Kathy Weckwerth

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By Executive Director, Kathy A. Weckwerth

Developing a Child-Like Faith

Developing a Child-Like Faith

As I carried my granddaughter up the stairs of the old 1910 house, each step creaked loudly, echoing the sounds of yesteryears.  I imagined how many times the stairs were climbed as a little child was carried off for nap time. The day was struggling between releasing its summer warmth to embracing the coolness of […]

How to Build a House

How to Build a House

I would say I’m pretty handy, for a girl. I have learned to do some “manly” things on my own solely because I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for my husband to help me. He’s a busy man, with his own long to-do list, so sometimes you just have to stain your own deck, […]

After School Snack~ Caramel Crunch

After School Snack~ Caramel Crunch

8 cups Rice Chex 8 cups pretzels 1 can spanish peanuts 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup butter 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/2 t. baking soda Mix cereal, pretzels and peanuts. In a saucepan, bring sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil.  Boil for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and […]

Keeping Your Child Safe in Today’s World

Keeping Your Child Safe in Today’s World

Author, Alice Fulk worked as a Crime Analyst for the West Des Moines Police Department for many years, and currently serves as a Legislative Fiscal Analysist.  For fifteen of the most terrifying minutes of my life, my two year old daughter disappeared.  We were at Iowa State University to watch a parade.  I had taken Mary […]

5 Tips for Back to School

5 Tips for Back to School

5 Tips for Back to School With Executive Director, Kathy Weckwerth  “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b Friends, It’s here!  Back to school.  Fall and back to school means organization … and I love organization.  It means people are more focused, on task and getting back into […]

Can You Live With Silence

Can You Live With Silence

The first thing I do after I open my eyes in the morning is talk to God.  Then, I talk to Farmer Dean.  Then, I turn the music on at my house. My brother calls it “grocery store music,” but I call it music from the 1940s and 50s.  It’s soothing to my soul.  As […]

The Fundraiser in the Grove

The Fundraiser in the Grove

Last weekend was the 4th annual fund raiser for Best Life Ministries.  The week before the event, the farmer and I worked diligently to prepare every single detail to make things comfortable, welcoming, and enjoyable. We always think about what will help people experience a glimpse into the past, and one of my favorite things […]

An Anchor in the Waves of a Rough Day

An Anchor in the Waves of a Rough Day

I don’t know about you, but the hours between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm at my house are crazy, at best, and chaotic, at worst. Kids get hungry. I guess I’m the one who has to feed them. The older two manifest hunger in the form of wrestling, jumping off furniture, and running around the […]

Holiness Today … Is it Possible?

Holiness Today … Is it Possible?

Holiness. Does the word conjure up an image in your brain? Maybe you are picturing a super old, stuffy, church with cathedral ceilings and candles and incense, and a priest waving it around…? Is this word just too old? I grew up in a Nazarene church, and my parents always received this devotion book. Holiness […]

The Wedding

The Wedding

There is a hot spring breeze blowing through the big trees outside the living room.  As I look past the tops of those trees, I see my beloved little 1900’s church steeple and think about yesterday.  It was a milestone for us both. Since I was a little four-year-old sitting next to Daddy in the […]