A decade to remember. Hilarie Burtonâ€™s life didnâ€™t go as planned, but the 37-year-old One Tree Hill alum is certainly happy where she ended up.
â€œTen years ago, I was pregnant, unemployed, unsure about where I was gonna live or give birth and despite the bravado I may have projected, I was scared,â€ Burton began on Tuesday, December 31, via Instagram. â€œMy whole life Iâ€™d thought I would follow the same path as everyone Iâ€™d grown up around. Have a steady job. Get married. Buy a house. Have kids. But the path didnâ€™t unfold that way at all.â€
Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan welcomed son Gus, 9, in 2010 after they were introduced in 2009 by Morganâ€™s Supernatural costar Jensen Ackles, who married Burtonâ€™s pal and former castmate Danneel Harris. After suffering a miscarriage, the former White Collar star gave birth to daughter George, 22 months, in February 2018. Contrary to reports, the twosome didnâ€™t legally tie the knot until October 5.
â€œA decade later, I can look back at my younger self and say â€˜itâ€™s okay, honey! Happiness will surprise you! Let it!â€™â€ Burton wrote on Tuesday. â€œ2019 was incredibly good to our family. The wedding I thought I wanted when I was 26 was made so much sweeter by waiting. My love for @jeffreydeanmorgan has evolved into something so much deeper and golden. Our children participated and were at our sides for all of it. It was the celebration of an entire decade.â€
The actress shared unseen snaps from their nuptials, including one of Ackles officiating the ceremony, several family pictures and a photo of Norman Reedus and Diane Kruger sitting across from the newlyweds at the reception. She concluded that her decade can be summarized by the wedding.
â€œAs I see all the year in review posts today, my entire year â€“ my entire decade really â€“ can be summed up in that one day,â€ she explained. â€œHappy New Year, everyone. I hope your path is winding and surprising and takes you on a wild ride.â€
Burton wrapped up her message by wishing her family a happy 2020.
â€œBiggest Happy New year to @jeffreydeanmorgan , Gus and George. Love isnâ€™t a big enough word,â€ she wrote. â€œBring on the Roaring Twenties!!!! 2020! ðŸ’–ðŸŽ‰ðŸ’•ðŸŽ‰ðŸ’–ðŸŽ‰ðŸ’•ðŸŽ‰â€