Sunday, April 19, 2020
On March 4, 2017 Michael Clark and I got married. Due to a previous marriage (on my part) we got married at a local church house. Since Michael and I are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we be in marriage for eternity, y getting married in one of our chuches Temples. Well since I had done this many mant years before I had to get permission from our leaders to marry Michael for forever. They said yes, but we would have to wait. Either until July or a year after being married civily. We opted for a civil marriage first. So that is what we did.
That day is still the best day of my life, despite a few mishaps. The first being that my dad got food poisoning the night before and was unable to attend. Thankfully though Michael's brother Matthew was able to attend and I asked him to walk me down the aisle. Michael's parents flew in from Hong Kong and the day was full of family and friends. The day started really early with bridal pictures, a lucheon, the wedding and then to close it all off a reception. Whew!! By the end of the night with the send off we were tired.
The next day was church and then a trip to the airport to make our way to the honeymoon. Michael had asked me where I wanted to go. I said Fairbanks, Alaska. Alaska in March is cold!! Why Alaska you ask? Michael asked this as well. My answer to him was, "Well because we don't really want to go to a place that we want to do site seeing at." So yep Alaska!! When we got off the plane it was -30 degrees. OH MY GOSH!!! During the next ten days though we had a lot of fun. We got the see the start of the Iditarod. He took me on a small trip to see the Northren lights and we got to meet Santa Clause at The North Pole. I would not go back to Alaska before the snow melted again, but I would love to see it during the summer. I hear the flower festival in Fairbanks is beautiful.
I am greatful for the day that I got to marry Michael. Each day I love him more and more. Everyday he makes me me and always lets me know how much he loves me. He puts up alot from me and I apperciate that.
Next time.. A year later and our infertility struggles.
Monday, April 13, 2020
The Next Step
On Halloween 2016 Michael Clark asked me to be his girlsfriend. I was so excited! Here was a guy i really liked who wanted to actually date me. I have had tons of guy friends, but that all they were. We had hung out played games and the like, but none of them really wanted to date me. Of course I said yes. He then asked if I could watch his cat for and drive him to the airport in the morning for his flight to Hong Kong. He spent ten days there. I dont think it would have been very hard for me to have him gone if we had waited to make it offical until after he got back, but those first ten days of girlfriend without him there was really hard. I am happy to say though that I made it through as did the cat.
During this time it was more discovery of eachother. We both like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Epic Fantasy Role Playing, reading, animals, and a strong sense of famliy. While in he was in Hong Knog I got day texts just letting me know how he was doing. He told his family about me and they were really excited. I think most of it was just that he was dating someone. At least I think that is how it started and then it bloosomed into oh we can't wait to meet her.
During the month of November we did a lot of talking about getting married (fast I know)(Oh and yes I did get to the I Love You stage). I still had not met his parents yet (they live in Hong Kong) and he had not really had "the conversasion" with my dad. So Thanksgiving hit like it does ever year and I invited him to my parent's house for the weekend. So off we went on a one hour roadtrip to my parent's house. He got to know my family a little better and meet my youngest sister and her husband. We played with my nieces and just had a relaxing fun time.
Now comes one of the funniest/shocking parts of the story (I will explain later). So ever year our town does a Christmas Light Parade on Thanksgiving night that closes with Santa Clause coming to town at the end. So we are outside on the sidewalk of main street waiting for the parade to start when my dad asks, "So Regina did you bring a bag to collect candy as they throw it?" "No, but that is ok most of the time they run out of candy by the time they get this far." (We were at the end of the route). Dad,"Oh, well I see that Michael is wearing a hat we could use that." "No, I think Michael should eave on his hat he gets cold pretty easy." Dad,"Oh, ok" That is were I thought the conversasion would end, but no. Few minutes later my dad says, "I know we could use he pants. If we tie the ends of the legs together they would hold the candy in nicley!" "Um, how about we leave my boyfriends pants on please." Dad, "Oh, are you sure?" "Yes." end of conversasion right? WRONG? Michael then says, "Well sir speaking of taking off my pants, might I have your permission to marry your daughter?" BOMB!! I went so many shades of red. I am sure that everyone could my face glowing bright red and it was dark outside. To have Michael capitalize on this was not something I had seen in his personality before so it took me by surprise. I could expect that type of conversasion from some of my other guys friends, but not Michael.
So on Dec. 22, 2016 Michael Clark asked my to marry him in front of the Provo City Center Temple. I of course said yes. The next he flew out to New Mexico to spend Christmas with his grandpa (I know it feels like he is making a habit of this). I was so in love with him and couldn't wait to spend the rest of our lives and eternity with him! Next...WEDDING BELLS!
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Michael was very pursistant in dating me. He made it a point to take me out on a date at least once a week. The first two dates where the normal get to know you and here let me spill the beans about myslef. He had let it slipped that he liked the fact that I had tattoos and that was just one of the many things he liked about me.
He had helped me moved and met my parents and nieces on week 2 of us dating. He was a very good sport and got along well with my famliy which was important to me. He played a littl bit with the nieces. They liked (and still do) to use him as jungle gym. He loved it and had fun with them.
Our third date was the most interesting. He had asked me to go to a BYU CS Alumni dinner event. It was a formal event so I dressed to the nines the best I could. When we got there they had name tags printed out for everyone. so I looked for my name (Regina Eastman). I could not find and asked michael to help me findit. He did not see it either. However, just below his name was a name tag for a Regina Clark. He was so embarressed. He thought that he had given them my last name, but apparently not so they assumed that his last was mine. Sure I thought to myself I can Regina Clark for one evening. The dinner was great and the talk on the way was a lot of fun because it consisted of me telling him about how I got mistaken as his wife (Fore Shadowing). He walked me to my door and I said good night. He walked away and I had turned to open the when suddenly I heard a very faint "I love you". I did not know what to so I just kept walking and pretended that I did not hear it. I was not there yet. I loved spending time with and the more time I spent with him the more I wanted to be around him. The next day this is what I told him. Thankfully he stuck around until I got there. Next time..Making it official!!
Sunday, April 5, 2020
In the Begining
Our story started one October day. Michael and I both attended the Mid-Singles ward in Provo, UT. Our ward was hold an activity for the primary of the stake we were in. Our goal to tranport the children back in time to visit different prophets of the Book of Mormon. I was in charge of the decor and since I had just recently finished binge watching Doctor Who what better to mess with time travel than to use the Tardis as the wat to transport them! Michael had volunteered to help bring my vision to life, the Friday before the big day.
The next day I helped direct traffic and made sure that all the decorations remind in place. Michael played the role of King Benjamin and spoke to group after group of kids. Following a sucessful activity it was time to tear everything down. Exhausted to the core I had decided to go home and sleep until doomsday. Michael Knowing this had asked me out on a double date for that night. The first thing that came to mind was "No, I just told you I was exhausted and that I was headed home to sleep." However that is not what came out of my mouth. What did was "Um..Ok." Yep that was it. And so that is how we began. Exhausten and perserverance. Next to come THE COURTSHIP!! (Turst me when I say you don't want to miss it.)
Thursday, April 2, 2020
We are Michael and Regina Clark. We are looking to grow our family through adoption. A little about us. We are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have two cats and currently no children. Regina likes comics and her favorite comic book character is Batman. She is currently going to school to be an accountant. She would like to start up her own work from home accounting firm and be a stay at home mom. Michael is working on his PhD in usable security. He also has a passion for programming. One of his favorite programming languages to work in is C. Deep down we are a little nerdy.