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, December 4, 2010

Photos of recent events

Valerie's birthday is Monday. We had her (surprise) party today

I decorated the tree (ad exhaustum) Thursday

Teenagers have a sense of humor when it comes to gifts. This is Turkish Delight. Long story.

Daddy is FUNNY

Asher is too

Major bonus to children 12 years apart is lots of admirers of the little guy

Awesome skating assister

Fantastic cake- I found the maker on Facebook.

BEST CANDLES EVER! Everyone was super-impressed and thrilled. Mission: accomplished


We will not talk about what happened after this picture in detail. It involved lots of screaming, and a broken ornament and two hands of lollipop sticks for a certain little boy...

Best shot of the day (note thermostat, it was quite a lovely time for me). I do not like taking photos of toddlers. It is official.



rebeccaV said...

That looks like a super fun party!! And that cake, WOW, I'm impressed! And, oh my goodness, Asher is so dang cute!!

abbynormal said...

What an amazing cake! And the window pictures are hilarious! Glad to see the party was a success!

Jason and Dana said...

That cake is AWESOME!!!! Seriously!!! So cool!! (How did you find the cake maker on Facebook?) That picture of Asher watching Matt is hilarious! But the one of him trying to do it might be even funnier!
What a fun party!! I can't believe Valerie is 14......wow!

Jason and Dana said...

And Happy birthday to Valerie!!!!

Crystal said...

I was actually looking up businesses in September to ask for donations for one of the fund-raisers that Valerie was doing. This was right AFTER Asher's birthday- literaly, the next day. Anyway, I was on Facebook and looked up Broadway businesses and found her! She did not give us a free cake (too little notice), but she did agree to do Valerie's birthday cake. The cake is HUGE and such an awesome price. The party with pizza and cake was right at $100. A birthday MIRACLE.

Sharon Skates is an amazing cake maker though!

David and Debby said...

happy birthday valerie!!! looks like it was a great day. asher is adorable as always, and valerie is so grown up. i hope you get my present tomorrow. love the last photo of asher. what a personality. great job crystal.

Leslie said...

Happy Birthday, Valerie! Your party looks like it was a blast.

My favorite picture was the last one...that rascal face is hilarious. It reminds me of something I used to see Lilia do. They must be related. ;-)

David and Debby said...

Yes, he is one cute, spirited rascal.