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.

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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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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With affection

Submitted by Katherine Gaughan in Boston, MA, December 2016

Less than 3 Weeks ago I very unexpectedly had to put down my beautiful and beloved cat Molly, aged 12 1/2 due to complications of diabetes. We brought her ashes home to me but my grief has continued. I had her since she was a silly and crazy little kitten.
Yesterday was my birthday and my cousin Maureen's is the 14th and so we went out to celebrate. She shares my deep love of cats and she gave me a gift bag, and inside was this beautiful 'With Affection' angel with wingsl holding a cat in her arms figurine. Maureen said that she gave me this guardian angel to watch over my Molly. I was deeply moved and
so, I brought your sculpture home and placed the angel with my Molly's urn and for the first time since she passed I feel some peace.

Thank you so much.

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Angel of friendship

Submitted by Mary ann friel in Franklinville NJ, December 2016

I have a special guardian angel named Joyce ! She has become such a wonderful friend ! I could not have asked for a more perfect Angel, she was sent to me for a reason! I love you my Angel Joyce

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The Christmas Story

Submitted by Diane Byrnes in Highland MI, December 2016

IMG_3128.JPG. I was sad because I did not have Wise Men. So my Dear Husband painted them for me

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Nativity

Submitted by Debbie pottage in West Yorkshire UK, December 2016

I love all the willow trees and wanted this one for many years. My eldest daughter started me off with most of it. I got a lot of my other pieces from my mum when she passed away.
This year I've made a real scene with straw and lights I love it.

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By my side

Submitted by Debbie Primeau in Cornwall, December 2016

I have five children: two daughters and three boys. My daughters and I have many traditions and many favourite moments. We do a lot together. We read the same books and enjoy the same movies, etc. I am so very fortunate to be their mother. This figurine represents us three. It is beautiful and displays beautifully our deepest connection and love.

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You and Me (darker skin tone and hair color)

Submitted by Peggy in Holly Springs, GA, December 2016

My beloved husband is slowly receding into FTD dementia after a brilliant life of professional scientific accomplishments and a hobby of building beautiful furniture. I'm learning to do the thinking and doing for both of us. This stage could last anywhere from two to seven years, they tell me. He's here today, at home with me, enjoying a different kind of life. This figurine captures the sentiment of our life today.

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You and Me (lighter skin tone and hair color)

Submitted by Peggy in Holly Springs, GA, December 2016

My beloved husband is slowly receding into FTD dementia after a brilliant life of professional scientific accomplishments and a hobby of building beautiful furniture. I'm learning to do the thinking and doing for both of us. This stage could last anywhere from two to seven years, they tell me. He's here today, at home with me, enjoying a different kind of life. This figurine captures the sentiment of our life today.

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the three wisemen

Submitted by Gail Brancel in WI, December 2016

Every year my grandaughter and I put up my Willow Tree Nativity scene together. Last year she noticed I didn't have the three wise men. So this year for my birthday which is in December, she remembered and suggested to her mom that they buy the three wise men for me. Those three wise men will forever be a special part of my nativity scene as I know how much she will enjoy putting them out each year.

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Soar ornament

Submitted by Dottye in Fenton, MO, December 2016

I was returning from surgery and my friend Kim had this Soar ornament with a get well card on my porch - I can't tell you how much this surprise picked up my spirits!

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2016 Ornament

Submitted by Sheri Larsen in UT, December 2016

The year of 2016 has brought the marriage of my son in February, and they recently announced they are expecting a baby- So much JOY, but there have been a lot of tears as both my mother and my sister have fought cancer battles. My collection began in 2007- while helping my same sister fight Breast Cancer that year, and my mother fought her first battle in 2008. We have all three been collecting them since, although my sister already had a small tree full. They are a bit heavy for the real trees we get, so that makes it tricky to get them to hang safely on my trees, but I love seeing them and remembering what that year brought, both beautiful and painful.

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Courage

Submitted by Peggy Dove in Chincoteague Island, VA, December 2016

Today I found your piece "Courage" in our local pharmacy gift shop. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to get it for my daughter. She has been courageously fighting breast cancer for the past 10 years, with many surgeries. She is presently cancer-free but has one more surgery to go through. She has maintained the most wonderful, courageous attitude throughout the whole ordeal and reaches out to any woman with the same or similar problem.
I plan to tie a narrow pink ribbon from hand to hand and give it to her for Christmas.

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Remembrance

Submitted by Paige Schroeder in Michigan, December 2016

I lost my baby sister on Nov. 22, 2016 to her battle with cancer. I miss her with everything that I am. A coworker gave me the remembrance angel today and it truly touched my heart. Megan, my sister, has received some of Susan's artwork before for different things throughout her career as a cheerleader and through her battle with cancer. I always thought they were beautiful but I think this one will be the most special. The angel has small details all over that remind me of my sister. The way she holds her arms is how those who use American Sign Language (which my sisters and I do) say "love", above is a yellow heart (one of her favorite colors and the color of childhood cancer), music notes (we were both passionate about singing) but most touching is the 3 dots on the back left shoulder...Megan had 3 dots in that pattern in the same place.As I continue to study the angel, I found a sunrise on her abdomen...there was a beautiful yellow and purple sunrise the morning after she passed and her tumors were located in her abdomen. I can't tell you how much this angel means to me. I plan to buy some for my other sisters for them to keep. God bless all of you and the work you do.

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Thinking of You

Submitted by Michele L. in altoona pa, December 2016

My mother bought me my first willow Angel holding the heart and I fell in love with them. She gave me a few others too.
I have given them as gifts to many friends.
When my mother passed away 11 years ago from cancer, i was 40 years old, not ready to lose my mom.

I was lost and didn't know how to speak to her if she even heard me. Then on a regular visit to Cracker Barrel I noticed the Angel holding the sea shell. My mother and I love the beach. we took many vacations all together as a family even when we grew older and I had children of my own.

I bought that precious Angel and used liquid nail to attached it to the base of her granite tombstone. It weathered several years until i had to buy a new one. I knew then I had to purchase more so I had them over the years.

At this present time I have a Willow Angel holding a seashell up in my dresser drawer just waiting for her turn to be placed with my mother.

My son also used a Willow Angel I believe the Embrace one as their wedding cake topper.

Thank you for the wonderful memories.

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My sister, my friend

Submitted by Rachel in Utah, December 2016

I have spent the past 12 weeks on bedrest with a very difficult pregnancy, and my friend and co-worker took it upon herself to assist my family in so many ways. She has driven me to many doctors appointments when my husband's work schedule was unaccommodating, helped with my other children, and generally been a comforting companion. We went from casual lunch buddies at work to basically sisters in these past few weeks. So, I felt that this figure would make a lovely "thank you" upon the birth of this baby, who should be coming in the next week or so. The women even vaguely resemble us, with her being the taller woman with the short dark hair, and me being the more petite woman with the long, fair hair. I am sure she will love it.

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Heart of Gold

Submitted by Rachel in Salt Lake City, December 2016

I have a willow tree family, and I bought this sweet little guy to represent my oldest son, who suffered oxygen deprivation at birth and has had developmental delays every since. It is a wonderful representation of him, because he does have a heart of gold. In fact, he is the sweetest , most lovely child you could ever expect to meet, but he has a sort of "Dory Complex", meaning, he suffers from memory and cognition issues. The little gold heart serves as a reminder, to us, his parents, and to his three "normal" siblings to handle their brother with a little extra patience and kindness, because he does love them, even if he is a little slower than they are.

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Angel's embrace

Submitted by April Moyle in Los Angeles, CA, December 2016

July 20, 2015 we welcomed our beautiful daughter Evelyn June into the world. Due to complications during labor, she only lived 4 short days. During those few precious days, I just remember feeling so much peace. So many loved ones were praying for us and our Evelyn, and I remember having this comforting feeling after Evelyn died, almost like we were constantly being hugged. I will never forget that loving feeling. Shortly after losing Evelyn, we got pregnant with our son, James. At 15 weeks there were major complications and in attempts to save my life, I had an emergency hysterectomy and we lost James. It was so heartbreaking for my husband and I but I kept feeling that Evelyn was with James. They are both our guardian angels now and I feel their angelic embrace from time to time when I need it most.

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Guardian Angel

Submitted by Ugenia Johnson in Houston,Texas, November 2016

Someone very close to my heart lost his mom when he was 7 years old and I wanted to get him something special that represented his mom watching over him. When I saw the Guardian Angel I knew this would be a perfect reminder for him every time he looked at it. I love these angels and they have gotten me through a lot of hard times and I've given a lot of them away also to show people what they mean to me without having to say it in words.

Thank you fro these precious Angels that touch the heart..

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Promise

Submitted by Brian Sankarsingh in Ontario, November 2016

I fell in love with my wife when we were but teenagers; I remember promising to love her forever. We got married in 1994 and in 1997 we found out we were pregnant. My joy knew no bounds and to commemorate the love that we shared, the promises that we kept for so many years I purchased this piece. It came with us as we moved from Western to Eastern Canada. It came with us when we moved from one city to another.

Then two days ago, I accidentally hit it and it fell to the ground. The heads broke apart and as it lay shattered on the ground I felt that my heart broke along with it. My daughter seeing the look on my face suggested we could glue it back together; I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time.

The very next night, I was sitting on my tablet when a notification came up on my screen telling me that someone had something to sell on a Facebook site I belong to. When I clicked on it, I saw someone was selling their unopened figurine. My wife and I sat in shock as I messaged the person telling them I wanted to buy the figurine.

Today as I picked up our new Promise, I told the couple that they were now part of our story and the coincidence of how one Promise accidentally broken led to a new Promise being fulfilled in our lives will be told for many years to come.

I am thankful to your Muse for stirring within you the desire to create this piece that has woven its way, twice now, into the fabric of our lives.

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Together

Submitted by Marzieh in Iran, November 2016

I'm so happy to be one of Willow Tree's family.
When I was student at university in the town I'd studied there was a book shop which had these amazing statues.I'd love to be able to afford one but I wasn't because they were expensive and I thought it wasn't necessery to have.But I told myself one day I will buy one!
Now I have a permanet job and it was the time to buy one.A few days ago I ordered one and I am so happy to have it.When I look at it I feel a lot of love and peace.I want to put them in my house after I get married to share love and the good feelings from them with my love!

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Je t'aime (I love you)

Submitted by Danielle in Pennsylvannia, November 2016

I bought this to myself as a gift and as a remembrance of my first love. He was the first person I knew who could fully embrace and love me for who I was, even though we were so different.
When I was with him, I felt relax and happy and it was like we were the only two people in the world, nothing else mattered.
Our life together was exciting, full of surprises and miracles. Though it was so short and hurtful, I am still hopeful and believe in love. I do not hate you. I love you and you are still the special one.
This figurine makes me feel peaceful and remind me of the lively spirit of the sweet brave girl who was in love.
I would treasure the memory and love. It is really the time for me to move on.

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many

Submitted by Lori Thomas in Missouri, November 2016

Hello, I received my first Willow Tree "Forget Me Not" after I lost my daughter at the age of 10 after fighting for those 10yrs for her to live, going through a double lung transplant, open heart surgery, abdominal surgery, and kidney failure. Since then I have continued to add to the collection, when I look at them I always think of her. I know Christina would have loved them. I love the angels and would take me a while to name the ones I have, I also have the "regular" ones. Thanks for creating these, and I can't thank the person who I don't know who gave me my very first, so I will never ever forget...what a special girl my angel is. (not that I can ever forget). Some day I will have the Nativity Scene (which will remain out year round).

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Friendship Keepsake Box

Submitted by Reni Bumpas in Dyersburg, TN, November 2016

God blessed me with the very best of friends when he gave me my sister, who is 5.5 years younger than I. I didn't always think so when we were growing up, but through the years of struggle and growth with our parents' divorce, as we both married and became wives and moms ourselves, I can't imagine a better sister. For my 50th birthday, she and her husband and their girls wrote fifty things they love about Aunt Reni and cut them into strips and illustrated them, then folded them neatly and stuffed them in the Willow Tree Friendship keepsake box. I smiled, chuckled, giggled, and laughed out loud, my heart almost unable to contain the joy of feeling so loved as I read the ways that they "get me." The friendship box with the two girls on the cover looks just like us in all the long talks we've had curled up together or even long distance calls over the years. She truly is "forever true," and we are "forever friends."

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Nativity

Submitted by Lyli Fox in Kodiak, Alaska, November 2016

In 2012 I was a traveling nurse. I found myself in Vermont, on assignment for the holidays. A beautiful hotel suite but it wasn't home. Far away from family. I went shopping one day and found the Willow Tree Nativity. The reason for the season was right in front of me. So I bought the whole set. I decorated my hotel room and didn't feel lonely anymore.
My daughter has tried to talk me into giving her this set and I now find myself again far from my family and just yesterday I refound my Nativity. All I can say is thank you!

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Guardian Angel

Submitted by Bernadette Pollack in FL, November 2016

I found this while looking for something special for my nurses who takes care of our special needs son.

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Dana Campbell in Ontario, November 2016

During Christmas shopping, I always stop by Green Earth to look at all of the interesting things I could find. I walk over to a corner filled with angels. Almost crying, I reach over and pick up the Angel of Friendship due to the angel holding a dog. About three months previously, my aunt, and my best friend, passed away after a long struggle of health problems and being in and our of the hospital. She passed the day I moved out to head to college the first time, My mother showing up at the door the next day to tell me the news. Since then, I am still unable to comprehend the death and the loss of my best friend. Since I am not home, and am not being reminded of her daily, in my mind, she is still alive. Yet as I look at this angel, tears flood my eyes and a pain begins to form. The realization that my aunt has passed, finally set it. This angel, although it is called an angel of friendship, is my guardian angel. The dog, representing me, a lost puppy struggling to find my footing without her standing behind me, helping me and cheering me on. This angel will be placed with her urn and forever stand as my guardian angel.

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Promise

Submitted by Angelica G. in AZ, November 2016

I will be gifting Promise to my mother this Christmas, in memory of my late father to celebrate their 20th anniversary. It was in the summer, but I couldn't afford it then. However, I think she would appreciate it now as she is entering into a job and part of her life.
They always loved to dance and dance all night. It's all she ever tells me that she missed most about him. I hope that she will enjoy it and it will allow her to keep him alive in her memory.

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2016 Ornament

Submitted by Helen in Germany, November 2016

Right in the year in which we planned our marriage, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, being only 34 years old. We married right in the middle of chemotherapy and my husband let me know that I am the most beautiful woman on earth, even if I had no hair at our wedding day. Since then I have been buying the Angel of the Year each new year. It reminds me to be thankful for the years since the diagnosis and the precious time together. The Angels are on our Christmas tree each year and we so much hope to have many more.

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Angel of friendship

Submitted by Kerry in Moe, November 2016

I came home from work the other day and found my Angel of Friendship sitting on my kitchen bench, a gift from the lovely lady that cleans my home. It could not have been a more appropriate gift as I had lost my very loved poodle Henry that week. He was originally my daughter's dog; I lost her at age 30 with a stroke.Every time I look at the statue I see my daughter in Heaven having her dog back with her 💕

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Mother and son

Submitted by Hailee in Lorain, November 2016

Today I purchased my first piece of the Willow Tree collection. The piece I purchased was the Mother and Son for my boyfriend of 8 years. The 25 of November marks 13 years his mother has been gone. This year especially has been very hard on him and while he was at work I decided to get him roses. In the midst of finding roses I stumbled upon this piece. Something had drawn it to me and I knew in my heart it was meant to be. I wrapped up his present and roses and snuck them into his car while he was at work. Later I received a text saying how surprised he was and thankful to have this. His mom may be gone but she will live forever in his memories and stories he shares with me every day.

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Just for You

Submitted by Oana in Dublin, Ireland, November 2016

I received this angel once I moved within the company to a different department from my manager.

It meant the world to me to see the level of appreciation and see just how valued I was. This angel expressed more than words could ever do.

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Forget me not

Submitted by Mary Pepin in RI, November 2016

Two weeks ago my dog passed away, Milan, he was my soulmate. I went into the store to actually purchase another item as I buy a Willow Tree statue every Christmas for my daughter in law. As I was looking at them I saw one, a girl holding blue flowers. Forget me nots. Milan was cremated at the forget me not crematory! It was a clear sign to me that he was thinking of me and knew how much I miss him and will never forget the gifts that he gave to me. Thank you for these beautiful tributes. This morning as I awoke and saw it on my dresser I smiled. That means it is helping my grieving process.

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Angel of Comfort and Heart of gold

Submitted by Renee Teague in Ohio, November 2016

My best friend from childhood lost her 6year old grandson to a horrific crime, both her and his daddy of course were devastated. I sent them a figure each to help with their healing! Angel of Comfort. I hope helps his daddy, Heart of gold, for my friend! Thank you! They both fit each person I was sending these to!

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Heart of Gold

Submitted by Kim Baillargeon in Aspen, CO, November 2016

I lost my 23 year old son Raymond to suicide in February, 2014. When I saw the Heart of Gold figurine, I cried right there in the store as it brought me joy and sadness at the same time. Unfortunately, three other friends have lost sons tragically in the last year. I gave my original boy to one friend who lost her son, but found another not soon after. She was elated and honors this figurine as I do mine! I am ordering two today to give to the other mothers. It is a wonderful keepsake and reminder of how wonderful our boys were.

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Happiness

Submitted by Laura Hughes in Alabama, November 2016

Before our two adopted children were born, my husband and I had tried for years and years to conceive a child. We finally got pregnant, and we were both overjoyed! Unfortunately, we lost our child to miscarriage after only 8 weeks. Our child wasn't very far along in life, but she was our child. No, I'm not sure if it was a girl or a boy, but in my imagination, I think of her as a girl --- a child full of life, with dark blonde hair and a radiant smile, blue eyes, and she can sing like an angel.

So, I found this little ornament and brought her to my office. She is mere inches from my keyboard and holds her arms out over pictures of our now-grown children, a boy (21) and girl (20.) It is as if I see my child in heaven waiting patiently for her family to come to her. Her heart is fearless and full of love. She is forever patient and lovingly awaits her parents and siblings for the time which will surely come to all of us. What joy she brings me to think of her smiling face waiting for my arrival and our sweet reunion!

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Close to me

Submitted by Stephanie considine in Avondale heights melbourne australia, November 2016

When my mother was sick with cancer, we were discussing songs played at Funerals. I asked what song she would like to have played at hers. She replied that she always liked "Clair de Lune". I personally had never heard of it. When the time came, my daughter located a CD of it and we played it at her funeral. It really is a beautiful piece. My daughter and her family presented me with a statue of "Close to me" for my 67th birthday. It is was a beautiful surprise. When I opened it,it brought tears to my eyes to see it was two females, which for me, I took as my mum and myself . Then my daughter told me to listen to the song it played. When I heard it was "Clair de Lune" it really pulled at my heart strings. It was such an emotional moment. I felt like my Mum was with me.

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Love of Learning

Submitted by Pamela Shew in North Carolina, November 2016

I am getting this as a gift for my daughter. She is in school to become a teacher. She will be working with exceptional children.This is just a token for her to know just how proud I am of her and the path she has chosen for her life, and also as a reminder of all the lives she will touch in the future because of her love of learning and sharing!

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Quietly

Submitted by Donna Nelson in CA, November 2016

This piece could not be more perfect! My sister had 2 of the sweetest foster boys that we all fell in love with. My sister works full time so the boys would spend their days with me. She just got news that she is losing the boys after having them for over a year back to their family. She bought this piece for me with a stand that said "Thank you for loving our boys" This piece will always keep their memory alive in my heart and home. We loved them like our own and hope for the best for them!

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Angel of Comfort

Submitted by Marie in New York, November 2016

Teddy was my Grand dog. He came to live with my husband and I many times during his 17 yrs. My son was in the Army and needed to move to Germany for his final tour before his 20 yr retirement. Four years we shared our lives with the best dog in the world. He would sit next to me every night, keep me happy during sad times. But he had a major seizure and we lost him this September. My husband gave me the Angel of Comfort to remember our Buddy, our friend.

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Home

Submitted by cookie Tolentino in Texas, November 2016

I decided on this piece for my oldest daughter's one-year anniversary of being married (Nov.1) and baby due in March 2017. She absolutely loved it and loves Willow Tree. I did not know she loved Willow Tree. We both had tears when she opened it and the meaning is more beautiful than one could imagine, especially when your daughter is now going to be a mom. Her husband really liked it too. They are both excited about their family growing. Thank you Willow Tree.

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Thank You

Submitted by patty in New Jersey, November 2016

My sister and her husband purchased this for me while my sister is going through serious illness. I did what any sister would do and that is to be at her side for what ever she needs. She is still very sick but each day we see a small step to hopefully a full recovery.

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friendship

Submitted by Mellissa Norman in Mt Gambier, November 2016

My story is a simple one. On my first day of kindergarten at the age of four, I met a special friend. We had play dates and sleepovers and our families became friends as well. After a few years we both moved to different schools, and the time we spent together became less. However we have always kept in contact and supported each other in life's ups and downs. On my 40th birthday this year, my dear friend of 36 years gave me the gift of my first Willow Tree, Friendship. This represents to me the unwavering friendship she has given to me all these years, and the hope we will continue to nurture this for many years to come.

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Angel of Comfort

Submitted by Ashley Pickrell in Indiana, November 2016

In April 2012 I lost my second son to a miscarriage but there were no little boy angels at that time. A few years later my parents' dog passed away. My mother collects the Willow Tree angels and I knew there was a girl angel holding a puppy. But when I started looking for the girl I ended up finding this sweet little boy with his dog. I got teary eyed, it was as if my miscarried son was holding my parents' dog. I gave this angel to my mom and she said the same thing. Now she has an angel for her lost grandson and her dog.

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Quietly among others

Submitted by ann richards in Chicago, Illinois, November 2016

I wanted a figurine to represent my two sons with me. My choices were a figurine with a mother and son along with a second figurine," Kindness", or a mother holding a baby and a toddler, named "Quietly". I asked my thirty one year old son which I should get and right away he named the one I was leaning towards which was Quietly. He said, I think you should chose the one where you are holding each child. Interestingly in the first set of figurines he was the child depicted in "kindness" but he was not touching the mom.

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Bloom

Submitted by Mohammad in Iran, November 2016

دوستی حس عجیبی است حسی که در کلمات بیان نمی شود.بعضی هدیه ها هر لحظه و هر ثانیه مارا به یاد دوستی هایمان می اندازند و اینکه هنوز برای کسانی اهمیت داریم و می توانیم به کسانی اهمیت دهیم

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Prayer of Peace & Vigil...

Submitted by Jackie Hathaway in Dorset UK, November 2016

I ordered both pieces for myself when we knew the time was getting near for parting with our beloved Benji to cancer.....The pieces arrived two days later, mid day Saturday 5th November, after we had to say goodbye, Thursday 3rd at 5.40pm...Not sure yet which one of the two pieces will sit on the cabinet alongside all three dogs ashes boxes ( we have yet to collect our Benji's, ) and which piece will sit on my bedroom windowsill....as both pieces are perfect for comforting at a time like this....comforting for myself and comforting for my three furbabies, to know they are being watched over, and being preyed for....

For Angels Petra, Megan and now our Benji....

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Angel of hope

Submitted by Catherine in Florida, November 2016

Our Angel of Hope has traveled thousands of miles and has brought hope to many hearts. She is a gift in more ways than one. Six years ago I had a miscarriage and my husband and I were heartbroken. A friend of our family who had overcome a similar obstacle sent us her Angel of Hope to us from Pennsylvania with an encouraging letter full of love and support. She had revived that same angel as a gift when she was trying to conceive. In that dark time of self loathing and defeat our little angel of hope was an ever present reminder that we weren't alone in our struggle. Now we have two beautiful happy healthy daughters and I have never been happier, but our angel's work wasn't finished! My sister and her husband have been trying for a child for almost eight years now and I wanted her to know she wasn't alone. So our angel left Florida and went to Vermont where she now watches over my sister, brother in law and my niece who was adopted this past spring. She has been a gift to three women and a shepherd to the prayer of six baby girls.

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Forget-me-not

Submitted by Diane Leesburg in GA, November 2016

It’s hard to say which one of my Willow Tree angels means the most. Each one was given to me by a special person and has significant meaning to me. If I had to pick one, I suppose it would be Forget-me-not. It was given to me by my youngest daughter at Christmas.

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Nativity

Submitted by Carolyn Gibson in LA, November 2016

I love them all, but I think the Nativity is by far my favorite piece. My husband knows how much I love your pieces, he gave the different pieces to me as gifts through the years until I had the complete set. I love the serenity and simplicity of the designs and love taking out each piece around the holidays. Our Christmas decorations are not complete until I have the nativity all set up. He still adds to my collection every year with any new Angels or other pieces that come out. Our whole family looks forward to seeing any new additions each year.

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Surronded by Love

Submitted by Anita Ellis in Hampton, Va, November 2016

I am the Admin Assistant for a small church in Hampton, VA. On the Sunday my congregation choose to celebrate Pastor Appreciation Day the ladies also choose to include me (since I am the only other staff member). I was given this piece and it speaks exactly how I felt at that moment. I could not have felt more loved and appreciated at that moment and I will cherish this gift always.

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Willow Tree Quietly

Submitted by Amanda Thompson in Ontario, California, October 2016

This has by far been the hardest and most blessed year of my life. I had my daughter in February 2016 and felt like my little family of 4 was now complete. Three months after my daughter was born my husband started suffering from mental illness and was hospitalized for several weeks. I had to stay strong for my baby and my 6 year old son during this confusing time for them. I would cry at night and be strong for them during the day. When my husband was released he decided he no longer wanted our little family and left. I was broken, depressed, hopeless on the inside but on the outside I maintain myself in front of my children. Each day, I wake up get ready, get the baby ready, get my son ready, feed them breakfast, drop them off at the babysitters or school, then head to work. At 5pm I get off work, I pick them up, I fix dinner, then we do homework and play. At night I read them their story and put them to bed. At night when the house is quiet, I take in these little blessings. One night while scrolling through the internet i saw this figure and cried. I have cried many tears over the last few months but none like this. I felt it perfectly depicted my love for my children (not to mention it resembled us so much). To me the little figure showed strength, unconditional love, patience, and hope. It showed that the love between a mother and her babies is all she needs to stay motivated day to day. As a newly single mom, this figure is so powerful to me. It captures my exact emotion for my kids. When I look at it, I feel warmth, hope, and love. Even on my saddest nights, I keep this figure next to my bed to remind me why I do all that I do, each and every day.

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Angel of Healing

Submitted by Karen Hyde in United Kingdom, October 2016

After a very short battle with cancer, I lost my dad this week less than 3 weeks from diagnosis. All the staff at the Macmillan Unit were amazing but one male nurse in particular just shone above them all. He was an immense comfort to dad, mum, myself and my brothers whilst showing the utmost care and compassion - he is a very special young man. As soon as I saw the Angel of Healing I knew it was a gift from us to him. He was so moved by both the gesture and the angel but so deserved and apt.

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Hero

Submitted by Hope Billings in Amarillo Texas, October 2016

My son Sgt Robert was KIA My best friend for over 40 years sent. Me my Hero willow tree , its displayed. Right by his flag box! Watching over! Its beautiful, Thank you for creating a mother's heart.

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Quietly

Submitted by Elva in Pico Rivera, October 2016

I was given this BEAUTIFUL peace by a special co worker. It represent me and my two little angels, my son that passed way on September 2013 and my daughter that recently passed away in July 2016. It's been so hard for me but like my co worker said it represents that my two angels will always be next to me and will always live forever in my heart.

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Vigil and the angel with the little heart

Submitted by Jesse Daniels in CA, October 2016

My handsome, beautiful, and brilliant son, Erik passed away in his sleep when he was 16 - 9 years ago. It was unexpected and devastating. I bought the little angel with the heart and glued a picture on it of him and everyday I light a candle for him, but it fell and broke. I miss him so much! I love him so completely. I adored him, even with his faults, even when he was so very difficult and challenging (the bright ones always are). But he had a depth to him, and insight and such deep love that any hardships we went through were overshadowed by the light inside him. He loved nature and scuba diving, he was a proud boy scout. He was funny and charming. After the memorial when people were gathered at the house, I isolated myself to his and his brother's room. After a while his friends gathered around me and showed me pictures they had taken on their phones and shared funny stories. He wrote a very lengthy letter to one of his high school teachers that he had given a hard time to and recounted all the things he had done with the words, "I'm sorry" after each line. One time when I was sitting in my arm chair reading, I looked up and he had been looking at me and I felt complete love radiating from him. These two figures will be on both sides of his memorial candle.

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Lots of Love

Submitted by kayla belzer in Illinois, October 2016

I had my first miscarriage 2.5 years ago and needed a way to grieve for a child I never had the chance to hold. I saw the Willow Tree Angel of Remembrance and it spoke to me. I bought it and set it out in our home. It helped me to have something to represent my lost child. I mean, when you lose a family member you usually have a grave site to visit, where as I had nothing. I recently had another miscarriage. Immediately the figurine Lots of Love spoke to me. I now have two angels on display at our house

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Happiness

Submitted by Laleh in Tehran, October 2016

As a medical student, life gets really tough. All those hours spent in hospitals, watching people suffer, you can't help but feel low. You just seem to fall into a routine, trudging on day by day, with little time left for anything that makes you happy.

This piece really touched me. It reminded me of the person I was before life got in the way.
She just seems so...carefree. Chest out, hair blown back.

Maybe we need things like that to remind us of who we really are, deep down inside.

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Kindness (girl, lighter skin tone and hair color)

Submitted by Sandra Bortz in Texas, October 2016

As a child II grew up in a household where I thought a man showed his love by hitting you and hurting you. But later on I was taught that abuse was not okay and never is the way to tell someone you love them. My first real boyfriend at 15 was exactly like my father but he never physically hit me. He was emotionally, mentally, verbally, and sexually abusive. My mother was worried I would end up like her, in a marriage that was abusive, she did leave my father when I was four and took us kids with her. She was also worried that I would end up like my father, but through my childhood I raised my youngest brother, cooked, and cleaned when my brothers and I visited my father. I was always nice to everyone through Primary school all the way up until High School. I always thought "I can not judge anyone because of the fact that I don't know what they are going through or what they went through." Everyone has a battle they are fighting no one can see or understand. I am now 17 and still kind when I am around people. I left my abusive ex-boyfriend last year and getting help fixing what he broke. I am currently with a man of God who encourages me to be who I am and love myself and accomplish my dreams. This piece was given to my by my grandmother and I love it. It reminds me to be kind even when people are not kind to me.

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Love

Submitted by Eleni in Venezuela, October 2016

I don't have a figure by you Susan, but I would love to have one that represents the love that my for my boyfriend (right now fiancé) and I have because we have known each other for almost 10 years ago and we always were nearby but never together. We call each other "my red cord" for that ancient legend that says: everyone has a soul mate that's attached to you by a red cord, we were always friends but now we are going to be "one soul" for the rest of our lives. I hope I can get a piece made by you soon because they are so emotional charged and it would mean the world to me to show the world the love and commitment that a young couple can have.

Thank you so much for taking you time to read this. Keep making your pieces with all the love you have inside, you're and angel!

Hugs from Venezuela!

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Thank you

Submitted by Joni McCluskey in Alabama, October 2016

A gift from a patient. As a RN we spend countless hours giving of ourselves to help others. I love my job and cherish every second hovering over new mothers and their precious newborns. It's hard to express how this touched my heart and made my whole month! She is proudly on display to remind me that even if I think I'm not doing anything...I'm really changing someone's life.

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True Keepsake Box

Submitted by Aimee Freise in Sherman, Texas, October 2016

Maggie Mae has been my best friend, companion and protector for the last 11 years. I always liked to think I rescued her at the age of 10 but she rescued me. On Monday, October 17th, 2016, I had to say goodbye to my furry friend. I will never forget her. I found this box as a keepsake for collar and dog tags. I know she's in a better place but it's hard. When I received the box today, it was perfect. Truly A Friend inscribed inside. A friend indeed. Thank you so much for making such a beautiful piece to remember my dog by.

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Anniversary

Submitted by Dinky Nugent in Motueka, October 2016

Yesterday we celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary and one of our sons gave us this beautiful statue. We love it and it is the best present of all the ones we got. You are one talented lady. Thank you so much for helping to make our day.
Dinky and Bill.

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Angel of the Kitchen

Submitted by Ann Ginda in Indiana, October 2016

My mother passed away 3 weeks ago. A friend had one of your angels delivered to my home in lieu of flowers. I'm not really that keen on angels, but I put it on my dining room table. We had our first family dinner this weekend around my table since my Mother passed and the angel made me feel like she was with us in spirit.

I was shopping a week ago and came upon a display of Willow Tree figures. The Angel of the Kitchen holding a teapot caught my eye, as one of our favorite things to do as mother/daughter was to go to tea rooms and host teas. I considered but didn't purchase it.

I was shopping today and passed by the display and noticed that the shelf the angel was on had fallen and several of the angels were broken. My heart dropped, as it made me realize I should have purchased the angel when I first saw it. I looked through the damaged figures and found my angel with a teapot intact!! I purchased her and brought her home. She is on my buffet in my dining room and will be there whenever I have teas in the future. Mom will continue to be with me in spirit!

Funny, the teapot is a turquoise color and my Mother collected this color of Fiesta dishes, her first purchase being a teapot when she was 12 from her babysitting savings. I feel like this angel was made for me personally, and it helps to make me feel like my mother is near. Thank you so much!!!

Ann

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Angel of Hope

Submitted by Allison in Michigan, October 2016

I just purchased this for a friend who lost their infant daughter after birth. Her name was Hope. I pray this piece will add a little comfort to their pain...

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New Life

Submitted by Dennis Ashley LeBlanc in Tennessee, October 2016

My favorite piece is New Life. I was given it as a gift on the day my beautiful daughter was born! That day not only did God Grant us New Life through this beautiful precious girl but New Life in our little family of which has grown close and strong ever since! When I look at this piece sitting proudly in our home I'm reminded of the wonderful day and the journey since!

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Remembrance

Submitted by Christi Kubecki in North Carolina, October 2016

My name is Christi, from North Carolina, and my favorite Willow Tree Angel is "Remembrance." I started collecting a new angel every year after I had a miscarriage in 2010, but the first angel was Remembrance, which I bought in Savannah, Georgia. I can keep my precious angel closer to my heart by remembering special times during the year and sharing those memories through the Willow Tree Angel I find most significant for the year. I sometimes feel like my guardian angel is watching over me and my family, and it helps me to heal and hope for a future that someday in heaven, we will embrace and know the love that was shared across distance and time. Until then, I will keep celebrating my angel with the beautifully portrayed Willow Tree Angels that write my time- line of memories.

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Truly Golden Ornament

Submitted by Billi Jo Crowley in Colorado, October 2016

I felt my story was so heart wrenching, if put in a book all of my trials and tribulations, I would surely win this contest. Upon reading all the stories, I am humbled and appreciate the many difficult journeys we all endure in this life. I want to be a bright spot and positive inspiration for everyone; by sharing my love of God to everyone I can. I had read some of your inspiration going into the undefined figurines, was for us to feel. Feel what comes to our hearts and the relationship of your being to each piece. For a favorite, I have chosen "Truly Golden Ornament". I view this piece with much more than a golden appreciation of friendship. This piece to me is about lifting all the heavy burdens or "chains" from around my neck and hand them, as precious as gold, above and over to God. In very few words, I can share that I experienced so much pain losing all my family members in a short time (Dad, Mom, three siblings, pets) that I quietly was willing my life away through alcohol. Three years seven months ago, I was hospitalized in a comatose state with end stage liver cirrhosis. All my possessions were signed away as I was given maybe 24 hours to live. Somewhere in my damaged psyche I was not even sure I could live, let alone want to by the grace of God. Living in the gravity of my situation was like being given a second chance, but the chance came with so many resentments, enlightenment, fear, loneliness, and hope. A virtual plethora of every emotion multiplied. As hard as it is, I have acknowledged all of these emotions, grabbed them up, and handed them to God. Today I feel like He lives in me and uses my lips to smile, my heart to love, my hands to reach out to someone, my laugh that carries to make someone smile. I am the seeker of the silver lining. It is there for me and I am happy to share with the help of your inspiring thought provoking figurines. Currently I am a resident of beautiful Colorado U.S.A. Thank you for sharing you with all of us. God bless!

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New Life

Submitted by Cyndi Marcell Whitworth in USA, October 2016

Wow, choose my favorite?? That's difficult as each piece is very special and gifted to me by people I love. I had admired them for quite some time before ever getting the first piece. I'm not a "collector" of things but the simple beauty pulled me toward them. If I had to choose only 1, it would be the first piece, New Life. After 10 years of struggling through infertility, we had finally gotten pregnant with our miracle baby. The pregnancy that every doctor said wouldn't or couldn't happen, did. While out of town overnight for a work conference my husband purchased this piece for me. It's so simple and perfect as well as a beautiful momento to honor our very long journey.

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Angel of Freedom

Submitted by Meg in USA, October 2016

My favorite Willow Tree is Angel of Freedom. My son called me a couple weeks before Christmas a bit giddy and asked if I had that one. I said no and he got really excited and said okay and hung up. Christmas came around and I opened my present from him and it was Angel of Freedom. I got two that year, I cried after opening both. Fast forward three years and his Angel of Freedom sits next to his urn with his favorite flower on the mantle. He is set free from his pain and I will always hold on to the memory of how happy he was to give me a Willow Tree. My sweet boy is free.

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Hero

Submitted by Morgan Rae Hockridge in USA, October 2016

My favorite piece is Hero. When my husband and I were just dating he took me back to his hometown and bought it for me. It reminded me of him whenever the army took him far away. This Halloween will make 1 year since I watched my husband, Capt. Hockridge is the United States Army Special Forces take his life from demons I never knew he was haunted by. I now myself have a folded flag given to me at his service and my favorite piece sits next to it. Our children will always know their daddy was a hero

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My sister, my friend

Submitted by Kimberly A Gaines-Jones in USA, October 2016

My favorite piece that I own is actually one that I was given at the worst moment of my life. While at my baby sister's funeral, a long time friend pulled me aside and handed me a bag. Inside was "My sister, my friend."

You see, my baby sister died from cancer on April 6th of this year. She and I were as close as two sisters could be. She was my hero, and we talked every single day. I am lost without her, and the world is a bit more darker without her in it.

I placed the amazing gift, which I kept in my lap the entire plane ride home, (I didn't want it to get broken, I didn't care how it was packaged already,) on my night stand. It is the first thing I see when I wake up, and the last thing I see at night. It has brought a great sense of comfort and peace to me.

Thank you for such beautiful art.

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MotherDaughter

Submitted by Linda Vecchio in USA, October 2016

My favorite is Mother/ daughter figurines. What makes these figurines especially special to me is because they are faceless. I had a daughter that was born on my 18th birthday in 1965. I was unwed and got pregnant after the 11th grade and was sent away to give my baby up for adoption. I longed to know my daughter for 33 years until I found her and met her in Jan. 1999. I prayed each night for God to let me see her face. Whenever I would dream of her I could not see her face. After we reunited and I was looking for a special gift for her birthday, I came across the Willow collection and knew that this was the perfect gift for her. She and I both longed to see the others face. I have given her a Willow Tree figurine every year thereafter.

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Brother and Sister

Submitted by Donna in Florida, October 2016

My favorite piece is brother and sister, the first time I saw that piece. It brought back so many wonderful memories. Reminded me of the last day my brother and I had together before he past awhile. Our childhood was rough and very unhappy for the both of us. As we had a very dysfunction family and many things happened to us that no child should go through. We both left home very early in life, I was 14th and he was 16th and we did not have a chance to enjoy what most teenagers were able to do growing up. We both had to grow up very fast and it was not easy for us starting out life on a hard road. We were close at home and even closer when we were on our own, it was all we had was each other. After awhile I moved to NC and he moved to NY. We lost in touch, many years down the line we both moved back to Florida and we finally was able to get in touch we each other. He had a illness that took his life and knew his time was short. Before he was really sick he wanted one holiday together and it was thanksgiving day I went up to his place. And that was a day of just being together and finding out so much of how he felt with all the hurt and things that happen to us by our parents. Many other things that we could laugh and cry about. When I see that piece, I think me of sitting there and just listing to him. And what a wonderful day that was and how will learned more about each other. As he was a kind hearted person and for all he went through he would always be there for someone who needed help. How Blessed I was to have a wonderful brother and God giving me that wonderful day so I could have the memories of him on a special day.

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by Laurie in Indiana, October 2016

My favorite Willow Tree that I have is Angels Embrace. I received it when I lost my third baby. I have lost four and I when I see it, I am reminded that my babies are in heaven and I will see them again one day. It was a thoughtful gift during a difficult time and it simply showed me that someone cared about me and my loss. Thanks.

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Miss You

Submitted by Andrea Micu in Bucharest, Romania, October 2016

I was mesmerized by the little sculptures of Susan Lordi from the very first time I saw them. It was the simple but absolutely beautiful gestures that attracted me. The fact that they have no faces makes me easly identify with the gestures/characters. My favourite is the little jewel called "Miss you". I just received it this evening and I placed it next to the picture of my beautiful mother. It's been eight years.... and I still miss her everyday just like a little girl...

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Bloom

Submitted by Randi Kellogg in Idaho, October 2016

My current favorite is Bloom- truly I love them all. My husband and I are currently serving a mission for our church. Several weeks after arriving at our assigned destination (Alberta) I was feeling homesick - missing my children and grand children and feeling very uncertain about where we were and the work we were doing. One day in a local gift shop I saw "Bloom" sitting on a nearby shelf. It seemed to speak to me and after leaving the store I could not get it out of my mind. However, I mistakenly thought the piece was titled "Blessings" which was a very appropriate reminder to me at the time, the flowers in the bouquet representing the many everyday and special blessings we receive in our lives and often overlook or simply take for granted. A few weeks later my husband gave me the figurine for my birthday. But when I looked at the title on the figurine it said "Bloom" not "Blessings" as I had thought, but a quote immediately came to mind: "Bloom where you're planted." Months later in another gift shop miles away I noticed a sign bearing the French proverb: "Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.: For me this is a very appropriate sentiment for the figurine "Bloom" and one i continue to remember each time I look at it sitting on my kitchen window sill - ".... bloom with grace" . And I'm trying to do just that.

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Angel of Hope

Submitted by Maria in Montreal, Qc, Canada, October 2016

The most meaningful piece to me is the Angel of Hope. My husband and I have had difficult fertility issues and have been trying to have baby for many years. There were days where we felt that hope was gone. One day my hubby surprised me with the Angel of Hope. I collect Willow Tree figurines - they are my absolute favorite. But the Angel of Hope has touched me in such a deep way...every day I look at her holding her candle and I find strength to believe and hope for our future, a bright future where our dreams are possible. We will have our family. So as our journey towards parenthood continues, I find hope in every situation. Whether that be for our embryo to be transferred or for the possibility of adoption. That is thanks to my sweet husband and my precious angel.

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Angel of Healing

Submitted by Gina Marie in Northfield, Massachusetts, October 2016

My husband has been gifting me Willow Street Angels for many years. Each one always has meaning and even today he can tell me why he gave me each one. The most meaningful one is the Angel of Healing. I was diagnosed with cancer 4 years ago and he gave me that Angel during my treatment. While all my Angels are meaningful to me, this one has special meaning. I'm thankful that they are available for my husband to express his feelings to me in a beautiful way. They are scattered throughout my house with my absolute favorites in my bedroom under a wall that says "My beloved is mine, and I am yours", from Song of Solomon!

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Guardian

Submitted by Michelle in Nebraska, October 2016

The piece most meaningful to me is Guardian. My husband and I were married last October and had a rough first year of marriage. In November 2015, I fell ill with pneumonia and miscarried our first baby. In January 2016, I miscarried our second baby and then my mom had a minor stroke. In May 2016, I lost our third baby. Each loss occurred at 5 weeks and each one was harder than the previous. In July, we decided to speak with a fertility clinic to see if there was anything causing me to lose our babies. We will be having an IUI done next month. I started sharing our struggles with some of the ladies at church because it felt better to talk about it instead keeping it bottled up. A few weeks ago, one of the ladies at church handed me a gift. Inside was the piece, Guardian. She gave it to me to remember our precious little babies we last and to serve as a reminder that they are in the hands of God. When I look at it, I am also reminded that I am not alone and that we (my husband and I) have people praying for us.

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Guardian Angel

Submitted by Rosaleen Watson Perry in USA, October 2016

my first willow tree was "the guardian angel" it was given to me 2 days after my 4 year old son died from cancer. I was at the lowest point in my life, having watched my mighty boy battle this horrible disease for almost 2 years, and not win. My husband and I were totally distraught, and were now having to plan our babies funeral. This lady who I only knew from being a customer at the restaurant I worked in, showed up at our door to give her condolences, She had a willow tree box with her and handed it to us, saying that she had received the same one after her own mother had passed and it gave her tremendous comfort. She hugged us and left, I opened the box and saw this strange and wonderful figure, although there are no physical features on the face it was so full of emotion. I cried like i hadn't cried in weeks but it was a cry that was needed. I felt calm again, and knew that my son was watching over me and my husband and would continue to do so........it's now 15years later and my collection has grown over time from gifts from my husband and now our 11 year old daughter, but the guardian angel who started it all, has pride of place in our house. That angel is my constant reminder that our mighty boy is o.k. and will protect us always

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Loving Angel

Submitted by Kairee Erwin in West Virginia, October 2016

My piece is loving angel. It's the first willow tree my mother got for me. She loves willow trees. She has ones that go with life such as the couples and children and then she has others that we've gotten her. It's become a tradition to get her a willow tree and it's fun to get her talking about them and then surprise her with them. She gets so excited. If I would win this I would pick a willow tree that I know she wants so badly so it could be signed. Loving angel is meaningful because it reminds me of her and I'll have it forever.

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Angel's Embrace Ornament

Submitted by Melisa in Gatineau, Quebec, October 2016

On September 28th 2016 Our son was born 21 weeks premature. It broke our hearts, but we know that he is in heaven being watched over by our everlasting Lord and Savior and that he is our little angel now.

This ornament perfectly embodies the vision I have of our little Elliott in the arms of an angel <3

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Mi Casa

Submitted by Angela in Dorset, England, October 2016

I am married to a Baptist Pastor in England. As we approach retirement we have been anxious about where we will live - our home is owned by the church, and our income has been too small for us to buy anywhere. Dad was a Pastor too, and he and Mum had a difficult time in rental homes at the end of their lives. But miraculously God has provided a lovely little home for us, near the town where I grew up, in beautiful countryside, close to my brother 's family and my best friend. My daughter gave me "Mi Casa" - because it is the first time in my entire life I can say 'this is MY house'. But it is all of God's grace, and when I see the figurine, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for His amazing blessing.

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Thank You

Submitted by Danielle McGuffin in USA, October 2016

I have been collecting Willow Tree figurines for over a decade. I love them all and it is too difficult to choose a favorite. You have a way of capturing moments and memories in people's hearts without knowing them. It is a gift. When I look at each figurine it brings back a special memory for each. My "Promise" cake topper, reminds me of my beautiful destination wedding, how everyone looked and felt, and the wonderful toasts given that day. My "Nativity Set" reminds me of all of the wonderful years of Christmas memories. My family and I share a number of traditions from decorating the tree/house together, meals, creating Christmas ornaments. If I had to choose, it would be my "Thank You" figurine. It was my first Willow Tree figurine. I received it as a gift from my supervisor for my birthday as a token of her appreciation for all of my hard work. I pride myself in being a very good/hard worker and this is a constant reminder of that and this type of work can be rewarded. This started my hundreds of figurines collection. Thank you for continuing to develop these. They bring joy to many peoples lives.

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