Our New Family July 2010

Our New Family July 2010
Our New Family

About our family...

Our family started on June 2, 2000. We have been married 10 years. We have three boys (Drake 5, Warner 4, & Henry). Michael is the Executive Director of Utah Shared Access Alliance (USA-ALL) and a state lobbyist. I am a registered nurse, and a third-year law student at BYU. Drake is starting Kindergarten in the fall, and Warner is getting ready to start pre-school in the fall. Henry arrived July 7, 2010. Henry was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and passed away, after 32 hours, on July 9, 2010. This blog provided updates on what was going on with Henry, and gives a little insight into our thoughts through the challenges we faced during his birth and death.

Be sure to read "The day we found out our baby has HLHS," under must read blogs, and if you want more info about HLHS there is a link in the right column that is a brochure from Mayo Clinic about HLHS.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Henry Michael Swenson was born July 7, 2010 at 3:29 p.m. weighing 6 lbs. 9 oz. and 20 in. long. Our family was given the gift of spending 34 beautiful hours with Henry. We have been given the knowledge that Henry is a choice spirit who has a special mission to fulfill. Our testimony in the assured salvation and exaltation of infants has lightened the burden of losing our infant son. We understand that our sacrifice will allow Henry to accomplish a special mission for our Heavenly Father that will bless many other spirits.

On July 9, 2010 at 12:15 a.m., after struggling for many hours and being comforted in our arms, Henry returned to his Heavenly Father. Michael and I would like to invite all of our friends and family to celebrate Henry’s life at a graveside service on Wednesday July 14, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.

We cannot thank our family and friends enough for the loving thoughts, support, and prayers. The fasting and prayers of our family and friends helped us make the hardest decisions of our lives. In addition, the support we have received has significantly reduced our grief and burden of loss.


  1. My thougths and prayers are with your family. May you be comforted now and in the days to come to know that so many have you in their prayers.

    Carolyn - IHH
    Mom to Angel Hope

  2. I'm sorry Dan and I cannot be there for the graveside service. I know it will be a hard day and I wish we could be there to support you. But know we will be thinking of you...