To My Oakies

June 15, 2016

You know that thing on Facebook that “reminds” you of all your memories of your FB life?  Well Facebook keeps “reminding” me of all these memories from Oakcrest 5 (and 6) years ago and it has me reminiscing! Now I try really hard not to be one of those people who get stuck in the past and try to live and enjoy the present.  But sometimes I think that it’s also good to look back and reflect on the good things that happened and the things I learned.


For those of you that don’t know I spent two summers working at Oakcrest, an LDS girls camp in Kamas for 7th & 8th graders from the Salt Lake Valley.  The first year I was a first aid specialist and the second year I was a counselor. We taught the gospel, relied on God, played outside, made “best friends forever”, didn’t have ANY phones or technology, and I remember just laughing, laughing, laughing.  There were so many times (especially that second summer) that I would just yell at the top of my lungs “I LOVE MY LIFE!!!”.   I got to be myself and all aspects of myself.  It was a liberating and amazing experience.  I LOVED Oakcrest. It was one of those places where I grew like crazy.  The friendships that I developed there continue to bless my life.  The blessings and lessons that I learned there helped shape who I am and where I want to go.



About two weeks ago Brandon and I were up in the mountains on a little camping trip/vacation.  For the record, life has been a bit of an uphill battle lately for me with figuring out some of the next steps in our life.  But as we were hiking about and I was thinking about what on earth I was going to do with my MPA degree, do without personally running (because this body of mine is not really functioning well lately), I found myself thinking a lot about Oakcrest and my time there. Now this is just AN IDEA and may NOT even happen…. but I think that I might want to use this MPA degree to open up a summer camp.  The details don’t really matter but it’s definitely something I’ve been considering more seriously over the last month.  I want to help people and I love camps.  I’ve been holding back because it doesn’t seem “practical” and I don’t know if I can do it.  But…. why not try? It’s become something I might look at pursuing.  So if any of you have a million dollars (literally, ha ha) to donate for me to open up a camp… let me know! 😉


Anyways, overall….to all my Oakies out there, my friends, girls, and mentors…. I wanted to thank you for changing my life for the better!  I love you so much!  I think of you often and wish the very, very best for all of you wherever you are.  I am SO grateful that Heavenly Father gave me those summers.  I often think back on that and think of Heavenly Father’s hand in bringing all of those amazing people together, the lessons He taught me, and the MANY miracles I saw up there and I think if He did it then, He is doing it now.  I love you ladies!!!  Thanks for changing my life.




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  • Reply Steph June 19, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Jazzer I love this post!!!! I wish I had millions of dollars to donate to your camp. Seriously girl go after your camp dreams!!! If anyone can start a camp it’s you!!!! Also I just saw that picture with the Lakers sign. That was such a fun week teasing you about the Lakers and seeing you get all worked up.

    • Reply brookegojazz June 25, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Ha ha, thanks Steph!! That was one of my FAVORITE weeks! It was so fantastic!

  • Reply Merilee Litchfield June 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Such a fun summer! I love you and love all your dreams. We need to play soon and reminisce. I’m so sad I missed out on the get together last week.

    • Reply brookegojazz July 27, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Yes!!! I miss you and Payson really isn’t too far! We need to get together!

  • Reply Sneakers August 7, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    I love this! You are great. Open that camp!! 🙂

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