How many summers did you spend in the Canyon?
I spent six summers at LLYC — four summers as a camper, one summer on work crew and one summer working with Play Group
What are you up to these days?
I married my best friend and the man of my dreams just over 4 years ago. We live in Austin and I am now a (mostly) stay at home momma. I have two girls, 2.5 years and 2 months old. I recently became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and am slowly starting to see some clients between chasing my toddler around and soothing my newborn. I am passionate about dietetics and health and feel so blessed that I can pursue that part-time while also getting lots of time with my girls and my husband. We are surrounded by an incredible community of believers who we met through our church, the Austin Stone.
Do you have a favorite camp memory?
I remember having a blast ‘raiding’ the boys’ cabins as a camper. The adrenaline rush that came with hiding from bush patrol was like no other! All my camp memories are good, but my favorites have to do with the amazing friendships and bonding experiences I shared with my girlfriends at LLYC. Whether we were raiding cabins, scared to death of falling when rock climbing or chatting on the hike to antenna or Blue Hole, there was always something incredibly special about the moments we shared during ‘the best two weeks’ at Laity.
I spent an entire summer with PlayGroup and during both halves of the summer, every night after all our kiddos went back to their families at dinner time, we got to stay up and create our own memories. This was special and unique to our team since most other staff positions were essentially ‘on call’ with campers at all times. I still miss my PlayGroup girls!
What do you miss most about your summers at camp?
Carefree time with some solid girlfriends. With two little ones, everyday at home is full of lots of responsibilities, scheduling and many surprises (well, and tons of dirty diapers)! I loved the LLYC days of sitting on the cabin porches or by the sugar shack chatting with the girls. We never knew what time it was and didn’t have to be anywhere (until the bell rang but we just relocated as a unit!).
How does LLYC still impact your life today?
At LLYC, I learned more about Jesus than I knew before my camp days. LLYC served as a stepping stone where Christ grabbed ahold of my heart and filled me with a desire to get to know Him more. Worshipping Christ at camp was so special for me and was time where I really felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. To this day, I still cherish time worshiping and feel God talking to me through it. It was at LLYC that I realized the importance of Christ-centered relationships. Today, I long for those carefree days but I’m blessed with an amazing God-fearing husband, a community of believers and a wonderful church which gets us through trials and encourages us in our faith while also pushing us to get out of our comfort zones for the sake of sharing the Gospel and furthering Gods kingdom.