On the morning of January 20th, 2016, I stepped outside and headed to my car since I soon had to be at work. I stopped, however, to observe some animal tracks in the snow.
I was so taken with how the tracks crossed each other, I snapped a picture and posted it on Instagram.
At the time I took that picture, I had no idea on that same night, January 20th, 2016, I would cross paths with a stranger from Nashville while at a restaurant bar in Downtown Naperville.
I also had no idea that this stranger and I would elope three weeks later in Nashville on February 12th, 2016.
I had no idea that three years later, we would be living in Norfolk, CT, housesitting in a quaint New England town, and caring for two dogs that amuse and delight me nearly every moment of every day.
I had no idea Heath would study Spanish in Guatemala.
I had no idea that people would want to pay me to walk their dogs.
I had no idea that Heath would become certified as an EMT.
I had no idea that we would travel 11,500+ miles on an epic road trip to see bears and National Parks.
I had no idea I would spend seven weeks in sub-Arctic Canada in the land of polar bears.
On that morning of January 20th, 2016, I didn’t know any of the above (and more!) would happen. I was simply taken by the idea of how those tracks crossed each other.
When someone asks me if I believe in miracles, of course I say yes. Look at all that has happened in our lives because of where Heath and I were at one moment in time.
Heath and I could have missed each other.
I’m so glad we didn’t.
Heath Hughes, you are outstanding in so many ways. I couldn’t help but fall in love with you.
I look forward to seeing where this next year (and beyond) takes us.