We are Henry and Amy, and we are excited at the opportunity to share our lives and ourselves with you through this letter. We cannot begin to imagine how difficult taking this path might be for you, and we can only hope that our letter might provide some encouragement and hope as you travel this way. Should you decide to stay a while and get to know more about us, we can only pray that it will result in a life-long answer to prayer for all of us.
We want to start out by sharing a little about who we are as individuals. Henry is a navy veteran and served his country for close to 10 years. He has traveled all over the world, including all of Asia, parts of the Middle East and South America. His favorite place he traveled was Australia. The beauty around him was breathtaking. He met some locals who took him and a few friends to some hidden gems, a walk through a jungle and face to face with some wild animals is just what this outdoorsman wanted! Henry was born and raised in Texas; all of his family is still there and are so supportive and excited to welcome a child into their country hearts. Henry is an only child and was raised by his mother and stepfather. Henry and his mother are in constant communication, they truly get closer and closer as they both get older, his stepfather passed away in 2011. Henry has such amazing qualities that would make him an amazing father, he is very caring always very attentive to me when I am sick making sure I have plenty of fluids and rest. He is loving and works hard every day to make a better life for me and our future family. Watching him with my friend, Jessie’s four year old daughter is absolutely adorable; trying to make her laugh and playing dolls with her is priceless. At family gatherings all of the adults will be sitting around talking and laughing but not Henry he is in the play room being silly with the kids.
Amy was born and raised in San Diego CA. She was the nerdy cheerleader all through school and was a friend to everyone. She is very close to her family; she and her mom are on the phone every night, and both of her parents cannot wait to be grandparents. Amy’s mom and dad have been married almost 35 years and are an amazing example very nurturing and caring parents She has 2 younger brothers and is very close to them, the younger of the two is in the navy and the older of the two just moved to Utah for his new job as a flight attendant. Amy is the light in any room; she can make anyone laugh no matter how down they are. She tells the corniest jokes and thinks they are hilarious unfortunately she is the only one who thinks they are funny; however everyone always seems to laugh because she is laughing which makes her continue with the corny jokes. Amy has a huge and giving heart; she spent the 2 years we were stationed in Japan volunteering for 2 different organizations. One being the FRG(Family Readiness Group) she was the president and her job was to organize fundraisers to help support families of the command in need. She also was a liaison between the ship and the families. Amy has a natural ability to mother, I have watched her over the years do as much being the oldest of her brothers. She worries over them and always tries to help them in life, no matter how tough it can be. I have lived with her mothering ways in so many aspects, her attention to being sure that I am well taken care of, loved, and never leaving the house hungry. I have seen her interact with her family’s children in a way that can only be described as a mother.
We were married in July of 2007 on Coronado Island CA. We got married in a park that bordered the San Diego bay. Amy’s father married us it was so amazing having him marry us. He was very emotional so what we could understand through the tears was beautiful! After we were married we moved to Japan for 2 years. What a culture shock that was, the people in Japan are some of the most hospitable and sweetest people we have ever had the pleasure of interacting with. Henry was on the USS Tortuga and was out to sea approximately 9-10months out of the year. So with him gone most of the time he wasn’t able to sight see as much as he would have liked. Amy however was able to go all over Japan and witness the unbelievable beauty Japan has to offer. Amy’s favorite thing to do in Japan was to visit the Onsen. An Onsen is a bath house and is very common in Japan and is oh so relaxing. While in Japan we adopted two sweet puppies. We have a black pug named Kohanna. Kohanna is so sweet and loves people, she will sit at your feet and stare up at you with her crossed eyes and beg you to play tug-a-war with her favorite dolly. We also have a very blonde Dachshund named Hotchi, Hotchi means chopsticks and she definitely looks like a chopstick. Hotchi is my lover, she would rather be held like a baby and carried around everywhere than to have to walk, if we are sitting on the couch watching a favorite T.V. show she will slink over and sit in our laps flip over to her back and use her nose to push our hands on her belly to rub. Both of our girls are very good around children even Amy’s 2 year old cousin Micah who tends to think they are horses he can ride! After returning to the States Henry was honorably discharged out of the navy and began his career as a Civil Servant for the Navy. In August of 2011 we bought our first house and Amy quickly turned it into our home! We love being together and having fun. We are what most of our friends would consider silly. We love life and we love to laugh and most of all we love each other. We are firm believers laughing is the best medicine!
We love to travel as much as we can even if it is just a weekend getaway to Palm Springs or San Diego. On our 5th wedding anniversary Henry surprised Amy with a 7 night Mexican Rivera Cruise. We had so much fun. We went deep sea fishing in Cabo and Amy caught a shark, a 400lbs shark but like every fishing story it got away before she could take a picture of it. We also took a family trip to the Grand Canyon over Christmas. There were 15 of us and we had such an amazing time. While we were there it snowed like crazy, which for us southern California folks snow is a real treat. Amy’s 78 year old grandmother who was born and raised in Oklahoma was in heaven with the snow, she got on her bottom several times to make snow angels it was definitely a sight to see.
We are also very involved in our church attending Sunday morning and night services as well as bible studies a few times a week. We believe in loving and respecting all people no matter their lifestyle or their beliefs. We want to install morals and values in our children that follow a Christian path. We also believe in America and want our children to love and respect our beautiful country and more important respect the ones who serve to protect it!
We are committed to offering this child a life of unconditional love and constant nurturing. We believe that he/she should always know and feel your love and we will do everything we can to make sure of that.
Blessing Henry and Amy