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.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Garden Stroll With a "Little" Fish & Chips

200+ missionaries and 100+ cars can generate a lot of work for senior missionary couples serving in the office.  This week was no exception, so we were happy to see P-day come along.  After doing a little cleaning and laundry, we were ready for a little R&R.  Fortunate for us, British Columbia is home of abundant lush parks and botanical gardens.  So many gardens, so little time...
This week, we headed East to the city of Surrey, home of Darts Hill Garden Park.  It seems that some time around 1920, newlyweds Francisca and Edwin Darts bought a wooded, sloped acreage, and proceeded with their own hands, to build their home and clear the land. 

Over the following 70+ years, they blasted stumps, tore out brush, graded land, installed meandering pathways, and planted and nursed some most unique and beautiful trees and perennials over the entire hillside.
In 1994, still alive, but too aged to manage the garden's demands, the Darts donated it to the city of Surrey, for preservation, enhancement, and development of a horticultural center,

for the preservation, enhancement, and development of the unique plants, to be open and free to the public.  Of course they do accept donations and volunteer work, and they do sell yearly memberships, starting at just $20, which buys you all sorts of garden perks.

So, for a small donation, which we were happy to give, we entered "free" and spent a couple of hours enjoying the work of Francisca, Edwin, and the Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society.

Then, we headed South to the harbor/beach community of White Rock for some of the best Fish and Chips we've ever had (British style).  Check out the size of those hunks of halibut.  A broad peninsula that juts out into Boundary Bay, between the US and BC, White Rock has a sort of Laguna Beach/Hippy feel with a long strip of shops and walk-up seafood restaurants along

the beach.  We stopped at Coney Island Restaurant, which came highly recommended by locals for its huge hunks of fish.  Also frequenting Coney Island were some interesting characters in interesting garb.  This guy, for instance, remains loyal to the Motherland.

Then we crossed the street onto the beach.  Tide was out, so all you get to see in this selfie is a few tide pools, as backdrop to this contented couple, happy to be alive and to be serving here in British Columbia.  The work is satisfying.  The cause is just and true.  The World needs it.  We are blessed.


The White-hair pair said...

What an inspiring record you are keeping and we are excited by reading your experiences. Almost have our papers ready to send in by May. Wonder what will be our opportunity?? Love you.

kracemaw37 said...

Love your blog and reading of your experiences. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your mission!

kracemaw37 said...

Woops, that was Susan that wrote that. I forgot that Krace had signed in on our computer yesterday.