The Pereas: A Love Built on Friendship

Yahaira & Henry Perea: Married for 10 years [8/12/06]

Like most couples, Yahaira and Henry have similar taste in music, food and sports. But unlike most husbands and wives, these two also share a birthday. (They also welcomed their firstborn on the same day- but we will get into that in a bit)

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Their previous careers brought them together  in 2003.  Yahaira worked as an assignment editor for a local TV News Station, and at the time, Henry was serving as a Councilman for the City of Fresno.  They’d exchanged a few conversations by phone but it wasn’t until a meeting with a mutual friend- they were able to meet face-to-face. It was then Yahaira found out why he never responded to her emails: she didn’t have the right email address.

Yahaira and Henry hit it off on their first date (which was intended to be a ‘birthday outing’) and after that, their weekly outings turned into daily visits.

14 years later, their crew has expanded by 3 humans, and 4 puppies (We miss you Sarah!)  Yahaira and Henry have experienced so much in their time together, which includes spending a lot of time apart.  During Henry’s tenure as a State Assemblyman, his days were split between Fresno and Sacramento which meant being away from the family more often than they would like.  Aside from this not-so-typical living arrangement, they both live extremely busy lives with full time jobs, volunteering commitments and an active social life.

They both say they have adjusted to this way of life with their current careers and say this experience taught them a lot about using their time wisely.  Yahaira says, “The fun part is when we do get to see each other: it’s like a homecoming each time and everyone is excited.  It isn’t always perfect, but we do what we can to make the most out of our time together.”

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