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About angeloftheisland

Welcome to An Angel’s Island. I’m Tracey (aka angeloftheisland). I’m also Mom to 19 year old Matthew who constantly keeps me on my toes. He’s our “special” boy who shows us daily how he deals with the world of ADHD, a Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s my hero. Marcus is 8 and reminds me everyday that he’s in no way going to make the school years boring for his Dad and me!! I’m also wife to Mike for 25 years now. Mike is my best friend and soul-mate and he has showed me over the years, that yes – dreams do come true. Our life may not be the most exciting but there’s always something going on. Welcome to our Happy Place, newly renamed Hilliard's Happy Hideaway. I hope you enjoy what I’ve shared about our family.

How Does Your Story Play Out?

Once upon a time, long ago and not so very far away, there was a young girl and her name was Tracey Hanratty. Tracey lived with her mom, dad and sister and had a happy home life. Back in the … Continue reading

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Happy Silver Anniversary

We did it!   Here we are! August 10, 2016.  25 years later.  Wow! Do you remember talking about it?  Do you remember wondering what we would be like?  How many kids we’d have?  Where our careers would take us? … Continue reading

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From the Mom of a High School Graduate

I’ve waited a long time to be able to share this entry and I’ve dreamed about being able to write it for many years. At one time I wasn’t even sure if I would be writing it at all. If … Continue reading

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25 Years of Service

Mike and I were married almost 25 years ago. Mike is celebrating a 25th anniversary this month of a different sort; equally, if not even more significant than the day we were married. As Mike was introduced to my family … Continue reading

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Time to Reconnect

Mike asked me last night when was the last time I blogged.  I knew it had been a while but didn’t realize it had been two months.  Sorry about that.  Guess I’ll take a few minutes to fill you all … Continue reading

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Matthew is on a Mission!

Just when I thought we were getting ready to cuddle in for a long winter’s nap, Matthew came to Mike and I during the Christmas holidays with a plan.  He has been talking about wanting to improve the raccoon’s enclosure … Continue reading

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19 Years and Counting

I won’t lie.  I was scared.  Scared beyond words.  I didn’t know how to be a mother.  I was entrusted with this small life and I had no idea what I was supposed to do with it.  The thought of … Continue reading

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Y’all Hashtag This…. “On Tour” with Dean Brody

Anyone who knows us knows how much we like our music; all types, but especially country (and if there was any doubt, go back two entries and take a look at my post titled Happy 24th Anniversary, Mikey). Anyone who knows … Continue reading

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We Need to Talk About This

Originally posted on An Angel's Island:
My social media sites became filled last evening with news about Robin Williams’ death.  Everyone was shocked, saddened, upset and devastated that this vivacious man who made it his job to make others…

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Happy 24th Anniversary, Mikey

Saturday, August 10, 1991 our special day finally arrived.  The day we said “I Do”. 24 years ago. I’ve been thinking about how I’d do this entry for awhile.  Wondering “What I’d Say”.  There simply aren’t enough words or time to adequately … Continue reading

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