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Living with Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving, ever, was a 3-day feast celebrated in 1621, where 53 colonists and 90 Wampanoag joined together to celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest. Of course, their meals consisted of wild birds, venison, corn, lobster, and actual pumpkin (minus the pie) and there was no football or parade to watch nor Black Friday deals to get to. Can you imagine 3 days of feasting with 143 of your family members?

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Today, Thanksgiving is a tradition. Celebrating family and friends with delicious food and traditions that make this time of year looked forward to by so many people. With the occasional burnt turkey, grumpy Aunt Florence, your football team losing, and the lady right in front of you taking the last Black Friday TV which was going for a whopping 50% off, it is so easy to forget what the holiday season is really about. We may sit around the table and pray or tell each other what we are thankful for, but do we actually live with thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving should be a way of life not a one-time celebration. Colossians 4:2 says, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” How often do we turn to God to ask for something? How often do we turn to God to just thank Him?

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God does not bless us just once a year, but instead, floods us with blessings every day of our lives. We should live constantly with thanksgiving! 1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus died on the cross for our sins and we should be constantly thankful for salvation! Because of God sacrificing His only Son, we are given the opportunity to live with Him for eternity! What is there to be more thankful for than that?

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Thanksgiving is mentioned around 32 times in the Bible, depending on which version you read. Why should we live in thanksgiving? It can really transform your mind and your heart! In studies, it is proven that those who live with thankfulness are naturally happier people. So, why not turn this beautiful holiday into a way of life? Maybe not by stuffing your belly with turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie every day, but by living with thankfulness.

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Falling Creek is definitely thankful for YOU!

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Choosing Thankfulness

After helping with the Falling Creek Expeditions to Oregon this summer, my daughter, Honey, and I headed to California to meet a friend to climb a technical route up the east face of Mt. Whitney. Whitney towers over the high Sierras and is the tallest peak in the continental U.S.

There are three challenges that face a potential Whitney climber. The first is getting the coveted, limited permit to climb. The second is having stable weather and last, but most importantly, is your team’s physical ability and skills to handle the challenge. On the beautiful day of August 3rd all three of these elements seemed to be lined up perfectly, until…

We ascended thousands of feet over the moon-like granite slabs and rocky scree fields when one of our team members began to struggle. He’s a strong muscular guy, but was out of breath and losing his footing. He also began to complain. A LOT. After a frigid night at Iceberg Lake, we launched at dawn for our summit bid. Big Man struggled then reluctantly agreed to wait while Honey and I ascended to the top. When we all returned to our high camp, everyone needed to get to lower altitude before the frigid shadows moved across the lunar grey talus. Honey had climbed strong, but was now suffering with headache and nausea from the 14,000-foot day so I sent her on down the trail with the tent, food and specific instructions where to camp at tree line. I stayed back to help our big Whiney team member.

Honey and Dusty

As darkness descended on the million-acre wilderness, Big Man plopped down for the night trail-side and I sprinted on with a headlamp to find my daughter. “Honey!” I yelled till my voice and my headlamp batteries faded. As darkness bled over the landscape, I realized I would have to wait till morning to find her, but all I had in my backpack was ropes and carabineers. I felt angry and frustrated. Why did I let my daughter our of my sight on this bear infested mountain and why did I give her my sleeping bag?

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and it reminds me of my intense mental and emotional struggle back on Whitney. It seemed the perfect set-up with weather, permits, my daughter and the majestic mountain. We were so blessed to climb and experience God’s amazing creation. Yet, it all seemed so tainted by one person who grumbled and was not thankful. The Falling Creek Code echoes the New Testament’s words, “If you want to know God’s will for your life—it is to be thankful in everything.” Being thankful is a choice. It is not an emotion. We are not always in comfortable or appealing situations, but we can CHOOSE thankfulness for what we can learn through the process.

Sunset

The California sun came up early and I rose with it to continue my search for Honey. I chose to give thanks even though my chest was tight with worry. It wasn’t too long before I saw her bee-bopping down the trail with her blond braids swinging. I grabbed her up in my arms and swung her around with a shout of thanks. Hours later we got Big Man down the mountain and celebrated big man sizes burgers!

Hoping all the Falling Creek Families will choose to give thanks during this season of Thanksgiving.

- Dusty Davis

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Chucktown

Yates traveled to Charleston, SC for the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by Catherine and Clay McCullough at Emily and Beezer Molten’s Half Moon Outfitters store. Both Rodgers McCullough and Wylly Molten will be returning to Falling Creek this summer.

The boys enjoyed getting together and eating some pizza.The boys enjoyed getting together and eating some pizza.

No question that the familes enjoyed the opportunity to climb on the rock walls in Half Moon OutfittersNo question that the familes enjoyed the opportunity to climb on the rock walls in Half Moon Outfitters
Dads who have been to Father/Son Weekend joined the boys in the group photo.Dads who have been to Father/Son Weekend joined the boys in the group photo.
Everyone enjoyed watching the new camp movie.Everyone enjoyed watching the new camp movie.
Yates appreciated the veteran campers helping him to answer questions from families who came tonight to learn more about Falling Creek.Yates appreciated the veteran campers helping him to answer questions from families who came tonight to learn more about Falling Creek.
(l to r) Yates, Breaux Tubbs, Colton Lobianco, Mary Lobianco, Dr. Steve Feingold. Breaux was visiting Andrew Maddox in Columbia, SC and came down to Charleston to make his 4th FCC camp Movies appearance this season, a new record for staff visits! Breaux was an FCC camper with his brother, is a Sopomore at Sewanee, and will be returning as a member of the 2016 summer staff.  Mary is a 4 year medical team member as a nurse and Steve has been coming for 6 summers now with his family and serving as the camp doctor for a week.(l to r) Yates, Breaux Tubbs, Colton Lobianco, Mary Lobianco, Dr. Steve Feingold. Breaux was visiting Andrew Maddox in Columbia, SC and came down to Charleston to make his 4th FCC camp Movies appearance this season, a new record for staff visits! Breaux was an FCC camper with his brother, is a Sopomore at Sewanee, and will be returning as a member of the 2016 summer staff. Mary is a 4 year medical team member as a nurse and Steve has been coming for 6 summers now with his family and serving as the camp doctor for a week.
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Big D

Yates traveled north to Dallas where the Rhine family hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at their beautiful home. Bevan’s sons, Jake and Miller, are going to camp this summer.

Yum! The boys loved the FCC chocolate chip cookie cake.Yum! The boys loved the FCC chocolate chip cookie cake.
Emily and Rick Broad, who met at Falling Creek, were on staff in the 1980's and 90's. Rick was a Director for 4 years. Their three boys , Charles, Bennett, and Lance, have been campers at FCC from 5-8 years. The Broad's cousin, Whit Flickinger is also coming back to Falling Creek, and his older brother Cooper, who was an FCC camper for years, is a freshman at Mississippi State University. He will be a counselor at Falling Creek this summer. It was wonderful for Yates to reconnect with this outstanding family.Emily and Rick Broad, who met at Falling Creek, were on staff in the 1980's and 90's. Rick was a Director for 4 years. Their three boys , Charles, Bennett, and Lance, have been campers at FCC from 5-8 years. The Broad's cousin, Whit Flickinger is also coming back to Falling Creek, and his older brother Cooper, who was an FCC camper for years, is a freshman at Mississippi State University. He will be a counselor at Falling Creek this summer. It was wonderful for Yates to reconnect with this outstanding family.
The veteran campers and parents were a huge help to Yates answering questions from the new families who came to learn more about Falling Creek.The veteran campers and parents were a huge help to Yates answering questions from the new families who came to learn more about Falling Creek.
Yates enjoyed answering many questions from both the boys and parents.Yates enjoyed answering many questions from both the boys and parents.
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City of Live Music

Yates made his way further west in Texas, to Austin, where Amy and Michael Deane and Jess and Lance Haley hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion. Hudson Haley will be returning to FCC this summer and both Harry and Holland Deane will be coming for their first summer.

The boys paused from playing a ball game in the back yard to take a group shot. The boys paused from playing a ball game in the back yard to take a group shot.

Also, Walker Hendry, a counselor at Falling Creek during the summers of 2009, 10, and 11, came by to reconnect. He is currently the Program Coordinator at Explore Austin. Austin native, Philip Craven, who was a camper and CIT in the 1980’s with Yates and Goody, also came by to reconnect.

Cheerwine is a Falling Creek favorite.  We serve it on Saturday night with our picnic supper on the ball field. The boys were very excited about this treat tonight.Cheerwine is a Falling Creek favorite. We serve it on Saturday night with our picnic supper on the ball field. The boys were very excited about this treat tonight.
Wow!  FCC Cookies....yum!Wow! FCC Cookies....yum!

Harry and Holland’s sister, Milly, is an Illahee camper and to show how small a world it is, Milly was in Marisa and my daughter Danielle’s cabin at Camp Illahee this past summer. They love their time at the Heavenly World.

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