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.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Be on the look-out!

Guess what got delivered today?!

WORK gadgets! I got some money for extra equiptment and after buying the things I did not have the physical time to sit down and price 2 weeks ago with the money still in my budget... but I had to use it 2 weeks ago, I sent an email around asking for "wish list" equiptment. A camera was suggested for mid-terms, final exam and for the students to use one particular week of class... Everyone agreed to this idea and so, I ordered this baby. I will be learning to use it (and hoping to take a photoshop class). We are at the end of the semester, so I hope to learn to use it will before the fall. Then, it will be used 2-4 weeks each semester and I will get better and better at photography. It is a wonderful blessing to me, the other professors, the students... It is just fantastic. The camera is breath-taking. I have my own D5000 and this camera has an amazingly-fast shutter speed that takes fantastic images. I also got a macro lens that makes a pretty amazing portrait.

Have I mentioned lately, I love my job.
So much.

I would like to take a photoshop class for sharpening and intensifying eyes, but I am not a huge fan of photos clearly over-edited. However, I tend to overdo things, so we shall see.

Anyway, it was such a really neat thing that I wanted to share.


Jason and Dana said...

Amazing Crystal!!!!! So happy for you!! And btw, Asher's curls are gorgeous. So gorgeous!

David and Debby said...

congrats, crystal. i am so happy that you got that and will be able to learn more. i think your photos are pretty great already. love asher's curls. glad you are getting spring. it is cold and rainy here, but we need the rain so it is good.

David and Debby said...

Wow, what a cute boy. The eyes are already pretty expressive. Great job.

rebeccaV said...

Yay! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Colin & Lori said...

It is always so much fun to spend money that isn't yours, that's for sure! I am so glad that you love your job too! It makes such a difference in life when you love what you do, even after the crazy hectic days that can come along with it.