03/31/2015 06:51 am ET | Updated Mar 31, 2015

16 Beautiful Photos Show Why Great-Grandparents Are So Special

Kerri Santulli

"We have been blessed to have our children meet and get to spend time with their great-grandparents," said Trista Larson, who shared a photo of her 80-year-old grandfather Bill and her son Arny with Huff/Post50. "We make sure to tell them every day about their great-grandparents to keep them always in their hearts."

She said she loves the way the "forever young" Bill gets down to Arny's level to play. "It is so special to watch them interact, and their special bond grow!" she said.

When we asked readers to share images of great-grandparents with their great-grandkids, we received hundreds of photos that showcase how precious that relationship is.

Check out 16 gorgeous photos -- as well as dozens more included in the slideshow below. What beautiful families!

  • Bill and Arny
    Trista Larson
    Bill Johnson, 80, and his great-grandson, Arny Larson, de 9 months.
  • Marge and Hanna
    Marge Von Bargen, 90, and her great-granddaughter, Hanna Henderson, 3.
  • Laura and Joseph
    Alexis Sherman
    Laura "Nana" Smith and her great-grandson, Joseph Sherman.
  • Sammy and his eight great-grand childen
    Desria Seay
    Sammy Seay and his eight great-grand childen. Left to right, Asiah, Azariah, Alijah, Aniyah, Ariyanah, Anthony, Ava and Alexia.
  • Irene and Tyler
    Amanda Kowalski
    In a photo taken in June 2001. Irene Kowalsk, 83 then, and her great-grandson, Tyler Scott, 2 1/2. He was the apple of her eyes. Irene passed away March 2008.
  • Robert, Penny and Lane
    Crystal Holden
    Robert (Bob) y Penny Bodell and their great-grandson, Lane. "My Grandfather Robert (Bob) was a very gentle soul. When we went to Grandma and Grandpa's for a visit (which was often), there was lots of playing, coloring, cookies, suckers, cheese, harmonicas, dancing, toe nail clipping, pill setting, lawn mowing, gardening and various other activities ... I almost ALWAYS had my camera with me as I wanted to capture everything ... I knew the photographs would become more and more important to me and my children as the years pass by, and they have ... they are my TREASURES," said Crystal Holden, Lane's mother.
  • Herman and Mackenzie
    Stephanie Schornick
    Herman Mason, 81, and great-granddaughter Mackenzie Schornick, 3.
  • John and Zoey
    Cook family
    John Cook (passed away in February 2014) with great-granddaugter, Zoey Watilo, 14 months in the photo.
  • Dorothy and Magnolia
    Lydia Lay Clark
    Dorothy Clark, 85, with her great-granddaughter Magnolia "Noli" Clark, 4 months.
  • Isadora and Luca
    Gonzalez Family
    Isadora Gonzalez, 76, meeting her great-grandson, Luca Licitra, 4-weeks-old in the photo, for the first time.
  • Jack and Aiden
    Carole-Anne O'Neill
    Jack O'Neill, (93 in the photo but now deceased) with his great-grandson, Aiden O'Neill, 3.
  • Ronald and Mya
    Amber Dougherty
    Ronald Perry, 85, with his great-granddaughter, Mya Dougherty, 2 1/2 -- taking their mid-afternoon nap together.
  • Susan and Jameson
    Stephanie White
    Susan, who passed away in February at 99, with her great-grandson, Jameson.
  • Jeanne and Milo
    Jennifer New
    Jeanne Gilbert, 83, with her great-grandson, Milo Theodore New, 4 months in the photo.
  • Olga and Kahlan
    Ivy Griffith
    Olga Bischoff, 94, with her great-granddaughter, Kahlan Griffith, 4.
  • Swaran and Maya
    Sandeep Pedley
    Swaran Kaur, 77, with her great-granddaughter, Maya Pedley, 18 months.

Great-Grandparents With Their Great-Grandchildren