Bonnie Chapman, the daughter of Duane “Dog” Chapman and his late wife Beth, celebrated her 21st birthday this week. She took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank everyone for their birthday wishes, and to post a photo of Beth holding her as a baby.
“21 years later, thank you for all the birthday wishes on Monday! I had a wonderful day,” she wrote.
Fans flooded the comments with responses. “God I miss beth so much Im glad you enjoyed your birthday bonnie,” one wrote.
“Bonnie, what a beautiful memory. I loved your mom,” another said.
“Much, much love to you Bonnie hope your special day was amazing!” a third fan gushed.
“Merriest of birthdays to you still Bonnie Jo. You are an amazing & beautiful soul just like your mommy! Your future is so bright it’s blinding my love. You have the strength & heart of your beautiful mother to carry within yourself through this journey of life. I’m so proud of you Bonnie, everyone is! Most of all your mother is too. I love you Bonnie!” someone else replied.
Seven weeks ago, Bonnie shared another photo of her mom ahead of what would’ve been Beth’s birthday. “I miss you everyday. Your birthday is coming up, wish I could celebrate with you one last time. Thank you for being there for my graduation, now I’m so thankful I have that moment with you,” she wrote.
Earlier this week, Bonnie posted about how hard this time of year has been for her.
“I haven’t been posting lately, the holidays have been kinda sad without my mom,” she wrote. “I don’t want to get into it, just know I’m struggling a bit and that’s why I haven’t been posting. Please be patient with me during these next month. I barely can be excited about turning 21, my birthday is my favorite holiday. I love being surrounded by people I love, this year there will just be one person gone but it feels like there’s this massive gaping hole where she was.”
She talked to SurvivorNet in August about missing Beth:
“To see new moments of [my mom] that I haven’t seen… it brings back a flood of emotion. It makes me feel like she’s still here, but then I’m brought back to reality, realizing it’s something that happened in the past, not right now.”
“It’s very vulnerable … It’s unlike anything you could really experience. It’s having the whole world have eyes on you in an intimate way and to have the whole world know exactly what you’re going through.”