Bindi Irwin Honors Dad Steve Irwin On Her 18th Birthday [Photos]

Happy Birthday Bindi Irwin, who marked a milestone birthday over the weekend by honoring her dad Steve Irwin.

On Sunday Bindi took to Instagram to celebrate her 18th birthday by paying tribute to her father Steve and her mother Terri, in a heartfelt post. Irwin shared a photo of herself as a baby, along with her loving parents. She went on to reminisce about her life so far and acknowledge how far she has come over the years.

“Well today marks 18 years of life for me, here in Australia and I really don’t know where to begin in thanking so many people for an unforgettable journey so far. So I think that I’ll start here, with this photograph. This photo was taken within the first year of my life. To be perfectly honest life has changed in a million ways since this photograph was taken. Along the way we gained another incredible part of our family, my brother Robert.”

Bindi Irwin went on to honor her father in the same post as she talked about his passing, as well as his unconditional love. The now 18-year old spoke about her family, her love of animals and how life has changed over the years. Irwin continued her message in a second post, this time with a photo of herself and a baby tiger.

“I have so much happiness in my heart for the journey to come. Being 18 and embarking upon my adult years, I can’t predict what life will have in store for me. All I know is that I will try my very best to make a difference in this world with each moment that I’m given. Life is constantly evolving and I’m determined to find the light and love around every corner and share this with everyone who is a part of my story.”

The world first saw what a strong and inspirational girl Bindi Irwin was when she spoke at her father Steve Irwin’s memorial service. At only 8-years-old, Bindi delivered a moving speech to thousands who gathered at Australia Zoo’s famous Crocoseum to honor the Crocodile Hunter, who died way too soon. Although she was only a child at the time. Irwin spoke eloquently, beautifully, and from the heart, leaving not a dry eye in the house. It was the moment the world got glimpse of a young girl who would soon become a huge animal rights advocate.

Although Bindi is constantly paying tribute to her amazing father, she most recently honored him during her stint on Dancing With The Stars. During ‘Most Memorable Year Week’ on the hit ABC show, she danced to “Every Breath You Take” to honor her father. During the show, Bindi spoke about his death and gave a shout out to her mother for everything she has done over the years.

It was Bindi Irwin’s 18th birthday over the weekend, and she celebrated by honoring her late father, Steve Irwin. It wasn’t just her father that Irwin took time to pay tribute to, but her whole family, including her mom and her little brother, Robert. The DWTS champ has always had a way with words, and her message on her big day was no different. It is easy to see that this young woman is wise beyond her years and is an amazing role model. She may be following in her father’s footsteps, but Bindi is definitely standing on her own two feet as she makes her way into the world of adulthood.

What did you think of Bindi Irwin’s birthday Instagram posts that spoke about her father and reminisced about her life? Share your thoughts with us in the below comments section.

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