Jennifer Garner Thanks Followers for 'Huge Love and Support These Past Few Weeks' on Her Birthday

Jennifer Garner celebrated her 52nd birthday on April 17 and shared a video of herself using oven mitts as dancing shoes to mark the occasion

<p>Andrew Toth/Deadline/Getty</p> Jennifer Garner on April 14, 2023

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Jennifer Garner on April 14, 2023

Jennifer Garner is thanking her social media followers as she celebrates her birthday!

As Garner turned 52 on April 17, the 13 Going on 30 star reshared the video she posted of herself wearing oven mitts on her feet to her Instagram Stories along with a special message to her followers.

"Thank you for the huge love and support these past few weeks. ❤️❤️❤️," she wrote in the caption to her Stories. The actress further marked her birthday on the social media platform by re-sharing birthday tributes from her friends Reese Witherspoon, Ina Garten, Judy Greer and Molly Sims to her Stories as well.

Garner shared a video of her transforming a pair of oven mitts she received for her birthday into dancing shoes earlier in the day.

“Fancy boots for my birthday! Yay, happy birthday to me! 🎂👢🥳,” she wrote alongside the video, which shows her dancing it out as she celebrates.

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<p>Jennifer Garner/Instagram</p> Jennifer Garner's Instagram Stories April 17

Jennifer Garner/Instagram

Jennifer Garner's Instagram Stories April 17

Garner reflected on aging while speaking with PEOPLE in a recent interview.

"Honestly, mostly, I am grateful just to be alive," she said, though she noted she still has "moments" where she reflects on the past.

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"And I'm grateful for the wisdom that I've gleaned out of these years and really grateful to be able to watch other women go through this process of life so gracefully," Garner continued, adding, "To follow in their footsteps and tell other young women, 'Take care of yourself, but don't be scared. Aging is a gift.' "

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<p>Albert L. Ortega/Getty</p> Jennifer Garner on April 13, 2023

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Jennifer Garner on April 13, 2023

The actress' message of thanks for her followers' "love and support" comes just over two weeks after she announced her father William John Garner's death at 85 on April 1. At the time, she shared a carousel of images of William, noting that he "passed peacefully" on March 30.

"We were with him, singing Amazing Grace as he left us (did we carry him across or scare him away— valid question)," she wrote at the time. "While there is no tragedy in the death of an 85-year-old man who lived a healthy, wonderful life, I know grief is unavoidable, waiting around unexpected corners. Today is for gratitude."

On April 9, Garner shared a video of herself walking through a labyrinth of stones surrounding a tree along with audio of actress Helena Bonham Carter reciting the Emily Dickinson poem "Hope Is the Thing with Feathers."

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