Before I start telling you about
who I am, I would like to tell you who I am NOT. I am not a
Bible scholar. I have not been trained in seminary. I hold no
degrees in anything related to religion or religious teachings.
Everything I write about is from my own perspective and opinion.
And boy, do I have a LOT of opinions. If you don’t like them,
please put the book aside or donate it to your local library. My
hope and prayer is that this book will end up in the hands of
someone who is disconnected from God, and finds within the pages
an inspiration to desire a relationship with God and pursues it.
That’s all. Nothing fancy here. I’m just being real and telling
Oh right, I’m supposed to tell you “About the Author.” Well, I
heard a message that made sense to me about God at Next Level
Church in Matthews, NC in 2008. I accepted Christ as my personal
Savior and was baptized in September of that year, to the great
joy of my husband Steven Kummert.
Back-story: I was born in New Orleans, LA and grew up in the
Garden District as Eve Evans Lindsay. I took the streetcar to
school every morning. I was supposed to become a Debutante upon
graduation from high school, which is another word for “Trophy
Wife.” Didn’t happen. I basically don’t like rules and figure
that they are for everyone else’s benefit but don’t apply to
EveL (my nickname since 3rd grade – access the website blog for
the story of how this atrocity happened). I was a punk rocker
and general rebel while attending the most exclusive private
girls’ school in town. I did what few people get away with: I
ran away from home and started going to college without ever
finishing high school.
I ended up going back to New Orleans and got a Bachelor of
Science degree in Geology and about half a Master’s degree
before moving away. I am absolutely PASSIONATE about rocks and
geology. If you invite me over for dinner, I will tell you more
than you ever wanted to know (and certainly more than the idiot
salesperson told you) about your granite countertops. This is
also how I found myself travelling to Costa Rica to see a live
volcano – Volcan Arenal..
In between college and Costa Rica, I married a nice Geologist
and had a darling daughter named Natalie. Sometimes, things
don’t work out. I filed for divorce in 2002, and ended up
meeting the love of my life about 3 months later. We got engaged
a few months after that. Spare the criticism, I KNOW it’s tacky
to get engaged to one man while you’re still married to another.
Love happens. What can I say? A beautiful wedding and subsequent
marriage ensued with Steven Kummert. Steve brought us to church
and was instrumental in God revealing himself to both me and
Later, we bought a home in Costa Rica at Lake Arenal with a view
of both the lake and the volcano (my stipulation!). Steve & I
made a decision to move there permanently and felt called to
mission. Eventually, I sent Steven down ahead of me to “start
our new life.” He died the night he arrived in Costa Rica.
Zzziiipppp! Rewind. How could this happen to us when we had a
God-given mission? How could I ever cope with Steve’s loss? Why
wasn’t I angry with God? I feel compelled to tell my story and
my testimony of faith of how you can come to Christ at 44 years
old, feel so convicted that you accept “mission,” and survive
the death of your beloved partner.
I am a widow. I currently live most of the time in Matthews, NC
with my daughter and two cats (one of whom is convinced that he
is actually a dog), and small pond full of fish that brings me
great joy. I am also a most fortunate woman because I live part
of the year at my beautiful home in Costa Rica overlooking Lake
Arenal and the volcano. I frequently have pink hair.
Lastly, I am a child of God and I am loved.