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.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The East Coast Croshaws

Abby, and about the only photo of Dana while she was there.

The spectacular Washington, D.C. temple.

Grandma, on her 80th Birthday!!!

Coloring Easter Eggs

Darling baby Cole

Darling baby Asher in his new crib.

Jason, you were sorely missed.

We just got home from a trip to Cleveland (fence building, painting, repairing, playing, painting with Mia and Jack, reading books, ...) with the Colin Croshaw family, then to Carlisle, PA to pick up the crib in transit, David to Matt and Crystal's to deliver and install the crib, while Debby and Lori (Mia, Jack and Cole, of course) went to Washington, D.C. I helped Abby get some things ready for the temple the next day, visited her campus (American University), and made runs to the airport. Grandma Christensen came as well as Dana to share with Abby her new temple experience. It was a glorious day. We all enjoyed being together in the temple, and felt a bit like we were in heaven already. Sunday we went to Abby's ward, where her choir put on a beautiful Easter program. It doesn't get much better than this. The only thing that would have made it better is if Leslie and Becky had been there (with their families).
Alex got his Residency Visa!!! Congratulations Alex and Leslie. Now where will you live?


Crystal said...

Fun pictures! Thank you guys all for welcoming and loving my little brother and his wife. I never really get to see any of my family, so when they decided to come up and you guys welcomed them so warmly, it really touched my heart. For a couple years now, my brother has talked about me and my "wierd mormon" things. Sunday afternoon he was pretty impressed by how nice and loving and accepting mormons are. It was a very nice experience for them.

I wish we could have had less hustle, but without vacation time for several days in a row, I am not sure that is a possiblity. It was good to see everyone though.

I hope you all have a good week. It is my last week of classes and already, it is pret.ty. insane. To the point of tears, but hey... keep trucking, right?

Colin -N- Lori said...

Jack looked at the first picture this morning and says "hey, it's uncle Abby!"

Trev and Shan said...

Congratulations to Abby and Leslie and Alex!! I just had to tell David...that crib is amazing! I am very impressed. :o)

David and Debby said...

Thank you for the crib kudos, Shan. It is even better with little Asher sitting in it. I had never built anything quite that refined before, so even I think it is amazing. What's really amazing though, is what you can accomplish when driven by love for your family.

Jason and Dana said...

Wow, I want to see more shots of that crib. How do you make the curvy parts? Do you have to soak it in water and bend it when wet and put back in clamps to dry and then do it all over again until the process is complete? Wow, it pains me just thinking about it. Looks like a couple light-weights with the hole digging, and I don't see any rocks in that wheel barrow, must have been some soft nice dirt. Call me when you have some holes to dig back at the house in pocatello or cascade.
But hey, you got to start somewhere.

Colin -N- Lori said...

Lightweights?! The reason we had to dig the holes is because the dirt was too dense for the auger to get through. So something with a motor couldn't even do it. And as per University Heights code, the holes had to be 30 inches deep. If you didn't hear it the first time, I said they had to be 30 inches deep! 30 inches by 6 inches wide means there isn't much room to work. And they inspect the holes before you can set the posts.
You forget I had to grow up with the man. Digging is something I had down by the time I was 6!
Really, we could have used you. It was like digging through cement that is almost set. No lie.

Jason and Dana said...

you make it sound as if you didn't enjoy the digging. I would have loved to be there. I'll have to check out this hard cleveland soil. Maybe you can mail me a sample.

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