This guy right here is one of my very best friends. Henry and I have known each other for almost seven years. From the first time I met him we were best friends. Let me give you a little history about our friendship. The fist time I met him he was downstairs at my church helping with our youth group, he was the youth leading at a church less than a mile away from ours. I had been planing a mission trip to the Ukraine for a few months and for some reason the first time I met him I asked him to go with us. I feel like it was one of those moments where we both said "Hello, yep we are best friends now".
That next year of our friendship was one of the most fun years I have ever had. We started teaching a Bible study group called Uprising, which impacted me more than anyone will every know. Henry was by my side with everything that went on in that group. We spent hours talking about God's glory and wondering what he had in store for us. Some of our most fun times had to be hauling metal out of an old gully we had on the farm to earn money for our mission trip. The loads of metal we would take should have gotten us pulled over a few times but needless to say we had a great time doing what we did.
A few years ago, Henry came to me and said he was planning to leave his church to look for a lead pastor job. I was excited and nervous for him. He and his lovely wife Amber had just gotten married, and were starting an amazing life together. One Sunday morning I received a phone call from him, he told me this was the morning he was planning on leaving church. On that same Sunday our pastor resigned from our church. At that moment I knew God was working things out. Over the next few months Henry preached sermons at our church, he then received the head pastoral job there as well. I knew he would do a great job, he is a man after God's own heart. He loves people even if their own actions are unlovable. He listens before he speaks and stays calm when most people would be very stressed. I look at him like an older brother and ask for his help and advice in my personal and spiritual life.
Henry is a great guy, but beside every great guy is an amazing women. Let me just say that Henry got a girl way out of his league. God had to do some kind of miracle for Henry to get a women like Amber. All kidding aside, Amber is a great person. She has such a kind soul and loves Henry and Carter with all of her heart. While shooting these images you could tell the love they have for one another, they laughed and smiled the entire time. She strives to help her family in all that she does. The first time I met Amber she was very quiet, but that is to be expected when Henry and I get around, each other as sometimes things get out of hand. Amber understands our craziness and the fun that we have. She just laughs and smiles at the things we do and get ourselves into. I know that sometimes people only get to know the pastor of a church, and not always the pastor's wife. Amber is a sweet, kind, caring, loving and fun person. It takes all of those to handle Henry.
Henry is my best friend for many reasons, but the main reason is he loves the Lord with all that he is. You can see that, no matter what day it is. He makes me want to strive to be a better person and a more Godly person. He is always there to call me out on things or pick me up when it is needed. He is as wide open and fun loving as I am. When I see the way he is with his family I hope to be as good of a husband and father as he is.
Thank you Henry Watterson