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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Abby!!!


What a wonderful part of our family you are. Twenty seven years ago today, at around 9:30 mountain time, you came into this world. Your arrival was anxiously anticipated for a couple of years before you came. You bring joy and happiness into our lives, and especially bring joy to your nieces and nephews. When you were a preschooler you went to 'Joy School", and you have been spreading joy ever since, at least most of the time. Have a happy day, and we will see you in three days. We can't wait to be in the temple with you. Dad just got a call from Mary Lou, and they just received their mission call--TO THE WASHINGTON, D.C. TEMPLE. You will probably get to see them more than we did when they lived in Robin. The assortment of photos was quite limited. I may put a few young pictures of you on when I get home. We love you, and can't wait to hear of your exciting African adventures. xoxoxo Mom and Dad


Crystal said...

Happy birthday, Abby! I bet this is going to be the best year of your life so far- you can't get much better than getting temple endowments so close to your birthday- then there is Africa, finishing up your MBA... it is going to be a great year and it will only get better and better from here on out.

We are excited to be with you on the day of your endowments. Your day.

Crystal said...

PS- are we going to start getting emails from your bank in Africa requiring our US bank account information so that you can deposit your millions (inherited from your uncle) in an American account which will net us a hefty percentage of your inheritance?!

I get at least one of those emails per week from "africa"

Jason and Dana said...

I just said the exact same thing to Abby about this being a great year on Facebook. You are the most ambitous and genuine and AWESOME person I know Abby. And I love you a whole lot. Happy Birthday sweet sister.

beckyV said...

I have to agree with everything Dana and Crystal said. You are such a genuine and sincere person and everyone is naturally drawn to that. Especially kids. My kids love you so much. They always talk about you and Elliot always includes you in pictures he draws of our family :) Happy, happy birthday!! I hope your day is wonderful...I wish I could be there with you this weekend!

David and Debby said...

I don't know about everybody else, but you have had profound influence on my life in many ways. They say that we have children and go through all the associated work so that when we get old, we will have someone to change our diapers. No diaper needs yet, but you've already taken seriously, the responsibility of cleaning up after me. Those few years ago when you were home for the summer, you recognized that I had become a deteriorating slug, and you talked me into going to the gym accompanying me every day until I was habitual. So, among other things, I owe my renewed committment to good health and a longer life to you.

Thank you for being a great daughter in so many ways.
I love you,

Leslie said...

Ditto. Ditto. Ditto. Abba-dabba, you're the person we all want to be, and it's not just because you're getting an MBA and moving to Africa for the summer. ;-)
There aren't many people who are as kind, thoughtful, sincere, spiritual, happy and optimistic as you are, but at the same time...loads and loads of fun...super smart...and (to top it all off) a darn hard worker. You're special, sister. I hope today on your birthday you feel your specialness. Thanks for being born! Love you lots!

Colin -N- Lori said...

Happy birthday Unc Abby! We miss you so much. I can't wait to see you in just a few days and my kids are super excited to see you too! HOpe your day is super duper!

Jason and Dana said...

Abby you are a Ray of sunshine.