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I have always believed that people come into our lives for a reason.

After Easter this year, I believe this even more.  Our original plans for Easter were church, then out to the cemetery to take flowers to Patrick's grave, and then out to an early dinner.  At the last minute we changed our plans and decided to eat and then head out to the cemetery.

While we were at the cemetery we met a man wearing a Donate Life tshirt.  The kids were so excited and called out that they liked his shirt.  He came over to talk to us and told us that he had received a kidney from his brother 9 years ago, and received a pancreas 4 years ago.

We talked about Patrick and his road to transplant, and then everything that happened after transplant.  We also talked about the Donate Life float and he told us that he does a lot with the float and that if we wanted he would help us get in to help decorate the float this year.

When we left the cemetery, I felt Patrick brought us to the cemetery at that moment to meet this man.

That was on Sunday.  On Tuesday we went to a Donate Life flag raising event in downtown Long Beach.  20 miles away from the cemetery.  Sitting there talking to a friend of ours and the man from the cemetery shows up.  We both stood there in shock for a minute and then laughed about running into each other again.  He was explaining to everyone how we met out at the cemetery, and here we were again.

Then even crazier is we ran into him again on Friday in Huntington Beach.  He heard us talking about doing the balloon release on Sunday and asked if it would be ok if he came. 

Sunday morning we went to a Donate Life bowling tournament, and guess who we ran into there.  When we walked in he was talking to a group of people and was telling them all about this family that he met the week before and how we kept running into each other during the week.

I do believe that we were meant to meet each other, and I do believe that Patrick played a big part it us meeting.

We found a bouquet of blue flowers, and one of green, so we made a Donate Life bouquet to take to Patrick on Easter.

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Comment by Morgana (Janet) on April 9, 2013 at 2:03am

Awesome Sam.  I do believe Patrick had a part in it.  Yes people do come into our lives for a reason.  Sending hugs you way.  Love ya sweetie.

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