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.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Grace!!

Happy, Happy Birthday Gracie, Dear!!  This is a little late, but I got it in on her birthday!  We had a crazy day, trying to have an open house.  Grace's party will be next week, but she was thrilled with her barbie scooter!  I can't believe she is actually 5 years old!  Happy Birthday Grace!  We are so lucky to have you in our family!  We love you!
(see the VanderLouw family blog for a slideshow of Grace!)


Crystal said...

Happy birthday, Grace! Enjoy your scooter! I can hardly wait to see YOUR birthday cake pictures.

abbynormal said...

It was such a happy day when Grace entered our lives. You add so much spunk to the family. I love every opportunity I get to spend time with you - and hopefully I'll get another chance soon, once Dana moves to Texas! Happy birthday!

notthecroshaws said...

Your birthday always reminds me that you were the one who first made me a grandpa. What a great day that was those many years ago, and what a great garandaughter you have continued to be. I'm so happy that you get to move closer so that we will get to see you more often.
I love you,

Lori, Colin, Mia & Jack said...

Happy birthday Grace, sorry it is late. Colin and I happened to be up at midnight on the 18th and the reminder on his cell phone kept buzzing that it was your bit day. I can't believe you are 5 now.

Leslie said...

Happy birthday, Gracie! I love you very much and hope you have a great time at your party. I can't wait to see you riding your Barbie scooter. You're such a big girl now!

Jason & Dana said...

Sweet Grace!!! I miss being around you so much. I hope you had a great b-day. Sorry this is so late, this is the first time I've gotten on the blog in a few days. I hope you had a great birthday and your birthday party is fun! I'm sure it can't beat the Dora pi~nata (I couldn't find the way to write that n) party! I love you Grace! Happy birthday!

Jason & Dana said...

piñata-found it!