Zionsville Mother of the Year: Coming Home to Zionsville
Writer & Photographer / JJ Kaplan
Ask David Wefler why he nominated his wife, Katie, to be our Mom of The Year, and adoringly he explains that he wanted to do something extra special for her for Valentine’s Day. He nominated her in February as a surprise, and her friends all agreed with their affirmative votes.
Katie Peine Wefler is a 2007 Zionsville Community High School graduate, who was active in Show Choir, Royalaires and Chamber Choir. She continued her education in Organizational Leadership at Purdue and graduated in 2011. It is here that David met Katie, and they soon realized they were a perfect pair. They married shortly after.
When looking for a place to settle down, the couple knew that David’s home area in northwest Indiana was not as conducive to raising a family as Zionsville. When Katie visited her hometown, David was impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness that our community exuded. With her family in town as well, Zionsville just seemed like the perfect place to call home.
The Weflers budgeted their finances to make ends meet on his single income as a teacher, while Katie’s primary focus is to be at home with 18-month-old Lucy. David would like to encourage people to settle here because it is an affordable community that has much to offer. He appreciates Katie’s sacrifice to make ends meet here by being married to a teacher with a modest income.
“She gives up and passes on a lot of opportunities to be a stay-at-home mom and live where we do,” explains David. “I know that in the grand scheme of things, it is God’s plan for us to be where we are now and where we will go in the future. Along the way, I only try to give Katie my best and learn what it takes to be dedicated to God and my family.”
In addition to the demands of motherhood, Katie is a birth doula and coaches women through various aspects of birthing. She is trained by DONA International and a member of Indy Birth Alliance. She loves connecting with her expectant moms and helping them with lifestyle, pain management, postpartum and breastfeeding education.
Katie is an active member of Zionsville Moms Group (ZMG), which consists of approximately 100 women with young children. The group organizes mom’s night out, couples’ night out, play groups and wellness activities for families. Katie is on the Board of Directors at ZMG and leads their monthly book club. She selects top books and organizes monthly themed meetings. Next month’s read is Amy Poehler’s book, “Yes Please.”