Kathy Weckwerth

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By Executive Director Kathy A. Weckwerth

Sounds Like a Plan

Sounds Like a Plan

When I met my husband, many years ago, I picked up on all of his habit-phrases.  You know the ones I mean … when people say the same thing after the same situation occurs. One of Farmer Dean’s familiar sayings comes after my delivering some desires and hope of what we should do over the […]

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 […]