How many summers did you spend in the Canyon?
I spent 9 summers from 1992-2001; 8 as a camper at 2nd then 3rd sessions and 1 summer on work crew at Singing Hills.
What are you up to these days?
I live in Corpus Christi with my husband Chris, daughter Hallie (10), son Ty (6), and dog Shelly. We are officially cheesy soccer/baseball parents, which keeps us busier than I ever thought possible! I truly enjoy my career as a speech language pathologist working with adults to regain or maintain speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive skills after stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other neurological diagnoses. We are members of First United Methodist Church, and often visit Asbury Methodist Church where our kids attend the summer daycare program.
Do you have a favorite camp memory?
This is an impossible question because they’re all amazing and meaningful: from shaving legs on the front porches, to screaming Tejas cheers, to deep cabin time conversations. Here are a few specific memories: taking ‘redneck sports’ as an activity with Toby and Lawson, learning to pray without ceasing, Ross King concert on the waterfront, conquering the ropes course ladder obstacle with Marisa (McCutchon) Williams, and the pamper pole too – only with God and my whole cabin cheering me on was that possible. Of course I have many memories of sharing time in the Canyon with my brother, Daniel, too.
More recently my favorite LLYC memory is picking up my daughter from her time at camp! Hallie will be enjoying her 3rd summer at Singing Hills this next year and nothing brings me more joy than hugging her on closing day and listening to her stories. It’s awesome to connect with her through our shared experiences. It was also a great comfort for me to see Chandler Pruitt and so many other familiar staff when we dropped Hallie off. I don’t know how our parents made it through those 2 weeks without the online picture library – makes me wish I’d written more letters home as a camper!
What do you miss most about your summers at camp?
Hands down…I miss Round Up the most. I love everything about it, the singing, the skits, and mostly the fellowship it created. The Round Up talks made the Bible an exciting and personalized story that I couldn’t wait to know better, it also made it ‘cool’ to talk about prayer/Jesus/God and made me realize I wasn’t the only one with questions and doubts at times and that it was okay to ask or to seek out confirmation.
How does LLYC still impact your life today?
It’s because of my time at LLYC that I became a confident Christian. LLYC cultivated my personal relationship with God which constantly impacts my life. The way I pray was molded by observing the staff and mastered in quiet times I spent in the canyon. Dee (Edgerton) Brosnan and Kelly (Burke) Giddings were my Work Crew bosses, which was a tremendous blessing.
I frequently reflect on a cabin time we had where Dee was so enthusiastic to tell us that God yearned for a relationship with each of us as a bridegroom awaits his bride (Isaiah 62:5). I will never forget that. We were all so silly talking about how we wanted our fiancées to be so ecstatic to marry us. I connected with the idea that God wants our time and attention more than that. Since then I really began to put effort into my relationship with God. I live everyday striving to let the love and light of Christ beam out of me to touch my family and my patients.