I met Doug back in 2003 at a Lutheran Bible Camp in Estes Park, Colorado.

He was with a group of a few other actors that were giving a couple of presentations at the camp. I walked into the building where they were giving one of their presentations. I didn’t know who Doug was at this point. After the presentation ended the actors gave autographs and took pictures with everyone. My first interest was actually a different actor other than Doug. I got autographs from everyone including Doug, but I didn’t look at what they wrote 'till after I got pictures with them. When I read them I realized that Doug was very different from everyone else. The other actors were wonderful but they wrote things like “Nice to meet you”, or "Thanks for being here."

This is what Doug wrote; “You’re so beautiful! Keep smiling for Christ." I was so shocked that a known actor would write something like this to me without even knowing me. After I read what he wrote I was immediately wanting to hang out with him more.

Somehow, that evening I ended up eating supper with Doug, one other actor that was there, and a couple of other students. We took pictures, goofed around some, and talked. After dinner, Doug, the other actor, and myself went to the evening service for that night together. Again, somehow, I ended up sitting next to Doug. That sermon was very inspiring to me and I rededicated my life to God. Because of this I was crying because it felt like a ton of weight had been lifted off me. Doug noticed that I was crying and because he didn’t want to interrupt the sermon, he gently put his arm over my shoulders to comfort me. Afterwards, he wanted to make sure that I was okay. Almost immediately he turned to me and asked what was going on and when I told him through my tears he hugged me, and prayed with me. Soon after I had calmed down, mostly because of Doug doing all kinds of crazy things to make me laugh.

After about 15 minutes, it was time for the night group session. Doug wanted to get a front row seat because he was in the video clip they showed for that night. We rushed up to the front and sat down just in time for the video. We were laughing so much when Doug came on because he was dancing around being all crazy (you know how he is). When it came time for singing Doug and I were getting crazy with dancing and clapping with the music.

By the end of the night it seemed like we were old friends who have known each other forever. It was too bad that was the only night at camp that I would get to hang out with Doug. I had so much fun that I was really upset to leave. I was so upset to leave that I began crying again. Poor Doug. Again he hugged me to calm me down. Then I realized that I had to get packed and get on the bus to head home. Doug gave me an e-mail address where I could keep in contact with him and then it was time for me to leave.

That was six years ago. I am still in contact with Doug and we have only gotten to know each other better and better over time. With every time we met at a convention and with every e-mail we have become better friends and have learned more about each other. Doug has become such a wonderful and reliable friend to me. He is someone that I can depend on and feel comfortable talking to about so many different things. I could go on and on about all of the things Doug has done for me, but there is one big and important thing he has done that I would like to share. He made me smile again and inspired me to want to go on enjoying my life.

Amber Selvig
September, 2009

Amber and Dougie

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