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.

Love of Learning

Submitted by Jessie Smith in Pineville, Louisiana, June 2017

My wife is the director of the Parish Library System (in Louisiana, counties are called parishes) . A couple of years ago when she took over the position, she wanted to give something as a personal gift to those who retire. She saw this figurine in Books A Million where I worked part-time after retirement. Everyone loves these, sometimes we have to get them at Hallmark but we have a Books A Million discount card. I try to buy them as they come in, so we will always have at least two. Please continue making these and as long as she works there, we will buy them.

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good health and thinking of you

Submitted by Tonia Ayers in morristown tn, June 2017

My niece, my baby girl, got me the Good Health angel really by mistake. Unknown to her I was very sick at the time. I walked outside and found the package was there . I was so surprised by what I found, it was the Good Health angel. I called to thank her and she told me it was supposed to be the Thinking of You angel.But I have to say I felt better just from the love she showed.She came in for a visit and she bought me the Thinking of You angel. So now I will always have a part of my Kassie girl with me. I love my angels so very much.

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Thank you

Submitted by Marie Ange Diaz-Cervo in NJ, June 2017

I am the author of My Grateful book, which is a book that teaches you how to be thankful for every aspect of your life. Besides writing, I also work as a substitute teacher and as an ABA paraprofessional. After I went through a series of health issues and a turmoil divorce I accepted an 1:1 assignment with a special need child. The child is very intelligent and had to receive different therapy so he can eat, speak properly and function in society. He exceeded tremendously and I am so proud of him. His parents asked me to help them at home with him in the early morning and after school, I accepted and work with them for three years. As a going away the family gave me the thank you piece and I am forever grateful for the times I spent with the family.

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Soar

Submitted by Jan in Oxfordshire, June 2017

Sadly, a dear friend of mine (Isablelle) passed away three days ago; she was also like a mother to me. Not long after hearing the sad news I went into my study and saw the most beautiful huge, white dove swoop down from the roof, take a drink out of the fountain to the pond below, then take flight heading towards my roof, giving eye contact in the process. I instantly had a feeling of peace and freedom. The following day I went into one of my lovely local card shops and what should catch my eye but "Soar". I truly feel it is a gift in remembrance of Isabelle and thank you from the bottom of my heart for making such wonder Angels. I have so many other Willow Tree Angels and have to say love them all for different reasons.

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Sunshine

Submitted by laverne in asheville nc, June 2017

My friend of 41 years has recently had a stem-cell transplant. She stood with me at my wedding. We have traveled together extensively. We have hiked, and enjoyed the outdoors. We shared family times, and made many fun memories.
Right now she is struggling with her recuperation, and needs 24/7 care for many months. I am going to be with her for a week, and hope my visit, and my Willow Tree Sunshine will cheer her.

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Several

Submitted by Shela Gilbert in Texas, June 2017

My husband started my collection. He gave me Together as a gift the first Christmas we were a couple. Over the years he has given me several of the other couple figurines. The one we both think is the most like us is You and Me. My sister in law gave me Sisters as a birthday gift. I love each one and cherish the memories that go with them. Today I received Close to Me from my mother-in-law; she wanted me to have something special in honor of my grandmother who recently passed away. My grandmother and I had very close relationship. I got to spend a lot of time with her growing up so we bonded. After my mom died we had an even closer bond. We remained very close even after I moved from Oregon to Texas. So when I look at Close to Me I think of the grandmother I just lost and my mom who died when I was 14. It also reminds me that I have a mother-in-law who loves me too.This new piece will hold a very special place in my heart.

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Our gift and for always

Submitted by Tanya in Ballinamore, Ireland, June 2017

My son was born prematurely at 27 weeks on the 18th of June 2016. He was very sick and two days after his birth we were told to say our goodbyes. He beat the odds and pulled through. He was born in Dublin. The hospital was in the city centre and we ventured out a week after he was born. We came across a shop called Tierneys. They stocked Willow Tree. I was admiring the selection and shortly after we returned to the hospital. My partner nipped back and purchased 'Our gift'. After the horrendous time we had it brought a huge smile to my face. It was perfect and summed up how we felt. Our son was our gift. He was in hospital for three months before we brought him home. He suffered a major bleed into his chest, two large bleeds to his brain and heart surgery. But, he survived.

We celebrated his 1st birthday yesterday. My partner surprised me with 'For Always'. Again, it was perfect and summed up perfectly the love I have for my little boy. I give thanks every day that we were allowed to keep him, and I make that promos everyday..... I will love him for always.......

Thank you xxx

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For Always, We are Three

Submitted by Claudia Flores de Azevedo Pereira in Brasil, June 2017

Hi Susan! I was traveling in Germany, in Frankfurt, when I fell in love with his plays. They are the expression of the purest love and human delicacy! Soon in the Black Forest In Triberg I bought another piece, I did not resist. I'm coming back to Brazil very happy to know your art ... Congratulations

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Mother and Son

Submitted by Judy Glover in Chichester, June 2017

About 8 years ago I bought mother and daughter and father and son; having a son and a daughter it fit very well. Nearly 3 years ago my then daughter came out as transgender and is transitioning to be male. It didn't feel right having them as I didn't have a daughter anymore. I wanted to get Mother and son. Our willow tree family is now complete. And I really love them

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Abundance

Submitted by Katie in WI, June 2017

I love this angel because I have an abundance in my life. I have a wonderful boyfriend, good friends, a good job, and a loving family. We have to remind ourselves of the good in our lives sometimes. Whenever I'm sad, I look at this piece and remember that life isn't so bad.

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Bright Star

Submitted by Katie in WI, June 2017

This piece is special because I got it from my mother when I got into National Honors Society when I was in college. It gives me a reminder of the success and hard work put into this. Looking at this piece on my dresser shows me that anyone is capable of reaching their goals and dreams.

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Heart of Gold

Submitted by Evandro Consentino in Toronto, CA, June 2017

I gave this piece to the most incredible man I have ever met in my life. Its incredible how it shows exactly what I feel for him.
My heart is yours and it will always be!!
I love you amore mio (Francesco).

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Sisters by Heart

Submitted by Debbie Brooks in Oxon, June 2017

This was given to me on the day of my dear friend's mother's funeral. We have known each other since we were five and have had so many ups and downs in our lives. These figures look like we did at a young age and it means so much to me that she thought of me when she was going through so much herself. A very brave and dear friend who really is my sister by heart.

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Promise Cake Topper

Submitted by Marina in São Paulo, Brazil, June 2017

Last year my boyfriend (now my husband) traveled to the Netherlands on vacation, where I was happily suprised when he proposed to me during a picnic on the first day of our trip. We saw the Willow Tree products in one of the souvenir stores when we toured the windmills in Zaanse Schans and we thought they were so beautiful! We fell in love with the "Promise" piece but since they did't have the cake topper in store, we didn't buy it.
After a few months, when we were planning our wedding, all I could think about was that cake topper. It would mean so much to us to have a piece that could take us back to where it all started. It was a no brainer to buy it, so we did.
As the wedding plans continued, we decided not to have a cake for several reasons, but we still really wanted to have the cake topper displayed. Our decorator was creative enough to incorporate it as the center piece of our sweets table!
It looked so beautiful and it meant so much to us! Our wedding was perfect and the Promise cake topper represents all the love and caring that we have.
I do have a picture of the cake topper as part of the decoration and I would gladly share with you if you're interested. Thank you for making such beautiful pieces!

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Mother and Son

Submitted by betty james in Tell City Ind, June 2017

I received my first piece when my young son was 35 yrs old. I fell in love with the Willow Tree collection. Since then, I try to get as many as I can. If It hadn't been for my son passing away, and my receiving this piece, I may have never started my collection.

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by Joyce Armstrong in New Bern, North Carolina, June 2017

On December 23, 1979, my sister gave birth to her first child, Pam. Pam was born with only half a heart and passed away 19 days later. My sister was heartbroken. She waited every December 23rd to put the angel on her tree in remeberance of her baby. On December 5, 2016, my sister passed away just 4 days after her own birthday. I wanted to carry on her tradition, but slightly different. I wanted this to be in memory of both of them. I knew I wanted an angel holding a child to symbolize their reunion. Nothing I was finding seemed right until I saw Angel's Embrace. I knew that was exactly what I was looking for. So come December 1 (my sisters birthday) I will set it on my mantel for the entire month. Thank you so much.

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Angel's Embrace Ornament

Submitted by Jennifer in Daytona, Florida, June 2017

This was the very first Willow Tree I received.
It was a Mothers Day gift. It is my most prized possession, because January 18 my son died by suicide. Looking back at the angel holding the boy. I guess it was God's way of letting me how He always had him, even before I knew

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Courage

Submitted by Jennifer Beckerman in Kansas City, MO, June 2017

Today I was sent this special angel by my cousins. On December 9, 2015 I was diagnosed with ALS. I am a 47 year old single mother who has decided to live my life to its fullest and to fight this horrid disease with everything I've​ got! My Courage Angel will be a constant reminder that I am a fighter! Thank you for your beautiful creations!!

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Home, New Dad, Free Spirit, Heart of Gold, Guardian Angel, Two Together

Submitted by Allie in Virginia, June 2017

We recently had our third miscarriage. We have gone through a long road to have children and after ending with IVF as our only hope, we have had an ectopic as our first pregnancy. After that were failures and then we got pregnant with twins, but lost one; we lost our daughter's twin. For our daughter's pregnancy we got our first Willow Tree statue, the "Home" statue. I loved it so much and it has brought us so much happiness. A dream, years in the making! When she was born I got my husband the "New Dad" statue for his office. A few years later we had our son, and I gave him the "Free Spirit" one for our daughter to put beside his New Dad one. When we got pregnant this time I got him the "Heart of Gold" to give him when we delivered, to represent our son and to put with the other two statues. When I miscarried I knew I had to put "Heart of Gold" away and we had nothing for this lost baby. I realized too that we had nothing but pain for the two before. After looking through all of the Willow Tree angels, I felt like the baby figures were the ones that spoke to me the most, but even they weren't quite right. The "Two Together" spoke to me as we were going to have twins with my daughter, but instead at that point had two lost babies and they were together in heaven. I almost picked "Angel's Embrace," because this last one I felt happiness at my baby being held when I couldn't. Thinking of my children here on earth, "Guardian Angel" fit more because I know they would have had the same spirit of "here I go!" My daughter chose today to celebrate as Baby Angel Day and we each added wings to the babies (I hope you aren't upset we added to your work). We have them on the fireplace now to watch over us and this helped me personally to do SOMETHING, but also finally to openly honor and truly grieve our first two losses as well. We have had many conversations about grief and mourning and I was able to tell my daughter she is a rainbow baby and what having her in our life means, the color and joy she and her brother have given us. Today she was able to be the big sister helping her baby angels get their wings. She was so happy to help them. That is something we needed and you helped us through. Thank-you. The two pieces, "Guardian Angel" between "Two together" look absolutely beautiful all together and I wish I could share the picture with you. Thank-you for your many works. I look forward to giving the "Heart of Gold" to my husband one day, and purchasing a figure for our next rainbow baby once we get to know our next addition... one day. Maybe, if you ever need inspiration, Sunshine, Rainbow, Angel, and Pot of Gold babies might be amazing to explore. I would love to see your take and I know many women to whom those would be a treasure! Thank-you for hearing our story.

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by Delphine Lacanal in Bretagne, France, June 2017

After 5 years of medically assisted procreation and one miscarriage in September 2016, 1 Fiv gave us new hope in February 2017.
The first ultrasound was magical. Everything was fine and we were very happy.
But 10 days later the doctors were pessimistic, no more amniotic fluid.
I lost my baby at four months of pregnancy on May 26th.
Some days later my sister offered me this beautiful angel who takes care of my baby in my place.
To have this representation of my little Gabriel in his arms is very soothing.
Maybe this angel with my baby will bring us luck in the months to come and my belly will welcome soon the little brother or the little sister of our Gabriel gone too early.
Thank you ❤

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Courage

Submitted by JP in Dallas, June 2017

I have given several Willow Tree Angels as gifts over the years. Without fail they delight and move the recipient.

I just gave Courage to a friend who is making a major life change. She is thrilled with it, finding it as meaningful as I hoped it she might. Courage's little fists are the perfect touch.

It is truly amazing how expressive the angels' little faces are sans features. I think this is what lets each viewer see in their Angel what they need to feel.

I have a dozen or so angels myself, some gifts, some gifts to myself. Whenever I look at them, I feel good all over again. And again, I am amazed at how powerfully expressive they are sans features. They are fabulous little therapists!

I check out the collection whenever I come upon a display in a store. I walk away feeling better even if I did not buy.
Being an animal lover, I really enjoy the angel/animal pieces, too.

Thank you for your wonderful art pieces. JP

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We are three

Submitted by Joy in Australia, June 2017

It took us 3 years to build a family of three. We even tried a lot of tests for an IVF process but fortunately we were blessed before we even started. We were so excited when we found out that I was pregnant. Now, we are very happy to have a wonderful and healthy baby boy. I also have a Holy Family figurine and buying the piece really reminds me of my faith and at the same time my very own family. Thank you for inspiring us. :)

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Together Cake Topper

Submitted by Elisha McLellan in Pawlet, VT, June 2017

This beautiful piece is going to represent a new chapter in life as I become my best friends Mrs.
We met 12 years ago when I moved to a small town in VT, knowing no one. We were both with someone else, but ended up building a friendship that grew stronger no matter what. We both have gone through some hard times in life, and have turned to each other. We just passed our 6 year anniversary of dating, and in just 3 1/2 short weeks, we will say I Do.
He is my true partner in love, and in life. He keeps me grounded when life gets me down, keeps me motivated when I set my mind to conquer, gives me strength when I am in need, keeps love in my heart, and a smile on my face.
We could not have picked a more beautiful piece to be our cake topper, and represent this next journey we are going to go through, hand in hand.

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You're the Best!

Submitted by Anna in Dubuque, IA, May 2017

I am currently a college student going into education. I plan on becoming an elementary school teacher someday in hopes to touch many hearts. Through this past school year I decided to broaden my experiences and take on a student, from a local elementary school to tutor. The silly, fun loving, and sweet girl touched my heart and apparently I touched hers. Her mom could not thank me enough because I acted like a mentor and big sister to her daughter. In return, the mother decided to give me this piece. She had kind things she wrote me in a card, but also gave me this piece to always remember her daughter by and the experience we shared together.

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Quiet Strength

Submitted by Gerry in Tucson, AZ, May 2017

On the day before Mother's Day I lost my beloved horse Blue unexpectedly. He just had a heart attack and died during the night. I used to love to kiss him on the nose and hug him around his neck. I have other Willow Trees for my other beloved companions so I wanted one for Blue and was so glad you made this. Me and my Blue.

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Birthday GirlI

Submitted by Lisa Ratliff in TX, May 2017

I just received my first piece, the Birthday Girl for my 59th bday. It is beautiful and I will be collecting more!

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Thank You

Submitted by Laura in Granada Hills, CA, May 2017

I am a social worker and recently transferred to a new location. My colleague/friend gave me this sweet piece before I transferred to my new location. It truly is a gorgeous and heartfelt piece. I can't stop smiling when I see it.

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Bright Star

Submitted by unlnown in Canada, May 2017

Yesterday was my confirmation. It was amazing,
and then my teacher gave this beautiful gift. It gave me joy and happiness and she even said it reminded her of me

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Lavender Grace

Submitted by Cynthia in United Kingdom, May 2017

My son left home without any warning. It was extremely sad when he did that. I bought this for his birthday coming soon even though I am not in touch with him. Knowing that he is never alone, God is with him and most of all loving him no matter what. He is healing him by His grace.

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A Tree A Prayer

Submitted by CherylAnne in Western New York, May 2017

I purchased this item for my birthday. It represents my growth through recovery of addictions to alcohol, & drugs.

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Friendship

Submitted by Krista Campbell in Old Town, Florida, May 2017

I am a multi-cancer survivor. Mary was the American Cancer Society Navigator at our hospital. I was very angry when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Mary not only did her job to help me, but she became my dear friend since. She gave me a framed picture as a gift after one of their cancer walks showing their team name "KRISTA" shortly after I completed my treatments. The "friendship angel" she gave me on my 5th anniversary of survivorship is standing next to that picture. This gift was her way of saying, "Good girl, you can do this and I'm here for you every step of the way!"

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Prayer of Peace

Submitted by CherylAnne in Western New York, May 2017

I purchased this item with much hope and prayers.
I'm a recovered alcoholic who will celebrate 23 years of sobriety in December.
My addiction had put a barrier with my relationship with my daughter. I put her through a lot. She took on the mother role, taking care of her younger sister and myself.
She hasn't been able to put that in the past and move forward.
I selected the Prayer of Peace with hopes I can have a mother daughter relationship.

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With My Grandmother

Submitted by CherylAnne in Western New York, May 2017

I purchased this to display with special handmade gifts I've received from my grandchildren.
I absolutely love it.

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Vigil

Submitted by Sarah Bunyan in Barnstaple, Devon, May 2017

I got this piece as a really close friend sadly passed away 16th Jan 2015 & it's kind of a way to remember him as it was sudden & turned my world upside down for the rest of that yr, even though I'm happily with someone now, I do miss him

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Hope

Submitted by Stacey in Kendallville, IN, May 2017

My husband and I have struggled with infertility for a while now. After being recommended to our current fertility doctor and undergoing treatments for many months, we are finally pregnant. Our last appointment with him is next week, and we purchased this HOPE figurine as a representation of how much hope he's given not just to us, but countless other couples. We are sad to leave him, but thankful that he was brought into our lives. Thank you, Dr. Cooper!

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You shine!

Submitted by Patricia Nugent in Saratoga Springs, NY, May 2017

A friend of many years just gave me a belated Christmas gift - the Shine Willow Tree piece. It reminded me so much of Donna Eden's energy medicine pose called Connecting Heaven and Earth, which I was to teach the very next day to a group of adult students. It was perfect! I love it. Thanks!

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Angel of Comfort

Submitted by Christina Climer in Tulare California, May 2017

I recently had to put my old girl Roxie down . It was unexpected, I knew she was getting old and was starting to have some health issues along with hip issues but was not expecting to put her down just yet but the problems she was having took a toll on her body and euthanasia was the only choice. Iwas one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. My son and daughter-in-law gave me the Angel of Comfort for Mothers Day along with a framed picture of Roxie. I will forever cherish it and will never forget my sweet baby girl Roxie.

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The Quilt

Submitted by Barbara Kuzminski in New Jersey, May 2017

I just received "The Quilt" figurine from a colleague of mine. This has such special meaning to me. My 20 month old grandson, Jonathon Paul, passed away on May 13, 2011. I used to hold Jonathon like this with his quilt around him. I miss him so much. Jonathon is a special child and our hero. He saved the lives of two children through organ donation. My son and daughter-ln-law could not let other families go through what they just went through. They had the chance to save up to eight children. Their Gift of Life saved Wyatt. He received Jonathon's liver and just turned 8 years old. He is in full remission six years later. Our special gift was getting to meet Wyatt. To see this little boy running and laughing due to our gift was amazing. A 16 year old girl received both kidneys. She is also in full remission and just graduated from FIT in NYC. This figurine will aways hold a special place in my heart especially since this past Saturday, May 13th was the six year anniversary of our Jonathon's passing. I now advocate for NJ Sharing Network and educate the public on the importance of saying yes to organ and tissue donation. One donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of over 75 through tissue donate. Remember that tissue donation is what is used for reconstructive surgery after masectomy, bone and tissue for sports injuries such as torn achilles, rotator cuffs, burn victims, etc. You have the power to give back. Give the Gift of Life!!

Thank you for these creative and meaningful pieces.

Barbara

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Close to Me

Submitted by Anita Yates in Mount Airy, NC, May 2017

My mother passed away 3 months ago. We were very close and we did a lot together until dementia and other illnesses made it hard to go anywhere for long. The last 5 months of her life I was there every morning and every night to be with her. On weekends I'd day all day and into the night or overnight to be with her. I was the youngest of 3 children that my mom thought of no one but us. She became a single mother at 32 when my father left us. She worked very hard and did without to make sure we had all we needed growing up. I was picked on for having a close, loving relationship with my mom. My mom was my confidante. I never waited for one of my siblings to tell on me for something I did wrong. I always told her first and take my scolding. I moved away for 13 years and I would drive up here and get my mom to come spend weekends with me. When I broke my leg pretty bad and had to have surgery, my mom would drive to my house to spend a few days then she would take me back home with her. She took care of me and I took care of her. My mom was not very affectionate, she was not brought up to be that way but she always told me she loved me and how she was grateful to me for my love and help when my siblings were rarely around. There were times when I would get very anxious and depressed and my mom tried her best to help me though. Those were the times she would hold me. In her last days I was crying softly and she asked me what was wrong. I told her I was just worried about her. She called me to her other side and reached out her arm to me and she hugged me and told me how much she loved me and I was her most loved child. She was going to be OK so stop my worrying. So I had to buy this piece for it reminds me of my mother's loved for me. I am having a very hard time with her death. I miss her so much and I cry for her daily.

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Anniversary Love ever endures

Submitted by Carol Anderson in Calgary Alberta, May 2017

May 12, 2017 was our 33 anniversary. This past year has been an incredibly difficult year for us. On August 29, 2016 our 25 year old son Brandon had just left work in Fort McMurray and was on his way home to Calgary to spend days off with family. Only 3 minutes from work he was killed in a horrific crash caused by another driver. Our three daughters, my husband and I have been attempting to navigate this new path we have been thrust onto.
When I opened the Willow Tree box I was immediately brought to tears. This piece symbolizes how my husband and I have been able to endure the past 8 months, and how we will get through the rest of our lives without our son.

I have always admired the Willow Tree pieces and have given many as gifts, but have never collected them myself. This first one has touched me deeply.

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Our Gift

Submitted by Cheri in Belleville MI, May 2017

I have always wanted one of these beautiful pieces of art. Today for Mother's Day my mom bought me one of a Man and a women holding their baby. My mom and I both cried knowing how much this piece meant to me. I was told at a young age I would never be able to have a baby. My mom, sister and husband were really the only ones to know how much I truly did want to be a mother. Two years ago I was blessed with a beautiful, health baby girl. I had my dream; A wonderful husband and a beautiful baby girl. But then we lost my husband right before our daughter's first birthday. I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with my husband, although it was not long enough, and for us having our daughter. He is forever in my heart and even though my daughter will never remember him I tell her about him every day so she will still know him in her heart and know how much he wished for her and how much he truly loved us. This piece is a moment frozen in time with our family in true happiness.

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Love of Learning

Submitted by Susan Dolter in Asbury, Iowa, May 2017

I will retire from a 44-year teaching career in a few days. I have been privileged to work with students at a variety of levels: In my youthful years, I taught sixth- through twelfth-grade English; when I turned 50, I began my second career teaching writing at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. At each important juncture of my journey as an educator, one of my students or colleagues has presented me with a Susan Lordi figure celebrating learning. Most recently, two of my student employees in the writing center I direct gifted me with the Love of Learning figure. I prize these testimonials to my effectiveness as a teacher beyond telling. They are reminders of the joy I have taken in a profession where every day called forth the best that was in me.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Greg and Edie Dore in Ohio, May 2017

We adopted our rescue Shih Tzu, Dakota 10 years ago. She was maybe 3 at the time..rescued from a puppy mill. She has been a spectacular dog...perfect in every way. Quiet, never bites nor barks, went with us wherever we went. On the boat...at the beach...on a walk...she was with us. I have tears as I write this...perfect in every way...a gift from God for Edie and I. We had to put her to sleep a couple of weeks ago. She has lived with a heart murmur for several years...the meds and the vet forestalled the inevitable congenital heart failure...which came on Saturday April 15th. We put her down painlessly to end her suffering. She has crossed the Rainbow Bridge...and is now waiting for us in the arms of an angel in the presence of our God. In the room at the vet where she went to sleep was this statue. We had to have one to reside by her ashes in our home. Thanks for your time.

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Mother and Son

Submitted by Nunzietta Holmes in Nederland, May 2017

I am an Irish mother living in the Nederlamds. My son Sean meet an American girl called Laura fell in love moved to America and married last year. Today is mothe'rs day they had a friend bring this beautifully Mother and Child carving to our home this morning. I find it very moving. Nunzietta

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For Always

Submitted by Mary Jo Hudson in Des Moines, Ia, May 2017

In 1990, my husband and I took a vacation without our children. Our third child was 2 at the time. When we returned, he jumped into my lap with his legs straddled around me. He would sit back and look at me and then embrace me, saying, 'Oh, Mommy.' I'm sure he thought I was never coming back and was delighted to see me. Fourteen years later, this son had a traumatic brain injury leaving him in a vegetative state. I spend my days caring for his needs. The mother's hand on the boy's head symbolize the care a mom has for her son, body, soul, mind, and spirit. This sculpture captures a memory and tells the story of the bond between us. Thank you.

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With my Grandmother

Submitted by Troi in New York, NY, May 2017

My grandmother is more like a mother figure. She's always been there for me through my toughest times and I love her so much and I hope one day I'm able to give her everything she deserves.

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By my side

Submitted by Lynn Rowland in Raleigh, NC, May 2017

Tonight my husband gave me the most treasured gift ever! I have two best friends. The three of us did everything together! Although we were not biological sisters, we were sisters in Christ, and loved each other unconditionally, calling ourselves, "the sistas." After five years of fighting brest cancer, our sister lost her fight to a secondary cancer called leptomengial. We were able to share with her how much she meant to us! How much she inspired us to be a better person. Her life was a beautiful testimony of love! Because the three of us shared a very special bond! For me, this piece tells a very personal story of the love between three sisters!

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Mother and Son

Submitted by Robin Boling in Indiana, May 2017

My 25 year old son passed away December 23, 2016. My husband got this for me as a Mother's Day gift. he said it is from our Heavenly Son, Jeremey.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Karen in Massachusetts, May 2017

We have four of these angels for each of our beloved dogs that have passed over the years. We lost my heart dog unexpectedly in January due to a heart tumor. I ordered his angel and it sits next to his ashes and has provided me with so much comfort. My mom just lost her dog yesterday and I just ordered an angel for her.

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Two Together [#26188]

Submitted by Robert Lester II in Davison, Mi. 48423, May 2017

I was looking for something for my wife for Mother's Day, and I came across this piece at the local Hallmark store.
This piece turns out to be exactly what I was looking for as this is Our first Mother's Day.
We lost Our twins last year due to pre-term labor.
Our Daughter [Reed] was born at 21w5d, and our son [Robbie] was lost at 22w5d.
Reed fought for roughly 1-1/2 hours before she passed, Robbie fought for roughly 1/2 hour before he passed; but for that time,We held Our children and let them know how much we Loved them.
This has been devastating to us as we have been trying to have children, but it simply didn't happen until we looked into IVF.
We saved for a long time, and were finally able to afford the procedure, and it took the first time around; needless to say we were extremely happy.
The pregnancy went extremely well until the early labor due to some physical issues.
In late 2016, we went to Chicago to have that issue corrected, and that surgery went very well.
We are currently working on being able to afford another round of IVF; and we will eventually reach that point.
But, Reed and Robbie will ALWAYS be Our first children.

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#27462 Good Cheer!

Submitted by Judith Malecki in Chicago, Illinois, May 2017

I had bought one dozen yellow artificial roses to put by my parents' grave. I did not go to their grave for a long time and had these dozen yellow artificial roses for awhile. I was reading articles about Guardian Angels and it occurred to me that I don't know if my parents were happy in Heaven. So I prayed to my Guardian Angel to give me a sign that my parents are happy in Heaven. Then one day my sister and I went to our parents' grave and I put the dozen yellow artificial roses by their graves. Within 48 hours I was working and I noticed that there were one dozen yellow fresh roses in a bucket and this is the first time that I ever saw yellow roses there. It made me so happy and I know that this was the sign from my Guardian Angel
that my parents were happy in Heaven. I purchased the piece #27462 Good Cheer! to remind me of the sign that I received from my Guardian Angel!

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My sister, my friend

Submitted by Denise Barker in Warrens,Wi., May 2017

My sister has always been there for me !! She is 13 years older,and fighting cancer number four !!! I have some heath problems,but there not really any thing to worry about .. But she worries so much about every one but not herself !! She is a fighter she'll say Lord I'am not really yet..I had my daughter very young,and she never left the hospital .. I lost my mom and my sister is my closest to a mom I have. We talk about every thing a mom would talk to you about. Bonnie's husband would go out of town, and we always had sleep overs. I don't think I would give her up for anything. She is strong,beautiful,and always smiling and singing !!! I LOVE HER WITH ALL MY HEART! PRAYERS AND LOTS OF LOVE GO OUT TO MY SISTER BONNIE! (MOM) PS I really don't think my daughter would be the GREAT wife,mom,and friend if not for Bonnie !!!!

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Good Cheer!

Submitted by Maria DeRosia in Grass Lake, May 2017

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in January 2017. I had surgery in February 2017 and upon returning home from the hospital, my very good friend, Erin, who lives in California, sent me "Good Cheer!" Not only did her kind gesture lift me up but the sentiment of optimism that this figurine embodies helped make my recovery that much smoother. Bonus part about this figurine is that yellow is my favorite color! Every time I look at her, I am reminded that she and all of my supporters are wishing me "... sunny days of happiness."

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Prayer of Peace

Submitted by Natalie Powell in Northamptonshire uk, May 2017

I bought this piece on the day of my father's birthday, (he passed away after a short battle with cancer a year and a half ago) I have a little Ashes bird with a sprinkle of his Ashes in which sit next to my bed on a table. we don't have a grave to visit and lay flowers, I saw this piece and fell in love with it instantly. I saw the little girl in prayer for a loved one lost, and the beautiful doves on her dress that symbolise peace, it is so lovely, so she now sits next to my daddy's ashes in prayer for him. It gives me comfort when I look at it. It's lovely so I think every piece can have a different meaning for the buyer. Thank you for such a beautiful comforting piece.

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By my side

Submitted by Dianne McConnell in Victoria, May 2017

I picked the piece 'By my side ' as it reminds me of my two sisters and l; we talk and have fun times together. We have one brother and happily he has the same nutty humor as us girls. I have been buying Willow Tree pieces for many years, for myself and for many others. I wonder if you could make some designs of men on their own, and or groupings of men . We have a close family and I wonder if others might like these choices too.

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Good Cheer and Remember

Submitted by Barb in Lincoln, Montana, May 2017

A year ago (almost) we lost our daughter to cancer. She loved yellow roses (as do I and my mother before us) and her husband had 52 (her age) of them in her casket. When I saw Good Cheer and the roses after her funeral I purchased it to remind me of her daily. I counted the roses in Good Cheer's arms and they are not quite 50, but the effect is the same. I have loved looking at it and it brings me comfort. As her birthday approaches I was looking for something since there will not be a birthday gift this year for the first time in 53 years. When I saw Remember I thought that's the one and I bought it to be a companion piece to Good Cheer. When I got it home and removed it from the box I was astounded to see that the figure had auburn hair, I had not noticed this in the store lighting. This made it all the more touching to me as you see my daughter was a redhead just as I am and my mother was. Thank you, Willow Tree, for making such wonderful figurines that speak to us without saying a word.

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Sunshine

Submitted by Antonia in Germany, May 2017

Hello, my name is Antonia and I’m from Germany. This angel always stands on my bedside table and it is the first I see in the morning – it always reminds me of my lovely familiy.
I am the youngest of five brothers and sisters who are very important to me. The fact that they donate me this Sunshine angel has meant very much to me as I lay in the hospital at that time. My brothers and sisters always stold me that I am the sunshine of the family, even if I wasn’t well. Although I felt the worst of us, I made them happy due to my positive aura. This is caused by my whole attitude towards life: There is always something positive to see…perhaps I am ill because other people could not deal with a diesease such as I do…Nevertheless I am happy that I am still alive and that I could live in freedom with a wonderful familiy.
Thank you for this beautiful angel. It reminds me of being happy to have such a wonderful life and that you have to be thankful for every second of life!!!

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Shine

Submitted by Jaime in Fridley, MN, May 2017

I received this from some dear friends of mine at my one year sobriety yesterday. It is absolutely stunning and is now sitting on my dresser so I see it everyday.

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Good Cheer

Submitted by John Champ in Canby, Oregon, May 2017

The figurine has a lovely bouquet of yellow roses. Our second daughter, Karen, enjoyed yellow tulips. She passed in August 2015 due to a brain aneurysm, related to a genetic syndrome that our family has. We are using this figurine as a representative for our lovely daughter.

She had been a 911 operator at Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC). During her time at Portland 911, Karen developed a Thankfulness project to combat the tendency to focus on all the bad things that come through the 911 system. Her project, noting 3 things daily on her Facebook post that she was thankful for, had a great impact upon the whole department. The department still has a bulletin board up, a Thankfulness board, for keeping track of things that the department staff does for one another. That board has Karen's last Facebook post the day that she died.

The BOEC have an annual awards ceremony to acknowledge the significant actions of 911 staff. Karen was the employee of the year/Telecommunicator of the year for 2013 which she received at the April of 2014 ceremony. At the 2016 ceremony, the BOEC staff created a new award because they realized that they needed the kind of personal input of helpfulness to one another that Karen has exemplified. So they invited us to come in April of 2016 as they made the first award of the "Champ" Award. We have maintained connections with the BOEC staff and apparently have a standing invite to the awards ceremony.

The Good Cheer figurine is a very nice visual reminder of the beautiful person that our daughter Karen was and the beauty she helped create in a very stressful situation of the 911/BOEC department for the city of Portland.

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by Clair in Alabama, April 2017

My daughter and her husband were devastated recently when, after several years of trying, she experienced an ectopic pregnancy. Shortly after, I'd gone to a Hallmark store to buy a birthday card for their soon-to-be 4 year old.and, by chance, walked past the display of Willow Tree figurines. Angel's Embrace immediately caught my eye. As a mom, it hurts when you can't help your children when they are hurting, but this figurine is a comforting reminder for them that their little one is in loving hands.

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New Life

Submitted by Beth El Fattal in Bellingham Washington., April 2017

Hi -

My name is Beth, and I have grown up with your figurines all my life. I was in kindergarten when my mom first discovered your work; she bought one for our family after my younger sister had just been born: the New life figurine. I remember loving that figuring but being jealous I wasn't a part of it.

A few days later my mom bought a single figure for me that knelt - almost appearing to look over at the baby - and our little family was complete. We moved around a lot and our willow tree family moved with us, ever so carefully packaged and lovingly displayed as a centerpiece of our home.

Our tradition grew - and willow tree families became my mom's typical wedding gift. She loved shopping for the perfect fit - each time giving a unique figurine. My family is spread across the country - and your figurines are in every home.

Bear with me - I know this is a little long but it's so important and honestly it's a pretty good story.

My mom missed my 8th grade graduation because she was working 2 jobs to support our family. At this point - my dad had become emotionally abusive to us - and stopped working. I'll never forget though when she was about to leave - she handed me a box. You guessed it, a willow tree figurine. It's called Close to Me, a gift that brought me to tears, and that still sits proudly on my bookshelf even now: in my sophomore year of college.

A few years later - my mom was physically abused by my father. It tore our family apart - it's a ridiculously long story - but all I'll say is that it was a hard time for all of us and I remember distinctly the day my mom quietly put away the willow tree figurine with my dad in it...leaving only my sister's and mine lonely on our mantle.

My mom is the most incredibly selfless and strong person - and such an amazing single mom. This isn't really my story honestly, it's more the story of a woman who learned how to stand on her own and support two daughters who will never really be able to repay her.

My mom and my little sister will be moving into the first home they've ever lived in without my dad sometime this summer - and with Mother's Day coming up, and knowing I wanted to get her something meaningful, something to show our smaller family in a positive way...I thought this could be an incredible way of making this new home a little brighter and stronger. A willow tree family would be an incredible way to do that, and I would love to see our family back up on the mantle again where it belongs. I love your pieces - but if I'm being honest I was hoping to ask for a more personalized piece - with a mother and two daughters attached - because I miss the way our family looked all together on the mantle...and I know my mom does too. I'm more than willing to pay for it or pay extra for it. I realize it's a lot to ask, and even though it's a long shot, I hope you understand why I have to at least try.

No matter what, your beautiful pieces always made our home a brighter place, and I wanted to share that with you.

Thank you.

-Beth

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Prayer of Peace

Submitted by Stephanie in Alberta, Canada, April 2017

My Mother passed away on March 6, 2017. Earlier in 2016, doctors discovered a spot on her kidney. The decision was to remove her kidney as it was revealed to be cancer. The doctor was confident that this would be the answer. My dear, beautiful assured me that everything was going to be okay. She and my Dad trusted the doctors and so did I. The surgery (January 2017) was a success, the doctor confirmed it was cancer, and they had removed it all. Over a week later, some health concerns started appearing. There were tests being done to find the root cause. With diligence and care of the doctors and nurses, weeks went by and test results came back, some inconclusive. On February 21, a petscan was done and on March 2, the results came back and it was conclusive that my Mom had two aggressive and rare forms of kidney cancer. It had been in her bones, but was hiding prior to/following the surgery - until the petscan. Following the surgery, the cancer had metastasized and from January - March 2017, it had progressed into her spine. My Mom was at stage 4 in only a matter of 2 months and was given months to live. She told my sister and me that it was going to be quick and she did not have much time. A day and a half after her diagnosis, the cancer moved from her spine to her lungs. My beautiful and vivacious Mom did pass away on March 6, 2017. After 4 short days, she passed quickly. Our lives are forever changed and the journey is full of tears, beautiful memories and bursting love for a Wife, Mother and Friend.
My Mom loved Willow Tree Angels and she has so many in their home. I would buy Mom one each Christmas. With Mothers' Day approaching, I will honor my beautiful mother. I bought the Prayer of Peace Angel as the loss of my mother in such a short period of time has been the most challenging time in my life. There are so many beautiful Mother Daughter pieces that I will add to my (at this time small) collection. Thank you for your beautiful collection. Love be with you - always. Stephanie

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Kindness (girl, darker skin tone and hair color)

Submitted by Kate in Ohio, April 2017

I found this at a local Hallmark and I had to have it. I adopted a Ragdoll cat from the shelter about 5 or so years ago and named her Annie. Annie was my best friend and I absolutely loved her. She got sick last year and passed away. I have never really gotten over her death, and when I saw this I instantly thought of her and our bond.

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The Guardian

Submitted by Autumn in Somerset, Pa, April 2017

I was given my first Willow tree Angel after losing my baby girl during my first pregnancy! My heart was completely broken and my world was shattered. The angel I was given was the the Guardian with a card that read I now had my own guardian angel! It was so thoughtful but so heart breaking as I looked at this figurine holding a baby I longed to have! It sounded so insane not being able to look at this thoughtful gift for that reason! It meant so much to me and now I have it somewhere special in my house!

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Spirited Child and inquisitive Child

Submitted by Tracy R Barber in Georgia, April 2017

I received two Willow Tree pieces today from my dear friend Patti. The pieces are so beautifully sculptured and I have decided to start a collection to place in my office. My idea is to mark my momentous occasions and milestones with a figurine.

Thank you Willow Tree for such beautiful work, and Thanks Patti for the gift.

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Angel of Mine

Submitted by Misty in New Mexico, April 2017

My husband and I delivered our first baby in 2010. Alyssa Marie was loved and wanted more than anything. We found out at 20 weeks that her kidneys were bad. She was stillborn at 32 weeks. It was devastating but holding my little girl in the hospital was special and important. A good friend bought me this willow tree the following Mother's Day. He said I would always be a mother whether she was in my arms or not. I will never forget it.

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Beautiful Wishes

Submitted by Sahar in İran, April 2017

Today, my boyfriend got this beautiful gift for me. Because he knows i love flowers. He is so kind and lovely. İ love him

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Together, Promise,We are three, Angel of Mine, New Dad

Submitted by Dyane Jean in London, England, April 2017

I first fell in love with Willow Tree figurines in February 2013 when I got engaged and the Together figurine completely captured the sense of love and intimacy between my fiancé and me. I bought myself the Promise figurine to top our wedding cake in July 2014, and the We Are Three in August 2015 when our daughter was born. My husband knows how much I love every one of your pieces, so for every Birthday, Mothers Day and Christmas since I've received a different one. My collection is at 12 so far and I love how these figurines map my life and family relationships.

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Father and Daughter

Submitted by Ann in Chester, April 2017

My Dad lost me to adoption more than 40 years ago. I found him recently, made contact and we have been rebuilding our father-daughter relationship since. It's intensely bittersweet; the profound joy of reunion is matched by the realisation of all we lost, for no good reason. We were out shopping recently and as soon as Dad saw this piece, he wanted to give it to me as a gift. It now sits by my desk and every day I'm reminded that Dad loved me, missed me and thought of me for every one of those 15,420 days we were apart. We won't ever get back the time we lost but we will treasure the time we have, however long that may be.

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Close To Me

Submitted by Joann Kay in Leeds, United Kingdom, April 2017

I purchased Close to Me after I lost my Mum in October 2015. I have several other Willow Trees that all have sentimental value. I love that each piece has its own special meaning. When I look after my Close to Me it reminds me how much my Mum loved me and how much I love her and while I am unable to hold her in my arms, I hold her in my heart and memory and this piece is a lovely reminder of that. Thank you Susan.

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Promise

Submitted by Christopher in Wadsworth, Illinois, April 2017

When I stumbled across my first Willow Tree sculpture, It knocked me on my heels. I was trying to figure out how to share a feeling that a card or my tongue twisted ways would not suffice. We are blessed without need for more "stuff", so special occasions are spent on travel, handwritten love notes and from me - a Willow Tree. Heather now has over a dozen and people always comment on how much those simple sculptures look like us. I can see God in your work. Thank you. Chris

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Generations

Submitted by Tammy lannon in pei Canada, April 2017

It all started with a lady of Eva Ellen who was 16and married Raymond and had a daughter Elsie Marie who married John and had a daughter on April 8,1952 Nora Eva and at the age of 16 had a daughter Tammy Lee on June 4,1968 who got married to Joe on on December 14,1969 0n November 27,1984 at the age of 16 Tammy had a daughter Melissa Agnes and married Harold on july12,1985. We all were 16 and had a female; that's my story.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Julia Norton in Arizona, April 2017

My dear friend Norma gave me the beautiful Angel of Friendship that is hugging a dog. Well, how appropriate for that because Norma has our morning coffee stop that the group has nick-named "Norma's Canine Coffee Club".
She is such a blessing to have as a friend and a blessing to open her home/patio to a large group for morning coffee and puppy socializing.
Thank you Norma!!!

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Around You

Submitted by Missy in Princeton, WV, April 2017

My husband and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. The piece, Around You, is the one he surprised me with as a gift. Though it speaks of "young love", it tells our own story perfectly. Though together for literally decades, our love has not diminished in the least. It has grown deeper. We are united in thought and in heart.

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Courage

Submitted by Sonja LeVan in Sch Haven, Pa. 17972, April 2017

My family has been destroyed by cancer. My mother, Dad, brother and sister have all died from cancer and another sister survived Myself have survived 4 bouts of cancer and I am looking for a piece that would express our battle and survival with cancer!

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Close to me

Submitted by Wanda in Baltimore, April 2017

I lost my mother about a week ago. I am very sad. Mom and I were always very close but since she passed I have not felt her around. I immediately felt my dad around. Today my husband got me out of the house. We were walking around an outside mall just to get some fresh air. I went by a store window very fast and told my husband to stop something was calling to me. I looked at the statues and saw this one immediately I read the words close to me "Apart or together, always close to me". I knew it was my mommy letting me know she is still with me. When we got to the car and I took out the card and saw the name Willow Tree it confirmed it. My mom always told me that when I go thru hard times. I am like a Willow Tree I am flexible and bend during stormy times. I have it next to my bed so I know she is near. I have never collected statues like this before but I will treasure this forever.

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Father and Daughter

Submitted by Duane in Covington, GA, April 2017

On April 15, 2017, my doorbell rang and UPS delivered a box. Inside I found the Father and Daughter figure. Opening the box, seeing it, and reading the about the figure brought a tear to my eye. This was the first I had ever seen or heard of Willowtree. It won't be the last.

To receive something so incredibly touching from my daughter, who is hard at work in law school but made the time to seek out such am amazing birthday gift for her dad... This was the absolute perfect gift to help me hold on to "my little girl" as I watch her grown into an amazing young lady. I will hold on to this memory forever.

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My sister, my friend

Submitted by Dawn Wells in New Zealand, April 2017

I may have been a thorn in her side growing up, with me being 7 years younger. My sister Jen has always been there for me during the highs and lows. She never tried to stop or discourage me and my family when we decided to move to the other side of the world. Jen is always be in my thoughts and in my heart. We are now in our 50s/60s and nothing has changed. Love you little big sister. XX

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Amy in Panama City, Florida, April 2017

I got my Angel of Friendship today as a birthday gift.
I lost my best friend, Sugar, on March 7th, 2017 after having her for 13 and a half years. I will cherish my Willow Tree piece as a memory of my sweet puppy.
Thank you so very much for making something so very special.

Sincerely,
Amy

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Angel of Healing

Submitted by Kathryn Heard in North Wales, April 2017

My beautiful daughter tragically passed away aged just 17 in July last year. My dear friend gave me the beautiful 'Angel of Healing,' and when some days seem unbearable I look at her and feel my daughter is with me.It gives me some comfort and the strength to carry on 💜 xxx

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Grace Fanning in Easton, Md, April 2017

I'm sitting here thinking about my mom right now. It''s 1:36 AM as i'm typing this, and it's only a few short hours away from losing something precious. I feel sorry for my mom. Our family dog Charlotte has been in congestive heart failure for a year and a half now. Every time she has a bad day, she seems to have 3 good ones. I'll tell you, this dog has nine lives. Speaking of nine lives, she is 9 years old.
Our family has always been animal lovers, but specifically dogs. On Christmas day of 2016 my aunt had given me "The Angel of Friendship" piece. From the first time I saw it I loved it. It meant something to me, just because I knew someone recognized what dogs mean to me.
So now we go back to earlier today (technically yesterday) April 14, 2017
I was lying on my couch watching Long Island Medium. If you have ever seen that show it is about a lady named Theresa Cuputo who can speak to souls that have come forward to speak to family members, friends, and loved ones.
This one specifically had to do with a guy who had 3 dogs. He has always wondered if dogs go to heaven. This immediately got my attention because I had always wondered, and hoped the same thing.
This guy's dad told told him his dogs were there with him. They were okay.
As i continued to watch the show they were talking about receiving signs from loved ones who are no longer with us. I was really hoping for some sort of sign. Especially right now. Maybe I felt like it was confirmation.
Well, just not too long ago I came home. I did my usual routine, and got ready for bed. For some reason, i decided to look through this bag that I hadn't really looked through completely since around December - January.
I had picked up the "Angel of Friendship" piece with the letter that states
"I hope this piece has personal meaning just for you... a little reminder... a reflection...a gesture that marks a memory."
I had been thinking about Charlotte all day. I posted a photo asking for prayers. I thought about all the memories we shared. The ones that stood out to me the most were the ones from when I was in middle school, i'm 19 now.
Charlotte touched so many people. All my friends knew Charlotte. They knew our dogs were family.
I guess what i'm thankful for is the touching things in life. Death really is beautiful. Living is beautiful. I never thought I would say something like that. But as I'm sitting here right now, typing this, I'm not sad. I'm happy.
Life is bittersweet.
Thank you for this piece. It made me look at life, and not only mine, but an animal's life, completely different.
Charlotte, Here's to you.

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Beautiful Wishes

Submitted by kim smith in Warrington, April 2017

It's my nana's 90th birthday tomorrow so wanted to buy her something special and fitting for her special birthday. I came across your work in a little boutique shop. I picked the Beautiful Wishes piece, and I can't wait for her to open it
Thankyou for creating this.
Regards,
Kim

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Several

Submitted by Pat in Virginia, April 2017

Every piece I has a special meaning.
FREE SPIRIT was my first piece, given to me by a dear friend who lives in England.
LOVING ANGEL was a gift from my English friend because roses are very very special to her and she wanted to bless me with the same.
ANGEL OF FRIENDSHIP was sent to me also by my English friend after I found my precious little Miniature Schnauzer, Skye. When I found Skye, I hugged her exactly like this beautiful piece.
PROMISE was given to me by my husband for Valentine's Day this year. He had no idea that it's a great anniversary gift too. Our 40th Wedding Anniversary is tomorrow, 4/15.
MY SISTER MY FRIEND was given to me last week for my birthday.
BIRTHDAY GIRL was given to me by my 88 year old father who still introduces me as his "baby". (I'm 58 years old!)
I LOVE Willow Tree figurines.

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Courage

Submitted by Meghan in Richmond, KY, April 2017

This statue and I have been through more than I believed at first. My godmother bought it for me my senior year of high school. She said the arms raised high above the angel's head reminded her of me, always ready to take the next step and doing it with everything I have until it's time to move on. I placed it on my mirror, a little piece of her with me. When I packed to go 500 miles away from the place I called home, practically splitting the difference from "home" to my godmother, my Willow Tree came with me. I placed it in my small dorm room where I saw it right when I got up, to remind me everything I do is one step closer to where I want to be, and that I had to give it all I had.

Fast forward one semester, two roommate issues, and finals week. I relied on that statue more and more. Late one night my roommate was banging around and slammed the dresser draw too hard on our unit, and crashing down goes my willow tree. I got out of bed to asses the damage to find it shattered as well as every ounce of courage and inspiration left in me. I texted my mom in tears, hoping if I brought it home she could glue it back together, save it, somehow.

Fast forward once again to shortly into the second semester. Midterms had just passed and my mom says to check the mail soon, my Willow Tree would be coming shortly. I got the package, shortly after feeling like I failed a test, and found the statue, new. The small act completed by my mom to instead of piecing it back together, could tell how broken I was about it, renewed my Courage in myself, my look on the future, and my hope for my career.

This little statue has made me feel closer to the godmother I see every almost every two years, brought faith in my future, courage in each step I take, and reminds me that anything is possible. I never expected that in the beginning, but am glad for it now.

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Always Mom & Me

Submitted by Sylvia Viera-Keshwar in NY, April 2017

My story is not a funny one but, never the less it is a story.
When my parents found out that they were pregnant with me, they were elated. That elation was short lived when my dad passed away from a car accident. My mother never remarried, & dedicated her life to raising me right & with double the love. This is the reason why I have chosen the
pieces I've ordered; to give my mom the honor, respect & tribute she deserves.
From day one it was " close to me & for always".
Thank you so much!!!!

Sylvia

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Willow Just for you 26166

Submitted by Arllyn Polanco in Harrison, NJ, April 2017

I was fortunate to work temporarily in Brunswick, GA. for about 10 months. The weather was spectacular, and the people I worked with were great. I especially want to thank Ms. V., the person in charge, the "boss" for making my experience there a great one! She welcomed me with open arms from day one, always lead me in the right direction, always made sure I was doing well. At the end of my stay there, she presented me with the most beautiful gift! This "just for you" angel holding up a "thank you" sign. It was so very nice of her to present me with such a meaningful token of her appreciation! I am the one that should thank HER for all of her thoughtfulness, care, and consideration! I appreciate her kind gesture, and I will treasure this piece wholeheartedly. Thank you Ms. V!

Arllyn

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Father & Daughter

Submitted by Professor Colin Pritchard in Southampton, April 2017

For my 80th birthday my daughter brought me the Father & Daughter sculpture which epitomised that time when Dad was in his prime and his daughter - at around 8/9 thought Dad ok; of course it doesn't last into teenage years, when dad's appear to embarrass daughters but your piece brought back those wonderful years of mutual innocence when time seemed to stand still and now, when my daughter is herself a parent, she has given me my best titles, Dad and Grand Dad, as your piece triggered life-time memories of yesterdays that seemed just around the corner though 40 years have moved on.
Thank you.

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Angel of caring

Submitted by Darlene MacDonald in St. Stephen, New Brunswick Canada, April 2017

She was a beautiful, loving and caring woman and today April 10th was her special day. I have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet and enjoy a friendship with a one of a kind beautiful soul. Today I received the Angel of Caring from her very special family in celebration of her birthday. Although she is no longer here on earth with us, she will always be in our hearts. I cherish this token of kindness as a reminder of the many wonderful stories, lessons and celebrations I had with this loving and caring family.
The message that came with this beautiful figurine says "I hope this piece has personal meaning just for you...a little reminder...a reflection...a gesture that marks a memory" That it has. Thank you to all of her family.

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Hero

Submitted by Gregory in Moline, IL, April 2017

I wanted this piece because I am an American, but I wanted it mainly because I support this country that we call The United States of America. My father served for this country as well as my grandfather, and I have served for this country because I believe in what this country stands for no matter who or what is in charge of it. I will defend this country no matter how old or sick I get and until the day that I die. I also support the men and women of law enforcement who protect the laws of the land, and this piece is the most precious piece I have ever owned. I thank my husband for gifting it to me this year on our 2nd wedding anniversary.

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2017 Ornament

Submitted by Maggie in Connecticut, April 2017

I had a Miniature Pincher, named Caesar, for 15 years. Two weeks after his 15 birthday, he was diagnosed with cancer. A couple of days ago he passed away. I am devasted but this angel of comfort was brought me some peace. Maggie and Caesar <3

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Forget-Me-Not

Submitted by Christine Clinton in Toms River, New Jersey, April 2017

I received the Willow Tree Forget-Me-Not on March 23rd, 2017 at a gala that I attended. A very dear friend of mine gave me the beautiful figurine, and one week later, on March 30th, I had her blessed by another dear friend. I really love my Forget-Me-Not figurine that I received, and I have her on my night table so she is always very close to me. This figurine is so very precious to me, and equally so very special to me; because of the meaning, and significance behind the thoughtfulness of my very dear friend who gave her to me. I love this figurine, and my very dear friend, so very much. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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Angel of Comfort

Submitted by Sandy in Hamburg, NY, April 2017

I chose Peanut (Beagle mix) at the SPCA because even though the sign said "I Just Had Surgery," she was so cute ,and when she trotted off,her hind legs looked like chicken drumsticks. Something in me wanted her. We brought her home in January 2009. She was approx 3 - 5 yrs. old. Today, 4/6/2017, I had to make the very difficult decision. She was diagnosed with CHF in Jan of 2016 and was quite chubby (40lbs). Last Thursday, she twisted her left knee going down the few steps outside. We took her in Friday, and because of her weight and heart issues, surgery was not an option. She was to have limited movement for 8 weeks. I was fully prepared to carry her to go potty. I never thought twice about it. Yesterday, when I brought her back inside and petted her, I noticed the middle of her back was damp. I talked to her vet today and she asked if I could bring her in. Unfortunately, Peanut had developed a horrible skin infection. The vet believed it was caused by all of her medications. She was in pain. Being 11 or possibly 13, with all her issues, things can happen. I was there to say goodbye. She was so calm and peaceful, like she fell asleep. We gave her a home for 8 years and I hope she knows how much she was loved. RIP my sweet Peanut! I will never forget you!

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Father and Daughter

Submitted by Mandy lamb in London, April 2017

I lost my dad in 2006; my mum got this pieice for me not long after he died for me because my dad and I had a special bond that only a father and daughter have. Every time I look at this I am reminded just what a bond we had and just how much I still miss him every day.

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#27180 Always

Submitted by Carolyn Muldoon in Australia, April 2017

My husband passed away five months ago and i wanted a beautiful piece to sit with a collection of photos and momentos that reminds me that he is always with me. I saw this figurine and instantly knew it was perfect.

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With affection

Submitted by Lisa Dodd in Mississippi, April 2017

My cat, Tiger Kitty lived 16 and a half years. I thought I would have my best buddy forever. He passed away Feb 14th. 2017. I ordered this sweet piece the day he went to heaven. It is perfect, I love it. It arrived in the mail the same day his cremation was complete. That precious angel holding the kitty, sits on top of Tiger's beautiful wooden box on a shelf next to the TV. I can look at it all the time and am reminded how grateful I am to have had him. I miss him so very much. Thank you Willow Tree for your special angels. I also have a few others as well. LIsa

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New Dad

Submitted by Lidia in FLORIDA, April 2017

My son just became a dad. He was not able to be at the birth of his child because he is serving in the military. He is still deployed and will not get to hold this precious gift from God yet. I am sending this to the military base as a birthday gift and as a gift for becoming a new dad. Thank you for creating such a memorable figure.
Lidia

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Quiet Strength Memory Box

Submitted by Sarah in SC, April 2017

Last Monday I had to have my first horse laid to rest. She and I were best friends. Many don't understand the meaning she had in my life. A very dear friend who does know gifted me this box. The sentiment behind the box and everything about it is perfect. Thank you for creating such a piece.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Denise in Dacula GA, April 2017

My sister, who lives in PA, sent this piece to me in a gift box with instructions that I can't open until my "chemo day." She knew the chemo is getting more difficult as I go along - it's been 4 months of it by now. When I opened the box that morning and I saw the angel holding a little brown dog, I knew why she'd picked this piece. Everyone loves my little dog Molly, who is just a special little old lady. My sister loves her too and knew this was the perfect angel for me. This chemo round was one of the best ones I'd had in a LONG time and I chalk it up to the prayer that came from friends, church family and blood family, like my sister LISA who so sweetly sent me this angel.

Thank you,
Denise

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couple

Submitted by RAMIRO BARRIOS CESPEDE in Ile-de-France, April 2017

I was serving at the french foreign army, and I was sent to Afghanistan.

During this time I found at the church af the military deploiment in Thora Afganistan one magazine (famille cretienne).

There I found a photo of one of your beautiful statues and I sent the image to my girlfriend,

Months after we got married, and the image was the main image of our wedding.

This is my best souvenir

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Kindness(boy)

Submitted by Peggy Bell in South Jordan Utah, April 2017

My oldest daughter gave me this piece for my birthday. Over three years ago I lost my oldest son to suicide. He was a loving son that struggled with depression and addiction. He loved animals, especially his dogs. This piece will always mean a lot to me, especially that my daughter gave it to me.

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