HISTORY

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.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Ray!!







Happy Birthday Ray!!  We miss you so much and wish that we could be with you on your big day.  I was just thinking about that song that goes, "God bless the broken road that led me straight to you."  That is how I feel.  I can see God working in my life even then.  You are the definition of what is good, honest, faithful, and true.  You are the real deal.  Everyone that meets you can see that, that is why everyone wants to be your friend :)  I am so grateful for a husband whose first thought is always about what is best for his family.  The kids miss you so much, it just isn't the same without you here.  We can't wait until you come home!!  I hope your day is great.  I love you.

8 comments:

Leslie said...

happy, happy birthday rainbow dear!! can't believe you're 34 old man! hope you have a wonderful day. sorry you have to spend it without your family. we're very proud of you and all that you've accomplished!! we love you. les & alex

Lori, Colin, Mia & Jack said...

Happy birthday Ray!! Hope it's good even if you are far away from your family. How's Spokane? I am wishing we were moving there too.

Ahhhh well.
Love, Lori

Jason & Dana said...

Happy Birthday Voodoo Rain!! Sorry it's so late. I hope your birthday wasn't too lonely without your family. Only a couple more days though, right?? You're the best Ray! We love you!
Dana & fam

notthecroshaws said...

ray,
happy birthday. we are so blessed to have you as part of the big happy family. there was a guy in a ward i visited today who will be serving in the tulsa OK mission in august. i was thinking it is really too bad that he won't get to work with you. you are really an incredible person, who embodies the power of change. happy birthday to the future verminator!!! love, debby

notthecroshaws said...

ray,
happy birthday. we are so blessed to have you as part of the big happy family. there was a guy in a ward i visited today who will be serving in the tulsa OK mission in august. i was thinking it is really too bad that he won't get to work with you. you are really an incredible person, who embodies the power of change. happy birthday to the future verminator!!! love, debby

abbynormal said...

Voodoo Rain!

You add such a bright spot to our family that I didn't even know was missing until you filled the spot. I'm so excited for this new opportunity for you and your family. Thanks for innately being everyone's best friend. :o)

notthecroshaws said...

Ray,
You are a man of valor, a good son. We appreciate your positive attitude and your hard work to take care of Becky and the kids.
Congratulations on another great year in your life.
David

Jason & Dana said...

I want to see more pictures of you in the pool without a shirt. Grrrrr!! You tiger of a man.
Happy B-Day
J