HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATT! Welcome to THIRTY-TWO years old!
We celebrate birthdays with a cake for breakfast and presents at the same time. Being Asher was up till 1 am, I had to find something to occupy my time, so getting birthday morning ready was my time occupant. I must say, a birthday on December 26, the day after Christmas is pretty exhausting.
Matt showed me this picture when we were dating and my first thought was: WOW, Matt. You look like your mom! Now I think Matt looks like all his siblings also very, very much. Same mouth and eyes and face. It is remarkable.
I love this picture too because Matt looks TERRIFIED of his cake and is just so darn cute. I love how happy Grandma looks- that has not changed one bit.
Matt is up for dressing in Gymboree any time and often is my favorite helper when I am trying to get a picture of Asher, who is ALWAYS in motion.
Matt is also not afraid to look silly ESPECIALLY if it is going to make Asher laugh
Matt is very handsome and luckily, passed a lot of that down to his son
Matt endures being beaten by a toddler very well
Matt is very snuggly
Matt is good company at the movies
Matt... looks like this dude...
Matt loves his son
Matt loves his wife and even will wear outfits that match his baby and brother-in-law and leave them looking like a happy family of alternative life-style
Matt loves Valerie and does not mind when she begs him to give her a pedicure because he is nice like that
Matt loves his family
Matt loves Jesus
Matt, I have often said- and still say- you are the best man I know. Your faith has never wavered, your love, never lapsed. Your allegiance to your God and your covenants inspires me to always want to be my best self. You are a good, kind, loving, feeling man and I am honored to be your wife. I hope that we make your birthday one that you feel loved and cared about during.
We love you~
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.