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, June 20, 2009

A little message to all you Dads out there...

But especially mine.

I love you!


Leslie said...

So cute, BB! Makes me feel like I need to run out an get some cute little Mexican kids to do the same thing. ;-)

Happy Fathers' Day, Dad! I can't imagine any dad every being a better father than you. I've always know how much you love and support me, and that's made all the difference in my life and in the kind of person I've become. I love you!

Jason and Dana said...

I think that is the greatest post I've ever seen. What a good idea Gabby Lee.
Happy Father's Day Dad!! I love you so much and I am so glad you are my dad. I love we can joke around with you and you're aren't too serious. I love that you love us all and make it obvious. I love that you're the best grandpa 'tello ever. I love you!

Colin -N- Lori said...

Happy Father's Day David! Thanks for raising a great son for me to have for all eternity! Lori

David and Debby said...

Monday morning - My happy fathers day was a sick fathers day, but I'm now feeling like a normal human again. Amazing what a good night's sleep and a little tender love from a good wife will do. The way my stomach got into it along with the headache, I suspect Mr. virus had a hand in it. Sorry if any of you were alarmed by it. Thank you for your calls, your gratitude, and your good will. I think I'll be OK now, and I think I'm learning that I'm too old for the recurrent late nights.

A little spiritual blessing I experienced yesterday: I was scheduled for High Coucil talks in two wards. My morning headache was still moderate by the first 11:00 meeting where I was scheduled to fill in for another HC, but he then showed up, so I didn't have to do that one, and could relax a litte, but still had to attend another sacrament meeting where we had a visiting Area Seventy speaking, and then had to set apart a new Executive Sec in that ward.

I had a half hour break between that and the second speaking assignment at 1:00. By then the headache had wound up and nausea had joined in. I could just picture myself vomiting during my talk. By now, I'm sure you've pictured that too. I was praying for help, but had agreed with Mom to read the talk for me if I couldn't handle it. I was second speaker, and I was praying the whole time for help. It got a little better so I went ahead with my talk. As soon as I stood up there, the headache and nausea both completely abated until the meeting was over. Mom, who had been cautiously nervous about it, said I did a good job, so I'll take her word for it. I'm going to email the talk to all of you later. I always gain so much from preparing those things, so I want to share it with all of you.

That little break from the illness was truely an answer to prayer. Once I got home, the symptoms returned with a vengence, and I spent the rest of the afternoon/evening reclined, sleeping, upchucking, etc - Sorry to reopen that picture.

Anyway, thank you all for the well wishing and the Fathers Day greetings. Sorry I wasn't more cheerful. Thank you all for being such profoundly great kids. I experience so much pride and joy through all of you and your little ones. More than anything else, your good lives fulfill our life, and it is so comforting to know that those relationships will go on forever.
Your Dad

P.S. Abby, thank you for that special greeting. It is now the wallpaper on our desktop. Those children are so innocent and adorable. You may have a hard time leaving there next month. I'm sure a part of you will stay there, and a part of them will come back with you. Good things you are doing there.

abbynormal said...

Dad, thanks so much for sharing. I was worried when I hung up the phone yesterday, knowing you were about to leave to give a talk. What a blessing that was for you.

If you haven't visited my blog yet, there's actually a picture with all of the signs combined. Might fit better on your desktop. :o)

David and Debby said...

that is actually the one that is on our desktop.:)