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.

Quietly

Submitted by Rosanne Marie Hartman in St. Petersburg, Florida, December 2017

I received this gift from my 20 year old son Christopher on my birthday. As soon as I opened the box and saw the statue I teared up. I immediately went back to the memory of a photo taken of myself with my son and daughter. I am a single mother and have always felt that circle of love between my children and myself. We haven't always had things easy but the one thing we had is love. I have always lived my life wanting my children to know just how much I love them. When my son gave me this beautiful present I knew that he felt the love in our small circle of a family. I am lovingly displaying the photo in my front room. Thank you for bringing a memory of my two little angels in my arms now that they are grown.

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Angel of Healing

Submitted by Katja in Bern, Switzerland, December 2017

During a constant and recurrent period in my life, where I'm being at the lowest, I received this beautiful angel as a total surprise, out of the blue, in the mail, by a friend abroad, who is one of those very few who show me that they do care or think of me.
It means so much. It is placed on my desk and gives comfort and joy.
I adore birds, therefore it is particularly special and warms my heart.
It is a truly beautiful work of art, plain, simple, yet rich and overwhelming with its message and effect.
Thank you <3

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Angel of Prayer Ornament

Submitted by Charlotte Davenport in Crawfordsville,In, December 2017

I started collecting angels when my grandson died at 16 days old in 2007. My first Willow Tree angel was bought in 2010. I have 2010; 2011, 2012, 2013. This year I got 2017. I would like to get the year he was born and died if there was one for that year. Love the angels.

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Surrounded by Love

Submitted by wendy tyler in Ontario, December 2017

My dear mother passed away Sept. 2017. I have been supported emotionally by a friend and her family who have made it possible for me to endure this loss. They have been a blessing. My mother loved France and I was fortunate to have shared two wonderful trips there with her. She loved poppies, one of her favourite photos is of her sitting in a field in France surrounded by them. We even grow them at home. I wanted a gift for this family just to say their love to my mother and to me was appreciated beyond words and to be a constant reminder of that. I was lucky to find this gift of poppies and will be purchasing another one for one of her old school friends.

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2017

Submitted by Lori in Thomasville NC, December 2017

My beautiful Willow Tree Christmas Ornament that I got today from my work Christmas Party!!! This special piece will remind me of two precious Foster Children that came to us this year May of 2017 that we love so very much!!!

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Angel of the spirit

Submitted by Pearl in Ga, December 2017

Love your work
I have a biracial family. Can you make more figures with darker skin like my little angel? My children are looking to see figures like themselves in the Nativity etc

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Beautiful Wishes

Submitted by Patricia in TN, December 2017

I received my Willow Tree from a sweet lady at work. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August and had just finished my final radiation treatment. I have been so blessed by the love and support I received. This little token is just one of many acts of caring and love I received during the last few months as I went through this battle. I love all of your figures and now this one will remind me every day of what I've been through and how much I was loved.

Thank you.

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Guardian Angel

Submitted by Amy in Australia, December 2017

I am buying this to give my husband, as we are expecting our first child and his mother crossed over a few a years ago. I feel this represents the thought of her being our unborn child's guardian angel now and when they are born.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Glennette Lane in Overland Park Kansas, December 2017

I lost my sweet beagle in March 2017. She lived a long happy life of 15 years. As I had no human children, she was my child. She got me gifts for Mother’s Day, my birthday, and Christmas. My mother knew I wouldn’t go get my gift from my baby girl this year, so she went out and got this special piece as my Christmas gift this year. It made me cry. It’s on her memorial shelf so I can look at it every day.

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Quietly

Submitted by Jennifer in Winton, CA, December 2017

My mother in law surprised me with this piece. I’m so in love with it. Two and a half weeks ago my husband and I lost our second son due to a spontaneous miscarriage at 21 weeks. We do not have any living children as of right now, but this piece reminds me that they are still with me. Always.
Thank you for making a piece that reminds me of this. May God bless you all.

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Courage

Submitted by Maria in Sweden, December 2017

In 2014 I got cancer. I worked as a teacher and I did my last day at school before my treatment. My class was in the classroom waiting for me and the test on World War 2. When I got to the classroom the first thing I saw was flowers on my desk and this gift and a beautiful card from all my students. The gift was Courage and the tears started to fall down, this was a very emotional moment for me and my students. It was really hard for us all to get through the test.
When I look at this angel I know I can get through hard times. I’m not going to give up, never ever.

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Cherish

Submitted by Rev. Barbara Minton in Eminence KY, December 2017

I use this figure during our Advent worship when we read about Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. Scripture says she is an older woman, so I streaked her har.
Today as I unpacked my nativity I placed Cherish next to Joseph to represent Mary for the next few weeks.w

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Thinking of You

Submitted by Jessica in Milton Florida, December 2017

My best friend who lives in Texas knows how hard the Month of December is for me and my family. Last year (2016) We lost my mother to cancer on the 21st, so close to Christmas. My friend sent me this angel with a note letting me know that she is thinking of me this month especially and that she knows how hard it will be for me. I cried and cried when I got it. It's so beautiful and makes me think of my mom when I look at it. I just moved to Florida and I absolutely love the ocean. For me this angel symbolizes that my mom is watching over me. The fact hat she is listening to the ocean through a sea shell is the perfect touch since I am indeed close to the ocean and my mother knew how much I love it here. Thank you for making such beautiful things. My mom would have loved the angel that I got.

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Mi Casa

Submitted by Claudette Dockrell in Alberta, December 2017

I spotted this piece tonight. We have been trying to sell our home so we can move to NS. Sadly our home did not sell this year. We are relisting in early spring. This piece brings hope and I feel is a sign that our home will sell in Spring 2018. I bought this beautiful Angel tonight for my husband and myself.. When he gets home from his night shift at 3 am ... He will see this on the table and hopefully this will provide hope for him too.

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Kindness (girl) 26218

Submitted by Linda Slomin in Vineland, NJ, December 2017

At my workplace we are doing Random Acts of Kindness for each other. Courtney, someone recently hired, was given my name and bought me the Willow Tree piece with a girl holding a cat. What she didn't know was that my cat died a little over a week ago. What a special gift!

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Angel - 2017 Ornament

Submitted by Wayne in Suffolk, Va, November 2017

Last year, my wife was diagnosed with stage 3 triple negative breast cancer - even after undergoing treatment, we learned last Christmas that it had spread and was now stage 4. We had faith that she would be healed, but earlier this year we learned it had spread to her brain, and she passed away in August.

This ornament was given to me as a gift a few days after she passed away to remind me and my son of her - she became an angel in 2017. Christmas was always her favorite holiday - she always laughed and smiled, but this time of year the frequency of both increased greatly. She loved decorating the tree, decorating our home, writing friends, and mailing Christmas cards ... this is our first Christmas without her, and it is an incredibly difficult time for my son and me - mementos like this help us remember the special person that she was, and whenever I see the ornament on the tree, it makes me think of those great Christmases we had with her, and that she really is still with is ...

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Together

Submitted by Ismael Fernandez in KY, November 2017

My wife and I met in class in the 5th grade. I had the biggest crush on her and asked her to be mine. She was my first "girlfriend", O puppy love! We went our separate ways and experienced different paths in life, however, fate brought us back together after nearly a decade. Now we're about to celebrate our 5th year in marriage, we have 2 beautiful children, and 1 more on the way. This piece just sums it up, I've found my true love in love and in life. I love you Charrel!!!

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Anniversary

Submitted by Patty Vermillion in Wheeling, WV, November 2017

My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary yesterday - November 25th. Our dear friends, Sue and Fred, gave us the Anniversary Willow Tree piece. Fred and Chuck have been friends since they were 5 years old. Fred introduced us when I was a senior in high school, and Chuck was a sophomore in college. The piece is beautiful, and has such special meaning to us.

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Angels embrace

Submitted by Beverly in Breinigsville, Pa, November 2017

I bought this to remember our Derek. I was (am) his great grandmother but have had the opportunity to raise him as my own from his birth. Every year I buy hallmark for the children, grandchildren, now great grandchildren. Derek passed this year just three days short of his first birthday, I needed something very special to put on the tree for his first Christmas in heaven. I found it in your collection of Willow Tree. It is so very fitting because I know God and the angels carried him into heaven with open and embracing arms. After the holidays I will stand this angel by Derek's urn.

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Angel of Harmony

Submitted by Stan Ellis in Falmouth, Cape Cod, November 2017

I'm a musician, a drummer/singer by profession. I was playing in a Christian Folk/Rock band in a Catholic church during a winter blizzard. Since the church was forty miles from my home, I was pretty worried.

After the service, the director/pianist gave the band presents because it was the holiday season. For mine I received the Angel of Harmony, a wonderfully inspiring piece of work.

Packing my drums, and my angel (which sat on the seat beside me), I started my long ride home. As I neared Cape Cod the weather became decidedly worse. I crossed the bridge only to find that the main road was snowed out. I would have to take a dangerous back road. With my angel beside me, I traveled that road at 10 miles per hour until I arrived home.

I felt like the angel was meant to be with me that night. She now sits upon a book case with many other angels from Susan, all beautiful pieces of art work. But of all of them, I have one favorite. We all need harmony in our lives, and I will always be grateful that I have mine.

Thank you, Susan

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Holly Frame in FL, November 2017

How do you edit my story. I need to tell how I felt when when neighbor gave me this piece. How it brought tears to my eyes remembering how I held on to Gabe waiting for our rescue at sea

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True

Submitted by Tyler Wingfield in Raleigh, November 2017

Recently me and my siblings suffered the loss of our dog. He got too old. This is a perfect piece to honor our dog and my sibling's relationship with him.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Holly Frame in FL, November 2017

It's with sad and heavy heart I write. We lost our girl off the coast of Key West Monday. The coast guard was amazing. The evacuation went with the hand of God. Everything went as it should with no rehearsal. High water alarms went off on the early am about 3, my son went and checked port engine room it was good, starboard had water rushing in. He ran up to the main level telling us to put on our life jackets she was going down. The captain my husband checked the same rooms by then the waters were on the companion way and he saw it rushing in through the master. He ordered anchor dropped, he sent out a mayday and ordered the engines stopped. I grabbed a handheld and then the EPIRB. Everyone moved quickly and did as told, our sons grabbed phones, wallets and keys and lights as exiting, anything in the state rooms they knew was already gone. As we made our way to the back of the boat she was healing at about 45 degrees. People were slipping and sliding past the exit gate as they were trying to exit off the back deck. Finally our family of 6 plus one dog were all in the Gulf with 4-5 ' swells and an occasional rogue wave of 7'. The coast guard found us becuase of the combination of things we did (which they said we did perfectly). Sending out the mayday before exiting, using the EPIRB and the lights. (The brand new off shore flares were duds.) We had drifted 5 miles from our vessel in that hour. We were rescued in a little over an hour. All of us made it with only minor bumps and bruises. Giving the glory to God we are alive, and so very thankful for an excellent coast guard.

This was a video recap my son briefly put together. He was one of the 6 on board with Holly Varner Frame.

The coast guard article below and we are not insured so my son set up a go fund me page.
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10213532283515489&id=1053971574

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1c4c40c

https://www.gofundme.com/keywestwreck

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Hope

Submitted by Sarah in Newton, IA, US, November 2017

I'm going to be surrogate for a lovely couple from New York and wanted to give them something meaningful for our transfer date in December. I struggled for months to find something that was just right. And then I found Willow Tree and it was PERFECT! I was nervous to order it so late because I was worried I wouldn't get it before we flew out to see them. I ordered Hope on 11/20 and received it 11/22! I am so excited to give this to them and I can't wait to order more from Willow Tree to represent our progressing journey!

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Angel of Healing

Submitted by Debbie in NV, November 2017

I had a stroke about a month ago. My daughter flew out from Baton Rouge, LA. A close friend of the family is a survivor of cancer and sent me the angel piece. When I woke up after surgery the staff called me the miracle. I was transferred out of ICU and was discharged to my home. My middle daughter, Janell acted quick enough to recognize the signs of a stroke i.e. unable to finish my sensences etc. She contaced the family and kept them updated on social media of my status. The ICU nurse that had cared for their aunt a couple of weeks earlier did NOT want to see them suffer any more and took great care of me personally! I have the angel on display on my piano and view it daily! It reminds me of the miracle that I have been given another chance I am only 58 years old so hopefully I can get it right this time.

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Guardian angel

Submitted by Stacey Lyon in Cockburn central 6164 WA, November 2017

Our beautiful guardian angel piece was given to my youngest son,Aston 13 months, on Saturday the 18th of November 2017 for his baptism where his twin brothers Zak and Bryce 13 years ( Taj ,18 is also my stepson and we have two daughters Porschè 9 Mercedes 6 and Aston our my husband's and I together we have been together 13 years) also received their sacrament, baptism and are doing the rest of their sacraments over the next 12 months. Our twins no longer attend the school where our local parish is but when my husband and I married there the twin boys and Porschè had just started there. Porsché was in pre primary; it was 2014 and Porschè's teacher and education assistant attend our wedding. My daughter was stoked!!!
Now my youngest daughter Mercedes is in pre primary there and they have known us as Aston has grown over the last 13 months. So it was wonderful when Porsche’s old pre-primary teachers and Mercedes new preprimary teacher attended Aston’s and the twins' baptism on Saturday. I was blown away by the support for our family even still after all this time. Not only did they turn up, they also had gifts--truly amazing people! One was the Guardian Angel from your collection, with a book 99 prayers for children for Aston. It has so much meaning for him already thank you Susan. your piece is EXACTLY what your script says you wanted to achieve. Thank you !

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Angel of Mine

Submitted by Deborah Olde in Bungendore, November 2017

Yesterday would have been my second daughters 21st Birthday and I wanted to get something significant. I have a couple of the willow figurines already, so when I saw this Angel of mine, I just had to have it. As Chloe is My Angel. Thank you x

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Courage Musical

Submitted by Linda in Camas, WA, US, November 2017

I love the Willow Tree Collections.

I am sending the Courage Musical to my beautiful courageous grand-daughter who is under going treatment of radiation for Brain Cancer. She Graduated AZ State University In May 2017 and was diagnosed a few weeks later with the cancer. She is the most courageous young woman I have ever known.

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Father and Daughter

Submitted by Melanie in NH, November 2017

I have a small collection of Willow Tree Angels, 6-7. My father thought they were beautiful & well made. For Father's Day I gave him the Father and Daughter piece. As a dad of 3 girls, he was filled with emotion & there wasn't a dry eye in the house. My father was killed in a car accident at the age of 57. My mother gave me back the piece & said I should add it to my collection. He'll always be my father & I'll always be his daughter. ♡

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Together

Submitted by Priscila in Sunny Isles Beach, FL, US, November 2017

My friend Jaqueline is completing 25 years of marriage (silver wedding) and I found this piece quite original and significant for the moment of the couple.

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With Love

Submitted by Sarah Cameron in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 2017

I was 12 in 7th grade. I'm Catholic, so that was the year of my Confirmation. After the Mass at my Grandma's house, I opened a small box to see a beautiful glass angel in front of me. Her hands made a clear glass heart over her chest and her golden-brown hair to match mine.
"She looks like you!" My Grandma said as soon as I pulled it out of the box. She was right. The angel's hair fell just past her shoulders, like mine at the time.
As I lifted her closer to my face to get a better look at her, I noticed a note underneath her. I put the angel on my lap, unfolded the note and read,
'Dear Sarah, I hope you hold this gift close to your heart as I, along with Mom, Dad, and your other 5 siblings, have for many years. It is so strange to see you all grown up like this. I remember you as a baby as if it were yesterday, not years ago. I love you so much, Kaylyn <3'
The letter was handwritten by my oldest sister, Kaylyn, with my Mom, my Dad and all my other 5 siblings' names at the bottom of the letter with their own personally drawn and coloured hearts at the end of their names.
That letter still hangs in the same spot in my parents' house, above my childhood bed, beside the shelf where the angel sits.

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Kindness/woman with cat

Submitted by Felicia in CT, November 2017

I received this beautiful piece from my niece for my 60th birthday. I had tears in my eyes when I opened it. I have 3 cats of my own, all rescues and I try to rescue strays and homeless kitties whenever I see them. Animals do not have a voice and I try to be their voice and help them whenever I can. We have had many hapoy endings. I love this piece and will treasure it.

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Angel of friendship

Submitted by Kelly Timmer in QLD, November 2017

Recently we had to have our 15 year old dog put to sleep. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life and my family were gutted. It felt like the ultimate betrayal, holding him close while the vet injected his little body. I have never cried so hard in all my life, and as I type the tears are running down my cheeks. When your best mate is no longer there to greet you at the door, there is a piece of your heart missing.

Whilst walking through our local shopping centre, I came across a piece of Willow Tree that instantly touched my heart. As soon as I saw this angel holding a puppy that looked so much like our Buster, I knew it would be the perfect piece for our Christmas tree this year and every Christmas thereafter. It will be a treasured family piece,a comforting symbol that he is now with the angels in heaven, waiting at the door for us to greet him again.This gives us immense peace. Thank you Willow Tree

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Heart and Soul

Submitted by TRACI in ILLINOIS, November 2017

I recently have started having some problems that I believe relate back to when I was younger and what happened to me. I reached out to find a Social Worker and feel I have found the best one. It is taking me awhile but I think she will be someone I can talk with and trust. I have talked with her for about three months and she is so kind and I enjoy being around her. This figure Heart and Soul represents me sharing and her just quietly listening and helping with different ways to look at life in a better light.

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Promise

Submitted by ANA LILIA MORENO in Mexico City, November 2017

I bought "Promise" in its cake topper version. I loved it since I discovered Willow Tree and wished someday a Willow Tree figurine could testify my love life. That happened. "Promise" figurine was an important icon in my wedding, my home, my daily life. It was a whole adventure getting it due to the fact that Willow Figurines are not sold to Mexico. A friend bought it for me in the USA and it travelled with several people. I was nervous it could be broken during the trip and long chain of carriers. I wish someday I can buy Willow Tree figurines online shipped to Mexico. I loved them! Thanks Susan for your creations and for sharing them with the world. Kisses, Ana

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Love my Dog (dark)

Submitted by Marge DiMarcello in PA, November 2017

I received Love my Dog dark today as a birthday gift. It was given to me as a remembrance of by beloved Chocolate Lab, Shimmer. She died about 2 years just a few days short of her 13th birthday. She was everything to me. I still miss her so much. I love having this piece . Looking at the piece and trying to remember our happy memories. My Shimmer will be forever in my heart.

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Lots of Love

Submitted by Judy Carroll in Cairns, November 2017

I started going to Zumba classes last year after my husband passed away. The friends I have made there, have made my life so much more bearable and happier. Unfortunately, one of those friends is leaving to go back to the UK to live. Today she gave me this piece, which I will always treasure, as it will remind me of the fun and the laughs we had during our classes and after over coffee, I feel so blessed to have had Sue come into my life and although she will be missed, this figurine will always be a reminder of happy times.

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Nativity

Submitted by suzan in Houston TX, November 2017

I had asked my mom for these for Christmas back in 2010. I did not get them that year. My mom passed in July of 2011 and for Christmas that year 2011- My aunt got these for me and said- "I know your mom wanted to get these for you and since she could not, I wanted to". I get so emotional every year when I get to display them.

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Rememberance

Submitted by Kimberly in Austin, Texas, November 2017

I received this piece from a co-worker with whom I am not close to, nor do I speak to her a whole lot but the fact that she has been thinking of me during these tumultuous few months meant so much to me.
On 9/10/17 I lost my mother unexpectedly; she passed away after having a heart attack. She was only 60. If that wasn't bad enough my sister, my only sibling, passed away on 9/21/17 after battling breast cancer for 5 years. She was only 42. They died 11 days apart. Too soon. I didn't really have a chance to grieve for my mother and then to lose my best friend. I have been struggling to adjust to this new and small world I now live in.
Needless to say my mask that is supposed to make me look like "I've got this; I'm okay" is not that great and people can tell. I know time heals all wounds but I need it to fast forward so I can get out of this "funk." I want to be happy again. I want to be the strong and happy mother my kids knew, and the loving supportive wife my husband deserves.
I hope to look at this piece and find calm and serenity in it when the grey proverbial clouds try to settle in around me.

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Courage

Submitted by Brenda Brennan in Va, November 2017

Gift from kids

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The Quilt

Submitted by Diane Arthur in TX, November 2017

Good Afternoon. I an a volunteer at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. I sew and quilt for their Stitch A Wish program. I have been doing this for about the past 5 to 6 years. I have made hundreds of quilts during this time. When I saw this WillowTree piece last week, I just had to have it. When I look at it, I can picture the children in the hospital being rocked by their parents or the hospital staff snuggled warm and safe under one of my creations. I can't wait to show this to all of my quilting friends. Hopefully they will want one too. Thank you so very much for this precious reminder of why I dedicate my free time to quilt for these children.

Diane Arthur
Haslet, TX.

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26032 Together

Submitted by Simone Lacombe in St Catharines, November 2017

I received this beautiful piece from a beautiful special man in my life
He is as gentle as the statue
It is truly us

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You're the Best!

Submitted by Marie in Pelham NH, November 2017

I work at the NH Food Bank. Last week a young coworker who has been working there for four years left her position to start a new job. My coworker taught the program "Cooking Matters" which is part of the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign. Ashlynn was an Americorp volunteer before she became Program Assistant for the NH Food Bank. This piece was perfect for her because she made a difference in other people's lives including my own.. The apple, well that's an obvious correlation to working a the food bank.

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Kindness (girl, darker skin tone and hair color)

Submitted by Amy Post in Des Moines, Iowa, November 2017

This piece was given to me as a gift by my mother as a remembrance of my beloved cat Joe. Joe was rescue cat and since day one he showed such personality unlike any other animal I had. I had some metal health issues with depression and Joe would know when I was having a bad day. Just sitting there without judgement, purring and listening without judgement. He would always find a way to cheer me up, even with just his presence. Sadly I had to send Joe to the Rainbow Bridge. My mother was looking for picture frames and found this piece because it reminded her of me and Joe who was a ginger cat.

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A tree, A prayer

Submitted by Nicole VanMeter in Tennessee, November 2017

My mother passed away unexpectedly in October 2016. When I returned to my parents' home to inform the friends who had been staying with my dad, who has dementia, of her death, one of her friends ran out of the room. I thought she was just upset, but she came back into the room holding a gift bag. She handed it to me and said "Your mom was going to give you this for Christmas." I opened the bag to find the "A Tree, A Prayer" Willow Tree angel. My heart burst with joy and grief at the same time. The angel now sits next to Mom's urn on my mantel. I will treasure it always.

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Keepsake

Submitted by Annemarie in Australia, November 2017

Both of my parents passed away within months of each other. I was devastated and struggling to cope without them.

I saw this figurine of a girl holding a golden heart to her chest and knew that that was how I was feeling and I cherish this beautiful figurine. It has helped me learn to cope with the pain of losing my parents.

Thank you Susan for the beauty that give to people.

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You And Me

Submitted by Lisa in Tennessee, October 2017

Over the years I have purchased and been given several pieces of Willow Tree. I'm a bit obsessed (if you ask my family). Just a small sampling ...

"My Sister, My Friend" : my sister gave me as a wedding gift.
"Hope" : was given to each family member by my cousin who started a charity called Steven's Hope
"With Love" : was given to my mom just before she passed away from cancer.
"Sisters By Heart" : was given to my mom many years ago by her sister.

Each piece has so much meaning to me. I adore them.

I was online looking for something that represented both my husband and I (as we will be celebrating our first Christmas together as a married couple). I immediately thought of Willow Tree and fell in love with the "You And Me" figurine. It's perfect!

Each piece of Willow Tree that I own has a story behind it. As I sit here going through all my stuff from a recent move, I realize that so many things can easily be given away to those less fortunate, but my Willow Tree will never be. It represents so many different facets of my life, and I will never be able to get parts of that back.

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Guardian Angel

Submitted by Alison in Birmingham, October 2017

Me and my wife bought this piece for ort two beautiful God children Callum and Ava-Leigh. The idea being that it was something that was special to look after both of these two small people in our lives. ❤❤❤

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Kindness

Submitted by Marielle in Norway, October 2017

I saw the piece and was all like «I REALLY HAVE TO HAVE THIS ONE» 😍 It’s so touching and I really love it. It’ll be with me everywhere I go. I feel like it’s speaking to me on a whole new level, feel like crying tbh 🙈

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Good Health

Submitted by Christine in San Diego , Texas, October 2017

hello , my name is Christine. I purchased the Willow Tree Good Health angel for everyday prayer and inspiration. I do have a long term life illness and it really helps me see the good despite the incurable condition. I am looking at adding to the collection as soon as I get them in .

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Just for You

Submitted by Melanie Budiarto in PA, October 2017

I received this gift from a special customer upon my retirement. What a lovely heart warming gift.

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mother and daughter

Submitted by Ryoko Komine in Queensland, October 2017

Im a single mum and my daughter is the only one in my world. I can give up everything for her but she is now a teenager who doesn't need a mum and she thinks she is adult enough to not to contact her mum for a year.
I am lost. But your pieces give me hope (I have a girl with wing "thinking of you" and a couple "together" and grandma and granddaughter)

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Angel of Prayer

Submitted by Julie in TX, October 2017

My mother was very suddenly and very unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Her 1st colonoscopy discovered one very small malignancy in her colon but further tests showed that the cancer had not spread within her colon but had metastasized to her liver. We were completely devastated. Prayer was immediate. I left my home in TX and went to be with mom and dad through mom's initial surgery, recovery, and to meet with her oncology Dr. to begin chemotherapy. Along the way, I went into a shop that carried Willow Tree and saw the Angel of prayer. My heart looked at her and I saw myself...on my knees, praying for mom and our situation. I placed the Angel of Prayer on the nightstand where I could see her every morning and every night...reminding me to start each day and end each day in prayer (and a lot in between!)She is a visual reminder of my faith and of the many promises of my savior, Jesus Christ. The comfort and peace of prayer along with my "prayer partner"~ the angel~ was my stronghold. After mom's first 4 chemo treatments were complete, a scan was ordered to see if the chemo was working. The results? Every single metastatic site on her liver was GONE. 13 of them. GONE. There was no sign of her cancer anywhere. Rejoice, praise and thanksgiving! Mom continues her course of chemo and is doing very well! I travel back and forth (with my Angel of Prayer) to be with mom and dad. My Angel is always on a nightstand...in TX or at my parents house. She and I are in this together with mom.
Thank you for giving me so much in this small piece, I cannot express the degree of strength, comfort, peace, and friendship in faith she has brought me every day~
JUlie

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Sarah in Mornington Peninsula Australia, October 2017

My beautiful friend and mentor gave me my first Willow Tree of an angel holding a dog. When she was travelling around Europe I looked after her beautiful dog Monte (he is divine) and my 6 year old son and I love him dearly. She very generously and thoughtfully bought me this beautiful statue as a thank you! I love these carved statues I think they bring so much peace, happiness, hope and love and this will certainly not be my last one. Thank you to you Susan and thank you to my dear friend Deb! xx

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A tree, a prayer

Submitted by Marie Jensen in Sweden, October 2017

Dear Susan,
I came across this beutiful angel when I went to a photoshop in Sollentuna (Sweden). The owner of the shop had several of your pieces for sale. This "treeangel" spoke to me and I bought it. This angel helps me in my fight surviving cancer. I love the forest and love trees. I believe in angels and whenever I see this angel I feel stronger, and I want to thank you for giving me that feeling. Bless you and keep up this beutiful work. Regards, Marie

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New Life

Submitted by Bradley Larsen in Orem, UT, October 2017

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

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Thinking of you #26131 (angel with conch shell)

Submitted by Melissa Topper in Baltimore County, October 2017

My mother bought me this piece for my first year clean and FREE of drugs and alcohol. It was a long road of pain and despair, but now I live a life beyond my wildest dreams, and my relationship with my mother has been fully mended. She lives at the beach, and I feel so "at home" every time I visit her. I am her only child, so to me, this piece makes me feel like I am her little "beach dream angel"...

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Happiness

Submitted by Pam in Ky, October 2017

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

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Remember

Submitted by Regan in Lexington, SC, October 2017

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

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Hero

Submitted by Kim Abbott in England, October 2017

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

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Willow Tree with Affection

Submitted by Amy in Lexington SC, October 2017

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

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Sunshine

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

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

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Starlight Tree Topper

Submitted by Peg Cussen in Dubuque, Iowa, October 2017

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

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By my side

Submitted by delores venier in Wyandotte michigan, October 2017

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

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Angel of Mine

Submitted by Ashley in Tx, October 2017

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

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Cherish

Submitted by Louise Bartlett in New Zealand, October 2017

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

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New Life

Submitted by Tamara Partridge in NV, October 2017

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

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Together

Submitted by Joy Hild in Maryland, October 2017

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

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Star of Joy and Dance of Life

Submitted by Mary Smith in Texas, October 2017

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

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Nativity Set

Submitted by DJ SULLIVAN in Oregon, October 2017

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

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Close to me

Submitted by Alicia Ubiera in NYC, October 2017

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

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Grace

Submitted by Casandra Brady in Pueblo Colorado, October 2017

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

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

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True Keepsake Box

Submitted by Sharon in Connecticut, October 2017

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

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Sweetheart

Submitted by Claudine Morgan in Newfoundland and Labrador, October 2017

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

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Cherish

Submitted by Jennifer in Maryland, October 2017

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

Sincerely yours,
Jennifer

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With affection

Submitted by Lisa McGurk in Hamilton scotland, October 2017

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

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something with an angel

Submitted by Ilene in NY, October 2017

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

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A tree, a prayer

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

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

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Angel of Comfort and Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Jean Olson in Helena Montana, October 2017

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

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Courage

Submitted by Christine in Cocoa Beach, Florida, September 2017

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

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My best friend

Submitted by Crystal Little in Ohio, September 2017

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

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by susan in Wilmington, NC, September 2017

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

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Surrounded by Love

Submitted by Kathryn Adkins in TAS, September 2017

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

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Joyful Child (lighter skin tone and hair color)

Submitted by Jennifer Bailey in South Carolina, September 2017

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

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Willow Tree Hero Figurine

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

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

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

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

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Shine

Submitted by Donna in Texas, September 2017

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

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

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

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Angel of Caring

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

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

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Thinking of You

Submitted by Angela Restrepo in Rionegro Antioquia Colombia, September 2017

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

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Karen in Camarillo, September 2017

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

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My sister, My friend

Submitted by Cindy Franks in Florence Alabama, September 2017

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

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together

Submitted by marzieh in Iran, September 2017

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

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Mother and Son

Submitted by Sandra in California, September 2017

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

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New Dad, Cherish, Together, Our Gift

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

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

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With Affection

Submitted by Debbie Morren in Raleigh North Carolina, September 2017

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

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Angels of Frendship & Comfort

Submitted by Mary Maguire in New York, September 2017

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

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Warm Embrace

Submitted by Dave in NH, September 2017

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

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Angel of Prayer

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

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

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Angel of friendship

Submitted by Sharran in 12309, September 2017

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

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Remembrence

Submitted by Natasha Engle-geise in Ky, September 2017

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

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Promise

Submitted by James Creely in MA, September 2017

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

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