Thursday, February 17, 2011


You are looking at the cure to the common cold...or stomach bug...or flu...etc.

I have long been a fan of Emergen-C and used to swear by it when I worked near children everyday at a YMCA camp.  Now that I am once again around children everyday I need to reintroduce this stuff into my daily life! 

Yesterday morning (and today) I made this smoothie:

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup orange juice
1 packet of Immune Defense Emergen-C

All mixed together in the blender food processor and voila:

Can you tell I'm sipping my smoothie while working from my chalkboard-painted office?

For a while now I have been droning on about two things...needing to run again (it's about to happen!) and more importantly my desire to serve in God's kingdom in a great way.  Well all the whining is about to stop as I put these things into action. 

First, I am meeting two friends in about 15 minutes for a 2-3 mile run!  I hope I can make it!  Meanwhile, Mr. Kummerow has been quite the runner and making me uber-jealous!  He is in week 4 of half-marathon training and has been doing so excellent!  I am excited for him and his progression.  His speed and endurance are increasing and I know he feels super great right now!  We have registered to run a 5k on my birthday, in just 2 short weeks, so I am hoping I can keep up with him when the time comes!

About that serving part...Mr. Kummerow and I lead the youth group at our church and lately have been feeling very discouraged.  Our numbers have been slipping and we aren't as excited about it as we have been in the past.  We met with our pastor last night to discuss some options, mission trips, the local mission field, etc.  We came up with some really great ideas and I'm excited to get started! 

When we began working with the youth we focused on a weekly bible study and a yearly mission trip.  That is the typical structure of a youth group.  We are finding that our youth are increasingly interested in the mission field, just as Mr. Kummerow and I are.  So we are planning to incorporate more local missions into our schedule and less bible studies.  Doug (our pastor) encouraged us to pursue the activities we want to do and just do them with the youth.  Our passion and joy will shine through and the youth will get on board.  Even if we schedule a mission opportunity or a work day and no one shows up, well then at least Mr. Kummerow and I will be still doing something we are enjoying. 

We are really excited for this change in structure and are ready to hit the ground running.  Our concern is that we don't have enough ideas for work.  If you are local and know of a need in the community please shout out to me.  We are willing to go anywhere (close) and do anything as long as we are serving.  We may find as we are out there serving that our group excels in certain areas and might eventually narrow our focus, but right now we are just looking for places to serve.  Let me know!

In what ways do you serve your community?  Volunteer? Church?  Does volunteering get you excited?


  1. The Marti Estes 5k is coming up; it benefits the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. I can put you in touch with the director if you want. I can come up with some other ideas, brain is a little slow right now. I'll get back with you.

  2. What an awesome idea!!! You guys rock! Wonder if there are service men or women's families in the area that need some things done at their homes? Just a thought. Or even coordinating with Parks and Rec to see if there is some trash clean up or cleaning that needs to be done.....Hmmmmm...I'm gonna keep thinking on this one! We love you guys!