Some people can just usher unknown humans into their lives seamlessly. The Petschers are NOT those people. We didn’t adopt Teddy because we wanted more kids. We adopted him because the Lord called us to. He first adopted us into His eternal family, and then He invited us to care for widows and orphans. For the other image-bearers He put in our path. The calling … Continue reading His
Have I mentioned this adoption thing is hard? Other than living with the terminal cancer diagnosis, this is the hardest season of our lives. There are a lot of great things about it, and Teddy is amazing, but that doesn’t make it easier. Every morning I am aware of my need for new mercies and strength. By the time I drop the girls off at … Continue reading Secret Identity
This adoption thing is SO hard. We know the Lord called us to it, we know Teddy is a perfect addition to our family, and we love him dearly. We know the Lord chose to adopt us and make us part of His perfect family forever, and because we are a family of sinners bringing in a sinner, our adopting Teddy requires much less sacrifice … Continue reading All the Hard Things
I’ve been thinking about blogging all day because of the new direction our family’s life is taking. We have Teddy with us for a visit, and then hopefully we’ll get to keep him for good after next week. Bringing “someone else’s” toddler into your home is pretty weird–getting to know and parent him at the same time is different than I thought. But already we’ve … Continue reading Cancer and Crawling
It took longer than expected, but we had our new son, Teddy, in our home from Thursday until this morning. We expect to get him for good in about a week. Despite having tons of time to prepare for the homecoming, the house is disorganized, there’s a ton of stuff we need, and emotional turmoil abounds. With all this, God is good. There are so … Continue reading Good, and Better
We are in Jacksonville, preparing to meet Teddy for the first time. We will have a few supervised visits, then I think I get to start going to some of his medical appointments and beginning the transition to our home. When I was pregnant with Abi and Naomi, I didn’t know if they’d be girls or boys. I loved the surprise element. Anyway, with Teddy … Continue reading Adopted
You can check in on some people and find them doing life in much the same way, and with the same people, in any given decade. I’ve been known to long for such a steadfast lifestyle, even though that’s not one the Lord has called Yaacov and me to. Right now I have no regrets though. It’s been six years since the Lord healed me … Continue reading It’s a BOY!
Well, I’m back. The Lord keeps prompting me to start blogging again, but I’ve been very hesitant. Even though the reasons seem shallow, in reality I think they are founded in fear. And I didn’t go through all the terrifying aspects of terminal cancer (and an almost-as-terrifying recovery from all that) to cower in fear now! The Lord has been so good to me that … Continue reading Walking on Water
I finished my book! I’m attaching it as a .pdf,, hopefully you can read it as an Ebook and enjoy it! Share it with anyone you might know who is suffering, struggling, or just might enjoy it! ErinHealing Continue reading Book!
I know there are a lot of good points about Breast Cancer Awareness month, but a few friends who have dealt with that diagnosis have mentioned it’s painful. Many mourn with a special passion for those destroyed by cancer, and others struggle daily with the effects of their own diagnoses. Maybe instead of considering a donation when we see a pink ribbon, we can use … Continue reading Thinking Pink