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.

With affection

Submitted by Joan Falshaw in Flintshire, January 2017

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

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Heart of Gold

Submitted by Tara Sprott in QLD, January 2017

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

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35 pieces

Submitted by Teresa hawco in Ontarioi, January 2017

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

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All of them

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

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

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Serenity

Submitted by Joannie in Omaha Nebraska, January 2017

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

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Healing

Submitted by Peggy Ann Lashuay in Michigan, January 2017

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

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For alwaya

Submitted by Melissa Keefer in Boardman Oregon, January 2017

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

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Grandmother

Submitted by Linda Suffy in NJ, January 2017

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

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Angel of the Kitchen

Submitted by Kae Lacy in Virginia, January 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Donna Beer in Pittsburgh Pa, January 2017

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

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Father and daughter

Submitted by Will in Southampton, January 2017

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

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Angel of Hope

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

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

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Miss you

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

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

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

What an absolutely beautiful gift to receive .

Thank you x

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Nuture

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

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

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Generations

Submitted by Karen Bradley in England, January 2017

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

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

Thanks for taking time to read.

Thanks again Karen

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Sisters by Heart

Submitted by Cindy in Brookville, January 2017

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

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Together

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

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

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Quiet Strength Memory Box

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

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

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Happiness

Submitted by Rianne in Zeist- the Netherlands, January 2017

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

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Just for You

Submitted by Michele in Maryland, January 2017

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

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Soar

Submitted by Philippa in York, January 2017

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

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Thinking of You

Submitted by Ruth in Newnan, GA, January 2017

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

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Angel of mine

Submitted by Brenda Anderson in California, January 2017

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

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

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

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

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Farther and daughter. Mother and sons

Submitted by Rachel Webster in Derbyshire, January 2017

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

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Keepsake

Submitted by Elena in Finland, January 2017

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

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Bright Star &Angel of Harmony

Submitted by Carol Fish in CA, January 2017

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

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Friendship

Submitted by Karen in OHIO, December 2016

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

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Nativity

Submitted by Edward Burns in Scotland, December 2016

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

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

Such beauty!

Such reverence!

Such a heartfelt labour of love!

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

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

...so very very glad!

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sunshine

Submitted by Stephanie in Idaho, December 2016

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

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Cherish

Submitted by Katherine Martin in Jackson MS, December 2016

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

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Guardian

Submitted by Richelle Platt in Tampa, Florida, December 2016

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

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A tree, a prayer musical

Submitted by Jane in Ohio, December 2016

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

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

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

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

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With Affection

Submitted by Victoria Smith in Reno, NV, December 2016

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

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

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

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

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Nativity

Submitted by Jen in MN, December 2016

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

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Friendship Ornament

Submitted by mariagrazia in Bisceglie (Bari), December 2016

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

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Kindness

Submitted by Tina Obrecht in PA, December 2016

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

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Hero

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

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

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Forget Me Not

Submitted by Kim Chapin in MI, December 2016

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

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By my side

Submitted by Rhonda Ferguson in West Virginia, December 2016

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

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

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Musical Song of Joy

Submitted by Joy Meech in Ontario, December 2016

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

Joy

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Anniversary and Promise

Submitted by Judith in UK, December 2016

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

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Angel of Prayer

Submitted by Michelle in Wichita, KS, December 2016

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

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Promise

Submitted by Tracy Johnson in Beaverton, OR, December 2016

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

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Zampognaro #27183

Submitted by Judy Frett in New Jersey, December 2016

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

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Angel of comfort

Submitted by Lani in Iowa, December 2016

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

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Remembrance Ornament

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

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

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Quietly

Submitted by Diana in Grand Rapids, MI, December 2016

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

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Mother and son

Submitted by Ana in West virginia, December 2016

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

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Around You

Submitted by marie griffiths in doncaster, December 2016

I bought this piece for my husband's 40th in September. We spent the weekend in Bridlington. It was lovely, a lovely meaning for a special occasion. Last year my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He battled on but in the last 3months you could see it was progressing so he was unable to do any Christmas shopping for me. So he asked my daughter with a few ideas. Sadly my husband passed away 23rd December this year. The hardest thing I did Christmas morning was to open my presents and one of the presents was a willow tree figure named TOGETHER which I will treasure always so when I look at it I will always remember my bestie / my husband. Thank You

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Angel of freedom

Submitted by Melinda Krajca in Wichita Falls, Texas 76309, December 2016

My adult son became very ill. It was found he had a non-cancerous brain tumor. He was flown to Zale-Lipshy hospital in Dallas. I would sit on the balcony outside the hospital waiting room and pray for him. As I looked around the area toward Love Field, I thought there was so many concrete building...I felt alone and my surrounding felt very cold. There were a few green bushes on the patio. One day during my prayer time a bunch of Monarch Butterflies started landing on the green bushes. As I watched, I remembered teaching my second grade class about these beautiful butterflies imgrating to Mexico. I remember thinking ...if God can get those butterflies to Mexico, God can take care of my son. That has been eight years ago. My son and I have a special bond with these butterflies. This Willowtree angel holding this butterfly reminds me if God can take care of these beautiful butterflies we are just as important to Him.

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Angel of Caring

Submitted by Angie Sward in Tasmania (Australia), December 2016

My beautiful Step Daughter gave me Angel of Caring for Christmas 2016. When I read the tag of Angel of Caring, I cried. The relationship I have with my step daughter is very special, I might not of given birth to her but she is my daughter, receiving my angel meant how special our relationship is. 💜

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Mi Casa

Submitted by Angie in Chocowinity, NC, December 2016

"Mi Casa" was a Christmas gift from my 17 year old daughter. Almost four years ago after her dad and I separated, she and I found ourselves without the only home she had known. We moved from place to place with family and ended up in a barn behind my parents home. This year has been unbelievable. With the help of my parents and a friend sent from God himself, we built a tiny 600 sq ft home... Much smaller than what we were accustomed to but it was ours. After only being in our new home 7 months, Hurricane Matthew forced us to have to evacuate leaving 18 inches of water inside. Once again we packed and moved in with our gift from God, my dear friend. Day after day, she, my mama and daddy and the kindest giving man from church came and rebuilt our home. We were able to move back in just before Thanksgiving.

"Mi Casa" was a perfect gift given with much thought and genuine love from my treasured child. She will be cherished for many years to come and always remind me of where we've been and how far we've come.

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Angel of Hope

Submitted by Lucille Huffman in Centreville Va, December 2016

My story start Dec 13,2016 . My mother had a heart attack. She had a triple by-pass at Duke University N.C.
Some complications. She is still in the hospital but getting stronger. For this Christmas My Son Eddie gave me
Angel of Hope. A strong reminder to never give up "Hope ".


Thank You
Lucille

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Close to me

Submitted by Jennifer Kahney in Maryland, December 2016

My daughter Lauren age 23, passed away on July 31, 2016.

My mother-in-law gave this to me for Christmas.

Thank you so much for this inspiring figurine.

I have my daughter close to me every day.

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Grandfather

Submitted by Joe Malveira in Walpole, Ma., December 2016

The Grandfather figure is perfect!
My son and daughter in law were expecting their first child and lost him at six months due to complications.
A baby boy, my grandson, the only boy in the family that would carry on our name. I needed something to have forever to erase the sadness. I found exactly what I needed with your figure. A faceless, nameless child I will never know, with his grandfather.
A child I will love forever.
All I wanted to do was travel 3,000 miles to the west coast and see and hold him when he was born.
So many dreams and thoughts that will never happen.

I love you baby grandson!!
Today, I have this figure under my Christmas tree, and will forever be close by.

Love,
Papa Joe

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Angel of Hope

Submitted by Karen in PA, December 2016

My co-worker gifted me this tree ornament. She has been my best cheerleader and is always there when I need her. Angel of hope ornament will always remind me of my real life angel!

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Surrounded by love

Submitted by Elisa Loveland in Ravenna Ohio, December 2016

My mum passed away June 7th 2016. She loved to be in her garden.... And loved her flowers. So when I was looking for something that would remind me of her and sit next to her picture and the fresh flowers I have been putting out since I got home from England after her funeral service.... I thought this piece would be perfect, but with the hussle and bussel of the holidays I forgot to get it for myself... I had mentioned to my husband about wanting it and forgot that I had told him. So when it was time to open our Christmas gifts... (Christmas eve) also our anniversary, this piece was one of my gifts.... Needless to say that I hugged it and cried.... I am very sure that I will be an owner of more pieces from your collection... Thank you Elisa .

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Close to me

Submitted by Trish Rose in Derbyshire, December 2016

Hi just opened my Christmas present from my Daughter and to my surprise I received a Willowtree piece it is beautiful but shead a tear or two as I have just lost my Mother but on a happy note will always look at it and remember this christmas and cherish the love of my Family Thank you xx Trish

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By my Side

Submitted by Kathy Thorsby in Michigan, December 2016

The piece of three women have always caught my eye. This piece in particular reminds me of me and my two sisters, my 3 daughters, and my three grand daughters. There is so much love when we are all together. This piece reminds me of that power of love.

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Starlight Tree Topper

Submitted by Diana Keller in Spotsylvania Virginia, December 2016

We saw this beautiful topper in the movie "The Christmas Spirit". My daughter fell in love with the movie and commented on how beautiful the topper was. My husband also commented on how beautiful and elegant the topper was. Since we didn't have a topper for our tree this year, and with two comments about that particular topper, I searched online and found it at our local Hallmark store. It is quite beautiful in person and we are very excited to add it to our Christmas tradition. My late mother in law had many Willow Tree figurines and this angel is a beautiful reminder of her.

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Anniversary

Submitted by Jeff Jones in Montana, December 2016

I met Susan 4yrs ago on phone dating app.
After she got done with school semester we met.On first meeting we instantly fell in love !!

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Sisters by Heart

Submitted by Jeni Roseman in Lehi, Utah, December 2016

My beautiful sister passed away on December 8th after fighting cancer for 15 months, she was my best friend and the strongest human being I have ever met. She bought this statue for me before she passed and told my mom to give it to me before Christmas if she wasn't here. I will forever cherish this beautiful statue and have it sitting on my shelf where I can see it every day. She may not be on this earth anymore but she will forever be in my heart.

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#26638 Quiet Strength Memory box

Submitted by Judy Vergara in Houston, December 2016

I got this beautiful box as a Christmas gift from my love. It is very special and meaningful to me bacause I love horses and he knew that I would totally love it...
I can relate to the girl hugging the horse because each time I see a horse I just want to hug them as they are amazing, beautiful and loyal creatures. I actually have several pictures with the same pose!
I will probably use this box to keep special jewelry and special things.
I love my gift, it is just perfect!
Thank you WillowTree for the beautiful design and thank you my dear love...
-Judy

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Keepsake

Submitted by Elizabeth in Pittsburgh, PA, December 2016

The four Willow Tree keepsakes that I have represent four of the most meaningful, significant moments in my life. This one my family gave to me before I left for a semester abroad 11 years ago! That's how long I've been into these and love them. It was on my dresser where I lived in England and is on my dresser today! I also gave this same one to my grandmother for Christmas one year but in addition to its "Kept Forever in the Heart" meaning, I also interpreted that one as "Heart of Gold." :)

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Angel of Freedom

Submitted by Elizabeth in Pittsburgh, PA, December 2016

The four Willow Tree keepsakes that I have represent four of the most meaningful, significant moments in my life (so far)!. This one I got from my parents before I started my new job a year ago after working somewhere else for a long time. It was a new beginning for me and an exciting time to be starting on a new journey! Love the butterfly symbolism.

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Thank You

Submitted by Fran Marotta in New York, December 2016

I am a Math Specialist that works with many different students per day. Yesterday, a wonderful, sweet, intelligent boy name Vincent (my brother's name) brought me the Thank You Willow tree gift! Besides the fact that this gift showed me how appreciative he was of all my help, it held a deeper meaning for me too! The woman is holding roses. Fifteen years ago, I lost my mother, Rose, and I just love seeing roses because I miss her so much! This was an added touch to an already beautiful gift. It made me smile bightly! I decided t tell him the special meaning for me behind the roses and he gave me a great big hug. WOW! My month was made! Thank you Vincent Stallone for this very, very SPECIAL gift! XOXO Ms. Marotta 2016

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Forget-me-not

Submitted by Rhapsody Dove in Ohio, December 2016

I received this Forget Me Not figurine as a Christmas gift from a close friend of mine. He gave this to me as a reminder to always remember him, even if we go our separate ways. I will forever treasure this little figure, and I will never forget my friend. Thank you Willow Tree and Susan Lordi for creating masterpieces that mean so much to everyone.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Elizabeth in Pittsburgh, PA, December 2016

The four Willow Tree keepsakes that I have represent four of the most meaningful, significant moments in my life. This one is for my childhood dog who passed away at the age of 15 in 2010. I got this after she died in memory of her and keep it on my dresser. Love it so much! She wasn't small enough that you hold like that though ;)

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many!

Submitted by Jennifer in Wisconsin, December 2016

Hi! I was browsing my local Hallmark Store for my Nieces/God-Daughter's 1st birthday, and was looking for something meaningful to give her on her birthday and Christmas as a God-Mother...I came to the Willow Tree display and fell in LOVE with them! I have started to collect the Nativity for her so that I can gift her that when she gets married some day! These are great treasure for her as she gets older knowing that her Aunt/God Mother picked these for her on those occasions!

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Happiness (Girl with birds on outstretched arms)

Submitted by Phyllis DeVos in Caledonia, MI, December 2016

My daughter saw my WillowTree figurine one night and used it as a model to draw in a art app on my ipad. She's always doodling, so I didn't think much of it. About a month later, a good friend shared with me that her niece found out she and her husband were expecting a baby girl (their first) but that they'd also received news that the baby had Trisomy 13, a diagnosis that meant the baby would most likely not survive through the pregnancy. If it did, it may have many challenges and it’s life would probably be very short. It was devastating news and my friend asked me to pray for the family and that small baby girl. Of course, I did. It was the following week I got the news that they had decided to name the baby "Faith" and were turning down the option of abortion. I was so touched and seeing as I had a bracelet that said Faith, I committed to wearing it nonstop until she was born, as a reminder to pray at all times of the day. My friend knew how much I cared, and shared it with the couple and even though I had never met them, when they decided to go a step further and actually have a baby dedication (before she was even born) I was invited to attend, along with the family and friends. It was only a few days before the dedication that I happened to be scrolling though my photos in my ipad, looking for something, that I came across the drawing my daughter had done. It was of the WillowTree figurine, but she had added the name "Faith" across the front! I instantly had goosebumps and knew it was encouragement from above for us all. I used the design to make a card and brought it to the dedication to give to the family. In it I explained the significance. Weeks went by and we all prayed and as I looked at that figurine and read Faith's dad's blog about their journey with her, I was so blessed to see the way this little girl's life was touching so many before she was even born and the inspiring faith of her parents! When I got the news her mother had finally gone into labor, I prayed like never before, at some points clutching the little figurine as it felt so meaningful. It turns out that Faith was born with no heartbeat, but the christian doctor prayed over her and asked God to give her parents some time with her and her little heart miraculously started. They were able to hold their precious baby girl for over 45 minutes and take pictures with her before she entered heaven. Some may think this was a tragic story, but it was actually one of such blessing. I placed my faith bracelet around the figurine and wrapped it as a gift to them at her funeral as it was so obvious they were supposed to have it. I had lost the tag that goes with it long ago, but just yesterday I was in a Hallmark store and bought another one for us, as we'll always remember Faith's journey. It was then I saw the tag and was again, blessed. It read "Happiness... FREE to sing, laugh, dance... create!" and one more time I got goosebumps as I know she is indeed now FREE to sing, laugh, dance and create up in heaven. Thank you for designing something that God used to become such a meaningful part of the journey of a beautiful little life!

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Promise

Submitted by Lisa Bradshaw in Ut, December 2016

It is Dec. 19th, my 30 year wedding anniversary. Last year at this time I was in the hospital and spent nearly 2 months there fighting for my life. My husband was right by my side and gave me encouragement and hope. I have intestinal problems and this is my third time in the hospital since we've been married. Not fun! My husband has always slept in a chair and taken over the nurses' jobs.

Before we were married I broke off our relationship several times. But he always remained my friend. He genuinely cared about me and even lined me up with a really nice guy he thought I would like. He fixed my car and even posed as my cousin once when I had another boy with me. He always just wanted my happiness. "The Promise" is a perfect depiction of his love and devotion to me over the years. He has always promised to be by me through thick and thin. I love him so much and this gift means a lot to me. Thank you for creating it!

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Forget-me-not

Submitted by Hayley in West yourlshire, December 2016

My mum passed away and I wanted something to stand between her photos. I was initially buying the one holding red flowers for love when spotted the forget me not which is a flower she loved so perfect. I'm so happy with this little figure and so cute.

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Angel Love

Submitted by Hayley in West Yorkshire, December 2016

This was my first one I bought. Going to be a nanna for the first time and so many complications so far with the pregnancy,I wanted something to stand with the scan picture of my daughter. The pose on this little figure is super cute and Angel of love such a meaning for my first grand child. So happy with it.

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Nativity Scene

Submitted by Linda Crabtree in Lebanon, OH, December 2016

Today our supervisor brought in a Christmas gift to me of the Nativity Scene. As I was hugging and thanking her I told her of my dear deceased friend would give me Willow Tree figurines for my birthday or holidays. The tears started to flow as I remembered my precious friend.
I have always loved your collections and have given many as gifts. They will always hold a special place in my heart that I want to share with others.
Thank you.

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Amazing Grace

Submitted by Patty Tucker in Virginia, December 2016

Momma got very sick and they gave her a few weeks to live, I went to gift shop in hospital and bought the first willow tree music box I ever saw, took it to momma and she love it and she laid in that bed and sang me the song never will I part with it I can still hear momma sing every time I play it I lose my momma this year May 30 2016 God bless and thank you

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Quiet Strength Memory Box

Submitted by Kimberly Reddick in High Point, NC, December 2016

We had Secret Santa at my work and my wonderful co-worker bought this for me. She remembered me telling her about my horse, Bones, who I lost April 8, 2016. He was my first horse after being away from horses for 20+ years. Of course it brought me to tears instantly. It is a beautiful Memory Box and I will always cherish it.

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Forget-me-not

Submitted by Sheila McAvoy in Coventry UK, December 2016

When my beautiful daughter, Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer last year I bought her 'Surrounded by Love' as she definitely was. She had all the treatment possible and celebrated her 40th birthday in February this year. Sadly, the cancer returned with a vengeance and Helen spent only a week in hospital before she died on 24 November, just two days after her baby daughter, Meg who was a total surprise. Helen will always be in my heart but I wanted something to see every day that would say that she was close. So I chose Forget-me-not, which is so lovely, just like she was. Christmas was Helen's favourite time of year and this one will be particularly hard to get through. But I hope she is at peace now with her little girl.

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Angel of Healing

Submitted by Lisa in Houston, Texas, December 2016

After going through a miscarriage, I found out my uterus has a mullerian anomaly - a birth defect that carries a 75% miscarriage risk. Before I could try for another baby, I had to undergo surgery to repair my uterus. Getting the surgery was a long and scary process for me, and I struggled with the image of my body, feeling as if it were broken and my uterus was a place of death. However, after my final ultrasound, the doctor confirmed that the surgery had corrected my defect, and I was cleared to try for another baby. Yay! My husband and I went into the hospital gift shop to buy a small souvenir to celebrate the good news. The Willowtree display caught my eye, and I picked one out, and purchased it. Only later did I read the box and found out I'd chosen the Angle of Healing. It was perfect. :)

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My sister, my friend

Submitted by deserae jackson in WI, December 2016

My sister and I have not always had the best of relationships, we are 13 years different in age(I'm the baby), raised in completely different households and I was a wild child while she was cool, calm and collected. At times we went weeks or months with out speaking. Fast forward 6 years, I've done considerable growing up and she is now one of my greatest friends even across the long distance between us. While visiting her over thanksgiving I had mentioned how I'd love to have a willow tree collection to mark my milestones, and today her Christmas gift to me arrived and it was the my sister, my friend piece and I cried. Words can't express the meaning that this holds for me. She is my sister but also my friend

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Brother and sister (by your side)

Submitted by Weston christensen in Lehi Utah, December 2016

I don't even know where to start. I'll start at the beginning. In September of 2015 my sister Amy was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma. After 22 rounds of chemo and too many treatments of radiation to count on December 8th of 2016 my little sister at the age of 34 passed away surrounded by her family. Today December 18th I went to my mom's for dinner and to go see my sisters grave at the cemetery but before we went my mom brought down 2 presents one for me and my other sister. My mom said that Amy bought these presents months ago and if she passed away before Christmas she was to give us these presents before Christmas Day. So as I opened my present from my sister I started to cry knowing this was the last physical gift I would ever get from her. As soon as I saw the statue my heart melted. It is so beautiful and is a reminder to me from my sister that she will be with me every single day. Thank you for creating something that will mean the world to me for the rest of my life. It's so beautiful I will cherish it forever. Thank you Amy for my last gift I love you and miss you so much I can't wait to see you again. I love you Amy.

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You're the Best

Submitted by Kendra Brattain in Indiana, December 2016

I worked as an intern student teacher all semester in a first grade classroom. I fell in love with my students and I had a deep bond with my host teacher her, Mrs. Oehl. She got me this sweet angel, who is holding an apple, as a gift at the end of my semester with her. She told me she got it, not because of the apple, but rather because of the name of the angel, "You're the Best". This gift will go with me wherever I teach, right on my desk, as a sweet reminder of the best mentor I could have had, and my first class of sweet little first grade kiddos. This angel is a perfect reminder of why I do what I do, and also that if I stick with it someday I will be the best, just like Mrs. Oehl.

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Hero

Submitted by Ruth in Hernando, FL, US, December 2016

I lost my dad in June of this year. One of the final conversations I had with him was on Memorial Day. He served in the Pacific during WWII. I told him he would always be a hero to me and he replied, "no, I was a coward". My dad died 8 days later. He is and always will be my hero. I bought this figurinr and have it displayed next to his flag case. This was my Christmas gift to him.

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Crèche for the Nativity

Submitted by Jessica P. in Hartford, CT, December 2016

I just received multiple pieces of this for my birthday from my mother and grandmother. It is so beautiful. My heart is so full whenever I look at it. Simple. Elegant. Perfect.

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Sweetheart

Submitted by Connie Herrmann in Dallas Texas, December 2016

A very Long time, Dear Friend Betty who is a widow, this past fall lost her one and only Son at the age of 49 years of age due to a ruptured appendictis & complications after having surgery for it. Very heartbreaking!!. My heart hurts along with Betty's great loss. While at the Family Christian Store buying a special Christmas card for Betty I was drawn to the Willowtree angels. My heart was deeply moved and so very touched by the Sweetheart angel with the gold wreath....and with the saying: You have a sweet heart. I was meant to see it, for I wanted to give something personal to Betty this Christmas. I could not leave the store without buying it to give to Betty for a very special Christmas gift. Betty is one of the most loving, caring and kindness friends I know. This special sweetheart angel is a prefect way for me to express and to show my love and hope to give some comfort to Betty and to let her know she really does have the sweetest heart of anyone I know. I pray this sweetheart angel will give a Mother's grieving heart comfort and peace this Christmas.
Thank you Susan for your inspiring Willowtree angels and your God given gift of sculpture. May God Bless you richly during this most beautiful time of the year. Sincerely, Connie

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Angel of Caring

Submitted by Thomas in Jacksonville Florida, December 2016

I have been going through a tough time with my relationship during the holiday season, and a close friend of mine was there for me when I needed them. She was there for me all night to listen to me and help me through my tough time. I owe her a lot and will always appreciate her kindness and willingness to listen and care for other's feelings.

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Nativity

Submitted by Judy in Cedar town, GA, December 2016

I have been collecting the Nativity for a while. Many pieces are gifts from family and friends. The Nativity is displayed year round on a rosewood buffet in the foyer of my home. I give Willow Tree angels as gifts and have a collection myself. The Courage angel was a gift when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and went with me to every chemo and radiation treatment. She has a special place in my heart.

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Nativity

Submitted by Gail Deaton in Raleigh, NC, December 2016

When my mother had breast cancer we spent a lot of time at the local hospital. One day I had commented on the beautiful Willow Tree nativity in the hospital gift shop. The next thing I know, my mom had purchased the set for me. It is something I really, really treasure because Mommy died a few months later. Twelve years later, it still goes up every Christmas.

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Quietly

Submitted by Sydnie Ambrose in Batesville MS, December 2016

I just received this in the mail today and I could not be happier. I got this for my mother for Christmas this year. I have 2 boys and we all love them with all our hearts. I don't think this necessarily has to represent a mother, it can also be a grandmother. I cannot wait to see the look on her face. The children even favor my boys with the ages and hair. Thank you.

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Angel of Friendship Ornament

Submitted by Pateresa smith in Indiana, December 2016

My dog cici died yesterday and I want something to help show my love for her, and that my heart is shattered losing her.

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2016 Angel Ornament - A year to remember

Submitted by Linda Michelle in Nashville, TN, December 2016

Today is the 14the of December, 2016. I was surprised with a package in the mail from my Mother who lives a couple states away. She and I agreed that we would not exchange gifts this year because my husband and I decided to give to those in need in our local community. I opened the package and was pleasantly surprised to find a Willow Angel Ornament 2016 called A year to remember. I have never seen a Willow with carvings on the clothing. She (The Angel) has 2016 written in gold on her chest and her arms are crossed in the American Sign Language pose for I Love You. Upon examining her further, I found that all the symbols on her dress spoke to me in ways I wasn’t expecting at all. 2016 has been a year of great struggle and great blessings. I have suffered a significant illness this year beginning in March. I have been forced to change and believe me, although it’s hard at any age, it’s even harder after 40+ years here on Earth. Each and every carving on this Willow mean a great deal to me and completely reflect the significant memories and reminders from this year. The symbols on her dress are 3 doves, a candle, the sun at dawn, a diamond ring, musical notes, a half moon, a house, an apple, branches and vines. Since 2012, each time I see a Dove, I know my Grandmother is near in spirit. She passed away in 2000. The symbols remind me that I was never alone in the darkness (moon) represented by the candle (my guiding light). The ring signifies devotion from my husband and mother during the turbulent months in the house which represents safety and shelter in the storm. Music has helped me heal and share my own story. The sun signifies that the darkness is over. The apple on her left shoulder represents health. Finally, the branches and vines that cover her dress represent my Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “I am the Vine”. I will always keep her near as my guardian angel to remind me that I am Redeemed and I am never alone.

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Forget me not, angels of gardening caring, prayer

Submitted by Carole Gutierrez in Portland, Oregon, December 2016

I started collecting the Willow Tree pieces about 14 years ago. I discovered them in the hospital gift shop when I was losing my mother. They have brought me peace over the years and have given me comfort as I lost my brother and my husband of 45 years. I have framed note cards given to me by him and cherish each figure. The angels watch over and protect both my mother and husband'a cremaines and represent their interests like reading, gardening, and special kitties. It seems like you created them just fior me- - some how you could see into my heart. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL CREAVITY,

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Remembrance

Submitted by wanda in maine, December 2016

We lost our son Jonathan on 9-3-2016 due to a heroin overdose. Jonathan battled this addiction for a long time but lost his battle at the age of 34. Iam purchasing this Remembrance angel in his memory to add to my collection.

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The quilt

Submitted by Nichola haddock in Belfast, December 2016

I first started collecting willow trees when I was pregnant with my first daughter who sadly passed away at 4 months old. The willow trees allow me to express my bereavement and every birthday and Angelversary of my daughter i buy a new piece. I now have another daughter and my favourite willow tree piece is THE QUILT as I fondly remember rocking both my babies asleep on my shoulder with a blanket around them keeping them safe and warm and feeling very loved. I now have over 50 pieces each for different occasions and all very much loved

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Mother and Daughter

Submitted by Nancy J in OH, December 2016

I have enjoyed the Willow Tree figures for many years. I have purchased some myself and received some as gifts. This year on my 65th birthday (December 10th) my daughter Holly surprised me with the Mother and Daughter figurine. It holds special significance since I did turn 65 and Holly and I have really become much closer and better friends in the last year or so. Thank you so much for your wonderful products and your exceptional talent.

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Simple Joys, Kindness, With my Grandmother, Mother and Dauhter, Father and Daughter

Submitted by Aybala Sevinc in Turkey, December 2016

The magic of Willow Tree's is having a special charm which gives the same emotion without a face for me..
I just aimed to reflect my family with my love in the best way, I own Simple Joys, Kindness, With my Grandmother, Mother and Dauhter & Father and Daughter which have great meanings for me one by one.

I love my Grandmother, my Mother, my Grandfather who I knew as father and my cat with a pure love in her tiny heart.. They are my everything and I'm theirs too, we can only feel kindness when we stay all together. We are simple joys of our lives.

Willow Tree's are the best way to show my love to all of them, and I'm sure my dear grandfather sees our picture in our amazing figure which reminds me the same feeling when he tells stories while I sit next to him, from heaven.

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Guardian

Submitted by Niamh St John Lynch in Ireland, Co. Galway, December 2016

I suffered a miscarriage recently and wanted a piece of willow tree to signify loss, love, protection, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance. The closest I found in my local store was the Guardian which was a mother figure holding a new born baby. It was to signify the joy of holding one's child after birth that could not be and acceptance that this child was either not meant or moved on to another life or world. It was important that I have a memorial that perhaps wouldn't be obvious to others but I could look at and send my baby that didn't grow to be with us, smiles and good wishes forever.

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Starlight Tree Topper

Submitted by Ida Lise Bengtsson in Fredericia, Denmark, Europe, December 2016

Dear Susan Lordi,

Today I recieved the beautiful Starlight Tree Topper. I could not help crying, when I noticed her brown hair. She reminded me of my dear mother, who passed away in october this year.
She had alzheimer´s disease, but lived in a very nice nursinghome close to my home. I know she is with Jesus now, and with her parents and other family members, who whent ahead. My aunt had a vision, seeing my mother standing next to my grandmother, singing together. She looked like a young girl, so .... your beautiful angel is like an image of her as she looks now.
I am so grateful to you and wish you and your family and everyone around you a peaceful and merry Christmas. God bless you all.

Kind regards,
Ida Lise

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Remembrance

Submitted by Amy Carmona in Kingsville Tx, December 2016

I lost my mother on Nov 13 2016. She suffered for over 30 years chronic illness. She was a strong woman and there are so many things to remember her by. She also loved the Willow Tree figurines.

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Around You

Submitted by Felicia in Alabama, December 2016

I was proposed to by the love of my life on Friday evening - I said yes! On Saturday we had our company Christmas Party and gift exchange. The President of the company was going to announce our engagement at the party. When it was my turn to open my gift, the President made the announcement and when I opened the gift it was the Around You figurine. It couldn't be more perfect! I will treasure it that much more because it will be a reminder of our engagement!

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#26062 Angel of Comfort

Submitted by Kathy Lessley in Birmingham, AL, December 2016

My precious maltese buddy and incredible companion that our family loved for 7 years since he was a baby was taken away from us by a coyote when he was let out to 'pee' in the early dawn hours last Monday morning. We had no idea that coyotes were so predatory in our urban neighborhood and it happened so fast. My brother sent me the Angel of Comfort holding a puppy to comfort the incredible loss that we all have felt. I miss my baby so much and will look to this piece for comfort in the months to come. Thank you.

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