As I say often, we try to take advantage of the good days as much as possible.  While I’m putting this post together, Scout is sitting by me on the couch, with a fever, watching ‘Wonder Pets’.  She won’t admit she doesn’t feel good,  but a high fever is kind of a good indicator that she’s not up to par.  She’s fine,  I’m just telling you that to say that days like last weekend’s are cherished even more so.

Let me tell you about one of the most magical places on earth. It’s called The Center for Courageous Kids. It’s a camp facility that was created specifically for critically ill and chronically ill kids so they can get a break from their medical schedule to just get to be a kid for a while. It’s free to all families that attend, and really, no words can describe how wonderful this place is.

Gabe first heard about CCK a year and a half ago when he was asked to make a video for the facility. He came home that night and told me that we HAD to bring Scout there. And so we did. And it was good. I think the best way to give you an idea of this place is to just show you the video.

Serendipitously, the orthopedic nurse interviewed in the video casted Scout’s legs every week for the first six months of her life (This is from the first casting). She just happened to be volunteering at camp the weekend the video was shot.

This was our second year to bring her, and I’m tellin’ you, it’s hard not to get a lump in your throat when you look around at these kids having themselves a big ol’ time. I really have trouble describing how awesome it is. All I know is that Scout isn’t in therapy, and she’s not at a doctor or a hospital. She’s just a little girl having fun.  I submit to you this evidence:



Observant Bro

Bowling Champ

Sleeping bro




Lunchroom/’Captain America Pops

Dance Party

(she had three counselors surrounding her so she could dance and not get knocked over by anyone. These terribly lit pictures are the ones that get to me the most.)

Just a happy little girl

Lastly, this video was shot the night Scout came back from camp while we were staying over at her Grandparents’ house for the night.  The structure of programming at camp apparently made an impact on her.








9 Comment

  1. CeeCee says:

    Gabe your video made me cry. What a wonderful place. I’m so glad ya’ll get to go there.

  2. alarie says:

    Best video Ever…I’m tired…I’m sweating. And iI am in awe of the big girl shes become. Great video

  3. Trisha Ellis says:

    I love the tongue out in concentration with her Art work!

  4. LH says:

    THAT GRINCH IS SUPER CREEPY. Was there a talent show? I def. think she could have done this as a camp skit.

  5. Kathy McGee says:

    I LOVE this! Great times and great memories!

  6. Michael Dunn says:

    That last video is so precious. Scout has always been terribly shy the handful of times I’ve had to pleasure to be around her, so it was super cool to see her hamming it up!

  7. Trey Keller says:

    That pic of Scout and Gabe looking down the bowling lane is the greatest photo of all time! Thanks for sharing all of this… amazing.

  8. Pippa Hunt says:

    I love it! What an amazing place! We may have to look into going ourselves! I love her happy pictures!

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