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, November 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad!!

On November 30, 1949 the world was changed forever. David K. Croshaw, son of George Vernal and Arvilla Croshaw, the man voted "Most Fun to be With" in high school, marathon runner, podiatrist, woodworker, hole-digger, friend, bishop, dedicated home teacher, temple worker and most importantly father (and now grandfather) was born.

They say that as children grow, those who have highly involved fathers often do better in some areas of development than children who have less involved fathers. They tend to become better at solving problems and handling frustrations, more socially skilled, more understanding of others' feelings, and better at dealing with a variety of people. They also say that active fathering contributes to a child's sense of humor and eagerness to explore and learn. I think it's obvious from your many well-adjusted children, that you have fulfilled your role as an "active" father well. ;-)

None of us would be here without you, and we definitely wouldn't be the people we are without having had you in our lives! You are an amazing example of hard work and dedication to the important things in life. Your sense of humor and kindness to all has made you a favorite among the young men in the East Stake, among your growing number of sons & daughters-in-law and among your grandchildren. Your generosity has blessed all of our lives in more ways than one. Your unshakeable testimony of the gospel and true principles continues to inspire us, and is making each of us better for it. We love you very much, daddy (David), and hope you have a wonderful birthday!


Colin -N- Lori said...

I wanted to post a comment, but what more is there to say? I think Leslie summed up what we all feel. I feel strongly about the
2nd paragraph. You have been very involved in my life from the time I can remember. I remember the "dates" we used to have with you. I remember going to the Westwood Fun Center and playing arcade games and mini golf and batting cages. I seem to remember you were a fan of Centipede. I think we all turned out the way we are because you and Mom always encouraged us to do the things we wanted to and never discouraged us. I was never told I couldn't do anything but encouraged to work hard and do our best.
It's been hard to be far away from you for the past 5+ years, but I know soon we will be closer. I hope you had a great birthday.
We miss you,
Colin , Lori, & kids

beckyV said...

Happy Birthday dad!! I agree with Colin, Leslie pretty much said it all. You are the best!! You are such a good grandpa, my kids love you sooooo much! Thanks for always being such a good example to me. I love you.

Jason and Dana said...

Sorry this is so late, but happy birthday dad!! Your birthday should be a national holiday or something :) Love you!

abbynormal said...

Everything they said! Totally agree! Thanks for being such an enabler, and for bequeathing to me a small portion of your eye for perfection - it's especially helpful in school! Glad I got to see you on your big day! Love you!

Grandma & Grandpa said...

It is better late than never and I want you to know you are my favorite son-in-law. You and Debby are a perfect duo and I am so proud of both of you. Thank you, David, for all of the wonderful trips dad and I have gone on, the amazing things we have seen and enough memories to last a life time made possible by your generosity. You are amazing and I love you as my own.
Love always,
now how do i sign this? mom, grandma, cathy or gladys?
We all love you.

notthecroshaws said...

Thanks everyone. I'm not sure I'm all that, but its nice to know you think so.