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."