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April 25, 2013

I know that service doesn’t necessarily go with The Fit Family, but I really wanted to add this to my blog.  I have thought a lot about how to put these two topics together, and then I realized, a healthy family means more than just fitness and exercise.  It can mean different things for different people and having a healthy spirit is just as important.   I also don’t have the time to write two blogs, so I will include my thoughts about service on this blog for the sake of being efficient.

I am one of those people who really enjoy serving others.  I don’t know why I find so much joy in it, but I do.  It is something that feels very natural to me and I love to help anyone that appears to have a need.  My husband would often comment, “You think you can save the world one cookie at a time”.  He’s kind of right!  I love to bake for others and now I strive to extend my service in other ways.

When our oldest daughter turned a year old, I thought it would be great if we would have one service project a week.  My intentions were to make sure we set an example for her and that she would grow up feeling as if service was just “the thing to do”.  Our first project was volunteering with Girls On The Run.  This group is to help develop self-esteem and positive social and fitness habits in young girls.  My daughter and I went to the elementary school on the Marine Corps base and helped teach a lesson or sometimes just went to run with the girls (pushing the baby in the stroller).  At the end of the semester, we ran a 5k with the young girls to help prove to them anything is possible!

Now we don’t necessarily have the time to commit to a specific day or time each week to volunteer.  Because of these constraints, I work hard to look for opportunities to share with the girls and serve our neighbors, friends, and strangers.  Sometimes our projects are super simple and others a bit more time-consuming.  Yesterday, we spent the afternoon in my husband’s office at Camp Pendleton.  I went to give a young Marine who was injured in combat a therapy screening and pass along some advice that could be helpful in his healing process (I am an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist or upper extremity orthopedic specialist in my professional life).

Today we will do a more simple activity and something my 2-year-old will enjoy.  I recently ran across some flower seed packets and thought how fun it would be to have my daughter plant the seeds, water them so she can see them grow, and then give them away when they bloom.

I will continue to write as I get ideas about service work and I hope you will enjoy the stories.  Please leave comments with your ideas and service projects that you enjoy!

I will leave this blog today with the words from a favorite hymn of mine:

Because I have been given much, I too must give;
Because of thy great bounty, Lord, each day I live;
I shall divide my gifts from thee
With every brother that I see
Who has the need of help from me.

Because I have been sheltered, fed by thy good care,
I cannot see another’s lack and I not share
My glowing fire, my loaf of bread,
My roof’s safe shelter overhead,
That he too may be comforted.

Because I have been blessed by thy great love, dear Lord,
I’ll share thy love again, according to thy word.
I shall give love to those in need;
I’ll show that love by word and deed:
Thus shall my thanks be thanks indeed.

— Grace Nowell Crowell


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  1. Katie Klarer permalink

    Loved your blog Eme! Very inspiring!

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