Saturday, August 6, 2016

L's prayer

The other day, L asked if we could go waterskiing. Behind the kayaks.

After unsuccessfully attempting to explain that kayaks don't go fast enough to create a wake, I changed my tactics.  I explained that unfortunately we couldn't, because you have to have the right equipment and you need someone to teach you.

He was not deterred. He prayed that someone with the right equipment would offer to teach him.  I appreciated his faith, but honestly, I was just happy that he dropped it.

Imagine my surprise when, two days later, our friend K mentioned that her husband wondered if the boys would like to learn to waterski.  Are you kidding me?!?

Here he is getting the basics.

The boys both got to try it.  And while they didn't become overnight skiing sensations - and indeed Lennon never even got up on his feet - that wasn't the point.

We got an answer to specific prayer (a prayer for a frivolous want, not even a need) and another example of God's individual, personal lovingkindness toward us.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Unexpected blessings

When we planned to leave Bangkok for the year, we knew it meant Whim would be putting his musical career on hold.

Though he was willing to put his love of performing aside in exchange for the adventures to come, it was still a sacrifice.  He is someone who truly loves what he does.

He must have held on to a hope that he would probably get the chance to play now and then. But neither of us expected this!

Whim has been invited to play with the worship team several times for churches in two different cities.  He got to play at a special Fourth of July event and was invited back to play at Kendall yards for a total of 4 weeks!

His Kendall yards event gig been a particular blessing for all of us.  I've loved having an excuse to be back in Spokane, where I have many friends.  Whim has loved being asked (on several occasions) if he's "the guy from Kendall yards"?  And the boys love the kid-friendly atmosphere.

And the Feingold friendly treats!

Monday, August 1, 2016


I haven't kayaked since I went to Camp Four Echoes in third grade. And honestly, now that I think of it, maybe that was canoeing?

When our housesitting hosts mentioned that they have kayaks and that we should be sure to take them out while we're in town, I filed it away under "Thanks, but no thanks."

I don't know, it just sounded like a hassle.  I'm not always the best about trying new things.  And we aren't the outdoorsiest.

But then I remembered that this summer- and really this year away- is all about new things.  So we loaded them up and took them for a spin.

It's so easy on our still lake, we all had it figured in just a few minutes.  We've been out 3 times since, and if I'm not mistaken, today looks like another great day to be put on the lake.

As L so succinctly put it: "I hope the next place we stay has kayaks."

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Post falls 2016

While we were in Idaho we visited A and her family, enjoyed the sun, played with their kids, and had delicious steak salads and s'mores.  They taught the boys to play mafia (and M is sure that life is never going to be the same.) After dinner, L was thrilled to discover that A's husband K is a computer programmer.

L picked his brain about the job and what it's like to work with computers for a living. They "talked tech" and K showed him his Apple Watch.  I listened in a little, and he made me so proud, telling K about how he was going to be a game designer.  His dream is not just to create games, but to create new technology.  Pretty cool for a recent kindergarten grad.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Coeur d' Alene 2016

In elementary school, if I could have rubbed a lamp and been granted three wishes, one of them would have been to go to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.

I heard about it on the radio, my older sister's friend used to live there, and there was no Google back then to prove me wrong.  So basically, as far as I was concerned, Coeur d' Alene was heaven on earth.

Last Thursday, my dear friend A invited us to dinner at her home in Post Falls, Idaho.  As it happened, it was the very day our housesitting hosts were returning, and we planned to be out of the house by that morning.

It didn't take a lot of thinking to settle on a place to spend the day.  

As we pulled in to Coeur d' Alene, my heart was literally pounding. I had no actual plans, and no more than the vaguest idea of what there was to do in the city, but that didn't matter to my long-dormant secret wish!  We were here!

We hiked a little, swam a bit, checked out the park, then took a walk.

Then we checked out the world's longest floating boardwalk. (Cool!)

Basically, Coeur d' Alene was worthy of every bit of my desperate desire!  What a beautiful place.  I wish we had a week there.

Looks like M feels the same way about it!