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.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Jason's Milestone

Jason is 30 years old today. 30 years filled with so much greatness. I can't wait to see what the next 30 bring. I love you Jason, happy birthday!
(I'm on Jason's laptop and these are the only pictures I have.)


Trev and Shan said...

Happy birthday again, Jason! (I just commented on your blog.) I bought that exact same monkey costume for Lakai, Dana!! I think it's going to be too big, though. Colby looks so cute in it!

beckyV said...

Happy Birthday, Jason!!! I think you are pretty cool and you have some pretty sweet skills! I'm so happy you are in our family, hopefully we will live close again, someday. Then we can resume our weekly AFV watching parties!!

Crystal said...

Happy birthday, Jason! 30 was a great year for me, I bet your thirtieth year is amazing!

Colin said...

Happy birthday J. You make a mean Jack Sparrow.
It's all downhill from here.

Leslie said...

Happy Birthday, Jason! Can't wait to see you guys in a couple of weeks. XOXO

David Chipman said...

Hope you had a great birthday weekend Jason!

David and Debby said...

jason, you will have to excuse me for this tardy (doesn't that remind you of grade school?) post. i have been taken back about 30 years to my mothering of sick babies. yikes!!! this is hard work. kudos to all you parents of the young out there. i hope you had a wonderful birthday. you and dana really know how to have great parties. i heard game night was great. have a happy year. love, debby

Grandma & Grandpa said...

Happy Birthday, Jason. I don't remember what it was like to be 30, but I do have shoes older than you. We love you and are happy you are ours.xxoo Gram

David and Debby said...

Big Jasone!
All those years ago when you happened into my study for that fateful interview, I trusted you, and it was good while it lasted, but now that you're over 30, you're no longer to be trusted. Oh well, we'll adapt.

I agree with Debby, this taking care of little kids (here at the VanderLouw's) is hard work. The experience has helped me conclude that the best day of my life was when you all grew up and left home. So why is it then, that we're so driven to go visit all of you? Twisted.

abbynormal said...


I'm late too. But I still paused on your birthday to think about you. I hope it was an awesome day! I love what you bring to our family - light-hearted, energy-packed, and just the right sense of humor. And also those three darling kids. Thanks for that. :)

Jason and Dana said...

You all are too nice.
The real party will start 7pm(CT) Nov 6th in Ruston, LA.

David and Debby said...

could we web cam the boise state game?

Alex Esparza said...

and..... we'll be there!


By the way congrats cunado...
Andele weeeee!!

Jason and Dana said...

Even better you could watch it on ESPN and look for my "sports center is next" sign.

David and Debby said...

i am so glad i came back here and read this. i think we are going to the temple with our ward next saturday--what time is the game. we will tivo it. we'll be looking for the four of you.

Jason and Dana said...

Lucky for you the game is on Friday night not Saturday to confilct with your temple trip.
So you will have to check your calandar.
I hear Alex is going to take his shirt off and paint his chest Orange for the game with a big BSU on it.