"Be thankful for family. Be thankful for friends. Be thankful for the people who make a difference in our lives," Rodriguez captioned a photo of the family
Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez
Alex Rodriguez with Jennifer Lopez and her twins Emme and Max
| Credit: Alex Rodriguez/instagram

Happy Thanksgiving from the Rodriguez-Lopez family!

Alex Rodriguez shared a sweet tribute and reminder of the "special meaning" of this year's Thanksgiving.

Reposting a picture with his fiancée Jennifer Lopez, 51, her 12-year-old twins Emme Maribel and Maximilian "Max" David plus Rodriguez's daughters Ella Alexander, 12, and Natasha Alexander, 16, the former New York Yankee, 45, shared a heartwarming message about the holiday.

"This year, more than ever, #Thanksgiving carries a special meaning for all of us," he wrote. "Even in the most challenging of times, we need to count our blessings and celebrate what we have. Be thankful for family. Be thankful for friends. Be thankful for the people who make a difference in our lives."

He ended the note: "Enjoy your feast today and have a safe and happy holiday! 🦃"

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Credit: Alex Rodriguez/Instagram
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez with his daughters and Jennifer Lopez's kids
| Credit: Alex Rodriguez/Instagram

The former baseball star also shared a photo with Lopez and her daughter Emme with the caption, "Love these girls!!" on his Instagram story. He also posted a photo of himself with his daughters and future stepdaughter.

Rodriguez chatted with PEOPLE about his relationship with Ella and Natasha in October, saying he loves spending time cooking with them. But the girls sometimes get a little fed up with him!

"They usually try to throw me out of the kitchen!" joked the former MLB player. "It's not where I do my best work, and they're quick to remind me of that."

As is the case for many families, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant more time at home for Rodriguez — and more time in the kitchen.

"We've had a lot more family time and homecooked meals lately," he said.

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez with their kids
| Credit: Alex Rodriguez/Instagram

Like many Americans, Lopez and Rodriguez have been able to find at least one silver lining during an otherwise challenging time due to COVID-19. For them, it has been getting to enjoy more family dinners.

The "Pa' Ti" singer spoke to PEOPLE in September while promoting her partnership with Yoplait, and said that before quarantine, meals with their whole crew weren't all that frequent.

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"That's been a huge blessing for us during this time," said Lopez of their new nightly dinners. "Because Alex and I have both separately and now together lived a gypsy-type life, as both of our careers require tons of travel. The blessing of the quarantine for us was having dinner with the kids every night, for months and months."

"I don't think that would've ever happened," she continued, "and probably reminded us how much we need to do that more."