Introducing my books: Daddy on the Mend


Daddy on the Mend
is a true story. Here are some details behind the story.

On June 11, 2007, my children and I shared a picnic lunch with my husband Jake at his job site where he worked as a roofer. We watched him climb back onto the roof, then waved good-bye and left to run errands and visit my sister and her newborn twins.

Ten minutes after we left, Jake stepped on a piece of tar paper, couldn’t regain his balance and slid off the roof. He landed on his right leg and lay sprawled on the ground in pain, wishing he could faint. His co-workers called the ambulance.

Those were the days before everyone carried a cell phone, so they had difficulty reaching me to tell me the bad news. “Bring your children here and hurry to the hospital,” my sister-in-law urged when she finally got a hold of me. 

The hospital was 50 minutes away. By the time I got there, Jake was admitted and waiting for emergency surgery. The diagnosis: spiral fracture of the right tib-fib. Recovery time: 8-9 months.

Jake in hospital

Post-surgery, he stayed in the hospital until he could maneuver stairs with his crutches, which was a total of one day for someone as determined as my husband. I drove him home where our four young children and I tried to make him as comfortable as possible.

Those first weeks were a whirl as we settled into a new routine with doctor and physiotherapy appointments. God was faithful and provided strength, finances, and healing.

“You can’t keep a good man down,” they say. How true of Jake my darling–he weeded the garden in his wheel chair, and later in the summer when he walked well with his crutches, he opened a fruit and vegetable stand and built a pantry cupboard. In the fall when we resumed our homeschool, he taught math classes.

I took advantage of the extra time I had and began writing about our experiences. I chose to tell the story from our children’s perspectives.

After five months, Jake graduated to walking with a cane. All the while, he brainstormed what job he would do after his recovery since his roofing days were over. Open a furniture store? Drive truck? Raise rats to sell to laboratories? He was offered a job with a window and door installation company and went back to work 8 months after his injury.

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Meanwhile I had submitted Daddy on the Mend to Christian Light Publications. The response: it needed one main character instead of alternating from each of the children’s points of view, and it needed to be told on a simpler level. Basically, an entire re-write! My email writers group friends encouraged me that this is not a bad thing, and with continued trust in God, the re-writing began.

One snowy evening about a year later, I received the exciting news that Daddy on the Mend was accepted as a children’s chapter book. The glory be to God!

2007_1012family-trip0102Daddy on the mend again: Jake had recurrent infections since the beginning because his body was rejecting the steel plate in his leg. Also, he was unable to run. Eleven months after the injury, he had a second surgery to remove the foreign objects. Recovery was quick this time. Daddy had mended!

How about you? I’d love to hear how you trusted God in difficult circumstances or with a difficult project.

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11

Welcome!

Welcome to the author website of  Tina Fehr! I am a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, wife of Jake my Darling, homeschooling mom of five, and author of The Fehr Family Series

I was born in an Old Colony Mennonite village in Chihuahua, Mexico. When I was six years old, we moved to Southwestern, Ontario, Canada, where I still live today.

In grade 3, I rubbed my hands together in delight as my teacher handed out foolscap for our next creative writing assignment. (Foolscap is an ancient word for inexpensive legal-sized, lined paper.) Since then I dreamed of being an author and a teacher.

In 1989 I surrendered my life to God and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. In 1999 I married Jake the love of my life. God has blessed us with five children. They make fun, energetic, creative and sometimes squabbling students in our homeschool.

I’m a trying-not-to-be-uptight, so-glad-that-the-Lord-loves-me! kind of person. I enjoy a good cup of coffee, discussion about something that’s important to you, walking in the woods, and a reasonably tidy house. Romans 12:12 urges us to be “constantly rejoicing in hope because of our confidence in Christ.” Therefore I am… writing with hope!

I intend to blog occasionally, writing about life, family, homemaking and homeschooling, writing, Mennonite history, and whatever else the Lord leads. Join me by subscribing to get my posts emailed to your inbox.

I would love to hear from you! Please comment or email me at tinafehr.author@gmail.com