How many summers did you spend in the Canyon?

I worked two summers at Singing Hills as a counselor, one summer at Echo Valley as the Nurse’s Assistant, and one summer I came for a few weeks at the beginning of camp just to help take care of directors’ kiddos.

What are you up to these days?

I have three kids (9, 6, and 3), so I’m pretty much busy all the time, even when absolutely nothing is going on. 🙂 After 13 years of living in Austin, we moved to San Antonio and I work part-time in Children’s Ministry, supervising the elementary program. I also work part-time as a reading interventionist at a wonderful charter school called Great Hearts Academy. I took a few years off working with children to stay home with my own, and also to write. I have a few stories published in Literary Mama and I write for a ministry blog called Toss Me a Rope. You can read one of my posts about Laity here:

Do you have a favorite camp memory?

So hard to choose! One part of camp I think about all the time is my morning runs. Though physically I was moving, running in the canyon quieted my heart and mind. I was a relatively new believer when I started working at camp- I’d probably been seeking Christ for a year and a half. I heard God in a new way during those runs. Ironically, in the midst of so much activity and so many people, I learned to value solitude and reflection.

What do you miss most about your summers at camp?

I miss the community; I miss the physical place. There was so much prayer and so much authenticity in the leadership I was under – that’s a beautiful formula.  And just the incredible beauty of the Canyon! I felt God’s rest and peace in sitting by the river, in walking all over the land. I have so many wonderful associations that now, when I drive into the river, I experience a pretty immediate emotional and spiritual relaxing.

How does LLYC still impact your life today?

So often when I’m writing, I find I’m using the Canyon as my setting. It was a pivotal place for me spiritually and I hope that one day my kids can experience it too. I joke with my husband all the time about my fantasy of working and living on the site at some point in our lives. I think it’s probably a dream I share with many people.

 lessmon                                                                                         Age 22

lessmon2Taken at Circle bluff four years ago. Two days later I found out we were pregnant with our third!

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