It’s been three months since she lost husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash.
But Vanessa Bryant daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri made sure that her 38th birthday didn’t pass without notice, as the trio bonded together to present her with a gorgeous array of flowers.
She shared the elegant display and embraced her loving daughters in a photo she posted to Instagram on Tuesday.
‘Thx to my girls for ordering these flowers and piñatas for mama. ❤️,’ she wrote, adding a birthday cake emoji and the hashtags, ‘#CincodeMayo,’ ‘#TacoTuesday’ and ‘#micumpleaños,’ or ‘my birthday.’
Loving family: Vanessa Bryant shared a photo of herself with her daughters Natalia, Biaka and Capri after they got her a stunning array of her favorite flowers in their fountain for her birthday, along with some playful piñatas for Cinco de Mayo
In the image, a smiling Vanessa embraced her three surviving daughters, against a backdrop of flowers.
Fittingly, the girls included an array of piñatas hung from the palm trees surrounding the fountain to celebrate the Mexican holiday.
Her eldest daughter, 17-year-old Natalia, towered over her at 5ft10 while wearing a white long sleeve graphic shirt and distressed jean cut-off jean shorts.
Bianka, three, looked cute in a white dress covered in floral designs, and Vanessa had decked out her youngest, 10-month-old Capri, in a pink dress that her daughter Gianna, aka Gigi, wore as a baby.
Gorgeous: She shared a lovely closeup of the flowers floating in the fountain
Too cute: Her eldest daughter Natalia shared a sweet note along the birthday presents while promising to ‘always be the Ethel to your Lucy!
The girls had filled the fountain with hot pink and red roses, while decorating the points of the fountain with pale pink and crimson flowers.
Vanessa shared a closeup photo of the water-speckled flowers as they floated on the water.
She also shared a sweet birthday note that Natalia wrote for her special day.
‘You are the strongest person I know and I am so grateful to have you as my mom!’ she wrote, adding, ‘I will always be the Ethel to your Lucy!’
‘Love of my life’: Vanessa found a love letter from her husband Kobe three months after he passed away in a helicopter crash
Earlier on Tuesday, Vanessa had reminisced about her romance with the her late husband Kobe, whom she called the ‘love of my life’, after discovering a love letter from him.
She revealed she saved one special love note to read on her birthday.
Sharing a photo of her hand covering the front of the envelope, she wrote: ‘Yesterday I found an envelope labeled To: The Love of my Life. From, Tu Papi.
‘I waited to open one more letter on my birthday. It gave me something to look forward to today.’
Vanessa explained that in a heart-wrenching twist, an image Kobe had chosen for the front of the card depicted Vanessa being held by an angel.
She added, ‘The irony is that Kobe had a photo of me drawn with an Angel holding me up by an artist on the cover. Missing the Love of my Life and my sweet little Mamacita- my fellow Taurus.
‘Grateful to wake up to my 3 sweet girls today. Wish we were all together. #MyBirthdayWish’ she concluded her caption.
The couple were married in 2001, with Vanessa recently celebrating their 19th anniversary without him
Tender moments: Later in the day Vanessa shared this sweet photo of her kissing her youngest daughter Capri wearing an outfit of Gigi’s
Longtime loves: The couple are pictured here on March 4 2018
The couple met in 1999 and were married in 2001. Vanessa marked their 19th wedding anniversary last month with a photo of the athlete kissing her cheek.
‘My king, my heart, my best friend. Happy 19th wedding anniversary baby. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you.’
Along with Gianna, the couple have three other daughters together; Natalia, 17, Bianka, three and Capri, 10 months.
Gianna, also known as Gigi, would have turned 14 on May 1 and Vanessa paid tribute to her daughter last week by asking friends, family and fans to wear red, her favorite color.
Kobe and Gigi were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26 along with seven other people; John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan.
Love and life: Gigi would have turned 14 on May 1 and Vanessa paid tribute to her daughter last week by asking friends, family and fans to wear red, her favorite color
His girls: Vanessa is pictured with Kobe and daughters Natalia and Gianna on February 26 2018
Kobe and Gigi were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26 along with seven other people
Elegant: Kris Jenner and her daughters Khloe and Kim Kardashian got together to sent some elegant cream-colored flowers to the family
Beautiful: Vanessa shared some of her birthday gifts to Instagram. One friend sent her a gray shirt reading ‘Bonita’ (Beautiful) and suede Vans sneakers with a rainbow shimmer
Old school: Pau Gasol and his wife Catherine McDonnell sent her a vintage pair of sneakers
Memories: A cake featured a gorgeous array of photo insets of Vanessa, Kobe and Gianna
Yum! Her pal La La Anthony, wife of NBA star Carmelo Anthony, sent a box of what looked like sweet treats with some pastel-shaded flowers
Remembering: A stunning pink and crimson bouquet included her daughter’s name on the card
The whole gang: She thanked all four of her daughters, even Gigi, for the colorful display of oddly shaped ballons
Old friends: Ciara and Russell Wilson sent in another lovely display and pink and red flowers
Pick-me-up: Vanessa reminisced about how Kobe would ‘pick up my faves in the morning’ with some Starbucks drinks to replicate the experience
Family values: Her nephew Justin Gonzalez shared a sweet birthday tribute to her on his Instagram Stories
Old friends: Erica Reid, wife of L. A. Reid, shared a sweet photo of the two. ‘There are no words to fully describe the incredible being that you are and what you mean to me,’ she wrote