i am really tired right now. dana and i went to the zoo with grace, elliot, colby and eva. doesn't sound too bad, right. wrong. not bad, but exhausting, followed by a trip to chick-fil-a for lunch. they have a little playground, but it again amazed me that i did all this with even more children. went to zoos, parks, mcdonald's etc. with my little brood. it was a wonderful time, and i had a lot more energy to spare. we have had a wonderful time, seeing the adorable little vanderlouw's and especially the newest, little maggie rae. i don't know who she reminds me of. as you know, les, dad and alex popped in and out. les and alex came to get engaged in the romantic environs of owasso, and dad to see maggie and do a little plumbing. anyone wanting to come visit, the airport is only 15 minutes away. they are close to kansas, arkansas, texas and missouri. anyone interested in branson, mo, it is also close. dad is home now. i entered a little experience, and don't know where it went, but here goes again.
last week had an interesting experience. i was thinking aout a talk by sister parkin, in which she told a story about some missionaries who prayed that they would be the answer to someone's prayer. i was thinking the same thing, and said a little prayer that i would be the answer to someone's prayer. i was getting on the freeway at the time--clark street entrance-- so it was a very informal prayer. i drove right to the bank, to make a deposit. as i drove up, i saw something in the tube. as i pulled it out, a saw a little money envelope with a $100 bill in it. the thought immediately came to my mind, "someone is praying right now that that this money will not be stolen". pretty neat, huh? i wll just remind all of you again that He does indeed answer our prayers.
FYI--Crystal is having some trouble getting her wedding dress. Please send your prayers heavenward that she can get the dress of her dreams in time for the wedding. xoxoxo i love you all....mom
A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.
From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.
In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.
Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.
Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.
We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.
As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.