and we have these figures proudly displayed on our windowsill.
My wife is a true fighter, a one in a million and I'm so lucky that it was God given fate to have met, and your figures truly represent how we feel about each other.
Thank you Susan for your exceptional gift to the world.
May God's blessings be with you always.
T&K xx 💕 💕
Submitted by Tony in Greater Manchester, UK, March 2018
My wife and I saw this figurine in a Charity shop recently and we bought it straight away.
We have three other Willow Tree figures too.
Kim was diagnosed with a neurological condition in 2003, aged 34, after suddenly collapsing.
She's been incredibly strong and is my inspiration every day and is a true angel.
We met in 2003 and wed in 2008.
I always believed God meant us to meet.
We've always said these figures talk to you and they just ommit pure emotions.
It's something one feels, and can't explain.
We both love the outdoors and nature.
Your exceptional gift is through hard work and we both feel you have been God gifted.
No other figures give out the same feeling when you look at them, and that in itself is truly amazing.
Thank you for your gift to the world, and despite all its troubles, your work makes us realise, that there's still miraculous things to see in it.
May God's blessings be with you always.
T&K xx 💕 💕
Close to me
Submitted by Caroline in Nevada, March 2018
I bought this for my daughter last year in January after my breast cancer surgery when my daughter who is going to college out of state had to go back to school after Christmas break. She was having a tough time and I wanted her to know that even if we are apart, I am always there with her. We are very close. Last week, 2/21, I celebrated 1 year from my 2nd and 3rd surgeries of cancer free with God's help and all the prayers. I am grateful. :)Read More >
Angel of Friendship
Submitted by Monique Bottger in CA, February 2018
Unexpected & lovely: A dear friend just gave me this WillowTree Angel. It touches me in so many ways. I have a picture of me holding Ginger the first day we got her at 5 years old in 2008, she passed away in my arms January 5, 2018, and this is exactly how I picture her arriving in heaven 💜🐾🐶 Thank you so much for creating this beautiful piece that I will always treasure.Read More >
Submitted by Wolfy Wolfhart in Nebraska, February 2018
I received my piece after my cat died. It is very important because I have had 3 cats this year pass. I had to put one down and the other two I watched suffer, not being able to pay a vet bill at the moment. This pice is very near and dear to my heart now and I would like to say thank you to WillowTree for this beautiful piece. It looks just like the cat me. I have red hair and my cat had brown and black striped fur, so thank you..Read More >
Heart and Soul
Submitted by Bob in 28269, February 2018
It is been approximately 1 year since my wife's passing. My daughter's birthday is coming up very soon and the sculpture captures the essence of the relationship they had. Thought it might be a nice birthday present to give her because it so beautifully epitomizes the relationship she and her mom had.Read More >
Love my Dog (light)
Submitted by Katie in Wisconsin, February 2018
I saw last year that there were Willow Tree pets and I just had to have them. My entire life I've always had golden retrievers. After my first dog TJ died when I was only 9, my family moved to a new house and got Sophie. Sophie was half golden retriever half lab. Sophie was the best dog I ever knew. She loved anyone and everyone. She would put her paw on your lap and nudge you when she wanted to be pet, she loved attention. When it was snowing outside she would start crying to go outside. We gave her the nickname "Snowphie." Sophie threw up one night and the next day didn't want to eat. My mom took her to the vet and they found that she had tumors all over her body and was bleeding in the inside of her. She was already too far along and that was the last day. My family was heartbroken since Sophie was so much a part of our life. She was a member of the family. She made life more enjoyable. She made me laugh and I found joy in her company. She was a one-of-a-kind dog. I put the dog (light) and the cat right next to the picture on my bookshelf of the pets I had as a child: my first golden TJ and my black cat Kesha that lived 2 years after TJ. Thank you for adding pets to Willow Tree.Read More >
Mother & Son
Submitted by Kathleen M Mendenhall in Philadelphia, February 2018
My 43 year old son passed away suddenly in September 2017... Jim's 44th birthday is approaching. I received this & my first from a dear childhood friend. I find strength & comfort reflecting as I hold in my hand or glance as it sits on my entertainment center.
Submitted by Eleanor in Indiana, February 2018
Today I received my first Willow Tree piece from two gracious ladies and friends. I will never forget their true meaning of friendship. I am so lucky to have them in my life.Read More >
Submitted by Susan in Iowa, February 2018
I am an alcoholic. It has taken me three times in treatment to finally accept the fact that I am powerless over alcohol. I attend AA and have just reached 6 months of sobriety. I wanted. something to reward myself with and when I saw the Butterfly it was perfect. A symbol of transformation, exactly what I'm working towards. I see her everyday in my window and am so grateful for your creation. Also the butterfly has been a family favorite for generations. My first Willow Tree was a gift when our oldest brother died. The second was gift when I met my daughter for the first time, her being adopted. Both are so meaningful to me. I have given them as gifts too and hope they have special meaning to my friends also.Thank you for all of your beautiful creations am sure they have touched many hearts.Read More >
Submitted by Leigha Weemes in toledo,ohio, February 2018
i lost my son when i was 28 weeks pregnant on the 16th of December 2017. The cord was wrapped around his neck twice. My birthday was four days after he had passed away. My sister-in-law got me this because I lost my son. For my birthday she told me it's so I'll know he'll never forget me and I'll never forget him. it is so very dear to me! Right now it stands next to my son's urn and his blanket and stuffed bears.Read More >
Submitted by Priscilla Rogers in Ruffin SC, February 2018
I fell in love with this piece as soon as I received the email that it was made. I put it on my wishlist on Pinterest and my husband surprised me with it for Valentines Day. Words can not describe the beauty of it. It is beautiful online but even more beautiful in person. I love it personally for myself because sitting and looking at it I feel free spirited. Thanks so much for yet another amazing pieceRead More >
Submitted by Nancy in Pittsburgh, February 2018
I recently fell on ice in my driveway and fractured my vertebrae. My daughter wanted to come back, from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and help out, even though I insisted there was nothing she could do. Her work commitments and my fear of poor wintry driving conditions prevented her from visiting. While she and my new son-in-law have been unlucky when sending flowers, plants, anything living as gifts in the past(most have arrived in poor condition and haven't survived) she decided on a Willow Tree figurine to express their love and concern. What a most pleasant and wonderful surprise on the day it arrived! It was so much more meaningful than flowers and I did not have to lecture her about wasting her money. I have quite a few figurines, as well as the Nativity, and each piece holds special memories and meaning to me, including the Nativity which was a gift from my late mother. As the snow flies and I look at my Willow Tree figurine, I am so blessed that my daughter and son-in-law are with me in spirit and love through this figurine rather than attempting to traverse snowy , icy roads to visit in person. Plenty of time for that in the spring!Read More >
Submitted by Joanna Johnston in UK, February 2018
I lost my best friend to cancer last year and wanted to get something that would represent our friendship. When I saw this on Amazon I had to get it. I’m going to place it where she is laid to rest on her birthday. I’m not sure if it will weather well but I can replace it will a new one every year, perhaps a different one depending what is available at the time and how I’m feeling. I have a couple of these ornaments myself, both given as a gift. One for my 30th, the other as a wedding present and I absolutely love them. I am not normally a fan of ornaments but I make exceptions for these as they have so much meaning and yet are so simple - if that’s the right word.Read More >
Submitted by Karen Wolf in MOORE, OK., February 2018
My oldest daughter bought this for me after she had her second son, She lives up in Indiana , so I don't get to see my two grandsons very often. When she bought it she saw it as grandma with two grandsons. I love it. I now own 45 angels and figurines..Read More >
Submitted by JACQUI PICKERSGILL in Halifax United Kingdom, February 2018
I lost my lovely mum suddenly in February 2017. It is nearly 1 year since I lost her so I bought myself this piece. It just caught my eye and made me hope she did soar and is at peace after a very short and cruel illness. I miss her so much and will hopefully feel happy thoughts eventually when I look at this figure . XxxRead More >
Angel of Mine
Submitted by Jocelyn Madden in Michigan, February 2018
My husband and I struggled with infertility and had to undergo IVF, but luckily for us the first round worked and we welcomed twin boys in July 2017. Angel of Mine and New Dad are the perfect pairing for us and the sayings of So loved, so very loved and In awe and wonder of what's to come truly sums up how we feel about our miracle babies.Read More >
Angel of Healing
Submitted by Andrea Tibai in Maybee, MI, February 2018
I have followed one of my closest friends throughout her journey in life. We worked together, I followed her to a new job, attended the same program at the same university, and eventually we ended up in our Master of Social Work program together. We knew that we would need each other's support to get through school, but we had no idea the twist that was coming for us.
On our way to school about three months ago we were in a car accident where our car was hit from behind while we were stopped at a light by a big truck that was going over the speed limit. I hit my head on the dashboard and my friend's leg was pinned. Her hip was out of place, I still have no memory until days after the accident.
One day before the 3 month anniversary of our accident we were both finally clear to go back to work. No more doctors appointments, physical therapy, case management appointments, we were finally one step back to living our "normal" lives.
Neither of us should have survived the accident. My friend tells me as soon as we were both conscious after we were hit we held hands and prayed. There were angels watching us, and angels that continue to watch us while our bodies and minds continue to heal.
My friend gave me this piece for my birthday yesterday. It will always hold a memory of the trying times we have been through together, the trauma we now share, and the hope we will continue to have as we take this life and career on to help others in need.
Submitted by shawn in Mahomet Ill, February 2018
I found one of the Willow Tree angels years ago when i was going through a rough time and since then I have got more. I have 30! well today my husband bought me 3 more for Valentines Day! I love them! I am looking for one that will help with the loss of my mother-in-law who was murdered; just not sure which one to get yet. She loved them too!Read More >
By my side
Submitted by Kathy Mashburn in Dalton, GA, February 2018
My precious 17 year old daughter Rana passed away after a 3.5 month battle with HLH (unexpected). She was a 3 sport senior athlete in high school. I was gifted this beautiful piece yesterday for Valentines Day in memory of Rana. Though my budget is always tight, I cannot pass up purchasing two more of these to gift to my living daughters in Rana's memory, as well. It sums up their sisterly bond perfectly. I can't stop crying! By the way, the awareness color for HLH is royal blue! This piece is perfect! Heartfelt thanks for sharing such meaningful art with the world.Read More >
Submitted by Laura in Alabama, February 2018
My younger sister passed away suddenly. During her memorial service, I chose to speak about her life as a Tapestry that God had completed. One of my best friends questioned what gift she could give me ... my daughter, beautifully and thoughtfully, chose this as the perfect gift for me ... It sits in front of her picture.Read More >
Submitted by Courtney Drewry in Novi, Michigan, February 2018
My husband and i got back together after first meeting and falling in love in high school and then after years of separation, being married to other people etc. Your figurine Promise brought us together in a powerful way. It looks like the way we always danced together, especially the way he used to hold my hand while we danced. It is the same! It became the symbol of our reuniting and of our enduring love. It became the first of many that represent the children we had together too. Thanks ever so much!Read More >
Submitted by leslie nay salas in san marcos Texas, February 2018
When I saw your newest work, Butterfly, in our Christian bookstore several weeks ago, my heart literally skipped! I have always called my 21-year-old daughter My Butterfly. Since she was a young child, she has drawn simple little drawings and photos, all over our house, of her Butterflies. Now, at age Twenty One, She is a Full-fledged Butterfly! And She Looks Like Willow Tree Butterfly!
I purchased Butterfly immediately, not sure when I would give it to her. Yesterday became the day! I gave it to her for Valentine's Day! She was truly overwhelmed with joy and gratitude! She posted it on her face book page with words of how much she loves her family!
Thank you Thank you Thank you for continuing your beautiful works! We have been a part of your journey (from afar) for many years, and will continue to support your artistic creations with great enthusiasm!
Blessing to you, with Love,
Submitted by Courtney Drewry in Novi, Michigan, February 2018
My husband secretly bought me Angels Embrace as a Christmas ornament one year because he knows I love WillowTtree figurines. When Christmas time came around he couldn't find the ornament and he didn't put it under the tree. And i never knew anything about it. Right around Christmas time I miscarried a pregnancy at 18 weeks and I struggled with the loss for months. I talked with a friend who also lost a baby and knew after talking with her that my baby was waiting for me in heaven and found much comfort in knowing this. Right at this time my husband found the Angels Embrace ornament and gave it to me. It was perfect timing because it looks like an angel is holding my baby in heaven and taking care of them for me while they wait for me. It brings comforting emotions to me every time i look at it. Thank you Willow Tree!Read More >
Submitted by Susan NewMyer-Jeppson in Northern Utah, February 2018
I wish I could attached a silhouette that I created that is filled with words that resonate with me about who I am and who I want to become. The shape of the silhouette is the exact pose of your Shine figurine. Some of the words inside the silhouette are: vibrant, love, service, wise, inspirer, happy, power, amazing, dignity, kind and mother. My daughter saw the Shine figurine and immediately thought of my silhouette and the words that make me shine. Even though she had already purchased my Christmas gift, she knew that she had to purchase this for me. When I opened the present, I sat there in amazement. I will cherish it forever.Read More >
Love my Dog (light)
Submitted by Deirdre Doherty in Antrim, February 2018
I absolutely love the Golden Labrador figurine as they are extremely special to us, given that one of ours (Troy) sacrificed his own life to save his master, our then 10 year old son when we were attacked by a raging, steroid fuelled, trained fighting dog whist enjoying a family walk with our 4 Labradors. I was delighted to be able to get one as a tribute to him but even more so to be able to share our story with you. I have enclosed a link to "Troy's story" on the Facebook page I made to honour both him & the very precious gift that he gave us that horrible evening, our beautiful son who is now 21 & I would love you to read it so you can understand why this little figurine means so much to my family.
Just in case the link above doesn't work, the page is called
"Labradors Are Truly Man's Best Friend"
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Angel of friendship
Submitted by Amanda Looker in Uk, February 2018
I recently lost my beloved dog Sam of 13 years. This angel holding a dog reminds me of the times I did this when he wanted reassurance if at the vets. The angel now sits alongside his ashes by the side of my bed guarding over him.Read More >
Submitted by Kelly Anderson in Aliso Viejo, CA, February 2018
Mom is 88 and healthy, but every day we are able to spend together is precious. Today we had breakfast and went to a new gift store. They had an amazing display of Willow Tree figurines. Mom knows how much I love my kitties. I've had 6 over the past 25 years, each of them unique. When mom spied the figure of the girl and the kitty, she knew it was for me. It's such a perfect, cool gift. I will treasure it the way I've treasured my kitties and the way I treasure my mom.Read More >
Submitted by Teresa in UK, February 2018
I have had so many good and bad experiences but have learned it's only through Jesus that I can be truly happy and fulfilled in myself and also in helping others, using all my experiences. Now that I have turned 50 I am looking forward to truly SHINING for Him, in totally surrendering myself & totally absorbing myself in him, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me in all situations and He will SHINE in me to others I am seeking to help. With my birthday money I bought your statue to be a constant reminder to surrender and SHINE!Read More >
Submitted by R Hyde in England, February 2018
The pineapple is a symbol of infertility. After our 1st failed IVF cycle we brought this to mark our struggles and offer us hope to the future.Read More >
Submitted by Sharna Chamberlain in Huthwaite nottinghamshire, February 2018
Remembrance - i lost my mama last year to stomach cancer in June 2017. Before she passed away she brought everyone in our family something we liked or she knew we collected to remember her by.
We weren't allowed what ever our last gift would be from her though until this Christmas just gone, so on Christmas day I opened all my other presents but saved this special one til the very end
And I'm glad I did because I look at this piece every day and remember my mama.
Musical Guardian plays Brahms' ”Lullaby”
Submitted by Eve in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, February 2018
I whisper quietly Brahms lullaby to our boys since they where born as finishing touch of our evening routine. Now they are (6 & 9) but they still love this routine. So I though this is a great present for them to keep this memory when some day our evening routine will ends. We`ll keep this with the rest of our WillowTree Family collection on our mantel.Read More >
Angel of Prayer
Submitted by Lee in California, February 2018
I love all the pieces and have purchased many. The sentiment and emotions are so represented and expressed in the beautiful workmanship. One of my favorite purchases was the Angel of Prayer. My sister lost her daughter at 6 months old. It has been 20 years and she still sadly mourns her loss. I felt this piece was so perfect, down to the creation of not having faces painted on the figurines. In this case, it represented that her daughter was ageless and instead of focusing on a face, she could always “see” her daughter as peaceful, beautiful and full of spirit. I believe her daughter is in Heaven, praying over her mother and family constantly. When my sister received this gift, this message was clear when she saw it. It now serves as a beautiful reminder that her daughter is just as this figurine displays. Thank you for sharing this amazing and beautiful gift and artistry! ❤️Read More >
Submitted by Susan Burr in Mason Oh, February 2018
My daughters BD is this month & I cannot wait to give her this one. It will represent her 2 Sons. The older one holding on to the younger one who has autism. She will love this to add to her Willow collection...Read More >
Heart and Soul
Submitted by Susan Burr in Mason Oh, February 2018
My daughter collects Willow figurines - She has quite a few - One of a Couple together - that represents her & her husband. But she has none of her 4 children. So this one will be her 2 daughters.... Heart & Soul together forever...Read More >
Submitted by Mary B. in Clawson MI, February 2018
I was shopping in
Frankenmuth Michigan and as I was about to exit a shop this figurine caught my eye. I’ve always loved them and said once we started a family I would start my collection. I saw this one and started crying in the middle of the shop. I’m currently going through infertility treatments as I have stage IV endometriosis and my husband we found out recently also has fertility issues. It’s been a hard few months so I decided to go on a girls weekend to relax and reset my mind before the next cycle. Although I know that this figurine isn’t made for this meaning, the pineapple has become the globally recognized symbol of good luck in the TTC (trying to conceive) community, perhaps because of the warmth, welcome and friendship that the TTC community offers each other. A lot of women in my support group wear lucky pineapple socks to treatments and tests, or shirts, jewelry, etc. so when I saw this figure it couldn’t have been more perfect as the start of my collection, representing our struggle, but also hope. I cannot thank you enough, she is now next to my bed as a reminder to not give up. I cannot wait to start the rest of my collection in the hopefully near future. Until then, thank you again.
Submitted by Mike and Debbie Balash in Dallas, Pennsylvania, February 2018
We were sent this piece by our best friend who understood our despair upon losing our cat. He was a good boy who comforted us as we traveled through the long and painful sorrow of dementia that took both of our mothers. When he died, it was as if we were losing them all over again. He was an insulin diabetic so we cared for his special needs as we did our mothers. The image invoked by your piece of our precious little Shadow being in the arms of an angel gives us great comfort. Thank you so much.Read More >
Submitted by Sinem in New Jersey, February 2018
I received Promise as an anniversary and Valentine's Day (both at the same day:) gift from my boyfriend. We've been dating for 3 years. Unfortunately last half is a long distance relationship because of me. But this gift reminded me we will be back together soon and keep our promise. Thanks for this amazing gift.Read More >
Angel of friendship
Submitted by Rachel Shepherd in North Yorkshire, February 2018
This piece I recived from a friend today after losing my beautiful 14 year old Labrador named Goober. He was a rescue who had been roaming the streets and was thought to have escaped his previous owners (there was evidence of abuse). When we first saw him he was skin and bone, but his eyes alit and his tail became a propeller when he saw us. He practically dragged the carer across the field to greet us. We knew then he was our boy, it was shocking to think he was weeks from being out down!
He bought life back into my depressee father who is suffering from a terminal illness, gave my mum someone else to love and me and my brothers a best friend who we could always share our worries and secrets. I visited the rescue centre today to give them toys of his and they spoke as if we had saved his life, but to be honest he saved ours.
We are lost without him but every day gets better. Every time I look to my statue it will always remind me of our beautiful boy and the wonderful 8 years of memories we shared together.
Submitted by Debby in Louisania, February 2018
My mom died 2 weeks ago. I already collect Willow Tree figures. I picked out 4; 2 for my sister. I picked 1 I already had and 2 just alike, in case I would try to be greedy. The one I picked was Journey. That piece was in her casket spray. I know that is how she went to Heaven, with her hands straight up. Thank you for all of your figures. Everyone means something to me.
Submitted by Tannaz.ch in iran, January 2018
Today is my birthday and I got this beautiful work of art from one of my best friends who has always been beside me in rain or shine,happy and sad times. As I look at this inspiring figure I feel theres no need to have eyes to see ,some people are kept safe forever in our hearts...I admire Susans beautiful idea about putting a message inside each pack and also explaining about each figure. I love you Susan for reminding us every little thing is meaningful and that we shouldn't take it for granted.Love my best friend Nushin too,Thanks for her awsome gift<3Read More >
Submitted by Emily in Kentucky, January 2018
The end of 2017 was hard on my fiancé and I. As everyone else was joyful for the holidays, we were mourning as we had just gone through a miscarriage. I always talked about wanting to get a piece to sit in the house in remembrance of our baby. Today I came home after a hard day at work to a neatly wrapped present from my amazing man. I opened it to see the “Remembrance” piece and immediately broke into tears. This is the absolute most perfect piece to remember our sweet angel baby.Read More >
Caring Child (lighter skin tone and hair color)
Submitted by Loukia Lerios in Springs, South Africa, January 2018
We lost our son Michael on 27 September 2017. It's four months today.
He suffered with depression for many years and was on medication and under treatment.
He committed suicide and it has been a very sore trial for our family.
Caring Child reminds me so much of Michael as a child.
He was the most joyful, thoughtful, kind and loving son from the time he was little.
We miss him terribly but know that he is now in the arms of the Saviour and free from pain.
Thank you for creating such beautiful sculptures that help us in our healing.
I can't wait to buy Caring Child to remind me of the love and joy Michael brought to our lives.
Angel of caring
Submitted by Diane Fusco in Rhode Island, January 2018
On my birthday my niece gave me " The Angel Of Caring, i was touched so very much. My niece Sherri has been fighting cancer for 12 years. Recently I had been helping her so her husband could go to work and not worry. My niece just went to Dana Farber for chemo, and on her way out in a wheel chair she stopped in the gift store and purchased this angel. I just cannot put into words the feelings I felt when I opened this little box. With all my niece has been going through she thought of me, and that made my heart smile. Thank you Susan for making these beautiful angels that made my birthday so special.Read More >
Angel of Friendship
Submitted by Janice Skiver in NE, January 2018
I love this peace. My sister bought me this after I had to make the heart-wrenching decision to have my dog put to rest. Dash was my baby girl. She was a part of our family for 15 wonderful years. Protected and raised numerous children, not all of them mine but just the same. She was a part of so many people's lives and will be very missed. I know she is with the angels because I'm sure she was our angel. This piece is beautiful and so fitting. It will be displayed with love and pride as a reminder of how special she was.Read More >
Submitted by Ellen in So California, January 2018
I have start a journey of claiming my relationship with God. As part of this I have start a bible study called defiant joy about reclaiming joy in your life. pineapples have always had a special meaning to me and I purchased this little beauty for myself as a reminder of all the joy in my life. #yearofjoy.Read More >
Surrounded by love
Submitted by Amanda Cummings in Mcalester Oklahoma, January 2018
I just received "Surrounded by Love" from my Mother-in-law. Yesterday (1-24-18) was one year of my mom passing away from brain cancer. My mother-in-law has been the best supporter since my mom's passing. I absolutely love this, so beautiful <3Read More >
Submitted by Sara in Wisconsin, January 2018
My husband bought me this piece after my 17-year-old cat had to be put to sleep. It was the most thoughtful gift he has ever given to me. It serves as a memory of my cat and as a window to how my husband sees me as a person. I love this piece!Read More >
Submitted by Liesl in Netherlands, January 2018
My Dad recently died - a man very special to me and also my closest friend. I received this today from a very special friend who loves unconditionally - she gives all her heart and every fiber of her to her friends. She has been a huge support to me and one of the reasons I was able to get through this period. JUST today when I was sad I received this and I knew I will always have my Dad in my heart.Read More >
Submitted by Sammie Guinn in Fort Worth, Texas, January 2018
I have purchased several Willow Tree figurines for my younger sister. We have not always been close, but have become very close as age advances (I am 63 and she is 58). The Willow Tree figurines can say what is truly in my heart. This particular piece was an instant thought of my sister. I jokingly call her the 'little hippie' as she lives in the country and communes with nature on a daily basis. When I saw 'Happiness' I thought of my sister in her garden filled with wind chimes, crystals, flowers and just peace-her happy place. I am giving it to her for her birthday. Today is the first time I have logged into the website and have already found my next piece. God's blessing and Thank You for such amazing items.Read More >
Peace on Earth
Submitted by Chela in California, January 2018
More than thirty years ago I bought a carved Nativity set in San Antonio, Ecuador, a small village known for its carvings. This little set of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus in a manger with 3 Wiseman, a donkey and steer had a long trip to me. Two months before Christmas in 1983 I sent it by "slow boat" to my parents home in Napa California. The clerks warned me against it making wave motions as if I couldn't understand they were telling me it would take a long time. They wanted 5 times as much to send it by air (once again making airplane motions with their hands) and I simply didn't have the money. And so started its journey. I wish I could have tracked that package. Maybe it just stayed in the Quito warehouse or was stuck on a boat that traveled the world. But that package with my Nativity set, some weavings and Ecuadorian chocolate didn't make it home that year or the next when I was home. In fact it didn't make it back before I moved to Sacramento and got married. It didn't come when Connie lived in the house. It didn't make it back before I had Courtney or Briana were born. My parents sold the house and luckily one of my friends bought it because Rich and Diana were able to write and tell me it had come, 12 years after I mailed it!.
As you can see I've added to the set with Willow Tree figures, camels for the Wisemen, Shepards and Angels. This year, as I was looking at the Willow Tree website I saw a woman with a lamb on her shoulders. They named it "Peace on Earth." I went to the local store as they don't sell it on-line only to find they had sold out for the year. Next year, I thought. Jessica and Joshua had other ideas and worked hard to find one on-line and have it delivered before Jess left for her mom's house. It came 8pm, a mere 8 hours before she left. I was speechless. Then as I placed her with the other shepherds I realized that I had created another family, a shepherd one. The Holy family and a meek shepherd one. Now my set is complete.
Submitted by Lesley in Orlando, FL, January 2018
A dear friend who works with my husband knew that we lost our dear cat, Precious on New Year's Eve Day. She gave us 17 & 1/2 years of love and playfulness. Today this friend presented us with this thoughtful gift of your angel holding a cat so gently and with such tenderness. It is such a beautiful piece and fills our hearts with joy and fond memories. I wasn't familiar with your work before, but I have now signed up to receive your monthly newsletters. Thank you for your inspirational talents. Sincerely, LesleyRead More >
Submitted by Joy ludeman in New zealand, January 2018
As a mum of a severly disabled child The Quilt has a lot of meaning as it will for a lot of us mum and dads holding our special kids when unwell and needing extra cuddles with their favourite soft blanket.Read More >
Submitted by Jenny in Louisiana, January 2018
This piece was presented to us from our 2 amazing kids, for celebrating 37 years of marriage. What a wonderful piece of art to always have to represent our love for each other. I also have Good Health! These pieces will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you so much for your talent!Read More >
My sister My friend
Submitted by Dawna Johnsen in Rotterdam the Netherlands, January 2018
Hello my name is Dawna
I recieved this beautiful piece from my biological sister in Florida. I found her after searching 45 years. I was adopted.
Submitted by Nadia in Denmark, January 2018
This was given to my aunt as a gift, after she had a miscarriage during her first pregnancy. The figure perfectly represented angels looking after this little person we would never get to meet. Thankfully she was able to carry her second pregnancy to term, and I now have an adorable 2-year-old cousin, who is expecting his first baby brother or sister in August.Read More >
Submitted by Denise in Kentucky, January 2018
I started buying 1 piece at a time out of every check and bought the Nativity set then when I redid my bedroom I painted and decorated it for the Willow Tree figures including tree ornaments. As of now it has several pieces plus a tree decorated and the Quilt on my bed is the Living Tree from Cracker Barrel I love my room and all the beautiful pieces I have collected to date and will continue to. Thanks for the beautyRead More >
Submitted by Maria McCawley in Branson, MO, January 2018
Our 23 year old son Kevin who is away at college gave this piece to my husband and I for Christmas, and also as a belated 25 year wedding anniversary gift. With it came the following letter that he had hand-written (kind of a lost art these days):
Dear Mom and Dad,
This is both a gift and a thank you to you two. I know I wasn't able to get you anything (more than a phone call) for your 25th anniversary, but that is something that I think deserves to be truly celebrated.
The longer I am away from home, the more I realize how lucky I am to have had your relationship to hold as "normal". But it really isn't normal, and this is really where I began to realize how fortunate I was to have you both setting the example for me. I admire the honesty you have in your relationship--talking about things as they come up and teaching Sasha and I to never go to bed mad (which I've come to interpret as "don't be stubborn, find a solution and work through things together"). I also admire the trust you two have in each other. That is so huge, and I feel so lucky to have never seen jealousy or unfaithfulness come between your marriage or our family. That trust is huge, and something I don't think is celebrated enough. Especially this past semester, I have seen the opposite side of that coin, but let me tell you, your way is so so much more enjoyable.
Each girl I talk to as ASU for some period of time has told me that I helped them redefine what they wanted to look for in their future relationships. I have been told that 5 separate times, and each was a tremendous compliment that I really can't take credit for. So thank you for instilling that in me with your example of love.
Mom, I know you love these figurines, but I really hope this means something special to you too, Dad. I hope this stands for a reminder of how lucky you two are to have each other and your marriage, and for what a tremendous impact the love you show to each other has on those around you.
So, hopefully this wasn't too dramatic, but Merry Christmas, and thank you both for your love,
Submitted by Jo Ann Stagno in North Pole, Alaska, January 2018
I have searched for my biological father most all of my 60 years of life. Several attempts failed, including hiring a well known "locator." My final attempt was in August 2017 with Ancestry DNA. I ordered my kit and sent it in right away. About four weeks later I received my results and within 15 minutes I had found my father. Amazing! Thankfully a first cousin had input extensive family information into his Ancestry.com site. I messaged him and he replied the next day. He shared what he knew and informed me I had at least one sister. He gave my "new" sister my contact info and she messaged me on 10/14/17. We have been communicating several times a day since and I will be meeting her next month. We are both thrilled to have found each other and excited about what the future holds. Unfortunately, our father passed away several years ago but having Wendy in my life and her willingness to share her memories softens the blow of never being able to meet or know him personally. Yesterday I received a very precious gift from Wendy, a Willow Tree "Friendship" trinket box. It has two girls sitting, facing each other. It's a simple yet beautiful gift and each time I look at it I get happy, warm feelings of hope for a lifelong friendship with my "new" sister. Thank you!Read More >
Angel of Freedom
Submitted by Tanya McElhannon in Willis Texas, January 2018
I bought this one to represent my son who passed recently. I love knowing that he received his wings and flew into the arms of JususRead More >
Quiet Strength Memory Box
Submitted by Amanda in Warsaw, Indiana, January 2018
I just received this this beautiful gift from my co-workers. My oldest horse Spur just passed away on January 4, 2018. He would have been 30 in March. My family has owned him since he was 2 years old. I can't express all the feelings I have to see this beautiful memory box sitting on my desk at work. Thank you for making something so special for "Us" Horse Girls.Read More >
Angel of Friendship
Submitted by Kathy in Buffalo, NY, January 2018
I lost my precious Maltese, Pebbles. She was the light of our life. My neighbor left this on my doorstep, it brought me so much comfort. For the first time in days I found myself smiling again. Thank you for creating such a wonderful piece.Read More >
My sister, my friend
Submitted by Joanne Newton in Orangevale,Ca., January 2018
I am from a family of 8- of which 6 were girls. Of my 6 sisters we are now left with 5 (3 in Louisiana and 2 of us in Ca.) In March we will meet in Louisiana to celebrate birthdays-oldest-95-89-85-83 and last 80. As you say when we are together we laugh,remember our youth and how much we care for each other. We already have the Willow Tree sisters standing together holding hands and now for birthday gift I want to get the 2 sisters standing together. Thank you. JoanneRead More >
Submitted by Amanda Matthews in Scotland, January 2018
Last year myself and my husband became kinship carers to our 10 year old nephew. At Christmas we decided to let our nephew pick a gift for each of us and for me he picked the Thank You piece. He told my husband he wanted to get something lovely for me for looking after him and that is what he picked. I am over the moon with it, it is so special because he picked it himself and it will stay on show in my living room for ever more. Thank you xRead More >
Angel of Friendship
Submitted by Claudia Phelps in MD, January 2018
On January 3rd, I lost my beloved dog of 15 years. Toby had the most gentle and loving eyes. He grew up with my children and came to our home as a rescue when he was nine months old. At the end of life, I took him to veterinarian wrapped in my arms with his head on my shoulder, the same pose is lovingly designed in this piece. When I saw this, it touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. As a coincidence or maybe not, I received my Willow Tree piece today and the paw print of my dear Toby. An emotional, and special day for sure.
Thank you, Susan.
Submitted by Anne Devenney in Staffs, January 2018
I received The Quilt as a Christmas present from my husband. It was from our youngest son who we lost to illness. I cried so much when I opened it as it reminded me of the times I spent holding our son in a chair in hospital getting him to sleep. Its something I will treasure forever.Read More >
Submitted by Sharon in Tumwater, Wash. 98501, January 2018
My husband has been in the hospital about 13 times for surgery & other procedures. For the first 3 times I didn't have
the time or thought to go to the gift shop at the hospital. When I did go, the first thing I saw was your pieces & fell in
love. This started my collection for my husband, each time he was in the hospital I purchased him one to have by
his bedside. The first one I purchased is without wings & they gave me the wrong card. She is holding a bouquet of flowers covering her face, the card say's Musical & it says it turns & plays (which she doesn't) but we love her. The other pieces he (we) have are Angel of the garden, Sunshine, You're the best, With Love, Loving Angel, With affection, Angel of hope, & Good Health.
I have purchased several angels for gifts, was hard for me to give away, but I did & everyone loved them.
I wanted to Thank You as my husband is 80 years and I am 78, they have brought us much joy as they sit on our
computer desk, we see them every day and they bring us much joy as they warm our hearts.
Submitted by Minette in Stilbaai, South Africa, January 2018
I always wanted a cat.
My son was very allergic to cats.
He always said that he will buy me a cat when he leaves home.
He (18 years old) left home ... and went to heaven.
When I saw this “Willow Tree - with affection” in Stilbaai, South Africa, I had to buy it.
It is an angel bringing me a cat.
My sister, my friend
Submitted by Kimberly LaJoy in Beaver PA, January 2018
When I was in my early 30's, my sister got me my first Willow Tree Collectible. A faceless girl with her arms extended to her side with birds on her hands. "Happiness." My sis was the best part of my life growing up. She was my sidekick later in life. As we grew older, I moved away but not so far away that Sissy couldn't visit several times a year. She would spend sometimes weeks at a time with me 8 -9 hrs away. 500 miles in between was not always easy (most days mentally crippling) but we always vowed to not let those miles stand as a barrier.
Last November, my sister lost her life in a tragic house fire. My life as I knew it, would forever be changed. Your Willow Tree designs tell our story from the sister relationship all the way to the special friendship we had. She was my universe. The past several months I have had a tough time relating to my new life without her, but the collection of Willow Tree inspired both Sissy and myself, and later the inspiration extended to her Sarah, who was her lifelong best friend.
Thank you for your inspirational collections, words and amazing talent. I can reflect on my collection that my Sissy started for me, and continue to build something beautiful.
Starlight Tree Topper
Submitted by Theresa Russell in Layton, UT, January 2018
In the Spring of 2017 our 32 year old daughter became ill and died unexpectedly, shattering our world. She left behind 4 beautiful children, an adoring husband, 5 sisters and their families,extended family and countless friends. We received several Willow Tree pieces after her passing. I wanted to represent her on our Christmas Tree this year and was so delighted to find such an elegant and fitting tribute to her to grace our tree for years to come. It was a beautiful and comforting, even our youngest grandchildren recognized her atop the tree! Thank you for this timely addition to our Willow Tree collection.Read More >
a tree, a prayer
Submitted by Wendy Hebert in Prairieville, LA, January 2018
I lost my husband unexpectedly on 11/28/2016. It was very traumatic because I'm the one that found him and half my home flooded. A few days later I came home to find this Willow Tree angel on my doorstep. I loved her from the start.
For months I found it difficult to enter our master bathroom. My husband and I dreamed of remodeling our master bath and kitchen. I wanted to honor our dream so I've recently remodeled both bathrooms and my kitchen. Now my master bathroom is a sanctuary and place of peace. I don't know if God allows our loved ones a glimpse of this world I'd like to think he is looking down and saying "you did it and it's beautiful".
With Affection Ornament
Submitted by Sandy in CA, January 2018
My neighbor gave me your With Affection ornament of an angel holding a cat as a Christmas gift following a harrowing event that happened a week earlier. I work evenings and often let my indoor cat out for a few minutes of fresh air when I get home. The usual five minutes turned into fifteen due to my attention being focused on a computer project, when suddenly I heard a cat howl. I assumed my cat had encountered a neighborhood cat, and I ran out the door yelling to scare it off. What I saw, however, was a coyote standing over my cat who was crouched below hissing and growling. I chased the coyote off and attempted to pick up my cat, praying she hadn't been injured, but she had her eyes closed and wouldn't let me touch her. So I ran in to get a towel, scooped her up and as I turned saw a second coyote approaching. I put her down inside, still covered by the towel, and did my best to calm her. It didn't take long for her to settle enough for me to examine her for wounds. To my incredible relief she was uninjured. My cat definitely had a guardian angel looking over her that night, a truth of which your ornament will always remind me.Read More >
Submitted by Michelle Nielsen in Denmark, January 2018
I’ve bought this as a memory of my little baby, that I won't get to meet. I had a miscarriage just before Christmas and my world fell apart. But my 2 girls keep me up. I really needed some kind of memory, and this was perfect. I love your work, and will definitely buy more in the future. Thank you very much.Read More >
Lots of Love
Submitted by Debbie Hemphill in fl, January 2018
I work for a handicap school in Port Charlotte Florida. One of my coworkers gave this to me as a Christmas present. (we are friends but don't normally exchange gifts). I look at it every day and it bring joyful tears to my eyes!!!!Read More >
Submitted by Nikki in England, January 2018
This is my third peice frim willow tree and this by far has the most meaning to me. It represents me and my son as I am a single mother and it shows the love between a mother and a childRead More >
Close to me
Submitted by JILL BRUCKER in FLORIDA, January 2018
My only child HAYLEE ANN died on January 9,2007. My best friends daughter CHEYENNE flew into Florida from Ohio and I had the opportunity meet her and see how much she is like her dad, Carl. Through texting and talking we got to know each other real well. Cheyenne, like her father is a very special person and like him she possesses beauty in every way. She told me she sent me a gift for the holiday and when I opened the box and saw this sculpture the tears flowed out of my eyes like an ocean. In 11 years I have never got anything like this before, and now when I look at I can smile and think of all the wonderful but short years I had the opportunity to share with my daughter. To Cheyenne ,if there was a word stronger than thank you, I would be saying it right now. Jill, mother of Haylee my beautiful angel in Heaven.Read More >
Submitted by Selina in Gernany, January 2018
My 18 year old cat passed away in June 2016. She was two years older than me, so I had never experienced a life without her. She was a very special, kind and loving cat and a sister for me. She was very sick for quite a bit but still my mother’s decision to take her to the vet and put her to sleep came out of nowhere for me. I’ll never forget that moment she told me that I’d only have 2 hours left with my best friend. But I know that it was the right thing to do because she was so old, in so much pain and we had the feeling she just stayed alive to make us happy.
My mom gave me this beautiful figure for christmas and made me cry. My cat and I actually have similarities to the girl and the cat which makes it even more beautiful.
Thank you so much for creating these beautiful things that make me smile. Now I not only know I have a guardian angel but can always see it in my room.
Submitted by Jackie Kirby in Vale, NC, January 2018
I had always wanted a nativity scene from Willowtree but didn’t want to spend that much money on one. I bought it this year and have been so overjoyed with it and am so glad that I purchased it. Best of all my husband built me a stable for it and it is absolutely perfect. The workmanship and time he put into it is amazing and I love him and thank him so much!Read More >
Submitted by Cindy in attleboro Mass, January 2018
My son Curran gave me the gift of the Mother and son. He is my 4th son; he has been lost soul for so long but he found his way to hope and live. I m so proud of him, and so lucky to be his Mom. He realized how much I love him and his siblings;he grew up. He is always there for me. And that gift means so much to me.Read More >
Submitted by Cindy in Florida, December 2017
This piece is so precious to me. It reminds me of when I was a teenager. My girlfriend and I rode horses almost daily. Sometimes to town to pick up mail or groceries. What a splendid free feeling riding was. I am 62 now and those memories sprang back when I received the box for Christmas.Read More >
Submitted by Stacy in Michigan, December 2017
My youngest brother died by suicide in March 2017. It was way too soon and unexpected. I have since gotten two tattoos, both have a bird in memory of him. When I saw this figure, I knew I had to buy it. It’s so perfect in helping me remember my great loss. I only wish they had a boy figure as well.Read More >
Submitted by Judy Crouse in PA, December 2017
I lost my kitty Mrs. Beasley and my dear friend Joie sent me this precious piece to commemorate her wonderful life that she chose to spend with me.Read More >
Submitted by Angela Glielmi in PA, December 2017
I am now officially a collector! In 2014, my boss brought me a Willow Angel, in 2017, my new boss brought me a Christmas Angel, then my previous boss from 2009, who became my close friend, presented me with the 2017 Ornament. My girlfriend, who passed away from cancer in 2016, had a Willow Angel, and that was given to me as a remembrance. I believe I am destined to have these beautiful keepsakes in my life. Maybe it has something to do with my name!
The Holy Family,a child is born
Submitted by Grace M Nowak in Dixon MO, December 2017
My daughter in California sent me for Christmas...The Holy Family, a child is born.
She told me it is a collector's item and that its made out of willow trees. I was surprised because I love willow trees and always wanted one or two planted in my front yard.
I live here in MO, 18 miles from Ft. Leonard wood in St. Roberts
Thank you for all that you do and I wish for nothing but blessings upon you, your family and business.
Love and hugs to all,
Mrs. Grace ....Dixon MO
Submitted by Bridgett A. in Dallas,TX, December 2017
This piece means so much to me. My grandmother passed away from the results of Uterine Cancer, August 6th 2017. She was so close and dear to me... My heart shattered at the fact she was gone.
October 19th 2017 my husband and I suffered a miscarriage. We lost our little angel. Again my heart shattered into a million pieces...
This piece represents my grandmother holding my baby. I know that I will see them again. But until that day, I know they are together.
Close to me
Submitted by Dana in Brooklyn, ny, December 2017
I received this piece for Christmas from my 15 year old daughter. This was the first gift I have ever gotten from her that she actually picked out and bought with her own money. Getting this from her made me realize that I have done a great job raising her and creating the wonderful and caring young woman that she is. I will hold it close to my heart for so many different reasons. Thank you for creating such a wonderful piece!Read More >
Submitted by Gary Croson in Warrenton VA, December 2017
My mom gave me " Something Special " figurine for this Christmas 2017. It has the word or name "Gree " etched on it twice. This happens to be my nickname. Wondering what the meaning is on this figurine?Read More >
Submitted by Jodie McGorian-Bowness in Liverpool, UK, December 2017
My husband gave this to me on Christmas Day. We have been together since we were teens and got married 18 months ago. We have now been together for 14 and a half years. We have had about a 5/6 year ivf struggle but we are currently expecting our first child through our second ivf attempt! We are more than over the moon to be expecting our little girl early March 2018 and this figurine is just a lovely memory of all we have done to get this far. It also reminds us how precious this time in our life is. Thank you :)Read More >
You and Me
Submitted by Carolyn Budd in Kansas City, MO, December 2017
"You and Me" was a Christmas gift from my husband's sister. My husband had two small strokes this year and brain surgery in November. As of today, he is still not able to walk alone and still has many challenges ahead. It pleases us to know that this is the way his sister sees us.Read More >
Angel of Comfort
Submitted by Carol McKinney in Jacksonville Florida, December 2017
As A Mother At Age 75 I Lost My Baby Boy Brian Born 4 -8 -1982 on 8 - 8 - 2017.. It has been the hardest thing to get through this year I have ever had to face. He lived In Maryland, & I live In Florida. He had moved to Maryland just 3 years ago & had the world by the tail. He had better job opportunities there than Florida and that was the reason for the move .. I saw my son when my hubby & I went to the falls in New York in May 2016, and on the way back to Florida we stayed overnight in Maryland and spent a night and 1/2 day the next day with Brian before heading back to Florida.. Today my oldest daughter gave me the boy with the dog Angel of Comfort in a gift addressed to Mom From Brian via Marian. Needless to say it sure touched me to my soul. I hope I never live to see my oldest son Rick or my 2 daughter Marian, & Michelle pass in my life as this is something a parent should never have to go through, and something I will never get over. It was 15 months after I last saw my son that I got the news. He didn't show up for work for 2 days and then the Maryland detectives found him in his apartment deceased.. I have not had any closure to his death due to the circumstances of his death. My other children have taken this very hard and my oldest daughter,because she was 20 years older than Brian and watched him like her child sometime for me on the weekends when I worked. She got me this beautiful gift which I will treasure for the rest of my days. Thanks Missy and Marian. I truly love the comfort angel boy. It is so beautiful in the curio. Gone way too soon BUT will never be forgotten... Brian Keith. Love forever and ever. Mom Carol. J.Read More >
Love My Dog
Submitted by Sharm in Melbourne, Australia, December 2017
My beloved dog Randy left us on Christmas Day of 2013. We witnessed him draw his last breath and since then, we always celebrate him during Christmas. Every year, my sisters and I would buy the most beautiful roses for darling Randy and place them beside a special something - one year it was gratitude rocks, just because we are and always will be grateful for Randy. This year, the Love My Dog sculpture was our pick. Randy was a beautiful brown lab and this piece reminded us of him so much. I remember sitting outside my parents’ house one day with Randy after we went for a walk. My sisters continued their walks as the sun set and the day was turning to night. Though Randy sat with me, he never took his eyes off my sisters, till they reached the bend at the road, because that’s what he always did - he always took care of us. This Christmas, we celebrate Randy, our best friend in the world, who showered us with unconditional love all day, everyday. We love you Randy boy.Read More >
Submitted by Mary Costner in Chattanooga, TN, December 2017
When I saw this figurine, it touched me on many different levels. I am a nurse and I work in a neurologist's office. My doctor specializes in Memory and Aging Services. This lady holding a boquet of Forget-me-nots meant something to me beyond friendship. Dementia is a horrible illness to experience as a nurse and as a daughter. Not only do I work with patients that have memory loss, but I lost my mother 11 years ago to a dementia-type illness call Parkinson's. Forget-me-not flowers hold a special meaning to me and always will.
Thank you for creating a figurine that is both beautiful and memorable!
Submitted by Samantha in Quinlan,Texas, December 2017
My husband & I have 6 children and they are all grown and married. We have Christmas morning just the two of us now.
He gave me the Promise piece, and I just cried! We have an amazing relationship with our Lord and it just touched my heart that he gave me this!
I love growing old with him ♥️
Submitted by Jean Stewart in Markham Ontario, December 2017
When I opened this gift at Christmas, my granddaughter said Grannie, " Don't you know why I chose this piece for you.? " I said, " Maybe it is because I read many books to you." My guess was way off the mark. My granddaughter told everyone it was all the wisdom that I had imparted to her during her 29 years.
Submitted by Willow W. in Herndon, VA, December 2017
I am a transgender woman. When I was a child I felt I had to hide my gender by making sure I only did “boy things." I would sing and dance, but only when I was alone, because “boys don’t dance." As I have transitioned over the past year and a half, I have discovered my voice and my movement.
This angel was given to me by my son's girlfriend. She has been there through my transition from my first tentative steps, through to today a year into living full time as myself. I have never been this happy for myself before. This “Happiness Angel” represents who I am becoming.
Submitted by Crystal in Erie pa, December 2017
This Christmas i got a wonderful present from my husband. I got the Togther statue .
A few months earlier I got the statue Promise.
I love your work and I can't wait to see what a new piece my husband or I discover.
Thank you for all the beautiful work you do .
Close to Me
Submitted by Kate in West Yorkshire, December 2017
Divorce is so difficult for everyone especially the children. When I met someone new my teenage daughter left home and went to live with her dad. We were estranged for about 3 years and it absolutely broke my heart to not have her in my life. On her 21st birthday I sent a card via her brother and I think it brought to a head that she missed me too. She gave me 'Close to Me' on Mothers Day a few weeks later and this was the start of rebuilding our broken relationship - it means the world to me as does she. I am so grateful to have her in my life and we have become really close once again. Thank you for this beautiful piece.Read More >
The Holy Family
Submitted by christine in N.S.W. Australia, December 2017
My daughter Claire gave me this lovely piece on Christmas Day 2017.
It brought tears to my eyes.
This is the second Willow Tree she has given me.
You have a piece for every emotion and every special day.