Al Roker and his wife, journalist Deborah Roberts spent this past Easter holiday with their son, Nicholas, who has made great strides in overcoming developmental delays.
Nicholas once had trouble hitting the standard milestones as a child, but looking at him posing with his parents on Easter Sunday, you wouldn’t see any signs of that.
Roberts, 58, took to Instagram to share a family photo taken on the church steps. The “ABC News” anchor looked festive in a floral dress and red hat while Roker, 64, decked out in a 3-piece suit and his trademark boater hat.
16-year-old Nicholas was mostly twinning with his dad in a similar blue suit and hat while wrapping an arm around his mom.
“Grateful For that Easter glow with family,” Roberts captioned the pic.
Roker also put up a similar post on social media, wishing fans a “Happy Easter” while shouting out to his other children, daughters Leila (who he shares with Roberts) and Courtney (with ex-wife Alice Bell).
In another adorable Easter post, Roberts and Nicholas are cuddling up to a bunny and smiling for the camera.
The mom-of-two revealed in the caption that her son would never go near the Easter Bunny as a kid, yet another sign that Nicholas has come a long way.
The “TODAY” weatherman and Roberts opened up about their son’s struggles last year at the 2018 ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala.
They confirmed to PEOPLE that Nicholas “was dealing with some developmental delays” and recalled their fears for his future.
“It was pretty apparent that he was facing some challenges, and we weren’t sure what his world and what our future would be. …We wondered was he going to speak? Was he going to walk?”
Fortunately for Nicholas, he not only had loving parents, but he also had a team of therapists who helped him through the process.
“In no time, he was running and talking more than I thought he would ever do,” said Roberts. “He eventually began to go to school, and to learn, and to read, and to do all those things that we dreamed and hoped he would do even with all his challenges.”
Nicholas even learned to swim and joined Taekwondo, becoming a black belt three years ago. Roberts added:
“I think that life can be enriched and can be better and can be in some ways richer when you are loving and supporting and dealing with somebody who is dealing with challenges."
The Georgia native and Roker tied the knot in September of 1995 after he split from his wife of ten years. Their first daughter, Leila, was born in November 1998 while Nicholas followed four years later.
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