HISTORY

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.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

I HAVE A GIRL GOING TO GIRLS CAMP!~ HELP~

Valerie leaves for girls' camp Monday. I am so excited for her (and a BASKET CASE for myself). Please tell me what to pack for her. We don't even have a "list" and the Young Women's president is in Hawaii. We dont know where the camp is, if there will be showers, if there is a pool... or lake... or creek... Where we are supposed to meet Monday... I have been promised a packet of info on Sunday, but I like to be well-informed sooooo I am kinda on basket case overload here. Help me! Help me!

I looked up lds girls camp list on google and was finding random things like "dont forget your iPod!" and they were specifically asked not to bring those...

Also, secret pal gifts!? What shoudl we find for those?

Thanks...

12 comments:

Jason and Dana said...

She is going to LOVE IT!!!!! I can't wait till I can go back as a leader. We never had showers...or maybe I just didn't use them? I don't think we had them.... But in our ward in Texas they went to a camp with cabins and AC and TOILETS! It's not even camping! Anyway, pack a swimsuit, I'm sure there will be swimming, that's part of the requirements we had to pass off, pajamas, clothes for warm weather and maybe a couple pairs of sweats, t-shirts. A couple snacks.
For secret pal stuff I'd go to the dollar store! Or just little girly stuff like chapstick, notepads, a bag of licorice. Is there a max amount you can spend? The $1 section in Target probaby has some good stuff. I know you love that section as much as me!

Crystal said...

I was totally hoping to hit up the dollar section, I am glad you reinterated that thought. Sometimes the cutest things ever are in that section! I do not even know when they get back Saturday which is a problem since we have a ward activity and I have 50 containers of ice cream to bring... She will have fun, I am just praying for a minimum of drama and a maximum of grown... an inverse linear of relationship is exactly what we need here.

abbynormal said...

She should bring a flashlight, maybe a water bottle of some sort, and clothes she doesn't mind getting dirty in. Definitely yes on the swimsuit. I would think she'd need a sleeping bag/blankets and pillow - even if they end up "camping" in cabins. Pack some clothes for colder weather than it seems like she'd need - It always gets colder at night than it should for the middle of the summer. She should probably take some hiking boots/tennis shoes...and leave as many electronics at home as possible! It may be like detox at first, but she hopefully won't mind by the end.

Also, just thinking of my experiences here - maybe also pack some wet wipes or something along those lines. Sometimes it's just nice to get rid of a little dirt, even if there isn't a shower available. And please don't forget the BUG SPRAY!!

David and Debby said...

great suggestions abby and dana! i can only add two things. small bottles of shampoo/cond, and her scriptures. she will have such a blast!

Leslie said...

Dana...we always had showers! You just didn't take one because you spent so much time in the lake you didn't need one. ;-)

She'll probably need a sleeping bag or blankets for whatever bed she has. She'll probably want her own pillow. She might need bug spray...don't know how the mosquitos are there this time of year. Sunscreen, don't forget the sunscreen.

Ok...I just found a list online. I'm going to email it to you. She's going to have so much fun!

Colin -N- Lori said...

I LOVED girls camp! It was alway a spiritual experience, especially testimony meeting at the end. I can't believe they haven't given you the info yet. I would see if I could get it before Saturday. There will obviously be things to purchase. Pack a rain jacket and some rope. You always need a clothes line when you camp. Don't forget her allergy medicine and maybe some Tylenol or Advil and a first aid kit. I know they sell small ones for $1. Good shoes are a MUST! When I was in YW they were very specific about a modest swim suit or we would have to wear a t-shirt over it. Don't forget a beach towel and a shower towel. Ohhh, it will really be such a great experience for her!!

Crystal said...

Thanks guys, I have been calling around the stake and we have a LIST! YAY! Plus amazing former-participant suggestions and a supplemental list from Leslie. We are in a wealth of knowledge now! We will not be buying a pocketknife for Valerie and I am not sure WHAT to do about a raincoat... she thought I was joking about the garbage bag, but I stopped buying raincoats after we had about 10 with matching umbrellas, boots and dresses in her closet and none ever got worn... I definitely don't have one, I am way too unwilling to buy myself one... Anyway, that will figure itself out. Besides, we haven't had rain in a month or so...

Sorry about the crazy misspellings and the like lately, all the time I have to comment, etc is via iPhone and that thing makes for interesting correspondence.

abbynormal said...

You could just buy one of those ponchos - it's a step up from a garbage bag. :)

David Chipman said...

2 words. Bug. Spray.

I think they also had church or some sort of testimony meeting at the girls camps I may or may not have heard about, but that could be just a rumor. Do they dress up for that? No idea.

Jason and Dana said...

No dressing up. But my big word is SUNSCREEN. I know someone else said that, but the worst burn I ever got was at girls camp, on my shoulders, it blistered and killed and now my shoulders are peppered with freckles that weren't there before.

Jason and Dana said...

I just remembered the greatest thing ever!!! We always roasted STARBURSTS!! Send her with a big bag of Starbursts to share with the other girls, they are soooooo good roasted. You roast them just like marshmallows. Mmmm, yum.......my mouth is watering.

Crystal said...

I think we are all set, but she does not have a bag for her stuff... I just don't want to buy one. I bought 100% DEET for her for bugspray, which some of you may find funny with my organic obsession. When it comes to insects, I dont play around. I am sweet meat to bugs and so is Valerie. There is nothing more miserable than bug-caused itching all night...

She should be set with starbursts, a fun camp spork, sunscreen... all that stuff, now to find a bag...

She does not have to go till Tuesday, which I find comforting.