Emily: Teddy and I met my senior year of high school when our family moved near Houston. We met through our church and became good friends. I always admired Teddy because he was smart, athletic, and loved others well. It also helped that he was more of an introvert, so he was an excellent listener when I talked his ear off! It wasn’t until the end of my senior year that I gave up the “I’m going to college to meet my husband” narrative and we started dating.
Fast forward to the Spring of 2016. We had been dating for a couple of years, and Teddy had just transferred to Texas State. I had been a Young Life College Leader for a year, and our Area Director brought together all of the YL Leaders in Hays County for a weekly Sunday meeting. He introduced a guy who worked for a camp where a few college friends had worked in college. The guy said it was on the Frio River, and they needed people to come work for them that summer. He ended his talk with, “Sorry ladies, but we really need boys so if you know anyone, tell them to call me.” That guy was Beck Marlar, and little did I know our story with LLYC had just begun. I knew that Teddy didn’t have any plans for the summer, and I told him to give Beck a call.
Teddy: Okay so that’s how we met, but let’s get back to the camp part. After a semester at Texas State, my only real option was to go home to Houston for the summer. When Emily told me about Laity Lodge [Youth Camp], I went online and made an account to fill out an application. The next day Beck called me to talk and said, “Go online and finish filling out the application so I can hire you.” I did just that, and after one conversation I found out I’d be spending a full summer in the canyon at Singing Hills. I was excited for the opportunity, and to be closer to Emily who was still at school taking summer classes at Texas State. Two weeks later, I was off to Staff Week, knowing nothing about LLYC, and on top of that my car battery died in a gas station parking lot! But that was not an indication of how my summer would go, because I ended up having the best 10 weeks of my life as a Federales counselor. After that, I knew I would be back in the Canyon as soon as I could.