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, January 22, 2010

Waiting Game...

What an interesting situation. We apply for medicaid/foodstamps on Monday at nine... and we qualify... I am, however, hopeful we won't need either. Matt had an interview today and it lasted THREE HOURS (with 5 people) and he came home with this... A folder of benefit descriptions. That is a first, so... We are cautiously optimistic. Please keep us and the situation in your prayers. The job is as an application engineer.
It is about a 45 minute drive from home, but it is a good job. We are hoping the long, scary wait is over, but again, are cautiously optimistic.


David and Debby said...

Not likely they give a benefits packet and a 3 hour interview to every applicant. They must see something they like. We all know Matt just needs a chance, and he'll make it happen. We'll keep praying for that.

As for medicaid, you have to do it for the good of the family at this point, and you shouldn't feel bad about that. That's what it's there for, and it's not like you're going to make it a permanent life-style. Of course, you would prefer to be a contributor and not a recipient of welfare, and over the span of your careers, that will certainly be the case. You have and will continue to pay your share of taxes to support others needing the system, so when you really need it, it's not wrong to accept it.

David and Debby said...

This also relates to the topic of the last post. I'm not a proponent forced charity as occurs with taxation for welfare purposes, but that is where we're at right now, so we don't have much choice but to use the system as it exists.
Volunteerism would certainly be more preferable. I suspect that if our welfare system was entirely turned over to churches and private charities, people would come out of the woodwork to voluntarily support those in need. Government involvement in just about anything except state and national security, essentially trumps people's agency and deters their will to respond to moral obligations. It's lat - does that make sense?

Crystal said...
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Crystal said...

Too many typos above (learning to type without use of one finger is not fun, I type faster than I should because I used to be fast with all fingers working...)

I just think it is sad we qualify and I am working hard every day, you know? I am not the only one though and I know I am working hard. In all my life, I have never had to do this and it really bothers me, is that pride? I don't know... I just feel like I did "everything" to not be in the situation and sometime you can do it all and still fall on hard times. It is humbling, but good humbling, I am better for it and our little family is stronger. We know where (or Who) we can call on for strength.

And medicaid is for children and pregnant women only (which I am not!) so it is for Asher. Valerie is covered through my ex-husband. Asher needs health insurance as sick as he is all the time! He STILL is coughing (since before Thanksgiving).

Food stamps... well, we need that help, we were blessed greatly by those who love us with groceries and gift cards, but they are gone now and meal planning takes some creativity ;-) (but I am left-handed and more creative than most, some would say).

What would be awesome would be a great job :-D

rebeccaV said...

That is so great about the interview!! What is the job? We will be praying praying praying for you guys!

David Chipman said...

I'm so happy to hear/see this news! We continue to keep your family in our prayers.

Crystal said...

Still no word after a week. Bah.

Jason and Dana said...

That is so disappointing. :(