Little White Farm in House in Iowa, Vol. I
Carol Brands calls herself primarily a mother. Born the third of sixteen children, Carol was already a "mother" to her younger brothers and sisters during her adolescent years. After she finished college, Carol continued to work with children, teaching for twelve years. At age thirty, she married and became a mother to her own eight children, four boys and four girls. Once they were all in school, she worked for another twelve years in a local care center. Now she is thrilled to enter the stage of grandmother, anticipating her ninth grandchild in 2012.
It was during her years at the care center that Carol came to know Katherine Vastenhout, a resident of the center. Several times Katherine commented, "My life should be written in a book!" Carol - who enjoyed writing - responded, "Let's do it!" And so began the three-year saga of writing Katherine's biography.
Writing the stories of Katherine's childhood turned into three books, of which you are holding the first. The first book tells of Katherine's first ten years, the 1930s, also years of severe economic depression. The second book tells of her next seven years, also the years of World War II. The third book contains the family's move to Minnesota to Katherine's third and last childhood home.
Carol comments: "I loved writing these stories; it was so interesting and I learned so much!" Her hope is that you also benefit as you enjoy the life story of Katherine, farm girl of Iowa.
Little Yellow Farm in House in Iowa, Vol. II
Who would have thought...????
When the Kroontje family moved into their second tiny house, they had no idea that within months of their move Uncle Bill Tilstra would be assigned to the USS Arizona, the first ship Japan bombed in Pearl Harbor. Nor did they know that three of Uncle Bill's ships would be destroyed - but that he would be spared from death in ways that were clearly God's providential care...yet so horrific that he hated talking about the war.
While war loomed in the background and Uncle Bill was always on the family's mind, Katherine's farm life continued with a mixture of stories - some humorous, some serious, some full of neighborliness, some with tragedy.
Join the Kroontje family - living daily life on an Iowa farm even while World War II is being fought across the oceans.
Strangers in Minnesota, Vol. III
When Katherine and her family moved from their tiny home near Rock Rapids, Iowa, to a new home near Magnolia, Minnestoa, this is how Katherine felt her first Sunday in a new church. She felt lost, totally bereft of friends and familiaruty. What had she and her family done? They had left everything near and dear behind to start completely over! Would she ever be able to fit in? To find friends?