South Africa’s darling, Minki van der Westhuizen, turned 38 on Saturday. She left a lingering message of pure gratitude on social media when she took to Instagram with an honest no-makeup photo that epitomized the true meaning of happiness: to love and be loved.
In the photo, the media personality can be seen cuddling with her three daughters in bed, glowing effortlessly from within as she captions it: “38. This morning I am grateful. Just so incredibly grateful for everything in my life.” This clearly includes the man behind the camera and their three beautiful daughters.
The photo was taken by husband Ernst Joubert on the morning of her birthday, who also shared a photo of Minki on Instagram. At his post, Minki is in a pink swimsuit, drinking a bottle of Moët & Chandon while looking out over the beach.
“Today is this amazing human being’s birthday,” he wrote in his caption. “I couldn’t have wished for better. You are awesome.”
Minki’s birthday weekend certainly breathed some life into the new week. “New week, new exciting opportunities,” she wrote in an inspiring post this morning. “Speak life. And live with expectation.”
Minki’s boyfriend, Jaco Rademeyer, also wished her a happy birthday on Saturday and gave followers a glimpse of who she is to the people who love her dearly.
“I love that you collect Royal Albert,” he wrote. “That you enjoy Haidee Nel’s art as much as I do. That you are so curious and eager to learn. That your general knowledge is so much better than mine (and many people I know). That you also love Karen Hougard’s ‘Bly’ and that you sing it out loud with me when we’re acting crazy. For sharing your beautiful family with me. That I may love your husband, Ernst Joubert, so much.’
He also thanked her for their fun trips, shopping trips and sushi dates, for letting him share his secrets with her and for telling him to become a man sometimes.
Amid all her gratitude, Minki is clearly loved by many.