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.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sweet little Elliot...

I was downstairs on the computer with Grace yesterday and when I went upstairs to check on Elliot, this is what I found...

Elliot is such a sweet little boy and I love the way that he falls asleep in the funniest places!! He used to do this much more often back when he took naps on a regular basis. This got me thinking about all of the little things I love about Elliot. Here is a little list:

I love the way he eats his pizza crust first.
I love the way that he plays with my hair whenever he is near me.
I love the way he hugs me and says, "I'm so sorry honey mommy".
I love the way he goes out in the back yard and lays on Max, hugging him for a half hour at a time.
I love it when you ask him what color something is and he answers with the spanish word for the color.
I love the way he gathers things up and lines them up, sometimes by color or shape. Here are two examples just from today.

His favorite cartoon is "Super Why" on PBS kids, I love it that he calls it "Super Want".
I love it that he loves letters and numbers so much. He will sit at the table for an hour writing all his letters and numbers on a piece of paper.
I love it that he writes smiley faces on everything.
I love it that he loves Charlie Brown so much. I love the way he and Grace will still act out scenes from Charlie Brown Christmas.
I love it that he always wants to dress up in Grace's dress up clothes and shoes whenever she is playing with them. (Ray doesn't love this so much!)
I love it that he loves primary songs so much and tries to make requests during singing time in nursery.
I love it when we are in the store and I hear a song I like and tell him to dance, and he does it.

The list could go on and on, but those are just a few reasons why I love Elliot so much!!


Alex said...

I love Elliot because when he sees a picture of leslie without me he asks "WHERE MY ALEX GO?"

Leslie said...

I love the way Elliot called me "mommy" the entire week we stayed with him and Grace while Becky and Ray were exploring Spokane. Alex was Alex, but I was "mommy". Even though it wasn't true, there's something so nice about having a little one see you as a "mommy".

notthecroshaws said...

I just have to weigh in as well. Elliot is a sweet, kind little boy. He is always affectionate and loving to me whenever I see him. What a great time I had with him and Grace and Maggie. Elliot loves the things he loves with all his heart. i will always love hearing my grandchildren call me, "grandma". one of the high points of life.

abbynormal said...

I'm piggybacking on some of Becky's loves, because they make my heart so happy. I love when he stacks/organizes things by size or color or whatever, because I'm pretty sure I did those same things (and still catch myself doing it sometimes) and it gives us a connection. And I do love when he plays with my hair. I don't know why that strikes me as such a sweet act, but it really is!

angie b said...

I know this is a family blog but Molly Krisi and I were saying how we love to come blog "stalk" you guys.
For me I have always been drawn to your family. It has been one of the best examples in my life and knowing the Croshaws and the Christensens (Steph's family) made my move so much easier.
Of course I've always loved and looked up to Les but as the years have passed It has been so fun to see everyone grow and progres in life. I love to come to your blog and see Dana...little Dana with her family. Abby and her awesome adventures, Becky and her adorable family, Leslie and her cute hubby, and to see the Mom and Dad Croshaw that let me come visit so much during college.
I just wanted to tell you that your family is amazing. You guys have something special here that not all families have and I love to come peek at how everyone in the Croshaw family is doing....hope you don't mind.
Take Care everyone!

angie b said...

OH and how can I forget cute Grandma and her hugs and kisses! Love her!

Jason & Dana said...

Oh that sweet boy. I have to say, his hugs are some of the best ever. They just make you feel all warm and fuzzy!

(Hey Angie!-Molly & Kristi! :)