Australia’s sweetheart was just 8 years old when Steve Irwin suffered a fatal stingray wound on Sept. 4, 2006. Bindi, now 22, has dedicated her life to continuing his mission as a wildlife conservationist.
In honor of the painful milestone, she took to Instagram with a childhood photo of her and her beloved dad playing at the beach.
“You’re always in my heart,” Bindi captioned it.
Bindi’s mom, Terri Irwin, also shared a heartfelt tribute to her husband and reminded fans of her strength throughout the ordeal.
“This is a particularly poignant moment in time for me,” she tweeted. “Today marks 14 years since I lost Steve, after 14 wonderful years of marriage. I feel that I have a choice: celebrate love or struggle with grief. I choose love.”