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Mothers retreat planned in Shipshewana

Mothers are the “hub” of the family wheel, trying to keep everything together and running smoothly. In the busyness of life, it's difficult to find balance and realize you don't have to do it all. Area mothers are invited to “Got Balance? A Retreat for Moms on Balance, Busyness and Not-Doing-It-All” from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, at the Farmstead Inn and Conference Center in Shipshewana.

Local speaker and author Brenda L. Yoder, MA, will encourage moms to find balance and wholeness in the busyness and stress of motherhood. Yoder has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a speaker and freelance writer on faith, life and parenting and speaks to women’s and MOPS groups throughout the Midwest. She is a parenting columnist for 10 to 20 Parenting, Not Alone Mom, Whatever Girls and Choose Now Ministries and received the REMC Touchstone Award for Teachers in 2003 and 2004. A former teacher, she is currently a school counselor and has a small private counseling practice. She is a wife, mom of four, and lives north of Shipshewana.

Yoder’s passion for ministering to moms grows out of her personal and professional experiences. “Sometimes moms are balancing so much we feel like we’re walking a tightrope and just one breath of wind is going to knock us off balance, sending us and our families into chaos.” she says. “Everywhere I speak, moms say they’re tired, stressed and feel like they just can’t do it all. I can identify. I’m that mom. At the time I was the busiest and most-stressed, I was managing everything, but my world was falling apart. Several local moms have asked me to bring some of the messages I share to our local community. It’s my privilege to do so.”

Retreat topics include faith-based applications for finding balance, new ways to look at expectations, keys to finding balance in wholeness, truths to help moms gain confidence to live in their strengths, not weaknesses, practical applications for running a household and family without doing it all, and hope for difficult situations.

Tickets for the retreat are available in advance at a discounted price, as well as at the door.

Tickets can be purchased through March 10 online at, by e-mail at, at the Red Wagon in the Davis Mercantile or by contacting Heidi Stoltzfus at 260-768-7876.

Ladies will enjoy lunch on their own at one of the local restaurants in Shipshewana. This event is non-denominational and is co-sponsored by Reason4Hope and supported by area businesses, including the Shipshewana Retail Merchants Association.

Complete information can be found at Limited scholarships are available. Contact Brenda at retreat@ for inquiries on scholarships.