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09/28/2004
Entry: "Happy Birthday Baby!"

Happy Birthday to my Wife Cheryl :o)
I hardly ever talk about members of my family in a personal way on my website, but since today September 28th is my wife Cheryl’s birthday, I am going to blog-wish her a Happy Birthday! Although we were not able to get this week off together for vacation like we wanted to, we did manage to get off last week so we were able to celebrate her birthday plus our vacation the entire week off together! Due to our hectic work schedules, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to spend some really good quality time with my wife, away from the bothers of work and coworkers, or the constant worries of interruptions at home while you trying to get sum’ on, etc., *wink*. We had a very good time just chilling and hanging out around the house, relaxing, playing games and other “activities”. I even went on several shopping expeditions with her, which is an extreme rarity for this brutha…LOL. Here’s a little background on us as a couple…
I met Cheryl on the very day I moved to Baltimore way back in May of 1974. At the time, I lived in Pennsylvania with my mom, my “step-dad”, my younger sister Donna, my even younger sister Cindy, and my younger brother Frankie. My father, who had also remarried, lived in Baltimore with his wife, my older brother Ronnie, who had moved here a few years previously while he was still in middle school, my younger step-sister Crystal, and my younger step-brother Darnell. I decided to hang in Pennsylvania until high school graduation before fleeing for Baltimore. Darnell and Crystal were good friends with my wife’s family back then so when I moved to Baltimore, they all became my buddies too by default since we all hung out and ran together. I still remember the day I got off that Greyhound bus in downtown Baltimore back in 1974 and was picked up by my father and whisked to his house in Northeast Baltimore. I was just turned 18 and Cheryl was soon to be 15 back then. As I got out the car, my future wife was standing in the back yard of my fathers house chilling with my step-siblings, Crystal and Darnell and that’s when I first met her. At the time neither one of us were going with other folk nor were we even into each other much at that time. A few days after moving to Baltimore, I jokingly told her mother that I was going to marry her daughter one day…LOL. Little did I know at the time that my heart was speaking the truth when I thought it was joking. We all became really close friends and hung out almost daily at each other’s houses. I hung with her brothers most of the time, thus I saw her almost on a daily basis. Over the course of the next several years we all went our separate ways in life though. We still saw each other frequently since by then our families had become so close and I was constantly there at their house. Years passed before we finally got together as a couple in 1980. By then I was 25 and she was 22. We both had gone through other relationships that had left both of us unfulfilled and empty. She had just come out of a horrible relationship with her ex then, and I had just shortly before ended a relationship that had just been revealed to be deceitful to me. When I finally had a chance one day to sit with her and let my heart speak without having to worry about either one of us being with someone else, I just let it flow, and from that day forward I knew she was The One. The one woman I was going to spend the rest of my life with. Although we had/have our share of arguments and disagreements through the years, (what married couple doesn’t?) we have never lost sight of the fact that love is what holds us together…not empty promises, or material riches, or anything else that will come and go. We’ve been married for 13 years now, although we’ve been together for 24 years. Although I can’t give you half the things this world may offer, I can give you the best that I got. Happy Birthday sweetie. I hope every good thing your heart desires will be yours today and every day hereafter.
Love, Greg

Have a gorgeous day!

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on Friday, October 1st, 2004 @ 10:32 AM EST
mrs. j.o.y. said

i tried leaving a comment yesterday, but my computer acted up. crazy

i wanted 2 give my happy bday shout outs also.

i love that story. hehe it was so sweet. wow!!!!! real love. true love. original love. all wrapped up n2 one.

keep the love flowing! big grin

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on Thursday, September 30th, 2004 @ 04:37 AM EST
shanti said

hey hey! congratz to your wifey! big grin that's cool big grin so glad to see ya'll doing good big grin

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on Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 @ 08:18 PM EST
Tina said

Happy birthday my precious sister-in-law!!! I must admit I never really heard you and Greg's love story...(scooze me while i get some kleenex ) big grin Keep lovin each other and takin good care of one another!! Good marriages always take hard work!!! God bless you both and many more blessed birthdays!!! (let's go birthday shopping soon -tee hee) Love you Cheryl...oh, and you too Greg hehe hehe LOL

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on Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 @ 07:17 PM EST
Cheryl said

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHERYL!! (Hi Greggy. Great story of your encounter thanks for sharing!) big grin

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on Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 @ 02:46 PM EST
Von said

Happy Birthday Cheryl! Hope you had fun on your special day! You are quite the lucky woman to be married to Greggy...LOL. or is he the lucky one? lol.

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on Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 @ 07:11 AM EST
Toya said

Hi Cheryl! *waving*smile
Happy Birthday! That was a touching story Greggy about how you two met. And how you getting ready to go back on vacation already mister? LOL razz

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on Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 @ 10:15 PM EST
Steph said

Happy Birthday Cheryl!smileWhat a romantic love story Greggy. I hope you and Cheryl love last foreversmile

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on Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 @ 09:51 PM EST
Raven said

Aww Greggy if that wasnt the sweetest thing to do for your wifesmile. Cheryl, Happy Birthday!! smile

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on Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 @ 08:29 PM EST
Art4SouL said

Awww what a loving thing to do for your wife. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHERYL!!! I wish you many many more blissful years with Greggy. Have a great time tomorrow.

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on Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 @ 06:49 PM EST
Honey said

Happy Birthday Cheryl! Thanks for sharing your love story with us Greggy, it does my heart good to see such loving words about your best half big grin

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on Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 @ 06:29 PM EST
Cheryl said

Thank you sweetheart. I love you!
big grin

*grinzzz* Your welcome baby, I loves you too!..G

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on Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 @ 01:21 PM EST
Meadow said

Sniff, happy birthday Cheryl! Boy Greggy, you sure know how to hug a heart.

smile Thanks Meadow, I just wanted to do something a little different than the usual card...I'm sure Cheryl will appreciate you taking the time to wish her a good day! Take care Meadow...G

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