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Bindi Irwin shares a loving birthday tribute to her husband: 'My best friend'

This is Chandler Powell's first birthday as a dad to the couple's daughter Grace.
/ Source: TODAY

Bindi Irwin is wishing her husband, Chandler Powell, a very happy birthday on Instagram.

The 23-year-old new mom posted a sweet family pic on Instagram on Saturday, celebrating Powell's 25th birthday with a heartfelt message.

"Happy Birthday, sweetheart!" Irwin wrote in the caption of a beautiful beach photo in which Powell has his hand on her while she holds up their daughter, Grace Warrior. "Eight years of falling more in love with you every day."

"My best friend, adventurer, husband, and the greatest Dadda to our Grace Warrior," Irwin continued. "You embrace every day with a determination that I admire. You carry kindness and sunshine in your heart, no matter the challenge."

Irwin and Powell welcomed Grace Warrior on March 25 of this year, which also happens to be the same date as their wedding anniversary. Grace is the first child for the daughter of the late Steve Irwin and husband Powell, who wed at the Australia Zoo in a small ceremony in 2020.

In her Instagram tribute, Irwin said that Powell, a former professional wakeboarder, makes her stop and appreciate the here and now.

"You walk through life with strength and give your time to anyone who needs a helping hand," Irwin wrote. "You make our little family smile all the time and you remind me daily to take a breath and appreciate the now. Plus, your smile always makes my heart skip a beat. You’re the very best, babe. I love you. Forever and forever."

Powell responded to his wife's sweet message in the comments.

"The first birthday I get to celebrate with our little family," he posted. "I love you and Grace more than anything. Thank you for making me smile every single day."

Powell's mother-in-law, Terri Irwin, wished her son-in-law a happy birthday on Twitter.

"Happy birthday @chandlerpowell9!" she posted, along with a sweet family photo. "You are the best son-in-law ever. Enjoy your first birthday as Grace Warrior’s dad!"

Irwin also shared pics and video from the birthday festivities on Instagram, including an amazing cake inspired by — what else? — the zoo!

"Celebrating my best friend," Irwin wrote alongside pics of herself, Powell and baby Grace next to a cake and flowers. "Cake inspired by the most amazing rhinoceros Dad here at Australia Zoo - DJ."

In the photos, Grace steals all the attention with her sweet gingham dress, headband and happy smile. In a video, Grace happily holds the rhino cake topper and then gets a first glimpse of cake.

"You've never seen cake before. That's cake," Irwin can be heard explaining. "A little bit different than your mushy vegetables!"

Surrounded by mom Terri and brother Robert, the whole family celebrates together. And even though Grace ends up wearing the cake instead of eating it, a good time is had by all.

"I love you," says Irwin.

"Love you," replies Powell.

Bindi Irwin also paid tribute to her husband in her Instagram stories, posting a photo from their wedding.

"Happy 25th birthday to the love of my life," she captioned it, adding a series of pictures of their adventures together.