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, December 7, 2008

Happy Birthday, Valerie!!

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.

I love you!!
Mommy (PS- I love that you still call me mommy)


notthecroshaws said...

You've come a long way, Baby! We're proud of you for becoming such a fine young woman.

notthecroshaws said...

Valerie, Happy, happy bithday!! You really are an amazing young woman, and I am so happy I got to spend two weeks with you. How was your birthday? Love, Debby

Colin -N- Lori said...

Happy Birthday Valerie!! I hope your day was great, great, great!!!

Jason and Dana said...

What an adorable toddler you were!! And you're so beautiful now. I'm so glad I got to spend some time with you and get to know you better. Hopefully we'll get to see each other before too long. I hope your birthday was great!! Happy birthday Valerie!
Love, Dana

abbynormal said...

Yay, Valerie! You made it to Young Women's! I hope you love it, it's such a great program. I have to tell you that I really admire your confidence. It's such a strong trait. Happy birthday!

Leslie said...

Happy Birthday Valerie! Hope you had a great birthday! :-)

beckyV said...

Oh my goodness!! I can't believe all that hair on the little baby Valerie!! You were such an adorable baby and such a beautiful young woman. I hope your birthday was wonderful!

notthecroshaws said...

Great cropping. I love how you cut Maurice out of that last photo - had to take your forehead and leave his chin, but you kept the main features of the right people in.

Jason and Dana said...

I just looked at that last picture closer, and I can TOTALLY see current Valerie in that baby face!! Isn't that amazing? It seems like my kids looks have changed so much, but maybe overall they haven't really.