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.

Monday, November 30, 2009

loving Grandpa

Happy Birthday to a great dad, grandpa, father-in-law and so much more.  You wear many caps!  I will try to get  all these sweet videos of grandchildren posted for you today.  They definitely love their grandpa!


Jason and Dana said...

Great videos Crystal!! Happy Birthday Dad. There's nobody like you anywhere and I love you so much.

Colin & Lori said...

Happy 60th David! You still look 40 to me. We sure love you and appreciate all you do for and are to us. You are a great Father-in-law! Happy Birthday!

beckyV said...

Thanks for posting all of these, Crystal. They are so adorable! Happy Birthday dad! You are the best EVER!! We VanderLouw's sure do love you!

David Chipman said...

Happy Birthday as well, though it's a day late, but since we celebrated way early, I figure that still averages out to a little early. grin. I hope yesterday was a great day!

abbynormal said...

Yay, Dad! I hope your day was great. You definitely deserve it! Love you!

Leslie said...

Happy Birthday Dad! I can believe I have a 60 year-old father! But don't worry...all of my friends have had them for years. ;-) I've always loved the fact that you and mom are such young parents...it made my childhood so much fun. Thanks for creating so many memories for us and for being so consistent in your goodness. It's made all the difference in all of our lives. Love you! Les

Alex Esparza said...

...F E L I C I D A D E S....

When I married I got a new dad
and o got a new task like cleaning the shoop,remove the snow from the way in(parking) and digging holes but the most important it feels really good to be part Of your special family

Happy Birth Day David C.

Seriously today no happy pills.

David and Debby said...

Thank you for posting this Crystal. It was very nice of you to do that. I love all those grandkids and I plan to be part of their lives and they mine, for eternity. Not to mention all of you. It will be grand.

Your responses are all very poignant for me, with one qualification: I remember a young teenage Leslie ducking down in the car to avoid being seen by her friends, as her young parents would drive by them in their big turkey station wagon. I would honk and wave at them. You weren't so proud of us back then Les, but I'm glad that's all changed now.