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:
Thisis 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.
Welcome to your thirties, Matt. Having been here for a little while now, I can tell you, your thirties are great! I have found them only to enhance the best part of me- I am not as concerned about fine and costly apparel, prooving to the world I am really smart, and you have one up on me- you are not single at 30. My, that was fun. This is really a sad attempt for me to be humorous, what I really need you to know is that you are greatly loved by me, by Valerie (though she will only admit it at midnight Christmas Eve/Christmas Morning after reading scriptures together and sharing), and by your sweet baby boy who can not get enough of seeing you. Me either. We love you!
You are valient and loyal, kind and gentle, hard-working and greatly intelligent, humble and steadfast, so kind and loving to me and just really, the best kind of person. I always have known that, and that is a pretty great thing to be sure of.
I look forward to growing closer to God alongside of you and to always being in love. It is pretty remarkable that we have made it this far and still are. I hope we treat you well on your day, I promise you a haircut and hope sincerely that such things are not a luxury for your 31st. Surely, you will have a better job and I think that will make all of us much happier.
I know your mom likes to post these, but I think she may not have access to older photos in Spokane, so I will do my best... I am using last year's posting as a start. the one of you terrified by the flaming, puffy birthday cake is pret.ty. hilarious, AND I love you and your mom in mondo glasses and you and your dad in nighties (by the way, your mom looks incredible in the nightgown picture, what a hottie!)
I substitute taught in Primary on Sunday for Dana. The lesson was the Christmas story. It gave some great scripture references, which I pieced together in a somewhat chronological order. So if anyone has time tonight amongst so many busy holiday traditions, take a moment to refresh what is is all about, I know it helped me: 2 Nephi 25:19 For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Mosiah 3:5 For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.
Helaman 14:2-5 2- And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name. 3- And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day. 4- Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born. 5- And behold, there shall a new star arise, such as one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Alma 7:10 And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.
Luke 2:8, 10-12 8 – And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. 10 – And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people 11 – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 – And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
Matthew 2:1-2 1 - Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 – Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Matthew 2: 9-10 9 - When they had heard the king, they departed; and , lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 – When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
I thought in my mind, "Sure ya do" but she does! Mia has been wanting a loose tooth for months now. Her friends that are older are loosing their teeth and she wanted to be like them. I figured it would happen when she was about 6, not just 5. She is loving it and tells me about it as often as she can, which is often. I suppose it will be out by the end of the week the way she keeps messing with it. Why? Why do they have to grow up so darn fast? I feel my age catching up with me.
Happy Birthday Alex!!! We are excited to see you on Monday. We are so happy that you and Leslie found each other. We are also excited to come to Monterrey next month. You are a wonderful person and we hope you have a happy, happy birthday, without your wife, as you are spending the whole day working.
1. Two vultures board an airplane, each carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at them and says, "I'm sorry, gentlemen, only one carrion allowed per passenger."
2. Two boll weevils grew up in Mississippi. One went to Hollywood and became a famous actor. The other stayed behind in the cotton fields and never amounted to much. The second one, naturally, became known as the lesser of two weevils.
4. A three legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw."
5. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? He wanted to transcend dental medication.
6. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off. "Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."
7. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Amal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Amal."
8. These friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that: Hugh, and only Hugh can prevent florist friars.
9. We all know who Gandhi was, right? He was a spiritual man who fasted regularly. Some may not realize that fasting, when practiced regularly and for extended periods, leads not only to weight loss, but can also cause bad breath. No matter, his interests were higher. This great leader hardly ever wore shoes. One might say he was ... a super-calloused fragile mystic plagued with halitosis.
10. And finally, there was the person who posted ten different puns on his blog, in the hopes that at least one of the puns would make the readers laugh. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.
I have been thinking of all of you, and wanted to write about it. A few days ago I was thinking about living on Rainier, and one night I walked into Colin's room, and he was laying there, wide awake. He had probably been in bed for an hour, because I can remember being shocked that he was awake. Back then everyone went to bed at 8 o'clock, whether they were tired or not. I loved you then and I love you even more now for your obedience. I asked you to go to bed, and you went. I love you so much for that, Colin. You weren't a perfect child, but you were a wonderful son to me. Thank you for your obedience to the things I asked you do to. OK, you weren't always obedient, but that is what I came away from your childhood with--a feeling of your love and obedience to me. Thank you.
Matt--I have this vivid memory of being at Franklin Jr. High with you, walking down the hall for some reason. Probably some kind of appointment. Anyway, it must have been between classes, because it was just the two of us in the hall. Some other students walked by, and at some point started using really bad language. I could tell that at that point, you were really embarrassed that I had to hear that. You were kind of protective of me. I am older, I had heard stuff before, but those feelings you displayed toward me, we so pure. I think, in fact, that you said, "Sorry Mom", because you didn't want me to hear that. That was such a good, kind, honorable thing to do. I love you for that. You were young, and were assaulted with that kind of stuff every day, but you were sorry that I had to hear that. Thank you, Matt, for your pure heart.
I remember being at Grandma Croshaw's I think when Becky was maybe in high school. I can picture Becky, without any prompting from me, helping Grandma down the stairs. She did it because she loved Grandma, and she wanted her to be safe. That is how Becky is and always was. Looking out for those needing a hand. It was an incredibly kind thing for her to do. Becky has always been very kind. I also remember one time when Becky was sitting on the floor with one or two or three kids. She was trying to help someone put on shoes or something. At one point she did something, and whoever she was helping turned around and hit her. The response I expected was for her to hit that person back, but Becky just looked at her sibling and said, "Don't do that". She said it so calmly, but firmly, it shocked me. It was the right thing to do. She is like that today with her own children. I was never as good as she is at setting limits (ok, well you all know I set lots of limits) in a calm, loving manner. I know she is not a perfect mom, but she is kind of the role model mom in our family. Thank you Becky, for showing me a better way. You really are an incredible Mom--I know you aren't perfect all the time, who is?
Dana is really the bonus baby I got from Heavenly Father. I thought, quite strongly, that I only wanted five children. Heavenly Father knew better, and I will be eternally grateful. I have told people that you were my blessing for having six children. An example. When Dana was in high school, she liked me to come to basketball games. There were not a ton of people who came to those games, but I did go occasionally, and sat on the opposite side from the students. At one game Dana came over and sat by me. She didn't need to, and I didn't expect it. She sat by me, she even held me hand, and she was not embarrassed. I love all of the rest of you very much, but you have to admit you never would have done this. Dana always, always loved me. (OK, probably not ALWAYS) Anyway, I always felt like she loved having me around. She even let me go on American Heritage with her. It is a pretty good pay day for a parent.
Abby is the light on the hill. She goes to business school with a bunch of other people from about 15 different countries, and she is the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is probably the only openly religious person in her class. She is who she is, and she doesn't need alcohol to let the 'real' her come out. They are amazed that she can be cheerful in the morning without coffee. She goes to social events and has Shirley Temples. This is not always an easy thing to do, but she makes it look easy. I think of you this way, Abby: "You are like a star shining brightly. Smiling for the whole world to see. You can do and say, happy things each day, for you know Heavenly Father love you." Thank you for being the light for your world to see. You are a great example to me.
Leslie is the quintessential oldest child. She is the example you can all look to. When Leslie was in the MTC her teacher told her to pray for something she really wanted, and Heavenly Father would bless her with it. If it were me, I probably would have prayed to get married as soon as I got home. Luckily for all of us, she is not me. She prayed and asked for an unshakeable testimony. She got it. I can remember sitting in the MTC (where I knew about five years before that she would ultimately be)beside her. As we sat there, she took my hand. It had probably been 15 years since we had held hands like that. It was kind of a sacred moment for me. We were once again, just a mother and her little girl. You weren't like Dana and would never have come and sat by me during a game (but that's OK, I wasn't like Dana either), but for those few moments it was you holding my hand, maybe hoping for a little extra courage to do what you needed to do. It was probably you also giving me a little courage. You went on your mission and you changed all of our lives with that experience. Thank you Leslie, thank you for your testimony and your strength and your love of the Lord.
OK, I have gone on enough. Just let me finish by telling you six wonderful people that you have enriched my life in ways I never imagined possible. Thank you for making motherhood the joy of my life (also the hardest experience EVER). It continues to be a joy. Thank you for wonderful grandchildren, born and unborn. We truly are a forever family.
Hi everyone! I was just asked to speak in church the Sunday before Christmas. Topic is, surprise, surprise, the true meaning of Christmas!! I wanted to ask everyone for their input and ask you to share experiences you may have had that taught you about the true meaning of Christmas. Any input would be greatly appreciated!! You can email me or put it in the comments-thanks!!
I challange everyone to play bowl mania with me. You try to pick the winners of all the college football bowl games. It is one of my faviorite things to do the past 4 years. Join the group and try to get some bragging rights. The deadline is 12/19. Here is the link:
I am not sure kids' birthdays are posted here, but she definitely likes the attention and is now a young woman ;-) AND she checks the blog daily. Also, you should check hers. She made Alex a super hero... Valerie, you have been my saving grace time and again. It is because of you that I have tried to make good decisions that will make our lives better. I am so glad that you are my daughter and that we have been able to experience so much together because it has made us very, very close. Most girls do not get to have that kind of relationship with their mom and although I know I am getting on your nerves most of the time these days, we also get along pretty well too.
I am so glad you have kept me straight, you are such a help with Asher and the kitties and that you love looking cute all the time. It makes me actually want to change out of my pajamas some days.
You are amazing and kind and good. When I got a blessing one time, I was told how important you are to the world and that there is something really important that you will do that will affect the world. That is pretty amazing, Valerie. Please do your best to live the Gospel. I know that you know it is true. If you do that, your life and your childrens' lives as well as our little family will be blessed amazingly. I promise.
Dad really wanted this on here, and luckily enough, someone put it on youtube. Not quite as good quality as the one he sent out, and there's a random laughing monkey at the end, but you can still appreciate the insanity. :o)
I meant to take a picture before I left for Thanksgiving, a lot more leaves have fallen off since then, but that is when I first noticed the changed color of the leaves. It's DECEMBER!! I don't know if I'll ever get used to it. But today Jason put up Christmas lights in a t-shirt. I'm not sure what the high today was, but one thing's for sure...we're not in Idaho anymore.
I am so sad that Elder Withlin has died, but, what a reunion he is having with his family, especially his wife. Thought I would post this bio from lds. org.
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin was ordained an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 9, 1986. He was sustained and set apart as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve Apostles on April 4, 1975 and served in that capacity until he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1976. He was set apart in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy August 28, 1986, where he was serving when called to be an Apostle.
Elder Wirthlin was born in Salt Lake City on June 11, 1917 to Joseph L. and Madeline Bitner Wirthlin. His Father served as the Presiding Bishop of the Church.
Elder Wirthlin graduated from the University of Utah in Business Administration. He received from Brigham Young University a Doctorate of Christian Service Honoris Causa, April 26, 2001. He is an Eagle Scout. He was active in athletics in high school and played football (running back) at the University of Utah.
Before his call as a General Authority, he was a prominent business leader in Salt Lake City. He was also president of a trade association in Utah.
Elder Wirthlin served a mission to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in the late 1930s. Among other positions in the stake and ward auxiliaries, he has served as a counselor in the Bonneville Ward bishopric and as bishop. He was a member of the Bonneville Stake high council and a member of the stake presidency. He served as a counselor in the General Sunday School Presidency until April 1975, when he was called as an Assistant to the Twelve.
He married Elisa Young Rogers May 26, 1941 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of eight children. Sister Wirthlin passed away on August 16, 2006.