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What are YOU grateful for?

First Posted: 09/19/13 EDT Updated: 09/21/13 EDT

World Gratitude Day is kind of like the dress rehearsal for Thanksgiving -- except your pants will still fit when it’s over. On Friday, we asked you to share photos and stories of the people, places or things that you're very thankful for. Your replies ranged from beautiful to bittersweet, and we feel grateful for every special memory you shared ... though you do owe us a new box of tissues now!

We've closed the gallery, but hope you enjoy looking through the photos today.

Warning: You're about to feel a burning desire to tell somebody that you love them.


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  • Grateful to be alive

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/4094192-tiny.png?20130905182631" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat">poochicat</a>:<br />I am grateful that my family survived this house fire that occured 3/15/13 at 12:23am, while we were sleeping. The reason we awoke was not only from smoke alarms but also because the fire raced across our home and hit some propane tanks that started blowing off and shaking the entire home. By the time I ran to get my boys on the other side of the house and ran out of the home, there were flames and smoke coming at us. Thereafter the roof in the garage and bedroom caved in. I am Thankful that we survived and we have started to rebuild. Some may see it as a tragedy, I see it as a moment to look back and say I am grateful that we made it through. If we can make it through that, we can make it through anything!

  • Back together again after 5 years of being apart...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kistiane_Mccormick"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000319630277/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kistiane_Mccormick">Kistiane Mccormick</a>:<br />This Is my daughter Teegan she and her twin brother were taken from me 5 years ago by their father he would not let me see them contact them on any level.. It was the longest 5 years of my life 5 months ago teegan contacted me and we met we spent time together and cried a lot but we promised eachother we would never be apart again, she spent the summer with me and it was the most amazing time of my life however we lost 5 years and we have had to learn eachother all over again and it has been the most wonderful journey of my life ... We will never be apart again, I will say thank you teegan for reaching out and taking a chance you are the most brave little girl I know... I love her so much..

  • I hope I'll see you again.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ruffmeian"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ruffmeian">ruffmeian</a>:<br />My Uncle B has been a symbol of stability for my whole life, ever since I could remember. He was my favorite person when I was barely walking, and he’s still my favorite person now as a married woman of 24 years. He was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and due to complications of a perforated bowel, is losing his fight. I’ve never felt so much heartbreak- I didn’t even know this much pain was possible. He took me to and from school, we had our very own lunch and dinner dates at our favorite place, Sizzler. Hell, as I got older I didn’t even like it as much but I LOVED it because it was OUR thing. We would go to SeaWorld and Disneyland every year. When I went away for school and my husband, we texted and talked constantly. He has, and will always be one of the most influential people I’ll ever encounter. My memories with him are priceless, and that time spent with him something I never thought would be the only memories I’d have left. I love you, B.. so much. I don’t know how I can gather myself up to go on without you. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

  • Her name is... Sunshine. :)

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/msipiblues"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1650607-tiny.png?20110808161551" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/msipiblues">msipiblues</a>:<br />Grateful for my granddaughter! Strong & courageous for sure, but the thing I love best is her tender heart toward others.

  • My two loves

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ciclyst"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/565059704/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ciclyst">ciclyst</a>:<br />Strong shoulders to carry me

  • I am Grateful for my Mother

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Chasidy_McGlothlin"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/89602004/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Chasidy_McGlothlin">Chasidy McGlothlin</a>:<br />She taught me how to be a strong successful independent woman! Supported everything and anything I wanted to do even if she knew it would blow up in my face; I needed to learn on my own. Supported me through thyroid cancer and continues to support me and always will. Love my Mother!

  • Beauty Of Life

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sandra_Shattuck_Roll"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100002062347119/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sandra_Shattuck_Roll">Sandra Shattuck Roll</a>:<br />I'm always so taken back by the beauty of the little things that sometimes get passed over. Like the splendor of the mountains in summer. Everyone always notices them in fall but they get overlooked in spring, summer and winter. The fact they are there, they should be noticed every chance you get. I'm so lucky and thankful to be able to enjoy the little things that sometimes get overlooked because they aren't as noticeable in the off seasons.

  • I am loved as just me

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jenna_Peranteau"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1252044127/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jenna_Peranteau">Jenna Peranteau</a>:<br />Accepted and loved with all my faults. And I return it in spades, because I found it late: at 44.

  • What would I do without Mike??

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jatmat726"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jatmat726">jatmat726</a>:<br />In Sept 1991 My , now husband, Mike moved in with me. Less than 3 weeks later I fell and broke my neck, resulting in a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. We were told I was a quadriplegic and would never walk. He stayed with me all these years. The doctors were wrong, it took a long time, but I do walk with a cane. I do believe, if not for Mike, I would still be quadriplegic. I tried to be the best I could because of my love for him. We were married in 1994 and although I still have problems caused by the spinal cord injury, we travel and enjoy life as much as we can. I can't even imagine life without him:-)

  • My Angel, Jayden

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/trubrat98"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/trubrat98">trubrat98</a>:<br />My miracle baby, Jayden is the person I am most grateful for. I was told I could not have children and had no clue I was pregnant until I was almost 5 month along. He has had several heart surgeries and complications due to DiGeorges Syndrome and was in the hospital for the first 6 months of his life but, even after everything he has gone through, is one of the happiest babies I have ever known. He makes my life worth living.

  • Pets

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jenna_Peranteau"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1252044127/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jenna_Peranteau">Jenna Peranteau</a>:<br />My rescue cat, Mocha, who is, I confess my favorite of my three. Her photo called to me on the adoption site, even though I thought I wanted a Siamese. Then I thought she was adopted, but no, the woman chose her sister. So home she came. She fetches, trills, and is boneless, carry around cat, she can be crazy, and makes me giggle daily. She's worth a million to me!

  • I am grateful for being able to capture a moment in time with my grand daughter. And it is funny too.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/judypiano"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1656952-tiny.png?20120723173753" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/judypiano">judypiano</a>:<br />Grammy and Graycen

  • Having my family together

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Rachel_Schrider"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1454430889/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Rachel_Schrider">Rachel Schrider</a>:<br />This year is very special for my family. For the first time in several years, my husband will be home to celebrate both of our children's birthdays, our wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are so blessed that our family finally gets to be together for all of these special days!

  • Yay for little sisters

    Though I don't always show it, I am grateful for my little sister. She is a special, beautiful and talented young woman. I am lucky to call her both my family and my friend. I don't tell her that nearly enough.

  • Grateful for little Rocky.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Scifly"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Scifly">Scifly</a>:<br />I am 71 and am alone but for little Rocky. He makes me laugh and brings much joy into an otherwise solitary life. I am so grateful he came into my life.

  • I'm grateful for my kids. They remind me that there is always another perspective. I find photos on my phone that they have taken and I'm always surprised to discover how they view the world, what they find beautiful, important or silly.

  • Thank you, random guy!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/hp_blogger_Brynn Mannino"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/contributors/brynn-mannino/headshot.jpg" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/hp_blogger_Brynn Mannino">HuffPost Blogger Brynn Mannino</a>:<br />That's me, second back, in the light blue t-shirtI I'm grateful for the random gym-goer who saw me struggling to finish my weighted ball squats at CrossFit the other night and stood next to me counting down and offering encouragement until I was done. That class was the first I'd ever had with him, and encouraging those who haven't finished isn't a requirement. I was so caught off guard by his kindness after I did finish that I had to run into the bathroom to cry a little before I was able to come back out and break down my station. Though I didn't realize it until you offered it, I really needed your help at that moment, random guy! And I haven't stopped thinking about it all week. Thank you.

  • Family

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sandra_Shattuck_Roll"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100002062347119/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sandra_Shattuck_Roll">Sandra Shattuck Roll</a>:<br />I have lost so many people and I'm so thankful for the family I have. My beautiful husband and kids, they are my everything. I look at them and think to myself "How did I get this lucky?" I used to dream of having a wonderful husband and a big family and never did I think that I would actually have them. I do, and I am so blessed and thankful everyday that I get to wake up to people that I love with all my heart.

  • My fiance enriches my life, both on land and underwater. On a vacation last year, he pushed me to try something that sounded terrifying -- swimming with stingrays -- and it turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Scooter! I am grateful for your love.

  • family accomplishments

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Savana_Chartier"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1654837284/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Savana_Chartier">Savana Chartier</a>:<br />my fiance and my son made me the woman i am now. id be nothing without them. im greatful i found a good man to stay by my side threw even the worst of times. and im greatful to have such a smart healthy baby. im greatful that we were strong enough to make it throughh whatever has been thrown our way.

  • im grateful for...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Maureen_Berry-Grbas"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1403864793/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Maureen_Berry-Grbas">Maureen Berry-Grbas</a>:<br />im grateful to have known a vibrant young lady by the name of Sammie Carlettini,she was the light in her mothers eye,i met sammie a few years ago,when I first went to San deigo to see one of my friends from high school,it wasn't the greatest beginning,she was behaving badly,but she was young,we all do,then we started to talk,while sh chopped up a shirt on the kitchen table,she was making the shirt into a piece of art work also,but she was the sweetest thing,she could make us smile,on a crappy rainy day in CA,only when I go rght,but sadly,we lost sammie last thanksgiving,still don't BELEIVE she is gone,i don't know how my bestie gets up out of bed,sammie her only child,she misses her so so much,i pray to sammie,to go to mom in her dreams please,mommy misses her angel,so I am thankful to have known Sammie,forever loved and missed everyday we love you

  • MY FAMILY

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ntonir"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ntonir">ntonir</a>:<br />FUN & LOVE AT ZOO MIAMI

  • MY ENTIRE FAMILY

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ntonir"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ntonir">ntonir</a>:<br />FAMILY REUNION

  • Great Kids

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/citizen2"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/citizen2">citizen2</a>:<br />I am so grateful to have 2 wonderful kids. SInce their Dad passed away, they have adjusted and worked hard to make our new family unit be everything we all need to keep going forward. I am very proud of them!

  • Im greatful for the person next to me', we made it through another year'

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/lovecjg"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/lovecjg">lovecjg</a>:<br />Up's, Down's, we still have each other'

  • My Heroic DADDY

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Maritza_DeLeon"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1627000925/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Maritza_DeLeon">Maritza DeLeon</a>:<br />My dad might be strict, he might be a little rough..but he is the most amazing man in the universe..at least for me. He has thought me so much. He is unselfish and kind always lending a helping hand. He has committed himself in providing for children and adults with DOWN SYNDROM, a little something to bring joy. He pays for all the expenses out of his pocket without help off donations. Even after the hard road he has traveled beating cancer and the sudden death of my sister Maria..he has managed to stay strong and focus on those around him and the less fortunate.

  • Thankful for my Children

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/4094192-tiny.png?20130905182631" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat">poochicat</a>:<br />This is myself,with my 11yr old and 17yr old son on a lovely day at the park 8/2013. I almost lost them both during my pregnancies.. But GOD has blessed me with priceless moments of Laughter, tears, memories and most of all two of the most loving protective boys ever. I am grateful that God chose me to be thier mother :)

  • Dreaming of Disney

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/4094192-tiny.png?20130905182631" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat">poochicat</a>:<br />I am grateful for those quiet moments where I can catch my child sleeping with all his favorite stuffed animals

  • 16th birthday Party

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/4094192-tiny.png?20130905182631" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat">poochicat</a>:<br />I am grateful for my two best friends(in the orange and white shirts) and my two boys. This is from my sons 16th birthday party. I am grateful that every year I've come up with a theme for thier birthdays and they love it and go along with it. This particular one was meant to be an "embarrassing" theme of pokemon where I made shirts for all of us. My 16yr old son loved it! I am grateful for these types of moments where you can bring priceless fun to your childrens lives!

  • 11/11/11

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/4094192-tiny.png?20130905182631" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat">poochicat</a>:<br />I am Grateful for my Husband whom I married In Vegas on 11/11/11. I am grateful to not only share this unique date with others, but to be married to my best friend!

  • I "mustache" you.. what are you grateful for!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/4094192-tiny.png?20130905182631" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat">poochicat</a>:<br />Grateful again for my children and my friends and all our wonderful, fun, crazy, priceless moments together. Life is all about living it to the fullest, everday, allday.. dont let a day pass you by without being grateful for those rare moments to share with those around you!

  • Sunrise

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/4094192-tiny.png?20130905182631" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat">poochicat</a>:<br />I am Grateful for every sunrise...another day to share my life and love with those around me. Always remembering that everyday is a new day, with new moments and although it may look bleak, we should be grateful for another breath, another smile, another tear, another moment to make a memory.

  • My Asia:)

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Tiffiny_Elise_Shipp"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/524009416/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Tiffiny_Elise_Shipp">Tiffiny Elise Shipp</a>:<br />I am grateful for my firstborn child, Asia. She is my reason for living .

  • Az Sunset

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/4094192-tiny.png?20130905182631" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat">poochicat</a>:<br />I am grateful for the Sunsets as well... They remind us that tomorrow is another day... another day to be grateful and show our gratitude to those around us!

  • I am grateful for dogs!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/TheOldCrow"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/5220423-tiny.png?20130815103139" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/TheOldCrow">TheOldCrow</a>:<br />I am grateful for dogs! I have lived alone most of my life, and have always had a dog as a companion. This is my little "Willie" who stays by my side, puts a smile on my face every day, and give me unconditional love. Life would be so sad without these wonderful creatures.

  • My mother and my sister and me

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jenna_Peranteau"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1252044127/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jenna_Peranteau">Jenna Peranteau</a>:<br />I still have my 86 year old mom and my older sister in my life.

  • Grandparents are a gift

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/4094192-tiny.png?20130905182631" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/poochicat">poochicat</a>:<br />I am grateful that my two boys had a chance to meet two of the most important individuals in my life. My Grandpa and Grandma (in Missouri, back in 2009). My grandparents were married for 63yrs until My grandpa had a fall in February of this year and passed away in March. I truly believe that Grandparents are Angels on Earth and I am grateful for the influence they had in my life that has made me who I am today. They taught me how to be grateful and in return I show others how to be grateful :)

  • Inspiration

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/L_A_Edens"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/L_A_Edens">L A Edens</a>:<br />My children are all grown, but this is how they remain in my heart...children, dearly loved children. They were my inspiration to be a better person, to keep going when I didn't feel like it. I thanks God for my babies!

  • I'm grateful to be able to care for my father during his last stage of life.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/judypiano"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1656952-tiny.png?20120723173753" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/judypiano">judypiano</a>:<br />My father and me.

  • Zumba Happy 2013

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jackie_A_Lewis"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1277746687/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jackie_A_Lewis">Jackie A Lewis</a>:<br />Dream came true when I became a licensed Zumba instructor in 2013. I went from almost 300 lbs, no energy, to 229 lbs and inspiring others. Teaching Zumba is not only my career, its my passion! I love teaching at Come On Get Happy and the Cocoa YMCA. Touching many lives and being touched by others-that's what I'm so very grateful for!

  • Someone will always love me

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Emma_Mest_Fleming"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1392955712/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Emma_Mest_Fleming">Emma Mest Fleming</a>:<br />These 2 reaffirm my faith in humanity. My 2 beautiful daughters. The reassure me everyday they love me. Thru all the good times we have had & all the bad times so far they always say "Mommy I Love You no matter what".

  • Family

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Natawna_B_Austin"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1179983709/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Natawna_B_Austin">Natawna B Austin</a>:<br />I am extremely thankful for my beautiful 6 month old daughter. She is the light of my life and my entire world. I am thankful for every single second of single day that I am with her, and when she smiles I know I’m the luckiest person live.

  • I am grateful for being able to take care of my entire family until they all passed away. I am thankful for the ability and knowledge of a medical backround to be able to help my family when emergencies happened to them. I am not a nurse, nor am I a doc

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Donna_Carroll_Erlandson"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1164665702/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Donna_Carroll_Erlandson">Donna Carroll Erlandson</a>:<br />Grateful, that my entire family is HAPPY in Heaven.

  • Aunt Betty and Cameron Mac

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Dawn_Carole"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Dawn_Carole">Dawn Carole</a>:<br />Aunt Betty has always been terrific to all our children and here she is spending a quiet moment with our very special Cameron

  • Sandy and Di

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/pincessdi"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/pincessdi">pincessdi</a>:<br />Friends who have left us, but always alive in heart and soul.

  • My boyfriend, Chris and my grandkids, Vallon and Matthew

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jacklyn_Pomales"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1435340495/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jacklyn_Pomales">Jacklyn Pomales</a>:<br />I am grateful for having the best boyfriend I could possibly ask for, as well as having 2 grandchildren that are the light of my life. Not only does my boyfriend make ME feel happy and special, but he makes everyone he meets happy to know him. I thank my Dad for throwing him down from Heaven to take care of me, and I thank Matthew and Vallon for making me the happiest grandma alive.

  • My Family

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Rumi_Deluca"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1438493375/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Rumi_Deluca">Rumi Deluca</a>:<br />We are family, through thick and thin.

  • How I will always remember you

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Rumi_Deluca"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1438493375/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Rumi_Deluca">Rumi Deluca</a>:<br />My grandchildren

  • My wonderful Baby Matthew

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jacklyn_Pomales"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1435340495/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jacklyn_Pomales">Jacklyn Pomales</a>:<br />Since the day he was born and I became a grandma, I try to never take the people I love for granted. Thank you, Matthew, for coming into my life and giving me so much happiness and purpose. I love you so very much. You make my heart smile.

  • I'm Grateful For My Daughters: Tosh & Amber

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/CWnswVA"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/CWnswVA">CWnswVA</a>:<br />Enjoying The Rodeo!

  • My Parents

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Joni_Barnett_Meade"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000610208989/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Joni_Barnett_Meade">Joni Barnett Meade</a>:<br />I am thankful for my mom and Dad, my dad passed away, but we all had such special moments, and good times with him. He was our special angel. And my mom was his. She took care of him until the end. I'm thankful we got to spend as much time with him.