Five years ago…

On July 22, 2006, five years ago today, I went on a first date with the person who is now my wife, Arleen. We went to go see the movie Pirates of the Caribbean 2. It wasn’t an official “date”… we planned to meet with other coworkers for the movie, but as it turned out, only she and I ended up going! We had such a good time together that we decided to go out for karaoke later that night.

Funny how things work out. Five years later, and we’re still together. I don’t know where I would be today if not for her. Five years later and we have our own house, a six month old son, and I have a stable enough job that supports the both of us while she takes care of the baby at home. We have big dreams and we wonder where we will possibly be in the next five years.

I want to tell you just a little bit more about this wonderful woman I met five years ago. Arleen has a light inside that is so amazing, she inspires me and motivates me to do great things. Just the last couple years have been incredible. We have both taken classes together at art school, which reignited my own passion for art to the point that it’s become everything this personal website is about, if that tells you anything! We started a band, which is now defunct since having our baby in January of this year. But we recorded a five-song demo and even played live at a show once.

Not only that, but in May 2009, I found the job that suits me perfectly – as web developer and programmer for the A.R.E. in Virginia Beach. I’m in charge of keeping their bookstore website running at ARECatalog.com, and I very much enjoy being a part of the A.R.E. now. The people there are great and from the start I knew I was the right person for the job.

And then of course now there is our six month old son, Forrest Glenn Greene, who is such a joy to be around! Even though it has only been six months, we both cannot imagine now what life was like before he arrived. He is so happy all the time and just recently started to sit up on his own! Being a dad has brought responsibilities that I never thought (or knew) that I was ready for. But now I don’t even see it as the challenge that I once envisioned fatherhood might be. Instead I just want to be the best dad and the best all-around person that I can be.

And so, looking back over these past five years, I can see so clearly what a tremendous beginning it was in July of 2006. And it all started with meeting Arleen out for a movie and karaoke. I don’t know where I would possibly be without her today. I’m so grateful and amazed at all that life has to offer for the both of us now! Stay tuned for the ten-year edition of this story… I know it will be absolutely great!!