A heartwarming gesture that will make you tear up.

By Blake Bakkila
Updated June 27, 2017
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In a now-viral post, one mom of six shared a photo of her kids and their 11 cousins. As a tribute to her late father, Chrissy Roussel expressed her feelings about the five grandchildren her beloved parent didn’t get the chance to meet.

All 17 grandchildren lined up on the beach according to their birth order. They all donned various colors, depending on which sibling they belonged to. Impressively, nearly all of them were beaming and looking into the camera.

“My siblings and I recently went to the beach with our Mom and all 17 of our kids,” Roussel wrote in a submission to the Love What Matters Facebook page.” “I share this photo in celebration and memory of my Dad, who died 3 years ago.”

Roussel went on to say that shortly after her father’s death, she found out she was pregnant with triplets. At the same time, two of her brothers’ wives were also awaiting an addition to their respective families.

“So when I look at this picture of my parents’ 17 grandkids, I notice in particular those five rainbow babies who brought so much joy in the months and years after my dad passed away,” Roussel, who has her own blog, wrote. “I also reflect on how those 17 kind, thoughtful, funny kids are my Dad’s greatest legacy. A beautiful legacy of love, indeed. We miss him so much, but we feel his presence every day through the love and joy of all these kids.”

Within nine days, the post has received more than 30,000 reactions, primarily from users who clicked on the “like” and “love” Facebook buttons. It has been shared over 1,000 times and there are more than 700 comments.