Submitted by Brittany in Mansfield, OH, June 2013
In January 2013, I began the most amazing adventure of my life. I began my student teaching semester of college. I walked into a familiar building, one I had visited before, and into an unfamiliar classroom. Thirty faces looked up at me and I was overcome with a fear of what if they don't like me, what if I fail miserably as a teacher, or worse, what if I fall so in love with these students that I never want to leave. As the 15 weeks passed, I got to know these children inside and out, we laughed, we got frustrated together, and most importantly, we grew. I fell in love with these students and on my last day, we were all an emotional mess. One student waked in with her sister-a former student of mine- and handed me my angel. I knew at that moment that these students loved me and this angel would always be my reminder of their love.
Submitted by Shirley Mullen in Choctaw, Oklahoma, June 2013
My best friend brought me this sweet little angel today to say "Thank You". Her name is Penny. She and her husband, Rick, lost their home and entire contents in the May 20th EF5 tornado that went through Moore, Oklahoma. By the grace of God, they made it out, with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. So many homes are gone and lives are lost. She is a teachers aide at Sante Fe Elementary in Moore, OK, and Rick is retired Air Force and works at Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest City, OK. We were on vacation in Illinois when we got the call they had lost everything. We told them to go to our home and stay where it was safe and where they could try to recover from the terror and pain of losing everything. It will be a long and slow process, but they have family and friends to help them along the way. She loves the Willow Tree figures and their meanings, as I do, and she lost her entire collection except one. She searched through the debris and found the one I had given her, "Two Alike!" Two sisters that are the same in so many ways, like she and her sister Pammy. Thank you, thank you Susan for your creations. I've always loved them and have collected and given them as gifts over the years. They bring so much peace, love and happiness to so many. You're much loved and appreciated! Good luck with your property in West Missouri--Penny & Pammy are from Forsyth, Missouri. With love and appreciation, Shirley Mullen
Submitted by Debra in Salt Lake City, UT, February 2013
I had been placed in charge of a large family picnic. I accidently upset a member of the family. I had asked him to plan the picnic since I lived out of state. During the planning process he had received many emails berating his choice of location, and many of them were very rude. He was late arriving because of car problems and the location he had chosen was full of a soccer event. I chose a different location and family members arrived. By the time he arrived with the large BBQ and saw I had changed locations, the soccer event had left. I tried to explain, but he was getting out of control with his actions, I couldn't understand at the time why he was so unforgiving and upset. I tried to defuse him and I went about talking with the other members to try to cover his upset. Since this was my deceased mother's family I thought to myself, "I must behave as my mother would, I must keep composure." I did well, but it was very draining and difficult.To my knowledge no one knew anything was wrong and everyone had a wonderful time. When I left the event, he was still not speaking to me. I decided to go to a store to get rid of the stress and as I walked the isles I came upon a Willow Tree display and all the figurines were blurry because of my eyes being affected from the stress. Except one figurine, she held a heart in her hand that had 'Thank You' written within the heart. Immediately I knew that my Mother had chosen this way to thank me for keeping her elderly sisters from knowing something was upsetting at the picnic, also that I had not allowed the problem to escalate, I knew that she was grateful and proud of my efforts. I don't know why that was the thought that filled my heart, except that it must have really been her way of saying Thank You. I did not buy the figurine until the next day. When I returned to the store, they didn't have one like I discribed. They had one with the Title of Thank You, but no heart, and one with a heart, but no Thank You was written in the heart. I don't know how to describe it, but I purchased the Thank You figurine (the one with no heart) and then just to remember my mother a little more I also purchased the "Forget Me Not" figurine. I get goose bumps every time I think about how they didn't have the figurine I saw, but that the blurred stressed eyes and a miracle got the message through to me anyway. My mother was Thankful that I had handled the event as she would have.
Submitted by Stephanie in MN/USA, December 2011
I recieved my "Thank You Angel" from a music director/church lady from Luthern Church of the Master in Brooklyn Center. Her name is Diane. I am new to the church and wanted to help out in the Christmas celebration. My daughter was a dancer. She let me help and gave me this wonderful gift. I was honored. It made me feel comfortable and I was very greatful. I also met a wonderful lady named Barb, and many more beautiful people. My angel is precious to me.
Submitted by Tanya in CA, March 2011
In 2003, I lost my baby to a stillbirth; the nurses in the hospital were so helpful and caring! I had three nurses throughout my hospital stay, and they were just so wonderful to me. I even had one nurse stay with me until my baby was delivered. I wanted to express to them how thankful I was for their support during this tragic event in my life. This was the perfect way to let them know how grateful I was for them. I love Willow Tree line and how the merchandise is a way to help people truly express their feelings to others!
Submitted by Tiffany in CO, November 2010
I was diagnosed with a cervical ectopic pregnancy 11/8/2010. The ultrasound tech that broke the news to me was a true blessing. She was so compassionate and just held me until I was done crying and could catch my breath. ♥ I purchased this beautiful and very sentimental figurine for her, to remind her how much her kindness meant to me during my loss. Thank you for creating this!
Submitted by Debbie in Utah, February 2010
My first Willow Tree (Thank You) was given to me by my cheerleaders as a gift of thanks. My second figurine was given to me by a very tearful group of cheerleaders two weeks after my 32-year-old son died in a motorcycle accident. It is the Mother and Son figurine. All I could do was sob. These teen-age girls found something that encompassed a mother's love for her son at a time my heart was broken and it showed me their love. These two figurines sit in a very prominent place in my home and each time I pass them I am reminded that love comes from many different walks of life. None is less important than the other. Susan Lordi has captured love in each of her collection pieces. Now Willow Tree figurines are my gift of choice to a daughter, a student aide, a friend, or me whenever an expression of love is needed and words aren't enough.
Submitted by Amy in Illinois, January 2010
I found Willow Tree a year ago. I started collecting figurines and angels that were so personal to my family and home. Thank you is not only the spitting image of my daughter but it shows her spirit of shyness, giving and love. She looked just like this at our second wedding holding almost the same colored flowers in her hands. Shes my little angel of thanks. Amy