How many summers did you spend in the Canyon?
I was a counselor at Echo from 97-99, WC boss in 2000, and SH Kitchen Director in 2002
What are you up to these days?
My days are spent wrangling two little boys! Jack is 4, and Owen is 2 and they are truly delightful and my favorite little humans ever! There is a lot of dirt playing, bike riding, trampoline jumping, Mickey Mouse watching…they aren’t super into crafts (sigh), but we do dump out a few boxes of crayons from time to time. My days are spent apologizing for giving goldfish crackers in the orange bowl instead of the green bowl (I should so know he wanted green!), whipping up a to die for peanut butter and honey heart shaped sandwich (which should have been cut into a dinosaur, obviously), and kissing those boys and preaching the Gospel to them until they can’t stand it any more. Jack is very into music so there is a lot of concert going and Owen is very into “choo-choos” so there is a lot of train riding. We love our neighborhood and spend lots of time at the park with neighbors, and love our church and spend lots of time in community with sweet friends.
Do you have a favorite camp memory?
Jeff and I took the boys to Alumni Family Camp at Echo last spring and so many, many memories came flooding back! I don’t even know where to start. Maybe that one time my very first SHY summer that someone convinced me to dress up as a sumo wrestler for the final program clenching skit? Or the time that I was the rodeo clown after a drenching rain? Or the time I was doused in Italian dressing and rolled in the volleyball pit. There are so many stories that come to mind, I can’t choose just one! Overall, my sweet relationships are my favorite memories.
What do you miss most about your summers at camp?
What I miss most is being constantly surrounded by friends who are like family. There is nothing like a camp community!! And the way the Gospel saturates your life when you’re surrounded by that family, all working towards the goal of leading these kids to know the Lord. Nothing like it at all. And quiet times down by the river. And Sugar Shack. And Round Up. And late night deep conversations. And fajita night.
How does LLYC still impact your life today?
There are so, so, so many blessings that came out of my time working in the canyon. I came out of my shell a lot and learned not to take myself too seriously which is helpful with having 2 little boys. I saw what a Christ centered family looked like in the Pruitts and the Richs and think about that a lot as we raise our kids. I remember Leah Tull encouraging the girls’ counselors to get plugged into a church at home and being involved in my local church is something I hold so dear. Probably most of all is how my understanding of the Gospel changed my preaching it over and over to those little girls. The Lord was so sweet to me during those summers, pulling me in and loving on me in ways I had never experienced before. How I came to know the Lord in those summers shaped who I am and I am so thankful for that!