Gratitude Stories: Maura’s 24th Birthday

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.”

   – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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For this week’s #GratitudeStory we’re thrilled to introduce Peggy and her daughter Maura. Yet another awesome teacher gets the credit she truly deserves. Teachers are often the unsung heroes and we are here to help change that.

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Peggy (Mother): She moved to Shanghai, China, to work. The first few months of being so far away from family and friends can be difficult. We wanted her to know that we all love her and miss her.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Peggy: My favorite thing about Maura, my daughter is her energy for a lifetime and learning and accepting new challenges that come her way.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Peggy: We sent out the link via an email newsletter, placed it on our website, did paid advertising on Facebook, bought a 1/2 full-color ad in the local newspaper, announced it during a televised Selectboard meeting, and made a display in the Library.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Peggy: I received a tearful, grateful thank you via WeChat, and that was for all her family and friends who contributed to her Birthday Tribute.

How did this make you personally feel?

Peggy: I was thrilled that the Tribute allowed my daughter to know she was remembered and always will be remembered and loved no matter where she is living.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Peggy: “I’m crying right now!!!!  Thank you, Mama … I  loved it sooooo much! How did you end up organizing all that?”

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tribute-lineGratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Grace’s Graduation

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

– Melody Beattie

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For this week’s Gratitude Story, we’re excited to introduce Christine and her best friend Grace. Christine reached out to us to help create an amazing graduation gift before she enters her next chapter as a teacher. “We know how great you are and will be in this profession.” – Christine

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Christine (Best friend): A lot of her friends and family have moved away, so this was a great way to remind her how proud we are of her, no matter how far away.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Christine: My favorite thing about this person is her hard work and most of all her contagious laugh.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Christine: She was about to leave her house to go to her actual Graduation ceremony; wearing her cap n gown n all.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Christine: We prepared this tribute for her and I knew from the moment we were creating it that she’ll be in tears. Well, she cried 🙂

How did this make you personally feel?

Christine: Like I helped create something that she could look back on for the rest of her life and make her smile. I created a guaranteed smiled. 🙂

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Christine: She absolutely loved it. She said she’s rewatched it multiple times, including the morning of her first day at her real job.

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Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Joe’s 52nd Birthday

“Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.”  

– Joseph B. Wirthlin

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This week, we’re psyched to introduce Suzanne and her husband Joe. Joe is quite the family man and it’s great hearing him get the love and praise he deserves.tribute-line

Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Suzanne (Wife): At this point in our lives we really don’t need any more material “stuff.”  I wanted to give a gift that would have meaning and create a lasting memory.  I also love the fact that the Tribute video can be viewed at anytime as it will be fun to watch it again in the future and re-live the memory.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Suzanne: Joe is the most caring and giving person I know.  He always puts his family first.  He is a true friend and an amazing husband.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Suzanne: It was my husband’s 52nd birthday and we surprised him with the Tribute video.  After dinner we wanted to watch a movie so I turned on our Apple TV and instead of starting the movie I went to YouTube to bring up the video – he was so surprised and very emotional as we watched the 20-minute Tribute.  It was great viewing it on the TV.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Suzanne: We all had a great time watching the Tribute.  Most of his family lives out of town so the fact that everyone had sent in a brief message was very cool and definitely made my husband feel loved and appreciated.  Lots of laughs and a few tears!

How did this make you personally feel?

Suzanne: I was thrilled with the end result and very happy I could almost effortlessly put together such a special and memorable gift.  The entire process was really fun and I especially loved viewing the videos as they came in.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Suzanne: My husband felt very loved!  I think he was very surprised by how much he truly means to all of his family and friends.

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Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: The Pierson Library

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

– G.K. Chesterton
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For this week’s #GratitudeStory we’re thrilled to honor the Pearson Library out of Shelburne Vermont! Their Director reached out to us to help rally the local community to share stories surrounding their beloved Library. It’s great seeing people use Tribute in this way!

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Lara (Director): It brought the community together in the midst of strife to express their appreciation for the Library during the holiday season. And how much of a positive impact it had brought to each and every one of us.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Lara: The way the Pierson Library brings the community together. It is not only a safe haven for kids but also for adults and their family.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Lara: We sent out the link via an email newsletter, placed it on our website, did paid advertising on Facebook, bought a 1/2 full-color ad in the local newspaper, announced it during a televised Selectboard meeting, and made a display in the Library.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Lara: The reaction of everyone were amazing. The community has expressed joy at the ability to share their story and listen to the stories of their neighbors.

How did this make you personally feel?

Lara: It felt amazing and humbling to hear everyone’s stories of appreciation. The library has always been a place for everyone to read, watch, and do other great activities.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Lara: Having to appreciate this wonderful library feels great. The community gathered to show their appreciation marks how the library is such a special place to our kids and to our families.

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tribute-lineGratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Andrew’s 16th Birthday

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have ignited the flame within us.”

– Albert Schweitzer

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For this week’s Gratitude Story, we’re delighted to introduce Sharon and her son Andrew. Sharon reached out to us to help make her son’s 16th birthday something special… “Andrew, you have this big heart and you can light up any room.” – Sharon

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

To start off, Tribute gave him the opportunity to see how much he means to everyone.  It was a great way for everyone around him to reflect on what he means to them also! And that is the most amazing thing.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Andrew has a loving heart, he is not only loved by me but by a lot of people. Andrew is an amazing well-rounded young man!

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

We had his friends over, after a birthday dinner and played it for them.  We also played it for family gatherings for his birthday.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

He was surprised and loved it.  I wasn’t sure if he would appreciate but I think it meant a lot to him.  Everyone enjoyed seeing how everyone contributed in their own unique way.

How did this make you personally feel?

I provided a gift that money can’t buy.  ❤ It meant the world to me to see what he means to everyone.  I never realized he had such a sense of humor!

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Andrew loves the little things in life. I knew that making a Tribute for him would be one of the best things he’ll ever receive and that’s exactly what happened. He was so happy. He enjoyed seeing what everyone thought of him.  He was really surprised.

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tribute-lineGratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Shea & Stephen’s Wedding

“The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.”   – Robert C. Dodds photo

We’re thrilled to introduce Taylor for this week’s Gratitude Story. Taylor reached out to commemorate Shea & Stephen before they tied the knot. There’s nothing we enjoy more than filling the happy couple with the love and support of their community before the big day. Enjoy!

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Taylor (Friend): Marriage is a gift. It is so special to always be reminded of the gift, you’ll have for a lifetime, and the best way to do it is making another gift as special for them to remember – to remind both of them that they love each other and are loved by everyone around them!

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Taylor: Shea and Stephen are two amazing, fun-loving and goal-oriented individual and now partners to each other and of course as friends to me. A best friend to me for 15 years, Shea (most of the time) positive, always down to do whatever, incredibly caring personality.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Taylor (Friend): This Tribute was one of a kind, not only have they received one of the best things in life, which is marriage. But had received another during their wedding reception on 12/30/2016.

How did this make you personally feel?

Taylor (Friend): I am truly overjoyed by the union, Shea and Stephen have been waiting for. Seeing my best friend Shea got married and knowing that she’s loved by a great man, I am absolutely contented and happy.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Taylor (Friend): Shea and Stephen were beyond grateful, shocked, thrilled and felt very loved and touched by the wonderful words.

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Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Carrie’s First Born Baby

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”

– Angela Schwindt

Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

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We are excited to introduce Cristian and his wife Carrie for this week’s Gratitude Story and we’re even more excited to introduce Nico, the newest member of their family! Click on the video above to hear the collective cheer for Cristian and Carrie as they embark on this next journey of their lives, parenthood. Congrats guys!

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Cristian (Husband and Father of First Born Child): It’s a good idea, actually a great idea because it allowed friends and Family from around the world to be there to congratulate her following the birth.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Cristian: My favorite thing about Carrie is, she’s not only my loving wife nor the mother of my first born child but my best friend.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Cristian: We were still in the hospital at that moment and I have brought with me my laptop to show her the gift.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Cristian: The reaction was priceless, The T.O.J – Tears of Joy went flooding inside the hospital building.

How did this make you personally feel?

Cristian: This made me feel really happy, there are floods of tears of happiness. And no one can deny how much having a first born baby meant to us.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Cristian: When she received the Tribute, she felt really emotional. She was crying while watching through the whole thing.

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Photos: Stark Photography (www.starkphotography.com)

tribute-lineAs always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen. Now go forth and spread some love. 

With gratitude,

Team Tribute