Candy hearts and sappy greeting cards aside, it’s important to remember that Valentine’s Day is about more than just romance. It is a holiday to express your love — for your boo, your parents, siblings, friends, and kids, too. Love whomever you want, as long as they know how you feel, and you show them how much they mean to you every day, not just when Cupid’s in town.

We asked you who you’d like to send a love note to this V-Day and we were overwhelmed by all the beautiful responses. Here are your 2012 Valentine’s Day shout-outs.