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.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I have read Sister Julie Beck's talk from the Relief Society Meeting many times. The last time this quote from President Uchtdorf jumped out at me.

President Uchtdorf then asked: “What are the nonessential things that clutter your days and steal your time? What are the habits you may have developed that do not serve a useful purpose? What are the unfinished or unstarted things that could add vigor, meaning, and joy to your life?"

The first thing that came to my mind was Sudoku. I think it is a good thing, keeps my brain working. BUT, does it take precedence over really important things, like studying the scriptures? Do I check my email too often? Could I squeeze out some time for the new Family Search program? Is that what it is called? Write in my journal? Write a personal history? hmmm.



rebeccaV said...

Thanks mom. I spend wayyy too much time online some days. I sortof have a goal to not get on the computer until Naomi goes down for her morning nap. I need to be better about that.

abbynormal said...

Hear, hear! What a great time for me to be reading this! As I've been trying to figure out how to get it all done over the next four months, I definitely need to drop the nonessentials (or at least scale them way back) and not lose sight of where my priorities should be. Time is a precious gift, we should be wise in our use of it. I will get a lot more out of this last semester (with a lot more peace) if I do that.

David Chipman said...

oohh... very good point. It seems there are lots of things that always seem important that are so distracting to me. I think though, that if we (I) put first things first - like the big ones (scriptures, food/sleep, exercise, etc.) we (I) seem to think more clearly and end up getting more done in the end. --- more of a comment to me in the end, I guess! :-)

Crystal said...

Ah the days when I had time for non-essential... Even blogging has taken quite a hit. Sad, BUT! It is good to do well the things we should do most.

As for the non-essentials, when I was in grad school after I passed the PhD qualifying exam for which I studied for TWO YEAR, I was co-president of our grad student organization, on student senate, on the library committee, prjectionist for the department, on praise and worship at church (not LDS), room mom for Valerie's school, PTA... then I started getting asked to do more and more and I said " I am getting overwhelmed!" (ya think?) and a lady from my church, bless her, said... to me "if you do too much, you can't do any of them well..." Soooooo, I scaled back a lot and since then, I have been scaled back... well, except when I was in the singles' ward O-o (yikes).