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, December 22, 2010

Celebrating the Season

Merry Christmas week to you all! I wanted to share a little of our Tuesday with you. It was a beautiful day! My very first laurel got married. She is a special girl- she is also a convert and I remember the first Sunday she came with her friend Carrie to church. It was the Sunday after President Hinckley died. Anyway, she is such a special girl and asked me to take photos at the temple. It took some figuring out, but we made it happen and all four of us were so blessed! It really was a great time

Asher at the feet of Jesus. He was actually there for several minutes talking to him. It was very, very sweet.

The amazing nativities from around the world. My favorite one was one from the US in svarovsky crystal, but I loved all the German and African ones as well.

Valerie actually let me take some photos of her too, I am grateful for that.

Asher was very sweet too. When we went into the Visitor's Center, he said "ooooooohhhhh!" and was just mesmerized. We stayed in the foyer of the temple for about 45 minutes waiting for Danielle and Jason since it was so freezing outside and Asher was good in there too. He loved to flop down on the floor and look at his reflection from the high-gloss marble on the floor. It was funny!

Anyway, it was a good day for us and we have been wanting to go to the temple for a while. One day soon, I would love to actually attend a SESSION, but as anyone knows, Asher is a handful, so much of one, I really do not want to force Valerie to watch him in a confined space for two hours, so... We are waiting for him to grow up OR possibly, one day Matt can do a session, then I will do one in the spring when we can take him outside or to the national zoo, since it is right down the road.

We have gotten Christmas cards from about everyone and are so thankful to see everyone's happy family on our fridge. Thanks for sending those! Ours are on the way. Of course, I forgot to include the Newsletter we all wrote... so that will be separate. We hope your Christmas week is blessed and wonderful and that no one feels so much "Christmas Pressure!" that you get angry with your own family (speaking to myself here, I have been very conscious this year to not let that happen). Much love to you all!


Jason and Dana said...

What beautiful pictures of Valerie!! It's such a great week to be at the temple. I got to go to a session last night as a girls' night goodbye to a friend moving away for the Army. I don't think I've ever gone so close to Christmas, and it really made me focus so much more on the Savior. I'm feeling especially grateful to be able to live so close to a temple today.

David and Debby said...

It is so rewarding to be associated with someone who goes from non-believer to temple marriage in just a few short years. The spiritual change is really an amazing phenomenon - one more evidence that the Gospel is true. Congratulations for your part in that Crystal.

The photo of Asher talking to Jesus reminded me of Matt's last post on his blog. It makes you think that the veil is still pretty thin for those little ons. I wish they could tell us what they know.

David and Debby said...

Thank you Crystal. What a wonderful way to spend a day. Valerie is a gorgeous girl. Asher is so sweet, even if he is two! We love all of you so much.

Crystal said...

One thing I should mention, Danielle was definitely a "believer" before she was LDS. She had the sweetest, most loving spirit the very first day she came to our church. It definitely helped that she already had a testimony of many Christian things. I am so happy she is sealed to her husband though, that is a precious gift, for sure. She is actually a student at Mary Baldwin now- it really is funny how small the world can be sometimes. Matt went to the sealing and I had Asher duty, but even the Visitor's Center is a special place.

Matthew said...

Thank you Crystal for letting me go to the sealing. It was a very good experience. The spirit was strong and I learned some symbolism that I didn't know before then. I think my first memory of Danielle was when she made us dinner. It was very thoughtful of her and showed me how kind and accepting she really is. I saw the same kindness and acceptance in the sealing room. I'm definitely nowhere near as close to her as Crystal but she made me feel welcome at the sealing.

It was pretty sweet to see Asher standing at the feet of Jesus and talking to him. It reminds me of one of my first Sunday's in the foyer quorum. As Asher and I were walking the halls and Asher looked up at one of the pictures of Jesus and he giggled. During this Christmas I've noticed how much Asher truly knows him.

David and Debby said...

So who is that dude that Matt looks like??