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, August 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Crystal

I know this will be brief (David and I are on our way to temple baptisms with our ward) , but HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRYSTAL. You are a blessing to our family, and we all hope you have a wonderful day. Crystal, sorry I don't have more pictures. I especially wish I had a picture of you now with your darling hair. If you have a picture, anyone, add it.

xoxoxo Love,

Debby and David


Jason and Dana said...

Crystal, it was sooooooo nice spending time with you. I wish we could do it more often. You are so thoughtful to everyone you know. I really wish I could be more like you. It's on my list of life goals. I hope your birthday was wonderful. You really deserved it to be. Good luck with teaching, it starts really soon, right? Your students are lucky to have you!

beckyV said...

Ditto to what Dana said. I hope you had a wonderful day!! BTW, I was just laughing about the cheese comment you posted on Valerie's FB page, funny!!

abbynormal said...

It was great to hang out with you more in Idaho, and it's great when I get to hang out with you here in the east! I hope your birthday was enjoyable and you got to take it easy a little bit, and if you made it to Six Flags, I hope you had short lines. :)

I've always been impressed with your ability to recognize others' feelings, and to share in that with them. You have such great capacity for compassion, despite your own struggles, and that is admirable.

I know life is about to get crazy for both of us with school, but if you ever have freetime and feel like a trip to the temple, do let me know. Love you!

Crystal said...

Thanks guys!

It was a great day. Matt let me sleep in (which is really all I wanted) and he made the traditional birthday breakfast- birthday cake.

He got me a comforter that I have been wanting since Valerie and her cats destroyed the one I had (and loved).

My two friends came over the night before in order to set out to Six Flags, buuuuut Tiffany likes the internet and kept everyone up watching mixed songs
until 3 am (not me, I was like "night!") soooo Valerie and Bria were asleep till 2. It did not help that it was dark and rainy.

After everyone was up, I made apointments for all the girls to have Mac Makeovers (seriously, my second favorite thing to do) and that was fun.

Then we had CPK (the Thai salad I LOVVVVE) and came home and Bria went back to Charlottesville. It was midnight, after all.

Tiffany and Valerie were up all night with the Wii.

Today, we went to church and Tiffany went home.

I am so blessed by my little family here who shows me they love me... AMAZING FRIENDS! SERIOUSLY!! and for all of you guys too, you have taken me in and given me the kind of family experiences that I had only read about before becoming a Croshaw.

Thank you so much! I look forward to my 33rd year.

David and Debby said...

That's great. So in just 4 months you'll be 33 1/3, or 1/3 of the age of a tree (sounds old,) and 1/3 of your way to being twinkled, after you see in the millenium. Hey, it could happen - you've got 66 more years. If it does, you'll be ready. Happy Birthday!

David Chipman said...

Happy Birthday Crystal!!! So sorry we couldn't join you yesterday!

Leslie said...

Happy Birthday, Crystal! I'm sorry I'm late, but I hope you had a really great day. It was so fun to see you guys last week. I just wish it was more often. We'll have to fix that now that we're officially on the same coast. Love you!