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.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Christmas 2010 names

I thought here would be as good of place as any to discuss Christmas names. And it makes it easy to keep track for next year's drawing.
Leslie --> Ray
Alex --> Jason
Becky --> Leslie
Ray --> Alex
Colin --> Abby
Lori --> David
Matt --> Colin
Crystal --> Lori
Abby --> Dana
David --> Crystal
Dana --> Becky
Jason --> Matt
Valerie --> Jack
Grace --> Eva
Mia --> Colby
Elliott --> Lilia
Colby --> Grace
Eva --> Mia
Jackson --> Asher
Maggie --> Cole
Lilia --> Maggie
Naomi --> Valerie
Cole --> Elliot
Asher --> Naomi

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Stake Conference

hi everyone,

i know les and alex had stake conference today, too.  don't know about the rest of you.  (alex, hope the plumbing problem got worked out).  anyway, a member of our stake presidency was talking about his patriarchal blessing, given by Hallie Thomas (Les, Colin, Matt, Abby, Dana, you know him).  he said there is one line in his blessing that changed his life.  Bro. Thomas said, "100% obedience means 100% blessings."  wow.  i don't know if i have considered that before.  i certainly want those 100% blessings, but how willing am i to be obedient, to keep doing all  i know i need to be doing, to always be loving and kind, to not only do, but especially to 'think' what i should be thinking?   Elder Bednar talked about trying to always have the presence of the Spirit.  He said "everything the Savior’s gospel teaches us to do and become is intended to bless us with the companionship of the Holy Ghost."   hadn't thought of that either, but after he said it i knew it was true.  if we can just remember and do that, we will come closer to 100% happiness and  to receiving those 100% blessings.  

i want to be with all of you, 'in a state of neverending happiness'. (Mosiah 2:41)  

dana had her primary program today.  i hope that went well, dana.  boise state is #2.  go broncos!   jason had his birthday yesterday.  part of his present was a quiet house to watch football in for a while.  abby and david went camping and enjoyed that gloriously beautiful fall in the east.  matt, crystal, valerie and asher had a fun fall day on a farm, with some great photos, including lots of asher running.  colin had a three day weekend--meaning no work for 3 days!!! yeah.  ray is on ibuprofen and feeling a little better.  got a big cock roach job in montana.  it turned cold here in idaho a few days ago.  we have had a spectacular fall.  the most beautiful, warm fall days.  just a little bit of family news.   i love all of you. 
xoxoxo mom

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New family pics

Hi everyone, we recently had our family pictures done by my friend Misty, who is totally amazing. She trades us for pest control, how awesome is that!! Here is the link to our gallery.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Go see this site

This site is hilarious.  Found it on the other Croshaw's blog.

If I didn't do it right, you can still somehow go there.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Date/Time Vortex

Abby's timely email from DC at 10:10 p.m. EST, on 10/10/10 inspired me, so I waited until MST caught up, and got this shot of the event on my atomic alarm clock.   

I wanted to go one step further, and record 10:10:10 on 10/10/10, but as you can see, I was 40 seconds late.
So now we have to wait until November 11, 2011 for another opportunity.

By the way, if you missed the moon tonight, check it tomorrow - It really did look like that - a perfect cresent.


You Missed a Spot

I wanted to post this a while back, but I just got the photos uploaded from the camera.

So, Mom and I were at a podiatry conference in May, staying in a Sheriton Hotel in downtown Seattle.  We woke one morning and looked out the window to see six guys rappeling down the face of the next-door skyscraper.  What the???

The camera's zoom revealed the purpose of their game... 
...window washers.

So I hurried downstairs to get a shot from the street, and caught them just before they reached the first floor roof, where they moved the end of their ropes to the right a few feet, and then took all their gear back up the elevators to the top where they moved the anchors to the right, and started down again. 
What do you suppose these guys get paid?  It would take a fortune just to pay their workman's  comp premiums.  But Oh, what a view!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEBBY! (Don't worry Dana. I have lots of pictures)

On October 7, 1953, Debra Ilene Christensen began her mortal sojourn as the only daughter of Cathy and Gerald O., and the only sister of Gerald K. and Scott.

With all that attention and male protection, she thrived to become a self-assured and assertive family member, a much loved little sister....

a very cute little girl....

a gangly middle schooler....

a Highland High School Lassie....

a Junior Promer....

a Dauchshund lover....

a contemplative young woman....

a youth leader....
(click photo to enlarge print)

a High School Graduate.... 

a missionary supporter....

a wife... 

a devoted mother.... 

a thrill seeker.... 

a dedicated daughter....

a peacemaker.... 

a college graduate.... 

a loyal friend.... 

a miracle worker.... 

a maternal advisor....

a cruiser.... 

an education advocate.... 

a loving grandmother.... 

a camel jockey.... 

a beautiful woman.... 

and one hot babe....

a home make-overer.... 

a temple worker.... 

a follower of Christ.... 

A Ramses admirer....

and finally, a loyal eternal companion.  I am a lucky and blessed man.  Happy birthday, Sweety.

Sorry everyone - this post was so long, it pushed the others off.  Click older posts to see other recent entries.