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, April 26, 2010

A Visit to Cleveland

Cleveland in the Spring is like Pocatello in the Spring - It can't make up its mind whether it's in Winter mode or Summer Mode, so Spring is both. So how is it that I end up there in the Spring every year?  If you don't like the present weather, just wait around a few minutes and it will probably change. Lots of rain, sometimes bitter humid cold, sometimes beautiful. So, last week Debby and I traveled to Cleveland to ride herd while Colin and Lori took a quick anniversary trip (translation: a rare chance for Grandma and Grandpa to bond with those distant grandkids.) I only stayed for a few days, just enough time for Colin and I to build a driveway gate for the fence he built last summer (ask him sometime about the other gate he used to have before he drove through it.) Then on Monday, we flew West, Colin and Lori to Vegas to have fun, and I  back to Pocatello to work, leaving Debby to watch over the progeny for another 5 days. You might think that was a lot to ask of her, but you know, no one had to twist her arm. Below is the photographic evidence.

Are these cool dudes or what!!?

The cowboy boots were Colin's when he was the age of Jack.  We've got another picture somewhere of Colin wearing them at that age.  We'll dig it up and post a side-by-side later on.

Is this about the saddest thing you've ever seen?

We invited also-Clevelandites, Cousin Holly and husband Mark over for Sunday dinner.  Holly's expecting their third.  Mark is in the Coast Guard, keeping the Great Lakes safe.  Great folk.

The Gate - designed to last, as long as nobody drives through it.

The Queen

All that from licking the spoon - more on him than in him.

The Cool Cat in the Hat

Grandma holding also-Clevelandite JT Nelson's new baby
All in all, it was a pretty good week, although Grandma was happy to turn the tribe back over to their parents, and Grandpa was happy to have Grandma come home.  Life is good.


Colin & Lori said...

Thank you so much for coming! I know the kids had a great time and the time away was much needed. I knew they were in GREAT hands even through the little mishaps here and there. Maybe Debby will blog about them. It was great having Mom and Dad here! We sure love you two!

rebeccaV said...

Looks like so much fun! The gate looks great! I remember that picture of Colin, but I think he was sans pants in the one I am thinking of!

David and Debby said...

anyone who reads this, steed nelson is engaged. getting married in october. those of you on facebook probably already know this. they have been dating for at least 4 years. it is good news. abby, just met lisa barton's mom.

David and Debby said...

colin was wearing a dress in the one you are thinking of.

Jason and Dana said...

Lori, where is Mia's white shirt from? It's SO cute!! I need to get my girls white shirts for the wedding and I love that one.
The gate is amazing looking!! Nice work guys.
Colin and Lori, I'm glad you got to get away for your 10 year!!

Jason and Dana said...

And you can already tell JT's baby is going to be super tall. That is one long baby!

David and Debby said...

dana--he is THREE months old!

abbynormal said...

What a fun time you all have had! Hooray for anniversaries and visiting grandparents!

Mom, you look amazing in that last picture.

Crystal said...

What a wonderful time had by all. The gate is really neato! An engineering feat, for sure.

Mia is really growing up and baby Cole is definitely little boy Cole now.

Jack's boots are way cool. I have been trying to find cowboy boots for Asher, you would think that it would be easy, but no luck so far.

Anyway, what a fun time for everyone involved.

Colleen said...

Deb, Thanks for sharing your blog. Being a grandma is the best feeling in the world. It may motivate me to get working on my blog.Looking forward to the wedding. Best Wishes!