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Designed to give thanks.

Written by Dusty Davis, Falling Creek Camp Chaplain

“Seriously?” I thought.

I felt very UN-thankful and quite shocked as the mechanic handed me the bill for $1,621 and said, “Please slide your card now.”

Falling Creek Camp Chaplain Dusty Davis

“Ok, thanks for fixing it so quickly—y’all have a good Thanksgiving,” I said, forcing a smile on my face. I thought my truck only needed a seventy dollar alignment, but instead the new ball joints, CV boots and bearings made me feel like I’d been punched in the gut.

I pouted and grinched all the way to my next stop—the hospital. I grumbled at the parking issues downtown and then rode an elevator to the eighth floor of the immense hospital to the neurotrauma unit. My mountain bike mechanic friend, 30-year-old Jason, lay uncomfortably hooked up to a ventilator, IV’s, and all manner of clear tubes pumping liquids in and draining them out. He had a massive blood vessel rupture in his brain two days ago while getting ready for work.

As I whispered about Jason’s condition with his family, my paradigm shifted. The tiny room felt too crowded so I didn’t linger. The elevator ride down with several silent people sobered me quickly. My petty problems felt trivial in light of those around me. Back in the parking deck I sat in my truck—heavy. My card-swiping gut punch now moved to a heart humbling reality check.

There was something about that bill for $1,621 that was familiar. I asked SIRI, “When was the first Thanksgiving in the U.S.?” She replied in her computery voice, “The first Thanksgiving was in the year 1621.”

Giving thanks—hhmmm, I was reminded of the Bible verse in 1 Thessalonians that says, “Rejoice always, pray all the time and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Group huddle at camp before a game.

God created me and knows what is best for me. He knows when I take my eyes off my problems and give thanks for the good things I am changed. It doesn’t mean I have to be “happy” about an unexpected repair bill or other daily frustrations. But if I am focused on the negative I’ll be a miserable old scrooge. Immediately I began to make a list of everything I had to be thankful for and my whole demeanor changed.

Thanksgiving is what we were designed to do! At this time of year I am so thankful for my Falling Creek family and friends and for each one of you who make camp so special. I want to encourage you to also make a list of what you are thankful for and carry it with you. Think about those things. Give thanks, for this is God’s will for you.

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FCC in the CT and NY Area

Yates traveled to Darien, CT where Jared and Schuyler Heuer hosted the Falling Creek Camp movies and reunion at their beautiful home.

What a good group from the CT and NY area that paused briefly for a photo.  Several dads who have attended Father/Son Weekend jumped in and Jared (2nd from right on back row) was an FCC camper in the last 4 years of the 1980's.What a good group from the CT and NY area that paused briefly for a photo. Several dads who have attended Father/Son Weekend jumped in and Jared (2nd from right on back row) was an FCC camper in the last 4 years of the 1980's.
Camp buds!Camp buds!
Yates had a chance to connect with Hayden Edwards, 9-year FCC camper, before the show as he couldn't come to the reunion tonight due to his duties with the Post 53 EMS crew.  Hayden, a Junior in high school, is an EMT and has been serving with this crew for a couple of years now. We are proud of you Hayden!Yates had a chance to connect with Hayden Edwards, 9-year FCC camper, before the show as he couldn't come to the reunion tonight due to his duties with the Post 53 EMS crew. Hayden, a Junior in high school, is an EMT and has been serving with this crew for a couple of years now. We are proud of you Hayden!
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The Big D

Bevan and Chris Liverman hosted the Dallas, TX Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion tonight (Wed, Nov.9) at their lovely home. Their sons, Jake and Miller Rhine, who will be returning to FCC this summer, joined with several veteran campers to help Yates explain to the many boys who have not been why they enjoy their camp experiences.

There was a great mix of returning campers and boys who came to learn more about FCC.  Additionally, Ryan Tinch and Tom Madine, who were FCC campers years ago, brought their sons tonight.  Emily Craft Broad, in the center of the back row, was a counselor in the late 80's with Marisa, Yates, and Goody.  She and Rick Broad met at camp and remained on staff through the mid 90's.  Their three sons are veteran campers and HUCK Expedition paddlers. John White, left, is returning to Father/Son weekend with his son John.There was a great mix of returning campers and boys who came to learn more about FCC. Additionally, Ryan Tinch and Tom Madine, who were FCC campers years ago, brought their sons tonight. Emily Craft Broad, in the center of the back row, was a counselor in the late 80's with Marisa, Yates, and Goody. She and Rick Broad met at camp and remained on staff through the mid 90's. Their three sons are veteran campers and HUCK Expedition paddlers. John White, left, is returning to Father/Son weekend with his son John.
Everyone enjoyed the chicken tenders, fruit, tasty sandwiches, and treats Bevan and Chris offered.Everyone enjoyed the chicken tenders, fruit, tasty sandwiches, and treats Bevan and Chris offered.
The boys really enjoy that Cheerwine.....The boys really enjoy that Cheerwine....."Born in the south and raised in a glass"
Brian Minnehan, and his son Patrick, have been coming to Father/Son Weekend for about 5 summers now.  Patrick's younger brother Davis was thrilled to join them this past year. Brian Minnehan, and his son Patrick, have been coming to Father/Son Weekend for about 5 summers now. Patrick's younger brother Davis was thrilled to join them this past year.
The boys and parents enjoy the updated Falling Creek Camp movieThe boys and parents enjoy the updated Falling Creek Camp movie
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Election Night in The Live Music Capital Of The World

Yates traveled west from Houston to Austin, TX where Amy and Michael Deane hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies at their beautiful home. Their sons, Harry and Holland, who will be returning to FCC this summer, were excellent hosts tonight helping him several times. Check out more photos on the Falling Creek Camp Facebook page

There was a large group of young boys who came tonight to learn more about Falling Creek Camp.There was a large group of young boys who came tonight to learn more about Falling Creek Camp.
Hats off to Amy for her creative arrangement and tasty 'smores on a stick that everyone loved.Hats off to Amy for her creative arrangement and tasty 'smores on a stick that everyone loved.
The boys discussed the Falling Creek CODE and how the values it details are a strong base to the camp community at Falling Creek.  Yates shared a CODE poster and then one of the boys excitedly drew a raffle ticket that allowed him to take the poster home with him.The boys discussed the Falling Creek CODE and how the values it details are a strong base to the camp community at Falling Creek. Yates shared a CODE poster and then one of the boys excitedly drew a raffle ticket that allowed him to take the poster home with him.
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H-Town Is Huge!

Yates was thrilled to see so many families in Houston, TX tonight at Winifred and Carleton Riser’s lovely home. In fact, with the always crazy schedules that all these families carry, Yates connected with about 8 boys an hour earlier than he did with the larger group at the regular time.

Pre-game warm-ups out in the front yard.Pre-game warm-ups out in the front yard.
Yes!!! Cheerwine was certainly a hit, just like at the cookout on the Ball Field at at camp.  Thanks Winifred and Carleton.Yes!!! Cheerwine was certainly a hit, just like at the cookout on the Ball Field at at camp. Thanks Winifred and Carleton.
Most all of the boys at the earlier gathering had a big soccer game. It was very nice of them all to get together and introduce Falling Creek to two of their friends who had that game as well.Most all of the boys at the earlier gathering had a big soccer game. It was very nice of them all to get together and introduce Falling Creek to two of their friends who had that game as well.
The Riser Family has this home made FCC CODE poster on their fridge displayed prominently in the kitchen.  It looks great!The Riser Family has this home made FCC CODE poster on their fridge displayed prominently in the kitchen. It looks great!
Wow!  Check out this Falling Creek Logo cookie cake.  It tasted as good as it looks.Wow! Check out this Falling Creek Logo cookie cake. It tasted as good as it looks.
The updated camp movie has everyone's attention.The updated camp movie has everyone's attention.
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