They shared a passion for wildlife and conservation, but as Terri Irwin prepares to spend another festive period without late husband Steve, the mother-of-two took to her social media sites to honour him. In a heartfelt post, which was shared on Thursday in celebration of Thanksgiving, the 52-year-old told her followers that she was "grateful" for the 14 years she had with her husband.
"Thankful. 14 years of adventure and two beautiful children. Thank you to all @wildwarriors keeping Steve's legacy alive. #Thanksgiving," she wrote alongside a picture of her family; daughter Bindi, son Robert and the late wildlife expert, who was killed by a stingray in 2006.
Thankful. 14 years of adventure and two beautiful children. Thank you to all @wildwarriors keeping Steve's legacy alive. #Thanksgiving pic.twitter.com/cqWNvBnIrA
— Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) November 24, 2016
The American-born author, who met Steve during an educational trip to Australia in the early '90s, recently revealed that she has remained single ever since her husband's passing and insists she has no interest to date again. "I haven't been on a single date since Steve died," she told Australian Woman's Weekly, later adding: "If I hadn't met Steve, I probably would never have married because I wasn't looking for love when I met him. What we had was incredible."
Since the global television star's death over a decade ago, Terri has been committed to keeping the Crocodile Hunter's legacy alive through his conservation work, Australia Zoo, and by raising their children Bindi, 18, and Robert, 12. Meanwhile, Bindi has since appeared in her own animal programs and she also competed in the 2015 series of Dancing With The Stars, where she was crowned victorious.
Terri Irwin has said she is "grateful" for the 14 years she had with her husband Steve
"Everyday that we put on our khakis it's like we get a little bit of dad back and I think that's really special," the teenager recently revealed on Australian breakfast show, The Today Show. "We're really lucky that his spirit and his heart lives on here at Australia Zoo, in each every one of us."
"I'm keen to do everything he did," added her brother Robert, who turns 13 this year. "My dad was the original Wildlife Warrior. He was the most incredible wildlife conservationist and every single day we [his family] strive to continue his legacy, we get to carry on where he left off."