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, May 20, 2011

Blast From the Past

One of my favorite movies, really, but this isn't about that movie.  Last year, May 8 to be exact, we went to Abby's graduation.  I was thinking about her graduation today.  That brought to mind that I had never done the post I was going to do then.  It is about the speaker at Abby's graduation.  Since most of you couldn't be there, and I think Matt and Asher missed quite a bit of it, here goes.  The speaker was "Seth Goldman is President and TeaEO of Honest Tea, the company he co-founded in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. "   Here are my notes for the 7 points he made:
1.  For those who say it cannot be done, don't get in the way of those doing it.

2.  Knowledge is the process of piling up facts.  Wisdom lies in their simplification.  Break things down into small pieces.

3.  Sometimes a bridge is not the best way to cross a river.  If we build a bridge, there will be a road, etc.  (I think the point here was preserving our ecology.)  Abby?, David?

4.  If we don't change the direction we are headed, we will arrive where we are going.  (That goes both ways, doesn't it?  i.e. if we change the direction we were headed, we won't get where we wanted to go?)

5.  Don't dry your hands with a paper towel.  It will save paper.  

6.  Tell your parents you love them.

7.  Be the tea.  Get plenty of sunshine.  Stay away from chemicals.  Don't panic if you end up in hot water, it brings out your real flavor.  Don't be afraid to seek out the places where there are no bridges.

other notes:  The bad news is, there is no key to the universe.  The good news is, there never was.  regarding his product, honest tea, coka cola master(In 2008 The Coca-Cola Company purchased a minority interest in Honest Tea, fueling further growth as Honest becomes the first organic and Fair Trade brand to move into the world's largest beverage distribution system. )  I wrote down WONK?  Tea Gardens Tea leaves are never rinsed.  Matt, Crystal, do you remember the context of any of that?  

Some other speakers at American University that year:  The Honorable Janet Napolitano, who got an honorary degree from the College of Arts and Sciences;   The Honorable Donna E. Shalala, also received an honorary degree, School of Public Affairs, and a couple of other people I am not familiar with.  Congratulations, Abby.  It was a fun day.  Really pretty little university.  It was a nice, warm day, unlike the days here in Eastern Idaho.

Getting new ward boundaries Sunday.  Will keep all informed.  We may not be in the 2nd ward anymore.  A couple of really, really awful murders here in the last week.  One in IF, one here.  babies involved.  

Grandpa is doing well.  Would love to hear from any of you.  Abby is on her way to S. California, as I type.

Have a great weekend.  I hope there is sunshine wherever you are.

xoxo mom

fyi, the photo at the top is one abby took.  it is on the Kogod blog site.  Denise "took over for Abby this summer".  Great photo, Abby

here's the link    http://kogodinmombasa.blogspot.com/2009_06_01_archive.html


Crystal said...

I remember the bit about the tea leaves and washing and I think the point was that the leaves are picked, dried, and brewed, but they are not cleaned. That means pesticides/herbicides are probably in a lot of teas... darn that Word of Wisdom being so ahead of its time. I don't remember much of the Coca-Cola stuff except thinking that it was interesting such an artifical drink company saw the value in a naturally sweetened, organic tea company ;-)

I loved his talk though and talking about being a success in the economy and not ruining the environment.

PS, Matt never gets to enjoy anything if we all go somewhere. Asher does NOT sit still or be quiet ever. EVER. Normally it is me who gets to deal with all that, so I never leave home with him now... I am beaten down by it! HAH! He was actually really good at a baptism last week though.

I heard today that 200 mothers a year kill their children and hardly ever are put on death row for it. I am still sick over that. The little boy found Saturday in Maine has been making me weepy all week. I just ache for those children. That is so hard to hear about.

Is grandpa coming home soon? It must be hard to convalesce... although right now, it sounds like a luxury to me. I am positively beat with the pain and exhaustion of a summer class this week ;-) by the time I get used to the rigor, the class will be over (YAY!).

David and Debby said...

crystal, just want you to know that we think you are awesome. you work so hard, and try to do your very best at all you do. it does not go unnoticed. i was actually thinking of herbicides and pesticides when i wrote that, too. he did have some good thoughts. hope you have a restful weekend, at least some of it. sort of odd to have an email within the blog, huh? debby

David and Debby said...

Expand that photo to see a very expressive face. What's behind those eyes?

abbynormal said...

That was my favorite, most in-your-face, true-to-life Kenya picture by far. Glad to see it's still getting some face time. Thanks for posting those notes, mom. I don't think I was paying much attention. :) can't believe it's already been a year...

abbynormal said...

P.S. The part of the picture they cut out is that the bright green and blue scarf he's wearing is actually a sling for his little broken arm.

Crystal said...

Just reading this and I was like- WOAH, that sounds scary! I was referring to the part in the blog post about deaths in the Pocatello area. Juxapposed to explanation of the sleepless wonder who is Asher sounds very scary. Sorry about that.

I am lucky that I am 34 now and not 24. I am not sure I could have handled no sleep + 2 jobs + graduate school. In fact, I am sure I would have dropped out and/or failed by now. My point was that Matt gets to have Asher duty when he is home (because I have it allllll the rest of the time).

Then... Man, I read about that baby in Pocatello, I do not know about the Idaho Falls one, and the little boy found in Maine last week had me all sorts of upset for most of the week. The news coverage of Casey Anthony messes with me too. I really can not listen to details about things like that, because they stay in my brain and will not go away. It really, really, really bothers me. Babies and children are so precious.

Also, I read the Kogod blog. I love that the new intern is reminding herself of the big picture. I have to do that all the time too. Sometimes, the day-to-day is rough, but the big picture is worth all the struggles.