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.

Close To Me

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

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

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Promise

Submitted by Christopher in Wadsworth, Illinois, April 2017

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

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Generations

Submitted by Tammy lannon in pei Canada, April 2017

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

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Julia Norton in Arizona, April 2017

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

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Around You

Submitted by Missy in Princeton, WV, April 2017

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

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Courage

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

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

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Close to me

Submitted by Wanda in Baltimore, April 2017

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

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Father and Daughter

Submitted by Duane in Covington, GA, April 2017

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

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

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My sister, my friend

Submitted by Dawn Wells in New Zealand, April 2017

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

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Amy in Panama City, Florida, April 2017

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

Sincerely,
Amy

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Angel of Healing

Submitted by Kathryn Heard in North Wales, April 2017

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

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Grace Fanning in Easton, Md, April 2017

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

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Beautiful Wishes

Submitted by kim smith in Warrington, April 2017

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

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Several

Submitted by Pat in Virginia, April 2017

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

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Courage

Submitted by Meghan in Richmond, KY, April 2017

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

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

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

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

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Always Mom & Me

Submitted by Sylvia Viera-Keshwar in NY, April 2017

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

Sylvia

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Willow Just for you 26166

Submitted by Arllyn Polanco in Harrison, NJ, April 2017

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

Arllyn

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Father & Daughter

Submitted by Professor Colin Pritchard in Southampton, April 2017

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

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Angel of caring

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

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

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Hero

Submitted by Gregory in Moline, IL, April 2017

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

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2017 Ornament

Submitted by Maggie in Connecticut, April 2017

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

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Forget-Me-Not

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

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

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Angel of Comfort

Submitted by Sandy in Hamburg, NY, April 2017

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

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Father and Daughter

Submitted by Mandy lamb in London, April 2017

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

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#27180 Always

Submitted by Carolyn Muldoon in Australia, April 2017

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

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With affection

Submitted by Lisa Dodd in Mississippi, April 2017

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

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New Dad

Submitted by Lidia in FLORIDA, April 2017

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

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Quiet Strength Memory Box

Submitted by Sarah in SC, April 2017

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

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Angel of Friendship

Submitted by Denise in Dacula GA, April 2017

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

Thank you,
Denise

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couple

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

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

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

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

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

This is my best souvenir

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Kindness(boy)

Submitted by Peggy Bell in South Jordan Utah, April 2017

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

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Around you/ babies

Submitted by Ericka in Katy Texas, March 2017

On our first anniversary I knew I didn't want to buy him something just to buy him something. I knew I wanted to give him something that looking back in a few years he will be like, wow that was our first anniversary gift; something really meaningful.
So I did a little research and found this " Around us figurine" and I said yes that's the perfect gift..

Let me tell you he loved it, 5 years later is still sitting on top.of his dresser and he cleans it up moves it around to make sure it's not chipped or damaged and now we have added our two kids as well.
I'm trying to create our story with these figurines. And I'm so happy that they can be passed to our children and they will say that was mommy and daddy's thing..

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Blessings

Submitted by Cheyenne Squire in Kansas City, MO, March 2017

February 15, 2017 was the most wonderful day of my life. I was baptized at the Cause Church which I now call home. At least 20 of my friends and family came to support the most important decision I've ever made. My beloved Grandma gifted me this piece and it sits on my desk next to my clock. It reminds me every time I look at it of the day that marked the turning point of my life from death to true life. It reminds me of the love that surrounded me on that perfect day. Thank you for using your creativity to serve others in such a simple way. You truly are using your gift to bring a light to the world!

With love,
Cheyenne

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Zampognaro (Shepherd with bagpipe)

Submitted by Silvia Fiorita in Montreal Canada, March 2017

Every year before Christmas my mother who was from Calabria would sing a song in her dialect saying E arrivato IL Natale con zampogne e turdilli...it took years before I figured out what she meant...Christmas is here with bagpipes and the special cookies she would make for the holiday. I never knew about the bagpipe tradition, having been born and raised in Canada, and I was so excited to know that they were just as much a part of our heritage as they are for the Scottish. It gave me a sense of connection to many of my friends and neighbours whose ancestry is in Scotland. And my mother taught me the song they play and our church organist, knowing I am Italian, plays it for me every Christmas. I have just ordered my piece and can't wait to get it in a couple of days. Thank you for giving me back a piece of my childhood and heritage and memories of my mother.

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My Girls

Submitted by Lynne blackwell in Manchester, March 2017

I received my girls from my daughter for mothers day 2017. My dad passed away in 2013 and I miss him so much and so does my sister. Receiving this piece was very emotional but lovely at the same time; it's finished off my collection. I have mother and daughter, sisters, brothers and a couple with a new born. They all represent my family and I love them :)

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Together

Submitted by Sarah Jayne Bunyan in Barnstaple, Devon, March 2017

I decided to get this piece as my partner & I have been together since Jan 2016. We got engaged in the same year & I wanted something that was special of us both. We chose this piece together as it symbolises our relantionship, the tough times we've come through to where we are now.
I also have the piece "A Tree, A Prayer" which symbolised my hopes for the future at the time of buying it

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Remembrance

Submitted by Jack Benitez in Dearborn, MI, March 2017

I have a friend who passed away from cancer. I coached her in high school. When she graduated we continued our friendship. She is like a daughter. Megan is (was) a gentle, loving, determined, dedicated, smart, fun loving and more important, spiritual young woman. Her faith and love for God was very strong. You would never know, because she never forced it on you. I didn't really realize it until she got sick. She would go to mass as much as she could. She always had a smile. She always had positive things to say and stories to share. She would always wanted to know how you were. We shared walks and texts.One lesson that she reinforced in me was "if you don't have anything good to say about someone, Don't say anything at all." I never heard her say a bad thing about anyone. When she was sick, she never blamed God for her misfortune. In fact, a few days before she went to heaven, there was a prayer service. Father conveyed a message to us from her, " Please don't be mad at God for what happened to me. It is not His fault. It is just one of those things." I found strength in her words. Yes, how could I be mad at a God who gave us a gift, a beautiful role model, an Angel. We are blessed...we are blessed to have a courier from God. Couriers don't stay long, they deliver a message and they are gone. You very seldom get to know their name. Even though Megan was 19 when she went HOME, we got to know her. What a blessing. What a gift. In me she rekindled the communication with the Lord. She rekindled the trust in GOD. Megan touched many people, young and old. Her love was cheerleading and she did it well. She is God's cheerleader. In track she was a high jumper.When the new girls came she would take them under her wing and settle them down. She was an extension of this coach.
Your "Remembrance" figure was given to me by her parents. They pointed out some markings on the little angel's dress that signify Megan. The little bird, although it represents our high school mascot, it represents more to me. A few days after we celebrated Megan's rebirth in Christ, I was visiting my daughter in Virginia. During my bed time prayer I said, "Lord, I know Meg is with you and she is fine, but could you give me a small sign that she is okay? The next morning I was walking my daughter's dog in a wooded area. I heard a "bird" sing a melody. It wasn't far, but I couldn't locate the source of the song. I have never heard a bird sing like that, never. It only did it twice and it stopped. Megan and I used to sing. I smiled and I knew my friend is in GOD's hands, Home where she belongs. There are more markings. One even shows the love for her boyfriend.
I want to thank you Susan Lordi for skill and talent for giving us something to keep our happy thoughts alive. Even if you hadn't, Megan lives in our heart and mind. Thank you

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With Love

Submitted by Najmeh in Iran, March 2017

I received my "With Love" statue from my love. We could never reach each other. He posted it to my house to show his unforgettable love after one year of disconnection. I will never forget him, too. And this statue is always the symbol of his love to me.

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Angel of mine

Submitted by Elizabeth Harrison in Abbeville, SC; 29620, March 2017

I'm 16, i had my daughter Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 2:07 am. I had a C section after 19 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing, I had finally given up (which was a good thing because she probably would not have made it). Elanoar was born pink and she looked very healthy ( I was put under while the c section was taking place) I was told she looked fine and healthy. But her oxygen stats were abnormally low for a newborn child. Later that day Dr. John, the NICU doctor ordered an echocardiogram on her heart; it came back showing that she had a very serious congenital heart defect (which we had never known about), she was then flown to Augusta Georgia to the Children's Hospital of Georgia where 2 weeks later she would then have her first out of many open heart surgeries. She is my precious baby. She has made it so far, and God wouldn't just make her go through that for nothing. She's now a month old and still not home. During this time before the open heart the doctors made it seem like heart transplant was the only thing that would save her but through prayers and faith our baby is still with us. My Willow Tree is especially dear to my heart.

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Lavender Grace

Submitted by Jodye H. in Washington (WA), March 2017

Lavender Grace was given to me by a dear childhood girlfriend. We live on opposites sides of the country and haven't seen each other in years. This piece was sent to me after the loss of my beloved standard poodle Titan and the loss of my step-father within the same week.
The scent of lavender has always been comforting to me and is one of my favorite essential oils, and lavender is one of my favorite garden flowers. This piece is comforting in its simplicity and its reminder to fill our senses with our favorite things while they are here to enjoy. Also, unknown to my friend is that I had bought a Willow Tree plant as a remembrance to my beloved poodle for its meanings and symbolism, thus making this special in even more ways. <3

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Shine

Submitted by sevda in Iran, March 2017

My most beloved person which never accepted to be with me bought this amazing piece for me as a sign of my inner joy and care for others. I love this gift so much because it shows me the respect of my love to me.

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New Life

Submitted by Mayis in India, March 2017

This April 3rd, we mark the begininng of a new life with that special gift from God cherishing the memory of our Marriage day. I just want to give this gift to remind the remembrance of that special gift she offered me.

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Lots of Love

Submitted by Sharon Holt in Julian, North Carolina, March 2017

A very good friend gave this ornament to my husband and me on our 50th wedding anniversary. It is so beautiful and so appropriate for the occasion of our celebration. It shows how much we celebrate love for one another. Thank you for carving this beautiful piece. I will certainly treasure this for many years to come.

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Many pieces

Submitted by Dawn Hetrick in Sugar Hill, Georgia, March 2017

A few years ago, my daughter discovered how much I appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the Willow Tree figurines. She began to give me a piece for Mother's Day, my birthday, and Christmas along with a heartfelt reason why she chose that particular piece. I now have 21 Willow Tree figurines displayed on a two-shelf wall hanging that my husband made for me, and one on my mantle. Seeing them is a daily reminder of the cherished relationship I share with my daughter.

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pet

Submitted by sinan li in Ca Los Angeles, March 2017

I have been in Los Angeles about two years. I really want to thank you because the willow tree warms my heart. When I see them I am really happy and want be a good girl.
Right now I really miss my pet and I still want to find a Willow Tree sculpture of a girl with long straight hair and holding a white cat. I love all the Willow Trees and the Willow Tree maker..

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Willow Lavender Grace

Submitted by Cindy McArthur in N Canton, Ohio, March 2017

I just received today my Lavender Grace from my oldest and dearest friend. It was a lovely surprise and one that I will cherish forever. We have been through a lot together. We have known each other since we were 12 yrs old and have always been there for each other; we will always remain so. In this instance, I can't thank her enough for her loyal support, strength, shared tons of laughter, a strong shoulder to cry on, as well as her unconditional love while I am undergoing a very stressful medical challenge in my life. I wish every person could have a friend like this in his/her life! I am truly blessed and love her with all my heart.

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Nativity

Submitted by Domica in Virginia, March 2017

I wanted the nativity so bad.... I received the first piece for Valentine's Day and I have received the rest of it now and I just need the creche. I have so many Willow Tree pieces that I LOVE!!

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Guardian Angel

Submitted by Sarah in Overland Park, KS, March 2017

We just had our first miscarriage a month ago and were devastated at the loss. My sister sent this to me and I immediately teared up. It is a reminder or our baby that is forever in heaven playing with the angels. This is my favorite piece by far!

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Angel of Comfort

Submitted by Tina Book and Family in Towaco, NJ, March 2017

We received this beautiful Angel of Comfort from our dear friends Marilyn, John and Johnny in memory of our sweet pug Buffy who passed away on 2/21/17. Marilyn, John, and Johnny lived next door to us when we brought little Buffy home at 8 weeks old so they knew her from the beginning of her life with our family. Her passing left us brokenhearted but with 14 years of cherished memories. We put the Angel of Comfort next to her ashes in our curio cabinet.

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Anniversary

Submitted by Mayis in India, March 2017

My story seems very much differrent from all I read here. I know this gift is most suited for a couple who had lived for a couple of years. But I need this to be gifted my wife on the occassion of our first remembrance of our wedding anniversary. I need to share my life for all the forthcoming years, moments of togetherness. And gifting this I would mark it as as a beginning of how we gonna end....

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PROMISE

Submitted by LOIS EMERSON in BROKEN ARROW, OK, March 2017

For our 57th Wedding Anniversary, my husband surprised me with the Willow Tree piece, Promise. His note to me said, "We've been dancing for 57 years. Sometimes we step on each others toes, but we just keep on dancing." To me, that said 'Love' and a 'Promise' for our life together. Truly melted my heart!

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#26109 With affection

Submitted by Trisha in Ottawa, ON, March 2017

Our cat Archimedes (Archie for short) became suddenly ill and was put to sleep the following day. We had adopted him only 3 short months before. The image of an angel holding a cat gives my family comfort in imagining our Archie wrapped tightly in the arms of the angels. Thank you for the beautiful piece!

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Quietly

Submitted by Leia in TX, March 2017

I am a foster mother and I was lucky enough to be a mom to a 3-year-old and 18-month-old for a time. Recently the state awarded custody to a family friend rather than to let them stay and be adopted by us. Just after we received the news, that after almost a year we would no longer be able to have them in our lives, I saw your figurine and it spoke to my mother's heart and it encapsulated the life we had together, and I bought it as a way to remember the children of my heart and the time, however briefly, that we held them in our arms.

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For Always

Submitted by Helene Hansen in DANMARK, March 2017

This figurine actually made me all teary-eyed. I have an almost 3 year-old son (and a 15-year old TEEN!) and the way that I feel about my "baby" is fully expressed in this figurine. I love his scent, the feeling of the physical (heart to heart) contact and the intimate (no screens, no distractions, no stress) situation that can be so hard to find nowadays. And the accompanying slogan, fits perfectly. I love you now and forever, and will protect you now and forever. PS: I love my 15 year-old too if you were in a doubt. ;)

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Quiet Strength

Submitted by Rhonda in North Carolina, March 2017

I received Quiet Strength as a Christmas present from a friend who knows that I love my horse. It is my favorite gift that got this year. I placed it on the wall in my bathroom over the hand towel holder so I see it several times a day. I never get tired of seeing it and it gives me a feeling of peace each and every time I see it.. Truly a gift that keeps on giving.

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TALL ANGEL

Submitted by IAN LOWE in Cleveland uk, March 2017

Hello Susan,
I live in the UK on Teesside and a few years ago we discovered distance cousins over the pond in USA, so when they came over to visit they presented my wife and me with a beautiful Willow Tree tall angel holding what looks like a large pineapple and on the underside it says Welcoming Angel.When presented with this they said i would not find one on the internet, so I presume this was only one of its kind. Sadly the cousin who gave it to us has now passed away, so we always remember her when we look at the figure in our living room.We came across these cousins when I was researching my wife's great great uncle Henry Cooper the Yorkshire Giant who is buried in Calgary Canada in Union Cemetary. I went on to compile the first book about Henry who toured America and Canada with the circus and dime shows 1853-1899. There is a little history for you
Bye
Ian

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Sunshine

Submitted by Alice in Constance - Germany, March 2017

A gift from my best friend Marion. I put it in harmony with my dear partner's aquarell. I'm delighted from both! Alice, joyfully.

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Just for you

Submitted by LucaandMarivic's Star in Cuneo,Italy, March 2017

I recently had a silent miscarriage. We found out during our routine check-up at 12weeks that our baby's heart stopped beating at 10 weeks and 1 day. I have been carrying our baby for almost 2 weeks without knowing that he/she had already left us.Our hearts were broken in pieces. We have always wanted to have a baby. The day before my scheduled D and C,my husband and I went to a shop to buy an angel to remind us of our precious baby. It was my husband who had seen this beautiful angel carrying a thank you sign on her hand. When he handed it to me tears immediately flowed in his eyes. He told me he found our angel. We named our angel, Star.

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Angel of Freedom

Submitted by Lynn in MI, March 2017

I just bought this piece because it reminded me of my mother in law, as a colorful butterfly landed outside her hospital room window right after we found out she was dying of liver cancer. She was such a sweet lady, the best MIL ever, and I miss her lots.

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Close to me

Submitted by Colette in Ireland, March 2017

While on an all girls skiing holiday in Austria I was missing my nine year old daughter and vice versa. I came across this piece and it just spoke to me and I bought it to remind us both than whenever we are apart we will always be close. I love it

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Remembrance

Submitted by Averil Campbell in CALIFORNIA, March 2017

Sarah E., one of my childhood friends sent me this angel. I live in CA but was recently home in PA caring for my mother who was at in-home hospice due to brain cancer too close to her brain stem. Unfortunately, I witnessed her last breaths a few weeks ago. My friend was unable to make it to the "Celebration of Life" ceremony, but sent me this angel which I will keep close, as a reminder that my mom will always be close -my new guardian angel.

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Father and Daughter

Submitted by John in Columbia, MO, March 2017

God works miracles in people's lives. In 2005, I was deployed to Texas on business and attended a church where I met a mother of three who lost her father when she was 18. She adopted me as a father figure and we kept in touch, but this past year we have become very close. For Christmas, she sent me this piece, bringing tears to my eyes because it told me she cares as much for me as I do for her. Thank you Susan for creating such a wonderful work of art. May God continue to bless your inspirational work.

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Two Together

Submitted by Tommika Lewis in Aurora, Illinois, March 2017

This piece brings absolute tears to my eyes. I look at this and see my boys. I bought this for my kids' great grandmother for mother's day in 2016 and I had a hard time giving it to her. I don't think she understands the meaning behind this gift. I look at this and I see two children who are happy. Who are calm. I see innocence. I see my boys. Amir and Omar. I am so happy to have found this piece. I was shopping for a simple card with something that says we love you grandma, but this spoke to my heart, my soul. I'm a young parent and I've embraced motherhood. My boys mean the world to me. When I look at this, I know this is how God looks at us. His children. I could go on for days but I just love this piece, adore it so much. Words aren't enough, but to the artist, thank you for creating this piece.

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Miss You

Submitted by Anjenette Wright in Texas, March 2017

On March 1,2014 my first born son was taken from my family and me. Lord knows we miss him each and every day. RIH Lil Cliif.....

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Guardian

Submitted by Christyn in Illinois, February 2017

I have permanent custody of my nephew, and have had him since he was 5 months old. His father was my brother, who tragically passed away, and the biological mother lost custody so he needed home. I made the decision to take him in, no little ones myself, a single mom... I was just shaking in my boots at the time! Now my little guy is a happy and flourishing 6 year old scrappy boy. I am truly blessed to have the very best piece of my brother. When I saw this Willow Tree for the first time, my mouth hit the floor. I had to have it, of course. The name, the message, the way she's holding the little one so close. It's absolutely the perfect representation of my little family. Every time I look at it, I remember holding my infant nephew all those years ago, making the promise in my heart to my brother, to love and protect his son forever.

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Two Together

Submitted by Fern in England, February 2017

I recently miscarried my twins at 10 weeks and only had a few scan pictures to remember them by. My mum brought me these to display with their pictures and I love them! A lot of my friends have Willow Tree figures and they all relate to them in very different and personal ways. Lovely pieces and will definitely be buying more!

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Sunshine

Submitted by Kathleen in North Carolina, February 2017

My sweet daughter, Kristy passed away in October at the age of 37. It was a devastating accident and I never got to tell her goodbye. Since sunflowers were her very favorite flowers, they were abundant at her funeral. I have cried lots of tears the last months and miss her terribly. The Sunshine figure has been placed in a special place and brings me comfort, as it reminds me of her and that she is now an angel watching over me!

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Angel of the Kitchen

Submitted by Corinne in Pennsylvania, February 2017

My mom passed away last week. She had two wonderful friends but I didn't realize how close or supportive they had been to her until I began clearing out her home. I found many, many cards and notes of encouragement and caring from these two lovely ladies and I realize that they were her constant support in my absence (we live a bit of a distance away.). They told me that they were coffee companions and were always in touch. I wanted to find a sweet token to thank them for all of their kindness toward my mother and also something for them to remember her by. As soon as I saw this piece, I knew it was perfect! I hope when I get to the later stage of my life, I have friends like these. This will be endlessly meaningful to them.

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Brother and Sister (darker skin tone and hair color)

Submitted by Julienne Johnson in Idaho, February 2017

I just received this beautiful statue from my son and his family in remembrance of my sweet brother who passed away on Valentine's Day. It depicts us perfectly, as though you used us as your model. My two angel daughters gave me "By My Side" for Christmas and this is sitting right next to it. Thank you for sculpting what our hearts are feeling at any given time. I cherish all the Willow Tree sculptures I have received over the years.

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Always and Forgetmenot

Submitted by Mrs Lynda Bennett in HAMPSHIRE. England, February 2017

I purchased both of these today. I chose Always first, a woman holding a red heart. I notice this was made in 2012, a very emotional year for me, I lost my first born son in July that year.He took his life. I have never been the same after that terrible day.It reminded me of the tremendous love I have for him that I keep forever in my heart. The contentment, a little girl holding governments, reminded me of my son's young daughter who I now do not see a lot and to whom I send hand made little items in the post to let her know I love her very much and I am always here for her ( For get me not )

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Bright star

Submitted by Dawn in Illinois, February 2017

I work in a Cancer Center. I had a patient who I had helped him and his family with paperwork and insurance. After he passed away his brother and wife came to see me and brought me your Bright Star piece. On the card they wrote "to our light on the 2nd floor" it was very special and I will never forget.

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All of them more than 150

Submitted by Sunny Carbo in Castle Hayne NC, February 2017

I have been collecting Willow Tree since 1999, my son started the collection celebrating the birth of his daughter. He continued until the Small Navity was completed, for Christmas he started me on the large Nativity. As they both have passed over now, I've remained diligent in keeping this tradition, with Willow Tree being the focus in expressing my entire life, & memory,
One of the many pieces I leave out year round is my Starry Night, I go to sleep every night looking at it.Thank You Willow Tree, for your heartfelt creations, they mean so much to me, & truly tell my story.Sunny

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Two Together

Submitted by Bec Findlay in Sydney, February 2017

After experiencing 2 miscarriages this year, one on our honeymoon and one 2 weeks before Christmas we wanted something that would be a tasteful reminder of our babies that were so loved and lost.. these figures are a special tribute to our peanuts so that they are never forgotten and forever part of our family.

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Soar

Submitted by Sarah Cooper in Tinonee, NSW, February 2017

I received Soar from a really beautiful friend after I lost my son, Zachary, during pregnancy only a week ago. He is my first child and it was so hard to let him go, he took a piece of my heart with him that will never be replaced. Receiving this gift really expresses how I had to let him go, let him fly and be free. Receiving it from a friend also reminded me about all the love and support I have around me right now which helps me get through each day. I know Zachary will always be with me. Soar will be going next to his little keepsake urn when he comes home next week. Soar will remind me that he is flying free.

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Patience

Submitted by Stephanie Webb in AR, February 2017

My husband and I will be married 3 years in March. We used your cake topper at our wedding, and have bought a new one each year to represent the stages of our marriage. We have "You and Me" and "Together". We also have a 5 year old son, and have been through quite a few life changes over our 7 year relationship. This year, he joined the army, two weeks before finding out that I am having our second child. He's been gone since week 7, and I won't get to be with him again until a couple months after she is born. I'm realizing the thing that captures this stage of our marriage the most is patience. Patience with each other, patience with my still young son, and patience for being apart. These are beautiful pieces that I hope to be able to collect for the rest of my life.

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by Corie in South Carolina, February 2017

At 25 weeks pregnant with our son Eli, we learned he had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). I carried Eli for 37 weeks, and held him in my arms for the four hours he lived. This piece represents so much to me, and I still cry every single time I look at it. I see Eli being welcomed to Heaven and being safe, secure and healthy. All he knew was love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this piece as it speaks to my soul, and is exactly what I have pictured since the day he died.

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Angel's Embrace

Submitted by Mary Redoutey in OH, February 2017

My son was born at 29 weeks,weighing in at 3 lbs, 1 oz. He was in the NICU at Ohio State for 1 month. He's now 32 years old with a son of his own. My daughter, however, was born at 24 weeks and weighed only 1 lb, 8 oz. She survived for only an hour. I've always felt that she is my personal little angel. This piece pulled at me from the first time I saw it. I knew I had to have it. I absolutely love all things Willow Tree.

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Irish Charm

Submitted by Rachel in Brookline, Massachusetts, February 2017

I bought this piece for my mom for her birthday a few years ago. She was thrilled! We're an Irish American family and spend parts of our summer at Celtic music festivals. It's an important part of our family identity. Fast forward to this Christmas, and my mom bought me an Irish Charm figurine for my home. It's a wonderful reminder of my family.

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angel of prayer

Submitted by Kathy Steel in Johnstown Pennsylvania, February 2017

I got this piece from our hospital store one day. I was on my lunch and thinking about my son who just joined the Military (Army National Guard) and is struggling with the physical fitness portion of his training. Heis very tall and very very thin, so the physical part is tough. He also has never been away from home and this is a huge change for him.

I saw this piece in the window of the little store and I felt such comfort looking at it that I bought I for my desk at work. Every time I look at it I am reminded that an Angel is looking over my son and will help him through this tough time.

Thank you,

Kathy

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Together

Submitted by David N.T. Perry in Yorktown, Virginia, February 2017

My wife and I met on June 24,1977 through mutual friends. It was the only blind date either of us had ever been on.
We got married on June 24, 1978. This coming June 24 will be our 39th anniversary! We're still deeply in love, and we're best friends too. We both believe in, and follow the 'old school' code of honor.

I have bought 5 other pieces from Willow Tree, Nancy loves them more than ever.

This piece, Together, will be a Valentine's Day for her.

David N.T. and Nancy

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With affection

Submitted by Marie in Kenosha, WI, February 2017

Less than a week ago I had to make the excrutiating decision of having to put my dear, sweet Arty cat to sleep. It has been such a rough few days because he was only 6 and had so much life left to live. I had been eager to see him bond with our 1 year old daughter. He had such a wonderful, loving, playful personality that I'm sure he would have been such an excellent friend and companion to her just as he was to me. We have a 5 year old cat too, but she is very much the stereotypical aloof cat. With Arty gone, there is a hole in my heart and soul. This beautiful piece has brought me comfort because I know in my heart that Arty will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge and the angels will keep him safe for me until I see him again. I also bought the Kindness figurine, which I will be putting on top of the photo box that holds his ashes. They are such beautiful pieces and they will always be a touching reminder of the precious life of my sweet Artemis Boo. He is so loved and missed.

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Close to me

Submitted by Kathy Daiker in Texas, February 2017

I got this piece as a gift from a friend who collects Willow Tree. My daughter passed away September 22nd 2016 and as anyone can imagine I have been very devastated, she was our only child. She was 35 years and had two boys, which I am now raising the 15 year old. I feel so lost without her! But this little figure it makes me happy to look at and to me it's me and her. Now I want the one where the mother is holding the baby, kind of like the beginning and the end.

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Healing + 5 others

Submitted by Kate Gaskell in England, February 2017

My story began the day I retired in April 2008. My work friends gave me The Angel of Spring, for the season I retired and The Angel of Remembrance to always remind me of my friends.
For one of my Mothers Day presents, from my son and family, I was later given Surrounded by Love. Very appropriate.
Then I lost my best friend to cancer. The same son and daughter in law gave me The Angel of Freedom to remind me that her spirit was now as free as the butterfly the angel was holding.
Last year 2016 that very same son and daughter in law lost their 11month old baby son to a rare medical condition. My friends gave me Bright Star Angel to remind me just how much his spirit was shining in heaven.
My new angel I bought today 10th Feb 2017. She is The Angel of Healing. You see God blessed my son and family with a beautiful and perfect baby girl on the 22nd of January 2017. She is a rainbow baby and is named Willow, a symbol of healing. My angel will always remind me of Gods perfect love. He will give us strength to heal.

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Angel of Comfort

Submitted by Maria in Las Vegas, NV, February 2017

The day I have been dreading for almost 11 years happened Monday. Very suddenly my baby girl Athena got sick. I went in to my vet thinking GI upset due to her Adequan injection, left finding out she had very aggressive, very fast spreading cancer in her heart and lungs.
I've always hoped that I would never have to make the choice for my girls, but that's exactly what I had to do Monday. Athena was still herself; still wanted to fight, but was suffering and so I was forced to let her go. It was the most difficult choice I have ever had to make in my life, but I think I did what was best for her. She wasn't eating, not drinking much, and having difficulty breathing - she was suffering but staying strong. So I had to take over and be stronger for her and not be selfish.
Athena is the best FRIEND anyone could have asked for. She was my everything. She got me through so much. I did my best for her I just hope it was enough. It was an honor having you as my Baby Girl Athena. I love you and will never forget you even for a second.

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Friendship

Submitted by Suzie Curtis in San Diego, February 2017

My story about your Friendship girl has several layers. I have reached out to a PEO Sister/ friend who is going though a series of ongoing cancer journeys and we have become soul sisters. I am the only one she will see or spend time ( which is very limited for many reasons) with. Her husband is a Prince and makes my visits very special.
My friend could not get out for Christmas shopping so he did some for her. He choose for me your Friendship girl. Little did he know that the flower and symbol of our PEO sisterhood is the daisy , which she holds in her hands. When I told him how much his chosen gift to me meant to me he was thrilled. Felicity Friendship sits on my desk where I see her every day and am reminded of a kind and loving husband who picked her out because of her name and because he recognizes how close his wife and I have become.

I have other memorable treasures from your Willow Tree collection and cherish each one. I trust you realize how your gift of Willow Tree to us has spread JOY to so many.
lovingly , Suzie

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For Always

Submitted by Machelle Stotts in Cheyenne, WY, February 2017

I am ordering "For Always" because I just lost my little boy 9 weeks ago. I held him like that. Oliver will forever be 15 months old. And he will always be in my heart.

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Angel of mine

Submitted by Kayleigh in Sydney Australia, February 2017

After trying for a baby for seven years and a year of IVF treatments my husband and I finally fell pregnant. However at our second ultrasound scan we were told our baby had passed. I suffered a miscarriage Christmas 2016. We were absolutely devastated. The grief was overpowering and all consuming. We had seen our baby on the monitor, seen his heartbeat and planned a future of a blue nursery, trips to the zoo and Christmas's with our families. Yet we had nothing tangible to aid in processing our grief. No personal items or lock of hair to hold, no grave to visit. I needed something to ensure our Angel knew that although we never met him, he was loved, so loved and will never be forgotten. I look the my Willow Tree piece every morning and every night and take a moment to think of the son we should have had.

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courage

Submitted by Concetta Schafhausen in Ohio, February 2017

A couple Christmases ago, we were playing cards with my son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters, my youngest granddaughter was 10 and the game we were playing was called "five crowns." The object of the game is to make runs and sets and lay all your cards in one group (similar to splash rum) The youngest would play and if she played all her cards she would throw up he arms and yell Boo-Yah, in celebration. Later that week I saw the willow tree angel with her arms thrown up in celebration, I decided I needed to own her, I have about 5 other Willow Tree angels, I have collected angels for years. I put the angel in my Amazon cart, but kept taking it out, no extra money, to order, so put it on the wish list, I had not bought her as of this Christmas and low and behold, She was under the tree from my other son and his family, But a added benefit was she was also a musical one, Just a happy thought to share with you.

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True Keepsake Box

Submitted by Michelle Lane in Sioux Falls SD, January 2017

Today I received my True Keepsake Box in the mail. I had 3 beautiful dogs that are now playing in heaven. My first dog Buddy who was 14, died on the last day in 2015, then in April 2016, Gidget who was 15 passed away, 10 days later Brindee Jo who was also 15 passed away from a broken heart. Her grief was so great that she did not eat and after a few days, I had to give her up to Jesus too. I had each of them cremated. When I saw this beautiful box, I knew it was going to be the perfect place for a small portion of their ashes. I have several of the Willow Tree figurines and each one has a special meaning to me. Thank you for letting me share my story about my 3 kids who are missed everyday!

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Angel of Caring

Submitted by Ivy in Phoenix, January 2017

This morning I arrived to work in the Emergency Room and found this random act of kindness with my name on it and no identity of who might have gifted it....

But many endless thanks at a time in my life when I have been feeling less than an adequate human being....

Forever Grateful !

❤️Ivy

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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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