Our family time and saying goodbye to Kent’s Dad

May 23, 2019

The memorial service for Kent’s dad is now over! It was a special time and fun to meet some people that knew dad in his work and other places over the years of his life!

Most of the family were here for it. Only two grandchildren and their families could not come. Our son and daughter and her family came. It was so nice to see them and also our neices and nephews. Our 4 year old grandson, Ivan was the only child and he was so much fun as usual!

After the service we had a few days together. Our family had to leave on Saturday evening to get back to work, but several others stayed and we had some more family time! A picture taken of all of us at the cemetery.

And a video: https://vimeo.com/337987962

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our wedding Anniversary

May 17, 2019

We just celebrated being married 44 years! Wow, some of those years went so fast! It is hard to realize that we have been married that long!

This year, we asked our dear friend Ed, who has been married 72 years to go with us for dinner! His dear wife has been in memory care for 5 years now and for several has not talked. He got news this week that she might not live much longer and was a little bit discouraged. You see he is ready at their ages, both in their 90’s to see her die but she had deteriorated rather quickly in the last month. About 7 weeks ago, Ed broke his hip, so he wasn’t able to visit her three days a week like he has since she was placed in this facility for memory care. He was in the hospital and then rehab in the very facility where his wife is in the other wing, then home to recuperate. At his age, he is amazing!

So our anniversary was in trying to encourage him. He and his wife are strong believers in Christ and are ready for heaven when the time comes. They both have been a great testimony to many people and our family is especially privileged to have known them. Kent met this couple when he was ten years old and Ed was his Sunday School teacher. They weren’t able to have children and sort of adopted us and our family. They visited us over the years in several of our homes and Ed went with our family to Mali, W. Africa on a missions trip. They prayed for us every day, and that means so much! Now we pray for both of them each day too!

So this year our anniversary was really about encouraging a dear friend! He always encourages us!

A pic of us, taken fairly recently

We had a very Happy 44 th Wedding Anniversary!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting Las Vegas

April 17, 2019

Yes, we were in Las Vegas and we did see “The Strip” one time. But since we went there for other reasons… to see and visit Kent’s aunt and first cousin Karen and husband Tim.

As I already blogged we also met up with our daughter, 4 year old Ivan and husband Nick in Las Vegas. We went with them to see the Hoover Dam.

But after they left we had some time to check out first a Wetlands area near the city. It is actually the watershed for the Las Vegas water. It was a beautiful green park in the outskirts of the city, we enjoyed a nice walk here and the visitor center.

We also got to go with Kent’s aunt to see Mt Charleston nearby. Now when we set out it was supposed to be the hottest day in Las Vegas so far, 85 degrees. So we had prepared for that…but never were prepared for the climb to over 8,000 feet and snow capped mount that we were in within an hours drive of desert Las Vegas .

It was amazing and beautiful! There was a lodge a near the top and we stopped nd looked around and then later had lunch at another lovely venue. Aunt Chris took us there the very day after Kent’s father died, and it made it a nice treat for us! Thanks Chris!

Who would have thought that there was this kind of beauty so close to the desert of Las Vegas! A wonderful treat!

Watch this short video that shows these two places and a lunch with Chris and Karen and Tim. It was a good visit!

Video link: https://vimeo.com/330931188

Jan, for the Roaming Reimers

Kent’s dad is in heaven

April 16, 2019

If you follow this blog you will know that Kent and his brothers all went to see their dad and mom and sister a little over two weeks ago. I am so glad that he went.

Dad was in a rehab facility when Kent went to see him. On Tuesday, April 2nd, he was moved to a memory care facility. He seemed to be doing ok.

As you can see from this picture of him, he looks a bit sad but not so sick. But 3 days later he was placed on hospice care and 2 days later he passed into eternity. As you can tell, this was a very quick journey into heaven! We are still reeling from the quickness of it!

His memorial service is scheduled for May 3rd and the family will be coming. We are driving our RV house to Washington for this and for the summer.

I am mostly sad that I didn’t get to see him or say goodbye to him. He wasn’t very good on the phone towards the end and I had hopes that in a few more weeks I would see him. Sad😢!

Dad Reimer was 97 years young.. yes I mean that he was a very active man until this last year. He grew a huge garden every year and gave lots of it to people at church and people at the local food bank. He had a great sense of humor and had this twinkle in his eyes when he thought something was funny or good!

I was able to work alongside and with dad these last 12 years as we were living in our RV house and for at least a month would park on their small farm and help out! I am missing this man that I adopted when my own father died almost 30 years ago. So in remembrance I put together a collage of older pictures and video of pictures of him. Enjoy!

Video link: https://vimeo.com/330618283

Love you, Dad Reimer

Jan, for the Roaming Reimers

A great visit!

April 11, 2019

We moved from Phoenix to Las Vegas. We have family and supporters here that we wanted to visit.

We also encouraged our daughter Kara to come for a visit as we would be in a RV park and it could be a cheap flight. So that is what she did. She and 4 year old Ivan came for a few days and then her husband Nick also came. So we had a nice weekend together with Nick too. He had come for his job, as he comes here often he knows some of the city much better than any of us, so he knew some restaurants that had good food!

We all got to see Hoover dam. Kent and I have driven by it many times but never had the time or opportunity to go see the powerhouse nor take in the visitors center. It was great! With Ivan loving things like this, he did great as well! We all had to walk a bit but it still was a very fun day.

I will include a movie as there were a lot of pictures taken there.

I would suggest if you get a chance, you should go to see this! I was impressed by what these men accomplished in the 1930’s and how it affected our country for good in the midst of the depression! Amazing!

We also took Ivan to a small farm with Kent’s cousin Karen and husband Tim. It  seems like the farm owners rescue animals there. There was a huge turkey that greeted us with some geese, ducks and chickens. There were also horses, and goats. We even got to see a baby goat that was only two days old.

We even got to keep Ivan all day Sunday and overnight for Kara and Nick! We had such fun! Cousin Karen and Tim and we all went to church together. Then lunch and then we went to feed the fish at the Lake Mead Marina. Ivan and Karen had a blast feeding the fish!

We also got to go and see where Karen’s dad, Kent’s uncle Mel is buried. We sure do miss him but know he is in heaven. It was a sweet time for Kent to pray with us at the grave site!

We met up with Kara on Monday morning at their hotel. Nick was working and Kent did some work in their room on his computer and Kara, Ivan and I were hanging out at the pool! He sure loves to swim!

Another good visit! Thanks for coming to see us Kara, Nick and Ivan!

Check out this video:https://vimeo.com/329899427

Just click on the link nd you should be able to see this as easy as YouTube stuff. Ok?

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

Yea! Two years and counting…

March 22, 2019

Two years ago I had the unexpected and unpleasant news that I had CANCER. I had not been feeling well, I had some unexplained pain, so had seen a dr. When she told us the news, I was stunned! I try to eat healthily, exercise and other things…but still I got the diagnosis of cancer.

During a week or two after that I prayed a lot and thought about alternatives and how I wanted to pursue treatment. I remembered that the four of my siblings that were diagnosed with cancer ALL died within two years of their diagnosis. I wanted to have a different outcome…

I found a good GYN/Oncologist and after seeing her felt good about the total hysterectomy that she suggested.. My surgery was April 6, 2017. When all the tests came back that other organs were NOT affected by the cancer, my dr and Kent and I were pretty positive too. I recovered from surgery but still feel that I have less energy than I used to. Oh well!

So today it is two years since I got this diagnosis, and I am CELEBRATING, first that I am ALIVE and HEALTHY! Also celebrating that at this point my cancer is in remission! I wish I could say gone, but there re regular blood test checking for cancer cells and I have been diligent about doing those.

THOUGHTS FROM THIS JOURNEY:

I try to live each day with gratitude for that day!

I try to be kind to everyone I meet, even if they are not kind to me. Who knows what they may be dealing with?

I want those that I love to know it…experience my love for them and not ever wonder about it.

I am planning for a future and I have hope that I may live a long life.

I try to tell my husband and my loved ones that I love them very often!

I pray that, you will be aware of some of these things too and learn how to live life with gratitude for every day! There is so much to be thankful for!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

My week in Phoenix

March 20, 2019

While Kent was with his parents and siblings, I decided to catch up with some friends here in Phoenix.

First I had a good visit with a couple Sharon and Geordie that were our neighbors in the RV park, where we used to live here. It was great to see them again.

The next morning I had breakfast with a dear friend whose husband died suddenly in November. Shirley is learning how to be a widow even as difficult and different as it is. I and so grateful that her grown children are so helpful to her.

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Another couple from our church in northern Phoenix that we attended 8 winters, Kathy and Don have been good friends and even supporters during these years. I was able to spend few hours with them too!

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I also stopped to see other old friends and several neighbors that we lived beside for about 5 years. We are so blessed that we have such great friends from all over.

On Sunday I went out with Shirley and several couples from our Sunday school class. These are all special friends. And when coming back to my RV house in a friends car..and we saw a stranger sitting in his car very near our house, these friends wouldn’t let me out until we had called the security guard for the church and after the car left. I felt loved and safer with my friends knowing that this guy was now gone.

Kent gets home tomorrow and we will be on the road going north.

Kent has an unexpected trip

March 15, 2019

A few days ago, we got a call that Kent’s father was in the hospital with pneumonia and a c.diff infection. Dad is 97 and has had a hard winter. Mom who is 94 also has been in the hospital some this winter. They were both doing better and were sleeping well and then dad got pneumonia. They are still living alone although most of the winter have had “helpers” for hours during the day and or at night. Kent’s sister also has had a lot of nights sleeping at their house to be near by.

This was them when we saw them in November of this year.

So the youngest brother from Indiana decided to come for a visit. Kent’s oldest brother also was coming in March. So Kent decided to go to see them at this time too. I was so glad to send him to go and see them. Kent’s sister needs some support and with everyone there for a few days I hope that will help her.

And a recent picture of mom with her four children all together after mom had several trips to the hospital this winter.

We are planning on going to their area this summer also, but this was too many weeks out. Kent will be there for a week at this time. We are so grateful for his parents and the many good years of life they have had. God has blessed Kent’s family as they have had their parents for many years.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ps. As Kent was leaving me, we had to get to Phoenix to fly out..where to leave me and the RV house… we went back to our church’s parking lot and I am living off the grid on solar power for this week! I am grateful to have safe place to stay though.

More about Tucson

March 15, 2019

Since we were parked in Tucson over Christmas there were several special events that we were able to participate in as well as the activities at the church where we were parked.

Tucson has a part of the city that was planned about 50 years ago to be a friendly community. It was designed with wide avenues and nice sized lots. Plenty of communal space for family events. They even have a street named Christmas. We had seen on the internet that they hosted a month long Holiday lights festival in their community. Almost everyone decorated their house with lights and some went to a great degree. We saw some lights choreographed to music and then some smaller and plainer lights. Everything was wonderful nd it was walking or riding a bus only. Cars were not permitted so the area was filled with many families. We walked 4 miles around the streets until we were tired but it was so nice to see some nativities as well as all the fun things of Christmas. They also had booths to sell popcorn, hot chocolate and other fun stuff. It was definitely a highlight of our Christmas season.

We also saw that another local church was doing a live nativity and Christmas fair during the weekend. So on Saturday evening we went to that as well. Also a resort was having a big free Christmas festival with tree lighting, Christmas caroling, free cookies, hit chocolate and roasted chestnuts. We went for awhile and then to a church kid’s program.

Tucson is also known for several beautiful outdoor areas. One is called Sabino Canyon with many walking trails and lots of cactus. Also Picacho Peak is close by and one of the most climbed peaks in Arizona as it is very easy to get to. We did enjoy the nice weather while in Tucson and sat outside in the 65-70 degree afternoons.

When people think of the desert they often think of sand and Saguaro cactus. We do have them but also multitudes of other kinds of cacti and other dessert plants. And the dessert is sandy soil but more often rocks.

We had a great 5 weeks in Tucson and would love to return someday!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

PS yes, this was written a long time ago…and I just found it in my draft box..so old news but a good review!

A quick trip to Southern California

March 14, 2019

We have lifetime supporters and good friends in the San Diego area! In Yuma we were parked within 3 – 3/12 hours from them. So we decided to go and see them as we haven’t for awhile.

Ross and Denise live in the San Diego area and have for a long time now. We met when we all were newlyweds and living in New Jersey. They were waiting for base housing on the base nearby and we met at a local Baptist church where we all attended. We ended up all living together for several months in a big house that was the church’s parsonage while the church didn’t have a pastor. We have been friends ever since. It is always good to see them and we enjoyed going to church with them again! They are dear friends that we enjoy!

After seeing them we went on to visit our friends the Lyall family whom we have also known for over 40 years. They live on a large orange ranch that was started by Warren’s grandfather. It has always been a joy to see how they are doing on the ranch and see, hear about new fruit and things that they are doing as well as taste some of the delicious oranges. They also grow some avocados. And the area is beautiful as well.

We got to pick some fruit from the trees and then one of their grandsons..wanted to make us some fresh orange juice…delicious!

Warren has had a specific type of leukemia and it is being contained at this time. He is on a very, very expensive medicine but they are grateful for it and for the health that he has!

We had two wonderful visits with both of these couples and we are soooo grateful to he them in our lives. It makes me appreciate every day and every friends that we have.

I pray that you have some long time friends in your loves too!

Gratefully yours,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers