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.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year!!

Hi everyone,

Just a smattering of photos that indicate how things are here at home.
Some from the cabin, some from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the latest project. He is still working on the crib, but we have very little light in the kitchen right now. I wanted to put in a couple of New Year's thoughts. I really, really loved Pres. Uchtdorf's talk from the Relief Society Broadcast. Here are a couple of things he said about all of us:

"We were created with the express purpose and potential of experiencing a fulness of joy. Our birthright--and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth--is to seek and experience eternal happiness. " "...your spirit body is a masterpiece, created wtih a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination." "I believe that as you immerse yourselves in the work of our Father--as you create beauty and as you are compassionate to others--God will encircle you in the arms of His love. Discouragement, inadequacy, and weariness will give way to a life of meaning, grace and fulfillment." "As spirit daughters (and sons) of our Heavenly Father, happiness is your heritage."

What a message of hope and encouragement. I hope we will all work hard to make 2009 a year of creation, compassion, service and learning, and especially an increase of unity within our family. I love all of you so much and can't wait until our next visit. We will see all of you sometime this year. We feel especially blessed that Asher is feeling and sleeping better. I believe I speak for all of us when I say we have been praying for that to happen, and for you, Crystal to get some much needed rest as well. I hope you enjoy these photos.
xoxoxo mom/debby


David and Debby said...

does anyone know why those big spaces are in there?

AbbyNormal said...

It's the way you typed it all in originally. You probably spaced it with the photos to look different, but it doesn't come out exactly the same on the blog as it is when you're typing it. If that makes any sense.

Crystal said...

I like photos, too much maybe, I take about 20 a day. I also like when I get to catch up with others through them, it is extra special, you get to see fun things like projects!... and Leslie and Abby's matching pants!! What fun gadget did you get by CuisineArt? I like their stuff a lot!

David and Debby said...

it's a grill, panini maker. i really like it. you can cook chicken, steaks, we had reuben sandwiches one day--david loves them. it is fun. i love your pictures, too. it keeps us all connected.

Colin -N- Lori said...

Debby, I love the kitchen cabinents! They look great! Alway a fun project happening at your house!! HOpefully Colin can start moonlighting soon so we can start some projects. Can't wait to see you all again soon!! I know Colin is looking forward to some time with David whenever he comes.

Jason and Dana said...

The kitchen looks great! I love it. We will miss the airport runway light, but I'm curious to see the new lighting scheme.

Leslie said...

Love the pics, Mom! I'm so glad we were able to come home. Both Alex and I had a great time. Can't wait 'til the next time.