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.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Leslie!!!!!

thirty four years ago today (mother's day) we were in the hospital together. what a wonderful beginning you were. we hope you have a wonderful birthday and that it is not too hot today in monterrey. happy, happy birthday.

xoxoxoxo mom and dad
p.s. made the blue jumper myself. becky had a matching dark blue one, the dome climber where leslie broke her arm in kindergarten, grandpa croshaw and leslie, christmas on rainier.


Jason & Dana said...

Happy B-day Leslie! We are excited to see you on Thursday in San Antonio. I love that mullet! You should recondiser growing it back out, and get a sweet perm.

Oklahoma VanderLouw said...

Happy birthday les!! I can't believe I forgot today was you birthday when I was talking to you last night! You are such a wonderful person who is such a good example to me of how to be strong and faithful. I am so grateful to have you as my sister. You make my life better. I hope your day is great!! I love you!

notthecroshaws said...

actually, her birthday is today, the 12th, but she was born on mother's day:) mom

Jason & Dana said...

Happy Birthday Les!!!! I hope you have a great day. I love you so much and Becky's right, you are such a good example to all of us. You deserve a major FIESTA for your birthday! :) Love you,

Leslie said...

thanks, eveyone. i love you, too. i can't believe i'm 34. i still feel like i'm 24. where does time go?

Lori, Colin, Mia & Jack said...

Happy Birthday! Hope your day is great, great, great!!! We love you!

abbynormal said...

Don't worry Les, 34 is the new 24! I hope your birthday is your best yet. I hope I get to see you soon, but I've always loved our chats. It is such a blessing that I can glean from your vast pool of wisdom. Love you!

notthecroshaws said...

That's good Leslie that you feel 24 at 34, because when you get to be 44, you will make up for it by feeling 54. Been there, done that. No fun. But then 54 felt like 54, and 58 still feels like 54, so it's all good now. Anyway, happy birthday!
P.S. I agree with Becky, you are a great example of faith and goodness.

notthecroshaws said...


you really are an incredible, talented, thoughtful, beautiful person. we are all blessed by your life. we are blessed to have alex as part of our family now, too. hope your birthday was happy. your birthday with me was an especially happy one. xoxo mom