James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly Van Der Beek are the proud parents of six children.
And on Wednesday the former Dawson’s Creek star paid extra special attention to daughter Annabel when he posted a series of daddy-daughter snaps, while wishing her a very happy birthday.
‘9 years old today. 9 years of getting to live in the same house with sweet, loving kindness personified,’ Van Der Beek, 45, began the post, which was just the first of many loving compliments he heaped his little girl’s way.
Birthday girl: James Van Der Beek, 45, took to his Instagram page to wish his daughter Annabel a happy ninth birthday on Wednesday
The Connecticut native, who left Los Angeles to raise his family on a spacious ranch in Austin, Texas in 2020, went on reveal that he ‘always knew’ Annabel was different from ‘the moment you came out.’
He also confessed to Annabel always being the winner of any kind of ‘Make Dad Laugh competition, no matter my mood,’ he continued in his birthday tribute.
‘Sensitive people can be a bit more vulnerable to what this world throws at them, but may you are always find refuge inside that beautiful, soft heart of yours,’ he said of his second oldest daughter, before adding, ‘fully confident that gift of your presence is enough to offer joy to whomever is near – IF people are open. If they’re not… it’s their loss, not yours.’
Sounding as if he had an extra bright twinkle in his eye, Van Der Beek concluded, ‘Keep shining, kid. Keep dancing, keep laughing, and keep expressing every feeling as it comes up for you. We’re here for ALL of it. I love you.’
Loving: The actor described Annabel as ‘sweet, loving kindness personified’ in his birthday tribute on Instagram
Fun: The birthday girl showed off her playful side by making faces towards the camera
Show time; The blonde cutie also made a few funny faces as the camera rolled
The series of nine photos, one for each year of her life, all appear to have been taken at the Van Der Beek’s Texas ranch.
Nearly all of them show the proud papa with his arms lovingly wrapped around the adorable girl, while dressed for warmth in a brown furry coat and a flannel scarf around his neck.
He also donned a tan beanie cap over his short salt-and-pepper hair as he got playful with Annabel in the impromptu photoshoot.
Dressed in white sweatpants and a pink sweatshirt, Annabel returned the favor and showed off her playful side by opening her mouth open to make it look like she was startled.
The Connecticut native also revealed how Annabel would always win a ‘make dad laugh competition’ no matter
Smiles: Daddy and daughter both laughed it up during the impromptu photoshoot
There’s also where she made a funny face by bulging her eyes and putting her index pinger over her lips.
At one point, her dad came in to give her a kiss on the cheek, which she reciprocated by sticking her hand in front of his face.
In the one photo that didn’t include her father, Annabel can be seen sitting behind the wheel of the family car while staring to her left straight at the camera.
Her adoring mother took to her Instagram page and shared a photo of her husband strumming his guitar and singing to their daughter on Tuesday night, the day before her actual birthday.
Behind the wheel of life: In the one photo that didn’t include her father, Annabel can be seen sitting behind the wheel of the family car while staring to her left straight at the camera
Southern trail: The photos all appeared to be shot at the Van Der Beek’s ranch in Austin, Texas
‘@vanderjames singing Annabel her good night song that he has sang to her since she was a baby on her last night as an 8 year old,’ she wrote across the bottom part of the picture.
Along with the birthday girl, the couple are also the proud parents of daughters Gwendolyn, four, Emilia, six, and Olivia, 12, and sons Jeremiah, one, and Joshua, 10.
The Van Der Beeks tied-the-knot back in August 2010, in a small ceremony at the Kabbalah Center near Dizengoff Plaza in Tel Aviv, Israel
Special song: Annabel’s mother, Kimberly Van Der Beek, took to her Instagram page and shared a photo of her husband strumming his guitar and singing a good night song to their daughter on Tuesday night, the day before her actual birthday
Family matters: Along with the birthday girl, the couple are also the proud parents of daughters Gwendolyn, four, Emilia, six, and Olivia, 12, and sons Jeremiah, one, and Joshua, 10
James and Kimberly made the decision to leave Los Angeles and move to Austin, in part, to bring the family closer to nature.
‘I know for me, it’s been really centering and I feel like for the kids, it’s been grounding, and a different kind of education that we never could have offered them in a classroom,’ Van Der Beek told People.
‘We love it. We have a lot more space,’ the Varsity Blues alum explained to Fox News Digital this past summer. ‘We all need a more immediate connection to nature. It’s been a really, really great move and the kids are really happy.’
Going strong: The Van Der Beeks tied-the-knot back in August 2010, in a small ceremony at the Kabbalah Center near Dizengoff Plaza in Tel Aviv, Israel; they are pictured in November 2021