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An Angel Sent From Heaven
Dedicated to James Hatfield

Submitted by Paula

I remember it like it was yesterday. I got a call at work from my father to come home right after work so I knew something was wrong. I went home to find out that my grandfather had passed away that morning in sleep. I was devastated. I was just over there the night before but of course was to busy to stay and talk for a while so I told him I'd be by tomorrow. He just nodded like he always did. I felt so guilty. Later that evening I went to a friend's house so I could get away. I was in the kitchen talking to him and crying my eyes out when this man came into the kitchen and gave me his condolences. He was beautiful. I even remember the clothes he was wearing that day with the blue Nike flip-flops.

Well a week or so had passed and I got a phone call from my friend saying the man I had met at his house wanted to meet me. I was shocked and at the same time not ready. I was still grieving from the loss of my grandpa. The man wouldn't take no for an answer though so we met. We had so much fun, he was so nice, and he got me to forget for a while. I thought to myself that this is the one for me. I think my grandpa sent him to me on the day of his passing to let me know that it was ok, it wasn't my fault, and that he wasn't mad.

My husband James and I have been married for a year now. We dated for 3 years. Let me tell you that it hasn't been easy. You see Jim and I got married while we were both in nursing school. We graduate this December. I was in my first semester and him in his second. Planning a wedding in the middle of the semester was hard. I couldn't really focus on the wedding because I wanted to do well in school. I had so many different people planning my wedding for me that Jim and I didn't get to enjoy it like I thought we would. On top of that we had no money. We were completely broke. Nursing school is very demanding and for both of us to be in it at the same time was even more demanding so we couldn't work. We also knew we would not be allowed to take time off school for our honeymoon. We always talked about going to Hawaii. We cut a lot of things out of our lives because the finances were not there. We had to borrow money from our parents just to pay the bills and feed ourselves while in school. (I bet they can't wait until we graduate as well!) Well the wedding day came and I was so nervous. We even got into an argument that morning. I couldn't believe it already arguing and not even married yet. I thought to myself is this what I am supposed to be doing? Then I asked for a sign. A little late to be asking for a sign but I did. I believe strongly in signs and I figured there is no better time than right now. I closed my eyes and I heard his voice. He told me that this was the man I was going to be with for the rest of my life. We had been through so much in the three years of being with each other and he knew that we'd be able to get through anything.

We have had the roughest first year of marriage. We have not been able to enjoy ourselves due to school and all the stress. Jim has told me everyday for the past four years how much he loves me. He has been so helpful with school and life. He never had any doubts about our future together. We have been through some of the hardest times these past years and we both feel that it is only going to get better if we stay positive. Our love has grown so much more even though it's not the perfect life. We know we will always have each other. We are planning a honeymoon to Hawaii after we sit for our boards in January. We are beginning to look now and the best thing that could happen for us is that for us to be able to be together, stress free, overlooking the ocean for our honeymoon. I would love to be able to tell my husband that it's all planned and we can relax. He deserves this. We deserve this. We have come this far and can't wait until we start the beginning of our lives together.

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