Retreat for single moms slated Feb. 21 to 22

Published on Friday, 7 February 2014 23:55 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

For Kathy Peel, an author known as “America’s Family Home Manager” who helps women organize and manage their homes and lives, God is in the details.

“God cares about every aspect of our lives,” she said. “I’m reminded of that every time I look at my hairbrush. He says the hairs on our head are numbered — that means He has to count them!”

Mrs. Peel will be speaking at the seventh-annual Legacy of Love retreat for single moms at First Baptist Church of Canton on Feb. 21-22.

The weekend retreat is for single mothers and “married singles” — those women whose husbands are in the military or who travel extensively, leaving them at home in charge of the family.

“This weekend will be a reminder for them that their life is important, that they have a unique purpose,” Mrs. Peel said. “They’re so busy, and they can get overwhelmed. It’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘I’m so busy taking care of everyone, I don’t have time to take care of myself.’ You’re not doing anyone any favors.”

Mrs. Peel has written 21 books that have sold more than 2 million copies, with titles such as “Desperate Households,” “Be Your Best,” and “The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Happy, Organized Home” (winner of the Mom’s Choice Award for Best Family Reference Guide).

Mrs. Peel now lives in Dallas, but she began writing 26 years ago while she was living in Tyler.

“I started researching out of my own desperation to be a good mom and wife,” she said. “I had my first child in 1974 — there weren’t a lot of books on home management. So I read business books! A lot of the same principles apply. Peter Drucker taught me about family.”

Sessions at the conference in Canton include practical tips about how to polish up their business skills, take a cooking class, learn a new craft, discover how to live abundantly on a dollar, get legal advice, get tips on strengthening their relationships, and more.

Dinner on Friday evening and lunch and dinner on Saturday will be provided.

Complimentary childcare for newborns through fifth grade is available during the retreat, with lots of fun and entertaining activities planned.