19 years ago today I did something I often wondered if I would have be “lucky” enough to do. I became a wife. I was married. I was 20 years old and had no idea what the future held. Still in university with only a part-time job, but I was getting married.
As I sit and reflect on the past 19 years I wonder first of all where the heck they went?? Holy jumpins’ it seems like just yesterday! Seriously! Then I think about all the people who have come and gone over the last 19 years. I think of how our circle of family and friends have grown and changed over the past number of years and in the same breath how many things have remained constant. I think of the person I was 19 years ago and I think of who I am now – it’s like I’ve gone through a metamorphosis of sorts. I am certainly, by no means, the same person I was the day I was married.
I look back at all that has happened and I could laugh and cry all at the same time. So many memories; so much heartache yet so many smiles. There have been times that I wondered how we would survive the next 2 hours let-alone the next number of years, but we did it. We struggled, we fought, we did all the stuff most couples do, but above everything else – we loved.
Mike started out as my “friend” (whom I always said I would never be caught dead with out on a date, let alone married to…LOL) and I am so honored and thrilled to say that he is still my friend, my soul-mate, my confidant, my strength and so much more.
I often get asked if I have any regrets or if I would do anything different if I had the chance and I’m happy to say the answer is no. There is nothing I would change and no regrets whatsoever. Anything and everything that has happened to us over the past 19 years has happened for a reason. The good, the bad and the indifferent. It has all made us the couple we have grown into today.
We are truly blessed to have 2 boys who are the lights of our lives for they have taught us more than we could ever possibly teach them. We have our angel-girl watching over us from above guiding us on our way. We have the most amazing parents, sibling, family and friends that a couple could ask for. We could never have imagined that over the last 19 years we would grow from being “just” Tracey and Mike to the now invincible “Team Hilliard”!
So on this, our 19 wedding anniversary, I would like to first of all thank my wonderful husband for making me see that yes, I would go out on a date with him and yes, I would become his wife. I love you Mike and I always will. And second of all I would like to thank you because if you are reading this, then you are a part of our life. You have made a difference in our lives and I thank you for that.
I am truly fortunate and I will always be thankful that Mike made my “Dream Come True”.